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15 Iyar 5767 - May 3, 2007 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly










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Lev L'Achim Hosts Annual Conference in Bnei Brak

By A. Cohen

The large annual Lev L'Achim conference, this year billed as the "Tenth Annual Gathering," had a dramatic impact on the avreichim who came together from various parts of the country.

Gedolei Yisroel, roshei yeshivos and rabbonim came together to support the holy work of disseminating Torah, providing yaldei Yisroel a proper Jewish education and other outreach work. Letters of support by Maran HaRav Eliashiv and HaRav Yehuda Lefkowitz shlita were also read aloud during the course of the event.

While HaRav Shteinman was delivering the keynote address, HaRav Chaim Kanievsky arrived to offer his encouragement. HaRav Shteinman was followed by HaRav Chizkiyohu Mishkovsky, who called on the avreichim to take to heart the duty gedolei Yisroel placed on every individual to take part in outreach activity in various capacities. He concluded with an impassioned call for the public to register to set a regular study time with returnees to Yiddishkeit.

A separate gathering for women volunteers and organizers was held at the adjacent Armonot Chen. In addition to the first segment of the gathering, which was dedicated to guidance, the remainder of the conference was shown via closed-circuit television on giant screens set up in the women's hall.

Over 1,000 women who take part in Lev L'Achim activities filled the hall to capacity, including hundreds of women who attend home meetings in accordance with established guidelines, coordinators who operate the 41 Shalhevet study centers for girls, Lev Shomeia Banos counselors, Kav Lelev volunteers who carry out extensive outreach work by phone and the dedicated activists working out of all Lev L'Achim centers — in Jerusalem, Bnei Brak, Netanya, Rechovot, Petach Tikva, Hadera and Haifa.

Speakers included HaRav Yitzchok Ezrachi, one of the roshei yeshiva of Yeshivas Mir, who discussed the importance of kiruv activity and the enormous wages guaranteed to those who devote themselves to these efforts for the sake of Heaven, and HaRav Uri Zohar, who screened a film showing young Jews taking their first steps in Yiddishkeit who eventually become full-fledged bnei Torah taking their place in the holy yeshivas.


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