A Scholarship towards a post high school year in Israel

A scholarship towards a post high school year in Israel will be awarded annually to select qualifying applicants. A year in Israel offers students an opportunity to further develop deeper connections to our language, texts and traditions, while developing an appreciation of many different styles and techniques of learning Limudei Kodesh. Students will also gain exposure and the ability to develop relationships with teachers and students from across the globe. These amazing experiences will be brought back to our community!

This scholarship is valid for students who are enrolling for a full year in Israel to one of the following institutions:

Emunah V’ Omanut

Midreshet Amit

Midreshet Eshel

Midreshet Lindenbaum

Machon Maayan

Michlelet Mevaseret Yerushalayim

Midreshet Moriah

Migdal Oz

Midreshet Torat Chessed

Midreshet Torah V’Avodah



This Year’s Scholarship recipients

Yola Ashkenazi

Ramaz HS

Yola grew up in Brooklyn and attended Barkai Yeshivah for elementary school. She attended Ramaz Upper School for High School and became involved in the Hesed opportunities at Ramaz, becoming the President of Chessed Mission in her Senior year. Yola spent her summers interning at Wine n Dine, a social media startup, as a marketing intern, as well as volunteering at The Shalva National Center in Jerusalem. Yola will be attending Barnard College in the Fall of 2021.

Robyn Chalme first attended Barkai Yeshiva and is graduating from Magen David Yeshivah High school this upcoming June. She is a part of the Scholars Program throughout those four years. She spent the past two summers in Israel, which made her love and passion for Israel grow. Summer 2018 was spent as a mentor and counselor in Talpiot, a home for children at risk. Summer 2019 she attended a community leadership program called “Ilead” where she traveled throughout the country, learning and growing as an individual. She is looking forward to expanding her love for Israel and Tanach next year at Midreshet Eshel.

Robyn Chalme

Magen David Yeshivah High School

Sylvia Cohen

Magen David Yeshivah High School

Hi, my name is Sylvia Cohen and I will soon be graduating Magen David Yeshivah High School. I joined the MDYHS Scholars Program after graduating Magen David Elementary School in 2016. This past summer I went on Ilead, a leadership program in Israel, and truly developed my love and passion for the land of Israel. I can’t wait to learn my favorite Tanach studies during my year in Israel including Jewish Law and Navi!

Hi, my name is Diana Gindi. I’ve attended the Yeshivah of Flatbush from pre-k through 12th grade. I’ve always had a strong passion for Israel, especially since my family tries to visit once a year. I like to focus on my studies and plan on becoming a doctor one day, but hope to spend my year in Israel to help myself grow and spend more time focusing on Torah. I went on Hesed Mission last year, which opened up a whole new lens of Israel- Hesed. I’m looking forward to learning in Israel for myself while also doing hesed for those in need.

Diana Gindi

Yeshivah of Flatbush High School

Celia Shaoul


Celia Shaoul first attended Barkai Yeshivah graduating as the valedictorian of her class. She then decided to spend the next four years in SKA High School on Long Island. She had the pleasure of attending Shoshanim sleep away camp for 6 summers. She spent the summer of 2018 on Yad b’Yad, a life changing Israel program that integrates Jewish high schoolers with individuals with special needs. Celia is the oldest child, and loves to spend time with her family. She enjoys art and baking. Celia has been in SKA’s art academy class for all 4 years of high school. In tenth grade Celia independently entrepreneured her own dessert business, “Treats by Celia”. She looks forward to spending next year growing and learning in Sha’alvim for Women in Israel.


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