Friday, January 30, 2015
Labels: Pathfinders Program
Thursday, January 29, 2015
Four teams of students representing Yeshivah of Flatbush recently won high honors in this year's WordWright Challenge, a national competition for high school students requiring close reading and analysis of many different kinds of prose and poetry. Participating with 600 school teams from all across the country, the school's ninth and tenth graders both placed first in the nation in the year’s second meet, held in December. At the same time, the school’s eleventh graders placed fourth in the nation and its twelfth graders placed second in the nation.
Students at the school who won high individual honors in the meet included freshmen Danielle Duchan (who earned a perfect score), Michael Feldman, Claire Lessler, Natanel Ben Shabat, Carolyn Kassin, Sam Tourgeman, Nancy Ades, Joseph Aini, Daliah Ben-Ari, Fortune Manopla, and Jessica Vaysman; Sophomores David Azrak, Joey Berkowitz, and Deborah Coopersmith (all of whom earned perfect scores), Joe Ben-Haim, Jacques Mosseri, Rachel Tbeile, Avraham Tessone, Shlomo Husni, Isaac Farhi, Joshua Salama, and Hannah Waide; juniors Victoria Gindi, Yola Haber, and Dylan Sutton (all of whom earned perfect scores), Gabi Cohen, Allan Bailey, Lily Betesh, and Aida Franco; and seniors Melissa Duchan, Louis Franco, Sarah Levy, and Gabriel Rudy (all of whom earned perfect scores), Nessim Azizo, Jackie Fried, Rashelle Gersh, Asher Lifschitz, Naomi Shapiro and Michael Zalta. More than 60,000 students from across the country participated in the meet. The students were supervised by Ms. Shifra Hanon.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Next we went to an army base that houses over 50 different units, this base served as a training center. We went to the search and rescue unit, where we watched two videos about the unit. We observed a demonstration of a rescue, where we saw the steps the soldiers take in order to save a person's life.
Following this we went to the kotel for a final "goodbye". We prayed Arvit with tears in our eyes and went back to the hotel where we saw a slideshow of all the pictures from this Chesed Mission.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Monday, January 19, 2015
Sunday, January 18, 2015
We started with Pantry Packers, an organization run by Collel Chabad, that packages and delivers food to poverty stricken families in Israel (all with a smile). We were placed into groups and packaged rice for the needy in a high tech facility. We all left after a fun experience feeling good that we were able to be a part of the Pantry Packers mission of packing food for Israel's neediest.
After that, we went to the Israel Children's Museum in Holon to experience "Dialogue in the Dark," which sensitizes people to the challenges of the blind. All I have to say is wow. I always sympathized with the blind, but today I empathized with them. I never realized what their life was like and what a struggle it is for them every day. It was a real eye opener.
Saturday, January 17, 2015
On Saturday night we had the opportunity to thank our brothers and sisters that defend Israel. We visited an army base with Thank Israeli Soldiers. The smiles that the soldiers had on their faces were life changing. There were so amazed that Americans came to say thank you to them. We danced and sang with the soldiers and spoke to them about their army experiences and how they want to spend their time after leaving the army. Rabbi Besser then recited a meaningful tefillah for the soldiers. We gave the soldiers bags of gifts and clothing and they were so grateful and excited. They kept thanking us for the gifts, but we couldn't stop thanking them for serving in the army and protecting Israel. ~Pam Cohen
Friday, January 16, 2015
We all gathered onto the bus and headed to the Michael and Lola Goldstein Emunah Day Care Center. The children come from needy families who need help to support and watch over their children. The center also provides services for parents in order for them to build healthy family lives. We interacted and played with them. We also blew bubbles with them, which the children really enjoyed. They smiled and giggled and lit up the room with happiness. Of course, it was contagious and before you knew it, we all couldn't stop smiling! We ended off the visit with delicious desserts made by the wonderful women that work at the center.
Our next stop was the Machane Yehuda Shuk to buy some Shabbat treats! We headed to the most crowded market in Jerusalem right before Shabbat. We bought candy, fruit, falafel, and pink pickles. We got a taste of what it means to prepare for Shabbat in Israel. We look forward to spending Shabbat in Jerusalem. We miss our family but no worries, Rabbi Besser, Mr. Galpert, and Senora Shterenzer are taking great care of us! We can't wait for Shabbat and the week to come! ~Esther Bildirici
Thursday, January 15, 2015
We then proceeded to Hadassah Hospital where we divided ourselves into 3 different floors to hand out toys and presents to children. We walked into each room introduced ourselves and got to know the children. Many of the parents explained to us what their child was going through and that they were filled with joy that we came to make them happy. Just by seeing their smiles all of us knew that were were doing something great. We left by acknowledging the wonderful care the staff and nurses were providing.
Our third stop was to Shalva, where we met the founder, Kalman, and heard the amazing story of his son, Yosi, who is known as the "Helen Keller of Israel." We then had a dance party and rikkudim with all the children there.
We then visited Caliber 3, a special counter-terrorism training site, there we heard from a mother who lost her soldier-son in Gaza and then were taught self defence skills. With each stop of the day we opened our eyes and hearts and realized the real purpose of why we joined this mission. There is no better feeling than helping and putting smiles on people's faces. We look forward to all the chesed that comes next! ~Bettie Cohen
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
We were all so excited to finally be in Israel for a trip we've been waiting a long time for. We gathered our luggages and headed straight for the kotel to pray Arvit. It was a very meaningful and holy moment for all of us. For some of us it was our first time in Israel, so we were beyond excited. These students kissed the floor by the kotel to express their excitement. One of these students, Junior Victor Zalta, said "just seeing the kotel for the first time was a very spiritual experience." We then checked into the Inbal Hotel and then went to Emek Refaim for dinner. We then went back to the hotel to pack bags of clothing for the soldiers we will visit on Saturday and Sunday night. It was a great start to a trip that I know is going to be great! I am looking forward to the many days of chesed ahead.