The "Torah MiTzion Kollel" program establishes centers for the study of Torah and promulgates the connection between Torah and Israel. These learning centers take the form of a Beit Midrash in which Torah scholars immerse themselves in study and practice of successes in enriching and enhancing Jewish communities around the world by promoting the lofty ideals of Torat Israel, Am Israel and Eretz Israel.
The core of these Kollelim are young, recent graduates of the Hesder Yeshivot, where advanced Jewish study is combined with military service in the Israeli army. Idealistic and dedicated, these learned young men and women are carfully selected and brought from Israel for a period of one or two years to serve as role models of the kipah seruga (knitted kippa) generation of Religious Zionism, balancing between safra v'sayfa (book and sword) and performing both midrash u'ma'aseh (study and action).
What People Are Saying About Us
|In my words the Kollel brings learning,
friendship and unity to our community. Torah has not
until now been learned on such a broad scale. It seems
as though everyone is learning because of the Kollel.
When I have my chavrutot with the Kollel members I
ask them how their week has been learning wise and
when I hear names that I would have never expected
to hear it makes me laugh and smile. It seems so funny
to me because I would have never expected these people
or most of the people in Dayton to be learning. The
Kollel also brings great friendships to the whole
community. Not only do I learn with the Rabbi and
David but I have grown bonds and great friendships
There is no single model for the Kollel program. The Kollel can consist of a Rosh Kollel and young married couples (avrechim) or single students (bachurim). Each program strives to meet the specific needs of that community.
The initiative for this program originated from the Beit Medrash of Yeshivat Har-Etzion, with the support of its Roshei Yeshiva - Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein and Rav Yehuda Amital. The first Kollel in the U.S. A. was set up in Cleveland, Ohio, with Rabbi Binyamin Tabory as the first Rosh Kollel. At the same time, Rabbi Jonathan Glass made a dream come true by establishing the Yeshiva of Cape Town, South Africa, also manned by Hesder students.
This venture has made great progress; We count more than 25 Kollelim on all five continents. Our "School Based Kollelim" include Detroit, Greater Washington, Memphis, Cleveland, Chicago, Montreal and Melbourne. Our "Community Beit Midrash Program" includes Atlanta, Manhattan, Phoenix, Boca Raton, Kansas City, Syracuse, Omaha, Moscow, Stockholm, London, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Mexico City, Caracas and Montevideo. As of August this year, we have opened 2 new community kollels - in Dayton and Baltimore. In addition, we run kollelim on six American University Campuses: Brandeis, Yale, Cornell and UCLA, as well as Brooklyn College and University of Pennsylvania as of Summer 2002. (More information can be found on each kollel's page, and on the sites page).
The need for a single address to deal with this enormous undertaking let to the establishment of Torah MiTzion, which inter alia includes the Hesder Yeshivot, World Mizrachi, Bnei Akiva, Jewish Agency - WZO, Yeshivot Bnei Akiva, Pincus Fund, Kollel Eretz Chemda, Tehilla, the Ministries of Religion and Education. In North America, Torah MiTzion works closely with Yeshiva University and the Orthdox Union. It is a framework which sees to all aspects of the program including recruiting, selecting, training and monitoring of progress.
Torah MiTzion has a Board of members from all the above institutions and enjoys the support of leading Torah Scholars and Rashei Yeshiva, including Rav Avraham Shapira, Rav Mordechai Eliyahu, Rav Aharon Lichtenstein, Rav Chaim Druckman and Rav Yosef Carmel. Mr. Laurence (Larry) Roth serves as Chairman, and Zeev Schwartz as the Executive Director of Torah MiTzion.