The Society for Advancement of Education’s Mae Boyar High School Boys and Girls Basketball Teams concluded a successful trip to the United States at a lively dinner with Boyar alumni in New York on December 10, 2019.
The teams had traveled to the U.S. to participate in the 32nd Annual Weiner Basketball Tournament hosted by Beth Tfiloh Congregation and Community School in Baltimore.
Students from six Jewish schools from Canada, the New York area and Israel participated in the unique competition, which also included many opportunities for the students from the different schools to spend time together.
Boyar has been participating for six years, and the 2019 Tournament was their most successful by far. After a couple of close loses the girls team won its last game in round-robin play and then defeated the Hebrew Academy of Nassau (from Long Island, New York) 42-27 to finish 5th.
The boys team rolled to wins in its first two round-robin games and then beat the Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto 48-27 to finish a surprising third in the tournament.
At the New York Dinner, hosted by the American Friends of Kidum at UJA-Federation of New York, the Boyar students met as a group with Boyar graduate Danni Fishman ’84, ( in blue shirt at left) a New York real estate entrepreneur. Danni talked about the trajectory of his career and answered many questions from students about the value of education, team building and perseverance.
Following the dinner, Boyar Principal Dafna Menasche Baruch described Boyar’s new interdisciplinary learning system which is changing learning experiences from passive to active, creating a learning environment in which students learn, research, ask questions and discover the world.
Dr. Joseph Ahram Boyar ’68, Vice-Chair and Secretary of the American Friends of Kidum, congratulated the students on their achievements on the basketball court and in the classroom. Dr. Ahram the students urged them to make contributing to their communities through volunteer service an important oart of their lives, starting in high school. Other Boyar High School graduates in attendance included Yefet Ozery ’68, Zvi Rosensher ’68 and Ika Brahka ’92, with daughter Emma.