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Women's Schools

S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program

Program Information for Women's Schools

Hashkafa

Aish believes in the power of every Jew to lead a passionate Jewish life and become a dynamic contributor to the Jewish people and the world. We direct our students to be knowledgeable and confident about Judaism, in order to fulfill Am Yisrael’s directive of being an “ohr lagoyim”. Aish students learn to engage the world around them through the lens of Torat Chaim, that the Torah is Wisdom for Living. Aish’s philosophy classes elucidate Judaism’s truths so that students can understand why they do what they do and own their Judaism.

GOAL OF PROGRAM
To Empower our students with the inspiration, knowledge, tools and resources to continue to live as great Jews and make a meaningful impact on the Jewish future.
The EFG@Aish program is dedicated to provide aspiring post high school students with a warm, inspiring and rigorous environment that will enrich their lives and bring out their potential. We guide our students to discover for themselves a deep passion for Torah, Judaism and the Jewish People. Our students should leave with the inspiration and tools to continue growing, learning and contributing to the Jewish future for the rest of their lives.

ATTITUDE TOWARDS ISRAEL & MEDINAT YISRAEL
Aish recognizes the centrality of the State of Israel as part of the destiny of the Jewish people. Through lessons in Tanach, tours of archeological sites, trips throughout the land of Israel, and intensive courses in the history of Israel and the modern Middle East crisis, students become intimately familiar with the centrality of Israel throughout the history of the Jewish people. Coordinating with Aish’s Hasbara Fellowships, EFG@aish students can receive training in confronting anti-Israel rhetoric and hostility on college campuses.

ATTITUDE TOWARDS EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
Aish places a strong stress on leadership, self-development, and authenticity. To this end, students are encouraged to develop their own talents and abilities in order to foster their own success, as well as their contributions to the Jewish community at large. Every week, leadership courses are followed by opportunities for volunteering throughout the Jerusalem area and the organization of a few large chessed events. These options include visiting hospitals, tutoring orphans, shopping for the elderly, organizing a wedding and many other opportunities. In addition, worked into the schedule are occasional “Rakezet evenings” which allow for meaningful bonding in a warm home environment. The seminary also has a gym for student use during free time.

THE "SUCCESSFUL" STUDENT
The successful Aish Gesher graduate is committed to a life of healthy and authentic growth in Torah and mitzvos and giving to the Jewish community. She will be typified by a confidence in her Judaism and a passion in her dedication to Torah and Am Yisrael.

GUIDANCE PERSONNEL
Between our dean of students, personal mentor, and teacher to student ratio, our students have access to a large support network which guarantees that students have personal guidance and attention that they need to grow in their educational goals and in their personal life. In necessary cases, the seminary has connections with reputable therapists to work with students.

Curriculum

MAKEUP
There is morning, afternoon, and night seder.
Classes cover a wide range of topics including various Mussar works, philosophy, Aggadeta, Tanach & text skills, Chassidut, Gender & Judaism, Halacha (Shabbat, Daily living, Ben Adam Lchavero, Women’s topics etc.), Land of Israel, Tefillah and much more. Most slots have a few choices to register for based on interest and learning level allowing students to both choose what they learn and how they learn. Every Tuesday students go to the Aish World Center to hear from the Rosh Yeshiva Rav Yitzchak Berkovits and other world renowned educators.

ULPAN OR HEBREW CLASS
Ulpan is offered weekly in an interactive environment and often “in the field.” Students go to stores, pharmacies etc with our instructor to learn in the real world.
Hebrew text skills classes are offered daily at different levels to develop each student’s abilities.

SHANA BET
There is an official Shana Bet program, with a specialized Shana bet schedule as well as higher-level philosophy shiurim, kiruv training, and unique Shabbatonim and trips. In addition, Shana bet students who are interested are able to take advantage of the many Aish resources to enhance their own learning and leadership development on an individualized level. All shiurim, leadership training courses, and Aish speakers are accessible to the students.
In the past, approximately one-third to one-half of the students have stayed for Shana Bet. Shana Bet is encouraged according to each student’s life situation regarding family, college, and learning ability.

PROGRAMMING FOR SHABBAT & YOM TOV
There are 4 types of Shabbatot in Gesher. On an “In Shabbos” students are expected to stay in seminary for an awesome, inspiring, and ruach-filled Old City and campus Shabbos experience with special programming. On an “Optional Shabbos” students have the option to choose to go visit friends or family or they can stay in seminary where meals are provided or students are set up by families. On an “Out Shabbos” the seminary is open but the dining room is closed; students can go spend Shabbos with friends and family or they can stay in seminary and eat meals at staff homes or other local hosts. On a “Shabbaton” students are on an exciting shabbaton somewhere in Israel. We take responsibility to make sure that the student is taken care of every Shabbos.

Eligibility

LEVEL OF LEARNING OFFERED
From Beginner to Advanced: Students will find a vast breadth of learning levels in Aish. Whether a novice learner, who is still working on deciphering a Hebrew text, or an advanced learner, ready to delve into Mefarshim, the shiurim span a wide spectrum of skill-levels and learning styles (e.g. text based vs. discussion based).

HEBREW KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED
Students should be proficient in reading Hebrew.

RELIGIOUS OBSERVANCE REQUIRED
Students are expected to be Shomer Shabbat, Kashrut, etc. on the program.

Population

TYPE OF STUDENT
Approximately 90% of the student body are graduates of yeshiva high schools throughout the US and England. About 10% of the students attended public schools and have become religious with their families, or through organizations like NCSY, Aish, etc.
• Overall Number of Students: 72
• Foreign Student Percentage: 4%
• Number of 1st Year American Students: 51
• Number of 2nd Year American Students: 21
• Other Nationalities: UK

Contact Information for Aish Erber Family Gesher for Women

Israel
seminary@aish.com

aish.com/efg

Hashkafa

GOAL OF PROGRAM
Midreshet Amudim is for young women on a quest for TRUTH and MEANING. Amudim aims for each talmida to dive deeply into the sea of Torah, engage in textual analysis and philosophical exploration to come to an understanding of what God wants from her while developing a personal relationship with God, religious and spiritual identity, and commitment to LIVING LIFE

PROFOUNDLY. Amudim’s mission includes Inquiry—Serious Talmud Torah, Independent Thinking, Inspiration, Individuality, Community, Integration into the Modern World and Israel

ATTITUDE TOWARDS ISRAEL & MEDINAT YISRAEL
Amudim maintains a strongly Religious Zionist/Dati Leumi outlook and approach, inspiring students to value the Land of Israel’s spiritual dimensions, the roles it plays in Jewish history and the shaping of Jewish identity, and to truly experience contemporary life in Israel. A special course in Israel studies provides an in-depth understanding of the Zionist narrative and addresses complex issues head-on so that students gain the knowledge to effectively articulate an informed position regarding one of the longest running modern conflicts.

ATTITUDE TOWARDS EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
With an eye towards developing an association between Torah learning and communal responsibility, Amudim features a unique internship/hitnadvut (volunteer) program which requires students to contribute to Israeli society through taking up internships or devote time and energy to the underprivileged or mentally or physically challenged. These internships have been foundational to students’ understanding of self and the roles they can play in the broader Jewish and Israeli community. In addition to individualized internships, Amudim arranges for the student body to engage in chesed activities together (e.g. Tomchei Shabbat, pantry packing, medical clowning etc) throughout the year.

THE "SUCCESSFUL" STUDENT
At Amudim, on an intellectual level, we consider it a success when our students learn to think critically about every text (defined broadly) they encounter and come specially to appreciate the profundity, complexity, brilliance and truth of Torah. Even after their time at Amudim, our talmidot integrate Torah learning into their everyday lives and take on leadership roles in their campus Torah communities.
When it comes to spirituality, the “successful” student feels connected to God, Torah and mitzvot, and has a sense of belonging to the people and Land of Israel. She has a sense of purpose and has developed an understanding of and a drive toward fulfilling her unique destiny, as well as the confidence that she maintains the wherewithal to create a religious experience for herself, no matter where she finds herself in life, through Talmud Torah, tefillah and ma’asim tovim. In addition to developing their positive middot, especially on a bein adam le-chavro plain, Amudim emphasizes creativity, resourcefulness, independence and empowered to take on all kinds of life challenges. The successful graduate of Amudim views every aspect of life as an opportunity to expand her spiritual horizons, learn and grow. The greatest success occurs when students are empowered to contribute to the conversation on Jewish texts and ideas, become leaders of Klal Yisrael, and when the attachment to Torah learning leads to a deepened connection with God.

GUIDANCE PERSONNEL
Spiritual, intellectual and emotional maturity during the year at Amudim is nurtured by and often depends upon the establishment of strong personal bonds between students and staff, including teachers, administrators, Ram’im, and madrichot. While all teachers are available to discuss whatever is on students’ minds and welcome the chance to spend time with students outside of shiurim (including Shabbatot at their homes), several staff members maintain a regular presence on campus and purposefully remain accessible to lend a hand or an ear, and sometimes a shoulder to cry on, and address any and all student needs.

Curriculum

MAKEUP
Amudim’s weekly schedule is divided between shiurim that revolve around classical Torah texts and classes that focus on philosophical or cultural topics. Mornings are more devoted to the former, with sedarim and shiurim in Gemara, halachah and Tanakh during which time our Beit Midrash resonates with a kol Torah, as students study be-chavruta in anticipation of an in-depth, analytical shiur. Afternoons are generally devoted to the more specialized philosophical and culture-centered classes.

ULPAN OR HEBREW CLASS
As part of our commitment to strong textual learning and engagement with the larger Jewish world, Amudim offers classes that hone and advance students’ Hebrew language skills, at both textual and conversational levels. In addition to internships as well as classes at Amudim taught Ivrit be-Ivrit, where students have the opportunity to organically develop their Hebrew speaking skills, Amudim requires each student to participate in innovative and exciting courses aimed at improving upon their Hebrew:

SHANA BET
Amudim offers a highly individualized Shana Bet program. The uniqueness of this program at Amudim provides students who have already spent a year in Israel with the opportunity to build upon the foundation they have received, build skills for lifelong independent Torah study, and think higher and more deeply. Shana Bet students interact closely with faculty, in special shiurim and private chavrutot, as well as the illustrious scholars and artists who lead the weekly Amudim seminars. Shana Bet students also serve as mentors to first-year students by delivering shiurim and helping them adjust to midrasha life. Throughout their Shana Bet, they crystallize their own approaches to learning and Jewish life and inspire others with their ideas and passion.

PROGRAMMING FOR SHABBAT & YOM TOV
At Amudim, many of the chagim—Yom Kippur, Simchat Torah, Hanukah, Purim, Yom Ha’atzmaut, Yom Yerushalayim, and Shavuot—are celebrated together, allowing students to experience beauty, flavor and intensity of chag in Israel while being joined by teachers who deliver special shiurim, participate in panel discussions or lead student-centered activities and chagigot throughout the day.
Three different types of Shabbat schedules allow students to make the most out of Shabbat in Israel.
• IN SHABBATOT: Once every 3-4 weeks, the entire midrasha spends Shabbat together in Jerusalem.
• OUT SHABBATOT: “Free” Shabbatot where students are encouraged to visit friends and relatives or explore new places in Israel for Shabbat and to recharge their batteries.*
• SHABBATONIM: The entire midrasha spends Shabbat together in locations throughout Israel, encountering and interacting with people from walks of life other than our own.

Eligibility

LEVEL OF LEARNING OFFERED
Intermediate and Advanced (though students who lack strong textual background but are highly motivated succeed at Amudim).

HEBREW KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED
Mainstream Modern Orthodox Yeshiva Day School Level.

RELIGIOUS OBSERVANCE REQUIRED
Commitment to mitzvot and adherence to the Midrasha’s halachic standards.

Population

TYPE OF STUDENT
Amudim attracts very bright, deep-thinking, highly motivated young women from mainstream Modern Orthodox high schools across the US, as well as from Canada and the UK. Students tend to be halakhically committed critical thinkers looking to examine Torah concepts and texts in a sophisticated and intellectually honest way. Amudim students are graduates of schools such as Ma’ayanot, SAR, Frisch, Central, SKA, Kushner, Berman, AJA, Ida Crown, YULA, Shalhevet, Kohelet, Beren, Farber Akiba, AJA, Ulpanat Orot and Hasmonean.
• Overall Number of Students: 24–30
• Other Nationalities: Canada and UK

Contact Information for Midreshet Amudim

17 Rachel Imenu Street, German Colony, Jerusalem
Israel: +972.58.631.5217
U.S.: +1.201.218.6386
Email: info@amudimisrael.org

www.amudimisrael.org

 

Hashkafa

Sharfmans is legendary and known for relevant classes that capture the attention of every student. Our classes are hashkafic, engaging...and for you. Our Beit Midrash sessions are designed to allow you to take ownership of your Torah knowledge and to bring sources to class so that you are never lectured to...but become part of the class itself. After all, we are famous for being a seminary that is the leader in providing you with the ability to achieve real growth where you can move in a positive direction.

GOAL OF PROGRAM
Our educational philosophy is to provide you the opportunity to discover your heritage in a joyful student-centered atmosphere of open inquiry and mutual respect. As such, by spending a year engrossed in academic Torah study and values, as well as focusing on character enhancement and a love and respect for the Land of Israel, our students are able to realize and cultivate their true potential and live their life as a true Bnot Torah.

ATTITUDE TOWARDS ISRAEL AND MEDINAT YISRAEL
The concept of Kedushat Eretz Yisrael is lived and taught throughout our classes, tiyulim, Shabbatonim and more. We have a special program for Yom Haatzmaut and encourage everyone to internalize what it means to live as a Jew in Eretz Yisrael. We offer you an unparalleled student-centered seminary experience. A predominant amount of our faculty lives right in your community. Enjoy an authentic Israel experience and become someone who forever evokes the inspiration of תורת ארץ ישראל . Feel the warmth!

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 students partake in chesed-oriented clubs that allow them unique volunteer opportunities in Israel.

THE "SUCCESSFUL" STUDENT
For more than 40 years, Bnot Torah Institute—more popularly known as Sharfman’s—has educated and empowered smart, creative and confident young Orthodox Jewish women. We offer a nurturing community that encourages the development of the whole person: spiritually, academically and personally. Our students become driven by self-confidence, spiritual growth and a deep sense of commitment to making Judaism the center of their lives. Our 2,000+ alumni include: lawyers, authors, social workers, accountants, doctors, nurses, educators, kiruv professionals, Jewish leaders, speech, occupational and physical therapists, wives and mothers.

GUIDANCE PERSONNEL
Students have access to their Mechanechet and Rakezet. Several staff members of a very high caliber have formal meeting hours with students on a regular basis. Sharfman’s is known for the exceptionally strong bond between faculty and students.

Curriculum

MAKEUP
Sharfman's students get to be challenged in the classroom, in the Beit Midrash and throughout our famous elective classes — that are either academic in nature or Hashkafic. We have something for everyone — ranging from textual-based classes in Tefillah, Chumash, Tehillim, Halacha and more and a slew of popular classes such as the Sephardic Heritage class and our popular Tanya class. We offer different classes on various levels so that students can always aim to reach a higher level of learning.

ULPAN OR HEBREW
Every year we have students who want to learn Hebrew and have dedicated faculty who are experts in teaching Hebrew from the ground up. It goes without saying that we are about neighborhood, community and family and encourage our students to get the most out of their Israel experience. Our students live in our neighborhood and can truly speak in Hebrew and experience authentic Israeli society

SHANA BET
We have a full Shana Bet program.

PROGRAMMING FOR SHABBAT AND YOM TOV
One required Shabbaton about once a month. A predominant amount of our faculty lives near the dorm apartments and are always available to host girls for Shabbos meals. Sharfman’s hosts a second seder on Pesach and a full learning and hospitality program on Shavuous.

Eligibility

LEVEL OF LEARNING
Standard and advanced level

HEBREW KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED
Able to read Hebrew and translate.

RELIGIOUS OBSERVANCE REQUIRED
A full commitment to shmirat Torah U'mitzvot is a prerequisite.
Population

TYPE OF STUDENT
20% of our students are from the Tri-state area. 80% are from outside of the Tri-state area.
• Overall Number of Students (Kollel, Israeli, Foreign): 60
• Foreign Student Percentage: 100% (we do not have an Israeli program)
• Number of 1st Year American Students: 45
• Number of 2nd Year American Students: 15
• Other Nationalities: Small percentage of overall student body

Contact Information for B'not Torah/Sharfman's

United States
American Friends of Bnot Torah Institute
P.O.B. 300596 Brooklyn, NY 11230-0596
Tel: 718 253-4579
Fax: 718 253-1423
Email: usa@bnottorah.com

Israel
Bnot Torah Institute
27 Rechov Yam Suf Jerusalem, Israel
Tel: (972-2) 581-4382
Fax: (972-2) 582-2216
Email: info@bnottorah.com

www.bnottorah.com

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 & 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 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.

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.

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.

Curriculum

MAKEUP
Tanach, Halacha, Machshava, Oral Law, Pedagogy, History

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

PROGRAMMING FOR SHABBAT & 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.

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 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
• 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

Contact Information for Darchei Bina

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

Israel
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

 

Hashkafa

GOAL OF PROGRAM
The pulse of Israel beats like no other place. Archeological relics and remains from thousands of years of struggle and triumph are tangibly felt at every corner. Complex dynamics of modern Israel, at the center of the world, creates challenges in every sector of society today. Fascinating seminars, meaningful internships, engaging classes and exhilarating tiyulim will offer opportunities to make a personal connection to the land and to the people. Israel's magic will draw you in, making an impression on you, while encouraging you to create your own lasting imprint for the future.

ATTITUDE TOWARDS ISRAEL & MEDINAT YISRAEL
We celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut and Yom Yerushalayim and they become highlights of the students’ connection to Mediant Yisrael and Am Yisrael

ATTITUDE TOWARDS EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
Extracurricular activities are strongly encouraged. In addition to community internships twice per week, Machon Maayan offers students a full range of chugim each week including Salsa dancing, hip-hop, baking, swimming, body toning, improv and other fun and exciting opportunities.

THE "SUCCESSFUL" STUDENT
Machon Maayan is an innovative one-year program in Israel offering young women from diverse backgrounds a unique post-high school opportunity. Students at Machon Maayan participate in thought-provoking courses, interactive seminars, challenging internships, and meaningful experiences - in a comfortable Torah observant atmosphere. The successful student is committed to personal and religious development, leadership, community involvement, and a positive relationship with the land and people of Israel.

GUIDANCE PERSONNEL
Machon Maayan’s warm and caring staff is available 24/7 to help students with all issues, from mundane questions about daily life in Israel to deep philosophical questions about life’s larger struggles. Our trained staff members pride themselves on developing personal relationships with each student and a coordinated effort is made to pair students and faculty members to ensure that no student “falls through the cracks.”

Curriculum

MAKEUP
Machon Maayan offers a unique curriculum of formal Jewish studies classes integrated with twice weekly community internships (service learning), weekly tiyulim and frequent informal educational opportunities.

ULPAN OR HEBREW CLASS
Five levels of ulpan are offered. Although ulpan is not required, it is strongly encouraged.

SHANA BET
Half or full year program available. In addition to having the full range of shana aleph teachers and administrators available to them, Shana bet students enjoy specially tailored classes and activities and a designated shana bet coordinator.

PROGRAMMING FOR SHABBAT & YOM TOV
Machon Maayan sponsors one mandatory off-campus shabbaton per month, giving students the opportunity to visit a variety of different communities across the country and enjoy some of Israel’s most beautiful vacation destinations. Additionally, Machon Maayan sponsors one optional on-campus shabbaton per month. Students who choose to stay in for Shabbat work together to create a personally meaningful and spiritually uplifting Shabbat experience. Although the dormitories are open and students are permitted to stay in the dormitories whenever they choose, an important element of the Israel experience includes spending Shabbat with families and friends in various communities throughout Israel. We encourage you to make the most of your Free Shabbatot. The Eim bayit (dorm mother) and madrichot (dorm counselors) will set you up with families for Shabbat hospitality.

Eligibility

LEVEL OF LEARNING OFFERED
From beginner to advanced

HEBREW KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED
None

RELIGIOUS OBSERVANCE REQUIRED
Machon Maayan offers a unique opportunity - regardless of one's background - to participate in the process that has engaged and sustained our people for thousands of years: the study of our living Torah. In Machon Maayan, the Torah comes to life through fascinating presentations and interactive discussions. Stimulating classes encourage students to contribute to the classroom setting by questioning, challenging, and sharing ideas in the pursuit of acquiring a much deeper understanding of Torah. At Machon Maayan, we believe that Torah Judaism must be lived in order for it to be truly appreciated. Much of the classroom learning is reinforced by experiences that are shared by the group as a whole and internalized on the individual level. Throughout the year in Israel, Machon Maayan's experiential methodology will guide the students through the relevant texts as they discover the beauty of life as a Jew.

Population

TYPE OF 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.
• Number of 1st Year American students: 55–60
• Number of 2nd Year American students: 3
• Other Nationalities: Germany, Columbia

Contact Information for Machon Maayan

United States
Meryl-Lee Avraham
PO BOX 15
Hightstown, NJ 08520
Phone: (908) 344-5860
Fax: 224-441-9266
Email: rachel@machonmaayan.org

Israel
Rabbi Ira Kosowsky
Machon Maayan
Givat Washington Educational Institutions
DN Evtah 79239
Phone: (052) 456-4744
Email: office@machonmaayan.org

www.machonmaayan.org

Hashkafa

GOAL OF PROGRAM
Michlalah provides a high-level, text-based, Torah educational program that provides the knowledge basis for a commitment to a Torah life based on full acceptance of Torah min Hashamayim and Dikduk B’mitzvos.

ATTITUDE TOWARDS ISRAEL & MEDINAT YISRAEL
Michlalah is proud of its students who make Aliya. It is estimated that between 25-30% make Aliya within 10 years of completing their Seminary year in Israel. The centrality of Eretz |Yisroel is an important message that is given throughout the year. The importance of Medinat Yisrael is an ongoing theme. Specifically, Yom HaAtzmaut is celebrated with a Seudat Hodaya, a tiyul and discussions that focus on its meaning.

ATTITUDE TOWARDS EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
One afternoon a week is set aside for voluntary Chessed activities. Students are presented with many options from which to choose as well as guided towards their responsibility towards their “clients”, be it organizations or individuals. Throughout the year, students visit renowned Chessed organizations, learning about their role and participating in their activities.

THE "SUCCESSFUL" STUDENT
The “successful” student will have a family and professional life, if she so chooses, that will bring her and hers happiness, within a framework of a Torah family in which Torah values and learning are part and parcel of the fabric of their life.

GUIDANCE PERSONNEL
Every student has a Rav Mechanech, a Rakezet and a madricha assigned to her. In addition, the Rosh Machal, the Machal Director, the Director of Academics and the Director of Student Affairs are available for her at all times. Machal has a Guidance Center with professional psychologists and social workers to provide counseling.

Curriculum

MAKEUP
A major segment of the program is the Tanach Core Program as well as a significant emphasis on guided independent study Bekius. A full gamut of Judaic Studies including Tanach, Halacha, Jewish Philosophy, Jewish History, Midrash, Jewish Education, Mishna, and Ivrit are part of the curriculum.

SHANA BET
There is an independent Machal Bet program. About 40 students participate.

PROGRAMMING FOR SHABBAT & YOM TOV
Students are required to participate in the 8-10 scheduled Shabbatonim that are held on campus and throughout Israel. During Chol Hamoed and prior to Yom Tov, special classes and excursions are held. A staff member is in charge of placement for Shabbos and Yom Tov.

Eligibility

LEVEL OF LEARNING OFFERED
The foundational level of learning is advanced. Students are expected to be on a high level in consonance with a superior Yeshiva High School education and be capable of reading Rashi well and be able to read Ramban on a level that identifies questions, answers and introduction of new ideas.

HEBREW KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED
Intermediate - shiurim are in Hebrew and English. Texts are in the original, not English translations.

RELIGIOUS OBSERVANCE REQUIRED
Students who attend Michlalah have a full commitment to shmirat Torah U’mitzvot with a desire for increased observance which will be concomitant with increased knowledge.
Population

TYPE OF STUDENT
Michlalah students are graduates of the finest girls' Yeshiva High Schools throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. A number of students come from Brazil, South Africa, and Australia.
• Overall Number of Students (Israeli, Foreign): 2,400
• Foreign Student Percentage: 14%
• Number of 1st Year Machal Students: 120
• Number of 2nd Year Machal Students: 40
• Other Nationalities: England, Canada, France, Brazil, Mexico, Switzerland, Austria Belgium, Russia, Australia, South Africa

Contact Information for Michlalah Yerushalayim

United States
Friends of Michlalah Yerushalayim
Mrs. Judy Steinberger
9 Sutton Rd.
Monsey, NY 10952 USA
Phone: (845)356-0664
Fax: (845) 356-0787
Email: michlalahusa@aol.com

Israel
Dr. Devorah Rosenwasser
6 Rechov Duvdevani
(mailing address) P.O. Box 16078
Jerusalem 9116002 ISRAEL
Phone: (02) 675-0907
Fax: (02) 675-0917
Email: machal@michlalah.edu

www.machal.michlalah.edu

 

Hashkafa

GOAL OF PROGRAM
At MMY, it is our conviction that Torah study, for women as for men, must be conducted seriously, intellectually and analytically. This is accomplished through intensive textual study; each major shiur in Tanach and Halacha/Torah Sheb'al Peh is preceded by approximately an hour of bet midrash preparation. It is also our firm conviction that the purpose of all learning must be to inspire and develop genuine religious growth within our students.

ATTITUDE TOWARDS ISRAEL AND MEDINAT YISRAEL
We are a Religious Zionist school in every sense of the term, emphasizing the absolute centrality of both Eretz Yisrael and Medinat Yisrael. We stress Aliya as well as involvement in the many needs of Am Yisrael as essential components of Avodat Hashem. We celebrate Yom HaAtzmaut with a Seudat Hodaah and Chagiga.

ATTITUDE TOWARDS EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
At least one hour of Chessed is built into the weekly schedule. Students volunteer in a variety of frameworks, including working with handicapped children, elderly people, disadvantaged families and new immigrants.

THE "SUCCESSFUL" STUDENT
A 'successful' student will continue to study Torah as circumstances allow throughout her life, and will be living her life in dedication to Torah and Am Yisrael. This will be reflected in her devotion to her family, in her professional life and in her involvement in community. In a word, she will constantly attempt to fulfill the command to love Hashem b'chol levavcha, uv'chol nafshecha, uv'chol meodecha.

GUIDANCE PERSONNEL
Developing relationships and having conversations with students is of paramount significance to us. All staff members, including madrichot, teachers, and directors make this a major priority.

Curriculum

MAKEUP
The primary areas of focus are Tanach, Halacha and Torah She'B'al Peh. We also have many classes devoted to Machshava. Gemara is an option several days a week in the afternoons, and we offer two different classes on two different levels.

ULPAN OR HEBREW CLASS
If there is interest, we attempt to arrange a special classroom opportunity to learn Hebrew. Also, many of the Chesed opportunities are in Hebrew. With
Yeshiva University Open House Israel Expo
Michlelet Mevaseret Yerushalayim
the proper motivation, a student can learn to speak Hebrew during her year in MMY.

SHANA BET
We have a Shana Bet program, which typically numbers approximately 10-15 students per year. Some stay for one semester, some for the full year.

PROGRAMMING FOR SHABBAT AND YOM TOV
We have 'in' shabbatot or shabbatonim approximately once every three weeks. Optional programming is available during Sukkot and Pesach vacations, according to interest. On Rosh Hashana, the entire Seminary is together in MMY and for Yom Kippur we are together either in MMY or Mevaseret. We make sure that students have suitable places for all shabbatot and chagim. In addition, our dormitory does not close at all during the school year.

Eligibility

LEVEL OF LEARNING OFFERED
Advanced - able to independently learn Mefarshim on Chumash, Shulchan Arukh, etc.

HEBREW KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED
Advanced - as we study primary texts in their original.

RELIGIOUS OBSERVANCE REQUIRED
A full commitment to shmirat Torah U'mitzvot is a prerequisite.

Population

TYPE OF STUDENT
Our students come from over twenty communities across the United States and Canada, England, Europe, Australia and South Africa.
• Overall Number of Students (Kollel, Israeli, Foreign): 90-100
• Foreign Student Percentage: 100% (we do not have an Israeli program)
• Number of 1st Year American Students: 90
• Number of 2nd Year American Students: Generally 25-35
• Other Nationalities: Yes

Contact Information for Michlelet Mevaseret Yerushalayim

United States
500 West Burr Blvd.
Suite #47
Teaneck, NJ 07666
To call US direct:
Phone: (212) 372-7226
Fax: (917) 793-1047

Israel
Rabbi David Katz
Derech Chevron 60
Baka, Jerusalem 9351308
Phone: (02) 652-7257
Fax: (02) 652-7162
Email: office@mmy.org.il

www.mevaseret.org/mmy

 

Hashkafa

GOAL OF PROGRAM
Midreshet AMIT seeks to imbue its participants with challenging Torah learning and a commitment to Am Yisrael and to Eretz Yisrael. With a great variety of courses and daily volunteering at Beit Hayeled, our students' days are packed with a combination of exciting learning and intense chesed. It is through these experiences that our students can achieve great heights and become the leaders of tomorrow.

ATTITUDE TOWARDS ISRAEL & MEDINAT YISRAEL
Midreshet AMIT is part of the network of AMIT schools and is founded upon the ideals of Tzionut. In the classroom, we offer courses on Zionism, Issues in Modern Israel and a workshop in Israel Advocacy. Out of the classroom, we take trips across the country to expose the students to the variety of communities in Israel. Some of the highlights of the year include the celebration and commemoration of Yom Hashoa, Yom Hazikaron, Yom Haatzmaut and Yom Yerushalayim.

ATTITUDE TOWARDS EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
An integral part of the program at Midreshet AMIT is serving as a mentor to children at Beit Hayeled. There are one to two hours of required daily volunteering with the foster children in the building. Additional opportunities are available to the students as they live on campus at Beit Hayeled and as such can elect to spend their free time with their foster families. Each student is also required to choose an "out of the building" chesed opportunity. There is a wide variety of options to choose from and students are placed according to their interests.

THE "SUCCESSFUL" STUDENT
A successful alumna will take her place in the world committed to Torah learning and active participation in the Jewish community. Through the AMIT experience, our alumni develop a lifelong connection to the Land of Israel.

GUIDANCE PERSONNEL
Students and faculty have a warm and close relationship. Our Coordinator of Student Activities is available around the clock to assist the students in any way. Our caring Mechanchot meet each student weekly to talk or learn b'chavruta. Our staff opens their homes to the students regularly for Shabbatot and Chagim.

Curriculum

MAKEUP
Our curriculum is designed to allow each student to pursue her own goals on her own level. Every class period offers a choice of classes in Tanach, Talmud, Halacha and Jewish Thought. Likewise, there are advanced text based classes along side discussion based classes so that each student can create a schedule that meets her own needs. Along side class, each student can choose to pursue her own interest and goals in the Beit Midrash which is supervised by a member of the faculty. It is quite common for our students to pursue, in their free time, one-on-one chavrutot with the warm and encouraging members of faculty. The wide range of levels, topics, and learning opportunities allows Midreshet AMIT to become a uniquely open and welcoming community of young women who want to embrace the challenge of transformative chesed and transformative learning.

ULPAN OR HEBREW CLASS
An integral part of our program is daily interaction with the children at Beit Hayeled. A basic working knowledge of Hebrew is a necessity and language improvement will take place through language immersion, contact with the children and an elective Ulpan. We offer both an intermediate and an advanced Ulpan.

SHANA BET
We currently have 2 students in our Shana Bet program.

PROGRAMMING FOR SHABBAT & YOM TOV
Monthly Shabbatonim will be held in different cities or on campus. Our dorm is always open and as such, students may host friends for Shabbat. Home hospitality will always be available from faculty and AMIT friends.

Eligibility

LEVEL OF LEARNING OFFERED
Intermediate and Advanced

HEBREW KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED
Most shiurim are in English.

RELIGIOUS OBSERVANCE REQUIRED
An orthodox woman who exhibits a positive attitude toward Torah and Mitzvot and who is motivated to learn and grow in all areas.

Population

TYPE OF STUDENT
We currently have 66 young women from all over the US, Canada, Australia, England and South Africa. Students arrive from cities throughout New York and New Jersey as well as cities such as Stamford, Chicago, Baltimore, Silver Spring, Los Angeles, Hollywood, Boca Raton, Miami, Cleveland, Atlanta, Houston, Boston, Philadelphia.
• Overall Number of Students (Kollel, Israeli, Foreign): 60
• Foreign Student Percentage: 15%
• Number of 1st Year American Students: 55–60
• Number of 2nd Year American Students: 3
• Other Nationalities: British, Canadian, Australian, South African

Contact Information for Midreshet AMIT

Mrs. Ilana Gottlieb, Director
9 Rechov Hashayish
Gilo, Jerusalem 93841
Phone: (02) 645-0435
Fax: (02) 676-7822
Email: midrasha@amit.org.il
US Line: 646-484-8982

www.midreshetamit.org

Hashkafa

GOAL OF PROGRAM
The mission of the Sephardic Educational Center's Eshel program is to provide students with the opportunity to explore their rich Sephardic heritage in an exciting and innovative way. Through their learning they will experience personal, spiritual, intellectual, and religious growth that will give them a solid foundation for the future. The environment is small and nurturing, with skillful teachers and mentors, that dedicate themselves to addressing the specific needs of their students. Making the Torah come alive through traversing the ancient as well as modern sites in Israel will enhance their understanding and appreciation for their eternal homeland.

ATTITUDE TOWARDS ISRAEL & MEDINAT YISRAEL
The midrasha is pro-Zionist . Classes such as “Ahavat Ha-aretz” reflect a positive connection towards Eretz Yisrael, and we hope to foster a relationship between the students and Israel also through educational and fun field trips and Shabbatons throughout the land.

ATTITUDE TOWARDS EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
Students are encouraged to always be involved in activities, especially hesed, during their free time.

THE "SUCCESSFUL" STUDENT
The student is constantly working on her midot, and has the desire to grow. She sees Torah study as a primary part of life.

GUIDANCE PERSONNEL
Students are encouraged to choose faculty with whom they can speak to regarding educational and personal matters, and to form relationships with these faculty by going to their house for activities such as baking challah, and being hosted for Shabbat. Students are also encouraged to speak with our head rabbi and director about any relevant issues.

Curriculum

MAKEUP
Besides regular Torah studies, course such as Dance, Sephardic Cooking, Yoga, and other Sephardic studies are offered at least once a week, as well as special guest shiurim, hesed projects, and tours weekly.
Students must attend all day and night classes, from 9:15 AM – 9 PM, with the exception of one free night per week, and an hour of free time after lunch. Within the schedule are times for hesed projects, touring the old city, ulpan, and weekly guest shiurim.

ULPAN OR HEBREW CLASS
Ulpan is taught weekly for 2 hours.

SHANA BET
Students are first year, but are encouraged to stay for shana bet.

Eligibility

LEVEL OF LEARNING OFFERED
Multi-leveled capabilities (depending on the student).

HEBREW KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED
Basic Hebrew knowledge required to understand text studies, although extra help is available if needed.

RELIGIOUS OBSERVANCE REQUIRED
Complete adherence to Halacha as directed by Midrasha

Population

TYPE OF STUDENT
New York, New Jersey, Los Angeles residents from both private and public schools, and strong background in Jewish education.
• Overall Number of Students (Kollel, Israeli, Foreign): 40
• Foreign Student Percentage: 6%
• Number of 1st Year American Students: 40

Contact Information for Midreshet Eshel

Director Miriam Tawil:
mtawil@midresheteshel.org
011-972-50-709-5286 (Israel)
718-376-0717 (USA)
Secretary:
office@midresheteshel.org
011-972-2-966 6621 tel (Israel)
011-972-2-966 6625 fax (Israel)

www.midresheteshel.org

Hashkafa

GOAL OF PROGRAM
Midreshet HaRova focuses on students as individuals. We strive to provide an educational environment that enables each student to maximize her potential. This is accomplished through a program which, while dedicated to academic excellence, also believes that Torah study as an intellectual exercise which does not impact one's personality is incomplete. The goal of the program is to teach our students not what to think but rather how to think, preparing them to make decisions throughout life through the prism of Torah and Mitzvot.

ATTITUDE TOWARDS ISRAEL & MEDINAT YISRAEL
Midreshet HaRova is a strongly Zionistic program. Students are exposed to an environment that stresses the centrality of Am Yisrael B'Eretz Yisrael. Both Yom HaAtmaut and Yom Yerushalayim are celebrated as holidays and important milestones toward the ultimate Geulah.

ATTITUDE TOWARDS EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
Chesed is an integral element of the program at the Midrasha. Students participate in a wide range of volunteer activities on a regular basis. Students are also able to pursue their own outside interests in the (limited) free time that the weekly schedule provides. In this context, student organized activities such as art, choir and music are supported.

THE "SUCCESSFUL" STUDENT
In the Midrasha we believe that all of our students are individuals, and therefore there is no single template that defines a 'successful' student. In the Midrasha we attempt to give our students the tools to live as a shomeret Mitzvot in modern society. We hope that our graduates will see Israel as the natural place to build their lives.

GUIDANCE PERSONNEL
At the Midrasha we are committed to maintaining a small school environment even as we have grown to our maximum size. This means that there is a wide range of faculty members available for guidance and consultation at any time. The formal guidance staff is led by our Menahelet, who is assisted by five mashgichot, two Imahot Bayit and a proactive group of seven madrichot. Each Mashgicha is responsible for a group of roughly 20-25 students. The Mashgicha sits regularly with each student in her group on an individual basis, helping her to identify both her personal and educational goals and then helps guide the student towards achieving those goals. Each group spends informal time with their mashgichot as well, creating a warm and nurturing environment for the entire group.

Curriculum

MAKEUP
Studies are split between Torah She Beal Peh, Torah She B'chtav (Torah and Nach), Machshava, and Halacha. The varying backgrounds of students coming from all over the world necessitates multiple levels, especially in classes where chavruta study is an essential segment of the curriculum. In these areas there are generally three or four levels, with multiple options within levels. Students choose their own classes with direction from the guidance staff. A strong emphasis is placed on Gemara, allowing students who are interested to spend between four and thirteen hours a week in Gemara seder and classes. We recognize, however, that not all students are interested in learning Gemara, and those students have the option of intensive Machshava seder and classes given parallel to the Gemara seder. Flexible Beit Medrash time enables students to add independent study hours in these and other areas.

ULPAN OR HEBREW CLASS
We do not offer an Ulpan option. However, students have the unique opportunity to improve their Hebrew skills through the extensive interaction opportunities available with our Israeli

program

SHANA BET
There is a formal Shana Bet program. Over the past number of years Shana Bet groups have ranged from four to fifteen students. In addition, a group of between 10-15 students generally choose to stay in Israel in order to volunteer for Sherut Leumi (National Service) or army service.

PROGRAMMING FOR SHABBAT & YOM TOV
There is an In-Shabbat, spent with a visiting faculty member, once every three Shabbatot. There are also other group Shabbatot outside the Midrasha. Students have the option to spend Rosh Hashana together with staff as a group in a community in Israel, or if they prefer they may spend Rosh HaShana with family and friends. Yom Kippur is spent as a group in the Midrasha. Room and full board is provided during the Sukkot and Pessach vacation periods including Chol HaMoed. The campus is closed on Yom Tov and Shabbat during vacation periods.

Eligibility

LEVEL OF LEARNING OFFERED
There are several levels of courses offered at Midreshet HaRova
• Beginner: Familiar with basic Jewish texts
• Intermediate: Can independently learn Chumash text, and begin to learn Mefarshim
• Advanced: Able to independently learn Mefarshim on Chumash, Shulchan Arukh, etc.

HEBREW KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED
• Beginner: Shiurim are mainly in English
• Intermediate and Advanced: Shiurim in Hebrew and in English
While the majority of Midrasha students, especially those from North America, fall into the intermediate and advanced categories, the international character of the Midrasha's student body requires that we cater to students who have not always had the opportunity to devote several hours daily to limmudei kodesh in high school. As a result, motivated students with a more limited background can find a track which is uniquely suited for them, as well as the opportunity to advance to higher levels as their skills improve.

RELIGIOUS OBSERVANCE REQUIRED
All students are expected to be fully committed to a lifestyle of Torah and Mitzvot.

Population

TYPE OF STUDENT
American students hail from all over the country and a variety of backgrounds, from public school to the entire spectrum of Centrist Orthodox high schools. The Midrasha has a reputation of being a school with a highly diverse student body, and the percentage of students from the New York area tends to be relatively low (generally between 35-40% of the overseas student population).
• Overall Number of Students (1st and 2nd year foreign, 1st year Israeli): 190
• Foreign Student Percentage: 66%
• Number of 1st Year American Students: 86
• Number of 2nd Year American Students: 10
• Other Nationalities: 35%–40%

Contact Information for Midreshet HaRova

Israel
50 Rechov Chabad
Old City, Jerusalem 97500
Phone: (02) 626-5995
Fax: (02) 628-4690
Email: office@harova.org

www.harova.org

Rabbi David Milston Director
Phone: (02) 626-5971
Cell: (052) 357-1362
Email: davidmilston@harova.org
Rabbi Michael Susman Associate Director of Recruitment
Phone: (02) 626-5972
Cell: (054) 566-5139
Email: susman@harova.org

Hashkafa

GOAL OF PROGRAM
• To promote a love of Torah
• To provide the skills necessary to translate that love into a life dedicated to Torah learning and mitzva observance
• To strengthen our students’ connection and sense of responsibility to Am Yisrael and Eretz Yisrael

ATTITUDE TOWARDS ISRAEL & MEDINAT YISRAEL
We are proud that we present a Zionist message. It is not only Eretz Yisrael but also Medinat Yisrael that forms a significant part of our Jewish identity. We feel blessed to be living in an era that we consider atchalta d'geulah. On Yom Ha'Atzmaut there is true celebration. Equally important we take the students to Har Herzl on Yom Hazikaron to be part of Klal Yisrael not only in times of joy but in times of collective sorrow.

ATTITUDE TOWARDS EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
Over the year, we have challenging and fun tiyulim and inspiring Shabbatot throughout Israel to deepen our connection to the land and to each other. Our students are encouraged to develop themselves in ways which complement their Torah learning. In particular, Tuesday afternoons are devoted to Chessed or Understanding Israel, a pro-Israel advocacy training program.
Midreshet Darkaynu, a program for developmentally disabled young women, is an integral part of the Midrasha. Many of our students choose to learn b’chavruta with the Darkaynu students, or to participate in Darkaynu’s annual musical production. Several times a year we sponsor school-wide chessed projects, often based on student initiatives.

THE "SUCCESSFUL" STUDENT
There is no one mold. We hope that our students will be religiously committed wives and mothers, involved in their Jewish communities. We hope that they will find personal fulfillment in the path of their choice, as career women, homemakers, educators, professional volunteers, or any combination of the above.

GUIDANCE PERSONNEL
We strongly believe that the relationships that our students form with teachers, administrators, etc. will be one of the most significant elements of their year in Israel. Each student has a Ra’m, a full-time teacher assigned to a specific group of students. Each student is assigned an “ISP” mentor, a faculty member who sits with her regularly one-on-one to discuss her own individualized spiritual plan for growth. Our faculty is diverse and there are many role models to relate to. Our dorm parents live in the building and provide a warm, comfortable, additional resource. The madrichot are college graduates who live in the dorm and are always there to provide friendship, support, and information. In addition, we have a professional social worker on staff available to speak to students at their request or at the suggestion of one of the teachers or madrichot.

Curriculum

MAKEUP
Most classes at Midreshet Lindenbaum are comprised of discussion-oriented classroom teaching plus chavruta learning in the beit midrash in approximately equal components. This is a defining and unique element of our program. It is not only the acquisition of knowledge but of skills that is of paramount importance. There is a limit to the knowledge you can acquire in one year, but skills open up limitless possibilities for the future.

ULPAN OR HEBREW CLASS
We do not offer Ulpan; participation in Israeli shiurim and friendships with their counterparts in the Israeli program is the best Ulpan!

SHANA BET
We encourage Shana Bet and generally have a small group each year who take their learning to the next level, tailoring their schedule to the topics they would like to delve deeper into and the skills they seek to hone further. Most of our Shana Bet students continue at Stern College where they can receive credit for a year and a half of study.

PROGRAMMING FOR SHABBAT & YOM TOV
We spend Shabbat together as a community approximately every 2-3 weeks. Sometimes students enjoy spending Shabbat together on our campus, their home-away-from-home, and at other times we travel to Tzfat, Shadmot Mechola, Sderot, or Gush Etzion. Several times a year, the students are hosted as a group in the homes and communities of our faculty. We daven and learn together at the midrasha on Yom Kippur and Shavuot. Additionally, there are several optional Shabbatot both in and out of the midrasha. The dormitory is always open (including out Shabbatot and vacation times) with either a madricha or the av and em bayit present. On free Shabbatot, the em bayit helps to arrange places with faculty members, at the homes of Israeli students, or with Anglo-Saxon olim as per the request of the student. Most of our students either travel home for Pesach or participate in the Tochnit Nissan program of Bnei Akiva.

Eligibility

LEVEL OF LEARNING OFFERED
Intermediate and Advanced

HEBREW KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED
Intermediate

RELIGIOUS OBSERVANCE REQUIRED
Students must be fully committed to Shmirat Torah u'Mitzvot
Population
• Overall Number of Students (Kollel, Israeli, Foreign): 200
• Foreign Student Percentage: 50%
• Number of 1st Year American Students: 62
• Other Nationalities: There is an Israeli program of approximately 100 students (80 post high school and 20 post sherut leumi/army) and a program for students from South America.

Contact Information for Midreshet Lindenbaum

United States
Mrs. Renee Rosner
49 W. 45th St., Suite 701
New York, N.Y. 10036
Phone: (212) 935-8672
Fax: (212) 935-8683
Email: renee@otsny.org

Israel
Rabbanit Sally Mayer, Rosh Midrasha
Rechov Leib Yafe 51, Jerusalem 93390
Phone: (02) 671-0043
Fax: (02) 671-0144
Email: ml@ots.org.il (general)
Sally.mayer@ots.org.il

www.midreshet-lindenbaum.org.il

 

Hashkafa

GOAL OF PROGRAM
Midreshet Moriah is a warm, family-like environment where we emphasize the individual growth and growing independence of every student; maximum flexibility for each student in designing her personal schedule to match her interests and goals; close relationships with teachers and mentors; the opportunity to create a passionate relationship with Torah through challenging, exciting shiurim and in private chavrutot with our faculty; and lasting ties to friends, teachers, and the Land.

ATTITUDE TOWARDS ISRAEL & MEDINAT YISRAEL
Midreshet Moriah presents a powerful Religious Zionist message. This hashkafah is conveyed in many shiurim and sichot as well as in specific classes and Yemei Iyyun devoted to Religious Zionist thought and the history of Medinat Yisrael. Days of special significance for Medinat Yisrael, such as Yom HaAtzma’ut, Yom Yerushalayim, and others are highlights of our year, celebrated proudly with special Tefilot, music, dancing, se’udot, and special programs.

ATTITUDE TOWARDS EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
We encourage our students to participate in programs outside the formal study program. Time is built into the schedule for the full range of volunteering opportunities available in Yerushalayim. Students receive guidance in choosing a placement they find meaningful.

THE "SUCCESSFUL" STUDENT
The successful Midreshet Moriah student will approach life with a great love for Torah and mitzvot, confident in her unique strengths, aware of her challenges, and sensitive to her responsibility to contribute to Am Yisrael. She will build a Torah home based on these values while maximizing her potential as a leader in the Jewish community. She will always see living in Eretz Yisrael as her ultimate destination.

GUIDANCE PERSONNEL
Midreshet Moriah provides a wide array of personnel to whom the students may turn and who will seek them out as well: Madrichot, Em Bayit, Rakazot, teachers and Rabbanim. Our Rakazot, young women teachers, meet indvidually with each student every week to learn or just shmooze, as well as teaching their students as a group. Teachers and Rabbanim make themselves available for private chavrutah and chaburah (small group) learning in the Bet Midrash day and night. Our faculty accompany the students on Shabbatonim and invite them frequently for Shabbat in their own homes.We firmly believe in providing role models with differing hashkafot so that each student may choose the one most suitable to her.

Curriculum

MAKEUP
Our curriculum emphasizes maximum flexibility so that each student can design a schedule which meets her needs, both in terms of level and area of interest. Requirements are kept to a minimum in order to allow students maximum freedom in customizing their learning so that they may use their time to pursue their interests. Midreshet offers both Regular and Advanced courses, which allows students to customize the level of challenge according to their needs. Advanced courses offer academically advanced students a program which provides skills through extensive chavrutah and a high-level discussion during shiur. Each student is also encouraged to devote some hours to independent learning outside the context of shiurim, often with a faculty or student chavrutah. Seder Erev shiurim take place nightly.

PROGRAMMING FOR SHABBAT & YOM TOV
At Midreshet, we have a Shabbaton about once a month, bringing our students and faculty together in locations such as Tzfat, Neve Daniel, Beit She'an and other locations. Our dormitory remains open on all Shabbatot and during Chol HaMo’ed Sukkot, so that students may stay “in” when they wish. Students are often hosted for Shabbat by families of staff members and former students. For the Yamim Nora’im, all students are invited to the home of a member of our faculty.

Eligibility

LEVEL OF LEARNING OFFERED
Intermediate to Advanced: Can independently learn Chumash and Mefarshim

HEBREW KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED
Intermediate: Shiurim are in Hebrew and English.

RELIGIOUS OBSERVANCE REQUIRED
Full commitment to Shmirat Torah U-Mitzvot.

Population

TYPE OF STUDENT
Midreshet Moriah draws students from all types of schools, from community day schools to yeshiva high schools to Beis Yaakov and Chabad schools. Our goal is to create a true community of learners – meaning that each individual is unique, and our “community” as a whole is heterogeneous. We’re not a “cookie cutter” kind of school, and we actively seek out students who do not all fit into the same mold. We work very hard to achieve diversity among the student body, with a balance between students with different kinds of talents, like in a real community – some talented in the Bet Midrash, others in Midot Tovot, others in leadership, so that our students can all learn from one another. One third of our students each year are from communities outside the Tri-State area, in keeping with the national statistics on the American Jewish population.
• Overall Number of Students: 80–95
• Number of 1st Year American Students: 70–84
• Number of 2nd Year American Students: 15–30
• Other Nationalities: Canada, Great Britain, Australia, Holland, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, South Africa, Brazil and Costa Rica.

Contact Information for Midreshet Moriah

Rav Eitan Mayer
Azarya 1
Jerusalem 9622226
Phone: (02) 652-7449
Fax: (02) 651-1524
Email: midreshetoffice@gmail.com

www.midreshetmoriah.com

 

Hashkafa

GOAL OF PROGRAM
For students to develop a sophisticated understanding of Torah, themselves and the connection between the two. For students to internalize their commitment to Torah in a deep and genuine manner so that they can live in the world with integrity as a genuinely religious and growing person. For students to understand what it means to be a Torah observant Jewish woman in this generation and to truly identify and define themselves around this concept. For students to recognize their unique place in the Jewish people, the strength which this gives them and the responsibility it places upon them. For students to appreciate the impact of our return to the Land of Israel and the unique opportunity which this creates. For students to understand the world around them, the challenges which specifically define our generation and how this effects our connection to Torah and one another.

ATTITUDE TOWARDS ISRAEL & MEDINAT YISRAEL
We deeply appreciate that we have the opportunity to live in Eretz Yisrael and in Medinat Yisrael. We recognize that this gift was given to enable us to create a community based on Torah values in our Land. We recognize that staggering personal sacrifices were made to make this possible, often by people with very different ideas of what Eretz Yisrael should be. We encourage our students to understand with depth and sensitivity the varying approaches held by different communities to the religious relevance of Medinat Yisrael, so that their personal hashkafic choices are made thoughtfully rather than simply through cultural association. In practical terms, Midreshet Tehillah celebrates Yom Ha’atzmaut and Yom Yerushalayim and appropriately observes Yom HaShoah and Yom HaZikaron.

ATTITUDE TOWARDS EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
The academic program at Midreshet Tehillah is intense and focused so there is little time for major projects outside the structure of the program. That being said, students with strong interest in particular activities have found avenues through which to pursue those interests while in school such as setting up art lessons with local artists—the neighborhood in which the school is located is endowed with a number of richly talented people in diverse areas. Students often organize chugim amongst themselves (karate etc). Many of our students are careful about exercise and either jog or join a nearby gym or pool. There is also excellent gym equipment on campus next to the laundry room, allowing students to go around in circles along with their laundry.

THE "SUCCESSFUL" STUDENT
In this increasingly complex, amoral and intrusive world, a student has been successful at Midreshet Tehillah if she internalizes her love, understanding and commitment to Torah, mitzvot and the Jewish People to the point where she can hold solidly to her ideals through life and make good, healthy choices reflective of her true values. Our goal is for students to become deeper versions of themselves.

GUIDANCE PERSONNEL
Midreshet Tehillah is renowned for the close and lasting relationships built up between students and faculty members over the course of the year. There are many levels of mentoring available within the school. We try to give students plenty of space to choose the level of closeness or privacy they desire, but a 20-minute one-on-one with a designated faculty member either for learning or schmoozing is built into every student's schedule. Teachers are trained to bring sophistication to their understanding and interaction with students, but also to know their limits. We have staff with professional training and experience to recognize when a student needs something more and to facilitate her getting it.

Curriculum

MAKEUP
The curriculum centers around deep learning of Machshava, Hashkafa, Tanach, Halacha, and Jewish History, with a textual source as the centerpiece of each class. The program is weighed more heavily toward deep understanding than breadth of knowledge. We concentrate our efforts on stretching students intellectually. For those looking to complement this intellectual focus with rigorous involvement in text we have a Beit Midrash Track with ample guided chavruta learning complementing class discussion.

ULPAN OR HEBREW CLASS
Ulpan is offered some years, depending on demand and the availability of the teacher.

SHANA BET
Midreshet Tehilla has a Shana Bet program. Mornings and evenings are kodesh. Afternoons are dedicated to college work, with an option to complete a U.S. B.A. during the second year or to take classes that will advance the process of attaining a B.A. upon return to the U.S.

PROGRAMMING FOR SHABBAT & YOM TOV
Approximately once a month, we have Shabbatonim. Several of these are held off campus to allow students to experience different communities around the country and hear local speakers – for example in Tzfat, the Old City and Bnei Brak. These Shabbatonim broaden students' understanding of what it is or can be like to live in Israel. On Shabbatot and Yamim Tovim when Midreshet Tehillah does not have a group program organized, most students make their own arrangements with family and friends. We assist all those who want help setting up meals with local families and faculty members.

Eligibility

LEVEL OF LEARNING OFFERED
Classes are on a sophisticated level directed at students with a serious interest in learning, thinking and growing. Classes are presented in a fashion which accommodates Hebrew skill levels ranging from beginner to complete fluency.

HEBREW KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED
Student Hebrew levels range from beginners to complete fluency. All classes which work directly with text have beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.

RELIGIOUS OBSERVANCE REQUIRED
Full commitment to shemirat Torah and mitzvot.

Population

TYPE OF STUDENT
Students typically come from Yeshiva High Schools such as Bruriah and Yeshiva of Greater Washington, or out of town Beit Yaakovs like Valley Torah or KTA. Of the American girls, typically about 1/4 come from the NY/NJ area, with the remaining 3/4 "out of towners".
• Overall Number of Students: 70–80
• Foreign Student Percentage: 25%
• Number of 1st Year American Students: 55–65
• Number of 2nd Year American Students: 10–15
• Other Nationalities: England, South Africa, Brazil, Switzerland, Holland, Germany, Poland, Ukraine, Mexico and Australia.

Contact Information for Midreshet Tehillah

Israel
1 Beit Yitzchak Street,
Har Nof, Jerusalem
Phone: (02) 654-4578
(Mailing address) P.O. Box 34196
Har Nof, Jerusalem 9134101, Israel
Email: mtehillah@nevey.org

Rabbi Jeremy Kagan
+1-347-408-1453
+972-50-709-4747
rjeremykagan@yahoo.com
Rabbi Anthony Manning
+972-54-475-6734
rabbi@rabbimanning.com

www.midreshettehillah.com

 

Hashkafa

At Midreshet Torat Chessed, we believe in the power of a multi-faceted year-in-Israel experience. Our program combines serious Torah learning with meaningful and intensive Chessed in a way that is life altering, as each aspect mutually enhances the other. Our students spend their mornings and evenings immersed in Torah learning, and then devote their afternoons to the amazing children at Bet Elazraki.

GOAL OF PROGRAM
It is MTC’s belief that a person needs to both learn Torah and live Torah. At MTC, we put this belief into practice by learning Torah in the mornings and evenings, and living Torah in the afternoons. Our students take what they learn and apply it in their afternoon work with the children of Bet Elazraki. Through the power of giving to another, a person enhances their own personal spiritual growth. As our students quickly grow to appreciate, these two values of Torah and Chessed are mutually enhancing.

ATTITUDE TOWARDS ISRAEL & MEDINAT YISRAEL
Your afternoons at MTC will be dedicated to the children of the Bet Elazraki children’s home where you will become their counselors, mentors, and friends. Through playing, helping and working with these special children, you will truly be living what you learn. You will develop a deep connection with them, become an integral part of their lives and experience the amazing feeling of helping another. You will learn the power of giving – and that giving is really receiving.

ATTITUDE TOWARDS EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
In addition to the wide variety of extracurricular activities that our students participate in with the children of the Home (weekly water sports, running chug, art classes etc…), students are encouraged and assisted in finding local classes and chugim that interest them.

THE "SUCCESSFUL" STUDENT
The successful MTC student is one who views the year as an opportunity to grow and to give. She is a person who is interested in personal and religious growth, and is someone wants to connect more deeply with Am Yisrael, Torat Yisrael, and Eretz Yisrael.

GUIDANCE PERSONNEL
The mental health of our students is of utmost importance to us. Our Director is a trained social worker, and she lives next to campus in order to be available at all times. In addition, our Eim Bayit lives on campus with our students and oversees all their emotional needs. MTC provides a loving and caring environment and our students feel very close to all of our staff.

Curriculum

MAKEUP
Midreshet Torat Chessed offers a wide variety of Torah and Judaic classes in the mornings, and then switches to a full afternoon of Chessed with the kids in Bet Elazraki children’s home. In addition, students have night seder, a weekly social work course to help in their Chessed work and Ulpan.

ULPAN OR HEBREW CLASS
Ulpan is offered at MTC. In addition, through their daily interactions with the children and staff of Bet Elazraki, our students grow tremendously in their Hebrew abilities and communication skills.

SHANA BET
MTC welcomes interested students to stay Shana Bet, in order to continue to strengthen their connection to Torah learning and daily chessed. We are happy to accommodate them by creating a program- the nature of the specific program each year depends on the number of students.

PROGRAMMING FOR SHABBAT & YOM TOV
We have approximately two in-Shabbatot a month, either on campus or away in communities throughout the country. On out-shabbatot, students have the option of staying on campus if they choose. For some chagim, MTC is “in” and provides programming, while for others, students are put up at homes and are able to celebrate in various communities. Our staff will always assist students looking to be set up for Shabbat or chag.

Eligibility

LEVEL OF LEARNING OFFERED
Students come to MTC from varying backgrounds and levels and our classes span a wide range of levels and topics, in order to accommodate the needs of our entire student body.

HEBREW KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED
Minimal. Higher level Hebrew is helpful with the Chessed work with the kids, but not necessary.

RELIGIOUS OBSERVANCE REQUIRED
Students come from various backgrounds, but our program requires a commitment to Torah and Shemirat Mitzvot.

Population

TYPE OF STUDENT
Our students come mostly from the United States and Canada, with some coming from England and Brazil.
• Overall Number of Students: 35
• Foreign Student Percentage: 100% (we do not have an Israeli program)

Contact Information for Midreshet Torat Chessed

United States
American Friends of Midreshet Torat Chessed
C/O Mrs. Sarah Struhl Packer
585 West End Ave. Apt. 1H
New York, NY 10024

Israel
Midreshet Torat Chesed
Rabbi Tarfon 7
Netanya Israel 42448
Email: office@mtcstaff.com
Phone: 052-436-5031

Hashkafa

GOAL OF PROGRAM
TVA is founded upon the values of Bnei Akiva and Religious Zionism. TVA envisions Jewish learning in the broadest sense, including the following:
The heart of MTVA is its dynamic Beit Midrash, where you will interact with an incredible faculty, who combine warmth and high-level Torah education. We believe strongly in providing the a holistic educational environment, combining a top-notch learning program and a supportive religious environment. Our Beit Midrash encourages students to develop their Jewish identity and a deeper commitment to Torah and Mitzvot. We believe that the best students should learn with the most elite teachers in the world in a broad and integrative manner. Whether it is a Gemara shiur from Rabbanit Shani Taragin, Rabbanit Nechama Barash, or Rabbi Alan Haber, a Tanach shiur from Rabbi Menachem Leibtag, a Halakha shiur from Rabbanit Michal Jacob or Rabbi Aaron Bayer, a Tefilla class from Rabbanit Tamara Spitz, or a Jewish Philosophy shiur from Rabbi Dr. Yehuda Seif, our students come away with a foundation to carry them for the rest of their lives. You will have the unique opportunity to “Learn and Tour,” where the walls of the Beit Midrash are expanded to the Land of Israel, as Tanakh and Halakha come to life in a way that you have never experienced before.

ATTITUDE TOWARDS ISRAEL & MEDINAT YISRAEL
TVA and Bnei Akiva firmly believe in the ideal of “Am Yisrael b’Eretz Yisrael al-pi Torat Yisrael,” that the Jewish people are meant to live in the Land of Israel according to the laws of the Torah. Everything that we do at TVA is based on this premise. Everyone on our staff is a true lover of Eretz Yisrael and Medinat Yisrael, and they are eager to share this love with the talmidot.

ATTITUDE TOWARDS EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
At TVA, Extra-curricular activities are not “extra,” but an integrated part of the holistic and broad educational model of Torah v’Avodah. TVA is committed to its mission of providing high level Torah study, combined with a plethora of activities outside of the Beit Midrash. Nothing at TVA takes place in a vacuum; everything is part of a well thought out course of limud Torah, activities that will guarantee that you fall in love with the land of Israel and the people of Israel, and service to Am Yisrael. This includes tiyulim throughout the country, working on a kibbutz, volunteering once a week in various “chesed” settings, one week of teaching English in development towns in the south, 1 month of targeted internships in Jerusalem businesses and organizations and much, much more.

GUIDANCE PERSONNEL
TVA has trail blazed a new attitude toward guidance during the year in Israel. Our staff is extremely hands-on. The administration, the Em-bayit, the Rakezet, the madrichot, the guidance counselor, and many of the teachers are extremely well acquainted with each and every student. In addition to formal, scheduled meetings, there are constant discussions between various staff members to make sure that every student is getting what she needs at all times. In addition, the staff is extremely accessible to the students and they feel very comfortable coming to them at any time when they have an issue or challenge to deal with. We also offer a wide variety of mental health services. Guidance counselor, Dina Kessler, M.Sc., heads the team and directs both the formal and informal services. We focus on how to make behavioral changes in a way that allows the students to integrate the concepts of middot with practical methods of habit change. Additionally, our Mashgichot Ruchaniyot, Rabbanit Atara Segal, Rabbanit Nechama Goldman Barash, Rabbanit Michal Jacob, Rabbanit Margot Botwinick and Rabbanit Dr. Tamara Spitz, run weekly small group processing workshops to encourage reflection and deliberation on crucial religious issues that arise during the seminary year. Furthermore, the guidance counselor and Mashgichot schedule individual meetings with students and open office hours. The support staff is thereby able to assist students in working through personal challenges and to guide each student towards maximizing her potential and character.

Curriculum

MAKEUP
Along with the regular schedule, students have the option of attending the amazing classes that are given to the larger Matan community. All of our classes incorporate preparatory work in the Beit Midrash in order to build independent learning skills.

ULPAN OR HEBREW CLASS
In additional to consistent shiurim (courses) offered in Hebrew, we offer an immersive Ulpan course to focus on Hebrew language training.

SHANA BET
Students are offered the option of integrating Sherut Leumi with learning for their Shana Bet.

PROGRAMMING FOR SHABBAT & YOM TOV
There are three models of Shabbatot on TVA:
• In-Shabbatot, where students stay in their apartments in Jerusalem with programming, meals, and ruach. Part of these shabbatot includes home hospitality at local families in the neighborhood.
• Shabbatonim, where we go to various important destinations in Israel, such as Tzfat, or join with all of the World Bnei Akiva programs for special programming.
• Out Shabbatot (approximately half of the time), when students can visit friends or family, or stay in their own apartments, with the em bayit helping secure them meals at local host families.
The apartments belong to the young women for the year--they are available at any time and the em bayit is always on call to help arrange meals for Chagim. TVA students also have special programming for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, and can take advantage of special programming during the month of Nissan.
Eligibility

LEVEL OF LEARNING OFFERED
Intermediate and Advanced

HEBREW KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED
Intermediate

RELIGIOUS OBSERVANCE REQUIRED
Students must be fully committed to Shmirat Torah u'Mitzvot

Population

TYPE OF STUDENT
Our students come from all over the US and Canada, as well as Europe, with about half from the NY area. Our enrollment is capped at 74. Classes are capped at 25, with many classes smaller. Girls have 1-3 roommates and 8-10 apartment mates. The madrichot live in the apartments with the students and are a guiding force in helping to create a comfortable and Torani environment. The students are expected to keep their apartments and personal space clean and are provided with the cleaning supplies that are necessary. This setup for the apartments is reflective of our education goals of training them towards independent living and ownership of their own religious and personal growth. At the same time, having everyone in one building is wonderful, as it helps facilitate the forming of a close and cohesive group.

Contact Information for Midreshet Torah v'Avodah

United States
Bnei Akiva of the US and Canada
520 8th Avenue, 15th Fl
New York NY 10018
Phone: (212) 465-9536
Fax: (212) 216-9578
Email: office@tvaisrael.org

Israel
32 Yossi ben Yoezer St
Jerusalem
Phone: 050-7098304

www.mtvaisrael.org

Hashkafa

GOAL OF PROGRAM
The Beit Midrash for Women was founded in order to create a dynamic learning community for young women seeking to enhance their spiritual development through intensive, high-level Torah study. The program for overseas students is completely integrated into the Israel program and is ideal for students with a serious commitment to Torah study who wish to progress in their Avodat Hashem and make a contribution to Am Yisrael while developing a strong kesher with Eretz Yisrael. The serious limmud, combined with the spiritually-uplifting ruach which permeates the Beit Midrash on a daily basis, and particularly on Shabbat and Chagim, create an all-encompassing, unparalleled experience which will impact the students for the rest of their lives. The Beit Midrash for Women was established by the founding Roshei Yeshiva of Yeshivat Har Etzion, Harav Yehuda Amital and Harav Aharon Lichtenstein and the current Roshei Yeshiva continue to render guidance and educational expertise on an ongoing basis. The Beit Midrash is dedicated to fostering a synthesis between high-level, intensive and challenging Torah study, the spiritual quest for self-realization and the acceptance of communal responsibility for Am Yisrael. Students are expected to devote many hours and great diligence to their studies. The time spent in the Beit Midrash is very extensive, both in terms of the number of study hours and the inclusion of Shabbatot and Chagim as integral parts of the program. The high level and great breadth of the curriculum creates a comprehensive "learning community" for women at this prime stage in their lives.

ATTITUDE TOWARDS ISRAEL & MEDINAT YISRAEL
The Beit Midrash for Women is a totally Israel program in which the students from overseas are fully integrated. Israeli students serve the country in the context of Sherut Leumi (National Service), or the army either before or after their Beit Midrash studies. Yom Ha'atzmaut is celebrated as a religious holiday, with festive tefillot, hallel, a seuda, and singing and dancing.

ATTITUDE TOWARDS EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
Beyond the intensive study program, considerable effort is devoted to developing vibrant religious experiences on a daily basis. Confronting the topic of tefilla and emuna, Shabbatot and Chagim are inseparable components of the Beit Midrash. Each Chag is preceded by special shiurim that are often given by guest speakers, focusing on different aspects of the holiday. The overall atmosphere helps strengthen students' progression in Avodat Hashem, nurtures a sense of responsibility and commitment towards Am Yisrael and provides an all-encompassing educational and growth experience. Informal discussion groups and chugim take place on a frequent basis with teachers, madrichot and older students. There are also evenings of spirited singing, animated Rosh Chodesh, Yom Ha'atzmaut and Yom Yerushalayim celebrations and much more, which all combine to have a profound and lasting effect on each student. Students participate in chessed activities, such as learning b'chevruta with children from Kibbutz Migdal Oz or volunteering with physically-challenged children and with the elderly.

THE "SUCCESSFUL" STUDENT
The Beit Midrash strives to transmit the message to each student that her religious world constitutes the most significant part of her life. A "successful" alumna will continue to be God-fearing with a love of and commitment to Torah and halacha which will grow from year to year. We hope our alumnae will maximize their potential through advanced study and by making their unique contribution utilizing their special talents and abilities. A successful alumna will take what she received in the Beit Midrash, develop her skills and talents, and make a meaningful contribution to Am Yisrael and Medinat Yisrael wherever she chooses to live.

GUIDANCE PERSONNEL
In Migdal Oz, we will make sure that you are comfortable and supported. In addition to Mrs. Racheli Schmell, Director of Overseas Students, Rabbanit Shayna Goldberg, Mashgicha Ruchanit and our entire staff of caring teachers, we have American madrichot and an American “eim bayit” with an open home — all of whom are there to help you with Stella K. Abraham Beit Midrash for Women of Yeshivat Har Etzion your physical, spiritual, emotional, medical and mental health needs. Rabbanit Esti Rosenberg, the head of the Beit Midrash, is a wonderful role model for all of our students, and is available for discussion and advice. Our students also benefit from the presence of older students, in their third or fourth year of study in the Beit Midrash, who connect with the students on a daily basis both in the Beit Midrash and outside of it. Strong bonds between the overseas students are fostered through a weekly class and several Shabbatot and tiyulim just for them.

Curriculum

MAKEUP
The daily learning in the Beit Midrash is divided into three main components. Mornings are devoted to intense learning of Gemara B'Iyun, afternoons to shiurim on many different areas of learning and nights to chevruta learning in programs of Gemara and Machshava Bekiyut. A faculty member assists each student in building her personal balanced schedule according to her specific needs and desires.

ULPAN OR HEBREW CLASS
There is no ulpan class offered.

SHANA BET
There is a formal Shana Bet program, as well as Shana Gimmel and Dalet, and other advanced programs. Students are welcomed but never pressured to stay for further study. There are currently 50 second-year students and another 20 in their 3rd or 4th years of study. Most students in the advanced programs combine their studies with university or are enrolled in the Teacher Training Program in the Beit Midrash in conjunction with Herzog College. The Beit Midrash has been accredited by Israel's Ministry of Education to grant academic degrees in education through the Yaacov Herzog College of Yeshivat Har Etzion.

PROGRAMMING FOR SHABBAT & YOM TOV
An important aspect of community life in the Beit Midrash is Shabbat and Chagim. Every second Shabbat is spent in the Beit Midrash along with multiple visiting staff members and their families. Periodic Shabbatonim are held at the homes of the Ramim. There are also several special bnot chul Shabbatot held around Israel.

Eligibility

LEVEL OF LEARNING OFFERED
Advanced – a student should be motivated to independently study a Talmudic passage.

HEBREW KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED
Advanced – shiurim are mainly in Hebrew.

RELIGIOUS OBSERVANCE REQUIRED
A full commitment to shmirat Torah U’mitzvot is a prerequisite.

Population

TYPE OF STUDENT
Many North American students are from the New York and New Jersey area. They attended high school at Maayanot, Frisch, Central, SAR, SKA, Kushner, Bruriah, Ramaz, Naaleh and others. We also have have students from other areas of the U.S., including Atlanta, Seattle, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, South Florida, Boston, LA, Silver Spring and Philadelphia and from around the world—Canada, England, Australia and South Africa.
• Overall Number of Students: 230
• Foreign Student Percentage: 20%
• Number of 1st Year American Students: 25–35
• Number of 2nd Year American Students: <5
• Other Nationalities: Canada, England, Australia, South Africa

Contact Information for Migdal Oz

United States
Shirley Schuster, Etzion Foundation
111 Galway Place, Suite 203
Teaneck, NJ 07666
Phone: (212) 732-4874

Israel
Racheli Schmell- Overseas Director,
schmellrachel@gmail.com, 972-52-5456050
Nechama Vairogs- Office
Kibbutz Migdal Oz, Gush Etzion 9091500
Phone: (02) 993-4520
Fax: (02) 993-4901
Email: officemigdaloz@gmail.com

 

Hashkafa

GOAL OF PROGRAM
Nishmat’s LIBA Program is designed to nurture rounded, committed and educated students, based on the understanding that “what Hashem desires is our hearts,” Rachmana liba Ba’i. As with all Nishmat programs, the Liba Program for English speakers is grounded in firm halachic commitment, the highest level of Torah scholarship, and a deep connection to Eretz Israel and the Jewish People.
The Liba Program supplements rigorous and spiritually energizing learning and exploration of the various Torah studies alongside workshops devoted to personal growth and Avodat Hamidot. The LIBA program creates a warm and uplifting environment that brings Torah into all aspects of life, challenging and developing the intellect while connecting to the heart, empowering each of our students to move forward toward a lifetime uplifted by true Torah insight.

ATTITUDE TOWARDS ISRAEL & MEDINAT YISRAEL
Nishmat is a strongly Religious Zionist midrasha. We encourage our students to develop a deep personal connection with Medinat Yisrael and an appreciation of the extraordinary blessing of living in this era of Jewish history. This is reflected in classes, activities and one-on-one mentorships that help our students develop deep connections to the Land and People of Israel. While the Liba Program is built entirely for English speakers, our students share the Bet Midrash with Israeli peers, providing a direct, two-way connection to Israeli society and life.

ATTITUDE TOWARDS EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
Tiyulim, Shabbatonim and Chessed are an inseparable part of the Liba Program. Students experience Israel at every level: Personal contact with its people, trips that explore the length and breadth of the Land, and active involvement in volunteer projects that make a real contribution to Israeli society. All of these elements play an integral part in each student’s journey of personal growth. Nishmat’s Chessed Coordinator helps each student choose an appropriate on- or off-campus project for their weekly two-hour volunteering slot. The choices are virtually endless; currently, students are running a bat mitzvah program for girls in the community, helping elderly neighbors with Shabbat preparation, visits and much more. In addition, we encourage our students to take advantage of appropriate extracurricular activities available to gap year students in Israel.

THE "SUCCESSFUL" STUDENT
The Liba Program was created in order to support committed young Jewish women as they chart their individual paths of personal and religious growth. The “successful” Nishmat student will take the tools she has mastered during her year in the Midrasha and continues to use them long after she has ventured forth. Liba Program alumnae strive to continue their spiritual growth in Avodat HaShem, to make Torah learning a part of their day to day life, to deepen their religious identity and connection to the community. Nishmat students don’t just learn Torah; they experience Torah. They see Torah Judaism come alive through all stages of life. In the Beit Midrash, they learn side by side with Israeli students, as well as students of Nishmat’s unique Tochnit Maayan for students from the Ethiopian community, Shana Bet students, Kollel students, and Keren Ariel Yoatzot Halacha program. Torah learned in this atmosphere is the living Torah, and Liba Program students experience a commitment to halachic Judaism that spans continents and stages of life, and enables each student to find her own unique place.

GUIDANCE PERSONNEL
Nishmat is home to our students from the moment they walk through the gates of the campus, and remains a second home long after their Midrasha year ends. Our program directors Rav Mati & Rabbanit Shira Kahn foster a home away from home for our students, along with the core Liba staff, including our program administrator, an Em Bayit and English speaking Madricha living on campus, and a mental health consultant. Together, they support our students on every front through regular one-on-one conversations, home hospitality, social activities, and regular check-ins. The entire Nishmat faculty builds close personal relationships with our students. In addition, each student is paired with an “adoptive” host family from the surrounding Anglo community, in addition to an Israeli “older sister” from among the students of the Midrasha.

Curriculum

MAKEUP
At Nishmat, we help students develop both skills and love of learning, preparing them for a lifetime of Talmud Torah and Avodat Hashem. Mornings are devoted to seder- classic teacher-guided Chevruta learning. Students choose between English or Hebrew seder on topics in Tanach, Gemara and Halacha. This allows them to find the shiur most suited to their interests, goals and background.
Afternoon shiurim cover a broad range courses in various topics, such as Halacha, Midrash, the philosophy of halacha, Machshevet Yisrael, Women and Mitzvot and more.
In night seder, students choose among shiurim and chaburot in topics in Tanach, Gemara and Jewish Philosophy. We help each student build a personalized schedule to pursue their individual goals and interests in Talmud Torah.
Two unique opportunities include:
1. Sites & Sources: Exploring Jerusalem by foot, bringing sources from Tanach, Mishna and Talmud to life
2. Torat Chayyim: This slot enables students to explore the unique intersection of Halacha with various professions through learning Halachic sources and meeting with professionals in the fields of medicine, mental health, business, law, education and more.

ULPAN OR HEBREW CLASS
Students in the Liba Program learn Hebrew through immersion in Nishmat’s campus life and activities. While we provide a full English-language schedule, Liba Program students are welcome to participate in Hebrew classes as well. Events, activities and volunteering opportunities as well as mentorship by Israeli Midrasha students all provide real-time, hands-on Hebrew immersion. The atmosphere on campus, in the dorms and dining hall and in the Beit Midrash create the optimal setting to grow the friendships and interaction through which learning Hebrew becomes a natural and spontaneous part of the Nishmat experience, while still maintaining the comfortable space of an English speaking program.

SHANA BET
Nishmat offers a Shana Bet option.
PROGRAMMING FOR SHABBAT & YOM TOV
Liba students enjoy organized Shabbaton experiences approximately once a month, visiting communities around Israel. Additionally, the Liba Program features exclusive multi-day tiyulim to Eilat and Tzfat, in addition to the tiyulim for which we join the entire Midrasha over the course of the year. There are also a variety of half- and whole-day hikes and trips throughout the year to different areas of the country and to cultural events and museums. We believe that experiencing the many facets of Israel is an important element of the Liba experience that enhances both the learning and the connection to Jewish history and destiny that are the core objectives of the program. In addition, there are organized programs for the entire Nishmat campus, in which Liba Program students and the Israeli Midrasha students come together to celebrate Shabbat, either on or off campus, once or twice a month. On other Shabbatot, students are free to visit friends or family or the homes of members of the Nishmat faculty or student body. Our extensive support system is always available to help students organize Shabbat hospitality. Additionally, students are always welcome to spend Shabbat in their Nishmat campus apartments any time of the year; your apartment is your home, and our campus never closes.

Eligibility

LEVEL OF LEARNING OFFERED
Advanced and intermediate

HEBREW KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED
Intermediate

RELIGIOUS OBSERVANCE REQUIRED
Commitment to halacha and shmirat hamitzvot is required.

Population

TYPE OF STUDENT
• Overall Number of Students (Kollel, Israeli, Foreign): 93
• Foreign Student Percentage: 10% approx
• Number of 1st Year American Students: 7
• Other Nationalities: 3

Contact Information for LIBA at Nishmat
Email: office@nishmat.net
Tel: +972-2-640-4333

www.nishmat.net

Hashkafa

GOAL OF PROGRAM
At Sha'alvim for Women we strive for our students to…
• continue and enhance their love for learning Torah.
• engage their minds, their hearts and their souls in their personal growth and in their Torah study.
• grow with and from the kindness and sincerity of each member of our exceptional staff along with the individual attention provided to each student.
• continue and enhance their development of Middot.
• develop further in their yirat shamayim, ahavat HaShem, derech eretz and avodah shebalev (tefilah).
• expand upon their Torah learning skills that they will take with them beyond their year in Israel.
• develop a deep appreciation for and a sense of obligation to their family, their school, and their community.
• expand their love for Am Yisrael, Eretz Yisrael and Medinat Yisrael. Our unique, integrated program of shiurim and siyurim, together with our extended tiyulim and meaningful, outstanding programs on Yom HaAtzmaut, Yom Yerushalayim, and throughout the year expand our students’ love for the Land, the People, and the State of Israel.

ATTITUDE TOWARDS ISRAEL & MEDINAT YISRAEL
As mentioned above, one of our primary goals is to expand our students’ love for Am Yisra’el, Eretz Yisra’el and Medinat Yisra’el. As the sister school of a Yeshivat Hesder, we strive to demonstrate the centrality of Eretz Yisrael and Medinat Yisrael for all of Am Yisrael.

ATTITUDE TOWARDS EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
Students are encouraged to participate in chessed programs and other extracurricular activities outside of “standard” seminary studies. The ideas “derech eretz kadma laTorah” and “olam chessed yibaneh” are very much experienced and encouraged at SFW both as part of our weekly schedule (e.g. Students are provided with a weekly block of time to be involved in our chessed program and work with handicapped children, long-term patients, the elderly, the poor and others) and during their free time.

THE "SUCCESSFUL" STUDENT
The "successful" Sha'alvim alumna is one for whom Torah is an integral part of her life. Regardless of her chosen career path, she will live a life of Torah and mitzvot while she pursues her familial, professional and personal aspirations.

GUIDANCE PERSONNEL
Our administration, Mechanchot, faculty, Eim Bayit, campus couple and madrichot, etc. are available day and night to talk with our students and to offer advice and guidance. We are proud of the role models that our students are exposed to.

Curriculum

MAKEUP
The curriculum is balanced with courses in Judaic Studies, Tanach, Halacha, Machshava, Talmud, Jewish History, Contemporary Issues, etc., in addition to Beit Medrash style chavruta learning.

ULPAN OR HEBREW CLASS
While we do not offer a formal ulpan, we offer a number of shiurim in Hebrew which allow students the opportunity to learn in an Ivrit B’Ivrit environment with Israeli teachers.

SHANA BET
We have a formal Shana Bet program.

PROGRAMMING FOR SHABBAT & YOM TOV
Students at SFW spend Shabbat together approximately once a month. Sometimes, we use these opportunities to travel and to spend Shabbat in different inspirational and educational settings, from Safed to the Old City of Jerusalem to Beit Shemesh. On other occasions, we take these Shabbatot as chances to stay in the dormitory, and are joined by faculty members for exciting and meaningful programs. On “out” Shabbatot, students may stay in the dormitory, where meals are provided and our campus couple or madrichot are always “in”. Otherwise, students may choose to travel to visit friends and family or have Shabbat arrangements made for them to spend Shabbat in a location of their choice.
At SFW, we spend the Yamim Noraim together at Yeshivat Shaalvim, davening with the yeshiva and eating our meals together with faculty members and guests. Additionally, we spend Shavuot together in Yerushalayim.
Eligibility

LEVEL OF LEARNING OFFERED
Advanced - students should be able to prepare classical sources independently.

HEBREW KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED
Advanced.

RELIGIOUS OBSERVANCE REQUIRED
Shaalvim for Women is designed for young women who are already committed to Shmirat Hamitzvot and place halacha at the forefront of their minds throughout the day.

Population

TYPE OF STUDENT
Our students come from a variety of Jewish communities in the United States, Canada, England, Switzerland and Australia.
• Overall Number of Students: 85
• Foreign Student Percentage: 90%
• Number of 1st Year American Students: 74
• Number of 2nd Year American Students: 11
• Other Nationalities: Canada, England, Switzerland and Australia.

Contact Information for Sha'alvim for Women

United States
American Friends of Sha'alvim
PO Box 960426
Inwood, NY 11096-0426
Phone: (718) 677-7200
Fax: (718) 677-3080
office@usshaalvim.org

Israel
Rabbi Gershon Turetsky
Sha’alvim for Women
21 Hadishon Street, Malcha, Jerusalem, 96956
Phone: (02) 678-4062
Fax: (02) 678-0342
Email: sfw.shaalvim@gmail.com

www.shaalvim.org/sfw

Hashkafa

GOAL OF PROGRAM
Tiferet is a religious Zionist school that aims to give its students an all-encompassing Israel experience that appeals to the mind, body and soul. We aspire to enlighten our students and broaden their understanding and knowledge of Judaism, as well as inspire them towards a closer connection to Torah, Am Yisrael, Eretz Yisrael and Medinat Yisrael. Our experienced and dynamic staff will instill in every student pride in Torah and love for every Jew.

ATTITUDE TOWARDS ISRAEL & MEDINAT YISRAEL
Tiferet is proudly Zionist, and we strive to instill in our students an appreciation for the modern-day miracle that is the State of Israel. Tiferet provides classes on Zionism and Israel, and we joyously celebrate Yom Ha'atzmaut and Yom Yerushalayim together.

ATTITUDE TOWARDS EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
The Chesed program at Tiferet lets you translate your Torah knowledge into action. There are a large variety of chesed opportunities to choose from - from packing food for needy families, to helping new immigrants, to participating in big-sister programs. Tiferet students also organize several school-wide, large-scale chesed events over the course of the year, such as a Bat Mitzvah for girls in a childrens’ home. Chesed at Tiferet, however, involves not just regularly planned activities, but also spontaneous visits to hospitals, retirement homes and other places that need our help. Because we strive to place such a strong emphasis on derech eretz, mitzvot bein adam l'chaveiro and midot improvement, chesed at Tiferet is more than just part of our program; it becomes a fundamental part of everyone's lives.

THE "SUCCESSFUL" STUDENT
A successful Tiferet student will take what she has learned at Tiferet and use it to guide her spiritually for the rest of her life. She will maintain a strong commitment to Torah, Am Yisrael, Eretz Yisrael and Medinat Yisrael, and live her life according to those commitments.

GUIDANCE PERSONNEL
Tiferet truly stands apart because of the relationships you will build with your teachers, rakazot and madrichot throughout the year. Teachers' homes are extensions of the classroom, and all of our faculty members live within easy walking distance of our campus. This enables students to visit their teachers’ homes on a regular basis. When you want to continue an exciting discussion from earlier in the day, when you have a problem and need someone to talk to, when you just want to stop by for a cup of coffee in a warm, family atmosphere – we are always there for you.

Curriculum

MAKEUP
Tiferet offers interactive classes in Chumash, Nach, Practical Halacha, Tefilla, Jewish Philosophy and Mussar, along with optional classes in Jewish History, Zionism, Chassidut and Gemara - all taught by our dynamic, exciting teachers.

ULPAN OR HEBREW CLASS
Tiferet offers an optional "practical ulpan" designed to give you the communication skills necessary to get the most out of your year in Israel.

SHANA BET
Tiferet has a Shana Bet program every year for interested students. These classes are more advanced and require students to work even harder on developing independent learning skills.

PROGRAMMING FOR SHABBAT & YOM TOV
At Tiferet, we believe that no one should have to spend their year worrying about where they will be spending their next Shabbat. Because we are a community, Tiferet remains open at all times. On all Shabbatot and Chagim, you are welcome to stay at Tiferet and enjoy seudot, shiurim and programs with your friends and teachers. You don't have to make off-campus plans for the Yamim Nora'im or the Purim Seudah. You'll have an inspiring Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur together with your friends and teachers. Our doors are open to you from the day you step off the plane until the day that you leave.

Eligibility

LEVEL OF LEARNING OFFERED
Tiferet offers shiurim on a variety of levels to cater to each student's abilities and learning style.

HEBREW KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED
Most classes are primarily in English. An ability to read Hebrew sources is required.

RELIGIOUS OBSERVANCE REQUIRED
We expect Tiferet's students to be fully committed to Torah and mitzvot.

Population

TYPE OF STUDENT
Virtually all of our students have attended Orthodox High Schools.
• Overall Number of Students (Kollel, Israeli, Foreign): 90
• Number of 1st Year American Students: 65
• Number of 2nd Year American Students: 16
• Other Nationalities: Canadian, British, Australian, Swiss, Israeli

Contact Information for Tiferet

United States
American Friends of Tiferet Center
843 Jefferson St
Woodmere, NY 11598
Phone: (718) 253-0230
Fax: (718) 338-1250
Email: tiferetcenter@aol.com

Israel
Rabbi Azriel Rosner, Rabbi Elie Mayer
Nachal Shimshon 2
Ramat Bet Shemesh 99622
Phone: (02) 999-7957
Fax: (050) 897-1328
Email: info@tiferetcenter.com

www.tiferetcenter.com

 

Hashkafa

GOAL OF PROGRAM
To educate and inspire students to use a healthy Torah lens to assess their goals and priorities for their adult life.

ATTITUDE TOWARDS ISRAEL & MEDINAT YISRAEL
Tomer Devorah seeks to engender a very strong connection to the Land of Israel through classes, tiyulim and Shabbatot in communities throughout the Land. Medinat Yisrael is a precious and fragile gift that Hashem gave back to the Jews after the destruction of the Holocaust. We have tremendous hakarat hatov for the fact that we have a Medina that affords us to learn and serve Hashem in the Land of our Forefathers.

ATTITUDE TOWARDS EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
There is a very big emphasis on involvement in experiential and extracurricular activities in Tomer Devorah. The monthly calendar has multiple extracurricular activities, trips, events and more every month.

THE "SUCCESSFUL" STUDENT
A successful Tomer Devorah student is one who went through her seminary year facing her challenges - academic, personal growth or spiritual - head on. Tomer Devorah students find they have the support and backing they need to overcome the challenges they meet throughout the year. Those students who don't fake or shy away, but are committed to taking on their challenges, both in the classroom and out, succeed at becoming developed, mature thinkers and recognize the deep wellspring of personal abilities and potential that they have inside. This is something the students take with them for the rest of their lives and use to face all their future challenges and obstacles.

GUIDANCE PERSONNEL
We have a strong staff with a very small staff to student ratio. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the staff by making meetings and personal connections.

Curriculum

MAKEUP
Our curriculum focuses on developing a deep love of Judaism and commitment to a Torah lifestyle through learning the texts and contemporary teachings of our rabbis. There is a strong emphasis on Midot development and finding each individual girl's place in her Judaism.

ULPAN OR HEBREW CLASS
We offer Ulpan as part of our schedule.

SHANA BET
Tomer Devorah offers a full shana bet program.

PROGRAMMING FOR SHABBAT & YOM TOV
Tomer Devorah offers approximately one shabbaton per month. Shabbatonim are either on our campus or in various communities around Israel. Tomer Devorah has a shabbat placement program in which girls can sign up to be placed in different communities.
Eligibility

LEVEL OF LEARNING OFFERED
Intermediate and Advanced

HEBREW KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED
Shiurim are in English.

RELIGIOUS OBSERVANCE REQUIRED
An orthodox woman who exhibits a positive attitude towards her shemirat Torah U'Mitzvot and who is actively seeking growth in learning.

Population

TYPE OF STUDENT
Tomer Devorah students come from all over the United States from backgrounds ranging from public school to Beit Yaakov.
• Overall Number of Students (Kollel, Israeli, Foreign): 75
• Foreign Student Percentage: 10%
• Number of 1st Year American Students: 60
• Number of 2nd Year American Students: Generally 10-20
• Other Nationalities: England, Canada, Brazil, Australia, South Africa and Italy

Contact Information for Tomer Devorah

United States
Tomer Devorah Seminary
c/o Samantha Dauber
6541 N. Drake
Lincolnwood, IL 60712
Phone: (773) 262-0208
Fax: (312) 873-4172
Email: info@tomerdevorah.net

Israel
Rabbi Noam Fix
29 Ma'agalei Harim Levin
Sanhedria Murchevet, Jerusalem 9770727
Phone: (02) 571-6633
Fax: (02) 571-5032
Email: office@tomerdevorah.net

www.tomerdevorah.net

 

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