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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.


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


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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Junior College Night 2017

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


Friday, May 26, 2017

The Phoenix 2016-2017 Issue 8

Science Research and STEM Night 2017

Recently the Yeshivah of Flatbush Joel Braverman High School had the opportunity to celebrate the amazing work of our STEM and Robotics students. Our annual STEM Showcase featured presentations by students from the 9th, 10th and 11th grades. Some of the highlighted work included apps designed by our AP Computer Science Principles students, a live demonstration of the robots built by our Robotics class and team and projects designed by our STEM students. Imagine a self-lacing shoe, a robotic car taking videos of hallway activity (that sends images directly to your phone) or a robotic hand designed to communicate sign language. These were a few of the projects showcased at last week's event.
This year our program also included an innovation workshop. Parents and students had the opportunity to share in the design thinking process. During three quick rounds, groups had to come up with multiple design concepts for a chair tailored for a specific person, with specific detailed needs. Each round groups were limited to just a few simple materials to imagine their design concepts. It was amazing to see the 'out the box' thinking and amazing designs of those who participated. Collectively, we realized that too often our imagination and creativity is stunted by constraints (be they theoretical or practical).

Well done to all our students for a tremendous year of creativity, imagination and ideation!

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Stem Night 2017


Thursday, May 25, 2017

Spring Concert 2017

On May 2nd Yeshivah of Flatbush held its annual Spring Concert, where students have the opportunity to show of their musical talents in front of their peers. This year's spring concert was truly amazing! It was run by seniors: Michael Goldstein, Ikey Benzaken, Michael Catton and Eldar Fachima. We had great performances and the Flatbush students showcased their talents extremely well! Some of these performances included a Chainsmokers medley with Jessie Fallas, Michael Goldstein, Ikey Benzaken, Odette Ades and Jeffrey Zalta and a comedic performance in which Sarah Horowitz and Grace Sutton did a Karaoke to "Bop to the Top." The concert would not have been a huge success without the help of the AV squad which consisted of Joey Berkovitz, Abe Madeb, David Azrak, Joe Braha, Yair Chaya and Jacob Khalili. Huge thanks to them and also to the faculty advisor Ms. Lamm.
~Michael Goldstein, Class of 2017

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Spring Concert 2017


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Blumenthal Scholars Dinner 2017

The Blumenthal Scholars Program held it's annual student project presentation dinner on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 / 7 Iyar 5777. This program, sponsored by the Blumenthal family in memory of May and Bernard Blumenthal, a"h, provides support and guidance for students who wish to pursue personal academic ventures in various areas of study. Students are paired with faculty mentors, and often consult with professionals in their chosen fields, in order to develop projects geared towards collegiate and career-oriented goals. This year's cohort included nine presenters with a wide range of topics, including advertising, technology, art therapy, business, women's history, writing, fashion and law. The students were Danielle Duchan, Ezra Faks, Aida Hasson, Claire Lessler, Isabel Lin, Nathan Marcus, Estelle Saad, Yaron Sternberg and Renee Waingort. We are proud of our Scholars and know they will follow this achievement with further success. We also excitedly look forward to building next year's cohort in this valuable program. Thank you to Mr. Brian Katz for directing this program and mentoring all of our student scholars.

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Blumenthal Scholars Dinner 2017/5777


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Archon Induction Exercises 2017

Yeshivah of Flatbush Joel Braverman High School held its annual Archon Induction Exercises on May 19, 2017 to honor students who have dedicated their time and effort to our school and community. During the program, select students were recognized for their exemplary service to the school and were specially awarded. Joey Berkovitz received the highest honor by receiving the Rabbi Dr. David Eliach Award for Distinguished School Service and Michael Franco (HS '13) received the Donna Becker Memorial Award for Tutoring for his dedication to helping current students academically. Amanda Heskiel was given a special recognition award for her commitment to Israel.
Ms. Jill Sanders was also recognized for her many years of commitment and dedication to our administration, faculty, and students. This year's yearbook was also dedicated to her.
Finally, the new SGO was inaugurated with the passing of the binder from the old SGO. Flatbush students always go above the call of duty to help their fellow students and their communities. The Archon Exercises are a great way to recognize and honor our students.

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Archon 2017


Monday, May 22, 2017

Pathfinders Update: Students Explore Real Estate in the Real World

On a recent Friday I went on a trip to tour The Ludlow, an apartment building in Manhattan, as part of an NYU Real Estate Program offered by the Yeshivah of Flatbush Pathfinders Program. While touring this building with some of my classmates, my professor Eric Stern along with the property manager explained the complex components, financials, and logistics of managing this 200-unit building in the heart of a booming neighborhood. Tying in the core concepts taught in class I was able to have a clearer understanding of how real estate works in real life. The building was also under construction and it was interesting to see how all the construction comes together to really enhance the building and its income. Seeing myself in a future working with these buildings, having a real life experience this early on really helps me advance in the career path I wish to take as well as educating me on all its facets.
~Ezra Faks, Class of 2019

Friday, May 19, 2017

Junior Picnic 2017

Yesterday, the junior grade went to Prospect Park for the annual Junior Picnic. We started the day in the Yeshivah with an inspirational video by Dr. Randy Pausch about the need to have gratitude and integrity. Then the girls met with Mrs. Wielgus, while the boys met with Mr. Engel about what it means to be a leader and how  to be good senior leaders and role models. After this, Senior Council handed out Seniors 2018 hats to each student as we boarded the buses. When we got to the park, we put out blankets down and prepared for fun: sports, barbecue, and relaxing with friends. Junior Picnic was a great way to bond as a grade and build memories. We can't wait for all the activities we are planning for next year!
~Senior Council 2018: Sonny, Frieda, Margo, and Monique

Junior Picnic 2017

Junior Varsity College Bowl Team Competes in Championships

It was a dark and stormy night, Tuesday, April 25, when our intrepid Junior Varsity College Bowl team, champions of the Manhattan Division of the Yeshivah League, comprised of the yeshivot in the tri-state area, went to the semifinal and final games of the College Bowl playoffs. After being treated to a pizza dinner by our hosts at the Jewish Education Project, the team huddled with Coach, Ms. Rachail Kurtz, to discuss final game strategies. The team, led by Danelle Duchan, entered the semifinals confidently fielding questions in science, history, literature, math and other academic areas, and successfully advanced to the finals. Fellow teammates Moses Bakst, Gregory Pinkhasov, Robert Adler, Aaron Fine, Joseph Setton and Selim Sebbagh all participated in the competition.They finished the final games with a trophy as the number two JV team in the entire Yeshivah League. Congratulations to the College Bowl team for another great year and a solid finish!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Flatbush Students Participate in the 2017 Virtual Enterprise International Youth Business Summit

Yeshivah of Flatbush students participated in the 2017 Youth Business Summit which took place at pier 92 in Manhattan. The Youth Business Summit brings together thousands of rising young professionals and budding entrepreneurs from over 40 countries, educators, school/district administrators, business leaders and industry professionals for a one-of-a-kind global convention.
The students are part of Mr. Kweller’s Virtual Enterprise class and have been working all year to create, manage and market their virtual business Office and Beyond, an office supply company. Students have been involved in every aspect of running their virtual business including putting together business and marketing plans, completing financial reports, developing webpages and marketing campaigns, and managing sales and interactions with other virtual enterprise firms.
The Summit was an opportunity for students to sell their products and personally interact with other Virtual Enterprise firms from throughout New York City, the United States, and the World. The young entrepreneurs were able to successfully display the professional skills and business acumen they have developed by running a Virtual Enterprise company during the school year. The students enjoyed themselves, learned a great deal, demonstrated their knowledge of the financial industry, and made important connections with the business leaders.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

AP Language and Composition Class Checks Out Books from the Library

To relax before the upcoming AP Language and Composition exam, Ms. Bloom asserted Oscar Wilde's belief that "It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it." She therefore took her class to the library to choose non-fiction books to read over vacation. Our brilliant librarians Mr. Katz and Ms. Kurtz assisted in recommending books to fit each students' interests. They did such a great job that most students took out multiple books. Books chosen ranged in topic from medical ethics (The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Roberta Skloot), geography, demography and ecology (Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond), psychology (The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks) to madness and math (A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nassar).

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Lunch N Listen 2017

Recently, Yeshivah of Flatbush students had the opportunity to show off their musical talents to fellow students during lunch. Students performed a wide variety of musical pieces in the Music Room for all to enjoy.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Pathfinders Update: Real Estate Club Takes Field Trip

Recently, the Yeshivah of Flatbush Joel Braverman High School Real Estate Club went on their second trip visiting Longacre apartments in Manhattan. It was yet another experience to learn first-hand what we've been learning in the classroom provided to us by our Professor Eric Stern in collaboration with the Pathfinders Program and Ms. Shifra Hanon. Starting in the van to the city we discussed our final project which ties together all the key concepts being taught and will culminate in a presentation given to the class. When we got to the building we met with the property manager and a representative from the management company. We spoke about marketing the building and always keeping vacancy rates low. We also toured the gym, lounge, terrace, and an apartment while pointing out how everything comes together to make a successful investment. We all felt this trip helped engage us in the material learned in class. We walked away with a better understanding of how real estate in the real world works. ~ Ezra Faks, Class of 2019

Friday, May 12, 2017

Blood Drive 2017

Last month, the Yeshivah of Flatbush held its biannual blood drive. It was so nice to see the entire sophomore, junior, and senior grade get together for a wonderful cause. Thank you to everyone who donated; it was a success! We even managed to receive people from other yeshivot and alumni. Thank you to Mr. Galpert and Blood Drive Commission for organizing this successful event! ~Florence Deutsch, Class of 2017

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Blood Drive Spring 2017