Semester and Year Programs at the Conservative Yeshiva

Learn Lishma!

The Hebrew term Lishma literally translates as “for its own sake.”  At the CY, we feel strongly that our canon of ancient and traditional texts offer wisdom and insight on issues we face daily as members of the Jewish community and as citizens of the world. Learning Lishma allows students to put aside preconceived notions and connect authentically with the text and how it relates to their own lives.

Do you think the CY would be a good fit for you? Schedule a virtual coffee with Elizabeth Kirshner, the CY Recruiter today to learn more!

Semester and year Lishma study programs provide an immersive experience in the world of Torah study and day-to-day Jewish life. Courses at the Conservative Yeshiva focus on traditional texts such as Talmud, Tanach, and Midrash as well as Jewish Philosophy and Prayer, while maintaining openness to modern scholarship and a focus on contemporary applicability. 

Learning is conducted in the traditional Jewish method of “hevruta” (paired student learning) coupled with engaging “shiur” (classroom time) with the teacher. The Beit Midrash (house of study or seeking) is the focal point of the Conservative Yeshiva. Nestled in the warm archways and Jerusalem stone are a wide array of primary and secondary sources and plenty of space for students to study together. The buzz of the Beit Midrash is a treasured sound that celebrates the sweetness and dynamic nature of traditional Torah study. The voices and opinions of the students are integral to the learning process and class sessions tend to be rich with lively discussion.

Fellowship opportunities for Lishma study are available to select students. Click here to learn more.

Download sample weekly class schedule here.

  • Students at the Conservative Yeshiva come from a diversity of backgrounds and are encouraged to customize their study to suit their individual needs. Assistance is always available in order to allow each student to get the most out of their learning experience. Prior knowledge of Hebrew and Jewish text are not a requirement to study at the CY.  Certain classes are structured based on background and skill level, and others are open to the entire community to study together.
  • The CY prides itself on being an open and inclusive community welcoming all denominations, standards of practice, races, sexual orientations, and gender identities.  While the ritual life of the community tends to follow traditional Jewish legal opinion, the CY is committed to being a  safe space where pluralism of ideas and people  flourishes.
  • 2022/2023 Study Schedule
    • Wednesday, August 31 and Thursday September 1, 2022: Orientation
    • Sunday, September 4, 2022: Fall Semester Begins
    • Thursday, December 22, 2022: Fall Semester Ends
    • Sunday, December 25 – Thursday, January 12, 2023: Winter Break
    • Sunday, January 15, 2023: Spring Semester Begins
    • Thursday, May 4, 2023: Spring Semester Ends
      • Schedule is subject to change.
  • At the CY, three to four mornings per week are devoted to Talmud study. Our four levels of Talmud shiurim (classes) help students, from beginner to advanced, learn and improve their Talmud skills. Afternoon classes include Tanach, Halacha (Jewish law), Mishnah (early Rabbinic text), Midrash (Biblical exegesis), Philosophy, Modern Hebrew, and more. There is an evening block of classes four nights a week, which includes Bible, Mussar, and Torah-reading skills. The day formally ends with the evening service ma’ariv, but many students choose to participate in evening learning, either in organized group sessions or in study pairs, or hevrutot, on topics of their own interest. 
  • Throughout the year the CY has special days of learning and activities. Sometimes these events are focused around a holiday and other times they are focused on Israeli culture and life. Examples of special events include: 
    • Yom Iyun (Dedicated Learning) for Chanukah, Tu B’Shvat, Purim, Pesach, Shavuot, Yom HaShoah and Yom HaZikaron 
    • Purim Megillah reading and a Shpiel organized by students 
    • Tiyulim (day trips) in Jerusalem and surrounding areas 
    • Shabbatonim – 2 – 3 weekends during the year which consist of a trip to an area of interest around Israel followed by a community Shabbat
  • Outside of the Beit Midrash, students live in apartments around Jerusalem, either with one another or with others. For more information about student life contact

Note: In most of the CY’s classes, English is the basic language of instruction, though some high level courses may be taught in Hebrew. Hebrew is important since it is the language of most of the traditional texts. Therefore, Year Program students should attain at least level “Bet” Hebrew skills according to the Israeli ulpan rating system. For students below this level, we recommend Ulpan study prior to the start of the school year. The Conservative Yeshiva offers a summer program for incoming and summer students. 

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Tuition is charged on a per semester basis and includes all student-related activities.

  • Full time = 21+ hours, $5000 (includes Thursday Israel Expereince Program and Shabbaton)
  • Part-time
    • Up to 12 hours = $225 per class hour
    • 13-16 hours = $3500
    • 17-20 hours = $4250
    • Thursday Israel Experience Program (including Shabbaton) = $500

Lishma scholarships are only available for Full-Time students.

These prices are for Lishma students only, not Rabbinical Students.

*Students who register for both Fall and Spring semesters receive a discount of up to 10% of the combined tuition.

The Conservative Yeshiva is committed to making immersive Torah study affordable for all those who seek it, and admission to the program is “need-blind.” Following admission, the yeshiva accepts requests, via our online application, for  tuition reductions or special tuition payment schedules. The request includes a declaration of the prior year’s income, current assets and financial obligations, availability of family/community support, and outside scholarships applied for and received (e.g. Masa Israel Journey or Yesod). Evaluation of financial aid requests will take into account: 

  • Student’s country of origin and strength of the local economy 
  • Prior opportunities to do immersive Torah study 
  • The ability of the student to impact one’s local community after the period of study
  • Whether the learning is “lishma” (for its own sake) or preparation for formal professional/academic study

Opportunities for External Financial Aid

 Masa Israel Journey Grants/Scholarships

Masa Israel Journey

  • Masa is the global leader in immersive international career development and leadership experiences in Israel for young Jewish adults from around the world.
    With a variety of long-term programs in Israel, Masa is able to provide meaningful, enriching experiences to young Jews from many different countries, backgrounds, levels of education,
    and fields.
    Since its founding in 2004, Masa has helped over 150,000 young adults from 60+ countries to strengthen their connection with Israel, empowering a new generation of connected,
    committed, and inspired young Jewish adults. These young adults are changing the face of the Jewish world and Israel, as professionals, community leaders, and advocates.
  • Both the Conservative Yeshiva, Fall and Spring Semesters, are approved for Masa Israel Journey. Those coming for the year must apply to each semester separately. 
  • Applications are available online at

Note: Part of the Masa Israel Journey application must be filed through the Conservative Yeshiva once an applicant has been accepted.

Support for European Jewish Professionals & Community Volunteers

Yesod Jewish Learning Scholarships 

The Yesod Foundation is committed to supporting Jewish community professionals, educators and rabbis in Europe to expand and deepen their Jewish knowledge and skills in engaging with Jewish texts, traditions and ideas. As a result, Yesod offers scholarships to support current and future Jewish community professionals to enrich their Jewish knowledge and fluency. 

The funding amount depends on the length of the programme: 

  • Long-term programmes (6-12 months): $5,000-$15,000 
  • Medium-term programmes (2-6 months): $3,000-$7,000
  • Short-term programmes (2-8 weeks): up to $2,000 

To be eligible to apply for a Yesod Jewish Learning Scholarship, you must: 

  • Have at least 6 months of experience as a paid professional of a Jewish organization in your community OR as a volunteer for a Jewish organization who is interested in becoming a paid professional in your community in the future. 
  • Be at least 21 years old and hold a a BA degree or higher 
  • Be a resident in one of the following countries and intend to continue living in Europe for at least the next 5 years: 
    • Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom 

Yesod Professional Development Fund 

Through this fund, Yesod supports Jewish community professionals and educators in Europe to develop their professional skills and Jewish fluency (Jewish knowledge, understanding, and how to apply it in your work). 

  • Funds from $250 – $2,000 (US Dollars) will be awarded on a one-time basis for applications from eligible individuals in the calendar year. The funds must be spent within 8 months of receiving fund confirmation from Yesod. Funds will be paid directly to the organization, trainer or consultant providing the professional development service. Money will not be received directly by the applicant. 
  • Funds will be awarded to Jewish community professionals and educators who: 
  • Work professionally in Jewish organizations of all types, including (but not limited to) youth organizations, Jewish Community Centers (JCCs), synagogues, welfare and cultural organizations. The work may be part-time, but should be at least 16 hours per week. 
  • Have at least 6 months of experience working professionally in the Jewish community. 
  • Have not already had a successful application to this fund in the same calendar year. 
  • Are based in one of the following European countries: 
    • Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom 

Note: Funds will not be granted for training/learning opportunities that have already taken place or for those that are already supported in other ways by the Yesod partner organisations.

Loan Deferral and Other Sources of Support

Stafford Loan Deferment 

  • If you already have Stafford Loans, you may arrange to have your payments deferred while you are studying at the Conservative Yeshiva. You must request a deferral form from your lender that will be signed by the Conservative Yeshiva after you begin your learning program. 

Other Sources for Financial Aid 

      • Your local Jewish Federation may be able to provide you with financial help for study in Israel. 
      • Your synagogue, your family’s synagogue or your rabbi may also be able to provide you with funds or suggested sources of funding. 
      • Ramah Israel Programs offers a limited number of work/study scholarships for one semester of study at the Conservative Yeshiva to students with extensive camp staff experience. To find out more, email Ramah Israel about their Lilmod Ulelamed program. 
      • The Alisa Flatow Memorial Scholarship Fund is dedicated to the memory of Alisa Flatow, a 20-year-old student who was killed in a terrorist attack near the settlement of Kfar Darom on April 9, 1995. The Fund has been established to encourage others to follow in Alisa’s footsteps by studying Judaism at schools in the State of Israel. Awards are based on a combined merit and need basis. The intention of the Fund is to aid those students showing academic promise in religious studies and the need for financial assistance to pursue study in Israel. Please note the application deadline for the following fall is February 15! 
      • The Amy Adina Schulman Memorial Scholarship Fund is dedicated to the memory of Amy Adina Schulman, a 20-year-old student who died suddenly of an aneurysm during her third year at Rutgers University. Amy Adina had a strong commitment to social justice and Israel. The Fund has been established to encourage others to pursue the ideals of egalitarianism, civil rights, peace, dialogue, love of Israel, among others, to which Amy Adina was committed. Awards are merit based; however, financial need is also a consideration. The intention of the Fund is to aid those applicants who demonstrate a strong personal commitment to bettering the lives of others. 
      • Residents of New York City, Westchester County, or Long Island may be eligible for free loans. 
        • Contact: The Hebrew Free Loan Society 675 Third Avenue, #1905 New York, NY 10017 Tel: 212-687-0188 Fax: 212-682-1120

The Fuchsberg Center / Conservative Yeshiva offers a limited number of merit-based “Lishma Fellow” scholarships to high-potential students willing and able to make a maximum commitment to their year at the CY. Lishma Fellows receive a 90% reduction in their tuition and a living stipend of up to $400 per month for “Fellows.” 

To be eligible, an applicant must hold a BA degree or higher with a minimum GPA of 3.2 from an accredited institution. “Fellow” candidates are then evaluated based on the degree to which they: 

  • Have demonstrated Jewish community leadership in their college campus, youth movement, camp, and/or home communities. 
  • Have participated in some kind of Jewish text-study framework in the last 5-10 years that has inspired their desire to study full-time. 
  • Are willing and able to commit to full-time study at the CY and daily participation in the davening community. 
  • Are willing and able to take on formal responsibility to contribute to the CY community welfare in a tangible way. 
  • Are committed to serving a Jewish community in Israel or abroad immediately once their formal period of immersive learning ends.

    Contact us with any questions to see if you might be a good fit for our merit-based fellowship!

    Start Your Lishma Application

    Students from rabbinical schools from around the world have come to the Conservative Yeshiva in preparation for and during the course of their rabbinical studies. The CY faculty works closely with students and their respective schools in order to ensure that all credit requirements are met and aspiring rabbis learn the skills they need during their semester or year in Jerusalem. 

    Living in the heart of Jerusalem allows rabbinical students to immerse themselves in the rhythm of daily Jewish life, gain perspectives on issues that will become prevalent during the course of their rabbinate, and build distinct skill sets alongside the diversity of individuals studying at the Yeshiva.

    Rabbinical students at the CY have come from:

    • Jewish Theological Seminary (New York City, NY)
    • Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies (Los Angeles, CA)
    • Hebrew College (Boston, MA)
    • Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (Wyncote, PA)
    • Abraham Geiger Kolleg (Berlin, Germany)
    • Leo Baeck College (London, UK)
    • ALEPH Rabbinic Program
    • Zacharias Frankel College (Potsdam, Germany)
    • Ecole Rabbinique de Paris (Paris, France)

    The Conservative Yeshiva at the Fuchsberg Jerusalem Center is proud to be partnering with the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education at JTS to offer a new joint MA program designed to help students cultivate the skills and experience necessary to become sought-after, transformational leaders in Jewish education. Click here to learn more and apply.

    Apply to join the incoming group of full-time, advanced Lishma learners at the CY. This program will focus on seeing how our traditions have developed over the centuries, what they mean to us today, and how we can maintain their relevance for the future. Revadim students will also play a meaningful role in developing and enhancing the CY community, educationally and spiritually.

    Click here to learn more and apply.

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