web analytics
April 18, 2015 / 29 Nisan, 5775
At a Glance
InDepth
Sponsored Post


By Kids For Kids: Kishroni Lets Youngsters Shine

Eller-052314-Main

An Orthodox Brooklyn rabbi has come up with what might be considered an unorthodox approach to educating children: encouraging youngsters to spend more time on hobbies and other extra-curricular pursuits in order to boost their academic success. It is a method that seems counterintuitive at first, but according to Rabbi Yosef Leib Bornstein, a behavioral therapist and rebbi at Yeshiva Ohr Dovid in the Marine Park section of Brooklyn, the results have been impressive.

“As parents, we all know that success breeds success,” Rabbi Bornstein told The Jewish Press. “Many children don’t shine in the classroom and struggling in academics can give them, especially if they are boys, a feeling of worthlessness. Kishroni gives them a chance to shine and feel good about themselves. After shining in ‘their way,’ they will hopefully do better in academics as well.”

Rabbi Bornstein founded Kishroni a little more than a year ago with the goal of giving children a platform to display their G-d given gifts, no matter what they may be, as a means of boosting self-confidence, both inside and outside the classroom. Kishroni literally means “my talent.”Eller-052314-Drums

“Our motto is simple,” explained Rabbi Bornstein. “No child is rejected and no talent is refused.”

While some members have taken the opportunity to display their artistic abilities, their singing voices or their juggling chops, others have come up with unique activities including rock climbing, unicycle riding and computer programming.

Kishroni’s first major event took place last June in Brooklyn, setting the stage for its policy of everything “by kids, for kids.”

“The kids prepared everything themselves,” said Rabbi Bornstein. “Our logo was designed by the kids. They hung the signs around the yard.   The only thing I did was run the stage together with our emcee, Yoely Karr.”

In addition to having five bands, well over a dozen jugglers and both live and pre-recorded acts, Rabbi Bornstein estimated that there were approximately 100 tables set up with displays made by the children and over 2,400 participants in attendance.

“The kids who were displaying set up their stuff and parents went around with their children from table to table,” recalled Rabbi Bornstein. “The parents were so nice and it made the kids feel fabulous.”

The response to the event, which also featured cotton candy, balloons, prizes, souvenirs and professional entertainment including Rabbi Maimon Elbaz, David Blatt and Rabbi Yitzy Erps, was overwhelming.

“Parents came over to me with tears in their eyes saying, ‘You have no idea what you did for my son. I wish I had this when I was little,’” said Rabbi Bornstein.

Rabbi Shaul Shimon Deutsch, founder of the Living Torah Museum in Boro Park and one of the judges at last year’s inaugural event, had high words of praise for Kishroni.

“Judging the competition was hard,” said Rabbi Deutsch. “Some of the talent shown was incredible. Kids in the frum world need a vehicle that lets them bring out the talents that they have. Betzalel built the mishkan as a young boy. Hashem gave him the wisdom to do that. Today our kids are sitting in school and they need an opportunity to develop themselves in a creative way.”

Eller-052314-FelderThe boys who built the winning exhibits last year were given the opportunity to showcase their models at The Living Torah Museum.

“There was a group of kids who built a scale model of Auschwitz and we have it on display,” said Rabbi Deutsch. “When adults come and I tell them it was made by 11 year olds, they are in awe.”

About the Author: Sandy Eller is a freelance writer who writes for numerous websites, newspapers, magazines and many private clients. She can be contacted at sandyeller1@gmail.com.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

One Response to “By Kids For Kids: Kishroni Lets Youngsters Shine”

  1. Vivien Lim says:

    This look great way in education.

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
Daniel Lubetzky  president of V15 and CEO of Kind "healthy" bars
No Victory for V15 and Not Healthy ‘Healthy’ Snack Bars
Latest Indepth Stories
Mrs. Golda Katz a"h

She had many names and was many things to many people, but to me she was just Babineni.

ISIS terrorist carries the group's black flag.

Is ISIS in Gaza? “No, but there are ISIS loyalists here..we pray to God they unite under ISIS’ flag”

Cliff Rieders

Rabbi Portal was that great “inspirer,” changing people for the better, enriching the lives of all

MK Moshe-Feiglin

Iran knows Obama, Putin, and the Europeans don’t have a Red Line beyond which they will go to war

There is no way to explain the Holocaust. I know survivors who are not on speaking terms with G-d. I know many who are the opposite. I have no right to go there…

When a whole side of your family perishes, friends become the extended family you do not have.

“We stand with Israel because of its values and its greatness and because its such a wonderful ally”

Mr. Obama himself inelegantly cautioned members of the Senate to be careful not to “screw up” the negotiations by seeking to have input into the future of the sanctions regime that has been imposed on Iran.

For our community, Mrs. Clinton’s foreign policy record will doubtless attract the most attention. And it is a most interesting one.

Mitchell Bard is nothing if not prolific. He has written and edited 23 books, including “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Middle East” and “The Arab Lobby: The Invisible Alliance That Undermines America’s Interests in the Middle East.” Bard, who has a Ph.D. in political science from UCLA, is also the executive director of both the […]

Understanding the process described in Dayenu reveals deep relevance for us today.

For Rabbi Zvi Yehuda Kook, the tanks, planes, and uniforms of the IDF were implements of mitzvot

The only way to become humble is honesty about our experiences; it’s the only path to true humility

Obama’s approach to evildoers echoes Gandhi’s fatuous and muddleheaded pleas to his “friend” Hitler

More Articles from Sandy Eller
Eller-040315

It goes without saying that when it comes to your kids, safety is always your number one priority.

Food-Talk---Eller-logo

While we are all accustomed to the occasional recipe substitutions – swapping milk for creamer, applesauce for oil – gluten-free cooking is a whole different ballgame.

Kitchen surfing is a unique concept that brings professional chefs to your home to prepare a meal in your own kitchen.

The Readers Digest lists several unconventional jewelry cleaning techniques, and while I have yet to try any of them, they do sound interesting.

There is a lot of creativity in the food blogging community and not only in the kitchen.

One of the best perks of writing about restaurants is that we often have the opportunity to taste a broad sampling of menu items and the chef at Brasserie Halevi kept up a steady stream of food to our table.

If you have ever tried to organize the different sized roller blades in your garage, you will appreciate the wisdom of the roller skates we had when we were little.

His entire existence was about spreading simcha and glorifying G-d’s name on a daily basis.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/interviews-and-profiles/by-kids-for-kids-kishroni-lets-youngsters-shine/2014/05/22/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: