The Mesivta of Long Beach, my sons’ school in Long Beach, New York was devastated by Hurricane Sandy. (A “mesivta” is a type of boys’ yeshiva (rabbinical) high school; “MLB” also has a secondary studies program.) The graphic below, stating that “for the first time in 47 years, the Kol Torah in the Bais Medrash has come to a standstill,” means that since the time of the school’s founding, this event has stilled the “Voice of Torah” — i.e., the sound of Torah learning — in the study hall.
I am breaching the not particularly thick wall between my personal and online lives here to try and help the Mesivta raise funds to get back on its feet and remain in operation until it does. Like most Jewish educational institutions, Long Beach barely meets its operating expenses on an ongoing basis, despite the dedication of its alumni and parent body. The need now — including that of its dedicated and already under-compensated faculty and staff — is extraordinary, however; hence this “bleg” (that means, of course, a “blog-beg”).
I’m grateful for what Long Beach has done for my family and my community. So as a “Thanksgiving Day” gesture, I am posting this — which I have done entirely on my own; the Mesivta is not “on the Internet” as such — and asking Dean’s World readers to click the link and help. The donation is tax-deductible.