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1. הכנסת ספר תורה in KAYJ

We are very happy to announce that IYH on Monday, (אור לי"א חשון, October 18th), the הכנסת ספר תורה Le'ilui Nishmas our late member, Danny Verdoner ZL, will take place in K'hal Adas Yeshurun Shul, in Ramot Jerusalem. The Seifer was donated by Danny's parents and brother, and was written by our esteemed member, Rav Don Ison.
The program IYH is as follows:
  • 7:00 PM - the Kesivoh of the last letters of the Seifer will take place at the home of Rav Don Ison, Pisgat Ramot 92 flat #8.
  • 7:30 PM - taking the Seifer to K'hal Adas Yeshurun followed by Ma'ariv.
  • 8:30-9:00 PM - Seudas Mitzvoh at "Beit Haroeh" (35 Rubin st., Ramot D).
All members and friends of KAYJ are invited to the Seudoh. Please let us know if you intend to participate.

2. A new publication by Rav Hamburger

Rabbi Binyomin Shlomo Hamburger has put out a series of 3 volumes about The High Yeshivoh of Fürth: A Torah town in South Germany – published by Machon Moresheth Ashkenaz 2010. This monumental series reviews the history of Torah study in Germany as part of community life, since the Middle Ages until the nineteenth century and is a must in every home that respects the traditions of German Jews.
By clicking on this link you can see the ad. 
The books can be obtained in many bookstores in Israel, and through Machon Moreshet Ashkenaz.

3. Chol Kreisch

Our Rov, Harav Yehudoh Gans Shlito, made a Chol Kreisch for his newborn son (Yosef) on שמחת תורה saying all the Pesukim as they appear in the Rodelheim Siddur, and he stated at this event, that it is a very old Minhog, which is brought already in the Seifer Chassidim.

4. Mazel Tov

Mazel Tov to R' and Mrs. Aryeh Kahn on the birth of their Son.
Mazel Tov to R' and Mrs. Michoel Kernberg on the engagement of their son Eliezer.
Mazel Tov to R' and Mrs. Chayim Shmueli on the birth of their great granddaughter.

1) We welcome visitors to Jerusalem on ט' באב – please join us for the Davening.

Ma'ariv is at 8:19, Shacharis is at 7:15, Mincho is at 6:50 and Ma'ariv (מוצאי צום) is at 8:08.
Our detailed timetable can be found at the following link:

2) A map indicating the location of our shul

We would like to thank R' Eliyohu Goldberg, for all the efforts he is putting into creating and maintaining our site at
Since unfortunately our location does not pop up in when using a GPS, it was quite complicated for people who had never visited our shul, to find us for the first time. R' Eliyohu Goldberg has now put a map in the home page of our site, and it can be accessed directly at the following URL:

3) Shabbos Matous - Masei

On Shabbos Matous - Masei our Rov, Harav Yehudoh Gans, made a Bar Mitzvoh for his son, Shlomo Zalman Gans N'Y. Harav Yisroel Gans Shlito and Harav Binyomin Shlomo Hamburger joined us at this special Shabbos, along with many other guests who came to take part in the event.
Harav Yisroel Gans Shlito talked between Mincho and Mariv (Friday night) about Ben Odom Lachavero. Before Musof he talked about the special love the Bar Mitzvoh boy has to our shul.
Our Rov, Harav Yehudoh Gans Shlito, spoke after Musof about the מעלין בקודש there is, when we first put on Tallis and next put on tefillin, and explained the issue in depth.
Harav Binyomin Shlomo Hamburger spoke between Mincho and Mariv (Shabbos afternoon) about the communities in Germany before WW2, praising their high level of truthfulness, honesty, and their Ben Odom Lachavero in general. (He also quoted Rav Weissmandel saying that was the reason most of the German Jewry escaped or survived the Holocaust).

4) Mazel Tov:

Mazel Tov to R' and Mrs. Chayim Shmueli on the birth of their great grandson.

1.New MA Siddur printed

Rabbi Hofmeister from IKG Vienna put out an MA siddur, based on the Rodelheim Siddur and Rav Hamburger's research. Moreinu Harav Gans Shlito went through all of the Siddur. It has a Haskomo from Moreinu Harav Gans, and from Rav Hamburger. See this ad. For more details - please contact (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ].


2. Rav Hamburger's shiurim

The following shiurim by R. Binyomin Hamburger shlito are available for download at under the heading "Shiurim on Minhag Ashkenaz"

  • Minhogim Lost and Found
  • The proper way to refer to Kristallnacht (Hebrew)
  • Bimoh in Center of Shul
  • Interview on Zev Brenner show
  • Development of Kaddish Yosoum
  • Imbalance in Contemporary Halocho
  • Spread of Minhag Ashkenaz
  • Mechiras HaMitzvos-auctioning off aliyos
  • R. Yehudo HaChosid
  • Ashkenaz and Sepharad
  • History of Minhag Ashkenaz
  • Yizkour, Kaddish, Av Horachamim
  • Founding of Bais Yaakov

Special thanks to R. Yaakov Menken and R. Mordechai Dixler of Project Genesis whose organization has been immensely helpful to the modern Ashkenaz resurgence.


3. Exhibition of Wimpels

Our shul member, Rav Yosef Prager, recently returned from a short visit to Prague where he attended the world's largest ever exhibition of Wimpels. The exhibition at Prague's Jewish Museum ran from Chanukah (כב כסלו, December 9 2009) until Purim (יד אדר, February 28 2010) this year under the Czech title "Nechť mu Bůh dá vyrůst" which means "May Hashem Let him Grow Up". To read more please click on the following link (

1. R. and Mrs Michael Friedman are happy to invite the children of KAYJ to the Chol Kreisch of their daughter, which will take place this Shabbos after Shacharis, at 10:45 AM, in their house, Telalim 24 flat #17. The children will leave from shul at 10:30, and will be brought back around 11:15

2. Video of KAYJ Choir at 10th Anniversary Melaveh Malka singing Lewandowski's "Tov Lehodos and Tsadik KaTomor"
Please click here. For Mah Tovu please click here.

3. Rav Binyomin Shlomo Hamburger, shlita to visit Mid-Atlantic and Tri-State region of USA
The Ashkenazic Jewish tradition is the cumulative product of two
millennia of brilliant scholars and dedicated community leaders.
By publishing seforim explaining the solid halachic foundations of
the minhag and establishing new batei knessios, Machon Moreshes
Ashkenaz is revitalizing the spiritual treasures of German Jewry.
The Machon has accompanied KAYJ from its first steps to itws current
dynamic functioning and we owe it a deep debt of gratitude.

Rav Binyamin Shlomo Hamburgerשליט"א has made his life's work collecting, archiving and publishing materials pertaining to Ashkenazic Jewry’s historic, halachic and musical traditions. Born in Switzerland and raised in Bnei Brak, he founded the Machon Moreshes Ashkenaz (Institute for German Jewish Heritage) in 1985. He has authored the widely-acclaimed series Shorshei Minhag Ashkenaz, edited the annual Yerushoseinu and recently released an updated and expanded edition of Meshichei Sheker u’Misnagdeihem. He is currently concluding a monumental study of German-Jewish yeshivos highlighting the Yeshiva of Fürth.

Rav Hamburger will be visiting the East Coast of the USA from Jan 8-20 and B’H many kehillos and yeshivos have invited him to speak b’kovod gadol. We are sure that if you enjoy the learning and growth opportunities that KAYJ offers, you will want to make every effort to see and meet Rav Hamburger when he arrives to a beis medrash near you!

Partial schedule of planned events, be”H

Shabbos parashas Shemos, January 8-9 - Baltimore (Kehillas Ashkenaz, Congregation Shomrei Emunah).
Sunday, January 10 – Silver Spring-Yeshiva of Greater Washington day
Baltimore – Congregation Shearith Israel. evening
Monday, January 11 - Philadelphia - Lower Merion Synagogue.
Tuesday, January 12 - Lakewood – R. Nosson Hershberg's shul..
**Wednesday, January 13 - Lakewood - family Chasuna.
**Thursday, January 14 (day) - Lakewood family Sheva Brochos.
Shabbos parshas Va’era, January 15-16 - Riverdale Jewish Center.
Motza’ei Shabbos, January 16 – Five Towns, NY Young Israel of Wavecrest
Sunday, January 17 – Monsey, NY Congregation Bais Torah, morning.
Bronx, NY, Riverdale Jewish Center, evening.
Monday, January 18 - Passaic, NJ – Congregation Ahavas Israel.
Tuesday, January 19 Elizabeth, NJ - JEC. Elmora Ave Shul