Mesorah High School for Girls graduated its 20th class on Sunday, June 11, at Congregation Ohr HaTorah. Board President Don Goldstein addressed the full room, welcoming everyone and expressing his pride in the school, in particular, the graduates.
Mrs. Dia Epstein, outgoing Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas board treasurer extolled the girls to, “Use your voice, your smarts and your hearts — applying all that you have learned — as your actions advance Torah living steeped in compassion, justice, integrity and social responsibility.”
In the Mesorah tradition, each senior presented her remarks followed by Headmaster Rabbi Avraham Zev Kosowsky who highlighted an exceptional quality of each student illustrated by a d’var Torah. Keser Shem Tov awardee and valedictorian Hadas Heymann explained the importance of being content with what we have through the story of Yaakov and Esav. She examined how expressing hakarat hatov (appreciation) leads one to histapkut (contentment).
Other graduates spoke about the strength to do what is right, banding together to support one another, having a positive attitude, possessing an ayin tova (a good eye) and always seeing the good in situations and others, simcha, enthusiasm in the performance of mitzvos, balance and more. Each student explained her character trait with a d’var Torah and highlighted how she had experienced it in Mesorah. The crowd got a glimpse into each student both through her speech and Rabbi Kosowsky’s remarks about her.
Shevi Lazwenik and Hadassah Roth were presented with the salutatorian award as they earned the second-highest grade point average in the graduating class.