Sunday, August 31, 2014

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 Katesdon@hakotel.org.il / 052-830-8293.

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