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vWc SEYMOUR J. ABRAMS CHEDER LUBAVITCH HEBREW DAY SCHOOL SEYMOUR J. ABRAMS CHEDER LUBAVITCH HEBREW DAY SCHOOL and the PHILIP REBECCA ESFORMES CHEDER LUBAVITCH GIRLS SCHOOL and the PHILIP & REBECCA ESFORMES CHEDER LUBAVITCH GIRLS SCHOOL A BR E TING YE A Aw Awards Dinn Awards Dinn r ounders ounders R R R R S May each of our Rabbis and Morahs find simchas hachaim in their own lives and in turn impart this blessing to the pure kinderlach they teach each day. ‫ט’‘ז אדר א‘ תשע‘‘ד‬ SUNDAY, FEBRUARY SUNDAY, FEBRUARY , DA AY • ‫ט’‘ז אדר א‘ תשע‘‘ד‬ INTERCONTINENTAL O’HARE INTERCONTINENTAL O’HARE TA AL A CE L


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Seymour J. Abrams Cheder Lubavitch Hebrew Day School Founders Awards Dinner Honorary Dinner Chairmen SEYMOUR J. ABRAMS RABBI MORRIS I. ESFORMES ERIC ROTHNER Dinner Chairmen ARYEH L. BENJAMIN SHMUEL GOODMAN DR. AARON NOACH GROSSMAN Dinner Committee Alan Abrams Ronald Abrams Daniel Altschul Boruch Aplebaum Yoel Atkins Yossi Azaraf R. H. Bailin Abe Bohrer Todd Cohen Dr. Salamon Dayan Alvin Doppelt Sig Feiger Philip Garoon Vern Gideon Arnold Goldberg Aryeh Goldbloom Shai Har-El Yra Harris Robert Hartman Aaron Kaplan Howard Kaplan Andrew D. Lappin Mike Levin Jay Pine Paul Pinkus Rabbi Yossi Schneerson *In Formation Larry Slavin Levi Staal Larry Starkman Nathan Stelzer Howard Stone David Temkin Dr. Yosef Walder Dr. Ruven Weiss Sherwin R. Willner Rev. Noah Wolff Yakov Yarmove Dr. Yigal Yahav Arie Zweig


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OUR FACULTY AND ADMINISTRATION Rabbi Yitzchok Wolf . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dean Leah Rivkah Perlstein . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Principal, Chicago Location R. Schneur Z. Twersky . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Principal, Skokie Location Lakey Silber . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Early Childhood Director R. Ilan Heifetz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Director of General Studies R. Moshe Wolf . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Outreach and Development Aryeh L. Benjamin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Chairman of the Board Menucha Gershon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Comptroller Esther Levin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Bookkeeper Chaya Schtroks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Secretary Yocheved Sexner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Secretary Renee Zucker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Secretary BOARD MEMBERS Seymour J. Abrams Daniel Altschul Aryeh L. Benjamin Pesach Glaser Shmuel Goodman Aaron Kaplan Rabbi Moshe B. Perlstein Paul Pinkus (Advisor) Levi Staal Rabbi Yakov Yarmove Mr. Zev Zlatopolsky P.T.A. PRESIDIUM Ruth Altschul Leah Stern Libby Wolf


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RABBI DANIEL AND ESTHER ROCHEL MOSCOWITZ A second generation Chicagoan, Rabbi Moscowitz received his rabbinical ordination in 1976 from the Central Lubavitcher Yeshiva of Brooklyn, NY, and is a graduate of the Rabbinical College of Canada in Montreal and the Lubavitcher Yeshiva in Brunoy, France. As a Rabbinic student, he served in the “Chabad Peace Corps" as an emissary to Belgium and Sweden. In 1976, with the guidance and encouragement of the Lubavitcher Rebbe of righteous memory, Rabbi Daniel Moscowitz helped establish the Illinois headquarters of the Lubavitch Chabad movement; and in 1979 was appointed the Illinois Regional Director. Rabbi Moscowitz hosted the Jewish radio program, "L'Chvod Shabbat," and is a popular speaker on Jewish issues. Rabbi Moscowitz was proclaimed to be an exemplary model of public service and leadership by Mayor Richard M. Daley in November, 1994 and has met with Presidents Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama. In 2001, Rabbi Moscowitz and his family moved from Chicago to Northbrook, Illinois where he established Lubavitch Chabad of Northbrook. Rabbi Moscowitz serves as its senior Rabbi and guiding force. Rabbi Moscowitz serves on the executive board of Merkos L’inyonei Chinuch, the governing board of the Lubavitch Chabad movement. Rabbi Moscowitz is the past President and current Chairman of the Executive of the Chicago Rabbinical Council and is a member of the Executive Committee of the International Conference of Shluchim. He has served on the coordinating committee of American Friends of Lubavitch events in Washington DC, and as a board member of Chabad's Children of Chernobyl international rescue effort. Rabbi Moscowitz is married to Mrs. Esther Rochel Moscowitz (nee Aronow), who is the principal of the Lubavitch Girls’ High School in Chicago. They are the proud parents of nine children and the grandparents of many.


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DR. CHAIM AND MIRIAM HECHT DR. CHAIM HECHT was born and raised in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Following a year of study abroad at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, he completed his B.A. at Northwestern and a degree in medicine from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He and Miriam were married during his first year at Emory and they moved to New York for a year of of studies in Hadar Hatorah Yeshiva before coming to Chicago to continue with his medical career. Here Chaim completed his Radiology residency in Mt. Sinai and Children's Memorial Hospitals. Thereafter, Dr. Hecht took a position as staff radiologist at Mt. Sinai and has served as Chairman of the Department of Radiology since 1989. He is active in hospital activities and presently serves on the Hospital's executive committee. He recently proudly received his Rabbinical Smicha through the Bnei Ruven Smicha program. He served as Chairman of the Cheder Board of Directors, Chairman of the Board of the Lubavitch Girls High School, and remains active in Friends of Refugees of Eastern Europe. MIRIAM HECHT was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. When she moved to Chicago with Chaim 36 years ago, their house became a center in town for the spreading of Yiddishkeit whether through their many Shabbos guests or community programs. Today they are still living in the same home where Miriam raised her children . Even during those very busy years, she found the time to help organize and direct "Shifra and Puah,” an organization providing for the needs of new mothers, and was an active member of N'Shei Chabad. She also gave a weekly Torah class for senior citizens at the Schwartzberg Home, under the auspices of the Council for Jewish Elderly. She now works and teaches the art of beading and jewelry making in Studio Beads in Deerfield. Dr. and Mrs. Hecht were one of the founding families of Cheder Lubavitch 35 years ago (providing two of the five students in the first Cheder class). 23 years ago, they were instrumental in the establishment the Lubavitch Girls High School. But they feel that their greatest achievement is the nachas of the 13 children ka'h that were educated and raised with the values and ideals of Cheder Lubavitch and the beautiful grandchildren and that are following in their footsteps.


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REB YITZCHOK AND REITZA KOSOFSKY REB YITZCHOK KOSOFSKY, a CPA, is a graduate of Bnei Ruven Hebrew School of Chicago. From 1944-46 he was a student of the Chicago Lubavitch Yeshiva. He then became a student at the Hebrew Theological College for 12 years. Yitzchok has been active in the Lubavitch movement for many years. He established Cholov Yisroel in Chicago in 1964 together with the Weitzener Rov, Rabbi Hirsch Meisels Zatzal. He established the telephone hookups of the Lubavitcher Rebbe's Farbrengens in Chicago in 1971. MRS. REITZA KOSOFSKY is a graduate of the Hebrew Parochial School of Chicago, The Ida Crown Jewish Academy and received her Bachelor of Hebrew Letters and Hebrew Teachers Degree from the Anne Blitstein Hebrew Teachers Institute for Women. She was employed as a Talmud Torah teacher for a number of years. In 1973 she founded Friends of Refugees of Eastern Europe-F.R.E.E., a Torah oriented social service agency for the Russian Jewish immigrants in Chicago. At its second annual dinner, Cheder honored Reb Yitzchok and Reitza Kosofsky. The Kosofskys are well known for their tireless involvement in Chicago community organizations for the advancement of Torah and Yiddishkeit. Yitzchok and Reitza were active in the Cheder from its inception, and are founding members of the board of directors. The Kosofsky children are also involved in community work in their respective communities. The youngest, Devori Baumgarten now living in Rockaway, NJ, was a student in the first class at Cheder.


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YALE AND CHAYA ROCHEL ZIMMERMAN RABBI YALE ZIMMERMAN was born and raised in Chicago. He received his BA and MA from Washington University in St. Louis in History and Education. He attended the Rabbinical College of America in NJ and recently received Rabbinic Ordination. Two years after marriage, he returned to Chicago, following the advice of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, to become President of Zimmerman Brush Co., a manufacturer and distributer of industrial cleaning brushes. He introduced new products, published an award winning catalog of their 1200 brushes, revolutionized the manufacturing and production processes, and worked in sales with many of their 2,000 distributors. Yale, a self-taught professional piano player and composer, toured extensively throughout the US and Asia. He taught creative music, deaf children, special education, and elementary school. He is currently on the Board of the Von Steuben Alumni Association and the Harand Camp Scholarship Fund. Yale recently renewed his Real Estate License with @properties and is successfully engaged in helping clients buy and sell residential properties. Yale has been deeply committed to the Jewish community in Chicago, heading up Mitzvah campaigns, teaching and arranging Torah classes, spearheading the founding of Cheder Lubavitch, co-founding the Lubavitch Girls High School, being active in several Chabad Houses and Cong. Bnei Ruven. Yale is dedicated to living the Rebbe’s vision to the fullest. CHAYA ROCHEL was born and raised in Staten Island, NY. She graduated Brooklyn College with a BA in Education and Mathematics and received her MA from the University of Maryland in Education. She attended Machon Chana in Brooklyn NY for Judaic Studies. Chaya Rochel worked closely with Rebbitzens Hecht and Shusterman a”h on all aspects of N’shei Chabad including running the Presidium for several years. She was cofounder of Cheder Lubavitch and the Lubavitch Girls H.S., remaining on the school boards for years. She founded the Tiny Tots division of Gan Yisroel Day Camp, organized and ran two children’s programs, Chayolei Moshiach and the Bar Mitzvah Club, and is currently active in the Shidduch Group of Chicago, the Machon Chana Alumnai Assoc., and is a volunteer attendant for the Bnei Ruven Mikvah. Yale and Chaya Rochel have been devoted parents to their 11 children and grandchildren ka”h and to their extended family and friends, including them in their community endeavors. Their children have flourished from the Jewish education they received and are continuing to impact their own communities. Yale and Chaya Rochel have generously used their resources and talents to help many Chabad Instiutions with physical, financial, and musical support.


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truct the Jewish peod commands Moshe to ins t week’s Torah Parsha G- ement offering for their souls,” for their In this pas hekel as an “aton to make the “foundaple to each donate a half-s Calf. The silver was used in the sin of the Golden participation an (Tabernacle). tion sockets” for the Mishk “he became flusheard about this offering, sh relates that when Moshe half-shekel could compensate for the grave The Midra ering how a mere He had tered and recoiled,” wond response, “G-d showed Moshe a coin of fire that n Calf. In y shall give.” ch as this, the sin of the Golde one of Glory and said, ‘Su taken from under His thr w did the “coin of nt so perplex Moshe? Ho s half-shekel commandme ficulty? And what can we learn from this Why did thi from our him explain his dif fire” which G-d showed as parents, in what kind of “offerings” to expect in our role commandment children? were given, as donated to the Mishkan gifts that the Jewish people eir hearts were inspired to give.” 2Men All the other enthusiastiphasizes, because “th the Torah repeatedly em , from each of the different tribes willingly and make the ng and old materials used to and women, you as they could of the many amount cally contributed as much half-shekel gift was mandatory, and a uniform trast, the Tabernacle. By con h alike. individual, poor and ric was demanded from each ry could achieve offering that was compulso not comprehend how an t give wholeheartedly, from his own iniMoshe could ual donating did no ”? atonement. If the individ ability, how could it be considered an “offering ious sin of t of his tiative and to the bes ieve atonement for the ser donation ach ore, how would this forced Furtherm the Golden Calf? was alluding to the fire she this coin of fire. G-d lain this, G-d showed Mo beneath G-d’s very throne of glory, and is drivTo exp and eterginates from of the soul. Every soul ori nected with its Source. Every soul is continually ry desire to be con s are a direct result of his ve action en by a fie all of an individual’s positi nally bound to G-d, and g. soul’s motivational tuggin pelled to give n a Jew who is being com strating to Moshe that eve actions may seem forced, in truth he G-d was demon s to give it. Though his the half-shekel gift, desire ry, inner quest to unite with G-d. soul’s fie is connecting to his his and her Neshama h student with the fire in endeavors to connect eac Cheder s. ud and knowledgeable Jew inspiring them to be pro a passion and deterevening were driven with tem was not what it is ago our Honorees of this 35 years Day School sys Cheder when the Jewish s most difficult. Yet, Rabbi mination to establish the to maintain it wa erewithal nce of the today and the financial wh e took a leadership position and with the assista s in the niel Moscowitz and his wif mermans established one of finest Chabad school Da Zim Hechts Kosofskys and the ntry. cou Cheder staff and to Bless them and all the osh Boruch Hu continue happiness. May Hakod lth amd continued supporters with good hea Message from the Dean Rabbi Yitzchok Wolf vWc


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Mrs. Lakey Silber Director - Preschool and Early vWc Childhood “My father proclaimed at a farbrengen: Just as weari ng tefillin every day is a mitzvah comman ded by the Torah to every individual regardless of his standing in Torah, wh ether deeply learned or sim ple, so too is it an absolute duty for every pe rson to spend a half hour every day thinking about the Torah-educati on of children, and to do everything in his power and beyond his power, to inspire children to follow the path along which they are being guided.” (H ayom Yom Tevet 22) Every day at Cheder Luba vitch, we do more than jus t think about our children. We discuss their potential and growth. We reflect upon our practices and always strive to identify and achieve the highest goals. We love to connect with each child on a personal level and bu ild everlasting relationships. As we instill a lov e for Hashem and his To rah in the heart of a child, we expand that ch ild's ability to make his or her mark on this world with everlasting and caring love. We are proud of ou r accomplishments and look forward to many meaningful years educati ng your children. Mazel Tov to all the hono rees and their families. We share in the nachas of honoring you all for your dedication to Cheder and to Jewish continuity. You are all ro le models for our comm unity and have been role models for me throughou t the years. May all the Cheder paren ts have true Yiddishe and Chassidishe nachas from your families.


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Leah R. Perlstein ion Principal - Chicago Locat vWc signed for travel in the a temporary dwelling, de The Mishkan, s of the Torah reading. es up almost four portion desert, tak thing that d so much space on some Why does the Torah spen kdash one , who are post Beis Hami elevant to our time? We seems irr ance does the mikdash three, what relev and two and pre Beis Ha Mishkan have to us? a specific movable and designed to The Batei Mikdash are im place in Jerusalem. You cannot e e holy mountain of Zion area, th tain their status there. Th else for they will not main en more them anywhere limited to any space. Ev however is movable, not Mishkan, n desert into a place of of turning a desolate barre so, it is capable holiness. on of Cheder Lubavitch. description of the educati This is the be able come a true Mishkan. To ey dents graduate ready to be Our stu place. Even more so, th rah true Judaism in any into to experience To serts throughout the world to turn desolate barren de are able places of holiness. is Mishkan, sponsible for building th r honorees tonight are re Ou s have benefited from its ch. Hundreds of student Cheder Lubavit ence the lives of Jews in h , enabling them to influ Chinuc the world. tes and countries around communities in many sta nistration and orts along with the admi rld ay the zechus of their eff M ue to bring light to the wo ers of the Cheder contin for the devoted teach will trade in our Mishkan her in the days where we and us hi. Bais Hamikdosh Hashlis Dear Friends,


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Rabbi Shneur Zalman Tw ersky Principal - Skokie Location vWc This week we read in the Torah about the constru ction of the Mishkan (tabernacle) in the wilde rness by Moshe Rabbein u and Betzalel. Today, we are not fortunate to have a Mishkan, but our Sages tell us quoting from the Torah, “and you shall ma ke a Mikdash and I will dw ell in them” - that the Bais Mikdash is not only a physical structure that is to be built in Jerusalem. It is a ‘temple’ that we have within each one of us. Our Rebbes and teachers dedicate their lives to tea ch and instruct Jewish children, and prov ide them with what it tak es to grow and to be proud of their Yiddishkei t. Inspired by the teaching s of the Rebbe, they are building miniature Mi shkans that will become beacons of light as they grow. The Mishkan in the deser t was built by the commun ity’s contributions of gold, silver and copper and other materials need ed for the sanctuary. There were also hundred s of volunteers who all co ntributed to its building The Cheder as well is an . institution built by dedic ated people. Tonight we honor that dedication. Th e dedication of a few ind ividuals, that has had everlasting effects on an entire community. We are thankful to each of them them for all that the y have done to establish Cheder into the unbelievable Mosad it is today. The Moscowitz, Hecht, Ko sofsky and Zimmerman families tru ly deserve this honor! Mazel Tov.


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Rabbi Ilan Heifetz s Director of General Studie vWc es us of Isaac), the Torah teach a of the Akeida (binding In the parsh Avraham told saw the Place from afar. n. raham lifted his eyes and that Av hok ascended the mountai to stay while he and Yitzc Shechina the lads with him raham saw the cloud of the Rabba teaches us that Av at I Medrash Yitzchok, “Do you see wh mountain. He then asked lads with attached to the ” Avraham then asked the d Yitzchok replied, “Yes. result see?” an ed in the negative. As a estion, and they respond continue him the same qu lized that they could not lack of vision, Avraham rea of their am, a visionary, one who nt journey. Only an Avrah see what on this importa could not, one who could ly a see the kedush that others could r of our great nation. On afar, could be the forefathe am in such would be from e vision, could join Avrah k, one who shared that sam Yitzcho a role. lture of Lubavitch is this same cu ing at is unique about Cheder Wh tential of each child, allow e kedusha and future po seeing the uniqu ll-being, his –spiritual and physical we ult is focus on the whole child us to demic excellence. The res h, and of course, his aca es of personal growt inning school with decad recognized and national-w os. a Stateand exude positive midd g adults who love to learn successful youn tstanding not only the result of ou ese accomplishments are fruits Th accomplishments are the a quality program. These niel and teachers and mbers, Rabbi and Mrs. Da vision of our founding me Mr. and of the aim and Miriam Hecht, scowitz, Dr. and Mrs. Ch Esther R. Mo le and Chaya fsky, and Mr. and Mrs. Ya foresee Yitzchok and Reitza Koso Mrs. the courage and vision to an, four couples who had R. Zimmerm from afar o lifted their eyes and saw m could be, four couples wh what les who have taken with the uld be today. Four coup where we wo d honor these vision. We recognize an ne willing to share their anyo rs of our school. visionaries, the forefathe


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Past Honorees 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 Morris Shaevitz o.b.m. Yitzchok and Raitza Kosofsky Ephraim and Cynthia Moscowitz Yale and Chaya R. Zimmerman Moshe Zalman Olive Rabbi and Mrs. Yisroel Karno Paul and Kreindel Pinkus Mike and Byrdie Zimmerman Mark and Marna Nitekman Dr. Dennis and Rena Citrin Cantor Wilhelm and Judy Silber Rabbi and Mrs. Yisroel Richter Seymour J. Abrams Dr. and Mrs. Yaakov Friedman Mina Rosengart Benzion z”l and Rochel Allswang Rabbi Moshe and Leah Moscowitz Lakey Silber Dr. Chaim and Miriam Hecht Rabbi Sholom and Rivkie Raices Aryeh Leib and Rachelle Benjamin Shaya and Leslie Goldmeier Yaakov and Faigy Bassman Howard and Wendy Kaplan Gordon and Joanne Levine 2000 Ayreh and Goldie Goldbloom 2001 Dr. Ina Golber Shmuel and Sharon Goodman 2002 Seymour J. Abrams 2003 Dr. Shai and Rosalie Har-el 2004 Rabbi Morris Esformes 2005 Ben and Eva Weinschneider 2006 Eric and Gale Rothner 2007 Rabbi Yitzchok and Libby Wolf 2008 Hershel Herrendorf David Temkin 2009 Bill Anest and Peter Anest Isadore z”l and Hoda Goldberg R. Moshe B. and Leah R. Perlstein 2010 Mr. Jesse Peterson-Hall Daniel and Ruth Altschul 2011 Lawrence Starkman Jordan and Penny Kagan Aryeh and Rene Shender Ephraim and Cynthia Moscowitz 2012 Dr. Moshe Krakowski Zev and Chaya Zlatopolsky 2013 Yisroel and Miriam Saacks Rabbi Shalom D. Lubin 1996 1997 1998 1999



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