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.

Accreditation

The Mesivta enjoys full accreditation from WASC (Western Association of School and Colleges). Our latest visit of March 2014 awarded us a six-year term for accreditation, 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

February 2020: 
Application of the stucco is scheduled to begin next week. The dry wall drop ceiling, of both the 1st and 2nd floors, of all 3 dorm buildings has been installed. Furnishings for the dormitories have already been chosen AND ordered. Delivery is scheduled for June of this year.  

January 2020:
The Mandelbaum Gate provides a beautiful entry to Mesivta’s campus, complementing the stunning frontage provided by the Lainer/Friedman Family Bais Medrash.

December 2019:
Mesivta has a full crew working on the next phase of our campus expansion; the Alon & Rosana Miller and 2 other Dormitory buildings!

October 2019:
All three dormitories framing, roofing, and dry wall are under process and we’re on track for a June completion date with an Elul 5780 (August 2020) move in scheduled.