The Yeshiva Gedolah of the Five Towns is pleased to be holding its 10th anniversary dinner at the Sands at Atlantic Beach on Tuesday, February 5 at 7:30 p.m.

The tenth anniversary in the life of an institution is significant in many ways. It is testimony to the fact that the mossad has the support of the community. The Five Towns has demonstrated that the community appreciates what the yeshiva has been trying to achieve since its inception a decade ago. We are all familiar with the Midrash that reconciles the chronology of Yaakov’s life by explaining that Yaakov Avinu spent 14 years in the yeshiva of Shem and Ever prior to going to Lavan’s house. Similarly, the Yeshiva Gedola is a place where young men spend several years engaged in Torah study before facing the challenges of the secular world. In addition to “stocking up” on Torah and mussar, the talmidim also get involved in the community. They have regular sedurim learning with ba’alei batim from the community. The talmidim get firsthand experience of the mesiras hanefesh of the ba’alei batim who choose to spend their free time learning in the yeshiva after a long and hard day at work. Members of the community get to appreciate the sincerity of the talmidim and their devotion to Torah study and view the yeshiva as a haven where they can immerse themselves in limud Torah and tefillah. Clearly, the community values the yeshiva’s contribution to the community and has embraced it full-heartedly.

After many years of planning and hard work, and with a lot of siyata d’shmaya, the yeshiva is in the midst of erecting a beautiful building in our neighborhood, and the expectation is that it will soon be occupied. Given the yeshiva’s history and goals, with more available space the yeshiva will likely redouble its effort, expand its body of talmidim, and provide even more resources for the community.

Guests of Honor: Rabbi and Rebbetzin Yitzchok Knobel. The 10th anniversary dinner, while a celebration of the tremendous growth of the yeshiva, is as much a celebration of Rabbi Knobel and his rebbetzin, who had the vision, the will, and the bitachon to found the yeshiva, despite the many obstacles in their path. They have had a profound impact on the community over the past 27 years and have been instrumental in the development of the yeshiva from a handful of talmidim ten years ago to a packed beis midrash.

The unique breadth of Rav Knobel’s Torah knowledge and the mentoring he has received from gedolei Yisrael makes Rabbi Knobel’s Torah and mussar particularly appealing and inspiring. For decades, Rav Knobel has shared his learning, wisdom, and experience with his talmidim and with ba’alei batim in the community.

Rebbetzin Sarah (Kamenetzky) Knobel comes from an esteemed Torah family. Her grandfather, the illustrious Torah scholar, Rav Yaakov Kamenetzky, zt’l, inspired much of the Torah growth in North America. Her father, Rav Binyomin Kamenetzky, shlita, is responsible for establishing Torah institutions in the Five Towns, as well as on Long Island in general. It is that vision and desire to further Torah study and values that the rebbetzin imparts to scores of families with whom she is in close contact. The rebbetzin is well known in the community for her warmth and chesed.

Young Leadership Award: Mr. and Mrs. Steven Stein. The Steins typify the families the yeshiva has been blessed with over the years, where both husband and wife participate and contribute in various ways. Stevie is a regular for both davening and learning, attending shiurim, and participating in chavrusa study. He is also an active member of the board of directors, helping in the daily activities as well as with the ongoing building campaign. Stevie is currently in the real estate finance group at Natixis Real Estate Capital. Shira, aside from her busy schedule taking care of their four children, makes time for various acts of chesed for the yeshiva and for other worthy causes. She has been leading the nshei’s hospitality program for several years, and coordinating meals and gift baskets for new families in the community.

Harbotzas Torah Award: Rabbi and Mrs. Yitzy Haber. Rabbi and Mrs. Yitzy Haber represent a unique bridge between the yeshiva and the community. Yitzy has been learning in the kollel for the past six years. The Habers also participate in almost every facet of what the yeshiva has to offer to its talmidim and to the community. They are active in nshei events, host Shabbos meals for bachurim, lead a weekly shiur for junior high school boys, and organize the yeshiva’s annual raffle campaign. In their quiet way, they exemplify true devotion to Torah, and their acts of chesed are woven deeply into the very fabric of the yeshiva.

Yitzy operates Magic Masters Entertainment, a full service entertainment company. Yitzy also serves as the youth director at the Young Israel of Lawrence Cedarhurst, where he is adored for his spirit and energy. While Yitzy has many business and personal pursuits, his main interest is to make people, and especially children, happy. Ronit has been working at the Hebrew Academy of Long Beach as a social worker and coordinator of admissions for several years. She participates in numerous chesed projects and is instrumental in making the Haber home known for its warmth and welcoming atmosphere.

YGFT hopes that the community will join in celebrating this milestone and in giving tribute to Rabbi and Rebbetzin Knobel, Mr. and Mrs. Stein, and Rabbi and Mrs. Haber. v


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