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81st Agudas Yisroel of America Conference Opens in Connecticut
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The Agudath Israel of America annual conference, which draws thousands of participants from around the United States and many guests from abroad every year, is scheduled to open at the Stamford Westin Hotel in Stamford, Connecticut this Thursday. The theme of the weekend is, "Measured Gains, Growing Pains: Shouldering the Burden of our Blessing."

According to Rabbi Shmuel Bloom, executive vice president of Agudas Yisroel of America, the four-day conference will be held for the 81st consecutive year.

The conference will be led by gedolei Torah from the US, members of Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah of Agudas Yisroel of America, roshei yeshivos and rabbonim of kehillos across North America, as well as morei horo'oh from various countries, guests, rabbonim and public figures from Israel.

After the traditional opening of concurrent symposia dealing with the general theme of "Dealing with Times of Economic Stress" and discussions on various issues, a festive plenary opening session will be held on Thursday evening in which members of Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah and roshei yeshivos will take part, addressing the conference theme.

This session will include greetings from HaRav Avrohom Chaim Levin, rosh yeshivas Telz in Chicago and a member of Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah, and speeches from HaRav Yisroel Reisman, rov of Agudas Yisroel Zichron Chaim Tzvi in Madison, and HaRav Yissochar Frand, rosh yeshivas Ner Yisroel in Baltimore.

The central address of the opening plenary session will be delivered by the Admor of Novominsk, the Rosh of Agudas Yisroel of America. The session will be chaired by Rabbi Aryeh Zev Ginzberg, rav of Chofetz Chaim Torah Center, Cedarhurst.

Like every year conference participants will learn the Daf Yomi and will participate in shiurei Torah given by roshei yeshivos and prominent rabbonim.

One of the central events at the conference is always the Melave Malka. Opening remarks are to be delivered by Rabbi Chaskel Besser, a Presidium Member of Agudath Israel of America; followed by greetings from Rabbi Aharon Feldman, Rosh Hayeshiva of Yeshivas Ner Yisroel, Baltimore. Next is a Message from Rabbi Shmuel Bloom, Executive Vice President of Agudath Israel of America, and a Message From Yerushalayim from Uri Lupoliansky, Mayor of Yerushalayim. The central events are an Address by Rabbi Mattisyahu Salomon, Mashgiach of Beth Medrash Govoha, Lakewood, followed by a Speaker, Rabbi Shimshon Sherer, rav of Congregation Zichron Mordechai.

A highlight of the Melave Malka are the zemiros led by Reb Abish Brodt. Last but probably not least is a Midnight Session with the Maggid from Rabbi Paysach Krohn.

Among the guests from Israel scheduled to speak at the conference are HaRav Yaakov Hillel, Rosh Yeshivas Ahavas Sholom in Jerusalem, HaRav Shlomo Kanievsky, Rosh Yeshivas Tiferes Tzion and Kiryat Melech, HaRav Avrohom Yosef Lazerson, one of the heads of Chinuch Atzmai, Jerusalem Mayor Rabbi Uri Lupoliansky and Beitar Mayor Rabbi Yitzchok Pindrus.

Sunday Morning is dedicated to two symposia. Symposium I is entitled, "Demographic Dilemmas; Meeting the Challenge of Contemporary Jewish Population Trends," and Symposium II is entitled "Marriage Under Siege."


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