The turbulence and destruction caused throughout Europe during World War II effectively left thousands of young and lonely Jewish survivors and orphans in its aftermath. Many of those youngsters made their way to Eretz Yisroel following the war, and became commonly referred to as the “Yaldei Tehran.” They had nowhere to turn for a Torah-true education, as they had been accustomed to back in the “old home.”
Conscious of this essential need, the Brisker Rav, a leader in the post war era, Rav Yitzchok Zev Soloveitchik zt”l encouraged Rav Zorach Shapiro zt”l together with Rav Yisroel Shenker zt”l to establish a yeshiva to cater to these orphaned youth.
In 1944, Yeshiva Knesset Bnei Hagola opened its doors. With tireless dedication and sacrifice, and a generous dose of warmth and love, Rabbi Shenker and Rabbi Shapiro watched their students — who “enrolled” with just their clothing on their back — put their great suffering and painful pasts aside to grow into renowned Torah scholars dedicated to keeping all the minutia of Talmudical Law. Subsequently, they merited to build wonderful Jewish homes and families. The hard work of Rav Zorach and Rav Yisroel had certainly paid off!
The yeshiva then welcomed children of the Sephardic diaspora whose families immigrated to Eretz Yisroel in the late 1950s . These children, too, developed into Bnei Torah and built homes upon the sound foundations that were instilled into them during their years in the yeshiva.
In the 1960s Rav Zorach established a new kollel for exceptional Torah scholars who could spend their days advancing their Torah study. In the early 1990s the kollel, under the auspices of Rav Zorach’s son-in-law, Rav Moshe Gibraltar shlita, moved into its present location in the Ezras Torah neighborhood of Yerushalyim.It now became known as Talmud Umaaseh KBH Kollel. The kollel attracted high caliber graduates from top yeshivas throughout Eretz Yisroel. Many of those students became famous throughout the Torah world and beyond through works they wrote and responsa they authored.