Siyum HaShas Organizers Meet at MetLife Stadium to Discuss Planning, Logistics and Event Coordination

It was a meeting about kavod haTorah.

Logistics, planning, and coordination, too.

But underlining it all was Torah.

Limud haTorah.

And more limud haTorah. 

The most monumental Torah event of our lifetimes is two months away, yet it has already inspired tens of thousands and is making waves across the community. The 13th Global Siyum Hashas of Daf Yomi, to be held at MetLife Stadium on January 1, 2020, will be a most historic event, but the making of that history is already well underway, with groundbreaking Torah learning initiatives and Siyum-related inspiration having an impact wherever Yidden can be found across the fruited plain.

With the date of the Siyum HaShas approaching, a group of Siyum organizers met on Monday, October 28, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey to plan various details of the event. Attendees included Agudath Israel of America executive staff, as well as members of committees who have been working in tandem to coordinate what promises to be a Siyum program the likes of which has never been experienced before.

The group was given a tour of the facility by stadium staff in an effort to familiarize organizers with the different sections and setups, discuss the field setup for The Siyum, and examine the suites for Siyum sponsors.

“It’s an honor to host an event of the magnitude of the Siyum HaShas,” said one of the MetLife staff leading the visiting group across the stadium.

Agudath Israel was represented by Rabbi Labish Becker, Executive Director of Agudath Israel of America; Rabbi Shlomo Gertzulin, former Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration for Agudath Israel; Rabbi Shai Markowitz, Director of the Lefkowitz Leadership Initiative at Agudath Israel; Rabbi Naftali Miller, National Director of Development at Agudath Israel; Rabbi Avi Schnall of Agudath Israel of America’s New Jersey office; Ms. Leah Zagelbaum, Vice President for Media Affairs of Agudath Israel; Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel, Executive Vice-President of Agudath Israel of America, and others. 

Rabbi Yosef Chaim Golding, CEO of the Siyum HaShas; HaSiyum Chief Editor, Rabbi Yitzchok Hisiger; Siyum videographer extraordinaire Chananya Kramer of Kolrom; as well as fwd/NYC’s Rabbi Shmuli Rosenberg, CMO of The Siyum were on hand, too.

Special guests included Rabbis Moshe Davis, Michael Rosen, and Dovid Schnell of Chicago, who led a delegation from the Windy City.

“Virtually everyone involved in the orchestration of the Siyum describes the honor of being associated with this event, whose goal – before, during, and after – is to highlight the primacy of limud haTorah, through Daf Yomi and other learning initiatives, reflecting our raison d’être of ki heim chayeinu v’orech yameinu,” remarked Rabbi Shmuli Rosenberg. “As the Siyum approaches, this ideal, this outlook, continues to pervade every aspect of the coordination and decision-making.”

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