Spiritual & Religious Life

From Minyan to JLIC to Learning, there is a lot going on!

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BOO maintains campus Orthodox minyanim. This includes weekday minyanim. The community sustains one shacharit and two mincha and a maariv minyanim, as well as Shabbat minyanim with over 100 members in attendance. Please send questions, suggestions, and comments to our Gabbai Zev Ross at If you would like to read Torah, please contact Rachel Araten at


JLIC - Ariel & Dorit Cohen

Ariel and Dorit live in Baka, Jerusalem, Israel with their two sons. They love having guests over and their Shabbat table is always filled with people from different backgrounds.

Dorit grew up in West Orange, NJ, and always dreamt of making Aliyah to Israel. She attended Stern College and worked as a Beit Midrash Fellow at SAR High School. After making Aliyah she earned an MA in Education Psychology at Ben Gurion University and a Teaching Certificate at David Yellin College of Education in Jerusalem. Dorit is an English reading specialist, a school psychologist, and teaches at a local elementary school. She is passionate about helping immigrant children and their parents acclimate in the Israeli school system. When not counseling or teaching, you can find her reading a book or trying out a new recipe.

Ariel grew up in Jerusalem. He studied in the Horev high school in Jerusalem then Mechinat Eli, and served as a commander in an elite unit. Ariel loves to explore the latest unmarked hiking trail, organizes local minyanim (prayer groups) and tutors adolescent immigrants. He also loves to play basketball and soccer. When he isn’t learning with a neighbor he works as an accountant – but he says he secretly hates numbers. Ariel has been a Shalhevet Leadership Fellow with Mizrachi World Movement and OU-JLIC in Israel.

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Learning & The Beit Midrash

Torah study is a central component of Orthodox campus life. The BOO Beit Midrash, located in the basement of freshmen dormitory Shapiro Residence Hall, is a comfortable enclave of Torah study. This Beit Midrash houses thousands of Jewish books ranging from ancient texts to modern journals. On any given weekday, over 50 students spend time here studying religious texts and attending different shiurim, chaburot and mishmar. Have any questions? Contact Yonina Reichman at


Torat Emet

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