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A New Year, A New Community

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By Chris Khoury, Michigan State University student, studying abroad at the Rothberg International School – Hebrew University of Jerusalem
 
Rosh Hashanah. The new year. This was the first time that I observed the holiday, and being in Jerusalem made it all the more incredible. The holiday was eerily appropriate, coinciding with the start of my year-long study abroad in Jerusalem—truly the start of very new year for me.
 

American students bring Thanksgiving's message of coexistence to the Middle East

American students bring Thanksgiving's message of coexistence to the Middle East

November 21, 2011

This Thanksgiving, holiday traditions and messages are going farther than the family dinner table. 
In fact, they are going all the way to the Middle East as American young adults spending time abroad will be spreading the message of coexistence throughout diverse communities by recreating the Thanksgiving feast from their childhood. 
 
Masa Israel Journey, a project of the Jewish Agency for Israel and the Israeli Government, sends more than 6,000 young Americans to Israel each year to study, intern, and volunteer, as well as spread a peaceful and harmonious message. Diverse groups of people such as Arabs, Israeli Jews, Palestinians, Europeans, and American peers are all positively affected by the introduction and blending of Thanksgiving traditions.
 
 

Yeshivat Lomdei Torah

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Yeshivat Lomdei Torah is one of the institutions connected to the Machnovka Chassidut. The yeshiva was established in order to allow young students the opportunity to continue their studies for many years and to succeed in creating future generations of the Chassidic community who are Torah-knowledgeable. 
 
After many successful years of the yeshiva's accomplishments, the dedicated staff is benefiting from the knowledge that Torah learning continues from the early hours of the morning until late at night.
 

Beit David - Manigut Latfutzot

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The Manhigut Latfutzot program was founded in 2006 with the goal of developing and consolidating leadership skills. In the course of the year, students participate in voluntary activities, are exposed to Israeli culture, go on trips throughout the country, and attend leadership workshops.
 
Participants are exposed to different aspects of  Israeli society,  become aware of the importance of Yiddish, and learn to appreciate the role that leadership plays in the community.
 

Midreshet Rachel v'Chaya

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Do you want to be challenged to grow spiritually personally and intellectually in a supportive nurturing environment? At Midreshet Rachel v’Chaya you will be part of a group of educated, independent women committed to personal and spiritual growth. You will learn how to independently access Torah sources while strengthening your link to tradition.
 
The Jewish philosophy curriculum includes seminal works by the Rambam, Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzatto, the Maharal Rav Abraham Isaac HaCohen Kook, and Rav Eliyahu Dessler, among others. Frequent in-depth seminars allow you to explore contemporary issues including the Jewish approach to sexuality, intermarriage, feminism, and mysticism.
 

Michlalah Jerusalem - Mahal Tsarfati

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This program is operated in French.
 

Midreshet Harova

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Midreshet Harova offers an ideal setting for mature and motivated women from Israel and around the world who wish to achieve spiritual and intellectual growth in a religious Zionist framework that combines intimate settings with the resources of a large educational institution. Its open intellectual environment, combined with a wide variety of faculty, is particularly attractive to the creative student interested in exploring a range of ideas and approaches.
 
Students participate in a full day of learning focused on chevruta study, and development of textual skills that create the necessary basis for continued learning and growth after leaving the Midrasha. Programs focusing on current events and the political situation in Israel are a regular part of the informal education program, as is an annual journey to Poland that serves as the focal point of the Midrasha’s Holocaust education program.

Pardes Week 1: Orientation

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By Derek Kwait (First published on his blog for “The Jewish Chronicle” of Pittsburgh, Yinzer in Yerushalayim, 9 September 2011)
 
Sunday was orientation at Pardes. The getting-to-know-you introductions at the beginning made one thing clear straight-away—this is a place of diversity.
 
 

Midreshet Amit

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At Midreshet AMIT, you will spend your day learning, questioning, and growing in Torah. From interesting and challenging classes to guided chavruta study, your year will be packed with learning geared to help you develop a lifelong connection to Torah.
 
Our home is in Beit Hayeled, AMIT’s well-known foster home for disadvantaged youth. You will spend time each day teaching, playing, and caring for some of Israel's most needy children. As a "big sister," you will be challenged to give of yourself in a way you have never experienced before and you will be transformed in the provess. Your connection to Israel will be deepened through the unique experience of living and interacting with dedicated Israeli couples and committed Sherut Leumi young women. Through adventurous tiyulim you will travel the length and breadth of Israel, learning about our history and gaining a greater appreciation for the State of Israel.