Last weekend, New York’s Citi Field was filled with 1,500 people from the tristate area and beyond who came to “Torah in the City,” a day of Torah learning presented by the Orthodox Union. The daylong program of halacha, hashkafa, Tanach, and Israel was an introduction to the OU’s new leadership, under incoming president Moishe Bane. The organization will be expanding its Torah education programming for the community through similar future events.
The day featured more than 30 distinguished speakers, including scholars, educators, activists, and others at the forefront of contemporary Jewish life. They included Raizi Chechik, Nechama Price, and rabbis Shalom Rosner, Mordechai Willig, Yonasan Sacks, David Fohrman, and Steven Weil. A diverse group of attendees came from Teaneck, Passaic, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and beyond.
Ambassador Dani Dayan, Israel’s consul-general, recited a prayer for peace in Israel during the communal prayer session. New York City Councilman David Greenfield was also in attendance.
The day was preceded by OU’s board convention, which passed several resolutions, releasing statements on the 50th anniversary of Jerusalem’s reunification, U.N. Security Resolution 2334, rising anti-Semitism, and combatting BDS on campus, among other pressing issues facing the Jewish people. The full text of the resolutions is available on the OU Advocacy site.
Torah in the City lectures will be uploaded to the OUTorah.org website over the next weeks.