Thursday, December 31, 2009

Wiseman Shalom Zachor

Rabbi and Mrs. Aaron Wiseman will be making a Shalom Zachor for their newborn son this Friday night at 8:00 PM at the Kirshner home, 19 Cortland Road (Forshay).

Mrs. Wiseman is the office manager of Cheder Chabad Boys.

Daily Mincha

The daily Mincha minyan at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek will take place at 4:30 PM beginning this Sunday, January 3.

Mazel Tov Shandlings!

Mazel tov to Yosef and Dina Shandling on the birth of a grandson born to Kaila and Mendel Feldman of Crown Heights!

Matzah Baking

Matzah baking with Rabbi Yisroel Fried's group at the Crown Heights Bakery will take place NEXT Sunday, January 10 (24 Teves). There are two shifts - from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM and from 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon.

As always, the matzahs are the highest level of hiddur. The utensils and keilim will be all new and every chumrah done in Chabad for Matzah baking will be implemented. Prices are unavailable at this point.

You can order Matzos without baking or bake without ordering.

If you would like to bake or order please contact Rabbi Fried at or 212-864-5010, or Doniel Goldfarb at

Kiddush This Shabbos

Due to lack of a sponsor there is no Kiddush/Farbrengen scheduled for this Shabbos Chazak, Parshas Vayechi, at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek.

If you would like to sponsor it please contact Avraham Hayman at

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Cheder Chabad Bas Mitzvah Club 5770

Cheder Chabad is proud to present its Bas Mitzvah Club 5770. Bas Mitzvah Club is a special club for girls who are turning Bas Mitzvah to get together. Our theme is the Lubavitch Rebbetzins. We learn all about their lives, challenges and the lessons that we can apply to our lives now that we are the Bas Mitzvah, the Daughter of a Mitzvah. Our goal is to give the girls a better understanding and appreciation of what Bas Mitzvah means and the importance of taking responsibility for their actions!

Memo from Chaya Rappaport (6th grade) about the first meeting: Our first Bas Mitzvah club meeting started off with a bang! “LIFE ISNT BLACK AND WHITE. MAKE THE RIGHT DECISIONS.” really came to life. First of all, the décor; cookies, chips, place cards and pudding in black and white shades step out, tempting all the girls to sit down and dig in. Then we had a meaningful discussion about Mr. נפש הבהמית and Mr. נפש אלוקית.

We talked about making the right decisions and learned all about Rebbetzin Sheina, the wife of the Alter Rebbe and her outstanding courage. The meeting, which ended with making black and white candles in really cute glasses, was a smashing hit! GO BMC!

We would like to thank our sponsors: Mrs Bracha Meshchaninov, Mrs Rivkah Schulman, Mrs Devorah Hayman, and Mrs Leah Poltorak.

Baby Items for Sale

Gracco Click N Go stroller and car seat: $80.00

Pack n play: $30.00

Restaurant style highchair: $10.00

Please contact Chana at 845-426-6977 or

Mazel Tov Werners!

Mazel tov to Rabbi Simcha and Chaya Werner on the birth of a grandson born to Shea and Hadassah Werner of Oak Park, Michigan!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Cheder Students Rewarded Pizza and Prizes for Selling Raffle Tickets

Cheder Chabad students were rewarded with pizza and prizes today in appreciation for their hard work selling more than 3,000 raffle tickets for the Cheder Chanukah Raffle. Thanks to Mr. Weiner of for generously sponsoring the prizes.

Boxes From CH to Monsey

If you are able to bring a box, or a few boxes, from Crown Heights to Monsey - the boxes contain Neiros Shabbos Kodesh for mivtzoim for the Shliach to Zhitomor in the Ukraine - please call Mordechai Shulman at 845-499-5949.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Cheder Chabad 7th and 8th Grade Boys on Chanukah Mivtzoim

On Chanukah the 7th and 8th grades of Cheder Chabad Boys went on mivtzoim to light the Menora together with elderly people in their homes bringing much simcha and Chanukah spirit to them. The mivztoim was a great success and the boys made a big kiddush Hashem. Yasher Koach to Rabbi Silber (7th Grade), Rabbi Soble (8th Grade), and Eli Abramowitz (of Crown Heights) who went together with the boys.


Larkin Sheva Brachos

Sheva Brachos of Shaya and Ariella Larkin at the Shang Chai restaurant in Los Angeles.

N'shei Chabad Event

Monsey Boys in Yerushalayim

Boruch Edelkopf, Asher Bronstein and Yaakov Koff, all of Monsey, listening to Rabbi Yisroel Deren, Head Shliach of Connecticut, at Yeshivas Meorot Chabad in Yerushalayim.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

And the Cheder Raffle Winner Is...

Mazel tov to Mr. Yosef Shandling, a long standing member of the Monsey Chabad community, on his winning the grand prize of the Cheder Chabad Chanukah raffle! As soon as Mr. Shandling learned of his winnings he immediately informed the Cheder that he will donate his entire $500 prize back to the Cheder!

Once again the Cheder would like to thank all community members who participated both selling and buying raffle tickets which raised over $5,500 for the Cheder. Look for a bigger and better raffle coming this Purim!

Mazel Tov Wisemans!

Mazel tov to Mr. and Mrs. Wisman on the birth of a baby boy! Mrs. Wiseman is the office manager of Cheder Chabad Boys.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Gartel Gemach

If you have borrowed a gartel from Rabbi Shusterman's gartel gemach and mistakenly forgot to return it please do so so others can enjoy the benefits of this gemach!

Farbrengen in Honor of the Rav's Birthday

Everyone is invited to celebrate the 60th birthday of our dear Rav, Rabbi Boruch Lesches, following the 9:30 PM Maariv minyan this Monday night, December 28, at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek.

May Hakadosh Baruch Hu bless Rabbi Lesches and his family with arichas yamim v'shanim tovos in good health and tremendous hatzlacha!

The farbrengen is being co-sponsored by Tzadok Leib Messing in honor of the Shloshim of his sister Nina Leah A"H.

Mendy Bronstein L'chaim

Cheder Chanukah Raffle Update

Cheder Chabad of Monsey would like to thank its students for selling over 3,000 raffle tickets raising over $5,000! Special mention goes to the students (pictured below) who sold the most in their respective divisions and age groups; C. Chein of 3rd grade, C. Schecter of 5th grade, Y. Schwartz of 4th grade, Y. Knabe of 5th Grade & R. Litzman of 7th Grade (not pictured). The grand drawing for the $500 cash price will take place soon and will be posted on the blog. Thanks to Mr. Wiener of for donating all the student incentive prizes.

Hillel in the First Person

Rockland Jewish Reporter

Hillel of Rockland serves a diverse population of college-age students in Rockland, primarily at SUNY Rockland. Since its founding in 1998, thousands of students have participated in Hillel programs, with more than 500 traveling to Israel on Mayanot Birthright programs. Some students begin college with the intention of seeking out Jewish life on campus, whereas others find their lives altered unexpectedly and remarkably by their Hillel experience. Following are a few students' first-person stories:

Lessons for Life
Growing up in Maine, I never learned much about my faith, so at first, I wasn't sure I should join Hillel. I am very thankful that I did, since the friends I have met through Hillel are very kind and supportive, and I am able to ask questions without being embarrassed. My first Shabbaton was a very good experience, unlike anything I had ever done before. I learned a lot about things I can apply to my life, such as relationships and the roles of Jewish women. I am really looking forward to going on a women's "Snorkel and Study" program in Key Largo, Fla.during winter break that Rabbi Dov and Shevy Oliver helped arrange for me. It will be another great opportunity to meet more girls my age and to learn even more about my Jewish identity.
-Kelly Meany, freshman, newcomer to New York

Finding Family
I relocated to Rockland from London, England, not knowing anybody in the area. I had a tough upbringing and a difficult past, and I was concerned that starting over in a new place and new school would be hard. Fortunately, I got involved in Hillel, which turned out to be a great group of people that really made an impact on me. Being comfortable with everyone at Hillel helped me break out of my shy shell and be myself. Making new friends has helped me through tough times and given me a chance to express my emotions. Being in the Hillel lounge on campus, with people sitting there, just talking, makes me feel happy. I'd say we're all sort of one big family! Through Hillel, I've become more attached to Judaism, especially through our "Nosh for the Soul" learning sessions. I've even gotten inspired to run for president of Hillel next semester!
-Megan Tabok, freshman, Nanuet

Not Seeking Jewish Crowd
I came to RCC as a young 16-year-old, knowing few people not initially looking for a Jewish crowd. However, once I got involved with Hillel, I found lifelong friends and wonderful advisors. Hillel changed my perspective on Judaism and opened my eyes to many different types of people. My experience with Hillel at RCC has had a lasting, positive impact on my identity as a Jewish woman.
-Shaina Aran, RCC Honors program graduate, employed at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Transformed by Birthright
When I first started RCC, I was unsure about making friends until I met Rabbi Oliver, who made me feel at home and introduced me to a lot of people who became fast friends. Through Hillel, I explored the Jewish religion and connected with more new people. I also had the opportunity to go to Israel for free on Birthright -- the greatest, most unforgettable experience of my life. It transformed me into a young Jewish man and increased my attachment to Judaism.
-Evan Nachimson, freshman, Congers

Support System
The one thing that really helped me succeed throughout my five semesters at RCC has been Hillel. Not only was it a place to study and learn about Judaism in a fun environment, but it also enabled me to meet new friends and feel at home. When I transfer to SUNY Oswego in the spring, I will definitely see if there is a Hillel there, and if not, I plan to start one! I also plan on taking the Birthright Israel trip this summer. I would like to thank Rabbi Dov and Shevy for making Hillel such an amazing, fun environment, whether it was to relax or just to have people to talk to, knowing I could always count on them.
-Shayna Forte, sophomore

Hillel at SUNY Rockland is a beneficiary of the Jewish Federation of Rockland County.

Monsey’s Tenth Annual Siyum HaTorah

Monsey’s Tenth Annual Siyum HaTorah will be held this Motzai Shabbos, Parshas Vayigash, December 26, at Yeshiva of Spring Valley Boys Building.

Reception: 8:30 PM
Siyum: 8:45 PM
Bentching: 10:30 PM

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Cheder Seeks Refigerator

Cheder Chabad girls is in need of a refigerator. If you have one to donate please contact the Cheder office at 845-356-1213 or

Children Tour Agudas Chassidei Chabad Library

Rabbi Efraim Keller, a librarian at the Agudas Chassidei Chabad Library in 770, giving children a tour of the library in honor of Hey Teves.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Mincha Minyan Needed for Shiva

Josh Rubin, a student from Monsey, who is close to Chabad in Ithaca, NY, is currently sitting shiva. He is in real need of a minyan for Mincha, from tomorrow, Wednesday, 12/23 through this Monday 12/28 at 4:15 PM.

The address of his home is 9 Lois Lane, (right off Route 306).

Please contact Rabbi Gancz as soon as possible if you can help make the minyan at or 845-368-1889.

We we only share in joyous occasions together.

The Wig Closet Comes to Monsey

Do you have a sheitel that you have stopped wearing, because it is the wrong color or cut for you, but it is in good shape? The Wig Closet buys and sells gently used wigs. We are located in Crown Heights but appointments are available most Sundays in Monsey starting this week. To find out more, please email or call Rochel Vchershansky at 347-417-4564 or Rivky Bruk at 718-778-0666.

Bassman Shalom Zachor & Bris

Betzalel and Chaya Bassman will be making a Shalom Zachor for their newborn son this Friday night at the Gluck home, 321 Grandview Avenue in Monsey (off of West Maple, NOT the Grandview in New Hempstead).

The Bris will I"YH take place this Shabbos at the above address at 1:00 PM.

Mazel Tov Bronsteins - L'chaim!

Mazel tov to Rabbi Nachman and Chavie Bronstein on the engagement of their son Mendy to Devora Leah Perlow of Sydney, Australia!

The l'chaim will take place tomorrow night, Wednesday, December 23, at Lubavitch Yeshiva, 570 Crown Street (entrance on Albany Avenue) in Crown Heights.

Rockland JCC to Host 2012 JCC Maccabi Games

WEST NYACK — Jewish athletes from all over the world will be in Rockland for three weeks of competitions during the summer of 2012.

The JCC Rockland in West Nyack has been chosen as one of three sites nationwide to host the 2012 JCC Maccabi Games.

"It's a wonderful opportunity to bring the whole community together in a united effort to see kids from all over the country take part in athletic competitions under the umbrella of the JCC Maccabi games," said Barry Kantrowitz, a past president of the JCC Rockland and co-chairman of the committee to bring the Games to the county.

He and members of the JCC have been lobbying for years to try to get organizers to bring the Games to Rockland, which has a large and diverse Jewish population.

"It's more than an athletic experience," said David Kirschtel, chief executive officer of the JCC Rockland. "It's a phenomenal community-building experience."

The JCC Maccabi Games is an Olympic-style sporting competition held each August in North America. It is the largest organized sports program for Jewish teenagers in the world.

Every year, more than 6,000 Jewish teens between ages of 12 and 16 participate in such competitions as baseball, basketball, swimming, soccer and inline hockey.

Click here to continue article.

Tzemach Tzedek Seeks Sponsors for New Kehos Chumash

K'hal Tzemach Tzedek is looking for sponsors to purchase copies of the new Kehos Chumash Shemos. The shul currently has 15 copies of Bereishis and Avraham Hayman has donated 5 copies of Chumas Shemos in honor of Hey Teves.

Sefer Shmos is on sale today with a 25% discount at Kehos.

If you would like to sponsor some copies in honor of Hey Teves, an auspicious time to purchase seforim, please contact

Monday, December 21, 2009

Cheder Boys Perform at Friedwald Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

This past Thursday, the 6th day of Chanukah, Cheder Chabad fifth and sixth grade boys cheered up the residents of the Friedwald Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

The boys sang as a choir the songs of ani mamin, keli ata, haderes veemuna, haneros halalu and others. To the delight of everyone Nissi Leverton, Shimon Meshchaninov and even Rabbi Munitz made cartwheels and danced the Kazatzke to the song of Didan Netzach! The boys then gave out donuts and returned to the Cheder for lunch.

Thank you to Rabbi Munitz for coordinating this amazing event.

New HaYom Yom and Torah Or/Likuttei Torah

The new edition of HaYom Yom and Torah Or/Likutei Torah, both with a new English translation and commentary by Rabbi Eliyahu Touger, are now available in Monsey for a discounted price:

Hayom Yom - $41
Likutei Torah - $25

This price will only be available through tomorrow, Tuesday, Hey Teves.

To order, please call Yossi Touger at 845-426-0487.

Mazel Tov Bassmans!

Mazel tov to Betzalel and Chaya Bassman 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.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Chanukah Chagiga at Cheder Chabad Girls

Olive Press at Cheder Chabad Boys

This past Friday, the 7th day of Chanukah, the boys from Cheder Chabad grades 1 through 4 took part in an Olive Press Workshop, presented by Rabbi Grossbaum. The boys really enjoyed this wonderful hands on expirence of making their own olive oil.

Mazel Tov Weinsteins!

Mazel tov to Rabbi Naftoli and Sherry Weinstein on the birth of a granddaughter born to Yair and Lainy Weinstein of Far Rockaway!

Seeking Ride to CH

Seeking a ride from Monsey to Crown Heights for a bochur on Monday. Please call 845-368-1889.

House for Rent Near Tzemach Tzedek

A four bedroom house is available for rent in the Concord neighborhood which is close to K'hal Tzemach Tzedek Lubavitch of Monsey. For more information please call 845-425-3905.

152 Cases of Mumps in Rockland

By Jane Lerner, The Journal News

MONSEY — The number of people in Rockland County who have come down with mumps has jumped to 152 as part of what state and federal health officials are calling the largest outbreak of the disease nationwide in years.

Just about all local cases of the highly infectious disease are among Orthodox Jewish and Hasidic residents of Monsey and New Square, according to the Rockland Department of Health.

"The outbreak is ongoing within the Orthodox community," said Rockland Commissioner of Health Dr. Joan Facelle.

So far, there is no indication that people outside those communities are coming down with mumps, she said.

Click here for full article.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Estate Sale This Sunday

An estate sale will be held this Sunday, December 20th, at 11:00 AM at 202 Sneden Place West, building J (off route 45/Main Street) in Spring Valley.

The following are the items available for sale:

Oak wood dining room table with 3 leafs ( could seat 10 - 12 people - no chairs, solid oak wood breakfront china closet, a 4 light ceiling fan, a Sears Silvertone stereo furniture unit with a.m./, a small collection of records, 2 sets of skiis, a wood frame armchair, a lamp table, kitchen table with 4 wood frame chairs, 2 silverware sets, a large microwave, a 19.1" c.f. Kenmore white refridgerator, an air conditioner, a utility closet, 2 metal shelves, small wood cabinet with sliding doors, a vintage phone chair with built in table and drawer, an ironing board, pillows, towels, 2 large pieces of finished carpeting, 2 vintage wood chairs, etc.

For more information please call Alice at 925-588-3748.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Kiddush This Shabbos

Thanks to Avraham Hayman, Alex Poltorak and Zev Henig for sponsoring the Kiddush/Farbrengen in honor of Shabbos Chanukah at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek this week. All are invited to participate!

Hayman Learning Grant

Anyone who finished the first week of the Chitas/Chassidus learning, please send an email to, so a $100 donation can be made to Cheder Chabad of Monsey. If you joined as part of the Cheder, Yeshivas Menachem Mendel, or M.B.C.M schools, the school will submit a combined list of participants who completed the week's study.

Seeking Ride

Looking for a ride for a bochur from Crown Heights to Monsey for Shabbos. Please call Mordy at 845-269-8685.

Cheder Chabad Boys Chayil of the Month

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

Cheder Chanukah Raffle Update

With 2 days remaining of Chanukah and 1 week left to the end of the raffle, students and staff have already sold over $2,500 worth of Raffle Tickets.

The Grand Prize is $500 and tickets are being sold for $2 or 3 for $5.

If you would like to purchase tickets please contact Cheder Administrator Gershon Sandler at 845-201-0203 or

Hey Teves Farbrengen

This Monday night, December 21, there will be a farbrengen with Rabbi Lesches in honor of Hey Teves following the 9:30 PM Maariv minyan at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek.

On Hey Teves in 1987, a U.S. Federal Court issued a decision in favor of Agudas Chassidei Chabad regarding the ownership of the priceless library of the Frierdeker Rebbe. The ruling was based on the idea that a Rebbe is not a private individual but a communal figure synonymous with the body of Chassidim. The Rebbe urged that the occasion be marked with time devoted to study of Torah books as well as the acquisition of new sefarim.

Chabad of Suffern Happenings

Chanukah Wonderland at Chabad of Suffern.

Chabad of Suffern Menorah made out of 10,000 cans of food which will be donated to the needy after Chanukah.

Chabad of Suffern teens joined the C-Teens program in Manhattan for a Menorah parade of stretched Hummers followed by a Chanukah party in Midtown Manhattan.
Chabad of Suffern Bar and Bat Mitzvah Pre-Chanukah trip.
The Chabad of Suffern JLI Course "Life, Death and Beyond" finished last week. The participants are looking forward to participating in the upcoming JLI course.

Mazel Tov Selingers!

Mazel tov to Shmuel and Aleezah Selinger on the birth of a granddaughter born to Shua and Bracha Goldberger of Boro Park!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Chanukah Crafts at RCC

An enjoyable crafts activity creating menorahs and dreidels capped off a busy Chanukah for students and staff at the Center for Jewish Life at RCC.

Other Chanukah activities included a trip to Bear Mountain for ice skating and a pre-Chanukah party with cadets at West Point as well as a Grand Menorah Lighting and Party at RCC.

Chanukah at Chabad JEC of Chestnut Ridge

Chabad JEC of Chestnut Ridge, under the leadership of Rabbi Chaim Tzvi and Chaya Ehrenreich, have had many Chanukah events including Chanuka parties and public Menora lightings in Chestnut Ridge, Nyack, Piermont and Pearl River.
Public Menorah Lighting in Piermont. Click here for more pictures.Public menorah lighting in Chestnut Ridge.
Public Menora lighting in Pearl River. Click here for more pictures.
Chanuka Party at Chabad JEC! Click here for many more great pictures.
Chabad JEC Hebrew School Chanukah program. Click here for more pictures.

Police Seek to Question Cleaning Women About Monsey Jewelry Thefts

By Jane Lerner, The Journal News

MONSEY — Police are trying to identify a group of cleaning women whom they'd like to talk to about some recent jewelry thefts.

At least five women are wanted for questioning in connection with thefts of jewelry from homes in the Monsey area, Ramapo police Lt. Brad Weidel said today.

Homeowners have reported to police that they noticed jewelry was missing soon after their homes were cleaned by women they hired, Weidel said.

Numerous cases of thefts have been reported over the past two months, he said.

"It's possible that there are a lot more victims out there," Weidel said.

Investigators were able to get pictures of the women, but they do not know their real names or where they live.

"We're hoping that there are people out there who can identify them," Weidel said.

Investigators think that they women know each other. All were hired by homeowners in the Monsey area after they were referred by friends.

"Unbeknownst to them, there is a possibility that they people their friends are referring to clean their homes are actually committing thefts," Weidel said.

The women are of varying ages and all are described as Spanish-speaking, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Ramapo police at 845-357-2400.

Monsey Trails to Purchase New Electric Hybrid Buses

Monsey Trails, along with Coach USA and the county's Transport of Rockland (TOR) and Tappan ZEExpress, has ordered some new electric hybrid buses that should arrive late next year. Click here for the article.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Menorah Lighting at RCC

Close to 100 students and faculty attended Hillel at RCC's Menorah lighting yesterday. RCC President Dr. Cliff L. Wood was honored with lighting the Shamash. The Menorah lighting was followed by a brilliant performance by mentalist Ted Saint James.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Monsey Menora Parade 5770

More than 80 vehicles joined the Chabad Lubavitch of Greater Monsey annual Menorah Parade on Sunday night, the 3rd night of Chanuka. The parade, which was organized by K'hal Tzemach Tzedek Lubavitch of Monsey and Yeshivas Menachem Mendel Lubavitch of Monsey, departed from K'hal Tzemach Tzedek and was led by fire trucks from the Monsey and Spring Valley Fire Departments.

The parade was cheered on by many onlookers as it went on a 14 mile route through a number of towns including Monsey, New Hempstead, New City and Spring Valley and ended at the Spring Valley Marketplace shopping center where there were hot latkes, donuts, chocolate Chanuka gelt and raffles for the children. Following the recitation of the 12 pesukim the crowd heard from Rabbi Boruch Lesches, Rav of K'hal Tzemach Tzedek, and from the newly elected Mayor of Spring Valley Noramie Jasmin, who was also honored with lighting the Shamash candle for the Menorah lighting. Mayor Jasmin was accompanied by her Administrative Assistant Reb Aron Wieder. Rabbi Mendel Polter, the Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivas Menachem Mendel Lubavitch, lit the menorah and sang Haneiros Halalu.

Special thanks to the Ramapo, Clarkstown and Spring Valley Police Departments for coordinating the traffic.

Thanks to Reb Dovid Kaplan and Jessica Messing for the pictures.

Seeking Ride From Buffalo or Toronto to Monsey

We are looking for a ride for our daughter from Buffalo or Toronto to Monsey either this Wednesday, Thursday or Sunday. Please contact 917-379-8599 or

Artist Morris Katz to Perform at MBCM Dinner

In addition to singer Benny Friedman, the Guiness World Book of Records listed world's fastest artist Morris Katz will be performing at the upcoming Monsey Beis Chaya Mushka dinner on January 10.

Chanuka Wonderland

Chabad of Suffern is looking for girls 13 years of age and older who would like to volunteer at its Chanukah Wonderland today and tomorrow. If interested please call Devorah at 845-746-1927.

Chanukah Wonderland is open from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM and is located at 329 Route 59 (next to Planet Fitness).

Mazel Tov Bruks - L'chaim!

Mazel tov to Avrohom and Sarah Bruck on the engagement of their son Shmuel Dovid to Tova Wasserman of Toronto, Canada!

The l'chaim will take place this Thursday, December 17, at 8:00 PM at Lubavitch Yeshivah (Crown and Albany) in Crown Heights.

NCFJE of Rockland Public Menorah Lighting

NCFJE of Rockland, under the leadership of Rabbi Simcha Werner, will be holding a public Menorah lighting tonight, Monday, December 14, at 6:00 PM in the Food Mart International large parking lot on the corner of Route 59 and Route 45 on the eastern side of the parking lot facing 59 East.

Rockland County Legislator Phil Susskind will be lighting the Menorah and addressing the community. Hot latkes and donuts will be served, as well as music, dancing and prizes for the kids. All are invited and encouraged to participate in this kiddush Hashem and Mivtza Chanuka.

For more info please call 845-356-3850.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Hayman Chanuka Learning Grant

In honor of Chanuka, Avraham Hayman will be extending his learning grant to benefit Cheder Chabad of Monsey. This grant was established to fulfill the Rebbe's frequent request that at the minimum everyone should study Chitas, Rambam and Chassidus daily and that many Brachos accompany this learning in all areas of one's life.

The following are the requirements for the extended learning grant:

  • Those who did not respond to last weeks learning grant can now:
  1. Commit to learning Chitas or Rambam daily for one week if you do not currently do so and the Cheder will receive $100.
    If you already learn Chitas or Rambam daily, commit to learn an additional half hour of Chassidus daily for one week and the Cheder will receive $100.
  2. Those who did respond to last weeks learning grant can extend their commitment (of either Chitas and Rambam or an extra half hour of learning Chassidus daily) for an additional week and the Cheder will receive $50.
  • The extension learning grant offer is only applicable to those that are 18 years of age and older.
  • In order for the Cheder to receive the grant you must notify Avraham Hayman at of your commitment by tomorrow night, Monday, December 14.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Chanuka at the Ehrenreichs'

Peter Carr of The Journal News took pictures of the Shluchim to Chestnut Ridge, Rabbi Chaim Tzvi and Chaya Ehrenreich and family, as they lit the menorah before shabbos on the first night of Chanuka.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Aufruf This Shabbos

The aufruf of Binyamin Bauman (Ort) will take place this Shabbos at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek followed by a Kiddush sponsored by Yaakov and Chaya Esther Ort.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

New N'shei Tzemach Tzedek Shiur

Beginning this shabbos a new 15 minute shiur on the parsha, by and for women, will take place immediately following davening in the Ezras Nashim of K'hal Tzemach Tzedek.

The shiur is being launched in memory of Pesha Devorah bas Eliyahu HaLevi A"H and Shaina Etkah bas Yosef Leib A"H.

If you would like to give the shiur in memory of someone or in honor of an occasion, please contact Rivkah Schulman at 323-601-8913 or

Cheder Chanukah Raffle Update

In the first week since the raffle campaign began students and staff have already sold over $1,000 worth of raffle tickets! With the Cheder’s Chanukah vacation beginning tomorrow and still another 2 weeks until the drawing, the raffle is poised to be a great success.

The Grand Prize is $500 and tickets are being sold for $2 or 3 for $5. To add incentive and excitement for the students, a pizza party will be given to the class who sell the most tickets which is being tracked on the bulletin boards in the school (pictured below).

The Cheder encourages the community to participate by purchasing tickets either directly from students or from the school office at 845-201-0203 or

Be A Part of It! Dedictaion Form for MBCM Tanya Printing

Avos U'Banim Time Change

Because of menora lighting Avos U'Bonim for this Motzai Shabbos will take place from 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM.

New English HaYom Yom & Likutei Torah Available in Monsey

A new edition of HaYom Yom and Likutei Torah, both with a new English translation and commentary by Rabbi Eliyahu Touger, are now available in Monsey for a discounted price:

Hayom Yom - $41 (normally $43-$45)
Likutei Torah - $25 (normally 28-30)

To order, please call Yossi Touger at 845-426-0487.

This Sunday Davening Schedule at Tzemach Tzedek

The following is the schedule at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek for this Sunday, December 13:

Shacharis 1: 8:00 AM
Shacharis 2: 9:00 AM
Hilchos Chanuka Shiur: 9:00 AM
Mincha: 4:15 PM
Maariv 1: 6:00 PM
Menorah Parade Line-Up: 6:15 PM
Menorah Parade Departs: 6:45 PM
Maariv 2: 9:30 PM

Dvar Malchus & Chayenu Available Weekly at Tzemach Tzedek

The Dvar Malchus (Chitas, Rambam, Daf Yomi, Sichos, Maamarim and more in Hebrew) and Chayenu (Chitas, including the new linear Tanya translation, Rambam and more in English) weekly Torah publications are available weekly at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek for $1.50 each. Please see Avraham Hayman to purchase.