Sep 29, 2009 — Students and alumni of Yeshiva University, its affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS), and YU’s Center for the Jewish Future (CJF) will enrich the holiday celebrations of Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah in 80 Jewish communities around the world.
As part of the annual Blanche Schreiber Torah Tours, groups of four to eight men and women will visit Orthodox congregations to infuse ruach (Jewish spirit and passion) into the holiday celebrations.
“We were very proud and honored to host representatives of the Torah Tours program who graced our synagogue and community over the Simchat Torah Yom Tov last year,” said Rabbi Daniel Mehlman of the Lido Beach Synagogue. “As an alumnus I was extremely overjoyed that our yeshiva saw fit to reach out to different communities and make their presence felt.”
This year, more than 400 students and alumni have chosen to spend the holidays away from their families to sing, dance, and share Torah ideas with members of other Jewish communities from Palo Alto, CA, to Milwaukee, WI, to Paramus NJ. They will also host activities for youth and deliver lectures on Jewish-themed topics.
“I had the best time ever. The shul was so great and really appreciated us so much. Being there really enhanced my chag,” said Ilana Gadish, a 2011 Stern College graduate.
The Center for the Jewish Future works with YU’s colleges, schools, and affiliates to shape programs that will train Jewish lay and professional leadership, develop initiatives and strengthen existing ones, as well as deliver services to its students and the broader Jewish communities.
“This program engages our student body in what they do best: bringing energy and enthusiasm into communities around the world,” said Rabbi Kenneth Brander, CJF dean.
Torah Tours sponsors more than 125 programs around the world and during the year, including other holidays, winter and summer breaks.
“Torah Tours is a life-changing experience for everyone involved in the program,” said Aliza Abrams, Director of the Aaron and Blanche Schreiber Torah Tours. “Being able to send 400 students out to communities all over North America is an honor.”
To participate in future Tours contact the CJF at 212-960-0041.