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Rebeccy Babitz
Rebeccy Babitz

Rebeccy Babitz learned for two years at Midreshet Lindenbaum’s Overseas Program before making Aliyah last year and beginning a year of national service at Yad Vashem. “I try to get back to Midreshet LIndenbaum whenever I can,” says Rebeccy.  “Having the built-in support and network is crucial. Midreshet Lindenbaum is my home in Israel.”

Rebeccy recently attended a Shabbaton organized through Sherut Sheli for alumnae from her year who made Aliyah. “It was wonderful to see my friends and reconnect with our teachers during a really beautiful Shabbat together.”

Gabby Yohananoff chose to attend the Overseas Program at Midreshet Lindenbaum in part because of the new Sherut Sheli program. “I’ve wanted to make Aliyah since 7th grade”, she said. “At Lindenbaum, not only are the teachers passionate and dedicated to learning and teaching Torah; I also knew I’d get support as I chart my path beyond this year. Rabbanit Nomi has been tremendously helpful every step of the way as I plan my next steps.  As busy as she is, she makes me feel as if I’m her only student.” Gabby will be enlisting in the IDF in August.

As hard as it is for young women to make such a big leap on their own, so far from their families, it’s especially challenging for parents. They have shared that they find comfort in knowing their daughters are getting the guidance and support they need from people who can help them, every step of the way.

In a letter to express her gratitude as the parent of a daughter making Aliyah, Jodi Schmeltz wrote, “We want to express our thanks for all of the time you give given to Avital. She’s making very big decisions far away from us and it’s so comforting to know that she has people there to listen and guide her. We appreciate everything you have done for her.”


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