DEDICATION PAYS OFF TEACHER RECEIVES MILKEN HONOR.
Byline: SUSAN ABRAM Staff Writer
VALLEY VILLAGE -- Teacher Beverly Yachzel sat among her second- and third-graders during a morning school assembly Monday, unaware of what was about to happen.
The event at the Beth Hillel Day School Hillel Day School is a private, Jewish day school in Farmington Hills, Michigan which was founded in 1958. It provides both secular and Judaic studies instruction for students from kindergarten through eighth grade. seemed routine enough, except a well-dressed special guest kept talking about the importance of a teacher on a child's life.
``We don't always think of teachers as people who do so much for us,'' said Richard Sandler Richard Sandler was born on August 26, 1949 in New York. He played college football at Princeton before being drafted by the New York Giants. After an injury at the beginning of his career he decided to pursue a law degree at Harvard. , vice president for the Milken Family Foundation Milken Family Foundation is a charity trust established by Lowell Milken and Michael Milken in 1982. External links
``The most important award we should give is for teachers,'' Sandler said. ``There isn't one, and that's not right.''
And then, in a ``This Is Your Life'' kind of moment, Sandler presented Yachzel with the Milken Family Foundation Jewish Educator Award, one of five handed out Monday. The honor includes a $10,000 prize.
A modest smile swept over Yachzel, whose eyes watered as the children clapped.
``I'm just totally overwhelmed, surprised and elated,'' she said. ``I always love coming to this school. This school is like home. It's a wonderful pleasure.''
Since 1990, the Milken Family Foundation has selected teachers from 37 Hebrew schools Hebrew school can be either (1) the Jewish equivalent of Sunday school - an educational regimen separate from secular education, focusing on topics of Jewish history and learning the Hebrew language, or (2) a primary, secondary or college level educational institution where some or across Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. to be honored each year. Yachzel's award represented the first for the Beth Hillel Day School, which also is celebrating its 13th anniversary, or as Sandler called it, its bar mitzvah Bar Mitzvah (bärmĭts`və) [Aramaic,=son of the Commandment], Jewish ceremony in which the young male is initiated into the religious community, according to tradition at the age of 13 years and a day. .
School Head Director Fanny Levy said Yachzel was nominated because her commitment to the school goes beyond teaching. She has coordinated Jewish studies Jewish studies also known as Judaic studies is a subject area of study available at many colleges and universities in North America.
Traditionally, Jewish studies was part of the natural practice of Judaism by Jews. classes, worked in the office and served on boards, all to keep the school running smoothly, Levy said.
Beth Hillel Day School teacher Beverly Yachzel smiles after receiving an honor from the Milken Family Foundation Monday in Valley Village. She is one of four Jewish educators in the L.A. area who were recipients of the award.
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