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Established in 1970, Neve Yerushalayim was the first school to introduce serious young women without religious background to an in-depth study of Judaism. The school started with only a handful of students who studied and lived in a modest suite of rented apartments in the Bayit Vegan section of Jerusalem.
From its humble beginnings, the school grew in size and scope over the years. Today, Neve Yerushalayim has become the largest and most diversified Jewish educational network of its kind in the world. It offers 18 distinctive educational programs designed to meet the needs of the students who come from many different countries and who have varying backgrounds of knowledge in Judaism, ranging from the most elementary to the highly advanced. Some of its programs are devoted entirely to Jewish studies. Others provide a dual curriculum of Jewish content and secular studies that prepare students for careers that serve the Jewish community.
More than 1500 students attend classes on campuses that are located in Israel, North America, and Europe. Most of the students, however, live and study in schools and seminaries located on the main campus in Har Nof, Jerusalem. There, too, is found the Neve School of General Jewish Studies of Neve Yerushalayim College, the direct descendant of the original program and the proud flagship of the Neve Yerushalayim enterprise.
I am filled with pride that through Neve Yerushalayim, many thousands of women the world over have come to appreciate and love their Jewish heritage and make it an integral part of their lives. Equipped with the knowledge and commitment attained at Neve, these women play a significant role in the resurgence of Jewish values on the campus, in the workplace, in the community at large, and most importantly, in the Jewish home.
I invite you to review the many offerings of the Neve Yerushalayim Jewish Educational Network and apply to the program that fits your background and needs. By doing so, you will gain a deeper appreciation of your role as an essential link in the chain of Jewish existence.
Rabbi Dr. Dovid Refson