Following the Yom Tov break, MTA is back in full swing. On Sunday morning, freshman talmidim and their families attended the annual freshman family breakfast. After a delicious breakfast buffet, families competed in an exciting panoply game that tested the knowledge of participants on a wide range of topics.
On Monday morning, seniors participating in the Names Not Numbers program had the privilege of hearing from Mr. Jonah Kaplan, WCCO and CBS News Minnesota’s investigative reporter, who has built a strong reputation for his balanced and in-depth coverage of high-impact issues including the economy, immigration, education, public safety, and the military, among others. Jonah actually started in sports working behind the scenes with TV crews at YES Network and ESPN, but later made the switch to news, in part to watch the games instead of work them! His work on-air has since appeared on CBS, ABC, NBC, CNN, and MSNBC. Jonah is a two-time winner of the TV News Reporter of the Year award from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) of the Carolinas, as well as a four-time Emmy nominee. He has conducted exclusive interviews with President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Dr. Anthony Fauci, and governors of several states, among others. Mr. Kaplan gave the senior talmidim invaluable advice on interviewing as they prepare to interview Holocaust survivors, and he reiterated the critical importance of this project.