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Tikvah Institute for High School Students

Yale University, June 25—July 6, 2017

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Who is eligible to apply to the Tikvah Institute for High School Students?

The Institute is designed for current high school juniors and seniors. We welcome applicants from Jewish day schools, private schools, and public schools.

Q. What are the financial, room and board, and religious arrangements?

Tuition is $1,000, which covers the cost of books, materials, and food. All other on-site program expenses, including housing, are fully subsidized by the Tikvah Fund. Full and partial, need-based tuition scholarships are available.

Students will be housed in a Yale dormitory building a short walk from the Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale, which will provide three strictly kosher meals per day and is where students will participate in daily prayer services.

The program will be conducted in accord with halakhic standards of behavior.

Q. When does this program take place?

June 25, 2017–July 6, 2017

Q. Is there transportation to the program?

The Tikvah Fund will provide a complimentary bus to the Yale University campus in New Haven, CT, from 186 St. and Amsterdam Avenue, NY, NY 10033 on June 25, and a complimentary return bus on July 6.

The family of the student is responsible for getting the student to the bus in New York or to New Haven directly.

Q. When are applications open for the summer 2017 program?

Applications open September 19, 2016, and close January 8, 2017.

Early Decision standing is available for students who apply by November 15, 2016. Early Decision applicants will be notified of their status by December 15 and will need to register a full deposit by December 31, 2016.

Q. How many students participate in this program?

Between forty-five and fifty new students will be admitted to this summer’s program.

Admission grants you access to the Tikvah alumni community—a network that will keep you asking the important questions long after the program is finished.

Q. Do you need to have a Jewish studies background to participate in the program?

While the majority of our participants attend Jewish day schools or yeshivot, the program’s course flexibility means that an intensive Jewish studies background is not necessary to participate. We will be able to assist you in crafting your experience in a way that is appropriate to your background.

Q. Will the food served be kosher?

All food served by the Tikvah Fund program is certified Kosher.

Q. Do I need to observe Jewish laws to participate in the program?

We expect students to uphold the laws of Shabbat, kashrut, and sexual modesty in all public spaces over the course of the program.

Included in the schedule is time for communal prayer. A traditional mehitza minyan (prayers with separate seating for men and women) will meet three times daily. An alternative arrangement will be offered to students who are not familiar with this type of service, depending on demand.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email Gabi Weinberg, gweinberg@tikvahfund.org.

Q. Is there a way to find out if I will get in early?

This year we are introducing an Early Decision option for motivated students. Those who apply by November 15, 2016, will receive a decision about their application to the program by December 15, 2016. Admitted Early Decision applicants will need to register a full deposit by December 31, 2016.

Q. What does it mean to be part of the Tikvah world?

The Tikvah Fund is a philanthropic foundation and ideas institution committed to supporting the intellectual, religious, and political leaders of the Jewish people and the Jewish State. Tikvah runs and invests in a wide range of initiatives in Israel, the United States, and around the world, including educational programs, publications, and fellowships. We invite you to explore some of these initiatives through the links on our website.

Our animating mission and guiding spirit is to advance Jewish excellence and Jewish flourishing in the modern age. Tikvah is politically Zionist, economically free-market oriented, culturally traditional, and theologically open-minded. Yet in all issues and subjects, we welcome vigorous debate and big arguments. Our institutes, programs, and publications all reflect this spirit of bringing forward the serious alternatives for what the Jewish future should look like, and bringing Jewish thinking and leaders into conversation with Western political, moral, and economic thought.

We run programs for high school students, students spending a gap-year in Israel, and college students, and we offer programming and content for alumni of our various programs.