June Z’man, 2019 Version

Highlighted by the Annual Yeshiva-Wide Siyum

Following the conclusion of the 2018-2019 academic year in May, hundreds of students returned to the Wilf campus. Many registered for summer session classes, but a significant number voluntarily returned to spend part or all of their day engrossed in Torah study in one of Yeshiva’s many batei midrash [study halls]. Known around campus as “June Z’man,” it is a time for students to devote additional hours towards Torah, some continuing under the tutelage of the same rabbis they studied with during the semester and others pursuing new opportunities or goals during the weeks before camp or summer internships.

Rabbi Menachem Penner, Max and Marion Grill Dean of the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, addresses the gathering.

The highlight of June Z’man is the annual yeshiva-wide siyum that gathers over 200 students, faculty and administrators to the Furman Dining Hall for a festive end-of-year celebration. The purpose is to recognize the Torah study achievements of the many students who return to the beit midrash [study hall] every evening for Night Seder [evening study], which involves at least two hours of paired learning following a long afternoon of college coursework. In particular, the event honors the dozens of students who completed YU’s annual Talmudic portion, this year, Bava Kama, a very significant venture.

In addition, the event acknowledged the siyum made this year by students of YU’s Makor College Experience. They completed Mishnayot Zeraim with Makor rebbe, Rabbi Uri Feintuch.

Students and administration addressed the gathering, which concluded with music and dancing to celebrate the occasion. Moishy Rothman, Yoni Rabinovitch, Yitzchak Kaminetsky and David Kirsch represented the student honorees in conducting the siyum. Rabbi Joel Schreiber, chairman of the Board of Trustees at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, concluded the program with the Kaddish and words of appreciation and reflection upon his independent completion of Yeshiva’s tractate along with the students for the third year in a row.