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Unique partnership benefits students


October 12, 2018

Rabbi Yisrael and Tamar Abisror.

Rabbi Yisrael and Tamar Abisror, Yehudi educators, have joined the Central Florida Hillel staff at The University of Central Florida. In an unprecedented demonstration of Jewish unity, these two organizations have joined together with a commitment to focus on developing a vibrant, connected and dynamic Jewish community at America's largest undergraduate institution.

"What is unique about this relationship that we have created is that it is the first of its kind where two national Jewish organizations with a campus presence have actually partnered at the grassroots level to work in cooperation with one another in a symbiotic and mutually beneficial partnership that advances the missions of both agencies," said Aaron Weil, executive director and CEO of CFH.

Increasing Jewish engagement on campus is a shared goal between both Yehudi and CFH. Weil was quick to embrace the initiative. "Our partnership with Yehudi will provide our students at UCF with a warm, heimishe environment. We can now offer the perfect 'home away from home' for Florida's Jewish college students, observant and secular alike," he added. "Yehudi and CFH will be collaborating with one goal in mind: to grow the opportunities for Jewish life at UCF through robust Jewish programming, Shabbat experiences and travel," remarked Rabbi Chaim Albert, executive director of Yehudi.

The Abisror's approachable personalities and youthful energy make them the perfect couple to spearhead this initiative. The Abisrors will not only be available to the students for individual learning opportunities, but will be teaching inspiring Torah classes, hosting uplifting Shabbat meals and minyanim, as well as offering Jewish heritage trips to Spain, Poland and Israel.

Rabbi Jonathan Kroll, head of school at Katz Yeshiva High School of South Florida, is particularly excited for the families of graduating students. "The developments at UCF are a game changer for many KYHS families. Parents now have a viable in-state option for their students who seek the option of a more affordable college education at a great school, while maintaining the observant lifestyle in which they were raised."  

KYHS is the largest orthodox Jewish high school in the United States, outside of the New York tri-state area.

To learn more about Yehudi, visit http://www.yehudi.today.


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