MMY 5776 is off to a splendid start! With G-d so obviously on our side this year, what’s not to be elated about? Rabbi Katz’s nerves were laid to rest when- for the first time in years!- every single piece of luggage arrived safe and sound. Shout out to 5775, sorry JW for the month you had to wait, luggage-less! After Monday’s landing, the girls spent their first day settling into their dorm rooms, unpacking, and unwinding. They were blown away by the organization and personal touch of the MMY staff, who have done everything possible to make the transition comfortable and secure for each and every student. The girls were pleasantly surprised to find their apartment kitchens fully stocked with cereal, milk, crackers, peanut butter, and… most of all chocolate. The survival guide waiting for each girl on her bed was just further confirmation of the warmth and personal touch that they would quickly come to trust.
By Tuesday afternoon, our girls could already be found packed into the Beit Medrash, listening intently to each teacher’s orientation, poring over their course descriptions, and selecting their top picks for the first semester of learning. Registration went really smoothly this year. The girls were able to purchase their Seforim in a record-breaking total of 1 hour and 5 minutes! Thanks to last years’ Madrichot, MMYers 5776 were privy to an exclusive Toranut training session, so yes, they now know all the tricks of taking out the trash.
The most noticeable quality when speaking to Jenny is her warmth. Whether you are a teacher, student, friend, or family member, Jenny’s kind smile and soft spoken voice makes you feel at home.
Originally from Cherry Hill, NJ, Jenny made aliyah after learning at Shaalvim for Women. Jenny has been passionate about teaching since 6th grade after having a wonderful teacher and knew she wanted to go into education. She went on to study at Michlalah Jerusalem College for Women and earned her degree in education. While studying, she worked as a madricha at Tiferet where she built lasting relationships with the students. In 2009, Jenny married her husband Josh who has also became an important member of the MMY family. Jenny went on to teach English at YTA for Boys where she has taught for five years. She explains she has loved teaching at YTA because she feels it is a special opportunity to be able to encourage and help high school students who are trying to work through their aliyah process. In addition to teaching them material, she has also taught them responsibility which she knows will have a lasting impact in the process of becoming responsible adults.