About Ariel Chaim Avrech

ArielMy son Ariel was a gentle and scholarly rabbinic student. He was a deeply pious young man whose greatest pleasure in life was the study of Torah and Talmud.

But Ariel was most unusual in that he also greatly cared about literature. He adored Jane Austen. The mad shidduch making in Pride and Prejudice brought a big smile to his face – he must have read it five or six times. On Ariel’s bookshelves one can find almost every Young Adult book written by his favorites: Avi, Jane Yolen, Caroline B. Cooney, Bruce Coville, and E.L. Konigsburg. These are authors Ariel greatly admired.

Yet Ariel was deeply concerned that much in contemporary Young Adult literature is nihilistic in nature and reflects the mindset of cynical adults – authors and editors – who are determined to impose their scornful worldview on impressionable children. Ariel urged me to establish a publishing company that would publish Jewish YA literature that was not only appropriate but also spiritually uplifting; work that does not compromise literary quality. After Ariel’s tragic death, my wife Karen and I decided to establish Seraphic Press in order to fulfill Ariel’s dream.

To find out more about Ariel, read the Remembering Ariel archives.



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    Annual Ariel Avrech
    Memorial Lectures

    Young Israel of Century City

    Fourteenth: June 11, 2016
    Daniel Greenfield: “Fighting Anti-Semitism and Defending Israel in the Age of BDS.”

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    Thirteenth: May 22, 2016
    Ben Shapiro: “How You Can Save Israel”

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    Twelfth: June 7, 2015
    Larry Elder: “The New Black Anti-Semitism”

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    Eleventh: June 8, 2014
    Michael Medved: “Shifting Alliances: Why Liberals No Longer Reliably Support Israel — And Conservatives Do.”

    Blog Post | Audio (mp3 97MB)
    Tenth: June 9, 2013
    David Horowitz: “The War Against Judaism on the University Campus.”

    Blog Post | Audio (mp3 16MB)
    Ninth: June 3, 2012
    Joel B. Pollak: “The Mainstream Media’s Betrayal of Israel.”

    Blog Post | Audio (mp3 15MB)
    Eighth: June 5, 2011
    Yossi Klein Halevi: “What is Expected of a Survivor People: Lessons My Father Taught Me.”

    Blog Post | Audio (mp3 18MB)
    Seventh: June 13, 2010
    Dennis Prager: “Happiness is a Mitzvah, Not an Emotion.”

    Blog Post | Audio (mp3 80MB)
    Sixth: June 21, 2009
    Rabbi Steven Pruzansky: “Conformity in Jewish Life: Vice, Virtue or Affectation?”

    Blog Post | Audio (mp3 64MB)
    Fifth: June 15, 2008
    Rabbi Dr. Gil S. Perl: “What Was the Rosh Yeshiva Reading: Intellectual Openness in 19th Century Lithuania.”

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