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Hebrew Theological College invites all present and former talmidim and parents to join us for lively hakafos and refreshments followed by laining at our Simchas Torah celebration in West Rogers Park at the Bernard Horwich JCC on October 12, at 9:45 PM.

You can even join us after hakofos have concluded in your shul.

See you soon! 

Simchas Torah 5777 2017

Shalom Klein

September 1, 2017 - Hebrew Theological College is pleased to announce that Shalom Klein has been appointed in a newly created role of Director of External Affairs. In this position, Klein will work with the Beis Midrash & College for Men, Blitstein Institute for Women, Fasman Yeshiva High School and Yeshivas  Hakayitz on leading marketing strategy, public relations efforts and expanding HTC's presence online and in the community.

Over the past few years, Rabbi Joshua Zisook has overseen the marketing at HTC and we thank him for all of his efforts.  Going forward, Rabbi Zisook will assume a more active role in alumni relations, while continuing his roles in the admissions departments of the college and high school.  
"I am enthusiastic about bringing innovative initiatives to HTC which has a nearly 100-year-history," Klein said. "The programs, faculty and administration of this incredible institution provide so much to our Chicagoland Jewish community. I embrace the opportunity to help bring this message to new audiences, in addition to the thousands of alumni and committed supporters."
Rabbi Shmuel L. Schuman, CEO of HTC said about Klein, "We are very excited to add Mr. Shalom Klein to our team here at HTC.  As Director of External Affairs, Shalom will play a critical role in showcasing the many institution-wide HTC programs and accomplishments of our students. We are confident that with Shalom's enthusiasm and strong history of community service, HTC will be visible and more relevant to our stakeholders in Chicago and beyond."
Prior to accepting this role, Klein has been working with Fasman Yeshiva High School as the College and Career Guidance Counselor and he will continue to work with families and students in offering strategies for education and professional success. Klein also has been the leadoff instructor for the new entrepreneurship classes offered by HTC's College for Men.
Shalom hosts a weekly radio show, Get Down To Business with Shalom Klein on AM 560 in Chicago. He has serves served as Executive Director of the Jewish Community Council of West Rogers Park, Chairman of the Village of Skokie Economic Development Commission and many small business and employment task forces in Illinois and at the White House. Shalom earned his M.A. from Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership and is currently completing his doctorate in educational leadership.
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About Hebrew Theological College
Hebrew Theological College, founded in 1921, is committed to producing Torah-imbued college graduates who will serve the Jewish community and humanity through their professional and personal vocations. Hebrew Theological College provides coursework leading to undergraduate degrees in Judaic Studies, Accounting, Business, Education, English, Health Sciences, Psychology and Speech and Language Pathology. In addition to the two college divisions - the Men's Beis Midrash/College program and the Blitstein Teachers Institute for Women - Hebrew Theological College also includes the Fasman Yeshiva High School preparatory division for young men. Hebrew Theological College is a member of the Touro College and University System, is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and a partner in serving our community, supported by the Jewish Federation/Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago. For more information on Hebrew Theological College, please go to

The theme of this year’s Blitstein 2017-2018 Student Manual says, “Make it Yours”.  As new students starting the new academic year in the post seminary experience the time has truly come to “Make it Yours”. This can refer to the idea that “This is my Life” – it is I who now will be responsible for taking the reins and guiding the direction of my life. Up to this point, every year of elementary school and high school was required attendance, required participation, required homework, progressing in lock step formation with the rest of the cohort moving through life. That era has ended for you. You are now at the amazing, wonderful, incredible, mind-blowing point in your life where you are blessed with the opportunity to “Make it Yours”. Your spiritual life, your educational life, your physical life, your social life, the workings of your day-to-day life are now your responsibility. This is an awesome moment.

As we move through the weeks of the summer, we study Pirkei Avos each Shabbos.  Hillel Hatzaddik, says in the Mishna, “Im ein ani li mi li -  If I am not for me, who will be for me? “ The Rambam (Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon – Maimonides 1135-1204) says that no one can motivate you to accomplish great things in your life. This is up to you. You might rely on the righteousness of your ancestors and the strength of your parents to help you, however, the Chasam Sofer (Rabbi Moshe Schreiber 1762-1839 ) expounds on the words “mi li”- Who will be for me?  He expresses the thought that your forebears cannot take the place of you yourself. In fact if you don’t live up to the potential set forth by your predecessors, their greatness might illuminate your own iniquities. It is your moment to make it yours.

Mi li? Only you know your strengths and your deepest personal weaknesses, only you know what tends to impede your forward growth. You alone know yourself best and even you might not be fully aware of all that you might be capable of achieving. Rav Avraham Yaakov HaCohen Pam 1913 – 2001), the revered Rosh Yeshiva of Torah Vodaas, had a famous parable of the “Poor Millionaire”. He would beseech his students not to live spiritually impoverished lives when in reality they were millionaires. He would describe the affliction of tzoraas on the walls of houses belonging to those who had sinned with Lashon Hora (gossip / slander). The affliction on the walls necessitated the demolishing  of those walls of the house. This was obviously considered a great punishment, resulting in the wailing and despondency of the inhabitants. However,  Rashi (Rabbi Shlomo Yitzchaki (1040 – 1105), in his commentary on Parshas Metzorah, describes how when the walls were torn down, gold and jewels that had been hidden by the previous Cannanite inhabitants were exposed. This led to great joy as opposed to the tears of devastation.  Prior to the revelation of the hidden jewels these inhabitants were “poor millionaires”,  unaware of the riches they owned.

War veterans tend to reflect fondly upon their war years. Even though those years may have been arduous and grueling, replete with deprivations in the most difficult of living conditions. Whence the fond memories and nostalgia? These soldiers, while recalling the physical punishments, filth and hunger, also recall being pushed to the very limits of their abilities and surviving. They remember the moments of losing any hope of success and nevertheless succeeding. They recall the selfless devotion to their comrades in arms and the support gained from those deep bonds of loyalty.  They were the ultimate poor millionaires. They were in the very worst of physical conditions but they were in the position to learn what greatness lay hidden within and what they were capable of doing for their fellow man.

This leads to the second part of the Mishna. Hillel continues, “U’chsheani l’atzmi ma ani – and if I am only for myself, what am I?”.  Rabbi Moshe Francis, the Rosh Yeshiva of the Chicago Commuity Kollel, recently spoke at Blitstein’s Rosh Chodesh Projeect for Women presenting an address to mark Chodesh Elul. He repeated the gemara, “Kol hamerachem al haBrios, merachamim alav min HaShamayim – all who show mercy to their fellow creations, He receives mercy from the Creator.”

As you take charge of your lives, you acquire ownership of who you wish to be and how you will get there – raise your eyes and look around. Who needs you? Who needs a smile, a meal, a chat? Who needs you to look away from your own needs so that you might see theirs.

May Hashem bless all of us, as we near the Yemai Hadin – the Days of Awe, with bracha and hatzlacha. May you all dig deep, become aware of the greatness of which you are capable and “Make it Yours” . May we raise our eyes and attend to those who need our love and support and be granted Hashem’s rachamim. May we all receive the blessings of  K’siva v’chasima tova so that we can take the blessing of a new year and “Make it Ours”.


Leiber, M. (1996) Pirkei Avos, Ethics of the Fathers, The Sages' Guide to Living. Artscroll Mesorah

Smith, S. (2012) Rav Pam on Pirkei Avos, Artscroll Mesorah

A group of local high-school students are bringing faster help to Harvey victims, by flying in for hands on assistance. More than two dozen high-school seniors, along with college chaperones and staff, from Skokie’s Fasman Yeshiva High School are volunteering two days this week to assist Houston’s Jewish community with hurricane relief efforts.

"While many people are trying to get out of the Houston, Gulf Coast area --  and we’ll be going in," said Yehoshua Kalish, a 12th grader that lives in Chicago. There are several students at Fasman Yeshiva High School from Houston that were prevented from making it to Skokie for the start of the academic year, which commenced the final week of August.

The storm has created havoc in south Texas as the heaviest tropical downpour ever recorded in the continental United States with torrential rain and damaging winds.The students will be helping remove flood damaged items in homes, sorting clothing, sanitizing and removal of debris.

"We're all here to do the job, and we're anxious to get to work" said Rabbi Joshua Zisook, HTC’s director of admissions who is coordinating the trip along with CEO, Rabbi Shmuel Schuman. Both Rabbi Schuman and Rabbi Zisook will be joining the student delegation.

The group from Skokie will be leaving O’Hare Airport on Wednesday morning and returning on Friday. The volunteer efforts are being arranged with members of the Jewish community in Houston, Texas in partnership with the Orthodox Union who has launched a fundraising campaign to help those impacted by the flooding. Hebrew Theological College has also made housing arrangements on their Skokie campus for Texas residents needing temporary accommodations.

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 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 .

HTC Celebrates 94th Gala

02 January, 2017

BQ 16 honoree pics

On Tuesday, December 13th, Beis HaMidrash LaTorah, Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, IL celebrated its 94th Gala. The banquet, which celebrated A Night to Celebrate Tomorrow, held at the Westin O'Hare, drew over 500 alumni, parents and community supporters. This year, HTC payed tribute to three remarkable honorees: Rabbi Michael A. Myers, Marbitz Torah and Master Educator Awardee; Mrs. Naomi Samber, Woman of Valor Awardee; and Rabbi Yeshaya Zimmerman, Distinguished Alumnus Awardee. Each of the honorees is a prime example of a strong commitment to Torah learning, Jewish education and dedication to our Yeshiva for the past 30 years.

New at this year's Gala, the program was greatly enhanced by the presence of Jewish music sensation, Avraham Fried. This musical component added an element of elegance and energetic flair to the evening. R' Avraham sang heartfelt songs to honor each honoree, followed by a number of niggunim during dinner. At the end of the evening, the room danced as R' Avraham led an electrifying kumzitz, attended by close to a hundred HTC and Fasman Yeshiva High School students. In addition to the musical entertainment, guests enjoyed an integrated video program and were treated to an upscale dinner cuisine, followed by a Viennese style dessert buffet.

HTC is grateful to all those who attended and contributed to this year's Gala campaign in support of HTC and its vital programming. Special thank you to Mr. Brian Levinson, Co-Chairman of HTC Board of Governors and Banquet Chairmen Mr. David Aronin and Rabbi Shabsai Wolfe, Co-Chairman of HTC Board of Governors and the entire banquet and ad book committees. In addition, HTC thanks Mr. Mark Hartman for serving as Master of Ceremonies and Mr. Jeremy Amster, member of HTC Board of Governors for his boundless energy to ensure the success of this year's Gala.

HTC looks forward to a bright future as we enter our 95th year and beyond!

Click here to view the 94th Gala Ad Book (interactive version)

Click here to watch the honoree videos and video replay of select parts of the banquet

Hebrew Theological College invites HTC and FYHS alumni to Family Fun at the Kohl Children’s Museum on Sunday, September 4th from 9-11:30 AM. The museum is exclusively ours for two and half hours. Bring your kids to play and connect with alumni and friends. Grandparents are also invited!  


Museum is suitable for children 0-8 years old. No charge and nosh provided!  For more info please contact Rabbi Josh Zisook at (847) 982-2500 ext 1113 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

cordially invites you and your friends
to attend our


Rabbi Dr. Zev Eleff
Chief Academic Officer, Hebrew Theological College

Rabbi Eleff earned his PH.D in American Jewish History from Brandeis University. He is the author of six books and more than thirty scholarly articles.

His most recent works are WHO RULES THE SYNAGOGUE (Oxford) and MODERN ORTHODOX JUDAISM (JPS).

Orthodox Judaism and the Red, White and Blue Summer

Part I: The Politics of the Yarmulke and the Yeshiva Basketball Court Case

Part II: The Founding of Camp Moshava and American Summer Fun

Thursday, July 28, 2016
10:30 AM to 2:30 PM

Congregation Or Torah
3800 W. Dempster
Skokie, IL 60076

A light lunch will be served

Couvert: $15.00 

Elise Ginsparg & Leah Polin                           Tami Schultz
Chairwomen                                                        President

Pre-registration required. Please call 847-982-2500

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