On Monday morning (6/25/18), 8 members of the Yeshivah of Flatbush administration and parent community took to the links (and tennis courts) at the Westchester Country Club to take part in and support one of the major fundraising events for Jewish Education in the New York Metropolitan area, teeing off in the 7th Annual CIJE Golf & Tennis Championship in Rye, New York.
This event is a major fundraiser for CIJE, the Center for Initiatives in Jewish Education. As the organization notes, the funds raised from this event will directly provide cutting edge educational programs to thousands of students nationwide. The Yeshivah of Flatbush not only is a sponsor of this event, it also is a beneficiary of their programming. As Flatbush Executive Director Rabbi Jeff Rothman points out, “CIJE provides STEM curriculum and teacher training to participating schools throughout the country on both middle school and high school tracks. Additionally, they provide these services at no cost to the schools. Participating in this event is our way of giving pack to this amazing organization.” At YoF HS, these funds are used specifically for STEM programming, and for teacher training in implementing such programming. At the Elementary School, it has been used specifically to assist in funding our 2nd Grade Ivrit interactive curriculum called I-TalAm.
Along with lone tennis player Joe Braha, Flatbush was represented with two “foursomes” on the golf course, playing on the Westchester Country Club’s West course. The first Flatbush foursome consisted of YoF Executive Director Jeff Rothman and YoF Elementary School General Studies Principal Robert Berkman playing along with the Flatbush community father and son duo of Jack and Steven Hidary, while the second Flatbush grouping was made up of YoF Athletic Director Eric Amkraut along with Flatbush parents Ikey Douek and Joseph Tobias.
The event was a “scramble” format, meaning all players in each grouping tee off, then after seeing who’s tee shot was best, the second shot for each player is taken from that best placement. That format continues until one of the “foursome” sinks the final putt. Another twist to the rules is that there was a maximum of double bogey allowed on each hole. On the day, after taking a bogey on the opening hole the first foursome shot a 2-over par 74 (with much credit being given to the younger Hidary for bailing the group out of a number of difficult lies); the second grouping shot a 10-over par 82, but Ikey Doueck rightly noted that it was an honest 82, while the team never birdied a hole (though they came close on two occasions), they only double bogeyed one hole, and they did that in true fashion, needing only the actual two extra strokes to finish the hole.
In the end, it was a fantastic day – both weather-wise and golf-wise, and the players are already gearing up to get back out there again next year, supporting quality Jewish Educational initiatives while also enjoying great golf and great company!