Yeshivah College, Australia
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|East St Kilda, Victoria, Australia|
|Type||Independent, Single-sex, Day school|
|Key people||The Lubavitcher Rebbe;
Rabbi Y. D. Groner. OBD
|Colour(s)||Navy Blue & Gold
|Slogan||Educating for life|
Yeshivas Oholei Yosef Yitzchok Lubavitch, known more commonly as Yeshivah College, is an independent, single-sex, Orthodox Jewish day school for boys, located in St Kilda East, a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
History and Origins
The Lubavitcher Rebbe sent Rabbi Yitzchak Dovid Groner and ten other families to establish a Chabad community in Victoria. Originally they started the community school in Shepparton, a city north-east of Melbourne. As it grew, the community decided to move to Melbourne. Yeshivah College now thrives on the same campus as Yeshivah Shul, the community's synagogue.
The school is part of a worldwide network of schools named after Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Schneersohn, the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe. The school is as a branch of the Yeshiva Centre umbrella, and Rabbi Mordechai Berger was the principal of the high school, having replaced Rabbi Avrohom Glick at the start of the 2008 school year, however, Rabbi Glick stepped in as Interim Menahel when Rabbi Berger left at the end of the 2009 school year. Rabbi Glick ended his term as Interim Menahel at the end of term two, being succeeded by Rabbi Yehoshua Smukler from Sydney, Australia.
From students in Year 10 and upwards, Yeshivah College has two educational tracks. One is a dual curriculum including both religious studies and general education studies. The other is a religious studies only curriculum known as Mesivta (Hebrew for "academy"),.
Every year a group of shluchim (emissaries) are sent to assist the teachers and mashpias of the school in setting an example for today's students. They do so by instituting mivtzos programs which encourage the practice of Chassidic life . In most years, the shluchim are sent from Ohlei Torah Rabbinical College.
Over the years the number of Shluchim to the school has varied. The last number of years have had approximately five shluchim per year.
In the community
Yeshivah scores top VCE results for a non-selective boys only school.
The Yeshivah school is part of a larger network of facilities of the Yeshivah Centre, which include a youth movement, Jewish studies classes, day camps, and many other initiatives for Melbourne's wider Jewish community.
The Melbourne Lubavitch community is part of a larger Haredi community based in Melbourne.
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- Rabbi Mordechai Gutnick
- Rabbi Bentzion Milecki
- Rabbi Chaim Tzvi Groner
- Joseph Gutnick - mining magnate
- Harvey Silver - original producers of the Footy Show
- John Safran - award winning comedian
- David Solomon (writer) - noted international Jewish historian and author
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