Yeshiva Torah Temimah

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Yeshiva Torah Temimah
Yeshiva Torah Temima at Ocean Pkwy & Church Av jeh.jpg
Brooklyn, New York
United States
Coordinates 40°38′07″N 73°58′20″W / 40.635271°N 73.97217°W / 40.635271; -73.97217Coordinates: 40°38′07″N 73°58′20″W / 40.635271°N 73.97217°W / 40.635271; -73.97217
Type Single-sex education
Established 1976

Yeshiva Torah Temimah is an Orthodox yeshiva with branches in Brooklyn, New York and Lakewood, New Jersey that was founded and is run by Rabbi Lipa Margolis.[1] Rabbi Shlomo Feivel Shustal taught the highest level students of the school until August 2014, when he left to open his own Talmudic seminary. The highest level students are currently being taught by Rabbi Betzalel Busel.

Located on Ocean Parkway in Flatbush, the school was founded as Yeshiva Torah Vodaath of Flatbush;[2] and it began operating under the name Yeshiva Torah Temimah in 1976.[3] The institution grew to social prominence between 1980 and 2000.[4]

The school provides a combined religious and secular single-sex education to approximately 750 male students,[5] including training in talmud, musar literature, history, classical Jewish scholarship and literature, mathematics, language arts and sciences.


The New York branch of the school consists of two buildings. One of them houses approximately 650 boys ranging in age from nursery school through the twelfth grade; the school maintains a separate building for tertiary study, with an additional enrollment of about 100 students.[3] It has a student-teacher ratio of approximately nineteen to one, and is staffed by renowned teachers and rabbis.[5] The school is affiliated with the National Society for Hebrew Day Schools.


Graduates of the school generally pursue further Talmudic education in such institutions as the Brisk yeshiva and Mir yeshiva in Jerusalem, as well as Beth Medrash Govoha in New Jersey, with a significant percentage of school alumni occupying Rabbinic pulpits and positions of Jewish education. Many graduates go on to procure secular degrees in various fields and professions, becoming community lay-leaders.[citation needed]


The yeshiva made headlines when one of his teachers and assistant principal,[6] Rabbi Joel (Yehuda) Kolko was charged in 2006 with sexually abusing two first-graders and forcing an adult former student to touch him during a visit to the school. Five former students also filed suit against the yeshiva, alleging the school administrators knew about Kolko’s molestation of students for decades but sought to cover it up and intimidate students who spoke out. Kolko later pleaded guilty to two lesser counts of child endangerment and was sentenced to three years’ probation,[7] and has left the school.[8] The suit also alleged that school principal Rabbi Lipa Margolis waged a “a campaign of intimidation, concealment and misrepresentations designed to prevent victims from filing lawsuits.”[9] In October, 2016 it was reported that the school has reached a $2.1 million settlement. [10]


  1. ^ Hamodia. Dec/5/12. p. C51.
  2. ^ Kolker, Robert. "On the Rabbi's Knee: Do the Orthodox Jews have a Catholic-priest problem?", New York (magazine), May 15, 2006. Accessed March 8, 2008.
  3. ^ a b "School Safety Engineering Project Final Report: Yeshiva Torah Temimah School, Brooklyn" (PDF). New York City Department of Transportation Office of School Safety Engineering. 2006-10-06. Retrieved 2009-03-22. 
  4. ^ Helmreich, William B. (2000). The World of the Yeshiva: An Intimate Portrait of Orthodox Jewry - Augmented Edition. Hoboken, New Jersey: Ktav Publishing. pp. xix. ISBN 978-0-88125-641-3. 
  5. ^ a b "Yeshiva-Mesivta Torah Temimah - Brooklyn, New York". Retrieved 2009-03-22. 
  6. ^ Khan, Daryl (December 9, 2006). "Brooklyn Rabbi Is Arraigned on Charges of Sexual Abuse". The New York Times. Retrieved November 11, 2011. 
  7. ^ Winston, Hella & Cohler-Esses, Larry (April 18, 2008). "No Sex Charge For Kolko; Boys' Parents Foiled By DA". The Jewish Week. Retrieved November 11, 2011. 
  8. ^ Vitello, Paul (November 12, 2008). "Sexual Abuse Complaints Subpoenaed". The New York Times. Retrieved November 14, 2011. 
  9. ^ "On the Rabbi's Knee". Retrieved 2016-04-19. 
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