Something happens when we shteig.  We don’t just learn, we rise.

Like a lot of Yiddish words, shteig doesn’t quite have a translation. It means to rise through learning, like you’ve never experienced before. 

To shteig is to grapple with and challenge what you’re learning with a partner. To discuss it and debate it. To go back and forth with someone who perhaps thinks differently. Together. It’s that friction that ignites something deep inside. So when you really engage in this amazing style of learning, something happens to you. You grow.

When you partner up, you power up.

This is how it works

TELL US MORE ABOUT YOURSELF

WE WILL PARTNER YOU UP WITH A MENTOR

CHOOSE AN ATTAINABLE GOAL TO LEARN WITH YOUR MENTOR AT A TIME THAT SUITS YOU!

WELCOME TO IGNITE YP

Ignite YP is an organization dedicated to extending Jewish learning opportunities to the full spectrum of Jewish YP’s in Saint Louis.

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FAQs
Is this a long term commitment?

Part of the power of the program is the ability to foster meaningful relationships over an extended period of time. You should plan on committing initially for 4 sessions of learning. We recommend learning once a week, but that part you figure out with your mentor. You can choose to stop participating at any time. That said, these mentors are very busy & successful people who are donating their time. Please let us know in advance if you are unable to continue in this program.

What is the goal of Shteig?

Ignite YP has created a community and environment that is filled with growth and learning opportunities. You are always welcome to join our classes on various topics and ask any questions that you have. There is however something unique about learning things your own way. To choose a topic you want, and have your own mentor. To not just learn as part of a community, but to personally grow and gain a deeper understanding of your own interests. To shteig. That is why we created a program with many mentors and many topics, so that each person can grow with a partner and topic, at a time and place that are perfect for them.

Is there a cost?

The program is completely FREE. Thanks to the generosity of Olami benefactors coupled with the hundreds of mentors who are volunteering their time, this is really a once-in a-lifetime opportunity!

What is the preparation ahead of time?

There is no need to prepare anything ahead of time. We provide source materials for each week that can be easily understood, along with a coherent translation of all Hebrew texts as well as a mentor guide with added explanations and thought-provoking questions.

What kind of Jewish background do I need to join the program?

NONE. This program is accessible to those YP’s with limited or even no Jewish background. We will match you with a knowledgeable mentor with whom you can discuss and learn whichever topic is suitable for you.

Who will I be matched with?

We will try to connect you with the best possible mentor who is a successful member of the Jewish community. Like any matching process, you can switch partners if it is not a suitable match. We will work closely with you but need your communication to make it a success! With over 1,000 students already engaged in this Olami program globally, the vast majority of students are very happy with their mentors and vice versa.
If you have any additional questions, please email Rabbi Roberts at aroberts@igniteypstl.org.

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