I want to share this inspiring story with the readers of Matzav.com.
I represent the Jewish Educational Center in Elizabeth, NJ, under the auspices of HaRav Elazar Mayer Teitz.
Our Director of Counseling Services, Dr. Akiva Perlman, conducted an experiment this afternoon which he secured and assured with his own personal funds.
The idea was to demonstrated the honor system and ethics of the boys in the JEC’s Rav Teitz Mesivta Academy boys high school division.
Every week there is a 12th grader who sells sushi from his father’s restaurant to students at lunchtime. Usually, he mans his makeshift booth and as people purchase sushi, he collects payment.
This time, with Dr. Perlman personally guaranteeing the financial part, the boy left the sushi out in the open with a list of prices and a small box that requested that people pay for what the take and if needed, take the appropriate change from the box.
The fact that this was set up by Dr. Perlman was unbeknownst to the boys.
At the end of the lunch period, Dr. Perlman joined the student to count the money and found that every penny was accounted for!
That result exceeded even his expectation of a certain percentage missing, which in studies, is what normally happens.
Today’s finding really punctuates a comments that Marcy Lazar, a well known NJ Federation (UJA) lay leader made during her tour of the Bruriah High School division as part of a post-merger Federation tour of community agencies several months ago, when she was astonished that high school girls were able to leave their lockers open, even with valuables such as digital cameras, clearly within view. She exclaimed that such a phenomenon would never be seen in a public school.
This is a level of honesty and dedication to Torah ethics and values that underscores the JEC’s commitment to not just educating its students, but to truly inculcating the morals upon which our faith, and indeed country as well, are based.