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About Yeshivat Hakotel

ABOUT OUR YESHIVA

Excellent Educators

Yeshivat Hakotel's faculty consists of top educators who maintain a strong bond with each student through afternoon and night shiurim, as well as personal conversations. In addition, Yeshivat Hakotel's unique program of integration offers foreign students relationships with Israeli students and Rebbeim.

Broad Curriculum

Our curriculum aims to develop both comprehensive knowledge and skills. We familiarize students with the basics of Tanach, Torah Sheb'al Peh, Halacha, Jewish Philosophy and belief, and Mussar and help them develop the ability for independent study all of these fields in depth.

The Old City

Yeshivat HaKotel benefits from a spacious campus which includes: the renovated Beit Midrash, 6 luxurious dormitories, 2 extensive libraries, auditoriums, a computer room and a workout room. In addition, the roof of our Yeshiva provides a breathtaking view of both the New and Old City and the Temple Mount.

Land of Israel

To further enhance our Tanach shiurim as well as to promote yediat ha-aretz, the Yeshiva offers monthly half-day tiyulim. All tiyulim are army approved and in accordance with security regulations. The Yeshiva organizes two major tiyulim during bein hazmanim to the North and South.

Our Mission

As one of Israel’s first Yeshivot Hesder, we instill in our students a profound sense of responsibility for the Jewish people and the Jewish State. Israeli students combine Torah study with service in the IDF. Living and learning with young men who put their lives on the line for Medinat Yisrael gives overseas students a deep appreciation of and identification with these modern day Jewish heros. 

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Rav Avigdor Nebenzahl

Posek of the Yeshiva

Rav Avigdor Nebenzahl

Posek of the Yeshiva

Rav Avigdor Nebenzahl is the former Chief Rabbi of the Old City of Jerusalem and Rabbi of the Ramban Synagogue in the Old City. A prolific author, he has written over ten books on Parashat Hashavua and Chagim.

Rav Nebenzahl is considered by many to be the leading student of Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach as well as his chavruta for over forty years.

Aside from his role as Posek of the Yeshiva, Rav Nebenzahl delivers shiurim in Parshat Hashavua, Hilchot Shabbat and Rambam Yad Hachazakah, and delivers a weekly shiur and question-answer session to Shana Bet.

Rav Baruch Wieder

Rosh HaYeshiva

Rav Baruch Wieder

Rosh HaYeshiva

Rav Baruch Wieder was born and raised in Netanya and is a graduate of Yeshivat Bnei Akiva Netanya. He later studied in Yeshivat Mercaz HaRav under Rav Zvi Yehuda HaKohen Kook Zt"l.

Rav Wieder continued his learning in Yeshivat Hakotel. After completing the Hesder Program and receiving Semicha from the Israeli Chief Rabbinate, he joined the Kollel where he served the Rosh Kollel Rav Yaakov Katz.

He currently serves as both Rosh HaKollel and Rosh HaYeshiva.

Moti Jerbi

CEO, Director General

Moti Jerbi

CEO, Director General

BA in Education and Communications and Media, and is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Israeli Army, responsible for protecting Israel's southern borders. In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Mr. Jerbi builds personal relationships with many students.

Don Kates Yeshivat Hakotel

Don Kates

Director of Development

Don Kates Yeshivat Hakotel

Don Kates

Director of Development

Don grew up in Chicago, was active in Bnei Akiva, and served as Mazkir, Bnei Akiva of Chicago 1967-69, and Rosh Moshava in Wild Rose, Wisconsin in 1973-74. A graduate of ICJA, he studied at the HTC in Skokie and received his MSW in Social Group Work in 1974 from the University of Illinois in Chicago.

He has 44 years of Jewish Communal experience, including 31 years in public relations and development, including four years as Director, Community Relations at Yeshivat Sha'alvim (1988-92), and Mercaz Yeshivot Bnei Akiva (2005-2008), before coming to Hakotel.

Don and his wife Susan live in Raanana. They have five children and nineteen grandchildren.

Rav Reuven Taragin

Dean of Overseas Students

Rav Reuven Taragin

Dean of Overseas Students

Rav Reuven Taragin, a Wexner Fellow and Musmach of the Israeli Chief Rabbinate completed a B.A. in Science and Philosophy at Yeshiva University and an M.A. in Jewish History and Education at Touro College (Israel). Rav Taragin has also been deeply involved in informal education programming including NCSY shabbatonim and the creation of the YUSSR summer program.
Rav Taragin is responsible for the quality and message of the overall program and the welfare of each of its students. Despite his many responsibilities, Rav Taragin manages to develop a deep kesher with each of the talmidim both while they are in yeshiva and afterwards (he maintains personal contact with each one of the yeshiva's alumni).
He is well-known for his shiurim in Gemara, Tanach and Machshava, his inspiring talks, signature tisches, and the personal advice he offers to talmidim.
Rav Taragin is the Rosh Beit Midrash at Camp Moshava (I.O.), and Rav of Kehillat Eretz Chemdah in Katamon and has also taught at Yeshivat Har Etzion and Nishmat and Be'er Miriam.
Rav Taragin is also the founder and director of the Yeshivat Hakotel Community (Five Towns, Teaneck...) Education Conferences which bring together tens of community educators who work with thousands of parents to help them best educate their children.

Rav Uri Goldstein

Rav Uri Goldstein

Director of Overseas Program

Rav Uri Goldstein

Rav Uri Goldstein

Director of Overseas Program

Uri Goldstein studied Political Science in Yeshiva University, and received smicha from RIETS. In addition to his responsibilities at Hakotel, Rav Uri serves as Rav Beit Sefer of Orot Banot school in Beit Shemesh. Before making Aliyah in July 2016, Rav Uri was Rabbi of Congregation Ahavat Achim in Fair Lawn NJ for ten years, and assistant Rabbi at Park East Synagogue in NYC. Along with his wife, Dr. Julie Yanofsky Goldstein, Rav Uri established and directed the Jewish Learning Initiative (now JLIC) at UCLA. The Goldsteins reside in Beit Shemesh with their five children.

Rav Jesse Horn Yeshivat Hakotel

Rav Jesse Horn

RAM

Rav Jesse Horn Yeshivat Hakotel

Rav Jesse Horn

RAM

Rav Jesse Horn is a Ram known for his methodological and Brisker approach to Gemara, creative Shiurim in Tanach, and warm personality. In shiur, he teaches Talmidim to rigorously read and dissect texts, to ask major questions on the Sugya, and to develop and analyze the answers and approaches offered by the Rishonim. He works extensively with them during seder helping develop their own skills.
Being a constant presence in the Beit Medrash, along with having a warm personality and an ability to understand Overseas Talmidim, Rav Horn forges particularly close relationships with his Talmidim.
Rav Horn also teaches in MMY and has taught in many other seminaries including Shaalvim for Women and Midreshet HaRova. Additionally, Rav Horn also sends out a Halachik email weekly to almost one thousand readers.
Rav Horn earned a B.A. in Judaic Studies and M.A. in Jewish Education from Yeshiva University and received smicha from Yeshiva University/RIETS. Rav Horn resides in Neve Daniel along with his wife and children.

Rav Cutler Yeshivat Hakotel

Rav Ari Cutler

RAM

Rav Cutler Yeshivat Hakotel

Rav Ari Cutler

RAM

Rav Ari Cutler received Semicha from Yeshiva University and has a Masters in Social Work from Wurzweiler School of Social Work.

Rav Cutler's daily Gemara shiur teaches students the necessary methodology and skills to be confident in building a sugya with in-depth analysis of Rishonim and Achronim. The shiur is known for its culture of chevra, confidence to build sugyot by student-led chaburot and connection to Torah. His unique 'vaad' is a highlight for the talmid's week in building their Avodat Hashem. Rav Cutler takes pride in his close relationships that he develops with talmidim.

Rav Cutler is also known for his passionate sichot, guidance delivered, and Halacha and Machshava Shiurim (with a focus on Machshevet Rav Soloveitchik and Rav Kook).

Rav Cutler is the Founder and Director of the Yeshivat Hakotel Leadership Program which features mentoring and practical experience in community and youth leadership.

Ari Heller

Rav Ari Heller

RAM

Ari Heller

Rav Ari Heller

RAM

Rav Heller received a degree in Education from Herzog Teacher's College and Semicha from the Israeli Chief Rabbinate. He also holds a Teacher's and Master's Degree in Judaic Studies from Israel's Ministry of Education.

Rav Heller's gemara shiur is unique in that it provides talmidim with solid foundations in both the textual and conceptual aspects of learning. He is also known for learning b'chavruta with each of his talmidim. Rav Heller gives numerous other shiurim in yeshiva including Nevi'im Rishonim and Chassidut.

He oversees the Machal Program and provides the boys with emotional and practical support and advice throughout the process.

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