photo 2This past Simchat Torah, over 300 Yeshiva University undergraduates traveled to 52 shuls across North America.  Through song, dance, and divrei Torah, the students contributed a level of excitement and ruach, which the shuls wait for all year round.

Prior to the students traveling out for Simchat Torah, they participated in a mandatory orientation at which they learned helpful tips for public speaking, how to have healthy relationships with teens and community members, and how to lead a rocking round of hakafot.

Below is an excerpt from a thank you note written by Shlomo Fried on behalf of the EDOS community in Denver Colorado.

“Hi Everybody,

I just wanted to take a minute to say Thank You to all of you for all your hard work and for a Beautiful Yom Tov with a lot of meaning and much Content.  The Divrei Torah and Shiurim were excellent and very meaningful.  The enhanced ruach through the Teffilos as well as the Dancing gave our community a beautiful Yom Tov with many wonderful memories.

I just wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for all that you do for the Klal.  On behalf of everyone who is searching for meaning and growth, I thank you for your support, time and all that you do for Klal Yisrael in this matter.

Thank you for all the ways you helped the whole Denver Jewish community during your stay in Denver.”

Below is a quote from student participant Elie Hirt, who traveled to BIAV in Kansas City.  Elie is spending this year working as the Stanton Fellow in the Office of Student Life:

“Dear Rabbi Rockoff,

On behalf of our entire Torah Tours group I would like to thank you and the entire community for an incredible and unforgettable Yom Tov.  From the moment we arrived at the airport we felt so welcomed.

Giving shiurim in Shul to the community was something we all enjoyed doing.  Everyone was so engaged with every word that we said.  The feedback we received was so nice to hear.  Dancing with members of the shul was so beautiful. Everyone got into it and really enhanced our Yom Tov as well.

We truly cannot thank you enough for the amazing opportunity! We really had one of the best Yom Tov’s of all of our lives. We will remember our experience for forever.”


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