The Rabbinical College of America will hold its annual National Founders’ gala on Thursday, May 16, at the Robert Treat Center in Newark. It will honor Zygmunt Wilf, a longtime trustee of the college, and Tammy Snyder Murphy, New Jersey’s first lady, for their longtime leadership, care, and service to the community at large.
According to the dean of the Rabbinical College, Rabbi Moshe Herson, “In the course of close to 50 years, I watch with amazement how this generation are following in the footsteps of their parents, continuing their great work for the good of the community, for the good of the country, for the good of Israel and the Jewish people.”
Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky, global director of Chabad shluchim placement, added, “There are 700 rabbinical students, many from the Rabbinical College, who were not sitting at their parents’ seder. They went out to over 400 communities that do not have rabbis, little towns from Ukraine to New Zealand, to conduct the seder. Who would believe that in Thailand there would be 7,000 people at seders — many of them Israeli backpackers who have come there to find themselves?”
Rabbi Mendel Herson, associate dean, talked about the college’s many offerings. “We have four higher-level academic programs, with 500 students of varying ages, and a waiting list of hundreds more, whom we were unable to accommodate for lack of space. All our programs are in need of expansion to meet growing needs. The Rabbinical College also serves as Chabad headquarters for the State of New Jersey, with 59 Chabad centers throughout the state in all 21 counties, serving the needs of the community.”
The dinner comes shortly after the horrific attacks committed against Jewish synagogues and facilities in California, Pennsylvania, Israel, and across the world. Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, the brave leader of Chabad of Poway, is a graduate of the Rabbinical College of America.
For more information and reservations, call the college at (973) 267-9404 or go to rca.edu.