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Join students from around the world in Jerusalem. The Yeshiva’s warm, relaxed and supportive atmosphere fosters strong ties and lasting friendships.

The program includes Shabbatonim, tours, guest lectures and socializing among students, staff and faculty.

Blog Author Alexander Epstein

“I just cannot get enough of this place.”


I am so excited for learning, I get to engage in Chumash with great minds. In Chumash we get to familiarize ourselves with the story while simultaneously asking the question how is this serving me? I am so blessed to be in a place that wants to give the gift of growth with the love of Torah. Today we are going on an adventure with the Shochen institute. I am always pumped for the experiences that this Yeshiva provides me with. I just cannot get enough of this place. For instance I am still here and school got out two plus hours ago. Have a beautiful blessed week filled with Mitvos and learning.

Alexander E. Epstein
Los Angeles

Personal Trainer

“Learning all day is such a blessing and privilege.”

Alex-cyI am just checking in about my time for the last couple weeks here at the CY. I have been pushing myself beyond where I have in the past. Learning all day has been just such a blessing and a privilege. This past week I have had the opportunity to be back in the full swing of things. I was previously not feeling healthy. As I am here this week I am able to give a full effort. There is the ability to dig into the minds of people that lived so many years ago.

I was studying Midrash earlier Breishit Rabbah 68: “He matches them to their will, not to their benefit.” This in the context of being matched with our Besheret by Hashem. In this text today I was able to learn that Hashem would not match people “to their will.” Instead he decided to match people according to his will. Why would this be so? Hashem is the one that has the whole picture of people we think we know what is best but in the end the ultimate Avinu Malkinu knows what is best for us. Due to ourselves being finite, we cannot compare to Hashem’s infinity. Our Chochmah can never be as vas and expansive as Hashem’s. Due to this it is Hashem that gives the ultimate Shidduch.

Alexander E. Epstein
Los Angeles

Personal Trainer

“Profound connection”

Alex checking in to tell you about my experience currently at the Conservative Yeshiva. I feel deep profound connection. There is such an absorbent amount of love that flows between teachers and students. The teachers are oozing with wisdom which gives me the opportunity to attain greater intellect, and a different way of thinking. I can safe to say gain wisdom from these teachers teach me what it means to be an observant Jew. There has never been a time more important in my life to attain the knowledge as to how to follow the path of Judaism. What a gift from Hashem it is to be in a place that surrounds one with people that have a serious love of G-d.

My favorite class of mine right now is a transformational Mishna that will become a Gemara class taught by Yarden Raber. His style of teaching is flawless. He is so passionate about Gemara that one could feel it energetically. As we have shiur he explains everything in great detail that we had previously discussed in Chevruta. Having teachers like him here makes it a better place and an environment that is over all welcoming. I will not talk of every teacher because they all have their great gifts and bring a different light as we discuss Torah. I will however, mention how grateful I am for the vision that these teachers share of a liberal and open-minded Judaism. When I study here can truly call it a second home as it is a Beis Midrash. Look forward to sharing with you guys soon. Have a beautiful day and a GREAT SHABBOS!!!!!!

Alexander E. Epstein


Key Dates

Start of Fall Semester
September 7 ,2016

Winter Break Program
December 20, 2016 – January 2, 2017

CY Winter Break
January 15-23, 2017

Spring Semester 2017
January 24, 2017

Pesach Break 2017
April 4 - 18, 2017

Last Day of Classes 2017
May 25, 2017

“A magical Jewish learning utopia"


"In the morning, I attended a three-hour Talmud class. As someone who attended an Orthodox day school for 13 years, I could already navigate around the daf of Talmud, yet for the first time, I was in a Talmud class taught by a woman.

In the afternoon, I took classes on divinity in Rav Kook’s writing, the commandment of moving to Israel, Psalms, Midrash, prayer, and exploring poskim and their opinions on Jews celebrating Thanksgiving. I was able to walk around the Beit Midrash, pick a book of Talmud or Rambam off the shelf, and read. We were constantly surrounded by our Jewish history and Jewish thought. However, what surprised me was how few of my friends from home know about the wonderful opportunities the CY has to offer.

The work being done at the CY is one of the true successes of Conservative Judaism. I found the Yeshiva to be a magical Jewish learning utopia made from Jerusalem stone."

Deborah Pollack
Barnard College, New York City