20 May 2008

First Annual Weinstein Award Luncheon

Rabbi Angel speakingToday, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah held its first ever Irving S. Weinstein Memorial Award and Lecture for the Advancement of Interdenominational Cooperation. Rabbi Yamin Levy was the master of ceremonies for the program, opening it up and speaking throughout. The keynote speaker was Rabbi Marc Angel, who spoke on "Orthodox and Non-Orthodox Jewish Communities; Can We Learn From Each Other?"
Next up was Ezra Levin, who helped in dispersing the funds for the scholarship spoke about the origin of the fund:
Ezra Levin speaking
"He expressed, in the presence of myself, a financial adviser and someone else, the notion that he was really upset by the divisions among the Jews who were fighting always and wanted to do something to seek accord among the Jewish people. He was not interested in imposing a uniformity; he respected diversity."
The award, according to the pamphlet printed up by the school, is
The Irving S. Weinstein Memorial Award for the Advancement of Interdenominational Cooperation is a scholarship that is awarded once a year to one Yeshivat Chovevei Torah rabbinical student and one alumnus for their excellence in building bridges with other Jewish denominations. The scholarship was created in memory of Irving S. Weinstein.*
Then the award presentation began, with the award going to an alumnus going to Seth Braunstein (Class of 2006), who then spoke upon having received his award. Then Rabbi Dov Linzer spoke. Following him, the student awarded was Daniel Braune-Friedman, who then spoke.


According to the pamphlet printed by YCT:
Irving S. Weinstein was raised in Brooklyn and served in the US Army in Georgia, where he worked as an assistant electrician. Upon returning to civilian life he developed an electrical contracting business, which he ultimately sold after transferring a portion of it to a charitable remainder trust. Irving was an avid golfer and loved dogs. He expressed the wish that the trust proceeds might be used to promote accord among people of the Jewish faith.

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