MAY’s Arista program is particularly special, as it commemorates Rabbi Elchonon Zomber, z”l, a MAY alumnus and veteran teacher. The Zomber family graciously endowed the MAY Arista Society in his honor.
Consistent with MAY’s emphasis on developing all of each Talmid, excellence in many areas was recognized: Limud HaTorah, Tefilah, Midos, Academics, Athletics, Extracurricular Activities and Community Service. Awards were presented to over 100 students for excellence and progress in these areas.
The Rosh HaYeshiva, Rabbi Mordechai Yaffe, introduced the program, focusing on the small acts of greatness performed by MAY talmidim that can often go unnoticed. He noted how the Mesivta not only engenders these acts, but also tries to publicly recognize them. Rabbi Yaffe was joined by Menahel, Rabbi Yossi Bennett, and General Studies Principal, Rabbi Sam Rudansky, in presenting the awards of the evening.
Rabbi Rudansky commented, “The evening serves as an opportunity to recognize those students who excel in different areas of the high school experience. That may be academics for some, community service, extracurricular activities and even athletics for others. It’s an evening of tremendous nachas for parents and grandparents.”
The evening closed with the induction of close to 80 Arista honors students and lots of pictures and nachas being shared. Mazel tov!