Friday, January 29, 2010

Governor Paterson Visiting Hamaspik of Rockland Yesterday

Shliach to Speak at Rockland Holocaust Museum

By Steve Lieberman, The Journal News

SPRING VALLEY — Comic book heroes fought the Nazis during World War II, raising awareness of the military threat even before Allied forces took on Germany.

An exhibition on the role of comic book heroes will run from Sunday through March 26 at the Rockland Holocaust Museum and Study Center off Route 59.

On Sunday, Rabbi Simcha Weinstein will kick off the exhibition with a lecture taking people back to the 1930s and 1940s when Superman, Captain America and other superheroes stood up against the Nazis in comic books.

The exhibit features the birth of the American superheroes at the onset of World War II and their mission to fight the Nazis, said Tanja Sarett, the Holocaust center's executive director.

Sarett said the world needed superheroes as the Nazi persecution of European Jews and opponents mounted.

"Many artists chose to use their creativity to raise public awareness of the Nazi terror regime and the anti-Semitic threats Jews were facing on a daily basis," she said in a statement announcing the exhibition.

German Chancellor Adolf Hitler's propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels also took notice of the cartoons' characters and messages, she said.

The cartoonists exhibit was designed by the Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center. The exhibition continues the educational programs at the center, which opened in 1988 at 17 S. Madison Ave., next door to the Finkelstein Memorial Library on Route 59.

Weinstein is an internationally known author who received the prestigious Benjamin Franklin Award for the best book of 2007. He wrote, "Up, Up and Oy Vey. How Jewish History, Culture and Values Shaped the Comic Book Superhero."

Weinstein holds a degree in film history from the Manchester Metropolitan University in England. He chairs the Pratt Institute's Art and Design school in Brooklyn and has appeared on television and radio, including on CNN and National Public Radio.

Mazel Tov Perlines!

Mazal tov to Mayer and Shternie Perline on the birth of a granddaughter born to Avremele and Ayelet Rimler of Crown Heights!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Artscroll Gemaras Missing

A number of volumes of the Artscroll Shas are missing from K'hal Tzemach Tzedek.

If you have removed one from the shul please return it as soon as possible so it can be used by those who learn in the shul.

Cheder 8th Grade Boys Tested on Gemara

For over 2 weeks Rabbi Soble’s גמרא class worked very hard, during Cheder and their free time, studying in preparation for a פארהער by Rabbi Lesches on גמרא מכות פרק א.

Last Thursday Rabbi Lesches came for the פארהער and was impressed as to how good the children knew the גמרא. Rabbi Lesches encouraged them to continue learning in this manner and to go from strength to strength.

Birchas HaNehen Shiur Series Reminder

Tu' B'Shvat at Hillel of RCC

A diverse crowd of 80 students, faculty and community members participated in a Tu B’Shevat Seder at SUNY Rockland, conducted by Rabbi Naftoli Citron of the Carlebach Shul in Manhattan and hosted by the Center for Jewish Life/Hillel.

Participants learned the significance of Tu B'Shvat, exploring deep kabbalistic concepts in light of contemporary issues such as environmental awareness and our connection to Israel. As the seder progressed through the four spiritual levels of Assiyah, Yetzirah, Briyah and Atzilut, participants made the brachos on fruits of Israel and grape juice, and shared their personal mitzvah resolutions.

Seeking Tzitzis Tier

I am looking for someone who knows how to tie Tzitzis according to minhag Chabad on a new tallis. Please contact Shmuel Schacher at 845-354-0377.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Rabbis Dov Oliver and Moshe Muchnik Leading a Group of Mayanot Birthright Students in Israel

Seeking Bat Mitzvah Tutors

Chabad of Suffern is looking for girls or women that would be interested in tutoring girls in preparation for their Bat Mitzvah. Please contact Devorah at or 845-368-1889.

Father Son Learning Program Time Change

Beginning with this Motzai Shabbos the Cheder Chabad Avos U'Banim will start at 7:30 PM and end at 8:30 PM.

Daily Mincha

Beginning this Sunday the daily Mincha minyan at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek will be at 5:00 PM.

Mazel Tov Rabbi & Rebbetzin Lesches!

Mazel tov to Rabbi and Rebbetzin Lesches on the birth of 2 grandsons born respectively to Schneur Zalman and Shoshana Lesches and Shalom and Sarale Lesches both of Montreal, Canada!

Mazel Tov Brucks!

Mazel tov to Sruli and Faige Bruck on the birth of a baby girl! Mazel tov to the grandparents Avrohom and Sarah Bruck!

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 or

Mishnayis Baal Peh at Cheder Chabad

Beginning on י שבט Cheder Chabad Boys started a משניות בעל פה campaign, going until יא ניסן. This program is being done as a birthday gift to the Rebbe. The boys will be memorizing משניות and getting tested on them. They will then be able to earn ספרים and other prizes for their hard work.


Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Yud Shvat at Cheder Chabad Girls

Cheder Chabad Girls spent Yud Shvat becoming מקושר to the Rebbe through התקשרות War. They learned two of the ways that one can have התקשרות to our Rebbe. One is through learning the Rebbe's Torah and one is through doing the Rebbe's הוראות. The girls displayed אחדות and אהבת ישראל throughout color war certainly making the Rebbe very proud of Cheder Chabad Chayolos!

RCC Students Participate in Bais Chana Program

Rabbi Dov and Shevy Oliver arranged for six SUNY Rockland Community College students to participate, some on full scholarship, in Bais Chana's Snorkel & Study program for Jewish college students held in Key Largo, Florida during winter break. There were 90 women in the entire group.

Rabbi Markowitz Thanks MyShliach Bochurim

Rabbi Zalmen Leib Markowitz addressing the 150 bochurim who gathered at the Jewish Children’s Museum for the third annual MyShliach appreciation evening this past Motzai Shabbos. Created to fill a void, Myshliach (together with its sister programs of HaChayol, MyShliach girls and The Birthday Club) provides and cares for the chassidishe well-being of Shluchim’s children.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Rashi's Kindercamp Survey

Dear Camp Parents,

Over the past few years we have enjoyed spending our summers organizing and running our amazing community camp - Rashi's Kindercamp. But it is not without the help and support of every single one of you that it's been so successful. Thank you!

As this summer approaches we'd like nothing more than to see the camp continue to grow and succeed. To accomplish this, and to accommodate the growing needs of our community, we need to move the camp from a backyard to proper camp grounds. But, taking this on involves more financial responsibility than we can afford to take alone. We need your help.

Before we commit our summers, we ask for a moment of honest thought... a survey. Simply to understand the community’s needs this summer.

Do you plan on sending your children to the camp this summer, or not? If yes, how many?

We are not asking for money or a commitment, and it's fine if your answer is yes, no or maybe. We are simply trying to gauge the needs in order to make the best decisions.

Please respond to or call us to say hi.

We truly hope you understand, and wish you the very best (whatever your answer might be)

Lots of love,
Rashi and Naomi
(845) 664-0830 | (718) 404-4384

P.S. For the benefit of others, please respond as soon as possible, as there are only a limited amount of camp grounds to choose from.

Letter from Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

Dear Monsey Anash Community:

Today, Yud Shvat, the Yahrzeit of the Freirdiker Rebbe and beginning of the Leadership of our Rebbe – indeed a very auspicious time.

In the letter sent by the Rebbe in 5751 (1951), for the first Yahrzeit of the Freirdiker Rebbe, the Rebbe lists out what the various Minhagin and customs for the day are. Among them is the minhag to give Tzedakah on this day to a “Moisad” or institution which is related to the work of and continues the legacy of the Rebbe.

Text follows:

“…10. In the morning, before prayer, charity should be given to those institutions that are related to our Nasi, my revered father-in-law, of sainted memory. Donations should be made on behalf of oneself and on behalf of each member of one's family. The same should be done after Minchah….”

As our Cheder is a “Moisad” and institution which is totally dedicated to the teachings, work and goals of the Rebbe, all the kinderlach of the Cheder ask that on this day of Yud Shvat - as one strives to fulfill the “minhagim” and requests of the Rebbe – please remember the Cheder for whatever amount of Tzedakah you might want to give, be it large or small.

In the merit of this, may we all merit Hashem’s infinite blessings – to the ultimate blessing, to see the Rebbe again – as he leads all of Klal Yisroel out of Golus – with the coming of Moshiach Tzidkeinu -NOW!!

PS - The Rebbe has always said that those who didn’t have the opportunity to fulfill all the Minhagim on the day of Yud Shvat can still “make it up “ till the 15th of the month (Tu BiShvat) . The opportunity is still available for all to fulfill. May Hashem grant all to see Chassidishe Nachas for the children amidst good health and abundant prosperity materially and spiritually.

Reb Yoel Kahn at Heichal Menachem

The Rebbe's Chozer, Reb Yoel Kahn, farbrenged last night at Heichal Menachem of Monsey in honor of Yud Shvat.


Please say Tehillim for Rabbi Noson Gurary, Noson ben Chava, who was in a car accident yesterday in Monsey.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Mazel Tov Polloks!

Mazel tov to Reuven and Tzipora Pollock on the birth of a granddaughter born to Avi and Zahava Pollock of Ramat Eshkol, Eretz Yisroel!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Birchas HaNehen Shiur Series

Kesser Meat Available By the Case at Discounted Prices

Chaim Holtsberg of Kesser Distributors has the following items available for sale by the case at the these discounted prices:
  • Extra Lean Ground Beef (Chuck): $5.49 per lb.
  • Rib Steak: $8.99 per lb.
  • 5 Bone Flanken: $7.49 per lb.
  • Chuck Eye Roll: $5.99 per lb.
  • Skirt Steak: $9.49 per lb.
  • Tongue: $8.49 per lb.
All meat and poultry is shechted by Lubavitcher shochtim. Cases weigh approximately 12 to 15 lbs. Poultry is also available and the prices will be listed shortly. All orders include free delivery to your home (in the greater Monsey area).

To place an order please contact or 914-729-0838.

Rabbi Gancz Addressing the "Tragedies in Our Midst" Lecture

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Cheder Chabad Girls Prepare for Yud Shvat

Cheder Chabad Girls are in full swing preparing for Yud Shevat. The girls are busy learning באתי לגני as well as many different Chassidishe facts. Twice a week there is a "Lunch and Learn" and רצוננו לראות את מלכנו - a Rebbe video. The buzz of learning is filling the hallways! The girls earn points for all the different activities. All girls who accumulate over 200 points will be going on an exciting surprise trip. Tuesday was "double day" where all learning was worth double the points. The Connect Four game in the photos represented four ways to connect to the Rebbe in honor of Yud Shevat.


Cheder Fourth Grade Boys Make a סיום on מסכת יומא

Cheder Chabad 4th grade boys made a siyum today on מסכת יומא. During the siyum the boys heard from special guest Rabbi Markowitz who spoke to them about their great accomplishment and told then that they should continue learning more מסכת of משניות. Rabbi Markowitz also explained two lessons that can be learned from the last משנה of the last פרק.

All the boys then received a certificate and heard a wonderful story told by Rabbi Shusterman. After the סיום the boys went on a trip for completing פרשת שמות.

Special thanks to Mr. Schwartz for driving the boys and to Mrs. Rosenbluh for lending her van.

Rabbi Markowitz to Speak in Toronto for Yud Shvat

Letter from Rabbi Zalmen L. Markowitz

Please note the updated time.

Dear Choshuve Yungeleit,

There are only a few days left until Yud Shvat.

Let us grab this opportunity and get together tomorrow night, Thursday (leil shishi), at 8:30 PM, to learn together the Maamer Basi Legani 5730 which is based on the 20th chapter of Basi Legani of the Frierdiker Rebbe corresponding to this year as we are concluding Basi Legani for the third time.

Remember this Yud Shvat marks 60 years of the histalkus of the Freirdiker Rebbe and the Rebbe’s leadership. Let us strengthen our hiskashrus to the Rebbe together!

I am looking forward to seeing you tomorrow night.

Your friend,
Zalmen Leib Markowitz

PS – Please tell your friends about this shiur.

Rockland's Jewish Community Unites with Local Hatian Community

By Khurram Saeedand Alex Taylor, The Journal News

Yesterday two groups that live side by side in Spring Valley, both share deep religious traditions and sometimes isolate themselves from the mainstream came together for the first time.

Twenty-four Haitian-American and Orthodox Jewish community activists from Rockland sat down to discuss ways to bring desperately needed supplies to Haiti.

"It's unfortunate that it was a tragedy that brought us together, but sometimes that happens," said Rabbi Ronald Greenwald, who organized the meeting.

Greenwald said he would ask the more than 40 Jewish schools in Rockland, which have 18,000 students, to collect food for the Haitian victims of the magnitude 7.0 earthquake, which might claim up to 200,000 lives.

Donations would be given to the Rockland County Haiti Relief Campaign, whose members were also at the meeting, held at Eli's Bagels in Spring Valley. Haiti relief campaign members intend to deliver goods and financial donations personally next month.

"The beginning of any relationship starts with two people meeting," said Renold Julien,the public face of the relief campaign and executive director of Konbit Neg Lakay, a Haitian community center in the village.

Aron Wieder, an assistant to the Spring Valley mayor, said he and others had made calls to Spring Valley's Orthodox Jewish community to raise funds for the relief mission.

Several businesses, including Zishes Homemade Bakery in Monsey, had contributed $4,000 toward a group of Rockland Hatian leaders and medical personnel’s airfare to Haiti via Chicago.

A few months ago, Greenwald and a friend visited Haiti. He said he was shocked by what he saw.

"The poverty we saw was frightening," Greenwald said. "It was difficult for me to look out of the car after 20 minutes because I saw miles and miles of people lying on the floor, sleeping outside, food on the ground. The word 'horrific' is very common today, but that's about the word that describes it."

Greenwald met privately with Julien soon after returning. They vowed to stay in touch, but the earthquake brought new urgency to their next get-together.
"The Haitians are private people. The Orthodox are private people. So you keep to yourselves. The truth is we should have relationships with neighbors," Greenwald said, explaining why it took the two groups so long to collaborate.

Elected officials were not invited to the meeting, as both sides wanted to focus on working with community activists. They discussed other ways to provide help, including wiring money to a Dominican Republic-based bank owned by Monsey resident Ezra Beyman. Transfer fees would be waived.

Beyman owns Empire American Holdings, based in Montvale, N.J. Empire American owns Banco de Ahorro y Credito in Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, which is on the same island as Haiti.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Yud Shvat Farbrengen

There will be a farbrengen with Rabbi Lesches at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek in honor of Yud Shvat this Sunday night, January 24, at 8:30 PM. A minyan for Maariv will precede the farbrengen at 8:15 PM.

Yud Shvat is the day on which the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitchak Schneersohn, passed away in 5710 (1950) and the day on which the Rebbe assumed leadership one year later in 5711 (1951).

Click here for the customary Yud Shvat observances.

Click here for some learning resources pertaining to Yud Shvat.

Reb Avrohom Bruck Sitting Shiva

Boruch Dayan HaEmes - We are deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of the mother of Reb Avrohom Bruck.

Reb Avrohom will be sitting shiva at his home 392 Route 306 in Monsey beginning tomorrow, Tuesday.

If possible, please help with the minyanim:

Shacharis: 7:00 AM
Mincha: 4:30 PM
UPDATED - Maariv: 9:30 PM

.המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

Cheder Mitzvos at Meal Time Program Concludes

Cheder Chabad has just finished it's Mitzvos at Meal Time Program! The program was a major success where boys have learned the הלכות which have to do with Meal Time. Each boy who got all 43 Halacha cards received a certificate and pizza with a soda. The prize for the last set of הלכות was a number 1 key chain, engraved M@MT - Mitzvos At Meal Time - Cheder Chabad of Monsey 5770. The number one is because one who learns and keeps Halacha is a Number 1!

N'shei Chabad Yud Shvat Event

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Birchas HaNehanin Shiur Postponed

The lecture series on Birchas HaNehanin has been postponed and will begin in 2 weeks on Sunday, January 31.

Megillas for Sale

Two full size megillas written by a Chabad sofer are available for sale - one for $1,300 and one for $1,150. For more information please call 845-731-1553.

Mazel Tov Reitmans and Muchniks!

Mazel tov to Moshe and Zipora Reitman on the birth of a granddaughter born to Dov and Racheli Muchnik of Oxnard, California!

Friday, January 15, 2010

M@MT - Mitzvos At Meal Time at Cheder Chabad

For the past two months at almost every lunch at Cheder Chabad Boys, Rabbi Wiener taught a halacha about meal time to the school. During recess, the boys would say over that halacha and get a halacha card.

Afther all 43 halachos were learned the boys were given a test and almost everyone got over a 90%! The boys who collected all 43 Halcha cards will be receiving a certificate and be part of a meal time pize!

Moving Sale

The following items are available for sale until January 31:

Book shelves, a hutch, a buffet, a dining room table and a riding lawn mower. Seller has a van to help move the items.

For more information please contact Moishe Sachs at 845-362-9155 or

Rabbi Gancz to Speak at Event in CH in Response to Recent Tragedies

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Seeking Ride

Woman looking for ride on Friday from Crown Heights to Monsey. Please call 718-310-8679.

Kiddush This Shabbos at Tzemach Tzedek

If you would like the zechus of sponsoring the Kiddush / Farbrengen this Shabbos Rosh Chodesh Shvat at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek Please contact

House for Sale in Great Location

A large 4 bedroom recently renovated colonial with a finished basement on almost an acre of land is available for sale. The house is located on a block with many Chabad families and is exactly between the Tzemach Tzedek and Beis Menachem shuls. Asking price is $559,000. For more information please contact 845-418-3673.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Last Chance for MBCM Tanya Dedications

If you would like to have a dedication in the Tanya printing that Monsey Beis Chaya Mushka Girls High School began at its dinner this week please contact Rabbi Kagan at 845-538-7484 or or Rabbi Touger at 845-426-0487 before this Sunday, January 17th.

Cheder Chabad Girls חומש בראשית חידון

Cheder Chabad Girls had a ספר בראשית חידון this week to test the girls knowledge and expertise on ספר בראשית. All students in כיתות ג'-ז' were part of the חידון . The girls were given an initial test on the טייטש of various פתגמים from ספר בראשית.

To qualify for the competition phase the girls had to score higher on the test by learning the פתגמים in לשון קודש and מי אמר למי. When the scores were in we had our grand competition. There were two levels in the competition and a we had a winner from each level. The winner from Grades 3 - 4 were, Mussi Grossbaum and Nechama Kagan was runner up. In Grades 5-7 the winner was Fraidy Kagan and Chaya Mushka Marmulsteyn as runner up.

This past Monday, כ"ה טבת we had an assembly where all the contestants from our
חומש בראשית חידון were awarded certificates. The winners were rewarded with a beautiful laminated certificate. Yasher koach to all the girls at Cheder Chabad who put in so much effort learning the material for the חידון. Every child that participated is a winner because whatever you learn, especially in Limudei Kodesh subjects, is a good investment for the future.

Seeking Chavrusa

I am looking for a chavrusa to learn Melicha with. I am available to learn on Wednesdays or Thursdays between 10:30 AM and 2:30pm. If need be I am willing to pay. Please email

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Strollers for Sale

If you are in need of a triple stroller or a Valco stroller for 2 including a bassinet please contact 845-558-5968 or

Free Reflectors Available

Town of Ramapo Supervisor Christopher P. St. Lawrence has announced that reflective safety sashes are now available to residents. Bearing the inscription “A Safer Ramapo”, these sashes demonstrate the concern of the Supervisor and the Ramapo Town Board for the safety and welfare of each and every resident. Made of reflective material that will catch the eye of a motorist from a significant distance, these sashes are a must for anyone who walks at night. School children of all ages should be advised to wear safety sashes when coming home from school, especially in the winter months when it gets dark early.

The sashes are lightweight and provide exceptional visibility for dusk or nighttime activities. The brilliant neon yellow efficiently reflects oncoming light even when wet. The sashes will not restrict movement and easily fit over clothing or outerwear. The adjustable Velcro closure allows one size to fit all.

For sashes or additional information, please contact Elaine Silverberg at 845-357-5100 Ext. 324 or via email at

N'shei Chabad Bookstore Update

New from Sichos in English:

  • New Hayom Yom in Hebrew/Yiddish/English, By Rabbi Eliyahu Touger
  • New Torah Or and Likutei Torah ( Festivals - Excerpts) in Hebrew/English, By Rabbi Eliyahu Touger

New from Kehos:

  • Kehos Chumash Shemos

Get ready for Yud Shevat, Tu B'Shevat Chof Beis Shevat and Purim:

  • Basi L' Gani
  • Dear Tree (new for toddlers)
  • Through You, Israel Will be Blessed - Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka
  • Queen of Persia (Book and DVD)
  • Megillas Esther - Hebrew/English, Hebrew - with the Rebbe's Commentary

New Children's Titles from Zalman Goldstein:

  • The Three Sacks of Gold
  • The Big Barrel of Wine
  • Sarahle, Pick Up the Dime
  • The Mystery of the Overturned Inkwell

And as always, Siddurim, Tehillim, Chumashim, Tallis Katan, Tallis Gadol, Gift Certificates and lots more! Please call Yehudis Abramowitz at 845-558-8249.

N'shei Chabad Kosher Fair at Pathmark

Each year prior to Purim, Pathmark Supermarket sponsors a Kosher Fair for the community. The N'shei Chabad Mivtzoim Table is always a featured part of the festivities. This year the Kosher Fair will take place on Sunday, February 21, from 10:00 AM through 4:00 PM. Women and older teenage girls are encouraged to volunteer for an hour or two by calling Mrs. Yehudis Sassiver at 845-352-8910. Neshek packets will be distributed, we will say brachos over food items with visitors, give out mitzva brochures, offer the newly revised "Kosher Quiz" and raffle off a set of the Lubavitch Women's Cookbooks, all while a Rebbe video will be continually playing among the beautiful Shabbos table displays. Be a part of this invigorating experience!

Seeking Ride

If you or someone you know is going from Monsey to Crown Heights this Friday and has room for 1 girl please contact Dini at 845-406-3960.

New Playgroup in New Hempstead

There are only 2 slots left for the new playgroup in New Hempstead. If you have a child that is 17 months to 2 years old and are looking for a small, fun, educational group with experienced teachers in a brand new finished play area please contact 718-801-1408 or Hours are from 9:15 AM to 2:00 PM and lunch is served daily.

Baking Class for Young Girls

Due to the large demand Learn the Art will be having a baking class this Sunday, January 17, for younger girls in Pre-1A & 1st grade. The class will take place from 10:00 to 11:00 AM and the cost is $10 per child. This class is specially designed to teach young girls how to bake easy and fun recipes! Space is limited so please sign up today by calling Mushkie Marrus at 845-271-9150.

An Alumnus Gives Back

This past Sunday at Crown Condos in Crown Heights, Rabbi Moshe Wiener, a graduate of the Menachem Education Foundation’s Teacher Training Program and the fourth grade Rebbe in Cheder Chabad of Monsey, came back to the Teacher Training Program to share his experiences and ideas with the class of 5770.

Rabbi Wiener has gained a reputation as one of the finest young mechanchim in Chabad today. Rabbi Wiener traces much of his success to the Teacher Training Program that he attended in 5768 at the Menachem Education Foundation.

“I was in the first cohort of the program,” explains Rabbi Wiener. “None of us really knew how it would turn out, but we were pleasantly surprised at the level of sophistication that the program offered. It was an honor for me to be able to come back and share with the guys some of the methods and innovations that I use in my classroom.”

Rabbi Wiener showed the trainees how to use a method known as 1-2-3 Magic to achieve proper discipline in the classroom. He also showed how a little creativity and innovation can go a long way in helping with classroom management.

“Our teachers are shaping the future of Jewish education!” exclaims Rabbi Zalman Shneur, executive director of the Menachem Education Foundation. “Everything that our trainees learn is practical and hands-on; every part of the program is rooted in the practical realities of the classroom, not in some ivory tower.”

The class of 5770 was appreciative of Rabbi Wiener’s visit and lesson. The 3 hour workshop was filled with practical solutions and advice to everyday issues that present themselves in the classroom. According to a current trainee, Rabbi Shua Lustig, “It really showed us how everything we have learned is practical and hands-on, and can be adapted to fit into every classroom. That’s really the value of this program – the hands-on and practical element.”

The Menachem Education Foundation was established to raise the bar of Jewish education. The Foundation believes that the quality of the educator is the most important part of a quality education. The Foundation runs a Teacher Training Program for aspiring educators, The DaniEL Student Teaching Initiative and a Principal Leadership Program for current principals.

Monday, January 11, 2010

MBCM Celebrates Its 2nd Annual Dinner

More than 200 supporters of Monsey Beis Chaya Mushka High School for Girls gathered at the Paradise Hall in Monsey for its second annual dinner last night on the auspicious day of Chof Daled Teves, which marks the passing of the Alter Rebbe.

The evening began with a presentation by world renowned artist Morris Katz painting various pieces which were sold throughout the dinner. In honor of Chof Daled Teves a Tanya was then printed which was preceded by a short lesson of perek lamed beis of Tanya by the Rav of the Monsey Chabad community, Rabbi Boruch D. Lesches.

The Parents of the Year award was presented to the Shluchim to Cornell University, Rabbi Eli and Dr. Chana Silberstein. Rabbi Silberstein spoke of the unique high level of education that the girls are lucky to receive from the exceptional staff of Monsey Beis Chaya Mushka. He credited this and the warm environment of the school to the dynamic leadership of Rabbi Dr. Chaim Dovid Kagan, the founder and director of Beis Chaya Mushka.

The Avodas HaKadosh award was presented to Drs. Alex and Leah Poltorak longtime supporters of the various Chabad mosdos in Monsey. Dr. Poltorak highlighted the fact that in addition to a highly academic limudei kodesh curriculum the school offers a serious general education program including a strong emphasis on science from the Torah perspective.

Throughout the evening the crowd enjoyed the beautiful singing of new singing sensation Benny Friedman.

Chof Daled Teves at Heichal Menachem

Rabbi Sholom Charitonov, Mashpia in Oholei Torah, farbrenging last night at Heichal Menachem of Monsey in honor of Chof Daled Teves.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Shiurim on Birchas HaNehanin at Kollel Ohel Menachem

It’s generally recognized that Birchas HaNehanin, the blessings which we make before enjoying foods, etc, can be complex in certain situations. Why are wine and olive oil mentioned as “fruit” in regard to their blessings, whereas juices derived from other fruits are blessed with shehakol? If one did make the blessing of boray pri ha-eytz over apple juice or orange juice, what is the din? Can the blessing boray pri h-aeytz be receited over wine? What should one do if boray minay mezonos was recited over bread or hamotzi over cake? Under what circumstances would one recite the following blessings over the 5 principal species of grain: hamotzi, boray minay mesonos, boray pri ho-adama, shehachol? Even talmidei chachomim, otherwise knowledgeable, may not have thoroughly mastered all of these halachos.

In the past, several cycles of unique shiurium in the piskei dinim of the Alter Rebbe on Birchas HaNehanin have been arranged by the Kollel to be mezakei es harabim and they were attended with great enthusiasm and success. The way the shiurim will work is that after each weekly one-hour shiur a written “take-home” quiz is given-out, to be completed and returned to the magid shiur for checking the following week. At the conclusion of 4 weeks a general exam is given in all that has been learned. A passing grade on the final exam is recognized with a Certificate and an Award of $100.

The next round of these unique shiurim is scheduled to begin a week from Sunday on Beis Shvat (1/17) from 6:30p – 7:30p at the Kollel Ohel Menachem, 4 Phyllis Terrace, followed by maariv. Leading the classes will be a world expert, Rabbi Akiva Taub, who has been researching hilchos birkas hanehanin of the Alter Rebbe for 40 years, and is the noted author of the sefer Vayevorech Dovid based on the piskei dinim of the Alter Rebbe, za”l. Come and have hanoah! To register, drop a note to

The Talking Tehillim CD Set

If you own The Talking Tehillim set of CDs please contact Fraida Cohen at 845-371-0667.

Kiddush This Shabbos

If you would like the zechus of sponsoring the Kiddush/Farbrengen this shabbos, shabbos mevorchim and the shabbaos before the Alter Rebbe's yarzeit, please contact

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Mazel Tov Munitzs!

Mazel tov to Rabbi Shalom Ber and Devorah Munitz on the birth of a granddaughter born to Yisroel Meir and Ellona Munitz of Los Angeles!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Apartment Available for Rent

Two bedroom apartment is available for rent in the Pleasant Ridge area. For more information, please contact

Wig Sale

Cheder Seeking Car for a Few Days

Cheder Chabad is need of a car for a staff member (experienced driver, local driving only) for a few days this week or next week. If you have one available please call Rabbi Shusterman at 845-356-1213.

Learn the Art Classes for Girls

Learn The Art classes are back on this January 10th, 2010 for girls grades 5 through 8 for $10 per class.

Baking Class - 10:00-10:45 AM:
Baking Class teaches the art of baking with a fun twist. Modern and practical pastries are taught in a clear and simple way.

Cooking Class - 11:00-11:45 AM:
Learn to be a mother's helper in the kitchen! There are basic techniques and amazing recipes taught in the Cooking Class.

Decor Class - 12:00-12:45 PM:
Decor and style any table for any occasion! Be it a birthday party, Shabbos table, or high-class event!

Entertainment Class - 1:00-1:45 PM:
Entertainment class teaches how to prepare an event with beautiful arrangements, center-pieces, arts & crafts, and enjoyable activities.

Space is limited. Sign up today by calling Mushkie Marrus at 845-271-9150. Cash or check will be accepted on Sunday.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Mazel Tov Abramsons!

Mazel tov to Shmuel and Yehudis Abramson on the birth of a granddaughter born to Yisroel Meir and Shira Abramson of Crown Heights!