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On Shabbos Parshas Lech Lecho, י חשון תשס"ט, the 8th of November 2008, our dear friend and member Danny Verdoner passed away.
This was a tremendous shock for his family and Kehilloh, who gathered to the Levayoh which was held on Motzoei Shabbos and went to הר המנוחות in Jerusalem.
Beneath are links to some of the הספדים which were said (in Hebrew).
Harav Gans Shlito, at the Levayoh
Harav Hamburger, at the Levayoh
Harav Gans Shlito, after the Shivoh
Harav Gans Shlito also wrote a nusach of יזכור, which is said every Shabbos at KAYJ.
1) We will be very happy to receive visitors to Jerusalem at our חול המועד minyonim
Shacharis is at 7:15 (Boruch She'omar is approx. at 7:25). On הושענא רבה Shacharis is at 7:00.
Mincho is at 4:45 followed by a shiur (the list of speakers appears in our site at www.kayj.net/mm/misc/schedule-shiurim.pdf).
Ma'ariv is after the shiur.
Our timetable can be seen in our site in www.kayj.net/schedule, direct link: www.kayj.net/mm/misc/schedule.pdf
The location is 73 Nof Ramot. Please call 052-761-1890 for directions.
2) We are pleased to advise our friends of progress with our plan to set up our shul and center here in Ramot – Jerusalem
We have now received final planning permission for the building and donations of over $220,000 have been received toward the costs – including a preliminary grant from the Jerusalem municipality. A delegation from KAYJ will be going to London after שמחת תורה to raise further funds. We plan to start with the actual building immediately IYH.
On behalf of the members of K'hal Adas Yeshurun-Jerusalem, we wish you a כתיבה וחתימה טובה. May we all be inscribed for a good 5769, for each of us individually as well as Klal Yisroel as a whole.
As this year comes to an end we would like to acknowledge the siyata d'shmaya we have received during the past year. Firstly the appointment of our first Rov, HaRav Yehuda Gans, shlit'o, as leader of our nascent kehilla: the appointment of Rav Gans has helped solidify the base and commitment of our mispallelim. Rav Gans' shiurim have a growing following and his weekly parsho shiurim are emailed out to many of our supporters (and can be found on the forum). Our Ashkenaz discussion forum (www.kayj.net/forum) was set up to bring together people, halocho and minhogim, and logged over 600 postings and 15,000 views this year. We have recently added a new forum called "Memoirs", which brings stories from Kehillous in the past. The fascinating talk about Frankfurt given by Mr. Willie Neuberger z'l is posted there, and so are the classic memoirs of Mr. Hermann Schwab z'l. We look forward to adding further memoirs.
Two new communities (K'hal Adas Yeshurun-Beitar and Kehillas Ashkenaz of Baltimore) that were co-founded by former members of KAYJ, continue to thrive. Other ventures have also been initiated to form Ashkenaz kehillous and who IYH will receive support from KAYJ in setting up botei tefiloh nusach Ashkenaz using the nusach project www.kayj.net/nusach which now has over 200 recordings of German nusach and tunes for tefiloh.
Over recent months the kehillo has welcomed a number of families from abroad who have chosen to make Ramot and KAYJ their home and look forward to extending this welcome to others.
Once again, a כתיבה וחתימה טובה from KAYJ,
Yeshayohu Schneller and Michael Friedman
1) Last Shabbos (Parshas Shlach), Harav B. Hamburger spent Shabbos at KAYJ to the delight of our mispallelim and neighbors who came out of curiosity. He spoke in shul between Kabbolas Shabbos and Ma'ariv, and mentioned that Harav Shimon Schwab ZTL instructed him that the new Ashkenaz shuls in Eretz Yisro'el should try to re-establish the pre-Holocaust minhogim of Frankfurt . In order to do this he needed the help of living connections to the Frankfurt Kehillo. Two of these people passed away last week. The first was Mr. Ya'akov Bar Or (Breuer) who recorded many melodies and passed on many minhogim (examples brought - Hollekreisch, melody of Av horachamim, and the minhogim of Seifer Aftartoh). The second was Mr. Gavri'el Eric Freudenstein (from Riverdale), who loved our mesouroh so much, and gave plenty of information on minhogim (example brought - the different minhogim of washing the hands of the couhanim before Birkas Couhanim). Shet'hei nishmosom tzruroh bitzrour hachayim. Rav Hamburger concluded that KAYJ is a live continuation of the mesouroh they passed on.
Next Rav Hamburger talked about the special zchus we have in KAYJ, that Harav Yehudoh Gans Shlito has been inagurated to be the shul's Rov. Rav Hamburger talked about the importance of having a Rov in the shul, and tied it with the minhog of saying Mi shebeirach (while reading the Seifer Touroh).
2) The Shabbos shiurim of Harav Gans are available for the public in the announcements section in this forum, and can be seen at this link.
3) KAYJ's website, kayj.org [kayj.net], has a few new features that have been added. The front page now has a short description about the Kehillo. Another new feature is the detailed minyon timetable that now can be accessed in the minyonim page (www.kayj.org/minyanim.html) [www.kayj.net/schedule]. Many many thanks to R' Eliyohu Goldberg for his efforts.
We would like to thank Prof. Yisroel Aumann who put in the efforts to make sure the transliteration on KAYJ's publications is correct. We appreciate very much all of the time he put in.
Mazel tov to Harav Gans Shlito, for bringing his son's wimpel to shul.
Mazel Tov to R' Pinchos Sternfeld and his wife, on the birth of his first son. Mazel tov also to the grandparents, R' Michoel Kernberg and his wife.
Mazel Tov to R' Yitzchok Shmueli, for bringing his son's wimpel to shul.
Mazel Tov to R' Chaim Shmueli and his wife, on the birth of their grandchildren.
Refuoh shleimoh to Danny Verdoner, Doniel ben Leoh בתוך שאר חולי ישראל.
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