MTA Raises More Than $550,000 For Scholarship Fund
MTA raised a total of $551,080 for its scholarship fund during a 24-hour fundraising blitz held on Monday, May 6 and Tuesday, May 7. With help from a committee of dedicated parents, rebbeim, faculty members, and talmidim who worked around the clock, MTA surpassed its original goal of raising $400,000 and increased the goal to $550,000, which was then exceeded. All donations made during the 24-hour+ fundraising blitz were matched 1:1.
MTA is committed to ensuring that its unparalleled Torah and academic education are accessible to all students; 100% of the funds raised directly support the scholarship fund. The scholarship campaign will culminate at MTA’s yeshiva-wide seudas preidah and siyum on Tuesday, June 4, celebrating the incredible Torah learning accomplishments of all of the yeshiva’s talmidim. Click here to donate to the scholarship fund.
MTA Commemorates Yom HaZikaron and Yom HaAtzmaut
MTA commemorated Yom HaZikaron with a meaningful program, featuring a moving speech by former lone soldier and current RIETS semichah student Michael Goldman, who shared his experience fighting for Israel in Gaza and discussed how his faith in Hashem helped him get through such a difficult time. Talmidim also observed a moment of silence on behalf of all of Israel’s fallen soldiers and watched an emotional video of Rabbi Eliyahu Meirav, stepfather of 19-year-old Sergeant Yosef Cohen, Hy’d, who was killed in a terrorist attack.
MTA celebrated Yom HaAtzmaut with an exciting chagigah featuring live music and dancing. Talmidim and rebbeim rejoiced together as they honored Israel’s declaration of independence. Following the celebration, everyone participated in a conversation with MTA alum Matthew Albert (‘17), who described his experience making aliyah and drafting into the IDF, where he serves in a special forces unit in “mishmar ha’gvul,” the Israel Border Police. Matthew discussed how participating in MTA’s Makor Chaim Israel Exchange Program made a tremendous impact on his love for Eretz Yisrael. He also talked about the strong foundation MTA provided him with, which helped him endure all of the challenges he faced during his IDF training.
Matthew shared a story about a particularly grueling training exercise that took place around Purim, that made him feel like giving up. Just when he had reached his breaking point, a van pulled up with mishloach manot for the soldiers and a big sign that read “Chag Sameach, With Gratitude From Yeshiva University High School For Boys,” organized by the Meir Mishkoff a’h Mishloach Manos Campaign. The mishloach manos initiative was started by MTA alum Eytan Mishkoff (‘06) in memory of his father, Meir, a’h, (‘75) also an alum, who ran a 20-year Purim campaign supplying mishloach manos to IDF soldiers. The sign and memory of MTA gave Matthew the strength to continue his training. Talmidim were inspired by his story and encouragement to follow in his footsteps and become Jewish communal leaders.