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Date: Mon, Jun 15, 2020 at 1:32 PM
Subject: Shoshana graduated Penn with honors and an award
To: Vitow, Daniel 

Dear Dr. Vitow,
We hope this finds you and your family well.
I am writing to let you know how grateful and proud we are of the education Shoshana received at NSHA.
We are so happy to share with you the news that she graduated from Penn with a double major in Computer Science and Middle Eastern Studies. She completed an honors thesis for her Middle Eastern Studies major, in which she interviewed Persian Jews about their experiences leaving Iran, and for which she was given an award and a grant from the Jewish Studies Dept. The award was the Samuel and Esther Goldin Endowment Award (recognizing an outstanding thesis or research paper in the field of Jewish Studies).
Hillel and Ellen Sternstein



From: eli mullokan 
Date: Wed, Jun 5, 2019 at 12:02 PM
To: Daniel Vitow 


Good morning Dr. Vitow,


This is Elazar Mullokandov, an alumnus from 2018. Hope all is well with you and your family.

I finished my first year at Yeshiva University and am very happy with my decision. The education that I received in North Shore prepared me well in regards to material and course load work. So I wanted to first say thank you very much for all of your help!

This summer I am planning to train to become an EMT with the Queens division Hatzalah. As an application requirement, I must list three references. I was wondering if I can list you as one of them?


Thank you!

Have a good day!


Elazar Mullokandov

- Alumnus / Class of 2018



From: Yehuda Chinskey 
Date: Sat, Nov 24, 2018, 8:59 PM
Subject: We Have Wonderful Talmid
To: Daniel Vitow 
Cc: Rabbi Dr. Noam Weinberg 


Dear Dr. Vitow,


This past Friday, Dina and I moved from Long Beach to Far Rockaway. For multiple reasons, including taking advantage of the Thanksgiving break, we needed to move over the weekend.


I mentioned to a few students that I was moving and wasn't completely sure how I was going to finish it over the weekend. Without hesitation Avi Nessim and Ethan Ohebshalom said they would be there to help me move. Avi brought his brother Jacob, and Ethan, a real HERO, brought Leor Kordvani, Jacob Setton and Jacob Ijadi.




Thanks to their help, within only a few hours, we finished the bulk of the work on Friday morning. They helped us with all the furniture and boxes. The only thing left for us to do is to unpack our boxes in the new apartment.


I can say without a shadow of a doubt that I would not have been able to move with this much ease, speed and low levels of stress without the help of our Talmidim. I am filled with a feeling of gratitude and thanks towards them as well as pride that I am privileged to be called their Rebbe. 


During their vacation and for no direct benefit, when they could have been doing anything else normal teens do, they decided to come and help their Rebbe when he needed it.


Feel free to share this publicly. I think it is a wonderful example of how good and kind our Talmidim can be.


וזכני לגדל בנים ובני בנים חכמים ונבונים אוהבי ה' יראי אלוקים אנשי אמת זרע קודש בה' דבקים ומאירים את העולם בתורה ומעשים טובים ובכל מלאכת עבודת הבורא  

"We have the merit of raising and children and grandchildren... Who come close to and serve Hashem and light up the world with Torah and good deeds!"


All the best Dr. Vitow!


Rabbi Chinskey


From: Ariana Zisholtz
Date: Thu, Apr 19, 2018, 10:21 AM
Subject: Refuah shelema

Hi Dr. Vitow, 
I would like to say thank you. Even without you being here in school every day you still manage to keep all us students taken care of. You keep the school running with some help for your colleagues and make this school an amazing place to be at. Recently I saw Alissa going out with a large folder of papers and she told me she was going to see you. It was amazing to hear that during this hard time we’re still one of your largest priorities. Thank you so much for all the love and care you give to each and every one of us. Hope to see you soon!
Refuah shelema!!!
Ariana Zisholtz (current student)
From: David Weinberg 
Date: Thu, Apr 19, 2018, 1:10 PM
Subject: Thank you
To: Daniel Vitow 

Dr. Vitow, hope you are recovering, we all miss you here. Thank you for allowing me to chaperone and judge research competitions. The school you have created is making a ripple on Long Island and I feel lucky to be a part of the North Shore family.
Wishing you a speedy recovery,
David  (Chairperson of Engineering Department, Instructor of Computer Science)
Hi Dr. Vitow,

As you may or may not know, I'm applying to dental school in June and started working on my application essays. I've been going to the YU writing center for some help. The English Dept at NSHAHS was amazing. They knew how to assist us writing academic and application essays. They had such unbelievable creativity in their prose.
I know I'm no longer a "paying customer" but I was wondering if I could work with some of the English teachers for a few hours for some help. Thank you!
Successful and Happy NSHAHS Alum, Class of 2014



Jan 28, 2018

Dear Dr. Vitow,

As extremely proud “post” parents of NSHAHS, we must bring to your attention the best move we made when we registered our son at your school.
We decided to transfer our son to NSHAHS, with his TOTAL APPROVAL, and it turned out to be the move that put him on the way to being accepted into all of his College preferences.
As we’re sure you know that in life there are times when one is given a chance to alter his or her direction hoping for the best.
With gratitude to Hashem, you, Dr. Vitow, and NSHAHS - We took that opportunity, and our son “, took the plunge”; never looking back.
He is graduating this year as a Mechanical Engineer with a deep interest to continue his studies and enter into the Aeronautics field.
All this is due to you, Dr.Vitow, your excellent instructors and the school.

May you continue to lead and educate the next generation as well as you did for our son.
Thank you very much.




Hi Dr. Vitow,


I wanted to take this opportunity to let you know that sending Joe to North Shore was, hands down, the best decision we have ever made for him. You gave us back the happy, outgoing, son that we had lost while he was in elementary school :(

I am forever grateful that Hashem guided us your way! Thank you!!

Have a great day! 



B. Heaney

 - Parent  12/7/17


Rabbi Dr. Weinberg,

I went out to eat with my family at a restaurant in the city last night, and soon after a group of about 25 high school students also arrived.  We were so disappointed because we anticipated a particularly noisy meal as a result.  Moments after they sat down, I heard a boy  from one side of the table say, “Shh,”  and shortly after another boy from the other side of the table reminded those around him that they were in a restaurant.  They maintained proper decorum during the entire meal, which lasted quite a while.

I was so impressed by their conduct, I asked them where they went to school.  Hence, I am writing to you to make you aware of the Kiddush Hashem of your students. May you all have a healthy and happy new year, and continued success in the education of your students


Adrienne Rubinstein, Ph.D


Brooklyn College


College So Far...


Hi Ms. Rabson!


I have gone through a little more than a week at FIT and it was rocky at first but I'm starting to get into it. I wanted to tell you, thank you really, that your classes have prepared me extremely well for the ones I have here. All those sketches and thumbnails that I complained about, well my teachers ask for at least 15 for each design we do. It's tough but I like the work. My teachers are nice and funny and very realistic; they have so much knowledge and it's so interesting to learn from them.


So thank you for always pushing me to be a better artist and creative thinker and especially for helping me get here. I could never have done it without your guidance.  


Maybe I'll come visit one day or send you some of the stuff I make when it's complete, if you would like.


I hope your students this year don't give you a hard time and they better appreciate you!




Shani Hashemi, Student, Class of 2017





From: "Emma Greszes" 
Date: Sep 1, 2017 3:53 PM
Subject: Letter of appreciation
To: <dvitow@nshahs.org>

Dear Dr. Vitow,

I just spent my first week at Brandeis and i wanted to let you know how happy I am. I am beyond prepared for what lies ahead, and I attribute that to you and all of the faculty at NSHAHS. 

Shabbat Shalom and Shana Tova,


Emma GreszesClass of 2017

Dear Dr. Vitow, Mr. Sachs, Mr. Weinberg, and Dr. Runco, 

I cannot thank you enough for the opportunity NSHAHS gave me to explore my passion for research, science, and computer science. 

These past 10 weeks, I have been working at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as an intern on the Scientific Communications Team in the Office of the Associate Director for Science, within the Office of the Director of CDC.

For the last month, I have been developing a machine learning model to assist the CDC Library with categorizing and indexing articles published by CDC-affiliated authors as well as predicting media impact and relevance of articles to CDC strategic priorities with the ultimate goal of drastically simplifying or completely automating the selection of "top ten weekly publications" to feature on the CDC Library's "Science Clips" website. 

Yesterday, I delivered an hour long presentation of my research to the director of the CDC Library, the directors of the Information and Technology Research and Development Department, senior library scientists, senior data and informatics scientists, senior medical officers,  senior health scientists, senior epidemiologists, and others. 

Long story short, I will be turning my model into a web service application and CDC will be using it each week to select featured articles on their library website. 

None of this would have been possible if not for your guidance, encouragement, and mentorship at North Shore. I wanted to reach out and thank you because of that. 

I hope that your summer is going well and wish you the best of luck in the future!

Have a great day and thank you again,

Shira Eisenberg, 

- Alumnus | Class of 2016


Dear Mr. Miles and Dr. Vitow,

I hope this email finds you well. I'm writing to thank you for the gift of a NSHAHS education and especially for what I learned from participating in Model Congress.

This summer, I am interning on the Scientific Communications and Public Health Surveillance team in the Office of the Director of the CDC.

My latest assignment has been especially daunting-- I've been tasked with editing and updating the 200-page National Guidelines on Newborn Hearing Loss Screening for State and Local Health Departments, based on new research and legislation passed this year.

Without the exposure to legislative jargon and format that I gained through Model Congress, I would be completely lost in this task. Because of this, I wanted to email you both and thank you for affording me the opportunity to get familiar with these areas during High School.

Thanks again and have a great summer!

Shira Eisenberg

- Alumnus | Class of 2016


Michael Livi, Class of 2017, spoke extemporaneously at Shiriyah 2017 (North Shore's Color Wars/Sing Competition). He addressed the faculty, each grade and his own grade with poise and passion, and he summed up what our community is all about with a few simple words at the end. 

- Graduate | Class of 2017


Dear Dr. Vitow,

When I walked into your school last night for Parent Teacher Conference I was admiring the beauty of the building, but after my meetings with Steve's teachers, I realized that the beauty is really on the "inside".  I was so impressed and touched by your faculty both as educators and as genuine and compassionate human beings.  Steve is truly fortunate to be in such a loving and caring environment.

Michal Cheney

- Parent | Class of 2019


I wanted to express my heartfelt thanks and gratitude to you and the entire North Shore organization. As I know you are aware, my daughter took her first SAT not too long ago and she exceeded all of our expectations (including her own) with her performance. Not that I doubt my daughters ability, I am just amazed at the way you and your team of professionals have been able to bring out the best in her, nurture her, and to teach her to her potential. She is a happy, well adjusted young lady and thanks to her new academic confidence, has opened her eyes to all sorts of paths for her future. It was not that long ago that I sat in your office and with a great deal of confidence you conveyed to my wife and I that you would be able to work with our daughter and make her a confident student. I can honestly say that you delivered on your word! She has learned how to write, has new confidence in her mathematic ability and takes pride in all of her achievements. I am so proud of her and all that she has accomplished under your guidance. Please accept this hakarat hatov and know that you have participated in dramatically improving one very beautiful young ladies life. Thank you again.

- Parent | Class of 2017


Dear Dr. Vitow,

My son is the Captain of the Ramaz Baseball Team. Earlier this evening Ramaz played against North Shore. I am writing to tell you how immensely proud you should be of your players and particularly your Coach.

I have watched "Yeshiva League" baseball for the last four years and frankly more often than not have been ashamed to say my son was a participant in the games. Teams, stoked on by hyper competitive coaches, lose sight of the fact their opponents are part of קלל ישראל. The "do or die" atmosphere created by most of these coaches would make one think the stakes were a NCAA Championship. Sadly, on so many occasions, I have seen coaches berate their own players, a travesty only exceeded by the same coaches mocking an opposing player. It is no wonder that when coaches behave badly, they encourage their charges to follow suit.

Not so the North Shore coach. He offered encouragement uniformly; imparted excellent technical pointers to his players; making every at bat, a learning experience. He congratulated Ramaz players when they made an excellent play, as if they were his own. He was gracious throughout the game. He set a proper tone. His players were all courteous and exhibited upstanding sportsmanship. There was no pouting, no thrown bats and no bickering. Regardless of the game's outcome, everyone in a North Shore uniform comported themselves in a manner that is a credit to the name on their jersey.

At the end of the game, I went over and commended the coach on his professionalism and the fine character of his players. Similarly you should be applauded for making such a wise choice. I wish you, the coach, and the team only the best of luck for many seasons to come, and maybe this year they will not be the League Champions, but, in my book, they are champions of the league. By no means a knock on my son's coach, but my son would have been fortunate to play for a coach of the North Shore coach's ilk. He clearly is an outstanding mentor and role model.

Be well and may you only know of joy, tranquility and blessing.

Mitchell E. Mailman

- Community Member


NSHAHS provided our son with the most incredible educational and social experience. Throughout the years we have witnessed both teachers' and students' extraordinary dedication, devotion and respect towards one another. The most unique and impressive element that NSHAHS possesses is the feeling of "ACHDUT": unity and bond, that was meshed into all the students to become a true family of friends. Dr. Vitow's inspiration, care and attention to each student and their progress on a daily basis influences each student and results in respectful, mature young adults. Thank you Dr. Vitow, Rabbi Weinberg and the NSHAHS faculty for all your support, care, concern and encouragement that you have bestowed upon our son and all your students all these years.

- Parent of a Graduate | 2015


Thank you Dr. Vitow. I had a great freshman year and I don't think I could have spent it in a better place. Thank you so much!

- Student | Class of 2019