The Matmidim program continues at YOC, for students in grades 9 – 11. Last year, about half of grade 9 and 10 participated in the program.
Our Matmidim program meets for 4 additional times of learning each week:
- Sunday (following shiur) from 11:30-12:30.
- Thursday (following mishmar) from 7-8 PM.
- One additional evening during the week from 5:30-6:30 (following school).
- A special weekly lunch and learn program on Tuesdays.
The learning for two of the slots is guided chavruta learning that focuses on further training our students to learn gemara independently, as well as exposes them to a larger amount of gemara than they would normally see during regular shiur. In the third meeting, the participants split up into small groups and have a chaburah led by one of our Rabbeim that discusses the material learned in chavrutah as well as focuses on the conceptual analysis of the gemara. These sessions aim at giving our talmidim a greater breadth and depth of gemara understanding.
Our participants also have the opportunity to have a lunch and learn with a different rebbe each week. There they are able to strengthen their relationships with different members of our rabbinic faculty as well as learn a wide range of contemporary topics in Jewish thought.
Students participating have a lighter workload in Gemara and will receive a small shas at the conclusion of the year in recognition of their efforts.
Our Matmidim program is coordinated by Rabbi Spitz, Menahel at YOC, Rabbi Mazer, Masgiach Ruchani at YOC and Rabbi Noah Sonenberg, Gemara Department Chair at YOC. In addition, the Matmidim have lunch once a month with Rabbi Grauer, Rosh Yeshiva and Head of School.
For more information, please be in touch with Rabbi Spitz (firstname.lastname@example.org).