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Afikei Torah—S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program

Goal of the Program

Our goal is to help our students develop a deep and meaningful relationship with HaKadosh Baruch Hu through the study of Torah and the practical applications of its messages. We recognize the uniqueness of each individual and encourage each of our students to develop her own personality and abilities in order to make her contribution to the world as a Jewish woman.

Hashkafa
Goal of Program
Our goal is to help our students develop a deep and meaningful relationship with HaKadosh Baruch Hu through the study of Torah and the practical applications of its messages. We recognize the uniqueness of each individual and encourage each of our students to develop her own personality and abilities in order to make her contribution to the world as a Jewish woman.

Attitude towards Israel and Medinat Yisrael

A love of Eretz Yisrael is nurtured through a weekly class on the history and geography of Eretz Hakodesh. Weekly tiyulim in and around Yerushalayim as well as overnight tiyulim to all parts of the country expose our students to the beauty and Kedusha of the land. The option of living and learning in Eretz Yisrael is strongly encouraged.

Attitude towards University Studies

Students who plan to pursue college studies are guided to continue their studies at an institution that will be most conducive to their continued growth in Yiras Shamayim. Afikei Torah students are studying in many colleges including Touro College, Stern College, Torah Institute of Chicago, Maalot, and Sarah Schneirer Teachers Seminary.

Attitude towards Extracurricular Activities

Extra-curricular activities include required participation in a weekly Chessed program. There is a variety of optional activities including art, dance, and culinary arts, all of which find expression through the course of the year.

Preparation for Post Israel

A full day Yom Iyun is devoted to meeting the challenges on returning home from seminary. In addition, students are counseled individually and offered guidance for their particular situations.

The "Successful" Student

A successful alumna will be a wife and mother who takes pride in her role as a builder of Klal Yisrael and imbues her home and family with Yiras Shamayim, love of Torah and Middos Tovos.

Dress

Skirts must cover the knees at all times whether standing or sitting.
Skirts may not have any slits at all.
Necklines must not extend beyond the collarbone.
Sleeves must cover the elbows at all times.
Socks or stockings must be such that the entire leg is covered at all times.
No sheer or tight fitting clothing is permitted.
No writing may appear on the front of any shirt.
Jewelry must be appropriate

Guidance Personnel

There is a very warm and close connection between teachers and students. Many teachers have assigned hours beyond class time for private discussions with students. Our on staff social worker who has many years experience in guidance counseling is available to our students at all times. Mechanchos have weekly meetings with each student. The half hour is devoted to study, discussion or however the student wishes to best make use of their time together. Madrichot live in the dorm with the students. They are two or more years out of seminary and are there to aid and guide our students in all aspects of their Israel experience. Dorm parents reside in the apartment complex with the student and the dorm mother is always available.

Supervision

Afikei Torah has a code of rules and behavior to which students adhere. Attendance at all classes and school activities is required and monitored. Curfew at 11:00pm is strictly enforced. There is no tolerance of behavior inappropriate to a Bas Yisrael.
Curriculum
Makeup
The program of study covers Tanach, Halacha, Hashkafa and Mussar. There is also a course offered in Early Childhood pedagogy. Most classes are offered on two levels--advanced and skills building..

Courses Offered
Einyanei Deyoma, Bas Melech, Bayis HaYehudi, Bein Adam LeChavero, Binu Bamikra, Sefer Bamidbar, Eretz Chemda, Iyunim BeParsha, Messilas Yesharim, Modern Halachic Problems, Sugyos BeHashkafa, Tefillah, Alei Shur, Avodas HaLev, Chochmas Shlomo, Early Childhood Pedagogy, Kashrus, Kuzari, Megillos, Melachim, Middos Workshop, Modern Jewish Thought, Orach Chaim, Parsha, Sefer Shoftim, Shabbos, and Trei Asar.

Daily Schedule
No information provided

Language of Instruction
All classes are taught in English.

Ulpan or Hebrew Class

Ulpan is offered on two levels. Classes in Hebrew are offered on demand.

Assessment and Grading

Afikei Torah students receive a transcript of their grades after each semester. Grades are assessed by each student's attendance, participation, and marks on the various assignments, exams, reports or creative projects assigned. There are a limited amount of pass/fail courses.

Shana Bet

Many of our students opt to remain at Afikei Torah for a second year. The second year program offers a wide array of classes on an advanced level. One of the highlights of our Shana Bet program are Chaburos in which our Shana Bet students choose and prepare a topic which they then teach to a group of first year students. This program encourages our second year students to study on their own and also promotes an exciting interaction between our students in a cooperative learning situation.

Joint Program

No information provided
Staff
Rabbi Yaakov Bear, Rabbinic Ordination
Rabbi Yoseph Cohen, Rabbinic Ordination
Rabbi Yoav Druyan, Rabbinic Ordination, BA Queens College
Mrs. Debbie Friedman, Teacher’s Certificate, Machon Sarah Schenirer Jerusalem
Mrs. Suri Greenfeld, BA Queens College, MA Touro College Graduate School of Jewish Studies
Mrs. Raize Guttman, BA Empire State College
Rabbi Reuven Lauffer, Rabbinic Ordination
Rabbi Elya Levin, Rabbinic Ordination
Mrs. Rivka Lichtman, Teachers Certificate, Darchei Binah Women’s School for Advanced Torah Studies, B.A. Touro College
Rabbi Avraham Manning, Rabbinic Ordination, MA (Hons in Law) Oxford University
Rabbi Hadar Margolin, Rabbinic Ordination, Israeli Teachers License
Mrs. Hyndi Mendelowitz, B.A. Thomas Edison State College
Rabbi Menachem Nissel, Rabbinic Ordination, MBA, London Business School
Mr. David Olesker, BJS Tannenbaum College
Rabbi Dovid Orlofsky, Rabbinic Ordination
Rabbi Noach Orlowek, Rabbinic Ordination
Mrs. Geula Preil, Teacher’s Certificate, Machon Bina
Mrs. Chana Rabinowitz, BA, MSW University of Illinois
Mrs. Dahlia Reinheimer, BA Thomas Edison State College
Mrs. Nechama Rosenberg, Teachers Certificate, Seminar Yerushalayim
Mrs. Chaya Schweitzer, Teachers Certificate, Beth Jacob Teachers Seminary
Rabbi Ilan Segal, Rabbinic Ordination
Mrs. Sheila Segal, B.ED. Michlalah Jerusalem College for Women
Rabbi Fyvel Shuster, Rabbinic Ordination Chaim Berlin, B.S.C Tufts University
Mrs. Chana Silver, Teachers Certificate, Machon Devorah HaTalmud College
Mrs. Julie Sklar, Teachers Certificate, Neve Yerushalayim
Rabbi Jonathan Taub, Rabbinic Ordination, BA (CANTAB) Cambridge University, MA (CANTAB) Cambridge University
Rabbi Chanoch Teller, Rabbinic Ordination, BA Yeshiva University
Mrs. Karen Thaler, BA Stern College for Women, MS Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Studies
Mrs. Rachel Verbov, Teachers Certificate, Michlalah Jerusalem College for Women
BA Thomas Edison State College, MA Touro College Graduate School of Jewish Studies.
Rabbi Tzvi Wainstein, Rabbinic Ordination, BA Tannenbaum College
Mrs. Chaya Werfel, Board of Jewish Education Early Childhood Teaching Certificate.
Extra-Curricular Activities
Interaction with Israelis
No information provided

Special Informal programs
Afikei Torah offers weekly guest speakers who lecture on a wide range of topics including community life, personal matters, Israeli politics, and Torah perspectives on current events. Our Yemei Iyun focus on various themes, including inter-personal relationships, the sanctity of Shabbos, and Bitachon.

Our students enjoy chagigot and Melave Malkot throughout the year.

A special extra-curricular activity we feature is our “Nights Out”. Different faculty members host the girls for a fun and creative evening.

Sports Facilities
Our campus has a fully equipped workout room

Programming for Shabbat and Yom Tov
There are six organized shabbatonim over the year when we take our students away to a hotel or a resort and provide an inspirational Shabbos program. Other shabbatot students are free to visit family, friends, or faculty members.

Madrichot are available to assist girls in finding places for Shabbos. Students have the option of remaining in school for Shabbos and eating in school or at families in the neighborhood. We are particular to make sure that every student has a place for Shabbos and Yom Tov, including Yom Tov Sheini. During Succos and Pessach a program of activities and tiyulim is offered.

Field Trips
Weekly tiyulim are part of the curriculum as part of the Eretz Chemda course. Through these tiyulim our students are acquainted with the story and geography of Yerushalayim and its surroundings.

Four overnight tiyulim and several day tiyulim take our students throughout the length and breadth of Eretz Yisroel.

An 8 day tour Poland is included in the year’s program. Prior to the trip we prepare the students with a series of classes in which they learn about the history of the Jews in Poland and the holocaust.
Eligibility
Level of Learning Offered
No information provided

Hebrew Knowledge Required
All Shiurim are conducted in English. A working knowledge of Hebrew is required to be able to work with texts.

Religious Observance Required
Students must be committed to top level Shemiras HaMitzvos.
Population
Type of American Student
Afikei Torah attracts students from some 30 different high schools across the USA and Canada.

Overall Number of Students (Kollel, Israeli, Foreign)
The student body numbers in the vicinity of 50 students in the first year program and 15 in the second year program.

Foreign Student Percentage
No information provided

Number of 1st Year American Students
No information provided

Number of 2nd Year American Students
No information provided

Other Nationalities
We also have students from Australia, South Africa, U.K. and Europe.

Number of Students per Class
No information provided
Accommodations
Living Quarters
The students are accommodated in apartments in a luxury complex in the Bayit Vegan neighborhood of Yerushalayim. Apartments are equipped with American-style beds and mattresses, ample closet space, and a living area. Two to three students share a room.

Students have the option of choosing their own roommate prior to arrival. Email and Internet Access: We provide girls who are interested with an email address @afikeitorah.co.il but we do not provide internet access.

Availability of Private Kitchen Facilities
Kitchens are equipped with a refrigerator, microwave, and gas burners. The school provides pots, pans, and plates and students provide their own silverware.

Facility use during Shabbat and Yom Tov
Afikei Torah sees the dormitory as the students' home for the year. It is open to them from the day they arrive until the day of departure, including Shabbos, Yom Tov, and Pesach. There is never a time during the school year when students are unable to be in the dorms.

Curfew
Students must be back on campus by 11:00pm. Madrichot carefully monitor curfew and it is strictly enforced. Students are not permitted to sleep out of the dorm during the week. Each week students who are leaving for Shabbos sign out, leaving their name, address, and phone number of where they intend to be for Shabbos. These arrangements are reviewed by the administration.

Security Arrangements
Afikei Torah is located on an unobtrusive side street in a particularly quiet neighborhood. We constantly monitor the security situation and advise our students to take extra precautions such as not traveling when necessary. Students are not permitted to travel out of Yerushalayim without permission.
History
Afikei Torah is located in a quiet section of the Jerusalem neighborhood of Bayit Vegan with a panoramic view of the city. In its 7 years of existence over 300 students have benefited from their educational experience at Afikei Torah.
Accrediting Universities
Afikei Torah is a Yeshiva University S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program School. Afikei Torah has joint programs with the following Universities: Touro College, The Teacher's Institute of Chicago, and The Michigan Jewish Institute. Additionally our credits are accepted at Brooklyn College, Queens College, and York University, along with many other colleges.
Tuition
Tuition for 2007-2008 is $15,750 It includes tuition, accommodations, one meal a day, tiyulim, 8 day trip to Poland, and medical insurance.

Afikei Torah is part of the Masa Israel Program and our students are eligible for the Masa scholarships.
Additional Information
To order a CD Rom containing comprehensive information about the school including our video presentation, please contact the above addresses.
Contact Information

Afikei Torah
U.S. Office
Rabbi Gil Freiman
1049 E. 13th St.
Brooklyn, NY 11230
Phone: (718) 758-0280
Fax: (718) 758-0281
Email: dbin@abac.com 

Israel Office
Rabbi Ilan Segal
PO Box 16432
Bayit Vegan, Jerusalem 96428
Phone: (02) 644-8455
Fax: (02) 644-8454
Email: info@afikeitorah.co.il
www.afikeitorah.org