Since 5743 (1983), Yeshivas Erev has been providing a unique program to boys in the Crown Heights community. Inspired by the Rebbe’s horaos, this program was initiated by Rabbi Leibel Newman, Rabbi Hershel Lustig, and Rabbi Yosef Simpson of Igud Menahalei Yeshivos. Yeshivas Erev seeks to instill a love for Torah, and create an atmosphere of learning in Yeshiva boys beyond what could be accomplished in a day of yeshiva.
The program, which runs for one hour in the evenings, allows boys in grades five through eight to do homework, review what they learned in school, and ask questions that they may not have had the opportunity to ask during the school day. Older bochurim learn with them during the program, giving the boys a valuable connection, a role model, and sense of pride in their learning.
Yeshivas Erev supports the needs of all students, as Rabbi Zusy Sorkin, the program coordinator, explained.
“The beauty of Yeshivas Erev is that it caters to all types of Talmidim – those who are up to the challenge of learning extra Mishnayos, boys who are part of the Chidon, and those who need some extra help with their homework,” Rabbi Sorkin says.
Regular attendees are rewarded with special Yeshivas Erev ID cards that can be redeemed for rewards and discounts at stores on Kingston Ave. This is in addition to coupons received daily that are redeemed at the end of year for valuable seforim.
The power of Yeshivas Erev is that boys attend the program of their own volition, which invites a genuine love for Torah and learning. As Rabbi Leibel Newman shared, “Because the boys come to Yeshivas Erev on their own, their Limud HaTorah is real. We see the true meaning of והערב נא, how Torah brings joy and sweetness.”
The program has a powerful effect on the success of the boys in yeshiva and their overall development. Teachers have shared with the organizers that they can tell when a boy goes to Yeshivas Erev. “The Talmidim who attend Yeshivas Erev do so after regular yeshiva hours. While many Talmidim who don’t attend Yeshivas Erev consider this time off, the Talmidim who attend follow the directive of ‘והגית בו יומם ולילה. This is an opportunity for them to internalize the כי הם חיינו ואורך ימינו, where ‘learning never ends’ and it really shows! What a Nachas!” remarked Rabbi Yosef Simpson.
Yeshivas Erev services 7 different locations throughout the Crown Heights community, including Remsen Village and East Flatbush. With approximately 250 students participating, Yeshivas Erev continues to be a valuable program for the community, instilling a love for Torah and learning in the next generation, and providing a rewarding opportunity for them to further their education and growth.
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