Rabbi Yehuda Lapian spent 11 years learning at Kerem B’Yavneh in its Hesder and Kollel programs, served in active duty as a tank driver in the IDF and received a degree in education from Moreshet Yaakov. A great-grandson of the famed Mashgiach Rabbi Elyah Lapian, Rav Yehuda was born in Israel to parents who themselves were Olim from the UK and the USA. After receiving Semicha from the Chief Rabbinate in Israel, he served as the Rosh Kollel of Kollel Torah Mitzion in Greater Washington from 2006 through 2010. During this time, Rav Yehuda built very strong relationships with the members of the community that continued even after he returned with his family to Israel in 2011. Since his return to Israel, Rav Yehuda taught in the Yeshiva of Ramat Gan's High School, where he was loved for his warmth and dedication to his students. We are honored that Rav Yehuda is returning to KBY in an official capacity to become the Menahel of the overseas program, joining the experienced administrative team of Rav Mendel Blachman, Menahel Chinuchi; Rav David Zahtz, Program Director; and Rav Zvi Davidson, Mashgiach.
The overseas program at Kerem B’Yavneh continues to produce Torah scholars and learned community leaders in Israel and in Kehillot worldwide. It has, for over the past six decades, embraced and enriched students from around the world since its earliest days as the original Hesder Yeshiva. The current 5777-5778 cohort of Talmidim learning at KBY come from four continents and six countries, representing 25 of the finest Yeshiva High Schools from around the world.