On February 22, 2014, Hebrew Theological College was proud to host its 33rd Annual Melave Malka to benefit the Sam and Nina Bellows Kollel of HTC. This year's speaker was Rabbi Dovid Kaplan, an alumnus of our Yeshiva and grandson of former Rosh Yeshiva, Rav Hertzel Kaplan z"tl. Rabbi Kaplan is a senior lecturer at Ohr Samayach and noted author of 10 books on Jewish Outreach. Rabbi Kaplan captured a crowd of over 200 in attendance as he talked about bringing joy into our daily lives, illustrated by real life events.
During the program, HTC awarded the Rabbi Herman Davis Memorial Scholarship to two HTC Beis Midrash & College students, Nechemia Gershman from Chicago, IL and Harrison Leventhal from Baltimore, MD. HTC takes this opportunity to thank our chairmen, Shelly Aberman, Zevi Ashkanazy, Jonathan Dimbert and Kevin Greenberg as well as the catering staff at HTC for making this Melave Malka another huge success.
The Annual Jewish Day School Night details are:
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Holiday Inn Chicago North Shore (Skokie)
Dr. Rona Novick
Please register at http://www.juf.org/dayschool
Hebrew Theological College Celebrates 91st Anniversary Banquet
On a snowy Sunday in January, Hebrew Theological College celebrated its 91st Anniversary Banquet at the Westin O’Hare Hotel. On January 5, 2014, HTC presented the Lev V’Nefesh award to Rabbi Dr. Jerold Isenberg, Chancellor Emeritus, for his decades of service to our Yeshiva.
The theme of this year’s banquet was “We are HTC”. Throughout the evening, the point was conveyed that so many of HTC’s alumni have translated their years of Torah and General Studies at HTC into vibrant, active involvement in many aspects of Jewish life throughout, not only the Chicago area, but the broader Jewish community worldwide. On display at the reception were memorabilia from the old days of the Yeshiva as well as yearbooks dating back over four decades. Everyone who attended received a deck of trivia cards about the Yeshiva! The video, aptly titled “We Are HTC”, highlighted many alumni who identify strongly with HTC, not least of whom was this year’s honoree, Rabbi Dr. Jerold Isenberg, Chancellor Emeritus.
On October 19, Hebrew Theological College and Fasman Yeshiva high School hosted a most magical Chai Lifeline Shabbaton at the Yeshiva. Participants and staff from Chai Lifeline took part in a weekend filled with incredible ruach, singing, dancing and fun activities. After Shabbos, FYHS students accompanied the Chai Lifeline participants on a trip to miniature golf and a game room.
In preparation for this event, the Chai Lifeline staff came to speak to our students. They emphasized the importance of being sensitive to the social and emotional needs of the participants. They stressed the importance of realizing that, although these kids are sick, they want to be treated just like regular kids.
The Chai Lifeline staff will return to the Yeshiva to discuss the Shabbaton and what was gained from it. There is no doubt that, after this weekend, many of our students will be volunteering for upcoming Chai Lifeline events.
FYHS thanks Chai Lifeline for this most wonderful opportunity, and we look forward to many more events. For more information about Chai Lifeline, please visit www.chailifeline.org.
Hebrew Theological College invites all present and former talmidim and parents to join us for lively dancing and refreshments at our Simchas Torah celebration in West Rogers Park at the Bernard Horwich JCC on September 26, at 10:00 PM.
You can even join us after hakofos have concluded in your shul.
See you soon!
On August 31, 2013, Rabbi Dr. Jerold Isenberg, retired from his position as Chancellor of Hebrew Theological College.
Rabbi Isenberg's illustrious career at HTC began as a 9th grade student in 1967. After high school graduation, he continued at HTC, earning a Bachelor's Degree and Rabbinic Ordination as well as a Doctorate from the Jewish University of America. Additionally, he earned a BSc. in Mathematics from Roosevelt University, an MSc. in Mathematics from Northeastern Illinois University and an MBA from Roosevelt University.
Rabbi Isenberg's professional career at HTC, began in 1974 when he was hired as an instructor in Mathematics. He quickly moved up through the administrative ranks, serving as Assistant to the Dean in 1977, and in 1985, as Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Rabbi Isenberg became the CEO-Acting President of HTC in 1989 and in 1994 he was appointed to the position of Chancellor.
Rabbi Isenberg will continue to serve as a consultant to provide guidance and leadership to the Interim CEO, Rabbi Shmuel Schuman and Chief of Staff, Mrs. Cheryl Karp. He will also continue as a Professor at HTC, teaching in the college program.
HTC thanks Rabbi Isenberg for his decades of devotion to our Yeshiva. We wish him the best of hatzlacha and mazal in the next stage of his life and beyond. At this time, HTC is also proud to announce that Rabbi Dr. Jerold Isenberg will be the Guest of Honor at our 91st Annual Banquet on January 5th, 2014
The Shabbos of Chizuk has been dedicated in memory of HaRav Zvi Menachem Teller zt"l, an influential and inspiring figure in our Yeshiva for 31 years. To his many talmidim Rabbi Teller was a dedicated teacher of Torah, a voice of encouragement and a role model of piety and middos tovos. To his fellow rebbeim he was a wise colleague, a mentor and a cherished friend.To all who encountered him he was an example of a true talmid chochom, a person to be admired and emulated. Rabbi Teller's first role in the Yeshiva was that of High School principal. His fine character and gentle nature endeared him to the bo-churim. Subsequently, he assumed the position of Maggid Shiur - Rosh Yeshiva in the Beis Midrash.
It was here that he began a fruitful career of educating and shaping the minds of hundreds of talmidim who studied under him. His deliberate methodology in teaching Gemora coupled with his talent for explaining even the most difficult concepts, allowed his students to progress steadily in their studies and prepare for a lifetime of productive Torah learning. His devotion to the specific needs of each talmid was legendary; their spiritual, emotional and physical wellbeing were his highest priority. Our Yeshiva is fortunate to have had the opportunity for more than three decades to learn from and be inspired by Rabbi Teller. May his memory inspire us all to grow as B'nei Torah and strive to meet our spiritual potential.
RESCUE AND RENEWAL
The Jewish Cultural Reconstruction Collection of Hebrew Theological College
In the fall of 1950, Hebrew Theological College (HTC) Librarian, Mrs. Leah Mishkin, a"h, received several large crates filled with Jewish ceremonial objects and religious texts. More crates would arrive over the next few years until, ultimately, Mrs. Mishkin became custodian of over sixty objects and thousands of books, entrusted to HTC by Jewish Cultural Reconstruction, Inc. (JCR). The U.S. State Department vested authority in JCR for the identification and redistribution of "heirless" Jewish cultural property found in the U.S. Occupied Sector of Germany. All told, JCR took custody from the American Military of 500,000 books, 1,000 Sifrei Torah, and 17,000 objects, for which no claims had been filed and no heirs could be determined. The activities of JCR reflected an effort to salvage what remained of a vast intellectual and cultural world and to link the lost communities of Europe to the rest of the Jewish world as an act of preservation and remembrance. The sixty treasured artifacts placed in the care of Hebrew Theological College are now on loan to the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, displayed in their Feis Family Lobby.
The ceremony opening the exhibit began with greetings from Richard S. Hirschhaut, Executive Director of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Rabbi Dr. Jerold Isenberg, Chancellor of HTC. The keynote address was given by Grace Cohen Grossman, who served as Senior Curator at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, CA for three decades. Also present was Marguerite Mishkin, daughter of Leah, a"h, and Rabbi Dr. Leonard C. Mishkin, z"l.
The exhibition is sponsored by Judy and Albert Milstein and family in memory of his parents Ruth and Sam Milstein, a"h, who were Holocaust survivors.
For more information about this exhibition, please visit www.ilholocaustmuseum.org.
Photo credits: Ron Gould Studios