On November 20, 2012 Hebrew Theological College celebrated its 90th Anniversary Banquet at the Westin O’Hare Hotel, marking nine decades of HTC Torah Leadership. Now in its 91st year, the Yeshiva continues to play a vital role in the growth of Yiddishkeit in the Chicago community and beyond. At this year’s banquet HTC paid special tribute to Saul Rosen, Yasha and Nancy Gofman and Dr. Yakov and Jona Weil for their continued support and dedication to our Yeshiva. This year’s banquet also highlighted the continued growth of HTC’s programs: Beis Midrash and College for Men, Blitstein Institute for Women, Fasman Yeshiva High School and Yeshivas Hakayitz Summer Camp.
Hebrew Theological College welcomed Mr. Shmuel Schreiber, Co-chair of the Community Building and Jewish Continuity Commission of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago. HTC thanks the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago for its annual allocation, plus a special Federation grant. Additionally, HTC is grateful for its support of social services, loan guarantees, and assistance with obtaining additional public funds such as Homeland Security, Illinois First and other resources.
The HTC Legacy Award, presented to Saul Rosen is a most fitting recognition, under-scoring the lasting bond between HTC and the Rosen family. The Rosen family has been associated with Hebrew Theological College since its inception. Saul and his brothers attended the yeshiva for several years. Saul's very name was given to him by his parents in memory of Rabbi Saul Silber, president of the Yeshiva from 1922 to 1946, with whom they shared an extremely close, personal relationship. In the years since their dear parents' passing, Saul and his family have been carrying on the family tradition of supporting the Yeshiva. The Rosen Family recently established the Rabbi Saul Silber Scholarship at HTC, connecting our illustrious past to our glorious future.
HTC recognized Yasha and Nancy Gofman with the Pillar of Chesed Award. For 20 years, Nancy and Yasha Gofman provided strong leadership in and advocacy for Jewish education in Palo Alto, California, extending their influence and hard work to the broader Silicon Valley Jewish community. They recently moved to the Los Angeles area, where they now live with their children, Daniel (FYHS Class of 2013), Shoshana, Elisheva and Benjamin, to take advantage of greater chinuch offerings.
Before settling in California, Nancy’s professional experiences included positions at the Harvard University Mason Program and the Jewish Community Federation in San Francisco, and as a private foundation consultant. Before moving to Los Angeles, Yasha was a Partner at Dodge & Cox Investment Managers. Yasha served on the Bay Area Council for Jewish Rescue and Renewal and as President of Congregation Emek Beracha.
This dynamic couple is setting the example for community leadership and the importance of investing in Jewish education. They not only give of their resources, but of their time and concern. HTC is blessed to have parents like Yasha and Nancy, who work tirelessly to support the well-being of every dormitory student. Their efforts are reverberating nationwide as enrollment has significantly increased over the last few years.
HTC also thanks the Gofmans for spearheading the recently launched dormitory renovation campaign to improve our dormitory facilities for all of our students.
HTC is grateful for the deep involvement of Dr. Yakov and Jona Weil and is honored to present them with the Eitz Chaim Award.
After earning his Bachelor's degree from Hebrew Theological College, Dr. Yakov Weil received a B.A. in Human Biology and his Doctorate in Chiropractic studies at the National University of Health Sciences. He is the Director of Rehabilitation for Therapy Masters, supervising the physical, occupational and speech therapies for seven nursing and rehabilitation facilities. His "Torahdik" way of interacting with people has earned Therapy Masters the Chicago Tribune's "best places to work in Chicago" award.
Yakov continues to learn in the Yeshiva's Beis Midrash on weeknights, having just completed Shas through Daf Yomi, contributes weekly to Likutei Peshatim and is on HTC's Board of Directors. Vice-president of HTC's Alumni Association, Yakov was the first commissioner of its Alumni Basketball League.
Jona, in addition to working full-time downtown, helps women in the community through her wig repair and improves the lives of many through a health and wellness business she recently started. She has served as president of Congregation Adas Yeshurun's Sisterhood and has continually been active in Joan Dachs Bais Yaakov activities, having twice co-chaired their Chinese auction and served on numerous committees. She is renowned for her quiet acts of chesed throughout the community.