Rav Shmuel Kamenetzky
Photo Credit: Ira Thomas Creations
Rav Binyamin Kamenetzky’s commitment to Klal Yisrael was unparalleled; his incredible life still bears a profound impact on the Five Towns community and beyond.
Testament to this extraordinary influence was the outstanding turnout at the Yeshiva of South Shore’s Rav Binyamin Kamenetzky Memorial Dinner on Sunday, April 15. Over 800 people gathered in advance of Rav Binyamin’s yahrzeit to honor his lifetime of work as the founder and pioneer of the Five Towns community.
Over Shabbos, momentum built as shuls throughout the Five Towns paid tribute to his work on behalf of our community. The Five Towns Shabbos Zikaron was a display of unity, and the memorial dinner was the culmination of a Shabbos spent commemorating Rav Binyamin’s lifetime accomplishments.
The event featured “The Journey of a Visionary,” a multimedia memorial exhibit which displayed the breadth and impact of Rav Binyamin’s work through vibrant presentations, artifacts, and video interviews. The evening marked the updating of Yeshiva of South Shore’s Hebrew name as “Yeshiva Toras Chaim Bais Binyamin.” In addition, the Abraham and Sara Silber Middle School was dedicated by the Silber family and the Louis and Gertrude Feil Torah Center was dedicated by the Feil Family.
Guests were inspired to hear from Rabbi Avraham Fruchthandler, who delivered an impassioned speech and spoke to Jeffrey Feil’s unique balance of humility and benevolence. The yeshiva was also extremely honored by the presence of Rav Binyamin’s brother, HaRav Shmuel Kamenetzky, shlita, and the guests were privileged to hear his words of inspiration.
It was only fitting that the memorial dinner celebrated the release of the new tribute book Flowers in the Desert, a hardcover book by Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky that memorializes the life and legacy of Rav Binyamin Kamenetzky, among other community founders. Guests walked away with a creative keepsake, modeled after the Rav Binyamin Kamenetzky billboard on Rockaway Turnpike, declaring that “Traffic Never Stopped Him.”
“Not only did my father have a vast knowledge and expansive wisdom, but he moved mountains as well,” says Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky, rosh yeshiva, Yeshiva of South Shore. “The evening was a celebration of the tremendous scope and impact of his efforts and a renewal of our own dedication to honor his past and build our future. We thank the entire community for paying tribute to his lifelong commitment.”