VOLUME 16 NUMBER 18 FEBRUARY 23, 2018 8 ADAR 5778
UPCOMING Parshat Tetzaveh/Purim/Shabbat Zachor
By: Rabbi Landsman
Candle Lighting: 5:21
Havdallah: 6:22 If clothes do not make the man they certainly influence the man. A policeman who dons
his uniform consciously or not is donning upon himself not only specific and unique garments
Shabbat, Feb 24 that identify his profession, but responsibility and commitment to others. The Kohanim in
Shabbat Zachor the Beit Hamikdash, we are taught in Parshat Tetzaveh, wore special garments, "l'chavod
u'l'tifaret - for honor and splendor". At first glance this is to be understood as honor for the One
Sunday, Feb 25 they served, Hashem and honor for the House in which they served, the Beit Hamikdash. In
UPK In Session addition these special garments, unique to the Kohanim, brought out their honor and
5-8 Grade Parent-Child splendor. The Ibn Ezra notes that their honor may be revealed through the way in which they
Learning Program dress."
9:00-11:30 Clothing plays a most important role in the Sanctuary, as we are taught, "while clad in
Priestly garments their Kehuna responsibilities and effectiveness as officiating is
Wednesday, Feb 28 valid” (Zevachim 17b); without the exact prescribed attire of the Kohen, they are no better than
Taánit Esther a zar (a non-Kohen) and their service would be invalidated.
1:30PM Dismissal An additional appreciation of clothing may be learned from the laws of Shabbat and
N-8 Yom Tov attire. The Talmud (Shabbat 113a) teaches that one's garments for Shabbat should
be better and different than those worn during the week, and if possible one's attire for Yom Tov
Thursday, March 1 should be even of a better class. A possible reason for this was explained by Rabbi Benjamin
Purim Yudin, Rabbi, Congregation Shomrei Torah, Fairlawn, NJ who quotes the Rav z"tl, who
explains that on Shabbat Hashem comes to visit us and we dress accordingly. On Yom Tov
No Sessions when we go to visit Him, if possible we upgrade the clothes to mark the specialty of the
occasion. Here too our donning Shabbat and Yom Tov clothing brings out not only a greater
Friday, March 2 respect and appreciation for Shabbat, but additionally it elevates our persona on these holy
Shushan Purim Carnival days as well.
Sunday, March 4 It is interesting to note that regarding the forthcoming holiday of Purim there is an old
UPK In Session custom to masquerade in costumes and conceal our true identity. The B'nei Yissaschar in
5-8 Grade Parent-Child Maámarei Chodesh Adar (9) suggests the following explanation for the custom: the Gemara
Learning Program (Megillah 12a) teaches that the Jews were guilty of bowing down to the statue of
Nevuchadnetzar, but they only sinned on the surface. That is to say, they feigned serving the
9:00-11:30 idol, while in their hearts they remained loyal to Hashem. Hashem acted midah k'neged
midah and therefore feigned a threat to (G-d forbid) destroy the Jewish nation in order to scare
Sunday, March 7 and arouse the Jewish nation to teshuva; there never was a Divine plot to destroy His people.
Parent-Teacher We therefore masquerade at the time of the Purim Seudah, thus demonstrating and proclaiming
the message that we need to learn from, and rectify, the past. They failed to have their inner
Conferences resolve prevail over their actions; their penimiut did not influence their chitzoniut.
Purim was a day of v'nahafoch hu - topsy-turvy, and what appears on the surface was
K-8 not genuine. The Talmud (Megillah 12a) teaches that King Achashveirosh, to celebrate that the
Sunday, March 11 Jews would not be rebuilding their Temple nor returning to their land, clad himself in the bigdei
Kehuna to defiantly mock the Jews by saying they would no longer be needing these garments.
UPK In Session
5-8 Grade Parent-Child On each of the Jewish holidays we reenact the past. It is not enough to recall that those
who left Egypt ate matzah, rather we also eat matzah. We remain awake all night on Shavuot,
Learning Program anxiously awaiting our receiving of the Torah, we reside in Sukkot. It is thus most appropriate
9:00-11:30 that we masquerade on Purim, laughing at and mocking the outer trappings and behavior of the
other individual, and thereby reminding ourselves of the mistake that we made by not allowing
YCQ Family News our inner love and devotion to Hashem to be displayed on the outside. It is the penimiut, i.e. the
inner core, commitment, and image of G-d and true character that finally appeared on the
Mazel Tov to Mrs. outside as well when we fasted publicly and did teshuva that saved the Jewish nation at Purim,
Jennifer Jaffe on and reminds us that this is to be our true perspective and identity all year long.
Dassie’s Bat Mitzvah!
Mazel Tov to Yitzi
Nissani on his Bar
Mazel Tov to Liorah
Soleimani on her Bat
This past Friday, the Rabbeim took on the Varsity Basketball Team. The Rabbeim kept
there wining streak from last year winning by a land slide! The students enjoyed watching
the game unfold! Hope the Rebbes can keep their winning streak next year!
5th-8th Girls Rosh Chodesh Ice Skating Trip
This past Friday, the girls in grades 5-8 went along with their Morot and
teachers ice skating in honor of Rosh Chodesh! The girls had a wonderful time
spending time with their teachers in such an informal setting!
This week the students participated in our annual bracha bee. The atmosphere was
exciting with students cheering on their fellow classmates as they demonstrated their vast
knowledge of the Brachot. The students had prepared weeks in advance for this program
and it was clear how well the students knew their brachot. Kol hakavod to our students
and teachers and to Rabbi Ribalt for their dedication and participation in making this
program a success!!
Healthy and Wise
When someone hears the words go, slow, and who, they usually think of a traffic light, but in our
Healthy & Wise program we think of different foods. Go foods in the green circle are foods that can be
eaten anytime because they help us grow big and strong. Slow foods in the yellow circle are foods that
can be eaten sometimes, and Whoa foods in the red circle are foods that should be eaten only once in a
while because they might give us cavities or make us sick. The students in each grade played various
games sorting foods into the right categories. It was a fun way to learn this important lesson.
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As Parent Teacher Conferences are approaching, we would like to extend an invita on for all parents in grades N‐5 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
5:30pm to 10 Minutes per appointment
Wednesday, 1‐200, 1‐201, 1‐202, 2‐205, 2‐207, 9:30pm
March 7, 2018 3‐209, 3‐211, Fourth Grade, 5th Grade 5 Minutes per appointment
5‐302, 5‐303 6‐9 PM No Sign‐up required
Monday, Nursery, Kindergarten, 1‐203, 2‐204, 5:30pm to 10 Minutes per appointment
March 12, 2018 2‐206, 3‐210, 3‐212, 9:30pm
5th Grade 5 Minutes per appointment
5‐300, 5‐301 6‐9PM No Sign‐up required
The online registraƟon system will only be open for registraƟon beginning on Thursday, February 15th unƟl
Monday March 5, at 9:00 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 (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].
Parent Teacher Conferences, Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Class Time Sign In LocaƟon of Conference
5:30‐9:30 Sign in Online Classroom
1‐202 (Mrs. Blass, Morah Leah)
2‐207, 2‐205 (Mrs. Chubak, 5:30‐9:30 Sign in Online Classroom
Morah Reut) 5:30‐9:30 Sign in Online Classroom
3‐211 (Ms. Laﬀer, Morah E y)
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,
6:00‐9:00 No Sign In Lunchroom
Orlanski, Hoﬀman) First Come First Serve
Parent Teacher Conferences, Monday, March 12, 2018
Class Time Sign In LocaƟon & 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
(Morah E y, Ms. Laﬀer )
5‐300, 5‐301 5:30‐9:30 Sign in Online Classroom
(Fried, Rohr, Hoﬀman,
JHS Boys 6:00‐9:00 No Sign In Lunchroom
First come ﬁrst serve
BOOK FAIR SCHEDULE
Our ANNUAL Y.C.Q. PARENTS ASSOCIATION BOOK FAIR will
take place on TUESDAY, MARCH 6th and WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7th in the
J.H.S. building multi-purpose room.
The Book Fair will have a large selection of Scholastic English and Judaica books. There
will be a variety of computer software, videos, and cookbooks available. All purchases benefit our
school and our library.
All classes, nursery through grade 8, are scheduled for visits to the Book Fair. Parents of
children in nursery, kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 3rd grades are welcome to come and shop with their
children. All parents are welcome to come to browse and shop each day. Please remember to send
money along with your child on the day of his/her scheduled visit. Books range in price from
approximately $7.00 to $15.00. In accordance with NYS tax law, sales tax will now be charged.
Please note that the Book Fair will also be open during Parent-Teacher Conferences
on WEDNESDAY evening, MARCH 7th.
Tuesday, March 6 Wednesday, March 7
9:30-9:50 N-109, N-208 K-100, K-101
9:55-10:15 1-202. 1-203 2-205, 2-206
10:30-10:50 YESS K-102, K-103
10:50-11:10 5-300, 5-301 5-302, 5-303
11:10-11:30 6G1, 6G2 3-211, 3-212
11:30-12:30 LUNCH LUNCH
12:30-12:50 3-209, 3-210 2-204, 2-207
12:55- 1:15 4-306
1:15- 1:35 7G1, 7G2
1:35- 1:55 6B1, 6B2 8B1, 8B2
1:55- 2:15 8G1, 8G2 4-304
2:15-2:35 1-200, 1-201
2:35- 2:55 7B1, 7B2 4-305, 4-307
FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO VOLUNTEER TO HELP AT
THE BOOK FAIR, PLEASE CONTACT:
Shandi Glaser 718-551-7112 or [email protected],
Tzipora Laub 917-742-9469 or [email protected],
or Suri Sokol 917-838-4674 or [email protected] .
WE NEED PARENT VOLUNTEERS DURING CLASS VISITS AND THROUGHOUT THE DAY, AND TO
SET UP (Sunday March 4th, 9-11AM) AND PACK UP THE FAIR (Wednesday, March 7th, 8:30 PM).
משנכנס אדר מרבים בשמחה
The International Young Israel Movement (IYIM - Israel Branch) has a number of innovative and enriching
programs that empower and educate Jews in Israel across socio-economic and religio-political divides.
Purim is a major time for positive programming at IYIM and it is with great joy and pride that we invite you and
your congregants to take part in our unique Purim projects. These projects are being organized in memory of
Meir Mishkoff z’l who founded and worked tirelessly on these projects for the last 15+ years.
● 10,000 Mishloach Manot for the Brave Soldiers of the IDF – in conjunction with ZOA Brooklyn,
Yashar LChayal and World Mizrachi. With your help, we are hoping to break the 10,000 mark in this
Packages are hand delivered in a 5-day operation to bases all over Israel. A card denoting your shul or
congregant’s name will accompany your donated packages.
Price per Mishloach Manot is $18 and any shul donating $500 or above will receive a certificate of
recognition. To participate/contribute please use our web order form at www.yimanot.org.
We would also like to take this opportunity to invite you or a representative of your shul to
participate in the Mishloach Manot distribution on IDF bases - programming uniquely offered by
IYIM. Visits to IDF bases will take place the week of Purim. Please contact us at
[email protected] for details.
● Draw for a Soldier Campaign – Our soldiers love receiving warm letters/cards/drawings from Jewish
children and youth from all over the world. As such we have instituted this special campaign in
conjunction with our Mishloach Manot project. We collect these pictures and letters from schools and
shuls and place them into the Mishloachei Manot that are given out to the soldiers. If you are interested
in having the children of your community participate, kindly inform your youth or educational director to
contact our office for drop-off details and timetables as soon as possible ([email protected]).
● Person-to-Person Mishlochei Manot Anywhere in Israel – in conjunction with the American Friends
of Yisrael Hatzair, Mishlochei Manot can be sent to friends or family anywhere in Israel. All profits from
this project are directed to the educational, social welfare and empowerment projects of IYIM. For full
details or to place orders please refer to www.yimanot.org
We would greatly appreciate your sharing our campaigns with your congregants and hope to have the
opportunity to partner with you for Purim and in the future!
With wishes of a Chag Purim Sameach for you and your yeshiva,
Daniel M. Meyer
Rebbe-Talmid Basketball Game