Friday, June 28, 2013

Litvinchouk Kiddush This Shabbos

Elimelech and Miriam Litvinchouk invite you to a Kiddush in honor of their newborn daughter this Shabbos, Parshas Pinchas, following davening at Beis Menachem. 

Shacharis is at 10:00 AM. 

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Seeking Ride

Looking for a ride for a girl to Crown Heights for Shabbos. If you have any room please call 845 290 0335

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

Pinchas, the hero of this week’s Torah portionPinchas (Bamidbor [Numbers] 25:10-30:1)  was previously unheard of. Though as a grandson of Aaron he belonged to the “royal family,” he was an unseeded young man, who, with a single act of bravery was catapulted to stardom.

The Talmud (Sanhedrin 82a) tells the behind the scenes story. Zimri, a prince of the tribe of Shimon, publicly flaunts his intimate relationship with a heathen Midianite princess. Moses is momentarily stymied. Pinchas respectfully reminds Moses that he himself taught the principle that one who behaves as Zimri did may be executed by the zealous. Moses responds that since Pinchas remembered this, he, Pinchas, should be the one to actually carry it out. Pinchas duly does just that and the terrible plague that had taken the lives of thousands is stilled. G-dblesses Pinchas with His Covenant of Peace and Pinchas goes down in history as the hero who saved the day.

Now Pinchas could have thought.  Here stand Moses and Aaron, other prominent elders and leaders and they are all silent. Who, then, am I to step forward? Surely I must keep quiet and hold my peace.

But Pinchas did not say that. And thank G-d he didn’t. Had he kept his silence, the plague might not have been averted and Pinchas would have remained a non-entity.

This, says the Lubavitcher Rebbe, serves a powerful lesson to all of us. If you witnessesa situation where you feel that you can make a difference, then you must. And the fact that greater people than you seem paralyzed should not necessarily mean that you too should remain idle. Perhaps you are earmarked for greatness and G-d is opening your window of opportunity. Deny yourself this moment and you deny destiny.

Sometimes the moment is yours. Sometimes greater people may vacillate and the responsibility and opportunity rest with you and you alone. Each of us has so much unlocked potential. Rare and precious are those crossroads of life when the chance to unleash that inner calling presents itself.

Similarly we find this thought played out in the story of Purim. The Megillah records how Queen Esther is asked by Mordechai to intercede with King Achashverus on behalf of her people. She explains that she fears this may be absolutely suicidal for her. Mordechai responds with rather strong words, Relief and deliverance will come for the Jews from another place, and you and your father’s house will perish. What Mordechai was telling Esther was that the chance to single handedly save one’s entire nation doesn’t present itself every day. It is a unique moment and ought to be seized. If you won’t do it, someone else will; but this once in a lifetime opportunity may be lost to you forever.

Pinchas reminds us that when opportunity knocks we should open the door quickly. Do not hesitate. Destiny may be beckoning.

(Excerpts from - from Rabbi Yossy Goldman)

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Learning Program for Women in Crown Heights and Online

This Monday, July 1, will be the first day of iLearn summer.

Classes are from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM and 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM every day Monday through Thursday.

Topics include: Tanach, Halacha, Chassidus, Tefilla, Parenrting, art and more!

Some of our excellent teachers are Rabbi Naftali Silberberg, Mrs. Tzameret Borevitz, Mrs. Sara Lieberman and Mrs. Leah Shapiro.

Make your summer a time of learning and growth! More information and registration at or call 718.735.0030 ext. 106.

Looking forward to learning with you!

Rubashkin Conference Call Tonight

Please join us this Tuesday night, Shiva Asar b'Tammuz, June 25, from 6:00 - 7:00pm EST for a Teleconference for our dear father, Sholom Mordechai haLevi ben Rivka Rubashkin.

To join, call Kol Mevasser at 212-444-1100 (option #8, #1) or Chazak at 718-258-2008 or 845-356-6665.

We will hear words of inspiration from Rabbi Menachem Meir Weissmandl Shlita, the Nitra Rav, who will share personal experiences he has had with our father. Professor Doug Berman will tell us the latest updates on the legal front, and answer some of your questions in the Question and Answer session. Getzel Rubashkin, the eldest son, will share a glimpse behind the bars and what is keeping our family so strong.

Hope you can participate and please help us spread the word!

To make a donation to our father's legal defense fund, please visit or call 718-313 0789.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Tzemach Tzedek Shiva Asar B'Tammuz Schedule

The following is the schedule at Tzemach Tzedek for the fast of Shiva Asar B’Tammuz this Tuesday, June 25:
  • Fast Begins: 3:34 AM
  • Shacharis 1: 6:45 AM
  • Shacharis 2: 8:00 AM
  • Shacharis 3: 9:00 AM
  • Mincha 1: 2:00 PM
  • Mincha 2: 8:10 PM
  • Maariv: 9:08 PM
  • Fast Ends: 9:10 PM

The 17th of Tammuz is a fast day, devoted to mourning the breaching of Yerushalayim's walls and the other tragic events that occurred on this day and repenting and rectifying their causes. We refrain from all food and drink from daybreak until nightfall. 

Heichal Menachem Shiva Asar B'Tammuz Schedule

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Message From Cheder Chabad President Rabbi Yeruchem Cohen

Many thanks to all, Organizers, Attendees and Supporters who helped to make Cheder Chabad of Monsey's 14 Annual Banquet a tremendous success. 

The event took place last Sunday evening at the picturesque Nyack Seaport on the Hudson. Our deserving honorees were the Meshchaninovs Moshe and Yehudis and Eliyahu and Bracha, who were the recipients of our Amudei Chesed Award and Michel and Chani Gurkov who were our Parents of the Year. 

Aside from the delicious food and the fine wines gifted to us by the Royal Wine company and the entertainment provided by the Cheder Boys Choir, there was a moving address given by Hindie Markowitz. Hindie explained to everyone what it was like for a young frum girl to attend a secular school for the blind and how she had test after test in kashrus, tznius, Shabbos and Yomtov and passed them all with grace and good humor. She then announced with great excitement that she would be joining us at Cheder Chabad as a full time student. We will eagerly welcome Hindie to our Cheder and know that as much as she will gain from our Chassidiche Soviva we will gain even more from her exemplification of "Yageiti u' Matzati.

The evening concluded with two exciting announcements. First, the Cheder will be installing a much needed new playground at the Girls Building courtesy of the kindness of the Litzman Family and second, Avraham Hayman, the noted philanthropist and mainstay of our Cheder, has agreed to Match up to $36,000 in donations in honor of the recent sixth Yahrzeit of Leah Miriam Hayman, A"H. Any family who donates $100 to $999 will have their donation matched dollar for dollar, donations of $1000 per family will be double matched with an additional $2000 contributed by the Hayman family. Donations must be made by Sunday, June 30th and paid by July 31st,2013. The proceeds will be used to pay the staff salaries at Cheder Chabad. 

Friday, June 21, 2013

Cheder Chabad Eighth Grade Boys Graduate

This past Tuesday night, Cheder Chabad of Monsey held its fourth boys 8th grade graduation at the new Cheder Girls Campus!

Cheder principal, Rabbi Wolowik welcomed everyone and introduced the shliach in Prague, Czech Republic and student of the Eighth Grade to act as MC.  The MC called upon fellow talmidim: Moshe Farkas to recite the Rebbe’s kapitel Tehillim; shliach in Fort Lee, NJ Levy Konikov to recite the Rebetzin’s kapitel Tehillim; and Postville native, Yudy Holtzberg to recite kapitel 54 for the immediate release of R’ Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin.

The dean and founder of the Cheder, Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman was then called upon to read a letter of the Rebbe. He then shared a few personal words expressing the emotions he felt observing the fourth graduating class of Cheder that started in Nursery and matured into talmidim hamesaymin in Kitah Ches.  He stressed the importance for talmidim to always interact with their peers with ahavasYisroel and how they need to show care and compassion for every single Yid.

Before introducing the Moroh D’asrah of Kehilas Chabad in Monsey, Rabbi Boruch Lesches, the MC thanked him for all the time he spends with the bochurim farhering them and answering all their questions. Rabbi Lesches shared with the graduates some very warm and personal words on what is expected from the talmidim as they grow up, highlighting the importance of the talmidim to recognize today’s nisyonos, and how they have the koach to remain focused and devoted to their learning and being neiros lehoir.

Fellow talmid Daniel Cohen shared a beautiful d’var Torah stressing the importance for the talmidim to take a lesson from the Frierdiker Rebbe (who’s birthday and chag hageulah are this week) that no matter what a Yid does, he always has that spark that can never be extinguished.

Yekusiel Kaplan represented the class in talking about what the Cheder experience meant to him, highlighting the influence of his melamdim and teachers starting in Kitah Aleph and how they developed within him a love for learning Torah and Yiddishkeit and how they gave him the skills to be successful in Mesivta.

Shliach in S. Antonio, TX Mendel Marrus, who joined Cheder for the 8th Grade spoke about what Cheder means to him, highlighting the differences between life in Texas to the life in a frum community like Monsey and how grateful he is at being able to attend a frum chassidishe Cheder.

Dov Frommer and Boruch Moshe Crane expressed gratitude to Cheder personnel on behalf of their class, especially their beloved 8th grade rebbi, Rabbi Yossi Soble, for all the personal time that he invested in each talmid individually and for all the exciting activities and trips he planned for the class.  They surprised their rebbi with a gift of a coffee machine so that he has the strength to continue educating the 8th Grade.

The General Studies Principal, Mr. David Kandel shared some words of encouragement with the students, illustrating to them that just like children will work for rewards, so is true with adults and that the ultimate form a reward a parent can receive is nachas from their children.

Several talmidim in the Eighth Grade put together a slide show going through their years in Cheder.

The evening was concluded by the distribution of diplomas and a specially inscribed Tanya by the Cheder Principal, Rabbi Avrohom Wolowik and Mr. Kandel.  As the children received their diplomas, Rabbi Wolowik shared a personal message with each individual talmid highlighting their accomplishments and wishing them hatzlacha in Mesivta and beyond.

It was a truly inspirational and happy event. We wish the graduates much hatzlacha in all their endeavors!


Seeking Ride to Monsey

A girl (with luggage) is looking for a ride from CH to Monsey on Tuesday afternoon or Wednesday morning. Please call 845.467.9425.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

The evil prophet Bilam is hired to curse the Jewish people--until G‑d miraculously transforms all his intended curses into blessings. As he tries again and again to carry out his evil plans, we are treated to some of the most elaborate language and imagery in the Torah.

We read in this week’s Torah portion Balak (Bamidbor [Numbers] 22:2-25:9) a number of flowery phrases prophesied by this Bilam enumerating the splendor of the Jewish nation and foretelling our future. We hear the first references to Moshiach (Messiah) found in the Torah, contrasting our eventual fate with that of our enemies. It is a fascinating Parsha, filled with emblems and allegories.

Over the course of the text, we find two seemingly contradictory ways of describing the Jews. “A star will shoot forth from Jacob” is often understood to be a reference to Moshiach, but it can also be interpreted as a description of the nation as a whole or the spark of Moshiach in every Jew. The “shooting star” is obviously emblematic of the resplendent beauty of our nation. We shine forth upon the world, illuminating all.

However, elsewhere Bilaam proclaims, “Who can count the dust of Jacob?” which doesn’t sound quite as complimentary. Who wants to be compared to dirt? Where is the grandeur and excitement of granules of crushed earth? The only positive thing you can say about dust is that there is a lot of it, but is that all we care for, quantity over quality?

On reflection, the symbolism of comparing the Jewish nation to dust is actually quite apt. Buried deep within the surface of the earth lie precious gems and valuable minerals. That which to the untrained eye looks like a barren, desolate plain is in reality a repository of incredible wealth. We extract these costly prizes at the cost of much pain and exertion, sifting through the dross to uncover the beauty and worth that lies within.

Some people shoot forth like a star, illuminating their surroundings with their brilliance and passions. Others seem far more pedestrian at first, quieter in nature and trodden on by the crowds. However, every Jew is precious and infinitely valuable. Sometimes you may have to make a greater effort to reveal the beauty and wealth that lies beneath, but doing so is always worth the effort.

(Excerpts from - by Rabbi Elisha Greenbaum)

May  you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

Yud Beis Tammuz Learning and Farbrengen for Women

In observance of the birthday and Yom HaGeulah of the Frierdiker Rebbe, Machon Chaya and N’shei Chabad of Rockland will dedicate an hour of learning and farbrengen, with a guest speaker this Thursday, June 20, from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at the home of Yehudis Abramowitz, 6 Zabriskie Terrace.

Rabbi Shmuel Sholom Serebryanski will speak.

All women and older girls are welcome!

Seeking Sunday School Teachers

Seeking Sunday School teachers for Chabad Center of Passaic County in Wayne, NJ.

Located half hour from the Monsey area, we offer small classes, nice environment and top salary.

Experienced teachers only need to apply for this position. Please respond via email and provide references of where you have taught in a classroom setting for at least one full school year.

Please contact

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Yud Beis Tammuz Farbrengen Thursday Night

There will be a farbrengen at Tzemach Tzedek in honor of Yud Beis Tammuz this Thursday night, June 20, following the 9:30 PM Maariv minyan.

Yud Beis Tammuz commemorates the birth date of the Freidirker Rebbe as well as the day that he was officially granted release from his sentence of exile to Kastroma in the interior of Russia. 

Twenty-seven days earlier, the Rebbe had been arrested by agents of the GPU and the Yevsektzia ("Jewish Section" of the Communist Party) for his activities to preserve Judaism throughout the Soviet empire and sentenced to death, G-d forbid. 

International pressure forced the Soviets to commute the sentence to exile and, subsequently, to release him completely. 

The actual release took place on Tammuz 13, and Tammuz 12-13 is celebrated as a "festival of liberation" by Chassidim.

Rimler Kiddush This Shabbos

Rabbi Shmuel and Michal Rimler invite the community to a kiddush this Shabbos, Parshas Balak, in honor of the recent birth of their daughter, Perel.

The kiddush will take place following davening at Bais Menachem, 360 Route 306

Davening at Bais Menachem is at 10:00 AM.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Monday, June 17, 2013

Cheder Chabad Celebrates with 14h Anniversary Banquet

Photos: R' Mordechai Litzman

Special Opportunity to Double or Triple Your Tzedakah to Cheder Chabad of Monsey

In conjunction with the 14th Anniversary Cheder Chabad of Monsey dinner and the recent sixth Yahrzeit of Leah Miram Hayman A”H,  the Hayman family is offering an opportunity to double and even triple your Tzedakah to help pay the salaries at Cheder Chabad of Monsey.

Any family who pledges from $100 to $999 will have equal matching funds donated to Cheder Chabad of Monsey.

Any family who pledges $1,000 will have an additional $2,000 added by the Hayman family, tripling the donation. Cheder Chabad of Monsey will receive a total donation of $3,000.

All pledges must be made by Sunday, June 30, 2013 and paid by July 31, 2013.

Please contact the Cheder office to make your pledge today!

Weekly Geulah & Moshiach Shiur

On Tuesday evening, June 4th, 2013, at the home of Tzaddok Leib HaKohen & Gwen Messing the very inspirational Shiur for men on Moshiach & Geulah, started a new wonderful format. They are now learning from the erudite Sefer, “Hatekufa V’HaGeulah”.

Rabbi Menachem Mendel (Mendy) Landa is the Maggid Shiur. He gives over the material accurately and enthusiastically, while Tzaddok Leib and Gwen do the same in the garshmious department by providing light refreshments. The topics are inspiring as well as enabling the attendees to fulfill the call of our Rebbe, to stimulate the Geulah Sholaima to unfold even moments sooner, “by learning the inyonim on Moshiach & Geulah”.

The Shiur was started around Rosh Hashana 5771, meeting every Tuesday night for over the last 2 years at the home of the Messings, 3 Mariner way, (the 2nd house on the left, of the southern entrance to Mariner Way), from 8:15 – 9:15 pm on Tuesday (twice blessed) nights. The time was specifically designed to enable the shiur goers to make the 9:30 pm Minyan for Maariv at Tzemach Tzedek, although often they make their own Maariv Minyan in Tzaddok Leib’s study.

The Messings, Rabbi Landa and all the Shiur attendees invite the entire Chabad Anash community to join them, so they can share the ruchnious wealth, enjoyment, and satisfaction of fulfilling our Rebbe’s wishes in a most beautiful and pleasurable way.

Try it once, you will love it.

"Why Chabad?" - A Video About Chabad JEC of Chestnut Ridge

Chabad JEC Holds Inaugural Gala

Chabad Jewish Enrichment Center, directed by Rabbi Chaim Zvi & Chaya Ehrenreich, recently celebrated its Inaugural Gala. Over 170 people were in attendance at the beautiful event held at The View on the Hudson in Piermont, NY.

At the Gala, The Zevi Silver Caring Fund was established in memory of Chaya'la Ehrenreich's brother who was recently niftar. It will fund a new program: Linking Hearts. Linking Hearts pairs area teens with seniors - sharing love, smiles and companionship. Linking Hearts also coordinates visits to patients at area hospitals sharing hope, optimism and courage.

The crowd was wowed by guest speaker David Nesenoff, who inspired the crowd with his story of hashgacha pratis and his message of increasing one’s Jewish practice and involvement.

To support The Zevi Silver Caring Fund click hereyou can also be enterd into a $100,000 mega-raffle.

Mazel Tov Bronsteins!

Mazal tov to Rabbi and Mrs. Nachman Bronstein upon the birth of a granddaughter born to Mendy and Devorah Leah Bronstein of Crown Heights!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Yud Beis Tammuz Farbrengen at Heichal Menachem

Final Countdown to LDC

With less than 11 days until Lubavitch Day Camp 5773 we want to remind parents to complete all necessary registration documents.

As camp continues to grow, many of the younger bunks are almost filled to capacity.

Please contact us at 845-418-5170 or with any questions regarding availability for your child.

We are anticipating that the 3rd summer will be the best yet!

Looking forward to greeting your child(ren)!

Tonight - Cheder Chabad of Monsey's 14th Anniversary Banquet

Friday, June 14, 2013

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

Have you ever heard of Reb Mendel? He smuggled Jews out of the Soviet Union at the end of World War Two. The Communists gave him fifteen years in the Siberian gulags.

Ever heard of Mumeh Sorah? She did the same, but they never bothered sending her away. For decades her family never knew her yahrtzeit; they still don’t know where, if anywhere, the Communists buried her.
Heard of the mother who backed out of the driveway and pinned her toddler under the rear wheel? She lifted the car by herself and saved her son.

When we ask heroes from where they drew the strength to do incredible things, they give weak answers. Inevitably, their answer is “I had to do it,” or to put it differently, they couldn’t not do it. It’s not just modesty that makes them squirm when looking for answers, it is the almost-awkward simplicity. For, regardless of their level of articulation, they cannot come up with any good reason why they did what they did.

Reasons are powerful motives for doing things. Logic is compelling. But logic is in the head, not the guts. So logic compels our minds to move. A mother’s love is not in the head; therefore all of her, moves. Even parts of her she never knew she had move to free her baby from danger. She can’t put it into words, because there are no words in the gut. There is a place so profound that it cannot be made shallow with talk.

And there, right there where the deepest emotions reside, there the Jew has nothing but a visceral connection to G‑d. Not a staid, progressive, links-in-a-chain connection, but a reflexive, instinctive, metal-to-magnet connection. You can’t feel it, and you could live a life without ever knowing it was inside of you. Because like heroes, it doesn’t look to present itself. But if the moment calls for it, the response is automatic and Jewish. (Think of sworn atheists who. when it came down to it gave their lives rather than surrender their identity, or the Jew-in-name-only who, when things were counting on him, came through.) Why? I just couldn’t do anything else.

We have mitzvahs that we like. Family Seders with favorite recipes; Chanukah songs and latkes; Purim plays and Sukkah parties. A melody that lifts you to your feet, a Talmudic insight that dazzles in its elegant simplicity, a Chassidic story that soothes with its empathy. They each relate to a different aspect of our personality and strengthen it Jewishly. But all these precious experiences, for all the growth they give us, do not touch our kishkes. Only the aspect of a mitzvah which is beyond our intellectual grasp and not within our emotional embrace can resonate so deeply. These mitzvahs are called chukim, and it is with these mitzvahs that this week’s Torah portion, Chukas, begins (Bamidbor [Numbers] 19:1-22:1).

(Excerpts from - by Rabbi  Shimon Posner)

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Seeking Ride to the Ohel

A woman needs a ride to the Ohel for Gimmel Tammuz. If you have room, please call Chana Ruth at 845-825-4106. She is willing to help driver and to pay for gas and tolls.

Seeking Ride from CH to MBCM Graduation

Looking for a ride for a woman from Crown Heights to the Bais Chaya Mushka graduation this Wednesday night. Please call or text Chana Gray at 508-878-3964.

Tonight - Gimmel Tammuz Farbrengen with Rabbi Manis Friedman for Men & Women

Tzemach Tzedek will be holding it's annual Gimmel Tammuz farbrengen tonight, Monday, at 8:00 PM in the main shul upstairs.

Special guest speaker Rabbi Manis Friedman will be farbrenging.

The farbrengen is open to women and men.

The cost is $10 for Tzemach Tzedek members and $18 for non-members. There will be no charge for full time students.

All are cordially invited and encouraged to participate!

Friday, June 7, 2013

Yungeleit Fishing Trip

A group of Yungeleit are organizing a fishing trip for Sunday, June 23, from 6:30 PM to midnight, departing from City Island which is approximately 30 minutes from Monsey.

The cost is  $65 per person. Fishing for Striped Bass (might get some blues as well). Children can join and depending on number of registrations the cost might be cheaper for them.

Please contact Uriel Ash at 845-596-5512 or if you are interested in participating.

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

This week’s Torah portion Korach (Bamidbor [Numbers] 16:1-18:32) tells of the mutiny led by Korach, a cousin of Moses, who challenged Moses’ authority. In the end, Korach and his henchmen were swallowed by the earth in a divine display of rather unearthly justice.

The Midrash reveals some of the behind-the-scenes dialogue between these men. Remember, Korach was no pushover. Besides being of noble lineage, he was clever, wealthy and quite charismatic. One of the questions Korach put to Moses was this: Does a house full of holy books still require a mezuzah? Moses answered that it did. Korach scoffed at the idea, ridiculing Moses. The little mezuzah contains the Shema—but two chapters of Torah. A whole houseful of books with the entire Torah won’t do the trick, and a little mezuzah will? It doesn’t make any sense, argued Korach.

Why was Moses’ answer correct? What indeed is the significance of a small parchment on the doorpost in relation to a library inside? The Lubavitcher Rebbe, o.b.m. whose 19th Yahrtzeit is observed this week (Tuesday, 3 Tammuz  / June 11), explained that it all depends on location. The books are inside. The mezuzah is outside. When there are Jewish texts inside our study and living rooms, this indicates that the home is a Jewish home. This is good, and as it should be. But what happens when we leave the comfortable confines of our home? Do we cease to be Jewish?

The mezuzah is at the threshold of our homes, at the juncture between our inner lives and outer lives. As we make the transition from private person to public citizen, we need to be reminded of who we are, and that we take our identity with us wherever we may go. There is only One G‑d, says the little scroll, whether in our private domain or in the big, wide world.

Being Jewish “Inside” is relatively easy. It’s when we hit the “Outside” that we encounter temptation and turmoil. The challenge every Jew must face is to remain proudly Jewish even in the face of conflicting cultures, curious looks, and often, hostile attitudes. The Nazis did not distinguish between Jews who looked Jewish or those who had removed any visible identifying marks.

Today, traditional dress reflecting a national character is common, accepted and respected—from Scottish kilts to Arab kaffiyehs. Is it too much, then,  to expect a Jew to assert his Jewishness in unfamiliar corporate territory, or to keep the kipah on his head even when he walks out of shul?

Moses rejected Korach’s argument, with good reason. The mezuzah does not replace the need for Jewish libraries, but it serves as a perennial reminder on our doorways. As we step out of our home to enter the outside world, it beckons us to take our G‑d, the Shma and our Torah, our values and our traditions, along with us.

(Excerpts from - by Rabbi Yossy Goldman)

May  you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

Gimmel Tammuz Farbrengen Monday Night

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Gimmel Tammuz Farbrengen at Heichal Menachem

Seeking Girls to Staff Chabad on Campus Kinus

Chabad on Campus International is looking for 7 to 12th grade girls to work as childcare staff (watching 0-4 year olds) at our Campus Kinus on June 28 - July 1 in Parsippany, New Jersey.

For more information and to apply, visit or contact

Avrohom Siegel Sitting Shiva

Boruch Dayan HaEmes - We are deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of the mother of Avrohom Siegel.

Avrohom is sitting shiva in Virginia until right before Shabbos when he will return to Monsey. 

He can be reached at 201-916-9520.

If you are able to cook a meal or dish for this Shabbos, please email 

.המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

One Day Left to Place Ad in Chabad JEC Dinner Journal

Only one day left to place an ad in the Chabad Jewish Enrichment Center Inaugural Gala Ad Journal. The deadline is tomorrow, Thursday, June 6, at 3:00 PM.

Reservations for the dinner, which is taking place this Monday night, June 10, at The View on the Hudson, can be made until Friday at 3:00 PM.

To place an ad in journal and/or reserve for the dinner, please visit or call 845-356-6686 for more information.

Statement From Rabbi Lesches

The following is the complete statement from Rabbi Boruch D. Lesches in response to recent media reports about him.

I would like to inform the public that statements I made in a private telephone conversation have been spliced and twisted to present opinions that are not my own and are offensive to members of the greater public.

I would like to make my position absolutely clear: Without any reservation, I endorse the rabbinical rulings encouraging victims of abuse to report to the police.

I was saddened to see an edited audio clip released by the Australian media regarding the personal phone conversation I had with an alleged victim of child abuse. I am troubled by the unprofessional conduct of the reporter who did not call me to verify the facts. Had he called me, I’m sure the information I would have provided would have produced a dramatically different article.

As I clearly told the caller in a subsequent phone conversation: I had no knowledge of the alleged assault claimed to have occurred some twenty-five years ago and discussed in the news report.

In the conversation, I was discussing a separate incident concerning inappropriate sexual conversations where I was under the impression that both alleged parties were similar in age, twenty-one years old.  I was never informed of any allegations involving minors prior to this call.

In retrospect I am shocked to hear of these allegations, because I often entrusted my own young children to the care of the alleged perpetrator, without hesitation. I would never have done so had I known of these allegations.

I am firmly committed to doing everything necessary to eradicate child abuse in all communities. If the caller had mentioned present abuse, I would have advised him to contact the proper legal authorities.

In my present community, where I am the Rabbi, there is no reticence to contact the police. We do not hide from or cover up criminal behavior. In our schools this is a known fact, and one of the reasons we, may G-d protect us, have to date not been afflicted with the evil disease of child sexual abuse.

Baruch Dov Lesches
June 23, 2013

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Only Twelve Days to Cheder Chabad of Monsey's Banquet

Please submit your dedication opportunity for the Cheder Chabad 14th Anniversary Banquet Journal before this Friday, June 7.

To submit your dedication and/or to make dinner reservations, please go to

Seeking Teachers

Lubavitch on the Palisades, a warm, nurturing preschool, is looking for head teachers for their two and three year old classes, who have had previous teaching experience.

Our school offers a progressive academic curriculum, infused with a true love for Hashem, his Torah and mitzvot. We offer teachers a supportive and warm atmosphere, excellent pay and many more benefits.

Please email your resume to

Achdus Event on Gimmel Tammuz in Crown Heights

A wide-scale event planned for next week is aiming to unite the Chabad-Lubavitch community in honor of Gimmel Tammuz.

The "farbrengen" is expected to draw thousands of all ages (separate seating) and is scheduled for Monday, June 10, from 8:30 to  9:30 PM on Eastern Parkway in front of 770.

Many Yeshivos and schools from all over will be participating.

There will be no signs and no speakers. The program will include video of a collection of sichos from the Rebbe on the topics of Ahavas Yisroel, Achdus and Moshiach and the singing of niggunim.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Welcome Raiceses!

Welcome to Moshe Chaim and Fraidy Raices on their move to our community!

Felberbaum L'chaim

Mazel tov to Tzvi Gershon Felberbaum on his engagement to Dvorah Leah Drew of Long Beach, CA/ Crown Heights!

For more photos, click here.

Rabbi Manis Friedman to Farbreng in Monsey on Gimmel Tammuz

Tzemach Tzedek will be holding it's annual Gimmel Tammuz farbrengen on the Monday night of Gimmel Tammuz, June 10, at 8:00 PM in the main shul upstairs.

Special guest speaker Rabbi Manis Friedman will be farbrenging.

The farbrengen is open to women and men.

The cost is $10 for Tzemach Tzedek members and $18 for non-members. There will be no charge for full time students.

All are cordially invited and encouraged to participate!

Gimmel Tammuz:
The Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson (b. 1902) passed away in the early morning hours of the 3rd of Tammuz of the year 5754 from creation (1994).

For the laws and customs of this day, click here.

About Rabbi Manis Friedman:
World-renowned author, counselor, lecturer and philosopher, Rabbi Manis Friedman uses ancient wisdom and modern wit as he captivates audiences around the country and around the world. He hosts his own critically acclaimed cable television series, Torah Forum with Manis Friedman, syndicated throughout North America. Over 150,000 copies of his provocative yet entertaining tapes, both audio and video have been sold.

Rabbi Friedman’s first book, DOESN’T ANYONE BLUSH ANYMORE?, published by Harper San Francisco in 1990, was widely praised by the media. BLUSH is currently in its fourth printing. Following the publication of the book, he was featured internationally in over 200 print articles, and interviewed on more than 50 television and radio talk shows. He has appeared on CNN, A&E Reviews, PBS, and BBC Worldwide, and has been the subject of articles in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Seventeen, Guideposts, Insight, Publisher’s Weekly and others.

Rabbi Friedman is a noted Biblical scholar, recognized for his sagacious grasp of Jewish mysticism. In 1971, he founded Bais Chana Institute of Jewish Studies in Minnesota, the world’s first yeshiva exclusively for women, where he continues to serve as dean. From 1984-1990 he served as simultaneous translator for the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s televised talks.

Rabbi Friedman is a professionally ranked member of the National Speakers Association. His speaking tours take him to every part of this country as well as Israel, England, The Netherlands, South Africa, Australia, Brazil, Venezuela, Peru, Canada, and Hong Kong. Rabbi Friedman was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1946 and immigrated with his family to the United States in 1950.

He received his rabbinic ordination from the Rabbinical College of Canada in 1969. Rabbi Manis Friedman enthuses each of his listeners and readers with a sense of purpose and definite direction.

House for Rent for the Summer

A house in the area of Grandview and Route 306 is available for rent for the summer from June 23 to August 23.

If interested, please contact Rabbi Yossi Touger at 845-634-7400 ext. 300, 845-430-8342 or

Welcome Kotlarskys!

Welcome to Yanky and Mushka Kotlarsky on their move to our community (Edison Court)!

Markowitz L'chaim

Mazel tov to Rabbi and Mrs. Zalmen Leib and Esther Markowitz on the engagement of their son Moshe Elya to Chaya Mushka Hertz of Chicago!

For more photos, click here.

Welcome Hechts!

Welcome to Mendy and Hindy Hecht on their move to our community (Pomona)!

Seeking Ride to CH

Nechama Jacobs is looking for a ride to Crown Heights today (June 2) anytime Sunday afternoon/evening.

Please call Nechama at 973-975-3970.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Mrs. Chayala Ehrenreich Sitting Shiva

Boruch Dayan HaEmes - It is with profound sadness and deep pain that we inform you of the untimely passing of Zevi Silver, Binyomin Zev ben Avraham Yosef, the brother of Mrs. Chayala Ehrenreich, at the young age of 31.

Zevi passed away just before this past Shabbos after years of bravely fighting for life and left behind his wife, 4 young children, his parents, grandparents, parents-in-law and 8 siblings and their families.

The funeral will take place today, Sunday, June 2, at 2:30 PM at Shomrei Hadas Chapels, 3803 14th Avenue in Brooklyn.

It will pass 770 at approximately 2:30 PM.

Interment will follow at Old Motifiore Cemetery, 12183 Springfield Blvd. in  Queens.

Shiva will take place at Chaya's parents home, 1486 Carroll Street in Crown Heights, from Sunday evening, June 2, until Friday afternoon, June 7.

.המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים