Guests of Honor
Ilana and Stuart Goldberg are forever thankful to Yeshivat Frisch for the unparalleled education the school has provided for their four children. Stuart, a graduate of Yeshiva University, worked for the past 12 years as a Partner at Marathon Asset Management. After a 31 year career on Wall Street, Stuart left Marathon to start his own investment company. Ilana attended New York University School of Law and practiced as a commercial real estate attorney for 14 years at Schulte Roth & Zabel. The Goldbergs have been extensively involved with the Frisch community, including serving on the school board’s Israel Advocacy Committee and volunteering with the Frisch Parents Association. Upon graduating from Frisch in 2013, the Goldbergs’ eldest child, Ethan, spent his gap year at Yeshivat Orayta and went on to earn an undergraduate degree from the NYU Stern School of Business. He is currently an Investment Banking analyst at Morgan Stanley. In 2018, Ethan married his high school sweetheart, Lea (née Braun), a Frisch alumna who recently graduated from the NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing. The “Cougar Couple” met when he was a high school senior and she a junior. The Goldbergs’ second son, Jason, graduated from Frisch in 2015, spent a year at Netiv Aryeh, and is now majoring in Marketing and Economics at Baruch College while simultaneously working as a real estate management analyst. Their daughter Aliza graduated from Frisch in 2017, spent a year at Midreshet Harova and then continued her learning with a Shana Bet year at Machon Alte seminary in Tzfat. Aliza is now studying Behavioral Economics and Computer Science at NYU’s Gallatin School. She credits Frisch with igniting her passion for Judaism and her activism on behalf of Jewish causes. Isabel, their youngest is now a senior at Frisch and looks forward to spending next year at seminary before attending college.
The Goldbergs live in Englewood, are members of Congregation Ahavath Torah and East Hill Synagogue, and are involved in various communal and charitable organizations. Ilana served as president of her local Shalva Chai Amit chapter and works with Ahavath Torah’s Bikur Cholim, while Stuart is on the board of The Met Council and has received the Star of David Award from Israel Bonds.
“We love the feeling we get when we walk in the front doors,” says Ilana. “Frisch is a warm, welcoming and safe atmosphere for students to develop as individuals. It is a school where students are inspired, not just educated. The values that the school has instilled, and the connections that my children have made at Frisch, will remain with them for life.”
“Frisch has equipped my children with the knowledge, ethics and values to be successful both in college and post-college and developed within them a strong foundation of Am Yisroel, love and advocacy for the State of Israel,” adds Stuart. “As a parent, I could not ask for more than what Frisch has and continues to provide for my children.“
The Nedivat Lev Award
Allison Adler always wanted to be the kind of parent who gave back to her children’s school, and has worked behind the scenes of Yeshivat Frisch for nearly a decade. She has been a member of the FPA since 2011, when her eldest child, Jessica ‘15, entered Frisch. As co-president of the Frisch Parents Association from 2015 to 2018 (alongside Batya Paul and Shifra Bendheim), she has been instrumental in creating and running the Cougar Store, where students can purchase the latest Frisch swag, enhancing the annual Purim Chagigah, and making sure that numerous events, such as the annual Yom Ha’atzmaut BBQ, Freshman Brunch, and Sports BBQ, run smoothly and beautifully. She has also given numerous school tours to prospective families, and truly loves showcasing the amazing things going on in the yeshiva every day. She also feels privileged to have served as a chaperone for Frisch senior visits to the 9/11 Memorial Museum. Allison holds a Master’s in Graphic Communications from New York University and is married to Elliott Adler, an Executive Director in IT at JP Morgan Chase. (They will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary this year). The Adlers’ children all attended Frisch. Jessica ‘15 earned her B.S. in Human Development from Binghamton University after a year at Midreshet HaRova and is now attending Wurzweiler School of Social Work. She is married to Josh Eagle ‘15, a student at Binghamton University School of Management; the “Cougar Couple” met in their sophomore year at Frisch. Judah ‘17 attended Yeshivat HaKotel after high school and is now a student at the University of Maryland’s Honors Computer Engineering program. Rebecca, the Adlers’ youngest, is slated to graduate in 2020. The family lives in Teaneck and are members of Keter Torah, where Allison formerly served as president of the shul sisterhood, Atara.
“Students love it here at Frisch and there’s just an excitement in the air when you walk through the building,” says Allison. “As much as they work hard, they also play hard. The Shabbatons and Shiriyah, and the relationships that the kids have with the teachers, create a culture that is unique to Frisch.”
Alumni Recognition Award
Benjamin (Ben) Breda ‘99 came to Frisch’s Mechina Program from public school and didn’t look back. Like hundreds of other students who went through the Mechina Program, Rabbi Shlomo Kahn and the program’s other educators had a tremendously positive impact on him. Ben, who grew up in River Edge, became very involved in student life at Frisch. He served as school president, ran the Chessed Society, and was on the softball, track and wrestling teams. His extensive volunteer work in high school won him scholarships from the President of the United States as well as from the Knicks. After Frisch, Ben graduated with honors from Yeshiva University’s Sy Syms School of Business, with a dual major in Accounting and Finance. He started his career at Ernst & Young and earned his CPA, then switched to Blackstone’s Hedge Fund Solutions Unit, where he has been for the last 14 years. He is now a Senior Vice President in Financial Planning and Analysis (FP&A) at the company. Ben and his wife Aviva – whom he met while a student at Frisch and who runs her own consulting company specializing in personal shopping, interior design and events – are now Frisch parents. Their eldest child, Caleb, is a sophomore at Frisch, while Charlie (12) and Ruby (7) attend Yeshivat Noam. Both Ben and Aviva have volunteered their time and expertise to the school; Ben is serving on the school’s Middle States Planning Committee, while Aviva is vice president of the Frisch Parents Association. Last year, Ben came in to speak with Frisch’s Mechina class, focusing on what he gave up leaving public school, what he gained coming to Frisch, and what he learned from Frisch’s dual curriculum. Ben and his family live in Teaneck and attend Congregation Bnai Yeshurun.
“When I walk into Frisch now, it feels like home,” says Ben. “Many of the teachers are teachers I had the privilege of learning from and several of the teachers are alumni whom I went to school with or know from the community.”
The Rav Shlomo Kahn a”h Memorial Award
Barbara and Barry Kessler are part of the backbone of Yeshivat Frisch. Barbara has helped keep the institution running smoothly for 20 years, formerly as an administrative assistant and for the past 15 years through serving as the school’s registrar and helping with the admissions process. Barry joined Frisch’s indispensable security team 18 years ago, and is known for so warmly greeting every single person who walks through Frisch’s front doors. (Unofficially, he serves as the school grandfather for all the kids). The Kesslers live in Paramus – their son, Jamin, resides in Japan – and both say that the school is home to them. The two are one of the first husband-and-wife pairs to work at Frisch and appreciate tremendously the time they get to spend together. Prior to Frisch, Barbara worked as an administrative assistant in another private high school, while Barry was in sales and banking. The Kesslers enjoy fine dining, cooking, travel, and the arts. They have not missed a single Frisch Drama Society production in the past 20 years. Supporting Frisch students as much as possible is important to them.
Barry says he was hesitant at first about coming to Frisch. “I’d never worked with high school students before,” he recalls, “but immediately acclimated to the scholastic environment. I can honestly say, I’ve never met a student at Frisch I didn’t like. They are good to each other; not only do they respect me, they respect each other.” Barry loves sports and wears his Jets shirt to school whenever the team wins. The students love to see him wearing it.
“The staff at Frisch are great and work together as a good team,” says Barbara. “The students make you smile and keep you busy. You can’t have a great school without great students…you can’t have great students without great faculty…and you can’t have great faculty without an administrative team behind them to run the school.” Barbara still uses stenography, which she learned in secretarial school. It comes in handy in a busy office!
The Kesslers say they think of Frisch every day. In fact, they have four art portraits created by Frisch students decorating their living room. “We love it here,” reiterates Barry. “Otherwise we wouldn’t have been here this long. We look forward to being with the Frisch Family as we continue our journey forward.”