The Yeshiva’s philosophy is firmly rooted in a Mesorah which has produced successful Bnai Torah in America for over 80 years. Today there are numerous Chofetz Chaim Yeshivos with well over 1000 talmidim. The foundation of our approach, geared toward the American teenager, is based on a rigorous analytical approach to Gemara study that creates a life-long connection to Torah. This, combined with a strong emphasis on Mussar, develops a keen and sensitive young man who is passionate about growth in avodas Hashem.

This approach to Chinuch has produced thousands of serious, well rounded Bnei Torah in cities around the world. Now it is an exciting option to Cleveland!

We believe in each talmid, and our mission is to give him the tools to actualize his fullest potential.

All our talmidim will enjoy an outstanding yeshiva program

  • Limudei Kodesh shiurim that are interactive, imparting within talmidim the tools and desire to reach ever-greater heights in havanas haTorah.
  • Superior General Studies courses that are challenging and stimulating, including Advanced Placement classes.
  • Warm down-to-earth rabbeim who bring excitement to shiurim, sedarim and the rest of the yeshiva day.
  • Shmuessin, shiurim and day-to-day interactions that will impart lifelong lessons in yiras Shomalyim, ahavas haTorah, middos tovos and Torah hashkafah.
  • A student body chosen for their motivation and ability to excel, in an environment that fosters positive and supportive friendships for the mesivta years and beyond.
  • Extra-curricular activities that complement the Yeshiva’s rich program and offer wholesome outlets for young Bnei Torah.


Rosh Hayeshiva

Rabbi Avrohom Yitzchok Fertig is originally from Brooklyn, New York. He attended Mesivta Yeshiva Tiferes Yisroel, followed by Bais Medrash in Chofetz Chaim Jerusalem and Toras Chaim (Chofetz Chaim, Miami). He was a member of the Kollel at the Rabbinical Seminary of America (Chofetz Chaim Yeshiva) in Queens for eight years, where he also served as a Rosh Chaburah in the final three years of Kollel. Rabbi Fertig then accepted a position as a Mesivta Rebbe at his alma mater, Yeshiva Tiferes Yisroel. Before moving to Cleveland he served as the 10th Grade Honors Shiur Rebbe, lead the 11th grade self-study (Gemara Bekius) program and a host of administrative duties. Rabbi Fertig has served as Staff Rebbe and Mentor at Camp Dora Golding for the past three summers. Rabbi Fertig is also an experienced Mohel.

Rosh Hayeshiva

Rabbi Davidowitz grew up in Rochester New York, where he attended the Talmudical Institute of Upstate New York High School and Bais Medrash. After getting married, Rabbi Davidowitz continued in the Rochester Kollel for a short while before attending the Kollel at the Rabbinical Seminary of America (Chofetz Chaim), where he received Yoreh Yoreh, Yadin Yadin Smicha from the Rosh Yeshiva, Rabbi Henoch Leibowtz, zt’l. After a year as a Maggid Shiur in the RSY Mesivta, Rabbi Davidowitz moved to Vancouver, BC where he founded a Mesivta High School and Bais Medrash, the Pacific Torah Institute. PTI is currently a vibrant makom Torah that services Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest. After 11 years in Vancouver, Rabbi Davidowitz accepted a position at Yeshiva Tiferes Yisroel in Brooklyn, New York as a Maggid Shiur and Mashgiach in the Bais Medrash, as well as the 12th Grade Menahel.

General Studies Principal

Mr. Jeffrey Smith graduated from the University of Akron with a B.A in Education and Ashland University with a Master’s in Secondary Education Administration, plus a Superintendent Licensure. Mr. Smith taught social studies and Mathematics for 22 years and served 8 years as an administrator at Buckeye School District.

Our History

The Rabbinical Seminary of America–Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim was founded in 1933 by Rav Dovid Leibowitz zt’l, a talmid of the Alter of Slabodka zt’l and great-nephew of the Chofetz Chaim zt’l. Rav Dovid zt’l’s son, Rav Henach zt’l, became Rosh Yeshiva in 1941, a position he occupied until his passing in 2008. Today, the Yeshiva is led by Rav Henach zt’l’s chosen successors, Rav Dovid Harris shlit’a and Rav Akiva Grunblatt shlit’a.

Today, the Yeshiva is led by Rav Henach zt’l,’s chosen successors, Rav Dovid Harris shlit’a and Rav Akiva Grunblatt shlit’a.

In the tradition of Slabodka, the yeshiva seeks the development of the complete Torah personality. Rav Henach Leibowitz zt’l identified three basic elements in a talmid’s path of personal growth: iyun, mussar and harbatzas haTorah. Intense, rigorous analysis; self-knowledge and depth of character; and a commitment to the service of Klal Yisrael. These ideals define the yeshiva’s template for greatness.

In the tradition of Slabodka, the yeshiva seeks the development of the complete Torah personality