Rabbi Yossi Nisenbaum has joined the Jewish Learning Connection in University Heights.
“I feel very fortunate and privileged to be at an organization of this stature,” said Nisenbaum, whose father, Rabbi Ephraim Nisenbaum, founded the organization in 1988.
In 1990, Rabbi Moshe Stoll joined the organization, becoming Ephraim Nisenbaum’s partner. The two have run the organization together since.
“Over the last 30 years they were successful and have touched hundreds of peoples’ lives by bringing them closer to Judaism and teaching them Torah, learning with them, mentoring, counseling them,” Yossi Nisenbaum said. “So thank God they were very successful in doing that.”
Acknowledging he was “born into” the organization, Yossi Nisenbaum said he didn’t take on an official role until a little over a month ago.
He will be developing an evening kollel program for the JLC, matching kollel fellows with people of limited Jewish-knowledge background to hone their Torah learning skills.
“We hired five young scholars who have mastered the art and are proficient in Talmud learning to learn with these individuals one-on-one and one-on-two – the majority of them are learning one-on-two now to teach them this. The focus is to give them the skills and teach them to learn it properly,” Yossi Nisenbaum said. “We’ve seen a lot of success so far and the people that are coming seem very happy and enthusiastic about it.”
He is also forming a morning learning program for retirees, which will include daily classes on Talmud and other topics.
“We hope to start that program after the holidays,” Yossi Nisenbaum noted.