Bais Yaakov Academy of Queens Dinner Tonight to Celebrate 50 Years of Chinuch


noach-isaac-oelbaumBais Yaakov Academy of Queens is celebrating a significant milestone this year: fifty years of outstanding chinuch habanos. For fifty years, the administration and staff have toiled with great devotion, investing innumerable hours, energy and talent to create a premier institution of learning for its beloved talmidos. Bais Yaakov’s curriculum is viewed as a paradigm for other schools; its teachers are role models for countless aspiring seminary students. The school’s students are known to emerge fully prepared in both limudei kodesh and limudei chol for the next level of higher education and are warmly welcomed to the finest Bais Yaakov high schools.

All that the school has achieved in five decades is thanks to a handful of visionaries, the original founders and supporters of Bais Yaakov. It was their steadfast decision to combat the tidal waves of assimilation that engulfed American Jewry in the 1950s by launching Bais Yaakov Academy of Queens, a mosad faithful to the principles of Sara Schneirer’s Bais Yaakov movement. The early years were fraught with fearsome hurdles that would have intimidated lesser men, but the founders of Bais Yaakov Academy of Queens persisted with great tenacity and mesiras nefesh to support the struggling, fledgling school. They were zoche to see their efforts bear the most beautiful fruit. Bais Yaakov has become the crown jewel of girls’ chinuch in Queens, and its graduates can be found around the globe, perpetuating the mesorah they received from their dedicated moros and teachers.

Upon this occasion, the school will pay tribute to some of the giborei chayil who courageously weathered the stormy formative years of Bais Yaakov. They are Mr. Dan Sukenik, Mr. and Mrs. Moshe Sukenik, The Zimmer family l’zecher nishmas R’ Yankel Zimmer z”l, and Mr. and Mrs. Alan J. Rosenberg l’zecher nishmas Mr. Nathan Rosenberg z”l.

From the time the Queens Jewish community sowed its first tender roots in a number of emerging neighborhoods, it was blessed with inspiring rabbonim who succeeded in creating a kehillah based on Torah and yiras Shomayim. Bais Yaakov, too, was fortunate and privileged to receive the support and guidance of these spiritual leaders in its early years. The school will recognize Rabbi Fabian Schoenfeld, Rabbi Joseph Grunblatt, Rabbi Peretz Steinberg and Rabbi Noach Isaac Oelbaum for their vital roles in Bais Yaakov’s success.

As in previous years, the school will honor its alumnae, the Class of 1969, celebrating the 40th anniversary of their graduation. All alumni are encouraged to join in recalling the “good old days” of yesteryear and taking a short stroll down the golden path of memory lane.

The 50th Anniversary Dinner will take place tonight at the Eden Palace. A buffet dinner will be served at 8:30 p.m., followed by the presentation of awards. The annual video presentation and a dessert reception will conclude the evening.

This is an opportunity to honor a Torah institution that represents chinuch habanos b’derech Yisroel saba and the valiant group who established and supported it.

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