Q. How long do I need to commit to the program for?
A. Ideally if you wish to participate in full time study and be a resident in our dormitory accommodation, there should be a 10 month commitment to the program - which begins after Rosh Hashanah each year. However there is some flexibility around starting dates and some students have been able to attend for slightly shorter time periods. Each case can be discussed in order to come up with a suitable arrangement.
Q. What are some of the extra curricular activities that girls can participate in?
A. The array of extra curricular activities include:
Q. Who are the students in the dormitory?
A. The girls in the dormitory (Bais Brocha) are from diverse backgrounds. The ages of students in the dorm range from 18-28. Some come from observant homes and some have taken on a more observant lifestyle at a later stage. However what unites them is a real thirst for growth in their Judaism. All are inspired by 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 residence in the accommodation, students must commit to a proportion of the learning program. All students must sign an agreement to abide by the home's code of conduct.
Q. I'd like to join MerkosWomen. How do I apply?
A. By submitting an online application form, which must include two references. Once the application has been approved, an interview will be arranged. Staff will contact the participant to arrange this. Girls from outside Australia can complete their interview over the phone or on Skype.
Q. Does MerkosWomen offer a program for beginners?
A. Yes! We welcome students into our beginner courses on a variety of topics. We also can arrange private sessions for beginners with seasoned learners on a wide range of topics. These include learning how to read Hebrew, understanding the basics of Jewish festivals and observances, as well as joining the program for Shabbat meals in the community.
Q. Are Scholarships offered?
A. Yes, MerkosWomen offers 2 partial scholarships each year: The Brocha Serebryanski Scholarship & The Yitzchok Briskin Scholarship. These are based on the merits and needs of the recipients. In order to apply, participants must fill out a scholarship application form.