Asher Corsia

Tikun Olam - UBA Orot Modiin student wins Volunteer of the Year Award

All 74 schools in the YBA Educational Network educate their students to put into practice the Jewish values of Tikun Olam and Gemilut Chasadim through weekly volunteer activities in the community, effectively improving the lives of thousands of needy Israelis of all ages.

UBA Orot Modiin senior, Carmel Amir
In Modiin, a growing young city in the heart of Israel, Mayor Haim Bibas has made a tradition of awarding certificates of appreciation to 15 twelfth graders each year recognizing them for their contributions to the community through their volunteer activities,with one of the 15 nominees being chosen for the Volunteer of the Year Award.

At the high-point of this years ceremony, attended by municipal officials, educators, family and friends of the nominees, Mayor Bibas announced that Carmel Amir (17), from Ulpanat Bnei Akiva Orot Modiin, was the 2015 winner of the coveted award. 

Carmel, who is also a leader in the local Israeli Scouts youth movement, was cited for her contribution to society for her leadership role for the past few years in the city's "Birthday Clowns" project. The project organizes and hosts birthday parties for children from needy families in cooperation with the municipality's welfare department.

Mayor Bibas praised Carmel as a worthy role model for her peers, who gives to others with all her heart. "I makes me feel proud to to be the mayor of a city that is blessed with so many youth who are imbued with the spirit of volunteerism. It begins in the home and extends to the values they learn in our schools. I want to thank our youth for all that they do for the benefit of the community."

Carmel Amir with her fellow "Birthday Clowns" volunteers
UBA Orot Modiin was established in 1998 as one of the first high schools in Modiin, and serves over 700 girls in grades 7 through 12 today. The school has won many awards, and is on the cutting edge of educational technology in Israel, with personal laptops for each student replacing traditional textbooks and paper-based homework assignments.

Learn more about the 74 schools in the YBA Educational Network by viewing the Interactive Map on our website. YBA - TRAINING ISRAEL'S FUTURE.

UBA Orot Modiin dedicates new auditorium/synagogue

The 600 girls of UBA Orot Modiin in the town of Modiin recently celebrated the opening of the remodeled auditorium/synagogue on their campus. 

The auditorium will now be called 'Heichal Moshe v’Esther' in memory of Rabbi Moshe and Esther Nachtailer z”l, whose legacy helped to complete the renovation. Rabbi Beni Nachtailer (no relation), the Director General of the YBA Educational Network and Rabbi Asher Corsia, the Rosh Ulpana welcomed the Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rabbi David Lau, the mayor of Modiin-Maccabim-Reut, Haim Beavas and other local officials at the dedication ceremony.

Like all YBA network schools, UBA Orot Modiin is very involved with the welfare of its local community. Hence, the students will share the synagogue on Shabbat and holidays with Congregation Menorat Avner, a neighborhood congregation named after Avner Goldman, am IAF helicopter pilot who was killing in the line of duty.

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UBA Orot Modiin Campus

YBA Lapid Torat Nachum to host community-wide Tikun Leil Hoshana Rabba in Modiin

YBA Lapid Torat Nachum invited the entire population of Modiin to join them on Tuesday night, October 14, for a traditional all-night Torah learning marathon (Tikun) celebrating Hoshana Rabba - the last day of Sukkot before Shmini Atzeret/Simchat Torah.

The yeshiva lined up an allstar cast of Torah scholars to lecture during the all-night event, including (in order of appearance):

  • Rabbi Beni Nachtailer, Director General of the YBA Educational Network in Israel
  • Rabbi Yaakov Ariel, Chief Rabbi of Ramat Gan
  • MK Tzippy Hotovely, Deputy Minister of Transportation
  • Rabbi David Stav, Chief Rabbi of Shoham
  • Rabbi Shmuel Rosenblum, Rosh Yeshiva of YBA Lapid Torat Nachum, Modiin
  • MK Rabbi Shay Peron, Minister of Education
  • Rabbi David Lau, Chief Rabbi of Israel
  • Rabbi Haim Drukman, Chairman of the YBA Educational Network in Israel
  • Rabbi Yaakov Meidan, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Hesder Har Etzion
  • Rabbi Dani Singles, Rosh Yeshiva of YBA Yeshivat Hesder Netzeret Elite
  • Mrs. Rachel Fraenkel
  • Rabbi Haim Baruch, Rosh Mechinat Atzmona
  • Rabbi Aryeh Handler, Rosh Yeshivat Hesder Ramla
  • Rabbi Elisha Vishlitski
  • Rabbi Yaakov Chikotai, Chief Rabbi of Modiin-Maccabim-Reut
  • Rabbi Eliyahu Alharir, Chief Rabbi of Modiin-Maccabim-Reut
  • Rabbi Asher Corsia, Rosh Ulpanat Bnei Akiva Oror Modiin

AFYBA Intitiates Scholar-in-Residence Program for U.S. Congregations

AFYBA is pleased to announce the initiation of the AFYBA Scholar-in-Residence Program

For the first time, AFYBA is offering congregations in the U.S. and Canada the opportunity to meet and learn with leading Torah scholars and educators in the Yeshivot Bnei Akiva educational network, who head some of Israel’s finest religious Zionist high schools.

Congregations may choose one of five distinguished Roshei Yeshivot and Ulpanot (see roster below) to invite to as a guest lecturer for a weekend during the coming year (5775). 

All of the rabbis are fluent in English, and each brings a unique perspective on the Jewish experience in both the Diaspora and Israel. They are all accomplished speakers who will certainly provide fresh insights into Torah, Halacha, Hashkafa and other topics of interest to modern Orthodox congregants.

Congregations can preview 3-5 minute sermons on the weekly Torah portion by the participating rabbis in English by visiting the Parshat Shavua section on the AFYBA website,

Congregations wishing to invite one of the distinguished rabbis to be a guest lecturer for a weekend should contact Menachem Bar-Shalom ( will make every effort to accommodate the date and lecturer chosen. 

Sponsorship of the hosting expenses will be worked out on a case by case basis, according to the resources and policies of each congregation.

AFYBA Scholar-in-Residence Roster, 5775 (2014-5)

Rabbi Asher Corsia
Rabbi Asher Corsia was born in Spain and grew up in Israel. He graduated from Himmelfarb High School in Jerusalem and served in the IDF Chaplaincy as a religious officer. He holds a B.A. in Jewish Studies and Social Work from Bar Ilan University and an M.A. in Education from Hebrew University. He is also a graduate of the Mandel Leadership Institute in Jerusalem.

Rabbi Corsia studied for rabbinical ordination at the Yeshivat Sha’alvim Kollel, and has served as a shaliach for World Bnei Akiva in Panama. He was the founding Rosh Yeshiva of YBA Torat Lapid Nachum in Modiin, and later founded Ulpanat Bnei Akiva Orot Modiin, where he continues to serve as Rosh Ulpana. Rabbi Corsia is also a visiting lecturer at a number of academic colleges in Israel.

Rabbi Yona Goodman
Rabbi Yona Goodman was born in New York and made Aliyah with his family as a teenager. He graduated high school from YBA Yavneh in Haifa, did the Hesder program and studied for rabbinic ordination at YBA Yeshivat Hesder Hagolan, and earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees in Jewish Education at the Hebrew University, where he is presently completing his doctorate.

Rabbi Goodman is a former secretary-general of the national Bnei Akiva Youth Movement in Israel, and for the past 20 years has taught Jewish Education and held various administrative positions at the YBA affiliated Orot Israel College of Education in Elkana. He is an accomplished lecturer and has spoken at communities and conferences in the United States, Canada, South Africa, England, Russia, Sweden, Norway, Holland, Belgium and Israel. For the last 15 years Rabbi Goodman has broadcast a five-minute weekly spot on education on Israeli National Radio, and for the last three years he has also broadcast a weekly Jewish parenting video on the Arutz Meir Internet TV station. In September 2014 he begins serving as the Director of Education at the YBA Educational Network in Israel. View videos...

Rabbi Yossi Kahana
Rabbi Yossi Kahana was born and raised in Jerusalem and attended high school at YBA Yad Avraham in Netanya. After graduation he enrolled in the Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavne Hesder program, and served as a tank commander in the IDF Armored Corps. He studied for rabbinic ordination and earned B.A. and M.A. degrees in Talmud at Bar Ilan University, where he is presently working on his doctorate.

From 1991 to 1994 Rabbi Kahana served as the World Bnei Akiva Youth Movement national shaliach in South Africa. After returning to Israel he became the principal of the Junior high school at Ulpanat Bnei Akiva Amana in Kfar Saba, and since 2006 he has served as the Rosh Ulpana at UBA Amana.

Rabbi Shlomo Kimche
Rabbi Shlomo Kimche was born in London, and made Aliyah with his family in 1969 to Haifa at the age of eight. He graduated high school from Yeshivat Sha’alvim, attended the Hesder program YBA Yeshivat Hakotel, and served during the first Lebanon War in the IDF Armored Corps. He studied for rabbinic ordination at Yeshivat Hesder Sha’alvim, where he ran the yeshiva’s program for overseas students, and also earned B.A. and M.A. degrees in Education from the Hebrew University.

From 1990 to 1993, Rabbi Kimche served as College Rabbi in Mount Scopus College in Melbourne, Australia – one of the largest Jewish Day Schools in the world, with 3,000 pupils. After returning to Israel he was appointed the Rabbi of the Orot Etzion School in Efrat and also became a pulpit rabbi in a local synagogue. Rabbi Kimche founded YBA Orot Yehuda in Efrat in 1997, where he has served as Rosh Yeshiva and Talmud teacher until today.

Rabbi Yehoshua Magnes
Rabbi Yehoshua Magnes was born in New York and made Aliyah with his family in the 1960s. He graduated high school from YBA Hadarom in Rehovot and studied for the rabbinate at Yeshivat Merkaz Harav, where he became a close disciple of the former Rosh Yeshiva and Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rabbi Avraham Shapira. After ten years serving as the rabbi of the Hapoel Hamizrahi community in Bnei Brak, he was called back by Rabbi Shapira to Merkaz Harav, where he has taught ever since.

Rabbi Magnes has authored four books of Torah commentary: Torat Haolah, Hama’araha Hagedola, Torat Yishi, and the soon-to-be-published Torat Shabbat Ha’aretz. He has also served as the Rabbi of Ulpanit Bnei Akiva Tel Aviv, which his wife, Rabbanit Yaffa Magnes, heads as the Rosh Ulpanit, since the school’s founding in 1978.