YCQ’s Grade 7 Boys had a marvelous Bar Mitzvah Workshop Monday night, November 8. Rabbi Hamel, Assistant Principal of the Yeshiva of Central Queens (YCQ) Junior High School (JHS) reports, “When a child becomes a bar mitzvah, we make him a ceremony. This ceremony, even if made on a small scale, demonstrates to the child the significance of his new status in the Jewish nation. He is now privileged to be fully obligated in mitzvos and is entitled to reap the benefits of the Torah.”

Thank you, Rabbi Landsman, Rabbi Hamel, and Rabbi Bernstein, for organizing this faculty, family, and student event, and for making it fun and purposeful.

YCQ’s Grade 6 Girls learned and celebrated together with faculty and family at a wonderful Bas Mitzvah Workshop on Wednesday evening, November 17. Thank you, Rabbi Landsman, Morah Bienenfeld, Morah Engelson, Rabbi Hamel, Mrs. Elana Joffe, Mrs. Jen Jaffe, and Morah Leemor Abraham for leading the event, and thank you to all the attendees who made this evening lively and meaningful.

YCQ Bar and Bas Mitzvah Workshops are exceptional. “We pride ourselves on establishing guidelines to ensure that the ceremony is appropriate, and inclusive of all the child’s friends,” Rabbi Hamel stated. Rabbi Landsman, YCQ Principal, added, “The Bar and Bas Mitzvah events highlight the significance of celebrating the transmission of our heritage to the next generation. We cannot be prouder of our parents and students for their outstanding commitment to living a life of Torah and mitzvos.”