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 Hayeshiva was Rabbi Yitzchok Hutner zt"l (1906–1980). Under R' 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 Shlomo Halioua, Rabbi Schechter's son in law, will be the one chosen for the position. This position has become solidified 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, R'Chaim Kitevits, R'Reuven Neirenberg, Shlomo Chai David Yitzchak Halioua, Avigdor Kitevits, Meir Simcha Kahn, Chaim Eliezer Kahn, Shmaryahu Yitzchok Efraim Kirzner, Bentzion Eliyahu Fruchthandler, Binyamin Cohen, Gershon Harrar, Yossi Halioua, Tzvi Fink, Menachem Kahn, Yitzchok Meir Sendrovitz, Eliyahu Yormark, Binyomin Fruchthandler, Yosef Yormark and Yehoshua Rapps.

Rabbi Abraham C. 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. At the yeshiva's summer location, commonly known as Camp Morris, named after a former president of the yeshiva, Morris Meltzer; Bentzion Eliyahu Fruchthandler, Simcha Obermeister, Yehoshua Leib Fruchthandler, Yirmiyahu Lasker and Zyskind Sashitzky amongst a few others serve as board members. HaRav Meir Simcha Kahn serves as Menahel of the post high school division. Harav Bentzion Eliyahu Fruchthandler is Mashgiach. Rabbi Shimon Feldman is the menahel of the high school division. Rabbi Tzvi Silver is the executive director.

Alumni in senior rabbinic and Jewish communal positions[edit]

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


  1. ^ "Kabbalas Hatorah at Three Landmark Flatbush Yeshivos". Flatbush Jewish Journal. May 13, 2010. Retrieved November 17, 2011. 
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  4. ^ "The Roshei Kollel". North Miami Beach Kollel. Retrieved 2015-12-03. 
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Coordinates: 40°37′38″N 73°57′47″W / 40.62718°N 73.96303°W / 40.62718; -73.96303