Midreshet Lindenbaum—S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program

Hashkafa

Goal of Program
a) To promote a love of Torah
b) To provide the skills necessary to translate that love into a life dedicated to Torah learning and mitzva observance
c) To strengthen our students’ connection and sense of responsibility to Am Yisrael and Eretz Yisrael

Attitude Towards Israel and 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 University Studies
Most of our students attend either Ivy League universities (e.g. Columbia, University of Pennsylvania) or schools with large active Jewish communities (e.g. Brandeis, University of Maryland) upon completion of their year at Midreshet Lindenbaum. Approximately 20% percent go to Stern College each year. We emphasize the importance of being koveah itim wherever they may be. For the vast majority of our students, secular studies is a given. The issue is not “what will you study,” but rather -how will you live?

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.

Preparations Towards Post-Israel
Our Halakha curriculum places a strong emphasis on empowering our students to live Halakhic lives on campus and beyond.  Our faculty remains in constant contact with our alumnae and their questions and experiences inform the topics that we address throughout the year.

Understanding Israel, our Israel advocacy program, challenges our students by exposing them to the heart of the Israel-Arab conflict through lectures, encounters with diverse communities and off-the-beaten-track field trips.  This open and comprehensive approach enables our students to become intelligent and passionate advocates for Israel on their college campuses.

Finally, towards the end of the year, we sponsor a series of “Back to the Future” events.  Topics discussed include relating to parents, relating to non-Jews and non-religious Jews, Jewish leadership on campus, advocating Israel's cause, aseh lecha rav, marriage and family, and aliya. We are proud that a number of our students each year remain in Israel to serve in the IDF or National Service. Midreshet Lindenbaum remains their home, and they often participate in our Shabbatot and spend yomtov at faculty homes.

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.

Dress
The school's dress code reflects accepted rabbinic standards of tzniut. Skirts must cover the knees even when sitting and slits in skirts may not go above the knee. The neckline must be appropriate and sleeves much reach the elbow. No more than two earrings in each ear and certainly no other body piercing.

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.

Supervision
Rules at Midreshet Lindenbaum are directed to helping students develop responsible adult behaviors. Students must sign into the building no later than 12:30pm. Attendance is carefully monitored. There is a zero tolerance policy for alcohol.

Curriculum

Topics
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.

The curriculum aims to expose students to every aspect of Torah:

Three mornings per week (total: 10 hours) Gemara
Two mornings and two afternoons per week (total 9 hours) - Tanakh

Two mornings per week (total: 4 hours)- Halakha (Shabbat, Kashrut)
Two hours per week: Women and Halakha

Four hours per week: Machshava/Emunah

Two evenings per week (total: 4 hours)- choice of Bkiut class
(Gemara, Tanach, Halakha or Machshava)

Two evenings per week (total: 4 hours)- Beit Midrash

At each given time there are multiple parallel shiurim on different levels/ on different topics. Students choose classes based on level and language of instruction.

Students who would like to combine the advantages of learning with Israelis with the care of an overseas program may participate in our Tochnit Tamar.  Students in this program spend between a third and half of their week integrated into classes with Lindenbaum’s Israeli program.

Courses Offered

The core curriculum consists of classes in Gemara, Tanakh, Halakha, Machshava, and Women and Halakha.  In addition, students may also choose from a variety of elective courses in Jewish Philosophy (Ultimate Questions, Rambam, Chassidut, Rav Kook, Rav Soloveitchik), Jewish History (Zionism, History of the Holocaust), and Contemporary Halakhic Issues.  There is a daf yomi shiur during the lunch breaks and Rav Menachem Liebtag offers an intensive Tanach Seminar one evening a week (5:00-10:00pm).

Students who choose to participate in our Tochnit Ora make weekly visits to the homes of guest speakers, alternating between Midreshet Lindenbaum faculty and other Torah scholars in the greater Jerusalem area, where they have an opportunity to learn from and about these Torah personalities.  Speakers have included Dr.Yael Ziegler, Rabbi Chaim Brovender, Rabbanit Malka Bina, and Rav Elchanan Samet.

Matmidot Scholars

Our new Matmidot Scholars program brings together students who want to invest even more in their scholarship and leadership training. They commit to extra hours of learning and submit a proposal for a research and writing project, that is mentored throughout the year and culminates in a Torah Journal article. A rich leadership training program helps them develop the skills to become leaders on their campuses and in their communities.

Daily Schedule

  • Tefila, breakfast
  • 8:45 – 12:40 Morning Seder – Chavruta time and Shiur
  • 12:40 – 2:30 Lunch Break, Mincha
  • 2:30 – 5:00 Afternoon Seder – Chavruta time and Shiur
  • 5:00 – 7:00 Elective classes
  • Dinner, Arvit
  • 8:00 – 10:00 Night Seder

Tefilla takes places daily in our Beit Midrash, usually with a minyan on Rosh Chodesh and fast days.

Tuesday afternoons are dedicated to chessed or Jerusalem U, our Israel advocacy program.

Night seders are a mix of chavruta time, bekiut shiurim (twice a week), and an intensive Torah seminar.

Daf Yomi is offered during the lunch breaks and Thursday night mishmar runs late into the night with a diverse selection of speakers.

Language of Instruction
English and Hebrew

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!

Assessment and Grading
Transcripts are provided to all students upon request. Grades are based on attendance, participation, and advancement in comprehension, skills, knowledge, etc. There are review sessions but generally no written exams.

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.

Joint Program
Midreshet Lindenbaum is proudly affiliated with the Joint Israel Program at Yeshiva University/Stern College.

 

Staff

Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander is the President and Rosh haYeshiva of Ohr Torah Stone Institutions, of which Midreshet Lindenbaum is a member
Rabbanit Sally Mayer is the Rosh Midrasha

Rabbanit Nomi Berman is the Rosh Beit Midrash
Rabbi Shlomo Brown is the Executive Director

The Ramim are Rav David Brofsky, Rabbanit Dena Freundlich, Rabbanit Rachel Leshaw, and Rav Yoni Rosensweig.

Other faculty members include: Rav Yitzchak Blau, Davina Wanderer-Kriel, Rivky Krestt, Rav Johnny Solomon, Rav Shmuel Klitsner, Rav Menachem Leibtag, Dr. Tamar Ross, Rav Ari Shvat, Cheryl Burnat, Rav Aharon Wexler, and others.

Extra-Curricular Activities

Interaction with Israelis
Midreshet Lindenbaum’s Tochnit Tamar offers students an opportunity to create a life-long kesher with Israeli peers.  Students in the program may choose to dorm and integrate into classes with Lindenbaum’s Israeli program. Even for students who do not choose this option, the Overseas Program shares a building and a beit midrash with our Israeli Program providing a daily opportunity for meaningful interaction.

Some of our students choose to volunteer with Israeli families, and others are exposed to various Israeli personalities in the context of our Israel Advocacy program.  In addition, students are encouraged to visit family and friends throughout the country on free Shabbatot. We encourage our students to read the newspaper and follow Israeli news on relevant websites.

Special Informal Programs
There are programs and speakers relating to calendar events - chagim, Yom Hashoa, etc. There are chagigot (or other programming) for Rosh Chodesh and for Yom Ha'Atzmaut. Our students are in Meron on Lag Ba'Omer and participate in the Rikud HaDegalim on Yom Yerushaliam. In addition, we invite special guest speakers to address the students on various topics of interest. Among the speakers we have invited are Dr. Yocheved Debow (personal safety), Ronnie Halibard (Jewish History in a Flash), Rav David Stav (understanding the religious spectrum in Israel), Robby Berman of the Halachic Organ Donor Society, among others.

Sports Facilities
Midreshet Lindenbaum has a fully equipped exercise room with treadmills and an elliptical machine.

Programming for Shabbat and Yom Tov
We spend Shabbat together as a community approximately every 2-3 weeks.  Sometimes students enjoy spending Shabbat together on our campus, their our 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.

Field Trips
At Midreshet Lindenbaum we believe that each step you take strengthens your everlasting connection to Eretz Yisrael.  There are three three-day tiyulim, one south and two north. These contain both fun hikes (eg. Yehudia) and a Tanakh or historical component (eg. Gilboa, Zippori). We also have several one-day tiyulim in the Jerusalem area (Kotel Tunnels, Southern Wall, Yad Vashem, Emek Ha'Elah, Givat Hatachmoshet, etc.)

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 Overseas Student
Greater New York Metropolitan Area: 30

Others from the United States, Canada, England, France, Australia: 30

New York / New Jersey Schools: Bruriah, Frisch, HAFTR, Kushner, Maayanot, Ramaz, SAR, Shalhevet, SKA, Yeshiva of Flatbush, Yeshiva University High School for Girls

Others (United States and Canada): Baltimore (Beth Tfiloh), Boca Raton (Weinbaum), Boston (Maimonides), Chicago (Ida Crown), Cleveland (Fuchs Mizrachi), Detroit (Akiva and Metro Detroit), Hartford (Hebrew Academy of New England), Los Angeles (YULA and Shalhevet), Miami (Hebrew Academy), Philadelphia (Kohelet), San Diego (Hebrew High School), Seattle (Northwest Yeshiva High School), Silver Spring (Melvin J. Berman)

Overall Number of Students (Kollel, Israeli, Foreign)
200

Foreign Student Percentage
50%

Number of 1st Year American Students
62

Number of 2nd Year American Students
No information provided

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.

Number of Students per Class
An average of 18-20 students in each class; some are larger, some smaller.

 

Accommodations

Living Quarters
Our dorm never closes throughout the students’ year at Midreshet Lindenbaum! We are housed on a beautiful campus in the Arnona residential neighborhood of Jerusalem. The second and third floors of the building are renovated dormitory suites. Each suite has two rooms of two, a bathroom and kitchenette with a refrigerator, electric burners and a large toaster-type oven. All students fill out a roommate questionnaire and may choose their own roommate but no more than two students from the same high school are placed in the same suite. Students may have guests with the permission of their roommates and the approval of the em bayit.

Availability of Private Kitchen Facilities
Each suite has two rooms of two, a kitchenette with a refrigerator, electric burners and a large toaster-type oven.

Facility use during Shabbat and Yom Tov
The dormitory is open throughout the year including Shabbatot and vacation periods. A madricha or the em bayit are always present.

Curfew
Students must sleep in the dorm every night other than Friday night of a free Shabbat. The curfew is 12:30 am.

Security Arrangements
There is a 24 hour armed security guard. A closed circuit television surveys the entire perimeter of the property. The front door is locked at all times. The students know the code to open the door. The school does not issue its own travel advisories but does inform the students of any special alert that is announced to the public. We ask parents to discuss with their daughters (before their arrival in Israel) their specific comfort boundaries- where they may travel, how (bus, taxi) they may travel etc. We discuss these issues with students and parents throughout the year. In case of a terrorist incident, God forbid, there is an immediate message and accounting for students and e-mail is sent to the parent body assuring them of their daughter's safety.

History

Midreshet Lindenbaum (originally known as Bruria) was founded in 1978. It was the first women's program to promote chavruta Torah study and is currently the largest women's beit midrash program in the world.

The school is located in the quiet residential area of Arnona, Jerusalem.

Accrediting Universities

Midreshet Lindenbaum is a Yeshiva University S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program School.

Tuition

Tuition for the 2019-2020 academic year is 98,000 NIS. All students are entitled to a $200 grant from Masa. Midreshet Lindenbaum offers need-based financial aid.

Additional Information

The uniqueness of Midreshet Lindenbaum is apparent in our approach to learning and in our approach to our students. As we mentioned above, we are not concerned only with the amount information that a student acquires. It is important to us that she become an active partner in the learning process, that she experiences true Torah lishma. In addition, it is important to us that she learns the skills and acquires the love of Torah that will ensure that she didn't just learn for a year, but in that year she learned how to learn and how to live for the rest of her life. We treat our students with respect and they reciprocate that respect as well.

 

Contact Information

Midreshet Lindenbaum

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

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