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Kislev 5776 | November 2015  
 

 
Welcome to the November edition of our monthly e-newsletter.
 
There are so many exciting things happening here at FTI. From hosting our most successful open house yet this past Sunday night, to the launching of our annual scholarship raffle, to another great season of our community Father & Son learning program - now underway!
 
We've also had the opportunity to hear from multiple guest speakers who visited us to inspire our students, and we are delighted to announce that Oorah Chill Zone will be opening a new chapter in Cherry Hill - which will be led by our own FTI Bais Medrash bochurim.
 
Yet, all of that pales in comparison to the excitement that goes on here at the Yeshiva on a daily basis...the excitement of intense learning, growing, and accomplishing that our students are doing each day.
 
Sincerely,

 
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D'var Torah Corner
By Moshe Ioffe, FTI class of 2015.
Moshe was accepted to Brandeis University early admission and is currently deferring to study in our Stein Bais Medrash Program. This is an excerpt from his Rosh Chodesh Mesiba D'var Torah. Thank you Moshe! 
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We recently celebrated Rosh Chodesh Kislev. On the fourth day of creation, Hashem created the celestial bodies to be a sign for the days, years, and holidays. One of these holidays is Rosh Chodesh. We also find that the first mitzvah given to the Jews while in the process of leaving Egypt was to create a lunar calendar and mark each Rosh Chodesh. Click here to continue reading on our website.
Faculty Focus: 
Rabbi Shmuel Wise
 
Rabbi Shmuel Wise attended Chofetz Chaim Yeshiva of Rochester for high school and  Beis Medrash and Kollel under the tutelage of Rabbi M. Davidowitz.
A devoted teacher, he has taught 7th and 8th grade in Derech HaTorah of Rochester and has produced over a thousand online shiurim of Gemara. Rabbi Wise currently teaches Gemara and Halacha at FTI. His dynamic and warm personality is a welcome addition to our Rabbinic staff.
Rabbi Wise lives in Lakewood, New Jersey, with his wife Yael and their four beautiful children.
Hakaras HaTov:
Tzeischem LeShalom to Yisrael Math
We wish a Tzeischem LeShalom to Yisrael Math, who moved to Florida this week. Mr. Math has generously lent the Yeshiva a Sefer Torah for some years now, and we are so very grateful that he decided to continue to let our talmidim and Rebbeim use it, even after his move!
In addition, for many years, Mr. Math has hosted a weekly gemara shiur in his home, given by Rabbi Max, for community balei batim. The shiur will continue in the Yeshiva on Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. 
Yisrael, you will be sorely missed here in Cherry Hill, and we wish you much hatzlocha in your new home.
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Upcoming Events
Dec. 8 - Chanukah Mesiba
Dec. 10-14 - Chanukah Vacation
Dec. 20 - Parent-Teacher Conferences
FTI Daily Minyan Schedule
Shacharis
Sun: 8:00 a.m.
Mon-Fri: 7:45 a.m. 
Mincha
Sun - Thu: 2:15 p.m.
Maariv
Mon-Thu: 6:00 p.m.
Sun, Tue-Thu: 9:15 p.m.
Mon: 9:00 p.m.
Shabbos
Erev Shabbos Mincha: 15 min. before Candle Lighting
Shacharis: 8:30 a.m.
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Rabbi Davidowitz (center) gives parting hakaras hatov gifts to two "branch" guys from the Rabbinical Seminary of America (RSA), located in Queens. They spent the past few months learning with FTI talmidim. Thank you Sruli Bergida and Simcha Rockove!
 
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Shacharis at FTI.
FTI Rebbeim and talmidim enjoy a Rosh Chodesh Mesiba kumzits. See more pictures on our blog.
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Playing Football at FTI
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First Look: FTI Releases NEW Video and Brochure! 
Recently Unveiled at 2015 Open House
 
Our latest video was recently filmed with the help of our staff, faculty, parents, and of course, our incredible talmidim. Click here to check it out on our website.
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Please also click here to peruse our latest high school brochure, which will give you a feel of  our school philosophy, curriculum, extracurricular offerings, and staff.
Thank you to everyone who helped in the video production, and to all those who assisted in our efforts to promote our Yeshiva to prospective students and their families.
 

 
Prospective Students Joined FTI Open House
Parents and Students Welcomed on Sunday, November 15th
 
Approximately 75 people packed the FTI Bais Medrash to learn about our school philosophy, curriculum, and unique approach to learning.
 
Prospective students and their parents heard introductory remarks from Rabbi Davidowitz, curriculum analysis from Rabbi Juni, and the anatomy of a shiur from Rabbi Kramer. This was followed by a viewing of FTI's new video.
Prospective students then broke off to meet with current FTI students while enjoying a game, snack, and schmooze. This was followed by a question-and-answer session with Rabbi Kramer.
Meanwhile, parents were indulged with two mini-lessons, one by our English teacher Mr. Bob Canzanese, entitled A Lesson in Language, and another by Honors Science teacher Mr. Michael Nealis, entitled Parents meet POGIL (Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning). Parents then got the opportunity to meet with the Yeshiva Rebbeim, faculty, and some current parents over a sushi buffet.
The evening closed with Divrei Bracha from Rabbi Max, founding Rosh HaYeshiva, and students went home quite happy sporting new jackets, courtesy of FTI. We truly enjoyed getting to know the attendees and helping them discover if FTI is the perfect fit for their Yeshiva high school career.
 

 
Community Father & Son Learning Program Returns
Weekly Saturday Night Learning Results in Bonding & Fun
 
Now that we have entered the winter season, when Shabbos ends earlier, FTI is thrilled to bring back our annual Father & Son learning program. 
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Open to community members, local fathers are invited to bring their sons, grades 1-8,  to join us in our Bais Medrash from 7:00-8:00 p.m. each Motzei Shabbos through March.
During this very special program, children are treated to learning with their dads, an action-packed, raffle-ticket-motivated, question-and-answer lightning round, a raffle with great prizes, pizza and french fries, and an inspiring story told by a different Rebbe each week. 
We are thankful for the ability to host this long-running, beautiful, and uplifting learning program, and encourage all dads and their sons to join the movement.
 

 
FTI Honored with Two Local Guest Speakers 
Students Enjoy Special Lectures at Wednesday Night Mishmar
 
Every Wednesday night at the Yeshiva, our talmidim are given the opportunity to learn mishmar with their Rebbeim, and occasionally with other guest speakers. In recent weeks, they have heard from two very chashuva local Cherry Hill Rebbanim.
 
On October 28th, Rabbi Mordechai Miller, Educational Coordinator of Torah Links of South Jersey, came and challenged our students to be “מקדש שם שמים” at all times (even in ShopRite). It was truly מחזק us all. 
On November 4th, Rabbi Jonathan Bienenfeld, Rav of Young Israel of Cherry Hill, spoke about being on the "team" of Avraham Avinu and being proactive about bringing people תחת כנפי השכינה. He also said "the mere fact that there is a Yeshiva in Cherry Hill with bochurim learning all day raises the השגות and has a significant impact on the entire community."
We thank both of our speakers for taking time out of their busy schedules to come and inspire us! 
 

 
FTI Basketball Season Begins 
FTI Hosts Yeshiva Kesser Torah of Staten Island
 
Members of the FTI Yeshiva basketball team played their first game of the season against Yeshiva Kesser Torah of Staten Island on Sunday, November 8th.
 
It was a real kiddish Hashem to see the boys playing with such intensity, while also acting with derech eretz and middos tovos. FTI won the game, 44-42, scoring 9 points in the final minute in a come-from-behind victory.
The team has been working hard at practice every Thursday since September. Paul Blocker, of Peak Skills Basketball in West Berlin, returned this year to coach our team.
To further hone their skills, the  team plays weekly in a competitive league to help prepare them for their games played against other Yeshivos.
 

 
School Stats
  • HONORS BIOLOGY students studied how cells are instrumental in the formation and breakdown of chemical bonds to facilitate homeostasis. BIOLOGY students studied how cell organelles interact to maintain life functions.
  • 10th grade CHUMASH class explored the concept that events of the Torah are not necessarily in chronological order - אין מוקדם ומאוחר בתורה, and specifically Tosfos shitah on how it pertains to the ברית בין הבתרים.
  • 9th grade ENGLISH students engaged in composition writing, focusing on paragraph development.
  • WORLD HISTORY students explored Jewish oppression in Egypt, the importance of the Nile River, Egyptian Rulers, and Polytheistic Religion within Egyptian society.
  • Several talmidim in the 11th grade GEMARA shiur were able to figure out the famous Shach's p'shat in the sugya of שכוני גוואי on their own.
  • HONORS CHEMISTRY students studied representative models of the atom that account for trends in the Periodic Table. Subatomic particles were explored. CHEMISTRY students studied electron orbitals.
  • HONORS ALGEBRA II students continued solving problems concerning Function Operations. ALGEBRA II students solved equations by performing opposite math operations, with a focus on distance, rate, and time word problems.
  • 10th grade HALACHA finished the halachos of עיקר וטפל and can pasken any sushi sha'aloh in the often complex world of Sushi brachos.
  • U.S. HISTORY students examined the French and Indian War and events leading up to the Revolutionary War, including the Boston Tea Party.
  • HONORS PHYSICS students studied Newton’s Second Law, multiple forces, and acceleration. PHYSICS students solved velocity and acceleration problems.
  • Many GEMARA students earned a free bowling trip after calling in to the "Chazara Hotline" consistently.
  • HONORS PRE-CALCULUS students learned how to solve inverse problems. PRE-CALCULUS students solved problems using the distributive property and by combining like terms.
  • ECONOMICS students studied positive vs. normative economics, graphs in economics, and price ceilings.
  • BAIS MEDRASH bochurim are busy preparing for the Yarzheit Shiur of Reb Dovid Leibowitz ZT"L, founder of the Chofetz Chaim Yeshiva. The shiur will be given by Rabbi Dovid Harris Shlita, Rosh Yeshiva, and the bochurim will be traveling to NYC next week to hear it.
 
FTI seeks to engage the intellect and emotion of every student and produce talmidim distinguished by their dedication to ongoing Torah study, commitment to personal character development and responsibility to Klal Yisrael.

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