Ashreinu—S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program
Goal of the Program
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.
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 current 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
10:45am – 1:00 pm Gemara Shiur & First to Basics
1:15 Lunch & Break
3:30 Community Internships (Sun, Wed, Thurs) / Classes (Mon)
7:30pm Night Seder (Students choose from 6 tracks – Philosophy, Gemara, Halacha, Tefila, Hashkafa, Tanach)
9:00 Self Study and Weekly Shiurim
Please see the daily schedule on our website: http://www.ashreinu.org.il/daily-schedule/?id=12
Language of Instruction
Ulpan or Hebrew Class
Two levels of Ulpan are offerred to the students – Beginner and Intermediate.
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.
We have a Shana Bet Program
Yeshivat Ashreinu is proud to be a partner school of the Yeshiva University S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program.
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
Rabbi Yosef Ginsberg
Rabbi Dov Lipman
Rabbi Avi Rodan
Rabbi Efraim Duskis
Rabbi Ori Murray
Rabbi Dovid Oratz
Rabbi Yechiel Weisz
Rabbi Dov Shenkman
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.
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.
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.
Level of Learning Offered
We are able to accommodate students of all learning levels.
Hebrew Knowledge Required
Religious Observance Required
Full commitment to shmirat Torah U’mitzvot is required.
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 (Kollel, Israeli, Foreign)
Foreign Student Percentage
6 percent (from UK, Australia)
Number of 1st Year American Students
Number of 2nd Year American Students
English, Australian, Canadian
Number of Students per Class
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.
Facility use during Shabbat and Yom Tov
Our facility is available for student use on all Shabbatot and Chagim.
12:30 AM Thu: 1:30 AM
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.
Yeshivat Ashreinu was founded in 2012 with 31 students and we have been growing ever since.
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 for 2017-2018 is $26,500, which includes room/board and all programming/tiyulim.
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:
400 Warwick Ave
Teaneck NJ 07666
13 Hamishlat Street
Beit Shemesh, Israel 9901338
Tel: (02) 547 3040
US line in Israel office: (201) 490-9253
Fax: (02) 547 3044
Israel Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 606
Bet Shemesh, Israel 9910601