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European Agudas Yisroel Holds Annual Conference in Britain

by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Agudas Yisroel of Europe's annual conference ended early this week at the Normandie Hotel in Bournemouth, England with calls for increased public activity in all spheres of Jewish life in Europe.

The heavily attended conference, organized by Rabbi Yitzchok Meir Zimmerman of Agudas Yisroel of Britain, left a strong imprint on the participants following four days of activities together with gedolei Torah.

On Friday afternoon a meeting on safrus was held, including a film on the craft. Speakers included the session chairman, Rabbi Yaakov Shoenberg, treasurer of the Kedassiya kashrus organization, HaRav Moshe Levy and HaRav Binyomin Eckstein, a dayan and moreh tzedek for Belz of London.

On Shabbos the tefillos and lectures were held in a special tent set up on the hotel grounds. The conference- goers were greeted after Kabbolas Shabbos by Rabbi Zimmerman, who said the conference would focus on strengthening Yiddishkeit, raising the banner of Torah and elevating kvod Shomayim in the world.

He was followed by HaRav Pinchos Shneibalg, rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Vishnitz Letze'irim in London, who spoke of the importance of drawing together to sanctify the Name of Heaven and to spur the participants in Torah study and mitzvah observance, while helping to bear the burden and responsibility for Klal Yisroel.

The Sunday morning session, which focused on the state of Yiddishkeit and unadulterated Jewish education in Eretz Yisroel, was led by Rabbi Joe Lobenstein, deputy chairman of Agudas Yisroel of Britain. Rav Yosef Lazerson, one of the heads of Chinuch Atzmai, delivered a stirring speech on the crisis faced by the pure Torah education system in Eretz Hakodesh and his battles against ranking officials in the Education Ministry and the Justice Ministry who, with the help of Reform figures, are forcefully trying to introduce various foreign curricular materials into our education system chas vesholom by imposing penalties and luring the weak of mind and character with budgetary incentives.

Rabbi Lazerson also discussed the existential threat to Chinuch Atzmai outreach schools caused by the severe lack of funding for the bus program and read a call by gedolei Yisroel expressing their deep concern over the danger of losing over 20,000 yaldei Yisroel should the program collapse chas vesholom. The plea was signed by HaRav Eliashiv, HaRav Shteinman, HaRav Lefkowitz, HaRav Kanievsky, HaRav Karelitz, the Admor of Erlau, the Admor of Belz, the Admor of Tzanz and other gedolei Torah.


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