Showing posts from February, 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 enc

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 fo


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,