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Shavuot Learning at YULA

The YULA Shavuot experience this year truly lived up to and exceeded all the hype! The learning kicked off on Monday morning in school, when four Yeshiva University students led chaburot with the 9th grade classes. The YU students also spent the first night of chag eating with different YULA rebbeim and the students from their shiur.

Throughout Tuesday night, the entire YULA beit midrash was filled with the sounds of over 150 students, along with current 8th graders, YULA alumni, and many fathers, learning intensely and sharing in the communal learning experience. The night also included shiurim by Rabbi Wilk and Rabbi Mahler of Maimonides Academy, and 20 chaburot offered by YULA rebbeim, alumni, and YU students. Sophomore Noah Kest said, “it was a great event for students – not only to bond with our classmates, but also to be inspired by rebbeim.” There was a buzz and excitement that permeated throughout the entire evening and kept everyone awake, even at 3:00 AM. Mr. David Weiss, father of freshman Sam Weiss, shared his thoughts on the experience. "For me, it was a great opportunity to review the beginners Gemara learning that I started with my son and Rabbi Morgan (from across town). Sam has gone on to learn with his YULA classmates and Rebbeim, but the all-night program allows me to continue my beginners work while still getting a taste of what my son is doing. Having missed the richness of a proper Jewish education in my youth, learning amidst the energy of all these brilliant boys, amped up by the amazing YU guys (and perhaps too much sugar), is one of the highlights of my year. It just goes to show, it's never too late -- or too late at night -- to receive the Torah."

YULA concluded the chag by leading an inspirational Neilat Hachag at Young Israel of Century, which was filled with beautiful singing and dancing, as well as a d’var Torah by Micah Hyman. Thank you to Rabbi Muskin and Rabbi Goldberg for partnering with us to create a memorable community program.

Mazal tov to David Hannelin, Max Glaser, Eli Zavdi Michael Hassid, and Aaron Kaboud, Eitan Cohen who all won Jeff’s gift certificates. Kesser Frankiel won an iPod and Josh Kohan won an iPad mini in the grand raffle. Thanks to all the boys for your amazing learning and participation!
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