VOLUME 14 NUMBER 7 NOVEMBER 13, 2015 1 KISLEV 5776
UPCOMING Parshat Toldot By: Rabbi Landsman
EVENTS Our father Yitzchak emerges as a very enigmatic person in this week’s
parsha. The dominant figure in the parsha is our mother Rivkah. It is she who
Candle Lighting: assesses the true situation and character descriptions of her twin sons Eisav
and Yaakov. It is she who sends Yaakov to the house of Lavan in order to
Havdallah: 5:20 escape the wrath of his brother Eisav. It is she who orchestrates the plan to
Sunday Nov. 15 obtain the blessings of Yitzchak on behalf of Yaakov instead of Eisav. In short,
PTO Family she is the main player in this drama of eternal confrontation and family ten-
Picture Day sion.
Rabbi Berel Wein asks: “Why is Rivkah so active in all of these momentous
5th-8th Parent family matters while Yitzchak seems so passive in confronting the burgeoning
Child Learning threat of Eisav and his murderous enmity towards Yaakov?” Most
commentators seem to think that Yitzchak felt that confronting Eisav would
Tuesday Nov. 17 only exacerbate an already bad situation and that Eisav somehow could be
JHS Picture Day won over by being coddled and appeased. Eisav, after all, was the oldest son
and in spite of his otherwise evil behavior was respectful of his father.
Bat Mitzvah Other commentators point out that Yitzchak’s own experience with his
Workshop 6th wayward half-brother Yishmael influenced him. After all, at the end of his life
Grade Girls 7PM Yishmael repented of his ways and reconciled himself to Yitzchak and the
Wednesday Nov. 18 holy ways of the house of Avraham. Perhaps Eisav will follow in his ways as
Picture day well.
Grades N-5 Rivkah who comes from the house of Lavan and Betuel is not so positive
about the future of her eldest son. She recognizes in him the tendency toward
Shabbat Nov. 21 selfishness, greed and instant gratification that characterizes her brother
Intergenerational Lavan. She is of the opinion that making nice to Eisav will not in any way help
him overcome his weaknesses. As painful as it must have been for her, she
Melave Malka realizes that she must choose between the two brothers. She hears the words
3rd Grade of the prophetic message told to her during her difficult pregnancy that the
Sunday Nov. 22 two brothers will constantly struggle against each other.
BJE H.S. Entrance She is forced to take steps to ensure that Yaakov should survive this struggle
Exam Judaic and emerge reinforced with the blessings of Yitzchak and Avraham intact
within him. Yitzchak, who did not hear that heavenly message directly and is
8th Grade therefore not bound by it, hopes to salvage Eisav and does not feel that he
5th-8th Parent will harm Yaakov by so doing.
Child Learning The Torah records for us the fateful decision of Rivkah to force the matter.
After it is over and Yaakov takes leave of Yitzchak to depart for the house of
9-11:30 Lavan, Yitzchak acquiesces in Rivkah’s initiative and confirms the blessings to
YCQ Family News Yaakov.
The tear in the fabric of the family is now complete and stretches all the way
Mazel Tov to Mrs. through the generations of history. The blessings of Yitzchak to Yaakov have
Jaffe (Computers and enabled Israel to survive till this day. But the fury and enmity of Eisav over
Science Teacher) on those blessings has never subsided, again even until this day. Shabat shalom.
the marriage of her
Mazel Tov to Rabbi YCQ Nursery and Kindergarten Registration has begun!
Kramer (JHS Rebbe) Please make sure to make an appointment with Morah Sharon to
on the engagement of
ensure a spot in our Nursery or Kindergarten!
Mazel Tov to Michal
Levine on her Bat
JHS Boys Shabbaton
This past Shabbat, Parshat Chayei Sarah, the JHS boys enjoyed a memorable and meaningful Shabbat together at
the Raleigh Hotel. On Friday afternoon the students had fun playing outdoor sports and swimming. Shabbat
began with a beautiful Kabbalat Shabbat, a delicious dinner and divrei Torah. After learning groups, an oneg
Shabbat, and a battle of the grades competition, everyone retired to their rooms for the night. On Shabbat
morning after Shacharit, everyone participated in a Torah sports trivia competition. During lunch, students
enjoyed more delicious food and divrei Torah. The Rebbeim participated in games with their students. At seudah
shlishit there was beautiful singing and Divrei Torah. Havdallah was filled with much ruach, and the fun
continued after Shabbat at Sport Time USA. The students had a wonderful Shabbat where they built lasting
relationships and memories with their Rebbeim and peers. The Schnitzel Boys really enhanced the ruach over
Shabbat. Thank you to all of the Rebbeim and chaperones for making this Shabbaton so special!
In honor of Election Day on Tuesday, November 3, Classes in Kindergarten through Grade 4 took part
in Library-related elections, featuring a ballot box and a great deal of enthusiasm. Kindergarteners and
First Graders voted for “favorite book character,” while the Second Graders voted whether the “Big,
Bad Wolf” in Jon Scieszka’s famous book The True Story of the Three Little Pigs was guilty or
innocent. Third graders had an opportunity to vote on their favorite book series, and Fourth Grade
Classes focused on most popular fiction book genre. The results of our varied votes were the following,
based on majority opinion:
Kindergarten and Grade 1: Clifford, the Big Red Dog as best character
Grade 2: The Wolf was innocent! (he had a bad cold and didn’t mean to blow down the pig’s houses!)
Grade 3: Geronimo Stilton as favorite series
Grade 4: Adventure Fiction was favorite genre
Bar Mitzvah Workshop
On Tuesday November 10th, the seventh grade boys together with their fathers, enjoyed an informative
and fun evening where they learned about becoming a Bar Mitzvah. Rabbi Landsman addressed the
audience and the students each spoke about their namesake and how they wish to emulate them in honor
of their Bar Mitzvah. Rabbi Schneid, a well known soffer from the Monsey, taught the boys about the
importance of tefillin with a hands-on workshop on how tefillin are made. The parents and students also
enjoyed a delicious dinner and simcha dancing lessons from the Shnitzel Boys! Thank you to Rabbi
Bernstein, JHS Rebbe for coordinating this wonderful event.
Kindergarten Open House A Huge Success
This past Sunday YCQ had an extremely successful Kindergarten Open house. It was attended by over one hundred new
families that came from the surrounding neighborhoods in Queens as well as the Five Towns and Great Neck. While the adults
enjoyed a viewing of last years’ Dinner slideshow presentation and heard from Mr. Sruli Glaser, as well as YCQ students,
Meirav Landsman and Shayna Orlow, Hillel Golubtchik and Eitan Guttnemacher, Sharon Korn, Rabbi Landsman and YCQ
parents Mrs. Sara Gherman and Mrs. Samantha Kramer. The children participated in music, gym, and visits to the Kindergar-
ten classrooms where they made craft projects. Numerous people helped make this day such a success. Thank you to Morah
Rivky Huff, Morah Selma Gottfreid, Morah Raina Popowitz, Morah Adina Hativi, Morah Janet Koenigsberg, Morah Rhona Li-
petz, Morah Suri Friedman, Morah Sarah Kasherim, Morah Maxine Lipshitz, Morah Shifra Siegel, Rabbi Lonner, Rabbi Kovitz,
Mrs. Meira Bavaro, Mrs. Golubtchik, Morah Sharon Korn, Rabbi Landsman, Mrs. Cohen, Rabbi Hamel, Mr. Schwartzman, Mr.
Andres Perez, Mrs. Karen Daitchman, Morah Leah Greenwald, Mrs. Jen Jaffe, Mrs. Yusupov, Mrs. Orlanski, and Mrs. Gloria
YCQ 5TH - 8TH GRADE STUDENT
SUNDAY LEARNING PROGRAM
PLEASE JOIN US THIS SUNDAY
November 15, 2015
5 Kislav 5776
9 AM - 11 AM
11-11:30 3-on-3 Basketball
FOR AN INSPIRATIONAL
FEATURING SPECIAL SPEAKER:
Rabbi Dovid Orlofsky,
A graduate of Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim in New York and the Pressburg
Yeshiva in Jerusalem. He is a former regional director for the National Council
of Synagogue Youth and is an internationally acclaimed lecturer and
educator. Rabbi Orlofsky has published essays and has been quoted in the
New York Times, as well as other national publications. He is presently a
lecturer at Ohr Somayach in Jerusalem and at the Ohr LaGolah Leadership
The Third Grade of the Yeshiva of Central Queens
cordially invite you to our
Intergenerational Family & Friend
עבנטירבתניזקםנויתםפארת בנים אבותם
Special Guest MOTZAEI SHABBAT
November 21, 2015 • ט‘ כסלו תשע‘‘ו
HECHT 7:00* PM
IN THE YCQ DINING HALL
147-37 70th Road, Flushing, NY
Couvert $15 per person
There will be no charge for the Third Grade Students
STUDENTS MUST BE ESCORTED BY THEIR PARENTS,
GRANDPARENTS OR SPECIAL PERSON
* Program begins prompty at 7:00pm
Students should arrive no EARLIER than 6:30pm
Class Time Grades N-5
K-101 9:15 schedule
K-102 9:30 Wednesday,
N-109 10:00 November
N-208 10:15 18, 2015
1-201 10:45 Boys:
NO CLASSES 11:00 Please wear
NO CLASSES 11:15 dress pants and a
3-209 11:30 button down
1-203 12:00 shirt.
2-206 12:15 Girls:
4-305 12:30 Please wear
2-205 12:45 Shabbat dress
4-304 1:00 clothing.
Yeshiva of Central Queens
JHS PICTURE DAY SCHEDULE
Tuesday, November 17th 2015
9:00-9:30- 8th Grade Boys Yearbook Picture
9:30-10:15- 8th Grade Boys Portraits
10:15-10:45- 8the Grade Girls Yearbook Picture
10:45-11:30- 8th Grade Girls Portraits
11:30-12:15- Committee Pictures
1:25- 1:40- 6B1
Grades 6-8 Girls: Please come dressed in appropriate Shabbat clothing.
Grades 6-7 Boys: Please come dressed in black or blue pants and a white button
Grade 8 Boys: Please come dressed in a dark suit (navy blue or black, white
button down dress shirt, tie, and Shabbat shoes).
The 8th grade photo will be a full page spread in the 8th grade yearbook.
It is very important that the 8th grade students follow the dress code.
A MESSAGE FROM THE
YCQ PARENTS TEACHERS ORGANIZATION
As Chanukah approaches, please join us in showing our Hakarat Hatov to the administration,
teachers, and staff of the Yeshiva for the dedication and commitment they show to our chil-
dren every day.
We ask that you send in your gift of $25.00 per child, with a
cap of $60.00 per family of three children or more.
Please keep in mind that these funds are distributed entirely to staff at YCQ, including: princi-
pals, Rabbeim/Morot, teachers, assistant teachers, all specialty teachers such as art, comput-
ers, dance, gym, library, music, and resource room, the nurse, administrative, kitchen and
custodial staff and the building security guards. There are over 150 staff members in all.
This year you may pay by cash/check sent into school with the names and grades of your chil-
dren clearly listed. You may also pay via PayPal through the following link:
http://www.ycqweb.com/YCQ_PTO_Chanukah_Gelt. In addition, there will be a table set up
in the lobby during Parent-Teacher conferences to collect these funds.
Thank you for your participation,
The Officers of the Parent Teachers Organization
---------------------------Please address envelope to YCQ-PTO------------------------------
Total amount: ($60 cap for families with 3 or more children) $__________
The Yeshiva of Central Queens
FAMILY PICTURE DAY
At YCQ with
(husband of our very own Morah Adina Hativi)
Sunday, November 15, 2015
10:30 am-2:30 pm
Appointments will be in 10 minute increments
$36 Sitting fee per family
(paid when making appointment)
11x14 Portrait $75 8x10 $35
5x7 $25 4x6 $12
4 wallets $16
or contact Yair, create a custom package, and save
Sign up for your appointment today on the YCQ website at
For more information:
The YCQ-PTO will receive 20% of all sales which go to our
programming for the children
147-37 70th Road • Flushing, NY 11367 • 718-793-8500
Dear Nursery ‐ 5th Grade Parents:
As Parent Teacher Conferences are approaching, we would like to extend an invita on for you to u lize the conference op on on
ParentLocker. ParentLocker allows you to select the me slots and create your schedule prior to arriving at school on Parent
Teacher night. The scheduling system is ﬁrst come/ﬁrst serve, so the earlier you sign up, the more availability there will be for
appointments, and the more likely you will be able to customize a convenient schedule for yourself.
Before beginning the process please check the following schedule of conference dates and mes in order to know when the
teachers you would like to see will be available:
Please Note: Fourth grade parents should not sign up for a Math Conference. Rather it should be done via phone or e‐mail.
Date Grades Times Slot length
Wednesday, 1‐200, 1‐201, 1‐202, 2‐205, 3‐209, 3‐ 5:30pm to 10 Minutes per appointment
211, Fourth Grade,
December 2, 9:30pm 5th Grade 5 Minutes per appointment
2015 5‐300, 5‐301
10 Minutes per appointment
December 15, 5:30pm to 5th Grade 5 Minutes per appointment
2015 Nursery, Kindergarten, 1‐203, 2‐204,
2‐206, 2‐207, 3‐210, 3‐212, 9:30pm
The online registraƟon system will only be open for registraƟon beginning at 10:00 AM on Monday, November 16th unƟl
November 30th, at 11:00 AM .
Please remember that the system is FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE and registra on should be completed as early as
possible to help ensure the most convenient schedule possible for you.
For Parents without access to a computer or internet connec on, Hadas or Liron (contact info below) will be
available by email or phone to assist in the registra on process. Those parents who use this method will be
provided with a printed schedule that can be picked up from Hadas in Rabbi Landsman’s oﬃce.
If you have any ques ons or comments at any point in the process, please contact Hadas at (718) 793‐8500 Ext.
310 [email protected] or Liron at Ext. 330 [email protected].
Great Prizes 1 raffle ticket for Raffle
$1 tickets will
Support the be sold from
eighth grade 3 raffle tickets November
10 raffle tickets
for $5 Raffle will
be held on
YCQ Open House!
JHS ANNUAL BOYS SHABBATON!
Bar Mitzvah Workshop!