(Courtesy of TABC) At TABC, the top priority is the student experience. The four pillars of the yeshiva—Torah, academics, brotherhood and community—foster the growth of entering freshmen, straight out of middle school, into the mature bnei Torah who graduate four years later. This means a focus not only on Torah and academics, but on the social-emotional well-being of the students and their development into contributing members of the school, as well as local and global communities. It is with this in mind that TABC has launched its Mechanech initiative. Overseen by new Dean of Students Rabbi Gary Beitler, mechanchim serve as the first points of contact for students and parents and as direct liaisons to the guidance department and administration. They will regularly interact with students between classes, during lunch, one-on-one meetings and through various programming. The mechanchim are Rabbi Michael Hoenig (ninth grade), Rabbi Jake Berman (10th grade), Rabbi Jonathan Kessel (11th grade) and Rabbi David Einhorn (12th grade). Not ones to wait around, the mechanchim reached out to their talmidim over the summer to begin fostering the relationships, so that by the time school started, the boys already knew who they could turn to for help.
Rabbi Gary Beitler, joining the TABC faculty as dean of students, ties it all together. Rabbi Beitler comes to TABC with over 25 years of experience in chinuch, most recently at Yeshivat Noam and MTA. He has served in a variety of roles including as a beloved and sought after Gemara rebbe, athletics director, coach and teacher mentor. Rabbi Beitler was a psychology major at Yeshiva University, received his semicha from RIETS and participated in a specialized mentoring program under the Avi Chai Foundation. Rabbi Beitler was also the cirector of Camp Heller for 11 summers and Camp Shoresh for three summers.
Rabbi Shlomo Adelman, head of school, brought Rabbi Beitler on as a senior member of the administrative team to have overall responsibility for the well-being of students during their time at TABC. This umbrella role will ensure that each student will get the individualized attention that we value at the yeshiva as he will be working closely with the guidance staff, the mechanchim and the student activities team. Rabbi Beitler will also be teaching a 10th grade Gemara shiur and will be involved in a number of learning programs. Rabbi Beitler’s expertise in formal and informal education makes him perfectly suited for these roles.
TABC is thrilled to welcome Rabbi Beitler to the team and looks forward to a great year with him in this new role.