West Hempstead turned out on May 26 for a breakfast in support of CAHAL.
CAHAL’s Executive Director expressed gratitude to Program Director Naomi Nadata and Educational Coordinator Alice Feltheimer. Program Coordinator Shira Cohen helped organize the event.
Rabbi Elon Soniker, rav of Congregation Anshei Sholom, presented an award to the Hebrew Academy of Nassau County in recognition of its partnership with CAHAL over 27 years. HANC, represented at the breakfast by its principal, Rabbi Yaakov Sadigh, opened the first CAHAL class 27 years ago and continues to partner and support CAHAL. Mrs. Sondra Gottesman, wife of former HANC Dean Rabbi Moshe Gottesman z”l, was in attendance.
Rabbi Sadigh spoke about the unique relationship between CAHAL and HANC. An inspirational video was then shown.
Rabbi Yehuda Kelemer, mara d’asra of the Young Israel of West Hempstead, presented the Hakarat Hatov award to Chani Nadboy, an accomplished social worker who has been counseling CAHAL students and their families for 18 years. She is clinical director of the Counseling Department of Yeshiva Darchei Torah. Nadboy delivered an emotional speech about her relationship with the CAHAL children she services at Darchei Torah.
CAHAL is the local yeshiva-based and sponsored community program for children with learning challenges. The breakfast raised much-needed money for its scholarship fund.
For the 2019-20 school year, CAHAL is anticipating the largest enrollment in its 27 years.