Our History

2016

Legacy Dormitory Completion, Celebrating a Half-Century as Denver’s Torah Builders


2015

HEA Sanctuary Demolition and Groundbreaking


2014

Legacy Building Campaign Roll-out


2011

The Yeshiva rolls out new logo and succession plan.


2008

Merkaz Torah V’Chesed opens its doors, bringing the YTC experience to Denver’s east side.


2005

The Yeshiva kollel is renamed the James and Debbie Lustig Chabura Fellowship program.


2002

The Jewish Experience makes its new home at the Robert E. Loup JCC.


2000

Rabbi Ahron Yisroel Wasserman returns to Denver as director of The Jewish Experience. He is joined in 2002 by outreach director Rabbi Raphael Leban.


1997

The Yeshiva acquires its current facility, the former site of the Hebrew Education Alliance on Stuart Street.


1994

Following the collapse of Communist Russia, the Yeshiva welcomes ten students from the Former Soviet Union.


1992

The second generation begins with talmidim Dov Biegeleisen, Avrohom Eisenberg and Dovid Zussman (shown), all sons of Yeshiva alumni.


1990

The Yeshiva celebrates its Silver Anniversary, 25 years of Torah education in the Mile-High City.


1987

Outreach classes are held at the new Mandell Levy Center on Colorado Avenue. The center was the forerunner of what would become The Jewish Experience.


1986

The Division of Community Services is launched, headed by Rabbi Yaakov Meyer. YTC is the first yeshiva in North America to hire a full-time kiruv professional.


1981

The Yeshiva opens Denver’s first Kollel. Members include Rabbi Tzvi Mordechai Feldheim, Rabbi Yaakov Meyer and Rabbi Yitzchok Polter, who would become prominent figures in outreach and education


1979

Yeshiva Toras Chaim pledges full responsibility to the State Department for seven Iranian students following the fall of the Shah.


1977

The Yeshiva emerges on the national outreach scene; bachurim participate in Operation Seed, a national program designed to inspire unaffiliated Jews to learn more about their heritage.


1973

The Colorado State Board of Education grants the Yeshiva accreditation.


1971

The Yeshiva graduates its first class of 20 talmidim.


1968

The Lake Apartment House on Colfax and Perry becomes the Yeshiva’s new dormitory.


1967

Harav Yitzchok Wasserman and Harav Yisroel Meir Kagan arrive with their families for the start of the school year. Yeshiva Toras Chaim is located at 1400 Quitman Street.


1966

A Denver delegation visits Beth Medrash Govoha in Lakewood, New Jersey, seeking leadership for a yeshiva in Denver.


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