Kanner Hall was the site of Ohr HaChaim’s recent annual melaveh malkah. The shul, known as the Spiegel Shul and located in the Fairfax-Hancock Park community, was originally founded by Spiegel family members. The Spiegels still tend to the shul’s needs.
Howard Gluck, a Spiegel family member who arranged the melaveh malkah and who supervises many the shul’s activities, related the history of its founding. “In 1949 a group of Holocaust survivors who immigrated to Los Angeles established Congregation Ohr HaChaim in memory of Chaim Binyomin Spiegel and other family members, Hy”d, who perished in the Holocaust. For over 60 years, the shul has served the Los Angels community as a heimishe makom tefillah and limud Torah. Under the able leadership of our esteemed mara d’asra, Rav Shlomo Klein, shlita, the shul has grown and continues to offer Shabbos and daily minyanim, regularly scheduled shiurim and many other learning opportunities,” he said.
Gluck continued by saying, “It is our hope that with the support of all of you here tonight, our beis medrash will continue to serve and inspire the Los Angeles community and perpetuate the legacy of those in whose memory the shul was founded.”
Rav Klein delivered a d’var Torah, along with his personal observations of the dedication of the shul members and of their endeavors to further Torah and Yiddishkeit in the shul and in the community at large.