About Kollel Toras Dovid
Many ba’alei teshuvah would like to learn for more than the initial two or three years they spend learning in the kiruv yeshivos and catch up for all the lost years, but they simply do not have a place to go. Some don’t have the skills, and almost none have the connections necessary to join the mainstream kollelim. As a result, many ba’alei teshuvah lose that connection that was so painstakingly nurtured.
The Ba’al Teshuva population is growing and each year more unaffiliated Jews are being brought back to their rightful inheritance. However, despite all the great strides being made, there is still a gaping hole in the overall picture. The two or three years spent in the “kiruv yeshivos” are simply not enough to create a fully-developed, well-rounded and settled member of the frum community. Many Ba’alei Teshuva would like to stay in the “world of learning” for a few more years, but have not yet developed the learning skills, nor do they have the sufficient “fit” that is necessary to join mainstream kollelim.
Millions of dollars are donated annually to kiruv organizations to help inspire Jews to live a Torah life. But there is typically little or no support once the Ba’alei Teshuva get married and try to settle down into a frum community. Consequently, there are many Ba’alei Teshuva who, after marriage, lose that precious connection they so painstakingly attained. After only a few years in yeshiva, many Ba’alei Teshuva get married and try to integrate into mainstream frum communities, with little guidance or mentorship. The results can be disastrous. Desperately trying to conform and integrate, they take on changes and challenges beyond their ability. These sudden and quick transitions often result in an ongoing identity crisis, marital strife, extreme religious practices, and even resentment towards the frum community. In addition, the wives often have no social group or mentorship, leaving them feeling isolated, lonely, and rudderless. Finally, as if these problems were not enough, statistics show that these issues often extend themselves to the next generation, as they lack the stability and clarity to provide a healthy, frum upbringing.
The Solution- Toras Dovid Community Kollel:
Advancing the Growth and Integration of Married Ba’alei Teshuva
Toras Dovid, launched in September 2016, was founded to be the next step in the growth and integration of Ba’alei Teshuva. Our goal is to provide them with a place where they can continue to study Torah at their individual level and receive Torah guidance in a warm and communal framework. When the yungerleit are ready to move on to the next step, Toras Dovid will assist them in the process of integrating into a community in which they will be able to thrive. Additionally, the Rabbinical staff of Kollel Toras Dovid will stay in contact with these families to provide them with continued mentorship throughout their growth. With proper guidance, placement, and transitioning we anticipate putting an end to the harmful trend described above. The overview below presents a specific strategy on how Kollel Toras Dovid proposes to solve the issues at hand.
The kollel provides a warm and serious environment where a Ba’al Teshuva can come and continue growing at his own pace and at his own level. We provide a carefully structured program of shiurim, vaadim, workshops, and mentorship which will enable them to develop into true Bnei Torah.
The kollel provides a carefully structured program geared to the specific needs of Ba’alei Teshuva. In addition, we have created a Rabbinic Advisory Board so that each member of the kollel will have a mentor to guide him and his family through these formative years.
Toras Dovid is part of a network which works on helping young families find a place in a community suited to them. When a family is ready to move on and settle down, their potential for success will be maximized by the assistance they will receive from the kollel in finding the appropriate place to live and in transitioning smoothly and naturally into a Jewish community. In addition, the Kollel yungerleit are put into leadership positions where they give back by learning with new Ba’alei Teshuva at Ohr Somayach, Monsey, solidifying their self-assurance and building their leadership skills.
The Kollel has formed a ‘Neshei Toras Dovid’ in which the kollel wives get together for events, shiurim
and workshops. This provides an opportunity for the women to forge friendships, while simultaneously infusing them with guidance and a sense of community.