Our Mission

The YNA One Year Program opened its doors in 1967 founded by Harav Aryeh Bina Zt”l. His son Harav Aharon Bina, Rosh Hayeshiva continues to run this program located at the Kotel Plaza in the heart of the Old City of Jerusalem.

Our program strikes the delicate balance between a challenging academic curriculum and the ultimate Israel experience. The curriculum uses both a content-based and skills based approach. We are a college promoting, parent friendly environment catering to the needs of the individual. The program is academically tracked with the ability to move and change levels based on personal progress.

We have many programs in our building including: One Year Program, One Year Sephardic Track Program,British Programme, Shana Bet, American Semicha for Education, Hesder, Alumni Kollel and the Rennert Kollel. Click here to see more about our academic tracks.

Our staff is a diverse and excellent group of Rebbeim. Some senior Rebbeim have been with the program for over 25 years. Each Rebbe is hand-picked to become part of a diverse group of educators whose program promotes Torat Yisrael, Eretz Yisrael and Midinat Yisrael. Netiv Aryeh’s philosophies are aligned with that of the Religious Zionist movement and are consistent with the thoughts espoused by The Rav, HaRav Yosef Dov Soloveitchik, Zt”l.

Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh’s Overseas Program was founded in Yeshivat HaKotel in 5734 (1974), by the current Rosh HaYeshiva HaRav Aharon Bina Shlit”a. The program relocated to its present quarters opposite the Kotel HaMaaravi, in the heart of the Old City of Jerusalem, in 5763 (2003).

The Overseas Program began with a handful of students wishing to experience a year learning Torah, opposite the site of the Beit HaMikdash, before returning to their homes in the United States and other parts of the world. As the years went by, both the number of students interested in the unique experience of Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh and the amount of students returning for a second year or more, grew.

From its inception, the Yeshiva has offered a unique blend of Torah learning on all levels, exposure to Gedolei Torah, involvement in chesed, and promoting identification with the modern day State of Israel.

Our Rosh HaYeshiva, HaRav Aharon Bina Shlit”a, continues to maintain a strong connection with alumni throughout the years. In his words, “once a student of our Yeshiva, always a student of our Yeshiva.”

Many of our alumni have established homes in Eretz Yisrael, while those who have remained in the Diaspora are among the more active members of their communities and strong supporters of Israel.

The Yeshiva is named in memory of HaRav Aryeh Bina zt”l, a pioneering educator who founded and headed numerous Yeshivot throughout Eretz Yisrael, among them Yeshivat HaKotel where the program was founded. He was a man very devoted to education who kept in close contact with his thousands of talmidim as if they were his own children. His relationship with his students was a shining example of Chazal’s view of the teacher student relationship. Commenting on “and you shall teach your children,” (Devarim 6:7) they explain that “your children” means “your students” (Sifri). Our Rosh HaYeshiva, HaRav Aharon Bina Shlit”a, closely following in his father’s footsteps, guides each student on the path that is appropriate for him.

Our History

Our Daily Schedule

7:55 – 9:00: Shacharit, Halacha Shiur, and Breakfast

  • Shacharit at 7:55 followed by a quick Halacha about tefiiah or a guest message for the entire Yeshiva.    

9:00 – 11:45: Morning Seder

  • Morning Seder is the time devoted to chavruta-pairs preparing for the morning shiur. What at first appears an insurmountable hurdle, with time becomes challenging and enjoyable as the student gains proficiency and skills and develops the ability to learn the Gemara on his own.
  • Each shiur has its own “shoel umeishiv” whose task is to aid in preparation and review during morning Seder. He too serves as mentor and often develops a lifetime relationship with the talmid.

11:45 – 12:45: Morning Shiur

  • Seven Talmud shiurim are offered catering to students of various backgrounds and affinity towards different styles of learning. Some of the shiurim emphasize in-depth analysis of the wording of the text itself, others may spend more time studying many of the commentaries on Shas, while others may focus on covering ground and uncovering the practical halacha derived from the Gemara. The Rebbeim are not only skilled at presenting the shiur and helping the student develop, but they view themselves as mentors helping to guide the student both in learning as well as personal development.

12:45 – Mincha (Winter Zman)

1:00 – 3:30: Lunch & Break

3:15 – 6:00: Afternoon Program

  • Although emphasis is placed on developing a love and proficiency for learning Gemara, the Yeshiva offers a wide range of additional opportunities for the student to find and develop himself.
  • The afternoon program begins at 3:30 with a choice of shiurim ranging from other chapters in the Massechet studied, other Massechtot, and Tanach. This is followed by a choice between afternoon seder and a variety of shiurim, including the popular Ulpan program. Those who choose to remain in the Beit Midrash during this time have the opportunity for a private chavruta with one of our Israeli or English-speaking Kollel members.

6:00 – 8:00:  Mincha (Summer Z’man), Dinner and Break

8:00: Night Seder

  • The well-staffed night seder program provides the students with an opportunity to expand their interests in learning and to interact with the Rebbeim. Many choose to review what they have learned in the morning while others concentrate on completing the Massechet learned or learn other Gemaras. Many choose to avail themselves of an opportunity to become well-versed in other areas such as halacha, parshat shavua, or chassidut.

Main Building

The beautiful complex, home to Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh, combines historical beauty with advanced modern technology. Its proximity to the site of the Beit HaMikdash is breathtaking as well as inspiring. The students can almost be seen as “guardians of the Mikdash,” a role traditionally assumed by the Leviim. The focal point of our building is our spacious air-conditioned Beit Midrash located on the third floor and overlooking the Kotel HaMaaravi. In addition, the building includes a library, dining room, computer room, offices, and classrooms. Another highlight of the building is the large porch on the second floor, which stands directly across from the Kotel. This space functions as both a place to go for a breath of fresh air and as a spiritually inspiring site that provides an opportunity to feel close to the House of Hashem.


In addition to the sefarim available in the Beit Midrash itself, the Yeshiva boasts an extensive Torah library which includes many books in English on a wide variety of subjects. In addition to physical sefarim, students have full use of the Bar Ilan CD-Rom responsa project, as well as Otzar HaChochma – an electronic Torah library which includes almost every sefer ever published.


The Yeshiva’s dormitory accommodations are located on Rechov Misgav La’Dach, within a few minutes walk from the Main Building. More than half of the dorm rooms face the Western Wall and Kotel Plaza, offering a stunning view of the Har HaBayit and its environs. There are four to five residents per room, with each room containing ample closet space, sleeping accommodations, and desks. Room sizes average 300 square feet. In addition to the students, dormitory counselors are present within the building. Access to the building is via a coded combination lock.


The Yeshiva’s Israel offices are all located in the same building as the Beit Midrash. The staff, under the direction of Executive Director Uri Kari, works tirelessly to insure that the Yeshiva runs smoothly. The students’ needs are always at the top of their list of priorities.

Dining Room

Understanding that a young man cannot develop spiritually without proper nourishment, the Yeshiva provides three scrumptious and nutritious meals seven days a week. The dining room, which overlooks the Kotel, is open on non-mandatory Shabbatot and even during periods like Pesach when the Yeshiva is not in session. Indeed, a highlight of the Pesach recess is the student-run Second Seder in the yeshiva dining room.

Computer Room

Students may avail themselves of the computer facilities during times not designated for learning. The computer facilities include our version of kosher internet, which permits access only to websites that are in keeping with the standards of a Yeshiva. Suggestions for sites not currently accessible may be submitted for approval. In addition to giving students access to their email via the internet, the Yeshiva also provides a separate email service for those requiring it.

Our Facilities