Sha'arei Mevaseret Zion—S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program


Goal of Program
Yeshivat Sha’arei Mevaseret Zion seeks to create well-rounded, leadership-oriented Bnei Torah imbued with 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 an intellectual and emotional commitment to Yahadut.

We seek to promote these goals by drawing from the wellsprings of all hashkafot and streams within the Torah spectrum, in a positive manner, tapping into the unique needs of every individual Talmid. We seek to create an energetic, upbeat and fun atmosphere, whereby each Talmid feels positive about his Judaism, his religious development, his friends and his Yeshiva.

Attitude Towards Israel and Medinat Yisrael
The Yeshiva is very positive in regards to 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.

Attitude Towards 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 seen as a positive part of an individual's development.

Attitude Towards Extracurricular Activities
The Yeshiva has a bi-monthly chesed program on Tuesday afternoons whereby the Yeshiva together goes out to help the needy of Klal Yisrael. 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 at the Mevaseret Zion Absorption Center. The Yeshiva is always on the lookout for unique opportunities to contribute to Israeli society and to instill the Talmidim with the middah of unconditional giving.

Preparation for Post Israel
Rabbanim have regular Hashkafa discussions with students regarding their return to their homes and future attendance in college. Kibud Av V'em are supreme values which are stressed and should not be compromised upon return.

The "Successful" Student
Our successful student will embody Torah Im Derech Eretz and will be a leader of Torah study and community effort in his home town. A Ben Torah who contributes activity to the good of Klal Yisrael and is Mekadesh Shem Shamayim BaRabim.

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 very careful to maintain a low student/rebbe ratio in order to foster and encourage open, warm and constant relationship. Similarly, there is a large number of serious mature madrichim who serve as further guides to the Talmidim. A number of our Rabbeim live on campus and our Talmidim learn together with Meretz Kollel members who are studying for Smicha from the Israel Chief Rabbinate. All Meretz Kollel Members live on campus and have a very close and warm relationship with our Talmidim. We happily expose our Talmidim to many different and valuable role models who play an active role in the Talmidim's daily lives at Yeshiva.

There is a close and small number of Talmidim assigned to each rebbe and a reasonable eye is kept on students who are post high school. No alcohol consumption is permitted in or out of the Yeshiva, needless to say the same goes for drug use. Internet is limited.


While most studies are in Talmud, there is much flexibility and opportunity for study of other subjects. See attached schedule for details.

Courses Offered
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 perhaps the most diverse program in all of Eretz Yisrael. The goal of Afternoon Seder is to present our Talmidim with a broad scope of all of Yahadut. To that end, the afternoon is divided into two parts, minors and majors. Minor classes run through the first hour of afternoon seder and Talmidim will hear shiurim on a broad range of stimulating and intriguing topics. Classes such as Personal Growth Workshops, Journey Through Jewish Thought, Pirkei Avot, Living the Parsha, Chassidut, Chumash B’Iyun, Parshanut, Halacha, Hashkafot of Rav Kook, Sophisticated Faith and others are all geared towards providing our Talmidim with a total picture of Judaism. The major classes run for the remainder of afternoon seder and also are varied in nature. A one-hour preparatory period precedes each class, which gives the Talmidim the opportunity to analyze the texts and gain a more in-depth understanding of the subject matter. Classes such as Tanach, Halachot of Bein Adam Lechaveiro, Jewish Philosphy, Contemporary Halacha, Gemara Bekiut, Torah MiSinai and Hilchot Shabbat 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

  • 7:45 - Shacharit
  • 8:40 - Breakfast
  • 9:15 – 12:40pm - Morning Shiur - Gemara B'Iyun
  • 12:40 – 3:00 – Lunch Break
  • 2:35 – 3:00 Optional Mishna Brura Yomi
  • 3:00- Mincha
  • 3:15 – 4:10: Afternoon Seder – Minors
  • 4:15 – 6:00 Afternoon Seder – Majors
  • 6:00- Dinner
  • 7:00 – 7:55 Meretz/Rebbe Chavruta & Ulpan Torani
  • 8:00- 10:00 - Night Seder
  • 10:00 – Maariv
  • 10:15- 11:00 - Optional Night Seder

Language of Instruction
Shiurim are offered in both English and Ivrit to cater to the unique needs and desires of each Talmid.

Ulpan or Hebrew Class
Ulpan Torani one of the options offered during our Night Seder’s Power Hour. Additionally, students have the opportunity to study in shiurim with various levels of Hebrew language and to enjoy chavrutot with Meretz Kollel members which can be in Hebrew.

Assessment and Grading
Grades are offered and official transcripts are provided. There are some tests, mostly oral (some written); mostly Rebbe's assessment. Some Rabbeim take attendance formally.

Shana Bet
There is an official Shana Bet program. Circa 30-50% return and this is very much encouraged by the Yeshiva. Shana Bet is encouraged actively, but not through undue pressure or against parents' wishes.

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


Rav Shimon Isaacson – Rosh Yeshiva
Rav Yedidya Berzon – Rosh Mosdot Mevaseret
Rav Mordechai Burg – Sgan Menahel
Rav Lavey Freedman
Rav Yehuda Mirsky
Rav Barak Saffer
R’ Naftali Abramson
Yehuda Barkai
Rav Kfir Dadon
Rav Yaakov Pizem
Rav Yitzchak Twersky
Rav Yaakov Yisroel Wenglin
Rav Morrie Wruble
Rav Shmuel Zucker
Rav Chananya Berzon
Rav Yoav Druyan
Rav Daniel Glanz
Rav Dovid Goldberg
Rav Zvi Herman
Rav Daniel Steinherz
Rav Simcha Tropp

Danny Ben-Meir - COO

Extra-Curricular Activities

Interaction with Israelis
Interaction is encourage and fostered through regular Tiyulim. Talmidim have the opportunity to be paired with an Israeli Meretz Kollel member for one-on-one learning, and students often socialize in the homes of their Israeli Meretz Kollel Chavruta. Students are encouraged to keep abreast of Israeli politics, but not during regular learning sedarim.

Special Informal Programs
Chesed program every Tuesday. Chagigot for all major yamim tovim (Simchat Beit Hashoeva, Chanuka, Purim, Lag B’Omer, Yom Haatzmaut, etc.).

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
One per month in Yeshiva; One per month in a group shabbaton 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 served. 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 three major overnight trips – in Fall, Winter and Spring, and at least one day-trip per month – all designed to enhance knowledge and love of Eretz Yisrael and Jewish History – ancient and modern.

Tiyul days include not only hikes of varying levels of but also trips to sites of biblical, historical or educational importance such as the Old City of Jerusalem, the Yad VaShem Holocaust Museum, Mini Israel, the Blind Exhibit at the Israel Children’s Museum in Holon, Aish HaTorah’s Discovery Seminars, the Tank Museum “Yad LaShiryon” in Latrun, tefillin and matzah factories and various Israeli industries such as renowned Israeli wineries and kibbutzim.


Level of Learning Offered
We have Shiurim in Ivrit and in English for all three levels - Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. The advanced level assumes the ability to comprehend a shiur in Gemara.

Hebrew Knowledge Required
Shiurim in both Ivrit and English.

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


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

Overall Number of Students (Kollel, Israeli, Foreign)
No information provided

Foreign Student Percentage
No information provided

Number of 1st Year American Students

Number of 2nd Year American Students

Other Nationalities
No information provided

Number of Students per Class
Faculty/student ratio: 1:8


Living Quarters
Air conditioned and heated comfortable rooms. Three-four boys to a room. Students can requests roommates. These requests are most often honored. Live mostly with Americans. Guests are welcome for Shabbat with the permission of Madrichim. There are two madrichim in each dorm.

Availability of Private Kitchen Facilities
There is a fridge in 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.

There is no curfew. Upon occasion, a student may sleep elsewhere with permission of the administration. Students who leave for Shabbat sign out with name, number and address of host.

Security Arrangements
Due to the worsening of the security situation in Israel over the last few years, the Yeshiva has undertaken:

Full time 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.


The Yeshiva was founded in 1988 by a group of young and dynamic, yet greatly experienced educators. They felt 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. The Yeshiva is located in Mevaseret Zion, on the outskirts of Jerusalem.

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 2012-2013 year is $2,500 registration +78,000 NIS. This includes medical insurance, dormitory facilities, 3 meals a day, Tiyulim, all Shabbatot and Chagim.

Additional Information

There is only one criterion to gaining entrance into YSMZ; a Talmid must have a sincere desire to grow. We believe that with true desire anything can be achieved. The Yeshiva recognizes that each Talmid is on a different level and 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 what we call the Mevaseret family. Each Talmid feels a brother-like camaraderie withhis colleagues, and lifelong friendships are forged. The sense of achdut amongst the boys is a pleasure to see, and greatly enhances the Israel experience, as Talmidim understand that they are a part of something special. Wherever across the globe our Talmidim find themselves, they tell us that upon meeting a fellow Mevaseret graduate there is an instant connection. It’s not just that they have shared a similar experience; they are members of the same family.

Rebbeim are available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week to listen to and guide their Talmidim. The commitment and caring of the Rebbeim infuse the Yeshiva with a tremendous sense of warmth. There is almost never a Shabbat where Talmidim are not at the homes of Rebbeim and Talmidim truly become a part of the Rebbe’s family. One Rebbetzin in the Yeshiva even bakes a cake for the birthdays of her husband’s Talmidim. At YSMZ, you will acquire a Rebbe and belong to a family that will be with you for the rest of your life.

Contact Information

Sha'arei Mevaseret Zion
U.S. Office
Danny Ben-Meir
550 Broad Street
Newark, NJ 07102-4531

Phone: (212) 444-9892 

Israel Office
Rav Shimon Isaacson /Rav Daniel Katz
50 Ha'Oren Street
Mevaseret Zion 85899

Phone: (02) 533-9100
Fax: (02) 533-9101