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. R’ Zvi should be זוכה to בריות גופא ונהורא מעליא and loads of שמחות and נחת from all his פירות.
The Rosh Chabura of many years, HoRav Shmuel Kaufman שליט״א, took over the leadership of the Kollel some four 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 a renowned 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 two years, 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 Mechanchim. They will attribute their שטייגען and becoming תלמידי חכמים to כולל עטרת משה which has been an example of התמדה, ליגען אין לערנען 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.
Two years ago, the first campaign was launched and it Boruch Hashem proved very Matzliach. It provided a full year of support for the Kollel enabling its continuation of יגיעה בתורה. Last year, another campaign took place, which was also, with much Siyatta Dishmaya, very Matzliach. 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 is,לעילוי נשמת ר´ יצחק בן אברהם ז״ל, Ivor Smith, whose second Yahrzeit falls ,בו ביום on the day of the campaign-ב שבט . Ivor ז״ל was known to all as a man whose Torah values, principles, priorities and קביעות עתים לתורה were legendary. His legacy is continued with his אשת חיל Betty עמו״ש, caring for their family and and Klal Yisroel in the most incredible way. May this campaign and the family’s generosity be לעילוי לנשמתו הטהורה.
The Kaufman brothers, led by HaRav Yossi, are long standing friends of the Kollel and generous matchers to the campaign. The campaign is taking place around כז טבת, which is their father R Mendel’s, 7th Yohrzeit הרב זכריה מנחם בן ר׳ משה זצ״ל. R Mendel was a very modest and refined individual who had an open and generous heart. May the family’s generosity be לעילוי לנשמתו הטהורה.
Beis Hamedrash Ohr Chodosh of Golders Green, led by Dayan Menachem Gelley Shlita adopted us as their Kollel and we value their friendship immensely. The Kollel has a lot of Hakoras Hatov to all members of the Shul. A special mention to R’ Chaim Schwab, R’ Jerome Ormonde and their families who have always been there for the Kollel and have spearheaded the Kollel-shul relationship.
The aim is to raise £180,000 which is the total we בעזהש״ת hope to achieve from this fundraising effort. With the help of our good loyal friends, we will beH 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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