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Neve Yerushalayim (Hebrew: נווה ירושלים‎) is a network of Orthodox Jewish colleges for Jewish women. It has many programs including college and seminary programs. Its main base is in the Har Nof neighborhood of Jerusalem.

It was founded in 1970 by Rabbi Dovid Refson as an institution for young college-age female Baal teshuvas ("returnees" [to Orthodox Judaism]) but it has broadened its mandate and presently offers high-quality Jewish studies programs relevant to modern day Jewish life based on Jewish law. Students at its branches may have prior educational backgrounds in Judaism ranging from the most fundamental to the highly advanced.



  • The Neve School of General Jewish Studies targets English-speaking students from various countries around the world including Great Britain, United States, Canada, and South Africa.
  • Neve Nerlitz is designated for French-speaking students who come from France and other French-speaking countries.
  • Neve Shoshana is mainly for Hebrew speaking students residing in Israel. [1]


  • The Bnos Chava Seminary (founded in 1988) is a one-year teachers training program for recent Beis Yaakov high school graduates with advanced standing in Torah studies. Bnos Chava's curriculum places great emphasis on in-depth understanding and appreciation of Jewish learning and spiritual values. [2]
  • The Me’ohr Beis Yaakov Teachers Seminary (founded in 1999) is a one-year study program in Israel for recent graduates of Beis Yaakov schools. Me’ohr has its own campus in Bayit Vegan in a nice neighborhood in Jerusalem and it focuses on both in-depth study of Jewish learning and hashkafa and a hands on experience of everyday Jewish life. Girls come from all over the world including America, England, Canada, France, Brazil, Congo, Madrid, Bolivia, and many other continents. [3] The Me'ohr Seminary as of September 2009, is no longer an affiliate of Neve Yerushalayim.[citation needed]
  • Michlelet Esther (founded in 1995) is a one-year study program seeking to provide recent graduates of either public or Yeshiva high schools with spiritual strength to meet the challenges, that face modern young Jewish women of this day. [4]
  • Midreshet Tehillah (founded in 2002) is a seminary program for recent high school graduates centering around deep, text-based learning of Hashkafa, Tanach, and Halacha in a small class size setting. [5]
  • The Bnos Sarah Seminary is a one-year teachers training program for recent Beis Yaakov high school graduates who are seeking an advanced academic curriculum in Limudei Kodesh. [6]

Post-seminary programs

  • The Moreshet Institute (founded in 1995) provides professional undergraduate training for women entering the field of Jewish education, outreach, and community work. Graduates are trained to staff formal education programs in Hebrew Day Schools, community programs such as informal Jewish education for youths and adults, and special kiruv schools. Under the directorship of Rabbi David Kass, the Graduates of the Moreshet Institute are highly regarded for their competence, confidence, and professionalism. They are making their mark in schools, organizations and communities in Israel, the United States, Canada, England, and South Africa.


  • Maalot Yerushalayim (founded in 1984) provides an integrated program of advanced Judaic studies and courses in various academic areas. Courses at Maalot can be applied towards undergraduate degrees in various fields including Art/Graphics, Business Studies, Computer Science, Humanities, Liberal Studies, Psychology, Science, and Social Science. All courses are reviewed by the American Council on Education (ACE). [8]

Maalot's women's divisions

Maalot's men's divisions



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