What You'll Learn

The academic components of Shalem consist of Torah studies such as Gemara, Tanach, and Halacha, with additional advanced studies in Jewish History and Philosophy, Zionist Thought and Ulpan Hebrew language courses. All classes are co-educational. There are individual chevrutot and group classes. Small class sizes allow for active student participation and significant interaction between students and instructors. The program is designed to nurture a love of limud Torah and to foster the skills necessary for independent study. The program is serious and full participation is required. Within the warm, vibrant atmosphere of learning is openness to a wide range of opinions and views, a firm respect for tradition and an uncompromising adherence to halacha.

Some of the courses that may be available for the upcoming program include:

  • Chumash

  • Textual Tanach Insights

  • Talmud

  • Hebrew

  • Contemporary Issues Facing Religious Zionism

  • Jewish Thought Throughout the Ages

  • Chassidut

  • Topics in Halacha

  • Kabbalah and Jewish Metaphysics

  • Topics in Machshava

  • Parshat Hashavua

  • Tanach

  • Midrash

  • Women and Judaism

  • Ramban

  • Ethical Teachings in Judaism

  • Advanced Studies in Pirkei Avot

  • To the Root on Ruth

  • Jerusalem in the Jewish Historical Experience (BEIT MIDRASH BA’SHETACH)

  • Israeli Society Today

  • Lost Jewish Communities

Transcripts and Credits

Thanks to an arrangement between Young Judaea and the American Jewish University (AJU), Shalem participants are eligible to register as undergraduate students in the AJU College of Arts and Sciences in Israel (AJUI), a fully accredited university. You may earn 27-31 credits upon acceptance to AJU and successful completion of Shalem and those credits may be transferred to other fully accredited colleges and universities throughout North America. Through our education department, all Shalem participants must be accepted by the American Jewish University in Israel.

In order to be eligible to receive credits through AJU for classes taken on Shalem, you must have at least a 2.0 academic GPA upon graduating high school. While you may earn the credits from AJU at the end of your year, it is important to keep in mind that the universities you apply to upon your return will each have their own policy regarding acceptance of credit, whether earned during a deferred year or by a transfer student. It is your responsibility to investigate the policy of the university you are interested in attending before departing for Shalem.

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