Boston Selects Tanner Houck in First Round of MLB Amateur Draft


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Tanner Houck

In his four decades with MZ Berger & Company, Bernie Mermelstein has helped grow the timepiece and accessories manufacturer into an international, family-run enterprise with offices in New York City, Toronto, and Hong Kong. When not busy leading the company as chief executive officer, Bernie Mermelstein enjoys taking his grandson to Boston Red Sox games.

The annual three-day, 40-round Major League Baseball Amateur Draft presents franchises with an opportunity to replenish their minor league systems and find promising players for the future. The Red Sox held the 24th overall pick in the 2017 draft and selected six-foot-five, 220-pound, right-handed pitcher Tanner Houck.

Through three seasons with the University of Missouri, Houck compiled an earned run average (ERA) of 3.26 and recorded 292 strikeouts in 301 innings. He was signed to a contract on June 21 and began his first professional season with the Lowell Spinners of the New York-Penn League, where he has a 3.48 ERA and has struck out 12 batters through 10.1 innings.


The Aliyah Process – What It Is and How It Is Done


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Aliyah Process

With a JD from New York Law School, Bernie Mermelstein serves as the chief executive officer of MZ Berger & Co. in Long Island City, New York. Aside from his professional pursuits, Bernie Mermelstein frequently donates resources to various charities and he is a huge supporter of Nefesh B’Nefesh.

Established in 2002, Nefesh B’Nefesh works with the government of Israel and the Jewish Agency of Israel to ease the process of Aliyah (translated to mean ascent or rise) by reducing obstacles that may be related to finances, profession, and/or logistics.

According to the Law of Return, Aliyah refers to the act of moving to Israel and becoming a citizen. Jews of varying statuses, denominations, and ages make Aliyah for various reasons. While some do so for their beliefs, others want to strengthen their identity; still others treat Aliyah as a way of expressing practical Zionism.

The Aliyah process starts with completing the application with an option to apply for financial help. It continues with submitting pertinent documents that would determine a person’s eligibility and his or her status in the Jewish Agency. Once an interview with the agency’s local representative is done, the applicant waits for the result of his or her application. When the agency approves, Nefesh B’Nefesh makes the confirmation of the services along with the financial aid, if applicable. The next steps include obtaining an Aliyah visa, which may take up to two weeks and is valid for six months and finally, flying to Israel.