Ateret Yerushalayim—S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program
The goals of the yeshiva are to provide a warm nurturing atmosphere which creates a family environment in which the talmid can grow in his learning and midos.
Attitude towards Israel and Medinat Yisrael
Our program is apolitical. We do offer lectures in history of Medinat Yisroel, current events, and ulpan.
Attitude towards University Studies
For those students qualified and interested in continuing their secular education we do recommend YU. After completing our program boys continue in YU, Touro, other colleges or Yeshiva Gedola.
Attitude towards Extracurricular Activities
Our students participate in a chesed program packaging food for the needy in Yerushalayim. They do this once a week.
Preparation for Post Israel
We have several lectures and discussions preparing them for answering questions on Israel when they return home.
The "Successful" Student
Our successful student will be either working and being Kovea Itim Letorah or learning and/or teaching.
There is no formal dress code, but boys are encouraged to wear button down shirts and slacks.
The Rosh Yeshiva, Rebbeim, Av Bayit and Madrich are available to offer advice and guidance. Their homes are open for shabbosim and chagim.
The faculty is always aware of where students are and attendance is informally kept a record of. There is a curfew and rules of behavior that must be adhered to. No alcohol or drugs are allowed.
About 20% of time is spend studying Talmud on all levels from beginners to advanced. In addition we study Halacha, Chumash, and Machshava.
In Chumash the students gain proficiency in learning chumash and rashi and there is an advanced shiur which focuses on the methodology of the Ramban. We learn halacha on two levels, Bekiyut and Iyun . The more advanced b’iyun level carefully analyzes the positions and issues leading up to the final psak.
9:30 Gemara B’iyun seder
12:00 Gemara Shiur
1:00 Lunch Break
3:45 Halacha seder/shiur
8:15 Gmara Bekiut Seder
10:00 Optional Seder
Language of Instruction
All classes are in English
Ulpan or Hebrew Class
We offer an ulpan class twice a week and recommend that students attend.
Assessment and Grading
Students receive grades on their transcript and are assessed by both written and oral examinations. Attendance is kept a record of.
We do have a an active Shana Bet program and boys are encouraged to return. About 50% of our students do return.
We have a joint program with YU and Touro.
Rabbi Michoel Jablinowitz
Rabbi Shlomo Ribner
Rabbi Dovid Silber
Rabbi Avraham Safer
Rabbi Yaron Weisberg
Rabbi Eliyahu Gendelman
Rabbi Avi Wiesenfeld
Rabbi Shimon Nelson
Students are encouraged to spend shabbosim with families in different communities. We keep track of current events but are apolitical and do not encourage attendance in rallies etc.
Special Informal programs
We have guest speakers, kumzitim and different events for the different chagim
We have a weight room at the Yeshiva and boys attend a Gym once a week where they can play basketball and swim.
Programming for Shabbat and Yom Tov
Every second Shabbos is an “in” Shabbos. Several times a year we have shabbatonim where the whole student body and faculty members spend Shabbos together. During Succot the boys visit their rebbeim in their succot, and spend Simchat Torah at the Yeshiva. In addition, there is also a tiyul after the chag before the new zman begins. For those students who do not have relatives in Israel we make sure they have a place to stay for Yom Tov.
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.
Beginner – familiar with some Aramaic and Talmudic terminology Intermediate - beginning to independently study a Talmudic passage The texts are taught with an eye towards making the student more proficient in learning, giving him the skills to learn on his own. Shiurim are offered on five levels from beginner to advanced.
Hebrew Knowledge Required
Beginner – shiurim are in English from original sources in Hebrew.
Religious Observance Required
Boys attending our yeshiva have a full commitment to shmirat Torah U’mitzvot, a prerequisite.
We have students from all over the US. For example, NY, Baltimore, Silver Spring, Miami Beach, Los Angeles, Southfield MI.
Overall Number of Students (Kollel, Israeli, Foreign)
We have an average of 40 students all English speaking
Foreign Student Percentage
100% of our students are from overseas
Number of 1st Year American Students
Number of 2nd Year American Students
We have several students from England and Australia
Number of Students per Class
We have very small classes. Between 5-8 in each level.
The yeshiva is located in a double villa in the beautiful residential area of Ramot Bet, away from the bustle of the city. The boys have full room and board. There are 2 boys per room and 3 full meals a day.
Availability of Private Kitchen Facilities
The kitchen is closed after hours but the students have access to a refrigerator and a toaster.
Facility use during Shabbat and Yom Tov
The Yeshiva is open every second Shabbat. During the succot and Pesach breaks the dorm is open if the boys need a place to stay.
We do have a curfew. We keep record where boys are going for Shabbat and we have all of the boy’s cell phone numbers so we can get in touch with them.
Students are not supposed to leave the premises without permission. All our tiyulim are done by private buses or vans. Boys are told to get in touch with us immediately by phone in case of an emergency or terrorist attack. If necessary, we will be in direct contact with parents by phone and/or e-mail.