Three New Rebbeim, 24 New Talmidim, New 9th & 10th Grade Shiurim, and More
With three new Rebbeim and record new enrollment, the Yeshiva is larger than ever before. We currently have six different Iyun-level shiurim in the high school after the addition of a second 9th- and 10th-grade honors shiur. In general studies, we now offer college preparatory and honors tracks for most subjects and grades. With new extracurricular learning opportunities, including a pre-Shachris shiur and expanded night seder, the Yeshiva is really running on full throttle.
With a wealth of different experiences teaching Torah, Rabbi Baum has joined FTI as the new 10th grade Rebbi and Bais Medrash Sho'el U’Meshiv in the afternoon. Rabbi Baum has a unique way of connecting to others, and our talmidim have already formed a close bond with him. Rabbi Baum received smicha from Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim in Queens, completed a B.S. in Psychology, and holds multiple teaching certificates. We are excited to welcome the Baum mishpacha to Cherry Hill, as they arrived in August to join our Yeshiva.
After having learned for a number of years and receiving smicha from Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim in Queens, Rabbi Bergida joined our Yeshiva in the Bais Medrash Program for the morning, and in our development office during the afternoon. While learning in Queens, Rabbi Bergida did a Bais Medrash fellowship at FTI in the 2010-2011 school year. We look forward to what Rabbi Bergida and his family bring to FTI.
Rabbi Shmidman joins FTI as the Boarding Student Mashgiach and Rebbe. Rabbi Shmidman, with his gentle demeanor and contagious smile, is focused on providing a warm and caring home away from home for our boarding students. Rabbi Shmidman has already made a tremendous impact on our Yeshiva, and the boys very much appreciate him. We are very fortunate to have Rabbi Shmidman and his family join the Yeshiva.
FTI Launches Its First Chinese Auction
The Yeshiva is only able to offer programs of the caliber you are reading about in this newsletter to its students and community members because of the generous support we receive from good people locally and all over the country who are dedicated to Hashem and to building Torah.
Please help ensure the continued success of our Yeshiva by making our very first Chinese Auction a resounding success. Please participate generously -- not only will you be supporting Torah in an enjoyable way, but you will be investing in the future of Klal Yisrael.
Drawing Date: Sunday, December 25, 2016
FTI Queens Shabbaton Provides Chizuk and Comradarie for All
The entire FTI Yeshiva, Rebbeim and their families, and Bais Medrash and High School talmidim, traveled to Queens to Chofetz Chaim Yeshiva headquarters for an amazing, uplifting, and jam-packed Shabbaton. It all started with bowling Friday afternoon at Jib Lanes.
Uplifting davening, divrei Torah from FTI Rebbeim and Talmidim, zemiros, and delicious Shabbos food, were all expected and delivered. But then, the Talmidim were treated to a private audience in the home of the Rosh Yeshiva, Harav Dovid Harris, after the seudah Friday night. Rabbi Harris spoke to us for almost an hour, and described how when a person toils in Torah, he not only inherits olam habah for himself, but has a far superior olam hazeh as well. Directly from there, the Mesivta returned to the Yeshiva for a night seder, while the Bais Medrash bochurim were invited to the home of Harav Akiva Grunblatt, Rosh Yeshiva, and were treated to an inspiring talk on the topic of Bitachon in Hashem and middas haemes.
We all joined back together for an oneg with Nissan Borr (an all-time favorite FTI "branch guy") and friends, playing broken telephone charades, a hilarious game with impromptu acting. Finally, World-Renowned Posek, Harav Herschel Welcher, graced our oneg to cap off an incredible evening and gave an open question-and-answer session where talmidim could ask any question on any topic, and we covered everything from slurpees, frappachinos, and Wawa's flavored coffees, to goyish music and being spared from the chevlei moshiach.
Shabbos day we were treated to a hashkafa
and question-answer session with Harav Shlomo Yonasan Harris. Motzei Shabbos
there was a major three-on-three basketball tournament in the RSA gym. There were 16 teams to start, but two hours later only one was left standing. For Melalva Malka,
everyone enjoyed New York style pizza in Flatbush on our way back home.
FTI Visits Reb Shmuel Kamenetsky
On the day before Erev Yom Kippur the entire FTI Yeshiva, traveled to the Philadelphia Yeshiva to receive inspirational Divrei Chizuk.
One major theme that the Rosh Yeshiva, Reb Shmuel Kamenetsky, emphasized was being a part of Klal Yisrael. Klal Yisrael, as a whole, is given a hovtacha (promise) that our T’shuva will be accepted at the end of Yom Kippur. The Rosh Yeshiva explained that when we help others in Klal Yisrael, we become more a part of the whole nation, and we can better receive this hovtacha. Reb Shmuel encouraged our talmidim to work on our bein adam la'chaveiro, especially during Aseres Y’mei T’shuva and all year round.
Both our Rebbeim and talmidim walked away inspired and committed to a year of being connected to the Klal and focusing more on our bein adam lechaveiro.
FTI Hosts a New Weekly Advanced Shiur for Local Baal Habatim
Every Wednesday evening at FTI, there is an advanced gemara shiur given on a different topic by a different Rav to community members eager to learn iyun. The schedule for the first zman, which runs from Nov 9th - Dec 21st is as follows: Rabbi Davidowitz, Rabbi Klahr - Rosh Kollel, Rabbi Epstein - Rav, Cong. Sons of Israel, Rabbi Juni, Rabbi Bienenfeld - Rav, Young Israel of Cherry Hill, Rabbi Serebrowski - Rav, Torah Links, and finally Rabbi Max.
The schedule for the evening is as follows:
Preparation - 8:00-8:45 p.m.
Shiur - 8:45-10:00 p.m.
Maarei Makomos are emailed out in advance, and placed in local shuls Erev Shabbos. Chavrusas are available to those interested. Please contact Reb Yehuda Leib Liberman at 215.760.6360 or Rabbi Davidowitz for a chavrusa.
- The ENTIRE YESHIVA is learning Maseches Yevamos.
- The EARLY MORNING SHIUR finished the Sefer Hamitzvos of the Chofetz Chaim.
- UPPER-CLASSMEN HONORS GEMARA have done every Maharsha on the mesechta so far b'iyun.
- 10th Grade HALACHA started the sugya of "shinui makom" eating food in one place yet making the bracha achrona in another location, and how changing one's location can affect the status of the brachos that he needs to make.
- 9th Grade HALACHA is exploring the many interesting and relevant halachos of tzitzis in depth, approaching the material with an eye towards understanding how the nuanced disagreements of the Rishonim form the basis of practical halacha.
- 10th Grade CHUMASH is delving into many of the important sugyas in Sefer Beraishis, allowing student-initiated questions to direct the path of exploration.
- 9th Grade MUSSAR discussed the contradiction between the Mesilas Yesharim which says that the world was created for our pleasure and the pasuk in the Torah which says that we were created for the "honor of Hashem" שבראנו לכבודו.
- 9th Grade BIOLOGY (Honors Track) began studying Biochemistry..
- 10th Grade CHEMISTRY (Honors Track) studied Atomic Theory
- 11th Grade PHYSICS (Honors Track) studied forces and laws of motion by creating free body diagrams of an object.
- 10th Grade CHEMISTRY (College-prep Track) predicted which atoms would bond based on the Periodic Table.
- 11th Grade PHYSICS (College-prep Track) created position-time graphs to calculate velocity.
- 10th Grade ALGEBRA studied the graphing of functions, range, and domain.
- 11th Grade PRE-CALCULUS (Honors Track) studied polynomial arithmetic.
- 9th Grade WORLD HISTORY created cities while learning about Greek city states.
- 10th Grade US HISTORY role played to learn about the American Revolution.
- 11th Grade US HISTORY studied the elections of the 1800s and the era of slavery.
- 12th Grade ECONOMICS discussed the three methods for calculating gross domestic product and the presidential election.
- 9th Grade ENGLISH (Honors Track) completed the novel Shane.
- 10th Grade ENGLISH (both Honors and College-prep Track) completed and discussed Twelve Angry Men.