The new school year at Machon L’Yahadus started bright and early Tuesday morning with a choice of Tanya or Maamer. Twenty of last year’s students have returned for a second year and 20 new students – so far – are committed to pursuing full-time Torah study.
The 8:30 am Chassidus class is a favorite part of the day for most of the students, many of whom are delving into serious Torah study for the first time in their lives. Machon L’Yahadus, a full-time women’s baalas teshuva yeshiva in the heart of Crown Heights, Brooklyn, is headed by Rabbi Shloma Majeski.
At the orientation, after blowing shofar, Rabbi Majeski introduced the school’s faculty, including new staff member Mrs. Shterna Rodal, who will be teaching Jewish Home, Chumash skills and will serve as a mentor to the students. Joining the staff this year also are Mrs. Goldie Gansburg who will teach Chumash and Miss Goldie Blank who will teach Navi.
Leah, a returning student from California who received her Math Education degree from Humboldt State University, shared, “I wanted to come back for a second year because I felt I have additional areas to grow in. And this year I moved into the dorm to be more part of the Machon L’Yahadus family.”
Yael of Virginia, a new student, came to Machon L’Yahadus after a year at Machon Alte in Sfat. “Even though I went to a full year of seminary last year, I still feel I need to learn more.”
Liron originally came to the United States from Israel on an artist visa. She settled in Manhattan to pursue her passion of singing and acting. Just three months ago she realized that Judaism is something that she is also passionate about and she is taking time off from her career to study full-time. “I’m studying at Machon L’Yahadus to give myself the chance to learn and to get answers so I can make some real and meaningful decisions for the future.”
“We work closely with Rabbi Zalman and Chaya Schurder, yeshiva student advisors at Chabad on Campus and directors of the Lamdeini initiative, throughout the recruitment and application process of new students for our various programs, including our full-time yeshiva, Winter Program and Taste of Yeshiva,” says Mrs. Yehudis Cohen, assistant principal.
Snacks and healthy lunches are a staple of each school day. The dorm on President street is under the direction of Rabbi Mordechai and Chana Nemni and delicious just-like-homemade dinner are prepared by Mrs. Smadar Benchayon.
Machon L’Yahadus offers a core curriculum that includes textual studies, skills classes and traditional one-on-one (chevrusa-style) learning as well as lectures and workshops. By the end of the first year, a full-time student will have mastered the basics of Jewish life, Jewish law and Jewish living.
Classes are in session from 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. daily Monday through Thursday and Friday until noon. Parallel classes are taught on two levels; beginners and advanced, with the Chumash skills class taught on three levels.
This year’s students hail from throughout the U.S., including Hawaii, Florida, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Arizona, California, Virginia, as well as Canada, Israel, Brazil, Venezuela, Australia, Russia, and Ukraine.
Machon L’Yahadus, located at 825 Eastern Parkway, is division of NCFJE and Rabbi Yitzhak Hecht, shaliach of the Rebbe in Ulster County, New York, is the executive director of the school.
For more information visit the school’s website at womensyeshiva.org, call 718-552-2422, or email Mrs. Yehudis Cohen at [email protected]