Rabbi Dovid Goldberg, president and rosh yeshiva of Telshe Yeshiva in Wickliffe, will be the featured speaker at Telshe Yeshiva’s community event at 6:15 p.m. Nov. 2 at Acacia Reservation Clubhouse in Lyndhurst.
Goldberg will speak on “every Jew’s unique role in this world,” said Rabbi Zvi Belsky, executive vice president of the rabbinical college in Wickliffe. Belsky said he’s expecting about 100 people to attend the free event.
“We’re inviting the general community and giving people who are not necessarily too familiar with Telshe the opportunity to become more familiar with the yeshiva’s mission and its leadership,” Belsky said.
Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the event, will also speak, as will a student from the yeshiva.
Gottlieb and his wife, Lorin, of Pepper Pike, are among six couples who are hosts of the event.
The other hosts are David and Hedy Adler of Beachwood, J. David and Becky Heller of Moreland Hills, Mendy and Ita Klein of Beachwood, Jan and Linda Moskowitz of Hunting Valley and Ron and Bunny Moskowitz of Chagrin Falls. Jan and Ron Moskowitz are brothers.
“All the hosts are people who have been involved with the yeshiva with their families for a number of years,” Belsky said. “They have a deep appreciation for what the yeshiva does and stands for, and they are eager to share their passion for the yeshiva with the general community. They are such great supporters, and we appreciate tremendously what they do.”
David Heller said he has been studying at Telshe Yeshiva on a weekly basis for the past 15 years with a chavrusa (study partner), Dovid Greenwald, and it has changed his life in many ways.
“It has been one of the most inspirational parts of my life,” he said. “I’m very passionate about learning Torah.
“I’m involved in this event because I want to showcase this wonderful learning institution to others – not only to see what great learning is going on in the community, but also to inspire them so they will begin to learn Torah and see how it will enhance their life.”
Heller, co-founder and principal of Garfield Heights-based NRP Group and a vice chair of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s board of trustees, said Telshe Yeshiva is a hidden gem in the Cleveland Jewish community, as many people don’t know about it.
“We’re all one community, and it’s important for people from different aspects of the community to get together to learn about what’s happening in different areas of the community,” he said.
David and Becky Heller are members of Park Synagogue in Cleveland Heights and Pepper Pike.
Telshe Yeshiva, an internationally known Orthodox institution for Talmud and Torah study, was founded in Telsiai, Lithuania, in 1875. After the fall of Lithuania to the German military in World War II, many students and faculty members fled, and the yeshiva was re-established in Cleveland in 1941.
After formally changing its name to the Rabbinical College of Telshe in 1954, the yeshiva relocated to its current campus at 28400 Euclid Ave.
“The yeshiva is about Torah and higher education,” Belsky said. “We believe that the yeshiva does a tremendous service to the community and the Jewish people at large, and we’d like the entire community co appreciate what the yeshiva stands for.”
Sponsorships are available, and donations will be accepted. For sponsorship opportunities, visit telsheyeshiva.edu.
WHAT: Telshe Yeshiva community event
WHEN: Nov. 2. Cocktails and buffet reception at 5:30 p.m., program at 6:15 p.m.
WHERE: Acacia Reservation Clubhouse, 26899 Cedar Road, Lyndhurst
COST: Free and open to the community
INFO: TO RSVP, call 440-943-5300, ext. 29, or email email@example.com.