VOLUME 14 NUMBER 8 NOVEMBER 20, 2015 8 KISLEV 5776
UPCOMING Parshat Vayetzei By: Rabbi Landsman
EVENTS At the beginning of this week’s parsha Rashi points out that Yaakov stopped at the study house of
Candle Lighting: Shem and Ever for fourteen years on his escape from Eisav to his uncle Lavan’s house in Aram. This
4:21 PM seems to be a strange stopover at first glance.
Havdallah: How will the instruction that he received in the school established by Shem and Ever contribute to his
5:20 PM survival and success at the house of Lavan, the master conniver and duplicitous character? The
Shabbat Nov. 21 question is phrased in a more current if blunter fashion in the Talmud itself: of what value are the
Intergenerational Torah students to society at large?
Melave Malka To meet Lavan, Yaakov apparently needs to train in different forms of legal, commercial and worldly
3rd Grade, 7 PM pursuits. Studying Torah is all well and fine, but how does it prepare one for the real world? This
Sunday Nov. 22 question is heard today in thousands of Jewish households and is a most vexing one. Our world today
BJE H.S. Entrance is one of Lavan compounded. Where does Torah study and Torah knowledge fit into our milieu, into
Exam Judaic solving our problems and difficulties, in facing down our enemies? Yet, we find that on the whole
Studies Yaakov was quite successful in the house of Lavan. He acquires his wives there and his children are
8th Grade born and raised there. He becomes wealthy in spite of all of Lavan’s efforts to cheat him out of his just
5th-8th Parent payments and wages. What courses of study did he take and master in the school of Shem and Ever
Child Learning that enabled him to succeed?
Rabbi Wein explains that the answer lies in understanding the place and goals of a Torah education
Thursday Nov 26– in one’s life. Most people, especially those who view it from the outside looking in, think that Torah
Friday Nov. 27 education is purely a matter of material covered, of knowledge of facts, of understanding complex
Thanksgiving and difficult Talmudical concepts and statements. In truth it is all that but it is much more.
A proper Torah education, a study course at the school of Shem and Ever, is meant to impart life-long
values and a world view in which to fit the events of one’s life in a proper and moral fashion. One has
YCQ Family News to learn how to deal effectively with Lavan but one has to be very cautious not to become Lavan in the
Mazel Tov to Morah
Ilyce Richter (N-109) process.
on the birth of a Knowledge and protection of one’s own spiritual interests is part of the Torah value system. But
granddaughter! pleasantness, sensitivity, faith in Hashem’s justice and promises, and a willingness to tolerate and
Mazel Tov to Yosef accommodate others (even unpleasant others) are also a part of the value system of the Torah.
Akhavan and Yaakov enters the school of Shem and Ever to absorb the Torah value system that will allow him to
survive Lavan and not to fall spiritually and become Lavan in the form of Yaakov. One of the most
Yonatan Blitz on their
Bar Mitzvah! difficult tasks that faces Jewish society today is to remain a kingdom of priests and a holy people even
Mazel Tov to Marc when struggling with Lavan, Yishmael and Eisav for our very existence. May our Yeshiva continue to
(2005) and Ariella teach Torah values and not be satisfied merely with amassing great amounts of knowledge,
the birth of a baby completing homework assignments, and successful test scores. Shabbat shalom!
Mazel Tov to Debra Spotlight on New Faculty:
(1975) and David Hi my name is Mrs. Dara Rosenzweig, and I am a new first grade teacher at YCQ! I
graduated from Kean University with my teaching degree in Early Childhood
Seltzer upon the birth Education, as well as my Masters in special education. I learned many ways to
of a grandson born to differentiate the classroom to ensure every student can learn at his or her own
level! I spent the past few years teaching various grade levels such as
Ariella (2005)! kindergarten, second, and fourth grade. Although first grade is different in many
ways, I look forward to this teaching experience and to learning from my peers!
Mazel Tov to Ariella
(2005) and Evan
Seltzer upon the birth
of a baby boy!
Mazel Tov to Jeremy
(1996) and Sharon
Grysman upon the
birth of a baby girl!
Bat Mitzvah Workshop
Last Wednesday the sixth grade girls and their mothers shared a special evening together
in honor of the girls becoming Bnot Mitzvah. The program began with a Dvar Torah
from Rabbi Landsman, followed by an inspiring description of the entire Bat Mitzvah
year from Morah Hadas. Mrs. Golubtchik then spoke about the “3 P’s” of a Bat Mitvah
(preparation, procedure and party). Mrs. Marcy Davidovics, led a “Values Clarification
Session” with mothers and daughters. Mrs. Tzirel Goldchmeidt, YCQ dance instructor,
led the girls and their mothers in simcha dancing. Everyone partook in a delicious dinner
catered by “Carlos and Gabby’s”. It was a most beautiful and memorable evening.
5th Grade Organizational Program
The second annual fifth grade organizational program on Monday, November 16th was a success. The
well-written curriculum teaches our 5th grade students organizational, time management, and study
skills, which they will need to further their academic career at YCQ and beyond. The students were very
enthusiastic and interested in the material and handouts and asked important and relevant
questions. They were well-behaved and participatory and they enjoyed the raffle where we gave away
supplies that were used in the workshop. We will be following up with part two in two weeks and include
an anti-bullying and behavioral expectation program for them as well. Thank you to Mrs. Davidovics and
Ms. Weiner along with the Social Work department for this important program.
JHS Chesed Day
On November 12, 2015 the JHS students all went out to perform different Chesed opportunities in honor of Rosh Chodesh! 6B1 went
to Margaret Teitz with R’ Finestone and R’ Rosenfelt. 6B2 went to Meadow Park with R’ Russek and R’ Kramer. 6G1 went to
Boulevard ALP with M’ Leemor and M’ Ruthie. The girls baked challah with the seniors. 6G2 went to Atria with M’ Stemp and M’
Hadas. The girls played Human Bingo. The Seventh grade boys had a visit from Bais Ezra with R’ Finkelstein and R’ Bernstein. The
boys learned and reviewed parsha then had lunch at Carlos & Gabby’s. 7G1 went to Otsar ECC with M’ Katz and M’ Staschover. The
girls played games and did projects with special needs children. 7G2 had a Dollar Day Shopping at Aron’s with M’ Schussheim and M’
Engelson. The girls then packed food pantry bags. The eighth grade boys went to HASC with R’ Howitt, R’ Pearl, R’ Nat, and R’
Landsman. The boys made projects with HASC students. 8G1 went to Bobbie’s Place with M’ Beer and M’ Genachowski, the girls
helped out at the store. 8G2 went to Masbia in Rego Park with M’ Lital and M’ Ivgi. The girls packed food pantry bags. Students
enjoyed lunch at either Shimon’s or Benjy’s, a special treat! Thank you Mrs. Katz for organizing the days activities! Tizku L’Mitzvot!
Rabbi Dovid Orlofsky speaks at YCQ!
This past Sunday morning we had the privilege of hearing from Rabbi Dovid Orlofsky, an internationally
famous speaker at this past week’s Sunday morning learning program. Rabbi Orlofsky inspired us with
his wisdom and wit. He explained how we can learn from Avraham Avinu and described how we
inherited the midah of chesed, from Avraham. Rabbi Orlofsky went on to teach to us how this attribute
helped create a new world order and the nation of Klal Yisrael. Everyone came out of the lecture feeling
that they could do something to make the world a better place.
YCQ 5TH - 8TH GRADE STUDENT
SUNDAY LEARNING PROGRAM
PLEASE JOIN US THIS SUNDAY
November 22, 2015
10 Kislev 5776
9 AM - 11 AM
11-11:30 3-on-3 Basketball
FOR AN INSPIRATIONAL
FEATURING SPECIAL SPEAKER:
Rabbi Jon Green,
Director of Student Activities at Yeshiva University High School for Boys
(MTA), Director of NCSY Camp Sports, and Former Regional Director of Long
“THE LIGHT OF CHANUKAH”
A MESSAGE FROM THE YCQ PARENTS ASSOCIATION
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_PA_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 Parents Association
---------------------------Please address envelope to YCQ-PA------------------------------
Total amount: ($60 cap for families with 3 or more children) $__________
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
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].
Please bring NEW toys to help keep 2015
children occupied and happy during
difficult times in their lives.
Please make sure to:
Not wrap the toys
Not donate toy guns or
other violent games
DROP OFF TABLES LOCATED IN FRONT LOBBIES OF
ELEMENTARY AND JHS BUILDINGS . TIZKU L’MITZVOT!!!
YESHIVA OF CENTRAL QUEENS
The YCQ-PTO will be giving our parents the opportunity to purchase Chanukah Candles and
brand new Cookbooks through the Parent-Teacher Organization. By doing so, the PTO will
receive income which will help subsidize additional programs for our students.
You may pay by cash/check sent into the school with your order information. Payment can also
be made via PayPal through the following link:
Reminder: Chanukah begins on Sunday evening, December 6, 2015.
Best Contact #______________________________________________
Item # Quantity Price Each Price Total
Delivery should be made to:
Student Name: ___________________________ Class: __________
Please print this page and return the completed form to the Business
Office by Wednesday, November 25. We will also have a limited supply
of merchandise at the Chanukah Boutique during Parent-Teacher
conferences on Wednesday, December 2.
Questions? [email protected]
1. Decorated Multi- 2. Pastel Multi-color 3. Decorated Blue 4. Metallic Multi- 5. Safed Candles
Color Candles Candles and White Color Candles Red/Purple/Orange
$8 $7 $8 $7
7. Something Sweet: $8
Food/ Desserts, Baked Goods,
Family/Shabbos and Treats For Every
by Elizabeth Kurz
by Miriam Pascal
8. The Silver 9. Everyday Secret
Platter: Simple Restaurants Recipes:
to Spectacular From your Favorite Kosher
by Noren Gilletz and Cafes, Take-outs, and
Daniella Silver Restaurants
$34.00 By Leah Schapira and Victoria Dwek
10. Cook, Pray, Eat Kosher: $32.00
The Essential Kosher Cookbook For The Jewish Soul
Treasured Dishes From Ashkenazi
and Sephardic Traditions
by Mia Adler Ozair
With Chanukah fast approaching, we are excitedly planning our annual
YCQ PARENT-TEACHER ORGANIZATION CHANUKAH BOUTIQUE.
The boutique takes place in the Junior High School Multi Purpose Room and this year is scheduled for
Tuesday, December 1st and Wednesday, December 2nd (19th & 20th of Kislev).
The Chanukah Boutique is both a fun and convenient way for the children to choose gifts for the chag.
It is also a chessed opportunity for the children, as all the funds raised go toward our school and
The boutique offers something for everyone. There will be gifts available for each member of the
family, friends and teachers. The cost of the items are very low so that every child may purchase
something (approx. 50 cents and up).
CLASSES FROM NURSERY THROUGH 8TH GRADE WILL BE SCHEDULED FOR VISITS TO THE
ALL PARENTS ARE WELCOME TO COME TO BROWSE AND SHOP EACH DAY.
IF YOU CANNOT MAKE IT, PLEASE REMEMBER TO SEND MONEY ALONG WITH YOUR CHILD
ON THE DAY OF HIS/HER SCHEDULED VISIT.
FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE, ALL NURSERY THROUGH GRADE 3 STUDENTS WILL BE RECEIVING
ENVELOPES TO PLACE THEIR MONEY/CHANGE IN.
For the boutique to be a success, we need your assistance! We are looking for some great volunteers to
set up and help us at the boutique. If you can give of your time in some capacity, please contact one of
the people listed below.
We look forward to hearing from you soon.
WE NEED VOLUNTEERS!
HELP SUPPORT OUR PARENT-TEACHER ORGANIZATION
Set-up: Motza’ei Shabbat November 28th at 6:30 pm
Boutique: Tue. the 1st 9am-12pm & 12:30pm -3:30pm
Boutique: Wed. the 2nd 9am -12pm & 12:30pm - 3:30pm
If you can help, please call or e-mail:
Shelly Peretz: 646.932.1300 / [email protected] Stacey
Frank: 646.703.3455 / [email protected]
YCQ Parents Association s”xc
Tuesday, December 1st &
Wednesday, December 2nd
ukxf ’f - y”h
In the JHS Multi-Purpose Room
Gifts for the whole Family:
And much more!
SEE YOU THERE!
Yeshiva of Central Queens
9:30 AM Tuesday, December 1 Wednesday, December 2
2-204, 2-207 1-202, 1-203
10:30 AM K-105, K-102 4-305, 4-307
11:00 AM 5-300, 5-301 3-211, 3-212
11:30 AM K-100, K-101 N-109, N-208
12:00 PM LUNCH LUNCH
12:30 PM 3-209, 3-210 8B1, 8B2
1:00 PM 6G1, 6G2 5-302, 5-303
1:30 PM 6B1, 6B2 7G1, 7G2
2:00 PM 2-206, 2-205 8G1, 8G2
2:30 PM 1-200, 1-201 7B1, 7B2
Bat Mitzvah Workshop!
JHS Chesed Day!