KOLEL AMERICA Tiphereth Jerusalem
CHARITY OF RABBI MEYER BAAL HANESS JERUSALEM
FOUNDED BY RABBI Y. L. DISKIN
8 MEAH SHEARIM STREET
Phone: (02) 628-5950
Kolel America is the oldest American
Jewish organization in Israel.
Established in 1895 by the then Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem, Rabbi
Yehoshua Leib Diskin, O.B.M. (also known as the Brisker Rav), the
primary goals of the organization have always been to promote
the welfare of former North Americans living in Israel.
In 1899, Nahum Harris, a retired American living is Jersualem,
passed away and left his home in Mea Shearim to Kolel America to be used as
a synagogue. The synagogue was dedicated the same year and named
Tipherith Yerushalayim (The Glory of Jerusalem). The synagogue is
graced by a handcarved wooden Aron Kodesh and for over 60 years
was the only American Synagogue in Jerusalem.
Kolel America provides a HOTLINE
crisis service. Every day a
minyon of ten scholars go to the Western Wall (Kotel HaMaravi)
to pray for the benefit of those who have requested help. The
types of help people request include: recovery from illness,
success in business, marital tranquility, easy childbirth, success
in finding a spouse, safe journey and many other topics. To
contact the HOTLINE, fax to (+972-2) 285-939. Please include the full
name of the person or persons in need of help and the name of
their mother and the nature of the problem.
The Kolel also provides financial support to around 7,000 people
of North American origin living in Israel. This is the largest
single activity of the Kolel. There is also a limited amount of
free housing available to help scholars of limited means. There
are plans to build more housing within the next five years.
A YAHRZEIT service is provided
by Kolel America. During the
first year after the departed has passed away, three times a day
a minyon of ten scholars will say KADDISH, learn MISHNA and
kindle an eternal light in memory of the departed. Thereafter
every year on the YAHRZEIT KADDISH will be said, MISHNA learned
and a memorial light lit. The family will be notified one month
in advance of the YAHRZEIT.
A FREE LOAN FUND is operated by
the Kolel for the benefit of any
Jerusalem resident in need of a loan.
The oldest American Jewish organization in Israel is planning to expand
its scope of activities by building a catering hall to meet the
needs of those who want catering according to North American
standards. All profit from this enterprise will go to support the
activities of Kolel America.
When you're in Jerusalem, drop by and visit the
the oldest American Jewish organization in Israel.