The Gateshead Kolel is an institution specialising in advanced Torah studies. Its purpose is to provide an opportunity for an intensive programme of all aspects of Rabbinical scholarship, particularly in the field of Talmud and Halacha.
The Establishment of the Kolel in England well over sixty years ago was an act of great wisdom and vision by Rabbi E L Dessler zt"l. This was necessitated by the total annihilation of all organised Torah learning and communal life on the European Continent.
The Kolel is universally recognised as an academy of great Talmidei Chachomim who are singularly dedicated to the furtherance of religious instruction and observance. Here talented scholars consolidate and advance their Torah knowledge to become the future religious leaders of Klal Yisrael. In a vibrant Beis Hamedrash they devote themselves totally to acquiring a comprehensive and profound knowledge of Chass and Poskim. This presents them the perfect environment of Torah and Yiras Shomayim conducive to spiritual development and academic achievement.
During the past sixty years the Kolel has produced a constant stream of Talmidei Chachomim who have taken positions of importance throughout the Jewish world. And from the Kolel have emerged a large number of establishments of Jewish education guaranteeing the continuity of our sacred heritage for future generations.
The Avreichim who study at the Gateshead Kolel have been selected from numerous applicants and represent the most promising graduates of Yeshivoth worldwide. They follow an exacting schedule with a demanding discipline of study. Members of the Kolel are also regularly called upon to give Shiurim in many Torah institutions and their standard is influential in sustaining and elevating the quality of learning throughout the community.
Many Kolel members receive bursaries. The annual budget is daunting and ever increasing. Nevertheless it is imperative that this programme is maintained and indeed, expanded further.
With immense gratitude for support in the past, we turn to our friends and patrons to help guarantee the survival and continued growth of this essential institution.
Jewish Communities everywhere are demanding Rabbonim and Dayanim of the highest calibre, able to learn, teach and inspire. The Torah world is, Boruch Hashem, enjoying a renaissance undreamed of by previous generations. The burgeoning schools, Yeshivos and Seminaries require staffing by highly qualified motivated personnel. More than ever before the increasing number of Torah institutions need to be headed by Talmidei Chachomim who can imbue their Talmidim with the twin ideals of a love for the Torah and development of character to guide them in the right direction for their future.
World Jewry stands on the threshold of momentous times. Large segments of our People are becoming exposed to Torah and its teachings, perhaps for the first time in their lives. Their needs have to be addressed by knowledgeable leaders.
Gateshead Kolel is ready to meet these challenges. With your assistance it can face the future with confidence, expand further and change challenge to reality.