The core mission of Yeshivot Bnei Akiva is to train future leaders for the State of Israel; men and women who are observant Jews devoted to Torah study, dedicated to the Land of Israel and the Jewish People and loyal citizens of the State, particularly regarding army and national service.
Friday, December 12, 2014
New AFYBA board member Jeff Goldstein visits YBA schools
Jeffrey M. Goldstein, Esq., a lawyer from Teaneck,
NJ, visited the YBA Yeshiva High School for Environmental Studies – Sussya and
YBA Orot Yehuda in Efrat this week, as part of his orientation as a new board
member of AFYBA.
Rabbi Kimche (L) and Jeff Goldstein in a classroom under construction
YBA Orot Yehuda Rosh Yeshiva, Rabbi Shlomo Kimche,
took Jeff to visit the construction site of the school’s new campus in Efrat,
which is scheduled to open in September 2015. He also toured the campus and unique “green”
dormitories at YBA Sussya in the southern Hebron Hills region, led by the school's director, Haim Bar-Hai.
Jeff and Natalie at the top of the Rudjum Fortress
Following the tour of the campus AFYBA Associate
Director, Natalie Sopinsky, who lives in Sussya, took Jeff to climb the
Rudjum Fortress, a short walk to the north of the school. The fortress was
built in Hasmonean times (circa 200 BCE) and served as a Jewish stronghold during the
Bar Kochba revolt against Rome. The site was excavated in 1994, and the yeshiva
students are voluntarily preparing the site as a tourist attraction, paving
stone pathways, installing benches, lighting, etc.
"My visit showed me how vital it is to support the YBA
educational network,” Jeff said. “YBA schools are literally grooming the next
generation of Jewish leaders for the state of Israel. Catching a glimpse of the
learning going on at YBA Sussya and Orot Yehuda strengthened my confidence that
the students are receiving an education that is above average, compared to the
rest of the yeshiva world."