Yachad and Yeshivah of Flatbush HS to Join Together on Stage, Mar 26, in Beauty & the Beast Musical

March 14, 2007

YACHAD AND YESHIVAH OF FLATBUSH HIGH SCHOOL TO JOIN TOGETHER ON STAGE, MARCH 26, IN BEAUTY AND THE BEAST SPECTACULAR

Yachad/NJCD, an agency of the Orthodox Union, whose mission is to promote and facilitate inclusion for people with disabilities, will return to the stage at the Yeshivah of Flatbush Joel Braverman High School for the fifth year, for Beauty and the Beast, this year’s musical presentation. The free performance, before what is always a large audience, will take place on Monday, March 26, at 7:00 p.m. at the school, 1609 Avenue J in Brooklyn.

“Yachad,” the flagship program of the Orthodox Union’s National Jewish Council for Disabilities (NJCD), provides unique social and inclusive educational and recreational programs for individuals with developmental, learning and physical disabilities.

Twelve Yachad members and 25 Yeshivah students, will join together in the musical performance. Yachad members will perform on stage with speaking parts and as members of the chorus, where they will sing and dance as part of the group.
Yachad and Yeshivah of Flatbush High School musicals draw over 500 attendees, including family and community members, students and faculty.

According to Aryea Aranoff, Assistant Program Director of the Senior Yachad Division and producer of the joint program, “Beauty and the Beast is more than a performance; it’s a great way for our Yachad members to work with others
– b’Yachad (together) — on a shared project. They feel they are building something together with the students and in the process they are able to create meaningful relationships. Participating in the musical is exciting and provides a very real sense of accomplishment.”
Following the performance, community and cast will come together at a reception for dancing and dining.

“We have been working with Yachad for a very long time, and our relationship has blossomed over the years. Our students share a real sense of comradeship with Yachad members and everybody works very well together,” declared Danny Shatzkes, Yeshivah of Flatbush faculty member who directs the production.

“This musical is not only a facilitator of relationships between students and Yachad members, but it is also an outlet for budding creativity that is present in each and every one who is involved,” he said.

For more information contact the Yeshivah of Flatbush at 718-377-1100 or Yachad at 212-613-8229.