Talya Shalamoff, Elisheva Schutzman, Ysrael Gherman, Aiden Olsen, and Associate Principal Mrs. Melissa Cohen had the opportunity to visit the White House and personally deliver thousands of letters of appreciation to President Biden and his administration for their unwavering support of Israel on Wednesday, October 18.

They joined a group of other students from local yeshivos and met with Second Gentlemen Mr. Doug Emhoff. Elisheva Schutzman was just one of three students who had the opportunity to present before Mr. Emhoff, and she eloquently expressed hakaras ha’tov on behalf of the Jewish community. He personally guaranteed that the letters would make their way to the President after his return from Israel.

In addition to meeting with Mr. Emhoff, a proud Jew, the delegation had the opportunity to hear from other Jewish staffers. White House staff members were visibly moved at the presence of such a large and proud Jewish group, and they were extremely appreciative of the delegation.

The mission was an amazing display of achdus and was a true kiddush Hashem. Mrs. Cohen described the experience as bringing light into a world that has been terribly dark in recent weeks. Yisrael, Aiden, Talya, and Elisheva echoed that sentiment and felt that they truly felt part of something special. They also noted how they felt assured that the administration truly took the time to listen, and affirmed their genuine support for the Jewish state.

First and foremost, YCQ thanks President Biden and the United States for their unwavering support of Israel. The Yeshiva additionally expresses gratitude to Shelley Greenspan, The White House Liaison to the American Jewish Community, Cynthia Bernstein, the Director of Management and Administration of the Office of the Vice President, and Rabbi Shalom Axelrod and Rabbi Shay Schachter of the Young Israel of Woodmere for being instrumental in organizing the visit.