On Motzei Shabbos a special Melave Malka was held honoring the tireless volunteers of the Released Time Program, which is under the auspices of the NCFJE, for their hard work and amazing accomplishments this year.
Close to 150 bochurim attended, enjoying the evening which included a slideshow of this year’s events and successes.
Shimon Rivkin was the MC for the evening. He spoke about the importance of continuing on the successes of this year’s Released Time by re-registering the children for next year.
Rabbi Shazak Zirkind thanked the Bochurim for their devotion and commitment in making this year’s Released Time the astounding success that it was. He stressed the importance of keeping up with the Released Time families during the summer to continue the work that was began.
Rabbi Abramowitz related a story of how a person asked the Rebbe in which way he can help the Rebbe to which the Rebbe responded that by supporting Shaloh, he is helping the Rebbe. Rabbi Abramowitz expressed the gratitude that the NCFJE has to the Bochurim for enabling the Rebbe’s vision to come to fruition. Rabbi Sadya Engel thanked Ahrele Matusof and Mendy Shanowitz for their constant assistance.
The highlight of the event was when Rabbi Yitzi Bogomilski related that two years ago when he was doing Released Time, there was an older woman who was a member of the faculty and was extremely helpful in getting children to sign up. When asked what was motivating her to be so supportive, she exclaimed that she was a Released Time graduate herself.
The Released Time group picture was given out to all attendees.
Special thanks to Rabbi Noach Fox (Gabbai of the Kollel) for helping make this event a success.