On a sunny but blustery Monday afternoon, a delegation of 24 Bukharian rabbanim entered the Be’er Hagolah Institutes building at 671 Louisiana Avenue in Brooklyn. In fact, they had been invited by the Chief Rabbi of the Bukharian community in Queens, Rabbi Yitzhak Yisraeli, and encouraged to make every effort to attend this meeting. The letter sent to each rav, read, in part: “As a rav in the community, it is important to us that you have first-hand knowledge of the education offered at Be’er Hagolah… Please make every effort to attend this important meeting.”
The rabbanim were to be, in the Rav’s words, “…honored to meet together with the Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Mir, HaRav Elya Brudny shlita.”
After entering the yeshivah building, the distinguished group was welcomed by the Rosh Yeshiva of the Mir, HaRav Elya Brudny shlita, Chairman of the Vaad HaChinuch of Be’er Hagolah, and HaRav Mordechai German shlita, the Dean of the Be’er Hagolah Institutes.
The rabbanim were visibly moved and impressed with what they saw when they entered the building. One after another expressed his astonishment at the size of the building and how spotlessly clean it was. They said that they had certainly heard about Be’er Hagolah, but they had no idea how large the building was and that it was kept up so well.
After a very brief meet-and-greet in the shul, knowing that the rabbanim were on a tight schedule, Rabbi German began the tour by heading to the elementary school division, run by Ms. Zucker, who spoke to them about the curriculum and the high standards of education that the school maintains.
The next stop was the Girls’ middle and high school departments, headed by Mrs. Taub, on the second floor. It was clear to any onlooker that the girls were aware of the z’chus they were being given. They stood quietly and respectfully, knowing full well how to demonstrate their k’vod haTorah. HaRav Brudny and HaRav Yisraeli extended their personal blessings, wishing the talmidos hatzlachah in their Torah studies and maasim tovim.
HaRav Yitzchak Yisraeli, Bukharian Chief Rabbi, spoke to the assembled rabbanim. He emphasized how important a yeshivah education was for any Jewish child. He said, “Children are kodesh kodashim and we are responsible for them.” Rabbi Avraham Nissanian said, “I am totally impressed. I parked my car and saw beauty. Beautiful facilities… My dream for the Bukharian community is that we continue the beautiful Sephardic traditions at Be’er Hagolah.”
Rav Yirmi Levy said, “We see with our own eyes the long-term results of investing in these beautiful children. I couldn’t leave, to see the beautiful atmosphere and the love for the yeshivah and rabbanim. To see children from my k’hilah, how they looked three years ago and how they look today. Today I see pure diamonds.”
Rav Rafael Zavulunov said, “Happy children. Derech eretz. Refreshing to see smiles on their faces.
The rabbanim were then invited to proceed to the shul for a meeting to discuss the all-important topic of the chinuch needs of the Bukharian community in general. HaRav Brudny and HaRav German then enlightened the rabbanim as to how Be’er Hagolah is meeting those needs.
A very poignant part of the afternoon was when the talmidim and talmidos of all divisions – elementary girls, elementary boys, high school boys, and high school girls – came into the shul to pay their respects to the rabbanim. The boys extended their hands in greeting to the rabbanim, many bending to kiss their hands in a special display of k’vod haTorah.
Be’er Hagolah has been educating the sons of daughters of Bukharian families in Brooklyn and Queens for many years. Each day, 13 buses – separate for boys and girls – pull up in front of their respective entrances for another day of learning Torah, followed by an afternoon of secular studies, leading up to a Regents diploma and admission to college.
This very special visit will surely go down in history as a day when observations were made and decisions were implemented – all for the purpose of k’vod haTorah.