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UPCOMING Yom Kippur By: Rabbi Landsman

EVENTS The famous Yom Kippur Mincha haftorah of Yonah opens with Hashem sending Yonah
as a divine messenger to the people of Ninveh. The city had descended to a level of decadence
Candle Lighting: that was simply intolerable, and destruction was imminent. Only immediate repentance would
6:16 bring about a reprieve. Yonah, however, does not want to undertake this mission, and he
attempts to flee from Hashem. He books passage on a ship which will carry him far away from
Havdallah: 7:15 Ninveh, but a sudden storm threatens to tear the ship apart. The sailors cast lots, and Yonah is
tossed into the sea, where he is swallowed by a whale.
Fri., October 3
Erev Yom Kippur From the belly of the whale, Yonah cries out to Hashem in anguish and despair and
pleads for deliverance. Hashem answers Yonah’s prayer. The whale spits him out onto the shore,
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and he sets off at once for Ninveh, where his message is greeted with consternation. The people
Wed., October 8 don sackcloth and repent, and the city is spared.
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Thur., October 9 – Yonah was undoubtedly a very holy man and if Hashem granted him the gift of
Sun., October 19

Sukkot Vacation! prophecy, how then did he have the nerve to refuse to serve as the messenger of Heaven?
Our Sages tell us that Yonah was concerned for the welfare of the Jewish people who, at
Wed., Oct. 20
Sessions Resume that time, were also guilty of grievous sins in spite of the repeated warnings of the great
prophets. Yonah feared the people of evil Ninveh, would heed his prophetic warning and repent,
Sun., October 26 causing the Jewish people, the custodians of the Torah, to suffer by comparison. Therefore, Yonah
5th-8th Parent chose to flee rather than bring down the reputation of his people.
Child Learning
The questions still remain: Did Yonah think he could frustrate the divine plan by

Tues., Oct. 28
BJE HS Entrance fleeing on a ship? Did he think Hashem would find no other way to offer Ninveh the option of
Exam General repentance? Even if he thought his flight could somehow benefit the Jewish people, what right did
Studies 8th Grade he have to suppress the prophecy entrusted to him?
Furthermore, what lesson are we meant to derive from this story in the climactic
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Welcome moments of Yom Kippur? Is it only meant to present us with another example of disaster
avoided through timely repentance? Or is there also a deeper significance in the central theme of
Reception the story, which revolves around Yonah’s attempt to extricate himself from his mission?

YCQ Family News The commentators explain that Yonah had such an overpowering love for the Jewish
people that he could not bare to be the agent of their misfortune. In desperation, he resolved to flee
Mazel Tov to Morah so that Hashem’s will would be fulfilled through some other channel. He was fully aware of the
Janet Koenigsberg magnitude of his act and the dire consequences he would probably suffer for his disobedience,
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a grandson! but the alternative was unbearable.

Condolences to Pessie, Hashem, however, chose not to send a different messenger to Ninveh. Instead, He sent

Menachem, Nissim, storms and whales to force Yonah to return and accept his mission. The message to Yonah was
Shlomo, Eli and Esty very clear, and it resonates down through the ages to reach us every Yom Kippur. Yonah had no
Rosen upon the tragic

loss of our beloved right to weigh the pros and cons of obeying Hashem’s command. He did not have the option of
longtime Rebbe, deciding whether or not to obey. If Hashem commanded him to go to Ninveh, then that was
friend and colleague, what he was obliged to do, and no amount of rationalization could change it. Hashem
Rabbi Shmuel Rosen, undoubtedly knew of Yonah ’s love for his people, and if He nevertheless sent him on his
mission, Yonah had no choice but to obey.
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Grand Street Apt J404 As Yonah discovered so painfully, it is not for us to make value judgments about the
New York, New York Devine will. Total acceptance may indeed be difficult from time to time, but overall, it is the
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Have an easy fast and a meaningful Yom Kippur!

YCQ Selichot Learning Program

On motzai Shabbat September 20, 2014, over 100 students in grades five through eight,
along with their parents, and Rebbeim joined together for a meaningful learning pro-
gram. The evening began with a beautiful shuir by Rabbi Shmuel Marcus, Rav of Con-
gregation Ishei Yisrael. Rabbi Marcus spoke about the connection between tefila, teshu-
va, and the Yamim Noraim. Rabbi Marcus was extremely invigorating and enlightening.
The evening concluded with an uplifting recitation of selichot led by Rabbi Hamel with
the instructions and explanation by Rabbi Pearl. It was a most inspiring evening.

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1 cup quinoa
2 cups vegetable stock
6 small bell peppers, mixed colors, seeded and halved
3 tablespoons olive oil (EVOO), plus extra for drizzling
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 small firm eggplant, trimmed of half the skin, chopped
1 small to medium firm zucchini, seeded and chopped
1 red onion, chopped

1 fresh chile pepper, such as Fresno, thinly sliced, or 1 teaspoon dried crushed pepper

1/2 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped

1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, a handful, chopped

2 plum tomatoes, chopped

1 cup crumbled feta or ricotta salata cheese

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
Bring the quinoa and stock to a boil. Cover and simmer until the liquid is absorbed and the grain looks translucent, 12 to 15 minutes. Then
fluff with a fork. You will have about 4 cups of cooked grain.
Drizzle the bell pepper halves with EVOO and season both sides with salt and pepper. Roast cut-side down until the skins begin to char and
the peppers are just tender, about 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool to room temp, then arrange in a baking dish cut-side up.
Meanwhile, heat 3 tablespoons EVOO, 3 turns of the pan, over medium-high heat. Add the garlic, eggplant, zucchini, onions and chiles, and
season with salt and pepper. Cook partially covered to tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Add the herbs and tomatoes, and combine with the quinoa.
Fill the pepper halves with the quinoa and vegetable stuffing and drizzle with EVOO. Cool and chill for a make-ahead meal. To serve, roast in
a 375 degree oven until the peppers are hot through. Serve the pepper halves topped with lots of cheese crumbles.

Rabbi Finkelman Delivers Teshuva Lecture to the JHS Students

On Wednesday morning the JHS students had the unbelievable honor of hearing Rabbi
Finkelman, mashgiach ruchani, Yeshivat Ohr HaChaim, speaking about Teshuvah. Each stu-
dent was extremely inspired by Rabbi Finkelman’s messages and incredibly interesting sto-
ries, each of which will help our students focus better on their Tefillot on Yom Kippur. Rabbi
Finkelman concluded with giving out brachot to many of the students. May Hashem answer
all of our teffilot.

Rabbi Lavi Greenspan Speaks to the Eighth Grade Students

On Tuesday afternoon, the eighth grade students had the privilege of hearing Rabbi Lavi Greenspan
speak about his life story. Lavi became blind in his mid-twenties while studying at Fordham Law
School. He had previously graduated YCQ, Yeshiva of Flatbush High School and received a BA from
Yeshiva University. After losing his eyesight, he completed law school and passed the Bar Exam and
furthered his graduate education by obtaining Smicha from Yeshiva University and most recently re-
ceiving a Masters Degree in Social Work. He is humorous, outgoing and extremely personable. The stu-
dents loved his stories and jokes and his words of compassion and wisdom. Lavi told us about the hard-
est and seemingly lowest point of his life. What was it that kept him going that was so important for us
to hear Erev Yom Kippur? Levi told us that there are four things that keep his spirits high: Family, Am
Israel, his Rebbe, and Torah. On a day like Yom Kippur we think back to Lavi’s story and realize that
we are so blessed and Baruch Hashem we have so much bracha!




OCTOBER 26, 2014 2 CHESHVAN 5775
9 AM - 11:30 AM

Followed by a weekly 3-on-3 intramural
basketball tournament!




TOPIC: “Enhancing The Bond Between
Parents and Children”

Looking forward to seeing you on the following dates

November 2, 2014 February 22, 2015
November 16, 2014 march 1, 2015
November 23, 2014 March 8, 2015
December 28, 2014 March 15, 2015
February 1, 2015 March 22, 2015
February 8, 2015

All Sunday Learning Programs begin with Shacharit at 9 am followed by
breakfast, learning and great prizes. Program concludes each week at

11:30 am, following the 3-on-3 basketball game in the gym.


Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
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6 math Cigan/Walz/Goldste6B Gemara 7B Vocab Quiz 3
5 7G1 Vocal Quiz
7 Science 7G Chumash Quiz
19 8 Gemara (Howitt) 7 Math Sider
8 Math Cigan/Sider

29 30 1 2
8 Science 6 Science 6 Math Lowinger
7B Chumash
8B Ivrit 7 Math Cigan Lowinger
8 Algebra Test  7B Ivrit
8B Navi

6 7 8 9 10

6G Halacha 7B Halacha Rabbi 
7B Gemara Bernstein

20 21 22 23 24

6B Chumash 6G Ivrit  8B Ivrit

7G Halacha 7G Ivrit 8G Ivrit

8B Trip 8G Trip

8G Chumash Quiz

8G Halacha



You have seen the ads and signs for the Shabbos Project, and perhaps heard Shul announcements and
received emails about it. Undoubtedly, you have questions, and we hope that many of them are
answered below.

1) What is The Shabbos Project?

Reprising last year’s incredible South Africa Shabbaton, we in Queens are joining hundreds of other
communities around the world on Parshas Noach (October 24-25), when we will invite our
unaffiliated Jewish neighbors, acquaintances and relatives to experience an inspirational Shabbos in
our community.

2) How can I participate in The Shabbos Project?

While there are a number of ways you can participate in the Shabbos Project, first and foremost is to
invite your secular relative, co-worker, friend or neighbor to join you for the Shabbos. Of course you
may keep your guests with you at home for any or all of the Shabbos but you also should consider
joining us at some or all of the activities we have planned for your guests. (For help with making an
invitation, please refer to attached step by step invitation guide.)

3) What is the itinerary for the Shabbos Project in Kew Gardens Hills?

The tentative schedule of Shabbos activities is as follows:

 Our own spirited Communal Friday night davening at Yeshiva of Central Queens (with
concurrent option of beginners’ prayer service).

 Friday night Seuda for hosts and guests at YCQ, followed by community Oneg Shabbos dessert

 For those guests who do not want to ‘sleep in,’ Shabbos morning beginners' service at Jewish
Heritage Center.

 Shabbos lunch Seuda at various homes, with combined groups of hosts and their guests.
 Shabbos afternoon events (speakers, interactive panels, children’s activities, one-on-one

learning, game room/lounge for adults, etc.) at various venues in the community.
 Seuda shlishis for hosts and guests at YCQ.
 Communal havdalah and concert, with refreshments and wedding-style dancing.

4) I can’t explain Shabbos well enough, how am I going to host secular Jews?

You would be surprised how little you need to know and how much you already know. Your usual
Shabbos table is a powerful and eye-opening inspiration to people who have never experienced a
Shabbos. Also, the Shabbos Project has great “How To” guides for both you and your guests that we
will be distributing before the Shabbos.

5) I have someone I would like to invite but I have no room for them in my house; what should I do?

Just let your Shul representative know and the Shabbos Project committee will find the right place for

6) My co-worker will not come for the whole Shabbos, can I invite her for Friday night dinner?

Regardless of the Halachic opinion one generally follows on this matter, the Shabbos Project
Organization that created and put so much effort into this initiative is asking everyone, on this one
particular Shabbos, to join together in a full ”sundown to stars out” Shabbos (without driving). They
are respectfully requesting that you only invite your guests for the entire Shabbos.

Explain to your guests that the beauty of the Shabbos Project is that tens of thousands of Jews all
around the world and from all levels of observance will be joining to keep this entire Shabbos in unity
(hence the slogan, ‘Keeping It Together’). Kiruv experts tell us that experiencing a whole Shabbos is
infinitely more powerful than a single meal. Why not just go ahead and ask; they may surprise you
and agree to come.

7) I have asked my secular friend to come for Shabbos many times and he always refuses. Why
would this time be any different?

The Shabbos project is a unique opportunity. You are not just asking your friends to come for a
random Shabbos, you are inviting them to participate in a global day of unity with tens of thousands
of Jews all over the world. Send them a chatty email (see sample below) including a link to one of the
Shabbos Project videos, such as:

 The Shabbos Project 2014:

 Shabbat UK Promo:

 Mexico Cartoon:

to show how Jews just like them in all corners of the world are coming together to create the Shabbos

8) How do I sign up as a host?

The mechanism for enrollment is via the The Shabbos Project website. When landing on the home
page, host registration is termed “Individual” at the center of the page. It may not be intuitive, but it
does work.

9) October 24th is more than 5 weeks from now, isn’t it way too early to invite people?

NO! People often plan their weekends far in advance and if you wait, it may be too late. Additionally,
it may take them some time (and more than one conversation or email with you) to get comfortable
with the idea of spending a whole weekend at someone else’s house. And don’t forget, the Yomim
Tovim are coming up, and you will be quite busy yourself.

You can speak to your Shul representative or contact the Committee at [email protected]

Thank you for your interest and participation in the Shabbos Project. We are confident that it will be a
really inspirational event and a tremendous Kiddush Hashem.

Appendix: Sample invitation email:

Long time. I hope you and ________ are well. We are great, [add chitchat about yourselves.....].

We have certainly been remiss in keeping up with you, and way overdue on getting together. We
would love to have you over for a Shabbos when we can catch up and spend some quality time
together. I don't know if you guys have heard about last year's Shabbos Project in South Africa, where
thousands of Jews of every level of observance got together for an amazing Shabbos of Unity. (Check
it out at It was so exciting and inspiring that it is
being reprised this year, simultaneously in hundreds of cities around the world on October 24-25.
Queens will be hosting its own version of the Shabbos Project that week, and _______ & I would love
to have you & ______ join us. Many guests are expected in the neighborhood from all backgrounds
and walks of life, for what promises to be a fun-filled, unpressured inspirational experience. We hope
you will accept this invitation, and we know we will enjoy a really pleasant Shabbos together. Looking
forward to hearing from you soon.









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