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YDE’s STEM Students Win Prestigious Awards at CIJE Innovation Day

YDE (Yeshivat Darche Eres) is proud to congratulate innovators Mayer Zeitoune, Jack Katach, Jack Lati, and Isaac Gindi on their impressive and highly recognized award at CIJE (Center for Initiatives in Jewish Education) Innovation Day. The YDE students were recognized out of over 1200 students from
130 Jewish day schools. After working tirelessly this past year, the team of students invented and engineered the “Smart Mask,” which is now in the running to be produced and marketed!

On Sunday, May 6th, CIJE celebrated its sixth annual Innovation Day at the New York Hilton. Students from across the New York area presented a wide array of projects, showcasing their ingenuity and creativity. One project, the Smart Mask, caught the judges’ attention. The Smart Mask is a modifiedrespirator mask that allows the person wearing the mask to breathe safely in areas contaminated with chemicals and other toxins, while breathing normally (without the aid of the respirator) in safe areas. This mask has been skillfully engineered to detectharmful chemicals and to automatically adjust without removal of the mask. The Smart Mask has an added feature in which the levels of organic chemicals (VOCs) are displayed on a screen near the user’s left eye, so that the user is always informed of the substances in the immediate surroundings. This remarkable piece of equipment was acclaimed as innovative, technologically advanced, and quite detailed!

The judges were so impressed by this project that it was awarded one of the top three Rambam Innovation Awards, and each student was granted a winning prize to take home. Additionally, this project, together with only five other projects, was selected to compete in the CIJE Tank competition! The CIJE Tank competition will provide our students with the opportunity to present their project to a group of financial investors in September. The Smart Mask team, their dedicated director of science research, Dr. Salvatore Parrino, and all the YDE students are overjoyed at the culmination of a very successful “STEM season” at YDE.

The Coney Island Boardwalk
Gets Landmarked

A city panel unanimously declared the Coney IslandBoardwalk a scenic landmarkon May 15th – but the move will not protect the iconic tourist attraction from being paved over or replaced with plastic planks.

Last month’s designation by the Landmarks Preservation Commission does ensure that the Boardwalk will continue as a structure, but it is a symbolic gesture because the agency doesn't have the power to prevent the city from altering the walkway.

“Hopefully, this symbolic designation will make the Parks Department rethink its concrete and plastic policy when working on the Boardwalk,” Simeon Bankoff, executive director of the Historic Districts Council, told the Brooklyn Eagle, calling the move a futile gesture.

The Public Design Commission retains authority over Boardwalk alterations - but has not stepped in on several occasions to prevent the Parks Department from using concrete and plastic, which the agency says are cheaper to maintain over time.

The City Council is expected to approve the “scenic landmark” measure in coming weeks and Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to sign it.

Officially known as the Riegelmann Boardwalk, the walkway opened in 1923.

Curriculum Options Introduces
New Science Text Book for Yeshivot at Torah Umesorah Convention

Curriculum Optionsis the exciting, new general studies resource created to bridge Torah values with quality educational material.

Curriculum Optionspresented and shared fascinating resources with hundreds of educators and principals who attended Torah Umesorah’s 62ndAnnual Leadership Convention this past Lag B’Omer weekend.

Curriculum Optionsis also the exclusive distributor of the stunning, full-color 3rdand 4thgrade Handprintsscience textbook. The book covers physical science and a range of life science topics in a clear, interesting, and very comprehensive manner, which meets and exceeds national science standards. Handprintshas been approved by rabbonim and Torah Umesorah.

Science instructors willbenefit from the range of quality, standard-compliant,kosher science and STEM curricula.

Interested yeshivot and Bet Yaakov schools may request
literature or sample textbooks by contacting Curriculum Options at: curriculumoptions@gmail.comor by phone at 410.499.4821.

Flatbush Shomrim Activities

April 26, 3:00pm– FSSP members responded to a hotline call from a store owner on Coney Island Avenue regarding a suspicious individual hanging around the charity boxes next to the register. Our day units followed him for several blocks, at which point he entered an establishment and proceeded to steal a charity box. He was arrested on Coney Island Ave. and Ave. N. This person was wanted by both the 66 Pct. and the 90 Pct. for petty larceny also involving the theft of charity boxes.

April 27, 2:00am– After an intensive search lasting close to eight hours and involving multiple FSSP members, including our Mobile Command Center, an elderly missing community member who walked out of a facility in Brooklyn was located in midtown Manhattan.

May 3, 10:00pm– A keen-eyed member observed a van driving erratically in the area of East 9 S-T. After following for a short while, our member saw the driver of the van sideswipe two vehicles and then crash into a pole. The driver attempted to exit the vehicle and flee the scene. He was apprehended and held until the police arrived. He was arrested and charged with DWI.

May 10, 12:15am– Units on patrol observed an individual that climbed into a charity clothing bin on Ocean Parkway and Ave N and removed its contents. After alerting PD, the individual was arrested and charged with petty larceny.

May 13, 4:00am– FSSP Night Patrol units observed a suspect entering multiple vehicles in the area of East 9 M-N. He was apprehended and arrested by 70 Pct.

May 13– Flatbush Shomrim proudly assisted in four separate Torah processions that spanned four different precincts! This was an eight-hour detail that was flawlessly handled by our dedicated members assuring the safety of all attending.

May 15, 5:00am– Responding to a hotline call, our night patrol members were responsible for the apprehension and subsequent arrest of an individual who broke into a car in the area of East 8 and Ave P.

Agudath Israel Statement on Exit from the Iranian Nuclear Agreement

We commend President Donald Trump for withdrawing the United States from the JCPOA. While the U.S. and its allies surely negotiated the original agreement in good faith, and while it had the laudable goalof reducing the Iranian nuclear threat to America and its allies, including Israel, we believe the President is correct in concluding that the dangers of a nuclear Iran will not be averted, and might in fact, be exacerbated by this agreement.

At the same time, we believe that an effective agreement with Iran is not beyond reach, and we encourage the President to do everything in his power to renegotiate the pact so that it will truly live up to its original promise and serve the best interests of peace.
Weare heartened by his stated commitment of “working with our allies to find a real, comprehensive, and lasting solution to the Iranian nuclear threat” which will “include efforts to eliminate the threat of Iran's ballistic missile program, to stop its terrorist activities worldwide, and to block it across the Middle East.”

Ta’ameem in A Flash –
Now Available in Stores

The flashcards set people have been waiting for is finally available for purchase (see article in April issue)! As is well known, the cantillation of the Tanachreading is based on the mesorah(tradition) of symbols called ta’ameem. This set will serve as an aid in learning and mastering the skill of ta’ameem. Each set comes with cards that have clear color ta’ameemthat are easy to identify. Now, accompanying each set is a beautiful CD/DVD to aid in teaching anyone to read. Available at stores in Brooklyn, Deal, and Lakewood!

Statement from Congressman Dan Donovan on Dedication of U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem

“Today the United States reaffirmed its commitment to Israel by following through on a promise we made years ago as a nation. Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and moving our embassy there confirms this fact. I applaud President Trump for following through on yet another promise and taking much-needed action to support our closest ally in the region.” (May 14, 2018)

Congressman Dan Donovan serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the House Committee on Homeland Security. He is New York City’s only Republican representative.