• Guide to Israel Schools

  • Midreshet Lindenbaum—S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program

  • Goal of the Program

    a) to promote a love of Torah
    b) to provide the skills necessary to translate that love into a life dedicated to Torah learning and mitzva observance
    c) to strengthen our student’s connection and sense of responsibility to Am Yisrael and Eretz Yisrael

    Hashkafa

    Goal of Program
    a) to promote a love of Torah
    b) to provide the skills necessary to translate that love into a life dedicated to Torah learning and mitzva observance
    c) to strengthen our student’s connection and sense of responsibility to Am Yisrael and Eretz Yisrael Attitude towards Israel and Medinat Yisrael
    We are proud that we present a Zionist message. It is not only Eretz Yisrael but also Medinat Yisrael that forms a significant part of our Jewish identity. We feel blessed to be living in an era that we consider atchalta d'geulah. On Yom Ha'Atzmaut there is true celebration. Equally important we take the students to Har Herzl on Yom Hazikaron to be part of Klal Yisrael not only in times of joy but in times of collective sorrow.

    Attitude towards University Studies

    Most of our students attend either Ivy League universities (e.g. Columbia, University of Pennsylvania) or schools with large active Jewish communities (e.g. Brandeis, University of Maryland) upon completion of their year at Midreshet Lindenbaum. Approximately 20% percent go to Stern College each year. We emphasize the importance of being koveah itim wherever they may be. For the vast majority of our students secular studies is a given. The issue is not -what will you study- but rather -how will you live?

    Attitude towards Extracurricular Activities

    Our students are encouraged to develop themselves in ways which complement their Torah learning.  In particular, Tuesday afternoons are devoted to Chessed or Jerusalem U, a pro-Israel advocacy training program.  

    Midreshet Darkaynu, a program for developmentally disabled young women, is an integral part of the Midrasha.  Many of our students choose to learn b’chevruta with the Darkaynu students, or to participate in Darkaynu’s annual musical production.  Several times a year we sponsor school-wide chessed projects, often based on student initiatives. 


    Preparations Towards Israel

    Our Halakha curriculum places a strong emphasis on empowering our students to live Halakhic lives on campus and beyond.  Our faculty remains in constant contact with our alumnae and their questions and experiences inform the topics that we address throughout the year.   

    Jerusalem U, our Israel advocacy program, challenges our students by exposing them to the heart of the Israel-Arab conflict through lectures, encounters with diverse communities and off-the-beaten-track field trips.  This open and comprehensive approach enables our students to become intelligent and passionate advocates for Israel on their college campuses. 

    Finally, towards the end of the year, we sponsor a series of “Back to the Future” events.  Topics discussed include relating to parents, relating to non-Jews and non-religious Jews, Jewish leadership on campus, advocating Israel's cause, aseh lecha rav, marriage and family, and an aliya panel..

    The "Successful" Student

    There is no one mold. We hope that our students will be religiously committed wives and mothers, involved in their Jewish communities. We hope that they will find personal fulfillment in the path of their choice, as career women, homemakers, educators, professional volunteers, or any combination of the above.

    Dress

    The school's dress code reflects accepted rabbinic standards of tzniut. Skirts must cover the knees even when sitting and slits in skirts may not go above the knee. The neckline must be appropriate and sleeves much reach the elbow. No more than two earrings in each ear and certainly no other body piercing.

    Guidance Personnel

    We strongly believe that the relationships that our students form with teachers, administrators, etc. will be one of the most significant elements of their year in Israel. Each student has a Ram, a full-time teacher assigned to a specific group of students. Our faculty is diverse and there are many role models to relate to. Our dorm parents live in the building and provide a warm, comfortable, additional resource. The madrichot are college graduates who live in the dorm and are always there to provide friendship, support, and information. The rakazot, young married women who are wonderful role models, are available to speak to students and learn with them in the beit midrash. In addition we have a professional guidance person on staff available to speak to students at their request or at the suggestion of one of the teachers or madrichot.

    Supervision

    Rules at Midreshet Lindenbaum are directed to helping students develop responsible adult behaviors. Students must sign into the building no later than 12:30pm. Attendance is carefully monitored. There is a zero tolerance policy for alcohol.

    Curriculum

    Makeup

    Most classes at Midreshet Lindenbaum are comprised of frontal classroom teaching plus chavruta learning in the beit midrash in approximately equal components. This is, in our opinion, the defining and unique element of our program. It is not only the acquisition of knowledge but of skills that is of paramount importance. There is a limit to the knowledge you can acquire in one year, but skills open up limitless possibilities for the future.    

    The curriculum aims to expose students to every aspect of Torah:

    Three mornings per week (total: 10 hours) Gemara
    Two mornings per week (total 6 hours) - Torah

    Two afternoons per week (total: 5 hours)- Halacha 
    Two afternoons per week (total: 5 hours)- Nach

    Two evenings per week (total: 4 hours)- choice of Bkiut class
    (Gemara, Tanach, or Machshava)

    Two evenings per week (total: 4 hours)- Beit Midrash

    Two hours per week: Women and Halacha 

    At each given time there are four parallel shiurim on different levels. Students choose classes based on level and language of instruction.

     

    Students who would like to combine the advantages of learning with Israelis with the care of an overseas program may participate in our Tochnit Tamar.  Students in this program spend between a third and half of their week integrated into classes with Lindenbaum’s Israeli program.

    Courses Offered

    The core curriculum consists of classes in Gemara, Torah, Nach, Halakha, Machshava, and Women and Halakha.  In addition, students may also choose from a variety of elective courses in Jewish Philosophy (Kuzari, Rambam, Chassidut, Rav Kook, the Rav), Jewish History (Zionism, History of the Holocaust), and Contemporary Halakic Issues.  There is a daf yomi shiur during the lunch breaks and Rav Menachem Liebtag offers an intensive Tanach Seminar one evening a week (5:00-10:00pm).  

     

    Students who choose to participate in our Tochnit Ora make weekly visits to the homes of guest speakers, alternating between Midreshet Lindenbaum faculty and other Torah scholars in the greater Jerusalem area, where they have an opportunity to learn from and about these Torah personalities.  Speakers have included Dr.Yael Ziegler, Rabbi Chaim Brovender, Rabbanit Malka Bina, and Rav Elchanan Samet.  


    Daily Schedule

    8:30 – 12:30 Morning Seder – Chavruta time and Shiur (Gemara or Torah)

    12:30 – 2:30 Lunch Break

    2:30 – 5:00 Afternoon Seder – Chavruta time and Shiur (Nach or Halakha)

    5:00 – 7:00 Elective classes

    8:00 – 10:00 Night Seder

     

    Tefilla takes places daily in our Beit Midrash, usually with a minyan on Rosh Chodesh and fast days. 

    Tuesday afternoons are dedicated to chessed or Jerusalem U, our Israel advocacy program.

    Night seders are a mix of chavruta time, bkiut shiurim (twice a week), and an intensive Torah seminar.

    Daf Yomi is offered during the lunch breaks and Thursday night mishmar runs late into the night with a diverse selection of guest speakers.

    Language of Instruction
    English and Hebrew

    Ulpan or Hebrew Class

    We do not offer Ulpan.

    Assessment and Grading

    Transcripts are provided to all students upon request. Grades are based on attendance, participation, and advancement in comprehension, skills, knowledge, etc. There are review sessions but no written exams.

    Shana Bet

    We encourage Shana Bet. Nevertheless, our Shana Bet program is relatively small. Most of our students attend colleges where they receive no credit for study in Israel and it is extremely difficult for them to commit to a second year. Most of the students who do stay Shana Bet continue at Stern College where they can receive credit for a year and a half of study.

    Joint Program

    Midreshet Lindenbaum is one of many programs affiliated with the Joint Israel Program at Yeshiva University/Stern College.

    Staff

    Rabbi Shlomo Riskin is the Dean of Ohr Torah Institutions and Midreshet Lindenbaum

    Rav Shlomo Brown is the Menahel

    Rav Tuvia Kaplan is the Mashgiach Ruchani

    Tova Rhein is the Director of the Overseas Program

    The Ramim / Senior Faculty members are Mrs. Nomi Berman, Rav David Brofsky, Rav Yoel Finkelman, Mrs. Sally Mayer, and Mrs. Shani Taragin.

    Other faculty members include: Rav Yitzchak Blau, Mrs. Ora Derovan, Rav Yonatan Emmett, Mrs. Cheryl Frankel-Burnat, Mrs. Inbar Gabay-Zada, Rav Shmuel Klitsner, Ms. Sefi Kraut, Rav Menachem Leibtag, Mrs. Adina Mann, Rav Jonathan Mishkin, Rav Yoni Rosensweig, Dr. Tamar Ross, Rav Ari Shvat, Mrs. Davina Wanderer-Kriel, Rav Aharon Wexler, Mrs. Alisa Zimmerman.

    Extra-Curricular Activities

    Interaction with Israelis

    Midreshet Lindenbaum’s Tochnit Tamar offers students an opportunity to create a life-long kesher with Israeli peers.  Students in the program may choose to dorm and integrate into classes with Lindenbaum’s Israeli program. Even for students who do not choose this option, the Overseas Program shares a building and a beit midrash with our Israeli Program providing a daily opportunity for meaningful interaction. 

    Some of our students choose to volunteer with Israeli families, and others are exposed to various Israeli personalities in the context of our Israel Advocacy program.  In addition, students are encouraged to visit family and friends throughout the country on free Shabbatot. We encourage our students to read the newspaper and follow Israeli news on relevant websites.   

    Special Informal programs

    There are programs and speakers relating to calendar events - chagim, Yom Hashoa, etc. There are chagigot (or other programming) for Rosh Chodesh and for Yom Ha'Atzmaut. Our students are in Meron on Lag Ba'Omer and participate in the Rikud HaDegalim on Yom Yerushaliam. In addition we invite special guest speakers to address the students on various topics of interest. Among the speakers we have invited are Dr. Gerald Schroeder (Genesis and the Big Bang), Robby Berman of the Halachic Organ Donor Society, Rav Hanoch Teller, Rav Vitman (the Rav of Tnuva) and a shatnes expert.

    Sports Facilities

    Midreshet Lindenbaum has a fully equipped exercise room with treadmills and an elliptical machine


    Programming for Shabbat and Yom Tov

    We spend Shabbat together as a community approximately 12 times a year.  Sometimes students enjoy spending Shabbat together at our home-away-from-home facilities, and at other times we travel to Tzfat, Shadmot Mechola, Sderot, or  Gush Etzion.  Several times a year the students are hosted as a group in the homes and communities of our faculty. We daven and learn together in school on Yom Kippur and Shavuot.  Additionally, there are several optional Shabbatot both in and out of school. The dormitory is always open (including out Shabbatot and vacation times) with either a madricha or the av and em bayit present. 

    On free Shabbatot, the madrichot will arrange places with faculty members, at the homes of Israeli students, or with Anglo-Saxon olim as per the request of the student. Most of our students either travel home for Pesach or participate in the Tochnit Nissan program of Bnei Akiva.


    Field Trips

    At Midreshet Lindenbaum we believe that each step you take strengthens your everlasting connection to Eretz Yisrael.  There are three three-day tiyulim, one south and two north. These contain both fun hikes (eg. Yehudia) and a Tanach or historical component (eg. Gilboa, Zippori). We also have several one-day tiyulim in the Jerusalem area (Kotel Tunnels, Southern Wall, Yad Vashem, Emek Ha'Elah, Givat Hatachmoshet, etc.) 

    Eligibility
    Level of Learning Offered
    Intermediate and Advanced

    Hebrew Knowledge Required
    Intermediate

    Religious Observance Required
    Students must be fully committed to Shmirat Torah u'Mitzvot
    Population
    Type of American Student
    Greater New York Metropolitan Area: 35

    Others from the United States and Canada: 18

    New York / New Jersey Schools: Bruriah, Frisch, HAFTR, Kushner, Maayanot, Ramaz, SAR, SKA, Yeshiva of Flatbush, Yeshiva University High School for Girls

    Others (United States and Canada):
    Baltimore (Beth Tfiloh), Boca Raton (Weinbaum), Boston (Maimonides), Chicago (Ida Crown)
    Cleveland (Fuchs Mizrachi), Detroit (Akiva and Metro Detroit)
    Hartford (Hebrew Academy of New England), Los Angeles (YULA and Shalhevet)
    Miami (Hebrew Academy), Philadelphia (Kohelet)
    San Diego (Hebrew High School), Seattle (Northwest Yeshiva High School)
    Silver Spring (Melvin J. Berman)

    Overall Number of Students (Kollel, Israeli, Foreign)
    180 

    Foreign Student Percentage
    50%

    Number of 1st Year American Students
    60

    Number of 2nd Year American Students
    No information provided

    Other Nationalities
    England, Europe, Australia: 8. There is an Israeli program of approximately 80 students (30 post high school and 50 post sherut leumi/army) and a program for students from South America.

    Number of Students per Class
    No information provided
    Accommodations

    Living Quarters
    Midreshet Lindenbaum is housed in the former Zohar Hotel. The second and third floors of the building are dormitory suites. Each suite has two rooms of two, a bathroom and kitchenette with a refrigerator, electric burners and a large toaster-type oven. All students fill out a roommate questionnaire and may choose their own roommate but no more than two students from the same high school are placed in the same suite. Students may have guests with the permission of their roommates and the approval of the em bayit.

    Availability of Private Kitchen Facilities
    Each suite has two rooms of two, a kitchenette with a refrigerator, electric burners and a large toaster-type oven.

    Facility use during Shabbat and Yom Tov
    The dormitory is open throughout the year including Shabbatot and vacation periods. A madricha or the em bayit are always present.

    Curfew
    Students must sleep in the dorm every night other than Friday night, The curfew is 12:30 am. 

    Security Arrangements
    There is a 24 hour armed security guard. A closed circuit television surveys the entire perimeter of the property. The front door is locked at all times. The students know the code to open the door. The school does not issue its own travel advisories but does inform the students of any special alert that is announced to the public. We ask parents to discuss with their daughters (before their arrival in Israel) their specific comfort boundaries- where they may travel, how (bus, taxi) they may travel etc. We discuss these issues with students and parents throughout the year. In case of a terrorist incident there is an immediate SMS to students and e-mail is sent to the parent body assuring them of their daughter's safety.

    History
    Midreshet Lindenbaum (originally known as Bruria) was founded in 1978. It was the first women's program to promote chavruta Torah study and is currently the largest women's beit midrash program in the world.

    The school is located in the quiet residential area of Talpiot, Jerusalem.
    Accrediting Universities
    Midreshet Lindenbaum is a Yeshiva University S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program School.
    Tuition

    Tuition for the 2014-2015 academic year is 90,000 Israeli shekel. All students are entitled to a $1000 grant from Masa.

    Midreshet Lindenbaum offers need-based financial aid.

    Additional Information
    The uniqueness of Midreshet Lindenbaum is apparent in our approach to learning and in our approach to our students. As we mentioned above, we are not concerned only with the amount information that a student acquires. It is important to us that she become an active partner in the learning process, that she experiences true Torah lishma. In addition, it is important to us that she learns the skills and acquires the love of Torah that will insure that she didn't just learn for a year, but in that year she learned how to learn for the rest of her life.

    As far as our students- we trust them. We respect their judgment, their ability, their seriousness of purpose. Our experience shows that they respond with respect, good judgment, and a serious approach to learning. Moreover, they develop the confidence and maturity that will enable them to take part in the collective mission.
    Contact Information

    Midreshet Lindenbaum

    US

    Mrs. Bea Roth

    49 W. 45th St., Suite 701

    New York, N.Y. 10036

    Phone: (212) 935-8672

    Fax: (212) 935-8683

    Email: broth@otsny.org  


    Israel

    Mrs. Tova Rhein

    Rechov Leib Yafe 51

    Jerusalem 93390

    Phone: (02) 671-0043

    Fax: (02) 671-0144

    Email: ml@ots.org.il  

    www.midreshet-lindenbaum.org.il  

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