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Come explore, intern and study this summer with Nishmat in Jerusalem!

An amazing opportunity for college students to live, learn and work in Jerusalem. Join OU-JLIC and Nishmat as we create an exciting social and religious summer community in


Who: Religious female college students ages 18-24

When: June 27 – August 14 2024 (You must be available for entire duration of the program)

What: Participants will live together in Jerusalem, work in an internship of their choice during the day and study Torah in the evenings. Details below.

Cost: $1,250 early bird rate – ends December 28, 2023. Applications received after December 28 – $1,500

The program includes

  • Housing at Nishmat (including WiFi, AC, and kitchen)

  • Health insurance

  • Professional and personalized internship placement in the field of your choice

  • Educational staff from different seminaries

  • Other Social and Educational Programming

  • Trips exploring Israel

  • Shabbat Meals and Programming

  • Occasional group dinners

Program Overview

Summer in Jerusalem for Women (SIJW), in partnership with Nishmat and Onward Israel, offers professional internships during the day and a vibrant evening program offering a full array of teachers, social events and learning opportunities at night.

  • The program will take place at the Nishmat campus in Jerusalem.
  • Vibrant Beit Midrash: there is a focus on both chevruta learning and shiurim on a variety of topics with
    amazing teachers from various seminaries around Israel. The learning program is accessible for people who are interested in a more text-based traditional learning style.
  • Internship program designed to build your resume and develop work skills. Our professional internship team
    will find you a great summer internship! ***Please note that those who want to learn Torah during the day can work with our placement coordinators to find a learning program that best fits your interests.
  • Incredible weekend excursions across Israel.
  • Fun social programming to explore Jerusalem and build community.

Sample Beit Midrash Schedule



We are honored to partner with Nishmat and their educational staff, led by Rabbanit Chana Henkin.


Founder and Dean of Nishmat

Rabbanit Chana Henkin, founder and Dean of Nishmat, is one of today’s most acclaimed Jewish educators and a leader in re-drawing the landscape of Torah leadership and scholarship for women. She has headed Nishmat’s beit midrash for thirty years, where her legendary, infectious love of Torah inspires generation after generation of students. Together with her husband, noted halachic authority Rav Yehuda Henkin ztz”l, Rabbanit Henkin created the unique role of Yoatzot Halacha, experts in women’s health and Jewish law, to address women’s questions in taharat hamishpacha and women’s health. Rabbanit Henkin is a graduate of Yeshiva University’s Stern College and YU’s Bernard Revel Graduate School. She received Honorary Doctorates from both Bar Ilan University and Yeshiva University, and was awarded Israel’s prestigious Agrest Prize for innovative religious education. The Henkins made aliyah in 1972 and Rabbanit Henkin lives in Jerusalem, where her life is devoted to advancing Torah and serving Klal Yisrael.


Program directors

Originally from Teaneck, N.J. and currently a resident of Jerusalem, Sara Schatz is an experienced and knowledgeable educator who is passionate about expanding high-level Torah learning opportunities for women. Working in diverse forums, she has taught Gemara, Halacha, Tanach, and Holocaust education, in her positions as adjunct professor at Stern College for Women, educator and coordinator for OU-JLIC Summer Programs, NCSY Chapter Director for Rochester, NY, and tutor for Jewish conversion candidates with the Beth Din of America. She has lectured in numerous communities across the U.S. and Canada and is particularly enthusiastic about teaching Torah in small Jewish communities. Sara is a proud alumnus of Stern College for Women, where she received her B.A. in Judaic Studies and Education, and of Yeshiva University's Graduate Program in Advanced Talmudic Studies, where she received her M.A. in Biblical and Talmudic Interpretation. In addition to her work at Drisha, Sara serves as a faculty member and program coordinator at Midreshet Torah v'Avoda in Jerusalem, is the Program Director for the Drisha online Summer Kollel, and is in the process of completing her M.A. in Holocaust Studies at the University of Haifa. Kobi Greenfield, originally from Chicago, moved to Israel during his gap year at Yeshivat HaKotel and later served in the Givati Brigade of the IDF. He holds a master’s degree in Jewish education and has extensive experience in both formal and informal educational roles. Currently, Kobi is on Shlichut in Chicago, where he teaches at ICJA and is the director of NCSY. This summer, he and his wife are excited to serve as program directors of SIJW.