Har Etzion celebrates 40 years with dinner in Israel




This year the Yeshiva held a dinner in Israel which was attended by over 650 people. It was gratifying to see that in a time of economic uncertainty and in a country without a “dinner culture”, so many of the yeshiva’s loyal supporters contributed their time and resources to ensure the event’s success.

The dinner, which took place in March at the Keter HaRimon Hall in Bnei Brak, was chaired by Dr. David and Mrs. Yemima Jeselsohn and the guests of honor were Dr. Joshua and Mrs. Aviva Rosensweig.

The program included a humorous monologue by Yishai Meir '92 Hesder, an alumnus and member of Ta'ir Theatre, on what it means to be a "Gushnik", which was interwoven with short presentations by the younger Roshei Yeshiva and video clips featuring three alumni. Musical accompaniment was provided by alumnus and world-class violinist Lior Kaminetsky '97 Hesder.

Certificates of appreciation were presented to Moshko, Yedaya Hacohen and Dr. Meyer Brayer for their many years of dedication and devotion to the Yeshiva.  Harav Aharon Lichtenstein spoke about the vast accomplishments of Harav Yehuda Amital, founder of the Yeshiva, and his co-Rosh Yeshiva for 40 years. Harav Amital was unfortunately unable to attend due to poor health but sent warm greetings via video.  Prof. Yisrael Aumann, Nobel Prize laureate in economics, also addressed the gathering with characteristic charm and humor.

The evening ended close to midnight with dancing and the screening of a short film depicting highlights of the 40th year celebrations in Israel.