_______ _______The present-day Rishon Lezion Education Center was first founded as a kollel (a post-graduate institute of advanced Jewish studies formally known as The Beit Midrash Gavoha L’Torah V’Hora’ah of Rishon Lezion) in 1986 by Rabbi Shlomo Levy, Dean.

A decade later, in 1996, Rabbi Levy established the Hesder Yeshiva of Rishon Lezion, an outgrowth of the Beit Midrash. It enables members of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) to combine their service to Israel with advanced Jewish studies.

Today, the Center counts more than 500 alumni who serve in communal leadership positions in Israel and abroad, while Center’s all-encompassing spectrum of activities spans higher education, community education, life cycle, community outreach, and a good deeds program.