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SHARON POLATOFF MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Sharon Polatoff, A"H, was a beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, and a "powerhouse of chessed." She quietly went about helping countless people in a myriad of ways, taking many young families in the Rochester Jewish community under her wing, and treating them like her own children. She was a cherished member of the Rochester community and a strong advocate and supporter of Jewish education. An educator herself, Sharon spent many years investing time and effort into her beloved students, giving them the foundations they needed to become successful in their lives. In Sharon's memory, and as a zechus for her neshama, Drs. Aviel and Zemirah Eidelman created the Sharon Polatoff Memorial Scholarship Fund in December 2018 to assist local Jewish families in paying their Derech HaTorah tuition.
RABBI PHILIP GOLDSTEIN MEMORIAL FUND
The Rabbi Philip Goldstein Memorial Fund was created in 2016 in loving memory of Rabbi Philip/Pinchas Goldstein by his wife, Ruth Goldstein, and children Susan and Jeffrey. Rabbi Goldstein was a beloved, dedicated man who touched so many lives. He volunteered for organizations and causes as diverse as the Rochester Police Department, the Chevra Kadisha, the Buffalo Sabres, the Monroe County Jail, our local Yeshiva and Derech HaTorah. Rabbi Goldstein was a virtual mitzvah machine – and he is dearly missed. This fund was set up to cover the cost of special services for children who need help that is not covered by the district or title I funds.
JANE & LARRY GLAZER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Larry and Jane Glazer were successful business leaders in the Rochester community. They were founders and supporters of DHR. They were gracious and personable. They were humble and modest. They were kind and generous. We all mourn and will dearly miss our spectacular friends and benefactors. This memorial fund was created in 2014 to honor their memories and as a lasting tribute to their dedication.
THE RABBI PHILIP POLATOFF (R’ Pesach Mordechai ben Aharon) DHR GRADUATION AWARD
Rabbi Polatoff was an exemplary Rebbi and teacher par excellance who taught Torah to Tinokos shel beis raban for 50 years. He was a dedicated mechanech who loved learning, loved his students and always ran to do whatever needed to be done - big or small. This award is given to the student who shows a love of Torah; a student who is excited to learn Torah and apply their learning to their everyday life. In addition, this award is rewarded to the student who shows the midah of zerizus in their actions. Zerizus in learning, in actions and in midos. Donated by the Polatoff Family, fund started in 2014.
THE YETTA PEARL SIMCHA FUND
The Yetta Pearl Simcha Fund, named for Sharon Polatoff’s mother, vwwg was founded in 2012. In Sharon’s words, “My mother always reveled in the success of her children, family, and friends. We believe this fund would be a wonderful way to honor her memory. The monies in the fund are to go to classes that complete significant, meaningful units of study, Judaic or secular, and would like to celebrate that accomplishment”. - Sharon and Yudi Polatoff
MEYER SANDEL “MEY’IR L’TORAH” MEMORIAL FUND
This fund was established in 2009 by Rabbi Dovid & Naomi Sandel in memory of his father, Mr. Meyer Sandel, ע"ה. Mr. Sandel was a great friend of Torah in Rochester. With all of his energy, he supported the Yeshiva and worthy local institutions. His dedication and love for Torah continue to inspire all those who had the privilege of knowing him.
YAAKOV (JAY) BERGER MISHNAYOS MEMORIAL FUND
This fund was started by Mrs. Miriam Berger and Rabbi Nosson & Penina Rossman in memory of Yaakov Berger, vwwg, who loved children, drama, jokes and Torah learning. This fund was created to incentivize the 4th – 8th boys to learn Mishna during their lunch period in Yaakov’s memory.
“MACAY” ALUMNUS FUND
This fund was started by DHR’s second graduating class, using the first letters of each of their names to name the fund. It is used to purchase special equipment, library books, recess toys and unusual items for classes.