VOLUME 16 NUMBER 11 DECEMBER 7, 2018 29 KISLEV 5779
UPCOMING Parshat Miketz/Shabbat Chanukah By: Rabbi Landsman
The uniqueness of the holiday of Chanukah is apparent in the fact that it is so
Candle Lighting: 4:09 widely celebrated amongst the Jews all over the world, no matter what their level of Jewish
Havdallah: 5:13 observance is. It is not only that Chanukah has the "good fortune" of always falling in the
month of December, which accounts for this level of interest in it. This is definitely a factor,
Monday, December 10 but Rabbi Wein says that he does not believe it to be the deciding factor. Rather, Chanukah
Last Day of Chanukah represents the last refuge of Jews who want to be Jewish but are unable to verbalize or
express in their actions that inner desire. So, Jews allow Chanukah to speak for us.
NO SESSIONS Chanukah declares clearly that HaShem is in the world, that there are basic principles of
Wed. December 12 faith and godly behavior that are worth great sacrifices, and that a little light can overcome
Parent Teacher a sea of darkness. We can see from the story of Chanukah that HaShem demands a certain
Conferences greatness from the Jewish people and He will perform miracles to guarantee human
realization of His presence in world events. Certainly in this century when Marx, Lenin,
3:45 pm Dismissal K-8 Stalin, Hitler, and other representatives of the new, modern, progressive world were
ascendant, the lights of Chanukah were certainly dim and the ideas they represented were
YCQ Family News only capable of being whispered, but not proclaimed. The Jewish people would retreat into
Chanukah and let the holiday itself speak for them and their inner being and hopes.
Mazal Tov to One of the qualities of Chanukah, that the Talmud emphasizes, is the concept of
Jason Vesely pirsumay nissa, the requirement to publicize and make known the miracle of Chanukah.
(Head of Security) Thus, the lights of Chanukah are lit in a window that opens to the outside street. In Israel,
they light the lights of Chanukah in the passageway of their outside doors so that they shine
on the birth of a on the street. The lights of Chanukah, are the symbol of the miracle and the lessons of this
baby boy! holiday and become a public statement of Jewish faith and of our deepest instincts and
Mazel Tov to Rabbi godly intuition. What we cannot say in words, either out of ignorance, shame, or weakness,
Finestone (JHS we say with the lights of Chanukah themselves.
Rebbe) on the
The problems in Jewish life that Chanukah records for us are still present today in
engagement of his the Jewish world. The Hellenistic Jews no longer go by that name, but their program of
son, Gershon! advocating unchecked Jewish assimilation, no matter what the cost, still lives on. There are
other Jews in our time that advocate putting all of our trust in our own might and power,
Mazel Tov to Rabbi even though all of the history of the events of this bloody century seem to deny the validity
of such a strategy. There are still other Jews that are blind to the realities of being
Russek (JHS subjugated and are unappreciative of the benefits, spiritual and physical, of being an
Rebbe) on the independent nation. All of these groups existed within the Jewish world of the Hasmoneans
engagement of his almost twenty-two centuries ago. The victory and miracles of Chanukah stand as a stark
daughter, Batya! reminder to all of us that we have been through this trial once before. A wise people learn
Mazel Tov to from its past history. Chanukah and its lights are a powerful memory aid for all of us.
Rachel Stern (UPK The Torah records for us in this week's reading the story of the fulfillment of Yosef's
Morah) on her dreams. The Torah reading of Miketz almost invariably coincides with the Sabbath of
upcoming marriage Chanuka. The message here is also clear that Chanukah and Jewish dreams are inseparable.
In order to have a meaningful, spiritual, Jewish life, one must be a dreamer. One must have
to Meir Mondrow! a maximum vision of one's self and one's importance and contributions to Jewish life and
destiny. Without that vision, it is difficult to appreciate the lights of Chanukah. For
Mazel Tov in Lea Chanukah not only commemorates our past, it is meant to illustrate our future. It gives
Apelbaum on her hope for our dreams' fulfillment and a sense of confidence, Jewish confidence, that
somehow all will yet be right for us and for all of humankind.
Shabbat Shalom and Chanukah Sameach!
Mazel Tov to
David Haim on his
Second Grade Chumash Presentation
This past Sunday, classes 2-205 and 2-206 were incredibly excited to finally receive
their Chumashim! For the last couple of months, the classes had been preparing for
this momentous day. They learned about the Chumash, how to find the Psukim, and how
to read and understand the words. They put on a beautiful show about the creation of
the world. After a wonderful and exciting presentation, each student received their
very own Chumash with his or her name engraved on it. Each class learned the first
five Psukim together in front of their families and friends, and afterward, enjoyed
some treats and cake at a Chumash party. Mazel tov to all the second graders! It is so
inspiring to see their love for Torah. Many thanks to Morah Reut, Morah Ronit, Morah
Izzy, Morah Tammy, Morah Tali, Rabbi Ribalt, Rabbi Hamel, Morah Maxine, and PTO
parent representatives for making this day so memorable.
YCQ Celebrates Chanukah
The week of Chanukah is always an incredible time at YCQ, and this year was no
different. The week kicked off with an awesome concert from Shlock Rock. The
fourth and fifth grade students got a visit from Morah Wonka, also known as
Mrs. Beylus, who came to YCQ to make beautiful chocolate treats with the
students. The fun continued with a puppet show from “Small Wonder Puppet
Theater,” performing the Chanukah story for our nursery through second grades.
The third through eighth grades had a special treat with a visit from Silent DJ!
The elementary school also participated in a fun and competitive dreidel spin-off.
What an amazing week!
What’s “Stewing” in Mrs. Kaplan’s Class?
Exciting things have been taking place in Mrs. Kaplan's fourth grade this
month. They learned about Algonquian and Iroquois cultures. They
enjoyed the pow wow and made some fantastic projects to show what
they learned. The class concluded the unit with a special Iroquois "three
Sisters" stew that the boys made and ate in class. Agi'a!
Preschool Chanukah Presentations
This past Wednesday, the kindergarten classes each performed a
beautiful play in honor of Chanukah. The children spent a lot of time
practicing songs with Morah Karen, making their own costumes, and
learning their parts. Each play was an amazing success! The UPK classes
participated in workshops which included a craft table, a Chanukah game
table, and concluded with a sing-a-long. The parents and families of our
preschool students were so proud and enjoyed their children’s
As Parent Teacher Conferences are approaching, we would like to extend an invitation for all parents in grades N-5 to
utilize the conference option on ParentLocker. ParentLocker allows you to select the time 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 times 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
Date Grades Times Slot length
Wednesday, 1-200, 1-201, 1-202, 2-205, 2-207, 5:30pm to 10 Minutes per appointment
December 12, 3-210, 3-211, Fourth Grade, 9:30pm
5-302, 5-303 5th Grade 5 Minutes per appointment
2018 JHS Girls 6-9 PM
No Sign-up required
Monday, Nursery, Kindergarten, 1-203, 2-204, 5:30pm to 10 Minutes per appointment
2-206, 3-209, 3-212, 9:30pm
December 17, 5th Grade 5 Minutes per appointment
2018 5-300, 5-301 6-9PM
No Sign-up required
The online registration system will be open for registration beginning on Wednesday, October 31 at 10:00am.
If you have any questions or comments at any point in the process, please contact Mrs. Blum at
(718) 793-8500 Ext. 310 or Mrs. Friedman at (718) 793-8500 Ext. 330.
Parent Teacher Conferences, Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Class Time Sign In Location of Conference
1-200, 1-201, 5:30-9:30 Sign in Online Classroom
1-202 (Mrs. Blass, Morah Leah)
2-207, 5:30-9:30 Sign in Online Classroom
5:30-9:30 Sign in Online Classroom
2-205 (Mrs. Chubak, Morah Reut)
3-211 (Morah Etty, Ms. Laffer)
Fourth Grade 5:30-9:30 Sign in Online Classroom
5-302, 5-303 5:30-9:30 Sign in Online Classroom
(Finkelstein, Rohr, Fried, Lunchroom
6:00-9:00 No Sign In
Orlanski, Hoffman) First Come First Serve
Parent Teacher Conferences, Monday, December 17, 2018
Class Time Sign In Location & Conference
5:30-9:30 Sign in Online Classroom
Nursery & Kindergarten 5:30-9:30 Sign in Online Classroom
(Mrs. Blass, Morah Leah)
2-204, 5:30-9:30 Sign in Online Classroom
2-206 (Morah Reut, Mrs. Chubak) 5:30-9:30 Sign in Online Classroom
3-212 (Ms. Laffer, Morah Etty)
5-300, 5-301 5:30-9:30 Sign in Online Classroom
(Fried, Rohr, Hoffman, Lunchroom
6:00-9:00 No Sign In
Rosenblum ) First come first serve
Yeshiva of Central Queens
ישיבה ד‘סנטרל קווינם
Seventy – Eight Anniversary
GUESTS OF HONOR
DRS. RACHEL AND JOSHUA SISSER DR. EVE AND RABBI TODD SULLIVAN
EDUCATOR AWARD SPECIAL GUEST SINGER ALUMNA AWARD
RABBI MOSHE HAMEL AVI PERETS RANDI LUXENBERG
MOTZEI SHABBOS, MARCH 2, 2019 כ‘‘ו אדר א‘ תשע‘‘ט, מצש‘‘ק
OLD WESTBURY HEBREW CONGREGATION
21 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury, NY 11568
WWW.YCQDINNER.COM ▪ [email protected] ▪ 718 -793 - 8500 EXT 300
Grab’n’Go Dinner available for
purchase in the main lobby during
12/12 and 12/17 [5:30-9:30 PM while supplies last]
Wraps – Regular or Whole Wheat $7
• Tuna Wrap Choice of Wrap
• Low Fat Veggie Tuna Wrap comes with a Side
• Egg Salad Wrap Salad and a Pickle
Tossed Salads $7
Snapple Lemon/Peach Regular/Diet or Water Bottles
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2018
10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
ADMISSION $10.00 (youth members)
CHANUKAH PRESENT GRAB BAG!
There will be ART PROJECTS, COMPETITIONS,
DELICIOUS PRIZES, & CHANUKAH GIFTS!
PIZZA and JELLY DONUTS will be served!
AND DON’T MISS THE CHANUKAH BLAST’S
“DREIDLE OF FORTUNE”
WITH YOUR FAVORITE HOST,
2-205 CHUMASH PRESENTATION
2-206 CHUMASH PRESENTATION
KINDERGARTEN CHANUKAH PRESENTATIONS
YCQ CELEBRATES CHANUKAH