"The core mission of Yeshivot Bnei Akiva is to train future leaders for the State of Israel; men and women who are observant Jews devoted to Torah study, dedicated to the Land of Israel and the Jewish People and loyal citizens of the State, particularly regarding army and national service."
– Harav Haim Drukman, Chairman, YBA
Since the first Bnei Akiva yeshiva was founded at Kfar Haroeh in 1939 by Harav Moshe Zvi Neriya z"l, YBA has grown to become the largest religious Zionist educational network in Israel, with 74 schools and over 24,000 students.
More than 82,000 YBA graduates can be found in every industrial, academic and professional sector of Israeli society, including many leading artists, scientists, industrialists, IDF generals, mayors, Supreme Court justices, Members of Knesset and Israel Prize winners.
YBA schools were Israel’s pioneers in achieving successful social integration and educational excellence with students from diverse ethnic and economic backgrounds, including most recently, the absorption of Ethiopian olim.
YBA students put into practice the Jewish values of Tikun Olam and Gemilut Chasadim through weekly volunteer community involvement, social action, and chesed activities, affecting the lives of thousands of needy Israelis.
While maintaining its traditional base of residential schools, in the past 14 years YBA has established many non-residential schools in development towns to answer the need for quality religious Zionist education in Israel’s peripheral areas.
All YBA schools maintain an open enrollment policy – no child is turned away due to the parents’ inability to pay tuition; 47% of YBA students receive full or partial scholarship.YBA schools strive to help every student realize his or her maximum potential, academically, socially, ethically and spiritually; 78.5% of YBA graduates achieve full matriculation for college entrance – over 30% above the national average.
Virtually all YBA high school graduates go on to proudly serve the State in the IDF and in the National Service, with a high proportion joining Hesder Yeshivot or volunteering for elite units and officer training in the IDF.