Yeshivat Orayta—S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program
At Yeshivat Orayta students get a classic Yeshiva experience and beyond. We offer an extraordinary program that balances and blends together mastery of textual skills, depth of Jewish thought and profundity of spiritual inspiration. Our faculty fosters a warm and open atmosphere and develop life-long relationships with our students
At Yeshivat Orayta students get a classic Yeshiva experience and beyond. We offer an extraordinary program that balances and blends together mastery of textual skills, depth of Jewish thought and profundity of spiritual inspiration.
Our faculty fosters a warm and open atmosphere where no questions are out of bounds.
Orayta has a high staff to student ratio.
Our curriculum aims to develop both comprehensive knowledge and skills. We enable our students to probe and discover the deeper meaning of Chumash, Talmud, Halacha, Jewish Philosophy, and Mussar, while developing the skills to study independently.
Students choose from one of five morning Talmud classes. Levels and approach vary. In addition, we have daily courses in Jewish Thought, Philosophy of Mitzvot, Siddur Analysis, etc.
7:30 Shacharit / Breakfast
9:00 Character Development / Tefila (alternating days)
1:00 Lunch / Afternoon Break
3:00 Choose from a variety of classes. See our website for details.
5:15 See our website for details
6:16 Self Study
8:00 Night Seder
Classes in the Yeshiva are taught in English.
The Yeshiva operates an Ulpan Torani enabling our students to improve their conversational Hebrew.
Grades and transcripts, upon request, are given by the Rebbeim based upon class attendance, participation and progress.
Our Yeshiva is part of the Yeshiva University Joint Israel Program and MASA Israel Journey.
Rav David Aaron, Rosh Yeshiva
Rav Binny Freedman, Rosh Yeshiva
Rav Yitzchak Blau, Rosh Yeshiva
Rav Moshe Kornblum, Assistant Dean
Rav Dovid Silverstein, Sgan Rosh Yeshiva
Rav Judah Dardik, Sgan Rosh Yeshiva
Rav Noam Himelstein, Mashgiach
Scott Apfelbaum, Administrative Director
Rav Adi Krohn, RAM
Rav Dovid'l Weinberg, RAM (?)
Rav Nuriel Aaron, Rebbe
Students spend several Shabbatot during the year in Israeli communities in addition to enjoying Shabbat placement throughout the country. This affords them the opportunity to get to experience real life with Israeli families.
Orayta has many guest lecturers on a variety of topics, plus regular Q&A sessions.
Orayta spends many Shabbatot and most Chaggim together as a group either in the Old City of Jerusalem or in a local Israeli community with Rebbeim and their families.
Orayta believes in the importance of loving the Land of Israel. In order to familiarize students with various parts of the Land, we offer monthly trips including a post Sukkot, winter and post Pesach, overnight trips.
Beginner – Intermediate - Advanced
Hebrew is not necessarily required, depending on the course level chosen.
Orayta is looking for modern Orthodox students who are deeply passionate about their Judaism and looking for a place to strengthen their skills.
Most of our students come from North America after graduating high school.
No information provided
England, Holland, Canada, and South Africa
The Yeshiva is housed in a 900 year old Crusader building that was recently modernized and equipped with a modern Beit Midrash, classrooms and offices. From our rooftop one can enjoy the vista of the entire Temple Mount, The Kotel, Mount of Olives and much more. The rooftop with its spectacular view is the venue where we greet Shabbat with a spirited Kabbalat Shabbat davening.
The students live in dorms within the Old City and have free access to a student recreation lounge. The dorms are open virtually throughout the Academic Year. The dorms are always manned by the Madrichim. During vacation periods, a daily check-in system is initiated via the SMS system. All students must check in daily – without exception. Students are encouraged to visit other communities throughout Israel during these times. As always, the homes of the staff and Rebbeim are always open.
Students have use of a refrigerator and a microwave.
Orayta has a rotation of In-Shabbatot, Optional and Out-Shabbatot where we help place students requiring assistance. During the Sukkot and Pesach breaks the dorm is open if the students need a place to stay (no meals are provided).
Students are required to be in the dorms every night no later than midnight. This includes Motzei Shabbat. Students must notify their dorm counselors where they are going for Shabbat and vacation periods.
All dorms and the learning center are monitored by a CCTV system. Security alerts and advisement is brought to the attention of the students as necessary. We insist that all students acquire a cell phone in order to send group SMS text messages. These messages vary in nature but include emergency notices. All students are required to text their Madrichim in the event of a security threat.
Our responsibility to you and your parents requires that we know your whereabouts at all times. Spending a night out of the dormitories is not allowed without prior consent from the dorm counselor.
Orayta was founded in 2008.
Tuition: $27,500 (Room & Board)
A limited amount of Scholarships are available. Please fill out the scholarship form available from the office. In addition to YU financial aid, we are recognized by MASA which awards grants and scholarships.
Room and Board Fees
The room and board fees cover your dormitory room as well as meals during the academic session.
At Orayta we take an active role to include the parents and grandparents in the educational programming. To demonstrate this we have introduced the following initiatives:
· Divrei Torah written by a different student which is included in the Weekly Orayta News and emailed each week to parents.
· There are numerous call-in classes that we arrange at convenient times for parents to dial in and partake.
· Parents are called and emailed on a regular basis. We also organize "Parent Evenings" in the USA when our Rebbeim travel there.
Parents’ Retreat – an annual highlight of the Orayta calendar is the Parents’ Retreat. The schedule includes Shiurim and learning time with their sons. In addition the program culminates with an unforgettable Old City Shabbaton and Kumsitz with Friday Night Davening on our roof overlooking Har Habayit and The Kotel.