Hachai Hebrew High Club celebrated a graduation with an outdoor barbecue for students and families. In addition to a finely grilled dinner, the graduates heard from Michael Anfang, a law student at Columbia Law School.
Michael encouraged the graduates to continue their Jewish learning while in college. “My advice to you is to set a fixed time weekly to learn Torah with a teacher or a learning partner.”
“Surprisingly, you will have more free time in college than in high school and it is important to fill your time in a productive manner”.
It was beautiful to hear the reflections of how the graduates have grown in Judaism and will use the guidance they received from Rabbi Yakov Wolff and Mrs. Esther Kosofsky. The graduates enjoyed the discussions, workshops, speakers and full kosher breakfasts that Hachai offered during the school year on Sunday mornings.
“Coming to Hachai, I think the spark of my soul has grown more by being with other Jewish peers my age and sharing our experiences being Jewish in a world where we are only less than 5 percent,” remarked Avi Felzenstein, who will attend UMass Boston in the fall.
“With the support of my teachers, even though I go to public high school, I have not lost my Jewish way. I am able to keep up a level of Jewish life and am part of the Jewish community. I am fortunate to have Hachai as part of my life,” remarked Binyamin Fenster, who will attend Stony Brook University.
Naftali Fenster, who will attend Wentworth Institute of Technology, spoke about what he learned from Hachai. “Hachai helps teach you Jewish values and the struggles that come with being a Jew.”
Hachai Hebrew High Club is partially funded with a grant from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation Teen Education Grant. Hachai is open to area teens in Grades 8-12 and meets during the school year on Sunday mornings offering discussions, workshops, speakers and full kosher breakfasts. Hachai Hebrew High is a program offered from Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy in Longmeadow. For more information, contact Rabbi Yakov Wolff at (413) 567-8665, ext. 19.
Main Photo: Left to right, Esther Kosofsky, Naftali Fenster, Binyamin Fenster, Avi Felzenstein
and Rabbi Yakov Wolff.