Tashbar Torat Hayim’s celebrated our 27th annual banquet with an elaborate Purim theme! Over 550 guests attended, showing their support and appreciation for the only Sephardic Yeshiva Ketana on the west coast. It was an elegant evening mixed with good spirits and a close, community feel. The smorgasbord began in the charming courtyard of Nessah Synagogue in Beverly Hills. There was everything including a contemporary sushi buffet, a carving station, elegant hors d’oeuvres, and other delicious choices. The smiles on the guests’ faces as they entered the courtyard were unmistakable. As the guests continued through the banquet hall a mini art gallery of Tashbar’s aspiring artists caught everyone’s eye. Ooos and Ahhhs were heard throughout the hall. Each guest had a chance to enter a raffle with a grand cash prize of $10,000!
We were honored to have Rabbi Eli Mansoor as our guest speaker. The Rabbi’s words were both powerful and inspiring. Rabbi Mansoor’s speech hit home to imbue deep within us the importance of perpetuating our unique Sephardi heritage and traditions that have been passed down from generation to generation – from our grandparents, great grandparents, our ancestors before them.
As the evening continued Tashbar’s Dean, Rabbi David Zargari introduced the evening’s honorees, Mr. and Mrs. Raphael Gabai. Mr. Gabai’s generosity and dedication to helping Tashbar Torat Hayim continue expanding to meet the needs of our growing community are unparalleled. We were blessed to have the opportunity to express our sincere gratitude for the wonderful acts of chesed showered upon Tashbar Torat Hayim by Mr. and Mrs. Gabai.
Mr. Gabai began his short and humble speech with a story. Upon beginning to construct our current campus, Mr. Gabai asked his 6 year-old son to hammer a nail into the stairs. His son questioned and asked “why,” to which Mr. Gabai replied, “So you will always remember that you helped to build a Jewish school.” Those words did their job to resonate within all of us, reminding us that we must all feel responsible to support Jewish education in whatever capacity we have the zechut to be capable of.
One of the highlights of the events was the boys’ choir. What a performance they gave! Under the direction of Robby Halpern of Simcha Orchestra, the boys put on a show that got the crowed into the Purim spirit! First walking through the hall in masquerade masks and shaking graggers, they stepped onto the stage with smiles, ready to impress and entertain the guests with their joyful voices.
Rabbi Hagai Batzri entertained the crowd with a melody of traditional Sephardi zemiort. He was joined by Tashbar’s own third grade student, Yosef Motamedi.
The evening ended with the feelings of gratitude, joy, and the blessings of this auspicious month of Adar. May we continue to celebrate simchot together, see the success of our students, build and connect our community, and continue to safeguard the crown of our Sephardic heritage.