Op-Ed: Seminary, If We Want Our Girls to Continue, We Have to Make A Change

by A Chabad Girl

The time has come again when your typical Chabad girl is applying for seminary. There is one difference this year, the girls are speaking up.

The girls are acknowledging that there is a flaw in the system.

Their whole lives these girls have been talking about that amazing year in seminary, where they’ll make new friends, live on their “own”, and ultimately grow in their Yiddishkeit and themselves as a person. The one issue is, there are not enough Chabad seminaries and the few that do exist have a monopoly on the system.

Starting with the Ruchniyus aspect. There are so many Chassidishe, tzniusdig, fun, smart, learned girls that don’t have a seminary meant for them. Whether the other seminaries are too intense, are too relaxed, whatever that may be. Too many of our girls don’t have places in which they will thrive. And the girls that do, Baruch HaShem, you guys are very lucky!

Our girls need more options and we need to acknowledge that there are more than five types of warm, Chassidishe, amazing girls.

Secondly, the fact that a girl has to tell you what her first, second, and third, choice is doesn’t make sense. These girls should be able to apply to Seminaries just as the girls themselves and not as their other seminary choices.

Please, for that wonderful girl in your Chumash class, or the grade GO, make that new seminary, let us make these changes. We want our girls to go to Seminary so let’s make seminaries for our girls!

6 Comments

  • Seminary not for all

    Please acknowledge that seminary is not for all kids

    parents are sending their kids to seminary for various different reasons.

    Some are qualified for advanced learning.

    Some need a finishing school to mature away from home

    Some are just Wana do a full year of camp and touring around Israel and the world, similar to secular Tiyul

    Some parents need babysitting for their teenagers,

  • In Response to Seminary Not for All— not so

    The Rebbe wants every girl to go to at least one year of seminary. We do need to daven about the girls’ experience applying to and being in seminary. We want it to be positive. We’re chassidim after all. I hear “A Chabad Girl” loud and clear. Moshiach now.

  • Rabbi Levi Neubort

    I suggest that Lubavitch girls high schools add the 13th grade and create an exchange program. Beis Rivka Seminary is a good example of this.

  • shadchon@gmail.com

    The best seminary of all is right here in crown heights.

    Beis Rivkah seminary. (Sem Alef).

    Attention all parents of 12th grade girls: check it out.

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