Friday, October 30, 2009

Seeking Ride to Washington Heights

Looking for a ride today from Monsey to the Washington Heights area. If anyone knows of one please email

N'shei Chabad Mid Winter Convention

Mazel Tov Goldblatts - L'chaim!

Mazel Tov to Ron and Lynn Goldblatt upon the engagement of their daughter Tamara to Mike Selzer of Monsey!

The l'chaim will take place NEXT Motzai Shabbos Parshas Vayera, November 7th, at the Goldblatt home, 6 Concord Drive.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Change Your Clocks

This Motzai Shabbos (Sunday morning at 2:00 AM) remember to move your clocks back one hour.

Seeking Ride From Crown Heights

If you or someone you know is driving from Crown Heights to Monsey tomorrow, Friday, and has room for 1 male passenger please email

Leitner Bris

Refoel and Malky Leitner will be making a Bris for their newborn son this Tuesday, November 3, at 10:00 AM at 9 Pine Road in Suffern.

Heichal Menachem Weekly Shiur

Handyman Available

We do everything from roofing/siding repairs, painting, sheet rock, furniture/appliance assembly and much more. No job is too small.

Please contact 845-641-5540 or

Mazel Tov Baruchs - L'chaim!

Mazel tov to Mordechai and Mania Baruch on the engagement of their son Mendy to Bassie Leeds of Pittsburgh!

The l'chaim will take place this Sunday night, November 1, at the Taurog residence, 1445 Carroll Street (corner of Albany) in Crown Heights.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Tzemach Tzedek Daily Mincha & Maariv Minyan Schedule for the Winter

The following is the daily Mincha minyan schedule for K'hal Tzemach Tzedek for the rest of the winter:
November 1 through November 12: 4:30 PM
November 15 through December 31: 4:15 PM
January 3 through January 14: 4:30 PM

The following is the daily Maariv minyan schedule for K'hal Tzemach Tzedek for the rest of the winter:
Maariv 1 - Sunday: 40 minutes after Shkia.
Maariv 1 - Monday through Thursday: 6:00 PM
Maariv 2 - Sunday through Thursday: 9:30 PM

Leitner Shalom Zachor

Refoel and Malky Leitner will be making a Shalom Zachor for their newborn son this Friday night at their home, 76 Regina Road.

Tehillim on Thursday Morning

Please say Tehillim tomorrow morning, Thursday, for Yechezkel Chaim ben Chaya Rivka, a 3 year old from our community who will be having surgery.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Birchas Hanehenen Lecture Series

Hashavos Aveida - Missing Raincoat

My black, small, Alfani brand raincoat was taken from K’hal Tzemach Tzedek this past Shabbos Parshas Noach.

Please check your raincoat and call Yitzi at 516-967-6928 if you mistakenly took it.

Father & Son Learning Program Begins This Motzai Shabbos

The new winter season of Cheder Chabad of Monsey Avos U'bonim (father and son) learning program will be starting this Motzai Shabbos Parshas Lech Lecha (October 31) from 8:00 to 9:00 PM at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek.

Following this Motzai Shabbos the program will be from 7:30 to 8:30 PM (after the clock has been changed).

As always there will be raffles, stories, special competitions and pizza to conclude the evening.

If you would like to to dedicate the evening learning session in honor or memory of someone, please contact Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman at 845-356-1213.

Mazel Tov Leitners!

Mazel tov to Refoel and Malky Leitner on the birth of a baby boy!

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.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Pink Day at Center for Jewish Life at RCC Promotes Cancer Awareness

About 80 college students clad in various shades of pink turned out for “Pink Day” on campus at SUNY Rockland, organized by Hillel.

Cancer survivor Diana Abehssera, a volunteer with Sharsheret, an organization that addresses the unique challenges facing young Jewish women living with cancer shared her personal story. Her talk was followed by a “pink lunch” and a “pink raffle” to raise funds for cancer education.

After surviving Stage III breast cancer at age 32, Diana stunned her doctors when shortly thereafter she became the mother of healthy twin daughters. Also discussed were genetic testing; the prevalence of breast cancer among Jewish women of Ashkenazi descent and the role of Jewish spirituality in healing.

Following the talk, Hillel students raised hundreds of dollars for Sharsheret by conducting a raffle for “pink prizes,” including household items, gift certificates and candy. Several Monsey businesses generously donated to the Pink Day, including Petals n’ Stems, Bubba’s Bagels, Oh Nuts! and Auction Mart.For more information about Sharsheret please visit

For information about the Center for Jewish Life/Hillel please contact Rabbi Dov or Shevy Oliver at 845-574-4422 or

Cheder Chabad 8th Grade Boys Go Camping!

This past Thursday Cheder Chabad of Monsey’s 8th grade class journeyed north to camp out and explore the Minnewaska State Park and Mohonk Preserve.

The 8th Grade Class along with their Rebbi, Rabbi Yossi Sobel and Cheder Administrator & Trip Guide, Gershon Sandler arrived at the camp site and set up their tents.

They then set out on a thrilling hike which included a very challenging rock scramble. M.M. Simon of Teaneck NJ remarked “I always wanted to do something like this but never thought that I would.” and M.M. Krasnjanski of Monsey NY commented “I liked how everyone worked together to climb the rocks.”

In addition to the physical challenge, Rabbi Sobel in good shlichus fashion asked every hiker they approached on the trail if they were Jewish in hopes to give a fellow hiker the opportunity to lay Teffilin. Unfortunately they did not find any takers on that trail but after the hike while preparing there BBQ Dinner, as the sun was setting, out of nowhere an identified man came flew up to the class on a mountain bike and said “Sorry I’m late!” Chef Sandler on the BBQ replied “you’re not late, you’re just in time, we’re just about to start eating” the man replied in a joking voice “only if it’s Kosher!” and then Rabbi Sobel’s eyes lit up as he jumped up from the picnic table and said “how about Teffilin?” The man agreed willingly to lay after not having done so in “a long time” and then joined for Mincha and a tasty and inspiring dinner.

After dinner the class returned back to the camp site for a Fireside Farbrengen complete with stories, singing and dancing. The next morning after breaking down camp the group davened in the Chabad House of New Paltz and then picked local apples to bring back to Monsey. When they returned to Cheder Friday afternoon the students were already asking when they could go on their next adventure!

The Cheder Chabad of Monsey’s 8th Grade Class would like to thank Dr. & Mrs. Gross for graciously sponsoring their adventure.

One Man Against the Torrent

Friday, October 23, 2009

Cheder Chabad 7th Grade Boys Using the Gemara Berura Program

Mazel Tov Friedmans!

Mazel tov to Dovid and Tzivia Friedman on the birth of grandchildren - triplets - born to Yossi and Manya Lazaroff of Texas!

Wichnin and Muss L'chaim

For more pictures click here.

Mishmar 5770 has Begun!

This Thursday night, boys from grades 6 through 8 from Cheder Chabad came to learn in קהילת צמח צדק together with bochrim from the מתיבתא.

The boys learned a Sicha for 25 minutes בחברותא and received raffle tickets. After that a video of the Rebbe shown followed by a story told by Shmuel Rothstein.

The program ended with the boys getting sodas, snack and then a raffle drawing. It was beautiful to hear the קול תורה going on in such a lively atmosphere!

משמר will continue every Thursday night from 6:30 to 7:15 PM. For more information please contact

Tutors Available

The Shluchim of Yeshivas Menachem Mendel Lubavitch of Monsey are available to learn Limudei Kodesh subjects with your son after school. Please call 718-207-9203.

Local Lubavitcher Raising Money for Holocaust Survivors

By Jenna Carlesso, The Journal News

It's been 31 years since Baruch Silverstein hit the pavement to run a marathon.

But fitness goals weren't the only driving factor behind his decision to sign up for the prestigious New York City race in November.

Paying homage to his late father, who decades ago tracked down his sister and helped care for her after the Holocaust, was his real inspiration.

Silverstein is part of a 37-member team that is running for the Blue Card, a charity offering aid to struggling Holocaust survivors.

"I wanted to do something notable. The Blue Card seemed like the perfect way to connect with my father and his mission to save his family," said Silverstein, 59, of Wesley Hills.

During the war, his aunt, Sheinke Goldwasser, fled from the German side of Poland to the Russian side when the two then-allies invaded the country. Goldwasser was captured by the Russian Army and imprisoned in a Siberian camp. Some of her children, Silverstein's cousins, were killed.

After the Holocaust, his father, Morty, located his sister and her two surviving children in Palestine.

He brought them to New York and helped them get back on their feet.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Morty Silverstein's death.

"I've been wanting to do something significant to mark this occasion and to connect to him and the rest of my family who perished in the war," Silverstein said.

The Blue Card, a New York City-based nonprofit, is enabling runners to do just that.

The charity provides support for medical care, rent subsidies, food and other basic needs for destitute Holocaust survivors.

One-fourth of the remaining survivors in the United States live at or near the federal poverty level, said Elie Rubinstein, executive director of the Blue Card, citing recent surveys.

There are about 30,000 survivors left in this country.

Rubinstein hopes Blue Card's presence in the marathon will not only raise funds but also heighten awareness about the needs of survivors.

"A lot of people want to help out youth programs, which is fine, but very often we neglect the elderly," he said. "We hope this will raise awareness about this need."

The Blue Card was formed in Germany in 1934. Organizers at the time collected money to help Jews who had lost their jobs.

The group's founders continued their efforts in the United States when they relocated here in 1939.

The Blue Card is the only Jewish charity among the six-dozen affiliated with the marathon this year, Rubinstein said.

"Everyone on our team has a personal connection to the Holocaust," he said. "They are all running to honor a relative or someone else they know who was affected."

The cause hit home for Elliot Kaminetzky.

His father, Jacob, is a Holocaust survivor, while his aunt, Gittel Leah, died during the war.

After learning about the Blue Card, he began clocking about 30 to 40 miles per week in preparation for Nov. 1.

"I'm basically waking up every morning and pounding the pavement," said Kaminetzky, of Monsey.

His goal is to raise about $3,000 for the organization. So far, he's pulled in between $700 and $800, he said recently.

"I was surprised to learn there were Holocaust survivors in such grave financial situations," Kaminetzky said. "Being the son of a survivor, I was very impressed with the cause."

Silverstein, of Wesley Hills, has raised more than $2,500.

He said the joy of helping others far outweighs the pain and injuries he's incurred during training.

"It's a population of Jews that have suffered so much earlier in their lives," Silverstein said. "I think we have a responsibility to help them as much as we can."

To sponsor Boruch's marathon run and support the Blue Card please click here and write in the 'comments' box that you are supporting Baruch Silverstein's marathon run.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

N'shei Chabad Goes High Tech

Over the past few months, N'shei Chabad of Rockland has been working on a way for women to attend our inspiring and informative shiurim without leaving their homes!

On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights, you may dial in to a pre-arranged number, use the access code and listen in on Rabbi Flamer, Rabbi Markowitz or Rabbi Lesches as the shiur is happening! If you wish to ask a question, you may unmute your phone and speak directly to one of the Rabbis!

More exciting news is that the shiurim will now be recorded. If you miss a shiur, you will be able to dial a number, put in an access code and listen to a recording of the shiur. The recordings will be available one hour after each shiur and for 30 days thereafter! You will receive an email regarding the details each time.

Please watch for our weekly emails of upcoming shiurim with dial in information. If you wish to be added to our email list, please contact .

Kiddush Sponsorship Available

The Kiddush / Farbrengen sponsorship for this Shabbos Parshas Noach at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek is available.

To have this honor please contact Reb Avraham Hayman at

Tonights Tanya Shiur Canceled

The weekly Thursday night Tanya shiur by Rabbi Lesches will not take place tonight due to the Wichnin l'chaim.

Weekly Class for Women

Mazel Tov Konikovs

Mazel tov to Meir and Lieba Konikov of Fort Lee, NJ on the birth of a baby boy!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Sunday Morning Halacha Shiur

This weeks topic of the popular Sunday morning Halacha shiur given by Rabbi Lesches is the Halchos of Business Partnerships. The shiur begins at 9:00 AM and is one hour long.

Boarder Seeking Home

There is a very nice 24 year old girl looking to board at a warm frum home in Monsey. If you have space or would like more information please call Devorah Gancz at 845-368-1889.

Mivtzoim Opportunity for Women

Chabad of Suffern has a wonderfull mivtzoim opportunity for Anash women. If you might be interested in helping to organize the program, or in donating some time to mivtzoim please contact Devorah at 845-368-1889 or email

N'shei Chabad Bookstore Update

New from Kol Menachem: Rambam: Principles VI - VII - Prophecy

New from Kehos: Chumash Breishis

New from Hachai: The Waiting Wall

New from JEM: My Land (A Children's Tour through the Holy Cities of Eretz Yisroel)

New from Zalman Goldstein: My First Niggunim and Shabbos Farbrengen

Leather Tehillim, Siddurim and Chitas

Tallis Katan (adults, boys) and Tallesim

Gift Certificates

Store is open most weekday mornings, weekday evenings after 9:30 PM, Erev and Motzai Shabbos and Sundays. It's always best to call 845-558-8249 first.

Babysitter List

To obtain a list of babysitters from the New Hempstead / Pleasant Ridge neighborhoods please email

Mazel Tov Wichnins!

Mazel tov to Mrs. Mala Wichnin on the engagement of her son Nachman Dov to Rochel Muss of Flatbush / Monsey!

The l'chaim will take place tomorrow night, Thursday, October 22, at Bais Rivka, 310 Crown Street in Crown Heights.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

New Halachos of Mealtime Program at Cheder Boys

At yesterdays Rosh Chodesh assembly, Rabbi Weiner introduced a new program to the boys in Cheder that focuses on studying and applying the Halachos connected with mealtime.

The children receive awards for studying and practicing the Halachos that will be taught. Each child received a ring that he can use to store the Halacha cards he will receive once he studies the Halacha ba'al peh. Anyone who studies the entire series will receive a prize in the form of a special meal.

Cheder Boys Tishrei Chayalim of the Month

The students pictured below received the חי"ל of the Month award for the month of Tishrei. The awards were distributed to those who excelled in attendance, אהבת ישראל ,דרך ארץ, effort and completion of homework.

Rabbi Labkowski Honored

The long time Shliach to Marseille, France, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Labkowsky, father of Mendi Labkowski, was presented with a medal of honor by the city’s police department for his work with Jewish inmates in the prisons of southern France.

New Weekly Tanya Shiur

A new weekly Tanya shiur, given by Rabbi Yossi Krasnjanski, will take place on Motzai Shabbos from 9:00 to 10:00 PM at the home of Tzvi and Esther Jacobs, 16 Glen Brook Road.

The shiur is open to men and women. For more information, please call Tzvi Jacobs at 201-787-1009.

House for Sale Near Tzemach Tzedek

A 75-foot 5 bedroom, 3 bathroom ranch on 9/10 of an acre, that is walking distance to K'hal Tzemach Tzedek, is for sale. Motivated sellers are asking 495K. Please call 845-641-5432.

Dr. Susskind to Speak for N'shei Chabad

Monday, October 19, 2009

Rabbi Lesches Gives Chol HaMoed Shiur in Crown Heights

Rabbi Lesches giving a shiur for Yagdil Torah and Agudas Avreichim Lubavitch in Crown Heights on Chol HaMoed Sukkos.

Daily Mincha

The daily Mincha minyan at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek will change to 5:45 PM beginning this Wednesday.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Mazel Tov Blachmans!

Mazel tov to Levi and Yehudis Blachman on the birth of a baby girl!

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.

Shabbos Bereshis Kiddush

K'hal Tzemach Tzedek Chosson Bereshis Alex Poltorak will be sponsoring the Shabbos Bereishis Kiddush / Farbrengen this Shabbos. All are invited to participate!

Mazel Tov Drews!

Mazel tov to Eliezer and Devorah Drew on the birth of a baby girl!

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.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Additional Daily Maariv Minyan

Beginning next week there will be an additional daily Maariv minyan at 6:45 PM at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek. This minyan is in addition to the regular 9:30 PM minyan.

Mazel Tov Nenners!

Mazel tov to Mark and Simone Nenner (Mrs. Nenner is the General Studies Principal of Cheder Chabad of Monsey) on the birth of twin boys!

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.

Parsha Shiur

Rabbi Noson Gurary will be giving a shiur on the Parsha for women this Shabbos Bereishis at 4:00 PM at the Gleyzer home, 16 East Willow Tree Road.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Seeking Hebrew School Teacher

We are seeking a girl or woman with a car to teach on Sunday mornings in our Hebrew School in Goshen which is 35 minutes from Monsey. Please call 845-291-0514.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Mazel Tov Reitmans and Muchniks!

Mazel tov to Moshe and Zipora Reitman on the birth of a grandson born to Yoey and Shira Muchnik of Camarillo, California!

Daily Mincha

Beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, the daily Mincha minyan at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek will be at 6:00 PM.

Tenembaum - Meshchaninov Bris

Elchanan and Faigie (Meshchaninov) Tenembaum will be making a Bris for their newborn son this Thursday, October 15, Chof Zayin Tishrei, at 8:45 AM at the home of Dr. Gabriel and Sarah Tenembaum, 33 Mariner Way.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Route 59 May Become Grueling Ride

By Khurram Saeed, The Journal News

WEST NYACK - The stretch of Route 59 near the Palisades Center mall will become one giant construction zone next year.

And for much of 2011, too.

That's what happens when the state Department of Transportation plans a $30 million makeover of Route 59 from Sickletown Road to Route 303 in West Nyack. It plans to replace five bridges, add a traffic lane, build sidewalks and raise the state road by 18 inches along a section just 1.1 miles long. Continue article here.

Cheder Chabad of Monsey at Principal Leadership Program

Rabbi Avremel Wolowik, principal of Cheder Chabad of Monsey Boys School, at a two-day conference for Chabad principals that was held this week.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Hillel at RCC Hosts Beautiful Sukka Event

The Center for Jewish Life - Hillel at SUNY Rockland hosted Sushi in the Sukkah with Moshe on Chol HaMoed.

On a warm day under clear blue skies more than 100 students and staff came to the party in the Sukkah. Approximately 70 people shook Lulav and Esrog, many for the first time in their lives. There was a great spread including sushi and pizza which were all eagerly eaten while the crowd learned about the meaning and practices of Sukkos from Hillel director, Rabbi Dov Oliver.

This was followed by an inspiring performance from Jewish indie-rock singer, Moshe Hecht, whose humorous raps, storytelling and soulful lyrics impressed and moved the crowd until they were demanding more and placing orders for his upcoming debut CD!


Mazel Tov Meshchaninovs & Tenembaums - Shalom Zachor!

Mazel tov to Moshe and Yehudis Chana Meshchaninov and Gabriel and Sarah Tenembaum on the birth of their first grandson, born to Elchanan and Faigie Tenembaum of Monsey!

The Shalom Zachor will take place tomorrow night, Shabbos Shmini Atzeres, at the Meshchaninov home, 1 West Fessler Drive.

Chabad of Suffern Kids Go Sukka Hopping

Chabad of Suffern children enjoyed going Sukka hopping in a huge stretched Hummer limousine! Following the Sukka hopping the kids had a a pizza party with cotton candy, a moonwalk and crafts at the Chabad House Sukka.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Huge Turnout at Monsey Chabad Simchas Beis Hashoeiva

Thousands of men, women and children representing the diverse community of greater Monsey joined the Anash of Monsey for a grand Simchas Beis Hashoeiva at the K’hal Tzemach Tzedek Lubavitch of Monsey shul on the third night of Chol Hamoed.

The program, emceed by Rabbi Chaim Tzvi Ehrenreich, Shliach to Chestnut Ridge, began with Torah, Tefilla and Tzedaka by the close to one thousand children that were present. This was followed by an entertaining magic and juggling show by Nochum the Clown of Uncle Moishy fame.

Following the children’s show the large crowd danced until after midnight to the music of a lively five-piece band.

Videos of the Rebbe were shown throughout the evening and were watched by many. L'chaim and refreshmnets were served in the large Tzemach Tzedek Sukka and all of the children were treated to cotton candy.

Thanks to Dovid and Nechemia Kaplan for the pictures.

Chabad of New City Farbrengen

Rabbi Avrohom Bukiet of Kfar Chabad, Israel farbrenging with Rabbi Avremel Kotlarsky in the Chabad of New City Sukka.

Seeking Host for the 2nd Days of Yom Tov

Two male college students who would like to spend Shmini Atzeres and Simchas Torah in Monsey are seeking a place to sleep (meals can be arranged if necessary) for Yom Tov that is walking distance to K'hal Tzemach Tzedek. Please call Yoel at 845-499-5377.

Welcome Holtzbergs!

Welcome to Chaim and Sarah Holtzberg on their move to our community (Fawn Hill Drive)!

Chabad of Suffern Sukka Mobile In Action

Fire Safety Message from the Town of Ramapo

Chabad of Suffern Bar & Bat Mitzvah Club Kicks Off on a Sukka Boat!

Chabad of Suffern’s Bar and Bat Mitzvah club held its annual kickoff event yesterday on a sukkah boat! The boys and girls had a great time enjoying a delicious barbeque, playing games and most importantly shaking the Lulav and Esrog!

Ladies Night Out

Zev Schiffman in Chevron

Our own Zev Schiffman celebrating Simchas Beis Hashoeiva in the holy city of Chevron.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Seeking Pop-Up Sukkah

Chabad of Suffern is looking to borrow a pop-up Sukkah for Monday chol hamoed for a Pre-Teen Sukkah on a boat program. If you have one to lend or are interested in donating one please call 845-368-1889 or email

This Tuesday Night - Simchas Beis Hashoeiva!

Cheder Chabad Boys Build Creative Sukkahs

Suffern Chabad Friendship Circle Kicks Off the New Year

Chabad of Suffern's Friendship Circle kicked off the new year at a VIP luxury lounge at the new Yankee Stadium! Thanks to a generous donor they enjoyed a beautiful kosher buffet dinner from the Yankee Stadium in-house catering supervised by our very own Rabbi Naftoli Marrus.

Chana Eliyahu Sitting Shiva

Boruch Dayan HaEmes - We are deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of the mother of Mrs. Chana Eliyahu.

Chana will be sitting shiva today, Thursday, beginning at 6:00 PM and tomorrow, Friday, until 5:30 PM, at her house, 118P Edison Court (at the end of Kearsing make a left on Jill and first left into the parking lot).

.המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

Free Sukkah Available

A 16 x 16 wood panel sukkah is available for free. It must be picked up from Flatbush in Brooklyn. Please call Fred at 845-729-8216.