Last week, DRS held its fourth annual Nidivei Lev Service Society induction ceremony. This special ceremony, attended by the entire student body as well as faculty and parents, recognizes students who have shown exemplary service to their community and school through extraordinary acts of chesed and kindness. DRS’s Rabbi Aaron Fleksher, the keynote speaker, praised the students on their commitment to serving others.
Making the program truly unique, the students were given awards by the directors and founders of many of the organizations that benefited from the great chesed.
Mr. Jonathan Cooper, director of student services at Kulanu, presented an award to Moshe Lonner for volunteer work with the organization.
Rabbi Lebowitz acknowledged the hard work and tremendous efforts that both Yitzie Scheinman and Eli Alter exert in publishing DRS’s weekly Torah publication, the D’Varim HaYotzim Min HaLev.
Rabbi Lieberman of West Hempstead’s Chabad Friendship Circle honored Noam Katz’s dedication to the program.
Mr. Andy Lauber of Chai Lifeline’s iShine program for siblings and children of those fighting cancer commended Ariel Sacknovitz, Jonah Zrihen, and David Billet on their exemplary leadership and selflessness in working with the children on the program.
Mrs. Irene Carr applauded Ikey Fruchter’s volunteer work with the residents of the Woodmere Rehabilitation Center.
Woodmere resident Mr. Feivy Fuchs extended his deep appreciation to Avi Genachowski, Benjamin Ramras, Shimmy Keller, Moshe Spirn, and Ariel Axelrod for helping him put on his tefillin every day and wheeling him to shul on the weekends.
DRS Menahel Rabbi Kaminetsky noted that all the participants and guests were profoundly moved by the event: “Having the beneficiaries of our students’ chesed programs here today has shown all of our students that when they give of themselves, they can absolutely change another person’s life.” Rabbi Kaminetsky began the program by thanking DRS’s director of student activities, Rabbi Eli Brazil, who coordinates all the chesed activities that happen in DRS. Rabbi Brazil noted, “This program is important not only because it gives recognition to those have who have devoted their energy to helping others, but also serves as an inspiration for our younger students to hopefully follow in the footsteps of these student leaders in giving back to the community.” v