As Oholei Torah began its Shnas HaShishim campaign, they started with honoring their very own, the staff and faculty of the mossad.
Over 400 (!) Oholei Torah staff members with their spouses filled the main ballrooms as a gala banquet was held for them.
Every detail of the event, beginning with the invitations to the dinner program, was geared towards saluting the important role they each play in the mossad.
“Whether a Rebbi or Morah, Rosh Yeshiva or mashpia, management or PTA mother, administrator, secretary or fundraiser, we all bring nachas to the Rebbe, and together we celebrate our simchas of Shnas HaShishim as family,” were the opening words of the master of ceremonies, Rabbi Nosson Blumes, Director of Development, and such was the feeling throughout a most uplifting evening.
The event opened with a sicha from the Rebbe on chinuch, then followed by Rabbi Yankel Pinson, a senior member of the Board who expounded on some of the many ho’oras that the Rebbe gave Oholei Torah over the years.
Rabbi Joseph Rosenfeld, Executive Director, bentched the crowd with Birchas Kohanim, which was followed by a prepared video presentation.
A shiur daled bochur from the Beis Medrash, Shloime Sirota spoke on behalf of the talmidim, and Rabbi Yitzchok Kahan, Shliach to Medford, NJ spoke on behalf of the alumni. A surprise beheld Rabbi Kahan, when an audio of his dvar torah, from over 25 years ago, was played as he made his way to the podium. Rabbi Levi Garelick, keynote speaker, explained the importance of each one’s unique role in the mossad, and the great zechus to be part of Oholei Torah.
So much so was the excitement and gratification of the crowds, that they spontaneously began dancing with joy of their zechus to be mechanech the Rebbe’s kinder.
A moment was dedicated to founders and pillars of the Mossad, Reb Michoel and Esther Teitelbaum and R’ Dovid and Sarah Deitsch.
The event was initiated and sponsored by the Board. R’ Shalom Ber Rabkin, a member of the Board, spoke of the zechus to be part of the Mossad and to utilize each ones potential to their maximum for the chinuch of the talmidim.
A grand raffle was held with exciting prizes for the staff members. Winners were
Rabbi Dovid Kahanov – a jeweled wall mirror, donated by Modway furniture
R’ Naftoli Sirota – a year pass to MikvahMeir.com
Rabbi Avrohom Gerlitzky, a framed picture of the Rebbe, donated by art770
Morah Fraidy Brown – ChanaBlumesPhoto family shoot
Morah Bashi Levilov- Schottenstein Shas, donated by the Schottenstein family
Esther M. Levertov – Sofa and Chair set, donated by Modway furniture
Rabbi Menachem M. Silman – KMR Banff vacation package, donated by KMRtours.com and Beis Shmuel-Chabad.
The event was coordinated by R’ Shlomo Galatz. Music was provided by Fitche BenShimon.com, and photography by MoishyLew.com. Special video presentations were prepared for the event in conjunction with the JEM offices.
As the guests went home each one was presented with a gift bag of a personalized inscribed picture of the Rebbe, and selection of winter scarves, sponsored by arttoframe.com and spotlightdesign.com
Rabbi Joseph Rosenfeld said “Such an event is a token of appreciation for the complete devotion of our staff, I am proud of each and everyone of them”