Priority-1 is an organization that was created 30 years ago by askanim and educators to tackle the growing challenges in the field of Jewish education. Since its inception, Priority-1 has been a leading organization in the field of chinuch, expertly addressing the latest issues facing the Orthodox community.
Please join Priority-1 on June 12 at 7 p.m. on the yeshiva campus to honor Mr. and Mrs. Avraham Burger, Guests of Honor; Mr. and Mrs. Bud Shawel, Young Leadership Award; and Mr. Meir Nitekman, Alumnus of the Year, highlighting the legacy being built in the world of Priority-1 and Yeshiva Zichron Aryeh. For more information or to make a reservation, please visit priority-1.org/dinner-2018 or call 516-295-5700, ext. 108
With a diverse range of programs, Priority-1 has significantly helped thousands of parents, educators, and students across a wide range of issues. Some of these initiatives include:
Yeshiva Zichron Aryeh
A cornerstone of Priority-1 is to create tomorrow’s leaders. Built with this lofty goal, Yeshiva Zichron Aryeh has earned its reputation as a happy, intellectually stimulating, middos-based environment which allows its members to thrive. Yeshiva Zichron Aryeh is proud to carry the torch of Slabodka, working to give talmidim a powerful sense of self-respect by creating a vibrant, challenging atmosphere that encourages them to discover their unique talents and personalities and to grow into true talmidei chachamim.
An additional objective of Yeshiva Zichron Aryeh is to create exemplary mechanchim. Our goal was ambitious — to design a program that produced talmidei chachamim who are bursting with passion and fully trained in reaching today’s youth. To achieve this goal, Yeshiva Zichron Aryeh created Kollel Ner Yehoshua, a six-year chinuch program for yungeleit, giving them firsthand, intensive training and providing them the tools to enter the world of chinuch with confidence.
The yeshiva has also expanded beyond Far Rockaway, creating the Beis Midrash and Kollel Ohr Hatzafon in Israel and growing to a network of nearly 150 students. Over the years, Yeshiva Zichron Aryeh has produced a generation of educators and community leaders who credit their success to the educational system pioneered under Priority-1.
Teach to Reach Initiative
In a lengthy meeting Maran HaRav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, zt’l, stressed that creating a training program for mechanchim to give them the capability to effectively respond to today’s bachurim is a matter of pikuach nefesh. Working with top experts in the field of chinuch and using proven methodologies, Priority-1 created a comprehensive teachers’ training course to enable mechanchim to thrive in the classroom. The Teach to Reach Initiative has been warmly received and has already trained over 450 teachers across the globe, positively affecting over 6,000 students.
In addition to hosting training workshops, the Teach to Reach Initiative is currently developing an extensive online resource center containing a vast repository of audio, video, and written educational material for mechanchim. This will allow unprecedented access to Priority-1 training materials and give educators a powerful new chinuch resource.
The Eliezer Institute
There are few things more devastating to a person’s spiritual growth more than a lack of emunah and bitachon. Unfortunately, in recent years, a growing crisis of emunah has surfaced amongst the frum community. To address this issue, Priority-1, along with Westwood Realty, created the Eliezer Institute with the goal of implementing a broad range of approaches to help our communities tap into the tremendous power of emunah and bitachon. These initiatives include weekly lectures, follow-up groups, yearly conventions, and weekly bursts of inspiration sent to all members.
Resource Centers located in Far Rockaway, N.Y., and Lakewood, N.J., contain vast troves of high-quality educational material, as well as books, designed to strengthen emunah and bitachon, all available — for free — to parents, community members, and rebbeim. Additionally, there is an extensive collection of information available in the comfort of your home, with a large variety of free books and thousands of lectures and publications available to download online at Priority-1.org.
The Eliezer Institute also provides crisis intervention for at-risk teens and adults. When someone is at-risk, the entire family is thrown into turmoil and they often have nowhere to turn. For teenagers, Priority-1 works with therapists, the school, the child, and the family to help them navigate through their difficult situation. Priority-1 has also become a leader in addressing the alarming reality of disaffected yeshiva-educated adults leaving the fold. With extensive experience in the field, Priority-1 has been instrumental in averting numerous tragedies.
Legacy Seminar Series
One of the tragedies of our generation is the shocking degree of assimilation and intermarriage among the secular American Jewish population. Quelling this tide and drawing our brothers and sisters towards Yiddishkeit is the singular goal of kiruv in America. After much research, Priority-1 has concluded that one of the most empirically successful kiruv methods available is employed by Arachim, an Israel-based kiruv organization. Using an approach that shows its participants the truth and the beauty of Judaism, Arachim has successfully transformed the lives of hundreds of thousands of Jews, creating an unprecedented ba’al teshuvah phenomenon.
Based on the Arachim model, Priority-1 launched the Legacy Seminar Series in America. Using proven and time-tested methods, Priority-1 hosts seminars to connect unaffiliated Jews with their roots. People are thirsty for a taste of authentic Judaism, and the upcoming Legacy Seminar three-day Memorial Day Weekend event is already inundated with calls from people looking to reserve a spot at the seminar.