November 7, 2012 at 5:18 am #605721
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?
November 7, 2012 at 3:36 pm #908823
maybe look into maachon raya
November 7, 2012 at 4:50 pm #908824
Hadar sounds up your alley.
November 8, 2012 at 3:40 am #908825
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.
November 8, 2012 at 6:44 pm #908826
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!
November 8, 2012 at 9:38 pm #908827
Machon Raaya sounds like an option. Look into it.
November 9, 2012 at 3:16 am #908828
Anyone know who goes to Machon Raaya these days? Similar to Darchei Bina?
What’s Mesores Rochel like?
November 9, 2012 at 8:53 pm #908829
all i kno is that if ur looking into yeshivish sems then darchei bina isnt for you
November 11, 2012 at 8:06 am #908830
Does anyone know about Nachlas? Are the girls thinking girls? Are they very jappy? What about Mesores Rochel?
November 11, 2012 at 8:29 am #908831
For someone I know:
IS there a seminary in between Meohr and Machon Ra’aya?
November 11, 2012 at 3:06 pm #908832
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!
November 11, 2012 at 4:08 pm #908833
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?
November 11, 2012 at 4:57 pm #908834
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
November 11, 2012 at 7:10 pm #908835
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.
November 11, 2012 at 7:36 pm #908836
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
November 11, 2012 at 9:53 pm #908837
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.
November 12, 2012 at 12:56 am #908838
Yes good question, bygirly (if I may say so). I’m looking for the same info on Seminar. HELP?!?!
November 12, 2012 at 2:22 am #908839
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!!
November 12, 2012 at 4:17 am #908840
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.
November 12, 2012 at 4:49 am #908841
Aha– does that mean that there ARE girls with those problems?
November 12, 2012 at 5:38 am #908842
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.
(Nanny-I think I know you.)
November 12, 2012 at 5:42 am #908843
Nanny- are you destined to go to …..??
November 12, 2012 at 3:32 pm #908844
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?
November 12, 2012 at 5:32 pm #908845
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! 🙂
November 13, 2012 at 12:16 am #908846
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
November 13, 2012 at 1:52 am #908847
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.
November 13, 2012 at 5:17 am #908848
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.
November 13, 2012 at 5:41 am #908849
What are seminaries looking for in the personal statement/ biography?
November 13, 2012 at 1:48 pm #908850
Hey guys!! im getting desperate!!
November 14, 2012 at 4:12 am #908851
@ shmeichel67…. Hm what makes you think that?
November 15, 2012 at 1:56 am #908852
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.
November 15, 2012 at 3:02 am #908853
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!
November 15, 2012 at 5:50 am #908854
Luv2BJewish- you said you went on Neve? which sem?
November 15, 2012 at 6:53 pm #908855
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???
November 15, 2012 at 11:38 pm #908856
Lech Lecha LadyMember
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?
November 16, 2012 at 1:28 pm #908857
sounds like nachlas or bya is for her. is she academic??
November 18, 2012 at 12:09 am #908858
Lech Lecha LadyMember
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?
November 18, 2012 at 1:13 am #908859
i said soMember
Wht time of seminary is bnos Sara?!
November 18, 2012 at 8:49 pm #908860
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
November 20, 2012 at 2:10 am #908862
bnos sara is very academic
November 20, 2012 at 2:56 am #908863
loveparty- I think out of town is out of Brooklyn. Do Nachlas and BYA have those “types” of girls?
November 20, 2012 at 12:28 pm #908864
sorry meaning americans and out of town girls. which ‘types’ of girls??!!
November 20, 2012 at 10:25 pm #908865
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?
November 21, 2012 at 2:43 am #908866
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.
November 21, 2012 at 2:44 am #908867
@ loveparty by types i meant new-yorky/brooklyny or more the out of town mentality
November 21, 2012 at 5:01 pm #908868
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!
November 22, 2012 at 7:20 pm #908869
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??
November 22, 2012 at 9:07 pm #908870
What are the differences between BYA and Nachlas?
November 23, 2012 at 3:17 am #908871
And what type of grades do you need to get into BYA?
November 23, 2012 at 8:46 pm #908872
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?
November 24, 2012 at 11:29 pm #908873
from what i have heard BYA is alot more work than nachlas
November 26, 2012 at 10:44 pm #908874
Loveparty: not that much more, maybe a little bit more…
November 27, 2012 at 7:54 pm #908875
pricess15: could be ur right but thats what i heard…do u plan on applying to any of them? 🙂
November 27, 2012 at 9:28 pm #908876
Hi Grandma (ahavas_yisrael)!
DB sounds like a great match for your granddaughter. Teachers are brilliant, funny, warm and very approachable. They have the answers to every question and don’t make anyone feel silly or embarrassed to ask–they make you feel wonderful for asking! The teachers are top-rate, I would say that’s their BIGGEST draw for students. The girls are very warm nice girls, but I think your granddaughter needs to make an effort to reach out to them, since I don’t know if they will necessarily be super outgoing. But once she tries to make friends, she’ll have a great group! The girls there are all genuine, honest, growth oriented,and smart. They are officially not a Bais Yaakov, but you said your granddaughter is out of the box BY, so that should be fine. (They definitely have girls from Bais Yaakovs there)
Anything else you’d like to know??
November 27, 2012 at 9:31 pm #908877
About Hashkafic/Less text: DB has an elective system, where the girls pick which classes they’d like to go to. Your granddaughter can choose the less text, more hashkafic classes if she’d like; there are definitely penty of those.
Word of warning: the principal of DB usually only accepts girls with good grades! (eventhough the school itself isn’t hard or especially academic, he caters to a smart crowd.)
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