(Courtesy of Yeshivat Noam) Yeshivat Noam will hold its 16th annual dinner on Monday, March 12. With over 500 parents, grandparents and community members expected, the dinner will be a venue to express appreciation to the well-deserving honorees. The guests of honor are Yosepha and Yitzie Solomon, the community service awardee is Stefanie Diamond and the faculty recognition awardees are Ricki Kurtz and Erika Rabin.
Since Yeshivat Noam’s founding in 2001, Yosepha and Yitzie Solomon have been positive ambassadors and generous supporters of the school. Together they share a drive and passion to support Jewish education and in addition to supporting Yeshivat Noam, they support many yeshivot throughout the community. Yitzie has served on the scholarship committee for over 10 years, and has also advocated for and coordinated the employee health insurance and financial benefits for Yeshivat Noam. Yosepha is known for her generosity and chesed, drives iShine carpool weekly and volunteers for many community organizations.
Stephanie Diamond has been a volunteer at Yeshivat Noam in many capacities over the past 10 years. She served on the executive board and has chaired the marketing and communication committee. For the past few years she has helped organize and run the open house to recruit new students, volunteered in classrooms and helped with the parent-run Library Cart Program. She has volunteered her time to photograph many Yeshivat Noam activities and events such as Color War, Spirit Day, the first day of school and graduation, and has helped produce the dinner and open house videos for the past five years.
Ricki Kurtz, a middle school English teacher, has been teaching at Yeshivat Noam since 2006. Kurtz is known for her warmth, energy and enthusiasm. Over the course of her almost 12 years in the classroom, she has strived to educate her students in the most engaging way possible. As technology has evolved, she has incorporated new activities to continue to motivate her students to be successful.
Beyond her work in her own classroom at Yeshivat Noam, Kurtz has helped create and run programming for Yom HaShoah, Yom Yerushalayim and Color War. She has mentored teachers, served as a teacher liaison to the Parent School Partnership and is a coordinator of Yeshivat Noam’s learning management system.
Erika Rabin, a first-grade general studies teacher, has been teaching at Yeshivat Noam since 2003 and was instrumental in developing and enhancing the first-grade curriculum. Rabin strives for her students to develop a love for reading that they will carry with them throughout their lives. Morah Erika is known for her warmth, professionalism and dedication to her students. She strives for all students to feel confident and proud of their accomplishments.
Beyond her work in her own classroom, Morah Erika has served on several committees including curriculum reviews, anecdotal review, and the Parent School Partnership. She also implemented the first- and fifth-grade reading buddies program.
The success of this event is thanks to the team of volunteers who generously donated their time and energy. The Dinner co-chairs are Leora Cohen, Sharona Schulder and Shanna Lehmann Wolf, and the Annual Campaign co-chairs are Josh Chaitovsky, Batsheva Glick and Doron Katz.
According to Rabbi Chaim Hagler, principal, “The Dinner is a celebration of our accomplishments as a school. Additionally, it is an opportunity to thank our teachers, our parents and our donors.”
According to Abie Cohen, co-president and chair of the development committee, “We are grateful to all the donors that have chosen Yeshivat Noam as a recipient of their tzedakah dollars. That being said, we still have a long way to go to meet our goal. Our ability to deliver academic excellence and financial scholarships to those in need is contingent on the success of the Annual Campaign.”
For more information, or to make a reservation or a donation please go to www.yeshivatnoam.org or call Amy Vogel, director of development, at 201-261-1919, x126.