Yeshivat Kerem B'Yavneh

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Yeshivat Kerem B'Yavneh
Yeshivat Kerem B'Yavneh is located in Israel
Yeshivat Kerem B'Yavneh
Yeshivat Kerem B'Yavneh
Coordinates: 31°49′06″N 34°43′21″E / 31.81833°N 34.72250°E / 31.81833; 34.72250Coordinates: 31°49′06″N 34°43′21″E / 31.81833°N 34.72250°E / 31.81833; 34.72250
District Central
Council Hevel Yavne
Founded 1954
Founded by Rabbi Chaim Yaakov Goldvicht
Population (2015)[1] 541

Yeshivat Kerem B'Yavneh (Hebrew: ישיבת כרם ביבנה‎‎, lit. Vineyard in Yavne Yeshiva) is a youth village and major yeshiva in southern Israel. Located near the city of Ashdod and adjacent to Kvutzat Yavne, it falls under the jurisdiction of Hevel Yavne Regional Council. In 2015 it had a population of 541.

History & Ideology[edit]

Founded in 1954, Kerem BeYavneh was the first Yeshivat Hesder. The first Rosh Yeshiva of Kerem B'Yavneh was the renowned scholar Rabbi Chaim Yaakov Goldvicht. Following his retirement, Goldvicht was succeeded by Rabbi Mordechai Greenberg, himself an alumnus of the yeshiva, and Rosh Kollel. During Elul Zman 5774, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Blachman was appointed Mishneh Li-Rosh yeshivah (Associate Rosh Yeshiva, ) Shortly before Elul 2015 the overseas program announced that Rabbi David Zahtz, already a Mashgiach in KBY would be assuming the role of associate dean of the overseas students and Program Director. Working for him would be Rabbi Zev Bannett, a world renowned Mekubal who has a deep understanding and creative approach to Toras Hashem, as well as Rabbi Zvi Roness a former IDF Rabbi, and Rabbi Zvi Davidson a London-born alumnus of the Yeshiva. In February 2017, it was announced that Rabbi Zev Bannett would be stepping down from the position of overseas mashgiach, with Rabbi Zvi Davidson taking on his responsibilities.

Like most Yeshivot Hesder, Kerem B'Yavneh is a religious Zionist institution, advocating the position that the State of Israel is a concrete step forward in the coming of the final redemption. It also has an open outlook towards western culture, both with faculty holding university degrees and students attending university.[2]

Structure and enrollment[edit]

Programs within the yeshiva include a Hesder track, a gap-year for overseas students and a Kollel Rabbanut as well as a Kollel Ledayanut (a Kollel for training of religious court judges).

The yeshiva has an enrollment of around 300 students, including students from Israel and from overseas, most of whom reside in dormitories on campus. Overseas students come mainly from the United States, the United Kingdom, South Africa and Canada, but also other countries.

Notable alumni[edit]

A number of the staff at Yeshiva University's Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary studied at Kerem B'Yavneh, including:

A number of alumni are also prominent in non-rabbinic academic positions, including:

  • David Stern, Professor of Classical and Modern Jewish and Hebrew Literature at Harvard University


  1. ^ "List of localities, in Alphabetical order" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 16 October 2016. 
  2. ^ "Staff". Yeshivat Kerem B'Yavneh. 
  3. ^ "Biography". 

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