The Yeshiva of Rochester, also known as “TIUNY”, is comprised of students on a high madraiga of Torah knowledge and middos, coupled with a strong secular background. Because of this, we can only accept students that are compatible with our current student body.
To describe what sets our Yeshiva apart from many others, in one phrase, is: individualized attention. The Yeshiva has a reputation of providing an unusually warm and caring environment for its students. This is due to several key factors. Rabbi Yoni Polatoff, the Assistant Menahel, is uniquely fit for this position, as he has a depth of Torah learning and chochma to go along with his unusually refined middos. Add to this his fun, exciting personality, and you have a recipe for great success. Rabbi Polatoff sets aside several hours a day to meet with each student one-on-one. These meetings help ensure that all of our talmidim can reach their full potential.
Rochester has often been referred to as the “hidden gem” among many yeshivos. This is primarily due to the fact that each student has the opportunity to become one of the many illustrious talmidim of a true Torah giant, Rabbi Menachem Davidowitz shlita, our Rosh HaYeshiva. 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. Because of this, it is not uncommon to see high school students in the Rosh HaYeshiva’s office just “shmoozing”.
An additional factor in our ability to create this warm, caring environment is our Bais Medrash. Unlike many other yeshivos, our Bais Medrash is completely integrated with the high school. They live in the same dormitory, eat meals together and, most significantly, learn various sedarim together. This is imperative in giving the high school students accomplished role models that they can strive to emulate.
There is something else that makes our Yeshiva very unique. We like to call it “atmosphere”. One can sense an air of motivation, an almost palpable desire for growth and success. This is a result of the deep concern found in both our limudei kodesh and secular staff. Our students are able to sense this. One manifestation of this devotion is the out-of-class education that takes place in the Yeshiva. This can be found during the day, the early hours of the morning, the late hours of the night or even during bein hazmanim. All of this is done because the teachers genuinely care for each student’s success.
Though our academic program is expertly sculpted to truly challenge our students, the off-hours are constructed to allow our students to refresh, relax and just enjoy themselves. Our on-premises amenities, such as our basketball court, workout room and hockey gym are designed to act as tools to help our students rejuvenate. Our weekend sports program, Wal-Mart trip and Gala Shabbos Kiddush are just what a young teenage bochur needs to refresh and reenergize for another week of serious hasmadah.
The Yeshiva of Rochester has been producing Roshei Yeshiva, Magidei Shiur, Rabbanim and community leaders for four decades. Almost every Jewish community in America has been impacted by the Harbatzas HaTorah of the Yeshiva. Now, with the creation of our own Yeshiva Ketana, our ability to create true, solid B’nei Torah has become even greater.