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

Goal of 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 where no questions are out of bounds. 

Attitude towards Israel and Medinat Yisrael

The Land and State of Israel is of central importance at Orayta. Our Roshei Yeshiva and Rebbeim have proudly served in the IDF. Rabbi Binny Freedman, one of Orayta's Roshei Yeshiva, is an IDF Company Commander continuing his reserve duty to date. Through various classes, shabbatonim and tiyulim students become acquainted with and develop a strong bond with the Land of Israel.

Attitude towards University Studies
Orayta strongly encourages the students to pursue a college education. 

Attitude towards Extracurricular Activities

A gym and fields are available within a short distance. As part of the Orayta philosophy of a healthy mind and healthy body, we encourage students to utilize these and other exercise opportunities. As well, a weekly volunteer opportunity during the afternoon break slot is offered for students to participate in

Preparation for Post Israel
A Leadership Training class is held to better equip students with campus life and life after Israel. We encourage the parents to take an active role in the education of their sons. Orayta staff members are in regular contact with the parents. 

The "Successful" Student

As part of the S. Daniel Abraham Joint Israel Program, we will continue to work together in creating a new generation of inspired and inspiring Religious Zionist young men who will lead the Jewish Community forward both in the Diaspora and here at home in Medinat Yisrael. 

Dress

In order to respect the environment of the Yeshiva, we ask students to please not wear T-shirts, sweatpants, or shorts in the Beit Midrash. White button down shirts are required for Shabbat and chagim.

Guidance Personnel

Students meet on an ongoing basis in private one-on-one meetings with the Rosh Yeshiva, the Mashgiach, and their Rebbeim. Topics discussed during these meetings include student development, both emotional and academic, as well as their general well-being.

Supervision

The faculty is always aware of where students are, including during "out" Shabbatot. Attendance to all classes and events is required. There is a midnight curfew and rules of behavior must be adhered to. We have a ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY regarding substance and chemical abuse.

 

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. 

Courses Offered
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. 

Daily Schedule
7:30 Shacharit / Breakfast
9:00 Character Development / Tefila (alternating days)
9:45 Gemara
1:00 Lunch / Afternoon Break
3:00 Choose from a variety of classes. See our website for details.  

4:45 Mincha
5:15 See our website for details
6:16 Self Study
7:00 Dinner
8:00 Night Seder 

10:00 Maariv

Language of Instruction
Classes in the Yeshiva are taught in English. 

Ulpan or Hebrew Class
The Yeshiva operates an Ulpan Torani enabling our students to improve their conversational Hebrew. 

Assessment and Grading
Grades and transcripts, upon request, are given by the Rebbeim based upon class attendance, participation and progress. 

Shana Bet
Option available.


Joint Program
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

 

Interaction with Israelis
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. 

Special Informal programs
Orayta has many guest lecturers on a variety of topics, plus regular Q&A sessions.


Programming for Shabbat and Yom Tov
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. 

Field Trips
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.

Eligibility

Level of Learning Offered
Beginner – Intermediate - Advanced 

Hebrew Knowledge Required
Hebrew is not necessarily required, depending on the course level chosen. 

Religious Observance Required
Orayta is looking for modern Orthodox students who are deeply passionate about their Judaism and looking for a place to strengthen their skills.

 

Type of American Student
Most of our students come from North America after graduating high school.


Overall Number of Students (Kollel, Israeli, Foreign)
77 

Foreign Student Percentage
No information provided 

Number of 1st Year American Students
62

Number of 2nd Year American Students
15

Other Nationalities
England, Holland, Canada, and South Africa

Number of Students per Class
10-12

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.

Living Quarters
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. 

Availability of Private Kitchen Facilities
Students have use of a refrigerator and a microwave. 

Facility use during Shabbat and Yom Tov
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). 

Curfew
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. 

Security Arrangements
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)


Financial Assistance:

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.

Yeshivat Orayta
U.S. Office
Michal Reinitz

Phone: (212) 444-1660
Fax: (561) 892-0333
Email: 
office@orayta.org 

 

Israel Office
Rabbi David Aaron / Rav Binny Freedman
Scott Apfelbaum
25 Misgav Ladach Street
Old City, Jerusalem 9751543
Phone: (02) 627-4890
Fax: (02) 627-3875
Email:
office@orayta.org
www.orayta.org