Ofakim Program – Teaching Certification in Jewish Philosophy

Ofakim Program – Teaching Certification in Jewish Philosophy

The Ofakim Program is a unique undergraduate program offered by the Tel Aviv University to qualifying students demonstrating academic excellence. Graduates of the program are granted a B.A. as well as a Teacher’s Certification in Jewish Philosophy.


At the core of the program is Ofakim’s mission to educate and train a new generation of Jewish educators to teach Jewish Philosophy in public secondary schools throughout Israel.

The program is devoted to fostering the intellectual and social skills of students and developing their leadership potential.

Students in the program are offered a unique curriculum, both academically and pedagogically. Ofakim offers courses that deal with questions of Jewish and Israeli culture from a critical and secular point of view.

The program offers:

  • Leading experts in the field of Jewish Philosophy teaching specially tailored courses to small groups
  • Teacher’s Training Program combining theoretical knowledge with real-world practical experience as students teach weekly at high schools in the Tel Aviv area
  • Full scholarship
  • Generous monthly stipend for the duration of the academic year, allowing students to concentrate on their studies free of financial worries
  • Students are acquainted with Israel’s current leading lecturers, organizations and activities in the field of Jewish and Israeli culture
  • Students commit to teaching Jewish Philosophy in a high school in Israel for three years upon graduating from the program


The Program was established in 2004. It is funded by the Posen Foundation and is a collaboration between Tel Aviv University’s School of Education and the Department for Hebrew Culture.