This past year marked the launch of a new smicha program in Buenos Aires, Argentina, established by Rabbi Mendy Raijer, and under the guidance of Rabbi Mendel Gorowitz and Rabbi Efraim Halperin.
The first “Chag HaSmichah” of Machon Smicha Buenos Aires took place last week in the hall of Colel Ohel Yosef Moshe honoring 5 newly ordained rabbis for their achievement.
A large crowd attended the ceremony which included parents, family, local Rabbonim and members of the Anash community of Buenos Aires.
Rabbi Zalman Yaruslavsky, Rav of the Lubavitch community in Elad, Israel, and Rosh Machon Smicha in Kiyat Gat, was designated as the “testing Rav” for the Smicha program together with the Moreh Horaah in Kehillas Anash Buenos Aires, Rabbi Halperin.
Addressing the ceremony were also Rabbi Yosef Itzchok Feigelshtok, Rav and Mara Deasra of Buenos Aires; Rabbi Halperin; and as representatives from the students, Hatmimim Elchanan Savetman, Arie Grodzicki and Yechezkel Kostzer.
The Rabbonim highlighted the hard work of the musmachim and their achievement in successfully attaining Semicha. They encouraged the bochurim to use the knowledge and wisdom gained in learning Semicha to empower them in all their future life achievements.
The pioneer Smicha graduates are rabbis Anshil Eichbaum, Arie Grodzicki, Yejezkel Kostzer, Leivi Mizraji, Eljanan Savetman.
At the end of the event a Kovetz Haoros was distributed, Haoros in the Sugyios elaborated by the students during their learning year.