YCQ’s 77th dinner set for March 11


The 77th anniversary scholarship dinner of Yeshiva of Central Queens will take place IY”H on Sunday, March 11, it was announced by YCQ’s Chairman of the Board Israel Glaser.

Leading the slate of honorees are Guests of Honor David and Toby Reich of Kew Gardens Hills whose children Jonathan, Jennifer, and  Allison are graduates of  YCQ.

Receiving the Keter Shem Tov award will be Five Towners Michael and Evelyn Schussheim, whose family involvement at YCQ spans over a period of five decades and three generations. The Schussheims have three grandchildren currently studying at YCQ. Their son Justin, a dentist by profession, is a popular basketball coach at YCQ and their daughter-in-law Alyssa brings Tanach to life as a morah to the girls in the junior high school.

Selected as Parents of the Year are Avi and Shelly Peretz, parents of Daniel (‘11), Naomi (‘14), Benyamin (‘17) and Atara, a sixth grader. Since Daniel, their first son, entered YCQ 16 years ago, Shelly has been continuously active with the PTO on the Book Fair, Mothers’ Day Boutique, and the graduation committee. With the moral and logistical support of her husband Avi, she has successfully coordinated the Chanukah Boutique for many years.

The yeshiva’s prestigious Educator Award will be bestowed on Rabbi Yaakov Dovid Finkelstein, who is marking his 18th year as one of YCQ’s most effective and popular rebbeim. Having studied at the finest yeshivot in Canada, the U.S. and Israel, and possessing a master’s degree in education and special education, Rabbi Finkelstein embarked on a mission to utilize his boundless energy and creativity to continuously captivate the interests of his students as he prepares them for lives of enthusiastic Torah Jews.

YCQ will present its Alumni Award to Marc Merrill, class of 2001.

YCQ President Joel Wein has asked parents, alumni and friends to express their hakarat hatov to the yeshiva and to the honorees by contributing generously to the YCQ Scholarship Fund to help subsidize the cost of educating the children of families who have had difficulty with their tuition.

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