Jan 5, 2006 — Students at Yeshiva University (YU) and its affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS), under the leadership of The Center for the Jewish Future (CJF), will kick off a new, innovative Commuting Kollel program with a visit to Brith Sholom Beth Israel in Charleston, SC, in January.
As part of the Blanche Schreiber Torah Tours, groups visit different communities during the school’s winter break to teach classes and enrich Jewish life.
The program in Charleston is new, in that it will not be a one-time visit. Students from YU will visit the community twice a month to “educate and inspire the greater Jewish community of Charleston,” said Rabbi Kenneth Brander, dean of the new Center for the Jewish Future. “It is exciting to see all dimensions of the community come together to explore their Judaism.”
Brith Sholom Beth Israel has hosted Torah Tours groups several times, said Rabbi Ari Sytner, spiritual leader of the Charleston congregation.
“We have a special closeness, a special warmth here in Charleston,” Rabbi Sytner said. “We are excited for the YU group to come and see that warmth. We also envision the kollel being the glue that will bring different segments of the Charleston community even closer together,” Rabbi Sytner said.
The Center for the Jewish Future works with YU’s colleges, schools, and affiliates to shape programs that train Jewish lay and professional leadership, develop initiatives and strengthen existing ones, as well as deliver services to its students and the Jewish community at large.
“Through Torah Tours, CJF serves the greater community and inspires young scholars to take their knowledge outside the classroom,” Rabbi Brander said. “The program allows students to take an activist role in the community.”
Torah Tours sponsors more than 125 programs around the world and during the year, including holidays, winter and summer breaks. For more information on Winter Break Torah Tours, click here.
During their January 16-22 visit, kollel members will run programs in the local day school, study with individuals at their home or office, teach youth and adult classes, and bring ruach (spirit) to the 26th Annual Brith Sholom Beth Israel shabbaton in Myrtle Beach, SC.
Future projects will include organizing one-on-one learning programs for members of the entire community and classes for a variety of age groups.