Kurt Rothschild

Yeshivat Hakotel honors its overseas program IDF soldiers and Chairman Kurt Rothschild


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 Aliyah.  

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" Yaalon

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.

Yeshivat Hakotel Sukkah Dinner to Honor Kurt Rothschild and Soldiers

YBA Yeshivat Hesder Hakotel is planning to mark its upcoming 50th anniversary (in 2017) with a series of programs and events. The first event will be a Tribute Dinner -- to be hosted, for the first time ever, at the Yeshivat Hakotel campus in Jerusalem's Old City Jewish Quarter. The dinner is scheduled for Sunday, Chol Hamoed Sukkot, October 12, 2014 at 5:30 pm.

The dinner will be held in a specially constructed sukkah on the roof of Yeshivat Hakotel, with its breath-taking panoramic view of the Western Wall Plaza and the Temple Mount. The yeshiva will proudly honor the 120 graduates of the Overseas Program who have volunteered to serve in the IDF over the last 11 years, mostly as "lone soldiers" in the Machal program. 

These young men, 80 of whom have made Aliya, put their futures on hold and their lives on the line in order to serve Am Yisrael and Medinat Yisrael. (For more background, read the recent Jerusalem Post Op/Ed piece by Michael Freund.)

The dinner will also honor, Mr. and Mrs. Kurt Rothschild, President of the World Mizrachi Movement, who made Aliya from Toronto a few years ago. Kurt and his wife Edith are closely connected to Yeshivat Hakotel. Kurt is a member of the yeshiva's Board of Directors, and has been involved in the construction and development of the yeshiva campus since its inception in 1967.  

The Dinner will be followed by a Simchat Bet Hashoeva featuring live musical entertainment, divrei Torah and greetings by leading rabbis and political figures.  

Yeshivat Hakotel invites visitors to Israel during Sukkot to join in this celebration.  Due to the limited seating in the rooftop sukkah, early reservations are a must. To reserve your seat at the table, or to place an ad in the dinner's Tribute Journal in honor of Mr. & Mrs. Rothschild or any of the special young men who have served in the IDF, contact Don Katesdon@hakotel.org.il / 052-830-8293.