Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Mayanot Establishes New Kollel

Mayanot Shul in Nachlaot, is excited to announce the new afternoon Kollel. Open every Sunday through Thursday, with a Gemara shiur followed by Halacha and Chassidut, presented by Rabbi Mordechai Guth.

The grassroots project was initiated by community member, Moshe Dovid Gold, l’ilui nishmat his late wife, Shulamit, and has had widespread success since its launch, last month.

Mayanot Shul presently offers many programs and opportunities for young adults and college students and therefore wanted to branch out and afford the adult community with learning opportunities, as well. Many gathered for the opening fabrengen in honor of the Kollel’s inception, which attests to the need and desire for such programs in the community.

Mayanot hopes the Kollel will enhance the overall community experience and inspire many to deep Torah learning. The Kollel includes: classes, fabrengens, open chevrusa time and discussion forums, for two hours, daily.

All are welcome and encouraged to come Celebrate, Learn, and Share Torah.
For more information Contact: Moshe Dovid Gold: 054 979 4951

We look forward to Learning with you!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Mayanot Alumni Inspired to Become Young Chabad Emissaries

(Rabbi Dovid and Miri Birl, both Mayanot Alumni, work as Chabad emissaries at the Roitman Chabad Center at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.) 

This year more than 90 couples, set out to build Jewish Communities in the U.S. or abroad: Mayanot Alumni, are among those making a real impact! 

Spreading the Light of Judaism 

In U.S. states like Mississippi, Montana, Pennsylvania and New Jersey to international destinations such as Aruba, Costa Rica, Vietnam and beyond—and of course, to Israel—these couples hope their actions will fulfill the dreams of the Rebbe to spread the light of Judaism to Jews around the world, no matter how far removed they are from a Jewish population center.
While “going out on shlichus” might sound like a short-term stint of volunteerism, what it really means is that these young representatives are committing to leave behind families, friends and established Jewish communities to move—and stay permanently—in a new city, state or country for the long-term.
“The growth that has emerged since 1994 is quite astounding—very prolific and very successful,” says Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky, chairman of Merkos L’Inyonei Chinuch, the educational arm of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement. “One of the beautiful aspects is that it continues to grow 20 years later.”
He adds that an average of one to two couples goes out on shlichus a week—“the growth is exponential. Chabad is the largest Jewish organization in the world. You will find shluchim everywhere you go, in every nook and cranny.”
Krinsky notes, however, that “this doesn’t mean all the new couples went to new cities and countries; they may have their own jobs working as additional staff in an existing Chabad House. But each is vital in his or her own way.”

'Connect to People'

For those who become Chabad Chassidim later in life, particularly as young adults, the push to become shluchim comes from a desire to pass along the gift they say they have received to others in similar situations.
Miri Birk and her husband, Rabbi Dovid Birk, discovered Chabad when they were in college: she at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va., and he while in college in Australia.
“I think we both felt that, obviously, we had been tremendously impacted by our Chabad Houses and so grateful for those experience, and we wanted to give that back to others in the way we had gained,” says Miri Birk. “We both had that sort of desire and, hopefully, ability to reach out and connect to people. That’s something we enjoy doing.”
Today, the Birks and their young children serve as emissaries at the Roitman Chabad Center at Cornell in Ithaca, N.Y., under the direction of Rabbi Eli and Chana Silberstein.
“I think the Rebbe gave me a tremendous bracha [blessing],” says Miri Birk. “The Rebbe charged his Chassidim to leave the comfort of their community and make their Judaism not just about them.”
Read the full Article HERE

Wednesday, February 4, 2015


Having been blessed with the incredible opportunity to learn about Judaism, Hebrew, and the history of my people in the Jewish people’s very own homeland, I can honestly say that studying at Mayanot has had a life-changing impact on me. While each of the classes have been very thought-provoking and inspirational, the sense of community that I have felt here is what has had the greatest impact on me.

When I think of Judaism, the first word that comes to mind is “community”. To me, Judaism has always been about being a part of a warm, loving, and welcoming community, a community that learns together, grows together, celebrates together, and supports one another. Here at Mayanot, I have found just that. 

I have never felt more at home and I am so incredibly grateful to have had the opportunity to extend my Jewish learning here. I am forever thankful and can’t wait to share my passion for Judaism with others.

By: Diana Wienstein, Current Mayanot Student from Natik, MA
(Taken from the Mayanot 7th Annual Anniversary Pamphlet)