By COLlive staff
Ending a semester and beginning the summer break, a group of Jewish students at Brooklyn College and other universities in New York gathered before the Shavuos holiday for an “after finals farbrengen.”
Leading it were Rabbi Levke Kaplan, Director of Jewish Technical Vocational School (JTVS) and TorahCafe.com and Rabbi Reuven Boshnack, an educator for Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus (JLIC).
“This is not only a special day for students of CUNY,” Kaplan said referring to City University of New York, the public university system consisting of 23 institutions including Brooklyn College, Hunter, Baruch and Kingsborough.
“This is a special and historical day in Chabad – Lubavitch as well,” he said. “On this very day, the first chapter of Tanya, the basis of Chassidus, was completed by the Alter Rebbe.”
“It was a perfect way to end off and say farewell to the Spring 2012 semester,” said Avromi Gorokhov, the organizer and incoming head of the Chabad Club of Brooklyn College, who hosted the event in his parents’ home.
The club was founded by Mikail Pais, Gittel Gorenshteyn, Ariel Mashiyev, and Daniel Bogatin in 2011 and has since teamed up with the new Shliach at Brooklyn College, Rabbi Nachman Wichnin.
It offers weekly classes, including an in depth Parsha class with Rabbi Wichnin and a “Thursday Shmooze” for all the Jewish students on campus.
Next semester, Gorokhov is hoping to expand the club’s membership with events and innovative projects.