Yeshivas Beis Yosef Novardok in France was destroyed last year, after an uncontrolled blaze ripped through the dormitories which housed both the bochurim, and the families of the avreichim. Overnight, men women and children were left without homes or belongings. In the wake of the devastation, the community was able to band together, and with the help of donations, rebuild the families’ housing.
Unfortunately, with their funds exhausted, the housing for the bochurim remained decrepit. The conditions, while challenging, yielded unexpectedly severe consequences: due to a lack of windows (tarps were taped in their place), extreme levels of cold caused many of the bochurim to become ill last winter. Heroically they remained, dedicated to their learning. As the winter approaches, however, the community is filled with a sense of urgency to finish the dorms lest the bochurim become ill again.
Those involved in the construction estimate that the yeshiva will need to raise $1,800 per room, to properly insulate and seal the living space. This sum is both modest and seemingly unattainable as the yeshiva rallies to provide their talmidim with a proper environment.
In the words of their emergency fund page, it is in the donor’s ‘zechus’ that learning will resume in good health. Those who wish to claim that schar can do so here for a limited time.