This past Sunday, our 3rd grade boys’ class, their fathers and even some grandfathers gathered together to mark the beginning of the boys’ learning Torah Sh’baalPeh with a beautiful and festive breakfast. The event began with Rabbi Davidowitz welcoming the children and their guests and describing the significance of LimudMishnayos. He then introduced our guest speaker, Rabbi AvrohomStulberger, Rosh Yeshiva of Valley Torah High Schools and proud zaidy of three (!) of our 3rd grade boys. Rabbi Stulberger spoke about the chashivus of LimudHatorah and how events like these sweeten Torah learning for the boys for years to come. Rabbi Handwerger spoke next and then the boys began learning together, outlining the history of the Mishna and learning the 1stMishna of Brachos in unison. Everyone joined together for singing and dancing and then enjoyed the delicious breakfast buffet, prepared by our talented and dedicated PTA. Thank you to all those that made this event possible and Mazal Tov to our boys – may you go on to become tremendous TalmideiChachomim!
This past Monday, the Yeshiva had the privilege of welcoming almost 200 grandparents (and special relatives) to our annual Grandparents Day program. The event began at the early childhood campus, where the grandparents and their grandchildren crafted colorful תפילת הדרך beaded car decorations. The grandparents were then treated to a delicious brunch, which was beautifully prepared by our talented PTA. During the brunch, Rabbi YoirApter, the Yeshiva’s 5th Grade Rebbi, spoke about the very special relationship that grandparents and grandchildren share and the significance of grandparents in the lives of their grandchildren. The event concluded with the grandparents joining their elementary grandchildren’s classrooms, learning together and bonding with one another. Grandparents day is an event that we all look forward to. The grandparents, the children and staff thoroughly enjoy themselves every year and we are grateful to have this opportunity to bring the generations together in such a meaningful way
Last Thursday, November 8th, our elementary girls participated in a special assembly in honor of Rosh Chodesh Kislev. The 2nd-5th grade girls began their assembly with a join recitation ofHallel. Mrs. Esther Malka Heller, our Elementary Girls Program Director, then introduced the girl’s to this year’s theme “One”derful Colors, a harmonious blend”. The girl’s played a lively game of pass-the-box as they learned about this month’s subject, “Grateful Green”. The assemblies concluded with the girls decorating thank-you cards, which they gave to someone to whom they are grateful. The Pre-1st and 1st grade girls had their assembly later in the afternoon. What a beautiful way to bring in the new Chodesh!
On Sunday morning, October 14th, our 5th Grade Boys class, together with their fathers and grandfathers, marked the formal beginning of their Gemara learning with a lavish breakfast. We were honored to have Rav Shlomo Gottesman, Rosh Yeshiva of Mesivta of Greater Los Angeles (“Calabasas”) join us at the Haschalas Gemara Breakfast and address the boys on the integral role that Limud Hatorah has in our Avodas Hashem. Rabbi Davidowitz and Rabbi Apter spoke as well, which was followed by father-son learning and spirited singing and dancing.
The work that our Rebbeim put into our Talmidim is clearly evident at events like this, and the work that our dedicated PTA volunteers put into making these events so aesthetically pleasing is on full display. Thank you to them, and to the parents of our Talmidim, who allow us to lead them on their journey through Torah!
On Monday evening, October 15th, in the presence of their parents and grandparents, our 1st Grade boys received their Chumashim. The 1st grade boys sang a song to their special guests, Rabbi Davidowitz and Rabbi Mann addressed the boys after which they learned the first Pasuk of Bereishis together from their brand-new Chumashim. Lively songs and dancing were followed by a delicious catered dinner and a festive cake. Thank you to the PTA events committee for making the room’s decor reflective of this truly momentous evening.
On Sunday, April 22, Elementary School Girls and their Mothers were treated to a beautiful Mother-Daughter Breakfast at the home of Irving and Linda Rubenstein. The program began with a continental breakfast that was both beautiful and delicious.
During the breakfast Rabbi Rubenstein spoke to the attendees about the importance of proper chinuch and the invaluable partnership between the home and the Yeshiva in ensuring our daughters reaching their highest potential as Bnos Torah.
The program followed with a heart-warming musical gift by the girls to their mothers as they sang “My Dear Ima”. Following the performance, the Mothers and Daughters decorated notebooks for each family to take home and use to write messages to one another.
Thank you to the PTA for their hard work organizing and executing the event to perfection. Special thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Irving Rubenstein for again opening their home to the girls and their mothers.
Torah Umesorah has long been at the forefront of Chinuch in America, serving as a valuable resource for Yeshivos across the country. They support Jewish Education in so many ways including staffing, staff development and their amazing Teacher Centers, one of which we enjoy here in Los Angeles. On Friday May 3rd, Morah Miriam Weiner was recognized at the Torah Umesorah National Leadership Convention with a prestigious award: the Mrs. Chaya Newman A”H Teacher Appreciation Award. This annual award is presented to an outstanding Morah, still in her first few years of teaching, who embodies the ideals of Mrs. Newman A”H. Mrs. Newman was a legendary Mechaneches who affected the lives of thousands of her own students and the students of her students with her warmth, caring and love. We are honored that Torah Umesorah and the thousands of attendees at the Convention recognized the amazing work that Morah Weiner does every day for the children of our community!
Yeshiva Ketana’s 6th Annual Scholarship Banquet took place on Tuesday, March 13th at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel. Baruch Hashem it was a huge success and a tremendous Kiddush Hashem. Approximately 250 people came out in support of the Yeshiva and in recognition of the Honorees. The décor was beautiful, the food was delicious and it seemed as if our guests just did not want to leave.
As in the past, we held a raffle at the event that completely sold out. The Grand Prize was two tickets to Eretz Yisroel. Parents (and grandparents) were given magnetic pictures of their children. All of our guests took home beautiful hexagon tea candleholders to tie in with the Banquet’s 6th Anniversary theme.
We are so grateful to our parent body, staff and to the entire community who came out in support of the Yeshiva and its students. We are continually amazed and inspired by their dedication to Yeshiva Ketana.
Thank you to the many individuals who organized every detail of the event and executed it to perfection. Their efforts on behalf of Yeshiva Ketana are a large part of our success and they inspire us to keep on building!
On Sunday, May 27th, Yeshiva Ketana’s Pre-School hosted over 30 mothers and their incoming preschool children for its annual Mommy & Me Play date. This is a unique event allowing the incoming Pre-School children to get a glimpse into their future as a “preschooler”. The mothers also have the opportunity to mingle and set-up summer play dates for their children.
The children enjoyed our outdoor classroom, equipped with a water table, sand play, bubbles, play-dough, building blocks and a larger than life art easel. They also snacked on health and delicious fresh fruit.
As part of our ongoing effort to successfully acclimate the students before the school year begins, the Morahs are looking forward to meeting the children during their home visits in August.
Stay tuned for another update as the Kindergarten classes walk over to the Elementary School on June 15th to get their first glimpse into Pre-1a.
On November 23rd, the Pre-School hosted the fathers for “Take your Daddy to School Day.” The children and staff enthusiastically greeted the fathers for a morning of fun and exploration. They proudly showed off their Picasso-like paintings, explored their classrooms and experienced the outdoor classroom together with their fathers. Everyone enjoyed the contagious simcha, and it was a great opportunity for the often-busy fathers to participate in a fun school activity with their children.