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WOMEN'S

BEIS MIDRASH

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COMMIT.
INVEST.
CONNECT.

Commit yourself to a consistent and engaging learning routine.


Invest in developing skills that will last you a lifetime.


Connect to a community of women who share your passion for Torah.

Guided chavrusa learning

Text based

curriculums

In-depth

 shiurim

Student-led discussions

Guest

lecturers 

Brooklyn Beis Midrash

BROOKLYN

BEIS MIDRASH

2024 - 2025

Located in the heart of Brooklyn, NY, the Beis Midrash creates a warm and vibrant learning environment for young women to invest in text-based learning and grow as independent learners. Students at our Brooklyn Beis Midrash have the opportunity to dedicate time each day to the in-depth study of halacha, gemara, and chassidus.

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VENUE

VENUE

We are excited to be moving to a brand new venue in time for the new school year, starting September 2024! Our new home is a beautiful and spacious shul, located in the heart of Crown Heights. Our new venue will accommodate our growing body of students and will include an additional space for students to use for downtime or work in between classes, as well as for on-site childcare. This bright and welcoming space will create the perfect environment for energized, focused chavrusa learning.

Curriculum

CURRICULUM

This year, we will expand our course offerings at the Beis Midrash to four courses, each one taking place at a different time slot throughout the day. Each course meets at the same time each day, Monday-Thursday. We invite you to customize your own schedule and choose the classes that work for you. (In order to get the most out of the immersive Beis Midrash experience, we recommend choosing either the full morning program, the full afternoon program or the full day program.) 
Below is a list of our courses and the curriculum that will be covered for each one.
For each course, the facilitator will guide and direct the chavrusa learning throughout the week and the instructor will come in once or twice a week to give deeper insights into the material.

Tanya Course:

8:45 - 10:15 AM

Facilitator: Miriam Goldberg
Instructor: Rabbi Chanoch Golomb

Our morning Chassidus course will cover the entire 53 chapters of Likutei Amarim of Tanya over the course of the year. We will cover roughly two chapters per week, studying the text inside in chavrusas, discussing the key ideas, and summarizing the concepts as a group. Each week, one pair of chavrusas will be responsible to lead a review and summary of the weekly chapters. Twice a week, students will participate in a 45-minute shiur, in which the instructor will assess their mastery of the material and explore deeper insights into the text they have learned. Guest lecturers will also come in periodically to delve deeper into the ideas explored in the text of Tanya.

 

At the conclusion of the course, all students will participate in an oral exam, as well as write a research essay. Students will walk away at the end of the year with a mastery of the entire Tanya as well as tools to tackle any text of chassidus on their own.

 

Halacha Course:

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Facilitator: Devorah Silberstein
Instructor: Rabbi Michoel Lerner

Our Halacha course will cover one complete topic of halachos, exploring the origins of the halachos in the Mishna, Gemara, Rishonim and the Shulchan Aruch. For the 2024-25 year, we will cover the halachos of השכמת הבוקר & תפילה. Each student will receive a booklet with all of the relevant sources as well as guidance for looking up and studying the original sources on their own. There will be a review and summary of the material learned each week. There will also be periodic guest shiurim giving in-depth analysis and insight into the halachos as well as answering any practical halachic questions related to the material.
 

At the conclusion of each unit, all students will take a written exam to assess their mastery of the material. Students will walk away at the end of the year with a mastery of these halachos as well as tools to tackle any text of halacha on their own.

 

Gemara Course:

1:15 - 3:00 PM

Facilitator: Tzivi Greenbaum
Instructor: TBD

Our Gemara course will explore one perek of Gemara in depth, focusing on introducing students to the language and reasoning of the Gemara. For the 2024-25, we will study Perek Hamafkid, the third perek of Maseches Bava Metzia. Students will have the opportunity to delve into the text with a chavrusa and build their skills for learning a page of Gemara on their own. Throughout the course, the facilitator will assign review activities and assignments to help build the student's mastery of the content and their skills. Each week, students will participate in an in-depth shiur in which the instructor will explore the text of Gemara more deeply and introduce the students to some of the classic commentaries on the Gemara.

At the conclusion of each semester, all students will take an oral exam to assess their mastery of the material. Students will walk away at the end of the year with a mastery of the perek as well as tools to tackle any text of Gemara on their own.

Chassidus Course:

3:15 - 5:00 PM

Facilitator: Simi Hecht
Instructor: TBD

Our afternoon Iyun Chassidus course will cover foundational sugyos in Chassidus. We will explore a series of maamarim on a given topic, studying the text inside in chavrusas, discussing the key ideas, and summarizing the concepts as a group. For the 2024-25 year, we will cover the topics of ביטול העולמות and אמונה. Each week, one pair of chavrusas will be responsible to lead a review and summary of the text that was studied that week. Once a week, students will participate in an in-depth shiur, in which the instructor will assess their mastery of the material and lead a discussion based on the concepts they learned. Guest lecturers will also come in periodically to delve deeper into the ideas explored in the text.

At the conclusion of each semester, students’ mastery of the material will be assessed with an open-text, comprehensive written test.

Halacha Course
Gemara Course
Chassidus Course
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Mushky Nemenov
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Nechama Krimmer
00:37
Staff

STAFF

Simi Hecht

Mrs. Simi Hecht

Program Director & Iyun Chassidus Facilitator

Mrs. Simi Hecht is a talented educator who has spent the last decade teaching high school level Chassidus classes. She excels at empowering her students to explore deep ideas in Chassidus from the original text. Over the past two years, Simi has directed the chassidus program at our Beis Midrash and she will be expanding her role this coming year as director of the program. She is excited to share her passion for Chassidus, high-level adult education and for life in Crown Heights with the students of the Beis Midrash.

"Batsheva Learning Center's Beis Midrash actualizes a vision the Rebbe expressed and advocated for many times; organized Torah learning for women. It is exhilarating to be a part of a true step into the times of redemption."

Devorah Silberstein

Ms. Devorah Silberstein

Halacha Facilitator & Curriculum Director

Devorah Silberstein has spent four years at GPATS (Graduate Program in Advanced Talmudic Studies), studying advanced Gemara and Halacha. She is the curriculum director for our high school chidon and co-host of the daily daf of Maseches Sotah podcast we produced two years ago. Devorah is a knowledgeable and dynamic teacher who is passionate about giving women the opportunity to explore halacha in depth, from the original sources. Over the past two years, she directed the halacha program at the Beis Midrash and will be expanding her role this year as Batsheva Learning Center’s curriculum director.

 

Click here to listen to Devorah teaching Gemara on one of our podcast episodes.

“For me, learning halacha b’iyun has been a really thrilling experience. It’s getting a peek into the ‘back-end’ of the halachic system, seeing the ‘how’ and the ‘why’ behind the ‘what’ we do every day. Learning in this way has given me an appreciation for the richness, vastness, and authority of the halachic system and infuses greater meaning into my everyday practice of halacha. I’m looking forward to sharing that experience with my students!”

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Ms. Miriam Goldberg

Tanya Facilitator

Miriam has been involved in the field of Torah education for the past eight years. She spent three years teaching elementary and middle school in her hometown, Seattle, and has taught adult classes at Bais Chana International. She has also been involved in starting alumni classes for Machon L’yahadus and worked as a tour guide at the Jewish Children’s Museum She was a substitute teacher at Batsheva’s Beis Midrash last year and assisted with our curriculum development. Miriam is excited to bring her deep passion for Torah study to the Beis Midrash next year.

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Ms. Tzivi Greenbaum

Gemara Facilitator

Tzivi Greenbaum is a graduate of Batsheva Learning Center’s Beis Midrash with a passion for learning and teaching Gemara and Jewish history. She spent a year studying at GPATS (Graduate Program in Advanced Talmudic Studies) and has tutored many students in learning Gemara one on one since then. She has taught in various girls’ high schools and published articles on the lesser known female scholars in Jewish history. She is excited to bring her passion for Gemara to the classroom this fall when she will facilitate our first beginner’s Gemara course at the Beis Midrash.

Schedule

WEEKLY SCHEDULE

Below is a sample weekly schedule. (Exact days for shiurim are subject to change.)

8:45 -

10:15 AM

MONDAY 

Tanya

Chavrusa

TUESDAY

Tanya

Chavrusa

WEDNESDAY

Tanya

Chavrusa

THURSDAY

Tanya

Shiur

Break

10:15 AM -

12:15 PM

Halacha

Chavrusa

Halacha Shiur

& Chazara

Halacha

Chavrusa

Halacha

Chavrusa

Lunch Break

1:15 -

3:00 PM

Gemara

Chavrusa

Gemara

Chavrusa

Gemara Shiur

& Chavrusa

Gemara

Chavrusa

Break

3:15 -

5:00 PM

Chassidus Shiur

& Chazara

Chassidus

Chavrusa

Chassidus

Chavrusa

Chassidus

Chavrusa

Dates

PROGRAM DATES

The program takes place Monday - Thursday between 8:30 AM and 5:00 PM EST. 

Semester 1:

Orientation: Sept. 3

Rosh Hashana: (No classes): October 2 - 3
Tishrei Break: October 10 - 27
Chanukah Break: December 26 - 31
End of Semester 1: January 9

 

Winter break: January 13 - 16*

(Subject to change based on local school calendars)

Semester 2:

Start of Spring Semester: January 20

Taanis Esther (Optional day): March 13

Pesach Break: April 7 - 22
Last Day: May 29
Graduation: June 5

ON-SITE DAYCARE

We are excited to offer an on-site daycare option on campus for Beis Midrash students with infants ages 0-2. Please let us know when you fill out your application if you would like to take advantage of the daycare option. We will offer a subsidized hourly rate for the time you spend learning at the Beis Midrash.

EXTRACURRICULARS

Farbrengens

“A public farbrengen in general [...] is one of the foundations in the ways of chassidim and Chassidus.” (Hayom Yom 24 Tishrei)

Once a month, Beis Midrash staff and students will gather to take the learning to a new level; that of the heart. In the setting of the farbrengen, the words of the Chassidus and Halacha learned will become part of one’s life. 

 

Shabbos Meals

Approximately once a month, Beis Midrash staff and students will spend a Shabbos meal together. The seudah will be hosted by Beis Midrash staff, students or others. This is a wonderful way to connect and spend time with our Beis Midrash community. 

 

Shabbos Morning Chassidus

Batsheva Learning Center hosts women’s Chassidus shiur on Shabbos mornings. It will take place every Shabbos morning from 8:45-10:00 AM. 

The class will be chavrusa centered, with material from a maamar from Likkutei Torah-Torah Ohr of that week’s parsha. There will be approximately 45 minutes of chavrusa learning followed by a half hour shiur.

 

Sushi & Study

Every Thursday night, Batsheva Learning Center hosts an open chavrusa night for young working women in the community to come together and bond over text-based learning on the parsha. Each week, a different participant will prepare a sicha for the group to learn and give a short summary at the end of the evening.

 

The Beis Midrash students are invited and encouraged to take part in this program.