Residents of Far Rockaway and the Five Towns will have the opportunity to “continue the conversation” begun at the 92nd National Convention of Agudath Israel at the Agudath Israel Shabbos in Far Rockaway and the Five Towns, to be held on Shabbos Parashas Yisro, January 17-18. Rabbi Aharon Feldman, rosh hayeshiva, Yeshivas Ner Yisroel, Baltimore, and a chaver Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah of Agudath Israel of America; Rabbi Nosson Scherman, general editor, ArtScroll/Mesorah; and Rabbi Pinchos Jung, senior lecturer, Ani Maamin Foundation, Monsey, will be joined by Agudath Israel executive staff members, Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel, executive vice president, Rabbi Avi Shafran, director of public affairs, and Rabbi Yehiel Kalish, vice president for development and state relations.

In some 17 host shuls in Far Rockaway, Bayswater, and the Five Towns–including Lawrence, Cedarhurst, Woodmere–the speakers will continue to develop some of the topics discussed at the convention, including chinuch habonim, parenting perplexities, shalom bayis, the current situation in Eretz Yisrael, the Kiddush Hashem Imperative, and Jews in the News. They will speak at the various shuls on Friday night, Shabbos morning, and during shalosh seudos.

Two communitywide oneg Shabbos programs will be held, one at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Mordechai Ribowsky, 809 Empire Avenue, Far Rockaway, for the Far Rockaway, Lawrence communities, and the other at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Yaakov Spinner, 464 Arlington Road, Cedarhurst, for the Cedarhurst and Woodmere communities. Rabbi Feldman and Rabbi Jung will address an anticipated audience of several hundred boys at a special Motzaei Shabbos avos u’banim program in the Bais Medrash of Cedarhurst.

“This Shabbos Agudah has become an annual tradition that continues the conversation begun at the National Convention, as it serves to reinforce our ongoing relationship with the Far Rockaway and Five Towns communities,” says Rabbi Yonah Feinstein, director of special projects for Agudath Israel. “It is an opportunity for the community to interact with some of our illustrious rabbanim, highly regarded mechanchim, and marbitzei Torah. They will address issues of the day that affect us as individuals, families, and a community.” v


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