Kupath Rabbi Meir Baal Haness

Kupath Rabbi Meir Baal HaNess Kolel Polen, known also by the initials Kupat RaMBaN [קופת רמבעה"ן - כולל פולין],[1] is a charity organization founded in 1796 in Poland by the Torah leaders of European Jewry. It is named after the tanna Rabbi Meir. Present leaders of the organization include Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Lipschitz, Rabbi Yitzchak Meir Alter of Ger, Rabbi Meir Auerbach of Kalish, Rabbi Chaim Elazar Wax, Rabbi Aharon Menachem Mendel Radzimin, Rabbi of Kutna, and Rabbi Yaakov Meir Biderman.


Reb Moshe Feinstein speaking at a meeting in Jerusalem during the 1964 Knessih Gedolah, on behalf of Kupath Rabbi Meir Baal Haness - Kollel Polin Left to right: Rabbi Yitzchak Flakser; (Rosh Yeshivas Sfas Emes) the Ozherover Rebbe, Rabbi Moshe Yechiel Epstein; Reb Moshe Feinstein; Reb Mordechai Deutsch (Kollel Polin's President); Reb Yeshayah Leib Levy; Rabbi Yaakov Shlomo Pardes; Rabbi Fabian Schonfeld; Rabbi Yitzchak Yedidya Frankel (Chief rabbi of Tel Aviv-Jaffa).

Kupat Rabbi Meir Baal HaNess Kollel Polin was founded by Rabbi Abraham Kalisker, leader of the Hasidim in Tiberias. He secured the assistance of Rabbi Mordecai of Nieschiz, who issued a proclamation urging all Jews of Poland regardless of age, gender, or living conditions, to pay a fixed sum every week for the support of their countrymen who had settled in the Holy Land. The amount was to be paid quarterly, in addition to special donations at weddings, circumcisions, and other religious rejoicings. This proclamation was approved by other rabbis in Poland, resulting in a substantial increase in the halukkah.

Soon the rabbis realized that the fledgling settlements in the Holy Land would need the material support of European Jewry in order to survive. This fund acted as the channel by which they provided assistance to their struggling brothers and sisters in Eretz Yisroel.

Historic landmarks

Present day

Today, Kupat Rabbi Meir Baal HaNess uses the following programs to help the poor:

See also


  1. http://www.kramban.org/
  2. בורנשטיין: מורה דרך, עמ' 5
  3. לוח ארץ ישראל, לונץ, תרס"א
  4. גרייבסקי, זכרון, א, עמ' 435: בן אריה, העיר העתיקה עמ' 412
  5. י' גולדמן, 'השקפה כללית על מצב אחינו באה"ק, האסיף, ד (תרמ"ח), עמ' 43
  6. בן אריה, העיר העתיקה, עמ' 265:273:281
  7. דבר, אוגוסט, 3, 1979, עמוד 29

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