Over the last few weeks, some of Mayanot’s most talented lecturers journeyed to North America, like wellsprings going forth, spreading the Mayanot message to college students across the United States and Canada.
Rabbi Shneur Wineberg, Director of Admissions, Rabbi Meir Levinger, Director of the Mayanot Women’s Program, Rabbi Boruch Kaplan, and Rabbi Moderchai Guth visited over 50 universities across the United States and Canada. This was Mayanot’s largest and most expansive North American tour, reaching out to and encouraging many college students to consider taking time to come to Israel and learn more deeply about their Jewish heritage.
Faith and Rationality was the lecture title for Rabbi Guth’s talk at Binghamton University. Rabbi Levi Slonim of Chabad at Binghamton and a member of the Chabad on Campus Yeshiva Initiative Vaad, said “It was great! Rabbi Guth was amazing, the students enjoyed it, and even students we wouldn't have thought would come - signed up to stay in touch for more information. He also had several successful one on one meetings with potential applicants. All in all it was a great visit”.
Through formal lectures, informal BBQs and personal one on one meetings, the Mayanot rabbis fostered meaningful relationships with hundreds of young Jewish students who were eager to advance their Jewish education and Jewish experiences to the next level.
Rabbi Kasriel Shemtov, Executive Director of the Mayanot Institute of Jewish Studies, believes that now, more than ever, young Jews are thirsting for a connection to their Judaism. “Students today, in a world that is so focused on subjective reality, yearn for a connection to their objective identity. At Mayanot, with Jerusalem as their classroom, we give students an understanding of their heritage and their real place within the world. We will leave no stone unturned until we are successful in giving every Jewish student a life changing experience.”
As the new Director of Admissions, Rabbi Wineberg was extremely pleased with the success of the trip. “We generated a new excitement amongst the shluchim and students alike on the prospect of taking out time to devote to the yeshiva experience. I am very pleased to announce that this year we will be hosting our biggest winter and spring semesters since the establishment of Mayanot!”
With the success of their latest trips to North American college campuses, Mayanot believes that the seeds of interest in Torah study have been planted on many college campuses. The trips were launched in concurrence with the new Chabad on Campus Yeshiva Initiative, which aims to provide more Jewish college students with the opportunity for long term Yeshiva study. Building on the successes and excitement of these trips, Mayanot plans to expand even further and make these trips annual and even bi-annual events.