At a modest, yet stirring, ceremony, graced by gedolei
haTorah and attended by communal leaders and the heads of
Lev L'Achim, mezuzas were affixed in the new, spacious
offices of the organization's Jerusalem branch.
Recent expansion of Lev L'Achim activities in Jerusalem
necessitated larger offices to replace the old ones on
Hayeshiva Street in Geula, which were too small to
accommodate the many activists and volunteers on its staff.
The organization's new offices nearby on Pines Street have
special rooms for its Anti-Missionary/Anti-Cult Department
which is preparing for an onslaught of missionaries in the
upcoming year 2000. The Lev Shomea Hotline as well as
coordinators of the hundreds of avreichim who devote
precious time to kiruv rechokim and zikui
horabim as part of the Lev L'Achim Door-to-Door project
were also given appropriate rooms. A special branch of the
office will be designated for the activities of the many Lev
L'Achim women volunteers, who are involved in extensive
kiruv work in various areas.
HaRav Shmuel Auerbach, who was honored with the affixing of
the mezuza, noted the organization's impressive recent
developments. He said that while a number of years ago only a
handful of avreichim volunteered for Lev L'Achim
projects, today hundreds are helping to spread Torah through
its activities. HaRav Auerbach expressed the hope that Lev
L'Achim in Jerusalem would continue in its outstanding
hatzoloh work with added vigor and see much blessing in
The event was also graced by the presence of HaRav Pinchos
Scheinberg, rosh yeshiva of Torah Or, who was also
honored with the affixing of a mezuza. The coordinator
of the student registration program in the Jerusalem region,
Rabbi Betzalel Spiegel, a prominent Torah Or avreich,
presented HaRav Scheinberg with a detailed report of its
school registration project, which has enrolled thousands of
new students in Torah institutions. HaRav Scheinberg lauded
the project, citing the words of the gemora that
"anyone who teaches his fellow's son Torah is considered as
having fathered [that child]."
The event was also attended by rabbonim, roshei
yeshiva, communal leaders and Lev L'Achim activists, who
had come to express their esteem for the heads of Lev L'Achim
who are coordinating such successful, widespread activities.
The members of Lev L'Achim's administration, who convened for
a special meeting in the new offices, along with the heads of
the Jerusalem branch, Rabbi Avrohom Zeivald and Rabbi Nosson
Cheifetz, discussed their plans for the coming winter and
activities planned for the neighborhoods of Gilo, Givat Zeev,
Ir Ganim and Maaleh Adumim, as well as in the organization's
various other departments.