The meal schedule in Israel is somewhat different than that of the United States. In Israel, because of the early sunrise and generally warmer climate, the main meal of the day is lunch rather than supper; hence the meat meal is served at lunch instead of in the evening. Because of our predominantly American clientele, Ohr Yerushalayim retains the American schedule where the meat meal is served in the evening and dairy is served for lunch. Chicken, turkey, fish and meats are the staple of the menu. Special arrangements are made for vegetarians. Beginning with the cold weather, delicious and nourishing soups are served for both lunch and supper. Fresh salads are also a staple of the menu. In addition to the formal food available, the moshav has a store where the students can acquire a variety of light food and snacks.
Twice a month, there is a formal yeshiva Shabbaton on campus with a special guest and rebeiim in attendance. On these Shabbatot, the students are required to remain on campus. On a Shabbat when there is no formal Shabbaton, the student is encouraged to go to relatives or friends residing in Israel in order to broaden his experience here. Often students will be invited to the homes of faculty and Kollel members. In addition, the dorm counselors and supervisor will attempt to make arrangements for home hospitality with local families on the moshav and elsewhere. We always allow students to stay at the Yeshiva campus under the supervision of a staff member in order to accommodate those seeking to spend a more restful Shabbat. If the student is making his own arrangements for Shabbat, he must notify the dorm counselor by Wednesday so that his plans can be approved. All students leaving campus must provide us with an address where we can locate the student in case of emergency.
As a complement to its extremely intensive program of study, Yeshivat Ohr Yerushalayim runs a number of Shabbatonim to various parts of the country. Approximately one Shabbat a month students and faculty travel as a group to different cities and communities in Israel (Har Nof, Beit El, Bnei Brak, Netanya, Safed, the Old City, etc.) where the students learn about various facets of religious life in Israel and are afforded the opportunity to meet many of the leading personalities in Israeli religious life. Attendance at all extracurricular activities is mandatory since we consider them part of the overall learning experience leading to a greater degree of ahavat Eretz Yisrael.
Bein Hazmanim Sukkot
Yeshivat Ohr Yerushalayim prides itself on the fact that it is one of the few yeshiva programs in Israel that does not close its campus to students even during Yom Tov breaks. Hence for those parents who do not want their son to travel at all, we will provide a Sukkah on campus and accommodate the students during the Chag. In addition, our rebeiim and Kollel members invite students to their homes for parts of Yom Tov. The yeshiva also offers a very special Shmini Atzeret-Simchat Torah program. A special Yeshivat Bein Hazmanim learning program is provided for those remaining over the Pesach break. Tours of Poland organized independantly by various programs are also popular options that students avail themselves of during the Pesach break.
Guest speakers and lecturers are a standard feature at Ohr Yerushalayim.
Every student at Ohr Yerushalayim must have complete medical coverage for both doctor fees and hospitalization. Because of our excellent experience with the A.I.M. plan, Ohr Yerushalayim (as well as many other American programs) has presently made A.I.M. coverage mandatory for all our students. The American Israeli Medi-Plan (A.I.M.) is a private program under the directorship of Dr. Lazar Fruchter, (a highly respected American-trained physician who formerly headed the Allergy-Immunology and Rheumatology division of Long Island Medical Center). Upon the completion of his registration, each student receives a mailing from A.I.M. which outlines the nature of their plan and their fees.
Students may check their email on the Yeshiva's computer during set hours.
Linens & Laundry
A number of laundry services come down to Ohr Yerushalayim to pick up the student laundry at regular intervals, at least once a week. On these occasions, students have the opportunity to submit their clothing for both dry cleaning and regular washing. Each student is charged by the service in accordance with the amount of clothing submitted. It is highly recommended that ALL articles of clothing be clearly marked with the student's name.
The Yeshiva provides blankets and pillows (although most students prefer to bring their own, particularly if they suffer from allergies). You must bring your own linen and towels. The mattresses are slightly narrower and thinner than American twin size mattresses. However twin size sheets will fit. We recommend a minimum of two sets. Although not required, some students bring sleeping bags, which can be used as an extra blanket while at the Yeshiva or in lieu of linens and bedding during visits with friends, etc.
We suggest that each student open up a dollar account in an Israeli bank so that he not have to carry substantial amounts of money with him. This also enables parents to deposit checks directly into the student's account. Since meals are supplied, there is no need for a student to be provided with a great deal of money during his stay in Israel. The main items for which he will need some money are:
- weekend travel
- personal sefarim
- an occasional item of clothing
- laundry costs
With the advent of ATM's, many students prefer withdrawing funds (in shekalim) directly from their existing accounts in the United States. Bank machines are common in Israel, and there are a number of banks that are on either the Cirrus or Plus networks. This method works well since ATM's can be accessed at any time of the day and parents can easily replenish funds by making deposits into accounts in the United States.
We suggest that approximately $100 a month is appropriate.