Midreshet Shalhevet celebrates its mission


Midreshet Shalhevet High School recognized Guests of Honor Melanie and Tov Marmer of Brooklyn, Parents of the Year Elana and Avi Fertig of Woodmere, and Teacher of Distinction Simcha Bader of West Hempstead at its 10th annual Scholarship Dinner at Temple Hillel in North Woodmere on April 25. 

Midreshet Shalhevet’s mission is to inspire the young women of today to become the Jewish leaders of tomorrow. “The Scholarship Dinner, the cornerstone of the school’s fundraising for the year, allows us to offer all of our students the many educational and extra-curricular opportunities we provide,” said Rosh HaYeshiva, Rabbi Zev Meir Friedman. 

Tov Marmer is a physician assistant who has worked in the Jamaica Hospital pediatric emergency room for 20 years. He also works in several assisted living, adult care, and nursing home facilities, and administers the primary medical care for over 1,000 patients. Melanie is a an attorney and runs her own law firm in Brooklyn, focusing on Criminal, Family, Matrimonial and Estate law. She is on the board of the Kingsway Jewish Center where she is on the Youth Committee and Women’s Organization. 

Elana and Avi Fertig are the proud parents of Tova, who attends Queens College, Zahava (MSH 2017), Hadassah (MSH 2018), and Yosef, a freshman at Rambam Mesivta. Elana is the early childhood director at Yeshiva of South Shore since 2003, and author of the well-known handbook for early childhood curriculum, “Infusing the Ruach In Your School.” Avi’s career in local and state government includes his work for the New York City council, Nassau County Legislature, Hempstead town board and being the special assistant to State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan. 

Simcha Bader, reflects the best of what Midreshet Shalhevet offers. Committed to his students, be it in history, Jewish history, or Zionism, it is said that he works to make sure that everyone’s needs are being met. School officials said that his commitment to the school overall is equally exceptional: he is always ready to do what is needed, whether it be organizing an educational trip, covering for a colleague or guiding the school’s Committee for Israel Activism.