Midreshet Moriah is a warm, family-like environment where we emphasize the individual growth and growing independence of every student; maximum flexibility for each student in designing her personal schedule to match her interests and goals; close relationships with teachers and mentors; the opportunity to create a passionate relationship with Torah through challenging, exciting shiurim and in private chavrutot with our faculty; and lasting ties to friends, teachers, and the Land.
Our curriculum emphasizes maximum flexibility so that each student can design a schedule which meets her needs, both in terms of level and area of interest. Requirements are kept to a minimum in order to allow students maximum freedom in customizing their learning so that they may use their time to pursue their interests. Midreshet offers both Regular and Advanced courses, which allows students to customize the level of challenge according to their needs. Advanced courses offer academically advanced students a program which provides skills through extensive chavrutah and a high-level discussion during shiur. Each student is also encouraged to devote some hours to independent learning outside the context of shiurim, often with a faculty or student chavrutah. Seder Erev shiurim take place nightly.
Our main areas of focus are Tanakh, Halakhah, and Jewish Thought (which includes philosophy, mussar, chasidut, and the like). Students are free to customize a schedule which balances these three areas, or they may choose to emphasize any area they wish. We also offer two levels of Gemara and offerings in Jewish History and contemporary events. Some examples of courses we offer: Chamesh Megillot, Guide to the Perplexed, Derekh Hashem, Netivot Shalom, Sketchy Women in Tanakh (SWIT), Thought of Rabbi Soloveitchik, Haggadah Shel Pesach, Halakhic Day, Jewish Medical Ethics, Yosef ve-Echav, Ya’akov ve-Esav, Shir Ha-Shirim, Kohelet, Alei Shur, Sho’ah & Faith, Taharat Ha-Mishpachah, Love in Tanakh, Chasidut, Em Ha-Banim Semekhah, Parshah, Interpersonal Halakhah. For a full list and weekly schedule, please visit our website at www.midreshetmoriah.com
A day typically begins with tefilah at 8:30 AM and shiurim at 9:00 AM (10 AM Sundays). Each student creates her own schedule, mixing shiurim and breaks to fit with her preference, in addition to the lunch and dinner breaks. Shiurim are offered throughout the day, through the conclusion of Seder Erev at 9:30, and special shiurim continue after that. Students are required to be at Seder Erev four nights a week. Monday evenings and Fridays are free time.
Language of Instruction
Shiurim are taught in Hebrew and English. Often there are parallel sections of a course available in either language. Students may opt to schedule their coursework in Hebrew to the degree they find appropriate.
Ulpan or Hebrew Class
Experience has taught us that our students are very eager to improve their Hebrew, so we offer two levels of Ulpan several times a week. Ulpan alone isn’t the answer, of course, -our students tell us that participating in daily Israeli life helps them improve the most.
Assessment and Grading
Students receive grades for courses based on each teacher’s assessment, which includes attendance and participation and, in a few courses, may also include tests, papers, and oral examinations. Overall, however, we work hard to keep pressure and testing to an absolute minimum so that our students are motivated just by the desire to learn and grow and not by external pressure.Shana Bet
In most years, 8-12 students return for Shana Bet. Shana Bet
provides students an opportunity to continue learning and growing spiritually,
while serving as mentors and role models to Shana Aleph students. Shana Bet
students have their own Shabbatonim, Tiyyulim, and other special events, in
addition to a full schedule of special shiurim customized for the needs of each
year’s Shana Bet class.
Joint programs with American colleges include Yeshiva University, Touro College, and Hebrew Theological College. In addition, credits earned at Midreshet Moriah are accepted by many other colleges and universities in North America.
Menahel / Dean:
Rabbi Meyer Berglas is Midreshet’s Founder and Dean. Rabbi Berglas’s warm smile, gentle manner, and wisdom have made him a beloved mentor to decades of Midreshet students, and his shiurim play a central role in shaping the character and values of our students. Every year, a few students are privileged to learn with Rabbi Berglas individually as part of Midreshet’s unique commitment to the growth of each individual student. Rabbi Berglas, a student of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, received Semikhah and an MHL from Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, and an MA at Columbia University. Rabbi Berglas lives in Neve Alizah, the community he founded with his wife, Vicky.
Mrs. Vicky Berglas. Vicky’s warmth and empathy maker her a much sought-after confidant and chavruta, and the sounds of laughter with the joy of learning always accompanies her "chevrah" in the Beit Midrash. In addition to the role she plays at Midreshet, Vicky, as our students call her, also serves as a guide at Yad Vashem and leads tours to Poland to explore the Jewish civilization which once flourished there. Vicky's class in "Sho'ah and Faith" is one of our students' favorites, combining the study of the Holocaust with religious and halakhic writings from that time. When Vicky leads our students on the annual Heritage tour of Poland, they are treated to her unique perspective, which combines encyclopedic historical knowledge with a deep connection to the great personalities of our past and the conviction that the Holocaust can inspire us toward meaning and accomplishment in our personal own lives. Vicky earned a BA in Psychology and Judaic Studies at Yeshiva University and an MA in Holocaust Studies at Haifa University. She lives in Neve Alizah, the community she founded with her husband.
Rabbi Eitan Mayer is Midreshet's Menahel Chinuchi and Assistant Dean. “Rav Eitan,” as our students call him, is known both for his wry sense of humor and his shiurim in Chumash and Machshavah, which emphasize highly creative thinking and intensely personal grappling with Torah and its implications for our emunah and our lives. Rav Eitan is always available for personal advice, halakhic questions, and discussions on emunah. Rav Eitan learned at Yeshivat Sha’alvim and received Semikhah at Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, where he was a Wexner Graduate Fellow, and continued his learning in the Beren Kollel Elyon. He earned a BA in English Literature and an MA in Jewish Education at Yeshiva University, and is completing an MA in Jewish Philosophy and an EdD in Jewish Education at Yeshiva University. Before making Aliyah in 2004, Rav Eitan taught Gemara and Halakhah at the Graduate Program in Advanced Talmudic Studies for Women at Yeshiva University and served as Assistant Rabbi at The Jewish Center on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Rav Eitan lives in Neve Daniel with his wife, Sally, and their six children.
Director of Guidance:
Mrs. Bracha Krohn is Director of Guidance and Coordinator of
Special Programming. She teaches Tanakh, Midrash, and Rabbinic Thought at Midreshet Moriah. Bracha, as her students call her, has an enthusiasm for learning which permeates the classroom. Her dynamic teaching style encourages participation and fosters a strong desire to learn, and her openness and genuineness create an environment for thoughtful, honest questioning. She has a special way of identifying with students and showing them her authentic care and concern. Bracha learned at Michlala, was Jewish Studies valedictorian and earned a BA at Stern College in Jewish Studies and English Literature, and is completing her MA in Bible at Yeshiva University’s Bernard Revel Graduate School. She taught for seven years at the Fuchs Mizrachi School and the Women's Beit Midrash in Cleveland, before making aliyah in 2008. Bracha currently serves on the educational staff of Camp Stone,
where she returns each summer with her family. She lives in Efrat with her husband and three children.
Midreshet Moriah’s tradition of outstanding, creative, inspiring teachers was established by its founding faculty, including Dr. Bryna Levy, Rabbi Dr. Reuven Aberman, Rabbi Dr. Aharon Rakefet, and others. Today, we are proud that these traditions continue. Our teachers revere as their own mentors Rabbi Joseph B Soloveitchik, Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak Kook, Dr. Nechama Leibowitz, and others. A full list, with full bio’s, can be found at www.midreshetmoriah.com
Interaction with Israelis
Students are encouraged to visit different communities in Israel and at their request may be placed for home hospitality on Shabbatot throughout the country. Students are encouraged to understand Israeli politics and the Israeli scene in formal classes like “Current Events”, and informally, through the madrichot and Sherut Leumi and nursing school students who share our building.
Special Informal programs
Guest speakers are featured several times a month. Chagigot and Yemei Iyun are scheduled for appropriate holidays (i.e. Yamim Nora’im, Chanukah, Purim, Yom Ha’Atzma’ut, Rosh Chodesh) .
There is access to a track across the street and several gyms are nearby.
Programming for Shabbat and Yom Tov
At Midreshet, we have a Shabbaton about once a month, bringing our students and faculty together in locations such as Tzfat, the Old City of Jerusalem, Neve Daniel, Chashmona’im, Me’ah She’arim, and other locations. Our dormitory remains open on all Shabbatot and during Chol HaMo’ed, so that students may stay “in” when they wish. Students are often hosted for Shabbat by families of staff members and former students. For the Yamim Nora’im, all students are invited to the home of a member of our faculty.
Our itinerary of guided field trips and tours is both a part of the academic curriculum, enriching our learning of Tanakh and Jewish History, as well as a chance for students to enjoy a break from routine and a chance to bond and get to know our faculty better. Day trips, including Kever Rachel, Me’arat Ha-Machpelah, and other destinations, are interspersed throughout the year, while extended tours of the areas of Eilat, the Negev, Galil and Golan facilitate the student's appreciation of the Land of Israel.
Each dorm room is centrally heated and has its own refrigerator and private bathroom with shower. The entire dorm is located on one floor, with all of the rooms on one hallway, which contributes tremendously to helping students meet each other quickly and find friends. The dorm is supervised by the Em Bayit and resident madrichot. Students generally live three to a room, and may request their roommates or go “potluck” and have the roommates assigned. Students may invite female friends home overnight and for Shabbatot. Our Bet Midrash, classrooms, dormitory and dining facilities are all located in one building.
Availability of Private Kitchen Facilities
Meals are served on days when shiurim are in session. Meals include a breakfast of American cereal and milk, lunch, and dinner four nights a week (Monday evenings are free time). Students may also use the microwave ovens,
burners and ovens in the dormitory to prepare their own meals. The shopping center right across the street also offers a great variety of options.
Facility use during Shabbat and Yom Tov
Midreshet Moriah is open every Shabbat, with at least one madrichah present. All meals are provided in a “Shabbasdik” atmosphere enhanced by zemirot and Divrei Torah.The facilities are open and available to students during Chol HaMo’ed on Sukkot and Pesach.
Curfew weeknights is 12:00 AM, and on Thursday nights and Motzei Shabbat at 12:30. Students who leave for Shabbat fill out a form with the pertinent information. During vacation times, members of the administration check in with the students to make sure everything’s OK.
Rav Eitan Mayer
Shaare Zedek Educational Wing
Nursing School Building
Shmuel Bayit 12/ P.O. Box 3235
Phone: (02) 652-7449
Fax: (02) 651-1524
500 West 185th Street
New York, NY 10033
500 West 185th Street
New York, NY 10033
Please fill out the form below to submit any feedback, comments or concerns.
Close this window