Sha'alvim—S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program


Goal of Program
Sha’alvim aims to provide its students with an advanced high level of learning and instill in them a love of, and commitment to, Torah, Kllal Yisrael and Eretz Yisrael. The ideal Sha’alvim student is a lamdan, Yarei Shomayim and Ba’al Midot.

Attitude Towards Israel and Medinat Yisrael
We present a positive attitude to Eretz Yisrael and Medinat Yisrael with impressive Yom Ha’atzmaut and Yom Yerushalayim Tefilot, Chagigot and Tiyulim. Sha’alvim is a Yeshivat Hesder.

Attitude Towards University Studies
Students are encouraged to continue their Torah studies and general education in a setting conducive to observance of Mitzvot. Most of our students attend YU upon return to the US.

Attitude Towards Extracurricular Activities
Students participate periodically in Chessed programs, during off hours and are encouraged to maintain a healthy body through physical activity during breaks.

Preparation for Post Israel
Formal and informal education is provided with the goal of viewing the year as a continuum of the student’s education, whereby the students will become successful contributing members of their communities.

The "Successful" Student
A “successful” Sha’alvim alumnus is one who has chosen a path in which Torah will continue to influence every decision in life and guide him in every endeavor, as Torah is integral to life at every stage and in every calling. The successful Sha’alvim student will be a role model and a leader, dedicated to Am Yisrael and Eretz Yisrael while portraying the beautiful combination of Torah and Midot.

Students follow a simple but conservative dress code as befitting Bnei Torah at an Israeli Yeshiva.

Guidance Personnel
The Mashgiach, Assistant Mashgichim, Ramim, Assistant Ramim, Kollel fellows and Madrich are always available and play a very active role. Living on campus, their homes are always open to them.

Faculty keep an eye on all students but informally, as they are treated as adults. Alcohol and substance use are not tolerated.


The curriculum is Gemara oriented with Chugim in Ta’nakh, Halacha, Machshava

Courses Offered
Tanakh: Parshat Hashavua, Neviim, Megilot, Machshava: classical and contemporary, including Rav Kook z’l, Rav Soloveitchik z’l, and Rav Hutner z'l.

Daily Schedule

  • 7:10 Shacharit
  • Breakfast
  • 8:30 Halacha Seder
  • 9:00-12:00 Seder Preparation for Sheur with Chavruta
  • 12:00-1:15 Sheur (Iyun)
  • 1:15-3:00 Lunch and Break
  • 3:00-5:15 Mincha and Afternoon Seder
  • 5:15 B’kiyut sheur
  • 6:15 Chugim
  • 7:15 Supper
  • 7:55 Mussar Seder
  • 8:15 Maariv
  • 8:30-10:30 Night Seder

Language of Instruction
Gemara Sheurim are in Ivrit. Chugim are in English.

Ulpan or Hebrew Class
There are optional Ulpan classes given on two levels.

Assessment and Grading
Students receive P or F on transcripts. Assessments and reports to parents by Dean as per Ram and Mashgiach. No official attendance taking.

Shana Bet
There is a formal Shana Bet program. Over 65% remain for second year.

Joint Program
Joint programs with Yeshiva University, Touro College, Hebrew Theological College and others.


Roshei HaYeshiva:
Rav Yechezkel Yakobson

Rav Aryeh Hendler

Director and Mashgiach:
Rav Ari Waxman

Rav Michael Yammer
Rav Dovid Lebor
Rav Yosef Nusbacher
Rav Eli Reich
Rav Binyomin Zimmerman

Rav Ezra Shapiro
Rav Chaim Cohen

All Ramim are Sha’alvim alumni who also have university degrees.

Extra-Curricular Activities

Interaction with Israelis
Students are encouraged to visit different communities in Israel. Students are kept abreast of current events via the Jerusalem Post.

Special Informal Programs
There are guest speakers for Chagigot and Yemei Iyun, Shabbatot Melave Malka etc.

Sports Facilities
There is a large outdoor athletic field.

Programming for Shabbat and Yom Tov
One ‘Shabbat in’ with guest, one Shabbat ‘free’ and one Yeshiva organized Shabbaton as a retreat or in a community. Arrangements are made for students, who do not have relatives in Israel, for vacation periods. Some remain in Yeshiva for Sukkot.

Field Trips
Two major Tiyulim to the Galil-Golan and to the Negev, plus one-day tiyulim, hikes, Ta’nakh oriented trips.


Level of Learning Offered
Advanced - able to independently study a Talmudic passage

Hebrew Knowledge Required
Intermediate plus - Advanced. Gemara shiurim are in Hebrew

Religious Observance Required
Sha’alvim accommodates students with a full commitment to shmirat Torah U’mitzvot.


Type of American Student
Our students hail from New York - New Jersey area, CT, Chicago, Toronto, Montreal, LA, Detroit, MD, Boston, Atlanta, PA, Seattle, Cleveland, Denver, Miami, Boca, Houston. Schools represented are: MTA/YU, HALB, RAMBAM, HANC, FLATBUSH, RAMAZ, ATERES YAACOV, SHAREI TORAH, TABC, FRISCH, KUSHNER, MOSHE AARON, JEC, YULA, H.A. MONTREAL, OR CHAIM TORONTO, NER ISRAEL TORONTO, CHAT, BOCA, IDA CROWN, SKOKIE, BERMAN & YESHIVA OF DC, RAMBAM BALT., MAIMONIDES, BLOCK, FUCHS MIZRACHI, WITS

Overall Number of Students (Kollel, Israeli, Foreign)

Foreign Student Percentage
100, i.e. 35% of the school

Number of 1st Year American Students

Number of 2nd Year American Students

Other Nationalities
Brazil, England, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Australia

Number of Students per Class
25 per class. Faculty to student ratio: 1-6


Living Quarters
Three / four students share a dorm room, with private facilities, sink and shower. Phones and lounge in each dormitory. Rooms are assigned but requests are considered. Guests may be invited for Shabbat.

Availability of Private Kitchen Facilities
Cooking is not permitted in dorm rooms, only in lounge where there is access to a refrigerator.

Facility use during Shabbat and Yom Tov
Yeshiva is open every Shabbat and meals are provided. Facilities open, if necessary, on Sukkot.

Students sign out when leaving for Shabbat if security situation in Israel so demands. They are to be back in time for morning seder on Sunday.

Security Arrangements
24 hour mobile guards, guards at front gate during night time hours. Contact with all students by cell phone and with parents by e-mail.


Yeshivat Sha’alvim was established in 1961 as a military outpost and in 1967 became a Yeshivat Hesder. It is situated in a beautiful rural setting on a mountain overlooking historic Ayalon Valley, half-way between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

Accrediting Universities

Joint programs with Yeshiva University, Touro College, Hebrew Theological College and others.


Tuition for the year 2019-20 is $27,000 including dorm, laundry, medical attention, hospitalization insurance, tiyulim, visa renewal and email use.

Additional Information

Yeshivat Sha’alvim is nestled in the natural beauty of central Eretz Yisrael along the fertile fields of the Ayalon Valley. Here, in a beautiful rural setting, removed from the distractions of the busy city, one can blossom and grow reaching his fullest potential as a Ben Torah. He forges a life long kesher with his Rabbanim and Kollel Fellows who open their homes and hearts to him. In a warm family atmosphere, conducive to serious learning, Sha’alvim prepares its students for a life dedicated to Torah, Am Yisrael, Eretz Yisrael and Medinat Yisrael.

Contact Information

U.S. Office
Baila Fogel
1716 Coney Island Ave. #3F
Brooklyn, NY 11230

Phone: (718) 677-7200
Fax: (718) 677-3080

Israel Office
Rav Yechezkel Yakovson / Rav Ari Waxman
DN Shimshon 99784

Phone: (08) 927-6652
Fax: (08) 927-6516