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.
Professor Dean Tzvi Dwolatzky
Director of Technion American Medical School
Rabbi Dr. Aaron Glatt
Chair of the Department of Medicine at Mount Sinai South Nassau
Rabbi Professor Avraham Steinberg
Associate Clinical Professor of Medical Ethics at the Hebrew University–Hadassah Medical School in Jerusalem
Rabbi Dr. Edward Reichman
Professor of Emergency Medicine and Professor in the Division of Education and Bioethics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Rabbi Dr. Akiva Tatz
Physician and world-renowned expert in Jewish medical ethics
Dr. Deena Zimmerman
Medical Advisor to the Jerusalem Breastfeeding Center
Spend a semester or your summer interning at the Technion American Israeli medical school or working on a research project under the Israeli Ministry of Health.
Join networking weekends with peers and mentors as well as national and international health experiences.
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!
Part of the power of the program is the ability to foster meaningful relationships over an extended period of time. While you should plan to commit to at least a 4-week session of one hour each, you can choose to stop participating at any time. Please just let us know in advance if your schedule has changed and you are no longer able to participate so that your mentor is not left hanging.
This program is accessible to Jews with limited or even no Jewish background. We will match you with a knowledgeable mentor so you can discuss and learn the topics that you’re most passionate about.
There is no need to prepare anything ahead of time. We provide source materials for each week, along with a coherent translation of all Hebrew texts.
We will try to connect you with the best possible partner(s). Like any matching process, you can always switch partners if it is not a suitable match. 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.