Thursday, April 17, 2014

YBA At a Glance


The core mission of Yeshivot Bnei Akiva is to train future leaders for the State of Israel; men and women who are observant Jews devoted to Torah study, dedicated to the Land of Israel and the Jewish People and loyal citizens of the State, particularly regarding army and national service.

  • Since the first Bnei Akiva yeshiva was founded at Kfar Haroeh in 1939 by Rabbi Moshe Zvi Neria z”l, YBA has grown to become the largest religious Zionist educational network in Israel, with 73 schools and over 24,000 students.
  • More than 79,000 YBA graduates can be found in every industrial, academic and professional sector of Israeli society, including many leading artists, scientists, industrialists, IDF generals, mayors, Supreme Court justices, Members of Knesset and Israel Prize winners.
  • YBA schools were Israel’s pioneers in achieving successful social integration and educational excellence with students from diverse ethnic and economic backgrounds, including most recently, the absorption of Ethiopian olim.
  • YBA students put into practice the Jewish values of Tikun Olam and Gemilut Chasadim through weekly volunteer community involvement, social action, and chesed activities, affecting the lives of thousands of needy Israelis.
  • While maintaining its traditional base of residential schools, in the past 20 years YBA has established many non-residential schools in development towns to answer the need for quality religious Zionist education in Israel’s peripheral areas.
  • All YBA schools maintain an open enrollment policy – no child is ever turned away due to the parents’ inability to pay tuition; about 50% of YBA students receive full or partial scholarship each year.
  • YBA schools strive to help every student realize his or her maximum potential, academically, socially, ethically and spiritually; over 70% of YBA graduates achieve full matriculation for college entrance – well above the national average.
  • Virtually all YBA high school graduates go on to proudly serve the State in the IDF and in the National Service, with a high proportion joining Hesder Yeshivot or volunteering for elite units and officer training in the IDF.

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Chief Rabbi Visits YBA Yeshivat Hesder Hagolan


On Monday, the 17th of Adar I, the Sephardic Chief Rabbi and Rishon Letzion, Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, visited the Yeshivat Hagolan campus in Hispin.

The yeshiva's Beit Midrash was filled to the brim with rabbis and students from the yeshiva, rabbis from the Golan settlements, student-soldiers from the IDF's "Adir Bamarom" technological preparatory program, local yeshiva high school students, Talmud Torah children and residents from the area.

Following opening remarks from the Rosh Yeshiva, Rabbi Yoel Novitch, Rabbi Yosef addressed the audience with a lecture that not only included words of Torah and halacha, but also added words of encouragement and inspiration to all participants in matters of Torah study.

Following his lecture the chief rabbi added an impressive portrait of his father, the former Rishon Letzion, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, zt"l, and concluded with a blessing for the Yeshivat Hagolan students who were about to start their active service in the IDF.