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10 Cheshvan 5760 - October 20, 1999 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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Lev L'Achim Jerusalem Offices Dedicated

by Betzalel Kahn

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 their efforts.

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.

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