Several hundred parents enjoyed an educational and informative Open House held this past Sunday night for prospective Heichal parents. Heichal Rosh Yeshiva Rav Aryeh Stechler first addressed the parents, beginning with the recitation of Tehillim and thoughts for our brothers and sisters in Eretz Yisrael. Rav Stechler then shared his vision for Heichal’s mission: an institution that provides its talmidim with a classic yeshiva education and a superior general studies program with excitement, warmth and a passion for growth. Rav Chaim Marcus, Heichal’s mashpia, along with other administrators, outlined the curriculum and high academic standards at which the boys excel. Rabbi Pesach Skulnick, senior ram and ninth-grade rebbe, Rabbi Dani Staum, and many other stellar rebbeim discussed how Heichal inspires each talmid to become a passionate ben Torah and surpass his own expectations.
Prospective parents were then paired with current parents for an informal chavrusah to spend time asking questions and learning about the yeshiva. The group then heard from Dr. Seth Taylor, academic dean of students, who spoke about the general studies program, recognized for excellence by The Wall Street Journal. Dr. Taylor introduced the amazing faculty who shared mini-lessons in STEM and the humanities. Following this, parents attended student-led tours of the Heichal facility, during which talmidim highlighted Heichal’s student life activities, including over twenty extra-curricular clubs and sports teams.
The program concluded with prospective parents, parent volunteers and ambassadors, faculty, administration and students gathering in the ballroom for dessert and sushi. Rav Avi Epstein, director of admissions at Heichal HaTorah, expressed excitement about seeing what new heights the incoming class will be able to accomplish.