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Sharing the Joy of Purim: A Torah idea from Current Student Roee Raviv

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  Written by: Roee Raviv, Current Mayanot Men's Program Student  I am currently learning at Mayanot and would like to share a teaching from the Lubavitcher Rebbe. Something that I have learnt recently, about the magnitude of the Simcha (joy) we experience on Purim and of a Jew’s constant state of self-sacrifice for Hashem (G-d) as Purim quickly approaches here in the Holy Land and also around the globe. I was given the opportunity to connect with Chabad On the Coast in Tel Aviv, after which I made Aliyah and then decided to attend the Mayanot Institue of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, exactly a year ago last Purim. Mayanot has changed my life and my relationship to Yiddishkeit (Judaism).   Most importantly it has made me proud to be a Jew and has helped me grow in my love for G-d and others. I realize now that I have always been loved by G-d regardless of my religious affiliations, so too the way G-d loves all of his children, and since coming to Mayanot I have been able to sl

The Mayanot Moment is back

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We are very excited to share with you that Mayanot has again started up  the 'Mayanot Moment' series. Rabbi Shlomo Gestetner, Dean of the Mayanot Institute of Jewish Studies, has taken the lead on this project, stating, "Sharing Torah is our first and foremost mission and therefore in these trying times it is especially essential to continue to set an example for our students by spreading Torah. Even if it is as short as 59 seconds, no amount of positivity or inspiration is too small to spread."  The Mayanot Moment initiative originated in 2011 when teachers across the spectrum of Mayanot contributed Torah ideas and short Parsha thoughts for our students and donors. Many of these videos are posted on TorahCafe , Chabad.org and spread through JLI emails, and we are very happy they are readily available. We want to continue to create Torah based content that is inspiring, and educational for our alumni, supporters and friends.  You can subscribe to our Youtube channel

A Year In Review: 2020 Mayanot World Center Updates

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  When we at Mayanot, think about all that our team has accomplished this past year, we feel unbelievably grateful. Grateful to have such an amazing and supportive community behind us, propelling us forward. Generously pushing us ahead and ensuring the mission of Mayanot, to empower young Jews through education and build a new generation of leaders, is thriving.   This past year of 2020 has been challenging, no doubt about that, but Thanks to G-d's help and the outpouring of love from our Mayanot family and thousands of supporters, the Mayanot World Center project has not only continued building throughout the year, but we have also successfully managed to keep to our target opening date of Fall 2021 . Take a look at how far our team has come this year and what an amazing transformation has taken place. Thank you for sticking with us and being active participants in the process. We look forward to what 2021 will bring. Check out the video and photos below. And if you are intereste

Study & Intern this Summer in Israel

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  JOIN MAYANOT THIS SUMMER FOR A ONCE IN A LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY!  Mayanot & Onward Summer Internships Strengthen Your Resume and Grow Your Judaism June 14 - August 12, 2021 An Authentic Yeshiva Experience 3 weeks of Torah Learning, Touring Israel and skill building Get Matched with Professional Internships 5 weeks of Interning at leading Israeli companies Host companies include: Terem, The Jerusalem Post, Yad Vashem, Ahava, Hadassa Medical Center, Ericom Software, Academy of Dance, And Many more! Only $899 + Airfare Limited spots available! Apply now Contact [email protected] for any questions.

Mayanot’s Commitment in the Face of Uncertainty

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(The Post High School Program visiting the Mayanot World Center) In the Summer of 2014, co-directors of the Mayanot Institute of Jewish Studies, Rabbi Shlomo Gestetner and Rabbi Kasriel Shemtov , had a vision. A vision that would change the future skyline of Jerusalem, the Capital of the Jewish World.  Today, with your help , that vision - the new Mayanot World Center - is nearing completion.  This is a not [only] the story of a capital campaign and major building project. It is the ongoing story of Mayanot. Since inception, Mayanot always had a clear vision. The World Center project, especially through Covid, makes that vision even more clear.  “When we founded Mayanot, we hoped we’d be able to cultivate an awareness of Jewish identity and a passion for the Jewish people by creating a Jewishly educated leadership” said founder Rabbi Shlomo Gestetner . “And for over two decades, we’ve constantly been looking for new, innovative ways to do that.” Since 1997 when the Mayanot Men’s Prog

#ROCMAYANOT Resilience. Opportunity. Commitment.

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Resilience .  Opportunity .  Commitment .  We hope you will join us in this year's #ROCMayanot campaign  and express you R.O.C. together with us. As Covid settled in, the world searched for answers. But Mayanot was resilient in the face of adversity. Firm like a "ROC," Mayanot remains available with our eyes always firmly focused on the future. With Schools closed, synagogues shuttered and social gatherings limited, Mayanot did not sit by. We seized opportunity in the face of crisis, going online and making Jewish education more accessible than ever before. And today, we have redoubled our  commitment . Our commitment to continue. To continue teaching. To continue inspiring. And to continue building the  Mayanot World Center ,  to be completed, G-d willing, in 2021! Our new center will offer a plethora of long and short term programming including post Birthright Israel extensions, internships, lone soldier engagement and more, alongside our Men's and Women's Prog

Josh Gordon Shares His Jewish Journey

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Growing up, I loved to watch and play baseball. My favorite team in particular was the Yankees. I can remember two Jewish baseball players having made it to the hall of fame and feeling so proud to also be Jewish. I remember thinking also of Hollywood and all of the famous people who were Jewish, Adam Sandler, being one, and many others as well. They brought me a sense of pride in being Jewish, knowing that there are Jews out there that had made it and had done impressive things in the world. This being sports and entertainment. In the intellectual ways as well, the famous one that stands out the most was, Albert Einstein, who was also a Jew. But I didn’t know much more than that about my Judaism. That was the limit of my Jewish pride, connecting to these Jewish entertainers and intellectuals. Little did I know, that the Lubavitcher Rebbe would surpass all of these Jewish figures in my mind. In the way that he conducted and lived his life, as not only a role model but a genuinely p