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!
HEBREW THEOLOGICAL COLLEGE
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
Elise Ginsparg & Leah Polin Tami Schultz
Pre-registration required. Please call 847-982-2500
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.