Friday, May 30, 2008

Cufflinks Make The News

Rabbi Shusterman's cufflinks make the news.

Seeking House or Apartment for Rent

If you know of a house or apartment with 3 bedrooms or more that is walking distance to Tzemach Tzedek please contact

Larkin Chanukas Habayis

Chona Larkin invites the community to a farbrengen/chanukas habayis for men this Sunday night, June 1st at their new home, 8 Timothy Court, at 9:45 PM. Rabbi Lesches will be farbrenging.

Mazel Tov Hazans!

Mazal tov to Rabbi Michoel & Esther Hazan on the engagement of their son Avraham to Devorah Leah Landes of Manchester, England. Everyone is invited to the l'chayim which will take place this Sunday evening, from 7:00 to 10:00 PM at their home, 21 Deerwood Road.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Yeshivacation Upstate to be Held in Monsey

The Monsey Chabad Community will be hosting the Machon Chana Summer Learning Program for Women this year. Yeshivacation Upstate will take place from July 7 to July 30. Dormitory and meals will be provided for out-of-town guests. Jewish women of all ages, from all backgrounds and from all geographical areas may participate on a daily basis or weekly basis, join the program for Shabbos or enroll for the entire three and a half week program. For details, please visit For more information please contact Mrs. Yehudis Abramowitz, 845-356-1213 during the day.

Focus Your Influence

Monsey Beis Chaya Mushka Graduation and Leah Miriam Hayman Library Dedication - Save the Date

Sponsorship Opportunities - Think Jewish

Rabbi Dov and Shevy Oliver would like to make you aware of a weekly opportunity to sponsor Think Jewish, a print publication of that contains the Rebbe's teachings as well as other interesting articles and stories. It is distributed by the Center for Jewish Life at RCC and gives the many Jewish students, staff and faculty a chance to learn about the Parsha and Yiddishkeit. It is also distributed in local Shuls. If you have a particular week you would like to dedicate in honor of a birthday, simcha or the like or in honor of a yartzeit in memory of a loved one please call 845-659-2388 or email

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Seforim Give-A-Way

Eli and Miriam Zisman are giving away seforim in memory of Miriam’s father, Tzvi Meir Plotsky A”H. Seforim can be picked up this Sunday, June 1, from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM at their home, 14 Green Hill Lane .

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Camp Scholarships

N'Shei Chabad Shavuos Event

Prepare for Kabolas HaTorah with words of inspiration from Rabbi Zalmen Leib Markowitz. Enjoy a delicious Milchig buffet and take home the recipes! The event will take place on Tuesday June 3rd at 8.00 PM at the home of Shulamis Larkin, 8 Timothy Court. To have your Milchig recipe included in the booklet please email it to ASAP.

Monsey Trails Relents, Lowers Fare Hike for NYC Commuters

By Khurram Saeed, The Journal News, May 27, 2008

MONSEY - Rockland residents who use Monsey Trails buses to get to New York City will face higher fares starting Sunday, but not as much as first proposed.

The company yesterday decided to raise the cost of its 40-trip booklet from $240 to $270. It had been proposing to charge $300, representing a 25 percent hike.

During the past couple of weeks, close to 50 riders contacted the company to complain that the fare increase was too steep, Monsey Trails general manager J.J. Lunger said this afternoon.

"We did listen to them and that's why we're meeting them halfway," Lunger said.

Fares on several other routes also will be going up June 1; they have not been changed.

High diesel fuel prices are the driving force behind the increase.

Monsey Trails last raised its fares in 2006, by about 4 percent.

The Journal News

Photo Gallery of Kinus HaShluchim in New City

Click here for a gallery of pictures from the regional Kinus HaShluchim that was held in New City this week.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Shabbos Children's Program Leaders Needed

K'hal Bais Menachem is looking for one or two teenage girls to lead the children's program on shabbos mornings in July and August from 9:45 to 11:15 AM. Please call Eli Zisman at 845-216-8007.

More than 100 Chabad Rabbis Gather at New City Conference

By Ben Rubin, The Journal News, May 26, 2008

NEW CITY - Before a packed room of fellow rabbis, Avremel Kotlarsky told the audience that they had made huge strides as an organization, but that it would take far more effort to continue growing.

"There is no free ride, this does not come easily," said Kotlarsky, executive director of the Chabad Lubavitch of Rockland center.

His remarks were part of a gathering of more than 100 rabbis from across New York and New England, who came to the center yesterday for a regional conference.

The goal Kotlarsky spoke of was the central mission of the Chabad movement - to provide and expand religious experiences for Jews around the world.

The meeting was the first time that the New City center has hosted the conference in more than 15 years, or since the facility opened in the early 1990s. The building houses a day camp, a Jewish day school, a synagogue and a Hebrew school.

"I think the fact itself that we are getting together shows we have a tremendous energy," said Rabbi Yisroel Goldberg, director of community outreach and adult education at the local center.

At the conference, the rabbis discussed contemporary religious questions, ways to strengthen the Chabad organization and basic tips on fundraising, networking and growth strategies.

The Chabad movement has more than 2,000 centers around the world and holds a global conference every fall in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, where the organization is headquartered. The conference usually brings in more than 5,000 rabbis.

The movement was started about 250 years ago by Rabbi Schneur Zalman from Russia. The organization does not do missionary work or attempt to convert non-Jews.

Although the movement is considered a part of Hasidic Orthodox Judaism, Goldberg stressed the importance of not labeling it because Chabad seeks to be inclusive to all Jews.

"Our sole purpose is to bring people closer to Judaism," Goldberg said.

Rabbi Aaron Konikov from Long Island said the local conference was an important way to reinvigorate the Chabad leadership, especially rabbis who live in communities where they are the only observant Jews.

"It brings motivation and friendship and recommits us to the mission and it continues to instill in us the fact that we're in this together," Konikov said.

"I think it's a wonderful turnout," said Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky, a representative from the Brooklyn headquarters. "It gives inspiration to each one of our shluchim (emissaries)."

The Journal News

Monday, May 19, 2008

Bochurim Needed

Cheder Chabad of Monsey is looking for some local bochurim to assist with our afternoon summer program. The dates of the program are Monday, Sivan 27-June 30 to Monday, Tammuz 19-July 21.

Please call the Cheder office at 845-201-0203 or e-mail

Last Night's Cheder Dinner

Pictures by Zevi Schulman

HaRav Boruch Lesches

Rabbi Dr. Chaim Dovid Kagan, Mr. Eli Zisman, Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

Mrs. Bracha Mescheninov, Mrs. Sarah Faiga Shusterman

Mr. Yossi Kazarnovsky

Sunday, May 18, 2008

One Day Only – Matching Grant for Cheder Chabad

Tonight is the first Yarzeit of a staunch supporter of Cheder Chabad, Mrs. Leah Miriam bas Leib Pesach Hayman. At the beautiful Cheder Chabad dinner that has held tonight, it was announced that in her merit Reb Avraham Hayman will generously match up to $1,000 per family for all pledges made to the Cheder through Monday evening, Pesach Sheni. Pledges may be made via email to or by calling the Cheder office at 845-356-1213. Please take advantage of this great opportunity to assist the Cheder!

Friday, May 16, 2008

Lag B’Omer Farbrengen

There will be a farbrengen with Rabbi Lesches at K’hal Tzemach Tzedek, in honor of Lag B’Omer, on Thursday night, May 22nd, following Maariv which is at 9:30 PM.

Pesach Sheni Farbrengen

There will be a farbrengen with Rabbi Lesches at K’hal Tzemach Tzedek, in honor of Pesach Sheni, on Monday night, May 19th, following Maariv which is at 9:30 PM.


We are deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of the father of Moishe Sachs. Moshe is currently in Kansas City and will return to Monsey on Sunday afternoon where he will sit Shiva at his home, 26 Fessler Drive, until Tuesday morning. The following are the davening times:

Mincha: 7:30 PM
Maariv: 9:00 PM

Shacharis: 7:00 AM
Mincha: 7:30 PM
Maariv: 9:00 PM

Shacharis: 7:00 AM

Hamokom Yenachem Eschem Besoch Shaar Avaylay Tzion VeYerushalayim.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Regional Kinus HaShluchim to be Held in Rockland

Mazel tov to Rabbi Avremel and Chany Kotlarsky, Shluchim in New City, on being chosen to host the annual New England Regional Kinus HaShluchim in their Chabad Center. Over 100 Shluchim from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont are expected to participate in the 2 day conference.

A Friend's Memory

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Mazel Tov Labovitchs!

Mazel tov to Yitzchak and Penina Labovitch on the engagement of Yitzchak’s daughter
Sarah Shira to Rafoel Nathan of Los Angeles!

Monday, May 12, 2008

Good Sam Changes Visitor Policy for New Moms

New mothers at Good Samaritan Hospital are getting a gift most know they won't get again once they return home: a little peace and quiet.

Under a new policy that just went into effect at the hospital, no one except their husband or significant other is allowed to visit them on the maternity ward between 1and 3 p.m. every day.

The hospital instituted the policy after hearing many maternity patients tell them that that they were leaving the hospital exhausted after giving birth.

Friends and family are still welcome to visit any other time between 11 a.m. and 9:30p.m.

The Journal News

Commuter Bus Fares Rising

Two bus companies that transport Rockland commuters to New York City will raise fares June 1.

Rockland Coaches will increase those fares 5 percent. In addition, all local fares with Rockland and rides between Rockland and Bergen County, N.J., will go up 5 cents a ride.

Commuters who use Monsey Trails to get to Manhattan or Brooklyn will also have to pay more. The 40-trip booklet will increase to $300 from $240, a 25 percent increase.

Both companies cited high diesel fuel prices for the increase.

Coach USA, the parent company of Rockland Coaches, hiked fares 4 percent May 6 on its Midtown Express service. A 40-trip book costs $250, up from $240.

The Journal News

Welcome Eisenbergs!

Welcome to Mr. and Mrs. Shmuel Yosef and Freydie Eisenberg and family on their move back to our community (Gigi Court off of West Fessler)!

Cheder Chabad Dinner – Reserve your Seats Today!

The 5th Annual Cheder Chabad Scholarship Dinner will be taking place this Sunday, May 18th (13 Iyar) at the Ateres Charna Hall at 8:00 PM. Mr. and Mrs. Eli and Miriam Zisman and Mrs. Bracha Meschchaninov are being honored. If you have not yet reserved your seats please contact the Cheder office ASAP at 845-356-1213. The full invitation can be found below.

Seeking Hebrew School Teacher

The growing Chabad Hebrew School in New City is looking for some female teachers for the upcoming 2008-2009 calendar year. Applicants must have teaching experience and enjoy it. Position is available for Sunday mornings 9:30 to 12:00 and Wednesday afternoons 4:30 to 6:30. For more information please call Rabbi Yisroel Goldberg at 845-558-5968 or email

Friday, May 9, 2008

Cheder Chabad Fifth Annual Scholarship Dinner and Journal

The Cheder has extended the deadline for Journal Ads to this Sunday, May 11. We go to press first thing Monday morning, so please e-mail ( or fax (845-290-9896) your ads as soon as possible. The office staff will be working on Sunday so feel free to call us at 845-356-1213 with any questions. Thank you!

Mazel Tov Cohens!

Mazel tov to Izak and Sara Cohen on the birth of a baby boy!

Mazel Tov Schechters!

Mazel tov to Yehuda and Miriam Schechter on the birth of a baby girl!

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

New Yiddish Language Class!

A new class for men on conversational Yiddish is beginning tonight at 8:00 PM at K’hal Tzemach Tzedek. The textbook that will be used is The Yiddish Teacher by H.E. Golden. For more information please contact Mayer Duvid Hanson at

Update - Please note that the Wednesday night Yiddish class, given by Reb Tzvi Webb, will begin next Wednesday, May 21st. If you plan on attending please reserve to

Monday, May 5, 2008

Farbrengen Tuesday Night

There will be a farbrengen with Rabbi Lesches on Tuesday night following Maariv at 9:30 PM in honor of the birthday of the Rebbe Maharash, the 4th Lubavitcher Rebbe, in 1834. All are encouraged to participate.