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A kollel in the German Colony? The founders say the Emek Learning Center is just what the local community is looking for
Josh Gerstein learns with a hevruta

Josh Gerstein learns with a hevruta521. (photo credit:ADAM ROSS)

At the Pierre Koenig Street end of Jerusalem’s coffee mile, the Emek Learning Center has opened for business, adding a community kollel to the restaurants, coffee shops, bars and boutique jewelry stores of Emek Refaim Street.

Sitting above what was once a bridal store and is now a state-of-the art audio outlet, the center consists of an open-plan beit midrash (hall for Judaic studies), an adjoining classroom, and office space, with an oakcolored ark and floor-to-ceiling bookshelf adding a warm contrast to the freshly painted white walls.

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