Yeshivat Kerem B'Yavneh
(ישיבת כרם ביבנה, lit. Vineyard in Yavne Yeshiva
) is a major yeshiva
near the city of Ashdod
and adjacent to Kvutzat Yavne
Enrollment and structure
The yeshiva has an enrollment of around 450 students, including students from Israel and about 120 from overseas, who reside in dormitories on campus. Overseas students come mainly from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada, but also from a diverse group of countries including Mexico, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Brazil, Australia and South Africa. Unusual among Israeli yeshivot enrolling foreign students, the Israeli and foreign students are highly integrated in dormitory arrangements and classes. Helping with integration is the high proportion of Israeli students who are themselves immigrants (or children of immigrants) from the United States and the United Kingdom.
The yeshiva has a Kollel as well as a Kollel Ledayanut, or Kollel for training of Dayanim.
Philosophy and Ideals
The yeshiva is a religious Zionist
institution, which advocates the position that the State of Israel in a concrete step forward in the coming in the final redemption. This is strongly shown by the fact that it is a Yeshivat Hesder.
The first Yeshivat Hesder,
Kerem BeYavneh was founded in 1953
. The first Rosh Yeshiva
of Kerem B'Yavneh was the renowned scholar Rabbi Chaim Yaakov Goldvicht
. Following his retirement, Goldvicht was succeeded by Rabbi Mordechai Greenberg, himself an alumnus of the yeshiva.
The yeshiva has produced many notable alumni in the course of the last 54 years, counting among its graduates many prominent rabbis and communal leaders both in Israel and abroad, including:
A number of the staff at RIETS studied at the yeshiva, including:
The yeshiva is also the alma mater of Yitzhak Rabin
's assassin, Yigal Amir
who studied at the school for five years. Following the assassination, one of the yeshiva's lecturers Rabbi David Kav
was questioned alongside Rabbi Nahum Rabinovitch
of Ma'ale Adumim
Yeshiva and Rabbi Shmuel Dvir
of Har Etzion
Yeshiva on the suspicion that they had sanctioned the killing. Rabbi David Kav was released unconditionally after questioning and ultimately no charges were pressed against any of the rabbis.