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First Yeshiva in Central Africa

First Yeshiva in Central Africa
Aug 7, 2011

Photos: Yisrael Bardugo

Rabbi Shlomo Bentolila, Shliach in Central Africa, has opened a Chabad Yeshiva in the Congo's capital city of Kinshasa, with students flying in from New York to attend.

History was made in Africa, as Rabbi Shlomo Bentolila, shliach of Chabad of Central Africa, has opened a Chabad Yeshiva in the Congo's capital city of Kinshasa.

Rabbi Bentolila, who arrived in Africa to open the first Chabad House in Africa 20 years ago, has seen the amazing growth of Chabad in the country, with centers opening in 11 other locations in Africa since then.

On the 20th anniversary of the establishment of Chabad in Africa, Rabbi Bentolila resolved to open a Chabad yeshiva as well. Within weeks a location was found and seforim - books were sent from Israel.

Rabbi Leizer Avtzon of New York was instrumental in finding a group of bochurim who would travel from New York to learn in the new Yeshiva.

The boys, students of Oholei Torah in Crown Heights, arrived in recent weeks, and have quickly become part of the small community, and have been giving Torah classes and visiting community members in additon to their schedule of learning.

The Jewish community in the Congo consists mainly of business people, diplomats, and many Israelis.

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