If you sadly missed our Annual Dinner on November 24 at the Universal Hilton – don’t fret – you can experience the camaraderie, the excitement and the kiddush Hashem, right here, right now (and as often as you like) at our Virtual Annual Dinner. Disclaimer: you might not be able to actually taste the food.
Jeff Astrof, a proud Valley Torah Parent was the nights MC. He welcomed everyone and warmed the crowd up with a few jokes.
The evening began with our reception. Everyone enjoyed a tasty hors d’oeuvres buffet and a chance to catch up with friends.
Promptly, at a few minutes before 7:00 (everything ran perfectly on schedule) the doors opened to the ballroom. The decor, the lighting, all exquisite!
The salad course was waiting at our table. The efficient wait staff promptly removed our salad and served the prime rib of beef (this is where virtual reality leaves something to be desired – I’m afraid you can’t taste just how delicious that steak was!) Just as we put down our forks… the wait staff magically appeared and removed our plates. The program was about to begin.
To kick off the program, everyone snapped to attention when this hilarious video starring David Weiss began playing:
Michal Cohen Shapiro – a VTHS class of ’04 graduate – expressed how her Valley Torah experience allowed her to excel in her professional life, her private life and as a wife and mother. Michal shared what she loved about VTHS. She’s not alone, take a look:
Sasha Astrof, a member of the VTHS Girls Division ninth grade, had the privilege of introducing our Rosh HaYeshiva, Rabbi Avrohom Stulberger.
The highlight of the evening was upon us! Rabbi Stulberger introduced an emotional video that told the amazing stories of our five honorees. Disclaimer: Although this is only the Virtual Annual Dinner, when you watch this video, you will shed actual tears of happiness and pride.
The honorees were called up to receive their awards. Rabbi Reuven Youkhehpaz represented the honorees in thanking the school and its generous supporters. Dessert was served and everyone lingered over coffee, tea and good conversation with close friends.
You might not have been able to taste the food in this Virtual Annual Dinner. But, we would like to offer you an opportunity to taste some actual food. Fill in the form below to enter a raffle to win dinner for two at La Gondola.
More photos are available at the Dinner 2015 Online Photo Album.
Photos taken by Shimmy Lautman.