Every week, talmidim in grades One through Four at Yeshiva Ketana of Long Island gather to talk chess. And they don’t just talk chess: they play it too. It’s called Chess Club, and it happens every Monday at 3pm.
“They may be Elementary lower school students, but they play like pros,” smiles Rabbi Ari Ginian, executive director. “And we do everything we can to facilitate their growth. Our instructors are professionals, and we have professional-grade pieces and boards. Most importantly, though, the students are learning while they play: they learn strategy, they learn to think before they act, and, of course, they learn good sportsmanship.”
Recognizing the students’ talent and interest, YKLI Women’s League co-presidents Mrs. Adele Dubin and Mrs. Gila Henesh worked closely with Rebecca Schreck a YKLI parent, to create the Chess Club. The Club has been a resounding success and enables each student who chooses to join to excel.
“We want our boys to truly actualize themselves,” says Rabbi Zvi Bajnon, menahel. “This means that we have to use different modalities and methods to exercise their minds and engage them in learning. Chess is the classic thinking, brain-bending game that our 21st century talmidim love to play.”