Saturday, February 28, 2009

Levaya Tomorrow (Sunday)

Boruch Dayan HaEmes - We are deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of the mother of Dr. Boruch Silverstein, Mrs. Sheinda (Jeanette) Silverstein A”H.

The levaya will take place tomorrow, Sunday, March 1, at 10:30 AM at Schwartz Brothers-Jeffer Memorial Chapels, 114-03 Queens Boulevard (at 76th Road), Forest Hills, NY 11375.

Please check the blog tomorrow for Shiva information.

Hamokom Yenachem Eschem Besoch Shaar Avaylay Tzion VeYerushalayim.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Rosh Chodesh Adar at Cheder Chabad Boys

By Mendel Krasnjanski

This Wednesday we had an assembly in honor of Rosh Chodesh Adar. The Rosh Chodesh assembly started off with Rabbi Wolowik speaking to us about “משנכנס אדר מרבם בשמחה.” He told us that it means in חודש אדר we should increase our Simcha - not like the non Jews, by going to bars and getting drunk but rather by learning תורה. He also told us that “ליהודים היתה אורה ושמחה וששן ויקר.“ אורה=תורה, שמחה=יום טוב, ששן=מילה, ויקר=תפילין.

Then Rabbi Wolowik introduced the new Tzivos Hashem Tanya Bal Peh Program. Each child gets to choose his own level ladder of how much and at what speed he can memorize Tanya. After Rabbi Wolowik finished speaking the Rebbeim gave out candy and hamantashin.

Then we ate a scrumptious lunch of roast chicken, sliced potatoes and veggies. During lunch we watched the Rebbe Video called “The Best of Precious Moments.” Later on in the day we had a great surprise, the Cheder treated eveyone to cotton candy!

Thank you Rabbi Wolowik and all the staff at Cheder Chabad for such a great Rosh Chodesh.

Seeking Teachers

Chabad Early Learning Center in Rockaway, NJ currently has pre-school teaching positions available at their summer camp and for their 2009-2010 school year. For more information please contact Morah Flory at or 973-983-8811.

Mazel Tov Gitlers!

Mazel tov to Eli and Breindy Gitler on the engagement of their son Avrumi to Chavie Kornfeld of Seattle, Washington!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

NCFJE Birchas Hanehenen Series Update

This last Monday night was the first session of the Birchos Hanehenin shiur with Rabbi Cohen. The class was very informative and comprehensive dealing with very practical and common questions such as those below. If you are interested in participating, it is not too late to join and qualify for the certificate and $200 stipend. The shiur takes place at 4 Phyllis Terrace (side entrance), every Monday night from 8:15 to 9:25 PM followed by Maariv. For questions call 845-356-3850 or email

Some of the questions discussed were:

1. What is the halacha if one makes a HoAdomo on a fruit, when it is sufficient, and when not?
2. When is in question as to the correct brocho for lack of learning, is one permitted to make a Shehakol? When is this allowed, and when not?
3. On foods made out of wheat, when does one make Mezonos and when HoAdomo (e.g. wheat cakes)?
4. What is the brocho on rice? (This is a particularly complicated Din).
5. If one ate grapes and wine, and then made the after brocho Al HaGefen - Is this sufficient?
6 If one eats food that needs and after brocho before washing, in which case would he be required to make an after brocho before beginning his meal?
7. If one eats a food that needs and after brocho and forgets to make it, then begins a meal with Hamotzie, does he need to make the after brocho in the middle of the meal? If he did not, does Bentching cover the food eaten before the meal?

Next perek will deal with issues that come up concerning cakes and other breads, and their classification.

Hillel Happenings

Town of Ramapo Supervisor Christopher P. St. Lawrence with a group of RCC students following his giving a class as a guest lecturer of Rabbi Dov Oliver's Contemporary Jewish Issues class.
A group of SUNY RCC students, SUNY New Paltz students and West Point Military Academy cadets following their joint Shabbaton last Shabbos at Chabad of New Paltz.

The Veiled Mural

The veiled mural in the lobby of K'hal Tzemach Tzedek.

K'hal Tzemach Tzedek to Unveil Original Muchnik Mural

This Motzai Shabbos, at 8:30 PM, coinciding with the Art Show benefitting Hillel of Rockland, K'hal Tzemach Tzedek Lubavitch of Monsey will be unveiling an original 10' x 18’ mural that artist Michoel Muchnik created specifically for the lobby of the Shul. This piece of art will be part of the Shul’s newly installed Building Fund Wall of Honor. All are encouraged to participate in this beautiful event for the Shul.

The image is the Muchnik mural that is displayed in the Jewish Children's Museum.

Deadline for Cheder Chabad Mishloach Manos

Please submit your Order Form for the Cheder Chabad Mishloach Manos campaign no later than this Monday, March 2 to ensure that you are included on the Scroll of Donors. If you have not received an Order Form please call the school office at 845-356-1213.

This Motzai Shabbos - Art Show and Sale

Art & Soul, an art show featuring the works of renown artist Michoel Muchnik, will take place this Motzai Shabbos Terumah, February 28, at 8:30 PM at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek.

Proceeds from all art sales will benefit the outreach work of Rabbi Dov and Shevy Oliver at Rockland Community College.

The artist will make a presentation describing how he creates his masterpieces at about 9:15 PM.

There is no charge to attend this wine and cheese event and Muchnik’s art (posters, lithographs, giclees, mosaics and originals) will be available for purchase.

All (adults) are cordially invited to what promises to be a truly elegant event!

Month of Good Mazel

Seeking Counselors

Rashi's KinderCamp is hiring staff. If you or someone you know, who lives locally or has where to live locally, and would be a fabulous counselor please call Naomi at 718-404-4384. Local counselors will be compensated generously and all counselors will participate in a grand trip at the end of the summer!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Cheder Chabad 3rd Grade Boys Build Model Beis HaMikdash

The third grade boys have accomplished so much these past few weeks. They have recently finished Parshas Vayishlach, and are well into their third Parsha - Parshas Vayeishev. The boys are weeks away from finishing their very first Masechta in Mishnayos - Meseches Brochos. This week the students enjoyed a special project, making learning about the Parsha a real hands-on experience. To bring to life the possuk “Make for me a Mikdosh” they diligently spent hours putting together a 267 piece model Bais HaMikdosh and are now familiar with its parts and chambers.

Seeking Sponsor for Kiddush-Farbrengen

If you would like to have the merit of sponsoring the Kiddush-Farbrengen this Shabbos Parshas Terumah at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek please contact Yisroel Schulman at

Rosh Chodesh Adar at Cheder Chabad Girls

Cheder Chabad Girls had a very simchadik assembly in honor of Rosh Chodesh Adar. The girls heard a beautiful story from Mrs. Rosenbluh and the 8th graders prepared an amazing game on the theme of איזהו עשיר השמח בחלקו. Each child was treated to cotton candy which they enjoyed immensely. Thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Levine, parents in our school from "Kosher Concessions" for providing the cotton candy.

New Monsey Anash Phone List

The 2009 Monsey Anash Phone List has been released. If you would like to update or add your listing or receive a copy please contact

Thanks to Mrs. Chaya Kaplan for compiling and updating this very convenient list.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Final Father-Son Learning Session of the Year

This Motzai Shabbos Terumah is the final Cheder Chabad Father-Son Learning Program for this year. The program will be from 7:30 to 8:30 PM at K’hal Tzemach Tzedek and will include pizza, raffles, stories and of course learning. In addition, in honor of the final session there will be a special raffle for all boys who bring their blue attendance cards as well as a prize for all boys who attended regularly this year!

Morah Music at Cheder Chabad

In honor of Rosh Chodesh Adar, Cheder Chabad Pre-School and lower Elementary grades enjoyed Morah Music today!

Monday, February 23, 2009

The Kol Noar Boys Choir

Mazel tov to Bentzi Ptalis on the debut release of his new album, the Kol Noar Boys Choir, which will be in stores next week!

MBCM Production This Wednesday

If you have not yet bought your tickets please call Devorah Hoffer at 908-468-1415.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

N'shei Chabad Purim Event

Many Complain About PIP Police Including Hatzolah of Rockland

By Deena Yellin,

For much of the decade, the Palisades Interstate Parkway Police Department logged at least 50 complaints a year about inappropriate behavior by its officers, including bias against minority motorists.

James Hall, the executive director of the Palisades Interstate Parkway Commission, acknowledges the history of such allegations from 2002 through 2007. But he says the complaints decreased to 15 out of 15,000 stops last year, after video cameras were installed in the patrol cars.

And he believes most of those 2008 allegations were unfounded, based on his examination of the film footage. "Either it didn't happen or it didn't happen the way the person suggested," he said.

The complaints against the parkway police have been cited by two state assemblymen who proposed disbanding the force and replacing it with the Bergen County Police Department.

Assemblyman Gordon Johnson, who has since backed away from the proposal, said he still believes the department needs to be investigated. He said he received complaints from African-Americans, Latinos, Hasidic Jews and Asians.

"The allegations of profiling and the inequity going on is something I still believe happened and was not addressed properly," said Johnson, D-Englewood. "I believe there should be change up there. A change of leadership. There are only a few of them that have this behavior."

Assemblyman John Rooney, R-Northvale, still wants the force eliminated.

"People have said the officers are anti-black, anti-Semitic and filed complaints against them," he said. "The PIP have an attitude, a lack of respect. I believe the Bergen County police are more responsible."

Sylvan Klein, executive director of Hatzoloh EMS of Rockland County, a Jewish ambulance service, said the police have stopped ambulances transporting patients from New York State to hospitals in New Jersey and Manhattan. He criticized officers' treatment of the drivers and said the last incident was a little more than a year ago.

But Hall blamed Hatzoloh for the conflict. He said the ambulance service is supposed to notify the police when it will be using the road for an emergency because it is not licensed in New Jersey.

He said many of the complaints against officers were about demeanor, not bias. The cameras have helped considerably, he said.

"Most were about demeanor. People didn't like the attitude of the officer. I think officers probably hold their tongues a bit [now] when they are on camera."

Purim at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek

Once again there will be hot food and a magic show for children following the Megilla reading at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek. If you are able to help sponsor this beautiful program please contact Nechemia Kaplan at 845-664-5744 or Any amount helps!

Daily Mincha

The daily Mincha minyan at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek is now at 5:30 PM and will remain so for the next 2 weeks until the clock is changed.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Keep a Pot on the Stove

By Yehudis Cohen, L'chaim Magazine

"I was 22 years old," remembers David Tsinman. "Mom asked me to help someone who had gotten into serious trouble through his own stupidity. I told her that I didn't want to do it. First, I would put myself in danger in attempting to help him. It would take a lot of time; this was not a one time favor, it would take many months. It would also cost me, financially, to help him.

"My mother looked at me and said, 'You are right about everything, 100% right. But if you won't help him, he will surely die.' I still did not agree. Then Mom told me, 'If you won't help him, you can take your tefilin and throw them in the garbage.' When she told me that, it really shook me. I agreed to help the person. It took years and it cost me in many ways. I suffered and my mother suffered because she saw me suffering. Afterwards, despite everything, she said, 'You still have to do a Jew a favor.' "

Mrs. Mera Galperin, who passed away this year on the last day of Chanuka, was a woman of great stature. She combined strength, dignity, wisdom, fortitude, compassion and love in a way that is hard to find today. She was born in Babinovitch (Belarus), the same city where Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka Schneerson, daughter of the Previous Lubavitcher Rebbe and wife of the Rebbe, was born. Mrs. Galperin was friendly with the Previous Rebbe's daughters.

After World War II, the Galperins moved to Tashkent, Uzbekistan. In 1948, Meir Tsinman arrived in Tashkent. He had spent the last 10 years in Stalin's prison camps. Mera and Meir married. He urged Mera to keep her maiden name in case he was arrested again. Sure enough, in 1949, Stalin declared that all those who had been imprisoned must return to jail. Meir ran away to Kutaisi, Georgia. He was in hiding when their first son, Yaakov, was born. Soon after the baby's brit, Mera joined Meir in Kutaisi.

A few months after they were reunited, Meir was arrested at work. When he didn't return home, Mera went to the KGB. "We know nothing," they insisted. "Check all of the morgues." Carrying her infant son with her, Mera visited all of the local hospital morgues and thankfully did not find Meir. She went back to the KGB, where an officer informed her he had been sent to Tibilisi (another city in Georgia). Mera travelled to Tibilisi and was told that he Meir been sent to Tashkent. She travelled the 1,300 miles to Tashkent and found Meir imprisoned there. After two years in jail in Tashkent he was finally given a "court hearing" and sentenced to life in exile, in Siberia.

Exiles were dropped off in Siberia with nothing more than the clothes on their backs and they had to fend for themselves. Meir was "lucky" enough to find a corner of a room to rent from a local gentile. He began making nails out of wire, a skill he had learned in the prison camp. Working for himself meant that he would not have a problem observing Shabbat.

As soon as Meir was "established" in Siberia, Mera and Yaakov joined him. Their first "home" was the changing room of a bathhouse! Yet even with so little space and money, Mera always made sure to help those who had less than her. One of her favorite mottos was "If you have an extra spoon of something, give it to someone who needs it." She always kept a pot on the stove, filled with water, crusts of bread, and anything else she could find to make a soup, so that anyone who was hungry would always have something to eat.

One day, Meir found a Jew so desperately suffering from starvation that he had tried to hang himself. Meir took the noose off from around the man's neck and carried him home. Mera nursed him back to physical and mental health.

When Stalin died in 1953, all of the exiles were finally free. The Tsinmans moved back to Tashkent. In the 1960s they started applying to leave the U.S.S.R. Meir's health was precarious from the beatings as a young man in prison. He passed away in 1968, only 50 years old, of a heart attack. In 1971, Mrs. Galperin and her sons were finally given permission to emigrate.

When Mrs. Galperin arrived in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, she had almost nothing. Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka took her to the Previous Rebbe's apartment at 770 Eastern Parkway and gave Mrs. Galperin items to set herself up.

"Mom spoke on the phone or visited the Rebbetzin at least 3 or 4 times a week, usually for anywhere from 2 to 7 hours. I often asked her, 'What did you speak about for so long?' 'The Rebbetzin speaks freely with me because she knows I keep everything confidential,' Mom would say. I would press her and pressure her but I wouldn't get a word out of her. All of those thousands of hours of conversations over the years and no one was privy to any of them."

Mrs. Galperin became the cook at the Machon Chana dormitory. Machon Chana was the first yeshiva established for Baalos Teshuva, girls and women returning to their Jewish roots. But Mrs. Galperin was much more than a cook. In the first years, she was the mainstay of the dorm. She took care of the girls like a mother hen, nurturing them physically and spiritually. The Rebbe once told Mrs. Galperin that she was the "Mama of Machon Chana." One Seder night when the Rebbe visited the dormitory, the Rebbe asked her if she cooks for the girls as she cooks at home. Later, Mrs. Galperin discussed with the dorm mother Mrs. Gita Gansburg (she should live and be well) what they could do to make the Passover dorm food more homey. She decided to add various items to the menu even though it entailed a tremendous amount of time and effort.

Miryam Tsinman, Yaakov's wife, shared an unusually close relationship with her mother-in-law. She noted that though she smiled rarely, Mrs. Galperin was always happy and positive; she was thankful for what she had, gracious, and generous to all. "She was so real."

Friday, February 20, 2009

Rav's New Study

The Rav's new study in the K'hal Tzemach Tzedek Lubavitch of Monsey building. Thanks to Aron Groner of for donating the furniture.

Mom, Tot Hit As Vehicle Jumps Curb

By Steve Lieberman, The Journal News

MONSEY - A mother and her son, who was in a stroller, were hit by a car that jumped the curb onto the Route 306 sidewalk during a three-car collision yesterday morning, police said.

The stroller with the buckled-in 2-year-old ended up pressed against the car's rear passenger wheel, police and witnesses said.

The mother lay unconscious a few feet from her son when emergency responders arrived, police and witnesses said.

"I heard a big crash noise and I saw the baby in the carriage," Chaim Twersky said, pointing to the crushed stroller under the car wheel.

"I looked outside, and I saw the baby's head sticking out near the tire," he said.

Twersky, 28, rushed from his house on Route 306.

Twersky said he knows the mother, Henny Gefner, 39, as a neighbor. He said she just celebrated the wedding of her oldest child.

"I was scared by what I saw," Twersky said, standing amid more than a dozen young men who congregated near the accident scene.

Mother and son were recovering yesterday afternoon in Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, police said.

Gefner remained in fair condition, while her son was in good condition, said Sgt. Mark Briggs of the Ramapo police.

"It's amazing after looking at the scene that they would survive that," Briggs said. "We're very glad this didn't become a tragedy."

Under a sunny sky and cool weather, Gefner was walking her son, Mendy, in the stroller on the Route 306 sidewalk when the 9:30 a.m. accident occurred on Route 306 and Phyllis Terrace.

A Honda Accord driving south on Route 306 stopped at a red light with plans to turn left onto Phyllis Terrace, police said. A Honda Odyssey then struck the Accord from behind, police said.

The force of the collision drove the Accord into the opposite lane, where it collided with a northbound Chevrolet Cobalt,police said.

The Cobalt spun out of control, jumped a curb and struck the mother pushing the stroller, police said.

Hatzoloh Ambulance Corps members responded and took the mother and boy to the hospital.

The Cobalt's driver, Febee Cherubin, 46, of Spring Valley, complained of minor injuries and was taken by ambulance to Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern.

Abraham Apter, 43, of Kaser was driving the Honda Odyssey, while Chaim Kessler, 25, of Kaser drove the Accord. Kessler declined to comment, and Apter could not be reached for comment.

The Ramapo Police Department's accident reconstruction unit investigated the crash. The officers took measurements and interviewed participants and witnesses.

They circled with chalk items for evidence, including one of the stroller's small wheels that had broken off from the frame.

Other officers blocked Route 306 to traffic from Rita Avenue to the north after the accident.

Briggs said no tickets or charges have been issued.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Cheder Chabad Registration

Spring Valley to Get Two Major Hotel Chains

By Suzan Clarke • The Journal News

SPRING VALLEY - Two major hotel chains will be coming to the village,a move that will likely help increase the village's diminishing tax base, spur the local economy and provide jobs to residents, Deputy Mayor Noramie Jasmin has said.

The Holiday Inn Express is fully approved to build, and the Westin Hotel is well into its application before the village's boards.

The Holiday Inn Express will occupy the space of the former Denny's restaurant at Route 59 and Pascack Road. The parcel had been approved for a Prestige Harley-Davidson motorcycle dealership, but the site was never developed.

Westin Hotels could not be reached for comment. That chain plans to build a 90-room business hotel adjacent to the Spring Valley Marketplace.

SV Health Clinic to Open Saturdays; Clinic Had Been Focus of Complaints, Criticism.

By Suzan Clarke • The Journal News

SPRING VALLEY - The Ben Gilman Medical and Dental Center has announced plans to open for service on Saturdays.

Advocates who have long pushed for this are welcoming the news, which was announced in a Feb. 3 letter to S. Ram Nagubandi, the county's Commissioner of Human Rights.

Gilman's officials - who are religious Jews - had been unwilling to open Saturdays because that day marks the Jewish Sabbath.

The Nyack branch of the NAACP had filed a civil rights complaint seeking to compel the clinic to open on Saturdays. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People believed the Saturday opening would be convenient for the low-income residents of the working class community.

The Gilman clinic and its sister site, Monsey Medical and Dental Center in Monsey, have in the past few years been the focus of complaints by community advocates who have criticized the way they say the reception staff has treated non-English-speaking immigrants, the undocumented and the uninsured.

The clinics' operators have denied any wrongdoing in those cases, saying any incidents were caused by miscommunication and inaccurate information provided to residents by local organizations.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Nearly 600 Educators Attend East Ramapo Private School Staff Development Day

By Randi Weiner, The Journal News

SPRING VALLEY - Rabbi Avremel Kotlarsky carefully tore a piece of aluminum foil off the roll handed to him and began folding it into thin strips destined to become electric power conduits.

The finished product was expected to be a homemade fourth-grade science game, where correct answers light up a small bulb. The ingredients: relatively low-cost objects found around the home and in the local hardware store. The idea: getting the area's private-school teachers thinking in terms of teaching hands-on science to their youngsters.

"This is the second year we've brought our entire staff here," said Kotlarsky, principal of the Hebrew Academy in New City, one of about 30 private schools - mostly yeshivas - attending East Ramapo's fourth annual professional development day yesterday for nonpublic-school educators.

"It's a great opportunity for them to enhance their teaching skills and acquire some good ideas," he said. "Science is my fascination. ... and I'm looking for things to share with my staff and administrators."

East Ramapo public schools are surrounded by private schools serving an estimated 17,000 students. As part of the 8,000-student public schools' outreach, East Ramapo's Office of Funded Programs arranges workshops for the nonpublic educators throughout the year that offer concentrated training on specific topics.

Four years ago, the district began offering the daylong workshop on a mix of topics, ranging from basic classroom management to the fine points of using an electronic black board and working with children with special needs.

Keynote speaker and conference organizer Merritte Mellion said the variety means that everyone who attends can find something of interest to help them be better teachers so their children are better educated.

This year's 35 workshops drew about 600 private-school educators, many attending the program for the second, third and even fourth time.

"I've come every year," said Yaakov Oppen, general studies principal at Bais Hachinuch in Spring Valley. "It's a great program. It really offers a very wide range of subjects for the teachers."

Beth Katznelson, a sixth-grade general studies teacher at Ateres Bais Yaakov, and Terry Mostrowitz-Roth, a seventh- and eighth-grade science teacher from the Adolph Schreiber Hebrew Academy of Rockland, praised the experience.

"I've been teaching 40 years, but there are many things that I could still learn," Mostrowitz-Roth said. "I look forward to this."

Katznelson said the workshops "are a great opportunity for teachers to grow as educators and bring their new skills into the classroom."

Mindy Rosenberg, a teacher at Yeshiva Avir Yaakov in New Square, chose a math workshop "because I find this is an area of acute challenges and frustration for children. To learn some tricks to get kids to think - that's the key to education."

Educators who attend the seminars do so for free; the nearly $12,000 price tag for this year's slate of workshops was paid for with state and federal grants and aid available for teacher training and for schools with needy students, said Elie Wizman, director of Funded Programs for East Ramapo.

Monsey Pathmark to Host 2009 Kosher Fair

The Monsey Pathmark is proud to once again host the annual Kosher Fair on Sunday, March 8th from 10:00am to 4:00pm, located at 45 Route 59, Monsey, NY.

One of the largest Kosher events in the region, this event showcases the most recognized brand names in Kosher delicacies. Founded over ten years ago, the Monsey Kosher Fair was established to help shoppers prepare for Passover and Purim by offering an assortment of delicious and diverse Kosher foods.

Over the years, this exciting event has grown attracting guests from around the country, as well as popular Kosher vendors such as Streits Matzo, Tabatchnick Soups, Osem USA, Manischewitz Company, Joyva Candy, Kedem, Reisman Passover, Klein’s Naturals and Kellers. These vendors are nationally known for their delicious specialty products. During the Fair, several of these vendors will be holding in-store demonstrations providing shoppers with helpful tips on how to prepare special meals and the opportunity to sample some of the finest Kosher foods.

Some of the exciting brands and foods featured at the 2009 Kosher Fair will include:

• Dairy – Offering a wide range of dairy products
• Bakery – A sumptuous array of delicious treats for anyone’s sweet tooth
• Deli – A large selection of cold cuts and seafood salads
• Meat – A wide variety of fresh meats

Further highlighting the Kosher Fair will be gift basket raffles with delicious Kosher beverages, meats, condiments, snacks and baked goods for several lucky customers.

Please note that N'shei Chabad of Rockland and Chabad of Suffern will be setting up several tables at the Fair to do outreach. N'shei Chabad has been participating in the Pathmark Kosher Fair since the project began. Volunteers are needed to give out neshek, brochures, the famous "Kosher Quiz" and raffle for a Lubavitch Cookbook Trio and other give-aways. Women of all ages and teen-age girls are welcome to participate. Please call Mrs. Yehudis Sassiver at 845-352-8910 to volunteer an hour or two of your time, from 10: AM to 4:00 PM on Sunday, March 8, at Pathmark of Monsey.

Some in Spring Valley Get Tax Break

By James Walsh, The Journal News

SPRING VALLEY - Some property owners will get a bit of a tax break from changes in fire district boundaries.

The neighborhood is at the tip of the northwest corner of the village, including Avon Gardens, Spring Valley Towers and Sixty East Eckerson apartment complexes, as well as properties on Bedford Court, Shuart Drive and the south side of Viola Road.

Ryan Karben, an assistant village attorney, estimated the overall savings would be about $22,000 annually.

Property owners in the area had been paying fire district taxes to both the village and the Moleston Fire District of the Hillcrest Fire Department.

The double taxation apparently began in the 1960s, when the area was incorporated into the village. Upon the village's incorporation, the neighborhood automatically fell within the jurisdiction of the Spring Valley Fire Department.

"As a matter of law," Karben said, "the Spring Valley Fire Department is responsible for any property located in the village of Spring Valley."

The property owners, though, continued to be taxed by Moleston, while paying the village for fire-protection services.

The change will not affect fire protection, which will continue to be provided by Spring Valley.

In a statement, Mayor George Darden said the agreement reached last week would save tax dollars "without compromising the outstanding public services our residents enjoy."

The village became aware of the double billing in 1998, Karben said, but it was unclear why it took a decade to rectify it.

Gary Wren, chairman of the Moleston Fire District, said he didn't know how long the double billing had persisted, but that the district moved quickly to redraw the boundary as agreed to last week.

"We got a letter from the Spring Valley attorney pointing out the problem," Wren said, "and it took several months for the attorneys to do what they had to do."

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Mazel Tov Serkez Family - L'chaim Tonight!

Mazel tov to Kalman Serkez and family on the engagement of his daughter Chanie to Eli Dahan of Starett City, New York!

The l’chaim will take place tonight, Tuesday, at 8:30 PM at the Serkez home, 10 Fieldcrest Street in Wesley Hills.

NCFJE of Rockland Offers New Lecture Series on Hilchos Brachos

Become an expert in hilchos Birchas Han’henin of the Alter Rebbe and earn $200 at the same time!

Dear ANA”SH,

It is well known that the Brochos which we make on food have a tremendous effect: it helps to release the G-dly spark in the food and enables it to radiate and to shine into one’s neshoma.

Since Brochos are so powerful, it is incumbent upon us not to make an unnecessary bracha, nor to miss making a required bracha, and to be careful to make the right bracha.

To enable an elevation in our performance and elicitation of Brochos, Rabbi Yakov D. Cohen of Kolel Upper East Side in NYC, a Rav and Dayan and author of sforim, is being engaged to come up to give a series of 6 lessons on Brochos based on the Alter Rebbe’s Birkos HaNehenin printed in the back of the Siddur. Not just Birkos HaNehenin will be taught, but background and basis of the Brochos as well.

At the conclusion of the series, whoever wishes may sit for an exam in these halachos. A passing grade earns an Expert in Hilchos Brochos Certificate, together with a $200 stipend.

The Rebbe emphasized very strongly the importance of knowing how to say Brochos correctly. This will certainly bring the Rebbe a tremendous Nachas Ruach.

This shiur is planned for Monday evenings, beginning February 23rd, 8:15-9:25pm followed by Maariv at 4 Phyllis Terrace.

If you are regularly attend the Rav's Monday night shiur, we advise you not to join this program since one should not give up a steady learning seder for a temporary one.

Please enroll by email or by phone.


Rabbi Simcha Werner
Director, NCFJE

Seeking Ride

If you or someone you know is coming from Crown Heights to Monsey for Shabbos and has room for a 17 year old girl please call Deborah at 845-406-3929 or 310 922 8728.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Rabbi Yaakov Spivak to Lecture at RCC

Rabbi Yaakov Spivak will address RCC students, staff and community members in the Contemporary Jewish Issues class taught by Rabbi Dov Oliver, on the topic of Jews for J; Its Reality, Its Reach, Its Dangers. The talk will be at RCC in Room 2104 in the Academic 1 Building from 1:00 PM to 2:15 PM on Wednesday February, 18. All are welcome to attend.

Rabbi Yaakov Spivak received his ordination from Baltimore's Ner Yisrael Yeshiva. He holds a Master's Degree in Education from Loyola College, and is a nationally known columnist and radio and TV commentator. As Dean of the Ayshel Avraham Rabbinical Seminary, he has seen his rabbinic graduates occupy positions in Jewish communities across the world.

Monsey Beis Chaya Mushka Inaugural Dinner

The grand ballroom of the Chabad Center in New City was packed tonight for the inaugural dinner benefitting Monsey Beis Chaya Mushka High School for girls. The evening was emceed by school President Yisroel Schulman who introduced the school Menahel Rabbi Dr. Chaim Dovid Kagan.

Rabbi Kagan began the program with a short video of the Rebbe speaking about the importance of a high quality education for girls. This was followed by the recital of Tehillim led by Dr. Chaim Schild.

The Parents of the Year award was presented to the dynamic Rav of the fast growing Lubavitcher Kehilla in Monsey, Rabbi and Rebbetzin Boruch D. and Shterna Lesches. Rabbi Lesches spoke about the tremendous importance this institution plays in the greater Monsey community and of his personal involvement as a parent of a child in the school.

The Avodas HaKodesh award was given to Mr. and Mrs. Mordechai and Malka Litzman who dedicate a tremendous amount of time and energy to the school.

A selection of the JEM video, The Rebbetzin, which was distributed to all guests as a momento of the evening, was shown in honor of Chof Beis Shvat.

The famous Badchan Reb Zushe Schmeltzer then entertainingly auctioned off a beautiful piece of art by renowned artist Michoel Muchnik.

The beautiful evening concluded with guest speaker and comic David Rosner who amused the crowd with his routine about being a Jew in the US army.

As the dinner was finishing, Rabbi Kagan announced that Dr. Alex Poltorak, who was not at the dinner since he is in aveilus, would be dedicating a new state of the art science laboratory for the school in memory of his father Reb Avraham Shamshon Kleynerman A"H.

Seeking Ride

If you are going to Crown Heights this Friday and have room for a mother and baby please call 845-371-2138.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Marrus L'chaim

The l'chaim of Yehuda Marrus and Raizel Rosenthal will take place tonight, Sunday, at Beis Eliezer Yitzchok, 394 Kingston Avenue in Crown Heights.

Mazel Tov Marusses!

Mazel tov to Pinchas and Sarah Marrus on the birth of a granddaughter born to Levi and Devorah Leah Marrus of Columbia, South Carolina!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Eisenberg L'chaim

The l'chaim of Levi Eisenberg and Rochel Deitsch will take place tomorrow night, Motzai Shabbos Yisro, at the Razag Ballroom (upstairs), 739 East New York Avenue.

Children's Program at Tzemach Tzedek

Because of the Kinus HaShluchos in Crown Heights there will be no children's program this Shabbos at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Chof Beis Shvat Farbrengen for Men

There will be a farbrengen with Rabbi Lesches in honor of Chof Beis Shvat, this Sunday night, February 15, at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek following the 9:30 PM Maariv minyan.

Rebbetzin Chaya Mushkah Schneerson (b. 1901), wife of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, passed away on the 22nd of Shevat of the year 5748 (1988). For more on the Rebbetzin, click here.

Kiddush Sponsor for Tzemach Tzedek

Currently there is no Kiddush-Farbrengen scheduled for this Shabbos at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek due to the lack of a sponsor. If you are interested in sponsoring the Kiddush (minimum $300) please contact Yisroel Schulman at 212-613-5050 or no later than today, Friday, at 10:00 AM.

Free Reflectors

MBCM Dinner

If you have not yet made reservations for the Monsey Beis Chaya Mushka Dinner that is taking place this Monday evening please do so by contacting or 845-538-7484.

Mazel Tov Eisenbergs!

Mazel tov to Shmuel Yosef and Freydie Eisenberg on the engagement of their son Levi to Rochel Deitsch of Crown Heights!

Chabad of Suffern's JLI You Be The Judge Class

Chabad of Suffern’s Jewish Learning Institute class titled You Be The Judge that took place last night at the Town of Ramapo Justice Court with special guests Supreme Court Justice Robert M. Berliner, Town Court Judge Arnold Etelson and Ramapo Town Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence.

Cheder Chabad Mishloach Manos

Purim is around the corner! In the spirit of Achdus and Ahavas Yisroel, Cheder Chabad of Monsey will once again be sending attractive Mishloach Manos packages to all local Anash families.

For a donation of $100 your name will be included on the Scroll of Donors that will be in the package that will be hand delivered in time for Purim. In addition, shared sponsorship is available in honor of a special occasion or yarzeit.

Your participation is a major source of funding for Cheder Chabad and a delight for all of Anash.

If you have not received an Order Form in the mail, if you are interested in sponsorship, or if you have any other questions, please call the school office at 845-356-1213.

Image above is not the actual Cheder basket.

N'shei Chabad Bookstore Update

The Mitteler Rebbe: Rabbi Dovber of Lubavitch - A new biography by Rabbi Sholom Dovber Avtzon - IN STOCK!

Stories that the Rebbe Told Us - Volumes 1 and 2 - IN STOCK!

The Divine Code - Volume 1 - Moshe Wiener - IN STOCK!

Tefillin in the Light of Chassidus - Rabbi Yekutiel Green - English/Hebrew - IN STOCK!

Chassidic Discourses of the Frierdiker Rebbe (2 Volume Set) - English - SPECIAL PRICE $20 (Regularly $40)

New For Children: Around the Shabbos Table; I Go to a Wedding; The King in the Field

Wool Tallis Katan - all sizes in stock; Cotton Tallis Katan - children's sizes 8"-18" in stock; Tallis Gadol available.

Start thinking about your Purim and Pesach needs.

Coming Soon! Birkas Hachamah - Nusach Chabad with the Rebbe's commentary - PLACE YOUR ORDER NOW!

Call Mrs. Yehudis Abramowitz at 845-558-8249.

Kinus HaShluchos

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Cheder Chabad 4th Grade Makes Siyum

The Cheder Chabad 4th grade boys celebrated finishing משניות מסכת ראש השנה with a grand siyum. While the boys enjoyed their nosh Rabbi Wolowik spoke to the them and Rabbi Shusterman told them a story. Each talmid received a beautiful certificate for finishing this מסכת. After this, Rabbi Grossbaum came and presented a שופר workshop and each boy made his own שופר. We are excited to begin מסכת יומא!

Yud Shvat at Cheder Chabad Girls

Chesed Opportunity

A 15 year old boy who is in school during the day is in need of a place to sleep in Monsey at night. If you or someone you know can host him it would be a tremendous chesed. Please contact Reb Tzvi Webb at 845-598-2051.

A Bris on Birthright

Imagine that you are twenty-one years old, overseas for the first time in your life, sitting on a bus and driving through Israel in the midst of wartime. Nearby is a burly, bearded rabbi from Australia putting tefillin on your new roommate.

There are fifty people on the bus. A few hours ago you knew none of them. Jason, to your left, is boasting about how much money he raked in at his bar mitzvah. Amidst a messy and bumpy game of poker, Richard, to the right is divulging that his real name is something totally unpronounceable in Yiddish that sounds distinctly like what the Seinfelds scream at each other when they are in a TV land fight.

This is all followed by some playful Jewish boys club-style banter until the rabbi gives you a hearty slap on the back and exclaims, "And what name did you score when they had the big tip off?"

"Tip off?” you ask, conjuring images of Horace Grant flicking the ball back to Jordan in the halcyon Bulls days.

"You know, when you were just a wee lad, eight days your bris! What's the name they gave you at your bris?”

"Huh, bris?” you stammer, wondering if you were supposed to have already picked up Hebrew two hours into your trip. “Oh... that..” you reply, as it suddenly dawns on you what he is referring to. "Umm, well I never exactly did have one of those."

"No worries at all, mate," shoots back the rabbi you have now learned is Rabbi Oliver.

“Well, I sort of did," you offer. "It's just it was sort of no frills, not that I remember much, but I know it was done in a hospital by a doctor, does that still count?" you ask, figuring the answer must be yes, because it would appear this is a once-in-a-lifetime type of procedure.

"Well, now that you ask, no, not really mate, it doesn’t really count," Rabbi Oliver responds.

"Uh-oh," you reply.

"I think you mean oy vey," chimes in Richard.

"Not a case of oy vey at all," protests Rabbi Oliver. "First of all, with or without a proper bris you are still just as Jewish as Moses, King David, King Solomon, me or Adam Sandler. Secondly, we can arrange a retroactive bris for you at no cost, no hassle, almost no pain and with a big smorgasbord! So what do you reckon?" beams the Rabbi.

Suddenly the poker players are in full cry. "All in, ante up. Come on, go for it Dave,” your new "friends" start cajoling you. "That rocks dude, having your bris on your first trip to Israel, come on, go for it, and we'll all get a party!"

"Um, well… okay," responds either a deep spiritual voice from within your soul or a standard peer group pressure concession.

"Good on ya, mate!" booms the rabbi, and the rest, as they say, is history.

A few days before the end of your incredible Mayanot Taglit-Birthright Israel experience in Israel the “bris” takes place. It's actually known as a Hatofas Dam Bris - a procedure where a single drop of blood is taken.

After arriving in Jerusalem, you and Rabbi Oliver meet the mohel, a very warm and friendly man by the name of Rabbi Kremer. Sensing your apprehension, he calmly explains the procedure to you as well as explaining the significance of a Bris Milah, answering all your questions and steadying your turning stomach. In the end it's as “painful” as promised (not!), in fact you are waiting for the pain, when he informs you it's all over, phew!

Later that day, you and a group of girls from your bus, Mayanot 36, receive your official Jewish names. You receive your name, David Yair, after being called up for an aliyah to the Torah at the Western Wall. This is followed by a celebratory meal made all the more special by the guest performance of a highly talented young Chabad singer named Moshe Hecht.

That night you sleep with a certain satisfaction and increased sense of belonging. Being Jewish is not always easy, you have to do things that go against the grain, you have to be brave, you have to take a stand, and today you did.

A bris literally means a covenant, a sign between you and G-d. A Birthright trip is precisely that, but on this trip you “doubled up” on the sign, you went all in and you won!

To join Rabbi Oliver on a free Taglit-Birthright Israel trip this summer please visit No Bris required.

Seeking Ride

If you or someone you know is going to Crown Heights this Thursday night or Friday and has room for an 11 year old girl please call Dini at 845-406-3960.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Mazel Tov Marruses!

Mazel tov to Pinchas and Sarah Marrus on the engagement of their son Yehuda to Raizel Rosenthal of Toronto!

Mazel Tov Dan Einschlag!

Mazel tov to Dan Einschleig on his engagement to Etta Goodlife of Kingston, NY!

Mazel Tov Kagans!

Mazel tov to Rabbi Chaim Dovid and Miriam Kagan on the birth of a grandson born to Lipman and Shulamis Heller of Crown Heights!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Last Chance - Ads for MBCM Dinner Journal

Please submit your ad for the Monsey Beis Chaya Mushka Dinner Journal honoring:

Rabbi and Rebbetzin Boruch D. and Shterna Lesches
Mr. and Mrs. Mordechai and Malka Litzman

All ads must be submitted to no later than this Wednesday afternoon, February 11, at 5:00 PM.

Dinner reservations should be made to the same address.

Click here for the dinner invitation and journal ad blank.

Morah Chani's Playgroup

If you would like you enroll your child in playgroup for the current year, Morah Chani's Playgroup is accepting new applicants for immediate enrollment.

The playgroup is for children ages two and three. Please contact Chani Cohen at 845-406-3229.

Monsey Beis Chaya Mushka Production

Sunday, February 8, 2009

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Friday, February 6, 2009

Yud Shvat at Cheder Chabad Boys

This week was a very exciting one at Cheder Chabad Boys school. In addition to the standard preparations for Yud Shevat, all the children wrote a pan on Monday in preparation for their trip to the Ohel on Tuesday.

On Tuesday the weather looked bleak but the children davened Shacharis at Cheder and happily boarded the buses to go to the Ohel. When we arrived at the Ohel the children made a big Kiddush Hashem with their exemplary behavior. Several people commented with amazement to the rebbis and to Rabbi Wolowik how nice it was for them to see how well the children behaved.

On Wednesday, after Shacharis, Mendel Krasnijanski recited part of the Maamar Basi Legani followed by a special Yom Tov seudah with l'chaim and doughnuts for dessert.

Grades 4 through 7 ate lunch earlier than usual and had a special farbrengen. We started with saying the 12 pesukim and singing the Beinini nigun. The highlight was (the doughnuts and) a special farbrengen with Rabbi Gancz. The children were listening intently to him and were very involved with the farbrengen. Rabbi Gancz stressed the zechus and achrayus that every chossid has. We must behave like an employer and not an employee. An employer feels much a greater responsibility than an employee. We also heard some amazing stories and anecdotes stressing the importance of being involved in holy things and not allowing the tumah of the secular media influence us and effect our holy neshomos.

Grades 1 through 3 ate lunch later than usual and had a farbrengen with Rabbi Wolowik. The children heard some stories about the Frierdiker Rebber and the Rebbe.

We had a special minyan for Mincha for grades 2 through 7 and Mendel Litzman recited part of the Maamar Basi Legani.

As the Rebbe concludes the first Maamar:
!ונזכה זעהן זיך מיט'ן רבי'ן דא למטה אין א גוף... והוא יגאלנו

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Rabbi Levi Baumgarten, Director of the Manhattan Mitzvah Tank and Chabad of Watermill, farbrenging tonight at the home of Tzadok Leib Messing.

Love That Knows No Barriers

Tu B'Shvat Shidduch Group Reminder

Let's plant the seeds and reap the fruits! Join us this Sunday, February 8, at 8:15 PM for a shidduch group meeting. This meeting, held at the Sabole home, 7 Woodwind Lane, is part of a Monsey-wide effort sponsored by L'chaim, a world-wide network of shidduch groups.

Bring your anonymous profiles. For more information, contact Rochel Sabol at 845-354-4321 or

Seeking Ride

If you or someone you know is going from the Monsey area to Crown Heights this Motzai Shabbos and has room for a 13 year old boy, please call Chany Kotlarsky at 845-641-1312. Thank you.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Water Main Break in Wesley Hills Causes Low Water Pressure or No Water Service to Many Residents

By Jane Lerner and Rob Ryser, The Journal News

WESLEY HILLS - Police and emergency work crews are at the scene of a water main break near the corner of Route 202 at Wilder Road, according to United Water.

The break in the 16-inch main was reported shortly after 6 a.m. today, according to utility spokesman Steve Goudsmith

"With freezing temperatures, water main breaks are not uncommon this time of year," Goudsmith said.

Ramapo police were diverting traffic off Route 202.

The road was covered in ice near the site of the water main break.

Several customers in the area have reported low water pressure or no water service, Goudsmith said.

The utility will decide later in the day if it needs to issue a warning to boil water before using it.

Wesley Hills Updates Legislation to Maintain Its Property-Size Requirements for Schools

By James Walsh, The Journal News

WESLEY HILLS - The village has updated legislation to maintain its long-standing property-size requirements for schools, without automatically requiring more land based on enrollment.

Meeting the 10-acre requirement now also gives the builders the opportunity to enroll up to 200 students. Previously, the 10 acres was needed just for the school.

If a larger enrollment is planned, there must be 0.01 acre for each additional student.

The change comes as religious congregations, some already based in the Monsey area, seek sites for new schools in other Ramapo neighborhoods to meet the demand of rising enrollments.

No proposals for new schools have been filed with Wesley Hills, but Mayor David Goldsmith said last week that village officials wanted to ensure current lot-size requirements.

"Certainly that's a concern of ours," Goldsmith said. "That's why we made the change to allow more students, but not to lower the area requirement."

The change also accommodated an existing school, Yeshiva Ohr Reuven, which long has operated as a high school at Grandview Avenue and Spook Rock Road.

Continue article here.

Ramapo House Demolished Before Thursday Auction

By James Walsh, The Journal News

MONSEY - A heap of wooden shards and the scarred trunks of cedar trees were all that remained of a house at 1 Carlton Road.

Two residents of the neighborhood called The Journal News on Monday, concerned that the house had been knocked down at dusk on Sunday without a permit and before natural gas service was terminated.

While no utilities were still being delivered to the house, it was indeed torn down without a demolition permit, the town of Ramapo confirmed after a reporter's call about the incident and the residents' concerns.

The demolition occurred four days before the property was to be auctioned after a mortgage default.

Code Enforcement Officer Peter Muzzi issued a summons yesterday afternoon to the last known owners of the property.

The property was scheduled for an auction tomorrow in the lobby of the Rockland County Courthouse in New City after the default of a mortgage held by U.S. Bank National Association, a trustee for Credit Suisse First Boston.

Two Local Boys Named After R' Gavriel Noach Holtzberg H"YD In One Week

Yossi and Sara Touger named their son Gavriel Noach.

Levi and Chaye Sabol named their son Gavriel Noach Chaim.

Mazel Tov Weinsteins!

Mazel tov to Rabbi Naftoli and Sherry Weinstein on the birth of a grandson born to Rabbi Aryeh and Rosie Weinstein of Newtown, PA!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

MBCM Dinner Journal Ads - Only 5 Days Left!

Only 5 days left to send in an ad for the Monsey Beis Chaya Mushka Dinner Ad Journal honoring Rabbi & Rebbetzin Lesches and Mr. & Mrs. Mordechai Litzman.

Email to or call 845-538-7484.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Monsey Community Hosts Shabbaton for 6th Grade Girls

This past Shabbos the Monsey community again hosted a wonderful Shabbaton program. The Hami family organized a girls Bas Mitzvah Shabbaton for 6th grade girls from the Hebrew Academy of Morris County with much participation from Anash girls in our community. In addition to learning all about and baking Challah, Mrs. Hami also helped the girls experience the beauty of Shabbos and the special role of girls in Judaism. They enjoyed the Kiddush in Tzemach Tzedek and made friends with young Lubavitch girls their age.

Once again, Yashar Koach to the Monsey Chabad community for making this a warm place conducive to outreach and drawing in Yidden to experience authentic Yidishkeit.

A special thank you to Mrs. Sobel and Leah Polter for their involvement and help.

Yud Shvat Shiur Farbrengen for Women

There will be a shiur-farbrengen for women by Rabbi Zalmen Leib Markowitz in honor of Yud Shvat, tomorrow night, Tuesday, February 3, at 8:00 PM at the home of Mrs. Yehudis Abramowitz, 6 Zabriskie Terrace. The shiur will be on the 19th chapter of Basi L'Gani.

Sabol Bris

Levi and Chaye Sabol will I"YH be making a Bris for their newborn son, this Wednesday, February 4th, at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek. Shacharis will be at 7:00 AM followed by the Bris at 8:00 AM.

New York State Supreme Court Justices To Attend “You Be the Judge”

Suffern, NY. - The Jewish Learning Institute has introduced a new course called “You Be the Judge” – but this one is different.

Two New York State Supreme Court Justices will attend!

Recently-elected Supreme Court Justice Robert M. Berliner and Supreme Court Justice Alfred J. Weiner will attend at least one of the sessions; as well as Town Court Judge Arnold Etelson and recently elected District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe.

Chabad of Suffern appreciates the efforts of Yisroel Schulman, Esq. in arranging these prominent guests.

“You Be the Judge” is a 6-session course offered by the Jewish Learning Institute through Chabad of Suffern that examines actual cases brought before Beit Din, the ancient courts system of Jewish Law.

The course is unique in that it is interactive - it lets each individual play the part of a rabbinic sage, discussing and dissecting each case. The cost is only $69 for all 6 sessions, which will take place at The Ramapo Town Hall at 237 Route 59, Suffern, NY.

But Rabbi Shmuel Gancz, Co-director, doesn’t want you to commit to attending the course. Instead, he invites all,to attend the first session free and with no obligation.

“We think this is one of our most amazing and valuable courses,” says Rabbi Gancz, “But we want you to be the judge! We even offer a 100% moneyback guarantee.”

You don’t have to know the Talmud to benefit from “You Be the Judge.” You just need common sense, an open mind, and a willingness to learn and grow. And you don’t need to be affiliated with the Jewish Learning Institute to attend.

Don’t let this rare opportunity pass you by! Imagine, contrasting Talmudic law and American secular law. The classroom will be transformed into a make shift courtroom with our Honorable Judges representing American law and Rabbis representing Jewish law.

If this is not enough, you will also receive CLE credit for this course at a reduced cost to you!

For more information, or to register for your first session on February 11 – absolutely free – please call 845-368-1889 as soon as possible as the course will fill up quickly.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Daily Mincha

The daily Mincha minyan at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek is now at 5:00 PM.

Mazel Tov Perlines!

Mazal tov to Mayer and Shternie Perline on the engagement of their daughter Chana Rimler to Shneur Hayes of Ottawa, Canada!

The l’chaim will take place tonight, Sunday, at BLY, 556 Crown Street in Crown Heights.

Gould L'chaim Today

The l'chaim of Rochel Gould (Monsey) and Chesky Wasserman (Crown Heights) will take place today, Sunday, at 5:00 PM at Rayim Ahuvim in Crown Heights.

Artist Presents Hillel Benefit Show

Rockland Jewish Reporter

"Art and Soul," an exhibition and sale of paintings, lithographs, giclees, and bas-relief mosaics by renowned Jewish artist Michoel Muchnik will be held Feb. 28 at Congregation Tzemach Tzedek. The doors open at 8:30 p.m., with the artist making a formal presentation at 9:15 p.m. Proceeds from the event, which includes a kosher wine and cheese buffet, help support the programs and activities of Hillel of Rockland.

Muchnik's imaginative and joyful depiction of traditional and mystical Jewish themes, and his unique use of textures and colors, have brought him critical acclaim and international prominence.

In recent years, Muchnik has received notice for his oversize sculptural murals that add drama and beauty to the lobbies of synagogues, Chabad Houses and other Jewish institutions. One of his murals, "The Treasured Land," a 6-foot by 24-foot piece depicting the Land of Israel, hangs in the Jewish Children's Museum in Brooklyn. A brand new 10-foot by18-foot mural focusing on Jerusalem hangs in the Monsey synagogue that will host the February 28 art show.

Muchnik has staged exhibits of his work throughout the world, including shows at the Brooklyn Museum, the Goldman Arts Gallery in Washington, D.C., Yeshiva University Museum in New York, Dansforth Museum in Massachusetts, the Sydney Jewish Museum and the Sharei Tzedek Collection in Israel.

"My art is a medium for portraying spiritual themes," said Muchnik in a recent interview in his Brooklyn loft studio. "Every painting has a body and a soul, the form and the content. The body is the paper and the paint; the soul is the theme being represented. A beautiful body is not enough to evoke an intellectual or emotional response with any true spiritual value. Without the body, the soul has no channel through which to express itself in the world." His objective is for his works to convey a deeper perspective on life and the essence of being Jewish through the parables and the esoteric teachings of Chassidic philosophy.

Behrman House published a series of Muchnik's original paintings for their gift edition of "Pirkei Avos: Sayings of The Fathers." He authored and illustrated eight children's books and provided cover illustrations for numerous other books and magazines including Hadassah. He is a sought after lecturer on Jewish art and mysticism.

Born in Philadelphia in 1952, Muchnik received his artistic training at Rhode Island School of Design. He later studied at the Rabbinical College of America, in Morristown, NJ. Muchnik lives in Brooklyn with his wife and children.

For information, call Rabbi Dov Oliver, Director of Hillel, at 574-4422.

For a preview of the art, visit

"Art & Soul", including a wine and cheese buffet, will take place on Motzai Shabbos, February 28, at 8:30 PM at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek, 2 Langeries Drive in Monsey. The artist's presentation will take place at 9:15 PM.