- Parent Category: Connect
- Published on Monday, 09 August 2010 02:03
Rabbi Pinchos Hecht, our new Head of School, arrived in July and immediately got to work. He’s been so busy that you may not yet have gotten a chance to speak with him, so he cheerfully made time for a quick interview. We started slowly, with an easy question:
What’s your favorite color?
When you were a kid, what did your family look like?
I had a father, a mother, a brother, and three sisters.
Who was your favorite teacher?
My favorite teacher was definitely my 5th grade Rebbe, Rabbi Barnetsky, the teacher I wrote about in my blog a few weeks ago. He taught me to love the Torah and my fellow man, to be open to the experiences and knowledge of others, and never to judge anyone.
What is the most important thing you’ve learned?
To love unconditionally.
How did you become interested in education?
Completely by accident! I was studying for an MBA with my brother, and I planned to go into business. But in my spare time, I started working as a substitute teacher of general studies in a middle school. I enjoyed it so much that I switched my studies and earned a Master’s degree in education instead.
That’s a big change! What did your parents think?
I really enjoyed what I was doing, so they were happy that I had found something I loved. But they were a little worried that teachers aren’t appreciated enough for what they do. They were afraid that I wouldn’t be able to make a living.
What’s your favorite part of your job at AJA?
Teaching, of course! Administration is all about teaching; I enjoy helping teachers as well as students.
How did you become an administrator?
I grew into administration; I didn’t apply for my first administration job. I was a senior teacher in a school that really lacked leadership, so I stepped up to help and became a de facto administrator.
How do you like Atlanta?
My wife and I love the area. It’s so beautiful and green, and everyone is so polite here! I like the pace here, the quality of life.
But you’re originally a Northerner! Don’t you miss snow?
Absolutely not. I saw enough snow when I lived in Cleveland to last me the rest of my life.
What is your family like now?
I’m blessed with a really wonderful wife—I advise everyone to always try to marry up, which is what I did! I have five happily married children of whom I’m very proud. We also have a dog named Lexy, who is very large but has a loving heart to match her size.
Where do you see AJA heading?
The most exciting thing that I found when I came to AJA is the professionalism and the quality of human relations that I see in Early Childhood, Lower School, Middle School, and Upper School. I’m also deeply impressed by the love that the parents and children have for the school and its history.
How do we take a great institution with a rich and wonderful past, and ensure that it’s positioned to be a significant leader in Jewish Atlanta’s future without losing the qualities that make the school what it is? I know that we can do it, and we’re off to a great start.
Do you have any messages for our AJA family?
I want everyone to know that my door is always open!
by Leah Braunstein Levy
Atlanta Jewish Academy’s Greenfield Middle School is continuing last year’s wildly popular electives program, and students in grades five through eight are reveling in their freedom to choose from twelve new educational options.
“At AJA, we want to transform the school experience for our students into an opportunity to become lifelong learners, and one way that we accomplish this is by offering them variety and choice in what they study,” explained Rabbi Pinchos Hecht, AJA’s Head of School. “After all, in the modern world, successful adults need to adapt and learn faster than ever before. They must be able to master new environments, to thrive and to excel.”
“So often, education focuses so intensely on covering the Common Core subjects that children have no opportunity to pursue their own interests, explore their own passions,” said Leah Summers, AJA’s Associate Head of Greenfield Early Childhood-Middle School. “It’s very important for our students to feel like they’re taking ownership of their education.”
Middle schoolers chose their top three options by strolling around an Electives Fair. Here, the tables were turned: the teachers constructed display boards to explain their subjects, and the students chose their favorites. Results were tallied and students were assigned to a class that was certain to interest them. And there truly seems to be something for everybody; options included robotics, yoga and mindfulness, cooking, forensic science, wilderness skills, math art (geometry, fractals, and symmetry), community service (volunteering in a literacy program at a local public school), theater production, and the design of Rube Goldberg machines.
“We feel that it’s important to have the widest variety of classes possible, to be sure that every single student can learn something that really fascinates him or her,” said Mrs. Summers.
A group of potential entrepreneurs clustered around the business ethics presentation. Based on the popular “Shark Tank” television series and taught by Rabbi Ari Karp, it combines the excitement of competition and the creativity and practical skills of entrepreneurship with Rabbi Karp’s thorough knowledge of the Jewish business ethics of the Talmud. Every option incorporates significant interdisciplinary learning.
“For example, the cooking class has a MasterChef theme, but it incorporates information about nutrition and focuses on traditional ethnic Jewish cuisines from all over the world,” explained Mrs. Summers. “All our electives are of real academic value; we don’t offer them options that are more appropriate for after-school programs. These are serious classes; they’re just not part of the standard curriculum.”
Students who didn’t get their first choices will have another opportunity during second semester, when the procedure will be repeated and the placements reshuffled.
“I’m so excited to be doing Digital Photography,” said Shayna Shapiro, a sixth grader. “Mrs. Lefkoff showed us the amazing things we can do with images on a computer, and I can’t wait to get started.”
Sheri Arotchas is excited to be joining the AJA family as a Hebrew teacher in both M'silot and mainstream classes. Born and raised in Tel Aviv, she began her teaching career at Muzot High School in Jaffa. She comes to AJA after teaching five years of English as a second language to students of various ages, with and without language-based learning disabilities. Her teaching focuses on different language aspects such as written and oral language, reading and listening comprehension, vocabulary and grammar. Sheri has a BA in Special Education from Levinsky College in Tel Aviv, and began studying towards her MA in Developmental Psychology at the University of Haifa. She plans to complete her Psychology degree and further her knowledge base while living in the US.
After completing her service as an officer in the IDF, Sheri had the opportunity to spend a summer in Colorado as a Shlicha (emissary) with a delegation of the Jewish Agency. Following her amazing experience, she came here to GHA as a substitute teacher, staying as long as the Agency allowed. This was her first experience with formal education, and led her to pursue a career in the field.
Sheri recently moved to Atlanta with her husband Yonatan. Her hobbies include traveling, reading, dancing, and caring for animals. She feels that true learning can be accomplished only through a meaningful relationship and mutual trust between student and teacher.
by Leah Braunstein Levy
(appeared in the Atlanta Jewish Times, August 22, 2014)
Atlanta Jewish Academy has started off the new school year as the only infant-12th grade Jewish day school in Atlanta, and this new beginning was greeted with excitement by the student body on the first day of school.
AJA’s Greenfield Early Childhood, Lower School, and Middle School held their Back to School Event and Open House on Sunday, August 10. This event marked the unveiling of the school’s new logo, which appeared for the first time on signs and souvenir items. Families enjoyed the carnival atmosphere as students checked out their lockers, tasted samples from the lunch program, participated in a scavenger hunt and crafted bookmarks, shot hoops in the gym, and caught up with friends old and new.
The following day, Monday, August 11, was the first day of school at AJA’s Greenfield Early Childhood, Lower School, and Middle School. AJA distributed a t-shirt bearing the new logo to every student on the first day, and students enjoyed trying on their new “Spirit Wear.” As always, Greenfield Middle School of AJA held their traditional Locker Race, in which 5th and 6th graders compete for the ribbon awarded to the fastest locker-opener. Middle Schoolers also chose electives from a menu of twelve options that included offerings like Math Art, Yoga, Rube Goldberg Machine Engineering, and Kosher Masterchef.
Many new students are registered at AJA this year, but their more experienced classmates made sure to guide them through locker procedures and help them find their classrooms. Sixth grader Bobbie Sloan was cheerfully assisting a new fifth grader with a locker combination, and the two were chatting as if they were old friends. Asked how long they had known each other, Bobbie explained, “Oh, we just met a few minutes ago—my locker’s right on top of hers.”
AJA students and staff all seem ready to use their new, exciting start to create a great year of learning and fun.
By Leah Braunstein Levy
(Appeared in the Atlanta Jewish Times, August 8, 2014)
One of the first questions asked by Rabbi Pinchos Hecht, newly appointed Head of School at Atlanta Jewish Academy, was, “How can AJA show our support for Israel?”
The newly formed Atlanta Jewish Academy, product of the merger of Greenfield Hebrew Academy and Yeshiva Atlanta, prides itself on its love for and intimate involvement with Israel. Many alumni make aliyah and serve in the IDF; families, teachers, and staff have children in Israel, under threat or helping to defend the country. The B’not Sherut program—which brings in young women who make Israel a joyous part of daily life at AJA—has ensured that every single Atlanta Jewish Academy student knows someone living in Israel right now under the threat of missile attack.
Fortunately, alumnus and current AJA parent George Birnbaum had some ideas. As former Chief of Staff for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Mr. Birnbaum is intimately aware of what’s going on in Israel as the government fights to defend its citizens. With his assistance, the Consul General of Israel in the Southeast and the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) came together with AJA for an event supporting Israel and the 22 local families who currently have lone soldiers in the IDF.
“I couldn’t think of a better program to be the first official event of Atlanta Jewish Academy,” said Mr. Birnbaum. “We wanted to bring the community together to recognize our soldiers. We wanted to express our joy in Israel and in Jewish life, but also to recognize and show respect for the young people who are putting their lives on the line to protect our country.”
AJA students had no doubts about why they were there. David Lebowitz said, “I came because Israel is going through a hard time.” Ben Cohen added, “We have to do what we can to help.”
Consul General Opher Aviran addressed the crowd. “This war was not of Israel’s choosing,” he began. “We left Gaza in 1995, hoping never to return. But Israel must act to defend its citizens.” The Consul General repeatedly stressed that “both Israelis and Palestinians deserve peace and security.”
Mr. Birnbaum took the stage to offer his special perspective on Prime Minister Netanyahu. He described an experience as chief of staff for PM Netanyahu in the context of a military operation.
“The Prime Minister was with his advisors, going through the scenarios. I kept thinking that he was looking at me throughout the meeting, and I didn’t know why. Later, I realized that I had been sitting in front of a picture of his brother, Yoni Netanyahu, killed in the Entebbe operation. I asked what he had been thinking as he looked over at his brother’s picture. He told me, ‘Every time I make the decision to send soldiers in harm’s way, I think about how my family felt when we found out about Yoni. And I think, is it worth what the families of these soldiers will have to suffer for me to make that decision?’ Our leader doesn’t just understand the chess game aspect of military action; he understands the personal risk and suffering that comes from these decisions. He thinks about it every single day.”
The Chairman of the Board for FIDF’s Atlanta Region, Garry Sobel, spoke of their important work. The FIDF offers support to lone soldiers, assists the families of soldiers killed in action, and arranges R&R weekends for fighting men in need of some respite. “We are there when they need us most,” Mr. Sobel told the crowd. “We make sure that our lone soldiers never feel alone. Their job is to look after Israel. Our job is to look after them.”
The final speaker was a blurry image on a video screen, greeted by an excited crowd. Jonathan Friedlander, an AJA alumnus and soldier currently serving on the northern border, appeared via Skype to say, “Thanks for the support—your thoughts and prayers mean a lot to us.” He said that the soldiers appreciate the toiletries and snacks supplied by the Atlanta Chapter of the FIDF, who support his Combat Intelligence Brigade through the Adopt-a-Brigade program. “I’m on the Lebanon border, which isn’t as rowdy as it is down south; but we hold our position. It feels good to be part of the Combat Intelligence Brigade, and to know that Atlanta’s got my back.”
Rabbi Hecht closed the program with a Misheberach blessing for the soldiers of the IDF, and AJA parent Hillel Glazer led the audience in singing Hatikvah, followed by Am Yisroel Chai.
“I knew that we’re close to what’s going on in Israel, but I didn’t know how close,” said AJA student Zoe Sokol. She had just learned that one of the soldiers in an FIDF video is the daughter of Hebrew teacher Yaira Auz, and that Jonathan Friedlander is the son of former staffer Cheryl Friedlander.
Marci Joel and her family had returned that very day from a trip to Israel, where they had delivered letters to IDF soldiers. Marci’s son Jordan had just received an answer to his letter, and is proud to have a pen pal in the IDF.
By Leah Braunstein Levy
(appeared in the Atlanta Jewish Times, August 1, 2014)
July 2014 (Atlanta, GA) To keep pace with a flood of new applications for the coming year, Greenfield Early Childhood of Atlanta Jewish Academy is expanding its infant and toddler program, doubling the space for the K’far section of the Infant and Toddler Village (ITV). Children between the ages of six weeks and two years will enjoy an entirely new room during the 2014-15 school year, enabling the school to serve more children through this exceptional program.
Naturally, AJA’s Early Childhood Director, Carla Hotz, is delighted to see this opportunity for her program to grow.
“I honestly wish I knew the exact reason why there’s been such an explosion of interest in the K’far!” she says. “However, I can identify several factors that I think help to make the way we care for our babies not only uniformly excellent, but a unique day care experience. I think that it may have to do with the fact that we see ourselves as more than just a day care.”
What do you mean, more than just a day care? How do you offer more?
“We give the infants and toddlers every opportunity we would give older children. We feel strongly about exposing them to as many different sensory experiences as possible, to stimulate them intellectually from the very beginning. As they start maturing and are able to benefit from them, they attend all the ‘specials’ we offer at AJA—story time in the library, music classes, exercise and games in the gym, use of our unique Imagination Playground, art classes—all specially modified for their stage of development and designed to widen their intellectual horizons. From the very earliest days of their lives, we always view them as capable, curious, and able.”
I understand that the K’far has been partially inspired by the Reggio-Emilia program that originated in Italy. How is that influence displayed?
“The Reggio experience encourages teachers to constantly offer stimulating provocations—we don’t underestimate our littlest pupils’ ability to learn. We also feel strongly about allowing the children time to explore and enjoy their environment.”
So you feel that the larger environment of AJA is a plus for the infants and toddlers?
“I think that because we’re part of AJA, we have a beautiful, spacious facility for them—and the exposure to older children is also a wonderful asset. The younger ones receive love and affection from everyone they meet at school, as well as gaining examples and goals to emulate as they watch and interact with the older ones. This is an advantage for the older children, too—they are given the opportunity to show empathy and leadership. I also see every teacher in the Early Childhood Department constantly kissing, hugging, and loving the infants and toddlers every time they walk by. I sometimes pop in just to do that myself!”
You’ve been running the Early Childhood Department at Greenfield Elementary School of AJA for two years now, following several years of teaching there. How did that happen?
“I was actually very surprised when I was approached to take over when the previous ECD director left. They had been interviewing many other candidates and really doing due diligence to find a replacement, so I wasn’t expecting them to look at someone who was already there! However, I do understand their thinking, as it worked really well. After all, I had been in the ECD for years—I understood our model, I understood the benefits of the Reggio-Emilia philosophy, and of course, I understood and was able to continue the Hebrew immersion aspect of our program. It was just an easy transition for me! I thoroughly enjoy my new position, although I do miss teaching—so I schedule time with every class once a week, so I can teach them or engage them in an activity. I love the fact that all the children in the Early Childhood Department really know me, and they’re excited to see me! It gives me the opportunity to truly be part of their school lives.”
How do K’far caregivers compare to the larger AJA staff?
“They are as wonderful and skilled as our other teachers, and the most loving people ever. I see each and every one of them acting as mothers and bubbies to our children. They are also truly professional; they are organized, they’ve created a wonderful routine and structure, because children need routine and structure to thrive. They maintain a fantastic and constant line of communication with parents, often sharing photos and reports throughout the day. Our caregivers make the world of the K’far a loving, generous, exciting, and professional place.”
By Rabbi Pinchos Hecht, Head of School, Atlanta Jewish Academy
(appeared in the Atlanta Jewish Times, August 1, 2014)
As many in the Atlanta Jewish community now know, the merger of GHA and YA—many months in the planning—is now complete. Our combined schools have a new name, Atlanta Jewish Academy (AJA), with a shared mission and board. The mission was developed in a collaborative fashion by the former boards of both schools, along with parents and leaders in our communities who worked tirelessly on behalf of our school and its new vision.
Atlanta Jewish Academy is a college preparatory, co-educational, preschool-12th grade, independent Jewish Day School, guided by modern orthodox values and principles. We embody the ideals of community, tradition, individual development and educational innovation. Atlanta Jewish Academy develops the whole person for college and life by fostering a love of Torah, Israel, and all Jewish people through an excellent secular and Judaic education within an inclusive, nurturing community.
I am excited to be the first Head of School to lead AJA, with a program encompassing infants and toddlers through high school seniors. Our unique position enables us to provide a world-class education in a full-service, caring community, never before available in Atlanta. The fact that our combined enrollment for the 2014-2015 school year exceeds the previous enrollments of both schools demonstrates the growing excitement generated in the greater Atlanta Jewish community by our merger.
We continue to offer the finest in both Judaic and secular education, integrating the proud traditions and achievements of our institutions in the new Atlanta Jewish Academy. We will graduate students who have experienced and excelled in the rigors of a 21st century education and are fully prepared for life in our constantly evolving, fast-paced world. Our graduates will be models of lifelong learning. They will possess the skills and resilience to constantly expand their knowledge and personal growth, and will thereby be equipped to triumph in a world that reinvents itself every day. Our new school will continue to strive for excellence in all areas alongside the very best Jewish educational experience in the Atlanta Jewish community.
Integration and students first is at the heart of our merger. Atlanta Jewish Academy prepares our students for life by allowing them the space to integrate their identity and education within their social context. At AJA, we foster a healthy balance and stability in a fast-moving world, always building on previous achievements, always refining and integrating what has been learned and experienced. Whether it is support or enrichment, we will be there to offer each of our students exactly what he or she needs throughout their time at Atlanta Jewish Academy.
A glance at the various studies, surveys, and statistics in recent years on the Jewish community sends a clear message: If you want your child to be an involved, proud Jew, your chances are vastly better if you send that child to a Jewish day school through high school. We continue the proud traditions of both our schools; our graduates will continue to lead lives of service to their community and to their people, active in their Federation, their synagogue boards, Israel, and Jewish community projects all over Atlanta and the world. Our students enter our doors as seedlings full of infinite promise; by the time they leave, we—in partnership with our parents—will have helped them up to grow straight, tall, and strong, ready to offer support to others: their family, their community, and their world. This is the Atlanta Jewish Academy way.
July 21, 2014
Dear Atlanta Jewish Academy friends,
I write to you from Jerusalem during a very tense time for the Israeli people. Rachel and I are here for three weeks’ vacation in the hopes of visiting our son Avi (a YA graduate), who is in the army (more on that in a minute).
The city seems a bit empty. In past years, I would walk down Ben Yehuda in the summertime, and it was packed with tourists and youth groups. Tonight, there were very few people, let alone tourists, out on Ben Yehuda Street—not that it's unsafe. It's just that everyone is staying connected....24/7. Even on Shabbat, the government has designated one radio station for people to leave on, with nothing played or broadcasted on it unless there's an emergency. Everyone is following the news, the internet, Facebook, What's App nearly all the time.
We are reading about incessant rocket attacks from Gaza. It's a constant barrage. One would think that at some point, Hamas would run out of artillery. The fact is, however, they have the Sudan and Syria and Iran supplying them with plenty of firepower. Somehow these weapons have no trouble getting into Hamas's hands.
Most Israelis are less frightened by the rockets, and more frightened by the tunnels. Hamas terrorists travel through tunnels (built by thousands of Gazans), emerge on Israeli kibbutzim disguised as IDF soldiers and start shooting. As of now, I believe 25 Israeli soldiers have been killed. Sadly, there are very few degrees of separation between the deceased soldiers and even non-citizens like us. We have two friends in Israel, both Americans, each of whom is connected to one of the 25. It's so sad.
As you know, Avi made aliyah shortly after high school. He did his gap year at Yeshivat Maaleh Gilboa. I am not currently permitted to share the name of his unit, as the army has asked everyone not to transmit information over the internet. What I can say is that he was almost finished with the first 18 months of his training, and was about to begin the next 18 months when the war broke out.
Evidently, he has trained sufficiently for something—because today, he called to tell us that he will not be in contact with us for the near future. Those who know about army procedures know what this means.
As it happens, July 21st was Avi's 21st birthday; not much celebration for him, but something nice may come out of this anyway. His unit needs to purchase a special boot that, for whatever reason, the army doesn't supply. I've been helping to raise money for these (total cost was about $12K). I mentioned something to my dear friend Rabbi Adam Starr, and he posted on Young Israel of Toco Hills’ Facebook page that it would be a nice birthday gift if people helped raise the remaining $3,000 needed so that the unit could be better equipped. Rabbi Starr wrote me that he has raised almost all of it in just a few short hours. I was also grateful to see that Rabbi Hecht, Head of School at Atlanta Jewish Academy, reposted it on AJA’s Facebook page as well. I know some of you heard about this and responded; thank you on behalf of Israel's soldiers.
Rachel and I have been looking for ways to get involved. Tonight, we spent the evening at the Michael Levin Lone Soldier Center in Jerusalem and may volunteer there tomorrow. At the Center, there were lone soldiers, parents of lone soldiers, friends of lone soldiers, etc.... NBC happened to be there as well, and interviewed Rachel. There's a chance that it was on today's 6:30 p.m. EST NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. They wanted the perspective of a mom whose son made the choice to make aliyah and serve in the IDF.
Tomorrow, we're meeting someone from the Jerusalem Municipality who is organizing various initiatives to help the people of the south. We'd like to make ourselves useful. Next week, there is a group of rabbis coming on a JNF solidarity mission; I'll join the group because they're going south to volunteer, too.
If you want to help, I'm posting a list of possibilities below. I can only tell you that if you pick up the phone or do any of these things, the Israelis will be so grateful. Rachel and I called the pizza place in S’derot and gave them our credit card number to pay for a large purchase of pizzas to be delivered to anyone in need. The owner of the store was nearly in tears and could not stop blessing us.
Speaking about help, I just read about the funeral of one of the lone soldiers that took place two hours ago. Friends of the soldier were worried that there might not be a crowd in attendance, since he wasn't as connected as native-born Israelis are. The word got out about this concern. Over 10,000 people attended...a funeral at 11:00 pm!
I know all of you stand with Israel as you always have. I am proud to be part of the GHA, now AJA, and larger Atlanta Jewish community. Rachel is looking forward to re-joining you...even if it's just virtually, and in person periodically.
Let's hope all our soldiers return home speedily and that our country can soon live in relative calm.
Thank you to all who are praying that Hashem will watch over Avi and all of Israel's soldiers and citizens.
Rabbi Lee Buckman
Editor's Note: We shared Rabbi Buckman's request on our Facebook page. The following day, Rabbi Starr reported, "We surpassed our goal and are able to provide Avi Buckman's unit what they needed. Kol Hakavod to all who contributed in this important effort!"
Want to help? Here are some ideas.
- Buy a pizza for IDF soldiers
- Donate money to help the families of IDF Reservists
- PLEASE PRAY FOR: List of names of wounded soldiers (in Hebrew)
- Jerusalem Municipality opens center for supporting IDF soldiers
- Assistance for families of soldiers in Katamon area
- Moshe Molko was one of the 13 soldiers killed yesterday in Gaza. Help his family.
- Donate to the Michael Levin Lone Soldier Center
- Bring sweets and cakes for soldiers in Tel Aviv
- Chabad needs your help in the South!
- Help United Hatzala buy gear for volunteers
- Give money to the Jewish Agency's fund for victims of terror
- Get paired up with an IDF soldier, do chessed in their merit: http://shmiraproject.com
- Donate to disabled Israelis under fire with Aleh
- There's a list of projects you can support on the One Israel Fund web site
Support business in Israel's south and express your support to the citizens taking the brunt of the rockets by ordering pizza from local vendors to be delivered to families and soldiers in the region. The following pizza stores are willing to take your orders and deliver them to families:
Pizza Kopidon in Ofakim - 011-972-8-992-6658
Pizza Netivot: 001-972-8993-0145
Pizza Roma in Sderot: 011-972-8-661-2007
Pizza Italkia in Ashkelon -- 011-972-54-942-4212
Pizza Roma in Ashdod - 011-972-8-866-7000
In order to gauge the impact and decide about adding vendors, please drop a line to the organizer of this project, about your orders just noting from which pizzeria an order was placed ([email protected]).
Feel free to pass this far and wide.
With hope for a lasting quiet soon,
All you need to do is:
- Call one of the vendors below and place an order and say, "I am calling from the United States (say your city) and would like to order a pizza to be delivered to a family in the area as a sign that we are thinking of you. Can I place an order?" or
- "אני מתקשר מארצות הברית ורוצה להזמין פיצה למשפחה באזור שלך כסימן שאנחנו חושבים עליכם. האם אפשר להזמין?" or
- "Ani mitkasher me'artzot habrit v'rotzeh l'hazmin pizza lamishpacha ba'eizor shelcha k'siman sh'anachnu choshvim aleichem. Ha'im efshar lehazmin?"
- Tell them that people in America are standing with them
- Provide your credit card information (credit card number is called a מספר אשראי (mispar ashrai) and expiration date (תוקף tokef).
Yashar LaChayal - A non-profit organization that provides support and assistance to soldiers throughout Israel. As the situation gets more and more tense and thousands of soldiers are called up, we have increased our efforts and have been donating basic items(Such as: socks, shampoo, undershirts, underwear and more) Not only is it crucial that they have the basic items but it is a way for us to show we are thinking of them and care about them. They need our support.
For donations- https://www.yasharlachayal.org/donate/