Founded in 2009, Baalei Daat strives to provide a well-rounded education in Judaism that many young adults lacked growing up. The schedule is comprised of three different levels fit for any student from the novice with a strong interest in Judaism to the student that has attended Yeshiva before but not quite found what they were looking for.
The program aims for a balance of Sephardic Halacha, Gemara, Mussar, Philosophy, and Chumash and offers a wide array of electives, from dealing with life’s challenges to marriage and raising children, each from a rabbi whose specializes in that topic. Recognizing that each student is unique, one can take on as many Gemara & Halacha classes as they desire outside of their core learning and are encouraged to make the most of their valuable time.
Catering to English-speaking Sephardic students, Baalei Daat holds classes in Yechaveh Daat, the spiritual epicenter of Har Nof, a community of almost 10,000 residents in the heart of Jerusalem. Har Nof is also home to the Greatest Sephardic sage of our generation, HaRav Ovadia Yosef Ztsa”l. In fact, the dorms are located directly across the street from his home. Our instructors have been hand-selected, each with years of teaching experience at the best Yeshivot and Seminaries in Jerusalem.
Active in Law, Media/Advertising, Medicine, Technology, E-Commerce, and Business Management, our students have come from Los Angeles, New York, Dallas, Montreal, Toronto, London, Miami, Boston and South America. In their free time they enjoy life in Jerusalem, barbecues, playing basketball, hikes, beach days, going to the gym, and many find more than enough time to work from abroad. Students also enjoy activities like paintballing, camping on the Mediteranean Coast, trips to Tiberias, Tzefat, Ein Gedi, and Eilat. Let’s not forget the exciting experience of spending Shabbat with host families where they can experience a Torah life first-hand, as well as work on their Hebrew skills. Without any curfew or attendance, students are expected to have a certain level of maturity and are responsible to attend classes and be on time.
In keeping with the educational goals of our Rosh Yeshiva, Rabbi Chaim Levy Shilt”a, every student returns to their community a respectable leader, prepared to start a Jewish family and home with the ability to continue studies independently. Through our break-through online program Baalei Daat Alumni can continue learning through the web with our live online courses by the same set of teachers they learned with during their tenure here.
Not your typical “Yeshiva”, Baalei Daat offers a learning experience not found anywhere else in the world in an environment carefully crafted for you.
What the Yeshiva provides:
- 3 meals a day
- Dorms with semi-private rooms (2-4 people per room)
- half-day or full day trips at different points
- Shabbat meals
- Linens (if necessary, bring your own if you’d like better quality)