Yeshiva-style ‘Spirit’ program returns to Southwest Torah Institute for 16th year

Rabbinical student Asher Shechtman (left) and Menachem Sosonov study together during the Southwest Torah Insitute’s 2015 Spirit program. (Courtesy Rabbi Israel Becker)

The Southwest Torah Institute’s Dr. Paul W. Hoffert Spirit Program begins Monday, July 25. The two-week free learning program, “A Tree of Life for Those Who Grasp It,” which takes its title from Proverbs, runs through Sunday, Aug. 7.

Now in its 16th year, the program is for Jewish men and boys ages eight and up, and covers all topics of Jewish interest, from the most basic to the most advanced. Participants can schedule individual and group appointments with four rabbinical students from the Rabbinical Seminary of America in Queens, N.Y., as well as with Rabbi Israel Becker of the Southwest Torah Institute and Congregation Chofetz Chayim.

Study sessions can be scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon and 8 p.m. to 9:45 p.m., except for Shabbat. Study sessions run from 15 minutes to two hours.

Congregation Chofetz Chayim and the Southwest Torah Institute are located at 5150 E. Fifth Street. For more information or to schedule study sessions, contact Becker at 747-7780 or yzbecker@me.com.