Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Zipora Reitman Awarded SUNY Chancellor's Award for Professional Service

Mazel tov to Zipora Reitman, Director of Communications at SUNY Rockland Community College, who was selected as the recipient of the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Professional Service!

The following are excerpts from the selection committee’s letter of recommendation:

“Zipora Reitman is an innovative leader on campus who has performed with distinction as Director of Communications, a highly responsible position reporting to the President. She has also made it her mission to create a Jewish presence at SUNY Rockland. Shortly after arriving on campus nearly 13 years ago, she determined the need to strengthen Jewish life on campus. She was instrumental in launching Hillel of Rockland (the Center for Jewish Life), which enriches the lives of Jewish students and adds an important dimension to the rich diversity of campus life. Zipora also works with the Center for Jewish Life to offer Jewish Heritage Month on campus, a yearly series of events that includes performances, exhibits, workshops, lectures and other innovative programs that explore and celebrate Judaism.”

Author to Visit Monsey

Leah Kotkes, author, writing mentor and features editor at Binah Magazine is visiting Monsey from Jerusalem to give a talk and a workshop for women on Wednesday, May 13th, at the home of Mrs. Carol Engelman, 15 Wits End in New Hempstead.

Meet the Author Talk 7 to 8 pm prompt: Leah will read from her newly released book "The Map Seeker: One Woman’s Quest" take questions and open a discussion on the book’s main theme – Living with Faith. Entrance charge: free.

Workshop 8 to 10.30 pm prompt: This workshop is for women who enjoy reading and writing, as well as those interested in developing their writing skills and receiving advice on parnassah/publishing opportunities. Leah will give an inspiring talk on storytelling from a Jewish perspective, lead some writing exercises and open a discussion on enhancing a relationship with Hashem, others and self using the craft of writing. Bring Sefer Tehillim, notebook and pens. Entrance charge per person: $20.

Please reserve to Mrs. Carol Engelman at 845-362-4993 or

New Bi-Weekly Chassidus Shiur for Women

A new bi-weekly Chassidus shiur for women given by Rabbi Zalmen Leib Markowitz will begin this Monday, April 27th, from 8:00 to 9:00 PM at the home of Rochel Leah Ash, 96 East Willow Tree Road.

The shiur, which will be specifically geared to "Junior N'shei", will take place every other Monday evening. Suggested donation is $5. For more information, please call Rochel Leah Ash at 914 –263-9221.