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Monday, October 16, 2017

Falcon Rides High, Represents Flatbush in Regional Surfing Championships


Sophomore, Joe Tawil, on left
When you think of athletic teams for city schools, surfing is not among the first sports that comes to mind. But for one Yeshivah of Flatbush Joel Braverman High School student-athlete, that is right where he feels most at home. So, when the Northeast Regional Surfing Championships were announced and slated for the nearby New Jersey shore, he reached out for the opportunity, took to the waves on Sunday, 10/15, just off the beach at the North End Pavilion of Spring Lake, NJ – and did not disappoint.

Sophomore Joe Tawil has been surfing for much of his life, spending many hours riding the waves on the shores close to Deal, NJ as well as at nearby Rockaway Beach, not far from his home in Brooklyn. When he learned that there are competitions for high school students, he was eager to test himself against some of the area’s best.
The National Scholastic Surfing Association (NSSA) is the highest profile amateur competitive surfing association in the United States. The NSSA promotes the qualities of discipline and competitive excellence while supporting the merits of academic achievement to young surfers. The Northeast Region pooled student-athletes from a variety of schools in the New York/New Jersey area, ranging from public to prep to parochial schools (Flatbush would be considered part of the latter group).

Tawil opened the day surfing in men’s heat number 23 (out of 28). Each heat consisted of 6 surfers from different schools, with each one providing its group of surfers 15 minutes to catch as many waves as possible in an effort to show their skills to the judges. After waiting what seemed like an eternity, Tawil, in his orange competition jersey over his wetsuit, paddled out with his competitors from schools such as Shore Regional, Rumson-Fair Haven, Holy Spirit, Morristown-Beard and Wall Township to catch his first wave. By the end of the heat, Tawil had impressed the judges, advancing to the next round!
Tawil continued to shine, moving out of the second round and qualifying for the third. At that point, he ended his day, having left his mark on the competition. “It was an amazing experience,” reflected Tawil after the competition was over. It could have been an intimidating atmosphere, what with the majority of the other schools being represented by a large number of surfers, with lots of supporters and team tents on hand. But Tawil was able to block out the distractions and just compete. “For me, surfing has always been about finding a zone of peace and serenity, finding solace on the water. This was different in that there was pressure to perform for others’ view. But, I liked it; I am happy with how I surfed and am looking forward to my next chance to compete.”

It was also great to hear the name of the school – “Yeshivah of Flatbush” – ring out across the beachhead as Tawil advanced in the competition. How about that?!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Teshuvah Assembly 5778

On the Thursday before Yom Kippur, Rabbi Benzion Klatzko addressed the Yeshivah of Flatbush Joel Braverman High School student body and faculty for our annual Teshuvah Assembly. Rabbi Klatzko arranges over 300 Shabbat meals a week for people who need it. He also created a website, Shabbat.com, which connects over 10,000 Jews over 144 countries He also discussed how we have to prioritize our responsibilities- as a student, teacher, father, mother, son, daughter, Jew, athlete, musician, writer, etc. and know which "hat" sits on top. As a result of his talk, I'm going to try and pay more attention to who I am, and what I can do for everyone else around me, while also looking after myself. One thing he said caught my attention the most: "each one of you could have a kid that would say 'because my parent is brave and strong, it made an impact on everyone and everyone is a better person because of my parent." We have to realize what we say and what we do, and appreciate everything around us. In order to do that, we must know who we are. I'm thankful for the message that Rabbi Klatzko left us, because now I feel I will be more observant of what I do and how I act around others.
~Ronnie Menashe, Class of 2018

Monday, October 2, 2017

The Israel Institute Newsletter Volume 1: Issue 1

A new initiative at Yeshivah of Flatbush Joel Braverman High School called the Israel Institute, headed by Mr. Rothbort, streamlines all of our school’s Israel-related programs under one umbrella. The Israel Institute includes the Israel Activism commission, Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut programming, AIPAC lobbying, and Israel guidance. The idea is for these clubs and events to become more open to our student body and to the community as a whole. Mr. Rothbort said his goal is to promote the Yeshivah’s and community’s modern Orthodox Zionistic values.

Israel Institute Newsletter will be published 4 times a year and contain a section highlighting a historical event relating to Israel, a recommended reading section and political cartoon. Page 2 will include a map of Israel and will highlight 4 -5 news story impacting Israeli society.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Class of 2018 Visit National 9/11 Memorial and Museum

This week the Yeshivah of Flatbush Joel Braverman High School senior class of 2018 took an inspiring trip to the city to visit the National  9/11 Memorial and Museum where we learned and saw many things from before, during, and after the September 11, 2001 attack.

The visit started off with a short film in which three major world leaders, during the time of 9/11, spoke about how it affected not only the United States, but the entire world. It showed how the whole world banded together to help the United States through their time of distress. Then, we walked around the museum portion of the memorial and saw countless videos, heard many stories and voicemails left to the victims, and by the victims, and read many articles about 9/11. We saw many artifacts and objects, ranging from destroyed firetrucks to articles of clothing from the victims from the historic day. There were videos of news reports from before the attack, speaking of the weather and normal daily things and suddenly stopping everything to cover the story of the world trade centers. There were tickets for games that were supposed to occur, train tickets, and many other artifacts from that day. There was also background information on Al Qaeda: who they were and what they did. Lastly, there was an explanation of the effects that 9/11 had on the world.
This visit to the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum was truly inspiring, touching, and informative to all of the seniors. We were all only a year old when the attack happened, and we didn’t really know the degree of the effects, and how traumatizing it was to the United States. We hear stories about 9/11 all the time, but seeing the videos and reading the articles really made us feel like the event wasn't so historic as we may have thought, and that it had a huge impact on Americans and American society.

We then went outside to the memorial pools that have been constructed where the two twin towers actually stood. The memorial was very impactful. The constant stream of water surrounded by all the names of the people who died had so much symbolism for me.
One thing we took away from the traumatic day was how beautiful the weather was and how people thought the day was going to be like any other normal day in the year. The attack was so unexpected, and nobody was prepared for it. Its incredible how the world can change in a matter of seconds. After experiencing the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum we feel more connected to the history of 9/11 and the effects it had on the world.
~Sophia Sued, Class of 2018

Class of 2018 Visit to National 9/11 Memorial and Museum

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Pathfinders Update: Summer Research

Claire Lessler presenting her research

I interned i​​n a bioinformatics lab, the Michael Berger Lab, under the mentorship of a postdoc. Over the course of the summer, I worked on my own project, which I presented to my lab and to Sloan Kettering Cancer Center researchers at the end of the summer. 

The lab I worked for coordinates a large-scale initiative called MSK-IMPAC, in which cancer patients receive clinical genetic sequencing and are then enrolled in clinical trials targeting their specific genomic alterations. One of the main issues with our method is that it is extremely difficult to analyze its effectiveness; the analysis was done once, manually, in September 2016. I created an algorithm called C-TEAM that can conduct the analysis automatically. I then ran current data through C-TEAM and compared current results to those from September 2016 in order to analyze the improvement of IMPACT over time.

I had an amazing time, and I met tons of new and interesting people. I don't think I could have gotten this experience anywhere else. Thank you for the Pathfinders program for helping achive this opportunity.
~Claire Lessler​, Class of 2018


I have learned so much from my experience this summer at The Albert Nerken School of Engineering at the Cooper Union. We have isolated plasmids and transformed different strains of bacteria to produce beta carotene. We did this using various techniques we learned about in AP Biology. We have done DNA purification, cloning using PCR, and followed countless other protocols with the guidance of our teaching assistants.

From the start of this program we have been learning what conducting an experiment is all about. We have been trained to identify a problem and search for possible solutions. We all had to come up with experimental designs in detail that we can conduct to reach our final goal of creating a cricket that is high in vitamin A. We did background research and dissected crickets twice! I have plated bacteria and grown cultures! I have been able to experience how a lab truly functions. I have had the opportunity to do amazing work all because of the Pathfinders program!
~Barbara Chrem, Class of 2018

The Phoenix 2017-2018 Issue 1

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Commission Fair 2017!

 From Girls Who Code, to Mishmar, to the Chess team - there are so many ways for Yeshivah of Flatbush Joel Braverman High School students of all grades to take on new opportunities.Yesterday a successful commission fair helped all students, whether they are a freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior- find new and exciting clubs to get involved in! There was also cotton candy and popcorn for all to enjoy.
The annual SGO Commission Fair was a fun and efficient way to help students discover new activities they’re interested in. Each commissioner had a booth with a display, explaining what their club was, what their purpose was, and why you should join. Next step would be determining if you’re interested- and if you were, you’d sign up. Everyone had a fun time signing up for their favorite activities and clubs- especially the incoming freshmen. Tons and tons of freshmen had each signed up for more than five clubs to see what activities they were intrigued by.

It was exciting for each leader of each club to see so many people take concern and interest in their own clubs, because by the end of the commission fair- almost each sign up sheet for every activity was completely filled!
“The commission fair was a great opportunity to recruit more writers,” says senior Sharon Chappan, commissioner of the school blog, MyFlatbushLife. “It was a great way to recruit new freshmen that enjoyed writing, as well as anyone else in the school that would’ve liked to join,” she says. And for for teachers and principals, it was great for them to see all the happy faces of the new freshmen that looked so eager to sign up for everything.
Another great thing the commission fair had, other than so many students wanting to get involved, is also the fact that there are clubs for EVERYONE to join! There are clubs for so many different hobbies and talents. If students are interested in the culinary arts- there’s Cooking For a Cause. If students were to be interested in writing- there’s the school newspaper (aka ‘The Phoenix’). If one was interested in working with children with disabilities, there’s the Yachad and Ohel Programs commission.

Thank you to the SGO and Ms. Marcus for organizing this special event. Everyone’s excited and ready to get involved, and there are so many different clubs and activities for everyone to sign up for- can’t wait to choose some!
~Eva Cohen, Class of 2021

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

It's a "Brand New" Year - Shana Tova 5778!

Pathfinders Update: Summer learning about Law and Medicine

I had amazing time this summer learning more about a career in law through the Yeshivah of Flatbush Pathfinders Program. I interned for Mark Salem at the law firm, Salem and Shimko in Brooklyn. I gained so much from my experience there. It taught me what a day in the life of a lawyer can look like. In addition, I was able to learn a lot about our US law. I did administrative work, read and researched old cases, and even sifted through discovery. It was really an amazing opportunity.
~Jared Sutton, Class of 2019


This summer I interned for Dr. Richard Grazi, a fertility doctor, in his office in Brooklyn. I worked on a research project with a resident and did some patient data compilation. I also sat in the back of his office and listened in on consults while he met with his patients. I even got to come into exam rooms and observe procedures like embryo transplants. It was an amazing experience to work there and I learned so much from being there for just a few weeks. Thank you Pathfinders for this opportunity.
~Lena Shamah, Class of 2018

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Freshman Day 2017

Yesterday, September 16th was half Freshman Day. To kick off the day we had a Meet the Principals Breakfast, which was very informative because we got to see our principals and hear a short speech from each of them. The speeches from the principals also helped us get to know them better and get more comfortable with them.
Later in the day, the entire freshman grade gathered in the auditorium with our senior mentors. Then, we separated by class and went to a classroom with our senior mentors to participate in fun team-building games. We started out with some ice breakers so we can get to know our classmates and our mentors better and we moved on to a trivia game where the class was split into two and we solved riddles.
Next, we played a game where we had to make tin foil hats, scarves, gloves, and more. This game was and silly which was helpful because it helped us bond and form friendships with the other classmates on our team. After we completed these games, all the freshman girls went to the gym to do more activities. First, we had relay races where we jumped across the gym while our feet  were in a potato sac. Then we split by class and played tooshie volleyball, it is basically volleyball but you cannot stand up. Last we played tug of war. It felt amazing to see everyone being friendly to one another and see us coming together as a grade. The boys also pariticpated in various sports games in the auxiliary gym. Next, all the boys and girls went to the auditorium to watch a slideshow of our exciting day. To end off the day, Rabbi Besser gave us a very inspirational speech about being nice and including all of our classmates. To get his point across he finished off with two powerful videos about not only not being mean to one another but also going out of your way to be nice to your peers. Overall, it was a great day to get to know and have fun with the other students in my grade
~Prissy Baranoff, Class of 2021

Freshman Day 2017/5777

Monday, September 18, 2017

Pathfinders Update: Spending Summer Part of Women in Science at Maimonides Medical Center

This past summer I had the opportunity to explore my career interests through the help of the Yeshivah of Flatbush Pathfinders program. I always knew I wanted to pursue a career in medicine, but I never considered a career in Orthopedics. The Women in Science Program at Maimonides Medical Center program is extremely beneficial for girls like me who aspire to be in the medical field. My first day interning I met different doctors, physician’s assistants, medical assistants and x-ray techs. I was able to expose myself to new people and environments. I made new connections and friends who have similar interests in pursuing a career in medicine. Over the course of this program, I was able to experience shadowing a physician and understanding the responsibility a physician has.
Working with Dr. Munyak was an amazing experience, as I learned about different diagnoses and treatments. I also learned that: “patience is a virtue.” Dr. Munyak examines many people a day, but still has the patience to sit down and discuss the illnesses and treatments with worried patients. By doing this, the patients felt more comfortable and secure. Not only did we speak about medicine, we also spoke about my plans for college. I gained so much insight about the B.S/M.D programs. This program allowed me to research and assist doctors in a small, nurturing setting. Shadowing Dr. Munyak provided me with a backbone and confidence I needed to further pursue my dream of becoming a surgeon. Thank you Pathfinders for giving me this opportunity!!
~Maksyem Calka, Class of 2018

Friday, September 15, 2017

Parashat HaShavua Lecture Series: Nitzavim-Vayelech 5777

This week, we launched a new Torah Growth initiative - the Parashat HaShavua Commission. Inspired by students and directed by Rabbi Zelig Prag, we will be having a short lecture relating to the weekly Torah portion. This Dvar Torah will be given during the Friday lunch period, the one time a week all students have lunch together. Students are able to bring lunch and hear words of inspiration from a variety of different faculty members. The inaugural lecture was given by Rabbi Avi Harari.

Friday, September 8, 2017

First Days of School 2017-2018

We are off to a great new school year! Enjoy some highlights from our first days of school in this video.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Evening of the Arts 2017

This past Yom Yerushalayim, Yeshivah of Flatbush Joel Braverman High School students and faculty treated parents, alumni, faculty and friends to an astounding display of talent and creativity at the Sixth Annual Evening of the Arts. The student lounge was a magnificent art gallery, where visitors could enjoy the multi-media work of our students as well as a delicious collation. Student work from the graphic design, photography and product design classes were on exhibit in the lobby and first floor hallway along with a selection of pieces from the jewelry design "Tsei Ulemad" independent study class.

The next part of the evening took place in the Laniado Gymnasium, which stunningly transformed into an intimate cabaret venue. The program began with a video about Jerusalem, showcasing the miracle of the Six Day War and the 50 years of growth and progress. The program featured twenty diverse instrumental, vocal and dramatic performances ranging from classical and pop to comedy and drama. The YOFHS choir closed the show with a beautiful Jerusalem medley. After the performances everyone was invited to see the amazing art work that was showcased in the student lounge. Thank you to Mrs. Rachel Winkler for coordinating this program, and to all of the Arts faculty for preparing our students for this unique event.

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Evening of the Arts 2017

Friday, June 16, 2017

Sophomore College Night 2017

On May 23rd, the Yeshivah of Flatbush Joel Braverman High School College Guidance Department hosted a Sophomore College Night for students and parents. The first segment of the evening focused on college admissions and the application process. Crystal A. Bates, a Senior Director at NYU Undergraduate Admissions, gave an informative presentation highlighting some of the things sophomores can be doing now in order to be best prepared when it comes time to apply to college.

The second portion of the evening was led by Akil Bello, the Director of Equity and Access at Princeton Review. Akil discussed the differences between the SAT and ACT and how students can determine which test is best for them. Students also received their PSAT and Pre-ACT score reports; Akil's presentation helped them interpret and better understand their results. Families left with a better sense of what college admissions and standardized testing are all about.

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Pathfinders Update: Students Learn All About Banking at IDB Bank

Fifteen Yeshivah of Flatbush Joel Braverman High School students recently participated in an amazing opportunity at IDB Bank, through our Pathfinders Program. We were able to tour, learn, and understanding all of the various departments of banking. Even more interesting was how many of the students' families worked with the bank. Our guide was the vice president of the bank, an amiable and fun guy, who planned our extensive afternoon. To begin we spoke with him and two of his colleagues about what a bank does overall and it's different departments. Then we got a chance to go into their offices and talk with the people who worked there. We learned about how they analyze loans and manage risks. We met with the heads of the department of assets, private baking, and others. We also got a great insight on the importance of banking and loans on a business level. We got great advice, especially about how to network. After going on his exclusive trip I now have a deep understanding of everyday practices in a bank and their overall uses.
~Ezra Faks, Class of 2019

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Advanced Studio Art Students Attend Printmaking Workshop


Recently, students from the Yeshivah of Flatbush Joel Braverman High School Advanced Studio Art class participated in a three hour printmaking workshop at the Rockaway Artists Alliance in Fort Tilden Gateway National Park. Under the guidance of high school art instructor, Mr. Jason Novetsky, each student explored the expressive possibilities of printmaking techniques including Monoprint and Solar Plate Etchings. It was an educational and creative day!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

JV Debate Team Win 2nd Place


After diligently preparing for weeks, a select group of students from the JV debate team competed in a match the was hosted by Heschel High School. Throughout the train ride we were collaborating with our partners with last minute details to brush up on. The topic of the debate was whether or not the sale of organs by live donors should be legalized in the United States. With our affirmative team made up of Lauren Zami and Robert Adler and the negative team with Ezra Faks and Julie Saadia we were ready to debate our positions. Throughout our speeches, crosses, and finally rebuttals we maintained and defended our sides. At the end of both debates late into the night, the award ceremony was held where the affirmative team was awarded 2nd place! We had a great experience in learning how to be articulate, develop an argument, and work quickly on our feet. We all thank our brilliant faculty advisor, Mr. Brian Katz, for helping us through our research and practices!
~Ezra Faks, Class of 2019

Monday, June 12, 2017

Pathfinders Update: Flatbush Students Attend SCC Cooking Classes

Yeshivah of Flatbush Joel Braverman High School students have the opportunity to attend cooking classes with master chefs at the Sephardic Community Center through our Pathfinders Program. Not only are the cooking classes exciting and enjoyable they're also very useful. In these classes, many cooking techniques, that can be useful for our lives, are taught. They teach us many skills to help us have a healthy lifestyle as well. I also feel after going to this class I am more experienced and feel more comfortable in the kitchen.
~ Audrey Sutton, Class of 2020

Friday, June 9, 2017

Reading Championships Award Party 2017

The end of year awards party for the Yeshivah of Flatbush Joel Braverman High School Reading Championships were held in the high school Library. This reading competition is excellent for SAT prep, critical analysis, vocabulary, and reading comprehension skills. Students who attended the Reading Championships on a steady basis received Archon credit. The winners with the highest scores for the year receive Honor Society recognition.

The 2017 winners included:
Freshmen - Sarah Dagmy, Yael Frechter, Benjamin Levy
Sophomores - Jack H. Dweck, Batya Kairey, Lauren Zami, Mazal Zebak
Juniors - Eli Feldman, Mary Ftiha, Mary Jajati

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Class 9-R Enjoy Day of Chesed and Fun

The students of class 9-R, were awarded with a day of chesed and fun last month for collecting the most money in the Tzedakah Commission Chesed Race earlier in the year. The first part of the day was spend at Ateret Avot nursing home, where students sang songs with the elderly. They got to spend time talking to them, and danced with them. The second part of the day was spent in Central Park, where students enjoyed a nice afternoon. Some students played football, and others went on a nature hike. Tizku L'Mitzvot!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Cooking For a Cause: Grand Challah Bake - May 2017


On Wednesday May 16th, Yeshivah of Flatbush Joel Braverman High School held a Grand Challah Bake at our final Cooking for a Cause event of the year for the speedy and full recovery of Sarah bat Viviane.
Grand Challah Bake chefs: Mrs. Yvette Beyda, Mrs. Elena Birman, Mrs. Esther Mishan, Mrs. Sara Ovadia, Mrs. Viviane Salem, and Mrs. Ami Sasson. Special thank you to Ami and Dubby Sasson for baking and delivering all 180 challot to the SBH Food Pantry!
Cooking for a Cause chefs: Mrs. Ruthy Goldberg, Mrs. Tina Saad, and Mrs. Limor Tuachi.

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.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Drama Troupe Production 2017: Drop Dead Juliet

Recently, the Yeshivah of Flatbush Joel Braverman High School freshman and sophomore grades had a short break to enjoy a little comedic theater in the midst of this very hectic and stressful time of year. The play, Drop Dead Juliet, was written by Allison Williams, whose credits include a role in the HBO hit show Girls, and the screenplay of the recent movie Get Out. Performed by our wonderfully talented Drama Troupe, the play explores what would happen if Juliet decided to change the script so that it would have a Hollywood ending instead of the tragic one we all know so well. The play opened up with Juliet, played by the talented freshman Channa Rand in her first, though probably not her last, starring role, waking up right after Romeo had ended his life. Instead of following suit Juliet decides she can’t go through with it. William Shakespeare, wonderfully performed by sophomore Perry Sanders, the young veteran of the Flatbush stage, finds himself forced into giving Juliet a chance to change the script. What follows is a mash up of classical Shakespeare together with modern sensibility and a whole lot of silliness.
With a cast of 13 students, including freshmen, sophomores, juniors and even Ms. Marcus, all those who had an itch for the stage had an opportunity to show off their acting chops. We even had the pleasure of seeing a horde of freshman and sophomore teachers (Dr. Fruchter, Senoria Ovadia, Ms. Agassi, Ms. Coopersmith, Ms. Mikhli, Mr. Kweller and Mr. Katz) take the stage to join in on a Capulet and Montague dance off! Freshman Noam Weinstock, making his acting debut, playing a Romeo still very much in love with Rosaline. Freshman Jacob Jackpot Rishty took on the challenging role of Prince/Princess attempting to keep the peace on the streets of Verona. Freshman Hannah Hasson and sophomore Esther Hidary took on the comedic roles of Sampson and Gregory, making great use of their flashlight app and attacking with all forms of social media. Freshman Sarah Dagmy took on the pivotal role of Sister Lawrence, basically Romeo’s shrink, keeping notes using her slightly over the top quill. The mothers of the star crossed lovers were played by the expert dancers juniors Isabel Lin and Jessica Vaysman, with perpetual star junior Aida Hasson lending a hand as the ever dependable nurse. We were all entertained by the epic light saber battle between Tybalt, played by sophomore Rebecca Coopersmith, and the gangstah rapping Mercutio, junior Sarah Cohen. Capping off the cast Ms. Marcus took on the dual role of the tough talking Abram and the tough love Lord Capulet.

Of course none of this could have been possible without the overbooked and overextended AV squad headed up by Yair Chaya and Jacob Kahlili and the wonderful leadership of Commissioner and assistant director senior Max Shemtob.

All in all they did myself and the Yeshivah proud.

~Mr. Lazar, Director and Faculty advisor of Drama Troupe
 

Monday, June 5, 2017

Flatbush Hosts Inter-Yeshivah Robotics Competition 2017

On May 15th, the Yeshivah of Flatbush hosted its first ever robotics competition, and it was a great success. The games took place in the new Laniado gym, over the course of about three hours. The contenders were the two Flatbush teams, Team Hidary Robotics club and the Flatbush Robotics class, as well as the Magen David Spareparts and the MTA Lion-otics. There were also students from North Shore Hebrew Academy High School watching the event. The drivers of the robots were juniors Yair Chaya and Sonny Cayre for the club and team respectfully, and junior Moses Bakst was the announcer for the event. The team members who were not driving were also very enthusiastic, as they saw all of their effort put to the test in the arena. Student who were not competing even came down to the gym to watch. Overall, Hidary Robotics placed in first with a perfect record, and the robotics class placed in third. This was not the first time any of the schools competed in any competitions, (Flatbush competed in the NYC FIRST Tech challenge which the Robotics Club came in third in March) however, this was the first inter-Yeshivah competition. After the event, all team members received a certificate for all of their hard work for this competition. Judging by the reactions of all those involved, the event was a huge success, and there will hopefully be a 2nd annual Flatbush Robotics contest next year. Thank you to Mrs. Shifra Hanon for organizing the event! ~Moses Bakst, Class of 2018

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First Annual Robotics Competition 2017

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Yachad Play 2017: Beauty and the Beast


Recently, a group of Yeshivah of Flatbush Joel Braverman High School students along with some Yachad members performed the annual Yachad Play. This year's show was Beauty and the Beast. Starting in February, we met weekly to practice the lines, songs, and dances. Finally as Tuesday night approached everyone couldn't wait to show what we had been working on for weeks. As face paint and crowns were given out and the auditorium filled, we could not wait for the show to start. Before we began, we sang along to Yerushalayim Shel Zahav played on piano by Chavy, one of the Yachad members. We then went on stage and the show began. The audience cheered as everyone said their lines and when it was over everyone took their bows. We again accompanied Chavy, in the Hatikvah, and finished the night. As everyone walked off stage you could see the huge smiles on their faces of hard work paid off! Yachad Play practice was always the highlight of our week, and the night of the show was even better. We can't wait to see what next year will bring! ~Sarah Sasson, Class of 2017

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Monday, May 29, 2017

Junior College Night 2017

On Wednesday, May 10th, over thirty college representatives joined the junior class and their parents at Yeshivah of Flatbush Joel Braverman High School for an informative and interactive program. The first portion of the evening began with a panel of five schools, each of whom presented helpful tips about applying to college and what colleges are looking for. Some of the topics covered included college essays, visiting campuses, testing, and letters of recommendation. Panelists also delved into the nuances of the college process, enabling students and parents to gain a better sense of what to expect next year.
After the panel, families went to the gym where they had individual conversations with the admissions reps from 30+ colleges. Students and parents were able to make a personal connection and obtain contact information for many of the people who will be reading their applications.
The College Night and Fair allow families to take a significant step toward finding the right college for each unique student. During the college fair, students asked questions specific to their needs and interests. As they learned more about the offerings at particular schools, their college list expanded to include ones they hadn’t been considering previously. At the conclusion of the evening, students and parents agreed that the program surpassed their expectations and was extremely valuable and worthwhile.

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National Honor Society Induction Exercises 2017


On Friday, May 26th Yeshivah of Flatbush Joel Braverman High School honored students for their academic excellence in the annual National Honors Society Induction Exercises. This year, senior Samantha Chabot was awarded the Ahavat Yisrael Award in honor of Rabbi Amnon a"h and Mrs. Dinah Haramati. The NHS program is a great way for us to recognize the hard work and effort our students put in over their years of high school to succeed academically.

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Arista: National Honor Society Induction Exercises 2017

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