Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) and the Yeshiva University community will celebrate the ordination of its largest class of musmachim (ordained rabbis) at their Chag HaSemikhah Convocation on Sunday, March 23, in the Nathan Lamport Auditorium, Zysman Hall, 2540 Amsterdam Avenue, New York City.
This year, more than 205 musmachim from the classes of 2011–2014 will join the more than 3,000 young men who have passed through the batei midrashim of RIETS and gone on to become distinguished Orthodox rabbis, scholars, educators and leaders around the world.
“Our semichah students experience a training program at RIETS like no other,” said Rabbi Menachem Penner, acting dean of RIETS, who will oversee his first Chag HaSemikhah. “Aside from the erudition and scholarship—which remain the emphasis of our program—we are producing professionally qualified and sensitive individuals who have received the requisite professional skills to lead our community into the future.”
RIETS will also honor philanthropist Jay Schottenstein with the Eitz Chaim Award, and Rabbi Gedalia DovSchwartz (’46YC, ’49R), Av Beit Din of the Beth Din of America and of the Chicago Rabbinical Council Beit Din, with the HaRav Yosef Dov Soloveitchik zt’l, Aluf Torah Award. Special recognition will also be given to those who received semichah 50 years ago, members of the RIETS classes of 1960–63.
The greater Five Towns community will begin the festivities early with a coordinated RIETS Chag HaSemikhah Shabbaton this Shabbat, February 28–March 1. Roshei yeshiva will join with musmachim in their respective congregations to celebrate this milestone with the entire community. See ad in this week’s 5TJT (page 35) for the full schedule.
Founded in 1896, RIETS is the leading center for education and ordination of Orthodox rabbis in North America. To learn more about the Chag HaSemikhah or to place an ad in the Scroll of Honor, please call 646-592-4027 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The event will be presented as a live webcast to the public at www.yu.edu/chag. v