When Rabbi Yosef Churba, menahel of Yeshivat Magen Abraham, visited his yeshiva’s graduates in Eretz Yisrael this past January, he was delighted by what he saw – mature, dedicated young men poring over pages of Talmud for hours, even well beyond the scheduled learning sessions in their yeshivot. “Most of the boys made siyumim on the masechtot they studied in their yeshivot,” he enthused. They are all growing beautifully at their own pace.

“They spent a lot of extra time learning, not just in the regular sedarim [learning sessons]. The hatmadah [diligence] was unparalleled. They learned after Shaharit, Friday night, and an extra hour or two after regular night seder. They all grew – each on his own level.”

It was sheer love for Torah, Rabbi Churba says, that drove 16 out of the 19 members of the yeshiva’s first graduating class to devote their first year after high school to advanced Torah learning in Eretz Yisrael. “Magen Abraham gave these boys genuine ahavat ha’Torah [love for Torah],” he proudly describes. “They felt it was necessary before going on to college or work to solidify their growth in Torah through the Israel experience.”

The boys enrolled in prestigious yeshivot – Mikdash Melech, Lev Aharon, and Yesod HaTorah – and in all three they distinguished themselves in their middot tovot and diligence to their studies. So much so, that they made quite an impression on some of the leading sages of Eretz Yisrael. During his visit this past winter, the menahel took the students to visit illustrious figures such as Rav Yaakov Hillel, Rav Chaim Kanievsky, Rav Eliyahu Bakshi-Doron, Rav Aharon Leib Steinman and Rav Nissim Karelitz, and the rabbis praised the boys for their dazzling achievements and fine character, encouraging them to continue their process of growth in Torah, mitzvot and middot tovot.

Currently in its fifth year of operation, Yeshivat Magen Abraham offers a rigorous dual curriculum, focusing on building character and maturity, engendering a sincere love for Torah combined with a sense of responsibility to family and community, and laying a strong foundation for professional success. Through close relationships between faculty and students and a wide array of special programs, Magen Abraham produces mature, refined, well-rounded young men prepared for a life of Torah, family, professional success, and community leadership.

For more information about Yeshivat Magen Abraham, please contact Rabbi Churba at 718-627-6200 or yeshivatma@gmail.com.