Yeshivat Kerem B'Yavneh Southern Hemisphere

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Program Description

Kerem B’Yavneh is an elite center for high-level Torah learning with a rich tradition of devoted, intensive learning in a vibrant Beit Midrash. It is an Israeli-style Yeshivat Hesder with a Zionistic outlook that strives to develop the student’s ability to learn Gemara and Rishonim independently on an in-depth, sophisticated level. The Beit Midrash is the center of the wider yeshiva community, uniting the bachurim, the kollel families, and the families of the ramim and staff. While the spirit of learning spills over into all the corners of the green campus, with casual discussion of the Gemara and Jewish thought and weekly informal learning; Shabbat meals; Friday night tishes; and melave malkas in the homes of rebbeim and sganei mashgichim, the Beit Midrash remains the unquestionable nucleus of yeshiva life.
 
Every year, Kerem B’Yavneh attracts a number of exceptional students from the Southern Hemisphere, including students from Brazil, South Africa, and occasionally other locales as well. While the Brazilian students participate in Shabbatonim and other programs for the Overseas students, they generally enroll in shiurim for Israelis. They also benefit from the close guidance and mentoring of a Brazilian-born madrich in the Israeli kollel.

 

 

Bnot Torah Institute / Sharfman's

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Program Description

Are you searching for a place to work on assignments in preparation for class and improve your textual skills while also delving into texts dealing with subjects that are of personal interest to you?
 
Bnot Torah Sharfman’s courses are interactive, providing real examples of how Torah wisdom connects the disjointed elements of a complex world. The curriculum includes classes in Halacha, Mussar, Sephardic Heritage, Art and Judaism, Tanach and Megillah, prayer, and more. You will leave Sharfman’s better able navigate the issues most often encountered in modern life.
 
Read more about the program on B'not Torah's blog.
Alison Mervish
FZY Year Course, 2009-2010

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Nachshon - The Israeli Mechina

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School’s Out: Teens Put College on Hold for Adventure in Israel

School’s Out: Teens Put College on Hold for Adventure in Israel

School’s Out: Teens Put College on Hold for Adventure in Israel

July 28, 2011

By Emma Silvers, JWeekly
 
Nina Tabrizi has been back in the U.S. for almost two months now, but in her mind, she’s still in Jerusalem.
If she closes her eyes, it’s early May, and she’s at the Mount Herzl cemetery for Yom HaZikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day. She can still hear the sounds of sirens echoing in the air, the gunfire, and then celebratory shouting all around her as the holiday transitions into Yom HaAtzmaut, Independence Day.
 
“Hearing all the politicians, seeing these thousands of people at the soldiers’ graves, and then you turn around at night and everybody’s celebrating … it was incredible to see,” said Tabrizi, 19. “It’s such a big jump going from complete sadness to complete happiness, and it was amazing to witness how normal that is there, from an outsider’s perspective, from a North American perspective.”
 
That night is just one of many Israel experiences that Tabrizi says will stand out in her mind for the rest of her life. It’s also one of the reasons she’s so grateful she had the chance to do a gap year program in Israel — in her case, a nine-month, international travel–focused track called Olami, organized by Young Judaea — following her senior year of high school. 
“It was the most amazing experience of my life,” said Tabrizi earnestly. “I would not be the same person if I hadn’t done it.”
 
Gap years have long been a way for recent high school grads to take time off before college and enjoy a little independence before heading back to the school environment.
 
But gap year programs in Israel can do more than provide an avenue for soul-searching. According to a recent study commissioned by the Masa Israel Journey program, which allows young adults to spend up to a year in Israel, an extended Israel experience made alumni more likely to marry someone Jewish, become involved with Israel-related activities back home and consider a job in the Jewish community...
 
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