YWN regrets to inform you of the Petira of Rav Yechiel London ZATZAL, founder and Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva Heichal HaTorah in Harlem – one of the first kiruv yeshivas in America.
Rabbi London is most famous for being at the forefront of being Mekarev Russian Jews, and founded “Nefesh Academy” for that purpose.
Nefesh began on September 28, 1989. It was the day before Erev Rosh Hashana, and it was the day of the largest immigration of Russians to the United States.
Rabbi Yechiel London ZATZAL, upon hearing that there would be a tremendous influx of immigrants on that day, encouraged his family and followers to head to Kennedy Airport to greet their exhausted, bewildered, brethren.
The day progressed , thousands of Jewish immigrants from the former Soviet Union were greeted by Rabbi London’s contingency with candies and drinks, warm words, and the feeling that the American Jewish community was happy that they’d come.
Then came the night. As it wore on it became obvious that there were tens of families had no where to stay. Rabbi London undertook to find families to host them for the Yom Tov.
Nefesh Academy has been Mekavev thousands of Jews, and is currently run by his devoted son, Reb Sroya London Shlita.
The Levaya will take place this Sunday morning, Jan. 10th at 10:00 AM at Shomrei Hachomos Chapel, Fort Hamilton Parkway and 42nd Street in Boro Park. The Kevura will be in Woodbridge NJ.
The family will be sitting shiva until Friday afternoon Jan. 15th at 1750 East 18th Street (between Quentin Rd. and Ave R) in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, 718-339-4208.
Boruch Dayan Emmes….