History Timeline

of the gateshead yeshiva

The Early Years
1929Gateshead Yeshiva was founded
1931Reb Eliezer Kahan זצ”ל joined the Yeshiva
1931179 Bewick Road was purchased
1946Reb Leib Lopian ז צ”ל joined the Yeshiva
1948Reb Moshe Schwab זצ”ל joined the Yeshiva
1948Reb Leib Gurwicz ז צ”ל joined the Yeshiva
1948Mr Wagschal נ”י joined the Yeshiva
1953Reb Zeev Cohen זצ”ל joined the Yeshiva
Into the 1960's
1961Beis Hamedrash, Otzar, Dining Room and Offices built
1961Mr Esofsky זצ"ל joined the Yeshiva
1963Reb Avrohom Gurwicz שליט"א joined the Yeshiva
1963Neve Shlomo Building Opened
1967Reb Matisyohu Salomon שליט"א joined the Yeshiva
The Decade of the 70's
1972Charles Wolfson extension Opened
1973Hubert Sifrei Torah
1975Purchase of flats on Windermere Street
1977Reb Ezriel Rosenbaum שליט"א joined the Yeshiva
1977Reb Yosef Aaron Oppenheimer שליט"א joined the Yeshiva
1978Reb Shoul Cohen ז צ"ל joined the Yeshiva
1979Jubilee Celebration in London
The 1980's
1987Mr Lebrecht נ"י joined the Yeshiva
1987Reb Chaim Ozer Gurwicz שליט"א joined the Yeshiva
1987Reb Mordechai Yosef Karnowsky שליט"א joined the Yeshiva
1988Mr Henoch Weiss Sefer Torah
The 1990's
1990Mr Guttentag נ"י joined the Yeshiva
1990Purchase of 58 and 60 Rectory Road
1991Sebba House dormitory block built
1997Tiferes Yonoson constructed
Turn of the Century
2003Renovation and Expansion of Olsberg Library
2003Reb Gershon Miller שליט"א joined the Yeshiva
2003Leo Noe Wing extension built
2006Hachnosas Neviim by Family Sandler
2007Refurbishment and Upgrade of Bluston Kitchen
2008Reb Shimshon Refoel Lieberman שליט"א joined the Yeshiva
Recent Years
2013Reb Eli Gurwicz שליט"א joined the Yeshiva
2013Reb Shimon Grun שליט"א joined the Yeshiva
2013Reb Yakov Yehuda Rosenbaum שליט"א joined the Yeshiva
2014Reb Gershon Miller שליט"א and Reb Eli Gurwicz שליט"א joined the Hanholo
2014Mr. Shmuel Berger Sefer Torah
2015Refurbishment of the Rosh Hayeshiva's Shiur Room
2015All Shiur Rooms are air conditioned by the Bluston Fund
2016Reb Simcha Feld שליט"א joined the Yeshiva
2017Reb Chaim Grunwald שליט"א joined the Yeshiva

our thoughts

A Letter From The Association

Gateshead Yeshiva Alumni Association (GYAA) was formed in the late 1960’s.

The key players were Arnold Cohen, David Chontow, and Reb Jeffery (Chaim Yaakov) Davis o’h, Avrohom Goldberg o’h, Chaim Guttentag o’h, Yitzchok Katz and Dov Rowe. A number of fundraising dinners were made in the 70’s and 80’s and 90’s but then the public side of the Alumni was dormant until the first dinner in July 2011.

Annual shiurim were arranged before Rosh Hashonoh each year – given originally by Reb Leib Lopian, then Reb Matisyohu Solomon (Mashgiach of Gateshead Yeshiva and currently Lakewood) and more recently by Reb Mordechai Yosef Karnowsky But during the dormant period, the alumni was very active ‘behind the scenes’ raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for the yeshiva, arranging regular shiurim in London for the Roshei yeshiva, accompanying them on their fund raising trips and providing much help to the hanholoh.

In 2014, a second dinner was arranged, and at the same time a new initiative was launched to provide a link to all the alumni – using technologies of the digital era:
  • A newsgroup for all the alumni to be in touch with each other via email. A prototype was set up in January 2014 for the Dinner Committee and a second one was launched before the Dinner to which attendees of the dinner were subscribed. To join this newsgroup, please email YitzKatz@gmail.com.
  • Website for the Alumni. The main purpose of this is to share general information about the Yeshiva and provide statistics about the alumni, key personalities. A list of all GY alumni.
  • Details of any forthcoming visits or shiurim by the members of the Hanholoh
  • And for the future a constantly updated list of all alumni (names, time in yeshiva & city – only) A live site for alumni to enter their own details, if they so wish, and to swap anecdotes.
  • Eventually both services will become a source of networking to swap business details and opportunities, contacts when on travel to new places, news of social events among the alumni and perhaps a repository for shiurim at the yeshiva that are digitally recorded. But it will be moderated to ensure that only “kosher stuff” is shown.