Darche Noam/David Shapell's College of Jewish Studies—S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program


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.

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.

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


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


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.


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


Type of American Student
Students who have completed at least one year of University

Overall Number of Students (Kollel, Israeli, Foreign)

Foreign Student Percentage

Number of 1st Year American Students

Number of 2nd Year American Students

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


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.

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.


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.



Additional Information

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

Contact Information

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