• Guide to Israel Schools

  • Afikei Torah—S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program

  • Goal of the Program

    Our goal is to help our students develop a deep and meaningful relationship with HaKadosh Baruch Hu through the study of Torah and the practical applications of its messages. We recognize the uniqueness of each individual and encourage each of our students to develop her own personality and abilities in order to make her contribution to the world as a Jewish woman.

    Hashkafa
    Goal of Program
    Our goal is to help our students develop a deep and meaningful relationship with HaKadosh Baruch Hu through the study of Torah and the practical applications of its messages. We recognize the uniqueness of each individual and encourage each of our students to develop her own personality and abilities in order to make her contribution to the world as a Jewish woman.

    Attitude towards Israel and Medinat Yisrael

    A love of Eretz Yisrael is nurtured through a weekly class on the history and geography of Eretz Hakodesh. Weekly tiyulim in and around Yerushalayim as well as overnight tiyulim to all parts of the country expose our students to the beauty and Kedusha of the land. The option of living and learning in Eretz Yisrael is strongly encouraged.

    Attitude towards University Studies

    Students who plan to pursue college studies are guided to continue their studies at an institution that will be most conducive to their continued growth in Yiras Shamayim. Afikei Torah students are studying in many colleges including Touro College, Stern College, Torah Institute of Chicago, Maalot, and Sarah Schneirer Teachers Seminary.

    Attitude towards Extracurricular Activities

    Extra-curricular activities include required participation in a weekly Chessed program. There is a variety of optional activities including art, dance, and culinary arts, all of which find expression through the course of the year.

    Preparation for Post Israel

    A full day Yom Iyun is devoted to meeting the challenges on returning home from seminary. In addition, students are counseled individually and offered guidance for their particular situations.

    The "Successful" Student

    A successful alumna will be a wife and mother who takes pride in her role as a builder of Klal Yisrael and imbues her home and family with Yiras Shamayim, love of Torah and Middos Tovos.

    Dress

    Skirts must cover the knees at all times whether standing or sitting.
    Skirts may not have any slits at all.
    Necklines must not extend beyond the collarbone.
    Sleeves must cover the elbows at all times.
    Socks or stockings must be such that the entire leg is covered at all times.
    No sheer or tight fitting clothing is permitted.
    No writing may appear on the front of any shirt.
    Jewelry must be appropriate

    Guidance Personnel

    There is a very warm and close connection between teachers and students. Many teachers have assigned hours beyond class time for private discussions with students. Our on staff social worker who has many years experience in guidance counseling is available to our students at all times. Mechanchos have weekly meetings with each student. The half hour is devoted to study, discussion or however the student wishes to best make use of their time together. Madrichot live in the dorm with the students. They are two or more years out of seminary and are there to aid and guide our students in all aspects of their Israel experience. Dorm parents reside in the apartment complex with the student and the dorm mother is always available.

    Supervision

    Afikei Torah has a code of rules and behavior to which students adhere. Attendance at all classes and school activities is required and monitored. Curfew at 11:00pm is strictly enforced. There is no tolerance of behavior inappropriate to a Bas Yisrael.
    Curriculum
    Makeup
    The program of study covers Tanach, Halacha, Hashkafa and Mussar. There is also a course offered in Early Childhood pedagogy. Most classes are offered on two levels--advanced and skills building..

    Courses Offered
    Einyanei Deyoma, Bas Melech, Bayis HaYehudi, Bein Adam LeChavero, Binu Bamikra, Sefer Bamidbar, Eretz Chemda, Iyunim BeParsha, Messilas Yesharim, Modern Halachic Problems, Sugyos BeHashkafa, Tefillah, Alei Shur, Avodas HaLev, Chochmas Shlomo, Early Childhood Pedagogy, Kashrus, Kuzari, Megillos, Melachim, Middos Workshop, Modern Jewish Thought, Orach Chaim, Parsha, Sefer Shoftim, Shabbos, and Trei Asar.

    Daily Schedule
    No information provided

    Language of Instruction
    All classes are taught in English.

    Ulpan or Hebrew Class

    Ulpan is offered on two levels. Classes in Hebrew are offered on demand.

    Assessment and Grading

    Afikei Torah students receive a transcript of their grades after each semester. Grades are assessed by each student's attendance, participation, and marks on the various assignments, exams, reports or creative projects assigned. There are a limited amount of pass/fail courses.

    Shana Bet

    Many of our students opt to remain at Afikei Torah for a second year. The second year program offers a wide array of classes on an advanced level. One of the highlights of our Shana Bet program are Chaburos in which our Shana Bet students choose and prepare a topic which they then teach to a group of first year students. This program encourages our second year students to study on their own and also promotes an exciting interaction between our students in a cooperative learning situation.

    Joint Program

    No information provided
    Staff
    Rabbi Yaakov Bear, Rabbinic Ordination
    Rabbi Yoseph Cohen, Rabbinic Ordination
    Rabbi Yoav Druyan, Rabbinic Ordination, BA Queens College
    Mrs. Debbie Friedman, Teacher’s Certificate, Machon Sarah Schenirer Jerusalem
    Mrs. Suri Greenfeld, BA Queens College, MA Touro College Graduate School of Jewish Studies
    Mrs. Raize Guttman, BA Empire State College
    Rabbi Reuven Lauffer, Rabbinic Ordination
    Rabbi Elya Levin, Rabbinic Ordination
    Mrs. Rivka Lichtman, Teachers Certificate, Darchei Binah Women’s School for Advanced Torah Studies, B.A. Touro College
    Rabbi Avraham Manning, Rabbinic Ordination, MA (Hons in Law) Oxford University
    Rabbi Hadar Margolin, Rabbinic Ordination, Israeli Teachers License
    Mrs. Hyndi Mendelowitz, B.A. Thomas Edison State College
    Rabbi Menachem Nissel, Rabbinic Ordination, MBA, London Business School
    Mr. David Olesker, BJS Tannenbaum College
    Rabbi Dovid Orlofsky, Rabbinic Ordination
    Rabbi Noach Orlowek, Rabbinic Ordination
    Mrs. Geula Preil, Teacher’s Certificate, Machon Bina
    Mrs. Chana Rabinowitz, BA, MSW University of Illinois
    Mrs. Dahlia Reinheimer, BA Thomas Edison State College
    Mrs. Nechama Rosenberg, Teachers Certificate, Seminar Yerushalayim
    Mrs. Chaya Schweitzer, Teachers Certificate, Beth Jacob Teachers Seminary
    Rabbi Ilan Segal, Rabbinic Ordination
    Mrs. Sheila Segal, B.ED. Michlalah Jerusalem College for Women
    Rabbi Fyvel Shuster, Rabbinic Ordination Chaim Berlin, B.S.C Tufts University
    Mrs. Chana Silver, Teachers Certificate, Machon Devorah HaTalmud College
    Mrs. Julie Sklar, Teachers Certificate, Neve Yerushalayim
    Rabbi Jonathan Taub, Rabbinic Ordination, BA (CANTAB) Cambridge University, MA (CANTAB) Cambridge University
    Rabbi Chanoch Teller, Rabbinic Ordination, BA Yeshiva University
    Mrs. Karen Thaler, BA Stern College for Women, MS Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Studies
    Mrs. Rachel Verbov, Teachers Certificate, Michlalah Jerusalem College for Women
    BA Thomas Edison State College, MA Touro College Graduate School of Jewish Studies.
    Rabbi Tzvi Wainstein, Rabbinic Ordination, BA Tannenbaum College
    Mrs. Chaya Werfel, Board of Jewish Education Early Childhood Teaching Certificate.
    Extra-Curricular Activities
    Interaction with Israelis
    No information provided

    Special Informal programs
    Afikei Torah offers weekly guest speakers who lecture on a wide range of topics including community life, personal matters, Israeli politics, and Torah perspectives on current events. Our Yemei Iyun focus on various themes, including inter-personal relationships, the sanctity of Shabbos, and Bitachon.

    Our students enjoy chagigot and Melave Malkot throughout the year.

    A special extra-curricular activity we feature is our “Nights Out”. Different faculty members host the girls for a fun and creative evening.

    Sports Facilities
    Our campus has a fully equipped workout room

    Programming for Shabbat and Yom Tov
    There are six organized shabbatonim over the year when we take our students away to a hotel or a resort and provide an inspirational Shabbos program. Other shabbatot students are free to visit family, friends, or faculty members.

    Madrichot are available to assist girls in finding places for Shabbos. Students have the option of remaining in school for Shabbos and eating in school or at families in the neighborhood. We are particular to make sure that every student has a place for Shabbos and Yom Tov, including Yom Tov Sheini. During Succos and Pessach a program of activities and tiyulim is offered.

    Field Trips
    Weekly tiyulim are part of the curriculum as part of the Eretz Chemda course. Through these tiyulim our students are acquainted with the story and geography of Yerushalayim and its surroundings.

    Four overnight tiyulim and several day tiyulim take our students throughout the length and breadth of Eretz Yisroel.

    An 8 day tour Poland is included in the year’s program. Prior to the trip we prepare the students with a series of classes in which they learn about the history of the Jews in Poland and the holocaust.
    Eligibility
    Level of Learning Offered
    No information provided

    Hebrew Knowledge Required
    All Shiurim are conducted in English. A working knowledge of Hebrew is required to be able to work with texts.

    Religious Observance Required
    Students must be committed to top level Shemiras HaMitzvos.
    Population
    Type of American Student
    Afikei Torah attracts students from some 30 different high schools across the USA and Canada.

    Overall Number of Students (Kollel, Israeli, Foreign)
    The student body numbers in the vicinity of 50 students in the first year program and 15 in the second year program.

    Foreign Student Percentage
    No information provided

    Number of 1st Year American Students
    No information provided

    Number of 2nd Year American Students
    No information provided

    Other Nationalities
    We also have students from Australia, South Africa, U.K. and Europe.

    Number of Students per Class
    No information provided
    Accommodations
    Living Quarters
    The students are accommodated in apartments in a luxury complex in the Bayit Vegan neighborhood of Yerushalayim. Apartments are equipped with American-style beds and mattresses, ample closet space, and a living area. Two to three students share a room.

    Students have the option of choosing their own roommate prior to arrival. Email and Internet Access: We provide girls who are interested with an email address @afikeitorah.co.il but we do not provide internet access.

    Availability of Private Kitchen Facilities
    Kitchens are equipped with a refrigerator, microwave, and gas burners. The school provides pots, pans, and plates and students provide their own silverware.

    Facility use during Shabbat and Yom Tov
    Afikei Torah sees the dormitory as the students' home for the year. It is open to them from the day they arrive until the day of departure, including Shabbos, Yom Tov, and Pesach. There is never a time during the school year when students are unable to be in the dorms.

    Curfew
    Students must be back on campus by 11:00pm. Madrichot carefully monitor curfew and it is strictly enforced. Students are not permitted to sleep out of the dorm during the week. Each week students who are leaving for Shabbos sign out, leaving their name, address, and phone number of where they intend to be for Shabbos. These arrangements are reviewed by the administration.

    Security Arrangements
    Afikei Torah is located on an unobtrusive side street in a particularly quiet neighborhood. We constantly monitor the security situation and advise our students to take extra precautions such as not traveling when necessary. Students are not permitted to travel out of Yerushalayim without permission.
    History
    Afikei Torah is located in a quiet section of the Jerusalem neighborhood of Bayit Vegan with a panoramic view of the city. In its 7 years of existence over 300 students have benefited from their educational experience at Afikei Torah.
    Accrediting Universities
    Afikei Torah is a Yeshiva University S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program School. Afikei Torah has joint programs with the following Universities: Touro College, The Teacher's Institute of Chicago, and The Michigan Jewish Institute. Additionally our credits are accepted at Brooklyn College, Queens College, and York University, along with many other colleges.
    Tuition
    Tuition for 2007-2008 is $15,750 It includes tuition, accommodations, one meal a day, tiyulim, 8 day trip to Poland, and medical insurance.

    Afikei Torah is part of the Masa Israel Program and our students are eligible for the Masa scholarships.
    Additional Information
    To order a CD Rom containing comprehensive information about the school including our video presentation, please contact the above addresses.
    Contact Information

    Afikei Torah
    U.S. Office
    Rabbi Gil Freiman
    1049 E. 13th St.
    Brooklyn, NY 11230
    Phone: (718) 758-0280
    Fax: (718) 758-0281
    Email: dbin@abac.com 

    Israel Office
    Rabbi Ilan Segal
    PO Box 16432
    Bayit Vegan, Jerusalem 96428
    Phone: (02) 644-8455
    Fax: (02) 644-8454
    Email: info@afikeitorah.co.il
    www.afikeitorah.org  

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