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November 12, 2011 / charityprofiles

The Work of Migdal Torah

A devout follower of Judaism and a leader in the local religious community, Danny Shabat serves on the boards of the Wisconsin Institute for Torah Study and Helping Hands. Shabat extends financial support to a wide assortment of religious organizations as well, including Migdal Torah, Ohel Shalom Torah Center, Hillel Torah North Suburban Day School, Adas B’nai Israel Congregation, and several other groups.

Since its inception more than three decades ago, Migdal Torah has maintained an unwavering commitment to educating men and women about the teachings and heritage of Judaism. As the largest institution of its kind in Chicago, Migdal Torah has already reached thousands of people college-aged and older who have little to no previous experience with the Jewish faith. Migdal Torah works in conjunction with several educational institutions throughout the region to facilitate its programs, including the University of Illinois, Northeastern Illinois University, DePaul University, and Loyola University Chicago.

One of the key programs offered by Migdal Torah is Partners in Torah, which allows people to spend an hour each week in a one-on-one session with a personal mentor delving into a specific topic, such as prayer, parenting, ethics, or Jewish history. The organization also holds a wide spectrum of classes throughout the year designed to enhance understanding and appreciation of Judaism; some of the current offerings include Wellsprings of Torah, Jewish Philosophy & Thought, A Heritage for All Times, Developing a Torah Personality, and the Hebrew Reading Crash Course. Online audio lectures, another learning resource, are now available for free at the group’s website. In addition, visitors can browse through more than 2,000 hours of taped audio lectures, which can be reserved at the Jewish learning center. Migdal Torah also hosts an assortment of special events throughout the year that allow supporters to meet other like-minded people in the community.


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