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R abbi Steven Burg was able to
observe firsthand the growth
of Jewish life in Germany on
a visit to Munich where he attended the
first Orthodox rabbinic ordination of
to inspire Jewish teens, something he
strived for during his four-year tenure at
the Southfield NCSY regional office.
During his time in Detroit, Burg cre-
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German-trained rabbinical students. bringing high school students to coffee | Editorial
Rabbis Balla and Burg following ordina- Editor: Robert A. Sklar
Burg, international director of NCSY, houses to discuss the relevance of Torah rsklar@thejewishnews.com
the New York-based Orthodox Union in secular life. The program is now in tion of the German-trained Orthodox Associate Editor: Alan Hitsky
(OU) youth program — who lived in the place in dozens of cities across North rabbinical students. ahitsky@thejewishnews.com
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Detroit area while serving as associate America and has expanded to Chile, kcohen@thejewishnews.com
director of NCSY’s Central East region where NCSY has a thriving presence. indicate we were successful in our goal.” Arts Editor: Gail Zimmerman
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from 1996-2000 — joined Jews from Burg was joined in Germany by Rabbi In addition to attending the ordination Senior Writer: Shelli Liebman Dorfman
around the world at the history-making Zvi Sobolofsky, of Yeshiva University in ceremony, Burg and Sobolofsky led 20 sdorfman@thejewishnews.com
Senior Columnist: Danny Raskin
event. New York and NCSY Kollel, a program of students of Yeshivas Beis Zion, including dannyraskin@sbcglobal.net
The two new rabbis — Zsolt Balla, 30 touring and learning in Israel for high the two new rabbis, on a mission touring Columnists: George Cantor, Robin Schwartz, Steve Stein

and Avraham Radbill, 25 — graduated school students. Poland. Copy Team:
from the newly established Orthodox “We wanted to show the young men Senior Copy Editor: David Sachs
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rabbinical seminary, Rabbinerseminar zu A Momentous Event who had just finished a yeshivah pro- Copy Team Assistant: Sy Manello
Berlin. The seminary was founded by the “The rabbinical ordination that recently gram their Jewish roots,” Burg said. smanello@thejewishnews.com
Central Council of Jews in Germany and took place in Germany was a truly sig- Further cooperation is planned
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out of the programs of the Torah-study said. “This extraordinary ceremony was and National Outreach Department of lkonstantin@thejewishnews.com
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institution Yeshivas Beis Zion in Berlin. televised throughout Germany and left Lauder Yeshurun, which is dedicated to gzimmerman@thejewishnews.com
There are seven more students in the rab- everyone in attendance inspired, our eyes facilitating Jewish education for young
binical program there. brimming with tears and shining with Jews in Germany. | Young Adult Advisory Board
Gayle Friedman Gold, Jordan Glass, Robin Schwartz,
Having already met Balla on a visit to pride. “The recent rabbinical ordination, the Brad “Bubba” Urdan
Germany last year, Burg reconnected with The fact that the German minister of fact that Am Echad is flourishing and the Published by: Jewish Renaissance Media
the new rabbi at the June 2 ordination the interior was there to witness the event day school in Germany that is growing Chairman: Michael H. Steinhardt
ceremony. And Both Balla and Radbill is unbelievable when one considers that rapidly, all signify the growth in building President/Publisher: Arthur M. Horwitz
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had previous OU connections, having vis- the same position was once in charge of b’nei Torah [children who follow a Torah Chief Operating Officer: F. Kevin Browett
ited the agency’s New York headquarters the Gestapo during the Holocaust.” way of life] in Germany,” Burg said. kbrowett@renmedia.us
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last August to participate in a seminar Rabbi Joshua Spinner, vice president “The purpose of this trip was to Editorial Director: Robert A. Sklar
on kashrut laws. Balla also collaborated of the Lauder Foundation, said, “We advance the cause of passionate Judaism, IT & Circulation Director: Deanna Spivey
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on the Hungarian and German editions intended for the day to be a statement and give strength and moral support to
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Olivestone, OU national director of com- and impressively so. Responses to the day trenches of that cause.” ■ circulationdesk@thejewishnews.com
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