Ben Porat Yosef to celebrate 18th anniversary and honor five

Ben Porat Yosef to celebrate 18th anniversary and honor five

Jessica Kohn, left, Alan and Liz Mitrani, Cheryl Weiner Rosenberg, and Ilana Tachauer (Photos courtesy BPY)
Jessica Kohn, left, Alan and Liz Mitrani, Cheryl Weiner Rosenberg, and Ilana Tachauer (Photos courtesy BPY)

Ben Porat Yosef will hold its annual dinner on Saturday, February 23, at 8 p.m., at Montammy Country Club in Alpine. This year’s dinner celebrates BPY’s 18th anniversary and will honor five people who have served as pillars of the BPY community, making a positive impact on students and their families every day — Jessica Kohn, Liz and Alan Mitrani, Cheryl Weiner Rosenberg, and Ilana Tachauer.

Jessica Kohn of Teaneck, affectionately known to the BPY family as “Morah Jessica,” is BPY’s early childhood director, associate principal, and founding educator. Morah Jessica joined BPY in 2000 to create a child-centered one-of-a-kind early childhood program. She is an active member of every teaching team and looks forward to her weekly storytime visits with each class. She also is a faculty member at Stern College. She and her husband, Yehuda, live in Teaneck and are members of Congregation Rinat Yisrael. They have four children.

Liz and Alan Mitrani of Englewood, BPY parents and community leaders, spearhead the Shlichim Welcome Committee, making sure the shlichim are comfortable, their transition to America smooth, and their shlichut experience memorable. The Mitranis are active members of the Benaroya Sephardic Center at Congregation Ahavath Torah in Englewood. Liz Mitrani is on the youth planning and Sephardic group committees at Ahavath Torah. Alan Mitriani is an active member of the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades and a dedicated volunteer at Ahavath Torah, where he is on the board as well as the Israel engagement and scholar-in-residence committees. The Mitranis have four children.

Cheryl Weiner Rosenberg of Englewood has been involved as a BPY leader for many years. She has been raffle and dinner campaign chair, dinner co-chair, board member, secretary, and president. She also is the senior director of marketing and communications for Prizmah: Center for Jewish Day Schools, and is on the executive committee of Teach NJS and the leadership council of the Jewish New Teacher Project. She recently completed the Berrie Fellows Leadership Program and has been elected a member of the Englewood City Council. She and her four children live in Englewood and primarily attend Kehilat Kesher Synagogue.

Ilana Tachauer has taught Hebrew at BPY’s early childhood program for the last 13 years; she also coordinates the Jewish and Israeli holiday events for the department. She volunteers at school events and is active in the PTO. Ilana has been a director of the Early Childhood Group at Congregation Ahavath Torah in Englewood for more than a decade and is a division head at Moshava Ba’ir. She and her husband, Leon, have three children.

The Ben Porat Yosef annual dinner is a critical part of its yearly fundraising efforts, ensuring that the school is able to deliver excellence in yeshiva education while providing an accessible education, regardless of financial circumstance.

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