One-on-OneEach student receives individual attention he needs.
Personal GrowthWe’re focused on each individual’s personal growth.
KnowledgeLearn and remember the topics that interest you.
FamilyBecome part of a family focused on growth & spirituality.
WHAT AHAVAS CHAIM IS ALL ABOUT
Ahavas Chaim is a program that treats each talmud with the individual attention he needs; where one-on-one learning and shmoozing is the method in helping each boy get to know himself; and where the atmosphere is relaxed, self contained, and personal. A place that will guide one in his search to find his special place in life.
WELCOME TO AHAVAS CHAIM!
First Year of Ahavas Chaim
Inspired Ahavas Chaim Students Through the Years
Ahavas Chaim was started in the summer of 2009 by a small group of dedicated educators in Jerusalem, Israel.This relatively small program is an all encompassing program: Torah study, personal growth, love of the land of Israel, and the Jewish people. It is geared to young American men, with personal one on one methods of teaching and mentoring.
The goal of the program is to help these young men tap in and utilize their inner strengths to find themselves, work through personal challenges and prepare them for taking on roles as respectful members of the Jewish community.
The very name of the program AHAVAS CHAIM means TO LOVE LIFE. It is the secret ingredient of the founders and essential for these young men to learn and feel. Once they are happy with themselves, then the success will breed additional successes. By seeing themselves as important, productive and inspired individuals who have much to give back to their respective communities and families, we will have accomplished our task.
- 8:45 Shachris
- 10:00 Morning Seder
- 1 pm Mincha
- 3:15 Afternoon Seder
- 6:00 Break/Dinner
- 8:30 Maariv
- Night Seder
At 1 pm the Yeshiva serves lunch, followed by a 2 hour break where the students can relax, workout in our weight room, jam in the music room, or play video games in the lounge area.
At 3:15 pm each student chooses attends his class electives, which was chosen from a wide variety of topics.
Classes such as Navi, Chumash, Vistas in Judaism, and more are hand-picked by each student, giving them the opportunity to learn topics they are personally interested in.
After a short break, dinner is served at 7 pm, followed by some time to relax.
At 8:30 pm night seder begins and consists of small, round-table, classes with young, dynamic Rabbeim to keep the learning strong till the end of the day.
The classes during this period vary and the Yeshiva offers many incentives to round out a full day of learning.
Rabbi Moshe Ginian, Rosh Yeshiva
Rabbi Moshe Ginian
Rabbi Uri Sondhelm, Menahel
Rabbi Uri Sondhelm
Rabbi Gedalya Berlin, Executive Director
Rabbi Gedalya Berlin
Combining years of personal financial and business consulting, non-profit know-how and sensitivity to young adults struggling to find themselves, Rabbi Gedalya Berlin brings the right blend of experience and expertise to Ahavas Chaim. An alumni of Yeshivas Bais Yisroel and the Mir Yeshiva in Jerusalem, Rabbi Berlin, as the executive director of Ahavas Chaim, proficiently identifies and taps into numerous resources and opportunities.
Rabbi Shalom Adelman, Rebbe
Rabbi Shlomo Adelman
Rabbi Shalom Adelman grew up in Brooklyn New York under the watchful eye of Rav Avigdor Miller zt”l. R Shalom has studied in prestigious Yeshivos both in Israel and the U.S.A. He brings many years of experience starting with teaching in Lakewood East, heading the Yesod program of Ohr Sameach, as well as serving as Mashgiach in Yeshivas Shaarei Chayim. During the summer months R Shalom is the learning director in Camp Sdei Chemed. Over the years he has forged deep everlasting relationships while keeping a close connection with his many students.
Rabbi Akiva Fox, Rebbe
Rabbi Akiva Fox
Rabbi Fox, originally from Los Angeles, studied in RJJ of Edison New jersey and then continued his studies in Israel in Yeshivas Pachad Yitzchok for almost a decade, as a talmid of the renowned Harav Yonason David shlita. He has been teaching in American Yeshivos in Israel (OJ, Yishrei and Lev Aharon) for many years. With lots of warmth and extra doses of humor, Rabbi Fox strives to develop a close relationship with his talmidim. His shiurim and Mussar, coupled with wit and fun, infuse the boys with a desire to grow in their understanding of the Torah as well as understanding themselves. Rabbi Fox has also merited studying under some of Yerushalayim’s great tzaddikim and offers the boys the opportunity to get a close glimpse of these special individuals.
Rabbi Dani Kunstler, Director of Marketing
Rabbi Dani Kunstler
Director of Marketing
Rabbi Dani Kunstler has been in Torah education for over a decade, starting in Yeshiva Ner Yaakov, then moving on to Yeshivas Sha’arei Torah and Aderes HaTorah, before serving as Mashgiach Ruchani at Ahavas Chaim. He is very tech savvy and besides for building and overseeing the Ahavas Chaim website, he is also in charge of all areas of marketing in the Yeshiva. Rabbi Kunstler has authored books on Chumash & Pirkei Avos, as well as producing the V’Havienu music series.
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Besides for the Yeshiva, what else is there to do in Israel?
- Become a certified Magen David Edom EMT.
- Become a certified member of Hatzala.
- Play American football in Israel in the organized IFL league.
- Volunteer as a big brother in the Yad Eliezer big brother program.
- Volunteer at Yad Eliezer to package food for poor people.
- Earn your B.A degree in Israel through Excelsior College or MJI.
The Ahavas Chaim family keeps growing!
Moshe Dovid Artman (Dorm Counselor 2009), Shmuel Artman (AC 2009-10), & Joseph Ely (AC 2009-10) with their kids
Shmuli Brecher (AC 2010) on his marriage! (June, 2015)
Daniel Stein (AC 2010) on his marriage! (Sept. 2015)
R’ Kunstler on the birth of a baby boy! (Sept. 2015)
R’ Kunstler as our Director of Marketing (August, 2015)
R’ Fox as our morning Rebbe (Sept., 2015)
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