EXECUTIVE SUMMARY OF:
YESHIVA HIGH SCHOOL "OR MENACHEM" KIRYAT ARBA
Kiryat Arba is the largest and most important city in Judea, just like it was during King David's reign. Kiryat Arba was established in 1970 by the Golda Meir and the Labor government. The government has continuously invested very heavily in Kiryat Arba, recently spending $30 million to build a Jerusalem - Kiryat Arba highway.
The yeshiva is located on the northern border of Kiryat Arba with a commanding view of the surrounding area. In order to ensure that the area over the border from the yeshiva would remain in Jewish possession, the students took initiative and began cultivating the area. They have been cultivating these fields for over ten years. Just as our father Avraham purchased the Cave of Machpela so that it would remain the Jewish People's possession forever; so our boys cultivate these fields to maintain Jewish possession forever.
DIVERSIFIED STUDENT BODY:
The yeshiva has 400 students, aged 12 to 18 and is a microcosm of the Jewish people (klall Yisrael). The students live throughout the country in such places as Meron, Itamar, Ramat Gan, Beit El, Jerusalem, Efrat, Beer Sheva, Rechovot and Ashkelon. They come from diverse backgrounds such as Ashkenazim, Sephardim, Yemenites, Americans, Russians, Ethiopians, and from varying economic backgrounds and educational abilities. Excellent students learn in the same classes learning disabled children, even with a downs syndrome child. Instead of segregating the weak students, the yeshiva keeps them in class and gives them extra help so that they can keep up with everyone else. 230 students dorm at the yeshiva, the only high school in the area.
DEVELOPING LEADERSHIP SKILLS:
The yeshiva emphasizes developing leadership skills through participation in numerous committees which manage all phases of communal life. Every student is required to participate in important and ideological activities, both within and outside of the yeshiva. Senior students serve as staff members, by counseling the younger boys. Many of our graduates become army officers.
To help students develop their individual talents, the yeshiva offers special programs in music, drawing, sports, school trips and others subjects. Students are also introduced to modern agriculture, a profession that every nation needs in order to prosper. This can also be an exciting hobby.
OUTREACH PROGRAM ACTUALIZES STUDENTS' TRAIT OF KINDNESS AND EXPOSES THEM TO THE JOYS OF GIVING
Our senior students volunteer one full day of their time every week to help others. They volunteer: teaching Zionism and Judaism in schools, directing activities and serving as role models in youth clubs for troubled youth, providing warmth and support in golden age homes, and helping the handicapped and retarded. The students are supervised by professional social workers, educators and psychologists. Our students help people who really need their help. They derive tremendous satisfaction from volunteering and this motivates them to continue giving throughout their lives. Our yeshiva's students meet directly with approximately 2000 people every week. Their influence spreads indirectly to the receivers' families and so our students touch over 10,000 people per week for an entire year. This program has been so successful that over 80 high schools have joined with over 6,000 volunteers. They directly and indirectly touch the life of one million Jews, every week.
The yeshiva emphasizes giving all of its students personal attention. The rabbis spend 2 hours every day in private conversations with students. The Rosh Yeshiva is available to guide the students. There are 60 staff members for 340 students and the students feel like this is a second home. They usually keep in touch with the yeshiva for years after they graduate.
Every night, adult yeshiva students learn Talmud with groups of 3-4 of our students. This personal attention helps them to advance in Talmud study. The students also develop a warm personal relationship with a Torah scholar, who serves as a role model, both for learning Torah and serving Hashem.
LOVE THE LAND OF ISRAEL:
During their 4 years of high school, our boys take 40 trips throughout the land of Israel to develop their connection to the land and their love for it. The students learn in depth about the history and the battles that took place in Israel throughout Jewish history. This gives them the love and motivation to fight for Israel should the need arise.
For more details, contact Rav Avinoam Horowitz at 972-52-5666-988 or at the yeshiva at 972-2-996-2281, or at firstname.lastname@example.org