Frequently asked questions
What is the history of Mevaseret?
The Yeshiva was founded in 1988 by a group of dynamic and experienced educators. They sensed the need for a Yeshiva to cater to the serious student who aspires to grow in Torah learning and Yirat Shamayim, while fully experiencing Eretz Yisrael. Over 30 years later, Mevaseret is still meeting that need and guiding the future leaders of the Jewish world.
What is the goal of our program?
At Yeshivat Mevaseret, we nurture our talmidim into well-rounded B’nei Torah and Jewish leaders. We promote both a love of learning and an appreciation of every Jew in Am Yisroel. Our talmidim push themselves to excel in both mitzvot bein adam l’makom and bein adam l’chaveiro. They deepen their connection to Eretz Yisrael and strengthen their commitment to Yahadut.
Our Yeshiva attracts a diverse student body, because it draws from the wellsprings of all perspectives within the Torah spectrum. We are committed to addressing the unique needs of each individual talmid. We create a fun and energized atmosphere in which each talmid feels positive about his Judaism, his religious development, his friends and his Yeshiva.
Our talmidim are living examples of Torah Im Derech Eretz. Our alumni are leaders in their home communities, contributing to the good of Am Yisroel and are Mekadesh Shem Shamayim BaRabim. Mevaseret encourages young men to study in university while continuing serious learning in a Yeshiva program. Higher education is considered a positive part of an individual's development. Rabbanim have regular Hashkafa discussions with talmidim about their return home, future attendance in college and beyond.
Who gets accepted to YSMZ?
There is only one criterion: a sincere desire to grow. With genuine motivation, a young man can achieve any goal he sets for himself. All our talmidim are fully committed and observant of Torah and Mitzvot, and each talmid is taught in his own unique way and forges his own path. Our talmidim hail from different sections of the world, yet they quickly gel into the greater Mevaseret family. Everyone feels a special bond, and fosters lifelong friendships. The sense of achdut enhances these young men’s year in Israel. Wherever across the globe our talmidim find themselves, there is an instant connection upon meeting a fellow Mevaseret graduate. They are members of the same family.
Where do Mevaseret talmidim come from?
We pride ourselves in accepting a wide and varied student population. Our talmidim have come from all over the world. Our current student body includes boys from all over the United States and Canada, London, Manchester, South America and Australia.
Who is on staff?
Our Rebbeim are some of the most experienced and gifted educators in the field. The Rebbe-Talmid bond is the foundation stone of the Yeshiva. The shiur sizes are small, and foster open, warm, and lasting relationships between staff and students. A number of Rabbeim live on campus with their families. We also host a team of young, energetic madrichim. These dorm counselors are serious and mature young men who serve as guides and mentors. Talmidim share the Beit Midrash with the Meretz Kollel whose members are studying for Smicha from the Israeli Chief Rabbinate. We purposely provide our Talmidim with a diverse population of positive role models in their daily lives.
Rebbeim are constantly available to guide and support their talmidim. The commitment and caring of our staff infuse the Yeshiva with warmth and camaraderie. Talmidim are regularly hosted at the homes of Rebbeim for Shabbat, and they truly become a part of the Rebbe’s family. At YSMZ, you will acquire a Rebbe and belong to a family for the rest of your life.
What is the Yeshiva curriculum?
The Mevaseret Program offers Morning Seder Gemara shiurim at every level. The advanced track offers shiurim that feature high level Brisker Lomdut designed to sharpen the talmid’s analytical abilities and develop a Derech Ha’limud. The intermediate track offers shiurim designed to familiarize talmidim with reading and analyzing the Rishonim. The skills track offers shiurim that teach the talmidim how to learn a Gemara from the ground up. From basic reading and translating to becoming comfortable with the flow of the Gemara, these talmidim will develop a real love of learning. For all tracks, morning seder includes both chavruta study and shiur.
Afternoon Seder in Mevaseret is a uniquely diverse program, which offers a broad scope of topics within Yahadut. The goal is to present the talmidim with the rich diversity and tradition of our Jewish heritage, and be able to draw on all of the varied disciplines within Yahadut to develop their personalities and their unique connection to Avodat Hashem. Shiurim are on a wide range of intriguing subjects:
- Eyes Wide Open: Fundamentals in Faith
- You’ve Got Questions, We’ve Got Answers
- The Lost Princess Course: 25 Principles for Inspired Living
- Bringing Out Our Best From Within
- The Joy of Being A Jew
- Real Deal Halacha
- Transformative Tefillah
- Living and Enjoying Life to the Fullest
- Hilchot Shabbat
- Sichos HaRan (Rebbe Nachman of Breslev)
- Mastering Tanach
The second component of afternoon seder focuses on Gemara Bekiut. A one-hour preparatory period precedes each class, which provides the opportunity to analyze the texts and gain a broad understanding of the subject matter.
What is the Yeshiva’s daily schedule?
7:50 AM: Shacharit
8:40 AM: Breakfast
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM: Morning Seder - Gemara B'Iyun
12:30 – 2:50 PM: Lunch Break – Intramural Basketball
2:20 – 2:50 PM: Optional Mishna Brura Yomi
3:00 – 3:55 PM: Afternoon Seder – Elective Shiurim
3:55 PM: Mincha
4:10 – 6:00 PM: Afternoon Seder – Gemara Bekiut
6:00 – 6:30 PM: Mussar Seder
6:30 PM: Dinner
8:00 PM: Ma'ariv
8:15 - 10:00 PM: Night Seder
10:00 - 10:30 PM: Post Night Seder and Munchies Program
10:45 - 11:15 PM: Late Night Learning
Can I return for a second year?
Yes! There is an official Shana Bet program. Approximately 50% of our talmidim return for a second year.
Can I earn college credits while I’m in Yeshiva?
Yes, we are affiliated with accrediting universities. Yeshivat Mevaseret is a Yeshiva University S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program school and a TCIO school for Touro and Hebrew Theological College (Skokie). Many other institutions recognize our courses and college credits. Grades are offered and official transcripts are provided.
What extracurricular activities does Mevaseret offer?
The Mevaseret experience is a holistic education – both inside and outside the classroom. We provide programming for Shabbat and Yom Tov, with a full “Shabbat Yeshiva” approximately twice every five weeks (either on or off-campus). The other Shabbatot are "optional-in" Shabbatot with full programming, meals, minyanim and shiurim. The Yeshiva hosts Chagigot for all major holidays (Simchat Beit Hashoeva, Chanuka, Purim, Lag B’Omer, Yom Ha'atzmaut etc.) Tiyulim are an integral part of our programming. We host five major overnight tiyulim throughout the year, and at least one day-trip per month. They are designed to enhance love of Eretz Yisrael and Jewish History, both ancient and modern. Sports and exercise are also important parts of campus life. Mevaseret talmidim may opt to participate in intramural basketball and hockey leagues. We have a fully equipped weight room on campus and a full-court outdoor basketball court. For the musically inclined, our on-campus music room is fully firnished with acoustic and electric instuments. The Yeshiva promotes a weekly chesed program, during which talmidim volunteer their time and energy for different worthy causes. Chesed programs over the years have included Shalva, Siach Sod, Yachad, Pantry Packers, Magen David Adom, Hadassah Children’s Hospital, Kedma, Table-to-Table, Yad Eliezer, Meir Panim Soup Kitchens, and Amutat Efrat.
What are the Yeshiva’s rules about dress and conduct?
The Yeshiva requires talmidim to wear shirts with collars (T-shirts are not acceptable), slacks (not jeans), shoes and socks anywhere outside the dormitory. We maintain a reasonable nightly curfew, which is enforced by the Av Bayit and dorm counselors. Alcohol consumption, drug use, vaping and smoking are not permitted in or outside of our Yeshiva. Students leaving for Shabbat must sign out with name, number and address of host.
What are the student population and physical facility like?
This year, we have over 100 Shana Alef students and over 60 Shana Bet students. Our campus is spacious and we recently expanded the new educational wing, including a newly upgraded Beit Midrash, additional classrooms and dorm space. Dormitory facilities have air conditioned and heated comfortable rooms. Students may request roommates. There are two madrichim in each dorm and a fridge on every dorm floor. The Yeshiva takes ample security measures, with a security guard on our gated campus. The Yeshiva has 100% coordination with security officials, including travel routes, locations & times, armed escorts and medical personnel. We also utilize WhatsApp messaging for security updates and alerts. In the event of a national security issue, all students are contacted via an immediate message. Once all students are accounted for, parents receive an email saying that everyone is ok. Full contact with security professionals to advise our students of where and when not to go and if necessary "lock down" for a limited time. Mevaseret is a low-risk area as defined by Israel’s security establishment.