Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Mazel Tov Sirotas - Shalom Zachor!

Mazel tov to Yossel and Devorah Leah Sirota on the birth of a baby boy!

The Shalom Zachor will take place this Friday night at the Sirota home, 9 Fawn Hill Drive 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

TONIGHT - Evening of Awareness Event

Sender Seigel L'chaim

The l'chaim of Sender Seigel and Chana Sora Katz is going to take place this Tuesday, July 6, at 7:00 PM at FREE, 1383 President Street in Crown Heights. All are invited!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Union Road Bridge to Finally Re-Open

By Steve Lieberman, The Journal News

SPRING VALLEY — After being closed at Morris Road for nearly two years, forcing traffic onto side streets, Union Road will soon be reopened with the installation of a temporary bridge.

Reopening the thoroughfare is targeted for mid-July, village and county officials said Monday. The road is blocked off in both directions at Morris because of the closed bridge.

The bridge is part of a multimillion-dollar drainage plan to end decades of flooding that has plagued residents along Stonehouse Drive, Morris Road and Francis Place.

The drainage plan, in the planning stages for years, is being done in three phases by the county and Spring Valley.

The Spring Valley Board of Trustees last week approved an $800,000 bond to finance drainage improvement work in the Stonehouse Drive area.

The work involves installing a new network of catch basins and modifying the storm-drain system.

The county's portion of what's called the Pascack Brook Improvement Project involves installing a new culvert and enclosing the brook to contain floodwaters.

The total project is expected to cost the county about $10.5 million, of which $7.8 million has been bonded.

The first order of business is opening Union Road. The bridge had deteriorated and needed to be closed.

Pilings have been installed as the county awaits the arrival of the temporary bridge from the Midwest, where it was constructed, county Highway Superintendent Charles "Skip" Vezzetti said.

Spring Valley Mayor Noramie Jasmin said that reopening the road is a major priority and that village officials worked with County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef, his administration and legislators to get it done. She set the reopening for mid-July.

The final drainage repairs will take longer. She said the $800,000 for the village's portion of the work would be bonded over 10 to 15 years.

She said the village still is looking to get money for the project from the federal government.

"People there deserve to live without flooding," Jasmin said.

The homes in the neighborhood were built on wetlands in the 1960s, and flooding has been a constant problem for more than 30 years. Part of the problem was because the bridge was obstructing the flow of the Pascack Brook.

Spring Valley and the county became partners in the project because the Pascack Brook is a county waterway, but the village maintains Union Road.

In 2003, the Union Road bridge was closed for eight months after it was deemed structurally unsafe, forcing cars to detour through the neighborhood's side streets.

Vanderhoef said a lot problems have delayed the drainage project and the replacement of the bridge. He said the contractor had difficulties with the temporary bridge.

Vezzetti also has said a county investigation found that flooding was occurring because the village under previous leadership didn't properly maintain its storm drains and pipes.

There also were delays as Spring Valley went to court to acquire the easements for the work.

Vezzetti and Vanderhoef said Verizon delayed the project by at least six months by failing to perform work on time.

"We've had construction problems and logistic problems," Vanderhoef said. "We've been frustrated along the way. We've pulled together with Spring Valley and others."

Jasmin praised the efforts of village Trustees Demeza Delhomme, Joseph Gross and Joseph Desmaret, as well as Vanderhoef, Legislature Chairwoman Harriet Cornell, Vice Chairman William Darden and Legislator Ilan Schoenberger.

"For decades, the residents of this neighborhood have received as many buckets of political promises as they had buckets of floodwater in their basements," Jasmin said.

"I promised action, and I am taking action. No more buckets filled with empty promises."

Center for Jewish Life 5771 Calendar

As you know, the Rebbe greatly emphasized the importance of reaching out to college students. Chabad communities today, including our own, are filled with people whose Yiddishkeit was sparked on campus.

The Center for Jewish Life at SUNY Rockland is once again publishing a beautiful, full-color Jewish Calendar for 2010-11/5771, which will be widely distributed and will include our upcoming events and activities.

We invite your participation in this calendar through personal dedications for yahrzeits, birthdays and anniversaries. Your dedication in the calendar creates a fitting tribute to your family member while helping us impact thousands of Jewish students and faculty!

Each dedication is $36, or 3 for $100. Please use the form below. We appreciate your friendship and support!

For more information, please contact Rabbi Dov Oliver at or 845-659-2388.

Sandler Chanukas HaBayis

Gershon Sandler invites the community to a Farbrengen/Chanukas HaBayis for men this Thursday night, July 1st at their new home, 10 Hidden Glen Lane, at 9:45 PM.

Rabbi Zalman Dubinsky from Morristown will be farbrenging.

Mazel Tov Osters!

Mazel tov to Rabbi Leibl and Chana Oster on the birth of a grandson born to Zalman and Nechama Oster of Toronto!

Daily Shiur on Hilchos Beis HaBechira for Women

Drop of your little ones at camp and drive over for a cup of hot coffee and a bite of Torah! Encouraged by the Rebbe's directives and inspired by Mrs. Esther Jacobs, N'shei Chabad Women will be learning Hilchos Beis HaBechira each weekday morning during the Three Weeks.

This week, the gathering will take place from 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM, Wednesday through Friday, at the home of Yehudis Abramowitz, 6 Zabriskie Terrace.

All women and older girls are welcome!

Rebbe Reads Haftora for Fast Day

Monday, June 28, 2010

Mazel Tov Gitlers!

Mazel tov to Yanky Gitler on his engagement to Chava Rittri of Zurich, Switzerland!

House for Sale in Evergreen Estates

A luxuriously furnished ready-to-move-into house is for sale in Evergreen Estates in Loch Sheldrake, NY in the Catskills. The house, which is 3,000 square feet on 2 floors, is the largest model available with 6 bedrooms and 4 full bathrooms in a luxury summer community of over 60 Chabad families.

3,000SF, 6 Bedrooms, 4 Full-Bathrooms, Royal Oak Wood Flooring Entire Main Floor, Carpeted Lower Floor, Spacious Sunlit Living/Dining Room with Fireplace and Sun-Filled Skylights in Great Room, Wrap-Around Decks on both Floors with Lounging Swing and Sitting Area, Custom Solid-Wood Cabinets & Granite Counters, High-Quality Appliances, Deluxe Air-Conditioned Sunroom off Living Room, Separate Laundry Room with Washer/Dryer and Extra Fridge/Freezer, Jacuzzi plus additional Stand-Alone Shower in Master, Home-Office with Dedicated Split-AC System and 24/7 Internet connection. All bedrooms come Fully Furnished with Luxury Beds and Quality Wooden Dressers. Video Security & Alarm System. Site is open all year round. Enjoy your luxury home anytime during the year, not just during the summer.

Asking Price: $475,000 (firm). Serious inquiries only:

Women's Shiur on "The Three Weeks" Tonight

Rabbi Flamer will be giving a shiur in preparation for the Three Weeks tonight, Monday, Erev Shiva Asar B'Tammuz, at the home of Mrs. Yehudis Abramowitz, 6 Zabriskie Terrace. All women and older girls are invited to attend!

Seeking Ride to Camp Emunah

I am looking for a ride for my niece from Monsey to Camp Emunah for this Wednesday, June 30. Please call 845-494-5704.

Shiva Asar B'Tammuz Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

The following is the schedule for davening at Tzemach Tzedek for tomorrow, Tuesday, June 29, the fast of Shiva Asar B'Tammuz:

Fast Begins: 3:57 AM

Shacharis 1: 6:45 AM

Shacharis 2: 8:00 AM

Mincha: 8:15 PM

Maariv & Fast Ends: 9:10 PM

Click here to read what this fast day commemorates.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Mazel Tov Markowitzs!

Mazel tov to Rabbi Zalmen Leib and Esther Markowitz on the birth of a granddaughter born to Yitzchak and Rivky Horowitz of Yerushalayim!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Mazel Tov Sender Seigel!

Mazel tov to Sender Seigel on his engagement to Chana Sora Katz of Far Rockaway!

Mazel Tov Tougers!

Mazel tov to Yossi and Sara Michal Touger on the birth of a baby girl!

Mazel tov to the grandparents Rabbi Chaim Dovid and Miriam Kagan!

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, June 25, 2010

Torah Education in Israel

Monsey Yungeleit Achdus Camping Trip

An Achdus initiative was arranged amongst Yungeleit from the area; an overnight at Lake Sebago on Rosh Chodesh Taamuz. In total, close to twenty men attended and enjoyed activities such as table tennis, a highly competitive volley ball game and swimming in the lake. This was all followed by a grand BBQ dinner and a very warm and meaningful Farbrengen around the bonfire.

At the Farbrengen one by one stories were shared, particularly personal stories of the Rebbe and personal stories of how some of those in attendance came to join Chabad and become Frum yidden. The stories were broken up by niggunim accompanied by Yitzy Goldsmith on the guitar until long into the night, before everyone rolled into their cabins, grabbed a few hours sleep and headed off to work early the following morning.

Yasher Koach to Shloime Litzman and Uriel Ash for all their hard work arranging the event.

Cheder 5th Graders Enjoy Liberty Science Museum

The Cheder's 5th grade boys had a wonderful fun and educational end of year trip to the Liberty Science Museum in Liberty, New Jersey.

On the fourth floor the boys learnt about different forms of energy, and then went on a visit to Mars! On Mars they explored the best way to build a rocket, attempted to complete a conceptual task whilst spinning in a chair and explored using their hands in inflated astronaut gloves! In an exhibition entitled "How does it Work" they investigated,among much else, surface tension with lifting a giant bubble and climbed a fossil wall.

We had a light lunch and then continued exploring... going to an exhibit on infectious diseases we rode a mock subway to find out about how infectious diseases are spread, watched a video about cells and then explored various options of how to neutralise invasive germs including playing a great computer game where the boys destroyed the germs to watching all the stages of an operation on a very special patient... a banana!

As our grand finale we visited an exhibition called "Skyscrapers" seeing a remnant from the Twin Tower's high beams (which kids could walk across) and opportunities to investigate working with foundations, earthquake resistance and using a bulldozer.

A great time was had by all, thank you to Mrs. Meshchaninov, Mr Cohen. and Rabbi Gurgov for being great chaperones!

Cheder Boys Win Prizes for Fundraising

This year the Cheder’s Boy Division raised over $2,000 on Purim and a raffle was held for the boys who raised the most money.

Dovid Amsel of the 6th grade won the Grand Prize of a Schwinn Mountain Bike and Mendy Schild and Sholom Ber Winsbacher won the runner up prizes of iPod shuffles.

Mazel Tov Kushnirs!

Mazel tov to Dr. Shimon and Lynne Kushnir on the birth of a granddaughter born to Adam and Joy Kushnir!

Cheder Chabad Holds First 8th Grade Boys Graduation!

This past Wednesday night, the Cheder held its first boys 8th grade graduation!

Rabbi Wolowik welcomed everyone and introduced Mendel Jacobs, a talmid of 8th grade to act as MC. The MC called upon fellow talmidim Yechezkel Gross and Mendel Klein to recite the Rebbe’s and Rebetzin’s capitel tehillim.

The dean and founder of the Cheder, Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman was then called upon to read a letter of the Rebbe that was sent to graduates in 5761. He then translated the letter and shared a few emotional words of his feelings of seeing the first class of Cheder graduate.

The Moroh D’asrah of Kehilas Chabad in Monsey, Rabbi Boruch Lesches shared with the graduates some very warm and personal words on what is exoected from the talmidim as they grow up.

Mendel Krasnjanski recited a d’var Torah. Mendel Litzman represented the class in sharing what Cheder means to him and told a beautiful story about the Rebbe concerning the sensitivity the Rebbe had for the feelings of others and how we need to follow in the Rebbe’s footsteps. Noach Zeiler expressed gratitude to Cheder personnel on behalf of his class. The class then surprised their beloved Rebbe, Rabbi Yossi Soble with a gift that they bought for him for all his personal time that he invested in each talmid individually.

The Boy’s Principal, Rabbi Avrohom Wolowik and the General Studies Principal, Mrs. Simonne Nenner then distributed to all students the diplomas and a specially inscribed Tanya. A slideshow of pictures of previous years was created by Mendel Simon and showed during the event. It was a true inspirational and happy event. We wish the graduates much hatzlacha in all their endeavors!

Shloshim for Shmuel Meshchaninov A"H

The Meshchaninov family will be hosting a gathering to honor the memory of Moshe and Ilya's father, Shmuel ben Mendel obm, on the occasion of his Shloshim, this Wednesday evening at 7:15 PM at the home of Ilya Meshchaninov, 32 South Gate Drive.

The event will begin with Mincha, followed by a Seuda/Farbrengen and then Maariv.

Girls Available to Tutor or Babysit

A few Polter girls, high school and post-high school age, are available to babysit or tutor Hebrew subjects (including Chassidus) and/or English subjects. Excellent references available. Please call 845-517-7315.

Shusterman Shabbos Sheva Brachos

Rabbi and Mrs. Yisroel and Sarah Feige Shusterman invite the community to Shabbos Sheva Brachos in honor of the Chosson and Kallah this Shabbos, Parshas Balak, following davening at Tzemach Tzedek.

New Oholei Torah Shluchim to Monsey!

The new Shluchim from Oholei Torah that will be coming to Yeshivas Menachem Mendel Lubavitch of Monsey for next year are Eliyahu Parks, Levi Kirshenberg, Yitzchak Kenar, Chanoch Rosenfeld, Ahraon Rabinowitz and Menachem Mendel Rice!

N'shei Chabad Bookstore Update

Attention YSP Morristown campers! The Frierdiker Rebbe's Maamarim Melukatim - Chelek Aleph is available through the N'shei Chabad Bookstore for $15 each.

Orders must be placed on or before this Monday evening, June 28. You can pickup at 6 Zabriskie Terrace on Tuesday evening, June 29 after 7:00 PM.

Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Im Piskei Admor HaZaken may also be ordered.

To order, please call Mrs. Yehudis Abramowitz at 845-558-8249.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Last Day of the Year at Cheder Chabad Girls

Cheder 7th Grade Boys Make Siyum

Among the many accomplishments of כתה ז of Cheder Chabad of Monsey was to בעזרת ה complete the entire mesechas shabbos in mishnayos under the tutelage of Rabbi Zelig Silber. The boys were farhered by the Mora D’Asra, Harav Boruch Lesches and received from him certificates of completion in honor of their siyum. Rabbi Lesches was impressed with the knowledge that the boys possessed and wished them success in the coming year. After the farher the boys were treated to a game of bowling as an end of year trip as well as a pizza lunch as a seuda for the siyum. A big thank you goes to Mr. Chaim Bloch for driving the van and supervising the trip.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Fourth Grade Boys Make Siyum

The 4th grade boys of Cheder Chabad have just completed learning their 3rd מסכת of the year, מסכת מגילה, following מסכת יומא and מסכת ראש השנה.

The boys really put themselves into the learning and by doing so have made great accomplishments throughout this year. Many boys have learned the משניות בעל פה. The class collectively has learned over 500 משניות בעל פה from the three מסכת!

While we were learning מסכת מגילה we got the new program called "משניות ברורות", which is part of "גמרא ברורה". For the last two פרקים of מסכת מגילה the boys were able to map out the משנה in a very clear way.

The boys have also accomplished a lot in learning חומש. Throughout the year we have learned 4 פרשיות with רש"י. We have just completed פרשת בא, and many boys are able to learn a רש"י even before it is taught!

The boys received certificates both for משניות and חומש. May the boys continue to learn תורה with lots of חיות and enjoyment and by doing so bring the coming of משיח right away.

A big thank you to the Groner family for hosting and sponsoring such a beautiful סיום.

Sheitel Wash and Sets

Have your wig washed and set for only $20 or set for $15. Please call Mushkie Nacca (Marrus) at 845-271-9150.

Seeking a Volunteer

A 14 year old boy from a frum home in the Monsey area, who is unfortunately currently attending Public School, is need of a volunteer tutor, to teach him basics of Kriah and Yiddishkeit.

If you can give an hour a week to help save this Neshama, please contact Rabbi Chaim Zvi Ehrenreich at 914-393-3152 or

End of Year Father Son Learning at Cheder

This past Sunday Cheder Chabad Boys school held our end of year father and son learning program. Fathers arrived at Cheder at 11:30 AM and had a choice to learn one of two sichos accompanied with worksheets on the sicha or to learn whatever they wished. Everyone learned for over 45 minutes. It was amazing to see the חיות that the children had and how happy they were to spend some time with their Tattys. The energetic and loud קול תורה was truly beautiful.

In preparation for י"ב-י"ג תמוז Rabbi Wolowik told an amazing story about the Friederdiker Rebbe. Everyone then washed and got to enjoy a pizza lunch with an ice cream dessert. At the end of lunch Rabbi Wolowik distributed end of year awards to students in each class. Thanks to all the parents who made the effort to come to learn with their child/ren and helping in the success of this program!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Welcome Naccas!

Welcome to Dovid and Chaya Mushka (nee Marrus) Nacca on their settling in our community (Kearsing Parkway)!

Welcome Kahns!

Welcome to Dov Ber and Basia Kahn (nee Klein) on their move to our community!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Mazel Tov Rabbi & Rebbetzin Lesches!

Mazel tov to Rabbi and Rebbetzin Lesches on the birth of a granddaughter born to Shaya and Bayla Lesches of Crown Heights!

Yud Beis Tammuz Farbrengen

There will be a farbrengen at Tzemach Tzedek in honor of Yud Beis Tammuz, this Thursday night, June 24, following the 9:30 PM Maariv minyan.

Yud Beis Tammuz commemorates the birth date of the Freidirker Rebbe as well as the day that he was officially granted release from his sentence of exile to Kastroma in the interior of Russia. Twenty-seven days earlier, the Rebbe had been arrested by agents of the GPU and the Yevsektzia ("Jewish Section" of the Communist Party) for his activities to preserve Judaism throughout the Soviet empire and sentenced to death, G-d forbid. International pressure forced the Soviets to commute the sentence to exile and, subsequently, to release him completely. The actual release took place on Tammuz 13, and Tammuz 12-13 is celebrated as a "festival of liberation" by Chassidim.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Kesser Distributors Weekly Special

Kesser Distributors is offering Chicken Leg Quarters for $1.99 a pound for this week.

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

Seeking Ride to Crown Heights

Looking for a ride for my 8 year old son who attends Cheder Chabad into Crown Heights for Shabbos. Please call Hindy Borenstein at 917-468-6128.

Garage Sale To Fund Camp Costs

A garage sale/flea market is being planned by NCFJE for the 1st week in July to help defray the cost of summer camps for families sending their kids to Gan Yisroel Montreal, Parksville, etc. Please let us know what you can possibly donate - items you no longer need (in sell-able condition) - clothing, toys, appliances, jewelry etc. We are also looking to sell new merchandise you may wish to donate - particularly anything that could be given away in a raffle. Please do what you can to help send Lubavitch kids to camp this summer. The recession has made summer camp less affordable than ever. We will also rent space to merchants who wish to have a booth at this event. Please call Mayer Perline at 845-354-1114.

Mesibas Shabbos Farbrengen

Rubashkin Event Tonight in New Square

Seeking Hebrew School Teachers

Chabad of Suffern is looking for teachers that would like to join our Chabad Hebrew School staff. We are also looking for a Hebrew speaking teacher and some specialty teachers for cooking, art, drama, etc.

Please call Devorah at 845-368-1889 or email your resume to if interested.

Chabad of Suffern's Hebrew School has B"H grown tremendously. In our third year we expect to have more than 50 children. Watch this video to see the school in action.

Seeking Ride

Looking for a ride from Brooklyn to Monsey for this Shabbos. If you have room for one girl to come on Friday and return on Motzei Shabbos please call Devorah at 845-368-1889.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Seeking Chavrusah

A Bochur, age 21, with limited formal learning experience, is seeking a chavrusah at Tzemach Tzedek. Hours are very flexible especially during the day. Please call Mordechai Schiffman at 914-819-7864.

Gimmel Tammuz at Cheder Chabad Girls

Cheder Chabad Girls marked the day of Gimmel Tammuz with the mindset that it is a day to reflect and a day to connect! Each actitivy or lesson learned reflected on what the Rebbe teaches us and how we can connect it to our daily lives. There were workshops run by different teachers and the girls rotated amongst all of them. They enjoyed all of the different activites. We concluded with a delicious fleishig lunch and a special ice cream treat for dessert. Thank you Rabbi Goldberg, Shliach in Woodcliff Lake, who inspired us with such a beautiful story about the Rebbe. May we be zoche to the Geulah Shleima right now!

Seeking Pre-School Teacher

Chabad of Ulster County, which is approximately 1 hour from Monsey, is looking for a Pre-School teacher for 3 year olds. Another option is a couple who would move upstate and the wife would run the pre-school and the husband can work in Monsey. Great pay and all car expenses covered.
For more information, please email

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Gimmel Tammuz at Cheder Chabad Boys

The atmosphere in חדר was one of excitement and inspiration! The מלמדים stayed in Cheder until 4:15 PM and made a wonderful program for this special day. At 2:00 pM all grades davened Mincha with the Minyan. It was beautiful to see 1st through 7th grade davening together with such חיות!

After מנחה, Rabbi Wolowik split the Cheder into four groups. Two groups stayed in the lunch room to play a jeopardy game with Rabbi Wiener, with questions about our Rebbe and his פעולות. One group went into the 2nd grade classroom, where Rabbi Goldberg farbrenged with the boys, said l’chaim and ate some nosh, told stories and sang ניגונים. The last group went to the 3rd grade classroom, where Rabbi Sirota said משניות with the boys and gave out raffle tickets. Rabbi Silber and Rabbi Wolowik made sure that all the classes were revolving between their places accordingly. After the groups had completed all the activities, the boys gathered in the lunch room for a general farbrengan and Rabbi Wolowik told a story and ניגונים were sung. There was a special raffle from Rabbi Sirota and the winner was Sholom Ber Winsbacher.

May all the boys take the חיות from ג תמוז and add in learning, davening and אהבת ישראל, and through this we will be זוכה to see our Rebbe once again with the גאולה!

Rabbi Lesches at the Ohel Today

Seeking Ride to Ohel Today

A bachur is looking for a ride to the Ohel today, Tuesday, morning.

Please contact or 412-728-3050.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Shulman Vach Nacht & Bris

Mordechai and Esther Shifra Sura Shulman will be making a Vach Nacht for their newborn son tomorrow night, Tuesday, June 15 after 9:00 PM at the Tashnid Beis Midrash, 2 Howard Drive.

The Bris will I"YH take place this Wednesday morning at 10:30 AM at the same location.

Mordechai is the North American representative, based out of Monsey, of Chabad of Zhitomor, Ukraine, under the leadership of Shliach Rabbi Shloime Wilhelm and can be reached at or at 845-499-5949.

Photos of Rubashkin Event in Monsey

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Rockland County's Jewish Heroes

By Hema Easley, The Journal News

In his native Australia, Rabbi Dov Oliver and his American wife, Shevy, spent four years traveling in the Outback, reaching out to remote Jewish communities in sheep farms to spread the warmth and joy of Judaism.

In Rockland, the Jewish community may be larger, but the easy access hasn't dampened the Olivers' enthusiasm. As co-directors of Hillel of Rockland at Rockland Community College, the couple has been working with Jewish students to make the program the center of Jewish activity and identity.

In the three years the Olivers have been at RCC, the program has become more successful and its enrollment has doubled, they said.

"We are lucky to have a big and meaningful impact on the life of our students," said Dov Oliver, 31.

Their hard work and commitment was recognized this month, when the Jewish Federation of Rockland named the Olivers the winners of the Jewish Community Heroes project. The federation is the central planning, coordinating and fundraising body for local and international Jewish agencies, which supports many programs in the area.

"When I think of 'hero' I think of people who are saving the world or curing cancer," said Shevy Oliver, 29. "It's definitely an honor to be named that. I'm sure there are lots of people who deserve to be called Jewish heroes."

The Olivers were selected by online voters from a group of finalists that included Rabbi Chaim and Chaya Ehrenreich of the Chabad Jewish Education Center in Chestnut Ridge; Rabbi Shmuel and Devorah Gancz of the Chabad of Suffern; Brenda Lender, a longtime community volunteer with strong ties to Reuben Gittelman Hebrew Day School and JCC Rockland; and Sara Fuerst, who began Kosher Troops, a grassroots organization that sends kosher care packages to Jewish-American soldiers serving overseas.

"We were pleased that a representative from one of the Jewish Federation's beneficiaries won the contest," said Marla Cohen, director of marketing and public relations at the federation. "The Olivers ... have made Hillel a welcoming place for Jewish students irrespective of their level of involvement and wherever they are in their Jewish journey."

The Olivers engage students through celebrating Jewish festivals like Passover, Hanukkah and Purim, and through regular Torah studies programs. They also have social activities like kayaking, baseball games, arts and crafts that are open to all students, not just Jewish ones.

Every March, Hillel of Rockland celebrates Jewish Heritage Month with several activities. This year, it invited guest speakers, held a global Jewry fashion show, brought in Jewish comedians, offered Israeli dance classes, served kosher food, discussed volunteer opportunities and packed kosher food baskets to send to service members serving overseas.

The Olivers also act as mentors to students, offering guidance on relationships, entering the work force, getting financial independence, and walking them through a crisis of faith. They encourage students to maintain their Jewish identity and seek a partner within their community.

Their own youth and life experience — Shevy Oliver is an alumna of RCC — help them connect with students.

"This is a very impressionable and pivotal stage," Dov Oliver said. "We support and guide them towards a strong Jewish identity in the rat race. We also seek to provide them with a viable way to incorporate their religion and culture into their growth as adults."

Twice a year, Dov Oliver leads a group of Jewish students to Israel, seeking to connect with their roots. This first-hand experience of Israeli life also helps them defend Israel and its policies if it comes up in discussions.

The Olivers have announced they will use the $1,000 prize money from the Rockland Jewish Hero contest as seed money for the Rockland Hillel Scholars Fund, which will provide assistance to college students wishing to pursue Jewish studies at recognized institutions in Israel. They hope the community will contribute money to the defray the cost of airfare, living expenses and tuition for those students.

Tonight - Online Achdus Shiurim

Friday, June 11, 2010

Massive Turnout for Rubashkin in Monsey


The latest kiddush Hashem in the Rubashkin saga took place last night in Monsey, New York, where some 3,000 men jammed The Atrium hall on Route 59 for an asifa on behalf of Reb Sholom Mordechai ben Rivkah.

“There is no way to describe what we were feeling,” one attendee told in the wee hours of this morning following the event. “It was an incredible display of achdus, as thousands - Chassidim, Litvishe, bnei Torah, baalei batim, all types - gathered to give chizuk and get chizuk. What a gathering! What a display of unity.”

In addition to those who personally attended, a staggering 12,000 people listened to a live teleconference of the event on the Chazak Hotline, sponsored by the Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation. In fact, additional lines had to be set up at the last moment to handle the barrage of phone calls from people all over the world who wished to hear the speeches.

The event began at about 9:15 p.m. with Tehillim.

Speakers included Rav Menachem Meir Weissmandel, rov of Nitra in Monsey, former rav hamachshir at Agriprocessors, and a defense witness in the recent trial; Rabbi Yerachmiel Simins, noted attorney at law and legal advisor in the Rubashkin case; and Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz, publisher of Yated Ne’eman and chief advocate in the Rubashkin case who has spearheaded the global effort to help Reb Sholom Mordechai.

Shortly after 11 p.m., following Rabbi Lipschutz’s speech, Mr. Mark Weinhardt, one of Sholom Mordechai’s defense attorneys in the state trial who made a special trip to New York to attend the event, was presented with an award for his efforts in this case as the crowd broke out into loud applause. The award was presented by Rabbi Lipschutz, who read the text of the plaque that was presented to an obviously touched and moved Mr. Weinhardt.

The highlight of the evening was clearly the presentation of Attorney Weinhardt, who shared some fascinating details of the Rubashkin case and his involvement. The tremendous crowd sat riveted as Weinhardt shared the ups and downs, and the frustrations and day-to-day challenges, experienced in the recent month-long state trial. He expressed his belief in the justice system, and said that just as justice was served in the state trial, he believes that, ultimately, justice will be served, perhaps via appeal, in the federal trial, with sentencing slated for June 22 by Judge Linda Reade.

Weinhardt’s speech was punctuated by numerous rounds of applause for Mr. Weinhardt himself, for his fellow lawyers and their families, and for all those who have given of themselves to ensure a proper defense.

Mr. Weinhardt concluded his speech at about 11:50 p.m. and was followed by the keynote speaker, Rav Shimon Zev Meisels, rov of Bais Medrash Beirach Moshe in Monroe, who delivered a drasha in Yiddish.

The final speaker was Reb Sholom Mordechai’s son, Reb Meir Simcha Rubashkin of Postville, Iowa, who shared some personal vignettes and the personal and familial trials and tribulations of the Rubashkin family during this ordeal. He mentioned how much the outpouring of support means to his father, and he highlighted the unprecedented achdus and care demonstrated by Klal Yisroel, calling the wider frum community “a family.”

The event concluded at 12:45 a.m. As attendees exited the hall, uplifted and inspired, volunteers collected donations to be used directly to assist the Rubashkin family and pay for the exorbitant legal costs of the defense and appeal.

Please continue to daven for Reb Sholom Mordechai ben Rivkah.

Significant funds must still be raised for the legal defense costs and the upcoming appeal. Anyone who can help out and lend support should take a moment to send a donation to the Pidyon Shvuyim Fund. The help of Yidden across the globe is severely needed.

You can easily donate by clicking here.

Alternatively, you can mail contributions to:
Pidyon Shvuyim Fund
53 Olympia Lane
Monsey NY 10952
Photos: Yisroel Schulman

Kesser Distributors Weekly Special

Kesser Distributors is offering Chuck Steak for $5.99 a pound for this week.

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.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

An Evening of Awareness

Mazel Tov Shulmans - Shalom Zachor!

Mazel tov to Mordechai and Esther Shifra Sura Shulman on the birth of a baby boy!

The Shalom Zachor will take place this Friday night at Rabbi Yaakov Mordechai Greenwald’s shul, 2 Sylvan Road.

Mordechai is the North American representative, based out of Monsey, of Chabad of Zhitomor, Ukraine, under the leadership of Shliach Rabbi Shloime Wilhelm.

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 Cohens!

Mazel tov to Rabbi Yeruchem and Fraida Cohen on the marriage of their daughter Shternie to Ariel Mangami of Rechovot, Eretz Yisroel!

TONIGHT - Rubashkin Event in Monsey

It is very important that we as fellow Lubavitcher Chassidim have a large presence at this event in support of Reb Shalom Mordechai. Please make every effort to participate!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010


The מידות campaign at Cheder Chabad came to an end but improving and refining our מידות never ends.

The girls and many pre-schoolers always say such a beautiful “good morning!” We hope they continue to do so even if they don’t receive a card for it.

Remember girls,
When walking down the street and seeing someone you know,
Stop and say “hello”.
When someone does something for you, say “thank you”.
Remember to treat your family with respect as well,
Even your younger siblings they will feel swell.

We are so proud of all our Cheder Chabad students and we hope that we will always continue to שעפ נחת from all of your accomplishments.

Mazel tov to the M2@C2 Midos winners:

1. Camera - Aliza Leverton
2. Art kits - Chana Mushka Zaltzman
3. Scooter - Mushky Fisher
4. Mystery prize - Chaya Liberow

RCC Students Go To Ohel

Rabbi Dov Oliver took ten RCC students to the Ohel this past Monday. For most of them it was their first time there and they were very moved. Afterwards the group went out to eat and farbrenged and reflected on the trip.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Extra Lainings This Shabbos

As per the custom that everyone should have an aliya on the Shabbos prior to Gimmel Tammuz, there will be extra lainings this Shabbos at Tzemach Tzedek beginning at 8:30 AM in the backroom of the shul and then multiple lainings during the regular laining time.

Gimmel Tammuz Farbrengen

There will be a farbrengen for men in honor of Gimmel Tammuz at Tzemach Tzedek this Tuesday, June 15, following the 9:15 PM Maariv minyan (there won't be a 9:30 Maariv minyan).

Mivtzoim at Israel Rally

Rabbi Avremel Kotlarsky, Shliach to New City, as well as the Shluchim of Yeshivas Menachem Mendel Lubavitch of Monsey doing mivtzoim at the rally in support of Israel in front of the Rockland County Courthouse organized by the Jewish Federation of Rockland County in the wake of the Gaza flotilla incident. More than 1,000 people participated in the rally.

Seeking Pre-School Counselors

Camp Gan Israel of Tenafly is looking for Pre-School counselors. Great staff! Great grounds! Great atmosphere! Great pay! 19 and older for main teacher, high-school age as assistants. Please contact 773-584-8458.

Rockland Hillel Scholars Fund

Rabbi Dov & Shevy Oliver announced today that they are planning to use their award money from the Rockland Jewish Hero competition to launch the "Rockland Hillel Scholars Fund" which will provide assistance to college-aged students who wish to pursue Jewish studies at recognized programs or institutions in Israel.

The aim is that members of the community will further contribute to this fund with the money being used to defray the costs of airfare, living expenses and tuition for long or short term programs in Israel helping those selected to grow in their Jewish knowledge and identity.

To contribute to the Rockland Hillel Scholars Fund please contact Rabbi Oliver at 845-659-2388 or

Take 5 Minutes, You May Save a Life

Friday, June 4, 2010

Mazel Tov Abramowitzs!

Mazal tov to Yitzchok and Yehudis Abramowitz on the engagement of their grandson, Tzvi Baruch Warburg (Telzstone) to Estie Wachtel (Yerushalayim)!

Siddur Party at Cheder Chabad

This Thursday - Rubashkin Event in Monsey

Mark your calendar - A large event in support of Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin is scheduled for this Thursday, June 10, at 9:00 PM at The Atrium Plaza in Monsey.

It is very important that our Chabad community has a large presence.

The schedule for the evening is as follows:

9:00 PM - Welcome

9:15 PM - Tehillim

9:25 PM - Rabbi Menachem Meir Weissmandel, The Nitra Rav, who is a strong Rubashkin supporter and was a defense witness at the trial.

9:35 PM - Reb Yerachmiel Simins, prominent attorney and philanthropist who is a legal advisor on the Rubashkin case.

9:45 PM - Rabbi Pinchas Lipschutz, Publisher of Yated Ne'eman newspaper and tremendous advocate for Sholom M. Rubashkin.

9:55 PM - Rabbi Shimon Zev Meisels, Rav of Beirach Moshe in Monroe.

10:15 PM - Meir Simcha and Mendy Rubashkin, sons of Sholom Mordechai who are flying in from Postville for this event.

Parenting the Spirited Child Lecture

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Davening Times for Remaining Meshchaninov Shiva

Moshe and Ilya (Eliyahu) Meshchaninov as well as Mrs. Inez Meshchaninov are sitting Shiva for their father and husband, Reb Shmuel Meshchaninov A"H, through this Monday morning at the home of Ilya Meshchaninov, 32 Southgate Drive.

The following are the times for the remaining davenings:

Shacharis: 7:00 AM
Mincha: 5:00 PM

Shacharis: 8:00 AM
Mincha: 8:15 PM
Maariv: At the zman

Shacharis: 7:00 AM

Phone: 845-354-7424
Please help with the minyanim.

.המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

Seeking Female Head Counselor

Camp Gan Israel of Rockland is seeking a head counselor for our amazing day camp. Camp begins on June 29 and finishes on August 19. For more information, please contact Rabbi Kotlarsky at 845-216-0763 or

Children's Tehillim Program This Shabbos

Siyum on “Hemshech Samach Vov” at Tzemach Tzedek

This past shabbos Parshas Behaaloscha, Tzemech Tzedek Lubavitch of Monsey hosted a siyum and seudas mitzvah in honor of the completion - by a group of Anash - of the whole hemshech of Samach Vov of the Rebbe RaShab.

R’ Shimon Kroll a business yungerman gives a daily shiur in shule in Samach Vov before shacharis. It took four years to complete the whole hemshech.

R’ Shimon was a talmid of Rabbi Yisroel Jacobson O”H and learned with him for several years. The siyum coincided with Rabbi Jacobson’s 35th Yartzeit.

At the seudas mitzvah R’ Shimon explained briefly the maamar and then farbrengend with the olam.

Rabbi Leima Minkowitz of Crown Heights who attended the farbrengen praised the efforts of R’ Shimon Kroll explaining that is exactly what the Friediker Rebbe and Rebbe wanted –that American bochurim and yungeleit chazzar chassidus brabim.

The olam left the farbrengen highly motivated and look forward to start learning the Rebbe’s Maamorim.

Marrus Shabbos Kallah

Mushkie Marrus's Shabbos Kallah will be held this shabbos afternoon at 5:00 PM at 131 Brick Church Road. Everyone is invited.

Rabbi Dov & Shevy Oliver Voted as the Rockland Jewish Heroes!

The long anticipated winner of the Rockland Jewish Federation’s “Rockland Jewish Hero” contest was announced last night at the Federation’s annual meeting.

Mazel tov to the Rockland Jewish Heroes, Rabbi Dov and Shevy Oliver, the directors of the Center for Jewish Life – Hillel - at SUNY Rockland!

More than 100 people gathered at the JCCY in West Nyack for the special announcement. Out of the thirty six nominees, five finalists were selected including the Olivers and Rabbi Shmuel and Devorah Gancz of Chabad of Suffern and Rabbi Chaim & Chaya Ehrenreich of the Chabad Jewish Enrichment Center in Chestnut Ridge.

The award came with a $1,000 check for the organization towards their programs and activities.

Upon receiving the award Rabbi Oliver congratulated all the finalists and nominees and dedicated the award to the Lubavitcher Rebbe who instilled in he and his wife the drive to work in outreach full time. Rabbi Oliver spoke of how both his parents and in-laws were personally taught by the Rebbe the value of spreading the love, joy and warmth of being Jewish to all and how ultimately it is that approach that will ensure Jewish pride and continuity.
Photos: Jeff Karg & Jonah Halper

Farbrengen Sunday Night

Rabbi Moshe Smith will be making a Farbrengen this Sunday night, June 6, at 9:45 PM, at his home, 164 Kearsing Parkway (building 16) in honor of his mothers 55th yarzeit. All are invited!

Ehrenreich Shalom Zachor, Vach Nacht & Bris

Rabbi Chaim Zvi (Tzili) & Chaya’la Ehrenreich will be making a Shalom Zachor for their newborn son this Friday night at their home, 6 Whitefield Road in Chestnut Ridge.

The Vach Nacht/Farbrengen will take place at their home on Sunday night.

The Bris will I"YH take place this Monday afternoon, June 7, at 6:30 PM at Courtyard by Marriot, 100 Chestnut Ridge Road in Montvale, NJ.

Cohen Shabbos Kallah

Women and girls are invited to the Shabbos Kallah for Shternie Cohen which will take place, G-d willing, at the Cohen home, 5 Crestview Terrace beginning at 6:30 PM this Shabbos afternoon.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Farbrengen Tonight

Following tonight's 9:30 PM Maariv minyan at Tzemach Tzedek, Yitzchok Abramowitz will be making a farbrengen in honor of his birthday. All are invited.

Cheder Midos in Action Program Update

After 6 weeks of Midos in Action, the boys of Cheder have all learned Mishnayos from פרקי אבות and worked on the many different מדות.

Many boys wrote beautiful summaries of the different משניות. There were weekly raffles throughout the program for the boys who filled out sheets.

May we all continue to learn and work on our מדות and implement them into our daily actions as it says in חסידות: The whole idea of Chassidus is to change the nature of one’s Middos! (כל ענין החסידות הוא לשנות טבע מדותיו (קונטרס ענינה של תורת החסידות

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Meshchaninov Shiva Information

Moshe and Ilya (Eliyahu) Meshchaninov as well as Mrs. Inez Meshchaninov will begin sitting Shiva for their father and husband, Reb Shmuel Meshchaninov A"H, this afternoon through Monday morning at the home of Ilya Meshchaninov, 32 Southgate Drive. Please do not visit between the hours of 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM.

The following are the davening times:

Shacharis: 7:00 AM
Mincha: 8:15 PM
Maariv: At the zman

Phone: 845-354-7424

Please help with the minyanim.

.המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים