On Motza'ei Shabbos, January 31st, Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, Illinois, hosted its 34th Annual Melave Malka in the Lavin Dining Hall. Nearly 300 guests enjoyed a sumptuous fleishig buffet to benefit HTC's Samuel & Nina Bellows Kollel as they listened to a musical performance by Listen Up! a cappella. During the evening Rabbi Shmuel L. Schuman, CEO of HTC, presented the Rabbi Herman Davis Memorial Scholarships to two most deserving Beis Midrash and College students Noach Blechner from Boston, Massachusetts, and Joey Seif from Miami Beach, Florida.
The highlight of the evening was the keynote address by Rabbi Micah Greenland, International Director of NCSY. Rabbi Greenland's topic was, "Inspired Teens, Inspired Adults, Inspired Community." Rabbi Greenland spoke about an innovative four step process to transmit our commitment to the next generation. This process requires us to have a clear vision of a values based culture, create a long term perspective, develop an entrepreneurial spirit and constantly innovate. If we as parents can model good habits based on Torah values, we in turn can inspire genuine relationships with Hashem. For more information about HTC programming, please visit www.htc.edu or call (847) 982-2500.
On Tuesday, December 9, 2014, Hebrew Theological College held its 92nd Annual Banquet at the Westin O’Hare. This year, HTC payed tribute to Beryl and Florence Miller, Guests of Honor, Jordan and Sue Klein, Parents of the Year, and Pnina Levinson and Zehava Krauss for their decade of leadership as coordinators for HTC's Rabbi William Z. and Eda Bess Novick z"l Bigdei Yisrael clothing drive project. Each of the honorees are true examples of this year’s dinner theme, Toras Chaim V’Ahavas Chesed, Living Torah and Love of Kindness.
The Banquet, attended by over 400 supporters, parents and faculty, featured inspirational and informative addresses by Rabbi Avraham Friedman, Rosh HaYehsiva and Rabbi Shmuel Schuman, Interim CEO.
Rabbi Schuman included an update regarding the upcoming relationship with Touro College, and beautifully expressed HTC and Touro's joint commitment that this alliance will serve to expand HTC's horizons while retaining a unique identity to serve our students and our community.
The goal of the partnership is to create opportunities to leverage Touro's resources to benefit HTC students in the Beis Midrash and college for men and Blitstein Institute for women. Those opportunities will include pathways to graduate schools, expanding options for on-line courses and access to Touro's digital library resources. More information on this new alliance will be forthcoming in the near future.
Another high point of the evening was the video presentation that featured the Torah learning and chesed that our Rabbeim, faculty and students participate in on a constant basis. Attendees were able to see firsthand how HTC is intricately involved in the community, stretching beyond the walls of the Yeshiva. Click here to watch
HTC thanks its dedicated Board of Directors, alumni, parent body and gracious community supporters for making this year’s banquet another smashing success. With your constant support, HTC will continue to thrive into its 93rd year and beyond.
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On December 2nd, Yeshiva Women and Yeshiva Parents of Hebrew Theological College held an evening event at the home of Alan and Jodi Gershman. In celebration of the upcoming Chanukah holiday, HTC welcomed Chef Laura Frankel who shared her favorite Chanukah recipes with a healthy twist.
Hebrew Theological College invites the community to join the
Sam & Nina Bellows Kollel at HTC for a special Legal Holiday Learning & Breakfast on Thursday, Nov. 27.
Guest speaker: Rabbi Gershon Schaffel, Rav, Young Israel of Skokie, Bellows Kollel alumnus, & member of the Choshen Mishpat Kollel.
Topic: “E-Commerce on Shabbos: Making Money from eBay & Bank Transactions”.
Shacharis at 8:00, followed by breakfast, 30 minute seder & shiur.
Enhancing the Learning in our High School Beis Midrash
Hebrew Theological College is proud to announce that our Fasman Yeshiva High School Beis Midrash renovation project is nearly complete. The walls have been painted, the window treatments are in place and the floor is almost finished. Our next goal is to fill our brand new bookcases with relevant seforim (Jewish books) to enhance the learning in our new High School Beis Midrash.
We would like to invite you to participate in this most wonderful mitzvah by sponsoring a sefer or even a set of seforim, to honor or commemorate a loved one.
Hebrew Theological College is excited to announce that renovations of the Beis Midrash and College dormitory rooms are complete. The third floor rooms have been retrofitted with new ceilings, light fixtures, walls, floor tiles, desks, beds with under bed storage, personal closet units with built in shelving and stunning bathrooms. HTC would like to thank the Illinois Board of Higher Education for providing HTC with this special grant award through the Independent College Capital Program (ICCAP). It is our hope that the new lodgings will enhance the learning atmosphere for our students for many years to come.
Rabbi William Z. and Eda Bess Novick Bigdei Yisrael Sends Clothing to Ten Charitable Organizations Throughout Israel12 August, 2014
Hebrew Theological College is proud to announce that 379 large boxes of gently used clothing for men, women and children, including winter coats have been shipped to ten charitable organizations throughout Israel. With tremendous thanks to the greater Chicago community, the Rabbi William Z. and Eda Bess Novick Bigdei Yisrael project will distribute clothing in Beitar, Beit Shemesh, Elad, Elon Moreh, Itamar, Kfar Tapuach, Kiryat Sefer, Tzfat and two locations in Jerusalem. Since the project’s inception in 2002, HTC has sent over 65 tons of clothing to Israel.
Hebrew Theological College wishes to thank the Novick family for endowing this most important mitzvah. In addition, we extend a special thank you to Mrs. Pnina Levinson and Mrs. Zehava Krauss, for their tireless efforts in coordinating this project.
Help HTC Receive a $10,000 gift from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation
Hebrew Theological College is excited to announce the launch of our new Life and Legacy Campaign. This new initiative is just one of many ways that alumni, parents and friends of HTC are able to give back to HTC. For over nine decades, HTC has educated thousands of students worldwide in HTC's Beis Midrash and College for Men, Blitstein Institute for Women and Fasman Yeshiva High School.
A legacy gift can come in various forms and need not impact one's finances during their lifetime. Life and Legacy gifts will be used exclusively to support the HTC Endowment Fund, securing the future of HTC and its vital role within the community.
As an incentive to kick off this new campaign, the Harold Grinspoon's Life & Legacy Program will give HTC a one-time cash incentive of $10,000, upon securing 18 commitments to our Life & Legacy Campaign this year. With your help we hope to guarantee HTC's vibrancy for future generations.
Hebrew Theological College is proud to announce that our Fasman Yeshiva High School Beis Midrash renovation project is now under way. In early June, HTC received a generous gift of a beautiful Aron Kodesh with a built-in safe, from Ohr Yisochor-Chodorov. Additionally, HTC received over one hundred chairs, matching book cases, and shtenders.
HTC plans to dedicate and fill the book cases with new and relevant seforim as well as renovate other parts of the Beis Midrash. In just a few short weeks, these new additions have already begun to enhance the learning and davening experience in the High School Beis Midrash.
HTC would like to thank Rabbi Pinchas Eichenstein, Rabbi Heshy Weingarten and Rabbi Aryeh Bassman for their tireless efforts to bring the beauty of Ohr Yisochor-Chodorov to our Yeshiva. We look forward to sharing exciting updates on our progress as we move forward to revitalize the grandeur of the High School Beis Midrash.