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Newsletter #21 Print E-mail
Friday, 01 January 2010 00:00

1. R. and Mrs Michael Friedman are happy to invite the children of KAYJ to the Chol Kreisch of their daughter, which will take place this Shabbos after Shacharis, at 10:45 AM, in their house, Telalim 24 flat #17. The children will leave from shul at 10:30, and will be brought back around 11:15

2. Video of KAYJ Choir at 10th Anniversary Melaveh Malka singing Lewandowski's "Tov Lehodos and Tsadik KaTomor"
Please click here. For Mah Tovu please click here.

3. Rav Binyomin Shlomo Hamburger, shlita to visit Mid-Atlantic and Tri-State region of USA
The Ashkenazic Jewish tradition is the cumulative product of two
millennia of brilliant scholars and dedicated community leaders.
By publishing seforim explaining the solid halachic foundations of
the minhag and establishing new batei knessios, Machon Moreshes
Ashkenaz is revitalizing the spiritual treasures of German Jewry.
The Machon has accompanied KAYJ from its first steps to itws current
dynamic functioning and we owe it a deep debt of gratitude.

Rav Binyamin Shlomo Hamburgerשליט"א has made his life's work collecting, archiving and publishing materials pertaining to Ashkenazic Jewry’s historic, halachic and musical traditions. Born in Switzerland and raised in Bnei Brak, he founded the Machon Moreshes Ashkenaz (Institute for German Jewish Heritage) in 1985. He has authored the widely-acclaimed series Shorshei Minhag Ashkenaz, edited the annual Yerushoseinu and recently released an updated and expanded edition of Meshichei Sheker u’Misnagdeihem. He is currently concluding a monumental study of German-Jewish yeshivos highlighting the Yeshiva of Fürth.

Rav Hamburger will be visiting the East Coast of the USA from Jan 8-20 and B’H many kehillos and yeshivos have invited him to speak b’kovod gadol. We are sure that if you enjoy the learning and growth opportunities that KAYJ offers, you will want to make every effort to see and meet Rav Hamburger when he arrives to a beis medrash near you!

Partial schedule of planned events, be”H

Shabbos parashas Shemos, January 8-9 - Baltimore (Kehillas Ashkenaz, Congregation Shomrei Emunah).
Sunday, January 10 – Silver Spring-Yeshiva of Greater Washington day
Baltimore – Congregation Shearith Israel. evening
Monday, January 11 - Philadelphia - Lower Merion Synagogue.
Tuesday, January 12 - Lakewood – R. Nosson Hershberg's shul..
**Wednesday, January 13 - Lakewood - family Chasuna.
**Thursday, January 14 (day) - Lakewood family Sheva Brochos.
Shabbos parshas Va’era, January 15-16 - Riverdale Jewish Center.
Motza’ei Shabbos, January 16 – Five Towns, NY Young Israel of Wavecrest
Sunday, January 17 – Monsey, NY Congregation Bais Torah, morning.
Bronx, NY, Riverdale Jewish Center, evening.
Monday, January 18 - Passaic, NJ – Congregation Ahavas Israel.
Tuesday, January 19 Elizabeth, NJ - JEC. Elmora Ave Shul

Newsletter #20 Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 December 2009 00:00

1. Melaveh Malkoh marking 10 years for KAYJ

On מוצאי שבת מקץ, KAYJ held a Melaveh Malkoh marking the 10th anniversary of the establishment of our shul - K'hal Adas Yeshurun in Jerusalem.

The evening was attended by Rabbonim, Kehilloh members and friends of the Kehilloh and was accompanied by the shul's choir (who sang הריעו, מה טובו, טוב להודות and אודך כי עניתני).

Rav Yisroel Gans שליט"א spoke about the importance of our 1000 year old Minhogim, from before the time of the Shulchan Oruch.
Rav Binyomin Rimmer שליט"א spoke about the way our Kehilloh is properly run as directed by the Rav, and the serious way in which the Davening is conducted with traditional tunes and without haste.
Rav Shlomo Neiman שליט"א spoke about the importance of keeping and not changing minhogim, and about the special כבוד there is in the Yekkish shuls.
Our Rov, HaRav Yehudah Gans שליט"א expressed the הכרת הטוב to the Gabboim and various Kehilloh members for all that is done for the shul, and spoke about the importance of בתי כנסיות to Klal Yisroel.
Rav Binyomin Shlomo Hamburger שליט"א spoke about the fact that all the Rabbonim in the past and in the present urged him to continue with Minhogei Ashkenaz and to set up these shuls in Eretz Yisroel
At the end of the evening everyone sung together Shir Hamaalos in the traditional melody.

2. The booklet עלי עשור, printed on the event of 10 years to KAYJ

A special booklet (in Hebrew) was printed for the event, including an article from our Rov about the importance of having a Minhag Ashkenaz shul, an article recording the shul's milestones (from the idea, till the date marking 10 years), a summary of the building process, interviews with different Kehilloh members mentioning the reason they come to our Kehilloh, and an article from the Rov about the number 10 in Judaism.

The booklet was sponsored by Mrs. Annette Kirschner from Washington Heights New York, (who specializes in making museum-quality wimpels) and by R' Yitzchok Shechter from Kishrei Kodesh in Bnei Brak (who specializes in STaM and שופרות). Special thanks to Mrs. M. Sternfield for designing the booklet.

The booklet will be sent on request from ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  ) [ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ]. We hope to have it posted on our website in a fortnight.

Newsletter #19 Print E-mail
Tuesday, 08 December 2009 00:00

1. KAYJ marks 10 years of תורה and Mesouroh

Boruch Shehecheyonu, v'kiyemonu v'higionu lazman hazaeh. Parashas Vayishlach 5770 marked the tenth anniversary since the establishment of KAYJ in Ramot Yerushalayim, and was celebrated with a festive davening with a packed shul of mispallelim. Our Rov, HaRav Yehuda Gans שליט"א addressed the Tzibbur on the importance of the number "ten" in machshevas Yisrael (Jewish thought), and a Sheves Achim-Oneg was held with the Rov after Seudas Leil Shabbos.

2. A Melave Malkoh is planned on Moutzoei Shabbos Parshas Mikeitz, as a fundraiser for KAYJ's Beis Ashkenaz synagogue building program, which will be a center of practice and preservation of Ashkenazic halachic, historical and musical traditions. More details will be announced soon.
We are going to put out a booklet for the occasion. Sponsorships are welcome!

3. We will be very happy to welcome visitors to Jerusalem on Chanukoh - please join us for Davening: Shacharis is at 7:00 and Ma'ariv (Chanukoh candle lighting) is at 17:45. The location is 73 Nof Ramot (Wallenstein) - please call 052-761-1890 for directions. The shul timetable can be found at

4. Mazel Tov to R' and Mrs. Michael Friedman on the birth of their daughter
Mazel Tov to R' and Mrs. Michoel Boruch Kernberg on the birth of his granddaughter.
Mazel Tov to R' and Mrs. Yishai Lesser on the birth of their son.
Mazel Tov to R’ and Mrs. Yosef Shlomo Meir, on the birth of their son.
Mazel Tov also to the grandparents, R’ and Mrs. Binyomin Shlomo Hamburger.
Mazel Tov to R' and Mrs. Yosef Prager on the wedding of their son.
Mazel Tov to R' and Mrs. Yeshayahu Schneller on the engagement of their daughter.
Mazel Tov to R' and Mrs. Avrohom Hilel Sinison on the birth of his grandson.

Newsletter #18 Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 September 2009 00:00

Dear Friend:

1) As the New Year 5770 begins we’d like to reflect on the growth and strength of our beloved kehilloh.

Led by Rav Yehuda Gans, shlita, we have approx. 60 member families in our Ramot-Yerushalayim location. His popular shiurim ranging from halocho to chumosh and to hashkofo, have earned him the respect of fellow neighborhood rabbonim and the כבוד from the shul members. It is not rare for many of our neighbors to come to a shiur and through that experience come to appreciate the rich Masoures Ashkenaz. (Some of the shiurim have been typed, and can be seen at this link)

Increasingly, bnei Ashkenaz visitors from chutz lo’oretz seek out our kehilloh for its warmth, rei’us and beautiful tefiloh. We have an open Shabbos invitation to any of our friends, as well as yeshivoh bochurim or seminary girls.

B’H our plans to build Beis Ashkenaz are alive. We are hoping to put together an initial package of $600,000 based on public and private funding to build the first stage. At this time, we are asking our friends to become supporting members for $1000. This payment benefits this important cause, and purchases your own seat on our new sanctuary. Join us as we build for the future on the highest hill in Yerushalayim! (A credit card form can be found at this link, see list of donors at this link).

Our influence has also spread to the corners of the globe. Our e-mail list goes out from Australia to Mexico. The forum participants hail from many different countries. We have about 400 topics and over 1300 posts. It is a thriving, happening site with an average of 20 new posts weekly. The measure of success lay not, of course, in numbers but rather in the lives we are effecting by connecting people more meaningfully with Avoudas Hashem. The Nusach project gets many hits, and we are hoping to start adding more recordings within the coming month.

2) In general Ashkenaz news, Rav Binyomin Shlomo Hamburger of Machon Moreshes Ashkenaz will be visiting the East Coast of the United States, IYH, in early January 2010. As of now he is planning to spend Shabbos parashas שמות, Jan 8-9, in Baltimore at Kehillas Ashkenaz (founded and run by a KAYJ member - Alexander Weil) and parashas וארא at Riverdale Jewish Center. There are still a few spots available for Rav Hamburger to appear during that time, but his stay is limited.

If you have any ideas where he could speak in the Mid-Atlantic or Tri-State area or would simply like to be updated on the itinerary, please contact ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  ) [ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  ]. Drivers, hosts and local organizers will also be needed so please come forward

Remember, we are your “home away from home” when you come to Eretz Yisroel and genuinely want to welcome you!

B’virkas חתימה טובה,

The Gabboim


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