Throughout its 16-year history, DRS High School has always made it a priority to look for ways to inspire its students’ religious growth outside the classroom as well as inside. Each year, the annual DRS melaveh malkah helps promote just that. It is the one night that the entire yeshiva family, including fathers, mothers, and sons, join together for a night of food, warmth, spirit, and song, DRS style. This year’s melaveh malkah focused on “Lessons Learned from Hurricane Sandy.” Students and parents heard from those affected by the disaster and paid special tribute to those who went above and beyond to help those in need after the hurricane took place.
Rabbi Tzvi Selengut, a shoel u’meishiv at HALB’s Yeshivat Lev Shlomo, as well as the rav of Congregation Ohab Zedek of Belle Harbor, spoke about the challenges that his community faced in the face of the storm, and of the tremendous growth, chesed, and strength that his kehillah has shown since going through such a tumultuous experience. Following a moving kumzitz, the students and their parents were treated to a wonderful dinner and were treated to a video, recapping all of the events from DRS this year. Rabbi Kaminetsky also paid tribute to HALB executive director Richie Hagler and his assistant, Chaim Hollander, and thanked them for all the tremendous work they did to ensure that the students of DRS were returned to their building after being dislocated for several weeks due to damaging flooding in its basement.
Additionally, every year at the melaveh malkah, DRS gives out two special awards to its students. The first is the Torah growth award, given to a student from each class whom their rebbe last year felt grew most in their Torah learning. The second award is the middot award, which is voted on by the students of each grade. The award is given to the student who the grade feels best exemplifies what a true ben Torah with proper middot should be. DRS wishes a mazel tov to all of the winners of the various awards. The night ended off with leibedik dancing and celebration with students, parents, and rebbeim. v