The Jerusalem Kollel was founded with the intent of inspiring and training kollel couples of the highest caliber to assume positions of leadership in Jewish communities worldwide.
The concept is simple and just had to be done. The yeshiva community continues to grow at a steadily increasing rate while assimilation is eating away at the dwindling Jewish population. Torah Scholarship is on the rise while unawareness of Jewish values is more rampant than ever. What could be more obvious than enlisting and training some of the finest products of the yeshiva system to stand at the forefront of the battle against assimilation and ambiguity?
And so-in the summer of 5762-2002 recruitment began for the initial group of twelve students who would form the cornerstone of the kollel to be. The kollel opened in the autumn of that year, and within a year, the student body thirty high quality young men committed to serving the Jewish people. Today, membership in the Kollel is highly sought throughout the Yeshiva world, but seeking to maintain the quality of its products, the total student body is limited to 70 hand picked couples.
The first kollel couple to be placed assumed a major outreach position in the UK within the kollel's first year. Today, Jewish communities, outreach organizations, and educational institutions regularly approach the kollel in search of talent to fill leadership positions throughout the world. To this date, the Kollel has placed over 150 couples in positions of Jewish leadership and education throughout the world.
The concept has become reality.
The Jerusalem Kollel is directed by HARAV YITZCHAK BERKOVITS, who comes with massive experience in Jewish education and in preparing students from different backgrounds for rabbinic and outreach positions.
Rav Berkovits is recognized world-wide as a prominent posek and ba'al eitzah- his advice on community matters is sought by countless community Rabbis across the globe. A sought after lecturer, Rav Berkovitsí classes over three decades have been widely learned and discussed, and have been transformed into one of the largest bodies of audio series available today, covering a wide range of subjects ranging from halacha, philosophy, chumash, and nach to family issues, personal development and community leadership. He is best known in the US for his Shmiras Halashon and amud yomi Mishna Brurah telephone and download shiurim, and his halachic presentation in the best selling Chofetz Chaim and 6 Constant Mitzvot sefarim.
As menahel ruchani of Yeshivat Aish HaTorah for over sixteen years, Rav Berkovits nurtured hundreds of young men and women on their path to Torah observance and continued to guide them through the various stages of growth as dedicated Jews and responsible parents. Rav Berkovits also developed and taught the Aish Hatorah smicha program, guiding over one hundred students through successful completion of the pertinent areas of halacha and practical rabbinics, most of who still serve the Jewish people throughout the world- he is still sought out by these young leaders for his advice in matters of major importance.
Currently, while his main focus is upon the Jerusalem Kollel and its Alumni throughout the world, R. Berkovits is also involved in many other major initiatives. To name a few of his endeavours outside the Kollel: he lectures daily at countless institutions and communities in Israel and throughout the world; heads the Kollel Linas HaTzedek network (for studying the laws of bein adam l'chaveiro); helps train and advise countless young Yeshiva students towards future leadership roles; and is the Rav of the large English speaking community in the Sanhedria Murchevet community of Jerusalem.