Chabad of Edmonton Opens Yeshiva to Replace Community Kolel

Chabad of Edmonton will be opening a Yeshivah for bochurim who have finished Zal, to fill a void left in the community after the sudden closure of the local Kollel and frum school. The yeshiva will begin after Sukkos 5782.

By Anash.org reporter

Chabad of Edmonton will b’ezras Hashem be opening a Yeshivah for bochurim who have finished Zal, to fill a void left in the community after the sudden closure of the local Kollel and frum school. The yeshiva will begin after Sukkos 5782.

Rabbi Ari Drelich, the yeshiva’s director and shliach in Edmonton, shared the backstory of this new venture.

For the last 30 years, Edmonton was home to a Kolel and frum school which were very strong pillars of Torah learning in the community. Due to unforeseen circumstances, both institutions suddenly closed down two months ago. The kollel rabbis, yeshiva rabbis and many frum families moved away. A void appeared that urgently needed to be filled, and so the idea for a new Yeshiva was born.

“We have 3 shluchim families and an Orthodox shul, but suddenly, there was nothing left for the community in terms of ongoing Torah study. This new yeshiva will basically save the community,” said Rabbi Drelich.

The bochurim who attend this yeshiva will be role models of Torah study and will learn with community members and local youth in the evenings at the Chabad House.

The yeshiva will take over the Kolel building, which is a beautiful, spacious place, with many seforim. The bochurim will dorm nearby in a private spacious home and a cook will prepare their meals. There is a hot Mikva on site in the Zal building.

The Yeshiva will begin after Sukkos 5782 and will continue until before Gimmal Tammuz 5782.

“We would like to have 8 bochurim in total who have finished Zal, (we already have 5) and 2 bochurim who are post-Shlichus to help oversee the program. We are looking for Chassidishe Bochurim who will represent Lubavitch and are prepared to keep seder hayeshivah,” said Rabbi Drelich.

Each bochur will be provided with a $400.00 monthly stipend and 2 round trip tickets per year. Eltere Bochurim will receive $1000.00 per month.

The yeshiva is supported by the Ghermezian family, prominent Jewish philanthropists in Edmonton.

For more information, please call Rabbi Ari Drelich at 780-993-1818 or email at [email protected]

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