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Lucerne, Switzerland - Report: Famed Swiss Yeshiva Closing Its Doors

Published on: July 22, 2015 03:01 PM
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Lucerne, Switzerland - A famous Swiss yeshiva has announced it is shuttering its doors, much to the dismay of its students, some of whom have already packed up their belongings and are looking for a new yeshiva in time for Elul Zman.

Israeli news web sites Kikar Ha’shabbat, and Bechadrei Charedim report, that Yeshiva Bais Yitzchok of Lucerne is closing in the wake of significant debts.

Others from within the kehilla in Switzerland claim the real reason the school is closing is because of internal administrative problems and mismanagement over the course of the last two years. Reports say the school owes 1.2 million Swiss francs, and that the roshei yeshiva have tried to raise the money, but to no avail. In recent years, the yeshiva has been subsisting on the enrollment of students from the United States.

For decades, the yeshiva was run by Rav Yitzchak Kopelman, who was known for fostering generations of talmedei chachamim. He died five years ago. Today, his son, Rabbi Moshe Kopelman, is the head of the yeshiva and has continued in the educational ways of his father.

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“People don’t understand that when people speak about the town of Lucerne, they don’t think of the city or the famous bridge, they think of this yeshiva – this growing, spiritual place,” said an unidentified student.” “When someone mentions Lucerne to a charedi Jew, right away they know you are speaking about this yeshiva.” For now, hopeful students say only an intervention from the gedolei ha’dor can likely save this very prominent yeshiva.

There are almost four thousand names on Lucerne Yeshiva’s alumni list.


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 Jul 22, 2015 at 03:27 PM Mayer Says:

If each of those alumni gave 300 Swiss francs it would wipe out the debt. It is called hakoras hatov.

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 Jul 22, 2015 at 03:30 PM Chaim Says:

If each alumnus give just $100 it should help them out

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 Jul 22, 2015 at 03:40 PM Anonymous Says:

Well does the yeshiva still house lots of students. Do they have large enrollment? If not then Ok its time to close down and move on. Life changes and generations move on. Lts of famed yeshivas shut thier doors and moved on including man here in the USA. Whats the tzedaka or mitzva to give to a mosod just because it was once chashuv?

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 Jul 22, 2015 at 04:41 PM HeywoodJBlome Says:

Reply to #2  
Chaim Says:

If each alumnus give just $100 it should help them out

Is there a way for us to take up a collection here on VIN?

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 Jul 22, 2015 at 05:02 PM Anominous Says:

Time to move to Israel...

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 Jul 22, 2015 at 06:13 PM binumin Says:

I tried to enroll my son 2 years ago and they refused him because they had NO room for him. I was willing to pay $1500 a month and still refused.
so my question is if they were so packed and well paid where did all the money go?

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 Jul 22, 2015 at 07:39 PM hashemsson Says:

I'm a Talmud of the yeshivas and was there in the last 5 years that rabbi Koppelman was alive. I'm also American. In my days the only students in yeshiva were either those whose father and brothers were students or Swiss bochurim. The whole point of going was for the Rosh yeshiva! Not surprised!

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 Jul 22, 2015 at 10:09 PM Insider Says:

No Yeshiva closes because of money problem alone. Rabbi Kopelman, zt"l, was 105 years old when he was niftar. The Yeshiva had the greatest reputation. What happened here is not exclusively money problems. There were other big problems.

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 Jul 22, 2015 at 10:21 PM Anonymous Says:

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binumin Says:

I tried to enroll my son 2 years ago and they refused him because they had NO room for him. I was willing to pay $1500 a month and still refused.
so my question is if they were so packed and well paid where did all the money go?

No wonder the yeshiva closed when big spenders like you were willing to pay all of $1500/month....you can hardly run a cheder on such a pittance much less a yeshiva for serious learners. The problem today is too many yeshivos competing for too few serious kollel yungerleit and too many children and grandchildren of once-famous roshei yeshivot trying to keep outdated mosdos operating once the parents are no longer involved. Every rebbele does not need to be a rosh yeshiva, especially money-losing yeshivas.

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 Jul 23, 2015 at 12:16 AM lazerx Says:

with 4,000 names on the alumni list, and a reputation as a first class yeshiva, in a wealthy community, yet it can not pay its bills? What happened?

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 Jul 23, 2015 at 01:46 AM Menahelet Says:

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Anonymous Says:

No wonder the yeshiva closed when big spenders like you were willing to pay all of $1500/month....you can hardly run a cheder on such a pittance much less a yeshiva for serious learners. The problem today is too many yeshivos competing for too few serious kollel yungerleit and too many children and grandchildren of once-famous roshei yeshivot trying to keep outdated mosdos operating once the parents are no longer involved. Every rebbele does not need to be a rosh yeshiva, especially money-losing yeshivas.

If every parent paid $1500 A MONTH, we would be in far better shape & could expand. It's a great sum for Israel.

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 Jul 23, 2015 at 10:19 AM Anonymous Says:

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Menahelet Says:

If every parent paid $1500 A MONTH, we would be in far better shape & could expand. It's a great sum for Israel.

Except this isn't Israel. It's Switzerland. Learn some geography...

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 Jul 23, 2015 at 01:46 PM CountryYossi Says:

Reply to #9  
Anonymous Says:

No wonder the yeshiva closed when big spenders like you were willing to pay all of $1500/month....you can hardly run a cheder on such a pittance much less a yeshiva for serious learners. The problem today is too many yeshivos competing for too few serious kollel yungerleit and too many children and grandchildren of once-famous roshei yeshivot trying to keep outdated mosdos operating once the parents are no longer involved. Every rebbele does not need to be a rosh yeshiva, especially money-losing yeshivas.

it wasn't my offer. this is what they asked for and then they said they ran out of space. I was willing to pay any price.

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