Sha'arei Mevaseret Zion—S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program

Goal of Program:
Yeshivat Sha’arei Mevaseret Zion seeks to nurture students into well-rounded, leadership-oriented Bnei Torah with the following core attributes: a love of learning, a commitment to excel in both mitzvot bein adam l’makom and bein adam l’chaveiro, a love and appreciation of all Jews, a deep-felt connection to Eretz Yisrael, and a commitment to Yahadut. 

We seek to promote these qualities in our Talmidim by drawing from the wellsprings of all perspectives within the Torah spectrum and by addressing the unique needs of each individual Talmid.  We strive to create an energized and fun atmosphere in which each Talmid feels positive about his Judaism, his religious development, his friends and his Yeshiva.

Perspective on Medinat Yisrael:

The Yeshiva is very positive about Religious Zionism. Our Talmidim study together with the Meretz Kollel, many of whom have served in the IDF and espouse the values of Religious Zionism. We have a full program of Tefilla, talks and celebrations on Yom Ha'Atzmaut and Yom Yerushalayim. Our tours during Tiyulim invariably visit and celebrate the accomplishments of Medinat Yisrael.

Perspective on University Studies:

Our students are encouraged to study in university and continue serious learning in a Yeshiva program. They are certainly not discouraged from attending university, which is viewed as a positive part of an individual's development.

Extracurricular Activities:

The Yeshiva hosts Chagigot for all major yamim tovim (Simchat Beit Hashoeva, Chanuka, Purim, Lag B’Omer, Yom Haatzmaut, etc.) We also promote a weekly chesed program on Tuesday afternoons whereby the Yeshiva participates in Shalva and other organizations, depending on the schedule . Chesed programs over the years have included volunteering for Magen David Adom, Hadassah Children’s Hospital, Kedma, Table-to-Table, Yad Eliezer, Meir Panim Soup Kitchens, Amutat Efrat, babysitting for Kollel members and tutoring Ethiopian olim in Mevaseret Zion.

Preparation for Post Israel:

Rabbanim have regular Hashkafa discussions with students about their return home and future attendance in college. Kibud Av V'em are supreme values stressed by the Yeshiva.

The "Successful" Student:

Our successful student embodies Torah Im Derech Eretz. He will be a leader of Torah study and community effort in his home town. Our talmidim are Bnei Torah who contribute to the good of Klal Yisrael and are Mekadesh Shem Shamayim BaRabim.

Dress:

The Yeshiva requires that Talmidim wear shirts with collars (T-shirts are not acceptable), slacks (not jeans), shoes and socks anywhere outside the dormitory.

Guidance Personnel:

The Yeshiva is maintains a low student/rebbe ratio to foster open, warm, and lasting relationships. Additionally, the Yeshiva is staffed by several madrichim. These are serious and mature young men who serve as guides and counselors to the Talmidim. A number of our Rabbeim live on campus.  Talmidim share the Beit Midrash with Meretz Kollel members who are studying for Smicha from the Israel Chief Rabbinate. These Kollel Members live on campus. We purposely provide our Talmidim with a diverse population of positive role models in their daily lives at Yeshiva.

Supervision:


Each rebbe is assigned a small number of post high school students on which to keep a responsible eye. Yeshiva maintains a reasonable curfew. No alcohol consumption, drug use, vaping or smoking are permitted in or outside of Yeshiva. Students who leave for Shabbat sign out with name, number and address of host.


Curriculum:

We have Shiurim in three levels - Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. The advanced level assumes the ability to comprehend a shiur in Gemara.

The Mevaseret Program offers Morning Seder Gemara shiurim at every level, from advanced shiurim that focus on sharpening the Talmid’s analytical abilities, to skill-building shiurim that enable a Talmid to gain a comfort level with learning Gemara.

Afternoon Seder in Mevaseret is a uniquely diverse program. The goal of Afternoon Seder is to present our Talmidim with a broad scope of all of Yahadut. Classes run through the first hour of afternoon seder, and they encompass shiurim on a broad range of stimulating and intriguing topics such as the following:

  • Our Unique Generation: Last Moments of Galut

  • I Want the Truth

  • Personal Growth Workshop

  • Deep Thoughts on Parsha and Moadim

  • Geheinom, Gan Eden, and the coming of Mashiach

  • Hands on Halacha – Safrut

  • Transformative Tefillah

  • Pirkei Avot

  • Secret to Life through the Thought of Rebbe Nachman

  • Hilchot Shabbat

  • Tanach

  • Tanya

The remainder of afternoon seder focuses on Gemara Bekiut. A one-hour preparatory period precedes each class, which provides the opportunity to analyze the texts and gain a broad understanding of the subject matter. These subjects are all taught in an interactive fashion by mechanchim who are experts in their field. The goal of the afternoon seder is to present the students with the rich diversity and tradition of our Jewish heritage, and be able to draw on all of the varied disciplines within Yahadut to develop their personalities and their unique connection to Avodat Hashem.

Daily Schedule:

7:50 - Shacharit
8:40 - Breakfast
9:30 am – 12:30 pm - Morning Shiur - Gemara B'Iyun
12:40 – 2:50 – Lunch Break – Intramural Basketball


2:30 – 2:50 Optional Mishna Brura Yomi
2:50 - Mincha


3:00 – 4:00: Afternoon Seder – Classes


4:00 – 6:00 Afternoon Seder – Gemara Bekiut


6:30- Dinner


8:00 – Maariv


8:15 - 10:00 - Night Seder


10:00 - 10:45 – Post Night Seder


10:45 - 11:15 – Late Night Learning and Munchies Program

 

Hebrew:

Shiurim are offered in both English and Ivrit to cater to the unique needs of each Talmid. Ulpan Torani is one of the options offered Tuesday afternoons.

Assessment and Grading:

Grades are offered and official transcripts are provided.

Shana Bet:

There is an official Shana Bet program. Approximately 50% of our talmidim return for a second year, as this is strongly encouraged by the Yeshiva.

Joint Program:

We have official programs with YU, Touro and Hebrew Theological College (Skokie). Many other institutions recognize our transcript.

Staff:

Rav Shimon Isaacson – Rosh Yeshiva

Rav Yedidya Berzon – Rosh Mosdot Mevaseret

Rav Mordechai Burg –Menahel

Rav Daniel Glanz – Mashgiach

Rav Daniel Steinherz – Mashgiach

Rav Daniel Berent – Seder coordinator

Rav Nissan Lachman – Social worker

Rav Meir Arnold

Rav Yehuda Barkai

Rav Binyomin Beiser

Rav Chananya Berzon

Rav Joel Bloom

Rav Elisha Bruck

Rav Betzalel Cohen

Rav Kfir Dadon

Rav Yakov Gakner

Rav Yosef Hirschel

Rav Dovid Levy

Rav David Lovy

Rav Shimshon Nadel

Rav Moshe Poleyeff

Rav Chaggai Raviv

Rav Nachi Rybak

Rav Barak Saffer

Rav Robert Saffer

Rav Ben Schurz

Rav Nir Shaer

Rav Shmuel Zucker

Rav Eli Eldad

 

Administration:

Rav Daniel Katz – Executive Director

Netanel Ostrov – CFO

Naomi Amar and Menucha Rothenberg – Office Administrators

Sports Facilities:

There is a weight room on campus and outdoor basketball court. Indoor basketball court rented twice a week. There is also a running chug with one of the senior rabbanim.

Programming for Shabbat and Yom Tov:

Approximately once every three weeks Shabbat Yeshiva (either on or off-campus); two free shabbatot a month with the possibility of remaining in Yeshiva (called Optional Shabbat). All facilities - including dorms - are available 24/7 and all meals are provided. Placement assistance is offered to Talmidim who wish to be hosted during the chagim.

Field Trips:

The Yeshiva views the tiyulim as an integral part of the educational programming. There are five major overnight trips and at least one day-trip per month. These are designed to enhance knowledge and love of Eretz Yisrael and Jewish History, both ancient and modern.

Eligibility       

Religious Observance Required: Full commitment to Shmirat Torah U'mitzvot is a prerequisite.

Population - Type of American Student

We pride ourselves in accepting a wide and varied student population.

Our students have come from the following cities/countries:
Vienna, Austria; Caulfield, Australia; Melbourne, Australia; Los Angeles, CA; Englewood, CO; Boca Raton, FL; Miami Beach, FL; Chicago, IL; Deerfield, IL; Skokie, IL; Brookline, MA; Natick, MA; Newton, MA; Sharon, MA; Baltimore, MD; Potamac, MD; Silver Spring, MD; Southfield, MI; W. Bloomfield, MI; Cherry Hill, NJ; East Brunswick, NJ; Edison, NJ; Elizabeth, NJ; Englewood, NJ; Fair Lawn, NJ; Highland Park, NJ; Hllside, NJ; Oakhurst, NJ; Paramus, NJ; Passaic, NJ; Teaneck, NJ; West Orange, NJ; Sydney, Australia; Atlantic Beach, NY; Bronx, NY; Brooklyn, NY; Dewitt, NY; Flushing, NY; Forest Hills, NY; Fresh Meadows, NY; Great Neck, NY; Hillcrest, NY; Holliswood, NY; Jamaica Estates, NY; Lawrence, NY; Long Beach, NY; Merrick, NY; Monsey, NY; New Rochelle, NY; New York, NY; Plainview, NY; Riverdale, NY; Suffern, NY; West Hempstead, NY; Beachwood, OH; Toronto, Ontario; Thornhill, Ontario; Bala Cynwd, PA; Elkins Park, PA; Montreal, Quebec; Dallas, TX

Location:
Mevaseret Zion (outskirts of Jerusalem)

Total Student Population:
130

Number of 1st Year Students

85

Number of 2nd Year Students

45

Faculty/student ratio:1:8


Rosh Yeshiva:
Rav Shimon Isaacson

Contact Information:

Website: www.ysmz.org
E-mail: office@ysmz.org.il 
Phone: 972-2-533-9100 or (347) 464-6513
Fax: 972-2-533-9101 

Accommodations - Living Quarters:

Air conditioned and heated comfortable rooms. Maximum of 8 boys to a room. Students may requests roommates. There are two madrichim in each dorm. There is a fridge on every dorm floor.

Facility use during Shabbat and Yom Tov: 

The Yeshiva is always open. Meals are always provided. Facilities are available to students throughout the entire year.

Security Arrangements:
Security guard on campus. Fence around complete perimeter of campus.
100% coordination with security officials, including travel routes, locations & times, armed escorts and medical personnel. Text message for security updates and alerts (assuming you use Yeshiva's recommended cell phone provider). In the event of an attack, all students are contacted via an immediate text message. Once all students are accounted for, parents receive an email saying that everyone is ok. Full contact with security professionals to advise our students of where and when not to go and if need be "lock down" for a limited time.
Please keep in mind that Mevaseret is a low-risk area as defined by the security establishment.

History:

The Yeshiva was founded in 1988 by a group of young and dynamic, experienced educators. They sensed the need for a Yeshiva to cater to the serious student who aspires to grow in Torah learning and Yirat Shamayim, while fully experiencing Eretz Yisrael.

Accrediting Universities

YSMZ is a Yeshiva University S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program School. There is a program with Touro and Hebrew Theological College (Skokie). Many other institutions recognize our transcript.

Tuition for the 2019-2020 year is $28,900. This includes registration, dormitory facilities, 3 meals a day, Tiyulim, all Shabbatot and Chagim.

Additional Information

There is only one criterion to gaining entrance into YSMZ; a sincere desire to grow. We believe that with genuine motivation, anything can be achieved. We recognize that each Talmid should be taught in his own unique way (chanoch lena’ar al pi darko). Though our Talmidim hail from different sections of the world, they quickly gel into the Mevaseret family. Everyone feels a special bond with his colleagues, and lifelong friendships are forged. The sense of achdut amongst the boys greatly enhances the Israel experience.  Wherever across the globe our Talmidim find themselves, there is an instant connection upon meeting a fellow Mevaseret graduate.  More than having shared a similar experience - they are members of the same family. 

Rebbeim are available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week to guide and support their Talmidim.  The commitment and caring of our staff infuse the Yeshiva with warmth and camaraderie. Talmidim are regularly hosted at the homes of Rebbeim, because they truly become a part of the Rebbe’s family. At YSMZ, you will acquire a Rebbe and belong to a family for the rest of your life.