NCSY to honor Rabbi Michael Rovinsky

Rabbi Michael Rovinsky tells about the kinds of activities the Jewish Student Union provides. Photo by Andrew Kerman

NCSY, the international youth movement of the Orthodox Union, will honor Rabbi Michael Rovinsky as an inductee into the Ben Zakkai Honor Society (BZHS) at its Annual Scholarship Reception Sunday, Jan. 30 in New York.  At the reception, the OU will also pay tribute to the legacy of Dr. Bernard Lander z”l, the founder and for 40 years, president of Touro College. Lander died Feb. 8, 2010 at age 94.

BZHS is an alumni “Hall of Fame” whose new members are nominated by, and voted on, by its current members based on the nominees’ service to NCSY and the Jewish community. The Society’s main function is to raise funds for scholarships for high school NCSYers for summer programs in North America and Israel and for teens to continue their Jewish education after high school. The January 30 event will be the 15th Annual Scholarship Reception.

Rabbi Rovinsky is the NCSY district coordinator of St. Louis.  He also is executive director of St. Louis’ Jewish Student Union program, which creates Jewish groups for students at non-Jewish high schools. St. Louis JSU began in 2003 with a pilot club at Ladue High School. Today, JSU sponsors nine school clubs and a weekly Jewish Book Club serving 700+ teens, and is growing daily. Local schools include: John Burroughs, MICDS, Crossroads, Clayton, Ladue, Parkway Central, Parkway North, Parkway West and Lafayette.

For information on attending the BZHS Annual Scholarship Reception or to contribute to its Souvenir Journal, contact or Elaine Grossman at 212-613-8350 or [email protected].

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