Sunday, May 8, 2011

Mazel Tov Marruses!

Mazel tov to Naftali and Rachel Marrus on the birth of a baby girl!

Mazel tov to the grandparents Pinchas and Sarah Marrus!

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 Meal Train or contact Karen Schild at 845-354-4898.

Beis Menachem Fishing Trip

Catch fish for Shavuos on the Beis Menachem Fishing Trip taking place on Sunday, June 5, 2011, from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Dorothy B. Fishing Party Boat, 2 Simon Lake Drive in Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey.

The costs are:
Adults - $50
Seniors (65+) - $40
Kids (11 and Under) - $30
Rod Rental Included

First come, first serve. To RSVP, please email Yoni Halper at with the names and ages of attendees.

2 Rockland Groups Win $25,000 Grants from Chase

By Khurram Saeed, Rockland Journal News

WEST NYACK — Thanks to a little social networking by their supporters on Facebook, two county groups today are each $25,000 richer.

JCC Rockland and Cheder Chabad, a Jewish day school in Monsey, have been awarded the grants from Chase as part of its community-giving program. The organizations are among 100 nationwide to receive the money because they received the most votes on the bank's Facebook page.

The contest was for nonprofits with budgets between $1 million and $10 million. Now, the 100 winners will advance to the next round, in which they can win $500,000.

Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, dean of Cheder Chabad, said he didn't learn of the Chase program until two days before the deadline. He said he spent much of the next 48 hours on the phone calling affiliated groups across the country.

"I spent many hours calling and directing the activity to garner votes," he said. "It demanded a lot of legwork."

Shusterman's efforts were good enough for Cheder Chabad to finish in 27th place, collecting 970 votes. The money will be used to operate the school, he said.

In the next round, the 100 winners will be able to submit what Chase calls a "Big Idea" in 1,000 characters or less, describing how they would use the top prize of $500,000 to further their cause.

David Kirschtel, chief executive officer of JCC Rockland in West Nyack, said the organization's idea is part of an existing mission to recognize the 11 members of the Israeli Olympic team that were killed at the 1972 Munich games. The JCC wants the International Olympic Committee to hold a moment of silence in their memory at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

"Since 1972, the Olympics have never recognized those 11 at the opening ceremonies. It doesn't matter that they were Israeli or they were Jewish. It's an issue of humanity," Kirschtel said.

JCC Rockland officials have already set up a website,, and have commissioned Garnerville-based artist Eric David Laxman to do an outdoor sculpture representing the Munich 11. The abstract sculpture will be unveiled Sept. 25, followed by an 11K walk.

The top 25 vote-getters on Facebook will divide $2.5 million, with the top vote-getter receiving $500,000.

Voting on the Chase Community Giving page on Facebook runs from May 19 to 25. More than 2.5 million people "Like" the page.

Those organizations that don't crack the top 25 will be eligible for a different pool that will be decided by an advisory board. The top prize in that category is $200,000.

As for Cheder Chabad's "big idea," Shusterman said he had a few concepts in mind but wouldn't elaborate.

"It's under wraps with my board," he said. "We have a few ideas under discussion."