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Friday, February 28, 2020

Kiryat Moshe is a charm­ing tree-lined communi­ty located in western Jeru­salem between the central bus station to the east and Givat Shaul to the west. The neighborhood is named for the British philanthropist Sir Moses Montefiore, whose charitable fund provided a loan to establish the community in 1923. Kir­yat Moshe is actually the last of six Jerusalem neighborhoods that were established by Mon­tefiore’s fund, and was called “New Montefiore” to distinguish it from the neighborhood Yemin Moshe, which was founded in 1892 and aptly dubbed “Old Montefiore.”

The founders of Kiryat Moshe were dati le­umi (national religious), many of whom were rabbis and leaders of the Mizrachi movement. Ninety years later, Kiryat Moshe is an accepting and diverse community comprised of dati leu­mi, Haredi leumi (national ultra-Orthodox, also known by the acronym “chardal”), Haredi, and secular families. Its residents are primarily na­tive Israelis, plus there are many French and American olim. In fact, 30 percent of the resi­dents are English speakers.

Kiryat Moshe is home to several prominent educational institutions, including Yeshivat Mercaz Harav Kook, which was established in 1924 by the founding father of the Israel Chief Rabbinate, Harav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook. Between the yeshiva and its kollel, the institution has over 700 students. Another fa­mous yeshiva is Machon Meir, which for the past 40 years has been the address for Jews of all backgrounds to learn about their Jew­ish roots. The yeshiva has over 500 students, and offers classes in Hebrew, English, Russian, French, and Spanish.

A legendary community landmark is An­gel Bakery, which is situated on the border of Kiryat Moshe and Givat Shaul. Opened in 1958, Angel is the country’s largest bakery and has a 750-foot pipeline which conveys flour direct­ly from the mill across the street. This pipeline transports 120 tons of flour to the bakery dai­ly! Visiting the bakery on a Saturday night is always a fun outing, with lines of customers often spilling out the door. And after the con­clusion of Pesach, Angel is the place to be! (Just remember to be patient as the lines are huge.)

Here’s a twist to the classic stories of peo­ple receiving blessings from the rebbe before major life events: Over the years, many peo­ple considering buying an apartment in Kiry­at Moshe would approach Israel’s former Se­phardic Chief Rabbi, Mordechai Eliyahu, zt”l, who lived in Kiryat Moshe, for guidance and a blessing. However, Rav Eliyahu would always direct these potential purchasers to his wife, who was attuned to the neighborhood’s real estate market and better qualified to offer ad­vice. In fact, a number of years ago my partner, Eliezer Goldberg, uncovered a great buying opportunity in Kiryat Moshe for our clients. The family would not sign the contract to purchase the apartment until the Rabbanit gave her ap­proval and blessings, which she readily did, once she heard the details of the transaction.

Gedaliah Borvick is the founder of My Israel Home (www.myisraelhome.com), a real estate agency fo­cused on helping people from abroad buy and sell homes in Israel. Gedaliah will be running a home-buy­ing workshop in Teaneck on Tuesday evening, June 10th. For details, contact him at [email protected]

By Gedaliah Borvick