Colors: Blue Color

As a culmination to this year’s self-paced kashrus class, Morah Pollak’s eighth grade class at HALB was honored to have Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz of the Beis HaKnesses of North Woodmere (BKNW) come in to address their halachic questions that had come up throughout their learning. Rabbi Lebowitz is an expert in the laws of kashrus and is involved with the Vaad HaKashrus of the Five Towns and Far Rockaway. He discussed their questions in depth and addressed their concerns. They left inspired and thoroughly enjoyed the session!


The sixth-grade year-long Kanfei Yud Beis Program culminated in a beautiful and meaningful mother-daughter bas mitzvah celebration. The goal of the program is to prepare the girls for their transition into becoming a bas mitzvah. Throughout the year, Mrs. Elisa Alpert, creator of the program, delivered workshops to the students on various topics, such as “My Relationship with Hashem,” “My Relationship with My Family,” “My Relationship with the Community,” etc. Each workshop added a new dimension to the girls’ understanding of the responsibilities and expectations of a bas mitzvah girl as she enters this new stage in life. Mrs. Alpert also invited special guest speakers to enhance her workshops. Her dedication to the program was admirable, and her gentleness and sincerity endeared her to all the girls.

In preparation for the upcoming Siyum HaShas, Yeshiva Tiferes Moshe has joined the worldwide Masmidei HaSiyum program created by Agudath Israel of America. Boys throughout the school have been learning Gemara, Chumash, and Mishnah during non-school hours in an effort to connect with klal Yisrael’s great celebration of finishing the Daf Yomi cycle, as well as raising their hasmadah in learning, as the Yom Tov of Shavuos approaches.

Yeshiva Tiferes Moshe celebrated Lag BaOmer with its annual bonfire. The Lag BaOmer simchah started with the bonfire and live music. The grades 1-4 celebration started with Rabbi Bookson speaking to the boys about what the simchah of Lag BaOmer is and why we celebrate it. Rabbi Pollak was then honored with lighting the fire and started the singing of Bar Yochai with the boys. Rabbi Bookson then led the boys in great singing and dancing around the bonfire.

Finals and Regents exams are always a chance for students to demonstrate what they have learned over the course of the year, but Wednesday evening was the first of its kind at Central: a siyum to collectively celebrate all the Torah learned in the building over the course of the year, without any connection to grades or evaluation.