Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The Nickolsberger Rebbe of Monsey speaking today at the Shloshim L'Kdoshim event in Yerushalayim.

Cheder Chabad Seeks to Expand its Board of Directors

Cheder Chabad of Monsey is seeking nominations for its Board of Directors.

The responsibilities of Board Members include providing oversight, establishment of policies and fundraising for the Cheder. Potential board members should be prepared to expend a substantial amount of time (a minimum of 6 hours each week) on Cheder business.

Special preference will be given to those with children in the Cheder. The current members of the Board of Directors are Avraham Hayman, Mordechai Litzman, Dovid Novack and Yisroel Schulman.

Interested individuals may self nominate or be nominated by others. Nominations must be emailed to Yisroel Schulman at no later than January 7th. Please include the name of the nominator, name of the person to be nominated and a brief description of qualifications.

Hachnosas Orchim Opportunity 2

If you are able to host a young woman this shabbos (from Friday morning to Sunday night) please email

Tsinman Shiva

Mr. Yaakov Tsinman is sitting shiva until Sunday for his mother, Mrs. Mera Galperin A"H, at his home, 18 Darby Road in Monsey.

Hamokom Yenachem Eschem Besoch Shaar Avaylay Tzion VeYerushalayim.

Yarchei Kallah Tomorrow

K’hal Tzemach Tzedek will be hosting a Yarchei Kallah program tomorrow, Thursday, January 1, since most people will be off from work because of the legal holiday. The schedule is as follows:

7:00 AM - Shacharis 1
8:00 AM - Shacharis 2
9:00 AM - Shacharis 3

10:00 AM to 1:00 PM - Shiur on the Sugya of Muktze in Mesechtas Shabbos (daf kuf chuf beis - amud beis) and on the Halachos of Muktze by Rabbi Lesches.

2:30 PM to 4:00 PM – Rebbe’s Sicha on Parshas Vayigash by Rabbi Lesches.

4:15 PM - Mincha
5:20 PM – Maariv 1
9:30 PM – Maariv 2

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Hachnosas Orchim Opportunity

If you are in walking distance to K'hal Tzemach Tzedek and are able to host a family (parents and 3 children) this shabbos (vayigash) or next shabbos (vayichie) who would like to learn more about the Monsey Chabad community please email

Avremel Rimler (Perline) L'chaim

The L'chaim of Avremel Rimler will take place this Thursday evening, January 1, at Hadar Torah, 824 Eastern Parkway (one flight up) in Crown Heights.

Yom Tefilah

Chanukah 5769

To Shluchim of the Rebbe זי"ע and members of Anash:

Community leaders from various communities have issued a call to unite Jews wherever they are in the recitation of Tehillim on the day which marks the Shloshim of the Kedoshim of the Mumbai massacre

We the undersigned wish to join with them in this call and we urge all Chabad communities to unite in the recitation Tehillim on Wednesday afternoon, 4th of Teves, Dec. 31st, in the early afternoon (1:00 pm or shortly thereafter). We suggest that the following chapters be recited: Psalm 20, 28, 30, 107, and the letters נשמה in Psalm 119, followed by 130.

Central Committee of Chabad Rabbis in the U.S. and Canada
Committee of Chabad Rabbis in the Holy Land
Bais Din of Crown Heights

New Daily Maariv Minyan

There is now a daily maariv minyan at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek at 5:20 PM in addition to the 9:30 PM minyan.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Mazel Tov Nemtzovs!

Mazel tov to Yechezkel and Bracha Nemtzov on the engagement of their daughter Chaya Mushka to Laiby Lewis of Crown Heights!

Friday, December 26, 2008

Seeking Volunteers for Chanukah Wonderland

Chabad of Suffern is in need of girls in 8th grade or older to volunteer at their Chanukah Wonderland on Motzai Shabbos from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, on Sunday from 10:30 AM to 7:30 PM and on Monday from 10:30 AM to 6:30 PM. If you or someone you know is interested please call Devorah at 845-368-1889.

Mazel Tov Perlines!

Mazal tov to Mayer and Shternie Perline on the engagement of their son Avremel Rimler to Ayelet Bar Chaim of Miami, Florida!

Seeking Ride on Motzai Shabbos

If you or someone you know is traveling from Crown Heights to Monsey tomorrow night, Motzei Shabbos, and have room for 1 bochur please call Rabbi Shmuel Zanvil Gancz at 845-746-1927.

Mazel Tov Goldsmiths! - Shalom Zachor Tonight

Mazel tov to Yitzy and Mimi Goldsmith on the birth of a baby boy! The Shalom Zachor will take place tonight at their home, 237 Hempstead Road.

Shifra and Puah arranges homemade meals from people in the community for mothers of newborn children from our community. If you are able to cook a meal, please contact Karen Schild at 845-354-4898 or

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Monthly Moshiach & Geulah Shiur

The monthly Moshiach and Geulah shiur by Rabbi Lesches will take place this Monday night, December 29, at 9:45 PM.

Chanukah 5769 at Cheder Chabad Girls

This past Tuesday, the second day of Chanukah, the Cheder Chabad Girls enjoyed a fun-filled Chanukah carnival that was organized and run by the 8th grade.

Today, Rabbi Grossbaum gave an Olive Press presentation where he showed the children how the olives are squeezed into olive oil for our Menorahs.

Yarchei Kallah Today

Thanks to Reb Dovid Kaplan for the picture.

Rabbi Lesches to Make Siyum on Rambam at Annual Monsey Siyum HaTorah

The Annual Monsey Siyum HaTorah will be held next Motzei Shabbos Kodesh Parshas Vayigash, January 3, 2009 at Yeshiva of Spring Valley (Boys’ Building). Rabbi Boruch D. Lesches, Rav of K’hal Tzemach Tzedek Lubavitch of Monsey, will be making the Siyum on the Rambam’s Mishneh Toraha in the zchus of the Mumba Kedoshim.

The Siyum HaRambam is being sponsored by Dr. Yehuda and Liba Klein in the zechus of the first yarzeit of Liba’s father, David Leib ben Tzvi Hirsh. If you are able to participate, please notify Rabbi Yosef Grossman at

News 12 Reports on Suffern Chabad Chanukah Wonderland 2008-5769

Hey Teves Farbrengen

There will be a farbrengen with Rabbi Lesches in honor of Hey Teves this Wednesday night, December 31, at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek at 8:45 PM. Maariv will precede the farbrengen at 8:30 PM. All are encouraged to participate.

If you would like to sponsor or co-sponsor this farbrengen please contact Yisroel Schulman at

Hey Teves is celebrated as a day of rejoicing in Lubavitch since on this date in 1987 the U.S. Federal Court issued a decision in favor of Agudas Chassidei Chabad regarding the ownership of the priceless library of the 6th Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneerson. The ruling was based on the idea that a Rebbe is not a private individual but a communal figure synonymous with the body of Chassidim. The Rebbe (Rabbi Yoseph Yitzchak's son-in-law and successor) urged that the occasion be marked with time devoted to Torah study as well as the acquisition of new seforim.

Mazel Tov Markowitzs!

Mazel tov to Rabbi Zalmen Leib and Esther Markowitz on the birth of a grandson born to Yitzchak and Rivky Horowitz of Yerushalayim!

Friday Mincha

Mincha tomorrow, Friday, at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek will be at 3:15 PM promptly.

Cheder Chabad Avos U'Banim Program

Because of Chanukah, the Cheder Chabad Father-Son Learning Program will take place from 7:30 to 8:30 PM on this Motzai Shabbos, parshas Mikeitz only.

Ramapo Partners with Kaser for Pedestrian Safety

By James Walsh, The Journal News
The town is joining forces with the village of Kaser for improvements on Blauvelt Road to promote pedestrian safety.

The road runs parallel with Route 306 between Maple Avenue to the south and Cedar Lane to the north. Plans call for widening the road - parking is restricted because of the narrowness of the road - as well as improvements to drainage and construction of new sidewalks and curbs. Continue article here.

Chanukah Rally

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Kiddush Sponsor(s) Needed

If you would like the zechus of sponsoring the Kiddush-Farbrengen this Shabbos Chanukah, Shabbos Rosh Chodesh, at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek please contact Reb Avraham Hayman at

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Mazel Tov Kagans - L'chaim Tonight!

Mazel tov to Rabbi Chaim Dovid and Miriam Kagan on the engagement of their son Avremel to Chava Moscowitz of Chicago!

The L'chaim will take place tonight, Tuesday, at Lubavitch Yeshiva, 570 Crown Street (entrance on Albany Avenue) in Crown Heights.

Mazel Tov Kriviskys!

Mazel tov to Chanan and Aliza Krivisky (formerly of Monsey) on the birth of a baby girl!
Mendy Goldberg, 14, puts a little more snow on the snow menorrah he and his family built outside their Monsey home Dec. 22, 2008. ( Kathy Gardner / The Journal News )

Suffern Chabad Holding 'Hanukkah Wonderland' All Week

By Ben Rubin, The Journal News
The Ganczs, a young couple running the Chabad of Suffern, have dreamed since last year of creating a weeklong Hanukkah celebration for local Jewish families.

They succeeded this year, converting a closed-down Hollywood Video in Airmont into what they billed as Rockland's first "Hanukkah Wonderland," which will be open every day this week.

Replacing racks and racks of videos, they filled the large storefront with crafts tables, a press where children can make olive oil and a toddler play area.

In the back of the store, they used video display racks to partition off a movie room, where Hanukkah videos play on a projection screen. In the center is a "Hanukkah time machine," a large enclosed space that tells the holiday's Biblical story to a soundtrack.

"This year, it's a mega-Hanukkah house that includes activities for all ages of kids," Shmuel Gancz said at the location yesterday.

The Ganczs held their first Hanukkah event last year, leasing the Lower Hudson Valley Challenger Learning Center for a day and bringing out about 250 people, Devorah Gancz said.

But, they wanted to do something much bigger this year. Troast Realty Services, of New Jersey, agreed to donate the Hollywood Video store, which closed a year ago, for the week and the Ganczs commissioned the help of friends and community members to renovate the space for the holiday.

"We had 10 to 15 people from our community coming to help Saturday night," Shmuel Gancz said. "It was a miracle that it worked out."

Now, the store has a large inflatable menorah - which is a ceremonial candelabrum - out front, balloons, music, an inflatable moonwalk and crafts stations to paint cookies, dip candles and write Hanukkah cards.

During the afternoon yesterday, Debbie Hirsch came in with her 6-year-old, Brandon, to check out the activities. Within a few minutes, her son was making a sand-art menorah with the help of Alona Aharonov, a local Chabad high school student helping run the crafts tables.

"We came last year and he loved it, so he wanted to come back," Hirsch, from Suffern, said. "I think it's nice that they have something like this for the kids."

Local children will help build a 12-foot-tall menorah out of Legos all week, culminating in the Chabad holding a special candle-lighting ceremony with it on Sunday, the last night of Hanukkah. There will also be a special challah-making event at the store Friday, just before Sabbath.

"I think this is a really nice thing that they're doing," said Shaina Silberstein, 17, another student/volunteer from Monsey Beis Chaya Mushka high school. "They're working really hard to make Hanukkah special for others."

Shmuel Gancz said he hopes to build on this year's work to continue bringing the Hanukkah event in the future.

"We hope to continue every year," wherever a storefront is available, he said. "It's not just a one-time thing."

The Chabad of Suffern's "Hanukkah Wonderland," at 213 Route 59 in Airmont, costs $6 per child and will be open during the following hours:
Today: Noon-6 p.m.
Wednesday: 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Thursday: 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Friday: 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Saturday: 6-8 p.m.
Sunday: 10:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

One of the crafts at the Hanukkah Wonderland located at the former Hollywood Video in Airmont Dec. 22, 2008. (Vincent DiSalvio / The Journal News)
Rabbi Shmuel Z. Gancz of Chabad of Suffern tells the story of Hanukkah at the former Hollywood Video in Airmont Dec. 22, 2008. (Vincent DiSalvio / The Journal News)
Rabbi Chaim Ehrenreich of Chabad in Chestnut Ridge prepares to light a menorah last night in Veterans Park in Nyack. (Kathy Gardner/The Journal News)

Monday, December 22, 2008

Video of Monsey Menorah Parade 5769

Thanks to Bracha Siklos for filming and producing this video.

Hosts Needed

The Released Time Program of Greater New York is planning a Shabbaton in Monsey this Shabbos Chanukah, Parshas Miketz, for about fifteen public school boys from NYC ages 11-14 with about 5 Madrichim. They will be arriving Friday afternoon and leaving Sunday morning. If you have space to host some of these boys (for sleeping only), please call Bentzy Stolik at 347-244-3006 or email him at

Daily 8:00 Shacharis Minyan

In addition to helping out a chiyuv by joining the daily 8:00 AM shacharis minyan at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek you can enjoy a l'chaim and cake following davening and on some days receive a free Mega Millions lottery ticket. Hey, ya never know.

Cheder Chabad Chanukah Bake Competition

See some of the creative cakes that were baked for the Cheder Chabad Girls Chanukah Bake Competition below:

Thursday Yarchei Kallah Schedule

The schedule for the Yarchei Kallah that will take place this Thursday, December 25th, is as follows:

7:00 AM - Shacharis 1

8:00 AM - Shacharis 2

9:00 AM - Shacharis 3

10:00 AM to 1:00 PM - Shiur on the Sugya of Muktze in Mesechtas Shabbos (daf kuf chuf beis - amud beis) and on the Halachos of Muktze and Chanukah by Rabbi Lesches.

2:30 PM to 4:00 PM - Chanukah in the Light of Chassidus and in the Torah of the Rebbe by Rabbi Zalmen Leib Markowitz.

4:15 PM - Mincha

9:30 PM - Maariv


Please say Tehillim for:
Sheina Brocho bas Tzameret
Levi Yitzchak ben Tzirel

Monsey Chabad Menorah Parade

The inclement weather did not stop close to seventy-five vehicles with Menorahs attached to their roof tops from participating in yesterday’s Monsey Chabad Menorah Parade which was dedicated in memory of the victims of the Mumbai terrorist attacks.

The parade began at K’hal Tzemach Tzedek Lubavitch of Monsey on Langeries Drive and drove along a 15-mile route through multiple neighborhoods including Monsey, New Hempstead, Spring Valley, Wesley Hills, Pomona, Nyack, West Nyack and New City, before ending at the Nanuet Mall where there was music and festive dancing and of course plenty of donuts. Many well-wishers greeted the vehicles along the parade route.

A big thank you goes to K’hal Tzemach Tzedek Lubavitch of Monsey and the Shluchim of Yeshivas Menachem Mendel Lubavitch of Monsey for sponsoring and organizing this event. In addition, a tremendous amount of appreciation goes to the the Ramapo, Spring Valley and Clarkstown Police Departments who helped coordinate the parade route.

A video of the parade will be posted shortly.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

The Parade Is On!

Line up for today's Menorah Parade will begin at the K'hal Tzemach Tzedek shul at 5:25 PM. The parade will depart from Tzemach Tzedek and end at the Nanuet Mall where there will be music, dancing, donuts and more!

Please show up on time so we can leave on time.

Please drive with extra caution considering some streets may be slippery.

Please keep your 4-way hazard lights flashing throughout the whole parade.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Yarchei Kallah This Thursday

K’hal Tzemach Tzedek will be hosting a Yarchei Kallah program this Thursday, December 25, since most people will be off from work because of the legal holiday. There will be shiurim throughout the day in both Nigleh and Chassidus. A schedule will be posted shortly.

Friday, December 19, 2008

New Monsey Shidduch Group

There has been some interest expressed about forming a Monsey Shidduch Group based on the guidelines of the very successful Chicago group. The group would meet to learn, give tzedekah, share names and daven. If you are interested, please contact Rochel Sabol at 845-354-4321 or so that we can arrange the most convenient time to meet.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Rockland NCFJE Menorah Lighting

NCFJE of Rockland, under the leadership of Rabbi Simcha Werner, will be making a public Menorah lighting ceremony this Monday, December 22, the second night of Chanukah, at 5:45 PM in the south corner of the parking lot of the International Food Mart at the corner of Route 59 and Route 45. There will be music, donuts, latkes and more.

Video of Cheder Chabad Mother Daughter Brunch

A video of the Cheder Chabad Mother and Daughter Brunch is available for sale on DVD for only $8.00 (cash only) at the Cheder Chabad office. If interested please call the Cheder office at 845-356-1213.

Seeking Kiddush Sponsor

K'hal Tzemach Tzedek is seeking a sponsor(s) for the Kiddush-Farbrengen for this week Shabbos Mevorchim, Parshas Vayeshev . If you would like to have this zechus please contact Reb Avraham Hayman at

N'shei Chabad Bookstore

The N'shei Chabad bookstore has many books for Chanukah and the year round at great prices. From December 18 through January 4 please call Mrs. Shayna Rochel Abramowitz at 845-578-1771 for your bookstore needs. All sizes of tzitzis, the new Morah Music CD and lots more is in stock!

Exile + 1 = Redemption

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Seforim Sale

19 Kislev Farbrengen with R' Yoel Kahn at Heichal Menachem of Monsey

Chabad of Suffern Presents Chanukah Wonderland

19 Kislev at Cheder Chabad Boys

Cheder Chabad Boys School celebrated Yud Tes Kislev in a very unique manner. The children started the activities in the lunchroom where they were told that the entire Cheder would be divided in to 7 teams. In the spirit of Hakhel and Achdus each team consisted of students representing every grade of the Cheder. Once the teams were divided, each team had to visit every classroom where the Rebbi of that grade told them part of the story of Yud Tes Kislev. After all of the teams went to every classroom they returned to the lunchroom where they were tested on their knowledge of the story. The team that had the best participation and knowledge won the competition. Each member of the winning team will receive a 4X6 picture of the Rebbe. It was so nice to see how excited the children were to learn all of the facts surrounding Yud Tes Kislev. We also utilized this gathering to present the prizes to the winners of the Chof Cheshvan Rally. The activities continued at a farbrengen during lunchtime. A fleishig Yom Tov meal was served; including shvartze kashe and a special dessert. A very special yasher koach to the shluchim at Yeshivas Menachem Mendel for organizing this event.

19 Kislev Farbrengen at Tzemach Tzedek

New Weekly Tanya Shiur

It was announced at last night's Yud Tes Kislev farbrengen at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek that Rabbi Lesches will begin a new weekly Tanya shiur at 8:45 PM on Thursday evenings. Women are invited as well.

Please spread the word.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Bus to Montreal

Do you know anyone looking for a ride to Montreal on Sunday night December 21, 2008, the first night of Chanukah? Noach Adventures run by Rabbi Noach Gansburg will be leaving from Monsey Sunday night by bus to Montreal They have some room on the bus for anyone looking for a ride to Montreal. They are offering this ride at a special price of $35.00. This is a one way trip as they are leaving from Montreal back to Brazil. Please pass on the word to anyone you know looking for a ride to Montreal. They are charging half the price of a normal one way trip. The bus will be leaving from the Walmart parking lot at 11:00 PM. Please contact Rabbi Noach Gansburg at 914-715-1355.

Cheder Chabad Girls Celebrate Yud Tes Kislev

In honor of Yud Tes Kislev Cheder Chabad pre-school and elementary girls enjoyed, along with their parents, a fair about the story of the arrest and liberation of the Alter Rebbe. The fair was created by the 4th, 5th, 6th and 8th grades. This was followed by a farbrengen and fleshig seudah where the girls made l’chaim, sang nigunim and heard inspirational words about Ahavas Yisroel and Yud Tes Kislev from Rabbi Shusterman.

Yud Tes Kislev Farbrengen Tonight

There will be a farbrengen for men with Rabbi Lesches, in honor of Yud Tes Kislev, tonight, Tuesday, at 8:00 PM at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek Lubavitch. There will be a minyan for Maariv preceding the farbrengen at 7:45 PM.

There will be a complete seuda sponsored by Alex Poltorak with additional support from Zvi Webb.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Heichal Menachem Yud Tes Kislev Farbrengen

Updated Menorah Mounting Times & Location

The bochurim of Yeshivas Menachem Mendel Lubavitch of Monsey can mount your Menorah on your car at the Yeshiva, 52 Blauvelt Road, during the following times:

Thursday, December 18 from 6:30 to 8:00 PM.
Friday, December 19 from 10:00 to 11:00 AM.
Sunday, December 21 from 12:00 to 2:00 PM

Reminder - N'shei Chabad Event Tonight

N'shei Chabad of Rockland will be having a Yud Tes Kislev event with Rabbi Yossi Paltiel tonight, Monday, December 15, at 8:00 PM, at the home of Mrs. Devorah Hayman, 10 Langeries Drive.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

New Daily Maariv Minyan

There is now a daily Maariv minyan at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek at 5:05 PM in addition to the 9:30 PM minyan.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Dvar Malchus

The next 2 weeks of Dvar Malchus are now available for sale at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek.

Seeking Kiddush Sponsor

If you would like to sponsor this weeks Kiddush-Farbrengen at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek please call Avraham Hayman at 845-269-1787.

RCC Hillel Center for Jewish Life Update

This past Shabbos CJL held its annual Staff and Faculty Shabbat Dinner with more than 100 participants!

This past Tuesday, in preparation for Chanukah, students were treated to a craft workshop given by Shevy Oliver where they made Menorahs, Chanukah napkin holders and some very novel dreidels.

Last Thursday two Torah learning sessions were held in the Zechus for a Refuah Shlaimah for Mrs. Shari Gershan, the sister-in-law of Yitzchok and Rachel Reissman. Twenty two men learned with members of Anash at K’hal Tzemach Tzedek. Topics included Gemora, Rambam and Chassidus followed by Maariv. The women gathered at the same time at the home of Rabbi Dov and Shevy Oliver and thoroughly enjoyed an interactive Torah class given by Mrs. Bracha Meschaninov. Please have Shari - Simcha Esther bas Chaya Pesha - in mind in your Tefilos. Click here for more on Shari may she have a complete recovery soon.

This coming Shabbos more than thirty students are taking part in a Semester Send Off Shabbaton at the home of the Olivers and K’hal Beis Menachem.

To sponsor one of the many CJL programs please call 845-659-2388.

First Time in Rockland - Chanukah Wonderland!

Chanukah Wonderland, a project of Chabad of Suffern, will open its doors to the entire community for the Chanukah season, December 21 through December 30, at 215 Route 59 (previously Hollywood Video).

Experience Chanukah through an intriguing hands-on olive press demonstration, creative crafts corner, and a hi-tech computer center. Yehuda Hamaccabi will greet the children and guide them through building menorahs and dreidles in Legoland and enjoying a meaningful movie in the Chanukah Theater.

The entire community is welcome to enjoy an awesome spectacle on Sunday, December 21, at the Chanukah Wonderland. Come and help build the largest Lego Menorah in New York from 2:00 to 5:00 PM. Lighting of the Lego Menorah will follow at 5:30 PM.

Rockland Receives $1 Million Grant for Terrorism Preparedness Efforts

From MidHudson News
Rockland County has been awarded over $1 million from the State Homeland Security Program to support preparedness efforts in the event of terrorist attacks. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency provides the funding.

The Rockland County Sheriff’s Department submitted an application for funding in October.

The Sheriff’s Department, Office of Fire & Emergency Services, Health Department and EMS will utilize the funds. Twenty-five-percent of the total grant will be used by law enforcement agencies in the county.

The grant will support planning, training and exercises associated with preparedness and prevention activities in the case of a terrorist event. Funds will also cover personal protective equipment for law enforcement agencies, along with reimbursement for holding training sessions.

"The continued vigilance against terrorist attacks is a must,” said Sheriff James Kralik. “The best way to be vigilant is to work in total cooperation with all law enforcement agencies in Rockland County to ensure success."

“Preparedness is key to effective response to emergency events. We, as a county, continue to hold training sessions and drills so we are prepared in the case of any emergency situation. This grant will help us be vigilant and ready to protect our residents against any type of terrorist threat,” said County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef. “Our top priority is to keep our residents safe.”

Daily Shacharis at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek

In addition to the 7:00 AM minyan at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek and the 7:45 AM minyan at Cheder Chabad Boys, there is now an 8:00 AM daily Shacharis minyan at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek. If you are able to please join and help a chiyuv.

Yud Tes Kislev Farbrengen for Men

There will be a farbrengen for men with Rabbi Lesches, in honor of Yud Tes Kislev, this Tuesday night, December 16, at 8:00 PM at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek Lubavitch. There will be a minyan for Maariv preceding the farbrengen at 7:45 PM.

The Meaning of Love

Coats at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek

There are many coats, hats, scarves, etc. that were left in the shul on a table in the lobby of K'hal Tzemach Tzedek. Please check to see if anything belongs to you as in a few days it will all be given away to a local charity.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Seeking Daily Ride from Crown Heights to Monsey & Back

A teenage girl from Crown Heights that goes to school in Monsey is looking for a ride back and forth daily. Driver will be compensated. If you or someone you know is interested please contact Mrs. Elisheva Hermann at

Rashi's Kindercamp Early Registration Special

Rashi's Kindercamp is hard at work planning our 3rd summer. Put down your deposit (only $100 per child) now for this summer and get two exciting gifts, one for you and one for your kids!

1.Free Lunch (this summer we will be offering sandwhich lunches daily)
2. An amazing camp DVD made by Bracha Siklos

Remember space is limited so call Rashi at 845-664-0830 or Naomi at 718-404-4384 to ensure your spot today.

Monsey Menorah Parade 5769!

Save the date! The annual Chabad of Monsey Menorah Parade will take place on the first night of Chanukah, Sunday, December 21. The parade will depart from K'hal Tzemach Tzedek at 6:00 PM sharp. Lineup will begin at 5:15 PM. Please arrive no later than 5:30 PM to ensure an orderly lineup and a punctual departure.

Only cars with Menorahs should join the Parade. If you need a Menorah please order one ASAP from If you would like the YMMLM Shluchim to pick it up for you please email

Bochurim will be available to help you mount your menorah on your car in the parking lot of K'hal Tzemach Tzedek during the following times:
Thursday, December 18 from 2:00 3:30 PM and from 6:30 to 8:00 PM.
Friday, December 19 from 10:00 to 11:00 AM.
Sunday, December 21 from 12:00 to 2:00 PM

If you will be joining the parade please RSVP as soon as possible by contacting or 718-207-9203.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Large Turnout at Monsey Mumbai Memorial

A large crowd of men and women gathered at K’hal Tzemach Tzedek Lubavitch of Monsey on Tuesday night in memory of the Shluchim Rabbi and Rebbetzin Gavriel and Rivki Holtzberg H”YD and the other Kedoshim who perished in Mumbai, India.

The evening, which was emceed by shul President Yisroel Schulman, began with the recitation of Tehillim led by the Director of Cheder Chabad of Monsey, Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman. Rabbi Simcha Werner, Director of NCFJE of Rockland, followed with opening remarks.

Reb Yeruchem Cohen, a businessman who has been to the Holtzbergs’ on numerous occasions, shared some personal experiences he had with the Shluchim and of the deep respect that he had for them. He told of the time an Israeli mother contacted Rabbi Holtzberg to track down her son who was lying sick in a hospital in India. After hours of calling hospital after hospital Gavriel finally tracked him down to a hospital in a small village a few hours away from Mumbai. Gavriel immediately traveled to the hospital where he found the Israeli shivering on the floor in a corner without even a blanket covering him. Gavriel grabbed him, put him in a car and brought him to Mumbai, where using his connections, he was able to get him into the best hospital in the city. There it was determined that the Israeli had a severe life threatening illness for which it would take weeks to recover. Gavriel literally saved his life! Reb Yeruchem pointed out this was only one instance of thousands of how Gavriel and Rivki helped Yidden.

The crowd then watched the moving new video by JEM after which a few niggunim were sung. This was followed by Divrei Chizuk by Rav Boruch D. Lesches, the Rav of the Kehilla. The evening concluded with Rabbi Zalmen Leib Markowitz encouraging all to increase in learning, davening and mivtzoim as per the Rebbe’s directives following other tragedies.

A video of the evening will be posted shortly. Thanks to Zevi Schulman for the pictures.

New Sefer Torah in Memory of the Holtzbergs

Rabbi Zalmen Leib Markowitz writing the first letters in a new Sefer Torah started by Merkos L'Inyonei Chinuch and the family of Shluchim in memory of the Kedoshim Shluchim Rabbi Gavriel and Rivkah Holtzberg HY"D

Cheder Chabad Celebrates Yud Kislev

This past Sunday, Yud Kislev, the Cheder Chabad Boys School organized a farbrengen for grades 5 through 7. The farbrengen began with Rabbi Wolowik explaining to the students how the Miteller Rebbe read Tehillim Perek 55 on the day that he was redeemed. This Perek includes the Pesukim of the famous nigun Podoh B'Shlom. After singing the nigun, Rabbi Wolowik and Rabbi Shusterman farbrenged with the children, said l'chaim (on grape juice) and had some farbaisen (cupcakes). The farbrengen concluded with the children singing the Miteller Rebbe's Kapelya. It was so nice to see how well the children knew the nigunim.

Grades 1 through 5 had a separate assembly where the boys said the twelve pesukim, sang Podoh B’Sholom, heard some stories about Yud Kislev, said l’chaim and enjoyed a cupcake.

Seeking Ride

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Levaya Today & Shiva

Boruch Dayan HaEmes - We are deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of Mrs. Sara Rivka Oster A"H, mother of Rabbis Leibl, Moshe and Yankel Oster of Monsey.

The levaya will take place today, Tuesday, at 2:00 PM at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek Lubavitch of Monsey, 2 Langeries Drive. The Kevura will take place at the Sons of Israel Cemetery on Brick Church Road.

Rabbis Moshe, Leibl and Yankel Oster will be sitting Shiva at 54 West Maple Avenue in Monsey.

6:45 AM (Leibl)
7:30 AM (Moshe)
8:00 AM (Yankel)

Mincha & Maariv:
4:10 PM

Phone - 845-425-4120

Hamokom Yenachem Eschem Besoch Shaar Avaylay Tzion VeYerushalayim.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Rabbi Markowitz in LA

Rabbi Zalmen Leib Markowitz farbrenging at K’hal Beis Levi Yitzchak in Los Angeles this past Motzai Shabbos.

Thanks to Avraham Hayman for the pictures.

Beis Menachem Hachnosas Sefer Torah

More than 150 people joined K’hal Beis Menachem and Reb Avrohom Birenbaum yesterday as he dedicated a Sefer Torah to the Shul in memory of his late wife Mrs. Malkie Birenbaum A"H. The proceedings began at the Gewirtzman home on the corner of Grandview and Route 306 with a large number of people who had purchased letters in the Torah filling them in together with the Sofer. Many of the crowd had driven from Brooklyn to be part of the simcha. A number of distinguished local Rabbonim partook in the writing and the parade that followed afterwards along Route 306 to the Torah's new home in Beis Menachem.

The dancing and hakofos were very lively with everyone feeling what a truly meaningful Simcha this was. After Mincha, a Seudas Mitzvah was served where Rabbi Kagan spoke about the significance of the wording not to forget Toiras Imecha, the Torah of your mother, and that this is connected with the role of the Jewish woman in holding up the Torah which Mrs. Birenbaum was known for, both holding up the Torah personally as well as teaching it to others.

It was a most beautiful event and Beis Menachem thanks all those who braved the cold and took part.

Thanks to Eli Zisman for the pictures.