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Your special day? Do something special! How do you celebrate your birthday? At the Jennie Sapirstein Junior High and High School for Girls, Ramot, Jerusalem, there’s a tradition: each month, all the girls who have a birthday go out to volunteer in the community together!  Yes, at the time most people expect to receive, these girls make …

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Winter break is often synonymous with ski trips or vacation holidays in exotic resorts, but for 60 recent graduates of Midreshet Lindenbaum’s the Maria and Joel Finkle Overseas Program it meant an opportunity to revisit their ‘home away from home’ and recharge their spiritual batteries in their beloved beit midrash in the heart of Jerusalem!  The …

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Eat, pray, love. 11th grade students at the Katz Oriya High School for Girls spent this past Shabbat getting to know the Haredi community of Bnei Brak. The girls were hosted by ultra-Orthodox families for Shabbat meals, met with the mayor of the city and other key figures from Haredi society, and experienced an uplifting, …

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Congratulations to Ayelet Berlin, a Ktzinat Ta’sh (officer in charge of the financial, social and medical welfare of other soldiers) in the Israeli Police Force through the IDF, on receiving the President’s Outstanding Soldier Award! Ayelet is a graduate of Midreshet Lindenbaum’s Hadas Program which combines intensive Torah studies with significant military service. Ayelet, we …

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A field trip in with a positive perspective!  Last Friday the students of the Jacob Sapirstein “Ariel” High School for Boys, a community-environmental high school in Ramot, Jerusalem, went on a galvanizing, fun and experiential field trip. The trip was organized as part of their activities in “Ayin Tova” – literally meaning a “good eye” …

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Women of Valor! Four graduates of Ohr Torah Stone’s Katz Oriya High School for Girls completed the IDF’s “Hod Course” yesterday, certifying them to become Teaching and Command NCO’s in the Education Corps. Roni Brody, Shaked ben Abu, Talia Schmell and Emuna Shefler – Ohr Torah Stone salutes you! May you and all of our …

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Students in Midreshet Lindenbaum’s Maria and Joel Finkle Overseas Program learn Torah intensively every day in the beit midrash, then take the values of that beit midrash outside its four walls to serve and impact upon the community through weekly volunteer opportunities such as this one: packaging meals at Ezrat Avot for needy families in …

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Machanaim in the IDF! Third-year students at the Robert M. Beren Machanaim Hesder Yeshiva who recently enlisted as soldiers in the IDF Nachal Brigade completed their long-anticipated “Masa Kumta” – the grueling march after which they finally received their brigade berets! Rosh Yeshiva Rav Shlomo Vilk and other students in the yeshiva joined them to …

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On the night before the Israeli elections, Pardes Channa and Karkur residents of all backgrounds came together at the local community center for a night of song and study. The brainchild of Tal Brill, the Yachad Jewish Identity Program coordinator in the region, the idea was to combat the sense of divisiveness and conflict many …

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“We are in the middle of a milchemet mitzva – a mandatory or holy war – where according to the Talmud ‘Everyone goes out [to fight], even a groom from his wedding room, and a bride from her wedding canopy,’” said Rabbi Ohad Teharlev, director of Israeli programs at Midreshet Lindenbaum, at the annual conference …

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