Not easy being zayde: 5 Towns considers the Orthodox grandparent


The Orthodox Union’s Department of Synagogue and Community Services will host an unusual panel discussion this Shabbos on “The Cost of Grandparenting in the 21st Century Torah World.”

The panel, moderated by Steven Savitsky, a popular speaker who is former president and chairman of the board of the OU, on will be held at Congregation Bais Tefillah in Woodmere, Friday evening, Dec. 16, at 7:45 pm.

Panelists include Rabbi Ephraim Polakoff, leader of Congregation Bais Tefillah; Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky, rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva of South Shore in Hewlett; Reuben Maron, executive director of the Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaway; Asher Mandsdorf, past president and current member of School Board District 15, and Avi Lauer, Esq., vice-president for legal affairs, secretary and general counsel, Yeshiva University.

“Being a grandparent today in the Orthodox Jewish world is far different than it was in previous generations,” Savitsky said. “There are more responsibilities, roles and opportunities. Hopefully, in our panel discussion, we can address all three.”