The Danielle Sonnenfeld Foundation

Midreshet Danielle


College for girls prior to national service in memory of Danielle Sonnenfeld A”H

Midreshet Danielle is a unique college that trains girls prior to their national service (Sherut Leumi) both for their national service and for the subsequent stages of their lives. The College concentrates on building the faith and spiritual pursuits of its students and, through that, equipping its students with the tools to take national responsibility in all aspects of their lives.

Emphasis is placed on building an intrinsic spiritual worldview that will enable students to accept personal and communal responsibility from a Torah perspective, taking into account the significant and complex challenges of our generation. The College also takes part in helping its students choose a personally meaningful national service and provides students with individualized guidance for the entire process.

College coursework includes a wide range of topics that focus on spiritual pursuits, character building, foundations of faith in light of today’s challenges, and Jewish law. The style of learning is varied and includes lectures, group study, one-on-one study with other Bnei David women, workshops and more.

The goal of the College: Developing strength of conviction and strong faith in order to nurture within its students a life of Torah values and refining their character and capacity to deal soulfully and spiritually with today’s challenges.

The College staff: The heads of the Bnei David institutions – Rabbi Eli Sadan and Rabbi Yigal Levinstein; the head of the College – Rabbi Eliezer Kastiel.

The support of Mr. Elio Moti Sonnenfeld and his recognition of the Bnei David institutions began close to ten years ago in connection with perpetuating the memory of Israeli national hero and talmid chacham Roi Klein HY”D. This involvement continues with Midreshet Danielle, named in memory of Mr. Sonnenfeld’s daughter Danielle A”H, that now fills an important educational and spiritual need with the assumption that just as the Bnei David pre-military preparatory program is a leader in national pre-military preparatory programs, so too will Midreshet Danielle be the spiritual model of other such programs that will follow in its footsteps.

Midreshet Danielle is based in the Tapuah settlement in the Shomron, and has some 45 girls already enrolled in its first year of existence.

The team:
Rabbi Eliezer Kastiel / Head of the Midrasha
Rabbi Eli Sadan
Rabbi Yigal Levinstein
Rabbanit Maayan Zoldan
Rabbanit Edith Itskovitch
Tehila Pollack