Bonim” educational institutions include:-
ten kollels, three yeshivos for young men, a Talmud Torah, an elementary
school for girls, a range of preschools and kindergartens, youth groups,
and evening lectures for women.
|The Old City Kollel:
Nearly 160 students learn around the clock, starting with a night kollel
which begins at midnight and continuing with learning seders through
the entire day. They pray the morning prayers at “vasikin” (sunrise)
and the Gemara learning is both “bekius” and “b’iyun,” and
includes weekly lectures. The majority of the veteran members of the community
learn in this kollel, and it was from this kollel that all
the other institutions branched out. During the last few years, the kollel
completed learning all of Seder Moed and half of Seder Nashim.
|The Kollel Hatanim:
This kollel is comprised of the second generation of Shuvu Bonim/Nechamat
Tzion: the newly married sons of veteran members of the community.
The learning program is focused on both Halacha and Gemara
and is under the guidance of several leading contemporary Poskim,
primarily Rabbi Moshe Halberstam, shlit”a. At the end of a learning
cycle that lasts nearly four years and intensive testing, they can attain
certificates which permit them to decide Halachic questions and
are officially ordained as Rabbis.
- This is a kollel that combines study with outreach activities.
Over sixty students in this kollel study an entire day, and then
go out in the evenings throughout the country doing outreach activities
including home visits and public lectures. In this way, they share Rebbe
Nachman’s teachings with others. This kollel is made up of many
of the newer students of Rabbi Berland and has recently moved to a new
base in the Old City, in the original yeshiva building.
During the last few years, the yeshiva’s outreach program has given rise
to additional branches of the yeshiva, where several hundred students currently
learn. As of now, seven of these branches have become full day kollels.
The branches of the yeshiva can be found throughout the country, from Eilat
in the south to Kiryat Shemonah in the north. For the most part, the teachers
in these kollels are Rabbis who have been with the community for
many years. They are involved in this holy effort with great self-sacrifice
Rosh Yeshiva, Rabbi Berland, emphatically promotes the diligent
learning of the Talmud, in-depth, as being of prime importance for
spiritual growth. The students of all the Yeshiva's Kollels are
given a written, in-depth test on their learning every week. They are required
to take all the tests, in addition to completing a minimum number of hours
learning in order to receive the monthly stipend. They are also tested
periodically by some of the leaders of the Rabbanim in Jerusalem.
Talmud Torah, the Yeshiva Ketanah and Gedolah, and the Girls’
yeshiva, under Rabbi Berland’s influence, has placed special emphasis on
the education of the younger generation. It devotes a great deal of thought,
time, and a sizeable portion of its financial resources to the children’s
|The Talmud Torah:
There are five classes
with a total of nearly 120 boys. The pupils study under some of the best
teachers in Yerushalayim, using a unique program that has been enormously
Two Yeshivot Ketanot
(for boys who are over the age of bar–mitzvah):
Each one has four classes,
with a total of nearly one hundred students. Every year, a new class is
|The School for Girls:
There are three preschool
and kindergarten classes that serve nearly sixty girls, and there are approximately
another sixty girls in the lower elementary school grades.
activities for the the younger generation:-
In light of the many difficult
challenges that the children have to confront, the educational administration
of the youth groups of Nechamat Tzion has formulated the following
central goal: the formation of interesting and exciting educational extra-curricular
programming for all the children of the Yeshiva. Programs are offered both
on weekdays and during Shabbosim and holidays. These activities serve nearly
eight hundred children and adolescents, who range in age from preschoolers
to students of the Yeshivot Gedolot. The activities include: boys’
groups that meet daily; “Avos u’Bonim” learning groups for fathers
and sons on Shabbos; supervised indoor play areas filled with toys and
games; academic enrichment groups; monthly summer camps; vacation activities
(hikes, trips to the holy sites, etc.); and an intercession yeshiva. The
children receive individual attention that is unusually dedicated and professional.
With G–d’s help, the educators have seen wonderful fruit, which is the
compensation for all their hard work—which is mostly done on a volunteer
There are weekly lectures
given to the women of the Yeshiva on Chassidus, Mussar, and
from the renowned Rabbanite Tehilla Berland. Her open classes have become
quite famous with close to five hundred women attending. Lectures are also
arranged for the women by some of the best speakers in Yerushalayim covering
topics such as education, Halacha, etc.
Various trips are also
organized for the women of the community including a weekly bus to Rachel’s
Tomb. There is also an annual convention in Tiberias where the women have
several days of prayer and intense study in a relaxing vacation atmosphere.
Much effort is invested in the planning and execution of this yearly outing
so that the women come home inspired and with a deeper understanding of
the path of Breslov Chassidus. Last summer, nearly 250 women attended.
|Charity and Chessed
The yeshiva operates a
number of charity funds to assist the students both during the year and
especially before each of the holidays. There is also a fund which helps
young couples when they get married. There is a group that provides food
for two weeks to the families of women who have just given birth, as well
as an organization that distributes vegetables to needy families at reduced
The yeshiva maintains
a special interest-free loan fund called “Matat Mordechai” to which
donors sign a standing monthly bank order for a minimal sum in order to
help young couples purchase their first apartment. This money is loaned
out over and over again and has, to date, enabled more than one hundred
families with minimal resources to purchase apartments.
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