Over the past 94 years, the Agudah convention has emerged as a landmark event where contemporary issues are considered, discussed and addressed, with groundbreaking solutions and programs often emerging as a result of the four day weekend. A golden opportunity for members of the Jewish community to gather with luminaries of the Torah world and accomplished askanim, this year’s convention promises to be an exceptional event, continuing an annual tradition.
Taking place at the Crowne Plaza Stamford from Thursday, November 23rd to Sunday, 26th, more than 1,000 people are expected to attend the convention which will address the theme of “Together We Will,” with thousands more tuning in via live broadcast. A proud declaration of unity demonstrating the powerful results that can be achieved through our combined efforts, Together We Will is a mission statement that will guide Klal Yisroel through the many challenges of today’s often turbulent world.
As always, this year’s convention will feature three keynote sessions, with HaRav Shmuel Kamenetzky, Rosh HaYeshiva, Yeshiva Gedola of Philadelphia; Rabbi Elya Brudny, Rosh Yeshiva, Mirrer Yeshiva; and Dayan Yonasan Abraham of the London Beis Din addressing the convention theme on Thursday night. The Motzei Shabbos keynote session will feature the Novominsker Rebbe, Rabbi Yaakov Perlow; Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel, executive vice president of Agudath Israel of America; and Rabbi Ephraim Wachsman, Rosh HaYeshiva of Yeshiva Meor Yitzchok in Monsey. Forensic and clinical psychologist Rabbi Dr. Dovid Fox; Rabbi Zechariah Wallerstein, menahel of Ohr Naava, Ateres Naava and Bnot Chaya Academy for Girls; and Rabbi Yosef Veiner, Rav, Congregation Shaar Shomayim, will discuss addictions during Sunday morning’s closing keynote session.
Numerous concurrent sessions throughout the convention will have well known rabbonim, lecturers and experts addressing timely themes and several women’s-only inspiring Shabbos sessions will feature Rebbetzin Leah Feldman, Rebbitzen Yael Kaisman, Mrs. Leba Schwebel and Mrs. Slovie Jungreis Wolff.
More than just an enjoyable and enlightening weekend, the Agudah convention has distinguished itself over the years as a venue that ultimately touches the lives of countless Orthodox Jews nationwide.
“The Torah community is confronting myriad issues, many of which have been brought about by its phenomenal growth,” said Rabbi Labish Becker, executive director of Agudath Israel of America. “The Agudah convention is the premier gathering where Klal Yisroel debates, discusses and proposes resolutions to thorny issues, ensuring a brighter future.”
The convention is approaching shortly and organizers are expecting it to, once again, be a sold out event.
“There are just a few weeks and a handful of rooms left,” noted chairman of the board of trustees Shlomo Werdiger. “We encourage everyone to make their reservation now and not be disappointed.”
“Now more than ever we must band together and address the growing needs of our community,” added convention chairman Rivie Schwebel. “Come join us and discover how we can each make a difference.”
I had the distinct pleasure of discussing a major initiative with the respectable Rosh Agudah Rabbi Zweibel. We are raising awareness that a highly successful alternative dispute resolution method is Mediation aka pshara. To often binding arbitration leads to tens of thousands of dollars and months or years wasted. Hopefully, the topic will be added to the agenda at the convention.
Kish Ecad, what problem are you trying to resolve?
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