Thursday, June 30, 2011

Lubavitch Day Camp Begins

Mesibos Shabbos for Boys

In preparation for Gimmel Tammuz there will be a grand Mesibos Shabbos this Shabbos afternoon from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM at Tzemach Tzedek for boys in grades 1-5.

Thinking "Think Jewish" Sponsor

The Center for Jewish Life at RCC is seeking a sponsor in honor of Gimmel Tammuz 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 doliver@sunyrockland.edu.

Free Treadmill Available














If you are interested in a free treadmill, please email rhami@monseychabad.com. Pick-up required.

Summer Camp Scholarships

If you are in need of a scholarship so that you can send your child or children to sleep-a-way camp this summer please contact Rabbi Simcha Werner at 845-352-7642.

Knitting Class for Women Forming

A knitting class for women is forming and will take place at Michael's Arts & Crafts Stores in the Spring Valley Marketplace. For more information, please call Raizy Hecht at 845-425-3121 or 845-675-6007.

Farbrengen Tonight with Rabbi Mendel Lerman

"You ask how you can be bound (m'kushar) to me when I do not know you personally..."

"...The true bond is created by studying Torah. When you study my maamarim, read the sichot and associate with those dear to me - the chassidic community and the tmimim - in their studies and farbrengens, and you fulfill my request regarding saying Tehillim* and observing Torah-study times - in this is the hiskashrus – the bond." (HaYom Yom, 24 Sivan)


There will be a Farbrengen for men with Rabbi Mendel Lerman, Rav of K’hal Bais Levi Yitzchok in Crown Heights, tonight, Thursday, June 30, at 8:00 PM at the home of Avraham Hayman, 10 Langeries Drive.

Rabbi Lerman, whose shul is affectionately called “Chabad of Crown Heights,” is renowned as an inspired and inspiring Chossid whose chayus, warmth and legendary open home have changed the lives of many.

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to get inspired and strengthen your hiskashrus!

*"At the time this letter was written, it had not yet become widely known about the establishment of the practice to study Chumash with Rashi daily, and to study Tanya as apportioned for every day of the year." Footnote 4, Page 328, Sefer Hamaamarim Basi Legani.

Seeking Ride for Package

Looking for someone to deliver a large package to Crown Heights. Please call Dina 914-393-7288.

Extra Lainings This Shabbos

As per the custom that everyone should have an aliya on the Shabbos prior to Gimmel Tammuz, there will be extra lainings this Shabbos at Tzemach Tzedek beginning at 8:30 AM in the backroom of the shul and then multiple lainings during the regular laining time.

Beis Menachem will have multiple lainings during the regular laining time.

Community-Wide Gimmel Tammuz Farbrengen with Rabbi Mendel Gluckowsky

It gives me great pleasure to announce that in honor of the auspicious day of Gimmel Tammuz there will be a community-wide Achdus farbrengen for men which will include the participation of the local Lubavitch shuls - Beis Menachem, Chabad of South Monsey, Nusach Ari, and Tzemach Tzedek.

The farbrengen will take place this Tuesday evening, Gimmel Tammuz, July 5, at 8:00 PM in the main shul of Tzemach Tzedek (upstairs).

Rabbi Lesches, the Mora D’Asra, will address the crowd followed by special guest speaker Rabbi Mendel Gluckowsky, Rav of Rechovot, Eretz Yisroel and member of Vaad Rabanei Chabad of Eretz Yisroel, who will farbreng through the night.

Let’s join together to strengthen each other in our hiskashrus to the Rebbe. Please come and bring your friends.

Looking forward to seeing you there,

Rabbi Zalmen Leib Markowitz

PS - If you are interested in participating in the sponsorship of the farbrengen, please contact Avrohom Polinger at apolinger@gmail.com.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Rabbi Markowitz at the Recent Chabad on Campus Kinus

Rabbi Markowitz was at the Chabad on Campus Kinus last week where he helped Shluchim and Shluchos address their unique chinuch situations.

Seeking Limudei Kodesh Teacher

Lubavitch on the Palisades School in Tenafly, New Jersey, a growing elementary school, is looking for a 2nd grade Limudei Kodesh teacher.

The hours are 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Tenafly is approximately a 25-minute drive from Monsey. Great opportunity!

Please contact rabbi@chabadlubavitch.org for more information.

Rabbi Chaim Shalom Deitsch to Farbreng in Monsey on Gimmel Tammuz

Liberow Shalom Zachor

Rabbi Moshe and Rochie Liberow will be making a Shalom Zachor for their newborn son this Friday night at their home, 27 South Rigaud Road.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Looking for Daily Ride to Camp

Do you live in the Maple Avenue/Monsey Blvd. area and have a daughter going to Machane Bnos Monsey? Carpool/ride sought for 1 camper daily. If you can help, please contact Mendy Hecht at 845-503-0213 or mhecht@hamaspikrockland.org.

Beis Menachem Yungeleit Donate Generator to Israeli Chabad House

On one of his visits to his children in Monsey, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Shagalov told the Yungeleit of Beis Menachem that he had recently been to the Chabad House in Tzomet Golani in Eretz Yisroel and the Shliach mentioned they were in need of a generator but were lacking the 5,600 Shekel needed to purchase one.

Inspired by the opportunity to do a mitzvah and help this Chabad House in Eretz Yisroel the Yungeleit immediately began pledging funds to cover the cost of the generator. With these funds the Shliach was able to purchase the generator providing comfort to the Chabad House members.


Sending the Kids to Camp

Driver Available to Montreal

Going to Montreal and need a second driver? Sleep for half the trip! I need a ride to Montreal this Motzoei Shabbos and am willing to contribute half the driving (and gas!). Contact Mendy Hecht at 845-503-0213 or mhecht@hamaspikrockland.org.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Looking to Lose Weight?

A number of men have expressed an interest in joining a weight loss contest to motivate themselves to lose weight. A number of groups who have successfully got its participants to lose a tremendous amount of weight. Money does motivate people!

Here's how it works:
  • Each participant (men only for this contest) will give between $500-$1000 (depends on amount of participants) to the jackpot (several thousand dollars).
  • To start we will meet at a predetermined location, where each participant will weigh themselves on a scale and that weight will be written down.
  • Contest will last for 90 days (maybe longer).
  • After 90 days the winner will be the one who has lost the most weight by percentage will win the jackpot!
  • The runner-up will win back twice the money he put in the pot!
  • The 3rd winner will receive their money back!
Please contact kingyona@gmail.com if you are serious about losing weight and wish to join this program.

Mazel Tov Kotlarskys!

Mazel tov to Rabbi Avremel and Chany Kotlarsky on the marriage of their daughter Chaya to Yaakov Wilansky of Montreal!



Sunday, June 26, 2011

Mazel Tov Markowitzs!

Mazel tov to Rabbi Zalmen Leib and Esther Markowitz on the birth of a granddaughter born to Yosef Yitzchak and Mushky Gluckowsky of Yerushalayim, Eretz Yisroel!

Global Achdus Conference Calls for Sholom Rubashkin

Tomorrow evening, Monday, June 27 at 9:30 PM, will be the first of 5-week Global Achdus Teleconference Calls in the merit of Sholom Rubashkin. This is the first time such an initiative has ever taken place.

Sholom currently awaits a decision from the 8th Circuit Court of Appeal regarding his appeal as well as a bail request. On June 23rd the government filed a reply motion resisting Sholom's bail request. For five weeks, every Monday at 9:30 PM, an array of renowned speakers from a variety of communities will give a live 20-minute class about Achdus and Ahavas Yisroel hosted by the Chazak Hotline of the Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation.

The schedule of speakers is as follows:
June 27, 2011 - 9:30 PM: Rabbi Paysach Krohn
July 4, 2011 - 9:30 PM: Rabbi Ephraim E. Shapiro
July 11, 2011 - 9:30 PM: Rabbi Noach I. Oelbaum
July 18, 2011 - 9:30 PM: Rabbi Moshe Tuvia Lieff
July 25, 2011 - 9:30 PM: Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson

To join the thousands sure to participate in this live class, call the Chazak Hotline at 718-258-2008.

Whether one can participate or not, all are asked to continue to daven for Sholom Mordechai HaLevi ben Rivka and to give a tax-deductible contribution to: Klal Yisrael Fund 53 Olympia Lane Monsey, NY 10952 or at www.sholomacrossamerica.com.

N'shei Chabad Gimmel Tammuz Farbrengen

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Monsey Girls on N'shei Chabad Newsletter Cover

The latest issue of the N'shei Chabad Newsletter (Sivan-Tammuz 5771) features three girls from Monsey, (L to R) Shaina Goldsmith, Chana Litzman and Chana Marrus, on its cover. The photograph was taken by Devorah Goldstein.

Mazel Tov Liberows!

Mazel tov to Rabbi Moshe and Rochie Liberow on the birth of a baby boy!

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 karenschild@yahoo.com or 845-354-4898.

Friday, June 24, 2011

18karrots kosher café & juice bar Celebrates its Grand Opening

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This fourth-of-July weekend, get in touch with your roots (and your leaves, seeds, berries and stems, too!) at the free Gala Grand Opening of 18karrots kosher café & juice bar, Sunday, July 3, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the LifePlex Health Club, 18 College Road, in Monsey.

You’re invited to taste free samples of 18karrots’ nutritious smoothies, protein drinks and fresh-pressed fruit and green juices; salad bar offerings with an array of 18k signature dressings; naturally-sweetened, whole-grain muffins, cakes and cookies, delectable wraps, and more.

Guest speakers, including famed columnist and nutrition expert Eliezer Gruber of Nutri-Supreme Research and Chabad community activist and Torah teacher Bracha Meshchaninov, will be on hand to talk about health and healing, plus there will be live music, juggling, and fun for the whole family.

In the three months since it opened, 18karrots has distinguished itself as an eatery that serves up “nourishing, real food for real people.” Its attention to strict kashrut standards of cholov yisroel and pas yisroel – under the supervision of Rabbi Zusha Blech — combined with its emphasis on using the freshest unprocessed ingredients and whole foods, make it a Rockland County destination point for the discerning consumer.

18karrots kosher café & juice bar: Good as gold for body and soul!

For more information, call 845-517-5310 or visit our website at 18karrotskoshercafe.com.

Building the Temple with Oneness

By Bracha Meshchaninov, Rockland Jewish Reporter

The ease of summer and the pleasures of swimming and easy relaxation are somewhat interrupted by the period of semi mourning which lasts for three weeks beginning on the 17th day of Tammuz, followed by more restrictions from the first day of Av (no eating of meat and no swimming to mention the most outstanding) and culminating with a 25 hour fast on the 9th of Av, this year corresponding to August 9th. What is the purpose of this time and for what reason do we need to be in a state of semi mourning and what are we supposed to be remembering?

The 17th of Tammuz was the day that the walls surrounding Jerusalem were breeched while the 9th of Av is the day that both the first and second temples that stood in Jerusalem were destroyed. The first Temple, built by King Shlomo (Solomon), stood for 410 years but was destroyed by the Babylonians in the year 3338 (422 BCE) and following it the Jews were exiled under King Nebuchadnezzar to Babylonia. It was during this exile that the story of Purim took place. The Jews were in exile for 70 years until under the leadership of Ezra and Nechemia they returned to a devastated Palestine and with a great deal of idealism and commitment rebuilt Jerusalem and rededicated the Temple.

The second Temple, built along similar principles and in the exact same place as the first Temple, stood for 420 years until it too was eventually destroyed, after a prolonged siege of Jerusalem, by the Roman army under the leadership of Titus.

The historical background is interesting, and it contains many fascinating facts and stories about the people who lived, prayed and suffered during those stormy times, but what is the significance of all of this history to me in my life today? And why should I feel compelled to remember, and even mourn, what was lost?

To understand the significance of the historical events that occurred during Tammuz and Av, we need to look at a broader picture as all of those events have a real and direct relationship to our lives today and can impact on the very purpose of our lives now.

Both Temples, and in fact the Tabernacle or Mishkan which proceeded them, (which was carried with the Jews throughout their sojourn in the desert) represent something very awesome, the containing in a physical and confined space, the very infinitude of God’s Holy Essence!

The Jewish sages tell us of all the astounding miracles that occurred both in the Mishkan and in both Temples made of stone. In Pirkei Avoth (Ethics of the Father’s), Chapter 5, Mishna 5, we read of the 10 miracles that occurred in the holy temple, (the first one particularly) all of them a testament to the fact that within that holy space the laws of nature were totally transcended! Just to mention a few of the miracles: In Gods Holy space raw meat did not spoil or smell even in the middle-eastern hot weather, nor did it attract flies; wind did not disrupt the vertical column of smoke that was produced by the holy offerings and people although packed into a confined area could always find enough space to prostrate themselves when the prayers so required, although ostensibly there was no additional room!

So what is the significance of these miracles? In Hashem’s space the laws of nature were transcended. The Mishkan and the Temple allowed for an unrestrained and unconcealed revelation of God’s power, here in the physical world. The destruction of the Temples, with the process beginning with the breaching of the walls of Jerusalem on the 17th of Tammuz was the beginning of the process that limited and compromised this revelation in our world. What a sadness, what a lack, even for us all these years later! It is said that in every generation in which the Temple is not rebuilt, it is as if the Temple were destroyed in that very generation.

Every generation whose collective consciousness cannot reach to a high enough level in which a spiritual state is reached conducive to one in which a Temple can stand, is held accountable, as if it had contributed to it’s very destruction, as the necessary conditions for its re-establishment have still not been met. And this is our challenge!

How can we live, love and relate in such a way that we can “bring down” the Third Temple, or at least set up an environment in which it can be revealed?

It is said that the Third Temple already exists in the upper worlds, but it is our effort that is needed to make it manifest in our real and physical world. So what do we need to do?

We have learnt that the first temple was destroyed, not only because Nebuchadnezzar had imperial or expansionist intentions, but because the Jews living in Israel at that time were guilty of committing three cardinal sins; murder, adultery and idol worship and the destruction of the Temple was a result of their fall from their previous spiritual stature. During the times of the second temple however the Jews were very stringent about keeping all the Torah laws, so why was the Temple destroyed in their time? The sages tell us that it was because they did not behave lovingly to each other, they did not demonstrate Ahavas Yisroel, love of a fellow Jew, but instead were guilty of causeless hatred of each other. We are still in the same exile brought upon us by the defeat of the Jews at Roman hands, but spiritually we are still in the exile brought about by our lack of consideration to those different from us, a lack of sufficient tolerance of those Jews who hold different opinions from us or who view the world from a different angle. We are still living in an era where Godliness is concealed as a consequence of causeless hatred. What is the fixing for this great pain and loss? The fixing or the “tikkun” is causeless love, love of each other for no rational reason, love of each other despite our differences and possibly even because of them! Every act of goodness or kindness towards another is another brick so to speak, in the third Bais Hamikdash.

Wishing you all a wonderful summer, holy building, and between the 17th of Tammuz and the 9th of Av, I wish you contemplative musings and a focused remembering of a different time and a vision for a different possibility, one in which Godliness is revealed in an open way, and His Oneness reflects the oneness of a tolerant and unified Jewish people!

The Women's Torah Learning Circle is an organization that offers integrated and holistic Torah studies for Jewish women in the Rockland area regardless of level of observance or background. Bracha also teaches an interactive parsha class from her home every Wednesday morning. For more information, visit www.womenstlc.com.

Cheder Chabad Boys Graduation

This past Wednesday night, Cheder Chabad of Monsey held its second boys 8th grade graduation!
Cheder principal, Rabbi Wolowik welcomed everyone and introduced Ruvi Litzman, a talmid of 8th grade to act as MC. The MC called upon fellow talmidim Mendel Konikov to recite the Rebbe’s kapitel tehillim and Mendel Bogomilsky to recite kapitel chof.

The dean and founder of the Cheder, Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman was then called upon to read a letter of the Rebbe that was sent to graduates in 5734. He then translated the letter and shared a few personal words of his feelings of seeing the second class of Cheder graduate start in Nursery and maturing into talmidim hamesaymin in kitah ches.

The Moroh D’asrah of Kehilas Chabad in Monsey, Rabbi Boruch Lesches shared with the graduates some very warm and personal words on what is expected from the talmidim as they grow up, highlighting the importance of the talmidim helping each other.

Dovid Labkowsky then recited a d’var torah based on parshas hashavua stressing the importance for the talmidim to have a positive effect on their environment. Mendel Groner represented the class in sharing what the 8th grade meant to him and how the faculty and hanhala of Cheder effected him. Eli Noam Mensseh represented the class in talking about what the Cheder experience meant to him, highlighting the influence of his rebbis starting in Kitah Aleph and how they helped him try to be an ehrlicher Yid. Mendel Kroll expressed gratitude to Cheder personnel on behalf of his class. The class then surprised their beloved Rebbe, Rabbi Yossi Soble with a gift that they bought for him for all his personal time that he invested in each talmid individually.

The Boy’s Principal, Rabbi Avrohom Wolowik and the General Studies Principal, Mrs. Simonne Nenner then distributed to all students the diplomas and a specially inscribed Tanya. A beautiful yearbook was also distributed to the talmidim. They raised money for ads in the book and used the profit for a fun and meaningful graduation trip.

It was a true inspirational and happy event. We wish the graduates much hatzlacha in all their endeavors!

Farbrengen with Rabbi Mendel Lerman

There will be a Farbrengen for men with Rabbi Mendel Lerman, Rav of K’hal Bais Levi Yitzchok in Crown Heights,this Thursday night, June 30, at 8:00 PM at the home of Avraham Hayman, 10 Langeries Drive.

The Farbrengen is in honor of the 28th of Sivan, the day the Rebbe arrived in the United States in 1941, as well as a preparation for Gimmel Tammuz.

All are encouraged to participate!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Rabbi Wiener Joins Lubavitch Day Camp

Lubavitch Day Camp is proud to announce that Rabbi Moshe Wiener will be on site for the first session of the summer!

Rabbi Wiener has been very involved and instrumental in designing a learning program and curriculum for the campers of LDC.

His unique and creative ways of motivating talmidim to learn in classroom settings and beyond will certainly make a most meaningful experience for the campers.

Please email ldcmonsey@gmail.com for the LDC Parent Handbook.

Tzemach Tzedek Seeking Kiddush Co-Sponsor

If you would like the zechus of co-sponsoring the Kiddush-Farbrengen this Shabbos, Shabbos Mevorchim, at Tzemach Tzedek, please contact avrahamhayman@gmail.com.

Kesser Weekly Specials

Buy by the case and save! The Kesser Distributors specials for this week are:

Chicken Wings - $0.99 per pound
Hot Dogs - $2.69 per pound
Rib Steaks - $8.99 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.

Flooded Monsey Streets Today

For more pictures, click here.

Rabbi Lesches at Chabad on Campus Kinus

Rabbi Lesches giving a shiur at the Chabad on Campus Kinus HaShluchim this week. The Rav gave halacha shiurim to the Shluchim and Shluchus respectively as well as answered many individual shailos.

Simpson Upshernish

Rabbi Benyomin and Lakey Simpson invite all to the Upshernish of their son Chaim this Sunday, 24 Sivan (June 26), between 2:00 and 4:00 PM at their home, 30 South Monsey Road. Please park on Regina Road.

Kahn Shalom Zachor & Bris

Dov Ber and Bassie Kahn will be making a Shalom Zachor for their newborn son this Friday night at their home, 41 Park Lane.

The Bris will take place this Monday at Tzemach Tzedek following the 8:00 AM Shacharis minyan.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Mazel Tov Ehrenreichs!

Mazel tov to Rabbi Chaim Tzvi and Chayala Ehrenreich on the Bar Mitzvah of their son Mendel!

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

Mazel Tov Kahns!

Mazel tov to Dov Ber and Bassie Kahn on the birth of a baby boy!

Mazel tov to the grandparents Reb Shmuel and Miriam Klein!

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 karenschild@yahoo.com or 845-354-4898.

Wednesday Night's Women's Shiur Canceled

Rabbi Lesches's Wednesday night Halacha shiur for women has been canceled this week because of the Cheder Boys graduation that is taking place at that time.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Tzemach Tzedek Elects New Board

Members of Tzemach Tzedek elected a new Board of Directors tonight.

Mazel tov to the new newly elected and re-elected members! May they have much hatzlacha in their work on behalf of the community!

President – Avraham Hayman
Vice President – Moshe Reitman
Recording Secretary – Nochum Klein
Corresponding Secretary – Baruch Akiva Hayman
Treasurer – Tzadok Leib Messing
Corresponding Treasurer – Mordechai Litzman
Gabbai Rishon – Hershel Rosenbluh
Gabbai Sheni – Shimon Kroll
Trustee – Eli Cohen
Trustee - Doniel Goldfarb
Trustee – Zev Henig
Trustee – Gavriel Siklos

A tremendous amount of appreciation is due to the outgoing president, Yisroel Schulman, who has dedicated his life to the shul and community for the last decade.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Goldberg Bris

Rabbi Sruly and Tovi Goldberg will be making a Bris for their newborn son tomorrow morning, Monday, at Stolin, 52 Main Street.

Davening will begin at 7:20 AM followed by the Bris at 8:15 AM.

Contribute to to Cheder Matching Grant Online

Please not that contributions to the Cheder Chabad Hayman Matching Grant can be made online.

To contribute online, click here.

Contemporary Jewish Issues Course at RCC

If you know anyone taking classes at RCC who may appreciate this class, please pass on this information:

Contemporary Jewish Issues
Learn about Judaism & earn college credit!
3 credits, Humanities Elective
Fall ’11 # RLS 252 – 001
Option 1 - Tuesdays & Thursdays 3:00 PM to 4:15 PM
Option 2 - Wednesday Evenings, 6:00 PM to 8:40 PM
Taught by Rabbi Dov Oliver, Director, Center for Jewish Life/Hillel
The Contemporary Jewish Issues course examines a variety of philosophical, ethical and social issues, such as:

• Medical-ethical dilemmas
• Gender issues
• Relationships and marriage
• Anti-Semitism in America and abroad
• Israel and the Diaspora
• Church (synagogue) vs. State issues
• Tikkun Olam – Jewish Social Activism

For further info, contact Rabbi Oliver at 845-574-4422 or email doliver@sunyrockland.edu.

A Glimpse Into Cheder Chabad of Monsey

Video: Rabbi Moshe Wiener

Friday, June 17, 2011

Beis Menachem Seeking Youth Program Leader

Bais Menachem is looking for a Rebbe or Bochur to run the youth minyan. Also looking for girls to run the shabbos children's program for the summer. If you are interested, please contact Miriam Zisman at emzisman@gmail.com.

Kesser Weekly Specials

Buy by the case and save! The Kesser Distributors specials for this week are:

Chicken Leg Quarters - $2.09 per pound
Beef Burgers - $5.39 per pound
5 Bone Flanken - $8.99 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.

Goldberg Shalom Zachor

Rabbi Sruly and Tovi Goldberg will be making a Shalom Zachor for their newborn son tonight at the Eisenberg home, 1 Gigi Court (off of West Fessler Drive).

Cheder Phone-A-Thon Changes Venue

To make it easier for all those who are participating in this year's Annual Cheder Chabad Phone-A-Thon rather than coming  to Tzemach Tzedek you can now make the calls in the comfort of your own home.

Please contact Rabbi Shusterman at  917-282-3505 or yshusterman@chedermonsey.org for a list of names and phone numbers to call on behalf of the Cheder. You will receive as well a form to fill out to keep track of the responses you receive from the phone calls you make.

Thanks you in advance for all your help!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Ahavas Yisroel Auction at Cheder Boys

Over the past seven weeks, the boys in Cheder have been working very hard on their אהבת ישראל. They earned auction tickets by having אהבת ישראל as well as by making projects that have to do with אהבת ישראל. Many boys made very nice PowerPoint presentations about אהבת ישראל. Others wrote stories and drew picture. With the extra emphasis on אהבת ישראל may we see the rebuilding of the בית המקדש speedily in our days!

The winners of the אהבת ישראל Auction:
1) Jackpot – Rafi Plotkin
2) Digital Camera – Aryeh Zeiler
3) Underwater MP3 player – Chananya Niasoff
4) Digital Chess Game – Dovid Groner
5) Binoculars – Shimon Meschaninov
6) Large Slurpee – Mendel Touger
7) Surprise (Bubble blower) – Shneur Niasoff
8) Head lamp – Mendel Hecht
9) Dart board – Tuvia Levin
10) Head phones – Rafi Plotkin
11) Message fan – Mendel Hecht
12) Watch – Imanuel Rimler
13) Surprise (Seforim) – Saadya Liberow
14) Arcade game – Yosef Elkayam
15) Mega phone – Mendy Schild
16) MP3 player – Yisroel Cohen
17) Remote control car – Shlomo Goodfriend
18) One soda a day for the rest of the year – Mendel Wolf

Yahrzeit of Mrs. Leah Miriam Hayman Today

Today, the 14th of Sivan, is the yahrzeit of Mrs. Leah Miriam Hayman OBM and an apporopriate time to contribute towards the Cheder Chabad Matching Grant opportunity in her memory.

Kiddush at Tzemach Tzedek this Shabbos

This Shabbos there will be a special kiddush / farbrengen and seuda at Tzemach Tzedek in honor of the Bar Mitzvah of Levi Weiss, sponsored by Yehudah Wise, and in honor of the first yortzeit of Shmuel ben Mendel Meshchaninov OBM, sponsored by both Meshchaninov families.

All are invited to participate!

Statements of Interest for Tzemach Tzedek Board Candidates

As a reminder, members of Congregation Tzemach Tzedek are invited to the Shul’s elections this coming Monday night, June 20th at 8:00 PM .

Please note that only members in good financial standing are eligible to vote. If you have any questions concerning your standing, please contact Tzadok Messing at tzadok770@gmail.com.

Below is a list of individuals running for a position and their statement, if one has been submitted.

President – Avraham Hayman

Vice President – Moshe Reitman
What I hope to accomplish as a member of the Board? Help put our financial house in order, Work to improve the house committee. I agree to serve one standing committee of the Shul and to donate an average of 8 hours per month to the Shul.

Recording Secretary – Yitzchok Abramowitz
This is notice that I will seek the office I now hold: Recording Secretary. I agree and accept the requirements of time and commit to it. I will volunteer to serve on at least 2 committees; Being one of the founders of the Congregation, I would like to see the Shul continue, and feel that I would like to be part of an atmosphere of achdus .

Recording Secretary – Nochum Klein
Why I want to run for a Board position? I have been approached by numerous members of the Shul who would like me to once again be involved.
What I hope to accomplish as a member of the Board?
1. Help the Shul to grow and maintain fiscal stability.
2. Help ensure that the diverse needs of our membership are met.
I agree to serve one standing committee of the Shul and to donate an average of 8 hours per month to the Shul.

Corresponding Secretary – Doniel Goldfarb
I am willing to serve on a Shul committee and donate an average of 8 hours per month to the Shul.

Corresponding Secretary – Baruch Akiva Hayman

Treasurer – Tzadok Leib Messing

Corresponding Treasurer – Mordechai Litzman
As the longest serving board member I would like to continue serving the needs of the shul and community. I would like to improve the Shul b'gashmius and b'ruchnius. I agree to serve one standing committee of the Shul and to donate an average of 8 hours per month to the Shul.

Gabbai Rishon – Hershel Rosenbluh

Gabbai Sheni – Shimon Kroll

Trustee – Gavriel Siklos
I'd like to run for one of the trustee positions in the upcoming board elections for the Shul. I agree to serve one the standing committee of the Shul and to donate an average of 8 hours per month to it.

Trustee – Zvi Webb
I hope, if re-elected, that I can serve the shul membership in a valuable way and help improve our material and spiritual growth.

Trustee – Zev Henig

Trustee – Eli Cohen
I feel that I can contribute by working to develop additional programs (children's programs/learning programs) as well as helping out, where possible, with day to day shul operations. I envision developing additional children's programs, a youth minyan and making sure the kehillah's needs are accommodated for appropriately. (For example, - Making sure that refreshments and shiurim are available on Shavuos. I agree to serve one standing committee of the Shul and to donate an average of 8 hours per month to the Shul.

Trustee – Zalman Goldstein

(There are 4 trustee positions on the Board)

Seeking Kosher Deli Counter Person

Seeking a Kosher Deli Counter Person. Full time or part time, good pay with benefits. Age requirement 18 or over. Approximately a 45 minute drive from Monsey. For more information, please call Menachem Baron at 973-467-2200 ext 741.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Cheder Phone-A-Thon This Sunday

In light of the matching grant generously sponsored by the Hayman family in the zechus of the yarzeit of Leah Miriam Hayman A”H, Cheder Chabad will be holding a Phone-A-Thon this Sunday, June 19, from 10:30 AM to 9:30 PM at Tzemach Tzedek.

Please bring a cell phone and lots of enthusiasm!

If you can participate, please contact Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman at yshusterman@chedermonsey.org or 845-356-1213 ext. 104.

Items for Sale & Free Rebbe Tapes

The following items are available for sale:
Office desk, golf set, play kitchen, filing cabinet, sukah and schach, and the top of a high rise bed.

Also have a large set of the Rebbe's farbrengens on cassette tapes available for free.

Please contact Mendi at 845-222-6323.

N'shei Chabad Bookstore Update

New publications:
  • Shulchan Aruch Harav - Hebrew/English - Choshen Mishpat
  • A Door That's Never Locked, A Child's Guide to Visiting the Ohel, By Malka Touger
  • Large supply of tallesim, tallis katan (men's and boys' sizes) and tefillin carriers.
Please call 845-558-8249 before coming.

Tehillim Today for Sholom M. Rubashkin

Today, Wednesday, June 15, between 1:30 and 4:00 PM EST, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in the Thomas Eagleton Federal Courthouse in St. Louis, Missouri will be hearing the appeal and rendering a life-altering decision in the trial of Reb Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin.

Please take some time today and recite Tehillim for Sholom Mordechai HaLevi ben Rivkah.

In addition, the Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation is organizing tens of thousands of people, including many schools, who will be extra careful with shemiras halashon for 2 hours today around the time of the appeal.

May we hear besuros tovos soon!

Meir Simcha Rubashkin In Australia

Meir Simcha Rubashkin is in Melbourne, Australia today to speak at a rally in support of his father whose appeal is being heard today.

Monday, June 13, 2011

A Year in the 4th Grade of Cheder Chabad

Video: Rabbi Moshe Wiener

Mazel Tov Goldbergs!

Mazel tov to Rabbi Sruly and Tovi Goldberg on the birth of a baby boy!

Mazel tov to the grandparents Reb Shmuel Yosef and Freydie Eisenberg!

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 karenschild@yahoo.com or 845-354-4898.

New Chabad Yeshiva Opening in Monsey

Rabbi Simcha Werner has announced that he will be opening a new Yeshiva (Zal - Beis Medrash) for post high-school bochurim in Monsey.

The Rosh Yeshiva of the new Yeshiva will be Rabbi Werner’s son-in-law, Rabbi Dovid Weber, founder of Yeshivas Lubavitch of Baltimore and son of the renowned Mechanech Rabbi Shaye Weber of Yerushalayim. Rabbi Weber, throughout the past decade, has had countless Talmidim under his guidance. He is well-known for his experience in the fields of Chinuch and for his devotion to his Talmidim.

Rabbi Weber will be joined by Rabbi Hershel Stolik of Crown Heights and Rabbi Yehuda Leib Altien of Montreal. Rabbi Stolik is recognized for his capabilities in Hashpaah and will serve as the Yeshiva’s Mashpia, and Rabbi Altein, recognized for his skills in Hasbarah, will serve as Magid Shiur of Shiur Aleph.

We wish the new Yeshiva much hatzlacha!

For more information and to register, please contact 443 803 0514 or 410 358 3205 or YGMonsey@gmail.com.

Cheder Matching Grant in Honor of Leah Miriam Hayman's Yahrzeit

Leah Miriam Hayman, whose upcoming Yahrzeit is this Thursday, the 14th of Sivan, dedicated her life to the chinuch of her children and those of Monsey Anash.

Early on, Leah Miriam was a staunch and ardent supporter of the Cheder. To celebrate her legacy, the Hayman family is offering a matching grant program to benefit the Cheder.

The Hayman family will generously match dollar for dollar all donations from $100 to $999 and will double match each $1000 family donation. For example, your donation of $1,000 becomes $3,000 for the Cheder or your donation of $200 becomes $400 for the Cheder.

The Cheder Rebbeim and Morahs are owed almost two months back salary and this generous matching grant program will help pay up our dedicated staff before the start of the summer months.

Pledges must be made no later than Monday, June 20th and all payments must be received by the Cheder no later than July 22nd. Please honor Leah Miriam by helping the Cheder with your generous pledge.

If you have any questions, or wish to make a pledge, please email yschulman@nylag.org.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Mazel Tov Oberlanders - L'chaim!

Mazel tov to Rabbi Gedaliah and Sarah Leah Oberlander on the engagement of their daughter Esty to Chaim Meisels of Boro Park!

The l’chaim will take place tonight, Monday, at 9:00 PM at the Stolin Hall, 52 Main Street.

Last Chance to Run for Tzemach Tzedek Board

The deadline for submitting your intention to run for a position on the board of Tzemach Tzedek has been extended to tomorrow, Monday, June 13th, at midnight. If you are interested, please email yschulman@nylag.org.

Thus far, the following have indicated their intent to run for a position:

Avraham Hayman - President
Moshe Reitman - Vice President
Tzadok Messing - Treasurer
Mordechai Litzman - Assistant Treasurer
Yitzchok Abramowitz - Recording Secretary
Doniel Goldfarb - Corresponding Secretary
Hirshel Rosenbluh - Gabbai Rishon
Shimon Kroll - Gabbai Sheni
Gavriel Siklos - Trustee
Tzvi Webb - Trustee
Eli Cohen - Trustee
Zev Henig - Trustee
Zalman Goldstein – Trustee

The elections will be held on Monday, June 20th at 8:00 PM at the shul.

Seeking Camp Counselor

Looking for a Yungerman to be the counselor of a boys bunk of ten boys ages 11-13 in a day camp in Fair Lawn, New Jersey (approximately a half hour drive from Monsey).

Candidate must have prior camp experience and be enthusiastic, energetic and able to give the campers the time of their life. Hours are 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM. Good pay.

Pease email office@FairLawnCamp.com with references and your contact information.

Cheder Chabad Dinner Postponed

The Cheder Chabad dinner has been postponed from June 19 to Sunday, September 18th, 19/20 of Elul. Please mark your calendar.

Seeking Ride to Crown Heights Today

I am looking for a ride for my 11 year old from Monsey to Crown Heights today, Sunday, morning. Please reach me at 845-694-8190.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Forward March For The Rubashkins

By Yisroel Besser, Mishpacha Magazine

New York - Over the past few years, images of the Rubashkin family have been freeze-framed in our consciousness: The meat plant. The raid. The living room. The courtroom scenes. The rallies…These scenes have been seared on our collective memory. The Rubashkins, though, have chosen to move forward. They’ve relocated and recalculated, adjusting the rhythm and routine of daily life to meet new challenges

In my home, we have a handsome, vinyl-bound blue book of classic children’s tales, pilfered by my wife from her parents’ bookshelf. Hidden in this treasury of life lessons is the Aesop fable The Country Mouse and the City Mouse.

In the story, a haughty city mouse goes to visit a relative in the country, where the host mouse offers him a typical country meal. The proud city mouse scoffs at the simple offering and invites the host back to the big city to sample some of life’s finer things. But the meal isn’t meant to be: the mice’s taste of high society is interrupted by a pack of dogs.

New York - Over the past few years, images of the Rubashkin family have been freeze-framed in our consciousness: The meat plant. The raid. The living room. The courtroom scenes. The rallies…These scenes have been seared on our collective memory. The Rubashkins, though, have chosen to move forward. They’ve relocated and recalculated, adjusting the rhythm and routine of daily life to meet new challenges

In my home, we have a handsome, vinyl-bound blue book of classic children’s tales, pilfered by my wife from her parents’ bookshelf. Hidden in this treasury of life lessons is the Aesop fable The Country Mouse and the City Mouse.

In the story, a haughty city mouse goes to visit a relative in the country, where the host mouse offers him a typical country meal. The proud city mouse scoffs at the simple offering and invites the host back to the big city to sample some of life’s finer things. But the meal isn’t meant to be: the mice’s taste of high society is interrupted by a pack of dogs.

To continue reading the full article, click here.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Voters Approve Finkelstein Library Budget

By Khurram Saeed, The Journal News

SPRING VALLEY — Voters approved a $7.3 million budget Monday for the Finkelstein Memorial Library's 2011-12 year.

The budget was resoundingly approved by a vote of 782-229, said Bob Devino, library director.

Library Trustee Richard Rothbard, the president of the board of directors, was re-elected to a five-year term with 685 votes. He ran unopposed.

The 2011-12 budget is about $118,000 higher than the current spending plan, which represents a 1.7 percent increase.

That $118,000 figure also is how much more the library needs to collect in taxes next year.

That means the owner of a single-family home in the East Ramapo school district assessed at $56,000, and with a fair market value of $395,000, will pay an extra $5.24 in taxes. The library's fiscal year begins July 1 and will end June 30, 2012.

Library officials have said the additional money will be used to buy more books and other materials, pay an additional $20,000 into the state's retirement system, and cover rising insurance costs. All of the library's 129 employees, 45 of whom are full-timers, will have their salaries and wages frozen.

Kalman Weber, the head of the Southeast Ramapo Taxpayers Association, which helped defeat the library's budget in the past, called this year's version "reasonable" and said it wouldn't actively ask its supporters to vote against it.

Finkelstein's budget was last defeated in 2008.

Finkelstein, the largest library in Rockland and in the Ramapo Catskill Library System, serves a population of about 100,000 in the East Ramapo school district.

Mazel tov to Zev Henig and Yehudis Elkayam!

Mazel tov to Zev Henig and Yehudis Elkayam on on their marriage!

Mazel Tov Jacobs!

Mazel tov to Tzvi and and Esther Jacobs on the Bar Mitzvah of their son Dovid!

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

Tzemach Tzedek Shavuos Schedule

For the Shavuos schedule for Tzemach Tzedek, please click here.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Seeking Ride from Crown Heights

I'm looking for a ride from Crown Heights to Monsey on Friday June 10th for 2 people. If you have room please call Dini at 845-406-3960.

Shavuos Night Learning for Women

On the first night of Shavuos, Tuesday night, after the yom tov seudah, women are invited to spend an informal hour or two or three learning at the homes of Yehudis Abramowitz at 6 Zabriskie Terrace and Bracha Meshchaninov at 32 Southgate Drive.

We will learn selections from Tikun Leil Shavuos, Megillas Rus, Rebbe Sichos and other texts. You may bring along any material that you would like to learn.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Lubavitch Day Camp to be at Lime Kiln Elementary School

Preparations for the upcoming summer at Lubavitch Day Camp for boys are in full swing!

בעזרת ה we will be located in the spacious grounds of the Lime Kiln School which is conveniently located just 2 blocks from Wesley Kosher and next door to the Lime Kiln Park!

With בלי עין הרע over 40 campers enrolled, there are only a few spaces left. For more information or to receive a registration package, please contact Rabbi Goldberg at 845-418-5170 or ldcmonsey@gmail.com.

Cheder Fathers & Sons Enjoy the Day Together

Today, Cheder Chabad had a wonderful end-of-year Father and Son event! The fathers and sons learned together at Cheder for 45 minutes and then drove to Kakiat Park where the PTA ladies had set up a wonderful picnic barbecue and had prepared very exciting relay races for all to enjoy!

The boys were divided into three teams: Chochma, Bina and Daas and they very excitedly competed with each other to cheer loudly while their friends and classmates competed in a costume race, a three legged race and a balloon race. The boys were very intrigued with a mystery race... which turned out to be a "wrap the father race".

A great time was had by all. Thank you to the PTA ladies who together with Rabbi Wolowik organized the event! The PTA ladies were Mrs. Michal Silverstein, Mrs. Rochel Leah Ash, Mrs. Rashi Kaplan and Mrs. Bracha Meshchaninov. A special thank you to Mr. Ilya Meshchaninov for his help in making and setting up the barbecue.

For additional great pictures taken by Reb Dovid Kaplan, please click here.

Beis Menachem 2011 Fishing Trip

Shabbos Fair at Cheder Chabad Girls

A beautiful and informative Shabbos Fair took place at Cheder Chabad Girls on Wednesday evening, Chof Ches Iyar. The Lamed Tes Malachos came to life as each malocha was displayed on poster boards by girls in grades 4-8.

The girls really worked hard and their talents shone through. Each girl stood in front of their malocha and explained it to the parents and the judges as they were walking by. The parents were really proud and inspired by their child's effort.

Thank you girls for doing such an amazing job!

N'shei Chabad Bookstore Shavuos Update

Shop the N'shei Chabad Bookstore for Shavuos!

  • Tikun Leil Shavuos (Hebrew)
  • Shaarei Moadim - Shavuos (Hebrew)
  • Megillas Rus - Vidibarta Bam (English)
  • Megillas Rus - A Teacher's Treasury - Rebbetzin Heller (English)
  • The Story of Shavuot (English)
  • Holiday Maamorim (English)

You may call 845-558-8249 before coming or just drop in at 6 Zabriskie Terrace.

Kiddush This Shabbos at K"hal Nusach Ari

Friday, June 3, 2011

Seeking Ride to Crown Heights

We are two people looking for a ride from Monsey to Crown Heights on Monday, June 6th, Erev Shavuos, anytime after 5:30 PM. Please call 845-371-5918.

Min HaMeitzar - A Weekly Dvar Torah Torah from R' Sholom M. Rubashkin

Beis Menachem Davening at Colton School

All Beis Menachem Shabbos and Yom Tov davenings for the next month will take please at Colton Elementary School, 40 Grandview Avenue in New Hempstead.

Cheder Father/Son Lunch and Learn

Father of Cheder boys are encouraged to please support the Cheder PTA by participating in the BBQ in the park that is taking place after the learning program today.

The learning is scheduled to take place at 11:15 AM for 45 minutes and then the fathers are to drive in their own vehicles to Kakiat park, situated at 668 Haverstraw Road in Montebello.

Seeking Ride from New Haven

We are looking for a ride from New Haven (boys mesivta) to Monsey on the Friday after Shavous, June 10. If anyone is going to pick up their son or knows of someone going we would be happy to split the cost. Please contact 845-678-3342.

Seeking House Rental

A Chabad family is looking for a house rental in the Monsey area starting around this August for one year. Please contact leibschaeffer@gmail.com or 774-386-4788.

South Monsey Playgroup

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

CHEIN - Children's Education Initiative at YSV

CHEIN - Children's Education Initiative at Yeshiva of Spring Valley, an affiliate of Ichud Mosdos Hachinuch of Brooklyn, is continuing its 3rd successful year at Yeshiva of Spring Valley with a self contained class for boys, ages 10 to 13, with learning disabilities and other barriers to learning.
  • This program services students from Monsey, Passaic-Clifton and Northern New Jersey.
  • Our approach is to provide individualized skills building.
  • Our focus is on each child’s cognitive, social-emotional and behavioral needs.
  • Our staff members are highly experienced, doctoral, masters and certified educational specialists and psychologist.
Our class is held at Yeshiva of Spring Valley and we successfully mainstream each child according to his abilities.

Our program is actively supported by local rabbonim, educators and askonim.

For more information and applications for a strictly limited number of openings please call 845-821-4274 (all calls are kept confidential).

Monsey Shluchim Participate in Regional Kinus

A number of Shluchim from the Monsey area joined another 150 Shluchim from Northeastern states for a regional Kinus in Staten Island this past Sunday.