Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Students at the school who achieved outstanding results in the meet included freshman Leah Linfield and Dylan Sutton, who were both among the ten ninth graders in the entire country who earned perfect scores, and seniors Jacob Lazaros and Rickie Zeitoune, who were among the 15 twelfth graders nationwide to do the same. Freshman Sylvia Franco, sophmores Eddie Farhi and Louis Franco, junior Michael Srour , and seniors Shelley Raizin, Michelle Sabbagh, and Izzy Shamah all earned near-perfect scores, while freshman Caryn Darmon, Rachel Nussbaum, and Alex Volchek all earned honorable mention. More than 58,000 students from across the country (and from three foreign nations) participated in the meet. The students were supervised by Shifra Hanon.
The premise behind the WordWright Challenge is that attentive reading and sensitivity to language are among the most important skills students acquire in school. The texts students must analyze for the challenge can range from short fiction by Eudora Welty or John Steinbeck to poetry as old as Shakespeare’s or as recent as Margaret Atwood’s, and to essays as classic as E. B. White's and as current as a Time opinion piece by James Poniewozik. Though the texts vary widely in voice, subject, tone, and length, they have one thing in common: style. All use language skillfully to convey layers and shades of meaning not always apparent to students on a first or casual reading. Like the questions on the verbal SAT I, the SAT II in English Literature, and the Advanced Placements exams in both English language and English literature, the questions posed by the WordWright Challenge ask students both to recognize the emotional and/or rational logic of a piece of writing and to notice the ways in which a writer’s style shapes and shades his meaning. Because the WordWright Challenge is a classroom activity and not a college-entrance exam, however, it can be a learning experience not just a high hurdle. After completing a Challenge, classes are encouraged to talk about the texts and the answers to the multiple-choice questions, and are also given additional topics for open-ended discussion and/or written response.
The texts for the third WordWright meet this year were a poem by Robert Frost for 9th and 10thgraders and a prize-winning essay by Daniel Orozco for 11th and 12th graders. The students will participate in one more WordWright meet during the coming months, the medals and certificates will be awarded in June to those who have achieved and/or progressed the most in the course of the year. ~Solly Dahan
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Green Team Dvar Torah/ Mascot Video:
Blue Team Dvar Torah/ Mascot Video:
Blue Team Dvar Torah/ Mascot Video:
Monday, March 18, 2013
|Flatbush Model United Nations Team At YUNMUN|
Although Yeshivah of Flatbush has always had a Senior play, Hebrew play, Yachad play, and Yom Hashoah performance. This year we added a wonderful addition to enhance the theatrical creativity called Drama Troupe. This group would perform for the student and faculty, five plays throughout the year in order to enhance the Yeshivah as a whole and instill the classic ideology of the, "renaissance man;" not only excelling in maths and sciences but also participating in creative ways and enhancing the entire Flatbush body as a whole. Recently two plays were performed over six times for each grade! The impacts were unimaginable and the feeling of accomplishment by the actors couldn't be put in words. Being a part of such a show and knowing that you had an impact on all of those who watched you really brings to life the feeling of how you can impact your surroundings. After the show when you're standing on the stage and everyone is clapping, you're not only proud of yourself but proud of your friends and the realization that you're part of something greater than yourself. I, as an actress and a vital part of the Drama Troupe, can continue my high school career knowing that I impacted my school and left my mark in a positive way, benefitting my school: Yeshivah of Flatbush.
~Aliza Kantarowitz 3-HN
Red Team Dvar Torah/ Mascot Video: Yellow Team Dvar Torah/ Mascot Video:
Friday, March 15, 2013
Desktop to tablet.
Feather quill to stylus.
Chariot to subway.
Postcard to FaceTime.
Discrimination to equality.
Our world is constantly advancing. And yet, the most important advancement of all is one that is often overlooked: the progress of our own selves.
We are not simply bystanders in a world of growth and change; we have a responsibility to be a part of this progress. It is our obligation and our privilege to improve ourselves, to constantly strive to be just a little bit better than we were yesterday.
After all, how can we know what our best is if we stop trying? If we give up on ourselves, how will we ever know how much we can truly accomplish?
Focusing on improving ourselves is the only way to maximize our own potential and our own impact. Therefore, Judaism not only places great importance on this concept, but it also provides a framework through which we should attempt to achieve our own self-growth. This framework is based upon an important concept that is established by the pasuk, "כי האדם עץ השדה.” Man grows through the same process as the tree, starting out as a small, almost inconsequential seed and growing gradually into an incredible force of nature.
Growth does not happen in an instant. As they grow, trees use the seasons as their landmarks of time and of progress, and as human beings, so do we. Our Jewish tradition provides us with important guideposts: the holidays. These markings of time lead us on our path of improvement and guide our development through every step.
We broke out Color War 2013 with a special "Aliyah Assembly" and this video:
After the program, the Hazamir Israel choir ate lunch with the Flatbush choir in the Beit Midrash. The room was filled with laughter, Hebrew, English and singing. We all bonded on the fact that we love to sing, exemplified by the impromptu singing which happened for the first half hour. Then we all joined around the piano in a big circle singing and harmonizing, as each group took turns back and forth leading in the singing. The lunch finished, with goodbyes, hugging, laughing and “Friend me on Facebook, we have to keep in touch!”
From the moment the kumzitz started you could feel the Achdut of Am Yisrael, strangers became our brothers and sisters as we sang “Acheinu Kol Beit Yisrael!” by Rachel Levit
Thursday, March 14, 2013
בשבוע האחרון של חודש אדר קיימנו את ״שבוע העברית״, בו אנו מדגישים בקרב תלמידינו את חשיבות הדיבור והכתיבה בעברית.
ההודעות ברמקול נעשו בעברית; המנהל, הרב לוי, דיבר בעברית אל כל התלמידים; כמה מן המורים הכלליים (מתמטיקה, ביולוגיה, היסטוריה כללית, התעמלות ועוד) לימדו חלק מן השעורים בעברית, וכמובן שהדגשנו את הדיבור בעברית בלימודי הקודש (מה שמשתדלים לעשות במשך כל השנה).
כל תלמידי כתות ט-י״א הכינו תצוגות (projects) בעברית, הכוללות תמונות מרהיבות:
* תלמידי כתות ט׳ יצרו תצוגות, שעסקו באנשים חשובים או אנשים מפורסמים בישראל בעבר ובהווה.
* תלמידי כתות י׳ הכינו תצוגות על מקומות בישראל.
* התצוגות של תלמידי כתות י״א היו סביב הנושא ״איך עושים״. תלמידים כתבו על מעשי חסד או על תפילה בכוונה. אחרים הסבירו איך להכין אוכל בריא או מאכלים ישראלים ואתניים (חומוס, פלאפל, סמבוסק, ועוד) או עוגות וגלידות. אחרים כתבו על ״איך לרדת במשקל״.
״שבוע העברית״ הוא מסורת בבית-ספרנו. את התכנית יוזם ומרכז מר רפאלי, בעזרת המחלקה לעברית בראשותה של הגברת ציפורה הלפר ומורים ותלמידים רבים.
“All the world’s a stage,” William Shakespeare wrote in his comedy As You Like It, and several Flatbush classes recently got to see firsthand what he meant. Seniors, juniors, and select sophomores were treated to a production of the play at the New Victory Theater in Manhattan on Thursday, February 28, and Wednesday, March 5.
In the days before the trip, actors from the theater visited classes at Flatbush to run fun, interactive workshops about the play. It was the first trip to the theater for some students, but for everyone it was a chance to see Shakespeare’s writing come off the pages of their books and spring to life on stage. After the play most of the conversation was about the interesting forest creatures that helped transition from scene to scene.
The play focuses on a heroine, Rosalind, who escapes an evil Duke by disguising herself as a man and hiding out in the forest. There she runs into her love, Orlando, who himself is hiding out from the Duke and from his own brother. The play ends with Rosalind and Orlando getting married, along with three other couples that meet up along the way.
This year, YOFMC, an extracurricular “team” all had the chance to travel to the five towns and compete in Model Congress programs overwhelmingly populated by private school teams. The hours, days, weeks, and months of dedication it takes to get to that point all add up to "The Model Congress Experience."
For over 10 years, YOFMC has been largely led by its student captains. The 2013 YOFMC presidents are Senior Captain, Ariel Aiash and Junior Captain, Charles Chakkalo. This was an amazing group, they were competitive, competent, and cohesive-excellent leaders. They carry on a legacy of excellence established by past leaders who've mentored them.
This year, over half of the YOFMC Team received awards. Honorable Mention Awards going to: Andrew Hersh 3HR and Shterney Isseroff 4T. Best Delegates went to both the Senior and Junior captains, Ariel Aiash and Charles Chakkalo. The overwhelming success of the YOFMC took place under the leadership of our coach Mr. Brian Katz.
Through the YOFMC students learn about America's system of government, while also experiencing the culture of top-notch Yeshivas and developing confidence, public speaking talents, and other skills.
~Charles Chakkalo, Junior Captain
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
|Mr. Jack Bassoul with Sephardic History Students|
Over the last few weeks, seniors in The Sephardic History elective class were privileged to hear from visiting guest lecturers on a variety of topics related to the history of Syrian Jewry.
- Rabbi Dr. Abadie of the Edmond Safra synagogue led us on a whirlwind tour of the history of Syrian Jewry from its origins to the current day. He included a fascinating discussion of names and what they tell us about the origin of families in the 'SY' community as well as a discussion of some of the unique customs in the community.
- Professor, Rabbi Dr. Ricky Hidary lectured on 'the history and mystery of the Aleppo codex.' In a dynamic and fast-moving powerpoint presentation, Professor Hidary demonstrated why the Codex is so important and discussed the enduring mystery behind the missing pages of the Codex.
- Mr. Jack Bassoul, a member of Bnei Yitzchak who immigrated from Syria in 1992, shared his personal story with us and vividly described Jewish life in Aleppo under the brutal Assad regime. He talked about his schooling, religious life, persecutions, and interactions with non-Jewish neighbors.
- Mr. Victor Esses will join us for a musical presentation. He will play traditional Sephardic instruments and discuss the middle eastern sephardic musical tradition.
- Rabbi Nissim Elnakeb will lead a discussion on Ladino and a demonstration of Ladino music and classical Sephardic musical traditions
|Rabbi Dr. Ricky Hidary introducing the Aleppo Codex to Students|
Students enjoyed handling ancient coins and Roman weaponry, trying on magnificent jewelry worn by Egyptian queens, and demonstrating their strength (or lack thereof!) in a contest involving a large stone used in ancient battles. Some of the outstanding artifacts we saw included the world's oldest menorah and a Samaritan tablet with the Ten Commandments inscribed on it.
The visit to the museum really made ancient Jewish history come alive in a way that no textbook can. It also demonstrated the significance of archaeology in helping us better understand the ancient world.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Last Thursday night, 40 seniors to a trip to a Devils hockey game as part of a Senior Night-Trip organized by Senior Council. Even though the Devils lost, everyone had a great time and enjoyed the game. It was a great night to spend time with and bond with classmates from the senior grade.
Monday, March 11, 2013
Last week students took part in the first meeting of a new program called Partners in Reading. The high school librarians, Rachail Kurtz and Brian Katz, together with Lynne Grant, elementary school librarian organized a high school and middle school book club, where 11 high school students led lively and interactive book talks with over 30 middle schoolers on the book, The Wednesday Wars. After each member of the group introduced him/herself over a pizza lunch, they settled into smaller groups to begin dynamic literary discussions. The students explored the themes and historical perspective of the book with their high school mentors. Everyone enthusiastically agreed to return for a second book talk in April.
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Friday, March 8, 2013
It started on Thursday, when alumna Debbie Nehmad spoke to us. Her speech taught us to not judge people and their pasts. We watched a couple of videos on bullying and got to know our advisors. We had a great session to discuss the challenges involving peer pressure and then went home to get ready for the next day.
Friday morning, we got on the buses and went to the Berkeley hotel. We went upstairs, put our stuff in our rooms and went downstairs and had a moving program about disabilities. After lunch and rikkudim we took part in an inspirational program in memory of Jherin Gorcey A"H. We learned that one person could make a huge difference for others and that we must try our best to be the best we could be. Before shabbat we dance and sang during Pre-Shabbat Ruach. The entire Shabbat we all felt very close to Hashem and took part in sessions about family, friendship, and more. Shabbat ended with an amazing Havdallah, one that I have never experienced before. Saturday night we had a lot of fun with Class Wars and rikudim. We ended the night with a touching program and a kumzitz.
Unity. Defined as the state of being one. I thought I understood the meaning of unity before this seminar. I was very wrong. The weekend felt like everyone was so close to each other and Hashem. I fully understood why people love seminar and I can't wait until next year! Only 11 months to go! ~Pam Cohen
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
This year's fourth edition of The Phoenix, the school's online newspaper, was recently published. Check out these amazing articles:
Labels: The Phoenix Online
Monday, March 4, 2013
Friday, March 1, 2013
That is exactly why I, on behalf of the Israel Activism Commission, decided to bring the Israeli Soldiers’ Stories to our Yeshivah. I wanted to make sure that our student body heard actual stories from these former IDF soldiers. This way they know that the IDF does all they can to make sure civilians don’t get injured. After all, there is a very simple reason why the IDF is known as the “Israel Defense Forces”, because they are never an offensive army, they only do what is necessary to defend their citizens. I’d like to thank StandWithUs for offering our Yeshivah this amazing opportunity, I’d like to thank the Yeshivah of Flatbush for letting us host these speakers and most of all, I’d like to thank the two Israeli soldiers, Yishai and Sharon! ~~Tomer Kornfeld, 4-T