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Machon Raaya and Seminar—Info Please

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  • Started 2 years ago by jemmapuddleduck
  • Latest reply from tickle me pink

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  1. jemmapuddleduck
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    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

    Posted 2 years ago #
  2. Nechomah
    Member

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

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

    Posted 2 years ago #
  3. maidele
    Member

    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.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  4. 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.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  5. Fake-teen
    probably up to no good

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

    Posted 2 years ago #
  6. cinderella
    If the shoe fits....

    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.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  7. jemmapuddleduck
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    Cinderella: wats the cons...

    Posted 2 years ago #
  8. jemmapuddleduck
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    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?

    Posted 2 years ago #
  9. Fine n dandy.
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    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...

    Posted 2 years ago #
  10. maidele
    Member

    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

    Posted 2 years ago #
  11. maidele
    Member

    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

    Posted 2 years ago #
  12. jemmapuddleduck
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    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??????

    Posted 2 years ago #
  13. jemmapuddleduck
    ::::::QTpie Aussie Troll::::

    BUMP

    Posted 2 years ago #
  14. OneOfMany
    Today, the Impressively Arbitrary Nymphadora the Purple is sporting One Of her Many eyebrow colors, as well as her Morgul-blade ^_^

    I wrote a nice long post about BYMR on another thread:
    http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/coffeeroom/topic/seminary-3#post-312954
    Hope that helps!

    Posted 2 years ago #
  15. jemmapuddleduck
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    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?

    Posted 2 years ago #
  16. OneOfMany
    Today, the Impressively Arbitrary Nymphadora the Purple is sporting One Of her Many eyebrow colors, as well as her Morgul-blade ^_^

    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.)

    Posted 2 years ago #
  17. OneOfMany
    Today, the Impressively Arbitrary Nymphadora the Purple is sporting One Of her Many eyebrow colors, as well as her Morgul-blade ^_^

    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

    Posted 2 years ago #
  18. jemmapuddleduck
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    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...

    Posted 2 years ago #
  19. 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?

    Posted 1 year ago #
  20. OneOfMany
    Today, the Impressively Arbitrary Nymphadora the Purple is sporting One Of her Many eyebrow colors, as well as her Morgul-blade ^_^

    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...

    Posted 1 year ago #
  21. 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!!!

    Posted 1 year ago #
  22. 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?

    Posted 1 year ago #
  23. OneOfMany
    Today, the Impressively Arbitrary Nymphadora the Purple is sporting One Of her Many eyebrow colors, as well as her Morgul-blade ^_^

    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?

    Posted 1 year ago #
  24. 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?

    Posted 1 year ago #
  25. OneOfMany
    Today, the Impressively Arbitrary Nymphadora the Purple is sporting One Of her Many eyebrow colors, as well as her Morgul-blade ^_^

    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.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  26. ahhh it sounds so hard! im scared to go ;(

    Posted 1 year ago #
  27. OneOfMany
    Today, the Impressively Arbitrary Nymphadora the Purple is sporting One Of her Many eyebrow colors, as well as her Morgul-blade ^_^

    It's worth it. ^_^

    Posted 1 year ago #
  28. bymrer
    Member

    GO!

    Posted 1 year ago #
  29. i just got my acceptance letter to machon raaya!!!!!!!!!!!! im soooooo xcited!!!!!!! :D

    Posted 1 year ago #
  30. OneOfMany
    Today, the Impressively Arbitrary Nymphadora the Purple is sporting One Of her Many eyebrow colors, as well as her Morgul-blade ^_^

    ^_^ ^_^ ^_^

    Posted 1 year ago #
  31. nanny
    Member

    Mazal tov! How about Seminar?
    OOM- what year did you go?

    Posted 1 year ago #
  32. OneOfMany
    Today, the Impressively Arbitrary Nymphadora the Purple is sporting One Of her Many eyebrow colors, as well as her Morgul-blade ^_^

    Two years ago.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  33. nanny
    Member

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

    Posted 1 year ago #
  34. ThePurpleOne
    OMG!!! i got like a delciously purpleberrylicious subttl. this is lik totaly x normal

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

    Posted 1 year ago #
  35. dancestar
    Member

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

    Posted 1 year ago #
  36. OneOfMany
    Today, the Impressively Arbitrary Nymphadora the Purple is sporting One Of her Many eyebrow colors, as well as her Morgul-blade ^_^

    purplicious: I don't know, I don't know much about Seminar...

    Posted 1 year ago #
  37. ontheball
    and rides a unicycle for fun

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

    Posted 1 year ago #
  38. nanny
    Member

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

    Posted 1 year ago #
  39. ThePurpleOne
    OMG!!! i got like a delciously purpleberrylicious subttl. this is lik totaly x normal

    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:)

    Posted 1 year ago #
  40. 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!

    Posted 1 year ago #
  41. @musicaldignity and @dancestar, im sooooooooo xcited for BYMR, ya i am for sure gonna go, i was screaming too when i got it :p

    EDITED

    No sharing personal info here, please.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  42. 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

    Posted 1 year ago #
  43. 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?

    Posted 1 year ago #
  44. 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 :)

    Posted 1 year ago #
  45. 13
    Member

    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...?

    Posted 1 year ago #
  46. ontheball
    and rides a unicycle for fun

    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.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  47. jewishfeminist02
    jewishfeminist01 + jewishfeminist02

    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.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  48. ThePurpleOne
    OMG!!! i got like a delciously purpleberrylicious subttl. this is lik totaly x normal

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

    Posted 1 year ago #
  49. 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

    Posted 1 year ago #
  50. 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

    Posted 1 year ago #

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