Shalhevet is a one-year honors course of study designed for women who have acquired a solid background in Jewish studies, either as students in Neve programs or at equivalent institutions. A serious and mature attitude towards study and advanced skills in the analysis of Hebrew texts are prerequisites.
The curriculum comprises advanced biblical exegesis using the original Hebrew texts, in-depth study of the Torah's legal system, and a broad survey of the major philosophical and sociological issues in Judaism. Study methods include the traditional chavruta (independent study in pairs), seminar sessions, and independent study projects.
During the summer, Neve offers an eight-week Pre-Shalhevet program as well as a four-week Post-Shalhevet program for seminary graduates.
The academic goals of the program include the acquisition of Jewish knowledge and the development of language and analytical skills. Students are expected to integrate these achievements into their daily lives. They are also encouraged to share their knowledge with others who are at the beginning stages of discovering their own Jewish heritage.
Graduates of the Shalhevet program occupy important teaching positions both in Israel and in the Diaspora.
Rabbi David Kass directs the Shalhevet program.