Sunday, February 18, 2018

Florida Recovery House Opened By Mayanot Alumni

We are very proud of our alumni worldwide making a real impact in their home communities. One such story is the Tikvah Lake Recovery Center in Florida, jointly run by  Mayanot Alumni, Rabbi Adam Nesenoff, and his father Dr. David Nesenoff.

With overdoses, substance abuse and many forms of addiction making national news, the Jewish community has not been edited from those tragic headlines. In fact, the statistics are dangerously growing with minimal sustaining solutions to the problem among all Jewish denominations.

After traveling to over 600 Jewish communities in the world, this catastrophic problem did not escape the attention of Dr. David Nesenoff who this year opened Tikvah Lake Recovery, a unique oasis for those who need to overcome their addictions.

"I learned that there was a 90% relapse rate of addicts who actually went to rehab," Dr. Nesenoff said. "I knew that there had to be a better solution." Nesenoff, along with his son Rabbi Adam Nesenoff, decided to infuse strong clinical treatment with Jewish traditional teachings.

Together they established Tikvah Lake Recovery, a kosher Florida Licensed residential addiction rehabilitation facility. The 15,000 square foot mansion on a lake provides multiple beautiful settings to receive treatment from a highly qualified medical and clinical team. Additionally, the grounds include an exquisite environment to pray, learn, enjoy Shabbos and holidays, eat healthy, boat, fish, hike, exercise, swim and reboot one's life.

Among the unique characteristics of Tikvah Lake Recovery is that Dr. Nesenoff and his wife actually live at the facility full time, allowing for very personalized and protective care over the residents. This unprecedented aspect, along with the State health and fire departments' inspections and permits, help produce a safe, warm, home environment.

"There are a few basics we adhere to confidentiality, dignity and a non-judgmental atmosphere," Dr. Nesenoff noted. "And our three secret weapons to healing our residents are our incredible clinical director, our Jewish home and our 300-acre lake."

In an attempt to not exclude anyone in need, Tikvah Lake Recovery has recently begun accepting insurance as well as offers patient financing plans. In contrast with many programs and facilities that attempt to attend to 80 people at a time, Tikvah Lake Recovery limits their attention to a maximum of six residents - for a myriad of addictions.

"The key is to not just stop the addicts' destructive behavior while he is momentarily in rehab, but to actually cancel that frightening relapse statistic as well," Nesenoff said. "And we do that six souls at a time."

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Mazal Tov To The Mayanot Family

May we only continue to celebrate simchas together.

David and Tehara Barrocas
Shalom and Shizue Bergovoy
Dovi and Sara Rachel Braun
Alex and Chana Colin
Ari and Chaya Goldwasser
Zachary And Samantha Gross
Shmuel and Margarlit Hoffman
Tzvi and Esther Ita Holt
Rabbi Yitzchak and Aviva Kaufmann
Evan and Tova Levine 
Michael and Alexa Mechanic
Binyomin and Chava Schechter 
Alex and Noam Scheepens 
Eduardo and Aline Tamezgui

Shaina Boteach to Moshe Gitler
Danielle Sava to Yoel Kaufman
Tali Moore to Brad Widawer

Rebecca Delshad to Michael Ghode
Leah Molayem to Yossi Nussbaum
Sandra Bram to Mendy Paul
Deena Shanowitz to Sholom Ber Wolberg 

Mazal tov to alum Yaacov Cahnman and his wife Tifferet 
on opening their Chabad house in Temecula, California 

Mazel Tov to Rabbi Shmulie & Debbie Boteach and 
Avraham & Tzipi Glick on the birth of their grandson 

Mazal tov to Richard Szental on the birth of his grandson

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Gratitude = Hakarat HaTov

Rabbi Simcha Weinstein, a Mayanot Men's program alum and current Chabad House shliach of the Pratt Community Synagogue in Brooklyn, has shared this beautiful idea about Gratitude that we can all benefit from. May we continue to gain strength and wisdom from our students and from our students students! 

The Hebrew word for gratitude is hakarat hatov which means recognizing the goodness in your life. Search for the gifts and you will find them everywhere.

1. Focus on the moments. Too often we focus on the past or worry about the future and don’t notice the moment we are being given right now. Life is really only happening in the present; don’t miss out on seeing the precious beauty and miracles that are right in front of you. 

2. Think of the people you are grateful for. We are so busy with our work and to-do lists that we frequently overlook the gift of the people who we love. It is all too easy to feel distant from the strength and depth of the love of our families because we are so used to their presence in our lives. Every day take a moment to think of the gift of the people in your life – your spouse, friends, parents, children, siblings, colleagues. Cherish that connection and think about how it nurtures and supports you.

3. Remember a time you experienced Divine providence in your life. We can all think of times of Divine providence when we felt God winking at us. Maybe you unexpectedly met someone who is now an important part of your life. Maybe it was a moment that led to a new job or a hobby that you love.

4. Keep a gratitude journal. Write down the simple, little things that you can be grateful for each day. A hot cup of coffee. A beautiful sunrise. A child’s smile. Jot down at least three things each day that you appreciate.

5. Write gratitude letters. Compose a letter or email at least one a month to someone who has helped you or inspired you. Thank them for the blessing that they brought into your life. It is even better if you send the letter but even just writing it can concretize the sense of gratitude that you have for that person’s contribution to your life.

6. Appreciate your health. Take a moment each day to thank God for the gift of your body and each of your senses. Your sight, your hearing, your ability to speak and walk and smell are all priceless gifts. Don’t take them for granted. Cherish them.

--Rabbi Simcha & Ariella Weinstein 

Monday, November 20, 2017

Experiencing Israel with Mayanot Legacy

Last month, the Mayanot Institute of Jewish Studies hosted a group of 32 people from the United States. The trip, called Mayanot Legacy, was attended mostly by parents of our Birthright Israel alumni, and aimed to give the participants a similar journey as their children had. 

For many, this was their first time in Israel. For others, while they've been here once or more, admitted that the group experience, the knowledgable guides, and the carefully planned itinerary made the trip like no other. 

For nearly everyone, it was their first time experiencing Friday night at the Kotel, a moment many will cherish for years to come. One particular highlight for everyone was the Shabbos dinners at the homes of local hosts. They were welcomed in by people they had never met as if they were long lost family coming back for a visit. The friendship and love made a real impression on the group. 

Levi Margolin, the group's scholar in residence said that this experience was very similar to a Birthright Israel trip. "The group atmosphere, the peer experience, were all very similar but, here, you're dealing with people with real life experience under their belts. That's a totally different ballgame."

The eight day journey began up North, visiting the Galil and Golan, including a visit to Tzfat and then traveled south to Jerusalem, the desert and finally, Tel Aviv where the journey came to a close. 

For more information regarding our upcoming Mayanot Legacy trips, please email or check out the website 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Mazal Tov To The Entire Mayanot Family!

May we only continue to celebrate simchas together.

Mazal Tov to Mayanot participants Nick & Jillian, 
who got engaged on the top of Masada last week! 

Irina and Pesach Alpert had a baby boy
Kayla and Alex Bodner had twin boys
Chava and Yehuda Bolotin had a baby boy and made an upshernish within a week 
Serena and Levi Cohen had a baby girl 
Ariella and Joe Craven had a baby girl 
Mandy and Etan Efrati had a baby girl 
Tanya and Amit Friedlander had a baby girl 
Gani and Aaron Lazer Goodman had a baby girl
Nechama Dina and Rabbi Avraham Hendel had a baby boy 
Shmuel and Margalit Hoffman had a baby girl 
Elana and Elliot Kahan had a baby boy 
Leigh and Daniel Kohn had a baby girl
Yehudis and Abraham Levitan had a baby boy
Rebecca and Eric Maurer had a baby boy
Miriam and Eli Meltzer had a baby boy
Nechama and Levi Yitzchak Pevsner had a baby girl 
Yutty and Avrohom Polinger had twin boys
Yehoshua and Chaya Rubin had twins, a boy and girl 
Naomi and Gabe Schwed had a baby boy 
Musya and Menachem Mendel Shemtov had a baby girl
Eliana and Elya Silfen had a baby girl 
Natalie and Aaron Vasquez had a baby girl 
Shifra and Yedidya Witt had a baby boy

Mazal Tov to Chana Boaz who became a grandmother to twins, a boy and girl
Mazal Tov to Beverly and Andy Liggett on their granddaughters birth 
Mazal Tov to Friedy Yanover's son and daughter in law who had a baby boy

Mayan Heller and Chaim Allen
Chana Reich and Aharon Tzvi Altman
Kira Waxler and Yonatan Ben Israel 
Deena Schanowitz and Sholom Ber Wolberg
Batya Amin and Kalman Gavriel Delmoor
Marina Grumberg and Akiva Shimon 
Marlene Jacobi and Slav Perushev 

Mazal Tov to Devori Hirshler's son, Aron Hirshler and Pnini Shedrowitzky

Ruthy Miller and Aryeh Lev Cistia
Tikvah Feiglin and Mendel Gestetner
Cheved Krasnianski and Moshe Krasnjanski
Malka Gestetner and Sholom Ber Kudan
Penina Romanek and Eli Taylor
Batya Liba Vitkute and Yissacher Weiss 

Mazal Tov to Inga and Jay Barsky on the bar mitzvah 
of their twin boys, Noach and Shlomo Aryeh!
Mazal Tov to Alissa and Ben Rosenthal who just celebrated 
a bar mitzvah for their son!
Mazal tov to our esteemed teacher, Chana Boaz, 
who has a book available on Amazon, 'The Dynamics of Dating'.
Mazal Tov to Daniel and Leigh Kohn for their new home in Jerusalem, 
May it be a true Beit Chabad filled with Joy and Light! 

The L'chaim of Aharon Tzvi Altman and Chana Reich

Bolotin Upshernish in Massachusetts, 
with Rabbi Kasriel Shemtov, Executive Director, in attendance

 Natalie and Aaron Vasquez's baby girl, 'Menucha Chaya' 

Barsky Family Bar Mitzvah Boys visiting Israel, 
with Rabbi Shlomo Gestetner, Mayanot Dean

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Brothers Uplift At Mayanot Visit

Brothers Rabbi Chuni Vogel and Rabbi Nechemiah Vogel visited the Mayanot Yeshiva in Jerusalem for more than one reason.

The Delaware Jewish community might not be the largest or as well known as communities like New York or Los Angeles, but relative to their size the community is having a great international impact.

Under the direction or Rabbi Chuni Vogel, Director of Chabad of Delaware, the community has been bolstered greatly, and the Mayanot Institute of Jewish Studies, in Jerusalem, is experiencing the positives effects of all the students that have come through from Delaware.

Current students, Zach Horowitz and Isaiah Coplon of Wilmington Delaware, are just two examples of inspired individuals, who are excited for the upcoming year.

“After only a week, my experience at Mayanot has been very eye opening; it is a fantastic feeling to be in a place where I can learn, grow, and experience authentic Judaism in an environment surrounded by passionate, G-d loving people. There is no doubt that this year will continue to be one of immense positivity and growth for me, and I’m so looking forward to the many more experiences to come,” says Horowitz, CTeen champion of 2016.

(Horowitz and Coplon) 

Starting the new semester off right, Rabbi Chuni Vogel, and his brother Rabbi Nechemiah Vogel of Chabad of Rochester, came to visit the students, in Jerusalem. They lead a fabrengen and discussed what the students’ goals were for their upcoming year of growth. The students were grateful for the visit, the ability to fabreng with their shliach, and for being welcomed to Mayanot in a supremely unique way.

Rabbi Chuni Vogel related, “The time in my youth that I spent in Yeshiva has been the source and foundation of all the good in my life and that of my family. Visiting Mayanot and seeing how the individuals from our community are now having that same life altering experience, brings me inner joy that can't be adequately put into words.”

“It is a wonderful opportunity for new students to be greeted, at the beginning of the new academic year, by the shluchim that helped inspire them to come. For these individuals, the learning experience can be even more transformative”, said Rabbi Kasriel Shemtov, Executive Director of Mayanot.

Motti and Rachel Flekshtein also grew up in the Chabad of Delaware community and came to learn at Mayanot in 2005. Today they themselves are shluchim in Delaware. The Mayanot Institute of Jewish Studies is proud to partner with Chabad of Delaware to inspire our youth and help create Jewish leaders like Rabbi Motti and Rachel Flekshtein, who are impacting hundreds of Jewish teens in their home community. 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Rabbinical Ordination at Mayanot

We are very pleased to announce, a group of new rabbis have recently received their rabbinic ordination from the Mayanot Institute of Jewish Studies.

Mayanot has offered this exclusive rabbinical training program for the past 15 years. Our graduates have gone on to assist Jews in all corners of the globe, initiating a variety of learning programs in their home communities. A number of these ordained Rabbis have proceeded to found their own Chabad Houses worldwide and help their Jewish communities in a multitude of ways.

The Smicha program is headed by Rabbi Yisroel Noach Wichnin, Rosh Yeshiva of the Mayanot Men's Learning Program and Rabbi Shimon Garbose, of the Rabbinical ordination track within the Mayanot Yeshiva. Together they have spearheaded this remarkable program, teaching, training, and mentoring these 'Rabbis in training' to go onto to build their home communities and inspire Jewish involvement and engagement with the knowledge and confidence to become great leaders. The rabbinic ordination is signed by the renowned halachic authority, Rabbi Zalman Nechamia Goldberg, of Jerusalem and by Rabbi Shimon Garbose.

 Within the Mayanot Men's Learning Program the 'Rabbi's in training' program is a fully integrated track within the Yeshiva. These students are able to mentor and tutor students in other tracks, which is a unique opportunity that has resulted in close-knit friendships over the years, meaningful life experiences and shared inspiration.

“The students have gathered this year from all over the world, for a very rigorous program of learning. We expect a lot from our rabbinic students and this year’s group has risen to the challenge”, Rabbi Wichnin, shared. “In addition to the Yoreh Deah they have also gone through the Alter Rebbes Hilchot Shabbat. The students, thank G-d, did very well, infusing themselves with the study and application of Jewish law, through the special energy and life that chassidis provides”.

The following students from the 2017 program are:
Menachem Blasberg
Nissen Eichorn
Hershy Gutnick
Menachem Loebenstein
Shmuli Michaan
Yoni Rubin
Mendel Schochat
Nachie Smetana
Mendel Toron
Dovid Tsikman
Menachem Mendel Zakon

Mazal Tov to all the new Rabbis, and their families; may you all be blessed to go on to do great things!

(From Left: Rabbi Wichnin, Rosh Yeshiva & Rabbi Kasriel Shemtov, Executive Director)