In 2004 JETS opened its doors giving young Jewish men, the tools with which to lead productive, fulfilling lives, through a well-balanced program of Judaic studies, vocational training and recreational activities. Our alumni-body is growing and we are making a sincere effort to keep in touch with them. We want them to maintain a strong connection to JETS and fellow alumni, our goal is to help alumni continue to pursue their dreams and facilitate their aspirations in any way we can.
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I do not know where I would be right now in my life without J.E.T.S. I am grateful that there are people who recognize and act upon the need for yeshivas that cater to boys who find it difficult to learn all day. The staff at JE.T.S are friendly, helpful, encouraging and understanding. I left J.E.T.S with a G.E.D, something that a few years ago I would never have imagined of receiving. But I also left J.E.T.S with more confidence and determination to go on to succeed in that which I chose to do next. When there is a will, there is a way. I had the will and JETS gave me the way. I am currently in university IDC Herzliya, located in Herzliya, Israel working towards his degree in psychology.
At JETS, I had a very different educational experience than my other Yeshivos. The staff is very caring and the individualized courses are gear to the student’s ability. I tried a menu of courses (real estate, contracting, computers) until I found the one that suited me, the EMT course. At first I was hesitant but after the first class I was captivated and decided, “this is what I want as a career”. Thanks for the support from the students and staff I passed the national exams and was hired at Assist Ambulance in New York. I didn’t stop there, my passion for this field continued to grow and I went on to school and graduated as a paramedic. I am currently in studying to become a physician assistant. Thank you to JETS for putting me on this path.
I graduated from JETS with an EMT degree and receive my high School Diploma. After leaving JETS I volunteered for an ambulance service which I really enjoyed doing in my spare time. I currently work at Americare, Inc. which is a Licensed Home Care Services Agency that has been servicing the greater New York area for over a quarter century. It is a member of both the New York State Home Care Providers Association and the Home Care Association of New York State. Since working here for 3 years, I have been promoted a few times.
I came to JETS in the beginning of September of 2008 as a dorm supervisor, assisting in monitoring the students in the dorm. After a while, the job evolved into a student mentor and a part time tutor in various subjects. Working here has reinforced a decision to pursue a higher education; I began with taking my GED. Much of my life I have known that I wanted to become an engineer, working here enlightened me to the benefits of a formal education. I enrolled in Pierce College as a full time student while continuing my arrangements with JETS. The Student’s achievements had raised their sense of self and produced a more constructive outlook about themselves. I notice that accomplishments in secular academics were often accompanied by improvements in overall performance. My experience at JETS has been life changing and I would like to say thank you for that.
My name is Simcha Blumencweig and I have been at JETS for three years. Thanks to JETS I have been able to pursue my dreams in construction. I have been taking various construction courses over the years and now JETS found me a job where I am working as a construction worker getting up real early everyday and putting in long hours. My goal is to eventually take the Contractors Licenses exam and open my own construction company. I am grateful to JETS for putting me on this path. For all of those students out there you can do this too, it takes hard work and believing in yourself and you can be on the path to success.
I came to JETS as a senior student to study & receive my rabbinical degree; I also was given various responsibilities as a mentor to the junior students. After being there for two years, I received much more than I could have imagined, it was the best two years of my life. I was always interested in the real estate field and JETS was able to put me on a career plan that enabled me to receive my California Real Estate License. I am forever grateful to the JETS organization for giving me the opportunity and encouragement to fulfill my goals. I am currently also licensed in NY where I reside and have a full time job in the real estate industry. For all of those students that really feel they want to go into the working field and need to learn the tools to be successful I highly recommend the Jewish Educational Trade School.
Prior to JETS I had a little trouble in school. I was not a bad kid; I was just confused on where I wanted to take myself in life. I was simply wasting time and trying to just enjoy myself. When I initially arrived at JETS, I connected with the staff and Rabbi's which was something that was new to me. The Rabbi's emphasized the importance of setting a goal and how it can affect me in the future. It was not only the responsible thing to do but also the right thing to do. I now fully understand what the Rabbi's meant when they said, "set a goal for yourself" I am still trying to figure out how I accomplished so much in the little time that I was there. I am now a licensed insurance agent working in California. I constantly think back and wonder where I would be today if I had not attended JETS and accomplished as much as I did. The confidence and drive I have now is something that started in JETS and I hope stays with me throughout my life. I am still in touch with my teachers whom I now call my closest friends. They have done more for me then I can explain and I cannot thank them enough. I recommend JETS to anyone that wants to start making something for themselves, anyone that wants to try a new approach in growing and understanding. The dedication and help you will get is something you will NEVER find anywhere else. Thank you.
JETS has made me into the person I am today. When I first went to JETS I had a goal to become a fully qualified accountant, a goal that did not seem realistic for someone like me coming from a background that did not offer secular tuition. JETS made my goal a reality and helped me get on track to where I am today, working in the accounting sector and well on my way to getting my accounting degree. JETS helped me grow within myself to become a better person spiritually and physically. Thank you!