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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Model Congress Team Wins Medals at Yeshiva League Model Congress

Congratulations to the Yeshivah of Flatbush Joel Braverman High School Model Congress team for their performance at HAFTR's "Yeshiva League Model Congress" tournament on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 / 19 Adar 5778! In a competition featuring hundreds of students from over a dozen yeshivah high schools in mock congressional committees, presenting and debating original legislation designed to make real changes in United States law. Jordan Senior, Robert Adler, and Michael Oved all won medals in their committees, while Netanel BenShabat and Mazal Zebak also competed admirably. We look forward to further successes for this program in the future!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Masterpiece Goes to Anastasia

Last Tuesday night our Masterpiece Theater group ventured into the heart of communist Russia (and Broadway) to see the musical Anastasia. From the opening songs we sat mystified and mesmerized at the stage, awaiting patiently the next scenes. Throughout the show, we were sitting at the edge of our seats, sad to see it end. After the show, the masterpiece group was so excited that they opted to stay afterwards for a Q&A session, where our group was able to ask actors, musicians, and stage directors questions about their performances. Everyone left the show with a new appreciation for the wonders of Broadway, and the great joys that the humanities can bring one's self. ~Robert Adler, class of 2019

Friday, March 2, 2018

The Phoenix 2017-2018 Issue 5: Purim Edition

Color War 2018: Breakout

What do we mean when we refer to the “I” when we make claims about ourselves? Not to sound cliche but the concept of personal identity has baffled philosophers for centuries. What is it about us that endures over time? Who are we as people?

Once we are able to figure out who we are and where we come from, really deep down, we can become happier, grateful, motivated and successful people.

This is the overall theme we are exploring this year for color war. It is easy to quantify ourselves physically, or connect ourselves to a greater cause, but in reality, we are a combination of these things. Our gratitude, confidence, heritage and motivation is what sits deep within us and drives us to be the best that we can in all that we can.

It is both the things that we recognize and the things that we take for granted that, when combined, make up the core of our identity.

We hope that you explore what makes you work, what makes you strive, what makes you succeed. But more importantly, we hope that in participating in this program you get a better sense of who you are, and why you are you.

This year's color war focuses on the theme of Personal Identity. Each team represents a different way of representing this:
Red: Motivation - מוטיבציה
Blue: Heritage - מסורת
Green: Gratitude - הכרת תודה
Yellow: Confidence - בטחון עצמי

We broke out Color War 2018 with this amazing video: