Friday, August 6, 2010
06 August '10
Twenty-five years ago, our regional council opened up its first high schools. A boys school was opened in Beit El and a girls school in Ofra. Those two yishuvim (communities) were the dominant ones at the time and unabashedly "divided the pie" of goodies between themselves. They also had the only elementary schools allowed to educate the kids up the the Eighth Grade. It took years of struggle, but today the Shiloh Elementary School also goes to the Eighth grade, as do others, but that's another story...
Ofra was the first actual yishuv in the Shomron, and its founders were visionaries, not just pioneers. Rabbi Yoel Bin Nun, well-known Bible expert and educator, was among the first in Ofra. He had been dreaming of what he considered the ideal education for a modern Torah-observant Jewish woman. Not only were the girls to study all of the standard academic and religious courses, but they were to learn sewing, cooking and the first graduation classes even learned basic car maintenance.
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