Moron Rosh Hayeshiva at the Yeshiva Dinner on 21st Jan 2020

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To our dear Alumni, Talmidim, Donors and Friends,

Thank you to all those who participated in the wonderful Kiddush Hashem of the 90th Anniversary Dinner of Gateshead Yeshiva. It truly was a remarkable experience and we look forward to sharing the photo gallery on this page shortly.

If you have have any questions please email [email protected]


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More than an institution, Gateshead Yeshivah are proud of the alumni that have passed through its gates. With a far reaching sphere of influence and an iconic landmark in the Jewish world of learning – Gateshead Yeshivah prepares students for challenges ahead. This site is a testimony to the fact that the alumni want a port of call to keep the connection with the Yeshivah.

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Gateshead Yeshivah Alumni Association (GYAA) was formed in the late 1960’s. A number of fundraising dinners were made in the 70’s and 80’s and 90’s but then the public side of the Alumni was dormant until the first dinner in July 2011.

Annual shiurim were arranged before Rosh Hashonoh each year – given originally by Rabbi Leib Lopian, then Rabbi Matisyohu Solomon (Mashgiach of Gateshead Yeshiva and currently Lakewood) and more recently by Rabbi Mordechai Yosef Karnowsky.

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It is with extreme sadness that we have to report the Petiroh of David Chontow (Hechover Dovid ben R’ Aryeh z”l)  overnight, 9 September / 21 Ellul.

David was a talmid at the Yeshiva in the early 60’s and didn’t stop thinking about the Yeshiva for the rest of his life. He, and others,  formed the GY Alumni  who have donated millions of pounds to help the Yeshiva grow. He was also very much involved in some of the Yeshiva’s strategic and financial decision making.

He, [together with Yitzchok Katz were] the architects and builders of  Achisomoch some 40 years ago who have also given millions of pounds to the Yeshiva.

He worked tirelessly for so many other mosdos  as well as giving personal help to his friends and talmidim. Perhaps his most remarkable quality was his knowledge and efforts to stay a Yeshiva Bochur - learning (and teaching) every spare minute of the day until just a day before he passed away.

His levaya in London was attended by hundreds of people and Divrei Pereida were given by Rabbi YM Greenberg, The Rosh HaYeshiva Reb Avrohom Gurwicz and the niftar’s son Benny. The Kevuroh was in the Ponevez Beis Olom  in Bnei Berak.

The Kehillo in London, UK and around the world will sorely miss him.