Itís Not Just the Pancakes
Stanley and Phyllis Jaspan
What is it that makes the home of Stanley and Phyllis Jaspan the most sought after spot for WITS students for an out-Shabbos?
Maybe itís the food.† This is not a matter to be taken lightly, because, as the bachurim will tell you, you eat well when youíre the beneficiary of Jaspan hospitality, not only for Shabbos meals but right on through the tradition of a pancake breakfast o Sunday morning.
But itís not just the food.
Maybe itís the other guests. †So many yeshiva classmates are there. When the
Jaspans open their house to company, whether itís from WITS or for a simcha in
But itís not just the company.
Maybe itís the house.† Itís comfortable, itís large, and the boys get the run of the place.
†But itís not just the house.
At heart, the reason why WITS students are so eager to spend
Shabbos with the Jaspans is the same reason WITS is so eager to honor them at
this banquet.† Itís the same reason why
they are so beloved and respected in circles that ripple out from their
immediate family to their neighborhood to the entire Jewish community to
And that reason is the Jaspans themselves and the qualities they personify -- the strong, steady, sustained commitment to high principle, to doing chesed, to laboring hard and long for worthy causes, to extending themselves to others with graciousness and smiles and a demeanor that demonstrates both civility and caring.
Our compliments on the pancakes, but our honor is extended to the Jaspans as themselves.
Both natives of
ďWe came for the summer and stayed 30 years,Ē Phyllis says.
It has been a successful setting for
Any list of the Jaspansí community involvement has to start
with Congregation Anshe Sfard Kehillat Torah and the rise of traditional Jewish
You wonít get the Jaspans to tell you how central they were
to all this. ďG-d works in His own ways and He just brought the circumstances together,Ē
The Jaspans have been involved in numerous other community
activities as well.
Both Stanley and Phyllis have been strong advocates of WITS.
ďIn the troubled time we are in, not only in secular society but in the Jewish
world, institutions such as WITS become all the more important to provide
education in fundamental values for the boys and for the community,Ē
Phyllis says having the WITS boys come for Shabbos is a great pleasure. While WITS boys praise the Jaspans, ďwe just see the equation from the opposite sideóitís our privilege and pleasure to have them in our home, she sys.Ē She says she has been constantly impressed with how the b boys are ďsuch incredibly decent, fine young people.Ē
Thatís just like Phyllis and Stanley -- wanting to deflect attention and praise form themselves and focus on others.† One of the ironies of honoring people is that it is often the ones who least seek the spotlight that most deserve it, and so it is at this event. But while they may downplay their own efforts, the record speaks loudly.† Tonight is WITSí way of seeing that we hear the record, and we appreciate its beauty and worth.