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1. K'hal Adas Yeshurun Jerusalem records a new choir CD.
A new CD of synagogue music has been recorded by KAYJ's choir. On this CD, you can hear Tzadik Katomor, Veshomru, and many more songs, with musical accompaniment. Also contained on the CD is a brief video with excerpts from the cornerstone-laying. To hear a sample track (Yigdal) from the CD, click on this link.
2. KAYJ's nusach project is moving ahead
As far as the nusach project on our site (www.kayj.org) [www.kayj.net] is concerned, a lot of work has been done. Eliyahu Goldberg has arranged the nusach page in a way that is aesthetically pleasing and easy to use. Special thanks to him for that, and for making and hosting the site. Aside from that, many new recordings have been added, and you can now hear Kabbolas Shabbos, Arvis, and Shacharis of Shabbos, with Musaf coming soon. We're also in the process of a cycle-of-the-year project in which every special time of the year, as it arrives, will have some of it's niggunim made available. So far, those for the 17th of Tammuz and 9th of Av are available, and coming soon are those for Elul and Yomim Noro'im. We're also working on all the different Mevorchim HaChodesh. Thanks to Menasheh Steiglitz for all of his work in editing, categorizing, and uploading the recordings.
3. Former KAYJ member co-founds Minhag Ashkenaz minyan in USA
Though Alexander Weil, a member of KAYJ, recently left the friendly confines of Ramot with his family to live in Baltimore closer to relatives, he took part of the shul with him. "Though we had mixed feelings about leaving, I was determined to continue playing a role in the modern-day Ashkenaz revival," said Mr. Weil. "We are attempting to transplant the important work of Machon Moreshes Ashkenaz and K'hal Adas Yeshurun-Jerusalem to chutz l'aretz." Together with R. Shlomo Wiener, a cheder rebbe in Baltimore who grew up in the KAJ-Monsey kehillo, and 18 other yidden, Mr. Weil rekindled the Ashkenaz tradition in a city once known for its palpable yekkish presence, where R. Shimon Schwab zt'l, an ideological supporter of Machon Moreshes Ashkenaz, first served as a Rov in America. The minyan will initially, b'ezras Hashem, meet once a month on leil Shabbos and leil Yom Tov, with the door left open for possible future growth.
4. Rabbi Dr. Jacob Wiener, 90, Holocaust survivor, speaks at KAYJ
5. Mazal Tov
Mazal tov to Menasheh and Avigayil Steiglitz on the birth of a baby girl.
Friends of K'hal Adas Yeshurun-Jerusalem launched a website for our shul at www.kayj.org [www.kayj.net]. Jews worldwide will now have the opportunity to learn about, listen to and support Masores Ashkenaz with just a few clicks of the mouse. The website features Frankfurt nusach preservation project by shull's chazzan. A work-in-progress planned to eventually include synagogue, wedding and home music, digitally recorded MP3 versions of Frankfurt-style tefilla will now be available for easy listening and free download. We are hoping to add files every week.
A brief about the cornerstone laying, and our timetable for the tefilah could be seen in the site also.
Eventually short video clips of the Chol HaMoed Pesach Cornerstone Laying will be featured. Entrants to the site will also get to learn about the founders, gabbaim and members of the kehilla that make it a special makom Torah and tefilla.
We want to thank Mr. Eliyahu Goldberg for all of his work, for preparing and launching and hosting the site, and for all of his efforts to help maintaining masores Ashkenaz. תהי משכורתו שלמה מעם השם.
Zev Brenner to interview R. Michael Friedman
R. Michael Friedman, co-founder, gabbai and chazzan of K'hal Adas Yeshurun-Jerusalem, will be interviewed on-air by well-known New York Jewish talk show personality Zev Brenner tonight at 9 pm EST. Tracks from the synagogue choir's debut cd "M'dor l'dor: Mazal Tov! Traditional Ashkenaz wedding music" will be played in conjunction with the interview of R. Friedman, the author of "Chiyuv Hashira B'tefila" in Machon Moreshes Ashkenaz's recently published Yerushaseinu, a scholarly yearbook of Torah, halacha and minhagim.
In the NY area, listeners can tune into WMCA 570 AM. Outside of NY, one can logon to www.talklinecommunications.com for a web simulcast and click on "listen live."
1. Cornerstone-laying Ceremony
The song Boruch HaBo greeted hundreds of visitors at the cornerstone-laying ceremony of the K'hal Adas Yeshurun shul in the Ramot neighborhood of Yerushalayim. Sung to a special ancient tune, the music was performed by the shul choir, consisting of both adults and children.
On the 17th of Nissan, Chol haMoed Pesach, 5767, the foundation stone of the shul belonging to the flourishing K'hal Adas Yeshurun kehilla was laid. Hundreds of people, roshei yeshiva, morei hora'a, rabbonim, and public figures gathered in the place designated by the Municipality of Yerushalayim for the kehilla. For it is here in Yerushalayim that the Ashkenaz traditions of old are being restored. Many community members daven regularly in the shul; some of them were born into the Ashkenaz kehillos of Germany, France, Switzerland, and the Netherlands.
The shul, which began functioning seven years ago in a bomb shelter, and which was established under the auspices of Machon Moreshes Ashkenaz, at whose head stands HaRav Binyomin Shlomo Hamburger shlita, has acquired an honorable name for itself among the other shuls set up by him in chareidi centers, both in Eretz Yisrael and in Chutz laAretz. The Municipality of Yerushalayim authorized a site for the
building of the shul K'hal Adas Yeshurun, and work is about to begin on building a magnificent and spectacular beis knesses.
Hundreds of participants, community members, friends, and neighborhood residents, shared a unique spiritual experience at the opening of the ceremony, upon hearing those pesukim set to a tune commonly sung in kehillos Ashkenaz on special occasions. HaGaon HaRav Yisrael Gans shlita, opened with words of thanks to HaKadosh Baruch Hu and emotionally expressed satisfaction that K'hal Adas Yeshurun is
flourishing. He emphasized the uniqueness of the kehilla, which is preserving Minhag Frankfurt-am-Main, and recalled his grandfather, who was a gabbi in the Frankfurt shul. HaRav shlita wished the members of
the kehilla great success.
Following, the foundation scroll of the shul was proclaimed, exhorting its members to preserve the heritage of their ancestors, Minhagei Ashkenaz. The scroll was laid in the ground while rabbonim and public figures placed over it the foundation stone of the shul. At this point in the ceremony, the choir burst into song, using the words from Hallel, "Even ma'asu habonim, hay'sah l'rosh pina." Those present were extremely moved. During the rendition, a drawing of the shul building was unveiled by Prof. Yisrael Aumann. Those sharper-eyed participants noted the great similarity between the future Ramot shul
and the original one in Frankfurt, belonging to the kehilla of HaRav Shimshon Raphael Hirsch ztz"l, subsequently led by his son-in-law HaRav Shlomo Zalman Breuer ztz"l, a shul which was destroyed by the Nazis y"sh on Kristallnacht.
The dais was graced by renowned rabbonim, among them HaGaon HaRav Neiman shlita, rav of the Ramot neighborhood; HaRav Uri Lupoliansky shlita, mayor of Yerushalayim; HaGaon HaRav Binyomin Rimmer shlita, son-in-law of Maran HaGaon HaRav Shalom Yosef Elyashiv shlita, who has accompanied the kehilla from its inception; HaGaon HaRav Moshe Yehudah Schlesinger shlita, rosh yeshiva of Kol Torah, and Frankfurt-born; and HaGaon HaRav Shmuel Yaakov Borenstein shlita, rosh yeshiva of Kiryas Melech. Nobel Prize winner Prof. Aumann also addressed the audience. All delivered divrei bracha to the kehilla.
During the proceedings, a surprise announcement was made that Prof. Moshe (Gerald) Friedman would be donating a most generous sum towards the building of the shul, a gesture which considerably moved everyone present.
HaRav Binyomin Shlomo Hamburger shlita closed with a description of how almost two decades ago he set up the first minyan run according to Minhag Ashkenaz haMuvhak at the Mayenei Hayeshua Medical Center in Bnei Brak, and how, since then, he has accompanied the establishing of other Ashkenaz minyanim in Bnei Brak, Yerushalayim, Kiryat Sefer, Beitar, and other locations. He quoted various poskim on the importance of Ashkenaz heritage and emphasized the fact that K'hal Adas Yeshurun in Yerushalayim will be built, not only in one of the highest places in the city, but also towering above private dwellings, as specified by Chazal. He praised the gabbaim, HaRav Michael Friedman and HaRav Yeshayahu Schneller, and wished them success in their efforts to preserve Moreshes Ashkenaz.
The shul choir, which had sung Ma Tovu, Tov Lehodos, and Tzadik Katamar during the evening, then performed Shir Hama'alos Ashrei Kol Y'rei Hashem as it was customarily sung in the Frankfurt shul.
Long after the proceedings had drawn to a close, many participants lingered, sharing memories of kehillos hakodesh in the lands of Ashkenaz and expressing their desire to help keep alive this heritage rooted in days of old.
2. Mazal Tov
Mazal Tov to Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Weil on the birth of their daughter!
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