Friday, April 29, 2011

Mazel Tov Lefkowitzs!

Mazel tov to Rabbi Isaac and Roizy Lefkowitz on the birth of a grandson born to Itzy and Perry Klein of Crown Heights!

The Shalom Zachor will take place tonight at 1582 Carroll Street in Crown Heights.

Seeking Ride to Crown Heights

I am looking for a ride for 1 female passenger going from Monsey to Crown Heights after Shabbos. If you have a spot please call 718-757-9149.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Seeking "Think Jewish" Sponsor

The Center for Jewish Life is seeking a sponsor for this week's Think Jewish publication containing teachings and stories from the Rebbe that is widely distributed at RCC and in local Shuls.

If you are interested please contact Dov Oliver at 845-659-2388 or

Goldstein L'Chaim

The l'chaim of Hershel Goldstein and Chaya Kozak will take place this Sunday, May 1, from 12:00 Noon until 3:30 PM at Benei Asher Shul, 4712 12th Avenue (between 47th & 48th Streets) in Boro Park.

Shiurim on Sefiras HaOmer

The Shabbos afternoon Shulchan Aruch HaRav shiur at Tzemach Tzedek will be on the topic of Sefiras HaOmer this week. The shiur will take place at 6:45 PM followed by Mincha at 7:30 PM.

The 9:00 AM Sunday morning halacha shiur at Tzemach Tzedek will also be on the topic of Sefiras HaOmer this week.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Israel Comes to RCC

By Rockland Jewish Reporter

The campus quad at Rockland Community College was transformed into its own version of Israel on April 14 when the Center for Jewish Life/ Hillel presented the college's first Israel fair. Hebrew music filled the air as hundreds of students, faculty and community members "traveled" from Israel city to city, experiencing the highlights each location had to offer. The "tour," led by Hillel Director Rabbi Dov Oliver, began at Ben Gurion Airport, where each person received a passport with a map of Israel. When all cities on the passport were stamped, participants receive a free gift.

In "Jerusalem," participants placed notes in a Kotel replica. "Tel Aviv" featured vendors selling Israeli food, jewelry and apparel. At "Mount Carmel," everyone got down to earth with new plantings, representing the rebuilding of the forests recently ravaged by fires. In "Eilat," students played "beach" volleyball. In "Tzfat," they learned the Kabbalistic concepts of chesed (kindness), gevurah (severity or strength) and tiferet (beauty), by engaging in the correlated activities of giving charity; arm-wrestling and creating an artistic mosaic.

Monsey Boys in NY Times Profile of Tank Parade

Updated Tzemach Tzedek Daily Minyan Times

Shacharis 1: 7:00 AM*
Shacharis 2: 8:00 AM
Mincha: 7:00 PM
Maariv 1: 8:30 PM
Maariv 2: 9:30 PM

Sunday - Shacharis 1: 8:00 AM
Sunday - Shacharis 2: 9:00 AM

*Rosh Chodesh & Fast Days: 6:45 AM

Womens' Weekly Pirkei Avos Shiur Begins This Week

The weekly Shabbos afternoon Pirkei Avos shiur for women begins this Shabbos, Parshas Kedoshim.

The shiur takes place every Shabbos afternoon throughout the summer from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM at the home of Mrs. Yehudis Abramowitz, 6 Zabriskie Terrace.

All women and older girls are encouraged to join!

House for Sale in Concord

A large 65-foot High-Ranch with 5 bedrooms is available for sale by owner in the Concord area which is within close walking distance to Tzemach Tzedek.

For more information, please call 845-641-7127 and leave a message.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Moshiach Seudos for Women

The following women will be hosting a Moshiach Seudah in their home at 6:30 PM on Tuesday afternoon, Acharon Shel Pesach:

Yehudis Abramowitz - 6 Zabriskie Terrace, Monsey

Miriam Klein - 22 Jeffrey Place, Monsey

Roizy Lefkowitz - 2 Cedar Lane, Monsey

Bracha Meshchaninov - 32 North Southgate Drive, New Hempstead

Please bring wine, grape juice and matzah. Divrei Torah are welcome!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Cheder Sells Fourth Prize Winning Ticket in Raffle

Cheder Chabad of Monsey sold the 4th prize winning ticket for the Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation $100,000 Raffle in which the Cheder participated along with many other mosdos.

The 4th prize of a Shas or $1,500 cash was won by Mr. Spalter of North Miami Beach, Florida. For the complete list of winners, please click here.

Thank you for all those who participated!

Hashavas Aveida - Lost Hat

If you mistakenly took a hat (in fairly good condition) from Tzemach Tzedek on Sunday, 13 Nissan, with initials Tzili or CZE, please call Rabbi Tzili Ehrenreich at 845-352-6563 or 914-393-3152.

As Passover Nears, These Rabbis Are Getting Out Their Blowtorches

By Lucette Lagnado, The Wall Street Journal

When Rabbi Naftali Marrus does his spring cleaning, he doesn't use a mop. He rolls with the Inferno.

The Inferno is a three-and-a-half-foot-long propane torch Rabbi Marrus uses during the critical days before Passover to scour commercial kitchens catering to observant Jews and obliterate the smallest particles of bread and other leavened foods, which are forbidden during the holiday that commemorates the Jews' flight from Egypt.

Marching into the kitchen of My Most Favorite Food, a restaurant on Manhattan's Upper West Side, Rabbi Marrus runs his finger along stove tops, pokes his head inside the big industrial ovens, examines the coffee maker and inspects walls and floors. They have been soaked in boiling water and scrubbed clean with soap, detergents, degreasers and ammonia.

No matter. With the restaurant's owners, Doris Schechter and her son-in-law Scott Magram looking on, Rabbi Marrus directs the flames of the Inferno up and down racks of steel rolling trays and deep inside the oven. His assistant will apply the Inferno to the pots and pans. Ms. Schechter takes the drastic cleaning in stride. "To me it is a renewal, you start over again."

Rabbi Marrus, 6-feet-3-inches tall and built like a football player, handles the Inferno with care. "You have to be respectful to the blowtorch," he says.

Passover, which starts Monday at sundown and lasts eight days, is the busy season for Rabbi Marrus. As a supervising rabbi for OK Kosher Certification, an agency in Brooklyn, N.Y., he and his colleagues are working 24/6—they don't work on the Sabbath—to ensure that all restaurants, caterers, cafés, industrial kitchens and food manufacturers that want the OK Kosher for Passover label follow strict Jewish food laws.

But keeping kosher isn't just for Passover, and it isn't just for traditional Jewish food. OK gives its kosher blessing to items as varied as Perrier water and Tropicana orange juice.

Getting the kosher seal is a rigorous experience that requires OK's 300-odd part-time rabbis to travel around inspecting plants where food is produced. They study every ingredient that goes into a product to make sure it conforms with religious law. Only then will they allow it to carry their trademark "K" with a circle around it.

"We like to say God is our silent partner," remarks Rabbi Chaim Fogelman, an OK veteran.

OK Kosher started in about 1935 as a mom-and-pop shop called Organized Kashrut Laboratories. It's now a multinational player, with rabbis in China, Japan, India, Belgium and Israel who certify nearly 500,000 products from about 3,000 companies. Its headquarters are still in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. It operates as a nonprofit. Clients pay from $2,000 to tens of thousands of dollars annually.

Kosher dietary laws date back to biblical times. Several basic laws come with hundreds, even thousands of regulations or interpretations. Eating pork and shellfish, for example, is banned, while mixing meat and milk is also taboo. There are also intricate rules on how an animal must be slaughtered to produce kosher meat.

Establishments that serve kosher food, including restaurants, cafés, catering halls and butcher shops, need to have a mashgiach on hand, an on-site supervisor, typically a rabbi, assigned to stand around and watch, guarding against treif or unkosher ingredients that could slip in.

The U.S. kosher market is valued at about $12.5 billion. "The iconic brands of America are overwhelmingly kosher," says Menachem Lubinsky, President of Lubicom Marketing Consulting. Familiar brands such as Coca-Cola, Snapple, Philadelphia cream cheese, Coors beer and Tootsie Rolls all have products with a kosher label.

"It is astounding when you figure that Jews are less than 2% of the population," says Sue Fishkoff, author of the book "Kosher Nation." Many non-Jews believe a kosher product is healthier and safer, she says. "Is it? Possibly the Kosher beef is. But certainly not the cereal or the aluminum foil."

These days, more than 1,000 agencies world-wide vie with one another to bestow on products an alphabet soup of kosher insignia. These include the ubiquitous k with a circle around it favored by OK; there's the OU—a U inside a circle—sign used by the Orthodox Union; while the Rabbinical Council of Chicago is known for its cRc in a triangle stamp.

"There is healthy competition, but we do work for a higher cause," says Rabbi Sholem Fishbane of Chicago's rabbinic agency. "We try to promote kosher."

There are occasional disagreements, and what is kosher to some rabbis may not be to others. Ms. Fishkoff, for instance, recalls how the granddaddy of kosher products—the iconic Hebrew National Kosher Hot Dog—for years wasn't considered sufficiently kosher by some of the key certifying agencies. These days, armed with a kosher seal from Triangle K, a Brooklyn agency, the hot dog has been embraced by Conservative Jews who observe kosher dietary laws.

Some Orthodox agencies such as OK and the Chicago Rabbinical Council still reject it. "It is much better than it used to be," says Rabbi Fishbane, but "it is not certified glatt," he says, referring to an even higher standard of kosher meat certification.

For Hebrew National to be certified as glatt, Rabbi Fogelman says, it would have to use only glatt kosher meat. Glatt certification, he explains, involves checking a cow after slaughter to see how healthy it was—specifically if it had lesions on its lungs. If it had too many lesions, then it won't pass muster as glatt, he says.

Hebrew National, owned by ConAgra Foods, says on its website that its certification by Triangle K comes from an orthodox Jewish agency made up of "the most stringent Jews" that provide rabbinical supervision and make sure its products and ingredients meet the "strictest criteria" for kosher. ConAgra's spokesman says it has no plans to pursue the glatt market.

Then there's the question of how far to push the kosher brand. Rabbi Fogelman of OK says his agency has been asked to certify paper bags as kosher; OK is working on it. OK certifies a dog treat as kosher. Exclusively Pet Inc., in Milwaukee, manufactures dog cookies that carry the little K seal.

These days Evanger's Dog & Cat Food Co. near Chicago sells dog and cat food that, in a manner of speaking, is kosher. They are deemed usable during the Passover holiday, though not kosher for human consumption, and have the endorsement of the venerable Chicago Rabbinical Council. Evanger's website touts its products by showing a photo of a dog wearing a yarmulke.

They are a godsend to Terry Socol of Skokie, Ill. His two cats, Ashley and Coco, don't like Passover because of the limited diet. He called Evanger's and obtained cans of whole mackerel and beef tips with gravy. But he also bought them lox—certified kosher for humans: "Passover is such a hard holiday for them."

Photo: Mustafah Abdulaziz for The Wall Street Journal

Friday, April 15, 2011

Farbrengen in Honor of the Rebbe’s Bris and Birthday of the Rebbe’s Father

There will be a farbrengen this Thursday night, 17 Nissan, April 21, following Maariv at Tzemach Tzedek at 8:25 PM in honor of the day of the Rebbe’s Bris (in 1902) and in honor of the birthday of the Rebbe’s father, Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson (in 1878).

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Filming for Parade Promo Video in Monsey

Filming for a promotional video for The Great Parade 5771 took place today in Monsey. The parade is scheduled to take place on Lag B’Omer, May 18, in front of 770.

Monsey Motorcyclists Join 11 Nissan Parade

As part of the annual parade in honor of Yud Aleph Nissan, the Rebbe’s birthday, Yoni Halper, Eli Zisman, Moshe Reitman and Ellie Pollack, all of Monsey, led the 61 Mitzvah Tanks on their motorcycles.

Chometz Burning

Spring Valley:

Cheder Chabad of Monsey Presents a Chinese Auction and Gala

Please Join Us in Honoring:
Mrs. Leah Rubashkin
As the Essential אשת חיל
פסח שני - י״ד אייר
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Ateres Charna, 790 North Main Street, Spring Valley

Viewing at 6:45 PM
Program begins at 8:30 PM

Mrs. Miryam Swerdlov
A compelling and engaging educator with an unparalled sense of humor


Mrs. Leah Rubashkin
Inspiring and heartwarming

Sumptuous Salad Bar - Delicious Dessert Table

Entrance fee is $20 (includes $20 prize ticket)

An event for women only

Heichal Menachem Pesach Schedule

Farbrengen in Honor of Tzemach Tzedek's Yom Hilula

There will be a farbrengen this Sunday, 13 Nissan, April 17, at Tzemach Tzedek at 9:00 AM, following the first Shacharis minyan, in honor of Yud Gimmel Nissan, the Yom Hilula of the Rebbe Tzemach Tzedek, the third Lubavitcher Rebbe.

Mazel Tov Hirschs!

Mazel tov to Yossi and Rochy Hirsch on the Bar Mitzvah of their son Mendel! May Mendel continue growing into a Chosid, Yirei Shomayim and Lamden!

Cheder Gemara Class Enjoys Outing

Rabbi Soble’s gemara class has been reaching great heights, in class and during yeshivas erev, with amazing diligence in their learning. Rabbi Simpson of the Mesivta came last week to farher the children and was very happy to see the high level that the children are at and how well they know the Gemara.

As a reward for all their hard work Rabbi Soble took his class to Seven Lakes at Harriman State Park. The boys went hiking and had a BBQ. Thank you to Ari Abramowitz for chaperoning the boys and giving them a good time.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Tomchei Shabbos of Rockland Delivers Food for Pesach

By Yeshiva World News

Late this past Sunday under the cover of darkness, Tomche Shabbos of Rockland County anonymously left large Pesach food packages at the doorsteps of 1022 families. Many of these families lost their jobs during this long recession. The total distribution included 50,000 lbs. of potatoes, 53,696 lbs of chicken, 29,750 dozen eggs, 1,100 cases of apple juice, 1,550 cases of seltzer, 9,500 lbs of hand shemurah matzoh, 1,000 cases of apples, 1,050 cases of oranges, 10,500 lbs of onions, 9,000 lbs. of carrots, 7,488 rolls of gefilte fish, romaine lettuce, and morror. This massive distribution was the result of the close coordination and volunteer efforts of numerous dedicated people from throughout the Monsey community.

In all cases, the drivers came from the other end of the community of where they made their deliveries. Thus, even though the driver knew the address to which he made his delivery, he was unaware of the identity of the recipient. The two people on opposite ends of the door never saw each other. No words were exchanged. Just a silent expression of concern between one Jew and another.

Tomche Shabbos of Rockland County operates each Thursday night with the same strong adherence to Hatzneiah Leches. No driver has ever known the identity of the person to whom he has made a delivery.

Cheder Boys Learn Mishnayis Baal Peh

Over the past two months, the boys in Cheder were very busy learning משניות בעל פה! Many boys would even bring their משניות to recess and lunch and use their free time to study. There were many raffles for the boys who participated in this program and the last raffle had 10 winners!

The boys earned many ספרים which will be given out after פסח.

In honor of the Rebbe’s birthday on י"א ניסן, the boys in Cheder Chabad will be giving the Rebbe a gift of 7,683 lines of משניות memorized by heart. May the boys continue to learn משניות בעל פה, and wherever they go they will always have words of תורה to say!

Thank you to Mottie Wiener of for sponsoring this program.

Mazel Tov Goldsteins!

Mazel tov to Zev Goldstein and Rivka Goldstein on the engagement of their son Hershel to Chaya Kozak of Borough Park!

Zalman Goldstein Interviewed by Wall Street Journal

In a piece showcasing religious apps for the iPhone and iPad, The Wall Street Journal interviewed Rabbi Zalman Goldstein of The Jewish Learning Group about his iBlessing application for Apple products.

To purchase the iPhone application click here.
To purchase the Say a Blessing key chain click here.

Yeshiva Bein Hazmanim

Photos: Zevi Schulman

Monday, April 11, 2011

Yeshiva Bein Hazmanim at Tzemach Tzedek

Not only for Bochurim
Photos: Reb Dovid Kaplan

Monsey Chometz Burning Information

Last Day for the Cheder 100K Raffle

Today is the last day to purchase tickets for the $100,000 raffle that benefits Cheder Chabad. Please call the school office at 845-356-1213 ext. 4 to purchase tickets ASAP (credit card accepted).

Matzah for Mivtzoim

As we have been doing for many years, mivtzoim matzos are available through N'shei Chabad in honor of the Rebbe's birthday, Yud-Alef Nissan. We hope to give out 110 matzos in honor of the coming 110th year.

You may pick up the matzos beginning Tuesday evening, 7 Nissan, at 6 Zabriskie Terrace, Monsey. It's always best to call 845-558-8249 in advance of coming.

Pesach Shopping? Support MBCM!

When shopping for Pesach at All Fresh or Rockland Kosher please mention 634-7400 to the cashier as the phone on the account so that Monsey Beis Chaya Mushka gets a percentage.

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.

Thank you for your continued support!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Rabbi Kagan Shiva

Rabbi Kagan is sitting Shiva at Rechov Hakablan 1, Apartment 16, in Har Nof in Eretz Yisroel through Wednesday morning, local time, and can be reached at 011-972-2-561-7693 or

.המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

Tzemach Tzedek Pesach 5771 Schedule


Rabbi Lesches is available to arrange the sale of your chometz following all weekday and Sunday tefilos at Tzemach Tzedek. The Rav can also be reached at 845-659-1060.


Yud Aleph Nissan - Thursday Night & Friday, April 14 & 15:
There will be a farbrengen on Thursday night, April 14, in honor of Yud Aleph Nissan, the Rebbe’s birthday in 1902. Maariv will be at 8:30 PM followed by the farbrengen.

Shabbos HaGadol, Parshas Acharei Mos - 12 Nissan, April 15 & 16:
Licht Benching and Mincha: 7:17 PM
Chassidus Shiur & Maariv

Chassidus Shiur: 8:45 AM
Shacharis: 9:30 AM
Shabbos HaGadol Shiur / Drasha: 6:15 PM (for men and women)
Mincha: 7:15 PM
Maariv - Shabbos Ends: 8:19 PM

Sunday, 13 Nissan, April 17:
Shacharis 1: 8:00 AM
Farbrengen at 9:00 AM, following the first Shacharis minyan, in honor of Yud Gimmel Nissan, the yarzeit of the Tzemach Tzedek.
Shacharis 2: 9:00 AM
Shacharis 3: 10:00 AM
Mincha: 7:00 PM
Maariv: 8:15 PM
Bedikas Chometz

Erev Pesach - Monday, 14 Nissan, April 18:
Shacharis 1: 7:00 AM (siyum for bechorim)
Shacharis 2: 8:00 AM (siyum for bechorim)
Last Time to Eat Chometz: 10:41 AM
Last Time to Burn Chometz: 11:48 AM
Chometz Burning: From 6:30 AM to 11:45 AM at the Park & Ride on Route 59 (near the late Pathmark) and at Memorial Park in Spring Valley.
Licht Benching and Mincha: 7:21 PM
Chassidus Shiur and Maariv

1st Day of Pesach - Tuesday, 15 Nissan, April 19:
Shacharis: 10:00 AM (includes Tefilas Tal)
Mincha: 7:20 PM
Chassidus Shiur and Maariv: (begin counting Sefiras HaOmer)
Licht Benching: After 8:23 PM

2nd Day of Pesach - Wednesday, 16 Nissan, April 20:
Shacharis: 10:00 AM
Mincha: 7:15 PM
Seder Niggunim
Maariv: 8:24 PM (begin saying ותן ברכה)

Chol HaMoed 1 - Thursday, 17 Nissan, April 21:
Shacharis: 7:00, 8:00, 9:00, 10:00 and 10:30 AM
Mincha: 7:00 PM
Maariv: 8:25 PM
Farbrengen following Maariv in honor of the day of the Rebbe’s Bris (in 1902) and in honor of the birthday of the Rebbe’s father, Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson (in 1878).

Chol HaMoed 2 - Friday, 18 Nissan, April 22:
Shacharis: 7:00, 8:00, 9:00, 10:00 and 10:30 AM

Shabbos Kodesh Chol HaMoed – 19 Nissan, April 22 & 23:
Licht Benching and Mincha: 7:25 PM
Chassidus Shiur and Maariv

Shacharis: 10:00 AM
Kinus Torah: 6:00 PM
Mincha: 7:15 PM
Kinus Torah continued
Maariv – Shabbos Ends: 8:28 PM

Chol HaMoed 4, Erev Yom Tov - Sunday, 20 Nissan, April 24:
Shacharis: 8:00, 9:00, 10:00 and 10:30 AM
Licht Benching and Mincha: 7:27 PM
Chassidus Shiur and Maariv
שביעי של פסח learning and farbrengen in Shul following Seudas Yom Tov.

Shvi’i Shel Pesach - Monday, 21 Nissan, April 25:
Shacharis: 10:00 AM
Mincha: 7:30 PM
Chassidus Shiur and Maariv
Licht Benching: After 8:30 PM

Acharon Shel Pesach - Tuesday, 22 Nissan, April 26:
Shacharis: 10:00 AM
Yizkor: Approximately 11:30 AM
Mincha: 6:00 PM
Moshiach Seudah (please bring matzah and wine)
Maariv – Yom Tov Ends: 8:31 PM

Wishing you and your family a חג כשר ושמח!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Pre Pesach Camp

Passport Processing

For the convenience of town residents, Supervisor St. Lawrence has arranged for the Office of the Rockland County Clerk to be at Ramapo Town Hall on Wednesday, April 13th from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM to facilitate processing of applications for United States Passports.

Application forms and Passport photo equipment will be available. Applicants must bring proof of citizenship i.e. original copy of their birth certificate (with raised seal), naturalization papers or an expired U. S. Passport issued within the last fifteen (15) years. Applicants must also be prepared to submit the appropriate fees for the passport service.

You may access the County Clerk’s website for the fee schedule and to obtain downloadable passport application forms. You may also call the County Clerk’s office at 845-368-5221 for more information. The Ramapo Town Clerk’s office will also be open from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM that same evening as part of its regularly scheduled monthly late night.

Yud Aleph Nissan Farbrengen

There will be a farbrengen this Thursday night, April 14, in honor of Yud Aleph Nissan, the Rebbe’s birthday in 1902.

Maariv will be at 8:30 PM followed by the farbrengen.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Yitta Halberstam to Speak in Rockland

Yitta Halberstam, co-author of the very popular book series, "Small Miracles," will share true, extraordinary and inspiring stories from the rubble of the Holocaust on Sunday, May 1, at 5:00 PM at the Campus Cultural Arts Center of Rockland Community College.

Yitta Halberstam is the author and co-author of eight books, including the best-selling Small Miracles series and Holy Brother: Inspiring Stories and Enchanted Tales about Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach.

Matzah for Mivtzoim

Rabbi Simcha Werner is happy to announce that he has Matzoh available for Mivtzoim. If any of Anash would like to fulfill the Rebbe's Mivtzah Matzoh and need Matzoh please contact Rabbi Werner at 845-356-3850.

There is a limited amount available for Anash to distribute to their neighbors, colleagues, and acquaintances so please call as soon as possible to ensure you receive the amount you need!

Furnished Studio Apartment for Rent

A new furnished studio apartment with kitchenette and full bathroom is available for rent near Tzemach Tzedek. Please call 845-270-4955 (until 11:00 PM) for more information.

Cheder PTA Shows Appreciation to Staff

The Cheder PTA showed appreciation to all teachers and staff with a bottle of wine and a beautiful poem.

Photos: Rabbi Moshe Wiener

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Selling Your Chometz

Rabbi Lesches is available to arrange the sale of your chometz following all weekday and Sunday tefilos at Tzemach Tzedek. The Rav can also be reached at 845-659-1060.

Mrs. Kagan Levaya Delayed

The Levaya for Mrs. Esther Rivkah Kagan A"H has been delayed until approximately 4:00 PM today.

Seeking Counselors & JC's

Lubavitch on the Palisades in Tenafly New Jersey, is looking to hire fun and energetic female counselors and junior counselors to work in our preschool camp this summer.

Warm environment! Great Pay! Rides to and from Monsey may be available!

If you would like more information about the camp you can call Rivky at 347-713-7499 or email your resume to

Levaya of Mrs. Esther Rivkah Kagan A"H

Boruch Dayan HaEmes - We are deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of Mrs. Esther Rivkah Kagan A"H, mother of, Tibadal Lechaim Tovim, Rabbi Chaim Dovid Kagan.

The Levaya will take place today, Wednesday, April 6, at approximately 2:00 PM at Shomrei Hadas Chapels, 3803 14th Avenue in Brooklyn. The kevura will take place in Eretz Yisroel.

Rabbi Kagan will be sitting the entire Shiva in Eretz Yisroel and can be reached at

.המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Yeshivas Bein Hazmanim

In preparation for Yud Aleph Nissan, there will be a Yeshivas Bein Hazmanim in Tzemach Tzedek for bochurim who are in Shiur Aleph in mesivta and above.

The Yeshiva will take place from this Sunday, 6 Nissan, through Thursday, 10 Nissan, from 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM.

The schedule is as follows:
8:30 AM – Chassidus
9:45 AM Shacharis followed by breakfast
11:00 AM seder niglah
The program will include exciting shiurim in Nigleh and Chassidus as well as chavrusah learning.

Following the success of last year’s program we are expecting even more bochurim to participate this year. Please help us prepare by letting us know that you plan to participate.

To sponsor a day of learning (only $75!), reserve a space, or for more information, please contact Moshe Eliyahu Markowitz at or 845-269-8685.

Part Time Job Opportunity

Seeking a part-time appointment setter with prospective and current clients. Flexible hours, hourly plus bonus. Please call Tamar at 845-517-5070.

Hashovas Aveida - Lost Watch

I lost my Citizen brand men's watch at Tzemach Tzedek about two weeks ago. If you found it, please call 845-356-1393.

Cheder Raffle Extended

The Cheder Chabad $100,000 raffle has been extended for one more week and will now end on Tuesday, April 12.

The drawing will take place before Pesach.

Please call the school office at 845-356-1213 ext. 4 to purchase tickets ASAP (credit card accepted).

Hey, ya never know!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Seeking Ride to Crown Heights

Seeking a ride from Monsey to Crown Heights this Wednesday, April 6, before 3:00 PM. Please call 845-362-8338.

Seeking Ride to Crown Heights

Looking for a ride from Monsey to Crown Heights tomorrow, Tuesday, April 5th, anytime after 6:00 PM for two people with some luggage.

If you have room please call 845-371-5918.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Mazel Tov Serebryanskis!

Mazel tov to Shmuel Sholom and Faige Rivka Serebryanski of New Windsor, New York on the birth of a baby girl!

Heichal Menachem Beis Nissan Farbrengen

Special Pesach Kapota Sale in Monsey

A special Pesach Kapota sale is happening in Monsey now until Tuesday, April 12th.

The Kapotas are Italian cut and stitching and are made of 100% silk (non-shiny).

Retail price is $500 each and we are selling them for only $200!

These Kapotas are one of a kind and they will not be available again at these prices. You will finally enjoy putting on a Kapota in the hot summer. Those that have purchased it are extremely satisfied with some purchasing 2 Kapotas!

Please contact Yona at 718-759-8848 or

Seeking Someone to Make Siyum

Valley Chabad is looking for someone to make a Siyum for Taanis Bechoros on Monday morning, Erev Pesach, in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey following our 7:00 AM Minyan.

If you are interested, please contact Rabbi Dov Drizin at 201-819-3286 or

A token honorarium will be given.

New Weekly Women's Shiur

A new weekly shiur for women by Mrs. Mattie Hecht has started on Monday mornings from 10:00 Am to 11:30 AM at her home, 11 Ellish Parkway.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Who Will be the Zaidys?

By Yosef Shandling, L'Chaim Magazine

In the spring of 1968 I completed my commitment as an officer in the United States Public Health Service, having been stationed the last six months in Cincinnati, Ohio. A friend invited me to a Passover seder in Cincinnati, but I decided to return to my home in Brooklyn and attend the seders with my family, largely because of the warm feeling I associated with the family seder and all its rituals led by my grandfather.

But my grandfather had passed away the previous August, and I knew that without him, the seder would be lacking. Grandpa Milkman was a traditional, Yiddish speaking Jew from Russia, and he certainly conducted a traditional seder. Each year my immediate family would attend, along with all my cousins, uncles, and aunts. It was by far the richest Jewish experience of the year.

That first year after my grandfather's passing, at my aunt's home in Long Island, we celebrated Passover with a festive meal, much more "modern" than Grandpa's seder. Our meal included matzas and rye bread, and not too much singing or reading from the Hagada. It was more than lacking, it was a disappointment. I knew then and there that if there were to be any more seders in my family, I was going to have to be the one to make them.

In the summer of 1968, I went to Israel and learned in an ulpan (intensive Hebrew language course) for six months in Kibbutz Maayan Tsvi. I then worked as a volunteer for a year at Kibbutz Yotvatah in the southern part of Israel.

At the end of the year, I toured Israel, and arranged the paperwork and other details in anticipation returning home to the U.S.A., and touring Europe on the way. Yaakov Klausner, my ulpan teacher and mentor at Maayan Tsvi, where I had returned for a visit, suggested that I see a village called Kfar Chabad.

I traveled to Kfar Chabad and stayed there for a couple of days. Meir Bastomski, a young Israeli Chasid who could speak some English, encountered me early in my visit. He befriended me and shared his genuine warmth and love for Jews and his enthusiasm for learning Torah. I was impressed by the village's warmth, spirituality, and authentic old-world Jewish character. I was touched by the camaraderie of the guys, much like me, who were studying there in the yeshiva's special program for young men from non-observant backgrounds. This program was later to become Yeshivat Ohr Temmim presently led by Rabbi Schneur Zalman Gafne and Rabbi Tuvia Bolton.

As attractive and alluring as I found the people and the environment, I was presented with a challenge. I saw myself getting caught up, perhaps indefinitely, with the Chasidic village, and ruining my plans for Europe in particular and my very exciting, free ranging future in general. I decided I needed to leave before I got stuck.

I boarded the bus for Tel Aviv, where I would continue preparations for my return home. As the bus left Kfar Chabad, I took off the yarmulke from my head that I had been given and placed it in my pocket.

Once in Tel Aviv, I walked on Allenby Street, the busy "Forty-Second Street" of Tel Aviv. I needed to sort out where I wanted to be for the upcoming Passover seders. I had a number of invitations. "Kfar Chabad, that's where they will really make a seder like Grandpa Milkman, the way its supposed to be," I thought to myself. "No," I said, quashing the idea, "If you go back there, you're going to get stuck there."

I decided to go back to Kibbutz Yotvatah for the seders. Having settled that matter in my mind, I continued walking on Allenby Street. As I walked, I realized that I was in the thick of the urban "garbage" that I had talked about the other day with one of the American yeshiva students that I had met in Kfar Chabad.

During the year and a half that I had been on the two kibbutzim, I would from time to time travel from the kibbutz and visit other places in Israel including various cities. I would typically look forward to these trips with some excitement. But inevitably, I would find the city environment, in contrast to the rural kibbutz, to be very disorienting. When I became aware of this, I tended to be somewhat wary of making the trips. The cities were full of distractions, many of them not necessarily very wholesome.

As I passed the shops, signs and the masses of strangers, I felt strongly the disorientation I had experienced over the last 18 months whenever I visited a city while living in the rural kibbutz. I thought to myself: "Here I am in the middle of the city, Allenby Street in Tel Aviv, and all the garbage. I don't know anybody and nobody knows me. I want to meet someone, right now, who I know."

After the briefest of pauses on my part to see what response any "Higher Power" might offer, Meir Bastomski popped out of the crowd, gave me a warm "Shalom" and asked me "Where are you going to be for the seders?" You can just imagine where I spent Passover and the seders that year.

Yosef Shandling is a member of the Chabad Community in Monsey, New York. He leads his family seders every year, with all of his children and grandchildren in attendance.

Friday, April 1, 2011

N'shei Chabad Bookstore Update

Pesach is around the corner!
  • Tallis Katan: for Men and Boys (sizes 8" through 28")
  • Wool and Cotton for Boys; Wool for Boys and Men
  • Tallis Gadol: sizes #60, #70, #80, #90.
  • New Haggadah from Kehos is in stock! Special introductory price!
  • Kol Menachem Haggadah (Nusach Ari and Nusach Ashkenaz)
  • Spice and Spirit Passover Cooking
  • At Our Rebbe's Seder Table (Haggadah)
  • Assortment of Haggadahs
  • Hilchos Leil HaSeder (2 Volumes)
  • New Shulchan Aruch HaRav - Orach Chayim - Hilchos Pesach (Soft Cover)
  • New Staying the Course (Chassidic Heritage Series)
  • Tehillas Hashem Siddur for Pesach (Large or Medium)
  • Sefiras HaOmer (Make counting each day even more meaningful)
  • Out of Egypt - Book and DVD and CD
  • Pesach Seder for Children CD (Eli Lipsker)
  • A Touch of Passover (Cardboard Book)
  • Large selection of children's books, CD's and DVD's.
  • Gift certificates available for all occasions.
  • And much, much more! 
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