The first Tribute Dinner in the 47
year history of Yeshiva Hakotel took place during Chol Hamoed
Sukkot, in a specially built Sukkah on the roof of the yeshiva, with a view of the
Western Wall and the Temple Mount.
As the first event leading up
to the yeshiva's 50th anniversary in 2017, Yeshivat Hakotel honored the 120 students from its Overseas Program who
volunteered to enlist in the IDF through its Machal program over the past 11 years. Eighty of these young men have already made
Yeshivat Hakotel not only has the most IDF soldiers from all the various yeshiva overseas students programs in Israel; it has more than all the other
yeshivot combined! (See video)
Yeshivat Hakotel also honored the
Chairman of its Board of Directors, Mr. Kurt Rothschild, who
made Aliyah with his wife Edith two years ago. Mr. Rothschild has been
involved in the yeshiva since its inception in December 1967,
and along with the Wohl family from London, was the person
most responsible for the building of the yeshiva's permanent campus, which it occupies today.
After the welcome by alumnus
Yisrael Dov Meyer, Divrei Torah were given by Rosh Hayeshiva Harav
Baruch Wieder and founding Rosh Yeshiva Harav
Chaim Yeshayahu Hadary. The honored guest speaker was
the Minister of Defense, Moshe "Bogie"
The over 220 people in the
Sukkah, which included soldiers, Israeli and overseas alumni,
parents and friends, were also treated to listening to the
beautiful voice of the Chief IDF Cantor, Shai Avramson.