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Friday, March 24, 2017

Book Day 2017

On February 28th, the Yeshivah of Flatbush Juniors and Seniors had the opportunity to participate in our biennial Book Day, a wonderful program centered around world renowned mystery novelist Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None. The event which started at 9am, ended at 3:15pm, and featured three sessions along with opening and closing assemblies was led by Ms. Bloom (and the English Department), Ms, Kurtz, and Mr. Katz.
With the book day workers on the welcoming committee stationed at the lobby, each speaker who entered the building was greeted warmly and given a Book Day bag, which featured the book day shirt created by senior Morris Mamiye.
After delivering the opening remarks, David Klestzick, Flatbush Alum, Mr Rothbort's best friend since childhood, and bureau chief of trials for the Brooklyn DA's office, answered questions from the Phoenix. Klestzick discussed everything from the ethical dilemmas found within the law to the impact his Flatbush education had on him to the way in which his Jewish identify inspired him to seek out the truth and be fair and ethical in every case. Students were also treated to a reenactment of a scene from the book put on by our own drama troupe.
Then students flocked towards their sessions that were led by a multitude of fascinating professionals from an FBI worker, investigative journalist, comic book illustrator, professional hip hop rapper, to even some of Flatbush's very own teachers. After breaking for lunch and then reconvening for an additional two fun, engaging, and intellectually stimulating sessions, students, speakers, and faculty members joined together in the auditorium for the closing assembly.
Ms. Bloom spoke about reading mystery books as a child growing up before introducing an magician illusionist. Then two professor hip hop rappers (whose manger is Mr. Katzs' brother) performed two raps they wrote on the book before introducing two students who had written the best raps in their respective sessions to rap on stage.
The audience went wild and everyone truly seemed to have been enjoying themselves and beaming from the amazing day they had.
~Esther Levy, Class of 2017

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Book Day 2017

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