On a beautiful sunny Tuesday morning, the Torah Academy for Girls family gathered at the Diamond High School Campus to officially dedicate TAG High School as Machon Sarah High School, appropriately named for Mrs. Serena Fuchs, a’h.
The auditorium was filled to capacity by members and friends of the Fuchs family, members of TAG’s board of directors, administrators, faculty, and over 300 high-school students. They were all greeted by the new signage on the exterior of the building as well as a commemorative plaque mounted in the outer lobby.
The ceremony began with greetings from Rabbi Meyer Weitman, dean, who spoke eloquently about Mrs. Fuchs, her family, and their well-deserved reputation as ba’aleichesed. He also thanked R’ Berish Fuchs and his eisheschayil, Hannah, for making this most meaningful dedication.
Rabbi Weitman then presented a moving video that took the audience through Mrs. Fuchs’s life, from her struggle not only for her own survival but the survival of her family members to her arrival on the shores of America and her drive to rebuild a world of Torah. The message was clear that through bad times and good, her unwavering focus and determination molded the family’s desire and destiny to help those in need and to build Torah institutions.
The video was followed by beautiful words of hakarasha’tov by Rivka Leah Winder, a Machon Sarah senior who spoke on behalf of all current and future Machon Sarah students. Mrs. Aliza Fuchs, TAG parent and granddaughter of Mrs. Serena Fuchs, then took to the podium and shared some of her memories with the audience.
The speeches concluded with Mr. Berish Fuchs speaking from the heart about the family’s matriarch and his reasons for choosing TAG to carry his mother’s name. He stated that it wasn’t just because he has granddaughters attending TAG. He pointed out that his mother, who unfortunately never had the opportunity to benefit from a Bais Yaakov education, was a beacon of chesed, and therefore it is appropriate that TAG, a school renowned for its chinuchha’banos and far-reaching chesed program, should be associated with her name.
The ceremony concluded with the Machon Sarah High School Choir, under the direction of Mrs. Evalee Gross, singing Mrs. Serena Fuchs’s favorite song, A Place Where I Belong by Abie Rotenberg. A new version of the lyrics, which captured the essence of the life of Mrs. Fuchs, written by Mrs. Gross, moved many in the audience to tears. At the same time, the men, who had adjourned to another room, were treated to a CD version of the same song with the new lyrics recorded by Mr. Rotenberg himself especially for the occasion.
Exactly one week later, Machon Sarah High School of Torah Academy for Girls held its first open house to a record attendance.