New Seminary for Girls in The Five Towns and Rockaways Led by Rebbetzin Aviva Feiner


shulMachon Basya Rochel has just announced plans to open its new seminary this fall under the leadership of Rebbetzin Aviva Feiner. In response to the needs of our local young women, especially recent high school graduates and those returning from Eretz Yisrael, Machon Basya Rochel will present a unique program of intellectually stimulating and challenging courses with practical application in mind. In Rebbetzin Feiner’s words: “We are looking to enhance each young woman’s commitment to a Torah life as well as her skills in Hebrew textual learning, and view each student as a unique individual with her own personal talents, struggles, and aspirations.”

Since the initial announcement, the response has been remarkable. Young women both here and abroad are expressing interest in joining the seminary. MBR boasts a dynamic and talented roster of faculty and guest lecturers that include, Rabbi Eytan Feiner, Rabbi Dovid Weinberger, Rebbetzin Tehila Jaeger, Mrs. Debbie Greenblatt, Mrs Elisheva Liss, Mrs. Yocheved Shonek and others. Course offerings will include Machsheves Yisrael, Tanach, Halacha and more.

Machon Basya Rochel is seeking students striving to maximize their knowledge, awareness, and commitments as Jewish women at this pivotal time in their lives. An optional mid-year trip to Eretz Yisrael will provide an exciting opportunity to draw inspiration from its Torah personalities and mekomos kedoshim. Other special events, guest speakers, and Shabbatonim will enhance the warm and inviting atmosphere that students experience each day at the seminary.

Rebbetzin Feiner, an internationally recognized lecturer brings years of experience at seminaries in Eretz Yisrael, having taught and guided students for many years at B’not Torah Institute, Bnos Chava, Darchei Bina, and other institutions. She is the co-founder of the highly successful post-seminary Chochmas Nashim learning program in Jerusalem, where she lectured weekly on Tanach. She is currently the Rebbetzin of Congregation Kneseth Israel (“The White Shul”) in Far Rockaway, N.Y. In addition to her many duties at the Shul, Rebbetzin Feiner serves as a kallah teacher, organizes community events, and cooks gourmet for a constant flow of Shabbos and Yom Tov guests. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from Queens College and a Masters Degree in Special Education from Johns Hopkins University, and studied in Bnos Chava Seminary in Israel.

It is appropriate that Machon Basya Rochel is named after the mother of Lawrence community member Alex Edelman. A woman of uncommon courage, she was known to have saved many lives during her time in concentration camps. She serves as a role model for young Jewish Women everywhere.

For more information and to request an application email or call 718-355-8900.

{Noam Newscenter}


  1. You forget to ad in the article that Rebitzen Yungries, Rebitzen Altusky, Rebitzen Birnhack, Rebitzen Bender and Rebitzen Sitnick will also be affiliated.

  2. Very exciting. Will there be a dorm? We need more American options as well as giving the existing ones more of a chance.

  3. Finally an alternative to me spending $15,000+ to send my daughter to Israel after she finishes high school.

    I wonder if they will have the super frum hashkafos of the seminaries in Eretz Yisroel?

  4. There have been alternatives in N. America, from Montreal to Detroit to Cleveland and Baltimore. What is badly needed are sems with dorms for out of towners. Not every out of towner’s cut out for Yavneh, BYBP intensive or Lakewood.
    And the out of town options like Detroit are a guaranteed fresh breath of air for intowners.

  5. Comment 3: i dont think your statement is accurate. As far as I am aware Rabbi Eytan Feiner, Rabbi Dovid Weinberger, Rebbetzin Bender, Rebbetzin Jaeger, Mrs. Debbie Greenblatt, Mrs. Elisheva Liss and Mrs. Yocheved Shonek are the only individuals officially affiliated with Machon Basya ROchel.