Yeshivat Reishit

Alumni Events

Dear Alumni,

I hope you had a great summer. It’s hard to believe that it is already Elul and 

that Rosh HaShana is just around the corner.

As we approach the Yamim Noraim, many vivid memories come to mind: the 

beautiful melodies of Rav Ari’s and Rav Willig’s davening, the intense feelings 

and desire to grow, and, of course, the excitement of auctioning off aliyahs for 

hours of learning (770!). I want to take this opportunity to remind you that as 

always, your home in Israel, Reishit, is open, for you to join us for Rosh 

Hashannah, Yom Kippur, and Succos break. In order for us to make your stay 

here more organized and enjoyable, please contact me with the dates that you 

are planning on joining us at ybronfeld@gmail.com . This information will help 

us prepare the best possible accommodations for you for seating, sleeping, and 

eating.  In addition, it will help us better prepare for special events that we will be adding this year.

Wishing everyone a kesiva v’chasimah tovah.

 Rav Yosef Bronfeld

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,Dear Alumni

Many of you are now in the process of studying for finals and anticipating your winter break. We have already had the pleasure of seeing some familiar faces of visiting alumni around Reishit this year, and we look forward to seeing many more. One of the highlights of each year in Yeshiva is the Yeshiva/college winter break, when we are privileged to see and catch up with many alumni. Often, the alumni end up making a very big impact on the students who are actually in Reishit, and the whole Yeshiva is strengthened as a result.

 

We are in the process of putting together a special alumni schedule for all of the visiting alumni who are coming for winter break. We are planning various shiurim, exciting trips, and meaningful Shabbosim.  In order for us to plan appropriately, it would be extremely helpful if those guys who are planning to be here could contact me, letting me know which days you will be in Reishit. 

 

Looking forward to seeing you soon!

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Dear Parents and Alumni,

For the past several years, we have been leading an unforgettable and inspiring journey for our students and alumni to experience the majesty and witness the annihilation of centuries of vibrant Jewish life in Poland. Many students who have participated said that this trip is definitely a highlight of their year at yeshiva.

We are excited that this year’s excursion to two countries, Poland and the Czech Republic, will be departing for Warsaw on Sunday, March 26, 2017 and returning to Israel on Monday, April 3. We’ve carefully crafted an amazing, jam-packed itinerary studying and celebrating Jewish life in Eastern Europe. We’ll be visiting hauntingly beautiful ancient shuls, the hallowed resting places of brilliant scholars whose ideas we regularly study, and legendary Jewish communities of yesteryear. Of course, we will also get an in-depth, first-hand look at the horrors of the Shoah together, and will b’ezrat Hashem emerge more informed, inspired, and loyal to our Torah and our People.

Running our own trip has numerous obvious educational, pedagogic and logistic benefits, not least of which is the reduced price of $2277 – significantly less than in previous years.

The cost of the tour is all-inclusive:

  • Round-trip airfare from Tel Aviv to Warsaw

  • Full board and hotel accommodations

  • Traveler’s insurance

  • Modern, air conditioned coach buses

  • Armed security escort

  • Transportation from Reishit to the airport

  • Comprehensive Jewish Guide & Educational Map of Poland

Logistic arrangements are handled by Shorashim/Diesenhause-Unitours, one of the largest and most experienced tour providers to Eastern Europe. Shorashim/Diesenhause-Unitours work with the Ministry of Education of the State of Israel to coordinate travel to Poland for over 5,000 Israeli students annually.

For further information, please email rashie@reishit.org.

** Deadline for applications is January 1, 2017/ 3 Tevet 5777**

In past years several fathers have accompanied us to Europe. Their attendance has always significantly enhanced our experience. Any fathers interested in attending and are up to our intense schedule, please email us at rashie@reishit.org. Attendance will be based on availability of space. We will notify you after the January 1st deadline.

We look forward to your participation and to sharing this incredible experience together.   

B'vracha,

Rav Elie Marcus

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Dear Alumni,
 
I hope you had a great summer. It’s hard to believe that it is already Elul and 
that Rosh HaShana is just around the corner.
 
As we approach the Yamim Noraim, many vivid memories come to mind: the 
beautiful melodies of Rav Ari’s and Rav Willig’s davening, the intense feelings 
and desire to grow, and, of course, the excitement of auctioning off aliyahs for 
hours of learning (770!). I want to take this opportunity to remind you that as 
always, your home in Israel, Reishit, is open, for you to join us for Rosh 
Hashannah, Yom Kippur, and Succos break. In order for us to make your stay 
here more organized and enjoyable, please contact me with the dates that you 
are planning on joining us at ybronfeld@gmail.com . This information will help 
us prepare the best possible accommodations for you for seating, sleeping, and 
eating.  In addition, it will help us better prepare for special events that we will be adding this year.
 
Wishing everyone a kesiva v’chasimah tovah.
 
 Rav Yosef Bronfeld

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We are excited to inform you that we are planning an
alumni Shabbaton in Kew Gardens Hills,
on the Shabbos of August 27, Parshat Eikev,
with Rav Elie and Rav Bronfeld. 
Although the Shabbaton is still more than six weeks away, we would like to do whatever we can to accommodate couples and families with young children, so any feedback and responses we could get now would be extremely helpful. 
In order to get involved in planning, or to RSVP,
please e-mail ybronfeld@gmail.com 
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We are excited to invite all alumni to our special summer alumni reunion
in Camp HASC
on Wednesday, July 20, 9:30 PM.
Please join Rav Mike Sohn, Rav Jason Allen, and more Rabbeim
for some Torah, BBQ, Dougie's, great hock & memories.
Please RSVP to ybronfeld@gmail.com so we know how much food to order.
You don't want to miss this special event!!
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Please Join Rav Elie, Rav Chaim & Rav Asher Chanan
for a special alumni Melaveh Malka, next Motzei Shabbos, December 12, Shabbos Chanukah, Parshat Miketz,
at the home of  Avi & Ramona Elishis,
68 Westminster Avenue, Bergenfield NJ.
Music by Eitan Katz & Rav David Schlusselberg ('05-'07).
You don't want to miss this special event.  
Please RSVP to ybronfeld@gmail.com
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We are excited to announce that
Rav Benovitz 
will be giving a shiur for all alumni this Tuesday, November 10, at 6 PM,
in YU (the exact place TBA).
Rav Benovitz will be around YU beforehand to meet and schmooze with alumni who are interested. 
 
Also, as a reminder,
Rav Chaim Marcus
will be giving his second shiur in the special series of shiurim for our alumni's wives,
this Tuesday night, November 10, at 8:30 PM,
in the home of Michael & Dassie Hurtes, 
147-15 72nd Avenue  Flushing, NY, 11367
 
Please RSVP to Rav Bronfeld at ybronfeld@gmail.com
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Save the Date
 
Our third annual Yom Iyun will be on Sunday, Febuary 1,
in Congregation Beth Abraham, 396 New Bridge Rd, Bergenfield, NJ, 07621,
from 10 AM -1 PM.
 
Please Join
Rav Ari, Rav Elie, Rav Chaim, Rav Rosner & Rav Bronfeld
for this special event.
 
All alumni, both single and married (& their wives), are encouraged to attend.
There will be babysitting available. Brunch will be served.
 
Please RSVP to Rav Bronfeld at ybronfeld@gmail.com 
 
Sponsored by David & Karen Portal
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Dear Alumni, Family, and Friends,

We hope that you are doing well, and that you all had an enjoyable and meaningful Chanukah.  Here in Yeshiva, Chanukah was truly beautiful and uplifting.  Between the regular Torah learning, the carnival that we ran for orphaned children (generously sponsored by the Feldman family from Houston, Texas), the shiur games competition, and the bar-mitzvah celebration that was organized here for special needs bar-mitzvah boys, it was really a wonderful and inspirational chag for all.  Now, as we are approaching the end of the fiscal year, we would like to take a moment to gently ask you to remember Reishit.

Keep in mind that every alumnus who contributes $1,000+ annually will be recognized for his help on a beautiful Sarei HaAlafim board at the entrance to the Beis Medrash.  On this board, which is reserved exclusively for alumni, there are special sections for those who contribute more per year.  In other words, for as little as $85 per month, your name will be featured prominently in the Beis Medrash lobby, and will be seen by all visitors and grateful talmidim daily.  Additionally, you will be entitled to two free tickets to the Reishit Dinner, special mention in the Scroll of Honor, and Rav Elie’s weekly mussar schmooze, among other benefits.  You can click on link to make donations  https://www.reishit.org/donations/

Additionally, we have recently introduced a new tzeddaka program, in which you will be able to gain a specific share in the learning and special atmosphere of the Yeshiva through your support.  A sponsor may choose to dedicate a learning seder, a day or week of learning, a Shabbaton, sefarim, special programs and events, or more.  This can be done in order to commemorate a yahrtzeit, gain a zechus for a refua shleima, express hakaras hatov for a family simcha, or for any other occasion you may wish to recognize.  The sponsor of any given day or event has their name prominently displayed outside of the Beis Medrash.  It is also displayed on our website and in the weekly email. You can click on link to see sponsorship opportunities https://www.reishit.org/donations/dedications.asp

Thank you in advance for all of your help.  Keep in mind that through your support, you are contributing to the future of Klal Yisoel.

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Dear Alumni,

Many of you are now in the process of studying for finals and anticipating your winter break. We have already had the pleasure of seeing some familiar faces of visiting alumni around Reishit this year, and we look forward to seeing many more. One of the highlights of each year in Yeshiva is the Yeshiva/college winter break, when we are privileged to see and catch up with many alumni. Often, the alumni end up making a very big impact on the students who are actually in Reishit, and the whole Yeshiva is strengthened as a result.
 
We are in the process of putting together a special alumni schedule for all of the visiting alumni who are coming for winter break. We are planning various shiurim, exciting trips, and meaningful Shabbosim.  In order for us to plan appropriately, it would be extremely helpful if those guys who are planning to be here could contact me, letting me know which days you will be in Reishit. 
 
Looking forward to seeing you soon!
 
 
                                                                             Kol tuv,
 
                                                                             Rav Yosef Bronfeld
                                                                             ybronfeld@gmail.com

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 We are happy to invite all of our alumni and their entire families to a special Chanukah carnival.  The carnival will be held in Reishit, this Wednesday, December 17.  As in the past few years, Reishit will be also hosting the Keren Hayeled Orphanage from Bnei Brak. This carnival is always one of the highlights of the year for the talmidim of the Yeshiva and we would love for you and your families to join us for this fun-filled day. There will be moon-bounces, games, booths, prizes, popcorn, magic show... Many of the Rabbeim will also be there with their wives and families. Note that the schedule is different this year than it was in past years. 
 

1:30 PM - families of Rabbiem & Alumni are invited to get started with the carnival early

2:30 PM Keren Hayeled Orphanage arrives 

4:30 Hadlakat neirot

Supper

Kids go home about 5:30

We would like to thank Howard & Beverly Feldman for generously sponsoring this special event
 
Please RSVP, to ybronfeld@gmail.com with amount of kids who will be coming, and if you plan on staying for dinner. 
 
Looking forward to seeing you there!!

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Dear Alumni,

I am happy to invite you to a special alumni program this Motzie Shabbos, September 20, at the Reishit Beit Shemesh campus. Below is the schedule. Please RSVP if you plan on coming. We will be serving refreshments. Also, if you have any specific Shmitta questions please send them to me so Rav Ari will be able to address them in the shiur.
 
Looking forward to seeing you there!!
 
 
11:30 PM: Rav Ari - "All you need to know about Shemitta"
12:00 AM: Rav Elie - Pre Selichos Mussar
12:40 AM: Selichos
 
Kol tuv,
 
Rav Bronfeld

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Invitation for Yomim Noraim

Dear Alumni,
 
I hope you had a great summer. It’s hard to believe that it is already Elul and that Rosh HaShana is just aroud the corner.
 
As we approach the Yamim Noraim, many vivid memories come to mind: the beautiful tefillos of Rav Ari’s and Rav Willig’s davening, the intense feelings and desire to grow, and, of course, the excitement of auctioning off aliyahs for hours of learning (770!). I want to take this opportunity to remind you that as always, your home in Israel, Reishit, is open, for you to join us for Rosh Hashannah, Yom Kippur, and Succos break. In order for us to make your stay here more organized and enjoyable, please contact me with the dates that you are planning on joining us at ybronfeld@gmail.com . This information will help us prepare the best possible accommodations for you for seating, sleeping, and eating, as well as special shuirim, and events.
 
Wishing everyone a kesiva v’chasimah tovah.
 
Rav Yosef Bronfeld

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Rav Elie in the USA

Rav Elie is in the USA this week,  August 10 through August 16. He will be in Camp HASC for Shabbos and will be going to Lavi Kollel on Motzei Shabbos. He would love to hear from his talmidim. He can be reached at 347-983-1022

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Alumni Shabbaton Feb. 11

 

It is with great pleasure that we announce our Alumni Shabbaton, Shabbos Parshas Yisro, February 11th in Springfield New Jersey.  Rav Chaim Marcus and his Shul, Congregation Israel, will be hosting us for this exciting Shabbos.  Rav Ari Marcus and Rav Raphael Willig will both be flying in to make this Shabbos a momentous event.  We urge all alumni to come and join Rabbeim and friends for an unforgettable Shabbos.

There is a nominal fee of $35 per person to help cover some of the costs of the Shabbaton.  In order to pay you can make a donation at this link.  If you would like to sponsor a portion of the Shabbos, such as the tisch or a shiur, please let Rav Bronfeld know at ybronfeld@gmail.com.  Please RSVP with Rav Bronfeld to reserve a spot. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rav Ari Scholar in Residence

We are happy to announce that this Shabbos Parshas Vayeitzei Dec. 2nd – 3rd Rav Ari Marcus will be  Scholar in Residence at Kehilas Ishei Yisrael Located at Yeshiva of Central Queens, 70-10 150th St.

Schedule

Friday Night -

7:00 – 8:00pm: Shalom Bayit shiur for Men and Women titled "Building Homes around Hashem’s”

8:00pm: Tish for men only, with chulent and kugel, singing and divrei torah “The Mysterious Luz and Us”

Shabbos Day

3:15pm: Shiur for Men and Women “Just How Optional is Maariv? Halacha and its Messages

 

 

 

Dear Family & Friends,

Our dear son Jeremy is about to complete his year at Yeshivat Reishit in Israel and we would like to take this opportunity to tell you a little bit about his experience. At Reishit, Jeremy was immersed in a high level of Torah learning. More importantly, however, he was surrounded by extraordinary, intelligent and caring Rebbeim dedicated to instilling in their students the values of Ahavat Am Yisrael and Eretz Yisrael along with a commitment to family and personal goals. In addition, Jeremy forged meaningful friendships with many new people from different communities and backgrounds. Risa and I are certain that Jeremy will maintain close relationships with these Rebbeim and friends, which he will draw upon throughout his life.

It is this combination of deep study in a loving and nurturing environment in Eretz Yisroel that has provided Jeremy with a strong foundation. It is a foundation that we know will help him navigate through the difficult challenges of our times. Unfortunately, we live in difficult times as we globally experience political, financial and spiritual crisis. That is why it is incumbent on all of us, as a community and as a nation, to help as many boys as possible benefit from Yeshivat Reishit just as our son Jeremy did. It is an experience that will protect our boys and our nation in the long run.

Throughout our lives, Risa and I have been blessed to see our families support many worthy Jewish causes. However it is not until now that we truly understand the importance of supporting an institution like Reishit which is so much more than just another Yeshiva. Supporting Reishit truly represents an investment in the protection of our future as Jews. As such, Risa and I have accepted to be Reishit’s guests of honor at the annual Yeshivat Reishit scholarship dinner which will be held on Monday evening June 20th, 2011 at Terrace On The Park.

Please understand that during these financially trying times we did not accept this honor lightly.   However, we could not refuse because the need for Yeshivat Reishit in our community is so great. We hope that you will be inclined to join us in our important mission to “invest in our collective future” and that we will see you on the evening of June 20th.

Thank you in advance for your friendship and your generous support.

STUART MEHL

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Save the Date:

 

 This Thursday, December 16, at 8 PM
Rav Elie will be giving a shiur at the Home of Josh and Tamar Heller
77 Birch Lane, Woodmere, NY, 11598

"The Long Haul: Keeping Our Spirits Up From Channuka to Purim"
 Please RSVP:
ybronfeld@gmail.com

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"Shechinta B'Galusa: The Ribbono Shel Olam in Exile."

I am happy to introduce a brand new shuir available to alumni and friends of Reishit. The shiur will take the form of an audio conference call. It will be based in Israel, but it will be available to be heard worldwide. All you need to do is call the number listed below and enter the access code. There is no charge for the shiur aside from the cost of a long distance phone call to Iowa. Rav Elie Marcus will be giving the inaugural shuir this Sunday, September 5, at 2:00 PM EST.  The shiur is called, "Shechinta B'Galusa: The Ribbono Shel Olam in Exile."  It will last for approximately fifteen minutes.  It is advisable to call in about five minutes early (1:55 PM) in order to verify that your phone connection is working.  You can even call earlier if you would like to play it safe.  If you call too late, your call will not go through, as it would interrupt the shiur for everyone else.
Conference dial-in number: (712)-432-0075
Participant access code: 771818#
We hope that this type of shiur will be an on-going program throughout the year, with a rotation from all of the Reishit Rabbeim.  Please contact me by phone or by e-mail if you have any questions.
 
                                                                         Rav Yosef Bronfeld
                                                                         (646)-259-3933
                                                                         YBronfeld@gmail.com

Dear Alumni,

 

As you read this letter, many of you are in the process of taking finals and anticipating your winter break, and some of you are, in fact, already on vacation.  We have already had the pleasure of seeing some familiar faces of visiting alumni around Reishit, and we look forward to seeing many more.  One of the highlights of each year in Yeshiva is this time of year, when we are privileged to see and catch up with many alumni.  Often, the alumni end up making a very big impact on the students who are actually in Reishit, and the whole Yeshiva is strengthened as a result.

Obviously, you are invited and encouraged to visit Yeshiva at any time, and for any Shabbos.  Specifically, in order to make the most out of the time that you are here, we are organizing a special alumni-focused Shabbaton in Reishit on the Shabbos of January 15.  Many of the Rabbeim will be spending that Shabbos in Yeshiva, and it should be a very leibidic and inspiring Shabbos for all those involved.  Therefore, as you are planning your schedules and making various Shabbos plans, please save this Shabbos for this amazing Shabbaton.  Once you know that you will be attending, please e-mail me at ybronfeld@gmail.com so that we will be able to make appropriate sleeping and eating arrangements.

Looking forward to seeing you soon!

 

 

                                                                             Kol tuv,

 

                                                                             Rabbi Yosef Bronfeld

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SAVE THE DATE!!
Alumni Leil Iyun &
8th Annual Reunion BBQ
Sunday August 1st / 21 Menachem Av 5770
@ Camp HASC, Parksville, NY / 8:30pm

"Round-Robin" Torah Perspectives & Divrei Chizuk:
"Preparing for Chodesh Elul"
 
 

 

with:
Rav Soloveichik * Rav Willig * Rav Rosner
Rav Dan * Rav Lipman * Rav Judah
 
 
For More Info, Please Contact:
Rav Yosef Bronfeld, Director of Alumni Affairs
ybronfeld@gmail.com

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New Director of Alumni Affairs:

Rav Yosef Bronfeld

Over the past few years, I have had the zechus of being a Rebbe in Reishit and getting to know many of you.  Teaching here has been a special opportunity which I’ve enjoyed immensely.  Recently, I have been given the added privilege of working with you on a greater level, as the Director of Alumni Affairs.  As I, myself, am a Reishit alumnus, my new involvement in this area is very exciting for me.  I know from both sides of the fence how important it is to keep Rebbe-Talmid relationships vibrant, and to continue being connected to the Yeshiva as much as possible.  I am genuinely interested in getting feedback about what Reishit can do for you.  Please take advantage of this new opportunity, and contact me at ybronfeld@gmail.com  646-259-3933  with whatever ideas you may have.  With your help, the Reishit experience will last a lifetime!

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ALUMNI SHABBATON

*Reconect with your Rabbeim & friends!

*Inspiring shiurim!

*Chizuk, Torah & Ruach!

*Great hock!

*Special subsidized price of only $50 !

To register, please email: ybronfeld@gmail.com

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New Year's Day Yom Iyun & Breakfast Reunion