Thursday, March 24, 2011

Kesser Pesach Special Extended

Due to the large demand the 3% discount off of the already discounted Kesser prices has been extended until this Thursday, March 31.

Please note that orders can be made now but delivered closer to Pesach.

For the complete poultry price list please click here.

For the complete meat price list please click here.

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

Seeking Ride to Crown Heights

We are two people looking for a ride from Monsey to Crown Heights for this Shabbos. If you have room and would be kind enough to take us, please call 845-371-5918.

Hillel Commemorates Murdered Family

By Marla Cohen, Rockland Jewish Reporter

The mood was somber in the Rockland Community College student union gathered for a service to commemorate the brutal murder of a family in Itamar, Israel.

Organized by Hillel/The Center for Jewish Life at the college, the service attracted about 45 students, community members and college employees. They sat quietly as a slide show first depicted the Fogel family in life, and then played pixilated images of the five who were brutally stabbed by what are widely believed to be Palestinian perpetrators who remain at large.

“We here in the U.S.A. and our brothers and sisters in Israel must not be scared by this,” said Miriam Hoffman, the vice president of the Hillel, who began her remarks by not only remembering the Fogel family, but also the many who died over the weekend in the wake of an earthquake and tsunami that had hit Japan.

“We must continue to support Israel. Israel represents only kindness and goodness toward its neighbors.”

The killings in Itamar took place late Friday, March 11, after attackers jumped a fence and broke into the home of Ruth and Udi Fogel, 35 and 36 respectively. They were stabbed, along with their three-month-old daughter, Hadas, and two of their sons, Elad, 3 and Yoav, 11. Their 12-year-old daughter, Tamar, discovered the bodies when she returned home from a youth group event. Two other children, age 2 and 8, were not attacked.

The attacks have prompted widespread IDF searches of nearby Arab villages and several dozen suspects have been arrested. The town of Itamar is located deep in the West Bank.

“You are all here today, so obviously this tragedy has touched you,” said Rabbi Dov Oliver, who along with his wife, Shevy, directs the Hillel. One student read Psalm 23 in Hebrew and Oliver recited “El Maleh Rachamim,” the yizkor, or memorial prayer for the Fogels. He also encouraged students to give tzedakah to help support the surviving Fogel children.

Students handed out strips of paper that read, “In honor and in memory of the Fogel family who can no longer observe Torah and mitzvos and can no longer do deeds for goodness and kindness, I hereby resolve to:” Oliver asked that students fill in the blank with an act that would better themselves, “Whether you will make an effort to get along with your family better, study Torah, go to shul or give up smoking, do something good.”

Daniel Sonnenschein, the shaliach, or Israel emissary, from JCC Rockland spoke briefly saying that he had resisted looking at the gruesome pictures of the slain family until now.

“It is the month of Adar, and we are commanded to be happy,” he said. Adar is the month in which Purim, a loud, spirited holiday takes place. “It’s been very challenging with these events.”

He spoke of how the entire country of Israel had recently come to a halt to remember Gilad Shalit, the soldier kidnapped nearly five years ago by Hamas, and who is believed to be held in a prison someplace in Gaza. He thanked Hillel for holding the memorial program, and then on guitar, accompanied by another student, sang “Oseh Shalom,” which comes from the Hebrew liturgy asking God to bring peace.

After, students lit candles that had been set up as memorial lights for the family. The service, while hastily planned, was something that just needed to be done, according to Hillel President Megan Tabok, 20, of Nanuet.

“On Sunday we came back from Sabbath in New Paltz, and learned of this, and as board members we just had to do something,” she said. “We wanted this to be noticed by people.”

Seeking Hebrew School Teacher

Due to new students registering our Hebrew School in Orange County is in need of another teacher on Sunday mornings from 10:00 AM to 12:15 PM. Good pay. Please contact Rabbi Meir Borenstein at 845-291-0514.