Understanding the strength of communal Beit Midrash-style learning, Shalom Hartman Institute offers thought-provoking, text-based study programs aimed at expanding the intellectual horizons of participants and providing them with the tools to respond more meaningfully to contemporary issues and challenges facing Jews and Jewish life in Israel and around the world.
The Advanced Beit Midrash program is empowering a new generation of students to take ownership of Jewish culture and practice. The program challenges and expands the intellectual horizons of 15 exceptional students at the start of their doctoral studies, through intense text-based study of classic Jewish sources. Participants benefit from the tutelage and mentorship of leading Shalom Hartman Institute scholars and faculty.
Maskilot, a three-year program for five outstanding women, empowers women scholars in Judaic studies to become confident leaders. It is a fellowship program that provides female doctoral students with an edge in completing their PhD's and pursuing their rightful place in Israel's elite circle of Jewish studies academics. Participants recieve a living stipend, mentoring by leading women scholars, and admittance to a prestigious academic milieu. In exchange, they study together for three intensive days each week, practice teaching more junior academics, and pursue their individual research in a collegiel setting known for producing original scholarship.
Cheider Mishelach (literally, A Room of One's Own), a Beit Midrash for influential female leaders, launched in Tel Aviv first during the 2013-2014 academic year. Addressing tensions and opportunities created by the intersection of feminist thought and life in a Jewish, democratic state through study of Judaic sources and feminist thought, the Beit Midrash touches on the personal and the public through discussion of matters of religion and state, spiritual life, politics, and creativity, enabling a discourse that includes a range of voices that have the power to produce new insights for participants.