As the 5778/2017-18 school year draws to a close, Yeshivot Bnei Akiva is celebrating some remarkable achievements. Our high school for boys in Modiin was recognized for the Education Prize, the top honor granted by the Education Ministry.
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.
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.