Q:Is a learning program really for me?
Teens from all different backgrounds choose to spend their summer on NCSY Kollel. They share a commitment to learn, to love, and to grow in Judaism. The program has never been designed only for exceptional learners or those with an unusually high level of motivation.
Q:Do you learn all day on Kollel?
Although you spend a significant amount of time learning, there are also a ton of fun activities. On days when you are not traveling, you will spend hours every afternoon either playing sports, swimming, chilling, or going on mini-tiyulim. And the regular learning days are greatly complemented by days with a range of trips, special events, and other camp classics.
Q:What type of touring do you do on Kollel?
Kollel has a travel itinerary that rivals any other program. You’ll visit Jerusalem, Eilat, the Golan and everywhere in between. The trips are designed to balance the intensity of the learning. That’s why they emphasize fun and physical activity to such an awesome degree.
Q:Is the learning fun?
Without the pressure of tests and grades, the learning on Kollel is likely different than any other learning you’ve experienced. The topics and formats vary so you will be able to find styles that really speak to you. Many of the learning sessions allow for choices of topics, which further enhances the enjoyment level. And perhaps most significantly, the quality of teachers and madrichim make the learning sweet and palatable to all. By the end of the summer, you’ll view learning in a whole new way.
Q:I heard that there are Roshei Yeshiva in Kollel, is that true?
Yes. Throughout the summer, Rav Hershel Schachter, Rav Mayer Twersky and Rav Zvi Sobolofsky will spend time learning with you. Their presence is always inspiring, never overwhelming or inhibiting.
Q:Do you travel for Shabbat or stay on campus?
There are six weekends: three are spent on campus, one is spent away as a group on an unforgettable Shabbaton, and two are free weekends when you can visit friends or family in Israel.
Q:What happens if I have nowhere to go for my free Shabbat?
Tell your madrich and he will find a warm and welcoming home for you to spend Shabbat in. Additionally, we arrange popular optional Shabbatonim for each of the free weekends. Many of these allow for exposure to some of the outstanding post High School yeshiva programs in Israel.
Q:Are there scholarships for Kollel?
Financial aid is available from the National NCSY office. Scholarships are need-based and given out on a first-come, first-serve basis. To be considered for financial assistance, you must fill out the online application and submit your most recent tax return.
You can also apply for secondary scholarships by contacting your local synagogue, Jewish Federation and NCSY chapter. To see a complete listing of Federations, click here: