In 2004 (5774), Rabbi Binyamin Mendelson, together with his family, set out on the Rebbe’s Shlichus to establish the Chabad House of Ramat Beit Shemesh Gimmel.
It can be said of this Chabad House that it is truly a place “sown in tears”. For more than a year, the prayer services were held in Rabbi Mendelssohn’s private home with great difficulties until, thank G-d, “The blossoms appeared in the land” and the Chabad House obtained temporary, large, suitable premises. In the future, we hope to build a 770 in Ramat Beit Shemesh Gimmel.
In recent months, an “Evening Kollel” has successfully opened and the synagogue is packed every evening with Torah classes and one-on-one studying of both ‘Nigle’ and Chassidus. A special charity organization named “Chasdei Sheina” was founded, benefiting the community by providing both financial aid and assistance in other areas. The community’s members and girls are dedicated to its success out of a sense of mutual responsibility.
Chabad House is active in a variety of fields, and serves as an address for every Jew in every respect.
Rabbi Binyamin Mendelson
Shliach of the Lubavitcher Rebbe's and director of the Ramat Beit Shemesh Gimmel Chabad House
Those who sow with tears
Every morning, when I enter the synagogue for Shacharit and see the diverse crowd arriving, I thank G-d Almighty for the privilege to be the Rebbe’s Shliach, in the Rebbe’s lighthouse building in Ramat Beit Shemesh Gimmel.
A place where “Those who sow with tears” took place, since for more than a year, the prayer services were held in my private home with great difficulties, until thank G-d “The blossoms appeared in the land” and we managed to obtain temporary, large and suitable premises. In the future, we hope to build a 770 in Ramat Beit Shemesh Gimmel, in which we will all be partners.
In recent months, an “Evening Kollel” has successfully opened and the synagogue is packed every evening with Torah classes and one-on-one studying of both ‘Nigle’ and Chassidus.
A special charity organization named “Chasdei Sheina”, in memory of my mother OBM, was founded in order to benefit the community members providing both financial aid and assistance in other areas. The community’s members and girls are dedicated to its success out of a sense of mutual responsibility.
Special harmony has been created between the community members, while dealing with the initial difficulties in establishing the community. Both a physical and spiritual feeling of family and connection between the members of the community has become our foundation.
In every step and development, we feel the blessings of the Rebbe who accompanies us all the way, and see the fulfillment of the words of our sages “I have worked hard, and I have been successful”. The devotion towards every detail in building this place, physically and spiritually, has led us to see the “I have been successful” thanks to the abundance of G-d’s blessings.
The might of the blessings of our Rebbe, that we feel at every step in the establishment and development of the Chabad House, gives us the strength and power to continue his special mission.
Rabbi Chaim Eliyahu Gluckowsky
Rabbi of the Chabad Community and Synagogue of Ramat Beit Shemesh Gimmel
From the Rabbi’s desk
Thank G-d, about a year ago, I was elected as the Rabbi of the holy community of Chabad in Ramat Beit Shemesh Gimmel. From the very first days, I saw the hand of divine providence that G-d has privileged me to take an important part in establishing and developing a young and vibrant Chabad community that looks forward to significant development and expansion, with G-d’s help.
Throughout his talks over the years, the Rebbe showed a special attitude towards the Chabad settlements in the Holy Land, emphasizing both the importance of the premises, of fundraisers for the establishment and development of the settlements, as well as giving special attention to guests from those places who attended the Rebbe’s chassidic gatherings.
In the spirit of the Rebbe’s desire to strengthen the settlements of Anash Chabad, Chassidim in the Holy Land, the Chabad community of Ramat Beit Shemesh Gimmel is emerging and developing, on a day-to-day basis, both in quantity and quality.
The synagogue serves as a lighthouse of Torah, prayer and chesed for the community and all those interested in being warmed by the light of Chassidus. The prayers in the synagogue, the Torah classes in ‘Nigle’ and Chassidus, the chassidic gatherings on Shabbat and holidays throughout the year, create a real Chassidic atmosphere in the spirit of love and unity.
On Shabbat of Parashat Vayakhel 5752, the Rebbe spoke especially about the ‘Kibbutz Galuyot’ of the people of Israel who recently immigrated to the Holy Land. Thank G-d, part of this gathering is taking place in the Chabad community of Ramat Beit Shemesh Gimmel which numbers dozens of immigrant families that have come to settle the Holy Land from different countries and blend together into a united and caring community.
May G-d Almighty bless us so that peace and unity will prevail in our community, as it is said, “G-d Almighty did not find a vessel for blessing, rather than peace”. May we be privileged to march towards the complete and ultimate redemption with the Rebbe in the front.