September 5, 2014 5:38 am at 5:38 am #1047903
Rails: My sister was there last year – post your question and I’ll ask her.October 5, 2014 11:20 am at 11:20 am #1047904
Randomex – your SISTER?!November 11, 2014 5:13 am at 5:13 am #1047905
Hey so I’m considering applying there but i really would like to know what the academic level is. Like is there tracks, is it hashkafa, do they really push you? And if im stranded for a shabbos or yom tov, does the sem help in finding a place? Thanks so much!November 11, 2014 6:12 am at 6:12 am #1047906
So I did tonz of research into KC – read whatever I could about it, talked to a girl who went last year, talked to a girl who is there now, and my sis spoke to a girl and a madricha there as well. From all of that I learned: It’s not an academic sem at all. The girls who go there are really sweet and friendly, it’s usually about half-half mix (oot and in town). There’s 5-7 girls per room. It’s not tracked, but the classes are split into 2 just to make it easier, but they learn the same things on the same level. It’s a very hashkafa based seminary. If you have nowhere to go for Shabbos they’ll place you, dw you wont be left stranded 🙂 the staff is very caring and approachable, especially the principals. There is NOT a lot of work at all- this is a very good or very bad thing, depending on who you are and where you are coming from. They are in a great location, and the living conditions are good. There are no model lessons (a HUGE relief for me!!!!!) Every monday there is half-day tiyul- morning classes til 1:45, tiyul from 2:00. Full-day tiyul every so often, and two-day tiyul twice in the year. Once a month is a mandatory in-shabbos. I don’t remember the full schedule, but I think that they have most afternoons off. Night classes are 7:30-9:20, except every second wednesday – they get off. Every first wed is at a teacher’s house (I think). Every thursday afternoon is chessed. On friday, from 9-9:45 am is a make-up test (if you need one). Then there’s an optional class, then a mandatory class until 11:30, then the rest of the day off. I think there’s about half rabbanim and half female teachers. There are no courses. The girls are between seminar and bya “type”(as in middle of the road, with some a bit more right- and some a bit more left-wing). Every person that I and my sis spoke to said they love KC and really recommend it, however if you are extremely academic/studious I probably would not recommend it – but that is just my personal opinion. If you like you could ask other questions and I’ll try to tell you acc to what I know from ppl who went there! Good luck! 🙂November 11, 2014 6:17 am at 6:17 am #1047907
And they accept masaNovember 11, 2014 6:29 am at 6:29 am #1047908
whichever mod approved that post – thanx! sorry i know it was really long!November 11, 2014 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm #1047909
(Seeing as this thread is back:)
I don’t understand why it’s surprising that
I would have a seminary-age sister.November 11, 2014 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm #1047910
Randomex – that wasn’t what I meant 🙂November 11, 2014 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm #1047911
I emphasized the wrong word I guessNovember 11, 2014 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm #1047912
Not that I am against the sem AT ALL – on the contrary, I love the sound of it!! (I wouldn’t have applied otherwise!) But even though it’s a great sem, to me it just seems like a very academic girl would really not be stimulated enough there. My school is about the least academic school in existence so for me that’s fine……the truth is Randomex that I was just assuming that your sister is as smart as you, which may or may not be the case 🙂 (get what I’m saying?)November 11, 2014 2:25 pm at 2:25 pm #1047913
She’s certainly intelligent (she solved the “zebra puzzle”* in an amount of time with a proportion to the amount of time it took me that was the inverse of the proportion of her age to mine at the time – what am I thinking, giving you math? :P), but she’s not into academics, and she had a wonderful experience in Keser Chaya last year.
Also known as “Einstein’s riddle,” though he didn’t write
it. Give me a day or two, and I’ll post it, b’li neder.November 12, 2014 12:29 am at 12:29 am #1047914
thanks so much guys!! you have been so helpful!!! its such a hard decision and I def don’t wanna be making the wrong one!!!November 12, 2014 2:24 am at 2:24 am #1047915
Wow, KC sounds like a dream come true! I really want to go to it after reading cozimjewish’ post.
I’m guessing you wanna go too, cozimjewish?November 12, 2014 8:12 am at 8:12 am #1047916Shopping613 🌠Participant
Sem is so expensive though, plus seminaries aren’t to keen on taking israeli americans or girls that made aliyah…
I’ll probably end up where most israeli and israeli americans are…
13th and 14th grade, where its like half sem and half learning for what you want to be.toNovember 14, 2014 1:30 am at 1:30 am #1047917
K so you would say it’s not so academic? It’s good!! 🙂November 16, 2014 5:12 am at 5:12 am #1047918
So what would you say the academics are like? Is there any work at all? I don’t want to be in a sem where there is no work at all!November 16, 2014 6:14 am at 6:14 am #1047919
My sister says that she’s heard the place has changed since she was there, and that you should call their office and ask for numbers of girls you can speak to.
Specifically, she says they have more academics now than they used to – it sounded like it might have been a “sem with no work” when she was there – but that it’s probably still less than other sems.November 16, 2014 5:24 pm at 5:24 pm #1047920
Ok thanks! Just to have the comfort that this place which sounds amazing in every other sense can also work for the academics for me too!! I come from a h.s that’s very academic and i don’t want it to be the same for me in sem so im looking for a laid back sem and this sounds really good!November 16, 2014 7:16 pm at 7:16 pm #1047921
mitzvahgirl, it sounds like you might like Seminar. The classes are amazing, there is work but not like a crazy amount. There are quizzes and reports, but I felt like I learned so much from them, it wasn’t like- just research the whole rambam so the teacher can feel like she gave a report, we had a middos report and we all loved it- we learned so much from it!
The dorm is great, with such a good atmosphere. The food is the BEST!!! and it was just so good.
There is not so much pressure in academics (from the other girls) so each girls can excel in her way.
Let me know if you have any questions, I’ll be happy to answer.November 16, 2014 7:48 pm at 7:48 pm #1047922wehavegotitallworkedoutMember
we cant make heads or tails of this thread…November 16, 2014 9:28 pm at 9:28 pm #1047923
I know. Because it started such a long time ago and switched years in the middle… I’m also a bit confused 😉November 16, 2014 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm #1047924
So how do you go about applying for this seminary?November 17, 2014 1:10 am at 1:10 am #1047925
Speak to your school about it. They are supposed to arrange everything…November 18, 2014 1:27 am at 1:27 am #1047926
My school is special. Where would my school have to go to get me application forms?November 18, 2014 1:41 am at 1:41 am #1047927
What does it mean that your school is “special?”
What sem do you want the contact info for? I’ll try to find it for you. Maybe try googling for it, cuz I’m not sure the nods will let me post the info…November 18, 2014 1:52 am at 1:52 am #1047928
I want the info for keser chaya. I’ve already searched online, but I don’t know if there’s a specific site I’m suppose to search in or something.November 18, 2014 2:27 am at 2:27 am #1047929
Yochip thanx so much ur so helpful!!! I was thinking about seminar just wasnt sure about it but u make it seem really good! Ya mrs. Flam came to our skwl and when she mentioned the 50 pg report i got really nervous!! So thnx ill def post questions!! Starting now: wat type of girls go there? And wat r the dorms like?November 18, 2014 2:49 am at 2:49 am #1047930
Bli neder, I will try to find out.November 18, 2014 4:13 am at 4:13 am #1047931musictomyearsMember
Littlefishy:You can email the kc office at [email protected]. they can email you an application or reff
er you to a past student so you can get info about the sem…..who knows? maybe you’ll end up callin me!:)November 18, 2014 4:26 am at 4:26 am #1047932
Oh really? The seminaries do that? Ok will def call thnx!! Would love to speak to ppl just to get my head on straight lolNovember 18, 2014 9:13 am at 9:13 am #1047933
First of all- about the report, it’s not so hard. We wroked hard on it but it’s split into s few deadlines, and we all loved it (because we gained so much from it, not because it was a lot of work 😉 )
The type of girls- good BY girls. Tznius is a top priority.
They care a lot about the girls. Mrs. Flam is always there to listen and help with whatever she can.
The dorm is a very nice comfortable dorm. All the rooms are airconditioned, comfortable and roomy. There is a lounge on each floor with a yummy couch, and a computer for work. DOwnstairs there’s also a computer room for work and emails. The dorm is very homey, everyone gets to know everyone. And the aim bayit is the best!! She cares so much and is always there for you. She soent nights in the emergency room whenever there was girls there (my friend in another seminary was shocked- she told me her friend was in the emergency room by herself and no one was there to be with her and make decisions!!)
Any other questions? 😉 It’s just that I loved it so much I’m happy for other girls to have that experience.
A lot of my friends tell me that when they’re in America, you don’t really know the differences between the seminaries that seem similar. But when you’re in EY, you see it and we all felt like Seminar was just the best!!November 18, 2014 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm #1047935
Its so true all the seminaries sound so similar to each other!! Cant make heads or tails of it!!November 19, 2014 2:03 am at 2:03 am #1047936
Thanks, I’ll do that and I’ll definitely try to get a hold of past students! 🙂November 19, 2014 2:47 am at 2:47 am #1047937wereistheplaceMember
hey Im thinking of applying to Keser chaya!! What type of girls do they attract? Are the classes text based or mainly more hashkafa oriented?
Thanks!November 19, 2014 2:48 am at 2:48 am #1047938wereistheplaceMember
were is Keser chaya locatedNovember 19, 2014 4:06 am at 4:06 am #1047939
Read this thread. It has the info you’re looking for.November 19, 2014 7:01 am at 7:01 am #1047940
According to my sister, Keser Chaya moved a few months ago to Rechov Yirmiyahu, between Shamgar and Bar Ilan. This is close to the Geulah neighborhood, the big Belzer shul, Rav Shefa Mall, and Center One/The Central Bus Station (Tachanah Merkazit).December 16, 2014 11:20 am at 11:20 am #1047941
letakein girl – are u applying to seminary??? I dont know where I wanna go outta all the places I applied to! they all have their “ups and downs” ;p the new KC building is supposed to be really nice and in a great location. wereistheplace, mitzvagirl, and letakein if youre applying: hatzlacha with your decision!
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