Due to popular request, we have put together a clothing list to help make your packing go smoothly.
We recommend that the boys confer with friends who have recently returned from their year abroad to get a better idea of what they did/did not need.
The type of clothing worn in Jerusalem is subject to the climate of the season
Summer: The summer weather season begins in May and continues through October. The average daytime temperature ranges in the mid-eighties to mid-nineties (f) but is generally very dry. Most evenings are cool.
Clothing for the summer: Light fabrics, especially cotton, are most comfortable. A light jacket or sweater is recommended for the evenings.
Winter: The winter season is characterized by rain and cold with sunnier warmer days from time to time. Temperatures may drop down to the mid-thirties (f) on very cold days, but only rarely reach freezing and bring snow. The rains, which generally begin in mid-November, can continue unabated for several days at a time and should be taken into consideration when planning one's wardrobe.
Clothing for winter: The cold temperature makes it highly recommended that students bring a couple of sets of warm protective clothing, including heavy sweaters, good rain wear, boots, and a winter coat. Rain hats and water-repellent coats with hoods are strongly suggested.
Suggested Clothing List
- heavy winter jacket or coat
- raincoat, hat and umbrella
- pajamas and robe
- plastic slippers for shower
- button down shirts
- week day trousers
- dress shoes
- walking/ hiking shoes
- hat for hiking
- gym shoes/clothes
- roomy shoulder bag and suit bag for weekend travel
- gloves and scarf
- bathing trunks
- linens, towels (two sets)
- sleeping bag
Certain toiletries are expensive in Israel. Students are advised to bring sufficient amounts of toothpaste, sunscreen, deodorant, and contact lens solutions. In addition it is advisable to bring over-the-counter pharmaceuticals such as Tylenol, aspirin, nasal spray, band-aids, antibiotic cream etc. as you deem appropriate.
The clothing list represents things you may not have thought of. Obviously sufficient quantities of undergarments, socks, Tzitzis, etc. should be brought to span a two week period. Shirts and pants/trousers should be within the requirements of the Yeshiva's dress expectations (as described in the student packet).
Please take into account that in order not to be continually in need of doing laundry; you need to bring sufficient quantities of clothing. At the same time this should be balanced by the limited closet space available. It is not advisable to bring an overabundance of clothing. Please keep in mind that dry cleaning is expensive in Israel.
Other essential items include: Tefillin, Siddur, Machzorim, notebooks, paper, pens, envelopes, flashlight, alarm clock, and coffee mug and locks for closets.
A tape recorder or other recording device is highly recommended for recording shiurim. It is advisable to bring batteries and tapes from the US as they are generally more expensive in Israel.
All appliances must be wired for 220 volts, 50 cycles, or used with a transformer. It is strongly recommended that you do not bring any unnecessary valuable electrical appliances into the dorm. The school does not assume responsibility for loss or damage to electrical equipment or any valuables. We urge that parents take out insurance on their children's possessions in order to protect them against the possibility of loss, damage, or theft.