OU’s Stephen Savitsky to be Houston Scholar-in-Residence, May 19-21

May 11, 2011

OU CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD AND IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT STEPHEN J. SAVITSKY TO BE HOUSTON SCHOLAR-IN-RESIDENCE, MAY 19-21

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Orthodox Union Chairman of the Board and Immediate Past President Stephen J. Savitsky will be visiting the Houston Jewish community as Scholar-in-Residence for Shabbat Thursday, May 19-Saturday, May 21, Parshat Bechukotai.

First on his agenda Thursday, Chairman Savitsky will be speaking at the Men’s Mishmar at the Meyerland Minyan, 9606 Chimney Rock Road. “From a Photo-Op to a Moment in History” will be the topic of his discussion at an Ahavat Yisrael sponsored oneg Friday night at a private residence, beginning at 9:30 p.m.

Shabbat morning, Mr. Savitsky will address “The Major Challenges Facing the Orthodox Community” at the end of services at Ahavat Yisrael. At 6:45 p.m., he will present “The Torah’s Secret Mitzvah for a Long and Happy Life” at the Young Israel of Houston, 7823 Ludington Drive. For seudah shlishit beginning at 8:00 p.m., the Chairman will return to Congregation Ahavat Yisrael to discuss “With a Bracha Like That, I’d Rather Pass.”

According to Rabbi Israel Lashak, Southwest NCSY Regional Director, “Mr. Savitsky is one of the most caring and passionate Jewish leaders today — it is truly an honor to work with him.”

During his six-year OU presidency, New York-based Mr. Savitsky often visited Jewish communities large and small as part of a North American tour to bring the OU message far and wide, while at the same time receiving feedback from OU member congregations about their needs and how the OU could respond to them. He continues these visits as Chairman of the Board, his position since this past January.

David Garner, President of Congregation Ahavat Yisrael declared, “As a young and growing shul, we are looking forward to the visit of Mr. Stephen Savitsky as we work toward strengthening our ties to the OU by bringing its resources to our members.”

For further information about the Friday night oneg, please contact Congregation Ahavat Yisrael at 713.728.1715.

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