Shapell’s Approach to Learning
A sophisticated and balanced approach to Torah Judaism for college graduates and professionals
Our curriculum and methodology, specifically geared towards an educated adult student body, has been developed by educators well versed in the worlds of Torah, education and psychology. We aim to open up the world of Jewish sources to our students.
- Develop textual and analytical skills.
Particularly at the beginning levels,emphasis is placed on determining the precise meaning and translation of individual words, sentences, and phrases, and understanding their place within the conceptual framework of the text.
- Independently approach our classical Jewish sources
Students are encouraged to see for themselves how Torah concepts and themes are rooted in a rigorous reading of the sources. The ability to learn on one’s own especially develops during the independent preparation sessions that precede classes in Talmud, Chumash and Halacha.
A holistic Torah education aimed at meeting the challenges of modern Jewish life
The Yeshivat Darche Noam/Shapell’s experience relates to the whole individual, and takes into account the special challenges confronting this generation of Jewish students.
- Personal, moral, and spiritual development goes hand-in-hand with intellectual growth.
Education aims at facilitating the whole student’s growth as a Torah personality. Character development, morality and values, and the inner side of Torah are integrated with conceptual and practical study.
- Torah study integrates with Torah living.
Professionally guided study tours of Israel supplement the program, bringing to life what is learned in the classroom and beit medrash. Torah is applying to the challenges of modern Jewish life through in-depth discussions and workshops on marriage and relationships, business ethics, choosing a community, relating to modern Israel, and balancing Torah, career and family.