Bais Chaya Mushka Seminary in Montreal, led by Mrs. Chanie Brand, has made major advancements in learning, extracurricular activities and individual care.
“It was one of the most amazing and impactful experiences of our lives. We were treated to delicious food and superb accommodations, including a centrally-located, beautifully-furnished apartment in the heart of Yerushalayim, plus an overnight excursion in a lovely hotel in Tzfas.”
“The itinerary was action-packed as we traversed -literally – the length and breadth of Eretz Yisroel together with our dynamic chaperones and tour-guide.”
“Most of all, the spirit was so joyful and the atmosphere so upbeat that we forged tighter bonds of friendship with each other and Eretz Hakodesh.”
The words above are from Rivkah Cohen, a student of the Chaya Mushka Seminary of Montreal, as she described the school’s recent trip to Eretz Yisroel.
The trip to Eretz Yisroel is one of the many highlights of Bais Chaya Mushka Seminary in Montreal. The consistent goal of the Seminary is fusing the best of gashmius with the best of ruchnius, making it practically ‘custom-made’ to each student.
Classes and study groups are held in the impressive Ben Weider Educational Center edifice, and the dormitory facilities are housed in a fully remodeled and upgraded apartment structure nearby. The Seminary staff go out of their way to see to it that the students lack for nothing, enabling them to focus on making the most of the learning and leadership opportunities the program offers.
Each dorm room is clean and spacious, with a living room, comfortable couches and no more than three girls assigned to a room.
The dorm facility also houses a fully equipped gym, art-room, game-room, library, state-of-the-art kitchen and communal dining room. The food is exceptional, both in quantity and quality, with the cook tuned into the preference of each girl.
As one board member remarked, when our students feel appreciated and respected, their demeanor, both in the seminary and community, is reflected in a positive manner.
Over the past 3 years, under the leadership of Mrs. Chanie Brand as the principal, the seminary has made major advancements in all areas – learning, extracurricular, individual care of each student and more. Mrs. Brand is passionate that girls need not go far or their parents paying a fortune in order to have a top-notch seminary experience!
The seminary is filling a critical need in the Chabad community. As a seminary with high standards, engaging program, devotion to each student it makes the perfect setting for girls to foster a deep connection to Hashem and our Rebbe and grow into their role as proud Jewish women, positively influencing their families and communities.
The Chaya Mushka Seminary is staffed by some of the most acclaimed educators in the Chabad world: who teach and inspire the girls. The learning is real, meaningful and relevant (see website for full list of teachers and courses). In BCMS learning is much more than accumulating a lot of knowledge – our goal is that everything learned should become a way of life.
The full and diversified extracurricular programs includes lively Farbrengens, art nights, dancing, baking and culinary lessons. The Seminary organizes sightseeing tours, inspirational/recreational trips and Shabbatons to locations such as New York City, Buffalo, Ottawa, and Toronto.
The students also have many in-reach and out-reach opportunities, including weekly programs with Bais Rivka elementary and high school students and many different shlichus choices under the guidance of nearby shluchim – including teaching in local Hebrew schools and public schools; visiting local hospitals or assisted living facilities; engaging in “Neshek” outreach or other “mivtza” projects; learning one-on-one with Torah-study novices; Bikur Bayis and Layla Tov for mekorovim families.
The carefully selected dorm counselors, while just a few years older than the students, provide invaluable friendship and mentoring serving to encourage and support the girls.
Perhaps the greatest feature of this Seminary is that it clearly understands ‘one-size’ does not fit all, and offers different types of classes, activities and outlets thus giving their students the opportunity to pursue their particular learning style, activity, vocation or aspiration that best suits their interests and personality.
The Seminary offers the option of a one or two-year program, both offering credits that can be transferred toward a BA. Those completing the two-year program can also earn a teaching diploma