Yeshiva Toras Chaim/Toras Emes Academy of Miami
Yeshiva Toras Chaim Alumni Newsletter
In This Issue
26th Annual Dinner
YTC Annual Chanukah Chagiga
Alumni Request Success!
Alumnus Heads Local School
Got Chanukah Pictures?
WWII Veteran and Concentration Camp Liberator Speaks at YTC
YTC Blood Drive a Kiddush HaShem
YTC Student IDs Go Hi-Tech
Pictures from around Yeshiva (Music Edition)
Mazel Tovs!
Greetings!
Gutten Erev Shabbos.

It's almost Chanukah. If you will be in town the first night, please stop by Yeshiva for our chagiga. (details below.) Additionally, if you have any Chanukah pictures from previous years, please send them to [email protected]

Hope you enjoy the pictures below.

Have a great Shabbos!

Avrohom Eliezer Friedman
Alumni Coordinator
26th Annual Dinner

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YTC Annual Chanukah Chagiga
If any of our Alumni will be in town on the first night of Chanukah, please come and join us at the Annual Chanukah Chagiga.


Got Chanukah Pictures?
The YTC Alumni Association is looking for pictures of previous Chanukahs in YTC. If you have any pictures from your days in Yeshiva, please send them to [email protected] You may just see them in a future newsletter.
Alumnus Heads Local School
Alumnus Rabbi Peretz Goldenberg has recently become the Director of Judaic Studies at Achim Academy Center for Education, a local Exceptional Student Education School. It makes the Yeshiva proud to see our alumni taking Jewish education leadership roles in our own communities.

Alumni Request Success!
Thanks to the YTC Alumni Email, alumnus Eli Casper, successfully got people to help assist him on his Shabbaton in Jacksonville.
WWII Veteran and Concentration Camp Liberator
Speaks at YTC


By Mattisyahu Nightingale, Grade 11 (as appeared in the YTC Spotlight)

On Tuesday, November 3rd, the Yeshiva, in conjunction with Project Mesorah, had the privilege to host and listen to Sergeant Allen Moskin, a World War II veteran and concentration camp liberator, speak about his experiences and memories of the harsh times he endured. In a highly detailed and graphic description, Sgt. Allen captivated the audience by telling over many powerful anecdotes and reflecting upon the horrors he witnessed at Gunskirchen, a sub-camp of the German death camp Mauthausen.

Sgt. Moskin said, "It took me over fifty years to speak about my past because I was so fearful of bringing back all the bad memories." He essentially "locked up [his] brain and threw away the key." The large amount of Holocaust deniers that have emerged in the past decade has moved him to speak out publicly about his experiences.

"It was one of the most inspiring talks I have ever heard. He spoke about how war really is, with many true heroes left unacknowledged," said YTC student Shlomo Kalchman.

After Sgt. Moskin's moving lecture, Mr. Aharon Halpern, a survivor of the camp which Sgt. Moskin liberated, gave some brief statements in an emotional encounter with the Sergeant. The program concluded with the presentation of Hakaras Hatov awards to Sgt. Moskin and Halpern, by YTC students Jaime Benson and Avidor Gerstenfeld.

Sgt. Moskin left the crowd with the hope and prayer "that one day, prejudice will end and people will judge others by their qualities and character rather than as members of any particular group".
 





YTC Blood Drive a Kiddush HaShem
By Chaim Benson (as appeared in the YTC Spotlight)

Everyone has seen the Bloodmobile around town, but recently the massive bus was seen on the campus of Yeshiva Toras Chaim. The bus pulled on to campus at 10:00 A.M. and the blood started flowing freely. Many members of the Yeshiva's family helped make the blood drive a success, leaving the director of the Community Blood Center of South Florida, Paula Edenburg, asking, "When can we come back?" Usually, a blood drive is considered a success if 10 pints of blood are collected. 10th, 11th and 12th graders (with parents consent), teachers from the Yeshiva, members of the Bais Medrash, attendees of Rabbi Sharfman's Sunday Shiur for Ba'alei Batim and other members of the North Miami Beach community, as well as people from other communities, all helped to collect close to 40 pints of blood. There was such an outpouring of donations that the first blood truck soon ran out of collection supplies. Another Bloodmobile was called to the school to help collect the extra blood. The second bus stayed for an extra two hours to accommodate the continuous flow of donors. Each donor also received special giveaways. The most beautiful part of the blood drive was the Kiddush Hashem it created. Yasher Koach to all.


YTC Student IDs Go Hi-Tech
By: Shmuel Goodman (as appeared in the YTC Spotight)

For the first time, the Yeshiva is releasing new hi-tech student photo IDs featuring an integrated microchip and barcode system. These new IDs have a myriad of planned uses to aid the students and faculty. The first use for these IDs will be to track all library books that are checked out. All library books will be bar-coded and recorded with new cataloging software. For students to check out a book, they simply scan their ID and their library book. This system will help improve our Media Center. Future planned uses for the bar-coded IDs include automated attendance records and textbook tracking.


There are also plans for the integrated microchip, which would be used to open locks placed on school entrances and classroom doors. Several doors would remain combination locks for Shabbos usage. These locks will provide a safer environment for the B'nei Yeshiva.



Pictures of each student were taken for the new ID cards.
Pictures from around Yeshiva (Music Edition)
 











Mazel Tov!

Mazel Tov!


Mazel Tov to our alumnus Yoel Gabay and his wife on the birth of a baby girl.  


 

Mazel Tov to our alumnus Dovid Yachnes and his wife on the birth of a baby girl.

 


Mazel Tov to our alumnus Yaakov Yosef Weiner and his wife on the birth of a baby girl. 


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 If you have a Mazel Tov or other occasion which you would like us to share with our alumni, please email us at  Alumni@ytcteam.org so that we can spread the good news.





Keep in touch,
Avrohom Eliezer Friedman
Alumni Coordinator