Here are HAFTR’s val and sal


Valedictorian Jeffrey Wolberg (left) exemplifies HAFTR High School’s culture of scholarship, Torah, leadership, and community service, excelling in academics while fully engaged in extracurricular and community activities.

Jeffrey is the recipient of the Israel Advocacy Award and received commendations for Excellence in Mathematics Research, Excellence in Science Research, and Excellence in Music. He also received a New York State Scholarship for Academic Excellence. Jeffrey is a true all-around student. He earned a perfect score in the New York State Music Association competition.

Jeffrey volunteers at several nursing homes and with Holocaust survivor groups. He has conducted scientific research at the Garcia Center at Stony Brook University summer research program, is a National Merit Commended Scholar, and has received the Xerox Innovation and Technology Award. Jeffrey has competed on HAFTR’s Debate team, and was awarded MVP of the HAFTR Varsity Baseball team.

After a year in Israel at Torah Tech, Jeffrey plans to attend Columbia University to major in Computer Science.

Salutatorian David Lederer (right) has achieved at the highest levels in academics and has been a distinguished leader of student life at HAFTR High School. David is the recipient of the Chesed/Service Award, as well as commendations for Excellence in STEM and Excellence in Debate. He has also received a New York State Scholarship for Academic Excellence.

The vice president of HAFTR’s Deah chapter of the National Honor Society, David excelled at College Bowl, Mock Trial, chess team, and National Speech and Debate Society. He was a first place winner in the Young Engineers conference.

A ba’al chesed, David has volunteered to deliver food to those in need and, along with his twin brother Jonathan, initiated a Peer2Peer mentoring program benefiting underserved communities in New Jersey. He is dedicated to his community at large, has volunteered when called upon to help with community projects, and has interned for state Senator Todd Kaminsky.

After a year in Israel at Yeshivat Hakotel, David plans to attend Columbia University and major in Computer Science.