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8 Adar 5759 - Feb. 24, 1999 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly







Founding Meeting for Tifferes, New Har Nof Talmud Torah

By Betzalel Kahn

An impressive meeting was recently held in Har Nof, Jerusalem, in honor of the founding of Talmud Torah Tifferes. The new Har Nof talmud Torah, will function under the guidance of HaRav Aharon Yehuda Leib Steinman.

The initiative to found this talmud Torah comes from Har Nof avreichim, who are forced to send their children by bus to talmudei Torah in distant parts of the city. After receiving the blessing of HaRav Steinman, they turned to the administration of the Derech Tevuno Talmud Torah in Ramot, known for its special curriculum, and asked it to help them realize their aim.

The administration of Derech Tevuno also sought the blessing of HaRav Steinman and asked him to guide the Har Nof administration in formulation of the school's curriculum and pedagogical approach. The upcoming talmud Torah will adhere to the methods customary in a number of other talmudei Torah of which HaRav Steinman is nosi. As is known, HaRav Steinman advocates considerable chazoro and shinun of the studied material, techniques that have given outstanding results.

Upon receipt of HaRav Steinman's blessing, it was decided to conduct registration by telephone. After the telephone- registration closed, the applications were carefully reviewed and it was decided to invite the parents of the prospective students to the founding meeting, held on the 17th of Shevat.

At the meeting, attended by the talmud Torah's administration and by parents of its prospective students, the school's special curriculum, teaching methods and administrative policies were described. It was stressed that eventually the talmud Torah would be administered by a team of a experienced avreichim from the neighborhood itself. The parents were also informed that as of now, one kindergarten class will be opened, to be run by a licensed (female) kindergarten teacher, and that there will be no more than 25 students per class.

At the end of the meeting, the parents were invited to come with their children to interviews and entrance tests. When this stage of the registration was completed, it became clear that there were a few more places for 3-4 year olds, since not all of those who had registered were accepted to the first class. Like its name, "Tifferes," this Talmud Torah will, be'ezras Hashem, constitute a magnificent addition to the illustrious Torah community of Har Nof.

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