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.
Now MAY will soon unveil its new state-of-the-art science laboratory, designed for multi-disciplinary flexible science instruction delivered in the effective hybrid lab/lecture format. "The Lab" as it is already known at MAY, is designed to fully support all aspects of MAY's extensive science and engineering curricula. It is designed with separate adjacent areas - a lecture facility and an adjacent fully-equipped laboratory. This enables the instructors to easily move between lectures, demonstrations, and student lab work. The room will be equipped with a SmartBoard to facilitate sophisticated delivery of complex subject matter.
MAY Students Help the LCFD "Float their Boat"
It was a sight to behold. Two hundred people in a yeshiva foyer surrounding a 14 foot aluminum flat-bottom boat. To understand this seemingly strange sight one would have to go back a few months when Rabbi Mordechai Yaffe, Menahel of Mesivta Ateres Yaakov, became aware that the Lawrence-Cedarhurst Fire Department needed a urban rescue boat. During Hurricane Sandy, the brave volunteers utilized an inflatable pontoon boat to rescue people who were trapped in their homes and had to be evacuated through the dangerous flood waters. Should the need arise again; they felt that having a second more sturdy vessel would greatly add to their capabilities and make their dangerous work that much safer.
Rabbi Yaffe knew that his students are inculcated with a tremendous desire to help their community, and he knew that they would agree that helping the LCFD – practically a next door neighbor – would be a worthy endeavor. The Mesivta had been in the forefront of helping the community deal with Hurricane Sandy, especially when it made its building available for a Town Hall meeting and hosted 400 of our neighbors seeking to address community issues. Our students also had tremendous respect for the LCFD, who had responded with alacrity several times in recent years to emergencies at the yeshiva.
Rabbi Yaffe suggested that MAY’s Student Government Co-Presidents, Naftali Engel and Yoni Arshadnia, undertake raising the necessary $1,500 from the student body. Together with senior Yosef Neman, the project was quickly embraced and the required funds were raised in less than a week. Volunteer fireman Zev Adler coordinated all of the arrangements, including the purchase, painting, and branding of the new boat as a gift from the students of Mesivta Ateres Yaakov to the Lawrence Cedarhurst Fire Department.
At today’s event, the entire body of the Mesivta gathered in the foyer in the presence of local officials, most notably, Cedarhurst Mayor Andrew Parise and representatives of the Lawrence-Cedarhurst Fire Department. Rabbi Yaffe then gave a moving address, called forward the three main students involved who formally presented the boat to Chief John McHugh and Deputy Chief David Campbell. In addition, although New York State Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg and Nassau Legislator Howard Kopel could not attend the ceremony, they visited the students the previous day to congratulate them on their efforts. The brief dignified ceremony concluded with Rabbi Yaffe thanking the LCFD for this opportunity and giving a blessing that the boat never need to be used.
College and Yeshiva Night
The annual Israel Yeshiva and College Information Night was a great success. Rabbi Mordechai Yaffe, Ph.D., Menahel, introduced the program which included presentations from Rabbi Elysha Sandler, the Mesivta’s senior Israel Guidance Advisor and Rabbi Yossi Bennett, Assistant Menahel/Assistant Principal and College Advisor, as well as presentations from Brooklyn College, Queens College, Lander College and Yeshiva College.
Rabbi Sandler described how the yeshiva helps each talmid to choose Yeshiva in Eretz Yisrael that best suits his particular needs, abilities and goals. Rabbi Sandler explained that the process builds on the close relationships forged between each Rebbe and his talmid and is further refined by multiple meetings with each talmid and his parents. He described the diversity of the various yeshivos in Eretz Yisrael, from the level of learning and warmth of the Rabbeim, down to the dorm life and facilities. He mentioned that, currently, the Mesivta has talmidim learning in more than 50 shiurim in over 30 different yeshivos in Eretz Yisrael, an extension of MAY’s continual efforts to be m’chanech each talmid k’darko.
Help Write Our New Torah!
Join us as we fulfill the 613th mitzvah and write our first Sefer Torah. It's time Mesivta and Yeshiva Gedolah Ateres Yaakov had a Sefer Torah.
We invite our parent body, alumni, Kehilla, and friends to join us in this wonderful mitzvah, the product of which will be used by the yeshiva every day for years and years to come. Sharing in the completion of a Sefer Torah is a perfect way to memorialize loved ones or honor someone important in your life.
Fall Blood Drive a Huge Success!
On Election Day, Mesivta Ateres Yaakov hosted its latest incredibly successful blood drive on their premises. The drive, benefiting Bikur Cholim of Maimonides Hospital, was organized by seniors, Elie Kornfeld, Avrohom Chaim Landau, and Yosef Neman, whose outstanding efforts to encourage donations really made the event a success. The drive drew in throngs of people from the community excited to donate and assist in this worthy cause. When the pints were finally tallied, the closing count was 113 pints. The Mesivta thanks its student organizers, Bikur Choim, and all those who participated. This blood drive brings the total blood contributed since last year to almost 500 pints! Yasher ko’ach!