After the videos, the students heard from Mr. Hirsch Serman, who was one of the tens of thousands who learned one page of gemara a day for 7 years as part of the daf yomi program, thereby completing the entire Talmud this summer. The featured speaker for the event, though, was Rabbi Gersten and he didn't disappoint. Between his powerful exhortation to make talmud Torah a central part of our lives, to his moving tribute to Mr. Matty Osdoba, z"l, it wasn't a speech anyone will soon forget.
The speeches were followed by dancing in the gym after which the school year officially got under way. What a way to start.
Below are some clips from the speeches as well as pictures from the siyyum and the rest of the first day.