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Yeshivat Ohr Yerushalayim (ישיבת אור ירושלים) is a yeshiva program for students from the United States and other English-speaking countries spending a post-high school year in Israel. It is located on Moshav Beit Meir, a religious (Hapoel HaMizrachi) moshav (cooperative settlement) situated in the Judean hills, some nine miles from Jerusalem off the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highway.

The yeshiva is unaffiliated politically or philosophically with any political parties or formal religious movements. Its goal is to emphasize the primacy of high level Torah study and love of Jewish people and Israel.


Ohr Yerushalayim began in 1980 as an affiliate of the Jewish Agency located in Kiryat Moshe. Its first year as a full post high school yeshiva in Israel was 1984–1985. Initially, the campus was located in Ramat Shapira before moving to its current location of Moshav Beit Meir.

One of the first American non-Hesder programs, the yeshiva grew from an initial 20 students to its present capacity of 150.


The yeshiva encourages offers leadership training seminars and is affiliated with the Yeshiva University Israel yeshiva program. The journal Jewish Thought on Bible and philosophy is published by the yeshiva in conjunction with the Orthodox Union.

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Coordinates: 31°47′40.77″N 35°2′15.07″E / 31.7946583°N 35.0375194°E / 31.7946583; 35.0375194



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