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Friday, January 20, 2017

Chesed Mission 2017/5777: Day 3

Today, we went to Ammunition Hill/Givat Hatachmoshet and met reservists who told us about their position in the IDF. Steve Garr, a first responder in the anti terrorist unit told us an inspiring story about the daily lifestyle of this type of soldier. After that, we watched a short film about the recapturing of Jerusalem during the Six Day War. 
Following this, we went to Machane Yehudah Market and experienced a typical Friday atmosphere. We walked through the shuk buying candy and eating falafel. It was an incredible and unforgettable experience! Then we were taken back to the hotel to get ready for Shabbat. We can't wait for Shabbat and the week to come! Shabbat Shalom! ~Lydia Cohen, Class of 2018

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Chesed Mission 2017/5777: Day 3

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Chesed Mission 2017/5777: Day 2

This morning we started our first full day of chesed. Our first stop was to Ilanot School for Special Education. This school focuses specifically on helping students with Cerebral Palsy and other disabilities. We gathered as an audience to listen to their special choir, led by Cheryl Leiberman (HS '04) who made aliyah and is the choir director. The students showcased songs that the choir has been practicing for months.
Our next stop was to Haddasah Medical Center where we visited sick children, gave them presents and fulfilled the mitzvah of bikor cholim. Each patient was given a present, reciprocating the gift with large smiles and hugs from the children in the hospital.
Then, we visited Mount Herzl, which is Israel's national cemetery site and learned about many soldiers who died to protect Israel. It was very inspiring to hear each of their stories. There, we were able to fulfill the mitzvah of chesed shel emet.
Next, we went to the Shalva National Children's Center, which provides high quality care for individuals with disabilities, empowering their families and promoting social inclusion. This organization is focused on caring for and nurturing children with special needs, also helping alleviate pressure from parents of these children and provide them with an opportunity to care for their homes without worrying about the wellbeing of their children. We learned about Shalva's new facilities and all of the programs that Shalva is now able to run in its new home. We also had the opportunity to dance and interact with the children. Shalva was such a great experience because when we put smiles on their faces it made all of us even happier.
Our last stop for the night was to hear from and interact with injured Israeli soldiers, though an organization called Tikvot. Tikvot aims to rehabilitate injured soldiers and help them lead productive and proactive lives. We heard from soldiers about their personal experience when and how they were wounded. This organization gives hope to the injured soldiers through therapeutic rehabilitation. We experienced one of these therapeutic methods by rock-climbing with the soldiers.  ~Gabrielle Sharaby, 2018

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Chesed Mission 2017/5777: Day 2

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Chesed Mission 2017/5777: Day 1

On Tuesday night, we all arrived at JFK airport ready and excited for the 15th annual Chesed Mission to Israel. A group of 56 students and 5 faculty members, led by Rabbi Naftali Besser and Mrs. Susan Franco, decided to spend their winter break in Israel visiting the sick, meeting with soldiers, volunteering in soup kitchens, interacting with special children, and so much more. After 11 and a half hours, we arrived at the Ben-Gurion Airport located in Tel-Aviv. When we got off the plane, we went straight to the Kotel to pray Arbit. It was so moving to pray by the Kotel as soon as we arrived in Israel. After we prayed, we took a group picture and headed to the Inbal hotel. We unpacked, settled in, and spent time with friends before walking to Emek Refaim for dinner.
After dinner we all went back to the hotel and packed bags of hats, long johns, socks, scarves and other items for soldiers that we will deliver to them in the next few days. We are all super excited to see what the full week of chesed has in store for us! ~Ronnie Menashe, Class of 2018

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The Phoenix 2016-2017 Issue 4

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Students Learn About The Consulting Industry from Flatbush Alumni

On Friday, December 30th, alumni Abe Sutton and Aaron Senior spoke about their experiences in the consulting industry with Yeshivah of Flatbush juniors and seniors. After giving an introduction to the profession and detailing some of their past work, Abe and Aaron answered student questions on a range of topics including why they decided to go into consulting and how to break into the industry.

Bio: Aaron Senior, a YOFHS grad (2011) is a business analyst at McKinsey & Company, serving clients in state and federal governments on strategy redesign and operations optimization. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2016 with a BA in history and political science. At Penn, he served as the chair of the orthodox community and the head of an education non-profit. He also spent a gap year in Israel at Yeshivat Har Etzion (Gush) after high school.

Bio: Abe Sutton, a YOFHS grad (2010) is a senior business analyst at McKinsey & Company, serving clients in the healthcare and public sector spaces on strategy, financial and organizational issues. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2014 with a BA in political science and a BS in management and healthcare management and policy. At Penn, he served as Student Body President and founded the sephardic prayer group.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Students Learn About "The Old Ball Game: New York Baseball from 1887-1977"

Earlier this semester, students visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art to see the exhibit "The Old Ball Game: New York Baseball from 1887-1977. They learned that New York has been the site of some of baseball's most significant milestones since the mid-19th century, when the New York Knickerbockers was the first team to apply rules that still govern the sport today. It was here that Babe Ruth set multiple single-season home-run records as a Bronx Bomber and Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball when he started for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. This exhibition features baseball cards dating from 1887—when the Dodgers were called the Bridegrooms, the Giants were known as the Gothams, and the Yankees didn't yet exist—to 1977, when the Mets had replaced the Dodgers and Giants as New York's primary National League team. What an amazing day!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Tzedakah Commission Chanukah Extravaganza Boutique Show

The Yeshivah of Flatbush Tzedakah commission held its first ever Channukah Extravaganza Boutique Show and Chinese Auction! Taking place in our very own building, with people coming and going the day was constantly buzzing. From popcorn to pizza, and jewelry to clothes the day was a success. Thank you to all the vendors who participated and Rabbi Besser, who gave a class. We were able to raise money for the Yeshivah of Flatbush Chesed Mission and Chesed 24/7, two amazing causes. Tizku le mitzvot!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Pathfinders Update: Students Attend NY Jets Sports Business Day

Earlier this year a group of Yeshivah of Flatbush students, chaperoned by Ms. Doris Anteby from our Pathfinders Program, attended The 2nd Annual NY Jets Sports Business Day. The day was about meeting different professionals that work in a sports franchise and getting a behinds the scene look at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

The students had the opportunity to hear presentations from several Jets business executives during their interactive tour, including the marketing, sales, partnerships, finance, hospitality, and customer service departments. Each presenter spoke about their personal path that lead them to the Jets family. They spoke about their college majors and the jobs that lead them to work in the sports field. They each outlined what their daily tasks and goals are working in their specific field for the Jets. The day was a great look at the many opportunities there are in the sports business arena and how it all comes together each week when the team plays.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Hebrew Play 5777: Fiddler on the Roof

The Yeshivah of Flatbush stage has been bustling with activity for the last few months as the cast of Fiddler on the Roof has worked to recreate Anatevka right in their own auditorium. From Tevye's skillfully decorated home, to the town's fully stocked tavern, to the costumes that are straight out of Russia in the early 1900s, the cast and crew of over 40 students has been working round the clock to get every Anatevka "tradition" just perfect.
Under the direction of Ms. Sally Shatzkes and in collaboration with Set Designer Ms. Rebecca Grazi-Siev and Costume Designer Ms. Rachel Hasson (mom to Hannah and Aida), the students have captured this time in Jewish history through their stellar acting and beautiful singing...and they do it all in HEBREW! Thank you to Mr. Brian Gelhand, choir director, and Mr.. Joel Hessel, orchestra director, for their help as well.
The annual Jason Botnick Memorial Hebrew Play is a time honored tradition at Flatbush. And while it is a blast for the audience to watch each year, it is an even more incredible experience for the students who participate in the show. This year the students gained a deeper understanding of the historical context in which Fiddler happens and a greater appreciation for the freedom we have as Jews today. Furthermore, as they do each year, the students in the Hebrew Play learned the critical values of teamwork, responsibility, and commitment to an ensemble project in which each students success relied on the others' dedication.


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Hebrew Play 2016/5777: Fiddler on the Roof

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Cooking For A Cause: December 21, 2016

At our last Cooking For A Cause event, Chef Rachel Linzer, mother of Eddie and Chef Jennifer Cohen, mother of David came to Yeshivah of Flatbush on December 21st to prepare food for the Sephardic Bikur Holim freezer. With their hard work and the help of many students, they were able to prepare meals for over 50 families!
Cooking for a Cause gives students the opportunity 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.

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Cooking for a Cause December 21, 2016