College Profile: Ner Israel Rabbinical College
Yeshivas Ner Yisroel (Ner Israel Rabbinical College) (also known as NIRC) is a yeshiva in Baltimore, Maryland founded in 1933 by Rabbi Yaakov Yitzchok Ruderman a brilliant Talmudist and one of the primary disciples of Rabbi Nosson Tzvi Finkel, dean of the famous Slabodka yeshiva in Lithuania, and is now led by Rabbi Aharon Feldman, one of the foremost disciples of Rabbi Yaakov Yitzchak Ruderman. The yeshiva was named for Rabbi Yisrael Lipkin Salanter, the founder of the mussar movement and teacher of Rabbi Nosson Tzvi Finkel. The yeshiva is an all-male Lithuanian (Litvish)-style Haredi Talmudic college, politically affiliated with Agudath Israel ,and ranks from the larger schools of its type. It presently consists of a high school numbering over 250 students, an undergraduate Beis Medrash program numbering about 400 students, and a kollel post-graduate rabbinical division numbering about 180 students. The yeshiva is on a self-contained scenic campus located at Mt. Wilson Lane, Pikesville, Maryland, just Northwest of the Baltimore city limits. Ner Yisroel consists of two central study halls, one for the high school and one much larger for the beis medrash and the kollel (also doubling as the main prayer sanctuaries), lecture halls, classrooms, libraries, dormitories, a dining hall and much outdoor recreational space. Also on campus is housing for its faculty and their families in a close-knit community setting, called "Yeshiva Lane". It is said to be the largest Yeshiva campuses in the world. Apart from its renowned Talmudic studies program, Ner Yisroel is also recognized as an accredited college by the state of Maryland, and has agreements with Johns Hopkins University, Towson University, Community College of Baltimore County, Loyola College in Maryland, University of Baltimore, and University of Maryland, Baltimore County whereby after a six month period of exclusively religious study, the under-graduate students (excluding freshmen) can, on a limited bi-weekly and summer basis, take night courses at these colleges and universities in a variety of academic fields, and in turn gain academic credits for their religious studies. This is a feature which appeals to many Orthodox young men who seek to have the basis for becoming future professionals, without compromising the intensity and integrity of the yeshiva experience. Students who choose to pursue a professional career often enter fields such as medicine, dentistry, finance, law, and accounting after graduating from NIRC.
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Ner Israel Rabbinical College was founded in 1933 by the revered Talmudic giant Rabbi Jacob I. Ruderman of blessed memory for the express purpose of transplanting the great citadels of European Talmudic scholarship in the American soil. Over the past six and a half decades Ner Israel has become one of the foremost sources of Jewish leadership. Our graduates serve with distinction as Rabbis, educators, outreach professionals, in leadership positions of national and international Jewish Service organizations, as well as in lay leadership positions in Jewish communities throughout the world.
Ner Israel is housed on the beautiful 90 acre Beren campus in suburban Baltimore. Our campus facilities are being taxed to capacity. Our student body has grown to over 800 Students. The High school has over 250 students. Our College level program has grown to over 375 students and our Kollel Graduate School has more than 180 fellows.
Ner Israel is authorized by the State of Maryland to grant a Bachelor's, Master's and Doctor of Talmudic Law. We have articulation agreements with Johns Hopkins University, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Towson University, and University of Baltimore. Our students are routinely accepted in Graduate and Professional Schools throughout the country.
||Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above|
|Title IV Eligibility
||Participates in Title IV federal financial aid programs|
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|Open admission policy
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