Kings Highway Beautification Association: Enhancing Our Neighborhood One Step at a Time

You may not have noticed them before today, but tree guards are being installed all along Ave U, as well as Kings Highway and Avenue P. Spanning our scope of Ocean Parkway, they go through McDonald Ave. Tree guards are the black, steel fences around trees that you see most often in upscale Manhattan or Park Slope. They may seem obscure or irrelevant, but they’re actually quite important. They’re designed to protect and lengthen the life span of our trees. The average life of a normal tree is 100 years, but city trees only live for an average of 32 years. Tree guards are especially crucial to their survival in our busy, urban environment. The guards preserve and help protect our trees from pet waste, bicycle, and other urban interferences, while adding instant street appeal. They also improve the air quality and protect civilians from rain, sun, and heat. In addition, tree guards are correlated with an increase in pedestrian traffic and business sales, enabling property values to rise. They’ve been installed in our neighborhood now to enhance the streetscape of the people who live, eat, socialize, and shop on our community blocks.

What’s more, in just a few weeks, KHBA will lead an initiative to plant these tree pits with full, colorful flower beds, now that they’re surrounded by protected guards. Thanks to everyone for their continuous participation and support! You have helped to revamp KHBA’s mission of giving a
much-needed revitalization to the neighborhood. Every street in our community with well-tended trees and a refined streetscape makes the statement that we are invested in our city and committed to making our area of Brooklyn a safe, beautiful, and better place to live.

We welcome thoughts, questions, & contributions! Contact us at info@khba.nycor visit our website:

Yeshiva Derech HaTorah High School Wins Grunbaum JV Tournament

The JV basketball team of Brooklyn’s Yeshiva Derech HaTorah High School won the 2016 Oren Grunbaum JV Invitational Tournament in Montreal last month.

In the first game of the grueling competition, the Derech HaTorah Bulldogs came from behind to defeat Yavne Academy of Montreal, 59-51.

Later that day, the Bulldogs played a league rival from back home, the North Shore Hebrew Academy Stars. Trailing by 12 after thefirst quarter, the Bulldogs bounced back in what became a real nail-biter, edging the Stars 62-61.

After a spirited Shabbaton during which the young men from the competing teams got to know each other, the Bulldogs maintained their winning ways, defeating the Yeshiva Or Chaim Stars of Toronto by a score of 57-38.

The championship game took place against the home team, the Hebrew Academy Heat. The lead kept changing hands, but in the end the Bulldogs prevailed, 55-48.

The remarkable feat was a true team effort, with Derech HaTorah’s starting five – MVP Adam Motovich, tournament all-star Yosef Halevy, Zachy Maoz, Dovid Stern, and Daniel Ben-Hamou – buttressed by teammates Mikey Sutton, Hillel Eliav, Zack Aharoni, Maurice Chirazi, Yoni Kohen, Benny Teitelbaum, Yitzy Hill, Daniel Harel, and Alan Pishakov.

Dor Yeshorim

For the past thirty two years, Dor Yeshorim has been the leading organization spearheading countless initiatives to safeguard the health of future generations. Specializing in genetic research,prevention and testing for the Ashkenazic community, Dor Yeshorim has saved countless precious lives and prevented untold suffering and anguish for so many of our brothers and sisters.

Since Tay Sachs was most prevalent among the Ashkenazic community, many people began to have the misconception that genetic diseases were not common among the Sephardim. Yet as more Sephardic children were born with genetic diseases, the need to conduct genetic screenings before engagement became more urgent.

After being approached by many Sephardic families, and realizing how widespread the need for Sephardic genetic assistance was, Dor Yeshorim began to further expand its reach. It began conducting genetic research and preliminary screenings in the hopes of eliminating the recurrence of genetic disease from the Sephardic community, as well.

In its mission to eradicate genetic disease entirely from all of our brothers and sisters, Dor Yeshorim painstakingly invested much resources, time and energy to conduct groundbreaking ongoing research and develop reliable testing methods to successfully cover the scope of the entire Sephardic community.

Last year, in May 2015, Hacham Yitzchak Yosef, shlit”a, the Rishon L’Tzion of Eretz Yisrael and Av Bet Din of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel Supreme Bet Din, called upon all Sephardim to be tested for genetic inconsistencies.

As the ambassador for the health of our future generations Dor Yeshorim remains steadfast in its commitment to ensure that no Jewish family goes through the heart wrenching pain of giving birth to a child affected by genetic disease.

Dor Yeshorim is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention of Jewish genetic diseases, assisting families affected with rare genetic diseases, and conducting screenings at locations in eleven countries worldwide. For more information about Dor Yeshorim’s programs, please contact them at: (718) 384-6060, email or visit their website at

Ariella Falack Of Magen David Yeshivah High School Receives
The Jewish Education Project Young Pioneers Award 2016

The Jewish Education Project has announced that Ariella Falack is one of five exceptional and highly innovative Jewish educators who will receive the 5thannual Jewish Education Project Young Pioneers Award. This innovative educator is pushing the boundaries of Jewish learning experiences to inspire children and teens in new ways. Ariella Falack, a teacher of Torah and Halacha at Magen David Yeshivah Celia Esses High School and a graduate of Allegra Franco School of Educational Leadership, has been an early adopter of game and project-based learning at the school. She engages her students in an environment of feeling, sensing and tasting the texts and lessons of the Torah, with lessons involving physical activity, painting, coding, game making, flipped classroom, movie making, website building, book writing and more. Social and emotional learning are integral components to her classroom structure. Ariella has participated in the Lookstein Center’s Flipped Classroom Cohort, Sefaria’s Educator Cohort, and is a curriculum developer for Tebah Educational Services.

In recognition of her unique approach to Jewish education, Ariella Falack will be recognized at a celebration to benefit The Jewish Education Project held at the Harmonie Club on
May 9th at 6:30 pm.

“We are always so impressed and inspired by all the educators nominated for the Young Pioneers Award,” says Robert Sherman, CEO of The Jewish Education Project. “Those selected for recognition are committed to creating educational experiences that change the lives of the children, teens and families who experience them.”

The award recipients will receive a professional development stipend, willbe publicly recognized at the celebration, and will receive tickets to The Jewish Education Project’s Adaptive Leadership conference, a self-reflective workshop for experienced educators and Jewish communal leaders to explore how to
navigate the politics involved in leading change, while simultaneously developing and testing new approaches.

“When I became a teacher, the number one goal was to make Torah the most precious part of life for my students. Teachers are so busy “teaching,” that we don’t have a moment to really think about what we are teaching,” says Ariella. “This award means that I have been able to get out of the routine and focus on teaching with purpose. The details of every one of my lessons and projects should come together to create the masterpiece of a Torah Jew.”

To learn more about the Young Pioneers Awards or
The Jewish Education Project’s other initiatives, please visit

DSN Receives Major Financial Grant From Investors Foundation

This past month, the Deal Sephardic Network (DSN), a nonprofit organization that enables hundreds of New Jersey residents to get involved in various fun and healthy activities weekly, received a $100,000 grant from Investors Foundation, funded by Investment Bank. The Community Center will use the grant to build an athletic facility for children, teens and adults.

The Jbi Library: Helping the Visually Impaired Recapture The Joys Of Reading

      “I never thought that I would read at a Seder again.
I cannot thank you enough.”

Passover is quickly approaching! JBI, established as the Jewish Braille Institute in 1931, offers haggadot in Large Print, Braille and Audio free of charge. JBI haggadot options include: the Sephardic Shelom Yerushalayim (Hebrew/English), the Traditional Orthodox (Hebrew/English), Spanish/Hebrew and French/Hebrew. Whether it is for the sake of a grandfather hoping to lead a Seder as he has for decades, or a child who hopes to read the four questions for the first time, JBI’s mission is to make sure that every Jewish person can participate.

In 1931, no one could have imagined that JBI would grow to become JBI International, the world’s largest library of Jewish interest for the blind and visually impaired. We serve 35,000 individuals, in thirty countries, on six continents. We print in nine languages –
English, Russian, Spanish, Yiddish, French, Hebrew, Romanian, Hungarian and Polish. JBI empowers visually impaired, blind and reading disabled people of all ages and backgrounds, by giving them access to the written word through the special formats of audio, large print and braille. All of JBI’s services are free of charge.

The JBI Talking Books circulating library contains more than 13,000 titles. Genres range from fiction, history, short stories, humor, Jewish studies, biographies, memoirs, cookbooks, mysteries and more. JBI also offers monthly periodicals and cultural programs on topics of current interest.

JBI’s Special Publications include haggadot, humashim, siddurim, birkat hamazon, tehillim, and the yizkorservice in audio, large print and braille. These materials are meant to be kept by the client for use again and again.

If you or someone you know could benefit from a large print haggadah or any of JBI’s free services, JBI urges you to contact their librarians at 1-800-433-1531 or email them at
You can also visit JBI on the web at