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Sha'alvim for Women—S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program

Goal of the Program

At Sha'alvim for Women, we strive for our students to continue to enhance their love for learning Torah, to engage their minds, their hearts and their souls in their personal growth and in their Torah study, and more.

Hashkafa
Goal of Program
At Shaalvim for Women we strive for our students to…
a) continue and enhance their love for learning Torah.
b) engage their minds, their hearts and their souls in their personal growth and in their Torah study.
c) grow with and from the kindness and sincerity of each member of our exceptional staff along with the individual attention provided to each student.
d) continue and enhance their development of Middot.
e) develop further in their yirat shamayim, ahavat HaShem, derech eretz and avodah shebalev (tefilah).
f) expand upon their Torah learning skills that they will take with them beyond their “year in Israel .”
g) develop a deep appreciation for and a sense of obligation to their family, their school, and their community.
h) expand their love for Am Yisra’el, Eretz Yisra’el and Medinat Yisra’el. 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 and 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 University Studies

Students are encouraged to continue both their Torah studies and their general education after they leave Shaalvim for Women.

Attitude towards Extracurricular Activities

Students are encouraged to participate in chessed programs and other extra-curricular 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 chesed program and work with handicapped children, long-term patients, the elderly, the poor, and others) and during their free time.

Preparation for Post Israel

SFW addresses these issues in a variety of sichot and shiurim, and also in many individual conversations between faculty members and students. We also run an annual “Bogrot Program,” where our alumni are invited to join us during any part of their winter break for a month of learning and special programming.

The "Successful" Student

The "successful" Shaalvim alumnus 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.

Dress

There is no formal dress code.

Guidance Personnel

Our administration, rakazot, faculty, madrichot, etc. are available day and night to talk with our students for advice and guidance. We are proud of the role models that our students are exposed to.

Supervision

Safety and security are very important to us. Curfew is strictly enforced and attendance is taken in every class. Students are expected to conduct themselves at all times in a manner befitting bnot Torah.
Curriculum
Makeup
The curriculum is balanced with courses in Judaic studies, Tanach, Halacha, Machshava, Talmud, Jewish history, Contemporary Issues, etc.

Courses Offered
A variety of shiurim are offered in the major areas listed above. A wide range of options is available for our students during ever shiur “slot.” In addition, optional “chaburot” are offered during every lunch, dinner, and post-night seder in a wide variety of topics as well.

Daily Schedule
Usually the formal learning takes place between 9:00 AM and 9:45 PM with breaks for all meals and tefillot. Every shiur has a “formal” component and chavruta/seder time. In addition, Beit Midrash/seder is also built into the schedule every morning and evening.

Language of Instruction
The language of a depends on the instructor. Some of our teachers teach in Hebrew, others in English. The ability to understand a shiur in basic Hebrew is a requirement.

Ulpan or Hebrew Class

An optional Ulpan is offered twice a week

Assessment and Grading

Students receive grades on their transcripts. Grades are based on participation and attendance as well as projects or exams.

Shana Bet

We have a formal “Shana Bet” program.

Joint Program

We have joint programs with Yeshiva University, Touro College and the Hebrew Theological College of Skokie, IL.
Staff
Menahel/Director:
Rav Yamin Goldsmith, who is well known and respected for his warm and engaging personality, attended Yeshivat Sha’alvim for two years before serving in the I.D.F with the Yeshivat Hesder Machal program. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Yeshiva University, a master’s degree in public administration from Columbia University, was ordained at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University, and is currently completing his doctoral dissertation in Curriculum and Teaching at Columbia University’s Teachers College. He has worked in both formal and informal Jewish education in the United States and in Israel for the past 17 years. Rav Yamin lives with his wife, Joy, and children in Beit Shemesh.

Assistant Director/Dean of Students:
Michelle Elmaleh, received her BA and MSW from Yeshiva University. Mrs. Elmaleh has extensive teaching experience in both formal and informal settings. She has been involved in addressing adolescent issues and administrative policy at Yeshiva University High School for Girls and at Ma'aynot. Mrs. Elmaleh has served as head counselor at Camp Simcha - an oncology camp for children and young adults. She has also been the recipient of many prestigious awards for academic achievement.

Rosh Beit Midrash:
Rabbi Gershon Turetsky studied in Yeshivat Sha'alvim following high school. He received his B.S. in Accounting from Yeshiva University's Sy Syms School of business and then continued on to Yeshiva University's Kollel as part of the semicha program. Subsequently, Rabbi Turetsky returned to Sha'alvim as a member of its Kollel where he completed his semicha studies and received ordination from HaRav Zalman Nechemia Goldberg of the Beit Din HaGadol of Jerusalem. Following that, he joined Yeshiva University’s Gruss Kollel in Jeruslalem while serving as a teacher and the Av Bayit of Sha’alvim for Women.
In addition, our Eim and Av Bayit reside in our dormitory building and are always available.

Mashgiach Ruchani:
This year we are excited to announce a wonderful addition to the Shaalvim for Women family: Rav Baruch Felberman joined our administration as our Mashgiach Ruchani. Rav Felberman’s warm personality, excellent middot and wide-ranging Torah knowledge are, iy”H, wonderful additions to our already stellar administrative team and faculty. He will undoubtedly contribute further to the already thriving Torani environment at SFW.

His connection to Sha’alvim is extensive and long-standing. He learned in Yeshivat Shaalvim after high school and returned there with his wife to learn in the Kollel and to teach in the Program for Overseas Students. He lives with his wife and family in Nof Ayalon, Shaalvim’s neighboring community near Modiin.

Rav Felberman has more than 25 years of experience in the world of post-high school Torah education. He holds a B.A. from Yeshiva University, a master’s degree from Yeshiva University’s Azrieli School of Jewish Education and semicha from the Rabbi Isaac Elchonon Theological Seminary at YU.
Extra-Curricular Activities
Interaction with Israelis
Students are very much encouraged to visit different communities in Israel.

Special Informal programs
SFW is full of guest speakers and special programs. Yamim Tovim and other special days are replete with Chagigot, Yemei Iyun, etc.

Sports Facilities
Our dormitory is equipped with exercise equipment.

Programming for Shabbat and 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 special speakers and faculty members as part of exciting programs. On “out” shabbatot, students may stay in the dormitory, where meals are provided and our Eim and Av Bayit are always “in”. Otherwise, students may choose to travel to visit friends and family or can 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.

Field Trips
Our students have the unique opportunity to study about a wide variety of locations in Israel and then, using maps, a Tanach, and relevant history books, go and visit the very places they studied. In this way, they re-enact thousands of years of our history, from the Tanach to Modern Israel, in an unparalleled hands-on program. At the end of the year, we can look back at a map and feel unbelievably accomplished as we see how we made the locations of the Chumash, Navi, Mishna, Gmara, Rishonim, Acharonim, and modern heros come to life.

In addition, three times a year, we at SFW pack our bags and visit major sections of the country on overnight tiyulim. We hike the North, the South and the Tzfat area until we drop, visiting major and minor sites and getting to know our faculty (who join us), our friends, and our country in a different setting. In addition to these major excursions, we have a number of day-long tiyulim to places such as Masada and Caesarea.
Eligibility
Level of Learning Offered
Advanced - students should be able to prepare classical sources independently.

Hebrew Knowledge Required
Advanced

Religious Observance Required
Jews can always improve upon their level of shmirat hamitzvot. It is a lifelong quest. Indeed, it is our hope that that is one of the reasons she has decided to spend a year learning Torah in Eretz Yisrael. Having said that, Shaalvim for Women is designed for young women who are already committed to shmirat hamitzvot; who place halacha at the forefront of their minds throughout the day.
Population
Type of American Student
Our students come from a variety of Jewish communities in the United States, Canada, England, Switzerland and Australia.

Overall Number of Students (Kollel, Israeli, Foreign)
85

Foreign Student Percentage
110%

Number of 1st Year American Students
74

Number of 2nd Year American Students
11

Other Nationalities
Our students come from a variety of Jewish communities in the United States, Canada, England, Switzerland and Australia.

Number of Students per Class
There are approximately 15-20 students per class, although that number can vary since students are allowed to choose their classes from a number of choices in each time slot.
Accommodations
Living Quarters
Comfortable dormitory, laundry service, 24 hour security, dorms open all time (i.e. every Shabbat, Sukkot, Chanuka, Pesach, etc.)

Availability of Private Kitchen Facilities
The kitchenette facilities include refrigerators, microwave and toasters.

Facility use during Shabbat and 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 special speakers and faculty members as part of exciting programs. On “out” shabbatot, students may stay in the dormitory, where meals are provided and our Eim and Av Bayit are always “in”. Otherwise, students may choose to travel to visit friends and family or can 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.

Curfew
Curfew is at 12:00 AM and strictly enforced. Additionally, students are required to provide us with phone numbers of their Shabbat hosts.

Security Arrangements
The building is accessible only through a guarded, locked front door. Students are not permitted to leave the campus in times of tension. All students must carry cell phones so we can access them. Parents are contacted by phone and email.
History
Shaalvim for Woomen was founded in September, 2004 as a branch of the well-renowned Yeshivat Hesder Yeshivat Shaalvim. We are located in the Malcha section of Yerushalayim adjacent to the Ella residence with a magnificent view overlooking the hills of Yerushalayim.
Accrediting Universities
Sha'alvim for Women is a Yeshiva University S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program School. There are joint programs with Touro College and Hebrew Theological College in Chicago.
Tuition
The cost for the program for the 2015-16 is $24,500.

The tuition covers room, board, medical insurance and all tiyulim, programs, etc.
Additional Information
We are looking for serious minded students that want to experience Israel to the fullest by being in a variety of environments and communities. The program offers a combination of work, study and volunteering and looks for participants that want this experience. The program has a strong group atmosphere and positive social skills of the participants are required.
Contact Information

Sha'alvim for Women

US

Friends of Yeshivat Sha'alvim

1144 E. 29th St.

Brooklyn, NY 11210

Phone: (718) 677-7200

Fax: (718) 677-3080

Email: sfw.shaalvim@gmail.com  

 

Israel

Rabbi Yamin Goldsmith

21 Hadishon Street

Malcha, Jerusalem, 96956

Phone: (02) 678-4062

Fax: (02) 678-0342

Email: sfw.shaalvim@gmail.com

www.shaalvim.org/sfw