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Posted by on Nov 18, 2014 in Uncategorized | Comments Off

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In Memory of Anne Samson, a”h

Posted by on Sep 2, 2013 in Uncategorized | Comments Off

It is with great sadness that we inform you that Anne Samson, sister in-law of Rabbi Tzfaniah and Rabbanit Sharri Drori, wife of 47 years to Lee Samson, mother of Dani, Aliza Rosenstein and Tali Slifkin, and grandmother to 14 wonderful children, passed away after a car accident.  A memorial service was held at Beth Jacob Congregation in Beverly Hills on Sunday 18th August and Anne was buried in Israel on Tuesday 20th August.  Mr. Samson was also injured, and is recovering.

The Samson family appreciates all of your prayers, support and outpouring of love and concern.  Anne Samson was an inspiration to all, her generosity and contribution to humanity is unsurpassed and will live in our hearts forever.

It is a custom, often in lieu of flowers, to perform an act of ‘tzedakah’ to honor the memory of the deceased.  The Samson family suggests that if you would like to make a donation to the “Anne Samson Memorial” you may send a check payable to ‘Kiryat Shemona Foundation’ to 9200 Sunset Blvd., #700, West Hollywood, CA 90069-3603. You may also contribute through the website at

The Kiryat Shemona Yeshiva is an institution of Torah study for Israeli soldiers stationed on the Lebanese-Israeli border.  The Yeshiva serves those within its walls, as well as those in the surrounding community, providing a variety of services including assistance to the poor, elderly and infirm.  A contribution to the Kiryat Shemona Foundation (which Lee and Anne founded together) is an appropriate way to memorialize Anne, as it intertwines a commitment to Torah and love for Israel, with the important communal work of caring for the sick and less fortunate, providing programs for children with special needs, and generally building a family out of community.

There are not sufficient words to express our sadness for our devoted friend, Mr. Samson and the entire family, at the loss of their beloved Anne.

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Associate Dean of Simon Wiesenthal Center Visits Yeshiva

Posted by on Jun 20, 2013 in Uncategorized | Comments Off

The Yeshiva had the honor of welcoming one of its most devoted friends this week, Rabbi Abraham Cooper on an informal visit with his wife, Roz.  As Associate Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, Rabbi Cooper has been instrumental in bringing a number of visitors from diverse backgrounds to get a taste of the Yeshiva over the years. This includes a former member of the Japanese parliament, previously a sworn enemy of Israel, who became one of Israel’s true friends, and a delegation of Muslim leaders from Indonesia who lit Chanukah candles at the Yeshiva, dancing with our Hesderniks around the Bet Midrash.

The Coopers’ relationship with the Drori family and Kiryat Shemona goes back to 1974 when, as a young couple, they came to Israel to do volunteer work after the Yom Kippur War and spent an entire summer in what was then a small, remote, poverty-stricken town, taking care of a large group of new immigrants.

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Yeshiva Road Named in Memory of “Plugat Alon” Soldiers

Posted by on Jun 10, 2013 in Uncategorized | Comments Off

The families of the soldiers who died defending Eretz Israel waited more than 30 years for their loved ones to be memorialized in a dignified way.  In a ceremony attended by staff and students of our Yeshiva, military dignitaries, rabbis and the mayor of Kiryat Shemona, the road alongside the Bet Midrash was dedicated in memory of the Alon Company.

Five soldiers from Yeshivat Kiryat Shemona belonging to “Plugat Alon” (Tank Corps) were killed in a heroic battle during the 1982 War in Lebanon, known as Milchemet Shlom Hagalil.  In light of the tragedy, it was decided that soldiers from the same Yeshiva would no longer serve together in the same company, to prevent a similar disaster from happening again.

Brig. Gen. (Res) Avigdor Kahalani, Commander of the tank corps at the time, was among the dignitaries at the ceremony and recalled how he attended the dedication of the Yeshiva itself 36 years ago, praising the work and dedication of Rabbi Tzfaniah Drori and Rabbi Yisrael Kirshtein, the Rashei Yeshiva, who, in spite of the terrible loss and the critical effect it had on the Yeshiva at the time, have managed to build a thriving and ever-growing community of hundreds of Hesder students, whose influence is felt in every facet of Israeli society.


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The Lights Go Out…. But the Talmidim Keep Learning

Posted by on May 23, 2013 in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Power outages happen… and when they happen during the night hours, everything stops in our modern world.

But not at the Yeshiva…  A blackout that affected the Yeshiva and the adjacent neighborhood didn’t faze our Hesderniks.  They ran out to the storeroom, gathered up all the available candles, lit them, and continued learning Torah by candlelight until after 11:oopm at night.

Nothing stops our young men from learning, and this typifies the high Torah standard they demand from themselves!

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Yeshiva Breaks Ground on New Basketball Park/Court on Campus

Posted by on May 20, 2013 in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Physical fitness is not something that Hesder Yeshivot are set up to provide.  Our young men have to be in excellent physical form to survive the hardships of the army, and there is nothing better to help them achieve this than good and regular games of basketball.

Thanks to the generosity of the Balaban family of Calgary, Canada, a basketball court has been planned on site at our Yeshivah and can be utilized day and night. Until now, we have had to plead and beg to train at one of the other basketball centers in town, which are far from the Yeshivah, lack the necessary maintenance and lighting, and are only open at specific hours.

Our credo is, and has always been, to be part of the community, and we devote many of our resources to the underprivileged members of society.    Our hope is to make the basketball court available not only for our private use, but also for our neighbors, for whom this will be “a whole new ball game”.  Imagine – a Hesder Yeshivah where Torah study is of the essence, inviting everyone and anyone to use their very own basketball court for local tournaments in the community!

The park will also double up as a center for special outdoor events, and it will be built in an ideal location adjacent to our student dormitories where nobody else will be disturbed by the games.

We hope to raise additional funds for an outdoor fitness center at the park, something that has become increasingly popular in towns and villages in Israel.

In order to get an idea of the extent of basketball games that will take place at the new Balaban Basketball Park, imagine 250 Hesder students, stretching their legs after a 12-hour day  (and more) of sitting and learning in the study hall (Bet Midrash), all the with common desire to play a good game of basketball, knowing how this will improve their physical fitness.   We truly believe in “mens sana in corpore sano”, and we know that the Park will be a perfect fit for our ideology, enhancing the minds and creativity of our first-class students at the Hesder Yeshivah and involving the community in Kiryat Shemona.

The cornerstone for the Basketball Park was set in the presence of members of the Balaban family, Rabbi Tzfaniah Drori, members of the Yeshivah staff and Hesderniks.

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Yom Hazikaron Commemorated & Yom Ha’atzmaut Celebrated at Yeshivat Kiryat Shemona

Posted by on Apr 21, 2013 in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Yom Hazikaron

Yom Hazikaron at our Yeshivah provides an opportunity for any Hesdernik to share his own grief or personal story about a friend or relative who died in defense of the State of Israel or who was a victim of a terrorist attack. The mood is enhanced by candlelight, songs and musical accompaniment reflecting the somber atmosphere of the day.

Among the 23,000 fallen soldiers and victims of terror are a number of our own Hesder graduates, who are commemorated on a special plaque beside the Bet Midrash.  This year the pain was felt especially deeply owing to the death of a soldier, who served together with Kiryat Shemona Hesder students in the artillery corps and was killed in September 2012 in a shootout between Islamist terrorists and IDF troops along Israel’s southern border with Egypt.

This page is presented in memory of Netanel Yahalomi z”l.


Yom Ha’atzmaut

The Jewish people have gathered eons of experience celebrating happy days immediately following days of mourning, and for the past 65 years, this has been the case as Yom Ha’atzmaut follows Yom Hazikaron – and we do it pretty well.

On this special day, our Hesderniks put into practice all the abundant spiritual ideals that are studiously researched during their years of learning at the Yeshivah.  In the evening, a special Maariv service was followed by a lavish meal combining delicacies both edible and spiritual, as Am Yisrael celebrated its freedom in Eretz Yisrael.

After this, the entire town was invited to a “Happening” graced by the honored presence of various leaders and rabbis of the public sphere. This year, a group of Ethiopian immigrants took part in what was, for most of them, their first experience of a Yom Atzmaut in Israel.  A hike organized took place in the morning after which the obligatory barbecue (“mangal”) provided a delicious fitting finale to this beautiful purely-Israeli holiday.

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