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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Torah To Go Series: Parashat Ha'azinu

Israel Activism

Israel Activism had the privilege of hearing guest speaker, Tali Hanukah from Stand with Us. She spoke about how to respond when faced with political issues regarding Israel. Stand with Us is an organization based on the belief that education is the road to peace. Students were informed that it is a misconception that one cannot be both Pro-Israel and Pro-Palestinian. Pro-Palestinian does not mean anti-Israel, it simply means supporting Palestinian rights. Tali explained that the reason there is conflict over the status of the Jewish State of Israel is because of three main Ds: Delegitimize, Demonize, and Double Standard. The Arab nations do these three things in order to justify violence towards Israel and remove public sympathy. Tali taught the students an effective method to combat allegations made against Israel such as: Israel is an apartheid state, or, the IDF targets Palestinian children. The method is called The ARM method. ARM is the acronym for Address, Reframe, and Message. The tactic works as follows, one validates a portion of what the opposition is saying then turns the accusation to address their message. It is also important to include words such as: peace, future, imagine, dream, children and hope. This was helpful advice to help students confront these types of situations as they venture out into the world.  ~Jamie Baum

Friday, September 21, 2012

Chesed Fair

On September 21, 2012 the Yeshivah of Flatbush hosted its first Chesed Fair. Being right after Rosh Hashanah, it was a perfect time to give students the opportunity to be able to get more involved in the community. Organizations such as SBH, Mitzvah Man, Chai Lifeline, and many others came to inform students about their organizations and to get them more involved. The students visited the fair right after they participated in a Teshuvah assembly. These organizations demonstrated to the students that small acts of kindness can go a long way. ~Rashelle Gersh

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Torah To Go Series: Parashat Vayelech

Freshman Day 2012

On September 12, 2012, freshmen and their senior mentors went to a beautiful park in Staten Island to enjoy Freshmen Day. All the students were able to break out of their inner circles and make new friends. The grade barbecue, along with a powerful Mincha, added to the spirit of the day. The senior mentors made the freshmen feel welcome and made sure that everyone had fun playing games. By the time the freshmen returned from Freshmen Day, unbreakable friendships were made. The day was a great start to an amazing four years in Yeshivah of Flatbush High School.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Senior Participates in StandWithUs Seminar

StandWithUs MZ Teens Internship
Tomer Kornfeld, a senior at the Yeshivah of Flatbush is on the top row, fifth from the left.

During the first week of September, I had the honor of being one of 48 teens nationwide chosen to take part in the first ever StandWithUs MZ Teens Internship seminar. StandWithUs is an organization that teaches people how to advocate for Israel and how to speak up against anti-Zionism. This seminar was held in California and opened up my eyes to many things. For one, it taught me how to deal with anti-Israel sentiment on college campuses and it also showed me how to train other people to deal with that issue. I met kids from over 20 states and it was an incredible feeling. I met teens that came from big Jewish communities and I even met kids who barely had Jews in the town that they lived in. It was amazing to see all these teens come together for one basic reason, especially since we were all from different places, with different societies. But, the greatest feeling, was knowing that I was helping make a difference and that I was helping speak up for Israel. The feeling of helping make change in the world and speaking up for my homeland, is a feeling that in indescribable. Taking part in this seminar was one of the best decisions of my life and I will never regret it! 
By: Tomer Kornfeld 4-T

Monday, September 10, 2012

Pathfinders Update: Summer DNA Project at Biotechnical High School

This past summer, a couple of Flatbush students joined a DNA project at Biotechnical High School in Freehold, New Jersey, as part of our Pathfinders Program.  Bert Chabot reflected on his experience by saying: The Biology summer classes at Biotechnology High School were not lectures that I had to go to; they were classes that I wanted to go to. They were especially beneficial for an ex-AP Biology student who wished to further his knowledge of biology and who hopes to develop advanced lab skills.

Yeshivah of Flatbush Joel Braverman High School Pathfinders Program: 
Beginning in 9th grade, the Pathfinders counselors work with each student to discuss their interests and develop their goals. Students are then given a wide range of opportunities of places where they can volunteer, intern and explore their unique academic pursuits and career ideas. Through the Yeshivah of Flatbush Pathfinders Program, we encourage our students to discover and expand their special talents and abilities and explore career options for the future. Whether a student is actively engaged during the school year or in the summer, we are confident that each Yeshivah of Flatbush student will find a path to success.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Celebrating Rabbi Dr. David Eliach's 90th Birthday!

Last night, September 5th, the Yeshivah of Flatbush celebrated Principal Emeritus Rabbi Dr. David Eliach's 90th Birthday! May Hashem grant him many more years of health and strength, so that he could continue to enrich our lives and our school.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Orientation Day 2012!

Yesterday, September 4, was orientation day at the Yeshivah of Flatbush Joel Braverman High School. At 11am students started coming in through the beautiful new lobby that was rebuilt over the summer vacation. At the door, the freshmen were welcomed by their Senior Mentors who volunteered to take on the responsibility of being a mentor to the freshmen. The mentors, as well as, the Senior Mentor coordinators have been working over the summer to welcome the 9th graders into our school with open arms. The freshmen then proceeded to their homerooms to get their metro cards, schedules, and also to talk with their Senior Mentors. After some ice breaker questions and a tour of the school the freshmen then went to the Beit Midrash where they saw a welcoming video made by Jack Mosseri (Junior) and heard some inspiring remarks. The speakers were Michelle Sabbagh (SGO President), Rabbi Harari, Rabbi Levy, Mrs. Sanders, Mrs. Bacon, Rabbi Beyda, and Mrs. Winkler. Everyone was inspired and gave the freshmen a warm welcome into our Flatbush family. The day was a huge success thanks to the  Senior Mmentors, Jacob Nawlo, Emily Shrem, and of course Mrs. Winkler (Freshmen Grade Advisor). Looking forward to more events throughout the year. Welcome Freshmen to the Flatbush family!  ~Emily Shrem (Senior)

Tuesday, September 4, 2012


Welcome back to Yeshivah of Flatbush Joel Braverman High School!