In addition to the Torah studies in Neve, the campus life enriches the learning.
Living and learning together with other women seeking to develop their knowledge and potential as Jewish women encourages the development of close and supportive friendships, many which last for life.
The Neve campus itself is beautifully landscaped with colorful flowers and grassy areas where students can relax, schmooze, discuss their learning and share their lives. The campus provides a tranquil atmosphere which gives students a place to think and to grow at their own pace.
Here are some questions you may be asking about student life at Neve:
Who are the students Iíll be learning with at Neve?Students attending the Neve program come from all over the world, but mainly from North America, Great Britain, and South Africa. They range in age from 19 to early 30ís. They are well educated and intellectually curious. Many are professionals, while others are in the midst of their college education. All, however, seek exposure to Jewish thought that will compliment their academic achievements. They are interested in studying the foundations of Jewish knowledge in an environment that recognizes and responds to their intellectual and personal maturity.
Will I be traveling and seeing Israel?Of course! To enrich the studentís learning experience and give her a love for the land of Israel, Neve offers tours and visits to Biblical, historical, and nature sites throughout Israel. These field trips augment classroom study and provide firsthand knowledge of the land and its people. Professionally guided tours include half day, full day, and extended visits to different parts of the country. The school sponsors two major trips each year --one to the North encompassing the Galilee and the Golan, and the other to the South, including the Negev, Eilat and the desert areas surrounding it. Students pay a nominal portion of the cost of each tour.
How do we spend Shabbat and the Holidays?Shabbat experiences are an essential ingredient of the Neve program. Over the year, the school schedules Shabbats which the students spend together either on the campus or in other communities in Jerusalem and its environs. Second day Yom Tov meals are also spent together in Neve. Most weeks, however, the students eat Shabbat meals with families of their choice, or if they wish, with families arranged by the school. A student may ask to be placed in Jerusalem or in other locations throughout Israel. Spending Shabbat with families enables the students to experience the richness of Shabbat and how it is observed, meet many Israeli families, and become acquainted with different parts of the country. The in-Shabbats allow the students the chance to dine and sing together, have group discussions, listen to guest speakersí and to fellow studentsí words of Torah. Most Shabbat afternoons, there is a guest lecturer who speaks on the parsha of the week.
Will I have an opportunity to use my musical or theatrical talents while at Neve?Yes! Students with theatrical and creative talents have opportunities to write, produce, and perform shows either at holiday times or otherwise. Some shows are for fellow students and some are open to the public. Those with musical talents are encouraged to continue with their practice. Neve has a piano available for studentsí use.
What other extra-curricular activities are available?A wide range of extra-curricular activities are available to students either on campus or at nearby facilities. These can include dance classes, aerobics, choir, baking, sports, and swimming. There are gyms nearby for those who want to work out. Students are encouraged to volunteer their time to help local families in need, to visit the sick and elderly, and to pack boxes of food for poor families.