Some 800 guests gathered yesterday at Manhattan’s Grand Hyatt to experience Jewish scholarship firsthand and honor individuals who have devoted their lives to Torah lishmah—learning for its own sake.
Yeshiva University’s affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary will celebrate advanced Torah scholarship by paying tribute to its four distinguished roshei kollel at a dinner on Wednesday evening, May 5, 2004. The Eitz Chaim (Tree of Life) Award, the highest honor RIETS can bestow, will be presented at the dinner to Jewish communal leader Carmi Schwartz.
The Ronald and Ethel Gruen Endowed Fund for the Advancement of Secondary Jewish Education at RIETS has just awarded its second round of annual grants to high schools of the Association of Modern Orthodox Day Schools and Yeshiva High Schools (AMODS).
While some students escaped the cold weather during winter break or went home to visit family, another group chose to spend their vacation in Israel, visiting Hebron and organizing a concert that raised $20,000 for families of terror attack victims, and travelling to sunny Florida – not to hit the beach but to create a Modern Orthodox community.