Sunday, January 25, 2009

Monsey Chabad Community Helps Southern Israeli Town

Immediately following the plea for help from the Shliach of Ofakim, a town in the South of Israel, to Yisroel Schulman, the Monsey Chabad community raised close to $7,000 towards helping its beleaguered residents who were under a continuous barrage of missile attacks from the Gaza Strip.

The pictures in the slideshow below were sent to us with a warm thank you note by the Head Shliach of Ofakim, Rav Yisroel Hershkowitz.

Anyone wishing to contribute to Ofkaim’s emergency activities may still do so by sending in a check made out to K’hal Tzemach Tzedek (put “Ofakim” in the memo) to our community’s Gabbai Tzedaka, Mr. Mordechai Litzman, 58 West Maple Drive, Monsey, NY 10952.

Mazel Tov Gottliebs!

Mazel tov to Mrs. Sosha Gottlieb and family on the birth of a grandson to Bina and Tzvi Weiss of Florida!

Pidyon Shevuim

The bail hearing for Sholom Rubashkin will take place tomorrow, Monday, January 26, at 9.30 AM EST. Please have Sholom Mordechai HaLevy ben Rivkah in mind in your davening tomorrow and specifically at the time of the hearing. May we hear good news.

Seeking Employment - Please Help a Member of Our Community

One of our long-time community members, Yaakov Rothstein, will be completing a two and a half year consulting assignment at The Bank of New York Mellon on Erev Shabbos this week. Yaakov's field is Information Technology, with a specialization in procurement, though he has also performed other roles. His cover letter is below and he will send you his resume upon request. Please consider if you, your friends, family, or business associates can help Yaakov to secure work. If you make such referrals, please let Yaakov know directly via cell phone at 845-558-8780 or email at so he can follow up appropriately.

In merit of your participation, may we all hear good news soon for us and for all of Klal Yisroel. A guten chodesh.

Yisroel Schulman

Cover Letter (please email me at for my resume):
I am seeking a full-time permanent position or consulting work as a Business Lead and Negotiator for the procurement of Information Technology and other products and services. For twenty years, I have held positions of increasing technical and management responsibility in strategic sourcing at leading firms such as The Bank of New York Mellon, Verizon, and Mitsubishi. My additional objectives at this time include a performance bonus and travel not to exceed 25 percent per month.

I am also open to other roles based on my experience as a Management Consultant, for which a supplement to my resume is available. My world-class contributions include: market research for the American Express Small Business Campaign, and the technical and business due diligence for EZ-Pass Traffic Toll Systems.

In Global Supply Chain Management, I touch about $73M annually on the average, impact about 72 percent, and deliver impressive savings and carefully negotiated contracts. For details of my accomplishments, please see the attached resume. Supplement, references, and publication are available upon request.

Over the course of my career, I have earned a solid reputation for excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, reliable and consistent follow-through; timely, cost-effective project management and completion of all assignments and projects. I am a graduate of Harvard and Columbia.

I look forward to hearing from you to schedule a personal meeting. Thank you for your consideration.

Yaakov Rothstein

Rosh Chodesh Shacharis at Tzemach Tzedek

Shacharis tomorrow, Monday Rosh Chodesh Shvat, at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek, will begin at 6:55 AM.

Mazel Tov Goulds!

Mazel tov to Reuven and Lea Gould on the engagement of their daughter Rochel to Chesky Wasserman of Crown Heights!

Robert Pitt Drive in Spring Valley a Minefield of Potholes

By James Walsh, The Journal News

SPRING VALLEY - It was nearly two years ago when a reader's e-mail summoned The Watcher to Melnick Drive, or more specifically, to potholes that motorists dodged down the hill and past the Monsey post office.

So last week, the Watcher was pleased to see that a subsequent repaving had held up to the freezes and thaws of ensuing winters.

Ahhhhh, there's nothing like a stretch of smooth pavement these days, a relief that's especially savored after bouncing over and swerving around the numerous holes a few blocks away, first on Maple Avenue and then on Monsey Boulevard.

The reverie was quickly jolted out of mind by a turn off Melnick and onto Robert Pitt Drive. As rough as an alligator's back, broad sections of the road challenged drivers to twist and turn around holes and uneven pavement.

Some did just that, navigating parts of Robert Pitt Drive as gingerly as a war-zone minefield.

Others, though, seemed oblivious to the spectre of front-end alignments. They pushed straight ahead, hardly slowing at all; probably battle-hardened veterans of the Maple Avenue obstacle course.

Continue article here.
The Rebbe's secretary, Rabbi Leibel Groner, and Rabbi Lesches farbrenging with a group of Yungeleit last night.