MTA is proud of Sophomore Basil Edelstein, who was honored at the Jewish Learning Experience of Bergen County Dinner on Motza’ei Shabbos, November 13. “JLE is a wonderful organization that provides spiritual educational support for those wishing for a deeper connection to Judaism,” shared Basil. “I have worked with JLE since 2017, helping to run their important programming, which includes Megillah reading, Tu BiSh’vat s’darim, and model Pesach s’darim, both in-person and on Zoom during the pandemic. It’s a great opportunity for me to be involved in Jewish education. I am very fortunate to reside in a community that has ample Torah resources, and it’s integral to share it with others who may come from different backgrounds.”

Basil was joined at the dinner by his supportive family and his MTA rebbeim, including Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Michael Taubes, his Freshman rebbe Rabbi Netanel Danto, and his Sophomore rebbe Rabbi Shimon Kerner.

“Chesed and leadership are fundamental components of our yeshivah and Basil truly embodies what it means to give back to the community in a leadership capacity,” said MTA Head of School Rabbi Joshua Kahn. “It’s particularly meaningful that he has chosen to get involved in Jewish education, and we are grateful for his efforts in ensuring that those who are interested in connecting with Judaism have the opportunity to do so.”