Baltimore, MD - Feb. 8, 2019 - What’s better than a program that includes father-son learning and a Melava Malka? One includes that grandfathers, too! On February 2, Motza'ei Shabbos Parshas Mishpatim, YKY/TI's  5th and 6th graders enjoyed a special learning session with their fathers and grandfathers, followed by a Melava Malka with delicious food, live music, and a game.

The event took place Bnai Jacob Shaarei Zion and began with a beautiful display of inspired learning. Talmidim, fathers, grandfathers packed the main shul, producing a booming kol Torah. 

After learning, the attendees moved into the social hall for a Melava Malka coordinated by Details by Dean and catered by the Knish Shop. One talmid was overheard saying, “Wow, they made a whole banquet just for us!” As everyone entered the hall, a slide-show with photos of the boys at school played, bringing many smiles to many faces.  

Dr. Elie Portnoy, event coordinator, served as emcee. He praised the talmidim for their effort, diligence, and menchlichkeit, the attributes the event was intended to celebrate. Dr. Portnoy also thanked the hanhala for their constant support and partnership with the parents.

Rabbi Shimon Hirsch, Menahel, shared divrei bracha and thanked the parents who organized such an enjoyable event. 

After a short video, Dr. Dani Sova led a trivia game, which brought everyone — even the adults —to their feet. Questions like “What's the gematria of Yeshivas Kochav Yitzchok?” got the competitive juices flowing. After the last question, each table tallied their correct answers, allowing the talmidim to earn extra tickets for an exciting raffle.

The raffle drawing was held before benching. Dr. Dovid Daniel captivated the boys as he drew the winning tickets for numerous prizes, including sleds, a Shabbos lamp, a sefer with custom engraving, gift certificates, with the grand prize — a travel Shas.     

The Melava Malka was a smashing success; the talmidim raved about it for days after. It was yet another demonstration of the beautiful partnership between the cheder and the parent body and their shared devotion for the continued success of their children.