Yeshiva Rabbi Chaim Berlin

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Not to be confused with Chaim Berlin.
Yeshivas Rabbeinu Chaim Berlin
Brooklyn, New York
United States
Type Yeshiva
Established 1904
Affiliation Lithuanian-style Haredi
Rosh Yeshiva Rabbis Aharon Schechter and Yonasan Dovid David (current). Past: Yitzchok Hutner
Mashgiach Ruchani Rabbi Mordechai Zelig Schechter (current). Past: Rabbis Avigdor Miller, Shlomo Freifeld, Shlomo Carlebach, Shimon Groner
Rabbi Aaron Schechter (white beard) celebrating Purim in Yeshiva Rabbi Chaim Berlin during the late 1970s.

Yeshiva Rabbi Chaim Berlin or Yeshivas Rabbeinu Chaim Berlin, (Hebrew: יְשִׁיבַת רַבֵּינוּ חַיִּים בֶּרלִין‎) is a Haredi Lithuanian-type yeshiva located in Brooklyn, New York. Established in 1904 as Yeshiva Tiferes Bachurim, it is the oldest yeshiva in Kings County.[1] At the suggestion of Rabbi Meir Berlin (Bar-Ilan), it was renamed for his brother, Rabbi Chaim Berlin, the chief rabbi of Moscow who had moved to Jerusalem and was one of its leading rabbis at the time of his death.

It is an American, Lithuanian-style Haredi boys' and men's yeshiva. Current enrollment is close to two thousand students[citation needed] including preschool, elementary school, yeshiva ketana, a high school mesivta, a college-level bais medrash, and Kollel Gur Aryeh, its post-graduate kollel division.


From 1936 to 1980, the rosh yeshiva was Rabbi Yitzchok Hutner (1906–1980). Under Hutner's leadership, the yeshiva achieved international prominence in the orthodox Jewish community. In the late 1970s a branch was opened in Jerusalem called Yeshiva Pachad Yitzchok ("Fear of Isaac"). The name is both a Biblical reference to Genesis 31:42 and named for Hutner's books on Jewish thought.

After Rabbi Hutner's death the New York yeshiva was headed by his disciple, Rabbi Aharon Schechter, and the Jerusalem branch was headed by his son-in-law, Rabbi Yonason David.

Although there has been some discussion with regard to who is destined to replace Rabbi Schechter, most agree that Rabbi Mordechai Zelig Schechter, Rabbi Schechter's son, will be the one chosen for the position. This position has become solidified even after Rabbi Halioua delivered a maamar, a religious discourse, after Rabbi Schechter on Shavuos 2015. This has historically been reserved for only Roshei Hayeshiva.

The position of Mashgiach Ruchani has been held by (among others) Rabbi Avigdor Miller, Rabbi Shlomo Freifeld, Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, and Rabbi Shimon Groner. The current Mashgiach Ruchani is Rabbi Mordechai Zelig Schechter, older son of the Rosh Yeshiva, Rabbi Aharon Schechter.

Notable senior faculty include Rabbis Pinchas Kahn, Binyamin Cohen,Gershon Harrar, Chaim Kitevits, Shlomo Chai David Yitzchak Halioua, Avigdor Kitevits, Menachem Kahn, Meir Simcha Kahn, Reuven Neirenberg, Eliyahu Yormark, Yitzchok Meir Sendrovitz, Chaim Lazer Kahn, Binyomin Fruchthandler, Yossi Halioua, Tzvi Fink, Shmaryahu Yitzchok Efraim Kirzner, Yehoshua Rapps, Yosef Yormark, and Eli "Blonde" Fruchthandler.

Rabbis Gershon Harrar, Yossi Halioua, and Tzvi Fink serve together as Roshei Kollel.

Abraham Fruchthandler is the current president of the yeshiva; other members of the executive board include Mendel Schechter, Yisroel Meir Lasker, Efraim Feuer, and Mayer L. Yanofsky.

Alumni in senior rabbinic and Jewish communal positions[edit]

The yeshiva has alumni serving in Rabbinic capacities throughout the world including:


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Coordinates: 40°37′38″N 73°57′47″W / 40.62718°N 73.96303°W / 40.62718; -73.96303