It is the crown jewel of a yeshiva and the pride and joy of a community, and on the first Motzaei Shabbos in Nissan, a crowd of close to 400 people came out in support of its scholars and its achievements: Kollel Tirtza Devorah.
The kollel, celebrating its tenth anniversary, is composed primarily of alumni of Yeshiva Darchei Torah, who spend their days and nights plumbing the depths of the Torah and training for leadership. Graduates of the kollel have gone on to careers in Jewish education, kashrus supervision, social work, and other fields, grounded in a foundation of Torah knowledge and ideals. The kollel also has an afternoon division, KollelMechanchim, enabling rebbeim of various yeshivos to enhance their learning and teaching skills.
The dinner paid tribute to the kollel itself and to three special couples.
The program was opened by Rav Yaakov Bender, roshyeshiva of Yeshiva Darchei Torah, who introduced Rav Shlomo Avigdor Altusky, roshyeshiva, who delivered divreiberachah. Rav Bender then spoke about Mr. and Mrs. Yehuda Schwartz, the Eitz Chaim Awardees. Yehuda is an alumnus of the yeshiva and an active member of its alumni committee who maintains a regular chavrusah session at the kollel with Rav Dovid Bender, the roshkollel.
Mr. Lloyd Keilson, co-chairman of the yeshiva’s board of trustees, spoke about his son and daughter-in-law, Rabbi and Mrs. Dov Keilson, the Kesser Torah Awardees. Rav Keilson is a member of the Kollel Mechanchim and the mashgiachruchani of Mesivta Chaim Shlomo.
Mr. Ronald Lowinger, the president of Yeshiva Darchei Torah and founder of Kollel Tirtza Devorah, spoke about his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Hillel Rosenman, the evening’s guests of honor. He also spoke about his beloved grandmother, Tirtza Devorah Weisz, a’h, the namesake of the kollel. Short videos were shown about each honoree.
The final speaker of the evening was Rav Dovid Bender, the roshkollel. His remarks were followed by a beautiful video depicting the amazing bastion of Torah that is Kollel Tirtza Devorah.
Each person in attendance left the dinner uplifted and inspired, secure in the knowledge that they had done their part to enhance and ensure the continuation of limudhaTorah, the raison d’Ãªtre of the Jewish people.