|AN INTRODUCTION TO OUR YESHIVA|
Yeshiva Ahavas Torah Baranovich is a flourishing young institution that encompasses several major projects of perpetuation, documentation and publication, relating to the pre-Holocaust Jewish Community of Baranovich. It is based in Jerusalem, Israel, and was founded by Rabbi Leib Baron (originally Baranovich) of Montreal, Canada, who is one of the most famous and accomplished alumni of the "Ohel Torah" Yeshiva in Baranovich. The student body numbers approximately thirty, and there are over ten members on the staff. Here is a list of the Yeshiva's activities in its short two years of existence:
Advanced institute of higher Torah learning for unmarried post-secondary students. Includes dormitory and dining facilities, and boasts a staff of renowned Torah Scholars.
Scholarship program for advanced married students. Distributes monthly stipends to worthy students.
The Yeshiva has already published several works, which include heretofore unpublished Rabbinic material from the great Torah Scholars of Baranovich. A new major compilation is now in the preparatory stages. This monumental work will include writings from all the scholarly Rabbis of Baranovich.
4) Holocaust Education
The Yeshiva organized a trip to Baranovich and the other major centers of Torah Learning in pre-Holocaust White Russia and Lithuania in 1998. Four scholars who grew up and studied in Baranovich were invited to lead the group. More such educational tours are anticipated.
The Yeshiva has initiated the writing of several newspaper and periodical articles in English, Hebrew and Yiddish about life and study in pre-Holocaust Baranovich, and other major Yeshivas of White Russia and Lithuania. A ten hour video of the historic tour mentioned above is available. A one hour edited version of this film is being distributed.
The Yeshiva is in the process of creating comprehensive archives including any documentation relating to the Jewish Community of Baranovich. The Yeshiva is already a major source of information for people seeking information about Baranovich. A website is in the production stages.
7) Assistance to the Jewish Community in Baranovich
During the historic trip to Baranovich, a connection was established with the contemporary struggling small Jewish Community of Baranovich. The relationship has subsequently deepened to include the following projects:
1) Subsidizing the rental of an apartment for community services in Baranovich,
2) Contributing religious articles to the community
3) Negotiating with the various levels of government in Belarus for the return of a building for the use of the community (no Jewish community building exists for hundreds of kilometers in all directions), and
4) Training a student from the Yeshiva’s student body to become the Rabbi of Baranovich, and help redevelop the Jewish Community after decades of communist repression.