Q. I teach a Bais Yaakov honors kodesh class / I have had no Jewish education / I don't live near any Jewish resources. Can I use Moriya?
Yes! Moriya is multi-level. Girls and women from all different backgrounds can use it separately or together. There is material in the program to challenge the most advanced students, and also to satisfy the needs of those who are approaching Torah for the first time.
Q. Is Moriya Girl Scouts?
No. Moriya is international, specifically Jewish, and (more like Boy Scouts) an open-ended program. It is not affiliated with Boy Scouts or WAGGGS.
Q. Are there membership dues? Do I need to purchase the curriculum?
Individual group leaders set the dues for their own members, to cover the group's expenses. Leaders may also take a salary from those dues if they like.
Whether you are part of a group or working as an individual, when you finish a theme, you will need to pay $1 plus shipping to receive your token.
Q. My daughter is not allowed to use a computer. Will she be able to participate fully in Moriya?
Absolutely! The entire program is designed to be used without electronics. The only exception is a couple of the optional activities in the Computer Programming theme.
Q. Who's behind this?
Moriya was started in 2014 by a Jewish high school teacher for a pioneering group of elementary school girls, under the umbrella of the Kollel of Ottawa. We've since moved to another small, vibrant community, Jacksonville, Florida. The program is developed in consultation with daas Torah.
Q. How can I donate?
In Canada, donations may be made c/o the Kollel of Ottawa, with a note that the donation is for Moriya. You will receive a Canadian tax receipt.
In the US, donations may be made c/o the Portland Kollel, with a note that the donation is for Moriya. Donations are US tax deductible.
Check out the rest of the Portland Kollel website: it offers lots of great programs, even if you do not live in Portland!
Q. How do you pronounce 'Moriya'?
Both Ashkenazim and Sefardim pronounce Moriya with the accent on the last syllable. You can check it out in Bereishis 22:2.
Q. How can I find out more? Is there a Moriya group in my community? Can I start one?