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.