In August 2018, Degel Israel of Lancaster Pennsylvania had the honor of welcoming Yeshiva Meor Dovid into its facility. With a student body of 30 men and a staff of five Rabbis, Yeshiva Meor Dovid has given a burst of youth and Torah learning to the Lancaster community.
Rabbi Avrohom Notis, who has been a marbitz Torah for many years, has an impressive Torah pedigree. He was raised in the hallowed confines of Telshe Yeshiva in Cleveland, Ohio, where his father, Rav Yitzchok, served as a maggid shiur for over 50 years. Rav Notis’ grandfather, Rav Eliyahu Meir Bloch, restored the former glory of the original Telshe in Lithuania from the ashes of the Holocaust, becoming rosh yeshiva of Telshe in Ohio.
Rav Avrohom learned under Rav Elya Ber Wachtfogel at Yeshiva Gedolah Zichron Moshe in South Fallsburg, NY, and then at Yeshivas Brisk in Yerushalayim, before joining Bais Medrash Govoah in Lakewood. He married Chaya Rivka, daughter of Rav Dovid Barkin, renowned maggid shiur at Telshe Yeshiva who was Rav Notis’ rebbi. Yeshiva Meor Dovid is named in memory of Rav Barkin.
A mechanech of note and a respected talmid chochom, Rav Avremel, as he is affectionately known, has had a profound impact on bnei Torah who have benefitted from his wealth of yedios haTorah, his scintillating shiurim, and his understanding of a bochur. He utilized his skills in molding bochurim while teaching at Telshe Yeshiva and elsewhere. In 2012, seeking to do more, Rabbi Notis founded Yeshivas Meor Dovid, which subsequently relocated to Lancaster.