Bet Elazraki is located in the beautiful coastal city of Netanya. Our students live in two gorgeous villas a few houses down from BE, which allows them to be close enough to BE to be a part of all activities at the home, but also gives them the personal space to be on their own when needed.
All the classes and learning for the midrasha take place on the Bet Elazraki campus. In this way, the learning and environment of the midrasha impact the home, and vice versa.
Netanya is a vibrant and picturesque coastal city with all the amenities of a large city, but the peace and quiet of a suburb. Our midrasha is located a 10 minute walk from the separate beach, as well as close to a wonderful Anglo community. There are malls, restaurants, and recreational centers all within walking distance as well- not to mention the beautiful boardwalk along the beach!
Netanya is an hour and fifteen minutes travel by car and about an hour and a half by bus. Being outside of Yerushalayim enables our students to focus more deeply on their Torat Chessed experience without the distractions that often come from being “in the scene”.
However, we do realize that most midrashot are in the Yerushalayim area and that our students want to be able to see their friends. Therefore, we provide transportation both ways at a subsidized price for each out Shabbat, as well as every Monday evening, “seminary night off”, in order to enable our participants to easily connect with their friends and family.
Three meals a day are provided for our students, with most of those meals eaten together with the children. In addition, the villas are equipped with basic kitchen appliances to allow the students to make their own food, should they so choose.
There is a washer and dryer in the villa for the students to do their laundry at their leisure.
Similar to Bet Elazraki, the Shabbat experience will be a unique and crucial part of our program. One Shabbat a month, we have an “in” Shabbat together with the children of the Home, which is sure to be a singularly powerful experience. An additional Shabbat each month is spent together as a midrasha– either on campus together or at various communities across the country.
The other two Shabbatot each month are “out” Shabbatot, where the students are able visit family and friends. On those Shabbatot as well, the campus is open for those interested in staying in. For the more adventurous types, we are always happy to help our students find places to stay across the country.
We believe that an essential part of the midrasha experience is the fact that we are in Eretz Yisrael, the land of our people, nation, country, and history. As such, our program includes various ways to help them connect to the land and Medinat Yisrael.
A large part of our program involves traveling the land and exploring its beauty. We have a big 2-3 day trip every few months to different parts of the country, enabling our students to connect to the land in a unique way. Various day tiyulim across the country also help give our students the ability to experience- and impact upon- their land and their people.
We have numerous shabbatonim throughout the year in various cities and communities around the country in order to expose our students to the different types of communities that make up Israeli society.
And finally, within the walls of the midrasha itself there are wonderful ways to connect with our country and our people. One of our morning classes explores the complex issues and challenges that arise within the Jewish state and Jewish society. In addition, our students work daily with Israelis very closely- both the children from the home as well as the staff from the home. There are also 50 Israeli peers who do their Sheirut Leumi service at the home, which gives our students a unique window into Israeli society and culture.
Speaking Hebrew is not a prerequisite for being accepted to our midrasha. Although most of the children in BE speak only Hebrew, we have found over the years that even when a common language is lacking, a “language of love” develops between our children and those who care for them- something which enables them to overcome the language barrier. At the same time, we do hope and expect that our students will improve in their speech and comprehension of Hebrew over the year. Every girl in our midrasha will be required to take Ulpan to maximize her ability to communicate with the staff and children of the home.
There is a nightly curfew of 12am every night, and at 1am on Motzei Shabbat and Monday nights, at which time everyone must be back at the villa. The purpose of this curfew is twofold: to insure everyone’s safety on a nightly basis, and also to enable our students to get the rest needed to be able to handle the busy day – to be able to properly learn and spend time with the children throughout the day.
At MTC, we are looking for a girl who appreciates both aspects of our program, and will take both parts seriously- a girl who recognizes the importance of both learning Torah and doing chessed, and the ability of each aspect to enhance the other. A girl who commits to devoting herself to our challenging, yet rewarding, program will thrive during her year.
Over the course of the year, we hope to arm our students with a newfound appreciation and commitment to their Yahadut, as well as a keen understanding of the power of giving, and the impact it can have on their own lives.