Gedolei Yisroel from a broad section of the community are expected to attend a mass kinus hisorarus for Har Hazeisim this Sunday May 17th at the Agudas Yisroel Bais Binyomin of Avenue L at 10:30 in the morning. The asifa was called at the behest of Harav Moshe Tuvia Lieff, the moroh de’asrah of Agudas Yisroel Bais Binyomin who will address the asifa. The event is being organized by the International Committee for the Preservation of Har Hazeitim (www.saveharhazeitim.org), under the leadership of its chairman Avrohom Lubinsky.
Two leading Roshei Yeshiva and members of the Moetzes Gedolei Hatorah of Agudath Israel will be amongst the roster of speakers at the kinus hisorarus. Harav Shmuel Kaminetsky, Rosh Yeshiva of the Yeshiva of Philadelphia and Harav Aharon Feldman, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivas Ner Yisroel in Baltimore will address the assemblage. Other speakers will include Malcolm Hoenlein, Vice Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, Menachem Lubinsky, co-chair of the ICPHH and Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel, Executive Vice President of Agudath Israel of America.
“It has been five years since we began our efforts during which time we have achieved numerous successes including the installation of 137 surveillance cameras, the establishment of a police sub-station and improvements of many infrastructure projects,” said Avrohom
Lubinsky. “Unfortunately we are still a long way from achieving our objective of total security for the 2.5 kilometer 3000 year-old cemetery.” The ICPHH is demanding the immediate construction of a new high security wall to prevent the periodic desecrations of graves and to protect mourners and visitors.
Mr. Lubinsky revealed that the security of Har Hazeisim was included in the coalition agreements by three out of the four parties in the new government. He added: “We are obviously at a very critical juncture in securing Har Hazeisim and will require the tefillos and support of Klal Yisroel. After all, Har Hazeisim is the bais hachaim of klal yisroel.”
The Committee is pushing for additional cameras, a more robust and permanent police presence, a new high wall, tough new legislation to punish rock throwers and many other security and development projects.
In 2014, the Asifa was held at the home of Harav Lieff but because of the anticipated large attendance, this year’s event is being moved to the Agudah of Avenue L so that larger number of attendees can be accommodated. A light breakfast will be served and the Ezras Nashim will be open.