Students & Parents Speak

“Being in Midreshet Eshel has taught me so many new, interesting, and inspiring things. Ranging from halacha to psychology and social dynamics. Everyone is so friendly and nice and it really feels like a home away from home.”
–Shoshi Hammer

“Being in Midreshet Eshel gives you the opportunity to live in the Old City of Jerusalem – the center of the world. You feel like the streets are your home and you never want to leave.”
–Barbara Matalon

“Midreshet Eshel is the best! The location, teachers, subjects, food, activities, and experience have been all wonderful. I doubt you can find a school like this anywhere. I really truly love it and recommend you to join us!”
–Jamie Lee Kushner

“Being in Midreshet Eshel and living in the Old City really gives you a feeling of spirituality and closeness to Hashem. I’ve never had this true feeling of happiness instilled in me more than I do today! The administration is like family- they make us feel at home. I’ve made such genuine friendships here that I know will last for a long time. I feel so privileged to be in this school. They treat us like we are their own children. There’s no such thing as homesick when you’re living in Israel- your first home! This experience will stay with me forever. I have never appreciated something more!”
–Raquel Betesh

“I came to Israel a little bit scared about what to expect from my school. However from day one I could tell I was going to gain everything I had hoped for. With the inspiration from all the amazing staff and the tiyulim around Israel I have been having the time of my life.”
–Arielle Lee

“Midreshet Eshel is a great school that has so much to offer. The classes are very inspiring and make you want to change to become a better person.”
–Rosie Matalon

“My year in Midreshet Eshel was definitely a year I will never forget . I grew as a person,I became more independent , my love for Torah and Judaism increased extremely , and I made friends for life . I am so happy that I got the opportunity to live in the old city for a year. I want to thank Rabbi Benarroch and Miriam Tawil for making that . Thank you”
– Gabriella Ederey

“At first, I was totally against sending my daughter to Israel. After she went I COULDN’T BE HAPPIER. I don’t have any regrets sending my daughter to Midreshet Eshel. She grew in so many ways. It’s an experience she would never forget!!”
-Rita Roubin

“Dear Miriam,
I can’t explain how lucky I feel to have gotten the chance to be in Eshel and become a part of the Eshel family. It feels like it all went by so fast but so full at the same time- we never stopped for a second. I strengthened my sense of self, my devotion to Judaism, my dedication o Torah and so much more. I still can’t believe that Eshel actually exists. It’s exactly perfect for me, it feels like a dream. I know I gained so much here as a person, a community member, and a Jewish woman. I can’t thank you enough for everything you’ve done to make this happen for me. I feel like the luckiest person in the world to have gotten to do this. I wouldn’t have traded it for ANYTHING! The inspiration will last a lifetime.”
-Rochelle Tawil 5776

“A little over a year ago, in the summer of 2009, my wife Leah and I made the decision to send our oldest daughters, Barbara and Rosie, to the Midreshet Eshel Program for girls in Israel, for the upcoming year. Although understandably apprehensive to send our daughters to a start-up school, it is a decision that we don’t and will never regret.At Midreshet Eshel, they received a well rounded and diversified Torah education. They also were given a nice share of cultural courses such as dance and authentic cooking. All of this was provided by a caring, well educated, experienced and hands-on staff, with whom they have remained in touch. Behind everything was the Eshel secret weapon, Director Miriam Tawil. Midreshet Eshel provided our girls with a heavy dose of hesed opportunities – with one whole afternoon a week and numerous other events dedicated to charitable activities. Above all, and by design, they were given a love, understanding, and appreciation of the land of Israel. All in all, our daughters matured, learnt responsibility, developed as God-fearing young Jewish woman, forged friendships, and had the experience of a lifetime which they will never forget.”
-Rabbi Ely Matalon

” Midreshet Eshel was an amazing experience for me. The program motivated me to learn and inspired me to work on myself in order to get closer to Hashem. Learning in Eshel changed my life!”
–Bobby Beyda

“Midreshet Eshel has not only made me grow religiously and spiritually, but it has inspired me to better myself as a person, to seize every opportunity for good, to be more self relient, and appreciate every day to its fullest. I have grown tremendously and Eshel has made such an impact that will effect and stay with me for life.”
–Lily Shweky

“The time has finally come that I am on my own and faced to be independent and responsible, but I am so carefree. I am living in a country that the whole world hates, yet I am invincible. I am in the center of the world- a war zone- yet I am in the safest place in the world. Ironically, I am truly happy, because at the end of the day I am home.”
–Diane Catton

“Midreshet Eshel is… When friends become family!”
-Lillian Dweck

“Going to Midreshet Eshel is the best decision I’ve ever made. I couldn’t ask for a better experience. Trust me, it is worth convincing your parents!! The friends you make are for a life time. The warm smiles and caring staff make you feel safe and at home!”
-Suzy Roubin 5776

“You helped me grow as a person and as a Jew, but even more you’ve shown me how dreams can come true if you work hard enough and you push enough. You opened doors for me beyond words. Thank you so much for following your dream and for allowing me to follow mine. Eshel will always be a part of me.”
-Raquel Nahum 5776

Dear Miriam,
I just wanted to take a minute to thank you for such an unbelievable year. It was special for Helen, and for us, on so many different levels. We feel lucky and blessed that she was able to have such an experience with only the best staff and faculty around her. Thank you for doing what you do. May Hashem give you the strength to keep enriching the lives of our girls for many years to come.
Thanks again,
Renee and Jack Menashe