At the Zichron Yechiel Meir Night Kollel, the yungeleit feel a special connection. This feeling is attributed to the rosh kollel, Rav Tzvi Elimelech Waxman. A native of Monsey, Rav Waxman has been active in the Monsey community for over half a century, from his years as executive director of Bais Medrash Elyon, to his founding of the Beth Medrosh of Monsey Kollel, and, most recently, to his building of a beautiful bais medrash as a home for the kollel. The kollel has been in existence for over 30 years and has produced many rabbonim and mechabrei seforim.
Eight years ago, Rav Tzvi Elimelech embarked on yet another journey of harbotzas Torah, establishing a night kollel in Lakewood. Gathering a group of outstanding yungeleit from Bais Medrash Govoah, a kollel opened in the Elmwood Village Shul and was named Zichron Yechiel Meir after Rav Tzvi Elimelech’s son, Rav Yechiel Meir Waxman zt”l, longtime administrator of the Lakewood Cheder and gabbai at Bais Medrash Govoah.
The learning at the kollel is accomplished at an advanced level. The group has already completed many masechtos and is currently learning Maseches Brachos.
One of the highlights of the kollel is the monthly visit by the rosh kollel. The yungeleit look forward to spending time talking with Rav Waxman and hearing his hashkofas hachaim. Rav Tzvi Elimelech delivers a shmooze to the yungeleit. Because of his close relationship with his rabbeim at Yeshiva Torah Vodaas and Bais Medrash Elyon, Rav Waxman offers unique insights into Torah hashkafah, as well as many personal anecdotes about his interactions with gedolim of the last generation.
The Zichron Yechiel Meir Night Kollel held its inaugural parlor meeting on May 16 at Khal Zichron Yaakov in Lakewood. Rav Meshulom Zishe Waxman, son of Rav Tzvi Elimelech and R”M at Yeshiva Tiferes Elimelech, was honored by the kollel in recognition of his harbotzas Torah of over three decades.
The guest speaker was Rav Shmuel Kamenetsky, rosh yeshiva of the Philadelphia Yeshiva.