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4 Cheshvan 5761 - Noveber 2, 2000 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah Members at Upcoming Agudath Israel Convention
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Those in attendance at this year's convention, Agudath Israel of America's 78th, set to open on 25 Cheshvan, 5761 (November 23) at the Garden State Convention Center in Somerset, New Jersey, will have a truly special opportunity to see and hear the words of members of the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah. Present at part or all of this year's convention, be"H, will be Rabbi Simcha Bunim Ehrenfeld, Mattesdorfer Rov; Rabbi Yitzchok Feigelstock, rosh hayeshiva, Yeshiva of Long Beach; Rabbi Avrohom Chaim Levin, rosh hayeshiva, Telshe-Chicago; Rabbi Avrohom Pam, rosh hayeshiva, Yeshiva Torah Vodaath; Rabbi Yaakov Perlow, Novominsker Rebbe and Rosh Agudath Israel of America; Rabbi Aharon Schechter, rosh hayeshiva, Yeshivas Chaim Berlin; and Rabbi Elya Svei, rosh hayeshiva, Yeshiva of Philadelphia.

Several of the Moetzes members will be formally addressing the gathering as well. On Thursday evening, the Novominsker Rebbe will speak to the convention theme: "Making a Difference: The Role of Reb Yisroel in Klal Yisroel," and he will deliver a message at the motzei Shabbos Keynote Session. Those in attendance on motzei Shabbos will hear an address from Rabbi Svei as well, and Rabbi Pam will be the evening's guest speaker. On Shabbos itself, both the Mattesdorfer Rov and Rabbi Levin will address the Yiddish Seudah Shlishis.

According to convention chairman Mr. Eddie Betesh, though a record crowd is expected at this year's gathering, "The Garden State Convention Center's more than 4000 seats and large exhibit area will ensure that our convention will be not only inspiring but comfortable too."

"The growth of our convention over the years," Mr. Betesh continues, "is heartening not only because of what it says, boruch Hashem, about Agudath Israel as a successful organization but also -- in truth, much more importantly -- about what it says about the community's dedication to, and veneration of, its true leaders, the `eyes of the nation,' our gedolim."

In a change of format from recent years, the convention will open at 1:30 PM on Thursday 25 Cheshvan (November 23) with wide-ranging offerings expected to draw a large crowd.

The early-afternoon offerings will include concurrent sessions on kashrus, parenting and mentoring singles, as well as two open board meetings and a special Agudah Women of America reception.

Rabbi Moshe Heinemann, rav, Agudath Israel of Baltimore; and Rabbi Yisroel Reisman, rav, Agudath Israel of Madison, will be featured at a session entitled "Kashrus 2000: Latest Developments on the Kashrus Scene." The two distinguished rabbonim will survey some of the contemporary challenges and opportunities that have emerged in recent years in the burgeoning field of food-manufacturing.

A concurrent session entitled "Helping All Our Children: How You Can Be Part of the Solution," will feature Rabbi Yaakov Horowitz, director, Project YES; and Zalman Lachman, a social worker and volunteer coordinator with the Agudath Israel initiative, will make the case for stronger and broader community involvement in the effort to assist "children at risk" and help all the community's young people become fully integrated into Jewish learning and life.

A third offering, "Mentoring Singles: The Rebbetzin as Guide and Confidante," will feature social worker Shaya Ostrov and focus on the indispensable role of Jewish women in helping guide young (and not so young) unmarrieds to find their life partners.

At the same time, two open meetings will take place. One, of the Agudath Israel Parnasah Initiative, will discuss the Orthodox community's economic situation and practical means of helping ensure that families are able to make ends meet. It will be presided over by Yosef Feldman, Chairman, Professional Management and Employment Services; Gedaliah Weinberger and Chaim Kuperwasser,

A second open meeting, of the National Regional Vice Presidents of Agudath Israel and chaired by Henry Lowenthal, will be a forum for Agudath Israel representatives in communities across the country to share and discuss their experiences, agendas and ideas.

Agudah Women of America will host its annual special reception on Thursday afternoon as well, featuring remarks by Rabbi Asher Sinclair, senior lecturer for Yeshiva Ohr Somayach in Yerushalayim. The sessions, meetings and reception will all commence at 1:30 PM.


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