It was an unusual year – but there are a lot of wonderful and exciting shared memories.
Valley Torah Freshman Johnny Dan won the coveted John R. Wooden award. Johnny was chosen for this award out of over 6,000 other CIF-SS Division V players This is the second time that a VTHS student received this award.
The John R. Wooden Award is given to the top athlete in each basketball division for boys and girls basketball. It is one of the most prestigious awards given in high school and collegiate basketball.
The 2020 John R. Wooden High School Player of the Year Award winners are: Stanford commit and USA Basketball player, Ziaire Williams of Sierra Canyon High School (Chatsworth); Arizona State commit and USA Basketball player, Josh Christopher of Mayfair High School (Lakewood); UC Irvine commit and CIF Player of the Year, Andre Henry of St. Francis High School (La Canada Flintridge); Highly touted 2021 recruit, Koat Keat of Renaissance Academy (Altadena); … and freshman, Johnny Dan of Valley Torah!
It is the second time that a Valley Torah student received this prestigious award—Aaron Liberman received it in 2011. No other Yeshiva has had any John R. Wooden Award winners.
Alongside winning the John R Wooden award, Johnny Dan completed a triple crown of sorts by being selected unanimous First Team All CIF selection alongside teammate David Paz and a unanimous First Team All League selection for the Heritage League, which sent 3 teams to the California State Boys Basketball tournament, alongside teammates Benji Dan and Alon Yehezkel.
Aish featured VTHS alumnus, Ryan Turell in a segment entitled, Jews in Sports.
Here is an important message from Rabbi Noach Light, a rabbi in Boca Raton and a Valley Torah alumnus.
The Boys Division hosted a Drive-Thru Lag B’Omer seudah at the school and at Jeff’s (for our city contingent). It was the first time we were able to see the boys in person in more than eight weeks.
The Boys Division students put together a video to thank the rebbeim and teachers.
There is an amazing opportunity for our alumni and friends back from yeshiva in Israel: Rabbi Davidowitz will be giving a nightly (8:00 – 9:00) Zoom shiur in Gemara and Halacha. Join the shiur at Zoom ID: 9442 818 5073
We are doing our best to keep our educational program running even though our building is closed. We had mishmar and a kumzits over Zoom.
After two days of training, classes went live online today. The Girls Division has a complete schedule of classes. The Boys Division has shiurim from 9:30 – 11:00 and secular classes from 1:00 – 4:00. We even joined together with the rest of Klal Yisroel for Tehillim at 10:30.