The Beit El Synagogue ("House of God" synagogue), (also known as Midrash Hasidim (School of the Devout) and Yeshivat haMekubalim (Yeshiva of the Kabbalists) has been the center of kabbalistic study in Jerusalem for over 250 years. beit el yeshiva
The yeshiva was founded in 1737 by Rabbi Gedaliah Hayon, originally from Constantinople, for the study of kabbalah in the Holy City. In 1740 a man named Shalom Mizrachi Sharabi arrived in Jerusalem from Yemen. Under Sharabi�s leadership the yeshiva grew and became one of the main yeshivas in Jerusalem.
In 1974, six years after the liberation of the Jewish quarter, the Beit El Synagogue was re-established in the Old City under the aegis of Rabbi Meir Yehuda Getz, a noted kabbalist, who until his death was the official rabbi of the Western Wall area.
On 13 September 1995 a special ceremony took place celebrating the completion of refurbishment to the synagogue. It was originally scheduled to take place in early 1996, but Rabbi Getz asked that it be brought forward. Five days after the celebration, Rabbi Getz died.
One of the most famous alumni of the yeshiva was Rabbi Yitzchak Kaduri who died in January 2006.
Yeshivat HaMekubalim - Located in the Beit El Synagogue, kabbalistic studies. Original Rosh Yeshiva was former rabbi of the Kotel, Rabbi Getz z�l. - who until his death was the official Rabbi of the Western Wall area. The entrance is through the magnificent silver etched door at the beginning of Beit El Street. Yeshivat Bet El.
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Beit El on Rashi Street
Entrance door to the Yeshivat haMekubalim, depicting all 7 gates in Jerusalem's Old City Walls
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