In Israel, Jews have many historical sites they can visit, such as the Kotel, Mearas
Hamachpela and Kever Rachel. Throughout the world there are many thriving shuls,
Yeshivos and places where a Jew can feel part of the Jewish nation.
But where can Jews go to in Belarus? They can visit the gravesites and hear about
the greatness of the Gedolim who were buried in the country, see the run-down
exterior of Yeshivos and light a candle at the mass burial sites of Jews that were
murdered during the Holocaust.
Yad Yisroel, who does Kiruv in Belarus, together with the Union of Religious
Congregations of the Republic of Belarus, aspire to give Jews a place they can go to
in order to feel their Yiddishkeit, where they will experience the ambience of being a
Jew, learn more about their Jewish heritage and stand in a building where such
Gedolim once stood.
Yeshiva Eitz Chaim Volozhin is being renovated so the torch of Yiddishkeit will once again shine from within these four walls.
- Kiruv Center – fighting assimilation by hosting regular seminars on the strengthening of Jewish identity for local students from the former Soviet Union
- Shabbatonim Center – lectures for local married couples on the foundations of building a Jewish home
- The Yeshiva World Museum – Roshei Yeshivos throughout the ages, Gedolei Torah, architecture of all major pre-war Yeshivos and historical documentation
- “Spiritual Recharge” Center – short term stay for bochurim who wish to come and learn in the ambience of Yeshiva Eitz Chaim Volozhin
- Visitor Center- providing information and the highest standard of Kosher L’mehadrin food to tourists wishing to explore our rich historical past and connect to its timeless legacy