Shomer Achi Tzedakah Campaign
It is an unparalleled Kiddush Hashem when Klal Yisroel bands together to help fellow yiddin in need, particularly when they are “strangers” on the other side of the globe. The outpouring of help, assistance and tzedakah towards the families of the four tzaddikim slain just a few short weeks ago in, what has come to be called, the Har Nof Massacre has been incredible. It has touched Klal Yisroel in a very significant way, as it should, and the tremendous response bears testament to the unity of our unique am.
The talmidim of Mesivta Ateres Yaakov have initiated a special tzedakah campaign and, in their own unique and creative way, have pledged to provide continued assistance to the yesomim of the four kedoshim. The concept – to connect the talmidim with the yesomim themselves – children helping other children. Students have been asked to pledge $5 a month through the end of the school year to a particular child of one of the four families. In an unpreceded response, over 180 boys have already signed up and, in the month of November alone, together raised over $1000. The long-term goal is to raise $7,500 and to branch out to other yesomim as well. By doing so, the talmidim are not simply “sending a check,” but developing within themselves the midah of being a ba’al chesed.
The program is being spearheaded by Student Activities Coordinator, Rabbi Tsvi Greenfield, together with Arista President, senior Dani Feit, and a number of other student volunteer representatives.
Menahel, Rabbi Mordechai Yaffe, praised the program: “By accepting upon themselves to contribute on an ongoing and consistent basis, our talmidim are internalizing the crucial message of nosei b'ol im chaveiro, truly carrying the burden of their fellow yiddin.”
The campaign has been labeled שומר אחי, reminding talmidim that we are our brothers’ keeper.
Arista Honor Society Raises Over $1,200
In a recent chesed project undertaken by Mesivta Ateres Yaakov’s Arista Honor society, Arista President, Dani Feit, spearheaded a tremendous campaign in which much needed tzedakah was raised for a struggling family in Kiryat Sefer Modiin.
Freshmen Overcome Challenges Together
Confidence, trusting in one’s self, trusting in others and striving for excellence were just some of the many of the intended and achieved goals which were facilitated at Mesivta Ateres Yaakov’s 9th Grade orientation outing to Project C.A.R.E. in Amityville last week. The freshman class had a memorable retreat through a challenging course of activities that included a tandem zip line, cat walk, high wire walk and more.
New State-of-the-Art Science Lab
MAY believes in a top notch general studies education and in today's economy a key part of a successful education revolves around "STEM" - Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics. MAY's honors level math and science curricula is already supplemented by the famous pre-engineering curriculum provided by CIJE - The Center for Initiatives in Jewish Education.