The Vaad HaRabbanim of Baltimore has decided to change the name of the popular learning program in all Baltimore shuls known as Avos Ubanum to כל הנערים . The new name will allow all boys in the community to experience the excitement of learning, prizes, raffles and refreshments.
While the former name did connote the beautiful tradition of Mesorah, it left out a certain segment of the community. What happens to the boy who R”L does not have a father, or who has a father who is not involved in his life? Several years ago, for example, a young mother moved to Baltimore with her four children, ages 4-9, whom she was raising on her own. At one point, the mother had to go out of town and placed her children with some friends.
Fifteen years later, that boy has become a successful young man living abroad. When he heard about the Rabbanim’s decision to change the name, he became very quiet and then, quite emotional. “I remember this pain like it was yesterday. On behalf of all the kids going through life like I had, thank you for sparing them.”
Kol HaNearim is a name that conveys sensitivity and a welcome for all to the world of Torah learning with an adult. The Vaad HaRabbanim has shown us the way to make sure each and every boy feels part of his Tzibur.