Retreat at Hideaway Mountain, Tennessee
The Yeshiva just returned
from a fabulous retreat at the foot of the Smoky Mountains. The exciting
program included rapid river tubing, a discussion about the Torah's
perspective on violence, and BBQ overlooking wondrous Wear's Valley.
Yeshiva students together with adults and children from the community participated in the annual Ohr Yisrael Lag Ba'Omer bonfire. Inspiring singing and dancing marked the yartzeit of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai.
Hall's Personal Finance class has studied insurance principles and
several different types of insurance. The boys have investigated what
happens "behind the scenes" when an underwriter looks at an application
for property/casualty insurance from an individual, business, or
school. The class recently put themselves in the position of field
underwriters and completed a survey of hazards of their Yeshiva building
The ninth grade honed their acting skills by recreating the characters and tension of 12 Angry Men by Sherman L. Sergel. As the deliberations of a capital murder case unfold, the story quickly becomes a study of the jurors' complex personalities, preconceptions, backgrounds and interactions.
Taking a Dive
As part of their study of the properties of gases and liquids, the 10th grade class went on a field trip to a local scuba diving shop. Diving World is the oldest dive shop in the southeastern United States and is owned by George Krasle M.D., a specialist in diving medicine. The young men were given a tour of the shop as well as the connected diving museum. Dr. Krasle, who has worked with scuba device inventor Jacques Cousteau, deftly weaved lessons in chemistry into tales from his long career as an undersea adventurer and scientist.
Ner Yisrael Llights Up Ohr Yisrael
Once again we are privileged to have beis midrash students from Yeshivas Ner Yisrael enhance our learning environment. These young men learn with YOY students throughout the day and night, and have significantly added to the positive ruach of the Yeshiva.
Pictured from left to right: Binyamin Levinger, Yehoshua Winchell, Yisrael Schwartz and Shalom Weiss
This past Sunday, many families came
to the MJCCA to watch the YOY Warriors face the only other undefeated
team in the BBYO basketball league. Throughout the game, it seemed that
the Warriors would lose. But in the last 30 seconds, the Warriors' team
effort (bolstered by their cheering supporters) made an amazing
comeback, and won with a final score of 42-41. Their record remains
perfect at 4-0.
Mr. Watson Returns
welcomes Mr. Benjamin Watson who is teaching geometry and algebra 2.
Mr. Watson received a M.Ed from Georgia State University and has taught
for over six years.
National Honor Society
NHS students were recently inducted at a school-wide event. Seniors,
Jacob Schonland (far right) and Solomon Barayev (Far left) welcome two
new Juniors Michoel Bornstein (middle left) and Noam Garfinkel (Middle
right). To become a member of NHS, one must meet high standards in
scholarship, character, service and leadership.
Farewell Mr. Twiggs
The Yeshiva gathered together to bid farewell Mr. Twiggs who left his teaching position at YOY. As the backbone of our math department for the past eight years, Mr. Twiggs was admired and respected by all. After much contemplation, he accepted a position as a senior business analyst for the City of Atlanta. We wish him much success in his future endeavors.
Super Suspension Project
(L-R) Solomon Barayev, Shlomo Zelman, and Noam Garfinkel presented the suspension
bridge that they created by applying concepts from trigonometry.
Chazarah, Chazarah, Chazarah
Some of our students have begun a new learning program that emphasize review (chazarah) during the learning process. In Bekius (Talmud proficiency), they review the topic they have learned 4 times during night seder. This successful program was started by Rabbi Dovid Neuman in Monsey, NY, and includes various incentives for students to maintain the pace and schedule of review.
|Rabbi Garfield Visits|
Yerachmiel Garfiled, former Assitant Menahel and 9th Grade Rebbe, spent
time with Ohr Yisrael students during a visit to Atlanta. He addressed
the entire Yeshiva about the seemingly doomed relationship of brothers
throughout the Torah.|
YOY Reunion in Israel
twenty students who learned at Ohr Yisrael gathered together with Rabbi
Shimon Wiggins during Chanukah. The mesibah took place in Yerushalyim
and provided a meaningful opportunity to reconnect.
Geometry students under the guidance of Mr. Twiggs, constructed model homes and schools applying principles learned in class. The projects were presented in class and critiqued by teachers and students.
Sunday, The YOY Warriors started their basketball season at the MJCCA
BBYO basketball league with a 47-29 win. There are 9 students on the
team, which is lead by coach Tim Braggs.
Grade Eight Event
Eighteen 8th graders from TDSA recently visited Ohr Yisrael for a speical program. The students learned b'chavrusah
with YOY students, in preparation for a shiur on Chaunuka. Afterwards, the TDSA students enjoyed bowling with YOY 9th graders.
On Fridays students organize teams and play flag football at the TDSA field. This activity is a rejuvenating experience after an full week of learning.
parents participated in an informational program at the Yeshiva. After
introductory remarks about the philosophy and scope of the Judaic and
General Studies Programs, parents attended model lessons in Gemara,
English, and physics. The evening concluded with refreshments and the
opportunity to meet faculty and ask questions.
Rabbi Barry Klein discusses various opportunitites available through Touro University and Lander College.
events during the school year enable parents and teachers to develop
open lines of communication to support student learning.
Mr. and Mrs. David Schoen speak with English teacher, Mr. Randy Sharian.
Yeshivat Kerem B'Yavneh
Visitations from Yeshivas in Israel have begun. Rabbi Zev Bannet from KeremB'Yavneh speaks with seniors about a year of Torah study in Israel.
Rosh Kollel Speaks
Rabbi Chaim Mendolson, who heads a Choshen
Mishpat Kollel in Jerusalem, addressed
the Yeshiva on the topic of small decisions making a big impact.
Coach Jeff Poodiack discusses a personal fitness program that helps students improve physical well-being.
The Yeshiva had a fun-filled and uplifting experience at the fall Shabbaton. Beautiful weather set the stage for color war and a spiritual Shabbos. Motzei Shabbos featured a BBQ and bonfire kumsitz.
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Shabbaton web album
the Trojans lost their first two games, the young team learned
critical skills and enjoyed the experience. The Trojan's season ended
with a very close, tie game.
Akiva Hiller safely slides into third as coach Schoen looks on.
Ohr Yisrael has upgraded its Computer Lab with 10 new/used laptops! The equipment was part of a government surplus donation.
Math Teacher Returns
Ohr Yisrael is pleased to welcome back Mr. Edwin Hall to its General Studies faculty. Mr. Hall who is teaching Personal Finance and Algebra 1, brings a wealth of experience from both the business and academic worlds.
Hands on Science
Ninth grade physics students apply what they have learned about scientific measurement during a lab with their teacher, Dr. Haaland.
Preparing for Rosh Hashana
blowing the shofar during Shacharis. Selichos start this Sunday at 7:30 AM.
Achdus Event at MJCCA
This past Sunday, the Yeshiva went to the MJCCA for an enjoyable evening of sports, swimming, pizza and camaraderie.
Alumnus Dovid Klugman (class of '10) has returned to YOY as a dorm counselor.
Seniors take responsibility for various activities at the Yeshiva which include running the canteen, TDSA Mishmor, and enhancing the ruach of the Yeshiva.
Enthusiasm for Learning
Rabbi Wiggins and some 9th grade students review a topic in Maseches Gitin.