Our Mission Statement
Midreshet Shalhevet is dedicated to academic excellence in both Limudei Kodesh and General Studies. We inspire appreciation for the beauty of Torah through analytical, critical, and independent thinking. Our goal is to infuse our students with a love of learning, promote scholastic and individual achievement, and foster intellectual and personal growth. We want to prepare our students to achieve their dreams and become the leaders of tomorrow. We seek to prepare them to confront the spiritual as well as the professional challenges of America’s modern secular society.
We are a small school by design, ensuring warmth and individual attention for all our students in a loving and caring environment, without sacrificing any academic or extracurricular opportunities.
Midot development, derech eretz, and respect for others are paramount at Midreshet Shalhevet. We observe tzniut– personal modesty and temperance- not just in dress, but also in speech, lifestyle, and conduct. We owe dignity and respect to all people, Jews and non-Jews. We teach our students to challenge evil and injustice, to speak out when they see a wrong.
The creation of the State of Israel is one of the seminal events in Jewish history. Recognizing the significance of the State and its national institutions, we seek to instill in our students an attachment to the State of Israel and its people as well as a sense of responsibility for their welfare.
We have a merit-based admissions policy, seeking motivated girls who we believe will benefit most from our program. We attract girls from the greater Long Island area as well as from Queens and Brooklyn who are looking to be challenged intellectually and inspired spiritually in a vibrant environment.
Midreshet Shalhevet is the sister school of National Blue Ribbon School, Rambam Mesivta. The National Blue Ribbon flag is a “widely recognized symbol of exemplary teaching and learning.” Midreshet Shalhevet and Rambam Mesivta have the finest rebbeim, mechanchot, teachers and staff, as well as academic resources.
Torah as a mission to the world: We instill in our talmidot an excellent sense of Jewish pride during their tenure in our Midrasha. They are encouraged to carry that Jewish pride with them to college, graduate school, and today’s modern society. An important focus of our Limudei Kodesh program is therefore to enable our students to articulate their beliefs and practices in a way that will command respect from the listener, Jew or non-Jew.
Kavod HaBriyot: As Torah Jews, we owe dignity and respect to every person, strong and weak, rich and poor, Jew and non-Jew. Kavod HaBriyot is the core belief underlying our chesed program, encouraging the talmidot to respect the individuality of each person - because no two people are alike, and every person deserves to be treated equally.
Ahavat Am Yisrael: The unique connection that we share with all Jews obligates us to act whenever our fellow Jews are threatened or endangered. Our talmidot are taught to love and reach out to our brethren, including those with whom we may disagree on religious or political grounds.
Ahavat Eretz Yisrael: Our unique Machshevet Yisrael program focuses on the centrality of Eretz Yisrael to us as Torah Jews, based on an understanding of the history, geography, politics and language of the State of Israel. We produce graduates who can act effectively as spokespersons and ambassadors for Israel and the Jewish people.
Character and Leadership: Our program of advocacy and activism demonstrates to our students how they can make a difference in the world. They are shown how to effectively employ the media and press to their cause, and how to communicate respectfully and responsibly with elected officials. This also offers the opportunity to learn critical organizational, articulation, and presentation skills.
HaKarat HaTov: Our students learn the importance of showing gratitude, and not taking for granted the kindness of others, whether it be a parent, sibling or spouse. In addition, we express special gratitude to the United States of America, a medina of chesed, for all that it has done and continues to do for us as Jewish Americans and for the State of Israel.