An amazing three days of Aish International meetings were held Jan. 22-24 in Jerusalem. Participants included 70 Aish rabbis and staff from around the world – South Africa, London, Los Angeles, Chile, Toronto and of course, Jerusalem. All sessions were held at the new Aish Center opposite the Western Wall.
The meetings coincided with the fourth yahrtzeit of Rabbi Noah Weinberg zt”l, the founder of Aish HaTorah. The event opened with the dedication of a Torah scroll written in memory of Rabbi Weinberg. Meeting participants joined Aish yeshiva students in studying Rabbi Weinberg’s teachings and a trip to his gravesite in Jerusalem.
This was followed by two days of intense organizational meetings, where participants shared best practices and breakthroughs, brainstormed new ideas, and gained practical tools in programming, fundraising and administration. The meetings were a forum to address issues essential to the growth of Aish, including: the state of kiruv today, building a movement, and strengthening the Aish organizational structure.
Rabbi Hillel Weinberg, Rosh Yeshiva of Aish HaTorah, presented dynamic study sessions on the topics of “Saving Physical Lives” and “Saving Spiritual Lives.”
In all, the three days proved a valuable opportunity to learn Torah, gain skills, get inspired and recharged about the Aish mission, and build synergy between the various Aish branches and programs.