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The Program of the Agudah Convention — Thursday-Sunday; November 25-28

by Dei'ah Vedibur Staff


Thursday night's keynote session will/did begin at 7:30 PM EST, the speakers will include Rabbi Shmuel Yehuda Levin, Rosh HaYeshiva, Telshe Yeshiva Chicago, Rabbi Yehoshua Perlow, Novominsker Rebbe, and Rabbi Sholom Kamenetsky, Rosh HaYeshiva, Yeshiva Gedolah of Philadelphia. The session will be chaired by Nechemia Hoch, a member of the Agudah's executive board.

The pre-keynote will begin at 6:00 PM EST, the sessions will be 'Making the Move Out of Town' with Rabbi Yitz Frank, Rabbi Baruch Levine, and Rabbi Sholomo Soroka; 'Fighting for Orthodoxy in an Unorthodox World' with Mr. Chaskel Bennet, Yossi Gestetner, and Rabbi Eli Steinberg; and 'Unbreakable Bonds of Marriage' with Rabbi Pinchas Noveseller, and Rabbi Yaakov Salomon.

The post-keynote will begin at 10:00 PM EST, the sessions will be 'Q&A: "I am Asking for a Friend"' with Rabbi Yosef Elefant, Rabbi Aron Lopiansky, moderated by Rabbi Yisroel Besser; 'The Murder of Alta Fixsler' with Rabbi Shmuel Lefkowitz, Rabbi Ben Zion Lesser, and Rabbi Shloma Sperber; and 'Our Unorthodox Lives: Breaking the Stereotypes, Living or Values' with Rebbetzin Faigie Horowitz, Mrs. Rivky Feiner, and Mrs. Alexandra Fleksher, moderated by Mrs. Chanie Jacobwitz.

The Friday, Motzei Shabbos, and Sunday program for this year's Agudah Convention features engaging and informative keynotes and concurrent sessions. Members of the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah, Rabbanim, activists, and other speakers, will address a multitude of timely topics. As always, the Convention will be open to the public as well as available to attend virtually by going to or calling in at 718.298.2077.

This year, Friday morning keynote speakers will include Rabbi Chaim Aryeh Zev Ginzberg, Rav, Chofetz Chaim Torah Center of Cedarhurst, and Rabbi Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin. The session will be chaired by Rabbi Dovid Schnell, President Emeritus of Agudath Israel of Illinois, and a member of the Board of Trustees of Agudath Israel of America.


The Friday pre-keynote sessions will be 'The Shocking Disconnect in Kashrus Today' with Rabbi Yosef Eisen, Rabbinic Administrator, Kashrus of Five Towns, Far Rockaway - Rav, Kollel Bnei Torah, and Rabbi Sholem Fishbane, Kashrus Administrator, Chicago Rabbinical Council, Executive Director, AKO (Association of Kashrus Organizations); 'Smartphones Vs. Smart Living' with Dr. Eli Shapiro, Founder and Director, The Digital Citizenship Project, and Rabbi Yosef Viener, Rav, Congregation Shaar HaShamayim, Monsey; and 'When is the Last Time You Davened?' with Rabbi Daniel Glatstein, Rav, Kehillas Tiferes Mordechai, Cedarhurst, and Rabbi Zalman Krasnow Rav, Kehillas Danescroft of London.

The Motzei Shabbos keynote speakers will include Rabbi Elya Brudny, Rosh Yeshiva, Yeshivas Mir, Brooklyn, Chaver Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah, Mr. Shlomo Werdiger, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Agudath Israel of America, Mr. Doron Toweg, Rabbi Gershon Miller, Rosh HaMosdos, Beth Yehuda, Detroit, Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel, Executive Vice President, Agudath Israel of America, and Rabbi Ephraim Wachsman, Rosh HaYeshiva, Meor Yitzchok, Monsey. The session will be chaired by Yisroel Orzel, Member, Board of Trustees, Agudath Israel of America.

The Motzei Shabbos pre-keynote sessions will be 'Portraits of Gedolim that We Were Zoche to Know' with Rabbi Yerachmiel Fried, Rosh Kollel, Dallas Kollel (DATA), Rabbi Chaim Aryeh Zev Ginzberg, Rav, Chofetz Chaim Torah Center of Cedarhurst, and Rabbi Zev Cohen, Rav, Congregation Yeshurun, Chicago and 'From Burn-Out to On-Fire' with Rabbi Doniel Osher Kleinman, Rav, Khal Nachlas Dovid of Brooklyn, and Rabbi Yussie Zakutinsky Rav, Khal Mevakshei Hashem.

The Sunday keynote speakers will include Dr. Akiva Perlman, Clinical Director, ODA Wellness Institute, Rabbi Zechariah Wallerstein, Menahel, Ohr Naava, Ateres Naava, Bnot Chaya Academy for Girls, and Rabbi Zev Cohen, Rav, Congregation Yeshurun, Chicago. This session will be moderated by Rabbi Labish Becker, Executive Director, Agudath Israel of America.

The Sunday pre-keynote sessions will be 'Being Myself: How Kiruv Helped My Family's Yiddeshkeit' with Rabbi Aron Gruman, Director, Torah Links, Rabbi Benzion Klatzko, Founder,; Senior Manager and Director of Educator Training, Olami, and Rabbi Shmuel Lynn, Director, Meor Manhattan; and 'Challenges and Opportunities in a Progressive Political Environment' with Rabbi Ariel Sadwin, Director, Agudath Israel of Maryland, Rabbi Avi Schnall, Director, Agudath Israel of America, New Jersey Office, and Rabbi Yeruchim Silber, Director, New York Government Relations, Agudath Israel of America, and moderated by Rabbi A.D. Motzen, National Director for State Relations, Agudath Israel of America.

To watch the convention online and to see the program, go to; to listen by phone, call 718.298.2077


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