• Guide to Israel Schools

  • Yeshivat Maale Gilboa—S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program

  • Goal of the Program

    Yeshivat Maale Gilboa is a post-high school shiluv Yeshiva committed to educating a generation of young scholars who relate to a pluralistic and democratic Israeli society. The Yeshiva's diverse group of educators emphasize a commitment to rigorous Torah study, intellectual openness, and social consciousness.

    Hashkafa
    Goal of Program
    Yeshivat Maale Gilboa is a post-high school shiluv Yeshiva commited to educating a generation of young scholars who relate to a pluralistic and democratic Israeli society. The Yeshiva's diverse group of educators emphasize a commitment to rigorous Torah study, intellectual openess, and social consciousness.

    Based on the belief that Talmidei Chachamim have a responsibility to contribute in all braches of society, the teachers at Maale Gilboa have created a broad program that addresses the needs of the contemporary student. As a shiluv Yeshiva, Maale Gilboa is dedicated to full involvement in modern Israeli life, and therefore obligates its Israeli students to serve a full 3-year tour of military service.

    The three main messages of Yeshivat Maale Gilboa are
    - Openness to various methods of Torah study including techniques and ideas from the academic world.
    - Integration of the analytic and spiritual sides of Judaism and Torah study.
    - Sensitivity to the current issues of Am Yisrael and the State of Israel.

    Attitude towards Israel and Medinat Yisrael

    The fact that our Israeli students serve a full- tour of army duty as soldiers and officers demonstrates their deep seated commitment to Israel and Israeli society. The Yeshiva has numerous activities such as lectures, trips and cultural programs which expose students to the various facets of Israeli life.

    Attitude towards University Studies

    Most of our students continue on to pursue a university degree. We encourage a broad liberal arts education along with professional education. The overseas students are encouraged to attend universities that have a strong Jewish presence so they will be able to continue learning.

    Attitude towards Extracurricular Activities

    Attitude to Extra-curricular activities: The yeshiva study schedule is very intensive and leaves little time for personal time. On Fridays there is no structured learning, therefore the students take this time to pursue personal interests. Many talented musicians, artists and athletes are among our student-body, and they have found the time to practice and achieve personal growth in their chosen track.One afternoon a week is dedicated to community volenteer work in Beit Shean and area kibbutzim.

    Preparation for Post Israel

    Shiurim and sichot are held on a weekly basis with overseas students. These discussions deal with issues related to their special needs and it is during this time that we look at “life after yeshiva”. Because the overseas and Israeli students participate together in the yeshiva program, the overseas students have a strong connection to Israel and the yeshiva. Some students stay for a second year, while others come back during their Junior year to continue studying with their friends. The roshei yeshiva and other staff often travel abroad and have maintained strong connections to the overseas students.

    The "Successful" Student

    We take pride in the fact that our students do not follow one path but rather choose one they feel is most suited to them. We expect our students to use their strengths for TIKUN OLAM where they can, while continuing to grow in Talmud Torah.

    Dress

    Casual dress is common. The one exception is - no shorts in the Beit Midrash

    Guidance Personnel

    Students attend Yeshivat Maale Gilboa because of the personal attention they receive from the faculty. The shiurim are small (20-25 students) which allows for a very good relationship with the Rami"m. The roshei yeshiva know each student at the yeshiva and have regular sichot with the students both individually and in groups. Here students are encouraged to bring up any topic for discussion. There are many small learning groups with kollel members and other members of the staff. All this creates a very intimate feeling at the yeshiva. In addition each first year student is paired with an older chavruta and an adopted kibbutz family.

    Supervision

    Yeshivat Maale Gilboa treats its students as adults rather than children, having as its goal to develop rather than control them. At Maale Gilboa, there are no curfews, deadlines or threats of being suspended. The roshei yeshiva make the assumption that the students are there because they want to learn Torah, and that they do not need to be coerced to do so through rules and restrictions. Not all students are ready for this amount of autonomy and responsibility, but the great majority are: the shiurim are crowded, and the Beit Midrash is active until late at night. The atmosphere is one of encouragement rather than pressure. As a result, the students have the wonderful experience of spending a year truly learning ‘Torah lishmah.’ Similarly, the Yeshiva does not seek to indoctrinate the students or force opinions on them. There are regular sichot (discussions) during which the Roshei Yeshiva share their opinions, but they urge the students to develop their own. Maale Gilboa guides its students to finding their own derech, rather than imposing one on them. Obviously, the yeshiva is prepared to deal with real disciplinary problems, and a student who is unable to function in its open environment will be asked to leave.
    Curriculum
    Makeup
    This program is designed for the exceptional student who is devoted to enhancing his knowledge with a year of yeshiva study in Israel. The faculty has developed a balanced, Modern Orthodox yeshiva program that integrates classical Torah study methods and academic methods.

    Students from abroad participate fully in all existing yeshiva programs, while having the opportunity to experience Israel with study tours designed to broaden their knowledge of the land. Visits to cultural institutions and ethnic neighborhoods, plus meetings with cultural and political personalities will open windows to understanding the complexities of Israeli society.

    The heart and soul of the yeshiva world is independent and chavruta study. The yeshiva offers a large number of formal classes, but this does not and cannot take the place of the individual’s direct meeting with the world of Torah. We view the student’s personal study time as the most important part of his daily schedule. At Yeshivat Ma’ale Gilboa we encourage our students to use this time to explore the various facets of Judaism, be it Halakha, Chasidut, Talmud or Tanakh. The program fosters independence by means of chavruta learning. During the time that one immerses himself in Torah study, he molds and shapes his beliefs and his life long outlook. The formal schedule only aids the student in his personal study; the true essence of limmudei Torah is what the student seeks for himself.

    Courses Offered
    A major part of the day (and often night) is devoted to the study of Gemara. Gemara instruction endows students with competence in classic yeshiva modes of study and carefully opens doors to new insights provided by complementary academic disciplines in Talmud.

    Tanakh
    Tanakh is studied in light of our sages’ position that: A passage does not depart from its simple meaning. Students acquire the skills and ability to study classical commentary and learn to utilize contemporary literary and linguistic methods for deeper insight into Tanakh.

    Machshava/JewishPhilosophy
    The different approaches to Jewish Philosophy (machshevet Yisrael) taught at the yeshiva help the talmid to mold his individual religious identity. The approach to this is made meaningful and non-doctrinaire. Special attention is given to modern Jewish thought, ranging from the Chassidic masters through Rav Kook and Rav Soloveichik to Levinas.

    Halakha
    The halakhic realms necessary for daily activity are taught with a focus on uncovering the varieties of values and symbolism found in the details. This is complemented by the study of contemporary challenges to the halakhic world.

    Daily Schedule
    Davening begins with birchot hashachar at 7:00, followed by halacha seder until breakfast at 8:15. Shiur 8:45 – 9:30 Morning seder is from 9:30 –11:45, followed by shiur until 12:45 and lunch. Mincha is at 3:00, followed by afternoon seder until 6:15 shiur untill 7:15, followed by supper. Maariv at 8:00. night seder until 10:00 Shiur untill 11:00.

    Language of Instruction
    Most of the shiurim are in Hebrew. 4-5 shiurim a week are given to the overseas students as a group. They decide if they want them to be in Hebrew or in English.

    Ulpan or Hebrew Class

    The yeshiva does not offer a structed Ulpan

    Assessment and Grading

    There is no formal assessment of the students.

    Shana Bet

    Shana bet students continue to learn with the Israeli students.

    Joint Program

    Yeshivat Maale Gilboa has a joint program with Yeshiva University.
    Staff
    Rosh Yeshiva, Mashgiach, Ramim Rashei Yeshiva: HaRav David Bigman, HaRav Yehuda Gilad and HaRav Shmuel Reiner.
    Overseas program director: Rav Yossi Slotnik.
    Masgiach Ruchani: Rav Ze`ev Kitzis
    Ramim: Rav Meir Rubenstein, Rav Rabin Shushtri, Dr. Chezi Cohen, Rav Elisha Ancselovits, Rav Beni Holtzman.
    Teachers: Netanel Lederberg, Rav Itzchak Ben Pazi, Rav Itzik Ben David.
    Em Bayit: Ruti Ganger
    Director of the Yeshiva: Moti Toren
    Extra-Curricular Activities
    Interaction with Israelis
    The overseas students are fully integrated into the yeshiva program. Overseas students have Israeli chavurtas and all students live together in the dormitories.

    Special Informal programs
    Every other Motaei Shabbat there is a guest speaker dealing with a range of topics from politics to literature, There are 2-3 Yemei Iyum a year in the Yeshiva and 2-3 cultural trips to different places in Israel.

    Sports Facilities
    There is an indoor basketball court and a seasonal pool on the Kibbutz

    Programming for Shabbat and Yom Tov
    Although yeshiva study is primarily a rigorously intellectual pursuit, yeshiva life provides meaningful spiritual experiences. Serious learning during the week combines with the unique feeling of Shabbat, when spontaneous expressions of intense singing and dancing prevail. This chassidic flavor intensifies religious awareness.

    Field Trips
    The yeshiva has 2 long tiyulim a year to get to know the lay of the land and 4-5 day educational trips.
    Eligibility
    Level of Learning Offered
    Advanced – able to independently study a Talmudic passage

    Hebrew Knowledge Required
    Advanced – shiurim are mainly in Hebrew, the overseas students are in the same shiurim with Israeli students.

    Religious Observance Required
    Full observance
    Population
    Type of American Student
    Our overseas students come from the US, Canada and Europe. Most attended yeshiva day school and went to summer camps. While most students are from the greater NY area, we have had students from Dallas, Cleveland, New Haven, St. Louis and other smaller Jewish communities.

    This year we had students from: Ramaz, Flatbush, Maimonides, HANC, Hopkins High School New Haven, Bronx High School of Science,

    Overall Number of Students (Kollel, Israeli, Foreign)
    100

    Foreign Student Percentage
    10-15/15%

    Number of 1st Year American Students
    10 to 15

    Number of 2nd Year American Students
    Up to 5

    Other Nationalities
    1-2 per year

    Number of Students per Class
    20-25 students per class, the ratio is about 1 staff member per 8 students. The staff teaches and is involved with all the students creating a very close and warm environment.
    Accommodations
    Living Quarters
    Overseas students are housed together with Israeli students in our newly built residence halls. Each suite is complete with a kitchenette, 2 bedrooms, two bathrooms and showers, and a sitting room (7 students per suite). Laundry service is provided and in-room telephone and Internet connections are available (on a cost basis), as well as e-mail, fax and public phones. The kibbutz also houses a mini-market, post office and medical clinic. Students are welcome to stay in their rooms during off shabbatot and during holidays.

    Home-style meals are served daily in the kibbutz dining hall. Coffee and tea are available throughout the day. Each student is matched with a host family from the kibbutz. This relationship provides yet another link to Israel.

    Availability of Private Kitchen Facilities
    Kitcheonette in dormitory

    Facility use during Shabbat and Yom Tov
    The yeshiva doesn’t operate programs during “ben zemanim” but students are able to stay in their rooms. During off shabatot (every other week) students can stay on the kibbutz and are hosted by their kibbutz host family.

    Curfew
    There is no curfew in the yeshiva. Students are expected to inform the office when they leave the Kibbutz and where they will spend their shabbatot.

    Security Arrangements
    In addidtion to the border police patrole in our area there is night guard around the kibbutz and yeshiva campus. Students are expected to alert the office to their travel plans, and carry cellphones with them. In case of emergency all students must call the director of the program so he can evaluate the situation and give the parents first hand information.
    History
    Yeshivat Maale Gilboa was established in 1993 by HaRav Yehuda Gilad and HaRav Shmuel Reiner and later joined by HaRav David Bigman. Currently, the three serve as the Roshei Hayeshiva. The Yeshiva, which is located on Kibbutz Maale Gilboa overlooking the Bet Shean Valley, has created close ties with the Kibbutz community and the residents of the area.
    Accrediting Universities
    Yeshivat Maale Gilboa is a Yeshiva University S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program School.
    Tuition
    Tuition is $17,000 per year. The tuition includes classes, full board, laundry, Tiyulim and transportaion to and from Jerusalem on free weekends.
    Additional Information
    This program is designed for the exceptional student who is devoted to enhancing his knowledge with a year of yeshiva study in Israel. The faculty has developed a balanced, modern orthodox yeshiva program that integrates classical Torah study methods and academic methods.

    Students from abroad participate fully in all existing yeshiva programs, while having the opportunity to experience Israel with study tours designed to broaden their knowledge of the land. Visits to cultural institutions and ethnic neighborhoods, plus meetings with cultural and political personalities will open windows to understanding the complexities of Israeli society.
    Contact Information

    Yeshivat Maale Gilboa
    Yossi Slotnik / Moti Toren
    D.N. Gilboa 19145
    Phone: (04) 648-0712
    Fax: (04) 648-0846
    E-mail: yeshiva@maalegilboa.org
    www.maalegilboa.org 

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