Last week DRS inducted 46 students into the DRS chapter of the National Honor Society, ACHDUT. The students were selected for admission for having a minimum of a 90 academic average, as well as middot befitting this esteemed organization.
The induction ceremony began with words of welcome from both Rabbi Yisroel Kaminetsky, Menahel of DRS, and Dr. Gerald Kirshenbaum, Principal of General Studies. The keynote speaker for the program was Mr. Stephen Savitsky, the immediate former president of the Orthodox Union. Mr. Savitsky spoke to the students about Jewish Pride, and what it means to hold the responsibility of being a Jew in a secular world. Following Mr. Savitsky's speech, pairs of inductees delivered short vignettes about famous Jewish personalities, from Tanach, as well as the secular world, who exemplify the middot and characteristics of ACHDUT: character, leadership, scholarship, service, persistence, integrity, compassion, courage, dignity and vision. The pairs presented their famous Jewish personality to an audience of over two hundred staff, parents and relatives.
An honorary award was delivered to Rabbi Moshe Erlbaum. Rabbi Erlbaum was honored and thanked for his many years of service in DRS.