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With a presence in Lancaster for over 100 years, Congregation Degel Israel is an enduring part of Lancaster’s history. The synagogue has grown to be Lancaster’s foundation for Jewish continuity as it services all life-cycle events and provides enriching social and educational programs.

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(717) 392-0884

1120 Columbia Ave

Lancaster, PA 17603

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RABBI AVROHOM NOTIS

Rabbi Notis is the Dean (Rosh Yeshiva) of Yeshivas Meor Dovid and the Rabbi of Congregation Degel Israel, both of Lancaster, PA. He also serves as a judge (Dayan) in the Jewish court system (Batei Din) in the NY-NJ region.

Rabbi Notis was born and raised in the hallowed confines of the Telshe Rabbinical College (Yeshivas Telz) in Cleveland, Ohio, where his father, Rav Yitzchak served as a tenured lecturer for over 50 years. In fact, Telshe Yeshiva was established by Rabbi Notis’s grandfather, the late Rabbi Eliyahu Meir Bloch, who restored the former glory of the original Telshe in Lithuania from the ashes of the Holocaust.

R’ Avrohom continued his post-graduate studies under Rav Elya Ber Wachtfogel in Yeshiva Zichron Moshe in South Fallsburg, NY as well as in Yeshivas Brisk in Jerusalem, Israel. Upon returning to the United States, Avrohom married Chaya Rivka, daughter of Rav Dovid Barkin, his Rebbe at the Telshe Yeshiva.

An educator of great commitment and connection to his students, Reb Avremel, as he is affectionately called, has touched the lives of hundreds of students (talmidim). After years of teaching at the Telshe Yeshiva, as well as in the Talmudical Academy of Baltimore, MD, and other posts, Rabbi and Rebbitzen (Mrs.) Notis felt there was still more to be done; and so in 2012 they founded Yeshivas Meor Dovid, recently relocated to Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

The Yeshiva has seen great success, and has ignited many a spark in its students, helping them realize their potential. Yeshivas Meor Dovid now services 30 students, many of whom have gone on to learn in prestigious yeshivos of higher education around the world, all of whom keep an ongoing connection with Rabbi Notis and their beloved alma mater.