By Diane Wolfson – Pretoria
This past week Pretoria’s Yeshiva Machon L’Hora’a celebrated its 13th Smicha ordination ceremony where the current group of Bochurim received smicha in one of the most intensive programs directed by Rabbi Levi Wineberg, Rosh Yeshiva.
In keeping with tradition, Rabbi Wineberg gave a brief, humorous description of each new Rabbi before calling them up to receive their certificate.
This Yeshiva is now well and truly entrenched in the community. What an exciting program where the bochurim get well and truly involved in the community and all members, young and old.
Saying goodbye each year does not get any easier. While bochurim come from all over the world, it was good to see siblings of previous years’ bochurim this year, as well as the sons of Rabbi Levi Wineberg and Rabbi Sholom Ber Groner graduating.
Interestingly, two bochurim from overseas, Yoni Lewkowicz from Arizona is the product of ex-Pretorian Rabbi Billy Lewkowicz and Avi Junik (from London) is the son of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Junik who attended Torah Academy Yeshiva 27 years ago!
Rabbi Menachem Mendel Junik from London spoke on behalf of all the parents in thanking the Pretoria Jewish community for opening their homes and their hearts to the Bochurim over the year(s) and giving them a home from home experience.
Rabbi Levi Wineberg made special mention of Rabbi Mendel Goldman, the shadchan “who took a program without a home to a home without a program” which has now come of age and celebrating its Bar Mitzvah year.
Former graduates, Rabbis Dovid Rabin, Mottie Hadar, Yisroel Stein, Moshe Medalie and Yosef Chaim Barber travelled from as far as Mauritius to also attend this eventful evening.
Pretoria looks forward to welcoming the new intake soon.