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Yeshivat Noam to Celebrate 14th Annual Dinner

Yeshivat Noam parents, grandparents, faculty, alumnae and friends will gather together on Wednesday night, March 16, at the 14th annual dinner. The biggest fundraising initiative of the year, the event raises important funds to enable the school to continue to deliver excellence in Judaic and general education as well as scholarships to those in need of financial assistance. A team of dedicated volunteers work tirelessly under the leadership of the president of the board of trustees, Nachman Paul, dinner co-chairs Tova Gerson and Nechama Saks, and campaign co-chairs Dovid Warshawsky and Ronnie Weinblut.

The Guests of Honor are Tammi and Bennett Schachter, the Community Service Awardees are Miriam and Gabriel Hermann, and the Faculty Recognition Awardees are Arwen Kuttner and Yehudit Liebb.

Since their oldest son, now in 7th grade, joined Yeshivat Noam as a Buds student, Tammi and Bennett Schachter have been instrumental in the success of Yeshivat Noam. Tammi set up the library dedication birthday program and served as a parent representative for the Parent School Partnership. Tammi has served on search committees for key administrative positions and currently sits on the Yeshivat Noam board of trustees. Bennett has also served as a member of the board of trustees and assisted with the capital campaign for the new campus. In addition to hosting events and volunteering their time, Tammi and Bennett are generous benefactors to Yeshivat Noam. They dedicated the middle school basketball court in loving memory of Tammi’s father, Avi Blumenfeld, z”l, and a Sefer Torah in the Beit Knesset in honor of their parents, Lois and Avi (z”l) Blumenfeld, and Mimi and Allen Schachter, and their children. The Schachters are also active community leaders at Congregation Keter Torah and Congregation Bnai Yeshurun.

Miriam and Gabriel Hermann have been chosen as the recipients of this year’s Community Service Award in appreciation of their unwavering commitment to Yeshivat Noam since their son entered Buds in 2003. Gabe’s contributions to the new yeshiva began early on, when Gabe helped build bookcases for the Bergenfield classrooms and to move donated file cabinets. Gabe’s dedication to Yeshivat Noam continues today as he currently serves on the security committee. Miriam’s involvement also began early, when she served as a parent representative of the Parent School Partnership and held other leadership roles in the realm of parent education. Since then, Miriam has also served on the Judaic administrator search committee and on the development committee. A distinguished attorney and currently a partner in the Hackensack law firm of Ferro Labella & Zucker L.L.C., Miriam has applied her legal acumen and negotiating skills in providing pro bono legal services to Yeshivat Noam. Currently, Miriam is again serving as a trustee on the board of trustees.

Miriam and Gabe are active members of Congregation Rinat Yisrael, where they both have served on the board of directors. They are inspired by Miriam’s grandparents, Dr. Mashe and Hannah Lightman z”l and her great-uncle Ezra Ben Zion Lightman z”l, who founded a Jewish day school in Lowell, Massachusetts, and saved many Jewish neshamot.

Arwen Kuttner has been teaching and inspiring students at Yeshivat Noam since 2005. She has taught general studies in both first and second grade classrooms and is now a learning center specialist in the elementary school. Arwen’s love of teaching is palpable and she feels at home working at Yeshivat Noam, an institution that shares her educational philosophy of focusing on the whole child.

Yehudit Liebb proudly serves as the middle school Ivrit curriculum director and is enjoying her 11th year as part of the Yeshivat Noam faculty. Prior to joining the Noam family, Yehudit taught Judaic Studies and Ivrit at the Ramaz School and Magen David Yeshiva. Originally from Israel, Yehudit graduated from Bar Ilan University with a teaching certificate and a BA in social psychology and education before moving to the United States. Yehudit’s classroom at Yeshivat Noam is often home to lively exchanges and she is always excited to watch students gain confidence in their ability to express themselves completely in Ivrit.

For more information or to make a reservation or donation, please visit www.yeshivatnoam.org or contact Amy Vogel at [email protected] or call 201-261-1919 x126.

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