Sunday, December 16, 2018

(Courtesy of BPY) On Tuesday evening, March 20, scores of parents, supporters and other stakeholders in Ben Porat Yosef’s school and greater community will come together at the Montammy Country Club to celebrate at the school’s annual dinner. The dinner will pay tribute to BPY and to three families whose contributions and support have powerfully and positively impacted the school since its inception 17 years ago: Karen and Eric Orgen, Tamar and Uri Moche, and Morah Avital and Rav Haim Hadad.

“The annual BPY dinner is an opportunity not only to celebrate the school’s unique and wonderful programs, but to express heartfelt hakarat hatov to some amazing people who have given their time, talent, wisdom and resources to make BPY the special place that it is,” declared Rabbi Saul Zucker, head of school.

Karen and Eric Orgen live in Teaneck and belong to Congregation Shaare Tefillah. They are the proud parents of Allie ’16 and Jamie ’18.

“When it was time to look for a school 13 years ago, we wanted one for our children that offered a superior general and Judaic studies education with a strong dual-language curriculum, one that was warm and intimate, where the administration and staff partner with parents and students, where the culture was more than a school but a genuine community,” said Karen and Eric. “We found all of that and more at BPY.”

Tamar and Uri Moche, the parents of Victor (fourth grade), Rosie (second grade), and Leo (pre-K), are deeply intertwined with the history and mission of BPY. The Moches are active and proud members of the Englewood Jewish community.

“It is a tremendous gift to have our children wake up every day excited to go to school and eager to learn,” said Tamar and Uri. “We feel equally fortunate to be part of a community of families with shared values and commitment to common goals.”

Morah Avital and Rav Haim Hadad are Israeli shlichim from the Amiel Institute, and current third- and fifth-grade teachers. They are also BPY parents, of Achinoam (third grade), Carmel (second grade), Tealor (kindergarten) and Yonatan (toddler program), who have made their U.S. home in Englewood, where they run youth programming at Congregation Ahavath Torah.

“These past five years of shlichut have been the best of our lives,” said Avital and Haim. “We both feel we are better educators now having worked with our students, and we have found a genuine family in both BPY and the Ahavat Torah Englewood community.”

Morah Avital and Rav Haim exemplify the mission of BPY, which is the only yeshiva day school in the U.S. to make such extraordinary use of shlichim among its staff. In turn, this promotes fluency and comfort with Hebrew among students starting from their earliest and most formative years, and fosters a genuine love for Medinat Yisrael, Eretz Yisrael and Am Yisrael.

“The Hadads have instilled an absolute love of Israel and a love of learning Torah in the hundreds of students they have collectively taught over the years,” said Lori Fein and Tzippy Cohen, co-chairs of this year’s dinner. “There isn’t a day at BPY when you don’t hear singing and laughter coming from their classrooms. While they are physically moving back to Israel, the Hadads’ impact on the essence of our school is permanent.”

Join BPY on Tuesday, March 20, at the Montammy Country Club to celebrate the Orgens, Moches and Hadads, and Ben Porat Yosef. Visit www.bpydinner.org for more information, to reserve your spot at the dinner or to dedicate an ad in the journal for the honorees by Friday, March 9.