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.