Tonight: Siyum in Honor of Rav Binyomin Kamenetzky at Yeshiva of South Shore Annual Banquet


rav-binyomin-kamenetzkyA few months ago, when Rav Binyomin Kamenetzky, rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Toras Chaim of South Shore, fell ill, the yeshiva boys sprung into action. In addition to tefillah and Tehillim and visits to the Rosh Yeshiva, the boys in the fourth grade and up accepted upon themselves to finish a seder of Mishnayos as a zechus for a refuah sheleimah for Rav Kamenetzky. To celebrate this accomplishment, Yeshiva of South Shore’s 53rd Annual Dinner tonight at The White Shul in Far Rockaway will also feature a Siyum Mishnayos. The Toras Chaim honoree, Alan Rothman, will also complete a seder of Mishnayos that he learned together with his children who are talmidim of the yeshiva. In fact, over one hundred talmidim and fathers joined the initiative to make this grand collective siyum.

Many students learned their perek with their fathers, extending the limud haTorah taking place on behalf of the Rosh Yeshiva. The excitement generated by the project was palpable, as talmidim who had chosen one perek went on to learn multiple perakim.          

Boruch Hashem, Rav Kamenetzky is back in the yeshiva and is recovering day by day. The talmidim were overjoyed to undertake and complete this task in his honor and they look forward to participating in this siyum and seudas hoda’ah tonight together with the Rosh Yeshiva.

At the event, the yeshiva will honor four outstanding members of the community. Alan and Chaya Rothman, the Toras Chaim awardees, personify commitment to Torah chinuch. Alan, a musmach of Yeshivas Rabbeinu Yitzchok Elchanan, is the Coordinating Attorney of the Product Liability Practice Group at the law firm of Kaye Scholer LLP. Alan chairs the yeshiva‘s Board of Education, is a member of the yeshiva‘s Board of Directors, and chairs various Torah committees at YI of Lawrence-Cedarhurst. Chaya is currently PTA Vice-President of the yeshiva, where their sons attend. Chaya is also a member of the SWO board at Bnos Shulamith, where their daughters attend.

Elazar Aryeh, the Alumnus of the Year, hails from the distinguished Aryeh family known for their love for Torah and chessed. Elazar graduated Yeshiva of South Shore in 1979 and continues to maintain a close kesher with Rav Kamenetzky. An active board member of Kehillas Shaarei Emunah and Congregation Bais Tefilah, his commitment to Torah, tefillah and kehillah is exemplary. Elazar, a successful attorney in private practice, and his wife Estelle have built a wonderful family of four daughters and a son, Mordechai, an alumnus of the yeshiva.

Rabbi Yitzchok Ross, the Master ‘Rebbe’ awardee, is a master mechanech who not only teaches Torah, but gets children to love Torah through creative use of technology, music and even breakfast learning sessions. He has earned the admiration of talmidim who maintain a close kesher years after leaving the classroom. Rabbi Ross trains his students in so many ways, teaching the older boys how to dance at bar mitzvahs and preparing them for life. He and his wife Raizy are the proud parents of Binyamin, Baruch, Avi, Mordechai, Moshe and Yehudah.

Jonathan Farrell, the Community Service awardee, personifies chessed on every level. A volunteer firefighter in his younger years, he has been “putting out fires” as an expert in labor, employment and benefits law. A partner at Meltzer, Lippe, he has been a lifeline of counsel to many not-for profit institutions, including the yeshiva and other mosdos in the area. Jonathan is the proud father of Zachariah and Yakov, talmidim in the yeshiva, and Abigail.

The yeshiva will also recognize the Honorable Edward P. Mangano, who was recently elected as Nassau County Executive. As a five-term Nassau County legislator for the 17th Legislative District, he developed close ties with the yeshiva and has maintained that relationship upon entering the highest executive position in Nassau County. He has been active in many community-wide projects to benefit young people as well as senior citizens.

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  1. I love Rabbi Binyomin and Rabbi Shmuel Kamenetzky.They are the sweetist ,kindest, most cosiderate rabbis I ever met. May Hashem give them both arichas yomim in good health.