• Guide to Israel Schools

  • Darchei Binah—S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program

  • Goal of the Program

    Darchei Binah was founded and is directed by noted educators Rabbi & Mrs. Shimon Kurland. Rabbi Nachman Bulman zt"l served as the inspiration behind the creation of the seminary based on his world outlook of the primacy of Torah in all aspects of life. Young Jewish women are encouraged to develop their intellectual and creative abilities to their fullest in the pursuit of this goal. We are located in Ramat Sharett, Jerusalem, adjacent to Bayit Vegan.

    Hashkafa
    Goal of Program
    Darchei Binah was founded and is directed by noted educators Rabbi & Mrs. Shimon Kurland. Rabbi Nachman Bulman zt"l served as the inspiration behind the creation of the seminary based on his world outlook of the primacy of Torah in all aspects of life. Young Jewish women are encouraged to develop their intellectual and creative abilities to their fullest in the pursuit of this goal. We are located in Ramat Sharett, Jerusalem, adjacent to Bayit Vegan.

    Attitude towards Israel and Medinat Yisrael

    The concept of Kedushat Eretz Yisrael is lived and taught in all its glory. Darchei Binah provides a Yediat Haaretz course, a full tiyul program, shabbatonim scheduled in the length and breadth of the country, and forums for the discussion of the political ramifications of the State of Israel. On Yom Haatzmaut Rav Zev Leff delivers a monumental shiur on inyana deyoma, and our students hear a first hand account from a soldier who fought in the Yom Kippur War. We visit Massada and Ein Gedi annually on Yom Hatzmaut.

    Attitude towards University Studies

    Darchei Binah has joint program status with SCW, Touro, and TI in Chicago. Their representatives regularly visit our campus in order to facilitate the application and registration process. And, the deans from these institutions are invited to speak when they are visiting in Israel. All of our students attend college after leaving seminary, many attending the above mentioned options and others attending local secular universities.

    Attitude towards Extracurricular Activities

    All of our students participate in a formal chesed program on a weekly basis. Placements include working with families, children with special needs, the elderly, Russian olim, and hospital visits. Additionally, our stdents have always chosen to exhibit their initiative and express their creativity through optional chesed projects in the course of the year.

    Preparation for Post Israel

    Various yemei iyun

    The "Successful" Student

    A "successful" Darchei Binah alumna in 5 or 10 years may be living in Eretz Yisrael or Chutz LeAretz. She may be a mother, a teacher, a physical therapist, a psychologist; but she will certainly be a Bat Yisrael in the fullest meaning of the words.

    Dress

    Dress in conformity with halacha

    Guidance Personnel

    Several staff members of a very high caliber have formal meeting hours with students on a regular basis. Additionally, our entire staff has always been available for counseling, discussion and advice on an informal basis. Students visit faculty regularly on Shabbatot, and each student has a mechanachet with whom she meets weekly on an individual basis. Darchei Binah is known for the exceptionally strong bond between faculty and students.

    Supervision

    The menahel and his family live on campus in addition to an Eym Bayit and madrichot. Attendance is taken, curfew is enforced, and students are expected to maintain appropriate standards of behavior both in school and out.
    Curriculum
    Makeup
    Tanach, Halacha, Machshava, Oral Law, Pedagogy, History

    Courses Offered
    See our website: Darcheibinah.org

    Daily Schedule
    See our website: Darcheibinah.org

    Language of Instruction
    Mixed Hebrew and English

    Ulpan or Hebrew Class

    Ulpan plus courses in Hebrew

    Assessment and Grading

    Grades based on tests, papers, and attendance. Attendance is taken in class.

    Shana Bet

    We have a full shana bet program. Between 1/4 and 1/3 of student body stays.

    Joint Program

    SCW, Touro, TI
    Staff
    Rabbi and Mrs. Shimon Kurland
    Rabbi Ephraim Oratz
    Rabbi Zev Leff
    Rabbi Chaim Septimus
    Mrs. Shira Smiles
    Rabbi D. Orlofsky
    Rabbi M. Nissel
    Mrs. Batya Gallant
    Rabbi Reuvain Lauffer
    Rabbi Bentzion Kermaier
    Rabbi Jonathan Taub
    Mrs. Chanie Shaw
    Rabbi Hillel Horovitz
    Rabbi Yosef Cohen
    Rabbi Hadar Margolin
    Mrs. Yocheved Azar
    Mrs. Adela Buchsbaum
    Mrs. Malki Fogel
    Mrs. Chan Gila Fox
    Mrs. Rivka Lichtman
    Rabbi Yaakov Marcus
    Mrs. Chanie Nachum
    Mrs. Chana Rabinowitz
    Mrs. Ellie Riesel
    Mrs. Nechama Rosenberg
    Mrs. Chaya Schweitzer
    Rabbi Aharon Shadmi
    Rabbi Feivel Shuster
    Mrs. Chana Silver
    Mrs. daniella Teitz
    Rabbi Hanoch Teller
    Mrs. Karen Thaller
    Rabbi Tzvi Weinsten
    Rabbi and Mrs. Yehuda Werblowsky
    Mrs. Rivka Zimmer
    Extra-Curricular Activities
    Interaction with Israelis
    Students spend Shabbatot throughout the country.

    Special Informal programs
    Constant guest speakers, yemei iyun, chagigot, Rosh Chodesh activities.

    Sports Facilities
    Aerobics in seminary, full health club facilities on campus. new treadmills, eliptical trainers, free weights etc.

    Programming for Shabbat and Yom Tov
    One required Shabbaton a month scheduled throughout Israel - Kinar (on the Kinneret), Bnei Brak, Old City, Kibbutz Chofetz Chaim.

    The Menahel lives near the dorms and is always available to host girls for Shabbos meals. Darchei Binah hosts a second seder on Pesach and full learning and hospitality program on Shavuous.

    Field Trips
    Overnight tiyulim (North and South) scheduled 4 times a year. Half and full day tiyulim scheduled monthly.
    Eligibility
    Level of Learning Offered
    Advanced - able to independently learn Mefarshim on Chumash, Shulchan Arukh, etc.

    Hebrew Knowledge Required
    Intermediate- shiurim are in Hebrew and English Advanced- shiurim are mainly in Hebrew

    Religious Observance Required
    Full Commitment to shmirat mitzvot
    Population
    Type of American Student
    40% New York. 60% outside of NY. Bruriah, Shevach, Prospect Park, Shulamis, Tag, SKA, Hanna Sachs, Hanc, Tiferes Beis Yaakov, BY Baltimore, BY Detroit, BY LA YULA, Yavneh, Haftr, Ida Crown, Temima

    Overall Number of Students (Kollel, Israeli, Foreign)
    No information provided

    Foreign Student Percentage
    No information provided

    Number of 1st Year American Students
    100

    Number of 2nd Year American Students
    40

    Other Nationalities
    England, South Africa, Australia, Chile. small percentage of overall student body

    Number of Students per Class
    Varies
    Accommodations
    Living Quarters
    2-3 girls per room. Girls can choose their roommates if they wish to do so. Girls have access to email from all dorm buildings, but no internet access. Frozen Yogurt is available in the lounge for purchase.

    Availability of Private Kitchen Facilities
    Private Kitchen facilities available. Full kitchen facilities in dorms.

    Facility use during Shabbat and Yom Tov
    Dorm never closes on Shabbos or Yom Tov. Kitchens koshered for Pesach.

    Curfew
    Curfew is strictly enforced. Sign out for Shabbos strictly enforced.

    Security Arrangements
    Dorms have automatic locks.
    Security cameras monitor all entrances, and exits from buildings.
    Families live in dorm facilities.
    All students are contacted by cell phone in event of a terrorist attack R.L. (Rachmana Litzlan, G-d forbid)
    History
    See website: Darcheibinah.org
    Accrediting Universities
    Darchei Binah is a recognized Yeshiva University S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program School. There is a joint program with Touro and TI Chicago.
    Tuition
    $ 19,000. A trip to Poland is included in the tuition.
    Additional Information
    Darchei Binah offers an unbeatable combination of warmth and intellectual opportunity for growth. We have high standards of our students in their Shemiras hamitzvos combined with an openness and acceptance of individuals coming from various backgrounds. All questions are encouraged when looking for honest answers. We have very high caliber staff.

    For further information or to download an application go to:
    http://www.darcheibinah.org
    Contact Information

    Darchei Binah
    U.S. Office
    Rabbi Gil Freiman
    1049 E. 13th St.
    Brooklyn, NY 11230
    Phone: (718) 252-6017
    Fax: (718) 758-0281
    Email: sf@infodbi.com  

    Israel Office
    Rabbi Shimon Kurland / Lisa Kermaier
    (mailing address) P.O. Box 16432
    Jerusalem 96428
    22 Rechov Nezer David
    Jerusalem 91164
    Phone: (02) 641-0266
    Fax: (02) 641-0759
    Email: info1@darcheibinah.co.il
    www.darcheibinah.org  

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