Yeshivas Bais Yisroel

For the Gerrer Rebbe with this name, see Yisrael Alter.
There are two yeshivas with the name Bais Yisroel. This article deals with the Bais Yisroel yeshiva located in the Neve Yaakov neighborhood of Jerusalem, Israel.
Yeshivas Bais Yisroel
Hebrew: ישיבת בית ישראל
9 Zevin St.
Neve Yaakov
Established 1985
Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Daniel Lehrfeld
Affiliation Orthodox
Bachurim 200

Yeshivas Bais Yisroel, colloquially known as "Bais", is an English-language, Litvish Haredi yeshiva for post-high-school boys located in the Neve Yaakov neighborhood of Jerusalem, Israel. Founded in 1986 by Rabbi Doniel Lehrfeld, the yeshiva's student body currently numbers over 200 students,[1] mainly from the United States, Canada, and England. The yeshiva also operates a kollel for 6 married men, many of whom attended the yeshiva before marriage.


Bais Yisroel is part of the widespread trend, over the past three decades, of yeshiva learning programs in Israel for post-high-school boys from the United States and other English-speaking countries. Thirty years ago, there were only a handful of such programs for overseas students at the Mir, Brisk yeshiva, and Ponovezh. Today, there are dozens of such yeshivas.[2]

Bais Yisroel was founded in 1986 in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Bayit Vegan as an offshoot of Yeshiva Toras Moshe. In 1994 the yeshiva moved from that location to its current location in the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of Neve Yaakov. The students sleep in dormitories which consist of converted apartments located near the yeshiva. The yeshiva owns and rents more than 10 such apartments yearly.


The yeshiva runs a four-year program studying sections of the Talmud. It follows the learning cycles of Nashim and Nezikin, with a focus on finishing a tractate of the Talmud each semester.

College credits are offered through Touro College[3] and Hebrew Theological College.[4]


Bais Yisroel encourages its alumni to stay in touch with the rabbinic staff and participate in the continuing funding of the yeshiva through its alumni association. An online website fields questions sent by alumni to rabbis and also publishes an alumni newsletter.[5]

Students who have gone on to receive rabbinic ordination and take positions in the Torah world include: Rabbi Aharon Ciment, Rav of Congregation Arzei Darom, Teaneck, New Jersey,[6] Rabbi Daniel Steinharz, rosh mesivta, Yeshivat Sha'arei Mevaseret Zion, Mevaseret Zion, Israel [7] and Rabbi Yosef Chaim Topek, Director/Mashgiach, Yeshivas Gevuros Yitzchak, Kesher Jerusalem, Israel.


  1. "Yeshiva Beis Yisroel". Retrieved 18 November 2010.
  2. Rosenblum, Jonathan (31 January 2007). "Turning Down the Noise". Cross Currents. Retrieved 18 November 2010.
  3. "Study in Israel". Touro College. 2010. Retrieved 18 November 2010.
  4. "Israel Experience Program 2009-2010" (PDF). Hebrew Theological College. Retrieved 18 November 2010.
  5. "Yeshivas Beis Yisroel Alumni Association". Retrieved 18 November 2010.
  6. "Rabbi Aharon Ciment". Retrieved 18 November 2010.
  7. "Faculty". Yeshivat Sha'arei Mevaseret Zion. 2009. Retrieved 18 November 2010.

Coordinates: 31°50′25″N 35°14′52″E / 31.840376°N 35.247719°E / 31.840376; 35.247719

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