Kolel Menachem, one of the only moisdos founded by the Rebbe and now bears his name, launched a fundraising campaign to help keep its doors open and the electricity on. Thanks to the involvement of community members an anonymous donor pledged up to $50,000 to match whatever is donated.
The Kolel was founded in 1962 by the Lubavitcher Rebbe and carries his name. It is run under the auspices of Machne Israel, has trained some 3,000 men in post and applied rabbinic studies.
In recent years the Kolel has fallen on particularly hard times, struggling to keep the lights on. In response a group of chassidim got involved and in the effort to keep the Kolel open have secured a donor who has pledged to match every donation – dollar for dollar – up to $50,000.
The following letter was sent out the community:
Kollel Menachem – the Chabad Lubavitch Kollel, was established by the Rebbe in 1962, under the aegis of Machne Israel and the Mazkirus. It has since become a renowned institution of Torah study serving students from around the world.
Kollel Menachem provides an environment for high level academic learning and study thereby educating scholars who can then go on to serve the global Jewish community in a much needed capacity.
The Kollel operates under the astute tutelage of Rabbi Yosef Avrohom Halevi Heller. Its multi-faceted program while primarily focusing on Talmud, Halacha and Chassidus prepares these young scholars for a life devoted to Shlichus and the Rabbinate by providing them with specific tailor made courses and lectures to ensure they have the proper tools and training in applied Rabbinical studies, leadership, outreach, family counseling and communal development.
For many years now Kollel Fellows have assumed prominent shlichus positions in the Rabbinate or lay leadership in Jewish communities around the globe.
The Kollel doors are open for all people who wish to avail themselves of the studious environment, who find it a refreshing oasis conducive to Torah study. They can come to learn, listen to a shiur, find a chavrusa or do individual research. The huge Kollel library offers the young scholars and guests excellent resources with over twenty-five thousand volumes in its library, and its new computer room equipped with Otzar Hachochma.
To date, after fifty-two years, the Kollel has trained more than three thousand Rabbis, most of whom serve the world wide Jewish community in Shlichus and/or the rabbinate.
The strength and existence of the Jewish people has always been intrinsically bound to the study of Torah, and educators who are fortified with the observance, inspiration, depth and excitement of Torah. Now, more than ever before, there is a growing and urgent need to develop Jewish leaders for our present and the future.
We would like to ask you to partner with us in the continuing success in the Kollel going forward. The need is great! The Kollel is solely dependent on the financial aid of Anash and alumni.
The current average monthly maintenance cost of the Kolel, including stipends for the student’s salaries, is approximately $30,000.
Please act quickly to help us take advantage of a onetime unique opportunity to double your donation. An anonymous donor has promised to match the first $50,000 donated, until Purim.
Thanking you for your consideration, and with every good wish and blessing,
Rabbi Noach Fox, On Beahlf of the Vaad of the Kolel
Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky, Chairman of Machne Israel
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