Michlalah Yerushalayim Linda Pinsky School for Overseas Students (Machal)—S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program
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 and 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 University Studies
Almost all of our students attend university. Students are not encouraged to be in a dormitory in a non-Jewish university. Many students go to commuter universities in their home area. Close to half of the Machal students continue at Stern College for Women.
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.
Preparation for Post Israel
A number of sichot and discussion towards the year’s end focus on helping students make the transition from seminary to the rest of the world. Dealing with family and friends is certainly an important part of such a transition together with guidance on maintaining personal religious achievement and growth in different environment.
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.
Student dress is expected to conform with the Halachos of Tzniyus and be tasteful and respectful.
Every student has a Rav Mechanech, a Rakezet and a madricha assigned to her. In addition the Rosh Machal and Program Director are available for her at all times. Machal has a Guidance Center with professional psychologists and social workers to provide counseling.
The eim bayis, madrichot, Director and Rosh Machal are responsible for overall supervision. There is an on-campus curfew every night of the week. In keeping with the school’s philosophy, students are allowed to leave campus without checking-out.
Michlalah has a no-tolerance policy.
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.
Michlalah offers over 50 courses, most of which are electives. Included are a number of books in Torah, Neviim, Ktuvim, as well as Halacha, and Machshevet Yisroel. Contemporary Jewish thinkers studied include Rav Dessler, Rav Hutner, Slonimer Rebbe, Rav Kook, Rav Soloveitchik, and the last Lubavitcher Rebbe.
Students may opt for advanced classes as well as choosing studies which have additional guided-preparation / chavruta components.
Machal Deromi-Michlalah offers Southern Hemisphere students the opportunity to join its program in December and continue their studies with Machal Bet in the Fall.
Students are responsible for their own davening. The school days begins at 8:30 AM and continues to 9:30PM or later on some nights. The typical student has a full morning of studies and chooses electives throughout the week.
Language of Instruction
About two-thirds of the classes are in English. Qualified students are eligible to participate in the shiurim in the Israeli Department which are conducted in Ivrit.
Assessment and Grading
Attendance is taken in all classes. Grades are issued as part of an evaluation that includes tests and papers.
There is an independent Machal Bet program. About 40 students participate.
Joint programs are with Stern College, Touro College and Hebrew Theological College.
Michlalah is led by Dr. Devorah Rosenwasser, Rosh Machal. The faculty consists of 40 staff members, many of whom being acknowledged scholars and authors in addition to being outstanding lecturers and instructors.
Interaction with Israelis
Michlalah is primarily an Israeli College. Everday students are in contact with the Israeli students who comprise the overall Michlalah student body. Students who are capable participate in the Limudei Kodesh courses of the Israeli program. Students visit various religious communities in Israel as part of their Shabbos programs, and in Shabbatot with staff members. Students are apprised of major aspects of Israeli political events.
Special Informal Programs
Guest speakers, almost always on Torah subjects, speak in Michlalah throughout the year. There are Melave Malkas, Yom Tov celebration and “fun-activities” scheduled, and improvised, throughout the year. Students have special events in the homes of staff members, particularly their Mechanchim and Rakazot.
Michlalah’s campus has a swimming pool, basketball court and an exercise room.
Programming for Shabbat and 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.
About 14 days a year are field trips throughout Israel that allow visiting the country from North to South, learning about Israel, its history, its Biblical and historical significance, present communities as well providing a pleasant opportunity for camaraderie and change of pace.
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
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.
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. Many of these latter students participate in our Machal Deromi.
Overall Number of Students (Israeli, Foreign)
2400. 120 Students on the first year program, 30 on "Machal Bet". The Israel College has about 900 students in its undergraduate program and over 1000 students in advanced certificate studies and graduate programs. Its Tochnit Ramim numbers about 400; there is a one-year Machal Tzorfati for students from France.
Foreign Student Percentage
Number of 1st Year Machal Students
Number of 2nd Year Machal Students
England, Canada, France, Brazil, Mexico, Switzerland, Belgium, Russia, Australia, South Africa
Number of Students per Class
The average number of students per class is about 30-35. There are some classes given to the entire student body. Many elective classes have 10 or 15 students.
Students live in cottages of various sizes that house between 8-12 women. They can request their own roommates in rooms of 2-3. Israeli students live in cottages in the same area.
Availability of Private Kitchen Facilities
Each cottage has a kitchenette with its own stove top and refrigerator. Students are provided with dairy pots, pans and dishes.
Facility use during Shabbat and Yom Tov
Michlalah is open from when the students arrive in Elul until they depart in June, without exception. Meals are provided whenever school is in session. Students can receive Shabbos meals when school is in session.
There is a nightly curfew for which students sign in. Students must sign out for Shabbos, with family name, address and land-line telephone number of their hosts.
Michlalah’s campus is walled and fenced with round-the –clock security guards. Students are given appropriate direction regarding travel and off-limit areas according to the situation. Text messaging keeps them informed of any emergencies. Parents are e-mailed according to need.
Michlalah was founded 56 years ago by Rav Dr. Yehudah Copperman zT”L, a pioneer in women’s Torah education. Its campus is located in the Bayit Vagan neighborhood of Jerusalem. The College has over 2400 students, mainly Israeli, studying in its accredited degree-granting programs.
Michlalah is a Yeshiva University S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program School. Michlalah is accredited by the Council of Higher Education of the State of Israel. It participates in joint programs with Touro College and the Hebrew Theological College, among others.
The tuition fee of US $24,800 for the 2019-2020 academic year includes all programming and activities.
Candidates for Michlalah should be interested in a Torah environment that emphasizes Emunas Chachamim and Dikduk B’mitzvos in a warm and open atmosphere that welcomes questioning, discussion and searching for one’s particular derech in Torah through the mentoring that its faculty provides. The candidate will be a woman who feels that an intensive program of Torah study will facilitate her growth as above.
Mrs. Judy Steinberger
9 Sutton Rd.
Monsey, NY 10952
Fax: (845) 356-0787
Dr. Devorah Rosenwasser
6 Rechov Duvdevani
(mailing address) P.O. Box 16078
Phone: (02) 675-0907
Fax: (02) 675-0917