Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Community Garage Sale to Benefit Monsey Chabad Kids

A garage sale is being planned by NCFJE to help defray the cost of camp for families sending their kids to sleep-away camps this summer.

Please bring those grown out of toys, baby equipment, appliances, furniture, that new thing you don’t have the receipt for…. Anything you have seen at garage sales!

We are also looking to sell new merchandise you may wish to donate - particularly anything that could be given away in a raffle. We will also rent space to merchants who wish to have a booth at this event.

Please do what you can to help send kids to camp this summer. The current economic situation has made summer camp less affordable than ever.

Please bring your items to Rochel Leah Ash, at 96 E Willow Tree Road, in the evening, or Mayer Perline at 80 Wilder Road. If you need pickup, please call 845-406-4658 or 845-354-1114. Please bring it by the beginning of next week so we can start cataloging. If you can include a list of suggested prices for your items, that would be great!

Matching Grant for Cheder Chabad

Dear Friends,

In the spirit of the three weeks, when Tzedaka is extremely important and effective, Reb Avrohom Hayman is generously offering a matching grant for contributions up to $1,000 made to Cheder Chabad of Monsey through this Sunday night, July 11th.

To qualify, all pledges must be paid by July 31, 2010.

Please take advantage of this opportunity and assist the Cheder during this very difficult financial time. Please contact the Cheder at 845-356-1213 with your pledge!

Thanks in advance,

Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

Sunday Morning Halacha Shiur

The topic for this Sunday morning's popular Halacha shiur by Rabbi Lesches is Halachos of the Nine Days. The shiur begins at 9:00 AM at Tzemach Tzedek.

Ivy League Torah Study Girls to Spend Shabbos in Monsey

16 college students who are attending the Ivy league Torah Study Experience in the Catskills, along with 2 counselors, will be spending this Shabbos with the Chabad community in Monsey.

The girls, who are being hosted by a number of local families, will experience, many for the first time, family life in a Torah observant community.

In addition to eating the Shabbos meals with their host families, davening in Shul and have a class by Rabbi Lesches, the girls will enjoy a Motzai Shabbos activity as well as a visit to a local Sheitel Macher.

Mazel Tov Simpsons!

Mazel tov to Benyomin and Lakey Simpson 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

'Roving Rabbis' Gather Wisdom

By Martin Bergman, The Journal News

Adam Epstein, 27, of Houston and Mechel Gancz, 22, of Airmont were standing outside David Panitz's house in Montebello on Friday morning, holding a box of freshly baked rugelach.

"We're going to teach Torah, and do a big mitzvah called 'tefillin,' " said Epstein, who, along with Gancz, is a rabbinical student at the Rabbinical College of America in Morristown, N.J.

"They wanted to stop by so I said, 'Great,' " said Panitz, who is family friends with Gancz and his father.

The two rabbinical students were visiting Panitz's home as a part of a monthlong stay in Suffern, during which they will meet with local Jews, discuss religious practices and exchange ideas about Judaism .

Epstein and Gancz are only two of hundreds of rabbinical students who will make similar trips during the summer to meet with Jews in every part of the world. The trips are a vital part of their training to become Chabad-Lubavitch rabbis.

Panitz jokingly referred to them as the "roving rabbis."

"Chabad International sends 400 students all over the world, to all sorts of areas," Epstein said. "A rabbi has many different roles, so meeting different types of Jewish people helps give me the experience to lead a community."

He added, "The main thing we're doing is engaging in a dialogue with Jewish people."

Chabad Lubavitch is a Hasidic Jewish movement, but as Chabad-Lubavitch rabbis, Esptein and Gancz will serve Jews of every sect and denomination.

On Friday, at the Panitz house, that dialogue started with a discussion of the week's Torah portion.

Before Panitz and Panitz's wife, Shirley, Epstein described the Torah portion, which told the story of a zealous Jew who took matters into his own hands when others strayed into immoral behavior.

Epstein explained how the story pertained to the relationship between the individual and the community in Jewish moral teaching.

"This story actually means something in our daily life," Epstein said.

Shirley Panitz agreed and said discussing the stories of the Torah was an integral part of Judaism .

"The study of Torah is the study of the meaning of the stories," she said.

The discussion then went to the topic of how to practice Judaism in a fast-paced, modern world.

Epstein and Gancz said that even the smallest, most mundane things — like the meals that are taken for granted every day — can be made holy with a simple blessing.

Epstein and Gancz applied tefillin — a small box containing passages from the Torah — to David Panitz by wrapping ceremonial black straps around his arm. Gancz said a blessing while Esptein attached the box and straps to Pantiz.

Ultimately, the visit was about strengthening ties between Jews whose religious practices sometimes vary. The rabbinical students had come to learn and discuss, not preach.

"We're not here to push an agenda," Epstein said.

"We try to find things we have in common," Gancz said.

Photo: Martin Bergman/The Journal News