History was made in Brooklyn with the inauguration of the Brooklyn Jewish Xperience (BJX) Kiruv Center and Kiruv Kollel–the first all-encompassing kiruv center for college students and young professionals raised secular, as well as those from religious homes that are no longer observant or are in need of outreach. 63% of Jews in Brooklyn are non-observant. Brooklyn Jewish Xperience works around the clock reaching out to Jews of all backgrounds.
HaRav HaGaon Rav Belsky, shlita, rosh hayeshiva Torah Vodaas and esteemed rabbanim–the Bostoner Rebbe; Rav Yosef Rabinowitz of Khal Zichron Aryeh Leib; Rav Ashkenazy of Horodenka; Rav Yitzchok Steinwurtzel of Beis Efraim; Rav Aharon Rapps, rosh yeshiva of Manhattan Beach and a maggid shiur for BJX; Rav Mordechai Twersky of Hornosteipel; Rav Pinchos Frankel of V’yalopol; as well as the members of the kollel and members of the board of directors, were all present at the kvias mezuzah and chanukas habayis ceremony. With the assistance of R’ Moshe Caller, devoted chairman of BJX, Rav Belsky placed a mezuzah on the door and made the berachah. Mr. Caller spoke beautifully about the unique opportunity we all have to reach out to others and how privileged he feels to be part of the special work of BJX. Rav Yitzchok Fingerer, rav and rosh kollel, offered inspiring and rousing divrei Torah to the prestigious assemblage. He quoted the Gemara in Yevamos which says that Mashiach can only come when all the neshamos are gathered up. He explained that it is our objective to ensure that every neshamah in Brooklyn has the opportunity to be brought closer to Hashem. He cited numerous stories of students whose lives were transformed through the work of BJX and brought closer to Torah and mitzvos. Rav Belsky spoke with members of the kollel and then offered words of chizuk to the crowd.
The center is magnificent looking and gives the feel of a true oasis and makom Torah. The community is urged to please help fund the center so that it is available for programming 24/7. If you’d like to make a dedication in the center or to pledge a donation, please visit www.thinkandcare.org or call 646-397-1544. v