At Shapell's/ Darche Noam we offer a variety of programs

to suit your interest. If you're looking to learn in the Beit Midrash, spend a year in Israel with your other half or travel and tour Israel from North to South, we have the right program for you...



For Midreshet Rachel v'Chaya Click Here


The heart and soul of Shapell’s/Darche Noam is our full-time yeshiva program. Students learn, live, and grow together with a full program of classes, independent study, guest speakers, shabbatonim, tiyulim, and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to forge relationships with scholarly and caring rabbis from across the spectrum of Orthodox Jewish life.


The yeshiva program includes classes and beit midrash study morning, afternoon, and night, imparting to students the tools and skills necessary to study Torah, live a Torah life, and continue growing even after their time in yeshiva comes to an end. Gemara study is the backbone of the program that also includes Chumash, Halacha, Hashkafa (Jewish Philosophy and Thought), and Hebrew. Our Gemara program is world-renowned for providing students a structured approach to learning in the original Hebrew and Aramaic. In addition to the formal curriculum, students benefit greatly from the care and counsel of the rabbis, including a mashgiach, who regularly meets with students to ensure that they’re enjoying their growth and study and getting the most out of yeshiva.


The Yeshiva program accepts students for short periods of study and for our comprehensive 1-2 year program throughout the year, and has five “start dates” – two in the fall, and one each in the winter, spring, and summer. For more information, contact Rabbi Moshe Baron, Director of Recruitment.


We offer exceptional opportunities for students who wish to spend the summer with us.

Students who would like a full Yeshiva program during their summer, can benefit from one or both of our regular one month summer zmanim.
Students at all levels will experience our world famous Gemara program, as well as our unforgettable Shabbatot and tiyluim. For more info click here!
For more information, contact Rabbi Moshe Baron, Director of Recruitment.


Pathways Plus – the second level program of our celebrated Jack E. Gindi Pathways Israel program – is a short term “taste of yeshiva” program run for two and three-week programs in the summer and winter.

During Pathways Plus, motivated students experience a rich curriculum of Gemara, Hebrew, Jewish Law, and Jewish Philosophy, all combined with inspirational Shabbos experiences and travel in Israel. Students live, learn, and eat alongside yeshiva students, and benefit from small classes and a specialized schedule designed especially for two to three weeks of learning in Israel.

A full sample schedule for Pathways Plus and more information about upcoming dates, how to apply, and opportunities to combine Pathways Plus with the jInternship program can be found on the Pathways Israel website.

For more information, contact Rabbi Moshe Baron, Director of Recruitment.


The Executive Learning Program provides busy professionals a tailor made, short term learning program during their time in Yerushalayim. Participants come from a variety of backgrounds. Some have had prior intensive Torah study, while for others this is their first Yeshiva/Seminary experience. They learn privately with faculty members over a period ranging from a few hours to a few weeks. Subjects have included Gemara, Chumash, Jewish philosophy, medical ethics, business ethics and specific areas of Jewish law (such as Kashrut and Shabbat observance). Tuition is based on the amount of hours spent in the program.

For more information, please contact Rabbi Binyamin Wolff at



For over 30 years, Shapell’s and our sister seminary, Midreshet Rachel V’Chaya, have been providing the perfect combination for married couples interested in a shared growth and learning experience in Israel. The full curriculum of each school is combined with special classes for married students and joint monthly educational events, covering topics relevant to couples and young families. Couples also benefit from the community of peers and alumni around Shapell’s and Midreshet Rachel, and from sharing teachers and mentors.

Shapell’s/Darche Noam awards the David Shapell z”l Memorial Married Couples Fellowship to a couple with outstanding academic and leadership potential. The fellowship – in memory of our great benefactor Mr. David Shapell – includes full tuition, room and half board for the year. For more information on the fellowship and the application, visit

Click here for a video from Eliyahu and Lindsay Feldman, our first Fellows, discussing their experience in this life changing program.

For information about our Married Couples Program, please contact Rabbi Moshe Baron, Director of Recruitment.


Each year, a talented group of dedicated and accomplished students spend the afternoons learning advanced Halacha with Rabbi Joel Cohen, and preparing for the joint smicha of Rabbi Zalman Nechemia Goldberg shlit”a and Yeshiva Darche Noam/Shapell’s. Successful alumni are active in teaching and rabbinic careers in Israel and in the Jewish diaspora. Smicha students can complement their afternoon learning with our morning yeshiva program or by learning at another institution. For more information, contact the Rosh Yeshiva, Rabbi Dovid Schoonmaker.


Pathways Israel

For more information contact Rabbi Moshe Baron, Director of Recruitment, or visit

Pathways Israel is a co-ed Israel learning and touring experience for your campus or young professional group. Experience fascinating classes on Judaism from some of Jerusalem’s best teachers, while also touring Israel from North to South with an energetic group of people. In the lush, green Golan Heights, you’ll learn about the history of the State of Israel and understand Israel’s relationships with its neighbors. You’ll have quiet time for reflection in the Negev desert, where you’ll climb into the world’s largest crater of its kind. Experience Tel Aviv, take a dip in the Dead Sea, and explore the religious sites of Jerusalem – all in just two and a half weeks of action-packed days! In the evenings, there is ample free time to hang out in Jerusalem or see family and friends.


Midreshet Rachel

At Midreshet Rachel v’Chaya we offer a variety of programs for you to choose from in a supportive and warm environment. Our intensive curriculum combines formal instruction with independent chavruta-partner work helping you strengthen your text skills and making your learning more meaningful. From full-year, long term study programs, to short term summer or winter programs, we offer you the opportunity to select the program that suits you best. Our educational trips allow our students to spend time outside the classroom attending Shabbatonim and experiencing warm home hospitality, integrating Torah study with Torah living, while broadening their knowledge outside of the classroom. Get more information here.