Ponevezh Yeshiva

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Ponevezh Yeshiva, Israel

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.


The Ponevezh Aron Kodesh

Founded in 1908[1], prior to the Holocaust the yeshiva was located in city of Panevėžys (Ponevezh), Lithuania. After the death of its founder, Rabbi Yitzhak Yaakov Rabinovich,[2] 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.[3]

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 Yisroel 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.


During the 1990s leadership of the yeshiva was the subject of a public disagreement between two of its leaders. 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.

Notable teachers[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

(in alphabetical order)

Affiliated institutions[edit]

  • 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.


  1. ^ "YIVO | Ponevezh, Yeshiva of". www.yivoencyclopedia.org. Retrieved 2019-01-03.
  2. ^ "YIVO | Rabinovich, Yitsḥak Ya'akov". www.yivoencyclopedia.org. Retrieved 2019-01-04.
  3. ^ "YIVO | Kahaneman, Yosef Shelomoh". www.yivoencyclopedia.org. Retrieved 2019-01-04.

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Coordinates: 32°4′59.49″N 34°49′58.09″E / 32.0831917°N 34.8328028°E / 32.0831917; 34.8328028