Yeshivat Kerem B'Yavneh

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Yeshivat Kerem B'Yavneh
Yeshivat Kerem B'Yavneh is located in Israel
Yeshivat Kerem B'Yavneh
Yeshivat Kerem B'Yavneh
Coordinates: 31°49′06″N 34°43′21″E / 31.81833°N 34.72250°E / 31.81833; 34.72250Coordinates: 31°49′06″N 34°43′21″E / 31.81833°N 34.72250°E / 31.81833; 34.72250
District Central
Council Hevel Yavne
Founded 1954
Founded by Rabbi Chaim Yaakov Goldvicht
Population (2015)[1] 541

Yeshivat Kerem B'Yavneh (Hebrew: ישיבת כרם ביבנה‎‎, lit. Vineyard in Yavne Yeshiva) is a youth village and major yeshiva in southern Israel. Located near the city of Ashdod and adjacent to Kvutzat Yavne, it falls under the jurisdiction of Hevel Yavne Regional Council. In 2015, it had a population of 541.[1]

History & Ideology[edit]

Founded in 1954, Kerem BeYavneh was the first Yeshivat Hesder. The first Rosh Yeshiva of Kerem B'Yavneh was the renowned scholar Rabbi Chaim Yaakov Goldvicht. Following his retirement, Goldvicht was succeeded by Rabbi Mordechai Greenberg, himself an alumnus of the yeshiva, and Rosh Kollel.

Like most Yeshivot Hesder, Kerem B'Yavneh is a religious Zionist institution, advocating the position that the State of Israel is a concrete step forward in the coming of the final redemption. It also has an open outlook towards western culture, both with faculty holding university degrees and students attending university.[2]

Structure and enrollment[edit]

Programs within the yeshiva include a Hesder track, a gap-year for overseas students, and a Kollel Rabbanut as well as a Kollel Ledayanut (a Kollel for training of religious court judges).

The yeshiva has an enrollment of around 300 students, including students from Israel and from overseas, most of whom reside in dormitories on campus. Overseas students come mainly from the United States, the United Kingdom, South Africa, and Canada, but also other countries.

Notable alumni[edit]

A number of the staff at Yeshiva University's Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary studied at Kerem B'Yavneh, including:

A number of alumni are also prominent in non-rabbinic academic positions, including:

  • David Stern, Professor of Classical and Modern Jewish and Hebrew Literature at Harvard University


  1. ^ a b "List of localities, in Alphabetical order" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 16 October 2016. 
  2. ^ "Staff". Yeshivat Kerem B'Yavneh. 
  3. ^ "Biography". 

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