Open House 2017
Imagine if you can - a small school by design that does not fit any specific mold, a school incredibly adept at customizing for each and every student. A school that is warm, nurturing, and inspires individual growth, encouraging girls to pursue any profession they choose while adhering to a Torah framework. A school that teaches girls not to be intimidated by the secular world, but to be prepared for it.
Imagine no longer! That school is MSH - Midreshet Shalhevet. Rosh HaYeshiva Rabbi Zev Meir Friedman articulated MSH’s mission on Sunday, November 5, at the annual Open House for prospective students and parents.
Midreshet Shalhevet High School, sister school to Rambam Mesivta, a National Blue Ribbon School, welcomed young ladies from 17 different elementary schools around Long Island, Queens, and Brooklyn, who came to see for themselves just what MSH stands for, and what an amazing gem it truly is.
After lunch, over 200 people gathered in the packed auditorium to hear from MSH students and administration. Ninth grader, Emily Weintraub of Brooklyn began by portraying her love of Midreshet Shalhevet after only a few months. Emily shared “many of you may think the most important thing when deciding on a high school is following your friends, but really it's finding the right school with the right opportunities for YOU.” Freshman Leah Cohen of Far Rockaway added “I feel that having only been in MSH for such a short time, and being “only” a ninth grader, I have more opportunities than I would have imagined possible.” She shared how confident she was in her decision to make MSH her high school home, and went on to say “I can promise you, this might turn out to be the BEST decision you make in your high school journey! Just remember when you choose Midreshet you “shall have it” all.”
Assistant Principal Shaindy Lisker, spoke about what a true Midreshet Shalhevet girl really is; exemplifying their midot, chesed, and Ahavat Yisroel. Students are taught to be proactive, to stand up for what they believe in, and let their voices be heard. Girls are integrated into the MSH school culture from the start. Extracurricular options are open to students in all grades, student government has representation from all 4 grades, and lead roles in the play and choir are given out based on merit not class rank. “If you want to get involved and make a difference, MSH is the place for you,” she concluded.
Midreshet Shalhevet is a school that prides itself on Israel activism - not just in theory, but in practice. The Committee for Israel Activism girls plan and participate in rallies multiple times each year, they bring in speakers, plan and execute programs, and educate the students on what has and is happening in Israel and around the world to be able to answer tough questions.
“In Midreshet Shalhevet, we are constantly being challenged, whether it be in Limudei Kodesh or general studies. There are so many electives and AP courses to choose from,” commented senior Sarah Austin. “By the time I graduate, I will have taken seven AP courses.”
Menahelet Esther Eisenman then concluded the speeches by expressing how remarkable all of the girls in Midreshet Shalhevet are; from their impressive SAT and AP scores, to the top notch colleges and seminaries that they are accepted to afterwards, and their true love for Am Yisroel. Teachers were highlighted as the backbone of the school, challenging each student and providing interesting and stimulating classes. Mrs. Eisenman also read statements from alumnae in Israel who expressed their thanks to Midreshet Shalhevet for preparing them fully for life after high school, as well as statements from seminary and college deans highlighting our students as open minded, who love an intellectual challenge. She again highlighted MSH’s educational approach - critical inquiry. Questions in class are not only welcomed, they are encouraged. Teachers guide students to evaluate and analyze the material, to search for solutions and achieve a lasting understanding, rather than mere memorization. The attention to each individual that permeates the entire school and of course the classrooms is really what sets Midreshet Shalhevet apart. No one gets overlooked; everyone matters. “We are a smaller school by design, with big school opportunities both academic and extracurricular,” she concluded.
Following the speeches, the parents and students took part in mini class lessons, followed by a dessert reception, raffle drawing, and Rita’s of Lawrence! Congratulations to Michali Moskowitz of Cedarhurst on winning the Apple Watch!
If you missed out on this wonderful experience, you are invited to join us at the school any day for a personal tour of our wonderful classes. Please contact Shani Seewald, Director of Communications, at 516.224.0240 x204 or for more details.