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Men's Schools

S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program

Program Information for Men's Schools

Yeshivat Ashreinu offers an innovative program of Torah study, communal volunteerism, and immersion in Eretz Yisrael – land, culture, language and people. Our mission is to instill in our students a lifelong love and commitment to Torah, Chesed and Eretz Yisrael. This is accomplished through our unique three-pronged curriculum and schedule. Our ultimate goal is to prepare our students for life outside the protective confines of the Yeshiva day school world and their home communities.

Hashkafa

Goal of Program

Our goal is to instill in our students a lifelong love and commitment to Torah, Chesed and Eretz Yisrael. This is accomplished through our unique three-pronged curriculum and schedule. Morning Seder consisting of dynamic Torah study is held four mornings a week, followed by Community Chesed internships as well as afternoon classes on a variety of contemporary and thought provoking topics. A full program of weekly educational and challenging tiyulim complements and enhances our students’ Israel experience. Our Bet Midrash is in active use during the evenings and nights, when students are offered a wealth of classes, chavrutot, and one-on-one learning with madrichim and other faculty members.

Attitude Towards Israel and Medinat Yisrael

Our weekly tiyulim enable the students to forge an unbreakable bond with the people and the land of Israel. We are so proud of our many alumni who have already chosen to make Aliyah and join the IDF.

Attitude Towards University Studies

While a good number of our students attend Yeshiva University, a significant population of our student body study in universities across America and abroad. We prepare our students at Yeshivat Ashreinu with the tools necessary to connect with HaShem, embrace Shmirat ha’Mitzvot, engage in ongoing Torah study and identify with and support Israel, in order for them to thrive in any environment they may choose after their Israel experience.

Attitude Towards Extracurricular Activities

We enjoy daily (and nightly!) use of a fully equipped fitness room located on the lobby level of the dormitory, where our students are supervised and assisted in their physical fitness pursuits by a licensed fitness room instructor. Our beautiful campus includes two full-court basketball courts and hockey/soccer fields, as well as use of a music room equipped with instruments for those students with musical interests.

Preparation for Post Israel

We provide personal guidance to all students as well as a significant amount of shiurim, focused on the philosophic and hashkafic aspects of Judaism, so that our students are fully prepared to reintegrate into their homes and university environments as proud, committed Jews. 

The enhanced understanding of, and commitment and connection to, the Land and State of Israel brought about by the intensive program of trips and tiyulim at Ashreinu will enable our students to effectively and positively contribute to the ongoing dialogue on university campuses regarding the legitimacy of Israel and its contribution to world society; and will foster an unbreakable bond to the country that will be passed on to the next generation of Jews as our students’ build their own families.

The "Successful" Student

A successful Ashreinu student will be able to healthfully integrate a meaningful and committed Jewish life in unison with a successful career. They will be dedicated to helping their community, and have a true connection to the people and land of Israel.

Dress

In order to create a respectful environment for learning in the Beit Midrash and classrooms, students are asked to wear shirts with a collar (polo shirts are fine), long pants (no sweats), and shoes or sneakers (no flip-flops). On Shabbat, it is expected that students will wear a dress shirt and slacks.

Guidance Personnel

Besides for our Rosh Yeshiva and Menahel being available at almost all hours of the day, our Student Welfare Coordinators serve a key role in providing support to students regarding any issues they have or decisions they need to make regarding their academic, social, and religious growth. The Coordinators are assisted in their efforts by the four madrichim we have on staff, as well as the Rebbeim and administration. In addition the Yeshivah has a relationship with a number of Anglo health professionals in the neighborhood who are available to give support when and if necessary. Students are required to meet with their assigned Coordinators on a regular basis. With all these elements in place, we believe Ashreinu students will find their home away from home to be very in-tune to their academic, emotional, and spiritual needs.

Supervision

The behavior of our students is closely monitored by our faculty. In addition, our four madrichim, as well as an Av and Em bayit, live on campus with our students and are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Curriculum

Makeup

Morning Seder consisting of dynamic Torah study is held four mornings a week, followed by Community Chesed internships (on 3 afternoons per week) as well as afternoon classes (1 afternoon per week) on a variety of contemporary and thought provoking topics. A full program of weekly educational and challenging tiyulim complements and enhances our students’ Israel experience. 

Courses Offered

Yeshivat Ashreinu’s curriculum enables the students to grow through learning the many different components of Torah. We begin our morning seder with a class that revisits the basics of Judaism with a fresh perspective to help create a more meaningful understanding of mitzvot. Next, our various levels of gemara shiurim focus on making gemara study more pertinent and relevant to our students lives. Morning seder is concluded with the students having the ability to choose a class on a variety of different topics consisting of Hashkafa, Halacha, Tanach, Jewish Philosophy, and more. 

Daily Schedule
  • 8:00am Wake Up
  • 8:10am TED Talks
  • 8:30am Shacharit
  • 9:20am Breakfast
  • 9:50am Chaburah
  • 10:50am – 1:00 pm Morning Shiur & First to Basics
  • 1:00pm Mincha
  • 1:15pm Lunch & Break
  • 2:00pm - 5pm Tnach B'Shetach OR Israel Advocacy OR Chessed Internships OR Group Chessed
  • 5:00pm Break & Dinner
  • 7:30pm Night Seder 
  • 8:45pm  Maariv
  • 9:00pm Open Beit Midrash 
  • 9:45pm Gym, Intramurals, Open Courts
Language of Instruction

English

Ulpan or Hebrew Class

Ulpan is offerred to the students – Beginner and Intermediate level. 

Assessment and Grading

The students receive grades on their transcript at the end of the year for each of the courses taken. These grades are based on participation and attendance.

Shana Bet

Our Shana Bet Program builds on the students Shana Aleph experiences and learning. We have dedicated staff to the Shana Bet students.

Joint Program

Yeshivat Ashreinu is proud to be a partner school of the Yeshiva University S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program.

Staff

Rabbi Gotch Yudin- Rosh HaYeshiva
Rabbi Yudin has over twenty years of experience in Jewish formal and informal education, most recently serving as Assistant Principal and Director of Admissions at the Frisch School, and Director of Camp Morasha. 

He graduated with a BA in Psychology, an MA in Education and Administration, and received his Semicha all from YU.  Rabbi Yudin is beloved by all of his talmidim and campers. He lives in Beit Shemesh with his wife, Ruthie, and their six lovely children.

Rabbi Mike Sohn - Menahel
Originally from Teaneck, NJ, Rabbi Sohn was the founding Director of Yeshiva Heichal Yisrael, a post-Israel learning program for college students. After teaching at various schools in New York, he made aliyah with his family and served as Av Bayit at Reishit, overseeing the students and programming of the yeshiva. He is a talmid of Yeshiva Madreigas HaAdam, graduate of Queens College and musmach of Rav Zalman Nechemia Goldberg. After spending many summers as the Athletic Director at Camp Mesorah, Rabbi Sohn is currently the Director of Operations at Camp HASC. Rabbi Sohn is well known for his talent in connecting with young adults and his development of meaningful programming. 

Rabbi Avi Rodan
Born in Jerusalem and raised in the Gush, Rav Avi attended Yeshivat Hesder Netivot and served in a combat unit in the IDF. After receiving a BA in music from The Rubin Acadamy of Music, he taught in many schools, worked as a youth director and as a counselor for teens at risk. He and his family then moved to Los Angeles for 4 years for Shlichut representing Bnei Akiva and WZO. Rav Avi returned to Israel and now lives in Efrat with his beautiful family.

Rabbi Efraim Duskis
Rabbi Raffy Duskis grew up in the suburbs of Atlanta, attended Yeshiva Atlanta High School and was a champion wrestler on their varsity team.  He then attended Yeshiva Gedola of Bridgeport and the famed Chaim Berlin Yeshiva's Gur Aryeh Kollel.  After making aliyah in 2010, he joined the Chatam Community Kollel in Rehovot, delivering daily shiurim in the morning Kollel, and most recently founded a new kehilla for the flourishing young olim of Rehovot.  When not in his Rabbinical garb or with his head in a non-fiction book; he can be found cooking vegan cuisine, planting flowers and vegetables, running, biking or having fun with his 5 children and wife.

Rabbi Pitom

Rabbi Ori Murray

Rabbi Dovid Oratz
Rav Dov has been living in Israel for the past 7 years. He studied and was a madrich at Yeshivat Torat Shraga and is currently getting his Semicha from Rav Zalman Nechemia Goldberg. Rav Dovid graduated from Touro college with a BA in psychology and is in his final year at Long Island University to complete his Masters in Social Work. As an avid athlete, Rav Dovid has been the Sports Director at Camp Kaylie for the past 5 years and coordinates all leagues and sports teams at the Yeshiva. Rav Dovid has been working with post high school teens for several years and brings a strong sense of comradery to Ashreinu

Rabbi Yechiel Weisz
Rabbi Yechiel Weisz was born in Zurich, Switzerland to a prestigious rabbinic family. After studying in Europe he moved to Israel to continue his education at Yeshiva Toras Moshe and later at Yeshiva Mir under Rabbi Shmuelevitz. Over the years, he has taught at various yeshivot and seminaries. He received his Rabbinic ordination while studying for his teaching degree in educational psychology. Rabbi Weisz was the Co-Founder of ACE Israel, a dynamic High school for the spirited teen. Rabbi Weisz is known for his warmth and understanding of human nature, his deep and inspirational classes, as well as his love for music, sports, and nature. He lives in Ramat Bet Shemesh with his wife Malka Leah and his five children.

Rabbi Dov Shenkman
Rabbi Dovi Shenkman moved to Israel with his family last year.  He has a Bachelors in History and Business from Yeshiva University, a Masters in Education from Azrieli School of Education, and a Masters in Social Work from Wurzweiler School of Social Work. Before making Aliyah, Rabbi Shenkman was a Rebbi in Sinai, a special Education school in Teaneck NJ and the Youth Director at Congregation AABJ&D in West Orange NJ.  He currently lives in Ramat Bet Shemesh with his wife and children.

Extra-Curricular Activities

Interaction with Israelis

As our Yeshiva is located on a larger campus hosting two Israeli junior high schools/high schools whose students also board on campus, our students live with Israelis. Despite the challenges of cultural differences and initial language barriers, the students inevitably interact, in the dorms, dining hall and sports fields. We’ve seen our students successfully overcome these communication barriers, and have arranged for our students to tutor the host-campus students in English, run basketball clinics, and share musical “jam sessions.”

Special Informal Programs

Our informal programs include a weekly Thursday night “Tish” a monthly musical Hallel, and chagigot on Chanuka, Purim, Yom Haatzmaut and Yom Yerushalayim. In addition, we occasionally host contemporary Jewish music artists, and inspirational guest speakers on timely topics of interest to our students.

Sports Facilities

Our beautiful campus includes two full-court basketball courts (fully lit and available for use at night) and hockey/soccer fields, as well as a fully equipped gym/weight room.

Programming for Shabbat and Yom Tov

At Yeshivat Ashreinu, every third Shabbat is spent together as a Yeshiva – with special speakers, lectures and onegs - either on our beautiful campus or on inspirational Shabbatonim in various communities in Israel, including the Old City and Tzfat.

Field Trips

Yeshivat Ashreinu prides itself on our weekly tiyulim that expose our students to the land, culture, and people of Israel. We also have several multi day tiyulim throughout the course of the year.

Eligibility

Level of Learning Offered

We are able to accommodate students of all learning levels.

Hebrew Knowledge Required

None

Religious Observance Required

Full commitment to shmirat Torah U’mitzvot is required.

Population

Type of American Student

We have students from across the United States and Canada. Most of whom are yeshivah day-school graduates.

Overall Number of Students

40-50

Foreign Student Percentage

5 percent (from UK, Australia)

Number of 1st Year American Students

40

Number of 2nd Year American Students

10

Other Nationalities

English, Australian, Canadian

Number of Students per Class

8-10

Accommodations

Living Quarters

Our campus is beautiful, spacious, and boasts magnificent views of the surrounding landscape. Photos of our facilities can be viewed on our homepage at www.ashreinu.org.il. We have a comfortable Bet Midrash which houses our extensive library and serves as our makom tefilah, and is the center of our learning in Yeshiva. Our classrooms are located in an adjacent building which is also the location of our administrative offices. The dormitory is housed in a modern, bright building, and the dorm rooms which accommodate four students per room are quite spacious and well outfitted with storage space. Each room includes an en suite bathroom and shower.

Availability of Private Kitchen Facilities

Refrigerators for student use are located in the dormitory building. Each Dorm room has a min fridge.

Facility use during Shabbat and Yom Tov

Our facility is available for student use on most Shabbatot and Chagim.

Curfew

12:30 AM Thu: 1:30 AM

Security Arrangements

The security of our students is of prime importance to us. Full time security companies monitor the Yeshiva premises and an armed guard is on campus. All students are required to have cellphones so that they can be contacted immediately in the case of emergency. On tiyulim we always travel with a security guard and a medic.

History

Yeshivat Ashreinu was founded in 2012 with 31 students and we have been growing ever since.

Accrediting Universities

Yeshivat Ashreinu is part of the Yeshiva University S. Daniel Abraham Program. Many colleges and Universities in the United States accept credits from our program.

Tuition

Tuition for 2018-2019 for Shana Aleph is  $26,500, which includes room/board and all programming/tiyulim. Shanah Bet is $12,000

Contact Information

Rabbi Gotch Yudin : Rosh HaYeshiva

Israel Number : 054 219 4982

American Line in Israel: 201 338 5150  (please remember the time difference)

US mailing address

Yeshivat Ashreinu
400 Warwick Ave
Teaneck NJ 07666

Israel Office

Yeshivat Ashreinu
13 Hamishlat Street
Beit Shemesh, Israel 9901338

Tel: (02) 547 3040
US line in Israel office: (201) 3385150
Fax: (02) 547 3044
E-mail: info@ashreinu.org.il

Israel Mailing Address

Yeshivat Ashreinu
P.O. Box 606
Bet Shemesh, Israel 9910601

Hashkafa

The educational philosophy at Birkat Moshe stresses the acquisition of the tools necessary for fundamental analysis of Tanach, Talmud and Poskim, while at the same time encouraging students to attain a wide knowledge of the Talmud itself. Emphasis is placed on independent inquiry and critical analysis.

Attitude Towards Israel and Medinat Yisrael

Avowedly Zionist. All Israeli students and faculty serve in the IDF.

Attitude Towards University Studies

Many of our foreign students attend Ivy League universities; the majority of our Israeli graduates attend Israeli universities.

Attitude Towards Extracurricular Activities

Students are encouraged to participate in chesed programs outside the Yeshiva, such as volunteering in Magen David Adom; aid to senior citizens, new olim from Ethiopia and the former U.S.S.R; aid to children from broken and deprived homes, such as”big brother” projects and assistance with studies; special project for teaching English in the general elementary school system, etc.

Preparation for Post Israel

A positive and “living-Torah” outlook takes into account the students return to home and college.

The "Successful" Student

Our successful alumnus will be a talmid chacham who makes a positive contribution to society - hopefully in Israel.

Dress

There is no formal dress code in our Yeshiva

Guidance Personnel

Ramim, Madrichim and Kollel members are available to students for discussions, advice, etc. Communication is very open and the atmosphere is conducive to interaction. Students are given different role models for them to connect with.

Supervision

There is no curfew and attendance is not taken. Students sign out on leaving the Yeshiva, and sign in upon their return. Consumption of alcohol and smoking are strictly forbidden.

Curriculum

Makeup

Includes Talmud, Tanach, Halacha, Machshevet Yisrael The focus of the daily routine is on the in-depth study of Gemara and Rishonim. In addition, Birkat Moshe also emphasizes the study of bekiut, where the goal is to increase individual student’s familiarity with many sugyot.

Courses Offered

There are also a wide variety of classes in other subjects available, with students being able to choose from topics as varied as Tanach, Hakdamot shel HaRambam, Moreh Nevuchim, Kuzari, Halacha and Midrash.

Daily Schedule
  • 6.30 A.M. Shacharit
  • 7.15 A.M. Seder Halachah
  • 7.45 A.M. Breakfast
  • 8.30 A.M. Sheur Gemara in small groups ? preparation for Seder Boker
  • 9.15 A.M. Seder Boker
  • 12.00 P.M. Sheur Gemara Beiyun
  • 13.15 P.M. Lunch
  • 3.30 P.M. Minchah
  • 3.45 P.M. Sheur Bemussar
  • 4.00 P.M. Seder Chazara
  • 5.00 P.M. Sheur Machshava / Tanach
  • 6.00 P.M. Sheur Machshava / Bekiut / Tanach
  • 7.00 P.M. Arvit
  • 7.15 P.M. Supper
  • 7.45 P.M. Seder Mussar
  • 8.00 P.M. Seder Erev
  • 23.00 P.M. Continuation of learning for those interested
Language of Instruction

All classes are conducted in Hebrew.

Ulpan or Hebrew Class

Only students who are prepared to acquire adequate fluency in Hebrew will be accepted. We do not have an ulpan program, but do provide special help to highly motivated overseas students who need language assistance.

Assessment and Grading

Transcripts with grades are provided to students from abroad who proceed to universities where they will receive credits for their Yeshiva studies.

Shana Bet

We have a formal Shana Bet program. About 70% of our overseas students participate in this program. The Yeshiva encourages students from abroad to continue for a second year by offering an attractive study program, but the decision is up to the student himself.

Joint Program

There is a joint program with Yeshiva University.

Staff

Rosh Yeshiva: Rabbi Chaim Sabato, Rabbi Yitzchak Sheilat
Staff of eighteen Ramim

Extra-Curricular Activities

Interaction with Israelis

We restrict our intake of overseas students in order to encourage integration between the Israelis and the foreigners with the result that there is a great deal of visiting in the homes of Israeli students throughout the country. We do not permit student involvement in any political activities whatsoever.

Special Informal Programs

We have guest speakers, kumzitim and different events for the different chagim

Sports Facilities

Students have access to the following sports facilities: swimming pool, gym, open basketball court.

Programming for Shabbat and Yom Tov

The Yeshiva is open every Shabbat. The requirements are one Shabbat in the Yeshiva and one Shabbat out. During the Sukkot and Pessach vacations we provide full hospitality in the homes of our Israeli students for students from abroad who do not have relatives in Israel. The Yeshiva itself, (including kitchen facilities) is closed during Sukkot and Pessach.

Field Trips

The Yeshiva arranges tiyulim on the average of once a month. The goal is to learn about and appreciate Eretz Yisroel and also to get a break and come back to learning with renewed energies. In addition, we go to the kotel once a month for shacharit on Rosh Chodesh and have a festive breakfast.

Eligibility

Level of Learning Offered

Advanced - able to independently study a Talmudic passage

Hebrew Knowledge Required

Advanced - all shiurim are in Hebrew

Religious Observance Required

A full commitment to shimirat Toarh U’mitzvot is a pre-requisite for all students

Population

Type of American Student

Our American students come from all over the United States. High schools that have had graduates in our program: Akiva Hebrew High School, Flatbush, Frisch, HAFTR, Hebrew Academy of Montreal, Ida Crown Jewish Academy, Magen David, Moshe Aaron Yeshiva High School, M.T.A., Or Chaim Toronto, Rambam Mesivta, Ramaz, TABC, Westchester Hebrew High School, Yeshiva High School of Atlanta, Yeshiva High School of Boca Raton, Y.U.L.A., Westchester Hebrew High School.

Overall Number of Students (Kollel, Israeli, Foreign)

300

Foreign Student Percentage

30 students or 10%

Number of 1st Year American Students

20

Number of 2nd Year American Students

10

Other Nationalities

We have students from Argentina, Australia, Belgium, England, France and Switzerland. The number of overseas students is restricted so as to bring about complete social and learning integration with the Israelis.

Number of Students per Class

Classes range from 5 to 50 students, depending on the nature of the subject.

Accommodations

Living Quarters

There are four boys in each dormitory unit that consists of two rooms and shower facilities. There are usually two Israeli students in each unit. We try to assign the rooms in accordance with the student’s preference. There is access to refrigerators and other appliances.

Availability of Private Kitchen Facilities

There is access to refrigerators and other appliances.

Facility use during Shabbat and Yom Tov

The Yeshiva is open every Shabbat, and meals are provided for the students. The Yeshiva facilities are closed during Sukkot and Pesach and alternative accommodations are provided for overseas students.

Curfew

We do not have a curfew. Students sign in and sign out when leaving the Yeshiva.

Security Arrangements

We have guards on duty twenty-four hours a day, as well as an emergency response unit. In the event of a terrorist incident in Israel, we see to it that the students call their parents immediately by cell-phone from the school office, or communicate with them via e-mail or fax, from our offices.

History

When the fledgling settlement of Maaleh Adumim was established in l975, its founders recognized the need to provide their new community with a spiritual foundation. They turned to two young scholars, Rabbis Hayim Sabato and Yitzhak Sheilat, and asked them to establish a Yeshivat Hesder in their midst. In l977 Yeshivat Birkat Moshe was founded to meet that need. Named in memory of Blanche (Bracha) and Morris (Moshe) Gershbaum, leaders of the American Mizrachi movement, the Yeshiva began with a class of thirty-two students studying in the settlement’s makeshift synagogue and sleeping in borrowed army tents. Since then the Yeshiva has grown with a student body of 300 young men housed on a modern eight-building campus.

Accrediting Universities

Birkat Moshe is a Yeshiva University S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program School.

Additional Information

A high and intensive level of scholarship distinguishes our Yeshiva ; the contributions of staff and alumni in the field of Jewish learning are widely recognized. Several of our faculty have international reputations. The Yeshiva maintains its own academic press and also publishes a student annual “Maaliyot”. The Rosh Yeshiva and faculty are very accessible.

Contact Information

Birkat Moshe
Rabbi Chaim Sabato, Rabbi Yitzchak Sheilat/Rabbi Tal Cohen
Derech Mitzpeh Nevo 21
Maaleh Adumim 98410

Phone: (02) 535-3655 or (02) 535-4222
Fax: (02) 535-3947
Email: office@ybm.org.il
www.ybm.org.il

Hashkafa

Goal of Program

The Yeshiva program and experience facilitates the whole student's growth as a Torah personality. Character development, morality and values, and the inner side of Torah are integrated with conceptual and practical study leading to independent learning throughout life.

Attitude Towards Israel and Medinat Yisrael

Close to 40% of our alumni make Aliyah and live in Israel (need we say more?)

Attitude Towards University Studies

Almost all of our students arrive after having completed a university degree. Graduate university studies are encouraged on an individual basis.

Attitude Towards Extracurricular Activities

Students are encouraged to participate in Chesed programs both in and outside the yeshiva, where appropriate to the student’s personal growth and development.

Preparation for Post Israel

Preparation for a life with Torah learning and Halacha at its centre is discussed both in regular Hashkafa and Mussar classes as well as in the many individual meetings students have with their Rebbeim, Mashgichim and Roshei Yeshiva.

The "Successful" Student

What will a “successful” alumnus be doing in 5 years? In 10 years? Regardless of the profession or livelihood they choose, they will all be leading a life of continuous growth and development with Torah as the guiding source.

Dress

Socks and long pants are required in the Beit Midrash.

Guidance Personnel

The Mashgichim and Roshei Yeshiva meet regularly with individual students and are always available for special discussions.

Supervision

Our students are older, post university age and are mature enough to behave responsibly without supervision.

Curriculum

Makeup

50-60% of of time is spent on Talmud versus other subjects. There are 8 different levels of learning. Emphasis is placed on independent learning skills and thinking

Courses Offered

See http://www.darchenoam.org

Daily Schedule

No information provided

Language of Instruction

All classes are in English.

Ulpan or Hebrew Class

We have 3 levels of Hebrew classes.

Assessment and Grading

Transcripts are available on request

Shana Bet

Students are able to stay as long as they are progressing through the levels of our program.

Joint Program

YU Joint Israel Program

Staff

See our faculty page at http://www.darchenoam.org

Extra-Curricular Activities

Interaction with Israelis

There are arrangements made for interested students to visit alumni around the country on out Shabbatot.

Special Informal Programs

Informal programs around Shabbatot and holidays are regular parts of Yeshiva life, helping to connect students to one another and with their rebbeim.

Sports Facilities

There is access to sports facilities in the neighborhood and a weight room on campus.

Programming for Shabbat and Yom Tov

Generally, one out of every three weeks is an In Shabbat. Twice a year, in addition to the 'in Yeshiva' Shabbatonim, the entire student body, staff, and their families spend Shabbat in communities outside Jerusalem. The Shabbaton, one of the highlights of the year, includes an Oneg Shabbat, a visit to the community led by a resident, shiurim, and an always lively panel discussion. Among the topics previous staff panels have addressed are, 'Living with the Security Situation,' 'How did you develop a connection with Torah?' . Motzaei Shabbat opens with sports and arts & crafts and closes with a Kumzitz,. Sunday includes an all day tiyul in the area.

Field Trips

Monthly Tiyulim cover the length and breadth of the country. The Tiyulim are educational and physically challenging.

Eligibility

Level of Learning Offered
  • Beginner – no previous Talmud experience required
  • Intermediate - beginning to independently study a Talmudic passage
  • Advanced – able to independently study a Talmudic passage
Hebrew Knowledge Required
  • Beginner – ability to read Hebrew, and familiar with some Hebrew words. Shiurim are all in English
  • Intermediate – shiurim are in English
  • Advanced – shiurim are in English
Religious Observance Required

Our students are often Baalei Teshuva, but everyone has made a commitment to Shemirat Shabbat, Kashrut and improved Shemirat Hamitzvot

Population

Type of American Student

Students who have completed at least one year of University

Overall Number of Students (Kollel, Israeli, Foreign)

45

Foreign Student Percentage

85%

Number of 1st Year American Students

30

Number of 2nd Year American Students

15

Other Nationalities

There are students from other nationalities

Number of Students per Class

Classes are small and interactive between 6 –12 students. There are many levels to each subject, with a stress on obtaining skills. Total faculty to student ratio is 1:4

Accommodations

Living Quarters

A mature, responsible and highly motivated student body means there is little resemblance between life in the Yeshivat Darche Noam/David Shapell College residential wing and that in a university dormitory. Rooms are not large, but they are relatively new and each has a private bathroom with a shower. Rooms are shared by three students, with individual closets and shelf space.

Availability of Private Kitchen Facilities

There are refrigerators available for students.

Facility use during Shabbat and Yom Tov

The Yeshiva is open every Shabbat, but no meals are available when not an "in" Shabbat. Students wishing hospitality are placed with friends and alumni of the Yeshiva throughout Jersualem and the country.

Students who stay bein hazmanim are offered assistance in finding hosts for all Shabbat and YomTov meals.

Curfew

As our student body is made up of older college and post college students, we do not have a curfew. 

Security Arrangements

We conform, meet, or exceed all security standards of MASA and Onward Israel. In addition, our building has a monitored alarm system and personal safes in each dorm room.

History

Since 1978, Yeshivat Darche Noam/Shapell’s has provided intelligent, motivated men from around the world with expert instruction in Talmud and classical Jewish literature together with responsible guidance in the area of spiritual growth. Our program caters to adults committed to making Judaism the center of their lives, whether they go into business, the professions, Jewish education or the rabbinate. Our campus is located in the lovely, residential neighborhood of Beit Hakerem in Jerusalem.

Accrediting Universities

Darche Noam / David Shapells College of Jewish Studies is a Yeshiva University S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program School.

Tuition

$18,400.00

Additional Information

The program is designed for mature college (after 1st year) and post college students.

Contact Information for Darche Noam/David Shapell's College of Jewish Studies

U.S. Office
226 Smith Street
Woodmere, NY 11598

Phone: (516) 812-5301
Fax: (516)908-6020
Email: afdn@darchenoam.org

Israel Office
Rabbi Shmuel Jablon
5 Rechov Bet Hakerem
(mailing address) P.O.B. 3151, Jerusalem 96343

Phone: (02) 651-1178
Fax: (02) 652-0801
Email: shapells@darchenoam.org
www.darchenoam.org

At Derech, no two students are alike. A young man with limited Jewish background learns with a student who grew up in a yeshivishe family, or with a modern orthodox yeshiva day school graduate. The common denominator is that each individual wants to be a mensch, to grow in his Yiddishkheit, and to become closer to Hashem.

Hashkafa

Goal of Program

Derech’s approach is based on the verse, “Chanoch lanaar al pi darko” (Mishlei 22:6, “Educate a child according to his unique qualities”). Every student is treated as an individual, and no singular educational approach works best with every individual. There are many legitimate ways to serve Hashem. Some of our graduates continue learning in kollel while others join the Israeli army. Most return to their North America, Europe, or South Africa for university or vocational school. We work with students to help them identify their strengths and talents, nurture these in the course of their studies, and try to give them skills to implement them in the future so that they can become productive members of their Jewish communities.

Attitude Towards Israel and Medinat Yisrael

In addition to learning about the holiness of the land, Derech students spend part of the year exploring this diverse, exciting country. A number of students eventually make aliyah as well, and others develop a profound, personal connection to the land.

Attitude Towards University Studies

Positive. Credits are given for attendance and participation in addition to academic performance. While Ohr Somayach is not an accredited institution of higher learning recognized by the US Department of Education, its degree may be accepted by certain universities for graduate school programs in the US and abroad.

Attitude Towards Extracurricular Activities

Positive

Preparation for Post Israel

Intense

The "Successful" Student

Derech teachers encourage students to ask difficult questions, whatever is on their minds. Nothing is off-limits as long as the discussion remains respectful. For those who grew up perceiving Judaism as a series of rituals, or who were told they couldn’t ask certain questions, it can be a revelation to find warm and receptive teachers with thoughtful, often unexpected responses. Students come away at the end of the year having touched on most of the basic issues confronting modern Jews, and can discuss them intelligently and often in depth.

Dress

Look like a mensch.

Guidance Personnel

Derech has a world class staff of personable, multi-talented, and engaging personalities. They are also utterly dedicated to their students, and remain accessible to students who want to form a lasting, meaningful relationship with a rav and this, too, often lasts years after students leave Derech. Many opportunities exist for one-on-one learning with rabbis and rabbinic students. The Yeshiva's Psychologist and/or madrichim are also available to students on a 24-hour basis.

Supervision

Students' academic performance is periodically reviewed by the academic staff. In addition, they receive much guidance in the social and interpersonal spheres that enables them to gauge their growth during their time in yeshiva.

Curriculum

Makeup

Well-rounded Yeshiva curriculum, with a focus on acquiring skills to learn Gemara, and a wide range of other topics.

Courses Offered

Gemara, Hashkafa, Jewish History, Life Cycles, Pirke Avos, Navi, Tefilla, Modern Zionist History, Mussar, Chumash Essentials

Daily Schedule

3 Sedarim

Language of Instruction

English

Ulpan or Hebrew Class

Yes

Assessment and Grading

Written and oral exams

Shana Bet

Yes

Joint Program

YU, Touro College, Talmudic University of Florida, Hebrew Theological College in Skokie

Staff

  • Rav Moshe Lazarus, Dean
  • Rav Nachman Brickman, Director
  • Rav Mordechai Pitem, Mashgiach

Extra-Curricular Activities

Private tutoring on all subjects, Melava Malka events, famous guest speakers, practical workshops ranging from making tzitzis to selecting 4 minim.

Interaction with Israelis

Shabbatonim in Israeli towns hosted by native Israelis.

Special Informal Programs

We run chesed activities like serving in a soup kitchen and volunteering in Old Age Homes.

Sports Facilities

Work-out room, game room, local soccer and basketball courts, rented gyms and pools.

Programming for Shabbat and Yom Tov

Intensive (bi-monthly)

Field Trips

Tiyulim around the entire country include visits to holy cities and locations, hiking, crawling through Bar Kochva caves, and boating on the Kineret

Eligibility

Level of Learning Offered

Beginner to advanced

Hebrew Knowledge Required

Basic

Religious Observance Required

Shabbat Observant

Population

Type of American Student

A wide range, including students with a strong yeshiva background usually looking to strengthen their hashkafos, Modern Orthodox, Chassidic, and Yeshivishe, as well as students who recently became religious.

Overall Number of Students (Kollel, Israeli, Foreign)

100 students

Foreign Student Percentage

10% (mostly British, South African, Australian, and occasionally European).

Number of 1st Year American Students

65

Number of 2nd Year American Students

35

Other Nationalities

As above

Number of Students per Class

It depends on the class: some popular classes can have as many as 30 students, Gemara classes typically have about 10, and many classes have 2-3 students for more individual attention. Private chavrusas with staff or older advanced students are also common.

Accommodations

Living Quarters

Recently remodelled and comfortable, providing the basics. Excellent, central location in Jerusalem with easy access to anywhere in the city.

Availability of Private Kitchen Facilities

We serve three meals a day even on days that there is no programming (vacation and holidays). There are also several restaurants, supermarkets and shopping centers close by.

Facility use during Shabbat and Yom Tov

Yes. The campus is open throughout the year, with all meals provided. Students technically never have to leave, although they’re strongly encouraged to explore the many diverse communities through E”Y.

Curfew

12:30pm

Security Arrangements

On our main campus there is a 24 hour security guard. The campus is gated with coded locks at each entrance. It is under constant surveillance, with cameras at every entrance. When necessary, travel limitations are placed on the students, as well as early curfew and any other relevant security measure. We follow the MASA security regulations and have medical and armed escorts for all trips.

History

Derech was founded in 1999, and has expanded its student body steadily over the years as word has gotten out about the rich academic program, and the fine, attentive rabbinic staff.

Accrediting Universities

YU, Touro College, Talmudic University of Florida, Hebrew Theological College in Skokie

Tuition

Tuition for the 2018-2019 academic year is $22,500. There are a number of sources for scholarships and financial aid that we work with regularly:

  • MASA
  • NCSY
  • FAFSA (Through our joint program with Yeshiva University or Hebrew Theological College)
  • Oorah
  • Jeff Seidel Student Center
  • Your local Jewish Federation

Please contact us for more information on any of these scholarships.

Additional Information

We are located in the Maalot Dafna neighborhood of Jerusalem on the Ohr Somayach campus. Our address is 22 Shimon Hatzadik Street. It takes about 10 minutes to walk to Meah Shearim, 20 minutes to Jerusalem’s City Center, and 25 minutes to the Old City and the Kotel (Western Wall). Many major bus routes and the light rail are right outside our campus doors.

Contact Information

Derech Institute 
U.S. Office
Yitzchok Friedman
PO Box 300462
Brooklyn, NY 11230

Phone: (917) 687-6319
Fax: (718) 854-5981
Email: derechusa@gmail.com

Israel Office 
Rabbi Nachy Brickman / Jonathan Speculand
22 Shimon Hatzadik Street, Jerusalem

Phone: (02) 581-8325
Fax: (02) 636-9100
Email: derech@ohr.edu

Website: http://www.derechinstitute.com

 

Eretz HaTzvi's success springs from our proud Centrist Orthodox Hashkafah. Our warm, nurturing environment fosters a love for Torah and Klal Yisrael. We emphasize the importance of Zionism and the State of Israel. We pride ourselves on being sensitive to the individual issues which students often face in their maturation process undergone in Israel and which they will encounter emotionally and religiously in their subsequent university years.

Hashkafa

Goal of Program

  • To instill a commitment to Avodat HaShem.
  • To develop a desire and ability to make Torah a lifelong pursuit.
  • To prepare our talmidim for the challenges of university and adult life.
  • To encourage and enable them to share their learning and values wherever they go.
  • To enhance their love of our People, and their recognition of the State of Israel as a gift and a responsibility.

Attitude Towards Israel and Medinat Yisrael

At Eretz HaTzvi, we infuse the students with an appreciation of the existence of Medinat Yisrael as an instance of Divine favor and grace and as a challenge to which Jews must rise.

We believe that the Jewish people's choice on how we embrace the State – from issues ranging from social justice to tolerance; from the Arab – Israeli conflict to Aliyah – is of critical importance and will be ones that students will face in their college years. These issues are confronted directly both formally in the curriculum and informally in chugim in a spirit of openness and tolerance for different viewpoints but always with passionate concern.

Attitude Towards University Studies

Eretz HaTzvi embraces a centrist Orthodox philosophy which places a positive value on a quality general education. The faculty is always prepared to discuss issues pertaining to the integration of Torah, secular knowledge, and modern cultural orientations. In specialized areas of concern, we call on a wide pool of Jerusalem scholars and educators ready to share their expertise and philosophy with the concerned college bound student. In addition, whenever possible, students will be matched to alumni guides from the Universities to which they have been accepted.

Attitude Towards Extracurricular Activities

We have a rich and varied extracurricular program: training for Magen David Adom service, pre-army (IDF) mechina, wide-ranging Chesed activities, environmental projects, sports and more.

Preparation for Post Israel

Eretz HaTzvi embraces a centrist Orthodox philosophy which places a positive value on a quality general education. The faculty is always prepared to discuss issues pertaining to the integration of Torah, secular knowledge, and modern cultural orientations. In specialized areas of concern, we call on a wide pool of Jerusalem scholars and educators ready to share their expertise and philosophy with the concerned college bound student. In addition, whenever possible, students will be matched to alumni guides from the Universities to which they have been accepted.

The "Successful" Student

Yeshivat Eretz HaTzvi empowers students to become Jewish leaders by developing their skills in Jewish learning, inspires them to love Am Yisrael, Torat Yisrael, and Eretz Yisrael, and prepares them for success in college and in their future.

Dress

Weekday:

  • Slacks or jeans (no sweatpants, training pants)
  • Proper shoes or sandals (no beach shoes, flip flops)
  • Baseball caps or similar sport hats may not be worn.

Shabbat:

  • Dress slacks
  • Appropriate shoes

Guidance Personnel

Eretz HaTzvi has a full-time Mashgiach Ruchani, Rav Dovid Ebner, whose experience includes more than 25 years of counseling. In addition the yeshiva believes that different personality types among the students need a relationship with different types of teachers. Thus many students benefit from various types of teachers who fulfill their different needs.

Supervision

We aim to achieve the fine balance between treating the students as independent adults while ensuring their physical safety and security and protecting their physical and emotional wellbeing.

Curriculum

Makeup and Courses Offered

The curriculum places a major emphasis on teaching the skills that will enable the student to become independent in his studies. The topics chosen are well rounded and reflect the philosophy of the yeshiva. In addition to Gemara/Aggadah, Limud Tanach, Halacha, Machshava, History and leadership development figure prominently. We also have a Sefardic Studies Program.

Daily Schedule

The day begins with Shacharit at 7:25 AM. There are three mandatory sedarim per day. Morning: 9 AM – 12:45 PM; Afternoon: 2:15 – 5:30 PM; Night: 7:30 – 10:00 PM.

Language of Instruction

There are shiurim in both Hebrew and English depending on the level of the students in each shiur.

Ulpan or Hebrew Class

There is a professional Ulpan course that meets twice per week.

Assessment and Grading

Students receive grades for each of their courses/shiurim based on attendance and class participation. We also provide a formal transcript for each term that the student attends the yeshiva which we send out to universities upon the student's request together with appropriate course descriptions.

Shana Bet

The yeshiva is firmly convinced of the tremendous benefit to be derived from spending a second year in the program. The number of students who return for Shana Bet varies between 10-20% of the Shana Aleph student body.

Staff

  • Rabbi Yehuda Susman, Rosh HaYeshiva
  • Rabbi Dovid Ebner, Rosh Yeshiva and Mashgiach Ruchani
  • Rabbi Benny Pflanzer, Executive Director
  • Mrs. Shulamith T. Ebner, Administrator
  • Rabbi Joshua Amaru
  • Rabbi Tuvia (Todd) Berman
  • Rabbi Mordy Friedman
  • Rabbi Zev Gold
  • Rabbi Zvi Grumet
  • Hakham Joseph Harari
  • Rabbi Alex Israel
  • Rabbi Simcha Krauss
  • Rabbi Yitz Motzen
  • Rabbi Aviad Tabory

Extra-Curricular Activities

Interaction with Israelis

Chesed Programs
With our integrative philosophy influencing all our activities, we encourage our students to be exposed to Israeli society in various ways. The Yeshiva resides in the wonderful and central neighborhood of Katamon. This location allows for interaction with native Israelis. The students are frequently invited to families in the neighborhood for Shabbat meals and we also help them arrange Shabbatot in outlying yishuvim and kibbutzim. There is a diverse Chesed program that enables the students to choose to work with orphans, poor families, the elderly and the mentally disabled every week on a consistent basis. Students are expected to devote at least one hour per week of their free time to chesed activities.

Special Informal Programs

The Yeshiva views Tiyulim as an integral, enriching aspect of the curriculum, inspiring a heightened appreciation for Eretz Yisrael and the State of Israel. Field trips enhance, and can even transform "study of" into "living" Tanach, Halacha and Jewish History. The tiyul schedule includes at least two major trips, one to the north and the other to the south. In addition, there are Shabbatonim and regularly scheduled day trips to different areas of the country throughout the year. All students concerned are expected to attend these trips. Fees for all mandatory trips are included in the tuition package. We also offer the students the opportunity to elect to participate in a weeklong trip to Poland from Rosh Chodesh Nissan. We invite speakers who are experts in their fields such as current events of Jewish interest, tefila, holidays, history etc. Shabbatot Ramim are scheduled during the year when the shiurim spend the Shabbat at the home of their morning seder rebbe and his family.

Sports Facilities

On campus we have an exercise room complete with weights, treadmill and ping pong table as well as basketball facility on the grounds. We also rent out the gym of the school next door to the campus for the boys to have weekly games. An olympic-size indoor swimming pool is a few minutes away and the students may enroll there.

Programming for Shabbat and Yom Tov

Approximately one out of every 3 Shabbatot is an "in" Shabbat. The Yeshiva remains open for all Shabbatot and Chagim. Students who choose to remain in the dormitory for an "out" Shabbat are welcome; home hospitality is available for meals in the neighborhood or with staff members who live within walking distance of the Yeshiva.

Field Trips

At least once per month (and frequently more often) the students are taken on fascinating tiyulim all around Jerusalem, the Old City and throughout the country.

Eligibility

Level of Learning Offered

There is a range of students that generally varies between 60-80 per year for those coming from foreign countries. In addition we have a Kollel consisting of approximately 15-20 young men who have completed hesder programs and have now begun to attend university but want to have afternoon and night sedarim of learning. The Kollel members study bechavruta with the post high-school students.

Hebrew Knowledge Required

Fluency in Hebrew is not required however familiarity with the language is helpful.

Religious Observance Required

Observance of Halacha is absolutely required.

Population

Type of American Student

The typical student is a graduate of a centrist Orthodox yeshiva high school program. However there have been exceptions.

Overall Number of Students (Kollel, Israeli, Foreign)

There is a range of students that generally varies between 60-80 per year for those coming from foreign countries. In addition we have a Kollel consisting of approximately 15-20 young men who have completed hesder programs and have now begun to attend university but want to have afternoon and night sedarim of learning. The Kollel members study bechavruta with the post high-school students. 

Foreign Student Percentage

Between 20-25% (i.e. non-American students, includes the United Kingdom, Europe, South America and Australia)

Number of 1st Year American Students

Between 45-50

Number of 2nd Year American Students

Varies from year to year

Other Nationalities

United Kingdom, Europe, South Africa, Australia

Number of Students per Class

Between 10-25

Accommodations

Living Quarters

Eretz HaTzvi is located on a beautiful new campus in the Katamon neighborhood in the heart of Yerushalayim.

Availability of Private Kitchen Facilities

There is a main cafeteria for all the students where three full meals are served on a daily basis.

Facility use during Shabbat and Yom Tov

The dormitory is always open throughout the school year (including Shabbatot and vacations).There is a mandatory "in" Shabbat every 3-4 weeks. On "out" Shabbatot meals are arranged either with neighbors or staff families for students who have not made their own arrangements.

Curfew

Curfew is until 12:30 AM every night except Thursday when it is extended until 1 AM.

Security Arrangements

There is a wrought-iron gate from the outside with a key lock in order to gain access to the Yeshiva campus. In addition, in order to enter the actual building, each person has a computerized key card for entry during the week. For Shabbat we switch over to a combination lock. Security cameras cover the entire campus.

Accrediting Universities

Universities that have accepted our transcripts include: Yeshiva University, Queens College, Brooklyn College, Hebrew Theological College (Skokie), among others.

Tuition

The Registration Fee for all programs is 9,700 NIS. Tuition for the Shana Aleph program for the 5780 academic year (Fall 2019 - Spring 2020) is 97,000 NIS. Tuition includes room and board as well as all Yeshiva-sponsored tiyulim (field trips), shabbatonim, seminars and internet access.

Contact Information for Eretz HaTzvi

U.S. Office

302 Fountain Road
Englewood, N.J. 07631

Israel Office

Rav Yehuda Susman / Mrs. Shulamith T. Ebner
32 Yossi Ben Yoezer
Jerusalem 93301
Phone: (02) 679-1424
Fax: (02) 648-3716
administrator@yehatzvi.org 
www.yehatzvi.org

Roshei HaYeshiva

Rabbi David Ebner and Rabbi Yehuda Susman

Aish Gesher believes in the power of every Jew to lead a passionate Jewish life and become a dynamic contributor to the Jewish people and the world. We direct our students to be knowledgeable and confident about Judaism, in order to fulfill Am Yisrael’s directive of being an “ohr lagoyim”. Aish Gesher students learn to engage the world around them through the lens of Torat Chaim , that the Torah is Wisdom for Living. Aish HaTorah philosophy classes elucidate Judaism’s truths and inspire toward a feeling that a Torah way of life is the best way of life.

Hashkafa

Goal of Program

To Empower our students with the inspiration, knowledge, tools and resources to continue to live as great Jews and make a meaningful impact on the Jewish future.

The Aish HaTorah Gesher Program is dedicated to provide aspiring post high school students with a warm, inspiring and rigorous environment that will enrich their lives and bring out their potential. We guide our students to discover for themselves a deep passion for Torah, Judaism and the Jewish People. Our students should leave with the inspiration and tools to continue growing, learning and contributing to the Jewish future for the rest of their lives.

Attitude Towards Israel and Medinat Yisrael

Aish Gesher recognizes the centrality of the State of Israel as part of the destiny of the Jewish people. Through lessons in Tanach, tours of archeological sites, trips throughout the land of Israel, and intensive courses in the history of Israel and the modern Middle East crisis, students become intimately familiar with the centrality of Israel throughout the history of the Jewish people. Coordinating with Aish HaTorah’s Hasbara Fellowships, Gesher students can receive training in confronting anti-Israel rhetoric and hostility on college campuses.

Attitude Towards University Studies

Aish Gesher encourages students to continue on to university studies in an environment that will allow maintaining a strong Jewish lifestyle. Yeshiva University and other programs that allow a student to have significant time for learning, plus a respectable degree are highly encouraged. Students who will be heading to secular campuses are guided toward setting up a lifestyle on campus that will include regular davening, learning, Kashrut, and Shabbat observance.

Attitude Towards Extracurricular Activities

Aish Gesher places a strong stress on leadership and self-development. To this end, students are encouraged to develop their own talents and abilities in order to foster their own success, as well as their contributions to the Jewish community at large. Every week, leadership courses are followed by opportunities for volunteering throughout the Jerusalem area. These options include visiting hospitals, tutoring orphans, shopping for the elderly, and many other opportunities. In addition, worked into the schedule are occasional “Rebbe & Student sports afternoons” which allow for fun and meaningful bonding, as well as a healthy outlet. The yeshiva also has a workout gym, and there are nearby soccer and basketball courts available for student use during their free time.

Preparation for Post Israel

Aish Gesher provides its students with a solid foundation of Halachic commitment and Torah values to greet the larger world with confidence and vision. Students develop a love of Torah to engender a life-long commitment to learning Torah. The Aish HaTorah philosophy classes lay a solid foundation for an understanding of Judaism that gives students the knowledge and confidence they will need to confront questions to their faith in the future. In addition, the yeshiva provides several sessions throughout the course of the year to help make students aware of the challenges they will face on university campuses and in the workforce. Rebbeim work closely with students all year, but particularly in addressing end-of-year transition issues, there is a lot of one-on-one counseling.

Aish Gesher stays in touch with alumni on a regular basis as well, answering questions and advising students in their next stage of life. The yeshiva is always happy for students to return and visit the yeshiva to “recharge their batteries”. There are several alumni gatherings a year when Rebbeim are in the US/UK.

The "Successful" Student

The successful Aish Gesher graduate is committed to a life of learning Torah, keeping mitzvos, and giving to the Jewish community. He will be typified by a confidence in his Judaism and a passion in his dedication to Torah and Am Yisrael.

Dress

Aish Gesher students are expected to help promote a serious learning environment. Students should wear shirts with collars (polo shirts are fine), long pants, and closed shoes.

Guidance Personnel

Our 3:1 teacher-student ratio guarantees that students have personal guidance and attention that they need to grow in their learning skills and in their personal life. In necessary cases, the yeshiva has connections with reputable therapists to work with students.

Supervision

Security of our students is paramount. The Aish HaTorah buildings each have a security guard stationed at the entrance. In addition, the dorms and Beis Midrash buildings are locked to anyone other than staff and students. Students are given ID cards to facilitate their entry into the building.

Gesher students are supervised in the dormitories by trustworthy madrichim who are role-models for the students in their own right. There is a 12am curfew which is strictly enforced. Smoking, alcohol, or drugs are not allowed and are considered grounds for dismissal.

Curriculum

Makeup

The morning seder is focused on Gemara B’iyun, developing textual and analytical skills. A short Halacha seder starts off the morning.

The afternoon seder is based around Halacha B’iyun Chaburas, which give the students further grounding in Halachic authority. Examples include: Hilchos Shabbos, Hilchos Tefilla, Contemporary Halachic Issures, and Sefer HaChinuch. There is also a Chumash in-depth option.

Night Seder focuses on B’kius learning, covering ground in a particular masechta with a goal toward completing and making a siyum on an entire masechta over the course of the year.

Aish Philosophy courses cover topics such as:

  • How do we know there is a G-d?
  • How do we know Judaism is the TRUE religion?
  • How does man have free will if G-d knows the future?
  • Why do bad things happen to good people?
  • The World to Come
Courses Offered

Aish provides serious and enjoyable shiurim on all Torah topics at all levels. Whether Gemara, Halacha, Mussar , Philosophy, Tanach, Spirituality or Jewish History is desired, students can find shiurim and chavrusa learning to suit their needs.

Daily Schedule
  • 7:45 - Shachris
  • 8:30-9:00 -  Breakfast
  • 9:00-11:00-  Gemara and Halacha Seder
  • 11:00-12:00 - Morning Shiur and Mussar
  • 12:10-1:00 - Aish Essentials- Inspirational Jewish History, Discovery Seminar, Understanding Current Events, Growth through Torah, Practical Spirituality
    OR 1 on 1 Chavrusas with Rebbaim
  • 1:00-3:30 - Lunch & Break
  • Optional: Ulpan
  • 3:30 - Aish Highlights - Proof of Judaism and Torah- Science and Torah, Leadership & Kiruv Training Seminar, Intro to Jewish Philosophy, Contemporary Philosophy
  • 4:00 - Moment of Inspiration followed by Mincha and announcements
  • 4:20-6:30 - Afternoon Seder Chaburas
  • 6:30-7:30 - Dinner Break/Shnayim Mikra Seder
  • 7:30 - Dinner
  • 8:00 - Maariv
  • 8:15 - Older chavrusas and Gemara Bekiyus

Thursday- Afternoons: Leadership & Kiruv Training Seminar

Post Night Seder: Mishmar

Language of Instruction

Classes are taught in English. Students who are looking to improve their Hebrew are encouraged to attend our famous Ulpan and/or ask for chavrusas with staff members in Hebrew.

Ulpan or Hebrew Class

Our innovative and interactive Ulpan is world renowned for successfully teaching students Hebrew. These skills will help you become more comfortable in Israel as well as helping your reading and understanding Torah texts.

Assessment and Grading

Aish Gesher issues an official transcript to students who have earned credit appropriately. Full credit is given only to students with satisfactory attendance and participation in the program. Some students participate in optional tests given with incentives for extra study or review, however, no official tests or exams are part of the formal program.

Shana Bet

There is an official Shana Bet program, with a specialized Shana bet gemara shiur, as well as higher-level philosophy shiurim, and unique Shabbatonim. In addition, Shana bet students who are interested are able to take advantage of the many Aish HaTorah resources to enhance their own learning and leadership development on an individualized level. All shiurim, leadership training courses, and Aish speakers are accessible to the students.

In the past, approximately one-third to one-half of the students have stayed Shana Bet. Shana Bet is encouraged according to each student’s life situation regarding family, college, and learning ability.

Joint Program

Aish Gesher is an an official affiliate of Yeshiva University through the S. Daniel Abraham Joint Israel Program.

Staff

Aish has direct access to some of the most sought after and inspiring Torah lecturers in the entire world. These world-famous teachers are accessible daily to the Gesher students. Gesher students have often enjoyed Shabbos meals at their homes as well!

  • Rav Yitzchok Berkovitz- Rosh Yeshiva of Aish HaTorah
  • Rabbi Steve Burg – CEO Aish HaTorah
  • Rabbi Dovid Rosman- Dean of Aish Gesher
  • Rabbi Nachman Elsant- Educational Director
  • Rabbi Ephy Greene – Mashgiach/Director of Admissions
  • Rabbi Yoni Miller -  Director of Programming
  • Rabbi Gavriel Friedman
  • Rabbi Chaim Yagoda
  • Rabbi Yonason Caller
  • Rabbi Aryeh Bruekheimer
  • Rabbi Micha Sklar
  • Rabbi Moshe Chaime Eade
  • Rabbi Binyamin Wolff
  • Rabbi Dovid Mintz
  • Rabbi Ken Spiro
  • Rabbi Moti Berger
  • Rabbi Dov Ber Cohen
  • Rabbi Yom Tov Glaser
  • Dr. Gerald Schroeder
  • Rabbi Nechemia Coopersmith
  • Rabbi Aaron Neckamyer
  • Rabbi Asher Resnick
  • Rabbi Menashe Rosen
  • Rabbi Yosef Hershman
  • Rabbi Hillel Zinkin
  • Rabbi Yisroel Benovitz
  • Rabbi Moshe Jacobson
  • Rabbi Shmuel Zucker

Extra-Curricular Activities

Interaction with Israelis

Through our Leadership & Chesed programs students engage in Israeli society and participate in various acts of kindness on behalf of Israel's needy and victims of terror. By giving back to Israeli society and making Israel a better place, our students identify with the needs of Israel and deeply connect with Israel today.

Living in the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City, gives the students an appreciation and first-hand experience of interacting with native Israelis. Students help local residents build their Sukkot, help elderly residents with shopping, etc. Often, families from the Jewish Quarter neighborhood welcome our students for Shabbat meals. The feeling that one is at the epicenter of spirituality is inescapable.

Special Informal Programs
  • Every Thursday night there is Mishmar in the yeshiva. This program includes extra learning until late at night, accompanied by delicious food and often music and dancing. This spiritual atmosphere gives a feeling of climax to the week’s learning and sets a wonderful tone to go into Shabbos.
  • Yemei Iyun are offered preceding many holidays throughout the year in order to familiarize the students with the Halachic, Historical, and Spiritual significance of the Holiday. Guest speakers are often included in this program, exposing students to some of the great Torah personalities of our time (aside from the ones in Aish HaTorah).
  • Guest speakers are common in Aish HaTorah. Our location and the prestige of the yeshiva makes it a place that great personalities are drawn toward. There is always a thirsty audience, as well. Speakers have included: Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, Rabbi Eitan Feiner, Rabbi Dr. Dovid Lieberman, Charlie Harary, Saul Blinkoff, as well as Roshei Yeshiva and Mashgichim from Yeshiva University, Lander’s College, HTC, and other yeshivot.
  • Musical Events such as Kumsitz’s and Chagigot are common in Aish HaTorah throughout the schedule of the year. Whether a Simchas Beis Shoeva chagiga on Sukkos, or a Tu B’shvat Seder Kumsitz, we enjoy singing and bonding together.
Sports Facilities

Basketball and Soccer facilities are located close by in Jerusalem parks. There are foosball and ping pong tables in the dorms and a fully equipped workout room on campus.

Programming for Shabbat and Yom Tov

There are 4 types of Shabbatot in Gesher. On an “In Shabbos” students are expected to stay in Yeshiva for an awesome, inspiring, and ruach-filled Old City Shabbos experience with special programming with the rest of Aish HaTorah. On an “Optional Shabbos” students have the option to choose to go visit friends or family or they can stay in Yeshiva where meals are provided. On an “Out Shabbos” the Yeshiva is open but the dining room is closed; students can go spend Shabbos with friends and family or they can stay in Yeshiva and eat meals at their Aish Rebbeim or other local hosts. On a “Gesher Shabbaton” students join the Gesher program for an exciting shabbaton somewhere in Israel. We take responsibility to make sure that the student is taken care of every Shabbos.

Field Trips

Our amazing trips all over Israel are fun-filled and relaxing. Activities like rafting, hiking and jeeping provide much-appreciated fun and recreation. On these trips, students develop a personal connection to the land of Israel and their Jewish Heritage. Trips also serve as educational tools to give students outdoor and hands-on learning experiences. Tiyulim are also great opportunities for our Rabbis and students to bond in a fun environment.

Eligibility

Aish Gesher enrollment is open to any Jewish boy finishing high school who is looking to grow in learning and appreciating Torah and Judaism.

Level of Learning Offered

From Beginner to Advanced
Students will find a vast breadth of learning levels in Aish Gesher. Whether a novice learner, who is still working on deciphering a Hebrew text, or an advanced learner, ready to delve into Chakiras in the Achronim, the shiurim span a wide spectrum of skill-levels.

Hebrew Knowledge Required

Students should be proficient in reading Hebrew.

Religious Observance Required

Students are expected to be Shomer Shabbat, Kashrut, etc. on the program.

Population

Approximately three quarters of the student body are graduates of yeshiva high schools throughout the US and England. About a quarter of the students attended public schools and have become religious with their families, or through organizations like Ncsy, Aish HaTorah, etc.

Overall Number of Students (Kollel, Israeli, Foreign)

There are approximately 40 Kollel students, 35 students from France and Latin America, 80 students in the Beis Midrash and Intermediate programs, and approximately 50-60 in the Gesher program.

Number of 1st Year American Students

50

Number of 2nd Year American Students

15

Number of Students per Class

About 10-14 students per class.

Accommodations

Living Quarters

The dormitories are located about a 3 minute walk from the Beis Medrash buildings, in a secure area of the Jewish quarter. Students share rooms for 4 people each (most rooms) with each student given a bed and closet. The facilities are cleaned daily. Washing machine and dryer are available in the dormitory. (There is a weekly laundry service as well.) Students have access to the dormitory roof which has a beautiful view of Har HaZeitim and the Southern Wall.

Availability of Private Kitchen Facilities

A small kitchenette is available in the dormitory. All meals are provided by the yeshiva, including vegetarian options.

Facility use during Shabbat and Yom Tov

Students can always stay in the dorms and meals are provided by the Yeshiva even during vacation. On the few days that the kitchen is closed (like the first day of Yom Tov of Pesach) we take responsibility to assist students to find meals at their Aish Rabbis or other hosts.

Curfew

12:00 AM

Security Arrangements

We coordinate our protocols with the police in the old city. We follow whatever security precautions they recommend.

History

Aish HaTorah is a Jewish outreach organization started in Jerusalem by Rabbi Noah Weinberg z"l in 1974. Aish HaTorah's goal is to revitalize the Jewish people by providing opportunities for Jews of all backgrounds to deepen their connection to their heritage in an atmosphere of open inquiry and mutual respect. Aish HaTorah is regarded as a world leader in creative Jewish educational programs and leadership training.

Accrediting Universities

We have an official joint program with YU

Tuition

The tuition amount for 2020 is $25,750

Contact Information

Israel Office

Aish HaTorah – Gesher Program
POB 14149
Old City, Jerusalem

Phone: 073 229 3400
Email: gesher@aish.edu

Website: www.aishgesher.com

Hashkafa

Goal of Program

The Yeshiva's underlying goal is to cultivate an intimate connection to Torat Yisrael, Am Yisrael, Eretz Yisrael. Developing a talmid's love for learning, bond with Eretz Yisrael, and sense of responsibility towards Am Yisrael are the Yeshiva's primary objectives.

Attitude Towards Israel and Medinat Yisrael

As a hesder Yeshiva, Yeshivat Hakotel presents a very strong Zionist message that is conveyed not just by the staff, but by one's peers who serve in the IDF. Medinat Yisrael is presented as G-d's gift to contemporary Jews who struggled to build it. It is our responsibility to appreciate and continue to develop the gift we have received. Programming meant to reinforce these attitudes extends way beyond Ymei Ha'atzmuat and Yerushalayim (which are celebrated enthusiastically). The programming includes not only tiyulim and visits to much of the country, but a broad array of shiurim meant to teach the philosophy that supports the attitude.

Attitude Towards University Studies

We do not encourage or discourage any particular university. We believe that secular studies can add a dimension to one's spiritual and personal growth. We encourage boys to take advantage of their university experience to the fullest. Many of our alumni attend Yeshiva University, but many attend other universities. Towards the end of the year we provide special shiurim to help prepare our students for secular college and the challenges it presents to the Torah observant Jew.

Attitude Towards Extracurricular Activities

The talmidim have a daily two-hour break after lunch. Many students also take advantage of Friday and Saturday night. In addition to opportunities for relaxation outside the campus, there is also room for recreation on the Yeshiva campus. The Yeshiva offers daily use of its fully equipped gym facility. The Yeshiva provides educational tiyulim to help acquaint the overseas students with Eretz Yisrael. The Yeshiva provides time for and encourages various chesed opportunities.

Preparation for Post Israel

During the spring session we offer a number of classes that relate to life after yeshiva. In addition, personal conversations with staff help each student prepare for their particular future.

The "Successful" Student

A 'successful' alumnus will be an comprehensively enabled talmid chacham with an intense love for Am Yisrael and Eretz Yisrael. In addition to beginning to build his own family and career, he will be maximizing opportunities to continue his personal Torah and spiritual growth and to help Am Yisrael.

Dress

Talmidim are expected to dress in a way appropriate for a Ben Torah and are asked to refrain from wearing t-shirts, clothing with emblems and jeans.

Guidance Personnel

Yeshivat Hakotel's unique program of integration offers boys relationships with boys Israeli and overseas rebbeim. After moving to an Israeli shiur, the overseas rebbe maintains a strong bond with each student through afternoon and night shiurim as well as personal conversation. In addition to a talmid's rebbe, students benefit from both a relationship with older boys and support staff as well as a unique relationship with the Rosh Hayeshiva.

Supervision

Yeshivat Hakotel accepts only fully motivated boys. We assume a high level of seriousness and maturity. Alcohol and substance abuse as well as other conduct not befitting a ben Torah are grounds for immediate dismissal. We do not have a curfew, but ask boys to notify a madrich when leaving so that we can insure each individual's safety.

Curriculum

Makeup

Our curriculum aims to develop both comprehensive knowledge and skills. We familiarize students with the basics of Tanach, Torah Sheb'al Peh, Halacha, and Jewish Philosophy, Belief and Mussar and help them develop the ability for independent study all of these fields in depth.

Talmud is the mainstay of our curriculum. Morning seder focuses on iyun skills which include textual sensitivity and analytical proficiency. Our methodology develops a student's ability to notice textual nuances and identify central conceptual issues and use both to appreciate each sugya. Students are enabled to the point where they can prepare and present a sugya. Chaburot like this are presented by each student.

During afternoon seder we offer a bekiut program meant to solidify reading skills. The program consists of an hour of chavruta preparation followed by a reading session where boys read for rabbonim who make corrections and comment on the gemara being learned. These sessions, not only cover over 100 pages of gemara annually, but also sharpen reading ability.

At night seder most boys study additional Talmud with an older Israeli chavruta.

Our Mishneh Torah L'Rambam program develops familiarity with the broader concepts of Torah Sheb'al Peh.

Tanach- We encourage boys to complete their knowledge of Tanach within their first year. We offer an array of shiurim that not only cover the entirety of Tanach, but also teach the skills necessary to appreciate it. This allows students to learn Tanach in a meaningful way after yeshiva.

Halacha- In addition to a daily halacha seder, we offer a number of shiurim that pertinent areas of halacha.

Jewish Philosophy- We offer a two pronged program of Jewish Philosophy shiurim that focus both on topics and on the philosophies of individuals like Rav Sa'adya Goan, Rav Yehuda Halevi, the Rambam, Rav Chayyim Volozhin, the Ba'al HaTanya, Rav Kook, and Rav Soloveitchik.

Mussar- In addition to mussar seder, students enjoy small chaburot that study particular mussar classics with rebbeim. We also offer a number of sichot mussar on a weekly basis.

Curriculum makeup: The yeshiva offers a large number of shiurim in subjects other than Gemara and helps talmidim build a schedule most appropriate to them. Although the average boy will generally spend a high percentage of his time (around 80%) on Talmud, there are many who devote up to half there time to other subjects. As a hesder yeshiva which includes over five years of Israeli students, the yeshiva offers a wide array of levels in every area of study. Before students know enough Hebrew to allow for integration, they are offered three levels of Gemara shiur- ranging from a basic gemara focused level to one that deals with analytical issues on a very advanced level.

Courses Offered

Yeshivat Hakotel offers a multi-faceted learning program which includes: Gemara, Tanach, Halacha, Emunah, Machshava, and Mussar.

Daily Schedule
  • 6:30 Pre-Tefila Shiur
  • 7:00 Shacharit
  • 7:50 Seder Halacha/ Breakfast
  • 9:00 Morning Seder / Shiur
  • 1:00 Lunch Break
  • 3:00 Mincha
  • 3:15 Tanach / Machshava shiur
  • 4:45 Bekiut- Chavruta and Shiur
  • 5:45 Ulpan
  • 6:45 Mussar Seder with an Israeli Chavruta
  • 7:15 Dinner
  • 8:00 Maariv
  • Chavruta with an older Israeli
  • 10:45 Shiur
Language of Instruction

Most classes are held in Hebrew. However, there are English shiurim offered throughout the week.

Ulpan or Hebrew Class

The Yeshiva offers an intensive ulpan 6 days a week with the intention of all students being fully integrated into the Israeli classes by Chanukah.

Assessment and Grading

We encourage learning 'lishma'. Depite not grading, we do encourage boys to take advantage of tests that encourage review. In addition, we encourage boys to prepare and deliver shiurim which tests the improvement of their skills.

Shana Bet

The yeshiva has a shana bet program which consists of continued studies with one's Israeli peers as well as shiurim geared particularly to second year overseas students.The yeshiva actively encourages shana bet for those who stand to gain significantly from it. This encouragement hinges on parent's consent.

Joint Program

The Yeshiva participates in the YU joint-Israel program.

Staff

Rosh Yeshiva, Rav Baruch Wieder.

Rav Avigdor Nevenzahl shlit'a (Rav of the Old City) and Rav Yeshayahu Hadari shlit'a (Rosh Yeshiva emeritus) offer shiurim and are also available for personal consultation.

Rav Tuvya Lifshitz is the Mashgiach.

Rav Reuven Taragin is responsible for overseas students.

Other overseas rabbonim include:

  • Rav Ari Cutler
  • Rav Ari Heller
  • Rav Jesse Horn

Our Israeli Ramim include:

  • Rav Yosef Ansbacher
  • Rav Aharon Moreh
  • Rav Yeshayahu Shteinberger
  • Rav Yosef Ansbacher
  • Rav Tziki Berlin
  • Rav Roni Klopshtock
  • Rav Aharon Moreh
  • Rav Gadi Shlevin
  • Rav Avner Sheishar
  • Rav Yeshayahu Shteinberger
  • Rav Shlomo Tubul
  • Rav Binyamin Yager

Extra-Curricular Activities

Interaction with Israelis

Students are encouraged to tour and visit extensively. We also arrange tiyulim and weekends in various communities. In additions, boys learn about communities by visiting homes of the Israeli peers for Shabbat.

Students are keenly aware of issues concerning the Israeli public. This awareness comes first and foremost through their relationships with their Israeli peers and through their participation in sessions that deal with contemporary issues.

Special Informal Programs

The yeshiva often hosts guest speakers in both Hebrew and English. Every Friday the yeshiva runs a special learning program which consists of shiurim open to the public.The yeshiva has chagigot to mark both traditional and contemporary holidays and special melaveh malkot on the average of once/twice a month.

Sports Facilities

Yeshivat Hakotel offers daily use of its fully equipped gym facility. Sports facilities are available within the vicinity of the Yeshiva. Additionally, many students play ball in Gan Ha Paamon, located within close walking distance of the Yeshiva.

Programming for Shabbat and Yom Tov

Two out of every three Shabbatot are called Shabbat Yeshiva. We recommend that talmidim remain in the Yeshiva on these Shabbatot as they are an integral part of the Yeshiva experience. Sichot and tischim are part of the Shabbat schedule as well as meals at the homes of ramim or local families. Students may stay or leave for any Shabbat. There are also off-campus Shabbatonim throughout the year. When there is an off Shabbat the Yeshiva encourages students to take advantage of the time to travel the country and visit families in other locales.We recommend that boys stay in the Rova for Yom Tov. We make arrangements for those who decide to stay or those who prefer to spend Yom Tov in other parts of the country.The dorms are always open for the students, offering partial board during bein hazmanim.

Field Trips

To further enhance our Tanach shiurim as well as to promote yediat ha-aretz, the Yeshiva offers monthly half-day tiyulim. All tiyulim are army approved and in accordance with security regulations.The Yeshiva organizes two major tiyulim during bein hazmanim to the North and South.

Eligibility

Level of Learning Offered

Our program is designed for advanced Yeshiva High School graduates who wish to enjoy a year of serious, advanced Torah study within a distinctly Israeli environment.

Hebrew Knowledge Required

All levels. Although we integrate within Israeli Hebrew shiurim, we teach Hebrew intensively and offer English shiurim until on is ready to integrate.

Religious Observance Required

Full commitment to shmirat Torah U'mitzvot is a prerequisite. Our stringent entrance requirements assure that students are motivated to learn and develop both personally and spiritually.

Population

Type of American Student

Over half of the American students are from outside of the New York area. For the coming year we will be having students from YU, MTA, HALB, Mesivta NJ, MAYS, Rambam Mesivta, Flatbush, Rambam (Baltimore), Or Chaim/Chat (Toronto), Skokie, Ida Crowne (Chicago), Fuchs Mizrachi (Cleveland), HA of Montreal, YULA, and more.

Overall Number of Students (Kollel, Israeli, Foreign)

340

Foreign Student Percentage

40%

Number of 1st Year American Students

50

Number of 2nd Year American Students

30

Other Nationalities

Australian, British, Canadian, European, South American - 40

Number of Students per Class

Overseas shiurim range from 5- 20 students per rebbe. Integrated shiurim are generally a bit larger to allow for a significant number of both Israelis and overseas students.

Accommodations

Living Quarters

The dormitories consist of apartments of 3 bedrooms each with 3-4 boys per room. Each apartment has bathroom and shower facilities. Because of our goal of integration, Israeli and overseas students share rooms. A washing machine and dryer are available for student use.

Email and Internet Access

We have email access at the Yeshiva.

Availability of Private Kitchen Facilities

Most apartments have a kitchenette consisting of cabinets and counter, sink and refrigerator.

Facility use during Shabbat and Yom Tov

The Yeshiva is open every Shabbat. If meals are not being served than the madrich sets the students up for meals. The Yeshiva is open year round for the talmidim and offers room and partial board during bein hazmanim.

Curfew

We do not have a curfew, but ask students to inform a madrich before leaving.

Security Arrangements

In addition to the high level security arrangements in the Old City, the Yeshiva has its own security system with cameras and Israeli student soldiers on guard. There is an army officer on premises at all times directing the Yeshiva's security operations. In the event of a terror attack, ch'v, the Yeshiva has a phone tree to contact all students and an email list of the parents to notify when everyone has been accounted for.

History

The miracles of the Six Day War and the liberation of the Old City of Jerusalem inspired the founding of Yeshivat Hakotel. Facing the Western Wall and the site of the Beit Hamikdash, Yeshivat Hakotel has for 3 decades been sharing a love of Torah and an appreciation of the miracle of modern Israel with thousands of Israeli and overseas students. One of Israel's leading Hesder Yeshivot, Hakotel combines intensive Torah studies with army service and has inspired 2 generations of soldiers, whose dedication influences the seriousness and efforts exerted in the Beit Midrash.

Accrediting Universities

HaKotel is a Yeshiva University S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program School.

Tuition

$26,500 (2019-20) includes full room & board, medical insurance, tiyulim, laundry service (bi-monthly)

Additional Information

MISSION STATEMENT OF YESHIVAT HAKOTEL

Yeshivat HaKotel was founded 50 years ago. The underlying goal of the Yeshiva is to provide its students with a fundamental and intimate connection to Torat Yisrael as it impacts on Am Yisrael in Eretz Yisrael. There is no better place to accomplish this three-fold goal than at Yeshivat HaKotel in the Old City of Jerusalem. The Old City enhances both the emotional and intellectual components of Torah learning. Only someone who has personally experienced this can fully comprehend this added dimension.

TORAT YISRAEL
Love of Learning is the ultimate aim of the Yeshiva. It impacts each student's Mitzvah observance and religious development. Every Talmid will find his own path toward deepening commitment to Torah learning and observance. This learning includes all facets of Judaism's spectrum: Gemara, Tanach, Halacha, Emunah, Machshava and Mussar. The Yeshiva stresses that all of the above disciplines help maximize the student's goals and growth.

Personal Growth- A Jew's Torah learning should not remain detached and theoretical. Rather, it must anchor Mitzvah performance and personal growth. This development comprises many varied areas that often are neglected by the modern world, including Yirat Shamayim, strong Jewish values, and spirituality.

Spiritual Development - Rich Jewish life should also involve connecting one's soul to God and His people. Unfortunately, many Jews never develop this spiritual component. Yeshivat HaKotel also stresses this part of Judaism, which reaches into the very essence of each student and impacts all aspects of one's life.

AM YISRAEL
Communal Responsibility- Most contemporary Jews are unaware of their heritage. Those blessed with Torah knowledge and values should feel pained by this state of affairs, as well as a responsibility to change it. Eventhough the yeshiva focuses on Torah learning and personal Jewish growth, it should also imbue students with a sense of communal responsibility. Yeshivat HaKotel will teach not only the importance of reaching out to uninformed and assimilated Jews, but also how to do so.

Integration - Although the Yeshiva takes great care to meet the individual needs of all students, whatever their background, it also actively integrates everyone into one student body. Students weak in Hebrew will be given immediate assistance (Ulpan), so that they can actively participate, within a short period of time, in the full range of the Yeshiva's Shiurim and learn sources in their original language.

We Are Brothers -- Not only is Yeshivat HaKotel is a place for all Jews, no matter what their country of origin, but it also highlights the feelings of Achdut (unity) among all of its students. To this end, the Yeshiva breaks down the natural cultural barriers that often exist between Jews of different countries of origin. This feeling of brotherhood permeates all aspects of Yeshiva life, including classes, dormitory residence and free time.

ERETZ YISRAEL
The year in Israel should be much more than a study program, confined to the walls of the Yeshiva. It should also be a year of learning about the Land of Israel first-hand. Through interactive experiences, students will connect to their ancient homeland, as well as learn about the modern miracle of the State of Israel. The Yeshiva highlights the holidays unique to the State of Israel. The Tiyulim (tours) provided by the Yeshiva are much more than sightseeing events. By studying the Tanach beforehand, each Tiyul allows the students to unite the written word about each place visited to the feelings generated by that experience, and thus connecting the Jewish People to the Land of Israel through the words of the Torah.

Contact Information for Yeshivat HaKotel

U.S. Office

Naftali Rothman
43 Rector Court
Bergenfield, NJ 07621

Phone: (201) 645-3717
Email: Naftali@hakotel.org.il

Israel Office

Rav Reuven Taragin 
7 HaMekubalim, Jerusalem, 97500
(mailing address) P.O.B. 603, Jerusalem 9100601

Shoshana SeLavan
Phone: (02) 628-8175 ext. 122
Fax: (02) 627-1180
Email: office@hakotel.org.il
www.hakotel.org.il  

Hashkafa

Goal of Program

The goal of the Yeshiva is to foster within the talmidim a deeper and fuller life of Avodat Hashem. The Yeshiva emphasizes Talmud Torah as a vital and indispensable instrument for a relationship with the Kadosh Baruch Hu. To cultivate an authentic love for Torah, a talmid must be equipped with the tools and skills to master its learning. The Yeshiva excels at imparting the systematic and organized method of learning known to many as the "Brisker style" of learning.

A Ben Torah embraces the challenges of our society, ennobling both his own personal experience as well as his environment. The road to religious and personal depth is paved with healthy "struggle"; by acknowledging the complexity of Avodat Hashem and the diversity among different types of Bnei Torah, a person can assure the emergence of an authentic and passionate religious identity.

Attitude Towards Israel and Medinat Yisrael

Yeshivat Har Etzion is a Hesder Yeshiva – a Yeshiva where Israeli talmidim combine their army service with Yeshiva study in a five-year program.

The restoration of Jewish sovereignty and the founding of the State of Israel provide a particular mission to our People, and to Bnei Torah. The structure, environment and curriculum at Yeshiva are all geared toward establishing commitment to this process.

Attitude Towards University Studies

Though the Yeshiva inspires the centrality of Talmud Torah, it recognizes the value of a comprehensive secular education – both in securing meaningful, professional advancement, as well as in enriching personal identity. Careful attention is placed on guiding talmidim toward their departure from Yeshiva and their integration in collegiate studies. A continuing framework of learning is crucial in assuring that the values inspired during a talmid's time in Yeshiva be sustained during the remainder of his education. Many talmidim choose to attend Yeshiva University where the opportunities for continued learning are incorporated. Those who attend other institutions of higher learning are encouraged to arrange personal frameworks to ensure the further development of their Talmud torah and Yirat Shamayim.

Attitude Towards Extracurricular Activities

By its nature, a talmid's stay at the Yeshiva is concentrated and inner-directed. However, it is also a preparation for what lies beyond – a life of service to Klal Yisrael, in either professional or lay capacity. The Yeshiva is committed not only to molding individuals, but to developing communal leadership by stimulating both the ability and desire to serve.

In addition to the primary goal of Talmud Torah, the Yeshiva recognizes the importance of other aspects of personal growth. Throughout each zman, chessed programs are organized. The Yeshiva offers a wide range of chessed opportunites so that each talmid can choose an activity which resonates within. Volunteering opportunities include: Shabbatot in Children’s Homes, acting as big brothers in the surrounding community of Alon Shevut as well as participating in Shalva (a home for challenged children) in Har Nof and in Alon Shevut. Talmidim also deliver Mishloach Manot for “Yad Sarah” – a well-known and respected chessed organization. The Yeshiva has a long standing relationship with a children’s home in Geula, and overseas talmidim organize the Chanuka and Purim mesibot there every year. Talmidim also volunteer to aid the families of terror victims.

Part of personal growth includes the maintenance of personal health and the opportunity for healthy and replenishing forms of recreation. Tiyulim are arranged throughout the year to both introduce a talmid to the land in which, and about which, he is studying as well as to provide outlets for supervised travel and relaxation. Indoor sports facilities, a heated swimming pool as well as a weight room and a gym are all readily available within five minutes walking distance of Yeshiva. These may be used at a talmid’s discretion during his breaks and free time. The greater Gush Etzion region boasts several food establishments and large supermarkets, many of which deliver to talmidim in the Yeshiva.

Preparation for Post Israel

The Yeshiva excels at preparing its talmidim for the complexities facing Bnei Torah in the modern context. Extensive counseling is provided regarding the unique challenges which will be encountered during the immediate years after leaving Yeshiva. These issues typically include marriage and choice of profession and community. This guiding direction continues even after a talmid has departed Yeshiva through email correspondence and frequent visits of Ramim overseas.

The Yeshiva believes that kibbud av v'em is an integral part of Yirat Shamayim and cannot be compromised even as a talmid chooses his own derech in life. Careful attention is placed upon recognizing the duties toward parents and the need to grow in religious commitment, while inspiring all those in one's surroundings.

The Yeshiva recognizes the dilemma facing talmidim with regard to friendships with acquaintances who might have developed different styles of religious behavior. In general, talmidim are encouraged to carefully gauge their own impressionability while realizing the immense responsibility incumbent upon Bnei Torah – to radiate positive Torah associations to those who might not have been personally inspired.

The "Successful" Student

The successful talmid of Yeshiva is a young man who lives a passionate, authentic and religiously intense lifestyle. His religious experience should be centered on Talmud Torah, Yirat Shamayim, Halacha, the Jewish community and the State of Israel. A talmid should be imbued with a sense of idealism and mission both in his personal and professional life.

Dress

The Yeshiva's educational philosophy is based on maturity and self-motivation. Although there is no official dress code, it is expected that students dress in a manner reflective of a Ben Torah. Though specific codes are not enforced, certain types of dress that are inappropriate to a Beit Midrash setting are discouraged.

Guidance Personnel

The Yeshiva views the personal growth of each of its talmidim as one of its defining features. It tries to educate its talmidim toward a personal and authentic Torah personality and not a "molded" one based solely upon the attitudes and behaviors of other talmidim. This requires active and involved personal guidance. The primary address for this guidance is a talmid's Rebbe. Nearly all the Rabbeim live in Alon Shevut and are available throughout the day as well as during Shabbatot and Chagim. Special weekly question and answer sessions allow the talmidim to address broader issues which do not necessarily emerge in the daily routine of learning.

Apart from your Rebbe, there is a Mashgiach who is responsible for the overseas students. He will get to know you personally, monitor your progress, help arrange chevrutot, and is available to help with any issue.

Several madrichim provide an informal source of guidance. Madrichim – generally older students – can share their own recent experiences and allow a talmid to form a relationship with someone closer in age who has already succeeded in Yeshiva.

A unique feature of the Yeshiva is its community of older bochurim - talmidim who return for a second year (50%) and who serve as guiding forces for the incoming talmidim. The Kollel of the Yeshiva numbers 50 talmidim, many of whom are returning overseas talmidim – some single and some married. Kollel talmidim contribute to the Yeshiva environment in areas well beyond their mere presence in the Beit Midrash. They deliver night seder bekiyut shiurim, serve as chevrutot for younger students, run special tischim, and are a vital source of direction and inspiration for younger talmidim.

Married alumni who return to learn in the Kollel often provide a "home away from home" for many of the younger students. This natural and informal form of guidance helps every student feel comfortable in what is likely his first experience studying abroad.

The Yeshiva has arranged for a U.S. trained psychologist to be available once a week at Yeshiva for consultations with talmidim who feel that professional insight could be helpful. The Yeshiva's staff actively encourages and arranges these informal meetings as necessary.

In its continuing effort to build a Ben Torah who serves his community, the Yeshiva has a wonderful bond with the community of Alon Shevut. This community has many talmidei chachamim as well as gifted professionals (including many alumni of the Yeshiva) who commit extensive personal resources to Talmud Torah and Avodat Hashem. By arranging for talmidim to be invited for Shabbat and through 'va'adim' (group meetings) with community members, talmidim have ample role models for future life, as well as sources of inspiration for future aliya.

Supervision

In order to assist personal development, careful supervision must be kept of a talmid's Yeshiva routine. Though it is important that every schedule be scrutinized and monitored, the degree of enforcement will vary from talmid to talmid. The Yeshiva attracts a very mature and motivated caliber of talmid and attempts to create a supervised environment that encourages personal growth and creative development.

Curriculum

Makeup

The primary investment of the Yeshiva is in training its talmidim in the skills of Gemara learning while instilling the love for Talmud Torah. The hallmark of the Yeshiva is its ability to equip its talmidim with the tools of lomdus – of organized approaches toward the sugyot and the accompanying Rishonim.

To accomplish this goal the Yeshiva offers three entry level shiurim:

Text Based: A shiur devoted to the appreciation of the structures and logic of the basic gemara text. In addition, the shiur provides a basic exposure to the commentaries of Rishonim and their relationship to the gemara.

Intermediate: A shiur intended for talmidim who have mastered the basic text of the gemara and who are prepared for initial exposure to Rishonim, prepared for thorough “in class” reading of Rishonim. This shiur introduces a talmid to the tools and methods of understanding the structure of a sugya.

Advanced: A shiur for talmidim who have already encountered Rishonim. This shiur endows the talmid with the analytic skill towards both appreciating the repeating patterns of gemara as well as organizing a sugya on his own.

The Yeshiva centers its daily schedule to focus on the study of Gemara. Much of the day is spent learning Be'iyun, while opportunities to learn bekiut and to explore other areas of Torah exist as well. The hour and a half shiur yomi is given during morning seder. Talmidim spend an additional three to four hours a day, five days a week, preparing for and reviewing this shiur be'chavruta as they delve through parallel sugyot and the Rishonim on the daf.

Night Seder in Yeshiva is devoted toward bekiut learning with the overall goal to finish the masechta which is being studied in depth in the morning. Talmidim are divided into small groups of ‘chaburot’ which are guided in their bekiut learning by a night Seder Ram, who both supervises the group and delivers review shiurim on the material being studied. Following bekiut seder, opportunities exist for extended in- depth iyun learning.

Courses Offered

To help broaden a talmid’s Torah scope, shiurim are offered in many lateral areas. Primary emphasis is placed upon two additional areas of learning: Halacha and Tanach.

Halacha: During his stay at the Yeshiva, a talmid should begin to fortify his knowledge of halacha. Each afternoon, significant time is dedicated to learning halacha with optional shiurim in the assigned material. Weekly shiurim are dedicated to practical halachic issues which will begin to affect the lives of talmidim.

Tanach: A particularly strong and unique feature of the Yeshiva is the quality of its Tanach shiurim. Most Tanach shiurim place an emphasis on 'peshuto shel mikra', identifying the main themes of each Sefer. When Chumash and Navi are studied in this fashion, classical perushim and midrashim are understood in greater depth. These shiurim reveal the Tanach's moral, religious and philosophical content, and enable talmidim to view history from a Torah perspective.

The Yeshiva actively encourages the learning of Mussar and Machshava. These areas help cultivate a talmid’s Ahavat Torah and Yirat Shamayim. At the end of afternoon seder, one or two shiurim are offered in these areas (Tanach, Halacha Le'Ma'aseh, Mussar, and Machshava). Talmidim are encouraged to take four shiurim per week. Aside from weekly chugim which are offered, talmidim are encouraged to establish minor sedarim in these areas during times not dedicated to gemara learning (parts of afternoon seder, night seder, break time etc.).

Daily Schedule
  • 6:55 am Hanachat Tefillin
  • 7:00 am Shacharit
  • 7:45 am Breakfast
  • 8:30 am Shiur/Morning Seder
  • 1:00 pm Lunch and Break
  • 3:00 pm Mincha
  • 3:15 pm Afternoon Seder
    (continuation of Iyun, Halacha Seder, shiurim)
  • 7:15 pm Ma'ariv (Zman Choref)
    [in Zman Elul and Zman Kayitz, supper is at 7:15 and Ma'ariv is at 8:00]
  • 7:30 pm Supper
  • 8:15 pm Mussar Seder
  • 8:30 pm Evening Seder
Language of Instruction

All morning shiurim are delivered in Hebrew. Special accommodation occurs during the early stages of Yeshiva in which many Rabbeim intersperse English translations within their Hebrew shiurim. Many late afternoon and night shiurim are delivered in English.

Ulpan or Hebrew Class

Based upon need, there is an optional ulpan. There are two levels and the ulpan's curriculum is specially tailored for the needs of our talmidim.

Assessment and Grading

Though the presence of a talmid at davening, seder and shiurim is carefully monitored, no formal attendance is taken.

Tests are not administered and formal grades are not provided. Assessment of success revolves around carefully considering the expected changes in intensity, commitment, self-awareness, self-discipline and religious passion.

Shana Bet

Students are actively encouraged to spend additional time at Yeshiva. Recognizing that, often this decision is not feasible and the Yeshiva is careful not to create unnecessary tensions or disappointments if a talmid cannot return.

The Yeshiva encourages Shana Bet talmidim to learn in Israeli shiurim. Shana Bet is viewed as an opportunity for a talmid to grow independently with more general supervision but fewer demands of program and fewer structured responsibilities beyond the Beit Midrash.

Joint Program

The Yeshiva participates in the joint Israel program of Yeshiva University and Touro College and prepares formal transcripts to assist talmidim in receiving credit from any college.

Staff

The foundations of the Yeshiva are its Roshei.  A year at Yeshivat Har Etzion offers, first and foremost, an opportunity to be influenced by these outstanding and prestigious personalities.  There is no question that the influence of the Roshei Yeshiva forms the cornerstone of a talmid's experience at Yeshiva.  Each of the Roshei Yeshiva rotates spending Shabbatot at the Yeshiva, contributing his unique nobility and sagacity to the Shabbat atmosphere.

Whether through a question and answer session, a sicha, or a spirited tisch, the Roshei Yeshiva meet with all the bachurim on a regular basis.  They are present in the Beit Midrash every day, and should a talmid wish to have a discussion with any of them, they will always find themselves welcome.  Talmidim at the Yeshiva consider it a privilege to have the Roshei Yeshiva so readily accessible to them.

Most of the Rabbeim are either talmidim of Harav Yosef Dov Soloveitchik zt"l or products of the Yeshiva itself.  The Yeshiva is blessed with many wonderful and renowned Rabbeim:

  • HaRav Yehuda Amital, zt"l - Founding Rosh Yeshiva
  • HaRav Aharon Lichtenstein zt"l - Founding Rosh Yeshiva
  • HaRav Baruch Gigi - Rosh Yeshiva
  • HaRav Mosheh Lichtenstein - Rosh Yeshiva
  • HaRav Yaakov Medan - Rosh Yeshiva
  • Rav Shlomo Brin - Ra"M shiur alef
  • Rav Amichai Gordon - Ra"M shiur alef
  • Rav Michael Edre - Ra"M shiur alef
  • Rav Yair Kahn - Ra'M shiur bet (Head of Overseas Students)
  • Rav Nechemiya Raanan - Ra"M shiur bet
  • Rav Ezra Bick - Ra"M shiur daled-hey
  • Rav Daniel Wolff - Kollel Gavoha, Ra"M shiur hey-vav
  • Rav Elyakim Krumbein - Ra"M Kollel Gavoha
  • Rav Shlomo Levy - Rosh Kollel
  • Rav Eli Weber - Director of Overseas Program
  • Rav Moshe Taragin - Ra"M Overseas Program
  • Rav Mordechai Friedman - Ra"M Overseas Program
  • Rav Pinchas Cohen - Ra"M Overseas Program
  • Rav Doniel Schreiber - Ra"M Overseas Program
  • Rav Dovid Gottlieb - Ra"M Overseas Program
  • Rav Yitzchak Levi - Mashgiach
  • Rav Uzi Friedlich - Mashgiach
  • Rav Beni Lehman - Ra"M Machshava
  • Rav Hillel Rachmani - Ra'M Machshava
  • Rav Danny Rhein - Mashgiach Overseas Program
  • Rav Chezi Cohen - Rakaz Shiur Alef

Extra-Curricular Activities

Interaction with Israelis

Interaction with Israeli students is enthusiastically encouraged. Talmidim are offered the opportunity to room with Israelis, learn with Israeli chevrutot and ultimately, to transfer to an Israeli shiur. The language of the shiurim (Hebrew), the relatively small number of overseas students, and the common schedule assures that overseas talmidim will feel an integrated part of the overall Yeshiva. Shabbatot Iruach are dedicated to heightening this feeling. Group discussions between overseas students and Israelis, joint tischim, and Shabbatot in which each American is invited to an Israeli talmid's home, all contribute to a strong bond.

Though students are encouraged to remain informed of Israeli society, no special emphasis is placed upon politics. The staff is careful not to distract the talmid's Torah focus with political agendas or to indoctrinate personal political views.

Special Informal Programs

Throughout the year, special guest speakers visit the Yeshiva. Some address the entire Yeshiva while others speak to the smaller group of overseas talmidim. These speakers encourage talmidim to grapple with relevant and contemporary issues. Festive Yeshiva-wide Chagigot take place on Chanuka, Purim, Yom Ha'atzmaut and Yom Yerushalayim. Smaller chagigot for the overseas group or particular shiurim are also scheduled on these occasions.

Sports Facilities

For recreation, there is an array of indoor and outdoor sports facilities within a five-minute walk of the Yeshiva, including a gym, weight room, and an indoor swimming pool.

Programming for Shabbat and Yom Tov

Each of the Roshei Yeshiva rotates spending Shabbatot in the Yeshiva. The Yeshiva also invites one of its many Ramim for Shabbat, affording talmidim the opportunity to hear sichot from these Torah scholars. The sichot after Kabbalat Shabbat highlight elements in the parsha or attitudes on a current compelling issue. After dinner, talmidim attend tischim in the homes of a Ram or learn in the Beit Midrash. After Shacharit, the entire Yeshiva attends a Kiddush followed by a brief shiur in Parshat Hashavua, and during the day, the Rosh Yeshiva or one of the Ramim delivers a shiur on a halachic topic. The culmination of Shabbat at the Yeshiva – Seuda Shlishit – features a second sicha on the parsha, followed by singing until long after Shabbat has ended.

Talmidim are often invited to the homes of Rabbeim, Kollel families or Alon Shevut families for a Shabbat meal. The Alon Shevut community warmly welcomes Yeshivat Har Etzion talmidim into their homes. Besides the Yom Tov and Shabbat meals that are certainly appreciated and significantly add to a positive and enjoyable years, the Yeshiva and Alon Shevut community learn together, run joint chessed projects and share events.

The Yeshiva provides three meals per day and is open almost every Shabbat. During Bein HaZmanim periods, the Yeshiva is officially closed. Most students stay with relatives and friends. Arrangements can be made for students who need places to stay during Bein HaZmanim.

Field Trips

In order to deepen students' kesher to Eretz Yisrael, the Yeshiva schedules numerous tiyulim and Shabbatonim over the course of the year. Shiurim in Tanach take on an added dimension as one walks in the footsteps of the Avot or stands in the battlefield where David slew Goliat. The Yeshiva plans one afternoon tiyul every third week specifically for overseas talmidim. Overseas talmidim may also participate in tiyulim organized for the Israeli talmidim. There is a series of tiyulim given late Friday mornings, for example, exploring Yerushalayim and the area around Gush Etzion. During Bein HaZmanim, there are major tiyulim to the Galil, Golan and Negev. Other highlights include Shabbatonim in the Old City and in Tzfat.

Eligibility

Level of Learning Offered

Advanced – able to independently study a Talmudic passage

Hebrew Knowledge Required

Advanced – shiurim are mainly in Hebrew

Religious Observance Required

A full commitment to shmirat Torah U’mitzvot is a prerequisite

Population

Type of American Student

This year we have students from the following high schools in the U.S. and Canada:

Block Yeshiva, Columbus Torah Academy, DRS, Fasman Yeshiva High School, Frisch, Fuchs Mizrachi School, Maimonides, MTA, Or Chaim, Ramaz, Rambam Mesivta, SAR, Stern Hebrew High School, TABC, Weinbaum Yeshiva High School, Yeshiva of Flatbush, Yeshivat Rambam, YULA

Overall Number of Students (Kollel, Israeli, Foreign)

484

Foreign Student Percentage

27%

Number of 1st Year American Students

45

Number of 2nd Year American Students

25

Other Nationalities

We have talmidim from: Australia, England, France, South Africa and Switzerland.

Number of Students per Class

To enable the personal development so crucial to the Yeshiva experience, the shiurim are kept intentionally small. Shiurim typically number between 15-25 in size to allow access to Rabbeim and to create a private setting.

By accepting a limited number of North American students, the Yeshiva allows for a low talmid-Rebbe ratio, further enabling the development of personal relationships. In addition, it ensures a higher degree of integration within the overall Israeli Yeshiva. Often, larger American programs inhibit the talmid's ability to blend with the Israeli talmidim and benefit from this environment.

Accommodations

Living Quarters

Talmidim can expect to live in comfortable two-, three- or four-person rooms. Talmidim are welcome to invite guests. The Yeshiva is happy to host visiting families of talmidim.

Availability of Private Kitchen Facilities

Private Kitchen facilities available: Private kitchen facilities are unavailable to talmidim. However, the Yeshiva is happy to accommodate talmidim with special dietary needs.

Facility use during Shabbat and Yom Tov

The Yeshiva is open almost every Shabbat of the year and talmidim are allowed to use their own discretion in planning their schedule. Often, special programming will take place on a Shabbat (special shiurim, tischim and other programs), and talmidim are advised in advanced so that they can adjust their schedules accordingly.

Each year, the Yeshiva visits Tzfat for a Shabbat and spends a Shabbat in the Old City of Jerusalem. Each Ram will also plan a special Shabbat for his shiur to visit a different Yeshiva or community of interest.

The Yeshiva views Yamim Tovim celebrated within the Yeshiva community as seminal to the overall growth of a Ben Torah. Whether the intense moments of Yamim Noraim, the lively hakafot of Simchat Torah, the colorful week of Chanuka, Purim, or the stirring mishmar of Shavuot, talmidim are expected to remain in Yeshiva for these Chagim. Much effort is placed into planning special shiurim and informal programming during Chagim.

The Yeshiva closes its overall facility during Pesach and Sukkot. Special arrangements can be made for those talmidim who must stay in the dorm over Bein HaZmanim.

Curfew

The Yeshiva does not have a specific curfew. Talmidim who leave the Yeshiva are expected to inform their Ram or madrich so that their whereabouts are known. In addition, talmidim are expected to leave the Yeshiva only for legitimate reasons so as not to disrupt their learning. Talmidim are encouraged to use discretion in examining their schedule and maintaining a disciplined and intense learning regimen.

In addition, talmidim are asked to sign out for Shabbat with their madrichim each week. We ask that talmidim provide a tentative place by Monday and definite plans by Wednesday.

Security Arrangements

The Yeshiva does its utmost to provide a secure environment for its talmidim. Alon Shevut is protected and monitored by security teams patrolling and guarding entry, including an electronic security system. In addition, the Yeshiva campus itself is guarded by its own army-trained talmidim. Talmidim must travel exclusively on Egged buses to and from Jerusalem.

All talmidim provide their cell phone numbers and a networking system is implemented to contact talmidim swiftly in case of an emergency.

History

Yeshivat Har Etzion was founded in 1968 by Harav Yehuda Amital shlit'a, following the Six Day War. Harav Aharon Lichtenstein shlit'a, joined the Yeshiva in 1971 after serving as the Rosh Kollel of Yeshivat Rabbeinu Yitzhcak Elchanan, Yeshiva University. For 37 years, they jointly guided the Yeshiva. In 2005, Harav Yaakov Medan shlit'a and Harav Baruch Gigi shlit'a were inaugurated as Roshei Yeshiva, serving alongside Harav Amital and Harav Lichtenstein and in 2008, Harav Mosheh Lichtenstein was inaugurated as an additional Rosh Yeshiva.

With over 400 talmidim, Yeshivat Har Etzion is the largest of the hesder yeshivot – yeshivot where Israeli talmidim combine their army service with yeshiva study in a five-year program. The Yeshiva is located in the residential town of Alon Shevut, which is approximately 10 miles south of Jerusalem. Alon Shevut is close to the city of Efrat, in Gush Etzion, a region which boasts a growing Jewish population of 15,000. The breathtaking scenery of Alon Shevut, combined with the beauty of the Yeshiva campus, create an atmosphere that is uniquely conducive to personal and spiritual growth.

Accrediting Universities

There are students who study in Yeshivat Har Etzion who are on the S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program.

Tuition

Tuition for the 5775 academic year (2014/15) is $23,000 US. This includes dormitory, meals and laundry service.

Additional Information

The Yeshiva is uniquely geared to develop talmidim who have already fostered a genuine and mature passion for religious growth. Its formidable staff of Rabbeim, headed by its renowned Roshei Yeshiva, can profoundly impact a gifted talmid, while providing him with the crucial tools to enable a fruitful and rewarding lifetime of Talmud Torah. The aversion of particular molds allows honest and driven talmidim to thrive. Talmidim who possess ambitions toward future leadership roles are exposed to a caliber of learning and a sophistication of thought which uniquely endows them with the vision and drive to meet their goals.

Contact Information for Yeshivat Har Etzion

U.S. Office

Mr. Yoel Weiss
The Etzion Foundation
111 Galway Place, Suite 203
Teaneck NJ 07666

(P) 212-732-GUSH [4874]
(F) 201-833-0833
yoel@haretzion.org
usoffice@haretzion.org 

Israel Office

Eli Weber
Yeshivat Har Etzion
Alon Shevut, Gush Etzion 90433

(P) 972-2-993-7300
(F) 972-2-993-1298
Eli.weber5@gmail.com
office@etzion.org.il 

Hashkafa

Goal of Program

The Yeshiva aims to produce bnei-Torah who combine a high degree of Torah learning, proper observance, and character refinement, and who are able to cope successfully with the modern challenges encountered in their respective professions while contributing to the building of Israel and the strengthening of Diaspora Jewry. The Yeshiva’s many alumni proudly demonstrate that it is possible to be a ben-Torah with a clear religious outlook in the modern world.

Attitude Towards Israel and Medinat Yisrael

The Yeshiva expresses a clear Zionist message, stressing the central role Eretz Yisrael plays in the destiny of Am Yisrael, and viewing Medinat Yisrael as an important step towards it. Yom Ha’atzmaut and Yom Yerushalayim are commemorated with the appropriate tefillot, followed by a special se’udah for the entire Yeshiva community at which a guest speaker discusses an event, institution, or personality connected to Israel. (On Yom Hazikaron, representatives of the Yeshiva attend the commemorative ceremonies for the talmidim who gave their lives serving the nation.)

Attitude Towards University Studies

Almost all of KBY’s overseas alumni attend college afterwards. While the Yeshiva views Torah as the supreme learning ideal for those capable of it, it recognizes the practical value of a college education and degree in order to succeed in the world, and values the application of Torah in all professions and worldly endeavors as Am Yisrael’s unique role. The natural course of most American talmidim is to attend YU, with a small percentage going to other combined programs such as Lander's College, etc.

Attitude Towards Extracurricular Activities

The Yeshiva has a food g’mach in which the talmidim deliver food packages to needy families on a weekly basis. On Chanukah and Purim groups of talmidim go to dance and read Megillah in a nearby Geriatric facility. Shabbatonim in Yesha and development towns such as Yerocham are intended to foster social awareness.

Preparation for Post Israel

Towards the end of the year, Rebbeim dedicate a large amount of time, through both personal discussions and group sichot, to prepare talmidim towards their college experience and their personal interactions with family and friends beyond the Yeshiva setting.

The "Successful" Student

In five years, the ‘successful’ alumnus will most likely be studying for Semicha or doing graduate work. In ten years, he will be beginning his career in Israel or the Diaspora, either as a Rabbi or educator, or as doctor, lawyer, businessman, high-tech, etc.

Dress

A “ben Torah” is recognized by his behavior. He must dress in a dignified and mature manner, which reflects respect for the dignity of Torah and those who learn it. T-shirts and clothing with emblems should be avoided. KBY is proud of the Hashkafic variety of its students, as reflected by the blend of various kinds of kipot worn by its talmidim.

Guidance Personnel

The talmidim have the benefit of a wide variety of Rebbeim, Mashgichim, Madrichim and Kollel members to turn to for guidance and advice, both personal and halachic. These figures are readily available in the Beit Midrash for discussion, and also serve as role models with whom to connect.

Supervision

The faculty oversees the growth of the overseas talmidim through weekly meetings of the Mashgiach, Ramim, and other staff members. Generally, there are two madrichim for the overseas talmidim, as well as an av bayit responsible for the dormitory. It goes without saying that the talmidim are expected to maintain behavior appropriate for a ben-Torah both on campus and when away from Yeshiva. (Given the self-motivation of the talmidim and the secluded location of the Yeshiva, there is little need for official attendance or curfew.)

Curriculum

Makeup

The bulk of the day (80-85%) is dedicated to Talmud study, including both iyun and bekiut study. (Many dedicate two sedarim to iyun study.) The remainder of the time is divided between mussar, machshava, halacha, and Tanach, which are learned either individually or in the form of weekly (courses) chugim.

Courses Offered

In addition to the regular Gemara shiurim, there are additional courses (chugim) offered on a wide variety of subjects in Tanach, Machshava, and halacha. Shiurim are offered on the Megillot and Shmuel. Machshava topics include Kuzari, Nefesh Hachaim, and the teachings of Rav Kook zt"l. Popular courses are offered in Hilchot Shabbat and Yoreh De’ah. The complete schedule of chugim is available at the Yeshiva website.

Daily Schedule

Davening begins with birkot hashachar at 6:50, followed by halacha seder until breakfast at 8:15. Morning seder is from 9-12, followed by shiur until 1:15 and lunch. Mincha is at 3:30, followed by afternoon seder until 6:45 (overseas chug at 6), followed by mussar seder and Maariv at 7:15. Supper and night seder go from 7:30 until 10:30, vechol hamarbeh harei zeh meshubach! Additional chugim are offered during the afternoon break and in evening.

Language of Instruction

The majority of shiurim and chugim are in English with a substantial number in Hebrew.

Ulpan or Hebrew Class

The yeshiva offers an optional Hebrew Ulpan, which meets twice a week upon request. In addition, the interaction with the Israeli talmidim and roommates tends to foster development of Hebrew.

Assessment and Grading

The transcript is Pass/Fail, based on fulfillment of learning obligations, such as attendance at seder and shiur. Optional tests (with “seforim credit” incentives) are administered in bekiut, halacha, Tanach, parshat hashavua and Mishna.

Shana Bet

There are Shana Bet and Shana Gimel programs, which are actively encouraged by the Yeshiva, as they contribute greatly to the talmidim’s growth in learning and Jewish personality. Approximately 85% of the students usually stay for Shana Bet, with about 25-30% of those staying for Shana Gimel.

Joint Program

There are joint programs with YU and with HTC (Skokie).

Staff

The Roshei Hayeshiva, Rav Gavriel Saraf and Rav Aharon Friedman, have made tremendous efforts to continue and build the Yeshiva since they took over from Rav Mordechai Greenberg, who served as Rosh Yeshiva for over 20 years. The two Roshei Yeshiva invest much of their time in giving shiurim and getting to know their talmidim of both the Israeli and Overseas programs. Rav Yehuda Lapian, the Dean, and Rav David Zahtz, the Director of the Overseas program, directly build the daily schedule and yearly schedule. Aside from the administrative work, they help Rav Zvi Davidson, the Mashgiach of the program, in helping each and every talmid in their personal journeys and growth into Bnei Torah. 

There are four excellent overseas Ramim: Rav Menachem Mendel Blachman, Rav Shlomo Friedman, Rav Shalom Rosner and Rav Moshe Stav. Each comes from a different background and has a unique approach to derech halimud, as well as a varied hashkafic outlook, and all take a concerned interest in their talmidim. There are talmidim who can cope sufficiently with the Hebrew language and request to be placed in the Israeli shiurim. Aside from the Ramim, Rav Dani Zuckerman is an additional Shoel U'Meishiv and Rebbe who is around all day for the talmidim. Rav Daniel Apfel serves as a night seder Rebbe and Shoel U'Meishiv. All are available and find many opportunities to shmooze with the talmidim and give chaburot.

Extra-Curricular Activities

Interaction with Israelis

KBY encourages integration with the Israeli talmidim, while respecting the special needs of the overseas students. Rooms can be shared; the entire Yeshiva eats and davens together, and shiur klali and many sichot are given to all the talmidim together. Other chugim and sichot are given in English to meet the needs of the overseas talmidim. Many talmidim ultimately establish friendships and even chavrutot with Israeli talmidim. Because the State of Israel is viewed as playing an important role in the Jewish destiny, its welfare, security and completeness are viewed as a religious issue.

Special Informal Programs

On most Shabbatot there are Melaveh Malka programs, which often feature guest speakers. Guest speakers are also invited on Chanukah, Yom Ha’atzmaut, Yom Yerushalayim and other special days. There are a number of Yemei Iyun throughout the year, most notably on 7 Adar, the Yahrzeit of founding Rosh Hayeshiva, Maran Harav Chaim Yaakov Goldvicht zt"l.

Sports Facilities

The Yeshiva has a basketball court on campus and a weight room, which are open after seder hours. The nearby Givat Washington has a pool, which some talmidim use on Fridays in the summer.

Programming for Shabbat and Yom Tov

Two out of three Shabbatot are ‘in’. There is a special Shabbaton usually once every six weeks. During the Succot and Pesach vacations the Yeshiva is generally closed, and a major tiyul provided (see below). Talmidim who do not have relatives in the country are almost always able to link up with friends who have places to stay. If not, then we assist in placing those in need.

Field Trips

The Yeshiva has two major tiyulim during Bein Hazmanim, one to the Galil and one to the Negev. In addition, there are a number of tiyulim on Fridays, often as part of Shabbatonim. The goal of these tiyulim is to develop a connection to Am Yisrael in Eretz Yisrael and to bring to life the setting of the Tanach narrative.

Eligibility

Level of Learning Offered

The Yeshiva caters to the advanced talmid, who is able to independently learn a Talmudic passage and also to intermediate students. Additionally, the Yeshiva has begun to offer a mechina track for individuals who are extremely motivated and serious but lack experience and knowledge of basic skills.

Hebrew Knowledge Required

Intermediate shiurim are in Hebrew and English.

Religious Observance Required

A full commitment to shmirat Torah U’mitzvot is a prerequisite.

Population

Type of American Student

Approximately one half of the American talmidim are from the NY/NJ area. The other half come from other major Jewish cities (e.g., Chicago, Los Angeles) and from small Jewish communities across the country. They are alumni of many high schools, including MTA, DRS, HALB, TA, TABC and Ner Yisroel.

Overall Number of Students (Kollel, Israeli, Foreign)

450 (including a group of about 35-65 serving in the army, depending on the time of year).

Foreign Student Percentage

100 Foreign / 33%

Number of 1st Year American Students

40

Number of Returning Overseas Students

45

Other Nationalities

England, Canada, South Africa, Australia, Belgium, Brazil

Number of Students per Class

The faculty to talmid ratio is about 1:20. The average shiur is 20-25 talmidim, although the more elementary shiurim tend to be smaller, and the more advanced larger.

Accommodations

Living Quarters

There are six dormitories on campus. Each room has four talmidim, two overseas and two Israeli. Upon acceptance, a talmid may submit a request for a roommate, which the Yeshiva tries to honor when possible. Talmidim may invite guests (for Shabbat, etc.) in a reasonable measure after clearing it with the madrich.

Availability of Private Kitchen Facilities

There is a refrigerator on every dormitory floor. Electric cooking appliances are not allowed except in specific kitchen locations in the King David.

Facility use during Shabbat and Yom Tov

The Yeshiva, including the dining hall, is open every Shabbat. The Yeshiva is closed during the Succot and Pesach breaks. In exceptional cases, students may stay for an extra day or two.

Curfew

Talmidim are expected to be on campus during the entire week, including Thurs. night. (If a student needs to leave for some reason, he is expected to notify his madrich or Rebbe.) There is no official lights-out hour, although talmidim are expected to show consideration to their roommates and to limit noise in the dorms past 11:30.

Security Arrangements

KBY is in a relatively secluded area, yet maintains certain security precautions to ensure the safety of its talmidim. Throughout the day a pair of Kollel or Israeli talmidim observes shemira (guard-duty) with weapons, and another armed person remains in the Beit Midrash. Talmidim may travel on buses and other transportation as they and their parents see fit, but must have parental permission if they intend to visit past the Green Line. In the unfortunate event of a terrorist incident in Israel, the school verifies the safety of those who may have been traveling out of the Yeshiva via cellular phones, and says chapters of Tehillim for the full and speedy recovery of those injured.

History

Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavneh, the first of the Yeshivot Hesder, was founded over fifty years ago, under the auspices of the Hapo’el Mizrachi movement, by Maran Harav Hagaon Chaim Yaakov Goldvicht zt"l, one of the outstanding disciples of the Chazon Ish and the Brisker Rav. It is located on a secluded campus near the cities of Yavneh, Ashdod and Rechovot, close to the place of the Sanhedrin in the time of R. Yochanan b. Zakai, after the destruction of the Second Temple. The Yeshiva has produced thousands of outstanding alumni, talmidei chachamim and professionals who have had a profound impact on both Israeli and American Jewish life.

Accrediting Universities

Kerem B'Yavneh is a Yeshiva University S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program School. There is a joint program with HTC (Skokie) and Lander’s College.

Tuition

Fees for 5780 - 2019/20 are US$26,500. The fees cover tuition, maintenance, meals, dormitory, laundry, medical and hospitalization insurance, and field trips.

Additional Information

KBY is the ideal place for the conscientious, serious, talmid with a good background, who aspires to become an earnest ben Torah and talmid chacham, and sees Torah as the focal point of his existence. KBY has a vivid, high-powered staff, which is very involved in the lives of the talmidim, and provides mentors and role models for years to come. It is backed by a sixty-year tradition of producing well-balanced bnei Torah and talmidei chachamim with clear commitments to yiddishkeit. In short, it is a Yeshiva in the full sense of the word - one that addresses both the heart and the mind of the aspiring talmid.

Contact Information for Kerem B'Yavneh

U.S. Office

American Friends of Yeshivat Kerem B'Yavneh
1418 Avenue N, Suite 1
Brooklyn, NY 11230

Phone: (718) 645 3130
Fax: (718) 645-2757
Email: ny@kby.org

Israel Office

Rav David Zahtz
Doar Na Evtach 7985500
052-6164216
US # 9178095295
Canada # 6478481736
Whatsapp # +972526164216

Email: il@kby.org.il
www.kby.org

Hashkafa

Goal of Program

Yeshivat Lev HaTorah aims to nurture the development of well rounded Bnei Torah instilled with a commitment to making an impact on the Jewish people.

Attitude Towards Israel and Medinat Yisrael

Lev HaTorah is a Religious Zionist institution. We view the establishment of the State of Israel as the greatest event in modern Jewish history. Our Torat Eretz Yisrael program of tiyulim, shiurim and discussions exposes the talmidim to traditional subjects as well as the complexities of the modern Jewish state.

Attitude Towards University Studies

We view university study as an essential component for a Ben Torah in the modern world. We strongly encourage our talmidim to pursue their academic studies in an environment that they can continue to grow spiritually.

Attitude Towards Extracurricular Activities

Lev HaTorah has an extensive extra-curricular program. A number of hours each week are dedicated to chessed projects within the Ramat Beit Shemesh. Students build sukkot for widows, run food-drives, and serve as big-brothers to disadvantaged youth and companions to senior citizens. Students attend weekly chugim hosted by community members and faculty members. We offer workshops in Jewish music, meditation and public speaking. Musically talented students are encouraged to 'jam Jewishly' in our fully equipped music room. In addition, the weekly schedule is designed to enable participation in sporting activities.

Preparation for Post Israel

Yeshivat Lev HaTorah provides students with seminars and discussion groups focused on preparation for leaving the yeshiva. As future representatives of Torah on college campuses, our students are prepared with leadership training programs. Once students have left yeshiva, we have an extensive follow up program, including a weekly Machshavot HaLev email to all alumni, frequent personal e-mails and phone calls from Rebbeim to individual alumni, on-line shiurim at www.levhatorah.org, shabbatonim and a winter break learning program for alumni.

The "Successful" Student

The successful alumnus of Lev HaTorah is helping Klal Yisrael wherever and whenever he can. He continues to grow in Torah and is a positive influence on his family, friends and community.

Dress

Our light dress code requests that students wear regular pants (no jeans or sweatpants) and collared shirts.

Guidance Personnel

All of the yeshiva's full-time staff, and the majority of its' part-time staff, live within walking distance of the yeshiva. This means that the Rebbeim often daven Shacharit at the yeshiva, as well as joining the yeshiva minyan for Shabbat and Yom Tovim. The close proximity between the yeshiva and the homes of the Rebbeim helps us forge a warm, family atmosphere. Rebbeim spend more time in the yeshiva, and talmidim have the opportunity to interact with the Rebbeim at their own homes and with their families. All members of the staff are available for quality "shmooze" time with students. Our teachers focus on getting to know our talmidim and guiding their growth according to their unique needs and interests.

Supervision

Our talented madrichim provide friendly supervision of dorm life. In general, the yeshiva emphasizes trust and responsibility on the part of the students. Our zero-tolerance policy regarding drinking, smoking and drugs is enforced in order to ensure the health and safety of our students and a productive environment for the yeshiva as a whole.

Security Arrangements

The yeshiva maintains contact with the local police and we receive updates regarding the security situation. Travel limitations may be implemented if deemed necessary. We respect the limitations that parents place upon their children. A fingerprint-access system has been installed in the yeshiva building, which limits access only to authorized yeshiva staff and students.

Curriculum

Makeup

40% of the day is dedicated to Gemara. Learning levels range from basic to intermediate-advanced. Emphasis is placed on building textual and conceptual skills in both Gemara and other essential realms such as Tanach, Halacha and Jewish Philosophy.

Courses Offered

Our daily shiurim in Machshava focuses on deep analysis of the most important issues in Jewish thought, including free will, belief in God, ta'amei hamitzvot, and Zionism. Emphasis is placed on developing sophisticated understanding through exploration of a broad array of thinkers, including Midrash, Rambam, Ramban, and Rav Yehuda HaLevy among the classic works, and Tanya, Likutei Moharan, Rav Kook and Rav Soloveichik among more recent sources. A strong Zionistic identity must be based in an honest and thorough understanding of recent Jewish history, which we provide in our weekly Modern Jewish History and Torat Eretz Yisrael class.

Our new Halacha curriculum is designed to cover the basic Halachot of Brachot, Tefilla, Shabbat, Kashrut, and Chagim, primarily utilizing the classic Mishna Berura, but also incorporating the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch and Rav Melamed's Pninei Halacha.

Our Tanach curriculum empowers the student to approach the study of Tanach from a variety of viewpoints, all of which are based on a close reading of the text. At the same time, we are interested in drawing inspiration and internalizing the eternal lessons gleaned from the text.

Daily Schedule

Please see the daily schedule on our website: https://www.levhatorah.org/daily-schedule

Language of Instruction

Most of our shiurim are given in English.

Ulpan or Hebrew Class

The yeshiva hires two professional Ulpan instructors who give an Advanced and Beginners level Ulpan class held twice weekly in the afternoon break.

Assessment and Grading

Achievements are not measured by formal tests or grades rather by personal growth. However, optional tests for self evaluation are encouraged.

Shana Bet

There is a formal Shana Bet program. We project that 30% will stay a second year. Shana Bet is highly encouraged.

Joint Program

Lev HaTorah is a member of YU's Israel program.

Staff

Rav Boaz Mori is the Rosh HaYeshiva.
Rav Benjy Kwalwasser is the director of the LevLaChayal program for Lone Soldiers.

Rabbanim include:

  • Rav Benjy Kwalwasser
  • Rav Michael Cytrin
  • Rav Natanel Lebowitz
  • Rav Yakov Vidomlanski
  • Rav Asher Friedman
  • Rav Mordechai Kaplan
  • Rav Mordechai Machlis
  • Rav Uri Etigson
  • Rav Yehoshua Fass
  • Rav Shamai Warman
  • Rav Yehoshua Paltiel
  • Rav Yaakov Beasley
  • Rav Dudi Winkler
  • Rav Micky Siev
  • Nachman Rosenberg
  • Rav Ari Enkin
  • Rav Yehuda Odeser
  • Rav Shimshon Jacob
  • Rav Shlomo Rayman
  • Rav Kobi Steinhart
  • Rav Kenny Pollak
  • Rav Robby Charnoff

Extra-Curricular Activities

Interaction with Israelis

We encourage interaction with Israelis on a number of fronts. Primarily through interactions with the 8 Israelis in our new Kollel, headed by Rav David Bagno.  The Avreichim learn with Lev LaChayal students b'chevruta, and give chaburot twice a week to our Shana Aleph students.  In addition, our Lev LaChayal program for Lone Soldiers is home to dozens of English-speaking bnei yeshiva who have learned in yeshiva and are now during their IDF service, and who return to Lev HaTorah for Shabbatonim and their breaks. Our talmidim benefit tremendously by their presence as role models. A series of shiurim on Israeli politics are given to keep students informed. We generally do not encourage student involvement in political rallies. 

Special Informal Programs

Guest speakers expose students to a broad array of personalities and perspectives in the Torah world. Chagigot on Rosh Chodesh, Mo’adim, and occasional musical performances spark our students’ ruchniut.

Sports Facilities

The yeshiva is conveniently located near several large public parks, in which the talmidim can play football. The yeshiva campus contains our own brand-new full-court basketball court, in addition to a weight room equipped with the latest work-out equipment.

Programming for Shabbat and Yom Tov

Twice a month, the entire yeshiva spends Shabbat together, once in the yeshiva campus, and once “away” in various locales in Israel including Tzfat, Yeshivot Hesder, Hispin (the Golan), Bnei Brak and the Old City of Yerushalayim. Special programming is offered throughout the Bein HaZmanim, including tiyulim and shiurim. Rebbeim in the neighborhood and “friends of the yeshiva” throughout the country open their homes to our students year-round, and especially during yamim tovim.

Field Trips

At Lev HaTorah, we view Eretz Yisrael as a living Beit Midrash. Our Torat Eretz Yisrael program instills a love and understanding of Eretz Yisrael.Our twice-monthly tiyulim are a central part of the yeshiva experience. We focus on developing a deep understanding of Tanach, Torah She-B’al Peh, and Jewish History through a first-hand encounter with the terrain and archaeological finds of Eretz Yisrael. Each tiyul is preceded by an introductory shiur to the sites we visit. During our extended three-day tiyulim we concentrate on a more comprehensive understanding of the regions in Israel.

Eligibility

Level of Learning Offered

Intermediate, with options for beginner or advanced levels available

Hebrew Knowledge Required

Beginner / Intermediate

Religious Observance Required

Full commitment required.

Population

Type of American Student

Lev HaTorah is looking to attract English speaking students from all over the world. About 60% of our students come from “out of town” i.e. outside of the Metropolitan NY area, with the remaining 40% coming from the NY/NJ area. We have graduates from all of the major yeshiva high schools and “community” Jewish high schools. The blend of personalities from different places and backgrounds greatly enhances the program.

Overall Number of Students (Kollel, Israeli, Foreign)

120

Foreign Student Percentage

No information provided

Number of 1st Year American Students

For the 2020-21 year, we have 90 Shana Aleph students.

Number of 2nd Year American Students

For the 2020-21 year, we have 8 Shana Bet students and 19 students in our Lev LaChayal program for Lone Soldiers. Our Lev HaTorah Kollel numbers 9 full-time Israeli students.

Other Nationalities

We have 4 Shana Aleph students and 1 Shana Bet student from the United Kingdom.

Number of Students per Class

Lev HaTorah boasts a 1:3 Rebbe:Talmid ratio. We have 5 Morning/Night Gemara shiurim, with an average of 10 students per class. Chaburot average 3-4 talmidim per shiur. An effort is made to provide each student with one chevruta with a Rebbe.

Accommodations

Living Quarters

Students live on the yeshiva campus in our brand new, 4-floor building. The Beit Midrash is on the ground floor; cheder ochel and classrooms are on the 2nd floor, and the student apartments are on the 3rd and 4th floors. Students live in comfortably furnished apartments. Each apartment contains 3 bedrooms with 3-4 students per each large bedroom, a common kitchen, and several bathrooms. There are washer/dryer facilities that are shared by every two apartments. The building contains eight of these apartments. Guests are welcome. The yeshiva has a computer room equipped with internet and email access. Students are expected to use the computer room for appropriate purposes, including sending/receiving emails, checking current events and sports updates. Students have daily access to the computer during their free time, and are limited to 15 minute slots if other students are waiting. Students are not allowed to bring private laptop computers.

Availability of Private Kitchen Facilities

Each apartment is equipped with a large refrigerator for student use.

Facility use during Shabbat and Yom Tov

The yeshiva is open throughout the year including the long breaks of Bein HaZmanim. Meals are provided every Shabbat.

Curfew

The yeshiva emphasizes trust and responsibility on the part of the students, and therefore does not impose a curfew. On “out” Shabbatot, students are required to inform the yeshiva of where they will be going.

Security Arrangements

The yeshiva maintains contact with the local police and we receive updates regarding the security situation. Travel limitations may be implemented if deemed necessary. We respect the limitations that parents place upon their children.

History

Yeshivat Lev HaTorah, an innovative yeshiva located in the heart of Ramat Beit Shemesh, was founded in 2002 to provide the motivated student with a complete learning experience. Its establishment was inspired by the need for a yeshiva that focuses on building a foundation in all of the realms of Torah while integrating a love for Eretz Yisrael and Am Yisrael.

Accrediting Universities

Lev HaTorah is a Yeshiva University S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program School. Lev Hatorah expects to receive accreditation from Touro and Landers.

Additional Information

Yeshivat Lev HaTorah is dedicated to insuring that prospective students, current Talmidim, hundreds of alumni, and "extended family" of parents and friends are able to stay connected to the Yeshiva. The Lev HaTorah website is home to any and all information you would need about the program. With a full archive of shiurim and extensive photo gallery, you can keep updated and inspired with everything going on in and out of the yeshiva.

For a more "personal" touch, you can also LIKE the Lev HaTorah facebook page or follow @Lev_HaTorah on Twitter to get pictures, videos, and updates with the click of a button.

Contact Information for Lev HaTorah

U.S. Office

Mrs. Nechama Pudell
166 Edgemont Place
Teaneck, NJ 07666

Israel Office

Rav Boaz Mori, Rosh Yeshiva, 050-4528797
Rav Michael Cytrin, S'gan Rosh Yeshiva, 050-5228280
Nachal Ein Gedi 37
Ramat Bet Shemesh Aleph 99000

Phone: (02) 992-2617
Fax: (02) 999-4640
Email: office@levhatorah.org
www.levhatorah.org 

Hashkafa

Goal of Program

Yeshivat Migdal HaTorah offers a unique and extraordinary experience for post yeshiva high school students. We aim to cultivate a holistic ben-Torah, who excels in all aspects of life. A strong emphasis is placed on in-depth analytical study as well as the development of proper middot. In addition to offering unique, high level study of  Gemara, the Migdal curriculum focuses on Fundamental Jewish Philosophy and contemporary Halacha, targeting the many challenges bnei-Torah will face as they establish careers and confront the complexities of our modern world. The curriculum also has many shiurim focused on the study of Tanach, Halacha, Eretz Yisrael, and forays into topics such as Physics and Socratic Logic. Migdal offers its students an individualized learning program that provides them with the skills needed for independent self-study of the Torah in accordance with the unique method of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik. Becoming a student at Migdal means being challenged and inspired.

Attitude Towards Israel and Medinat Yisrael

At Migdal we believe that experiencing the Land of Israel is a central part of a student’s  year in Israel. The Yeshiva aims to instill a true love for both Eretz Yisrael and Medinat Yisrael in every student. A special emphasis is placed on learning about the centrality of Israel to the Jewish people, focusing on studying the Mitzvot HaTeluyot BaAretz as well as the historical significance and celebration of the modern-day miracle of the State of Israel.We believe that living in Modi’in provides an unparalleled backdrop for the students and plays an integral role towards developing their relationship to the Land of Israel. Living in a residential neighborhood allows the students to foster important relationships with the community members. Many of these families “adopt” the students, which allow them to forge strong and exciting new relationships.

Attitude Towards University Studies

איזהו חכם, הלומד מכל אדם. We believe that the pursuit of knowledge is paramount for an individual’s growth and that such knowledge can be gained from all walks of life. It is for this reason that our entire faculty has attended university in some capacity. They understand that there is a tremendous amount to gain from attending university both academically and the important career opportunities it can present. This also means that they recognize the many challenges that can emerge and that each graduate can potentially face. Therefore, our rebbeim dedicate a considerable amount of time to advising students about university, using their own real-life experiences as a guide. This includes numerous shiurim focused on the fundamentals of Jewish theology, as well as the complex halachot that must guide a ben-Torah when attending. We encourage all of our students to establish set times for learning during their college years and help facilitate regular chavrutot for our alumni. Our rebbeim, many of whom work in the professional world, see university study as a value, and therefore never advise students to forgo university for some other venture.

Attitude Towards Extracurricular Activities

While the primary focus of the Migdal experience is directed towards the Beit Midrash and immersion in the study of Torah, we believe in developing a well-rounded and worldly ben-Torah. As such, there are a considerable amount of opportunities for students to pursue their interests outside the Beit Midrash. We feel strongly  that an integral part of a student’s growth throughout the year should take place outside the Beit Midrash.

Chesed opportunities play a critical role in achieving such an objective. The Yeshiva schedules monthly chesed events, where all of the students participate in activities such as bikur cholim, working with disadvantaged youth, learning with residents of a local nursing home, Project Leket, and many others. The Yeshiva also has its students attend numerous Shabbatonim with Yachad, and many of our student body join events on a monthly basis. Alongside these activities, students are encouraged to meet with our Coordinator of Student Activities to  discuss individual interests and arrange for further involvement in the respective area.

We also recognize that every student is unique, often coming with a myriad of different hobbies and passions in areas such as music, sports, cooking, computer programming, or the sciences. The Yeshiva takes pride in cultivating these various interests, assisting in arrangements during free time to be sure each student has the opportunity to engage and excel at their unique interests. In certain instances, the Yeshiva goes as far as to assist a student in obtaining an internship.

Students are encouraged as well to partake in athletic activities during their day. Basketball courts, football fields, tennis courts, and gyms are located within walking distance from the apartments. Whatever specific athletic or exercise interest of the student is handled with ease at the Yeshiva.

Preparation for Post Israel

A clear demonstration of synchronicity between the world of Jewish learning and belief in conjunction with the modern world is a cornerstone of the Migdal experience. The heavy emphasis placed on critical and analytical thinking, found in all of our shiurim (from Gemara to Socratic Logic), help develop skills that allow our alumni to thrive in their next stage in life. Students directly encounter and approach many of the challenging theological issues that exist today,  and by developing clear paths of analysis, are well prepared to face the world outside the walls of our Beit Midrash.. Our focus on contemporary halacha means students are in a perfect position to answer many of the complex scenarios that are presented in modern life. All of the above point to the ingredients of a true independent ben-Torah.

The "Successful" Student

As the Yeshiva’s focus is on individual growth, our spectrum of success is quite diverse and broad. Students who decide to attend the Yeshiva are, in general, independent thinkers, and come from diverse backgrounds. Most students leave the Yeshiva with advanced skills in the analysis and reading of Gemara, an understanding of the various fundamentals in Jewish philosophy, and an appreciation of the complexity of the system of halacha - all which are marks of success. However, the expectation is for many of our students to develop a passion for learning and comfort with the theological challenges found within Judaism. Furthermore, a Migdal graduate understands the importance of proper character traits and develops a sensitivity to the well being of others. Rather than see the year at Migdal as a gap year experience, the successful graduate understands Migdal to be the vehicle with which the student uses to transition to the next stage of their life.

Dress

Although we do not have an official dress code, the expectation is that students will dress in a manner which reflects the significance of the Beit Midrash and the prestige of Talmud Torah. In the Beit Midrash, collared shirts, pants, and closed toed shoes are the norm. 

Guidance Personnel

One of the Yeshiva’s strongest attributes is the smaller, intimate environment.  We strive to have the highest possible faculty-to-student ratio. Each of our rebbeim, whether they be full-time or part-time, develop a unique relationship with each and every student. On one level, this relationship is defined by the 24/7, unfettered access to all of our rebbim. Students not only feel as if they have instant access to their rebbeim; they are always encouraged to pose any question they might have. Our rebbeim are committed to learning at least once a week in a chavruta or chaburah arrangement, delving into whatever topic is of interest to the student. Rebbeim host students throughout the year, both during official Shabbat Ra’mim (a number of which take place throughout the year) and during regular Shabbatot and Chagim.
Migdal’s Mashgiach Ruchani is dedicated to instilling in our students the values and character traits betting of the Modern Orthodox Jew.  The Yeshiva also has a network of experts in the field of psychology available for counseling, ensuring every student feels he has someone to speak to outside the Beit Midrash.

Madrichim also play a pivotal role in guiding students throughout the year. Most madrichim are young men who have spent numerous years at the Yeshiva. They serve as role models and guides. Post-Shana Alep students also serve in this capacity sharing in their experience and successes at the Yeshiva and beyond. We encourage our older students to develop relationships with the incoming students to serve as “big brothers”, helping Shana Aleph students navigate through many of the early challenges, as well as partnering as chavrutot during many sedarim.

Supervision

The idea of organic intellectual and spiritual growth is an essential part of the Migdal ethos. Students who come to Migdal are quite mature and independent in thinking. They appreciate the room to grow that Migdal offers. While students’ daily Yeshiva routine is closely monitored, students do not ever feel that they are being watched over. Students live in apartments that are a 5-7-minute walk from the main campus of the Yeshiva. While there is a madrich assigned to each apartment, the feeling of living independently assists in the overall development of each student and is instrumental in their success.

Curriculum

Makeup

A majority of the day’s learning is focused towards the study of Gemara. Morning Seder and Iyun Shiur is our laboratory where analytical skills are cultivated and developed in depth.  Our Afternoon seder component involves a two-track Bekiyut program. In addition to Gemara, there is a heavy focus on Philosophy, with both a survey of major issues in Metaphysics as well as in depth study of critical topics in Jewish philosophy and theology. There are also many shiurim dedicated to Contemporary Halacha, ensuring students understand the symmetry between the evolution of halacha and its correspondence to the modern world. Complimenting the three fundamentals of the curriculum are numerous shiurim focused on Tanach, Tefilah, Midrash, as well as topics outside the traditional fold.

Courses Offered

At Migdal, we recognize the importance of trying to provide a complete gap year Yeshiva experience, while at the same time understanding that not every topic can ever be presented in its entirety. The Yeshiva places a high level of focus on both development of advanced skills in the analytical learning and reading of Gemara. These shiurim truly allow for students to develop independent skills. Another area of concentration are topics in philosophy. The fundamentals of Metaphysics, including topics such as Arguments for God, Freewill, and Theories of Identity, are reviewed in a discussion type format. Topics in Jewish philosophy are  reviewed in depth from a rationalist perspective. Shiurim on Contemporary Halacha typically culminate with our students learning how to write their own Jewish responsa. Shiurim on Tefilah, Tanach, Middot, and numerous other topics are part of the weekly schedule. Migdal also offers classes on Socratic Logic, Modern Physics and its Impact on Theology, Biblical Archeology, History of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, and other topics that confront students in ways that they never faced before.

Daily Schedule
  • 7:45 AM – Shacharit
  • 8:30 AM – Breakfast
  • 9:00 AM – Morning Seder - Hachana for Shiur
  • 11:00 AM – Gemara Iyun Shiurim
  • 12:15 PM – Topical Shiurim
  • 1 PM – Lunch and Break
  • 3:45 PM – Mincha
  • 4 PM – Afternoon Seder (including Seder Bekiyut, Breakout Chaburot and advanced shiurim)
  • 7 PM – Dinner
  • 8 PM – Night Seder (including Seder Tanach, Seder Halacha, Shiurim and Independent Learning
  • 10 PM – Maariv
Language of Instruction

Most of the shiurim are given in English. Towards the second half of the year, optional shiurim are offered to students in Hebrew.

Ulpan or Hebrew Class

We offer an elective ulpan class; however, we encourage those who wish  to become proficient in Hebrew to enroll in our Israeli chavruta program. Students are paired with local members of the community who only speak Hebrew, where they learn Torah together and begin developing advanced skills in the Hebrew language.

Assessment and Grading

The Yeshiva does not grade students in a formal testing manner. Students are expected to maximize each day they are at Migdal, and this means being a part of the Beit Midrash program throughout the day. Attendance is monitored, and barometers are in place to ensure students are participating as expected in the program.

Shana Bet

One of the philosophical tenets of the Yeshiva is organic growth, developing into a natural desire to want to learn more. This leads to a considerable number of students interested in returning for a second year. Rebbeim do not “push” Shana Bet; rather, the desire to return must come from the student. As well, the decision to return is one made in conjunction with parents, considering possible financial difficulties and potentially missed opportunities at University. That said, nearly 70% of our Shana Aleph students return for a second year.

Joint Program

Migdal participates in Yeshiva University’s S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program as well as the Touro College Israel Option. Additionally, credits issued from by the Yeshiva directly have been accepted at numerous other Universities in the United States. We assist our students in obtaining credit by issuing formal transcripts that can be sent to any university they choose to attend.

Staff

The Migdal rebbeim are all tremendous scholars, recognized as innovative thinkers in their respective areas of expertise:

  • Rabbi Dr. Darrell Ginsberg, Rosh HaYeshiva
  • Rabbi Chaim Ozer Chait, Rosh HaYeshiva
  • Rabbi Shmuel Dovid Chait, Menahel
  • Rabbi Ashi Harow, Mashgiach Ruchani
  • Rabbi Jonathan Ziring, Educational Coordinator, R”am
  • Rabbi Aryeh Wasserman, Director of Student Activities, R”am
  • Rabbi Aryeh Sklar, R”am
  • Rabbi Yehoshua Hershberg, R”am
  • Rabbi Dov Zemel, R”am
  • Rabbi Dr. Mitch Rosner, R”am
  • Rabbi Michael Bar-Ron, R”am
  • Rabbi David Katz, R”am
  • Rabbi Levi Solomayak, R”am

Extra-Curricular Activities

Interaction with Israelis

The relationship between the yeshiva and the surrounding Israeli community is a bedrock of a successful year at Migdal. We encourage all of our students to interact with our wonderful community. There are numerous Israelis who make use of the Beit Midrash and many local residents set up individual charvutot with our students. Shabbatot are often spent with families in the community. Many families “adopt” students, sharing their homes both for meals on Shabbatot and taking students on trips throughout the country. Every student is regularly invited to the homes of local families for Shabbat hospitality throughout the year to ensure that they feel at home during their year in Israel.

Special Informal Programs

The Yeshiva sets aside a weekly a slot for speakers, which include various Roshei Yeshiva from Yeshiva University and other important thinkers and leaders in the Jewish Community  today.  We also plan various community wide Yimei Iyun, where students learn with local residents of Modi’in and share their Torah. The Yeshiva has a once-a-month parent/son learning program, inviting our parents to step into our Beit Midrash and join us in the wonderful learning that takes place at Migdal. Yamim Tovim such as Shemini Azteret and Yom Haatzamut are celebrated with our community, creating lasting and impactful memories. On the first night of Chanukah, Migdal has its annual Modi’in Scavenger Hunt, a test of wits and intellectual prowess.

Sports Facilities

The yeshiva and apartments are located within walking distance from  numerous sports facilities, including basketball courts and football fields. There are several locations that have outdoor gym equipment nearby. There are also two indoor gyms, fully stocked with the entire gamut of workout equipment. A short walk from the Yeshiva are both tennis courts and an indoor pool. There are jogging and biking paths nearby, and we own  a number of bikes available for use. Students who wish to engage in more specific types of sports activities, such as martial arts, are encouraged to join any of the many different chugim in Modi’in. Being located in a residential community means the entire local area is accessible for all possible sports activities.

Programming for Shabbat and Yom Tov

Shabbatot and Chagim are incredible experiences in Israel. At Migdal we have three different types of Shabbat schedules to get the most out of Shabbat in Israel.

They are an in-Shabbat, a Shabbaton, and an out-Shabbat. At least once a month, there is an in-Shabbat at the yeshiva. Various rabbanim and their families come to Modi’in and spend Shabbat with the entire student body. The experience is defined by challenging shiurim, wonderful zemirot, and an uplifting Shabbat. This allows for a more personal and unique form of discussion, leading students to form closer connections with their Rabbanim.

Shabbatonim are another important part of the Migdal year. Students and rebbeim travel to various locales throughout the country, experiencing Shabbat in new places with fascinating people. The Yeshiva also has numerous Shabbat Ra”mim, where students are invited to the homes of rebbeim for Shabbat.

Finally, there are the out-Shabbatot. Being that each student lives in an apartment, there is never a need to leave Modi’in for Shabbat. Students often choose to host friends from around Israel and celebrate Shabbat together. Families in the community are always hosting students for Shabbat as well. Students are also encouraged to visit other communities and friends for those Shabbatot.

Many of the Chagim are spent together as a Yeshiva allowing the students to experience the unique experience of Chag in Israel while joined by Rabbanim who deliver special shiurim throughout the day.

Field Trips

The yeshiva feels strongly that trips are a pivotal part of the year in Israel, and sets aside significant time to ensure that the relationship between each student and the land is as strong as possible. Our tiyulim will take students across the length and width of Israel. From Eilat to Metulla, students will enjoy nature, hikes, beaches, as well as political, historical, and archaeological sites. Tiyulim provide a well-earned break from the rigors of the Beit Midrash, and a chance to recharge ourselves for continued growth in our learning.

Some of our trips will focus on experiencing Halacha up close, such as trips to the tekhelet factory, shechita plants, matza bakeries, Machon HaMikdash and much more.

Other trips will find us having fun rappelling in the Golan’s Black Canyon, jeeping in Midbar Yehuda or rafting down the Jordan. We also take several hikes to enjoy the beauty of our land in venues as diverse as Masada (sunrise hike up the Snake Path) and various wadis throughout the country.

Eligibility

Yeshivat Migdal HaTorah seeks motivated students from diverse backgrounds who are committed to serious Torah learning and desire to become independent learners and thinkers. If you are a mature student who is ready to grow, question, and be challenged while enjoying the beauty and wonder of Israel, then Migdal is for you.

Level of Learning Offered

High level of analytical thinking, able to be applied to Talmud and Philosophy

Hebrew Knowledge Required

Minimal, as most shiurim are in English

Religious Observance Required

The yeshiva expects each student to be fully committed to Shmirat HaMitzvot

Population

Type of American Student

Students come from different schools across the United States and the UK, including (this year):

  • Rambam Mesivta
  • TABC
  • Frisch
  • Farber (Detroit)
  • YVA (Richmond)
  • CHAT (Toronto)
  • PTI (Vancouver)
  • MTI (St Louis)
  • Denver Jewish Academy
  • Manchester (UK)
  • SAR
  • Hillel Deal
  • Berman Academy (Maryland)
  • Maimonides (Boston)
Overall Number of Students (Kollel, Israeli, Foreign)

40

Foreign Student Percentage

100%

Number of 1st Year American Students

27

Number of 2nd Year American Students

10

Other Nationalities

Students come from the United Kingdom and other European countries

Number of Students per Class

In general, the policy at the yeshiva is to ensure that shiurim retain a small and intimate feel. Gemara Iyun shiurim never have more than 12 students. There are various tracks of certain shiurim, as well as many small chaburah opportunities with rebbeim. Other “core” shiurim are attended by the entire student body.

Accommodations

Living Quarters

We believe that our students’ environment and living conditions play an important part in their achieving success in their studies. We have therefore invested our efforts towards ensuring that the amenities of daily life outside the Bet Midrash match the high level of excellence inside the Bet Midrash.

Instead of common dorm life, we give our students a home to live in. Students live in fully furnished apartments with dining and living rooms, spacious bedrooms, and even though all meals are provided, a kitchen.

Each apartment has air-conditioning, a fridge and microwave, laundry machines, high-speed wireless internet access, and a computer for students to use.

Students feel that they have a home to come to during breaks, at night and on Shabbat. Having a home in Israel and not just a bunk in a dorm gives our students a sense of belonging and security. Our students study better and develop a greater connection to Israel by living in their own home.

Availability of Private Kitchen Facilities

Each apartment has a basic kitchen, including ovens and refrigerators. While the Yeshiva does supply three meals a day, students often enjoy cooking and baking as a fun or relaxing activity during their break.

Facility use during Shabbat and Yom Tov

Being that the students live in apartments, they are never closed during the year. Whether it be an off-Shabbat, Sukkot, or the big Pesach break, the apartments are always open and available to our students 24/7.

Curfew

The Yeshiva has a 12:30 AM curfew, where all students are expected to be in their respective apartments.

Security Arrangements

Modi’in is considered one of the safest cities to live in, and thankfully the entire city is an environment that reflects comfort and security. A large contingent of officers in the IDF reside in the community. There are constant security patrols throughout the city. As well, the Yeshiva maintains an open line of communication with the local police force. Security drills are run throughout the entire year.

Students are obligated to have a smartphone for their year at Migdal and are therefore accessible regarding any potential security issue.

History

Yeshivat Migdal HaTorah was founded in 2011 by Rabbi Dr. Darrell Ginsberg and Rabbi Shmuel Dovid Chait. They were joined by Rabbi Chaim Ozer Chait, who retired  as Rosh HaYeshiva of Yeshiva of Virginia to join Migdal, and Rav Ashi Harow. The Yeshiva opened its doors to its first cohort  in August of 2012. As it has grown, numerous well known rebbeim have joined its faculty.

Choosing Modi’in, Migdal has established a strong relationship from the outset with the city. To date, the Yeshiva has had a strong impact on the local community, becoming a fixture of the city.

Accrediting Universities

Yeshivat Migdal HaTorah is a member of Yeshiva University’s S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program as well as the Touro College Israel Option. 

Tuition

Tuition for the 5780 academic year (2019/2020) is $26,500 US. This includes room board, and three (3) meals a day. but does not include medical insurance or laundry services

Contact Information for Yeshivat Migdal HaTorah

U.S. Office

Ms. Shira Beer
American Friends of Yeshivat Migdal HaTorah
720 Crestwood Pl
West Hempstead, NY 11552
(P) 516-499-9014
info@migdalhatorah.org

Israel Office

Rabbi Aryeh Wasserman
Yeshivat Migdal HaTorah
12 Nachal Paran
Modiin, Israel
info@migdalhatorah.org

Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh seeks to facilitate the growth of each Talmid as a truly religious individual. He will be able to use his skills mastered in the Yeshiva to learn independently. He will actualize his growth from the Yeshiva throughout his life, be it in his steadfast dedication to daily learning and T’filla B’zibbur, his personal life and relations, his dedication to Klal Yisrael, and his professional life. Our program strikes the delicate balance between a challenging academic curriculum and the ultimate Israel experience. The curriculum uses both a content-based and skills based approach. We are a college promoting, parent friendly environment catering to the needs of the individual. The program is academically tracked with the ability to move and change levels based on personal progress. We have many programs in our building including: One Year Program, One Year Sephardic Track Program, Shana Bet, Alumni-Collegiate and Kollel Programs.

Hashkafa

Goal of Program

Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh seeks to facilitate the growth of each Talmid as a truly religious individual. He will be able to use his skills mastered in the Yeshiva to learn independently. He will actualize his growth from the Yeshiva throughout his life, be it in his steadfast dedication to daily learning and T’filla B’zibbur, his personal life and relations, his dedication to Klal Yisrael, and his professional life.

Attitude Towards Israel and Medinat Yisrael

The Overseas Program’s perspective is aligned with that of the Religious Zionist movement and is consistent with the thoughts espoused by the Rav, HaRav Yosef Dov Soloveitchik, zt”l. YNA believes in Torat Yisrael, Eretz Yisrael and Midinat Yisrael, and celebrates all holidays accordingly.

Attitude Towards University Studies

University studies are strongly encouraged and YNA participates in all Joint Programs. Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh stresses the importance of Torah learning even while at university and later in the working world and in married life. Pursuing studies in Kollel is considered an option only for the select few.

Attitude Towards Extracurricular Activities

Extracurricular activities are viewed as an important part of the Yeshiva experience, and participation in appropriate activities is encouraged during students’ free time. At the beginning of the year representatives from many of Jerusalem's chesed organizations present their activities to the students, providing those interested with an opportunity to volunteer. Some of the most popular programs focus on the social and material needs of recent immigrants and underprivileged youth. Other programs include visiting the developmentally delayed and handicapped adults, visiting the sick in hospitals, and much more. Many of the students develop such a love of chesed that they opt to spend the next few summers in chesed programs such as HASC. Requests for individualized programs are also accommodated.

Preparation for Post Israel

Classes are conducted with the aim of transmitting morals and Halachic values. Our students are taught to have respect for their fellow man, honor for their parents and siblings. These sessions are also geared to prepare those who have unaffiliated family members to deal with situations that may arise. Personal counseling is always available to the individual student who may need it. Upon completion of the program, Our alumni association provides programming under the guidance of our Director of Alumni Affairs in the U.S.

The "Successful" Student

The successful YNA student will strive to further his learning, his religious understanding, and his love of the State of Israel. He will return home to complete his university studies, with respect for his parents and background and with an eye towards one day being dedicated to daily learning and T’filla B’zibbur, his personal life and relations, Klal Yisrael, and his professional life.

Dress

While the Yeshiva has no formal dress code, it is incumbent on all its students to dress in a manner befitting a Makom Torah. Guidance Personnel Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh has sensitive Rabbonim available for private discussions with the students at all hours of the day or night. Aside from the Ramim, the staff includes Rabbonim and Rabbinical students who learn with students on a one-to-one basis. The staff also includes our Director of Student Life and dedicated Madrichim who are available on a 24 hour basis, and School Psychologist.

Supervision

The Yeshiva’s educational philosophy is characterized by complete devotion to the principle that the Rebbe’s relationship with his students should reflect the same degree of love and commitment that a parent has for a child. Harav Aharon Bina, Rosh Yeshiva, relates to each student like a son, personally looking after his academic, religious and emotional growth. During the day the Rabbis are aware of the whereabouts of the students while in the evenings the Madrichim, under the supervision of the administration, look after the Talmidim.

Curriculum

Makeup

The morning Talmud seder is divided into independent preparation in the Beit Midrash and formal classroom instruction. Students are placed in shiurim commensurate with their individual backgrounds and proficiencies, and are carefully evaluated with the goal of promoting maximum intellectual and religious growth. In the afternoon, students participate in bikiut shiurim in various subjects, each chosen by the students and taught in accordance with the level and background of its participants. Options include other chapters of the tractate being studied in the morning, different tractates, and Mishna.

Courses Offered

During afternoon seder, students review their morning studies along with their chavrutot. Some students elect to participate in a special advanced machshava (philosophy) seminar covering major topics in Kuzari, Rambam, and Ramban. Following Seder, students enjoy elective shiurim in topics ranging from Parshat Hashavua to the Rambam’s Mishne Torah. Additionally, we can customize a learning program for anyone who qualifies.

Daily Schedule
  • 7:45 - Shacharit
  • 8:30 - Breakfast
  • 8:50 - Halacha
  • 9:00 - Seder (preparation for Shiur)
  • 11:30 - Gemera Shiur (5 Levels, the highest in Hebrew)
  • 12:45 - Lunch
  • 3:30 - BiKiut Shiur
  • 4:05 - Mincha
  • 4:15 - Afternoon Seder Review, Chugim in Tanach, Kuzari, Mesillat Yesharim (optional choices)
  • 6:00 - Machshava and Tanach
  • 7:00 - Maariv
  • 7:20 - Supper
  • 8:00 - Evening Seder
Language of Instruction

Classes are taught both in English, and Hebrew. Gemara is given in Hebrew for the advanced group.

Ulpan or Hebrew Class

There is an optional Ulpan available

Assessment and Grading

Students are issued transcripts which are accepted by many well-known universities. An entire year earns a total of 32 credits. Full credit is only granted to those whose attendance in class was regular. Participation is highly valued and taken into consideration. Tests are offered sporadically - according to the schedule devised by the individual Rebbe.

Shana Bet

Participation in our Shana Bet program is dependent upon prior parental approval. Only after such approval, Rabbis encourage the students to return to Shana Bet. Between a third to half of the students do return for Shana Bet. If any scholarship monies are jeopardized by Shana Bet participation, the student is not allowed to return.

Joint Program

Yeshiva University, Touro College

Staff

Our staff is a diverse and excellent group of Rebbaim who come from all over the world and a variety of backgrounds. Some senior rebbaim have been with the program for over 25 years. Each Rebbe is hand-picked to become part of a group of educators whose program promotes Torat Yisrael, Eretz Yisrael and Midinat Yisrael.

Harav Aharon Bina, the Rosh Yeshiva, is the son of Harav Aryeh Bina, zt"l, who was Rosh Yeshiva of Netiv Meir, and a prominent Jerusalem talmid chacham. Harav Bina is a constant presence and a valuable resource for all students and alumni. Harav Bina is also a captain in the Israeli Defence Forces. Harav Avigdor Nebenzahl, shlita, the Rav of the Old City and a renowned halachic authority in Israel, is also on the staff of the Overseas Program. Harav Yaacov Darmoni is the the Sephardic Posek of the Old City and is in charge of the Sephardic Track Program at the Yeshiva.

Extra-Curricular Activities

Interaction with Israelis

The Yeshiva boasts the world-reknown Rennert Kollel of which 60 or so of its members are Israeli. Students can learn with an Israeli Chevruta if they so choose on a daily basis.

Special Informal Programs

Guest speakers are invited to speak to the students on important issues relating to the Land of Israel, the People of Israel and chagim; e.g.-guest speakers are invited for Yom Yom Hazikaron, HaAtzmaut, and Yom Yerushalayim. Special mesibot (parties, or BBQ) commemorate events such as Chanukka, Purim, Yom HaAtzmaut and Yom Yerushalayim. The Yeshiva strives to be a “home away from home” by providing a special atmosphere during Shabbatot and Chagim. The weekly Chugim held in the homes of Rabbonim who live in the area create a unique connection with local families.

Sports Facilities

Students have access to a fully equipped gym facility with a trainer on the premises. Students play in Gan Hapaamon, located about 15 minutes walking distance from the Yeshiva or the basketball court adjacent to the parking lot of the Old City. Often the Yeshiva rents an indoor court on Saturday nights at the request of the students. Friday is a free day and many Yeshiva leagues meet on that day.

Programming for Shabbat and Yom Tov

Once a month the Yeshiva has a mandatory “in shabbat” where the “Oneg Shabbat” with HaRav Bina and guest speakers is a highlight. The Yeshiva however is open all year for all Shabbatot and Chagim. Students are welcome to stay and enjoy Shabbat meals, and Oneg Shabbat with visiting Rabbis and their families.

Field Trips

There is at least one Tiyul - field trip a month. Trips range from half day trips to museums to 3 days in length. Their objective is to help the students get to know and love the land of Israel. The trips take the students all over Israel from the hills of Eilat to the slopes of Mt. Hermon.

Eligibility

Level of Learning Offered

YNA currently accommodates students with varied abilities and has a beginners program, however mostly intermediate and advanced ability in Talmud study are appropriate.

Hebrew Knowledge Required

Good basic knowledge of Hebrew is required – however shiurim are in Hebrew and English and an Ulpan is available.

Religious Observance Required

A strong, positive attitude to shmirat Torah U’mitzvot is a prerequisite

Population

Type of American Student

American students in the Overseas Program are generally graduates of Yeshiva Day Schools from around the country, as well as public school graduates with NCSY background. Canadian students are usually graduates of Yeshivot.

Overall Number of Students (Kollel, Israeli, Foreign)

In 2008-2009 this program had approximately 115 first year students.

Foreign Student Percentage

Approximately 20

Number of 1st Year American Students

Over 100

Number of 2nd Year American Students

Approximately 70-75

Other Nationalities

Approximately 15

Number of Students per Class

Classes are divided according to level - 15 students maximum per class. Many of the afternoon shiurim are smaller. The general morning shiur is larger.

Accommodations

Living Quarters

The physical plant of Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh is beautiful, spacious and modern. The Beit Midrash, classrooms and dining room are all under the same roof with the dormitory located within a short walk. The Yeshiva is proud to announce that it is nearing completion of construction of a new state-of-the-art dormitory. Two buildings will contain 150 beds with the amenities required to insure the comfort of a student away from home. This includes a mini-workout room, laundry area, computer room, student lounge, and dining area. The building will be fully heated and air-conditioned.

Availability of Private Kitchen Facilities

There are no private kitchen facilities available.

Facility use during Shabbat and Yom Tov

The Yeshiva is open all year long to its students, including all Shabbatot and Chagim.

Curfew

Because the Yeshiva is very aware of security concerns, we are intensely focused on providing the safest environment possible to all its students. On a daily basis, several faculty members and resident madrichim know the whereabouts of each participating student in the Overseas Program. The Yeshiva prides itself on keeping “close tabs” on all its charges as a means of ensuring their utmost physical and spiritual safety and well-being and as such have a midnight curfew.

Security Arrangements

The Yeshiva complex has installed a state-of-the-art electronic surveillance system, which scrutinizes everyone entering the premises. Nevertheless, due to sensitivities of the Overseas parents and the ever-changing political situation in Israel, the Yeshiva has chosen to hire an independent security company. This company is responsible for all on-site security.

History

Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh was founded by HaRav Aharon Bina in memory of his father, HaRav Aryeh Bina, zt"l, founder of many Yeshivot and educational institutions throughout the Land of Israel. Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh is located in the HaIdra Yeshiva building which was founded by HaRav Goren, facing the Western Wall and overlooking Har Habayit (the Temple Mount) and the Kotel Plaza.

Accrediting Universities

Netiv Aryeh is a Yeshiva University S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program School. It also participates in the joint program with Touro College.

Tuition

  • 72$ Application fee
  • 2000$ Deposit
  • 28,000$ Tuition

Additional Information

The uniqueness of Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh’s program can best be summarized by referring to its outstanding faculty, unrivalled location and an unwavering concern for the growth of each and every student. The proximity to Har Habayit inspires all the students, who soak up the atmosphere of the Old City and apply themselves to their studies with vigor. Nevertheless, Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh’s uniqueness is ultimately derived from the special relationships formed with the students themselves.

Contact Information

Phone -1518-412-6266

Email - admissions@yna.edu

Israel Office

Harav Aharon Bina / Uri Kari
1 Hakotel Street, Western Wall Plaza
Old City, Jerusalem 97500
(mail address) P.O.B. 32017, Jerusalem 91319
Phone: (02) 626-6333
Fax: (02) 628-0020
Email: dina@yna.edu
www.yna.edu

FOR ALL UK RELATED ENQUIRIES

Please contact Rabbi Mark Mays
Telephone: (00972) 522 771 747
Email: rabbimays@gmail.com

Hashkafa

Goal of Program

At Yeshivat Orayta students get a classic Yeshiva experience and beyond. We offer an extraordinary program that balances and blends together mastery of textual skills, depth of Jewish thought and profundity of spiritual inspiration.

Our faculty fosters a warm and open atmosphere and develop life-long relationships with our students.

Attitude Towards Israel and Medinat Yisrael

The Land and State of Israel is of central importance at Orayta. Our Roshei Yeshiva and Rebbeim have proudly served in the IDF. Rabbi Binny Freedman, one of Orayta's Roshei Yeshiva, is an IDF Company Commander continuing his reserve duty to date. Through various classes, shabbatonim and tiyulim students become acquainted with and develop a strong bond with the Land of Israel.

Attitude Towards University Studies

Orayta strongly encourages the students to pursue a college education. 

Attitude Towards Extracurricular Activities

A gym and fields are available within a short distance. As part of the Orayta philosophy of a healthy mind and healthy body, we encourage students to utilize these and other exercise opportunities. As well, a weekly volunteer opportunity during the afternoon break slot is offered for students to participate in.

Preparation for Post Israel

A Leadership Training class is held to better equip students with campus life and life after Israel. We encourage the parents to take an active role in the education of their sons. Orayta staff members are in regular contact with the parents.

The "Successful" Student

As part of the S. Daniel Abraham Joint Israel Program, we will continue to work together in creating a new generation of inspired and inspiring Religious Zionist young men who will lead the Jewish Community forward both in the Diaspora and here at home in Medinat Yisrael. 

Dress

In order to respect the environment of the Yeshiva, we ask students to please not wear T-shirts, sweatpants, or shorts in the Beit Midrash. White button down shirts are required for Shabbat and chagim.

Guidance Personnel

Students meet on an ongoing basis in private one-on-one meetings with the Rosh Yeshiva, the Mashgiach, and their Rebbeim. Topics discussed during these meetings include student development, both emotional and academic, as well as their general well-being.

Supervision

The faculty is always aware of where students are, including during "out" Shabbatot. Attendance to all classes and events is required. There is a midnight curfew and rules of behavior must be adhered to. We have a ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY regarding substance and chemical abuse.

Curriculum

Makeup

Orayta has a high staff to student ratio.

Our curriculum aims to develop both comprehensive knowledge and skills. We enable our students to probe and discover the deeper meaning of Chumash, Talmud, Halacha, Jewish Philosophy, and Mussar, while developing the skills to study independently. 

Courses Offered

Students choose from one of five morning Talmud classes. Levels and approach vary. In addition, we have daily courses in Jewish Thought, Philosophy of Mitzvot, Siddur Analysis, etc.

Daily Schedule
  • 7:30 Shacharit / Breakfast
  • 9:00 Character Development / Tefila (alternating days)
  • 9:45 Gemara
  • 1:00 Lunch / Afternoon Break
  • 3:00 Choose from a variety of classes. See our website for details.  
  • 4:45 Mincha
  • 5:15 See our website for details
  • 6:16 Self Study
  • 7:00 Dinner
  • 8:00 Night Seder 
  • 10:00 Maariv
Language of Instruction

Classes in the Yeshiva are taught in English. 

Ulpan or Hebrew Class

The Yeshiva operates an Ulpan Torani enabling our students to improve their conversational Hebrew. 

Assessment and Grading

Grades and transcripts, upon request, are given by the Rebbeim based upon class attendance, participation and progress. 

Shana Bet

Option available.

Joint Program

Our Yeshiva is part of the Yeshiva University Joint Israel Program and MASA Israel Journey.

Staff

  • Rav David Aaron, Rosh Yeshiva
  • Rav Binny Freedman, Rosh Yeshiva
  • Rav Yitzchak Blau, Rosh Yeshiva
  • Rav Moshe Kornblum, Assistant Dean
  • Rav Dovid Silverstein, Sgan Rosh Yeshiva
  • Rav Judah Dardik, Sgan Rosh Yeshiva
  • Rav Noam Himelstein, Mashgiach 
  • Scott Apfelbaum, Administrative Director
  • Rav Adi Krohn, RAM
  • Rav Dovid'l Weinberg, RAM
  • Rav Gavriel Singer, RAM
  • Rav Nuriel Aaron, Rebbe

Extra-Curricular Activities

Interaction with Israelis

Students spend several Shabbatot during the year in Israeli communities in addition to enjoying Shabbat placement throughout the country. This affords them the opportunity to get to experience real life with Israeli families. 

Special Informal Programs

Orayta has many guest lecturers on a variety of topics, plus regular Q&A sessions.

Programming for Shabbat and Yom Tov

Orayta spends many Shabbatot and most Chaggim together as a group either in the Old City of Jerusalem or in a local Israeli community with Rebbeim and their families. 

Field Trips

Orayta believes in the importance of loving the Land of Israel. In order to familiarize students with various parts of the Land, we offer monthly trips including a post Sukkot, winter and post Pesach, overnight trips.

Eligibility

Level of Learning Offered

Beginner – Intermediate - Advanced

Hebrew Knowledge Required

Hebrew is not necessarily required, depending on the course level chosen.

Religious Observance Required

Orayta is looking for modern Orthodox students who are deeply passionate about their Judaism and looking for a place to strengthen their skills.

Population

Type of American Student

Most of our students come from North America after graduating high school.

Overall Number of Students (Kollel, Israeli, Foreign)

77

Foreign Student Percentage

No information provided

Number of 1st Year American Students

62

Number of 2nd Year American Students

15

Other Nationalities

England, Holland, Canada, and South Africa

Number of Students per Class

10 - 12

Accommodations

The Yeshiva is housed in a 900 year old Crusader building that was recently modernized and equipped with a modern Beit Midrash, classrooms and offices. From our rooftop one can enjoy the vista of the entire Temple Mount, The Kotel, Mount of Olives and much more. The rooftop with its spectacular view is the venue where we greet Shabbat with a spirited Kabbalat Shabbat davening.

Living Quarters

The students live in dorms within the Old City and have free access to a student recreation lounge. The dorms are open virtually throughout the Academic Year. The dorms are always manned by the Madrichim. During vacation periods, a daily check-in system is initiated via the SMS system. All students must check in daily – without exception. Students are encouraged to visit other communities throughout Israel during these times. As always, the homes of the staff and Rebbeim are always open.

Availability of Private Kitchen Facilities

Students have use of a refrigerator and a microwave.

Facility use during Shabbat and Yom Tov

Orayta has a rotation of In-Shabbatot, Optional and Out-Shabbatot where we help place students requiring assistance. During the Sukkot and Pesach breaks the dorm is open if the students need a place to stay (no meals are provided).

Curfew

Students are required to be in the dorms every night no later than midnight. This includes Motzei Shabbat. Students must notify their dorm counselors where they are going for Shabbat and vacation periods.

Security Arrangements

All dorms and the learning center are monitored by a CCTV system. Security alerts and advisement is brought to the attention of the students as necessary. We insist that all students acquire a cell phone in order to send group SMS text messages. These messages vary in nature but include emergency notices. All students are required to text their Madrichim in the event of a security threat.

Our responsibility to you and your parents requires that we know your whereabouts at all times. Spending a night out of the dormitories is not allowed without prior consent from the dorm counselor.

History

Orayta was founded in 2008.

Tuition

$27,900 (Room & Board)


Financial Assistance

A limited amount of Scholarships are available. Please fill out the scholarship form available from the office. In addition to YU financial aid, we are recognized by MASA which awards grants and scholarships.

Room and Board Fees

The room and board fees cover your dormitory room as well as meals during the academic session.

Additional Information

At Orayta we take an active role to include the parents and grandparents in the educational programming. To demonstrate this we have introduced the following initiatives:

  • Divrei Torah written by a different student which is included in the Weekly Orayta News and emailed each week to parents.
  • There are numerous call-in classes that we arrange at convenient times for parents to dial in and partake.
  • Parents are called and emailed on a regular basis. We also organize "Parent Evenings" in the USA when our Rebbeim travel there.

Parents’ Retreat  – an annual highlight of the Orayta calendar is the Parents’ Retreat. The schedule includes Shiurim and learning time with their sons. In addition the program culminates with an unforgettable Old City Shabbaton and Kumsitz with Friday Night Davening on our roof overlooking Har Habayit and The Kotel.

Contact Information

U.S. Office

Michal Reinitz

Phone: (212) 444-1660
Fax: (561) 892-0333
Email: office@orayta.org 

Israel Office

Rabbi David Aaron / Rav Binny Freedman
Scott Apfelbaum
25 Misgav Ladach Street
Old City, Jerusalem 9751543
Phone: (02) 627-4890
Fax: (02) 627-3875
Email: office@orayta.org
www.orayta.org 

Reishit is an extraordinary Yeshiva with a unique approach to teaching, designed to offer qualified young men an incomparable experience of Torat Eretz Yisrael. We aim to cultivate within each student a genuine and lasting connection to God through serious Torah study, passionate Avodat Hashem, and personal character development.

Hashkafa

Goal of Program

We are committed to instilling in our students a love of Torah, the Jewish people and Israel. This is accomplished in a friendly, open environment; each person is respected and appreciated for his own singular personality, and is nurtured and educated accordingly.

Attitude Towards Israel and Medinat Yisrael

Very positive, we celebrate all holidays and educate through hands-on tiyulim and stimulating lectures.

Attitude Towards University Studies

We encourage our talmididm to pursue university studies which are important for their intellectual and personal development.

Attitude Towards Extracurricular Activities

We strongly urge our students to participate in chessed programs and tiyulim which are an integral part of our program. Students are constantly being invited to the homes of their rabbeim for Shabbatot, Yamim Tovim, barbeques and dinners.

Preparation for Post Israel

We provide strong and personal guidance to all students before the end of their stay at Reishit.

The "Successful" Student

A talmid who reaches his spiritual potential and is constantly striving to make a kiddush HaShem in all he does.

Dress

There is a dress code meant to foster a serious, wholesome learning environment.

Guidance Personnel

Staff is always available and eager to provide guidance to our talmidim and they consult with a number of top professionals in the field.

Supervision

The hanhala live a short walk from Yeshiva and are there 7 days a week. Many students find that the most remarkable and memorable experience of their year in Israel is the forging of open, special relationships with their rabbeim. At Reishit, this is not merely a byproduct of our educational system, but rather its centerpiece, our focus. Reishit also staffs a team of budding scholars who are available to learn individually with any interested student during night seder. And of course, our Av Bayit and dorm counselors live in the dorms with the students, and are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Curriculum

Makeup

Reishit offes a broad curriculum including in-depth gemara, gemara bekiyut, in-depth tanach study, tanach bekiyut , halacha, machashava, chassidut, mussar and iyun tefillah.

Courses Offered

Gemara

  • Masechet Baba Kamma B’Iyun (Morning Shiur)
  • Masechet Brachot BiKiyut (Afternoon Seder)
  • Masechet Taanit BiKiyut (Afternoon Seder)
  • B’Iyun Shiur / Sugyot (Rav Mendel Blachman)
  • Masechet Tamid (Night Seder / Rav Simcha Hochbaum)
  • Bekiyut Incentive Program (Rav Elie Marcus)
  • Gemara Methodology (Rav Moshe Benovitz)
  • Sugyot / “Lomdus” Chabura (Rav Shalom Rosner)
  • Daf Yomi Review (Rav Doni Marcus)
  • Shas Survey (Rav Ari Marcus)

Tanach & Commentaries

  • Survey of Nevi'im Rishonim (Rav Simcha Hochbaum)
  • Table Talk/ Parshat Hashavua (Rav Yehoshua Landau)
  • Weekly Review of Rashi’s Commentary (Rav Avi Perlowitz)
  • Insights on Sefer Tehillim (Rav Moshe Benovitz)
  • Parshat Hashavua (Rav Doni Marcus)
  • Shivat Tzion / Sefer Ezra & Nechmiah (Rav Simcha Hochbaum)
  • Parsha Points to Ponder 
  • Five Megillot in Depth 

Halacha / Jewish Law

  • Sefardic Halacha 
  • Daily Halacha Shiur- Orach Chaim (Rav Ari Marcus)
  • Halacha and The State of Israel (Rav Jay Marcus)
  • Practical Halacha (Rav Danny Myers)
  • Hilchot Shabbat (Rav Shalom Rosner)
  • Kitzur Shulchan Aruch (Rav Mendel Schulman)
  • Topics in Contemporary Halacha (Rav Daniel Myers)
  • Mishnah Berurah Shiur (Rav Yosef Bronfeld)

Torat Eretz Yisrael

  • Zionism, Politics & Halacha: Daily Update (Rav Jay Marcus)
  • Halacha & The Jewish State (Rav Moshe Yeshurun / Rav Jay Marcus)
  • Weekly Course on Zionism & Israeli History (Prof. Ze'ev Ben-Shachar, The David Project & Yavneh Olami)
  • Mitzvot of the Land of Israel (Rav Daniel Myers)
  • Writings of Rav Kook & His Students 
  • Shivat Tzion (Rav Simcha Hochbaum)
  • Ulpan (Bi-Weekly) (Yossi Bienenstock)
  • Jewish History from 1948 (BCE) to 1948 (Rav Elie Marcus)
  • Sefer Ayelet Hashachar 
  • "Kum Hit’halech B’Aretz": Tiyulim & Special Programs

Jewish Philosophy & Chassidus

  • Weekly Va'adim in Machshevet Yisrael (Rav Doni Marcus)
  • Shiur Klali on Topics in Jewish Philosophy (Rav Mendel Blachman)
  • Jewish Philosophy Survey 
  • Sefer Tanya (Rav Ari Marcus)
  • Nefesh HaChayim (Rav Mendel Blachman)
  • Thought of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov 
  • Sefer Netivot Shalom (Rav Simcha Hochbaum)
  • Selected Writings of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik (Rav Moshe Yeshurun)
  • Leket Amarim of Rav Yakov Meir Shechter (Rav Elie Marcus)
  • Chovat HaTalmidim - Piasetzna
  • Fundamentals of Faith (Rav Mendel Schulman)
  • Chasidic Masters on the Weekly Parsha (Rav Elie Marcus)

Jewish Ethics / Mussar

  • Weekly Sicha (Rav Elie Marcus)
  • Guided Study in Messilat Yesharim (Rav Moshe Benovitz)
  • Messilat Yesharim Chabura (Rav Elie Marcus)
  • Sefer Alei Shur 
  • Pirkei Avot (Rav Doni Marcus, Rav Avi Perlowitz)
  • Rabbeinu Yonah on Avot (Rav Bronfeld)
  • Sefer Orchot Tzadikim 
  • Development of Mussar Movement
  • Weekly Chabura- Assorted Topics 

Prayer

  • Sefer Hishtapchut HaNefesh- Breslov 
  • Biyurei Tefilla (Rav Simcha Hochbaum)
  • Siddur Insights
  • Halachot of Davening (Rav Daniel Myers)
  • The Siddur (Rav Ari Marcus)

Note: not all classes are offered every year

Daily Schedule
  • 7:45 AM SHACHARIT
  • HALACHA SHIUR
  • 9:30-12:30 MORNING SHIUR/ CHAVRUTA STUDY
  • 12:30 LUNCH AND BREAK
  • 3:15 MINCHA
  • 3:30-5:30 B’KIYUT SHIURIM
  • 5:30-6:30 SELF STUDY AND OPTIONAL SHIURIM
  • 6:30 DINNER
  • 7:30-8:30 NIGHT SHIURIM
  • 8:30-9:45 SELF STUDY and TUTORS
  • 9:45 MA’ARIV
Language of Instruction

English

Ulpan or Hebrew Class

Two levels of Ulpan are offerred to the students – Beginner and Intermediate. Each is given twice a week.

Assessment and Grading

Class participation and oral interviews – some shiurim feature short written exams

Shana Bet

There are three shana bet tracks, one focused on advanced in-depth gemara skill building, one focused on inyanim of the gemara and one offering a broader curriulum of tanach, gemara and machshava shiurim.

Joint Program

We have official joint programs with YU and Touro College.

Staff

  • Rabbi Moshe Benovitz
  • Rav Mendel Blachman
  • Rav Nechemia Bochner
  • Rav Yosef Bronfeld
  • Rav Yaakov Cooper
  • Rav Chaim Eisenstein
  • Rav Aryeh Feldstein
  • Rav Simcha Hochbaum
  • Rav Shmuel Kimche
  • Rav Yehoshua Landau
  • Rav Ari Marcus
  • Rav Elie Marcus - Mashgiach
  • Rav Doni Marcus – Director of Student Life
  • Rav Tzvi Maslin
  • Rav Daniel Myers
  • Rav Avi Perlowitz
  • Rav Moshe Pessin
  • Rav Shalom Rosner
  • Rav Ephraim Rubin
  • Rav Chayim Soloveichik
  • Rav Yerachmiel Stewart
  • Rav Chaim Tepfer
  • Rav YY Wenglin
  • Rav Nechemia Wiener
  • Rav Raphael Willig
  • Rav Yehoshua Zarbiv

Extra-Curricular Activities

Interaction with Israelis

Daily interaction with Israeli society; various personalities who give guest lectures; tiyulim and shabbatons.

Special Informal Programs

Kumsiztes; chesded programs and carnivals; shabbatons; tiyulim and Yimei Iyun.

Sports Facilities

Full sized indoor gym, state of the art workout room, hockey/tennis court, grassy field

Programming for Shabbat and Yom Tov

One out of every three Shabbatot is an ‘in’ Shabbat with special speakers, lectures and onegs; shabbatons are sprinkeled thorughout the year in various locations, rabbeim homes are always open. The yeshiva is always open, meals, shabbat and yom tov minyanim are always available.

Field Trips

Educational field trips once a month – some multi-day tiyulim for the whole yeshiva and some are day trips for select shiruim

Eligibility

Level of Learning Offered

Reishit provides shiurim for students with varied backgrounds. We have a Sephardie Program geared to teach Sephardic minhagim and learning styles as well as our Traditional Program with varied levels of shiurim in Gemara, Tanach, Iyun, Tefillah, Halacha and Jewish Philosophy as well as our Advanced Program.

Hebrew Knowledge Required

Most shiurim require intermediate level. The Advanced Program requires an advanced level of Hebrew.

Religious Observance Required

All students must be fully shomrei torah and mitzvot. We are specifically looking for students with a strong desire to develop spiritually and who are committed to participating in all shiurim and programs. Sephardic program participants must have a background in Sephardic tefillah and basic halacha. Advanced program talmidim must have previously demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in their gemara studies in high school.

Population

Type of American Student

We have students from across the United States and Canada. Almost all are yeshiva high school graduates.

Overall Number of Students (Kollel, Israeli, Foreign)

110 students

Foreign Student Percentage

No information provided

Number of 1st Year American Students

Approximately 80 students

Number of 2nd Year American Students

30-50 second year

Other Nationalities

Great Britain

Number of Students per Class

12-14 students per class

Accommodations

Living Quarters

Fully air conditioned dormitory suites with private bathrooms and refrigerators. There are 4 students to a room.

Availability of Private Kitchen Facilities

Microwaves available in student lounge

Facility use during Shabbat and Yom Tov

We are always open, meals and second day yom tov meals and tefillah are always available

Curfew

1:00 AM

Security Arrangements

Security is of prime importance to us. Full time security companies monitor premises and we have an armed shomer. Our facility is completely fenced in. If the situation warrants it, we are in telephone contact with talmidim. On tiyulim we always travel with an armed shomer and medic.

History

The yeshiva is in its 16th year, our 11th year in our beautiful Bet Shemesh campus. We have inspired nearly 1200 talmidim through out those years and have kept strong kesharim with many of them.

Accrediting Universities

Reishit Yerushalayim is part of the Yeshiva University S. Daniel Abraham Program. It also takes part in a joint program with Touro College. Many colleges and Universities in the United States accept credits from our program.

Tuition

Tuition for the 2019-2020 academic year is $2500 registration fee and $26,000 tuition. Tuition includes room, board, tiyulim and all academic activities.

Contact Information for Reishit Yerushalayim

U.S. Office

Rabbi Chaim Marcus
3 Richland Drive
Springfield, NJ 07081

Phone: (973) 379-2343
Fax: (973) 379-3928

Israel Office

Rabbi Ari Marcus / Yaakov Ribner
21 Rashi Street
Bet Shemesh 99523

Phone: (02) 999-7155
Fax: (02) 999-7154
Email: jackie@reshit.co.il
www.reishit.org 

Hashkafa

Goal of Program

Sha’alvim aims to provide its students with an advanced high level of learning and instill in them a love of, and commitment to, Torah, Kllal Yisrael and Eretz Yisrael. The ideal Sha’alvim student is a lamdan, Yarei Shomayim and Ba’al Midot.

Attitude Towards Israel and Medinat Yisrael

We present a positive attitude to Eretz Yisrael and Medinat Yisrael with impressive Yom Ha’atzmaut and Yom Yerushalayim Tefilot, Chagigot and Tiyulim. Sha’alvim is a Yeshivat Hesder.

Attitude Towards University Studies

Students are encouraged to continue their Torah studies and general education in a setting conducive to observance of Mitzvot. Most of our students attend YU upon return to the US.

Attitude Towards Extracurricular Activities

Students participate periodically in Chessed programs, during off hours and are encouraged to maintain a healthy body through physical activity during breaks.

Preparation for Post Israel

Formal and informal education is provided with the goal of viewing the year as a continuum of the student’s education, whereby the students will become successful contributing members of their communities.

The "Successful" Student

A “successful” Sha’alvim alumnus is one who has chosen a path in which Torah will continue to influence every decision in life and guide him in every endeavor, as Torah is integral to life at every stage and in every calling. The successful Sha’alvim student will be a role model and a leader, dedicated to Am Yisrael and Eretz Yisrael while portraying the beautiful combination of Torah and Midot.

Dress

Students follow a simple but conservative dress code as befitting Bnei Torah at an Israeli Yeshiva.

Guidance Personnel

The Mashgiach, Assistant Mashgichim, Ramim, Assistant Ramim, Kollel fellows and Madrich are always available and play a very active role. Living on campus, their homes are always open to them.

Supervision

Faculty keep an eye on all students but informally, as they are treated as adults. Alcohol and substance use are not tolerated.

Curriculum

Makeup

The curriculum is Gemara oriented with Chugim in Ta’nakh, Halacha, Machshava

Courses Offered

Tanakh: Parshat Hashavua, Neviim, Megilot, Machshava: classical and contemporary, including Rav Kook z’l, Rav Soloveitchik z’l, and Rav Hutner z'l.

Daily Schedule
  • 7:10 Shacharit
  • Breakfast
  • 8:30 Halacha Seder
  • 9:00-12:00 Seder Preparation for Sheur with Chavruta
  • 12:00-1:15 Sheur (Iyun)
  • 1:15-3:00 Lunch and Break
  • 3:00-5:15 Mincha and Afternoon Seder
  • 5:15 B’kiyut sheur
  • 6:15 Chugim
  • 7:15 Supper
  • 7:55 Mussar Seder
  • 8:15 Maariv
  • 8:30-10:30 Night Seder
Language of Instruction

Gemara Sheurim are in Ivrit. Chugim are in English.

Ulpan or Hebrew Class

There are optional Ulpan classes given on two levels.

Assessment and Grading

Students receive P or F on transcripts. Assessments and reports to parents by Dean as per Ram and Mashgiach. No official attendance taking.

Shana Bet

There is a formal Shana Bet program. Over 65% remain for second year.

Joint Program

Joint programs with Yeshiva University, Touro College, Hebrew Theological College and others.

Staff

Roshei HaYeshiva:
Rav Yechezkel Yakobson

S’gan:
Rav Aryeh Hendler

Director and Mashgiach:
Rav Ari Waxman

Ramim:

  • Rav Michael Yammer
  • Rav Dovid Lebor
  • Rav Yosef Nusbacher
  • Rav Eli Reich
  • Rav Binyomin Zimmerman

Mashgichim:

  • Rav Ezra Shapiro
  • Rav Chaim Cohen

All Ramim are Sha’alvim alumni who also have university degrees.

Extra-Curricular Activities

Interaction with Israelis

Students are encouraged to visit different communities in Israel. Students are kept abreast of current events via the Jerusalem Post.

Special Informal Programs

There are guest speakers for Chagigot and Yemei Iyun, Shabbatot Melave Malka etc.

Sports Facilities

There is a large outdoor athletic field.

Programming for Shabbat and Yom Tov

One ‘Shabbat in’ with guest, one Shabbat ‘free’ and one Yeshiva organized Shabbaton as a retreat or in a community. Arrangements are made for students, who do not have relatives in Israel, for vacation periods. Some remain in Yeshiva for Sukkot.

Field Trips

Two major Tiyulim to the Galil-Golan and to the Negev, plus one-day tiyulim, hikes, Ta’nakh oriented trips.

Eligibility

Level of Learning Offered

Advanced - able to independently study a Talmudic passage

Hebrew Knowledge Required

Intermediate plus - Advanced. Gemara shiurim are in Hebrew

Religious Observance Required

Sha’alvim accommodates students with a full commitment to shmirat Torah U’mitzvot.

Population

Type of American Student

Our students hail from New York - New Jersey area, CT, Chicago, Toronto, Montreal, LA, Detroit, MD, Boston, Atlanta, PA, Seattle, Cleveland, Denver, Miami, Boca, Houston. Schools represented are: MTA/YU, HALB, RAMBAM, HANC, FLATBUSH, RAMAZ, ATERES YAACOV, SHAREI TORAH, TABC, FRISCH, KUSHNER, MOSHE AARON, JEC, YULA, H.A. MONTREAL, OR CHAIM TORONTO, NER ISRAEL TORONTO, CHAT, BOCA, IDA CROWN, SKOKIE, BERMAN & YESHIVA OF DC, RAMBAM BALT., MAIMONIDES, BLOCK, FUCHS MIZRACHI, WITS

Overall Number of Students (Kollel, Israeli, Foreign)

280

Foreign Student Percentage

100, i.e. 35% of the school

Number of 1st Year American Students

60

Number of 2nd Year American Students

40

Other Nationalities

Brazil, England, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Australia

Number of Students per Class

25 per class. Faculty to student ratio: 1 - 6

Accommodations

Living Quarters

Three / four students share a dorm room, with private facilities, sink and shower. Phones and lounge in each dormitory. Rooms are assigned but requests are considered. Guests may be invited for Shabbat.

Availability of Private Kitchen Facilities

Cooking is not permitted in dorm rooms, only in lounge where there is access to a refrigerator.

Facility use during Shabbat and Yom Tov

Yeshiva is open every Shabbat and meals are provided. Facilities open, if necessary, on Sukkot.

Curfew

Students sign out when leaving for Shabbat if security situation in Israel so demands. They are to be back in time for morning seder on Sunday.

Security Arrangements

24 hour mobile guards, guards at front gate during night time hours. Contact with all students by cell phone and with parents by e-mail.

History

Yeshivat Sha’alvim was established in 1961 as a military outpost and in 1967 became a Yeshivat Hesder. It is situated in a beautiful rural setting on a mountain overlooking historic Ayalon Valley, half-way between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

Accrediting Universities

Joint programs with Yeshiva University, Touro College, Hebrew Theological College and others.

Tuition

Tuition for the year 2019-20 is $27,000 including dorm, laundry, medical attention, hospitalization insurance, tiyulim, visa renewal and email use.

Additional Information

Yeshivat Sha’alvim is nestled in the natural beauty of central Eretz Yisrael along the fertile fields of the Ayalon Valley. Here, in a beautiful rural setting, removed from the distractions of the busy city, one can blossom and grow reaching his fullest potential as a Ben Torah. He forges a life long kesher with his Rabbanim and Kollel Fellows who open their homes and hearts to him. In a warm family atmosphere, conducive to serious learning, Sha’alvim prepares its students for a life dedicated to Torah, Am Yisrael, Eretz Yisrael and Medinat Yisrael.

Contact Information for Sha'alvim

U.S. Office

Baila Fogel
1716 Coney Island Ave. #3F
Brooklyn, NY 11230

Phone: (718) 677-7200
Fax: (718) 677-3080
Email: office@usshaalvim.org
www.shaalvim.org 

Israel Office

Rav Yechezkel Yakovson / Rav Ari Waxman
DN Shimshon 99784

Phone: (08) 927-6652
Fax: (08) 927-6516
Email: sharong@shaalvim.co.il
www.shaalvim.org

Hashkafa

Goal of Program

Yeshivat Sha’arei Mevaseret Zion seeks to nurture students into well-rounded, leadership-oriented Bnei Torah with the following core attributes: a love of learning, a commitment to excel in both mitzvot bein adam l’makom and bein adam l’chaveiro, a love and appreciation of all Jews, a deep-felt connection to Eretz Yisrael, and a commitment to Yahadut. 

We seek to promote these qualities in our Talmidim by drawing from the wellsprings of all perspectives within the Torah spectrum and by addressing the unique needs of each individual Talmid.  We strive to create an energized and fun atmosphere in which each Talmid feels positive about his Judaism, his religious development, his friends and his Yeshiva.

Perspective on Medinat Yisrael

The Yeshiva is very positive about Religious Zionism. Our Talmidim study together with the Meretz Kollel, many of whom have served in the IDF and espouse the values of Religious Zionism. We have a full program of Tefilla, talks and celebrations on Yom Ha'Atzmaut and Yom Yerushalayim. Our tours during Tiyulim invariably visit and celebrate the accomplishments of Medinat Yisrael.

Perspective on University Studies

Our students are encouraged to study in university and continue serious learning in a Yeshiva program. They are certainly not discouraged from attending university, which is viewed as a positive part of an individual's development.

Extracurricular Activities

The Yeshiva hosts Chagigot for all major yamim tovim (Simchat Beit Hashoeva, Chanuka, Purim, Lag B’Omer, Yom Haatzmaut, etc.) We also promote a weekly chesed program on Tuesday afternoons whereby the Yeshiva participates in Shalva and other organizations, depending on the schedule . Chesed programs over the years have included volunteering for Magen David Adom, Hadassah Children’s Hospital, Kedma, Table-to-Table, Yad Eliezer, Meir Panim Soup Kitchens, Amutat Efrat, babysitting for Kollel members and tutoring Ethiopian olim in Mevaseret Zion.

Preparation for Post Israel

Rabbanim have regular Hashkafa discussions with students about their return home and future attendance in college. Kibud Av V'em are supreme values stressed by the Yeshiva.

The "Successful" Student

Our successful student embodies Torah Im Derech Eretz. He will be a leader of Torah study and community effort in his home town. Our talmidim are Bnei Torah who contribute to the good of Klal Yisrael and are Mekadesh Shem Shamayim BaRabim.

Dress

The Yeshiva requires that Talmidim wear shirts with collars (T-shirts are not acceptable), slacks (not jeans), shoes and socks anywhere outside the dormitory.

Guidance Personnel

The Yeshiva is maintains a low student/rebbe ratio to foster open, warm, and lasting relationships. Additionally, the Yeshiva is staffed by several madrichim. These are serious and mature young men who serve as guides and counselors to the Talmidim. A number of our Rabbeim live on campus.  Talmidim share the Beit Midrash with Meretz Kollel members who are studying for Smicha from the Israel Chief Rabbinate. These Kollel Members live on campus. We purposely provide our Talmidim with a diverse population of positive role models in their daily lives at Yeshiva.

Supervision

Each rebbe is assigned a small number of post high school students on which to keep a responsible eye. Yeshiva maintains a reasonable curfew. No alcohol consumption, drug use, vaping or smoking are permitted in or outside of Yeshiva. Students who leave for Shabbat sign out with name, number and address of host.

Curriculum

We have Shiurim in three levels - Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. The advanced level assumes the ability to comprehend a shiur in Gemara.

The Mevaseret Program offers Morning Seder Gemara shiurim at every level, from advanced shiurim that focus on sharpening the Talmid’s analytical abilities, to skill-building shiurim that enable a Talmid to gain a comfort level with learning Gemara.

Afternoon Seder in Mevaseret is a uniquely diverse program. The goal of Afternoon Seder is to present our Talmidim with a broad scope of all of Yahadut. Classes run through the first hour of afternoon seder, and they encompass shiurim on a broad range of stimulating and intriguing topics such as the following:

  • Our Unique Generation: Last Moments of Galut
  • I Want the Truth
  • Personal Growth Workshop
  • Deep Thoughts on Parsha and Moadim
  • Geheinom, Gan Eden, and the coming of Mashiach
  • Hands on Halacha – Safrut
  • Transformative Tefillah
  • Pirkei Avot
  • Secret to Life through the Thought of Rebbe Nachman
  • Hilchot Shabbat
  • Tanach
  • Tanya

The remainder of afternoon seder focuses on Gemara Bekiut. A one-hour preparatory period precedes each class, which provides the opportunity to analyze the texts and gain a broad understanding of the subject matter. These subjects are all taught in an interactive fashion by mechanchim who are experts in their field. The goal of the afternoon seder is to present the students with the rich diversity and tradition of our Jewish heritage, and be able to draw on all of the varied disciplines within Yahadut to develop their personalities and their unique connection to Avodat Hashem.

Daily Schedule
  • 7:50 - Shacharit
  • 8:40 - Breakfast
  • 9:30 am – 12:30 pm - Morning Shiur - Gemara B'Iyun
  • 12:40 – 2:50 – Lunch Break – Intramural Basketball
  • 2:30 – 2:50 Optional Mishna Brura Yomi
  • 2:50 - Mincha
  • 3:00 – 4:00: Afternoon Seder – Classes
  • 4:00 – 6:00 Afternoon Seder – Gemara Bekiut
  • 6:30- Dinner
  • 8:00 – Maariv
  • 8:15 - 10:00 - Night Seder
  • 10:00 - 10:45 – Post Night Seder
  • 10:45 - 11:15 – Late Night Learning and Munchies Program
Language of Instruction

Shiurim are offered in both English and Ivrit to cater to the unique needs of each Talmid. Ulpan Torani is one of the options offered Tuesday afternoons.

Assessment and Grading

Grades are offered and official transcripts are provided.

Shana Bet

There is an official Shana Bet program. Approximately 50% of our talmidim return for a second year, as this is strongly encouraged by the Yeshiva.

Joint Program

We have official programs with YU, Touro and Hebrew Theological College (Skokie). Many other institutions recognize our transcript.

Staff

  • Rav Shimon Isaacson – Rosh Yeshiva
  • Rav Yedidya Berzon – Rosh Mosdot Mevaseret
  • Rav Mordechai Burg –Menahel
  • Rav Daniel Glanz – Mashgiach
  • Rav Daniel Steinherz – Mashgiach
  • Rav Daniel Berent – Seder coordinator
  • Rav Nissan Lachman – Social worker
  • Rav Meir Arnold
  • Rav Yehuda Barkai
  • Rav Binyomin Beiser
  • Rav Chananya Berzon
  • Rav Joel Bloom
  • Rav Elisha Bruck
  • Rav Betzalel Cohen
  • Rav Kfir Dadon
  • Rav Yakov Gakner
  • Rav Yosef Hirschel
  • Rav Dovid Levy
  • Rav David Lovy
  • Rav Shimshon Nadel
  • Rav Moshe Poleyeff
  • Rav Chaggai Raviv
  • Rav Nachi Rybak
  • Rav Barak Saffer
  • Rav Robert Saffer
  • Rav Ben Schurz
  • Rav Nir Shaer
  • Rav Shmuel Zucker
  • Rav Eli Eldad

Administration

  • Rav Daniel Katz – Executive Director
  • Netanel Ostrov – CFO
  • Naomi Amar and Menucha Rothenberg – Office Administrators

Extra-Curricular Activities

Sports Facilities

There is a weight room on campus and outdoor basketball court. Indoor basketball court rented twice a week. There is also a running chug with one of the senior rabbanim.

Programming for Shabbat and Yom Tov

Approximately once every three weeks Shabbat Yeshiva (either on or off-campus); two free shabbatot a month with the possibility of remaining in Yeshiva (called Optional Shabbat). All facilities - including dorms - are available 24/7 and all meals are provided. Placement assistance is offered to Talmidim who wish to be hosted during the chagim.

Field Trips

The Yeshiva views the tiyulim as an integral part of the educational programming. There are five major overnight trips and at least one day-trip per month. These are designed to enhance knowledge and love of Eretz Yisrael and Jewish History, both ancient and modern.

Eligibility

Religious Observance Required

Full commitment to Shmirat Torah U'mitzvot is a prerequisite.

Population

Type of American Student

We pride ourselves in accepting a wide and varied student population.

Our students have come from the following cities/countries:
Vienna, Austria; Caulfield, Australia; Melbourne, Australia; Los Angeles, CA; Englewood, CO; Boca Raton, FL; Miami Beach, FL; Chicago, IL; Deerfield, IL; Skokie, IL; Brookline, MA; Natick, MA; Newton, MA; Sharon, MA; Baltimore, MD; Potamac, MD; Silver Spring, MD; Southfield, MI; W. Bloomfield, MI; Cherry Hill, NJ; East Brunswick, NJ; Edison, NJ; Elizabeth, NJ; Englewood, NJ; Fair Lawn, NJ; Highland Park, NJ; Hllside, NJ; Oakhurst, NJ; Paramus, NJ; Passaic, NJ; Teaneck, NJ; West Orange, NJ; Sydney, Australia; Atlantic Beach, NY; Bronx, NY; Brooklyn, NY; Dewitt, NY; Flushing, NY; Forest Hills, NY; Fresh Meadows, NY; Great Neck, NY; Hillcrest, NY; Holliswood, NY; Jamaica Estates, NY; Lawrence, NY; Long Beach, NY; Merrick, NY; Monsey, NY; New Rochelle, NY; New York, NY; Plainview, NY; Riverdale, NY; Suffern, NY; West Hempstead, NY; Beachwood, OH; Toronto, Ontario; Thornhill, Ontario; Bala Cynwd, PA; Elkins Park, PA; Montreal, Quebec; Dallas, TX

Location

Mevaseret Zion (outskirts of Jerusalem)

Total Student Population

130

Number of 1st Year Students

85

Number of 2nd Year Students

45

Faculty/Student Ratio

1:8

Accommodations

Living Quarters

Air conditioned and heated comfortable rooms. Maximum of 8 boys to a room. Students may requests roommates. There are two madrichim in each dorm. There is a fridge on every dorm floor.

Facility use during Shabbat and Yom Tov

The Yeshiva is always open. Meals are always provided. Facilities are available to students throughout the entire year.

Security Arrangements

Security guard on campus. Fence around complete perimeter of campus.

100% coordination with security officials, including travel routes, locations & times, armed escorts and medical personnel. Text message for security updates and alerts (assuming you use Yeshiva's recommended cell phone provider). In the event of an attack, all students are contacted via an immediate text message. Once all students are accounted for, parents receive an email saying that everyone is ok. Full contact with security professionals to advise our students of where and when not to go and if need be "lock down" for a limited time.

Please keep in mind that Mevaseret is a low-risk area as defined by the security establishment.

History

The Yeshiva was founded in 1988 by a group of young and dynamic, experienced educators. They sensed the need for a Yeshiva to cater to the serious student who aspires to grow in Torah learning and Yirat Shamayim, while fully experiencing Eretz Yisrael.

Accrediting Universities

YSMZ is a Yeshiva University S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program School. There is a program with Touro and Hebrew Theological College (Skokie). Many other institutions recognize our transcript.

Tuition

For the 2019-2020 year tuition is $28,900. This includes registration, dormitory facilities, 3 meals a day, Tiyulim, all Shabbatot and Chagim.

Additional Information

There is only one criterion to gaining entrance into YSMZ; a sincere desire to grow. We believe that with genuine motivation, anything can be achieved. We recognize that each Talmid should be taught in his own unique way (chanoch lena’ar al pi darko). Though our Talmidim hail from different sections of the world, they quickly gel into the Mevaseret family. Everyone feels a special bond with his colleagues, and lifelong friendships are forged. The sense of achdut amongst the boys greatly enhances the Israel experience.  Wherever across the globe our Talmidim find themselves, there is an instant connection upon meeting a fellow Mevaseret graduate.  More than having shared a similar experience - they are members of the same family. 

Rebbeim are available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week to guide and support their Talmidim.  The commitment and caring of our staff infuse the Yeshiva with warmth and camaraderie. Talmidim are regularly hosted at the homes of Rebbeim, because they truly become a part of the Rebbe’s family. At YSMZ, you will acquire a Rebbe and belong to a family for the rest of your life.

Contact Information

Rosh Yeshiva:  Rav Shimon Isaacson

Website: www.ysmz.org
E-mail: office@ysmz.org.il 
Phone: 972-2-533-9100 or (347) 464-6513
Fax: 972-2-533-9101 

Hashkafa

Goal of Program

To help students form a relationship with Hashem and the Torah that will instruct their actions and lives. To help students recognize their strengths, abilities, and place in the world so they can live productive, Jewish, self-aware, reflective lives. To help them pursue, attain, disseminate, and apply the wisdom of the Torah throughout their live in the personal, communal, and professional spheres.

Attitude Towards Israel and Medinat Yisrael

Very positive. We foster students’ appreciation of Hashem’s gift to us in the form of this incredible opportunity we have to be in Eretz Yisroel, gratitude towards those who protect Am Yisroel, and also to appreciate Eretz Yisroel and its inhabitants. The Yeshiva has special programming on Yom Yerushalayim, Yom HaZikaron and Yom HaAtzmaut. In addition the Yeshiva works with a special Israel syllabus to incorporate Israel focused lessons into the curriculum.

Attitude Towards University Studies

Positive. Our alumni attend universities throughout the US including, but not limited to, Yeshiva University and Landers College. Students are encouraged to pursue their profession of choice together with a lifelong commitment to learning and living Torah.

Attitude Towards Extracurricular Activities

The Yeshiva facilitates travel and logistics so that students can participate in chesed programs once a week. We also coordinate an annual blood drive with Magen David Adom.

Tiyulim and barbecues also provide opportunities for informal staff-student interaction.

The students are encouraged to exercise, and they organize Yeshiva sports teams, including football, basketball, and baseball.

The Yeshiva students also participate (with much success) in the annual Battle of the Bands.

Preparation for Post Israel

Private, personal meetings with each and every student, class discussions, lectures, and a panel program are devoted to preparing our students for their return to America with its attendant challenges.

The "Successful" Student

The successful alumnus, regardless of future endeavor, career path, or profession he chooses, has laid the groundwork for a lifetime of learning and will continually strive to live with an awareness of Hashem in his life.

Dress

Students must be dressed respectfully during shiurim and davening, i.e., shirts with collars and buttons and respectable pants and footwear. No t-shirts, shorts or sweats in the Beis Medrash or shiurim.

Guidance Personnel

Rebbeim, hanhala,and madrichim are available for individual discussions and counseling. The strong bond that develops between the rebbeim and the students is a major component in the outstanding success that Yeshiva Tiferet has enjoyed.

When deemed necessary, staff – in consultation with parents – refers and suggests professional intervention.

Supervision

Attendance is taken at sedarim. Curfew is checked at 12:30am. The Yeshiva has a zero tolerance policy towards the use of controlled substances. At least one, and usually two madrichim, are in the dormitory every evening and over weekends.

Curriculum

Makeup

Talmud study constitutes approximately two thirds of the students’ formal learning schedule.

Courses Offered

In addition to Talmud, afternoon seder options include subjects such as Tanakh, Mishnah, Contemporary Halacha, Jewish Philosophy, Biur Tefilla, and Ta’amei Ha’mitzvoth.

Daily Schedule
  • Shacharis: 7:30AM Halacha seder following tefilla, breakfast
  • First seder: 9:30AM – 1PM
  • Lunch and break: 1:00 – 3:00PM
  • Second seder (1st half): 3:00 – 4:15PM
  • Mincha: 4:15PM
  • Second seder (2nd half): 4:30 – 5:45PM
  • Dinner and break: 5:45 – 8:00PM
  • Night seder: 8:00 – 10:00PM
  • Maariv
  • Optional shiur/ seder: 10:15 – 11:00pm
Language of Instruction

English

Ulpan or Hebrew Class

Weekly Ulpan

Assessment and Grading

Students are graded based on attendance, participation, and occasional tests.

Shana Bet

Shana Bet is encouraged for students who have demonstrated that they utilize their time in Yeshiva wisely.

Joint Program

Joint programs with YU, Touro, Talmudic University of Florida, and Hebrew Theological College (Skokie).

Staff

  • Rabbi Chananya Greenwald, Rosh Yeshiva
  • Rabbi Don Perkal, Mashgiach
  • Rabbi Avraham Rosedale, 2nd Year Mashgiach
  • Rabbi Ari Zaidoff, Night Seder Mashgiach
  • Rabbi Yechiel Buchler, Programs

Extra-Curricular Activities

Interaction with Israelis

An average of 1 tiyul per month. Students are not encouraged to be involved politically in Israel but there are ample opportunities for interaction with the hundreds of Israelis on campus.

Special Informal Programs

Guest speakers, extra learning incentive programs, Melavei Malka, Rosh Chodesh seudot.

Sports Facilities

There is a weight room, ping-pong room, indoor basketball court (gym), music room and outdoor basketball courts.

Programming for Shabbat and Yom Tov

Every second Shabbos is an In-Shabbos. There are several shabbatonim in various communities across Eretz Yisroel each year. Extra tiyulim are available during chol hamoed. Students who need assistance with placements for Shabbos or Yom Tov are offered home hospitality. Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, Shemini Atzeres, Simchas Torah, and Shavuos are spent in Yeshiva.

Field Trips

1 tiyul per month.

Eligibility

Level of Learning Offered

Intermediate to Advanced - familiarity with Aramaic and Talmudic terminology and concepts is necessary.

Hebrew Knowledge Required

Intermediate - shiurim are in English but are liberally sprinkled with Hebrew phrases and terms.

Religious Observance Required

Commitment to Torah and mitzvos.

Population

Type of American Student

Students from across the US and Canada. Schools, e.g., JEC, South Shore, Yavneh, Valley Torah, TA Baltimore, HANC, Maimonides, Skokie, YULA, etc.

Overall Number of Students (Kollel, Israeli, Foreign)

85

Foreign Student Percentage

0%

Number of 1st Year American Students

50

Number of 2nd Year American Students

25

Other Nationalities

Canadian

Number of Students per Class

10

Accommodations

Living Quarters

3 to a room. Rooms are carpeted, split level rooms with separate work and living areas. The yeshiva is located on the campus of Boys Town Jerusalem,in Bayit Vegan, Jerusalem.

Availability of Private Kitchen Facilities

There are refrigerators and vending machines in the dormitory.

Facility use during Shabbat and Yom Tov

Dormitory is open all year.

Curfew

12:30AM

Security Arrangements

There is gated security at all entrances to the complex. All students have cell phones connected by network to the administration.

History

Since its founding in 1997, Tiferet has provided a quality education for students seeking a Yeshiva that presents the inspirational elements of Torah without shortchanging the intellectual rigor of classic Talmud study. Located on the campus of Boystown Jerusalem in Bayit Vegan, Jerusalem, the Yeshiva has grown steadily and has established a reputation as a unique Yeshiva that challenges students to confront themselves and to reach beyond the easy clichés and banality so pervasive in contemporary culture that can prevent them from reaching their potential.

Accrediting Universities

  • Yeshiva University
  • Lander/Touro
  • Talmudic University of Florida
  • Hebrew Theological College of Skokie

Tuition

Tuition: $21,000 includes dormitory, meals, instruction and tiyulim

Additional Information

Yeshiva Tiferet seeks students who are motivated to leave their mark on the world, who aspire to make a difference. The Yeshiva imbues its students with a love of learning Torah through its talented and dedicated staff of Rebbeim who work with various aspects of a student's personality and character to help him fulfill his potential as a concerned and committed Jew.

The loyalty and devotion of the alumni, who represent all segments of Jewish life, to the Yeshiva eloquently testifies that the Yeshiva is succeeding in its mission. Our annual Alumni Retreat in the U.S. is attended by hundreds of alumni from the most recent graduates to the original founding students of the Yeshiva’s first year.

Contact Information for Tiferet Yerushalayim

U.S. Office

Rabbi J. Werfel
28 Park Avenue
Monsey, NY 10952

Phone: (718) 874-9406
Fax: (516) 504-9567
Email: office@tiferet.org.il

Israel Office

Rabbi Chananya Greenwald
24/5 Hakablan
Jerusalem

Phone: (02) 643-7860
Fax: (02) 644-6553
Email: office@tiferet.org.il
www.tiferet.org.il

Hashkafa

Goal of Program

YTS has a tri-partite goal:

  1. To guide its students in developing self proficiency in the examination of Talmudic and Torah texts. This is achieved through methodological techniques of rigorous conceptual analysis while simultaneously providing them the opportunity to acquire a vast knowledge utilizing the bekiut incentive program.
  2. To nurture and foster a close rebbe/talmid relationship and provide them with spiritual and intellectual role models that will anchor them Jewishly and emotionally.
  3. To broaden their knowledge and connectedness to Eretz Yisrael and Medinat Yisrael via tiyulim and shabbatonim and a welfare of experiential encounters that will arouse and deepen their spiritual roots. This is accomplished in sync with their deepening commitment to observance of mitzvot and the strengthening of the tenets of our faith.

Attitude Towards Israel and Medinat Yisrael

YTS is very strongly committed to the teaching of the centrality of Eretz Yisrael in the life of the Jew and the Divine providence and effervescence of the State of Israel. This is achieved through a variety of venues:

  1. Tanach is studied with an emphasis on the geographic lores of historically critical sites in our heritage.
  2. Tours of Eretz Yisrael are conducted, designed to highlight historical vignettes and significant events in our unfolding development as a people.
  3. Shabbatonim are held in varying and diverse communities throughout the country whose thrust is to expose our students to the spiritual and cultural largesse of Am Yisrael.
  4. National events and days including Yom Hazikaron,Yom Ha’atzmautand Yom Yerushalayimare celebrated and Yemei Iyun are devoted to an understanding of these watershed events.

Attitude Towards University Studies

YTS is fully cognizant of its obligation to elevate the intellectual, spiritual, and moral fiber of its students by providing them with the tools to become autonomous in their ability to grapple with Judaic texts while simultaneously enabling them to function in the world at large. Students are strongly encouraged to continue their studies at institutions like Yeshiva University or at other venues that will enable them to continue the pursuit of their Judaic studies in a directed, supportive and organized framework. Secular studies clearly provide a modality for our students’ continuous development and growth leading to their becoming productive and responsible citizenry of society at large, while concurrently contributing to the Jewish communities of which they are denizens.

Attitude Towards Extracurricular Activities

YTS recognizes the critical importance of developing holistic personalities who can bring to bear their variegated talents outside the walls of the Beit Medrash. To this end, the Yeshiva has initiated and guided its students in their participation in a number of multi-hued chessed programs including weekly visits to nearby hospitals, volunteering at Yad Sarah, assisting in schools for autistic children etc. Chessed is a sine qua non for a Torah Jew and YTS has made this a priority without impinging on the academic schedule unduly.

Preparation for Post Israel

Besides the formal normative learning that is the epicenter of YTS, a significant amount of time is devoted to philosophic and hashkafic aspects of Judaism. To this end, YTS provides many shiurim in these areas, including a entitled “Kiruv Training Seminar”. This provides the student with the background and ability to handle any and all questions that the student may be faced with in the world outside the Yeshiva, including the media’s portrayal of Israel. One of the most beautiful aspects of YTS is the vast amount of time the rabbeim spend talking to students individually and the nexus of relationships that have burgeoned as a consequence of that dialogue. A significant segment is directed towards the students’ reintegration into the ‘real world’ and his ability to deal with profound sensitivity towards his parents and siblings and those friends who did not have the opportunity to study for a year in Israel.

The "Successful" Student

The successful student will be confident and proud of his Judaism, of his commitment to the highways and byways, and will be able to demonstrate proficiency in his textual facility. He will have broadened his horizons considerably in his perspective on the Jewish people and their relationship to Eretz Yisrael and Medinat Yisrael. All the aforementioned will hopefully propel and impel him to contribute positively to the Jewish community at large and be an ideal role model for others to emulate.

Dress

Students are expected to wear shirts with collars, slacks, shoes, and socks. On Shabbat, white oxfords are standard although many students wear suits and ties as well.

Guidance Personnel

All of the full-time Rabbeim including the Rosh Hayeshiva and Menahel are in the Yeshiva throughout the day and are available and provide guidance. In addition, Rabbi Yehuda Werblowsky, serves as Sgan Mashgiach and Rabbi Dr. Gil Elmaleh who is a Mental Health professional provides additional support where needed. There is an Av-bayit and dorm counselors who are present 24/7 on the Yeshiva campus.

Supervision

The behavior of the students is closely monitored by the faculty. Although there is no curfew, students must spend the night in the dormitory unless he was granted permission to do otherwise. No smoking is permitted in the Yeshiva and there is a zero tolerance policy regarding alcohol and drugs.

Curriculum

Makeup

At least two full sedarim are spent on Talmud, which is clearly the major emphasis of the curriculum. There are four different level of Iyun shiurim and three tracks for B’kiyut. The advanced track of b’kiyut aims to finish the entire tractate.

Courses Offered

There are weekly classes in Tanach, Chumash, Parshat Hashavua, Machshava, Philosophy of the Rambam, Hebrew Ulpan, the Thought of Rav Soloveitchik, the Writings of Rav Kook, Nefesh Hachayim, and Chassidus.

Daily Schedule

A Typical Day in YTS

  • 7:15am Shacharit
  • 8:05am Halacha Seder
  • 8:35am Breakfast
  • 9:15am Seder B’Iyun
  • 11:45am Shiur B’Iyun
  • 12:45pm Mincha
  • 1:00pm Lunch and Break
  • 3:00pm Seder B’kiyut
  • 6:00pm Each night 4 different option Tues. - Chumash B’Iyun w/ Rav David
  • 7:00pm Dinner
  • 8:00pm Maariv
  • 8:15pm Mussar Seder w/ Gruss Kollel
  • 8:45-10:00pm Night Seder
  • Mon. - Shiur w/ R. Haber
  • 10:00pm Every Night optional chaburot w/ Kollel

Some Distinctive Highlights of our Daily Schedule:
Every Sunday there is an Halacha shiur given by the Rosh HaYeshiva to the entire Yeshiva. Rabbi David’s vast experience as both Community Rabbi and Rosh Yeshiva creates a rare blend of practical halacha and thorough analyses of the methodology of the halachic decisors. For many the highlight of their week is Rav David’s Halacha shiur which is in the form of an open forum for all halachic and/or hashkafic queries.

The latter part of the Afternoon Seder is focused on subject matter other than Gemara. Twice a week, in the 6-7pm slot, the Rosh HaYeshiva says a shiur or a sicha in Chumash and contemporary issues. Rav Olshin runs a popular seminar called “Kiruv Training Seminar”. Based on the mishna in Pirkei Avot, every Jew should be equipped with the tools and information needed to present the beauty and philosophy of Torah Judaism to others less schooled in these areas. This class, then, aims to arm the students with the fundamentals of our faith in a clear and cogent manner so that it may be shared and conveyed with the larger community.

Thursday evenings Rabbi Avraham Willig gives his weekly Parsha “schmooze” which has the students rolling with laughter and yet catapults them to strive for greater spiritual accomplishment. Every evening YTS students are paired with members of the Gruss Kollel for mussar seder.

On Monday Nights, Rab Yaakov Haber reknowned author and lecturer gives a shiur on the topic of Tefilah. Afterwards all students participate in a vaad/bayit cham at the homes of the Gruss Kollel.

Language of Instruction

The Rosh Yeshiva’s daily shiur is given in Hebrew. All the other Gemara shiurim are given in English. There are a couple of shiurim offered at night in Hebrew.

Ulpan or Hebrew Class

Ulpan with different levels is offered and compulsory for students on the MASA program.

Assessment and Grading

The students receive grades on their transcript at the end of the year. However, they are not based on any formal written or oral exams. There is, however, a b’kiyut incentive programs where students are voluntarily tested on their mastery of the Masechta. These ‘tests’ are not graded for final grades that appear on the transcript but rather to receive vouchers that may be redeemed to purchase seforim.

Shana Bet

There is a formal shana bet program; nearly half of the students have stayed for a 2nd year.

Joint Program

Yeshiva University joint Israel program, Touro/Landers, Hebrew Theological College.

Staff

Rosh Hayeshiva - Rav Avishai David shlit’a
Rav David was a close talmid of Rav Yosef Dov Soloveitchik zt’l and Rav Nisson Alpert zt’l. Rav David held numerous educational and Rabbinic posts in North America. Since his aliya to Eretz Yisrael nine years ago, Rav David has served as the Rav of Beit Medrash Torani Leumi in Beit Shemesh, as Maggid Shiur in Yeshivat Ohr Etzion, Shaarei Mevaseret Zion, Michlala, and as the Rosh HaYeshiva of Michlelet Mevaseret Yerushalayim (MMY) where he continues to lecture.

Menahel - Rav Michael Olshin
Rav Olshin studied for semicha in RIETS of YU and received a Masters in education from the Azrieli Graduate School for Jewish Education. Formerly, he was a Maggid shiur and Director of Progamming at Yeshivat Reishit Yerushalayim and Assistant Director of Chinuch at Camp Mesorah. Currently, Rav Olshin spends his summers as a Maggid Shiur in the NCSY Kollel in Israel.

Dean of Students - Rabbi Dr. Gil Elmaleh
Rav Dr. Gil Elmaleh received his Ph.D. in social work from Yeshiva University, his MA in clinical psychology from Long Island University and his Semicha from Kollel Agudath Achim in New York. He served as Director of Therapeutic Services at the Sinai Special Needs Institute, Head Counselor at Camp Simcha, and authored The Jewish SELF. He maintains a clinical practice in Israel and is involved with training graduate students in the field of Jewish education.

Ramim - Full Time

  • Rav Moshe Nechemia Reichman
  • Rav Avi Schneider
  • Rav Yehuda Werblowsky
  • Rav Andi Yudin
  • Rav Ephraim Greene
  • Rav Hillel Zinkin
  • Rav Moshe Willig
  • Rav David Shamula
  • Rav Judah Goldschmidt

Ramim - Part Time

  • Rav Hillel Rudolph
  • Rav Yaakov Haber
  • Rav Eliezer Mescheloff
  • Rav Benjy Staiman
  • Rav Arnie Wittenstein
  • Rav Eric Ifrah
  • Rav Yossi Fuchs
  • Rav Ari Mor
  • Rav Ailon Meir
  • Rav Avraham Fischer

Extra-Curricular Activities

Interaction with Israelis

YTS arranges Shabbatonim in different communities throughout Israel. There are many opportunities to interact with Israelis of similar age on a daily basis since we share many parts of the campus with Machon Lev, which has 700 Israeli students. Many students have Chavrutot with Israeli students from Yeshivat Har Hamor.

Special Informal Programs

YTS invites guest speakers regularly. Chagigot are celebrated on Chanuka, Purim, Yom Haatzmaut and Yom Yerushalayim. Yemai Iyun take place before some of the holidays.

Sports Facilities

There is a full-court Basketball court on campus, a lounge with a ping pong table table, air hockey, and foosball, computers with e-mail and limited internet access, and a weight room.

Programming for Shabbat and Yom Tov

One in every 3 weeks students are expected to stay ‘in’ for Shabbat. Once every 6 weeks there are special shabbatonim in various communities outside the Yeshiva including the Old City, Zefat, Beit Shemesh and Bnei Brak. The Yeshiva dormitory remains open the entire year of study. One never has to leave campus as meals are provided throughout the Sukkot and Pesach vacations. Often the Rabbeim will host their students on the ‘out’ shabbatot.

Field Trips

YTS has 3 three-day tiyulim along with regular smaller one-day tiyulim throughout the year.

Eligibility

Level of Learning Offered
  • Beginner: Familiar with some Aramaic and Talmudic terminology
  • Intermediate: Beginning to independently study a Talmudic passage
  • Advanced: Able to independently study a Talmudic passage

We have shiurim that cater to all three learning levels. But all the shuirim are demanding for each level.

In addition, YTS began a track within the Yeshiva for students who do not want to learn Gemarah for two full sedarim. This track offers instead more courses in other subjects and weekly chesed projects. The great advantage of this track is it’s students integration with the larger Yeshiva student body.

Hebrew Knowledge Required

Intermediate - shiurim are in Hebrew and English

Religious Observance Required

A full commitment to shmirat Torah U’mitzvot is required.

Population

Type of American Student

YTS attracts a wide range of students from across the country approximately half from New York metropolitan area. Some of the high schools that have had graduates in our program; NY - DRS Halb, HAFTR, Hillel, Flatbush, JEC, TABC, Magen David, MAYHS, MTA, Ramaz, Rambam, Frisch, Westchester, YU. Outside NY - Beth Tefila, Rambam (Baltimore), Ida Crown, Skokie Yeshiva (Chicago),Fuchs Mizrachi (Cleveland), Columbus Torah Academy (Ohio), CHAT, Or Chaim (Toronto), YULA, Shalhevet (LA), Toras Chaim (Miami), WYHS (Boca) Toras Chaim (San Diego), Maimonides, Stern (Philadelphia).

Overall Number of Students (Kollel, Israeli, Foreign)

117

Foreign Student Percentage

100%

Number of 1st Year American Students

85

Number of 2nd Year American Students

32

Other Nationalities

Canadian, English, South American, Ukranian

Number of Students per Class

There are about 12-18 students in a morning shiur. Teacher/Student Ratio 1:4.

Accommodations

Living Quarters

YTS rents dormitory space on campus from YU. There are 2-4 in newly renovated dorm rooms. Each room has its own bathroom and kitchenette. The students get to choose their own roomates prior to their arrival. Once every 3 shabbatot or so, students are permitted to entertain guests.

Availability of Private Kitchen Facilities

Each room has its own kitchenette with refrigerator.

Facility use during Shabbat and Yom Tov

The Yeshiva is open every Shabbat and Yom Tov from the day the students arrives till they leave. Often members of the Gruss Kollel provide home-hopitality on Shabbat and Yom Tov.

Curfew

Although there is no curfew, students must spend the night in the dormitory unless he was granted permission to do otherwise. There are madrikhim who sleep in the dorm to monitor the students. Students must give details of their Shabbat plans to the Av-bayit before they leave for Shabbat.

Security Arrangements

There are armed security guards on campus 24/7. The students are allowed to travel based on the permission given by their respective parents. However, certain areas are currently off-limits even with parental permission. All students are required to have cellphones so that they can be contacted immediately in the case of emergency. YTS is in regular e-mail contact with the students’ parents and updates them consistently.

History

Yeshivat Torat Shraga (YTS) began in Elul 5761 (September 2001) with 12 students. We are currently in our sixth year and have a student population of 94 students. The Yeshiva was founded by Ohr Torah Stone whose Chancellor is Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, however in Sept. 2003 the Yeshiva became an independent institution. We are located on the campus of the Gruss Kollel of Yeshiva Unversity in the Bayit Vegan section of Yerushalayim.

Accrediting Universities

YTS is a Yeshiva University S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program School. YTS is part of the Israel Program of Landers College/Touro, and the Hebrew Theological College.

Tuition

Tuition for 2019-2020 is $27,000, which includes room/board, and tiyulim.

Additional Information

YTS has developed a reputation for attracting bright, self-motivated students to its rigorous program. It is the goal of YTS to advance its students to the next level on their way to becoming leaders in the Jewish Community. A YTS student is someone who not only wants to be personally impacted by his education and environment but is someone who would like to share and convey that passion and excitement for learning to others as well. He understands that a strong foundation in Torah learning on the highest level, while simultaneously developing a deep-rooted love of Eretz Yisrael and Am Yisrael, will be the key to realizing those lofty aspirations.

Sharing the campus with the Gruss Kollel of Yeshiva University allows the Yeshiva to avail itself of young, dynamic, Rabbinic Students who are eager to serve as role models and mentors to our students. Our students have to opportunity to learn with them daily and are often invited to their home for meals and shabbatot.

In addition, YTS founded Tochnit EIT (Education and Integration in Torah) Lilmod, a track within the Yeshiva designed specifically for students who cannot learn gemara intensly for three sedarim. EIT Lilmod’s misson is to maximize the strengths of each individual student, regardless of his cognitive of intellectual abilities, in the areas of Torah learning, tefilla, and acts of chessed. Students from EIT Limod are fully integrated with students from YTS, and can choose a variety of courses, such as Chumash, Halacha, Mishna, Talmud, Navi, Hashkafa, and Ivrit. Each student is placed in a chessed site and is given the opportunity to excel outside of the academic environment by volunteering his time to help others.

For more information about this innovative program, correspond directly with Dr. Gil Elmaleh at EITLilmod@hotmail.com or at 052-618-6666.

Contact Information for Torat Shraga

U.S. Office

Mrs. Feller
1 Copperbeech Lane
Lawrence, NY 11559
Phone: (516) 569-4320

Israel Office

HaRav Avishai David / Rabbi Michael Olshin
40 Duvdevani Street, Bayit Vegan, Jerusalem
(mailing address) P.O.B. 16284
Phone: (02) 642-9907
Fax: (02) 642-9903
Email: office@toratshraga.com
www.toratshraga.com

Yeshivat Torah V’Avodah (YTVA), under the auspices of Bnei Akiva of North America, World Bnei Akiva, and in partnership with Eretz Chemdah, draws on over 75 years of combined experience of Religious Zionist education in Israel. The young men who join TVA are looking for an immersive and intensive growth experience preparing them for the rest of their lives in a broad and integrated fashion--they want to learn at a high level, and they believe that authentic Jewish learning must also break out of the four walls of a Beit midrash.

Along with focused in-depth Torah study with the most impressive teachers in all of Israel, TVA opens its students up to Eretz Yisrael and Am Yisrael through targeted internships, intense volunteering and service learning, living and working on Kibbutz, exploring pivotal issues facing the future of the Jewish people, rigorous spoken-Hebrew language training, and exciting tiyulim throughout the year. All of these experiences are infused with rigorous Torah learning and apartment living in the dynamic community of Katamon in Jerusalem.

Hashkafa

Goal of Program

TVA is founded upon the values on Bnei Akiva and Modern Orthodoxy.  TVA envisions Jewish learning in the broadest sense, including the following: Serious study and skills building of Talmud, Tanach, Halakha, and Jewish philosophy at the highest level with world-renowned educators and Talmidei Chachamim at Eretz Chemdah.

  • Study of Religious Zionism and deep exposure to the political and cultural systems of Israel
  • Immersive Hebrew language education
  • Experiential education including trips, volunteerism, project-based learning, and leadership training
  • Integration of Torah with classics of Western literature and thought—thus modeling future learning in college and beyond.  This will set the students up for success as they look back at their gap year and attempt to emulate this in future years.

Attitude Towards Israel and Medinat Yisrael

TVA and Bnei Akiva firmly believe in the ideal of “Am Yisrael b’Eretz Yisrael al-pi Torat Yisrael,” that the Jewish people are meant to live in the Land of Israel according to the laws of the Torah. Everything that we do at TVA is based on this premise. Everyone on our staff is a true lover of Eretz Yisrael and Medinat Yisrael, and they are eager to share this love with the talmidim.

Attitude Towards University Studies

TVA is proud that many of its students attend top universities in the United States, Canada and Israel. Toward the end of the academic year we spend a significant amount of time providing those attending secular universities with the tools needed to succeed there and to take leadership roles in their campus societies.

Attitude Towards Extracurricular Activities

At TVA, Extra-curricular activities are not “extra,” but an integrated part of the holistic and broad educational model of Torah v’Avodah.  TVA is committed to its mission of providing high level Torah study, combined with a plethora of activities outside of the Beit Midrash. Nothing at TVA takes place in a vacuum; everything is part of a well thought out course of limud Torah, activities that will guarantee that you fall in love with the land of Israel and the people of Israel, and service to Am Yisrael. This includes tiyulim throughout the country, working on a kibbutz, volunteering once a week in various “chesed” settings, one month of targeted internships in Jerusalem businesses and organizations and much, much more.

Preparation for Post Yeshiva

We view the year at Yeshivat Torah V’Avodah as a springboard for life as a Jewish man. We strive to help each student make smart choices for the future and to give them the tools to actualize those choices in the most self-fulfilling way possible. For students who go to universities outside of Israel, we spend considerable time discussing ways to give to and receive from the Jewish communities on campuses. A considerable number of our students choose to stay in Israel continuing in Yeshiva for Shana Bet, joining the IDF, or attending Israeli universities. Those students instantly become part of the Bnei Akiva family in Israel.

The "Successful" Student

At YTVA we view each student as an individual who is on their own journey of growth as Ben Torah, person, and Jewish leader. Our students love learning in the Beit Midrash and beyond and are deeply engaged in the society and culture around them. They feel a sense of responsibility for their fellow Jews, Medinat Yisrael, and the world, and integrate Torah with their lives.

Dress Code

At YTVA, we strive to create a very special religious atmosphere that is built upon dignity and respect for Torah. We ask that our students wear collared shirts and pants in the Beit Midrash and dress appropriately elsewhere as well. On Shabbat and Yom Tov we expect our students to wear button down dress shirts and dress pants.

Guidance Personnel

YTVA has innovated a new attitude toward guidance during the year in Israel.  Our staff is extremely hands-on.  The administration, the Mashgiach, the Ra”mim, the madrichim,  the guidance counselor, and many of the teachers are extremely well acquainted with each and every student.  In addition to formal, scheduled meetings, there are constant discussions between various staff members to make sure that every student is getting what he needs at all times. In addition, the staff is extremely accessible to the students and they feel very comfortable coming to them at any time when they have an issue or challenge to deal with.

We also offer a wide variety of mental health services. Guidance counselor, Dina Kessler, M.Sc., heads the team and directs both the formal and informal services. As part of our behavioral growth program, we also have our students take the VIA strength assessment to identify and highlight their strengths. This can be especially helpful in the leadership components of our program, where a student can use this information to tailor their leadership style and contributions.

Additionally, our Rosh Yeshiva, Rabbi Yair Eisenstock, meets with each student weekly to learn and to check in so that students do not “fall through the cracks”. Furthermore, the guidance counselor is available to meet with students upon request. The support staff is thereby able to assist students in working through personal challenges and to guide each student towards maximizing his potential and character. In cases where a student requires more extensive mental health services, we have a network of private licensed practitioners, with whom we refer, and contacts at The Family Institute of Nevey Yerushalayim when finances are an issue.

Supervision

YTVA is a program that nurtures independent adults within a structured framework. Students live in wonderful apartments in the heart of Jerusalem and are integrated into the local community and synagogues. Our Mashgiach, our faculty, and a staff of madrichim (counselors) help them navigate the transition to independent adulthood successfully. Students walk to the Beit Midrash and shop in the neighborhood. At the same time, there is a nightly curfew and there is a zero tolerance policy for alcohol.

Curriculum

Students have the option of personalizing their schedule through 1 on 1 chavrutot with the YTVA staff or Eretz Chemdah Kollel Fellows.  All of our classes incorporate preparatory work in the Beit Midrash in order to build independent learning skills.

Ulpan or Hebrew Class

In additional to consistent shiurim (courses) offered in Hebrew, we offer an immersive Ulpan course to focus on hebrew language training.

Assessment and Grading

There are generally no exams at YTVA--students are assessed by their ability to prepare a shiur and deliver it using the methodologies from their shiurim, thus demonstrating and honing their own abilities for the future. Transcripts are provided to all students upon requests.

Joint Program

Yeshivat Torah V’Avodah is proudly affiliated with the Joint Israel Program at Yeshiva University/Stern College.

Staff

Please navigate to http://www.tvaisrael.org/meet-our-staff1.html for a list of our incredible staff.

Extra-Curricular Activities

At YTVA, Extra-curricular activities are not “extra,” but an integrated part of the holistic and broad educational model of Torah v’Avodah.  YTVA is committed to its mission of providing high level Torah study, combined with a plethora of activities outside of the Beit Midrash. Nothing at YTVA takes place in a vacuum; everything is part of a well thought out course of limud Torah, activities that will guarantee that you fall in love with the land of Israel and the people of Israel, and service to Am Yisrael. This includes tiyulim throughout the country, intensive on-site Israel advocacy training, working on a kibbutz, volunteering once a week in various “chessed” settings, leadership training semnars, targeted internships in Jerusalem businesses and organizations, Magen David Adom courses and much, much more.

Shabbatot

There are three models of Shabbatot on TVA: 

  • In-Shabbatot, where students stay in their dorms in Jerusalem with programming, meals, and ruach.  Part of these shabbatot includes home hospitality at local families in the neighborhood. 
  • Shabbatonim, where we go to various important destinations in Israel, such as Tzfat, or join with all of the World Bnei Akiva programs for special programming.
  • Out Shabbatot (approximately half of the time), when students can visit friends or family, or stay in their own dorms, with the madrichim helping secure them meals at local host families. 

The dorms belong to the young men for the year--they are available at any time and the madrichim are always on call to help arrange meals for Chagim.  YTVA students also have special programming for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur and can take advantage of special programming during the month of Nissan.

Eligibility

Level of Learning Offered

Intermediate and Advanced

Hebrew Knowledge Required

Intermediate

Religious Observance Required

Students must be fully committed to Shmirat Torah u'Mitzvot

Population

Type of American Student

Our students come from all over the US and Canada, as well as Europe. YTVA students are serious, motivated, and demonstrate a spiritual and intellectual curiosity in addition to an interest in learning about Israeli life and society. Our enrollment is capped at 45.  Classes range from small seminar-type classes to larger shiurim.  The Eretz Hemda Beit Midrash is one of the most serious Batei Midrash in Israel and the Kollel Fellows are all already ordained rabbis who are studying at the highest level. YTVA students study together with the Eretz Hemda Fellows at least twice a week.

Accommodations

Living/Learning Facilities

YTVA is based in Eretz Chemda’s lovely and 3 story building in the Katamon neighborhood of Jerusalem. There is a large and well stocked Beit Midrash, classrooms and a space where the students eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day. In the Beit Midrash there are accessible computers equipped with access to online research sites and the Bar Ilan CD as well as other online judaica libraries.

The dorm building, a 30 second walk from the Beit Midrash in Eretz Chemda, is situated close to convenient bus lines, within walking distance of major supermarkets, gyms, and parks where the students are able to exercise and relax.  Students have 2-3roommates in a suite of rooms and multiple bathrooms and showers in addition to an extraordinary roof garden with a Sukkah. The madrichim live in the apartments with the students and are a guiding force in helping to create a comfortable and Torani environment. While the students are expected to keep their apartments and personal space clean, there is a cleaner once a week for the communal living space, kitchen and bathrooms.

Living in an apartment building with Israeli families for neighbors exposes the students to what it is like to really live in Jerusalem.  They have the independence of living on their own with the comfort of having a support system through the madrichim and staff.  

This setup for the apartments is reflective of our education goals of training them towards independent living and ownership of their own religious and personal growth. At the same time, having everyone in one building is wonderful, as it helps facilitate the forming of a close and cohesive group.

Kitchen Facilities

While breakfast, a dairy lunch, and pareve or meat dinner are provided every day the students still have the kitchen facilities to cook for themselves and learn about keeping a kosher kitchen.

Laundry facilities are provided in the apartments.

Shabbatot and Chagim

At YTVA we strive to make every Shabbat and Chag a beautiful and spiritual experience, including those which don’t have any official programming. Although students are always encouraged to go out to different places for free Shabbatot and any chagim we are not together, the apartments are always available for them, including during Sukkot and Pesach vacations. There is always a madrich on the premises and the students are encouraged to join them for meals, or be set up around the community. When we spend Shabbat as a group in the dorms we have some meals together, and for others we facilitate the students going to families in the neighborhood to help them feel even more like they are part of the community.

Security Arrangements

The safety and security of our students is our number one concern.  To that end we have cameras monitoring the school building and the dorm, at the entrances to each building. There is also a combination lock at the entrance to the dorm, and each apartment is locked with a key. On tiyulim we are accompanied by an armed guard, according to the strictest protocols of MASA and the Israeli Ministry of Education. Both buildings have fully functioning miklatim (specially reinforced rooms) that students are shown in orientation.  In case of a terror attack we have a phone system and whatsapp group in place to quickly locate each of our students.

There is a nightly curfew to ensure we are aware of each student’s whereabouts every night. 

History

Bnei Akiva is at the forefront of Religious Zionist education for youth, by youth. We have chapters across the United States, Canada, and the world over. Bnei Akiva school–year and summer educational programming takes participants and members from childhood through the college years.

Bnei Akiva is the premier religious Zionist youth movement dedicated to growing generations of Jews committed to building a society devoted to Torah and the Jewish people in the state of Israel.

For over 80 years, World Bnei Akiva (WBA) has been a leading provider of informal Jewish education for children and young adults around the globe, focusing on religious Zionism with its message of love of Torah, the Jewish People and the Land of Israel.

WBA teaches its members leadership skills, empowering them to become the next generation of Jewish leaders and social activists in their local communities and Israel.

Yeshivat Torah V’Avodah (TVA) is the culmination of a years-long dream of Bnei Akiva of North America.  The movement was missing  a serious gap year program, and felt that without one it was impossible to fulfill the mission of educating its youth in the values of Torah V’Avodah.  It took many years of careful planning and of seeking out excellent people to initiate and run the program, before it came to fruition in the fall of 2014. TVA is proud to offer extremely high level Torah learning taught by leading educators. Yeshivat Torah V’Avodah is located in Eretz Hemda, the prominent institution for advanced Torah studies that was established over 30 years ago by Rav Shaul Yisraeli zt”l, one of Rabbi Avraham Yizchak HaKohen Kook’s closest students. 

Accrediting Universities

YTVA is a Yeshiva University S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program School.

Tuition

Tuition for the 2019-20 year is $28,500 plus $2,500 registration fee.

Contact Information

In the United States

Bnei Akiva of the US and Canada
520 8th Avenue, 15th Fl
New York NY 10018

Phone: (212) 465-9536
Fax: (212) 216-9578
email: office@tvaisrael.org

In Israel

ERETZ HEMDA
2 Bruriya St. corner of Rav Chiya St.
POB 8178
Jerusalem 91080
ISRAEL

Phone- 050-709830

Yishrei Lev aims to provide its students with an advanced high level of learning and instill in them a love of, and commitment to, Torah, Klal Yisrael and Eretz Yisrael. The ideal Yishrei Lev student is passionate about Limud Hatorah, a Yarei Shomayim and Ba’al Midot.

Hashkafa

Goal of Program

Yishrei Lev strives to imbue its students with a desire for greatness in all that they do. Students should emerge from their stay in the Yeshiva with the skills and methodology for excellence in learning, both in depth and in broad knowledge. Students will learn and experience the thrill of personal growth and achievement in areas of character, interpersonal relationships, and religious observance. The Yeshiva aims to impart to its students a feeling of being part of the tradition of the classical Yeshivot and the ability to apply that tradition to their lives in the modern world.

Attitude Towards Israel and Medinat Yisrael

We present a positive attitude to Eretz Yisrael, Medinat Yisrael, and the historical and theological implications of the Shivat Tzion. We are located in a community that is a living example of the process of Kibutz Galuyiot, and students will learn the significance of Israel both from texts and example. Our program of Tiyulim and off-campus Shabbatonim increase a student's appreciation of the Divine gift and responsibility that Medinat Yisrael represents.

Attitude Towards University Studies

We believe that with the proper foundations of Limud HaTorah and Hashkafa, it is not only possible, but even appropriate for a Ben Torah to pursue a college education, leading to an honest parnassa. Objective readings of various ma'amarei chazal support this position. Of course, our talmidim will want to maintain a standard of learning and yiras shamayim as close to that in the yeshiva as possible, and will choose their college program carefully. In 21st century America, there are numerous options for the serious student and Ben Torah, and our talmidim will be equipped to make good decisions that are appropriate for their individual goals.

Attitude Towards Extracurricular Activities

The nature of a year in Yeshiva is to focus on one's personal growth in Torah learning and its observance. As such, opportunities are provided for students to actualize their interests in Chessed both within the Yeshiva itself, the local community, and through Chessed organizations. We strongly believe in the message of not merely "doing Chessed" but being "Ba'alei Chessed".

Healthy recreational activities can enhance a student's stay in Yeshiva. During regular breaks students have access to an adjacent basketball court, night hours in the local fitness center, and periodic excursions to a nearby indoor pool. Regular Tiyulim, timed to provide healthy breaks in the learning schedule, are also a featured part of our schedule.

Preparation for Post Israel

The entire experience of the Yeshiva is preparation for "Post Israel". Successful integration of all that is studied is the ultimate preparation for "moving on" after the experience of full-time learning. However, there are many issues and challenges that a student will face for which he will need focused guidance. Towards this end, the Yeshiva has a weekly "Va'ad" that students have with their Rebbe that focuses on "life issues" and Torah perspectives. In addition, the nature of our Rabbeim's relationships with the students encourages much individualized guidance, which will increase in frequency as the student's stay in the Yeshiva comes to a close. We actively assist the students in preparing their college schedules before they leave Yeshiva, thereby providing an example of how to plan a productive dual curriculum.

The "Successful" Student

A "Successful" Student is one who is constantly challenging himself to greater levels of Limud HaTorah and Avodat HaShem and seeks to generate Kiddush Shem Shamayim in his professional and personal life.

Dress

A central message of Yishrei Lev is that of "Menchlechkeit"; It is a wonderful Zechut to be learning in Yeshiva, and the student's externals should reflect his status as a representative of Torah. To further that goal we ask that students wear a button down shirt (color not important), tucked in to his pants (once again, color not important), during the yeshiva day.

Guidance Personnel

The primary sources of guidance are the Rosh Yeshiva and individual Rabbeim. The Rosh Yeshiva lives adjacent to the Yeshiva and the other Rabbeim live nearby. Their homes are always open, phones always on, and they are proactive in reaching out to the students.

We encourage parents to maintain regular contact with the Rosh Yeshiva and Rabbeim as a means staying in touch with their son's progress.

The Hanhala maintains contact with mental health professionals and will, if necessary, with parental consent refer a student to an appropriate practitioner.

Supervision

The Yeshiva attracts a very mature and motivated caliber of talmid and attempts to create a supervised environment that encourages personal growth and development. Nevertheless, it is our responsibility to guarantee maximum supervision and security. The Yeshiva dormitory is overseen by an Av Bayit, as well as Madrichim who reside is the dorms with the students. As the Rosh Yeshiva lives next door to the dormitory, he is always readily accessible. Rabbeim will be in the Yeshiva throughout all of the Sedarim, including Night Seder. In the event that a student is not present, the Rebbe will be proactive in determining the student's whereabouts and welfare and initiate contact with him.

Curriculum

Makeup

As a "classical yeshiva" the primary focus of study is Gemara, both B'Iyun and B'Kiut, with substantial time allotted for daily review. Significance is placed on the study of practical Halacha, with daily study of Mishna Berurah (after two years of study a student will have learned the Halachot of Daily Life, the Moadim, and Shabbat), and a shiur twice a week by Rabbeim with experience in Psak. Recognizing the significance of a broad based familiarity with Torah works, there is a daily shiur in in Machshava, which studies the classics of Jewish Thought, such as Maharal, Nefesh HaChaim, R' Hutner, and Chassidic works. There is a daily Seder of independent Mussar study.

Courses Offered

In addition to the Gemara Shiurim, courses are offered in Halacha, Machashava, Chumash, Ramban, and a Practical Gemara Seminar, when an Av Beit Din analyzes an actual case that is relevant to the Gemara studied that week.

Daily Schedule

Weekday Schedule

Sunday-Thursday

  • 7:15 - Shacharis
  • 8:15 - שנים מקרא וא' תרגום
  • 8:30 - Seder in משנה ברורה:

Mon. and Thurs. - Shiur in practical applications of the Halachos studied that week.

  • 9:00 - Breakfast
  • 9:30 - Iyun Seder
  • 12:00 - Shiur B'Iyun
  • 1:15 - Lunch and afternoon break
  • 3:00 - Mincha
  • 3:15 - B'kiyus Seder
  • 5:00 - B'kiyus/Iyun Kal Shiur
  • 6:00 - Machshava Shiurim

Two Machshava Shiurim are offered, each meeting twice per week.
Thurs. - Hashkafa Va'ad with the Morning Rebbe.

  • 7:00 - Supper and evening break
  • 8:00 - Night Seder

Focus on review of material learned over the course of the day/week.

  • 9:55 - Mussar Seder
  • 10:15 - Ma'ariv
  • 10:30 - Various optional shiurim are offered throughout the year

Friday Schedule

  • 7:15 - Shacharis
  • 8:15 - שנים מקרא וא' תרגום
  • 8:30 - Breakfast
  • 9:00 - Chumash Shiurim
  • 9:30 - Shiur in Hilchos Shabbos
  • 10:15 - Free until Shabbos

Shabbos Schedule
This is the Seder HaYom for a standard Shabbos Morning. Other programming will be scheduled for Friday Nights and Shabbos afternoons on special in- Shabbosos.

  • 7:30 - Shacharis
  • 9:45 - Kiddush
  • 10:15 - Shiur in Ramban al Hatorah
  • 11:00 - Seudas Shabbos
Language of Instruction

Most Shiurim are in English. Ramban Al HaTorah and Sefat Emmet are taught in Hebrew.

Ulpan or Hebrew Class

There is optional Ulpan class.

Assessment and Grading

Following an initial breaking in period, there are weekly exams in Gemara, designed to enhance the student's retention.

The marks on the transcript will be letter grades for those courses which will have written or oral tests, and the others will be pass/fail, relying on the instructor’s opinion of the student’s accomplishment, as well as attendance.

Shana Bet

There is a formal Shana Bet program. Over 50% are anticipated to remain for second year.

Joint Program

We are in the process of joining the Joint Programs with Yeshiva University, Touro College, and others.

Staff

  • Rabbi Moshe Gordon, Rosh Yeshiva, Ra"m Shana Alef
  • Rabbi Shaya Greenwald, Rosh Kollel, Ra"m Shana Bet
  • Rabbi Menachem Deutch, Ra"m
  • Rabbi Yosef Fleishman, Ra"m

Extra-Curricular Activities

Interaction with Israelis

Students are encouraged to take advantage of living in a vibrant community of both native Israelis and Olim. There are a number of off-campus Shabbatonim in various communities that enable the students to experience different segments of Israeli society.

Special Informal Programs

There are guest speakers for Chagigot and Yemei Iyun, Shabbatot ,Melave Malka etc. Music and Ruach are an important part of the Yishrei Lev experience.

Sports Facilities

There is an adjacent basketball court, fitness center, and jogging trails.

Programming for Shabbat and Yom Tov

There are frequent Ruach filled In-Shabbatot that add to the dynamic feel of the Yeshiva. There are a number of off-campus Shabbatonim in various communities that enable the students to experience different segments of Israeli society.

There are frequent Ruach filled In-Shabbatot that add to the dynamic feel of the Yeshiva. There are a number of off-campus Shabbatonim in various communities that enable the students to experience different segments of Israeli society.

The Yamim Noraim, Simchat Torah, and Shavuot are all in the Yeshiva. The Yom Tov experience is rich with opportunities for spiritual enrichment.

Students will be assisted in making arrangements for the Sukkot and Pesach breaks.

Field Trips

There are periodic Tiyulim, including overnights.

Eligibility

Level of Learning Offered

Advanced - able to independently study Gemara texts.

Hebrew Knowledge Required

Intermediate

Religious Observance Required

Yishrei Lev only accepts students with a full commitment to Shmirat Torah U’mitzvot.

Population

Type of American Student

Our students hail from across the United States and Canada

Overall Number of Students (Kollel, Israeli, Foreign)

No information provided

Foreign Student Percentage

No information provided

Number of 1st Year American Students

We anticipate an inaugural class of 20-30

Number of 2nd Year American Students

We anticipate approximately half of the students to remain for a second year.

Other Nationalities

No information provided

Number of Students per Class

14-16 per class

Accommodations

Living Quarters

Three to four students share a comfortable dorm room, with American style bedding. There are washroom facilities on each floor. The dorms have stunning views overlooking the Harei Yehudah. There is a lounge in each dormitory. Rooms are assigned but requests are considered.

Arrangements will be made for student's families who wish to stay near the Yeshiva.

Availability of Private Kitchen Facilities

Cooking is not permitted in dorm rooms but there is access to a refrigerator. There is a well-stocked Makolet, with many American products, as well as a pizza store, near the Yeshiva.

Facility use during Shabbat and Yom Tov

The Yeshiva is open every Shabbat and meals are provided. Guests are allowed on many of the Shabbatot; students will be informed of the schedule. There are frequent In-Shabbatot. Yamim Noraim, Simchat Torah, and Shavuot are celebrated in the Yeshiva.

Curfew

The Yeshiva does not have a set curfew. Talmidim who leave the Yeshiva are expected to inform their Rebbe or Madrich so that their whereabouts are known. In addition, talmidim are asked to sign out for Shabbat with the Av Bayit or Madrich each Out-Shabbat.

Security Arrangements

The yeshiva maintains contact with the army, local police and U.S. consulate to keep informed of any security situation. Kiryat Yearim maintains a private security force that patrols the neighborhood, in addition to constant shimrah at the entrance to the Kiryah. Travel limitations may be implemented if deemed necessary. Students will be SMS'd if there is a need for immediate security information. We respect the limitations that parents place upon their children.

All talmidim provide their cell phone numbers and a networking system is implemented to contact talmidim promptly in case of an emergency.

History

Yeshivat Yishrei Lev was established in 2009 by Rabbis Moshe Gordon and Shaya Greenwald, both distinguished Mechanchim well known throughout Israel and America.

We don't yet have an extensive history, but we're planning on creating an illustrious one.

Accrediting Universities

Yishrei Lev is in the process of acceptance to the Joint programs of Yeshiva University, Touro College, and others.

Tuition

Tuition for 5780 – 2019-20 is US $24,500. Tuition includes room, board, tiyulim and all academic activities.

Contact Information

U.S. Office

Yaakov Meir Kranzler
1324 Grandview Terrace
Far Rockaway, NY 11691

Phone: 718-755-7445
Email: office@yishrei.org 

Israel Office

Rabbi Moshe Gordon
Rechov HaGr"a 8,
P.O.B. 697 Kiryat Yearim

Phone: (02) 579-5985/718-506-0147
Fax: 057-796-1198
Email: office@yishrei.org
www.yishrei.org 

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