It was a historic moment as Rav Binyomin Eisenberger, shlita, of Boro Park paid a January 3rd visit to Mesivta Ateres Shmuel, the first of many esteemed gedolim who are expected to tour the yeshiva’s new campus in Durham, Connecticut.
R’ Eli Schron drove Rav Eisenberger to the yeshiva, where he was greeted by the Rosh HaYeshiva Rabbi Ahron Kaufman, Menahel Rabbi Doniel Kalish and the yeshiva’s entire student body.
Leading gedolim from the around the world have called Rabbi Kaufman to extend their mazel tov wishes on the purchase of the new campus and have expressed an interest in paying a personal visit to the yeshiva. Additionally, numerous rabbonim have conveyed their hakaros hatov to Rabbi Kaufman for his outstanding efforts, educating and shaping students during their most formative years.
After touring the sprawling campus, Rav Eisenberger led a tish with talmidim in the Beis Medrash which came alive with heartfelt niggunim. Rav Eisenberger shared a special seudah with the bochurim, and each one had an opportunity to shake hands with their esteemed guest and exchange a few brief words.
“The boys enjoyed it more than we ever could have imagined and the warm smile Rav Eisenberger gave each one brought such chizuk and warmth to our bochurim,” said Rav Kaufman. “This is just the beginning of what will be happening in our new Durham campus.”
Highly impressed by the new facility and its spacious grounds, Rav Eisenberger noted that Mesivta Ateres Shmuel serves a very important place in the Torah world. Rav Eisenberger gave a special bracha to R’ Shlomo Yehuda Rechnitz, R’ Yisroel Rabinowitz, R’ Avrohom Fruchthandler, R’ Moshe Wolfson, R’ Shimon Assouline, R’ Neil Tepper and R’ Aryeh Weiss for their efforts in purchasing the campus for the yeshiva.
Before returning back to the Waterbury campus to give shiur to the yeshiva’s beis medrash bochurim, Rabbi Kaufman shared his thoughts on having the opportunity to host Rav Eisenberger at the mesivta.
“This is the start of not only a special relationship between Rav Eisenberger and the boys, but also for many other gedolim who will be honoring us with their presence as they connect with the next generation of leaders in Klal Yisroel at our Durham campus,” said Rabbi Kaufman.