A Thousand Words – April 13, 2020

While the coronavirus crisis forced thousands of young men and women spending their gap year in Israel returned to their countries of origin, 14 students from Brazil, Argentina, Columbia, and Mexico continue to call Midreshet Lindenbaum’s Jerusalem campus “home.”

For these students in Midreshet Lindenbaum’s Amlat Program – the only full-time Torah experience for Spanish speaking women in Israel – there was no question that they would remain in Israel.  In addition to continuing the learning schedule through online classes, students’ daily programming also includes Hebrew Ulpan, chavruta (paired learning), and evening activities within the building such as Master Chef competitions, mock Olympics, and a theater workshop which provided an outlet for emotional stress. 

Along with their madricha (counselor), herself a former student who made aliya and completed her IDF service, and another former Amlat student who now serves as the program’s house mother, the young women prepped the entire campus for Pesach – kashering the industrial kitchen, searching for chametz and burning the remains, cooking and baking Passover foods and generally making the midrasha into a real home (pictured: setting the table in advance of the festival’s final day). 


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