Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What does “Kollel” mean?
A: A Kollel is a group or gathering of people working together toward a common goal. Our goal is to promote Torah study through hands-on educational experiences that respect all Jews, regardless of prior knowledge or observance level.
Q: Is the Phoenix Community Kollel a local or national organization?
A: We are a independent, local, not-for-profit organization created for Greater Phoenix area Jews. While there are many Kollels throughout the United States, they are each operated independently.
Q: Who funds Kollel programming?
A: Virtually all of our funding is through private donations from local donors who value our work and want to become partners in our mission.
Q: Does the Kollel cater to a particular age group or level of religious observance?
A: No. we offer learning opportunities for Jews young and old, from every level of religious observance. Participants include unaffiliated, Reform, Conservative and Orthodox.
Q: Where are the Kollel classes held?
A: Transcending the confines of a typical classroom, we offer a fresh approach to learning about Torah and Judaism. Whether or not you have been involved with Jewish education, come learn with us.We offer classes at our main Kollel “Beis Medrash” (Study Hall) in north central Phoenix conveniently located for valleywide access. To embark on a compelling, thought-provoking spiritual journey, just give us a call! The Kollel’s central location makes classes accessible throughout the metro area almost every day of the year. We will join you in your home or at your office to share with you the joy of Judaism.
Q: How is the Kollel governed?
A: The Kollel is governed by a Board of Directors dedicated to its mission of learning and teaching Torah and committed to the Kollel’s success.
They are: Dr. Steven Kanner, President, Dr. Jeffrey Becker Vice President, David Friedman, Treasurer, Zach Brooks, Sanford Burstyn, Dr. Fred Cucher, Morris Friedman, Marc Kelman, Dr. Dan Lucas, Dr. Martin Mollen. The Kollel refers matters of Jewish Law to nationally recognized Torah authorities.