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Ohr Somayach, Monsey

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Basic Information

Location 41°7′10″N 74°3′57″W
Country United States
City New York City
Address Monsey

General Information

Open to visitors yes
Need appointment no
Handicap accessibility no
Website http://www.os.edu/
Geographical Coordinates 41.11938,-74.06609


Ohr Somayach, Monsey, (officially titled the Ohr Somayach Tanenbaum Educational Center), is an accredited men's college of Judaic studies offering both full and part-time programs.

Its curriculum is designed to provide students with an appreciation for and understanding of classical Jewish texts and Jewish philosophy and from an Orthodox Jewish perspective.

In addition, the yeshiva runs an outreach program called Legacy Retreats and hosts family getaways and retreats in its Beit Shvidler Conference center.

History and time period

In 1977, the Ohr Somayach yeshiva in Jerusalem, Israel established an American campus in Yonkers, New York. After two years, Rabbi Ezriel Tauber together with a group of lay leaders purchased land in Monsey, New York to service a full-time Judaic learning center.

Monsey was chosen because of its proximity to New York City (approximately 35 miles (56 km) northwest of the city) as well as the Jewish local infrastructure that ensured easy availability of kosher food and amenities.

They maintained the name Ohr Somayach and enlisted Rabbi Yisroel Rokowsky as dean.

Dean and Hanhala

Rabbi Yisroel Rokowsky, co-Rosh Yeshiva, is a student of Rabbi Berel Soloveitchik of Jerusalem.Rabbi Rokowsky has led the growth of Ohr Somayach since its inception. His daily class on a page of Talmud is currently in its 38th year and is attended by a wide cross section of community members. Rabbi Yisroel Simcha Schorr, co-Rosh Yeshiva, is an alumnus of Yeshiva Torah Vodaas and Bais Medrash Elyon. Rabbi Schorr is currently the senior editor of the English Artscroll Talmud, and teaches the highest level class in the Beis Midrash program. He also gives a weekly class on the Parsha Hashavua. Rabbi Avraham Braun [Educational Director] is an alumnus of Torah V'daas. Rabbi Naftali Reich, Executive Vice President, a graduate of Gateshead Talmudical College with smicha from Beth Medrash Gevoha in Lakewood, NJ. Rabbi Reich spearheaded the development of “Legacy Seminars” for Jewish collegiates and the Ohra VeSimcha Family Center that host weekend and week long retreats to strengthen the Jewish family. His lectures and writings in hashkafa (Jewish philosophy) and Hasidic thought have attracted a worldwide following.

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