YBA Students Head to the Final Frontier

YBA Students Head to the Final Frontier

Ofakim Students Take Part in Construction and Launch of NASA Satellite  

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. The students took an active role in constructing the insulation that protects the body of the satellite. When the five students from Ofakim joined the project in 9th grade, the launch date of March 2017 seemed like a distant dream. A moment before the launch, though, student Tohar Timsit said: “Years of work is turning into reality. We have achieved our goal, and the sky is no longer the limit!” In addition to watching the launch students visited the Kennedy Space Center, and met with NASA’s Associate Administrator for Education, Donald James. Elchanan Glatt, CEO of Yeshivot Bnei Akiva said to Bruriah Neuberger, principal of Ayelet Hashachar: “You have brought Torah and science together in this world, and have achieved educational greatness.”


YBA Students to Visit the Large Hadron Collider

This spring, Yeshivot Bnei Akiva will send a delegation of 26 students from all over Israel to the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s largest and most powerful particle collider, for an intensive weeklong visit. The delegation will be hosted by CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (of which Israel is the sole non-European member state), and based in Geneva. This initiative, which is in its second year, and originated with a group from YBA Yad Avraham in Netanya, will include high achieving students from eight Yeshivot across the Bnei Akiva network.  Mr. Elchanan Glatt and Mr. Avi Shahar, the executive director and assistant executive director of Yeshivot Bnei Akiva, will visit the delegation during the course of the week. The delegation will spend Shabbat with the Jewish community in Zurich and have the opportunity to meet and interact with its Bnei Akiva chapter. To prepare for the visit, students participated in several day-long seminars and met at the Knesset with MK Ofir Akunis, Israel’s Minister of Science, Technology, and Space, who recalled his own visit to the LHC, and told the students: “There are already many Israeli scientists at the LHC, and I want you to be the next generation.”