President Bush Recognizes YU Alumnus Rabbi Barry Gelman for Katrina Relief Efforts

Sep 15, 2005 — A Yeshiva University contingent traveled to Washington, DC, Sept. 14 to attend the National Dinner Celebrating Jewish Life in America at the National Building Museum.

The dinner was the culminating event officially celebrating 350 years of Jewish life in America. President George W. Bush addressed the crowd and spoke about the strength of Jews in America, stating: “the stock of Abraham’ has thrived here like nowhere else. We’re better and stronger; and we’re a better and stronger and freer nation because so many Jews from countries all over the world have chosen to become American citizens.”

President Bush also recognized YU alumnus Rabbi Barry Gelman ‘96Y,A,R of the United Orthodox Synagogues in Houston for his work in assisting those in Houston displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

YU representatives who attended the event were Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm, chancellor; Rabbi David Israel, director, Association of Modern Orthodox Day Schools and Yeshiva High Schools of the Center for the Jewish Future, Yeshiva University; and Jeffrey Gurock, PhD, Libby M. Klaperman Professor of Jewish History. Menachem Butler, a Yeshiva College senior and president of the Student Organization of Yeshiva (SOY), also attended.

Click here for the full text of the President’s remarks.

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