Prospect Park Pays Tribute to Rabbi Kelman


rabbi-abraham-kelmanOn Sunday, February 13, Bnos Leah Prospect Park Yeshiva held its annual dinner at Brooklyn’s El Caribe. The school’s alumni, parents, friends, and admirers gathered to celebrate 60 years of superlative Torah education.

Headline honors were conferred upon Mr. and Mrs. Mordechai Ettinger (Keser Shem Tov Award) and Mr. and Mrs. Benzion Weiss (Parents of the Year). In addition, awards were presented to Dr. Mordechai and Rifki Zonenshayn, Mrs. Batya Sochaczewski, Mrs. Barbara Benoussan, Mrs. Baila Lebovic, and Mrs. Tzipora Rimler. The graduating classes of 1972 and 1973 were also feted.

The evening’s highlight was the celebration of the 90th birthday, kein yirbu, of the school’s founder and dean, Rabbi Abraham Kelman. Rabbi Kelman accomplished much in his first 90 years, and is obviously continuing his amazing productivity into his next 90 years.
An eighth-generation rabbi, he was elected in 1943 as Rav of the Bais Yehuda Congregation of Toronto. Rabbi Kelman was also a chaplain in the Canadian Armed Forces where he served with distinction during World War II. He’s also authored several Torah works such as the multi-volume Perspectives on the Parsha of the Week and The Requirement of Peshat and the Challenge of Derash (2006).

The dinner also celebrated Rabbi Kelman’s becoming Rav of the Prospect Park Jewish Center 60 years ago. In 1952 he established the Prospect Park Yeshiva School, which today has an enrollment of more than 1,300 girls in its pre-school through post-high school classes. The Bnos Leah Prospect Park School has earned a leading position in our Torah community, producing countless talmidos who are role models living authentic Torah lives throughout the world.

{Rabbi G. Tannenbaum-Machberes/ Newscenter}