Rav Kotler, Rav Schechter and Rav Raful Head to Eretz Yisroel for Crucial Chinuch Atzmai Meeting


rav-malkiel-kotlerExclusive: Rav Malkiel Kotler, rosh hayeshiva of Beth Medrash Govoha of Lakewood, NJ, as well as Rav Aharon Schechter, rosh hayeshiva of Yeshiva Rabbi Chaim Berlin, and Chacham Yosef Harari-Raful, rosh hayeshiva of Yeshiva Ateret Torah, have embarked on a trip to Eretz Yisroel to take part in a crucial meeting tomorrow morning at the Novotel Hotel in Yerushalayim to discuss the future of the Chinuch Atzmai Torah Schools network. As Matzav.com reported last week, Rav Dovid Feinstein, rosh hayeshiva of Mesifta Tiferes Yerushalayim, is already in Eretz Yisroel to attend the meeting at the behest of Maran Rav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, who has called for the gathering tomorrow to restructure the makeup of Chinuch Atzmai Torah schools in Eretz Yisroel.

Rav Kotler, Rav Schechter and Rav Raful  are members of the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah of Agudas Yisroel of America.

rav-aharon-schechterTomorrow, Rav Kotler is also expected to travel to Bnei Brak following the meeting to deliver a shiur at Yeshiva Orchos Torah, which is led by Rav Aharon Leib Shteinman and is the third largest yeshiva in the city.

Rav Elyashiv desired for all American gedolim who have been involved in Chinuch Atzmai in past years to come to Eretz Yisroel to register as trustees of the organization at this meeting which will recharter the hierarchy of Chinuch Atzmai. The revamping of the organization will result in the creation of two boards, a vaad of 15-20 gedolim and a board of lay officers.

Close to 300 schools are part of the Chinuch Atzmai network.

The High Court of Israel has made efforts to prevent local municipalities from giving support monies to the Chinuch Atzmai rav-yosef-harari-rafulschools. The creation of the new corporation will allow Chinuch Atzmai to function as a vibrant mosad with each of the schools reporting to their designated officers. It will also give the organization the legal power the obtain funding for bussing and other expenses. The corporate channels that will be created will also link the various officers to the vaad of gedolim for guidance and direction on matters of policy and education.

Rav Elyashiv, who rarely leaves his home, will preside over the meeting.

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  1. For an 80 year old man who can barely walk, to get on a plane and travel to Eretz Yisroel, is obviously very hard. When the Godol Hador calls you, you come!!!

  2. It isn’t just the Gadol HaDor calling – it’s Am Yisroel calling. The Chinuch Atzmai school system is crucial to keeping so many children Torah-observant. Without it there would be many, many more children lost to Torah.