WESTPORT – Rabbi Greg Wall, spiritual leader of Beit Chaverim in Westport, will receive the Rabbinic Leadership Award at the Partners in Torah banquet, to be held Monday evening, May 14 at Lincoln Square Synagogue in Manhattan. Partners in Torah, a worldwide one-to-one Jewish study program, will also celebrate its 25th anniversary at the event.
Started in 1993 as a grassroots project, Partners in Torah draws upon the dynamic of peer-to-peer connections and the Talmudic tradition of chavruta (paired) study to achieve its goal of making Judaism accessible and relevant to Jews of all backgrounds. Partners in Torah matches men and women eager to learn more about Jewish texts and traditions with fellow Jews who are more schooled in these areas, for up to an hour a week of hearty discussion and mutual learning. Partners study together in person, by phone or via Skype. To date, over 72,000 men and women have participated in the program.
In September 1997, Greg Wall was a professional musician, but relatively new to classical Jewish texts when he became eager to study Talmud. He contacted Partners in Torah and was quickly paired to study with Heshi Stern, a textile salesman from Brooklyn. The two have been studying together ever since. Along the way, Wall wanted to master Jewish law and embarked on a process which would eventually lead to him becoming an ordained rabbi in 2006. Since then Rabbi Wall has served as spiritual leader of the Sixth Street Community Synagogue in New York City’s East Village and, beginning in 2013, as spiritual leader of Beit Chaverim.
For more information on the Partners in Torah and the banquet www.partnersintorah.org or call (800) STUDY-42.