• Guide to Israel Schools

  • Ateret Yerushalayim—S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program

  • Goal of the Program

    The goals of the yeshiva are to provide a warm nurturing atmosphere which creates a family environment in which the talmid can grow in his learning and midos.

    The goals of the yeshiva are to provide a warm nurturing atmosphere which creates a family environment in which the talmid can grow in his learning and midos. We have many programs in our building including: One Year Program, One Year Sephardic Track Program, Shana Bet, Alumni-Collegiate and Kollel Programs.

    Attitude towards Israel and Medinat Yisrael

    Our program is apolitical. We do offer lectures in history of Medinat Yisroel, current events, and ulpan.

    Attitude towards University Studies

    For those students qualified and interested in continuing their secular education we do recommend YU. After completing our program boys continue in YU, Touro, other colleges or Yeshiva Gedola.

    Attitude towards Extracurricular Activities

    Our students participate in a chesed program packaging food for the needy in Yerushalayim. They do this once a week.

    Preparation for Post Israel

    We have several lectures and discussions preparing them for answering questions on Israel when they return home.

    The "Successful" Student

    Our successful student will be either working and being Kovea Itim Letorah or learning and/or teaching.


    There is no formal dress code, but boys are encouraged to wear button down shirts and slacks.

    Guidance Personnel

    The Rosh Yeshiva, Rebbeim, Av Bayit and Madrich are available to offer advice and guidance. Their homes are open for shabbosim and chagim.


    The faculty is always aware of where students are and attendance is informally kept a record of. There is a curfew and rules of behavior that must be adhered to. No alcohol or drugs are allowed.
    About 20% of time is spend studying Talmud on all levels from beginners to advanced. In addition we study Halacha, Chumash, and Machshava.

    Courses Offered

    In Chumash the students gain proficiency in learning chumash and rashi and there is an advanced shiur which focuses on the methodology of the Ramban. We learn halacha on two levels, Bekiyut and Iyun . The more advanced b’iyun level carefully analyzes the positions and issues leading up to the final psak.

    Daily Schedule
    7:30 Shacharit
    8:30 Breakfast
    9:00 Mussar
    9:30 Gemara B’iyun seder
    12:00 Gemara Shiur
    1:00 Lunch Break
    3:30 Mincha
    3:45 Halacha seder/shiur
    4:45 Chumash/Machshava
    6:00 Historty/ulpan/break
    7:20 Dinner
    8:00 Marriv
    8:15 Gmara Bekiut Seder
    10:00 Optional Seder

    Language of Instruction
    All classes are in English

    Ulpan or Hebrew Class

    We offer an ulpan class twice a week and recommend that students attend.

    Assessment and Grading

    Students receive grades on their transcript and are assessed by both written and oral examinations. Attendance is kept a record of.

    Shana Bet

    We do have a an active Shana Bet program and boys are encouraged to return. About 50% of our students do return.

    Joint Program

    We have a joint program with YU and Touro.

    Rosh Yeshiva: 

    Rabbi Michoel Jablinowitz


    Rabbi Shlomo Ribner

    Rabbi Dovid Silber

    Rabbi Avraham Safer 

    Rabbi Yaron Weisberg 

    Rabbi Eliyahu Gendelman

    Rabbi Avi Wiesenfeld

    Rabbi Shimon Nelson

    Extra-Curricular Activities
    Interaction with Israelis
    Students are encouraged to spend shabbosim with families in different communities. We keep track of current events but are apolitical and do not encourage attendance in rallies etc.

    Special Informal programs
    We have guest speakers, kumzitim and different events for the different chagim

    Sports Facilities
    We have a weight room at the Yeshiva and boys attend a Gym once a week where they can play basketball and swim.

    Programming for Shabbat and Yom Tov
    Every second Shabbos is an “in” Shabbos. Several times a year we have shabbatonim where the whole student body and faculty members spend Shabbos together. During Succot the boys visit their rebbeim in their succot, and spend Simchat Torah at the Yeshiva. In addition, there is also a tiyul after the chag before the new zman begins. For those students who do not have relatives in Israel we make sure they have a place to stay for Yom Tov.

    Field Trips
    The Yeshiva arranges tiyulim on the average of once a month. The goal is to learn about and appreciate Eretz Yisroel and also to get a break and come back to learning with renewed energies. In addition, we go to the kotel once a month for shacharit on Rosh Chodesh and have a festive breakfast.
    Level of Learning Offered
    Beginner – familiar with some Aramaic and Talmudic terminology Intermediate - beginning to independently study a Talmudic passage The texts are taught with an eye towards making the student more proficient in learning, giving him the skills to learn on his own. Shiurim are offered on five levels from beginner to advanced.

    Hebrew Knowledge Required
    Beginner – shiurim are in English from original sources in Hebrew.

    Religious Observance Required
    Boys attending our yeshiva have a full commitment to shmirat Torah U’mitzvot, a prerequisite.
    Type of American Student
    We have students from all over the US. For example, NY, Baltimore, Silver Spring, Miami Beach, Los Angeles, Southfield MI.

    Overall Number of Students (Kollel, Israeli, Foreign)
    We have an average of 40 students all English speaking

    Foreign Student Percentage
    100% of our students are from overseas

    Number of 1st Year American Students
    About 20

    Number of 2nd Year American Students
    About 20

    Other Nationalities
    We have several students from England and Australia

    Number of Students per Class
    We have very small classes. Between 5-8 in each level.
    Living Quarters
    The yeshiva is located in a double villa in the beautiful residential area of Ramot Bet, away from the bustle of the city. The boys have full room and board. There are 2 boys per room and 3 full meals a day.

    Availability of Private Kitchen Facilities
    The kitchen is closed after hours but the students have access to a refrigerator and a toaster.

    Facility use during Shabbat and Yom Tov
    The Yeshiva is open every second Shabbat. During the succot and Pesach breaks the dorm is open if the boys need a place to stay.

    We do have a curfew. We keep record where boys are going for Shabbat and we have all of the boy’s cell phone numbers so we can get in touch with them.

    Security Arrangements
    Students are not supposed to leave the premises without permission. All our tiyulim are done by private buses or vans. Boys are told to get in touch with us immediately by phone in case of an emergency or terrorist attack. If necessary, we will be in direct contact with parents by phone and/or e-mail.
    Ateret Yerushalayim is a dynamic yeshiva founded 11 years ago, specifically geared for the needs of English-speaking students coming to learn in Israel for a year or two. Ateret is the perfect solution for the right environment in which to grow.
    Accrediting Universities
    Ateret Yerushalayim is a Yeshiva University S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program School.
    Tuition is $21,500 a year , including the MASA grant. This includes full room and board and tiyulim.
    Additional Information
    Our yeshiva is kept small so that we can give each student the individual attention he needs to help him grow in his proficiency in learning. We want boys who are serious about improving their study skills.
    Contact Information

    Ateret Yerushalayim
    Rabbi Michoel Jablinowitz /Libby Goldberg
    Rechov Mishol Hadekalim 13
    (mailing address) P.O.B. 23711
    Jerusalem 91236
    Phone: (02) 587-9537
    Fax: (02) 571-0806
    Email: office@ateret.org

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