Several classmates who studied at the Lubavitcher Yeshiva in Newark, NJ, which later relocated to Morristown, gathered at the home of their colleague Rabbi Yehudah Clapman in Crown Heights to reminisce about their time spent together in Yeshiva and remember their beloved Mashpia who just passed away, Rabbi Elimelech Zweibel, OBM.
The gathering marks 50 years since they arrived at the Yeshiva in the fall of 5727 (1966). It was Rabbi Zweibel’s second year at the institution, having arrived there to teach in the fall of 5726 (1965) as its first official Mashpia.
The former classmates also remembered their late colleague, Rabbi Shmuel Hecht, OBM, Shliach to Burlington, VT, who passed away 40 years ago at the young age of 30. They would often gather together on his yahrtzeit, Beis Adar Aleph.
The Yeshiva at Newark was created as an intermediary Yeshiva, meant to fill the two-year gap between the Mesivta at Bedford and Dean, from which students graduated at 16, and the central Yeshivas Tomchei Temimim in 770 – which didn’t admit students below the age of 18.