By Fern Sidman
In a display of profound gratitude, the internationally renowned Hineni Torah-outreach organization is proud to announce that this year’s guest of honor at the annual dinner will be, iy’H, Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis, the founder and president of the historic kiruv movement.
As Hineni celebrates its 50th anniversary, the organization will honor the infinite contributions that Rebbetzin Jungreis has made in inspiring alienated Jews around the globe and bringing them closer to Hashem and their majestic Torah heritage.
As a survivor of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Nazi Europe, the rebbetzin has made it her life’s mission to disseminate the eternal wisdom of the Torah to a lost generation desperately seeking spiritual sustenance.
Having touched the hearts, souls, and minds of hundreds of thousands of people over the last half-century through her captivating Torah classes, books, films, and countless articles, Rebbetzin Jungreis has been a driving force in countering the spiritual holocaust that has afflicted the Jewish nation. As such, she holds a special place amongst the world’s Torah luminaries as a leading visionary.
For both secular and observant Jews alike, Rebbetzin Jungreis has significantly impacted their lives through the thousands of shidduchim she has made and the Torah families she has created. Her palpable warmth, sincere devotion, and boundless love for every Jew have been her hallmark since her earliest days as a pioneer in kiruv.
In addition to authoring four bestselling books–The Jewish Soul on Fire, The Committed Life, The Committed Marriage, and Life Is A Test–Rebbetzin Jungreis has been an esteemed columnist at the Jewish Press since the publication’s inception.
Among those that have recognized the rebbetzin for her work are B’nai B’rith, the Federation of Jewish Women’s Organizations, Knights of Pythias, and the Christian Amita Society. She has been the keynote speaker at the joint convention of Reform and Conservative rabbis in Palm Springs, California, and has spoken for the Rabbinical Council of America, ORT, Hadassah, the United Jewish Appeal, Israel Bonds, the Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America, the 2004 Republican National Convention, the Shomrim Society, B’nai B’rith, Young Israel, Mizrachi, the National Council of Jewish Women, and the Orthodox Jewish Teachers Association, among many others. She has been accorded recognition by the State of Israel, invited to address members of the Israel Defense Forces, and has received awards from every branch of the service.
Moreover, former President George W. Bush appointed the rebbetzin to serve on the honorary delegation that accompanied him to Jerusalem for the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the State of Israel in May 2008.
Hundreds of people will be joining together to pay tribute to the rebbetzin. They will rejoice in her recovery, her tremendous accomplishments, and the powerful experiences through which the rebbetzin has touched their lives.
This year’s dinner is scheduled for Tuesday evening, March 15, at Guastavino’s, 409 East 59th Street in midtown Manhattan. Cocktail hour is to begin at 6:30 p.m., and the dinner along with the special program is to commence at 7:30 p.m.
For further information about reservations and journal ads, please call Hineni at 212-496-1660, e-mail Hineni@hineni.org, or visit www.hineni.org.
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