How many meals do the girls receive each day?
Balanced, nutritious meals are served three times each day, including
Shabbat for those girls who choose to stay in school. Each dormitory
apartment is equipped with a kitchenette and refrigerator. In addition,
burners, toasters, and microwaves are available in the main kitchen
for students’ use.
What kind of health care does Shaalvim offer?
SFW tuition includes medical insurance which allows students to
visit private doctors and covers emergency hospitalization. Despite
our extensive coverage, we advise you NOT TO CANCEL YOUR AMERICAN
HEALTH INSURANCE, as it may cover you in Israel if certain treatments
are not included in our coverage, or should you need to return to
the USA for any reason. Dental, optical, psychological, psychiatric
and ongoing treatment costs are also not covered.
Students who are taking medication for a chronic condition are asked
to bring a sufficient supply, as mailing or Fedexing medications
is often prohibited by law.
How do the girls do laundry?
Laundry is collected once a week and taken to the Yeshivat Shaalvim
laundry service and returned the following day. In order to prevent
lost articles, clothing should be labeled with an indelible laundry
For students who prefer to do their own wash, we have washing machines
and dryers available in the building. In addition, a dry cleaner
is located down the block, which also provides laundry service for
What kind of books will the girls need?
Students are encouraged to bring basic sefarim such as: Siddur,
Machzorim, Tanach, Mishna Brura, and Selichot. At various points
in the year, a local sefarim distributor conducts a sefarim sale
in the Shaalvim for Women building. In addition, the girls can order
sefarim at any point in the year from our sefarim supplier, who delivers
the sefarim directly to our students free of charge.
Where do the students spend the Yamim Noraim?
Shaalvim for Women students spend Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur at
Yeshivat Sha’alvim where they participate in the Yeshiva’s inspirational
tefilot and enjoy an exclusive program of sichot, Shiurim and seudot
What do girls do when there is no Shabbat program?
Our dorm is always open and the Av and Em Bayit host any girls
who stay in for Shabbat. There is always warm food, a Shabbat atmosphere
and a friendly environment. Students are also always welcome at the
homes of our faculty. Additionally, our madrichot are happy to help
students who don’t have family and would like to find accommodations
in locations throughout Israel.
How many tiyulim does Shaalvim for Women go on?
Throughout the year we enjoy overnight tiyulim across Eretz Yisrael.
These fun and exciting tiyulim create lifelong memories. With a Tanach
in hand we experience the intersection of the past, present and future
of our Land.
A most unique aspect of our program is Siyurim and Shiurim where
students dedicate time to the study of a wide variety of biblically
and historically significant locations in Eretz Yisrael. The following
week, students are taken to the very places they learned about and
bring history to life by walking in the footsteps of their predecessors.
What kind of Chesed projects do the students take on?
At Sha’alvim for Women we believe that living Torah is as important
as learning Torah. To that end, our weekly chesed programs provide
our students with a variety of opportunities to give to those in
need throughout Yerushalayim. Students are guided to chesed experiences
that capitalize on their individual strengths, talents and personal
preferences. By living what they learn, our students grow by doing
and receive by giving.
How is Yom Ha’atzmaut celebrated?
SFW celebrates Yom Ha’atzmaut with special tefillot, a chagiga and
other memorable activities.
In the Classroom
What is the school policy on attendance?
Your year in Israel can best be experienced
with consistency, continuity, and focus. Each shiur, program, tiyul, and
shabbaton is designed to be an integral part of your greater development
this year. Similarly, the uniqueness of each student at Sha’alvim for Women
contributes to the larger group of students and therefore one student’s absence
is felt by all. Your friends, roommates, teachers, and chavrutot,
all depend on each other to create a growth-oriented environment. This can
only occur with everyone’s total cooperation and participation. Students
are therefore expected to participate fully in every aspect of the Sha’alvim
for Women experience, both in and out of the classroom.
How many credits do the girls receive and who accepts them?
Our year of study is equivalent to at least 32 credits, which are accepted
by many universities, including Stern College, Touro College, Teacher’s Institute
of Chicago, and Brooklyn College. The exact number of credits that individual
universities grant for Sha’alvim for Women courses is based largely on the
What is the grading policy?
Students receive grades based on attendance, class participation and class
assignments and projects. Grades are distributed via transcript at the end
of the academic year.
What is the language of instruction?
Many of our shiurim and sichot are taught in Hebrew. Since our students
create their own schedules based on their choices of shuirim, how many Hebrew
shiurim a Sha'alvim for Women student takes is largely a function of her own
Can my daughter return to chutz la'aretz during the course
of the year?
When you miss shiurim, tiyulim, special programs, etc. at SFW, much of
your learning in general is placed "on hold." Coming back to class after
an absence is difficult because of the missed material. Even more difficult,
however, is returning to the routine - mentally and physically - after such
a break. In addition, when someone misses shiur, her chavruta and roommates
are also adversely affected.
Therefore, aside from the Pesach break, students may not travel to chutz
la’aretz without permission from the Menahel. In general, permission
will only be granted for immediate family smachot. Visits for other reasons
to chutz la’aretz - such as visits to cousins or grandparents -
will not be allowed.
When can parents come to visit?
We are very happy that parents visit their daughters in Israel. It sends a message
to them that we are all involved in their growth. Please feel free to sit in
on any shiurim or sichot that occur during your visit here. We encourage any
and all participation with SFW and our programs.
What is the curfew policy?
Nightly curfew is midnight. All students are expected to be present in the
building at that time. Students are required to sign in with the madricha each
night between 10:00pm and 12:00 AM. Motzai Shabbat curfew is also at 12:00
AM. For the safety and concern of our students, curfew at Shaalvim for Women
is strictly enforced.
What kind of security measures does the SFW school building/dorm have?
Our building has video surveillance cameras and a guard 24 hours a day. The
single entrance to Shaalvim for Women is locked at all times. Our students
are able to enter with a security code; all other visitors may enter only
when admitted by the reception desk.
How do the girls secure their valuables?
All students are provided with a safety deposit box in their rooms. We strongly
urge all students to keep money, airline tickets and passports locked in the
What happens when my daughter's visa expires? Do we need to go to
the consulate in America?
All visas and visa-related matters are taken care of by the greater Yeshivat
Sha’alvim. This is true even for students who hold dual citizenship in America
and in Israel. For many years, Sha’alvim has successfully managed the visas
of its overseas students saving both time and hassle for our students and their