[COMMUNICATED] The name “Kaminetz” is synonymous with the glory of the pre-war Lithuanian yeshiva world. Just uttering the name immediately brings to mind the image of the great rosh yeshiva, Rav Boruch Ber Leibowiz zt”l, who reared generations of Torah leaders and instilled in them love of Torah and a desire to grow in Torah and disseminate it. It was these lofty students of Rav Boruch Ber who replanted the yeshiva world on the shores of America and Eretz Yisroel after the war and ensured that the legacy of Rav Boruch Ber would be perpetuated for future generations.
The Kaminetz Yeshiva itself was reestablished by Rav Boruch Ber’s children in Yerushalayim and, over 50 years ago, found a home in the heart of the Ihr Hakodesh on Rechov Yechezkel. From the campus on Rechov Yechezkel, the sweet sounds of Torah study reverberate day and night, as hundreds of talmidim sit immersed in the limud haTorah that personifies Kaminetz. Over the decades, thousands of talmidim – both native Eretz Yisroeldikers and young men from throughout the Diaspora who traveled to Eretz Yisroel to bask in the unique atmosphere of Kaminetz – have learnt on this campus and gone on to be marbitz Torah worldwide.
Led by the revered zekan roshei yeshivos, Rav Yitzchok Scheiner, the ruchniyus in the yeshiva continues to be on the highest level. Rav Scheiner himself is American-born, a talmid of Rav Shlomo Heiman and Rav Shraga Feivel Mendlowitz at Yeshiva Torah Vodaas of the 1940s. Rav Scheiner’s peers from his time in Torah Vodaas included the nucleus of great men who went on to build the yeshiva world in America. Although Rav Scheiner himself eventually moved to Eretz Yisroel and became rosh yeshiva of Kaminetz upon the passing of his father-in-law, Rav Moshe Berenstein zt”l, son-in-law of Rav Boruch Ber, he always maintained his close connection to the American yeshiva world and is often in contact with the leading American roshei yeshiva, who seek his sage advice and guidance. Thus, Rav Scheiner, who is also a member of the Moetzes Gedolei Hatorah of Eretz Yisroel, is a leading Torah figure for the yeshiva worlds both in Eretz Yisroel and in America.
Several years ago, after the physical conditions of the Kaminetz buildings on Rechov Yechezkel deteriorated greatly, Rav Scheiner undertook a mammoth project to complete a beautiful new building at Rechov Yechezkel 22, in the heart of Yerushalayim. It is a breathtaking structure in the center of Yerushalayim that houses a spacious bais medrash, as well as a state-of-the-art dormitory with hundreds of beds, many shiur rooms, and every other amenity a talmid needs to help him grow in Torah and ruchniyus.
The construction was made possible through the support of generous donors, who, hearing about Rav Scheiner’s dream to erect a fitting new home for the yeshiva, notified the rosh yeshiva that they were eager to partner in this project.
In recognition of the mesirus nefesh of the rosh yeshiva and their appreciation to the yeshiva, the talmidim of Yeshivas Kaminetz – over 3,000 alumni in Eretz Yisroel and numerous talmidim across the Diaspora – are coming out to express their hakoras hatov to Rav Scheiner. A massive asifa was held in Eretz Yisroel this past Sunday night and a gala dinner will be held at Bell Works in Holmdel, NJ, this coming Sunday night, March 10. Rav Scheiner will be traveling in to the tri-state from Yerushalayim to participate in the event, which promises to be an uplifting and inspiring evening. The event will begin at 7 p.m.
The talmidim and other admirers of the yeshiva recognize Kaminetz as the bearer of the shalsheles haTorah, the institution that carries the torch of the exalted world of the prewar Lithuanian yeshivos and is transmitting this legacy to the next generation.
For more information and dedication opportunities, contact the yeshiva administration at [email protected] or 917.791.5533.