For 11th and 12th graders, Tikvah will be offering a range of both online and in-person learning and leadership opportunities for some of the strongest Jewish students in North America and around the world.

Tikvah Online Academy

Our fall menu of online courses for 11th and 12th graders will focus on some of the most important issues at the nexus of Jewish ideas and professional life. Seminars will focus on critical questions facing students interested in law, medicine, economics and business, American politics, and world affairs. The fall seminar offerings will include “Jews and Religious Liberty,” “Jewish Bioethics,” “The Hebrew Bible and Modern Economics,” and “Jews and American Politics.” Course offerings will be made available here in early October.

Tikvah Scholars Program (Our Residential Summer Institute)

Our flagship educational program for high school students is the Tikvah Scholars Program, a two-week residential summer program housed at Yale University. Now in its 11th year, the Tikvah Scholars Program encourages vigorous thought and debate on some of the most foundational questions in philosophy, political thought, Jewish theology, Zionist thought and history, and American civilization. We explore the relationship between faith and reason, love and friendship, war and peace, duty and desire, and the individual and the state. For more information, click here.

Solomon Journal

Solomon Journal is a writing fellowship for NYC-area 10th and 11th graders to create student journalism on Jewish identity and leadership. Our biweekly classes, monthly speaker series with prominent Jewish leaders such as Bari Weiss and Dan Senor, and one-on-one writing instruction with established journalists help our students develop a writing portfolio that can be shared with colleges and internships. The application deadline is Monday, September 20th. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as applications are considered on a rolling basis. For more information, click here.

Tikvah Forum

The Tikvah Forum is our most selective student program, with Forum participants enjoying regular roundtable discussions in small groups focused on current issues in politics, culture, and religion from a Jewish and Zionist point of view. Forum participants meet with established leaders in academia, journalism, politics, business, the military, and other arenas of public life. They also participate in advanced reading groups and tutorials on both classic and contemporary texts in Jewish theology (e.g., Maimonides’ Eight Chapters, R. Yehuda Halevi’s Kuzari, Mendelssohn’s Jerusalem, R. Joseph Soloveitchik’s Kol Dodi Dofek), Zionist history and thought (e.g., Herzl’s The Jewish State, Jabotinsky’s Samson the Nazirite, Michael Oren’s Six Days of War), political philosophy (e.g., Plato’s Republic, Aristotle’s Politics, Burke’s Reflections on the Revolution of France, Alasdair MacIntyre’s After Virtue) and Great Books of the Western cannon (e.g., Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, Shakespeare, George Eliot, Josef Pieper’s Leisure as the Basis of Culture, and Marilynn Robinson’s Gilead).

College Mentoring

Students in these critical high school years will have to make many decisions of great consequence, including where to apply for—and attend—college. As part of Tikvah’s community, our advanced high school students will have access to advisors and mentors currently in college or recently-graduated who can offer additional perspective on these critical questions. By request, students will be assigned advisors based on shared interests and criteria, including colleges of choice, subject matter interests, regional considerations, and religious affiliation.


If you’re interested in learning more about our offerings for students in grades 11 and 12, please email Mendel Jacobson at mjacobson@tikvahfund.org.