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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Sgt. David Abadie Speaks With Seniors About His Experiences in the Israeli Defense Forces

On Monday, October 6th the students of the senior grade had the opportunity to hear from Sergeant David Abadie. Sgt. Abadie, a former Yeshivah of Flatbush student, served in the IDF after his senior year of high school. He subsequently made aliyah. Abadie spoke to us about his experiences in the Israeli Defense Forces. Serving in the past two operations within Gaza, Pillar of Defense and Protective Edge, the lone soldier really had a story to tell. He mentioned how his experience as a soldier in 2008 was much different then his experience this past summer when he went in with the meluim, IDF reserves units. He also shared with us his experience in making aliyah to Israel and that at first, even though his whole past life was in New York, he knew he belonged in Israel. Students were able to ask Abadie any questions that they had during an extensive Q and A session. Thank you to the Israel Activism Commission for organizing this event. Thank you Sgt. Abadie for sharing your story with us and for your service.
~David Idy, Israel Activism Commission

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Senior Council 2015 Trip to Nets Vs. Maccabi Tel-Aviv Basketball Game

The first trip for Seniors 2015, which took place right before the Sukkot vacation was a major success. The Senior Council 2015 organized a trip to the preseason basketball game between the Brooklyn Nets and the fan favorite of the night, the Maccabi Tel-Aviv, at the Barclays Center. The game itself was pretty even, ending with a 111-94 win for the Nets, but not without a fight from the Maccabis. The seniors enjoyed an aerial view of the stadium throughout the night, watching countless dunks, and some spectacular defensive plays by the Nets. What was truly heart warming was the outstanding support for the Israeli team surrounding us. Hundreds of Israeli flags were waving throughout the stands the entire night. Thank you to Rabbi Skolnick and Mr. Kweller for chaperoning the trip. Thank you to Mr. Galpert and of course to our Senior Council for organizing this amazing experience. This trip was the first of many more exciting ones to come during our senior year! ~Rochelle Tawil

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Freshman Welcome Month 2014

This year the freshmen students were welcomed into the Yeshivah of Flatbush over the course of the first month of school. Starting with Freshman Orientation Day, where 9th grade students met with their 12th grade senior mentors all the way to Freshman Day, where students spent the day playing all sorts of games; the students of the Class of 2018 had the opportunity to get adjusted and settled into the beginning of their high school experience.
Once orientation was over and the first week of school had ended, we thought the freshmen deserved a treat. What better treat than an ice cream party in the middle of the day? The students had a blast taking a break and enjoying some ice cream while socializing with their new friends. The 9th graders were also treated to a special breakfast where they met with and heard from all the principals. During Freshman Welcome Month the 9th grade students were also introduced to the members of the Guidance, College Guidance, and Library departments.
To culminate a great first month, freshmen spent half a day playing all sorts of games and completing many challenges with their classmates and senior mentors. The games, run by the seniors, included hilarious challenges like wrapping a student entirely in toilet paper, walking while balancing a ping-pong ball on a spoon, and getting the best picture of their team jumping in the air. Throughout the day, seniors captured the hysterical moments on camera, later to be turned into a slideshow which the students watched at the end of the program. The students were also fortunate enough to hear comforting wise words from Rabbi Besser, Dean of Students, concerning their adjustment to high school and new life at Yeshivah of Flatbush.

We know this year and the remaining years at Flatbush are going to be full of excitement for these students, and we can't wait to see them succeed and experience Four Years For the Rest of Your Life...

Here is a glimpse into Freshman Welcome Month 2014:

Monday, October 20, 2014

Falcon's Nest Notes: Late Burst Lifts Varsity Boys over JEC

Senior Co-Captain Bobby Soffer broke a 35-35 deadlock with a trey from the left slot, and the Falcons scored the final 9 points of the game to close out their third road victory of the pre-season, defeating the JEC Chargers 44-35 in front of a raucous and spirited home crowd in Elizabeth, NJ.

The game was closely contested throughout, with neither team able to establish control until the Falcons’ push in the final 3 minutes of the game. Once again, the defense was key for Flatbush in controlling the tempo of the game. David Dayan was a dominant force in the paint, registering a whopping 11 blocked shots. And, along with Senior Co-captain Mayer Kamkhatchi, the Falcons won the rebounding battle with both big men leading the way with 8 boards each.
The one negative for the Falcons was the shooting percentage from the free throw line, which for the second time this season was below 50% (5-11 as a team). This was surpassed in futility only by the host Chargers, who converted only 6 of their 17 opportunities from the charity stripe.

The biggest bright spot for the Falcons came from Senior Guard Sam Silverman. Silverman turned in the best varsity performance of his career with 12 points (second on the team), 6 rebounds and a team-leading 7 steals! Silverman’s defensive efforts, coupled with reserve point guard Elliott Beyda’s steady play in running the offense (4 assists), kept the Falcons on an even keel all night until the final scoring run spurred by Soffer’s late trey.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Falcon's Nest Notes: Falcons Sweep Doubleheader at DRS

In the first doubleheader of the season, the Flatbush Boys Basketball JV & Varsity teams travelled to Woodmere, Long island and swept the home squads for the varsity’s second win on the year and the first for the JV’s in the 2014-15 campaign.

In the opener, the JV Falcons jumped out to an early double-digit lead they never relinquished, rolling to a 49-25 dominating victory in a rematch of last season’s MYHSAL JV Championship game. Holding the Wildcats to only 2 points the entire first quarter, it was evident from the tip that these Falcons were ready to pick up where they left off last year. Seamlessly incorporating the new freshmen to the group led by the returning sophomores, the Falcons offense looked in mid-season form and the high-octane pressure defense led by Kevin Haddad (4 steals on the night) stymied the home team all over the court, yielding a grand total of 7 points in the entire first half. Flatbush dominated the glass, with Abie Rosow, Jackie Mishaan and Yoel Goldberg gathering a combined 28 rebounds. As a result, the coaches were able to provide the reserves with extensive minutes, gaining significant game experience that will surely serve the team well as the season progresses.

The Varsity, playing its third game of the pre-season, had to work much harder to earn the victory in the nightcap. Like their younger counterparts, the Varsity Falcons jumped out to an early lead. Behind a continuing flow of half-court trapping pressure and solid interior defense, Flatbush maintained a 6-point cushion throughout the first half. But the offense could not establish a consistency and could not extend a bigger lead. Thankfully, tough defense coupled with a number of miscues inside by the Wildcat offense allowed Flatbush to maintain the lead into the fourth quarter.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Cooking For A Cause: Getting Ready for Rosh Hashanah

On Wednesday night, September 17th students had the opportunity to cook for less fortunate families in a Yeshivah of Flatbush program known as "Cooking for a Cause." Each week the students cook something different and the food is donated to a Chesed organization. For the first event of the school year students made food specially for Rosh Hashanah. Students made Swiss chard with chickpeas, leek edgeh, blackeye peas, sweet gourd, sweet tongue bolognese and even Tzimmes. Thank you to master chefs, Ami Sasson, Rochelle Dweck, and Esther Mishan for leading the event and the Fishel family for sponsoring the event. Special thanks to Mrs. Shifra Hanon for coordinating. All participants had an amazing fun Chesed experience!!
Cooking for a Cause allows students to learn how to prepare a variety of entrees, dinners, and desserts while participating in a Chesed event. All of the food prepared in these events are sent to needy families who can then enjoy delicious homemade dinners.

Falcon's Nest Notes: Falcons Athletes to Promote Breast Cancer Awareness Throughout October

Recent research shows that Jewish women “who tested positive for cancer-causing genetic mutations during random screenings have high rates of breast and ovarian cancer even when they have no family history of the disease.” (New York Times, “Study of Jewish Women Shows Link to Cancer Without Family History,” Sept 4, 2014)

While this is not a real surprise, it serves to emphasize the importance and immediacy of advancing the research already in place seeking a cure to this increasingly treatable, but still deadly disease, and its impact on the Jewish community in particular.

To raise awareness of this need, in conjunction with October being recognized throughout the country as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Flatbush Falcons will take to the court and field during the entire month of October in special warm-up jerseys. The black warm-ups will sport the Falcon logo on the front and the trademark cancer research ribbon on the back in the traditional pink, with the notation “Falcons for the cure.”

Additionally, starting October 1, these shirts will be on sale to the entire student population. Pick one up and show the community that Flatbush cares, and hopes to be a part of making cancer a thing of the past. When the teams take to the court clad in these shirts, send a message of community support, filling the stands similarly dressed and making the Falcon’s Nest a sea of black and pink!

Nest Notes:
The special shirts can be purchased in the Flatbush Athletic Office starting October 1 and will continue to be on sale throughout the month. The cost is only $10.00, which covers the cost of production.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Falcon's Nest Notes: Defense Reigns Supreme in Riverdale

Flatbush outscored SAR 24-7 in the second half to notch the Varsity Boys basketball team’s first victory of the 2014-15 season. Balanced scoring, solid rebounding and dominant backcourt pressure keyed the Falcons victory on the road Monday night in Riverdale, NY.

On the heels of an opening season loss that showed only that this team could run a stifling press, there was major concern about where points would come from. For the second time, the offense was slow to start, and it began to look again like the lion’s share of the scoring would come from Bobby Soffer, who tallied all 7 of the team’s 1st quarter points. To compound things, SAR reeled off 13 points to 2 from Flatbush to start the 2nd quarter, building a 20-9 lead that had the Falcons back on their heels and on the verge of getting blown out.

But up stepped the Falcon defense, and rookie point guard Eli Cattan. With Co-Captain Ray Braha and Junior Albert Richter alternating at the top of the team’s “13” defense, the Falcons staunched the flow of the Sting offense, and Cattan caught fire, scoring 8 straight points to end the half and close the gap to only 3, with SAR clinging to a 20-17 lead.

Then, the defense took over. The press began to take its toll on the Sting players. Frustration and fatigue set in, and SAR could generate only 4 points of offense in the 3rd period. David Dayan, seeing his first action of the season, dominated the defensive paint, blocking 3 shots and hauling in 6 rebounds. Allan Maleh and Ray Braha combined for 9 points at the other end, and the Falcons took a 6 point lead entering the final period.

The Falcon defense was even stingier in period four, yielding a total of 3 points behind the interior play of Senior Mayer Kamkhatchi and the tenacity of Junior Elliot Beyda anchoring the press. The offense continued to flow, with Senior Sam Silverman breaking out for 5 points, leading the Falcons as they coasted the rest of the way to the 14-point victory.

Nest Notes:
Eli Cattan led the Flatbush scoring attack with 8 points on the night. Allan Maleh and Bobby Soffer finished with 7 points each. Sam Silverman added 5 in the winning effort. David Dayan led all rebounders with 8. Soffer collected 6 steals. Flatbush was 18-27 from the free throw line, a marked improvement from the opening night effort a week ago.

After the Rosh Hashannah break, the Falcons Varsity will return to action on Thursday, 10/2, in the second game of a JV/V doubleheader at JEC in Elizabeth, NJ with the JV scheduled for a 7:15 pm tip-off. The JV Boys open their 2014-15 campaign on Tuesday, 9/30, at DRS in Cedarhurst, LI. Game time is 7:30 pm.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

EKO Commission Marches to Save the Planet!

A group of students from our EKO Commission together with Rabbi Haber headed for Manhattan on Sunday morning with intentions of making history. The train was crowded but that didn't deter us, the Eko Commission had an agenda worth completion. We disembark the train at 72nd street and Central Park West and we're met with thousands upon thousands of zealous and prideful marchers with one goal, Save Our Planet. The People's Climate March gathered over 300,000 people from all over the world united under the one cause: raise awareness of Earth's changing climate. We saw only a fraction of those marchers, but that was enough to fuel us with excitement for what was to come. People of all ages came to support the cause. We all left that day with a sense of accomplishment. We know we made history and forever serve as the testament that as a people we care dearly about our planet. SAY TREES!!!

Special thanks to Rabbi Haber, Mathew Bukobza, and Noam Menashe for this wonderful experience. ~ Merle Cohen

Monday, September 22, 2014

Sunday Morning Learning: September 5774

This past Sunday, September 21st / 26 Elul was the first Sunday Morning Learning program of the school year. Parents, students and faculty all learned and enjoyed the special morning together. We first prayed shachrit and then went downstairs for a great breakfast. The breakfast included French toast, scrambled eggs, bagels and a variety of salads.
After our delicious breakfast we went back up to the Beit Midrash for the shiur. We were given sources to learn in groups and then had the opportunity to hear elementary school middle division principal, Rabbi Dr. Hertzberg, give a wonderful shiur on the connection of Abe Lincoln, Rosh Hashanah, and slavery. Thank you Mr. Engel for coordinating and sponsoring this event in memory of his beloved father, Aryeh Leib ben Yaakov Altaar, A”H. Hope to see everyone at the next Sunday Morning Learning on November 23, 2014. 
~David Idy