Dear Friend,

On behalf of the members of K'hal Adas Yeshurun-Jerusalem, we wish you a כתיבה וחתימה טובה. May we all be inscribed for a good 5769, for each of us individually as well as Klal Yisroel as a whole.

As this year comes to an end we would like to acknowledge the siyata d'shmaya we have received during the past year. Firstly the appointment of our first Rov, HaRav Yehuda Gans, shlit'o, as leader of our nascent kehilla: the appointment of Rav Gans has helped solidify the base and commitment of our mispallelim. Rav Gans' shiurim have a growing following and his weekly parsho shiurim are emailed out to many of our supporters (and can be found on the forum). Our Ashkenaz discussion forum ( was set up to bring together people, halocho and minhogim, and logged over 600 postings and 15,000 views this year. We have recently added a new forum called "Memoirs", which brings stories from Kehillous in the past. The fascinating talk about Frankfurt given by Mr. Willie Neuberger z'l is posted there, and so are the classic memoirs of Mr. Hermann Schwab z'l. We look forward to adding further memoirs.

Two new communities (K'hal Adas Yeshurun-Beitar and Kehillas Ashkenaz of Baltimore) that were co-founded by former members of KAYJ, continue to thrive. Other ventures have also been initiated to form Ashkenaz kehillous and who IYH will receive support from KAYJ in setting up botei tefiloh nusach Ashkenaz using the nusach project which now has over 200 recordings of German nusach and tunes for tefiloh.

Over recent months the kehillo has welcomed a number of families from abroad who have chosen to make Ramot and KAYJ their home and look forward to extending this welcome to others.

Once again, a כתיבה וחתימה טובה from KAYJ,

Yeshayohu Schneller and Michael Friedman