• Guide to Israel Schools

  • Machon Lev—JCT English Speakers' Program (S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program)

  • Goal of the Program

    Our goal is to provide a well-rounded Israel experience, where students will both grow in their commitment to Torah and excel in their academic studies.

    Goal of Program
    Our goal is to provide a well rounded Israel experience, where students will both grow in their commitment to Torah and excel in their academic studies.

    Attitude towards Israel and Medinat Yisrael

    Machon Lev is a Religious Zionist institution. Our programming and tiyulim are geared to instill within our students a love for Israel.

    Attitude towards University Studies

    Our students are encouraged to continue their academic studies along with a strong commitment to religious observance.

    Attitude towards Extracurricular Activities

    Our program is actively involved in reaching out to the community at large with monthly volunteer outings such as food packaging, visiting the sick and helping victims.

    Preparation for Post Israel

    Our caring Rabbis, teachers and advisors form personal relationships with our students in order to prepare them for the challenges they will face as a religious Jew in a modern world. These relationships extend beyond their year in Israel, with continual correspondence and reunions with alumni.

    The "Successful" Student

    A student that maximizes all of his opportunities during his Israel experience.


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    Guidance Personnel

    Our program believes in the importance of personal individualized attention and has a 1:3 Rabbi/Student ratio. Additionally, our Academic Advisor and available tutors help each student to maximize his potential in all areas of his studies. Madrichim serve as mentors for our students and are available to speak with students about all areas of personal growth and development.


    Rabbis and Madrichim monitor the behavior of the boys. Attendance is taken in both Jewish studies and Academic classes. There is no drug or alcohol tolerance.

    Our Yeshiva consists of two separate components; Jewish studies in the morning, and academic classes in the afternoon. The Jewish Studies consists of two Beit Medrash tracks; one advanced track and the other a more basic track. Both tracks are built upon the  traditional yeshiva curriculum, with chavrutot and shiur, focusing on developing analytical skills and building learning skills in Gemara as well as in other areas.  The atmosphere is informal and student participation is greatly encouraged. The Academic studies afternoon program brings to our students the opportunity to benefit from advanced level studies at one of Israel’s leading colleges. Students make their own schedule, on their interests, and may choose from a wide range of stimulating courses. During night seder, boys can either learn b’chavruta or can attend the shiurim offered in a variety of subjects. Talmidim can also attend the Israeli shiurim.

    Courses Offered
    Our Academic courses have been designed to meet the core requirements of most degrees in the USA and Canada.

    The following courses are generally offered in English.

    Introduction to Management
    Introduction to Marketing
    Introduction to Computer Science
    General Psychology
    Organizational Psychology
    Linear Algebra
    Calculus 1 and 2
    Internet Design and Programming
    Introduction to Micro Economics
    Introduction to Macro Economics
    Business Ethics
    Hebrew Ulpan

    In addition to our courses offered in English, students may take any of the courses conducted in Hebrew at the college in areas of Business, Engineering and Computer Science.

    Daily Schedule
    Shacharit-8:00 AM

    Morning Seder-9:15-12:45 

    Academic Classes-2:30 -7:30 

    Night Seder-8:30-10:00 

    Language of Instruction
    All shiurim and courses are taught in English. Shiurim and academic classes are available in Hebrew for those students who wish to enroll.

    Ulpan or Hebrew Class

    As part of one of Israel's leading colleges, our program boasts a top level, two semester Ulpan. Two different tracks are available enabling both beginners and more advanced students to grow in their Hebrew language skill.

    Assessment and Grading

    The year is comprised of two semesters, with grades provided in both Jewish and Academic.

    Shana Bet

    Students that stay on are integrated into JCT, and continue on towards a full Bachelor’s degree.

    Joint Program

    Our program is part of the Y.U. Israel Program, as well as the Touro/Lander College and Michigan Jewish Institute joint programs.


    Jewish Studies Faculty: 

    Rav Nechemia Zalman Goldberg, Rosh Yeshiva  

    Rav Ben Baruch, Rosh Beit Medrash 

    Rabbi Joel Cohn, Director 

    Rabbi Adi Issacs
    Rabbi Shalom Miller

    Academic Faculty: 

    Dr. Shimshon Lashansky-Physics

    Dr. Aharon Goodman-Math
    Dr. Eli Passow-Math
    Mr. Tom Caplan-Economic
    Rabbi Yoel Domb-Business Ethics
    Rabbi Shlom Eitan-Hebrew
    Mr. Yisrael Levine-Psychology

    Mr. Michael Miller-Math

    Mr. Nachum Danzig –Computer Science

    Mr. Yosef Sukeinik-Computer Science

    Dr. Phil Levine-Economics

    Dr. Ivor David-Accounting

    Dr. H. Goldmeir-Marketing

    Dr. Edmund Chalom-Electrical Engineering

    Dr. Avi Kay- Economics




    Additionally, our students benefit from interaction from other Rabbis , academic faculty, madrichim and mentors.

    Extra-Curricular Activities
    Interaction with Israelis
    Our students dorm with English speakers but have the opportunity to interact with Israelis on the college campus.

    Special Informal programs
    Chagigot are held around the year on campus or in the homes of Rabbis. Our students spend one evening a week at the homes of our Rabbis for a “Bayit Cham” informal shiur. Special Rosh Chodesh festive breakfasts, musical perfomances and other exciting activities are an important element to our programming.

    Sports Facilities
    Our campus has a newly built weight room with professional trainers, as well as a newly renovated basketball/ soccer court.

    Programming for Shabbat and Yom Tov
    Approximately once a month is an in-Shabbat, where students are required to remain on campus for a special Shabbat experience as a yeshiva community. These Shabbatot are highlighted with uplifting tefilot, meals, zemirot, Divrei Torah, and are in participation of our programs Rabbis. The remainder of Shabbatot are out-Shabbatot, which provide the opportunity for students to spend Shabbat elsewhere - friends, or family. Of course, students may choose to remain on campus on out-Shabbatot, and meals are provided.

    The dormitory is always open to its students and meals are provided for those students who are on campus during chagim.

    Field Trips
    Tiyulim & Trips

    Our tiyulim are a balance of experiencing the historically rich sites of Israel and having a great time. Mountain rappelling, overnight campouts and challenging hikes are just some examples of our exciting tiyul schedule. All tiyulim are led by our staff members, who join in the tiyulim to further develop their relationship with our students.
    Level of Learning Offered
    All levels are accepted

    Hebrew Knowledge Required
    None. However, shiurim and classes are available in Hebrew for those who would like enroll.

    Religious Observance Required
    Modern Orthodox background
    Type of American Student
    Our students are from all over North America and graduates of Modern Orthodox Yeshiva High-schools.

    Below are some of the high schools that are students have attended:

    NY - Flatbush, TABC, MAYHS, MTA, Ramaz, Rambam, Kushners, Frisch,. Outside NY - Beth Tefila, Rambam (Baltimore), Ida Crown, Skokie Yeshiva (Chicago), Yavne Academy, Texas Torah Institute (TX), Columbus Torah Academy (Ohio), CHAT, Or Chaim (Toronto), Yavne, Beit HaLevy, Hebrew Academy (Montreal) YULA, Shalhevet, Valley Torah (LA), Toras Chaim (Miami), WYHS (Boca) Toras Chaim (San Diego),, Stern (Philadelphia), NW YHS (Seattle)

    Overall Number of Students (Kollel, Israeli, Foreign)

    Foreign Student Percentage
    Jewish students from all over the world number about 30% of JCT's population.

    Number of 1st Year American Students

    Number of 2nd Year American Students
    In addition to 1st year students, there is a community of English speakers, who have spent at least one year in post high school yeshiva, that are studying for a degree at Machon Lev.

    Other Nationalities
    We have had a few students from the UK.

    Number of Students per Class
    Jewish Studies – 8
    Academic Studies- 20
    Living Quarters
    Our dormitories are conveniently located on campus. Each suite houses two students and features a private bathroom, kitchenette area with a refrigerator, and work study desk area that enables our students the environment needed for study. Internet is available.

    Availability of Private Kitchen Facilities
    Kitchen facilities are available

    Facility use during Shabbat and Yom Tov
    Facilities, including meals, are open for all Shabbatot and Yom Tovim.

    We do not have a curfew

    Security Arrangements
    Mizrachi receives directives and security updates from the Security department of the Jewish Agency and acts accordingly. Students are required to adhere to these rules and guidance. In the event of a terror incident in Israel, the program follows set procedures laid down by the Jewish Agency.
    Machom Lev - JCT English Speakers' Program founded in 1989 is one of Israel's leading colleges. The English Speakers'ogram of the college has been providing post high school students with an unforgettable Israel Experience for the past 10 years.
    Accrediting Universities
    Machon Lev-JCT is a Yeshiva University S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program School. In addition it is a member of Touro/Landers College and Michigan Jewish Institute joint programs. Our credits are recognized by universities across North America and throughout Israel.
    The tution is $21,000. Scholarships are available.
    Additional Information
    Machon Lev - JCT English Speakers' Program should be of interest to a student who is interested in spending an exciting year of study in Israel in a top level Beit Midrash program, and enjoys a stimulating and varied academic program. Study in JCT offers full academic credits, recognized by universities in North America.
    Contact Information

    Yeshiva at Machon Lev
    Rabbi Joel Cohn
    21 Havaad Haleum
    Jerusalem 91160
    Phone: (02) 675-1011
    Fax: (02) 675-1033
    Email: rjcohn@jct.ac.il

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