Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How long do I need to commit to the program for?
For those wishing to commit to the program full time and have accommodation, there must be a year long commitment to the program which runs from August of each year to June of the following year.
For those not requiring accommodation, there is the option of a more flexible schedule. This can be arranged by contacting MerkosWomen.
Q. What are some of the extra curricular activities that girls can participate in?
There is an array of extra curricular activites for the participants, which include:
- running youth programs/camps
- inviting community members to in-Shabbosim
- volunteering for the Friendship Circle
- offering home help to young mothers in the community
- organising and running Merkos holiday programs geared towards university women
- hosting fabrengens for chassidishe yomim tovim
Q. Who are the students in the dormitory?
The girls in the dormitory (Beis Brocha) are from diverse backgrounds. Some come from very frum homes and some have taken on a more observant lifestyle at a later stage. However what unites both groups is a real thirst for growth in their Yiddishkeit. Both groups are inspired by each other and learn from each other. This is what makes MerkosWomen unique and different to other seminaries.
Named after Rebbetzin Brocha Serebryanski who was a pillar of support to her family and community, the dorm life is designed to give participants the experience of living in a truly warm and Chassidishe home.
To qualify for life in the dormitory, a girl must not only be ready to immerse herself fully in the learning program, but she must also be ready to respect the code of conduct in the dormitory.
Q. I'd like to join MerkosWomen. How do I apply?
By submitting an online application form, which includes two references. Once the application has been approved, an interview is required. Staff will contact the participant to arrange this. Overseas girls can complete their interview over the phone or on Skype.
Q. Does MerkosWomen offer a program for beginners?
Yes! We welcome beginners and are in the middle of formulating beginner courses on a variety of topics. We also can arrange private sessions with seasoned learners. There are a wide selection of private session topics offered to beginner participants. These include learning how to read Hebrew, understanding the basics of Jewish festivals and observances as well as joining the program for in-house Shabbat meals.
Q. Are Scholarships offered?
Yes, MerkosWomen offers 2 par-scholarships each year: The Brocha Serebryanski Scholarship & Yitzchok Briskin Scholarship. These are based on the merits of each girl. In order to apply, participants must fill out scholarship application form.