Jacob Penstein was named valedictorian of Davis Renov Stahler Yeshiva High School for Boys class of 2019 because of his diligence in scholastic work, abundance of meticulous notes and academic mindset that he maintained all four years at the Woodmere school, DRS officials said.
His eagerness to speak with his peers combined with how well read he is, helped Penstein to excel in community service, what in Hebrew is called chesed. In collaboration with Yachad, he launched a pioneering program that helped create a monthly prayer group. Yachad, the national Jewish council for people with disabilities, is a national organization that address the needs of Jews who have disabilities and assists with their integration into Jewish life. He will spend the next year studying in the West Bank at Yeshivat Har Etzion.
Yehuda Frankel is the salutatorian. His dedication to learning and spreading the teachings of the Torah shown through his writings in the school’s Torah newsletter and his participation in the highest Talmudic study session to develop his skills.
Frankel also served as a key player on the DRS hockey team and as a volunteer for the Five Towns Chabad’s Friendship Circle that works with special-needs children and iShine that serves as a haven for children through eighth grade who have a sibling or parent with a terminal illness.. He will go on to study at Sha’alvim, a religious kibbutz in central Israel.
The senior DRS class awarded Joseph Greenberg with the Keter Shem Tov (the crown of the good name) Award in recognition of his uninterrupted focus for learning, beautiful recitation of prayers and dedication to community service.
Greenberg participated in many aspects of DRS, whether it was running the Kulanu mishmar program or helping to coach children in flag football games. He also led to the success of the Mock Trial team as a key member and served as class president for his junior and senior years. After graduation, Greenberg will study at Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh in Jerusalem.