Sunday, August 31, 2014

YBA Tikvat Yaakov, Nordlicht family, to Dedicate Sefer Torah to Mark 60th Year

This year, 5775 (2014-15),  will mark its 60th Anniversary of YBA Tikvat Yaakov, the third oldest residential boys high school yeshiva in the YBA educational network, founded by Rabbi Moshe Zvi Neria, z"l, in 1954.

The yeshiva will kick off the anniversary year at the Ehrman Campus at Moshav Sde Yaakov on Sunday, October 19, 2014 at 12:00 noon, with a Sefer Torah dedication ceremony in the school's Beit Midrash (Study Hall).

The new Sefer Torah is being dedicated by the children of Julie and Barbara Nordlicht, in honor of their father's 80th birthday. A festive meal in the school's dining hall will follow the dedication ceremony.

Friends of the Nordlicht family and supporters of YBA Tikvat Yaakov who will be visiting Israel during the Sukkot holiday are invited to join in the celebration. 

To make your reservation contact Rabbi Yaakov Ackerman,, 054-571-3074 by October 12, 2014.

YBA Tikvat Yaakov is planning other events, including a gala alumni reunion in the spring, to culminate the 60th Anniversary year.

Yeshivat Hakotel Sukkah Dinner to Honor Kurt Rothschild and Soldiers

YBA Yeshivat Hesder Hakotel is planning to mark its upcoming 50th anniversary (in 2017) with a series of programs and events. The first event will be a ​Tribute Dinner -- to be hosted, for the first time ever, at the Yeshivat Hakotel campus in Jerusalem's Old City Jewish Quarter. The dinner is scheduled for Sunday, Chol Hamoed Sukkot, October 12, 2014 at 5:30 pm.

The dinner will be held in a specially constructed sukkah on the roof of Yeshivat Hakotel, with its breath-taking panoramic view of the Western Wall Plaza and the Temple Mount. The yeshiva will proudly honor the 120 graduates of the Overseas Program who have volunteered to serve in the IDF over the last 11 years, mostly as "lone soldiers" in the Machal program. 

These young men, 80 of whom have made Aliya, put their futures on hold and their lives on the line in order to serve Am Yisrael and Medinat Yisrael. (For more background, read the recent Jerusalem Post Op/Ed piece by Michael Freund.)

The dinner will also honor, Mr. and Mrs. Kurt Rothschild, President of the World Mizrachi Movement, who made Aliya from Toronto a few years ago. Kurt and his wife Edith are closely connected to Yeshivat Hakotel. Kurt is a member of the yeshiva's Board of Directors, and has been involved in the construction and development of the yeshiva campus since its inception in 1967.  

The Dinner will be followed by a Simchat Bet Hashoeva featuring live musical entertainment, divrei Torah and greetings by leading rabbis and political figures.  

Yeshivat Hakotel invites visitors to Israel during Sukkot to join in this celebration.  Due to the limited seating in the rooftop sukkah, early reservations are a must. To reserve your seat at the table, or to place an ad in the dinner's Tribute Journal in honor of Mr. & Mrs. Rothschild or any of the special young men who have served in the IDF, contact Don / 052-830-8293.

YBA and AFYBA Mourn 3 Graduates Killed in Operation Protective Edge

Three of the 64 IDF soldiers and seven Israeli civilians killed during the 50 days of Operation Protective Edge were graduates of Yeshivot Bnei Akiva high schools.

The Yeshivot Bnei Akiva Educational Network in Israel and the American Friends of YBA extend their condolences to the families all the fallen soldiers and civilian casualties, and in particular to the families of our three alumni:

Capt. Tsvi Kaplan, 28, of Kibbutz Merav, was killed in Gaza. Kaplan was set to become a company commander in the Golani Brigade in the coming months. He is a graduate of YBA Yavne, Haifa

Chief Warrant Officer Rami Kahlon, 39, a non-commissioned officer serving in the Paratroopers Brigade, died after succumbing to wounds he had sustained in Gaza the week before. He is a graduate of YBA Beit Shmuel, Hadera and is the father of two students presently studying in the YBA high schools in the city.

St.-Sgt. Evyatar Turgeman, 20, from Beit She'an, was killed on July 18 morning in a firefight with terrorists in Gaza. Turgeman served in the Paratroopers Brigade. He was a graduate of YBA Beit Shean and student at YBA Yeshivat Hesder Hakotel.

Read about all 64 IDF soldiers who gave their lives in service to their country in the Jerusalem Post In Memoriam coverage.

Yehi Zichram Baruch.


Harav Kook's yortzeit, 3 Elul, 79 years after his passing

Harav Avraham YItzchak Hacohen Kook, the first Chief Rabbi of Eretz Yisrael, appointed by the Britixh Mandate authorities, did not live to see the birth of the State of Israel.

But he is widely regarded as the father of modern religious Zionism for his embracing of the secular Zionist movement as Hashem's instrument of bringing the Geula - the redemption of the Land and Nation of Israel.

On Harav Kook's yortzeit, 3 Elul, thousands of religious Zionist Jews from Israel and abroad, including the students of YBA Yeshivat Hesder Hakotel, converged at his grave site on Har Hazeitim (the Mount of Olives) to pay tribute to his blessed memory and his prophetic vision.

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