Rav Don Segal to Address Lakewood Keren Birchas Shmuel Gathering for Avreichim in Eretz Yisroel


rav-don-segalThe annual asifah for Keren Birchas Shmuel L’Hachzokas Bnei Torah, which assists bnei Torah in Eretz Yisroel, will take place tonight at Bais Faiga Hall in Lakewood with the participation of Rav Don Segal, the renowned mashgiach from Eretz Yisroel.

Since its founding six years ago by the rosh yeshiva of Beth Medrash Govoha, Rav Dovid Schustal, the Keren has distributed much-needed assistance to over 6,000 yungeleit in Eretz Yisroel before Yom Tov. In the last 5 years, the Keren has distributed over 50,000 checks totaling over $20 million. This fund was started in response to government cutbacks of monthly stipends. The monies, which are distributed directly to the yungeleit, helped cover the gap.

Rav Shmuel Berenbaum zt”l, the Mirrer rosh yeshiva, played an active role in the Keren, even traveling with tremendous mesiras nefesh to attend an asifa for the Keren shortly before his petirah. It was to be one of his last public appearances. Rav Shmuel insisted that the number of shekalim disbursed to each yungerman should remain constant despite the falling dollar. Thus, a yungerman‘s stipend of $300 was increased to $400. Despite the added expenses, the Keren is committed to following the rosh yeshiva’s mandate.

The strong support of the Lakewood kehillah is a critical component of the Keren’s success. Aside from the actual funds raised, it’s a tremendous chizuk to other benefactors when they see how the yungeleit in Lakewood respond to the plight of their fellow yungeleit in Eretz Yisroel.

This year’s asifa, which will take place with the participation of bnei Torah, roshei yeshiva and the special guest speaker, Rav Segal, will galvanize the kehillah members to do whatever they can to help their fellow bnei Torah in Eretz Yisroel during these tough economic times.

The asifa will begin at 10 p.m.

In the zechus of this support, may everyone merit a kesivah vachasimah tovah and hatzlacha in all their endeavors

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