Monday, May 31, 2010

Cheder Chabad of Monsey Celebrates 11 Years!

Cheder Chabad of Monsey hosted a beautiful gala reception in honor of its 11th year anniversary this past Sunday night held in the grand ballroom of the Cheder Chabad of Monsey’s Girls Building.

The evening began with a Torah Fair and Science Expo where students displayed their love and excitement for learning followed by an elegant Dinner Reception.

Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Cheder Chabad's Menahel, provided opening remarks and Rabbi Avrohom Wolowick, Principal of the Cheder Boys School, then recited the Rebbe's Kapital of Tehillim. The President of Cheder Chabad, Yisroel Schulman, Esq. presented Rabbi Boruch Lesches, Rav of the Monsey Chabad community, the Avodas HaKodesh Award. Rav Lesches provided a Dvar Torah as well as words of praise for the Cheder’s teaching staff and Board of Directors.

Honoree, Dr. Daniel Carr of Boston, received the Pillar of Torah Benefactors Award and in his brief address remarked how impressed he was with the students of Cheder Chabad.

The many guests were then treated to the return of the Cheder Chabad of Monsey’s Boys Choir led by Bentzi Ptalis, of Kol Naor Boys Choir fame, accompanied by the live music of Rabbi Zalman Goldstein.

Reception guests were also treated to a new video featuring the Cheder’s Pre-School which was followed by the drawing for the Cheder’s Cash Bonanza launched last year. Cheder parent, Dr. Chaim Gross of Short Hills, NJ had the winning ticket and immediately donated the cash prize back to the Cheder!

In addition, a Chana Kurinsky Sheitel was raffled and won by Cheder parents, Rabbi & Mrs. Michel Gurkov of Wayne, NJ. A special surprise presentation was made to pillars of the Cheder, Avraham and Devorah Hayman for their on-going support of the Mosad.

Reception guests each received a copy of the Cheder’s Scroll of Supporters as well as a chocolate compact disc labeled with the Cheder’s logo placing a sweet ending on a beautiful evening.

Thanks to Aroni Chein of Picture Perfect Photography for the pictures. Thanks to Ruvi Litzman for the choir video. Thanks to Bracha Siklos for filming and producing the Pre-School in Motion video.

Pictures of the Torah Fair that preceded the reception:

Pictures of the reception:

Video of the Cheder Chabad of Monsey Boys Choir singing at the reception:

New "Cheder Chabad Pre-School in Motion" Video produced for the reception:

Levaya of Reb Shmuel Meshchaninov A"H

Boruch Dayan HaEmes - We are deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of Reb Shmuel Meshchaninov A"H, father of Moshe and Ilya Meshchaninov.

The Levaya will take place tomorrow, Tuesday, June 1, at 12 Noon at Congregation Tzemach Tzedek Lubavitch of Monsey. The burial will take place at the Sons of Israel Cemetery on the corner of Brick Church Road and Route 306.

Shiva information will be posted shortly.

.המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים


Please say tehillim for Shmuel ben Rachel.

Kehos Pre-Publication Sale - Free Shipping

No shipping charges if you order through the N'shei Chabad Bookstore at 845-558-8249 or

Ramapo Police Patrolling Main Street in Monsey on Horseback Today

Ride Available

If anyone needs a ride both ways to Crown Heights tonight (Monday), Tuesday or Thursday night please call 718-344-8250.

Cheder Chabad Science Fair 2010

Farbrengen Tonight

Boruch Silverstein and Mendi Labkowski invite you to a farbrengen in honor of their respective birthdays, tonight, Monday, May 31, at 9:20 PM (following the 9:00 Maariv minyan at Tzemach Tzedek) at the Silverstein home, 179 McNamara Road.

Mazel Tov Ehrenreichs!

Mazel tov to Tzili and Chaya Ehrenreich 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

Sunday, May 30, 2010

108 Hours of After School Learning For ג' תמוז

The 8th grade of Cheder Chabad of Monsey Boys has launched a מבצע הכנה for ג' תמוז - one hundred and eight hours of learning after school!

Cheder Reception Tonight!

Reminder - The Cheder Chabad of Monsey 11th Anniversary Buffet Reception will take place tonight, Sunday, May 30, at the Cheder Girls building 246 North Main Street in Spring Valley.

The Torah Fair and Science Expo will begin at 7:00 PM followed by a buffet dinner reception at 8:00 PM. Maariv will be at 9:30 PM.

If you have not yet made a reservation you can still do so by calling 845-356-1213 ext. 104 immediately.

We look forward to greeting you personally tonight!

Mazel Tov Edelkopfs!

Mazel to Motty and Cherie Edelkopf on the birth of a grandson born to Yaakov and Batya Cohen of Eretz Yisroel!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Online Achdus Shiur on Sunday Night

In response to numerous tragedies that have hit the international Chabad community a group of Anash and Shluchim have initiated a campaign to promote real Achdus between all Lubavitcher Chassidim.

As part of the initiative there are weekly shiurim online. The second set of shiurim will take place this Sunday night. There will be one for women by Rabbi Yossi Paltiel at 8:15 PM and one for men by Rabbi Yehoshua Gordon at 9:00 PM at

Other initiatives that the Monsey community will participate in will be posted shortly.

Moving Sale

The Goldbergs of Woodcliff Lake, NJ are moving to Eretz Yisroel. They have lots of great stuff for sale. Amongst thee items are: Treadmill · Library Bookshelf (4 panels) · Exquisite Sofa · Triple Stroller · Valco Stroller · Book-cases · Chest Freezer · Madela Pump. Small Appliances: Cuisinart, Vacuum Cleaner, Meat Microwave. Pesach Items: Gas Oven, Cuisinart, George Forman, Hot-plate (Blech), 2-Shelved Toaster Over · AND MUCH MORE!

You can reach Rabbi Goldberg at 845-558-5968 or

6 Month Minivan Lease Available

Looking for someone to take over the lease on my 2008 Toyota Sienna which has 6 months left until the end of the lease. It's an 8 seater with 11,000 miles left on the lease. The cost is $317 per month, and you need not pay any taxes on it. The van is in great shape! Please contact Rabbi Goldberg at 845-558-5968 or

Forming Jewish Identity

By Yisroel Schulman, Rockland Jewish Reporter

More than 10 years ago, with the support of the Jewish Federation of Rockland, a group of concerned citizens created Hillel of Rockland to serve the spiritual, social and educational needs of Jewish students in our area.

Hillel helps Jewish students maintain their identity in their college years and beyond. It provides students with the opportunity to explore their heritage, connect with other Jewish students, and gain skills and knowledge to advocate for Israel.

My own experience at Emory University sparked my interest in bringing Hillel to Rockland. As student president of Hillel at Emory, I saw first-hand how Hillel makes a lasting impact on Jewish students. At a time when many students are forming their identity and choosing careers and life partners, the difference between having a vibrant and active Jewish student organization on campus and not can impact generations to come. While my involvement with Hillel propelled me to a life and career of activism in the Jewish community, I was sorry to see that high school friends of mine who attended other campuses without this opportunity chose very different paths.

In Rockland, Hillel is headquartered at SUNY Rockland Community College, where it operates as the Center for Jewish Life under the direction of a dynamic and popular couple, Rabbi Dov and Shevy Oliver. Hillel of Rockland also serves college-age students who attend other schools or who are not currently enrolled. Its wide array of programs includes holiday celebrations, trips, Shabbatons, study groups, guest lecturers, films, concerts, Holocaust remembrance, counseling and more. In addition, Hillel of Rockland has brought more than 500 students to Israel through Birthright Israel programs.

In the years since Hillel's inception, together with my fellow founders, I have reaped tremendous personal nachas. When I see a young man or woman with a very limited exposure to the Jewish community come to Hillel and form lasting friendships with other Jewish students, I have nachas. When I see groups of Jewish students from every background and affiliation sitting together at a Shabbat dinner, singing and socializing, I have nachas. When I see students return from a Birthright Israel trip with a love for Israel kindled in their heart, I have nachas.

Since its founding, I have been proud to serve as president of the board of Hillel of Rockland, which is comprised of representatives of many segments of the community. We work together to support the activities of Hillel through fundraising. Our efforts are especially crucial in light of the fact that like many other Hillels around the country, Hillel of Rockland operates independently and is not funded by national Hillel.

At this time, we are seeking energetic and dedicated new members to join the board of Hillel of Rockland who would like to support Jewish continuity among young people on our local college campuses. Alternatively, if you would like to see the work of Hillel continue to flourish but can't join our board at this time, you are welcome to sponsor an event or participate in our yearly calendar.

I invite you to partner with us and share the nachas!

I look forward to hearing from you. Please contact me at

Yisroel Schulman, Esq., is president of the Center for Jewish Life/Hillel at SUNY Rockland.

Local Kapota Sale

Kapota's going fast! Limited supply! These Kapotas are one of a kind and they will not be available again at these prices. Retail price is $500 each and we are selling them for only $200.

You will finally enjoy putting on a Kapota in the hot summer. Those that have purchased it are extremely satisfied, with some purchasing 2 Kapotas.

Italian cut and stiching, 100% silk (non-shiny).

Contact Yona at 718-759-8848 or

No Wednesday Night Shiurim Next Week

Due to the Monsey Beis Chaya Mushka graduation this Wednesday, June 2, there will be no women's halacha shiur and no men's Samach Vov shiur that night.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

One Day Only - Matching Grant for Cheder Chabad

Tonight and tomorrow, Wednesday night and Thursday, the 14th of Sivan (May 27), is the third yarzeit of Leah Miriam Hayman A"H.

In honor of Leah Miriam, the Hayman family is generously offering to match pledges for donations to Cheder Chabad of Monsey that are made on her yarzeit, Yud Daled Sivan.

Up to $1,000 per family will be matched.*

Please contact the Cheder at 845-356-1213 or with your pledge as soon as possible and before tomorrow night (Thursday night).

In the zechus of the communities' collective tzedaka in support of the Torah learning of our dear kinderlach the neshama of Leah Miriam should have an aliya in Gan Eden.

Thanks in advance for your support and in response to your generosity may Hashem bless you and your family with only revealed good!

*The pledges need to be paid by the end of Sivan. Please note that any new pledge cannot satisfy prior pledges to the Cheder for the upcoming annual fund raising event or other obligation owed to the Cheder.

New Program - Mesibas Shabbos

Thanks to Rabbi Yisroel Goldberg for initiating and running this great program!

Litzman Shalom Zachor & Bris

Chesky and Rochel Litzman will be making a Shalom Zachor for their newborn son this Friday night at their home, 8 Grosser Lane.

The Bris will I"YH take place this Sunday, May 30, at Tzemach Tzedek following the 8:00 AM Shacharis minyan.

Mazel Tov Palaces and Schmuklers!

Mazel tov to Moshe Palace and family on the birth of a granddaughter born to Dovid and Miriam Schmukler of Crown Heights!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Chabad of Chestnut Ridge Hachnosas Sefer Torah Pictures

Album 1:

Album 2:
Hershey Spaeth playing at the Israel Day Parade concert in Manhattan this past Sunday.

New Playgroup Opening in New Hempstead

An experienced teacher of young children is opening a new playgroup for 2 year olds in New Hempstead for the upcoming year.

The program, which will take place in a warm, nurturing and structured environment, will include music, storytelling, song and art plus basic Jewish concepts and values and more!

The hours are Monday through Thursday from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM and Friday from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

Please contact Yocheved Rappoport at 845-406-4770 or

Kiddush in Honor of Completion of Samach Vov Shiur

Reb Shimon Kroll and his shiur participants Avraham Bruck, Yitzchok Labovitch, Mordechai Litzman and Tzadok Leib Messing. will be sponsoring the Kiddush/Farbrengen at Tzemach Tzedek this Shabbos, Parshas Behaaloscha, in honor of the completion of their daily 6:30 AM shiur on Samach Vov that began almost five years ago.

The shiur has now started learning the Basi Legani maamarim of the Rebbe. All are invited to join!

The kiddush is also being sponsored in honor of the 35th yarzeit of Rabbi Yisroel Jacobson A"H, the founder of Yeshiva Hadar HaTorah.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Ehrenreichs' Hero Nominee Video

Mothers Helper Available

Are you looking for a mother's helper? Experienced, mature girl available until end of July. Please call 845-354-0456 and leave a message.

Mazel Tov Markowitzs – L’chaim Tonight!

Mazel tov to Rabbi Zalmen Leib and Esther Markowitz on the engagement of their daughter Mushky to Yosef Yitzchak Gluckowsky of Rechovot, Eretz Yisroel!

The L’chaim will take place tonight, Monday, May 24, at Lubavitch Yeshiva, 570 Crown Street (entrance on Albany Avenue) in Crown Heights.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Mazel Tov Litzmans!

Mazel tov to Chesky and Rochel Litzman on the birth of a baby boy!

Mazel tov to the grandparents Mordechai and Malka Litzman!

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

Mazel Tov Tilsons!

Mazel tov to Adom and Blumie Tilson on the birth of a baby girl!

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

Friday, May 21, 2010

Pedestrian Safety

Mazel Tov Weiss & Oberlanders - Shalom Zachor!

Mazel tov to Rabbi Avruhom Mordchi and Brany Weiss on the birth of a baby boy! The Shalom Zachor will take place tonight at Heichal Menachem of Monsey, 51 Park Lane.

Mazel tov to the grandparents, Rabbi Gedaliah and Sarah Leah Oberlander, on the birth of their first grandson!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

New Playgroup in South Monsey

A new playgroup is opening this summer in the South Monsey area for children ages 2-3 years old. Children will enjoy a comfortable atmosphere and structured program which includes arts & crafts, Music’N Movement, singing, davening, Parsha, aleph-bais, brochos, and much more.

• Summer Session (Jun 28-Aug 20) 3 days a week, Mon & Wed: 9am-1pm & Fri: 9am-12pm
• As of Sept. 1st, Full week, Mon-Thur: 9am-2pm & Fri: 9am-12pm
• Licensed by N.Y. State
• Small group guarantees individualized attention
• Clean and bright facility with spacious fenced in yard
• Will be following the Cheder Chabad of Monsey schedule.

For inquiries, please email Devorah at or call 845.406.3929.

Seeking Employment for Summer & Fall

A local 21 year old frum man who just finished his courses for the year at RCC is seeking employment for the summer and fall. If you know of any part or full time positions please call Mordechai Gershon at 914-819-7864.

Melava Malka This Motzai Shabbos

K’hal Nusach Ari is hosting a Melava Malka Farbrengen in honor of the birthday of their Mora D’Asra, Rabbi Naftoli Weinstein, this Motzai Shabbos Parahas Naso at 9:30 PM at the shul, 485 Viola road. All are invited to participate!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Hachnosas Sefer Torah at Chabad of Chestnut Ridge

By James O'Rourke, The Journal News

CHESTNUT RIDGE — Nicky Zion waited in a line Monday night to have a single letter written for her family and, to her, it was entirely worth the wait.

"I just think it's so special because it's not every day you get to do this," said the 41-year-old Valley Cottage resident. "I think it's just a very special thing to happen to you."

Zion was one of about 100 local Jews to take part in the completion of the Chabad Jewish Enrichment Center's new Torah scroll.

Rabbi Chaim Zvi Ehrenreich, director of the Chabad Center, said that each of the 600,000 letters in the Torah has a connection to a Jewish soul and that writing a full Torah is actually considered a mitzvah, a good deed, required by the Jewish text.

"Most people don't ever do that in its entirety," he said. "And so today, every family that's here is going to have the opportunity to have one letter inscribed for them."

The Chabad Center, at 6 Whitefield Road in Chestnut Ridge, is part of the worldwide Chabad-Lubavitch movement to promote Judaism among all Jews and was opened in 2001, Ehrenreich said. Since its inception, the group has used older Torah scrolls on loan from other Jewish organizations during their observances.

The Torah scroll completed Monday was donated by the Tseytin family of Saddle River, N.J. The scroll, written by a trained scribe in feather and ink, took about a year to complete. Ehrenreich described the donation of the scroll as "very, very generous" and estimated its cost to be between $25,000 and $50,000.

"The religious meaning of it is beyond that," he said. "This is the Torah that's handed down from generation to generation to generation from Mount Sinai until today. We're going forward now. This is here for the next 50 years, for the next generation. It's very, very special."

The ceremony couldn't have come at a more fitting time. Shavuot, which begins tonight, is the Jewish holiday during which Moses was given the Torah at Mount Sinai 3,322 years ago by the Jewish calendar.

Monday's simcha, or celebration, included a series of traditional Jewish observances such as the picking up and tying of the Torah. Throughout the entire event, guests ate and drank, and danced to music.

Ella Tseytin said she is a spiritual person, but not overly religious. She said one reason, among many, that she and her husband, Michael, donated the text was to honor her father, Yakov Shtivelman, who died two years ago.

Tseytin said the family wanted to remember Shtivelman, whom she described as an "amazing person" who "believed in people," and the family hoped that the people of Chabad would pray for him as they read from the new Torah scroll.

She also said that, after consulting with another rabbi, her family decided that it would be a good idea to help a Jewish group in need.

"The idea was to do something good for someone and to feel good doing it," she said. "Maybe it was a little bit selfish, but the idea was to bring something good to somebody else."

Photo: Frank Becerra Jr./The Journal News

Monday, May 17, 2010

Silk Kapotas for Sale Locally

Closeouts of top quality silk kapotes, so light to wear you wouldn't believe it, are available for sale in Monsey! Perfect for the summer. All sizes. Selling for $200 a piece.

For more information or to purchase one please contact Yona Abenson at 718-759-8848 or

Rabbi Markowitz Speaking in Brazil

Rabbi Zalmen Leib Markowitz speaking at an event in Sao Paulo, Brazil commemorating 50 yeas of Chabad chinuch in the city. The event was one of many that Rabbi Markowitz participated in during his eight days in Brazil.

Rabbi Shusterman Speaks at Shloshim

Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman speaking at the Shloshim for his mother that took place at the Shul where Rabbi Shusterman's father was a Rav, Congregation Bnei Reuvein in Chicago.

Cheder Girls Make Shavuos Projects

With שבועות in the air the girls at Cheder Chabad made such beautiful and creative projects. ישר כח to all of their hard working teachers who prepared and spent time making these project with their students.

Seeking Ride to Monsey

Seeking a ride for two from Crown Heights to Monsey tomorrow, Tuesday, Erev Shavuos. Please call 845-709-7876.

Welcome Seltzers!

Welcome to Peretz and Devorah Seltzer on their move to our community (Dike Drive, Monsey)!

Mazal Tov Goldbergs!

Mazal tov to Rabbi Yisroel and Shoshi Goldberg of Woodcliff Lake, NJ upon there upcoming move to Eretz Yisroel to become the Rebbe's Shluchim to the Rechavia area in Yerushalayim!

The Goldberg's have a lot of great stuff for sale at great prices! Email Rabbi Goldberg at or call 845-558-5968, for a convenient time to come.

Woodcliff Lake is approximately 15 minutes away from Monsey.

Photo Contest - What Do You Love About Your Monsey Community?

Sefer Torah Workshop at Cheder Boys

By Mendel Kolt

On Wednesday my class had a ספר תורה workshop. It was great! We learned how the klaf (parchment) is made and how many letters are in the תורה. We then got to write our name on a small piece of klaf in כתב אשורי letterings. To make it easier the name was written we just had to fill it in. I learned a lot and had a great time.

Thank you Rabbi Grossbaum for doing the workshop and to Rabbi Wolowik for making it happen!

Matching Grant for YMMLM Until Shavuos!

During last night’s Yeshivas Menachem Mendel Lubavitch of Monsey Dinner of the Decade a supporter of the Yeshiva pledged to match any donation up to $5,000 that is made today and tomorrow, Monday and Tuesday, during the very auspicious time leading up to Matan Torah!

This is a very unique opportunity for the Yeshiva. Please take part in the Pre-Shavuous Mivtzah Chinuch Matching Campaign and help support Yeshivas Menachem Mendel Lubavitch of Monsey.

Please contact or 212-613-5000 ext. 5106 with your contribution before Shavuos.

Please also note that an elegant coffee table book is being prepared that will include photos of the dinner and all journal ads taken out for this monumental occasion. Ads can still be submitted to be printed in the book through this Monday, May 24 to or by calling 212-613-5000 ext. 5106.

Click here for an Ad Blank.

Thank you for your support!

!בברכת לקבלת התורה בשמחה ובפנימיות

YMMLM Dinner of the Decade!

Marking it tenth year, Yeshivas Menachem Mendel Lubavitch of Monsey held its first ever dinner last night, appropriately titled Dinner of the Decade.

More than 150 members of the Monsey community participated in the dinner, held at the Paradise Hall in Monsey, celebrating the Yeshiva’s accomplishments and honoring those responsible for making the Yeshiva a premier educational institution in Lubavitch.
The evening began with welcoming remarks by the Yeshiva President, Yisroel Schulman, Esq., who with his wife, Rivka, chaired the dinner.

This was followed by Divrei Bracha given by the Rav of the Monsey community, Rabbi Boruch D. Lesches, who spoke of the important role that the Yeshiva plays and of the tremendous impact it has on the greater community.

During the dinner a supporter of the Yeshiva, who was unable to attend, pledged to match any donation up to $5,000 that is made today and tomorrow, during the very auspicious time leading up to Matan Torah (see below to take part in this)!

Rabbi Shea Werner, who flew in from Detroit where he serves as Rav of Bais Chabad of North Oak Park, presented his father, Rabbi Simcha Werner, with the Manhig Ruchni Award. Rabbi Simcha Werner is the pioneer of Lubavitch in Monsey and in addition to his Shlichus work serves as the Senior Mashpia of the Yeshiva. He spoke of the great love and caring that every member of the hanhola has for each individual bochur and of the success the Yeshiva has had with so many students.

The Patrons Award was presented to philanthropists Moshe & Yehudis Chana Meshchaninov and Ilya & Bracha Meschchaninov in honor of their generosity to the Yeshiva. The Meshchaninovs’ were introduced by their respective sons, Yehudi and Aron Yosef, who spoke beautifully about the remarkable Mesiras Nefesh their parents had for Yiddishkeit growing up in the Former Soviet Union and of the inspiring Torah, Chesed, and Tzedaka that comes out of their homes.

Yisroel Schulman then introduced the Mechanach Awardee, Rabbi Mendel Polter, who is the founder of the Mosad and its Rosh Yeshiva. Rabbi Polter’s remarks were followed by a wonderful video of the Yeshiva in action.

Throughout the evening singing sensation Shlomo Simcha entertained with beautiful nigunim.

If you would like to take part in the Pre-Shavuous Mivtzah Chinuch Matching Campaign and help support Yeshivas Menachem Mendel Lubavitch of Monsey please contact or 212-613-5000 ext. 5106 before Shavuos.

An elegant coffee table book is being prepared that will include photos of the dinner and all journal ads taken out for this monumental occasion. Ads can still be submitted to be printed in the book through this Monday, May 24 to or by calling 212-613-5000 ext. 5106. Click here for an Ad Blank.

Thank you for your support!

!בברכת לקבלת התורה בשמחה ובפנימיות

Thanks to Aroni Chein of Picture Perfect Photography for the photos.

5th Grade Shabbaton at the Meshchaninovs

Rubashkin Appeal

If you pledged a donation to the Rubashkin Pidyon Shevuyim Fund during the appeal that was made this past shabbos at Tzemach Tzedek please make your payment to Reb Tzvi Webb as soon as possible by calling 845-426-1364 or 845-598-2051.

Mazel Tov Weinsteins!

Mazel tov to Rabbi Naftoli and Sherry Weinstein on the birth of a grandson born to Noach and Chanie Weinstein of Crown Heights!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Mesivta Dinner Sunday Night

Reminder - This Sunday night, May 16, is the Yeshivas Menachem Mendel Lubavitch of Monsey dinner at the Paradise Hall, 27 Orchard Street in Monsey. Cocktails will be at 6:30 PM followed by dinner at 7:30 PM.

Welcome Sachs!

Welcome to Dan and Estee Sachs on their move to our community (Baker Lane in Wesley Hills)!

Welcome Abels!

Welcome to Michoel and Aliza Abel on their move to our community (Buena Vista Road in Pomona)!

Cheder Girls Get a Lesson on How a Sefer Torah is Written

In honor of שבועות when Hashem gave us the Torah, the nursery through 3rd grade at Cheder Chabad Girls had the privilege to see how a ספר תורה is written. Rabbi Grossbaum gave a workshop that was very educational and exciting. They even got a a small piece of klaf to be able to write their names on. Thanks Rabbi Grossbaum for sharing with us how a real ספר תורה is written!

New Weekly Dvar Torah Sheet for Your Shabbos Table

Lmaan Yishmeu, a new project of Agudas Avreichei Lubavitch, emails out a free weekly sheet with Divrei Torah and Chassidishe stories to be shared and discussed at your Shabbos table.

To sign up click here.

EZ Pass Express Installed at Exit 16 on Thruway

By Khurram Saeed, The Journal News

For the first time, drivers on the Thruway will be able to pay their tolls at Exit 16 without slowing down.

Two northbound highway speed E-ZPass lanes are expected to open at 5 a.m. Friday, if the weather cooperates. Two southbound highway speed E-ZPass lanes are slated to open at 4 a.m. Saturday, weather permitting.

The Woodbury toll barrier, located about 5 miles north of the Rockland-Orange County border, is the first location on the state Thruway where both passenger and commercial vehicles can pay their toll while driving at 65 mph.

This morning at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new tolls, Thruway Authority Executive Director Michael Fleischer said keeping vehicles moving would relieve congestion at the site.

"In addition to being more convenient and efficient for passenger and commercial E-ZPass customers, Highway Speed E-ZPass will also reduce the number of idling vehicles, resulting in a positive impact on the surrounding environment," Fleischer said.

About 16 million vehicles pass through the Woodbury tolls each year — or 42,000 each day — and 64 percent of them have E-ZPass.

R Wolowik Attends Principal Program in Pittsburgh

Rabbi Avremel Wolowik joined eight other Chabad principals from Jewish schools across North America in Pittsburgh for two full days of the Menachem Education Foundation’s Principal Leadership Program.

N'shei Chabad Bookstore Shavuos Update

New from Hachai:  Time for Torah

A Teacher's Treasure:  Megillas Rus

Shaarei Moadim:  Shavuos

Vidibarta Bam:  Shavuos/Megillas Rus

The Complete Story of Shavuos

New Study Schedules for Rambam's Sefer HaMitzvos and Mishneh Torah

Pirkei Avos - Holtzberg Edition

Please call Yehudis Abramowitz at 845-558-8249.

Seeking Bas Mitzvah Teacher

Looking for someone who would be willing to tutor a very bright 14 year old and her slightly disabled sister together for belated Bas Mitzvah preparation.

The father is willing to pay well for someone to engage both girls and give them basic Jewish prep and education (holidays, learning to read Hebrew at least for one sister, introduction to mitzvahs, etc.)  between now and late fall.

If you are interested please call Bracha Meshchaninov at 917-821-0694.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

No Women's Shiur Tonight

There will be no shiur for women tonight because of the N'shei event.

3 Lubavitchers Make Final Hero List

The Rockland Jewish Hero contest has been narrowed down to the five people with the most votes which includes Rabbi Chaim (Tzili) & Chaya Ehrenreich, Rabbi Shmuel & Devorah Gancz and Rabbi Dov & Shevy Oliver.

A new round of voting for the final winner of the last 5 nominees has just begun and will close on May 27.

You are able to vote now even if you have voted before. The winner will be announced on June 2 at the Federation Annual Meeting.

Click here to vote now!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Cheder Changes Venue of Reception

The venue for Cheder Chabad's 11th Anniversary Buffet Reception has been changed from Tzemach Tzedek to the Cheder Chabad Girls’ Building. The date remains the same - Sunday, May 30.

Now you will be able to see the Cheder In Action.

7:00 – 8:00 PM
The Torah Fair (Girls - Grades 3-7);
Science Expo (Boys – Grades 5-8);

8:00 - 9:30 PM
Elegant Buffet Reception honoring Rabbi and Mrs Boruch D. Lesches and Dr. Daniel Carr;
Cheder Chabad Boys’ Choir (under the baton of Benzi Ptalis);
Video: Preschool in Motion;

9:30 PM

Your participation shows your support for the Cheder! Please call 845-356-1213 ext 204 immediately to reserve your place at this gala evening!

4th Grade Cheder Boys Make Makos Project

After learning פרשת וארא and most of פרשת בא, which speak about the עשר מכות, the boys in כתה ד made displays of the different מכות. A lot of hard work and creativity went into their projects. Grades 1-3 came in to see the beautiful display, and the 4th grade boys spoke to them about their projects and what they had learned about the מכות. Keep up the good work and chayus in learning!

Mezuzas Needed

Hillel at RCC is in need of 3 mezuzas for their offices at SUNY Rockland. If you would like the zechus of donating them please contact Dov Oliver at 845-659-2388.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Cheder Boys Learn Sukkah Hands On

Wow! What a wonderful sight to see Rabbi Sirota and his 3rd grade boys in action! After finishing the first perek of מסכת סוכה which describes over 30 different types of כשר and פסול Sukkos, the boys built their own model סוכות. Their favorite type of סוכה was the double-decker סוכה. May the boys continue to learn the מסכת with the same excitement as they had while doing this wonderful project!

Fishy Litzman Teaches Safety to Beis Rivkah Girls

YMMLM Bochurim at the Park on Lag B'Omer

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Mazel Tov Bernsteins!

Mazel tov to Yoel and Rivka Bernstein on the birth of a baby girl!

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

Sunday, May 9, 2010

YMMLM Orientation for Parents

If you are the parent of a 7th or 8th grade boy you are invited to an orientation to find out information about Yeshivas Menachem Mendel Lubavitch of Monsey tomorrow night, Monday, May 10, at 8:30 PM at Congregation Tzemach Tzedek. The orientation is open to men and women.

Last Chance for YMMLM Dinner Ads & Reservations

If you have not yet reserved a seat or submitted an ad for the journal for the upcoming historic first dinner of Yeshivas Menachem Mendel Lubavitch of Monsey that is taking place this Sunday, May 16, please be sure to contact 845-517-9034 or as soon as possible.

Pre Shavuos Shiur by Rabbi Avraham Sutton

Rabbi Avraham Sutton of Yerushalayim will be giving an inspiring shiur on the topic of "Preparing to Really Receive the Torah on Shavuos" for men and women (separate seating) this Thursday night, May 13, at 8:00 PM at the home of Ilya and Bracha Meshchaninov 32 N. South Gate Drive. Suggested donation $10.

“Every year a dramatic shift occurs during the final 17 days of the Omer. It begins on LaG B'Omer and provides an incredible opportunity to receive the Torah in a deeper way than ever before. Let us learn more about this shift in spiritual potential and taste how we can tap into it. Let us learn together how to take advantage of it in our individual lives. Let us learn how to understand it on the level of the Collective Drama of the Souls, as all of creation accelerates toward "The Shavuos of History.”

For over 30 years, R. Avraham Sutton has been learning and teaching Torah, kabbalah, talmud, midrash, chassidus, prayer, meditation, and sacred song. He has translated, edited, and/or authored over 20 major works in English on the deeper significance of Torah for our age. His editing projects include Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan’s Innerspace and Rabbi Chaim Kramer’s Anatomy of the Soul. His own books include a groundbreaking translation of the Siddur, as well as extensive writings on all the holidays. A profound understanding of meta-history (history from Hashem's point of view) permeates all his work.

Having studied with some of the great teachers of Jerusalem, R' Avraham is solidly grounded in the tradition of the great masters (Gemara, Midrash, Zohar, the Ari, the Baal Shem Tov, the Ramchal, the Gra, Rebbi Nachman of Breslov, the Ben Ish Chai, the Leshem, etc.). He is an “insider” of Torah. He helps us go “behind the scenes” and unfolds a breathtaking prophetic vision of the future direction of our people, our planet, of mankind -- of everything. R' Avraham emphasizes that the changes we are looking forward to are not going to happen “out there” on the outer stage of history until they happen “inside” each and every one of us. He teaches the importance of inner work, developing a greater awareness of G-d in our lives, of knowing who we are, and why we (our souls) have been born at this momentous time.

For more information please contact 917-821-0694 or

Tzemach Tzedek Shavuos 5770 Schedule

Erev Shavuos - Tuesday, 5 Sivan, May 18:
Shacharis 1: 7:00 AM
Shacharis 2: 8:00 AM
Licht Benching & Mincha: 7:52 PM
Shiur in Likutei Torah
After Seudos Yom Tov all are encouraged to come to shul for Tikun Leil Shavuos. Refreshments will be served and there will be a number of shiurim given throughout the night.

1st Day of Shavuos - Wednesday, 6 Sivan, May 19:
Mikvah at Alos Hashachar / Dawn: 3:53 AM
Shacharis: 10:00 AM
Aseres Hadibros: Approximately 11:15 AM
Mincha: 8:00 PM
Licht Benching: After 8:59 PM
Shiur in Likutei Torah

2nd Day of Shavuos - Thursday, 7 Sivan, May 20:
Shacharis: 10:00 AM
Yizkor: Approximately 11:45 AM
Kinus Torah: 6:30 PM
Mincha: 8:00 PM
Seder Niggunim
Maariv - Yom Tov Ends: 9:00 PM

!בברכת לקבלת התורה בשמחה ובפנימיות

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Kesser Distributors Shavuos Special

Kesser Distributors is offering Chicken Cutlets for $4.09 a pound in honor of Shavuos.

To guarantee delivery of beef orders before Shavuos please be sure to submit your order by this Monday, May 10.

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.

Sleep-A-Way Camp Scholarships

If you are in need of a scholarship so that you can send your child or children to sleep-a-way camp this summer please contact Rabbi Simcha Werner at 845-352-7642.

Summer Babysitter Available

I am available for babysitting this summer all day on Mondays and Fridays and after 12 noon on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. To reserve or for more information please call Ruthie Kolt at 845-825-6370.

Cheder Reception Ad Deadline 1 Week Away

The ad deadline for Cheder Chabad's 11th Annual reception that is taking place on Sunday, May 30 is only one week away. For your convenience an ad blank is below.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Rabbi Gancz Shiur This Thursday Night

Rabbi Gancz will be giving a shiur on the topic of The International Dateline and Sfiras Ha'Omer this Thursday, May 6, at 9:00 PM at K'hal Chabad of South Monsey, 36 Park Avenue.

Warning - Missionary Book Being Mailed

There is a book being sent around in the mail to Rockland residents for free called "Ten Amazing Jews - They Thought for Themselves" by Sid Roth. Sid Roth is a
messianic Jew and the book is a missionary book full of apikursus to say the least. Be sure to throw the book away immediately and warn your friends and neighbors about it.

Ramapo Seeks to Build Rail-to-Trail Path

By Khurram Saeed, The Journal News

Ramapo plans to build a 1.4-mile-long pedestrian and bicycle trail from Airmont to Spring Valley along an old railroad line.

It will likely be several years before the trail opens, but a state environmental review is expected to begin soon, Ramapo Assistant Town Attorney Aaron Troodler said Monday.

Troodler said that he did not how much the project would cost but that the town would explore grants to pay for it.

The trail would be part of the unused portion of the Piermont Branch line. It would run east from nearby Monsey Heights Road in Airmont, under the Thruway, cross routes 59 and 306 in Monsey, go past Robert Pitt Drive and end at West Central Avenue in Spring Valley.

"It's something that's going to enhance the town's parks and recreation program, really give people an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors in a safe environment," Troodler said.

Metro-North Railroad, which owns the line, recently granted the town a 20-year license to lease the property for $1 a year, however, it waived the payments.

The town wants to build a 15-foot-wide, paved walkway with benches and lighting.

Many Orthodox Jews live in that part of town and often walk along Route 59. Troodler said some of the pedestrians could be diverted onto the new pathway.

"This is something that we hope will help keep walkers off the road," Troodler said.

In all, the Piermont line is 6.5 miles long and runs to Suffern.

Mazel Tov Haymans!

Photo: Daniel Messing

N'shei Chabad Shavuos Event

Monday, May 3, 2010

MBCM Float

Monsey Beis Chaya Mushka would like to thank Mr. Chaim Bloch for all his hard work and time making the MBCM Float for The Great Parade!

Lag B'Omer Keeps Firefighters Busy

By Alex Taylor, The Journal News

MONSEY — Firefighters were kept busy this weekend after trash bins were set ablaze during an ultra-Orthodox Jewish celebration involving dancing around bonfires.

The holiday is Lag B'Omer, which marks when Rabbi Akiva's disciples ceased to die. Lag B'Omer also corresponds with the death of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, revered Talmudic sage and author of Zohar, a fundamental work for Jewish mysticism.

"This is a day of joy," Rabbi Naftoli Weinstein, of Spring Valley, said. "His teachings are compared to a voice of fire."

Monsey and Spring Valley firefighters responded to more than 15 garbage fires between 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Nyack and New City answered a couple of similar calls.

Several controlled community burning were held in Monsey on Saturday night.

Rabbi David Eidensohn compared the celebrations in to the Fourth of July and said most if not all remained "fairly tame affairs."

Officials said the unauthorized blazes were likely started by overexcited youths celebrating the holiday.

"We believe it was kids going around," Spring Valley Chief Ken Sohlman said. "We've seen this during this particular holiday."

Last year, Monsey answered more than 20 similar calls during Lag B'Omer.

Chabad of Chestnut Ridge Marching in The Great Parade

Monsey Participates in The Great Parade!

Hundreds of men, women and children from Monsey participated in The Great Parade yesterday in Crown Heights! Cheder Chabad of Monsey Boys and Girls marched in the parade and Monsey Beis Chaya Mushka High School for Girls had a mini float.


Video of Marching:

Video of Concert:

Welcome Dovid Morris!

Welcome to Dovid Morris on his move into our community (Edwin Lane)!