Monday, September 29, 2008

New Video Preview - Climbing The Rungs of Prayer

Rabbi Markowitz Appointed "Assistant Rabbi" of K'hal Tzemach Tzedek!

Last night, on Sunday, Erev Rosh Hashana, the Board of K’hal Tzemach Tzedek- Lubavitch of Monsey unanimously elected Rabbi Zalmen Leib Markowitz as Assistant Rabbi. In his new capacity, Rabbi Markowitz will assist the Morah D'Asrah, Rav Baruch Dov Lesches, with his communal responsibilities. Rabbi Markowitz will also initiate several new programs, including a regular Chavrusa program and additional shiurim for the N’shei. “We are thrilled to recognize Rabbi Markowitz’s many years of dedication and inspiration and that he has agreed to an increased role in our fast growing community,” said Yisroel Schulman, President of Tzemach Tzedek.


If you have not yet signed a Pruzbal document (in addition to saying it) please print and sign the following and email it to no later than 5:00 PM TODAY.

I, the undersigned, transfer to you, Rabbi Boruch Lesches, Rabbi Dovid Kagan, and Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, of Monsey New York, all debts that are owed me, in writing or verbally, so that I may collect them at any time I desire.

Signed today, the 29th of Elul 5768.


Sunday, September 28, 2008

Cheder Chabad Offering Kapporos

In conjunction with the main Kapporos center of Monsey, Cheder Chabad of Monsey will be having Kapporos this Sunday, the 6th of Tishrei (October 5) from 10:30 AM to 5:00 PM in the parking lot of the Cheder girls school building, 246 North Main Street in Spring Valley. The cost is $10 per chicken. This does not include shechita as shechita will not take place on the premises. All proceeds will benefit Cheder Chabad of Monsey.

Reservations must include the amount of chickens and the genders needed and be made to no later than this Thursday evening.

For more information please call Rabbi Yossi Touger at 845-721-2947.

Message About Tekios From Rabbi Simcha Werner

Evergreen Schach

Evergreen Schach still available in limited quantities at 18.00 per bundle. Please call Monsey Schach at 845-517-0152 or e-mail Please note that 10% of all profit from Monsey Schach will be donated to Cheder Chabad of Monsey.

Friday, September 26, 2008

State Recommends Replacing TZ Bridge

By Khurram Saeed, The Journal News

State transportation officials today recommended replacing the aging Tappan Zee Bridge with a new, larger bridge, adding direct commuter train service from Rockland into Manhattan and creating a dedicated bus system along 30 miles of Interstate 287, from Suffern to Port Chester. Continue article here.

Welcome Sears Family!

Welcome to Yonah and Simmy Sears and family on their move to our community (Regina Road)!

Schild Upshern

Dr. Yehuda and Karen Schild invite you to the Upshern of their son, Akiva Leib, on Sunday, October 5th at 11:30 AM at their home, 27 Fessler Drive.

Farbrengen - Sunday Night

There will be a farbrengen with Rabbi Lesches this Sunday night, September 28, at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek following Maariv (at 9:30 PM) in honor of the birthday of the 3rd Lubavitcher Rebbe, the Tzemach Tzedek on the 29th of Ellul in 1789. For a brief biography of the Tzemach Tzedek click here.

Kiddush at Tzemach Tzedek

This shabbos, parshas Nitzavim, the Alex and Leah Poltorak and family are sponsoring a Kiddush and Seudah at K’hal Tzemach Tzedek celebrating a seudas hoda'ah. All are invited.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

K'hal Tzemach Tzedek Tishrei 5769 Schedule

Friday, Chol Hamoed, 18 Tishrei (October 17):
Shacharis 1: 8:00 AM
Shacharis 2: 9:00 AM
Shacharis 3: 10:00 AM
Shacharis 4: 10:30 AM
Licht Bentching and Mincha: 5:55 PM
Shiur and Maariv:
Simchas Beis Hashoeiva at the home of Gavriel Siklos, 15 Elener Lane.
Simchas Beis Hashoeiva at the Wichnin home, 119 West Maple Avenue.

Shabbos Kodesh, Chol HaMoed:
Shacharis: 10:00 AM
Kinus Torah: 5:00 PM
Mincha: 6:00 PM
Kinus Torah Continued:
Shabbos Ends: 6:55 PM
Simchas Beis Hashoeiva at the home of Yehuda Schild, 27 Fessler Drive.

Sunday, Chol Hamoed, 20 Tishrei (October 19):
Shacharis 1: 8:00 AM
Shacharis 2: 9:00 AM
Shacharis 3: 10:00 AM
Shacharis 4: 10:30 AM
Mincha: 6:00 PM
Maariv: 7:00 PM
Simchas Beis Hashoeiva for women at the home of Bracha Meschaninov, 17 Crestview Terrace (back entrance).

Monday, Hoshana Raba, 21 Tishrei (October 20):
Mishne Torah: 12:00 AM (Sunday night / Monday morning)
Tehillim: 1:00 AM (Sunday night / Monday morning)
Shacharis 1: 8:00 AM (Monday morning)
Shacharis 2: 10:00 AM
Licht Bentching and Mincha: 5:51 PM
Maariv: 6:50 PM
Kiddush and Hakafos!

Tuesday, Shmini Azteres, 22 Tishrei (October 21):
Shacharis: 10:00 AM
Yizkor: Approximately 11:30 AM
Tefilas Geshem:
Mincha: 6:00 PM
Maariv: 6:50 PM
Licht Bentching: Not before 6:50 PM
Kiddush and Hakafos!

Wednesday, Simchas Torah, 23 Tishrei (October 22):
Shacharis: 10:00 AM
Kiddush and Hakafos!
Mincha: 6:00 PM
Seder Nigunim and Maariv:
Yom Tov Ends: 6:50 PM

Shabbos Kodesh Parshas Bereishis (Shabbos Mevorchim Cheshvon):
Licht Bentching and Mincha: 5:45 PM
Tehillim: 8:30 AM
Shacharis: 10:00 AM
Halacha Shiur: 5:00 PM
Mincha: 5:45 PM
Shalosh Seudos followed by Maariv:
End of Shabbos: 6:45 PM

Please note that the children’s program will take place on the 2 days of Rosh Hashana, the 2 days of Sukkos and Shmini Atzeres.

Best wishes to you and your family for a great Yom Tov!

Mivtzoim to Prisons

Rabbinic students Michael Kind of Monsey, NY (left) and Zalman Medalie (right) prepare materials with Rabbi Yosef Landa, director of Chabad of Greater St. Louis. Chabad works with Aleph Institute to organize visits by rabbinic students to Jewish inmates in jails around the country. Kind and Medalie have been working since the summer to visit inmates in prisons in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Oklahoma and South Dakota. Photo: Jill Kassander Click here for complete article.

Last Chance for Seats at Tzemach Tzedek for RH and YK

Please confirm your seat reservations in the lobby of Tzemach Tzedek. There are only a few empty seats left so please reserve ASAP.

If you have a seat reserved for Rosh Hashana and/or Yom Kippur but will not be davening at Tzemach Tzedek please contact Avraham Hayman at 845-371-0380 or

The Beinoni

Rockland Real Estate Taxes

According to census figures Rockland County has the 6th highest real estate taxes in the country with a median tax bill of $7,535, up 15 percent from last year. The nationwide median property tax is $1,838. Rockland Journal News

Chabad of New City Seeks Teachers

Chabad Lubavitch of New City is seeking 1 to 3 girls to lead their children's program and junior congregation. The program and a salary will be provided. Please contact Rabbi Avremel or Chany Kotlarsky at 845-216-0763 or 845-641-1312 or

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Shofar Factory at RCC

This week at the Center for Jewish Life at RCC over 70 students enjoyed learning about and making Shofars at the Shofar Factory given by Rabbi Grossbaum.

Monday, September 22, 2008

N'shei Chabad Bookstore Update

Kehot Machzorim for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are $43 a set;
Selichos still available for $6 (H), $8 (H), $11 (Hebrew/English);
Selection of Siddurim; Gutnick Chumashim; Compact Shulchan Aruch ($55); Tehillim; Days of Awe, Days of Joy; 60 Days; Vedibarta Bam: Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkos; Laws and Customs of the High Holy Days; large selection of children's books: A Touch of the High Holidays; Five Alive; The Wind in the Sukkah; The Sukkah That I Built, The King in the Field, and much much more! Mrs. Yehudis Abramowitz, 6 Zabriskie Terrace (evenings after Ma'ariv; on erev Shabbos after 2:00 pm; Motzo'ay Shabbos, Sunday). It's always best to call 845-558-8249.

Cheder Chabad Parent Orientation Night

Last night at Cheder Chabad Parent Orientation Night, Cheder Chabad parents had the opportunity to sit in their children's classroom and get a first-hand glimpse of the classroom structure and schedule. The melamdin and teachers gave the parents a brief overview of the curriculum and their daily schedule. There was also a school-wide orientation which Rabbi Shusterman opened by welcoming the parents and stressing the importance of open communication between parents and the Cheder. Rabbi Wolowik followed and shared important information concerning the new building and general school issues. Mrs. Nenner concluded by telling parents of the new plans concerning the General Studies Program.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Welcome Denbergs!

Welcome to Dovid and Shoshana Denberg and family on their move into our community (South Madison Avenue)!

Ezras Nashim Seat in 770 for Sale

I have a seat for sale for this Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur in the Ezras Nashim of 770 available for $350.00 (what I paid). Its a great seat and you can hear everything! Please contact Sorah at 845-364-6630 ASAP.

Cheder Chabad

Cheder Chabad boys help prepare for Parent Orientation Night tonight at Cheder Chabad.

Selichos at Tzemach Tzedek

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Rally Against Iranian President This Monday

Tzemach Tzedek RH & YK Seats

Space at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur is very limited. Please reserve ASAP. You can reserve the same seats you had last year through tomorrow night, Sunday, September 21st. Beginning Monday, all unreserved seats will be sold on a strict first-come first-serve basis. If you have any questions please contact Reb Avraham Hayman at

Rockland Kosher Advertises Rabbi Lesches's Hashgacha

Friday, September 19, 2008

Heichal Menachem Chanukas HaBayis & Chai Ellul Farbrengen

Over 150 people from various Chassidishe communities around Monsey joined together last night for a beautiful Chanukas Habyis for Heichal Menachem's new center and a farbrengen for Chai Ellul. Rabbi Gedalia Oberlander, director of Monsey's Heichal Menachem, spoke about the unique role that Heichal Menachem provides to the greater Monsey community and of the tremendous growth of its activities. The overflowing crowd then heard from Rabbi Shalom Pollack of New Square and enjoyed a farbrengen with Rabbi Boruch Lesches, Rabbi Leibel Altein and Rabbi Yoel Kahan which lasted until after 2:00 AM!

Rivky Cohen Shabbos Kallah

Women and girls are invited to the Shabbos Kallah for Rivky Cohen, at her home, 5 Crestview Terrace, at 5:00 PM tomorrow, Shabbos afternoon.

Center for Jewish Life at SUNY Rockland Holds High Holiday Luncheon for Faculty

For the first time in SUNY Rockland history, on Chai Elul, faculty and staff were treated to a pre-Tishrei luncheon hosted by Rabbi Dov & Shevy Oliver, at which they heard shofar,received gift bags with Tishrei guides, apples & honey, and enjoyed a concert by Cantor Vadim Yucht, father of RCC students.

Ramapo Police Becoming Shomer Shabbos?

By Steve Lieberman, The Journal News
After some heated debate with police union members, town officials yesterday gave a second officer Friday nights and Saturdays off to accommodate his religious practices.

Officer Ernst Tenemille, a practicing Seventh-day Adventist, wanted the same working schedule the police and town administrations gave rookie Officer Baile Glauber in June, shortly after she began her duties.

Glauber got almost immediate approval when she told town officials that as an Orthodox Jew, she needed the Sabbath off.

Her hiring and her subsequent request for the Sabbath off has become a point of contention - and source of potential legal actions -between the police union and its members against governing officials and police officials. Click here to continue.

Mazel Tov Eisenbergs!

Mazel tov to Naomi and Nachy Eisenberg on the birth of a baby girl!

Kapparos Issue in Monsey

By Jane Lerner, The Journal News
A religious organization has asked the county for permission again this year to hold a ceremony involving live chickens on land off Route 59 where a drive-in theater once stood.

But the county, which gave the same group approval to use the land last year, has told ceremony organizer Moshe Lefkowitz that it couldn't grant permission because it doesn't own the property, according to a letter from County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef's office. Click here to continue.

K'hal Tzemach Tzedek Selichos Schedule

Motzai Shabbos Ki Savo, 20 Ellul (September 20):
Farbrengen: 12:00 AM
Selichos: 1:00 AM

Monday through Friday, 22-26 Ellul (September 22 -26):
Selichos: 6:30 AM
Shacharis: 7:00 AM

A complete Tishrei schedule will be posted shortly.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Center for Jewish Life Has a Record 50 Students at Opening Meeting

The Center for Jewish Life at SUNY RCC had its opening student meeting this week attended by over 50 students. The center, located in the college’s student center, is run by Rabbi Dov and Shevy Oliver.

YMMLM Farbrengen

The 85 bochurim of Yeshivas Menachem Mendel Lubavitch of Monsey participated in a Tes Vav Elul Farbrengen in honor of the founding of Tomchei Tmmim. Rabbi Fishel Oster, a maggid shiur in Oholei Torah, farbenged with the students together with Rabbi Mendel Polter, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivas Menachem Mendel Lubavitch of Monsey.

Cheder Chabad Boys Welcome YMMLM Shluchim

Cheder Chabad Boys had a Chai Elul Rally and Farbrengen together with a Bruchim Habaiim to welcome the Shluchim dedicated to working in the Cheder this year. Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, the Cheder’s Executive Director, introduced Rav Baruch Lesches who spoke to the boys about the importance of Ahavas Yisroel and the tremendous zchus of the Cheder to have such wonderful shluchim. Yisroel Silverstein, a shaliach to the Cheder from Yeshivas Menachem Mendel Lubavitch of Monsey, spoke to the boys about the significance of Chai Elul and led the boys in saying the twelve posukim. Other Shluchim assigned to the Cheder are: Moshe Hyman, Efraim Zimmerman and Moshe Raichek. In addition to the lively singing of many nigunim, the boys all made many l’chaims (on grape juice) and were treated to chocolate doughnuts and other nosh.The Cheder’s Chai Elul Farbrengen was sponsored by Yisroel Schulman in honor of the Shluchim. If you are interested in sponsoring an upcoming Cheder Chabad Rally, please contact Mrs. Yehudis Abramowitz, Director of Resource Development, at 845-356-1213.

Message From Beis Menachem

With thanks to Hakodash Baruch Hu, we have now been back in the “big shul” for almost eight months. It has been a pleasure to see the attendance grow, as well as the programs that Beis Menachem is offering, including more Tefillos, Shiurim, and children’s programs. The addition of Rabbi Kagan has been wonderful for everyone, as he brings with him great Torah knowledge, a warm personality, and a caring ear.

Two weeks ago the bulk of the Shul’s members attended a meeting at which our commitment to remain in the current location was reaffirmed. For this to happen we must ensure that we can remain financially secure. The main way in which we will ensure this, is through our membership drive and appeal with which this letter pertains to.

The membership rates are:

Full family membership including 2 seats for the Yomim Neroim - $600.00.
Associate Member – affords all rights of the Shul such as Davening for the Omud when required, Alios Latorah, Kiddushim, etc.- $360.00.

Each additional member seat (for guests or children) - $36.00.
Non Member seats - $75.00 each.

We will be expanding the Ezras Noshim this year by including it downstairs in the main shul area which will a more pleasant Davening experience for the ladies and girls.

Being that the hour is late, please send in your membership as soon as possible. It may be the case that you do not plan to become a member or an associate member. If so, please view this letter as our yearly appeal and respond graciously. We thank you in advance for your support.

Wishing you a Kesivah Vechasimo Toivo.

Please contact Eli Zisman at 845-216-8007 for payments or further information.

PS - You may purchase your seats on Motzoei Shabbos before Selichos at 12:45 AM (selichos starts at 1:00 AM sharp.)

Cheder Chabad Girls Chai Ellul Farbrengen

Esrogim & Lulavim

As in the past, Rabbi Zalmen Leib Markowitz will be providing a convenient service to the community by selling esrogim locally at reduced prices. Esrogim can be purchased at his home, 24 Briarcliff Drive (downstairs entrance), during the following times:

Sunday, October 5: 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Monday, October 6: 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Tuesday, October 7: 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Motzai Shabbos Haazinu: After Shabbos to 12:00 AM
Sunday, October 12: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Or by appointment by calling 914-906-6878.

Chai Ellul Dinner-Farbrengen at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Tonight's Chai Ellul Farbrengen-Dinner

If you are unable to attend tonight's dinner in honor of Chai Ellul you are encouraged to join the farbrengen that will follow it which will begin following the 9:30 PM Maariv minyan.

Think Jewish Brochure

You may enjoy reading a weekly publication distributed in our shuls, "Think Jewish," produced by, that features Chassidus, stories and parshah insights. This publication is brought to you by the Center for Jewish Life at SUNY Rockland, where it is distributed to Jewish students and faculty. Sponsors are being sought to help cover the cost of purchasing the publication and to help support the Center's mivtzoim activities on campus (there are about 1,000 Jewish students and faculty!). Please consider sponsoring Think Jewish in honor of a simcha, birthday, yahrzeit or any other occasion. Sponsorship is $180, and your message will be printed on the publication. Please contact Rabbi Dov Oliver at 574-4422 or 659-2388 or via email to reserve your week.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Simchas Beis Hashoeiva

If you would like to host a Simchas Beis Hashoeiva in your Sukkah for those in your neighborhood please email with your name, address and the exact night which you wish to host it so that it will be included in the Sukkas schedule.

Condo For Sale Near K'hal Tzemach Tzedek

A large, 3 bedroom, completely renovated condo with a private entrance that is close to K'hal Tzemach Tzedek is for sale. Condo has living room, separate dining room, new kitchen, 2 ½ baths, a laundry room with washer and dryer and lots of closet space. If you are interested or know someone who is please contact 845-222-1179 or

Yungeleit Farbreng

Rabbi Lesches farbrenging with Yungeleit last night at the home of Hershel Rosenbluh.