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.


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Ahi Ezer Yeshivah Rejoices Over New Renovations, Active Student Learning, and its Yom
Ha’Azmaut Celebration

For generations, Ahi Ezer Yeshiva has epitomized educational excellence in our community as it tirelessly works to transmit our Sephardic heritage. This year, the building is undergoing exciting renovations. Cheerful colors, a clean atmosphere, an elegant lunchroom, a brand new library and a modernized science lab are just some of the changes that students are enjoying.The yeshivah extends a special thank you to school administrator Jesse Mizrachi and board members, Bunny Escava, Aslan Bawabeh, Albert Ayal, and Eli Levy for their support of this project.

As children enter the Ahi Ezer Early Childhood Center, they embark on a journey of discovery through the world of Torah and General Studies. The Early Childhood program prides itself on its commitment to student achievement. Highly skilled teachers provide an atmosphere that is conducive to developing a strong sense of self and that encourages each child to attain academic and social success. A multi-sensory approach to education spans all content areas: Math, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, and Life Skills. Each child is empowered and challenged to meet his or her individual potential and develop a solid foundation for learning.

In warm and nurturing classrooms, Ahi Ezer Yeshivah children are immersed in an integrated program of both Limudei Hol and Limudei Kodesh. The love of Torah is highly valued, as is tefillah, misvot, middot, haggim, and Sephardic customs. During free time, preschool children enjoy socializing and playing in the outdoor state-of-the-art playground as well as the indoor gym.

Recently, the yeshivah hosted a spectacular Yom Haatzmaut celebration. Delicious barbecue was enjoyed on the front patio amidst proudly flown Israeli banners and flags. The children danced and rejoiced with their teachers and their smiles said it all. The school looks forward to its next special occasion!

Yeshivah of Flatbush High School Student Esther Harary Recognized in Congressional Art Competition

A big congratulations to Esther Harary, a Yeshivah of Flatbush High School student who was one of twenty-three runner-ups in a Congressional Art Competition. Her artwork will hang on the wall in Congressman Don Donovan’s office. The submissions were judged at a college in Staten Island and evaluated for visual impact, creativity, design and craftsmanship. Judges noted the passion that went into each painting, collage, and photograph and how difficult decisions were to reach. Esther, who took a selfie with Congressman Dan Donovan after receiving her award, should be very proud of her accomplishment!

Chief Justice Richard Bernstein Astounds Students at Hillel Yeshiva

Every morning, observant Jews all over the world begin their prayers by thanking Gd for their ability to see. Because Richard Bernstein has been blind from birth, he cannot include this part of the liturgy in his morning recitations. Richard, can, however, express his gratitude for having been able to build a vibrant and productive life. During his 41 years, he has filled his resume with jaw-dropping accomplishments: Richard is a triathlete, a lawyer,and a Michigan State Supreme Court Justice!

Because of his astounding story, The SAFE Foundation’s Project SAFE School Program brought Richard Bernstein to address close to 200 high school students at Hillel Yeshiva.

Richard spoke of the way society has changed in its treatment of those with disabilities. Fifty years ago, he said, those with disabilities were isolated, but now their strengths are integrated and valued in the workforce. He stated, “Last November, unequivocally, and with great enthusiasm, the state of Michigan showed that they want a severely disabled person not just to work amongst them, but to be their Supreme Court Justice and make decisions that are going to ultimately effect the rights they have and how they live.”

Richard believes his nomination shows that the people trust in someone who can understand struggle.

While he is a seasoned athlete, one of Richard’s main messages is that our physical bodies are delicate and are subject to breaking down, but our spirits can overcome those limitations and soar.

If you or someone you know needs help, please call our confidential, toll-free hotline, 24/7
at 1-866-569-SAFE (1-866-569-7233).

Good News for Commuters!

Beginning this summer, the F express train will be returning to Brooklyn! When theprogram is fully implemented in Fall 2017, F express service will run during every weekday rush hour from
Jay Street-MetroTech to Church Avenue in both directions. This will save riders in our neighborhoods as much as 15 minutes on their daily commutes.

The F is the longest local line in the entire city, with a commute time of well over an hour just to get to Manhattan for many people. Restoring this F express service is a first step toward addressing that problem and restoring transit equity to southern Brooklyn.

Readers can thank Councilman David Greenfield for this new development! Those who have questions about the F express, can call his office at (718) 853-2704.

Israel Guard Provides a Safe, Secure, and Perfect Vacation

Given the heightened securityrisks in the region, many people hesitate to use a GPS in Israel to navigate to unfamiliar destinations. Consider an alternative! Israel Guard provides professionally trained, English-speaking, courteous guards as escorts during your stay. They will respect your privacy at an affordable rate so you can maximize your time in Israel without ever feeling anxiety. Whether you require a guard for one day or for a full trip, Israel Guard is up to the task.

The company was established in order to fulfill the needs of individuals and families amidst these turbulent times. Its mission is to provide clients with the highest level of personal and professional security services.

Israel Guard is the brainchild of Efraim Fink of Teaneck, New Jersey. It all began duringa family trip to Israel to celebrate the Bar Mitzvah of Efraim’s son at the Kotel. The celebratory ten-day trip had been planned with meticulous attention to every detail. An exciting, enlightening and spiritually enriching itinerary had been forged, featuring visits to Israel’s   holy and historical sites.

Yet despite his great joy and nachat, Efraim realized something was amiss. With ever increasing vigilance and growing concern, he found himself looking around and studying his surroundings, hoping to keep his family out of harm’s way, lest danger be lurking nearby. Compounding Efraim’s fears for his family’s safety were the newspapers he read daily, describing in detail yet another act of terror. Realizing it was incumbent for him to take responsibilityfor his family’s safety and well-being, Efraim sought a solution to his travel safety concerns. Thus the concept of Israel Guard was born.

Spurred to action, Efraim returned to Israel and researched the available options. Much to his surprise, he discovered very few that existed. Ultimately, he was able to sign a contract with the largest security provider in Israel, the same provider that handles security for Israeli diplomats. They agreed to open a new service, providing security to visiting Americans.

Now people can visit Israel and enjoy peace of mind, secure in the knowledge that, with Hashem’s help, they and their loved ones will be well protected. Each Israel Guard  is a consummate professional. Fully trained and licensed, they can also serve in the capacity of driver.

For further information please call 888.870.0004 or email

Lottie’s Kitchen:
Providing Badly-Needed Nourishment to Patients and their Families

Hospitals are filled with family members who have suddenly been catapulted out of their comfort zone and thrust into a nightmare of fear. They spend hours with their loved one, the patient, never even noticing their own needs. Until Lottie’s Kitchen interrupts the proceedings. A sympathetic volunteer arrives at the door bearing a mouth-watering, hot meal. The caregiver, who hadn’t even realized until that moment that he was fasting, is revived like a drooping flower after a heavy rain. Revitalized now, the family member is able to, once again, care for the patient who is depending on him.

One evening, Yaakov receives a routine call asking for a contribution to Ezer Mizion’s Lottie’s Kitchen. As usual, he gives a large donation and promptly forgets about the call – until the next day, when his son takes a tumble. Ambulance sirens. A scary X-ray machine. And finally the doctor’s serious face. The leg is badly broken. Lunch? Supper? These are not on Yaakov’s radar at all – until a Lottie’s Kitchen volunteer brings him a meal and he begins to cry. “I just gave a donation last night. But I never realized what it meant to be alone in the hospital, scared and weak with hunger. It’s really true that everything you do comes back to you. It’s really true!”

Two other sets of parents look on in wonder.

“Were the meals ordered from a take-out place?” they whisper to each other.

“They’re so nice looking. Probably expensive.”

“You’re so worn out. Maybe we can get one just for you.”

“We have so many medical expenses now. We can’t afford it.”

To the couples’ astonishment, meals magically appear for them, too, and their names are added to the daily Lottie’s Kitchen roster.

“Magic” doesn’t really happen magically. It happens because of all of you who have supported Lottie’s Kitchen. Each year, 81,600 hot meals, 83,200 sandwiches and 13,000 slices of cake are delivered to hospital wards, ERs and patients’ homes. Our files are filled with thank-you notes that rightly belong to you. Each year, thousands say, “We never could have made it through without Lottie’s Kitchen.”

This year’s event will be held on July 7 at the exquisite home of Frieda & Joey Franco. See you there!

For further info: 718 853 8400

5225 New Utrecht Ave, Bk NY 11219


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