By Benzion Kaplan
Hakaras Hatov Award: Mr. and Mrs. Yumi Kleinbart. Yossi Kleinbart is now in his fourth fruitful year as a talmid of Mesivta Chaim Shlomo, and his parents, Yumi and Chavi Kleinbart, are full of gratitude to the yeshiva—not only for the chinuch their son is receiving, but also for the manner in which he is receiving it. “The rebbeim and staff have love and affection for every single talmid—and for their parents,” Yumi says. These feelings of gratitude are mutual, as Yeshiva Darchei Torah is privileged to count the Kleinbarts among its devoted supporters for several years now.
The Kleinbarts are residents of Boro Park, where they are renowned for their deep involvement in the world of chesed. It is not uncommon for Yumi’s cellphone to ring in the middle of the night summoning him to perform chesed in challenging circumstances. When a patient with a life-threatening condition needs an urgent appointment with a top specialist, they will often call Yumi, who will quickly and quietly take action.
Yumi is the proprietor of B & B Party Rental, a company that has enhanced countless events throughout the tri-state area since its inception in 1997. He serves as the gabbai at Khal Mateh Efraim, Rav Chaim Steinwurtzel’s shul, and maintains a strong relationship with his rosh yeshiva, Rav Moshe Hillel Hirsch, shlita, of the Slabodka Yeshiva of Bnei Brak.
Chavi Kleinbart, née Schnurmann, who hails from Montevideo, Uruguay, is a full partner in all of her husband’s work for the klal and runs a home that is a hub of hachnassas orchim. The Kleinbarts are keen on transmitting their passion for chesed to their children. One example of many occurs every Shabbos morning, when Yumi and Yossi, the Mesivta Chaim Shlomo talmid, can be found walking the halls of Brooklyn’s Maimonides Medical Center together, distributing cake and coffee to patients and their visiting families. With actions that speak louder than words, the Kleinbarts are raising doros yesharim that will surely continue to bring nachas to them and to Klal Yisrael.
Harbotzas Torah Award: Rabbi and Mrs. Moshe Lubart. Rav Moshe Lubart has been teaching at the yeshiva for over 20 years, first as a limudei kodesh rebbe and now as a rebbe in the Rabenstein Learning Center and, concurrently, as an instructor at the Weiss Vocational Center.
At the Rabenstein Learning Center, Rav Lubart provides remedial help to sixth-grade talmidim, helping them hone their Gemara skills and enabling them to keep pace with the other boys in their class. He developed several original creative techniques that he utilizes in this task and has helped numerous talmidim over the years to read and comprehend Gemara accurately and fluently.
At the Weiss Vocational Center, a trailblazing program for a select group of Mesivta Chaim Shlomo bachurim, Rav Lubart teaches plumbing, tiling, and electrical wiring, allowing these talmidim to spend a portion of their afternoons learning trades that they can potentially use for parnassah one day. “I get a tremendous sipuk when I give over something that talmidim are really interested in,” Rav Lubart explains, “and they come away with very valuable skills. It’s an enjoyable thing to do. The boys are enthusiastic, as am I.” Countless alumni of the program can credit Rav Lubart and his colleagues with equipping them with the tools and know-how to earn a respectable livelihood and he derives satisfaction when meeting them long after they’ve left the yeshiva.
Rav Moshe Lubart, a Gerrer chassid, lives with his wife and family in the Kensington section of Brooklyn. He was raised in Williamsburg and learned at Mesivta Torah Vodaas and at the Gerrer Yeshiva Sfas Emes in Yerushalayim. His father, Rav Mordechai Yehuda Lubart, zt’l, was an alumnus of the famed Yeshivas Chachmei Lublin in Poland and a tremendous talmid chacham and marbitz Torah, and his mother, Rebbetzin Chana Lubart, a noted mechaneches, was a veteran principal at Bais Yaakov in Boro Park. Rav Moshe’s wife, Raizy, teaches at Bnos Leah-Prospect Park Yeshiva, and is a daughter of Rav Shaya and ybl’c Hindy Moseson, a’h. Rav Moseson is also a marbitz Torah, having been a rebbe for many years at Yeshiva Chasan Sofer in Boro Park.
Serving at Yeshiva Darchei Torah for two decades, Rav Lubart comments about the changes that have taken place, “The only thing that changed is size and numbers,” he insists. “But the dedication and the varemkeit and the caring for every talmid are exactly the same as when we were in the old building with fewer talmidim. It is the personal touch of Rabbi Bender and the mechanchim of all the various departments—they have a very warm, personal care and concern for every talmid, and it is very visible. We grew by leaps and bounds, and there are a lot of physical changes, baruch Hashem, but it’s the same yeshiva, with a wonderful atmosphere of simcha and optimism. Rabbi Bender radiates that hope and positivity and it spreads from the top down. He’s also willing to try out new programs to help the boys learn and achieve, and the Vocational Center is a prime example of that.”
The other honorees are: Mr. and Mrs. Yoav Taub, Guests of Honor; Mr. and Mrs. Eytan Feldman, Parents of the Year; Mr. and Mrs. Yossi Preiserowicz, Alumnus of the Year; and the Mesivta Chaim Shlomo Class of 2000, in celebration of 15 years of accomplishment.
For more information about the dinner, to be held January 11, please call 718-868-2300, ext. 237, e-mail dinner@Darchei.org, or visit www.darchei.org/dinner.