VOLUME 16 NUMBER 12 JANUARY 10, 2014 9 SHEVAT 5774
UPCOMING EVENTS Parshat Beshalach By: Rabbi Landsman
CANDLE LIGHTING: 4:29 This Shabbat is known as Shabbat Shirah. Rabbi Frand quotes the
HAVDALLAH: 5:30 Shemen HaTov who suggests that the grammatical root of the word Shirah
is YaSHaR, meaning straight.
SUN., JAN. 12 There are high points and low points in a person's life. There are
peaks and there are valleys. When a person can look back and see the
PRESENTATIONS straightness (Yashrut) of life that somehow, after a while, things tend to
1-200 AT 9AM work themselves out and become straight that is the time when a person
2-202 AT 11AM can utter Shirah. In retrospect, the person can see that what happened was
THERE WILL BE NO
PARENT-CHILD The Shemen HaTov comments on the fact that this Shabbat is called
LEARNING "Shabbat Shirah". The reason for the name "Shabbat Shirah" could not be
merely because the parsha contains the 'Shirah', for if that were the case,
THUR., JAN. 16- then Parshat Yitro, should be called Shabbat Torah, since it contains the
MON., JAN. 27 story of the giving of the Ten Commandments. Why then do the Jewish
WINTER VACATION people call Parshat B'Shalach by the name "Shabbat Shirah?"
The Shemen HaTov answers that the entire parsha contains this idea
of "Straightness," of ups and downs which eventually balance out. No other
parsha has such oscillation between peaks and valleys. The Jewish people
MON., JAN. 27 came out of Egypt mightily, with a powerful Hand. Then the balloon was
SESSIONS RESUME deflated when their backs were against the sea and the Egyptians were
YCQ FAMILY NEWS bearing down on them. The whole Exodus from Egypt seemed to be in
MAZAL TOV TO ZACHARY jeopardy. It seemed to dissipate and go up in a cloud.
BLITZ, ETHAN AARON, DANIEL Then the sea split. That was a tremendous high. They were
ARSHADNIA ON THEIR BAR miraculously saved. Then what happened? They found themselves without
water, and the 'lows' began again. Then the bitter water miraculously
MAZEL TOV TO RABBI BERNSTEIN turned sweet and they again were on a 'high'. Then they had no food. They
ON THE BIRTH OF A BABY BOY!
MAZAL TOV TO MRS. HEATHER complain again, another 'low'. Then they were miraculously given Manna
FINKEL (JHS LANGUAGE ARTS) and they were happy again. Then Amalek attacked and the cycle
ON THE BAR MITZVAH OF HER continued...
SON JOEY (7B2). Parshat B'Shalach is the parsha of life. Life is all about the highs and lows,
WE REGRET TO INFORM YOU OF the peaks and valleys. That is why this parsha, which teaches us this lesson,
THE PASSING OF CELIA is called Shabbat Shirah.
ROSENZWEIG A"H, BELOVED When one looks back on life and recognizes that there have been
MOTHER OF MORAH RAINA defeats and low moments as well as the high points, one will Bezrat
POPOWITZ, (K-101) SHIVA WILL
BE OBSERVED AT THE HaShem see the Yashrut (straightness) of it all in retrospect. Then one can
POPOWITZ HOME, 75-06 137TH indeed utter that which is the essence of this Shabbat, Shabbat Shirah, a
STREET FLUSHING, NY 11367 song of praise to HaShem.
Have a great Shabbat!
UNTIL WEDNESDAY MORNING
SIDDUR PRESENTATION SCHEDULES:
Class 1-200, Morah Rotem Levy Class 1-202, Morah Leah Greenwald
Sunday, January 12, 2014 Sunday, January 12, 2014
Arrival: 8:45, Presentation: 9:00 Arrival: 10:45, Presentation: 11:00
Mix It Up
Last week as part of YCQ's Mix it Up club, the JHS girl's each par cipated in "Random Acts of Kindness
Week". Each girl from sixth‐eighth grade was given one girl who they would secretly do three nice
things for. The fun part was it was all done anonymously! The girls were so though ul and crea ve.
Many handmade notes, candy, collages, rainbow loom bracelets and more were put in lockers. At the
end of the week, we revealed our secret admirers and were able to say a big THANK YOU! As one sev‐
enth grade girl expressed; "The best part was seeing her reac on when she received my note and can‐
dy!". We all learned how a simple act of kindness can make each week a great one!
Fourth Grade Trip To Masbia
Our fourth grade students are extremely lucky to be participating in various chesed activities to benefit
Masbia. The Masbia organization is one that serves people Kosher hot dinners nightly and gives out
bags of food to hundreds of families weekly. Everyone who comes to Masbia is served, and absolutely
no one is sent home empty handed. As an introduction to their chesed programs, the fourth grade
classes were privileged to hear the Chief Development Officer of Masbia, describe how Masbia feeds
thousands of people each year. This was followed by Morah Silverstein’s class volunteering their time
packing bags at the Masbia food pantry. Then, Morah Weinberg’s class went shopping to help restock
the shelves of Masbia with the money all of the fourth grade students had collected. Rabbi Rosen and
Rabbi Soffer’s classes will also be visiting the Rego Park food pantry to help fill bags with nutritious
food that will be distributed. A big Yasher Koach to the entire fourth grade for doing such an amazing
job at each of these Chesed events. Each and every student put a lot of effort into helping out the less
fortunate and showed tremendous leadership skills. Tizku L’Mitzvot!!!!
Class 1-203 Receives Their Siddurim
Mazel Tov to Class 1-203 on receiving their very first siddur! We are so proud of
them! They worked very hard, singing their songs, practicing their parts and re-
hearsing on stage. The play was executed to perfection and the songs sounded
amazing!! We then watched a slide show highlighting the children learning and
practicing for the play! Then, each student received an engraved siddur with his
or her name on it! We enjoyed cake and treats and celebrated receiving our sid-
durim! Mazel tov to all first graders! Special thanks to Morah Leah and Rabbi
Lipsker, for helping us produce such a magnificent play!
Class 1-201 Receives Their Siddurim
This past Sunday, Morah Fendel's kittah received their very first Sid-
dur and put on a beautiful performance! Beginning with the Bracha
of Shehecheyanu, until the final dance of Siman Tov U’mazel Tov,
every child did a spectacular job! Although the Yeladim had a great
time performing, even more exciting to them is davening each day
from their brand new Siddur! Many thanks to Rabbi Lipsker for a
great job on the piano!
YCQ JHS JANUARY TEST CALENDAR
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
29 30 3
31 1 2 No Sesions - Snow Day
Siddur Presentation No Sesions 10
1st Grade 6B2 Halacha
12 6 78 9 7B1 8B Ivrit
Siddur Presentation 7B2 Ivrit 7 math Kerper/Lowinger 7 grade social studies 6g Navi
Sider Math 6th grade 6th Vocab 7/8 girls chumash 17
19 Lowinger 6 math 6b2 Science No Sessions
13 14 15 16 24
8 grade Lang Arts No Sessions No Sessions
6B Chumash 6th grade social studies 8th grade Algebra test
7th grade Science
7th Language Arts 6B gemara
Shuk Tu B'Shevat
20 21 22 23
No Sessions No Sessions No Sessions No Sessions
26 27 28 29 30 31
6 science 6B Navi
The YCQ Social Work Department invites you to attend the first of a
parenting workshop series
How To Set Limits
Deal With Your Child’s Unhappiness
Monday, February 3, 2014
11:30am‐12:30pm prompt at YCQ
$12 per person
By: Harriet Cabelly, LCSW
Harriet Cabelly has been a social worker for 20 years, in the school system and in private practice. She is
currently involved in coaching, blogging, facilitating parenting and coaching workshops, and interviewing
people. Four years ago she added life coaching to her repertoire of skills. In her private practice as a
therapist, she worked with clients around issues of grief and loss, from people who lost loved ones in
9/11 to people going through divorce and illness. Her specific area of interest is helping people create
good and meaningful lives beyond their challenges.
We are interested in running additional parent programs and would
appreciate your feedback on topics and scheduling.
Please contact Marcy Davidovics, LCSW or Michali Wiener, LMSW of the
Social Work department at [email protected] to reserve your spot!
WOULD YOU THROW AWAY MONEY?
WHEN YOU DON’T CLIP AND SAVE BOX TOPS ON THE FOLLOWING ITEMS,
THAT’S WHAT YOU DO!
CLIP, SAVE, AND SEND THE BOX TOPS TO SCHOOL WITH YOUR CHILD. THE NEXT WINNING
CLASS TO COLLECT THE MOST BOX TOPS FROM NOW TO FEBRUARY 7TH WILL RECEIVE A
YUMMY ICE CREAM PARTY!! BE SURE TO PUT YOUR CHILD’S CLASS NUMBER ON THE BOX
TOPS YOU SUBMIT. TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE BOX TOPS PROGRAM GO TO BTFE.COM.
Masbia’s Story We need YOU!
Volunteer at Masbia!
Masbia started as a grassroots charity to feed
the hungry. It began as a simple vision shared by Families, student groups, and individuals
Mordechai Mandelbaum and Alexander alike have a place at Masbia. Whether
Rapaport, a vision of a clean, well-lit and peeling carrots and potatoes, preparing
attractive restaurant-style place where men, weekend pantry bags, or serving hot meals
women, and children in need could eat to our clients, there is a place for you.
nourishing kosher meals daily for free. These two Come as a family and make it a family
men set out to make this vision a reality, and on tradition on the holidays, or even once a
Sunday, April 3, 2005, Masbia -- Brooklyn’s first month.
and only kosher soup kitchen -- opened its doors Sign up online at www,mabsia.org and our
to the public. Volunteer Coordinator will be touch to
help schedule your first day.
Over the first seven years, Masbia served over
500,000 hot, kosher meals. Stepping to the plate Masbia Soup Kitchen Network
to offer assistance to neighbors in need following is where the rubber meets the road
Superstorm Sandy, Masbia’s place as an integral
piece of New York City was cemented. in the fight against hunger.
Now serving over 500,000 meals a year, We feed hot, nutritious meals to
including the introduction of a weekend pantry hungry men, women and children.
bag program, lines at all three Masbia locations No statistics. No bureaucracy. No middleman.
continue to grow each day. All of this is possible
through generous groups of volunteer and the We deposit food in empty stomachs.
support of donors.
Beyond serving food, Masbia is committed to ending
In the quest to tackle hunger, Masbia is the hunger in New York City. In September, Masbia Executive
organization that will always do as much as is Director Alexander Rapaport, Chef Ruben Diaz and
possible… and then strive to do even more. Manager Kevin Melnyk joined dozens of other emergency
food providers for Food Bank For New York City’s 2nd
Annual D.C. Anti-Hunger Advocacy Day to advocate for
the nearly 2 MILLION hungry New Yorkers.
www.MASBIA.org Can you find a great restaurant that serves
Facebook: /masbia Twitter: @masbiask a high-quality, hot, hearty, healthy meal
718-972-4446 at no cost? Now you have!
Mailing Address: Boro Park: Masbia’s restaurant-style soup kitchens are designed to provide
PO Box 191181 4114 14th Avenue New Yokers in need with dignity and respect, Operating like a
Brooklyn, NY 11219 Brooklyn, NY 11219 restaurant without registers, families and individuals who come
to eat are not asked questions about what they can afford or
Corporate Office: Flatbush/Midwood: judged by whatever circumstances have brought them to need
4114 14th Avenue 1372 Coney Island Avenue food.
Brooklyn, NY 11219 Through partnerships with Food Bank For New York City, City
Brooklyn, NY 11230 Harvest, farmer’s markets and local business, Masbia is able to
provide hot, kosher meals for less than $6 per plate.
Central Kitchen: Queens: However, support from donors is still needed each day. Learn
1372 Coney Island Avenue 98-08 Queen Boulevard about our programs and make a donation online at
Brooklyn, NY 11230 www,masbia.org.
Rego Park, NY 11374 Coming Soon: Students and individuals can create their own
online fundraising and volunteer drives!
Recipe: Chickpea Soup
From the Kitchen of Masbia Chef Ruben Diaz
Time: 1 to 2 hours, largely unattended
x1⁄4 cup olive oil
x2 onions, chopped
x1 pound carrots, chopped
x2 tablespoons minced garlic
xSalt and black pepper
x2 teaspoons cumin
x2 teaspoons pimenton (smoked paprika)
x6 cups vegetable or chicken stock or water, plus more as needed
x2 cup dried chickpeas, rinsed, picked over, and soaked if you have time
xChopped fresh parsley, for garnish
Buy large carrots and share in the joy of peeling them together, just the way we do it at Masbia!
1. Put the oil in a large pot over medium heat; a minute later, add the onions, carrots, and garlic and sprinkle with
salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally and adjusting the heat as needed to keep the vegetables from burning,
until the onions and carrots have colored, 10 to 15 minutes. Add the cumin and paprika and cook, stirring, for
another 30 seconds or so.
2. Add the stock and chickpeas. Bring to a boil, then turn the heat down so the mixture bubbles gently but steadily.
Cook, stirring occasionally, until the chickpeas are very soft, at least 1 hour; add more liquid as necessary so the
mixture remains soupy. PLEASE NOTE: Chickpeas require
quite a bit of cooking time (which can be shortened if you
soak them first), but since chickpea broth is one of the
most delicious liquids you can make, it’s worth it.
3. When the chickpeas are very tender, adjust the
seasoning. I like to puree this Spanish-style soup, which
makes it so smooth and rich you’ll swear there’s cream in
it, but you can skip that step and serve it rustic style.
Carefully puree the soup in batches in a blender or in the
pot with an immersion blender. (You can make the soup
ahead to this point. Refrigerate for up to 2 days or freeze
for months; gently reheat it before proceeding.)
4. Serve garnished with the almonds and parsley.
In honor of her bat mitzvah,
Dalya Koller (6G2)
will be baking and selling cookies
to raise money for צדקה.
Delicious cookies of all types –
chocolate chip, sugar, oatmeal raisin, sea salt and brown sugar,
ginger snaps, and more! –
will be available for sale at Dalya’s home,
8702 Chevy Chase St, Jamaica Estates, NY 11432
(at the corner of Cambridge Road),
on Sunday, January 12, 2014, from 1 to 4 pm.
Please stop by!
If you would like to order cookies but can’t make it to Dalya’s
home that day, please email [email protected],
and we can arrange deliveries to YCQ or to homes in Queens.
The money raised will be contributed to GiveDirectly, an organization
working with extremely poor families in Kenya.
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