SILVER SPRING (Md.) –– The Yeshiva of Greater Washington-Tiferes Gedaliah (YGW) held its 53rd Annual Banquet Sunday February 12, which focused on community leadership past and present and celebrated YGW’s achievements. The honorees, as spoken of by Rabbi Ahron Lopiansky, the Rosh HaYeshiva, and Rabbi Yitzchok Merkin, Headmaster, are people who carry the mission of Torah with them wherever they go.
The mission of the Yeshiva is epitomized in the inauguration of an ongoing scholarship fund bearing the name of Rabbi Hillel Klavan, zt”l, and the naming of YGW’s Semicha Program for this central rabbinic figure in the Greater Washington community. Rabbi Klavan was a foundational partner with Rabbi Gedaliah Anemer, zt”l, in supporting the growth of YGW from its conception and in his retirement was a fixture in YGW’s study hall. His learning and middos (moral character) were a personal example for all the students and community members. This scholarship will be awarded to local high school students who emulate his special middos and have a financial need. YGW was honored that his Rebbetzin and family joined in the celebration so that we could express the Yeshiva’s gratitude.
The Community Leadership Award is given to individuals who have demonstrated an outstanding dedication to the welfare of the Jewish community, the continuity of the Jewish people, and the timeless values of the Jewish faith. YGW recognized Dr. Nick Muzin in this capacity, as he exemplifies the type of person we as an institution are proud to produce. He is a ben Torah who is not only educated Jewishly but also as a doctor and a lawyer and who has devoted his life to public service.
YGW’s Alumnus of the Year Award was presented to Mr. Shlomo Radner, another fine example of a ben Torah who actualizes his learning and faith in his community. A father, civil rights lawyer, councilman, and member of Hatzalah, Shlomo–– an alumnus of our Yeshiva Gedolah–– lives the values of YGW and continues the mesorah which has been passed on to him.
These honorees represent the values that speak to the strength and vitality of a bright Jewish future. They embody YGW’s mission: To root each student in Torah, plant a passion for learning, and prepare them for life. We are thankful that the Yeshiva of Greater Washington has played an important role in their lives and they in our institution, and we hope to continue educating young men and women who will likewise lead and inspire others in their communities.