On Monday evening, March 16th, over 200 people gathered in the elegant Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel to celebrate the First Annual Yeshiva Ketana Banquet. In only its 3rd year of existence, Yeshiva Ketana’s enrollment has more than tripled, with almost 100 students expected for the upcoming school year. Friends, family and supporters joined in this momentous occasion to demonstrate their appreciation for this incredible accomplishment.
Rabbi Aharon Rubenstein, a Valley native, and his partner, Rabbi Aryeh Davidowitz, are the leaders behind Yeshiva Ketana’s rapid growth. Together, they spearhead a team of highly-qualified education professionals, including the well-known and respected Mrs. Aida Forman. The school strives to meet the highest standards of excellence in Torah learning, Hashkafa, development of middos, secular education, and innovation, both in technology and educational techniques.
The Guests of Honor at this inaugural event were Mr. and Mrs. Moshe and Nechama Nafisi, who have been invaluable contributors to the school since its inception. Moshe, as a dedicated and involved board member, along with Nechama, the school’s event coordinator and graphic designer, have been the guiding force behind the establishment. They have two children who attend the school and enjoy being a part of the daily activities at Yeshiva Ketana.
Another special honoree, Ms. Jennifer Manosh, was the recipient of the Hakaras Hatov award. Ms. Manosh attended the very first meeting to discuss the launch of Yeshiva Ketana four years ago and immediately enrolled her daughter as the first student in the school. With her vision, will, and determination, Ms. Manosh continues to rally for the success of Yeshiva Ketana as an event coordinator and PTA treasurer.
The school is forever indebted to these honorees for their tireless efforts to ensure the success it has and will I”YH continue to experience. As part of the Banquet’s program, attendees were treated to a selection of fine dining and several video presentations about Yeshiva Ketana and the honorees. Each of the honorees received a unique Abecassis print with a personalized message.
By the end of the energetic, heartfelt and fun-filled evening, through the help of a raffle and some last minute generosity from those present, Yeshiva Ketana raised over $100,000.