Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Save the Date - Bonei Olam Dinner

Mark your calendar!

Bonei Olam, an organization that helps couples (including many couples from the Chabad and Monsey communities) that are experiencing infertility realize their dreams of having a child of their own, will be having a dinner in Monsey at Ateres Charna on Sunday, December 19, 2010.

Rabbi and Mrs. Avremel and Baily Wolowick and Mr. and Mrs. Hershel and Chaya Rosenbluh are hosting this event for our community.

Please click here to take out an ad in their honor.

Kiddush at Tzemach Tzedek This Shabbos

The Kiddush-Farbrengen at Tzemach Tzedek this Shabbos, Parshas Miketz, is being sponsored by Binyomin and Keren Kaplan in honor of the recent birth of their daughter Aleeza and by Moshe and Tzipora Reitman in honor of Moshe's 60th birthday and liluy nishmas Tzipora's father Mordechai ben Yehuda Ber whose yahrzeit is this Shabbos, 27 Kislev.

Mazel Tov Abels!

Mazel tov to Michoel and Aliza Abel on the birth of a baby girl!

Shifra and Puah arranges homemade meals for mothers of newborn children from our community. If you are able to cook a meal(s), please sign up on Meal Train or contact Karen Schild at 845-354-4898 or karenschild@yahoo.com.

Enjoying Being Jewish

By Anjelica Pagnozzi, Rockland Jewish Reporter

When I was born, I was named in a synagogue and given a Hebrew name. But growing up, I was not religious, and I still am not very religious. Even though I am Jewish, I celebrated both Catholic and Jewish holidays. The reason is that my grandparents (my mother’s parents) raised me. My grandfather was Catholic, so we celebrated his holidays, Christmas and Easter, while my grandmother (who is Jewish) and I also celebrated Chanukah and Passover.

At the age of 10, I was given the choice of continuing dance lessons or starting Hebrew school to learn Torah and prepare for a bat-mitzvah. I chose dance school. Since I didn’t understand my religion or Hebrew, I didn't feel Jewish. I felt like I was just living without a religion.

All that changed when I encountered Hillel at SUNY Rockland, where I have been a student for two years. I became aware of Hillel in my first semester, but I didn't join right away. I was very much afraid of not being accepted into Hillel because I didn't know a lot about Judaism. I didn't understand or speak Hebrew, and I felt I was not “Jewish enough.”

During my second semester, with some encouragement from my friends who were active in Hillel, I overcame my fears and decided to try it out. The first time I met everyone was at a Purim party in a local kosher pizzeria. That was a lot of fun and a bit overwhelming at first because I didn't know anyone. I felt very welcomed at the Purim party, and have been active in Hillel since. After the party, Hillel put on a Global Jewry Fashion Show, which I helped organize, and I also performed in it. Helping out with this event made me feel very much part of the club, and I also learned a lot about famous people in Jewish history and Jewish styles and fashion over the years.

There are two wonderful people who have made my Hillel experience so great: the directors, Rabbi Dov Oliver and his wife, Shevy. They are both always there at every event, and they are also always there when you need someone to talk to.

Hillel also gave me the once in a lifetime chance to go to Israel for free this past summer on a trip led by Rabbi Oliver with Birthright Israel. While in Israel, I felt very connected to Judaism and found my place in my religion. The trip itself was an amazing experience. I met other Jewish young adults from all over who were just like me. But the most amazing part of the trip was the chance to reverse my dance lessons decision; I celebrated my bat mitzvah, together with my close friend Ashley, at the holiest place in the world, the Western Wall! It was very, very special, something I will treasure forever.

Hillel has been great to me, and showed me that there are all types of different Jews out there. It gave me the chance for the first time in my life to really enjoy being Jewish.

Anjelica Pagnozzi, 20, of Pomona is a sophomore and an active member of the Hillel at SUNY Rockland, a beneficiary of the Jewish Federation of Rockland County.

Mazel Tov Saloffs!

Mazel tov to Rabbi Ben-Tzion and Ruthie Saloff on the birth of a grandson born to Rivka and Ariel Baror of Yerushalayim!

Monday, November 29, 2010

No Evening Shiurim Over Chanukah

None of the regular evening shiurim for both men and women will take place over Chanukah beginning this Wednesday night.

No Entrance Fee for Chanukah Rally

Thanks to Itche Noach and Chana Miriam Zeiler and Moshe and Zipporah Reitman (in honor of the yahrzeit of Mordechai ben Yehuda Ber A"H) for sponsoring the children's Chanukah rally this Friday at 11:00 AM at Tzemach Tzedek.

Due to their generosity there will be no entrance charge for the event!

Seeking Ride to JFK

A bochur in the mesivta is seeking ride to JFK airport this Thursday, December 2, by 3:00 PM. If you or someone you know is going there please contact A. Bakaleynik at 847-830-7942.

Mrs. Rena Schleifer Sitting Shiva

Boruch Dayan HaEmes - We are deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of Mrs. Beila Schaulewicz A"H (Beila bas Yitzchok Eizik), mother of Mrs. Rena Schleifer.

Rena will be sitting Shiva at her home at 39 Plum Road until this Thursday.

.המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Free Services

With gratitude to Hashem I wish to acknowledge the miraculous yeshua that I experienced recently, by offering the following services to our Anash community during the month of Teves free of charge:

1. Four beginner level piano lessons for women and girls, once a week for a month;
2. Local car service for women and girls.

Please feel free to call Mrs. Chana Rus Kent at 845-425-1500 or 845-596-1797.

Lesches L'chaim

Rabbi Lesches arranging the kinyan at the l'chaim of his niece Moussie Lesches of Crown Heights to Natan Ferszt of Los Angeles.

MBCM Announces Dinner Honorees

Monsey Beis Chaya Mushka is pleased to announce the honorees for this year's Annual Dinner!

Dr. Yehuda & Mrs. Karen Schild will be honored with the Amud Hachessed Award and Dr. Chaim & Mrs Tovah Schild will be honored with the Parents of the Year Award.

More information about this year's exciting dinner to follow.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Yud Tes Kislev and Book Fair at Cheder Chabad Girls

Cheder Chabad Girls celebrated Yud Tes Kislev with lots of meaningful activities. The day began with davening, followed by a farbrengen for the preschool classes.

The preschool then joined the Book Fair where the girls read the stories that they wrote about the Alter Rebbe. The Elementary girls played a game called “Escaping from Russia.” Then Grades 1-3 had a farbrengen in the lunch room and Rabbi Shusterman spoke to them about the significance of this auspicious day, while Grades 4—8 learned a Sicha about Yud Tes Kislev with Chavrusos.

Then came the Book Fair Presentation. Each girl in Grades 4-8 displayed and read her story to the younger grades. Rabbi Shusterman then spoke to the older grades.

The morning concluded with the award ceremony where all the participants in the Book Fair received a certificate of recognition for their wonderful work. The winners were announced and received a medal and a certificate for their accomplishment. We are very proud of all the girls that worked so hard on their Yud Tes Kislev Books.

Mazel tov to all the winners and Yasher Koach to the Grand Winner, Liba Rimler! Her book will be published and be distributed to Chabad Preschools.



Rabbi Berel Mochkin Farbrengs at Heichal Menachem

Rabbi Berel Mochkin, prominent Shliach and Mashpia in Montreal, farbrenged to a large crowd at Heichal Menachem of Monsey last night in honor of Yud Tes Kislev .

Yud Tes Kislev at Cheder Chabad Boys

The children of Cheder Chabad Boys were greeted today with a special surprise farbrengen in honor of Yud Tes Kislev!

Following davening, all of the children went into the lunchroom and washed for a lavish Yud Tes Kislev farbrengen/breakfast of bagles, spreads, juice, chocolate milk and desserts.

Rabbi Wolowik farbrenged with the children about the concept of דרכי החסידות and the children came up with many practical ideas of this.

They were then treated to a special Yud Tes Kislev digital presentation by Rabbi Wiener and the talmidim of the 4th grade. The boys then sang פדה בשלום and other ניגונים.

Special thanks to Motty Wiener of DailySteals.com for sponsoring the farbrengen!

Monsey Youth Hosts Beautiful Yud Tes Kislev Farbrengen for Boys

In honor of Yud Tes Kislev, more than 40 boys who are in 5th through 8th grade, participated in a special farbrengen.

With the help of Meir Maller, Reuvy Litzman and others, the tables were set in a most beautiful way, truly befitting Rosh Hashono L’Chassidus.

The program began with a siyum on Tanya by Dovid Labkowski, (kita 8) who is almost finished 12 perokim baal peh! Menachem Amram (kita 4), who has already learned more than 2 perokim, began Tanya again.

Rabbi Berel Zaltzman, Shliach in Fair Lawn, NJ farbrenged with the boys about the being a pnimi and doing our avods Hashem with an emes. He encouraged the talmidim to act in darkei Chassidus by adding in Ahavas Yisroel to our chaverim - mit an emes.

After pointing out the greatness of this Yom Tov, there was a very uplifting atmosphere while the kinderlach were singing Niggunim, especially during the Daled Bovos. The chayos and varmkeit of Yud Tes Kislev was truly felt in a way of Ashreinu Mah Tov Chelkeinu - how lucky we are to be Chassidim!

Mendel Hirsch said over the Hayom Yom of Chai Kislev wishing all of us a Gut Yom Tov Blimud HaChassiduss UbDarkei HaChassidus Tikoseivy Vsechoseimu!

Morah Music Performing This Sunday

Mazel Tov Kleins - L'chaim!

Mazel tov to Shmuel and Miriam Klein on the engagement of their daughter Mushka to Sholom Kass of Toronto!

The l'chaim will take place this Wednesday, December 1, the first night of Chanukah, at 8:30 PM at the Klein home, 22 Jeffrey Place.

Rabbi Eitan Webb to Farbreng at Beis Menachem This Shabbos

Rabbi Eitan Webb, Shliach to Princeton University, will be farbrenging at Beis Menachem this Shabbos, Parshas Vayeishev, in honor of Yud Tes Kislev. All are invited to participate!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

NCFJE Menorah Lighting

NCFJE of Rockland, under the leadership of Rabbi Simcha Werner, will be holding a public Menorah lighting this Wednesday night, December 1, at 6:00 PM in the Food Mart International large parking lot on the corner of Route 59 and Route 45 on the eastern side of the parking lot facing 59 East (towards Nanuet).

Donuts will be served, as well as music, dancing and prizes for the kids. All are invited and encouraged to participate in this kiddush Hashem and Mivtza Chanuka.

For more info please call 845-356-3850.

Beis Menachem Yungeleit Commit to Not Talk in Shul

The Yungeleit who frequent Beis Menachem organized a spur-of-the-moment farbrengen last night in preparation of Yud Tes Kislev. The farbrengen was hosted by Dov Oliver in honor of the Yahrzeit of his grandfather.

Rabbi Kagan farbrenged about Yud Tes Kislev and Lubavitch’s unique approach to Ahavas Yisroel and learning Pnimiyus HaTorah. This was followed by a lively discussion about creating a more ruchniyusdike atmosphere for Beis Menachem.

In a most beautiful expression of unity and yearning to grow in their Yiddishkeit, the Yungeleit in attendance went around the table and each made a public hachlata to make a strong effort not to talk at all in shul during Davening and Krias HaTorah! A few people who couldn’t make it to the farbrengen joined in making the hachlata by phone and text message.

Rabbi Kagan immediately wrote up a pan, that was delivered to the Ohel this morning, with the full description of the hachlata and all of the names of those who participated in it.

In the zchus of this hachlata, and its implementation, may the Aibishter bless all of the participants and their families b’gashmiyus and b’ruchniyus with only revealed good!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Start Joining the Daily Tanya Shiur for the New Cycle of Tanya

This Friday, Yud Tes Kislev, the learning of Tanya as part of the daily Chitas will start from the beginning.

It is the perfect time to start or strengthen your daily Tanya learning and there is no better way than to start by attending Rabbi Lesches's daily Tanya shiur.

The shiur is on the Tanya portion of the day's Chitas and takes place on Mondays through Fridays at 6:30 AM and on Sundays at 7:30 AM at Tzemach Tzedek.

All are strongly encouraged to participate!

Details of Menorah Parade 5771

The parade will take place on this Thursday, December 2, 2010.

Line-up will be at 5:30 PM at K’hal Tzemach Tzedek Lubavitch. All vehicles must enter through Cresteview Terrace. There will be no entrance to Langeries Drive. The parade is scheduled to depart at 6:30 PM sharp so please arrive before 6:00 PM so that the parade can depart promptly.

Parade Route:
  • From Langeries Drive turn left onto Route 306 (go 1.1 miles);
  • Turn right onto West Maple Avenue (go 1.8 miles);
  • Turn left onto Viola Road (go 0.2 miles);
  • Turn right onto Forshay Road (go 0.9 miles);
  • Turn right onto Grandview Avenue (go 1.5 miles);
  • Turn left onto New Hempstead Road (go 3.5 miles);
  • Turn right onto South Main Street/ Old Route 304 (go 1.0 miles);
  • Turn left to stay on South Main Street/ Old Route 304 (go 0.0 miles);
  • Turn right onto Route 304 (go 2.6 miles);
  • Take ramp onto Route 59;
  • Turn right onto Route 59 (go 1.4 miles);
  • Turn right onto New Clarkstown Road (go 0.1 miles);
  • Turn right onto Spring Valley Market Place (go 0.3 miles);
  • Drive to Target parking lot;
In the Target parking lot there will be a grand menorah lighting followed by Chanukah gelt, doughnuts, latkes, music and dancing!

As required by the Police Department for safety reasons, as a courtesy to the shul's neighbors, and to ensure that the event is organized, please follow these guidelines so that this parade is a true Kiddush Hashem:
  • All vehicles should enter through Crestview Terrace only (please do NOT turn into Langeries).
  • During line-up please make sure that your car is pulled over to the side of the road to allow traffic to pass through.
  • During lineup please do not block any driveways or side streets.
  • To help identify your vehicle as a parade participant please keep your 4-way flashers (hazards) on for line-up and for the entire duration of the parade.

If you need to purchase a car menorah, need your car menorah repaired, would like to help sponsor this beautiful event, or have any questions, please contact 845-578-5653 or parade5771@gmail.com.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Shifra & Puah Meals

If you are able to cook a meal(s) for the Lights' who recently had twins , please sign up on Meal Train or contact Karen Schild at 845-354-4898 or karenschild@yahoo.com.

Second Bayis HaYehudi Shiur

Rabbi Aaron Dovid Gancz giving the second Bayis HaYehudi shiur of the series at the home of Eli Cohen this past Sunday night.

WARNING - Missionary Book Being Mailed

There is a book being sent around in the mail to Rockland residents in plain white packaging 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.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Connecting Youth Through Hillel

By Sara Gilbert, Rockland Jewish Reporter

When the need to establish a Jewish presence on the campus of SUNY Rockland collided with Rockland Jewish Family Service seeking to do outreach work with student populations, a new beneficiary of the Jewish Federation of Rockland County was born.

The youngest of the philanthropy's agencies, Hillel/The Center for Jewish Life at RCC was created just 12 years ago. It was in direct response to identifying a need that a large Jewish student population basically had no Jewish programming entity on campus.

"We realized that although there were many clubs and organizations at RCC, the growing Jewish student population needed a more formal organization for their activities," said Tzipora Reitman, director of communications at RCC who was part of an early organizational group that began planning Jewish activities and laid the groundwork for what would become Hillel.

"The goal was to serve the social and spiritual needs of these students -- to reach out to unaffiliated students as well as to provide a center for students who strongly identify as Jewish -- and to unite these students under the umbrella of one Jewish group," she said.

Around that same time, Jewish Family Service's Outreach Committee, chaired by Marsha Forman, now on the Hillel board, was exploring ways to work with the student population as well.

"Together these two efforts merged, a series of meetings were held together with personnel from the college and ultimately we submitted an application to the Jewish Federation of Rockland to establish a new beneficiary agency of the Federation, Hillel of Rockland, and it was approved," said Yisroel Schulman a member of the Federation's executive board, and a founding Hillel and current board member.

Since then, the organization has grown enormously, serving more than 1,000 Jewish students at the college. Several hundred participate in Hillel on a regular basis, according to Rabbi Dov Oliver, the director of Hillel.

Events offered range from boating at Rockland Lake and ski trips to community service on campus and social awareness programs.

The student group is run by Oliver and his wife, Shevy, an RCC graduate herself. The young couple seem to have a knack for knowing what the students want and attracting them to activities.

"I particularly enjoy getting to know the students and watch as they grow over their short time here at RCC. I've also developed many close relationships which I cherish," the Olivers responded together in an email. "There are so many different kinds of students and it's quite wonderful to see the way they all become friends and learn to tolerate each others differences."

Last year the Hillel put on a Global Jewry Fashion show where everyone dressed up as different Jewish characters in history. And last month they went on a Shabbaton in Brooklyn and the students met the Orthodox hip-hop musician Matisyahu.

Vice president of Hillel Dena Kopolovich says she loves being able to say she is Jewish and not feel embarrassed. Kopolovich attended Yeshiva of Spring Valley until fifth grade where she switched to a public school where she was the only Jew, or so she felt.

"For me, Hillel has reintroduced me to Judaism," said Kopolovich, 19.

For Racheli Hirshfeld, 23, it started out with just a few visits to Hillel during her time at RCC from 2007 to 2009. "I liked them," she said of the activities.

Now at New York University, where she is studying English education, Hirshfeld is extremely active in that campus Hillel, serving as the Jewish Agency fellow on campus and on the board of Gesher, the pro-Israel group on campus.

Shevy Oliver was involved with Hillel when she was a student. "I love the energy of young adults and college students," she said. "And I know this is a crucial time in their lives where they will make life long decisions that we can help impact."

"All my good friends now are from Hillel," said Brach Leah Banayan, 20, from Monsey. "I love meeting new people and the thing about it that's really cool is that everyone's Jewish so we're all connected on that level but at the same time everyone's from a different background."

Kopolovich, who moved around from Rockland to Florida and then back, agrees that Hillel is a good place to meet people. After all, that's where she met her boyfriend.

"So many students come into RCC without any Jewish affiliation and due to Hillel, they develop a circle of Jewish friends, learn about their heritage, go on birthright, date and even marry Jewish!" said Reitman. "Some students come in after having had less than positive experiences in prior Jewish institutions. At RCC, they can enjoy a warm relationship with the rabbi and start to rebuild their love for Judaism."

Schulman was president of the Hillel at Emory University when he attended. And that experience sparked his desire to found a Hillel. What continues to keep him involved is getting to know the students.

"When I hear the impact that Hillel has had on their lives, that's what re-invigorates me to continue my involvement," said Schulman. "The stories are endless and they continue to blow me away."

Mazel Tov Wolfs!

Mazel tov to Cheder parents Rabbi Arik and Sarah Wolf of Katonah, New York on the birth of a baby girl!

Updated Form for Welcome Kits for New Families

Mimi Goldsmith is putting together a Welcome Kit for newcomers to our community.

Please help our community's newcomers by filing out the below questionnaire. Your answers will help create the guide which will help make their transition easier (when adding a name of a Doctor or any other specialist, please add a phone number too).

Also, business owners should take advantage of this wonderful opportunity. Contact Mimi to include a gift certificate or coupon for your business in the Welcome Kit. You can attract a new customer and help them out at the same time!

Please cut and paste the following into an email, put the name of a business and their contact information next to the ones you recommend and send it to mimiak@aim.com.

Kosher Products (meat,cheese,etc.):
Paper goods:
Judaica Store
Milchig Restaurant:
Flaishig Restaurant:
Adult Doctor:
Pediatric Dentist:
Adult Dentist:
Party Goods:
Laser Hair Removal:
Nail Salon:
Kid's haircuts:
Kid clothing:
Women's clothing:
Men's clothing:
Maternity Store:
Dry cleaners:
Sheitel Macher:
#1 fun place for kids:
#2 fun place for kids:
#3 fun place for kids:
Summer Camp (preschool):
Summer Camp (boys):
Summer Camp (girls):
Health Food Store:
Herbal Store :
Daycare for under 1yr. old:
Daycare for1-2 yr olds:
Daycare for 2-3 yr olds:
Housekeeper (agency or your name if your housekeeper has availability):

Rabbi Lesches Gives Hechsher on Milk

Rabbi Lesches has started giving a hechser, under his Kashrus International hashgacha, to the Fresh and Healthy brand of Cholov Yisroel milk.

According to CrownHeights.info, Moshe Banayan, manager of Fresh and Healthy, got in touch with Yossi Brook of Kashrus International and expressed his desire to improve and add their kosher certification. Rabbi Baruch Lesches, the Rav HaMachshir of Kashrus International went down to the dairy plant and farm, where he inspected the production line.

Yossi Brook told CrownHeights.info that “the place is being properly koshered in line with the instruction of the Alter Rebbe and the Mashgichim are really knowledgeable. After a few months of inspections with Rabbi Lesches we have officially come out and given them a Hechsher. Now besides the high quality of milk they have the highest standards in kashrus.”

This Hechsher covers milk with the red, blue and green labels and caps, as well as the chocolate milk with the brown label.

Seeking Hebrew School Teacher

Chabad of Chestnut Ridge is seeking a Hebrew School teacher for Sunday mornings from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM for 6th grade. Salary commensurate to experience. Please contact Chaya'la Ehrenreich at chayalae@aol.com or 845-352-6563.

Yud Daled Kislev at Cheder Chabad Girls

In honor of Yud Daled Kislev, the Rebbe and Rebbetzin's wedding anniversary, Cheder Chabad Girls and Preschool classes decorated cupcakes. The results were beautiful and all the students enjoyed this fun and creative activity. Thank you to Mrs. Rimler, a Cheder parent, for showing the girls different cake decorating techniques. May we be zoche to have the ultimate wedding of Hashem and Klal Yisroel with the Geulah now!

Chalukas HaShas - 3 Days Left!

If you committed to learn a Mesechta of Gemara last Yud Tes Kislev as part of the Chalukas HaShas please remember to finish it in the next 3 days before Yud Tes Kislev of this year.

If you forgot which Mesechta you committed to learn please ask Rabbi Lesches as he has the list.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Chanukah Rally for Children!

Larkin Bris

Shaya and Ariella Larkin will I"YH be making a Bris this Tuesday at 9:00 AM at the BeShT Shul, 510 Empire Blvd. in Crown Heights.

Free Cassettes

The following cassettes are available at no charge. If interested, please email kapcon@netbox.com.
  • 11 cassettes from Rabbi Manis Friedman;
  • 7 cassettes of Chabad Nigunim;
  • 6 cassettes from Gal Einai-Rabbi Yitzchok Ginsburgh;
  • 5 cassettes from Rabbi Yitzchok Ginsburgh;

Rabbi Polter Farbrengs with Cheder Chabad Melamdim

Rabbi Mendel Polter, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivas Menachem Mendel Lubavitch of Monsey, farbrenged last night with the melamdim of Cheder Chabad of Monsey at a Melava Malka hosted by Yisroel and Rivkah Schulman. Mr. Schulman serves as President of both educational institutions.

Rabbi Levke Kaplan Farbrengs in Monsey

As part of a new initiative by a group of local Yungeleit to increase in shiurim and farbrengens for the fast-growing Monsey community, Rabbi Levke Kaplan farbrenged last night for a crowd of 50 in honor of Yud Daled Kislev, the Rebbe and Rebbetzin’s wedding anniversary. The inspiring farbrengen was hosted by Yossi and Rochy Hirsch celebrating a Chanukas HaBayis for their new home.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Mazel Tov Kaplans!

Mazel tov to Binyomin and Keren Kaplan on the birth of a baby girl! Mazel tov to the grandparents Dovid and Chaya Kaplan!

Shifra and Puah arranges homemade meals for mothers of newborn children from our community. If you are able to cook a meal(s), please contact Karen Schild at 845-354-4898 or karenschild@yahoo.com.

Friday, November 19, 2010

N'shei Chabad Yud Tes Kislev Farbrengen

Yud Tes Kislev Farbrengen for Men

There will be a farbrengen at Tzemach Tzedek in honor of Yud Tes Kislev this Thursday night, November 25.

Maariv will be at 8:00 PM followed by the farbrengen. All are encouraged to participate!

On the 19th of Kislev of the year 5559 (1798), the Alter Rebbe, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, was released from his imprisonment in the Peter-Paul fortress in Petersburg, where he was held for 53 days on charges that his teachings threatened the imperial authority of the Czar. More than a personal liberation, this was a watershed event in the history of Chassidism heralding a new era in the revelation of the "inner soul" of Torah, and is celebrated to this day as "The Rosh Hashanah of Chassidism". Chassidim joyfully celebrate this day with farbrengens and an increased commitment to the ways and teachings of Chassidism. Tachnun is not said and we begin anew the yearly cycle of the daily study of the Tanya, Rabbi Schneur Zalman's major Chassidic work as part of the Chitas daily study program.

Sewing and Growing

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Kiddush at Tzemach Tzedek

Drs. Alex and Leah Poltorak invite all to a Kiddush-Farbrengen this Shabbos following davening at Tzemach Tzedek in honor of the Yarzeit of Leah’s father A”H.

Welcome Kits for New Families

Mimi Goldsmith is putting together a Welcome Kit for newcomers to our community. The kit will include the anash phone list, a guide to businesses in town, a map labeling where each family lives, gift certificates/coupons to local businesses, and a Shabbos candle-lighting magnet.

Please help our community's newcomers by filing out the below questionnaire. Your answers will help create the guide which will help make their transition easier (when adding a name of a Doctor or any other specialist, please add a phone number too).

Also, business owners should take advantage of this wonderful opportunity. Contact Mimi to include a gift certificate or coupon for your business in the Welcome Kit. You can attract a new customer and help them out at the same time!

Please email your responses or any questions you may have to mimiak@aim.com. Click image to enlarge and print.

Yud Tes Kislev Farbrengen at Heichal Menachem

Mazel Tov Poltoraks!

Mazel tov to Alex and Leah Poltorak on the birth of a grandson born to Elie and Bella Poltorak of Crown Heights!

Yud Tes Kislev Farbrengen for Boys

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Hasmada at YMMLM

Bochurim of Yeshivas Menachem Mendel Lubavitch of Monsey learning a Sicha tonight.
Photos: Yisroel Schulman

Shabbat Dinner at RCC

This past Friday, a Shabbat dinner on campus at RCC was enjoyed by approximately 120 staff, faculty, alumni, students and families of students. Rabbi Dov & Shevy Oliver, directors of the Center for Jewish Life at RCC, coordinated the event.

Guest entertainer Moshe Hecht recited kiddush and also performed a number of riveting solos throughout the night. The new Dean of the College, Dr. James Siegel, who attended the event with his fiancée, recited Aishes Chayil in English. College President Cliff L. Wood welcomed the guests and emphasized the importance of events of this nature being held at the College.

In addition to the fully catered meal, an RCC alumnus, Derek Lamer, entertained with a ten-minute standup comedy routine, followed by a surprise performance of, "If I Were a Rich Man" by a guest "Tevye the Milkman" and his milk cow in full costume.

Rabbi Lesches & Rabbi Groner

Rabbi Groner and Rabbi Lesches at the home of Aron and Dini Groner for a recent event to benefit Chabad of Chevron, Eretz HaKodesh.Photo: Naftali Marrus

First Boy in Cheder Wins Set of Brochos Cards

Mazel tov to Yaakov Elfassy of 3rd grade for being the first boy in Cheder Chabad of Monsey to complete a full set of Brochos cards!

Kesser Weekly Specials

The following are Kesser Distributors specials for this week:
  • Chicken Leg Quarters: $2.09 per pound
  • Ground Beef: $5.79 per pound
See the full chicken and meat price lists for the other available items. All chicken and meat is from David Elliot, is shechted by Lubavitcher shochtim, and is under the kosher certification of the Crown Heights Beth Din (CHK) as well as OU Glatt.

To order, please contact Chaim Holtzberg at yourkesser@gmail.com or 914-729-0838.

Cheder Girls and Pre-School Happenings

The UPK Boys and Girls classesat Cheder Chabad made a mock wedding in honor of last week's Parsha, Parshas Vayeitzei. The kinderlach were really excited about the wedding and they all participated.

The girls in grades 7 and 8 made their very own Challah in connection with Hilchos Shabbas that they are learning. The girls kneaded the dough by hand and then each girl then got a piece of dough to shape.

The girls in 5th grade made a well out of chocolate covered wafers and marshmallow fluff since they were learning in Chumash that Moshe Rabbenu found his wife Tzipora at a well. For Parshas Hashevua they also learned in Parshas Vayeitzia that Yaakov Avinu found his wife Rochel Immeinu at the well.



Mazel Tov Lights!

Mazel tov, mazel tov to Yossi and Chaya Light on the birth of twin girls!

Shifra and Puah arranges homemade meals for mothers of newborn children from our community. If you are able to cook a meal(s), please sign up on Meal Train or contact Karen Schild at 845-354-4898 or karenschild@yahoo.com.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Mazel Tov Litzmans!

Mazel to to Mordechai and Malka Litzman on the marriage tonight of their daughter Rochel Brocha to Levi Yitzchok Isenberg of Morristown!
Chupa outside of Tzemach Tzedek.
Photo: Yisroel Schulman

Mazel Tov Larkins!

Mazel tov to Chona and Shulamis Larkin on the birth of a grandson born to Shaya and Ariella Larkin of Crown Heights!

Hashovas Aveida - Missing Raincoat

If you mistakenly took a raincoat belonging to Yosef Shandling (the raincoat has a label with Yosef's name and phone number) from Tzemach Tzedek on Shabbos Parshas Toldos please call him at 845-352-1645.

2nd Bayis HaYehudi Shiur This Sunday

The second HaBayis HaYehudi shiur for Yungeleit (for men), by Rabbi Rabbi Aaron D. Gancz, will take place this Sunday night, November 21, at 9:00 PM, at the home of Eli Cohen, 31 Fessler Drive.

All Yungeleit are encouraged to participate in what promises to be an inspiring shiur / discussion!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Zumba Classes for Women Starting After Chanukah

Dust off your sneakers and get ready to become cardio-fit! A fundraising committee for Cheder Chabad of Monsey is gearing up to offer Zumba classes in the Cheder Girl's school gym.

The classes will be taught by a certified Zumba instructor and are scheduled to begin the week of December 13th, immediately after Chanukah, and will take place from 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

The fee per class is $10. All proceeds go to Cheder Chabad of Monsey.

If you would like to join this fundraising committee, which is ably headed by Zeesy Grossbaum, please contact Rivkah Schulman at rrothsch@yahoo.com. E-credit is available for those parents who work for this committee.

Monsey Yungeleit Shabbos at the Ohel

There is a group of Yungeleit who are exploring the idea of spending Shabbos, Parshas Veyeishev, Chof Kislev (Thanksgiving weekend), at the Ohel.

The aim is to create a ruchniyusdiker Shabbos for men and boys that would include a guest Mashpia who would farbreng and a special program for the boys.

There would be no charge for Yungeleit (although the management at the Ohel would certainly appreciate donations) but there will be a minimal charge for the children’s program.

If you have any questions or are interested in participating please email zvigershonf@yahoo.com and include the number of children you would be bringing and their ages.

Cheder Boys Build Menorahs

This past Sunday the PTA of the Cheder boys school coordinated the first of what will hopefully be a monthly special program connected to the upcoming month.

The programs will run on or close to Rosh Chodesh.

As you can see from the pictures all the boys and their Rebbes were happily engaged in a variety of fun actions connected to putting this wonderful and usable Menorah together.

Avos U'banim Vayeitzei

Over 60 boys and their fathers filled the Bais Medrash of Tzemach Tzedek Shul this past Motzai Shabbos for the Avos U'Bonim program. It was a real nachas watching such a beautiful sight and listening to the Kol Torah in the Shul.

Thanks to Rabbi Rafoel Leitner and family for sponsoring the night's program, l'ieiluy Nishmas Mrs. Leitner's late father OBM, whose shloshim finishes this week.

To sponsor and have the zchus of a night of such special Torah learning please call Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman at 845-356-1213 ext 104.

Hashovas Aveida - Missing Hat

If you mistakenly took a black Borsalino hat (size 7 1/4) from Tzemach Tzedek on Shabbos Parshas Vayetzei with the name "Shlomo Backman" in it please call Reb Shlomo at 845-641-8434.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Menorah Parade 5771!

“Know Your Brochos!” Program Update

It has been six weeks since we started the “Know Your Brochos!” program in Cheder Chabad of Monsey. All of the boys are working hard to earn cards, and some boys have almost completed their sets!

It is such a pleasure to hear the beautiful Brochos being said. Before recess, the sound heard in the hallway is boys making loud brochos on their snacks. After lunch and during bentching all the boys are pointing inside the bentcher and saying each word clearly.

The awareness of making brochos and the knowledge of the proper brochos has grown tremendously. Students are asking their Rebbis what bracha to say on different foods.

There has been 2 optional brochos quizzes and the boys did very well. One surprising fact for the children (and adults too!) is that avacados grow on trees and therefore their brocha is העץ!

The excitement of “Know Your Brochos!” is spreading, with more than seven additional schools participating. For more information, check out knowyourbrochos.com.

New Mivtzoim Program for Monsey Anash

An exciting new program for Monsey Anash has been created. As you know, the Rebbe has established that every Chabad yeshiva have a weekly seder of Mivtzoim on every Erev Shabbos.

Baruch Hashem, our community has a devoted group of Bochurim and Shluchim who each week go out on established routes and reach many Yidden. We are now ready to take this to the next level and would like to invite the Baal HaBatim and Yungeleit of the community to join and take part in this important endeavor.

We will be pairing groups of Bochurim with an adult from the community who wants to take on one route each week or as often as he is able to. The goal of this program is to enable Anash who are otherwise involved in parnassah pursuits throughout the week to directly take part in reaching out to Yidden and doing mivtzoim. Furthermore, as Bochurim graduate and leave yeshiva, and new Bochurim arrive to take over the routes, the Yidden on these routes will continue to maintain a long term relationship with the Anash who will keep that route and bring along the new Bochurim. This will help the Mekuravim build lasting contact and involvement with our community, and hopefully encourage them to get more involved in Jewish life.

If you are available on Friday afternoons for any amount of time, and would like to take part in this opportunity please email rhami@monseychabad.com.

Yesh Supermarket Coming to Monsey

According to Ynet, Israeli supermarket “Yesh” will be opening in the location of the former Pathmark of Monsey before Pesach of this year.

According to the article Monsey is a significant aim for the Yesh chain as it is populated by a large Jewish population, most of which are young members of the Hassidic community. Yesh's entry into the local retail market will create competition for local kosher retailer Rockland [Kosher], whose store is just minutes away from the community, and has been addressing the consumer needs of the religious Jews in the area.

This is the first time that an Israeli supermarket chain will be opening a branch outside of Israel, and the first time Shufersal has made its intentions for overseas expansion known.

Shufersal launched the first branch of its subsidiary Yesh two years ago. It caters to the haredi sector and large families and now numbers 54 branches under the Yesh name. The subsidiary was founded after Shufersal completed the purchase of the haredi Alef supermarket chain and with a 70 million shekel investment, converted its branches, and the branches of its own Zol-Po stores to the new format.

Over the past two years Yesh has won the favor of Israel's religious public, due among other things, to the troubles suffered by its competition Shefa Shuk which belongs to Blue Square (Ribua Kahol).