MTA Color War Highlights Teamwork and Unity
Color War at MTA gave every talmid an opportunity to showcase his strengths and contribute to the fantastic energy. From Chidon HaTanach to grade-wide dodgeball, basketball, hockey, Frisbee, and soccer tournaments, chess competition, Chopped!, STEM challenge, extreme tic-tac-toe, Torah Bowl, yeshiva-wide tug-of-war, banner presentations, divrei Torah, team songs, and Stomp, there was something for everyone.
Each day began with shiur, illustrating the yeshiva’s philosophy of putting Torah learning first. Talmidim had many opportunities to take on leadership roles within their teams and promote the extreme sense of unity that was felt throughout Color War. Rebbeim and faculty members enjoyed working with their assigned teams and contributing to the energetic atmosphere.
“Watching each grade work together as a team and seeing the achdus among all of the talmidim, regardless of whether or not they were competing against each other, was inspiring,” said director of student activities Elie Hirt. “Congratulations to the seniors on their win, and yasher koach to all of our talmidim for making us so proud!”
MTA Hosts Uplifting Shabbaton in Monsey
MTA hosted its third community Shabbaton of the year in Monsey February 15–16. “We are fortunate that our yeshiva consists of talmidim from many different communities,” said director of student activities, Elie Hirt.
“In an effort to promote achdus among all of our talmidim, as well as provide additional opportunities for talmidim to spend time with one another and their rebbeim outside the classroom, we plan events in various communities throughout the year.” Talmidim who live in the hosting communities are encouraged to invite their friends for Shabbos.
“We hosted a group of the nicest MTA boys for the Monsey Shabbaton,” said Stacey Betsalel, mother of Shmuel (‘22). “It was a pleasure to see all of the boys together, and we appreciate the yeshiva’s efforts on our son’s behalf!
Talmidim kicked off the Shabbaton with a grade-wide hockey tournament on Thursday night, February 14, and had a great time bonding with each other and hockey coaches Rabbi Evan Genachowski (JV) and Rabbi Yoni Stone (varsity). Shabbos programming began on Friday night with an uplifting Kabbalas Shabbos at Kehillas Bais Yehudah, followed by a lively seudah and tisch, and continued on to Shabbos day with more inspiring divrei Torah, energetic meals, and meaningful davening.
“Between our sons Binyamin (‘20) and Dovi (‘22), we hosted 11 boys for the Shabbaton. It was so nice to see eleventh-graders and ninth-graders hanging out with each other,” said Chaim and Nechama Friedman. “We were really blown away by the middos these boys had. We know it’s a testament to their parents, but it is also a testament to MTA — their teachers, rebbeim, grade deans, and administrators. There was no difference if you were in eleventh grade or ninth grade; everyone was nice to each other and it felt like one big family. That is what the school teaches them and that is why we love MTA so much.”
NY State Assemblyman Marcos Crespo Experiences MTA
MTA had the privilege of hosting New York State Assemblyman Marcos Crespo of District 85 on Wednesday, February 20. Assemblyman Crespo met with MTA students, faculty, and board members and watched learning come to life in the yeshiva’s state-of-the-art STEM Lab. Assemblyman Crespo explored hands-on STEM activities and discovered the technology behind each one with tutorials from students. He also took the time to have a thoughtful discussion with them on education and Jewish values. Assemblyman Crespo shared his love for Israel and passion for enabling families to choose the best education for their children.
“We truly enjoyed meeting with such an impressive and committed leader,” said MTA’s head of school Rabbi Joshua Kahn. “We are grateful for Assemblyman Crespo’s support and for our partnership with Yeshiva University and Teach NYS; both were instrumental in making this visit happen.