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.
Remembering Gush Katif: On Monday, January 22, 4000 young people from Religious-Zionist schools participated in the annual "Masa Kissufim", during which they visited communities that surround the Gaza Strip, viewed and heard stories about Gush Katif from former residents. Later they gathered at Shlomit,
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?
The Yeshivot Bnei Akiva mourns our alumnus Rabbi Raziel Shevach who was murdered by terrorists outside Chavat Gilad. Rav Raziel, father of five, and a central figure in the spiritual life of the yishuv, known for his willingness to give of himself to others at any time, was an alumnus of YBA Givat Shmuel.
During Chanukah, a group of 10 students, from Yeshivat Bnei Akiva Or Hachaim and Ulpenat Bnei Akiva Orot in Toronto arrived in Israel for a new and unique program: The Canadian students spent a month immersed in Israeli society: studying in YBA schools in Modi'in, living with families of students and seeing the country in a unique manner.
This past June YBA Givat Shmuel received a call: Could the Yeshiva help a young man from a needy family with his Bar Mitzvah? Without missing a beat, the entire 10th grade-135 young men- began planning. With logistical support from the school, the 10th graders raised funds and organized catering, decorations, music and invitations.
In June, Orot Modi'in, YBA's high school for girls in Modi'in was awarded The Education Prize for 5777, the most prestigious award given by the Ministry of Education. Orot Modi'in was one of five high schools from across the State of Israel-and the only religious school- to receive this recognition.
In spring of 2017, American Friends of Yeshivot Bnei Akiva will be embarking upon an exciting new direction which will significantly raise the North American profile of the outstanding educational activities of Yeshivot and Ulpanot Bnei Akiva. AFYBA is deeply grateful to our esteemed chairman, Marvin Bienenfeld and president Arthur Alexander for their dedication and service, and we are pleased to announce that Alan Wildes will be assuming the presidency to lead our growth initiative.
On March 20, five advanced students of Ulpanat Ayelet Hashachar were in Cape Canaveral, Florida to witness the launch of the satellite Duchifat-2 which they helped to construct over the last three years. The satellite, which will map the Earth’s thermosphere, is a partnership between the Ministry of Science, the aeronautics industry and the science center in Herzeliya.
Minister of Education Naftali Bennett. Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Tzipi Hotovely. The head of the Mossad. The first woman of Ethiopian descent to serve in the Knesset. The chief of Israeli police. The CEO of Israel Electric Corporation. The president of Hebrew University. Even Cantor Dudu Fisher. What single thing do all of these Israelis have in common? They all attended Yeshivot Bnei Akiva (YBA) schools in Israel.
Racheli Frenkel is not your typical national leader. Usually, a leader develops gradually, gaining in stature and prominence with the passage of time. But occasionally, seemingly ordinary people are thrust by extraordinary circumstances onto the national stage, to be universally recognized for their leadership qualities, despite their previous anonymity. Racheli Frenkel is such a leader.
Moshe and Svetlana are both 26 and new immigrants from the former Soviet Union. They met each other in Beer Sheva and fell in love. Svetlana recently lost her mother to cancer and has no contact with her father. Moshe also lost all contact with both his parents after making Aliyah on his own. The couple wanted to marry, but had no resources to afford a traditional Jewish wedding.
|YBA students handing out free Israeli flags in Jerusalem|
This week, YBA high school students fanned out all across Israel to help bolster the resilience of Israel's citizens. They filled traffic intersections in all the major cities waving flags, dancing and singling while handing out 20,000 Israeli flags and bumper stickers saying, "Be strong and we will be strengthened" and "An eternal nation has no fear of the long road ahead."
Students volunteered their free time for these activities out of a sense of social responsibility. "Raising the flag of Israel in these times sends a message to our enemies that we are not bowing to terror," said one student, "we are never going to leave Eretz Yisrael, and we are not afraid."
"Lots of drivers sound their car horns in support; others roll down their windows and yell 'kol hakavod!' ('Good job!') and many thank us," said another participant. "That's the proof that 'Am Yisrael Chai'."