Drisha Institute for Jewish Education, Inc.

Deep learning. Committed lives.

aka Drisha   |   Bronx, NY   |  www.drisha.org

Mission

Drisha advances a model of serious learning that is engaged, committed, and open. Drisha offers full-time and part-time learning programs focused on classical Jewish texts for young adults and adults in the United States and Israel. Drisha also works to advance women’s learning at the highest level. In addition, Drisha designs and hosts special programs for the broader community that bridge Jewish learning and critical social and religious issues.

Ruling year info

1979

Founder and Dean

Rabbi David Silber

Main address

3777 Independence Avenue Front 1

Bronx, NY 10463 USA

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EIN

13-2968932

NTEE code info

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

Jewish (X30)

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Continuing Education Classes

Adults of all ages and backgrounds take classes in a variety of topics including Bible, Jewish Law, Philosophy, and Talmud. Classes are offered year-round. We also hold a multi-day program in December centered around a theme. Financial aid is provided as needed.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Drisha continues to bring issues of Jewish and general concern to the community. Our Dirshu series engages such issues as mental illness, prayer, hunger, and mental illness. A Beit Midrash for Mental Health Professionals has grown from the Dirshu series on mental illness. In addition, we live-stream and record these lectures.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Participants in the Kollel (college, graduate, and rabbinic students and young professionals- women and men-
engage in an intensive learning environment in which Torah is studied with passion, rigor, and commitment. Faculty members incorporate a broad range of approaches to the study of biblical, rabbinic, and philosophical texts, and invite participants to consider how these texts and ideas speak to them. Thrice-daily minyanim are complemented by morning hachanah l’tefillah — workshops in which approaches and techniques for deepening our davening experiences are explored. All participants engage in community service (e.g. staffing a nearby homeless shelter), and are encouraged to reflect upon the relationship between this service and their learning and prayer.

Population(s) Served
Students

Every summer, teens from around the world spend five memorable weeks together, building their knowledge and friendships at Drisha Institute.
As a program participant, you will have the chance to engage in serious study of Jewish topics and texts beyond the scope of a high school classroom. You will develop your ability to analyze these essential texts, challenge yourself to ask questions and engage in thought-provoking discussions.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Adolescents

In addition to our two-week intensive beit midrash for young Israelis at Yemin Orde, Drisha created an immersive full-time program in Jerusalem for three weeks in Elul focused on prayer. Our participants meet monthly in Jerusalem to continue their studies together. Drisha is committed to grow our programs in Israel and to foster a discourse which reflects commitment and openness.

Population(s) Served

Drisha launched a new yeshiva in Israel in the fall of 2018. The yeshiva is an advanced learning institute for women, offering both one-year and multi-year programs for young women who have completed at least one year in a post-high school beit midrash. The goal of the yeshiva is to enable women to achieve the highest levels of Torah learning, to enable female scholars – including the faculty of the yeshiva – to continue to develop as talmidot chakhamim, and to help women cultivate intellectual, religious, and personal depth.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Adults

Drisha has expanded online in order to provide greater value to our global community through intellectual and thought provoking classes on Tanakh, Jewish Thought, and Halakha. Drisha currently offers a wide array live-streamed classes. Class recordings are available on the website as well.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

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Drisha Institute for Jewish Education, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 02/01/2022
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Board chair

Mr. Alan Septimus

Milton Partners

Zella Goldfinger

Meyer Koplow

Allen Mansfield

Andy Mendes

Dana Rubinstein

Alan Septimus