What Kind of background does a Meorot student have?
Our students come from homes with little or no background in Jewish learning. Most students have attended public school. Typically students will have recently been inspired in their Jewish journey either though a Youth organisation – a Rabbi/mentor or a trip. Most of our students have opted to hold off attending college for a year and give themselves this chance to explore their Judaism in a more focused setting.
What is a typical Meorot student like?
Super motivated! Open minded and excited to be spending time getting to develop herself. Each student is very different we have girls from all over North America and Canada and the UK.
So is it Meorot, or is it Neve?
Both! We enjoy the best of both worlds! We are part of the larger Neve program; joining them for classes and thereby gaining access to world class speakers. Meorot also has its own classes, trips and Shabbatons as well as the unique Career tracks. We are housed on the incredible NEVE campus in our own dorms and with our own madrichot.
How does Shabbat work?
Twice a month there are shabbatonim. We either go away as group, or remain on campus with special programs. Every other Shabbos there is the option to stay in the dorms and we will help set you up for meals in the neighbourhood or with staff. We also encourage students to make use of the ‘shabbos set up program’ that Neve offers where we help set you up all over the country for different ‘Shabbat experiences.’ You will never be stuck with nowhere to spend the weekend!
Help! I can’t read Hebrew! How will this work?
No problem! Meorot offers a daily 1-2-1 tutorial. This time slot is ‘yours’ with a teacher, and many students use that time (during the first months of the year) to brush up on their Hebrew reading skills! We also offer a wonderful Ulpan course twice a week.
What is the Campus like?
The beautiful Neve campus is located in the Har Nof neighbourhood of Jerusalem. Neve has large grassy areas a huge dining room student lounges a full library and large dorm buildings.
Does Meorot provide all meals?
Yes! 3 meals a day!
Will I receive college credits for my year spent in Israel?
You will receive a Neve transcript which is accepted by many schools.
Are scholarships available?
Yes Neve offers scholarships as well as NCSY and MASA.
What is the dress code?
There is no fixed dress code.
How do the career tracks work?
Meorot offers 3 options; medical training, Business training, and leadership. You get to choose either to opt for the Medical or Buisiness tracks, and the Leadership track is offered to all students.
Are there any trips?
Absolutely! We are as excited for the learning and self-development that takes place outside of the classroom, as we are for what is taught inside the classroom! We have a fantastic combination of both educational and fun trips – exploring different cities in Israel visiting ancient and holy sites walking in the footsteps of our ancestors etc . Together with this we also have some fun and more adventurous trips such as banana boating in The Medeterranean, trips to the beach, hiking across Israel, snorkling in Eilat, and much more!
Do you offer any kind of volunteering program?
Yes! We have monthly volunteering trips that we do as a group – these include ‘leket’- picking fruit and veg for needy families. We help out in soup kitchens in Jerusalem, and pack food boxes for impoverished families. We also set the students up to volunteer in the hospitals in Jerusalem as part of the Medical track – an absolute highlight for so many students.
What is security like at Meorot?
The Neve Yerushalayim campus is a gated campus with security 24/7. The Madrichot and Eim Bayit live on campus to deal with any health issues that arise.
Neve Yerushalayim (and therefore Meorot) are in contact with “Cheder Matzav” a security company used by every yeshiva/seminary across Israel. We are updated in real-time about any security risks. The Cheder Matzav aswell as MASA have to OK any trips, and Risk Assessments are conducted by these organisations.
Students will be briefed many times about how to react in emergency situations, and will be required to have their cell phone active and available whenever off campus.
How does the application process work?
Once you have contacted us expressing interest in finding out more about the school we will help you schedule a skype meeting with Mrs Esti Kimche the Director of the program. Once you begin the full application you will be interviewed by Mrs Chaya Levine Dean of students on Neve. We are here to assist you through the application process and are always available to help.