Ohr Yehuda Yeshiva Holds Yeshivas Kayitz in Almaty

The annual Yeshivas Kayitz “Oholei Levi Yitzchok,” which takes place near the tziyun in Almaty, was held this week. A dedicated group of bochurim spent the days before and after Chof Av, learning, davening, and farbrenging.

Photos: Mendy Kotlyar

The annual Yeshivas Kayitz “Oholei Levi Yitzchok,” which takes place near the tziyun in Almaty, was held this week. A dedicated group of bochurim from Tomchei Temimim Ohr Yehuda spent the days before and after Chof Av, learning, davening, and farbrenging.

Established by philanthropists R’ Avi Shaulson and R’ Shmuel Stern, longtime supporters of Chabad Kazakhstan, the yeshiva brought together bochurim from Moscow and Eretz Yisroel to Almaty.

The yeshivas Kayitz took a central part in the grand farbrengen on Tuesday night marking a double milestone: the 78th hilula of Harav Levi Yitzchok Schneerson, father of the Rebbe, as well as 25 years since the founding of the Beis Menachem Center of Almaty.

The farbrengen focused on the life and impact of Reb Levi Yitzchok, as well as on the activities of Chabad of Almaty, headed by Rabbi Yeshaya Cohen and Rabbi Elchanan Cohen in the two and a half decades since the founding of the center. Joining them on stage was their brother, musician R’ Yossi Cohen of Crown Heights, who accompanied the evening with chassidishe niggunim. A highlight of the evening was when the three brothers broke out into a joint dance on the stage.

The all-night farbrengen at the Chabad house was led by Rabbi Zalman Garelik, Rabbi Mendel Feller, Rabbi Nachum Tamarin, Rabbi Lazer Zaklikovski, and others.

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