Torah Academy for Girls had a golden opportunity to come together to celebrate its 50th anniversary dinner on February 19 at the Sands. The evening also provided an opportunity to pay tribute to Mr. and Mrs. Yaakov Spinner, Rabbi and Mrs. Dov Lebovic, and Mr. and Mrs. Yussi Nussbaum, truly worthy honorees who stepped forward to help TAG at this crucial time. TAG was honored to recognize Mr. Gary Schall, the superintendent of the Lawrence School District, and present a gift to him in appreciation for all his efforts on behalf of the students of our community.

The evening was also the perfect vehicle to look back at TAG’s humble beginnings while looking forward to a bright new future. There were several surprise guests who played vital roles in the history of TAG. Rabbi Yosef Gelman, principal of general studies in TAG’s early years, as well as Morah Sara Heiman Nadav, principal of limudei kodesh in TAG for 33 years, were among the special guests that attended the event. The presence of Morah Elsie Soffer, beloved kindergarten teacher, at the dinner, was the icing on the cake, and all three of these illustrious educators were presented with a special surprise award in recognition of the prominent roles they played in the formative years of TAG. Seven members of the first graduating class attended the dinner and enjoyed a wonderful reunion.

The moving history video and the upbeat and exciting school video captivated the audience and engendered a true sense of pride. Thanks to TAG parent Mr. David Jasse, who produced all the videos.

TAG would like to acknowledge and thank some of the key players who played such an important role in ensuring the success of the dinner: Dinner chairmen Dr. Josh Fox and Dr. Sruly Berkowitz, journal chairmen Hillel Axelrod and Menachem Kagan, as well as the jubilee dinner committee, Yehudah Biber, Moshe Feuer, Evan Genack, and David Greenbaum, and the entire dinner committee. Spearheading the event were Rabbi Baruch Lovett and Dr. Shmuel Reisbaum, ably assisted by Mrs. Rahel Hardoon, Mrs. Edna Ershowsky, and Mrs. Soshie Hirth. Thanks to the entire office staff who pitched in to help whenever asked.

As TAG looks forward to the next 50 years, they feel confident that with Hashem’s help they can carry the torch forward and achieve their goal of producing first rate bnos Yisrael who will be a source of nachas to all of us. v


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