Friday, April 30, 2010

The Famous New Hempstead Bear

Photos: Motty Zeitlin

Reminder - New Weekly Shiur

Rabbi Zalmen Leib Markowitz will begin giving a new weekly shiur on Likutei Sichos on Wednesday afternoons at 3:00 PM at Tzemach Tzedek. For more information please contact Mayer Duvid Hanson at

Lag B’omer Parade

Cheder Chabad Girls Prepare for The Great Parade!

The girls at Cheder Chabad of Monsey are working very hard creating a banner to represent Cheder Chabad Girls at the Lag B'omer Parade!

CJL at RCC Hosts Beautiful Shabbaton

This past Shabbos, the Center for Jewish Life held a great Shabbaton for students of RCC and other college-aged youth from Rockland. After candle lighting, the program began with a beautiful Kabolas Shabbos outdoors at the home of the Reitmans. This was followed by a lively and inspired Shabbos meal attended by over 40 students with the songs, Divrei Torah and stories lasting long into the night.

The next morning many of the students walked to YSV girls where the Beis Menachem shul had relocated for the occasion of Dovid Labkowski's Bar Mitzvah. One of the participants, Andrew, 23 was also having his symbolic 'Bar Mitzvah' as well as receiving a Jewish name. With his parents and friends in attendance and with the gracious invitation to share the setting by the Labkowski's, Rabbi Kagan read out the Mi Shebayrach giving Andrew his Jewish name of choice, Aviel, with which seconds later he was called up to the Torah as. Aviel read the Brochos and was showered with candies as everyone sang Siman Tov U'Mazel Tov, helping to make it a very special day for him.

Lunch was hosted by the Edelkopf family where the 'Bar Mitzvah' celebrations continued. After lunch the girls headed back to the Reitmans where they joined in and throughly enjoyed a shiur given by Bracha Meschaninov.

Following this was a 'hartzig' Farbrengen lead by Rabbi Oliver at which many of the students joined in and spoke. Shabbos ended with a musical Havdallah and then a visit to New City Batting Cages and Bowling and finally a 'melave malka' at Shellis Too.

Many thanks goes to the Labkowskis, Edelkopfs and Reitmans for their hospitality.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Seeking Ride to Monsey

Seeking a ride for 2 from Crown Heights to Monsey tomorrow, Friday. Please call 347-985-0771.

Hayman Aufruf This Shabbos!

Mazel tov to the Hayman family on the upcoming wedding of Boruch Akiva!

Avraham and Devorah Hayman invite you to Boruch Akiva's aufruf this Shabbos at Tzemach Tzedek. The Haymans will be sponsoring the kiddush/farbrengen following davening in honor of the aufruf.

Yosef and Tovah Hott will be co-sponsoring the kiddush in honor of the recent birth of their daughter.

Beware of Bike Marathon on Sunday

Please note that the New York City Bike Marathon is taking place this Sunday morning with many street closures beginning at 7:00 AM including the FDR Drive. You may want to avoid Manhattan on your way into Crown Heights for the parade.

Condo for Sale

A bi-level condo in Blueberry Hill is available for sale. The condo has 3 bedrooms (including 1 flex bedroom/office), full living room, dining room, dinette, kosher kitchen, laundry room with washer and dryer and plenty of storage space, 1 full bath, ground floor entry, secondary entrance on lower level, approximately 1,400 square feet, an 8 minute walk from Tzemach Tzedek, Chabad neighbors. Asking $235,000. Please call 914-584-3097 for owner.

Avrohom Poretsky Sitting Shiva

Boruch Dayan HaEmes - We are deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of Yaakov Eliezer (Jay) Poretsky A"H, the brother of Avrohom Boruch Poretsky.

Avrohom is sitting shiva through this Monday morning at his house, 13 Darby Road in South Monsey.

The davening times are as follows:

Mincha: 7:30 PM
Maariv: 9:45 PM

Shacharis: 7:10 PM
Mincha: 4:00 PM

Shacharis: 8:10 PM
Mincha: 7:30 PM
Maariv: 9:45 PM

Shacharis: 7:10 AM

The phone number at the house is 845-364-6081.

.המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

Seating Chart for Parade

Cheder Chabad Boys will be sitting in sections GN2 & GN3.

Cheder Chabad Girls and mothers will be sitting in sections P13 & P14.

The above sections are for children and Cheder staff only.

All Cheder Chabad fathers and Monsey Anash families will be sitting in the following sections:

Men & Boys: B9

Women & Girls: R10

Please take note of the specified entrance and exits designated for your section. Those will be the only way you will be allowed to enter and exit.

The map also shows where the nearest restrooms, security and Hatzalah can be found.

Click on the chart to enlarge it.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Wristbands & T-Shirts for The Great Parade

Close to 500 people have reserved seats for the Monsey section of The Great Parade this sunday!

Children who go to Cheder Chabad will bring home the wrist bands and t-shirts for their families today.

If you do not have children in Cheder Chabad and have reserved seats in the Monsey section please be sure to pick up your t-shirts and wrist bands tomorrow, Thursday, or Friday, during school hours, from the office of the Cheder Chabad Girls building, 246 North Main Street in Spring Valley.

The office will be open on Thursday until 4:00 PM and on Friday until 12 Noon.

The Cheder will not be bringing the unpicked up wrist bands and t-shirts to Crown Heights on Sunday so please be sure to pick them up by Friday at 12:00.

A map with the location of the Monsey section will be posted on this site shortly.

Mrs. Chava Devorah Shusterman, Pioneer Chabad Emissary, 89

By Mordechai Lightstone,

Rebbetzin Chava Devorah (Evelyn) Shusterman, a renowned educator and matriarch of the Chicago Jewish community, who served, along with her husband, Rabbi Tzvi Shusterman, as a pioneering emissary of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement, passed away Friday, April 16. She was 89.

Born November 29, 1920, in Malden, Massachusetts, to Rabbi Shmaya Krinsky, a schochet, and his wife Etta, Rebbetzin Shusterman grew up as part of a tight-knit Chasidic family at a time when the traditional Jewish world seemed to be unraveling. Orthodox Jews in the Boston area were few in number, and the community lacked the infrastructure to support Orthodox day schools.

Ms. Krinsky, along with her peers, was sent to public elementary and secondary school during the day, and attended the local Talmud Torah in the evenings. The rich Jewish environment of the Krinsky home compensated for the absence of formal Jewish schooling. Years later, Mrs. Shusterman would recall the warmth and love of Jewish life with which her parents imbued her. In particular she remembered the festive Shabbat meals with their lively melodies and Torah discussions that created, for her and her siblings, an island of "utter spirituality.”

Emissaries sent to America by the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, to help raise funds for the various Chabad institutions in Europe, were frequent guests in the open Krinsky home, finding a haven of Yiddishkeit in New England. Personalities like Rabbi Yitzchok Horowitz, popularly known as “Itche der Masmid,” Rabbi Shmuel Levitin, and Rabbi Mordechai Cheifitz brought with them stories of Chasidic life across the Atlantic.

After graduating in 1941 from Hebrew College in nearby Roxbury, Massachusetts, Ms. Krinsky returned to teach at the Talmud Torah she had attended in her youth. While teaching, she met her husband-to-be, Rabbi Tzvi Shusterman who arrived in Worcester on instructions from the Rebbe. The young couple married in 1943.

As one of the earliest shluchim, the sixth Rebbe sent the Shustermans from Boston to Rochester, New York, on the very day after the conclusion of the sheva brachot following their wedding. There they opened the Achei Temimim school for boys, and the Beis Sara school for girls. Life in Rochester was difficult as resources were limited and kosher food was at times scarce. In order to procure kosher milk, the couple purchased a pasteurizer to process milk from local farms.

In 1947, the sixth Rebbe instructed the Shustermans to move to Chicago, Illinois, where Rabbi Shusterman was to take up a post at the pulpit. Chicago seemed a world away from family and loved ones in New England and New York. Nevertheless, the couple moved to Chicago's Uptown-Edgewater area, where the small Jewish community had opened the Agudas Chabad synagogue some years before.

Jewish affiliation in the area was lax, and it was often difficult to put together a minyan. But the young couple was not daunted. From their apartment above the synagogue, the Shustermans opened a Talmud Torah school. Dr. Ira Weiss, today a well-known cardiologist, and former doctor of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, was among the first graduating class of the new school. Even today, he recalls fondly an educational experience that extended far beyond the formalities of traditional schooling. Weiss remembers spending many a Shabbat at the Shusterman home, surrounded by warmth.

"Mrs. Shusterman cared for us all," Weiss recounts. "The students, their siblings and parents -- we were an extended family."

Although “diminutive in size,” says Weiss, Mrs. Shusterman was “immensely powerful in her determination and spirit."

Ten years after the Shustermans’ arrival to Edgewater the Jewish community had largely transitioned to the Westside of Chicago. In 1958, the Bnei Reuven synagogue, one of the oldest congregations in Chicago, invited Rabbi Shusterman to serve as its rabbi. Although Bnei Reuven had a large traditional membership with over a thousand in attendance for High Holiday services, the synagogue had only recently moved to the West Rogers Park area.

Members had purchased land to be dedicated for a new building, but problems arose with the architect and the Shustermans soon found themselves presiding over a gaping hole in the ground. Forced to start from scratch, they slowly drew supporters from the surrounding Jewish community, and the synagogue was finally built. One of the first synagogues to be erected in the area, it drew curious crowds, and, in 1969, was awarded a prize for its unique architectural design.

Mrs. Shusterman was dedicated to her family and community, yet was also keenly aware of the critical role she played in communal life and, was a strong force for Jewish education and enrichment in her own right. Rallying women in the community behind her, she would convene monthly "Oneg Shabbat" gatherings. Soon, as many as one hundred women would join in Shabbat afternoon get-togethers, for lessons on Jewish thought, conversation and song.

When Mrs. Shusterman noticed that the local mikvah was in a state of disrepair, she formed the Daughters of Israel, an organization still active today. Members went from house to house collecting funds to refurbish the mikvah.

Mrs. Shusterman eventually partnered with her friend and fellow Chicago resident Rebbetzin Chaya Sora Hecht, to found the international, N'shei Chabad, Chabad-Lubavitch's women's organization. Not merely a sisterhood or women's auxiliary, N'shei raised funds for schools and orphanages in Europe and Israel, and took an active role in communal outreach.

Rebbetzin Shusterman taught in the Arie Crown girls’ school for over twenty-five years, and was a teacher at the Lubavitch Girl's High School for an additional ten years. Aware that the power of teaching was one that went beyond lectures and the classroom, Shusterman was meticulous in her dress and personal conduct. Though the hours of preparing for class and teaching often overwhelmed her already busy schedule, Shusterman felt a great calling in pedagogy. "There's a certain satisfaction," she once said, "in knowing that you've accomplished something for the future."

Though Rabbi Shusterman retired from the pulpit in 1998, the couple remained active in the Jewish communal life that they had fostered in Chicago. Even after the passing of her husband in 2001, Shusterman continued to graciously receive guests and counsel those who sought her advice. Family members recall, that even in the face of personal discomfort and ailing health, Shusterman would continue to help those in need -- visiting strangers in local hospitals with gifts of food and a listening ear.

Her brother, Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky, Chairman of Chabad's educational and social services divisions, Merkos L’Inyonei Chinuch and Machne Israel, recalls his sister's tireless efforts to help others. "My sister truly exemplified a life of dedication and service. Everyone who came in contact with her, stranger like family, was welcomed as someone of supreme importance and deserving of her attention. As the consummate teacher for nearly 70 years, she regarded her thousands of students as her own children."

Rebbetzin Chava Devorah Shusterman is survived by her children, Rabbi Shmarya Shusterman of Chicago, Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman of Monsey, NY, Rabbi Yosef Y. Shusterman of Beverly Hills, CA, Rabbi Mendel Shusterman, of Melbourne, Australia and Mrs. Sori Galperin of Detroit, numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and her siblings, Mrs. Rivkah Hecht, Rabbi Yosef Krinsky, Rabbi Pinchas Krinsky, Mrs. Sophie Goodman, Mrs. Yocheved Goldberg, and Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Free Workshop Dinner for Parents & Grandparents of Special Needs Children

Holocaust Commemoration Events at CJL at RCC

The Center for Jewish Life presented three programs for Holocaust Commemoration last week. First was a movie, "As Seen Through These Eyes," which depicted the creative efforts of concentration camp prisoners and Holocaust survivors. More than 150 people attended the event, which was co-sponsored by the JCC.

A child survivor of Auschwitz, Mrs. Bronia Brandman, shared her story with more than 100 students, faculty and community members of all backgrounds. Now a resident of Boro Park, Mrs. Brandman brought her gripping story to life with the addition of a slide show of photos of her family home in Poland and members of her family who did not survive. After the talk, she was surrounded by students of many backgrounds who were deeply touched by her story.

A third program featured musicologist and author Jerry Silverman, who presented a concert and lecture, "The Undying Flame: Ballads of the Holocaust," which included songs in multiple languages about the Holocaust.

A total of nearly 1,000 people attended the Jewish Heritage Month and Holocaust Commemoration activities!

Kinus Hisororus Tonight for Sholom Rubashkin

In the spirit of Achdus and Ahavas Yisroel, the Monsey Kehilla will be joining together for a community-wide Kinus for men and women on behalf of Reb Sholom Mordechai Halevi ben Rivka Rubashkin tonight, Tuesday, April 27th, the evening before his sentencing, at Yeshiva Ohr Somayach, 244 Route 306.

Maariv will be at 9:30 PM, followed by divrei hisororus at 9:45 PM from leading Rabbanim of the Monsey communities.

There will be a second Maariv at the conclusion of the program at approximately 10:30PM.

Monday, April 26, 2010

MBCM Production Video

The video of the Monsey Beis Chaya Mushka recent production "Providence in Baghdad" is complete!

To purchase it please call Mushky Kagan at 845-634-7400.

Yisroel Schulman's Letter to Rubashkin Judge

Early Shacharis Minyanim on Lag B'Omer

Due to the Lag B’Omer concert and parade in Crown Heights this Sunday that begins at 10:15 AM sharp, there will be early Shacharis minyanim at K’hal Tzemach Tzedek at 7:00, 7:30, 8:00 and 9:00.

Please note that the Sunday morning Halacha shiur will not take place this week because of the parade.

Black Bear Spotted on RCC Campus

Rockland Journal News
RAMAPO — A small black bear was spotted wandering in the parking lot of Rockland Community College on Sunday night.

The Rockland Sheriff's Department said it received a report of the bear about 8 p.m. Campus security was notified and a guard then spotted the bear walking north to Viola and College roads. It was not spotted again.

Rubashkin - Why should you care?

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Beis Menachem Fishing Trip

A group of more than 30 Beis Menachem yungeleit took to the Atlantic Ocean and enjoyed a day of fishing and farbrenging. A delicious fresh dinner of Striped Bass was had by all.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Mincha Today at R Shusterman

There will be a minyan for Mincha today, Friday, at the home of Rabbi Shusterman at 4:00 PM. If you are able to make it please do so.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Tuesday Night Farbrengen

There will be a farbrengen this Tuesday night, April 27, at Tzemach Tzedek following the 9:30 Maariv minyan in honor of Pesach Sheni and the Yarzeit of the Rebbe’s brother, Rabbi Yisrael Aryeh Leib.

Lefkowitz Shalom Zachor

Rabbi Issac and Roizy Lefkowitz will be making a Shalom Zachor tomorrow night for their newborn son at their home, 2 Cedar Lane in Monsey.

Cheder 4th Grade Boys Make Siyum

The 4th grade boys of חדר have just completed learning משניות מסכת ראש השנה. Rabbi Grossbaum gave a special hands-on שופר demonstration. The boys were very excited to make their own שופרות in honor of completing this מסכת. May they be זוכה to learn many more מסכתות and many more ספרים and through learning תורה may we be זוכה to learning תורה from משיח!

Kesser Distributors Lag B'Omer Special

Kesser Distributors is having a special on the following items for Lag B'Omer:

Beef Patties: $6.49
Chicken Wings: $1.09

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.

Mishnayis Baal Peh at Cheder Chabad

Two months before יא ניסן, the boys of חדר חב"ד of Monsey began a project to learn משניות בעל פה, as a gift to the Rebbe, in honor of the Rebbe’s birthday.

Every week throughout the two month program, prizes were given by raffle to those who were learning משניות בעל פה. At the completion of the two months the חדר had collectively learned over 2000 lines of משניות by heart!

Many boys learned entire מסכתות by heart בבת אחת! On ז אייר a special assembly was held to distribute ספרים as prizes to all of the boys who participated in the program. Some boys earned entire sets of ספרים! Thank you to for sponsoring this program.

New Hempstead Women's Shiur

This Shabbos, Bracha Meshchaninov will be giving the New Hempstead neighborhood women's shiur at 5:00 PM at the home of Tzipora Reitman, 72 Southgate Drive.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Tehillim for Sholom M. Rubashkin

Voters Approve Finkelstein Library Budget

East Ramapo school district voters at Finkelstein Memorial Library voted Tuesday to approve a $7.14 million library budget for 2010-11, raising district taxes by about 1.96 percent.

Rebbetzin Jungreis to Speak in Monsey this Sunday

Siyum HaRambam This Shabbos

As part of the farbrengen at Tzemach Tzedek this shabbos will be a Siyum HaRambam.

Beis Menachem This Shabbos

Due to the Bar Mitzvah of Dovid Labkowski, davening at Beis Menachem this shabbos morning will take place at Yeshiva of Spring Valley girls building, 142 Grandview Avenue and not at Beis Menachem.

Reserve Your Seats for The Great Parade Today

Cheder Chabad of Monsey AND the Monsey Anash Community at large has reserved seating for The Great Parade that is being held on Lag B’Omer in Crown Heights.

If you have not yet registered you can do so online now at

Under “Join A Group” choose “Cheder Chabad of Monsey” from the dropdown menu. Again, this section is for BOTH Cheder families and the Monsey community at large.

Please be sure to register online today or tomorrow, Wednesday or Thursday, as registration is scheduled to close on this Friday, April 23rd.

Men and women and older children (above the age of 5) will be seated separately within the Monsey section.

Details on receiving your tickets and t-shirts and the meeting point at the parade will be sent next week.

There will be no organized transportation. Everyone will meet in Crown Heights at the designated Monsey section (the location of which will be sent out next week).

Tzemach Tzedek will be having Shacharis minyanim at 7:00, 7:30 & 8:00 on Lag B’Omer morning to enable people to get to the parade on time. The parade will start promptly at 10:15. Please leave enough time to find parking (which won’t be easy) and walk to the parade.

Special thanks to Rabbi Wolowick and Mrs. Rosenbluh for organizing this for the community!

Mazel Tov Abramowitzs!

Mazal tov to Yitzchok and Yehudis Abramowitz on the birth of a grandson born to Moshe and Naomi Naiditch of Yerushalayim!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Wednesday Night Women's Shiur

Beginning tomorrow, the Wednesday night Halacha shiur for women will be on the topic of Hilchos Yom Tov.

Amud Yomi Learning Program

YMMLM Now Accepting Applications for Upcoming School Year

Yeshivas Menachem Mendel Lubavitch of Monsey, under the dynamic leadership of Rabbi Mendel Polter, is pleased to open registration for Shiur Aleph Mesivta for the upcoming school year.

In addition, there are a limited number of places available for Shiur Bais and Shiur Gimmel.

Now entering its 11th year, the Mesivta is acclaimed by Shluchim and members of Anash throughout the World. If you have any questions please contact or call Rabbi Polter at 845-721-2946 or Yisroel Schulman at 212-613-5050.

Schedule for Bais Chana Retreat Featuring Bracha Meshchaninov

Mazel Tov Lefkowitzs!

Mazel tov to Rabbi Isaac and Roizy Lefkowitz 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, April 19, 2010

Hearing This Thursday Night Regarding United Water Rate Increase

Announcement From Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence:

The New York Public Service Commission is holding a hearing in Ramapo Town Hall, 237 Route 59, this Thursday, April 22 at 7:00 PM, regarding a proposal by United Water Inc. that would increase customer rates by 23.9% ($14.4m), and the company's annual base revenue by 31.2% ($17.8m).

I feel that this proposal places an unreasonable burden upon our community; that the proposed desalinization plant raises concerns about human health and the environment; and that Rockland residents should not bear the costs of building and maintaining a plant while our water is being shipped to NJ free of cost.

Please join us in making this statement to United Water and to the PSC.

It is not necessary to make an appointment in advance, or to present written comments, in order to be heard. Persons will be called to speak at the hearing after completing a request card. All comments will be transcribed and become part of the formal record.

You may also participate by calling Town Hall at 845-357-5100 during the hearing.

The hearing will be broadcast live over our website,

Save the Date - YMMLM Dinner of the Decade!

Mark your calendar!

Yeshivas Menachem Mendel Lubavitch of Monsey will be hosting their "Dinner of the Decade" on Sunday, 3 Sivan, May 16, to be held at Paradise Hall, 27 Orchard Street in Monsey. Cocktails will be at 6:30 PM followed by dinner at 7:30 PM.

The Yeshiva's founder and Rosh Yeshiva, Rabbi Mendel Polter, will be honored with the Mechanech Award - Honored as the Mechanech of the Decade.

Rabbi Simcha Werner, the Senior Mashpia of the Yeshiva, will be honored with the Manhig Ruchni Award.

Moshe & Yehudis Chana Meshchaninov and Ilya & Bracha Meshchaninov will be honored with the Patron's Award for their ongoing support and friendship.

The dinner will feature entertainment by musical star Shlomo Simcha!

Invitations will follow shortly.


Sunday, April 18, 2010

Morristown Cheder Chinese Auction This Sunday

Night Activity Camp

Ruthie Kolt will be making a Night Activity Camp for girls in 4th, 5th, and 6th grades this summer. Camp will take place on Monday and Wednesday nights from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM.

Activities include baking, scrap-booking, painting, sewing, play sports, games and more!

Session one will take place from June 28 through July 28. Session two will take place from August 2 through August 30.

To reserve or for more information please call Ruthie at 845-825-6370.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Chalom Night Camp

Chalom Night Camp is for girls going into 7th and 8th grades from 7:00 to 9:00 PM every night for the month of August.

Activities include scrapbooking, painting, jewelry-making, baking, amazing trips and games.

For an application or more information, please call Gittel Leah Levin at 845-426-5346.

Mazel Tov Wolfsons - Shalom Zachor!

Mazel tov to Mr. and Mrs. Yossi Wolfson on the birth of a baby boy!

The Shalom Zachor will take place tonight at the Wolfson home, 21 New County Road in South Monsey.

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

Rockland Eruv Alerts

Due to an act of vandalism, certain sections of the Rockland Eruv may be down for this Shabbos. To see if your area is affected you can visit the Rockland Eruv website.

Important Notes:
This notice is not an endorsement of the Eruv nor does it negate the prevalent Chabad minhag of not using a public Eruv.

Please do not rely on Monsey Chabad for Eruv updates as there will be no more emails or posts about it's status. If you wish to receive updates please sign up for the email and/or text message updates directly from the Rockland Eruv website.

Monsey Chabad Receives a 2009 Constant Contact All-Star Award!

Monsey Chabad received a 2009 Constant Contact All-Star Award for demonstrating best practices in the effective use of Email Marketing in the following areas:

• Frequency of campaigns
• Open rates
• Bounce rates
• Click through rates

“Our customers work hard to build strong relationships with their customers through email marketing and some, such as Monsey Chabad, truly excel in this effort,” said Gail Goodman, CEO, Constant Contact. “We created our All-Star Awards to highlight those customers who are passionately committed to following our best practices as they work to improve their customer communications. We’re proud of the role we play in helping Monsey Chabad be successful and we look forward to continuing to assist the company with its marketing efforts.”

Local Tea Party Protest

Nessen Braun speaks during a tax day protest at the Rockland County Courthouse April 15, 2010. The protest was organized by Rally for America, a local Tea Party group. ( Peter Carr / The Journal News )

Levaya & Shiva for Rebbetzin Chava Devorah Shusterman A"H

Boruch Dayan HaEmes - We are deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of Rebbetzin Chava Devorah Shusterman A"H of Chicago, the wife of Rabbi Hershel Shusterman A"H, and the mother of Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman of Monsey.

The Levaya will take place this Sunday, April 18, and will pass by 770 at approximately 1:00 PM and will arrive at the Old Montefiore Cemetery in Queens at approximately 2:00 PM.

Rabbi Shusterman will begin sitting shiva on Sunday night at his home 230 Route 306 in Monsey. The davening times are as follows:

Shacharis: 9:15 AM
Mincha: 7:15 PM
Maariv: 9:30 PM

Phone: 845-371-5918

.המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

Only 2 Spaces Left for Sewing & Growing Program

There are only 2 spaces left for the Sewing and Growing Program. For more information or to sign up please contact Devorah at 845-406-3929 or email

Thursday, April 15, 2010

New Weekly Shiur for Men

Rabbi Zalmen Leib Markowitz will begin giving a new weekly shiur on Likutei Sichos on Wednesday afternoons at 3:00 PM at Tzemach Tzedek.

It is perfect for those who may be retired or temporarily unemployed and are around during the day.

For more information please contact Mayer Duvid Hanson at

Bas Mitzvah Club Update

By Chaya Rappaport

Another month, another meeting!

This time we met at the Friedman's house prepared to talk about davening. But when we walked in, the table was set in blue and white, with color coded goodies!

“Whats going on?”, we wondered! “When you daven, your words hit home, straight to shamayim” answered Mushky. “It’s not just looking into a siddur and saying the words,the words are going straight to Hashem!"

That did it. While we enjoyed making mizrach signs and eating our way through the meeting, I think we all enjoyed coming home with food for thought.

We cant wait to see what's in store for us next!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Mazel Tov Steinhausers!

Mazel tov to Meir and Chemda Steinhauser on the engagement of their son Yossi to Faige Skaist of Monsey!

The Vort will take place this Motzai Shabbos, April 17, at the Skaist home, 4 Waverly Place, from 9:30 PM to midnight.

Bracha Meshchaninov's Weekly Shiur Available Online

Mrs. Bracha Meshchaninov gives a weekly Parsha class for women every Wednesday morning at 10:30 AM at her home, 32 South Gate Drive.

The shiurim, including the one given today, are recorded and posted on her website for those who cannot make it in person.

Parshat Tazria-Metzorah - Twittering , Improper Speech & Hyssop:
This week's parsha deals, amongst other things, with the issue of tzaraas that afflicts a person who has been speaking lashon hora (slanderous speech). We see in the Torah many harsh punishments for this particular sin. But why? And what is the Torah's recommended fixing for this improper behavior?

Click here for the audio file with today's shiur.

Rockland to Get $2.3 Million in Grants

By Alex Taylor, The Journal News

HAVERSTRAW — Rockland is set to receive more than $2.23 million in federal funding for municipalities and more than a dozen nonprofits.

The money, which comes in the form of Community Development Block Grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, is meant specifically for towns, villages and organizations that provide social services, housing revitalization and improvement programs for low- and moderate-income residents.

As in past years, Spring Valley is the biggest beneficiary, with a $200,000 grant going toward Kennedy Park. The grant will pay for the installation of benches, picnic tables and construction of a pavillion on the five-acre park, as well as for building walking trails. The village will also receive $5,000 for a program sponsored by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People that provides 600 children in low-income households with books and school supplies.

"We were very fortunate this year," Mayor Noramie Jasmin said Tuesday. "All of these programs are going to be beneficial for Spring Valley."

Rockland County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef announced the grants Tuesday morning at a ceremony at Bowline Point Town Park in Haverstraw. The park was set to receive $100,000 for the installation of "turn of the century" lighting.

Vanderhoef, who said he was usually a critic of federal spending, championed the community development grants at time when many cash-strapped towns in Rockland could not afford to fund new programs or improvements.

"We in Rockland are literally looking for every $10,000 in this economy," Vanderhoef said. "These grants are going to be very significant."

Road and infrastructure projects ranked high on the list of grants, with Haverstraw, Ramapo and the Village of Kaser each getting $100,000 or more in grants. Suffern will receive $100,000 for the installation of additional lighting on Lafayette Avenue as the first part of a five-year downtown revitalization plan.

Grants will also fund a host of social programs. Haverstraw village is also receiving $15,000 for gang prevention programs and $18,000 for the Arts Ablaze reading program for students in low- and moderate-income households.

Clarkstown will get $75,000 to add vehicles to its fleet of buses and improve senior transportation programs.

Also receiving grants are more than a dozen local nonprofits ranging from $7,500 going to the Chiku Awali African Dance company in Spring Valley to $40,000 going to the Legal Aid Society, a tenant advocacy group that helps renters secure housing.

The block grants were made by the county Office of Community Development through an eligibility review that started in June. Joseph Abate, director of housing and community development; Haverstraw Mayor Michael Kohut; and Ramapo Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence assisted in the selection.

Monsey Rav Paskens on Crown Heights Leadership

Prominent Monsey Dayan Rabbi Avrohom Boruch Rosenberg, who supervised a group of Chabad Rabbanim pertaining to the Din Torah between various leaders and Rabbonim in Crown Heights, has issued a psak in the case. To read the full psak din click here (PDF in Hebrew).

Sidewalks May Come to Route 59 in Monsey

By Khurram Saeed, The Journal News

MONSEY — The state Department of Transportation is reviewing whether to install
sidewalks along a stretch of Route 59 heavily used by pedestrians, particularly young families.

The agency has already put up countdown timers at pedestrian crossing signals on Route 59 at Robert Pitt Drive and Route 306.

People routinely walk along the shoulders of Route 59 and cross three lanes of traffic to reach grocery stores, shopping centers and bus stops. Since 2006, one Monsey woman has been killed and several pedestrians have been injured along that
part of the road.

The safety improvements follow a DOT traffic study, which Rockland County Legislator Alden Wolfe requested last summer.

A DOT official today said the sidewalk project was still in the planning stages and a final determination still must be made. If the project were to move forward, public input would be accepted. The project, if approved, wouldn’t begin until 2011 at
the earliest, that is, if funding could be found.

For an updated article click here.

Shusterman L'chaim

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

New Cheder Chabad Program - מדות in Action!

A new program, called “מדות in Action!” was introduced to the boys in Cheder today. It is a six week long מדות program, during which the boys will be learning about different מדות from פרקי אבות and implementing them into their daily actions. The boys who participate will be rewarded with great raffles and prizes!

Picture Perfect Photography by Aaron Chein

Picture Perfect Photography by Aaron Chein is now available in Monsey!

We are dedicated to providing a comfortable and professional experience for any occasion including Bar and Bas Mitzvahs, Weddings, Brisim, Dinners and Commercial Projects. We also specialize in photo editing & restoration.

For the perfect service, quality & price please call Aroni at 718-421-9872 or visit us online at

Mazel Tov Rosenbergs!

Mazel Tov to Yechiel and Chana Rosenberg on the birth of a baby girl!

Mazel tov to the grandparents Rabbi Isaac and Roizy Lefkowitz!

There will be a Kiddush this Shabbos, Parshas Tzaria-Metzora, following davening at Heichal Menachem.

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

MBCM Will Not Open Camps This Summer

Due to the fact that many people have already registered their children in camps for this summer Monsey Beis Chaya Mushka will not be opening any camps for this summer.

Seeking Ride to Crown Heights

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

Monday, April 12, 2010

Mazel Tov Shustermans!

Mazel tov to Rabbi Yisroel and Sarah Feige Shusterman on the engagement of their daughter Mushky to Yossi (ben R' Shaya) Raskin of London!

Freundlichs Being Honored by Stein Yeshiva

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Politicians for Redemption!

Beis Iyar Farbrengen Thursday Night

There will be a farbrengen following the 9:30 PM Maariv minyan at K’hal Tzemach Tzedek this Thursday night, April 15, in honor of Beis Iyar, the birth date of the Rebbe Maharash in 1834.

The Rebbe Maharash, Rabbi Shmuel Schneersohn, was the fourth Lubavitcher Rebbe. Although the Maharash was the youngest of the Tzemach Tzedek’s seven sons, he was chosen to succeed his father as Rebbe and leader of Chabad in the movement's capital, Lubavitch (four of his brothers established branches of Chabad Chassidism in other towns in White Russia and Ukraine). In addition to leading his Chassidim, guiding and advising their spiritual and material lives and authoring many maamarim), the Maharash traveled extensively throughout Europe, meeting with government and business leaders to exert pressure on the Czarist regime to halt its instigation of pogroms against the Jews of Russia. Rabbi Shmuel passed away at age 48 on the 13th of Tishrei, 5643 (1882).

Sunday, April 11, 2010

N'shei Chabad Bookstore Update

From April 12 through May 9 please contact Shayna Rochel Abramowitz at 845-578-1771 or 845-558-5402 for all of your bookstore needs.

The bookstore will be open for walk-ins or pick-ups on Thursday evenings from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM.

You may continue to email for special orders.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Hillel at RCC to Hold Holocaust Commemoration Events

Four Lubavitchers Nominated for Federation Hero Contest

Four local Lubavitcher couples have been nominated for the Jewish Federation of Rockland County's Rockland Jewish Hero Contest:

Rabbi Avreml and Chany Kotlarsky - Shluchim to New City;

Rabbi Chaim Tzvi (Tzili) and Chaya Ehrenreich - Shluchim to Chestnut Ridge;

Rabbi Shmuel Zanvil and Devorah Gancz - Shluchim to Suffern;

Rabbi Dov and Shevy Oliver - Hillel Directors at Rockland Community College;

Voting is now open at

The first place winner will be announced at the Federation's annual dinner and will receive a $1,000 monetary prize and be listed as "Hero of the Year" on the Federation website.

Rabbi Avreml Kotlarsky:
Rabbi Chaim Tzvi Ehrenreich:
Rabbi Shmuel Zanvil Gancz:
Rabbi Dov Oliver:

This Monday is Chof Ches Nissan

This Monday is Chof Ches Nissan, the day in 5751 (1991) on which the Rebbe issued an emotional call to increase their efforts to bring Moshiach.

Spoken in an anguished voice and in uncharacteristically personal terms, the Rebbe's words deeply shocked the Chassidim and reverberated worldwide.

"How is it that the Redemption has not yet been attained?" the Rebbe cried. "That despite all that has transpired and all that has been done, Moshiach has still not come? What more can I do? I have done all I can to bring the world to truly demand and clamor for the Redemption...The only thing that remains for me to do is to give over the matter to you. Do all that is in your power to achieve this thing--a most sublime and transcendent light that needs to be brought down into our world with pragmatic tools... I have done all I can. I give it over to you. Do all that you can to bring the righteous redeemer, immediately! I have done my part. From this point on, all is in your hands..."

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Mrs. Chaya Werner Sitting Shiva

Boruch Dayan HaEmes - We are deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of the brother of Mrs. Chaya Werner.

Mrs. Werner is sitting Shiva at her home, 4 Phyllis Terrace, through this Monday.

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

Toyota Sienna and Toyota Avalon For Sale

2003 blue Toyota Sienna minivan with 96K miles and DVD player. Asking $6,500.

2002 silver Toyota Avalon with 84K miles. Asking $7,999.

For more information please contact Yossi at 845-445-8155 or

Sewing & Growing - A New Children’s Sunday Program

The Winky Cherry System of teaching young children to sew is a unique program that teaches children to “hand sew,” reinforces basic small motor skills, while making new friends in a calm and structured atmosphere.

Self confidence and satisfaction reward the child with a finished project to take home and there is a feeling of accomplishment.

The course of 6 classes for girls 6-8 years old is taught by Devorah Sandler a degreed fashion designer from Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising.

Program highlights:

* Small group size
* Concentration
* Commitment
* Coordination
* Completion

Classes will meet at the Sandler home, 250B Kearsing Parkway, on the following Sundays; April 18 & 25, May 9, 16, 23 & 30.

For more information or to sign up contact Devorah at 845-406-3929 or email Space is limited!

The following are pictures from a previous session: