Machon Lev—JCT English Speakers' Program (S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program)
Our goal is to provide a well-rounded Israel experience, where students will both grow in their commitment to Torah and excel in their academic studies.
Our goal is to provide a well rounded Israel experience, where students will both grow in their commitment to Torah and excel in their academic studies.
Attitude towards Israel and Medinat Yisrael
Machon Lev is a Religious Zionist institution. Our programming and tiyulim are geared to instill within our students a love for Israel.
Attitude towards University Studies
Our students are encouraged to continue their academic studies along with a strong commitment to religious observance.
Attitude towards Extracurricular Activities
Our program is actively involved in reaching out to the community at large with monthly volunteer outings such as food packaging, visiting the sick and helping victims.
Preparation for Post Israel
Our caring Rabbis, teachers and advisors form personal relationships with our students in order to prepare them for the challenges they will face as a religious Jew in a modern world. These relationships extend beyond their year in Israel, with continual correspondence and reunions with alumni.
The "Successful" Student
A student that maximizes all of his opportunities during his Israel experience.
Our program believes in the importance of personal individualized attention and has a 1:3 Rabbi/Student ratio. Additionally, our Academic Advisor and available tutors help each student to maximize his potential in all areas of his studies. Madrichim serve as mentors for our students and are available to speak with students about all areas of personal growth and development.
Rabbis and Madrichim monitor the behavior of the boys. Attendance is taken in both Jewish studies and Academic classes. There is no drug or alcohol tolerance.
Our Yeshiva consists of two separate components; Jewish studies in the morning, and academic classes in the afternoon. The Jewish Studies consists of two Beit Medrash tracks; one advanced track and the other a more basic track. Both tracks are built upon the traditional yeshiva curriculum, with chavrutot and shiur, focusing on developing analytical skills and building learning skills in Gemara as well as in other areas. The atmosphere is informal and student participation is greatly encouraged. The Academic studies afternoon program brings to our students the opportunity to benefit from advanced level studies at one of Israel’s leading colleges. Students make their own schedule, on their interests, and may choose from a wide range of stimulating courses. During night seder, boys can either learn b’chavruta or can attend the shiurim offered in a variety of subjects. Talmidim can also attend the Israeli shiurim.
Our Academic courses have been designed to meet the core requirements of most degrees in the USA and Canada.
The following courses are generally offered in English.
Introduction to Management
Introduction to Marketing
Introduction to Computer Science
Calculus 1 and 2
Internet Design and Programming
Introduction to Micro Economics
Introduction to Macro Economics
In addition to our courses offered in English, students may take any of the courses conducted in Hebrew at the college in areas of Business, Engineering and Computer Science.
Academic Classes-2:30 -7:30
Language of Instruction
All shiurim and courses are taught in English. Shiurim and academic classes are available in Hebrew for those students who wish to enroll.
Ulpan or Hebrew Class
As part of one of Israel's leading colleges, our program boasts a top level, two semester Ulpan. Two different tracks are available enabling both beginners and more advanced students to grow in their Hebrew language skill.
Assessment and Grading
The year is comprised of two semesters, with grades provided in both Jewish and Academic.
Students that stay on are integrated into JCT, and continue on towards a full Bachelor’s degree.
Our program is part of the Y.U. Israel Program, as well as the Touro/Lander College and Michigan Jewish Institute joint programs.
Jewish Studies Faculty:
Rav Nechemia Zalman Goldberg, Rosh Yeshiva
Rav Ben Baruch, Rosh Beit Medrash
Rabbi Joel Cohn, Director
Rabbi Adi Issacs
Rabbi Shalom Miller
Dr. Shimshon Lashansky-Physics
Dr. Aharon Goodman-Math
Dr. Eli Passow-Math
Mr. Tom Caplan-Economic
Rabbi Yoel Domb-Business Ethics
Rabbi Shlom Eitan-Hebrew
Mr. Yisrael Levine-Psychology
Mr. Michael Miller-Math
Mr. Nachum Danzig –Computer Science
Mr. Yosef Sukeinik-Computer Science
Dr. Phil Levine-Economics
Dr. Ivor David-Accounting
Dr. H. Goldmeir-Marketing
Dr. Edmund Chalom-Electrical Engineering
Dr. Avi Kay- Economics
Additionally, our students benefit from interaction from other Rabbis , academic faculty, madrichim and mentors.
Our students dorm with English speakers but have the opportunity to interact with Israelis on the college campus.
Special Informal programs
Chagigot are held around the year on campus or in the homes of Rabbis. Our students spend one evening a week at the homes of our Rabbis for a “Bayit Cham” informal shiur. Special Rosh Chodesh festive breakfasts, musical perfomances and other exciting activities are an important element to our programming.
Our campus has a newly built weight room with professional trainers, as well as a newly renovated basketball/ soccer court.
Programming for Shabbat and Yom Tov
Approximately once a month is an in-Shabbat, where students are required to remain on campus for a special Shabbat experience as a yeshiva community. These Shabbatot are highlighted with uplifting tefilot, meals, zemirot, Divrei Torah, and are in participation of our programs Rabbis. The remainder of Shabbatot are out-Shabbatot, which provide the opportunity for students to spend Shabbat elsewhere - friends, or family. Of course, students may choose to remain on campus on out-Shabbatot, and meals are provided.
The dormitory is always open to its students and meals are provided for those students who are on campus during chagim.
Tiyulim & Trips
Our tiyulim are a balance of experiencing the historically rich sites of Israel and having a great time. Mountain rappelling, overnight campouts and challenging hikes are just some examples of our exciting tiyul schedule. All tiyulim are led by our staff members, who join in the tiyulim to further develop their relationship with our students.
All levels are accepted
Hebrew Knowledge Required
None. However, shiurim and classes are available in Hebrew for those who would like enroll.
Religious Observance Required
Modern Orthodox background
Our students are from all over North America and graduates of Modern Orthodox Yeshiva High-schools.
Below are some of the high schools that are students have attended:
NY - Flatbush, TABC, MAYHS, MTA, Ramaz, Rambam, Kushners, Frisch,. Outside NY - Beth Tefila, Rambam (Baltimore), Ida Crown, Skokie Yeshiva (Chicago), Yavne Academy, Texas Torah Institute (TX), Columbus Torah Academy (Ohio), CHAT, Or Chaim (Toronto), Yavne, Beit HaLevy, Hebrew Academy (Montreal) YULA, Shalhevet, Valley Torah (LA), Toras Chaim (Miami), WYHS (Boca) Toras Chaim (San Diego),, Stern (Philadelphia), NW YHS (Seattle)
Overall Number of Students (Kollel, Israeli, Foreign)
Foreign Student Percentage
Jewish students from all over the world number about 30% of JCT's population.
Number of 1st Year American Students
Number of 2nd Year American Students
In addition to 1st year students, there is a community of English speakers, who have spent at least one year in post high school yeshiva, that are studying for a degree at Machon Lev.
We have had a few students from the UK.
Number of Students per Class
Jewish Studies – 8
Academic Studies- 20
Our dormitories are conveniently located on campus. Each suite houses two students and features a private bathroom, kitchenette area with a refrigerator, and work study desk area that enables our students the environment needed for study. Internet is available.
Availability of Private Kitchen Facilities
Kitchen facilities are available
Facility use during Shabbat and Yom Tov
Facilities, including meals, are open for all Shabbatot and Yom Tovim.
We do not have a curfew
Mizrachi receives directives and security updates from the Security department of the Jewish Agency and acts accordingly. Students are required to adhere to these rules and guidance. In the event of a terror incident in Israel, the program follows set procedures laid down by the Jewish Agency.