Yeshiva University maintains a robust presence and a beautiful campus in Jerusalem, housing the Caroline and Joseph Gruss Institute. Several YU programs conduct their activities and operations from our campus and provide a plethora of services and opportunities to our students and community. These include:
- The S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program in our dedicated student center services over 2,000 students studying in Israel each year, including almost 700 YU students enrolled in the program
- The Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary Israel Kollel, which provides rabbinic training and advanced Torah study in Israel to students enrolled at the seminary
- The Midrashiya Program, which offers seminars and training for the spouses of our rabbinical students in areas of scholarship, pedagogy and communal leadership
- The Center for the Jewish Future - Special Programs in Israel division offers programming throughout the year for students and members of the broader community in Israel:
- Counterpoint Israel is a service learning program in which YU students run summer camps at high schools in development towns in the south of Israel. These programs offer English language and informal education, and promote increased self-esteem for at-risk high school students.
- Winter break service learning missions bring YU students to Israel during semester breaks. Each mission identifies a current challenge in the Jewish community and Israeli society. YU students engage in various sectors of Israeli society with the goal of enriching their understanding and connection of collective concerns of the Jewish people while playing an active role in seeking out solutions. Missions are built upon Torah values, modeling how the YU community can bring the best of its learning and leadership to the development of modern day Israel.
- Support and coordination of activities for Yeshiva University Israel Alumni Association, which provides outreach, networking and programming for YU alumni living in Israel. More than 4,000 YU alumni benefit from sponsored academic and social events, as well as class reunions.
- YU’s “Torah-To-Go” Series printed editions are regularly distributed throughout communities and synagogues in Israel
- Students at Wurzweiler School of Social Work and Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration can fulfill their internship requirements at social service agencies and schools in Israel under the supervision of YU faculty
In addition, Yeshiva University's Rosenbaum Aliyah Incentive Fund assist YU graduates who have made aliyah in the payment of their education loan debts.
The Rosenbaum Aliyah Incentive Fund (RAIF) was established to assist graduates of the schools of Yeshiva University and its affiliates who have made Aliyah in the payment of their education loan debts. For eligible graduates, it provides assistance in repaying loans taken for payment of tuition at Yeshiva University. Payments for eligible graduates are made annually. Assistance is limited by the availability of funds and may be offered in amounts up to the following maximums:
For those who took out loans to finance undergraduate study, eligible graduates can receive up to $1,000 per year with cumulative maximum of $10,000.
For those who took out loans to finance graduate study, eligible graduates can receive up to $2,000 per year with a cumulative maximum of $20,000.
The maximum time one can participate in the program is ten years.
The terms and conditions include:
1. Application for RAIF will be accepted only from those who have spent at least two years as an oleh in Israel.
2. RAIF is available only for loans taken out for study at Yeshiva University and affiliated schools, i.e., Yeshiva College, Stern College for Women, Sy Syms School of Business, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, the Wurzweiler School of Social Work etc.
3. Loan payment to date must be current to receive funding from RAIF. Funding is not available to repay back debts or past due amounts.
4. Money will be paid directly to the lending agency. Grant recipients are urged to check their records on line to ensure that payment was properly credited.
5. Applications and re-applications must be submitted in Israel by September 1st in order to be considered for a grant that year. The application will be processed in Israel and forwarded to the U.S. for payment.
6. An RAIF payment is not a cancellation of the loan, nor does it relieve the alumnus of the responsibility to repay the remaining portion of any loan.
Eligibility for RAIF is limited to Olim Chadashim only. Ezrachim Olim, Ktinim Chozrim, and Toshavim Chozrim are ineligible.
For additional information and to receive an application, please contact:
Yeshiva University Israel Alumni -RAIF
40 Duvdevani Street
YU alumni may also take advantage of the Shmuel and Pearl Lamm Loan Gemach.
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