HAFTR Dinner honors Rabbi Emeritus


The Sands of Atlantic Beach was the setting for the Hebrew Academy of The Five Towns’ 34th Annual Dinner on Saturday night February 25, where close to 600 supporters came out to pay tribute to Guests of honor Michelle and Scott Sulzberger, Yachad awardees Miriam and Avi Kestenbaum, and Rabbi Dr. Gilbert Klaperman, Rabbi emeritus of Congregation Beth Sholom. Everyone in attendance enjoyed a festive evening in support of the prominent five towns yeshiva.

Reuben Marons, HAFTR’s Executive Director, was “thrilled by the large turnout, which exceeded last years. The evening is a tremendous success.”

Guests in attendance enjoyed a lavish free flowing cocktail hour and buffet dinner which provided for an opportunity for lively interaction between parents, faculty, honorees and supporters in advance of the formal awards ceremony and video presentation.

HAFTR parent Gitty Steinfeld was delighted to share her thoughts about the evening. “I’m proud to be part of HAFTR. I have three children who have graduated the high school, and three who are currently attending, one in high school, two in middle school. I’m grateful that there’s a modern Orthodox Torah education that’s available to our children in the community; a school with great teachers, rebbeim, and administrators that care about each and every student. We wish mazel tov to the honorees on their well deserved honor.”