Chanukah Program 2019

Get a taste of the 2018 Chanukah Program with the images and program description below.

The program in 2019 is scheduled to take place from December 27-29, 2019. Look for an update to this page closer to the starting date.

Outstanding Shiurim from World-Renowned Rabbis

Rabbi Mordechai Becher

Rabbi Mordechai Becher, Originally from Australia, is a Senior Lecturer for the Gateways Organization and an instructor in Jewish History at Yeshiva University. Rabbi Becher received his ordination from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and his Masters in Medieval Jewish History from the Bernard Revel Graduate School at Yeshiva University where he is currently engaged in Doctoral studies. He taught at Ohr Somayach and Neve Yerushalayim in Jerusalem for 15 years and served in the Israel Defense Forces rabbinate. Rabbi Becher has answered thousands of questions on and gives a Talmud class on the Jewish Broadcasting Network. His latest book, Gateways To Judaism, is now in its eighth printing. Rabbi Becher has led tours of Israel, China, Africa, and Europe and has taught in Canada, USA, England, Israel, South Africa, Australia, and Russia.

Rabbi Dovid Greenblatt

Rabbi Dovid Greenblatt comes from a heritage of illustrious Rabbis. He is an exciting teacher who has taught for many organizations. Besides being an active teacher for over thirty years, he has founded and administrates several large charity funds and organizations. Professionally, he is an accomplished internet executive who is an expert in VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) and author of “Call Heard ‘Round the World.” Rabbi Greenblatt is a founding member of the Gateways Organization.

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Rabbi Jonathan Rietti

A descendant of the Sephardic leader the Ben Ish Chai and son of famous British actor Robert Rietti, Rabbi Rietti received semichah from Gateshead Yeshiva, after which he helped establish the Kollel in Gibraltar. Holding a master’s degree in education, he has been an educational consultant for 24 years. Rabbi Rietti currently works in Brooklyn under Machon Daas Esvuna training teachers using hands-on chinuch methods steeped in Chazal-based principles. Rabbi Rietti speaks worldwide on topics including inner growth, health, parenting and Jewish identity.

Rabbi Mordechai Suchard

Rabbi Suchard is the son of a Rav and Dayan on the prestigious Johannesburg Beis Din. He studied in Telshe, Cleveland and Ponevizh, Israel, and received semichah from the Chief Rabbi and Av Beth Din of Jerusalem, Rabbi Kulitz. For the past 20 years, Rabbi Suchard has devoted his time to building Gateways into a premier education powerhouse that engages collegiates, young adults, families, singles and Russian immigrants in the United States and abroad to nurture and sustain Jewish identity, strengthen their connection to Israel, and make informed decisions about their Jewish future.

Slovie Jungreis-Wolff

Mrs. Slovie Jungreis-Wolff

Mrs. Slovie Jungreis-Wolff is a noted teacher, author, relationships and parenting lecturer.  She is the leader of Hineni Couples and daughter of Rebbetzen Esther Jungreis A’H.  Slovie is the author of the parenting handbook, Raising A Child With Soul. She gives weekly classes and has lectured throughout the U.S.,Canada, Mexico, Panama, and South Africa.

Mrs. Debbie Greenblatt

Mrs. Debbie Greenblatt is a Senior Lecturer for Gateways and has been involved in teaching and counseling Jewish women for more than twenty-five years. Her insightful and powerful presentations on topics such as practical applications of Jewish philosophy and personal relationships has touched the minds and hearts of all those who attend her classes. Mrs. Greenblatt lectures frequently within the Metropolitan area and across the country.


Nesher Fine Foods
Weiss Brothers Catering


Daf HaYomi

Daf Hayomi

Open Bais HaMedrash

Fully stocked with Sefarim

Lavish Kiddushim & Meals

Gourmet food at each meal

Q & A Sessions

Ask The Rabbi and get your answer LIVE


Available for young children

Pirchei & Bnos style Day Camp

Led by Master Storyteller & Mechanech Rabbi Avi Frank

Avos uBanim

Father-Son Learning in the Beis Medrash

Kids' Carnival

Games and Rides for all Children!


Big Name Entertainment on Motza'ei Shabbos

Hilton Stamford Hotel & Executive Meeting Center
1 First Stamford Place, 06902, CT


Aaron Leshinsky

Mr. Leshinsky is from Lakewood and resided in Israel in the early years of his marriage. There he had the opportunity to meet many singles before they entered the “parsha” and successfully made many shidduchim. He recently relocated to Lakewood with his wife and children. Aaron has established himself as an outstanding and personable Shadchan with dozens of successful Shidduchim to date. We are delighted to have Aaron as part of the Gateways Connections Team.

Fayge Rudman

Mrs. Rudman specializes in setting up singles in their late 20s, second time singles and Baalei Teshuva. She has over 20 years’ experience in Shidduchim and in running events that bring men and women together from across the country and abroad. Fayge lives with her family in Monsey, NY and is an integral part of the Connections team.


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