This past Monday evening, parents, faculty, alumni, board members, and Yeshiva Har Torah supporters gathered together for the YHT Open House. The energy and excitement of the 100+ prospective parents was palpable!
Rabbi Menchel began with a dvarTorah stressing the importance of combining both a general and religious education. He spoke about the child-centered environment and the commitment to academic excellence. Morah Vivian Rosenberg gave examples of the interdisciplinary approach to learning which incorporates parashah with literature, writing, art, math, science, and social studies. Following the YHT video, Mrs. Alison Gross represented the parent body and conveyed the warmth and care for which YHT stands. Mrs. Alana (Rifkin) Gelnick, YHT alumna and parent of Benjamin (KC), shared the reasons that she chose to send her children to the wonderful school in which she began her journey in education.
The application process was explained and the large crowd was divided into different groups to tour the building. The early-childhood classrooms, computer lab, gym, and science lab were some highlights, as well as demonstrations of mini lessons, given by many members of the faculty. Throughout the evening, board members, parents, alumni, and teachers mingled with the crowd to answer questions. Multiple video-viewing areas were set up in the lobby, which included a video from area yeshiva high school principals who had much to say about the YHT graduates, a video about the program “Names, Not Numbers,” and a video that included the bios of the amazing faculty.