By Rabbi Arye D. Gordon.
On Thursday evening March 27, 2014, Harav Eli Ber Wachtfogel, the Rosh Hayeshiva of Yeshiva Gedolah Zichron Moshe of South Fallsburg NY., visited Los Angles together with Rav Meshulem Gorelick and Rav Ephraim Sher, spending Shabbos Parshas Tazria in the Hancock Park Community. The visit was hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Shlomo Yehuda Rechnitz.
The Rosh Hayeshiva is always a welcome presence in Los Angeles. Harav Wachtfogel attempted to visit many different shuls and schools in the city. He davened Friday night Kabbolas Shabbos and Maariv in Rav Einhorn’s Shul on Beverly Blvd and spoke as well.
Shabbos morning the Rosh Hayeshiva attended davening at Rabbi Bess’s Kehilas Yaakov and shalos seudos at Rabbi Langer’s Shaarei Torah. Rounding out a busy weekend, Harav Wachtfogel delivered a shiur on inyanei Pesach at the Chasiddishe Kollel. He then attended a special Parlor Meeting Reception for his Yeshiva Gedolah, Zichron Moshe, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Dovid Levy on Sunday evening.
The history of the Yeshiva of South Fallsburg N.Y. goes back to its early beginnings in the Bronx. In 1943 Harav Yeruchem Gorelick zt”l, a noted Talmid Chocham and a student of the renown Chofetz Chaim and the Brisker Rav, founded the Yeshiva Elementary School and a Bais Yaakov girls school. At one point the two schools boasted an enrollment close to 800 students.
In 1969 Harav Gorelick zt”l had the foresight, when the opportunity presented itself, to purchase the Laurel Park Hotel located in the famed Catskill Mountains as the new home for the Yeshiva. Rav Abba Gorelick, son of Rav Yeruchem, led the Yeshiva in its new location and in 1970 he asked Rav Eli Wachtfogel, son of the prominent Lakewood Mashgiach Harav Nosson Tzvi Wachtfogel zt”l, to join the Yeshiva.
With the passage of time, the Yeshiva continued to grow and establish firm roots in this new community. In 1982 a separate Beis Medrash and gymnasium were built for the mesivta, then a new dormitory in 1984. In 2002 a new main building, housing the new Bais Medras, was completed and the dining room and kitchen facilities became a reality. As the physical plant continued to grow, more talmidim, looking for a unique yeshiva environment, flocked to the Catskills to become part of the Fallsburg Yeshiva and community.
It is to the exceptional leadership of its Roshei Hayeshiva and Rabbanim that the Yeshiva Gedola Zichron Moshe of South Fallsburg NY has become one of the most sought after Yeshiva’s on the East Coast.