Monday, July 1, 2013

Letter From Rabbi Dov & Shevy Oliver

Thank G-d last week I returned from leading my eleventh Birthright group and it was a very special trip indeed.

Apart from the incredible daily emotions of being on Birthright, apart from those participants who:

- laid Tefillin for the first time
- lit candles for the first time
- celebrated Shabbos for the first time
- belatedly celebrated their "Bar or Bat Mitzvahs" and finally chose a Jewish name
- extended their trip to volunteer or study Torah
- fell in love with Israel and saw their Jewish pride and identity come alive

...apart from all of them was Eric, who, twenty years later than intended, joined with the millions of his ancestors, friends and family going back as far as Avraham Avinu in a very special chain. Early one morning, with a panoramic view overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem and the Western Wall, Eric had his Bris and received the name Yehudah.

Beyond the "belated" bris described above, I was blessed during this trip to dance at the wedding and even sign the Kesubah of one of our RCC Hillel alumni.

Weeks before, I had the joy of officiating at the wedding of one of our star students, and just today, one of our alumni couples had a baby boy, so next week it'll be another bris, this one right on time!

Some of our most gratifying moments are not around a simcha. Unfortunately, before the trip, the mother of one of our alumni passed away. While it was sad to eulogize her at the funeral, it was a huge relief that after hours of discussion, we succeeded in talking the family out of cremating their loved one.

As you likely know, we had decided months ago to move back to Australia, but our plans were waylaid due to immigration issues. Those have been resolved - in fact I recently became an American citizen - so there is no longer any obstacle to leaving. However, we have decided to stay, and we are very glad about that decision. As you can see from the paragraphs above, there is simply too much work to do and too many students and alumni to work with.

We appreciate your support in whatever format it comes in, whether it is through yearly or monthly donations, "Scroll" dedications, or calendar ads. Having been here six years, I can proudly say that Hillel is in great shape. We just finished a great semester, have many summer plans such as Shabbatons and social engagements and are planning a  great fall semester.

But financially the squeeze is on as it has never been in my six years here.

In order for us to continue our impactful work, please consider a meaningful participation in this year's calendar (see attached file for details), and may you and your family be blessed with a safe and enjoyable summer.

Looking forward to hearing from you.


Dov and Shevy

Hilchos Beis HaBechirah Shiurim for Women

The Hilchos Beis HaBechirah Shiurim for women continue every weekday, Sunday through Friday, from 10:00 to 11:00 AM at the home of Yehudis Abramowitz, 6 Zabriskie Terrace.

An exciting array of teachers give over the Rebbe's insights into the Halachos of the Rambam. Help build the Bayis HaShlishi with us. Join us for one class and you won't want to miss the next!

Seeking General Studies Teachers

Cheder Chabad Boys School has General Studies teaching positions available for the upcoming 5774 - 2013/14 school year.

Salaries based on qualifications and experience.

Please send resume and references to or fax to 845-290-9616.

Cheder Discount for RCC Swimming

18th Yahrezeit of Rabbi Dovid Wichnin

You are invited to join the sons, relatives, talmidim and friends of Rabbi Dovid Wichnin A"H for a Siyum and Farbrengen this Wednesday evening, July 3, following the 9:30 PM Maariv minyan at Tzemach Tzedek in honor of his 18th Yahrzeit on the 26th of Tammuz.

Rabbi Dovid Wichnin A"H was the founding Rav of K'hal Tzemach Tzedek Lubavitch of Monsey and the Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva Tiferes Bachurim in Morristown, New Jersey until his untimely passing in 1995.

Rabbi Wichnin, an exceptional Talmid Chochom, was a beloved leader and a father figure to many and earned the respect of many of the Rabbonim and Admorim in Monsey and beyond.

Letter from Cheder Chabad President

Dear Cheder Parents and Anash Community Members,

Summer is here and we are all looking forward to enjoying the nice weather, outdoor family activities and sending the children off to day camp. At this time, we must also remember our Partners who work selflessly during the school year to educate the children in our community.

The Rebbe’s and Morahs of Cheder Chabad of Monsey have just completed another year of quality Chinuch, with unparalleled devotion to our children. They are already working to prepare for an even more superb new school year, which begins in just two short months.

Our community’s Mechanchim more than deserve to have the peace of mind of being able to pay for their children’s day camp and other ongoing expenses.  It is our communal responsibility to see to it that they get paid during this financially difficult period when no school tuition fees are due over the summer months.

To that end, at the recent Cheder Dinner, Avraham Hayman, a longtime supporter of the Cheder in particular and our Kehillah in general, has offered a generous matching grant to raise the necessary funds to pay our devoted teachers.

Every dollar that you pledge between $100 & $999 by Thursday, July 4th and pay by July 31, will be matched by Mr. Hayman – YOUR $100 BECOMES $200, YOUR $500 BECOMES $1,000!
Every donation of $1,000 + will be tripled – YOUR $1,000 BECOMES $3,000!

There was a $36,000 cap to this matching fund, many people have been very generous in their response and we are close, but we have not yet reached our goal.  It would be a pity not to get the maximum benefit for our school.  Only YOU can help attain our goal.

On behalf of the Rebbe’s and Morah’s I want to thank those of you who have already participated and strongly encourage everyone to partner with us in attaining the goal. It is our opportunity to show hakaras hatov to the very special individuals who are helping us to raise the next generation to Torah, Yiras Shomayim and Chassidishkeit.

Please act now – as time is running out! Contact the Cheder Office, Mr. Avraham Hayman or myself with your pledge as soon as possible.

Rabbi Yeruchem Cohen, President
Cheder Chabad Board of Directors