Oholei Torah

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Oholei Torah ("Tents of Torah"), [properly referred to as Oholei Menachem ("Tents of Menachem") after Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson,] is the common name of the Lubavitch schools Educational Institute Oholei Menachem and Talmudical Seminary Oholei Torah. The main branches of the school, and its administrative offices, are located in Brooklyn, New York City.

Educational Institute Oholei Torah is a yeshiva for male students in Chabad-Lubavitch Movement, drawing students from around the world and providing a vast majority of the Chabad Shluchim from amongst its graduates.[citation needed] Oholei Torah's curriculum consists solely of torah study, with a strong emphasis on the teachings of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson. The curriculum has been noted for its exclusion of all secular studies, such as language skills and mathematics.[1][2][3] Founded in 1957, at Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson's directive[citation needed] , with four (or three) students, Oholei Torah now enrolls over 1600 students annually.[citation needed]


Oholei Torah, 2011

Oholei Torah was founded in early 1957 by Rabbi Michoel Teitelbaum, Rabbi Shmendrik Kapoyer, and Rabbi Yehuda Levine following a statement by Rabbi Schneerson (the Lubavitcher Rebbe) that there should be a school focusing on Torah study.[citation needed] The curriculum focuses on torah study to the exclusion of all secular studies, such as mathematics, English language, science, social studies, and sports. [4][5]

The school opened in a synagogue in Brownsville with three (or four) students.[citation needed]

In 1958, the school expanded and a kindergarten for young boys was introduced. In 1964, Oholei Torah added a junior high school division, followed several years later by Oholei Torah Mesivta High School. The Beis HaMedrash, Talmudic Seminary Oholei Torah was founded in 1970, for post-high school Talmudic studies.[citation needed]

In 1975, the school began renting space for the elementary classes at the Brooklyn Jewish Center at 667 Eastern Parkway, built in 1920, and purchased the building outright in 1982. Beginning in 1997, the building underwent a major expansion, with a new wing (known as the Deitsch Campus, after the school's major financial patron Dovid Deitsch) and a study hall for the Talmudical Seminary.[citation needed]

In 1994, the elementary school was renamed "Oholei Menachem" in honor of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, though the old name persists in general usage.[citation needed]

In 2016, the school became the subject of an investigation by the New York City new york city department of education for its lack of secular curriculum [6].

Today Oholei Torah enrolls approximately 1600 students in its various divisions.[citation needed]


Educational Institute Oholei Menachem (Oholei Torah) consists of a preschool grade (Pre-1A) and 8 elementary grades. Each grade has an average enrollment of about 100 students, so there are four or five classes for each grade.[citation needed]

Oholei Torah's kindergarten elementary school and middle school are located in the Deitsch Campus at 667 Eastern Parkway. There is also a smaller kindergarten division at Cong. B'nai Abraham in East Flatbush, a synagogue where Rabbi Teitelbaum served as president until his death in 2005.[citation needed]

Oholei Torah Mesivta is located at 417 Troy Avenue (the Rabbi Jacob J. Reines Shul).[citation needed] There is also a branch of the Mesivta, Yeshivas Beis Dovid Shlomo at 292 Norton Street., New Haven, Connecticut.[citation needed]

The Beis Medrash, formally called Talmudical Seminary Oholei Torah, and colloquially as Oholei Torah Zal (Yiddish zal, [study] hall), is the largest Lubavitch yeshiva in the United States.[citation needed]

The Seminary currently has around 250 students. About 1/3 of the students live locally; the rest come from other parts of the United States, as well as Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, France, Israel, South America and South Africa.[citation needed]

Oholei Torah has a dormitory to house its Beis Medrash students. Located in a former apartment house at 645 Eastern Parkway, the dorm houses over 100 students.[citation needed]


Like many Lubavitch yeshivas, Oholei Torah Zal sends graduating students to other Lubavitch Yeshivas and communities in various cities around the world on Shlichus.[citation needed]

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