A Jubilee Celebration

RIETS Honors Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein, Julius and Dorothy Berman at Nov. 13 Annual Dinner of Tribute

Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS), an affiliate of Yeshiva University, will hold its Annual Dinner of Tribute on Sunday, November 13, 2011 at The Grand Hyatt in New York City. The dinner’s theme—“A Jubilee Celebration Honoring 50 Years of Torah and Community Leadership”—pays tribute to the guests of honor, Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein and Julius and Dorothy Berman, who celebrate a half century of affiliation with Yeshiva University and Jewish communal service.

Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein
Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein

Rabbi Lichtenstein serves as the Rabbi Henoch and Sarah D. Berman Professor of Talmud of RIETS and Rosh Kollel and director of the RIETS Caroline and Joseph S. Gruss Institute in Jerusalem. He embodies a lifetime of commitment to intensive and original Torah study that articulates a bold Jewish worldview, embracing elements of modernity within the framework of a Torah life, reflecting the tradition of his teacher and father-in-law, Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, the Rav zt”l.

Rabbi Lichtenstein studied in Yeshiva Rabbi Chaim Berlin under Rabbi Yitzchok Hutner before earning a bachelor’s degree at Yeshiva College and semicha [rabbinic ordination] at RIETS, followed by a PhD in English literature at Harvard University. After serving as a rosh yeshiva at RIETS for several years, Rabbi Lichtenstein moved to Israel with his wife, Dr. Tovah (née Soloveitchik), in 1971 to lead Yeshivat Har Etzion. They have six children and numerous grandchildren.

Dorothy and Julius Berman
Dorothy and Julius Berman

Rabbi Julius Berman, and his wife, Dorothy, are long-standing board members and supporters of Yeshiva University. Rabbi Berman currently serves as chairman of the Board of Trustees of RIETS and executive committee of YU. He serves as the chairman of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany, Inc. and as honorary president of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America. He has headed many national Jewish organizations, including the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, and the American Zionist Youth Foundation.

As a confidant of Rabbi Soloveitchik, Rabbi Berman was, and is, instrumental in publishing the Rav’s works. A partner in the law firm of Kaye Scholer LLP, he received his bachelor’s degree from YU in 1956, semichah from RIETS in 1959 and his JD from New York University. He received an honorary doctorate from YU in 1995.

Dorothy Berman graduated magna cum laude from Stern College for Women in 1959 and received her master’s degree in education from YU’s Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology in 1960. She is president of the Yeshivat Har Etzion Foundation and was national vice president of AMIT Women, among her many communal activities. She is a vice chair of the Board of Overseers of Stern College. The Bermans have three children and nine grandchildren.

Founded in 1896, RIETS is the leading center for education and ordination of Orthodox Rabbis in North America. To learn more about the RIETS Annual Dinner of Tribute, make a reservation or to participate in the Scroll of Honor call 212-960-0852 or email rietsdinner@yu.edu.

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