YCQ JHS students participate in Chesed Day

Grandson Of Kaf HaChaim Visits Chazaq Kollel, Yeshiva Shaarei Tzion

On Monday morning, October 22, the Queens community was privileged to host a prominent Torah sage and rosh yeshiva, HaRav Tzion Eliyahu Sofer. Aside from authoring numerous books on all areas of the Torah, Rav Sofer is also a grandson of the great mekubal and posek Rav Yaakov Chaim Sofer, known as the Kaf Hachaim.

Hagaon HaRav Tzion Eliyahu Sofer visiting Chazaq’s kollel and beit midrash and Yeshiva Shaarei Tzion

Rav Sofer first stopped off at Chazaq’s kollel and beit midrash at Congregation Od Yosef Chai where he inspired the audience with his words of wisdom on the importance of studying and spreading Torah. He blessed Chazaq and encouraged them to increase their work both in their outreach work and with the community at large.

Rav Sofer then visited Yeshiva Shaarei Tzion where he greeted and blessed hundreds of students from various grades. The rabbi was extremely impressed by the behavior of the students and professionalism of its staff.

The rabbi’s genuine warmth and care was felt by all and he truly left a great impression on everyone who met him.

YCQ 8th-Graders Visit Ellis Island And 9/11 Memorial

By Hannah Zakry

YCQ eighth graders at Ellis Island. Photo Credit: Josh Bellehsen and Hannah Zakry

This past week, the eighth-grade students from the Yeshiva of Central Queens visited Ellis Island and the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. The students first arrived at Battery Park and then went on a ferry that took them to Ellis Island and Liberty Island. The ferry ride gave the students an amazing close view of the Statue of Liberty.

On Ellis Island, the YCQ students visited the American Museum of Immigration. They watched a documentary about how tough life was for immigrants. They learned about their ancestors’ history, and some students searched for their ancestors’ names on the American Immigrant Wall of Honor, where over 7,000,000 immigrant names are listed. Ellis Island was America’s busiest immigration processing center. It processed over 12 million immigrants from 1892 to 1954.

Afterwards, the students took the ferry back to Manhattan and proceeded to the September 11 Memorial & Museum, where they saw the location where the Twin Towers once stood. The students entered the 9/11 Memorial Museum, and they curiously explored the place. They heard many tragic stories about what happened that day. The students learned that terrorists hijacked four airplanes and crashed two into the World Trade Center, crashed another into the Pentagon, and planned to crash a fourth plane in Washington, DC, but it instead crashed into a field in Pennsylvania when passengers fought back against the terrorists. Nearly 3,000 people died in the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001. The students, who were not even born yet at that time, got additional information about 9/11 from the YCQ teachers.

YCQ students Talia Goldstein and Eva Czegledi remarked, “It was very inspiring and emotional to see everyone reacting to the memorial, even though it happened 17 years ago.” All in all, this trip was an educational experience for the eighth-graders that let them learn more about their American history.

YCQ Chesed Trip Day

By Noah Blum, Grade 6

YCQ JHS students participate in various chesed activities. Photo Credit: Noah Blum

On Wednesday, October 24, the Yeshiva of Central Queens JHS had the first Chesed Day program. This program is held several times a year where all JHS students participate in various chesed activities. The program was created to teach students the importance of incorporating acts of kindness into their everyday lives. Each class went on a trip to a place to make people happy. Class 6G1 visited the Atria Kew Gardens, 6G2 visited Margaret Teitz Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, 6B1 visited Meadow Park Nursing & Rehab Center, 7G1 spent time at HASC Gan Ezra, 7G2 helped out at a local food pantry, grade 7 boys hosted Bais Ezra at YCQ, and the boys in 6B2 went to the Boulevard Assisted Living. Students and residents at the Boulevard played human bingo, where they had to find certain people with certain categories. The residents were so happy when the students came just for them. The residents had really great stories to share with the students. The experience made everyone feel so good.

Some of the people living at the Boulevard are Holocaust survivors and had incredible stories to tell from when they were younger. This was the first time some of the residents participated in such a program. “This was my first time,” said Renie Winters, a resident from the nursing home. “And I love it.” Even the students had an awesome time. “It was a lot of fun,” said Gavriel Kramer (grade 6). “I like meeting new people.”

Following the programs, the students went out to a pizza lunch and discussed what they got out of the programs. When they got back to YCQ, they were still talking about what a great experience this trip was. There are still more YCQ Chesed Day programs this year, and everyone can’t wait to go again and do another mitzvah.

Shevach Students Recognized By National Merit Scholarship Program

Shevach is very proud to announce that two of their seniors, Elka Rochel Samberg and Rochel Wagner, were named as National Merit Scholarship semifinalists. From the 1.6 million students across the country who take the PSAT, those who score in the top 1 percent achieve the distinction of National Merit semifinalist. These academically talented high-school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered next spring.

To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition. Over 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and about half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title.

Shevach is also proud that one of their seniors was recognized as a National Merit Commended Student. About 34,000 commended students throughout the United States are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise, as they placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.6 million students who entered the competition.

“These semifinalists and commended students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented a spokesperson for NMSC. “These students represent a valuable national resource, as well as the key role their school plays in their academic development.”

Shevach takes great pride in these three young ladies who excel not only academically, but are at the same time wonderful role models of middos tovos and ma’asim tovim. May the entire community continue to schep nachas from these gems within our community.



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