Monday, February 28, 2011

Chabad JEC to Celebrate Purim - Circus Style

Rabbi Lesches Available Via Fax

Rabbi Lesches is now also reachable via the fax machine in his office. His fax number is 845-371-2144.

Meyer Hott Fund Collecting for Pesach

Spread the Purim Spirit

The Center for Jewish Life at SUNY Rockland will be hosting two Purim parties this year. The first will be held locally for college-age students and youth in our area, including those not in school currently. The second is for alumni and past Birthright participants and will be held in Crown Heights.

Approximately one hundred people are expected at each event, most of whom would not otherwise hear the Megillah and many of whom have never heard the Megillah before. Both events will cost approximaltely $1,000 to run.

It is a great zechus to contribute to making these peulos happen. Please consider a full or partial sponsorship and contact Dov Oliver at 845-659-2388 to discuss.

Rabbi Markowitz to Farbreng at Beis Menachem This Shabbos

Rabbi Zalmen Leib Markowitz will be farbrenging this Shabbos, Parshas Pikudei, Shabbos Mevorchim Adar Beis, following davening at Beis Menachem, 360 Route 306.

Davening begins at 9:30 AM.

All are encouraged to participate!

Mazel Tov Siegels!

Mazel tov to Avrohom and Aimee Siegel 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

Pre Purim Concert with Shiru Lo Boys Choir

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Rabbi Woolstone Meets & Greets

Rabbi Pinchos Woolstone, the new Executive Vice-President for Institutional Advancement of Cheder Chabad of Monsey, speaking at a meet and greet last night at the home of Michoel and Aliza Abel. Rabbi Woolstone is meeting with small groups of Cheder parents and local Anash to introduce himself and let people know his plan of action for taking the Cheder to the next level.

Camp Grants for Shluchim - Through the efforts of Rabbi Nissan Mangel, an anonymous donor has donated $77,000 to the Keren Yisroel Fund which be awarding grants of $770 to 100 Shluchim to help send their son or daughter to a Lubavitch overnight camp this summer.

This years grant is for 35 more children than last year! The winners will be selected by Goirel.

Shluchim who wish to apply should log on to:

YMMLM Bochur Wins "A Jewish Star" Singing Competition

Machane Bnos Monsey (formerly Camp Gan Izzy of Monsey) Update

Refer a friend and receive $50 towards your camp fee.

Cong. Nusach Ari Melava Malka Date Change

Order Your Mishloach Manos Today

For clarity, the website on which you can arrange the Cheder Mishloach Manos is

On the top right of the site please enter the username and password that you received from the Cheder to access your account.

For more information or assistance please contact at 845-426-0487 or

Seeking Convention Booth

Cheder Chabad is seeking the donation or low-cost purchase of a new or used convention booth or stand.

If you have one and would like to donate or sell it, or know someone who has one and would like to help, please contact Mendy Hecht at 845-503-0213 or

Cheder Melamdim Discuss Educational Techniques to Enhance Learning

The Melamdim of Cheder Chabad of Monsey participated in a Melave Malkah with Rabbi Mendel Polter last night at the home of Yisroel Schulman. The topic discussed was "Educational Techniques to Enhance Learning".

Jobs Available at Local Matzah Bakery

There are openings for jobs at a local Matzah Bakery for velgering, shaping matzahs from pieces of dough.

The shift times are Sunday through Thursday until Rosh Chodesh Nissan from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM or from 2:30 PM to 6:30 PM. You can apply for both shifts or only one. These shifts are for men only.

To apply or for more information, please contact Tzvi at 845-304-4252.

Seeking Ride on Purim

Cheder Chabad of Monsey is seeking a car and driver on Purim afternoon (Sunday, March 20) at 4:00 PM to drive from Monsey to New Paltz and back as part of the Cheder’s fundraising activities.

If you or someone you know will be available, please contact Mendy Hecht at 845-503-0213 or E-credits available.

Seudos Hodaah

Yeshiel Rapoport speaking last night at a Melava Malka and Seudas Hodaah at Beis Menachem.

Friday, February 25, 2011

RCC Celebrates Month of Jewish Heritage

By Sara Gilbert, Rockland Jewish Reporter

As Jewish Heritage Month approaches, Rockland Community College’s Center for Jewish Life is preparing an extensive line-up of events.

This is the third year that they will be providing a month of activities as opposed to a week, as they did previously. “As we had hoped, interest and attendance in our programs has continued to grow,” said Tzipora Reitman, communications director.

More than 1,000 people attended the events last year and they expect the same turn out or better for this mid-March through mid-April.

“Invigorating Body & Soul,” as they’re calling Jewish Heritage Month 2011, includes a wide array of films, guest speakers and events including a talk on kabbalah by the rabbi of the Carlebach Synagogue; a challah-baking workshop with the Challah Fairy and a presentation on Jewish humor by Rabbi Simcha Weinstein, author of "Shtick Shift."

“This year we have a very interesting lineup, and there is truly something for everyone,” said Reitman.

Although the audience is primarily college students, faculty and staff from RCC there are also many people of all ages and backgrounds, both Jewish and non-Jewish. Parents of students, visitors from local group homes, senior citizens, teenagers and other members of the community come out to participate in the programs as well. “We have benefited from the growing awareness that RCC offers quality cultural programs throughout the year that are open to the community,” she said.

In order to find the best programs for this event, as well as the upcoming Holocaust Commemoration program in early May, a committee was comprised of Jewish and non-Jewish volunteers from the college’s faculty, staff and students. This group worked, and continues to work, together discussing potential programs, selecting those that are most likely to appeal to students, to offer meaningful content and to be within their budget. “Since in most cases we do not charge admission, we need to be mindful of costs,” said Reitman.

Center for Jewish Life will be partnering with the college’s Women’s History Month committee to show a new documentary, “Ahead of Time,” about the life and achievements of photojournalist and author Ruth Gruber, who turns 100 this year.

In addition, they are co-sponsoring the film “A Film Unfinished” with the JCC as part of the annual Jewish film festival. It reveals raw film shot by the Nazis in Warsaw in May 1942.

For the grand finale and conclusion of Jewish Heritage Month, students from the Hillel will partner with other student groups on campus to create an outdoor Israel fair at RCC, where participants will be able to "visit" major cities of Israel and learn about the geography, culture, as well as taste their way around the country.

“Our hope and expectation is that minds and hearts will be opened by this series of activities, and that all who attend will come away with a deeper understanding and appreciation of Jewish heritage,” said Reitman.

All events are open to the public and free unless otherwise specified. Light refreshments will be served at most of the events.

For more information contact Rabbi Dov Oliver at 574-4422 or

Wednesday, March 16, 7:30 p.m.
RCC, Cultural Arts Theater
Film, “A Film Unfinished” (1 hr. 28 min.)
At the end of WWII, 60 minutes of raw film shot by the Nazis in Warsaw in May 1942 was discovered, and became a resource for historians seeking an authentic record of the Warsaw Ghetto. However, the later discovery of a long-missing reel, inclusive of multiple takes and cameraman staging scenes, complicated earlier readings of the footage. “A Film Unfinished” presents the raw footage in its entirety, carefully noting fictionalized sequences (including a staged dinner party) showing “the good life” enjoyed by Jewish urbanites, and probes deep into the making of a now infamous Nazi propaganda film.
Co-sponsored with JCC Film Festival. Admission charged.

Thursday, March 24, 12:15-1:30 p.m.
RCC, Student Union, Rm. 3114
“Kabbalah & Kugel,” lecture by Rabbi Naftoli Citron, spiritual leader of the Carlebach Synagogue in Manhattan.
What do the deepest secrets of Jewish mysticism bring to the table of our lives? How could there be a connection between the lofty ideas of Kabbalah and the earthly world of kugel? Whether you prefer potato, noodle, sweet or salt and pepper kugel, this taste of Kabbalah will satisfy your spiritual appetite. Kugel selection served.

Tuesday, March 29, 12-1:30 p.m.
RCC, Ellipse, Technology Center
Film, “Ahead of Time,” (89 min.) tells the remarkable journey of 99-year-old Jewish American writer and photojournalist Ruth Gruber, a trail-blazer who rejected the gender standards of her generation. At 20, she earned a PhD, the youngest person in the world to have done so. As a journalist for the NY Herald Tribune, she was the first to report from the Soviet Arctic. In 1944, she was enlisted by the Roosevelt administration to secretly escort 1,000 refugees from Naples to New York. Her photos, published around the world, helped change world opinion of the Jewish refugees and their quest for a Jewish state.
Free admission. A selection of some of Ruth Gruber’s 19 books will be sold at deep discounts.

Tuesday, April 5, 12:15-1:30 p.m.
RCC, Student Union, Rm. 3114
“Challah Baking with the Challah Fairy,” is a hands-on culinary workshop with Chanalee Fischer, who bakes and sells thousands of challahs every year through her shop in New City. Discover the significance of challah; get recipes and tips for braiding and shaping challah; experiment and taste unique flavors including crumb and chocolate challah.

Thursday, April 7, 12:15-1:30 p.m.
RCC, Student Union, Rm. 3114
Presentation by Rabbi Simcha Weinstein, best-selling author of, “Shtick Shift: Jewish Humor in the 21st Century.” Weinstein is one of North America’s leading experts on Jewish popular culture and spiritual renewal whose first book, “Up, Up and Oy Vey,” received the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Book of 2007. He has appeared on CNN Showbiz Tonight and NPR, and has been profiled in The New York Times, The Miami Herald and The London Guardian.

Tuesday, April 12, 12-2 p.m.
RCC, Israel Fair on Campus, Academic Quad (outdoors)
Experience Israel in 120 minutes! Take a whirlwind tour of the food, culture, art, music and spirit of Israel.
Free admission; charge for food.
(Raindate: Thursday, April 14)

Support MBCM When Shopping at Rockland Kosher

Shopping and helping Monsey Beis Chaya Mushka High School for Girls just got even easier. In addition to All Fresh, you can now shop in Rockland Kosher and help MBCM without having to purchase MBCM Dollars.

When you are finished your shopping, simply mention 634-7400 to the cashier make as the phone on the account. Rockland Kosher will then apply your order total to MBCM’s account so that the school gets the pre-arranged percentage.

Please note:
  • If you are having your order delivered please make sure to note your home address for delivery so that it is not delivered to MBCM.
  • There is no credit on this account.
  • The rebate will not be given to the customer but to MBCM.
If you would like to order MBCM Dollars for use at All Fresh or Rockland Kosher please click here or contact Rabbi Touger at or 845-430-8342.

Thank you for your continued support!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Monsey Anash Matza Baking

Reb Yitzchok Reissman and Reb Dovid Kaplan have arranged their Monsey Anash Group Matza Baking at the Boro Park Matza Bakery for Sunday March 13th, 2011, 7th of Adar II, starting at 3:30 PM.
If you would like to join this interesting and educational experience (children are welcome - there is nothing better for Pesach preparations then the exciting sights, smells and Pesach atmosphere of making your own Matza) or purchase Matzah from this baking (whole wheat or regular) please contact Dovid at

Thanks Cheder PTA!

Thank very much to the Cheder Chabad P.T.A. for providing the preschool with lots of gym toys and activities. The children are enjoying them and getting lots of fun-filled exercise at playtime in the gym.

Cheder Chabad Elementary would also like to thank the P.T.A. for providing a few board games for each class. Now the girls can stay indoors when the weather is cold and have fun playing games with their classmates.

Secretarial Position Available

A secretarial position is available in Monsey. Position requires computer literacy and excellent phone skills and the ability to multi-task in a busy office. Pay to commensurate with abilities. Please email your resume to

Tzemach Tzedek Mikvah to Open Tomorrow

Tzemach Tzedek Mikvah maintenance is complete. The Mikvah will be reopened for normal use tomorrow, Friday, morning.

Please help keep the Mikvah in good condition!

If you bring anything with you, please take it back (hangars, shampoo, towels, etc.). Please don't leave your sheimos or hefker clothing in the Mikvah area, foyer or anywhere in Shul. Anything left will be discarded.

Seeking Ride from Crown Heights

Bochur looking for a ride from Crown Heights to Monsey tomorrow, Friday. Please call 845-671-9979.

Notice from Cheder Chabad Preschool

In preparation for the coming school year Cheder Chabad Preschool would like to inform you of the restructuring of our preschool classes for any new students.
Nursery students must be three by September 1 to attend the Nursery class.

UPK students must be four by December 1 to attend the UPK program.
If you have any questions or would like to register your child please feel free to contact the school at 845-356-1213 extension 101.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Seeking a Boarder?

A bochur from Crown Heights is looking to board with a warm, caring Lubavitch family in the New Hempstead / Wesley Hills area while attending a Mesivta in that neighborhood.

Please contact or 646-734-8240 if interested.

Mazel Tov Friedmans!

Mazel tov to Sruly and Bassie Friedman on the birth of a baby girl!

Mazel tov to the grandparents Dovid and Tzivia Friedman!

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

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Farbrengen for Yungeleit on Motzai Shabbos

There will be a farbrengen and seudos hodaa for Yungeleit, sponsored by Yechiel Rapoport, this Motzai Shabbos, Parshas Vayakhel, at 9:00 PM at Beis Menachem.

Tickes for MBCM Production Available for Sale

Reminder to all women and girls – please purchase your tickets for the upcoming MBCM production that is taking place on Tuesday, March 8, at Kakiat Elementary School at 8:00 PM. Tickets purchased in advance of the show are sold at a discounted rate. To purchase your tickets please contact 845-634 7400 during school hours or

Daily Mincha Time Change

Beginning this Sunday, the 23rd of Adar Aleph, February 27, the daily Mincha at Tzemach Tzedek will take place at 5:30 PM.

Cheder Mishloach Manos Order Forms

To order mishloach manos through Cheder Chabad online you will need a personal username and password. To obtain one, please email

To order offline please print the forms below and submit them to the Cheder.

If you have any questions, please contact or 845-426-0487.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Rabbi Markowitz's Shiur Canceled

Rabbi Markowitz's weekly shiur for women will not take place tomorrow, Tuesday, night.

Mazel Tov Abramsons!

Mazel tov to Shmuel and Yehudis Abramson on the birth of a grandson born to Shlomo and Bat-El Abramson of Netanya, Eretz Yisroel!

Get Ready for Pesach

Cheder Purim Achdus Project

If you did not receive your log-in ID and password, please email

Cheder Seeking Volunteers

If you can assist the Cheder prepare a mailing over the next few days please contact Rabbi or Mrs. Touger at 845-426-0487 or

This can be used towards e-credits.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Keren Simchos Chosson V'Kallah Seeks Volunteers

Keren Simchos Chosson V Kallah is looking for volunteers to help with office work.

You can work from home and you would be a great help.

If you think you would be able to volunteer please contact Mordechai Krasnerman at 917-757-8184 or

Tzemach Tzedek Mikvah Closed for Maintenance

The Tzemach Tzedek Mikvah will be closed for maintenance this week from Wednesday morning at 7:45 AM until Thursday night. It will reopen on Friday morning.

K"hal Nusach Ari Annual Melava Malka Next Motzai Shabbos

Yehuda Wise Shiva Information

Yehuda Wise is sitting Shiva in Monsey through this Monday afternoon, February 21, at the Abramowitz home, 6 Zabriskie Terrace.

The davening times are as follows:

Mincha: 5:00 PM
Maariv: 6:45 PM

Mincha: 5:00 PM
Maariv: 6:45 PM

.המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

Mazel Tov Ganczs!

Mazel tov to Shmuel Zanvil and Devorah Gancz on the birth of a baby girl!

Mazel tov to the grandparents, Rabbi Aaron Dovid and Baila Gancz!

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

Friday, February 18, 2011

Winsbacher Kiddush

Elie and Sheina Winsbacher invite the community to a Kiddush tomorrow, Shabbos Parshas Ki Sisa, from 11:30 AM to 12:45 PM at their home 451 Viola Road in honor of the birth of their daughter Esther Rochel.

Package to Crown Heights

Looking for someone who is going from Monsey to Crown Heights today, Friday, to bring a small package. Please call 845-354-2107.

Parenting Lecture This Sunday

Mazel Tov Shustermans!

Mazel tov to Rabbi Yisroel and Sarah Feige Shusterman on the birth of a grandson born to Zevi and Mushky Shusterman of Coral Springs, Florida!

Mazel Tov Litzmans!

Mazel tov to Chesky and Rochel Litzman on the occasion of their son Menachem Mendel putting on Tefillin today!

Mazel tov to the grandparents Mordechai and Malka Litzman!

May Menachem Mendel continue growing into a Chosid, Yirei Shomayim and Lamden!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Purim Costume Fair

Volunteers Needed for Cheder Purim Carnival

What started out as a simple idea to sell a few costumes has blossomed into a full-fledged event.

Thank you to the people who have so graciously offered their help so far! We are still looking for volunteers (eligible for e-credits) with costumes, running food concession, setting up and breaking down.

Costumes can be dropped off at either the boy's or girl's schools. Arrangements can also be made for donations to be picked up. If you have costumes that you would like to donate or if you can volunteer please contact Karen Schild at 845-354-4898 or

As a special offer to Cheder parents, if anyone has a specific request for a Purim costume, contact Karen Schild and she will set aside something special for you!

Cheder Chabad Boys Participate in The Tzivos Hashem Purim Katan Rally

Thank You!

Thank you to the following 13 families for generously sponsoring the utility payments for K'hal Tzemach Tzedek.
  • Tishrei: Zalman and Devorah Goldstein
  • Cheshvan: Betzalel and Michal Mammon
  • Kislev: Chona and Shulamis Larkin
  • Tevet: Tzadok Leib and Gwen Messing
  • Shevat: Yossi and Chaya Light
  • Adar Aleph: Avraham and Devorah Hayman
  • Adar Beis: Yitzi and Adine Lipszyc
  • Nissan: Alex and Leah Poltorak
  • Iyar: Mordechai and Malka Litzman
  • Sivan: Moshe and Yehudis Chana Meshchaninov
  • Tammuz: Yisroel and Rivkah Schulman
  • Menachem Av: Yehuda and Liba Klein
  • Elul: Tzvi and Chaya Webb

Cheder Chinese Auction Update

The Chinese Auction Gala Event to benefit Cheder Chabad of Monsey is being billed as "The Most Memorable Women's Event of the Season"!

The evening, which is taking place on Sunday, May 29th, will feature:
  • Speaker Leah Rubashkin - pure inspiration - heartfelt prayers for a personal & global redemption;
  • Sumptuous salad bar;
  • Elegant dessert buffet;
  • Chinese Auction for those who think big!
You won't want to miss this event! More details soon to follow. Order tickets early as space is limited and the event is predicted to be overbooked!

Learning Torah Never Ends

Reb Mordechai Litzman giving his daily late morning Sichos shiur at Tzemach Tzedek.
Photo: Daniel Messing

Trading Cards Put End to Children’s Blessing Confusion

By Dovid Zaklikowski,

A new set of trading cards is helping Jewish children keep their foodstuffs straight, teaching them about the world of blessings made before eating.

While many can recall the blessings made over wine – such as at a Sabbath meal – or on bread, there are in fact, six distinct blessings, known in Hebrew as brochos. It can be a confusing melee for anyone learning about the intricacies of Jewish practice, a fact that led Rabbi Moishe Wiener, a fourth-grade teacher at the Chabad-Lubavitch day school in Monsey, N.Y., to come up with a way to make these oft-repeated blessings both accessible and fun.

According to Wiener, making a blessing on an apple – or brownie or bowl of cereal – cuts right to the core of Jewish life.

“We thank G-d for granting us the possibility to derive benefit from His creations in this world,” explains Wiener. “It is our way of asking permission.”

The Know Your Brochos cards feature different colors corresponding to the six types of blessings: on bread, on wine, on bread-like snacks made out of grain, on fruits, on vegetables, and on animal-based and processed food.

The front of each card sports a picture of a food and its corresponding blessing, as well as the food’s name in Hebrew, such as gezer lavan for parsnip and mishmeshim for apricots.

Wiener sees the cards as a great resource for teachers, who can give them out as prizes.

“Is is a very effective tool when accompanying a blessings curriculum,” echoes Rabbi Nochem Kaplan, director of the education office at Lubavitch World Headquarters.

Backings feature “fun food facts,” such as how a specific fruit got its name or a passage from the Talmud about that particular food. The card for bananas, for instance, tells children that “the cluster of bananas sold in supermarkets is known as a hand, while the individual bananas are called fingers.”

Wiener says he got the idea from Laffy Taffy, a kosher candy whose wrapper contains different jokes and factoids. The first thing kids do, says the rabbi, is read the wrapper before eating the candy.

“Kids love the facts and they internalize them for many years to come,” says Wiener.

Rabbi Yaakov Klein of Torah Umesorah, a Jewish educational institution, calls the cards “an impressive piece of work. This is a great educational tool, and with not so many Jewish trading cards out there, this is a great start.”

“The kids are really excited about the cards,” adds Rabbi Yossi Rosenblum, principal of the Yeshiva Day School in Pittsburgh, Pa., “It’s been a tremendous success in our school.”

“It motivates kids,” says Gil Hami, an educator at the Hebrew Academy of Morris County, N.J., “It’s creating an entire atmosphere of making blessings on food at the school.”

Levaya of Mr. Shmuel Wise

Boruch Dayan HaEmes - We are deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of Mr. Shmuel Mendel Wise OBM, father of Tibadlu Lechaim Tovim Yehuda Wise.

The levaya will take place tomorrow, Friday, February 18, at 10:00 AM at the Mount Richmond Cemetery, 420 Clarke Avenue in Staten Island.

Yehuda will be sitting Shiva in Monsey through this Monday afternoon, February 21, at the Abramowitz home, 6 Zabriskie Terrace.

.המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Kesser Weekly Specials

The following are Kesser Distributor's specials for this week:
  • Chicken Leg Quarters: $2.09 per pound
  • Ground Beef: $5.89 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 or 914-729-0838.

Mazel Tov Ratners!

Mazel tov to Josh and Amy Ratner on the birth of a baby girl!

Mazel tov to the grandparents Reuvain and Shannah Esther Ratner!

Two Monsey Children Are Finalists in Power of Jewish Children Contest

Two children from our community, Liba Rimler and Menachem Amram, are finalists in Tzivos Hashem's Power of Jewish Children contest.

Liba, 12 years of age and a finalist for the Achievement Award, created a story book about the the Alter Rebbe.

This past Chanukah, Menahem, 10 years of age, brought smiles to children at Sunshine Center. He and his friends fried 160 doughnuts, sold them, and used the money to buy gifts for special needs children. In addition, he and his siblings formed a band and played Chanukah songs at a nursing home for the elderly. Menachem is a finalist for the Chessed Award.

A significant portion of the prize will go towards a Jewish non-profit of the winner's choice. Liba has chosen Cheder Chabad of Monsey and Menachem has chosen Monsey Beis Chaya Mushka High School.

Click here to vote for Liba and Menachem!

Seeking Hebrew School Teacher

Lubavitch on the Palisades School in Tenafly, New Jersey, a growing elementary school, is looking for a dynamic, warm and experienced teacher for our 2nd grade Judaic Studies program.

Minimum of 3 years of teaching experience in an elementary school required.

The hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM and on Friday from 8:00 AM to 10:45 AM.

Please forward resumes to Orite at or call 201-871-1152 ext. 506.

Seeking Ride from Crown Heights

Seeking a ride from Crown Heights to Monsey this Friday. Please contact 845-709-0429.

Camp Gan Izzy of Monsey to Offer Eight Week Program

Due to popular demand Gan Izzy of Monsey, under the leadership of Mrs. Chaya Light (Camp Director) and Mrs. Nechama Dina Hendel (Program Director), is now offering an eight week session.

The cost for the full session, which includes weekly trips and swimming, is $1,250. Those who sign up before March 10th for the early bird special will save $150.

For more information and to sign up please contact 845-290-0335 or

Gemaras Missing

Please do not remove any seforim from Tzemach Tzedek. Currently there are two Gemara Pesachims that are missing amongst other seforim. If you mistakenly took them, please return them ASAP.

Tzemach Tzedek Seeking Kiddish Sponsor

If you would like the merit of sponsoring the kiddush this week, Parshas Ki Sisa, Shushan Purim Katan, at Tzemach Tzedek please cpntact

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

MBCM Tzedaka Boxes Available

Monsey Beis Chaya Mushka still has some beautiful silver plate and wood Tzedaka boxes from the recent dinner.

About year and half ago, you may have received a small tin Pushka from us. If you would like to change it to a new one, we will be happy to oblige.

Please contact Rabbi Touger at or 845-430-8342 and we will arrange to get it to you.

Matzah Sale

For more information, please email

Monday, February 14, 2011

Cheder Mother and Daughter Tea

The annual Mother and Daughter Tea at Cheder Chabad Girls took place on Sunday, February 13, Tes Adar I.

From the sumptuous dessert buffet to the elegant decor and beautifully set tables the participants were treated to an afternoon of entertainment and inspiration.

Every girl at Cheder participated in the performances which were planned and organized by the students themselves. Parents and guests alike left with smiles on their faces from the outstanding talent from all the performances.

N'shei Chabad Bookstore Update

Now in Stock:
  • Kol Menachem Megillas Esther
  • Haggadahs for Pesach
  • Countdown to the Seder
  • Spice and Spirit Passover Cookbook
Back in Print:
  • For a limited time: Rosh B'nai Yisroel $5
  • Bringing Heaven Down to Earth, Vols. 1, 2
For Children:

  • I Keep Kosher
  • Hidden Treasures (Find the Hidden Pictures)
  • Dear Tree
  • Queen of Persia, Book and DVD
Tallis Katans, Tallis Gadols, Double Tefilliin Carriers, Wooden Wall Pushkas, and lots, lots more!-

Call 845-558-8249 before you come! But, please come! Open Motzo'ay Shabbos, Sunday and Monday and Wednesday through Friday.

WANTED - Your Costumes

Mazel Tov Winsbachers!

Mazel tov to Eli and Shaina Winsbacher 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 contact Karen Schild at 845-354-4898 or

N'shei Beis Menachem Event


Please say Tehillim for the father of Yehuda Wise, Shmuel Mendel ben Chaya Risel, who just suffered a stroke. Please also have him in mind when davening.

MBCM Dollars Not Needed at All Fresh

Shopping and helping Monsey Beis Chaya Mushka High School for Girls just got easier. In an effort to simplify things for our supportive community members, we have arranged that you can now shop in All Fresh Supermarket and help MBCM without having to purchase MBCM Dollars.

When you are finished your shopping, simply mention 634-7400 to the cashier make as the phone on the account. All Fresh will then apply your order total to MBCM’s account so that the school gets the pre-arranged percentage.

Please note:
  • If you are having your order delivered please make sure to note your home address for delivery so that it is not delivered to MBCM.
  • There is no credit on this account.
  • The rebate will not be given to the customer but to MBCM.
Currently this system only works in All Fresh. We are in midst of negotiating similar arrangements with Rockland Kosher, Supreme Health, Hatzlacha, Wesley Kosher and Monsey Glatt. We will update you as progress is made.

If you would like to order MBCM Dollars for use at All Fresh or Rockland Kosher please click here or contact Rabbi Touger at or 845-430-8342.

Thank you for your continued support!

Tzemach Tzedek Annual Ner L'Maor Campaign

This past Shabbos, Congregation Tzemach Tzedek auctioned off the months of the year to help raise funds for the Shul’s utility bills. As stated by Rav Lesches in introducing the auction, those participating in the auction share in the merit of all learning and davening in the month they dedicate. Rav Lesches also noted that the Shul goes to great lengths to keep down the costs of its utility bills through centralized timers and other means. The Shul is still in need of sponsors for the months of Cheshvan and Shevat. Anyone interested in making a dedication and having their families name on the Ner Lemor plaque should email Yisroel Schulman at

Tishrei: Zalman and Devorah Goldstein
Cheshvan: OPEN
Kislev: Chona and Shulamis Larkin
Tevet: Tzadok Leib and Gwen Messing
Shevat: OPEN
Adar Aleph: Avraham and Devorah Hayman
Adar Beis: Yitzi and Adine Lipszyc
Nissan: Alex and Leah Poltorak
Iyar: Mordechai and Malka Litzman
Sivan: Moshe and Yehudis Chana Meshchaninov
Tammuz: Yisroel and Rivkah Schulman
Menachem Av: Yehuda and Liba Klein
Elul: Tzvi and Chaya Webb

Mazel Tov Pinhas'!

Mazel tov to Peretz and Allona Pinhas of North Miami Beach (formerly of Monsey) on the birth of twin girls!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Mazel Tov Osters!

Mazel tov to Arele and Libby Oster on the birth of a baby girl!

Mazel tov to the grandparents Rabbi and Mrs. Leibl and Chana Oster and Rabbi Aaron Dovid and Baila Gancz!

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

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Bikur Cholim

Rabbi Moshe Smith is currently in Good Samaritan Hospital in room 346. He can be reached at 845-368-8346.

Morristown Cheder Chinese Auction

Cheder Lubavitch of Morristown will be having its 9th Chinese Auction including for the first time, Café Cheder, on Motzei Shabbos, February 26th.

It will be a wonderful evening of tantalizing food, relaxing ambiance and great entertainment by the hysterically funny Comedienne Leah Forster. You will also be able to view prizes, put in your ticket selections and hear the auction winners announced live.

Check out the amazing prizes like a trip to Israel, a human hair sheitel, Macbook Air computer, an Ipad, a I’coo stroller, a $300 Amazon gift card, just to name a few, at

Order now to take advantage of the early bird specials and discount ticket packages and get $200 worth of tickets for only $100.

MBCM 2011 Production - Shores of Hope

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Seeking Ride to Crown Heights

We are two people looking for a ride from Monsey to Crown Heights for this Shabbos, Parshas Tetzaveh. If you have room and would be kind enough to take us, please call 845-371-5918.

Sign Up for Emergency Notification

Supervisor Christopher P. St. Lawrence has announced that the Town of Ramapo has contracted with an emergency communications network to alert residents in times of crisis.

Called CodeRED, the system provides Ramapo officials with the ability to quickly deliver messages to targeted areas or to the entire town in cases of emergency. Residents have to register in order to be added to the database. Registrants can opt to be notified in the format of their choice; phone, text or email.

It is important that all businesses and residents register for the service, as well as people who have unlisted phone numbers, who have changed their phone number or address within the past year, and those who use a cell phone or VoIP phone as their primary number. No one should assume they are already in the database. The CodeRED system gives individuals and businesses the ability to add their own phone numbers directly into the system's database.

To register for the CodeRED database, please click here.

Required information includes first and last name, street address (physical address, no P.O. boxes), city, state, zip code, and primary phone number. Additional phone numbers can be entered as well. Street addresses are required to ensure emergency notification calls are received by the proper individuals in a given situation. The system works for cell phones too, but it needs to have an associated street address to provide relevant messages.

For residents who do not have internet access, please call Elaine Silverberg, Supervisor's Office, Town of Ramapo, at 845-357-5100 Ext.324 who will provide assistance by phone.

“In these times of high-speed communication, we have the opportunity and obligation to reach out to our residents at times of emergency in order to provide for their safety” stated Supervisor St Lawrence. He continued, “We urge our residents to notify their family members so that they, too, can be added to the emergency notification database”.

Why is Yosele Crying?

Buy a raffle ticket here and help support Bikur Cholim of Rockland County.

Shabbos Afternnon Shiur

The halacha shiur by Rabbi Lesches on the Alter Rebbe's Shulchan Aruch will take place on Shabbos afternoon at 4:30 PM followed by Mincha at 5:10 PM.

Light Kiddush

Yossi and Chaya Light invite the community to a kiddush this Shabbos, Parshas Titzaveh, in honor of the recent birth of their twin daughters, Sarah and Yehudis.

The men’s kiddush will take place following davening at Beis Menachem, 360 Route 306, and the women’s kiddush will take place at the Light home, 3 Lois Lane (the first right after Grandview off of 306), from 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM.

Davening at Beis Menachem is at 9:30 AM.

We look forward to seeing you there!

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank the community for their help after the twins were born. As soon as we moved here a few days before Rosh Hashana the community made us feel welcome right from the start. Once the twins were born the help that was offered was non-stop and we are truly grateful. Thank you for everything!

Mazel Tov Kushnirs!

Mazel tov to Dr. Shimon and Lynne Kushnir on the engagement of their daughter Lee to Michael Lewittes of Manhattan!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Cheder's Got Rhythm

This past Sunday the Cheder PTA organized two exciting programs in the boys school, to get into the mood of Chodesh Adar.

Under the leadership of the very talented and dynamic, professionally trained musician and board certified music therapist Moshe Sobol and in the spirit of מרבים בשמחה, the boys had an unique musical experience. With Moshe directing the boys, who each were given their own bongo drum, the boys felt first-hand the joy of participating in and creating musical harmony! The boys also learnt what rhythm was all about and how different types of drums and chimes work and how to follow musical instructions. The children also drummed to the tunes of different Adar nigunim that they happily sang with a great deal of ruach and excitement.

The Cheder boys also shared their simcha with others who might not be as connected to their Yiddishkeit and are away from home and family. Joining in with the special “Kosher Troops” program , started by a local Monsey mother, they made special Purim masks with messages on them that are being sent to Jewish soldiers in the US military.

Special thanks to Mrs. Bracha Meshchaninov and Mrs. Michal Silverstein for coordinating the event and to Mrs. Rochel Leah Ash and Mrs. Yocheved Rapoport for assisting with the mask project. Thanks also go to Mr. Ilya Meshchaninov for his help in transporting over 50 drums!



MBCM Seeking Props

MBCM is looking for some props to be used in their upcoming production. We are looking for a: small couch, wood chairs, armchair, coffee table, rug and bookshelf.

The items do not need to be in good condition. To donate, please call Chaya at 845-598-7120 and leave a message.

Cheder Participates in Menachem Education Foundation

Monday, February 7, 2011

R' Baruch Levinger Sitting Shiva

Boruch Dayan HaEmes - We are deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of the mother of R' Baruch Levinger (father-in-law of Bentzi Ptalis).

Mr. Levinger is sitting shiva at his home, 89 Highview Road (parking is available in the school parking lot across the street).

Shacharis is at 7:45 AM. If you are able to, please help with the minyan.

.המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

Cheder Grand Brachos Bee Winners

After four months of collecting “Know Your Brochos!” cards, the boys in Cheder Chabad of Monsey participated in a Grand Brochos Bee! It all started with the Rebbis in Cheder distributing the Brochos Cards to the boys for saying brochos or bentching properly or for learning, davening nicely and general good behavior.

Throughout the 16 weeks there were many quizzes and PowerPoints that helped the children stay focused on learning the brochos. The program gave the children the opportunity to learn brochos, prepare for the quizzes and the final Brochos Bee in a most exciting way. The boys would trade these cards with each other and they would always be looking at them. This motivated the children to study the correct brochos reshonos and achronos along with the halachos on the backs of the cards.

Instead of the conventional method of having children study for a Brochos Bee with a booklet, the boys had visual aids, enabling them to study while having fun!

This was a windfall for the rebbis in Cheder. They were teaching hilchos brochos while at the same time having a powerful incentive for children!

There were 56 boys who joined the semi-finals, which was a written test of 50 questions. Of those 56 boys only 15 joined the Grand Brochos Bee. Those 15 were the top 2 grade scores per class. The Cheder was then divided into 2 divisions for the Grand Brochos Bee: the younger children (grades 1-4) and the older children (grades 5-8). The Grand Brochos Bee consisted of 244 PowerPoint slides with over 300 questions, ranging from what the brochos reshonos and achronos are to other halachos and yedios that have to do with birchos hanehenin. The two grand prize winners (1 for each division) received a $50 gift certificate to the N’shei Chabad bookstore and the runner ups both received $20 gift certificate to the N’shei bookstore. Every boy who participated in the Grand Brochos Bee received an award.

The winner from the younger division is Menachem Drew of second grade!

The winner from the older division is Motti Krasnjanski of seventh grade!

The two runner ups are Mendel Touger of first grade and Daniel Cohen of sixth grade!



Concert for Women and Girls to Benefit Kupath Ezrah

Schulman & Schneiderman Meet

Yisroel Schulman meeting with New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman together with Abby Milstein, Chair of the Board of New York Legal Assistance Group, the charitable law firm founded by Mr. Schulman in 1990. The meeting concerned efforts to address immigration fraud in New York State. Mr. Schulman was recently appointed "Receiver", i.e., given legal contol of several companies which formerly provided immigration services.

Tuesday Women's Shiur Canceled

Rabbi Markowitz's Tuesday evening shiur for women will not take place this week.

Tzemach Tzedek Parking

Please do not park, ever, on the side of Langeries Drive that is opposite Tzemach Tzedek on the entire block. When people park there, it creates a very unsafe and irritating situation for the cars, school buses, sanitation trucks and snowplows that must pass through. Let us not create a Chilul Hashem and Chilul Lubavitch.

In addition, the police have been ticketing vehicles that are parked on Langeries Drive which are facing the wrong direction and those which are parked too close to the fire hydrant.

Today's HaYom Yom

The Alter Rebbe said: The mitzva of Ahavas Yisrael extends to anyone born into the people of Israel, even if you have never met him.

How much more so does it extend to every member - man or woman - of the Jewish community where you live.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Piano Lessons

Piano lessons available for children ages 6-12 on Tuesdays from 4:30-7:30 PM, Sundays from 6:30-8 PM and on Fridays from 2:30-4 PM. Group lessons also available.

Please contact Shmuly at 718-915-6411, 917-975-9438 or

Mazel Tov Malamuds!

Mazel tov to Rabbi and Mrs. Yaakov and Gittel Rochel Malamud on the engagement of their daughter Zlatie to Shloime Eisenberg of Boro Park!

The L'chaim will take place today, Sunday, 2 Adar Aleph, February 6, at 5:00 PM at 13 Edwin Lane.

Mazel Tov Litzmans!

Mazal Tov to R' Mordechai and Malka Litzman on the birth of a granddaughter born to Meyer and Miriam Litzman of Phoenix, Arizona!

Zayin Adar Farbrengen

There will be a farbrengen in honor of Zayin Adar, the birthday and yahrzeit of Moshe Rabeinu, this Thursday night, February 10, following the 9:30 PM Maariv minyan at Tzemach Tzedek.

Moshe Rabeinu was born in Egypt on the 7th of Adar of the year 2368 from creation. According to one opinion the year of Moshe Rabeinu’s birth was a leap year and he was born in the first Adar. Moshe Rabeinu passed away on his 120th birthday on Adar 7, 2488.

Friday, February 4, 2011

This Sunday - Bnos Bowling

This Wednesday - Challah Class for Women

French Twins in Tzemach Tzedek

In true Chodesh Adar spirit, the famous French Twins pulled up to Tzemach Tzedek for davening this morning in their Beetle with music blaring from a roof mounted speaker.
Video of the twins performing at the recent Chabad Chanukah Festival in Florida: