Baltimore, MD - June 19, 2022 - Kesser Torah is currently in the midst of a matching campaign to complete the renovations on its Bais Medrash and help ensure that its building is befitting a Ben Torah.

Kesser Torah offers a mesivta for local bochurim and a Bais Medrash for talmidim from across the country. The mesivta currently has close to 90 students from local mosdos. The mesivta looks for 8th-grade students who desire to grow in their learning and Yiras Shamayim in a serious yet warm environment. The yeshiva was founded over five years ago by Rabbi Tzvi Mordechai Feldheim, a noted rebbe, and menahel from Yeshivas Toras Chaim of Denver, and his son, Rabbi Avrohom Feldheim, a young and energetic rebbe and assistant menahel from the Mechina of South Florida. The Bais Medrash, now consisting of over 20 bochurim, is led by the Rosh Yeshiva, Rabbi Nosson Newman, a noted lamdan, talmid chacham, mechanech, public speaker, and mashpia. Rav Nosson is talmid muvhak of Rav Dovid Soloveitchik, zatza”l. The mesivta rebbeim, in addition to the Rosh Mesivta and Menahel, also include Rabbi Dovid Rubin, Rabbi Yitzchak Hopfer, and Rabbi Chaim Shimon Feldheim.

When the yeshiva moved into its 40+ acre property over a year ago, it began the process of ridding the campus of all symbols and icons relating to Christianity.  Monasteries are not known as being the most bright and lively locations. A significant effort was exerted to make the campus a suitable location that would allow bochurim to feel that they were immersed in a Makom Torah enveloped with a Kavod ha’Torah. All of the hallways and open spaces were redesigned to be full of light.  Also, beautifully decorated walls adorned with pictures of the famous yeshivos of Europe were put up to have the bochurim recognize that they are put of a Mesorah reaching back generations. Existing spaces were reimagined to create shiur rooms, beautify the dining hall, and construct areas inside and outside the primary academic building to allow bochurim to have spaces to relax, exercise, converse and enjoy the oasis of Torah that surrounds them.

However, there is still work to be done. Kesser Torah is in the process of renovating an old chapel in the building into a Bais Medrash, which will exude the Kavod ha’Torah befitting the lamdanim who shteig and grow within its walls. The primary goal is that each bochur feels that he is in an environment which can foster his growth and allow him to see the beauty inherent to a life of Torah.

As the enrollment of the Mesivta grows and a second year to the Bais Medrash is added, the current basement library being used as a temporary Bais Medrash will no longer be viable for the next zman. Iy”H, over 130 bochurim will be on campus in Elul and it is imperative that the doors of the new Bais Medrash can be opened to provide the talmidim the space to learn unencumbered and feel the chashivus for the Gemara open in front of them.

From June 20th to 22nd, the yeshiva will have a matching campaign to raise the necessary funds to ensure that our campus can continue to accommodate this exponential growth properly. The renovation of the building and the specific construction of our Bais Medrash should not only be seen as a Kesser Torah project, but also as a Baltimore project. B”H, we live in a very Torah-centered city. Kesser Torah has allowed for an additional option for local bochurim to immerse themselves in the Olam ha’Torah during the crucial years of their development. Everyone is encouraged to visit to help Kesser Torah make this dream a reality.