Tzohar provides an environment where talented young women engage in profound Jewish learning and are empowered to express their thoughts and feelings through various artistic forms. By the end of the school year, students have discovered a unique perspective and developed skill set that will help them grow as individuals and as artists, as well as enable them to improve Jewish life throughout the world.
The Hebrew word, “Tzohar” symbolizes the goals of our program.
In Genesis 6:16, that G-d asks Noah to build an ark and to include a “Tzohar”. The biblical commentator, Rashi, explains that “Tzohar” has two meanings: 1) a window or skylight to let light in; and, 2) a gem from which light shines outward. Tzohar Seminary is predicated on the ideal that by allowing the light of creativity into our students' lives, they will in turn, use their unique talents to make the world brighter and more beautiful.
Students leave their year at Tzohar Seminary with confidence in their unique talents and the desire to use those talents for positive change in the world around them. In the past five years, Tzohar graduates have gone on to study creative writing and journalism, film studies and animation, and have become professional photographers, artists and singer/songwriters. Our Tzohar students are in the forefront of a movement to make creative expression a vital part of Jewish communities everywhere.
Our Tzohar graduates also carry with them the sense that Jewish education needs to be improved, that it needs to embrace multiple pathways for students to relate to Jewish life. Many of our graduates are intent on becoming agents of change with a focus on enhancing all types of Jewish education.