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.
HTC's Bellows Kollel Learning in Buffalo Grove On Tuesday, May 13, members of HTC's Sam and Nina Bellows Kollel launched a new learning initiative in Buffalo Grove. In an effort to expand Torah study in the suburbs; this new and exciting program was developed in conjunction with the BAY Shul and SAJE. Participants enjoy 45 minutes of Torah study and nosh with a five minute closing Dvar Torah. According to Rabbi Yair Silverstein, a native of Buffalo Grove and member of the Bellows Kollel, "The learning is structured in a way to allow for flexibility in the learning topics to cater to various learning levels of our participants. We want to make sure there is something enjoyable for everyone."
On Wednesday, May 7, Fasman Yeshiva High School held alumni reunions with recent FYHS graduates who are studying in Yeshivas and Colleges in New York. About 40 students gathered in Yeshiva University’s Furst Hall, for a pizza lunch on the first day of reading week. Later that day, about 10 students studying in Lander College for Men gathered for dinner at Carlos and Gabby’s restaurant.
As Rabbi Schuman put it, “It was so wonderful to catch up with our former talmidim and we were overwhelmed by their accomplishments. We brought them up to date on the happenings in the Yeshiva and they were so excited to hear that things are, B”H, developing so nicely.” During the reunions Rabbi Schuman impressed upon the alumni, that with their enthusiasm for their Yeshiva, they can help ensure that FYHS will be as vibrant for future students as it was for them. In attendance were, Rabbi Shmuel L. Schuman, Interim CEO of HTC, Rabbi Mordechai Ginsparg, FYHS Assistant Principal and Rabbi Joshua Zisook, Director of Admissions. All three rabbis were so proud to have had the opportunity to re-connect with the alumni and strengthen their special bond to our Yeshiva.
Later in June, FYHS plans to host a young alumni reunion in Chicago with students studying in Hebrew Theological College and Chicago area universities.
On Purim this year, Hebrew Theological College distributed more than 3400 Mishloach Manos packages throughout the Chicagoland area, including 140 packages that were sent to recipients out of state. This popular community project, managed by Mrs. Naomi Samber, has continued consecutively for 29 years. Each year, Mrs. Samber and her committee seek out new and exciting food items to include in the packages, making the Mishloach Manos a real surprise treat for the community. HTC would like to thank our HTC and FYHS students and parent volunteers who made this project such a huge success.
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!