The Beer Sheva Secular Yeshiva opened its doors in October 2015, bringing the Israeli renaissance of Jewish culture and pluralism to Israel’s periphery. The Secular Yeshiva engages diverse populations of Beer Sheva and the surrounding communities of the Negev - as well as young adults from across Israel & the Jewish world - through a combination of educational programming, social action in under-served local neighborhoods, and inclusive public events for wide audiences.
The Beer Sheva Secular Yeshiva (established October 2015) is a thriving and vibrant spiritual-cultural center and hub for young adult service-learning programs. The Secular Yeshiva engages diverse populations of Beer Sheva and the surrounding communities of the Negev – as well as young adults from across Israel & the Jewish world – through a combination of educational programming, service learning programs, social action in underserved local neighborhoods, and inclusive pluralistic public events for wide audiences.
Headed by Dr. Shimon Vaknin, a renowned bible scholar and native of Beer Sheva, the Secular Yeshiva, located in the heart of Beer Sheva’s historic old city, organizes long-term service-learning programs for Israeli and international young adults. These include:
MASA Israel Teaching Fellows: American young adults spend 4 days/week teaching English in a public school in the Bedouin town of Rahat in the morning and volunteering with youth in Beer Sheva in the afternoon, and 1 day/week participating in study and professional development at the Secular Yeshiva (click here for more).
Garin Be’erot: high school graduates take part this ground breaking multi-year leadership program, spending 3 days/week volunteering and 2-3 days/week learning), as well as participating in weekly Beit Midrash programs, and special events.
Garin Nahal: this is a program of two halves! One group of Israeli young adults participate in this pre-army service-year (Shnat Sherut) at the Beer Sheva Secular Yeshiva, studying 1 day/week and volunteering 4 days/week. A second group of young adults (age 20-21) who have already completed their basic IDF service also participate, spending a year (which constitutes part of their IDF service) studying 1 day/week and volunteering 4 days/week in uniform.
There are multiple part time-Beit Midrash options including:
Public events: Secular Yeshiva staff and faculty, together with the young adults in service learning programs and participants of our other programs, come together to plan and organize large and small scale events that take place throughout the Jewish year which are attended by thousands of Beer Sheva residents of all ages.
For more information contact Beer Sheva Secular Yeshiva Director, Dr. Shimon Vaknin.
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The Beer Sheva Secular Yeshiva
The BINA Secular Yeshiva in Beer Sheva is proudly funded by UJA-Federation of New York and supported by the Jewish Federation of Greater Metrowest, Federation CJA Montreal, Posen Foundation, JUF/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago and additional donors.
Director of the Beer Sheva Secular Yeshiva
Director of the 'Negba' Beit Midrash in Beer Sheva
'Negba' Beit Midrash Faculty
Eran Baruch – CEO of BINA
Eden, Tel Aviv
Becca Hartman, Tikkun Olam Social Action Track 2012-13 (Originally from Boston, MA