Rabbi Zev Eleff, Ph.D., chief academic officer and dean of the Men’s Division of the Hebrew Theological College (HTC) of Skokie, Ill., received the 2015 Salo Wittmayer Baron Dissertation Award at the Association of Jewish Studies (AJS) annual conference in Boston, the principal academic conference for the entire field of Jewish studies.
Professor Salo Wittmayer Baron was one of the preeminent Jewish historians of the 20th century. The Baron Dissertation Award, sponsored by the Arizona State University Center for Jewish Studies, recognizes the best dissertation in the field of American Jewish history and culture over a three-year period. Dr. Eleff’s dissertation was on the topic of the transformation of rabbinic authority in American Judaism during the nineteenth century.
L-r: Dr. Hava Tirosh-Samuelson, professor of modern Judaism at Arizona State University; Dr. Shoshana B. Tancer, professor emeritus at Arizona State; Dr. Zev Eleff, chief academic officer and dean of the Men’s Division of the Hebrew Theological College; Dr. Robert Tancer, professor emeritus at Arizona State; and Dr. Jonathan Sarna, professor of American Jewish history at Brandeis University.
“This paper is an excellent piece of scholarship,” according Hava Tirosh-Samuelson, the Irving and Miriam Lowe Professor of Modern Judaism at Arizona State. “Dr. Eleff has articulated an original, multi-faceted and nuanced argument, building on the work of previous scholars, while deepening our understanding of the mechanisms that shaped the emergence of the rabbinate in America.”
Before coming to HTC in 2015, Dr. Eleff earned his Ph.D. in the field of American Jewish history from Brandeis University, was ordained at Yeshiva University and received a master’s in history and education from Teachers College at Columbia University. Dr. Eleff is the author and editor of six books and more than 30 scholarly articles, published in both English and Hebrew. He was most recently an instructor in the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis.
“It’s an honor to be associated with Salo Baron, the great pioneering Jewish historian in American universities,” said Dr. Eleff. “I’m also proud to be included among the faculty members of HTC and Touro who have distinguished themselves in the field. Hopefully this will encourage others to delve deep into the study of Judaism.”
On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, Hebrew Theological College held its 93rd Annual Banquet at the Westin O’Hare. HTC payed tribute to David and Gayle Aronin, Guests of Honor; Rabbi Tzvi and Shifra Haskell, Marbitz Torah Award; and Rabbi Yehiel and Shulamis Kalish, Distinguished Alumnus Award. This year's honorees are all true examples of the Dinner theme, Teaching, Leading and Building.
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Chicago Rabbinical Council invites the community to hear Rabbi Berel Wein, guest speaker, on
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“Chicago Rabbis: Visionaries, Pioneers, and Leaders 1847-1950”, by Rabbi Moshe Kushner z"l.
Sunday, November 1st
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including a special tribute to Rabbi Kushner z"l
Men & Women Invited
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Please join HTC/FYHS, Sunday, October 18, as we celebrate the dedication of a new Sefer Torah to our Bais Midrash, by the Kanter family in memory of Rabbi Dr. Albert Milton Kanter zt"l.
A shiur on Kesiva Sefer Torah will be delivered by Rabbi Bill Kanter at HTC in Room 18 from 9:30-10:30 AM. A lively procession will begin from the gym of Hillel Torah at 11:00. Refreshments will be served.
Sponsorships still available. Contact Rabbi Seif 847-982-2500 x131 or www.htc.edu/sefertorah
Hebrew Theological College (HTC), has officially joined the Touro College and University System (TCUS), an affiliation which will strengthen both institutions by coordinating and leveraging the respective resources of each. Through this partnership, a pathway will be created for qualified HTC graduates to gain preferred acceptance into Touro graduate and professional schools; HTC students will, in time, have enhanced course offerings on campus; and access to Touro's Division of Online Education and Touro University Worldwide. "The fundamental principles on which HTC and Touro were founded are closely aligned-strengthening the Jewish community and a commitment to academic excellence," according to Dr. Alan Kadish, president and CEO of TCUS. Said Brian Levinson, chairman of the HTC board of directors, "HTC is very excited to move forward with the Touro partnership. The opportunities presented to HTC, the Chicago community and the Midwest, through the talent and expertise offered by this collaboration, will have a profound impact."
Pictured (l-r): Rabbi Moshe D. Krupka, Executive Vice President of TCUS; Melvin Ness, Senior Vice President and CFO of TCUS; Rabbi Shmuel L. Schuman, Interim CEO and Chancellor of HTC; Dr. Alan Kadish; Brian Levinson; Michael Newman, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of TCUS; and David Raab, Executive Vice President of TCUS.
About the Touro College and University System
Touro is a system of non-profit institutions of higher and professional education. Touro College was chartered in 1970 primarily to enrich the Jewish heritage, and to serve the larger American and global community. Approximately 19,000 students are currently enrolled in its various schools and divisions. Touro College has branch campuses, locations and instructional sites in the New York area, as well as branch campuses and programs in Berlin, Jerusalem, Moscow, Paris and Florida. New York Medical College, Touro University California and its Nevada branch campus, as well as Touro University Worldwide and its Touro College Los Angeles division are separately accredited institutions within the Touro College and University System. For further information on Touro College, please go to: http://www.touro.edu/media/.
About the 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 accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and a partner with the Jewish United Fund in serving our community. For more information on Hebrew Theological College, please go to www.htc.edu.
HTC Secures 18 Life & Legacy Commitments and Receives a $10,000 gift from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation01 July, 2015
Hebrew Theological College is excited to announce that it has successfully secured 18 Life & Legacy commitments during the 2014-15 academic year. As a result, HTC received a one-time cash incentive gift of $10,000 from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation's Life & Legacy Program. HTC thanks Mr. Michael Nussbaum, HTC Board Member and Endowment Committee Chairman for spearheading this most important project.
HTC is one of only 15 Jewish organizations in Metropolitan Chicago selected in a competitive process to participate in the Grinspoon Foundation's Life & Legacy Program. At a celebratory event held on June 16, 2015, at the Standard Club, the Grinspoon Foundation announced that they will recognize organizations with an additional incentive gift of $10,000 upon securing another 18 legacy commitments in the next 12 months.
Participating in HTC's Life and Legacy Program is one of many ways that alumni, parents and friends are able to give back to HTC. Legacy gifts can be established 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.
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. With your help we hope to guarantee HTC's vibrancy for future generations.
On Wednesday, May 6th, Fasman Yeshiva High School welcomed over 40 recent alumni to lunch in Belfer Hall in Yeshiva University. FYHS alumni were overjoyed to share fond memories of the Yeshiva with Rabbi Mordechai Ginsparg, Assistant Principal and Rabbi Joshua Zisook, Director of Admissions. Rabbi Ginsparg updated the alumni about the new High School Beis Midrash and the great accomplishments in the Yeshiva. As one alumnus put it, “It was just like Rabbi Ginsparg was giving his morning announcements. It was so great to hear that the Yeshiva is doing so well.”
Rabbi Ginsparg also stressed that the Yeshiva is so proud of all of our alumni and that the Yeshiva wants to be part of their simchas and milestones. Additionally, Rabbi Zisook updated the group of the upcoming positive developments that HTC will soon encounter. He emphasized that the new partnership with Touro College should greatly enhance the offerings in the college and encourage more students to attend HTC for Beis Midrash & College. Later in the day, Rabbi Ginsparg and Rabbi Zisook enjoyed a dinner reunion with a few alumni studying in Landers College in Queens. One alumnus noted, “We are very busy with college and it’s not often that we are able to get together as a group. We are so thrilled to have this opportunity.” Another alumnus noted, “We should do this more often!” To that Rabbi Zisook noted, “We may do just that!”
HTC Hosts First Ever Yachad Shabbaton at the Yeshiva
On April 26th, Shabbos Parashas Tazria-Metzora, Hebrew Theological College and Fasman Yeshiva High School hosted a Shabbaton at the Yeshiva together with Chicago Yachad. This first ever shabbaton engaged our Yeshiva students and Yachad members for an incredible weekend filled with ruach, singing, dancing and fun activities. This shabbaton also served as a great learning opportunity for our students and encouraged inclusion in a comfortable and safe environment. HTC welcomed Mr. Efrem Popel and Mrs. Shira Wiesenberg from Chicago Yachad, who joined together with the 14 Yachad members in attendance.
Shabbos began with a lively Carlebach style davening followed by an ice breaker activity led by FYHS students Eitan Drapkin and Zev Lafer. During the meals and davening, throughout the shabbaton Yachad members ate with the students seated throughout the room. They sang zemiros, delivered divrei Torah and had aliyos to the Torah along with the Yeshiva students. After Shabbos everyone joined together for a very lively havdala with singing and dancing.
One student related, “This shabbaton showed us how to be inclusive of all types of kids and not to judge based on how someone may look. It is our job to make sure that the Yachad students feel included.”
Our Yeshiva is very proud of its great relationship with Chicago Yachad,” says Rabbi Mordechai Ginsparg, Assistant Principal. On a monthly basis, FYHS hosts Yachad members for dinner followed by one-on-one learning. Daveed Hagage, Nechemia Gershman and Yechiel Comrov, students in HTC’s Beis Midrash & College program, serve as Yachad counselors for shabbatons and events. Additionally, FYHS students are regular participants at Yachad events in Chicago and beyond.
HTC and FYHS would like to thank Yachad for including our Yeshiva in their inspirational programming and we look forward to many more future shabbatons together at the Yeshiva. For more information about FYHS, please visit www.htc.edu/fyhs. For more information about Chicago Yachad, please visit www.njcd.org/chicago.
Touro College Affiliates with Hebrew Theological College, Appoints Chief Academic Officer
(New York, NY)—Rabbi Dr. Zev Eleff has been appointed Chief Academic Officer of the Hebrew Theological College (HTC), soon to be affiliated with the Touro College and University System. The Higher Learning Commission has approved this partnership and the affiliation will be complete at the end of June, Touro and HTC announced today.
Hebrew Theological College has a nearly 100-year-history of providing educational opportunities for advanced Jewish studies as well as rabbinic and academic scholarship and intellectual learning. More recently, programs have been added to prepare students for careers in accounting, education, business, health sciences, psychology and more.
“The fundamental principles on which HTC and Touro were founded are closely aligned—strengthening the Jewish community and a commitment to academic excellence,” said Dr. Alan Kadish, President and CEO of Touro College and University System. “Dr. Eleff’s impressive scholarly and educational credentials will undoubtedly enhance the academic quality of HTC and we look forward to his leadership,” continued Kadish.
Eleff earned a Masters in History and Education from Teachers College at Columbia University and a PhD in Jewish history from Brandeis University. He received Rabbinic Ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary at Yeshiva University. Dr. Eleff has authored five books and more than 30 scholarly articles, published in both English and Hebrew. He was most recently an instructor in the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University.
“As a historian, I deeply value the rich tradition and history of this venerated institution,” said Eleff. “HTC and its leaders have always encouraged positive change. As we embark on this newest journey, I am delighted to work with the school’s outstanding leadership to evaluate current offerings and identify new educational opportunities for our students. I embrace the opportunity to meld traditional Jewish learning, undergraduate teaching and rigorous scholarship.”
As part of the new partnership, a pathway will be created for qualified HTC graduates to gain early acceptance into Touro graduate and professional schools, through a program modeled on Touro’s Integrated Honors Track. Additionally, HTC students will gain access to distance learning course offerings through Touro’s Division of Online Education and through Touro University Worldwide.
“The partnership with Touro empowers HTC to bring fresh ideas to our curricula as we take full advantage of Touro’s traditional and online resources as well as experienced faculty. Together with HTC’s distinguished rabbinic leadership, its administration and cadre of dedicated faculty, I am excited to seek new and alternative pathways to enhance the undergraduate student experience, improve scholarship and expand the institution,” said Eleff.
“HTC is very excited to move forward with the Touro partnership. The opportunities presented to HTC, the Chicago community, and the Midwest through the talent and expertise offered by this collaboration will have a profound impact. Under the new academic leadership of Dr. Eleff, our students and faculty will be able to continue to reach and exceed the goals that have been established at HTC for close to a century,” said Brian Levinson, Chairman, HTC Board of Directors.
“We are enthusiastic about the partnership between Hebrew Theological College and the Touro College and University System, ”said Rabbi Shmuel L. Schuman, HTC’s Interim CEO/Chancellor. “Both our student populations and institutions’ philosophical approaches to education are similar. The affiliation between these two esteemed academic institutions will broaden both of our horizons and greatly benefit our constituencies. We welcome Rabbi Dr. Eleff to the HTC community, knowing that he brings a new and valued dimension to our College. We are confident that HTC students will expand their knowledge and reach new heights in their academic pursuits and scholarship,” added Schuman.
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 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 www.htc.edu
About the Touro College and University System
Touro is a system of non-profit institutions of higher and professional education. Touro College was chartered in 1970 primarily to enrich the Jewish heritage, and to serve the larger American and global community. Approximately 19,000 students are currently enrolled in its various schools and divisions. Touro College has branch campuses, locations and instructional sites in the New York area, as well as branch campuses and programs in Berlin, Jerusalem, Moscow, Paris and Florida. Touro University California and its Nevada branch campus, as well as Touro College Los Angeles, Touro University Worldwide and New York Medical College are separately accredited institutions within the Touro College and University System. For further information on Touro College, please go to: http://www.touro.edu.