Rabbi Menachem Davidowitz, a Talmid Muvhak of the venerated Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivas Chofetz Chaim, HaRav Henoch Leibowitz ZT"L, received s’micha from Yeshivas Chofetz Chaim in 1973. Together with Rabbi Dovid Harris, he founded the Yeshiva of Rochester in 1974, and continued to serve as the Rosh HaYeshiva until today. Rabbi Davidowitz has built generations of talmidim, many of whom have become Roshei Yeshiva, Maggidei Shiur, Rabbanim, and community leaders across the globe. As he molds group after group of young Torah scholars in this humble city, his handiwork continuously strengthens the Torah world at large.
Rabbi Yoni Polatoff, originally from Scranton, PA, has been in the Yeshiva since he began ninth grade. His passion for Ameilus BaTorah, genuine middos, and close relationships with his Rebbeim led him to become a prominent member of our Bais Medrash and Kollel. In 2015, he joined the Hanhala of the Yeshiva and became the Menahel in 2020. Fulfilling a vision to bolster the Yeshiva’s reputation as “a premier Yeshiva for Bnei Torah looking to learn out of town”, Rabbi Polatoff is now well known by Menahelim across North America seeking such an option. The talmidim in his Gemara Iyun shiur and all the bochurim in the high school grow tremendously from Rabbi Polatoff’s combination of personalized attention, firm belief in the boys’ potential, and unwavering patience. The Menahel’s office can often be found filled with bochurim seeking his eitza and chizuk.
Rabbi Chaim Dov (Danny) Goldstein has been an integral part of the Yeshiva for many years. A close talmid of the Rosh Yeshiva, Rabbi Davidowitz, he received Smicha in 1999 after progressing through the Yeshiva’s high school, Beis Medrash , and Kollel. Starting off giving the tenth grade shiur, Rabbi Goldstein then served as Menahel for 14 years. The Yeshiva is very fortunate to have this true Talmid Chochom as our General Studies Principal. His sincere love of the talmidim manifests in his attention to the academic success of each student, his one-on-one learning sessions, and the extracurricular programs that he runs in the Yeshiva.
Rabbi Shlomo Noble, after graduating from our Mesivta in 1984, learned in our Bais Medrash for about three years. He then continued his learning as a prominent member of the Bais Medrash and Kollel of Yeshivas Chofetz Chaim in Queens culminating in receiving smicha from Chofetz Chaim in 1995. Rabbi Noble has been a Rebbi in the Yeshiva of Rochester for 20 years. Known for his deep, analytical approach to the Gemara, Rabbi Noble instills that quality into his talmidim and encourages his students to maximize their potential. Through his commitment as a Rebbe, he establishes a relationship with his talmidim that lasts many years beyond high school.
Rabbi Michoel Abrahamson attended the Rochester Bais Medrash for about three years and then learned in the Bais Medrash of Yeshivas Chofetz Chaim of Queens. Later, he became a distinguished member of their Kollel and received smicha from them in 2004. Rabbi Abrahamson returned in 2005 as a Rebbe and is renowned for his caring and encouragement. The patience and dedication that Rabbi Abrahamson brings to the classroom will amaze and inspire even the most seasoned Menahelim.
Rabbi Avrohom Berenstein joined the Yeshiva of Rochester as a ninth grader in 1984, continued learning in our Bais Medrash and Kollel, and received smicha in 1999. He then took the position of ninth grade Rebbi. Rabbi Berenstein's dynamic, energetic and outgoing personality inspires and motivates his talmidim. He is a warm, patient, dedicated and caring Rebbi. The constant stream of compliments and thanks for Rabbi Berenstein's work from both students and parents is a testament to his incredible abilities as a Mechanech.
Rabbi Sroya London entered our Bais Medrash in 1992. He joined the Hanhala in 1996 and became the Mashgiach of the Mesivta in 1999. Rabbi London cares deeply for our student’s ruchnius and gashmius needs. His profound care is noticeably manifest in his innovative learning programs (especially the amazing Parshas Hashavuah Program), lengthy nightly discussions with the bochurim, and that he accompanies our talmidim on their weekly trips.
Rabbi Shmuel Herman, originally from Toronto, ON, joined the Mesivta in 2007. He spent his Beis Medrash years in the prestigious Yeshivos of Rochester, Beitar, and Queens, NY. After developing even further as a Talmid Chochom and Baal Middos in our Kollel, Rabbi Herman was appointed as the Yeshiva’s Director of Development in 2019. Quickly distinguishing himself as highly-capable visionary with the ability to actualize his aspirations, Rabbi Herman was a driving force behind the recent, tremendously successful fundraising dinner and launch of the Building Upgrades Campaign.
Rabbi Dovid Roness attended the Yeshiva’s Mesivta, Beis Medrash, and Kollel and also learned in Yeshivas Chofetz Chaim in Queens, NY. With years of experience in chinuch, well known for his ability to clarify even the most perplexing sugyas, and a well-known intuition and ability to encourage young men striving to grow in Limud HaTorah and Avodas HaMussar, he assumed the role of Beis Medrash Mashgiach in 2020. Rabbi Roness has been assiduous in further developing the Beis Medrash program as an attractive option for serious bochurim from across America.
Rabbi Yitzi Mittel joined the Yeshiva in 2007 to attend its Beis Medrash program. After spending his kollel years in Yeshivas Chofetz Chaim of Queens, NY and in Yeshiva of Rochester, he joined the Hanhala full-time in 2020. With many years of experience teaching Halacha and Chumash shiurim in the Mesivta, and more than ten years of experience arranging learning programs for high school boys, Rabbi Mittel is not only instrumental in providing an excellent education to the bochurim, but his organizational skills are crucial in developing the overall high school and Beis Medrash program.
Rabbi Chanan Hanson, a Musmach of Yeshivas Chofetz Chaim of Queens, NY became the Beis Medrash Night Seder Shoel U’Meishiv in 2020. A seasoned Talmid Chochom with many years of experience teaching at different levels, he is available during night seder to guide the bochurim. Rabbi Hanson’s warmth and care for the talmidim’s continued growth is an invaluable asset to the Yeshiva.
Rabbi Yisroel Mayer Katz joined the Yeshiva many years ago and has been a part of it ever since. Renowned for his trademark down-to-earth personality while maintaining a high level of achievement, Rabbi Katz began augmenting the Yeshiva’s Halacha Seder as a Shoel U’Meishiv in 2019.