As kids are making their final preparations to leave to various camps for the summer, Kol Yakov Yehuda, the Rebbe’s Diamond Daveners of Los Angeles just completed its eleventh year of davening together every shabbos.
This year marked a major achievement for the shul “For The Kids By The Kids” with the addition of a brand new program.
The Gesher Daveners program which is geared for children with special needs. A special interactive room was put together in the form of a shul atmosphere. The program is a necessary bridge in teaching the children to be fully functional in a shul environment.
This program is run by Mrs. Doonie Mishulovin , a well known educator of these gifted children.
The Bainany Daveners entered it second year and has grown by leaps and bounds. It is geared for kindergarten and first grade children who are too old to go to the mini minyan and too young to daven with the regular KYY minyan. The Bainany is run by Rabbi Yitzchok Tenenbaum, one of the young anash parents of Los Angeles, who prepares the children for the main minyan by bringing them in for various parts of davening. With the recent influx of young families, the bainany minyan is truly flourishing.
Each Shabbos over 120 Lubavitcher children gather together for full davening and laining with a proper Ezras Anoshim and Ezras Noshim. The children are the chazonim, ba’al koraiy’s, gabboim and even the ‘Rabbi’s speech’ is given by a child who serves as the Jr. Rabbi the week of his birthday or special occasion in his family.
Besides for having a shul every shabbos, Kol Yakov Yehuda has many other programs throughout the year such as general debates and elections, sukkah hopping in Hollywood, shabbaton to Mexico, Chanukkah limo parade, Purim extravaganza and organizing the Great Parade in conjunction with Chabad of California.
The main highlight of the year is when there is a lottery of the most attended mispalelim and mispalelois. The winners travel to a foreign place of Shlichus to meet with that shliach and tour that region.
In the past the winners went to the cities of Lubavitch in Russia, Eretz Yisroel, Prague, France, and other trans-Atlantic Chabad destinations.
This year the winners were Shloimy Lasker, Levi Greenbaum and Yisroel Pinson, who visited Berlin, where they saw first hand the destruction of the past to the building of the future and spent a few days shadowing the Rebbe’s Shliach there, Rabbi Y. Teichtel.
The winners then continued on to Tomchei Temimin Lubavitch in Brunoy, France where a special farbrengen was held in their honor.
Next year marks the ‘bas Mitzvah’ year of Kol Yakov Yehuda – the Rebbe’s Diamond Daveners and promises to be its best yet.