Golders Green Kollel HaRabbonim
Established over 45 years ago by Rav Gershon Hager shlita, Golders Green Kollel HaRabbonim was the first Torah centre in North West London. The Kollel has contributed greatly towards the growth of Torah and Yiddishkeit in our area and we hope you will take the time to read about some of our achievements.
The importance to a town of having a place of pure, intensive Torah study is today appreciated by most communities around the world. Golders Green Kollel HaRabbonim has facilitated this goal and has succeeded, b’siyato dishmayo, in creating a thriving Beis Hamedrash where the sound of Torah can be heard from the early hours of the morning until late at night.
The current Chabura comprises local avreichim who were previously learning in some of the foremost yeshivos and kollelim in Eretz Yisroel and were drawn to the Kollel by its high standard of learning. The regular intake of new avreichim joining the existing members of the Kollel ensures that the chabura maintains its freshness and vitality. In addition to the full-time members, a number of other avreichim learn with the Kollel during either the morning or afternoon seder and are integral members of the Chabura.
Besides the members of the Kollel itself, many other people learn in the Beis Hamedrash on a daily basis. The Kollel provides a vibrant place of learning for many local Rabbonim, baalei batim, schoolboys, students and other avreichim. The vibrancy of the atmosphere and the extensive yedias haTorah of the Kollel members provides tremendous benefit to all. The Beis Hamedrash also serves as a base for numerous visiting talmidei chachomim, who spend many hours in the Kollel during their time in London.
In addition to its role as a place of Torah learning, the Kollel takes much pride in its unparalleled success in placing mechanchim and marbitzei Torah to serve within the kehilla. A number of former members of the Kollel have been appointed as rabbonim of local shuls and others have become maggidei shiur at various yeshivos and seminaries around the world. The majority of avreichim have entered the field of chinuch in local schools and continue to teach and inspire their talmidim in their respective mosdos. Members and former members of the Kollel regularly give shiurim in local shuls and mosdos and for the popular “Torah Way” programme.
Amongst the alumni of the Kollel are: Rabbi M Chissick (Pardes House), Rabbi A Jacobson (Menorah Grammar School), Rabbi A Cope (Beis Medrash Elyon), Rabbi Y Y Lev (Rav, Beis Hamedrash Avreichim and Menahel Pardes House Grammar), Rabbi A Morelle (Torah Temimah), Rabbi Z D Cohen (Tiferes High School- Menorah High), Rabbi D Tugendhaft (Rav, Nishmas Yisroel), Rabbi D Stern (Rav, Kehillas Ohel Moshe), Rabbi E Steinberg (Kollel Ner Abraham KOM), Rabbi S Joseph (Rosh Yeshivah Mekor Chaim, Rav, Beis Hamedrash Kol Yaakov), Rabbi Y Aberman (Magid Shiur), Rabbi C Pinter (Pardes House), Rabbi M Rappaport (Rav, Imrei Sheffer) Rabbi Y Hirsch (Pardes House), Rabbi M Markovic (Rosh Kollel Ner Avrohom KOM), and Rabbi M Lawrence (Kollel Kesser Yisroel, Safre D'Daynei UOHC Golders Green Beis Din), Rabbi S Spitzer (Rosh Kollel Netzach Yisroel), Rabbi A Blau (Maggid Shiur Daf Hayomi Beis Yissochar Dov), Rabbi D Kada (Dayan and Rav of Spanish and Portuguese Shul - Wembley), Rabbi Y Lewis (PHGS), Rabbi Yaacov Lewis (PHGS), Rabbi M B Grossnass (Pardes House Grammar), Rabbi A Nemeth (RAM Montefiore Semicha Kollel JLE Rosh Beis Hamedrash), and most recently Rabbi Meir Homburger (MGS) and Rabbi Moshe Dovid Leitner (Deputy Menahel Tashbar), Rabbi AS Brief ( Rav Westcliffe),Rabbi B Marks(Federation Beis Din),Rabbi B Chody(Evening Chaburah, GGBH), Rabbi Y Sterling(Evening Chabura Imrei Shefer), Rabbi E Goiten(MPS).
Other former avreichim, whilst not occupying official positions in rabbonus or chinuch, contribute significantly to the kehilla in other capacities and are prominently involved in many aspects of communal life and local mosdos.
We thank Hashem for all the siyato di’shmayo over the years and daven for the continued hatzlocho of the Kollel and all its supporters.