Hebrew Theological College cordially invites all to a special event, “Mediating Modernity in a Traditional Community”, on Sunday, July 10, 10:00 AM, at the HTC Skokie campus. The program will celebrate the dual-book launch of Rabbi Dr. Zev Eleff's “Who Rules the Synagogue” (Oxford) and “Modern Orthodox Judaism” (JPS) with a conversation on modernity & religious authority featuring Rabbis Reuven Brand, Zvi Engel & Leonard Matanky. Both books will be available for purchase at a generously discounted price.
On Monday, May 16th, Fasman Yeshiva High School junior and senior students enrolled in the Holocaust History and Jewish History courses toured the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center. This inspirational and meaningful tour served as a culminating educational experience for our Jewish History and Holocaust History classes. Our students were accompanied by Mr. Marshall Meyers, tour guide; Rabbi Shmuel Shapiro, Holocaust History teacher; Rabbi Aharon Gaffen, Jewish History teacher; and Mr. Peter Gobel, FYHS Associate Principal for General Studies.
Throughout the year, the Holocaust History class, taught by Rabbi Shmuel Shapiro studied the Holocaust from the landmark textbook, Witness to History, by Michael Walsh. Students also viewed interviews of survivors and documentary videos. When the class studied the history of Lithuanian Jews in the Holocaust, students were privileged to hear from Mrs. Naomi Jacobson, a grandmother of one of our students, who shared her experiences growing up in the Kovno Ghetto. The course concluded with an assigned report, which included a personal interview of a Holocaust survivor, and the trip to the Illinois Holocaust Museum.
In the final quarter of the year, the Jewish History course, taught by Rabbi Aharon Gaffen, focused on the Holocaust with a specific focus on the proper response and reactions our students should have to the tragic events that occurred during the Nazi regime. Students were assigned selected readings with follow up class discussions to reinforce their knowledge of what transpired and create a feeling of the pain and suffering of other Jews during this time. The course concluded with a research paper on a Holocaust topic of his choice and a visit to the Illinois Holocaust Museum.
Chicago Jewish Historical Society Program at Hebrew Theological College
“A Realistic Rendezvous? Chicago’s Rabbi Oscar Z. Fasman and New York Orthodox Judaism”
Rabbi Dr. Zev Eleff, Chief Academic Officer of Hebrew Theological College and Scholar of American Jewish History
For decades, Orthodox Judaism in Chicago developed in “parallel” to New York Orthodoxy. Often, Hebrew Theological College in Chicago viewed the New York-based Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary as a rival more than a partner. In the 1950s and 1960s, Rabbi Oscar Fasman took important steps to help unite these two Orthodox communities. This “rendezvous” took on peculiar forms that had a lasting impact on Orthodox Judaism in the United States.
Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.
Hebrew Theological College
7135 Carpenter Road
Free and open to the public.
Special Chol Hamoed Program for young men (High School and Beis Midrash) at Adas Yeshurun.
9:00 Shacharis, followed by light breakfast and learning. Shiurim (11:00-11:30) given by Rabbi Zev Cohen, Rabbi Yirmiyahu Neuman, Rabbi Shmuel Leib Schuman and Rabbi Zvi Zimmerman.
- Monday- Rabbi Zvi Zimmerman- “Shfoch Chamascha - Pouring Out Our Wrath on Others”;
- Tuesday- Rabbi Yirmiyahu Neuman- “The Promise of Rechush Gadol: Halachik and Aggadic Insights”;
- Wednesday- Rabbi Shmuel Leib Schuman- “Three Days in the Desert: Was Moshe Serious?”;
- Thursday- Rabbi Zev Cohen- “Purchasing Chametz for an Employee with a Credit Card”
A joint project of HTC - Beis HaMidrash LaTorah and Adas Yeshurun.
College Accreditation Visit
Opportunity for Third Party Comment
Hebrew Theological College will be undergoing a comprehensive evaluation visit from the Higher Learning Commission, our accreditors, on May 16 - 17, 2016. The visiting team will review the institution's ongoing ability to meet the Commission's Criteria for Accreditation.
As part of this process, the Commission requires institutions undergoing such visits to invite the public to provide written comments* to the Commission. We invite you as a member of our community to participate in this process by contacting the Higher Learning Commission and submitting a third-party comment (click here).
Alternatively, you can send mail to the Commission:
Third-Party Comment on Hebrew Theological College
Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604-1411
Hebrew Theological College continues to serve the needs of the community by providing academic programs to produce Torah Scholars, and to produce Torah-imbued college graduates and superior advanced graduate and professional programs for all qualified students who, upon graduation, will serve the Jewish community and humanity through their professional and personal vocations.
All comments must be received by April 17, 2016.
*Please note that any individual with a specific dispute or grievance with HTC should request the Higher Learning Commission's separate policy on complaints. The Commission cannot settle disputes between institutions and individuals, whether faculty, students, or others. Complaints will not be considered as comments.
On Friday, March 18, Hebrew Theological College held a siyum marking the completion of TaNach in memory of Ezra Schwartz, H"yd. Ezra, an 18 year old yeshiva student from Sharon, Massachusetts and graduate of Maimonides School in Brookline, was killed by an Arab terrorist, while on his way to deliver food packages to Israeli soldiers. Before his untimely passing, Ezra made a commitment to finish all of TaNach. He started at the beginning of the Torah, and had just completed his seventh Parasha, Parashas Vayetzei. He dedicated every night of his Israel Gap Year to complete the entire TaNach. Ezra’s death inspired students across America to finish the learning that he had started.
HTC is extremely proud of our students for undertaking this meaningful initiative. Fasman Yeshiva High School students completed Torah and Nevi’im and our Beis Midrash & College students completed Kesuvim. HTC thanks Rabbi Elisha Prero, Rabbi of Young Israel of West Rogers Park, who initiated this learning project for our students. May the Torah learning serve as a merit for Ezra and a source of inspiration to his family and to our Yeshiva. A video replay of the siyum is available below.
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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