Students at YBA Ulpanat Hadar Ganim have released their annual video.
YBA schools allocate resources towards helping olim integrate.
Several schools, such as YBA Modiin provide students with ulpan—Hebrew language support—for several hours a week. Students also receive free tutoring and other academic services to help them gain Hebrew language skills.
More than 25 families who recently made aliyah chose to send their children to YBA Givat Shmuel. Amazingly, two of these students participated in the National Bible Contest for Olim, a contest that features challenging questions on Jewish holidays and religious practices.
Environmental awareness, sustainability, recycling, eco-friendly activities—although this sounds like an ad for Earth Day, it’s actually a description of the curriculum at Ulpanat Arad.
Ulpanat Arad is a YBA high school that teaches students to respect and care for the environment. Students explore nature through a series of regularly scheduled hikes, workshops and electives such as photography and geography.
Woven into the curriculum are special projects that focus on nature preservation. For example, 10th graders at Ulpanat Arad spent several hours cleaning up Nachal Ye’elim, a beautiful hiking trail that’s unfortunately covered in trash. The girls have additional ideas for beautifying Nachal Ye’elim, beginning with an outreach program that will educate visitors to respect nature.
Another YBA school—Yeshivat Sussya—runs a parallel program for boys.
In addition to individual students who excel at sports, YBA schools are also sports champions:
In a recent soccer competition that featured 30 teams, YBA Ranaana won first place in a soccer competition, and YBA Matteh Binyamin won second place!
High school students from Bnei Akiva of Toronto enjoyed spending a month as students in Bnei Akiva schools in Israel.
As part of an annual student exchange program, Canadian students attended classes, spent time with host families, and visited historical sites.
Students from both countries benefitted from this enriching experience.
Yaara Feldman, a student at Ulpanat Tzfira, won first place at the 2019 international Math Olympiad!
The Math Olympiad attracts 8,000 participants and tests mathematical knowledge and reasoning skills. This competition is geared towards religious, female high school students, a population that is usually underrepresented in the field of math.
Innovation and flexibility are important components of a successful curriculum, as demonstrated by a new class offered at Yeshivat Kfar Haroeh, a Bnei Akiva school.
For many years, Yeshivat Kfar Haroeh offered a class in Agriculture that focused on planting, the harvesting process and other traditional farming techniques. In today’s age of technology, student interest in the course was dropping: most students think of agriculture as an irrelevant and archaic subject.
This past Shavuot, members of the Five Towns community got a taste of Torat Eretz Yisrael as three of YBA's leading educators, Rabbi Dr. Yona Goodman, National Director of Education, Rabbi Shlomo Kimche, Vice Chairman for Public Affairs, and Rabbi Amir Edrei, Head of Ulpanat Tzfira, spent the holiday in the community and delivered tens of shiurim in synagogues, private homes and high schools.
Mechinat Oz Shlomo in Mercaz Shapiro (formerly known as Mechinat Kiryat Malachi), founded in 2002 and named for the late Chief Rabbi Shlomo Goren zt"l, is a unique pre-army program that aims to assist students from challenging socio-economic backgrounds maximize their potential while preparing for their service in the IDF.