• Guide to Israel Schools

  • Yeshivat Yishrei Lev—S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program

  • Goal of the Program

    Yishrei Lev aims to provide its students with an advanced high level of learning and instill in them a love of, and commitment to, Torah, Klal Yisrael and Eretz Yisrael. The ideal Yishrei Lev student is passionate about Limud Hatorah, a Yarei Shomayim and Ba’al Midot.

    Accommodations
    Living Quarters
    Three to four students share a comfortable dorm room, with American style bedding. There are washroom facilities on each floor. The dorms have stunning views overlooking the Harei Yehudah. There is a lounge in each dormitory. Rooms are assigned but requests are considered.
    Arrangements will be made for student's families who wish to stay near the Yeshiva

    Availability of Private Kitchen Facilities
    Cooking is not permitted in dorm rooms but there is access to a refrigerator. There is a well-stocked Makolet, with many American products, as well as a pizza store, near the Yeshiva.

    Facility use during Shabbat and Yom Tov
    The Yeshiva is open every Shabbat and meals are provided. Guests are allowed on many of the Shabbatot; students will be informed of the schedule. There are frequent In-Shabbatot. Yamim Noraim, Simchat Torah, and Shavuot are celebrated in the Yeshiva.

    Curfew
    The Yeshiva does not have a set curfew. Talmidim who leave the Yeshiva are expected to inform their Rebbe or Madrich so that their whereabouts are known. In addition, talmidim are asked to sign out for Shabbat with the Av Bayit or Madrich each Out-Shabbat.

    Security Arrangements
    The yeshiva maintains contact with the army, local police and U.S. consulate to keep informed of any security situation. Kiryat Yearim maintains a private security force that patrols the neighborhood, in addition to constant shimrah at the entrance to the Kiryah. Travel limitations may be implemented if deemed necessary. Students will be SMS'd if there is a need for immediate security information. We respect the limitations that parents place upon their children.
    All talmidim provide their cell phone numbers and a networking system is implemented to contact talmidim promptly in case of an emergency.
    Accrediting Universities
    Yishrei Lev is in the process of acceptance to the Joint programs of Yeshiva University, Touro College, and others.
    Additional Information
    Curriculum
    Makeup
    As a "classical yeshiva" the primary focus of study is Gemara, both B'Iyun and B'Kiut, with substantial time allotted for daily review. Significance is placed on the study of practical Halacha, with daily study of Mishna Berurah (after two years of study a student will have learned the Halachot of Daily Life, the Moadim, and Shabbat), and a shiur twice a week by Rabbeim with experience in Psak. Recognizing the significance of a broad based familiarity with Torah works, there is a daily shiur in in Machshava, which studies the classics of Jewish Thought, such as Maharal, Nefesh HaChaim, R' Hutner, and Chassidic works. There is a daily Seder of independent Mussar study.

    Courses Offered
    In addition to the Gemara Shiurim, courses are offered in Halacha, Machashava, Chumash, Ramban, and a Practical Gemara Seminar, when an Av Beit Din analyzes an actual case that is relevant to the Gemara studied that week.

    Daily Schedule
    Weekday Schedule;

    Sunday-Thursday

    7:15- Shacharis
    8:15- שנים מקרא וא' תרגום
    8:30- Seder in משנה ברורה:

    Mon. and Thurs. - Shiur in practical applications of the Halachos studied that week.

    9:00- Breakfast
    9:30- Iyun Seder
    12:00- Shiur B'Iyun
    1:15- Lunch and afternoon break
    3:00- Mincha
    3:15- B'kiyus Seder
    5:00- B'kiyus/Iyun Kal Shiur
    6:00- Machshava Shiurim

    Two Machshava Shiurim are offered, each meeting twice per week.
    Thurs. - Hashkafa Va'ad with the Morning Rebbe.

    7:00- Supper and evening break
    8:00- Night Seder

    Focus on review of material learned over the course of the day/week.

    9:55- Mussar Seder
    10:15- Ma'ariv
    10:30- Various optional shiurim are offered throughout the year

    Friday Schedule

    7:15- Shacharis
    8:15- שנים מקרא וא' תרגום
    8:30- Breakfast
    9:00- Chumash Shiurim
    9:30- Shiur in Hilchos Shabbos
    10:15- Free until Shabbos

    Shabbos Schedule
    This is the Seder HaYom for a standard Shabbos Morning. Other programming will be scheduled for Friday Nights and Shabbos afternoons on special in- Shabbosos.

    7:30- Shacharis
    9:45- Kiddush
    10:15- Shiur in Ramban al Hatorah
    11:00- Seudas Shabbos

    Language of Instruction
    Most Shiurim are in English. Ramban Al HaTorah and Sefat Emmet are taught in Hebrew.

    Ulpan or Hebrew Class

    There is optional Ulpan class.

    Assessment and Grading

    Following an initial breaking in period, there are weekly exams in Gemara, designed to enhance the student's retention.

    The marks on the transcript will be letter grades for those courses which will have written or oral tests, and the others will be pass/fail, relying on the instructor’s opinion of the student’s accomplishment, as well as attendance.

    Shana Bet

    There is a formal Shana Bet program. Over 50% are anticipated to remain for second year.

    Joint Program

    We are in the process of joining the Joint Programs with Yeshiva University, Touro College, and others.
    Eligibility
    Level of Learning Offered
    Advanced - able to independently study Gemara texts.

    Hebrew Knowledge Required
    Intermediate

    Religious Observance Required
    Yishrei Lev only accepts students with a full commitment to Shmirat Torah U’mitzvot.
    Extra-Curricular Activities
    Interaction with Israelis
    Students are encouraged to take advantage of living in a vibrant community of both native Israelis and Olim. There are a number of off-campus Shabbatonim in various communities that enable the students to experience different segments of Israeli society.

    Special Informal programs
    There are guest speakers for Chagigot and Yemei Iyun, Shabbatot ,Melave Malka etc. Music and Ruach are an important part of the Yishrei Lev experience.

    Sports Facilities
    There is an adjacent basketball court, fitness center, and jogging trails.

    Programming for Shabbat and Yom Tov
    There are frequent Ruach filled In-Shabbatot that add to the dynamic feel of the Yeshiva. There are a number of off-campus Shabbatonim in various communities that enable the students to experience different segments of Israeli society.
    There are frequent Ruach filled In-Shabbatot that add to the dynamic feel of the Yeshiva. There are a number of off-campus Shabbatonim in various communities that enable the students to experience different segments of Israeli society.
    The Yamim Noraim, Simchat Torah, and Shavuot are all in the Yeshiva. The Yom Tov experience is rich with opportunities for spiritual enrichment.
    Students will be assisted in making arrangements for the Sukkot and Pesach breaks.

    Field Trips
    There are periodic Tiyulim, including overnights.
    Hashkafa
    Goal of Program
    Yishrei Lev strives to imbue its students with a desire for greatness in all that they do. Students should emerge from their stay in the Yeshiva with the skills and methodology for excellence in learning, both in depth and in broad knowledge. Students will learn and experience the thrill of personal growth and achievement in areas of character, interpersonal relationships, and religious observance. The Yeshiva aims to impart to its students a feeling of being part of the tradition of the classical Yeshivot and the ability to apply that tradition to their lives in the modern world.

    Attitude towards Israel and Medinat Yisrael

    We present a positive attitude to Eretz Yisrael, Medinat Yisrael, and the historical and theological implications of the Shivat Tzion. We are located in a community that is a living example of the process of Kibutz Galuyiot, and students will learn the significance of Israel both from texts and example. Our program of Tiyulim and off-campus Shabbatonim increase a student's appreciation of the Divine gift and responsibility that Medinat Yisrael represents.

    Attitude towards University Studies

    We believe that with the proper foundations of Limud HaTorah and Hashkafa, it is not only possible, but even appropriate for a Ben Torah to pursue a college education, leading to an honest parnassa. Objective readings of various ma'amarei chazal support this position. Of course, our talmidim will want to maintain a standard of learning and yiras shamayim as close to that in the yeshiva as possible, and will choose their college program carefully. In 21st century America, there are numerous options for the serious student and Ben Torah, and our talmidim will be equipped to make good decisions that are appropriate for their individual goals.

    Attitude towards Extracurricular Activities

    The nature of a year in Yeshiva is to focus on one's personal growth in Torah learning and its observance. As such, opportunities are provided for students to actualize their interests in Chessed both within the Yeshiva itself, the local community, and through Chessed organizations. We strongly believe in the message of not merely "doing Chessed" but being "Ba'alei Chessed".

    Healthy recreational activities can enhance a student's stay in Yeshiva. During regular breaks students have access to an adjacent basketball court, night hours in the local fitness center, and periodic excursions to a nearby indoor pool. Regular Tiyulim, timed to provide healthy breaks in the learning schedule, are also a featured part of our schedule.

    Preparation for Post Israel

    The entire experience of the Yeshiva is preparation for "Post Israel". Successful integration of all that is studied is the ultimate preparation for "moving on" after the experience of full-time learning. However, there are many issues and challenges that a student will face for which he will need focused guidance. Towards this end, the Yeshiva has a weekly "Va'ad" that students have with their Rebbe that focuses on "life issues" and Torah perspectives. In addition, the nature of our Rabbeim's relationships with the students encourages much individualized guidance, which will increase in frequency as the student's stay in the Yeshiva comes to a close. We actively assist the students in preparing their college schedules before they leave Yeshiva, thereby providing an example of how to plan a productive dual curriculum.

    The "Successful" Student

    A "Successful" Student is one who is constantly challenging himself to greater levels of Limud HaTorah and Avodat HaShem and seeks to generate Kiddush Shem Shamayim in his professional and personal life.

    Dress

    A central message of Yishrei Lev is that of "Menchlechkeit"; It is a wonderful Zechut to be learning in Yeshiva, and the student's externals should reflect his status as a representative of Torah. To further that goal we ask that students wear a button down shirt (color not important), tucked in to his pants (once again, color not important), during the yeshiva day.

    Guidance Personnel

    The primary sources of guidance are the Rosh Yeshiva and individual Rabbeim. The Rosh Yeshiva lives adjacent to the Yeshiva and the other Rabbeim live nearby. Their homes are always open, phones always on, and they are proactive in reaching out to the students.

    We encourage parents to maintain regular contact with the Rosh Yeshiva and Rabbeim as a means staying in touch with their son's progress.

    The Hanhala maintains contact with mental health professionals and will, if necessary, with parental consent refer a student to an appropriate practitioner.

    Supervision

    The Yeshiva attracts a very mature and motivated caliber of talmid and attempts to create a supervised environment that encourages personal growth and development. Nevertheless, it is our responsibility to guarantee maximum supervision and security. The Yeshiva dormitory is overseen by an Av Bayit, as well as Madrichim who reside is the dorms with the students. As the Rosh Yeshiva lives next door to the dormitory, he is always readily accessible. Rabbeim will be in the Yeshiva throughout all of the Sedarim, including Night Seder. In the event that a student is not present, the Rebbe will be proactive in determining the student's whereabouts and welfare and initiate contact with him.
    History
    Yeshivat Yishrei Lev was established in 2009 by Rabbis Moshe Gordon and Shaya Greenwald, both distinguished Mechanchim well known throughout Israel and America.
    We don't yet have an extensive history, but we're planning on creating an illustrious one.
    Population
    Type of American Student
    Our students hail from across the United States and Canada

    Overall Number of Students (Kollel, Israeli, Foreign)
    No information provided

    Foreign Student Percentage
    No information provided

    Number of 1st Year American Students
    We anticipate an inaugural class of 20-30

    Number of 2nd Year American Students
    We anticipate approximately half of the students to remain for a second year.

    Other Nationalities
    No information provided

    Number of Students per Class
    14-16 per class
    Staff
    Rabbi Moshe Gordon, Rosh Yeshiva, Ra"m Shana Alef
    Rabbi Shaya Greenwald, Rosh Kollel, Ra"m Shana Bet
    Rabbi Menachem Deutch, Ra"m
    Rabbi Yosef Fleishman, Ra"m

    Full staff biographies are available on-line at www.yishrei.org/faculty
    Tuition
    Tuition for 5774 – 2013-14 is US $22,000. Tuition includes room, board, tiyulim and all academic activities.
    Contact Information

    Yishrei Lev
    U.S. Office
    Yaakov Meir Kranzler
    1324 Grandview Terrace Far Rockaway, NY 11691
    Phone: 718-755-7445
    Email: office@yishrei.org 

    Israel Office
    Rabbi Moshe Gordon
    Rechov HaGr"a 8,
    P.O.B. 697 Kiryat Yearim
    Phone: (02) 579-5985/718-506-0147
    Fax: 057-796-1198
    Email: office@yishrei.org
    www.yishrei.org 

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