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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Matzah Memories

A collection of Passover recollections from Yeshivah of Flatbush students was recently published in The Jewish Week's Fresh Ink for Teens.

By David Azrak

When I say Pesach, what pops into your mind? I think this question is one that elicits a plethora of answers varying from a joyous vacation to a plate- and soup-filled nightmare. Many love the time off and excuse to take a vacation, while others count down to that final day when they can gorge on the box of Entenmann’s donuts sitting in the pantry. For me, the answer falls somewhere in between. When I was young I never understood what Pesach was and grew up dreading the holiday because of the never-ending seders with my family and the fact that I couldn’t eat a simple grilled cheese sandwich. Now I wouldn’t give up the holiday for anything in the world as it harkens back to fond childhood memories.

Perhaps the most memorable were the seders with my Grandma Diane and her husband Louie. My whole family flew out to Florida where my grandma would cook the most elaborate dinner and her husband, Louie, would give a dvar Torah that would perplex and astound us. As I write this I can smell the scents permeating her apartment of her za’tar chicken, kibbeh and lachmagine (please consult your local Syrian cookbook for translation and pronunciation).

When someone asks what pops into my mind when they say Peasch, I respond with the following: Pesach is time to reflect, appreciate, cherish and remember not only the miracles that happened long ago, but the people that always have your back: your family. Chag Sameach.

By David Feintuch

Pesach is an amazing time for the Jewish people. We celebrate our salvation from the land of Egypt. I love celebrating Pesach and the family traditions that we share.

My aunt always hosts the first seder in her Brooklyn home. My aunt makes the best food and uses beautiful fine china. She makes her special chicken soup and charoset. My mom usually bakes dessert.

One special tradition we have (like many families) is we dip our pinky finger into our wine cup when each of the Ten Plagues is read. We do this to show that even though the plagues seem bad they are actually holy for Hashem, just like the wine is holy.

Another custom my family shares is that instead of the classic search for the Afikoman — where the kids only have one chance to find the hidden matzah — we have multiple searches. My family does this out of fairness, so that all of the children have a chance to find the Afikoman. A week later our parents let each child in the family choose one big gift for Passover.

I can always count on Pesach to bring family unity due to the traditions it contains. Pesach expresses the strength of family values, one of the strongest values in Judaism. I can’t wait for Passover this year!

By Michelle Jemal

My favorite holiday of the year has to be Passover because it’s time well spent with my family. The first night of the holiday is spent by my grandparents. My grandma spends days preparing the most amazing food and setting the most beautiful table. Once all the men arrive home from shul, everyone wants to start right away so we can get to the best part of the night: the food.

My grandpa says kiddush and of course my Uncle Joey has to say a dvar Torah while everyone pretends to listen. (Well, at least I do.) We get on with the rest of the seder and all the kids run around while my grandma tries to quiet them down by yelling “shut up” in Arabic. It sounds bad, but we’re used to it.

My family has this custom where they send out the oldest granddaughter from the room with the seder plate to eat the hard-boiled egg. I’m the oldest, so I always get sent out. Why? I honestly don’t know. (I think it has something to do with getting married.)

It’s nice celebrating the holiday in Brooklyn with my family because not many people get a chance to spend so much time with their own families. My Passover seder isn’t that special or different, but to me it is since it’s time well spent with the ones I love.

By Allan Maleh

Last year we spent our Passover in the Bahamas. We had so much fun and the experience was so great, we decided to go back again this year. Many of my cousins are joining us, and I think our seder is going to be really special.

We will all sit around one big table and celebrate together. We love singing the Haggadah and telling the stories of our forefathers. All the little kids act out the stories from the Haggadah, and I’m really looking forward to watching my little brother.

One of my favorite parts of the night is the Afikoman. After a long, satisfying meal we get up to search for the Afikoman and all the kids get excited. They run off from the table and immediately start searching for the matzah. Every father at the table offers a different gift to the lucky finder. After about 10 to 15 minutes the kids come running back to the table, and everyone’s yelling at the lucky one who found the matzah. The parents end up buying presents for all the children so it doesn't really matter anyways.

After a long, inspiring night we finally reach the end of the seder. We can barely breathe because we’re so full and all we want to do is go to sleep. To really make the night special a few relatives, friends and I stay late and read an extra part in the Haggadah called “Chad Gadya.” This extra part is a story about animals who eat each other, one after another after another, and so on. My friends and I really enjoy this part of the night, and it really tops off a beautiful and spiritual evening.

Authors' bio:
David Azrak is a freshman and David Feintuch, Michelle Jemal and Allan Maleh are juniors at the Yeshivah of Flatbush in Brooklyn.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Pesach Packaging 5774

Over the last couple of days, Yeshivah of Flatbush students helped pack over 725 boxes of food for the needy as part of the annual Yeshivah of Flatbush Pesach Packaging campaign. Each box includes grape juice, apple sauce, gefilte fish, chicken, matzah and many other makings of a Passover meal. Students not only packed the boxes, but also delivered them to needy families in the neighborhood. We would like to thank our partners, Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty and Council of Jewish Organizations of Flatbush for their support. Special thanks to Rabbi Besser for organizing this event every year. ~David Idy

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Heritage Trip to Poland 2014/5774: Day 5

I discovered a profound truth about Shabbat in Poland.  Shabbat is not only a day of rest,  but also a day for reflection and contemplation. Many students on the Heritage trip to Poland assembled on Friday night to share their thoughts, feelings and emotions precipitated by their experiences. Everyone had a different meaningful message to share with the group. The group carried these thoughts into an inspiring Shabbat day.
“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it”. This is a famous quote said by George Santanaya printed on the entrance to the Auschwitz 1 museum. However, what I learned from an inspiring speech on Shabbat morning was that, “Those who do not change the future are condemned to repeat the past.” There are museums, memorials, exhibits, books and movies that help us not only remember the past but also sometimes even relive it. But somehow we still find a way to repeat the past. The Beit Hamikdash was destroyed because of sinaat hinam and we’re reminded of this four times a year; nevertheless sinaat hinam is still among us everyday. So the truth is that we can’t just remember, we need to be proactive and change what’s in front us. It’s our job to make a difference for the better with the time we have now.  Only then can we avoid repeating the past.
As the day went on we visited a few synagogues that accentuated the heritage of Jewry in Krakow. We had the opportunity to sit in the רמא’s synagogue that is still in use today. One aspect that was really interesting and taught me the fortitude the Jews had, was the painting of Noah’s arc on the synagogue’s ancient walls. It was there to elucidate that there will be disasters, and those around us will attempt to “flush” us out, but it is our duty to go back into our “arcs”, our shuls, not only for safety but also for the strengthening of our emunah and bitahon in Hashem.`
To culminate this day we visited the famous Labor Camp of Krakow, called Plaszow. This was the Camp in where Oskar Schindler succeeded in saving hundreds of Jews. The movie was based on true events, but there’s no comparison to actually walking through it. And to conclude this experience we entered the House of the Nazi Commandant, Amon Goeth, to recite the Habdalah. All of us holding each other, singing והיא שעמדה  touched me and showed everyone of us that as much as they try to wipe us out, we stand together as nation, unified, to live on and continue the legacy of those who perished. ~Morris Bijou

Falcon's Nest Notes: Boys Soccer Soars, Notch First Win of the Season

After three frustrating contests to open the 2014 campaign, the Flatbush Varsity Boys Soccer team finally put together the complete package and registered their first win of the season, defeating their guests from Ezra Academy, 12-3.

With Head Coach Mark Medetsky severely under the weather, the reins of the club fell to Rookie Assistant Coach David Nachmany. Nachmany, who only two short years ago was in uniform for the Falcons on this same home court, now faced the challenge of marshalling his troops and finding the right mix of players that would mesh offensively and protect the goal defensively. It proved to be a night where the coach pushed all the right buttons, and the players responded from the first touch of the ball.
Rookie Coach David Nachmany surveys the play of the Varsity Boys
From the outset, Flatbush set the tempo on offense. For the first time this season, the players played station-to-station ball, making touch passes and looking to work for good shots (rather than the kick-and-chase feel of the three previous games). Even so, Captain Ovadiah Fteiha started to feel like it might be another tough night as he found multiple scoring opportunities very early on but could not convert. With Ezra now focusing its efforts on denying Fteiha, the opening goal came off a different Falcon foot, that of David Bendayan! With the Ezra defense now needing to share its focus an all of Flatbush’s attackers, the court opened up for Fteiha. With a nifty move in traffic, he finally found the back of the net, lifting the Falcons to a 2-0 lead. Goal number three was again provided by Fteiha, this time off a nice feed from a Joey Aini play-in after an Ezra penalty which he one-timed to a cutting Fetieha; the goalie had no chance.
Abie Sabbagh slips a shot past the Ezra goalie, the first of 3 for Sabbagh
The floodgates were now open! The Falcons would tally two more goals in the opening period, both from attacker Abie Sabbagh. The first came after a feed from Matthew Bukobza that led to a double-tap by the left foot of Sabbagh followed by a touch to the far corner – still off the left foot! The second came off a feed from Goalie Jack Mizrahi who gave Sabbagh a long lead roll-out pass that he sent cleanly home. That goal closed the scoring for the first period and staked the Falcons to a 5-0 lead.
Nir Cohen sends home the penalty shot
The second period brought more of the same. Sabbagh opened the period topping off a natural hat-trick (three goals in a row) off a beautiful give-and-go with Ben-Dayan. Flatbush tallied goal number 7 by player number 7. Having just been inserted in the game, Ilay Fachima took a lead pass from Fteiha on a breakaway that he quickly put past the Ezra goalie. With just under two minutes to play in the period, Ilay’s younger brother, Eldar, drew a penalty when he was fouled while trying to head the ball inside the goalie box. Defender Nir Cohen stepped up and blasted the penalty shot into the net for goal number 8. A mere 20 seconds later, Maor Laham found himself on a breakaway and registered his first career goal as a Falcon for Flatbush’s 9th score of the match. With :51 on the clock, Ezra finally found a hole in the Falcon defense and got on the board, and the half came to a close with Flatbush enjoying a 9-1 cushion.
Ilay Fachima slips a shot from the wing past the outstretched arm of the Ezra goalie
The second half started with a rare kind of score for Flatbush. A mere 1:20 in to the period, the Ezra goalie tried to extend out to shoot on goal, missed, and found himself way out of position. With Ezra’s goalie scrambling to get back in net, Jack Mizrahi let fly with a shot of his own off the save. A roar of “Fizzzzz!” rang out from the Falcon bench as Mizrahi scored his first goal of the season – from Flatbush’s own goal box! At that point, the game got decidedly more physical. Play went back and forth with neither team able to strike. That was until David Cohen found himself alone deep in the Ezra zone. Facing the Flatbush end, Cohen back-tapped the ball with his heel, sneaking it past Ezra’s goalie and into the net! Tempers soon began to flare; a collision between Gaby Kabarriti and an Ezra defender nearly set the two teams against each other, but clearer heads prevailed. Period 3 ended with Flatbush in total control, 11-1.

The teams agreed to play the final period (something not required by league rule when one team holds a 7-point margin after three periods are completed), and Flatbush again had many great scoring opportunities. But, the Falcons just could not convert to complete the scores. With under 6:00 to play, Flatbush was called for a hand ball in their own goal box, an automatic penalty shot for the opposition. Ezra sent the shot home for only their second score of the night. The Falcons got the goal back, though, on a big sweeping turn and kick by Joey Aini to close out the Flatbush scoring. A lapse by the defense allowed Ezra one final tally as the seconds ticked away, to reach a final score of 12-3. But on the day, it was all Flatbush, and it was a game that was just what the doctor ordered.

Nest Notes:
The Boys will look to build on this win when they travel to Ramaz on Sunday, 4/6 @ 2:00 pm for their last game before the Pesach break. After the holiday, they will face this same Ezra team on the road in their first game back on Monday, 4/28 @ 8:00 pm, in Queens.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Heritage Trip to Poland 2014/5774: Day 4

On Friday, we ventured into the final resting place of 1.1 million people, the Auschwitz-Birkenau Death camp. Our guide, Tzvi Shiloni, led the group on a silent march on the exact path that the Jews had to walk on. We started off on the train tracks and kept walking until we stumbled upon an actual cattle car. Next, we walked to an area that contained ruins of huge undressing chambers, gas chambers, and crematoriums. Unlike the Majdanek Concentration camp, the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp was massive and each room could contain 1500+ people. In Majdanek, 600,000 prisoners were brutally murdered, while the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp was the final resting place for twice the amount of people. Next, the group surrounded a small, special pond. In the summer, the water level in the pond still remains constant and the water will never evaporate. This is due to the ashes of hundreds of thousands of prisoners that is still present at the bottom of the pond. We sang a couple of pizmonim and recited Kaddish for the fallen. We then walked over to see the "Canada I" which was a chamber where prisoners would leave all of their possessions. The Nazis would then sift through their possessions and ship all of the expensive items that were found to Germany. What was left until today were inexpensive items such as spoons and forks.
It was so horrifying to imagine an enormous amount of people suffering in each of these chambers. We can only imagine how the prisoners must've died in screams, attempting to hold on to dear life. In reality, Thank G-d, we can't  relate to those that fell during the Holocaust, we can only try to imagine what the final moments of their lives were like.

Being able to view the atrocities that the Nazis brought upon the Jews firsthand, it helps us appreciate the small things that we take for granted on a day to day basis. After experiencing the camps, we are able to appreciate our family, being able to go to the bathroom privately, showering, having hair, having possessions, having 3 meals a day, and having freedom so much more.
Next we went to Auschwitz I, which was turned into a museum. We went on a tour and were shown many artifacts from the Holocaust. We saw old shoes, luggage, and hair that was confiscated by the Nazis when the prisoners arrived at the death camps.

It's ironic how the pristine, grassy fields and tall green trees give the death camps such beautiful appearances, however, the beauty of these places mask the monstrosities that the Nazis brought upon the Jewish people. No matter how many people try to put down the holocaust, it's our duty as Jews to never forget that it happened.
When we visit such upsetting and depressing sites, we subconsciously believe that we should only feel remorseful and maybe even shed a tear. However, in my opinion that isn't the purpose of the trip. Instead of being upset, we should actually rejoice at the fact that we are still here and that the Nazis failed to eradicate us all. We should rejoice that we have large families, rejoice that we live in a country where we aren't persecuted, and rejoice that Hashem puts down all of our enemies. Walking through the concentration camps, we can truly visualize how true the sentence ״והיא שעמדה לאבותינו ולנו שלא אחד בלבד עמד עלינו לכלותינו והקדוש ברוך הוא מצילינו מידם״ is. ~Jeffrey Nussbaum, SGO Vice President

Falcon's Nest Notes: Boys Volleyball Battles North Shore in Season Debut

The longest-practicing team at Flatbush finally got the opportunity to take on an outside opponent Tuesday night in Brooklyn. After months of practicing late on Tuesday nights, the Falcon volleyballers welcomed their first MYHSAL opponent of the season in North Shore. Sporting new poles that allowed the net to reach the required height of 7 feet 11 5/8th inches for boys volleyball competition (something of which the older system fell slightly short), the two teams took their obligatory warm-ups to fine-tune their serving, passing and spiking skills.
Mayer Kamkhatchi looks to spike the ball
Both teams looked a little bit rusty in the early stages, not unexpected in the first contest of the season. For Flatbush, Senior Captain Ikey Somekh looked to have his serve in full gear, dropping in an ace to start things off for the home team. But after taking the early lead, the Falcons gave it right back as North Shore hit two service aces of their own. Really, neither team looked to be able to establish control, with the lead see-sawing back and forth through most of the game. At times, it looked like North Shore would string together a couple of points and get some separation, but Flatbush would scrape right back putting together small runs of their own to close the gap. It was back and forth like this until North Shore, up 17-15, finally went on a real run to push the game to the brink at 24-17. But Flatbush was not done yet. With North Shore serving for the game, the Falcon defense stepped up and scored to wrest control of serve back from the visitors. Then, they proceeded to score two quick points, and North Shore looked concerned. Unfortunately, those two points were all the Falcons could muster, and North Shore closed out the opening set 25-20.
Asher Lifshutz and his Falcon teammates warm up before the opening game of the season
Down 1-0, the Flatbush boys reflected on the tightness of the first set, noting how close they came and pumping each other up in advance of set number 2. And the self-encouragement appeared to work. After dropping back by multiple points early on, the Falcons rallied behind strong net play from Jacob Setton and a steady all-around performance from team Co-Captain Marc Esses. Utilizing the entire roster, Coach Sanders substituted liberally, taking advantage of the excellent back-line play of Asher Lifshutz and countering that with the size and presence of Isaac Mizrahi in blocking and spiking at the net to balance both the Falcon defense and attack. Flatbush battled back and took a lead at 9-8. But, as quickly as they took the lead they ceded it right back to North Shore. And, like the first set, the teams went back and forth until again North Shore strung together a few points to create a 3-point cushion they would not relinquish. The Falcons battled valiantly, but fell short in the decisive set 25-21, losing the match two sets to none.
Marc Esses puts the ball just beyond the reach of a North Shore blocker
The Flatbush Falcons regroup between sets
Though the Flatbush boys fell in the season opener, there was much positive to build on. The Junior hitter Mayer Kamkhatchi showed he may be a force down the road as he becomes more comfortable on the court, while Seniors Moe Chabot and Billy Dayan both gave solid performances in a good team effort that the Falcons will look to build on as the short Spring season plays out.

Friday, April 4, 2014

SGO 2015 Campaign Platforms

SGO 2015 Campaign Platforms

Heritage Trip to Poland 2014/5774: Day 3

Yesterday, after minyan and breakfast, we walked to Zamosc Sephardic Synagogue. Next we drove to Belzec and started walking along the train tracks that led to the death camp there. After walking about 1 kilometer along the tracks, we stopped outside the camp. There we met Rebbetzin Wagner who brought the place to life by sharing her story with us. Rebbetzin Wagner was placed on the train leading to this camp and jumped off the train to save her life. Everybody else on the train was led straight to their deaths in this camp, including her mother. At this point, perhaps the most inspirational part of the trip thus far, we followed Rebbetzin Wagner through the camp along with her daughter and grandchildren. She is a single person, who was supposed to be killed at that site, but has brought over 70 offspring into the world. As we saw the names of those who perished, we all announced our Jewish names and how we got them. I, Yitzhak, am named after my paternal grandfather. As we left the camp and read the names of the Jewish people who fell victim to the camp, the group's mood was matched by grey skies and a light rain. Our next stop was the grave of Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Rymanov which was followed by Minha and rikkudim in a nearby abandoned synagogue in order to bring back the Jewish spirit which once flourished there.
From there we traveled to Zbilatovska Gora. Without knowing what to expect we walked into the forest where we saw a small garden gated off with some toys scattered on the ground. It was at this location that thousands of children were brought and killed ruthlessly. We gathered around the gate and sang a prayer in the form of song. A personal story was shared which strengthened our connection to the place even more. We placed play dough sculptures, which we made before with other toys, on the grave in order to pay tribute to the children at rest there. Throughout the day we sought to appreciate what we received from the generation before us and perhaps more importantly, what we will pass on to the generations to come.  ~Isaac Dayan

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Heritage Trip to Poland 2014/5774: Day 2

Yesterday was another intense yet inspiring day in Poland. We started the day by paying a visit to the gravesite of the Reem and Sefat Emet. These rabbis inspired the Hasidism in Ger and inspired thousands of Jews with their sincere devotion to Hashem.
Next, we visited the Majdanek concentration camps. Standing in the gas chambers where thousands perished, our group experienced a shocked silence. Everything was visible; from the scratches on the wall to the stained blue ceiling from the Zyklon gas, the gas chamber showed with undeniable proof the extent of Nazi depravity and the collapse of human sympathy in Nazi-occupied Poland. However, our group showed the resilience of the Jewish people by singing Niggunim on the site of all the butchery. A final testament that we are still here despite the Nazi’s intentions and we have prevailed. We also visited the famous Yeshiva of Chachmei Lublin, which was another inspiring experience. ~Bob Husni

Falcon's Nest Notes: A “Spring”-Board for the Fall Season

With the weather finally showing signs of warming up, the Spring sports are now in full swing. Nevertheless, a pair of Flatbush Fall athletic programs has taken advantage of the opportunity to get a head start on the Fall 2014 athletic season.
Members of the YoF HS Girls Basketball team surround Head Coach Rozan Mizrahi (center, in Nets hat)
Careful not to interfere with the in-season programs’ practice or game schedules, this past week both Boys and Girls Basketball have gotten together with their respective coaches to start building cohesion amongst the players and coaches in advance of the 2014-15 school year and Fall athletic season.

Boys basketball took to the Elementary School gym for an initial practice session followed later in the week by games against non-league challenger Sinai Academy. With the understanding that participation in these Spring events are no guarantee for anyone of a roster spot for the 2014-15 basketball season, the coaches welcomed non-roster players from the Freshman, Sophomore and Junior classes to join with the present Freshman players at the JV level and the present Sophomores and Juniors at the Varsity level to get a leg up on the competition. The student-athletes spent an afternoon/evening with Head Coach Avi Borenstein as the coach put the returners and the “newbies” through a practice session during which the prospective new players were introduced to the basic Flatbush offensive and defensive sets and the returners refreshed themselves with the same systems.
The 2013-14 Flatbush Falcon JV Boys Basketball team
With just the one practice under their belts, the teams welcomed non-League opponent Sinai Academy to Flatbush for a Spring exhibition JV/Varsity doubleheader challenge at the YoF Elementary School gym. The Freshmen picked up right where they left off at the end of the season. Showing that they have developed trust in each other as a unit and incorporating all that they learned as a team this past season, the future JV leaders hit the ground running and never looked back. Behind 14 points from Kevin Haddad and 11 from Jackie Mishaan, the team lead from start to finish, defeating Sinai 61-29. All nine players saw time on the court - as one would expect - including first-timers Joseph Oved and Yair Aish.
Junior Allan Maleh blocks out at the Cooper Invitational in Memphis, TN earlier this year
Junior Bobby Soffer takes the ball to the hoop as fellow Juniors Allan Maleh and Raymond Braha trail the play (in Memphis, TN)
Equally impressive were the returning and rising Varsity boys. With so many players from this year’s iteration moving on, only five Juniors from the present roster suited up, supported by the addition of the Sophs who played JV and six classmates taking advantage of this early audition for next year’s Varsity roster. Like the Freshmen in the opener, the Varsity group hit the ground running and never looked back. When the final buzzer sounded, the Flatbush boys were on the right side of a 74-34 score. All 15 who suited up logged minutes for the Falcons, including newcomers Marc Cohen, Victor Cohen, Saul Esses, Eddie Farhi, Eli Kattan and Isaac Mizrahi. The boys were paced by Allan Maleh, who showed the form that made him so dangerous as a Sophomore starter on JV two seasons ago in leading all scorers with 17 points. Junior Center Mayer Kamkhatchi dropped in 15 and Junior Point Guard Bobby Soffer keyed the offense and contributed 11 points of his own.
Center court of the Barclays Center, home of the Brooklyn Nets
For their part, Girls Basketball set out to firmly build the bonds of camaraderie that the coaches hope will serve to create a strong foundation of trust and teamwork as the team heads in to next year. To that end, Head Coach Rozan Mizrahi organized a team outing to Barclays Center, home of the hometown NBA franchise Brooklyn Nets. Decked out in Nets jerseys, hats and t-shirts, the girls joined in cheering on Brooklyn’s own alongside a near sell-out crowd as they took on the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Falcon Sophomore Basketball players enjoying the atmosphere of professional basketball in Brooklyn(from l to r): Victoria Gindi, Rose Mishaan and Jennifer Maleh
With seats that afforded a bird’s-eye view of the court, the Flatbush girls had a great view of a team that is playing in support of each other, showing patience with and reliance in each other, qualities they will look to emulate in the approaching season. And, they got to celebrate three of their own as Fatima Sharaby, Sylvia Franco and Sarah Horowitz appeared on the JumboTron over center court, celebrating the game of basketball at the highest level, right here in Brooklyn! Just to top the night off, the Nets brought home the win – what better aspects to try to emulate than teamwork and passion in preparing to challenge for a League championship? In addition to the three who made a splash for the entire arena above center court, the other Falcon basketballers who came out to root on Brooklyn were Merle Cohen, Victoria Gindi, Rose Mishaan, Lauren Berkovitz, Jackie Baum, Judy Blanka, Jennifer Maleh, Samantha Chabot and Margo Kamin. When asked about the opportunity to do something like this as a team, Freshman Sarah Horowitz noted, “I love my teammates. They are some of my best friends!” It is this sentiment that clearly shows the immeasurable value to team dynamics of an evening like this one in Downtown Brooklyn.
Members of the Flatbush girls basketball team celebrate the Nets victory – and team unity!
Look out MYHSAL – the Falcons are getting ready to fly!

Nest Notes:
Special thanks to Adam Metzendorf, Account Manager for the Brooklyn Nets Group Sales Department, for his assistance in planning and securing discounted tickets for this event. His expertise, guidance and hospitality helped insure a most successful outing at Barclays Center