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  • Started 2 years ago by baisyaakovmaidela
  • Latest reply from caleefornia

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  1. Hi.
    So I am looking into seminaries and want to get some other opinions because I live in an out of town community.
    Here is what I want in a seminary ( I know I can't get everything)
    1)lots of learning (I enjoy text-based learning)and growing
    2) nice, growing girls
    3) connection to teachers
    4) BY girls (my school is diverse, so I'm looking for maybe some less diversity)

    I'm looking into Binas and Bnos Sarah. Anyone know of other options?

    Posted 2 years ago #
  2. shmeichel67
    Member

    maybe look into maachon raya

    Posted 2 years ago #
  3. Mimk
    Member

    Hadar sounds up your alley.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  4. Machon Raya sounds a little diverse for me.
    Hadar I think is for girls who have parents who are klei kodesh, and are pretty yeshvish.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  5. BY1212
    Member

    What makes it so hard is it seems to me that almost all the sems sound the same on paper, many have the same teachers who go from sem to sem- so it's the girls who really give the sem its flavor
    I could know a bunch of girls who are applying but how do I know who is going to go in the end?
    how do you decide?
    each application fee is $100 or more!

    Posted 2 years ago #
  6. ontheball
    and rides a unicycle for fun

    Machon Raaya sounds like an option. Look into it.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  7. bygirly
    Member

    Anyone know who goes to Machon Raaya these days? Similar to Darchei Bina?
    What's Mesores Rochel like?

    Posted 2 years ago #
  8. hehe
    Member

    all i kno is that if ur looking into yeshivish sems then darchei bina isnt for you

    Posted 2 years ago #
  9. Does anyone know about Nachlas? Are the girls thinking girls? Are they very jappy? What about Mesores Rochel?

    Posted 2 years ago #
  10. For someone I know:
    IS there a seminary in between Meohr and Machon Ra'aya?

    Posted 2 years ago #
  11. ontheball
    and rides a unicycle for fun

    Machon Raaya is a BY school. A lot of out of town girls. I don't know Darchei Bina. It's quite academic . Text based. Great solid frum growing girls. But all coming from a BY standard. And these girls know how to have fun too.
    The staff is warm, amazing, and will do anything to make the girls happy .
    The building is brand new , right in the heart of geulah. Location couldn't be any better!

    Posted 2 years ago #
  12. BY1212
    Member

    all hear say . . .
    Meohr- very warm if you have questions they will answer, very involved staff, not heavy text but text
    Macho Ray- ou of the box BY- for the creative/intellictual type serious text
    Mesoras Rochel- a yeshiva w/o daf yomi the new "bjj" more updated aspposed to BJJ which I hear has the same curtains as it did when my mother was in sem. . .
    any one hear about bnos chana / azamra ? being that they r ou of town- do they cater to an out of town group?
    any feedback on keser chaya?

    Posted 2 years ago #
  13. mgirl
    Member

    i don't know much about nachlas but mesores rochel is in general a yeshivish crowd and the girls are usually very mature. very intense place - they have a notorious 90-hour report

    Posted 2 years ago #
  14. mischiefmaker
    Member

    I'm trying to find out the same thing about Nachlas! But as for mesores rochel, based on what I hear the girls are from very "in the box" homes and are not thinking girls. Like the type that they were raised yeshivish and so will always be yeshivish without thinking on their own of a path that's for them. It could be I'm wrong but I've been strongly getting that impression.
    Meohr is much less academic than Machon Ra'aya but that's about all I know about those two.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  15. bygirly
    Member

    so Machon Rayya, Are the girls dealing wityh issues like non-Jewish music, movies, boys, knees(tzinus-wise). Please answer if you know current info

    Posted 2 years ago #
  16. mischiefmaker
    Member

    I actually heard from girls who are there now that there are many girls who spend their nights listening to non-jewish music and movies. Don't know about boys but if they're doing movies and things, its also very likely their tznius will look about the same. I'm not saying mini skirts I mean skirts at or a drop above the knee would be my guess.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  17. nanny
    Member

    Yes good question, bygirly (if I may say so). I'm looking for the same info on Seminar. HELP?!?!

    Posted 2 years ago #
  18. ontheball
    and rides a unicycle for fun

    Bygirly , my daughter is in machon Raaya now and bh she does not have any of the issues you mentioned, nor do any of her friends there! They are all frum, solid tzniusdik (smart), fun girls, that are looking to be challenged. And a very large majority are quite "in the box ". Definitely a few amazing self made girls. Over all an incredible place!!

    Posted 2 years ago #
  19. Thanks for that, On the Ball!
    nanny- Seminar seems to be a big mix. SO there must be girls there who are not dealing with any of the above mentioned issues.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  20. nanny
    Member

    Aha-- does that mean that there ARE girls with those problems?

    Posted 2 years ago #
  21. bygirly
    Member

    Nanny- in every seminary there will be girls struggling with certain issues.
    For example, even in the most frum schools, there will be girls struggling with movies, non-Jewish music etc. The thing is in those schools, the girls will try to cover it up. On the other hand, in some schools, where it's more accepted, girls may be more open about their "activities." Keep that in mind.
    Also, e/o struggles. So no matter what sem u go to, there will be girls struggling with at least a few issues. In some BY seminaries, the struggles may not be the same as in non-BYs, but keep in mind that there are issues e/w.
    Unfortunately, the world isn't perfect, there is no perfect school or perfect person. But you should choose a school most suited to you and your goals. (Remember, no one has a destiny, Hashem is in charge!)
    Do your best, apply to where you see yourself going and Hashem will help you get accepted where you need to go and ultimately, help you decide where you are going.
    Hatzlacha!
    (Nanny-I think I know you.)

    Posted 2 years ago #
  22. bygirly
    Member

    Nanny- are you destined to go to .....??

    Posted 2 years ago #
  23. loveparty
    Member

    can u please help me with nachlas?? is e1 who goes there from an amzing toradik background an well known families? is it extremely academic?

    Posted 2 years ago #
  24. nanny
    Member

    bygirly, that's actually really funny because I was ALMOST 100% sure that I know you too. Hints, perhaps?
    Here's my hint... I think we should take you to a rabbi! :)

    Posted 2 years ago #
  25. so about Machon Raya im a liitle confused are the girls bais yaakov or not meaning are they invloved in secular things such as movies and music is it the majority of just a few and for those invoved are they "proud" of their behavior or is it a struggle they are really tryin to get over

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  26. ontheball
    and rides a unicycle for fun

    Machon Raaya is definitely a BY school. Like anywhere , I can't vouch for every single girl. But the overall element is absolutely not into secular things such as movies and non Jewish music.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  27. BY123
    Member

    I've heard that the girls who go there who do listen to non Jewish music are working on getting over it. No one that goes to a school as BY as Machon Raaya is going to be proud of their non Jewish music and movies. If they have such a desire for secular things, they do it quietly, and don't publicize it because they don't want everyone to know they're struggling with it.

    and mischiefmaker: No girl who is struggling as much as you say is going to want to go to a place like Machon Raaya. A girl like that would much rather go to a place with lower expectations where he free to do what she likes.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  28. What are seminaries looking for in the personal statement/ biography?

    Posted 2 years ago #
  29. loveparty
    Member

    Hey guys!! im getting desperate!!

    Posted 2 years ago #
  30. @ shmeichel67.... Hm what makes you think that?

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  31. nanny
    Member

    loveparty, Nachlas is a great place. Yes I have heard that it is very yeshivish... and I think you need a pretty high average to get in. They are looking for amazing girls, the location is a dream, and the dorms are gorgeous. That's just about all I know about Nachlas.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  32. luv2Bjewish
    Member

    LOVEPARTY: Nachlas does have a more yeshivish clientele. It's not extrememly hard but it is definitely not easy. I dont think everyone there could be from a well known family thats not so possible.

    NANNY: No one should be picking a seminary based on the dorms and location! I went to sem in Har Nof and loved it! People think Har Nof is out of it and any other place that's not in geula or on shmuel HaNavi. Part of the fun of not being in the center of Yerushalayim was traveling to those places - we got to know the place much better!

    Anyone going to sem this year - hatzlacha raba and dont get stressed out - Hashem knows exactly where u are supposed to go and the place you end up is the place you are supposed to be in so think positively! Good luck!

    Posted 2 years ago #
  33. Luv2BJewish- you said you went on Neve? which sem?

    Posted 2 years ago #
  34. loveparty
    Member

    thats thye best bit- the location and stuff!! thanx nanny and luv2Bjewish! im not the most academic type but if i try harder i could get hi grades- is that good enough??
    also rebetzion jackabowicz just left so is there the same amount of applicants as usual???

    Posted 2 years ago #
  35. Hi
    My daughter is looking into different seminaries. She is interested in Machon Raaya, Ateres and also LaHav. I have heard alot about Machon Raaya and Ateres but not much about LaHav. She is a Bais Yaakov girl with no issues. Tznius, reads non-Jewish books on the level of Harry Potter. No Non-Jewish music. . She wants something which is balanced. We are out of town but Yeshivish. What does that mean? She has no email, no cell, only uses the internet for school. We have no TV etc. Mother in chinuch, father working.What type of girl goes to LaHav? Would she fit in there?

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  36. loveparty
    Member

    sounds like nachlas or bya is for her. is she academic??

    Posted 2 years ago #
  37. She is academic but doesn't want to spend all her time studying. She also wants to grow too. How is BYA for out of town girls? Also have you heard anything about LaHAv?

    Posted 2 years ago #
  38. i said so
    Member

    Wht time of seminary is bnos Sara?!

    Posted 2 years ago #
  39. loveparty
    Member

    bya and nachlas is alot of americans-quite out of towners. seminar also sounds like a good option, its not too academic but its still alot of work. sorry i dont know much about lahav

    Posted 2 years ago #
  40. hehe
    Member

    bnos sara is very academic

    Posted 2 years ago #
  41. bygirly
    Member

    loveparty- I think out of town is out of Brooklyn. Do Nachlas and BYA have those "types" of girls?

    Posted 2 years ago #
  42. loveparty
    Member

    sorry meaning americans and out of town girls. which 'types' of girls??!!

    Posted 2 years ago #
  43. Can anyone give me the lowdown on Darchei Binah? My granddaughter is a great girl, goes to a reg. BY, but is a little out of the box. She needs a good hashkafic, less text, but intellectual kind of place. A place where she can speak to the hanhala about anything, get close, etc., a place where the girls are warm and friendly. She want to go to DB. Does this sound like a match?

    Posted 2 years ago #
  44. bygirly
    Member

    Depends on how BY she is. If she wants s/t slightly more Bais Yaakov maybe check into Meohr or Ateres(I think Steres is more frum than Meohr). I hear Meohr is very intellectual but not very text-based. if she wants more academic Machon Raaya. Also check into Kesser Chaya-will be starting its 2nd year or Lev Bais Yaakov-will be starting its first year.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  45. bygirly
    Member

    @ loveparty by types i meant new-yorky/brooklyny or more the out of town mentality

    Posted 2 years ago #
  46. candy613
    Lover of all things Gummi

    bygirly- Nachlas def attracts a mostly in town crowd!
    BYA has a more of a mix but def a big in town crowd as well!

    Posted 2 years ago #
  47. princesslala
    Member

    i just went to the lahav open house, it sounds like her type, im considering there too, it sounds like an amazing school! they go on these amazing trips every week, and they bring the learning alive by going on trips like the tour guide has a sefer and tells you wat happened at each location. etc. only issue is its a half yr, does anyone no anythin bout lev thts openin nxt yr??

    Posted 2 years ago #
  48. What are the differences between BYA and Nachlas?

    Posted 2 years ago #
  49. nanny
    Member

    And what type of grades do you need to get into BYA?

    Posted 2 years ago #
  50. What is the learning like in Nachlas? Is it text- based or more "fluffy?" I heard they used to not have men teachers. Has that changed? Is there a lot of work, reports, and tests (in comparison to Binas or Bnos Sarah?

    Posted 2 years ago #

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