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WOMEN'S

BEIS MIDRASH

COMMIT. INVEST. CONNECT

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Batsheva Learning Center's
 

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.

6 hours a week of guided chavrusa learning.

2.5 hours a week of student-led discussions.

2 hours a week of in-depth shiur taught by your instructors.

textbook mailed to your door.

Oral exams and assessments at the conclusion of the course.

BROOKLYN

BEIS MIDRASH

2022 - 2023

Our Women’s Beis Midrash is opening in-person in September 2022. Located in Brooklyn, NY, the program will create a warm and vibrant learning environment for our students to invest in their growth as independent learners. Students at our Brooklyn Beis Midrash will dedicate three hours a day to in-depth study of halacha and chassidus. Participation in both tracks is required for the in-person program. Below is a description of the curricula for the fall semester of both the halacha and chassidus tracks. (Information about the curriculum for spring semester will be updated closer to the time)

What’s unique about the course is that the students dive headfirst into the text no matter the skill set;

there is no spoon-fed style learning.

- Chaya Sherman (an awesome student from our online program!)

 

Chassidus Curriculum:

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 to lead a review and summary of the maamar. At the end of each 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.

At the conclusion of each semester, 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 hemshech as well as tools to tackle any text of chassidus on their own.

 

Halacha Curriculum:

Our Halacha curriculum will cover the topics of kavod and oneg Shabbos, exploring the origins of the halachos in the Mishna, Gemara, Rishonim and the Shulchan Aruch. 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. Each week, one pair of chavrusas will be responsible to lead a review and summary of the material. At the end of each week, students will participate in an in-depth shiur, in which the instructor will review the sources and lead a discussion based on the concepts they learned. At the conclusion of each semester, 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.

Joining this program has been a life changing experience because it has built my confidence. I can bravely open any sefer on the shelf and I can try and learn it!

- Chani Mochkin (another awesome student from our online program)

 

Program Dates:

The program runs Monday - Thursday, 1:15 - 4:15 PM

 

Fall Semester (2022):

August 29 - Start Date

Sept 26- Oct. 20 - Tishrei break

Dec 19-22 - Chanukah break

February 2 - Last day

 

Spring Semester (2023):

Feb. 6 - Start date

March 6-7 - Purim break 

March 29 - April 13 - Pesach Break

May 25 - Shavuos Break

June 22 - Last day

Application Process:

 

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 $50 registration fee.*

 

*(If you are accepted to the program and you choose to join, this will come off of your tuition. If you are not accepted to the program, this payment will be refunded. If you are accepted, but you do not choose to join us, the payment will not be refunded.)

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: June 12, 2022

 

Tuition:

Students will pay a tuition of $1800 per semester or $3000 per year to be paid at the beginning of the semester.* 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.

*Scholarships and payments plans are available. 

 
 

Weekly Schedule

All times listed are eastern time

MONDAY 

TUESDAY

1:15 - 1:30

Introduction of key concepts for the week

1:15 - 2:40

Chavrusa learning

1:30 - 2:40

Chavrusa learning

2:45 - 3:00

Introduction of key concepts for the week

2:45 - 4:15

Chavrusa learning

3:00 - 4:15

Chavrusa learning

CHASSIDUS

HALACHA

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

1:15 - 1:45

Chavrusa learning

1:15 - 2:15

Shiur with teacher

1:45 - 2:40

Student-led Summary

(led by a different chavrusa pair each week)

2:15 - 2:40

Chazara

2:45 - 3:15

Chavrusa learning

2:45 - 3:45

Shiur with teacher

3:15 - 4:15

Student-led Summary

(led by a different chavrusa pair each week)

3:45 - 4:15

Chazara

CHASSIDUS

HALACHA

 

Thanks to our very talented, patient and warm teachers, I have not only advanced in my text skills tremendously, but have gained a renewed appreciation for Chassidus through the intense style of learning, very much unique to this program.

- Chana Colin (a student ((and mum!)) from our online program) 

Staff:

 

Program Director and Chassidus Instructor

Mrs. Chayale Tzukernik

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Chayale Tzukernik lives in Crown Heights with her husband and three sons. She has over 10 years of experience teaching chassidus to high school girls. She is a talented and engaging teacher who has given lectures and led farbrengens for both teens and adults on all topics in Chassidus. Her audience loves her for her clarity, her insight and her relatability.  She has taught many classes for Batsheva Learning Center in the past and is excited to be part of launching our new women’s Beis Midrash.

Click here to listen to Chayale teaching a maamar in one of our podcast episodes.

“A Beis Midrash for women’s Torah learning, and for the study of Chassidus in particular, is something I dreamed about for as long as I can remember. I am honored to be a part of bringing this dream to reality and facilitating an atmosphere of deep learning and growth for my students.”

Halacha Curriculum Writer and Instructor

Ms. Devorah Silberstein

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Devorah Silberstein is graduating this spring from GPATS (Graduate Program in Advanced Talmudic Studies) where she spent two years studying advanced Gemara and Halacha full time. She is the curriculum director for our high school chidon and co-host of the daily daf of Maseches Sotah podcast we put out last spring. Devorah is a knowledgeable and dynamic teacher who is passionate about giving women the opportunity to explore halacha in depth, from the original sources. She has spent over a year developing our halacha curriculum and is excited to finally share it with her students.

 

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!”

Why open a Women's Beis Midrash?