Yeshivat Kerem B'Yavneh
Yeshivat Kerem B'Yavneh
|Founded by||Rabbi Chaim Yaakov Goldvicht|
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 2018, it had a population of 496.
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. In the summer zman of 5774, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Blachman was appointed to be the Associate Rosh Yeshiva to Rav Greenberg, shlita. The current Head of the Overseas Program is Rabbi Shalom Rosner
Like all 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.
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.
- Rabbi Zalman Baruch Melamed, Rav and Rosh Yeshiva of Beit El
- Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, Head of Machon Hamikdash (Temple Institute)
- Yitzhak Levy, Knesset member and government minister
- Hanan Porat, Israeli politician
- Uri Bin Nun, director the Israel Electric Corporation
- Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, current Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth 
- Rabbi Zephaniah Drori, Rav and Rosh Yeshiva of Kiryat Shmona
- Ohad Moskowitz, successful Jewish singer
- Yigal Amir, assassin of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin
- Pesach Wolicki, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Yesodei HaTorah and associate director of CJCUC.
- Rabbi Yona Metzger, former Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel
- Rabbi Eytan Feiner, Rav of The White Shul in Far Rockaway, went to Yeshivas Ner Yisroel
- Rabbi Yisroel Kaminetsky, Rosh HaYeshiva of Davis Renov Stahler Yeshiva High School for Boys (DRS Yeshiva High School) and Director of NCSY Summer Kollel
A number of the staff and rabbinic alumni at Yeshiva University's Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary studied at Kerem B'Yavneh, including:
- Rabbi Meir Goldwicht, Rosh Yeshiva at Yeshiva University (RIETS)
- Rabbi Mordechai Willig, Rosh Yeshiva at Yeshiva University (RIETS), Rav of Young Israel of Riverdale
- Rabbi Zvi Sobolofsky, Rosh Yeshiva at Yeshiva University (RIETS), Rav of Congregation Ohr Hatorah
- Rabbi Baruch Simon, Rosh Yeshiva at Yeshiva University (RIETS)
- Rabbi Chaim Jachter, Dayan on the Beit Din of Elizabeth, Rabbi of Congregation Shaarei Orah, and Rebbe at Torah Academy of Bergen County
- Rabbi Yonason Sacks, Rosh Yeshiva at Lander College for Men, a former Rosh Yeshiva at Yeshiva University (RIETS), Rav of Agudas Yisroel of Passaic
- Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz, Director of Semikhah at RIETS and Mara D'asra of Beis Haknesses of North Woodmere, formerly a Maggid Shiur at Davis Renov Stahler Yeshiva High School for Boys (DRS Yeshiva High School) and at Lander College for Men