• Guide to Israel Schools

  • Midreshet AMIT @ Beit Hayeled—S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program

  • Goal of the Program

    Midreshet Amit seeks to imbue its participants with challenging Torah learning and a commitment to Am Yisrael and 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.

    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 and 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 University Studies

    Our students will be encouraged to broaden their horizons by pursuing a university education. We will encourage our students to be “Kovea Itim l'Torah" and as such find a campus where opportunities for learning can coexist with opportunities for higher education. In the New York area, our alumni attend Stern College for Women, Barnard College, Columbia University, Rutgers University, Queens College, Binghamton University, Touro College, NYU, Hunter and FIT. Out of New York, our alumni attend schools across the country such as University of Maryland, University of Pennsylvania, Emory University, Cornell University, University of Michigan, Brandeis University, Boston University, UCLA and more.

    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.

    Preparation for Post Israel

    At Midreshet AMIT, the students will participate in seminars dealing with religious issues confronted on the college campus. The goal of these programs is to fortify the student with a strong Torah background that also encompasses a respect for the secular world. Additionally, in conjunction with the "Jerusalem U" Israel Advocacy course, the students will learn how to respond to Anti Israel and Anti Semitic challenges that they may encounter on the campus.

    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.

    Dress

    The students are expected to confirm to the school dress code. For details, please consult our website – www.midreshetamit.org.

    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.

    Supervision

    As the home of over a hundred children under the care of the Israeli government, Beit Hayeled is close and direct contact with the proper security apparatus at all times. Our building is monitored 24 hours a day by closed circuit cameras with an armed guard present. The building has a "safe area" on the lower level that can accommodate all of the residents at Beit Hayeled. The safety of our students is of paramount important to us while she is out of the building as well. Therefore, students need to sign out each "Off Shabbat" and provide leave us the name and phone number of hosts to use in case of emergency. Each student has a cell phone which enable us to text her easily in case of emergency.
    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 range 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.

    Courses Offered
    Please consult our website www.midreshetamit.org for a complete listing of all of our courses offered.

    Daily Schedule
    Our morning begins with Tefilla and breakfast, followed by Morning Seder. Morning classes are from 9:15am-12:30pm. The afternoon schedule consists of two class periods and one hour of chesed with the Beit Hayeled children. Actual times vary day to day. Dinner is at 6:00 pm, and Night Seder is from 8:00-9:15 pm on Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday and from 6:30-7:45 pm on Thursday nights.

    Language of Instruction
    Classes are in English. It is recommended that the student has some background in Hebrew to facilitate communication with the Beit Hayeled children and families.

    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.

    Assessment and Grading

    Attendance is mandatory and will be monitored. Grades will be assigned on basis of attendance and participation.

    Shana Bet

    We currently do not have a Shana Bet Program.

    Joint Program

    Midreshet AMIT is a Yeshiva University S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program School. We offer an official transcript to all colleges that accept overseas credits.
    Staff

    Director: Mrs. Ilana Gottlieb

    Rosh Midrasha: Rabbi Daniel Goldstein

    Our faculty reflects a broad spectrum of educators trained in many different Torah institutions and universities. For a complete listing of our current faculty, please consult our website.

    Extra-Curricular Activities

    Interaction with Israelis
    As part of the AMIT network of schools we will visit different communities and schools which reflect Israeli society. Our students will interact daily with the children at Beit Hayeled and their Israeli foster parents. Additionally, there are 25 Bnot Sherut Leumi, Israeli girls who are who are doing their national service at Beit Hayeled.

    Special Informal programs
    Special "Yimei Iyun" are planned throughout the year on topics such as Modern Orthodoxy, religious Zionism, the college campus, Torah and Science and modern halachic issues. Our students will be exposed to Rabbanim, female scholars, and talent from abroad who will engage the minds and hearts of our students. Our program is enhanced by special celebrations on Rosh Chodesh, Chagim, Yom Ha’atzmaut, and Yom Yerushalayim. Our staff includes program coordinators who plan meaningful and relevant activities.

    Sports Facilities
    On our premises there is a basketball court and soccer field. There are gyms and swimming pools in close proximity.

    Programming for Shabbat and 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.

    Field Trips
    We will enjoy a variety of tiyulim which incorporate Jewish history, past and present, and serve as educational, inspirational, and fun bonding experiences. Three times during the year go on exciting overnight tiyulim to different parts of Eretz Yisrael.

    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

    American, Canadian, Australian and British students.

    Type of American Student
    We currently have 50 young women from all over the US, Canada and England. 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. Other students arrive from Canada, London and even Australia.

    Overall Number of Students (Kollel, Israeli, Foreign)
    50

    Foreign Student Percentage
    10%

    Number of 1st Year American Students
    45 - 50

    Number of 2nd Year American Students
    N/A

    Other Nationalities
    British, Canadian, Australian

    Number of Students per Class
    Class size ranges from 5-25. Students register for their classes of choice and therefore class size spans the range.

    Accommodations
    Living Quarters
    Our dorm is made up of suites that can accommodate between 2-5 students. The rooms each have comfortable American beds and spacious quality furniture to store clothing. Each apartment is equipped with a full kitchen facility. The common room is equipped with couches for relaxing, treadmills for exercising and a wireless internet connection. Our laundry room has multiple large American Style washer dryers for unlimited use. Housekeeping is provided daily.

    Availability of Private Kitchen Facilities
    Each apartment has a full kitchen facility with a stove, refrigerator, toaster, microwave, and a hot tray and urn for Shabbat.

    Facility use during Shabbat and Yom Tov
    The dorm is always open with 24 hour security. Students can eat with friends or with the Beit Hayeled families.

    Curfew
    Curfew is at 12:30 pm.

    Security Arrangements
    Midreshet Amit is secured by 24 hour armed guard and closed circuit security cameras. Security drills are conducted regularly and students are instructed on how to respond in an emergency situation. Our building has a "safe floor" that can accommodate all of the students in case of emergency. All students are required to be part of a central texting system so that the administration can contact them easily.
    History
    Midreshet Amit is secured by 24 hour armed guard and closed circuit security cameras. Security drills are conducted regularly and students are instructed on how to respond in an emergency situation. Our building has a "safe floor" that can accommodate all of the students in case of emergency. All students are required to be part of a central texting system so that the administration can contact them easily.
    Accrediting Universities
    Midreshet Amit is a Yeshiva University S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program School. In addition, credits earned at Midreshet Amit are accepted by many other colleges and universities in North America.
    Tuition

    Tuition for the 2015-2016 academic year is 95,000 Israeli shekel. All students are entitled to a $500 grant from MASA. Midreshet Amit offers need-based financial aid.

    Additional Information
    Midreshet Amit is a program which combines a love of Torah, commitment to chesed and pride in Eretz Yisrael. The outstanding and unique feature of Midreshet AMIT is the synthesis of "Living Torah" and "Living Chesed". This delicate balance of learning and action in Eretz Yisrael allow our students to achieve great heights and become the leaders of tomorrow..
    Contact Information

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

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