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Our program Torah studies:

We are committed to skill development, content acquisition and in depth understanding.  Classes will employ progressive teaching methods, traditional instruction and Bet Midrash preparation.

Our program

Art  classes:

Experts in a variety of fine and graphic arts will guide and challenge you to greater levels of accomplishment in a warm and supportive atmosphere.

Our program

Music lessons:

In addition to virtuoso instructors, you will be provided with all the resources necessary in order to learn, create and perform in a vibrant and supportive environment.

Torah Courses and Descriptions

In order to give you a taste of the type of learning that will take place at Emunah V'Omanut, here is a sampling of some of our course offerings and general departments. This list is subject to change given student demand and teacher availability.


Torah Studies


Chumash B’Iyun: Exile and Exodus—Behind the Scenes

Instructor: Mrs Inbar Zada

Who am I? What does it mean to be part of the Jewish people? How do I fit into the larger scheme of things? These questions, which we all ask of ourselves, were also asked by one of our greatest leaders: Moshe Rabeinu. The story of the boy, Moshe, torn between two worlds and in search of his identity, is essentially the story of every Jew who has lived in the Galut. The timeless narrative of the long exile, dreams of redemption and its realization as told to us in ספר שמות has been told and retold by our people throughout the ages. The Tanakh comes alive as we place ספר שמות in the context of Jewish history and in that of our own personal lives. The story of the redemption of our people reflects our own personal struggles and hopes for redemption. We will come to a deeper understanding of the birth of our nation and its role in the world via pshat based analysis, as well as through the eyes of classic parshanim. We will also discuss Moshe’s quest for self-identity and the process it took to transform him from Moshe to Moshe Rabeinu.

Textual skills:

Students will learn to read pshat of the Tanakh using literary techniques as well as

classic commentators, so as to understand and incorporate their perspectives.


Chumash B’Iyun: Creating Meaning and Relevance in Chumash Bereishit

Instructor: Rabbi Fivel Yedidya Glasser

Think you know Bereishit? We will examine this fascinating and complicated text with new eyes and be surprised that it's not the story that we thought it was. Through this, we will discover just how relevant this text is for young adults asking themselves deep questions about purpose, relationship and communication. We will 'create' new personal meanings out of these stories that we thought we knew.

In Elul we will focus on the Torah readings for Rosh Hashanah--Do you know what they are? Why they were chosen? Together we will carefully explore both the simple and deeper meanings of these two passages and their place in the tefillot of the Day of Judgment, and we will finish the month ready and excited for the experience of the High Holidays.


Parshat HaShavua – The Weekly Torah Portion

Instructor:  Rav David Debow

Ancient Jewish tradition divides the Five books of Moses into approximately fifty weekly readings to be spread out over the year.  This course analyzes each weekly portion with an extensive overview and then an in depth analysis of a specific issue of note.  Here the basic philosophic tenets of the Emunah V’Omanut program are transmitted as the issues arise in the weekly portion.


On Judaism and Holiness

Instructor: Mrs Deena Kahane

Parshat Kedoshim contains moral, ethical and halachic lessons which can all be practically applied to our daily lives.  In this course, we will study the פשט, or simple meaning, of the verses, as well as the approaches of various מפרשים and other sources that will help enrich our understanding of the mitzvot contained in this significant parsha.


Women in Tanakh

Instructor: Dr. Yocheved Debow

Far less attention is given to women across Tanakh than to men. Therefore those women who are mentioned and highlighted provide an important opportunity for us to explore the Tanakh’s perception of these female characters. We may ask: What makes this woman unique? What can we learn about her and about the Tanakh’s expectations of, as well as understanding of the nature of women in general? We will begin by exploring the first couple in Tanakh, Adam and Chava to help us understand man, woman, their relationship and their purpose. We will then focus on a range of women in Tanakh and utilize the text, together with classical and contemporary commentaries to understand these women's stories and the timeless lessons they impart.


5 Megillot

Instructor: Dr Yocheved Debow

Why didn't Mordechai bow down to Haman? How many times does the word Hevel appear in Kohelet, and how many times do we find it in all of the other books of Tanakh?  How can we take the messages on Shir Hashirim and apply them to our own relationships with others, and with Hashem? Did Naomi go out of her way to take care of Ruth, or was she simply looking out for herself?

In the weeks leading up to each Megilah's respective Chag, we will search for answers to these questions, and various others, with the intent of understanding the peshat, or the simple intended meaning of the author. In our quest, we will use Tanakh, Midrashim, Mefarshim, and other commentators. Special emphasis will be placed on hashkafic issues that arise while reading these texts, and how sages throughout the ages have grappled with these issues.



Instructor: Rivi Frankel

This class is an in-depth look at the weekly Haftora, its connection to the Parsha, and its relevance to our lives today.  Through reading text and group discussion, students will learn to pick up on subtle cues connecting Chumash and Navi, and be able to identify themes in the Haftora.  Geared towards both students with experience in textual reading, and those without, we will be covering topics new and familiar, and adding new dimensions to our Beit Kenneset experience.


Biblical Personalities

Instructor: Rav Jonathan Bailey

The greatest of our teachers and leaders are presented to us from within the text of the Torah, Neviim and Ketuvim.  The stories are sometimes dramatic, often tragic but always meaningful; it is this meaning, this true intended message that we will discover while studying the stories that present these essential characters to our national identity. Who were they? What were they? And why were they?


From the Judges to the Kings: Bekiut Tanakh

Instructor: Rabbi David Debow

In this class we will follow the Israeli tribes as they enter the land of Israel under the leadership of Yehoshua the first shofet (?!). We will follow their transition from a nomadic nation to a farming nation and then to a kingdom. We will learn a perek in each class, reading the perek and then focusing on one element that the mepharshim thought was significant.


Trei Asar

Instructor: Mrs Deena Kahane

Have you ever heard of “Trei Asar?” Do you know where it is in the Tanach? This book contains prophecies which spanned over 350 years during very different times in Jewish history.  It begins at the time when there were two Jewish kingdoms, and concludes when the tribes of Yehuda and Binyamin were returning to the land to build the second Beit HaMikdash.  The messages though, are for every generation.  We will learn some of the prophets, beginning with Amos of Tekoa, against the backdrop of their time periods, and see how these lessons can be applied to our lives today.



Hebrew Language and Zionism


Instructor:  Ms. Ayala

The Hebrew Ulpan focuses on spoken Hebrew in order to increase fluency as students interact with Israeli society.  In a host of exercises and experiences paralleling their life in Israel, students practice spoken Hebrew, increase their vocabulary and gain insight into the host culture. Students will be expected to do some work outside the classroom in order to experience real improvement in their Hebrew. There will be two levels of Ulpan


Israel Now

Instructor: Rav Yaakov Don

So you're spending a year in Israel?

Do you know what's happening in the country you're living in?

This course is for those of you who want to be up to date about the dynamic fast moving Israeli news.

In this course we watch, hear, explain, debate, analyze and discuss Israeli current events.

We will deal with Israel's security situation, and try to walk our way through the maze of Israeli politics.

We will engage in discussions about complex issues derived from the different cultural groups that make up Israeli society.

And finally, the spoken language in Israel is Hebrew, so all this will be done in the language of the land, Hebrew.



Israel Advocacy

Converts, Conversion & The silent Jewish Holocaust-assimilation

Instructor: Rav Yaakov Don

In this course we attempt to try and give the future university student in the Galut an in-depth serious learned perspective in dealing with the most important issue of Jewish survival in our day - assimilation.

The course is built chronologically in the sense that we inquire, learn, and discuss Jewish texts from the old to the new and contemporary.

The course will deal with six main topics.

I.      Is Judaism a race or a religion?

II.     Does Judaism regard the convert in a negative or a positive manner?

III.    How do you become Jewish?

IV.    The history of assimilation in Judaism.

V.     Halakhahh and assimilation.

VI.    What can be done?

Note - This course will be given mainly in Hebrew and requires the ability to deal with texts written in basic Hebrew.


The David Project

Instructor: Zeev Ben-Shachar

The David Project has a long-term goal – to populate college campuses with educated, trained, and confident college students who can become Israel advocates and to activate them in response to the growing anti-Israel discourse. Our strategy is based on a unique analysis for understanding and communicating to others the nature of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Our approach enables participants to understand the complexities of the Arab-Israeli conflict by promoting critical thinking, historical accuracy, moral decision-making and activism. The David Project offers a unique opportunity to acquire knowledge, strategies and skills to ensure that effective support for Israel thrives on campuses.



Jewish Law – Halakhahh

Women and Jewish Law

Instructors:  Dr. Yocheved Debow

What are the mitzvot that are especially for women? Why do some women wear kerchiefs practically to their eyebrows, while others show much of their hair? Why do some teach women Gemara, while others hesitate over Rashi? How do prenuptial agreements deal with the problem of agunah? How does halakhahh view women's obligation in mitzvot differently than men’s, and why? Are there mitzvot women are not permitted to perform? What does Judaism have to say about relationships between the sexes? Does Judaism believe in platonic friendships? Is “being shomer” a Halakhahh? What about relatives? And friends? What is “Yichud” and when do we have to worry about it? Is there more to tzniut than elbows and knees? How does learning halakhahh help us strengthen our relationship with Ha-Kadosh Barukh Hu? Through guided, in-depth learning of the sources, we will explore the development of halakhahh through the Rishonim and Achronim, to modern-day Poskim. We will develop a deeper understanding and knowledge of areas of halakhahh pertaining to women and the ways in which the practice of these Halakhot impact on us.

Required text: None. Source sheets will be provided.


Torah Art Seminar

Instructor: Rabbi Debow

This course explores the philosophic and Halakhic issues that confront the religious Jewish artist, from freedom to restraint to sources of inspiration.  Students study the set of Jewish Laws (Halakhahh) which govern the creation of images and offers guidance in navigating this complex set of laws which include legal texts which govern the creation of images and 3 dimensional forms along with issues of modesty raised by the religious artist.


Modern Medical Halachik Dilemmas

Instructor: Rav Yisrael Cohn

What is the deal with cloning? Am I allowed to have cosmetic surgery? What is our responsibility towards the disabled? This course illustrates halakhah in action as Judaism grapples with todays' questions. This course will examine material from the Talmud to Shulchan Aruch and modern Halachik responsa. It is hoped that the course will allow us to discuss some of the important Jewish conversations today and give you a sense of how halachik decisions are made


Fabric and Pattern – Understanding Mitzvot

Instructor: Rabbi Simkovich

This course will explore the Spiritual Reverberations of the Halakhot. We will explore Rambam on the link of the mitzvoth to our being and seek the deeper meaning in the ideas behind mitzvoth and their practice.


Contemporary Halakhic Issues

Instructor: Rav Michael Bramson

Take a behind the scenes look at how halakhahh responds to our ever changing world. We will see how our ancient law books as understood by the modern day rabbis and poskim are very much in tune with modern day issues.

Topics include:

*May one enter a church?

*Are body piercing, tattoos and cosmetic surgery allowed?

*May one smoke?

*May one celebrate the non-Jewish holidays?

*May I buy non-kosher meat for my parents?

*May one abort a Tay-sachs baby?

*Is halakhahh really one sided in connection to homosexuals?

* Superstition


Bein Adam L’Chaveiro Workshop

Instructor: Mrs. Chaykee Mor

This course explores our Halakhic responsibility in various areas of interpersonal relationships. Can you tell your roommate about someone who is really annoying you? Do you have to respect your parents no matter what? What about telling the truth? Isn’t it sometimes OK to lie? We will explore the Halakhot of interpersonal relationships and develop our own sensitivities in these areas.



Jewish Thought

Chassidut and the Modern Jew

Instructor: Rav Yisrael Cohn

Chassidut is an attempt to inject meaning into our avodat Hashem. The course is divided into 4 units.

1. Beginnings- Why start the year with Rosh Hashana? What is Divine intimacy? How we achieve purity?

2. Journeys- Should we follow our parents or start a new journey? Where should we go? What should we take for the way?

3. Body, Mind and Soul- Which one is in control? How should I use each one? Why did God create us with all three?

4. Light- What is the difference between light and dark? How is fire connected to the soul? How should we use light and dark?

 Using classical texts such as the works of Sefat Emet, Netivot Shalom and Shem Mishmuel, we will discuss these questions.  It is hoped that this course will help us serve Hashem in a meaningful and personal way.


Mystics and Rationalists: Between Rambam and Ramban

Instructor: Rav David Debow

These two giants of Torah represent some of the key tensions in the spectrum of Jewish thought. By examining some of the key wedge issues they debate students will gain deep insight into the Jewish philosophic tradition. Many of the contemporary divisions in our Orthodox world can be traced to differences in approach between Rambam and Ramban. Understanding their historic and cultural milieu will also help us contextualize these debates. Some of the issues we will tackle include: Rationalism versus Mysticism, Divine Providence, the end of Days, Mashiach and the nature of the soul. We will examine a variety of texts but will focus on the Rambam’s Guide for the Perplexed and the Ramban’s commentary on Tanach.


The Thought of Rav Soloveitchik

Instructor:  Rabbi David Debow

Students will read the major essays written by this giant of Modern Jewish thought.  We will learn about his biography and worldview in an attempt to contextualize his writings and understand the profound effect he has had on shaping the Modern Jewish intellectual landscape.  The breadth of Rav Soloveitchik’s writings and activities are covered as we seek to understand him as Intellectual innovator, communal leader, Halachist and visionary.


Rav Kook: Painting the Picture of a Modern 'am segula'

Instructor: Rabbi Simkovitch

Rav Kook saw the coming of modern Israel way before others.  His vision of what it could be, what it should be, inspired the bringing of Religious Zionism to reality.  And yet - very few understand his picture of what we can become in its fullness, both because of his depth of insight and his desire to picture our possibilities in words, poetically.  This course will look at his thought about our nation, art and creativity, and teshuva, while trying to grasp Rav Kook's own uniqueness and its impact upon us.


Shearim B' tfila

Instructor: Mrs. Miriam Miller

We will study the book named: Shearim Be'tefila" –{ "gates of prayer"}

Based on the Midrash in Yalkut Shimoni, that there are 13  phrases that describe  Tefilla, Harav Pinkuss had written an intense  book to help us understand and apply  them – calling these phrases   – "Gates of opportunity "  - to enable us to connect and to achieve a  meaningful  relationship  with the All- Mighty.

Major topics to be covered:

What is the special way of our generation to create a communication with Hashem?

What can we do when we are in need to really be answered?

Is there a limit?

Our Father Our King"….[my father …]"

Method of evaluation:

One paper in each semester - an original personal story that relates to any part you choose from the book.


Chassidus in the Matrix

Instructor: Rabbi Mordechai Greenfield

This course provides an in-depth personalized study into basic philosophical concepts of Chasidus, Mussar, and general Jewish Hashkafa. The course will include: introduction to Penimius Hatorah, Kabala and Tefillah. The focus of the course is to help us learn to become sensitive to the revelation of Hashem in the world around us towards the goal of creating/discovering our own personal role in the process of Revelation.


Tish and Torah

Instructor: Rivi Frankel

Tisch and Torah takes a new look at well-known songs typically sung at tishes and kumzitzes.  This primarily discussion based class, examines tish songs, their origins in Tanach and Jewish literature, and touches on different hashkafic concepts inherently present in those songs.  Our goal is to explore a variety of issues discussed in Jewish thought, and their practical ramifications. Topics include social responsibility- what and to whom, freedom, what is happiness and how do I achieve it, is there really a time and place for everything, what is the source of conflict and how is it resolved, and infinity.  Note: One does not need to be musical to take this class!


Da Ma Lehashiv (Know What to Answer)

Instructor: Rav Michael Bramson

 "Do we really have to tie our shoelaces in a certain order?  How do I explain the problems of cremations to my non-religious grandmother? Should I attend a non-Jewish holiday celebration for the sake of Shalom bayit? Isn’t the Jewish view on interdating a similar view to that of a racist? If we are such a peaceful nation why does our Torah promote so much fighting?

These are just some of the questions asked by students that we address in this new, thought provoking class. We are taught to think for ourselves but are we prepared to answer these basic questions? Da ma lehashiv will give us the opportunity to explore these ideas using the thought of our great sages and just as important using our own abilities to analyze these very real situations.


Why Study Torah?

Instructor: Rabbi Fivel Yedidya Glasser

In the fall semester, we will grapple with the question of why should we study Torah? What is the point and what does it accomplish? We've all heard that we should do it lishma--but what does that mean? And is it really even possible? This class has two major sections, in the first, e will explore different understandings of what is the nature of Torah, and in the second, what is the impact of study on students of Torah. We will find insight in the chasidic approach, as well as mystical and litvish by exploring the writings of the Aish Kodesh, Reb Tzadok of Lublin, the Maharal and Nefesh haChayim.


Life Skills workshop

Instructor: Mrs. Chaykee Mor

Upset with someone but not sure how to let them know it? Want to be able to stick to the commitments you make but keep giving up because it is just too difficult? Looking for a summer job but not sure where to start writing a resume. This life skills workshop will focus on helping you find the strength within yourself to be effective and successful in life.



Torah SheBa’al Peh


Instructor: Mrs Nechama Goldman Barash

In this course students will be introduced to the world of the Ta’anaitic Sages through an in depth study of their most famous and important text – the Mishnah, which became the basis for all Jewish Law. In this class students will develop skills and analytical tools to decipher the conceptual categories and legal reasoning of the Mishna and other parallel Tannaitic texts like Tosefta. The course aims to train the student to comprehend and question the text independently, through critical analysis of language and structure.

In addition to the Mishnah, we will delve into the Gemara, opening our ears to listen to the discussions that interested the Amoraim in the Beit Midrash - from the most holy to the most mundane. During the year we will focus on the Tractate of Brachot, which deals with recitation of the shema, prayer, and blessings. In depth attention will be paid to the specifics of the law as well as the over arching meta-legal concepts and theological and philosophical messages the Sages are trying to convey in their discussions.


Mishna and Halakhahh

Instructor:  Rav Josh Amaru

a) Mishna

In this course we will do in depth study of the most basic text of Torah sheba'al peh, the Mishna.  We will study the text of the mishna in Hebrew (with the help of tranlsations) in a beit midrash setting.  The goal is to familiarize you with both the content of the mishna and through that to investigate how  Torah sheba'al peh develops and expands into contemporary halakhah.  We will begin with masekhet Rosh Hashana.  From there we will proceed to masekhet Yoma, and after the chagim we will move to masekhet berakhot.

b) Halakhah

This will be an experimental course, giving an overview of Hilkhot Kashrut from a new angle.  Here too we will make use of beit midrash chavruta learning as the basis of the course and the base text will be the Rambam's Hilkhot Ma'akhalot Asurot in English.  The goal is to combine a broad overview with practical modern halakhah that is necessary information for your lives.


Torah SheBaal Peh – back to basics

Instructors: Rav Fivel Yedidya Glasser and Rav Michael Bramson

This class will help students acquire the skills to approach various Torah SheBaal Peh texts. In addition a deeper understanding of the meaning and ideas behind how these texts have developed and become such an intrinsic part of our tradition will be explored.

Students who find texts overwhelming are invited to join our Bet Midrash learning workshop where tasks will be broken down and learning will be accessible to all.


Ethics of Our Fathers

Instructor: Rav Jonathan Bailey

In this class we will cover the first two chapters of Pirkei Avot. Using only the text itself, we will analyze the statements of our past teachers and understand the true message of their words. Beyond building the invaluable skills of textual analysis, by focusing on significant word choice, structure and context, we will seek to fully appreciate their teachings and apply them to our everyday existence as thinking and practicing members of our Jewish nation.



Jewish History

Things you Never Knew about Your Past

Instructor: Mrs. Inbar Gabay Zada

Over the course of the semester we will travel back in time to study the stories of our people. As this class is a survey course, the semester will be divided into three sections: the ancient period, the middle ages, and the modern period.

Together we will ask questions like: Who wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls? Who was Bar Kokhva and why did his rebellion fail? How did Rabbeinu Gershom reform Judaism? What minhagim did Rashi and the Rashbam do that we don't do today? How did a woman become the Rosh Yeshiva in Kurdistan? How did the heads of the Jewish communities in Poland deal with blood libels? Why did the Shulchan Aruch change the face of Judaism? Who was the Baal Shem Tov and why did the Gr"a wage a war against him? What is the Haskala movement? How did Jews finally receive citizenship in modern France and Germany?  What is the Alliance and how did the Damascus affair help cause its creation? What was Sephardic Jewry like under the Ottoman empire? How were the Jewish communities in America created?




Integrative Torah-Art Seminar

Instructor: BatNadiv HaKarmi-Weinberg

The Integrative Torah-Art Honors Seminar is a collaborative journey that strives to bring the studio into the Beit Midrash, exploring the unique insights that art offers. This class will focus on a specific biblical text of your choice. Beginning with close readings, we will move on to interact with the text through visual arts, writing, drama and music, while looking at how great exegetic artists of the past have commented on the Torah through their art and writing. Throughout, we will keep track of our journey through a blog,  which will be a a forum for sharing our works in process, interacting with each other’s interpretation, and creating a multidisciplinary companion to the Torah.


Art Classes and Descriptions


Instructor:  Mr Benny Rubinstein

With an emphasis on the modern digital approach to photography students will gain skill and understanding in the elements of composition.  Visual exercises designed to train their eye will include explorations of framing, touch and tension, the varieties of day time light.  Students will work inside and outside studio conditions.  They will understand the use of lighting and flash, focus and depth of field.  They will also gain facility in post-production while working with Photoshop.  In addition students will enter the dark room in order to explore the elements of traditional photography and work with black and white images.



Instructor:  Eva Avidar

Students will acquire a solid foundation and advanced skills in the various areas of ceramics including throwing, design and sculpture.

Students will understand how the historical and cultural forces affected the basic technological advances in the craft of clay refinement, color and glazes and firing.  The studio portion of the course will explore the various aspects of ceramics through a rich variety of techniques and approaches. The various techniques will explore:

1. Transition from an amorphous material to a hollow geometric form.  Division and recomposition of forms in order to create new forms through careful consideration of the use of internal and external space.

2. Color and decoration in ceramics.  Various design techniques will include engobes, glazes, colors and synthetic commercial paints.

3. Coil building:  Use of this ancient building technique in order to create utensils and sculpted objects.

4. Throwing.  Use of throwing techniques for the creation of various pottery objects

5. Design.  Students will engage the reproduction of objects through the creation and use of molds.


Advanced Painting

Instructor:  Mrs Sylvia Baram

The purpose of this class is to lead the student through the fundamentals of observational painting.  In the first semester, the students develops an understanding of the concept of value through a range of media (pencil, charcoal, paper collage, , etc) leading towards  a solid understanding of the full black -white spectrum. Oil paints are introduced and the students are led through a discovery of key color palette relationships, and the exploration of limited color palettes.  Art history is relied upon to develop the students' exposure to other painters' resolutions of similar challenges. The students are encouraged to do independent work alongside classroom assignments, culminating in a directed creative project that they plan from concept to preparatory sketches and finally, the completed oil painting.  During the second semester, the students are guided through a class-room project in collage as a bridge into understanding how to approach and plan a self-portrait oil painting, which they then will carry-out independently.  The year includes individual and group critiques, plein aire landscape outings, as well as occasional museum, gallery, and artist studio field trips.


Intermediate Painting

Instructor:  Ms BatNadiv Hakarmi

This class explores possibilities for expression of visual ideas, using paint on paper or canvas. Students will learn the basic painting process, using acrylics, beginning with exercises in color and brush stroke, leading up to more advanced techniques of traditional and contemporary applications of media. Subject matter includes still life, nature, landscape, the figure, Jerusalem, religious themes and personal topics. Students will be exposed to Israeli art and world art for inspiration. Each student will receive individual instruction and critique. Oil paint and mixed media will be introduced during second semester. The main goal is for students to immerse themselves in their paintings beyond the classroom, towards the completion a body of work.



Advanced Drawing Instructor:  Ms Batnadiv Hakarmi

Intermediate Drawing Instructor: Mr Jeffrey Alon

This class introduces students to basic drawing techniques and skills necessary for accurate rendering. Students have the opportunity to experiment, using a variety of media, including; pencil, charcoal, pen and ink, washes, colored pencil, graphite, conte crayon, pastel, oil pastel, watercolor and marker. Students are encouraged to observe their surroundings, learn new ways of using materials, to become familiar with well known drawings and be able to critique artwork. Subject matter includes still life, the figure, nature, landscape and Jerusalem cityscape. Emphasis is given to quality of line, form, composition, perspective, proportion, and shadow, so that students will be able to create illusions of space and volume. The main goal is to develop a love and confidence in drawing to enable them to visually record the year in Israel, while acquiring advanced skills for creative personal expression.


Integrative Studio

Instructor: rotating artists

The integrative studio provides students with a framework and laboratory for the one of the central missions of the Emunah V’Omanut program.  Here students explore themes in Judaism through artistic explorations.  A rotating cadre of visiting artist will introduce the students to a variety of new media.  Students receive instruction in the background and technique of the media and then utilize it in exploratory work centered on different Jewish themes.  The variety of media includes calligraphy, paper cut, glass work, ceramics, textiles and installation art.  Our educational emphasis will be on developing student’s abstract, visual and associative thinking skills in the production of what might be termed “visual midrash.”  Explorations often begin with an encounter with a trigger text.  Students are required to produce original works throughout the studio which represent their individual explorations in Jewish themes such as biblical narratives, couplehood – Adam and Eve, The Sukka as an installation, Prayer, Exile and Redemption, Kodesh and Chol – Holy and Profane, Between the Hidden and Revealed.

Music Courses and Descriptions

Individual Voice Instruction

Instructor: Alona Cole

Individual vocal training in order to teach students techniques for professional use of their voices. In addition, students will learn solfege, an important technique for all musicians.


Individual Instrumental lessons

Instructor: Mrs Gayle Berman, Mrs Michal Yardeni and other proficient musicians

Students will be instructed in either piano or guitar. Each student will receive individual instruction at her own level and will progress accordingly. Students will work towards performing in two concerts during the year and will focus on skill as well as technique.


Studio Recording

Instructor: Ms Rivka Ginat

Students will learn introductory skills needed to record sound. Students will learn various computer programs and have the opportunity to record and mix songs. In addition, they will be expected to record their own work and learn how to produce it in a more professional manner.


Master Class

Instructor: Mrs Gayle Berman

Students will share their work with each other, support and critique each other and work in duets and trios. They will gain from the experiences of each other and learn to be part of a community of musicians.


Music Theory

Instructor: Mrs Gayle Berman

Music theory is the study of how music works. It examines the language and notation of music. Students will study at an introductory or more advanced level including chords, scales, music notation and other music theory topics.


Vocal Ensemble

Instructor: Ms Rivka Ginat

Students will participate in a vocal workshop in which they will learn about music and harmony and arrangements for multiple voices. Students will prepare for a number of performances.  Kedma, organizes an annual women's choir competition in which the seminaries join to perform ensembles of their own and raise money for brides inneed of financial aid.


Musical Explorations

Coordinator: Ms Rivka Ginat

This integrative studio provides students with a framework and laboratory for the one of the central missions of the Emunah V’Omanut program.  Here students will be exposed to a variety of musicians who will share their music and the techniques they employ in developing it. A rotating cadre of visiting artist will introduce the students to a variety of ways of using music with a particular focus on integration into the ways in which music can be used to bring together their Jewish experiences and their musical talents. Where possible, students receive instruction in the background and technique of music and then utilize it in exploratory work centered on different Jewish themes.



Instructor: Ms Eryn London

In this course students will delve into the exciting world of Creative Drama, where they will have the opportunity to explore the universal aspects of the human experience through dramatic forms and techniques such as: Tableaux, Improvisation, Scene work, Role Play, Character Development, Story Drama, Documentary Theatre, Choral Reading, Readers Theatre, Collective Creations, and much more. Drawing from their creative instinct, and life experience students will utilize a wide range of sources from texts, poetry, images, objects, and scripts to inspire their work. Students work will culminate in creating an original piece of theatre that will be written, staged, designed, and preformed by the students for the end of the year performance. This course is suitable for students with either a beginners or advanced background.


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