Yerushalayim Fitness Training Course for Yeshiva Bochurim and Yungeleit


working-outIn the evening hours, as their friends are still leaning over the Gemara, they leave the yeshiva and replace their hats and suits with sportswear. They enter the gym and engage in lifting weights and pedaling.

They are 24 yeshiva bochurim taking part in a first-of-its-kind course, which will eventually make them gym trainers.

The course was initiated by the Industry, Trade and Labor Ministry in a bid to help members of the chareidi community integrate into the workforce. Gideon Zaken, head of the ministry’s Yerushalayim district, recently approached the Buot center, which specializes in training charedim in swimming and water therapy professions and asked for a workplace to train charedim.

The center’s CEO, Zvika Hendels, came up with an idea: “In the past few years, more and more charedim are becoming interested in health and fitness, so why not have haredi fitness instructions?”

The ministry’s professional training department adopted the idea and even decided to subsidize the course. The charedi students, who come from different communities in Israel, are aged 20 to 38. The course lasts nine months, and when it ends they will receive a gym operator’s certificate. The course’s lessons have been made kosher and are approved by rabbonim.

One of the students is Dovid Schwartzbaum, 30, who is married with two children and studies at the Mir Yeshiva in Beit Shemesh. “I have always been interested in health,” he says. “I spend half the day at the yeshiva and half the day at the gym. It makes me feel good, and it’s healthy.”

{Ynet/Yair Israel}


  1. Exercise is good. Its important but obsession is wrong. You don’t need to be big and strong like a football player to be healthy!

  2. #2 where did you get your info from…who said anything about obsessions. trainers are needed especially for the mid age after heart surgeries and to combat obesity. Good idea,, hope it will succeed.

  3. How about benching a shas
    that will be a few hundred

    Just Joking this is wonderful
    i spend my day in yeshiva and i run about four miles and bike six