WOW, what a spectacular evening! We celebrated our 70th anniversary with ruach and tremendous support from our kehillah! A packed house of 600 guests was awed by the moving and inspiring words of our own Rabbi David Wolpe '76, a distinguished alumnus.

In one of the many highlight moments of the evening, Rabbi David Wolpe '76 received our inaugural Legacy & Leadership Award in recognition of the shining example he has set world wide as a Jewish leader. In addition, Dewey Oriente was recognized for 30 years of outstanding service as head of the Barrack Drama Department.

Our sensational musical production, From Barrack to Broadway, took us on an emotional journey down memory lane as we relived the past 70 years of the Akiba-Barrack experience. Watching students and alumni perform together was a source of great pride, bridging the past and present. Further embodying that connection was the fact that the stellar opening number was an original song written and composed (and performed!) by our very own Michael Bihovsky '05.

We extend our deepest appreciation to our amazing Gala Co-Chairs: Rabbi Gary & Laya Charlestein and Dr. Jake & Linda Kriger, and to our talented Musical Production Co-Chairs: P. Sherrill Neff & Alicia Felton and Michael & Debbi Bass. We also extend a heartfelt thank you to the 33 students and 20 alumni who performed in the musical production

Rabbi Wolpe spoke about Modeh Ani (I Am Grateful) as being "the single most important lesson our school has to teach us." After a night like our Gala, we are most grateful to you, our generous and passionate supporters. Your commitment to our school made this milestone Gala possible. We are truly grateful for your philanthropic investments that will pay dividends for years to come.

Our 70th Anniversary Gala celebrated the rich history and enduring legacy of the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy, which we proudly pass on to each new generation of students.