Thursday, January 27, 2011

Local Students Return from Israel Trip

This past week students from RCC and other young adults from the Rockland area returned from a Taglit-Birthright Israel trip led by Rabbi Dov Oliver and Shloimie Baitz. The trip was a big success with ten magical days in ארצנו הקדושה not only bringing the participants to a love of the land, but even more so a newfound appreciation for their Yiddishkeit and a commitment to grow and stay connected.

Some of the highlights of the trip were an incredible Friday night davening at the Kosel, a day spent in Tzfas and a special Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration for eleven of the students who had never officially marked the occasion. Popular singer, Chaim Dovid held a mini concert in honor of the simchas on his rooftop overlooking the Old City directly above the Har Habayis. All the celebrants worked hard to prepare speeches with Divrei Torah from what would have been the Parsha of their Bar/Bas Mitzvah and took on various resolutions such as lighting Shabbos candles, starting to put on Tefillin once a week, stopping to eat certain non-kosher foods and many others.

The accompanying pictures also show Rabbi Oliver at a wedding which he attended one night of the trip. The wedding was of two past RCC students, one who was not Jewish when she met the Olivers and has since completed a full Halachic conversion and her husband who was then not yet frum.

Registration for the next Birthright trip is coming up soon. If you know of someone who is appropriate for the trip please email

Tzemach Tzedek Seeking Kiddush Sponsor

If you would like to have the merit of sponsoring the Kiddush at Tzemach Tzedek this Shabbos, Shabbos Mevorchim Adar Aleph, please contact

Shiurim Resume

Rabbi Lesches has returned to Monsey and all of his men's and women's shiurim have resumed.

Last Chance for MBCM Matching Funds Incentive

The deadline for the Monsey Beis Chaya Mushka Matching Grants Incentive has been extended until this Sunday night, January 30.

Please contact Rabbi Kagan at 845-538-7484 or with your pledge today!

Mazel Tov Kushners!

Mazel tov to Yonoson and Henchy Kushner on the birth of a baby boy!

The Shalom Zachor will take place this Friday night at their home, 6 Auburn Court (Route 306 to Lois Lane to Auburn Court).

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

Package to Crown Heights

If you're heading from Monsey to Crown Heights and are able to take a a small package, please call 845-608-3360.

Welcome Solomons!

Welcome to Yossi and Frida Solomon on their move to our community (Country Club Lane, South Monsey)!