There is a vibrant community atmosphere at the Conservative Yeshiva. Through both formal and informal events, the Yeshiva community stretches far beyond the daily schedule and the building itself. Students share Shabbat meals together; faculty invite students to their homes and Sukkot. Shabbatonim give the Yeshiva community the opportunity to learn from each other and grow together outside the Beit Midrash. For many, the Conservative Yeshiva becomes “home” and “family,” a source of support and life-long friendships.
Our Student Body
Our students hail from all over the world, including the United States, England, Canada, Australia, South Africa, France, Germany, Hungary, and the Czech Republic. They come from a variety of Jewish backgrounds – Conservative, Orthodox, Reconstructionist, Reform, and unaffliated. Many of the students have just graduated college, some are taking a break from a career, and some are on Sabbatical or retired. Students, doctors, business people, teachers and more learn at the Conservative Yeshiva, sharing a common desire to study Torah in Israel.
Tefilla is an integral part of life at the Conservative Yeshiva, supplementing learning with religious practice and expression. Our daily tefillot, Shacharit, Mincha, and Maariv, are traditional and conducted in Hebrew. Women and men are counted in the minyan and can lead prayers or read Torah. The Yeshiva’s tefillot are coordinated and led almost entirely by students.
We realize a number of students are not fluent in tefilla or used to regular davening. For those students who are interested in learning, the Conseravtive Yeshiva places a high priority on teaching students to become “tefilla literate” and to read Torah. These students are helped and encouraged by the faculty and each other. The class in the siddur further helps students understand and connect with tefilla.
Community Service (Gemilut Chesed)
The Jewish tradition teaches that one should not only worship God and study Torah, but also help those in need. To achieve this balance, every student chooses a volunteer project to benefit the surrounding community. Students can find their own projects or select from a variety of projects with which the Yeshiva has connections. For example, students have volunteered to assist the elderly, tutor children, work for the environment, and lead Shabbat singing and visit at a nursing home. In addition the Yeshiva community contributes to selected worthy causes through our student-run Tzedakah fund.