Program Overview

A Glimpse of the Overseas Program at Kerem B'Yavneh

Over its storied history, Yeshivat Kerem B'Yavneh has established itself as an elite center for high level Torah learning and an incubator for countless exceptional talmidei chachamim.  The rich tradition of devoted, intensive learning continues until today in a uniquely vibrant Beit Midrash.  The Beit Midrash, from which the sounds of spirited debate echo deep into the night, is the center of the wider yeshiva community, uniting the bachurim, the kollel families, and the families of the ramim and staff.  While the spirit of learning spills over into all the corners of the green campus, with casual discussion of the gemara and Jewish thought and weekly informal learning; Shabbat meals; Friday night tishes; and melave malkas in the homes of rebbeim and sganei mashgichim, the Beit Midrash remains the unquestionable nucleus of yeshiva life.

Immersing themselves in the world of Chazal, the students of Kerem B'Yavneh step away from the hustle and bustle of the city and dedicate themselves to talmud Torah.  Pursuing an established path that is tried and true, the yeshiva encourages its talmidim to develop individual personalities and independent skills in learning.  United in the goals of fostering growth, a diverse faculty and student body urges students to formulate their own decisions and approaches to conceptual study. 

Within the larger framework of the oldest of the Israeli hesder yeshivot, the Overseas program draws foreign students from five continents.  With such a wide and well-distributed pool of students, the Overseas group melds together remarkably. Even when students return to their native countries and various programs of yeshiva and/or university studies, they maintain meaningful lifelong friendships. 

Finally, all of this takes place in the irreplaceable and incomparable aura of Eretz Yisrael.  With numerous classes and lectures conducted in Lashon Hakodesh, a student body primarily comprised of active and inactive soldiers in the IDF, and a constant consciousness of the privilege to live and learn in the Promised Land, students forge an eternal bond with Eretz Yisrael.  While a handful decide to stay in Israel upon completing their time at Kerem B'Yavneh, and even more return on aliyah within several years, all leave with an imprint of Eretz Yisrael on their hearts.