Dear YULA Family,

Last night was bittersweet as we celebrated the 41st commencement exercises at the Brandeis-Bardin Campus. Yes, it was most certainly different, it was nonetheless unforgettable and memorable. Watching our graduates transform into outstanding bnai torah is indescribable! Mazel tov to our graduates for reaching this milestone!

To make last night special, it required a heroic effort by parent volunteers and staff. I would like to thank Ilana Berenson, Marlene Kahan, Jennifer Pollack, Elayne Levkowitz, Rivkie Samson, and Rachael Wernick for going above and beyond in planning and executing graduation. A very special thank you to Mrs. Ziva Zeharya, Ms. Rachel Shandalov, and Ms. Jordana Wertheimer for their outstanding efforts! 

While the students are gone, our administration is hard at work, as we seek to help YULA achieve greater success. We are excited to be welcoming 57 students in the Class of 2024. I am confident that the incoming students are mission appropriate, mensches, and committed to Torah and Halacha! We also have some exciting new developments on both sides of the curriculum, and I look forward to sharing them with you in the weeks ahead.

Lastly, look out for an update about our campus reopening towards the end of June. I am hopeful and excited for everyone to return to our campus in the fall! 

Wishing you all a rejuvenating, meaningful, and safe summer!

Shabbat Shalom!

Rabbi Arye Sufrin
Head of School

WOW is all we can say! We pulled it off! Baruch Hashem we were able to celebrate the Class of 2020 (in the most spectacular way!) with a drive-in graduation ceremony that caps off four incredible years of growth and success! Mazel tov to all our graduates and thank you for making YULA the special place that it is! Please enjoy this quick snapshot of the evening above. There will be more to follow!
Last Shmooze of the Year
Congratulations to all our students for an incredible year of growth and success! As part of the last day of classes on Tuesday, Rabbi Sufrin gave an end of year Schmooze to the entire student body, emphasizing the greatness of Aharon Hakohen when lighting the menorah. Later on in the day, the entire school joined Game Master Yitzy Frankel for an exciting end of year YULA Trivia Kahoot! Mazal Tov to the Freshman for the winning combined score!
L'Chadash Challenge Awards Announced!
Students at YULA spent the past 3 months researching developing, and preparing to pitch their startup focused on industries including education, politics, health, and gaming. This week, the three finalist teams pitched to startups to experts that collectively account for nearly 125 millions dollars in capital raised and company acquisitions. The judges were blown away by our boys and one judge said, “When you’re ready to raise capital, don’t go on Shark Tank, come back to us.” Thank you to our Director of Innovation, Rabbi Michael Coehn, for organizing the first ever L'Chadash Challenge.

Congrats to: Planner Peak // Arshia Kohanteb ’22, Jeremy Wizenfeld ‘22, Israel Gootin ‘22, and Coby Karben ‘22 on winning 1st place, and, YapPolitics // Aidan Stephen ‘22 and Eli Plotkin ‘22 for 2nd place.
Graduate Featured in Jewish Journal
Yaakov Willner '20, who was honored at last nights' Graduation with the "Excellence in Judaic Studies Award" was featured in this week's Jewish Journal as a representative of his class. Click HERE to read his reflections on graduating during these unusual times. 
Jewish Journal Ad Celebrates Our Graduates
 We are pleased to share the ad placed in this week's Jewish Journal to celebrate our amazing Class of 2020 and all their accomplishments. Click HERE to see the full advertisement. 
Athletic Awards Ceremony Goes Online
This past Sunday night we celebrated our Student-Athletes on ZOOM! Thank you to 100+ parents and students who tuned in to celebrate their hard work and accomplishments! Yasher Koach to Athletic Director, Damian Rodriguez for a beautiful night!
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