Rules and Regulations

Dress Code

In general, you will find that the students of Ohr Yerushalayim come from a great variety of backgrounds. While most come from modern Orthodox homes, there are some students who come from a more traditional yeshiva background. The Yeshiva therefore attempts to create an atmosphere where most everyone will feel comfortable. This reflects itself in the fact that many of our students dress casually, while others will dress with jacket, tie and hat on Shabbat. In this regard, you will find that there exists a very healthy attitude of mutual acceptance and tolerance within the school and its student body.

There are, however, a few minor dress regulations that the school will insist upon from its student body in order to provide an atmosphere that is conducive to maximum religious and social development. These include the following:

  1. No jeans
  2. Button-down shirts only (no T-shirts)
  3. Sandals are to be worn with socks (no barefoot sandals)
  4. No shorts are to be worn, either on or off school premises (except on basketball-tennis courts)
  5. No warm-up pants can be worn during school hours.

During one's leisure time, or during tiyulim, more leisurely dress, with the exception of shorts, is acceptable.

Dormitory Supervision

The dormitory is attended by a Campus Rabbi and a Dorm Supervisor who are members of our teaching staff and whose families reside in Beit Meir. In case of any personal or medical problem, you should feel free to discuss it with them. In addition, there are dorm counselors residing together with the students. We believe you will find our dormitory staff an excellent one, yet should any problem arise, the student must first comply with the wishes of the dorm personnel and then, at the earliest opportunity, point out the problem to the school administration. Despite the fact that the Yeshiva is highly student oriented, for the safety and welfare of the students, we cannot compromise the authority of the dorm staff.

Curfew: 12:00 midnight, lights out.

Afternoons Off

An occasional afternoon will be granted to students for time off to go to Jerusalem or to catch up on work, rest, etc. On these occasions students are free to leave following morning seder (you may skip lunch at the Yeshiva) but must be back for supper and night seder.

Stereos

As a courtesy to fellow students who may not share your taste in music, you may listen to stereos with earphones only. THIS REGULATION WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED.

Care of Room

Students will be provided time each morning for cleaning up of rooms. The cleanup procedure generally includes making beds and placing all clothes and shoes in their proper places.

Loss of Personal Property

Ohr Yerushalayim assumes no financial responsibility for loss or theft of personal property. It is highly advisable to keep valuables locked up at all times, especially when leaving the campus for Shabbat, trips, etc. A place for safekeeping of small items (passports, etc.) will be made available by the Yeshiva. In general, it is advisable to limit the amount of valuables, including electronics, that you bring to Israel. It should also be pointed out that travel insurance may be obtained at a very low cost from the United States. Often such insurance may be available to you as part of a comprehensive travel insurance policy. Your insurance agent should be helpful in clarifying the above.

Damage to School Property

We feel that your stay at Ohr Yerushalayim will be greatly enhanced if you properly take care of your dorm room and facilities. Besides the religious prohibition of damaging someone else's property, should you cause unnecessary damage to school property, you are also hurting yourself and your fellow roommates. We therefore feel that we must take all necessary precautions to ensure that school property will not be misused or abused.

Since it is extremely difficult to investigate instances of abuse, in the case of damage, the room in question must assume corporate responsibility for such damage. That is to say, that if the person responsible does not come forward, all those residing in the room where the damage took place will have to share the monetary responsibility. In case of damage to hallways etc., all those residing in the wing of the dormitory will share responsibility. Naturally, we hope that this whole provision will never have to be instituted. NO GRADES OR TRANSCRIPTS WILL BE RELEASED UNTIL ALL FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS ARE MET.

We feel that Moshav Beit Meir is a fine campus that will afford you a most pleasant stay in Israel. We certainly hope that an appreciation of the facilities available to you will lead to a concern for its proper upkeep so that none of the above will ever have to be enforced.

Leaving School Grounds

For both educational and safety considerations, no student is permitted to leave the school grounds without being granted clear permission by the dorm supervisor or a school administrator.

Absenteeism and Tardiness

The atmosphere at Yeshivat Ohr Yerushalayim is an academically serious one; excessive absences from classes are deemed inappropriate. Students whodo not feel well enough to attend classes are expected to mention this to their dorm supervisor so that rebbeim and study-partners (chavrutot) are able to anticipate their absences, and that proper determination can be made by our supervisory personnel concerning the student's need for medical attention.

Overall Comment

The student at Ohr Yerushalayim is expected at all times to conduct himself in a way that is sensitive to his needs, to his fellows, and to the fact that he is in a yeshiva studying Torah in Eretz Yisrael. Inappropriate conduct will be pointed out to the student by his dorm counselor or teachers. Obviously, in case of any serious problem, parents will be notified.