(NEW YORK, New York — September 7, 2014) Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future (www.yu.edu/cjf) has launched its annual Kollel Yom Rishon continuing adult education programming with lectures from Rabbi Meir Goldwicht, Joel and Maria Finkle Visiting Israeli Rosh Yeshiva at YU-affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS), and Mrs. Chaya Batya Neugrochl, head of school at YU High School for Girls. The lectures were the first offerings of a month-long series titled “Perspectives on Teshuvah and the Yamim Noraim.”
This special edition of the popular Abraham Arbesfeld Kollel Yom Rishon and Millie Arbesfeld Midreshet Yom Rishon Sunday Torah learning series will meet every Sunday in September at the Schottenstein Center, 560 West 185th Street in Manhattan, and will feature an all-star lineup of Torah scholars and rabbinic thinkers from throughout Yeshiva University.
“More than 300 men and women from the New York metropolitan area regularly attend Kollel Yom Rishon each week and thousands from around the Jewish world download the lectures,” said Rabbi Kenneth Brander, YU’s vice president for university and community life. “They are drawn to the warm learning environment, cutting-edge topics of discussion and top-notch teachers. We are proud to present a star-studded series that will inform and inspire participants like never before as they prepare for the High Holidays season.”
Upcoming lectures will include “Prayer: The Genius of the Sages” delivered by Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, Kressel and Ephrat Family University Professor of Jewish Thought; “Can Human Beings Change? Moshe Rabbeinu and the Capacity for Teshuvah” by Rabbi Dr. Jacob J. Schacter, University Professor of Jewish Thought and History; and “Selichot: Standing at Jerusalem’s Gate” by Rabbi Moshe Weinberger, Mashpia at RIETS.
Rabbi Menachem Penner, the Max and Marion Grill Dean of RIETS, and Professor Smadar Rosensweig, a member of the Bible studies faculty at YU’s Stern College for Women, will close out the series on Sunday, September 28.