I am so grateful to be honored by the Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy (LYA) as one of four honorees, who are school alumni, to help celebrate their 75th year as a school. The virtual celebration will be on Monday, June 29 at 7:30pm at www.lya.org.
I happen to be the oldest honoree, representing some of the early days at the school, which was then located in a stately old mansion on Sumner Avenue in the Forest Park area of Springfield, Massachusetts. Our principal was Rabbi Dovid Edelman, who continued to lead the school until he recently passed away. His impression on many of the students he mentored through the years was profound and meaningful and stayed with us throughout the rest of our lives. He truly cared about each and every student and inspired us to play our part in repairing the world.
Now LYA is accredited and located in a more spacious, modern building in nearby Longmeadow, still providing a warm, nurturing environment for students, while at the same time, providing a Jewish foundation with top-notch academic studies.
Mazel Tov to my fellow honorees, David Novgrad, Shim (Spencer) Kimball, and Dr. Benjamin Mathis. I hope you can join us on Monday evening, June 29 at 7:30pm at www.lya.org!