By Benjy Terebelo, 12th Grade
This past Monday, three students from Mesivta Ateres Yaakov received legislative citations from the District 7 Legislator, Mr. Howard Kopel, during a Town of Hempstead assembly. Accompanied by their menahel, Rabbi Mordechai Yaffe, seniors Yitzy Biderman, Tzvi Korman, and Avi Schwartzblatt received this prestigious award in recognition of their tremendous service for the past four years in the Lev Leytzan Therapeutic Clowning Organization.
Lev Leytzan gives their student-clowns the skills and tools necessary to deliver curative experiences to the elderly, sick, or mentally challenged. The interaction between the clowns and their patients is designed to lift the spirits of the patients, who are often in demoralizing situations. The objective is to help them cope and ultimately help them through the recovery process.
Assistant menahel/assistant principal Rabbi Yossi Bennett expressed his admiration of the valiant efforts of these students: “We are so proud of these talmidim who exemplify the fine middos and character that we try to instill in our talmidim. It’s a tremendous nachas for us that they received this very honorable recognition.”