Last week, friends of the Mayanot Institute of Jewish Studies came together for a mid-week Farbrengen in Jerusalem.
The event, hosted by Rabbi Mayer and Neomi Gniwisch of Montreal, was a beautiful display of Achdus and of the community working together.
In his words to the crowd, Rabbi Kasriel Shemtov, Executive Director of Mayanot, made it clear that Mayanot finds it important to embrace the local community, and he thanked the crowd for being a part of the Mayanot family.
During the evening, Rabbi Shlomo Gestetner, Dean of Mayanot, announced the launch of the new Mayanot World Center, located on one of the city’s main roads. With the rooftop, panoramic view of the city, Rabbi Gestetner pointed out the new property and shared building plans and new programming ideas with the gathered crowd. The property, which is now under construction, will more than double Mayanot’s physical space in Jerusalem and will become the main hub for most of the organization’s programs.
The project, which has already seen generous pledges from the Rohr Family Foundation and the Meromim Foundation, will allow Mayanot to massively expand its world-class educational outreach programs. The building will host short and long term programs, become a stop for people extending their Israel stay after Birthright Israel and offer the opportunity for people to come in for a class, a week, a semester or longer.
Mayanot is one of the largest providers of Birthright Israel’s free 10 day trips to Eretz Yisroel, bringing more than 5,000 students to Israel each year. With the new property, Mayanot groups will be able to enjoy rooftop Shabbat dinners and more.
“I have known Rabbis Gestetner and Shemtov since our days in Yeshiva,” said Mayer Gniwisch, “and to see Mayanot where it is today is truly inspiring. The new building will be a revolution!”