Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Wasserman Shalom Zachor

Yossie and Baila Wasserman will be making a Shalom Zachor for their newborn son this Friday night at the Baruch home, 80 Decauter Avenue.

Heichal Menachem Tishrei Schedule

A Rosh Hoshana Thought

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

With the rapid approach of the New Year when we will stand before Hashem in unison, let us hope and pray that the coming year brings forth the renewal of our greatest hopes and aspirations.

May the blessings of sweetness and goodness be the realized fortune for each and every one of us. A promising future demands a moment of reflection on the past. How did our actions in the past year affect us as individuals and as a community?

Examining the past is our primary duty, as we hope, pray and dream for a brighter future and a world of peace and harmony.

Everyone dreams! We dream at night and during the day. Some dreams we will recall vividly while others will naturally fade into the morning sun. Jacob our Patriarch dreamed of angels descending and ascending the ladder that touched heaven. Joseph’s dream showed the moon and the stars bowing to him. Pharaoh’s butler and baker were left distressed from the dreams that revealed the secret to their future. Pharaoh himself sought answers to the mystery beheld in his dreams of cows and stalks. History is full of dreamers. Dreamers of grandeur and power, dreamers of hope and salvation, dreamers of peace and healing. As we retell the story of history’s dreams, the message becomes strikingly clear.

How can we make our dreams come to life? The answer is simple.

A dream must translate into action, for if not, it will remain just that – a dream!

If you take your dreams seriously, then be bold and courageous to take the necessary action, and with Hashem’s help, you will see your dreams come to fruition. A Rabbi from Israel came to the United States to raise funds for a Yeshiva still in its infancy. He spoke about his plans of turning his school into a world renowned Yeshiva with hundreds of students. “Rabbi, you’re dreaming!” laughed a perspective donor. “I may be dreaming but I am not sleeping,” responded the tenacious and determined Rabbi.

In 1950, upon assuming the leadership of the Chabad movement, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, of blessed memory, dreamed of changing the landscape of Judaism and Jewish education in every Jewish community in the world. Sixty years later, more than 3500 Chabad Houses and other educational institutions span virtually every corner of the globe. From Thailand to Sydney to Nepal and Iowa City, Jews of every background and affiliation are the beneficiaries of the Rebbe’s gift to the world – a dream that is now reality.

As we dip our apple into honey and ask Hashem to provide for us, let us recognize the constant blessings that already fill our lives, but not suffice with them alone. We must dream for a better future for us, our loved ones and Klal Yisroel, and do something positive to make those dreams become reality. Every Mitzva and good deed helps actualize our universal dream for a world of peace and harmony.

Mrs. Shusterman and I, together with our family, extend to you and your dear family heartfelt wishes for a sweet, healthy and prosperous New Year in every aspect, materially and spiritually, blessed with the realization of all your dreams and aspirations, in a most practical and productive way.

Mazel Tov Strasbergs - Shalom Zachor!

Mazel tov to Yanky and Shaindel Strasberg on the birth of a baby boy!

Mazel tov to the grandparents R' Shmuel and Miriam Klein!

The Shalom Zachor will take place this Friday night at the Strasberg home, 3 Jonathan Place.

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.

Seating at Tzemach Tzedek for Shabbos Shuva

To accommodate the extra requests for women's seats for Yom Tov, the mechitza at Tzemach Tzedek has been moved into the men's part of the Shul adding 8 more tables for the women.

As the Mechitza can’t be moved back for Shabbos due to the electrical wiring on the Mechitza, we are requesting that all men sit in their Yom Tov reserved seats for this Shabbos.

Free Computer Monitor

A 13-inch Compaq color computer monitor in good condition is available for free.

Please call 917-497-4661 to arrange pick up.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Sukkah Center of Wesley Hills

Quality Sukkah and Sukkah supplies at wholesales prices. We offer free delivery! Place your order today by calling 845-659-7377!

Kaparos Update

In the past two years, we have encountered many issues with the Kaporos. These issues where out of our control and they made it very hard serve you properly. Examples include the supplier brining the chickens late, not brining enough chickens, etc.

Because of these, and other reasons, this year we decided to organize it differently. The Kaporos this year will take place on Sunday, Tzom Gedlya, October 2, in the parking lot of what used to be Pathmark of Monsey from 2:30 PM to 6:00 PM. The cost is $7 (the chicken goes back to the seller) or $10 if you wish that the chicken should go to Tomchei Shabbos of Rockland County.

In the parking lot, our community members will have a separate area, and we will be able continue to serve you as every year. This way we will be on time with enough chickens for everybody.

Please feel free to contact Rabbi Yossi Touger with any questions at 845-430-8342.

Mazel Tov Wassermans!

Mazel tov to Yossie and Baila Wasserman on the birth of a baby boy!

Mazel tov to the grandparents Mordechia and Mania Baruch!

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.

Tzemach Tzedek Tzom Gedalya Schedule


The following is the schedule at Tzemach Tzedek for Tzom Gedalya and the week following it:

Sunday, Tzom Gedalya, 4 Tishrei (October 2):
Alos HaShachar – Fast Begins: 5:35 AM
Shacharis 1 (Selichos after shmona esrei): 7:30 AM
Shacharis 2 (Selichos after shmona esrei): 8:30 AM
Shacharis 3 (Selichos after shmona esrei): 9:30 AM
Mincha 1: 2:00 PM
Mincha 2: 6:15 PM
Maariv: 7:05 PM
Fast Ends: 7:07 PM

Monday - Thursday, 5 - 8 Tishrei (October 3 - 6):
Shacharis 1: 7:00 AM
Shacharis 2: 8:00 AM
Mincha: 6:15 PM Sharp
Maariv 1: 8:30 PM
Maariv 2: 9:30 PM

Sunday, September 25, 2011

P'eylei Anash Tishrei Campaign

Dear Anash שיח',

With the month of Tishrei just only a few days away, we will be presented with many beautiful opportunities for mivtzoim!

Brochures are available from Reb Mordechai Litzman in K’hal Tzemach Tzedek, 2 Langeries Drive.

Remember, this outreach is very rewarding simply because of “מצוה מצוה שכר”, the act of the mitzvah itself draws down the Ein Sof of HaKadosh Boruch Hu into this world.

!אשרינו שיש לנו רבי שדורש מאתנו לעשות בשביל הזולת

Best wishes to you and your family for a
!כתיבה וחתימה טובה לשנה טובה ומתוקה

The Rabbinic Committee

Seeking Sukkah

Beis Menachem is seeking a Sukkah for the shul for this Sukkos. If you or someone you know has an old Sukkah that is not in use please consider donating it and contact Eli Zisman at 845-216-8007.

N'shei Chabad Bookstore Update

N'shei Chabad Bookstore has the following items:
  •  Selichos Machzorim (H, H/E, annotated, leather, all sizes) 
  • Sixty Days - Simon Jacobson 
  • H/E Shulchan Aruch HaRav - RH/YK and Sukkah/Lulav 
  • Virtual Tour of the Bais Hamikdosh - DVD 
  • Selections from Torah Or/Likutei Torah - H/E - Festivals, Volume 1, 2 
  • Large selection of Tallesim, 
  • Tallis Katan, etc. 
 For Children:
  • The King in the Field 
  • Zaydie's Special Esrogim 
  • The Sukkah that I Built 
  • The High Holidays (Cardboard Book) 
  • Children's Machzor (New!) 
  • Whatever the Weather (New!)
Please call Yehudis Abramowitz at 845-352-2736 or 845-558-8249 before coming.

Free Sukkah

UPDATE - This has been taken.

 A 10x12 wood panel sukah in good condition including schach, beams, nuts and bolts is available for free and immediate pickup.

Please contact apolinger@gmail.com.

Cholov Yisroel Organic Goat Milk

Cholov Yisroel raw organic goat milk free-range fed that is fresh off the farm is now available in Monsey for $7.50 per quart trial bottle.

To order, contact Batia Avtzon at batiaboop@aol.com or 845-354-5657.

Tutor & Music Lessons

A high school girl is available for tutoring and/or music lessons. Please contact c.oftzeker@gmail.com or 860-944-7071 for more information.

R' Yisroel Goldberg Open New Community Center

Rabbi Yisroel Goldberg, formerly a Shliach in Rockland, is having a grand opening today for a new community center for Chabad of Rechavia in Yerushalayim which he directs.

Selichos at Beis Menachem

R' Naftoli Marrus leading Selichos at Beis Menachem early this morning.
Selichos 2.0
Photo: Eli Zisman

No More Weekly Update Emails

This past Friday the final Monsey Chabad “Weekly Update” email was sent. From this point forward there will no longer be a weekly email. Monsey Chabad emails will only be sent for urgent or very timely matters.

To keep informed about happenings in the community, please visit www.monseychabad.com which is usually updated daily. You can also see all posts on Monsey Chabad’s Facebook and Twitter feeds.

If you would like to receive a daily email that contains all of the posts that were posted on monseychabad.com that day, please subscribe by clicking here (you can also sign up in the sidebar of the website). You will receive the email between 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM daily. If no posts went up that day you will not receive an email.

Best wishes for a
כתיבה וחתימה טובה לשנה טובה ומתוקה בטוב הנראה והנגלה 
בגשמיות וברוחניות מתוך בריאות הגוף והנפש

Friday, September 23, 2011

MBCM Mails School Calendar Magnets

A magnet containing the school calendars for Monsey Beis Chaya Mushka High School for Girls and Cheder Chabad of Monsey Boys and Girls is in the mail on the way to your home as a service for the community from MBCM.

Kaparos on Tzom Gedalya

Once again, there will be Kaparos available for our community next Sunday, Tzom Gedalya, October 2, between 2:00 PM and 6:30 PM in the parking lot of the former Pathmark store in Monsey.

The cost is $7 per chicken and $10 per chicken if you would like your chicken to go to Tomchei Shabbos.

As per Health Department regulation the Shechita will not take place on site.

For more information, please contact rabbitouger@monseybcm.com.

Private Lessons Available


  • Motivate and bring your child to what he can be in learning.
  • Have your child learn to read Siddur, Tehilim and Chumash fluently using the Kiwak Method.
  • Give your child Bar Mitzvah lessons.
  • Private lessons in Chumash, Mishnayos and Gemara.
  • Help with homework.

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

    Workout for the Soul with Kaila Lasky

    R' Laurence Mamon Sitting Shiva

    Baruch Dayan HaEmes- We are deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of the father of Reb Laurence Mamon. 

    Laurence is sitting Shiva in Toronto until this Wednesday. He can be reached at 917-715-8018.

     .המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

    Thursday, September 22, 2011

    Cheder Raises $35,000 with Matching Grant

    The final pledge numbers for the Hayman Family matching gift for Cheder Chabad put the community pledges at more than $13,000, resulting in total donations of more than $35,000.

    Welcome Abramsons!

    Welcome to Michel and Leba Abramson on their move to our community (Edison Court)!

    R' Yosef Yitzchak Labovitch Sitting Shiva

    Baruch Dayan HaEmes- We are deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of Rochel Dina Labovitch OBM, mother of Y”LT Reb Yosef Yitzchak Labovitch.

    The Nifteres is survived by her husband Avraham Labovitch of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; her sister Susan Primak of Boston; daughter Genya Bulman of Betar, Israel; sons Yosef Yitzchak of Monsey, and Zelig Pincus of Ne’ve Yaacov, Israel; grandchildren and great grandchildren.

    Reb Yosef Yitzchak is sitting Shiva (starting today) at 108 Watson Avenue, #108, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and can be reached at 845 304-9796.

     .המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

    A Parsha Thought

    By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

    In this week’s Torah portion we come across an interesting passage: I call today upon heaven and earth as witnesses for you. I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. And you shall choose life, so that you and your children may live. (Devorim (Deuteronomy) 30:19)

    Do we really need the Torah to tell us to choose life? Which person of sound mind would choose death? The Torah here is presenting a very fundemental concept. The Torah here is reminding us that one must make a conscious decision to live and not just vegetate. And I don’t mean to live it up by living life in the fast lane. To “choose life” means to choose to live a meaningful life, a life committed to values and a higher purpose. Did it make any difference at all that I inhabited planet Earth for so many years? Will anyone really know the difference if I’m gone? Is my life productive or worthwhile?

    It is told that when the fist Chabad Rebbe, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, wanted to bless Reb Yekutiel Liepler with wealth, he declined the offer, saying that he was afraid it would distract him from more spiritual pursuits. When the rebbe then offered to bless him with longevity, Reb Yekutiel stipulated that it should not be “peasant’s years, with eyes that do not see and ears that do not hear, where one neither sees nor senses G dliness.” Reb Yekutiel was being rather fussy, it may seem. The holy Rebbe is offering him an amazing blessing and he is making conditions!

    Yes, he chose life, and he chose to live a life that would be purposeful and productive, and that really would make a tangible difference. He wasn’t interested in a long life if, essentially, if it would amount to an empty life.

    As we stand just before Rosh Hashanah, let us resolve to choose life. A life of value and which reflects the beauty and our appreciation of our heritage as Jews. Let us live lives of Torah values and noble deeds. And may we be blessed with a good, healthy and sweet new year.

    With heartfelt wishes for a sweet, healthy and prosperous New Year in every aspect, materially and spiritually.

    .כתיבה וחתימה טובה לשנה טובה ומתוקה בטוב הנראה והנגלה בגשמיות וברוחניות מתוך בריאות הגוף והנפש

    Please Sign Sholom M. Rubashkin Petition Today

    Dear Friend,

    On Friday, September 16, 2011, the Eight Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a draconian sentence on Sholom Rubashkin, a sentence which is essentially a life sentence for him and his wife and 10 children.

    We now have a unique opportunity -- for the sake of justice -- to express our outrage for this sentence and actually make a difference. If it can happen to Sholom Rubashkin it can happen to anyone!

    http://wh.gov/gWM

    The White House has released just TODAY a new tool to allow people to influence goverment called "We the People." It is essentially a petition site, and they promise: "If a petition meets the signature threshold, it will be reviewed by the Administration and an official response will be issued. And we’ll make sure that the petition is sent to the appropriate policy makers in the Administration." The White House promises an official response to every petition that garners at least 5000 signatures in a span of 30 days.

    This is a petition that really matters, so please use this as an opportunity to help Sholom Rubashkin.

    Tell President Obama to stop ignoring 47 members of Congress and many others in the Rubashkin case!

    Sign this petition today and join the fight for justice for Sholom Rubashkin.

    Please forward this to all your contacts and spread the word.

    That's right. 47 U.S. Congressmen, along with numerous law professors and U.S. Attorneys, have expressed outrage with the way Iowa prosecutors have handled the Rubashkin case from beginning to end. Well they had their turn. Now it's our time to act.

    Our goal is to accumulate tens of thousands of signatures. Yes we can do it!

    We have a rare opportunity to let the White House know how disappointed we are that our concerns expressed through our elected officials and many legal scholars have not been taken seriously.

    This petition urges President Obama to respond with action to the request of 47 Congressmen and 75 law professors and U.S. Attorneys, including 3 former Deputy Attorneys General -- Philip B. Heymann, Charles B. Renfrew and Larry D. Thompson -- who have in an unprecedented fashion asked the Department of Justice to initiate an investigation in what they called "allegations of impropriety and unfairness in the Sholom Rubashkin case."

    Every U.S. citizen 13 years or older with a valid email address can sign this petition.

    President Obama is facing elections next year, and he wants to know what is on people's minds. By having thousands of people all across America express their outrage with the overzealousness and misconduct in the case of Sholom Rubashkin, it will send a powerful message that we really do care!

    1) Visit http://wh.gov/gWM
    2) Click "Create An Account" and fill out form
    3) Check your email and click link
    4) Click "Sign This Petition"

    And please don't forget to spread the word and forward this email to all your contacts!

    Tzivos Hashem of Monsey Update

    During the past two weeks over 80 children have signed up for Tzivos Hashem of Monsey!

    You can start filling in your weekly missions with your parents using the parent account. Within the next two weeks each child who signed up will receive their card along with their sticker book and stickers for each mission. With your miles that you receive for your mission and for the bonus mission every week you will be able to use them for the auction. The first auction will take place on Thursday, November 3rd, Vav Cheshvan. 

    The siddur specially made for the soldiers in החיל will be coming in around פסח time.

    If you have any question please feel free to email Rabbi Wiener at monseyouth@gmail.com.

    Hachnosas Sefer Torah in Monroe

    Shabbos Mevorchim Tehillim Program for Boys

    Wednesday, September 21, 2011

    Farbrengen for Chof Tes Elul

    There will be a farbrengen at Tzemach Tzedek following the 9:30 PM Maariv minyan this Tuesday, 29 Elul, September 28, in honor of the birthday of the third Lubavitcher Rebbe, the Tzemach Tzedek, in 1789.

    Tzemach Tzedek Selichos & Rosh Hoshana Schedule

    Motzai Shabbos Nitzavim Vayelech, 25 Ellul (September 24):
    Farbrengen: 12:00 AM
    Selichos: 1:00 AM

    Monday and Tuesday, 27 & 28 Ellul (September 26 & 27):
    Selichos 1: 6:30 AM
    Shacharis 1: 7:00 AM
    Selichos 2: 7:30 AM
    Shacharis 2: 8:00 AM
    Mincha: 6:30 PM
    Maariv 1: 8:30 PM
    Maariv 2: 9:30 PM

    Please note that only the younger children’s program will take place on the two days of Rosh Hashana. 

    Wednesday, Erev Rosh Hashana, 29 Ellul, (September 28):
    Selichos 1: 6:00 AM
    Shacharis 1: 7:00 AM
    Selichos 2: 7:00 AM
    Shacharis 2: 8:00 AM
    Selichos 3: 8:45 AM
    Shacharis 3: 9:30 AM
    Hataras Nedarim
    Eruv Tavshilin
    Licht Bentching and Mincha: 6:27 PM
    Tehillim and Maariv

    Thursday, First Day of Rosh Hashana, 1 Tishrei  (September  29):
    Shacharis: 9:00 AM
    Tekias Shofar: Approximately 11:45 AM
    Mincha: 6:15 PM
    Tashlich at Kearsing Parkway
    Licht Bentching: Not before 7:24 PM
    Tehillim and Maariv

    Friday, Second Day of Rosh Hashana, 2 Tishrei (September 30):                               
    Shacharis: 9:00 AM
    Tekias Shofar: Approximately 11:45 AM
    Licht Benching: 6:23 PM
    Mincha: 6:30 PM
    Maamer
    Maariv

    Shabbos Kodesh, Parshas Haazinu, Shabbos Shuva, 3 Tishrei (October 1):
    Shacharis: 9:30 AM
    Shabbos Shuva Derasha (for men and women): 5:15 PM
    Mincha: 6:15 PM
    Seder Nigunim & Maamer
    Maariv - End of Shabbos: 7:20 PM

    Best wishes to you for a
    !כתיבה וחתימה טובה לשנה טובה ומתוקה


    Kesser Rosh Hoshana Specials

    The following are Kesser Distributor's specials for Rosh Hoshana:

    • Cut up fryer 1/8: $1.99 per pound 
    • French Roast: $8.99 per pound 
    To order, please contact Chaim Holtzberg at yourkesser@gmail.com or 914-729-0838.

    Esrogim for Anash

    Good news for the Monsey community!

    Rabbi Zalmen Leib Markowitz, who has been providing Monsey Anash with Esrogim for the past 25 years, and Rabbi Efrayim Keller, who has been selling Esrogim for many years in Crown Heights, have joined together to service the growing local Anash community.

    The main Esrogim sale will be take place at the home of Rabbi Markowitz, 24 Briarcliff Drive (downstairs entrance), during the following times:
    • Sunday, Tzom Gedelaya, October 2: From 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM 
    • Monday through Thursday, October 3 through 6: From 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM 
    • Sunday, October 9: From 1:00 PM to 11:00 PM 
    • Monday and Tuesday, October 10 & 11: From 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM 
    To purchase directly from R' Efrayim Keller, you can go to his house, 7 Earl Court, on Motzai Shabbos before Selichos from 9:00 PM to 12:15 AM and on Motzai Shabbos Shuvah from 9:00 PM to 1:00 AM. Lulavim and Hadasim will be available Motzai Yom Kippur from 8:45  PM until 1:15 AM.

    Esrogim will be sold on a first come first serve basis.

    For special appointments please call Rabbi Keller at 917-345-1912 or Rabbi Markowitz at 914-906-6878.

    Less Expensive Route to City

    As of this past Sunday, the cost of the tolls for crossing bridges and tunnels into Manhattan jumped $4 to a new total of $12.

    For EZPass users, tolls spiked $1.50 to $9.50. The tolls are scheduled to rise even further with Hudson River tolls going to $12.50 by 2015.

    As a public service, we are providing an alternate route to the city that has less expensive toll costs.
    • Palisades Interstate Parkway South 
    • Take exit 9E to merge onto 87 South 
    • Cross Tappan Zee Bridge* (see toll info below)
    • Merge left onto I-287 E 
    • Take exit 3 toward New York City/Sprain Parkway South 
    • Merge onto Sprain Brook Parkway 
    • Exit onto NY-100 S/Central Park Ave toward Central Ave 
    • Merge onto I-87 S via the ramp on the left to New York 
    • Take exit 3 toward E 138 St/Madison Ave Bridge (or exit 2 - Third Avenue Bridge) 
    • Turn right onto Harlem River Drive South / FDR South 
    For this route in Google Maps, please click here.

    *On EZPass's website, sign up for one of the following Tappan Zee Bridge Commuter Plans for significant savings:

    Thruway Tappan Zee Bridge Commuter Plan: 
    Receive a $2.00 discount per trip ($3.00 versus $5.00 cash rate) on the Tappan Zee Bridge. A minimum of 20 trips per month is required. If fewer than 20 trips are taken per month, you will be charged $3.00 for each trip not taken. Plan Code: (TZC) - Required Prepayment ($60.00).

    Thruway Tappan Zee Bridge Carpool Commuter Plan: 
    Receive a $4.50 discount ($0.50 versus $5.00 cash rate) on the Tappan Zee Bridge. Three (3) or more occupants must be in the vehicle. The $0.50 toll applies only at staffed lanes; $3.00 per trip is charged in unstaffed lanes. A minimum of 20 trips per month is required. If fewer than 20 trips are taken per month, you will be charged $0.50 for each trip not taken. Plan Code: (TZPL) - Required Prepayment ($25.00).

    If you have any other routes or tips that would benefit our community, please email news@monseychabad.com.

    Free AC Units

    UPDATE - AC units have been taken. Window and wall air conditioning units available for free. If you would like to pick them up, please email news@monseychabad.com.

    Free Sukkah

    UPDATE - Sukkah has been taken.

    Free 6"x8" metal frame canvas wrap sukkah with schach mat, very good condition, includes instructions. Free to first person who picks it up.

     Call Shmuel at 845-364-6745.

    N'shei U'Bnos Chabad Convention to be Held in Sunny Miami

    Tuesday, September 20, 2011

    Cheder E Credit Opportunities

    The Cheder preschool has an opening for a music and movement teacher, once or twice a week.

    The girls division has an opening for a morning tutor for kriah in grades one through six, twice a week.

    Please contact the Cheder office at 845-356-1213 for more information.

    Yom Tov Seats at Tzemach Tzedek

    If you have not been in contact with the Shul to keep your seats from last year, you need to do so today. From tomorrow, Wednesday, unreserved seats will be made available for others to reserve.

    For reservations, please contact Avraham Hayman at avrahamhayman@gmail.com or 845-371-0380.

    Cheder Boys Join Chayolei Tzivos Hashem Rally

    The Cheder Chabad Boy’s School had the privilege of joining thousands of other Chayolei Tzivos Hashem around the globe in an online rally in honor of 15 Elul  (the day that Yeshivas Tomchei Temimim was founded) and Chai Elul (birthday of the Ba’al ShemTov and the Alter Rebbe).

     The rally included the international recitation of the 12 pesukim, a sicha of the Rebbe, the kickoff for Tzivos Hashem 5772 and the first Chayolei Tzivos Hashem mission.

    Cheder student, Avraham Mordechai Silverstein recited one of the pesukim.

    R' Gershon Sabol Thanks Cheder Donors

    Yasher Koach!

    On behalf of the board and administration of the Cheder, I extend our thanks and sincere appreciation to all those who have stepped up and participated in the matching grant program initiated by Avraham Hayman in honor of the Pidyon HaBen of his grandchild.

    Your support has brought in $11,474 in pledges and with Avraham's matching portion totals $30,948!

    These funds are earmarked to help catch up on the outstanding salaries due to our teaching staff from last year. I ask all those who have made pledges to submit payment within the week.

    If anyone else has become inspired by this accomplishment and wants to help us pay down last year’s outstanding balances, your contribution will be gratefully accepted. Please email me at gershons@gmail.com.

    In the zechus of the hevel pihem of the Cheder students may you all be blessed with a shnas brocha v'hatzlocha and nachas from your families. K'sivah v'chasimah tovah.

    Gershon Sabol
    President, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

    Monday, September 19, 2011

    Cheder 12th Anniversary Dinner

    The 12th Annual Cheder Dinner reception took place last night at the Garden Paradise in Monsey.

    The evening was emceed by Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman with Rav Boruch Lesches giving divrei bracha.

    The participants were entertained by the now famous Cheder Chabad Boys Choir under the leadership of Bentzi Ptalis.

    Awards were then presented to Mrs. Chaya Rosenbluh, Principal of the Cheder Preschool and Girls School, who was honored with the Excellence in Chinuch award, which was accepted on her behalf by her husband, Rabbi Hershel Rosenbluh, and to Rabbi Pesach and Chana Burston, Shluchim to Orange County, who were honored with the Parents of the Year award.

    Avraham Hayman then updated the attendees on the progress of the new building for the Cheder Preschool and Girls school, which is to built IY”H in time for the next school year, and, in honor of his grandson’s Pidyon HaBen, Mr. Hayman graciously extended a matching grant offer to the community for any donations made to the Cheder for a 24-hour period to cover outstanding salaries owed to the Cheder staff from last year.

    The evening then continued with an update on new developments at the Cheder from Rabbi Wolowik, Principal of the Boys School, and concluded with the featured speaker, Rabbi Shea Hecht.

    Welcome Yaffes!

    Welcome to Dov and Chanie Yaffe on their move to our community (South Monsey Road)!

    Levaya of Mrs. Baila Hayes OBM

    Boruch Dayan HaEmes - We are deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of Mrs. Baila Hayes OBM, a long time resident of the Monsey Chabad community.

    The Levaya will take place today, Monday, at 5:30 PM at Tzemach Tzedek Lubavitch of Monsey, 2 Langeries Drive. The Kevura will take place at the Sons of Israel Cemetery on the corner of Brick Church Road and Route 306.

    The Nifteres is survived by, YL”T, her children: Mrs. Raitzel Wenger (Montreal), Rabbi Dovid Hayes (Ottawa), Mr. Yosef Hayes (Monsey / California), Mrs. Yehudis Baitz (Crown Heights), Mr. Avrohom (Avi) Hayes (Flatbush) and Mr. Mendy (Mark) Hayes (Florida).

     .המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

    Sunday, September 18, 2011

    24 Hour Cheder Matching Grant Announced at Dinner

    In honor of the Pidyon HaBen of his grandson, Reb Avraham Hayman has announced tonight, at the Cheder Chabad of Monsey 12th anniversary dinner, a new 24 hour matching grant to benefit the Cheder.

    All funds raised through this grant will go towards paying the salaries owed to the Cheder melamdim.

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

    Pledges must be made no later than tomorrow night, Monday, September 19, at 12 midnight and all payments must be received by the Cheder no later than next Monday, September 26.

    To make your pledge, please contact avrahamhayman@gmail.com or 845-371-0380 before tomorrow night.

    Thank you in advance!

    Nyack Hospital Ranked as Top Performer

    By Jane Lerner, The Journal News NYACK — Nyack Hospital was the only hospital in Rockland, Westchester or Putnam to be named as a top performer by a national nonprofit group that ranks health care organizations.

    The Rockland hospital was one of only eight in the state to be considered a top-performing institute for 2010, in a ranking by the Joint Commission, which accredits and certifies more than 19,000 health-care organizations and programs nationally. The agency looked at performance related to 22 accountability measures for five medical conditions: heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care and children's asthma care. Nyack Hospital was cited for outstanding performance in all of the conditions except children's asthma care, for which it did not report data.

    "If you do well on these measures, you do well in everything else," said Dr. Michael Rader, vice president and medical director of Nyack Hospital. "It's the sign of a very good hospital." The only other hospital in the Lower Hudson Valley to make the list was Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, which is part of the same network that runs Good Samaritan in Suffern.

    "We are delighted that one of our three hospitals was recognized along with seven others in New York state," spokeswoman Deborah Marshall said in a statement. "Good Samaritan Hospital, along with our other large hospitals, is part of a continuous improvement program in all the indicators that are measured by the Joint Commission and we are performing very well." The Joint Commission cited more than 400 hospitals nationwide that it said had a strong record of "attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability." 

    A well-coordinated effort by the entire administration and staff to improve performance resulted in the top ranking, said Kathy McAuliffe, director of performance improvement for Nyack Hospital. Evidence-based care — treating patients based on what has been shown to be most effective — is the way to improve results and patient safety, she said. "It's like having a nurse follow you around all the time," she said.

    The push by hospitals nationwide to improve results comes as both commercial insurance companies and government programs like Medicare and Medicaid warn they no longer will pay for bad or ineffective care. Nearly 15 percent of all initial hospital stays in New York resulted in a re-admission, according to a study released this week by the New York State Health Foundation. Those extra hospital stays cost the state an estimated $3.7 billion per year, which accounts for 16 percent of total hospital costs in New York.

    R' Sholom M. Rubashkin's Reaction to Friday's Court Decision

    The following is a letter penned by Reb Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin last night, Motzai Shabbos, following the news on Friday that the federal appeals court has denied his attorney's request for a new trial.

    Please continue davening for Shalom Mordechai HaLevi ben Rivka.

    For the latests updates, please visit shalomacrossamerica.com.

    We may hear besuros tovos soon.

    Babysitters & Tutors Available

    Looking for a babysitter or tutor? Available every night after 6:00 PM and on Sundays. Please call Menucha at 347-623-7907 or Raizel at 917-533-0765.

    Friday, September 16, 2011

    Poltorak L'chaim

    Dr. Alex and Leah Poltorak will be making a L'chaim for the engagement of their daughter Chana to Levi Rose of Johannesburg, South Africa, this Monday night, 20 Elul, September 19, at Lubavitcher Yeshiva, 570 Crown Street (entrance on Albany Avenue) in Crown Heights.

    Thursday, September 15, 2011

    Evening of Learning Shiurim

    All men and women are encouraged to participate in an evening of learning this Tuesday night, September 20,  at 8:15 PM at Tzemach Tzedek as a zechus for a young husband and father who is struggling with a very difficult and painful illness and is in need of a Refuah Shlaima.

    All those attending have the option of learning with a chavrusah or listening to one of  the following Shiurim:
    • For Men - Jewish Medical Ethics by Rabbi Dr. Chaim Dovid Kagan 
    • For Men - Chassidic Insights into the Yomim Tovim by Rabbi Boruch D. Lesches
    •  For Men - Mikva Matters - Analysis of the differing laws and opinions regarding building a Mikva by Rabbi Aron Dovid Gancz
    • For Men - Disentangling Torah - Torah in the light of science by Dr. Alex Poltorak
    • For Women - Above the Stars - A Torah View on Astrology and the Zodiac by Mrs. Bracha Meshchaninov 
    • For Women -  The Power of Prayer - An in-depth look at Tefilla as we prepare for Rosh Hoshana and Yom Kippur by Rabbi Zalmen Leib Markowitz 
    The evening will conclude with Tehillim and a message from Rabbi Lesches. Light refreshments will be served.

    50% Off Oil Changes This Sunday

    Rabbi Shea Hecht to Address Cheder Dinner

    MonseyChabad.com has learned that Rabbi Shea Hecht will be a guest speaker at the Cheder Chabad of Monsey dinner this Sunday night.

    Rabbi Shea Hecht, son of Rabbi Jacob J. Hecht, is the chairman of the National Committee for the Furtherance of Jewish Education, dean of Hadar HaTorah Yeshiva and a prominent askan.

    Rabbi Hecht has been involved in many activities to benefit the Jewish community including rescuing people from cults, working across racial barriers in the pursuit of a peaceful coexistence between the Chasidic and African-American communities in Crown Heights and as Commissioner of Human Rights for the City of New York.

    If you have not yet made your reservations for the dinner, you can still do so now at www.chedermonsey.org.

    Welcome Heidings!

    Welcome to Yonah and Devorah Heidings on their move to our community (Kearsing Parkway)!

    Tehillim

    Please say Tehillim for Chana Rivka bas Malka and Avraham ben Aliza who are both critically ill.

    Last Chance for Sofer

    As a project of N'shei Chabad of Rockland and Tzemach Tzedek, Rabbi Kuperman will continue to check mezuzos and tefillin at Tzemach Tzedek throughout the day today, Thursday.

    If there is a need for him to return next week, he will begin again on Sunday, September 18. Please call him today, Thursday, at 917-873-2360 if you would like to bring in your mezuzos and tefillin on Sunday.

    Mazel Tov Poltoraks!

    Mazel tov to Reb Alex and Leah Poltorak on the engagement of their daughter Chana to Levi Rose of Johannesburg, South Africa!

    Today's Tanya Shiur Canceled

    Today, Thursday, mornings 10:00 AM Tanya shiur for women will not be taking place as Rabbi Markowitz is out of town.

    MonseyChabad.com Goes Mobile

    In our constant effort to improve the site, we have created a mobile website for MonseyChabad.com.

    When visiting MonseyChabad.com from your mobile device you will automatically see the new mobile version making it much easier to read the site while on the go.

    Wednesday, September 14, 2011

    Winning Candidates Celebrate

    Rockland County sheriff candidate Louis Falco, right, celebrates Tuesday night at the Crowne Plaza in Ramapo after winning the Democratic Party primary.
    Photo: Peter Carr/The Journal News

    Seeking Hebrew School Teacher

    Looking to hire a teacher for our Hebrew School in Orange County every Sunday from 10:00 AM to -12:15 PM. School is approximately a 40 minute drive from Monsey. Great pay.

    Please contact 845-291-0514 or goshenrabbi@gmail.com.

    New Nanuet Mall will Feature Outdoor Design

    By Hema Easley, The Journal News

    The new Nanuet Mall will be smaller than the existing one and will have outdoor stores that will feature Main Street-style buildings.

    Simon Property Group Inc., the owner of the mall, submitted site plans to the Town of Clarkstown, formally declaring their vision of what the long-awaited mall will look like.

    "It will be a walkable outdoor mall," Supervisor Alexander Gromack said, with sidewalks and canopies.
    Simon plans to demolish the existing structure — except Macy's and Sears, which own their buildings — and rebuild a new mall. The new structure could be complete and open for business by the fall shopping season in 2013, Gromack said.

    Simon did not return a call for comment.

    The town and Simon have been in discussions for years about the Nanuet Mall, the oldest mall in Rockland that began to lose customers and tenants when the larger Palisades Center opened in 1998. They hope a refurbished mall with high-end stores will bring customers back.

    According to Gromack, the new mall will have a smaller footprint of 762,000 square feet, about 140,000 less than the current mall, which measures 906,000 square feet. The square footage includes Macy's and Sears.

    Simon has not submitted a demolition plan, Gromack said, but one is expected by the end of the month.
    It would take another month for the building department to approve the plan because of concerns about what impact the demolition would have on Macy's and Sears and what safeguards would be provided to customers who shop at the stores.

    Once a permit is received, demolition could start in November or December.

    It would also take at least six months for the Planning Board to review the project.

    Simon would also have to appear before the Architecture and Landscape Commission to seek approval of its landscaping plan for the mall.

    The site plan submitted earlier this month provides a preliminary view on the size and architecture of the building. It does not include a list of stores that will be housed in the mall.

    In the past, Gromack has said the mall will likely include a movie complex, offices, various restaurants and high-end stores.

    Talk about an updated Nanuet Mall with a popular anchor store like Nordstrom has been making the round for years.

    Simon has already submitted plans to move Banchetto Feast, a tenant with whom the mall has a 25-year lease, to Main Street in Nanuet.

    "Based on our meetings with them, there is every indication that they are very eager to start the demolition and get before the planning board," Gromack said. "They tell us that in a perfect world, they'd like to get ready for the 2013 shopping season."

    Mazel Tov Kleinmans!

    Mazel tov to Reb Yechiel and Malka Kleinman on the birth of a grandson born to Shloimy and Leah Kleinman of West Bloomfield, Michigan!

    Tzemach Tzedek Membership Drive

    Reservations for Yom Tov seats at Tzemach Tzedek will begin this Sunday, September 18th.

    If you had seats last year, those same seats will remain reserved until this Wednesday morning, September 21. If you do not reserve by Wednesday morning your seats from last year will become available to the public.

    Due to the Shul's cash flow challenges, all reservations must be accompanied by advance payment for next year's Shul membership and any extra seat charges. The payment can consist of post-dated head checks or credit card authorization. For a reservation form and pricing please see below.

    For reservations, please contact Reb Avraham Hayman following weekday davenings at the shul or at 845-371-0380 or avrahamhayman@gmail.com.

    Elul Shiur at Heichal Menachem Tonight

    Tuesday, September 13, 2011

    Chabad of Suffern Signs Around Town

    Would You Like to Host a Simchas Beis Hashoeiva?

    If you would like to host a Simchas Beis Hashoeiva this Sukkos, on Yom Tov or on Chol HaMoed, for men or women, please email news@monseychabad.com with your name, address and the night that you wish to host so that you will be included in the Yom Tov schedule.

    Chabad of Suffern Mails Free Tickets

    Chabad of Suffern mailed out complimentary tickets for their High Holiday services to 13,000 Jewish homes in Rockland County this week.

    The greater Monsey Anash community was also included in the mailing with the hope that you will pass on these tickets to family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues at work, who may need a warm and welcoming place to pray for the High Holidays.

    Hafroshas Challah Event

    Encyclopedia Talmudis Volume Missing

    Volume 18 of the Encyclopedia Talmudis is missing from the Tzemach Tzedek library.

    If you took it, please return it as soon as possible.

    Beis Menachem Membership Drive

    Bais Menachem has had challenges this year, but they only proved our resiliency as a kehillah. Even when we had to vacate our shul to temporary arrangements at the Colton School or private homes, our Shabbos minyanim were packed.

    We are fortunate to have a wonderful Rav, great children's groups during davening, and an (almost) weekly kiddush most other kehillahs would envy! We plan on rolling out other great programs at the shul including a more robust children's program for boys and girls at different ages.

    While we have an open door policy to anyone and everyone who wants to make Bais Menachem their home, at whatever degree of consistency and regardless of their financial support, we hope that you value the tremendous resources the shul has to offer. Based on very recent developments, we have now returned to our home at 360 Route 306 and we will be there for the foreseeable future.

    With this in mind, we ask that you show your support of Bais Menachem and confirm your membership for 5772 (2011-2012). We offer Full Membership and hope that those who come with any degree of frequency will consider Full Membership. Otherwise, we offer Associate Membership for "Friends of" Bais Menachem and for those experiencing serious financial hardship.

    Seats for Rosh Hashanah/Yom Kippur are included in both Associate and Full Memberships.

    We ask members to pay at least 1/2 of their membership commitment prior to Rosh Hashanah. The balance can be paid off over the year. Whether paying via mail or online, please identify whether you are committing to a full or associate membership.

    You can pay immediately through Congregation Bais Menachem's secure Paypal account and secure your Rosh Hoshana and/or Yom Kippur seats.
    If you have any questions, please contact our Gabbai, Rabbi Dov Oliver, at dovoliver@gmail.com.

    Thank you for your past and continued support and we look forward to seeing you in shul for Yom Tov and throughout the year!

    Registration Deadline for Tzivos Hasem of Monsey

    Registration for Tzivos Hashem of Monsey for boys in grades 1-6 and girls grades 1-5 will close this Tuesday, September 20.

    Please submit the completed registration form along with payment for each of your children before then.

    All checks should be made out to Monsey Youth.

    Please contact rabbiwiener@gmail.com with any questions.

    Monday, September 12, 2011

    Evening of Learning for Refuah Shlaima of Young Husband & Father

    Save the Date - Next Tuesday night, the 21st of Elul, September 20th, a special evening of learning will take place at Tzemach Tzedek in the merit of a young husband and father who is struggling with a very difficult and painful illness and is in need of a Refuah Shlaima.

    The program is for men and women and will take place from 8:15 PM until 9:30 PM.

    All those attending have the option of learning with a chavrusah or listening to one of various Shiurim that will be offered. Please check this website in the coming days for a full list of Shiurim and an email address to RSVP your intention to attend.

    The evening will conclude with a message from Rabbi Lesches.

    Light refreshments will be served.

    Cheder Dinner Deadline Tonight

    Tonight, Monday, is the deadline for sponsorships for the upcoming Cheder Chabad of Monsey's 12th Anniversary Dinner which is taking place this coming Sunday, September 18th.

    Please note that all funds raised from the dinner will first be used to pay the salaries for the Rebbes that are still owed from last year.

    To reserve your places at the dinner and for sponsorships, please click here. For more information, please email dinner@chedermonsey.org.

    Saturday, September 10, 2011

    Galit Italia Sheitel Sale in Monsey

    Famous sheitel macher from Crown Heights, Racheli Chaimson, will be in Monsey this Monday and Tuesday for a Galit Italia sheitel sale. For more information, please call 718-809-7770.

    Friday, September 9, 2011

    FEMA Disaster Recovery Center at Provident Bank Stadium

    FEMA will open a Disaster Recovery Center at Provident Bank Baseball Stadium, 2nd floor community room, 1 Provident Bank Park Drive, (off Pomona Rd) Pomona, NY 10970, beginning Saturday, September 10.

    The center will be open seven days a week from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

    The center stands ready to help residents and businesses affected by Hurricane Irene who need assistance with the application process or would like to speak with someone face to face.

    Residents and businesses who have already registered are encouraged to visit the Center to see how their registration is progressing. Additional organizations at the site include the New York State Dept of Labor, the Small Business Administration, and a team from Mitigation that will help residents make the most of their flood insurance program and review damages due to mildew and mold.

    You can register with FEMA by calling 1-800-621-FEMA or by visiting www.disasterassistance.gov.

    RCC 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony

    Dr. Cliff L. Wood, president of RCC, bows his head as Rabbi Dov Oliver blows a shofar in remembrance of lives lost on Sept. 11th, during a 9/11 Remembrance Day ceremony today at Rockland Community College.

    Isenberg - Litzman Shalom Zachor Tonight

    Reb Mordechai and Malka Litzman will be making a Shalom Zachor tonight for their newborn grandson, born to Levi and Rochel Isenberg, at their home, 58 West Maple Avenue.

    My Chassidishe Calendar Program

    Cheder Chabad boys are very excited about a new program introduced this week!

    “My Chassidishe Calendar” is a way for the boys to learn about the Chassidishe days throughout the year  in a fun and interactive way.

    Each boy received a calendar which lists the special days that occur in each month. On each of these days, the boys receive a worksheet that they fill out, filled with pictures and information about that Rebbe/Rebbetzin and the events that took place on that day.

    After completing the paper, the boys are given a mission to complete. Once that is done, they are given a sticker to put on that date in their Chassidishe Calendar. Throughout the year, the boys will have the opportunity to learn about 38 different Chassidishe days. Those who receive stickers for all of the dates will be rewarded with a trip!

    Shidduch Meeting

    Looking for someone going to the Chabad Shidduch meeting in Boro Park this Sunday morning who is willing to present someone for me. Please call 914-393-7288.

    Cheder Chabad Dinner Deadline

    This Monday, September 12th, is the deadline for reservations and sponsorships for Cheder Chabad's 12th Anniversary Dinner which is taking place next Sunday, September 18th.

    Please note that all funds raised from the dinner will first be used to pay the salaries for the Rebbes that are still owed from last year.

    For your entertainment and inspiration, the Cheder Chabad Boy's Choir will be performing.

    To reserve your places at the dinner and for sponsorships, please click here. For more information, please email dinner@chedermonsey.org.

    Kesser Weekly Specials

    The following are Kesser Distributor's specials for this week:
    • Chicken Leg Quarters: $1.99 per pound 
    • Minute Steak: $8.99 per pound 
    To order, please contact Chaim Holtzberg at yourkesser@gmail.com or 914-729-0838.

    Tzivos Hasem of Monsey 5772 Registration

    Registration is now open for Tzivos Hasem of Monsey for boys in grades 1-6 and girls grades 1-5!

    To register your child, please fill out the registration form below and give or mail it to Rabbi Wiener with payment. All checks should be made out to Monsey Youth.

    Thank you to Dr. Avraham Polinger and family for helping sponsor Chayolei Tzivos Hashem of Monsey! We are looking for another sponsor so we will be able to add another exciting element to this program. If you are interested, please contact rabbiwiener@gmail.com.

    Cheder Dinner Reservation Deadline

    This Monday, September 12th, is the deadline for reservations and sponsorships for Cheder Chabad’s 12th Anniversary Dinner which is taking place next Sunday, September 18th.

    Please note that all funds raised from the dinner will first be used to pay the salaries for the Rebbes that are still owed from last year.

    For your entertainment and inspiration, the Cheder Chabad Boy's Choir will be performing.

    To reserve your places at the dinner and for sponsorships, please click here. For more information, please email dinner@chedermonsey.org.

    Kiddush at Tzemach Tzedek

    Reb Meir Zeiler, who is visiting from Eretz Yisroel, will be sponsoring the Kiddush - Farbrengen this Shabbos at Tzemach Tzedek in honor of the yahrzeit of his wife's father, Reb Dovid Shlomo ben Hinda Deitsch OBM.

    Farbrengen Wednesday Night

    There will be a farbrengen this Wednesday night, the 15th of Elul, September 14, following the 9:30 PM Maariv minyan at Tzemach Tzedek commemorating the date on which the Rebbe Rashab opened Yeshivas Tomchei Temimim Lubavitch, the first Yeshiva to integrate the revealed part of Torah with the esoteric teachings of Chassidus in a formal study program.

    Shabbos & Sunday Shiurim

    The weekly Pirkei Avos shiur for women at the home of Mrs. Yehudis Abramowitz will take place at 5:30 PM.

    The Shabbos afternoon Rav Shluchan Aruch shiur at Tzemach Tzedek will be on the topic of Hilchos Yom Tov and take place at 6:15 PM.

    The 9:00 AM Sunday morning Halacha shiur at Tzemach Tzedek will be on the topic of Hasagos Gvul (business competition).

    Thursday, September 8, 2011

    Need Boxes from Crown Heights

    Looking for someone coming in from Crown Heights to Monsey today, Friday, who can bring a few small boxes. Please call Pinchus Morozow at 347-668-8465.

    Seeking Assistance

    Looking for two Chassidishe girls who are good with kids to run our children's program in Poughkeepsie for Rosh Hashanah.

    Also looking for a talented young lady to help to help organize community and youth programming. Experience and references needed.

    Please contact Hindy Borenstein at 845-463-5801 or chabadmidhudsonvly@prodigy.net.

    Daily Mincha Time Change

    Beginning this Sunday, the 12th of Elul, September 11, the daily Mincha minyan at Tzemach Tzedek will be at 6:30 PM.

    Mazel Tov Litzmans!

    Mazel tov to Reb Mordechai and Malka Litzman on the birth of a grandson born to Levi and Rochel Isenberg of Crown Heights!

    Wednesday, September 7, 2011

    MBCM 5772 Dinner Date

    Monsey Beis Chaya Mushka High School for Girls started the year yesterday with almost 70 students, a record enrollment for the school!

    Please mark your calendar.

    MBCM will be holding its annual dinner, which is always a treat for the community, on Sunday evening, December 11, 2011 the 15th of Kislev 5772, one day after Yud Daled Kislev, the wedding anniversary of the Rebbe and Rebbetzin. More information about the dinner will be announced as it becomes available.

    Beis Menachem Returning to Building

    After months of exile, Beis Menachem is happy to announce that they will be returning to their renovated building at 360 Route 306 this Shabbos, Parshas Ki Setzei.

    All are invited to join for davening and a kiddush-farbrengen following davening on Shabbos day!

    Tehillim

    Please say Tehillim for Menachem Mendel HaKohen ben Chaya, a two year old who just had open heart surgery.

    Reichenberg Also Saved Boy's Mother

    By Laura Incalcaterra and Steve Lieberman, The Journal News

    SPRING VALLEY — As the 5-year-old boy critically injured after being shocked by a downed power line remains hospitalized, his father credited the man who tried to save the child with also saving the life of the boy's mother.

    David M. Reichenberg, 50, was going to the aid of Reuven Herbst on Aug. 28 when he was killed by the live wire that injured the boy in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene.

    Reichenberg left behind his wife, Ruth Miriam; daughter Rifka Hadassah, 19; and sons Josh, 14, Eliyahu, 12, and Akiva, who turned 11 just days after his father's death. Reichenberg's survivors also include his father, Harry, of Seattle, and his brothers, Steve, of Cherry Hill, N.J., and Eric, of Croton-on-Hudson.

    The family all gathered for a weeklong period of mourning, just weeks after they had gotten together to mark Reichenberg's 50th birthday, friends said Tuesday.

    Reuven remained in critical condition Tuesday in the pediatric burn unit at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla. His father, Yehuda Herbst, also tried to help and was burned by the wire near the family's home at Merrick Drive and Union Road. Herbst credits Reichenberg for saving the life of his wife, Chava Leah Herbst, family friend Rabbi Yochonon Wosner said Tuesday. Wosner is a lecturer at Ohr Somayach in Monsey, a Judaic studies college attended by Reichenberg, who almost never missed a 6:15 a.m. Talmud class each morning.

    Reichenberg was not particularly religious growing up in Cherry Hill, but that changed after a summer trip to Israel prior to college, his friend of 25 years, Abraham Stubin, said. It was during a visit to the Western Wall where he encountered Rabbi Meir Schuster, who gradually introduced him to new aspects of Judaism, Stubin said. Once Reichenberg got to the University of Washington in Seattle, he got involved with the Chabad House and over time became increasingly devout. He remained an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hiking, canoeing and camping, friends said.

    The Reichenbergs and the Herbsts are backyard neighbors, friends said. At about 2 a.m. Aug. 28, there was a loud noise in their neighborhood after a transformer blew and downed a wire. At about 11:30 a.m., Reichenberg went to check on the Herbsts. He was standing with the boy and his parents when Reuven came into contact with a fence that had been electrified by the wire, Wosner said. Reuven was shocked and burning, sending both his father and Reichenberg to his aid. The father was wearing rubber boots and believes they helped insulate him against a fatal electric shock, Wosner said. Reichenberg tried to grab the insulated section of the downed wire, and by doing so likely saved the boy's mother, who was about to grab her injured son, Wosner said.

    Orange and Rockland Utilities Inc. came under criticism for its response to the downed wire and Spring Valley Mayor Noramie Jasmin has said the company failed to make a timely repair even after village police told the company about the wire. Spring Valley police Detective Reginald Anderson said an investigation is continuing. Stubin said the family had suffered great challenges over the years, including a fire early in the Reichenbergs' marriage that left the couple with little more than the pajamas they were wearing when they escaped the flames. A son born with developmental disabilities and in need of medical and other care has also challenged the family's resources. Reichenberg owned a Sign-O-Rama franchise, and signs, Stubin said, were among the items business people and others eliminated from their budgets in the tough fiscal times. But through all the challenges, Stubin said, Reichenberg was always upbeat. "He had tremendous character and strength," Stubin said. "He was a delightful person."

    A fund has been created to help the family of David M. Reichenberg, who was killed Aug. 28 while trying to help a 5-year-old boy who was shocked and burned by a downed electric wire. Reichenberg is survived by his wife and four children. Organizers said all donations would go directly to the family. Checks can be made out and mailed to: Ohr Somayach — Reichenberg Fund, 244 Route 306, Monsey, NY 10952. Get more information at www.reichenbergfund.org.

    Congressman Eliot Engel at the Kotel

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D), the U.S. Representative for New York's 17th congressional district, which includes parts of Rockland County (and the Town of Ramapo), puts on Tefillin and blows the shofar at the Chabad booth at the Kotel this week.

    Tuesday, September 6, 2011

    Monsey Honey

    Yard Sale This Sunday

    The contents of a beautiful home will be available for sale this Sunday, September 11, from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM at 2 Altman Court (next to Ramapo High School).

    Items available for sale include art, furniture, Judaica, decorative & household items, games, small appliances, clothing, down coats, new shoes, CDs, English & Judaic books, strollers. Many new items. Brand new in box stoneware service for eight. Tons of stuff, too much to list!

    For more information, please contact zreitman@gmail.com.

    Shiur on Teshuva at Heichal Menachem

    Going Holy Hog: Hasidic Bikers Spread Word

    By Reuven Fenton, New York Post

    A tough-looking, leather-clad gang of Hasidic bikers who call themselves "Rebbe's Riders" are cruising the tri-state area, bringing God's word to other motorcycle-riding Jews they meet on the road.

    The Riders -- members of the Brooklyn-based Lubavitch sect -- say their love of choppers gives them something in common with Jews who might have strayed.

    "If a rabbi walks into a bikers club, he doesn't exactly fit in. But if he comes riding up on a bike, doors open to him," said Jonah Halper, 30, who founded the Riders earlier this year. "

    [Some fellow Jews] make comments that what we do is not a Jewish thing. They say, 'How can you ride bikes as Jews and say it's for a Jewish purpose?' " Halper said. On the road, the Riders get more respect -- especially from other bikers. "No one sees the Rebbe's Riders and says, 'Who are you guys?' " Halper said. "It's not like the Crips and Bloods. There's a certain kind of respect you have for other riders that transcends lifestyle or creed.

    When we pass a gang on the road, they wave and we wave back." They sport cool colors -- T-shirts with a logo of a bearded Hasid wearing a wide-brimmed fedora and badass sunglasses, à la ZZ Top.

    Since their founding earlier this year, the Riders say they have befriended several non-religious Jews at biker gatherings -- some of whom rode with them in a Jewish parade in Crown Heights in May.

    "A lot of bikers have this rough image with their jeans and vests and tats, but they're really not that way when you talk to them," said member Moshe Reitman, 60, who, unlike some of his Harley-riding brethren, rides a red Honda ST11.

    The Riders' moniker was inspired by the late Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Schneerson, whose thousands of disciples proselytize around the world. "I get that the Angels have a negative connotation, but there's not something inherently wrong with a motorcycle gang if there's a higher purpose," Halper said. "That's a good thing. Debauchery is a bad thing."