Over 20 years ago כולל עטרת משה was founded in ירושלים by הגאון ר׳ צבי Goldblum שליט״א formerly of NW London and a תלמיד of Brisk under ר׳ יושר בער זצוק״ל. The כולל was established by request of english Yungerleit to have their very own מקום תורה in ירושלים.
The concept proved very successful and had tremendous הצלחה under R’ Zvi.
The Rosh Chabura of many years HoRav Shmuel Kaufman שליט״א took over the leadership of the Kollel some three years ago.
HoRav Shmuel is the son of the late Manchester Rosh HaKollel הגאון הצדיק ר׳ וופצי קאופמן זצוק״ל. R Shmuel learnt in Gateshead Yeshiva followed by Ponevezh under הגאונים ר׳ שך ור׳ דוד פברסקי זצ״ל. He is renowned as a Talmid chochom with a soft nature caring for all the needs of the Yungerleit.
כולל עטרת משה have learnt through many מסכתות putting a stress on both סוגיית בעיון and הלכה together with a סדר מוסר which in turn leads to a blend of תורה and יראה together. The Yungerleit have also learnt and had בחינות on יורה דעה and received סמיכה from many of the outstanding רבנים in א״י. The current Yungerleit are a select Chabura of serious Talmidei Chachomim with great Cheshkas Hatorah.
In the past year the Kollel besides expanding in number have had the זכות of a new Rosh Chabura in the afternoon. HoRav Dovid Kestenbaum שליט״א formerly from Manchester is an outstanding תלמיד חכם and brings his charisma and ידיעות התורה to the Kollel which the Yungerleit greatly benefit from.
Dozens of מרביצי תורה across England are alumni including רבנים, מגידי שיעורים, ראשי חבורה and many קודש Mechanchim. They will attest their שטייגען and becoming תלמידי חכמים to כולל עטרת משה which has been an example of התמדה, ליגען אין לערנאן together with יראת שמים.
When the כולל was first established the funds were solely underwritten by R’ Zvi שליט״א for many years; however, this changed after some time. R’ Shmuel Kaufman שליט״א took on the עול of raising the necessary funds for the כולל. This coincided with the first year after his illustrious father’s פטירה so it was taken on as an עילוי לנשמתו הטהורה.
Last year the first campaign was launched and it bH proved very Matzliach. It provided a full year of support for the Kollel enabling its continuation of יגיעה בתורה. In addition to the החזקת התורה a close connection was created between the current Yungerleit, the Alumni and close friends of the Kollel, helping the Kollel to thrive and flourish. So here we are again!
ב״ה there are a number of close friends to the כולל that have very generously agreed to be matchers. Many of them have increased their last years generosity and they are joined by a number of new matchers. We salute them, those that have taken pages, and indeed the donors for their munificence.
The campaign this year is לעילוי נשמת ר´ יצחק בן אברהם ז״ל - Ivor Smith, whose 1st Yohrzeit was a few days ago. Ivor zl was known to all as a man whose Torah values, principles, priorities and קביעות עתים לתורה were legendary. His legacy is continued with his eishes chayil Betty עמו״ש caring not only for their family, but also for Klal Yisroel in an incredible way. May this campaign and the family’s generosity be a זכות and עילוי לנשמתו הטהורה.
One of the senior matchers are long friends of the Kollel; the Kaufman brothers led by HoRav Yossi, sons of the late R’ Mendel Kaufman זכריה מנחם בן ר׳ משה זצ״ל לעילוי נשמת הרב - and the campaign is taking place near to his Yahrzeit - כז טבת. R’ Mendel was a very modest and refined person and had an open and generous heart. May the family’s generosity be a זכות and עילוי לנשמתו הטהורה.
The aim is to raise £120,000 which will בעזהשי״ת assist the Kollel through beH another whole year. With the help of our good loyal friends, we will succeed. May Hashem grant ברכה והצלחה along with סייעתא דשמיא ברוחניות ובגשמיות with נחת from children and grandchildren to all those involved with this campaign.
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