• Guide to Israel Schools

  • Michlelet Mevaseret Yerushalayim—S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program

  • Goal of the Program

    At MMY, it is our conviction that Torah study, for women as for men, must be conducted seriously, intellectually and analytically. It is also our firm conviction that the purpose of all learning must be to inspire and develop genuine religious growth within our students.

    Hashkafa
    Goal of Program
    At MMY, it is our conviction that Torah study, for women as for men, must be conducted seriously, intellectually and analytically. This is accomplished through intensive textual study; each major shiur in Tanach and Halacha/Torah Sheb'al Peh is preceded by approximately an hour of bet midrash preparation. It is also our firm conviction that the purpose of all learning must be to inspire and develop genuine religious growth within our students.

    Attitude towards Israel and Medinat Yisrael

    We are a Religious Zionist school in every sense of the term, emphasizing the absolute centrality of both Eretz Yisrael and Medinat Yisrael. We stress Aliya as well as involvement in the many needs of Am Yisrael as essential components of Avodat Hashem. We celebrate Yom HaAtzmaut with a Seudat Hodaah and Chagiga.

    Attitude towards University Studies

    MMY values secular education as an important complement to Torah study, and as essential preparation for life in today's society. Virtually all of our students go on to university studies after their time in Israel. We believe that the choice of a university must be an individual one, taking into account a student's particular goals and aspirations, spiritual and educational needs, and numerous other factors. Therefore, the 'correct' choice of university must of necessity vary from student to student. Nevertheless, there are major advantages to conducting university studies in a Torah environment. A large number of our students continue in Stern College. We also have students in many other colleges and universities.

    Attitude towards Extracurricular Activities

    At least one hour of Chessed is built into the weekly schedule. Students volunteer in a variety of frameworks, including working with handicapped children, elderly people, disadvantaged families and new immigrants.

    Preparation for Post Israel

    These topics are dealt with in a variety of shiurim and sichot, some in the context of regular classes and some as specific preparation for 'life outside of yeshiva'.

    The "Successful" Student

    A 'successful' student will continue to study Torah as circumstances allow throughout her life, and will be living her life in dedication to Torah and Am Yisrael. This will be reflected in her devotion to her family, in her professional life and in her involvement in community. In a word, she will constantly attempt to fulfill the command to love Hashem b'chol levavcha, uv'chol nafshecha, uv'chol meodecha.

    Dress

    There is a formal dress code.

    Guidance Personnel

    Developing relationships and having conversations with students is of paramount significance to us. All staff members, including madrichot, teachers, and directors make this a major priority.

    Supervision

    We take issues of supervision, safety and security very seriously. There is a curfew which is strictly monitored every night. We also take attendance at each class; students are allowed a certain number of absences in accordance with our academic policies. Students are expected to conduct themselves at all times in a matter befitting yeshiva students. We have a 'zero tolerance' policy regarding entering bars or pubs and drinking alcohol.
    Curriculum
    Makeup
    The primary areas of focus are Tanach and Halacha. We also have a number of classes devoted to Machshava. Gemara is an option several days a week in the afternoons, and we offer two different classes on two different levels.

    Courses Offered
    A fuller sample weekly schedule is available on our website: http://www.mevaseret.org/mmy

    Daily Schedule
    A fuller sample weekly schedule is available on our website: http://www.mevaseret.org/mmy

    Language of Instruction
    Approximately half of the teaching is in English, and half in Hebrew. Ability to understand a shiur in basic Hebrew is a requirement; we use English when necessary to enhance understanding and in classes where free-exchange of ideas would be impeded by teaching in Hebrew.

    Ulpan or Hebrew Class

    As noted above, many of our classes are taught in Hebrew. Also, most of the Chessed opportunities are also in Hebrew. With the proper motivation, a student can learn to speak Hebrew fluently during her year in MMY.

    Assessment and Grading

    Each course has either a final exam or a project at the end of each semester. Students receive transcripts at the end of the semester.

    Shana Bet

    We have a Shana Bet program, which typically numbers approximately 10 students per year. Some stay for one semester, some for the full year.

    Joint Program

    We have joint programs with Yeshiva University, Touro College and the Hebrew Theological College of Skokie, IL.
    Staff

    Full faculty list is available on our website: http://www.mevaseret.org/mmy

     Our Em Bayit lives in the neighborhhood. She visits the dormitory on a daily basis, and her home is always open to MMY students.

    Extra-Curricular Activities
    Interaction with Israelis
    We encourage our students to visit different communities, and take them to as many different communities (and different types of communities) as possible during the year. We strongly emphasize the importance of remaining informed of current events and the latest political/diplomatic developments; these affect the future of Am Yisrael!

    Special Informal programs
    We have guest speakers periodically, and various special events to mark special occasions.

    Sports Facilities
    There is an all women's gym in the nearby vicinity.

    Programming for Shabbat and Yom Tov
    We have 'in' shabbatot or shabbatonim approximately once every three weeks. Optional programming is available during Sukkot and Pesach vacations, according to interest. On Rosh Hashana, the entire Yeshiva is together in MMY. We make sure that students have suitable places for all shabbatot and chagim. In addition, our dormitory does not close at all during the school year.

    Field Trips
    We have three major multi-day tiyulim throughout the school year, and half- or full-day tiyulim every few weeks. We view these as integral parts of our educational program.
    Eligibility
    Level of Learning Offered
    Advanced - able to independently learn Mefarshim on Chumash, Shulchan Arukh, etc.

    Hebrew Knowledge Required
    Advanced - as we study primary texts in their original.

    Religious Observance Required
    A full commitment to shmirat Torah U'mitzvot is a prerequisite.
    Population
    Type of Student
    Our students come from over twenty communities across the United States and Canada, England, Europe, Australia and South Africa.

    Overall Number of Students (Kollel, Israeli, Foreign)
    80-100

    Foreign Student Percentage
    100% (we do not have an Israeli program)

    Number of 1st Year American Students
    75

    Number of 2nd Year American Students
    Generally 10-20

    Other Nationalities
    Yes

    Number of Students per Class
    Average class size is 15 students, but it varies widely as students are allowed to choose their own classes.
    Accommodations
    Living Quarters
    The dormitories for Shana Aleph students are in the same building as the bet midrash and the classrooms. They are set up as apartments housing 8-15 students each (2-4 in each room). Each room has its own full bathroom(most are en suite) and each apartment has a full (dairy) kitchen. A meat kitchen is available downstairs in our dining room. 

    Availability of Private Kitchen Facilities
    Each apartment has a full (dairy) kitchen. A meat kitchen is available on the main floor of the dormitory. The dining room is in an adjacent building.

    Facility use during Shabbat and Yom Tov
    The dormitory never closes. We are all together for Rosh Hashana and Shavout.

    Curfew
    We have a curfew which is strictly monitored. Students must provide us with the name and phone numbers of the family they are with when they leave for a free Shabbat, or at any other time.

    Security Arrangements
    Our dormitory is always kept locked, and has a security guard at night. All school trips follow standard security procedures. We constantly monitor changing developments in the situation, and provide detailed guidance to both students and parents in real-time. We are in close email contact with parents.
    History
    Michlelet Mevaseret Yerushalayim (MMY) is an institution of advanced women's Torah education with a unique approach that has made it one of the foremost options for English-speaking post-high school students in Israel. MMY students are a small, select and diverse group of Bnot Torah from across the United States, Canada, England and other countries. They come to MMY to study Torah on the highest academic level in an environment uniquely suited to growth in Yirat Shamayim, intellectual stimulation and an intense Eretz Yisrael experience. MMY is a branch of Mevaseret Institutions, and is located in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Baka.
    Accrediting Universities
    Michlelet Mevaseret Yerushalayim is a Yeshiva University S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program School. There is a joint program with Touro College and the Hebrew Theological College of Skokie, IL.
    Tuition

    Our tuition is 89,750 shekel 

    Additional Information
    No information provided
    Contact Information

    Michlelet Mevaseret Yerushalayim

    US

    500 West Burr Blvd.

    Suite #47

    Teaneck, NJ 07666

    To call US direct:

    Phone: (212) 444-1657

    Fax: (917) 793-1047

    Israel 

    Rabbi David Katz

    Derech Chevron 60

    Baka, Jerusalem 93513

    Phone: (02) 652-7257

    Fax: (02) 652-7162

    Email: office@mmy.org.il  

    www.mevaseret.org/mmy  

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