Rabbi Josh and Mrs. Julie Joseph
Rabbi Josh and Mrs. Julie Joseph

In celebration of 56 years of Torah education, the Yeshiva of South Shore will honor vibrant community leaders at their 56th annual banquet, to be held on Sunday evening, March 3, at The White Shul. The dinner chairman is Avram Weissman.

Guests of Honor: Rabbi Josh and Mrs. Julie Joseph. These truly accomplished individuals are the proud parents of dear talmidim Zacharya (8th grade) and Azariah (6th grade) and a daughter, Marsha. Josh serves as vice-president of Yeshiva University and as the chief of staff to President Richard M. Joel. Julie, a published author and motivational speaker, is also an accomplished teacher of many Jewish subjects, at high schools including SKA, Midreshet Shalhevet, and YUHSG and at Stern College for Women. Serving nationally as inspiring scholars-in-residence, the couple are still best known for their wonderful chesed in our own community.

Torah Leadership Award: Rabbi Efrem and Dr. Tamar Schwalb. The Schwalbs led the rapid growth of Congregation Eitz Chayim in West Hempstead with warmth and care. In addition to his devotion and myriad shiurim as the mara d’asra, Rabbi Schwalb serves as the co-chair of the yeshiva’s board of education. An attorney with Kaye Scholer LLP, Rav Efrem’s clarity of thought both in the world of litigation and Torah education has made him the leader that he is. The rebbetzin, Dr. Tamar Schwalb, a graduate of Albert Einstein College of Medicine, is currently a medical director at Impact Communication Partners, a medical education agency. The Schwalbs are the proud parents of nine children, including YOSS graduates Yitzchak, Yakov, and Moshe; a 7th-grader, Avramie; and a soon-to-be preschooler, Sruli.

Young Leadership Awardees: Benjy and Bashi Fish. The Fishes have been actively involved in the unprecedented growth of the Yeshiva of South Shore. Benjy, a native of Merrick and a graduate of Cornell University, is a real-estate and litigation attorney at the law firm of Stein Farkas & Schwartz LLP. As an integral member of the Young Leadership Committee, Benjy has been an invaluable source of innovative ideas for the yeshiva. Bashi, a Brooklyn native, is a graduate of Shulamith School for girls. Having earned a master’s degree in industrial psychology from Teachers College at Columbia University, Bashi serves as director of human resources at the Conference for Material Jewish Claims against Germany. The couple are active members of Congregation Aish Kodesh and have three boys, Jacob and Jonah (2nd- and 1st-graders) and a baby, Joseph, born this past Chanukah.

Man of the Year: Mr. Benjamin M. Lawsky. Mr. Lawsky serves as New York State’s first Superintendent of Financial Services, the department that regulates all insurance companies, state-chartered depository institutions, and many U.S.-based foreign banking institutions, along with mortgage brokers and similar providers of financial services. In this new position created by Governor Cuomo in 2011, Superintendent Lawsky has been extremely focused and effective in protecting consumers and their financial rights, especially during the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.

Special Tribute: Rabbi Chaim Krieger. Rabbi Krieger is making aliyah to Eretz Yisrael. For nearly four decades, Rabbi Chaim Krieger has infused his class with a unique warmth and style that combines the ruach of yesteryear with the skills needed to become true Torah scholars.

From its founding in East New York 86 years ago and for 56 years on Long Island, Yeshiva Toras Chaim of South Shore has inculcated in thousands of children and young men the Torah values and the leadership skills to enable the torch of Jewish leadership to pass to future generations.

By attending the YOSS 56th annual banquet, on Sunday, March 3, you will assure the continuity of this pioneering yeshiva as a vibrant Torah center for our community, our families, and our children. For more information and to place an ad in the journal, please contact the yeshiva at 516-374-7363, ext. 12, or banquet@yoss.org. v

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