Amidst great jubilation, Ohr Hatorah Library in Stamford Hill, London has re-opened its doors on Thursday, 15 Iyar 5774 in brand-new, spacious and state-of-the-art premises in the centre of Stamford Hill, at 95 Stamford Hill.
This event drew over 300 people from the local and wider community. The proceeding commenced with the Kevios Mezuza by Rabbi M.C.E Padwa – Gaavad of His’achdus Ha’Kehillos London, Dayan Levi Yitzchok Raskin – Rav of Kehillos Lubavitch and Rabbi Yehoshua Raskin, a well respected member of the community.
The evening was chaired by Rabbi Levi Liberow, Director of Ohr Hatorah Library who thanked the supportive members of Anash, who continue to support and encourage this vital work, in particular to the few dedicated yungerleit who organized this beautiful Chanukas HaBayis. A special mention goes to Rabbi Mordche Vogel, Rabbi Motti Beenstock, Rabbi Yitzchok Austin and Rabbi Yeruchem Raskin – technical support advisor.
The crowd then sat down for a grand Lechayim buffet while being addressed by Rabbi Padwa, about the Mitzva of Ameilim BeTorah mentioned in Parshas Bechukoisai.
Dayan Raskin related a story of R’ Shmuel Levitin who was sent on Shlichus by the Frierdike Rebbe highlighting the value of every Yid through the teachings of Chassidus.
This evening served as an eye-opener to the world of Chassidus to the masses that have not yet experienced and studied the vast writings of Chassidus, particular Chabad. This library offers Seforim and history journals, relating to every single Chassidic community and dynasty.
Soul stirring melodies and Niggunim were sung in unison by all participants, and many requested for the library to introduce a regular Seder Niggunim.
The new premises are more user friendly, more central and comfortable to host Shiurim and Farbrengens.
The Ohr Hatorah Chassidic library and resource centre, situated in North London, was founded in Tammuz 5763, and is the first and largest of its kind in the UK. The library is a major resource centre serving the local Jewish community, numbering close to 10,000 families.
The library provides the ability to access, learn, explore and research this rich and colorful heritage. One is able to visit the library on a daily basis and have access to the many thousands of publications, magazines, Seforim and audio CDs relating to the teachings, history and traditions of Chassidus.
The library also stocks thousands of journals and periodicals specialising in genealogy which is of great interest to the many local members of the community who are researching their family origins.
The library offers the use of the Otzar Hachochma program which is the popular on screen library comprising of over 65,000 Seforim, books and journals. One is able to use this program to learn, search and print out the relevant information.
Our new addition is the Kol HaLoshon program – over 60,000 audio tracks of Shiurei Torah one could download onto an MP3.
In addition to this, we have a room in our library dedicated to be able to view thousands of hours on video of the Rebbe’s farbrengens and historical moments.
The library has hosted many Shiurim and lectures on weekdays and particularly on public holidays, and continues to host many programmes, marking special dates on the Chassidic calendar.
The library has become an extremely sought after and important landmark in the wider London community.
We are always looking to expand. But with the limited local funding opportunities, we must turn to our funders and supporters worldwide in order to allow us to continue providing our most sought after and popular services.
For more dedication opportunities, please email us at [email protected] for further enquiries.