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Student Life


What exercise/sport facilities are available to students?

Hakotel's campus has a gym (work out room) which is open to talmidim during the afternoon breaks. There are basketball courts and other fields available at nearby (ten minutes walk) parks.

What is Hakotel's feeling about talmidim playing sports while at yeshiva?

Hakotel feels that sports are a healthy outlet and encourages talmidim to use breaks and weekends (Friday/Sat. night) to play sports. Many of our talmidim participate in organized sport leagues (football, basketball, hockey etc.).


Does Hakotel have in/out shabbatot?

The yeshiva works on a cycle of two in followed by one out Shabbat. Overseas Talmidim are encouraged to stay in for in shabbatot and visit family and friends on out shabbatot. That having been said, talmidim are welcome to stay in and leave as they please (meaning they can leave on an in Shabbat and stay in on an out Shabbat).

Extra- Curricular Activities

What is Hakotel's opinion about doing chesed? What chesed opportunities are there at Hakotel?

Hakotel sees chessed as a basic part of being a Ben Torah. Although time in yeshiva should naturally focus on Talmud Torah, it is essential that some time be devoted to doing chessed. We encourage each talmid to be involved in at least on of the number of chessed opportunities we offer during the week and on shabbatot. These opportunities generally include amongst other things visiting hospitals, packaging for for the poor, volunteering in soup kitchens, helping eldery and/or boys from weaker socio- economic backgrounds.

How many tiyulim are there? What are they like? Ho do Hakotel's tiyulim compare to those of other yeshivot?

Hakotel sees Yedi'at Ha'aretz (familiarity with the Land of Israel) as a basic part of the Israel Yeshiva experience. Our tiyulim include four multiple day trips (Midbar Yehuda before Sukkot, four days in Negev and Eilat over Channuka break, a week in the Golan before Pesach, and Miyam L'yam after Pesach), over six shabbaton weekends out of yeshiva (which generally include a trip on Friday), and approximately twenty other sightseeing days/afternoon.

Hakotel's trips are unique in that most of them are meant to teach talmidim about the history of our connection to Eretz Yisrael- from Tanach (many with Tanach) thru Medinat Yisrael till today.


What kind of security measures does the Hakotel campus have?

Beyond the generally high level of security provided by the government in the Old City, Hakotel's campus is a locked unit that can only be accessed through a door which can only be opened with a key or key card and is guarded by an armed shomer (guard).

In addition, the yeshiva and its entrance are observed day and night by a number of security cameras. Hakotel's security system is overseen by an army officer who lives on the premises.

How do talmidim secure their valuables?

We highly recommend that talmidim not leave valuables in their rooms. An individual envelope in our safe is made available to each talmdim. We ask that valuables left in the dorm room (computer, small amounts of cash, etc.) be stored in a locked cabinet in the room.


What laundry options are there for talmidim?

Each month talmidim receive (included in tuition) coins and tickets for the possibility of doing one load on available machines and sending one out to an external cleaner. Talmidim are welcome to independently supplement use of the machines/external service for any amount of additional laundry.


How many meals do talmidim receive each day?

Balanced, nutritious meals are served three times each day, including Shabbat. A kitchenette with a refrigerator is available in each apartment.

What is the food like at Hakotel?

As most of our talmidim are Israeli, the food at Hakotel is primarily Israeli fare. Many dishes/amenities popular amongst overseas talmidim are added to supplement the menu.

Health Care

What kind of health care does Hakotel offer?

Hakotel tuition includes emergency medical and hospitalization insurance. Our medical coverage is provided by Wolfson Medical clinic (during day hours) and Terem Emergency Services, a 24-hour full service medical clinic, that are both generally staffed by US-trained physicians. Students who are taking medication for a chronic condition are asked to bring a sufficient supply, as mailing or Fedexing medications is often prohibited by law.

Despite our coverage, please DO NOT CANCEL YOUR AMERICAN HEALTH INSURANCE, as it may cover you here if certain treatments are not included in our coverage, or should you need to return to the USA for any reason. Dental, optical, psychological, psychiatric and ongoing treatment costs are also not covered.

A Health Care Professional is present in the building Tuesday and Thursday mornings afternoons. He is also available by phone for consultations with our students.

Bein Hazmanim (Intersessions)

Can talmidim stay in the dormitory during intersessions?

Talmidim have rooms available to them from their day of arrival until the end of their year (tish'a b'av). Even during intersessions the yeshiva ensures that each (interested) talmid has a room in the yeshiva dormitory.


What type of supervision is there at Hakotel? Is there a curfew? Are there places talmidim are not allowed to go?

One of the major differences between High School and University (and the rest of life) is that close supervision ends and people need to be ready to make mature decisions.

Hakotel is meant for mature talmidim who are ready to act responsibly. We treat our talmidim as boys ready to act responsibly and expect them too. That having been said, as surrogate parents we are responsible to ensure the safety, health, and welfare of each of our talmidim and we, therefore, oversee things very carefully.

We expect talmidim to avoid places that are potentially dangerous or inappropriate (we enumerate these areas during orientation).

The rova is the yeshiva's campus and talmidim are welcome to use it doing breaks. Talmidim are expected to notify a staff member before leaving and upon returning to the rova. We do not have an official curfew, but we expect talmidim to act responsibly which includes going to sleep at a reasonable hour and attending yeshiva minyan in the morning.