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.