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Friday, March 24, 2017

Book Day 2017

On February 28th, the Yeshivah of Flatbush Juniors and Seniors had the opportunity to participate in our biennial Book Day, a wonderful program centered around world renowned mystery novelist Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None. The event which started at 9am, ended at 3:15pm, and featured three sessions along with opening and closing assemblies was led by Ms. Bloom (and the English Department), Ms, Kurtz, and Mr. Katz.
With the book day workers on the welcoming committee stationed at the lobby, each speaker who entered the building was greeted warmly and given a Book Day bag, which featured the book day shirt created by senior Morris Mamiye.
After delivering the opening remarks, David Klestzick, Flatbush Alum, Mr Rothbort's best friend since childhood, and bureau chief of trials for the Brooklyn DA's office, answered questions from the Phoenix. Klestzick discussed everything from the ethical dilemmas found within the law to the impact his Flatbush education had on him to the way in which his Jewish identify inspired him to seek out the truth and be fair and ethical in every case. Students were also treated to a reenactment of a scene from the book put on by our own drama troupe.
Then students flocked towards their sessions that were led by a multitude of fascinating professionals from an FBI worker, investigative journalist, comic book illustrator, professional hip hop rapper, to even some of Flatbush's very own teachers. After breaking for lunch and then reconvening for an additional two fun, engaging, and intellectually stimulating sessions, students, speakers, and faculty members joined together in the auditorium for the closing assembly.
Ms. Bloom spoke about reading mystery books as a child growing up before introducing an magician illusionist. Then two professor hip hop rappers (whose manger is Mr. Katzs' brother) performed two raps they wrote on the book before introducing two students who had written the best raps in their respective sessions to rap on stage.
The audience went wild and everyone truly seemed to have been enjoying themselves and beaming from the amazing day they had.
~Esther Levy, Class of 2017

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Book Day 2017

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Traveling Troupe Brings Smiles to the Elderly

The Yeshivah of Flatbush Traveling Troupe recently went to a nursing home to cheer up its residents. The traveling troupe is a student run committee that plays music at nursing homes and old age homes. The high school students use their musical talents to do chesed and entertain the residents. It is an amazing feeling, watching the elderly, smile and sing along as you perform for them. I always love watching the elderly's eyes light up as we play a song that they remember listening to when they were young. One of the patients at the nursing home told us that she felt like a teenager again while we were playing those old songs. Performing at these nursing homes is always the highlight of our week and we always look forward to out next trip, where we can make more people smile. ~Michael Goldstein, Class of 2017
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Traveling Troop #3 2-15-17

Shushan Purim Faculty Assembly 2017/5777

On Shushan Purim 5777 the student body was treated to a variety show put on by the Yeshivah of Flatbush Joel Braverman High School faculty. The show, produced by Mr. Hofstetter and Ms. Marcus, started with a skit in which Ms. Marcus playing a student complaining to Ms. Mikhli about her grade. A comedic tribute to Mr. Engel followed, after which several teachers played Simon Says, with Ms. Marcus as Simon. The show finished with a video that featured more than a dozen teachers reading lyrics from popular rap songs (and Mr. Kweller showing off his dance moves, of course). It was a great way to celebrate the spirit of Purim!

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Shushan Purim Faculty Assembly 2017/5777

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Pathfinders Update: Students Learn About The Business Behind Crocheting Necklaces


Recently, Yeshivah of Flatbush students had the opportunity to meet with Rachel Erani (HS '13) who discussed how she started her own fashion business. Rachel introduced her choker company, @chokra_crochet_chokers, which she founded on her own originally as a side job and eventually escalated to become her full-time business. She spoke about how interested people quickly became in her custom made chokers, and how her company especially became known through her comedic posts on social media. She even added that her colleagues in the business school at her university (Rachel attends UPenn) were extremely impressed with the business tactics she used. Lastly, Rachel discussed all of the benefits and challenges of balancing a freelance business while attending a highly academic college. Most importantly, Rachel emphasized that success comes with experience, and that while we may fail at times, we will always prosper as long as we work hard and are passionate about what we are doing. ~Nancy Mizrahi, Pathfinders Assistant 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Spanish III Enjoys Spanish Theater

On March 1st, the students in Sra. Birman and Sra. Ovadia's Spanish III classes attended a very interesting performance at the Spanish Repertory Theater in Manhattan called "La Gringa." It was a beautiful immersion in the language and the culture. After the performance everyone had lunch at Carlos and Gabby's to get a taste of Mexican food. It was a lot of fun! ¡QuĂ© divertido!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Pathfinders Update: Flatbush Students Attend Toy Fair

Yeshivah of Flatbush students had the opportunity to attend the Toy Industry Association's Annual Toy Fair at the Jacob Javitz Center through our Pathfinders Program. Students were able to learn about the toy business in a fun and interesting way.

Walking in to the Javitz Center, I was very confused. All around me I saw toys and games, with price tags and everything, but the people standing by them did not look like ordinary sales people. Eventually I worked up the courage to go and talk to one of the sales people, asking about a laser tag game that I planned on purchasing for my brother's upcoming birthday. He explained to me that their rule is that you had to buy four to get that price, which I was fine with since a laser tag game isn't technically a game with less than four people. He then went on to explain to me the necessity of seeing "lines of credit" and "previous dealings" with other businesses. By the end of our conversation I learned a lot about how retail business works and how it isn't just as simple as giving payment for something that you want. Overall, going to the Toy Fair was a great experience.  ~Moses Bakst, Class of 2018

Friday, March 17, 2017

Freshmen Girl Vision Mapping with Mrs. Alice Chera

There are many things that go into creating a meaningful and satisfying life. Two foundational elements are 1) self-knowledge and 2) goal setting.

This February the Yeshivah of Flatbush Freshmen girls had an opportunity to explore their own unique values, interests, and skill sets along with their professional goals in a two part Vision Mapping series, given by Life and Career coach, Mrs. Alice Chera.
A Vision Map is a collage made from images and phrases cut from magazines which represent everything you want to BE, DO and HAVE in your life. It is a visual reminder of who you are and what’s important to you. Creating a Vision Map serves a dual purpose. It is a tool to unlock hidden talents and potential as well as a fun and creative way to gain clarity, focus and direction for one’s goals.
The girls had a great time presenting their boards to the class and proudly owning their interests and individuality. They also became excited about how they could translate their personal values, skills and assets into a rewarding career or business opportunity.

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Freshman Girl Vision Mapping with Mrs. Alice Chera

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Flatbush Debate 2017

On February 8th, the Yeshivah of Flatbush was host to one of the largest debate competitions in Yeshivah League history. 14 schools from all around the tri-state area came to compete in our annual debate. The evening saw nearly every single classroom in the building home to matches between students engaging in an intellectual debate about whether voting should be made mandatory.

An event with this many moving parts only succeeds with a lot of help. There was the hard work of the Flatbush team that competed so well that night: Ben Wade, Shlomo Husni, Nathan Marcus, Isabel Lin, Marvin Azrak, Yair Aiash, Eli Feldman, and Ricky Esses. In addition, the rest of the Debate team helped with timekeeping and calculating scores, and in addition to training the team, the planning and organizing for the evening was done by the Flatbush debate coach, Shelley Kaplowitz--with the able assistance of one of the captains, Raquel Cohen. (and a logistical hand from Mr. David Galpert)

Since the meet was so large, additional judges were needed and they included Flatbush teachers, parents and alumni who were willing to give up their time to do this. There was pizza for the kids and a dinner for the judges was provided by Chani Guttman and a delicious dessert was donated by the Ladies Auxiliary. And of course, the custodial staff whose hard work made it possible for us to utilize the building in the way we did.

There are multiple debates on the League calendar every year, but Flatbush is always one of the highlights because, as several visiting coaches and students were overheard to say, "Flatbush knows how to do these things right!"

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Cooking for a Cause: February 21, 2017

On February 21st, the Frastai and Bildirici families generously gave us their time as they cooked with a room full of students! The student lounge, was nearly full as pizza was being made for hundreds of needy families at the Cooking for a Cause event.
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 2/21/17

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Robotics Club, Team Hidary, Competes at Dalton FTC qualifier


After countless hours of working, our Robotics club, Team Hidary competed in the Dalton FTC qualifier. They received 3rd Place in the overall qualifier. They were also nominated for 2 awards throughout the matches. The student had both Autonomous and Manual elements integrated into the robot. They won 4/5 matches, against various regional schools. They were widely successful in capturing beacons. Thanks to the support of Issac Cohen, Mrs. Hanon, Jack Hidary, and Mr. Horowitz, for mentoring and supporting the team since day one. We hope to host, a competition at the Yeshivah of Flatbush in May.

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Team Hidary at Dalton FTC qualifier