Tuesday, April 17, 2018

8 Weddings in 2 Weeks


(Shifra Chana and Jason Segal, Image by Rabbi Yisroel Bernath)

In today’s world, threats to Jewish continuity are very real. It is a challenge for the entire Jewish people to battle growing apathy by encouraging Jewish pride and leadership. In the face of over-arching adversity, the impact of Mayanot’s efforts to educate the next generation of Jewish leaders has a profound and far-reaching effect when alumni choose to marry Jewish and build homes of Torah and chesed.

It is therefore with great joy that the Mayanot family announces a ground breaking number of recent weddings, celebrating the marriages of eight of our alumni in the span of only two and a half weeks time.

These weddings took place all over the world and amazingly Rabbi Shlomo Gestetner, Dean of the Mayanot Institute of Jewish Studies, and Rabbi Kasriel Shemtov, Executive Director, were able to attend five of the eight weddings, collectively.

Celebrating a wedding, which is such a momentous occasion in a student’s life, hearing how much their learning impacted their journey, is as consequential for the faculty as it is life changing for the alumni. Thus, it is a great privilege for us to share a few alumni testimonials from those couples recently married.

Chava Hinsey, a 2015 Mayanot alumni articulated, “Baruch Hashem, I got married a month ago and I am now living in Morristown with my husband.  As I look around the little cul-de-sac where we are living, I see how many people here have been impacted by Mayanot.  In my journey of returning to Yiddishkeit , Mayanot was a fundamental experience in my growth. At Mayanot, I learned how to balance my passion for Torah study with the larger picture of what it means to be a Jewish woman.”

Sabrina Benros a 2016 alumni from Arizona recounted, “Mayanot allowed me to open my eyes to the importance of having a Jewish home and even more so, the importance of having that home follow the path of the Torah. My time at Mayanot was very well spent and the memories I made will certainly impact my life forever.” 

Yacov Segal, a 2017 alumni related, “The rabbis at the Mayanot yeshiva showed me that not only was it OK to be myself, but they encouraged me to delve into my neshama and find a way to inspire those around me. I am ecstatic and very grateful to Hashem that several months after returning to Vancouver, Canada I met and married Shifra Chana Landry from Montreal on Yud Beis Adar. I want to send a special thanks to Rabbi Baitelman who officiated our wedding and Shira Malca Zornitsky who was our shadchan.”

Chaya Bekermus, who recently married Adam Garcia a current student from California, shared, Mayanot serves as a stable and balancing platform for my husband to learn Torah and was an immense support for us during our dating process, and continues to be in our marriage. I am deeply thankful to Mayanot for being such a conduit of holiness and acceptance.”

The list of recent weddings:
Ruchama Steben to Eliezer Phillips                                              (February 22)
Bracha Rivka Kappah to Moshe Nachman Abramson                  (February 28)
Sabrina Benros to Harel Baruchi                                                   (February 28)
Yacov Segal to Shifra Chana Landry                                             (March 1)
Adam Garcia to Chaya Bekermus                                                 (March 4)
Chava Hinsey to Chaim Ahron Green                                           (March 5)
Danielle Savva to Yoel Kaufman                                                   (March 6)
Zach Gilbert-Burke to Ayla Pastelnick                                           (March 8)


We want to wish a big Mazal Tov to these and the hundreds of other alumni couples from past years of Mayanot, as well.  It’s a pleasure to watch our Mayanot family grow and flourish.

(Chaya and Adam Garcia)

(Sabrina and Harel Baruchi)

(Chava and Chaim Ahron Green)