Shraga Fruechter

YBA Givat Shmuel ranked among the top schools in Israel

YBA Givat Shmuel Beit Midrash
YBA Givat Shmuel was ranked among the top high schools in Israel, with a 97% matriculation rate and a 95% induction rate for IDF service.
Rabbi Shraga Fruchter

The Rosh Yeshiva, Rabbi Shraga Fruchter, himself a graduate of YBA Pirchei Aharon near Haifa, attributes the success to love: “When a boy comes to our school and sees how important he is to his teachers, and how the entire staff does everything it can to help him achieve success, it gives him the drive to apply himself with all his abilities.”

When YBA Givat Shmuel was founded in 1972 as a middle school, it was intended to serve as a "feeder school" for boys in the central part of Israel to the 16 residential high schools in the YBA network at that time spread out in rural settlements throughout Israel.

However, in 1978, following requests from the parent association, it was decided to expand the school into - the network's first non-residential comprehensive yeshiva high school. Today, the school serves over 750 students, half of whom from Givat Shmuel and  the other half from other cities in the Dan (greater Tel Aviv) urban district. The school offers a residential option for students who live too far to travel by bus each day to the school.

YBA Givat Shmuel wins prize and praise

We are excited to announce that our YBA yeshiva in Givat Shmuel (near Bar Ilan University) was recently awarded the Ministry of Education’s Citation for Excellence for 2014-15.

From left: YBA Givat Shmuel Rosh Yeshiva, Rabbi Shraga Freuchter,
 Givat Shmuel Mayor Yossi Brodney and Deputy Minister Avi Wortzman
“We are very lucky to have such a fine school as YBA Givat Shmuel in our city,” said Givat Shmuel’s mayor, Yossi Brodney, at a ceremony in city hall recognizing the school. 

Mayor Brodney also had words of praise for the school’s Rosh Yeshiva, Rabbi Shraga Freuchter. “Rabbi Freuchter is one of a kind,” he said, “he instills in his students the values of Zionism and Humanism, love of the Land and love of all Mankind. He simply does incredible work that brings the city much honor and pride.”

YBA Givat Shmuel was originally established in 1976 as a three-year junior high school meant to be a feeder school for students to YBA residential yeshiva high schools around the country. It eventually transitioned into a full six-year junior and senior yeshiva high school in its own right. 

Approximately 100 of the school’s 600 students reside in the dormitory, while the others are bussed daily to and from the yeshiva from cities in the Greater Tel Aviv region. The Yeshiva is renowned for its warm, supportive atmosphere, and the school's scholastic achievements are among the highest in the country.

YBA Givat Shmuel
Beit Midrash Building
Deputy Minister of Education, MK Avi Wortzman credited Rabbi Freuchter for the school’s award: “You are one of the most outstanding educators in Israel; a model to be emulated. You have built an exemplary institution; a trailblazing yeshiva. You and your superb faculty believe in your students, and that is what leads them to grow, flourish and succeed. YBA Givat Shmuel is a leader in volunteerism, ethical values, Torah scholarship, good citizenship, and of course, also high matriculation scores.”

We are grateful to the Ministry of Education and the mayor of Givat Shmuel for expressing what we know to be true: our YBA schools are Training Israel’s Future.™

MInistry of Education recognizes YBA Givat Shmuel for academic excellence

YBA Givat Shmuel was recently awarded the Ministry of Education’s prize for Academic Excellence in the religious sector for 2014-5. The prize recognizes schools that have a steady track record of scholastic improvement in the past decade.

Rosh Yeshiva, Rabbi Shraga Fruechter (right)
with YBA Givat Shmuel Robotics Club
The school’s Robotics Club is an example of this improvement. In the past three years it has won 1st prize and 3rd prize in the Ministry of Education’s national competition, co-sponsored by the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology. Furthermore, 94% to 98% of the school’s graduates achieved full matriculation for entrance to university in the past five years consecutively.

“The yeshiva’s crowning glory is that we produce ‘Bnei Torah’," said Rosh Yeshiva, Rabbi Shraga Fruechter. "We try to build their character with Torah values while at the same time helping them to achieve excellence in the sciences and other disciplines.”

The mayor of Givat Shmuel, Yossi Barudniadded, “The municipality has worked closely with the yeshiva in recent years to help the school serve the sons of our town and achieve its mission: to train a new generation of leaders, who love the Torah, their nation and their land.”

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