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First time girls from Melbourne attend Chof Beis Shvat High School Program

Girls at the High School Program – Illustration Photo

CROWN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn [CHI] — Many months ago some wonderful tenth graders in Melbourne, Australia took upon themselves the task of organizing a trip to New York to attend the annual Chof Beis Shvat high school program.

They established Achos HaT’mim , and inspired the whole Beth Rivkah high school to increase in their learning, avodas haT’filah and Ahavas Yisroel through various programs including before school shiurim, farbrengens, mivtzoim as well as taking on efforts for each one to improve in all aspects of behavior befitting a Bas Chabad.

In order to be eligible to enter the goral to be zoche to win a trip to New York, each girl had to earn 770 points per week. In addition they needed to fund raise and convince parents and the school as to the tremendous impact this trip would have on, not only the school, but the whole community. Besides the financial cost of the trip, chof beis shvat takes place at the very end of the summer vacation in Australia, meaning the girls would return after school would be starting.

During summer camp a few weeks ago , the director of Chabad Youth, Rabbi Moshe Kahn, indeed felt the great effect these girls would have on their return to Melbourne and he undertook to help in partially sponsoring the trip. In return 4 girls agreed to work as shluchos for Chabad Youth through running various hafotza activities such as shabbos mornings and after school programs.

Boruch Hashem 8 girls from Melbourne, who all undertook the hachona program with utmost dedication and effort, were able to participate in the high school program in New York. We are confident they will benefit from the tremendous achdus and atmosphere and the experience of being with 1600 other girls from all over the world. In turn they will bring back all they have seen and learnt to inspire their friends, family and entire community.


  • 2. Leah wrote:

    You guys are AMAZING!! You worked so hard on it and actually got there. Im so proud of you!!! Love you guys

  • 4. nechama heber and chaya begun wrote:

    welcome to n.y shaina barber! we luv you and are so o o proud of you!!!!!!

  • 5. Nechama-ex melbournite wrote:

    I’m so happy to see how far Beth Rivkah has come since my days.

  • 6. A. Cousins in Crown Heights. wrote:

    Go Rifkah’le Zirkind!!!

    Good to see you and we love you!!!

  • 7. A member of Anash in Melbourne wrote:

    We are very proud of each of the girls who were involved in the programme. We hope the girls are suceessful in their hashpaah on all their friends and all Melbourne residents will benifit.

  • 8. Yossi Gordon wrote:

    Thanks to Mushkie Gordon and Chaya Herbst for all their hard work in organising this peula

  • 10. there is hope! wrote:

    cute that 2 of those girls came to our class for the day.achos hatmim is unbelieveble!it changes girls lives all over the world.there was an internatinal a”ht convention in tornto which was amzing and yup there are still many very good,chassidish girls out there!

  • 11. PROUD PERSON wrote:


  • 12. Australian wrote:

    thank you to Mushky Gordon and Kerin Saks-Davis for the idea and the organizing of the entire program both in the Hachones in Australia and the trip to the Rebbe

  • 13. just to let you know wrote:

    This isn’t Melbourne school!! It’s Beth Rivkah Montreal…. The article might be correct, but the picture doesn’t match it.

  • 14. Illustration Photo wrote:

    To “Just to let you know”:

    Under the picture are two very important words: Illustration Photo.

    That means that the picture isn’t of the actual article, but goes with the theme.

  • 15. Ohel Chana Student... wrote:

    Sarah Leah, this program was seriously amazing!! We’re soooo proud of your hard work n’ all the effort you put into it.. Keep up the good work!!

  • 17. a friend wrote:

    just a note- it wasnt the school who organized it but the girls them selves!!!

  • 18. chaya willy wrote:

    mushky berk!!!!!!!
    omg ur on just like me!!!!!!
    i miss ya soooo much!
    mazal tov, post some pix…
    miss ya
    luv chaya willy


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