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CAHALíS 9TH ANNUAL CONCERT IS A HUGE SUCCESS
CAHAL held its ninth annual fundraising concert on Sunday, March 10, at the newly renovated Lawrence High School. The concert featured some of the outstanding Jewish performers in the world today, Mordechai Shapiro, Pumpidisa and Shloime Dachs. The Shloime Dachs Orchestra, accompanied the performers and Krohma Music provided the sound engineering and special effects. The concert, CAHAL’s largest fundraising event of the year, was a sell-out, with nearly 800 people in attendance. A pre-concert buffet dinner was held for VIP Sponsors. All the Performers took time to chat and take pictures with the Sponsors and their children at the event. Main Event/Mauzone catered the dinner and Oma’s Sushi and Simply Sushi donated platters. Mrs. Brocha Silverstein, a local party planner, decorated the room beautifully.
Pumpidisa opened the show with their unique style, delightful voices and enthusiastic performance. Shloime Dachs followed with a selection of beautiful tunes, including some oldies that pleased everyone. The sold-out crowd came alive when Mordechai Shapiro began performing. His amazing range and vibrant personality electrified the audience.
After the first set, Shimmie Ehrenreich, CAHAL’s Executive Director, thanked everyone for attending, especially the 70 Sponsors, the most ever at a CAHAL event. He also thanked the Directors of the Program, Mrs. Naomi Nadata and Mrs. Alice Feltheimer for their years of dedication to the children, and Shira Cohen and Fraidy Osina for coordinating the event. He then expressed appreciation to the 12 local yeshivas that participate in CAHAL to cheers from the crowd. Dr. Norman Blumenthal, founder and Chairman of CAHAL, spoke about the success of the Program over the past 27 years. CAHAL has helped hundreds of Jewish children in our community receive a yeshiva education and has mainstreamed a large percentage of them back into the yeshiva where their siblings and friends attend.
The second half of the show was a spectacular combination of more great music and enthusiastic dancing. As soon as Pumpidisa began singing the popular song, Baruch Hashem, dozens of men and boys began dancing, including some of CAHAL’s Board of Directors. All 3 performers returned and drew tremendous ovations throughout the rest of the show. Spontaneous dancing broke out several times. Shloime Dachs, Pumpidisa and Mordechai Shapiro joined together on stage for the big finale. The final song was a beautiful finish to a magical evening of entertainment. The event proved to be a huge success and raised much-needed money for CAHAL’s Scholarship Fund.
CAHAL Challah Baking at BYAM
After learning how Rivka Imainu was chosen as a wife for Yitzchak because of her midah of chessed, and that the miracle of the challah staying fresh for the entire week occurred again when Rivka entered Sarah Imainu's tent, the 3rd and 4th grade students in the CAHAL class at Bais Yaakov Ateres Miriam decided to turn baking challah into a chessed project. They each kneaded their dough and created two challahs, one to take home and a second challah to give to Achiezer for the cholim and their families at a local hospital. In the process, Morah Aviva Balsam taught the girls that when you are Mafrish Challah, it is an Eis Ratzon, a special time when Hashem answers our prayers. As their morah recited the bracha, the girls were encouraged to keep in mind someone in need of a refuah or a shidduch, or help with parnassa. The students had a wonderful time preparing the challah and a sense of being part of our kehillah in caring for those in need. Special thanks to Rabbi Nosson Neuman and the entire BYAM administration.
CAHAL KINDERGARTEN PARTICIPATES
IN COMMUNITY-WIDE BOLD PROJECT
Led by outstanding teacher Melody Harris, the kindergartners in the CAHAL class at HANC excitedly participated in the school-wide BOLD project. Using props from their play kitchen, the children learned to categorize various foods, gaining an understanding of where crops grow, what main ingredients are in the foods we eat, and whether items are from plants or animals. The children also learned the specific order in which those brachos should be recited.
The children created a brachos placement with the help of the HANC sixth grade girls. This project was just one of many different opportunities that HANC and CAHAL students share on an ongoing basis. Using magazines, the sixth graders assisted the children in finding, cutting out, and pasting food items in the correct one of six sections on their tagboard. Each section was labeled with the corresponding bracha for those foods.
The placemats will enable the children to perform the mitzvah of making a bracha more easily. It will also be a special reminder for them of the warm and nurturing relationships that the HANC children have made with the CAHAL youngsters in their commitment to work for and play in the HANC-CAHAL classroom on a daily basis. Kol hakavod to all our HANC volunteers and to Rabbi Yaakov Sadigh and Mrs. Barbara Deutsch for continuing to be involved in the success of the CAHAL Kindergarten class at HANC.
CAHAL STUDENTS VISIT NAUTILUS RESIDENTS
The CAHAL Yeshiva of South Shore 6th grade class enjoyed a day of Simcha and Chessed with the residents of the Nautilus Assisted Living Facility in Atlantic Beach. Rabbi Chananya Grinberg, Rabbi David Nagarpowers, Mr. Justin Lepolstat, and Mrs. Elaine Brenner accompanied the boys and helped to create a memorable experience for both the class and residents. The boys had the opportunity to introduce themselves and share their backgrounds. The boys, their Rebbeim and teachers sang songs and danced, spreading simcha to all the men and women who attended the program. The highlight of the event was when the boys were able to connect with the residents in one to one conversations. Many of the residents shared their own stories, and the students listened attentively and asked questions. Afterward, the boys enjoyed a special lunch at Carlos and Gabbyís. The experience was mutually heartfelt and positive for the residents and the boys.
CAHAL 1-2 BOYS CELEBRATE PURIM
The CAHAL 1-2 grade boys’ class in Yeshiva Ketana of Long Island, led by Rabbi Feivish Rotbard and Mrs. Joy Losev, was privileged to join the mainstream classes once again this year for the YKLI Purim Extravaganza. The yeshiva’s theme was railroads, and the lobby was decorated appropriately, with Hanhala members dressed as conductors. After having a great time on a large moon bounce that was set up in the gym, the boys headed to the classroom to change into costumes. The 8th grade came in, singing and dancing, and brought them up to the lunchroom. Enthusiastic dancing ensued, with true YKLI achdus. Afterwards, the boys were treated to a delicious snack of pancakes, syrup and chocolate milk, and a riveting story by the legendary Rabbi Fishel Schachter. Special thanks to Rabbi Tzvi Krigsman, Menahel, Rabbi Shlomo Dovid Pfeiffer, S’gan Menahel, and Rabbi Ari Ginian, Executive Director, for creating such an exciting event and allowing the CAHAL class to be a part of it.
YOSS FIRST GRADE CHUMASH PRESENTATION
With great simcha and enjoyment, the boys of Rabbi Binyomin Jacobs' first grade CAHAL class at Yeshiva of South Shore had the opportunity to celebrate an important milestone in their Chinuch. On Sunday, January 7th, our boys, along with Rabbi Henach Gewirtz's first grade class, received their very first Chumashim.
It was a meaningful ceremony for the CAHAL class. All dressed up with silver crowns on their heads, the boys showed proper kovod befitting such an important occasion. Each boy had a special line to say and read each word with confidence. The celebration was enhanced with the special niggunim sung together by the students with musical accompaniment led by Rabbi Shlomo Drebin on the keyboard. Parents, grandparents and extended family members watched with pleasure and nachas as their sons were totally integrated and participated in this meaningful and uplifting YOSS event. From beginning to end, all of the children shined.
CAHAL expresses great hakaras hatov to Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky, Rosh Yeshiva, Rabbi Chanina Herzberg, Menahel, and Rabbi Avraham Fridman, Principal, for always including the students of CAHAL as part of their yeshiva.
CAHAL Shares the Spotlight at YDT Science Fair
CAHAL is a unique program with the goal of having all of their students participate in mainstream activities. As part of the science curriculum at Yeshiva Darchei Torah, students in the CAHAL class displayed their projects at the 7th grade Science Fair.
Rabbi Heller was in charge of the science fair, and he made sure that the students were involved in each step of this very special learning experience. CAHAL thanks him for his support as well as Rabbi Yaakov Bender and all the Menahalim and Principals who care so deeply about the CAHAL children.