This past Tuesday, we celebrated Rosh Chodesh Kislev with an inspiring, beautiful Rosh Chodesh Hallel davening led by YCQ eighth grade Rebbe, Rabbi Nat. Special thanks to Mr. Weinstock and the IT department for arranging live streaming of our seventh and eighth grade boys hallel into all the classrooms of the school. We hope and pray that the month of Kislev will bring much needed light to our world.
This past Thursday, November 12, the eighth graders participated in the opening event of this years Names, Not Numbers program. Names, Not Numbers is an organization developed by Tova and Dov Rosenberg that creates documentary films featuring eighth graders interviewing Holocaust survivors in order to preserve their personal accounts of their Holocaust experiences for posterity. Students who participate are truly part of Jewish history as they meet with survivors as well as learn interview, videography, and editing skills. Special thanks to Rabbi Hamel for supporting and encouraging this important endeavor, as well as to Ms. Schlisser and Ms. Klein for speaking and arranging this historic event.
This past Friday November 13, the sixth grade boys received their Gemarot as they begin their study of Torah shebal peh. The boys gathered in the lunchroom in a socially distanced atmosphere with their Gemara Rebbeim Rabbi Finestone, Rabbi Kramer and Rabbi Rosenfelt. In honor of the occasion Rabbi Finestone invited Rabbi Ben-Tzion Chait a Rosh Yeshiva at Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim in Kew Gardens Hills to deliver words of inspiration to the boys. Rabbi Chait told some incredible stories of the sacrifice, strength and courage that various Gedolom had to make Torah learning the main goal of their lives. Special thanks to Rabbi Finestone for organizing the event and to Rabbi Chait for being our special guest. May HaShem bless our students to continue to grow in their Torah learning for many years to come in good health and happiness.
This past Sunday November 15 Rabbi Finkelstein gave a fantastic shiur to our Sunday learning program zoom participants in grades 5-8 on the topic of hashgacha paratit, divine intervention. He told some personal stories about how certain events happened and it just cannot possibly be a chance happening, rather must be the hand of HaShem.
Rabbi Finkelstein asked the participants to go and ask their parents to describe how they met and to describe how if one detail would not have happened that student would not be here today.
He then showed a video featuring Rabbi Yoel Gold who told an incredible story about a man who needed a kidney to live and the unbelievable hashgacha paratit that transpired! Special thanks to Rabbi Finkelstein for preparing such an outstanding shiur and to Rabbi Bernstein for coordinating such inspiring Sunday learning programs.
This year’s Annual PTO Supperette was a huge digital success. The evening paid tribute to Mr. Gary Schwartzman, who has taught many years of YCQ students and Mrs. Lauren Golubtchik on their retirement following many years of teaching our students and helping to shape their lives; as well as Mrs. Liron Friedman who is after a few years as transportation coordinator and all around the best administrative assistant who moving on. The Supperette Committee worked hard to bring us together to show hakarat hatov to colleagues, children’s teachers, and to spend a fun evening with friends remotely this year A special thank you goes to the committee for planning such an enjoyable evening.
Thursday evening, February 6, the PTO organized their annual Challah Bake. Bringing members of the Yeshiva and community together to perform the mitzvah of Hafrashat challah. At the PTO event, a crowd of over 100 women, men, and children gathered together to partake in this meaningful mitzvah. Rebeka Boxer, Mrs., Kosher Guru, gave the participants guidance and chizuk through her inspirational story of faith and miracles and of how this mitzvah has brought her closer to HaShem. She discussed the connection between performing the mitzvah of Hafrashat challah and the miracle of facing difficult obstacles in life by connecting to ones Yiddishkeit and to HaShem.
When the challah dough was complete, in a meaningful moment, the entire room in unison made the Hafrashat challah bracha, bringing a spiritual feeling of achdut and understanding. Thank you to Julie Faska, Rachel Stern, Aliza Peled, Valerie Olsen, Melissa Stock, and those who stayed for hours after to help clean up. A lot of work by the volunteers went into making this event an experience to remember and get others to continue baking challah and davening to HaShem with kavanah.
On Motza’ei Shabbat, the PTO ran a winter carnival. Over two hundred students and parents enjoyed an evening of games, prizes, relay races, treats, and a bounce in the bounce house. Parents had the opportunity to mingle with other parents and students and their siblings got to spend time with friends. Several of the students came to help and run booths, sell food, and even clean up when the evening came to an end. A special thank you to the parent volunteers, their children, and JHS students who began set up on Friday and cleaned up after the event. The success would not have been possible without you. Looking forward to your continued involvement in our Parent Teacher Organization helping us unite parents, students, and our Yeshiva.
This past Tuesday evening, The YCQ PTO once again hosted the Preschool Welcome Bash. Nursery and Kindergarten teachers, students, and their families came out for a delicious dinner and craft project. Students had a chance to meet their new classmates and teachers. Parents were able to meet each other and speak with the teachers as well. A good time was had by all! Thank you to the Bash committee members: Ariella Levine, Rachel Stern, Aliza Peled, Valerie Olsen, Jennifer Jaffe, Rachel Orenbuch, Daniella Rafaeloff, and to Rabbi Landsman, Morah Sharon and all the Nursery and Kindergarten teachers for making the event a success! Thank you also to Rabbi Lonner and Rabbi Kovitz and to the YCQ lunchroom staff for all their hard work.