Lev L’Achim Annual National Convocation Today in Eretz Yisroel in Memory of Rav Svei and Rav Weinberg; Rav Raful To Speak


lev-lachim1In Eretz Yisroel, Lev L’Achim is gearing up for the annual National Convocation that will take place today, Tuesday, in Bnei Brak. More than 4,000 field workers, program volunteers and the staff of eleven divisions from all of the Lev L’Achim branches at work in 82 cities in Israel will converge on Bnai Brak for a day of in-service training, symposiums on kiruv and inspiration.

 This year’s event is dedicated to the memory of two of the Gedolei Torah who were the founders of P’eylim / Lev L’Achim, HaRav Elya Svei zt”l, Rosh Yeshiva of Philadelphia and HaRav Noach Weinberg zt”l, Rosh Yeshiva of Aish HaTorah and one of the leading visionaries of the kiruv world.

 The highlight of the day is the special Ma’amad Maranan V’Rabbanan which brings scores of the leading Gedolei Torah of the country together for one magnificent session. The elder Gedolim address the thousands of assembled Lev L’Achim personnel and are joined each year by a special guest representing the Gedolei Torah of America.

 This year, HaRav Yosef Harari-Raful, Rosh HaYeshiva of Yeshiva Ateret Torah of Brooklyn and a member of the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah of America, has made the journey to Eretz Yisroel accompanied by Rabbi David Ozeirey, rov of the Avenue J Torah Center and Director of Yeshiva Ateret Torah.

 The two Sephardic Torah leaders are touring Lev L’Achim programs and are meeting with the Gedolei Torah to discuss an array of important issues. A full report on the asifa and the trip of Rav Raful and Rabbi Ozeirey will appear next week.

The convention itself is being aired live and can be seen in America in real-time by logging on to their website by clicking on the following link: here. Matzav.com has been told that on the “Live Video” list there will appear an option to tune in to the Lev L’Achim Kennes.

The following is a schedule of what will be happening at the asifa (all times are for New York (i.e. 7 hours behind Eretz Yisroel). Please amend to your local time as needed.

9:30 AM – Opening Session – Presentations by directors of “Lev Shomea” division dealing with dropout prevention and the issues of youth-at-risk.

10:30 AM – Shailos U’Teshuvos: Q&A with Rav Yitzchok Zilberstein presented by Rabbi Eliezer Sorotzkin. This yearly compendium of halachic questions from the front lines of the Kiruv world is one of the highlights of the annual Asifa. 

12:00 Noon – Ma’amad Maranan V’Rabanan. The Mara D’Asra of Zichron Meir (where the Asifa is taking place), Rav Shmuel Wosner, author of Shevet HaLevi and one of the elder Gedolim of the generation, is scheduled to deliver opening remarks. He will be followed by Rav Michel Yehudah Lefkovits, Rav Nissim Karelitz, Rav Nosson Zvi Finkel and Rav Yosef Harari-Raful. As has become the tradition for this event, the closing address will be delivered by Rav Aharon Leib Shteinman with the attendance of Rav Chaim Kanievsky who makes this one and only public appearance each year to be mechazek the people of Lev L’Achim. Rav Baruch Shapira of the Lev L’Achim Hanhala will chair the session.

1:30 PM – Words of Inspiration: The noted Mashgiach, Rav Chizkiyahu Mishkovsky will be joined by Rabbi David Ozeirey in delivering a message that will resound in the hearts and minds of the Lev L’Achim personnel for a long time to come.

2:30 PM – Rav Uri Zohar & The World of Teshuva: Experience the inner workings of the journey home as the master communicator discuses the personal sagas of various Baalei Teshuva in this exciting roundtable session.

4:30 PM – Convention Closing.

{Yair Alpert-Matzav.com Israel/Dovid Bernstein-Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. As of this moment (11:30 AM) Kol HaLashon is reporting problems with the video uplink. They have the audio up on the Kol HaLashon website (today’s date, under the title “kenesim meyuchadim”) and will post the video recording immediately after the Asifa is over at 5 PM New York time. In the interim, keep checking the link provided to see if the live video feed has gone active as it is expected to do at any moment.

    Please note that the Gedolei Yisroel who stand at the helm of Lev L’Achim do not allow them to maintain a website. It has been deemed as something not integral to the core mission of the organization.

    This video and audio presentation is brought to you by Kol HaLashon who do exemplary work in bringing shiurei Torah to the public under the guidance and with the full backing of the Gedolei Yisroel.