Thursday night, June 16, a Grand Banquet was held in honor of Tes Vov Sivan, and marking the end of a year-long program for the sixth graders of Lubavitcher Yeshiva.
S.G.U.L.Y. (Sixth Grade United Lubavitcher Yeshiva), as it was affectionately dubbed, was a program started in the middle of Cheshvan by two parents of Rabbi Sorkin’s sixth grade class, with the intent to provide their children with an added Geshmak for Yoma Depagra, and a general Koch in Chassidishkeit and Farbrenging.
The program was designed and run by Avremi Zippel of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Levi Harlig, of Las Vegas, Nevada. Every month a Farbrengen was held at the home of different member of the class. Every Farbrengen contained a meaningful story with a powerful Hora’ah, meant to impress upon the children the relevance of the Yom Tov. The program was entertaining and exciting, yet informative. Games were created to test all areas of their knowledge of Yiddishkeit. “We tried to find a way to keep them excited, on the edge of their seats, while bringing them up to speed on interesting facts that they would appreciate and enjoy,” said Levi Harlig. Examples of games they played include a Live Jeopardy Gameshow, Bingo, Trivia Deluxe and Mad Libs. At the end of every Farbrengen professionally printed cards were distributed. Every Bochur was encouraged to take upon himself a meaningful Hachloto in a certain area where he hoped to strengthen himself throughout that month. The cards were handed in to the Ohel each month.
On Tes Vov Sivan, the program drew to a close. All the Talmidim of the class, together with their parents and Melamdim, gathered together for a beautiful banquet to mark the end of a successful year. Heartfelt words and Divrei Torah were delivered by the Bochurim who ran the program and the teacher of the class, emphasizing the importance of the end of the year, and the necessary Kochos given to each Talmid to continue their Hatzlocho throughout the upcoming summer. Every Talmid was presented with a beautiful leather-bound, pocket size Siddur, with his name engraved on the front, alluding to the fact that many of the Haclotos taken by the Farbrengens were in the areas of Brochos, Mincha, Maariv and Krias Shema.
“The Farbrengens were beautiful, our children enjoyed them and will miss them tremendously,” said one parent.
“As happy as we are with the progress of the past year, we hope that this is only a springboard which will reveal the the amazing potential each and every one of these Talmidim have, and that they will truly go M’Chayil El Chayil”, said Avremi Zippel.