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April 12th - 13th, Parashat Tazria-Metzora

Please join us in welcoming Rav Reuven Ungar, visiting from Yeshivat Sha'alvim in Israel. Rav Ungar is the Director of Alumni Affairs of Yeshivat Sha'alvim.

Yeshivat Sha'alvim is one of the foremost Yeshivot for American students in Israel. The Yeshiva has a special connection to the Denver community as more Denver students in our community have studied in Sha'alvim than probably any other Yeshiva in Israel (including Rav Ben Hutt who is presently studying in the kollel at Sha'alvim).

Rav Yammer
Rav Michael Yammer

The Shabbaton is sponsored in memory of Rav Maaleh Galinsky z"l, Dean Emeritus of Yeshivat Sha'alvim.

Rav Galinsky was involved in almost every aspect of Sha'alvim's tremendous success for the last four decades. He was responsible for the day to day operations and the long-term vision of the entire Yeshiva.

The following is the obituary of Rav Galinsky z"l written in Matzav.com

"It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Rav Mallen Galinsky zt”l, the charismatic and magnetic longtime dean at Yeshivat Sha’alvim. He was 77 years old.

A musmach of Yeshivat Rabbeinu Yaakov Yosef (RJJ) on New York’s East Side, which he graduated in 1954, Rav Galinsky later attended Brooklyn College, received his Masters Degree in Jewish Education at Yeshiva University and did doctoral work at YU’s Bernard Revel Graduate School.

Rav Galinsky was a son of Rav Yehuda Dov Galinsky zt”l, who arrived in the United States as a six-year-old from the city of Astryn, near Grodna. Rav Yehuda Dov attended Yeshiva Rabbeinu Yaakov Yosef, subsequently learning with Rav Simcha Soloveitchik (brother of Rav Chaim Soloveitchik of Brisk), was Rav at Cong. Anshei Toras Chessed Vezichru Toras Moshe in Manhattan, and delivered lectures at the Young Israel of Manhattan. In 1931, Rav Yehuda Dov married his wife, Leah, a daughter of Rav Ephraim Zalman Halpern, formerly chief rabbi of Denver, Colorado, and became the Rav of Colchester, Connecticut, where he served until 1944. In 1945, Rav Yehuda Dov was appointed as the Rav of Coney Island’s Congregation Sharei Zedek-Sea Gate Sisterhood and Talmud Torah, and immediately established its Yeshiva Sharei Zedek. He was a well-known orator and radio personality on WEVD, and was instrumental in changing the religious landscape of Coney Island by raising a generation of G-d fearing Jews. Rav Yehuda Dov passed away on 10 Shevat, 5716 (January 1956).

With the sudden petirah of his father, Rav Galinsky was called to his position as rov of Coney Island’s Congregation Sharei Zedek-Sea Gate Sisterhood and Talmud Torah and as dean of its affiliated Yeshiva Sharei Zedek.

In 1969, Rav Galinsky was asked to serve as National Associate Director of the World Zionist Organization Department for Torah Education and Culture American Section. He accepted the offer with the objective of increasing Israel awareness amongst American yeshiva students and heightening and extending the formal Limud HaTorah of American high school graduates by creating a Torah study program in Eretz Yisrael for young men and women. He stood at the cradle of what is today an exceptional and impressive phenomenon which has a lasting impact on the students and has had a profound influence upon numerous American Orthodox Jews.

Rav Galinsky, together with his brother, for many years filled the role formerly occupied by his father on WEVD radio. With his beautiful, flowery Yiddish and enchanting personality, he shared divrei Torah and hashkafah messages that profoundly impacted an untold number of Jews from across the religious and even non-religious spectrum. People often remarked how similar he sounded to his illustrious father.

In 1976, Rav Galinsky moved to Eretz Yisrael, answering the call to join Yeshivat Sha’alvim as dean of the yeshiva’s Institute for Overseas Students. He directed a program which became synonymous with excellence in Torah education. The Rabbanim, Talmidim, Alumni and friends of the Yeshiva often expressed their tremendous debt of hakoras hatov to Rav Galinsky for his decades of Mesiras Nefesh on behalf of the Yeshiva and its Harbotzas Torah."

For all the aforementioned, we dedicate this upcoming Shabbat to an individual who has impacted on so many of our lives in so many ways. May this Shabbat of learning and growth be in his memory and as well bring much comfort to the entire Galinsky family and all of Klal Yisrael.

The Denver community has as well greatly benefited from its close relationship with Rav Avraham Avidan and Rav Michael Yammer, who have maintained strong relationships with the Denver community.
Yeshivat Sha'alvim in recent years opened Sha'alvim for Women, a women's seminary, which, has quickly developed a reputation as one of the top post-high school seminaries for young women.
The Denver community values our strong relationship to the Yeshiva, its entire past and present staff, and look forward to sending more of our students there in the future and as well benefiting from all that Shaalvim has to offer.

Schedule of Events

April 12-13 Parashat Tazria-Metzora