COMMIT. INVEST. CONNECT
Batsheva Learning Center's
OPENING JANUARY 2022
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.
3.5 hours a week of guided chavrusa learning.
1.5 hours a week of student-led discussions.
1 hour a week of in-depth shiur taught by your instructor.
textbook mailed to your door.
Oral exams and assessments at the conclusion of the course.
Our Beis Midrash offers two tracks per semester - one covering a topic in halacha in depth and the other covering a text of chassidus. Each track meets four days a week for 1.5 hours a day. Our student-centered program will empower you to take ownership of your learning and develop your independent learning skills. You’ll thoroughly master original Torah texts through chavrusa learning and student-led discussions, guided by knowledgeable instructors who will assist you through the process.
Our Chassidus track will be offered for the first time online in January 2022. In Fall of 2022, both our Chassidus and Halacha track will open in person (in Brooklyn) and online.
ONLINE CHASSIDUS TRACK
Our Chassidus curriculum covers Hemshech Ranat, a series of eight maamarim of the Rebbe Rashab that explores the concept of malchus. We will spend roughly two weeks on each maamar discussing the key ideas, studying the text in chavrusas, and summarizing the concepts as a group.
Each week, one pair of chavrusas will be responsible for introducing the key concepts of the maamar for that week and another will be responsible to lead a review and summary of the maamar. At the end of each week, students will participate in an in-depth shiur, taught by the instructor.
At the conclusion of the semester, all students will take an oral exam, as well as write a research essay.
Classes will take place 4 days a week, Monday-Thursday, 11:30 - 1:00 PM EST on Zoom.
December 19 - Registration deadline
January 17 - Start date
March 16-17 - Purim break
April 11-21 - Pesach break
June 6-7 - Shavuos break
June 16 - Last day
All times listed are eastern time
11:30 - 11:45 Student-led introduction of key concepts for the week ~ 15 min
(led by a different chavrusa pair each week)
11:45 - 1:00 Chavrusa learning ~ 75 min
11:30 - 1:00 Chavrusa learning ~ 90 min
11:30 - 12:00 Chavrusa learning ~ 30 min
12:00 - 1:00 Student-led Review & Summary ~ 60 min
(led by a different chavrusa pair each week)
11:30 - 12:30 Shiur with Rabbi Leigh ~ 60 min
12:30 - 1:00 Chazara ~ 30 min
Rabbi Reuven Leigh
Rabbi Leigh has been a shliach to Cambridge University since 2003 and has been teaching Chassidus at an advanced level for over twenty years. Rabbi Leigh has done extensive research into the relationship between Chassidus and contemporary philosophical thought and recently completed his PhD dissertation on the Rebbe Rashab's Hemshech Ranat.
Rabbi Leigh will teach a weekly shiur to the Chassidus track students, guide the students in writing their research essays and facilitate the final oral exam.
“I am excited to help others delve deeply into Hemshech Ranat and discover its revolutionary ideas, and in turn transform my own understanding of the material, as promised by the Hemshech”.
Curriculum Writer & Facilitator
Mrs. Yitty Gniwisch
Yitty Gniwisch lives in Philadelphia with her husband and two children. She has experience teaching Chassidus to high school students and developing a Tanya curriculum for children. Yitty is an avid Chassidus learner and loves spending time learning one maamar again and again until she gains a deep and thorough understanding of the ideas. Yitty has spent many years studying Hemshech Ranat in particular and is excited to facilitate the learning of this beautiful series of maamarim.
Yitty is the writer of our Chassidus curriculum textbook and will guide the students in their chavrusa learning and in developing their independent learning skills.
“Ranat was the first hemshech I learned and it opened up Chassidus for me in a way I had never experienced before. Nothing compares with the richness and excitement of learning a hemshech and I’m looking forward to sharing that experience with others!”
The online application will ask you questions about your learning background and your reason for interest in the program. Please take the time to answer the questions thoroughly. There is a $25 registration fee. If you decide to join program, your registration fee will count towards your tuition.
Following your submission of the application, you will be invited for an interview and to take a skill assessment test.
Please note that this program is geared for women who have already had a yeshiva education and have experience studying Hebrew texts.
Application Deadline: Dec 19, 2021
Students will pay a tuition of $750 per course to be paid at the beginning of the semester. Need-based scholarships available upon request.
They will be expected to attend classes consistently and meet the demands of the program. Failure to meet these requirements will result in dismissal from the program, without refunding tuition.