For many in the Rockland County, Yeshiva Ohr V’daas is a familiar mossad, its edifice easily recognized on a hillside overlooking Chestnut Ridge Road. But for the sixty families whose special needs children attend the Yeshiva, it represents a crucial lifeline and a vital support system that they simply could not be without.
On June 1st, the Yeshiva celebrated its Twenty Sixth Annual Dinner at The Valley Terrace on College Road. The event represented a golden opportunity for community members and friends to express their appreciation to this one of a kind mossad and to support its vital work on behalf of special needs children.
The challenges of the innocent children who struggle with special needs tug at our heartstrings. The hardships experienced by their dedicated parents cannot be denied. Yet Ohr V’daas changes the game plan. It offers hope and inspiration in lieu of anxiety and fear.
At Ohr V’daas, children are encouraged to overcome their disabilities and achieve tremendous progress. A dedicated and professional staff lovingly educates and encourages, so that the children achieve their personal best. Thus does Ohr V’daas serve as a beacon of light for these sixty special children and their grateful parents.
At this year’s Dinner, Ohr V’daas honored Rabbi and Mrs. Aaron Kotler serve as our Guests of Honor. As President of Beis Medrash Govoha, Rabbi Kotler presides over the largest citadel of Torah learning in America today. Yet despite his massive accomplishments, he is still dedicated to assisting the special needs children of our community.
We also had a tremendous Torah luminary, Rabbi Yeruchem Zeilberger and his wife, serve as Parents of the Year. After the passing of his father in law, HaRav Simcha Schustal, Zt’l, Rav Zeilberger has stepped in as Rosh Yeshiva at Beis Binyomin, Stamford. He is accepting his award as an expression of hakoras hatov to our mossad.
Yeshiva Ohr V’daas is delighted to have our very own Board member, Mr. Yuir Zvi (Hershy) Greenzweig and his wife as recipients of our Special Children’s Award. Beloved members of the Monsey community, the Greenzweigs are among the finest families in our area. A true ‘ish haklal’ Reb Hershy is involved in countless worthy tzedaka and chesed projects in Monsey and beyond. His dedication to the children of Ohr V’daas serves as an inspiration to many. It is a pleasure to include him as a well deserving honoree at the Dinner.
Sruly Orzel and Jeff Weiskopf served as Dinner Chairmen. Journal Chairmen are Yoichi Herzog and Hershy Jeremias.
The Twenty Sixth Annual Dinner was dedicated in loving memory of Mr. Elya Jeremias, a true ish chesed, by his wonderful son Hershy. Hershy’s compassion for the families of Ohr V’daas is just one indication of his heart of gold. He is determined to do anything he can to help our Yeshiva.
[TLS – Press Release]