• 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. For instance, there is no bed check but 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
    Three mornings per week (total: 11 hours) Gemara
    Two mornings per week (total 7 hours) - Torah

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

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

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

    Two hours per week: Women and Halacha

    Courses Offered
    Gemara, Torah, Halacha / Machshava, Nach, Women and Halacha

    Daily Schedule
    Three mornings per week (total: 11 hours) Gemara
    Two mornings per week (total 7 hours) - Torah

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

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

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

    Two hours per week: Women and Halacha

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

    5:00 - 7:00 pm (Sun, Mon, Wed, Thurs): Optional Elective Classes
    Jewish Philosophy (Kuzari, Rambam, Chassidut, Mussar, Rav Kook, the Rav)
    Jewish History (Zionism, History of the Holocaust),
    Parshat HaShavua, Contemporary Halachic Issues
    One evening a week (5:00-10:00pm): optional intensive Tanach Seminar

    Most classes (other than the one hour electives) 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 Midreshet Lindenbaum. It is not only the acquisition of knowledge but of skills that is of paramount importance. One is finite, the other provides limitless possibilities for the future.

    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 Executive Administrator

    Rav Tuvia Kaplan is the Mashgiach Ruchani

    Tova Rhein is the Director of the Overseas Program.

    Shani Taragin is the Rosh Beit Midrash.

    The Ramim are: Mrs. Nomi Berman, Rav David Brofsky, Rav Yoel Finkelman, Mrs. Sally Mayer, and Rav Joshua Schreier.

    Other faculty members include: Rav Yitzchak Blau, Rav Jonathan Duker, Rav Dovid Fink, Rav Shmuel Klitsner, Efrat Koslovsky, Channa Lockshin-Bob, Rav Menachem Leibtag, , Rav Jonathan Mishkin, Rav Daniel Reifman, Dr. Tamar Ross, Rav Ari Shvat, Rav Aharon Wexler, Rav Morrie Wruble.
    Extra-Curricular Activities
    Interaction with Israelis
    The Overseas Program at Midreshet Lindenbaum shares a building and a beit midrash with our Israeli Program providing a daily opportunity for meaningful interaction. Classes in the Israeli program are open to overseas students. A second important vehicle for interaction is our Chesed program.

    We have Shabbatot together in Tzfat, Shadmot Mechola, Yerucham, Kibbutz Ein Zurim, Poriya, and Gush Etzion. In addition, students are encouraged to visit family and friends throughout the country on free Shabbatot.

    We encourage our students to read the newspaper (The Jerusalem Post is delivered to the building on a daily basis) and listen to the radio (The times of English language news broadcasts are posted). We ask them, however, not to attend rallies or political demonstrations. That is a privilege reserved for those who choose to live here.

    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
    No information provided

    Programming for Shabbat and Yom Tov
    There are six or seven Shabatot together outside of school and another two or three in-school. There are two Shabbatot that student spend in the communities of their Ramim. 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. The difference is that on an optional Shabbat we will provide food and an additional faculty member will be present. Shavuot is spent together in school and we are together at Kibbutz Ein Zurim for Yom Kippur.

    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. We offer an optional tiyul during the Succot break and an exceptional trip to Poland at the beginning of the Pesach vacation. Most of our students either travel home for Pesach or participate in the Tochnit Nissan program of Bnei Akiva.

    Field Trips
    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: 40

    Others from the United States and Canada: 35

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

    Others (United States and Canada):
    Baltimore (Beth Tfiloh), 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 (Akiba)
    San Diego (Hebrew High School), Seattle (Northwest Yeshiva High School)
    Silver Spring (Melvin J. Berman)

    Overall Number of Students (Kollel, Israeli, Foreign)
    165

    Foreign Student Percentage
    51%

    Number of 1st Year American Students
    75

    Number of 2nd Year American Students
    No information provided

    Other Nationalities
    England, Europe, Australia: 10. There is an Israeli program of approximately 80 students (30 post high school and 50 post sherut leumi/army)

    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
    No information provided

    Curfew
    No information provided

    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

    The tuition for the 2012-2013 academic year is $23,500 as

    follows:

    $3000 registration deposit directly to us 

    $1000 MASA 

    $19,500 - through SDA

    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: office@lind.org.il  

    www.midreshet-lindenbaum.org.il  

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