An English E-Newsletter for Yeshivat Har Etzion
Herzog College, an affiliate of Yeshivat Har Etzion, has played a leading role for over 30 years in training outstanding Jewish educators from among the religious Zionist community. Herzog College, established with the vision of providing young Hesder students with the knowledge and skills to become capable, caring and charismatic Jewish educators, is helping to train the next generation of Jewish educators, both men and women, for Israel and worldwide.
New Director: Dr. Shmuel Shilo
Dr. Shmuel Shilo assumed the position of director of
the largest of the religious teachers' colleges today, numbering a total
student body of 1,219, Dr. Shilo insists that, "We are objectively and
subjectively the best." He notes the excellent staff of
This year, two new programs have been approved by Israel's Council for Higher Education – a Master's Program in Tanach and a Bachelor's Program in Hebrew Literature (both for men and women in separate classes), slated to begin in September 2008. The existing programs in Tanach, Toshba (Oral Law), Machshevet Yisrael, Limudei Eretz Yisrael and Hebrew Language continue to grow and develop. Master's Programs in Machshevet Yisrael and Toshba are currently in the advanced stages, as well as a new program to train teachers for Special Education. Other programs being developed focus on Theatre and Cinema and on Jewish History.
A new and sorely-needed program began this year, coordinated by Rabbi Matanya Ben Shachar, a Har Etzion alumnus and Rav of Neve Daniel, training future teachers and Ramim to implement a course in yeshiva high schools on "Adolescence and Family Life". As part of the program, doctors, psychologists, noted educators, and other guest lecturers are invited to share their expertise with the teacher trainees. A similar program is being planned for the pedagogic program of the Stella K. Abraham Beit Midrash for Women in Migdal Oz scheduled to open in September 2007.
very successful Employment Fair was held for the first time at
Spiritual Leadership Program for Ethiopian hesder graduates continues to
flourish and many graduates of the program are today serving as rabbis,
teachers and community leaders for the Ethiopian community in various
Another program - "Eshkolot" - for specially gifted students with high psychometric exam scores, enables participants to complete the regular 4-year program in only 3 years. Students accepted to the program receive a partial grant, and the remainder of the tuition is given as a loan which becomes a grant if the student fulfills a prior commitment to teach for 3 years upon graduation. This Ministry of Education program aims to attract promising young students to the field of Jewish education.
line with the general trend of "academization" in the field of education,
the number of
annual Summer Study Days in Tanach will begin on Rosh Chodesh Av,
July 16-19, including three days of intensive study on all books of
Tanach, with a choice of 9 shiurim in every slot delivered by renowned
Out to the Community -