Dec 29, 2009 — Over 450 people were in attendance at the Young Israel of Woodmere this past Sunday to hear Rabbi Dr. Jacob J. Schacter, senior scholar at Yeshiva University’s (YU) Center for the Jewish Future (CJF) discuss Asarah B’Tevet: From ancient times to the 21st Century. The lecture, part of YU’s popular Yom Rishon learning series generally held at YU’s upper Manhattan Wilf Campus, was a welcome addition to the Five Towns.
Through text-based sources, interesting insights and comments on the day’s evolution throughout history, Rabbi Schacter made Asarah B’Tevet more meaningful to the crowd. The lecture was an initiative of the YU Regional Council-Five Towns and was co-sponsored by Congregations Aish Kodesh, Anshei Chesed, Beth Sholom, Young Israel Lawrence/Cedarhurst and the Young Israel of Woodmere.
“The CJF is very excited to bring the Torah and scholarship of Yeshiva University to the Five Towns,” said Rabbi Kenneth Brander, the David Mitzner dean of CJF. “We plan to continue bringing unique, interesting and educational programming to the community.”
YU introduced the Abraham Arbesfeld Kollel Yom Rishon for men and the Millie Arbesfeld Midreshet Yom Rishon for women as part of an initiative to strengthen Jewish communal life and learning. The program brings hundreds of men and women to YU’s Wilf Campus in Washington Heights every Sunday morning to learn Torah and hear lectures from various YU rabbis and scholars. Since its inception, the Yom Rishon series has spread to Toronto, Los Angeles and other cities across North America.
The CJF and the YU Regional Council have several upcoming events planned in the Five Towns, including another Yom Rishon in February, a special lecture series in March and a YU Connects Singles Shabbaton on May 7. To learn more about the Center for the Jewish Future visit www.yu.edu/cjf.