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    My Year at a Small Seminary

    When Riva Goldwasser was rejected from a Chabad girls seminary in Israel she was floored. But her year turned out just fine (in Florida). Full Story

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    CAS 2010
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    CAS 2010

    the back of my head looks beautiful!

    well written, Riva!

    Montrealer
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    Montrealer

    Many have had this experience at the Chaya Aydel Seminary and it is nice to read about it black on white,
    thank you Riva for taking the time to write it

    WOW
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    WOW

    i just got a rejection letter, its good to see there is a light at the end of the tunnel. israel sem is not the be all and end all, thank you for highlighting this

    so nice!
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    so nice!

    Glad u had a great year!!

    Guest

    Riva. Thanx for having the courage to write this. I’ll really take it to heart.

    wow!
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    wow!

    riiiiiiiiiiiivaa!!!! I dont even know where to begin… !!! truth is i have so much to say right now so all im gonna say is shhhhhh shhhhh and save the rest for later 😉

    your bestest friend forever and ever,

    sincerely,
    uknowwho 😉

    riva!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    riva!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    nachas nachas nachas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    CAS Alum
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    CAS Alum

    Yup, same story with me. I had an amazing year in CAS- the Lebovics are incredible people!!!

    To my BFF
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    To my BFF

    that is sooooo special…

    'riva
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    'riva

    your a brave, and very wise young lady. and absolutely right!

    My sister had a similar experience.
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    My sister had a similar experience.

    I’m happy that someone finally had the courage to step up and expose the good (and not so good) about the sem situation. As a Girls High School teacher myself I can attest to the enormous pressures that the girls are under to get accepted into a “real” seminary; you know those ELITIST ones in Israel… I have felt for a very long time that it’s tremendously overblowen and causes the girls (and their parents) MUCH unecessary agony and worry. Is it all that it’s made out to be? I don’t know. What I could tell you is that this… Read more »

    riva goldwasser, a true aidel
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    riva goldwasser, a true aidel

    The courage that went into this. i am at a loss of words

    classmate!!!
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    classmate!!!

    RIVA its beautifull!!!!!!!:) Mrs N. classes really paid off:)

    Chaya- A seminary student 5771
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    Chaya- A seminary student 5771

    WOW! Riva, i must say, this article is INCREDIBLE!!! every word of it, i can relate in every way. Yasher Koach! …im really going to miss the Hallandale community, Staff and Sem-mates…Im really happy i chose this seminary, i had an amazing experience, Thanks to the most devoted staff, the Lebovics, Tennenhauses, Schwarts and Feiners! Kol Hakavod!

    Reuven Arazi
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    Reuven Arazi

    Nice job Riva,
    you write better artciles than me 🙂
    congratssss!!!

    proud high school teacher
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    proud high school teacher

    Riva, what a brave and heart-felt article. You have truly done a service for other high school girls by demonstrating that there are other wonderful seminaries available, and that it is a student’s choice to have a wonderful year in whichever seminary she finds herself. Kudos to the principals and staff of Chaya Aydel Seminary for providing such an incredible level of caring as well as a quality education that is clearly very meaningful for your lucky students. Heart warming all around!

    Delie
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    Delie

    טוב מעוד

    go riva!
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    go riva!

    you show the world how to make the best out of every situation! keep it upppppppppppp!!!!!!!!!!!

    wow!
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    wow!

    very special

    wow
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    wow

    that sounds so nice

    riva
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    riva

    so impressed by this article, well done for sharing this experience, this sounds like a great sem,a nd im glad hashem guided you to florida

    cas student
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    cas student

    i was a cas student in the past the article is truly on the mark great job riva

    chaya aydel
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    chaya aydel

    I am so glad that my daughther went to Chaya Aydel Sem
    I have no words to thank all the Rabbis and teachers for the outstanding care given to her
    The learning was very good, they made very nice trips ,they had great meals, farbrengens ,Shabbatons,Concerts,Outreach activities
    I highly recommend Chaya Aidel Sem to everyone!!!

    grateful
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    grateful

    My daughter had the priviledge to be a part of ca seminary this year. It was a year she will look back on with joy-as will we as parents.The administration and hanhola led by Yossi and Chani Lebovic provide outstanding role models, infuse the atmosphere with positivity and provide an environment where growth is encouraged and nurtured.This seminary need not be considered a good ‘second’ choice-it is first rate and sets a standard many chabad instititions could hope to emulate!

    Riva
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    Riva

    Thnx so much for writing this im really glad to have met you and you added so much to the seminary

    completely agree!
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    completely agree!

    CAS was the best year of my life, no doubt! I am glad it is still around and going strong! Rabbi and mrs lebovics, thanks for everything u do! Its an honor to say I am a chaya aydel alumnus! This article is right on! Kol hakavod

    Amazing Girl
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    Amazing Girl

    I LOVE YOU RIVA !!!!!!!!!!!!

    Hi ;)
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    Hi ;)

    Small seminary with a big heart! Riva so glad to meet u there u r amazing wonderful girl ! Thanks CAS and thanks to all the Chabad of Hallandale we gonna miss u. Good job Riva.

    grateful mom
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    grateful mom

    As the mother of a Chaya Aydel alumna I could not agree more with Riva’s thoughtful assessment. Yasher Koyach to the wonderful and caring hanhala and staff at the seminary and to this student for speaking up and sharing her mature perspective with others!

    Chaya Aidel Seminary
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    Chaya Aidel Seminary

    After reading Riva’s letter and the comments that were sent in I must say that it gives me much pride and nachas that my child is on the staff of the seminary. Rabbi Rafi and Goldie Tennenhaus ,Yossi and Chani Lebovics, Rabbi Mordy and Itty Feiner , Schwartzs …………….really are a caring , devoted Hanhala for all !!!

    i agree
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    i agree

    as a former cas student i can say that if what you are looking for is a good seminary and not a year stay in israel then the chaya aydel seminary is where you want to be.

    Wow
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    Wow

    The pressure to get into israel is big. But for what? I have two friends that are went to seminary this year, one to Florida and one to israel . The one in Israel did not change. She is still a chassidishe girl but the one I really saw a difference in is the one that wentto Florida . So if your looking to really grow buruchnius then don’t give into the pressure of going to where all of your friends are going but to somewhere you will actually grow.

    A Proud and Pleased Parent says...
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    A Proud and Pleased Parent says...

    A Big Yasher Koach to all of the hanhala, mechanchim and madrichim of CAS. You provided a superbly balanced staff and program that brought out the best in my child. In retrospect (which is always 20/20) this was the RIGHT choice. I cannot express my gratefulness to CAS. May you continue to be zocheh to bring out the potential in our yiddishe techter, a peulah that doesn’t end when seminary does…it is a peulah nimsheches that continues in the next generations that your mushpoim bring up. Hatzlacha Rabbah!!!

    must mention
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    must mention

    Mrs Rivky Geisinsky joined the staff this year
    absolutely amazing!

    riva!!!
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    riva!!!

    wow riva…..continue to be an inspiration to all of us! we love you!

    Mesiras nefesh
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    Mesiras nefesh

    I cannot believe how much you have grown. The Rebbe must be so proud of you. Thank you for being a דוג מחיה to all.

    best teacher!!!!!!!!!!
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    best teacher!!!!!!!!!!

    Rabbi Kudan is the best teacher!!!!!!

    to #36
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    to #36

    the correct words are Dugma Chaya!

    chaya aydel alumni
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    chaya aydel alumni

    I may have attended chaya aydel a few years ago- but you described it very well!

    Well done Reva
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    Well done Reva

    We love you and your beautiful family.We know firsthand that CA Sem cares about each individual and excels at bringing out the best.So happy you had a great year.Its great to know that going to CA sem you can have an even better experience.

    ur fellow pgher
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    ur fellow pgher

    go riva!!!!go pittsburgh 4eva!:)

    junac101
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    junac101

    My daughter also got rejected by the sem she applied for in israel. She was very hurt and thought her world had come to an aend.(The excuse was lack of space).
    Because of this she had the best experience of her life in a smaller sem elswere outside of israel albeit not chaya eidel.
    So never lose heart.even if you are not one of the Metsuyanim there is always something out vthere for you. Gam zu latova.

    riva
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    riva

    what could i say
    just keep it up, showing the world what a true chasidishe maidel should be

    GOOD JOB!!
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    GOOD JOB!!

    GO RIVA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    great job
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    great job

    go riva!!

    mazel tov rabbi and mrs. lebovics
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    mazel tov rabbi and mrs. lebovics

    mazel tov rabbi and mrs. lebovics on the birth of your baby girl may you have much naches from her and all your children.

    riva
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    riva

    keep up the good work!!!!

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