More than 400 guests attended the Annual Dinner of Tribute on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2019, at Marina del Ray. Guests explored the strong Torah learning, top-tier education and powerful legacy for which the Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy/Yeshiva University High School for Boys (MTA) and the Samuel H. Wang Yeshiva University High School for Girls (Central) are known.
The dinner paid tribute to Guest of Honor Rabbi Michael Taubes ’76YUHS, Rosh Yeshiva at MTA, Parents of the Year Tzipporah (’90YUHS) and Moshe Boim (Central parents), and Ethel Dworetsky Morrow Z”L Faculty Award recipient Karen Lavner (’02YUHS) (Central teacher).
“The Annual Dinner celebrates the Yeshiva University High Schools as well as the strong Torah, academic, and extra-curricular experience we provide for our talmidim [students] as a solid foundation upon which they can build their futures. It unites our inspiring educators, YU Roshei Yeshiva, our dedicated parents, and Jewish communal leaders,” said Rabbi Joshua Kahn, head of school at MTA. “This year, it was a privilege to honor our distinguished Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Michael Taubes. Rabbi Taubes is the personification of learning Torah and living Torah, who has inspired and educated generations of frum [pious] Jews, earning the respect of our talmidim, alumni, fellow Roshei Yeshiva, rebbeim [teachers], faculty and parents. Rabbi Taubes’ wisdom provides us with direction and clarity to make the right decisions, always pushing us to strengthen our relationship with HaShem and our values. His empathy and care for each person enables every member of the MTA community to strive to follow in his footsteps.”
The program included a video series highlighting each honoree as well as the strong Torah, academic, and extra-curricular programs provided by the Yeshiva University High Schools. “Our Annual Dinner is a moment of great celebration for the entire Central family. Recognizing the incredible devotion of our faculty and the great partnership we have with our parents, we are inspired to carry forth our mission!,” said Mrs. CB Neugroschl, head of school at Central.
The event concluded with a Student Activities Fair, where both MTA and Central students showcased their talents in a wide range of extra-curricular activities, including Chess, Robotics, Torah Bowl, STEM, Art, and Civics. Guests enjoyed interacting with students and learning more about their intellectual pursuits.