We aim to prepare a vibrant group of young Jewish leaders committed to their Judaism, the Land of Israel, their Jewish community and the Jewish people.We are dedicated to providing our students with an enjoyable and meaningful year of Torah study and Jewish experience in a warm and open spiritual environment.We encourage the acquisition of skills that enable students to understand the principles and practice of Torah and Mitzvot and their application in society. We aspire to train young Jewish leaders who can enthusiastically lead programs in youth groups, community synagogues, and university campuses, among other community endeavors. Their focus will be to enrich and invigorate Jewish life in locales throughout North America.
Kosowsky (Director) is
a dynamic and inspirational educator who believes in personal growth through
open discussions, in-depth Torah study, and community involvement. He
established Student Leadership Programs in many countries – including England,
South Africa and the United States – that are characterized by practical
leadership training, which has empowered the graduates to get involved in
many meaningful challenges in the Jewish world. He has rabbinical ordination
from Yeshiva University, and a Master's degree in Bible from Bernard Revel
Rav Ben Tzion
Goldfischer (Mashgiach Ruchani) is
a talented and popular educator both in the formal and non-formal realms. He
has inspired and affected countless students at Midreshet Moriah, Birthright,
Aish Hatorah, NCSY, Reishit Yerushalayim and Torat Shraga, among others. Rav
Goldfischer founded and directs NCSY’s Jerusalem Journey and Ambassadors
Programs (TJJ/TJJA), a month-long touring and learning program in Israel for
public school students. He received his Rabbinical Ordination from Yeshiva
University and holds a BA in Biology and History. He is also a licensed tour
guide through the Ministry of Tourism of Israel. Rav Goldfischer grew up in
West Orange, NJ. He made Aliya in 1999 and lives in Modiin with his wife and
Avraham (Assistant Director) has an ability to impart
her passion for Torah and mitzvot in a manner that is truly unique.
She is able to synthesize classroom curriculum into the terms of daily
living, while building confidence and self-esteem in her students. Meryl-Lee
was the director for many years of a vast network of outreach programs
throughout New Jersey known as L.A.V.E. (Life And Values Education). She founded
the Ari Kraut Friendship Circle, which provides community assistance to
families with special needs children, by pairing the children with trained
and eager teen volunteers.
Mrs. Dina Blank (Director of
Finances) has been part of the Machon Maayan family since its
inception. As a faculty member, Dina’s sense of humor and down-to-earth
mannerisms have filled her classrooms and challenged our students. Over the
years, Dina has also run Machon Maayan’s successful shana bet program and
maintained close relationships with Machon Maayan alumni for years. In
September 2012, Dina joined the Machon Maayan administration as Director
of Finance, drawing on her vast experience managing educational institutions
in Israel. Dina lives in Beit Shemesh with her husband and four children.
Mrs. Shulamith Baruch is originally from Lawrence, NY. She is a talented
fine artist, graphic designer and illustrator. She has been involved in
outreach with Partners in Torah. She is one of the founders of Kulanu, an
organization that was conceived around her kitchen table along with a small
group of mothers of children with special needs. She is dedicated to
developing relationships with her students, while inspiring and encouraging
them to recognise their own unique talents and creative styles.
Rav Michael Bramson is a warm and engaging teacher, who caters to the
needs of each individual student. The influence of his talents have been felt
during the summers by the Ethiopian community of Natzrat Elit in Israel,
during Shavuot & Simchat Torah in the city of Newport News, Virginia,
on Shabbatonim throughout New Jersey, and as one of the most
successful teachers at the Berman Hebrew Academy of Greater Washington. Rav
Bramson has Rabbinical Ordination from Yeshiva University and a BA in
Psychology. His summer daily halacha is subscribed to by almost 60 of
Mrs. Dina Etigson's students thrive on her rare combination of
intellect and spirituality. After receiving her BA from State University of
New York at Albany and working at Morgan Stanley, Mrs. Etigson moved to
Israel and joined the Matmidot Program at Matan. In addition, Mrs. Etigson
participated in the Machon Gevoha Program at Nishmat.
Rav Uri Etigson received semicha from
Yeshiva University and holds a Masters degree in Jewish Philosophy. He has
guided students from various yeshivot and midrashot into
the depths of Jewish thought and mystical teachings. Rav Etigson has also
served in Tzahal as a hospital Chaplain. His warm smile, patience and
understanding are only part of the reason that many students feel connected
Mrs. Pesha Fischer has
worked as the Campus Torah Educator at the University of Maryland. Previously
she was the Judaic Studies Coordinator at Yavneh Academy in Dallas. Mrs.
Fischer has studied in the Bruriah Scholars program at Midreshet Lindenbaum
and Matan. She holds a Master's Degree in Jewish Education from Yeshiva
University. She has taught at MMY and Michlelet Neve Daniel and is also
currently teaching at Tiferet.
Mrs. Esther Grossman originally from Elizabeth, New Jersey, received her
Teacher's Certificate from Michlalah Jerusalem College for Women. She
graduated with a BA in Judaic Studies from Stern College for Women, and
received her Masters in Secondary Jewish Education from the Azrieli Graduate
School. She has taught and/or lectured in numerous seminaries including
Midreshet Moriah, B'not Chayil, Nishmat, & Shalavim for Women.
Additionally, back in the United States, she was a full-time teacher of
Judaic Studies at the Weinbaum Yeshiva High School in Boca Raton for nine
Rav Simcha Hochbaum is
a resident of Chevron's Avraham Avinu neighborhood. His song-filled and
soul-stirring shiurim in Chassidut, Tefila, and other various
topics have inspired thousands of students. A long time student
and musmach of Reb Shlomo Carlebach, zt"l, Rav
Simcha graduated Yeshiva University with a B.S. in accounting and studied at
the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education. He was the Rabbi of The
Eldridge Street Synagogue in New York City, a Judaic studies instructor at
Bi-Cultural Day School in Stamford CT, and has taught at a number of Israeli
yeshivot and midrashot. In addition, Rav Simcha has founded a
number of "Carlebach Minyanim" throughout Israel. He is the
Director of Tourism in the Holy City of Chevron and delivers tours of
Chevron, The Old City of Jerusalem, Kotel Tunnels as well as neighborhoods
throughout Yehuda and Shomron.
Dr. Dodi Tobin is
a graduate of the Matan Advanced Tanach program, and is completing an M.A. in
Tanach at Bar Ilan University. Dr. Tobin holds a B.A. in Psychology from
Barnard College and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson
University. In addition to teaching at Machon Ma’ayan, she is the Director of
Matan Bet Shemesh, and lectures at Matan branches throughout Israel. Dr.
Tobin's inspirational lectures combine literary analysis, classical
commentary, modern scholarship and psychological expertise to facilitate a
rich understanding of biblical texts while underscoring their message for
contemporary society. Dr. Tobin has worked as a psychologist and researcher,
and has published studies on the post-high school Israel experience
and aliya absorption issues. She is the former Director of Social
Services for Nefesh B'Nefesh and has served on the administrations of Nishmat
and Pardes. Dr. Tobin made aliya in 1998, and resides in Beit
Shemesh with her husband Marc and four children.
Rav Aharon Wexler made aliya after
high school and studied in Yeshivat HaKotel. After Yeshiva, he studied for
his BA in Archeology and then went back to Yeshivat HaKotel for his Rabbinic
Ordination. Rav Wexler went on to earn an MA in Jewish History and is now a
Doctoral Candidate. Rav Wexler teaches in many post-high school Yeshiva
programs and during the summers leads Birthright-Israel tours, and other
educational touring programs.
Mrs. Rachel Moore (Director
of Communications) moved back to Israel after a
12-year hiatus in the United States in July 2012. While there, she worked as
Machon Maayan's US Representative three years. Rachel has been working
in the Jewish non-profit world in Israel and the US in public relations,
communications and management for fifteen years, including Jerusalem City
Hall, Milah, Ramah Programs in Israel, Lamdeni, and the Shalom Heritage
Center. Rachel blogs regularly about living in Neve Daniel, Gush Etzion, and
her seven children.
Type of American Student
Machon Maayan is an innovative one-year program in Israel offering young women from diverse backgrounds a unique post-high school opportunity.
Our students come from a wide variety of types of high schools, and from across the United States. Machon Maayan provides a nurturing environment for students committed to personal and religious development, leadership, community involvement, and a positive relationship with the land and people of Israel. Overall Number of Students (Kollel, Israeli, Foreign)
55-60Foreign Student Percentage
No information provided
Number of 1st Year American Students
55-60Number of 2nd Year American Students
1 -Germany, 1/2 - Colombia
Number of Students per Class
The dorms in our beautiful new campus are newly renovated. There are 3 students in a room, with an en suite bathroom, air conditioning in each room, and 3 lounge areas in the dorm building.
The Machon Maayan educational facility includes a comprehensive Jewish library that the students and staff utilize to prepare for classes, internships, special programs, and Shabbatonim.
The Eim Bayit and Madrichot are talented, spirited young women who are always available to assist in program planning, aid in community internships, help prepare for classes, or just to have fun with. The Madrichot live with the students in the dormitories and the Eim Bayit, who is accessible to the students at all times, lives nearby. This informal team is committed to helping the student create and enjoy a wonderful and unforgettable year in Israel.
Availability of Private Kitchen Facilities
A delicious lunch and dinner are provided each day by a local caterer and special care is taken to meet particular dietary needs. Should students wish to self-cater, the dormitories are equipped with modern, dairy kitchens. The kitchen in each house includes a refrigerator, toaster oven, microwave, sandwich maker, kettle, toaster, pots, pans and cutlery.
Facility use during Shabbat and Yom Tov
Machon Maayan wants your dorm to become your home. We do our best to provide comfortable, home-like accommodations and we keep the dorms open during vacation periods and every Shabbat. One Shabbat per month is a "Shabbaton” on which we provide all Shabbat meals. (On other Shabbatot, you are welcome to stay home, and you can wither eat in the dining room or cook and eat in the dorms. When the Eim and Av Bayit are in for Shabbat, you are welcome to eat with them.
The dorm is closed for the Yom Tov of Sukkot and Pesach. Machon Maayan’s staff will be available to help arrange home hospitality for students during these holidays. The dorms re-open during chol hamo’ed Sukkot and Pesach. There is always a staff member available, on a rotating basis, during the vacation time.
Curfew is at 11:30p.m. on Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. On Monday, Thursday and Saturday night, curfew is at 12:45a.m. Everyone must check into their dorm by this time. Madrichot check to ensure that everyone is in their respective dorm.
In addition to a code lock on every house, each dormitory house is alarmed and has 24-hour video surveillance. Periodically, during vacation periods, guards patrol as deemed necessary. Machon Maayan is in constant contact with the Sochnut and follows Israeli government and army security precautions on tiyulim.
PO BOX 15
Hightstown, NJ 08520
Phone: (609) 448-9478
Rabbi Ira Kosowsky
Givat Washington Educational Institutions
DN Evtah 79239
Phone: (052) 456-4744
500 West 185th Street
New York, NY 10033
500 West 185th Street
New York, NY 10033
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