VOLUME 13 NUMBER 9 DECEMBER 5, 2014 13 KISLEV 5774
UPCOMING Parshat VaYishlach By: Rabbi Landsman
Throughout Sefer Bereishit there is great degree of significance associated with
names. A name is not merely a way to call someone but, rather, it encapsulates
Candle Lighting: the essence of the individual. Both Avraham and Yaakov received names at
4:09 birth, yet their names were changed later in life as certain events
unfolded. Chazal in Masechet Berachot (13a), draw a distinction between the
Havdallah: 5:10 change in the name of "Avram" to "Avraham" and the change of "Yaakov" to
Sunday, Dec. 7 Once Avraham received his new name no one was permitted to refer to him by
Chumash his previous name "Avram", whereas Yaakov is constantly referred to as both
"Yaakov" and "Yisrael". Avraham received a new mission, to be "av hamon
Monday, Dec. 8 goyim", a father to many nations, and as such, his previous title, "Av leAram",
Parent Teacher the father of his own home, is inappropriate. What is it about the name
Conferences "Yaakov" that it remained alongside "Yisrael"?
3:45 Dismissal K-8 The dual name "Yaakov-Yisrael" reflects two aspects of Yaakov's life. He
entered the world behind his brother, grabbing his heel, being stepped on by
Tues. and Wed. Esav. The name "Yaakov" is synonymous with all the difficulties he would
December 9-10 endure while dealing with his brother. When Yaakov was victorious in his fight
with the angel, who chazal interpret to be the Angel of Esav, Yaakov was
Motzai Shabbat, given a new name, "Yisrael", meaning, one who has overcome his foes. There
December 13 are times when he was victorious and as such referred to as "Yisrael", yet he
PA Family Evening endured many hardships, and was constantly reminded that he was also
Sunday Dec, 14 "yaakov".
Chumash Rabbi Tzvi Sobolofsky states that the most poignant expression of this appears
in Bereishit when Yaakov was traveling to Mitzrayim to see Yosef. It was the
Presentation highpoint of his life, going to greet his son that for twenty two years he had
2-204, 2-207 thought was dead. The Torah describes the triumphant Yisrael going
to Mitzrayim: HaShem appeared to him and called him "Yaakov, Yaakov", you
YCQ Family News are going to galut, your descendants will be enslaved. This is the beginning of a
Mazel Tov to Rabbi dark chapter in the history of the Jewish people. You may be personally
Lonner on the birth of experiencing the emotions of "Yisrael", but be aware that this is the beginning
of the period of "Yaakov."
Mazel Tov to Rabbi The duality that exists within "Yaakov" repeats itself throughout the history of
Finestone on his son’s his descendants. The Sefer haChinuch, explains that the prohibition of eating
Bar Mitzvah! the gid hanasheh is symbolic of our entire history. Yaakov is victorious in his
Mazel Tov to Mrs. struggle against Esav, but he is wounded in battle.
Levine on the Bar Esav succeeded in injuring Yaakov's leg even though he could not defeat him.
This is true throughout Jewish history. Ultimately the Jewish people will
Mitzvah of her emerge victorious from all of its struggles, but there will be costly sacrifices
grandson! along the way. We are constantly wounded as a people yet we survive and
prosper and will ultimately emerge from exile.
Mazel Tov to Mrs. "Maaseh avot siman lebanim," - the lives of the forefathers foreshadow events
Blass on the birth of a in the lives of their descendants. Just as Yaakov emerged from his battle with
Esav victoriously, so should we merit redemption from our exile , and reach the
Mazel Tov to Gavriel
Mammon on his Bar
Mazel Tov to Lauren heights of Yisrael. Shabbat Shalom!
Steifel on her Bat
Mitzvah! Spotlight On new Faculty:
Condolences to Morah Hi! My name is Mrs. Shira Zwiren and I am so excited to be a part of the YCQ
Sharon Korn on the
loss of her mother. faculty! Everyone at YCQ has welcomed me so warmly into the school and I really
feel like part of the YCQ team. I teach 6th grade science, as well as lead a creative
Refuah Shelaima to writing club on Fridays. I love seeing my students get excited about learning and
Mrs. Margie Block. become engaged in class activities! I thoroughly enjoy teaching and getting creative
with my lessons. It has been an amazing year so far!
Fourth Grade Powwow
“Hakame”! (Welcome!) was the greeting offered to the fourth grade students as they arrived at YCQ’s annual Powwow. Members
of the Shinnecock Indian Nation, which is located on the East End of Long Island, had arrived to model their regalia, perform
traditional dances, and teach the boys and girls about their customs and traditions. The students were awed by the beauty of the
regalia that was worn by three Shinnecock dancers one garbed in a “jingle dress,” one in a traditional fringed deerskin blouse and
skirt, and one wearing a beautifully-colored, satin “ribbon dress,” designed to resemble a butterfly in flight. The students were
enthralled by the dancers’ performances, and enjoyed participating in circle dances themselves. During the question and answer
portion of the program, the girls and boys were fascinated to learn that the Shinnecock are Algonquian people, and that their
name means “People of the Stony Shore.” The Shinnecock have always been known for their powerful dugout canoes, and for the
fine wampum beads that they produce. The afternoon concluded with a feast of traditional Native American food – corn muffins,
apple sauce, cranberry sauce, popcorn, and apple juice. It was an interesting, informative, and delicious celebration!
JHS Visits the MET
The 6th grade students visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Ancient
Egypt exhibit in conjunction with their ancient civilization curriculum. The
students had a wonderful time participating in a scavenger hunt in the
museum as well. Thank you to Mrs. Howitt for planning such an exciting and
Third Grade Melave Malka
On Motzai Shabbat November 22, our third grade students enjoyed the Intergenerational Melavah Malkah. With beautiful
musical accompaniment from Morah Tali Spector, the students proudly climbed the stage and sang songs about Shabbat.
Afterwards, the students and parents enjoyed a beautiful slideshow featuring all of the third grade students. A collation was set
up in the gym where the students and families enjoyed an entertaining magician. We would like to thank the following
volunteers who ensured the success of the program: Mrs. Benson, Mrs. Lubeck, Morah Maxine, Mrs. Shelly Petertz, Mrs.
Clara Steinman, Mrs. Sima Ancelovics, Mrs. Elissa Koffsky, Mr. Ari Kirschbaum, Rabbi Eisenberg, Mrs. Jodi Tanzman, and
the girls who helped out with setting up and serving! Special thanks to Mrs. Carrie Beylus for coordinating the event!
ATTENTION YCQ PARENTS—SIBLING REGISTRATION
Preschool registration for YCQ families began November 1.
Please call Morah Sharon Korn at ext. 313 or Mrs. Hadas Goodrich at ext. 310 to schedule an
appointment for your child to be interviewed.
Reminder: Parent Teacher Conferences
Monday, December 8, 2014
Nursery & Kindergarten - 5:30-9:30 PM in your child’s classroom by appointment
1-200, 1-201, 1-202 - 5:30-9:30 PM in your child’s classroom by appointment
2-204, 2-206, 2-207 - 5:30-9:30 PM in your child’s classroom by appointment
3-210, 3-212 - 5:30-9:30 PM in your child’s classroom by appointment
4-307 - 5:30-9:30 PM in your child’s classroom by appointment
5-300, 5-301 - 5:30-9:30 PM in your child’s classroom by appointment
JHS Boys - 6:00-9:00 PM in the lunchroom, first come first serve
November 2014 / v”ga, ukxf
With Chanukah fast approaching, we are excitedly planning our annual
YCQ Parents Association CHANUKAH BOUTIQUE.
The boutique takes place in the Junior High School Multi Purpose Room and this year is
scheduled for Tuesday, December 9th and Wednesday, December 10th (17th & 18th of Kislev).
The Chanukah Boutique is both a fun and convenient way for the children tochoose gifts
for the chag. It is also a chessed opportunity for the children, as all the funds raised go toward
our school and programming.
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 (aprox. 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 PARENTS ASSOCIATION
Set-up: Motza’ei Shabbat December 6th at 6:30 pm
Boutique: Tue. the 9th 9am-12pm & 12:30pm -3:30pm
Boutique: Wed. the 10th 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]
Yeshiva of Central Queens
Chanukah Boutique Schedule
December 9th December 10th
9:30 AM 4-304, 4-306 K-105, 4-305
10:00 AM 3-211, 3-212 K-100, 1-203
10:30 AM 2-206, 2-207 K-102, 4-307
11:00 AM 5-300, 5-301 1-200, 1-201
11:30 AM 1-202, 3-209 N-109, N-208
12:00 PM LUNCH LUNCH
12:30 PM 8B1, 8B2 K-101, 3-210
1:00 PM 6G1, 6G2 5-302, 5-303
1:30 PM 6B1, 6B2
2:00 PM 2-204, 2-205 7G1, 7G2
2:30 PM 8G1, 8G2 7B1, 7B2
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
children 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) $__________
Please bring NEW toys to help keep Drop off beginning Monday
children occupied and happy during December 8, 2014
difficult times in their lives. Pick up by Chai Lifeline will be
Please make sure to: Friday December 19, 2014
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!!!
YCQ JHS DECEMBER TEST CALENDAR
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
7 1 2 3 5
14 6G Chumash 6 Social Studies 4
21 6B Gemarah 12
28 7 Science 6B2 Halacha
Math (Lowinger) 6 Vocab
8 9 10 11 8 Vocab
8G Chumash 8 Science 7G Navi
8 Algebra 19
Math (Lowinger) No Tests
15 16 17 18 26
7 Language Arts 7B Gemarah No Tests No Tests 6B Ivrit
Math (Sider) 8B Navi
22 23 24 25
No Tests No Tests No Tests 6B Navi
29 30 31 7B Ivrit
6G Halacha 7G Chumash 6B Chumash 8B Chumash
7G Ivrit 8B Gemarah 6G Navi
Math (Sider) 8G Navi 8G Ivrit
8G Halacha 6 Science 7B Chumash
7 Social Studies
Parent Teacher Conferences, Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Class Time Sign In LocaƟon of Conference
1-203 5:30-9:30 Sign in Online Classroom
(Mrs. Blass, Morah Leah)
2-205 (Mrs. Chubak, 5:30-9:30 Sign in Online Classroom
Morah Reut) 5:30-9:30 Sign in Online Classroom
3-209, 5:30-9:30 Sign in Online Classroom
5:30-9:30 Sign in Online Classroom
3-211 (Mrs. Halpern,
4-304, 4-305, 4-306
(Finkelstein, Rohr, Fried,
JHS Girls 6:00-9:00 No Sign In Lunchroom
First Come First Serve
Parent Teacher Conferences, Monday, December 8, 2014
Class Time Sign In LocaƟon & Conference
N-109 & N-208 5:30-9:30 Sign in Online Classroom
5:30-9:30 Sign in Online Classroom
1-200, 1-201, 5:30-9:30 Sign in Online Classroom
1-202 (Mrs. Blass, Morah Leah)
2-204, 2-207, 5:30-9:30 Sign in Online Classroom
2-206 (Morah Reut, Mrs. Chubak)
5:30-9:30 Sign in Online Classroom
3-210, 3-212 5:30-9:30 Classroom
(Morah EƩy, Mrs. Halpern ) 5:30-9:30 Sign in Online Classroom
6:00-9:00 Sign in Online Lunchroom
No Sign In
5-300, 5-301 First come ﬁrst serve
(Fried, Rohr, Hoﬀman, Kahn )
invites you to our
2014 Chanukah Boutique
Sunday, DECEMBER 7th, 2014
2:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Young Israel Of Kew Gardens Hills
(Corner of 150th St and 70th Rd)
Handbags; Hats and Accessories; Judaica;
Gifts; Jewelry; Clothes; Men’s Outerwear,
Kitchen Supplies, Shabbos Makeup and Much More!
Also Exciting Raffles! You don’t want to miss it!!
All are welcome!
Native American Powwow!
Third Grade Intergenerational Melave Malka!