• Guide to Israel Schools

  • Ohr David—S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program

  • Goal of the Program

    The goal of the Yeshiva is provide each talmid with the skills and the commitment necessary to insure that Torah learning becomes part of their lives. Understanding texts with analytical thinking combined with emphasis on commitment to self-growth is the main goal of the Yeshiva. We believe in the individuality of each Talmid and therefore encourage each person to fill his own connection to learning Torah and Eretz Yisroel.

    Goal of Program
    The goal of the Yeshiva is provide each talmid with the skills and the commitment necessary to insure that Torah learning becomes part of their lives. Understanding texts with analytical thinking combined with emphasis on commitment to self-growth is the main goal of the Yeshiva. We believe in the individuality of each Talmid and therefore encourage each person to fill his own connection to learning Torah and Eretz Yisroel.

    Attitude towards Israel and Medinat Yisrael

    Although the Yeshiva is apolitical the Rosh Yeshiva did serve in the Israeli Defense Force and the centrality to Eretz Israel in Judaism is stressed. While there are no specific celebrations of Yom Hazikaron or Yom Haatzmaut, special programs with well-known lecturers are arranged. On Yom Hazikaron students are asked to dedicate their day of study to those who fell in battle. Students who feel that they would like to celebrate Yom Haatzamut outside the Yeshiva are encouraged to do so.

    Attitude towards University Studies

    Yeshivat Ohr David is affiliated with Yeshiva University, Touro College and Hebrew Theological College. Students who feel they want to pursue full time Torah study are encouraged to do so even if that means they will attend a night college. Students not interested in full time Torah study are encouraged to attend Yeshiva University and not to attend secular colleges.

    Attitude towards Extracurricular Activities

    Students are encouraged to participate in chesed programs for example packing and delivering food for Yad Eliezer, a well known Jerusalem charity. Blood drives and visiting the sick are also part of our program.

    Preparation for Post Israel

    Years of experience have shown us that talmidim who spiritually grew in Israel have some problems returning home. This is a problem that is continually addressed in a general way but the immediate time before the end of the year, a YOM IYUN is dedicated to discussions of these areas. At this Yom Iyun, ideas such as interaction with parents and friends are discussed. We would hope that the year of intensive Torah study in Israel changes the student’s perspective and they must realize that they will have to relate to others from their new perspective.

    The "Successful" Student

    The successful student is one totally dedicated to Torah and mitzvot, in the way of making limud hatorah an essential part of their lives and making Eretz Israel an essential part of their Jewish experience.


    No jeans or T-shirts are permitted for learning or Tefila and sandals must be worn with socks in the Bet Medrash.

    Guidance Personnel

    One of the innovations of the Yeshiva was to have a very large staff and small shiurim. There are approximately 25 members of the Staff and 55 students. The Rebbeim are always available for the students and there are young kollel members that learn and talk with students. There is no Gemara shiur with more than 10 students


    There are always Rebbeim available and attendance is taken at classes and minyanim. There is a dorm counselor who supervises the midnight curfew. Certain places in Jerusalem are considered off limits. The boys are encouraged and required to conduct themselves as Bnei Torah at all times and places.
    Morning and night Seder is Gemara and afternoon Seder other classes-see schedule. Levels are always by ability and background.

    Courses Offered
    No information provided

    Daily Schedule
    7:40 Shacharit
    8:30 Mishna Brura
    8:45 Breakfast
    9:15- 10:00 preparation for Iyun shiur with members of the Kollel
    10:00-11:40 Chavruta
    12:00-1:00 Iyun Shiur
    1:00-3:00 Lunch break
    3:00 Mincha
    3:15- 4:00 Mesilat Yesharim
    4:00- 7:00 Track 1 - classes
    Each student custom makes his own schedule, based on over 100 topics in Judaism. In addition, each student studies one-on-one with one of the Rabbeim, daily for a 40-minute period.
    Topics include:
    Parshat Hashavua
    Jewish History
    Nach-lessons from the prophets
    Contemporary Halachic problems
    Topics include:
    Do it yourself - Gemara and much more.
    Every other week, tour i.e. around Jerusalem area, Kotel tunnets etc.
    The other weeks present a variety of interesting speakers i.e. Rabbi Asher Wade
    Track 2 - Gemara Bikiut
    7:00- 8:00 Supper
    8:00 Maariv
    8:15-10:00 Gemara Bekiyut (Shiur and Chavruta time with plans to finish the mesechta)
    10:00- 11:00 Optional Shiurim in Hashkafa, Ketuvim etc.
    No formal study of contemporary authors is done but in the Hashkafa and in the optional Shiurim, (different sefarim may be studied) the boys are exposed to the various paths of Torah Judaism.

    Language of Instruction

    Ulpan or Hebrew Class

    Class is given every other week

    Assessment and Grading

    Students receive transcripts each semester of study. Grades are based on attendance, participation and achievement. Each teacher decides if he would like to give written or oral tests.

    Shana Bet

    There is a shana bet program, which is actively encouraged for the motivated and advanced student. Shana bet is encouraged with more emphasis on independent Gemara study.

    Joint Program

    Yeshiva University, Touro College, Hebrew Theological College and Talmudic Academy of Florida, MJI.
    No information provided
    Extra-Curricular Activities
    Interaction with Israelis
    The Yeshiva has a very unique Shabbaton program where one shabbos a month is spent with different communities throughout Israel.
    The focus of the Yeshiva is Limud HaTorah. Political activities are not encouraged but where deemed appropriate, integration of current events is covered in the classroom format.

    Special Informal programs
    Every other Tuesday different interesting speakers address the talmidim. In addition, there is a special Melave Malka program where speakers are brought in. At these Melave Malkas, speakers are often one of the many outstanding Talmidei Chachomim of Jerusalem. These Melave Malkas often end in a kumzitz.

    Sports Facilities
    There is equipped weight room on campus as well as a music room, and computer room. The Yeshiva rents out a gym once a week.

    Programming for Shabbat and Yom Tov
    Yeshiva Ohr David is open for student use from the day they arrive until they leave. One Shabbat a month is spent in the Yeshiva and one Shabbat a month is a Shabbaton in different communities. There are two weeks where the boy has the ability to go out and visit relatives and friends. The Yeshiva makes arrangements for those who need a place. Food is served during all vacations except for the 8 days of Pesach when arrangements are made with families. In addition optional learning and touring programs are arranged during vacations.

    Field Trips
    Every other Tuesday the Yeshiva will have a half-day trip. Once every two months there will be a full day trip. After Succot, there is a 5-day trip to the Golan and Gallilee ending with a Shabbaton in the north. In mid winter there is 4-day tour to the south including Eilat.
    Level of Learning Offered
    No information provided

    Hebrew Knowledge Required
    No information provided

    Religious Observance Required
    No information provided
    Type of American Student
    Almost 100 % of the students are from North America. About one third is from the Greater New York- Long Island area.

    Overall Number of Students (Kollel, Israeli, Foreign)

    Foreign Student Percentage

    Number of 1st Year American Students

    Number of 2nd Year American Students

    Other Nationalities
    Occasional students from foreign countries (Britain, Australia etc.)

    Number of Students per Class
    Classes are small. There are Rebbeim on staff. The Gemara shiur is no larger than 10 students. Some Chumash or other shiurim have about 25 students.
    Living Quarters
    There is a full dormitory for student use. There are 3-4 students per room. Students may choose roommates and with prior approval, bring guests for Shabbat
    There is a refrigerator, washing machine and dryer, and email computer for student use.

    Availability of Private Kitchen Facilities
    There is a refrigerator and kitchenette for student use

    Facility use during Shabbat and Yom Tov
    No information provided

    There is a midnight curfew supervised by the dorm counselor. Any student not there will be called on his cell phone and appropriate action will be taken. Students understand that we are their home away from home and as such, we must know where they are at all times. Parents are encouraged to keep in close touch with the Yeshiva’s office via email.

    Security Arrangements
    No information provided
    The yeshiva was founded by Rabbis Yosef Granofsky and Chaim Flom in 1981 to provide a new style of Yeshiva program that provided much more individual attention and more exposure to the Land of Israel than was presently available at the time. Located in Jerusalem near many religious neighborhoods, talmidim get exposure to the beauty of the lifestyle only really seen in Israel.
    Accrediting Universities
    Ohr David is a Yeshiva University S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program School. There are also programs with Touro College, Hebrew Theological College, the Talmudic Academy of Florida, and MJI.
    Tuition for the 2009-2010 school year is $16,000 (not including the $750 registration fee).
    Additional Information
    Our Yeshiva is a place where through warmth and focus on student individualism, a strong life long kesher is developed between the Yeshiva and its Talmidim. Our emphasis on joy in Avodas Hashem allows students to thoroughly enjoy their experience in Israel.
    Contact Information

    Ohr David
    U.S. Office
    Chaya Bleier
    326 Kingston Avenue
    Brooklyn, NY 11231
    Phone: (718) 467-8726
    Fax: (718) 785-9752

    Israel Office
    Rabbi Granofsky/Rabbi Kagan
    8 Chizkiyahu Shabtai
    Jerusalem 97294
    Phone: (02) 563-2826
    Fax: (02) 563-2846
    Email: info@ohrdavid.org

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