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In memory of Elicia Brown Pomeroy

“Good things come in small packages” may be a classic idiom. But in MMY 5778, one of the best things has come in the form of quite a large package. After last year’s students were welcomed into MMY with the inauguration of our new gym room, this year’s students were greeted with our brand new set of bicycles! Donated in memory of Elicia Brown-Pomeroy, עליזה אלקה בת טדרוס, the newest addition to the MMY world has far surpassed everyone’s expectations.

Rabbi Katz, usually one to be excited about any and all donations, was skeptical when first approached with the idea of a bike donation. “Perhaps because I never learned to ride a bike myself and I am quite happy with driving my car, I couldn’t imagine anyone would actually ride a bicycle around Yerushalayim. Boy was I wrong! The bicycles have turned into the hottest item I can remember in a long time.”

MMYers have taken advantage of the bikes on a daily basis.  One student, Eliana Feifel from Chicago (pictured above with her friends), shared with us her excitement about this new service. “The new bicycles in MMY have been such a great addition to the school that everyone has been able to benefit from. These bikes provide us with such a positive opportunity to exercise, learn our way around, and hang out with friends in a fun and exciting way. MMY is located in such a beautiful area, and with these bikes, we are able to appreciate it more. I have personally enjoyed taking advantage of my free time by riding along the local bike path by Tachana Rishona and discovering various beautiful parks in the MMY area. I am truly so thankful to the donors of these bicycles because they enhance our school and help keep the students happy and healthy!”

Read more: Cycle of Life – MMY Rides On

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The year spent in seminary in Israel is a very special and critical time in the life of a young Jewish woman. Within this relatively short span of time there is a disproportionately large amount of spiritual and emotional growth , which lays the foundation and sets the tone for one's continued path in life.

It is vital for time be set aside for reflection in order to allow for processing and greater self-awareness. Within the context of the art chug at MMY, participants are encouraged to share moments of inspiration which they have had over the course of their Israel experience, and share them with each other through artistic expression

Four projects are planned for the year. Each one is designed to guide each young woman express her own unique spiritual path. The first project focuses on an object of inspiration, and is based on a realistic approach to art. The second project will introduce abstract techniques as we explore the theme of inspirational places we have visited in Israel. The third project will introduce surrealism and symbolic representation as a tool for spiritual reflection. A group collage is planned as well, designed to foster camaraderie and creativity as a community.

The year has begun with a strong and positive reception for the art class. Everyone has begun to keep a diary of thoughts, feelings, and inspirations. We have started to share from our inner world and to plan out in a practical way how we may go about expressing ourselves through artistic medium.

Read more: Self-Awareness and Spiritual Growth through Artistic Expression with Geula Twersky

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