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Mayanot Women's Program

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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: At Mayanot, students of diverse backgrounds study together in an open yet academically challenging environment. Students are encouraged to question, challenge and explore three thousand years of Jewish wisdom and apply it to contemporary society. Mayanot provides young adults with an education that places an emphasis on intellectually rigorous Jewish scholarship combined with Jewish spirituality within an open and nurturing environment. This deep immersion nurtures a love for Torah, the Jewish people, Judaism and the Land of Israel. Mayanot's unique curriculum encompasses both the intellectual and spiritual dimensions of Jewish study. Studying at Mayanot extends beyond the classroom as students experience Israeli and Jewish culture as well as volunteering and weekly excursions, exploring the Land of Israel.

Target demographics: 20-29

Geographic areas served: Mayanot was founded to cultivate an awareness of Jewish identity and a passion for the Jewish people by creating a Jewishly educated leadership. The Mayanot Men’s & Women’s learning programs help young Jews deepen their Jewish knowledge and commitment while developing their learning skills and mastery of traditional texts. Graduates of Mayanot programs have been active on 120 campuses and 150 communities worldwide, encouraging more young Jews to participate in Jewish life and inspiring commitment to Judaism and Israel.

Community Stories

54 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Liz Cornell

Client Served

Rating: 5

Attending Mayanot Women’s Program was a truly unforgettable and life-changing experience for me. It provided me with an opportunity to learn in an inviting and encouraging environment, and enriched my life in ways that I didn’t even know I needed. My experience at the Institute also provided an opportunity to really feel at home in Israel. It helped to immerse me in a welcoming Jewish community where I always felt at peace at a neighbors' Shabbos table and where I made friends that I know will last a lifetime. I am so thankful for my experience at Mayanot, and cannot speak highly enough of it - I can’t wait to return!

Orly C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Mayanot has literally been one of the best experiences of my life.
Everything about the place, the people, classes and activities brings out the best in people and I'll forever be grateful to have had the chance to be a part of it.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Mayanot is a world of its own! A treasure filled space of deep learning, new friendships, and wonderful teachers. Attending May anot was an opportunity of a lifetime and I will always reflect on my time there fondly.

Sabrina B.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My time at mayanot is a time I will never forget. In life we are always looking for a moment that changes ones life. Mayanot was that for me. Mayanot taught me the importance of living a life true to myself. The people I’ve met while being in mayanot have become some of my closest friends and the teachers, biggest mentors. A fantastic program!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I spent a year at Mayanot after college and I loved it! I made great friends and learned so much. I would highly recommend this program for anyone looking for an immersive Jewish learning experience.

1 meital.boim

Client Served

Rating: 5

Mayanot Women's Program is not a one-time experience, but a place that continues to provide warmth, support, and family for the rest of your life. I came to Mayanot at two different times in my life, and I was amazed to find that it completely adapted and was able to fill the role that I needed it to during those different times. Mayanot allows for a lot of independence and flexibility in Jewish studies, and therefore attracts the most incredible, dedicated, curious girls to the program. The staff and teachers are supportive, unique, and approachable (and often funny!), and they're so talented at what they do - not just teaching, but also guiding young women who come from such different backgrounds and are heading down different paths, but all are exploring their Jewish roots. Mayanot continues to be a place that I go back to every chance I get, whether to sit in on a class, visit a friend or teacher, or pop in for one of the social events. More than any one thing, it's the general spirit of Ahavat Yisrael, love of your fellow Jew, that makes Mayanot such a welcoming, positive, and uplifting organization.

Previous Stories
1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had an amazing experience here during the 2014-2015 winter program! I love Mayanot because of the teachers and atmosphere that encouraged and helped me take responsibility for my personal growth. I've never been in a more inspirational environment, especially including the other women in the program who contributed so much to my experience through learning and meaningful conversations.

1 Sophia B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Mayanot was the most meaningful experience of my entire life! The faculty and staff members are warm, inviting, and SUPPORTIVE!!

1 Bracha M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

It's all about the people at Mayanot. The director, Rivka Marga, treats other with an incomparable love and warmth. She is the voice of reason to thousands of alumni and students who continue to turn to her for advise long after we've left the Mayanot doors.
Fraidy, the director of education, came to the scene with an expertise in chassidus and teaching women in a deeper and more thoughtful way than most of us have experienced before. She pays attention to every student in the class and is able to teach a class to students of various levels while making everyone feel comfortable yet challenged.
Mayanot hires only the creme of the crop in terms of shluchos (counselors), and they really make the program what it is. The shluchos work day and night to enhance the student's learning experience, making nightly activities, farbrengens, bonding sessions, seder niggunim, and more.
And of course, the students, who come from every single type of background imaginable, from being the only Jew in a tiny rural town in Georgia to being a convert from a South American country to growing up Modern Orthodox in LA to growing up Chabad in Crown Heights. Learning from and with the other students is a totally unique and special Mayanot experience.
Mayanot is an incredible oasis of love and acceptance and challenging, honest Jewish learning in Jerusalem.

Faigy D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Mayanot is one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences. I have never seen a program as dedicated and caring for theirs students. Every part of the program is geared towards the students so that they will have the most meaningful time possible.
Mayanot gives the students an authentic Jewish experience, while respecting the level of observance of every person and not pushing anything on them. Mayanot is a life changing experience and one of the most incredible non-profits out there!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mayanot is a
Special place of learning and growth. I volunteered here fifteen years ago and I was much impressed by the deep teachings and powerful lectures.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

How much I loved class at Mayanot is illustrated best by the numerous times I sprinted across Jerusalem (in the summer heat) to make it back in time for optional night classes. I felt like a sponge just absorbing everything I could and constantly being challenged. From inviting us to shabbos dinners at their homes to talking to us through lunch to explain things from class, each instructor truly invested in helping us learn. Every student, teacher, and administrator I met at Mayanot left a truly wonderful impression on me and I hope one day to be able to return.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Going to this program was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I not only got to learn for a year, I got to explore Israel, meet new friends, and learn about myself in an environment that only wanted to see me grow.

1 Dinah3

Client Served

Rating: 5

This environment is truly special. Not only does it give participants the tools to succeed in life, it does so with care and genuine love!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Mayanot Women's Program in Jerusalem changed my life in the best way possible. I stumbled upon it quite randomly but I am so incredibly grateful for the experience to be able to learn and grow there. I was heading in a direction in my life that wasn't being true to myself and Mayanot helped me find out who I am really am.
The quality of people that Mayanot attracts is unprecedented. I went to Mayanot two years in a row and both times met amazing, kind, supportive girls that I know I will call friends my entire life.
Mayanot is a place where I know I can always continue to call home. Despite living off campus now, I am able to go back, attend classes, and feel like I never left. I am always greeted with a huge smile and hugs. This has meant the world to me. The teachers and staff at Mayanot know you are on a beautiful journey, and are honored to be a part of it.
Mayanot is a not for money profit, but for the simple mission of helping Jews find themselves, their role in the world, and thus to uplift all the darkness. And for me and for many others it has done that. And we are spreading that light all over the world.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Mayanot's teachers are all brilliant. The curriculum was challenging and rewarding. Within 24 hours of arriving there, I found myself setting higher goals and expectations for myself than I had anticipated going in. The staff has created a caring, warm environment that inspires intellectual growth and spiritual connection. I highly recommend it!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Mayanot is a home and family away from home and family. It provides a high caliber learning programme, infused with high caliber teachers and mentors. Words cannot describe how it impacted my life and I am forever grateful for being privileged enough to have attended Mayanot.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Mayanot empowers the future generation with tools and mechanisms with which to change the world!

1 Teneille I.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I came from Australia to Mayanot for summer 2015. The place is warm and welcoming, the teaching staff is excellent and the love and experience I have taken away from the place will stay with me for a lifetime.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Mayanot is my happy place. One of the best experiences of my life. The support this organization provides is priceless.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love everything about Mayanot from the classes, to the teachers and especially the bonding that happens with everyone there. I learned about Judaism and myself and got a chance to explore Jerusalem!