Shoshanim is the first high-school (four-year) in Israel to provide Haredi (ultra-orthodox) girls with a religious education alongside that required for a high-quality matriculation certificate, while focusing on arts and sciences.
Shoshanim is intended for graduates of “Beit Ya’acov” or other Haredi elementary schools, who have advanced learning abilities, who study in-depth and are creative.
The school opened in September 2018 in Jerusalem with one ninth-grade class, and a new cohort will be added each year, until there are classes for all four grades (9-12). The school is located on the campus of the “Neve Yerushalayim” seminary, in the Har Nof neighborhood.
The school is owned by the Society for Advancement of Education, Jerusalem, and the organization has been a partner in developing the initiative from its initial stages. The school belongs to the Jerusalem municipality’s state Haredi education system, and is overseen by the Haredi regional authority.
The School’s Objectives
1. To educate towards a Torah-oriented world view and in-depth study of Jewish values through the worlds of philosophy and ethics.
2. To prepare students for full, high-level matriculation (including advanced studies in math and English).
3. To offer a wide range of subjects relevant to the girls’ talents and inclinations.
4. To provide the students with tools that will prepare them to integrate into higher education and the professional world in the future
The School’s Values-System
Religious Studies – Creating a personal connection to religious studies.
Excellence – The school is a unique educational framework for Haredi girls who aspire to succeed both as students and as women with a high degree of moral responsibility.
Mutual Respect – The school is built on the values of mutual respect and trust, with the approach that humanism/compassion is the starting and ending point of Judaism.
Personal Identity – Development and strengthening of personal identity while observing an ultra-orthodox lifestyle with commitment to halacha (Jewish law) as a clear boundary and educational framework.
Modesty – Education towards modesty as a value that is not exclusively external, but a response against emphasis upon the external. Highlighting the uniqueness and authenticity of each student together with a commitment to halacha.