Yeshivat Or Hatorah
Mid-Winter Vacation

A number of years ago the Rosh HaYeshiva of Yeshivat Or Hatorah, Rabbi Yaakov Marcus, shlit”a, was very concerned about the extended “mid-winter break” given by many of the community schools. He met with Hacham Ovadia Yosef, zt”l, and discussed it in detail with him. Hacham Ovadia emphatically stated in no uncertain terms that boys who are learning Torah on the level of Yeshivat Or Hatorah students should absolutely nottake a long break from Yeshiva just for a “vacation.”

Does that mean that Yeshivat Or Hatorah boys don’t have mid-winter vacation? Absolutely Not! They should just “do it right!”

After a four day mid-winter break (Friday through Tuesday) which included a raging snowstorm, the talmidimreturned to yeshiva on Wednesday morning. The sixth, seventh, and eighth graders traveled to Bet Medrash Govoha in Lakewood. The boys and their rebbeimwere treated to a guided tour of some of the buildings, with stops at some of the batei medrashwhere hundreds of young men were learning. They also got to meet one of the chefs, and to see the BMG kitchen, which produces almost 4,000 meals three times a day. The highlight of the visit though, was meeting the Rosh HaYeshiva, HaGaon HaRav David Shustal, shlit”a. Rav Shustal spoke for a few moments, and then each boy had the opportunity to greet the rav and to get a berachafrom him.

Then it was back on the bus, and the entourage headed to Sky Zone Trampoline Park. On the way, with the help of the bus driver, a surprise color war broke out!

On Thursday, the sixth, seventh, and eighth graders traveled to Pacplex where they enjoyed swimming and fun indoor activities.

The younger division as the middle school division, led by Rabbi Yehoshia Alfih, participated as well in many creative activities surrounded by learning Torah. Many lessons were learned from the divreiTorah, Torah bowl, and grand bechinapreparation. But more importantly, the young men of Yeshivat Or Hatorah learned how to “do mid-winter vacation right!” and enjoyed a fun packed break that did not hurt their level of kedushathat they strive to attain every day by learning Torah. How fortunate are the students of Or Hatorah to have such dedicated rabbis, principals who are so concerned for the spirituality of their students and merit to follow the directive of Maran Hacham Ovadia, zt”l.

Ma’or Yeshiva
High School
Basketball Team Pulls Off Major Upset in Play-offs

Ma’or Yeshiva’s basketball team has managed to pull off a rare feat. In their first year under the direction of new coach Al Roma, the Ma’or Mavericks went 5-5 during the regular season, just barely earning them the 6th seed in the first round of the MYHSAL (Metropolitan Yeshiva High School Athletic League) playoffs. Many of those losses came as a result of working out the bugs in a new system. Ma’or was better than their .500 record, and  in the first round they proved it. In a league where a 6th seed upset of a 3 seed is rare at best, Ma’or did just that.

JEC (Jewish Educational Center – Rav Teitz Mesivta Academy in Elizabeth, NJ) brought a 7-3 record onto their home court, confident they could take a Ma’or squad that they had already beaten once this season.

Ma’or Yeshiva showed up en masse to support their team. The overwhelming majority of students and faculty were there to cheer them on. Many alumni and friends came too.It was hard to tell who was home and who was away!

In the end, tenacious defense and clutch shooting helped Ma’or take down JEC 55-45. Ma’or is looking forward to another upset as they take on 10-0 DRS (David Renov Stahler Yeshiva High School for Boys – Hebrew Academy of Long Beach) in the next round.

(R-L) Yitzhak Katach, Rahamim Ballas, Haim Basso, Aharon Chalouh, Shimon Chalouh, Rabbi Marcus, Yehuda Chkalo, David Saadia,
Ariel Kohenteb,
and Yitzhak Fallas.

Rabbi Yaakov Marcus,
Rosh Yeshiva Yeshivat Or Hatorah, Visits his Students in Israel

Every winter Rabbi Yaakov Marcus hops on a plane to Eretz Yisraelto visit his graduates who are learning there after high school.

The boys can’t wait for him to come (not just for the care packages that he brings them from home),  and they talk about his visit for days after. In the 5-6 days that he spends there not a moment is wasted. He visits all the yeshivot that his boys are in, speaks to their rabbis to get first hand reports, takes all the boys out to eat, andspeaks to them one on one, giving them guidance.

This trip he spent Shabbat in Ramat Shlomo and was the guest rabbi for Mikdash Melech Jerusalem where nine Or Hatorah alumni are learning. He ate seudat shlishitwith the yeshiva, sitting together with “his boys” in the dining room. He delivered divrei Torahto the entire student body.

We wish the rabbi continued hatzlahawith his prestigious Community Yeshiva Elementary and High School, and continued nahatfrom all his students.

Hineni Dinner to Celebrate 50 Years of Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis’ Pioneering Work in the World of Kiruv

On Tuesday evening, March 15, 2016, hundreds will gather at the Annual Hineni Dinner to pay tribute to Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis.

The Rebbitzen has been a true visionary in the realm of kiruvfor more than half a century, and has touched the hearts and lives of thousands of people worldwide. Many of these people and so many others will come to celebrate the Rebbetzin’s recovery, her tremendous accomplishments, and the powerful experiences through which she touched their lives.

Hardly a Jew in America, let alone the world, was not somehow been touched by the Rebbetzin. Her sincere love and dedication for each and every member of Klal Yisrael, both affiliated and
non-affiliatedalike, has enabled her to have such a strong impact.

The Rebbetzin’s inaugural mass Hineni event was at Madison Square Garden on November 8, 1973. More than 18,000 people attended the event, which marked the beginning of a legacy. Since then, Hineni and the Rebbetzin have been at the forefront of the Jewish community, providing transformational Torah classes and helping people make life-changing spiritual discoveries. Over the years, Hineni’s programs and activities have vastly expanded, thanks to the Rebbetzin’s children joining forces with her. Together with the Rebbetzin, they work tirelessly to change lives, inspire hearts, and bring people closer to Judaism.

On March 15, people from all over the world will gather at Hineni’s 50th Anniversary Jubilee Dinner. The event will take place at Guastavino’s, a landmark venue in New York City.

At the dinner the Rebbetzin and Hineni will introduce an exciting new initiative. Shemais the prayer that throughout the ages, through all that we have endured, has served as an eternal reminder of the continuity of the Jewish people. The Rebbetzin will be announcing the launch of a worldwide campaign to keep the flame of Shema Yisraelalive.

Be a part of history. Join the Hineni family in paying tribute to
50 years of the Rebbetzin’s pioneering work on behalf of .

For more information,orto place a journal ad andmake dinnerreservations,please visit, or contact HINENI at 1.212.496.1660.

Hanachat Even Hapinah for Yeshivas Acheinu Graced by Gedolim

Mid-February’s hanachat even hapinahfor a new building to serve as home for Yeshivas Acheinu L’Tzeirim in Kiryat Sefer was a deeply inspiring maamadof Torah and tefillahthat will not be easily forgotten. The yeshiva, which was established ten years ago at the behest of HaGaon HaRav Aharon Leib Shteinman, shlit”a, has inculcated the foundations of Torah learning and Torah living into an entire generation of talmidim.

Due to the yeshiva’s success and growth, the need for a new state-of-the art building became an imperative. The hanachat even hapinahwas held in the presence of numerous gedolei Yisrael and talmidimof the yeshiva both past and present.

The feelings of emotion at the hachnasat even pina were overwhelming. HaGaon HaRav Shimon Baadani, shlit”a, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva Torah V’Chaim of Bnei Brak and a member of the Moetzet Chachmei HaTorah, was one of the gedolimwho poured the cement into the foundation of the new Yeshivas Acheinu L’Tze’eirim in Modiin Illit.

Rav Baadani was flanked by other gedolimas well as Rav Dovid Hofstedter, Nasi of Dirshu. After pouring the cement, Rav Baadani spoke from the heart, exclaiming, “I have a special, abiding love for Acheinu! Why? Because Yeshivas Acheinu is unique. Many other yeshivos seek only metzuyanim, outstanding bachurimwho will reflect well on the yeshiva. Acheinu just wants to work with bachurim and bring out the best in them!”

Museum Showcases
Jewish Syrian Art

Before the January blizzard set in, the Jewish Children’s Museum in Brooklynhosted “Jewish-Syrian Metal Works: The Lost Art of Damascus,” an art showcase featuring the metal and inlaid copper-work of Syrian artist, Maurice Nseiri. Nseiri was also awarded the International Arts Award at the museum’s annual benefit dinner of 2015.

The event was facilitated and sponsored by Joseph and Marshall Aronow, renowned philanthropists in the Syrian Jewish community and relatives of the artist. The Aronow’s helped transform the Brooklyn Museum to a haven of Syrian culture. Sheer gold curtainsgraced the walls, colorful metal lamps decked the floors, and a long table offered trays of Syrian
nut-filled desserts, including marzipan, pistachio ghraybe, maamoul, and atayef.

Nseiri’s style was learned from his father, whereby metal and copper are forced into beautiful and intricate designs. “The Syrian Jewish story is one that must be told,” said Joseph Aronow. “This artwork tells the story of the historically renowned Syrian Jewish community. Persecuted and harassed, they remained staunch defenders of tradition, publicly proud of their Jewishness, until they were able or forced to leave.” Nseiri himself was imprisoned more than fifteen times for exporting his artwork.

The Nseiri display enabled people of many backgrounds to enjoy a taste of the modern Syrian Jewish story, and its place in history.

Bet Yaakov of the Jersey Shore Introduces an Innovative Solution to End the Tuition Crisis

Nestled in the idyllic town of West Long Branch is a school where every student feels at home. Walking through the vibrant hallways of Bet Yaakov of the Jersey Shore, you see happy students who feel challenged and inspired daily. BYJS is led by the very devoted Rabbi Shmuel Choueka, along with his amazing staff of highly trained professionals. BYJS combines loving, traditional hinuchwith an up-to-date, hands-on creative teaching approach. BYJS hosts an array of programs geared to the enrichment and wellbeing of each student. Fun and exciting programs include Middat Hashana, Parasha Chidon, Berachot Bee, HesedPrograms, and more.

The preschool, well-known for its multi-sensory teaching approach, is in the midst of a super-sized thematic learning experience called Project Shabbat. Peeking into the classrooms, you can see full scale models of a beit knesset, sifrei Torah,an aron kodesh, a decorated Shabbat table and more – created by the students themselves. You may also spot the preschoolers, clipboards in hand, around town on field trips to local shuls, bakeries, and stores, interviewing the proprietors about their Shabbat related businesses.

The Bet Yaakov spirit and achdutcan be felt most strongly in the hallways of the high school. BYJS High School is the choice for girls looking for a traditional Bet Yaakov education in a warm, accepting atmosphere. There the girls prepare for life after graduation, as they garner the tools needed to create a thriving Torah home and to become successful in the workplace. Girls also develop a commitment to giving back to our community. At BYJS High School lasting friendships develop between students and teachers. BYJS also boasts a high acceptance rate to top seminaries here and in Israel.

There is yet another reason that Bet Yaakov is the choice for community families – there is no tuition crisis! In an effort to ease the burden of the high cost of tuition, BYJS is introducing a new innovative solution for the coming year. All families will be charged a flat tuition, but on a new, more reasonable scale. The preschool tuition will be $4,000/year and grades K-4 will be $5,000/year. In the future, with Gd’s help, tuition will be lowered for students in fifth grade and above as well.

Step into Bet Yaakov and find out why the school is the hidden jewel of the Jersey Shore. For more info contact Richie Shalom at 732-241-1212.