Mesivtha Tifereth Jerusalem

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Mesivtha Tifereth Jerusalem

Mesivtha Tifereth Jerusalem (Hebrew: מתיבתא תפארת ירושלים, Mesivta Tiferet Yerushaláyim) (MTJ) is a yeshiva in New York City, and one of the oldest existent yeshivas in the city. It is the institution formerly led by Rabbi Moshe Feinstein,[1] and then led by his son Rabbi Dovid Feinstein until his death in November 2020. MTJ is now led by Rabbi Berel Feinstein.[2]


The yeshiva has two campuses. The older campus in Manhattan offers a full range of classes, from pre-kindergarten through post-high school. Rabbi Berel Feinstein succeeded his father, the late Rabbi Dovid Feinstein, who was Rabbi Moshe Feinstein's eldest son, as dean.[3] This campus does not have a dormitory.

The second campus, also known as Yeshiva of Staten Island, is located in Staten Island and led by Rabbi Reuven Feinstein, Rabbi Moshe Feinstein's youngest son. The campus contains a high school, college, and post-college facilities; it has a dormitory.


Founded in 1907 at 87 Eldridge Street, the Talmud Torah Tifereth Jerusalem grew quickly.[4] First moving to 115 Hester Street, then 240 Madison, then 13 Montgomery Street, the yeshiva finally settled in two adjacent lots on 145 and 147 East Broadway. The current structure was built in 1912. A high school was established in 1929.[citation needed]

The school was involved in a money laundering scandal in the 1980s.[5]

Rabbi Michel Barenbaum became the mashgiach of the yeshiva shortly after the war. He died on March 4, 2003.

Staten Island's mashgiach, Rabbi Chaim Mintz, also founded and runs the kiruv organization Oorah.


The founder, Rabbi Feinstein was against attending sporting events, but MTJ "participated in competitive sporting events that included spectators." [6]


  1. ^ "Rav Moshe Feinstein". Great Leaders of our People. Orthodox Union. Retrieved February 14, 2010.
  2. ^ "Rav Dovid Feinstein, Preeminent Halachic Authority, 91". The Jewish Press. November 11, 2020.
  3. ^ Pearl Markovitz (February 18, 2021). "Mesivtha Tifereth Jerusalem to Celebrate 114th Anniversary".
  4. ^ Stepanchuk, Arkadiy. "East Broadway, Chinatown". Baruch College/Macaulay Honors College. Retrieved 7 December 2019.
  5. ^ Johnson, Kirk (February 28, 1986). "Money Laundering at City's Oldest Yeshiva". The New York Times.
  6. ^ Joseph Schick (January 30, 2008). "Sports and the Orthodox Jewish Fan". The Jewish Press.

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