Hebrew Institute of Boro Park

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Hebrew Institute of Boro Park (HIBP, also known as Yeshivas Etz Chaim/Etz Hayim) is a defunct private school in New York City. It was the first Jewish day school in Borough Park, Brooklyn.


Founded in 1916,[1] the school was the first yeshiva (Jewish day school) in Borough Park.[2] It was located at 5000 13th Avenue.[3]


During its heyday, the school had three parallel classes through grade 6, and two parallel classes for grades 7 and 8.[4] The loss of a class was partly due to those parents who subsequently sent their sons to (public) Junior High School. It went from having approximately 600 students during the mid-1960s to an estimated 200 students by 1970, by which time Etz Chaim's building was sold and the proceeds were used to establish a foundation to support religious education.


  • Rabbi Israel D. Lerner[5]
  • Rabbi Moshe I. Shulman[6]
  • Max Kufeld, 1st English Principal[7]
  • Mrs. Bella Nemiroff, (unofficial) English Principal
  • Dr. Hochberg (principal after Israel Lerner)
  • Rabbi Jerome Karlin (principal 1970 - 1977)
  • Rabbi Akiva Wadler (1978 - final year of the school)

Other yeshivas[edit]

By the time the yeshiva closed, the area was becoming more Hasidic. However, the area still featured two other long-time non-Hasidic schools; Shulamith, a girls' school on the same block,[8] and another boys school, Toras Emes, which was seven blocks away.[9] Both these schools later moved to Flatbush.

Notable students[edit]


  1. ^ Moses I. Shulman (11 August 2006). "The Yeshivah Etz Hayim Hebrew Institute of Boro Park" (PDF). Jewish Education.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-07-06. Retrieved 2009-07-03.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "erc/syn/Brooklyn". www.museumoffamilyhistory.com.
  4. ^ e.g. 47 graduates, two 8th grade classes, 1953: http://www.yibrookline.org/1953.html Archived 2005-12-15 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Paid Notice: Deaths LERNER, RABBI ISRAEL". 26 October 2003 – via www.nytimes.com.
  6. ^ "Rabbinical Council of America (RCA)". rabbis.org.
  7. ^ Ilana Abramovitch; Sean Galvin. Jews of Brooklyn (which includes his picture and, on the following 2 pages, photos of the building). p. 234.
  8. ^ "Flatbush: Shulamith School For Girls Plans Purchase and Sale - Yeshiva World News". 21 May 2008.
  9. ^ Ronald Greenwald

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°38′3.91″N 73°59′34.94″W / 40.6344194°N 73.9930389°W / 40.6344194; -73.9930389