Monday, August 29, 2011

N'shei Chabad Bookstore Update

Getting ready for the new school year? Getting ready for Chodesh Elul? Yomim Noraim? Getting ready for Moshiach?

The N'shei Chabad Bookstore is getting ready for all of the above!

Siddurim, Sefarim, Selichos, Machzorim, Tallis Katan, Tallesim, new Tzach Directory, and much more!

For children: The King in the Field; The High Holidays; My Little Machzor, new Moshiach workbook; Gut Yom Tov, DVD's and more!

Call Yehudis Abramowitz at845-558-8249 Flexible hours.

Mazel Tov Backmans!

Mazel tov to Rabbi Shlomo and Aidel Backman on the birth of a grandson born to Rabbi Simcha and Shterny Backman of Glendale, California!

Elul Learning Initiative

Erev Rosh Chodesh Elul 5771
Dear Anash,

In recent weeks there has been discussion among many of our Anash families about how to strengthen ourselves, as a community, in Torah and Yiddishkeit.

In meetings that included the Melamdim of the Cheder, Staff of the Mesivta, the Rabbonim of our community and some of the senior members of Anash, a suggestion was proposed that in honor of the month of Elul, we should make an effort to gather together for learning every evening during the month of Elul, whether learning on one’s own, with chavrusa or by attending a shiur.

My dear friends, by taking part in this effort, each one of us will make a tremendous impact on ourselves, on each other and on the community as a whole.

Please make this your first priority by joining this initiative, beginning tonight, Monday, evening, Rosh Chodesh Elul, at 8:30 PM at Tzemach Tzedek, 2 Langeries Drive, Monsey, followed by Maariv at 9:30 PM.

In the zchus of our efforts to increase in Torah learning, may we be blessed with a k’siva v’chasimah tovah and a shanah tovah u’mesuka.

Zalmen Leib Markowitz

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Beis Menachem Seeking Boys & Girls Programs Leaders

Beis Menachem is looking for Rebbe or older bachur to lead a boys davening program and a high school age girl to lead the girls program in shul on Shabbosim and Yomim Tovim.

For more information, please contact Miriam Zisman at emzisman@gmail.com or 347-992-0035.

Irene Damages Tzemach Tzedek Fence

Photo: Hirshel Rosenbluh

Birthright Program Attracts Students

By Liat Segal, Rockland Jewish Reporter

When J.T. Silverman signed up for Birthright, his main motivation was to have a good time with friends, a goal which the free trip to one famous country across the globe was bound to fulfill. Yet J.T. had more than just a fun time in Israel. In fact, he says, “it is probably the most amazing experience you can ever have.”

Silverman, a Rockland County resident who is studying criminal justice at SUNY Canton, explains that the trip “completely changes your perception about what’s important… really brought out [my] Jewish heritage, and just a different side of Israel that you never really see.”

Birthright has consistently proven meaningful for its scores of participants, according to Rabbi Dov Oliver, director of the Center for Jewish Life/Hillel at SUNY Rockland. He is a local coordinator of Birthright trips in the county and sees firsthand the positive effect they have on young adults.

“It is always a positive experience… a tremendous opportunity,” says Oliver. “Most of them don’t know what to expect; they think it’ll be just like going to Brazil, or any foreign country, but they end up having a very meaningful experience.”

And that’s what most students say is in store. For Birthright and RCC honors alumna, Dena Kopolovich, “It was most important to me in terms of spirituality. The whole place has a certain energy… magical, almost. You walk through the streets of Jerusalem and you feel that beautiful things are happening around you.”

Rockland Hillel has participated in Birthright for 12 years, and has an upcoming trip planned for December, for which applications are already being accepted. The trip will likely occur at the end of December, though dates are not firmly set until the best travel deals can be arranged, according to Oliver. The deadline for local participation is Tuesday, Sept. 13.

Alexa and Tyler Silver, Suffern, with new friend Nissim Ezra, one of eight IDF soldiers that joined the group for five days.
Young adults, age 18 to 26, are eligible to attend, and all Jewish Rockland residents in this age group are encouraged to apply. The 10-day trip is a gift for those who have never been on organized trips to Israel, and it is sponsored by the Birthright Israel Foundation, the Israeli government, and local Jewish Federations. In Rockland, the trips are largely coordinated through an organization called Maayanot, which, according to Oliver, is “a forerunner in Birthright sponsorships, with great recruitment and turnout.”

Oliver, who has been recruiting and accompanying Rocklanders on the trips for the past four years, says his goal for the participants is that they have a “meaningful spiritual experience in such an ideal place as Israel, and they should come back more actively involved in Jewish life.” His focus on the trips is to help participants “strengthen their Jewish identities” and admittedly, to raise their priority of “marrying a Jewish person,” in order to keep the heritage alive and strong.

Oliver likes to ensure that participants make the most of the trip. In Silverman’s case, Oliver arranged for what has become one of the most memorable rites of passage in Silverman’s life: a bar mitzvah at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.

“Growing up I wasn’t really religious,” says Silverman. “I grew up in a part of Florida that didn’t have a lot of temples so I never got a bar mitzvah. So Rabbi Oliver approached me about getting a bar mitzvah, and got a bar mitzvah at the Wall… What could be better than that?”

Oliver has arranged many such bar and bat mitzvahs on Birthright trips. He says, “A lot of times, when people haven’t had a bar or bat mitzvah, they feel as though they aren’t as Jewish—which of course is not true. But to have that celebration is very meaningful, especially at the Western Wall. They get called up to read at the Torah, they make a speech, they often make a resolution… it’s very powerful.”

Birthright has been known to be a life-changing experience for many young people, as it was for Silverman. Dena Kopolovich, who grew up in Monsey and studied liberal arts in the honors program at RCC, agreed.

“As a Jew, you feel like you’re at home,” says Kopolovich “[The trip] definitely had a lasting effect… It gave me the right and passion to defend Israel. There’s so much negative attention on the country. People who haven’t been there don’t really understand.”

According to Oliver, going on a Birthright trip often becomes a pivotal turning-point in the lives of its participants. “Many of them end up making aliyah—moving to Israel—and even joining the Israeli army.” While much of the effect that Birthright has on participating youths is usually thought to be purely spiritually-oriented, an emerging trend among participants is to gain insight and respect regarding Israel as a state.

According to Silverman, the trip is incredibly enjoyable on a social level as well. “I went with friends… and I gained friends.” Kopolovich, too, says that it was an opportunity to meet people from the community that she had not known before. “I met people I didn’t know, both from RCC and from Rockland in general… afterwards we would see each other at Hillel events.”

Birthright is famous for being a great time on many counts, yet its current popularity and demand make it more difficult to gain a spot on the trip. On a national level, nowadays only about 15 percent of applicants make it onto the trip, says Oliver.

“There are more applicants now and less funds, which makes it harder to gain a spot.”

Yet people should not be discouraged about the prospect of participating, says Rabbi Oliver. “If people go through the Rockland Hillel and contact me about applying, they have a better chance than if they do so individually… We have about 20-25 Rockland participants on each trip we’re involved in.”

The Hillel rabbi also emphasizes that the Rockland Birthright initiative is most certainly not limited to students of Rockland Community College. Rather, as the Hillel is not the Hillel of RCC alone, but rather the Hillel of all of Rockland, the trip is open to all Rockland residents who meet the basic eligibility criterion.

Oliver urges all to publicize the opportunity among people they know. “People should really stop and think about whom they know that is eligible, and encourage them to act on it. It’s an incredible opportunity.”

For more information contact Rabbi Dov Oliver at doliver@sunyrockland.edu.

Welcome Kaufmans!

Welcome to Avrohom and Channah Kaufman on their recent return to our community (Edison Court)!

Sofer in Tzemach Tzedek

As per the minhag to check Mezuzos and Tefillin during the month of Elul, Rabbi Nota Kuperman, a Sofer from Crown Heights, will be available to check your Tefilin and Mezuzos starting  this Sunday, 5 Elul, September 4, at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek.

Rabbi Kuperman will be available in the small minyan room from 2:00 PM to 10:00 PM every day for a few weeks.

Please make sure all items that are dropped off are in Ziploc bags and are properly labeled with your name and telephone number. There is a fee for his service.

Mazel Tov Silbers!

Mazel tov to Rabbi Zelig and Shaina Silber on the birth of a baby girl!

יה״ר שתזכו לגדלה לתורה לחופה ולמעשים טובים מתוך בריאות והרחבה בגו״ר און האבן אסאך חסידישע נחת! 

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.

An Angel in the Supermarket

By Anonymous, Chabad.org

It was Friday, on a balmy spring morning, and I was standing in line at the checkout counter in Rockland Kosher Supermarket. My cart was overflowing with groceries which would add up to a pretty penny. I was, however, the grateful recipient of food stamp benefits, and one swipe of my precious plastic card would cover the cost of my bimonthly food shopping trip. Nonetheless, I had chosen carefully, scanning the sale aisle for bargains, wanting to make the most of the government’s assistance. I loaded my items onto the counter and waited patiently for the cashier to add them up.

“Delivery, please,” I said. One hundred and fifteen dollars and sixty-three cents was my total. I confidently handed the cashier my food stamp benefit card. “Your food stamp balance is zero dollars and zero cents,” read the receipt. I stood there for a moment, not knowing what to do. “Please step aside while I put your order on hold and ring up the next customer,” said the cashier. I obediently stepped aside, racking my brain for a solution as to how to pay this bill. Please, G d, I thought, help me put food on my table.

Out of nowhere a well-dressed, kind-looking woman appeared. She smiled and said, “I can lend you the money, and you can pay me back at your convenience.” Thinking of my family’s wellbeing, I put my dignity in my pocket for later retrieval and nodded my assent. She handed her credit card to the cashier and waited while the transaction went through. I provided the delivery boy with my address and turned back to my benefactress to obtain her name and telephone number. Not seeing her, I scanned the store and the parking lot outside. She was nowhere to be found.

I walked out of the supermarket with a lump in my throat. Her kindness had opened up a torrent of emotions that for the past twelve months had been held in check. I quickened my pace as the tears began to flow, heading toward a quiet side street where I could cry in peace.

Exactly one year before, my husband had walked out on me, leaving me to care for my three children. He left me a note, saying that he no longer wanted to be tied down. From one day to the next I was thrust into a world of uncertainty. I had three beautiful daughters, ages three, six and nine, who were left fatherless and confused.

The years preceding this event had not been ideal. Soon after my marriage, I noticed that a large sum of money was missing from our joint bank account. When I asked my husband about it, he was evasive. That incident was the first hint that something was wrong. It took another few years to realize that I was married to a man who was addicted to gambling. He was slowly destroying his finances, himself and his family.

I consulted experts, did research and pleaded with him to go for help. But it was to no avail. When all our resources were depleted, he picked himself up and left.

I turned to government funds to help me stay above water and provide for my children. I turned to social services and became acquainted with Medicaid, food stamps and welfare. I enrolled in a part-time college program, and the kids—though saddened by the loss of their daddy, who wanted nothing to do with them—slowly began to heal. Slowly, my life returned to something resembling normalcy.

Although on the outside it appeared as if I was doing well, deep inside me there was an unbelievable rage which did not abate as the weeks and months rolled on. The abandonment of my husband meant the abandonment of my Father in Heaven. The losses of my childhood resurfaced and threatened to engulf me.

During the lonely silence of the nights, I would relive my childhood memories, picturing the day my parents were killed. I, an only child, was left an orphan. I was sent to be raised by an aunt. Although my aunt and uncle were well-meaning people, they were rigid and controlling. At the age of thirteen, my bedtime was still 8:00 PM. A sleepover was absolutely out of the question, and many of the privileges my friends enjoyed were foreign to me. My aunt would monitor my phone conversations and all my extracurricular activities. As I had an independent personality, this created friction, and I yearned for the moment when I would be set free.
As I moved through my teenage years, I secretly dreamed of the day when I would have a place I could truly call home. At the age of twenty-one, I was introduced to Leib. Leib was gentle and kind. He was loyal and principled, and we shared the same vision of building a fine Jewish home together. I was genuinely happy and looked forward with great anticipation to our future together. Nothing prepared me for the pain ahead.

When I first discovered that “Leiby” was addicted to gambling, I naively thought that we would work through this problem together. Little did I know that Leiby was not going to allow himself to be helped, and that he would fall into a depression and eventually leave me.

During those years of trial, I fervently prayed to my Father in Heaven to save our marriage. I desperately wanted my precious little girls to have a solid, stable home. The day Leiby left us, I began to function on two levels. While I marched forward, taking care of business and reconstructing our lives, my inner world was in turmoil and my faith was slowly eroding.

That Friday morning, in Rockland Kosher, an angel appeared out of nowhere, bringing not only a box full of groceries but a message full of love. It was that Friday that I renewed my relationship with G d, feeling strongly the sense of caring and security that accompanies the knowledge that He continues to hold me and my children in His arms.

I felt ready, at last, to move forward and reconnect with society. I accepted a longstanding invitation to the local rabbi’s house for the Sabbath meals. Friday, before sunset, I prepared the candles for lighting. The Sabbath table was covered in white, and my children were dressed in their Sabbath best. The candles shone bright, lighting up their innocent glowing faces and warming my soul. And as I stood there, I contemplated the day’s events.

A food stamp card that didn’t work, and a fellow human being who reached out to give without a second thought, combined to open my heart and reunite me with my Maker. G d has many ways of reminding his children of His loving presence. For me it happened at Rockland Kosher.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Rockland State of Emergency Begins at 6 PM Today

By Rockland Journal News

RAMAPO — First-responders and elected officials from many municipalities in Rockland gathered today to publicly urge residents to prepare for the arrival of Hurricane Irene before the storm arrives early Sunday.

Officials stressed the need for people to have plenty of non-perishable food and drinking water on hand, along with medications, flashlights and extra batteries, among other supplies.

They also said residents should not call 911 unless there was a true emergency, such as someone suffering a heart attack . Calls to report downed power lines and similar issues should instead be directed to local police departments. Officials are concerned that the 911 system could otherwise become overwhelmed and that those in immediate need of help won't get it.

Gordon Wren Jr., the county's director of fire and emergency services, said many communities will be affected by the storm, leaving fewer resources to tap from outside the area that might be able to lend a hand to Rockland, which happened when Hurricane Floyd hit in 1999.

He said people should be prepared for the potential loss of power, cell phone service and the use of portable home phones, which rely on electricity to work.

He urged residents to stock up on ice in coolers to help keep food fresh and to put gas in their cars in case they need to evacuate.

Meanwhile, County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef today signed the legal paperwork necessary to declare a state of emergency in Rockland. It will take effect as of 6 p.m. today and allows the county to require people to stay off the roads during the storm, among other powers.

"This is a serious storm," Vanderhoef said. "It's not anything we've had."

Officials also asked the public to secure outdoor objects such as lawn and patio furniture and garbage cans in advance of the storm, and said residents should essentially "batten down the hatches."

Vanderhoef, the supervisors of all five towns in Rockland and several village mayors held their news conference at the county Fire Training Center in Ramapo.

Orange and Rockland Utilities: Expect 'Widespread' Damage to Power System

By Rockland Journal News

PEARL RIVER — Orange and Rockland Utilities Inc. declared a full-scale Storm Alert this morning and further ramped up preparations to perform extensive emergency repairs to the widespread damage to the electric and gas systems expected from Hurricane Irene as it howls along the Atlantic seaboard this weekend.

Damage from the hurricane is expected to be profound.

In a statement issued by the company today, O&R Vice President of Operations James Tarpey said, "Based on the latest weather forecasts, O&R anticipates that it may have to virtually rebuild much of its electric system in Irene's wake, and that complete service restoration could be measured in weeks instead of days."

He added, "We expect this unprecedented storm to potentially impact more than half of our 300,000 electric customers. And, we anticipate extensive flooding that will result in our being forced to cut gas and electric service to affected homes and businesses for safety reasons."

Tropical Storm Floyd in 1999 resulted in power outages to 150,000 O&R customers - half the O&R system. Service restoration to all affected customers was completed within two weeks. Hurricane Irene is predicted to be much worse in terms of its severity, scope and impact on all the surrounding East Coast utilities.

O&R also expects substantial difficulties working safely because of flooding, downed trees and high winds. The flooding and downed trees also will present ongoing access problems to damage sites for crews. Then, because of expected extensive damage, reconstruction will far more labor-intensive than repair work.

Also, O&R cannot restore electric service to flood-damaged buildings until necessary repairs are made and then inspected and certified by an independent insurance underwriter.

Tarpey said, "We ask for the public's understanding and patience during the storm recovery process. As long as we are aware that you, or your area, are out of service, we will restore service as resources become available. In areas where damage may be extensive, significant resources and time may be required for us to rebuild your service."

If your electric service is interrupted, don't assume that O&R knows about the problem or that your neighbor has called in a report. Call O&R at 1-877-434-4100 to report the outage. Once you have reported the outage, if you have Internet access, you can save a telephone call by obtaining repair update information through O&R's website www.oru.com.

Also, if flooding has damaged your home or business and compromised your electric or gas service, treat that situation as an outage and report it to O&R as well.

If you think you smell natural gas, call O&R's Gas Emergency Hotline at 1-800-533-5325

O&R offers some tips to help customers prepare for the effects of possible heavy weather:

• For safety's sake, don't touch or approach any downed wires. Call O&R immediately at 1-877-434-4100 and let line crews safely deal with the problem.

• Stock up on non-perishable food, bottled water, manual can opener, baby supplies and pet food.

• Have emergency equipment within reach --- portable radio, flashlights, spare batteries, first aid kit, cell phone and important medications.

• If a family member relies on electrically operated medical devices, secure a portable generator or make alternate arrangements for care. O&R does not provide customers with generators.

• Keep at least a half-tank of gas in your car. Consider having extra cash on-hand, in case ATM machines don't work.

Women's Pirkei Avos Shiur Canceled

The women's Pirkei Avos shiur this Shabbos afternoon has been canceled due to the impending hurricane.

The men's Shulchan Aruch shiur will take place at 6:30 PM followed by Mincha at 7:20 PM at Tzemach Tzedek.

Daily Maariv Minyan Time Change

The first daily Maariv minyan at Tzemach Tzedek will take place at 8:30 PM next week and will remain at that time until after Rosh Hoshana.

The second minyan remains at 9:30 PM.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Mazel Tov Rosenbluhs!

Mazel tov to Eli and Chanie Rosenbluh on the birth of a baby girl!

יה״ר שתזכו לגדלה לתורה לחופה ולמעשים טובים מתוך בריאות והרחבה בגו״ר און האבן אסאך חסידישע נחת! 

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.

Poltoraks Present at JLI Retreat

Drs. Alex and Leah Poltorak at the recent Rohr Jewish Learning Institute National Jewish Retreat where they receptively presented on topics such as Quantum Entanglement and Torah, Age of the Universe – Cosmology vs. Torah and Gender Determination in Talmudic Law

Rockland Residents Urged to Prepare for Hurricane


Kesser Weekly Specials

The Kesser Distributors specials for this week are:

Chicken Leg Quarters (frozen) - $1.99 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.

Buy by the case and save! To order, please contact Chaim Holtzberg at yourkesser@gmail.com or 914-729-0838.

Kiddush This Shabbos at Tzemach Tzedek

R’ Naftali Marrus and R’ Hershel Rosenbluh and families cordially invite you to a Kiddush-Farbrengen in honor of the recent birth of their daughters this Shabbos, Parshas Re’eh, following davening at Tzemach Tzedek.

Tehillim begins at 8:30 AM followed by Shacharis at 10:00 AM.

R' Yaakov Rothstein to Sit Shiva

Boruch Dayan HaEmes - We are deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of Mrs. Bernice Rothstein A”H, the mother of R' Yaakov Rothstein.

Levaya:
The levaya is scheduled to take place tomorrow, Friday, at 1:00 PM at Baron Hirsch Cemetery, 1126 Richmond Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10314.

Shiva:
Yaakov will be sitting Shiva beginning Friday afternoon at his home, 660 Union Road. The davening times are as follows:

Motzai Shabbos:
Maariv - 8:21 PM

Sunday:
Shacharis – 9:00 AM
Mincha – 7:15 PM
Maariv – 8:15 PM

Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday:
Shacharis – 8:00 AM
Mincha – 7:15 PM
Maariv – 8:15 PM

Thursday:
Shacharis – 8:00 AM

Please help with the minyanim.

Notes:
Please do not attempt to assist with the minyan during the hurricane if the weather conditions are unsafe.

No calls after 10:00 PM please.

If you know of a Sefer Torah that can be used for the Shiva, please call 845-406-3670.

Meals:
If you are able to cook a dish or a meal for the family of aveilim, especially for this Shabbos, please sign up on MealTrain or call Mrs. Rochie Liberow at 845-517-9034.

.המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

Private Lessons Available

Motivate and bring your child to what he can be in learning.
  • Read fluent Siddur, Tehilim and Chumosh: The Kiwak method
  • Bar Mitzvah lessons
  • Private lessons in Chumash, Mishnayos and Gemara
  • Help with homework

Please contact Shalom Ber Munitz at 845-354-6875 or 646-773-0324.

Cheder Hires Secular Studies Principals

Cheder Chabad of Monsey is pleased to announce that among the many changes and improvements being made for the coming school year, are the hiring of Mr. David Kandel, MS, as Associate Principal for General Studies in the boy’s school and Mrs. Hannah Phillip as Associate Principal for General Studies in the girl’s school.

Mr. Kandel earned a Masters of Education in Administration and Supervision from the City College of NY and a Masters in Special Education from the Ferkauf Graduate Center of Yeshiva University. He has almost 40 years of education experience in the New York City public school system and the Yeshiva system.

Mrs. Phillip earned a Masters of Education and a Professional Diploma in School Psychology from Touro College in NY. Mrs. Phillip has extensive teaching experience, has served as guidance counselor in the Yeshiva system and is also a practicing therapist at CAPS-Bikur Cholim in Monsey.

Both Associate Principals bring with them wide-ranging experience in education and contacts within a far-reaching network of professionals to aid them in their endeavors. They will bring new energy and a new vision to the secular studies program at the Cheder by updating our current curriculum and putting a strong emphasis on teacher support and advances in student learning.

Please join us in taking the opportunity to welcome them to the Cheder and wishing them much hatzlacha!

Hayman Bris

Baruch Akiva and Rochel Hayman will be making the Bris for their newborn son tomorrow, Friday, at 12 noon at Tzemach Tzedek.

Welcome Kornhabers!

Welcome to Gene and Susan Kornhaber on their move to our community (Edison Court)!

Herald in the Month of Elul with Leah Marinelli

Join other women to herald in the auspicious month of Elul with Leah Marinelli, a beloved midwife, doula, childbirth educator and nurse practitioner. Relax and enjoy a gourmet and nutritious candlelight dinner as Leah offers practical and spiritual insights into making the most of Elul and the year ahead!

The event is this Tuesday, August 30th, at 8.00 PM. The cost is $18.00 or two for $30.00.

Please make reservations in advance to 845-402-818k or email 18karrots@gmail.com. For more information, please see their website.

Remember with Rosh Chodesh Elul we begin the auspicious journey of becoming who we want to be in the new year! Good luck with your journey!


Uniform Gmach


Cheder Chabad 12th Year Anniversary Dinner



Mazel Tov Dubrovas!

Mazel tov to Alex and Yehudis Dubrova on the birth of a baby girl!

יה״ר שתזכו לגדלה לתורה לחופה ולמעשים טובים מתוך בריאות והרחבה בגו״ר און האבן אסאך חסידישע נחת! 

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.

Mazel Tov Drizins!

Mazel tov to Rabbi Dov and Hindy Drizin on the birth of a baby girl!

יה״ר שתזכו לגדלה לתורה לחופה ולמעשים טובים מתוך בריאות והרחבה בגו״ר און האבן אסאך חסידישע נחת! 

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.

Seeking Hebrew School Teachers

Chabad Center in Wayne, New Jersey, which is a short ride from Monsey, is seeking Hebrew School Teachers for the upcoming school year.

The job offers competitive pay and a nice working environment.

Minimum teaching experience is one complete year. Serious inquiries only.

Please contact 973 694-6274 or chanig@optonline.net.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Beis Menachem Seeking Leader for Boys Program

Beis Menachem is looking for a Rebbe or older Bochur to lead the boys davening program on Shabbos and Yomim Tovim. For more information, please contact emzisman@gmail.com.

Mazel Tov Haymans - Shalom Zachor!

Mazel tov to Boruch Akiva and Rochel Hayman on the birth of a baby boy!

Mazel tov to the grandparents Avraham and Devorah Hayman and Haim and Dina Mishli!

The official Shalom Zachor will take place tonight at Chabad of Suffern, 123 Route 59 in Suffern.

All are invited as well to a Shalom Zachor tonight at the Hayman home, 10 Langeries Drive.

יה״ר שתזכו להכניסו בבריתו של אברהם אבינו בעתו ובזמנו ולגדלו לתורה לחופה ולמעשים טובים
 מתוך בריאות והרחבה בגו״ר מיט אסאך חסידישע נחת!

Port Authority Approves Smaller Toll Increases

By Esmé E. Deprez and Terrence Dopp, Bloomberg

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey approved a scaled-back toll increase offered by Governors Andrew Cuomo and Chris Christie that will raise bridge and tunnel fares by $4.50 over five years.

The authority board, whose members are appointed by the two governors, voted today for the plan that includes a $1.50 toll increase effective next month for cars using E-ZPass during rush hour. The original proposal, which called for a $6 increase over four years, to $14 from $8, was revised after the governors deemed it “unacceptable.”

This Shabbos is Chof Av

This Shabbos is Chof Av, the yahtzeit of the Rebbe's father, Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson (1878-1944), in Alma Ata, Kazakhstan.

Rabbi Levi Yitzchak was Chief Rabbi of Yekaterinoslav (currently Dnepropetrovsk), and was arrested and exiled to Kazakhstan by the Stalinist regime as a result of his work to preserve Jewish life in the Soviet Union.

The Rebbe's personal request was for everyone to participate in a farbrengen, increase in Torah learning and davening and give additional Tzedaka on Chof Av in honor of his father.

The Rebbe said that whoever gives Tzedaka in honor of his father, Hashem will bless them "with His full, open, generous hand and many times over….. five hundred times” (Sicha Chof Av 5739).

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Jewelry

Jewelry for every occasion. Prices guaranteed well below retail. Repairs and refurbishments welcome. Please contact Yanky Stuart at 845-558-4237 or ystuart245@gmail.com.

Seeking Ride to Parksville

Looking for a ride to Gan Yisroel Parksville for Shabbos. If you are going to Gan Yisroel or nearby from Monsey on Friday, please contact Mendel at 845-368-1889.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Mazel Tov Gottliebs!

Mazel tov to Sosha Gottlieb and Simcha Gottlieb on the birth of a granddaughter born to Bina and Tzvi Weiss of Miami Beach, Florida!

R' Gedaliah Druin to Sit Shiva in Monsey

Boruch Dayan HaEmes - We are deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of the mother of Rabbi Gedaliah Druin of Florida (formerly of Monsey).

Reb Gedaliah will be sitting Shiva in Monsey starting tomorrow, Thursday, evening through Sunday morning at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, the Koenigs, at 22 Manchester Drive. He will be leaving back to Florida on Sunday morning right after Shacharis.

The following are the davening times:

Thursday: 
Maariv 9:00 PM

Friday:
Shacharis: 7:30 AM
Mincha: 6:45 PM

Motzai Shabbos:
Maariv: 8:35 PM

Sunday:
Shacharis: 7:30 AM

.המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

Jewish Heritage Night at the Rockland Boulders

Take yourself and your family/friends out to the ballgame and support Mivtzoim in the region! Tickets are $18 apiece or 2 for $30 or 4 for $54. Please contact Rabbi Dov Oliver to purchase or reserve tickets at dovoliver@gmail.com or 845-659-2388.


Weekly Sunday Night Shiur

Taste the flavor of the lives and times of the early Chassidim.

Join Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman every Sunday night at 8:30 PM in the backroom of Tzemach Tzedek and learn a Sicha of the Frierdiker Rebbe.

Tzemach Tzedek Childrens Programs

Following up on our earlier post about the new children’s program for older girls, the board of directors, members and guests of Tzemach Tzedek thank Tzipora Esther Schild for her continued service to the community as the group leader of the younger children's group (which is taking place this Shabbos).

We would also like to welcome Shaindel Goldfarb who will be leading the new group for girls ages 8 through 12.

Thank you to Chesky Litzman for sponsoring $180 for the children’s programs. If you would like to help sponsor these important programs please contact Eli Cohen at eli.cohen@ralphlauren.com.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Kosher Pizza at Palisades Mall

By Sandy Eller, VIN News

Rockland County, NY - For the first time since its opening in 1998, the Palisades Mall, located off the New York State Thruway in Rockland County, will be offering something special to the Jewish community: kosher food.

“We are thrilled to be able to provide the heimishe community with kosher l’mehadrin food at the mall,” said Shragi Kahana, one of the co-owners of Fun City, in an interview with VIN News.

While the newly opened Fun City features numerous attractions for children ages two through twelve, the snack bar, under the hechsher of R’ Usher Schechter of Congregation K’hal Ohr Moshe in Queens, is open to both the general public and Fun City patrons. Featuring pizza, knishes, snacks and a full milchig menu, all products are cholov yisroel and pas yisroel.

Located minutes from Monsey and one hour away from both Brooklyn and the Catskills, the Palisades Mall is the tenth largest mall in the United States and a tourist destination for many. Fun City is located on the third floor of the mall and offers rides, lazer tag, arcade games, mini golf, gemstone panning and MagiQuest, an interactive journey through an enchanted realm.

Machane Bnos Monsey (MBM) Camp Picture


N'shei Chabad Bookstore Update

Many new titles have arrived, including:
  • Kehos Chumash Devarim
  • Shulchan Aruch HaRav - Hebrew/English - Choshen Mishpat
  • Divine Prism - Studies in Sefer Devarim
  • The Jewish Home - Illuminated by Kabbalah and Chassidus
  • Gut Yom Tov - For Children - Chassidishe Yomim Tovim
Tallis Katan (all sizes) and Tallis Gadol (all sizes); CD's, DVD's, wall pushkas and much more!

Please contact Yehudis Abramowitz at 845-558-8249.

Looking for a Playgroup

Looking for a playgroup for an 18 month old girl. Please email devorahheidings@gmail.com. Thank you in advance!

Visiting Day at CGI Montreal




Tzemach Tzedek Starting Shabbos Program for Girls 7-12

In addition to the current Shabbos morning program for girls ages 4 through 7 (and boys through pre-1A), Tzemach Tzedek is happy to announce that a new program will be starting this Shabbos, Parshas Eikev, for girls ages 7 through 12.

The younger girls program takes place in the weekday davening room in the back of the building and the older girls program will take place downstairs in the Kiddush room.

Both programs will take place from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

Thanks to Eli Cohen for organizing this!

New Tehillims Donated to Tzemach Tzedek

Thirty three beautiful Tehillims, recently published by Tzivos Hashem, have been donated to Tzemach Tzedek to be used for the various childrens' programs as well as for the MonseyYouth Shabbos Mevorchim Tehillim and Mesibas Shabbos programs directed by Rabbi Sruli Goldberg.

Thanks to the following families for sponsoring them - Avraham and Devorah Hayman, Yosef and Tovah Hott, Mordechai and Malka Litzman, Shloime and Shternie Litzman, Tzadok Leib and Gwen Messin and Alex and Leah Poltorak.

The Shul still needs ten more copies. If you would like to sponsor one or a few for $36 a piece, please contact Shloime Litzman at sambunzl@gmail.com.

Thanks to Shloime Litzman for coordinating this!

$100 Worth of Meat & Chicken for Only $70

Starting tomorrow, Tuesday, August 16, Jewpon.com will be offering $100 worth of quality meat and chicken from Kesser Distributors for only $70!


Free Microwave & Stroller

Anyone interested in picking up a perfectly working dairy microwave or stroller (needs to be dusted) please email zelly770@gmail.com.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Seeking Office Help

Chabad of Suffern is looking for a part time secretary to start immediately. Please contact the office for more details at 845-368-1889.

The Chairman


Beis Menachem Meeting

Beis Menachem will be having a Shul meeting this Tuesday night, August 16, at 8:00 PM at the home of Shmuel and Michal Rimler, 1 Spring Rock Place. All members and friends of the Shul are encouraged to attend!

Tzemach Tzedek Matching Grant Deadline Extended

Reb Avraham Hayman has extended the deadline for his matching grant for Tzemach Tzedek so that you can now still pledge and pay through tomorrow, night, Monday, Tu B’Av.

Please contact avrahamhayman@gmail.com to make your pledge today or tomorrow.

R' Dovid Kaplan Making Farbrengen

Reb Dovid Kaplan will be making a farbrengen this Wednesday night, August 17, following the 9:30 PM Maariv minyan at Tzemach Tzedek as an expression of thanks to the Aibishter for his health following the stroke that he suffered eight years ago on this day.

All are invited and encouraged to participate!

Mazel Tov Munitzs - L'chaim Tonight!

Mazel tov to Rabbi and Mrs. Shalom Ber and Devorah Munitz on the engagement of their daughter Esther Leah to Zalmy Pinson of Crown Heights!

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

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Mazel Tov Freundlichs!

Mazel tov to Bentzi and Naama Freundlich on the birth of a baby girl!

Mazel tov to the grandparents Rabbi & Mrs. Yoel and Miriam Freundlich!

יה״ר שתזכו לגדלה לתורה לחופה ולמעשים טובים מתוך בריאות והרחבה בגו״ר און האבן אסאך חסידישע נחת! 

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, August 12, 2011

Early Maariv Minyan

The first daily Maariv minyan at Tzemach Tzedek will be at 8:45 PM next week. The second Minyan remains at 9:30 PM.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Kiddush at Tzemach Tzedek This Shabbos

Moshe and Eliyahu Meshchaninov and families are sponsoring the Kiddush-Farbrengen this Shabbos at Tzemach Tzedek in honor of finishing saying Kaddish for their mother.

Rabbi Kagan Making His 3rd Siyum Since Rosh Chodesh Av

Photo: Hirshel Rosenbluh

Tu B'Av Farbrengen for Men

There will be a farbrengen for men in honor of Tu B’Av this Sunday night, August 14, following the 9:30 PM Maariv minyan at Tzemach Tzedek.

Disconnect this Tzom Gedaliah (or anytime)

To join, please click here.

Morah Chedva's Playgroup

Morah Chedva's playgroup for ages 2 1/2 - 3 1/2 is conveniently located in the New Hempstead/Pomona neighborhood.

There are only a few spots still available!

Click to enlarge.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Sunday - Tu B’Av Farbrengen with Malka Touger

"Israel has no days as festive as the 15th of Av and Yom Kippur....” - Rabbi Shimon ben Gamliel

Celebrate Tu B’Av at an intimate and inspiring farbrengen for women with world-renowned educator, lecturer and author, Mrs. Malka Touger, this Sunday night, August 14, at 8:00 PM, at the home of Devorah Hayman, 10 Langeries Drive.

In the spirit of Tu B’Av, the evening’s theme will be marriage, shalom bayis and shidduchim. Malka Touger will explore “Man and Woman are from Bereishis” and the inspiring and profound lessons for marriage and shalom bayis taught from the way Hashem created man and woman. Everyone should also bring the names of those needing shidduchim to give brochas on this auspicious night!

Light refreshments will be served. Suggested donation is $7. Please tell your friends!

A recipient of the Torah U’Mesorah Teacher of the Year award, Malka Touger is a world renowned teacher and lecturer. She has authored and co-authored several best-selling books and produced a number of educational videos in both English and Hebrew.

Av Siyumim

For the updated list of people making a Siyum after the 9:30 PM Maariv minyan at Tzemach Tzedek through Tu B'Av, please click here.

Last Chance for Tzemach Tzedek Matching Grant

Today, Wednesday, is your last chance to make a pledge to Tzemach Tzedek and have it matched. To make a pledge, please contact Reb Avraham Hayman by midnight tonight at avrahamhayman@gmail.com. To make a credit card payment, please contact Reb Mordechai Litzman at mordyl@optonline.net or click here before this Monday.

The terms of the matching grant are as follows:
  • Any family pledging from $180 to $999 will be matched dollar for dollar.
  • Any family pledging $1,000 will be double matched (i.e. the Shul will get $3,000).
  • All pledges must be made to Avraham Hayman at avrahamhayman@gmail.com by midnight tonight, Wednesday, the 10th of Av.
  • All payments must be made to the shul by this Monday, Tu B'Av.
Extra payment time will be allowed for donations being requested from charitable foundations.

If you daven or learn at Tzemach Tzedek during the week or on Shabbos or use the services of the Rav, please make an effort to participate in this campaign where you can double or triple the impact of your gift.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Two-Day Matching Grant for Tzemach Tzedek

As is done every year on Tisha B’Av, an appeal was made tonight for Tzemach Tzedek where every family is kindly asked to contribute $180. This is done now, in the summer, when the shul’s income is at its lowest.

This year the shul finds itself in the worst financial situation it has been in the last 10 years. As such, Reb Avraham Hayman has generously agreed, for the first time for Tzemach Tzedek, to match funds donated to the shul over the next two days.

The terms of the matching grant are as follows:
  • Any family pledging from $180 to $999 will be matched dollar for dollar.
  • Any family pledging $1,000 will be double matched (i.e. the Shul will get $3,000).
  • All pledges must be made to Avraham Hayman at avrahamhayman@gmail.com on Tuesday and Wednesday, the 9th and 10th of Menachem Av, only.
  • All payments must be made to the shul by this Monday, Tu B'Av.
Extra payment time will be allowed for donations being requested from charitable foundations.

If you daven or learn at Tzemach Tzedek during the week or on Shabbos or use the services of the Rav, please make an effort to participate in this campaign where you can double or triple the impact of your gift.

Rabbi Gancz Speaks at Mid-Atlantic Kinus

Rabbi Aaron Dovid Ganz speaking at the regional Kinus HaShluchim of the Mid-Atlantic states (New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Washington DC, Virginia, West Virginia and Delaware) which took place last Thursday in Manalapan, New Jersey.

Motorcyclists Spreads Judaism

By Gillian Mohney, The Brooklyn Ink

A few days before Passover last April, a stream of RVs decorated with Hebrew letters rolled down Eastern Parkway in the Crown Heights area of Brooklyn. The caravan of 61 vehicles was not a trailer park gone rogue, but an annual parade of the so-called Mitzvah Tanks that the Chabad-Lubavitch movement uses to encourage Jews toward religious observance. This year, though, the tanks were flanked by the the newest and perhaps unlikeliest members of Chabad outreach, a group of Hasidic and Orthodox motorcyclists called Rebbe’s Riders.

Using a blend of horsepower and religious traditions, the members of Rebbe’s Riders are repurposing the biker gang for the fervently Orthodox set. While motorcycles may appear to be an odd choice for religious outreach, founder Jonah Halper was inspired by the followers of Chabad-Lubavitch. The 30-year-old Halper started Rebbe’s Riders with the hope of persuading unobservant Jews to “get closer to Judaism and closer to practice.”

Although the Chabad-Lubavitch movement has a relatively small number of followers, with the best reported estimates counting approximately 200,000 Lubavitchers globally, the reach of the movement is expansive. Under the leadership of the late rebbe, Menachem M. Schneerson, the global outreach of Chabad-Lubavitch grew exponentially during the last half-century, resulting in the opening of more than 4,000 Chabad houses.

The Chabad houses are run by young rabbis and their wives and are designed as outposts of Jewish culture where even unobservant Jews can get a kosher meal or be exposed to Jewish traditions. While Schneerson died in 1994, the followers of Chabad-Lubavitch continue to view Schneerson as their leader and practice outreach in the name of the rebbe. Halper says that the different Chabad houses will serve as the home base for the various chapters of Rebbe’s Riders.

Although Halper, an Orthodox Jew, is not a follower of Chabad-Lubavitch, he describes his admiration for the Hasidic group as the impetus behind Rebbe’s Riders. “It’s not affiliated in any official capacity, but rather it’s in the spirit of Chabad,” said Halper, who has had friends and family influenced by it. “I realized that this is the key to their success. They don’t treat Judaism as if it’s reserved for the select few.”

This desire to engage with all Jews, whether practicing or not, in the hopes inspiring them to become more observant is a major goal for the followers of Chabad-Lubavitch. Sue Fishkoff, a journalist and author of The Rebbe’s Army: Inside the World of Chabad-Lubavitch, describes their objective in religious terms. “They’re trying to put Jews in touch with what we call the ‘pintele yid,’ the spark that they see inside every Jew that ties him or her to Jewish tradition,” said Fishkoff. “However they can awaken that spark, they will try to do it.”

This desire to inspire a religious awakening is echoed by Halper and by the Rebbe’s Riders website, which encourages people to join and start “Finding the Sparks on the Road.”

While a biker gang may seem an unlikely entry point for a secular Jewish person to turn observant, Halper found the niche an asset. Halper wanted to connect to people through an activity that was not primarily for religion but for amusement. In fact, with their bushy beards and yarmulkes hidden under their helmets, the members of Rebbe’s Riders can look like any other motorcycle group out for a joy ride.

The riders’ ability to be characterized by both their riding skills and their faith was key to Halper. “Any marketing person will tell you it’s very important to connect with people where they’re at,” said Halper. He hopes, for example, that riders will end a road trip by enjoying some kosher delicacies or by discussing the Torah over a meal.

Since the chapters of Rebbe’s Riders are set up through different Chabad Houses, Halper expects each chapter to reflect the needs of its house. The possible activities include having groups of riders come together to do volunteer work, planning a ride for charity, and hosting a weekly ride that encourages a discussion about religion.

Halper says his ideal outing means letting riders “do what they love to do most, which is riding and use that as a platform for Jewish learning, thought and practice.” This use of community in order to aid religious outreach is a trademark of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement. As Fishkoff explains, “It’s directed at Jews, they should have a good time with other Jews, and then want to be closer to the Jewish community.”

For Eli Zisman, the head of the Rebbe’s Riders in upstate New York and a follower of Chabad-Lubavitch, using his love of riding to promote Judaism is a necessary part of his religious duty. “In Chabad you have to go with what’s popular and try and use any way possible—that’s allowed by Jewish law—to bring people closer to Judaism,” said Zisman. Both Zisman and Halper aim to use the Rebbe’s Riders as a means of breaking through the notion of Judaism as old-fashioned or stodgy. Zisman hopes that if people see a rabbi on a bike, it might help reshape their image of the ancien old religion.

Only a few months old, Rebbe’s Riders has grown quickly. Since its inaugural ride in the Mitzvah Tank parade, the group has opened chapters in Brooklyn, upstate New York, New Jersey, and Hawaii, with the largest chapter featuring 12 members in Monsey, N,Y. The group does not ask for any dues. Rather, it encourages members to support their local Chabad House.

Although Rebbe’s Riders may epitomize the changing face of Orthodox Judaism, they are also an embodiment of a new breed of bikers. According to Eric Gelia of King Cycles, a motorcycle shop near the Chabad-Lubavitch headquarters in Brooklyn, bikers have become much more mainstream in the past decade. “They’re more open, people embrace it wholeheartedly,” said Gelia. Although Zisman acknowledges that a few people have been skeptical of attaching the Judaism label to a motorcycle group, he maintains that the old biker characterizations are outdated. “The stereotype of the Hell’s Angels has gone already.”,” said Zisman.

In fact, Halper contends that the “wild and crazy” label given to most bikers doesn’t apply. Citing the many dangers while riding on the road, Halper insists that intense concentration is required when competing with cars and trucks at breakneck speeds. Halper reasons that by necessity bikers are some of the most disciplined people on the road. “You have to be so, so conservative and so, so proactive when you’re riding so you don’t end up as road kill,” said Halper.

Zisman agrees and finds a link between being an observant Jew and good rider. Acknowledging that being observant means constant discipline, Zisman finds that, along with his wife and children, his religion reminds him to ride safely.

“Our bodies are on loan from God,” said Zisman. “If we don’t take care of our bodies, how are we going to serve God?”

Seeking Co-Rider to CGI Montreal

Looking for a passenger to share a ride from Monsey to CGI of Montreal this Sunday leaving Monsey at approximately 5:00 AM and leaving camp back to Monsey at approximately 6:00 PM.

Late model Japanese car and iPod full of Chassidishe music and shiurim included. Or, if you like, I can ride with you. I'd help with the gas, of course.

Please contact Hershel (before Shabbos) at 917-755-4234 or hrosenbluh@gmail.com.

Hashavas Aveida - Lost Raincoat

If you took a black microfiber raincoat this past Motzoei Shabbos from Tzemach Tzedek that isn't yours please return it to shul or call Hershel at 917-755-4234.

It buttons right over left, has no lining, has a paint stain somewhere, and is slightly torn at the slit. It's either Ralph Lauren or Bill Blass (who remembers?) and is probably a size 46/48.

Tzemach Tzedek Tisha B'Av 5771 Schedule

For the Tzemach Tzedek Tisha B'Av schedule, please click here.

Commuters Fume Over Proposed NY-NJ Toll Hikes

Associated Press

TRENTON, N.J. — Although he lives in northern New Jersey, Raul Ramirez says his heart belongs to New York City.

He works at a hospital in Brooklyn, has lots of family in the Bronx and loves to watch New York's two major league pro baseball teams play, especially against each other.

But the 42-year-old Hackensack resident fears he won't be able to afford the commute if the Port Authority's newly announced plan to raise tolls by $4 next month on the George Washington Bridge and the Lincoln and Holland tunnels comes to fruition.

"I'm thinking the only way I could pay for those (higher) tolls is to get another mortgage or take out a bank loan," said Ramirez, who takes mass transit whenever possible but frequently needs to drive his own car into New York.

Under the proposal announced Friday, drivers who come into New York City from New Jersey at rush hour will be paying $12 a day — even if they have an E-Z Pass. The off-peak toll will be $10. Without the pass, rush hour travel will cost $15. Trucks with E-Z Pass will pay $6 more per axle.

The Port Authority also announced a $1 hike in the fare on the PATH train that connects New Jersey to Manhattan. It said the average PATH fare will be $2 with multi-trip discounts.

And it gets worse for passenger cars and trucks — the tolls would rise by an additional $2 in 2014.

The increase would apply to all of the agency's bridge and tunnel crossings, which also include the Bayonne and Goethals Bridges and the Outerbridge Crossing between New Jersey and Staten Island.

"That's just crazy ... what's their justification for doing this?" Stacey Mahpour of Englewood asked Sunday while stopped at a gas station near the George Washington Bridge.

While Mahpour visits the city infrequently, her husband, an environmental engineer, travels there often. And she says mass transit isn't really an option for him because he has to travel to different sites throughout the area for his job.

"Fortunately for him, he's reimbursed for his commute expenses, but I feel bad for the people that have to do that each day and pay for it out of their own pocket. I don't understand the rationale for such a big toll boost, and I think it's unnecessary."

The Port Authority said that without a fare increase, it will be risking "240 critical infrastructure projects and thousands of jobs." It said the recession and security costs had left revenue $2.6 billion below projected amounts. The agency also said rebuilding the World Trade Center is costing more than $11 billion, and its security costs are nearly three times the pre-9/11 level.

The overall fare and toll increase proposal is subject to approval by the Port Authority's board of commissioners, which is meeting Aug. 19. If the board approves the plan, it is subject to veto within 10 days by either Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York or Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, said authority spokesman Steve Coleman.

The governors have issued a joint statement saying they would review the proposal but have "obvious and significant concerns."

Also concerned is Danielle Albert, a 36-year-old Teaneck resident who takes the Hudson River crossings into New York about two to three times a week, mostly to visit relatives and the city's various attractions.

Albert always drives in and says the overall trip between New Jersey and New York costs her about $20 in tolls each time, and any toll boost will likely force her to cut back on her travels.

"That makes me unhappy, because part of the reason why I live near (New York) is I can use what the city has to offer. My kids love it, they love to go there and see the museums, but if it gets too expensive, I probably won't go there as often," she said.

Ramirez estimates his overall travel costs — excluding gas — are about $1,500 a year, and says he'll definitely be spending less time in New York if the increase is approved.

"Where do they think people are going to get the funds for this (increase)," he asked. "Do they think I have hundreds of dollars in my couch or under my bed?"

3D Beis Hamikdash Presentations at Heichal Menachem

The Rebbe on Tisha B'Av

Friday, August 5, 2011

Welcome Goldsteins!

Welcome to Hershel and Chaya Goldstein on their move to our community (Kearsing Parkway)!

Rescuing the Lost Child

To read a talk given by Rav Yosef Heller, the Rosh Kollel in Crown Heights, addressing the recent tragedy in Boro Park, please click here (PDF).

Early Maariv Minyan

The first daily Maariv minyan at Tzemach Tzedek will be at 9:00 PM next week. The second Minyan remains at 9:30 PM.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Rockland Students Visit Israel

This past week Rabbi Dov and Shevy Oliver, directors of the Center for Jewish Life at RCC, returned from leading an uplifting Mayanot Birthright Israel trip to Eretz Yisroel with students from Rockland and the surrounding areas.

A number of the participants celebrated their belated Bar or Bas Mitzvahs and received Jewish names at a special event and celebration. The tour visited Tzfas, Tiveria, Yerushalayim and Tel Aviv. Some of the more special stops were in Tzfas where the boys went to the Arizal’s Mikvah and the girls had a private tour and discussion at the ladies Mikvah.

Highlights for many were the Friday night davening at the Kosel and separate learning programs at the Mayanot Men’s and Women’s programs.

A reunion Shabbos has already been scheduled for two weeks from now, before many students head off to new colleges, particularly those transferring from RCC.





Kesser Post Nine Days Specials

Order now for after the nine days. The Kesser Distributors specials for this week are:

Chicken Leg Quarters- $1.99 per pound
3 Bone Flanken - $7.99 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.

Buy by the case and save! To order, please contact Chaim Holtzberg at yourkesser@gmail.com or 914-729-0838.

Tu B’Av Farbrengen with Malka Touger

"Israel has no days as festive as the 15th of Av and Yom Kippur....” (Rabbi Shimon ben Gamliel)

Celebrate Tu B’Av at an exciting and inspiring farbrengen for women with world-renowned educator and lecturer, Mrs. Malka Touger, Sunday night, August 14, at 8:00 PM, at the home of Devorah Hayman, 10 Langeries Drive.

In the spirit of Tu B’Av, the evening’s theme will be marriage, shalom bayis and shidduchim. Malka Touger will explore the inspiring and profound lessons for marriage and shalom bayis taught from the way Hashem created man and woman. Everyone should also bring the names of those needing shidduchim to give brochas on this auspicious night!

Light refreshments will be served. Suggested donation is $7.

Today's HaYom Yom

No matter how much effort is exerted, no-one can earn one cent more than G-d has ordained that he - this particular person - shall earn.

One must do what is necessary, but one must remember that all his work is but an adjunct.

The main thing is G-d's blessing, and that blessing is earned by being observant of G-d's commands: Davening with a minyan, observing Shabbat b'hidur (beyond the minimum, with "beauty"), meticulous observance of kashrut, having children instructed by sincerely religious teachers.

Tzemach Tzedek Seeking Kiddush Co-Sponsors

Co-sponsors are needed in order for there to be a Kiddush-Farbrengen this Shabbos, Shabbos Chazon, at Tzemach Tzedek. If you are interested, please contact Reb Avraham Hayman at avrahamhayman@gmail.com.

Tzemach Tzedek Tisha B'Av 5771 Schedule

If chas v'shalom Moshiach does not come before then, the following is the schedule for Tisha B'Av 5771 at Tzemach Tzedek:




Monday, Erev Tisha B’Av, 8 Av (August 8):
Shacharis 1: 7:00 AM
Shacharis 2: 8:00 AM
Mincha: 6:30 PM
Seudas HaMafsekes at Home
Fast Begins: 8:05 PM
Marriv followed by Eicha: 8:45 PM

Tuesday, Tisha B'Av, 9 Av (August 9):
Shacharis 1 followed by Kinus: 8:00 AM
Shacharis 2 followed by Kinus: 9:00 AM
Shacharis 3 followed by Kinus: 10:00 AM
Chatzos: 1:01 PM
Mincha 1 (with Tefillin): 2:00 PM
Mincha 2 (with Tefillin): 7:30 PM
Maariv: 8:35 PM
Fast Ends: 8:37 PM

ונזכה שיהפכו ימים אלה לששון ולשמחה ולמועדים טובים
 !בביאת משיח צדקנו תיכף ומיד ממש

Please only park on the same side of the street as the shul. When there are cars parked on both sides of the street it creates a dangerous traffic condition.

The photo is of the Rebbe reading the haftora at his home on 10 Menachem Av 5748 (nidche), July 24, 1988.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Free Document Shredding Day

The Town of Ramapo will be sponsoring a Free Document Shredding Day for Town residents on Sunday, August 21st in the Ramapo Town Hall parking lot, 237 Route 59 in Suffern, from 12:00 Noon to 3:00 P.M., or until the on-site truck is full.

Shredding Day is being held once again to give Town residents the opportunity to dispose of their unwanted personal/financial documents at no charge. More than 8.1 million people became victims of identity theft this past year making it the fastest growing crime in the U.S. according to the Better Business Bureau. Shredding Day is an opportunity for Ramapo residents to gather their unused documents/records and have them securely disposed of.

The shredder truck will be provided by HB Data Security. Metal, plastic items, three ring binders and hardcover books are not acceptable for shredding. The "Ramapo Shredding Day" limits each person to three boxes (Height 9" and Width 11" X 17") of paper documents.

Hatzoloh Warns of the Dangers of Paraffin

Washer & Dryer for Rent or Sale

We have a Kenmore electric dryer that is only a few years old and a Maytag washer available for rent or sale. Please call 570-328-1921.

Seeking General Studies Teachers

Cheder Chabad of Monsey has positions open for (male or female) General Studies teachers in the boy's and girl's elementary grades.

Afternoon hours on Monday through Thursday. Salary based on qualification and experience.

Please send resume and references to HR@chedermonsey.org or fax to 845-290-9616.

Free Swingset Available

Used swing set available for free in Chestnut Ridge. For more information, please contact drtoddm@yahoo.com.

Food & Wine Tasting to Benefit "Renewal"

Renewal is a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting people suffering from various forms of kidney disease. We are a multi-faceted proactive team that is dedicated to saving lives through kidney donation.

Renewal is there for every patient and their family at every stage of the challenging journey towards health, providing many services to both donor and recipient. Special attention is given to the Jewish community to address specialized issues and concerns.

To purchase tickets for this event, please click here.

Cheder Seeking Director of Development

Cheder Chabad of Monsey, a thriving school with over 300 students, is looking to hire a Director of Development / Fundraising Director.

The candidate needs to be a creative, self-motivated individual and will need to successfully build strong relationships with potential supporters and perform face-to-face solicitations throughout the tri-state area and beyond. His duties will entail responsibility for creating and implementing various annual fundraising events and over the long term be able to build and manage a development team.

Interested parties should email their resume to gershons@gmail.com.

Seeking Ride from Crown Heights

If you know anyone coming from Crown Heights to Monsey this Friday, August 5th, who has room for one person please call Dini at 845-406-3960.

R' Ephraim Piekarsky to Give a Shiur & Farbreng at Heichal Menachem

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

N'shei Chabad Bookstore Update

An exciting array of new titles are now available:

For Children:
  • Gut Yom Tov - the stories behind the chassidishe yomim tovim (Yud Tes Kislev, Yud Beis Yud Gimmel Tammuz, Chai Elul, etc.
  • A Door that's Never Locked - understanding the minhag of visiting the Ohel - for older children
  • I Go to the Ohel - an explanation of the importance of visiting the Ohel - for younger children
  • Hashem is Truly Everywhere - a delightful book with a powerful message
  • Big, Small or Just One Wall - a children's tour of shuls all over the world
For Adults:
  • Hebrew/English Shulchan Aruch HaRav - Choshen Mishpat
  • Pebbles of Wisdom - Adin Steinsaltz
  • Family Purity Guide - YY Hendel
  • The Jewish Home - Sichos in English
  • Back in Print: Tehillas Hashem Siddur - Hebrew with English Annotations (Full Size)
  • The Seven Ways - A unique way of understanding personality according to Kabbalah
  • As a Father Loves His Only Son - Maamar of the Rebbe
  • I Will Choose the King - Maamar of the Rebbe
  • Along a Winding Path - Maamar of the Rebbe
  • Pirkei Avos - Holtzberg Memorial Edition - with the Rebbe's commentary
It's always best to call 845-558-8249 before you come.

Monday, August 1, 2011

West Nile Infected Mosquitoes Found in Ramapo

By Laura Incalcaterra, The Journal News

NEW CITY — The first positive cases of mosquitoes infected with the potentially fatal West Nile Virus have been found in Rockland, county health Commissioner Dr. Joan Facelle said today.

In a statement, Facelle said four pools, or groups, of adult mosquitoes tested positive for West Nile. One group was in Ramapo, one in Haverstraw and two in Clarkstown. They were collected during the week of July 18.

The positive results come just as County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef is proposing to eliminate the mosquito control program as a way to trim expenses as the county works to reduce its $51 million deficit. One option may be for towns to take on the treatment.

There have been no human cases of the virus in Rockland, Facelle said.

"Though generally thought of as merely a nuisance, a bite from an infected mosquito can spread West Nile Virus, an infection that can cause serious illness, and in some cases, death," Facelle stated. "Although a person's chances of getting sick are small, those 50 and older are at highest risk for serious illness."

Brian Hunderfund, the county's director of mosquito control, said this was the time of year when a rise in West Nile Virus activity was expected.

Seeking Administrative Assistant

A prestigious and growing preschool in Bergen County is looking for an Administrative Assistant to work in the Preschool office.

Candidate should have good communication skills, strong organizational and writing skills, as well as experience with Microsoft Word, Excel and Publisher. Previous experience in a school office is preferred. Amazing and social working environment.

Hours are from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Thursday and 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM on Fridays.

Please email your resume to orite@chabadlubavitch.org.

Beware of Hitchhiking

The following letter was published in this week's Community Connections:

Monsey Marks Rabbi Wichnin's 16th Yahrzeit



Photos: Reb Dovid Kaplan