We see a student’s year in seminary as a once in a lifetime opportunity. An opportunity to focus on and connect with herself and her Judaism in a way that she may never have done before and may not have the chance to do again.
The bedrock of the Tomer Devorah educational philosophy is that in order to maximize growth, a student must have the very best educational opportunities open to her along with an environment that is maximally conducive to introspection, maturing, and personal character development. Our skilled and experienced teaching staff is focused on cultivating a challenging curriculum, while at the same time providing a warm and relaxed atmosphere.
We realize that many students, while not wanting to compromise on a first-rate, intellectually stimulating education, do not wish to take the competitive and, at times, intense high school atmosphere with them to seminary. Our personable and dedicated staff is committed to providing an environment that is comfortable and welcoming for our students. In addition, with our small class sizes and high staff-to-student ratio (including full-time madrichot and mechanchot), our students will have an array of warmth and talent available to them for guidance in navigating through this most significant of years.
Appreciating that for this year, Tomer Devorah is a student’s “home away from home,” we have the highest sensitivity to the student’s physical needs and comforts being met as well. Whether it’s with the two hot meals provided daily or the “American” furnishings in the dorms, we realize that a comfortable “taken care of” feeling is a necessary prerequisite to maturing and growth. Our lounge room, complete with couches and coffee corner, is available as a soft comfortable setting for friendly discussion, relaxing or just hanging out. We also provide an email center and piano room for the students’ convenience and enjoyment.