Happy 100th Birthday, Rabbi Kleiman
Rabbi Yisroel (Sidney) Kleiman was appointed rav of Congregation Adereth El at 133 East 29th Street in Manhattan in 1939. He continues to serve the shul as rabbi emeritus and is one of the first to show up for the shul’s minyanevery day of the week. Rabbi Kleiman is both the longest serving and the oldest active congregational rabbi in the United States, possibly the world.
The shul was established in 1857. Rabbi Kleiman had been serving as rav of the Jewish Center of Violet Park in the Bronx after having earned his semicha at Yeshiva Rabbi Yitzchok Elchonon in 1935, then led by Rabbi Moshe Soloveichik, zt”l (1879-1941).
Adereth El has the longest running minyan in America at its original location. It is an oasis of Torah, tefillah, spirituality, gemilas chasadim and hachnassas orchim in the center of the bustling city. Appointed in 1996, Rabbi Gideon Shloush, grandson of the Netanya chief rabbi Chaim Dovid Shloush, serves as rav. Rabbi Shloush is also an adjunct instructor of Jewish studies at Stern College.
Rabbi Kleiman was named rabbi emeritus in 1999.
Positioned near major hospitals and physicians’ offices that serve observant Jews from around the world, the shul is a spiritual home away from home for family members and friends of those in need of medical treatment. All congregants, from the rabbi and president to the gentlemen in the very last row and the ladies in the upstairs balcony, warmly embrace every guest.
On Sunday, January 6, a celebratory dinner was held at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Battery Park honoring the forthcoming 100th birthday of Rabbi Kleiman, who was born on January 27, 1913 (19 Shevat, 5673). Together with all of Klal Yisrael, we join in wishing Rabbi Kleiman continued glorious Torah productivity and good health until 120, at the very least.
Torah Vodaath Flatbush Shabbos/Melaveh Malkah
This Shabbos Bo, January 18-19, will see a grand celebration of Torah in Flatbush. The community will be rejoicing in the continued blossoming of Yeshiva Torah Vodaath.
Eminent roshei yeshiva will be gracing the following homes:
For the Friday night meal: Rabbi Yisroel Belsky at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Eli Amsterdam, 2801 Avenue L; Rabbi Yosef Savisky at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Hurasky, 1079 East 18th Street; Rabbi Yisroel Reisman at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Yechiel Eisenstadt, 1308 East 21st Street; Rabbi Elya Katz at the home of Rabbi and Rebbetzin Zvi Rokeach, 3302 Avenue P; Rabbi Yitzchok Kaplinsky at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ephraim Silberberg, 1566 East 32nd Street; Rabbi Fishel Schachter at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Schwartz, 1632 East 28th Street; Rabbi Sender Hollander at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Naftali Minzer, 1341 East 26th Street; and Rabbi Nosson Chernoff and Rabbi Zisha Blumenfrucht at the home of Rabbi and Mrs. Yonah Blumenfrucht.
The Shabbos day meal: Rabbi Belsky at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Hashi Herzka, 3177 Bedford Avenue; Rabbi Savitsky at the home of Rabbi and Mrs. Yosef Tabak, 1097 East 22nd Street; Rabbi Reisman at the home of Dr. and Mrs. Sruli Zyskind, 3411 Avenue L; Rabbi Label Wulliger at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Hirsch C. Wulliger, 970 East 26th Street; Rabbi Katz at the home of Rabbi and Rebbetzin Zvi Rokeach; Rabbi Kaplinsky at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ephraim Silberberg; Rabbi Schachter at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Moshe Dov Stern, 1320 East 23rd Street; and Rabbi Sender Hollander at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Naftali Minzer, 1341 East 26th Street.
Shabbos Minchah and shalosh seudos: Rabbi Belsky at Rabbi Yosef Eisen’s shul; Rabbi Savitsky at Rabbi Chaim Yisroel Weinfeld’s shul; Rabbi Reisman at Rabbi Ben-Zion Schiffenbauer’s shul; Rabbi Katz at Rabbi Leizer Dovid Rapaport’s shul; Rabbi Yitzchok Meir Schorr at Rabbi Meir Platnick’s shul; and Rabbi Wulliger at Rabbi Moshe Scheinerman’s shul.
The melaveh malkah will be held at Agudas Yisroel Bais Binyamin, 2913 Avenue L, dedicated to the memory of Avrohom Aba Fink by the Fink, Hoch, and Minzer families. Rabbi Moshe Tuvia Lieff, rav of Bais Binyamin, and Rabbi Belsky and Rabbi Savitsky will be speaking. Rabbi Reisman will deliver the keynote address. Yona Blumenfrucht will be the evening’s chairman. Valet parking.
Raoul Wallenberg, Unforgettable Hero
Few if any individuals in history saved as many Jewish lives as did Raoul Wallenberg. He is credited with the rescue of more than 100,000 Jews – many of them saved one by one. In 1981, the late congressman Tom Lantos, who was among those rescued by Wallenberg, sponsored a bill making Wallenberg an honorary citizen of the United States. Wallenberg is also an honorary citizen of Canada, Hungary, and Israel and was designated by Israel as one of the Righteous among the Nations. A postage stamp was issued by the U.S. in his honor in 1997.
On Sunday, December 9, 2012, through the efforts of political consultant Ezra Friedlander and several elected officials, 13th Avenue, Boro Park’s main thoroughfare, was co-named Raoul Wallenberg Way. Boro Park is home to many Holocaust survivors as well as to individuals who are alive today only because of Wallenberg. The 100,000 Jews Wallenberg saved during the Holocaust rebuilt their lives, married, led productive lives, had and raised children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Last year Congress unanimously passed the Raoul Wallenberg Centennial Celebration act, conferring on Wallenberg a posthumous Congressional Gold Medal, the nation’s highest civilian honor. The bill was signed into law by President Obama.
The legislation was shepherded through Congress by Ezra Friedlander, representing the Raoul Wallenberg Centennial Celebration Commission. Friedlander is a grandson of Rabbi Yoizef Friedlander, zt”l (1918-1971), Liska Rebbe, one of those whose life was saved by Wallenberg.
Now that the Wallenberg Gold Medal has been approved by Congress, it must be designed and minted. U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand recommended to the secretary of the treasury that Ezra Friedlander be the “liaison to the United States Mint for the purpose of determining the design for the Raoul Wallenberg Congressional Gold Medal.” If anyone has an original Schutzpass (protective passport) used by Wallenberg to save a Jewish life, which can be used in helping design the obverse of the medal, contact Friedlander at 212-233-5555.
Grand Satmar Visit To Israel
On Motzaei Shabbos Bo, January 19, at 8 p.m., thousands of chassidim will convene at the home of Rabbi Zalman Leib Teitelbaum, Satmar Rebbe, on Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg to give him a grand sendoff on his trip to Israel.
He will be escorted by a large group of chassidim to the airport as well as on the trip itself. All meals and lodging for the visitors to Israel have been organized by special hachnassas orchim committees organized in Williamsburg and in Jerusalem.
The plane carrying the Rebbe is scheduled to land at Ben Gurion Airport on Sunday at 4:45 p.m., where he will be met by a delegation of Satmar leaders. The Rebbe will then proceed to Jerusalem, where he will be received by Rabbi Yitzchok Tuvia Weiss, chief rabbi of the Eidah Hacharedis, and by the other members of the Eidah Hacharedis beis din. The Rebbe will then receive petitioners at Beis MedrashOhel Rochel on Yoel Street in Meah Shearim.
On Monday the Rebbe will be visiting the homes of leading chassidishe rebbes and rabbis in Jerusalem. Early Tuesday morning the Rebbe will daven Shacharis at the gravesite of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai in Miron and then visit holy sites in Tzefas and Teverya. Everyone will return to Jerusalem at night.
On Wednesday, January 23, the chassunah of the Rebbe’s granddaughter will be held in Beit Shemesh. The daughter of the Rebbe’s firstborn son, Rabbi Chaim Zvi Teitelbaum, serving as Yerushalayim Satmar Rav, will be married to Moshe Chaim Labin, son of Rabbi Yeshaya Labin, Zidichover Rebbe in Williamsburg.
The engagement was celebrated in Williamsburg in April. Coach buses will continuously ferry guests from Jerusalem and Bnei Brak to the wedding throughout the afternoon and evening. The first sheva berachos will take place in a gigantic tent erected in front of the Satmar Beis Medrash on Thursday, sponsored by the Satmar Kehilla in Jerusalem.
Shabbos Beshalach, January 25-26, will be celebrated in Jerusalem. All tefillas, tisch, and sheva berachos will take place in the tent in front of the Satmar Beis Medrash. Motzaei Shabbos sheva berachos will be hosted by the Toldos Aaron Rebbe in is beis medrash. On Sunday, the groundbreaking for a new Satmar community will be celebrated jointly with a sheva berachos. On Thursday, January 31, the Rebbe will leave Jerusalem and return to Williamsburg.Rabbi Gershon Tannenbaum
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