Sixth Annual Ariel Avrech, ZT’L Memorial Lecture

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The Sixth Annual Ariel Avrech ZT’L Yahrtzeit Lecture will take place Sunday June 21, 2009, at 10 AM at the Young Israel of Century City, followed by a brunch.

Young Israel of Century City
9317 West Pico Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90035

We are pleased to announce that we have engaged Rabbi Steven Pruzansky to present this year’s lecture.

Rabbi Pruzansky is the spiritual leader of Congregation Bnai Yeshurun, a synagogue consisting of nearly 600 families located in Teaneck, New Jersey, and one of the most vibrant centers of Orthodox Jewish life today. He has served since August 1994.

Rabbi Pruzansky graduated from Columbia University in 1978 with a B.A. in history, and received a Juris Doctor degree from the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law in 1981. He practiced law for 13 years as a general practitioner and litigator in New York City until assuming his current pulpit. Rabbi Pruzansky studied in yeshivot in Israel and the United States, and was ordained at Yeshiva Bnei Torah of Far Rockaway, New York under the guidance of Rabbi Yisrael Chait, shlit”a.

He recently served as President of the Rabbinical Board of Bergen County, and currently serves as the Treasurer of the Rabbinical Council of America. He is a trustee of the RCA on the Board of the Beth Din of America, as well as a dayyan on the Beth Din itself. He also served as the American co-spokesman for the International Rabbinic Coalition for Israel. Rabbi Pruzansky served on the Board of Directors of the Jerusalem Reclamation Project, and received their Rabbinic Leadership Award at their 1995 Jerusalem Day banquet.

Rabbi Pruzansky is the author of A Prophet for Today: Contemporary Lessons of the Book of Yehoshua, and Judges for our Time: Contemporary Lessons of the Book of Shoftim.

Rabbi Pruzansky recently entered into the blogosphere with a fine blog appropriately titled: Rabbi Pruzansky’s Blog.

The title of Rabbi Pruzansky’s lecture is: Conformity in Jewish Life: Virtue, Vice or Affectation?

Is conformity a Torah ideal, and should we encourage it in our children and communities ? Or does conformity restrict our creative impulses, diminish our simchat hachaim—joy of life—and potentially impair our service of Hashem ? Is there a value in pretending to conform externally ? This lecture will explore the Torah’s balance between conformity and individuality.

We look forward to seeing all our friends and relatives at the lecture.

Learning Torah was Ariel’s greatest joy. There is no better way of honoring Ariel’s memory than by participating in this lecture series.

May Ariel’s neshama have an aliyah.

You do not have to RSVP to attend. The lecture and brunch are courtesy of the Avrech Family and Friends.

The lecture will be videotaped and posted on Seraphic Secret for the benefit of those who cannot attend in person.

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6 Comments

  1. Posted June 3, 2009 at 9:27 am | Permalink

    Everyone:
    Thanks so much for your kind remarks. And yes, the lecture will also be available in audio format.

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  2. Maurice
    Posted June 2, 2009 at 11:29 pm | Permalink

    I am so glad that you are recording and rebroadcasting the lecture. I too can’t be there, but I would LOVE to. The topic sounds fantastic and important.
    I know you proud you were of Ariel. His neshamah should have an aliyah ba’shamyim. I know he would be proud to have a family like yours, and that has let the rest of us share in your thoughts and both your heartache and your simchas.
    I”ve regretted every year that I couldn’t get away to come out there for the lecture. I would truly love to share in the weekend with you, but it will be nice to vicariously join in via the rebroadcast.

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  3. Johnny
    Posted June 1, 2009 at 6:43 pm | Permalink

    A touching and moving way to keep Ariel’s memory alive.
    There will be a lot of us there in spirit.

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  4. DrCarol
    Posted June 1, 2009 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

    Oh, how I wish I could come! But I will be there in spirit.

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  5. Katherine
    Posted June 1, 2009 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    I went to Rabbi Pruzansky’s blog and it fascinating. His background gave him special insights into topics like Sotomayor. Thanks so much for this wonderful link.
    The topic for the lecture sounds wonderful — I’ll look forward to seeing the video tape.

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  6. alterbentzion
    Posted June 1, 2009 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    Please do post audio, too!

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