Celebration of Learning at Yeshivah​

Attended by a record number of guests this year, the Annual Mishnayos B’al Peh Awards Dinner took place at Yeshivah College in August. Parents, students and teachers filled the Werdiger Hall and were delighted to participate in an event that recognises the achievements of students who have taken great efforts to learn Mishnayos B’al Peh (by heart). Held in memory of Yeshivah student Nathan Dzienciol a’h who had an exceptional dedication to learning Mishna and who tragically passed away in 1990 when he was in year 3, this invaluable learning program (now in its 28th year) continues to grow and flourish – with record breaking participation rates and learning achievements being celebrated this year. Over 400 students have actively participated in the optional program this year and have, incredibly, memorised in excess of 300,000 lines of Torah! Students are tested on their learning throughout the year, with accumulated points ultimately being redeemed for prizes ranging from Tehillim, Chumashim, Talmuds and Mishnas. These awards and prizes were presented at the awards evening, along with students demonstrating their skill reciting Mishnayos and Tanya by heart. As a special tribute to Nathan a’h, students recited seven special Mishnas - each beginning with one of the letters of his name. An address from Yeshivah – Beth Rivkah Principal, Rabbi Yehoshua Smukler commended the students for their fantastic achievements and outlined that “when it comes to aspects of holiness we must always continuously increase and raise our standard”, encouraging students to strive to reach even greater learning heights. Additionally, Rabbi Gordon, one of the program coordinators, expressed his pride in the students’ outstanding achievements and commented that this evening “gives us the opportunity to honour a ‘zokein’ – one who has acquired wisdom and now has Torah engraved in their memory.” YBR extends gratitude to the generous sponsors who contributed towards the program, awards night and prizes - including classmates of Nathan a’h who donated in his memory. Kol hakavod to all students on their exceptional learning achievements.​

Do you see what I see?

​Over the last few weeks our Foundation students have been involved in a number of photographic workshops. They have been taught how to take and edit photographs using an ipad and how to think about composition when making aesthetic choices. This project empowers children to express how they see their world through looking at their environment differently. Children confidently speak in many languages and their visual world is vitally important. Children have an innate ability to wonder and if this captured in the moment of a photograph it gives us an insight into how they see their world. Photo's from Foundation Students can be viewed on the slideshow below:   

Thank You Letter

B”H Dear Rabbi Smukler, Rabbis, principals, teachers, parents and students of YBR, We would have liked to thank each one of you in person but obviously we can’t, so please accept this as personal thank you letter. B”H, we were privileged to spend the last two years here in Melbourne as part of the YBR family. We came from Israel to Melbourne for two years for Chanan’s professional surgical training. We could have gone to a different place but thank G-d we ended up coming to this community of all places in the world. We don’t think there is a better and warmer Jewish community than the Melbournian one. We had the time of our lives, and we will never forget your generous hospitality. We would like to say a special thanks to the Mezuza of the school, the one who welcomes you at the front, Mrs. Michelle Blutman. Before we even got here, she took care of everything we needed. When we first arrived, she welcomed us kindly and ever since kept doing her best and beyond to help us and settle us all in. Thank you, Michelle, We’re so grateful. All of our five children settled in immediately and felt welcome in GELC, YP, YS, BRP and BRS. We tried it all and loved it all. We were invited for Shabbos meals by our children’s classmates’ parents nearly every week. We all made many friends, hopefully for life. We met a community of Tsdaka VaChesed. We felt the love to every Jew and the love to Torah and Chasidus learning. We got to know the Rebbe and the greatness of his Shluchim and how Chabad influences and shapes Jewish communities around the world. The kids have really excelled in their English learning and thanks to the teachers’ patience learned many skills in all academic disciplines. It wasn’t always easy, but it was for sure a great experience to be out of our comfort zone, to be challenged and truly grow from it all. Thank you for the real life ‘Shiur’ you gave us in Hachnsat Orchim. You are all welcome to keep in touch and visit us in Israel. Kol tuv, Chanan and Michal, Yair, Rimon, Noam, Adva and Yali Shaul Rosh Tzurim, Gush Etzion​

Pesach is in the air at Yeshivah - Beth Rivkah Colleges

As Pesach approaches, the focus of learning and classroom activities have taken on a Pesach flair at Yeshivah – Beth Rivkah Colleges. Children at the Gurewicz Early Learning Centre (GELC) have been enjoying Pesach dress-ups and learning through song and engaging activities

Production Enhances Purim at Beth Rivkah

In the school’s annual tradition, Beth Rivkah’s recent Song and Dance evening was an outstanding celebration of student talent and collaboration. With students involved in all elements of the production, the performance provided scope for all students to contribute.


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