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  • #600711

    Hi everyone. Hope you cud help me out.

    I am looking into Machon Raya and Seminar…just a few Q’s

    * just found out that BYMR has a really amall student body of abt 30 girls. i was looking for smthing bigger, but not as big as bjj… does anyone know if they r looking to double in numbers like tom 50 or 60? or if there is smthing VERY similar? and no not ateres, afikei…etc

    * heard that BYMR is academic…only minimal pressure compared to other places…is that so?

    * does anyone have more info on Seminar?

    plz answer asap…cuz i need to make a decision real soon…thx

    #934261

    Nechomah
    Participant

    There are some good comments in this thread that was posted a few weeks ago.

    http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/coffeeroom/topic/seminary-3

    #934262

    maidele
    Participant

    machon raaya has about 30 girls in it, maybe youd want to consider chochmas lev, thats a larger sem. machon raaya is academic, the girls there are smart, and it is more academic than other place. what do you mean by minimal pressure? it seems like a chilled out sem, my year, the girls were VERY sweet and friendly.

    #934263

    bymrstudent
    Member

    LAST YEAR Machon Raaya had 30-40 girls, but this year the number is more like 50-60, and the school plans on continuing in this way, dunno if they plan on expanding further.

    BYMR is academic, but most definitely doesn’t have pressure – but lack of pressure really comes from the girls focusing on growth through learning, and not putting all the emphasis on grades.

    #934264

    Fake-teen
    Member

    Any more sem girls want to post up? include location pls…

    #934265

    cinderella
    Member

    MR is in Har Nof, next to the Jerusalem forest, very centrally located. They let you pick alot of your classes which is amazing. They take very good care of you- like they find you places for shabbos and if enough girls want they keep the dorms open and cook for you on shabbos and yom tov. It is a relatively new seminary which has its pros and cons. I heard that it is very well established for a new seminary.

    Whatever you choose I wish you all the best.

    #934266

    Cinderella: wats the cons…

    #934267

    Thanks a bunch…

    Maidele: isn’t Chochmas Leiv more on the modern side?

    bymr Student…that info was really helful..thanx

    btw wat i meant by minimal pressure is that its not the type where you have to study the whole sefer b4 class…

    Also does anyone know the style of interviews they give…entrance exam? what sort of Q’s they ask etc.

    *Does anyone know anything more on seminar?

    #934268

    bymrstudent

    Member

    LAST YEAR Machon Raaya had 30-40 girls, but this year the number is more like 50-60, and the school plans on continuing in this way, dunno if they plan on expanding further.

    BYMR is academic, but most definitely doesn’t have pressure – but lack of pressure really comes from the girls focusing on growth through learning, and not putting all the emphasis on grades.

    watch out for bias posts…

    #934270

    maidele
    Participant

    most seminary interview you have to read something from the chumash, usually a ramban, some sems give u a few minutes outside to prepare it ex BYA, machon raaya doesnt do that, the advantage of that is though, that they KNOW you havent seen it before and dont expect it to be read perfectly. they ask u to read it, translate it etc. they then proceed to ask u a few things like what kind of sem are you looking for, why are you pulled to them. and they explain their sem, and ask you if you have any questions. just like their checking you out, by the interview your checking them out as well

    #934271

    maidele
    Participant

    sems dont usually give entrance exams. all sems have a range of girls.. its a spectrum some are frummer some are more modern, so some of the girls from seminar and machon raaya i think would go to chochmas lev, being that i dont know you, i dont know where on the spectrum you fall

    #934272

    Maidele: thanx sooo much… btw abt ur last post…wats the percentage of the more ‘frummer’ to the more ‘modern’?

    also do you- or any one elso know wheres the majority of the student body came from in past years… england? southafrica? out of towners? new yorkers? australians? israelis? europeans? etc…

    Fine n Dandy: warning taken…

    again.. does any one have any info on seminar??????

    #934273

    BUMP

    #934275

    OneOfMany
    Member

    I wrote a nice long post about BYMR on another thread:

    http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/coffeeroom/topic/seminary-3#post-312954

    Hope that helps!

    #934277

    One of Many. i read ur post- thanx sooo much.

    wat other place wud u compare it 2? as in the types of girls that go there. -I know u said girls that applied to michlahlah, went there, but is that the same sort of place? my understanding was it was very different, more towards the yeshivish side than 2 michlahlah-which in my opinon is more modern…iz that true?

    #934278

    OneOfMany
    Member

    It’s really very different from Michlalah – it’s MUCH smaller, and much more yeshivish. What they have in common in the textual/inquiry-based learning (vs. hashkafic). It’s not quite like Hadar- or BJJ-yeshivish, though – it’s more like out-of-town, yeshivish background/aspiring yeshivish. VERY strong hashkafos. The closest seminary that I heard it compared to would probably be Bnos Sarah – with the type of learning you might get at Michlalah.

    By the way, I think they have over 50 this year. So not to fear – it’s not getting smaller. (I am personally against this expansion, but okay.)

    #934279

    OneOfMany
    Member

    By the way, there’s some more good stuff on Machon Raaya here:

    http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/coffeeroom/topic/trying-to-find-the-right-seminary

    #934280

    one of many, thanku so much.

    thats more or less wat i’m looking for… and 2 of my friends r applying to Bnos Sarah….

    btw, like i said b4 (or did i?) i want something average… not like BJJ, but not soo small either like Shoshanim, pninim etc…

    #934282

    i just had my machon raaya interview on thursday!!!! baruch hashem it went so well:D the lady was really sweet and ya i had to read a ramban. dont be nervous! the lady was sooo cute:) btw, does anyone know the dress code? is it the norm pleated skirt and button down? if yes where shud i shop?

    #934283

    OneOfMany
    Member

    With Mrs. Rosenblum or Mrs. Treger? 🙂

    The dress code my year was pretty lax – any collared shirt with buttons (even a polo) and any skirt with pleats (like a biz). I don’t know if they made it any stricter, as I do know the seminary has changed quite a bit… Anyway, I got most of my shirts at Old Navy (they usually have some really nice lightweight button-downs on sale at the end of the summer), and most of my skirts from Junee…and some other random stores…

    #934284

    bymrer
    Member

    ooh, wish i was going back! last year it was same as oom, but i hear this year now that they’re in geulah, they’re being a little stricter on the button down sitch. not positive about that though… if you go, be prepared for the most amazing year ever!!!

    #934285

    i had it with mrs rosenblum…um junee is sooo expensive! is there any where else i can get pleated skirts from? and does it really have to be 4 inches below ur knee? or is 1 or 2 inches good enuf?

    #934286

    OneOfMany
    Member

    yayz Mrs. Rosenblummmmm :3

    Elzee is a good place for the cheap stuff. I find that the best outfitting strategy is to buy a one or two nice, good quality things, and then supplement with a couple of cheaper ones.

    And lololol they soooo aren’t going to go around measuring…just wear whatever you are most comfortable with (that covers the knee, y’know). I wore my ankle-length skirts about half the time anyway – but again, I’m not sure if they’re going to change/have changed the policy about that…

    By the way, now that bymrer brings it up…does anyone know if they are making a shanah bet? Because they were really trying to get it together my year, but couldn’t get enough people…just curious that they might now that they’ve, what, tripled in size?

    #934287

    oneofmany thanks so much for ur advice! ill keep them in mind…i just bought 2 good skirts from junne and a couple other ones from random places…how long ago where u in bymr? and is the workloaad really hard?

    #934288

    OneOfMany
    Member

    I was there two years ago. The workload is nothing to sneeze at, but quite manageable. A lot of it is day-to-day stuff – most of the mandatory classes have “hachana,” where you have to prepare the sources for the lecture before class, plus a couple of weekly quizzes and short assignments. The most time intensive assignments are the reports – you will probably have to write at least 3-4 research papers of 5-7 pages a term. You definitely have to try to pace yourself on those. Also, your workload will depend on how many electives you choose to take.

    #934289

    ahhh it sounds so hard! im scared to go ;(

    #934290

    OneOfMany
    Member

    It’s worth it. ^_^

    #934291

    bymrer
    Member

    GO!

    #934292

    i just got my acceptance letter to machon raaya!!!!!!!!!!!! im soooooo xcited!!!!!!! 😀

    #934293

    OneOfMany
    Member

    ^_^ ^_^ ^_^

    #934294

    nanny
    Member

    Mazal tov! How about Seminar?

    OOM- what year did you go?

    #934295

    OneOfMany
    Member

    Two years ago.

    #934296

    nanny
    Member

    Oh that’s cute- I know someone who went that year!

    #934297

    ThePurpleOne
    Member

    me too and this girl loved it!!oom- is it true tho that a lot of seminar ppl r sternberg goers?

    #934298

    dancestar
    Member

    @ticklemepink aaaahhh!!! me too!!! im so excited to go… its gonna be amazing

    #934299

    OneOfMany
    Member

    purplicious: I don’t know, I don’t know much about Seminar…

    #934300

    ontheball
    Member

    Yay to all of you that got into Machon Raaya . My daughter is there now and having the most amazing year!!!

    #934301

    nanny
    Member

    Yeah, its true. Sternberg is very into Seminar. GO STERNBERG!!

    #934302

    ThePurpleOne
    Member

    nanny- ya i thought so.. i used 2 go to sternberg but switched camps and the girl who went to seminar sed i shud ttly go back and she regrets not havinig gone to sternberg..

    oom-

    ohh i thought u sed u went to seminar… never mind then:)

    #934303

    Hey tickle me pink and dancestar- I also got into Machon Raya!!!!! I was seriously screaming when it came. Im so excited! Are you going? Because IYH I am:) I hope to see ya there haha!

    #934304

    @musicaldignity and @dancestar, im sooooooooo xcited for BYMR, ya i am for sure gonna go, i was screaming too when i got it :p

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    #934305

    do u guys know the dress code? solid only or designs?

    and what scholarships r u guys working on? i got a list from my school but so many of them arent connected with MR

    #934306

    No clue what the dress code is – would love to hear. As for scholarships I really dont know. I know Im gonna try to do Touro Israel Option for pell grants etc. Of course there is Masa and tap but Id love to hear about some more. What did your school tell you?

    #934307

    masa, fafsa, alisa flatow, mcdonald, walgreens…, sefardic temple tiferet (for sefradi girls only), ur local shul/kollel, the jewish federation (gives loans only…i think). hope this helped. if any of them worked, can u please tell me. thanks! good luck 🙂

    #934308

    13
    Participant

    I’m also going to Raaya and I’m so excited!!! Does anyone know exactly where it’s located? and what the dress code is? Like button down and pleated…?

    #934309

    ontheball
    Member

    Great location- right in Geula. NOT A GOOD IDEA TO POST THE ADDRESS. Uniform is button down and pleated. Dorm is new and nice. 4 girls per room. Each room has a private bathroom and shower.

    #934310

    Why are pleated skirts required at Bais Yaakov and seminary? Are the skirts somehow supposed to be more tznius if they have pleats?

    I never went to Bais Yaakov or seminary, so I’m genuinely curious.

    #934311

    ThePurpleOne
    Member

    thats just whats standerd.. thru elementry and high skool.. looks put together!! sem pleated skirts are the same as hi skl? long or short?

    #934312

    does anyone know about cell phones at machon raya? do u have to eta. standard phone or can u bring a smart phone? whats the food like? what about rules i heard they dont have that many cuz they really trust the girls

    #934314

    dancestar
    Member

    TorahistheIkur i know that you’re only allowed to have a kosher phone and ipods cant have video or internet, dont know about the food but other than that theyre pretty lenient about rules, theres not a whole list of places u cant go etc. theyre pretty trusting

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