Showing posts from June, 2013

Mayanot Remembers Myra Kraft z"l with Yarzheit Lecture

Last Wednesday night, Mayanot commemorated the 2nd yarzheit of Myra Kraft z"l by inviting Barbara Sofer to speak at the Women's Program.  Rabbi Gestetner opened the program by speaking of Myra Kraft and her dedication to supporting the education of women, especially the women of Mayanot. He explained that Myra was not only a generous philanthropist, but she was also a woman who was genuinely interested in helping people on a personal level. Myra is an impeccable role model for our students, since she is a shining example of a strong Jewish woman who made a large impact in the world.  Barbara Sofer was chosen to speak on the occasion of Myra's yarzheit, since Barbara is also a highly accomplished female Jewish leader, acting as the director of public relations for Hadassah in Israel, the Women's Zionist Organization of America.  Mrs. Sofer captivated the women at Mayanot with her stories and inspired them to be more aware of the miracles that happen around us in

One Last Trip, One Lasting Journey

By: Nadia Kalisch Our most recent excursion started in typical Mayanot fashion, which consisted of excited shrieking, a singing filled-atmosphere, and someone being forgotten and having to run for the bus (in this case that person was me).  Our last trip on Tuesday to Ir-David, however, was especially poignant as it was the last trip of the year before most of the girls leave Mayanot and a new group of girls arrive for the summer program. With the majority of students having been studying at Mayanot for a year or six months at least, it was the first of many goodbyes. Ilana, our tour guide, took us through the ancient City of David, introducing new stories and expanding on ones we already knew, ever able to answer any of our eclectic mix of questions expected from our eclectic variety of ladies. The tour of the City of David includes the pass through the underwater tunnels through where the city was conquered and the city's inhabitants fled. Treading where so m

From Uzbekistan to the Mayanot Kitchen

By: Avraham Goldstein Although a Mayanot student is focused mainly on learning Torah, a tasty, nutritious meal can make the experience all the more pleasant and productive. Since the arrival of Chef David Avraham Kolton, the food has improved greatly. With menu items such as Buffalo wings, Chinese stir-fry, and home-made burekahs, it feels more like a restaurant than the dining room of a learning program in Jerusalem. As a professional caterer, Chef David has a real understanding of food and flavors and has some ambitious plans for Mayanot’s lunchroom.   Mayanot faculty and students are delighted with Chef David. Jitschak Rosenbloom, Operations and Technology Director, is especially excited about our new chef, " Coming with a catering background, Chef David is a true epicurean artist, caring about the flavor and presentation of each dish.  And he shares the values and passion of our student body."  As Mayanot student Gershon Tepper put it “This can't be Yeshiv