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Local High Schools Gather for First Annual Poetry Slam at Yeshiva University

“Who I am/You should not care/Just please be aware/I am not he or she/In fact/I’m a type of free/And for now/It’s only me,” recited Sam Dratch at the First Annual Poetry Slam hosted by Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy / Yeshiva University High School for Boys (YUHSB) on February 28.

Rambam's Hananel Levy performs at the YUHSB Poetry Slam

Rambam's Hananel Levy performs at the YUHSB Poetry Slam (Photo by Adin Alpern)

Dratch, a senior at YUHSB, was among 30 students from six local high schools to perform at the event.

For more than a year and a half, Jewish high school students from the tri-state area have been gathering in various schools to slam their poetry in a competition where poets read or recite original work.

“A poetry slam is a new and unique way for students to perform, achieve and shine,” said Hillel Broder, YUHSB English teacher and organizer of the event. “These students are truly artists.”

Participating schools at the Slam included The Frisch School, Rambam, SAR Academy, Yeshiva of Flatbush, The Samuel H. Wang Yeshiva University High School for Girls, and YUHSB.

YUHSG's Rachel Thau

YUHSG's Rachel Thau (Photo by Alpern)

Every poet was required to compose and present a free verse poem on the theme of masking as well as an original Ghazal, a style of Spanish Medieval Jewish meditation or prayer.

“Poetry is a Jewish tradition that today’s youth needs to bring back to the forefront,” said Dr. Gillian Steinberg, assistant professor of English at Yeshiva College.

“It’s scary getting up there to perform your own work but you learn to breathe,” said Elizabeth Kantarowitz of Yeshiva of Flatbush. “It’s so great hearing other people share their poetry. It reminds you that you’re not alone.”

The Slam winners were: Rivka Cohen (YUHSG), Best Free Verse Poem; Emily Stone (Frisch), Best Ghazal; Ethan Metzger (SAR), Best Presentation; Tova Kamioner (SAR), Best Poet; and Kantrowitz, Best Poet Runner-Up.


The high schools hope to organize poetry slams on a regular basis. “There’s a general absence of this type of celebrating Jewish experience in our community,” said Broder. “There’s a real need for it and we will continue to foster and grow the incredible talent present here today.”

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Hundreds of High School Students Learn Diplomacy at Yeshiva University Model UN

More than 600 high school students from around the world gathered in Stamford, Connecticut, from February 5-7 for the 22nd Annual Yeshiva University Model UN competition, or YUNMUN. The annual competition, sponsored by the YU Office of Admissions, featured a schedule packed with committee sessions, keynote speakers and abundant networking opportunities.

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Students came from 45 schools, spanning 3 continents, 4 countries and 12 states, with delegations from South Africa, Brazil and Canada. “It was really amazing, coming from South Africa, and it was such an eye-opening experience,” said Ariella Blumenthal from the Yeshiva College of South Africa.

Preparation for the competition starts months in advance and requires a collaboration between YU students who chair the secretariat and the YU Office of Admissions. Topics must be prepared for the students, the committees must be chosen and the hotel prepared for the convergence of high school students, their staff, and the staff of YU admissions and undergraduates.

The competition features an intricate Internet system that provides all committee rooms access to a laptop and printing. There is also a resource room that produces four issues of a newspaper during the three-day conference. Students are encouraged to contribute thoughts, observations, artwork and articles to share with the rest of the conference.

Having been previously assigned countries, the students came prepared to argue their country’s position in a variety of UN committees ranging from the Human Rights Council to the UN Environment Program on topics that had been planned by YU undergraduates. The sessions were entirely chaired and administrated by the more than 50 YU students who joined the conference to moderate the debates between the high school students and select the delegates that would receive awards. “The competition was top notch,” said Benny Smith, a senior at YU’s Syms School of Business. “I had a difficult time figuring out who to award.”

Certain aspects of the competition have attained an almost legendary status, such as the “midnight crisis” thrust on members of the Security Council. This year’s 4 a.m. wakeup was “definitely intense,” according to Daniel Sacks, a senior from YULA High School in Los Angeles. “But being able to solve a crisis and form coalitions at that hour was an incredible experience.”

This year’s competition introduced a new initiative to add a social action component during the conference. In between committee sessions, the students were privileged to hear from Jacqueline Murekatete, a survivor of the Rwandan genocide and currently a student at YU’s Benjamin N. Cordozo School of Law. Murekatete told students her story and implored them to get involved with the world around them.

Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch, also addressed the delegates, explaining his work in Geneva to protect the interests of Israel and other countries that are scrutinized by the Human Rights Council. “This is a very important event,” said Neuer. “I went to the Harvard Model UN competition but couldn’t participate because I was shomer Shabbat [Sabbath observant]. I am enormously impressed, and I wish the real UN was as serious as these sessions.”

For the first time YUNMUN XXII also featured a Jumbotron screen in the main hall where participants could view real-time tweets with the dedicated Twitter hashtag, #yunmun2012.

The conference concluded with an awards ceremony and an address from YU President Richard M. Joel, who reminded the young delegates that “it is not enough to think about ideas. It is not enough to dream—you need to do.”

The author, Sophie Felder, is senior at Stern College for Women majoring in political science with a minor in economics. She is the managing editor for the Stern newspaper, The Observer.


Young Author Thrives at Yeshiva University High School for Girls

Ashira Greenberg may only be a senior at the Samuel H. Wang Yeshiva University High School for Girls (YUHSG), but the 17-year-old is already a published author. In October, Israel BookShop Publications released 2,000 copies of her work, a rhyming 24-page illustrated children’s book called Don’t Judge by What You See.

More than 2,000 copies of Greenberg's book have been distributed around the world.

Greenberg, who lives in Hillcrest, Queens, was born with cerebral palsy, and wrote the book to share with the world the importance of not judging others based on external appearances and physical disabilities but rather seeing people for who they truly are inside. The book is based on Greenberg’s own experiences, as well as those of her friends’ from Simcha Special, a camp run by Chai Lifeline for children with chronic disabilities, and Kids of Courage, an organization that helps children with illnesses and disabilities. Greenberg participated in both groups in recent summers.

“In seventh grade, I was having a hard time coping emotionally with my condition and how others viewed me, and I realized that it wasn’t just me, but that many of my friends were also struggling,” said Greenberg. “It was comforting to know that it was a problem, but it was kind of disturbing because it meant that there was a much larger problem that wasn’t limited to the Orthodox community, but that was affecting the general society and we needed to do something to try to fix it.”

Greenberg credited Devori Weichholz, her seventh-grade teacher at Yeshiva of Central Queens (YCQ), for inspiring and encouraging her to write about her experiences.

“She was very supportive and interested in helping me out so I could do everything like everyone else,” said Greenberg. “I had the idea that I could write a book and tell the world about this problem so people would have something concrete in front of them that they could pick up that hopefully would help.”

Greenberg initially wrote a poem and collected writings from her bunkmates at Simcha Special. “This wasn’t my personal problem; it was our problem,” she emphasized. “I wanted the book to represent the way we felt.”

Ashira Greenberg

At 17, YUHSG's Ashira Greenberg is a published author.

After submitting her work, she received feedback from a publisher that her writing was “really good, but too short and too heavy, and too sad to market.” So she returned to the drawing board and solicited more ideas and anecdotes from her friends.

The writings remained on her computer, but the book was put on hold temporarily. Then at the end of 10th grade, she met Weichholz again and felt the timing was right to finish what she had started. “I told her I would do this and she helped me out at YCQ on so many levels,” Greenberg said. “I didn’t know if the book was actually going to happen but I could try my best, so I went back to my computer with the previous critiques in mind… I thought maybe if I wrote it for a younger audience—a lighter and fluffier version built around a story, while still giving over the message of not judging others superficially, it could work… and the publisher liked it.”

The book has been distributed all over the country and the world, including Israel, Europe, Australia and South Africa. In January, Greenberg had a book signing organized by YESS!—Yeshiva Education for Special Students, a special education program run by YCQ where she previously served as a volunteer.

Greenberg has tried not to let her disability hinder her. She’s been in mainstream schools all her life and is just like any other student. Though she uses a walker to help her get around and receives photocopied notes at school due to limited mobility in her left hand and arm, she keeps up with her able-bodied peers. At YUHSG, she has written for the school newspaper, is a member of the Torah Bowl team and has participated in learning for the Chidon.

She also dedicates her free time to volunteer and is actively involved in causes that are close to her heart. When most of her friends went on touring programs the summer after 10th grade, Greenberg chose to volunteer at the Yad Sarah organization in Israel, which provides medical equipment and medically related information to sick or disabled Israelis and tourists from abroad.

Though Greenberg doesn’t know if she will pursue a career in publishing, she aspires to be a Judaic studies teacher and would like to attend Stern College for Women after possibly spending a post-high-school year in Israel. “I wrote this book for a very specific reason and I don’t know where it’s going to take me, but I am open to writing more,” she said. “It was a great experience and I definitely enjoyed it.”


Rabbi Michael Taubes Named Head of School at Yeshiva University High School for Boys

Rabbi Michael Taubes, an educator with more than three decades of experience in Jewish education and administration, has been named rosh yeshiva / head of school at Yeshiva University High School for Boys (YUHSB) / Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy. The appointment is the culmination of an extensive international search that involved parents, faculty, board members and YU administrators.

Rabbi Michael Taubes will serve as head of school and rosh yeshiva at YU High School for Boys

“Our students and faculty are fortunate to be led by Rabbi Taubes who can bring them to levels of greatness in Torah studies, general studies and ethical and moral behavior,” said Miriam Goldberg, chair of Yeshiva University High Schools Board of Trustees.

Taubes, who has served as interim head of school since September, will continue to work closely with Dr. Seth Taylor, principal for general studies, to ensure that YUHSB is constantly growing to its next horizon and maximizing its relationship with its parent institution, Yeshiva University. With the vibrant beit midrash of a premier Torah institution, the state-of-the-art facilities of a national research university, and world-class roshei yeshiva and professors just steps away, YUHSB’s students and faculty will continue to benefit from their connection to YU.

“Rabbi Taubes brings to our school years of experience as an educator and a role model,” said YU Vice President and Chief of Staff Rabbi Josh Joseph, who directly oversees the high school. “Through his interim leadership role, we’ve noticed a shift in the school’s mood and atmosphere, one that is all for the better and we expect that he will continue to work with our first-class faculty and dedicated parent body to ensure that our students turn into mentschlich bnei torah and future scholars that can only be trained at a place like MTA.”

An alumnus of Yeshivat Har Etzion in Israel, Taubes attended Yeshiva College, where he was honored upon graduation in 1980 with an award for excellence in Talmud. He earned his semicha from Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, where he studied in the shiur of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik, zt’l, and holds a master’s degree in Jewish Education from YU’s Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology. Taubes, his wife, Bassie and their children, reside in Teaneck, NJ, where he serves as the spiritual leader of Congregation Zichron Mordechai.

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YUHSB Senior Fellowship Offers Students College-Level Research Experience

The Senior Fellowship at Yeshiva University High School for Boys (YUHSB)/ Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy— recently began its fourth year of pairing motivated and inquisitive seniors with Yeshiva University faculty to conduct thorough research in a variety of fields.

Taking advantage of its physical and institutional proximity to the University, YUHSB offers students a unique opportunity to gain exposure to world-class professors and advanced ideas through its Senior Fellowship program.

“We wanted to make it a win-win for both the high school and YU,” said Dr. Ed Berliner, executive director of science management and clinical professor of physics at YU and director of the YUHSB Honors College. “For YU, it is an opportunity to expose our most impressive students to the high-caliber YU education, and in terms of the students, it is a truly unique opportunity to be paired with the best and brightest professors in their fields.”

Berliner noted that many of the graduates of the program continue their studies at Yeshiva College.

Studying topics as diverse as global economics, literary theory, U.S. relations with China, literary modernism, peptide bonds and early biblical interpretation, students have been paired with YU faculty including Dr. James Kahn, Dr. Evan Resnick, Dr. Elizabeth Stewart, Dr. Raji Viswanathan and Rabbi Dr. Jeremy Wieder, among others.

“I have been very impressed with the sophistication and drive for intellectual advancement of the students I have mentored,” said Wieder, the Gwendolyn and Joseph Straus Professor of Talmud at YU-affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. Wieder is currently working with his students on producing prototypes of commentaries on the Hebrew Bible—work that requires his students study in depth the intricacies of biblical Hebrew and literary Aramaic.

Yosef Kornbluth worked with Wieder in 2008 and 2009 on biblical targumim (Aramaic translations of the Bible) and is currently a sophomore in Yeshiva College. Kornbluth especially appreciated how, by the end of his year, he began noticing “the fine nuances in translation and their impact on the meaning of the text.”

Doni Schwartz, a current senior fellow, has thoroughly enjoyed the beginning of his fellowship year spent researching aspects of the Eherenfest Urn Model with Dr. Fredy Zypman, professor of physics at Yeshiva College. “Since my introduction to physics last year I have been enamored with the subject,” said Schwartz. “I am hoping to pursue this field well into my college years. This was a rare opportunity for a high school student and I am honored to have been chosen for it.”


Local High School Students Face Off at Annual Yeshiva University Debate Tournament

Wandering the corridors of Furst Hall at the Yeshiva University Wilf Campus on Sunday, December 18, would have revealed an unusual sight. Nearly every classroom on the second and third floors contained six individuals in business dress—some with rolled-up sleeves, others swiftly taking notes—all methodically but passionately arguing over the intricate nuances of the ethics of scientific research.

Yoni Zolty and Elan Stochel represent YUHSB at The Great Debate.

Taking part in the 23rd annual Great Debate, these aspiring orators belonged to 11 Jewish high schools in the greater New York metropolitan area. Started by Harriet Levitt, English teacher at Yeshiva University High School for Boys (YUHSB)—The Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy, in 1988, the Great Debate offers Jewish high school students an opportunity to participate in a large formal deliberation among their peers from other schools, a relatively difficult task as most debate meets occur on Saturdays.

This year’s participating schools included the Ezra Academy, Hebrew Academy of Nassau County (HANC), Maayonot, Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School, Ramaz High School, Rambam, SAR High School, SKA High School, Torah Academy of Bergen County (TABC), YUHSB and Samuel H. Wang Yeshiva University High School for Girls, with the Jewish Educational Center and DRS High School observing.

YUHSG's Shani Pollack and Mindy Schwarts debate Eli Shulman and Meir Freidenberg of YUHSB.

The Great Debate joins the ranks of the Red Sarachek Basketball Tournament, the Wittenberg Wrestling Tournament and the Yeshiva University National Model United Nations as one of the many annual events that exposes Jewish high schools to the Yeshiva University community.

Teams either had to argue for or against the resolve that stated, “The scientific community should make use of results obtained from unethically performed research.” The results? TABC took first place and YUHSB placed second.

“Debate has the power to change students from self-absorbed individuals into deep-thinking intellectuals,” said Levitt. “Once they get into debate, they turn into different creatures. They realize that there are two points of view on everything. I notice that students on the debate team in my classes are much more likely to speak up with confidence.”

YUHSB's Freidenberg and Shulman

The student participants expressed a variety of reasons for attending. Ari Himber, a senior at HANC, aspires to attend law school in the future and wanted to hone his skills. Zachary Fineberg, a senior at TABC, had a different reason. “I guess I am just a polemical guy,” he said. “I love debating people.” Others simply enjoyed the intellectual exercise, like SAR senior Aviva Leshaw, who said, “I feel alive when I am debating and picking apart an argument.”

Many enjoyed the social aspects of meeting new people within the greater community and studying new topics. “This is a great opportunity to meet new people and learn more about different controversies in our world,” said Shifra Arnheim, a Maayonot senior.

Many of these students had participated in other YU-sponsored events in the past: from previous great debates to attending the Yeshiva University Dramatics Society Production of 1776 or the annual Seforim Sale.


YU High Schools Hebrew Language Workshop Pairs Students with Acclaimed Israeli Author

Twelve students from the Yeshiva University high schools—eight from the Yeshiva University High School for Boys/Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy (YUHSB) and four from the Samuel H. Wang Yeshiva University High School for Girls (YUHSG)—are participating in an independent study Hebrew literature course in which they will be mentored by a renowned Israeli author with the goal of developing their Hebrew-language creative writing skills.

Bat Shahar (on-screen) mentors YU High School students during a monthly workshop.

Titled “Meet the Israeli Author,” the course—first implemented last year as a workshop— is the first of its kind in a North American Jewish high school, according to Tova Rosenberg, coordinator of the workshop and director of Hebrew language studies at both YU high schools.

Jerusalem-born Chana Bat Shahar, the author of nine Hebrew titles and recipient of the Prime Minister’s Prize (1994), serves as the students’ mentor—a role she filled last year, as well.

Throughout the year, students will participate in monthly “virtual workshops” with Bat Shahar—conducted entirely in Hebrew— during which they will get to know the author, learn about her methods and receive pointers on how to hone their craft. Between meetings, the students work with their Hebrew teachers to prepare for their monthly sessions.

Yolly Dratch (right) chose to take the course for the second year in a row.

Rosenberg believes that this course provides a multi-faceted experience in which the acquired skills will be widely applicable to other areas of study. “In addition to affording these students the opportunity to meet and interact with a well-known Israeli writer, this unique workshop will help them develop the skills and self-confidence required to write excellent Hebrew stories of their own, and these techniques will be used in their English writing, as well.”

Between video conferencing sessions, the students will correspond and receive additional guidance from Bat Shahar through e-mail.

“I chose to take this class because I wanted to learn more Hebrew and I heard it was unlike any other language class given,” said Yonatan Schwartz, of Teaneck, NJ.

“I think it is incredible that we are able to meet and converse with an established author. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity,” said Avi Rabinovitch of Denver, CO.

Liora Haibi (standing) teaches Hebrew at YUHSB between workshops with Bat Shahar.

Yolly Dratch of West Hempstead, NY chose to take the course for the second year in row. “I took this course again because I enjoyed it a lot last year. The feedback I got from my teachers and Chana bat Shachar was extremely helpful and encouraging,” said Dratch. “The most interesting part about this class is how I’m pushed to do my best and beyond.”

Over the course of the year, the students will publish their own Hebrew literature journal with their completed short stories.

“I have to admit that last year, I had doubts about the success of this workshop,” said Bat Shahar. “I thought that the students would not be able to overcome the difficulty of creative writing in a foreign language. But, the students’ Hebrew improved from session to session and their creative writing, as well. They wrote beautiful and interesting stories.”


Students Document Holocaust Testimonies as Part of Yeshiva University High Schools’ Oral History Film Project

Growing up as Jews firmly entrenched in the Jewish education system, learning and hearing about the Holocaust was commonplace. Since we were children, we have been exposed to the atrocities of one of the darkest episodes of human history.

Students interview Rabbi Gershon Yankelewitz as part of the Names, Not Numbers program.

Students interview Rabbi Gershon Yankelewitz as part of the Names, Not Numbers program.

But viewing a documentary or reading a book is one thing. Bearing witness is another.

Through the extraordinary work of Mrs. Tova Fish-Rosenberg and Dr. Geoffrey Cahn, select seniors at the Yeshiva University High School for Boys, as well as five other yeshiva day schools, have been given the opportunity to make sure that the memories and experiences of those who went through the Holocaust—both those who perished and those who survived to tell their stories—are preserved.

The Names, Not Numbers program was designed in order to transform traditional history lessons into a lively, interactive, nontraditional curriculum that involves individuals who have actually lived through the history being taught.

Students are split into groups and spend months learning about the history of the Holocaust, filming and interviewing techniques, and researching a survivor that has been assigned to them. All of this preparation leads up to the climax of the project, which is a filmed interview with their group’s Holocaust survivor. The students then spend the next two months editing and consolidating the video of the interview into a 15-minute segment. These segments stand as their own film but are also incorporated into a larger documentary titled Names, Not Numbers.

The Names, Not Numbers program has helped to both preserve the memories of those who suffered during the Holocaust as well as instill modern-day students with a sense of duty to combat anti-Semitism and other forms of hatred and intolerance. Speaking with survivors is perhaps the most effective way to demonstrate the importance  of the charge to never forgot the victims of the Holocaust and to bear witness for those who are no longer with us.

The author, Michael Guggenheim of Passaic, NJ, is a senior at Yeshiva University High School for Boys. As part of the Names, Not Numbers Program, Guggenheim’s group interviewed Rabbi Gershon Yankelewitz, rosh yeshiva at YU’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS). A portion of their interview can be seen below.

About Rabbi Gershon Yankelewitz: Born in Lubcza, Poland in 1909, Rabbi Yankelewitz studied in the Radun Yeshiva until the death of its founder, the Chofetz Chaim. Rabbi Yankelewitz then continued his studies at the legendary Mir Yeshiva in Russia, before being forced to flee from the Nazis at the start of World War II. The entire yeshiva relocated to Kobe, Japan before eventually settling in Shanghai, China—where they remained until 1947. Rabbi Yankelewitz has given a daily shiur at RIETS for nearly 60 years.

Rabbi Yankelewitz's copy of the Rambam's Mishna Torah, printed in Shanghai during World War Two.

Presentations of the Names, Not Numbers films are shown each year at their respective high schools at a culminating event honoring the interviewees and showcasing the students’ work. This year’s screenings will be at Yeshiva University High School for Boys (MTA) on May 11 and Yeshiva University High School for Girls (Central) on May 18. The films have also been shown in synagogues, camps and community centers on Kristallnacht, Yom Hashoah and Tishah B’av.

Read more about Names, Not Numbers here.


Alan Dershowitz to be Honored at Yeshiva University High Schools Dinner on May 3

Yeshiva University High Schools (YUHS) will hold their Annual Dinner of Tribute on Tuesday, May 3, 2011, at New York City’s Sheraton Hotel and Towers. Professor Alan M. Dershowitz will be the guest of honor. Rabbi Mark Gottlieb will be honored as Kesser Shem Tov and special tribute will be paid to Mr. and Mrs. Ya’acov and Harriet Sklar. Mr. and Mrs. Gary and Meryl Hoffman will be recognized as parents of the year.

Alan Dershowitz

Alan Dershowitz

Dershowitz, Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, is a graduate of Yeshiva University High Schools and has published hundreds of articles in numerous publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, The New Republic and Commentary. He is the author of 27 fiction and non-fiction works with a worldwide audience. Dershowitz’s most recent titles include Rights From Wrong, The Case For Israel, The Case For Peace and The Case For Moral Clarity: Israel, Hamas and Gaza.

Rabbi Gottlieb has served as head of school and menahel at Yeshiva University High School for Boys (YUHSB) since 2005. He also serves as the dean of the Tikvah High School Scholars program, an interdisciplinary leadership institute promoting Jewish Thought and the enduring human questions. Previously, Rabbi Gottlieb was principal of the Middle & Upper School at the Maimonides School in Brookline, MA, and has taught at The Frisch School, Ida Crown Jewish Academy, Loyola University in Chicago, Hebrew Theological College (Skokie, IL) and the University of Chicago. After graduating YUHSB, Rabbi Gottlieb received his B.A. at Yeshiva College, his rabbinical ordination at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) of Yeshiva University and his M.A. in philosophy at the University of Chicago. He is currently completing his dissertation in philosophy at the University of Chicago on the problem of translation and the tasks of education in a cosmopolitan culture.

Rabbi Mark Gottlieb

Rabbi Mark Gottlieb

Ya’acov Sklar has served as principal of YUHSB for the past 12 years. A graduate of YUHSB and Yeshiva College, he earned an M.S. in science and an M.A. in school administration and supervision from City University. Harriet Sklar, associate principal at Yeshiva University High School for Girls (YUHSG), received a B.A. from the College of New Rochelle and her M.A. in education from Lehman College. She has been part of the high school for the past 13 years after an impressive 15 year career in the New York City public school system.

Gary Hoffman, a graduate of the YU High Schools and Yeshiva College, is the president of YUHSB’s Parents’ Council.

For reservations, to place an ad in the journal or for more information about the dinner, please contact 212-960-5366 or email by April 18.


Yeshiva University High School for Boys Hockey Team Wins Ninth Yeshiva League Championship

Teammates and fans appeared equally joyous at the MTA Lions varsity hockey squad's 2-0 win over DRS to bring a ninth varsity hockey championship home to Washington Heights. (Photos by Shlomo Friedman)

The Yeshiva University High School for Boys/MTA Lions varsity hockey squad has won its league championship for the ninth time in school history and 15 years to the day since the last time. MTA shut-out the Five Towns’ Davis-Renov-Stahler Yeshiva High School (DRS) 2-0 on Sunday to take the championship game of the Metropolitan Yeshiva High School Hockey League (MYHSHL).

Goalie Yoni Jaroslawicz, a junior from Manhattan, was named most valuable player in the game which was played at Lawrence Middle School in Lawrence, NY. Senior Eliezer Lisker of Kew Garden Hills, NY and Sophomore Eitan Rosenfeld of Teaneck, NJ, scored the only two goals.

The last time the Yeshiva University High School for Boys team made Yeshiva League hockey history, prior to Sunday, was March 27, 1996 — 15 years earlier, to the day — when the Lions defeated the Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaway (HAFTR). In 2005 MTA made it to the finals only to lose to Frisch.

MTA enjoyed a 10-4 record in the 2010-11 season, led by Captain Noah Isaacs, a senior from Teaneck, NJ, and co-Captains Eitan Stern and Gabe Rosenfeld, both juniors from Teaneck. The team beat Frisch 4-1 in the first round of the playoffs, shut-out HAFTR 1-0 in overtime in the quarterfinals and was victorious over SAR 5-4 in the semi-finals, before finally defeating DRS in the championship game.

Victorious! The MTA Lions varsity hockey squad after its 2-0 win over DRS to bring home the ninth league championship in team history.