Rabbi Shay Schachter, the Head of the Beit Midrash at the Young Israel of Woodmere, will be this year’s featured speaker at the annual Chevra Kadisha Dinner, to be held at Congregation Agudath Sholom on Tuesday, February 16, at 6 p.m. His topic will be “Eyal, Gilad and Naftali: Looking for Our Boys … and Finding Ourselves.”
This year’s dinner will honor Rochel Attar, a long-standing member of the Chevra Kadisha of Stamford who has been the point person to arrange proper Jewish burials on behalf of the organization.
“The annual Chevra Kadisha dinner is one of the most eagerly awaited community events on the calendar,” said Michael Feldstein, who is on the Dinner Committee. “It’s especially gratifying this year to honor Rochel Attar, who is the glue behind our organization, and to welcome Rabbi Schachter to our community. Rabbi Schachter is one of the rising stars in the Jewish community and has an incredible personal story that he will be sharing in his presentation.”
Before taking on the position of heading the Beit Midrash at the Young Israel of Woodmere, Rabbi Schachter was the assistant rabbi at Congregation Knesset Israel (the White Shul). Rabbi Schachter is a member of the Bella and Harry Wexner Kollel Elyon at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) of Yeshiva University. He has spent the past few years studying under his father, Rav Hershel Schachter, a prominent halachic decisor, and received his ordination from both RIETS and from Rabbi Asher Weiss. He also holds an MA in Jewish Education from the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration of Yeshiva University.
The cost of attending the dinner is $36 a person. Sponsorships are also available at $180, which entitles the sponsor to two dinner reservations and can be made in memory of a loved one.