• Guide to Israel Schools

  • Sha'alvim—S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program

  • Goal of the 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.

    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
    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 2012-13 is $22,000 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
    Email: office@usshaalvim.org

    Israel Office
    Rav Yechezkel Yakovson / Rav Ari Waxman
    DN Shimshon 99784
    Phone: (08) 927-6652
    Fax: (08) 927-6516
    Email: sharong@shaalvim.co.il

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