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1. K'hal Adas Yeshurun Jerusalem elects a Rov
After almost 8 years, K'hal Adas Yeshurun of Jerusalem has elected a Rov. On motzo'ei shabbos parshas כי תצא the community members met in shul, and a very large majority voted for Harav Yehudah Gans shlita to be the Rov. Harav Yehudah Gans shlita is an alumni of yeshivas "Kol Torah" and was a close talmid of Harav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach zt"l.
In the past years Harav Yehudah Gans shlita learned the ways of הוראה from his father, Harav Yisro'el Gans shlita of Mattersdorf, who advised and convinced him to accept the offer to lead Khal Adas Yeshurun of Jerusalem.
The הכתרה will be IYH on motzo'ei shabbos parshas בראשית at 20:30, in the hall of "משכן שרגא" which is located in rechov Shivat Tziyon 10, Ramot Aleph, Jerusalem. We're looking forward to your attendance.
2. KAYJ Building project
After many bureaucratic delays that we have had to go through, at long last we're hoping the tractors will be able to start working around Chanuka time. More updates will come as we move ahead.
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."
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