Yeshivas Ohr HaChaim
Yeshivas Ohr Hachaim is a Haredi yeshiva located in Kew Garden Hills, Queens, New York City. The yeshiva also has a kollel, and operates in conjunction with its high school Mesivta Yesodei Yeshurun which is located next door to Yeshivas Ohr Hachaim. The current Rosh Yeshiva is Rabbi Doniel Lander.
The yeshiva building is prominently located on Main Street in Kew Gardens Hills. The building is noted for its exterior, which is primarily made of Jerusalem stone (so named for being both common and legally required for construction in Jerusalem) imported from Israel specifically for the building.
Rabbi Mordechai Kraus was one of the Roshei Yeshiva until his passing in 2016.
Yeshivas Ohr Hachaim was founded in 1983. Its first location was at Congregation Bnei Abraham. As the yeshiva continued to grow and attract more students, it needed to move to a bigger location. Two years after it was founded, in 1985, the yeshiva moved to a new location. A house was purchased at 69-69 Main Street that served as a Bais Medrash and dormitory. But soon after, the burgeoning enrollment of the yeshiva called for yet another move. Construction commenced on the corner house of 71st Avenue and Main Street. In September 1987, the yeshiva moved to its new facility. The new building offered the expanding yeshiva room for growth, while additionally providing ample dormitory and dining facilities. But sure enough, the continuous growth of the yeshiva necessitated an even larger facility.
The New Building
In the fall of 1991 the new building began its construction. Five houses adjacent to the existing location were acquired and demolished. Bobby Jacobs and Aryeh Rabinowitz designed the building and supervised the construction. For the next four years, the yeshiva found a temporary home at Congregation Ohel Simcha. Finally, in October 1996 the new facilities were ready to open. That building is still in use now.