YBA Supports Olim

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.

Binaymin Mazos won 7th place in the contest, and Dan ben Chamo, who made aliyah from France only two years ago, won first place!

“I’m happy and proud to be part of the Jewish Nation and Yeshivat Givat Shmuel,” Dan told his rosh yeshiva.

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A Unique High School

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.

 

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YBA Soccer Stars

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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!

Hi-Tech Farming Agri-Tech

Hi-Tech Farming Agri-Tech

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.

Shavuot in the Five Towns

Shavuot in the Five Towns

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.

Yeshivot Bnei Akiva Mission, February 15-19: Creating Connections

Yeshivot Bnei Akiva Mission, February 15-19: Creating Connections

The upcoming mission to Israel of leaders and friends of YBA-North America will focus on building connections between the YBA in Israel, and our friends in the US. Participants will have the opportunity to see Yeshivot Bnei Akiva in action as they visit a variety of our 75 institutions- boys' and girls' high schools, Yeshivot Hesder, pre-army Mechinot, and the AMI conversion program.

The True Joy of Purim: Students of YBA Netiv Meir Raise Funds for Wedding of a Couple in Need

The True Joy of Purim: Students of YBA Netiv Meir Raise Funds for Wedding of a Couple in Need

The highlight of the year in any Yeshiva High School in Israel is the "Hachtara" the great pre-Purim celebration organized by the 12th grade which turns the school upside-down with fun and silliness. This year, however, as they were raising the funds for their celebration, students of Yeshivat Bnei Akiva Netiv Meir in Jerusalem began to ask themselves: Is this really the best that we can do with the money that we raise?