Divrei Zikaron for Rav Yisroel Belsky zt”l
Building Expansion Plans Approved
After more than a year of architectural and logistical planning, and consultations with the village, the Lawrence Zoning Board has approved MAY’s plans for its campus expansion project. The approved structure to be built on 3 adjacent properties on Mulry Lane will expand the existing building substantially to better serve the needs of the yeshiva’s 200+ students. The expansion will house a new state-of-the-art gymnasium with grandstands and lockers rooms, four new classrooms for the upper grades, a student lounge, an exercise center, and a new computer lab. In addition, Israel advisers will be collocated near the senior classes they service.
Rav Gav Inspires MAY
What has become a highlight of the year, the talmidim of Mesivta Ateres Yaakov were once again visited by Rav Gavriel Friedman, senior lecturer at Aish HaTorah Jerusalem. Fondly referred to as “Rav Gav,” talmidim were enthralled from start to finish by Rav Gav’s unique, comical presentation and delivery of lofty concepts in Avodas Hashem. The Mesivta would like to thank the Mermelstein family for making all the arrangements and for sponsoring the shiur.
Annual Mid-Winter Ski and Paintball Trip
On February 11th, Mesivta Ateres Yaakov held their annual mid-winter ski, snowboard and paintball trip for the entire yeshiva. Organized by Student Activities Coordinators, Rabbi Shlomo Drebin and Rabbi Tsvi Greenfield, the 190 talmidim, together with their Rebbeim, spent the day at Mountain Creek Ski Resort and Long Live Paintball culminating in a New Jersey Dougies’ catered dinner and a special siyum on Seder Mo’ed.
Open House - Standing Room Only
It was standing room only at the Mesivta Ateres Yaakov Open House this past Sunday, as the Yeshiva hosted over 100 prospective students, along with their parents, all eager to learn all about the “MAY Experience.” In the yeshiva’s beautiful facilities and with the faculty and staff present to answer questions, the day's program was an opportunity to educate parents and students about the mission of the Yeshiva.
It was a busy, exciting and educational experience that included informative panels, video displays, passionate presentations, engaging dialogue, Torah brain teasers, team building exercises, raffles, a gala luncheon, prizes, an elaborate Student Fair, slushies, competitions and more.