• Guide to Israel Schools

  • Tomer Devorah—S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program

  • Accommodations

    Living Quarters
    Each room will house 4-5 students. The dorms are housed in the same beautiful building as all the school facilities - no need to be exposed to the elements on your way to class, to the common areas or to eat. All students have access to a kitchenette, laundry and computers with internet access. Students may choose their own roommates. Tomer Devorah is housed on a sprawling campus equipped with a basketball court, private park and multiple outdoor areas for recreation.

    Availability of Private Kitchen Facilities

    Facility use during Shabbat and Yom Tov
    The dorm is always open.

    Curfew is at 11:30 pm.

    Security Arrangements
    There is a 24 hour security guard, closed circuit cameras and a fence surrounding the entire scenic campus.

    Accrediting Universities
    Tomer Devorah is a recognized Yeshiva University S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program School. Our credits are accepted by Touro College, Excelsior College and various other universities. Please be in touch with the Tomer Devorah Office to find out if your college will accept a Tomer Devorah transcript.
    Additional Information
    Please see our website http://www.tomerdevorah.net/

    Our curriculum focuses on developing a deep love of Judaism and commitment to a Torah lifestyle through learning the texts and contemporary teachings of our rabbis. There is a strong emphasis on Midot development and finding each individual girl's place in her Judaism.

    Courses Offered
    A Meaningful Life
    Links in the Chain
    Uva L’tzion
    Shir HaShirim
    Iyunim B’Chumash
    Yediat Ha’aretz
    Bayit Rishon: A Nation Divided
    Bein Adam L’chaveiro
    Ulpan Chavaya
    Habayit Hayehudi
    Chumash Beit Midrash
    Michtav Me’Eliyahu
    Chinuch Habanim
    Shearim B’Tefilla
    48 Ways
    Iggeret HaRamban
    Mesilat Yesharim
    Misunderstood Topics in Tanach
    Parsha Inspirational
    Netivot Shalom
    Sheva Neviot
    Ulpan Sababa
    Nashim B’Tanach
    Sefer Daniel
    Parsha Textual
    Inyanei Nashim
    Chovot Hatalmidim
    Chamesh Megillot
    Da Et Azmecha
    Hilchot Shabbat
    Hilchot Shabbat Sephardi
    HIlchot Shabbat
    Concepts in Jewish Thoughts
    13 Ikrim
    Works of the Ramchal
    Sefer Chafetz Chaim
    Taamei Hamitzvot
    Contemporary Connundrums in Halacha
    Da Ma Lehashiv
    Pirkei Avot
    Freestyle Beit Midrash Study
    Ruin and Rebirth
    Halacha Day to Day Sephardi
    Halacha Day to Day Ashkenaz
    Halacha Lifecycles
    Ma’agal Hashana
    Mysteries of Bereshit
    End of Days
    Gedolei Yisrael
    Halacha Al HaParsha
    Rodfei Emet
    Threats to Judaism
    Chayei Olam
    The Joy of Being a Jew
    Building Blocks
    Walking Jerusalem

    Daily Schedule
    Classes are offered 5 days a week beginning at 8:30am. Girls choose their own classes and therefore have the flexibility to create their schedules to best suit their individual needs. Aside from an optional "Walking Jerusalem" class which meets 3-4 times over the course of each semester, there are no classes on Fridays.

    Language of Instruction
    Most classes are taught in English.  There is an option to take a few of our courses that are taught in Hebrew for our "Ivrit b'Ivrit" program.

    Ulpan or Hebrew Class

    We offer three Ulpan options on varying levels.

    Assessment and Grading

    Grades are assessed based on attendance, class participation and semester tests or projects.  

    Shana Bet

    Tomer Devorah offers a full shana bet program. 

    Joint Program

    Yeshiva University, Touro, Excelsior College

    Level of Learning Offered

    Hebrew Knowledge Required
    Shiurim are in English.

    Religious Observance Required
    An orthodox woman who exhibits a positive attitude towards her shemirat Torah U 'Mitzvot and who is actively seeking growth in learning.
    Extra-Curricular Activities

    Interaction with Israelis
    Tomer Devorah is located on the beautiful Beit Olot Campus -- a home for underprivileged Israeli girls.
    Tomer Devorah girls are encouraged to expand their horizons by spending shabbat with families living all over Israel.

    Special Informal programs
    Special informal programming happens all the time at Tomer Devorah. We host workshops at staff homes, movie nights on educational topics, night activities, exercise classes, game.nights, kumzitzs, dinners with teachers and more. Over vacation times, we have special programming including a pizza party, BBQ, tie dyeing, informal trips, joint chessed opportunities and other fun and relaxing activities.

    Sports Facilities
    Our campus includes a fully equipped indoor gym and an outdoor basketball court.

    Programming for Shabbat and Yom Tov
    Tomer Devorah offers one to two shabbatonim per month. Shabbatonim are either on our campus or in various communities around Israel. Tomer Devorah has a shabbat placement program in which girls can sign up to be placed in different communities.

    Field Trips
    Tomer Devorah girls are privileged to travel the width and breadth of the country. We travel up to the north of the country, down to the south of the country and everywhere in between.


    Goal of Program
    To educate and inspire students and to use a healthy Torah lens to assess their goals and priorities for their adult life.

    Attitude towards Israel and Medinat Yisrael
    Tomer Devorah seeks to engender a very strong connection to the Land of Israel through classes and tiyulim and Shabbatot in communities throughout the Land. Medinat Yisrael is a precious and fragile gift that Hashem gave back to the Jews after the destruction of the Holocaust. We have tremendous hakarat hatov for the fact that we have a Medina that affords us to learn and serve Hashem in the Land of our forefathers.

    Attitude towards University Studies
    Very encouraging of students to continue their studies in colleges and universities around the world.

    Attitude towards Extracurricular Activities
    There is a very big emphasis on involvement in experiential and extracurricular activities in Tomer Devorah. The monthly calendar has multiple extracurricular activities, trips, events and more every month.

    Preparation for Post Israel
    In Tomer Devorah there is a very big emphasis on being "real" and encouraging the students to facetheir real-life challenges and hurdles head-on. Tomer Devorah prepares the students not only with the knowledge and background to be confident and proud in their Torah perspectives and beliefs but also to be healthy, inside and out, with a balanced perspective on life and the future.

    The "Successful" Student
    A successful Tomer Devorah student is one who went through her seminary year facing her challenges - academic, personal growth or spiritual - head on.Tomer Devorah students find they have the support and backing they need to overcome the challenges they meet throughout the year. Those students who don't fake or shy away, but are committed to taking on their challenges, both in the classroom and out, succeed at becoming developed, mature thinkers and recognize the deep wellspring of personal abilities and potential that they have inside. This is something the students take with them for the rest of their lives and use to face all their future challenges and obstacles.

    The Tomer Devorah dress code reflects adherence to Halacha as well as sensitivity to the local religious population.

    Guidance Personnel
    Rakazot, Mechanechet, Rabbis


    There is 24 hour security for the Tomer Devorah campus. There is a family living on the campus and another Eim Bayit living just a few minutes walk away. Our staff is in constant contact with the students and attendance and curfew are monitored daily in order to ensure that every student is accounted for.

    Founded in 2006, Tomer Devorah is proud to be moving into its second decade as a successful, popular and highly regarded seminary.
    Type of American Student
    Tomer Devorah students come from all over the United States from backgrounds ranging from public school to Beit Yaakov

    Overall Number of Students (Kollel, Israeli, Foreign)

    Foreign Student Percentage

    Number of 1st Year American Students

    Number of 2nd Year American Students

    Other Nationalities
    England, Canada, Brazil, Australia, South Africa, and Italy

    Number of Students per Class
    Students choose their own classes and therefore class sizes range from as few as 5-8 girls to classes that have all 60 girls in attendance.
    Rabbi Nissim Abrin
    Mrs. Esther Amsterv
    Mrs. Gitty Auerbach
    Mrs. Michelle Baruch
    Rabbi Mordechai Burg
    Rabbi Tzadok Cable
    Rabbi Yirmiyahu Cohen
    Mrs. Tzipora Leah Danesh
    Mr. Meir Eisenman
    Rabbi Yossef Ezrihen
    Rabbi Noam Fix
    Mrs. Rivka Fix
    Mrs. Rivka Foxbrunner
    Rabbi Gavriel Friedman
    Mrs. Ariella Gofman
    Mrs. Sophie Goldstein
    Mrs. Sara Malka Gordon
    Mrs. Dina Hakimian
    Mrs. Pearly Hausman
    Mrs. Chava Leah Hoffman
    Mrs. Mindel Kassorla
    Rabbi Gabi Kruskal
    Rabbi Dov Lev
    Mrs. Ashira Levy
    Mrs. Rivka Lichtman
    Mrs. Menucha Lieberman
    Mrs. Hyndi Mendelowitz
    Mrs. Miriam Miller
    Miss Tsivia Morrisonv
    Rabbi Don Perkal
    Mrs. Sheva Rand
    Mrs. Miriam Rosen
    Mrs. Leah Rosenstein
    Rabbi Moshe Rosenstein
    Mrs. Aviva Saunders
    Rabbi Baruch Schechter
    Mrs. DinaSchoonmaker
    Rabbi Nachman Seltzer
    Mrs. Joyce Sperling
    Mrs. Elana Stahler
    Rabbi Efraim Stauber
    Mrs. Avigail Teller
    Mrs. Shonny Tenembaum
    Mrs. Michal Trenk
    Mrs. Tova Walder
    Rabbi Yaakov Yisroel Wenglin
    Rabbi Avraham Willig
    Miss Tehilla Yaphe
    Tuition is $23,800 for the full year.
    Contact Information

    Tomer Devorah

    Shevy Lowinger
    6536 N. California Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60645
    Phone: (773) 262-0208
    Fax: (312) 873-4172
    Email: info@tomerdevorah.net

    Rabbi Noam Fix
    29 Ma'agalei Hari'm Levine St.
    Sanhedria Murchevet, Jerusalem
    Phone: (02) 571-6633
    Fax: (02) 571-5032
    Email: office@tomerdevorah.net 

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