Monday, November 30, 2009

Cheder Chabad's 3rd Mother & Daughter Brunch

Cheder Chabad's 3rd annual Mother and Daughter Brunch was a smashing success. All of our students performed beautifully and each performance uniquely showcased the multitude of talents of our students.

The parents, grandparents and all guests shepped alot of nachas. Thanks to our 7th grade girls who did a phenomenal job in organizing and hosting this event. In addition, the crowd enjoyed an inspirational address by one of our Cheder mother's, Mrs. Zeesy Grossbaum.

Local U.S. Census Bureau Part-Time Jobs Available

The U.S. Census Bureau is now recruiting Monsey, Spring Valley and Kaser residents for temporary part-time positions for the 2010 Census. The pay for field workers is $18 - $20 per hour. Working hours are flexible and the work is close to home.

Census takers jobs are excellent for retirees, college students, persons who want to work part-time, people between jobs and anyone who wants to earn extra money performing an important service for their community.

In order to apply to become a census worker you must pass a written test and be over 18 years of age. U.S. citizens are given preference. The exam and application process takes about 2 hours.

You must register to take the exam by calling 1-866-861-2010. More information about the 2010 Census and census jobs can be found on the web at

Benny Friedman to Perform at MBCM Dinner has learned that new singing sensation Benny Friedman, who has just released his debut album Taamu, will be performing at the upcoming Monsey Beis Chaya Mushka High School for Girls dinner on January 10, 2010!

Additional exciting entertainment is being planned.

N'shei Chabad Convention Update

Mazel tov to Malkie Leitner on her winning the raffle to go to the N'shei Chabad Convention!

Nshei Chabad of Rockland is providing transportation and taking reservations for the Motzai Shabbos program ONLY which is now priced at $50. If you would like to attend please reserve by tonight, Monday November 30th, by contacting Baila at 845-362-1510 or

Reservations for any other part of the program must be made directly with the convention by tomorrow Tuesday, December 1.

• Entire Weekend: $435.00;
• Motzei Shabbos Gala Melava Malka: $50.00;
• Melava Malka and one night at the Hilton (enjoy the pool), join Sunday workshops, grand banquet and concert: $180.00;
• Sunday full day and/or grand banquet at 12:30 PM: $75.00/$60.00;

You may view the program and/or register on the web at

Chabad of Suffern Seeking to Borrow Computers

Chabad of Suffern is looking for computers that can be used in their Chanukah Wonderland computer station. If you have computers or monitors that you can lend please contact us at 845.368.1889 or

Boxes to Monsey:
Chabad of Suffern is looking for someone to bring boxes for their Chanuka programs from Crown Heights to Monsey before this Sunday. If you or someone you know is coming from CH please contact 845-368-1889 or

Chabad of Suffern 2nd Chanuka Wonderland

Mumbai Attacks Remembered in Chestnut Ridge

By Akiko Matsuda, The Journal News

Click here for pictures.

CHESTNUT RIDGE — Rabbi Chaim Zvi Ehrenreich has been reaching out to fellow Jews in Rockland, urging them to appreciate their heritage and honor the memory of those lost in a terror attack in India a year ago.

Ehrenreich, who leads the Chabad Jewish Enrichment Center, said he believed that the killings of his counterpart in Mumbai, Rabbi Gavriel Noach Holtzberg, and his wife, Rivkah, should always be remembered.

Responding to Ehrenreich's call, more than 30 people Sunday afternoon filled the small sanctuary at the center on Whitefield Road to commemorate the ultimate sacrifice that the Holtzbergs made while serving Jews who lived in and visited Mumbai.

”We were looking for something to do in memory of the Holtzbergs. Something unique and everlasting,“ Ehrenreich said. ”We have to eternalize their memory.“

The Holtzbergs, who ran the Chabad House in Mumbai, were among the 166 people who were killed in November 2008.

In all, six people died at the Chabad House. The couple's infant child, Moshe, narrowly escaped the attack.

The Chestnut Ridge center was recently renovated, and Ehrenreich decided to rededicate the center in memory of the Holtzbergs. A mezuzah was installed and a memorial plaque with the couple's names was unveiled during the ceremony.

Ehrenreich told the audience that the challenge the Holtzbergs faced in Mumbai should be duplicated in other parts of the world.

”What's special about Israel? It's a holy place. Being there, we have an opportunity to be holy ourselves. ... But being outside of it and making that place holy, that is really facing the challenge,“ Ehrenreich said.

Ehrenreich said although he had never met the Holtzbergs, he spoke with Gavriel Noach Holtzberg on the phone once on behalf of an American visitor who lost his luggage in India.

”It was in the middle of the night, and the line was very difficult to get through,“ Ehrenreich said. ”But he got back to me, and he helped out.“

Julie Schwartz, who was visiting her parents, Robert and Barbara Soltz of Chestnut Ridge, from Israel, was among the participants in the memorial.

Schwartz said she got the rabbi's message.

”Acts of terror will not stop Jewish people from reaching out to other Jews to support their spiritual enrichment,“ Schwartz said.

Marty Kossover of Nanuet said the commemoration event gave him an opportunity to think about the incident in Mumbai.

”We somehow have to make sense of their sacrifice, what it really meant,“ Kossover said.

The ceremony was followed by the showing of a live webcast titled ”Mumbai Memorial Tribute,“ sponsored by Chabad's Rohr Jewish Learning Institute. The one-hour program included remarks by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as well as the chief rabbis of Israel, Yona Metzger and Shlomo Amar.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Tzadok Leib Messing Sitting Shiva

Boruch Dayan HaEmes - We are deeply saddened to inform you of the untimely passing of Karen (Nina Leah) Messing A"H, the sister of Tzadok Leib Messing.

The levaya will take place tomorrow, Monday, November 30 at 10:30 AM at the New Montefiore Cemetery in West Babylon, NY. Click here for directions.

Tzadok Leib will be sitting Shiva at his home, 3 Mariner Way, beginning tomorrow, Monday afternoon. The following are the davening times:

Shacharis: 7:00 AM (starting Tuesday morning)
Mincha: 4:15 PM (starting Monday afternoon)
Maariv 8:00 PM (starting Monday night)

If you are able to, please help with the minyanim.

.המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

Friday, November 27, 2009

Rabbi Markowitz Farbrenging with 7th and 8th Grade Cheder Boys on Yud Kislev

Chestnut Ridge Memorial on Sunday for Mumbai Terror Victims

By Alexandra Cheney, The Journal News

CHESTNUT RIDGE — As Americans gathered around their Thanksgiving tables last year, Mumbai was under siege and on fire. This Sunday, the 166 people who lost their lives and scores more who sustained injury will be honored.

Globally, the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute will broadcast a live Mumbai Memorial Tribute. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Nobel laureate author Elie Wiesel and both chief rabbis of Israel will be on hand to say a few words.

In Chestnut Ridge, Rabbi Chaim Ehrenreich of the Chabad Jewish Enrichment Center will hold a tribute to Rabbi Gabi and Rivky Holzberg, the directors of the Chabad House in Mumbai who, along with four of their guests, were killed during the attacks.

He will also live-stream the global memorial and show a short film titled “Lamplighters,” which documents Chabad-Lubavitch’s 70 years of world outreach.

“They were obviously very special people even before their passing,” Ehrenreich said of the Holzbergs. “The Chabad Jewish center was targeted for its religious affiliation and international appeal.”

As part of the event, Ehrenreich will dedicate a plaque in memory of the Holzbergs. The Chestnut Ridge Chabad is also in the process of dedicating an ark, a place in the house of worship where Torah scrolls are kept. During services, the holy ark is the central focal point of the synagogue.

On Wednesday, Pakistan charged seven men in connection with the terrorist attacks. The indictments came on the eve of the first anniversary of the attacks, which targeted a train station, hotels and other spots in the Indian financial center.

The citywide attacks halted a peace process between the nuclear-armed India and Pakistan. India says Pakistan must tighten its control of militants before the two countries can resume talks.

“All the accused categorically told the court they were innocent, and the charges leveled against them are not supported by the evidence,” defense lawyer Shahbaz Rajput said after the court adjourned until Dec. 5. If convicted, the men, who allegedly belong to the Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group, could face the death penalty.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Central Community Yud Tes Kislev Farbrengen

The central community Yud Tes Kislev Farbrengen and Melava Malka with Rabbi Lesches will take place on Motzai Shabbos Parshas Vayishlach, December 5, at 8:30 PM at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek Lubavitch of Monsey. All are encouraged to participate!

On the 19th of Kislev of the year 5559 (1798), the Alter Rebbe, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, was released from his imprisonment in the Peter-Paul fortress in Petersburg, where he was held for 53 days on charges that his teachings threatened the imperial authority of the Czar. More than a personal liberation, this was a watershed event in the history of Chassidism heralding a new era in the revelation of the "inner soul" of Torah, and is celebrated to this day as "The Rosh Hashanah of Chassidism". Chassidim joyfully celebrate this day with farbrengens and an increased commitment to the ways and teachings of Chassidism. Tachnun is not said and we begin anew the yearly cycle of the daily study of the Tanya, Rabbi Schneur Zalman's major Chassidic work as part of the Chitas daily study program.

Kollel Ohel Menachem Evening Learning

Kollel Ohel Menachem, under the leadership of Rabbi Simcha Werner, meets every Monday through Thursday evening from 8:15 to 9:30pm.

The Kollel is open to Anash and anyone who is interested in aquiring Torah. Regardless of your level of learning we can match you with a one-on-one learning partner, as well as participation in various shiurim.

Each Monday night, reknowned teacher Rabbi Zalman Abraham of JLI is teaching an enlightening shiur in Birchos Hanehenin of the Alter Rebbe, focusing on common issues that we encounter everyday. Stipends are available for participants of this course.

For more information please call Rabbi Werner at 845-356-3850 or email

Goldblatt Vort This Motzai Shabbos

Mr. & Mrs. Ron Goldblatt invite all to the Vort of their daughter Tamara & Michael Selzer this Motzei Shabbos at 8:00 PM at Congregation Bais Torah, 89 Carlton Road.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Yud Daled Kislev Farbrengen

There will be a farbrengen with Rabbi Lesches this Tuesday night, December 1, following the 9:30 PM maariv minyan at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek in honor of Yud Daled Kislev, the wedding anniversary of the Rebbe and Rebbetzin in 1928.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Yud Tes Kislev Farbrengen with Rabbi Yossi Jacobson

Seeking Sponsors for Weekly Publications

Every week many copies of Hiskashrus, Sichas Hashavua and Mamatak L'Shabat are printed and distributed in K'hal Tzemach Tzedek to many people who greatly enjoy reading them. If you would like to help sponsor the cost of the weekly printing please contact Shlomo Backman or Mordechai Litzman. Checks should be made out to "Congregation Tzemach Tzedek".

Seeking to Borrow Van

Cheder Chabad is in need of a 15 passenger van to borrow for a class trip on Chanukah, Wednesday, December 16. Please email if you can lend one.

Seeking Pre-School Substitute

Looking for a pre-school substitute at a small Chabad pre-school in Westchester for 6 weeks (teacher will be out on maternity leave). Only 30 minutes from Monsey. Great pay! Please contact Chevee at 973-216-5943 or if you are interested.

Tzemach Tzedek Kiddush Co-Sponsor

If you would like to have the merit of co-sponsoring this week's Kiddush/Farbrengen at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek please contact Avraham Hayman at or 845-269-1787.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Ride Available

If you need a ride from Monsey to Crown Heights this Motzai Shabbos please call 845-222-1077.

Welcome Tilsons!

Welcome to Adom and Blumie Tilson on their move to our community (Wits End)!

New Playgroup

Are you thinking about going back to work? Are you looking for something a little more structured than a daycare?

A new playgroup has opened in New Hempstead for children ages 17 months to 2 years old. The small group includes learning & fun with experienced pre-school teachers in a brand new finished play area. Hot lunch is served daily. Hours are from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM (flexible hours/late afternoon available).

Please call Blumie at 718-801-1408 or e-mail

Monsey Menorah Parade 5770!

Save the date - The annual Monsey Menorah Parade, a joint project of Yeshivas Menachem Mendel Lubavitch of Monsey and K’hal Tzemach Tzedek Lubavitch of Monsey, will take place on Sunday, December 13th.

The parade and the Chanuka mivtzoim accompanying the parade costs around $2,300. Families are needed to to co-sponsor the parade for $100 per family. If you are capable of supporting this beautiful peula, please send your check to Yeshivas Menachem Mendel, PO Box 1204, Monsey, New York 10952 or give your check to Tzadok Leib Messing or Mordechai Litzman.

Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson To Farbreng at Beis Menachem for Yud Tes Kislev

Save the date!

Renowned lecturer Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson will be farbrenging for men in Monsey, in honor of Yud Tes Kislev, next Thursday night, December 3, 2009 at K'hal Beis Menachem, 360 Route 306 at 8:30 PM.

Rabbi Yosef Y Jacobson is the Rav of K'hal Beis Shmuel Chabad in Crown Heights, Editor-in-Chief of the Algemeiner Journal newspaper, author of the tape series "A Tale of Two Souls", and has lectured to Jewish and non-Jewish audiences in six continents and twenty states.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Yarchei Kallah Learning Program This Thursday & Friday

As many people will be off from work because of Thanksgiving, K’hal Tzemach Tzedek will be hosting a Yarchei Kallah program this Thursday and Friday, November 26 and 27. 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 Chanuka in Mesechta Shabbos followed by the Halachos of Chanuka by Rabbi Lesches.
2:30 PM to 4:05 PM – Shiur on a Maamar and Sicha on the topic of Chanuka by Rabbi Lesches.
4:15 PM - Mincha
5:10 PM – Maariv 1
8:30 PM – Maariv 2
8:45 PM - Farbrengen in honor of Tes and Yud Kislev with Rabbis Lesches and Markowitz.

7:00 AM - Shacharis 1
8:00 AM - Shacharis 2
9:00 AM - Shacharis 3
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM - Shiur on the sugya of Chanuka in Mesechta Shabbos followed by the Halachos of Chanuka by Rabbi Lesches.
4:12 PM - Licht Benching

Some of the Halachic topics that will be addressed in the above shiurim include:

  • The earliest time one can light the Menora.
  • The latest time one can light the Menora.
  • The best location to light the Menora.
  • Should one light the Menora before or after davening Maariv.
  • And many more!

Wednesday Night Shiur Topic Change

Instead of Rabbi Lesches' usual Samach Vov shiur for men, this Wednesday night at 8:45 PM Rabbi Zalmen Leib Markowitz will be giving a shiur on a Maamar of the Rebbe relating to Tes Kislev.

Ron's General Household Service

Ron Goldblatt, a member of K'hal Tzemach Tzedek and Cheder Chabad parent, has 35 years of experience in home maintenance including plumbing, electrical, carpentry, tiles, installation, repairs, and much more. No job is too small. Serving Rockland, Bergen, Passaic and Edison Counties. Please call Ron at 845-425-0639.


Please have the brother of someone in our community Binyamin Zev ben Tzivia Hinda in mind for a Refuah Shlaima when davening and saying Tehillim.

Transportation to N'shei Chabad Convention Melava Malka

N'shei Chabad of Rockland will be arranging transportation to the Motzai Shabbos Melava Malka of the N'shei Chabad Convention in Stamford, CT. The Melava Malka will take place on Motzai Shabbos Parshas Vayishlach, Yud Tes Kislev, December 5, 2009.

The cost of the program is $65 to be paid directly to the convention (if enough people reserve this price may go down slightly).

If you would like to participate please reserve your space for both the transportation and the Melava Malka by this Sunday, November 29th, to Baila at 845-362-1510 or

Raffle for N'shei Chabad Convention

The raffle to win a free trip to the upcoming N'shei Chabad Convention in Stamford, CT, will be drawn this Wednesday night following the women's Halacha shiur at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek.

Tickets are 1 for $10 or 3 for $25. To purchase a ticket please contact Naami Eisenberg at 718-404-4384.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Tzemach Tzedek Seeking Part Time Help

K'hal Tzemach Tzedek is seeking a part-time "Shammes" for 10 hours a week.

Duties include: coordinating deliveries, checking in orders, supervising the cleaning staff and light maintenance. Salary is $10/hour.

Please contact Yisroel Schulman at

Tzemach Tzedek Library

To benefit the community a tremendous amount of money and effort has been and continues to be made to build a comprehensive Sefarim and Jewish book library at K’hal Tzemach Tzedek Lubavitch.

All of the sefarim and books are meant to be used in the Shul building only. It is not a lending library. Please do not remove any books or sefarim even for a short period of time. If you have taken any sefarim or books home please return them immediately. Thank you.

N'shei Chabad Bookstore Update

New and timely items:

  • Igros Kodesh, Volume 30
  • The Dreidel's Hidden Meanings
  • A Chanukah Story for Night Number Three
  • Let's Go to the Farm
  • Miracle Lights, Book and DVD
  • Eight Chanukah Tales
  • Nine Spoons
  • Faithful and Fortified (DVD)
  • Lamplighters (DVD)

From November 23 through December 6, while Mrs. Abramowitz is out of town, please email requests to and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Tes and Yud Kislev Farbrengen

There will be a farbrengen in honor of Yud and Tes Kislev with Rabbi Lesches and special "guest" speaker, Rabbi Zalmen Leib Markowitz, who will farbreng and share stories and inspiration from his recent trips abroad to Eretz Yisroel, the Ukraine and Canada.

The farbrengen will take place this Thursday night, November 26, at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek. Maariv will take place at 8:30 PM followed by the farbrengen at 8:45 PM. All are encouraged to participate.

Tes Kislev is the birthday and yarzeit of the Mitteler Rebbe, Rabbi DovBer of Lubavitch. On Yud Kislev, the Mitteler Rebbe was liberated from prison after he was arrested on charges that his teachings threatened the imperial authority of the Czar.

Chalukas HaShas - 17 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 17 days before Yud Tes Kislev of this year.

If you forgot which Mesechta you committed to learn please ask Rabbi Lesches as he has the list.

Cheder Chayil of the Month Cheder Awards for Cheshvon

The following are the students who received the Chayil of the Month award for the month of Cheshvon. The awards were based on those who excelled in attendance, ahavas Yisroel, derech eretz, effort and completion of homework.

Seeking Ride to CH

If you or someone you know is driving from Monsey to Crown Heights this Motzai Shabbos and has room for 1 male adult please call Naomi Eisenberg at 718-404-4384.

Mazel Tov Weiners!

Mazel tov to Moshe and Nechama Dina Weiner 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.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

No Left Turn Into Wesley Plaza Shopping Center

Some changes have recently been made to the Wesley Plaza (Wesley Kosher) shopping center.

Vehicles traveling North on Route 306 (from Grandview Avenue towards Willow Tree Road) will no longer be allowed to make a left turn into the first South entrance (opposite Village Green). To enter the shopping center, northbound vehicles need to proceed to the second main entrance that faces the bank.

This change was recommended by the New York State Department of Transportation as a result of numerous accidents and near misses with cars coming out of Village Green.

Please note that the Ramapo Police Department has been ticketing cars that make the now illegal left turn into the wrong entrance.

The Mission Statement - A Short Tribute to Rabbi Gavriel and Rivky Holtzberg

Women’s Talent Show

If you can sing, play an instrument, dance, act, or have any other talent please join the Women’s Talent Show!

The show will take place on Sunday, December 6, 2009 at 7:30 PM at the Chabad Hebrew Academy of New City, 315 North Main Street in New City.

To join the talent show please reserve to Chaya Zakon at 845-536-6984 or Admission for audience members is $15. Proceeds benefit Chabad of New City.

Seeking Ride from CH to Monsey

Looking for a ride from Crown Heights to Monsey for a high school girl this Friday, November 20. Please call Chana at 845-356-3093.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Rabbi Wolowick Visits Public School

Rabbi Avremel Wolowick, principal of Cheder Chabad of Monsey Boys School, joined nine other Chabad principals to visit a NYC public school as part of the Menachem Education Foundation’s Principal Leadership Program.

Monday, November 16, 2009

MBCM Announces 2nd Dinner Date

Save the date - Monsey Beis Chaya Mushka's 2nd annual dinner, honoring Drs. Alex & Leah Poltorak, will take place on Chaf Daled Teves 5770, January 10th 2010. More details will follow shortly.

Seeking Ride to CH

If you know of anyone going from Monsey to Crown Heights this Friday, November 20, that has room for 1 girl please call Dini at 845-406-3960.

Lipa at Kinus Banquet

Popular entertainer Lipa Schmeltzer of Monsey was the guest of Rabbis Aaron Dovid and Shmuel Zanvil Gancz at last night's Kinus HaShluchim banquet.

Monsey Beis Chaya Mushka Open House

Friday, November 13, 2009

N'shei Chabad Bookstore Update

Want to learn Yiddish? Want your children appreciate the joys of Yiddish? The N'shei Chabad Bookstore have a selection of CD's for you and your child; a complete learning course for adults, including CD's, workbooks, etc. An Eretz Chaifetz; A Shtecken far a Shtecken; Zing un Shpring; Mir Reiden Yiddish;

Let's get ready for Chanukah!
Eight Chanukah Tales
Miracle Lights (Book and/or DVD)
I am a Chossid (DVD)
Hand in Hand (DVD)

Shiur & Farbrengen for Women and Girls

Machon Chaya will be making a Shiur and Farbrengen for women and girls with Rabbi Zalmen Leib Markowitz this Monday evening, November 16 at 8:15 PM, at the home of Mrs. Yehudis Abramowitz, 6 Zabriskie Terrace.

Seeking Ride to CH Today

If you or someone you know is going to Crown Heights today, Friday, and has room for a 7 year old boy please call Hindy at 917-468-6131.

Rabbi Lesches at Kinus HaShluchim

Rabbi Lesches addressing a workshop at the Kinus HaShluchim concerning the halachos of issues that new Shluchim typically encounter.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Large Condo Near Tzemach Tzedek for Sale or Rent

A large, 3 bedroom, completely renovated condo with a private entrance that is close to K'hal Tzemach Tzedek is currently available for sale or rent.

The condo has large living-room/playroom, separate dining room, new kitchen, 2 ½ baths, a laundry room with washer and dryer and lots of closet space. For sale for $299,900 or $2,000 a month to rent.

If you are interested or know someone who is please contact 845-222-1179 or

Cheder 2nd Grade Boys Enjoy Nature Walk

For a special treat, Mrs. Herskowitz took her second grade class at Cheder Chabad Boys on a nature walk. They began the trail at Route 306 and walked until they reached Manny Weldler Park.

Director of Gemara Berurah Program Visits Cheder Chabad

Yesterday, Rabbi Meir Fachler, the North American Director of the Gemarah Berurah program, visited Cheder Chabad and spent some time observing the classes to monitor the progress of the program and then met individually with the melamdim who are using it. Rabbi Fachler was very impressed with what has been accomplished so far and with the professionalism of the melamdim. Rabbi Fachler will be scheduling several additional visits throughout the school year.

Chinuch Course

Rabbi Mechel Rottenberg, principal of Adas Yereim Vien Yeshiva of Monsey, giving a class to future Lubavitcher mechanchim as part of the Menachem Education Foundation's year-long chincuh course.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Local Shluchim Address Hundreds at Kristallnacht Ceremony

Rabbi Dov Oliver of the Center for Jewish Life at SUNY Rockland Community College and Rabbi Chaim Tzvi Ehrenreich of the Chabad Jewish Enrichment Center in Chestnut Ridge addressed the hundreds of people gathered at the New City Courthouse this past Monday night for a Kristallnacht commemoration arranged by the Rockland Holocaust Museum.

Rabbi Ehrenreich spoke briefly and recited Keil Moleh Rachamim and Rabbi Oliver spoke of the lessons he learned from his grandfather, a fighter in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, and of the Rebbe's approach to honoring the memory of the Kedoshim by building and strengthening Yiddishkeit. Thanks to Jeff Karg of the Rockland Jewish Reporter for the pictures.

Hachnosas Sefer Torah in Honor of the Holtzbergs

Cheder Chabad Thanks Cheshvon Chai Campaign Donors

Cheder Chabad thanks the following families for generously donating to our Chai Campaign for monthly operating expenses for the month of Cheshvan.

Seeking Ride to Monsey After Kinus Banquet

If you are going to the Kinus HaShluchim banquet this Sunday night, November 15, and will be returning to Monsey with room for 2 people please contact Rivka Taubenfliegel at 845-371-2138.

Novack Shalom Zachor & Bris

Dovid and Chana Rivka Novack will be making a Shalom Zachor for their newborn son this Friday night at their home, 153 Viola Road.

The Bris will take place this Sunday, November 15, at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek following the 8:00 AM Shacharis minyan.

Seeking Co-Sponsor for Tzemach Tzedek Kiddush

If you would like the honor of co-sponsoring the Kiddush/Farbrengen at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek this Shabbos Mevorchim Kislev, Parshas Chayei Sarah, please contact or 845-269-1787.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Rosh Chodesh Kislev Farbrengen

There will be a farbrengen with Rabbi Lesches in honor of Rosh Chodesh Kislev this Wednesday night, November 18, at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek following the 9:30 PM Maariv minyan.

On Rosh Chodesh Kislev, five weeks after Shmini Atzeres when the Rebbe suffered a major heart attack, the Rebbe left his office in 770 Eastern Parkway and returned to his home, signaling his recovery. From then on, the first of Kislev is celebrated by Chassidim as a day of thanksgiving and rejoicing.

For more on Rosh Chodesh Kislev click here.

Cheder Seeking Fax Machine

Cheder Chabad is in need of a working fax machine. If you have one, please contact Rabbi Shusterman at 845-356 1213.

Mazel Tov Abramsons!

Mazel tov to Shmuel and Yehudis Abramson on the birth of a grandson born to Avrami and Rivky Abramson of Crown Heights!

Monday, November 9, 2009

N'shei Chabad Rosh Chodesh Kislev Event

Seeking Ride to Monsey After Kinus Banquet

If you are going to the Kinus HaShluchim banquet this Sunday night, November 15, and will be returning to Monsey with room for 2 people please contact or 845-596-5512.

Bar Mitzvah Tutor Available

A Bar Mitzvah tutor is available to come to your house. Please call Pesach Klein at 845-558-8700.

Rubashkin Trial Ending Today

The trial of Reb Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin is ending today. Please have a fellow Yid and Chosid, Sholom Mordechai ben Rivka, in mind when you daven, say Tehillim, give tzedaka, etc. during this important time for him and his family.

To contribute to his defense fund please click here.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Boruch Silverstein Runs NYC Marathon

Mazel tov to Dr. Boruch Silverstein on his running the NYC marathon! Boruch ran to raise funds for The Blue Card, an organization that provides support for medical care, rent subsidies, food and other basic needs for destitute Holocaust survivors.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

"You Shall Revere My Sanctuary"

A new sign was hung in K'hal Tzemach Tzedek detailing the halachos of not talking during davening and laining.

Mazel Tov Novacks!

Mazel tov to David and Chana Rivka Novack 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.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Goldblatt L'chaim Date Change

The Goldblatt l'chaim has just been changed and will now take place on Motzai Shabbos Parshas Vayeitzei, November 28th, at 8:00 PM at Congregation Bais Torah, 87 West Carlton Road.

Avos U'Banaim Time

Please note that the time for Avos U'Bonim will be from 7:00 to 8:00 PM and not from 7:30 to 8:30 PM.

Local Lubavitcher Opens Law Office in Monsey

Rabbi Markowitz Inspires Many in Eretz Yisroel and the Ukraine

Rabbi Zalmen Leib Markowitz has just returned from a 2 1/2 week whirlwind trip to Eretz Yisroel and the Ukraine where he lectured and farbrenged at many schools, shuls and mosdos.