Yoel Sassoon

Post high school, I attended Los Angeles Valley College in attempt of transferring to CSUN’s business program.
Throughout high school, I received awards regarding midot and academic excellence.
Currently, I plan on attending CSUN’S Business Honors program, studying management and marketing as an undergraduate. From there, I will continue into their or USC’s masters program.
Or Hachaim has touched my life in numerous ways in which only now I have come to acknowledge. The learning environment was a place of warmth, where students felt a special bond with their teachers. We all shared the common excitement of attending school every morning, sharing with our teachers overnight experiences, and beginning the school day. However, I have been especially grateful for the values Or Hachaim has instilled in me and my peers. From the start, Or Hachaim taught their students through the famous proverb of “Derech Eretz Kadmah Latorah”— The common morals and values present before any religious studies came into place. Ethics and conduct were the main priority as a student in Or Hachaim, before Judaic and secular studies. They were simply ideas incorporated into the curriculum, rather than being neglected. In consequence, I am forever grateful for Or Hachaim for they have instilled in me the values and ethics in which we all need to prosper in this world.
Yoel Sassoon
Class of 2012
YULA Boys High school and Valley Torah High School

Calanit Serur

After high school, I attended Darchei Binah Seminary in Bayit Vagan, Yerushalayim for over half a year. After I returned, I attended Los Angeles Valley College for a summer and fall semester and I am currently enrolled in the winter session.
During high school, I participated in a mock trial nationwide legal competition in which I received the most valuable player award in my first trial as a witness. At my graduation, I received a Chessed Achievement award for my work as the Chessed Program’s Co-Head during my senior year.
I am currently working on my Bachelors degree in K-12 Counseling and I am planning to transfer to California State University Northridge.
Being that my eighth grade graduation class was comprised of only seven girls, it granted the students and me the opportunity to have a hands-on relationship with our teachers and to really prepare ourselves for our upcoming high school academic career. The teachers were always open to answering any questions, and validating our ideas.. Or Hachaim taught me to be resourceful when I am attempting to achieve something..
Calanit Serur
Class of 2011
Valley Torah High School

Myriam Cohen

I graduated Or Hachaim in 2013. After 8th grade, I went to Valley Torah High School, where I graduated salutatorian. During high school, I received many honor roll awards and community service awards. Or Hachaim has taught me the middot of having gratitude and positivity. I took these traits that I learned from Or Hachaim and brought them with me to high school. Or Hachaim’s friendly and supportive environment helped shape me into the person I am today. Thank you Rabbi Gabay and Mrs. Raskin for all of your hard work.
Miriam Cohen, Class of 2013
Valley Torah High School-Salutatorian 2017

Ariel Mizrahi

Or Hachaim not only gave me a second family, it also gave me the tools I needed to help me grow, mature and become the person I am today. I was taught not be afraid to ask questions and to question things when necessary. Or Hachaim educated me on the importance of not only being humble but also being proud of my Israeli Jewish heritage. When I recently had to make a speech in front of 300 people I realized how much Or Hachaim brought out my inner confidence. Listening and watching Rabbi Gabay and Mrs. Raskin’s speeches throughout the years inspired me to take upon myself different leadership positions in pro-Israel and Jewish organizations. Or Hachaim wasn’t an ordinary school. It was our home away from home.
Ariel Mizrahi, class of 2016, and  a freshman at Valley Torah was chosen by the Milstein Family Foundation to be the 2017 teen delegate to AIPAC in Washington D.C. this year. Out of 132 students that applied to be a delegate at AIPAC Ariel was one of only four that were chosen.
AIPAC is a bipartisan organization of U.S. citizens committed solely to strengthening, protecting and promoting the U.S.-Israel relationship.
Ariel Mizrahi
Valley Torah High School
Class of 2016

Liron Ben Haroch

Graduated  Or Hachaim in 2012. He went to Valley Torah High School and graduated valedictorian. He was accepted to UCLA but deferred attending for a  year to study at Mikdash Shmuel in Israel.
Lior Ben Haroch
Class of 2012
Valley Torah High School