On Sunday, February 1st, Fasman Yeshiva High School, the preparatory division of Hebrew Theological College in Skokie IL, held a Chanukas Habayis to celebrate the completion of the first phase of the FYHS Beis Midrash remodeling project. Rabbeim, students and community members were in attendance for the joyous dedication that took place immediately following davening. The FYHS Beis Midrash is now furnished with a new Aron Kodesh, seforim, tables, chairs, bookcases, creating a beautifully renovated room for davening & learning. The Chanukas Habayis began with remarks by Rabbi Shmuel L. Schuman, 9th grade Rebbe and CEO, and divrei chizuk from Rabbi Avraham Friedman, Rosh HaYeshiva. The students also heard heartfelt words from Mr. Shalom Menora and Mr. Eric Rothner.
On Motza'ei Shabbos, January 31st, Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, Illinois, hosted its 34th Annual Melave Malka in the Lavin Dining Hall. Nearly 300 guests enjoyed a sumptuous fleishig buffet to benefit HTC's Samuel & Nina Bellows Kollel as they listened to a musical performance by Listen Up! a cappella. During the evening Rabbi Shmuel L. Schuman, CEO of HTC, presented the Rabbi Herman Davis Memorial Scholarships to two most deserving Beis Midrash and College students Noach Blechner from Boston, Massachusetts, and Joey Seif from Miami Beach, Florida.
The highlight of the evening was the keynote address by Rabbi Micah Greenland, International Director of NCSY. Rabbi Greenland's topic was, "Inspired Teens, Inspired Adults, Inspired Community." Rabbi Greenland spoke about an innovative four step process to transmit our commitment to the next generation. This process requires us to have a clear vision of a values based culture, create a long term perspective, develop an entrepreneurial spirit and constantly innovate. If we as parents can model good habits based on Torah values, we in turn can inspire genuine relationships with Hashem. For more information about HTC programming, please visit www.htc.edu or call (847) 982-2500.
On Tuesday, December 9, 2014, Hebrew Theological College held its 92nd Annual Banquet at the Westin O’Hare. This year, HTC payed tribute to Beryl and Florence Miller, Guests of Honor, Jordan and Sue Klein, Parents of the Year, and Pnina Levinson and Zehava Krauss for their decade of leadership as coordinators for HTC's Rabbi William Z. and Eda Bess Novick z"l Bigdei Yisrael clothing drive project. Each of the honorees are true examples of this year’s dinner theme, Toras Chaim V’Ahavas Chesed, Living Torah and Love of Kindness.
The Banquet, attended by over 400 supporters, parents and faculty, featured inspirational and informative addresses by Rabbi Avraham Friedman, Rosh HaYehsiva and Rabbi Shmuel Schuman, Interim CEO.
Rabbi Schuman included an update regarding the upcoming relationship with Touro College, and beautifully expressed HTC and Touro's joint commitment that this alliance will serve to expand HTC's horizons while retaining a unique identity to serve our students and our community.
The goal of the partnership is to create opportunities to leverage Touro's resources to benefit HTC students in the Beis Midrash and college for men and Blitstein Institute for women. Those opportunities will include pathways to graduate schools, expanding options for on-line courses and access to Touro's digital library resources. More information on this new alliance will be forthcoming in the near future.
Another high point of the evening was the video presentation that featured the Torah learning and chesed that our Rabbeim, faculty and students participate in on a constant basis. Attendees were able to see firsthand how HTC is intricately involved in the community, stretching beyond the walls of the Yeshiva. Click here to watch
HTC thanks its dedicated Board of Directors, alumni, parent body and gracious community supporters for making this year’s banquet another smashing success. With your constant support, HTC will continue to thrive into its 93rd year and beyond.
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