Michlelet Mevaseret Yerushalayim—S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program
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 University Studies
MMY values secular education as an important complement to Torah study, and as essential preparation for life in today's society. Virtually all of our students go on to university studies after their time in Israel. We believe that the choice of a university must be an individual one, taking into account a student's particular goals and aspirations, spiritual and educational needs, and numerous other factors. Therefore, the 'correct' choice of university must of necessity vary from student to student. Nevertheless, there are major advantages to conducting university studies in a Torah environment. A large number of our students continue in Stern College. We also have students in many other colleges and universities.
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.
Preparation for Post Israel
These topics are dealt with in a variety of shiurim and sichot, some in the context of regular classes and some as specific preparation for 'life outside of yeshiva'.
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.
There is a formal dress code.
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.
We take issues of supervision, safety and security very seriously. There is a curfew which is strictly monitored every night. We also take attendance at each class; students are allowed a certain number of absences in accordance with our academic policies. Students are expected to conduct themselves at all times in a matter befitting yeshiva students. We have a 'zero tolerance' policy regarding entering bars or pubs and drinking alcohol.
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.
A fuller sample weekly schedule is available on our website: http://www.mevaseret.org/mmy
A fuller sample weekly schedule is available on our website: http://www.mevaseret.org/mmy
Language of Instruction
We offer some classes in Hebrew but most of our classes are in English.
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 the proper motivation, a student can learn to speak Hebrew during her year in MMY.
Assessment and Grading
Each course has either a final exam or a project at the end of each semester. Students receive transcripts at the end of the semester.
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.
We have joint programs with Yeshiva University, Touro College and the Hebrew Theological College of Skokie, IL.
Full faculty list is available on our website: http://www.mevaseret.org/mmy
Our Em Bayit lives in the neighborhhood. She visits the dormitory on a daily basis, and her home is always open to MMY students.
Interaction with Israelis
We encourage our students to visit different communities, and take them to as many different communities (and different types of communities) as possible during the year. We strongly emphasize the importance of remaining informed of current events and the latest political/diplomatic developments; these affect the future of Am Yisrael!
Special Informal Programs
We have guest speakers periodically, and various special events to mark special occasions.
We have an exercise room on campus as well as bicycles that can be borrowed. There are basketball courts in the neighborhood as well as a jogging path.
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 offer those that want to go to Shaarei 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.
We have three major multi-day tiyulim throughout the school year, and half- or full-day tiyulim every few weeks. We view these as integral parts of our educational program.
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.
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)
Foreign Student Percentage
100% (we do not have an Israeli program)
Number of 1st Year American Students
Number of 2nd Year American Students
Number of Students per Class
Average class size is 15 students, but it varies widely as students are allowed to choose their own classes.
The dormitories for Shana Aleph students are in the same building as the bet midrash and the classrooms. They are set up as apartments housing 8-15 students each (3-4 in each room). Each room has its own full bathroom(most are en suite) and each apartment has a full (dairy) kitchen. A meat kitchen is available downstairs in our dining room.
Availability of Private Kitchen Facilities
Each apartment has a full (dairy) kitchen. A meat kitchen is available in the main Chadar Ochel which is also in the building.
Facility use during Shabbat and Yom Tov
The dormitory never closes. We are all together for Rosh Hashana and Shavout.
We have a curfew which is strictly monitored. Students must provide us with the name and phone numbers of the family they are with when they leave for a free Shabbat, or at any other time.
Our dormitory is always kept locked, and has a security guard at night. All school trips follow standard security procedures as we are part of MASA and adhere to the guidelines of Moked Teva. All trips are approved by them in advance and staffed with security and medical teams as per their requirements. We constantly monitor changing developments in the country and provide detailed guidance to both students and parents in real-time. We are in close email contact with parents and WhatsApp communication with students.
Michlelet Mevaseret Yerushalayim (MMY) is an institution of advanced women's Torah education with a unique approach that has made it one of the foremost options for English-speaking post-high school students in Israel. MMY students are a small, select and diverse group of Bnot Torah from across the United States, Canada, England and other countries. They come to MMY to study Torah on the highest academic level in an environment uniquely suited to growth in Yirat Shamayim, intellectual stimulation and an intense Eretz Yisrael experience. MMY is a branch of Mevaseret Institutions, and is located in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Baka.
Michlelet Mevaseret Yerushalayim is a Yeshiva University S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program School. There is a joint program with Touro College and the Hebrew Theological College of Skokie, IL.
Our tuition is 102,500 shekels.
Michlelet Mevaseret Yerushalayim
500 West Burr Blvd.
Teaneck, NJ 07666
To call US direct:
Phone: (212) 372-7226
Fax: (917) 793-1047
Rabbi David Katz
Derech Chevron 60
Baka, Jerusalem 9351308
Phone: (02) 652-7257
Fax: (02) 652-7162