About Ohr Somayach - Public and Student Services
Ohr Somayach students are involved in a variety of programs to enrich their neighborhood and community. These include working with underprivileged youth, prisoner rehabilitation, and serving local hospitals on the Shabbat.
Ohr Somayach's involvement in mass media has included the award winning quarterly Shma Yisrael magazine; film, radio and television programs; slide shows and video productions; computer software, and a series of books and publications entitled Jerusalem Echoes. These endeavors have helped crystallize and project Ohr Somayach as an innovative force in Jewish education.
On-campus housing is provided at virtually all of Ohr Somayach's campuses for full-time students. Accommodation for visiting students can be made at time of application.
Student Advisory Board
Student representatives meet regularly - both formally and informally - with administration and faculty members on issues of curriculum, campus life and other matters pertaining to the academic and personal welfare of the students.
Canteen and Store
A canteen on the main campus provides light meals and refreshments. Books and religious articles are also made available to students at special reduced rates.
An interest-free loan fund provides both short and long term loans to students.
The faculty includes trained and experienced counselors, available to students for advice in educational and personal matters. Counselors deal with program planning, study techniques for students with limited background, utilization of tutoring time and career planning. Continuous contact with the teachers is maintained by the counseling staff. The feedback maximizes each individual student's potential for educational growth.
Daily tutorials to help prepare for classes and lectures are available for all students. Tutors are individually appointed to help the student overcome specific weaknesses and to maximize his strengths.
All students are encouraged to take advantage of local sports and recreational facilities. Regular baseball and basketball games are informally organized among students and staff. For holidays and summer vacation, Ohr Somayach organizes activities and tours. The college sponsors guided tours of Israel during vacation periods and frequent walking tours of Jerusalem. Trips to historic and religious sites are designed to make the students' academic studies concrete and relevant. Students with literary, journalistic, computer or graphic skills are encouraged to participate in Ohr Somayach's publications and Internet projects.
Students needing employment are assisted by the counseling and administrative staffs in obtaining jobs on campus that present minimum conflicts with their academic program.