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YCQ 75th Anniversary Dinner Journal

YCQ 75th Anniversary Dinner Journal

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YESHIVA OF CENTRAL QUEENS
SEVENTY-FIFTH ANNIVERSARY DINNER



YESHIVA OF CENTRAL QUEENS

DINNER CHAIRPERSONS
Mrs. Pearl Cohen
Mrs. Reize Sipzner

DINNER COMMITTEE
Roberta Ackerman
Vered Basalel
Benyamin Besalel
Eden Besalel
Eldad Besalel
Eliyahu Besalel
Orit Besalel
Ruthie Besalel
Ziva Besalel
Carrie Beylus
Avi Beylus
Meira Beylus
Yael Beylus
Elite Finkelstein
Rochel Friedler
Robert Greenberg
Adira Gross
Rabbi Moshe Hamel
Miriam Kavian

Rabbi Avraham Kovitz
Caryn Kramer

Rabbi Yaakov Lonner
Rabbi Marc Merrill

Sarah Merrill
Eli Orenbuch
Rachel Orenbuch
Siggy Orenbuch
Shelley Peretz
Andres Perez
Batsheva Solimannia
Hayley Tanzman
Jodi Tanzman
Lauren Tanzman
Zahava Teichman
Moshe Simcha Weinstock
SEVENTY-FIFTH ANNIVERSARY DINNER

YESHIVA OF CENTRAL QUEENS

Message From
Pearl Cohen and Reize Sipzner
Dinner and Journal Co-chairpersons

It is our pleasure to welcome you to the
Seventy-fifth Anniversary Dinner of Yeshiva of
Central Queens as we pay tribute to our most
esteemed and worthy honorees.
Our Guests of Honor, Rabbi and Mrs.
Mark Landsman, have demonstrated their
sincere and genuine commitment to YCQ for over twelve years.
Their selfless contributions of time and talent have enabled our
Yeshiva to grow and prosper.
Our Distinguished Alumnus awardee, Eric S. Goldstein,
member of the class of 1973, is an outstanding leader in the
Jewish community. He credits the foundation he received at YCQ for
inspiring him in his holy work.
Our Parents of the Year, Ronen and Tanya Nissani, are
wonderful role models of devotion to family and community.
Tonight we showcase three very special Legacy Families.
The Hametz, Holzer, and Rothberger mishpachot represent the
mission and spirit of the Yeshiva. We have been enriched by these
multi-generational families who personify the very essence of our
Yeshiva.
We would like to thank you for sharing this milestone
evening with us as we celebrate seventy-five incredible years of
educating children to become successful Torah Jews in today’s so-
ciety. We thank our founding fathers and mothers, and past ad-
ministrators and faculty for their years of dedicated service to YCQ.
May Hashem bless us all with good health, nachas and suc-
cess in the coming years.

SEVENTY-FIFTH ANNIVERSARY DINNER

We gratefully acknowledge

the support received from the

Fund for Jewish Education

sponsored by

Caroline and Joseph Gruss
Life Monument Funds, inc.

and

UJA-Federation of New York

SEVENTY-FIFTH ANNIVERSARY DINNER

YESHIVA OF CENTRAL QUEENS

YESHIVA OF CENTRAL QUEENS
OFFICERS AND BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Officers Mrs. Tracy Landsberg*
Mr. Israel Glaser Mr. Simon Landsberg*
Mrs. Ariella Levine*
Chairman of the Board Mr. Leon Miller
Mr. Simcha Musheyev
Dr. Joel Cohen Mr. Avi Nisanov
Mr. Elazar Orlofsky
President Dr. Adina Pelman
Mrs. Shelly Peretz*
Dr. Seth Friedman Mrs. Raina Popowitz**
Mr. Michael Poulad
Executive Vice President Mrs. Ruth Quint
Mr. David Reich
Mr. Meir Mishkoff Mr. Jay Saltzman
Mrs. Miriam Shatz
Vice President Mrs. Leah Shedlo*
Hon. Michael Simanowitz
Mrs. Robin Schick Dr. Rachel Sisser
Mrs. Robyn Socol*
Vice President Mrs. Ruth Sommer
Mr. Sam Sturm
Mrs. Reize Sipzner Dr. Eve Sullivan
Mrs. Jodi Tanzman
Vice President Mr. Jacob Todres
Mr. Louis Tuchman
Mr. Neil Sonenberg Dr. Joel Wein
Mrs. Meryl Weingarten
Treasurer Dr. Gerald Zahtz
*Parents Association Liason
Mr. Joshua Klapper **Teacher Representative

Financial Secretary

Mr. Yaakov Adler

Recording Secretary

Mr. Seymour N. Chesir

Chairman Emeritus

Board of Trustees
Mrs. Sima Ancselovics*
Rabbi Shlomo Appel
Mr. Henry Azizo
Mrs. Carrie Beylus*
Mr. Simon Blitz
Mrs. Lisa Fishbein*
Rabbi Shlomo Fried
Mr. Barry Gavarin
Mr. Harvey Gersten
Mrs. Ilana Gutenmacher*
Mr. Ben Kramer
Mr. Eric Lalo

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BOARD OF EDUCATION

Dr. Joel Wein, Chairman
Mrs. Allison Blass
Mrs. Tzipporah Boim

Mr. Steven Chernigoff
Mrs. Cheryl Hametz
Rabbi Mark Landsman
Mrs. Esther Lowinger
Mrs. Shira Richman
Rabbi Joshua Rohr
Mrs. Robin Schick
Mrs. Leah Shedlo
Mrs. Devora Stiefel

Rabbi Lawrence Teitelman
Mrs. Ora Verstandig

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ADMINISTRATION
Rabbi Mark Landsman

Principal
Rabbi Dr. Steven Eisenberg
Assistant Principal, Judaic Studies, Elementary Division

Mrs. Melissa Cohen
Assistant Principal, General Studies, Elementary Division

Rabbi Moshe Hamel
Assistant Principal, Judaic Studies, JHS Division

Mrs. Lauren Golubtchik
Assistant Principal, General Studies, JHS Division

Mrs. Sharon Korn
Director, Early Childhood Education

Mr. Lawrence J. Cohen
Educational Consultant,
General Studies, Elementary Division

Rabbi Yaakov Lonner
Executive Director

Rabbi Avraham Kovitz
Administrator

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Judaic Studies Faculty

Leemor Abraham
Elana Banilivy
Fraida Beer
Lital Ben-Lulu
Reut Berkowitz

Rabbi Ephraim Bernstein
Etty Borochoff
Rachel David

Shoshana Engelson
Shira Fendel

Rabbi Yaakov Finestone
Rabbi Yaakov Finkelstein

Hadas Fried
Osnat Fried
Shoshana Goldman
Leah Greenwald
Rabbi Yosef Howitt
Leron Ivgi
Rabbi Avi Kramer
Rabbi David Leiman
Rabbi Ophie Nat
Rabbi Chaim Pearl
Rabbi Joshua Rohr
Rabbi Daniel Rosenfelt
Rabbi Aloni Russek
Yaffa Salek
Alyssa Schussheim
Miriam Silverstein
Rabbi Shmuel Soffer
Zahava Stemp
Rivka Weinberg
Dina Winchester

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General Studies Faculty

Doreen Ambalu
Esther Ben-Habib

Daniel Benson
Allison Blass
Rebecca Blum
Philip Brody
Jennifer Chubak

Gale Criss
Sandra Dua
Heather Finkel
Yoni Goldstein
Cynthia Guise
Sherilyn Halpern
Talia Hoffman
Hindy Howitt
Jennifer Jaffe
Edward Kahn
Millie Levine
Esther Lowinger
Melissa Maisel
Jessica Miles
Andrea Muller
Ellen Orlanski
Celia Perlman
Ruth Rosenberg
Shoshana Rosenblum
Dara Rosenzweig
Laurence Spector
Rivka Turk
Daniel Walz
Shira Zwiren

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Early Childhood Education Social Work Transportation Coordinator
Cindy Blisko Marcy Davidovics, LCSW, Liron Friedman
Suri Friedman Accounting
Director Caryn Kramer
Selma Gottfried Michali Friedman, LMSW
Adina Hativi Batsheva Solimannia
Rivka Huff Interns: Rabbi Avraham Kovitz
Aryeh Minkin
Sarah Kesherim Meir Mondrow Duplication Services
Janet Koenigsberg Tal Genachowski Robert Greenberg
Shoshana Staschover Information Technology
Rhona Lipetz Moshe Simcha Weinstock
Raina Popowitz Librarians
Etta Presser-Anton Miriam Kavian
Ilyce Richter Dina Winchester Moshe Farber
Peggy Saphirstein Educational Technology
1st Grade Coordinator
Shifra Siegel Associate Teachers Yosef Rubenstein
Shoshana Weiss Molly Bernstein Alumni Relations
Computer Education Rabbi Marc Merrill
Rivka Goldson School Photographer
Jennifer Jaffe Daniella Leichtung Maxine Lipshitz
Mazal Yusupov
Physical Education Miriam Traube Nurse
Gary Schwartzman Teacher Assistants Margalit Levin
Kitchen Staff
Leron Ivgi Anat Aharonoff Yakov Kakuriev
Art Aliza Arasheben Judes Dubuisson
Adina Arshadnia Faustino Fermin-Estevez
Linda Benson Ruth Arshadnia Jesus Fermin
Ramona Lubeck Sophia Brintauch Custodial Staff
Rebecca Gottesman Andres Perez
Music
Karen Daitchman Melanie Hes Felix Abreu
Esti Kanter Mariano Fortunato
Talia Spector Natalie Kovan Francisco Hernandez
Israeli Dance Michael Nadelbach
Tzerel Goldschmiedt Limore Nissanian Kevin Jimenez
Hebrew Enrichment Sarah Rosenfeld Sergio Murillo
Rabbi Joseph Rothberger Ayala Schnaidman Richard Nunez
English Enrichment Michelle Stern Aquiles Pujols
Merry Rosman Rachel Stern
Math Enrichment Shayna Storz Security
Aliza Solomon Gregorio Cruz
Jen Aziz Samantha Weinberg
Resource Room Osnat Yusupov
Deborah Bermish Administrative Assistants
Michelle Schwartz Rebecca Blum
Stefanie Sturm Hadas Fried
Rochel Friedler
Ayelet Katz Gloria Grossman
Zahava Teichman

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Rabbi & Mrs. Mark Landsman

Guests of Honor

Rabbi Mark Landsman grew up in For-
est Hills where he attended Yeshiva Dov Revel
under the leadership of Dr. Morris Charner and
Rabbi Dr. Chaim Messinger. Graduating in 1979,
he went on to study, in Israel at Mesivta Ohr
Torah which was run by Rabbi Shlomo Riskin,
currently the Chief Rabbi of Efrat. Following a
year of study at Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavneh un-
der the tutelage of Rabbi Meir Goldvicht, he studied at Yeshiva College and
subsequently at Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) from
which he received semicha.

His first position was that of a Junior High School Rebbe at Hebrew
Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaway (HAFTR) under the guidance of
Rabbi Mordechai Besser. Simultaneously, at the young age of 27, Rabbi
Landsman was appointed Principal of the religious school of Congregation
Ohav Shalom of Merrick, Long Island where he served for two years. In
1996, Rabbi Landsman was appointed the principal of the Hillel Yeshiva of
Ocean, New Jersey where he was able to attract an outstanding faculty who
made a positive influence on the students.

In September 2004, Rabbi Landsman “came home” to Queens as
he assumed the position of Principal at YCQ. He works diligently to raise the
Yeshiva’s academic standards to new heights. Utilizing his professional lead-
ership, boundless energy and creativity, Rabbi Landsman dedicates himself
to enhacing the knowledge, yirat shamayim and emotional well being of
each student in order to prepare them to become successful Torah Jews.

A hallmark of his philosophy is to encourage a fluid and trusting
relationship among the faculty, administration and parents so that they
can collaborate to maximize the learning and social growth of each child.
His extraordinary dedication and countless work hours have made YCQ the
premier Yeshiva elementary school in Queens with close to 1000 students.

Rabbi Landsman is blessed with the encouragement and support of
his eishet chayil, Naomi, an educator in her own right. It is certainly befitting
for the Yeshiva to bestow its prestigious Avodat HaKodesh Award upon its
special Guests of Honor, Rabbi and Mrs. Mark Landsman.

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Ronen & Tanya Nissani

Parents of the Year

Ronen and Tanya Nissani were born in the
United States to families of Afghan descent. Both the
Nissani and Aharonoff families were instrumental in
the formation of Congregation Anshei Shalom of Jamai-
ca Estates. The shul was named after Ronen’s grandfa-
ther Shalom Abraham. Ronen’s father David Nissani is
a past president of the shul. Ronen is a current board
member of Anshei Shalom and they are both involved
with the Young Israel of Jamaica Estates, and Congrega-
tion Bais Yitzchak d’Turka.

A graduate of Ramaz and Boston
University, Ronen went on to GIA School of
Gemology, to prepare for a career in the di-
amond trade. Tanya graduated from YCQ in
1993, and Stella K. Abraham High School for
Girls (SKA) in 1997. She attended Stern Col-
lege for Women and received degrees in ed-
ucation and Judaic studies.

A modest couple, the Nissanis raise
their children in a home of Torah and mitzv-
ot. With a motto of vcrv vagu ygn runt, the
Nissanis are true baalei chesed. They support the work of Bonei Olam and the Likrat
Kallah organization which the family helped found.
In connection with the 2015 Shabbos Project, the Nissani family erected a
tent in their backyard and invited all the local young people from Jamaica Estates,
Holliswood, and Fresh Meadows for the Friday night and
Shabbos afternoon meals. Over 200 people attended this
inspiring event.
Their diamond business notwithstanding, Ronen
and Tanya are truly proud of their true “diamonds” Rena,
David ‘16, Yitzchak ‘19, Yehuda ‘21, Zahava and Leora.
YCQ is proud to honor, as Parents of the Year, a
wonderful couple who are devoted members of the com-
munity.

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Eric S. Goldstein

Distinguished Alumnus Award

YCQ is proud to present the Distinguished
Alumnus Award to Mr. Eric S. Goldstein ’73. An out-
standing leader in the Jewish community, he is deeply
committed to the mission of providing care to those in
need and strengthening Jewish life in New York, Israel
and around the world.
Mr. Goldstein was a leading

partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind & Garrison LLP, one of
the nation’s most respected law firms. He joined the
firm in 1983 and became a partner in 1992.
Eric S. Goldstein became CEO of UJA-Federation of
New York on July 1, 2014. Involved in Jewish commu-
nal life beyond UJA-Federation, Mr. Goldstein served
as a member of the Board of Governors of the Jewish
Agency for Israel, a founding member of Yeshiva Uni-
versity’s Azrieli Graduate School of Education, Chair-
man of the Board of Manhattan Day School, a board member of the New
York Legal Assistance Group, President
of the Bet Din of America, a board mem-
ber of the Ramaz School and an honorary
board member of DOROT.
Mr. Goldstein graduated from
Columbia College, magna cum laude, and
Cornell Law School, magna cum laude. He
lives in Manhattan with his wife Tamar and
their four children.
YCQ recently had the privilege of welcoming back Mr. Goldstein to
his alma mater. In his remarks, Mr. Goldstein expressed much enthusiasm as
he fondly recalled his years at YCQ. He attributed his interest in Jewish com-
munity life to the lessons of his teachers and mentors at the Yeshiva. May
he continue to build on his accomplishments and serve as an inspiration to
future generations.
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The Hametz Family
Legacy Award

Mark and Cheryl Hametz are both lifelong
Queens residents. Cheryl grew up in Bayside, and Mark
in Kew Gardens Hills. After their marriage they lived in
Kew Gardens Hills for fourteen years and then moved
to Hillcrest where they currently reside. Their four sons,
Ian ‘93, Jeremy ‘95, Joseph ’98 and Evan ’00 all attend-
ed YCQ.
While in Kew Gardens Hills, they were active-
ly involved in the Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills.
Cheryl served on the Board of the Women’s League, ascending to the position
of President. Mark served as an Officer of the shul in several capacities prior to
being elected President, following in his father’s footsteps. Mark was instrumen-
tal in giving YESS its first home in the Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills. Cheryl
worked diligently at YCQ serving two terms as President of the Parents Associa-
tion alongside Golda Yadlovker. Cheryl was also a member of the YCQ Board of
Trustees and for the past twenty years an active member of the Yeshiva’s Board of
Education.
In addition to their sons attending YCQ, their oldest granddaughter Is-
abella went to YCQ prior to her family’s making Aliyah. Currently, their grand-
daughter Lily is in the first grade and they look forward to Ella coming in the fall.
Mark and Cheryl are strong supporters of the Yeshiva for which we are most
grateful.

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The Holzer Family
Legacy Award

The Holzer fam-
ily legacy spans many
generations. This spe-
cial family personifies
the principles of Torah,
Avodah and Gemilut
Chasadim. The Holzer
family played a leading
role in the development
of the Jewish communi-
ty of Kew Gardens Hills.
During his lifetime Rabbi Holzer kwwmz demonstrated strong creative
community leadership including service on the YCQ Board of Trust-
ees for over a decade.

The matriarch of the family, Norma Hol-

zer was President of the YCQ Parents Associa-

tion when her children, Jay ‘66, David ‘67, Cher-

yl ‘71 and Barry ‘72 attended YCQ. As Parents

Association President she was very involved in

the day to day activities of the Yeshiva, devoting

much time and effort to programs which bene-

fited all the children. Jay’s own children, Aton

‘91, Ariel ‘94 and Nissan ‘05 are all graduates of Parents Association
YCQ. Ariel Holzer continues the family tradition President

by sending his sons, 1968-1971

Meir, Moshe and

Sruli to his alma mater.

We are delighted to pay trib-
ute to this outstanding family, true role
models who represent the values and
ideals of YCQ.

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The Rothberger Family
Legacy Award

The Rothberger family is one of the oldest families in the Yeshiva and it
has a long and distinguished record of dedicated involvement in the chinuch of
many generations and in the provision of pastoral care to those in need.
Joseph Rothberger became a student of YCQ over 70 years ago when the
students shuttled daily by foot from the Washington Street Shul for Judaic studies
and to the Jamaica Jewish Center for general studies. He graduated in 1950 as a
member of the third eighth grade class of the Yeshiva. Rabbi Rothberger has many
memories of the warmth and caring exuded by the administrators and teachers
at the Yeshiva including Rabbi Charny, Mrs. Fuchs, Mr. I.B. Gordon, and Mrs.
Schiffman. He credits the Yeshiva for helping him appreciate the importance of
fervent tefilah, excellence in Hebrew and general studies, good character, and
commitment to Am Yisrael.
After attending college, graduate school and receiving semicha, Rabbi
Rothberger served as a chaplain in the United States Army. This was followed by
a teaching career which spanned over 50 years. He served as a rebbe in a num-
ber of Yeshivot including Hillel which became HAFTR, HANC, Ramaz, and the
North Shore Hebrew Academy. He served as principal of the Yeshiva Academy
in Harrisburg, PA and subsequently as principal of Yeshivat Mizrachi L’Banim in
Brooklyn, New York. After his retirement, Rabbi Rothberger joined the YCQ staff,
conducting a Hebrew enrichment program for advanced students.
Rabbi Rothberger’s three children have continued their father’s tradition
and are pursuing careers in education and social services. Elie ’89 is a rebbe and
administrator at the Hillel Academy in Passaic, New Jersey. Rachmiel (Ricky) ’92
is a community liaison at Calvary Hospice in the Bronx. Gabriella ’98 is a psy-
chologist pursuing a fellowship at NYU’s Langone Medical Center. Rabbi Roth-
berger’s wife, Deborah, has been associated with YCQ as its resident calligrapher,
having inscribed YCQ’s diplomas since 1982. She also taught calligraphy in the
Yeshiva’s After School Program.
YCQ takes much pride in having designated the Rothberger family as one
of its distinguished Legacy Families.

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With recognition and appreciation to the Trustees of the
Yeshiva of Central Queens

whose dedication and efforts have resulted in the growth
and development of our wonderful Yeshiva.

Dr. Meyer Abittan Dr. Simon Lopata
Yaakov Adler Rubin Markowitz
Rabbi Shlomo Appel
Dr. Benjamin Arbesfeld Debra Margolin
Reuben Barkow Andrew Miller
Rabbi Samuel Berliant Ira Miller
Dr. Elliot Becker Leon Miller
Dr. Harold Biller Meir Mishkoff
Dr. Avi Bitton
Peter Black Herbert Mittman
Gabriel Block Norman Mollov
Kenneth Block
Sidney Blumenthal Jacob Nussbaum
Martin Braun Meyer Olshin
Philip Brenner
Seymour N. Chesir Benjamin Perlitsh
Dr. Joel Cohen Dr. Adinah Pelman
Jack Cohen
Ira Cohn Ephraim Pollack
Morris Diamond Arnold Price
Jacob Finck Ruth Quint
David Frenkel
Dr. Seth Friedman Daniel Reisman
Israel Glaser Menachem Rosenberg
Dr. Felix Glaubach Dr. Lawrence Rosman
Isaac Ber Gordon
Benjamin Grossman Dr. Sidney Rosman
Dr. David Hurwitz Ernest Rubinstein
Harry Katz
Carl Kaufman Robin Schick
Gerald Kaufman Harold Schustek
Morris Kaufman Joseph Schwartz
Joshua Klapper
Leonard Klirsfeld Reize Sipzner
Dr. Alvin Lashinsky David Sklar
Benjamin Lopata
Neil Sonenberg
Samuel Spar

Nathan Spigelman
Jacob Todres

Louis Tuchman
Abraham Weintraub

Haskell Yadlovker
Dr. Gerald Zahtz
Oscar Zanger

Dr. Lawrence Zwany

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Parents Association/Parent-Teacher Organization
Presidents

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L19e66a-W196e7instock Golda Yadlovker

F19r6a8n-c19i6n9e Kolatch Deb1b99ie7 -K1i9n9g8
Norma Holzer Esti Schwab
N197o0rm-197a1 Holzer Miri19a9m9 -G20o0l0d
Jackie Herman

A197n2n-e197B3lumenthal Debbie2M00a1r-g2o0l0in2
A197l4ic-e19T75urobiner Annette Strongin
A197n6ita Adler
Paula Stadtmauer Jodi Tanzm20a0n3
1E9l7i7ss- 1a97C8hesir Rebecca Wittert
1H97a9rr-i19e8t0Sommer Debbie Weintr2a0u0b4
1D98ia1 -n1e98B2inder Rebecca Wittert
1S9h83e-r1y98l 4Cooper
1R98o5z- W198e6 instein 2005
Penny Stern
1R98u7t-h19M88errill Ruthie20S0o6m- 2m0e07r
Ruthie Som2m00e8r
Penny Stern

Jodi 2T0a0n9z-m2a0n11
Penny Stern

1N98a9t-a19li9e0Schwartz Jodi 2T0a1n2z-m20a1n4
1M99u1 -ri1e99l2Klein Carrie Beylus
Adinah Pelman Tracy La2n0d15s-b2e0r1g6

1M99i3ri-a19m94Shatz Sara Gherman
Chanie Zahtz Samantha Kramer

Executive Vice Presidents

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The YCQ Parent-Teacher Organization takes great pride in
congratulating the honorees of our Seventy-Fifth Anniversary Gala
Dinner.
Rabbi and Mrs. Landsman as Guests of Honor are the “parents”
of the Yeshiva. No one is more devoted to the children of the Yeshiva
than Rabbi Landsman. He is the first one here in the morning and the
last to leave at night. He would not be able to work as hard as he
does on behalf of our children if he didn’t have the support of his ezer
k’negdo, Naomi.
Mr. Eric S. Goldstein, is to be honored as a Distinguished
Alumnus. As CEO of UJA-Federation of NY and a founding board
member of YU’s Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education Mr.
Goldstein is well deserving of this honor.
Parents of the Year, Ronen and Tanya Nissani embody every-
thing we stand for; educating our children in a Yeshiva environment

and being involved in various chessed organizations throughout the

community.
Our Legacy Families, the Hametz, Holzer and Rothberger Fami-
lies certainly uphold our vision of bringing the family into the Yeshiva.
These are families who have educated several generations in YCQ over
the last seventy-five years.
On behalf of the YCQ-PTO, its officers and many volunteers,

we wish all of the honorees continued hatzlacha in all their future

endeavors.

YCQ Parent-Teacher Organization

Tracy Landsberg, President
Sara Gherman, Executive Vice-President
Samantha Kramer, Executive Vice-President

Ariella Levine, First Vice-President
Lisa Fishbein, Treasurer

Ilana Friedman, Financial Secretary

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Chairmen of the Board of Education

Pre 1964 Dr. Nathan Jacobson
1964 - 1967 Mr. Joseph Ellenberg
1968 - 1969 Rabbi Elihu Marcus
1970 - 1974 Rabbi Sholem Kowalsky
1975 - 1976 Dr. Simon Lopata
1977 - 1987 Rabbi Louis Bernstein
1988 - 1991 Rabbi Fabian Schonfeld
1992 - 2002 Rabbi Yitzchak Sladowsky
2003 - 2012 Dr. Avinoam Bitton
2013 - 2016 Dr. Joel Wein

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Message From
Rabbi Yaakov Lonner

Executive Director

Dear Friends,
I am pleased to join in this gala celebration of
YCQ’s 75th Anniversary as we pay tribute to such special
honorees.
In less than two weeks, we will be reciting the
vsdv in which we describe the Exodus of Bnei Yisrael
from Mitzrayim. We are told that
“jcuan vz hrv ohrmn ,thmhc rpxk vcrnv kfu“- the
more one recounts the miracles of our redemption, the
more he is praiseworthy. On the night of the seder, we
fulfill many mitzvot ohrmn ,thmhk rfz. Even throughout
the year, we have many mitzvot that have a connection to ohrmn ,thmh such as
icv iuhspu, aushe, ihkhp,, gna ,thre.
Asks the “Wise Son”, “Why do we need so many mitzvot to remind us
of ohrmn ,thmh? Aren’t just a few sufficient?”
The Sefer HaChinuch answers, that remembering the Exodus is so
fundamental to our existence as a nation, that Hashem had to give us numer-
ous mitzvot throughout our daily lives so that this belief should be soundly
inculcated in our minds. As the Chinuch says, “uh,ukugp hpf kgpb ost”. “Man
is influenced by his actions.” It is the practice of these mitzvot that solidify us
as G-d fearing Jews.
By encouraging active practice of mitzvot, we are shaping the lives
of our children as Torah-loyal Jews of the next generation. The YCQ annual
Dinner serves to inspire and encourage the members of the YCQ family to help
the Yeshiva reach higher plateaus. This year’s Dinner has special significance
as we highlight those who represent the fulfillment of our mission. They have
our warmest congratulations and best wishes.
We thank those who, on a daily basis, promote the wv rcs to our
children as well as those who support the activities of the Yeshiva.
We thank those who have made this landmark Dinner a major
success, with Mrs. Reize Sipzner and Mrs. Pearl Cohen at the helm of the Dinner
Committee.
We hope that this special jubilee dinner will be a springboard for
further growth and development of our Yeshiva.

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Message From
Israel Glaser
Chairman of the Board

Dear Friends:
As we gather tonight to commemorate the
Yeshiva’s seventh-fifth anniversary, my atten-
tion is drawn to the upcoming yom tov of Pe-
sach, a time of nissim and niflaot. We recall with
gratitude to Hashem, the history of the birth
of Am Yisrael, culminating in yetziat mitzrayim,
kriyat yam suf, and finally, kabalat ha’Torah. Tonight
we celebrate our very own miracle, which began over
seven decades ago in two classrooms at Talmud Torah Mishkan Israel. We have
witnessed how a dream became a reality, and today YCQ is a true kiddush
Hashem.
We at YCQ remember with much reverence and respect the mesirat
nefesh of our founding fathers and mothers who nurtured our fledging Yeshiva
from its earliest days in the 1940’s, and over the years, helped build it into the
wonderful Yeshiva that it is today. We thank Hashem for His siyata d’shmaya,
and for the devotion of the heroes of our Yeshiva whose names appear in the
Journal’s commemorative article.
We thank our honorees, Board of Trustees and its various
committees, our administration and faculty and our Parent-Teacher
Organization for their tireless dedication to the success of our Yeshiva. We
look to the future with much anticipation, and plan even more growth, and
hope for spectacular achievements from our talmidim.
Finally, I wish to pay special tribute to our Dinner Committee headed
by Reize Sipzner and Pearl Cohen who did a spectacular job to bring this grand
celebration to fruition.
May Hashem bless them and all of us with good health and nachat
and may we soon witness the final geulah with the arrival of Mashiach.

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Message From
Dr. Joel Cohen

President
vzv inzk ubghdvu ubnheu ubhjva

As the YCQ community gathers together,
having reached this important seventy-five year
milestone, we express our gratitude to Hashem
for allowing our school to flourish and for en-
abling all of us to celebrate this moment togeth-
er tonight.
Itisalsofittingatthistimethatwepauseto
acknowledge our Yeshiva’s many forebearers.
In each generation of YCQ’s illustrious histo-
ry, there have been devoted men and wom-
en who have shared the dream and mission of creating and perpetuating a
Yeshiva in the borough of Queens that would educate our children about their
Jewish Heritage, Eretz Yisrael, and our Holy Torah.
From the early beginnings in two classrooms in the Talmud Torah
Mishkan Israel on 150th Street to the basement of the Washington Street
Synagogue, YCQ continued to grow, moving to the Young Israel of Jamaica,
the 150th Street building in Jamaica, and ultimately to our current home on
70th Road in Kew Gardens Hills. At each stage of its growth, YCQ lay leaders
have worked tirelessly with parents, teachers, administrators, and the Queens
Jewish community to build a school that has become a model yeshiva in the
greater New York area.
Each generation faced its own unique challenges, but through con-
tinued cooperative efforts, successfully brought YCQ to the next level of
excellence. All of us who have devoted ourselves to YCQ have become im-
portant links in a chain, which is the legacy of the Yeshiva of Central Queens
today. Generation after generation of Jewish youth who have passed through
the doors of YCQ have left with a strong foundation of Jewish identity and a
love for Am Yisrael, Eretz Yisrael, and Torat Yisrael.
It has been my personal privilege and honor to have been a part of
YCQs heritage over the past two decades. I continue to be inspired by the
many new parents, educators, and lay leaders who share the dream of ad-
vancing YCQ further to new levels of excellence. May this cooperative spirit
and energy continue to ensure the Yeshiva’s success for many years to come.

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YCQ AT SEVENTY-FIVE

In February of 1941, a group of dedicated visionaries established the first Ye-
shiva day school in Queens. Yeshiva of Central Queens (YCQ) was born in two rooms
in the basement of Talmud Torah Mishkan Israel located at 150th Street and Rocka-
way Road in South Jamaica. The initial enrollment was six boys; the faculty consisted
of one Hebrew and one English teacher. Under the leadership of Mr. Samuel Spar, the
Yeshiva’s first president and Rabbi Solomon Gordon, the spiritual leader of Talmud
Torah, YCQ was established so that local families could send their children to Yeshi-
va instead of public school. Estimates are that 2,000 Jewish families lived in Jamaica
in the 1940’s and 1950’s. The famous Jamaica Center shopping strip was anchored
by the Gertz Family Department Store, Woolworths and Burden’s Department Store.
There were two major synagogues: the Washington Street Shul, and the YM-YWHA
Synagogue. Talmud Torah Mishkan Israel and another small shul, Linas Hatzedek,
merged with the YM-YWHA Synagogue in 1945 and 1965, respectively. In order to
meet the $5000 budget of the Yeshiva, the lay leaders came up with creative ideas.
They held appeals in various community shuls, and placed pushkas in homes and
businesses for collection. They sold United Yeshiva books. They conducted an annual
Dinner and Journal Campaign with tickets selling for $24 per person. They sponsored
a Chanukah concert, a Succot festival, and a raffle campaign, the grand prize was a
weekend at Grossinger’s.
In September, 1943, the school was relocated to the Washington Street Syn-
agogue on 160th Street and 90th Avenue occupying its basement. Daniel Reisman, a
leader in the shul, became the president of the Yeshiva and its chief fundraiser and Dr.
Nathan Jacobson served as the chairman of the Education Committee. The Yeshiva
grew to 100 students. Additional classes were housed at the Young Israel of Jamaica on
90th Avenue and 153rd Street. Mr. I.B. Gordon, the father of Rabbi Solomon Gordon,
a man of stamina, character, and dedication served as principal and executive director
of the Yeshiva. Every morning, he would greet the students personally as they entered
the building, a tradition practiced to this very day by our own esteemed principal
Rabbi Mark Landsman. Mrs. Phyllis Fuchs Berzin was the first grade teacher and
principal in the early years. In 1944, Mrs. Min Suskowitz joined the faculty as the first
grade teacher, and later became General Studies Principal. Once the student body
increased, Mr. Gordon called for the hiring of a limudei kodesh principal.
In 1946, the illustrious Rabbi Baruch Charny, was hired as the Hebrew prin-
cipal and served in this position until making aliyah in 1963. Remembering her ten-
ure at YCQ with fondness, Mrs. Naomi Brook, his secretary, describes Rabbi Char-
ny as a strong-minded individual who appreciated everyone’s talents and efforts on
behalf of the Yeshiva. Rabbi Charny and Mrs. Suskowitz combined their talents to
provide the children of YCQ with a warm and nurturing environment so they could
reach their full potential and shine. Rabbi Charny treated families with compassion

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and understanding. When a family had difficulty paying tuition, he accepted the stu-
dents on the condition that the parents be available to assist when needed. The parents
became active in the annual bazaar; they served breakfast to the students on Sunday
and also baked and sold homemade cakes.
Under the leadership of Rabbi Baruch Charny, the student body doubled
in size, and the need arose for a more spacious home. Under the guidance of Mr.
Phillip Brenner, chairman of the Yeshiva, a building campaign was launched and con-
struction began at 90-40 150th Street, west of Rufus King Park. During this time,
temporary classes were held at the Jamaica Jewish Center, and the Jewish Center of
Richmond Hill. By January 1948, the first two-story wing of the 150th Street building
was set to be dedicated. The building included fourteen classrooms, a kindergarten, a
library, a science room, a health room, a gymnasium, a fully-equipped kitchen, dining
room, and administrative offices. The new Yeshiva of Central Queens would become
a model for all future Yeshivot. Classes began in March of 1948, accommodating 250
students. This large and expanding student body led to the purchase of the adjacent
wood-frame house for future expansion.
Parents played an integral role in the operation of YCQ. They helped su-
pervise and serve meals. They even cleaned the school when commercial help was
unaffordable. They also arranged Boy Scout and Camp Fire Girl groups that met on
Sunday rather than on Shabbat when these meetings typically took place.
In June 1948, YCQ celebrated the commencement exercises for the Yeshi-
va’s first eighth grade graduating class, consisting of 11 students. Mrs. Miriam Parnes
Brown, a member of that class, has been living in Eretz Yisrael for the past 46 years
and credits Rabbi Charny for her Zionistic fervor. She remains close friends with fel-
low alumni who also live in Israel.
YCQ’s enrollment continued to expand as families sought its particular
blend of personal attention, academic excellence, Jewish values and a love for Eretz
Yisrael. In 1956, a third floor was added to the Jamaica 150th Street building, provid-
ing eight more classrooms. The roof gave the students a new play area which they en-
joyed during recess. Under the direction of Mr. Seymour Silbermintz, the YCQ choir
had over 150 students. The highlight of his tenure were performances at City Hall and
in Carnegie Hall. Mrs. Joyce Mollov, was the dance instructor and produced many
memorable cantatas. In 1956, a junior high school was established with the opening
of a ninth grade. In 1963, a tenth grade opened, thus creating the Yeshiva High School
of Queens (YHSQ) which was located on Archer Avenue and 150th Street. YHSQ
became its own entity and would later move to a separate location in Holliswood.
In 1959, student growth at YCQ led to the razing of the wood frame house,
and construction began on the second wing of the Jamaica 150th Street building.
During this time, the junior high classes were held in the Beth Israel Center of Rich-
mond Hill. By September 1962, the new wing opened with total enrollment approach-
ing 800 students.
Other noted educators joined the school: Mrs. Miriam Ginsberg became as-
sistant principal in 1956; Rabbi Simcha Teitelbaum succeeded Rabbi Charny as dean.
Rabbi Arthur Laifer joined the administrative staff in 1956 serving as assistant He-

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brew principal for the next six years.
Rabbi Menachem Rottenberg became Executive Director in 1963. Observ-
ing the ongoing growth of the Queens Jewish community, Rabbi Rottenberg explored
and discovered an ideal location for a spacious and modern facility for YCQ in Kew
Gardens Hills. October, 1972 saw the groundbreaking for the new building on 70th
Road and 150th Street. Mr. Seymour Chesir, joined by Mr. Ira Miller and his brother,
Mr. Leon Miller, were instrumental in overseeing the construction of the Yeshiva’s
new building, following in the footsteps of their distinguished father, Andrew Miller,
chairman of the YCQ Jamaica building committee. By September 1974, classes began
in the newly completed building. With his outstanding business acumen and loyalty
to the Yeshiva, Rabbi Rottenberg was successful in placing the yeshiva on sound fi-
nancial footing.
Rabbi Rottenberg’s beloved aishet chayil, Mrs. Judith Rottenberg a’h, served
as the schools’ librarian for many years. Under her direction, the YCQ library grew
to over 10,000 volumes encompassing seforim, Hebrew language books, and a general
collection as well as a substantial selection of audio visual materials.
The new spacious building made it possible to offer new programs and up-
graded facilities, including science laboratories, preschool classes, an art room, as
well as a wide range of sports activities in the new gymnasium. Older students en-
joyed enrichment activities such as math and literary clubs, Regents review courses,
Brachot Bees and participating in the International Chidon Ha’tanach. The students
were imbued in religious Zionism having been instructed in Ivrit B’ivrit. The Yeshiva
took great pride in collecting funds for two Magen David Adom ambulances, and by
participating in the Salute to Israel Parade.
In 1975, the Max and Rose Heller Hebrew Academy of Bayside merged with
YCQ and Rabbi Aaron Brander became the new principal. Under his guidance, the
mishmar and Mishna programs were established. Sunday morning learning for Junior
high school boys served to enrich students interested in advanced Torah study. It also
provided an opportunity for rebbeim to familiarize the parents with the material their
children were learning in the classroom. A resource room was established, which has
been under the direction of Mrs. Deborah Bermish ‘68, for the past thirty-three years.
In the early 1970’s, the multi-talented Rabbi Yaakov Umlas, joined the YCQ
staff. Serving as an eighth grade rebbe, gym instructor, and basketball coach, he inject-
ed a lot of ruach among the students and had a very positive influence on their lives.
Parents and students had the zechut to meet many notable Torah personali-
ties such as Rabbi Henoch Leibowitz, Rabbi Chaim Pinchas Scheinberg, Rabbi Her-
shel Schachter, Rabbi Aaron Schechter, the Vizhnitzer Rebbe, among many others. A
milestone was reached when hundreds of YCQ students, teachers, and parents partic-
ipated in the tenth Siyum Hashas of Daf Yomi held at the Nassau Coliseum in 1997.
In 1986, Mrs. Judy Lebovits became principal of general studies after having
been an innovative science teacher at YCQ for a number of years. Rabbi Dr. Chaim
Messinger became the assistant principal for Hebrew studies in September of 1989.
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mier Yeshiva. The three worked together as true partners intent on having the students
achieve academic excellence. They introduced many programs to YCQ, including the
State Fair, the Mitzvah Fair, the Science Fair, Career Day, and the eighth grade Mother
Daughter Tea. The third grade Melava Malkah stressed the importance of connecting
generations. The Halacha Yomit, Project Derech, and Pirkei Avot study programs all
flourished in YCQ, along with scrabble at lunch, literary club, math team, and city
wide spelling bees.
As the school grew in size, Rabbi Yaakov Lonner was appointed the Yeshiva’s
administrator in 1990, and subsequently, the Executive Director in 2003. His admin-
istrative expertise and effective leadership maintain the smooth operation of the Ye-
shiva on a daily basis, while actively planning for future development. As the Yeshiva’s
administrator, Rabbi Avraham Kovitz handles his multi-faceted responsibilities with
great efficiency and compassion. With his strong financial background, Rabbi Kovitz
is vigilent in maintaining the fiscal integrity of the Yeshiva. In 1993, YCQ’s achieve-
ments were validated when the United States Department of Education recognized
YCQ as a Blue Ribbon School for Excellence in Education.
A state-of-the-art computer laboratory was completed in 1990. Gruss Life
Monument Funds installed a second computer lab in 2001. This lab was used to as-
sess and build skills in math and language arts. In 2010, as a result of the success of
this program, the Center for Initiatives in Jewish Education (CIJE), an affiliate of the
Gruss Funds, expanded the program by underwriting a second computer lab. Addi-
tionally, CIJE funded and supervised the installation of a modern science lab.
In 1992, the Parents Association purchased a brand new playground for the
kindergarten children. In 2014, the original equipment was replaced by the Gruss
Foundation with a bright and beautiful play facility.
Four special individuals have left a lasting impression on the YCQ family. As
survivors of the Shoah, they had a mission to perpetuate the memories of the mar-
tyred children of the Holocaust. Mr. Jack Geizhals “Mr. G”, devoted himself to the Ye-
shiva, supervising the copy room as a true labor of love. The refurbished YCQ library
was dedicated in his memory in 2003. Mrs. Francis Steinberg arrived at YCQ in 1986
serving as the school chef. Preparing delicious meals for “her children” gave her much
nachat. The YCQ kitchen displays a plaque in her memory. Mrs. Aliza Fisher began
teaching at YCQ in 1961, and would remain at the school for fifty years. Starting
out as a Hebrew morah, she later coordinated the enrichment program in Holocaust
studies and the history of Medinat Yisrael. The enrichment room was dedicated by
her son, Dr. Zvi Fisher in her memory in 2010. For many years, Mr. Harry Weinberg
beautified the front garden of the Yeshiva with colorful plantings and flowers, and
greeted all who entered the building with a smile.
Chesed programs were and continue to be of much importance at YCQ. Toy
drives and Parshathons were conducted for Chai Lifeline. Purim carnivals were held
with students at Chush. YCQ “adopted” Maale Michmas, a yishuv in the Shomron.
Organized by Mrs. Judy Lebovits, YCQ students were given pen-pals with whom to
communicate, and funds were collected to help the yishuv. Many lasting friendships

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were formed. In 2000, YCQ students participated for the first time in a Yachad Shab-
baton for disabled children. This continues to be a much anticipated annual event.
During that same year, the eighth grade girls visited Queens Lighthouse for the Blind.
When they heard about the lack of touchable texture picture books for the blind chil-
dren, they designed and produced 100 books for those students. Currently, students
visit nursing homes on a regular basis, bringing joy and cheer to the elderly residents.
Tikun Olam, making the world a better place, has played a prominent role in
YCQ activities. After Hurricane Sandy, junior high school boys and girls assisted in
the clean-up of homes in the Five Towns, and packed and distributed donated goods.
Following the tornado in Oklahoma City, students collected non-perishable foods
and supplies which were shipped to the affected areas. Shabbat care packages and
cards were sent to Jewish American soldiers in the United States Army.
The YESS Program, serving children with special learning needs, began at
the Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills in 1991. In 2001, YESS was welcomed into the
YCQ building. The YESS students are integrated at every opportunity into the daily
programs at the Yeshiva.
A new era in the history of YCQ began in 1999 with the ground breaking
of the new multi-storied junior high school building, designed by YCQ alumnus and
architect Mr. Daniel Goldschmiedt ’62. The following year, Rabbi Brander retired
after 25 years of dedicated leadership at YCQ, and was succeeded by Rabbi Gidon
Goldberg. In June of 2001, a festive Chanukat Habayit celebration was held. A new
energetic lay leadership was elected with Dr. Joel Cohen as President, Mr. Louis Tuch-
man as Chairman, and Dr. Avi Bitton as Chairman of the Board of Education. They
commissioned Torah Umesorah to evaluate the administrative structure of YCQ. As
a result, a number of new positions were added, including a pre-school director, and
assistant principals in both Judaic and general studies for both the elementary and
junior high school divisions. Exciting programming included Bar and Bat Mitzvah
interactive workshops where parents enjoy informative sessions regarding their up-
coming simcha celebrations. The weekly “View from YCQ” was inaugurated replacing
the “Hakesher” publication.
The year 2004 ushered in a new and innovative administration with the ar-
rival of principal Rabbi Mark Landsman. Assistant principals included, Mrs. Lau-
rie Golubtchik, Rabbi Elimelech Chanales, Mr. Lawrence Cohen, and Rabbi Yaakov
Sadigh. Mrs. Sharon Korn ’63 became the Early Childhood Director in 2004. Under
her direction, a second nursery class was opened. Recently, YCQ opened a Universal
Pre-Kindergarten Program (UPK).
The age of technology has brought smartboards to each classroom, and in-
troduced novel methods for communication between teachers and parents via Parent
Locker and the YCQ website. Several yerars ago, the Yeshiva hired Mr. Moshe Wein-
stock as its director of information technology. Students participate in numerous ex-
tracurricular activities, such as Torah Bowl, Debate Team, G.O. activities, hockey and
basketball teams. The rebbe-talmid basketball game, and color war are highlights of
each school year. Morot and rebbeim open their homes to their students for annual

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Chanukah parties, fostering warm and mentoring relationships. Many exciting trips
take place throughout the year, including the Jewish Children’s Museum, the Green-
kill Education Center overnight trip, Ellis Island, Philadelphia, Rings Homestead,
Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Tolerance, and the eighth grade Washing-
ton D.C trip. The annual JHS Shabbatons allow the students and faculty to enjoy a
ruach-filled, memorable Shabbat together in the Catskill Mountains.
Mr. Israel Glaser assumed the chairmanship of the Board of Trustees in 2012
bringing his energy and talent to the Yeshiva. Rabbi Moshe Hamel, Rabbi Steven
Eisenberg ’94 and Mrs. Melissa Cohen currently round out the administrative team
as assistant principals. A restructuring brought about the division of the classes in
grades four to eight. Careful attention is given regarding each student’s class place-
ment to insure academic and social success. Rabbi Landsman credits his staff for their
devotion and concern in this effort. The collaboration between the administrative
team and the Yeshiva’s Board of Education led by Dr. Joel Wein, has set a high stan-
dard for curriculum development and academic excellence. Individualized attention
and small classes provide students with the opportunity to shine in subjects such as
math and Gemora. The Ivrit program provides complete immersion for conversation-
al Hebrew, while k’riah remains an important component in training the students to
be proficient in tefillah and textual Torah studies
YCQ continues to emphasize a love for Medinat Yisrael. Celebrate Israel Pa-
rade is a highly anticipated event with close to 1000 members of the YCQ family par-
ticipating. In 2015, YCQ won first prize for the most creative contingent. Fundraising
opportunities for Israel have included refurbishing fire engines for the Jerusalem Fire
Department, and providing winter gloves for IDF soldiers. The students took great
pride in having participated in JNF’s Tu B’Shvat contest for the planting of trees in the
Carmel Forest. They were able to raise funds for 815 trees, the highest number of any
yeshiva.
The YCQ Parent-Teacher Organization, formerly the Parents Association,
has been an integral component of YCQ through the years. The collaborative rela-
tionships between these dedicated parents and the school administration benefits the
students in countless ways. The PTO assists with the Siddur, Chumash, and Chanukah
plays, Tu B’Shvat Shuk, and sponsors Mishloach Manot, Purim Carnival, the eighth
grade graduation class gifts and collation, as well as teacher appreciation gifts. Names
Not Numbers; a meaningful Holocaust program, the year-end trips, and Lag B’Omer
activities are all PTO sponsored events. Fundraising events include Book Fair, Chanu-
kah Boutique, Mother’s and Father’s Day Boutique, Chanukah Chagigah, tzitzit sales
and box top collection. The annual year-end supperette honors the contributions of
volunteer parents, and recognizes faculty achievements.
After-school activities provide our students with many exciting opportu-
nities to express their individual talents and skills in a co-curricular atmosphere.
They include mishmar, Mishna Club, Judaic Enrichment, E2K, Band, Karate, Dance,
Chess, Choir, First Shot Basketball, Set3 and Abrakadoodle. Sundays provide a special
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together davening and learning Torah. They enjoy a beautiful breakfast together and
the morning ends with basketball and zumba.
Reflecting the changing demographics of Queens, YCQ boasts a student
body of close to 1000 students from diverse backgrounds. It is blessed with a cohe-
sive and dedicated faculty who work diligently to fulfill the mission of the Yeshiva to
educate the next generation of Torah observant Jews who are properly prepared to
play a role in today’s society.
YCQ is proud to see its former students in leadership roles in chinuch, the
rabbinate, academia, medicine, science, law, and business. The Yeshiva takes great
pride in those alumni who have made aliyah and have served in the IDF. The Yeshiva
recently hired Rabbi Marc Merrill ‘01, as Director of Alumni Relations. He coordi-
nates alumni activities, and keeps the yeshiva family informed of life-cycle events.
Alumni recall their years spent at YCQ with deep fondness. They express gratitude
for having received a solid foundation in Judaic and general subjects.

“What does the future hold for us for our children? Exactly as the Yeshiva
outgrew the facilities of The Talmud Torah Mishkan Israel, exactly as the Ye-
shiva outgrew the facilities of the Washington Street Synagogue, exactly as the
Yeshiva outgrew the facilities of the Jamaica Jewish Center in the same spirit,
with the same perseverance, you, and I, may gaze for one sparkling moment
into the years to come, and see the day in the not too distant future when the
Yeshiva of Central Queens will be able to turn over to our children yes, your
children and mine the keys to a new, a spacious, a fully equipped school build-
ing devoted to the higher advancement of the Jewish way of life, so that our
children may grow up to be good Jews and good Americans.”
-Mrs. Min Suskowitz, 1951
YCQ has far surpassed the hopes and dreams of Mrs. Suskowitz. YCQ
looks to the future with a feeling of confidence and optimism. With Hashem’s help
we will continue to educate our most important treasures, our children, to become
Torah-observant Jews: links in the everlasting chain of Jewish tradition.

Special thanks to Mrs. Esther Ben-Habib, Mrs. Reize Sipzner, Mrs. Pearl Cohen,
Rabbi Yaakov Lonner, Rabbi Marc Merrill and Mr. Moshe Weinstock for their con-
tributions to this commemorative history. We gratefully acknowledge the previous
efforts of Ruth Raisner and Harriet Schabes-Fuss.

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1946 - 1963 1964 - 1967

General
Principal

Rabbi Baruch Rabbi Simcha
Charny Teitelbaum

1944 - 1945 1949

English 1956
Principal

Mrs. Phyllis
Fuchs Berzin

English
Assistant
Principal

1957 - 1962 1966 - 1967

Judaic
Assistant
Principal

Rabbi Arthur Rabbi Yakob
Laifer Lewin

1968 - 1969 1971 - 1974 1975

Dr. Abraham Rabbi Chaim Rabbi Baruch
Atkin Feuerman Charny

1975

Mrs. Min
Suskowitz

1974

Mrs. Miriam
Ginsburg

1975 2000 2000 - 2004

General
Principal

Rabbi Aaron Rabbi Gidon
Brander Goldberg

1975 - 1978 1978 - 1986 1986 2004

English
Principal

Mr. Joshua Mr. Martin Mrs. Judy
Lichtenstein Roberts Lebovits

English 1983 - 1985 2002 - 2006
Assistant
Principal Rabbi Shimon JHS
Herskovits Judaic
Judaic Assistant
Assistant Principal
Principal
Rabbi Elimelech
Chanales

1986 - 1988 1990 - 2004

Rabbi Chaim Rabbi Dr.
Pearl Chaim Messinger

2004

Rabbi Mark
Landsman

2004 - 2004 - 2014 2014 -

JHS Elementary
English English
Assistant Assistant
Principal Principal

Mrs. Lauren Mr. Lawrence Mrs. Melissa
Golubtchik Cohen Cohen

2006 - 2011 2011 -

Rabbi Ari Rabbi Moshe
Katz Hamel

2004 - 2012 2012 - 2016 2006 -

Elementary Early
Judaic Childhood
Assistant Director
Principal

Rabbi Yaakov Rabbi Steven Mrs. Sharon
Sadigh Eisenberg Korn

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Eytan Akhavan Matan Avitsedek Menashe Basalely
Joshua Akhavan Maya Avitsedek Leah Basanelov
Esther (Asia) Akperov Natalie Avitsedek Benjamin Baturov
Alan Aliav Chaim Liron Avizov Yossi Bavaro
Tali Aliav Natalie Avizov Zayden Bavaro
Michelle Easter Allayev Daniel Jonah Avramcheyiv Elital Bazeli
Ruthie Alon Oren Ephraim Avramov Odele Bazeli
Elianah Aminov Yael Avramov Simcha Yaakov Seth Be-
Elinor Aminov Amit Yosef Azizian gun-Kramer
Joshua Aminov Linor Azizian Benjamin Bellehsen
Ari Ancselovics Ben Azulai Joshua Bellehsen
Ben Apelbaum Leeanne Azulai Natalie Rachel Bellehsen
Lea Apelbaum David Azulay Ari Meyer Ben
Noah Apelbaum Oria Azulay Annabelle Ben-Shushan
Kyra Appel Shilat Azulay Arielle Ben-Shushan
Abigail Aranbaev Shira Azulay Rafi Benedict
Jacob Aranbaev Aviel Babaev Talia Benedict

SEVENTY-FIFTH ANNIVERSARY DINNER

YESHIVA OF CENTRAL QUEENS

OUR JEWELS

Alon Benhayun Shira Canter Elliot Dayan
Lior Benhayun Akiva Mordechi Carni Hila Dayan
Liel Benlulu Alexander Max Casden Ohad Dayan
Eitan Berkowitz Coby Jay Casden Sivan Dayan
Eden Besalel Daniella Chacham Susan Deutsch
Eldad Besalel Maya Chacham Yael Rivka Dilamani
Orit Besalel Jeffrey Chernigoff Shira Ester Dishi
Tehila Besalel Leah Cherson Azriel Tuvya Dreyfuss
Jacob Betesh Miriam Cherson Eli Dyckman
Maya Betesh Rachel Cherson Talia Dyckman
Oren Betesh Raphael (Raphy) Chevalier Max Joshua Eckstein
Orli Betesh Gabrielle Chubak Ben David Edri
Avi Beylus Max Chubak Noam Edri
Meira Beylus Ariel Cohen Layla Yocheved Eisenberg
Ariel Biniaminy Arielle Cohen Aaron Daniel Elazar
Elad Biniaminy Eitan Cohen Ariel Elazar
Hila Biniaminy Erin Sophia Cohen Elad Elazar
Heidi Birnbaum Moria Cohen Eyal Elazar
Avia Bitan Talia Cohen Shirel Elazar
Eitan Bitton Daniella Czegledi Yael Elazar
Rivka Blau Eva Czegledi Tehila Elias
Yonatan Blitz Shira Dahan Eliran Elishayev
Ava Rachel Blum Yonatan Dahan Joshua Elishayev
Noah Blum Yosef Chaim Dahan Joseph Elishiv
Ava Bohorodzaner Ethan Dan Jacob Elnatanov
Rebecca Boim Tammy Dan Avital Emergi
Eitan Bokhour Yoni Dan Daniel Emergi
Eli Bokhour Aaron Danesh Eliyahu Emergi
Eva Bokhour Nathaniel Danesh Ariella Engelhardt
Leah Miriam Borenstein Rananah Danesh Elianna Engelhardt
Emily Borochoff Eva Daniarov Yonathan Evgi
Diana Borohov Gabriel Daniarov Donny Faigen
David Borukhov Jake Aidan Daniel Raphael Farber
David S. Borukhov Lauren David Zev Farber
Sarah A. Borukhov Shayli David Eliyah Farpour
Aviva Borukhova Shira David Liel Farpour
Naomi Leah Borukhova Alexandra Davidov Akiva Eliezer Faska
Amy Beth Bossin Assaf Davidov Ariel Menashe Fatir
Sarah Bossin Lital Davidov Eytan Fatir
Esther Brintauch Maya Davidov Aron Fattakhov
Jordin Brintauch Nadav Davidov Eli Feder
Lior Brintauch Yair Davidov Moshe Eliyahu Feldman
Tzvi Bromberg Ethan Davidson Zachary Feldman
Eitan Canter Avital Davydov Becky Gabrielle Feygin
Eli Canter Ariel Davydov Naomi Feygin
Rachel Davydov

SEVENTY-FIFTH ANNIVERSARY DINNER

YESHIVA OF CENTRAL QUEENS

OUR JEWELS

Avi Finkel Hila Gigi Nina Malka Gurovich
Baily Rose Finkel Liat Gigi Eitan Gutenmacher
Dvora Finkel Maytal Gigi Harry Guttman
Eleanor Finkelstein Miri Glaser Rebecca Guttman
Meytav Finkelstein Rachelli Glaser Aaron Haiimpour
Jonah Fishbein Ari Gol Abraham Haiimpour
Orah Fisher Benjamin Gol Daniel Haim
Shira Fisher Daniel Gol David Haim
Shoshana Fisher Eitan Gol Jonathan Haim
Yitzchak Fisher Yehuda Gol Yosef Haim
Binyamin Flamenbaum Tzippora Gold Liora Chana Haimoff
Meir Flamenbaum Yonah Gold Mikhal Haimov
Yosef Flamenbaum Avi-chayn Goldberg Dalia Hakhamov
Rena Frank Eitan Goldberg Andrew Haller
Shiffy Frank Esti Goldberg Lily Hametz
Jake Frenkel Israel Asher Goldberg Orel Rachel Hanasab
Olivia Reese Frenkel Riva Goldberg Yosef Akiva Harris
Avi Fried Danielle Goldglancz Rachel Harris
Ariel Fried Yehoshua Goldglancz Alex Hartstein
Mikey (Yosef Michael) Fried Yitzchak Goldman Hudi Hartstein
Abby Friedman Azriel (Azi) Goldstein Betzalel Hativi
Eitan Friedman Ilan Goldstein Hillel Hativi
Joshua Friedman Noah Goldstein Naftali Hativi
Noah Friedman Talia Goldstein Natanel Hativi
Gabrielle Michelle From Hillel Golubtchik Jeremy Haviv
Jordana Fuzailof Eliana Shira Gomberg Adi Havivo
David Fuzailov Kobi Gomberg Matthew Hayimov
Benjamin Fuzaylov Jeremy Goodman Joshua Hedvat
Eliana Fuzaylov Lauren Goodman Avraham Yaakov Hochster
Michaela Fuzaylov Jordan Gottfried Suri Hoffman
Ruth Fuzaylov Shane Bradley Gottfried Meir Holzer
David Gadol Shabtai Granek Moshe Holzer
Joshua Gadol *Blair Greenfield Sruli Holzer
Adelina Gavrilov *Drew Greenfield Ethan Hordish
Gabriella Gavrilov Ephraim Greenfield Kivi Hordish
Mikhael Gazal Aaron Greenfield Shoshana Malka Horn
Nava Gazal Azariah Greif Esther Judith Horn
Talyah Gazal Ariella Gross Eitan Hoschander
Ariella Gelbert Debra Gross Nataniel Ibragimov
Rephael Gemal Joseph Gross Yosef Meyer Ibragimov
Yonatan Gemal Sarah Gulamov Ariella Ilyaich
Michael Gersten Yehuda Gur-Arie Daniela Inoyatov
Yehoshua Eitan Gherman Adah Gurgov Esther Inoyatov
Ysrael Gherman Leah Gurgov Leah Inoyatov
Benjamin Gigi Emma Gurovich Rebecca Inoyatov

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