1414: Non Israelis Are Welcome
For the first time, the administration of the 770 Yeshiva is promising to secure dormitory beds for American bochurim.
Dear non Israeli bochurim, if you ever had a dream to board in 1414 during your single days in New York, now is your chance.
for the first time, the administration of the Central Yeshivas Tomchei Tmimim Lubavitch at 770 Eastern Parkway has agreed to secure beds in the dormitory at 1414 President Street.
The building which has 310 beds was until now a hub for Hebrew speaking bochurim who come to Crown Heights to spend a year or two as part of the Kevutza group to be around the Rebbe.
A few months ago, in a rare setting, members of the 770 Yeshiva administration ("hanhalah") have met with a group of American and non Israeli bochurim after the latter complained that preference is being given to their counterparts from Israel.
Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Zalman Labkowski, Mashpia Rabbi Shlomo Zarchi and administrator Rabbi Moshe Meir Gluckowsky who were present at the meeting in Getzel's Shul were said to be receptive to the concerns.
Now, with registration opening for the upcoming school year 5773, the hanhala is reaching out to "all potential non-Israeli students" to fill an application form and secure a bed before the Israelis do.
"The way is works is that the Yeshivos in Israel - there are 5 major ones - handle on their own the registration process for their students and then submit the lists to us," Rabbi Gluckowsky explained to CrownHeights.CH.
"That puts the American and other non Israeli bochurim at disadvantage because each one needs to register on their own and many times they wait until the end of the summer when the dormitory is already full," he said.
"At the meeting, the bochurim said they felt there was a disproportionate amount of places given to Israelis as apposed to non Israelis," he said. "If registration will be done in a timely fashion, we can commit to splitting it 50/50."
If 1414 ends up full with more bochurim requesting room and board, they will be set up in apartments/basements in the neighborhood - an option most bochurim dislike for not being in the Yeshiva setting.
Applications are reviewed on a "first come first serve" basis, Rabbi Gluckowsky stated and called on bochurim to register right away "so we have a sufficient amount of time to set up our dormitory in an organized manner."
Non-Israeli student wishing to be registered in 770 and 1414, should send an email requesting an application form and instructions to Rabbi Brod at email@example.com and a copy to Rabbi Gluckowsky at firstname.lastname@example.org.