Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Rabbi Lesches on Eating Dairy on Shavuos

P’eylei Anash Shavuos Letter

Click to enlarge.

Seeking Kiddish Co-Sponsor

If you would like the zechus of co-sponsoring the kiddush and farbrengen at Tzemach Tzedek this Shabbos, please contact Avraham Hayman at avrahamhayman@gmail.com.

Motorcyclists Ride for Arson Victim

Izzy Landau, left, collects a donation from Reuven Pollock of Monsey before Monday's motorcycle ride through New Square to raise money for burn victim Aron Rottenberg.

Photo: Carucha L. Meuse, The Journal News

Tzemach Tzedek Shavuos 5771 Schedule

Erev Shavuos - Tuesday, 5 Sivan, June 7:
Shacharis 1: 7:00 AM
Shacharis 2: 8:00 AM
Licht Benching: 8:08 PM
Mincha: 8:20 PM
Chassidus Shiur followed by Maariv
After Seudos Yom Tov all are encouraged to come to shul for Tikun Leil Shavuos. Refreshments will be served and there will be a number of shiurim given throughout the night.

1st Day of Shavuos - Wednesday, 6 Sivan, June 8:
Mikvah at Alos Hashachar / Dawn: 3:35 AM
Shacharis: 10:00 AM
Aseres Hadibros: Approximately 11:15 AM
Mincha: 8:20 PM
Chassidus Shiur followed by Maariv
Licht Benching: After 9:17 PM

2nd Day of Shavuos - Thursday, 7 Sivan, June 9:
Shacharis: 10:00 AM
Yizkor: Approximately 11:45 AM
Kinus Torah: 7:15PM
Mincha: 8:20 PM
Seder Niggunim
Maariv - Yom Tov Ends: 9:18 PM
Kiddush Levana (if possible)

!בברכת לקבלת התורה בשמחה ובפנימיות

Monday, May 30, 2011

RCC Students Celebrate Lag B'Omer

More than 100 current and past members of Hillel of Rockland and others gathered to celebrate Lag B'omer at the home of Rabbi Dov and Shevy Oliver.

Following a talk about the significance and meaning of Lag B'omer, everyone sang along to a musical Havdallah and then enjoyed a sumptuous buffet. The large bonfire burned long into the night amidst many songs, stories and music as the crowd enjoyed toasting hot dogs and marshmallows whilst thoroughly soaked up the Lag B'omer spirit.

In the course of the night two graduating students resolved to devote a few weeks of their summer vacation to learning at the Tiferes Yeshiva in Morristown where they have since been accepted and began their studies.

Sheitel Sale Tonight

Aziza Wigs, the distributors of beautiful, comfortable, great quality European human hair shaitels, will be having a Sheitel sale tonight, Monday night, May 30, from 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM at 104 S. Southgate Drive.

Amazing customer service. Prices are from $350 to $1,200.

For more information, please contact Baily at 845-356-1546 or Chanie at 650-575-3567 or chanievolovick@gmail.com.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Seeking Ride to Montreal for Shavuos

If you are going from Monsey to Montreal for Shavuos & have room for one please call 845-709-0429.

Are You Ready for Shavuos?

Finkelstein Library Budget Vote

The Board of Directors of Finkelstein Memorial Library is proposing a budget increase that will increase taxes by 1.8%.

The Library’s Budget Vote and Trustee Election will be held on Monday, June 6, 2011, from 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM, in the 3rd Floor Fielding Room.

Every citizen 18 years or older residing within the East Ramapo Central School District for at least 30 days prior to voting, who is legally registered, is eligible to vote. Anyone who is already registered for general elections in November is eligible to vote in library elections. A separate registration is no longer required. You must vote at least once every four years in a general election to keep your registration valid.

The Library, located at 24 Chestnut Street and Route 59 in Spring Valley, is wheelchair accessible. For additional information, call the Library Clerk at 352-5700, ext. 256.

Tehillim

Please have Menashe Borbely, Menashe Gavriel ben Chava, in mind when davening and saying Tehillim today.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Mazel Tov Litzmans!

Mazel tov to Fishel and Miriam Litzman on the birth of a baby girl!

Mazel tov to the grandparents Reb Mordechai and Malka Litzman!

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 sign up on MealTrain or contact Karen Schild at 845-354-4898.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Beis Menachem Location Changes for This Shabbos

Due to the temporary closing of the Beis Menachem building, the shul will be davening at the following locations for this Shabbos, Parshas Bamidbar:

Friday Early Mincha/Kabolas Shabbos at 7:00 PM:
At the home of the Sabol Family, 7 Woodwind Lane.

Friday Regular Mincha/Kabolas Shabbos at 8:10 PM:
At the home of the Birnbaum Family, 119 Grandview Avenue.

Shabbos Mevorchin Tehillim at 8:15 AM & Shacharis at 9:30 AM:
At the Sternberg shul, 8 Greenhill Lane.

Shabbos Mincha at 7:50 PM & Motzai Shabbos Maariv at 9:05 PM:
At the home of the Birnbaum Family, 119 Grandview Avenue.

Thanks to the Sabols, Sternbergs and Birnbaums for graciously hosting the shul on such short notice!

Cheder Seeking Part Time Help

Cheder Chabad of Monsey is looking to hire someone to help with office work for the upcoming dinner. The hours needed are 4 hours a day. The time of day is flexible.

This is a great opportunity for e-credit parents.

If you are interested, please contact dinner@chedermonsey.org.

Mrs. Leah Rubashkin's Speech at Cheder Chinese Auction

Thanks to Bracha Siklos for the recording.

Mrs. Miryam Swerdlov's Speech at Cheder Chinese Auction

Thanks to Bracha Siklos for the recording.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Daily Maariv Minyan Time Change

The first daily Maariv minyan at Tzemach Tzedek is now at 9:15 PM and will remain so until Shavuos. The second minyan remains at 9:30 PM.

Following Shavuos for approximately a month there will only be one minyan at 9:30 PM because of the late zman.

House for Sale in Pleasant Ridge Area

A beautiful colonial on a 3/4 acre magnificent property with 5 bedrooms and 3.5 updated bathrooms is available for sale on Gladwyne Court in the Pleasant Ridge neighborhood close to Beis Menachem and walking distance to Tzemach Tzedek.

The home has an in-ground freeform concrete heated pool on its sideyard and a large deck over an expansive yard. Updated dining room, living room, den, with stunning built-ins, brick fireplace, hardwood floors, central air, 2 car garage, and new finished basement.

For more information, please call 917-414-5167.

Board Approves Sale of Colton School

By Alex Taylor, Rockland Journal News

SPRING VALLEY — The East Ramapo School board voted 5-2 Wednesday night to sell the Colton Elementary School building (located at 40 Grandview Avenue in New Hempstead) for $6.6 million as the school district moves closer towards adopting a contingency budget.

Interim Superintendent Joel Klein said today the building will be sold at its assessed price to the Bais Malka/Hebrew Academy for Special Children, which currently holds the building lease. The deal is estimate to take at least eight weeks while the district awaits its "requests for proposals," or RFP.

The Colton School was closed last June despite protests from the community. The school, which formerly housed 300 or so fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students, is currently leased to Bais Malka for $3.8 million over a five-year period.

In March, the school board voted 5-0 in favor of having the Colton School appraised. The 2 a.m. vote occurred after four board members had left for the evening, drawing criticism from the public school community that the sale was a favor to the Ultra-Orthodox/Hasidic Jewish community in the district, which largely sends its children to private yeshivas.

But Klein said the sale was a good move for the cash-strapped district.

"I think it makes total sense," he said. "We are in desperate financial situation. We do not want to cut any more programs."

Sefira - A Personal Journey

By Rabbi Yossi Soble, Rockland Jewish Reporter

In some way we are all travelers in the midst of a journey. Whether it is a physiological, social or economic destination, conscious or subconscious, we are all heading towards something. Judaism’s deep wisdom provides insight and tools that help us appreciate and maximize this common experience of life.

The Torah relates that while the Jewish people were on their way out of the slavery in Egypt toward the revelations and the giving of the Torah at Sinai they counted the days. Chassidus clarifies that the counting of these 49 days was actually an intense process of personal spiritual growth and refinement. Each day corresponded to the elevation of a specific and subtle emotional wavelength. Our ancestors transformed themselves out from under the dark and base influences of Egyptian culture to a monotheistic and holy nation. They became ready to act as the catalyst and vessel for an unprecedented Divine experience and mission. This transformational process of counting has been codified into Judaism’s observance.

We are now observing these 49 days of counting, the y’mai sefirah, which occur between Passover, celebrating the exodus and Shavous, celebrating the experience at Mt. Sinai. We count every night after the evening prayer service, the number corresponding to the following days count. This custom, in parallel to the message that we are to elevate and refine ourselves during this period gives us another. Life is not simply traveling from point A to point B but rather is an imperative opportunity to be actively involved with our purpose and goal while on its way. This crucial insight can also be found in modern psychological theory.

Victor Frankel a neurologist and psychiatrist, augmented by his personal experience and observations of holocaust survival, developed a therapeutic approach called logo therapy. At a point in his career when his theory was facing considerable opposition the Rebbe encouraged him to continue on (To see this amazing story in depth please search for Victor Frankel on chabad.org). Due to the Rebbe’s intervention his theory ultimately was accepted and has become widely acclaimed and referenced within the psycho-therapeutic world. One of the basic tenants is that to thrive in life man must be consciously connected to a higher purpose. This similar message of sefira applies to both our national and individual Jewish purpose.

Our Jewish purpose as articulated and clarified in Chassidus is the mission to bring the world toward universal recognition and knowledge of G-D. This has been and is achieved through commitment to Torah and observance of its Mitzvot in all places and conditions. It will soon be fully effected through the coming of Moshiach. The Jewish Tzaddik who will herald in a new spiritual world order as a culmination of our national activities.

Our historical achievements as the Jewish nation reflect a continuous commitment to this purpose, even if at times it was a minority. As individuals, we also have had and do have the ability to integrate this revolutionary purpose into our daily lives. Interestingly, Chassidic philosophy explains that the Jewish purpose is not simply a spiritual or metaphysical goal, but rather touches upon all aspects of the material world and physical life.

Within the story of the Jewish exodus from Egypt the Torah exhibits the relationship between the Jewish purpose and the physical world. As the plagues were coming to an end G-D gave the Jews a seemingly peculiar command. The instruction was to go to the Egyptians and take all types of valuable goods from them. The Torah teaches us that miraculously inspired, the Egyptians were happy to give these items to the Jewish people. The Jewish people became enriched and, due to additional booty collected after the splitting of the sea, it says each Jew had no less than 90 donkeys to carry all his possessions.

Chassidus explains this teaches us an important principal regarding our journey toward our purpose as Jews. The Jewish people in Egypt simply desired freedom; they were not concerned about material possessions. However G-D’s command to take possessions illustrates that the point of our travels is not just passing through but rather in refining and elevating all the material and physical possessions around us. Allegorically this corresponds to the full wavelength of life’s experience not just the sublime and spiritual. This is the wisdom we can learn from today.

As each of us finds ourselves somewhere in the journey of life we can find great purpose in our Jewish identity. Through integrating that purpose into our lives, by studying the Torah or performing a Mitzva within our reach, we actualize our individual contribution to the Jewish goal. The Rebbe has told us that the sands of the hourglass counting down to the coming of Moshiach are down to the last granules. We have the tools to make our every day count toward this essential Jewish purpose; it’s in our hands to take advantage of it.

Cheder Girls Marching in The Great Parade

Video: R' Tzili Ehrenreich

Cheder Boys Marching in The Great Parade

Video: R' Tzili Ehrenreich

Welcome Larkins!

Welcome to Shaya and Ariella Larkin on their move to our community (Beuna Vista Road, Pomona)!

Cheder Chabad of Monsey Wins Another $40,000!












Cheder Chabad of Monsey received 8,061 votes and won $40,000 in the second round of the Chase Community Giving contest which ended at midnight last night!

Together with its first round winnings of $25,000 the Cheder won a total of $65,000!

Thanks to everyone that voted and solicited votes from others!

Tutoring Available

Rabbi Silber will be available in the summer months for students who would like to receive tutoring or Bar Mitzva lessons (Maamer and/or Laining).

This may be an opportunity for a student who may need some advancement in skills before the coming school year.

Reasonable rates. First come first serve. Rabbi Silber can be reached at 773-805-2770.

No Children's Program at Tzemach Tzedek

Due to the MBCM out-of-town Shabbaton, there will be no children's group at Tzemach Tzedek this Shabbos, Parshas Bamidbar.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Shabbos Mevorchim Tehillim Program

MonseyYouth will be having a Shabbos Mevorchim Tehillim program in Tzemach Tzedek this Shabbos morning from 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM for boys in grades 1 through 8.

There will be no Mesibas Shabbos this week.

Keep Those Votes Coming!

Cheder Chabad of Monsey is currently number 16 in the Chase Community Giving contest for a chance to win some of the 2.5 million dollars (Cheder can win up to $500,000!) that Chase will be giving away!

If you have not yet voted and asked others to vote, please take only a few moments and vote and then spread the word at http://bit.ly/ChederVote.

Voting ends at midnight tonight, Wednesday, so please don't delay!

Thank you for helping Cheder Chabad of Monsey!

Program Offers Funds for Vital Home Repairs

By Khurram Saeed, The Journal News

Rockland homeowners who are above a certain age and below a certain income level may be eligible for money to make critical home repairs.

The Rockland County Office of Community Development has allocated $150,000 this year for the program, which is meant to fix substandard conditions, such as a leaky roof, faulty electrical wiring or aging plumbing.

Known as the Owner Occupied Rehabilitation Loan Program, it is open to low- to moderate-income property owners who are age 55 or older or severly disabled.

In order to qualify for the program, a household with two people in it, for example, cannot have a gross annual income that exceeds $51,550. Also, the house has to appraise for $380,000 or less.

Joe Abate, director of the county's Office of Community Development, said senior on fixed incomes who cannot afford to make repairs stand to benefit the most.

"The county is aging but most (older people) want to stay in their homes," Abate said recently. "This might provide them with some funds to be able to do that."

Call the Rockland County Office of Community Development at 845-574-4850 for details or an application for the Owner Occupied Rehabilitation Loan Program.

Rabbi Goldberg's Lag B'Omer Parade

Rabbi Yisroel Goldberg, formerly of Rockland, leading a Lag B'Omer parade on Rechov Azza in the Rechaviah section of Jerusalem where he is a Shliach.

Seeking Hebrew School Teacher

Looking for 3rd grade Hebrew teacher for a day school near Morristown, New Jersey. Must be fluent in Hebrew. Please email rhami@monseychabad.com.

Sheitel Sale in Monsey on Monday Night

Aziza Wigs, the distributors of beautiful, comfortable, great quality European human hair shaitels, will be having a Sheitel sale this Monday night, May 30, from 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM at 104 S. Southgate Drive.

Amazing customer service. Prices are from $350 to $1,200.

For more information, please contact Baily at 845-356-1546 or Chanie at 650-575-3567 or chanievolovick@gmail.com.

Farbrengen for Yungeleit this Motzai Shabbos

Shloime Litzman will be hosting a farbrengen for Yungeleit in honor of his fortieth birthday this Motzai Shabbos, May 28, at 10:30 PM at his home, 6 Kakiat Lane.

Full Size Artscroll Shas for $1,369

DansDeals.com has posted a great opportunity to purchase a full size set of the Schottenstein Edition of the Talmud (73 volume hardcover set) for just $1,369 including shipping from Borders.com.

If you are interested in purchasing a set for your home or Shul, click here for the details of how to obtain this special price.

Cheder Chinese Auction Committee Says "Thank You!"

The Cheder Chinese Auction last week drew a large and enthusiastic audience of women from many divergent communities joining together in support of our Cheder.

Please join us in thanking those who made the event a huge success:

We thank all the women who came out in the rain for your participation, Mrs. Leah Rubashkin for your beautiful speech, Mrs. Miryam Swerdlov for your entertaining and empowering message, Bracha Meshchaninov and Bracha Siklos for your wonderful photography and videography, respectively, Tova Schild and Chaya Niasoff for your stunning decorations, Michal Rimler for your beautiful design work, Chaim Bloch and Shevy Steinberger for your excellent technical and logistical support, and the hostesses and ticket sellers for your superb hostessing and selling!

Our supporters gave very generously to the Auction and deserve our patronization. They are listed below. We sincerely thank them and hope that they will participate again next year.

Sponsors:
A&B Famous Fish
Auction Mart
Claire Accuhair
dailysteals.com
Delmar Jewelry
Devorah Goldstein Photography
Dina Groner Photography
Esther Hazan
Everything but the Baby
Feldheim Publishers
Frank’s Bakery
HaChai Publishers
Heaven Scent
Impala Judaica
Inna Gurevich for Gleyzer Family
Karen Schild
Main Street Florists
MasterWorks by Shulamis Leventhal
Merkaz Seforim & Judaica
Milano Collection
Miriam Tsinman
onesaleaday.com
Primo Hatters
Rabbi Meir & Shaindy Gutnick
Ruthie’s Unique Boutique
Rimler Design Smooth Laser
The Gifted Shop
The Grapevine
18Karrots Kosher Café & Juice Bar

Contributors:
Ateres Charna Wedding Hall
Yisroel & Rivkah Schulman
Avraham & Devorah Hayman
Alex & Leah Poltorak
Chesky & Rochel Litzman
Baruch Akiva Hayman
Shmuel Barshevitsky
Yated Ne’eman
The Jewish Press
HaModia
Ramapost

Today & Tonight - Freeda Wig Sale at Tzemach Tzedek

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Rabbi Lau in New Square Today

Rabbi Yisroel Meir Lau, former Chief Rabbi of Israel, meeting today with the Skvere Rebbe in New Square.

Dr. Susskind's Yiddish Class at RCC

Dr. Yisroel Susskind will be teaching an intermediate level course on conversational Yiddish this summer at Rockland Community College.

This course is a follow up to the beginner course "Twelve Hours to Conversational Yiddish", which covered basic such as: reading the alphabet; using a bi-directional dictionary; constructing sentences in the past, present and future; conjugating verbs; pronouns; expressions on meeting new people; and elementary vocabulary and phrases.

It is intended both for professionals (healthcare providers, educators, business people) who deal with a Yiddish speaking population, as well as for individuals who wish to better communicate with relatives and friends whose primary language is Yiddish.

Much of the class time will be spent in practicing actual ongoing Yiddish conversation. In addition we will discuss: idioms and folk sayings; words that describe thoughts, feelings and behavior; using prepositions, prefixes and suffixes to create new words from basic roots.

Dates: Sundays from June 19 to July 17 (no class on 7/3)
Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Fee: $175
Sessions: 4
Course Number: ESI 134 301
Location: MC, AC I, Room 1105

To sign up, click here or call Dr. Susskind at 845-425-9531 for more information.

Sholom Across America

Advocates for the release of Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin will be ramping up their efforts in the coming week. Harnessing the grassroots support for the imprisoned father of ten, organizers will be unrolling the Sholom Across America campaign, beginning yesterday, Monday May 23rd. The campaign to raise awareness will start in Crown Heights, and aims to eventually visit 16 major Jewish communities, including Monsey, across the United States and Canada.

On June 15th, lawyers for Rubashkin will present oral arguments in front of the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. Rubashkin has been jailed for the last year and a half while awaiting appeal. The unusual circumstance—those convicted of white-collar crimes are not commonly imprisoned while awaiting appeal—has been called into question by numerous members of Congress. Most recently, Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee questioned US Attorney General Eric Holder at a hearing on Capitol Hill.

The need for funding has grown immensely. Beginning Monday, organizers of Sholom Across America hope to solicit small donations from across the spectrum of the community. The initiative has received initial funding from many Crown Heights businesses, who now prominently display Sholom Across America placards. If 2500 families in Crown Heights can contribute an average of $36, some $90,000 will be raised from that neighborhood alone.

Over the next week volunteers for Sholom Across America will be knocking on doors and distributing educational CDs explaining the details of the case, and asking people to get involved. Community members will also have the opportunity to follow the campaign on SholomAcrossAmerica.com, as it winds its way through Crown Heights, viewing pictures and videos posted by the volunteers. The Crown Heights community campaign is particularly important, as it will serve as an example and test model for other Jewish communities.

Meir Simcha Rubashkin, who is organizing the campaign together with many friends and classmates, stressed the power of any donation, however large or small.

“The response until now has been amazing,” explained Rubashkin. “Volunteers will be knocking on your door, and we are really hoping that you continue to open your hearts and wallets generously, and make Sholom Across America a huge success.”

Passengers Describe Flight #27 Experience

Yaakov Spaeth, who was on El Al flight #27 from Eretz Yisroel on Sunday night, describes what happened (Yaakov begins at 1:32) when their plane had a malfunction with its landing gear and circled for approximately 5 hours outside of Israel before making an emergency landing at Ben Gurion airport. Boruch Hashem there were no injuries.

Cheder Needs Your Votes

Cheder Chabad of Monsey is currently number 31 in the Chase Community Giving contest for a chance to win some of the 2.5 million dollars (Cheder can win up to $500,000!) that Chase will be giving away.

If you have already voted - thank you!

If you have already asked your friends, family and online acquaintances to vote - thank you!

But if you have not yet voted and asked others to vote, please take only a few moments and vote and then spread the word at http://bit.ly/ChederVote.

Voting ends tomorrow, Wednesday, night so please don't delay!

Thank you for helping Cheder Chabad of Monsey!

Freeda Wig Sale in Monsey Tomorrow

Monday, May 23, 2011

Mazel Tov Naccas!

Mazel tov to Dovid and Mushkie Nacca on the birth of a baby girl!

Mazel tov to the grandparents Pinchas and Sarah Marrus!

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 sign up on Meal Train or contact Karen Schild at 845-354-4898.

Monsey Chabad at the The Great Parade

Photos: Bracha Meshchaninov

Mesivta Shaarei Arazim of Monsey Marching in The Great Parade

Women's Retreat with Bracha Meshchaninov

Bais Chana Women International is running an extraordinary women's retreat with A-List teachers, Rabbi Manis Friedman, Shimona Tzukernik, Sarah Raskin, Freidy Yanover and Bracha Meshchaninov.

It runs from Sunday, May 29, to Wednesday, June 1. Take a minute to watch the video below then figure out how to make the time. You'll be rewarded with the spectacular beauty and peace of the Berkshire Mountains, delicious organic food, the stimulating company of Jewish women from all over the world, and Jewish learning that will resonate long after you go home.

Just a short 2 hour drive from Monsey. Sign up here.

For more information please contact info@baischana.org or 1-800-473-4801.

Tonight's Women's Shiur Canceled

Tonight's weekly Monday night shiur for women has been canceled.

Mazel Tov Litzmans!

Mazel tov to Chesky and Rochel Litzman on the Bar Mitzvah of their son Menachem Mendel!

Mazel tov to the grandparents, Reb Mordechai and Malka Litzman, and to the entire Litzman family!

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

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Updated Cheder Dinner Ad Blank

Please complete the Cheder 5771 dinner ad blank below or complete one online.

Did You Vote Yet? Only 3 Days Left!

Mazel Tov Webbs - L'chaim!

Mazel tov to Reb Tzvi and Chaya Webb on the engagement of their son Avi to Bryna Novack of Los Angeles, California!

The L'chaim will take place tomorrow, Monday, night at Lubavitcher Yeshiva, 570 Crown Street (entrance on Albany Avenue) in Crown Heights.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Getting Ready for the Parade

Beis Menachem Location Changes for This Shabbos

Due to the temporary closing of the Beis Menachem building, the shul will be davening at the following locations for this Shabbos, Parshas Bechukosai:

Friday Early Mincha/Kabolas Shabbos at 7:00 PM:
At the home of the Sabol Family, 7 Woodwind Lane.

Friday Regular Mincha/Kabolas Shabbos at 8:05 PM:
At the home of the Birnbaum Family, 119 Grandview Avenue.

Shabbos Shacharis at 9:30 AM:
At the Sternberg shul, 8 Greenhill Lane.

Shabbos Mincha at 7:45 PM & Motzai Shabbos Maariv at 9:00 PM:
At the home of the Birnbaum Family, 119 Grandview Avenue.

Thanks to the Sabols, Sternbergs and Birnbaums for graciously hosting the shul on such short notice!

Help Finish The Mechitzas for Tzemach Tzedek's Simcha Room

In an effort to make it more comfortable for women to participate and hear the Rav during kiddushim and farbrengens, Reb Moshe Reitman has been working over the last few months on constructing beautiful new mechitzas for the Simcha Room in Tzemach Tzedek.

When finished, the mechitzas will contain one-way glass (with an image on the men's side), enabling the women to have a clear view just like upstairs in the main shul, as well as contemporary spotlight lighting and beautiful curtains.

In addition, the mechitzas may bring down the noise level of the room slightly and provide an aesthetically pleasing addition to the room for when people use it for Simchas.

To date, Moshe has laid out more than four thousand dollars towards this project and needs another two thousand to finish it up.

If you would like to have the zechus of contributing towards these mechitzas, please contact Moshe at mdreitman@gmail.com or 917-301-5537.

Lubavitch of Monsey Girls Campus

The following is a rendering of the soon-to-be-built campus located on South Monsey Road in South Monsey that will house Cheder Chabad of Monsey Pre-School and Elementary School and Monsey Beis Chaya Mushka High School for Girls.


Dedication Opportunities:

The rendering hanging in the lobby of Tzemach Tzedek:

More information about this exciting project will be made available soon.

Lag B'Omer Farbrengen at Heichal Menachem

Beis Menachem Building Closed

Following a small fire in the Mikva room of the Beis Menachem building this week the Village of New Hempstead posted a Violation Notice on all entrances to the building.

The shul is looking for a place to daven for this Shabbos the location of which will be posted shortly.

Weekend Shiurim Update

Because of the The Great Parade there will be no Sunday morning Halacha shiur this Sunday, Lag B'Omer, May 22.

The Shabbos afternoon Halacha shiur at Tzemach Tzedek will take place at 7:15 PM followed by Mincha at 8:00 PM.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Tzemach Tzedek Seeking Kiddush Co-Sponsor

If you would like the zechus of co-sponsoring the kiddush and farbrengen at Tzemach Tzedek this Shabbos, please contact Avraham Hayman at avrahamhayman@gmail.com.

First Maariv Minyan Time Change

The first daily Maariv minyan at Tzemach Tzedek is now at 9:05 PM.

The second minyan is at 9:30 PM.

Seeking Ride to Crown Heights

I'm looking for a ride for 2 people tomorrow, Friday May 20th, going from Monsey to Crown Heights. If you have room, please call Dini at 845-406-3960.

Mesibas Shabbos for Boys

MonseyYouth will be having its Mesibas Shabbos program for boys in grades 1 through 5 this Shabbos in Tzemach Tzedek from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. All are encouraged to participate!

Monsey Seating at The Great Parade

The following are the sections for the Monsey community and Cheder Chabad of Monsey at The Great Parade this Sunday, Lag B’Omer:

Men and Boys:
Section Orange - Number 44
Enter at entrance number 6 (in black circle) on the corner of Eastern Parkway and Kingston Avenue.

Women and Girls:
Section Red - Numbers 49 & 50
Enter at entrance number 3 (in black circle) on the corner of Eastern Parkway and Brooklyn Avenue.

Click to enlarge


You can now purchase tickets in advance online for The Great Fair which is taking place from 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM. For a map of the Fair, click here (PDF).

Hundreds of Women Turnout for Cheder Chabad of Monsey Chinese Auction

Yesterday evening, Pesach Sheni, more than 400 women attended a Chinese Auction event honoring Mrs. Leah Rubashkin at the Ateres Charna Ballroom near Monsey.

The program opened with words from the Lubavitcher Rebbe delivered to a gathering of women and girls at this time in 5744 (1984) about the mission of women to build their homes on the foundation of Torah and mitzvos utilizing their extra measure of binah.

Guest speaker Miryam Swerdlov told the crowd that Pesach Sheni gives us the power to do all the things we think it’s too late to do and gave up on. Miryam's talk empowered women to believe in themselves and to undertake the challenge of fulfilling their goals even if they couldn't do so in the past.

Next, Leah Rubashkin spoke about the formula for meeting life's challenges - the aleph, bais and gimel, which stands for emunah and bitachon leads to personal geulah. Leah described encounters and events where Hashem let the Rubashkin family know that He is there.

The evening ended off with flowers presented to the organizers and 22 happy prize winners.

And the winners are:
Jackpot: Leah Steingart
Split the Pot: Ms. Rosenthal
Freeda Shaitel: Ms. Rosenthal
Washer & Dryer: Leah Steingart
Blk Leather Couch: Ms. Weiner
Milano Collection Wig: Aliza Abel
Airbrush Makeover and Laser Treatments: Leah Steingart
Pearls: Gila Krasnjanski
$500 Judy Gift Cert; Accuhair Wash & Set; Heaven Scent Makeover: Heidi Leibowitz
Silver Becher & Tray: Ms. Roffman
18Karrot Café / 3 Personal Training Sessions: Tzipora Pollock
Dini Groner Photography: Mimi Goldsmith
Rings & Things: Ms. Borenstein
Shabbos Package: Leah Krieger
Devorah Goldstein Photo Session: Zissy Ostreicher
Kid’s Summer Fun: Ms. Glatzer
Primo Hatters: Adine Lipszyc
GPS: Ms. Rosensstock
Gutnick Chumashim & Haggadah: Ms. Roffman
Music & Memories: Tzipora Reitman
Talis & Tefillin Bags: Bracha Meschaninov
Summer Splurge: Ms. Bloch

Kesser Lag B'Omer Specials

The Kesser Lag B'Omer specials for this week are:

Chicken Leg Quarters - $2.19 per pound
3 Bone Flanken - $8.19 per pound

For the complete poultry price list please click here.

For the complete meat price list please click here.

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

Colonial for Sale in Pleasant Ridge Area

A beautiful colonial on a 3/4 acre magnificent property with 5 bedrooms and 3.5 updated bathrooms is available for sale on Gladwyne Court in the Pleasant Ridge neighborhood close to Beis Menachem and walking distance to Tzemach Tzedek.

The home has an in-ground freeform concrete heated pool on its sideyard and a large deck over an expansive yard. Updated dining room, living room, den, with stunning built-ins, brick fireplace, hardwood floors, central air, 2 car garage, and new finished basement.

Asking $649,000. For more information, please call 917-414-5167.

Parade T-Shirt & Wristband Update

Those who chose the “mail” option when registering for The Great Parade will receive their t-shirts and wristbands in the mail.

For those who chose the “pick-up” option:

Children who attend Cheder Chabad will bring home the wristbands and t-shirts today, Thursday.

If you do not have children in Cheder Chabad and have reserved seats in the Monsey section, please be sure to pick up your t-shirts and wristbands from the office of the Cheder Boys building, 15 Widman Court, during the following times:
  • Thursday, May 19: From 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Friday, May 20: From 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
Please print and bring you parade receipt, which lists your t-shirt order, with you when coming to the Cheder.

The Cheder will not be bringing any wristbands and t-shirts to Crown Heights on Sunday so please be sure to pick them up by tomorrow, Friday, at 12:00 Noon.

Help Cheder Chabad Win Again!

Help five schools, including Cheder Chabad of Monsey, win 1.6 million dollars!

Go to www.VoteFive.com and follow the simple instructions.

Each person has five votes. Voting ends this Wednesday, May 25. Please spread the word to friends!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Some Pre-Parade Notes


Early Shacharis Minyanim:
Tzemach Tzedek will be having Shacharis minyanim at 7:00 AM, 7:30 AM & 8:00 AM this Sunday morning, Lag B’Omer, to enable people to get to the parade on time.

Parade Weather:
The forecast for Sunday is mid-to-high 70s and sunny. Be sure to pack sunscreen and bottled water.

Transportation:
There is no organized transportation from Monsey to Crown Heights. Everyone will meet in Crown Heights at the designated Monsey section (the location of which will be posted shortly). Seating for the parade will open at 9:45 AM and the parade will start at 10:00 AM. Please leave sufficient time to find parking and walk to the parade.

Pictures and Video:
If you have good pictures and/or video of the Monsey sections or of the Monsey mosdos marching please send it to news@monseychabad.com so we can share it with the community.

Pride & Dignity This Lag B'Omer

Cheder Chabad 5771 Dinner Ad Blanks

Budget Trounced; Weissmandl, Schwartz, Hopstein, Thompson Win

By James O'Rourke, The Journal News

SPRING VALLEY — East Ramapo voters resoundingly rejected a $200.5 million schools budget for 2011-2012 and elected two new members to its Board of Education Tuesday during the district's school board elections.

Turnout was heavy. When polls closed at 10 p.m., residents were still waiting on line to vote at eight of the 10 polling places.

Close to 50 people waited until about 12:30 a.m. this morning at the district headquarters on Madison Avenue for the final results to be tabulated.

Among the new faces on the school board are Yehuda Weissmandl, 35, of Spring Valley and Daniel Beno Schwartz, 41, of New Hempstead.

Weissmandl replaces Nathan Rothschild.

Schwartz will take the seat currently held by Aron Wieder, who did not seek re-election.

"It was an honest campaign," Schwartz said early this morning while waiting for results.

"I think both sides ran a tough campaign; both sides campaigned hard, as well they should because the issues are important."

Also elected to the board Tuesday was Moshe Hopstein, who fended off challenger Margaret Hatton, and JoAnne Thompson, who ran unopposed.

The election results mean the Board of Education will retain its Hasidic and Orthodox majority.

In turning down the budget, district voters rejected its 8.88 percent property tax increase and the elimination of nearly 90 full-time positions.

Help MBCM When Shopping

When shopping at All Fresh or Rockland Kosher please mention 634-7400 to the cashier when paying as the phone number on the account so that Monsey Beis Chaya Mushka gets a percentage. You then pay using the method that you normally would. There is no need for MBCM Dollars.

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!

Lag B'Omer BBQ for Yungeleit

Itche Noach Zeiler would like to invite the Yungeleit to a Lag B'Omer barbeque and kumzitz this Motzai Shabbos, May 21, at 10:30 PM at his home, 18 Zabriskie Terrace. Please bring a chair.

If you are able to contribute soda, seltzer, juice, coleslaw, salads ,chips, etc. please contact Shloime Litzman, who is coordinating the food, at sambunzl@gmail.com.

Cheder Chinese Auction Tonight

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Updated Shiva Information for Rebbetzin Chany Kotlarsky

Rebbetzin Chany Kotlarsky is sitting Shiva at 608 Montgomery Street (between Brooklyn and Kingston Avenues) in Crown Heights.

Shacharis 1: 8:00 AM
Shacharis 2: 9:00 AM
Mincha & Maariv: At the zman

Email: ckotlarsky@aol.com

.המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

Personal Request Regarding the Pesach Sheni Event

Dear Anash:

If you haven't already done so, please visit the Cheder's Chinese Auction Website at www.chedermonsey.org to purchase tickets online for the "Split the Pot" raffle or for one the many beautiful prizes, such as a new shaitel or silver kiddush cup.

Men of Anash, I ask you to please make every effort possible to help your wife attend this exciting event and remind her to invite her friends. The showing begins at 6:45 PM and the program begins promptly at 8:30 PM at Ateres Charna.

Your support of this event is deeply and personally appreciated!

Yisroel Schulman

Mazel Tov Abramsons - L'chaim!

Mazel tov to Shmuel and Yehudis Abramson on the engagement of their son Michel to Lebe Junger of Passaic, New Jersey!

The l'chaim will take place Wednesday evening, May 25th, at 270 Pennington Road in Passaic.

Parade T-Shirts & Wristbands Available Tomorrow

Close to 500 people have reserved seats for the Monsey sections of The Great Parade this Sunday!

Those who chose the “mail” option will receive their t-shirts and wristbands in the mail.

For those who chose the “pick-up” option:

Children who attend Cheder Chabad will bring home the wristbands and t-shirts for their families on Wednesday and Thursday.

If you do not have children in Cheder Chabad and have reserved seats in the Monsey section please be sure to pick up your t-shirts and wristbands from the office of the Cheder Boys building, 15 Widman Court, during the following times:
  • Wednesday, May 18: From 12:00 Noon to 5:00 PM
  • Thursday, May 19: From 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Friday, May 20: From 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
The Cheder will not be bringing the unpicked up wristbands and t-shirts to Crown Heights on Sunday so please be sure to pick them up by Friday at 12:00 Noon.

A map with the location of the Monsey sections will be posted shortly.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Schools Fight Gets Heated

By Sumathi Reddy, The Wall Street Journal

SPRING VALLEY—The large Orthodox Jewish community here sends most of its children to private schools but took control of the public school district six years ago.

Now, there's a heated school board election pitting three Orthodox Jewish candidates against so-called "public school candidates," who have or had children in the school system.

Critics say the current school board has favored private schools, closing two public schools and arranging for them to be used by yeshivas, or private Jewish schools.

Members of the Orthodox Jewish community say the board is acting appropriately and trying to make sure that the needs of children attending private school aren't ignored.

At a Parent Teacher Association candidate's forum last week, the only candidates that showed up were public school candidates. None of their opponents made an appearance.

It was the same story at an NAACP candidate's forum earlier this month. The Orthodox candidates complain they never received an invitation.
"There has been a lot of division, unfortunately," said Kim Foskew, president of the Parent Teacher Association Council. "I wish there weren't. People are getting angry. It's just the culmination of everything and it has built up a lot of animosity."

Similar power struggles have taken place in communities with large Orthodox populations, such as Lawrence, Long Island, and Lakewood, N.J. But in the East Ramapo district, residents say the conflict has reached the breaking point. Both the Anti-Defamation League and the New York Civil Liberties Union have written letters to school officials expressing concerns about various issues in the district.

Situated about 35 miles northwest of New York City, the East Ramapo district faces an unusual situation. Its public student population of roughly 8,100 is dwarfed by a private student population of about 20,000. The majority of private students are educated in yeshivas.

For years the Orthodox community—migrating to Rockland from Brooklyn—held a couple of seats on the nine-member board. But as the private student population grew, they began contesting more seats.

In 2005, Orthodox members became the majority on the East Ramapo school board. In a subsequent election the first Hasidic was elected to the board. Since then, the Hasidim have become the majority.

Critics claim that the school board has ignored the needs of a student population that is about 90% minority, with large Haitian and Latino populations. More than 60% of the district's public students were eligible for free or reduced-price lunch last year.

One of the closed schools was leased to two yeshivas; the other was slated to be sold to a yeshiva. The sale is on hold pending a review of a complaint filed by Steve White, an activist heading up the campaigns of the public school candidates, to state officials, alleging that the sale price was undervalued.

Parents critical of the board also allege that the board has improperly placed Orthodox Jewish special education students in private and other public schools. A state education audit last year found that the district was placing students with disabilities in private schools when spots were available in public schools.

The local branch of the NAACP filed a complaint with the federal Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights alleging discrimination for special education placements, among other things, which is currently under investigation.

Some parents and activists were further angered when the board replaced its long-time local attorney with a Long Island attorney who charges a higher hourly rate and has represented an Orthodox-controlled board in Long Island where he helped with similar legal challenges regarding school closures and special education.

Samuel Heilman, a professor of Jewish Studies at Queens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, said Hasidic and Orthodox populations, such as in Ramapo, have many internal divisions and sects. But when it comes securing more resources for their community, they will rally together.

"They vote as a bloc," said Mr. Heilman. "They vote based on who is going to provide them with services. They have a very strong grass-roots network and everybody knows who they have to vote for."

Aron Wieder has been leading the Orthodox faction of the school board since his election three years ago. Mr. Wieder abruptly decided not to seek re-election.

At a "Kosher on the Go" Shell gas station in Monsey last week two men speaking in Yiddish asked Mr. Wieder why he wasn't running.

Mr. Wieder explains that he became a lightning rod of controversy so he decided not to run. But he remains concerned that the Orthodox could lose their majority. Others in his community share his concern. They say that the board should be equally concerned with both public and private students.

"I think the purpose of the school board is to make sure that all kids get an education," said Shaya Green, an Orthodox Jew from Monsey who has four children in private school. "All kids include private school kids. And public school kids. There's very little that we get back from the district. I'm very worried that if they get in they will take that all way."

The district pays for the transportation for private school students and textbooks, as mandated by state law, as well as the education of all special needs students.

Many in the Orthodox and Hasidic communities defend the placement of special needs students in schools outside of the district. "Not every child in the Hasidic community is the right fit and the comfortable fit to be put into a public school class," said Yehuda Weissmandl, a Hasidic Jew who is running for the school board. "And that is something that needs to be understood and respected."

But the opposition candidates, such as Peggy Hatton, who lost a campaign in 2009, say the cultural misunderstandings go the other way, too.
"The people who are currently running the school board do not understand the culture of the children who attend the public schools and they don't quite frankly have skin in the game," said Ms. Hatton. "Why do they want to be a part of the school board to begin with?"

Cheder Photos Available

Cheder Chabad pre-school and girls portrait photos are now available for purchase online.

Chabad of Chestnut Ridge CTeen Trip

Teens from the CTeen branch in Chestnut Ridge, under the direction of Rabbi Tzili and Chaya Ehrenreich, joined the regional trip for paintball shooting and a BBQ with teens from Chabad Houses around the tri-state area.

Bike Safety Reminder

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 orite@chabadlubavitch.org or call 201-871-1152 ext. 506.

N'shei Chabad Bookstore Update

New Books/CD's for Children:
Big Small or Just One Wall (Hachai)
Hashem is Truly Everywhere (Hachai)

Something Special for Lag B'Omer:
Zing Un Shpring, Volumes 1 and 2 CD
Chassidishe Moments, Volumes 1 and 2 CDs
Chassidishe Cholomos, Volumes 1-4 CD

New Books for Everyone:
I Will Choose the King (Sichos in English)
By Divine Design (Sichos in English)
As a Father Loves His Only Son (Sichos in English)
Breaking Through Barriers (Sichos in English)

Please call Mrs. Abramowitz at 845-558-8249 before coming.

Shiurim Canceled This Week

Rabbi Lesches' Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday evening shiurim for women are cancelled for this week since he will be out of town.

Mrs. Molly Resnick & Mrs. Leah Rubashkin to Address Bnos Melochim Event

Cheder Announces 5771 Dinner Honorees

Cheder Dinner Chairman, Rabbi Yitzchok Hecht, addressing a dinner planning meeting at the home of Eliezer and Devorah Drew last night.

The Cheder has announced that this year's honorees are Rabbi Pesach & Chanah Burston, Shluchim to Orange County, New York, as Parents of the Year and Mrs. Chaya Rosenbluh, principal of the Cheder girls school, who will receive the Chinuch Excellence Award.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Levaya of Mrs. Rivka Goldshmid A"H, Shiva Info for Rebbetzin Chany Kotlarsky

Boruch Dayan HaEmes - We are deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of Mrs. Rivka Goldshmid A”H, the mother of Rebbetzin Chany Kotlarsky of New City.

Levaya:
The funeral will be take place today, Sunday, at 3:00 PM at Shomrei Hadas Funeral Chapel, 3803 14th Avenue in Boro Park and will pass by 770 at approximately 3:30 PM.

Shiva:
Rebbetzin Chany Kotlarsky will be sitting Shiva at 608 Montgomery Street (between Brooklyn and Kingston Avenues) in Crown Heights.

.המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

Hashavas Aveida - Found a Watch

Found a men's wrist watch after the Moshiach Seuda at Tzemach Tzedek on Acheron Shel Pesach. Whoever lost a watch please call 845-290-6394.

Why You Must Vote on Tuesday

By PROBE - Parents for the Responsible Operation of the Board of Education

This Tuesday, May 17th, there will be an extremely important election in the East Ramapo Central School District.

The proposed budget will increase property taxes by approximately 9%, the highest in the entire region. In the current economic environment this would be unmanageable. We MUST vote NO on this budget AND we MUST vote for three candidates, SCHWARTZ, HOPSTEIN and WEISSMANDEL. Our candidates are committed to keeping the district finances in check, to preserving the rights of every resident and quality education for every student living in our district. Remember,once a tax hike is implemented it will NEVER go down, so any hike this year means living with this increase for years to come. The opposition group has publicly called for higher property taxes. Coincidentally, most if not all of those in favor of the increase are paid by Union pensions. You can be sure that when the current Teacher’s Union contract comes up for renewal this year they will vote for substantial increases and there is no way to reverse this once implemented. This can only be paid for with YOUR TAXES.

Of equal if not greater importance, our Mosdos rely on the school district for many vital services. Special education, school busing, pre Kindergarten, school nurses, remedial, resource rooms, text books, computers and much more. If we give up this board to people who are fixated on hurting us, these services will be severely impacted, thus tremendously increasing the burden on already overburdened parents and homeowners.

The FACT is that the organizers of the group trying to oust the heimishe school board members, have NOT introduced a SINGLE policy or plan to improve their own failing public schools. Instead they have been single mindedly focused on attacking anything and everything that our yeshiva community rightfully and legally receives from the school district. The current services that we receive do not in any way measure up to the enormous sums in property taxes that we as a community contribute to the public schools. And yet, those who wish to take these services away continually spread misinformation and rumors to incite those who are not in the know.

In the coming days before the election you may read on a poster or find in your mailbox, false and misleading accusations regarding our community’s representative’s and legal agenda. While the list of false and inflammatory claims is huge, let us share one example:

When at a recent public meeting one of their candidates, accused the district of allotting too many Pre Kindergarten slots to the religious Jewish Yeshivas. In truth year after year the district has been returning a very large amount of unutilized slots to the government. The message is clear, they do not need the slots for their shrinking student body but they will do everything possible to make sure WE don’t get them.

Remember, every single vote counts , if you plan on not being in town on election day, PLEASE go down to the school district and vote by absentee. We are facing an election that is likely to be decided by SINGLE votes, don’t underestimate the power of ONE.

YMMLM Mesivta Bochurim Attacked on Shabbos

By Khurram Saeed, The Journal News

RAMAPO — Town police were searching for a man who pushed a Jewish teenager to the ground Saturday and fled in what possibly could turn out to be a hate crime.

The 16-year-old boy was not seriously injured in the incident, which occurred at about 4:40 p.m. on Crabapple Court, police said. The residential street is about a quarter-mile north of Rockland Community College. The area is home to Orthodox Jews.

Three 16-year-old boys were walking on Crabapple Court when an orange pickup truck passed them and returned a short time later, according to police. A white man got out to the truck and pushed one of the boys to the ground. The truck then fled west toward Forshay Road.

"The injuries were minor and did not require any kind of hospitalization," Ramapo police Lt. Daniel Hyman said on Saturday night.

The suspect is described as in his twenties, about 6-foot-0 and 250 pounds with short brown hair. He was wearing a blue shirt. The vehicle is a newer model dark orange pickup.

Hyman said it's not clear how many people were in the truck. Initial reports said there were three white men.

Hyman said it was too early to determine if the incident was motivated by hate.

TheRockland County Sheriff's Bureau of Criminal Identification is assisting Ramapo in the investigation.

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident, or has further information on the suspect and/or suspect's vehicle, is asked to contact the Ramapo Police Detective Bureau at 845-357-2400.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Yated Neeman Features Cheder Chinese Auction

By Debbie Maimon, Yated Neeman

Cheder Chabad of Monsey will host a Chinese Auction and gala reception next Wednesday at Ateres Charna in New Square. In addition to sumptuous refreshments and an array of tantalizing prizes, the evening will feature an
irresistible package of entertainment and inspiration.

Mrs. Miryam Swerdlov, a beloved educator, renowned for her gift of finding and celebrating the humorous dimension in life’s challenges, will serve as emcee.

Mrs. Leah Rubashkin, who has captivated audiences with an intimate glimpse of the faith that keeps her torch aflame while she awaits her husband’s vindication, will grace the evening as the guest speaker.

The audience will be treated to a fascinating perspective that links remarkable breakthroughs in the Rubashkin case with the outpouring of solidarity among Jews at numerous asifos that have rallied for Sholom Mordechai’s right to a fair trial.

Mrs. Rubashkin will share with the audience the spine-tingling confluence of some of these seemingly unconnected events, such as her husband’s dramatic acquittal in the state labor trial following an outpouring of support
from the Chassidishe Monroe community.

Likewise, the massive turnout at twin rallies in the Torah enclave of Lakewood was followed by the explosive discovery of the collaboration between the presiding judge and the prosecutors that prompted the emergency motion for a new trial.

Events unfolding after the Five Towns Rally offered yet another stunning example of a turning point in the case following a resounding show of unity
among Jews. An asifah in Far Rockaway drew thousands of Jews from their homes on a frigid winter night to petition for justice for Sholom Mordechai.

Shortly afterward, three prominent legal organizations threw their support behind the Rubashkin appeal in amicus curiae briefs.

Mrs. Rubashkin will share what she calls the exhilarating "smiles" and "nods" from Above that in some of the darkest moments "let us know that we were not alone, that a Jew is never alone."

She will also share her family’s elation at witnessing the melting of barriers between different communities and the harmony that has led Jews from across the religious spectrum to work together to help redress a shattering
injustice.

Tickets are available at ChederMonsey.org

Mazel Tov Shandlings!

Mazel tov to Reb Yosef and Dina Shandling on the birth of a granddaughter born to Kaila and Mendel Feldman of Crown Heights!

Mishnayis Baal Peh at Cheder Chabad Boys

Over the past two months, the boys in Cheder Chabad of Monsey were busy learning משניות בעל פה! Many boys would bring their משניות to recess and lunch and use their free time to study. There were many boys who learned entire מסכתות by heart!

There were raffles for the boys who participated in this program, and ספרים were given out based on how many lines were learned.

In honor of the Rebbe’s birthday on י"א ניסן, the boys in Cheder Chabad gave the Rebbe a gift of over 8,683 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 dailysteals.com for sponsoring this program.

Lag B'Omer Bonfire and Concert

There will be a Lag B"Omer concert with SoulFarm and bonfire on Sunday, Lag B'Omer, at Willow Tree Park in Wesley Hills.

The SoulFarm concert will begin at 2:00 PM and the bonfire accompanied by the Merkavah band will take place at 6:00 PM.

Entrance is free. Bring your own chair.

Tzemach Tzedek Elections

Elections for the Board (Officers and Trustees) of Congregation Tzemach Tzedek Lubavitch of Monsey will be held on Monday, June 20th at 8:00 PM at the Shul.

In addition to electing three trustees, the following officers will also be elected: President; Vice President; Recording Secretary; Corresponding Secretary; Treasurer; Corresponding Treasurer; Gabbai Rishon; and Gabbai Sheni.

Please note that after many years of dedicated leadership Yisroel Schulman will not be seeking re-election to the Board this year.

To run for a position, you must notify Yisroel at yschulman@nylag.org no later than Sunday, June 12th. As decided at a prior general membership meeting, to be eligible to run for any position, you must indicate in writing that you are willing to serve on a Shul committee and donate an average of 8 hours per month to the Shul. If you do not notify Yisroel in writing prior to the June 12th deadline, you will not be permitted to run.

Candidates may also submit the Statement of Interest form below if they would like to which will be distributed to all of the Members before the elections.

Only members in good financial standing may attend the elections. If you have any questions concerning this, please contact our treasurer, Tzadok Leib Messing at tzadok770@gmail.com.

Statement of Interest
Name:
Email Address:
Telephone Number:
Why I want to run for a Board position?
What I hope to accomplish as a member of the Board?
I agree to serve one standing committee of the Shul and to donate an average of 8 hours per month to the Shul.

Seeking Ride to The Great Parade

We are five people looking for a ride to and from The Great Parade on Lag B’Omer. Please call 845-426-5337.

Cheder Dinner Planning Meeting

Cheder Chabad will be having a meeting this Sunday night, May 15, at 8:00 PM at the home of Eliezer & Devorah Drew, 17 Ashlawn Avenue.

At the meeting we will be discussing how you can help the Cheder for the dinner, and a chance for you to win a $5,000 scholarship off your tuition. This is open to all parents.

To those that are on the e-credit system, you will receive $25 e-credit for coming to the meeting and $50 if both parents come to the meeting.

Kiddush at Tzemach Tzedek This Shabbos

Everyone is cordially invited to the Kiddush at the Tzemach Tzedek this Shabbos sponsored by Alex Poltorak and family in honor of V-Day (the date when the World War II Allies formally accepted the surrender of the German armed forces) and by Reb Meir Zeiler in memory of his mother, Chaya Vitta bas Reb Baruch, whose yahrzeit is on Pesach Sheni.

Seeking Volunteers for Cheder Chinese Auction

Cheder Chabad’s forthcoming Chinese Auction & Gala is cited by writer Debbie Maimon as "an irresistible package of entertainment and inspiration". The writer mentioned that numerous nearly miraculous turns in the case of Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin came about after a solidarity rally such as the Chinese Auction & Gala b’ezras HaShem will be.

Articles about the Chinese Auction & Gala are slated to appear this and next week in Yated, The Jewish Press, and HaModia.

In preparation for the Chinese Auction & Gala numerous talented parents are working together to make all of the pieces fit in place! But even so, more help is needed to pull off this event!

If you can come to the event to work the admissions, ticket sales, and ticket exchange tables, or be a "Hostess" who greets and directs guests, please contact Rochie Liberow (rochielib@yahoo.com), Dalia Klein (daliahk@gmail.com), or Rivkah Schulman (rrothsch@yahoo.com).

According to organizers, for an event like this to be a happy one, it must be copiously organized and have lots of extra hands, with smiling faces, in each area. The auction committee is formulating an overall plan to keep lines to a minimum, allow participants to view prizes before purchasing tickets, and provide each participant with her own card to calculate her prize selections. "The discounts make it fun" says one auction goer, "because you get so much more than you paid for! Then you just do simple math to get the most out of your chances to win! It is more fun than you can imagine!"

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Machane Bnos Monsey Free Lunches

Machane Bnos Monsey is also proud to announce that they will be providing free lunches for all campers from July 7th through August 8th (6 out of the 8 weeks of camp!). There are still some spaces available. To sign up, please contact Chaya at machanebnosmonsey@gmail.com or 845-290-0335.

Seeking Hebrew School Teacher & Program Organizer

Looking for creative, dedicated chassdishe women or girls who really want to make a difference for our Hebrew School. Kids are great, pay is really good and you can really make a difference. Hours are Sunday mornings from 10:00 AM to 12:15 PM. Distance is approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes from Monsey. If you are great with kids, have good teaching skills and are enthusiastic about making a real difference in children's (and their parent's) lives, please contact us.

We are also looking for a talented young girl or woman to help organize and run youth and community programs. I am open to your ideas. Job has lots of potential.

For both of the above opportunities, please contact Hindy Borenstein at 845-463-5801 or chabadmidhudsonvly@prodigy.net.

Colonial for Sale in Pleasant Ridge Neighborhood

A beautiful colonial on a 3/4 acre magnificent property with 5 bedrooms and 3.5 updated bathrooms is available for sale on Gladwyne Court in the Pleasant Ridge neighborhood close to Beis Menachem and walking distance to Tzemach Tzedek.

The home has an in-ground freeform concrete heated pool on its sideyard and a large deck over an expansive yard. Updated dining room, living room, den, with stunning built-ins, brick fireplace, hardwood floors, central air, 2 car garage, and new finished basement.

Asking $649,000. For more information, please call 917-414-5167.

4 East Ramapo Seats Up for Grabs, $200.5M Budget to be Decided

By James O'Rourke, The Journal News

SPRING VALLEY — Residents in the East Ramapo school district will see several new faces on their Board of Education and could see an 8.9 percent tax increase after voters take to the polls during Tuesday's school board elections.

Voters will decide on four seats currently up for grabs on the nine-member school board and will either approve or reject a proposed $200,520,617 schools budget for the 2011-2012 academic year.

The school board contests pit public school advocates against candidates associated with the Hasidic and Ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities who currently comprise the school board majority. The public school advocates claim the board majority has acted in the best interests of the yeshivas attended by many of the district's Jewish children; members of the majority insist their decisions benefit all students.

The seats are those held by school board Vice President Aron Wieder, trustee Moshe Hopstein and trustee JoAnne Thompson. The seat once held by former board President Nathan Rothschild will also be on the ballot.

To continue reading this article and about the candidates running for the 4 open school board seats, click here.

School Board Candidates Press Conference

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Shaina Wigs Monsey Spring Clearance Sale

Shaina Wigs will be having a Spring Clearance Sale this Sunday, May 15, from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM at 25 Bruck Court in Wesley Hills. Come home with a beautiful new wig at an unbelievable price! For more information, please contact 347-721-8782 or shainawigs@gmail.com.

Large Colonial for Sale on Grosser Lane

This extra large center hall colonial sits on Grosser Lane, a most prestigious block in the Concord area, and is only minutes from Tzemach Tzedek.

All rooms over-sized and conducive for large families and those who love to entertain! First floor with 9 foot ceilings, includes formal dining room, living room, family room with wood burning fireplace, kitchen with two sinks, two dishwashers, sub-zero refrigerator & freezer, sliders to private deck from kitchen and family room, upper level with 6 bedrooms and 3 full baths, full finished basement, loads of storage!

Private dead-end street for the most discriminating buyer! Asking $1,050,000.

For more information on this home, please contact "Rockland’s #1 Mother/Daughter Team", Associate Brokers at Realty Teams, Rachel Taub at 914-523-0104 or Miriam Perkowski at 914-804-0900 or miriam@miriamperkowski.com.

Parade Registration Open Through Sunday

If you have not yet reserved your seats for The Great Parade you can still do so at www.thegreatparade.com before this Sunday.

Be sure to choose the Cheder Chabad of Monsey Boys and/or Girls sections.

Those signing up now will receive parade t-shirts without the Cheder Chabad of Monsey logo.

Rabbi Simcha Speaks to RCC Students

Rabbi Simcha Weinstein, author, comedian and Shliach, recently gave a great presentation at RCC as part of the college's Jewish Heritage Month.

Rabbi Weinstein's talk was well attended and enjoyed by all with many buying books, having them signed and staying for an extended Question & Answer session.

Chinese Auction to Benefit Leizer Galperin

Colonial for Sale on Southgate Drive

A colonial on Southgate Drive, conveniently located within walking distance of three Chabad shuls, has just come on the market.

A paver walkway & manicured landscaping welcome you to this fully updated home inside and out!

Vinyl siding, pella windows with interior shades, ceramic entry, large family sized dining room with gleaming hardwood floors and many high hats, kitchen with granite counters, side entry/mudroom, all new interior doors, new fully tiled bathrooms, whirlpool in master, skylights, oversized deck, sprinkler system, intercom, alarm, full finished basement with loads of closets…The list goes on and on!

Asking $599,999. Click here for a visual tour.

For more information on this home, please contact "Rockland’s #1 Mother/Daughter Team", Associate Brokers at Realty Teams, Rachel Taub at 914-523-0104 or Miriam Perkowski at 914-804-0900 or miriam@miriamperkowski.com.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

School Board & Budget Elections Next Tuesday

Next Tuesday, May 17, elections will be held to elect trustees to the East Ramapo School Board and to vote on the 2011-2012 budget.

Please mark your calendar and exercise your right to vote. Every vote counts!

Our community pays an enormous amount of money for school taxes and relies on the School District for critical services such as bus transportation, pre-kindergarten funding, remedial services, text books, computers, school nursing, special education and numerous other vital services.

Polls will be open from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM.

For polling locations click here. To register to vote click here.

Free Dresser

Black dresser with silver handles available for free but must be picked up by this Thursday morning or it is going out with bulk garbage pickup. First come first serve. Call 917-991-6670 for more information.

Mazel Tov Naomi Touger!

Mazel tov to Naomi Touger, former teacher and dorm counselor at Monsey Beis Chaya Mushka for Girls, on her engagement to Levi Grossbaum of Stony Brook, New York!

The L'chaim will take place tonight, Tuesday, at Lubavitcher Yeshiva, 570 Crown Street (entrance on Albany Avenue) in Crown Heights.

Last Day for Early Bird Discount for Cheder Chinese Auction

Today, Tuesday, is the last day to get the early-bird discount with your purchase of prize tickets for Cheder Chabad of Monsey’s upcoming Chinese Auction. To find out about all of the fabulous prizes and to purchase your tickets click here or call 845-356-1213 ext. 199.

Then mark your calendar for a memorable evening of inspiration and entertainment at the Chinese Auction and Gala honoring Mrs. Leah Rubashkin, wife of Shalom Mordechai Rubashkin, on Wednesday, May 18, 2011, Pesach Sheni, at the Ateres Charna ballroom, 790 North Main Street in Spring Valley (New Square).

The evening will honor Leah Rubashkin, whose children attend Cheder Chabad of Monsey, with the Essential Aishes Chayil award. Leah will share heartwarming stories and inspiring insights from her unwavering quest for justice for her husband. The Mistress of Ceremonies for the evening will be the one-and-only, renowned international lecturer and humorist, Miryam Swerdlov.

Auction viewing opens at 6:45 PM along with a sumptuous salad bar and dessert tables. The program begins at 8:30 PM. Admission is $20, which includes a free auction ticket and raffle entry.

The event is for women and girls of high school age and older. However, men, as well as anyone who can’t attend the evening, are welcome and encouraged to purchase tickets by phone or online.

All proceeds go to tzedakah.