Etzion News

An English E-Newsletter for Yeshivat Har Etzion Alumni 
 Shavuot 5767

E-Newsletter Launch!

Dear Alumni,


We hope this E-newsletter (Etzion News) finds you and your families well. The purpose of the newsletter is to provide you with news of the Yeshiva on a more regular basis and to provide a forum for alumni to share news, ideas and accomplishments.  Ultimately, we hope it will serve as an additional tool to strengthen the ongoing relationship between alumni and the Yeshiva.


Baruch Hashem, the number of Yeshivat Har Etzion alumni has grown into the thousands and we can no longer rely on the "grapevine" to hear about your news. We apologize in advance for anyone who we've inadvertently left out and we ask that you email us your news, reflections on your time spent in Yeshiva and how it has impacted your life (we especially welcome short video clips), feature stories about alumni in interesting places doing interesting things, and other ideas for programs, Shabbatons, topics for shiurim or seminars, etc. which you would like to see happen at the Yeshiva.


If any alumni will be working this summer in outreach or summer kollel programs, please send us the details as we are compiling a list. Also, if you are assuming a new position in the rabbinate or chinuch, please let us know.


Together with the celebrations of the 40th year of renewal of settlement in Gush Etzion, this year marks the Yeshiva's 40th anniversary   bina - a major milestone, cause for celebration, and opportunity to contemplate the past and set new challenges for the future.


Best wishes for a Chag Shavuot Sameach!

We look forward to hearing from you!

Shira Schreier and staff of Etzion News 

Rav Moshe Taragin guest lecturer in NY on Shavuot...

Rav Amnon Bazak guest lecturer in Raanana on Shavuot...

Yeshiva News

Wheelchair Accessibility Be'sha'ah tovah, the Yeshiva embarked on an ambitious construction project in Chodesh Nissan dubbed "Project Negishut", in order to render the Yeshiva wheelchair-accessible. The construction includes ramps alongside all staircases as well as an elevator to the Beit Midrash and a pathway with no steps from the Chadar Ochel to the Pedagogic Library. The second stage will also include the installation of an elevator to the Torani Library. For complete story...


Yom HaZikaron / Yom HaAtzmaut

Reflections on Remembrance

- by Simeon Botwinick, Shana Aleph Talmid  


This past week I celebrated my first ever Yom HaZikaron and Yom Ha'atzmaut.


"Now wait a minute, Simeon," I hear a little voice piping up. "These aren't new holidays. You've celebrated them plenty of times before in America."


"But that's just where you're wrong, little voice," I reply. "I haven't." For complete story...


Annual New York Dinner

The Annual Dinner of the Etzion Foundation in NY honored the Family of Dr. William Major z"l, father of alumni, Eugene Major '80 and Steven (Yanky) Major '86, Rav Moshe Taragin '83, Ram, Yeshivat Har Etzion and the Stella K. Abraham Beit Midrash for Women, and Alumnus of the Year Elie '83 and Miriam Berman, on Tuesday, March 13, 23 Adar 5767, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in NYC. For complete story...


Yoel Weiss Appointed Executive Vice President of the Etzion Foundation

Together with the entire Har Etzion family, we welcome Yoel Weiss as he assumes the position of Executive Vice President of the Etzion Foundation. Yoel brings with him a wealth of experience in fundraising and development, and he will play a leadership role in the foundation's future growth.

"Yoel's role is absolutely essential to the continued impact of Yeshivat Har Etzion," declares Dr. Meyer Brayer, Executive Director. "We extend our best wishes for much hatzlacha and we look forward to working with him to further the interests of the Yeshiva."

Yoel is enthusiastic about facing this new challenge. "It is truly a privilege to join this great institution that has shaped Jewish learning and leadership for thousands of men and women across the globe."


Yeshivat Har Etzion 2007 Trip to Poland

by Jonathan Arkush

London, UK

To all who organized and led the trip to Poland, I want to extend a heartfelt Yishar Koach and thank you.   I shall always remember your open-hearted invitation to join you and your warm welcome for the 48 hours that I spent with you.   For complete story...



Reflections on the Trip to Poland, by Rav Yair Kahn

Before Pesach, I joined the Yeshiva on a trip to Poland.  At first, when traveling through Poland, I was struck by the fact that there is almost nothing that is left.  Of course, our tour guide described the past in great detail, but I can hear lectures in Israel as well.  Is this what I came to Poland for, to hear about what once was? For complete story...

New Publications...


JobKatif JobKatif is an organization founded by Rav Yosef Zvi Rimon, Ram in the Yeshiva, to help find employment for Gush Katif evacuees. A voluntary organization, JobKatif helps place individuals in new jobs, offers professional training, helps open new businesses, and provides career counseling when necessary.  For complete story...



Rav Mordechai Breuer zt"l (1921-February 24, 2007)


The Yeshiva mourns the passing of Rav Mordechai Breuer zt"l - one of the leading Bible scholars, exegetes and educators of our generation -  and extends condolences to his family.


Veteran Herzog College faculty member, Rav Mordechai Breuer zt"l was renowned for his unique approach to Tanach, in which the text is analyzed as a composite work reflecting the multiple attributes of its divine author (Shitat HaBechinot). Over the course of time, he gathered a large and faithful following, composed of his students in the many institutions where he taught. His unique method of Biblical interpretation was presented in his published articles and books, among which are methodological studies which elucidate the approach itself as well as textual studies in which the method is applied to specific Biblical passages. For complete story...



News from The Herzog College

Herzog College, an affiliate of Yeshivat Har Etzion, has played a leading role for over 30 years in training outstanding Jewish educators from among the religious Zionist community. Herzog College, established with the vision of providing young Hesder students with the knowledge and skills to become capable, caring and charismatic Jewish educators, is helping to train the next generation of Jewish educators, both men and women, for Israel and worldwide.


New Director: Dr. Shmuel Shilo. For complete story...



Alumni Reflections

A Life Time of Humility

- by Shlomo Druckman ('97-'98), living in Washington Heights, NY with his wife, Esther


When I speak to my friends, all of them very talented and many of them Gush alumni, and we discuss our careers and the success that we are all having, we all seem to agree on one thing it has been easy to excel in our various endeavors.  Its a funny thing to say, but when you leave yeshiva, perhaps most yeshivot, the level of intellectual rigor and intense work ethic to which you have become accustomed is far beyond anything found out there. For complete story...


Alumni News

Yeshivat Har Etzion Websites: - The Israel Koschitzky Virtual Beit Midrash - Har Etzion's Torah Podcast - Har Etzion's Torah Podcast in Hebrew