Where It All Began
Rav Chaim Rabinovitch, known as Rav Chaim of Volozhin, had a vision to establish a yeshiva that would produce great Jewish scholars and leaders. In 1806, the Yeshiva Eitz Chaim Volozhin opened its doors and became the mother yeshiva of Lithuanian Jewry.
As the prime talmid of the Vilna Gaon, Rav Chaim implemented the Gra’s new methodology of teaching that became the pattern and prototype of Yeshivos throughout the future centuries.
Yeshiva Eitz Chaim Volozhin became one of the main Jewish sources of learning whose influence reached all four
corners of the earth.
The Gedolei Hador who studied in Yeshiva Eitz Chaim Volozhin spread its spirit and legacy leaving a timeless
impact on the Jewish world in general and the Torah world in particular.
Revival of the Legacy
Yeshiva Eitz Chaim Volozhin is being renovated so the torch of Yiddishkeit will once again shine from within these four walls.
- Kiruv Center – fighting assimilation by hosting regular seminars on the strengthening of Jewish identity for local students from the former Soviet Union
- Shabbatonim Center – lectures for local married couples on the foundations of building a Jewish home
- The Yeshiva World Museum – Roshei Yeshivos throughout the ages, Gedolei Torah, architecture of all major pre-war Yeshivos and historical documentation
- “Spiritual Recharge” Center – short term stay for bochurim who wish to come and learn in the ambience of Yeshiva Eitz Chaim Volozhin
- Visitor Center – providing information and the highest standard of Kosher L’mehadrin food to tourists wishing to explore our rich historical past and connect to its timeless legacy
Yeshiva Eitz Chaim Volozhin is a symbol that must be preserved in honor and in commemoration of those Gedolim who contributed so much to the molding of our Jewish nation and to the Yeshiva world we are privileged to have today
Yeshiva Eitz Chaim Volozhin is a Historical Symbol of our Jewish History
Yeshiva Eitz Chaim Volozhin is a historical symbol of our Jewish history.
A symbol that must be preserved for our present and future generations as a guiding torch to light the way towards the collective strengthening of the Jewish people.
If so many Torah Centers in the United States, Israel and throughout the world are so inspired by the Roshei Yeshivos and leaders who came from Yeshiva Eitz Chaim Volozhin, it means that the Yeshiva is an important link in the continuity and spreading of Yiddishkeit – a link we must perpetuate.
It also stands as a living example of “Am Yisroel Chai”. Out of the ashes of the Holocaust, despite the fact that so many tried to destroy Am Yisroel, both physically and spiritually, we are here today to pray and to study once again within the walls of this magnificent building of our Jewish heritage and tradition.