The story about Sara homeschooling her children on an army base, featured last week on LNN, generated tremendous interest! One interested party sent Torah Umesorah an email, of the following related story:
Over 50 years ago, Mrs. L. was a student in a school established by Torah Umesorah in Omaha, Nebraska. That’s right Omaha Nebraska, where cattle outnumber the population. But wherever Jews reside, chinuch is a number one priority for its continuity, so a Day School was established by Torah Umesorah in Omaha.
Mrs. L. recalls the principal of the school, Rabbi V., who was extremely devoted to each and every child, treating each one as if they were his own. One day, Rabbi V. discovered that there was a Jewish population in Offutt US Air Force Base, situated near Omaha.
Feeling responsible for every Jewish child’s chinuch, Rabbi V. traveled to Offutt, befriended the Jewish families, and persuaded them to send their children to the Omaha Hebrew Academy. It was a long drive from Offutt to the Hebrew Academy, so Rabbi V. personally drove the children both ways every day so that they could receive a Torah education.
Mrs. L. was only 12 at the time, but it impacted her so much that she was inspired to send us her youthful recollections. What a tribute to Rabbi V., and to all the heroes and heroines – the Mechanchim and Mechanchos of our children – wherever they may be!