“Tochnit Shiluv – Bet Midrash” Gets Off to an Exciting Start
As you may know, this year MMY has incorporated an exciting new “Tochnit Shiluv” which exposes MMY students to Israelis and helps integrate them into Israeli society. For Shana Bet, the program offers a combination of regular classes in MMY, Sherut Leumi service and Ulpan. This week, we launched the Shana Aleph division of the program – our exciting new Bet Midrash Shiluv program, in which participating students are paired up with an Israeli Sherut Leumi girl as a chevruta during night seder.
The program takes place once a week during Sunday’s Night Seder. The chevrutot are given source sheets to learn together for the first hour, and then this is followed by a shiur given by Mrs. Ora Derovan. The chevruta learning, as well as the shiurim, are conducted exclusively in Hebrew. In addition, girls in the Tochnit Shiluv have committed to learn an extra half hour each time, extending night seder to 10:15 pm.
Sarah Ohana, one of the participants, shared her enthusiasm for the program by commenting, “This is an excellent addition to MMY. It is extremely interactive, and gives us an opportunity to improve our Hebrew. More importantly, it is very special to have the opportunity to create friendships, to share experiences (and compare experiences) with Israeli girls our age. We all bonded right away, and I look forward to it every Sunday night!”
Spearheaded by Mrs. Derovan and Rabbi Haber, the program’s ultimate goal is to broaden the experience of our talmidot. “Although MMY is an institution geared towards girls from abroad, we think it is very important to expand their horizons and give them a taste of the culture around them in Yerushalayim and in Israel in general,” Rabbi Haber said. Ora has put in a lot of effort to find Israelis for the program who are doing Sherut Leumi, so they are the same age as the MMY talmidot. This provides a fascinating dynamic and give-and-take, in which both the Israelis and the MMY girls can learn from and about each other. So far, all involved are finding it to be an exciting adventure!