An Unprecedented Day of Torah Learning, Inspiration & Thought-Provoking Discussion about the Future of Orthodoxy

27 Dec 2016

Sunday, Jan 15, 2017, Indoors at Citi Field Convention Center, Flushing, NY
8:45 AM – 6:15 PM

December 27, 2016, New York, NY – This January, hundreds of men and women will gather to learn and engage in an unprecedented day of Torah in the City.

The day-long event presented by the Orthodox Union (OU) will feature more than 30 leading Orthodox Jewish speakers from around the world for an inspiring day of Torah and though-provoking discussion about the future of Orthodox Judaism. The unprecedented event is open to the public, being held indoors at Citi Field in Flushing, NY, from 8:45 am – 6:15 pm on Sunday, January 15, 2017. Attendees are welcome to attend any part or all of the full day program.

According to ​Allen Fagin, executive vice president and chief professional officer of the Orthodox Union, “This program marks an important milestone for the OU, as the OU begins to expand its focus to provide learning opportunities for Orthodox Jews to increase the meaning and inspiration for their religious observance. This is where the best and brightest of Torah Judaism will share their views on the future of Orthodox Jewry through important dialogue on issues of the day. This is not to be missed by anyone who wants to be part of the conversation that shapes our future.”

The full-day of Torah in the City will feature both male and female representatives from all walks of Orthodox Jewish life for a meaningful conversation about Halacha (Jewish Law), Tanach (The Jewish Bible), Hashkafa (Moral and Ethical Code) and Israel. From women and Torah, kosher, to conversion and the role of Judaism in today’s American political landscape, these topics and many others will be part of the dialogue for attendees to engage in, learn about and question.

Scheduled to speak and lead sessions are:
Rabbi Yonason Sacks (Rosh Yeshiva of Lander College for Men),
Rabbi Gidon Weitzman ( Director of the Puah Institute USA, and  Head of the English Speaking Section of the Puah Institute for Fertility and Medicine in Accordance with Halacha in Israel),
Mrs. Shira Smiles (International lecturer & a popular seminary teacher at Darchei Bina),
Mrs. Rookie Billet (Principal of Shulamith School for Girls of Long Island, Middle Division & Rebbetzin at the Young Israel of Woodmere),
Rabbi Ahron Lopiansky (Rosh HaYeshiva of the Yeshiva of Greater Washington), and many others.

Some speakers will be paired with one another to address topics together, offering their individual viewpoints and knowledge. A complete list of speakers can be found at

For decades, the OU has provided myriad services that support and facilitate Orthodox Jewish observance, such as its globally recognized kosher certification.  The organization has also represented the Orthodox community’s interests in arenas ranging from the halls of government to outreach obligations to fellow Jews and the needs of the disabled.

“Since 1898, the Orthodox Union has played a pivotal role in addressing the needs of American Orthodoxy,” says Moishe Bane, incoming president of the Orthodox Union. “The OU has been a unifying influence and a voice of communal leadership and representation. Throughout, the organization has recognized that the American Orthodox community’s primary aspirations are in its spiritual sustenance and growth. Such sustenance and growth is dependent on the involvement of each child and adult in Torah study.

The Orthodox Union is uniquely positioned to provide American Orthodoxy with this necessary and broad expanse of Torah study. Our Torah in the City program offers community members the opportunity to taste a small, yet varied, selection of some of the topics and approaches within Torah study. We hope this experience will encourage a continued quest by our community members to find the sparks of Torah that speak to them.”

About the Orthodox Union

Founded in 1898, the Orthodox Union, (OU), is the largest organization of Orthodox Jewish synagogues in the United States, providing programming geared toward its constituent congregations, which number more than 1,000 in the USA. The OU is best known for its kosher supervision, which today is a multinational operation that certifies over 400,000 consumer and industrial products manufactured in 73 countries. Under the leadership of Rabbi Menachem Genack, the kashrut division also seeks to enlighten the Jewish community with regard to the various aspects of kashrut.

Additionally, the OU seeks to promote its perspective and values through its Institute for Public Affairs in Washington, D.C., the National Council of Synagogue Youth (NCSY), and Yachad, the National Council for Jewish Disabilities, among many other divisions and programs.

Citi Field Event Information

Admittance to the Torah Day of Learning, indoors at Citi Field on January 15, 2017 is $18 (through December 26; $25 thereafter).  Free parking and kosher food are available. There will be children’s programming for ages 1-5 and 6-10. Pre-registration is required. Sign language translation will be provided.

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