Ponevezh Yeshiva, often pronounced Ponevitch Yeshiva, (Hebrew: ישיבת פוניבז׳) is a 1908-founded yeshiva, since 1944 located in Bnei Brak, Israel. The yeshiva has over three thousands students (including those of affiliated institutions) and is considered one the leading Litvak-style yeshivas in Israel.
Founded in 1908, prior to the Holocaust the yeshiva was located in city of Panevėžys (Ponevezh), Lithuania. After the death of its founder, Rabbi Yitzhak Yaakov Rabinovich, the school leader (rosh yeshiva) who was residing in British Mandate of Palestine, Rabbi Yosef Shlomo Kahaneman, towards the end of the World War II (in 1944) re-established the yeshiva in Bnei Brak.
Kahaneman selected and appointed Rabbi Shmuel Rozovsky as dean, and some years later appointed Rabbi Dovid Povarsky as rosh yeshiva. The Kahaneman faction of the yeshiva is led by Rabbis Gershon Eidelstein and Berel Povarsky , son of the rosh yeshiva Rabbi Dovid Povarsky, in addition to Rabbis Chaim Shlomo Leibovitch and Chaim Peretz Berman - a grandson of the Steipler, Rabbi Yaakov Kanievsky, and a son in law of Rabbi Kahanaman. The Markovitz faction of the yeshiva is led by Rabbis Shmuel Markovitz, Asher Deutch and Dessler.
The main study hall has an original 16th-century Italian wooden Aron Kodesh (Torah scroll ark). It was brought to the Yeshiva in the early 1980s and restored and regilded with 22 carat gild leaf work.
Aron Kodesh in Ponevezh Yeshiva (Bnei' Brak, Israel)
During the 1990s leadership of the yeshiva was the subject of a public disagreement between two of its leaders, Rabbi Shmuel Markovitz (married to a granddaughter of the yeshiva's founder) and Rabbi Eliezer Kahaneman (a grandson of the founder of yeshiva in Bnei Brak) over the management of the yeshiva, that resulted in heated and even violent confrontations between students of the yeshiva. Since then, the yeshiva has split, effectively resulting in two yeshivos in the same building, with the students occupying different dormitories though studying in the same learning hall and eating in the same dining room.
- Rabbi Eliyahu Eliezer Dessler (1892-1953), Mashgiach ruchani, "Michtav me-Eliyahu"/"Strive for Truth"
- Rabbi Yechezkel Levenstein (1895-1974), Mashgiach ruchani, author of "Or Yechezkel"
- Rabbi Dovid Povarsky, Rosh Yeshiva
- Rabbi Chaim Friedlander Mashgiach
- Rabbi Chaim Shloime Leibovitch (1931-2016), Rosh Yeshiva
(in alphabetical order)
- Rabbi Mordechai Yonah Aderet, Marah Diasrah in congregation Bet Eliyahu Great Neck, New York,
- Rabbi Aharon Bina, Rosh Yeshiva of Netiv Aryeh,
- Rabbi Baruch Shmuel Deutch, teacher at Yeshivat Kol Torah,
- Rabbi Yitzchak Dzimtrovski, maggid shiur in Yeshivat Sha'alvim and Yeshivat Kol Yaakov,
- Rabbi Yehoshua Erenberg, the Rosh Yeshivot of "Kneses Yitzchok", Chadera and Kiryat Sefer,
- Rabbi Menachem Gelley,
- Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt,
- Rabbi Shraga Feivish Hager, Kosover Rebbe,
- Rabbi Dr. Mordechai Halperin, Chief Officer of Medical Ethics for the Israeli Ministry of Health, director of the Dr. Falk Schlesinger Institute,
- Rabbi Yitzchok Halberstadt, former deputy mayor of Bnei Brak, co-founder of Rav Wolf Seminary,
- Yehonatan Indursky, Israeli film director,
- Rabbi Meir Kessler,
- Rabbi Efraim Kirschenbaum, Rov, Pnei Shmeul, Ramat Beit Shemesh,
- Rabbi Dovid Kraus, Senior Talmudical Lecturer in Gateshead, England,
- Rabbi Dov Landau,
- Rabbi Israel Meir Lau, former Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel,
- Rabbi Binyomin Moskovitz, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivas Midrash Shmuel,
- Rabbi Yaakov Peretz, Rosh Yeshiva of Midrash Sepharadi,
- Rabbi Yoel Schwartz, Torah scholar and author, senior lecturer at Yeshivas Dvar Yerushalayim,
- Yisrael Segal, Israeli journalist,
- Rabbi Dovid Stefansky, rosh yeshiva of Kol Yaakov Torah Center,
- Rabbi Nissim Toledano, Rosh Yeshiva of Sheerit Yossef in Beer Yaacov,
- Rabbi Yaacov Toledano, Rosh Yeshiva of Chazon Baroukh in France,
- Rabbi Avrohom Yitzchok Ulman, rabbi of Ner Yisroel in Jerusalem, member of Jerusalem's Edah HaChareidis),
- Rabbi Yehuda Leib Wittler, esteemed and experienced Mashgiach, Manchester - England.
- Kollel Avreichim — located on the grounds of the yeshiva in the Ohel Kedoshim building; intended for married students who have graduated from the yeshiva.
- Yeshivat Ponevezh Le'zeirim — a division for 200 high school students headed by Rabbi Michel Yehuda Lefkowitz, and was formerly co-headed by Rabbi Aharon Yehuda Leib Shteinman.
- Batei Avot — sheltered accommodation established by Rabbi Yosef Shlomo Kahaneman for children rescued form the holocaust, orphans and children from broken homes donated by Henry Krausher.
- Grodno Yeshiva - Beer Yaakov — an additional yeshiva located in Beer Yaakov.
- Grodno Yeshiva - Ashdod, also known as Ponevezh Ashdod — an additional yeshiva located in Ashdod.