Experiential education engages students in hands on learning through programs and activities outside of the required curriculum. Yeshivah of Flatbush has a variety of different opportunities for students to be directly involved in their religious, intellectual, social and personal growth. These experiences offer students time away from the classroom to think and reflect, discuss and evaluate, work and contribute in informal settings, alongside faculty, alumni and peers.
- Yachad Shabbaton
- Color War
- Book Day
- History Day
- Sephardic Heritage
- Chesed Mission
- Heritage Trip to Poland
- Israel Science, Technology Entrepreneurship Trip
On the Yachad Shabbaton, students from several schools come together to focus on leadership training and interacting with Yachad members. The rikkudim are unbelievable, the Flatbush-dominated tish on Friday night is so much fun, and the Saturday night kumsitz give us all a spiritual high. The time spent talking, singing and dancing makes the Yachad Shabbaton an amazing opportunity to make new friends with Yachad members, students from other schools, and even from Flatbush.
Color War is a wonderful multi-disciplined program that teaches leadership and enhances feelings of camaraderie and community. It gives students a chance to explore their Torah knowledge, music and artistic talents and skills, while learning about themselves, Judaism and ahavat yisrael in a nontraditional classroom setting. Color war is an opportunity for all students to get involved and shine in extracurricular activities that integrate Jewish values and life lessons. Through color war students become leaders adept at initiating, organizing, implementing and achieving amazing results. Color war teaches students how to work together in teams and infuses school sprit among all students.
Book Day is a cross-curricular symposium designed to enrich our students and encourage them to think beyond the boundaries of one book or one issue and arm them with facts and ideas so that they can become knowledgeable future leaders of our society.
Four hundred students, faculty and guests read the same book which is chosen for its numerous literary merit and relevant themes. Book Day opens with a keynote address followed by stimulating sessions led by faculty and guest presenters all experts in their fields, who discuss themes and topics extrapolated from the book. Students also participate in producing art, drama and film interpreting the many themes of the book and are involved in all levels of creating and presenting the program
By inviting experts outside the school community to lead sessions in the Book Day program, we aim to broaden the students’ horizons and add the voice of those who have primary experience of the topics under discussion. Our goal is to create an exciting and dynamic venue that will stimulate growth and discussion for our students and leave them enriched as they take their place in the world outside of high school
History Day, organized by the Social Studies and Jewish History departments, explores issues and topics relevant to both American, world and Jewish history. Through film, expert speakers, eyewitness accounts, trips, lectures, food and literature, students have the opportunity to experience and understand a specific historical period or event. Our goal is to expand students’ appreciation of the challenges, sacrifices and realities that affected those who lived during that time. In 2014, we looked at the immigration of Sephardic and Ashkenzic communities in their “Coming to America.”
The goal of the Sephardic Heritage trip to Spain/ Portugal and Gibraltar is to bring to life the glorious history and culture of Sephardic Jewry in its original setting through visits to cities, museums, archaeological sites, synagogues, and much, much more, students experience both the grandeur and glory as well as the tragedy and ultimate destruction of Iberian Jewry. The experience enables students to better appreciate the richness and complexity of the Sephardic heritage.
Each winter break, Rabbi Besser, Dean of students takes a group of students to Israel to do chesed for 10 days straight. Those who go on this incredible trip visit victims of terror, hospitals, rehab facilities and institutions that help children and adults dealing with physical and emotional challenges and volunteer in soup kitchens. Students also show their support for the Israeli Defense Forces by visiting injured soldiers and army bases. The trip has an indescribable impact on the students, parents and faculty members who join Rabbi Besser.
Heritage seminars is a unique educational experience for seniors who travel to Poland for a week to better their understanding and appreciation for the lives of European Jews in the pre-Holocaust era as well as to understand firsthand the devastation of the Shoah. This program strengthens Jewish identity, awareness, and commitment to the Jewish people and the state of Israel.
In January, during the winter break, students from YOF have the opportunity to go on a special 8 day STEM and Entrepreneurial trip to Israel. Students travel to Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa and meet with inventors, start-up companies, entrepreneurs & investors. Highlights have been visits to PrimeSense for KinectBox 360, MobilEye (camera systems for cars), MiLab (robotics lab), and G-Nius (unmanned ground vehicles). Students also met with entrepreneurs and investors and visited Google Israel. Additionally, students worked to brainstorm ideas for their own start-ups, built websites for their start-ups at WIX and learned how to pitch their ideas to entrepreneurs. This wonderful opportunity has helped inspire students to explore careers in engineering and as entrepreneurs.