Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Farbrengen for Yud Daled Kislev

There will be a farbrengen with Rabbi Lesches next Thursday night, December 11, following Maariv (9:30 PM) at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek in honor of Yud Daled Kislev, the day in 1928 when the Rebbe and Rebbetzin were married.

Farbrengen for Yud Kislev

There will be a farbrengen with Rabbi Lesches this Sunday night, December 7, following Maariv (9:30 PM) at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek in honor of Yud Kislev, the day in 1826 when the Mitteler Rebbe was released from prison for teaching Torah.

Sunday Morning Halacha Shiur

If you would like Rabbi Lesches to address a certain Halachic topic during the popular weekly Sunday morning Halacha shiur please email the topic.

Chalukas HaShas - 12 Days Left!

If you committed to learn a Mesechta of Gemara last Yud Tes Kislev as part of the Chalukas HaShas please remember to finish it in the next 12 days before Yud Tes Kislev of this year.

Rockland Shluchim Arrange Mumbai Memorial

The Chabad Centers of Rockland County will be holding a Community Solidarity Gathering Memorial Service honoring the victims of the Mumbai terrorist attacks with special tribute to our dear colleagues Rabbi Gavriel & Rivka Holtzberg, Directors of Chabad House in Mumbai, and their guests who were murdered in their Chabad House. The memorial will take place on Sunday, December 7, 2008, from 7:30 to 8:30 PM at Chabad Lubavitch of Rockland, 315 N. Main Street in New City.

The one-hour service, with Rockland County spiritual leaders and dignitaries, will include inspiration, prayer, personal recollections and positive resolutions in memory of the victims and for their orphaned children.

Turning Tears Into Deeds

Learn Mishnayos.

Contribute to the rebuilding effort of Chabad of India.

Contribute to the Holtzberg children’s fund.

Contribute to the Teitelbaum children’s fund.

Contribute to the Kruman children’s’ fund.

Cheder Chabad Hires Director of Development

Cheder Chabad of Monsey is proud to announce that it has appointed Gershon Sandler as Director of Development.

Reb Gershon’s sole responsibility will be to help raise the funds required to allow the Cheder to continue to grow and flourish especially during these difficult economic times. Gershon has an extensive background in launching new programs and he brings to the Cheder strong management, organizational, and interpersonal skills. He is very excited to join the Monsey community and looks forward to working with its members to help the Cheder reach financial stability and excellence on all levels.

“We are excited to have Gershon on board and we look forward to working with him to reinvigorate existing fundraising campaigns and develop new ones” said Yisroel Schulman, Chairman of the Cheder's Board of Directors.

The Cheder's Executive Director, Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, added that "The Cheder has grown significantly in student population and with that growth came an increase in the Cheder budget and therefore the critical need for a Development Office and Fundraising Director. I look forward to working with Gershon to develop new programs and reenergizing Cheder fundraising projects.”

Gershon can be reached at

Local Chabads Seek Ways to Remember Rabbi, Wife Killed in Mumbai Attacks

By Ben Rubin, The Journal News

As Chabad houses around the world mourned the deaths of a rabbi and his wife in Mumbai terrorist attacks, Chabads in the Lower Hudson Valley region planned their own ways of remembering the couple.

"Let us not end this with grief," said Rabbi Shmuel Gancz, of the Chabad of Suffern. "We're going to channel this. Our mission is not to fight with ammunition, our mission is to fight with light, to light the darkness."

Rabbi Gavriel and Rivkah Holtzberg were killed during a coordinated terrorist attack last Wednesday in India. They were among six who died in the Chabad attack, and 172 killed in the three-day assault.

As Chabads around the world are steeping up their outreach efforts, local Chabads are planning Sabbath candle-lightings, giving away challahs and holding memorials for the couple.