Josh Zisook

Josh Zisook

Fasman Yeshiva High School in Skokie, IL is seeking an Assistant Principal of limudei kodesh who will work collaboratively with the Menahel in supervising the day to day operations of the limudei kodesh program and in other administrative tasks and student programs.  

The ideal candidate will/be:  

  • a strong leader with vision and a passion for education
  • compassionate, warm and reflective
  • experienced in teaching and supervising Rebbeim
  • able to see the potential in each talmid
  • a collaborative team player
  • well educated and a lifelong learner
  • able to develop and enhance the curriculum
  • able to lead a daily minyan
  • oversee Israel guidance
  • open to teaching a daily class
  • partner with administrative team to ensure social and emotional development of each talmid
  • help facilitate shabbatons and onegs
  • assist in the recruitment process for incoming students
  • have a masters degree or higher
  • have semicha
  • have superior interpersonal skills

Submit resume to Rabbi Dovid Kupchik, Principal/Menahel   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The chazzan upstages the singer at HTC’s 97th Anniversary Dinner

December 16, 2019

For an organization nearly a century old, Hebrew Theological College looked quick on its feet at its 97th anniversary dinner.

HTC pulled several surprises out of its hat at its December 3 annual banquet with nearly 500 people in attendance. The highlights started with surprising Dr. Avi and Deena Stein, the Distinguished Leadership honorees, by flying in their son Jacob from Israel for the dinner. Jacob then surprised the audience with a quick siyum on Masseches Sukkah.

The Steins were honored for their efforts to help strengthen Fasman Yeshiva High School, including donating video equipment for the student lounge, participating in several key committees and the “Light up the Night” committee, and helping initiate and sponsor FYHS’ first-ever participation in Yeshiva University’s Red Sarachek basketball tournament in March 2019, among their other contributions.

“Whether it’s giving their time and counsel, or giving financially very quietly, they really put their time and money, and to a large degree their reputation, behind the effort to help HTC and Fasman Yeshiva move forward,” said HTC Co-Chairman Brian Levinson of the Steins.

“Avi and Deena Stein don’t just point out problems,” said HTC CEO Rabbi Schuman. “They come up with solutions, and they implement them.”

The dinner was chaired by Dr. Shimi and Zehava Krauss, Daniel and Jessica Lefton, Yossi Meystel, and Michael and Dr. Yael Zahtz. Rosh HaYeshiva Rabbi Avraham Friedman gave a D’var Torah to kick off the evening, followed by remarks from Touro College and University System President Dr. Alan Kadish, who also serves as HTC president.

The evening featured musical entertainment from Shulem Lemmer, a rising star whose debut album, The Perfect Dream, marks the first signing of an Orthodox Chasidic singer to a major record label. Lemmer, whose musical influences range from chazzanim to Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Andrea Bocelli, and Josh Groban, did not disappoint, singing everything from the national anthems to Mimkomcha and tunes from the Yomim Noraim davening. He also delivered a 30-minute kumzitz set after the banquet, joining Fasman Yeshiva students in lively dancing.

But despite the big-name entertainment in the house, it was another chazzan—HTC Vice President of Administration Rabbi Sender Kutner, receiving the Lev V’Nefesh Award together with his wife, Tova—who truly stole the show.

Rabbi Schuman set the stage when, in recognition of Rabbi Kutner’s nearly four decades of service and his upcoming December 31 retirement, he presented the Kutners with two-round trip tickets and accommodations for a 10-day trip to Israel.

Following the presentation, Rabbi Kutner delivered heartfelt remarks, thanking current and past colleagues and community members who helped him along the way. He also shared the emotions that come with straddling the fence between having to pay the bills while maintaining compassion for families who cannot pay their tuitions.

“Sitting on the other side of the desk, I have heard and seen many families with true problems. I have felt their despair and hopelessness,” said Rabbi Kutner. “The Yeshiva truly goes out of its way to try and help families in need.”

Still devotedly serving the Yeshiva even with retirement only weeks away, Rabbi Kutner then made a request of the crowd that could only be described as, well, vintage Rabbi Kutner—asking families to make their best-faith effort to help the Yeshiva.

“The Yeshiva is a needy child,” said Rabbi Kutner. “It is only through your help that we can exist and continue in the sacred work we do. Please don’t forget the Yeshiva even after your children have left.”

Best known among HTC students for decades as the Yeshiva’s inspiring chazzan on Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur, Rabbi Kutner then closed his remarks by telling of a family who had three sons in a cheder during the Great Depression era. He related that one Friday when the husband came home to get ready for Shabbos, he didn’t put on his usual Shabbos clothes and raced out the door to shul. When he returned home, he explained to his wife that during the week the cheder said it had been a few months since he paid any tuition, and that in order for his children to stay in school he needed to make some payments. So the husband pawned his only suit so his children could continue their Torah education.

That husband, it turns out, was Rabbi Kutner’s grandfather.

“We don’t ask for heroics,” said Rabbi Kutner. “We are just asking that people please be fair, and know their priorities.”

Finally, Rabbi Kutner, whose own children attended and graduated from various HTC schools, thanked his wife Tova for her support and understanding throughout his many long nights at the Yeshiva; he said she patiently often asked if he would be coming home for dinner or eating at the Yeshiva.

“Well, let me tell you now,” he said, addressing Tova, “I will be home tomorrow, b’ezer Hashem.”

A truly devoted husband and father. And a truly devoted servant of HTC for four decades, with all of his—and her—heart and soul. Their Lev V’Nefesh.

Chicago, IL - Dr. Chani (Karen) Tessler was named Dean of Blitstein Institute, the women’s division of Hebrew Theological College (HTC), Rabbi Shmuel L. Schuman, HTC CEO announced today. Dr. Tessler assumes the helm of the Blitstein Institute after a decade of service at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. At Rush, Dr. Tessler served as assistant professor in the departments of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (Rush Medical College) and Communication Disorders and Sciences (Rush University College of Health Science).

Hebrew Theological College invites the community to hear Rabbi Dr. Warren Goldstein, Chief Rabbi of South Africa, on Yom Ha'atzmaut this Tuesday, May 2nd at 5:00 PM at HTC.

Rabbi Dr. Goldstein is the founder of the global initiative, Shabbos Project, and has led a number of revolutionary programs that have changed the landscape of both his own community and world Jewry. We hope to see you there!

Hebrew Theological College Holds Shloshim Memorial for Rabbi Dr. Abraham Lipshitz, zt"l

Paying Tribute to Our Longtime Rebbe and Educator, Renowned for His
Erudition and Scholarship

On Tuesday, February 21st, Hebrew Theological College held a Shloshim Memorial to pay tribute to Rabbi Dr. Abraham Lipshitz, zt"l, a long time Yeshiva Rebbe and educator. Dr. Lipshitz was known for his brilliance and taught hundreds of students in the subjects of TaNach and Hebrew Language for nearly 50 years. Click here to watch replay

The Shloshim Memorial was attended by close family, friends, Yeshiva students and community members, who came to pay tribute to their Rebbe and teacher. The program included remarks from Rabbi Avraham Friedman, Rosh HaYeshiva; Rabbi Dr. Jerold Isenberg, Chancellor Emeritus; Rabbi Dr. Mordechai Goodman, Past Dean of HTC; Mrs. Rosie Nathan, Daughter; Rabbi Leon Lipshitz, Nephew; and Rabbi Michael A. Myers, Past Dean of HTC. In addition, Rabbi Norbert Rosenthal contributed to the program by sharing his feelings and the feelings of his classmates who studied weekly with Dr. Lipshitz for 49 years.

Dr. Lipshitz for webDr. Lipshitz was a native of Lodje, Poland and learned Torah in the Alexander Yeshiva in Lodje and from his father, HaRav Meir Dan Lipshitz, zt"l. Dr. Lipshitz was accepted into the famous Yeshiva Chachmei Lublin, where he was never able to attend due to World War II. After surviving the atrocities of the Holocaust, Dr. Lipshitz immigrated to Chicago and married his wife Hela and had two daughters, Rosie and Annie. While in Chicago, Dr. Lipshitz earned a Doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Chicago and a Doctorate in Hebrew Letters from the Jewish University of America of HTC, all while devoting vast amounts of time to Torah study. He authored numerous sefarim and taught hundreds of students throughout his life. Dr. Lipshitz served as a bridge from the Torah and values that were taught in pre-war Europe to today's way of life.

Dr. Lipshitz's life was a constant reminder that we must always strive to grow and accomplish as much as we can. He taught through example that one must always persevere and always stay true to his convictions.

At the end of the program, HTC launched the Rabbi Dr. Abraham Lipshitz Memorial Scholarship Fund to honor and perpetuate the legacy of Dr. Lipshitz, zt"l. Contributions can be made to this fund online by at www.htc.edu/donate. For more information about this new Memorial Fund or to contribute in his memory, please contact us at (847) 982-2500 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Contact

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Accreditation

Hebrew Theological College is authorized to operate as a postsecondary educational institution by the Illinois Board of Higher Education