What to Pack

As You Begin Packing...

 Sefarim:  We will be providing the following sefarim (books):

    • A Tanach (Koren or Simanim edition w/Hebrew only)
    • Shemirat Shabbat Ke-Hilchatah
    • Mishnah Berurah, vol. 3
    • English-Hebrew dictionary

Other sefarim can easily be purchased in Israel. We usually arrange for a bookseller to sell sefarim at Midreshet for your convenience. You may want to bring: a Siddur with English translation, Selichot, Machzorim with English translation (Israel shuls usually do not have any machzorim, even Hebrew-only).

  • Clothing: The rainy season in Israel usually lasts from Sukkot to Pesach, with temperatures 30°-60° Fahrenheit. From Pesach on, days can be rather warm, evenings cool. Some suggestions (in addition to usual clothing):
  • winter coat                                                             
  • thermals
  • waterproof warm boots
  • sleeping bag (optional)
  • bed linens
  • toiletries* (*deodorant, contact lense solution)
  • pillow & blanket
  • weekend bag & backback
  • towels
  • blue or black maxi skirt
  • wide skirts for tiyulim
  • sunblock & suntan lotion
  • hat for sun (ESSENTIAL)
  • walking shoes or sneakers
  • water shoes (recommended)
  • skirt hangers
  • batteries
  • laundry bags
  • earplugs

                                                                                                                                            

  • Personal Expenses: Personal expenses include transportation, snacks, laundry and cleaning, books, gifts and personal care items.  The school serves 3 meals a day except for when there are no shiurim. Although these expenses vary with each student, we estimate that $200 a month should suffice.  Please remember that the initial startup costs will be higher, since some books, kitchen supplies, and utensils, etc. must be purchased at the outset.  Please do not bring large amounts of cash, and whenever you withdraw cash, please be safe and withdraw small amounts.  Keep any cash you bring in the school safe, not in your room.
  • Laptops: We allow laptops only in dormitory rooms.  Laptops are not allowed in other areas, including the common areas of the dormitory, classrooms, office, Bet Midrash and hallways.  Laptop use outside your room interferes with everyone’s making friends with one another.  Keep in mind that using laptops for movies, TV programs and the like will take away from your ability to grow spiritually during this special year.  Think of it as a time to get a little spiritual breathing space.  Please note that our insurance does not cover laptops and we cannot take responsibility for them.
  • Please do not bring expensive things like jewelry and very expensive electronics.  We are not insured for student property.

Should I Make Shabbat Plans Already?

  • We will spend the first Shabbat, September 1-2, Parshat Ki Tetzeh, together “Ba-Bayit.”
  • For Rosh Ha-Shanah, students are invited to either faculty homes or to family or friends, as they prefer. Please send your preference to our Em Bayyit, Dena Terebelo dena.terebelo@gmail.com
  • On Sukkot, the dorm is open during Chol Ha-Mo’ed but closed for Yom Tov. Let our Em Bayyit, Dena Terebelo (dena.terebelo@gmail.com) know if she can arrange a place for you to stay.
  • On regular Shabbatot, you may spend Shabbat with family, friends or members of our faculty. If at least five students are staying in the dorm for Shabbat, they will be joined by a madrichah and enjoy Midreshet’s Shabbat meals.  We are always happy to help set you up with places to go for Shabbat!
  • All students are required to attend school Shabbatonim (our calendar has been sent to you and is available on our website for download).

Travel Policy

  • Over 25 years of experience has taught us that traveling during the year in Israel profoundly detracts from your success in learning and growing. Most students who travel find themselves distracted and losing their focus as they approach the time for travel, and find it very difficult to recapture their momentum when they return. Unless for important family “simchas,” students are not permitted to leave the country during the school year (other than Pesach vacation). 
  • Students who do travel for “simchas” should make their travel as brief as possible and must apply for permission before tickets are purchased by submtting a Travel Request form here. Once a request is submitted, a decision will be made within one week. Please note that travel abroad is not permitted during our brief intersession.  Permission to go abroad may be granted for up to eight days of shiurim, but these days will be counted as absences.
  • We enthusiastically encourage parents to visit!  Come in to say hello, meet your daughter’s teachers, and sit in on a shiur to see what the “year in Israel” is really like!
  • Students who are receiving scholarship money may travel home for Pesach break only.
  • Although many students return home for Pesach break, we strongly encourage you to consider staying in Israel, which offers great opportunities for fun and enriching activities during this season. Our dorm is open during Pesach break (except for on the Chag itself and Shabbat Chol Ha-Mo’ed) and there are lots of activities!  We are happy to set you up with families for the Seder and Chag!
  • Students returning home for Pesach may leave no earlier than March 16th. Students are not permitted to schedule flights before 10pm, as classes end at 6:00 PM, and must be back at seminary no later than Tue April 10th.  Please make sure to book all airline tickets (especially bonus tickets) in compliance with these dates.
  • Our Mesibat Siyyum (Banquet) is scheduled for Sunday, June 10.  Students are not permitted to schedule flights before 5 AM on Monday June 11, because departing the night of the Banquet, which inevitably takes place during the Banquet, is terribly upsetting to them and disruptive to this wonderful celebration of our year.

Dress:

Please pack and choose clothing to wear (both in and out of school) which accords with our tzniut policy. 

  • All clothing must be loose-fitting.
  • Necklines must be closed to the collarbone – v-neck, scoop-neck, wide-neck shirts or sweaters are not acceptable.
  • Sleeves must cover the elbow.      
  • Skirts must reach well below the knee when standing or sitting.  Slits above the knee (front and back) are not permitted.
  • Shirts must cover the torso when standing, sitting and bending.
  • Pants/trousers are not permitted.
  • See-through clothes are not permitted
  • Shirts should not bear inappropriate pictures or inappropriate writing. 
  • Piercings are not permitted any place other than ears.

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Midmo Friends Suggest You Bring: (you want to read this!)  

DO

DON’T

 

 

“Long sleeve t-shirts for in-between and  thin sweatshirts"

(they are strict about dress)” 

“As tempting as it is, don’t over pack. Remember that what you bring here you have to bring home, plus more”

“Flarey skirts for tiyulim,3/4 sleeve t-shirts for tiyulim, leggings, hiking shoes or worn sneakers, TEVAs - SO useful - don't use Converse; clothing to layer, biker shorts for under skirts ”

“Don't bring shampoo and conditioner- Use the local shampoo and conditioner, because of water here"

“Don’t bring Tupperware, it’s cheap here, too”

"Long black skirts" “Warm slippers, flip flops” 

“No pasta, No ketchup, No peanut butter” 

"Just a few (3-5) Shabbat outfits - you wear the same thing all the time"

“Don’t bring clothes you’ve never worn before; you won’t start here either”

“1 fancier outfit for Yom Tov or a possible wedding”

“You're not going to the moon; anything you forgot to bring, you can get here”

"Sunglasses" Bathing suit, Sunscreen

  

“Lots of underwear and sox”

"Don't bring umbrellas-they are cheap here”

"Gets cold – bring jacket, boots, leggings sweatshirts for class "

“Don’t bring anything that you value too much--it will get lost or ruined” 

“Only 2 sets of sheets and 3 towels”

”No High Heels”

“Lots of lens supplies-enough for the whole year” "Extra contacts and glasses"

“Don’t bring too many clothes - I didn’t listen either”

“Travel sizes of shampoos and soaps”

 

"Bring mousse”

 

"Deodorant and sanitary items for the year"

 

"Hot/cold cup(mug)"

 

“Be sure all electric things are 220V;120V with a transformer never work right”

"Extra converters – they break"

 

“Flashlight”

 

“Speakers for IPods” extra iphone chargers, portable charger!

 

“Iced tea,crystal lite”

 

"If you eat white tuna, bring it with you –packets are the best!-otherwise buy tuna here”

 

“Shower caddy, toothbrush holder” 

 

"Moisturizer, make-up, cream, nail polish – enough for the whole year” “Makeup remover pads”

 

”Zip-lock bags” “Good Grips peeler” safety pins

 

“Fabreeze, stain stick and color catcher"

 

“Draw string bag” "Mesh laundry bag”

 

Light Blanket

 

“Candies, snacks, splenda, anything dietetic, and microwavable - and microwave steam bags” “Oatmeal”

 

“Advil, cold medicine, Pepto-Bismol”

 

“5-subject notebooks, pens-you can also buy it here”

 

 

 

 

                                  
                                                       “Do Heritage" 
                           "Don’t go home for Pesach - it was amazing here!”

                                     “WHY DIDN’T I READ THIS LIST?”

                                  

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