Thought Leadership, Innovation, Programs, Happenings at Yeshiva, Vibrant Orthodoxy, Campus, Yeshiva News

Amid Record Growth, YCT 2.0 Brand Identity Launches

Over the last three years, YCT has been undergoing a period of major institutional growth. This growth is being propelled by a fresh, new vision and is evidenced by its expanding range of initiatives and the generous and enthusiastic support from its growing funder base. This new YCT, dubbed “YCT...

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LGBTQ, Torah, Innovation, Happenings at Yeshiva, Klal Israel, Social Justice, Vibrant Orthodoxy, Diversity and Inclusion, Yeshiva News

YCT Launches LGBTQ+ Community Initiatives and Welcomes Its First Director

YCT is pleased to announce the launch of its LGBTQ+ Community Initiatives and the hiring of David Pernick as Director of the Initiatives. The LGBTQ+ Community Initiatives project seeks to help create a culture of true inclusion in Orthodox communities for our gay, trans, and queer members. The need for...

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Yeshiva News

Micah Philanthropies Invests $1 Million in Yeshivat Chovevei Torah

For immediate release RIVERDALE, NY, April 12, 2022– Yeshivat Chovevei Torah (YCT) is proud to announce a $1 million gift from Micah Philanthropies. Micah Philanthropies, founded by Ann and Jeremy Pava and based in West Hartford, CT, is devoted to making traditional Judaism relevant. The Pavas noted, “We are inspired...

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Alumni News, Klal Israel, Vibrant Orthodoxy, Pulpit, Young Adults / Engagement

Jewish Daily Forward: A Chicago Orthodox rabbi reaches out to his Rohingya and Black neighbors

By Joshua Flanders Read the original story in the Jewish Daily Forward here. In Chicago’s large Orthodox Jewish community, Rabbi Ari Hart stands out. As a leader at Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob Synagogue in Skokie, Illinois, Hart focuses on the roles of women within their community, inclusion of LGBTQ individuals,...

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Alumni News, Disabilities, Yeshiva News

Embracing Full Membership: The YCT Purim Reader

Please enjoy this resource booklet which includes words on Purim, disabilities and inclusion. We hope that this reader is a step in increased awareness and brings home the message that all Jews, no matter their difference have the zechut to access our Torah and our beautiful heritage.

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Alumni News, Klal Israel

Thoughts on a Death

In this personal reflection, Phil Lieberman (’19) addresses the unique pain that accompanies the loss of an abusive parent and considers the uneasy coherence of this pain with Jewish traditions of mourning.

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Alumni News, Israel, Antisemitism

Trauma’s Enduring Legacy: Auschwitz to Kfar Aza

by Rabbi Jonathan Leener (’16) for Times of Israel As the sun set on an early May day in 1945, my grandfather entered the barbed wire fences of Wöbbelin Concentration Camp in Germany. Despite the emerging darkness, the horrors perpetrated by the Nazi regime were illuminated with horrifying clarity: thousands of...

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