Post Office and Telephone Services
The Yeshiva office phone is available for use by students in emergencies only. It is strongly recommended that your son have a personal cell phone with him at all times, in order to enable easy contact for the yeshiva and the parents. Similarly, the dorm counselor's phone will be made available for emergency use. The Yeshiva has a post office box on the moshav. Mail is brought to the moshav by a mobile post office and placed in the Yeshiva box, from which it is distributed daily. E-mail facilities are available at a small charge.
Since laundry is handled by an outside service, and because of the lengthy yomim tovim breaks, we generally recommend that students bring at least two weeks worth of clothing. On Shabbat and Yom Tov, most students wear suits or jackets and ties. We do recommend that students bring a sufficient number of white dress shirts, which are customary for Shabbat wear in Israel.
The summer begins in May and continues through October. The average daytime temperature ranges in the mid-eighties to mid-nineties, but due to the dryness of the air, the heat is rarely uncomfortable. Most evenings are refreshingly cool.
A light sweater or jacket is highly recommended for the evenings.
The winter season is characterized by rain rather than cold. Temperatures may drop down to the mid-thirties on very cold days, but rarely reach the freezing point. The rains, which generally begin in mid-November, can continue unabated for several days at a time, and should be taken into consideration when planning one's wardrobe.
A warm raincoat, sweaters and normal winter clothing are all necesary items.
Heating and Hot Water
In the winter, excellent heating is provided by central heating systems. Hot water is provided throughout the day in all the dormitory facilities.
All appliances must be wired for 220 volts/50 Hz, or used with a transformer. Since most electrical equipment sold in Israel is imported and thus carries a significant import tax, it is recommended that students bring their own appliances with them, rather than purchase them in Israel. It is strongly recommended that you do not bring any unnecessary valuable electrical appliances into the dorm. The school does not assume any responsibility for loss or damage to electrical equipment (or valuables). No toasters or hot plates are permitted under any circumstances because of the possible danger involved. It would be advisable for parents to take out insurance on their children's possessions, in order to protect them against the possibility of loss, damage or theft.
Electric shavers: Bathrooms in Israel do not contain electrical outlets because of the increased voltage and humidity. Rechargeable shavers may be more convenient. The plugs for many shavers sold in the United States have a switch, which allow them to be used with 220 voltage current by using an adaptor on the plug.
Please Note: The yeshiva does not allow students to bring laptop computers onto the campus under any circumstances.
United States citizens are not required to apply for a visa prior to traveling to Israel. You will be granted a tourist visa automatically upon arrival at Ben Gurion airport. After three months in Israel, you are required to extend your visa. It is however advisable and much more convenient to apply at your nearest Israeli consulate for a full year Student Visa prior to departure.
Many travelers to Israel from the U.S.A. are initially confused by the regular hours maintained by commercial businesses and the service industry. The following should serve as a general outline. Most stores are open 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Sunday through Friday. They open again 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. on all days except Tuesday and Friday, when they remain closed for the afternoon. Banks are open daily 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and, except for Wednesday and Friday, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. This, however, is only a general guideline since in recent years many banks and businesses have altered their hours significantly from the established norm. Nowadays, most banks have ATM machines which renders it unnecessary to rely on the times that banks are open.
List of Essential Items
Tefillin, siddur, machzorim, notebooks, paper, pens, envelopes, walking shoes, flashlight, hat for hiking, swim suit, portable alarm clock, hangers, sheets, pillow cases.
School text books are either sold or provided for all classes. In addition, we encourage every student to acquire personal seforim. Should you wish to bring along basic books, a Hebrew-English dictionary, a set of Mikra'ot Gedolot Chumashim (and a set of English translation of Rashi, if you find it necessary to rely upon it) will keep you in good stead. A small Tanach is also useful, as is a small two-volume set of Rambam's Mishneh Torah, and a Jastrow dictionary of Talmudic terms.