Two newly ordained YU RIETS rabbis from Boston: Austin Shanabrook and Noah Marlowe./COURTESY PHOTO

Yeshiva University’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary celebrates ordination of 150 rabbis

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Yeshiva University’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary celebrates ordination of 150 rabbis

Two newly ordained YU RIETS rabbis from Boston: Austin Shanabrook and Noah Marlowe./COURTESY PHOTO

In a moving ceremony filled with joy, meaning and hope for the future, about 4,000 came together to celebrate 150 newly ordained Yeshiva University Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) rabbis – the next generation of outstanding rabbinic leaders.

The triannual event, held on June 16 at the Nathan Lamport Auditorium at YU’s Zysman Hall in New York, included nearly 1,000 proud parents, spouses, roshei yeshiva, and alumni, along with thousands of celebrants who joined via live-stream.

The new rabbis join more than 3,500 RIETS graduates who have gone on to become distinguished rabbis, scholars, educators and leaders worldwide. Many of this year’s honorees were children or grandchildren of RIETS alumni.

“As we welcome, with great joy, our newest cohort of rabbis, we publicly celebrate their impressive achievements and what they represent to the future of the Jewish people,” said Rabbi Dr. Ari Berman, president and rosh yeshiva of YU. “After years of study and dedication, our graduates are prepared to lead with vision, clarity and a profound sense of purpose. Especially today, with so many challenges facing the Jewish people throughout this country and beyond, we need rabbis who are deeply rooted in their Torah knowledge, able to engage their communities and students with empathy and compassion, and are articulate ambassadors of our values and defenders of the Jewish people to the world. It is from here that the future of the Jewish community stands.”

Rabbi Ronald Schwarzberg, director of Morris and Gertrude Bienenfeld Department of Jewish Career Development and Placement in RIETS, began the ceremony serving as herald, ushering in the rabbinic faculty, administration and honorees. Following the procession, Cantor Eric Freeman, associate director of the Philip and Sarah Belz School of Jewish Music, led the National Anthem.

Next, Rabbi Berman announced the new Rabbi Zevulan Charlop Metzuyanim Fund, a $1 million grant created in memory of beloved, long-time RIETS dean Rabbi Zevulun Charlop zt”l. The fund will strengthen Torah study in the Yeshiva by supporting promising students and budding talmidei chachamim, Torah scholars. Its initial project will be establishing a cohort of elite students in the Marcos and Adina Katz Kollel who will be the Rabbi Zevulun Charlop Metzuyanim Scholars. These students will study under the tutelage of YU Rosh Yeshiva and Rosh Kollel Rabbi Hershel Schachter, one of the world’s leading rabbinical scholars and legal authorities; students will also enjoy an enhanced curriculum and extra monthly stipend.

Donations of up to $1 million will be matched, offering the opportunity for donors to double their impact to support these RIETS scholars.

Rabbi Berman and Rabbi Yaakov Neuburger, rosh yeshiva of RIETS and Rabbi Charlop’s son-in-law, also presented a special memorial video highlighting Rabbi Charlop’s passionate commitment to Torah, RIETS, and the countless students (who he called “metzuyanim”) he shepherded on the path to becoming rabbis.

Speaking with great emotion, Rabbi Berman presented the inaugural Torat Tziyon Award to Rabbi Doron Perez, executive chairman of the Mizrachi World Movement, for being a voice of emunah, faith, and courage for our community. Originally from South Africa, Rabbi Perez made Aliyah as a teenager and served in the IDF before raising a family committed to the ideals of Zionism. On Oct. 7, his two sons, both officers, fought to defend Kibbutz Nahal Oz; Yonatan was injured and has recovered. After fighting valiantly for over two hours, Daniel, 22, commander of his tank crew, was murdered and his body taken hostage, where it remains. Amid his family’s uncertainty and pain, Rabbi Perez has given strength to thousands, constantly stressing the connection between Torah, Jewish peoplehood and the Land of Israel.

Rabbi Perez addressed the crowd with words of conviction, inspiration, and an appeal for action, stressing the importance today’s musmachim – the new rabbis – play in the future of the Jewish people.

“Never before have I seen a need for leadership, specifically rabbinic leadership, to help navigate the critical issues the Jewish people in Israel and around the world face,” he said. Θ

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