Friday, December 30, 2011

Chanale Concert Two Weeks Away

The PTA of Cheder Chabad of Monsey is once again excited to be hosting our "Women Uniting in Song" concert, featuring Chanale Fellig and Ether Freeman to be held on Sunday, January 15th.

Leah Rubashkin will be our MC.

To purchase tickets, please contact 718-757 -9149 or

We are looking forward to sharing a great evening with you!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Last Chance for Cheder Matching Grant

A Parsha Thought

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey 

Love Among Brothers
Sometimes, obvious questions and details slip by as we read the Parsha. Rabbi Lazer Gurkow of London, Ontario picks up on a few of these points, showing Torah’s very timely and timeless lessons contained therein. In the Parsha this week, after Yehudah’s famous speech compelling Joseph to reveal himself to his brothers, the Torah tells us that Joseph calls out and says "'Remove everyone from before me,' and there remained no one with them when Joseph revealed himself to his brothers... And he said: 'I am Joseph your brother whom you sold into Egypt.'" (Bereishis [Genesis] 45:1,4)

Two questions present themselves: a) Why did Joseph call for everyone to leave? b) Why did he stress that he was their brother? Would it not have been enough to say, "I am Joseph"?

To the first question, Maimonides explains that Joseph worried that the Egyptians might think ill of his brothers and perhaps expel them from Egypt if they discovered that they had sold Joseph into slavery. To the second question, the famous medieval commentator Kli Yakar teaches that Joseph was careful to emphasize their brotherhood because he wanted to reassure them of his kinship with them, despite everything they had done to him.

Remember We're Family
Israel, more than any other subject, has the capacity to raise disagreement amongst Jews. Do we agree with the settler ideology? Do we agree with government policy? Do we agree with the Peace Now movement? 

Unfortunately, it is all too often that we air our disagreements in public, whether concerning Israeli politics, issues closer to home and personal, and everything in-between. . Let us remember the two very important lessons that Joseph now taught us. When we must disagree, let us: a) do so in private; and b) temper our words and speak softly. Let us remember to reassure our fellow Jews that we love them and feel kinship with them even as we disagree.

Have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

A Message from Rabbi Chaim Zvi Ehrenreich

Polinger Bris

With much gratitude to Hashem Dr. Avraham and Yutty Polinger announce the Bris of their son this Sunday, 6 Teves, January 1, at 11:00 AM at the Garden Paradise hall (in Shoppers Haven), 27 Orchard Street.

Landa Shalom Zachor

Rabbi Mendy and Rivkah Rochel Landa will be making a Shalom Zachor for their newborn son this Friday night at their home, 160 A Kearsing Parkway.

Polinger Shalom Zachor

Dr. Avraham and Yutty Polinger will be making a Shalom Zachor for their newborn son this Friday night at their home, 10 West Fessler Drive.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Location Change for Women's Tanya Shiur

The weekly 10:00 AM Thursday morning Tanya shiur for women by Rabbi Markowitz will take tomorrow at the home of Mrs. Chaya Schaeffer, 8 Dunhill Lane.

Seeking Ride to Crown Heights

Looking for a ride from Monsey to Crown Heights this Friday afternoon. Please call 508-615-5180 and leave a message!

Chanukah at Cheder Chabad Boys

Farbrengen for 50-Something & Older Crowd

The second farbrengen for men in the fifty-something and over age group will take place this Motzai Shabbos, Parshas Vayigash, at 9:00 PM at the home of Reb Tzvi Webb, 26 Cameo Ridge Road.

All are invited to participate!

Mazel Tov Landas!

Mazel tov to Rabbi Mendy and Rivkah Rochel Landa on the birth of a baby boy!

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

I Landed on Gimmel

The promotional video about the Center for Jewish Life at RCC, directed by Rabbi Dov and Shevy Oliver, that was shown at the recent 8th Day Chanukah concert.

Weekly Shiur by Rabbi Kagan

Rabbi Kagan's weekly Thursday night shiur for men will take place tomorrow night, Thursday, December 29, at 9:00 PM at the home of Shloime Litzman, 6 Kakiat Lane.

The topic of this week's shiur is Pidyon Shvuyim.

Maariv will follow the shiur at 10:00 PM.

N'shei Chabad Bookstore Offers Free Delivery for Kehos Hey Teves Sale

Kehot Publications is holding its annual Hey Teves 50% off sale! The sale begins this Motzai Shabbos, Hey Teves, December 31 and continues until Tuesday, January 2.

The way you can tap into the bargains and never leave Monsey, is by going online to the website during the sale days and placing an order using a credit/debit card. If you indicate that the books will be picked up, there will be no postage and handling fees (the fees usually range between $8-$25.00 depending on the weight of the sefarim). You may also place a phone order and indicate that it will be picked up. The telephone number is 718-778-0226.

If you then notify Mrs. Yehudis Abramowitz at or 845-352-2736 that you have placed an order, the N'shei Chabad Bookstore will pick up all the orders and bring them to Monsey, either on January 31or February 7. Because of the high volume of business during the sale, pick up orders will be available on or around Yud Shevat (February 3).

You should also be aware that orders that are shipped are subject to long delays of several weeks. If you wish to shop at the N'shei Chabad Bookstore from December 29 through January 18, our regular discounts will apply.

Please contact Mrs. Shayna Rochel Abramowitz at 845-578-1771 for bookstore hours.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Hillel Runs First Leadership Institute

By Rockland Jewish Reporter

Ten Rockland Community College students devoted a full day to learning about leadership in the Jewish community in the first Jewish Student Leadership Institute.

The program, which received a grant from the Jewish Federation of Rockland County, was run by Hillel at SUNY Rockland. The students got a taste for Jewish communal life, beginning with several hours of community service at the Rhoda Bloom Kosher Food Pantry.

Rockland resident Jonah Halper, co-founder of NextGen:Charity, a national conference on non-profit and foundation innovation made a presentation about leadership. David Kirschtel, CEO of the JCC of Rockland, led students on a tour of the Rockland Jewish Community Campus to give them a sense of the scope of the Jewish organizations that use the facility. He also discussed opportunities for them to get involved, particularly in the upcoming Maccabi Games in 2012.

The students screened, “An Article of Hope,” the story of Colonel Ilan Ramon, Israel’s first astronaut and the tiny Holocaust-era Torah he carried aboard the ill-fated space shuttle Columbia.

Rabbi Dov Oliver, concluded the program with a discussion of Jewish identity, in which students shared personal challenges they face as Jewish college students.

"The leadership conference was truly an incredible experience,” said Sean Rugys of Nyack, one of the participants. “It provided direction on how to improve one’s communication with others, as well as become a better, more active member in the Jewish community and society as a whole.”

Each student received a framed certificate and a stipend.

Enough for Eight Days

By Rockland Jewish Reporter

Rabbi Chaim Ehrenreich [director of Chabad JEC of Chestnut Ridge] gave children from Beth Am Temple’s and Temple Beth El’s congregational schools a little taste of Maccabee tradition by showing them how to make olive oil the old-fashioned way — in a press.

The roughly 35 third graders pitted the olives, put them in cloth bags and took turns cranking the press to produce oil, if not enough for the eight days of Chanukah, at least enough to get a taste for the task.

The program was run by the Jewish Federation Education Center’s educator, Juliet Barr and was open to participating Rockland County synagogues.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

8th Day Rocks Rockland

This past Thursday night, the third night of Chanukah, a sold out crowd of more than 500 people enjoyed a beautiful and inspiring concert at Rockland Community College to benefit the work of Rabbi Dov and Shevi Oliver of the Hillel Center for Jewish Life at RCC.

The evening began with the lighting of the menorah by Chazan Rabbi Naftali Marrus followed by a Chanukah medley sang by the Shiru Lo Boys choir under the directorship of Rabbi Chaim Block of Shalsheles fame.

The audience then got warmed up with the new and upcoming Jewish folk rock singer Moshe Hecht fresh off the release of his brand new album, Heart is Alive.

Rabbi Oliver, who served as the MC, then introduced the much anticipated 8th Day band who put on an amazing performance.
Photos: Nechemia and Dovid Kaplan

Cheder Girls Help at Chabad of Suffern

Chabad of Suffern thanks the 6th grade girls of Cheder Chabad of Monsey for all their help preparing for our Chanukah in the Chocolate Factory event! We also express our appreciation to Mrs. Rosenbluh for arranging it.

Cheder Carnival Tomorrow

New - Weekly Chassidishe Thought for Women

A new weekly and timely Chassidishe thought by Mrs. Sarah Kaplan, Mechaneches in the Tzfas Seminary, will take place every Wednesday for 5 to 10 minutes.

To hear it please call 1-530-881-1299 and enter access code 266340#.

The shiur will be available at the above number for one week until the new recording is made.

Hey Teves Event for Women

All women are invited to an evening of learning in honor of Hey Teves this Motzai Shabbos, December 31, at 8:00 PM at the Silverstein home, 232-D Kearsing Parkway.

Light refreshments will be served and books will be available for purchase from the N'shei Chabad bookstore.

For more information, please call Rivky at 845-290-6631.

Boys Minyan Goes on Bowling Trip

This past Friday, the 3rd day of Chanukah, 27 boys who steadily participated in the monseyouth Kol HaN’orim Shabbos morning minyan  in Tzemach Tzedek went on a grand bowling trip.

The boys all came to Tzemach Tzedek to daven at 8:00 AM. After a lebidege davening they ate breakfast and learned about the day כז כסלו which was the 2nd time the Alter Rebbe was freed from prison. After breakfast the boys watched the Living Torah video of the week and then loaded onto a bus to go bowling.

On the way back all the boys received special Chanukah gelt - a two dollar bill from monseyouth. To end the day each of the mispalillim were invited to make a mezonos on a delicious doughnut.

The Kol HaN’orim minyan will I"YH resume for פרשת ויחי. A big Yashor Koach to all those who sponsored the minyan so far!

Nitel Nacht Avos U'Banim

Photos: Hershel Rosenbluh

Mazel Tov Polingers!

Mazel tov to Dr. Avraham and Yutty Polinger on the birth of a baby boy!

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

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Doula Certification Course

A three day intensive Douala certification course taught by a world renowned Douala Debra Pascali-Bonaro, LCCE CD (DONA) will take place from Tuesday, January 17, 2012 until Thursday, January 19, 2012 from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM at 4 Fawn Lane in Suffern.

Doulas are a return to an age-old tradition of women-to-women support during pregnancy, labor, birth and the first weeks with a newborn. Doulas provide non-medical care and offer women, their partners and family members emotional support, alternative comfort techniques and help facilitate positive communication and informed consent between the women and her medical providers. Doulas complement the care the women are already receiving and add a continuous, caring, nurturing presence to all.

No prerequisites required. 

For more information and to register, please contact Rashi Kaplan at 845-664-0830.

Boys Shabbos Mevorchim Tehillim Program

Please note that there will be no boys minyan at Tzemach Tzedek for the next 2 Shabbosim.

Jewish Families Gather for Menorah Motorcade

By News 12 Hudson Valley

SPRING VALLEY - Jewish families gathered tonight to watch as 70 cars with menorahs mounted on top drove from Monsey to Spring Valley tonight in celebration of the second night of Hanukkah.

Hundreds came to the Spring Valley Marketplace to celebrate a special time for Jewish families around the world. Organizers say the festival of lights commemorates past victories and miracles over eight days by lighting the candles on a menorah.

Special Nitul Nacht Avos U'Bonim

In addition to being Chanukah, this Motzai Shabbos is also Nitul Nacht when customarily there is no Torah learning (until midnight).

Therefore, there will be a special Avos UBonim program and all fathers and sons are invited and encouraged to come to Tzemach Tzedek  from 7:00 to 8:00 PM with your own board games, dreidels, chess, checkers, backgammon, etc. or kosher card games.

There will be a raffle, refreshments and a Chassidishe maaseh as always.

The Really New Shop - Brand New Merchandise for Less

The Really New Shop just got a large shipment of gorgeous classy maternity clothing. You can be a beautiful mother to be with a wardrobe for 70% off retail prices. We also have US Polo girls sneakers up to size 4, ladies slips, Junee skirts and more.

All proceeds go to Kupath Ezrah.

Come by and see us at 21 Grove Street, # 4, in Spring Valley.

Our hours are Sunday through Thursday from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

Chabad Lights Up Piermont!

More than 60 people attended the annual Chabad JEC of Chestnut Ridge public Menorah lighting in front of Piermont Village Hall last night.

Chabad Lights up Nyack!

More than 40 people attended the Chabad JEC of Chestnut Ridge annual public Menorah lighting in Veteran's Memorial Park on Main Street in Nyack last night.

19 Kislev Chalukas HaShas

If you did not yet take a mesechta of Gemara on Yud Tes Kislev to be learned over the year, please contact Rabbi Lesches in shul or at

Early Mincha on Friday

Following our custom of daveining Mincha prior to lighting the Menorah there will be a minyan for Mincha, tomorrow, Erev Shabbos Kodesh, at 3:15 PM at Tzemach Tzedek.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Seeking Ride for Parade

A bochur is looking for someone to ride with in tonight's Chanukah parade. If you have room, please call Michoel at 845-553-5029.

Seeking Ride to CH

A couple with one child is in need of a ride on Motsai Shabbos from Monsey to Crown Heights. Anybody that can help, please call Shmuel Abramson at 845-352-6482.

Chabad Lights Up Pearl River!

Close to 100 people attended the annual public Menorah lighting in the center of downtown Pearl River.

The Menorah lighting was sponsored by Chabad JEC of Chestnut Ridge, led Rabbi & Mrs. Chaim Zvi and Chaya Ehrenreich and the Pearl River Rotary Club.

Everyone enjoyed doughnuts, Chanukah songs with musical accompaniment by Mendel Hirsch, hot apple cider and a lot of persumai nissa.

Menorah Parade Tonight

The Menorah Parade is taking place tonight! Lineup is at Tzemach Tzedek at 5:45 PM. For important parade information, please click here.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Last Chance To Get Your Car Menorah

If you would like to purchase a car menorah or have yours repaired, please call 718-249-6139 immediately so that it can be done in time for the parade.

Repairs will cost approximately $15-$25. Light bulbs are $1.

If you would like to help sponsor the parade, please contact the above number as well.

Kesser Chanukah Specials

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

Chicken Breast Fillet - $4.49 per pound
Extra Lean Ground Beef - $5.99 per pound

To order, please go to or contact Chaim Holtzberg at or 914-729-0838.