Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Cheder Chabad Launches Annual 100K Auction

Cheder Chabad has launched its annual raffle for a grand prize of $100,000 and other great prizes! Last year one of the Cheder Chabad ticket holders won the fourth prize ($1,500 cash) with the grand prize of $100,000 going to a Rebbe in Pittsburgh.

The early-bird draw is still open for just a few days for anyone purchasing a $100 ticket!

To buy tickets online, please click here.

For any other information, please call Rabbi Shusterman at 845-356-1213 ext 104.

Cheder Chabad 5772 Chinese Auction

Please save the date of Sunday, 21 Iyar, May 13, for the annual Cheder Chabad Chinese Auction.

Plans are underway for our best Chinese Auction yet.  At present, we are soliciting prizes and sponsorships. We are in need of brand new electronics, household appliances and goods, baby equipment, and gift cards.

If you would like to donate or sponsor a prize, please contact Rochy at 845-364-5603.

Cheder Chabad Preschool Celebrates Yud Tes Kislev

The preschool of Cheder Chabad had a chassidishe farbrengen in honor of Yud Tes Kislev and made a l'chaim with grape juice.

The children acted out the story of the arrest and liberation of the Alter Rebbe. It was adorable and the children got a clear picture of why the Alter Rebbe was arrested and released. The children learned that in addition to celebrating the release of the Alter Rebbe, the chassidim were aslo overjoyed that Toras HaChassidus would continue to be spread.

MiddosCard Program Begins in Cheder Chabad

A new middos program was launched for the Cheder Chabad boys focusing on the middah of derech eretz – showing respect.

Each boy filled out an application to receive a “MiddosCard” credit card. Each grade went to the 4th grade classroom to hand in their applications and wait for approval. After everyone received their cards, Rabbi Wolowik spoke to each class about different ways to improve in having respect for others.

The program will focus on speaking respectfully to others, i.e. saying please and thank you, and the proper way to speak or ask a question to a teacher, principal, or other staff member.

When the children excel in their derech eretz, both to their teachers and amongst each other, they can earn Middos Money. For every ten dollars of Middos Money they earn, they can cash in their dollars and receive a special punch on their MiddosCard. At the end of the program, the boys will be able to purchase prizes using their credit card.

MEF Student Gives Back

The Menachem Education Foundation (MEF) headed by Rabbi Zalman Shneur reached another milestone this past Thursday night. Rabbi Zelig Silber, a student in the first year of the program (2008) came back to the classroom, but this time as a presenter. Rabbi Levi Eisenberg, the program coordinator of the workshops, contacted Rabbi Silber a while back and related that the staff at MEF wanted to bring their own trainees back to teach what they had learned as educators themselves. This would not only prove that the courses had indeed been effective, but it would be a chance for both presenters and trainees to collaborate and discuss which methods were in fact successful.

Since his introduction to professional teaching development at MEF in 2008, Rabbi Silber has since had the opportunity to further his learning in the field of education. Rabbi Silber, graduating with a Masters in Education and now in his fourth year at Cheder Chabad of Monsey, has since been appointed as a Teacher Mentor for new teachers in the Cheder. Trained by the Jewish New Teacher Program (JNTP) last year, Rabbi Silber works with teachers in various schools to facilitate engaging lessons, student participation and an effective environment in the classrooms.

"I was honored to be asked to come back to MEF and share some of my methods and experiences with the new teachers," said Rabbi Silber. "The topic I presented on was, 'Connecting the text with the Talmid.' I feel that a focal point in the classroom is engaging our students through the seforim in front of them."

The crowd at the presentation was largely satisfied with the workshop. One trainee was quoted saying, "This is what I was waiting to learn. I really liked the activities that the presenter weaved through his presentation. I had to implement what I had just learned right away."

Rabbi Silber can be reached at 773-805-2770 or