About the Mesivta

Our History

Founded by Harav Shlomo Gottesman שליט״א, a mechanech with over 30 years of education and outreach experience, the Mesivta is the fulfillment of a dream.

Located just thirty-five minutes north-west of Los Angeles, the Mesivta is situated among the serene and pristine oak trees and picturesque mountains of Calabasas, California. As the only rural dormitory mesivta high-school west of the Rockies, talmidim from around the United States [including Brooklyn (NY), Chicago (IL), Cleveland (OH), Lakewood (NJ), Las Vegas (NV), Palo Alto (CA), Monsey (NY), and Seattle (WA)] benefit from the secluded surroundings of the Mesivta. The crisp and refreshing air, the surrounding nature and wildlife, coupled with our sprawling 8.22-acre campus provide an unparalleled environment for scholastic success and personal growth.


The Mesivta enjoys full accreditation from WASC (Western Association of School and Colleges). Our latest visit awarded us a five-year term for accreditation good through June of 2027, a distinction a small percentage of schools receive. In the words of the visiting committee: “It would be impossible not to be impressed by the level of dedication that is apparent at every level of the school family” (32).

The Mesivta has a full accreditation from the BJE, a partner organization of The Jewish Federation of Los Angeles.


Construction Update

Upon completing our Alon & Rosana Miller Dormitory along with two others, we are currently working on permits for the Sarah & Simha Lainer Staff Residence.
Completed Buildings:
Soille School Building completed in 2005
Ruth Ickovics Dining Hall completed in 2007
Sarah & Simha Lainer Bais Medrash completed in 2013
Alon & Rosana Miller Dormitory in 2021