Yeshivat Har Etzion First-Ever Rabbinic Conference

rabbinic conference 2012-1This year, in conjunction with the Annual Dinner, the Yeshiva hosted a two-day conference for rabbinic alumni at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in NYC. The conference, supported by the Yeshivat Har Etzion Center for Torah Leadership (CTL), was attended by over 50 YHE alumni professionally employed in either Jewish education or the rabbinate, including participants who flew in especially from England, Brazil and Australia.

The first day of the conference featured shiurim and presentations by HaRav Aharon Lichtenstein, Dr. Tovah Lichtenstein, Rav Baruch Gigi, Rav Mosheh Lichtenstein and other prominent rabbis associated with the Yeshiva. Mrs. Esti Rosenberg, Head of the Beit Midrash in Migdal Oz, joined the Roshei Yeshiva for an engaging and interactive panel discussion on the second day of the conference, which was hosted at the Fifth Avenue Synagogue by Rabbi Seth Grauer ‘96, Assistant Rabbi of the Synagogue, Assistant Principal at the YU High School for Girls, and one of the major driving forces behind the conference.

rabbinic conference 2012-6The conference, in addition to providing a chance for alumni to learn from and reconnect with the Roshei Yeshiva and other YHE Ramim, was also a welcome networking opportunity – enabling alumni who are involved in chinuch and the rabbinate across the globe to share ideas and experiences and to discuss common challenges.

Reflecting on the conference in a letter to the participants, Rav Mosheh Lichtenstein wrote, "The ability to benefit from different perspectives and to gain from the combined experiences of the participants was extremely valuable. I returned home with much food for thought, as well as important insights that will be helpful in my educational work."

Rabbi Daniel Roselaar ‘87, Rabbi of Alei Tzion in London, commented, "I found it very inspiring to listen to the Roshei Yeshiva again and also found the sessions to be very relevant and useful. It was probably the most worthwhile conference that I have attended in 17 years in the rabbinate!"

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