Yeshiva of Far Rockaway

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Yeshiva of Far Rockaway
Derech Ayson Rabbinical Seminary
יְשִׁיבָה דֶרֶךְ אֵיתָן
802 Hicksville Rd.
Queens, New York 11691
United States
Coordinates 40°36′01″N 73°44′38″W / 40.6003°N 73.7438°W / 40.6003; -73.7438Coordinates: 40°36′01″N 73°44′38″W / 40.6003°N 73.7438°W / 40.6003; -73.7438
Religious affiliation(s) Judaism
Denomination Haredi
Founder Rabbi Nachman Bulman, Rabbi Yechiel Yitzchok Perr
CEEB code 331892
Principal Rabbi Aaron M. Brafman
Head of school Rabbi Yechiel Yitzchok Perr
Grades 9-12, seminary
Gender Male
Enrollment 160
Language English

Yeshiva of Far Rockaway (also known as Yeshiva Derech Ayson (Hebrew: יְשִׁיבָה דֶרֶךְ אֵיתָן) and Derech Ayson Rabbinical Seminary) is a Haredi yeshiva located on 802 Hicksville Road, Far Rockaway, Queens in New York City. It comprises a high school and beis medrash, or seminary. The school was founded by the current rosh yeshiva, Rabbi Yechiel Yitzchok Perr, and by the late Rabbi Nachman Bulman. It is reputed for its intensive Talmudic studies, and for the rosh yeshiva's musar lectures in the Novardok tradition.


Rabbi Perr, an alumnus of Yeshiva Beis Yosef-Novardok in Brooklyn, Beth Medrash Govoha, the Talmudical Yeshiva of Philadelphia, and Mesivta Yeshiva Rabbi Chaim Berlin, founded the Yeshiva of Far Rockaway in 1969. The name of the yeshiva, Derech Ayson, comes from the sefer by Rabbi Avraham Yoffen of Novardok.[1]

Zoning suit[edit]

On May 25, 1973, the Yeshiva of Far Rockaway—then located on Virginia Street—was sued by Stanley A. Ginsberg for violating the residential covenant of the neighborhood by establishing its yeshiva building on a non-commercial block in 1971. Dr. Ginsberg himself operated a medical office at his home on the same block. The Supreme Court of Queens County ruled in favor of the plaintiff, noting that the medical use was only incidental.[2] The case was taken to the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, which ruled on July 8, 1974 to uphold the verdict for the plaintiff.[3] The New York Court of Appeals heard one more appeal on 15 January 1975, and a decision was made on February 27, 1975 against the yeshiva.[4]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Bernstein, Dovid (February 7, 2009). "Yeshiva of Far Rockaway Dinner Tonight, Ben Brafman to MC". Retrieved August 25, 2011. 
  2. ^ "GINSBERG v. YESHIVA OF FAR ROCKAWAY – 74 Misc.2d 391 (1973)". Retrieved August 25, 2011. 
  3. ^ "GINSBERG v. YESHIVA OF FAR ROCKAWAY – 45 A.D.2d 334 (1974)". Retrieved August 25, 2011. 
  4. ^ "GINSBERG v. YESHIVA OF FAR ROCKAWAY – 36 N.Y.2d 706 (1975)". Retrieved August 25, 2011. 
  5. ^ "New Principal of OCA". Ohr Chadash Academy. 2012. Retrieved 24 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "Faculty". Yeshivat Ohr Yerushalayim. Retrieved 24 June 2012.