HELPING THE BNEI MENASHE OF MA`ALOT
The town of Ma`alot in north western Israel was one of the peripheral towns selected to absorb these new immigrants from India. The first group arrived in 2005 and the second group of 36 families in 2012. The Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Ma`alot recognized that the Bnei Menashe needed help to settle and integrate successfully in Israel.
He set up a special program in the Yeshiva for the men of the community to learn Torah, appointing a Rabbi to help them and organizing an afternoon Beit Midresh program for young adults and a mentoring program for Bnei Menashe school children.
The Yeshiva also provides local Bnei Menashe families with financial assistance for housing and furniture, and additional Hebrew language programs to supplement the minimal state Ulpan provision.
Vocational Scholarship Program
The Rosh Yeshiva realized that the Bnei Menashe were struggling to make ends meet with the small stipend that they received from the state, and they needed assistance to learn profitable trades and become self-sufficient. The Yeshiva took on the project of supporting 30 Bnei Menashe and their families while they undertook vocational training courses, combined with learning in the Yeshiva.
The goal of the Bnei Menashe program at Yeshivat Ma`alot is to enable them to earn a dignified living and support themselves. The Vocational Scholarship Program, funded entirely by the Yeshiva and its graduates, pays a monthly stipend to one adult in each family while they enroll in a practical training course for one year. During their course, they also attend shiurim in the Yeshiva two times every week.
So far, 30 individuals have qualified to work in electronics and computerized engraving. A second group of 10 students are studying mechanical engineering, social work and computer programming.
Helping Bnei Menashe Yeshiva Students
Among the Bnei Menashe who have made Aliyah over the past 10 years are a number of young men living in Ma`alot, Nahariya, Acco and Tzfat who have chosen to come and learn at Yeshivat Ma`alot as Hesder students prior to their army service. Their families are unable to pay the 1200 NIS monthly stipend to the Yeshiva, so we are asking for donations to help fund these students.
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