Welcome to Kehilla Kedosha Ramat Eshkol
Under the Leadership of Rabbi Shmuel Zucker שליט״א
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Who We Are
Kehilla Kedosha Ramat Eshkol began in 2016 with the dream to create a revolutionary new kehilla in Yerushalayim for Americans who sought a cohesive community with a focus on serious growth and where one could experience the passion and warmth of Torah and Tefillah. Under the dedicated leadership of Rabbi Shmuel Zucker shlita, a consummate mechanech and spiritual guide with decades of experience, and with the participation of over 120 enthusiastic families, the Kehilla has quickly become one of the spiritual pillars of Ramat Eshkol and the surrounding areas. After building a beautiful and spacious facility in 2020, the Kehilla has transformed from primarily a Shabbos Kehilla to a full community center of Torah and Tefillah that runs throughout the week, finally providing a large American style Beis Medrash that was so needed in Yerushalayim. Through this new facility, the Kehilla now has a home to expand its impact and inspire the hundreds of newly-married couples who will pass through in the years to come and to provide a spiritual home to the tens of established families who have settled permanently in the area.
The Kehilla was founded upon the premise that Yiddishkeit involves more than just “doing the motions” but that there should be a natural excitement and passion in all areas of one’s Jewish life. When one enters the doors of the Kehilla, one immediately feels the energy and warmth of davening. The uplifting and inspirational Tefillos are a trademark of the Kehilla and have attracted many who are seeking to grow and experience more in their davening. The Kehilla boasts tremendous diversity among its mispallelim, due, in large part, to the warmth, excitement, and love that emanate from this vision. But no matter their age, stage, or background, all those who have established themselves within the kehilla are bound together by a common goal: to engage with the Almighty by means of passionate prayer, to delve into the inner dimensions of the Torah, and to grow in one’s relationship with Hashem.
The Kehilla was formed around the idea of having a Rav who is not only a posek and orator, but someone who can inspire and uplift all who are around him. Our Rav, Rabbi Shmuel Zucker Shlita, a consummate mechanech and spiritual guide with decades of experience, fits this description perfectly. He is not only a world-class Talmid Chochom and educator, but someone who leads by example through his tremendous passion for Torah and Mitzvos. Rabbi Zucker draws upon the depths of the Torah in his legendary Divrei Torah and words of Chizuk which are delivered every Shabbos and distributed worldwide by email and video. So many are drawn to the Rav due to his genuine warmth and care for every single Jew. He is sought after around Yerushalayim and abroad for his wisdom and counsel in personal, family and spiritual matters.
Many young couples and families come from America to Yerushalayim to start and enhance their married life upon the rarified soil of the Holy Land, hoping to immerse themselves in a world of spiritual growth. Yet families often found that there was no dynamic, cohesive community to join and support their journey. Our Kehilla was created to fill this void. Whether it is the weekly kiddush following davening, or the active programming for women, the Kehilla has created a real sense of chevra and belonging for its families. Kehilla Kedosha Ramat Eshkol has quickly become the address of choice for both newly married American kollel or working couples as well as established Torah families who are seeking a spiritual home.
Rabbi Shmuel Zucker
Rabbi Shmuel Zucker was born in Golders Green, England and attended the prestigious yeshivos of Gateshead, Be’er Yaakov and spent his formative years in Yeshivas Mir in Yerushalayim. The Rav was influenced greatly by the Tzaddik and Lubavitcher Chassid Rav Moshe Veber tz”l from Yerushalayim, and is a close talmid of the Amshinover Rebbe, Rabbi Yitzchok Meir Morgenstern and Rabbi Mottel Zilber. He has been a Maggid Shiur and Rebbe for more than 25 years in Ohr Yerushalayim, Imrei Binah, Yeshivas Mevaseret Tzion and most currently in Yeshivas Aish HaTorah. He has authored many seforim, including Shashuei Shmuel on Sugyos HaShas, Oros HaMoadim (Chelek Aleph, Beis and Gimmel) in Lashon HaKodesh, as well as ‘Illuminating Our Day’, a peirush on Tefillah in English. He is currently working on a book of Divrei Torah on the parsha in English, and other seforim in Lashon HaKodesh. The Rav’s Divrei Torah also are distributed to a worldwide audience as “the Rebbe’s Table” every week via email, whatsapp, and through printed booklets. Rabbi Zucker is a rebbe to thousands of talmidim, many who consider him their rebbe for life. He has the uncanny ability to connect personally with every kind of Jew, and he uplifts and elevates everyone who he comes in contact with. His mastery of every part of Torah, dynamic and warm personality, passion for Avodas Hashem, along with his original and penetrating Divrei Torah are what makes Rabbi Zucker the perfect manhig to lead our Kehilla.
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Pre-Shacharis Kollel 6:35am
Shacharis 7:15am (M-Th) / 8:15 (Fr) / 8:30 (Bein HaZmanim)
Mincha 1:00pm or Mincha Gedola
Mincha (Kollel during Zman) 3:30pm (in the hall)
Maariv #1 7:00pm (During Winter Zman)
Mincha/Kabbalas Shabbos – 10 (Summer) / 20 (Winter) minutes after Candlelighting
The Rav speaks between Kabbalas Shabbos and Maariv
Rav’s Sfas Emes Shiur – 8:00 (Winter) / 8:15 (Summer)
Shacharis – 8:15 (Winter) / 8:30 (Summer)
There is a hot kiddush following davening
Mincha – An hour before Shkiyah
Maariv – Zman Rabbeinu Tam