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Reaching Beyond

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  • Rabbi Zvi Teitelbaum

    A scion of a great Chassidic dynasty, Rabbi Teitelbaum has been teaching Torah studies in the Yeshiva high school for over 30 years. In addition to his teaching at the Yeshiva, he spearheads Mesorah DC - a Jewish outreach program in Washington D.C. that provides weekly classes and social events, Shabbat and Holiday dinners, and summer retreats for hundreds of Jewish young professionals. Mesorah DC partners with the Sixth and I Synagogue and receives partial funding from the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.

    “The Yeshiva encourages the faculty to develop personal relationships with each and every student and provide for their individual educational needs. In addition to inspiring them to love Torah learning, we also instill in them the importance of sharing the beauty of Judaism beyond the walls of the yeshiva.”
  • Rabbi Asher Laifer

    Rabbi Laifer studied at the Yeshiva of Long Beach in New York, and in the famed Israeli yeshivos of Mir Yerushalayim and Yeshivas Brisk, where he internalized his mentors’ unique approaches to Talmudic analysis and logic. Rabbi Laifer has taught Judaic Studies and Talmud at YGW for almost 25 years, transmitting those approaches to the next generation of students and preparing our 12th graders for higher learning and the challenges ahead.

    “At the Yeshiva of Greater Washington we don't just "learn Torah", but we live it. By implementing every lesson into daily life - it becomes who we are.  Although this is ambitious, the greatest lesson I can imbue within my students is that of striving to become better people who are elevated through the study of Torah.”

Advancing Excellence

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  • Pamela Wolfe

    Humanities Division Head and History Department Chair, Pamela Wolfe, holds a Masters and PhD ABD in European History and has been teaching high school level and Advanced Placement courses in Human Geography, U.S. History, and European History in the Yeshiva for 40 years. Additionally, as a consultant for the College Board and Educational Testing Service, Mrs. Wolfe has graded AP exams for almost 2 decades, was a member of the test development committee, runs teacher training workshops, and has authored several acclaimed AP text books and study guides.
    “I came from a small town where everyone knew each other and helped each other. There’s a sense of community and purpose at the Yeshiva that is similar to that. The faculty is very clear about what we are doing and why we are doing it. Our mission is to provide students with a competitive education along with a high level religious program to enable them to succeed in their careers and personal lives, and ultimately give back to the community.”
  • Wilfrid Petersberger

    A graduate of Harvard and University of Virginia Law School, Mr. Petersberger has been teaching English at the Yeshiva for almost 20 years.

    “I view it as a privilege to teach here. Not only does the Yeshiva provide a high level religious studies, as expected, but also goes above and beyond to provide a top-notch general education that’s on par. We meet each student where they are and help them get to the next level.”

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2010 Linden Lane
Silver Spring, MD, 20910
Phone: (301) 962-5111

Boys Campus | Yeshiva Gedolah/Kollel
1216 Arcola Avenue
Silver Spring, MD, 20902
Phone: (301) 649-7077


The Yeshiva of Greater Washington-Tiferes Gedaliah (YGW) is a community-based school on two campuses in Silver Spring, Maryland. We have separate Boys and Girls Middle and High School Programs; a Yeshivah Gedolah/College Program; a Kollel; and community-wide programming. YGW emphasizes the primacy of Torah while providing exceptional general studies instruction. Our students graduate with the passion, preparation, and priorities necessary for life, as well as a healthy sense of self and community.
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