Our Vision

Shapell’s/Darche Noam prepares men and women in their 20’s and 30’s for a rich and multi-faceted Torah-centered life. Our educational programs facilitate direct encounters with classic traditional sources, coupled with a focus on character refinement and spiritual growth, cultivating a lifetime love of Hashem, with the study and practice of His Torah. We inspire honor and appreciation of the range of Torah communities, guiding students to discover the fitting environment for them to raise their families and make their unique contribution to the Jewish people.

Our Mission

Shapell’s/Darche Noam, in both its David Shapell College of Jewish Studies/Yeshiva Darche Noam for Men and Midreshet Rachel v’Chaya College of Jewish Studies for Women, offers a variety of long-term (6 months or more), medium-term (3-6 months), and short-term (1-3 months) Torah studies programs. Our student body is composed of English-speaking college students and young professionals who are committed to making Torah Judaism the center of their lives.  We seek to make our education available to all interested students, regardless of economic ability.

Our academic program focuses on giving all students access to the world of classical Torah study, emphasizing the skills that lead to facility and fluency in traditional sources. This empowers students by giving them the ability to learn Torah directly from the sources and to enjoy learning, ensuring that they will continue to learn in the years to come.  They understand that it is not for them alone; but also for their families, their communities, and for generations, as they become strong links in the chain of our sacred tradition.

We educate students to understand that high ethical character, continual spiritual growth, and fidelity to our sacred tradition, are integral parts of serving Hashem.  We provide opportunities that strengthen our students’ love of the Jewish People, commitment to community service, and their ties to Israel.

We are driven by “דרכיה דרכי נועם וכל נתיבותיה שלום” – “The Torah’s ways are pleasant and all its paths are peace,” striving to create a communal environment that inspires our students to respect and value the many paths in the Torah world.

We help our students change their lives, affecting their future families and thus the face of the Jewish People.