The Ramat Gan Hesder Yeshiva - connecting to the light of Torah.
We must reconnect with the Jewish people.
We must reconnect our people to the values of Judaism.
We must knock down the social and spiritual barriers that divide the people in Israel.
- Until 1994, there was not a single Zionist Yeshiva in the entire Tel Aviv region, an area that numbers over three million Jews and constitutes the cultural center of the State of Israel. An entire generation of hundreds of thousands of children grew up with no Jewish education and very sparse moral guidance. Deep rifts developed in Israeli society, and large sectors began to fight against Judaism and the inculcation of values. An elite group of young and dynamic people understood the gravity of the situation and decided to act!
- The Ramat Gan Hesder Yeshiva was established in 1994 by Rav Ya'akov Ariel, the Chief Rabbi of Ramat Gan and one of the leading rabbinic figures in Israel, together with Rav Yehoshua Shapira, a young and rising rabbinic force.
- The Yeshiva took upon itself to establish a vigorous Torah center in the heart of the Tel Aviv region, to illuminate the city and fill the center of the Israeli population with the light of Torah in the spirit of community outreach and love of the Jewish people; to break the spiritual and social barriers and promote unity among the people of Israel.
- Today the Yeshiva numbers over two hundred students and more than a hundred kollel families. The Yeshiva is located in the heart of the Ramat Amidar neighborhood, a neighborhood that had been known primarily for its criminal associations, but has undergone a total makeover since the Yeshiva was established.
- Coupled with serious study of the Torah of Eretz Israel and quality service in the Israeli army, the Yeshiva's students engage in a broad spectrum of activities, reaching thousands of people every year, in the areas of community outreach, welfare, education, and the like.
The following is a description of some of our Activities and Projects:
- Torah lectures all across the city to both the religious and secular communities, in synagogues, coffee shops, private homes, and other places.
- Unmediated street encounters - every week several groups of our students go out to busy areas in the Dan region to converse and connect with the people, breaking down barriers and speaking heart to heart. In many cases, the dialogue continues, and arrangements are then made for chavruta-study in the Yeshiva, joining us for Shabbat, and forging deep connections.
- Entering into religious schools and kindergartens that had been on the brink of closing and turning them into flourishing institutions.
- After-school activities, big brothers and tutors for children who are experiencing difficulty in school and kindergarten.
- Bar Mitzvah project - preparing tens of children far removed from Judaism during the months preceding their Bar Mitzvah, introducing them for the first time in their lives to the world of vibrant and exuberant Judaism and turning their Bar Mitzva into a meaningful event.
- Counseling couples prior to their marriage - a combination of both halakhic and spiritual guidance for holy and happy marital life.
- Thousands of classes taught in religious and non-religious schools and kindergartens throughout the region with the aim of enriching and deepening their students' Jewish identity. The classes are taught by students of the Yeshiva, members of the Kollel, and young women performing their National Service under the direction of the Yeshiva.
- Aid to the needy - a charity fund for the poor that helps families get back on their feet and every year distributes hundreds of gifts prior to the Jewish holidays. Similarly, we work with the elderly, the disabled, and with high-risk families.
- Grand Torah events are held on the Jewish holidays that are attended by thousands of local residents.