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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Evening of the Arts 2014

The 4th annual Evening of the Arts was a resounding success. The audience got to enjoy an eclectic mix of performing, visual, and graphic arts. (not to mention refreshments!!) This celebration of the Arts Department here at Flatbush is a wonderful opportunity for both the talented student and the equally talented-- but often less seen Arts Faculty —to strut their stuff, all to the delight of the overflow audience.
The musical numbers ranged from pop to standards to classical music, there were scenes from iconic Broadway plays and interpretations of original student poems, as well as an art gallery of interesting and evocative student work. Coordinated by Ms. Ruchie Winker and MCed by Ms. Shelley Kaplowitz, this was an evening Flatbush will long remember—certainly at least until the 5th Annual edition, next year.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Junior Scavenger Hunt & BBQ

For the first time in years, the Student Senior Council finally took a stand against rainy weather for the annual Junior Day. Instead of the usual "Day in the Park" students enjoyed a surprising Grand Central Scavenger Hunt. Juniors arrived to school that morning for late minyan and received customized Junior Picnic t-shirts before getting on the train to Grand Central Station.
Once finally at the station each team set out to check off one zany task after the next. They took pictures with babies, police men, a disguised Mr. David Galpert, and even started flash mobs. Juniors were sent to the four corners of the station from the Whispering Hall to the Apple Store, and from the tennis courts to the Campbell Apartment. At 12noon sharp the students once again convened at the main hall and hopped back on the train where they sat back and clapped along as street performers did their thing.
They arrived back at school and were greeted with an expansive BBQ. While Daniel Dweck and Oren Moskowitz manned the grill and Ms. Bloom and Ms. Kaplowitz manned the food stations, students enjoyed everything from hot dogs and hamburgers, to veggie burgers, salad, and watermelon. They lounged around the Beit Midrash, took advantage of the outdoor seating, interacting with fellow students and teachers and generally enjoyed the ends of Junior Picnic. The day was a smashing success all thanks to Mr. Galpert and the Student Council 2015 -Good Luck next year! ~Merle Cohen

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Celebrate Israel Parade: 2014

On June 1st Yeshivah of Flatbush Joel Braverman High School, as well as the Middle Division, participated in the annual Celebrate Israel Parade. This is an incredibly huge event in which more than 250 schools and institutions participate. This year, the general theme honored the 50th anniversary of the parade. As it is our tradition we made a special presentation with the sub theme "50 blessings for the State of Israel on the 50th Parade." Our preparation is always a year long journey and an educational experience.Our t-shirt is designed by our own students in the graphic design class under the supervision of Ms. T Berkowitz. The always accurate historical background as well as the beautiful psukim portrayed are chosen by Dr. L. Gerber. The preparation of our visual presentation is carried out with outstanding creativity by Mr. J. Novetsky and the students in his different art classes. Our majestic Color Guard is prepared by Mr. N. Sanders. The banners with psukim are created and painted by Ms. Dvora Greenfeld.
Many students are empowered to be commissioners of the different marching components from the creation of the dance for the Dance Troupe, the music that will accompany our school while marching, and more.
Last but not least, everything is coordinated by Ms. Elana Birman.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Flatbush Engineering Students Visit Google Offices

On May 22, Ms. Benun and Ms. Wernick accompanied Yeshivah of Flatbush engineering students to Google headquarters in Manhattan. After a tour of the offices and the building space (that used to be the Port Authority of New York) former Flatbush graduates who now work for Google, Ari Gilder and Jonathan Heinberg, hosted a Q & A session on educational, business, creative and personal achievements and factors that resulted in their landing jobs with one of the world’s most coveted employers.

All were fortunate to have access to the professional advice of Ari and Jonathan regarding students’ future engineering projects and programming aspirations. Thank you to Ms Wernick for arranging the trip.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Moot Court 2014

This year was my first time participating in the Moot Court tournament and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Moot Court is an activity simulating actual court cases, which is held annually at Yeshivah of Flatbush. It was made up of a variety of fast paced cases and it was very interesting to see the different approaches taken by each group toward the same cases. I was the most awed at how invested each student was in their cases, and how hard and quickly they worked when prompted to do so. Even though most of the students were inexperienced with the working of a real court, they each caught on very quickly and made the most of the experience. It was great watching all of the different students interact with each other and seeing the originality of each group. While writing the cases, I could never have expected the ingenious thought processes each group would take or the lengths the students would go to win. It was a tough competition, but three students came out on top, Victor Zeitoune, Billy Dayan, and Sammy Dayan. ~Virginia Dweck, Commissioner

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Pursue Your Passion Traveling Troupe Program Final Outing of '13-'14 School Year

On their last trip of the 2013-2014 school year, students part of The Traveling Troupe, sponsored by Victoria and Jack Aini, traveled to Seacrest Nursing Home, one of their favorite nursing homes. They celebrated the joy of music, dance, and drama performance with a wonderful audience of warm and eager elders and nursing home patients. The stirring performances on the trip were jovially moving for both the audience members and members of the the troupe. Congratulations to actors Michelle Harari, Merle Dweck and Danielle Ashkenazi; pianists Elaine Aini, Rachel Isayev and Leah Linfield; drummers Ikey Benzaken, Mosie Salame; violinist Evelyn Tawil; singers Michael Chakkalo, Aida Franco (who also tap danced) and Michael Zalta on sharing their talents in the an amazing act of Chesed. Special thanks to Rabbi and Mrs. Hanon for assisting with arrangements for the trip, Henny Shterenzer for accompanying the troupe, and to Michael Catton (travel troupe guitarist) and Joey Baum who took pictures and videos.

The traveling troupe is looking forward to extending it's programs into the summer with trips in deal, New Jersey. If you would like to get involved or know someone that does please contact Michael Zalta at (347) 513-6489 or

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Seniors 2014 Scavenger Hunt in Grand Central Station

On May 15th, the seniors went to Grand Central Station for a scavenger hunt made by Abie Tawil, Albert Zibak and Danielle Shalam. The seniors had to figure out the clues and send in pictures of their team with the items in the clues. Some of the clues included finding a tennis court, posing with a baby, fitting into a "freshie sized" door, and basically running around the entire terminal. There were 14 teams and although most of the teams were very close, the winning team included Joy Feinberg, Dana Nahoum, Eden Malka, Kayla Meshulam, Emily Apterbach, Michal Yefet, Raizy Cohen and Shira Cygler. It was a blast, uniting almost the whole senior grade. We would like to thank Rabbi Beyda, Mrs. Zaltzman, and Mr. Kweller for being our teacher chaperones as well as Mr. Galpert organizing the event and allowing us to use him as one of our clues. ~Danielle Shalam

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Lights Out Bowling With SGO 2015

With finals approaching the Yeshivah of Flatbush Joel Braverman High School SGO 2015 felt the students needed one more night to cut loose and release the stress that has been building up inside each student over the past few weeks. So we planned and ran our first trip: LIGHTS OUT BOWLING! The SGO, with the guidance of Mrs. Zerykier and Mrs. Marcus, planned the entire trip in under a week, as we were inaugurated just under a week ago. The trip was a great opportunity to hang out with friends, make new friends, bond with teachers and meet the new SGO. With Mr. Hofstetter, Rabbi Skolnick, Mrs. Marcus, and Mrs. Schulman, the students who attended were set to have a phenomenal time. We bowled, sang and goofed around and we are glad to say the trip was a huge success! We had a blast and can't wait for the next trip! ~Victor Zeitoune, President, SGO '15

Monday, June 16, 2014

Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rishon Letzion Harav Yitzchak Yosef Visits Flatbush

The Yeshivah of Flatbush had the honor of hosting the Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rishon Letzion Harav Maran Yitzchak Yosef. With cameras flashing and security watching, the renowned rabbi spoke about achdut and keeping up our yahdut. His speech, which was all in Hebrew, was about the connection that the luchot had from ben adam lechavero and ben adam lamakom, and how the structure of the kelim resembled its importance. He then connected that to us, the students of Yeshivah of Flatbush, in how our structure as Jews and our personalities within our neshamot resemble our duty in this world to continue along the path of a good Jew while holding on to the beneficial force of the Torah. He moved and inspired us all as one united group, and even threw a few jokes here and there. Giving a speech to the Yeshivah strengthened its standard as well as brought it to a higher level of spirituality. We hope that every student learns a lesson from that motivational speech, and that we should merit to see Maran Yitzchak Yosef another time in our school.