Guests of Honor
Yeshiva of Central Queens is pleased to salute its Guests of Honor Ben and Samantha (“Sam”) Kramer. They have gained the recognition and admiration of the entire YCQ family and the Jewish community at-large for their devotion to our Yeshiva and so many organizations.
Ben Kramer grew up in Lawrence, NY. He attended the Hebrew Academy of Long Beach (HALB) and DRS High School. He continued his Torah studies in Eretz Yisrael at Yeshivat Hakotel followed by shana bet at the newly-established Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh. He went on to Lander College for Men where he graduated with an accounting degree. He obtained his first job at Weiser Mazars. Upon earning his CPA and graduating from St Johns University with a Masters in Taxation, he moved on to Ernst and Young and rose up the ranks in its tax department. He currently serves as Director of Finance and Accounting.
Samantha grew up in Rochester and Buffalo, NY and then in Cherry Hill, NJ, attending the Torah Academy of Philadelphia and Moshe Aaron Yeshiva High School. She then studied at Midreshet Moriah in Israel and Stern College for Women at Yeshiva University, graduating with a major in psychology and minor in Judaic studies. Earning a Masters in Education and Special Education at Queens College, Samantha began working at the East West School of International Studies (EWSIS) in Flushing, Queens. After founding its special education department and bringing the NYU Nest Program for students with high functioning autism to EWSIS, she went on to receive her Advanced Certificate in Educational Leadership and School Administration from Hunter College. In 2017, Samantha became the department chair of special education at Great Neck South Middle, the top middle school in New York State.
When first married, the couple lived in Kew Gardens Hills where Ben davened and learned with Rabbi Arieli. They later joined Kehillas Ishei Yisrael under the leadership of Rabbi Shmuel Marcus. Ben was the Gabbai at Ishei for eight years and Samantha chaired the annual dinner for multiple years. Ben and Samantha had an open table that welcomed many families and individuals for Shabbos and yom tov meals. Ben drove delivery routes for Tomchei Shabbos of Queens. Now living in West Hempstead, they are active members of the Young Israel of West Hempstead where Ben was on the shul board and served as Gabbai for four years. “Sam” is also involved in the welcoming committee and in hosting guests and new families.
Ben and Samantha Kramer are proud parents of four wonderful children. Gavriel
(grade 7) is enrolled in honors math and Gemara and is part of a special after-school Mishnah program with Rabbi Nat. He also is a member of the YCQ Wildcats hockey team. Gavriel volunteers for Chabad’s Friendship Circle with a child who is home schooled. Lizzy (grade 5) participates in mishmar and dance. Tova (grade 2 at YHT) is a dancer and a baker and helps all of her friends and teachers. Reuvy is enjoying his first year of nursery school at HANC ECC.
Ben and Samantha love YCQ and have been called its biggest cheerleaders. They have been involved in YCQ since their eldest son, Gavriel began attending the Yeshiva in 2012. The Kramers are impressed with Yeshiva’s state-of-the-art curriculum and instruction. They appreciate the warm and “heimish” atmosphere that is conveyed by the administration and faculty. They value the open communication between staff and parents and are happy to volunteer wherever needed. Ben has been serving on YCQ’s Board of Trustees for seven years and currently holds the title of Financial Secretary. “Sam” served as President of the Parent Teacher Organization for two years and energized the parent body to be more involved. She helped move all records and communication to digital correspondence and establish a baseline budget for PTO expenses. She also organized the first-ever PTO auction at the YCQ Dinner which raised over $9,000 in the first year.
Ben and Sam agreed to be honored so that they would have the opportunity to showcase all that makes YCQ so remarkable. May they be zoche to have much nachat from their children as they continue their avodat hakodesh which has enhanced our Yeshiva in so many ways.