Founded in 2009/5769 by the brother's Mendy and Levi Levertov the Yeshiva Experience has become an integral part of the Austin Jewish Community. Last years’ successes have made the Yeshiva Experience a must-have event for the Austin Jewish Community.
The Yeshiva Experience attracted over 200 participants each of the past few years, with class sizes ranging between five and thirty. Classes covered various topics, including Practical Kabbala, Talmudic Logic, and Medical Ethics from a Jewish Perspective. Personal learning sessions, with one of the rabbinical students, were also available for those wishing to explore the subject of their choice.
Five rabbinical students flew to Austin, TX to act as instructors and learning partners. They also visited senior-citizen homes and got to see the dynamics of a small, but growing, vibrant Jewish community. This was an excellent learning experience for these students, giving them a preview of community dynamics. Many of them will be becoming Chabad Rabbis and moving to similar communities, and this gave them an opportunity to see one up-close.
Between the classes, personal learning sessions, and community events, the Yeshiva Experience brought warmth and excitement to the Austin Jewish community, transforming the summer from a time of slow vacation to a time of learning and growth.
This summer Chabad of Austin will be building on the past phenomenal success. This year we plan on bringing an five young men rabbinical students, to teach, lead and create the signature Yeshiva atmosphere. The Yeshiva is the institute of higher Jewish learning that has been in existence for over three thousand years. We invite community members to experience a mini-version of the hallowed halls of the Yeshiva.
We also believe that those who give must also receive. For the rabbinical students this summer will be a time for them to examine a young dynamic Jewish community of the South. They will be trained in the creation and delivery of lectures, synagogue management and develop their talents in the rabbinic framework.