On Motzei Shabbos, January 27th, Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, Illinois, hosted its 37th Annual Melave Malka in the Lavin Dining Hall. Nearly 250 guests enjoyed a sumptuous fleishig buffet as they listened to musical entertainment. During the evening emceed by Rabbi Yehiel Kalish, Rabbi Shmuel L. Schuman, CEO of HTC, presented the Rabbi Herman Davis Memorial Scholarships to a most-deserving Beis Midrash and College student Zalman Cohen.
The highlight of the evening was the keynote address by Mr. Moishe Bane, the President of the Orthodox Union. Mr. Bane’s topic was, “3 Existential Threats to American Orthodoxy,” and touched the dangers of the internet, challenges of Jewish identity and ethics issues in the community. You can watch a replay of the speech at: https://youtu.be/Jzuw66ZHgfM
￼Throughout the weekend Mr. Bane spoke at many shuls and community gatherings about the work of the Orthodox Union, including visits with the leadership of Midwest NCSY and Chicago Yachad. Blitstein Institute sponsored a unique event focused on shidduchim, hosted by Rochie and David Porush, with Mrs. Joanne Bane. Mrs. Bane is a well-known and respected shadchan, whose advice is sought by families throughout North America and beyond. Over 25 mothers participated in a very interactive and informative discussion.