The Yeshiva of Rochester is a Yeshiva for a serious Ben Torah that is looking to learn out of town. In the Yeshiva you will find a tight knit atmosphere, a genuine, straight forward attitude, a down to earth approach to life and, of course, fantastic Rebbeim.
The Yeshiva was founded in 1974 as the first branch of Chofetz Chaim. It consists of a Mesivta, Bais Medrash and Kollel. Today, each talmid has the opportunity to become one of the many talmidim of a true Torah giant, our Rosh HaYeshiva Rabbi Menachem Davidowitz shlita. Rabbi Davidowitz is a Talmid Muvhak of the venerated Rosh HaYeshiva, Rav Henoch Leibowitz ZT”L. Rabbi Davidowitz is well known in the Torah world for his deep, sophisticated and lomdish shiurim. Our advanced twelfth graders are given the opportunity to join Rabbi Davidowitz’s first Bais Medrash shiur. It is in this relatively small, close setting that our young scholars have the ability to form a lifelong, Rebbi- Talmid relationship with our Rosh HaYeshiva.
The Mesivta operates on the following belief: there are three primary factors that contribute to a talmid’s success. Firstly, his chevra, secondly, a secure, structured atmosphere of accountability and thirdly, a healthy and balanced daily schedule. In the Yeshiva of Rochester, Baruch Hashem, we do these three things very well.
The chevra in the Yeshiva is currently composed of approximately fifty percent Rochester locals and fifty percent “out of towners”. The local students are graduates of our outstanding elementary school branch, Derech HaTorah. The caliber of our Derech HaTorah students is on par with the best Yeshivos Ketanos in the country. Every year, we take our local eighth graders and mesivta students on as many as six recruiting trips. By spending time with everyone together, we are able to see if the local boys and the out of town boys are on the same wavelength. With this approach, we are able to hand pick new students that are serious about their studies and, at the same time, a good match for our student body. Baruch Hashem, this recruiting approach has been a recipe for success.
The culture in the Yeshiva is one of structure and accountability. Every student’s attendance, academics and general growth are carefully followed and reinforced. The Hanhala and the General Studies staff work tirelessly together on ensuring the success and happiness of each talmid. This fosters an atmosphere of growth and satisfaction for our talmidim.
The Yeshiva’s daily schedule is very unique. It has been meticulously crafted to fit the needs of a serious Ben Torah in today’s day and age. It is unique in its balanced approach. If the schedule is too loose or too rigorous it can be a turn-off. The Yeshiva has received very positive feedback from many mechanchim and parents regarding the healthy balance of our schedule.
The Bais Medrash and Kollel of Rochester is famous for producing the highest quality of B’nei Torah around. The no-nonsense, no-distraction, full dedication to Torah study mentality of our Bais Medrash is unique and almost obsolete in today’s world. The isolation from the big city chatter and distraction certainly contributes to the existence of this wonderful Torah environment. The real key, however, is the Hanhala’s understanding of the nature of each of their talmidim. For over 45 years, the Yeshiva has taken young, unrefined teenagers and turned them into sharply polished Talmudic scholars. Though the shiurim are well known for their depth, sophistication and precision, it is the hanhala’s expertise in chinuch, to push each of its talmidim to find the true greatness within themselves, that has led to the Yeshiva’s great success. The deep love of Ameilus B’Torah and sterling character traits are the signature signs of a Rochester Talmid.
In conclusion, the Yeshiva of Rochester is a great option for anyone who is currently looking into Yeshivos. If you are a serious bochur who is looking to go out of town, the Yeshiva of Rochester is the place to be. We have an exemplary group of young Bnei Torah (many of which are second generation talmidim) and a tight knit, genuine, down to earth, happy, Torah atmosphere. We encourage discerning parents and students to contact us and arrange to come up for a visit and check out the yeshiva for themselves!