Shirat Hayam

YBA dedicates 5 new school buildings in Yehuda and Shomron - Israel's Heartland

Elchanan Glatt addressing crowd at
YBA Ma'arav Shomron
The Yeshivot Bnei Akiva educational network is not willing to even think about a building freeze in Judea and Samaria. In fact, the YBA schools in Yehuda and Shomron are undergoing a construction boom like YBA hasn't known for many years.

Last week, over 3,000 people joined YBA in Elkana to dedicate a new campus for the YBA Ma'arav Shomron boy's yeshiva high school.  The event was attended by the mayor of Elkana, Asaf Mintzer, and featured a love performance by singer Avraham Fried.
This week, the opening week of the  5776 school year, featured many other dedication ceremonies:


The new campus of YBA Orot Yehuda in Efrat was dedicated on Sunday, with videotaped greetings from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Education Minister Naftali Bennett and the Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky. On hand were the mayor of Efrat, Oded Ravivi, and the General Director of the YBA Educational Network, Elchanan Glatt, who couldn't contain his excitement as he spoke in front of the thousands of well wishers in attendance.
At the same time, in the presence of the Minister Uri Ariel and YBA officials, a new dormitory facility was being dedicated at the UBA Shirat Hayam Ulpana High School of the Arts for girls in Neve Tzuf.
Meanwhile, the YBA Sussya Yeshiva High School for Environmental Studies was not satisfied with dedicating a new dormitory last week, so it broke ground immediately afterward for the construction of an additional dormitory building there.
Finally, later in the week YBA Mateh Binyamin in Beit El also dedicated a new dormitory building for its many students in the residential track.
Elchanan Glatt: "Yeshivot Bnei Akiva has taken off on a period of unprecedented growth, expansion and excellence. We are proud of our educational path, and proud to be part of the continuing settlement movement throughout the entire Land of Israel."
Yossi Dagan, the mayor of the Shomron Regional Council welcomed the building boom and said: "Naturally, the communal and spiritual atmosphere in the Shomron is conducive for educating students toward Jewish values and connection to the Land of Israel. We congratulate YBA on this building boom, and wish all the schools much success in training our children toward excellence and Jewish values."

There are 74 educational institutions in the YBA network in Israel, including 15 in Yehuda and Shomron ensuring high quality education in Israel's heartland.

CLICK HERE to view an interactive map of YBA schools in Israel.

Yeshivot Bnei Akiva: Training Israel's Future.

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.

Introducing YBA's newest school: Ulpanat Shirat Hayam

"It is impossible to stop a creative soul from creating."
- Rabbi A.I. Hacohen Kook, 
Orot Hakodesh.

Opening Day at Ulpanat Bnei Akiva Shirat Hayam


The Yeshivot Bnei Akiva educational network in Israel opened its 74th school on September 1st, 2014: Ulpanat Shirat Hayam, in the Shomron town of Neve Tzuf (also known as Halamish).

The school is a musical high school for girls with creative souls, modeled after YBA's highly successful musical yeshiva high school for boys, YBA Kinor David, located just up the road, in the Shomron town of Ateret.

The school opened with 80 students in the 9th and 10th grades, and will expand one grade level a year in 2016 and 2017 to maximum capacity. The school will combine a traditional curriculum of Judaic Studies with intensive lessons in music and dance.

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