[Photos below.] The century-old Kamenitzer Yeshiva building in the Geulah section of Yerushalayim, a bustling center of chinuch from preschool through kollel, is now undergoing a historic renovation. A vast, modern $12 million campus is being built, thanks to noted baal tzedakah Reb Shlomo Yehuda Rechnitz of Los Angeles, whose generous contribution has commenced the effort to raise the full sum.
The 100,000-square-foot building occupies a full square block at Rechov Yechezkel and Rechov Ezra, featuring seven stories, a spacious bais medrash, many comfortable classrooms, and abundant dormitory facilities.
Recently, Reb Shlomo Yehuda paid a visit to the Kamenitzer rosh yeshiva, Rav Yitzchok Scheiner, and was inspired by the rosh yeshiva‘s simple lifestyle and selfless dedication to Torah and chinuch. When visiting the yeshiva building, Reb Shlomo Yehuda was shocked at its state of disrepair and determined to help the yeshiva acquire a new home.
Rav Scheiner has taken immense personal interest in the renaissance of the building, which was originally purchased by his father-in-law, Rav Moshe Berenstein zt”l, son-in-law of Rav Boruch Ber Leibowitz zt”l. For many years, the rosh yeshiva has articulated this as a dream that he hopes to see fulfilled during his lifetime, but he did not want to start the project without having secured a significant percentage of the necessary funds. When Reb Shlomo Yehuda, who has developed a very close relationship with Rav Scheiner, heard this personal wish, he notified the rosh yeshiva that he is eager to partner in this project. The two drank a lechayim and joined in a spontaneous dance.
“I originally came to the rosh yeshiva for a bracha. Once I saw firsthand how one of today’s ziknei gedolei hador spends every moment of his life dedicated to molding the next generation with the utmost mesirus nefesh, the decision to help was an easy one,” Reb Shlomo Yehuda remarked.
With the wheels in motion for Kamenitzer talmidim to enjoy suitable facilities, a number of respectable dedication opportunities are available to help bring the dream to full fruition.
For more information about contributing towards this project, contact the US office at firstname.lastname@example.org.