For over 55 young Jewish women from 16 cities across Russia, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, and additional FSU countries, the unique 8-day Girls Yeshivacation that took place in Moscow was a rare opportunity to indulge in intensive study of fundamental Jewish topics and make friends with dozens of girls strengthening their connection and commitment to Judaism.
Organized by FJC’s YAHAD youth programs, and directed by Rabbi Moshe Rochlin, the Girls Yeshivacation summer program (running 15 consecutive seasons), has become a sought-after opportunity for young Jewish females aged 17-27 to experience an intensive seminar geared for their age and mentality and dealing with the topics and questions that interest them most.
“The Seminar’s goal,” says Rabbi Rochlin “was to give the girls Jewish content at a higher level, so they can genuinely understand and connect. This included lectures at the highest level, unique experiences and gatherings, and a sense of unity among girls from diverse backgrounds and remote cities.”
“An additional goal,” he adds “and maybe the most important one, was to give the girls a rare opportunity to raise any question they have and receive long and detailed answers, without time limit, in a variety of styles and on several occasions, from different lecturers with diverse approaches and life experiences. All these created the best platform possible for a successful seminar.”
The seminar took place at the Machon Chamesh Institution for Women in Moscow and was intended especially for female students that don’t learn throughout the year in Jewish institutions, many of whom are frequent participants of YAHAD’s learning programs directed by Rabbi Mendy Wilansky.