Sunday, March 22, 2015

The Best Thing I’ve Ever Done



I graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in Public Policy and immediately landed a dream job on President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign. That opportunity, eventually, brought me to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where I met Rabbi Zalman and Yehudis Bluming, shluchim at the Chabad Center. The next summer I had the incredible opportunity to attend the Mayanot Learning Program.

Coming from the world of academia and understanding the struggles of being a young Jew on a college campus, Mayanot is unique in the sense that it is a non judgmental, warm, welcoming, and open minded environment, perfect for young university students to study the depth of Judaism and its philosophy.

I can say with complete sincerity that I learned more, in six weeks, at Mayanot than I've ever learned, in any classroom, at any university. Mayanot is a place where college students can feel totally comfortable being themselves as they explore and learn about Judaism. I've never been happier, or felt more in touch with what's truly important in my life.

My time at Mayanot was the most eye opening, life changing experience, with friendships that will last a lifetime and staff who have come to feel like family. It truly has become my home away from home and, without a doubt, the best thing I've done in my life!

By: Rachel Morales, New Jersey, Mayanot Women’s Program Alum



Wednesday, March 18, 2015

From the IDF to Mayanot


Upon completing my service in the IDF I decided to join Mayanot to broaden my knowledge of Judaism and to spend quality time devoted to Torah and Chassidus study.

Having come from a religious Chabad family, I have always had a passion for Chabad, but in truth I have never really applied myself to the learning or the way of life. I took everything for granted and never understood why I was living my life in this particular way.

So I chose to enroll at Mayanot. I was ready for a new beginning. I was ready to invest in becoming a more focused and dedicated Jew. Mayanot is the perfect place. Its’ students come from such a diverse range of Jewish backgrounds, and yet, the Yeshiva manages to cater to the needs of all individuals.

You are not forced to learn or grow, but just by being in this meaningful and inspiring environment that is all you want to do. It is non-judgmental. Each student grows at his own pace. The Yeshiva inspires you to want to become more knowledgeable and to want to commit to a life of Torah and Chassidus.

The combination of learning in the heart of our Holy city of Jerusalem, in an environment that is imbued with warmth and passion projected by the most dedicated and committed Staff - makes the Mayanot experience one in a million, a privilege that I will carry in my heart forever.

By: Monnis Sarchi, Current Mayanot Student




Monday, March 9, 2015

Our Mayanot Legacy Trips



Interested in coming to Israel, 
Here's your chance. 

Visit www.MayanotLegacy.com to find out more!


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Celebrate Purim with Mayanot



Come Join us for the Best Purim Party in Jerusalem!
With Music, Food, and Drinks.
Featuring: The Solomon Brothers Band
When: Thursday March 5th, Megillah at 7:00pm
Where: Mayanot Shul, 28 Narkis Street Nachlaot, Jerusalem

Can't wait to celebrate with you!!!


Sunday, March 1, 2015

CONNECTIONS



My journey to Israel began without me knowing a fraction of the Judaism I know now. Almost everything I have learned has touched my heart in a special way. I feel a connection to Judaism unlike anything I have experienced before.

In the short time I have been at the Mayanot winter session, I have learned more that I thought possible about Judaism, the Torah, relationships with all sorts of people, how to live a fulfilling life, and more.

I am so thankful for this experience and for the friendships I have formed. It is amazing to me that these three weeks feel so much longer because I have learned so much and formed such close bonds with girls here. We are all from very different backgrounds, and I appreciate how comfortable and accepted I feel around everyone. 

By: Karen Podorefsky, current Mayanot Student from, Hopkington, MA
(Taken from the Mayanot 7th Annual Anniversary Pamphlet)