Sunday, July 31, 2011

Schedule of Av Siyumim

The following people will be making a Siyum following the 9:30 PM Maariv minyan at Tzemach Tzedek through Tu B'Av:
  • Sunday night, July 31: Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman
  • Monday night, August 1: Dr. Yehuda Klein
  • Tuesday night, August 2: Rabbi Eliezer Drew
  • Wednesday night, August 3: Rabbi Dr. Chaim D. Kagan
  • Thursday night, August 4: Rabbi Dr. Chaim D. Kagan
  • Shabbos Kodesh (Devarim) day: Rabbi Levi Marmulszteyn
  • Motzai Shabbos Kodesh: Rabbi Boruch D. Lesches
  • Sunday night, August 7: Rabbi Leibel Oster
  • Tuesday, Tisha B'Av Mincha: Rabbi Gershon Felberbaum
  • Tuesday night, Motzai Tisha B'Av: Rabbi Boruch D. Lesches
  • Wednesday night, August 10: Rabbi Levi Marmulszteyn
  • Thursday night, August 11: Rabbi Dr. Chaim D. Kagan
  • Shabbos Kodesh (Vaeschanan) day: Rabbi Eliezer Drew
  • Motzai Shabbos Kodesh: Rabbi Shlomo Backman
  • Sunday night, August 14: Moshe Elya Markowitz
If you would like to make a Siyum, please speak with Rabbi Lesches. 

Friday, July 29, 2011

Mazel Tov Rosenbluhs!

Mazel tov to Reb Hershel and Mrs. Chaya Rosenbluh on the birth of a baby girl!

Shifra and Puah arranges homemade meals from people in the community for mothers of newborn children from our community. If you are able to cook a meal, please sign up on MealTrain or contact Karen Schild at or 845-354-4898.

Farbrengen for Arizal's Yahrzeit

There will be a farbrengen this Thursday night, August 4, following the 9:30 PM Maariv minyan at Tzemach Tzedek in honor of the yahrzeit of the Arizal, Rabbi Isaac Luria Ashkenazi, known as the "Ari HaKadosh - The Holy Lion", who was nistalek on the 5th of Av of the year 5332 from creation.

Early Maariv Minyan

The first daily Maariv minyan at Tzemach Tzedek will be at 9:05 PM next week.

The second Minyan remains at 9:30 PM.

When I Joined the “High Society” Synagogue

By Dovid Zaklikowski,

I admit I am intolerant. At times I am bigoted towards others.

I judge people by the way they look, the way they walk, the way they talk, and an immeasurable amount of other calculated imagery I build up in my mind about them.

For example, if the first time I meet him he is slow to respond or doesn’t have anything profound to say, I place him into my “not so smart” basket. If the first day I meet him he is not dressed well, I place him into my “untidy” basket.

By the end of the day, I’ve filed everyone away in my mental filing cabinet: this one is a helpful person, this one is lazy, this one is smart, this one is stupid . . . the list is endless. Ultimately, there are those with whom I want to associate myself, those whom I want to include in my circle of friends, and, of course, those who are not welcome.

Just over a year ago I moved to a new home, several blocks away from my old one. In our lazy world, I cannot walk that extra block to my old synagogue, so I changed synagogues to one a little closer—a whole block closer.

This new synagogue had a reputation as a place for “the better people”—the rich and famous, the important people, the know-it-alls. You know, that file I labeled “the higher society.” I planned to try out this synagogue, and if I did not like it, I would go to another one (a little further away, up a flight of stairs).

The first time I arrived at the synagogue for prayers, I psyched myself up, preparing to encounter egotistical, snobby men, chattering with their close circle of friends. I cautiously made my way to an open seat and began my prayers.

Ten minutes into the prayer service, a man entered the synagogue. He was someone I’d known for many years—a member of the “misfit” file. He’d never made it in life, or so I thought. He seemed to be morose, not interested in much. I wondered what he was doing here. Or, was he, like me, just trying this place out?

One of those “snobby, egotistical” men slapped this man on his back, grasping his hand with warmth and wishing him “Shabbat Shalom,” a peaceful Sabbath. Another macho man exchanged pleasantries with him and they shared smiles. I was shocked. These guys were his friends?!
A short while later another guy strolled into the synagogue. He is in the “overweight and obnoxious” file. “Misfit” does not even begin to describe this fellow. He was bouncing off the walls, running in and out of the synagogue, as if he could not decide whether to stay or leave. It was a strange scene. He was long on the list of those I do not associate with.

Evidently deciding to stay, he walked from table to table, exchanging a few words with each person, but leaving before anyone had a change to fully respond. From there he went to the next table, then to the next, and then back to the first to finish off the conversation.

But as I watched, he was not treated any differently than anyone else in the synagogue. Everyone responded to him with patience and kindness. I cannot describe how normal these two misfits seemed in the synagogue. There they were not misfits.

I slowly learned that in this synagogue, everyone is equal. There are no misfits in this community.

Today I am greatly ashamed of how I used to think. I became better acquainted with these two individuals, and many others, and have learned that there is much more to people than a label for my filing cabinet. They are complex individuals, with feelings, intellect, needs and wants, just like I have.

Several months ago a member of this synagogue became very ill. He was in a vegetative state in the hospital, while his wife and three children were left without a functional husband and father. On all accounts, it was a horrible situation. Previously this man had also been in my file of misfits, filed in the “never made it in life” file.

What transpired when the man’s illness became known astounded me. I had never seen anything like it. Members of the synagogue visited the man in the hospital daily. Many were deeply involved in the financial aspects of his illness. Every time we met, he was a part of the conversation. The synagogue members constantly said prayers for him. They prepared meals for his family. It is hard to adequately describe the deep sense of responsibility they felt, as if they were all his brothers.

He passed away last night. The communal responsibility and love for another rubbed off on me, and I wanted to attend the funeral home and escort the body to the cemetery. I don’t know why—maybe because I thought most would not be able to take off a day of work.

I arrived a little early, expecting to be the first there. I was surprised, but by now not shocked, to find many synagogue members already at the funeral home. They were not people I could file under “unemployed.” On the contrary, they were well-to-do businessmen. And as the ceremony inched closer, more and more arrived.

Many continued to the cemetery, a half-hour’s drive from Brooklyn. As we stood there, I looked around. Many have the custom that all the tombstones and plots should be the same. In the Lubavitch community, this is strictly kept.

It dawned on me that here everyone is equal. The rich and famous do not get a bigger stone than the poor and unfortunate. There are no files here, just as in my new synagogue there is no filing. Everyone is treated equal in death; so, too, they should be treated in life.

I did a lot of thinking and mental unloading on the way back home from the cemetery. By the time I arrived home, my filing cabinet was much, much emptier, and I intend for it to remain that way.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

MonseYouth Double Header This Shabbos

In honor of Shabbos Chazak boys from 1st grade and up will join together for a special Shabbos Mevorchim Tehillim program this Shabbos morning from 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM at Tzemach Tzedek.

Double the chayos with a grand Mesibos Shabbos at Tzemach Tzedek for boys in grades 1-5 this Shabbos afternoon from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM.

Liluy Nishmas Reb Zalman Yuda ben Reb Sholom Yishaya Deitsch A"H.

Nightly Siyumim Until Tu B'Av

As per the custom initiated by the Rebbe, there will be a Siyum following the 9:30 PM Maariv minyan at Tzemach Tzedek starting from Sunday night, Rosh Chodesh Av, until Tu B'Av (yet we still do not partake in eating meat or wine during the nine days).

Tzemach Tzedek Seeking Kiddush Sponsor

If you are interested in having the zechus of sponsoring or co-sponsoring the Kiddush-Farbrengen this Shabbos, Parshas Masei and Shabbos Mevorchim, at Tzemach Tzedek, please contact Reb Avraham Hayman at

Seeking Flight Chaperone

If you or someone you know is returning from Eretz Yisroel in mid-to-end of August and would be willing to chaperone a 12 year old boy please contact Nothing special needs to be done. Just to be on the same flight with him.

Cheder Leadership Changes

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Mrs. Azriela Jaffe Speaking in Monsey

Jewish Heritage Night at the Rockland Boulders

Enjoy a great family outing and support your local college campus outreach program!

Jewish Heritage Night will take place at the brand new Provident Bank Ballpark in Pomona, home of the Rockland Boulders, on Sunday, August 28, at 5:05 PM. The game will feature entertainment, giveaways, kosher food and more!

Tickets are $10, $15 or $18. Parking is $5.

Your ticket purchase will help support Hillel of Rockland's Hillel Scholars Fund to help Jewish college students learn about their heritage!

To purchase tickets for Jewish Heritage Night, please click here. Use password "hillel".

For more information, please contact Rabbi Dov Oliver, Director of the Center for Jewish Life/Hillel, at or 845-574-4422.

Disclaimer: This is not an endorsement of taking your children to a ballgame. The atmosphere at the game may contain elements that Chabad families may not want to be exposed to.

Sloatsburg Rest Stop Offers Jewish Men a Place to Pray

By Khurram Saeed, The Journal News

SLOATSBURG — On Thursday nights during the summer, thousands of Orthodox Jewish men transform an ordinary Thruway rest stop into a sacred space.

The travelers, who hail from Brooklyn, Staten Island and northern New Jersey, look for a place to pray as they make their way upstate to meet their families.

For nearly two decades, the New York State Thruway Authority has provided a place for religious Jews — as well as those of other faiths — to worship at the Sloatsburg travel plaza along the northbound Thruway, past Exit 15A, due to public safety concerns.

The prayer zone is on the top level of the rest area's two-story parking garage, far from the highway's breakdown lanes where men once gathered.

Rabbi Joel Friedman of Williamsburg in Brooklyn said Sloatsburg is well-known among religious Jews in New York City. The travel plaza is referred to as the "prayer stop" or the "meeting area."

Many Orthodox Jewish women and their children spend their summers in the Catskills to escape New York City's oppressive heat. The men continue to work in the boroughs during July and August, but on Thursday nights, they make the four-hour drive to Ulster, Greene and Sullivan counties.
As many as 300 Jews say their afternoon (mincha) and night (maariv) prayers there each Thursday, Friedman said. The busiest time is between 9:30 and 11 p.m., when up to 70 men in small groups pray together. That window of time lets them say both prayers within a short period before continuing on their journey.

"They stop for one prayer before sundown, and they wait a few minutes so they can (say) another prayer after sundown," he said.

Friedman spends each Thursday in the summer supervising the proceedings from 4 p.m. to midnight. As a liaison with the Thruway Authority, he makes sure things run smoothly, worshippers pray in the right location and people don't tie up traffic.

"A little bit, sometimes people still park on the ramp," said Friedman, who tells them there is designated parking on the second floor of the garage. "That's even easier. I keep explaining, 'Why walk?' "

Friedman took over for his father, Rabbi Morton Friedman, who died in 2009.

Over the years, Jewish community leaders and officials from the Thruway Authority and state police have worked together to ensure travel is not disrupted and motorists are safe.

Betsy Feldstein, a spokeswoman for the Thruway Authority, said a prayer zone was created in 1993 after officials began to observe that groups of Jewish men were parking their cars on the shoulder of the highway just beyond the Harriman toll plaza in Orange County. They would wave down other cars since they needed to pray for about 20 minutes in groups of at least 10 men.
"As they prayed, their children often played on the side of the Thruway," Feldstein wrote in an email.

Temporary meeting areas were set up off the Thruway, including at a nearby tandem truck stop, while a long-term solution was developed, Feldstein said. That came when the Sloatsburg travel plaza was renovated, and an area was set aside to let motorists "safely rest, gather and pray."
Minor problems have occurred at the prayer zone over the years, like people selling raffle tickets, some people loitering and food being served — though that's less of an issue now that the rest area has a vending machine offering kosher food.

"People sometimes are still upset that they cannot do their business," Friedman said. "I keep telling them that this is not a place for business but for prayer."

Robert Woodill, who took over as manager of the Sloatsburg and Ardsley travel plazas late last month, said the garage has been effective. It's underused, and it moves the worshippers' vehicles away from traffic heading to the gas station, food court and restrooms, he said.
Though Thruway officials were unaware of any other religious groups using the prayer zone, Friedman said he recently has seen Muslims worshipping there.

Rabbi David Eidensohn of Monsey said many Jews were deeply appreciative of the accommodation the state made for people of faith.

"God bless America," he said. "They make special places for us to pray."

Photo: Seth Harrison/The Journal News

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

MBCM Emergency Campaign

Dear Anash of Monsey, MBCM Family and Friends 'שי,

During the five years since Monsey Beis Chaya Mushka has been established, we have taken great efforts to limit fundraising campaigns to our yearly dinner and some smaller efforts such as pushkas and chessed dollars.

Baruch Hashem with your gracious support and the tuition money paid at great sacrifice, we have managed to meet our budget.

This year was different!

We thank those who donated this year and have enabled us to reach this point. Despite these donations; due, no doubt, to the harsh economic climate and the necessity for donors to prioritize funds, we have reached the summer with a deficit. Our teachers are owed wages and we are fast approaching next year with its new needs.

I am therefore turning to you and appealing for your help in covering our deficit. Whether you can donate $1000, $500, $180, $100, or $36 - it will all help.

ציון במשפט תפדה ושביה בצדקה - The Geulah comes in the zechus of Limud Torah and Tzedakah.

Monsey Beis Chaya Mushka looks forward to receiving your donation.

Donations can be made via PayPal on our website or via mail to MBCM, 315 N. Main Street, New City, NY 10956, or given personally to Rabbi Yossi Touger or myself.


Rabbi Chaim Dovid Kagan

Tzemach Tzedek Children's Program Hiatus

There will be no children's program at Tzemach Tzedek for the next three weeks - Parshas Matos, Parshas Masei and Parshas Devarim.

Daily Women's Shiur During The Three Weeks

Reminder - The daily Hilchos Bais Habechirah shiur for women on Rambam Yad Hachazakah - Hilchos Bais HaBechirah is taking place place every weekday, Sunday through Friday, during the three weeks until Erev Tisha B'Av, Monday, August 8.

The shiur is from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at the home of Mrs. Yehudis Abramowitz, 6 Zabriskie Terrace.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Mesivta Launches Website

Yeshivas Menachem Mendel Lubavitch of Monsey has launched a website. Check it out at

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Hashavas Aveida - Found a Knife

About 2 months ago a large kitchen knife was found in the basement of Tzemach Tzedek in the hallway near the boiler room. If you lost this knife, please contact Doniel Goldfarb at

Lubavitch Day Camps Ends First Session

Friday, July 22, 2011

Farbrengen in Honor of Rabbi Wichnin's Yahrzeit

There will be a Siyum and Farbrengen this Thursday night, July 28, following the 9:30 PM  Maariv minyan at Tzemach Tzedek in honor of the 16th Yahrzeit of Rabbi Dovid Wichnin A"H.

Rabbi Wichnin's sons, Rabbi Yisroel Noach Wichnin, Rosh Yeshiva of the Mayanot Yeshiva in Yerushalayim, and Rabbi Nachman Dov Wichnin, Shliach to Brooklyn College, will be farbrenging.

Rabbi Wichnin A"H was the founding Rav of K'hal Tzemach Tzedek Lubavitch of Monsey and the Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva Tiferes Bachurim in Morristown, New Jersey until his untimely passing in 1996. Rabbi Wichnin, an exceptional Talmid Chochom, was a beloved leader and a father figure to many and earned the respect of many of the Rabbonim and Admorim in Monsey and beyond.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Statement by Rabbi Nachman and Itta Kletzky

By the Grace of G‑d
Tammuz 19, 5771 / July 21, 2011

The traditional seven intense days of mourning (“shiva”) for our beloved Leiby are complete, but the ache in our hearts will remain forever.

We thank G‑d for the nearly nine beautiful years that He entrusted us with Leiby’s pure soul. We are certain that Leiby is now looking down from heaven and blessing us all.

We would like to once again thank all our friends and neighbors; all the selfless volunteers from near and far; local, city, state, and federal agencies; and all our fellow New Yorkers and beyond who assisted us physically, emotionally, and spiritually—as well as all of G‑d’s children around the world who held our dear Leiby in their thoughts and prayers.

We pray that none of you should ever have to live through what we did. But if any tragedy is to ever befall any of you, G‑d forbid, you should be blessed with a community and public as supportive as ours. We feel that through Leiby we’ve become family wi th you all.

Many of you have asked us what you can do now in Leiby’s memory, and how you can help us find comfort. Looking back at Leiby’s all-too-short years among us, here are a few ideas:

Acts of Unity and Loving Kindness
Let us perpetuate the feeling of collective responsibility and love expressed during the search for Leiby. An additional act of kindness toward your neighbor, or to those less fortunate than you, can go a long, long way toward perfecting our world. Putting a couple of coins into a charity box daily is one way of tangibly expressing that lovingkindness.

Leiby deeply cherished his siddur, his prayerbook, and praying to G‑d meant the world to him. He was known by his teachers for his concentration in prayer, always being the last to finish. In Leiby’s memory, when you wake up each morning take a few moments to pray and reflect and thank G‑d for giving us life (“Modeh Ani” in the prayerbook).

Every Friday evening our family sits down together for Shabbat dinner to the light of the Shabbat candles. A candle shines for each of our children—and Leiby’s candle will always be included. On Friday evening, please give a few coins to charity and light the candles before sunset with our beloved Leiby in mind.

Memorial Fund
Together with Rabbi Binyamin Eisenberger, we have established a memorial fund to help people in dire need (, to channel the lovingkindness shown to us and our dear Leiby toward many, many others in need. We welcome your participation.

From the deepest place in our hearts, we thank you all for your help, your support and your prayers. May Leiby’s soul live on as a blessing inside each and every one of you.

Nachman and Itta Kletzky

Early Maariv Minyan

The first daily Maariv minyan at Tzemach Tzedek will be at 9:10 PM next week.

The second Minyan remains at 9:30 PM.

Seeking Small Apartment Rental

I am looking for a large studio or 1 bedroom unit in the Monsey area. It should be quiet, unfurnished, very well maintained, have internet capability, and get lots of natural light.

I am a single professional woman who owns a home on California but wants to live close to her grandchildren. Excellent references. Please contact 310-286-7561 or

Mrs. Malka Touger to Speak in Monsey

Seeking Hebrew School Teachers

Chabad in Tenafly, NJ is looking to hire dynamic, experienced, and energetic Hebrew School teachers. Great pay and great working environment! If you are interested, please email your resume with at least 2 references to

Seeking Kiddush Sponsors This Shabbos

Three co-sponsors are needed in order for there to be a Kiddush-Farbrengen this Shabbos, Parshas Matos, at Tzemach Tzedek. If you are interested, please contact Reb Avraham Hayman at

O&R Declares 3-Day Heat Alert

The sweltering weather forecast, the expected heavy air conditioning use and its resulting unusually high electricity demand, have prompted Orange &Rockland Utilities es to declare a summer heat alert for today, Friday and Saturday.

The sizzling weather through the end of the week is expected to push the load on the O&R electric system past 1,500 megawatts each day placing O&R on heat alert.

O&R's all-time electric demand record is 1,617 megawatts which was set on August 2, 2006.

The advisory means that field crews are focusing primarily on emergency work, with scheduled work being performed as system conditions permit.

The advisory also means that O&R engineers and system operators closely monitor the loads on distribution circuits, transformer banks and other key system components to detect any heat-related issues early so that any concerns are addressed quickly.

Spot checks will be made of potentially high-load circuits and transformers will be pre-loaded on trucks at O&R operations centers to expedite their placement in the field if needed. O&R will also institute load reduction measures at its own facilities.

O&R also urges the public to take steps to most efficiently use electricity, including turning down or turning off air conditioning in empty homes while you are away or at work.

When using your room air conditioner, close doors to keep the cool air in and the hot air out. If you have central air conditioning, block the vents in unused or vacant rooms.

With today's very high temperatures and humidity comes a very high demand for electricity. To help prevent power problems, customers are asked to use that electricity wisely. Here are some tips that will help you weather the heat during these steamy days.

* Set the thermostat of your central air conditioner at 78 degrees F or higher to achieve maximum savings on your cooling costs. Setting the room temperature on the air conditioner at 75 degrees costs about 15 percent more. A 72-degree setting costs about 30 percent more than the 78-degree setting.

* Install a timer or clock thermostat on your air conditioner so you can program it to operate and shut-off at pre-determined hours so you won't be running the air conditioning all day in an empty house.

* If you have a room air-conditioning unit, close off the rooms not being used; if you have central air, block off the vents for un-used rooms.

* Plan cooking, baking or other household activities that produce heat and humidity for the cooler times of the day and night.

* Use a portable or ceiling fan to circulate the pre-cooled air in your air-conditioned home. A fan uses about 90 percent less energy than an air conditioner.

* In very humid weather, adjust your air conditioner's fan to a low setting. It'll take longer for the air conditioner to cool your home, but your unit will bring in steamy air at a slower rate and make you feel more comfortable.

* As the sun moves from east to west during the day, pull your curtains and shades on windows to block out the heat.

The refrigerator is one of the largest energy-using appliances in the typical home:

* Maintain a constant temperature in the refrigerator of between 36 and 38 degrees for maximum effectiveness. The freezer should be kept at 15 degrees.

* Cover liquid items. They give off humidity that forces the refrigerator to use more energy.

* Place the most used items in one place so that the door will be open for a shorter period of time.

If you experience problems with your electric service, please call O&R at 1-877-434-4100. For more energy tips, please visit

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Mzael Tov Reitmans!

Mazel tov to Moshe and Tzipora Reitman on the birth of a grandson born to Rabbi Yoey and Shira Muchnik of Camarillo, California!

Mazel Tov Weinsteins!

Mazel tov to Sruli and Malky Weinstein on the birth of a baby girl!

Mazel tov to the grandparents Rabbi Naftoli and Sherry Weinstein!

The Rebbe Saying Selichos on 17 Tammuz

Monday, July 18, 2011

Dr. Yehuda Schild Sitting Shiva

Dr. Yehuda Schild is currently sitting Shiva for his mother in Long Beach, California and will be returning to sit at his home in Monsey, 27 Fessler Drive, from Thursday morning to Sunday morning.

The following are the davening times:

Shacharis: 7:00 AM
Mincha & Maariv: 8:10 PM

Shacharis: 7:00 AM
Mincha: 4:30 PM

Motzai Shabbos:
Maariv: 9:10 PM

Shacharis: 8:00 AM

Please help with the minyanim.

The phone number at the house is 845-354-4898.

.המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

Seeking Hebrew School Teachers

Looking for two Hebrew School teachers for the 2011-12 school year on Sunday mornings from 10:00 AM to 12:45 PM.

Teaching experience a plus. Very competitive salary, Great children and mid-sized classes. Half hour ride from Monsey. Own transportation necessary.

For more information and to interview, please contact Chani at 973-493-7842 or

Mazel Tov Webbs!

Mazel tov to Reb Tzvi and Chaya Webb on the marriage of their son Avi to Bryna Novack of Los Angeles, California!
Photo: Dov Muchnik

Mazel Tov Abramowitzs!

Mazal tov to Yitzchok and Yehudis Abramowitz on the birth of a great granddaughter born to Tzvi and Esty Warburg of Yerushalayim!

Lunch & Learn at 18karrots kosher cafe

Friday, July 15, 2011

Dr. Yehuda Schild Sitting Shiva

Boruch Dayan HaEmes - We are deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of the mother of Dr. Yehuda Schild.

The Shiva schedule will be posted when it becomes available.

.המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

Early Maariv Minyan to Restart

Beginning this Sunday, 15 Tammuz, July 17, the daily early Maariv minyan at Tzemach Tzedek will begin again. This week the minyan will be at 9:15 PM. The regular 9:30 PM minyan remains at that time throughout the year.

Tzemach Tzedek Shiva Asar B’Tammuz Schedule

The following is the schedule at Tzemach Tzedek for the fast of Shiva Asar B’Tammuz this Tuesday, July 19:

Fast Begins: 3:57 AM
Shacharis 1: 6:45 AM
Shacharis 2: 8:00 AM
Mincha 1: 2:00 PM
Mincha 2: 8:10 PM
Maariv: 8:55 PM
Fast Ends: 9:01 PM

The 17th of Tammuz is a fast day, devoted to mourning the breaching of Jerusalem's walls and the other tragic events that occurred on this day and repenting and rectifying their causes. We refrain from all food and drink from daybreak until nightfall. Special prayers and Torah readings are added to the day's services.

Night Road Work on Route 306

There will be night road work (road resurfacing ) on Route 306 going north of Viola Road into Pomona on Sunday through Thursday evenings between the hours of 9:00 PM and 6:00 AM.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Babysitter Available

Experienced babysitter available for the year 2011-2012 in a fresh and clean environment. Please contact Mushki Silverstein at for more information.

Mazel Tov Jordans!

Mazel tov to Daniel and Chaya Jordan on the birth of a baby girl!

Shifra and Puah arranges homemade meals from people in the community for mothers of newborn children from our community. If you are able to cook a meal, please sign up on MealTrain or contact Karen Schild at or 845-354-4898.

Yud Bes Tammuz Farbrengen at Heichal Menachem Tonight

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Leiby Kletzky Levaya Tonight

Boruch Dayan HaEmes

Following almost 40 hours of anxious searching and heartfelt praying, thousands are expected to attend the levaya of 8 year old Leiby Kletzky A”H tonight, Wednesday, at 8:30 PM at Beis Medrash Heichal Hatfilah, on 56th Street between 16th and 17th Avenues in Borough Park, Brooklyn.

.המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

Guest Speaker for Women's Pirkei Avos Shiur

This week's Pirkei Avos shiur for women will be given by a special guest, Rabbi Dr. Alter BenTzion Metzger, who is in Monsey for Shabbos as part of the Ivy League Torah Study Experience Shabbaton.

The shiur is on Shabbos afternoon at 5:30 PM at the home of Mrs. Yehudis Abramowitz, 6 Zabriskie Terrace.

All women and older girls are invited!

Daily Hilchos Bais Habechirah Shiurim for Women

We are pleased to announce the second year of our daily Hilchos Bais Habechirah shiur for women, that takes place every weekday, Sunday through Friday, during the three weeks.

The shiur will begin on Tuesday, July 19, 17 Tammuz from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at the home of Mrs. Yehudis Abramowitz, 6 Zabriskie Terrace. The final shiur will take place on Erev Tisha B'Av, Monday, August 8.

Thanks to Rabbis Liberow, Soble, Abramov and Simpson for their participation in this exciting project. We will be learning from the Rambam Yad Hachazakah, Hilchos Bais HaBechirah.

Seeking Mother's Helper

Looking for a mother's helper to work in a day camp from 8:00 AM to 4:45 PM including travel time. Will provide transportation. If you are interested, please call Rivky at 845-290-6631.

Cheder Chabad Receives "Chase Community Giving" Contest Checks

Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean of Cheder Chabad of Monsey, receiving two checks totaling $65,000 from Mrs. Marilyn Wasserman of JPMorgan Chase Bank, as the Cheder's prize money from their participation in the two rounds of the recent "Chase Community Giving" competition.

Cheder Chabad of Monsey thanks everyone who participated in this competition and helped the Cheder win the prize!

In the background of the picture is an artist's rendering of the soon-to-be-built educational campus that will house the Cheder Chabad of Monsey Preschool and Girls' elementary school as well as Monsey Beis Chaya Mushka High School for Girls.

Photos: Devorah Goldstein

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Speaking to Your Kids About Personal Safety

“Speaking to Your Kids about Personal Safety” is a parenting workshop conducted by Rabbi Yakov Horowitz, Director of The Center for Jewish Family Life’s Project YES and dean of Yeshiva Darchei Noam in Monsey, NY.

Part of the Project YES "Keep Our Children Safe" initiative, it was designed to raise awareness among parents in our community about the importance of speaking to our children about safety and personal space.

N'shei Chabad Bookstore Update

New Titles:
  • Good Yom Tov (Stories behind the chassidishe Yomim Tovim for children)
  • Along a Winding Path 
  • Family Purity (Comprehensive Guide)
  • Chassidic Soul Remedies (Inspiring Stories) - Back in Print
For the next few weeks, please contact Mrs. Shayna Rochel Abramowitz at 845-578-1771.

Borough Park Boy Missing

UPDATE - With an indescribable amount of pain, and a heavy heart, we regret to inform you of the Petira of 9-year-old Leiby Kletzky A"H.

A nine-year-old boy named Leiby Kletzky never returned home from Boyan Day Camp located at 44th Street between 12th and 13th Avenues in Borough Park, Brooklyn after camp ended yesterday, Monday.

According to published reports, Leiby was last seen wearing “a grey and light blue striped shirt, navy pants, black sneakers and a knapsack bearing the words “Nechmod Day Camp” at the time of his disappearance.”

If you see this child, please call the NYPD police desk at 718-851-5641 or Shomrim at 718-871-6666 immediately. A $100,000 award has been offered for information leading to the return of Leibby. Please daven and say Tehilim for the quick and safe return of Yehuda ben Ita Esther.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Yud Bes Tammuz Farbrengen for Women

There will be a farbrengen for women in honor of Yud Beis Tammuz this Wednesday night, July 13, at 8:30 PM at the home of Basia Heiman 252 D Kearsing Parkway - Building 25.

Please come and participate in the farbrengen with your thoughts, divrei Torah and inspiration.

Reb Yosef Katan Sitting Shiva

Boruch Dayan HaEmes - We are deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of the sister of Reb Yosef Katan.

Reb Yosef is sitting Shiva at his home, 102 G Edison Court, in building 10 of Victoria Gardens (Route 306 to Kearsing Parkway to Jill Lane, 2nd left into the complex) tomorrow, Tuesday and Wednesday.

The davening times are as follows:
Shacharis: 7:00 AM
Mincha & Maariv: 8:00 PM

Please help make the minyanim.

The phone number at the house is 845-426-1001.

.המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

Rabbi Zalman Gopin Farbrengs at Heichal Menachem

Rabbi Zalman Gopin farbrenged at Heichal Menachem of Monsey in preparation of Gimmel Tammuz.

Local Shliach Attends JLI Conference

Rabbi Shmuel Zanvil Gancz, Shliach in Suffern, at the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute's 13th Annual Conference recently held at the Hyatt Regency in Long Island.

Rabbi Chaim Shaul Deitsch Farbrengs at Heichal Menachem

The Rosh Kollel of the Tzemach Tzedek Kollel in Yerushalayim and renowned Mashpia, Rabbi Chaim Shalom Deitsch, farbrenged at Heichal Menachem of Monsey on Gimmel Tammuz.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Yud Bes-Gimmel Tammuz Farbrengen

There will be a farbrengen this Thursday night, July 14, in honor of Yud Bes and Yud Gimmel Tammuz following the 9:30 PM Maariv minyan at Tzemach Tzedek.

The 12th of Tammuz is the birthday and the day in 1927 on which the Frierdiker Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Schneerson, was officially granted release from his sentence of exile to Kastroma in the interior of Russia.

Twenty-seven days earlier, the Rebbe had been arrested by agents of the GPU and the Yevsektzia (Jewish Section"of the Communist Party) for his activities to preserve Judaism throughout the Soviet empire and sentenced to death. International pressure forced the Soviets to commute the sentence to exile and, subsequently, to release him completely.

The actual release took place on Tammuz 13, and Tammuz 12-13 is celebrated as a "festival of liberation" by Lubavitcher Chassidim.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Bear in Nyack

A black bear is seen near Sixth Avenue and Front Street in Nyack on Wednesday.

Another Week at Lubavitch Day Camp

For more pictures and video of Lubavitch Day Camp visit

Pool for Rent

Tzvi and Esther Jacobs invite the community to swim in their refreshing pool at their home 16 Glenbrook Road.

The cost is $7 per person or $5 for each member of a family. Separate times for men and women.

Call 845-354-0716 for hours.

Seeking House Rental

A Chabad family moving to Monsey this summer is looking to rent a house with around four bedrooms near any of the Chabad shuls. Please call Leib at 774-386-4788.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Mazel Tov Hazans!

Mazel tov to Rabbi Michoel and Esther Hazan on the engagement of their son Berel to Shternie Stock of Crown Heights!

List of 5772 YMMLM Shluchim

Rabbi Elchanan Lesches of Oholei Torah has released the list of Talmidim Shluchim being sent from Beis Medrash Oholei Torah to Yeshivas Menachem Mendel Lubavitch of Monsey for the year 5772.

The Tmimim are:
Boruch Glick, Tzvi Gross, Yosef Yitzchok Moeller, Eliezer Krinsky, Menachem Mendel Shmukler and Shimon Shmerling.

We wish them much hatzlacha in their Shlichus in Monsey!

Seeking Ride from Crown Heights

Looking for a ride from Crown Heights to Monsey for 4-5 passengers this Sunday, July 10. Please contact 347-693-9291 or


Rabbi Yisroel Noach Wichnin learning with his sons at an Avos U'Banim program in honor of Gimmel Tammuz held in Beitar Illit, Eretz Yisroel.

Tzemach Tzedek Clean Up

If you are available to help get Tzemach Tzedek back in order from last night's farbrengen please come to the 7:00 PM Mincha minyan today, Wednesday.

Mesibos Shabbos for Boys

There will be a Mesibos Shabbos for boys in grades 1-5 this Shabbos afternoon, Parshas Balak, from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM at Tzemach Tzedek.

Rabbi Mendel Gluckowsky Farbrenging

Rabbi Mendel Gluckowsky, Rav of Rechovot, Eretz Yisroel and member of Vaad Rabanei Chabad of Eretz Yisroel, farbrenged with Rabbi Lesches and Rabbi Markowitz last night in honor of Gimmel Tammuz at Tzemach Tzedek Lubavitch of Monsey.

Pictures: Reb Avraham Hayman

Monsey Chabad Educators Participate in Kinus Mechanchim

Monsey Chabad mechanchim and melamdim joined more than 150 Torah educators from across the world for a two-day conference on education at the Dolce Conference Center in southern Connecticut earlier this week sponsored by the Merkos Education Office.

The conference offered educators the opportunity to explore new teaching skills, learn from their colleagues and leaders in various education-related fields, while enjoying a 48-hour period steeped in the world of education.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Liberow Bris

Rabbi Moishe and Rochie Liberow will I"YH be making a Bris for their newborn son tomorrow, Wednesday, morning, following the 8:00 AM Shacharis minyan.

Gimmel Tammuz Farbrengen Tonight

In honor of the auspicious day of Gimmel Tammuz there will be a community-wide Achdus farbrengen for men tonight, Tuesday, Gimmel Tammuz, July 5, at 8:00 PM in the main shul of Tzemach Tzedek (upstairs) and will include the participation of the local Lubavitch shuls - Beis Menachem, Chabad of South Monsey, Nusach Ari, and Tzemach Tzedek.

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.

Please come and bring your friends.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Rabbi Zalman Gopin Farbrenging Tonight

There will be a farbrengen tonight, Sunday, in preparation for Gimmel Tammuz, with Rabbi Zalman Gopin at Heichal Menachem at 9:30 PM.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Labkowski Farbrengen

Mendi Labkowski invites you to a farbrengen in honor of his birthday this Sunday night, July 3, following the 9:30 PM Maariv minyan at Tzemach Tzedek.

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

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.

Rabbi Mendel Lerman Farbrengs

Rabbi Mendel Lerman, Rav of the Bais Levi Yitzchok shul in Crown Heights, farbrenging last night at the home of Avraham Hayman.