Friday, January 29, 2010
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.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
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.
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.
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.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
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 email@example.com 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.
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.
“…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.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Friday, January 22, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
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Wednesday, January 20, 2010
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.
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.
Zalmen Leib Markowitz
PS – Please tell your friends about this shiur.
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 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 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
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Friday, January 15, 2010
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!
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 email@example.com.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
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.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
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For sashes or additional information, please contact Elaine Silverberg at 845-357-5100 Ext. 324 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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:
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.
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
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.
Thursday, January 7, 2010
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 email@example.com
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
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.