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YBA announces $7.5 million capital campaign for 2015

The YBA Educational Network in Israel and AFYBA are ready to embark on a capital campaign totaling $7,500,000 during 2015 to mark the 75th anniversary of the first Bnei Akiva high school yeshiva - YBA Kfar Haroeh.

Future campus of YBA Orot Yehuda, Efrat
YBA Kfar Haroeh was established by Rabbi Moshe Zvi Neria zt"l, and Rabbi Avraham Zuckerman zt"l in the winter and spring of 1939-40, with only a handful of students. But the message of Torah Ve'Avoda that went forth from that pioneering school has spread far and wide, and the number of YBA schools has grown exponentially over the past 75 years to become Israel's leading educational network.

Rabbi Neria is generally credited with leading the Bnei Akiva "kipa sruga (knitted skullcap) revolution" that has transformed Israeli society over the decades, and his vision of Bnei Akiva yeshiva and ulpana high schools throughout Israel has largely been fulfilled. Today YBA serves 24,000 students in 74 schools from the Golan Heights to Eilat, and everywhere in between.

Future campus of YBA Ma'arav Hashomron, Elkana
To mark the 75th year since the founding of its first yeshiva high school, YBA intends to raise $7.5 million dollars during 2015 for capital projects throughout the network.

The first priority is to fund the construction of 3 new high school campuses serving the Jewish population of Judea and Samaria (Yesha). Ministry of Education funding is available only for the construction of classroom buildings. The construction of all the other components that turn a regular high school into a yeshiva or ulpana high school - Beit Midrash, dining hall, dormitory and gymnasium - must be financed by local and international fundraising.

Future campus of YBA Kinor David, Ateret
The capital campaign's secondary priority is the renovation and upgrading of dormitories, science labs and computer labs in YBA's veteran schools, Dedication opportunities for major gifts are many and varied.

For more information on dedication opportunities, contact Menachem Bar-Shalom at the AFYBA office.


Robert Sidi visits Shomron region YBA schools

Newly installed AFYBA Board Member, Robert Sidi, Esq., an immigration lawyer from the Upper West Side of Manhattan, spent a day during his recent trip to Israel on an orientation tour of YBA network schools. He was accompanied by Oz Ben-Shmuel, AFYBA's Director of Public Relations (and blogger of this YBA News Blog).
Robert Sidi and Rabbi Eli Eizman with YBA Ma'arav Shomron
new campus construction site in background
Robert toured five YBA high schools and one college in the Shomron region, The day began in Elkana, where Robert toured the Orot Israel College of Education campus, Ulpanat Hashomron and Yeshivat Ma'arav Shomron. The Rosh Yeshiva, Rabbi Eli Eizman took Robert on a tour of Elkana, including the site of his new yeshiva campus, now under construction.

Robert Sidi with Shuki Seth (L) and Rabbi Motti Hershkopf
at the newly opened UBA Shirat Hayam building
The tour continued to Ateret, the site of the YBA network's unique musical yeshiva, Yeshivat Kinor David, where Robert lunched with the school's Rosh Yeshiva, Rabbi Motti Hershkopf, and director, Shuki Seth. He viewed the school's promotional video and sat in on an impromptu jam session with on of the school's bands.

From there Robert continued to the YBA network's newest school, Ulpanat Shirat Hayam at Neve Tzuf, just five kilometers down the road. Shirat Hayam is a musical high school for girls modeled after the highly successful Kinor David for boys. The school opened in September with 80 girls in the ninth and tenth grades. All the students and faculty were exuberant with their new school facility, a totally remodeled British Mandate era police fortress.

The tour continued to the town of Neria to visit Ulpanat Neria and Hashmonaim to visit Yeshivat Ner Tamid, before concluding in Modiin, where the YBA nertwork has two more schools: Ulpanat Orot Modiin and Yeshivat Lapid Torat Nachum.