Where are we located?
The yeshiva is located in Mevaseret Zion, a beautiful suburb of Yerushalayim. Mevaseret Zion is a primarily Israeli neighborhood, with all types of people living there. We are privileged to share a campus with two other educational institutions: the Meretz Kollel, an Israeli Kollel that sends out its musmachim to teach Torah all over Eretz Yisrael, and Kol Mevaser, an Israeli high school. Being in this kind of setting and neighborhood allows our talmidim to get the feel of living in Israel while still having the comfort and familiarity of being in an American environment.
How much is tuition?
Because of the changing nature of finances and the exchange rate, please contact our offices for this year’s tuition figure.
What is the dress code at Mevaseret?
The Yeshiva requires that Talmidim wear shirts with collars (T-shirts are not acceptable), slacks (not jeans), shoes and socks anywhere outside the dormitory.
What is the rebbe-talmid ratio at the yeshiva?
The Yeshiva is very careful to maintain a low student/rebbe ratio in order to foster and encourage open, warm and constant relationship. This year, the talmid-rebbe ratio is almost 4:1. In addition, there is a number of serious mature madrichim who serve as further guides to the Talmidim. A number of our Rabbeim live on campus, and our students are over at their houses to schmooze, eat a shabbos meal, or even watch football games.
Is there a curfew?
Yes, the boys are expected to be back in their dorms by 1:00 am. The success of our boys depends in a large part on their ability to get enough sleep.
What is your attitude towards University studies?
Our students are encouraged to study in university and continue serious learning in a Yeshiva program. They are certainly not discouraged from attending university which is seen as a positive part of an individual’s development.
What is the yeshiva’s attitude towards Israel and Medinat Yisrael?
The Yeshiva is very positive in regards to Religious Zionism. Many of our talmidim have chosen to serve in the IDF (some of whom are still serving now!). We have a full program of Tefillot, shiurim, and celebrations on Yom Ha’Atzmaut and Yom Yerushalayim. Our Tiyulim invariably visit and celebrate the accomplishments of Medinat Yisrael.
What are the extra-curricular activities that the yeshiva offers?
Aside from the Tiyulim, Shabbatonim, and Chessed trips, the yeshiva features a serious intramural basketball league (complete with a draft, standings, and stat-taking). Many of our talmidim play in the AFI football league on the weekends. Other extra-curricular activities that the boys often participate in include (but are not limited to): Battle of the Bands, the Jerusalem Marathon, and weekly bikur-cholim visits to a nearby hospital. We are very supportive of talmidim who want to branch out and pursue their various interests (as long as it’s not during Seder!).
Are the boys allowed to stay in yeshiva during out-shabbosim?
Of course! The kitchen is always open, and any boy who doesn’t have a place for Shabbos (or just wants to stay in yeshiva to relax) is welcome to sign up. A unique aspect of our yeshiva is that we always assign a rebbe to be in yeshiva for Shabbos with the talmidim, even during out-shabbosim, to ensure there’s an atmosphere of Shabbos at the meals and the davening.
Do you have a specific criteria for admission?
There is only one criterion to gaining entrance into YSMZ; a Talmid must have a sincere desire to grow. We believe that with true desire anything can be achieved. The Yeshiva recognizes that each Talmid is on a different level and should be taught in his own unique way (chanoch lena’ar al pi darko).
Though our Talmidim hail from different sections of the world, they quickly gel into what we call the Mevaseret family. Each Talmid feels a brother-like camaraderie with his colleagues, and lifelong friendships are forged. The sense of achdut amongst the boys is a pleasure to see, and greatly enhances the Israel experience, as Talmidim understand that they are a part of something special. Wherever across the globe our Talmidim find themselves, they tell us that upon meeting a fellow Mevaseret graduate there is an instant connection. It’s not just that they have shared a similar experience; they are members of the same family.