Machon Basya Rochel Seminary, located at 137 Lawrence Avenue in Lawrence, is considered one of the premier girls’ seminaries in the United States. Under the leadership of Rebbetzin Aviva Feiner, in only three short years enrollment in the seminary has grown to over 40 students. Over the past three years, the seminary has opened its doors to adult women in the community through its regular yom iyun programming and a weekly Tanach course, but the demand for adult women to have the opportunity to have a mini seminary experience was growing. As a result, Machon Basya Rochel developed its spring semester for adult women’s education, featuring an eclectic group of dynamic presenters. Women can sign up for any of these textual collegiate-level courses and the health and wellness program focusing on positivity and well-being.

Limudei Kodesh Courses

Our Spiritual DNA with Mrs. Temima Feldman, noted lecturer and principal at TAG. Tuesdays, 10:00—10:50 a.m. This course has been described as a journey through Tanach of self-discovery using the women of Tanach as a guide. The classes are based on the text of Tanach including Rishonim and Talmudic sources. More contemporary sources, including the works of Rabbi Dessler, Rebbitzen Tziporah Heller, and others, will also be studied. Through the course, women will learn the personality strengths of well known and less well recognized women in Tanach, including Sarah, Hagar, Esther, Rus, Bnos Tzlafchad, among others. Each of these women developed a unique trait within them to such a deep degree that it continues to be passed on to all Jewish women through today. Through learning of their interactions and conversations as documented in the text and Chazal, participants will glean insights into present-day issues such as childrearing, sibling rivalry, women’s intuition, marriage, Eretz Yisrael, and more.

The Kings and the Prophets: Jewish Monarchy in Melachim with Mrs. Vivienne Frank. Tuesdays, 1:00—1:50 p.m. Participants will uncover lessons for daily life in the text of the Tanach. The goal of this course is to study the personalities and events in Melachim with the guidance of the classical meforshim–Rashi, Metzudos, Radak, and the Midrashim–in order to uncover the lessons that are relevant to the lives of Jewish women today.

Enhancing the Kedushah of Your Home with Mrs. Yocheved Shonek, a teacher at Machon Basya Rochel. Varying Tuesdays and Thursdays in February and March. This course will be a review of the halachos and hashkafos of taharas hamishpachah. This seven-part series is for married women who want to rejuvenate the unique qualities of their relationships as well as refresh their knowledge of this mitzvah. This period of Shovavim has been designated by Chazal as a time to work on our taharas hamishpachah. Participants will have the opportunity to engage Mrs. Shonek in a comfortable discussion with a focus on personal growth and development that will surely inspire you to strengthen the taharah of your home.

Pirkei Avos: Walking in Wisdom’s Footsteps with internationally acclaimed speaker Rabbi Y.Y. Rubinstein. Wednesdays, 11:15 a.m.—12:15 p.m. This lecture series analyzes the commentary of the Alshich HaKadosh to discover the wisdom and advice of some of the greatest minds of Klal Yisrael. It uncovers the transmission process by which the Torah comes to us today, essential, relevant, and vibrant. Special emphasis will be placed on applying the timeless insights of the Talmud’s giants to our own time’s struggles and challenges.

Health and Well-Being Courses

Joyful Living with Mrs. Elisheva Liss. Wednesdays, 11:15 a.m.—12:15 p.m., This workshop series will use spirituality and human consciousness to enhance the experience of living.

Yoga with Mrs. Devorah Yaffe. Wednesdays, 8:00—9:15 p.m. Participants will be taught effective techniques in movement with breath, increasing strength, flexibility, coordination, concentration, and balance body awareness, allowing individuals to experience a calm mind and a sense of body.

Machon Basya Rochel is committed to providing excellent learning opportunities for women of all ages. For more information about the courses and registration fees, please call 516-362-5000 or e-mail v


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