Thursday, January 10, 2019

We're Hiring

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Mayanot Institute of Jewish Studies
Job Description: Administrative Assistant, Afternoon Hours, (Part Time, 20-25 hrs /week)

The Mayanot Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem provides a highly academic education offering both short and long term Israel study programs for men and women.

Job Summary: The Mayanot head office is seeking an Administrative Assistant to manage the office, write material for our directors and handle duties for upper management. We are looking for an experienced and highly motivated individual who is efficient and comfortable being a self starter. The ability to multi-task, and manage administrative support. The ideal candidate for this job is a talented writer, is detail oriented and has an affinity for data management, is a good problem solver and organized.

Essential Responsibilities and Duties:
Include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
·         Writing letters, emails and marketing literature
·         Liaising with directors to handle requests and inquiries
·         Providing general support to visitors and office staff
·         Maintaining and updating the company database
·         Sending receipts and recording donations
·         Answering emails and directing phone calls
·         Fulfilling transcript requests

Qualifications and Skills:
·         Proven experience as an administrative assistant
·         Exceptional writing and communication skills
·         Attention to detail and problem solving skills
·         Has a knack with people and is a team player
·         Excellent ability to prioritize work and take initiative
·         Strong organizational skills with the ability to multi-task
·         Ability to maintain a high level of accuracy and confidentiality
·         Proficiency in MS Office and Excel
·         Salesforce and Wordpress knowledge a plus
·         Fluent English and Hebrew speaker a plus

Please send your CV to:

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Help Mayanot Change Lives

Mayanot of Jerusalem raises higher Jewish education by raising $1.5 million for 100 scholarships "Now."
Mayanot Institute of Jewish Studies, the leader in higher Jewish education for both men and women, is launching a mega initiative right NOW! Centered in Jerusalem, the heart and soul of the world, Mayanot endeavors to touch the heart and soul of every Jew by offering the mind-blowing, divine wisdom of our 4000-year tradition, in a brilliant and life changing scholastic experience.

Right NOW, Mayanot is committed to removing the greatest barrier to entry -- funding. In a global campaign entitled MAYANOT NOW, Mayanot is raising $1.5 million to wholly (and holy) underwrite 100 full scholarships awarded to 100 committed yet financially challenged individuals.
A full academic year of Mayanot’s exquisite education runs at a cost of $23,000 to the school. After $8,000 of grants, the remaining cost is $15,000 per student.

Providing 100 full scholarships to 100 incredible students will shape the future of the Jewish world by inspiring 100 minds and igniting 100 souls to emulate their forefathers and foremothers NOW in today’s modern world.

We Jews are one family. We are responsible for one another. To achieve our monumental goal, we need you NOW.

By heavenly blessing, a group of generous individuals have committed $1M of the $1.5M for our 100 scholarships.

But on one condition: They will contribute their $1M only if Mayanot raises the remaining $500,000 in 36 hours starting NOW from individuals such as yourself (and your networks).

We need you for MAYANOT NOW. Visit to donate!

By giving to MAYANOT NOW you are giving much more than money. You are giving 100 Jews the gift of their tradition in education. Together, more than raising funds, we are raising higher Jewish education higher.

Thank you for giving to MAYANOT NOW. 

Watch our student Testimonials below:


Sunday, December 16, 2018

Alumni Spotlight: Yosef Garbow

(From Left: Alumni Yossi Hein and Yosef Garbow)

Aumni Spotlight: Featuring Yosef Garbow

I attended Mayanot for the year, starting in the fall of 2016 and I'm currently a sophomore at Baruch College, in New York City. 

I accomplished a lot during my year at Mayanot, and took away very valuable tools, especially from an academic standpoint. However, Mayanot taught me a lot more than just how to read a text, it taught me what it means to be a chassid. It gave me the tools to not only survive in a secular environment, but to thrive.  

My favorite part of the Mayanot program was definitely the chassidus classes. The breadth of knowledge I gained and the way that the rabbi's have really helped me get the most out of my learning. I have already experienced the benefits of taking the inspiration with me. 

Mayanot instills in you a desire to help other Jews connect to Judaism. The first time I did mivtzoim (mitzvah campaigns launched by the Lubavitcher Rebbe) was with a group of Mayanot guys in the shuk, since then I have become much more comfortable and excited about going out and wrapping tefillin on guys or helping them do a mitzvah: shaking the lulav and esrog, lighting chanukah candles, you name it!

My most memorable moment was renting a car with a couple other guys on Chanukah and driving around to different army bases near Chevron. Lighting the candles with the soldiers, on post, and handing out donuts was really an incredible and eye opening experience.  Mayanot promotes the value of doing kindness toward others and becoming a leader in your own way, and we were able to really embody that by going out and bringing joy to others. 

I really try to apply what I have learnt at Mayanot and take it with me. Having the opportunity to learn chassidus really impacted the way I see the world. I find it enriches my life, on a daily basis. I still remember a lot of the specific teachings from the rabbis that have left a lasting impact on me. In five years from now, I hope to have finished college and will hopefully continue to be an inspired Jew with all the tools I gained at Mayanot, to help me!

I would definitely go back to Mayanot and I have, twice already! I went back for my winter break, freshman year, and also for part of my summer break, last year. Every time I go, I learn something new and take a new skill away with me, as well as new friendships and lasting connections. I definitely recommend the program, for the long or short term options! 

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Exciting Building Updates

#WhatsWithTheBuilding?! Remember that catchphrase we unleashed last year during our $2,000,000 campaign? We remember it well and we thank you for participating in that campaign. Over the last three years, more than 4,600 donors came together to help us reach this moment. And we can't thank you enough. 

It was just a few years ago, in December, 2015 when you helped us raise more than $2.3 million to make the Mayanot World Center a reality. But you didn't stop there! A year later, you helped us raise just over $3,000,000. Thanks to you, today, we are on the brink of making history. 

(Rabbi Kasriel Shemtov, Executive Director, outside the Mayanot World Center)

So, here's where were holding. Thank G-d, we've been able to purchase the building for $9 million, located in a prime location in the center of Jerusalem. Our new property boasts well over double the space Mayanot currently occupies. 

With our building committee, made up of donors and board members from Israel and the USA, in place, we've pulled together a team of experts including our head architect Zvi Weinberger, project mangers Igal Kaptsan, Shlomo Chaimson and host of experts. This team will be tasked with seeing the project through to the end, when we will open the doors to the new Mayanot World Center, forever changing the Jerusalem landscape and the future for thousands of young Jews. 

Now, we are ready to put metal to the concrete as we plan to begin our renovations in February 2019! This new center, that is only being made possible by your support, will change the Jewish future for thousands, creating leaders in the Jewish community and beyond. We will inspire young adults to connect to their Jewish identities and give them the opportunity to connect to the land of Israel while exploring their history their heritage and their culture. To put it simply, We will be ensuring a rich and vibrant Jewish future. 

Pesach Mazal Tov's

May we only continue to celebrate simchas together.

Chana and Ahron Tzvi Altman had a baby boy 
Danielle and Boruch Conboy had a baby boy
Tammy and Issac Freidland had a baby boy
Rivka and Emmet Gilles had a baby girl
Marilia and David Gross had a baby boy
Jen and Moshe Hillel had a baby boy
Moriah and Shmulik Israel had a baby girl 
Rivka and Zalman Kogan had a baby boy
Chaya and Yosef Kurtz had a baby boy
Diklah and Yedidyah Lison had a baby boy 
Davida and Benyamin Murray had a baby boy
Rika and Erez Nagar had a baby boy
Illana and Ariel Nishli had a baby boy
Allison and Gabriel Sarbin had a baby girl
Erica and Zev Saunders had a baby boy
Devorah Malka and Yossi Tayer had a baby boy
Batya Liba and Shmuel Weiss had a baby boy
Joelle and Mordecai Wilshinsky had a baby girl
Yosefa and Benyamin  Wood-Isenberg had a baby girl

Shoshie Glass and Chanan Baer 
Mushkie Shemtov and Tzemach Chazzan
Rebecca Tabibi and Andrew Franco 
Cheli Levi and Samuel Joffe 
Sophia Brenner and Ariel Licht 
Tal Lopez and Paultiel Ratzenberg 
Stephanie Goldberg and Isak Rodikli
Chelsea Shaer and Yosef Yitzchak Sher
Esther Chaya Petrikovsky and Akiva Silberstein
Kayla Wold and Daniel Tamir
Tali Moore and Bradley Widower
Arielle Salsberg and Aron Zukerman 

Special Mazal Tov's:
  • Mazal Tov to our board members Karen and Yaakov Cohen on the birth of their grandson!
  • Mazal Tov to our Rosh Yeshivah, Rabbi Yisroel Noach Wichnin and his wife, who recently had a baby boy. 
  • Mazal Tov to Mendel Gestetner and his wife, Tikvah on the birth of their first daughter, Brana Shaina!

 (Wood-Isenberg Family)

(Altman Baby Boy) 

May you be comforted with the mourners of Zion!

We are saddened to announce the passing of:
  • Chaya Schurder's mother, Leba Chana (Eloise) Lubin, on the 30th of October. 
  • Moshe (Mark) Finkel's mother, on the 31st of October. 
  • Henry Valier's father, Bernard Valier-Grossmann, on the 10th of November
Baruch Dayan Ha'emetMay they all have an Aliyat Neshamah

Please email us to share your news!Send your Mazal Tov's to: 

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Alumni Spotlight: An interview with Marisa Belinfante

"As a woman in my late 20s who wanted to study Torah, I was hoping to find a safe & welcoming space where my age and life experiences were not only accepted, but celebrated. At Mayanot, I found that and so much more. The more I learned about Judaism, the more I learned about myself,  who I was, who I wanted to be, and how to get there"

When did you attend Mayanot and what are you up to now?
I initially attended Mayanot for the summer of 2016 and returned almost immediately in October 2016 for the full year program, until June 2017. I am currently working in Business Development at a Software company in Queens, NY.

What were the most valuable tools you took away from the program, academically and otherwise?   
My favorite part of the Mayanot program was living & learning with like minded women.
Learning how to learn- which means acquiring the skills and confidence to open up a traditional Jewish book with no English and feel that I can tackle it, which I never would have attempted prior to Mayanot, these textual skills are priceless to me.

How do you use what you have learnt at Mayanot to help you in your life since you left?
Mayanot reminded me to be respectful and mindful of all Jews no matter where they are in their Jewish journey. Each one of us is a gift from G-d, and living with so many different and inspiring women taught me that although we are all from different walks of life, we are all headed towards the same path of bringing light and love to this world.

Also, since leaving Mayanot I plan on running a strong Jewish home with a large & warm family, thanks to the skills and inspiration I gained, while there.

In terms of being a light and helping other people connect to Judaism, how do you see your Mayanot experience impacting you?
At Mayanot, we walked around with our heads held high as the staff and teachers constantly reminded us what powerful Jewish women we are. I continue to walk around feeling that way. All the confidence and growth I gained while at Mayanot has definitely stayed with me. I feel that confidence alone attracts people to find out what drives me, motivates me, and keeps me going. I find ways to relate to all Jews using Chassidus to infuse physical lives with spirituality.

If you could come back to Mayanot to learn, would you? 
Of course! 100 times yes! I dream about my full time learning opportunity often and miss Mayanot every day!

Sunday, November 25, 2018

A Trip of a Lifetime

Written by: Yaakov Greentblatt, current Mayanot student

The Mayanot Institute of Jewish Studies, created a special trip for the Post High School Program, this year. As part of the month of Elul, a group of students, myself included, went to Ukraine to visit the Kaverim (grave sites) of great luminaries and sages that have made a immense impact on Jewish history, including: the Bal Shem Tov, the Alter Rebbe, the Berditchever Rebbe and others.

The trip took place in the second week of the program and many of us saw it as an integral way to get to know each other and bond as a group, before the year began. We were set to learn about the many Chasidic masters whilst travelling around Ukraine. By gaining a deeper knowledge about these individuals great deeds and spiritual contributions, over the course of the trip, we would come to understand the history and evolution of Chassidism, the its connection to our own practices and textual learning.

We began after an early morning flight, journeying to Hadiach, to see the Alter Rebbe, the first Chabad Rebbe and author of the famed Chasidic book, ‘The Tanya’. There we had an amazing chassidus class by the river and at night a beautiful farbrengen (discourse) to prepare for the next day, Chai '18' Elul, the birthday of the Bal Shem Tov, the founder of Chassidus.

The next day, after going to the mikveh (ritual bath), praying in the Alter Rebbe’s shul and visiting the Ohel (burial site) we set off on our journey to Zhytomyr. We arrived very late there but were greeted by a beautiful dinner, prepared for us, at 1am filled with different meats and salads. It was an amazing experience to be there and have such wonderful hospitality.

The next day we were able to visit the market in Zhytomyr, where there was a large assortment of goods, vintage products and the rumor of live goats for sale. It was amazing to see the culture and the way of life the people of Anipoli live in, in contrast to our own in the Western World. We then departed on our way to Mezibuz, the home of the Bal Shem Tov, where we would be staying for Shabbos.

The Shabbat experience by the Bal Shem Tov’s shul was amazing, as it was filled with all types of Chassidim from different backgrounds and origins. The meals were filled with stories of the Bal Shem Tov and the town of Mezibuz and we were able to meet all different kinds of people.

 A memorable moment, was when a fellow traveller from another group told us a story in Yiddish during lunch, which our shliach, Ari Bronstein, translated into English for us, and then ended up translating into Hebrew, as well, for another table next to us. We had a beautiful song filled havdalah in pitch darkness surrounded by the connections we had made over the course of the trip, and over Shabbat. I believe, Shabbat by the Bal Shem Tov was seen as one of the most special parts of the trip by many, as it allowed everyone time to think and reflect over the week, in addition to creating lasting connections with all the new people we had met.

On our last day we visited the Berditchever Rebbe’ Ohel on our way to Kiev. This was the last kaver (holy site) we would visit and it was obvious, that the trip was coming to a close and that no one wanted it to end. We headed to Kiev and were greeted by one last banquet meal and farbrengen where we all had a chance to reflect on our experience and speak about the trip and how it had affected us personally, and what we were going to take way with us. It was amazing to hear what my friends had gained from the trip as everyone had a different outlook on it and was affected in very different ways.

The trip was an amazing bonding experience for us all, it also taught us a lot about the history of the chassidic masters which many of us did not know. It allowed us to gain a connection to each of the Rebbes in our own way and be able to connect to the teachings when we further learn about them in the future. From the many farbregens, the long bus rides, the deep talks and all the laughter, overall everyone found it to be a meaningful and important trip, that would kick start an amazing year at Mayanot!