Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Lakewood Gesher event


Gesher (or TorahLinks) is Lakewood's kiruv organization. It has a number of branches in Central New Jersey and continues its' expansion.

Last year on the night of the siyum hashas it hosted a major event called Jewish Unity Live in cities across the U.S. where- celebrities from television, politics and business spoke; a Jewish film was show, Hatikvah was sung.

They're doing it again this year.

On their website they say they're looking to get: 10,000 Jews from across America will embark on a four-month Jewish learning adventure. The curriculum? Any Torah topic that inspires or intrigues you. We all supply the necessary resources including mentors and suggested text to help complete the project. It's that simple.

Mortimer Zuckerman, owner of: Daily News, U.S. News & World Report, Boston Properties; and has a chavrusa with a Gesher rabbi, says in an article on Gesher in a new magazine run by the Phoenix Kollel how he visited Lakewood and "it makes Harvard look like a kindergarten!"

The event, which is being done in partnership with other organizations, will be live in seven places, the main one in Newark, and army bases worldwide.

The event, and the entire organization, is very controversial with many saying it deviates from Lakewood's sine qua non.
posted by Yeshiva Orthodoxy
at 11:59 PM

15 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The magazine which features the Zuckerman quote is calle American Jewish Spirit and is a project of the Phoenix Kollel. It has no connection to Project Gesher.

American Jewish Spirit has a website - http://www.ajspirit.com/ and the Zuckerman article can be found there - http://www.ajspirit.com/inspired_people.html

3:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nowhere does this post say that the Phoenix Kollel is connected to Gesher, so what's your beef?

5:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The event and organization is very controversial with many saying it deviates from Lakewood's sine qua non."

Entirely typical of the tiny-brained kanoim here.

5:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is no beef... anymore. The original post indicated that the magizine was produced by Gesher - it's been changed subsequent to my post.

6:59 PM  
Blogger Yeshiva Orthodoxy said...

The original post indicated that the magizine was produced by Gesher - it's been changed subsequent to my post.


Thanx Annon...

8:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The event and organization is very controversial with many saying it deviates from Lakewood's sine qua non."

This town is so anti- kiruv, they will find whatever chumra they can and state it as accepted halacha so as not to bring 'that schmutz, znus,etc' into their holy little enclave. As far as they are concerned, they do their bit by giving $5/year (if that) to a kiruv organization. This town is pathetic!! Jews hating Jews. too busy with their personal Bein Adam LeMakom to waste their time with the Bein Adam Le Chavero stuff. I actually heard someone say that Baalei Teshuvos have no place in Lakewood.
It's disgusting!!

8:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"This town is so anti- kiruv,"

Yesh v'yesh. Their are some who are anti; many who are pro; some who are neither.

9:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a BT in Lakewood, I have found the town to be quite accomodating.

10:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gesher was founded by the Roshei Yeshiva, is run by Yungeleit and is located on the Yeshiva's campus. Hundreds of Yungeleit and their wives give Gesher classes throughout NJ each week. Dozens of Yeshiva families have moved from Lakewood to secular communities throughout the region in order to reach out to their fellow Jews. Just last week another Lakewood Yeshiva family from Gesher picked up and moved to an out of town community in Canada in order to reach out to their fellow Jews.

Shalom Torah Centers, another fantastic Kiruv organization, was started under Rav Schneur zatzal's tutelage, was located in the Yeshiva and is still run by Rav Schneur's talmidim.

The Rosh Yeshiva, Rabbi David Schustal, learns weekly with a secular Jew through Partners in Torah.

Facts always speak louder than empty rhetoric.

8:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yes, but the kiruv should be torah focused and not deviate to accomodate a less than preferred torah lifestyle

TAKE THE HIGH ROAD!

9:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Easy to throw mud at us Gesher Yungeleit, it costs the mud thrower nothing except Olam Haba.

Our Kiruv is Torah. Come join Gesher at any of its locations and see for yourself.

2:56 PM  
Anonymous Rosh HaYeshiva Zatzal said...

We have nothing against Kiruv. Just why does have to be done under Yeshiva auspices? It is understandable that some Kulas have to be done for Kiruv so why don't they start an independent organazation on clifton ave. Why involve the Heilege yeshiva? Yeshiva is a place Ach VeRack for Torah.

3:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ok you gesher "yungeleit"!

as long as you learn Torah and dont just give out latkes and have BBQ's.

thats the Lakewood way.

is that Gesher???

3:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ask Rabbi Munk

he does it right but doesnt get enougfh credit!

3:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ach Verack Torah - is for all Yidden, not just for those who were born frum.

Any Ben Torah values Torah enough to want it for all Yidden, not just for themselves.

What's wrong with giving out Latkes? Is that now a crime?

10:46 PM  

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