NCSY’s Ben Zakkai to Honor Noach Klein, of Southfield, January 30

06 Jan 2011


NCSY | Jewish Youth Leadership, the international youth movement of the Orthodox Union, will honor Noach Klein, of Southfield, as an inductee into the Ben Zakkai Honor Society (BZHS) at its Annual Scholarship Reception Sunday, January 30 in New York. At the reception, the OU will also pay tribute to the remarkable legacy of Dr. Bernard Lander z”l, the founder and for 40 years, president of Touro College. Dr. Lander died on February 8, 2010 at the age of 94.

BZHS is an alumni “Hall of Fame” whose new members are nominated by, and voted on, by its current members based on the nominees’ service to NCSY and the Jewish community. The Society’s main function is to raise funds for scholarships for high school NCSYers for summer programs in North America and Israel and for teens to continue their Jewish education after high school. The Society has helped pay tribute for more than forty years to esteemed NCSY alumni and community leaders who have demonstrated their dedication to Torah and their service to the Jewish people. The January 30 event will be the 15th Annual Scholarship Reception.

Declared Rabbi Steven Burg, International Director of NCSY, “Noach’s warmth, commitment, and passion for Judaism have resonated with so many Jewish teens over the years and I feel very fortunate to have him as part of the NCSY family.”

Noach Klein began working in NCSY in November of 1999, at the tender age of sixteen. He hasn’t missed a regional event since — that’s more than 100 events. This multi-talented NCSY dynamo is not only responsible for the expert sound, lights and every other technical aspect of each event, he also manages the NCSY website, and creates all its inspiring videos. His enthusiastic efforts continue to bear nonstop fruits as he generates higher and higher levels of Jewish pride and inspiration in hundreds of Jewish teens.

He is also an inspirational husband and father; in the summer of 2006, Noach married Shira Gilden of Toronto and they have two daughters, Dena Miriam and Sarah Leah.

Creating an infectious excitement for life wherever he goes and in whatever he puts his mind to, at 25 he became a licensed master plumber and currently owns a thriving commercial and residential plumbing business with six devoted employees. He’s a licensed EMT too. Versatile, vivacious and always raring to go, Noach Klein is a very good man to have around, and NCSY intends to keep him around for many many, many years to come.

A key part of the reception will be the honoring of the memory of Dr. Lander.

“Dr. Bernard Lander’s historic role in helping to create and nurture NCSY ensured him a special place in contemporary American History even before he set out to revolutionize higher education by founding Touro College,” declared Dr. David Luchins, Chairman of the Political Science Department of Touro College, and who, with his wife, Vivian, has been an NCSYer since 1961.

For information on attending the BZHS Annual Scholarship Reception or to contribute to its Souvenir Journal, contact or Elaine Grossman at 212-613-8350 or

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