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Welcome to the third 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 visit, or email us at

Torah Gatherings

Kinus Torah Shavuos - 5771

The Rabbinical College of Australia & New Zealand (Yeshivah Gedolah – Melbourne) hosted a communal Kinus Torah on Sunday the tenth of Sivan (June 12, 2001). The Kinus was convened in conjunction with Shavuos, as per the Rebbe’s directive that a Kinus be held on, or immediately after, each Yom Tov. The event featured a large and diverse crowd, who thoroughly enjoyed the wide variety of subjects addressed at this year’s Kinus. Click here for more information, and for photos of the event.

Tikun Leil Shavuos at YG

On the first night of Shavuos, Jews throughout the world stay awake the entire night in order to learn Torah, and to prepare for receiving the Torah anew early the next morning. This past Shavuos, the Rabbinical College of Australia & New Zealand conducted its own “Tikun Leil Shavuos” program. Click here for more information.

News & Events

Lag B'omer 5771

Lag B’Omer 5771 (22 May 2011): Thousands of people from all sectors of the Melbourne Jewish community lined the streets for an impressive Lag B’Omer Parade, organized by Chabad Youth. The students of the Rabbinical College of Australia & New Zealand were involved in many facets of the event. Click here for more information, and for photos of the event.

VIDEO: Click here to view an action-packed video of YG celebraing Lag B'omer, produced by our very own Shaya Katz.

Shabbos Achdus

In the year 5746, the Rebbe asked all Jews to participate in unity gatherings on Shabbos-Bamidbar, in preparation for receiving the Torah on Shavuos. This year, the Rabbinical College of Australia & New Zealand hosted a Shabbos-Achdus Friday night event, with the participation of the students at three other educational institutes: Heichal Menachem – Machon Chaim, Mesivta, and Yeshivah College High School. Click here for more information about the event.

Alumni gather in Crown Heights

In spirit of the month of Sivan, when the Jewish Nation camped at Mount Sinai with complete unity, Shluchim and Alumni of Yeshivah Gedolah currently located in New York arranged a special Achdus (unity) Torah learning session. The attendees enjoyed the wonderful opportunity to bond and reunite with old classmates and friends, and help each other prepare for Kabbalas Hatorah B’simcha Ub’pnimius (receiving the Torah with joy and internalising it). Click here for more information, and for photos of the event.


A farbrengen is a Chassidic gathering in which the participants inspire each other, in the spirit of true ahavas yisroel (love for one's fellow jew), to lead an exemplary Jewish life. In this new series, we offer you a small sample of the farbrengens that our students attended. What a Hasidic farbrengen can achieve, even the angel Michoel cannot achieve!"

 Noticing Others 
Rabbi Dovid Eliezrie is Executive Director of North County Chabad Centre (California), President of the Rabbinical Council of Orange County and Long Beach, and a board member of the Jewish Federation of Orange County. At a recent Farbrengen at the Rabbinical College, Rabbi Eliezrie shared an anecdote and a lesson.

Click here for more. 

 There is still more to do! 
Rabbi Mendel Lipskar is Executive Director of Chabad of South Africa. He also serves as Rabbi of the Shul at Hyde Park in Johannesburg, and is a charismatic globetrotting orator who inspires audiences with passion and purpose. At an Achdus (unity) gathering attended by students of Yeshivah Gedolah, Rabbi Lipskar shared the following personal story.

Click here for more. 

Outreach: Passover Australia

Pesach 5771 saw groups of students travelling to many parts of Australia to arrange Seders for their Jewish communities. Cities visited included Byron Bay, Coffs Harbour, Cairns, Darwin and Fremantle. Their visits enabled over five hundred people to attend Seders across Australia. Aside from conducting communal Seders (Sedarim), the Shluchim utilized their visits to offer guidance and encouragement, and to provide religious items such as Mezuzot, Tefillin, Jewish Books and Kosher food, wherever needed. To read the Passover Australia Annual Report for 5771 (2011), please click here.

In a letter to the editors, Marc Zweier (Moshe Hersch ben Mendel Zweier) tells how Passover-Australia, and his encounters with the Yeshivah Gedolah students, changed the course of his life and that of his family. In fact, Marc and his wife Lea recently moved to Perth, in order to enable their daughter Zoe to attend a Jewish school.
lick here for Marc's letter, and for additional photos.

Website Feature

Our website is constantly being updated with new features.

Our newest web feaure is the "Heoros' webpage, which contains a brief history of the "Heoros Hatmimim" publication, as well as an archive of the most recently printed issued. Click here to view the "Heoros" webpage.

Over the years, the Rabbinical College of Australia & New Zealand has featured widely in the media. Some of these articles are now available on our website.

This Shavuos, the Rabbinical College hosted several Torah events, including the Kinus Torah, Shabbos Achdus and Tikun Leil Shavuos. Here, we present an article published in February 1991, detailing the long lasting impact that Torah learning has had on several of our graduates. 
[The opinions expressed in the article are solely the author's, and they do not necessarily reflect that of the Rabbinical College of Australia & New Zealand.]

Click here to view the featured article in full size.

Another recently added feature is the "archives" section, which contains pictures of Yeshivah Gedolah's early years. 

Readers are welcome to suggest a suitable caption, and/or to provide further background information and dates.
Click here to view the featured photo in full size.


15 SIVAN 5771
17 JUNE 2011 

Torah Gatherings
Kinus Torah Shavuos
Leil Shavuos at YG

News & Events
Lag B'omer
Shabbos Achdus
Alumni gather in NYC

Rabbi Eliezrie
Rabbi Lipskar

Passover Australia

Website Feature
In the Press

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