Midreshet Devora Update- March 2012
February and March have been very busy months at Midreshet Devora.
This semester we are offering a variety of courses including Shir HaShirim,Tehillim, Women in Tanach, The Jewish Life Cycle, Halacha (Shabbat, Kashrut, Women’s issues), Chasidut, Bibliodrama, Polemics, Philosophy, Zionism, Topics in the Talmud, Zoomba, Cooking, Hebrew Language Ulpan and Music along with our Cultural Outings, Jerusalem Experiences,Tiyulim and Chesed Opportunities.
In addition to our regular classes, shiurim and chavruta learning we participated in many special events.
In honor of Tu B’shvat we participated in an Eco Beit Midrash with Shaul Judelman where we learned about caring for the environment from a Halachic perspective.
On Monday, February 6, we helped out at a Tu B’Shvat Carnival sponsored by the One Family Fund for children who were victims of terror.
On Tuesday, February 7 we went on a full day tiyul with Eve Harow to Nebi Samuel, burial site of Shmuel HaNavi, Beit Choron, Neot Kedumim, Israel’s Biblical Landscape Reserve, Neria (where we had a choice to plant!) and Dolev. We also saw the sunset from Mt. Harsha.
On February 8 we conducted a Tu B’Shvat seder. Using a Tu B’Shvat Hagada, we studied sources that dealt with the seven species of Israel as well as the significance of different types of fruits and nuts. We sang Hebrew songs and of course we tried at least 15 different types of fruits and nuts and we drank four cups of grape juice.
We spent an inspiring Shabbat at Penina Taylor’s home in Beit Shemesh.
On Tuesday, February 14 we went to a MASA Israel Advocacy conference.
On Wednesday, February15 we spent our afternoon at Machon HaMikdash followed by Wednesday Night Cooking with Eris.
On Thursday, February 16 we went on a culinary outing with Tehila, our Hebrew Ulpan teacher to the Grand Cafe in Baka. We ordered everything in Hebrew and the food was really delicious!
On Tuesday evening, February 21, we saw the documentary about Agunot: Women Unchained followed by a panel discussion with Rabbi Chaim Wasserman and Dr. Rachel Levmore.
We spent Wednesday afternoon, February 22 at the Gush Katif Museum. In the evening we went to a lecture from the editors of Mishpacha Magazine.
On Sunday February 26 we went on a full day tiyul with Ezra Rosenfeld to Masada, Ein Gedi and the Dead Sea!
On Tuesday, February 28 we baked Hamentashen with Sharona and her family. They came out really well!
On Wednesday afternoon, February 29 we visited the Herzl Museum.
On Sunday, March 4, during our lunch break, we packed 80 Mishloach Manot packages to be delivered to Jerusalem’s elderly population on Purim day.
On Monday, March 5, before heading out to our regular chesed assignments, we volunteered at the Shekel, a factory that is run by people with special needs.
On Tuesday, we delivered packages to the homebound elderly in Talpiot Mizrach followed by a Music Mini Course with Naomi Markovic.
We had a great time preparing our costumes and Mishloach Manot packages for Purim. In the evening we helped run a carnival for young families followed by Megilla reading.
In the morning, after Megilla reading we delivered Mishloach Manot to two full nursing homes followed by a Seudah at Barbara Sofer and Gerald Schroeder’s home.
We had an In Shabbat where the students prepared Friday Night dinner and enjoyed being hosted for lunch by members of the Talpiot community.
On Wednesday, March 14 we attended Rabbi Brovender’s Parsha class.
On Monday, March 19, we went on a trip to Cholon where we visited the Dialogue in the Dark, Invitation to Silence and the Osem Bamba Visitor’s Center.
On Tuesday we studied the structure of the Hagada with Sharona and continued our studies of the Halachot of Pesach with Rav Jonny.
Thursday was our last day of classes before our vacation!
Chag Kasher V’Sameach!
Check out our new Joint Program with Jerusalem’s Culinary Institute!
Seminary and Culinary School Joint Program in Jerusalem
Midreshet Devora www.midreshetdevora.org is pleased to announce that we have teamed up with Jerusalem Culinary Institute’s (JCI) Professional Program www.jcichef.com/professional.html to provide young women who are looking to pursue a career as cooks or caterers with courses in Culinary, Patisserie and Bread Making.
Observant women between the ages of 18-26 can combine serious Torah study and exposure to the Land and culture of Israel at Midreshet Devora with the Professional Program at JCI. Room and board as well as special Shabbatot and trips will be provided by Midreshet Devora. JCI is a short walk from Midreshet Devora in the Talpiot/Arnona section of Jerusalem .
The JCI track at Midreshet Devora is a great option for a young woman who is looking for something different from a regular Midrasha experience. Through this combined program, she can spend her year at a Midrasha in Jerusalem and go home with a diploma which can help her get a job in the industry. Unlike culinary schools abroad, JCI is Kosher Mehadrin which gives the young chefs the ability to sample what they have made as well as learn about the kosher food industry.
Generous Scholarships and College Credits are available for those who qualify.
For more information please contact Sharona Margolin Halickman, Rosh HaMidrasha, Midreshet Devora email@example.com 052-534-6260.