Rabbi Steven Weil, senior managing director at the Orthodox Union, will present an OU-NCSY Shabbat of Inspiration at the Young Israel of Houston from Friday, November 14 to Saturday, November 15, Shabbat Parshat Chayei Sarah. The synagogue is located at 7823 Ludington Drive.
On Friday night Rabbi Weil and Rabbi Israel Lashak, director of Southwest NCSY, will lead an Oneg Shabbat –a lively informal gathering with refreshments, discussions, and singing – at the home of Dr. Jack and Shannon Nuszen at 8:45 p.m. After Shabbat hashkama (early morning) services, Rabbi Weil will be speaking on the topic “The Reenactment.”
Later in the morning, he will be giving his sermon during the main synagogue’s services on “The Aftermath of the Apocalypse: Opportunities for the Orthodox to Influence in Light of the Pew Report.” In the afternoon, Rabbi Weil will deliver his presentation on “The Quality of Marriage in the Orthodox Community: An Analysis of the OU Study of 5,200 Orthodox Jews.”
The program’s weekend of inspiration will culminate with a talk given by Rabbi Micah Greenland, international director of NCSY, at the home of Dr. Jerry and Carol Silverman on Sunday, November 16 at 10 a.m.
“We are counting down the days – and hours – to Rabbi Weil’s visit to Houston” said Rabbi Lashak, who will be speaking on Shabbat morning on the topic “Leaving a Jewish Legacy” at Congregation Beth Rambam, 1133 Braesridge Drive as part of the NCSY Shabbat of Inspiration program. “As one of America’s faster growing cities, and home to a vibrant and growing Jewish community, we are gearing up for great expansion of NCSY in Houston.”
Rabbi Yehoshua Wender of the Young Israel of Houston declared, “We are very excited about our upcoming OU/NCSY Shabbat of Inspiration with Rabbi Weil. Many of us have fond memories of our NCSY Houston chapter and we look forward to reestablishing a warm and successful relationship. May this Shabbat inspire us to even bigger and better accomplishments.”
For more information, contact Sasha Kichayeva, executive assistant at NCSY at 212.613.8242 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.