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Friday, February 26, 2016

Yeshivah of Flatbush Pathfinders Program

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. Beginning in 9th grade, the Yeshivah of Flatbush Pathfinders counselors, under the direction of Ms. Shifra Hanon, 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. 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.

Please check out this video which showcases just a few of our students who have participated in the Yeshivah of Flatbush Pathfinders Program:

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Chamber Choir Performs at Nashir Choral Festival 2016

This past week, the Yeshivah of Flatbush Chamber Choir participated in the seventh annual Nashir Choral Festival hosted by SAR High School. Other yeshiva high schools represented were Golda Och Academy, Abraham Joshua Heschel High School, North Shore High School, Ramaz, and SAR High School. At this unique event, students are encouraged to meet new people, learn new singing techniques, enjoy different genres of music, and above all have fun. Under the direction of Mr. Brian Gelfand, our Chamber Choir performed two wonderful songs before our students had a chance to perform together with all the other schools.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Mock Trial Team Visited the State Supreme Criminal Court and the Federal Courthouse

Last Tuesday, the Yeshivah of Flatbush Mock Trial team accompanied by their coach Mr. Howard Rothbort visited the State Supreme Criminal Court and the Federal Courthouse for the Eastern District in downtown Brooklyn. They were met there by Brooklyn Assistant District Attorney David Klestzick (E.S. '83, H.S. '87) who gave them a brief introduction and accompanied them to criminal pre-trial hearings in the Honorable Judge Murphy's courtroom. Students watched as defendants took pleas and attorneys made arguments regarding evidence. The students watched the proceeding from the juror box and were given an opportunity to ask the judge questions. In addition, later in the day the students sat in as a defendant was being cross-examined by the prosecution in a triple homicide trial. The trip ended as students visited the Federal Courthouse where they will compete later this month in the NYC Mock Trial Tournament.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Flatbush Students Participate in VEI CEO Day

Teddy Beyda, Shlomo Husni, and Morris Mamiye represent Yeshivah of Flatbush at VEI CEO Day
Earlier this year, some of the students in our VEI (Virtual Enterprises International) class took part in a CEO conference in Manhattan. VEI is a program in which high school students across the nation each own a virtual company and interact with each other in a virtual economy. The Flatbush students attending the conference were the the executives of T corporation, the Yeshivah of Flatbush company for VEI. Employees at companies such as AIG and IBM spoke to the students about risk management, the insurance industry, and technological advancements throughout the workplace. The CEOs of every company were asked to deliver a 30 second pitch of their company, and were also asked to analyze possible liabilities within their companies. Overall, the CEO day was an extremely educational and engaging program. ~Shlomo Husni, Class of 2017

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Flatbush Students Visit Bloomberg Tower

During Winter Break, three Yeshivah of Flatbush students had the opportunity to visit Bloomberg Tower, the headquarters of Bloomberg L.P., in Manhattan. Alumnus and Parent, Jack Beyda, arranged the visit, which included taking a tour of the different trading terminals as well as informal meetings with different Bloomberg employees. The students gained insight into the various industries that take place within the building and gained a first hand look into what really happens on day to day basis. 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Flatbush Students Take Journey To The Start Up Nation

Flatbush Students with COO and CoFounder of Glide
During Winter Break, three Yeshivah of Flatbush students traveled to Israel to visit and collaborate with the amazing startups that are growing there daily with the Center for Initiatives in Jewish Education. Along with other yeshiva students from America, our students traveled throughout Israel to work with and learn what makes Israel the hottest country for technological innovation.

After a long 11 hour flight, we finally stepped onto the holy land of Israel. Immediately we started our journey to the Start Up Nation with the War of Independence Bullet Factory. Throughout the 10 day trip we delved into the history of engineering and how to create a start up company. We learned how to pitch an idea and take care of all the business aspects that is required. We also got to see interesting start up companies and accelerators. Our group learned how to truly succeed in the cut throat field of engineering. We also expereinced fun activities like jeep riding up the Carmel Mountain and watching an Israeli basketball game. It was a truly amazing experience.
~Isaac Levi, Class of 2017

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Real Estate Club Hosts Alumnus Professor Eric Stern

On Monday, January 18th, Yeshivah of Flatbush held its first ever Real Estate Club meeting. With the Real Estate businesses booming and being one of the most profitable business in America, Yeshivah of Flatbush realized the importance of developing future real estate minds. Realizing this, President of the Club, Joeseph Cayre, brought in a special speaker to educate the Flatbush students, alumnus Professor Eric Stern (HS '00). Eric is the Managing Director and Co-Founder of Stern Properties, with Eric’s specialty being the Multi-Family and Mixed-Use sectors of real estate. He is also a professor at the Schack Institute of Real Estate at New York University.

Professor Stern came in to help build the foundation and teach the fundamentals of real estate to students who are interested in learning more about the real estate field. Professor Stern taught us about the reason behind land appreciation and how economical trends greatly impact the Real Estate market. We discussed key terms in the business like: Basis, Gross, Net Operating Income, Cash Flow, Gentrification, and Cap Rates. After gaining a basic understanding of the field we are excited for the future of the Real Estate Club, and furthermore the business of Real Estate. 
~Marvin E. Azrak, Class of 2017

Chesed Mission 2016/5776

Monday, February 8, 2016

Abie Rosow Wins Gold at Maccabi Games in Chile

Earlier this year, I was fortunate enough to be selected to represent the USA in the Pan-American Maccabi games on the 16U men’s basketball team. My experience in Santiago, Chile at the games was second to none. It was amazing how, through sports, the Maccabi organization brought Jews together from all over the world for this one event.

This trip wasn’t only about sports. I met so many new people and learned new things about them and their cultures. One of the highlights of my trip was the opening ceremony. At the opening ceremony, each country was introduced to a huge stadium with tons of cheering fans. In conclusion, everybody sang the Israeli national anthem.

One part of the trip that really stood out to me was when we did our chesed project. Although the area where we stayed was rather wealthy, we visited a poor area where some Jewish families lived. It was humbling to see how these people lived, in makeshift huts, and stray sick dogs running around - it was very sad. I appreciated my time there, being able to talk to some of the kids and make them feel good. It made me take a step back and realize and be thankful for what I have here at home in New York. On the basketball court, our team went undefeated and ultimately won the gold medal. I really enjoyed bonding with my teammates from all over the country on and off the court. This trip was an amazing experience, and something that I will never forget!
~Abie Rosow, Class of 2017