Israel Connection קשר עם ארץ ישראל

Israel is always paramount in the consciousness of Maimonides students, from the first week of Kindergarten through graduation day and beyond. Our connection as a people to the land is interwoven through the entire curriculum, one of the key factors which defines who we are as a school and distinguishes us as an institution.

Elementary School

Activities and Celebrations
Elementary School students and teachers demonstrate their connection to Israel through a range of special activities. Yom Ha'Atzmaut, Yom HaZikaron and Yom Yerushalayim are observed with imagination and passion, as the school community vicariously shares these important occasions.

Israeli Role Models
Enhancing students' bond with Israel in the Elementary School is constant interaction with Israeli role models. This includes several teachers as well as two shlichot tz'hirot—young women who spend a year in Boston sharing their knowledge of Israel in elementary schools and establishing a chapter of the Bnei Akiva religious Zionist youth organization. Their daily presence brings the reality of Israel directly and vividly to each student.

Hebrew Language
Hebrew language instruction also provides a backdrop for experiencing Israel in an authentic way. Our talented Ivrit staff prepare a Yom Ha-Atzma'ut program, hold a memorial service for Yom HaZikaron, and bring the spirit of Eretz Yisrael into our classrooms every day.

Middle and Upper Schools

In the Middle and Upper Schools, the student Israel Action Committee's programs and displays enhance Israel awareness and activism. Speakers, letter-writing, fundraising, and participation in major rallies on the East Coast are all on the students' agendas.

Each year approximately 80 percent of the school's graduating seniors defer their college matriculation so they can spend at least one year learning in Israeli institutions (see below).

Almost 150 Maimonides School alumni have become citizens of Israel. They are physicians, engineers, teachers, businesspersons, political activists, even a professional basketball player. Through their continuing loyalty to and affection for Maimonides, these graduates are an invaluable resource for our students and teachers.

Israeli Institutions—Men
Maimonides School male graduates have enrolled in the following institutions in Israel during the past five years:
Ashreinu 1   Netiv Aryeh 2
Birkat Moshe (Ma'aleh Adumim) 1   Ohr Yerushalayim 1
Derech Etz Chaim 5   Orayta 8
Eretz HaTzvi 5   Otniel 1
HaKotel 5   Reishit Yerushalayim 9
Har Etzion ("Gush") 6   Sha'alvim 6
Israel Experience 1      
Leadership Yeshiva Academy 1   Sha'arei Mevasseret Zion 16
Lev HaTorah 13   Shalem 7
Ma'aleh Gilboa 5   Tiferet Yerushalayim 3
Machon Lev 3   Torat Shraga 3
Mir 1   Yeshivat Petach Tikva 1
      Yesodei HaTorah 6
 
Israeli Institutions—Women
Maimonides School female graduates have enrolled in the following institutions in Israel during the past five years:
Darchei Binah 1   Midreshet Lindenbaum 15
Ein HaNatziv 1   Midreshet Moriah 5
Israel Experience 2   Midreshet Tehila 1
Machon Gold 8   Midreshet Ye'ud 2
Michlalah 3   Migdal Oz 9
Michlelet Esther 2   Nishmat 11
Michlelet Mevasseret Yerushalayim (MMY) 5   Neve Daniel 1
Michlelet Orot 3   Shalem 6
Midreshet HaRovah 10    Tiferet 1