Torah Umesorah is not a chinuch ‘organization’, it’s a movement. It’s a movement that encompasses thousands of teachers and tens of thousands of students, with a mission; a mission to do everything possible to enhance the Jewish education, the chinuch, of Jewish children wherever they maybe.
The multi-faceted Torah Umesorah movement has so many divisions that each individual one is practically a self-contained mossad. It is a movement founded by the gedolei hador of America 66 years ago, a movement that has been guided and supported by the leading roshei yeshiva from its modest beginnings until today when it has expanded to encompass the entire gamut of chinuch.
One prominent senior principal succinctly said, “If Rav Shraga Feivel Mendlowitz and Rav Aharon Kotler, with their far-reaching vision for what Torah Umesorah could accomplish, would see the unbelievable advances in chinuch currently propagated by the organization, they would derive tremendous nachas. I don’t think these quintessential visionaries could have possibly anticipated even with the most optimistic expectations, the sheer volume of programs offered by Torah Umesorah today and the astronomical number of students its programs are impacting.”
On Sunday, March 14, the 66th Anniversary Dinner of Torah Umesorah will be held at the brand new, upscale “The Palace” hall in Brooklyn. A massive crowd is expected to pay tribute to the Torah Umesorah movement that continues to enhance and transform the face of chinuch in America benefiting children from all backgrounds and levels of learning.
At the Dinnner, Torah Umesorah will have the honor of paying tribute to the Wolf Family – Reb Chaim and Helen Wolf and, ybl”ch, their three sons, Mr. and Mrs. Aron Wolf, Mr. and Mrs. Hirsch Wolf and Mr. and Mrs. Saul Wolf, by marking the historic dedication of the Chaim and Helen Wolf Brooklyn Teacher Center.
The Amud HaTorah Awardees at this year’s dinner will be bestowed upon, Rabbi and Mrs. Baruch Ber Kleiman and Mr. and Mrs. Heshe Kleiman, two tireless advocates on behalf of chinuch who, having been raised in St. Louis where they attended a Torah Umesorah Day School, they experienced firsthand, the tremendous impact that Torah Umesorah had and continues to have on chinuch in America.
The Hersh Potok Memorial School of the Year Award will be awarded to the Veitzener Cheder of Chicago. Rav Moshe Yosef Unger and Rabbi Zvi Feiner, respectively the Cheder’s Dean and President, will be on hand to accept the coveted award for their cheder, a school that so embodies the ideals and ethos of Torah Umesorah.
Two dynamic young couples will be presented with the Project Seed Eitz Chaim Awardees for representing the exciting future of Torah Umesorah and the large cadre of young idealistic activists that it is developing. Both Rabbi and Mrs. Shalom Augenbaum, who headed a SEED Program last summer in Jacksonville, Florida, and Rabbi and Mrs. Aharon Grossman who inspired Jews in Santa Cruz, California, will receive the Eitz Chaim Award.
The Dinner on Sunday March 14 promises to be powerful, inspiring event.