The Yeshiva Gedolah of the Five Towns Event this Morning


knobelThe Yeshiva Gedolah of the Five Towns will be holding its Seventh Annual Woodmere Breakfast this morning, at 9:15 a.m. in the Young Israel of Woodmere’s Saul Kaufman Social Hall. The breakfast is an opportunity for the community to recognize the yeshiva’s unique position as a community beis midrash, offering a myriad of shiurim and chavrusas from early morning to late at night. The breakfast is a major fundraiser for the yeshiva, appreciated by the attendees for the opportunity to give chizuk to the yeshiva. The yeshiva will be recognizing members of the community for their active involvement in both the yeshiva and the neighborhood. This year’s honorees are Mr. Dovid Levy and Mr. Reuben Levine.

Led by Rav Yitzchak Knobel, shlita, and Rav Moshe Zev Katzenstein, shlita, the yeshiva has experienced tremendous growth over the past year. This past zman alone brought 16 new bochurim and the shiurim and chavrusas are well attended by devoted members of the community. In order to accommodate an already full beis midrash, the yeshiva, led by its executive director, Mr. Baruch Moskowitz, recently air-conditioned and reconfigured the downstairs level to serve as an expanded eating area during meal times and an overflow beis midrash, especially for Sunday mornings and weekday nights, when community participation is at a peak. The sounds of spirited limud Torah filled both levels on Shavuos night, underscoring the yeshiva’s reputation as a learning place of choice. However, as the yeshiva has shown in the past, there’s no such thing as a beis midrash too full, and a place will be made for anyone who wants to join for a shiur, a chavrusah, or a place to learn.

Mr. Dovid Levy, the recipient of the Keser Torah award, is a pillar of Torah and community involvement, a true osek betzarchei tzibbur. For many years he has served on the Aish Kodesh Executive Board, and spends countless hours overseeing the shul’s physical building. Dovid davens in the yeshiva daily and has expressed on many occasions his appreciation for its makom Torah. His wife, Carolyn, is also a role model of chesed, treating her patients while making a kiddush Hashem. Their children attend Bnos Bais Yaakov and Yeshiva Ketana of Long Island. It is the yeshiva’s honor to recognize Dovid and his wonderful mishpachah.

Mr. Reuben Levine, the recipient of the Amud HaTorah award, started learning in the yeshiva one night a week with one of the kollel yungerliet. This chavrusah has blossomed into a nightly seder, often late into the night. Reuben has grown in his learning through the yeshiva and his appreciation for the yeshiva has grown as well. Although busy during the day as partner at Scientific Fire Prevention Co., Reuben emphasizes his appreciation of limud haTorah, by being kovai itim, no matter how long his work schedule is. He is supported by his wife, Renee, and children, who attend HALB. Reuben’s commitment to the yeshiva and his learning give chizuk to the entire beis midrash, and the hanhalah is honored to present him with this award.

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