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About the Kollel

Ze Kollel is a communal learning space geared towards in-depth, committed Jewish learning, and an incubator for developing new talent and creative Europe-based teachers rooted in the Jewish tradition. The program is a partnership between Hillel Deutschland and Oy Vey Amsterdam.

We believe that all Jews are vessels for the text. You are the next phase of a 2000 year conversation, and we want your voice included in the text. Our name is both a nod to traditional Kollel environments which are often exclusive to men, while also being a transliterated form of the Hebrew words that mean, “It includes.” We are traditional, we are rooted, and whoever you are, we need your voice.

Ze Kollel aims to be both open and deep, inclusive and dedicated. Participants of all genders and Jewish backgrounds commit to one day a week of intensive Bible and Talmud study. In addition, participants will be able to propose independent study paths and take part in diverse, comprehensive seminars with guest lecturers from around the globe. Ze Kollel is also a laboratory for exploring the notion of Jewish learning and teaching. All members of Ze Kollel will be offered opportunities to teach and to develop their skills as potential Jewish educators and leaders.

Ze Kollel aims to be a place of personal and spiritual growth with the text as our guide and our fellow students as our companions.

Applications are open now for Semester 6. Learn more about Ze Kollel experience below, or click here to apply.

Goals of the kollel

Ze Kollel strives to create a communal atmosphere in which participants bond over deep ideas and have the opportunity to share Jewish identity in a uniquely intellectual and non-dogmatic setting. It will be an unabashedly inclusive space for Jews who would not typically have access to a “yeshiva” environment for reasons of systemic exclusion and prejudice—especially women, LGBTQI* Jews, Jews of color, unmarried people, Jews with a migration background, and others.

All participants of the Kollel will emerge from the program with:

    • New or increased Jewish self-confidence, literacy and a sense of ownership of Jewish text

    • New or increased pedagogical skills to further the transmission of Jewish textual tradition

    • Tools to continue Talmud study beyond the course of the program

    • The ability to write and express original commentary on primary Jewish sources, including the Talmud and the Bible

In addition, every semester of the Kollel produces a commentary on its own chapter of Talmud. Please check out our past commentaries on this page!

The Tractate for Semester 6 of Ze Kollel will be Tractate Nazir.

Entry Requirements


For 2022, the Kollel is seeking applications from Jewish adults ages 18 and up. We are looking in particular for those who have demonstrated leadership experience in their Jewish community (through student groups, community engagement, volunteering, or otherwise) as well as people who are “experts” in unique fields (advocacy, art, music, academia, politics, etc.) and are seeking a deep Jewish perspective to layer onto their work. We are happy to consider applications from any individuals over 18 years of age, particularly those who have been exempted from this path of study in the past.


The Kollel will assume a multi-access model of online and in-person learning. This means that there will be multiple hubs of learning. Learning groups will meet in Berlin, Barcelona, and Amsterdam. If four or more students connect in another location, Ze Kollel will underwrite the costs of in-person study there. For those living in other locations, all classes and chavruta study are available virtually. To the best of our ability, we will assign chavrutot (study pairs) within the same city.

Jewish Identity

Applicants should identify strongly as Jewish. Our goal is to create a community of Jews who are dedicated to intellectual exploration and to building a strong Jewish communal future in that vein. The Kollel is not a program to study Judaism from an academic perspective. We would be happy to direct you to other Hillel and Oy Vey programs that would be more suitable for these types of study and engagement. Thank you for your understanding.


The Kollel courses will be taught in English, and applicants should feel comfortable speaking and reading in English. German translation of the Talmud can also be provided. All chavruta sessions will take place in the language most comfortable for each pair. Past Chevrutot have learned in German, Russian, English, Hebrew, Spanish, Serbian, and Dutch.

Commitment and Output

All applicants are expected to be able to attend a minimum of 9 of the 14 morning sessions, which cover in-depth study of the weekly parsha and a chapter of Talmud. In addition, each student is expected to complete a creative project at the conclusion of the semester, which will be published in Ze Kollel's Commentary, a compilation of Kollel students' own thoughts and self-expression, based on our Talmud chapter. Finally, members of the Kollel are highly encouraged to share some of their own Torah, whether that means teaching a Parsha class, an evening session, or bringing some of their own skills in ways that strengthen the Kollel community. We also highly encourage all members of Ze Kollel to attend our semester Shabbaton, to take place in November!


The Kollel meets every Monday from 9.00 until 13:00. Additionally, there will be optional evening classes taught by leading educators from Europe, Israel, and the Americas every Monday evening from 19:30-21:00.

Below is the tentative schedule for Kollel meeting dates, as well as events and immersive programs.

Applicants are expected to be able to attend a minimum of 10 of the 16 morning sessions and a weekend seminar (Shabbaton). The date for Ze Kollel Shabbaton will be mutually agreed upon during the semester. The Shabbaton is in many ways the culmination of our work, a weekend filled with deep learning and meaningful conversations, and is a highly subsidized experience to ensure that all Kollel members have access.

The meeting dates for Ze Kollel Semester 6 (Fall 2022) are:

August 29

September 5

September 12

September 19

October 3

October 24

October 31

November 7

November 14

November 21

November 28

December 5

December 12

December 19

Application Timeline

Application - Fall 2022

This semester we will do interviews on a rolling basis.

Tuesday, July 5, 2022 Applications Open

Sunday, July 24th Application Deadline

By Monday, August 8th Confirmation of participation

Monday, AUGUST 29TH First Session