Chofetz Chayim summer ‘Spirit’ study program returns

Congregation Chofetz Chayim’s 2010 Spirit program scholars (L-R): Frankie Snaid of Savannah, Ga.; Ben Tziyon Eisenberg of Rochester, N.Y.; Boruch Wasser of East Bruswick, N.J.; Dani Semel of Queens, N.Y. (Not pictured: Moshe Morgenstern of Queens, N.Y.)

This summer, Tucson’s Jewish men can experience one-on-one or intimate group learning, yeshiva-style, without leaving town. Congregation Chofetz Chayim is offering up to 100 men two weeks of free Torah study through its Spirit program.

Spirit participants will study with students from Rabbi Israel Becker’s alma mater, The Rabbinical Seminary of America.

Participants may attend one session for a “taste” of the program, says Becker, or as often as every morning and evening. Students at all levels, from beginner to advanced, can study topics the rabbinical students have prepared or suggest their own topic. Sessions may last from 15 minutes to two hours, depending on the participant’s preference.

Becker, who has been offering this program since 2000, describes it as “a true vacation,” noting that a vacation is “when you move from one zone to another.”

The program will run Sundays through Fridays, July 25 to Aug. 6, with morning sessions available from 9:15 to 11:15 a.m., and evening sessions available from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. (except Fridays).

For more information, contact the rabbi at 747-7780 or yzbecker@cox.net.