Why the need for this program?
Los Angeles has the second largest observant Jewish community in the United States. While there are more than 10 boys’ high schools to serve this community, there is NOT ONE post-high school yeshiva in Los Angeles where these students can continue to learn after they graduate. As a result, most men who want to continue in their Torah learning leave Los Angeles. They move to the east coast or Israel where yeshiva choices are plentiful.
It is time that we offer a Post High School Yeshiva in the thriving Orthodox Los Angeles community. We must consider some of the following reasons why this is an urgent need:
Not all high school graduates are ready or want to leave the comfort and support of their home communities. While many of our boys are eager to spread their wings and go elsewhere, some students would really rather stay in Los Angeles, and perhaps live at home while they are learning. Right now there is no viable option for these young men.
Living out of town is expensive! Families need to pay not only for yeshiva tuition, but room, board, expenses, plus travel back and forth for bein hazmanim. These costs become a burden, if not unaffordable for many. Consider how many families have more than one child who require this kind of support!
Our young, talented homegrown L.A.”Bochurs” begin to date when they are in yeshiva out of state. When they do get married, they often stay in that state, or move to another yeshiva and don’t return to Los Angeles. It is well known that many of our marriageable girls often need to endure the cost financially and emotionally of leaving Los Angeles to date. Though most would rather stay in Los Angeles near their own families and communities, they often do not return to our community when starting their own families. We are now in a cycle of exporting our yeshiva bochurim. We need to start investing in them HERE to create and build an infrastructure of support for them so they can stay and thrive in Los Angeles.
Let’s be honest: Not all our young men have the motivation or ability to learn all day long. Many are highly motivated to learn on a part-time basis. Perhaps they need to work part-time to help out financially or they want to start a career or college courses. We need to remember the Torah’s commandment to educate our children “al pi darco” and make other options available so they CAN continue learning in a way that works for them. How many men have we lost because there has been no option locally for part-time learning in a chevra with their peers? They go off to work or college and begin to lose their precious connection to Torah and even to Yiddishkeit.
Another talmid …off the derech!
WE NOW HAVE A PROGRAM TO KEEP OUR YOUNG MEN LEARNING IN LOS ANGELES!
AN EXCITING NEW
POST HIGH SCHOOL YESHIVA MORNING LEARNING PROGRAM
IN LOS ANGELES!
Starting in the Fall of 2015, The LA Yeshiva Morning Program will launch an invigorating, meaningful learning program for men ages 18-22. Under the leadership of Rabbi Asher Brander, this yeshiva program will be housed in the esteemed LINK Kollel.
Dynamic, skilled, warm Rabbeim will work with each student to help him reach his potential and imbue him with an ahava for learning. These Rabbeim are not only teachers, they become mentors and friends, opening their hearts and their homes to their students.
Students will be part of a learning chevra in a warm and caring atmosphere. They will participate in out-of-town and in-town Shabbatons and special trips.
Our goal is to keep students more connected and growing in their learning each morning, while enabling them to stay in Los Angeles as they pursue a college education or career.
SAMPLE MORNING SCHEDULE
8:15 Morning minyan
9:30 Halachah/Mishna Brura
10:00 Gemara Chavrusa w/ supervision
11:15 10 minute break
11:25 Chumash/Mishna/Ramban (to be decided)
12:15 End of morning program