Yeshivat Ohr Yerushalayim—S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program
Goal of Program
The emphasis of study at Ohr Yerushalayim is on the acquisition of the requisite learning skills for proper independent study, particularly relevant to in-depth Talmud study, along with guided study of the weekly parsha to enable the student to acquire a solid foundation in the Scriptures. Personal guidance, sichot, and the study of machshava texts contribute to the middot development of the students.
Attitude Towards Israel and Medinat Yisrael
While officially unaffiliated with any political parties or religious movements, Ohr Yerushalayim seeks to foster a great love of both Eretz and Medinat Yisrael. It offers the prayer for the Medinah, celebrates Israel Independence Day, marches with Mercaz Harav Kook to the Kotel on Yom Yerushalayim and plans many activities that lead its students to a serious appreciation of the significance of Medinat Yisrael.
Attitude Towards University Studies
More than 99% of our students and alumni attend university. The largest percentage attend Y.U. with some attending other universities, almost always in conjunction with a serious Torah learning program. Secular studies are seen as somewhere in between functionally helping prepare for career, but can also be a broadening experience on their own.
Attitude Towards Extracurricular Activities
Ohr Yerushalayim student participate in a number of chesed activities ranging from raising tzedaka funds (Yad Ozer was founded by Yeshivat Ohr Yerushalayim students), visiting children in hospitals, blood drives, etc. As there are no formal classes on Erev Shabbat, this time has traditionally been used by students for participation in such projects.
Preparation for Post Israel
For those attending Y.U., we advise on shiur placement. In general, the warm faculty-student relationship at Ohr Yerushalayim allows for frank discussions on what it takes to maximize their success religiously and otherwise, including fostering good relations with parents.
The "Successful" Student
The 'successful' student takes both career and learning seriously and strives for positive leadership positions in his community.
While in general the dress code is a relaxed one, the yeshiva does insist on button down shirts and no jeans as a basic standard of dress.
Rebbeim, Mashgiach, Madrichim and Kollel members are all available for frank discussions of any halachic or hashkafah topic that interests the talmidim. Our staff comes from a wide variety of backgrounds and represents a great variety of personalities as role models with which students can identify.
Students’ attendance at shiurim is monitored by the individual rebbeim in conjunction with the Mashgiach Ruchani. There is an official curfew of 12:00 AM., but some students may choose to spend later hours in the Beit Midrash. All students are expected to adhere to a level of conduct befitting a Beit Midrash student. Any behavior not in accordance with the above is taken very seriously and dealt with accordingly. The security situation of recent years has made it necessary to limit the students to certain 'safe' areas during those times they are officially able to be off campus.
Morning (9:30-12:45) and night seder (7:00-9:30) are devoted to Gemara. Levels range from beginners with basic knowledge of Hebrew and Aramaic to advanced levels where self-preparation of the sugya is required.
Courses Offered: Gemara Iyun, Gemara Bekiut, Halacha, Machshava, Mishnayot-Navi options, Chumash and Ramban.
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7:30 - 8:20 Shacharit
8:25 - 8:55 Supervised Halacha Seder (Sun. - Wed.)
8:25 - 8:55 Hashkafa (sicha) (Thu.)
8:55 - 9:30 Breakfast and Cleanup
9:30 - 12:40 lyun Seder (Preparation and Shiur)
12:40 - 2:15 Lunch and Afternoon Break
(Note: Numerous voluntary shiurim on various texts are offered during the pre-Mincha break)
2:15 - 2:35 Mincha
The following will vary depending on the shiur and on the courses the student has chosen to take in the afternoon.
2:35 - 3:30 Review of morning lyun Shiur (top two shiurim)
Hashkafa – (Intermediate levels)
Chumash and Navi Track:
3:45 - 5:20 Preparation and Shiur
Chumash (Sun. -Thu.): Parsha of Week - Rashi and guided study of Ramban Hashkafa Text (Wed.)
3:45 - 5:20 Advanced integrated study of Halacha, incorporating preparation of sugyot in Talmud and study of Tur-Shulchan Aruch text.
5:20 - 6:30 Sports or rest time
6:30 - 7:00 Supper
7:00 - 8:25 Bekiut Shiur (for advanced levels: self-study under intensive guidance of rebbe-instructor)
8:25 - 9:30 Bekiut review
9:30 - 9:50 Maariv
9:50 Voluntary Belt Midrash
Note: All night rebbeim remain until 10:30. One faculty member, on a rotating basis, remains in the Beit Midrash until 12:00A.M.)
Note: The above schedule constitutes a close approximation of the student's daily routine. Minor schedule changes are occasionally instituted from year to year.
Language of Instruction
Classes are in English with option for Hebrew courses in Shana Bet.
Ulpan or Hebrew Class
An excellent Ulpan is offered; incorporating exposure to easy language Hebrew newspapers and acclamation to Hebrew language radio.
Assessment and Grading
Students are assessed on a constant basis by their rebbeim as to their accomplishments and of course as to the steadiness of their attendance at classes. Due to the very wide range of students and levels even in one shiur, formal grades are only reflected in transcripts at the end of the year (if requested by the student; otherwise transcripts are issued with pass/fail marks).
The yeshiva has a Shana Bet program with an average of forty students a year. A student will attend Shana Bet when he feels it will solidify his accomplishments of the first year, plus allow him to attain new plateaus in both the development of his learning skills and level of commitment
Ohr Yerushalayim enjoys joint programs with Yeshiva University, Touro College and Hebrew Theological College (Skokie).
Rabbi Moshe Chaim Sosevsky, Ed.D - Rosh HaYeshivah; Instructor of Talmud and Bible.
Rabbinic Ordination: Rabbi Jacob Joseph Rabbinical Seminary, M.A., M.S., and Ed.D. - Ferkauf Graduate School of Yeshiva University.
Rabbi Shmuel Wagner - Mashgiach Ruchani; Instructor of Talmud, Halacha and Jewish Ethics.
Rabbinic Ordination: Rabbi Michel Feinstein. M.S. Baruch College
Rabbi Avraham Feldman: - Instructor of Bekiut. Rabbinic Ordination: Yeshivat Netzach Yisrael. B.A. - Columbia University.
Rabbi Yonah Fodor: - Instructor of Halacha. Rabbinic Ordination: Chief Rabbinate of Israel. Post Graduate Study - Yeshivat Kerem B'Yavneh. Talmud Faculty at Yeshivat Netiv Meir.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Cohen: - Instructor of Halacha. Rabbinic Ordination: Bet Midrash LeTorah of Skokie Illinois. Post graduate study: Kollel Toras Moshe. B.Sc. Engineering, M.Sc. - University of Illinois.
This is a partial listing.
Interaction with Israelis
Shabbatonim in various communities in Israel are held a number of times a year. While Ohr Yerushalayim is not a Hesder yeshiva, it is located on Moshav Beit Meir, a Poel Mizrachi Moshav, where they have opportunities to interact with Moshav residents.
Special Informal Programs
No information provided
Basketball and tennis courts as well as a modern weight room are available for the students use during breaks. A pool is available for occasional use.
Programming for Shabbat and Yom Tov
On the average, two Shabbatot a month are spent on campus together with the yeshiva and two are 'off'. When there is an 'in' Shabbat the students are encouraged to stay in and take advantage of the special camaraderie created by participation in meals together with rebbeim and their families, an Oneg afterwards and at times, special shiurim. Very often, the In-Shabbat focuses around a special theme or special guest. One additional Shabbat a month is spent visiting cities and communities around the country (Old City, Beit El, Hebron, Sefat, Ramat Beit Shemesh, etc.)
The campus is open through all chagim for anyone who wants to stay in. Arrangements are made with members of the moshav if necessary for meals. A very special Bein Hazmanim half day learning program is sponsored annually during the Pesach break. Yom Tov Sheini and Chol Hamoed arrangements, while generally made by the students themselves, can be made for those who do not have relatives in Israel. Even on off-Shabbatot, students are welcome to stay and are served all meals and have a program with voluntary shiurim.
The yeshiva schedules tiyulim on the average once a month. The purpose of these tiyulim is to instill a love for Eretz Yisrael in an enjoyable fashion while at the same time giving the students time to relax and unwind from the daily pressures of their studies.
Level of Learning Offered
Intermediate - familiarity with some Aramaic and Talmudic terminology
Hebrew Knowledge Required
Beginner - shiurim are mainly in English
Religious Observance Required
In general, a full commitment to shmirat Torah U'mitzvot is a prerequisite. However, based upon recommendations from one's high school principal or synagogue rabbi, students working towards full observance are also accepted at times.
Type of American Student
Our students come from across the United States with approximately half of them being from the metropolitan New York area. A partial listing of schools that are generally represented in the student body includes YHS (Boca Raton), Feinstone Yeshiva of the South (Memphis), HAFTR (NY), DRS (NY), HANC (NY), JEC (NJ), Mesivta Yesodei Yeshurun (NY), MTA (NY), Rambam Mesivta (NY), Shaarei Torah (Monsey), Oscar Fasman YHS (Skokie), Talmudical Academy (Baltimore), TABC (NJ), Valley Torah (Los Angeles), WITS (Milwaukee), YHS (Atlanta), YULA (Los Angeles), Miami Hebrew Academy (Florida). Moshe Aron High School (NJ), Beren Academy (Houston), etc.
Overall Number of Students (Kollel, Israeli, Foreign)
Foreign Student Percentage
Number of 1st Year American Students
Number of 2nd Year American Students
Occasionally there are a few students from Australia and England.
Number of Students per Class
Occasionally there are a few students from Australia and England.Ohr Yerushalayim prides itself in maintaining a very large number of auxiliary staff to assist the talmidim primarily in preparing for the main morning shiurim and in a full afternoon and evening staff with the resulting faculty to student ration being 1:3. Classes range generally from 12-16 students in a class.
The yeshiva has an extremely modern and comfortable campus with most rooms having private bath and shower facilities. All rooms are air-conditioned. Depending on the size of the room there will range between three and five students to a room. The students can request to be put with a specific roommate prior to arrival. Guests are permitted with prior arrangement on Shabbatot; occasionally permission can be granted to have someone stay overnight during the week.
Internet: The Yeshiva allows supervised internet access during the lunch break from computers designated for student usage.
Availability of Private Kitchen Facilities
The students are permitted to have refrigerators in their rooms. Other commonly used appliances are sandwich makers, toaster ovens and electric kettles.
Facility use during Shabbat and Yom Tov
Aside from in-Shabbatot the yeshiva is open every Shabbat for students who wish to remain on campus. Likewise, arrangements are made for Sukkot and Pesach breaks for those students who wish to remain on campus. Yeshivat Ohr Yerushalayim has sponsored for the last ten years a very successful Bein Hazmanim Program in which many students staying over Pesach have participated.
Travel off the campus is only with permission. On off Shabbatot the students must inform the Av Bayit as to their whereabouts over Shabbat.
The moshav has a guard in the evening as required by law in all rural areas. Additionally, the yeshiva has in the past employed its own security guard when it was felt that the general security situation warranted extra precautions. Students are not permitted to travel to the downtown sections of Jerusalem or areas across the Green Line that are considered high-risk areas. They are, with parental permission, allowed to travel to settlements across the Green Line. Should a situation warrant it, the Av Bayit is capable of establishing direct contact with students individually. Parents are updated via email on a constant basis as to the security situation and of course if an incident has occurred.
Ohr Yerushalayim was founded in 1984 by Rabbi Moshe Ch. Sosevsky, Ed.D, on the premise that a year of Torah study in Israel, drawing upon the awakening maturity of the post high school years plus the emotional pull of Eretz Yisrael, should provide the setting for the most significant year in a student's life. It is located on Moshav Beit Meir, a religious moshav (cooperative settlement) situated in the Judean hills, some 9 miles from Jerusalem off the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highway.
Ohr Yerushalayim is a Yeshiva University S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program School. There is a joint program with Touro College, Hebrew Theological College (Skokie), and Talmudic University of Florida. Additionally, the credits for courses from Ohr Yerushalayim are directly accepted by many American colleges and universities.
Tuition for the 2014 - 2015 school year is $24,000 covering full room and board at the yeshiva excluding airfare and medical coverage.
Yeshivat Ohr Yerushalayim
3080 Yarmouth D
Boca Raton, FL 33434-4545
Phone: (718) 268-5059
Fax: (718) 521-4502
Rabbi Moshe Sosevsky / Dovid Stein
Moshav Beit Meir
D.N. Harei Yehuda 90865