One of our main goals for our students is the development of a spiritual and emotional bond with the Land and State of Israel. This is achieved through our unique curriculum, special programming, and outstanding faculty.
At RMBA, Eretz Yisrael is infused throughout our curriculum. In Ivrit (Hebrew language) our students study the modern literature, history, current events and culture of Medinat Israel while gaining comfort and proficiency in the language. In Chumash and Navi, they learn about the geography and history of the Land of Israel, while at the same time coming to appreciate the Kedusha (holiness) of the land. And in Mishna and Gemara they learn about its Mitzvot.
Israel is also at the heart of many of our special programs. Whether it’s a guest speaker, an advocacy campaign or an update on current events, our students are constantly being exposed to contemporary issues and are taught to play an active role in supporting Israel. Yom HaZikaron, Yom Haatzmaut, and Yom Yerushalayim are particularly inspiring, memorable and enjoyable.
Fun programs such as Practical Ulpan help our students experience life in Israel (eg. shopping in the shuk). We have a close partnership with Bnei Akiva and run many programs together, both in school and on the weekends. The culmination of our Israel programming is the annual Senior Trip to Israel, which brings home all the messages we have been teaching, and seals the bond our students feel with Eretz Yisrael.
Perhaps the best way that we instill a love of Israel in our students is through our amazing faculty. Our teachers serve as outstanding role models for our students in many areas, and Ahavat Eretz Yisrael (Love of Israel) is no exception. We are blessed to have in our school Shlichim (emissaries) from Eretz Yisrael, who bring the Ruach (spirit) of Israel to our community. In addition, our Bnot Sheirut (young Israeli women performing National Service) fill the halls with Israeli music, games, and fun. Our Student Activities Director is also the Director of the Southern Region of Bnei Akiva in the U.S.
How do we know whether we are succeeding in instilling a love of Israel in our students? A significant number of our graduates defer their college acceptances to dedicate a year to study at Israeli institutions. We are very proud of the many graduates who have demonstrated their love for Israel by serving in the IDF and making Aliyah.