The sounds of lively music and dancing filled the air at DRS Yeshiva High School’s 17th annual Parent—Son Melaveh Malkah. In an e-mail to the DRS family, Menahel Rabbi Yisroel Kaminetsky remarked that the goal of the melaveh malkah is to celebrate “the joy, fulfillment, and meaning that there is in being a Jew,” as well as to highlight the “positive Jewish energy that [the yeshiva] strives to inculcate in its talmidim with song, divrei Torah, food, and dancing.” This annual event is the one night that the entire yeshiva family–rebbeim, parents, and talmidim–get together to honor these aspects of the positive spirit of being Jewish.
The melaveh malkah commenced as students, parents, and faculty members enjoyed a kumzitz in DRS’s beautiful beit midrash, accompanied by a band composed of DRS faculty members and rebbeim. During the kumzitz, the yeshiva paid tribute to longtime DRS rebbi Rabbi Shlomo Klapholtz, who has been teaching in DRS since its inception in 1997. A video tribute to Rabbi Klapholtz was shown, and he was also presented with a plaque and award in recognition of his service and dedication to DRS. After a resounding standing ovation from the crowd, Rabbi Klapholtz delivered a heartfelt message to the students of DRS.
In the gym, students and parents enjoyed a dairy buffet and a video highlighting the school spirit and unity among students at DRS, including highlights from the annual DRS Shabbaton in November and Color War in December. “The melaveh malkah really brought out the achdus in the school,” said sophomore Jared Willner. Torah Growth Awards were awarded to students who have shown tremendous commitment to their Torah learning over the past year. In addition, the Annual Midot Awards were handed out to one student in each grade. This award is especially meaningful, as the students in DRS vote upon who they feel best personifies the title of “Baal Midot Tovot.” Following the distribution of awards, the students, parents, rebbeim, and faculty danced in unison and celebrated together the joy of being a Jew. v