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What does Bnot Torah have to offer me?

  1. Bnot Torah Institute-more popularly known as Sharfman’s-has been delivering successfully for over 35 years, and is known as a school where Jewish women learn to reach their full potential. Our visionary founder and Dean, Rabbi Label Sharfman, literally “wrote the book” on how to have the best seminary experience. Indeed, Bnot Torah students see real, quantifiable results in a reasonable amount of time. Everything we do at Bnot Torah is geared towards showing you life lessons. Our average class size is typically 12-14 students and emphasize interactive academic learning. Indeed, at Sharfman’s we offer 3 unique levels. From Intermediate to Advanced, you will find an academic level suitable to your skills and learn together with other girls like you. The common denominator that our students on all levels share is the desire to learn and grow! In short, at Bnot Torah you will see yourself move in the direction you want to go and be able to see actual results and appreciate your accomplishments.
  2. Our faculty includes some of the most fascinating Rabbis and educators who have studied at an assortment of famous yeshivot, seminaries, and colleges. This provides students with an everlasting eclectic understanding, appreciation, and passion for Judaism. Furthermore, we provide arguably one of the highest student to faculty ratio available in all of Israel-a whopping 50 faculty members to 50 students!
  3. Our students hail from throughout the United States and Canada. Yet, the common goal each person shares is that they are motivated to grow, they possess an innate desire to become knowledgeable in Torah, improve their character traits, develop a true hashkafah, and reach their maximum potential as a contemporary Jewish woman. (back to top)

Does Bnot Torah have a particular hashkafa/philosophy?

Any school that doesn’t will confuse and frustrate its students. Our educational philosophy is to provide you the opportunity to discover your heritage in an atmosphere of open inquiry and mutual respect. As such, by spending a year engrossed in academic Torah study and values, as well as focusing on character enhancement and a love and respect for the Land of Israel, our students are able to realize and cultivate their true potential. (back to top)

Does Bnot Torah offer any meals?

Starting your morning off with a healthy well-balanced breakfast will allow you to strengthen your mind and soul and empower you to focus and grow through all of your morning classes. Hence, we offer a nutritious, well-balanced breakfast every day that classes meet. Moreover, our delicious dairy lunches and meat dinners include a wonderfully catered hot meal together with a freshly tossed salad. What’s more, we encourage you to enhance your Bnot Torah spirit and pride and join us for our Wednesday Evening Events, led by our Rakazot, in which students enjoy various activities or different delicacies such as: our very own Sharfman’s Sushi, Mexican Wraps, Whole Wheat Pizza, and much, much more! In general, this time period is a favorite amongst our students in that it allows for the perfect setting for all of the various levels and classes to mingle together and unwind from intensive academic studies, while also socializing and furthering their friendships. (back to top)

What are the living accommodations like?

For a detailed description, please visit our Facilities and Services page [include link]. (back to top)

Can I check my email?

Yes. We provide email access via four computer stations in our Bnot Torah Email Room, conveniently located adjacent to our Beit Midrash, to allow you to communicate with your friends and family back home on a regular basis, as well as uploading and sharing your photos of your Bnot Torah experience. (back to top)

What is the daily schedule like?

At Bnot Torah classes and Beit Midrash sessions are conducted on Sundays through Wednesdays from 8:30 AM-1:00 PM and 3:40 – 7:00 PM. Classes on Thursday end at 12:00 PM to accommodate for Chessed activities. Tuesday and Thursdays students return in the evening from 8:00 PM – 10:05 PM. The morning session is replete with four one hour classes that allow a student to explore the broad course offerings found within our academic and intellectually stimulating program. In addition, from Sunday through Wednesday the morning session is also interspersed with a healthy balance of classes and Beit Midrash study; the three afternoons utilize classes and Beit Midrash time; the two evenings consist of two classes each. In addition, because many of our faculty live just minutes away from our school, you can always continue your quest for knowledge and inspiration at your favorite teacher, Mechanechet, or Rakezet’s home-even after hours! For more information about our curriculum please see our Course Offerings page. To learn more about our daily schedule please visit the Typical Daily Schedule. (back to top)

What is your curfew policy?

Being that you are coming to Israel to learn and grow, Bnot Torah upholds a curfew in which all first year students must be back in their apartments by 11:30 PM. Curfew extensions may be received from your Mechanechet for special circumstances. (back to top)

How is the Bnot Torah Beit Midrash unique?

Bnot Torah is recognized as one of the first schools to incorporate the use of a Beit Midrash into the seminary experience. Indeed, our energetic Beit Midrash is adorned with the finest reference books and seforim available in the Jewish world. Our bookshelves are overflowing with many books of interest in both Hebrew and English, which may be borrowed from the library or used to prepare assignments. In addition to the Beit Midrash being used regularly as part of the daily schedule, students have exclusive access to Beit Midrash Mentor and Halachic Advisor, Rabbi Dovid Oratz, a renowned author, editor, and translator for Artscroll Publications. He is noted for his ability to patiently explain a concept or idea found within an intricate text. What’s more, Beit Midrash Tutors as well as your own personal Rakezet are constantly present during the Morning Beit Midrash period, to further assist you in preparing sources and commentaries for your stimulating and exciting text-centered Chumash class. Throughout the Afternoon Beit Midrash period, students enhance their Torah knowledge as well as meet with their Mechanechet, or other faculty members, to ask questions or simply discuss ideas and explore issues of interest to them. All in all, the Beit Midrash at Bnot Torah is one of the sources of its energy-where you will constantly find people learning or even arranging their own chavruta with a fellow student! (back to top)

What type of supervision does Bnot Torah provide?

Bnot Torah has not one-but numerous-personable Aim Bayits who live minutes from the apartments. Your Aim Bayit meets with you and your apartment-mates twice a week to ensure that your apartment living experience is maximally beneficial. Likewise, they are always on call and along with the rest of our faculty, are available to handle any and all emergencies that may arise. (back to top)

Will I receive college credits for my year at Bnot Torah?

Many colleges (including Touro College and Stern College) will allow transfer credit of between 32-36 credits based on your transcript. In fact, some colleges (e.g. Queens and Brooklyn) will transfer a full year’s credit from an Israeli institution if the student attended on a joint-college program with a recognized U.S. college or grant credit based on their evaluation of a student’s transcript. Throughout the years our students have been accepted to some of the most prestigious colleges and universities including, but not limited to: Harvard, Yale, USC, NYU, Penn, UCLA and many others. Bnot Torah has a number of joint programs available, including Touro College and others. Students attending Bnot Torah on a joint program are entitled to whatever financial aid they would be entitled to receive if they were attending that college in the U.S. For further information regarding joint programs, please contact or visit our Contact Information page to communicate with our American Office. (back to top)

How do you maintain contact with students outside of school?

There are times when Bnot Torah receives security precautions from the police, embassy, or defense authorities. In such cases, we send an immediate text message to our students notifying them of the warning and providing them with specific instructions. Please note that these text messages can only be sent to phones on the Pelephone Network. To that effect, since Talk’n’Save provides the best prices and service for Pelephone phones for students-we highly recommend that you rent a cell phone through this company. (back to top)

What security measures are taken for Tiyulim and other trips?

We follow the guidelines for Tiyulim used by the Israeli Ministry of Education. All Tiyulim outside city areas are accompanied by armed guards who are also top-notch medics. Our itineraries do not include areas that are deemed less than 100% safe; and the tour guide checks with security authorities prior to our departing on any Tiyul. (back to top)

Does Bnot Torah recognize Yom HaShoah and Yom HaZikaron?

In Israel, people go to work or attend classes on these national days of remembrance. However, the significance of these days is discussed; and when the siren sounds, we utilize the moment by rising out of respect and reciting chapters of Tehillim in the memory of those fellow Jews who died sanctifying the name of HaShem. (back to top)

Does Bnot Torah recognize Yom HaAtzmaut?

The State of Israel is recognized as a positive development in the course of Jewish History. Classes are not held and students are actively encouraged to follow their family customs concerning Yom HaAtzmaut. (back to top)

How far is Bnot Torah from the Kotel?

The Kotel is easily accessible by foot, bus, or cab! (back to top)

What’s your tuition?

The tuition for the academic year of 2012-2013 is $23,000.00 (back to top)

Are there academic scholarships available?

Bnot Torah has a limited number of scholarships available for those students who qualify. If you would like to apply for a scholarship, please contact us. You will be required to fill out a detailed form that will be submitted for the review of the Bnot Torah Scholarship Committee. Students attending on a joint program with Touro College or HTC may qualify for governmental loans or grants. In addition, many Jewish communal organizations have funding available to assist students coming to Israel. We recommend that you contact your local Federation, as well as your synagogue. Bnot Torah will attempt to assist you so that financial constraints do not prevent you from studying at Bnot Torah. (back to top)

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