The Unavoidable Seminary Question  

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I just came back from a seminary options evening in my school, where girls from different seminaries spoke to us and described the seminaries they went to -- academics, peer group, and so on.

I never really wanted or planned to go to seminary, so I never gave it a second thought. Seminary was just something the other girls would do -- stressing over whether they would get in to the seminary of their choice, leaving for Israel, coming back completely different. I felt relieved that I would not have to think about this.

But, to make a long story short, I am considering going to a seminary part-time in New York (preferably in Brooklyn, although Manhattan is not completely out of the question). Since I never considered this in the past, however, I don't know where to start. I have a list of some seminaries in New York, but most of them don't have websites and I am having some difficulties getting information on them.

So if any of you have gone to seminaries in Brooklyn, please, please, please leave a comment or send me an email at myinkstainedhands (AT) gmail (DOT) com and tell me about your experience there -- the academics, the students, the atmosphere, and the pros and the cons, or whatever else you thought about it. Also, if you know anyone who went to a NY seminary, if you could help me get in touch with them, it would be much appreciated.

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Wish I could help you. I went to E"Y ... Hatzlacha on your research though

October 26, 2009 at 11:09 PM

Don't know much about NY seminaries. But from a personal POV - I regret deeply not taking a year or at least a full summer off to go to seminary in Israel.

October 27, 2009 at 1:11 AM

I'll always recommend Drisha. They have a website and they have scholarship programs.

Anyway, who says it's good to be so decided? It's always a good idea to be open to new venues.

October 27, 2009 at 2:23 AM

I'm with Subwife on this one. Going to a seminary in Israel is a whole different experience. You'll have plenty of time to sit in Brooklyn when you settle down. Go try something new and stop being such a homebody!
I look back on the time I spent in Neve as the most fun and inspiring time in my life.
You have to leave your home and your city for a while to experience life in a different place.

October 27, 2009 at 10:06 AM

Thanks, everyone!

I am not taking a year off for seminary in Israel, although I might consider summer courses there sometime in the future -- but not this coming summer.

For now, I am just trying to find a good seminary in New York.

Shlomo -- Thanks! I never heard of that one, actually. I visited their website and I like the sound of it... especially the Arts Fellowship Program for artists, writers, musicians, and performers. I'll have to look into it more.

October 27, 2009 at 6:35 PM

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