The Young Israel of Woodmere plans to expand its adult-education program to include a more comprehensive beismidrash program and has appointed Rabbi Shay Schachter as the roshbeismidrash. The program will launch in the summer of 2015.

“We are overjoyed that Rabbi Schachter has agreed to head the beismidrash program,” said YIW Rabbi Hershel Billet. “A critical component in undertaking such a program is to identify an extremely talented, dynamic, and energetic individual to lead this initiative. The addition of Rabbi Schachter to our rabbinic staff will emphasize the importance of limud to our community and enhance our dedication to Torah study.”

As part of his responsibilities, Rabbi Schachter will organize and deliver shiurim to the multifaceted constituency of the Woodmere community, and serve as the central scholar-in-residence at YIW. Rabbi Schachter’s overall focus will be to improve the caliber, quality, and frequency of limud Torah.

“It has come to our attention that many people were interested in a structured program that would allow them to learn on a regular basis,” said YIW President Yehuda Poupko. “This new initiative will build on the successful adult education programs that we have offered in the past, and serve our members as well as the greater community.”

Rabbi Schachter will work closely with the YIW rabbinic team in starting the new beis midrash program, which will include a morning kollel program, an evening beis midrash with chavrusah learning, and new shiurim and classes. He will also be assisting our rabbinic staff during the various Shabbos and yomtovminyanim. The adult education program will continue to provide additional opportunities and services, such as lecture series, programming for the chagim, and classes on various topics.

“YIW is the flagship shul of the Five Towns, as well as the greater Jewish community. It is viewed as a center for limud Torah, tefillah, and chesed,” said Shlomo Zuller, chairman of the YIW board of trustees. “We are fortunate that Rabbi Schachter, a unique personality and talent, has agreed to be a part of this revolutionary endeavor, and his appointment is a crucial step toward enabling our kehillah to reach even greater heights.”

Currently the assistant rabbi at Congregation Knesset Israel, the White Shul, Rabbi Schachter is a member of the Bella and Harry Wexner Kollel Elyon at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University. He has spent the past few years studying under his father, Rav Hershel Schachter, a prominent rosh yeshiva and posek, and received his semichahs from both RIETS and from his rebbe, HaGaonHaRav Asher Weiss. He also holds an MA in Jewish Education from the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration of Yeshiva University.

“I am excited to be joining Rabbi Billet and the rabbinical staff at YIW,” said Rabbi Schachter. “I am humbled by the prospect of developing the beismidrash program and I am very much looking forward to enhancing and increasing the opportunities for greater talmud Torah in the Woodmere community.”

Rabbi Axelrod added, “I am extremely pleased and excited to work with Rabbi Schachter, a scholar whose presence will enrich our community. He has learned under a number of well-known Jewish leaders and he embodies the characteristics and traits crucial to build such a dynamic program.”

The Young Israel of Woodmere is one of the largest Orthodox Jewish congregations in the world. YIW is a member organization of the National Council of Young Israel and the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations.


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