As the Ben Porat Yosef (BPY) community anticipates its annual dinner on February 29, the values of support and shared commitment take center stage. This year’s theme, “Ein Od Milvado,” resonates deeply, emphasizing the recognition of Hashem’s presence in every facet of our lives. The upcoming dinner is not merely an event; it’s an appreciation of the vibrant BPY community and an opportunity for individuals to express their friendship and support.
Ben Porat Yosef stands as an Orthodox yeshiva day school dedicated to inspiring, challenging, and engaging every learner. The school’s mission, encapsulated in the theme, is to develop each child’s ahavat Hashem and yirat Hashem, instilling a love for Am Yisrael, Eretz Yisrael, and medinat Yisrael. BPY empowers students through Hebrew language fluency and builds a warm, caring community devoted to nurturing empathetic, happy and self-fulfilled individuals.
BPY holds the rare distinction of being fully accredited by both the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools (NJAIS) and the Middle States Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSC-CESS). It stands as the sole yeshiva day school in Bergen County, New Jersey, recognized with this joint accreditation. The school’s unique Hebrew immersion program and shlichim initiative contribute to the linguistic mastery and cultural richness of the students.
This year’s honorees, Rachel Barber Schwartz and Adam Groveman, exemplify the spirit of BPY through their unwavering dedication to our beloved yeshiva. As immediate past president, Rachel oversaw vital security improvements, helped navigate through the challenges of maintaining a fully uninterrupted program during the pandemic, and played a pivotal role in BPY’s NJAIS/Middle States accreditation. She was the visionary force behind BPY’s unique and pioneering Memories of the Mizrach program. Adam, serving as vice president of BPY’s Board of Trustees, has steered strategic initiatives aligning with the school’s evolving vision, and has been the backbone of maintaining and ensuring the school’s solid financial footing.
Morah Naava Gavarin, recipient of the Faculty Award, brings nine years of passion and dedication to her role as a second-grade teacher. Her commitment to academic excellence, creativity in teaching, and emphasis on community-building enrich the BPY experience for students and colleagues alike.
At the heart of BPY’s mission lies the Shlichim Program, launched in 2005. This transformative initiative brings certified, experienced teachers from Israel, infusing the school community with the vibrant spirit of Israel. The special Hebrew Immersion Program underlines linguistic mastery, fostering a deep connection to Jewish heritage and the global Jewish community.
As the school theme emphasizes recognizing Hashem’s presence in every aspect of our lives, supporting BPY becomes a tangible expression of love, learning and advocacy for Israel. Contributions directly impact curricular enhancements, learning support, professional development and scholarship opportunities. The Giving Circle, an integral part of the Annual Campaign, offers multiple philanthropic entry points, ensuring that everyone can make a meaningful impact.
Membership in the Giving Circle is more than a financial commitment; it is a pledge to the growth and success of BPY. It reflects a shared commitment to the school’s values, mission, and the well-being of the broader Jewish community. By becoming a member, individuals support programs that enrich students’ experiences and education throughout the year.
As the upcoming dinner approaches, participants have the opportunity to join the Giving Circle. During the registration process, attendees can select options that align with their interests and values. Whether contributing to specific programs or the general enhancement of the school, every choice reflects a commitment to BPY’s ongoing success.
The Annual Dinner is not just a night of appreciation; it’s a call to collective philanthropy. As we appreciate the contributions of Rachel Barber Schwartz, Adam Groveman, Morah Naava Gavarin, and the shlichim, we also acknowledge the importance of ongoing support. Our community is invited to join hands, strengthen our bonds, and contribute to the vibrant future of Ben Porat Yosef.
Please join together on February 29 to honor these wonderful individuals. To RSVP or to donate, please visit www.BPYDinner.org.
Ari Z. Greene is the director of development for Ben Porat Yosef. For more information regarding the dinner and joining the Giving Circle, please reach out to him at [email protected] or 201-249-6809. Your support is a vital investment in the future of our community and the legacy of Ben Porat Yosef.