Lev V'Nefesh Award presented to Rabbi Dr. Jerold Isenberg
Decades of Service to our Yeshiva
Rabbi Dr. Jerold Isenberg has been affiliated continuously with Hebrew Theological College since 1967. From its Fasman Yeshiva High School he graduated into HTC’s Beis Midrash/College program, earning a BHL from HTC and, concurrently, a BSc in Mathematics from Roosevelt University. He began teaching at Hebrew Theological College in 1974. In 1977 he received Rabbinic Ordination and was appointed HTC Assistant to the Dean of Students. That same year he married Miriam Yocheved Mayefsky, and, until her untimely passing in 2009, together raised their two sons, Moshe and Yehuda. Both have followed in their father’s footsteps, graduating from FYHS and receiving a BA from HTC, Yehuda continuing to receive semicha. Rabbi Isenberg derives great nachas from his grandchildren Eliana, Akiva, Mimi, Yocheved, Ezra and Eliyahu. Rabbi Isenberg was soon given increased responsibilities, first as Assistant Dean and then Associate Dean and Registrar, eventually becoming, in 1985, Academic Vice President. During that time he earned an MSc in Mathematics from Northeastern Illinois University and an MBA with a concentration in Information Systems from Roosevelt University. In 1988 he received his DHL from Jewish University of America.
Rabbi Isenberg, whose hallmark is a warm and caring personality going hand-in-hand with extraordinary administrative capabilities, took on the additional responsibilities of High School Principal and Acting President in 1989. In 1994, he was appointed to the position of Chancellor – Chief Executive Officer of Hebrew Theological College. Under his direction, Hebrew Theological College became accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.
On August 31, 2013 Rabbi Isenberg retired from his position as Chancellor of Hebrew Theological College. He currently serves HTC as a consultant and as a professor in the college and is looking forward to spending more time with his wife, the former Jocelyn Miller Schultz, and their children and grandchildren.
HTC is proud to honor Rabbi Dr. Jerold Isenberg with the Lev V’Nefesh Award, a most fitting tribute, recognizing the many years he has devoted his heart and soul to the Yeshiva.