Sem­i­nary Savvy

Michal Eisikowitz and Deb­bie Fox
  • Review
By – June 7, 2016

Sem­i­nary Savvy is a guide­book for young women who are about to grad­u­ate from Yeshi­va high school and head to Israel for their year of study. The book con­tains many help­ful tips and sce­nar­ios that will make a high school senior feel more pre­pared before leav­ing her fam­i­ly for an entire year. Some top­ics dis­cussed are find­ing trust­ed adults to con­fide in, deal­ing with home­sick­ness, nav­i­gat­ing around Israel, learn­ing about nutri­tion while away from home, and many more. The book tack­les some seri­ous top­ics that are unfor­tu­nate­ly nec­es­sary for the woman of today, includ­ing what to do when an adult you trust begin to makes you feel uncom­fort­able, how to han­dle inap­pro­pri­ate male atten­tion, and han­dling phys­i­cal and men­tal afflic­tions while away from home.

The illus­trat­ed cov­er and var­i­ous car­toons through­out the book may put off some high school seniors who feel this book might be too child­ish for them, but the infor­ma­tion is most­ly use­ful. Some of the advice in the book might seem obvi­ous and unnec­es­sary to state, but it tries to cov­er all bases, and will def­i­nite­ly help many girls in the Ortho­dox community. 

Final­ly, the book was writ­ten with the express per­mis­sion of sev­er­al respect­ed Ortho­dox rab­bis, includ­ing Rab­bi Sholom Kamenet­sky and Rab­bi Abra­ham Twer­s­ki, so even the most reli­gious fam­i­lies in the Jew­ish com­mu­ni­ty should feel com­fort­able giv­ing it to their daugh­ters to read.

Relat­ed Content:

Evie Saphire-Bern­stein is the pro­gram direc­tor of Jew­ish Book Coun­cil. She grad­u­at­ed from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Illi­nois at Chica­go with a B.A. in Eng­lish and a minor in Jew­ish Stud­ies. Before join­ing the Jew­ish Book Coun­cil team in 2015, she spent a year and a half work­ing with­in the Con­ser­v­a­tive Move­ment as the Net­work Liai­son for the Schechter Day School Net­work. She is a recent trans­plant to New York City, after liv­ing in Chica­go for most of her life. In her spare time, Evie is a writer and blogger.

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