Rabbi Scherman of Artscroll To Be Featured Speaker at OU’s Siyum in the Five Towns, May 18

May 2, 2006

Young Israel of Woodmere 859 Peninsula Blvd. Thursday, May 18, 7:45 p.m.

Rabbi Nosson Scherman, General Editor of Artscroll and the Mesorah Heritage Foundation will be the featured speaker at the Orthodox Union’s upcoming Daf Yomi siyum at Young Israel of Woodmere on Thursday, May 18, to mark the completion of Masechet (tractate) Pesachim.

The siyum will begin after Mincha at 7:45 p.m. followed by Maariv and refreshments. Admission is free.

The Five Towns Daf Hayomi Community Siyum, in cooperation with more than seventeen participating area synagogues, is the third in the OU Department of Community and Synagogue Services’ initiative to conduct a siyum following the completion of each tractate of the seven-and-a-half year Daf Yomi cycle.

“Honor those who learn, applaud those who teach, celebrate with everyone,” sums up the program, which was initiated back in October with a syium in Teaneck, following the completion of tractate Shabbat. The last syium was held in February in Kew Garden Hills, following the completion of tractate Eruvin.

The event is open to both men and women and to participants and non-participants in the Daf Yomi cycle. A video of the proceedings will be available soon afterwards on the OU website, www.ou.org.

“As the General Editor of Artscroll/Mesorah, Rabbi Nosson Scherman has made an enormous contribution to Jewish life and learning,” declared Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb, OU Executive Vice President. “Artscroll has revolutionized the publication of seforim (Jewish books) for men, women and children at all levels of Jewish teaching. The OU is deeply honored that Rabbi Scherman will be sharing his great wisdom at the siyum.”

The participating synagogues are as follows: Aish Kodesh Institute, Agudath Israel of the Five Towns, Beis Haknesses of North Woodmere, Beth Medrash of Harborview, Chofetz Chaim Torah Center, Congregation Anshei Chesed, Congregation Ateres Yisroel, Congregation Bais Ephraim Yitzchok, Congregation Bais Tefilah, Congregation Beth Sholom, Congregation Kneseth Israel, Congregation Ohr Torah, Shaaray Tefila Congregation, Young Israel of Far Rockaway, Young Israel of Hewlett, Young Israel of Lawrence-Cedarhurst, and Young Israel of North Woodmere.

Every day throughout the Daf Yomi cycle — via podcast, downloading, and streaming — the OU presents Rabbi Moshe Elefant’s Daily Daf on www.ou-dafyomi.org, to large audiences tuning in not only from North America, Israel and Europe, but from remote locations such as Gibraltar, South Korea and Australia.

For more information on this event contact Rabbi Robert Shur at roberts@ou.org or 212-613-8329.