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

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.