The Seminary Program is designed for women of any age and level of knowledge or observance, who desire to immerse themselves in full- or part-time intensive Torah study on a year-round, semester, or short-term basis. At Machon Chana, learning Torah is not just about acquiring knowledge. It’s about using that knowledge to maximize each student’s potential as a Jewish woman so she can live the most fulfilling and productive life possible.
Based on this premise, the yeshiva program provides a broad, multi-disciplinary sequence of Jewish studies, including courses in Biblical Studies, Women’s Studies, Hebrew Language, Jewish Law, Jewish Thought and Ethics, Prayer and Chassidic Philosophy. Students gain skills necessary for further in-depth study, and develop proficiency in the Hebrew and Yiddish languages. The program also provides the challenge of analytical study and independent research, and gives each woman a practical understanding of how to live each day meaningfully as an observant Jew.
Machon Chana’s courses are offered on all levels. Beginner courses are for those with little or no formal yeshiva studies and needs basics, while advanced courses are for Yeshiva students wishing to grow in their knowledge of Torah and Chassidus. Students have the option of taking courses for personal growth, towards the Machon Chana Teaching Certificate or the Certificate of Advanced Jewish Studies (full-time students only).
Full Time Learning
The Seminary program is a full-time two year program. Upon completion, the student earns a certificate in Jewish Studies, which is equivalent to a seminary degree . The emphasis of the program is to teach skills that facilitate continued independent study, to gain a reservoir of knowledge in Halacha, Judaica and Tanach, and to build a strong foundation in Chassidus.
Part Time Learning
Machon Chana will assist part-time and short-term students in planning a suitable schedule to fit their needs and time. No matter what a student’s schedule – whether she can only come mornings, has flex-time at home or work to take one course a semester, if she wants to squeeze in one class before work, if she has one free day or morning a week, or if she has a long weekend vacation- Machon Chana welcomes and encourages every woman to attend classes at Machon Chana. It’s an opportunity no woman should miss to learn, grow and experience Torah and Judaism like never before!
Students develop individualized programs reflecting advanced placement and transfer credits, where appropriate, in consultation with faculty advisers. The Seminary Program has three levels of study: Beginners, Intermediate, and Advanced. Placement will be determined by testing of previous knowledge in Judaic Studies. All courses at Machon Chana are instructed in English. Texts of study are in Hebrew, English or Yiddish.
Fall classes begin in late August/early September and Spring classes at the end of January, with breaks for Jewish holidays and a mid-winter break and end mid June. Machon Chana’s six week summer program begins beginning of July and ends mid August .
The Core Program consists of Biblical Studies, Chassidic Philosophy, Jewish Law/Talmud, Ethics/Jewish Thought, Women’s Studies, Jewish Home. The electives include Hebrew courses, Yiddish Sichos, Advanced Biblical Studies, Chavrusa Program, Independent Study, Our Jewish Heritage, Advanced Ethics Courses, Talmud and Summer Courses.
Classes run Sundays 9:00 am-4:00 pm, Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and three evenings a week from 7:30-9:30. The days begin with Chassidus & Halacha and are followed with Parsha, Maamorim, Jewish Ethics & Talmud. After a hot lunch. the focus of the afternoon are skill building classes and Jewish Home. Sundays & evenings are geared to both full-time students as well as those who are occupied during the week and therefore offer core subjects like Halacha & Chassidus as well as electives in Hebrew Ulpan, Yiddish Sichos, Chassidic Way of Life and Women Studies such as Jewish Heroines, Shidduchim. Optional chavrusas are available afternoons or evenings.