Midreshet Shalhevet will iy’H pay tribute to Teacher of the Year Mr. Jeff Ganeles, Guests of Honor Dr. and Mrs. Jeffry and Shira Beer, and Parents of the Year Mr. Mickey and Mrs. Malkie Hyman at its seventh annual Scholarship Dinner. The dinner is the cornerstone of the school’s scholarship campaign, the success of which ensures Midreshet Shalhevet’s longstanding policy to provide the best Orthodox Jewish high-school education, regardless of financial capabilities, said rosh mesivta, Rabbi Zev Meir Friedman. “The dinner is also an opportunity to reflect upon past achievements and future aspirations.”
Teacher of the Year: Mr. Jeffrey Ganeles. Mr. Jeffrey Ganeles, or “Mr. G,” as he is fondly known, has been a part of the Midreshet Shalhevet family since 2009, teaching several math courses. It seemed natural that Jeff would bring his passion for mathematics and love of teaching to Shalhevet, given that he had been teaching (and continues to teach) at Rambam Mesivta for many years prior to joining the staff at Shalhevet.
Jeff, a Far Rockaway native, was active in various communal activities, serving as a volunteer for Chaverim, as well as running religious programs on Shabbos and yom tov at the West Lawrence Care Center. After attending elementary school at HALB and Rambam Mesivta for high school (the second graduating class in 1997), he continued his Torah studies in Israel at Yeshivat Har Etzion (Gush). Upon his return from Israel, Jeff attended Queens College, receiving a degree in mathematics, and had the privilege of becoming the first Rambam alumnus to return there as a teacher. He took a brief hiatus from teaching to explore opportunities in the actuarial field, but his love of teaching compelled him to return to Rambam as a teacher and administrator. One of his greatest satisfactions is to see his students share the same passion and excitement for math that he has, and to see them excel in their studies.
Jeff and his wife, Rina, reside in North Woodmere, along with their two sons, Rafi and Daniel. He continues to be active in communal endeavors, having volunteered in the RNSP as well as Tomchei Shabbos, and is always looking for a way to help his students and the community at large.
Shalhevet is honored and lucky to call Jeff part of the Shalhevet family. (To read more about the other dinner honorees and the dinner committee, please see Page 87 of the May 6 5TJT.)
Midreshet Shalhevet’s Scholarship Dinner is scheduled for Sunday, May 15, 5:30 p.m. at Temple Hillel, 1000 Rosedale Road in North Woodmere. Cost: $600 per couple. Reservations are required. RSVP to 516-224-0240, ext. 204, or firstname.lastname@example.org.