NCSY’s Ben Zakkai Honor Society Dinner to Induct Four New Members and Present Awards to Four, February 8 in Manhattan

28 Jan 2015

The 20th annual Ben Zakkai Honor Society (BZHS) NCSY National Scholarship Reception will take place on Sunday, February 8 at 4 p.m. at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Manhattan.  Chaired by Vivian and Dr. David Luchins, the dinner will salute the life and legacy of NCSY pioneers Rabbi Louis and Rebbetzin Helen Ginsburg, z”l as well as inducting four new members into BZHS and presenting four prestigious awards to distinguished community leaders with years of involvement in NCSY.

NCSY is the international youth movement of the Orthodox Union. Every day, countless Jewish teens connect to their heritage through NCSY’s innovative programs.

BZHS was founded in 1965 to provide a means of recognizing the achievements of NCSY Alumni who have demonstrated personal Torah growth and the promise of future meaningful service to the Jewish people and the Orthodox community. The society raises critical funds to provide direct scholarships for NCSYers to continue their Jewish education after high school or to participate in various NCSY programs.

Dr. Luchins explained: “The vitality and success of NCSY is largely a tribute to the devotion, dedication and passion that our inductees and honorees bring to every aspect of their personal and communal lives.”

New members of BZHS include Rabbi Arieh Friedner of Cleveland; Rabbi Ben Gonsher of Boca Raton, FL; Rabbi Adam Simon of San Diego; and Karen Steinberg of North Miami Beach, FL.

The awardees include Nechama Kamelhar from Brooklyn receiving the Rebbetzin  Ella and Rabbi Ahron Soloveichik Award; Dalia and Rabbi Dr. Matis Shulman from Teaneck, NJ receiving the Ezra Ben Zion Lightman Memorial Award; Rabbi Chaim Weilgus from Brooklyn receiving the Rebbetzin Elaine and Rabbi Pinchas Stolper Service Award; and Fran and David Woolf from Toronto receiving the Enid and Harold H. Boxer Memorial Award.

The dinner will commence with a lecture by Rabbi Bezalel Rudinsky,  Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivas Ohr Reuven and Yeshivas Darchei Noam in Wesley Hills, NY. The reception begins at 5 p.m., dinner to follow at 6 p.m.

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