Close to 200 people attended the reception for Horav Pinchas Padva, the grandson of Horav Henig Padva zatsal from London, who recently was appointed as the rav of the 250 year old institution Beis Hamedrash Etz Chaim. The Bais Hamedrash was founded by Rabbi Arye Leib Loewenstam, the son in law of the Chacham Tzvi and the father of The Binyan Ariel, Reb Shaul Amsterdammer.
Until the 2nd World War this Beis Hamedrash was a meeting place where the Kol HaTorah was heard. Five years ago an empty bank building was purchased and this old institution got revived with daily shiurim by the local rabonim.
The appointment of rabbi Padva was enthusiastically received in the local charedi community and during only the first two weeks of rabbi Padva’s presence in Amsterdam he already gave 84 shiurim. These last years a revival of Yiddishkeit is noticeable in this city, after three years ago the more than 120 years old Nidche Israel Jechanes Synagogue started its Arba Kanfos programm, where during evening hours shiurim are given both in Hebrew and in Dutch to attract the many Israeli yordim and the local rechokim who resent to associate themselves to the official Jewish Community but are willing to search for their roots.