Monday, March 29, 2010

Locations of Moshiach Seudos for Women

The following women will be hosting a Moshiach Seudah in their home at 6:00 PM on the afternoon of Acharon Shel Pesach:

Yehudis Abramowitz - 6 Zabriskie Terrace, Monsey

Karen Schild - 27 Fessler Drive, New Hempstead

Aliza Eisenberg Karp - 6 Reeder Place, Wesley Hills

NEW - Roizy Lefkowitz - 2 Cedar Lane, Monsey

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Mazel Tov Kleins!

Mazel tov to Shmuel and Miriam Klein on the engagement of their daughter Ettel to Binyomin Ringler of Pittsburgh!

Can You Drive a Car to Crown Heights?

If you can drive a car from a mechanic in Spring Valley to Crown Heights this Sunday, please email It is a large sedan that can fit 5-6 people and a lot of luggage.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Moshiach Seudos for Women

If you would like to host a Moshiach Seudah for women in your neighborhood, please email by this Friday. The list of Moshiach Seuda's will be posted on this website before Yom Tov.

Pre-Pesach Letter from Rabbi Simcha Werner

Dear Anash, She’yichyu:

I would like to make you aware of four important points.

1. The Time for B’dikas Chometz.
The Alter Rebbe writes that the Takonais Chachamim (Rabbinical Ordinance) was that B’dikas Chometz should be started immediately at Tzais HaKochavim unless he has a Minyan for Maariv at that time. If not started at that time then it is called ‘transgressing’ on the Takonais Chachamim. Therefore, it is very important that the house be cleaned and prepared for B’dikas Chometz before this time. At that time Tzais HaKochavim 8:02, husbands should be home even if they have to leave their job early. I am enclosing a copy of the Alte Rebbe’s Psak.

2. The Burning of the Chometz Monday morning.
Monday morning you may eat Chometz until 10:53 am. Burning the Chometz before Pesach is a very important Mitzvah as we see from the Tefilla we say then. All you have to burn is a Kzais of Chometz. The rest may be thrown out. MANY RABBONAI ANASH HOLD, THAT IT IS NOT ENOUGH THAT IT BECOMES SCALDED, BUT IT MUST BE TOTALLY BURNED AND TURNED INTO COAL BEFORE YOU MAKE IT HEFKER. OTHERWISE YOU ARE NOT YOTZE THE MITZVAH OF BURNING. All this, and the saying of Kol Chamira, must be done before 11:46 a.m. After this time your Hefker doesn’t help and the Chometz stays in your possession and the person is transgressing the prohibition of having Chometz belonging to him until he completely destroys it. At many public burnings, be aware that Chometz does not have a chance to burn completely within the allotted time. Allow yourself enough time for complete burning of Chometz. In Viznitz, if you bring it early enough, it is burned properly.

3. Eating the Kzais Matzo.
Although Farbrengin at the Seder is very essential, it is only an extra. Eating Matzo and Afikomen are a MUST. They are Mitzvos that strongly affect our Judaism all year long. On the first night even the Afikomen must be eaten before 1 a.m. which is Chatzos, the real midnight.

Even on the second night, the first Kzais of Matzo must be eaten before Chatzos. The Minhag of Chabad is to be lenient only on the Afikomen on the SECOND NIGHT; that it may be eaten later than midnight. I discussed this with older (Ziknei) Rabbonai Chabad and they said “it is imperative to eat the first Kzais BEFORE Chatzos 1 a.m. even if it means rushing through the Haggadah.”

4. Which Wine to Choose for Kiddush.
Although grape juice is Kosher for Kiddush and Daled Kosos, the preferred way of doing the Mitzva, is to use wine. The Mitzva is to use the wine that you like the best. If there is no taste preference then use Yayin which is not Mevushal and also wine that does not have sweeteners.

Wishing you all a happy, Kosher and Freilichin Pesach - a Pesach where no one should have in his possession even a drop of Chometz and a Pesach in which we do the Mitzvah of Matzo in a beautiful and refined manner.

Waiting for the Geulah Shelema,

Rabbi Simcha Werner

P.S. The Rebbe felt that it was important for every Jew to have Shmurah Matzo at the Seder and also that it is extremely important that they sell their Chometz. The Rebbe said, that since having Chometz during Pesach is committing a transgression every minute, it may be even worse than an Issur Kores.

If you have any neighbors or acquaintances that do not have Shmurah Matzo or you can get them to sell their Chometz, we are able to supply you with Matzo for them and contracts. Please call Rabbi Gil Hami at 973-216-0002 who is working as a Shliach under me.

Cheder Mishnayis Baal Peh Program Ends

The Cheder Chabad Boys משניות בעל פה program has come to an end. In honor of the Rebbe’s birthday on יא ניסן, the boys in חדר collectively said 405 Mishnas and 50 Perakim and 10 Mesechtas בעל פה over the past two months!

The following boys said an entire מסכת בבת אחת - in one shot:

Mendel Rosenbluh said 3 מסכתות - ראש השנה,בבא מציעא,ברכות

Mendel Kalmenson said 3 מסכתות – ברכות,ראש השנה,סוכה

Sholom Fisher said 1 מסכת – מועד קטן

Shneur Zalman Barash said 1 מסכת – ראש השנה

Gedalia Rosenbluh said 1 מסכת – ראש השנה

Mendel Liberow said 1 מסכת – ברכות

The two winners of this weeks raffle were Gedalia Rosenbluh, who won the remote control Nascar, and Mendy Schild, who won the remote control airplane!

A big thank you to for sponsoring the entire program! The ספרים will be given out after פסח.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Camp this Summer

Monsey Beis Chaya Mushka is exploring the option of making separate Chabad camps for boys and girls ages 5 to 13 for this summer. The boys camp will include a serious learning component in the schedule. The pricing would be reasonable. If you may be interested please contact 845-538-7484 or as soon as possible and before this Monday, Erev Pesach.

Seeking Tzitzis Tier

If you know how to tie tzitzis strings please call Michoel at 845-553-5029.

Seeking Ride to Monsey

Looking for a ride for 3 children from Crown Heights to Monsey this Motzai Shabbos. Please call Dina at 914-393-7288.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Open Letter to Cheder Parents and Monsey Anash

Dear Members of Anash:

As we are all busy preparing for Pesach, I would be negligent if I didn't reach out to you to plead on behalf of the Rebbes and teachers of the Cheder who are owed back salaries.

While the administration and Board of the Cheder are actively fundraising for staff salaries from outside of Monsey, we ask those within our community with financial capacity to consider donating to the Cheder at this time.

In addition, those families owing schar limud are asked to immediately pay what they owe so that we can provide for our beloved Rebbes and teachers before Pesach.

So please, as part of your Pesach preparations, contact Gershon Sandler in the Cheder office at 845-356-1213 extension 204 or to make a donation or to make arrangements to pay any owed schar limud so that the Rebbes and teachers can enjoy Pesach with all that they need.

Thanks in advance and best wishes to you and your family for a kosher and freilichin Pesach.

Yisroel Schulman, Esq.
Chair, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

Niasoff Bris

Shmuly and Chayale Niasoff are happy to inform you that will be making a Bris for their son I"YH tomorrow, Tuesday, 8 Nisan (March 23), at 9:30 AM at Rabbi Shain's shul, 390 Kingston Avenue in Crown Heights.

Wolowik Bris

Rabbi Avrohom and Baily Wolowik are happy to inform you that their son's bris will I"YH take place tomorrow, Tuesday, 8 Nisan (March 23) at Khal Tzamach Tzedek, following the 8:00 AM Shacharis minyan.

Last Day for Free Vegetables

Today is the last day for pick-up of vegetables at no cost from Cheder Chabad. Whatever is left at the end of the day will be donated to a Chesed organization.

Bas Mitzvah Club 3rd Meeting

By A BMC Girl

Our 3rd Bas Mitzvah Club meeting was the best! This BMC we were so excited to welcome another new member Tzippora Amram. We began our small meeting around a table of a smiley faced theme discussing “The Power of Happiness, despite life’s ups and downs”. We learned this powerful message that applies to each one of us daily from Rebbetzin Rivkah. Then we were off to snowtubing! It was a blast and we definitely felt the “ups and downs”! From all the BMC members we say a huge thank you!

Can Mendel be a Rabbi?

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Wig Closet Sale Tomorrow Night

The Wig Closet will he having a pre-Pesach sale in Monsey tomorrow, Monday, March 22, from 7:30 to 10:00 PM at the Cohen home, 31 Fessler Drive.

*Beautiful pre-owned shaitels

*Variety of never-worn & gently worn

*All 100% European hair

*Top quality brands at discounted prices

*Friendly customer service

For more information please contact 347-631-7160 or

Model Matzah Bakery at Chabad of Chestnut Ridge

Click here for more photos.

More Matzah Available for Mivtzoim

Each year, in honor of the Rebbe's birthday, N'shei Chabad of Rockland offers Hand Shmurah Matzos to those in the community who wish to reach out to Yidden who have not yet experienced this special mitzva. As we are soon entering the 109th year since the Rebbe's birth, we will be distributing at least 109 matzos. The matzos will be available beginning Wednesday, March 24, Tes Nissan, at 6 Zabriskie Terrace, Monsey, home of Yitzchok and Yehudis Abramowitz. Please call before you come: 845-558-8249.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Seeking Ride

Seeking a ride this Sunday afternoon for one person from Monsey to Crown Heights and a ride on Sunday night from Crown Heights to Monsey. Please call 845-608-3360.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Model Matzah Bakery at Cheder Chabad

Cheder Chabad Girls Rosh Chodesh Nissan Assembly

Breakfront Available for Free

Pick up must be arranged by the recipient. If interested, please call 845-425-9126.

Vegetables Available for Free

Cheder Chabad has available, at no cost for the Anash community, surplus amounts of potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots and small onions.

The vegetables are available to be picked up in the gym of the Cheder Chabad Girls building, tomorrow, Friday from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM, Sunday from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM, and Monday 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM- Take as much as you want.

Please park in the top parking lot so as not to interfere with the flow of traffic in the driveway.

Yud Aleph Nissan Farbrengen

There will be a farbrengen next Thursday night, March 25, in honor of Yud Aleph Nissan, the Rebbe’s birthday in 1902.

Maariv will be at 8:30 PM followed by the farbrengen.

Two Shalom Zachors this Shabbos!

Rabbi Avremel and Baily Wolowik will be making a Shalom Zachor for their newborn son at their home, 104 South Gate Drive.

Shmuly and Chayala Niasoff will be making a Shalom Zachor for their newborn son at their home, 492 Viola Road.

Tzemach Tzedek Pesach 5770 Schedule

Rabbi Lesches is available to arrange the sale of your chometz following all weekday tefilos as well as on Motzai Shabbos and Sunday. The Rav can also be reached at 845-659-1060.

Yud Aleph Nissan - Thursday Night/Friday, March 25/26:
There will be a farbrengen on Thursday night, March 25, in honor of Yud Aleph Nissan, the Rebbe’s birthday in 1902. Maariv will be at 8:30 PM followed by the farbrengen.

Shabbos HaGadol, Parshas Tzav - 12 Nissan, March 26/27:
Licht Benching and Mincha: 6:56 PM
Chassidus Shiur
Maariv: 8:00 PM

Chassidus Shiur: 8:45 AM
Shacharis: 9:30 AM
Shabbos HaGadol Shiur / Drasha: 5:45 PM (for men and women)
Mincha: 6:45 PM
Maariv - Shabbos Ends: 7:56 PM

Sunday, 13 Nissan, March 28:
Shacharis: 8:00, 9:00 and 10:00 AM
Farbrengen at 9:00 AM in honor of Yud Gimmel Nissan, the yarzeit of the Tzemach Tzedek.
Mincha: 7:00 PM
Maariv: 8:00 PM
Bedikas Chometz

Erev Pesach - Monday, 14 Nissan, March 29:
Shacharis: 7:00 and 8:00 AM (siyum for bechorim)
Last Time to Eat Chometz: 10:55 AM
Last Time to Burn Chometz: 11:57 AM
Chometz Burning: From 6:30 to 11:55 AM at the Park & Ride on Route 59 and at Memorial Park in Spring Valley.
Licht Benching and Mincha: 6:59 PM
Chassidus Shiur
Maariv: 8:00 PM

1st Day of Pesach - Tuesday, 15 Nissan, March 30:
Shacharis: 10:00 AM (includes Tefilas Tal)
Mincha: 7:00 PM
Maariv: 8:00 PM (begin counting Sefiras HaOmer)
Licht Benching: After 8:01 PM

2nd Day of Pesach - Wednesday, 16 Nissan, March 31:
Shacharis: 10:00 AM
Mincha: 7:00 PM
Seder Niggunim
Maariv: 8:00 PM (begin saying ותן ברכה)

Chol HaMoed 1 - Thursday, 17 Nissan, April 1:
Shacharis: 7:00, 8:00, 9:00, 10:00 and 10:30 AM
Mincha: 7:00 PM
Maariv: 8:00 PM
Farbrengen following Maariv in honor of the day of the Rebbe’s Bris (in 1902) and in honor of the birthday of the Rebbe’s father, Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson (in 1878).

Chol HaMoed 2 - Friday, 18 Nissan, April 2:
Shacharis: 7:00, 8:00, 9:00, 10:00 and 10:30 AM

Shabbos Kodesh Chol HaMoed – 19 Nissan, April 2/3:
Licht Benching & Mincha: 7:04PM
Chassidus Shiur
Maariv: 8:10 PM

Shacharis: 10:00 AM
Kinus Torah: 6:00 PM
Mincha: 7:00 PM
Kinus Torah continued
Maariv – Shabbos Ends: 8:04 PM

Chol HaMoed 4, Erev Yom Tov - Sunday, 20 Nissan, April 4:
Shacharis: 8:00, 9:00, 10:00 and 10:30 AM
Licht Benching & Mincha: 7:06 PM
Chassidus Shiur
Maariv: 8:10 PM
שביעי של פסח learning and farbrengen in the shul following Seudas Yom Tov.

Shvi’i Shel Pesach - Monday, 21 Nissan, April 5:
Shacharis: 10:00 AM
Mincha: 7:00 PM
Chassidus Shiur
Maariv: 8:10 PM
Licht Benching: After 8:07 PM

Acharon Shel Pesach - Tuesday, 22 Nissan, April 6:
Shacharis: 10:00 AM
Yizkor: Approximately 11:30 AM
Mincha: 5:30 PM
Moshiach Seudah (please bring matzah and wine)
Maariv – Yom Tov Ends: 8:08 PM

Wishing you and your family a Kosher and Freilichin Pesach!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Pre-School Director Position Available

A young and growing pre-school not far from Monsey looking for director. If interested, please send your resume and references to

Daily Mincha & Maariv

Beginning this Sunday, March 21, through the end of the summer (Rosh Hashana) the daily Mincha minyan will be at 7:00 PM.

This week Maariv will be at 7:45 PM and again at 9:30 PM.

Oberlander L'chaim

For more photos click here.

Doron Kornbluth at RCC

Doron Kornbluth, author of "Why Marry Jewish?" and "How to Raise Your Children to Love Being Jewish," shares insights with students, faculty and community members during a presentation for Jewish Heritage Month at SUNY Rockland, presented by the Center for Jewish Life.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Mazel Tov Niasoffs!

Mazel tov to Shmuly and Chayala Niasoff 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 or

Beis Nissan Farbrengen

There will be a farbrengen tonight, Tuesday, at Tzemach Tzedek following the 9:30 PM Maariv minyan, in honor of Beis Nissan, the yarzeit of the Rebbe Rashab.

Seeking Ride to Crown Heights

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

Mazel Tov Oberlanders - L'chaim Tonight!

Mazel tov to Rabbi Gedaliah and Sarah Leah Oberlander on the engagement of their son Dovid (Dudi) to Leah Gittel Steinmetz of Southfield, Michigan!

The l'chaim will take place tonight, Tuesday, at 8:30 PM at Lubavitch Yeshiva in Crown Heights.

Marrus L'chaim Wednesday Night

Pinchas and Sarah Marrus will be making a l'chaim for the engagement of their daughter Chaya Mushka to Dovid Nacca of Buenos Aires, Argentina tomorrow night, Wednesday, March 17, at Bais Eliezer Yitzchok, 394 Kingston Avenue in Crown Heights.

Tefillin Needed

If you have an old or extra pair of kosher Tefillin, or if you would like to help sponsor one, please contact Rabbi Dov Oliver at 845-659-2388. These Tefillin will be used daily giving college students who otherwise don't put on Tefillin the chance to do so.

Board OKs Yeshiva at Illegal School Site

By Steve Lieberman, The Journal News

RAMAPO — A Hasidic Jewish congregation that ran an illegal school on Route 306 where a calf was slaughtered has received zoning variances from Ramapo to build a two-story yeshiva on the same property.

Area residents were disappointed that Bobover Yeshiva of Monsey passed muster with the Zoning Board of Appeals in a 4-1 vote.

Other residents spoke out on behalf of allowing the two-story school, with a maximum height of 24 feet, for no more than 200 students in 15 classrooms. The students are 7 to 13 years of age, as well as prekindergarten age.

The congregation proposed a smaller project than the one suggested last year, which was rejected for safety and health concerns.

The approval for the school comes on the heels of Ramapo's approving a four-story dormitory school on nearby Babcock Lane and the development of nearly 500 houses on the former Patrick Farm property. A large rabbinical school with dorms also is being proposed in the area, but remains stalled in federal court.

Under New York state and federal laws, municipal planning and zoning boards are hard-pressed to opposed religious schools and houses of worship.

For the full story click here.

Bracha Meshchaninov to Speak at Bais Chana Retreat

Monsey's Bracha Meshchaninov will join Rabbi Manis Friedman, Freidy Yanover, Nachshon Zohari and Chaya Franklin at the Bais Chana Retreat in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains from April 25-28.

For more information and to sign up, please click here.

The Wig Closet Pre-Pesach Sale

The Wig Closet will he having a pre-Pesach sale in Monsey this Monday, March 22, from 7:30 to 10:00 PM at the Cohen home, 31 Fessler Drive.

*Beautiful pre-owned shaitels

*Variety of never-worn & gently worn

*All 100% European hair

*Top quality brands at discounted prices

*Friendly customer service

For more information please contact 347-631-7160 or

Rothstein L'chaim

Yaakov and Shulamit Rothstein will be making a l'chaim for the engagement of their son Yeshaya Yosef (Isaiah) to Rachael Batya Goldberg of Baltimore this Sunday, March 21, from 2:00 to 5:00 PM, at K'hal Knesses Yisrael, 698 Union Road.

Mazel Tov Wolowiks!

Mazel tov to Rabbi Avremel and Baily Wolowik 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 or

Monday, March 15, 2010

The Battle You Didn’t Lose - A Letter to Mrs. Basie Palace OBM

Last week, you lost your battle with the horrible illness that took your Neshama to Gan Eden. Your dear husband and children, your extended family, your friends, and communities and students all know how hard you fought – up to the last second with the last tiny bit of energy.

You fought and fought - you so wanted to win - to continue to live and give. But, Hashem is stronger, wiser and more experienced - and He needed you to come Home.

Don’t be sad.

You did in fact, win one battle - a very big battle. A battle, which will continue for generations and generations to come.

The Battle of “our Kinderlach is our # 1 priority.”

You were the champion in this battle.

You were such a “Dugmah Chaya.” You showed and lived your life by example. I guess it all first started in your own household, making sure that your dear sons and daughters had everything that they needed to be raised according to Torah and Mitzvos and that they all had the proper tools to combat the negative influences of today’s very tough world. All you wanted with every ounce of your being, is that your Kinderlach should be on the right track - not just on the routine right track but with SIMCHA and POSITIVE ENERGY. Your children’s well-being was your mission statement and your # 1 goal.

And that battle you won hands down.

But Mrs. Palace - What’s so amazing is that you took that very same battle from your household and forged ahead with it to ALL THE KINDERLACH – in the community at large.

You had a battle going to make sure that every single boy and girl in our community had the proper chinuch, tools and the right positive attitude to follow Torah and Mitzvos. You met with Rabayim, teachers and educators and gave them the positive reinforcement they all needed. You made sure to give it to them with energy and most of all with SIMCHA.

YOUR ENCOURGEMENT WAS MAGICAL. It worked every time and, it made everybody around you get onto that bandwagon to make sure to keep that Agenda in the forefront. The Agenda that “our Kinderlach are our # 1priority.”

And I speak as one of the recipients of your Agenda.

Some eight years ago, here in Los Angeles, we saw the tremendous need of our very own Anash children. This was a very simple need - the need of “raising the bar” on how our children daven in Shul on Shabbos. We began the Jr. Minyan- Kol Yakov Yehuda - The Rebbe’s Diamond daveners, and as in all beginnings and new things it was a bit tough.

But you, dear Mrs. Palace, came along and began pushing your Agenda. You gave us the Chizuk and the positive energy , not only with words but with action – with your time, with your gifts, and with your drive.

Your uplifting messages and smile - and I mean not just for your own beautiful children who attended our shul, but for every single Misspallel, you treated, spoke and smiled at each and every one of our Kinderlach when you saw them. You made them feel like they can and will change the world.

Your one of a kind “mothers touch that you posses “was used not only on your own children but on all the children in our community. In fact all Kinderlach in our community were your children.

That Battle you indeed won with flying colors.

On a personal note, the Chizuk you gave to me, I will never forget. Whenever a thought came into my mind, perhaps to pass on the mantle of giving our own Kinderlach what they so desperately need today with the Jr. Minyan, you and your positive philosophy and energy, AND LIVING EXAMPLE - quickly pushed that thought away.

Doing things in a practical way was always your style. Your gifts on every single Yom Huledes on behalf of the Kinderlach just had your touch like no one else has.

All for the sake of your # 1 priority- our own Anash Kinderlach.

Indeed that Battle you won!!!

To our Hanhalah’s and Mechanchim - let us remember and follow this mother’s lifetime pursuit and objectives to find the GOOD in every one of our Talmidim and Talmidos - to help them achieve their potential, with positive energy and Simcha. (not always with a shteken)

To your entire family, but especially to your four youngest - our dear Misspallelim , Schneur, (our past Gabbai) Shuli (our great davener and organizer) Rivka Leah & Chaya Mushka (our Bobsy twins & winners of our laptop contest KYY#4), I want to say Chazak Chazak. “Keep your mother’s Agenda and dream alive.” She would do anything and everything for you - tyere Kinderlach, to go in the Derech Hashem and the Rebbe’s ways. She did that with all her Koichois till the very last breath that she had.

Remember her smile, her drive, her simcha -and most of all, for the seeing the GOOD in everything and everyone. She possessed and passed on the positive to anyone who met her. Continue to give her nachas and show her the fruits of her labor.

And also, thanks for sharing her with us all. She was your mother, but she was also the mother of the Rebbe’s moisdois here in Los Angeles. She was the mother of all the schools you attended. She was the mother of many community Kinderlach. She was even the mother of our city’s Rabonim and Mechanchim - giving them the message of “positive energy.”

And yes, she was also the mother of our little Diamonds –the Rebbe’s Diamond Daveners.

In closing,

Schneur, Shuli, Rivka Leah & Chaya Mushka, and to all of the Palace children and extended children, we know anything we say or do will not lessen the unbearable pain that you have. Please find some comfort in the fact that your mom was a very, very special mom to you and to hundreds of others – including me, my wife and children, and our fellow daveners.

To you Mrs. Palace, we will reenergize and attempt to continue your Agenda and Mission Statement. We will continue with all our efforts to give special attention to our very own children, we will follow in your footsteps to uplift the future generation.

You may have lost one battle, but to your dear husband, family, friends and hundreds of children -YOU ARE AND WILL ALWAY BE A WINNER !!!!!!!!!!

Please as you enter Shamayim – “May Hashem listen to you with your pleas on behalf of all of our Kinderlach and all of Klal Yisroel to send Moshiach speedily.”

On behalf of all the Kinderlach of KYY – The Rebbe’s Diamond Daveners

Mendel Duchman
Los Angeles

Matzah for Mivtzoim

Rabbi Simcha Werner is happy to announce that he has Matzoh available for Mivtzoim. If any of Anash would like to fulfill the Rebbe's Mivtzah Matzoh and need Matzoh please contact Rabbi Werner at 845-356-3850. There is a limited amount available for Anash to distribute to their neighbors, colleagues, and acquaintances so please call as soon as possible to ensure you receive the amount you need!

Yeshivas Bein Hazmanim in Monsey

There will be a Yeshivas Bein Hazmanim for mesivta-age bochurim for this Pesach Bein Hazmanim from this Sunday, Vov Nissan through Thursday, Yud Nissan, at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek Lubavitch of Monsey.

The schedule is as follows:
8:30-9:30 AM: Seder Chassidus
10:00AM: Shacharis
11:15 AM-1:00 PM: Seder Nigleh

Delicious mezonos will be served before Chassidus and a lavish breakfast after Shacharis.

If you would like the tremendous zechus of partnering to help sponsor this program, please contact
Yossi Edelkopf at 845-596-2077.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Palace Shiva Davening Times

Reb Moshe Palace and his children are sitting shiva at the Palace home, 15 Wallenberg Circle in Monsey.

There are 5 minyanim needed so please make every effort to come to the davenings. The davening times are as follows:

Sunday Shacharis:
8:30 AM (2 minyanim)
9:00 AM (2 Minyanim)
10:00 AM (1 Minyan)

Monday - Thursday Shacharis:
7:15 AM (2 minyanim)
8:00 AM (1 minyan)
9:00 AM (2 minyanim)

3:45 PM (3 minyanim)
6:45pm (2 minyanim)

7:30 PM (3 minyanim)
9:00 PM (2 minyanim)


Phone: 845-578-1653

If you are able to cook a meal for the family of aveilim please call Mrs. Rochie Liberow at 845-517-9034.

.המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

Friday, March 12, 2010

Find a Mentor

Cheder 2010 Reception

Dominican-American Convert to Judaism Speaks at RCC

More than 150 students, faculty, and community members attended a lecture by Aliza Hausman this week sponsored by the Center for Jewish Life at SUNY Rockland.

Aliza Hausman, a freelance writer whose work has been published on, is a Dominican-American woman who was born and grew up in Washington Heights. She was inspired as a teenager by a talk by a Holocaust survivor to investigate Judaism, and, despite strong family opposition, went through the conversion process as a young adult. She is currently married to a rabbinical student.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Kesser Distributors Pesach Order Deadline

To have your beef guaranteed in time for Pesach please be sure to place your order no later than this Wednesday, March 17.

For a full price list, more information, and to order, please contact Chaim Holtzberg at or 914-729-0838.

All chicken and meat is from David Elliot under CHK and shechted by Lubavitcher shochtim.

Meals for Aveilim

Mrs. Rochie Liberow has recently begun arranging homemade meals from people in the community for families who are sitting Shiva or going through other difficult situations. If you are able to cook a meal please call her at 845-517-9034.

N'shei Chabad Bookstore News

Visit the N'shei Chabad Bookstore for all of you Pesach book needs. Please call Yehudis Abramowitz at 845-558-8249 or visit us at 6 Zabriskie Terrace.
  • Countdown to the Seder
  • Spice and Spirit - Kosher for Passover Cooking
  • At Our Rebbe's Seder Table
  • Haggadah for Pesach
  • Kol Menachem (Gutnick) Haggadah - Nusach Ari/Nusach Ashkenaz
  • Ki Yishalcha Bincha
  • Hilchos Leil HaSeder
  • Kleiman Illustrated Haggadahs
  • Q&A Haggadah
  • Out of Egypt (Book, CD and DVD)
  • A Touch of Passover
  • Tehillas Hashem Special Siddur for Pesach
  • Time for Torah - New Children's Book from HaChai
  • Dear Tree - New Children's Book from HaChai

Seeking Ride to CH

Seeking a ride for high school girl from Monsey to Crown Heights this Motzai Shabbos or early Sunday morning. Please contact Robin Luchins at 845-304-3788 or

Boruch Dayan HaEmes - Mrs. Bassie Palace A"H

Boruch Dayan HaEmes - We are deeply saddened and pained to inform you of the untimely passing of Mrs. Bassie Palace A"H, wife of y"blct Reb Moshe Palace.

The Levaya will take place tomorrow, Friday, March 12, at 8:30 AM at the Palace home, 15 Wallenberg Circle in Monsey from where it will go to Brooklyn and pass by 770 at approximately 10:30 AM and then proceed to the Old Montefiore Cemetery in Queens (near the Ohel).

Reb Moshe and his children will be sitting shiva at the Palace home, 15 Wallenberg Circle in Monsey. The davening times will be posted on the website shortly.

If you are able to cook a meal for the family of aveilim please call Rochie Liberow at 845-517-9034.

.המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

Doron Kornbluth to Speak at RCC

Doron Kornbluth will be giving a lecture entitled Loving the World, Loving My People at RCC as part of Jewish Heritage Month this Tuesday, March 16 at 8:00 PM at the RCC Student Union Room 3214. Refreshments will be served. All are invited to participate!

Doron Kornbluth is a sought-after international speaker. He has lectured audiences of all ages and backgrounds in over 100 cities around the world. His unique inspirational and humorous Why Be Jewish? and Jewish Pride seminars have been popular and effective with young Jews everywhere. His much-awaited book Raising Kids to Love Being Jewish has just been released.

Mazel Tov Perlines!

Mazal tov to Mayer and Shternie Perline on the birth of a granddaughter born to Chana and Schneur Hayes of Ottawa, Canada!

Daily Mincha & Maariv

Beginning this Sunday and for the week the daily Mincha minyan will be at 6:30 PM followed by Maariv at 7:45 PM and again at 9:30 PM.

Welcome Ratners!

Welcome to Reuven (Bob) and Shana Esther (Camille) Ratner and Josh & Amy Ratner on their move to our community (Powder Horn Drive)!

Boxes 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.

In the Tzemach Tzedek Parking Lot

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Change Your Clocks

This Motzai Shabbos – or Sunday morning, March 14 at 2:00 AM to be precise - remember to move your clock forward one hour for daylight savings time.

Mazel Tov Marrus Family!

Mazal tov to Pinchas and Sarah Marrus on the engagement of their daughter Chaya Mushka to Dovid Nacca of Buenos Aires, Argentina!

Cheder Boys Visit New Candy Store

The 2nd grade boys of Cheder Chabad visited the new iCandy store in Wesley Hills where they all received Pucker Powder as a reward for a job well done on their reading assignments.

Monsey Group Says Lox Study Misinterpreted: 'It's kosher'

By Jane Lerner, The Journal News

MONSEY — A Rockland group that caused an uproar when it purportedly put the pox on lox by claiming that the popular Jewish nosh isn't kosher said Tuesday that the warning was nothing but a fish tale.

"Go ahead, eat lox," said Yisroel Neiman, a member of Chevra Mehadrin, a Monsey organization that prepared a report recently on fish and Jewish law. "It's kosher — I just had some."

Neiman said he had no idea why the report was being interpreted to mean that salmon, the fish from which lox is made, violates Jewish dietary law.

"They made it up," Neiman said, referring to media organizations that attributed the ban on lox to the report. "It's a lie. We never said lox isn't kosher."

Neiman spoke to The Journal News briefly in the hall of the Monsey office where the organization is headquartered.

He said he was aware of the head scratching caused by the erroneous ruling on lox. That was not the intention of the organization, whose name means "group of the strictest level of kosher supervision," when it prepared its report, Neiman said.

"The purpose of Chevra Mehadrin is to inform the interested public of the kashrus (kosher)-related practices and protocols of each retailer so that consumers should know whether the products they are eating meet their kashrus expectations and standards," the report reads.

The group's report reviewed both Jewish law and modern methods of harvesting and preparing fish. It also included questionnaires sent to fish stores in the Monsey area about their practices and methods.

The report also discusses specific fish, including salmon, salmon fillets and lox. Under Jewish law, fish is kosher if an inspection shows that it has fins and scales.

The report notes that some inspectors classify salmon as kosher based on the fish's reddish appearance, but the group warns that modern practices can make nonkosher fish appear red and suggests that consumers ask their rabbi if they can rely solely on the color of the fish, instead of an inspection.

Even before Neiman said the ban on lox was false, many suspected something was fishy.

"Lox? Not kosher?" said Rabbi David Eidensohn, a frequent Orthodox Jewish commentator on family issues. "If you had asked me two weeks ago, I would have thought it was a Purim joke, and a bad joke at that."

At Kisco Kosher deli in White Plains, owner Zeev Bain said he would continue to carry lox as long as his rabbi-inspected suppliers assured him that the salmon being used was kosher.

"If there are two Jewish people involved in an argument, there should be three opinions, and all of them are valid," Bain said from behind the deli counter. "So, each person should decide for his own what he should adhere to."

Customer Phil Pearle of Mahopac had one thing to say about the idea of lox not being kosher: "It's ridiculous."

Mandy Ganchrow, a retired Monsey physician who formerly served as president of the Orthodox Union, the largest organization in the world that provides kosher certification, said he had heard about the reported ban and promptly rejected it.

"I'll be eating lox for lunch," he said. "It's a staple kosher item throughout the world."

Ganchrow said there was a tendency of some groups to go too far when interpreting finer points of the thousands of years of Jewish law.

"Everyone wants to be more frum — more religious — than the next guy," he said.

Rabbi Moshe Elefant, chief operating officer of the kosher division of Orthodox Union, said Jewish scholars had long debated the issue of salmon and the parasites commonly found in many fish and that they had concluded the food is kosher.

"This isn't a new question," he said. "It's discussed in the Talmud."

Elefant said he never heard of Chevra Mehadrin and had not seen the report.

"I'm not trying to belittle what they are doing," he said. "We welcome people asking questions, but if they have a question, they should come to us and ask it."

The lox uproar hasn't had an impact on sales at Bubba's Bagels, a popular store and cafe in Wesley Hills.

"We sell hundreds of packets a day," owner Hal Roth said. "No one is talking about not eating lox."

Herschel Lorenz of Monsey was buying lunch at Bubba's. He didn't order lox, but he does eat the fish from time to time.

"When I hear from a reliable rabbinic source that I shouldn't eat lox — that's when I'll stop eating lox," he said. "I haven't heard anything that makes me think I shouldn't eat lox."

Women's Wednesday Night Shiurim on Hilchos Pesach

Beginning tonight and for the next 2 weeks the weekly Wednesday night shiur for women by Rabbi Lesches will address the Halachos of Pesach. The shiur is at 8:00 PM at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Help Families in Our Community Make Pesach

Touger Seudos Hodaa

Rabbi Yossi and Sara Michal Touger invite you to a Kiddush and Seudos Hodaa for their son this Shabbos following davening at K'hal Beis Menachem.

Seeking Ride to Crown Heights

If you or someone you know is going to Crown Heights this Friday, March 13th, and has room for 1 girl please call Dini at 845-406-3960.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Kagan Bar Mitzvah This Shabbos

Save the Date - Cheder Dessert Reception

Mark your calendar. The Cheder Chabad of Monsey annual Dessert Reception will take place on Sunday evening, May 30, 2010 (Memorial Day weekend) in the main sanctuary of Congregation Tzemach Tzedek Lubavitch of Monsey.

Important Beis Menachem Meeting Tonight

There will be an important meeting tonight, Monday, March 8, concerning the finances and future housing options for K'hal Beis Menachem which is under the leadership of Rabbi Dr. Chaim Dovid Kagan.

The meeting will take place at 8:00 PM at the shul. All shul members and friends are encouraged to participate.

Gartel G'mach

Over the Purim weekend a few gartels were borrowed from the Rabbi Shusterman Gartel G'mach and not returned. If you borrowed a gartel and forgot to return it please return it to Rabbi Shusterman's shtender as soon as possible for the benefit of the Kehilla.

In Haifa, Reach the Depths

Pothole Map

Do you have annoying or dangerous potholes in your neighborhood that are not getting fixed? You can now mark them on an interactive map which will show the highway department where attention is needed. Click here for the map.

Hanson Birthday Farbrengen

Reb Mayer Duvid Hanson will be making a farbrengen in honor of his birthday this Thursday night, March 11, at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek following the 9:30 PM Maariv minyan. All are invited to participate!

New Baseball Stadium Coming to Town

By Steve Lieberman, The Journal News

RAMAPO — Minor league baseball is coming to Rockland County.

Opening day is scheduled for June 1, 2011. A singer already has been chosen to sing "The Star Spangled Banner." Ticket prices have been set.

Right now, the site is 65 acres of woodlands, with renderings displaying a 3,500-seat stadium off Firemen's Memorial Drive, near Route 45 in Ramapo.

"What we will have is a family-oriented experience with the American pastime of baseball," Ramapo Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence said during a preview of the stadium with the designers on Thursday.

Aside from 50 professional baseball games from June to Labor Day , officials said, the stadium can provide an economic boost to the county and create more than 100 construction jobs through union labor, about 25 full-time jobs and up to 75 part-time jobs.

"Minor league baseball will make Rockland a destination point," St. Lawrence said.
Known as "Project Grand Slam ," the stadium will cost an estimated $25.5 million — $17.5 million for the stadium and the $8 million cost for last year's purchase of 67 acres. The stadium and parking will sit on 25 acres.

There will be a $1.295 million fee to become an expansion team in 2011 with the Canadian American Association Professional Baseball league, known as CanAm.
Tickets are projected at $12 for the field seats and $7 for the second tier, officials said.

Ramapo will bond the cost of the stadium, which would be located off Palisades Interstate Parkway Exit 12, over 30 years.

Click here to continue article.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Mashgiach & Butcher Positions Available

A supermarket in New Jersey that is a 35 minute drive from Monsey is looking to hire a competent Mashgiach and an experienced butcher as soon as possible.

It is a good working environment and the jobs offer great benefits. If interested, please email

Friday, March 5, 2010

Shot Glasses in Cheder Mishloach Manos

Please note that the shot glasses that were in the Cheder Chabad Mishloach Manos were not toiveled. Please do not use them before toiveling them in a Mikvah for Keilim.

The glasses were provided by Blue Mark Promotions -

Local Jobs Available at Yedei Chesed

Yedei Chesed, Inc. an affiliate of Bikur Cholim of Rockland County, NY, is seeking to fill the following positions. We provide a positive and rewarding work environment were you have the ability to directly and favorably impact the life of others.

Direct Support Professional for Women’s Day Hab Program:
We are seeking an energetic, positive-thinking, creative and dedicated person. Hours: Mon-Thurs 9:00am – 3:00pm with a potential for Fridays from 9am-1pm. Valid drivers license required and reliable transportation a must.

RN-Administrative Position:
Approx. 8 hours a week on-site. This person will be responsible for providing oversight and medical scheduling for clients in a group residence facility. The candidate must be flexible, well organized and be available for calls concerning the residents.

Please send your resume to or call 845-425-0887 x276 to schedule an interview.

Kiddush at Tzemach Tzedek

Sruli and Faige Bruck invite you to a Kiddush/Farbrengen this Shabbos following davening at K’hal Tzemach Tzedek in honor of the birth of their daughter Chana Leah.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Kesser Weekly Chicken and Beef Specials

Kesser Distributors specials of the week are:

Whole Chicken 1/4 for $2.09 per lb.
Chuck Eye Roll Netted for $5.49 per lb.

All chicken and meat is from David Elliot under CHK and shechted by Lubavitcher shochtim.

For a full price list, more information, and to order, please contact Chaim Holtzberg at or 914-729-0838.

Last Avos U'Banim of the Year

In honor of the last Avos U'Banim of the year, this Motzoai Shabbos, Parshas Ki Sisa, there will be extra raffle drawings for special prizes and pizza!

Based on the time that Shabbos ends this week the program will take place from 8:00 to 8:45 PM.

If you would like to sponsor this closing session of this season please contact Rabbi Shusterman at 917-282-3505.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Purim at Hillel of RCC

Purim at the the Center for Jewish Life at Hillel at RCC was a big success. It began with an arts and crafts event, mask making, on Taanis Esther which took place at RCC.

On Purim night the venue was Shelli's Two Pizza Shop where a large and spirited crowd gathered to hear the Megillah which was lained beautifully by Yechiel Rapoport. The crowd included some who were fulfilling the mitzvah for the first time in their lives and many who would not have heard it otherwise.

The laining was followed by an entertaining Purim rap, purim puppet show, pinata smashing and a grand costume contest!

Cheder Seeks Lunch Volunteer

Cheder Chabad is in need of a volunteer to help with our Tuesday lunches. This is a great opportunity for parents and grandparents to see their kinderlach in action and help ease the Cheder’s financial burden. If you are available for about 45 minutes on Tuesday mornings between 9:00 AM and 12:00 noon please call the Cheder office at 845-201-0203 extension 4.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Women's Wednesday Night Shiur Canceled

Because of the Lefkowitz wedding the Wednesday night Halacha shiur for women has been canceled for this week.

The men's Samach Vov shiur will take place as usual.

Purim at Chabad JEC of Chestnut Ridge

More than 150 people joined Chabad of Chestnut Ridge for multiple Megilla lainings and a "Purim in the Jungle" themed seudah on Sunday afternoon. In addition, Chabad visited many home-bound, hospital-bound and elderly people at local senior centers to spread the joy of Purim.
For more pictures please click here.

Reb Tzvi Webb Speaks at Chabad of Chestnut Ridge

Captain Tzvi (Hank) Webb speaking about his book Loyal Soldier at Chabad of Chestnut Ridge.

Town of Ramapo Spring Clean Up Info

Monday, March 1, 2010

Cheder Mishloach Manos On the Way

By Cheder Chabad

Where oh where is the Mishloach Monos
The Cheder is meant to send?
The day of Purim has already reached its end!
Oy! a mentch tracht un der Eibishter lacht
The plans for each delivery buried deep in the snow
But now its melting so be aware and know
That i"yh the Mishloach Monos will be on its way
And a l'chaim you will make without delay
With art to frame, sweets to eat
From here to Moshiach speedily to greet.

Seeking Ride to Crown Heights

Seeking ride to Crown Heights this Thursday afternoon or evening. If you are driving in, please call 845-362-3612.

House for Sale Near Tzemach Tzedek

Large colonial for sale on a quiet cul-de-sac very close to K'hal Tzemach Tzedek. For more information please call 845-558-9496.

Matzah Baking This Sunday

Shimon Kroll is organizing a group for baking at the Crown heights Matzah Bakery this Sunday, March 7. If you would like to join please contact Reb Shimon at 845-362-1477 or 914-419-5436.