The Gush Dinner

Meet the Honorees


Rav Yehuda Amital z"tl

Rav Amital

A Hungarian survivor of the Holocaust, Rav Amital emigrated to Israel in 1944, and resumed his yeshiva studies in Jerusalem. During the War of Independence, he served in the Hagana armored corps, taking part in the famous battle of Latrun. Subsequently, he took an active role in the development of Yeshivat Hadarom, where he was involved in the formulation of the idea of yeshivat hesder. Following the Six Day War, Rav Amital founded and assumed leadership of Yeshivat Har Etzion. He was a dominant public figure in Israel, widely respected on matters of religious and national concern. As of Cheshvan 5769, Harav Yehuda Amital, founding Rosh Yeshiva, while continuing his involvement with the yeshiva, officially retired as Rosh Yeshiva. Harav Amital passed away at the age of 85 on the 27th of Tamuz, 5770 (2010), and was mourned by thousands of students and admirers.  He is survived by his wife of over 60 years, Rabbanit Miriam Amital, as well as their five children (all of whom are involved, together with their spouses, in Torah education in Israel), and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Yeshivat Har Etzion, the institution he founded and guided for over four decades, will always remain his great legacy to Am Yisrael.



Drs. Morton ’75 and Esther Fridman


Drs. Esther and Mort Fridman live in Teaneck, New Jersey and are the proud parents of Ari, Daniel, Michael and Elisheva. Mort, Ari and Daniel attended Yeshivat Har Etzion  and Michael is currently learning at the Yeshiva.

Esther and Mort practice child, adolescent and adult psychiatry in Englewood, New Jersey. Esther is a member of the Yavneh Academy Board of Education and Board of Directors. Mort is a member of the Frisch School Board of Directors, Co-Chair of the Frisch Strategic Planning Committee, a former Board and Rabbinic Search Committee Member at Congregation Keter Torah, AIPAC National Council Member, Vice-President of NORPAC and a Berrie Fellow.

Ari is Counsel to the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee.  Daniel is in his fourth year of Smicha at Yeshiva University, and a resident scholar at the Jewish Center on the West Side of Manhattan.  Michael, a graduate of the Frisch School, is currently a talmid at Yeshivat Har Etzion and will attend Yeshiva University next year.  Elisheva is an eighth grade student at Yavneh Academy.

The Fridmans are very grateful to Yeshivat Har Etzion for its profound influence on their family and Klal Yisrael.

Jay ’80 and Rachel Jubas


Jay and Rachel live in Stamford Connecticut. Jay attended Yeshivat Har Etzion from 1980 to 1982. He is a Senior Partner at Mckinsey & Company, the international consulting firm where he specializes in the technology, media and telecommunications industries. Rachel studied in Israel at Midreshet Lindenbaum She is a psychiatrist specializing in mood and anxiety disorders and women’s’ reproductive psychiatry. Both Rachel and Jay are involved with Jewish communal institutions in Stamford. Currently, Jay is a member of the Board of Directors of Bi Cultural Day School in Stamford and is chair of its development committee. He is also a member of the strategic planning committee for Jewish Family Services of Stamford. Rachel is chairperson of the Congregation Agudath Sholom mikvah committee, on the board of directors of the UJF of Greater Stamford and a member of the SAR High School parent liaison committee.

Jay and Rachel have four children. Ben attended Yeshivat Har Etzion from 2008 – 2010 and is currently a freshman at Princeton University. Talia, a senior at SAR High School, plans on studying at the Stella K Abraham Beit Midrash for Women at Migdal Oz in the fall. Daniel and Maya are students at BiCultural Day School.





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