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STI Spirit program reprises ‘gold’ theme

(L-R) Rabbinic student Avrohom Luban talks with Tucsonans Max Lazar and Al Gordon during a “Spirit” study session. (Courtesy Southwest Torah Institute)
(L-R) Rabbinic student Avrohom Luban talks with Tucsonans Max Lazar and Al Gordon during a “Spirit” study session. (Courtesy Southwest Torah Institute)

The Southwest Torah Institute’s long-running Dr. Paul W. Hoffert Spirit Program returns to Tucson Sunday, Aug. 10 through Friday, Aug. 22.

The Spirit program offers two weeks of yeshiva-style learning, open to all Jewish men and boys ages 8 and up. Participants can study virtually any topic of Jewish interest with Rabbi Israel Becker of Congregation Chofetz Chayim/STI, and five rabbinical students from the Rabbinical Seminary of America in Queens, N.Y.

This year, the program is repeating last year’s popular theme: “Discover Gold — Don’t Bother, We Have Something Better — And It’s Free,” emphasizing the value of Torah learning in our everyday lives.

“There was so much activity last year, the entire building was hopping. There were some nights when 40 men were learning at once. Every study area was packed. It was amazing to see,” says Becker.

The Spirit program is held at Congregation Chofetz Chayim and offers flexible scheduling, with sessions lasting 15 minutes to two hours. Morning sessions run from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.; evening sessions are 7:45 to 9:45 p.m.

The Spirit program is sponsored by and dedicated in loving memory of Paul W. Hoffert, a long-time supporter of the Spirit program, and the Shapiro and Ginsburg families in loving memory of Louise Shapiro, with additional support from the Torah Umesorah-National Society for Hebrew Day Schools SEED program.

To register, contact Becker at 747-7780 or [email protected]