MTA Celebrates Incredible Milestones At Yeshiva-Wide Seudas Preidah And Siyum

More than 500 talmidim, rebbeim, parents, grandparents, YU roshei yeshiva, and friends joined MTA on Tuesday, June 4, for its yeshiva-wide seudas preidah and siyum, celebrating the Torah learning accomplishments of all talmidim and the culmination of its annual scholarship campaign.

The evening began with a special hachnasas sefer Torah, dedicated in memory of Al Burger, a’h. The donor family, along with MTA talmidim and rebbeim, joined together to complete the Torah prior to the start of the seudas preidah and siyum. Then they joyously welcomed the Torah to the MTA family, as they sang and danced it into the aron.

“The seudas preidah is a celebration, a dedication, and a culmination. It is a celebration of the impressive Torah learning accomplishments of each of our talmidim. It is a dedication of a new sefer Torah, and the culmination of a successful scholarship campaign,” said Head of School Rabbi Joshua Kahn. “The event highlights why our scholarship campaign is so critical. Seeing the celebration of 300 talmidim, who have worked hard throughout the year to grow in their Torah learning, along with their parents, grandparents, roshei yeshiva, elementary school rebbeim, and administrators, is a powerful reminder of why it is so important to provide every talmid with an MTA education regardless of their family’s financial ability.”

The evening was a true celebration of both Torah learning and the entire educational experience. More than 500 donors participated in the scholarship campaign, which raised over $600,000, highlighting the importance of supporting Jewish education.

“I am passionate about supporting our scholarship campaign because every child is entitled to a Jewish education,” said campaign co-chair, Mordy Rothberg. “With the help of our dedicated scholarship campaign committee, as well as MTA’s leadership, faculty, and student body, we are able to ensure that the exceptional educational experience provided by MTA is accessible to everyone.”

The yeshiva-wide seudas preidah and siyum was a fitting way to celebrate the success of the scholarship campaign, as the event itself demonstrated the tremendous impact of a Jewish education. Talmidim Shlomo Fink (‘22) and Tzvi Zigelstein (‘20) made siyumim on Maseches Bava Kama and Maseches Megillah, respectively, on behalf of the 100 talmidim who completed the masechtos. The event featured remarks from Rabbi Kahn as well as divrei berachah from Yeshiva University President Dr. Ari Berman (‘87) and a dvar Torah by Yochanan Zupnick (‘19). Attendees were also privileged to hear divrei Torah from RIETS Rosh Yeshiva Rav Hershel Schachter (‘58) shlita, with whom many MTA talmidim have the unique opportunity to learn weekly as part of the yeshiva fellowship program.

Meet MTA’s Senior Class Valedictorian And Salutatorian

Valedictorian: Noam Mayerfeld. A resident of Teaneck, NJ, Noam loved his four years at MTA, where he built relationships with rebbeim and faculty members, made new friends from different communities, and participated in various extracurricular activities. He served as president of the debate club for two years, captain of the mock trial team, and president of the Hatzioni Israel Advocacy Club. He also helped organize the MTA Political Action Club’s lobbying trip to Washington, DC, served as a yeshiva fellowship chaburah coordinator, and spent time as a member of the Torah Bowl team and the Polis publication. Noam greatly enjoyed serving as a Cub2Lion senior mentor for freshmen this year, creating bonds with the next generation of MTA students. He was also selected to participate in the senior fellows program, where he had the opportunity to work one-on-one with Rabbi Jeremy Wieder, Yeshiva University’s Joseph and Gwendolyn Straus professor of Talmud and Adjunct Professor of Bible. Noam was named a Commended Student in the National Merit Scholarship Competition. He looks forward to attending Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavneh next year, followed by the Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein Honors Program at Yeshiva University.

Salutatorian: Ephraim Crystal. Ephraim writes for the school newspaper, The Academy News, and is a member of the National Honors Society. A resident of Edison, NJ, he was the first-place winner of the Bronka Weintraub High School Bekiut Program in his sophomore year. Ephraim is also the recipient of Yeshiva University’s Torah U’Madda Book Award and the College Board’s AP Scholar with Honor Award. He has won several online computer-programming contests and plans to major in computer science. Ephraim will attend Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavneh next year, followed by the Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein Honors Program at Yeshiva University.

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