Maalot Educational Network
Maalot Educational Network (formerly the Zaidner Institute), an NCCRS member since October 2010, is an affiliate school of Neve Yerushalayim, founded in 1970 to offer women with a limited background in Jewish studies an intensive education with an appreciation of the Land of Israel and its history. In 1984, Neve Yerushalayim saw the importance of meeting the changing needs of contemporary Jewish women and, in 1984, established Maalot Yerushalayim as an affiliate school of the Neve Yerushalayim College.The largest branch, Maalot Baltimore was founded soon after. Other locations include: Bnos Avigayil (Jerusalem, Israel), Maalot Greater Manchester (BSS Seminary), Maalot Bais Rivkah (Crown Heights, NY), Maalot Queens, Maalot IDT (Newark, NJ), Maalot Detroit, Maalot Los Angeles, Maalot Machon Chen (Zurich, Switzerland), Maalot Montreal, Maalot New York, Maalot Derech Shlema (Georgia).
Maalot provides a college-level, post secondary, career-oriented education. The student body consists of young Jewish men and women, as well as adult learners with substantial prior Judaic and secular education. The mission of the school is to provide men and women in Israel, North America, and Europe the opportunity to pursue advanced Jewish studies, while at the same time achieving a level of secular education enabling entry into the job markets of Israel, the United States, and Europe. Ma'lot also strives to meet the needs of adult women who must balance their desire for educationally valid study with family obligations.
At the time of its first class in 1984, Maalot offered courses in Computer Science and Business, in addition to Judaic Studies. In 1985, a fourth area of study, Education/Psychology was offered. In 1995, a program in Graphic Arts was introduced. An integrated set of courses in Speech Pathology was made available in the Fall of 1996. These courses were designed to enable students to satisfy the prerequisites for entry into graduate programs in Speech Pathology. Students matriculating to accredited institutions of higher learning have been able to receive college credits for some, if not all, of their coursework at Maalot. Currently, students who choose to earn a college degree may select from six available tracks developed to articulate with degree programs offered through Thomas A. Edison State College of New Jersey as well as other colleges. Maalot students may use their coursework toward earning degrees with specializations in art, computer science, humanities, liberal studies, psychology, and social sciences. All courses taught at Maalot offer a full 60 minutes of site-based instruction, instead of the academic hour of 50 minutes. Branches are located in Israel, England, Montreal, New York, Baltimore, Detroit, Newark, and Los Angeles.