The YG Connection


Welcome to the thirteenth issue of the YG Connection - your one-stop source for all the latest news and developments at the Rabbinical College of Australia & New Zealand. To subscribe, please select your preferences on the subscribe page of our website, or email us at


  Rabbi Cohen - Forty Years at the Helm  
  Rabbi Cohen - 40 years

4 Menachem-Av this year marks 40 years since Rabbi Binyomin Cohen arrived in Melbourne to serve as Rosh Yeshivah of the Rabbinical College of Australia and New Zealand. During that time, the Yeshivah has grown from just a handful of students to 70 students.

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  Former Chief Rabbi Visit  

On his recent visit to Melbourne, Rabbi Shlomo Amar (former Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel) visited the Rabbinical College. Arriving just before the conclusion of Friday's study session, he addressed the student body. The Shluchim presented Rabbi Amar with a collection of Chidushei Torah published by Yeshivah-Gedolah.

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  YG Shabbaton  
  YG Shabbaton

Earlier this winter, students enjoyed a Shabbaton at Log Cabin Camp, a rustic bush resort located at scenic Creswick, a two hour drive from Melbourne. The Bochurim were refreshed and reinvigorated by the inspirational Shabbaton.

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  Mishmor Chidon  
  Mishmor Chidon

Every Thursday night (7:30-8:30pm), school boys aged 8-13 attend Mishmor at the Rabbinical College. In recent months, Mishmor participated in the Chidon Sefer Hamitzvos; an international tournament of the 613 Mitzvos, culminating in a live game show finals in New York.

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  Kinus Torah  
  YG Kinus Torah

The Rabbinical College hosted a communal Kinus Torah in conjunction with Shavuos, as per the Rebbe's directive that a Kinus be held on, or immediately after, each Yom Tov. Speakers included community rabbis and students at the College.

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  Kinus Hashluchim  

Ever since the Rebbe sent Shluchim to Sydney in 5746 (1986), the Shluchim from Melbourne and Sydney have convened on an annual basis. This year was no different, with Shluchim from seven Chabad institutions Australia-wide participating in a Kinus.

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  Lag B'Omer with YG  
  Lag B'Omer

Thousands of people took part in the Lag B'omer Parade and Fair, and the students of the Rabbinical College were involved in many facets of the event, most notably the construction of a large float. The many energetic and exciting clowns were none other than our very own students.

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  Kinus 28 Nissan  

A Kinus was organized in honour of 28 Nissan, the anniversary of the day when the Rebbe stated that he has done all he can to bring Moshiach, and he is now handing the task over to the Chassidim.

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  YG Hagadah  

In honour of the festival of Pesach, Shluchim and students of Yeshivah Gedolah produced a unique Hagadah Shel Pesach entitled 'Ki Yishalcha Bincha' with notes on the Rebbe's explanations.

The Hagadah was edited by Shliach Mordechai Rubin.

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  Annual Photo  

Our website features an extensive "Annual Photos" section, which contains most of the annual photos since the founding of Yeshivah Gedolah. Several Shluchim and Kinus Hashluchim group photos are also available. View the most recent group photo (5774) here.

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Reb Zalman Memorial

13 Tammuz 5774
11 JULY 2014

In this issue

  • 40 years at the helm
  • Former Chief Rabbi Visit
  • YG Shabbaton
  • Mishmor Chidon
  • Kinus Torah
  • Kinus Hashluchim
  • Lag B'Omer with YG
  • Kinus 28 Nissan
  • YG Hagadah
  • Annual Photo

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Winter-break 5774 will see groups of students travel to other parts of Australia.

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Under the auspices of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson

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Rabbi Y. Gutnick
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Executive Committee
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Mr A. Procel
Mr M. Serebryanski
Mr R. Tatarka

Academic Staff
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Rabbi S.B. Engel
Rabbi A. Glick
Rabbi S. Goldzweig
Rabbi S. Lesches
Rabbi Y. Schneier
Rabbi M. Szmerling
Rabbi Y. Winner

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