The top Peasch program at Miami Beach Florida’s Fontainebleau Hotel has always featured the best accommodations, the best food and the best activities, lectures and classes, but this year they have gone to the outer limits.
Rav Binny Freedman, the famed Rosh of Yeshivat Orayta in The Old City of Jerusalem Israel will be scholar in residence and highlighting the incredible Jewish education program at the Fontainebleau.
Yeshivat Orayta has become the most sought after post high school yeshiva program in Jerusalem. Under the leadership of its Rosh Yeshiva Rav Binny Freedman, its Dean Rabbi David Aaron and its well known staff of Jewish educators, the school is the number one destination for yeshiva high school graduates wanting to come to Israel.
The relationship between Sam and Arlene Lasko and Rav Binny Freedman goes back many years to when Rav Binny was brought into Florida to grow Isralight, the organization founded by Rabbi David Aaron that generated Orayta. Sam and Arlene met Rav Binny and family and they became very close friends. The Lasko family was very instrumental in the success of Isralight in Southern Florida and eventually in the rest of the United States. The Laskos also had Rav Binny as a featured speaker for a number of years at their various programs until the responsibilities of building the yeshiva made it difficult for Rav Binny to travel to the United States.
“This year’s comeback of Rav Binny and family to our Pesach program is a great milestone for our educational programs”, says Hersh Taubenfeld, Sam and Arlene’s co-director at the Fontainebleau Pesach event. “We wanted the best and we are honored to have him and his family’s involvement.”
Rav Binny Freedman is a distinguished alumnus of Yeshivat Har Etzion and its Kollel Semicha program and the Yaakov Herzog Teacher’s degree program. He is an engaging educator, captivating storyteller and dynamic musician. He is a Company Commander of the IDF reserves and is a survivor of the Sabarro Pizza shop bombing. Rav Binny publishes a weekly Parsha Sheet called Parsha Bytes which is read by tens of thousands.
Rav Binny will be assisted by his wife Doreet, who is Director of Strategic Partnerships at Nefesh B’Nefesh. She is responsible for promoting the famed Nefesh B’Nefesh Lone Soldier Aliyah Program, the Physician Aliyah Program and the Go North Go South initiatives. Doreet Freedman will be sharing from her vast insights on how the Nefesh B’Nefesh approach to Aliya is transforming the State of Israel.
Eliel and Maayan Blum, Rav Binny and Doreet’s son in law and daughter are both Lieutenants and graduates of various elite units in the IDF. Eliel as a reconnaissance paratrooper and alumna of the Eli IDF Preparatory Academy for leadership and Maayan as a commander in the famed 8200 Intelligence Unit .They both will be lecturing about their experiences in the Israel Defense Forces.
Among the topics to be explored by Rav Binny over the Pesach holiday are: “And G-d Hardened Pharoah’s Heart, Perspectives on Free Choice and Destiny; Jewish Perspectives on Leadership: Moses and Aaron; Dealing with Chametz and the Middle East, Do We Destroy Evil; Simcha is it Possible to be Happy Always; and Conquering Fear and Tackling terror—From a Suicide Bombing Survivor.
In addition to The Freedmans, the educational Program will feature Dr. Rona Novick, professor at the Azrieli School of Educational Administration of Yeshiva University. Novick, a well known expert on educational issues, will be sharing her expertise about human behavior.
Rounding off the amazing educational program will be: Dr. Jay Mazel. Director of Cardiac Electro Physiology at Washington Hospital Medical Center, Dr. Sharon Mazel, the co-author of the “What to Expect” parenting book and Rabbi Victor Gheriani, Rabbi of Young Shaare Tefila of Eatontown and an expert on the spiritual development of the youth and young adults of the Deal NJ Sephardic Jewish Community.
Sam and Arlene Lasko and their family and Hersh Taubenfeld and his family have a long standing record in Jewish education. Sam Lasko, has a Ph-d in Jewish Education and is a board member of the Weinbaum Yeshiva High School in Boca Raton. Hersh Taubenfeld, who has an extensive record in the travel and hospitality industry, has always made sure to focus on a high level of educational resources in all his programs.