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YU Israel Alumni Celebrate Milestones

Over the past few months, alumni in Israel have participated in celebrations to mark two significant YU events and milestones:  Chag Hasemikha, which celebrated the ordination of a record 230 rabbis from RIETS, and the 50-year reunion for the Class of 1964.  Read about these events and view photos below.
 Chag Hasemikhah in Israel
YU ChagThe Chag Hasemikhah in Israel took place on May 13th, 2014 (13 Iyyar 5774). Nineteen musmakhim were honored at a beautiful dinner along with three musmakhim celebrating their 50th year as RIETS alumni. Dr. Yisrael Levitz represented the 50th year alumni recounting his memorable experiences with his Rebbeim at RIETS and Rabbi Ari Yablok spoke on behalf of the current Musmakhim. Rabbi Dovid Miller, Rosh Kollel at RIETS Israel Kollel honored the guests with divrei bracha and Rabbi Menachem Penner, the Dean of RIETS, ended the special night with an inspiring charge to the musmakhim. View photos of the evening here.

50th Reunion in Israel
On Sunday, June 8th, YU alumni in Israel gathered to celebrate their 50-year reunion from Yeshiva College and Stern College for Women. Alumni enjoyed reminiscing over dinner and hearing updates about YU Israel from Stephaine Strauss, Acting Director.  Dr. Mitchel Wolf ’60YUHS, ’64YC, ’68E, who organized the reunion said, “It was a very enjoyable, informal evening of schmoozing and catching up. I can’t think of the last time I was in a room with so many people and felt at the end of the evening that I was in the presence of an unusually talented and dedicated group and that I was privileged to consider them all not only people with whom I had something distant in common but whom I could be proud to call my friends.” At the event, Dr. Wolf asked each of the participants to share highlights of the past 50 years. The alumni present were Jerome Bass, Jeff Bienenfeld, Herb Cohen, Ron Friedman, Yonah Fuld, Sandy Gitel, Shaul Hochstein, Marty Katz, Alan Kermaier, Larry Levitt, Haim Makovsky, Jordy Penkower, Chaim Sacknovitz, Ted Sylvetsky, Irv Treitel, David Wilk, and Mitch Wolf.

Alumni living in Israel are encouraged to update their contact information at to stay informed with YU Israel events and activities.