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From Baltimore to Bayswater With Kindness!

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

The Baltimore Jewish Community and The Young Israel of Wavecrest and Bayswater Present a ‘Welcome Home!’ Carnival Extravaganza on Sunday, November 25th.

From The Chesed Fund — Nov. 19, 2012

Baltimore’s The Chesed Fund/Project Ezra and Young Israel of Wavecrest and Bayswater will be presenting an exciting free children’s carnival on Sunday, November 25th. The Young Israel is led by Rabbi Eliezer Feuer, who has continually provided comfort to his congregants throughout the Superstorm ordeal. Accomplished community organizer Mrs. Marla Lewis of The Chesed Fund will direct the event.

Frank Storch, founder of The Chesed Fund, reflected, “We worked closely with the Bayswater community after Hurricane Sandy devastated them. We transported emergency generators, gas cans, and lanterns. But now, this fantastic community, especially the children, need a break. We intend to bring them some good, cheerful fun!” Toys, games, prizes, entertainment, and delicious food will be brought in to delight the children.

The ‘Welcome Home!’ Carnival promises to be a wonderful opportunity for parents to spend quality, relaxed time with their kids – an experience that has been in short supply since Hurricane Sandy hit their town in Far Rockaway, New York. There will be jugglers, magicians, clowns, face painting, a moon bounce, and live music. Kids will nosh on popcorn, hot dogs, hot pretzels, and cotton candy. It will truly be a day to treasure.

Rabbi Feuer added, “On behalf of my community of Bayswater and Far Rockaway, I want to thank Frank Storch and his family and the Baltimore Jewish community for caring about us and reaching out to us in New York. This is a great opportunity for our community to have a fresh start.”

A bus full of Bais Yaakov and Bnos Yisroel school girls will travel from Baltimore to help run the carnival. Yeshivas Chofetz Chaim Talmudical Academy of Baltimore Middle School is collecting Chanukah gifts for the children. Talmudical Academy staff will also be traveling to Far Rockaway to assist with the Carnival.

Dougie’s BBQ & Grill of Pikesville will be sending kosher meals on the bus for the volunteers and Goldberg’s New York Kosher Bagels of Pikesville will be providing them breakfast on their way. Jonathan Ely of Traveling Tykes of Lakewood, NJ and Jonathan Glass of NYFF Events are generously supplying the Carnival booths, food, and other enchanting Carnival attractions.

The Free ‘Welcome Home’ Carnival is a celebration open to the community, many of whom have been affected in one way or another. Rabbi Feuer stated, “For the most part, our power is back on; we have food and gas again.” He continued,” Now, we’re in rebuilding mode and we’re full speed ahead with crews on the ground. At least 75 families in our community are still displaced. We want to see them fully restored and we want to replace the belongings they’ve lost. It’s a monumental task but the care and kindness shown to us makes us even stronger.”

The Chesed Fund has yet more plans for Bayswater; they will soon be bringing engineers to the Bayswater community to assess the rebuilding needs. Also on the agenda this week is a donation of a 4-wheel drive, 15 passenger van by Baltimore Shomrim, and Frank and Danielle Storch. Young Israel of Wavecrest and Bayswater will be able to use it for their community transportation and safety and security needs. Shomrim leaders Ronnie Rosenbluth and Danny Harris headed up this noteworthy project.

Storch added with a touch of humor, “We will continue to pull together to make some magic happen. The free Carnival is a day for the Bayswater kids to shine. I’m also proud of our Baltimore students, who have been so eager to be involved in this chesed.”

The ‘Welcome Home’ Free Carnival will take place from 11am-4pm, this Sunday, Nov. 25th, at Young Israel of Wavecrest and Bayswater, 2716 Healy Ave., Bayswater, NY 11691.

To make a donation toward their relief efforts, please make check payable and mail to Young Israel of Wavecrest and Bayswater, with notation of Relief Efforts.

Media Contact: Davida Braunstein davida770@yahoo.com

Carnival Contact: Marla Lewis 443-604-1462 or marla.lewis@comcast.net

Events In The West

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Events In The West: October 14 is East Bay Tikkun Olam Chesed Day in northern California.

Shul News: Yasher koach to Young Israel of Century City for reaching out to its members to organize meals for those in need.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

Mazel Tov – Births: Shai and Chana Samet, a son… Eric and Sarah Abitbol of NY, a son (Grandparents Alan and Etti Lowy; Sonia Rosenberg)… Pinny and Chana Rosenbaum, a daughter (Grandparents Chaim and Mati Rosen)… Rabbi Yakov and Chana Willner, a daughter (Grandparents Rabbi Yaakov and Frumie Krause)… Yossi and Chava Braun, a son (Grandparents Yehoshua and Ruchel Klavan; Great-grandparents Rabbi Jacob and Leah Friedman)… Rabbi Stephen and Rachel Cavalier of Yerushalayim, a son (Grandparents Mark and Linda Abraham)… Alan and Rochelle Tsarovsky, a son… Shua and Chavi Lebovics, a son… Howard and Jill Reichman, a son… Ari and Suri Reiss of Yerushalayim, a son (Grandparents Rabbi Shlomo and Robin Goldberg)… Yoni and Talya Weiss, a son (Grandparents Yaacov and Rayme Isaacs; Great-grandparents Dr. Sam and Diana Hirt)… Joey and Dana Small, a son (Grandparents Dr. Sandy and Freda Small)… Gavy and Yaffa Silverstein of Hollywood, FL, a daughter (Grandparents Neil and Leslie Silverstein)… Moshe and Miriam Leiber, a son (Grandparents Saul and Julie Kessler; Great-grandparents Max and Marilyn Kessler and Elazar and Joyce Genauer)… Sholom and Bashi Rand, a daughter…Dan and Donna Harkham, a son (Grandparents Dr. Glenn and Janet Roeder).

Mazel Tov – Bar Mitzvahs: Pinchos Abramczik, son of Shimon and Hubi Abramczik… Chaim Selah, son of Tzvi and Janet Selah.

Mazel Tov – Engagements: Shoshana Gres, daughter of Jerry and Debbie Gres, to Yosef Caplan, son of Jeff and Gale Caplan of Agoura, CA… Jennifer Libo, daughter of David Libo and Miriam Libo, to Jeremy Torem, son of Rabbi Rob and Jocelyn Torem of Seattle, WA… Sara Fried, daughter of Lauren Hellman, to Yoni Levin, son of Brian and Judy Levin… Chani Levy, daughter of David and Betty Levy, to Yudi Hollander, son of Rabbi Tzvi and Kayla Hollander… Dr. Diego Wyszynky to Ruthie Hassan of London.

Congratulations: Deputy Sheriff Barry Poltorak for receiving the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department Meritorious Conduct Medal-Silver for his actions during the city of Carson’s major apartment house and mobile home park fire.

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA

Mazel Tov – Birth: Andrew and Kerry Gorden, a son.

DENVER, COLORADO

Mazel Tov – Births: Jonathon and Elise Hay, a daughter (Grandparents David and Lea Polaner)… Dr. Alex and Rikki Kushnir, a daughter (Grandparents Rabbi Hillel and Elaine Goldberg).

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON

Mazel Tov – Birth: Rabbi Shmuel and Sarah Brody, a son.

Mazel Tov – Engagement: Jeremy Torem, son of Rabbi Rob and Jocelyn Torem, to Jennifer Libo, daughter of David Libo and Miriam Libo of Los Angeles, CA.

Shlomo Mostofsky for Civil Court Judge (Video Interview)

Friday, September 7th, 2012

The Jewish Press endorses Shlomo Mostofsky for Civil Court Judge in the 5th Judicial District in Brooklyn, New York. Mostofsky is a prominent attorney specializing in family law and served for eleven years as president of the National Council of Young Israel, representing the organization in national and international venues.

This video interview took place at The Jewish Press office in New York.

Young Israel Head Pesach Lerner Steps Down

Friday, July 6th, 2012

Rabbi Pesach Lerner will step down as head of the National Council of Young Israel, the organization said.

Lerner decided not to resume his role as executive vice president of the organization – a position he has held for more than 20 years – following a six-month working sabbatical, Young Israel said in a statement Thursday.

He has been named executive vice president emeritus and will serve as an adviser to Young Israel.

“In his new role, Rabbi Lerner will be able to pursue other personal and professional interests and will focus his efforts and energy on a number of critical and pressing issues facing the larger Jewish community and the State of Israel,” the organization said in its statement.

Eli Dworetsky, President of the National Council of Young Israel, said that “during his over two decades of service to Young Israel, Rabbi Lerner has left his mark on the National Council of Young Israel and the larger Jewish community. His interest in getting leadership to think outside the box on a myriad communal issues has taken Young Israel to new and exciting places and we thank him for doing so.”

Being Enmeshed: Insights Into Concurrently Holding On And Letting Go

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

I once heard a story about a single man struggling to find a spouse. His main challenge was his insistence that a potential mate permanently welcome his widowed mother into their marital home. A friend suggested that he speak with the great authority, Harav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach zt’l. The man shared with the Rav his delicate predicament. The Rav validated the man’s approach as acceptable. Sometime later, the man met his bashert, the special woman willing to live with his mom. They returned to Rav Shlomo Zalman for his blessing. Surprisingly, the Rav called the man aside and told him that they cannot live with his mother anymore. The young man was shocked. After all, on the previous visit, the Rav had supported his desire to find a woman who would accept their living with his mother. Rav Shlomo Zalman explained that he supported the young man’s exceptional requirement as a test of sorts, to ensure that the young lady he would marry would be a woman of valor, a woman of kindness. But once he had in fact found such a woman, it was imperative, for the sake of the marriage, to exclude the mother from a permanent place in the home.

Most newly married couples don’t permanently invite parents into their private dwelling in a literal sense, but figuratively, they may bring their parents along for the ride. In the national bestseller The Good Marriage, Judith Wallerstein & Sandra Blakeslee report that many marriage counselors tell their clients “there are at least six people in every marriage – the couple and both sets of parents.” A delicate balance must be struck between maintaining positive and meaningful connection with family of origin, while at the same time, not alienating the new spouse and the fledgling marital union. In his renowned work, The Art of Loving, Eric Fromm discusses object relations theory and the process of individuation from parents. He explains that ideally we physically separate from our parents while concurrently bringing them with us in our minds and hearts. In this way, our parents are a support and a significant and influential backdrop throughout our lives. This concept is highlighted in the episode in Parshas Vayeshev when Yosef is saved from eishet Potifar’s advances with the help of the image of his father Yaakov, “dmus dyukno shel aviv.” He is far away from his home, but yet able to marshal Yaakov’s values and spiritual strength when it was most needed.

I recall many years ago counseling a young couple immediately after their marriage. It seemed that the husband was looking forward to a honeymoon with his new bride. His wife wasn’t adverse to the honeymoon, but her family had planned their yearly family vacation and the young lady didn’t want to give up on this special time. I empathized with both the young man’s disappointment in potentially having his new in-laws intrude on his honeymoon time, and the young women’s deep desire to remain attached to her parents and siblings. These tensions and conflicts are rampant in many marriages and don’t always have easy solutions. Sometimes a young couple is placed in the unenviable position of having to erect boundaries, as the more “mature” parents are oblivious to these considerations and are grasping to hold onto a child. It’s a complex dance with competing interests and my purpose in this brief article is to try to articulate some foundational principles to protect the marriage and the formation and development of the couple.

Jewish couples stand under a chuppah or canopy during the marriage ceremony. This canopy has no walls just a roof. The chuppah symbolizes the home and the husband bringing the wife into his material and spiritual domain. The task of erecting walls for this edifice is left to the couple. They must, over the course of their lives together, fill-in those walls and thereby fortify their relationship. Wallerstein and Blakesley alluded to above, bring an anecdote about a mother sitting down with her future daughter-in-law and attempting to intimidate her. She tells the poor girl that her upcoming marriage is doomed to failure. The young girl is mortified and immediately calls her future husband. The husband says, “don’t worry about it. I’m going to call my mother right now and tell her she’s not invited to our wedding.” This is a beautiful illustration of communicating to a spouse that they are the absolute priority. They report that this uncomfortable episode ultimately helped launch the marriage.

Events In the West

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Events In the West: West Coast synagogues will be hosting scholars-in-residence for Shavuos. They include Vancouver’s Congregation Schara Tzedeck: Dr. Alan Morinis, an anthropologist, founder of The Mussar Institute, and author of Climbing Jacob’s Ladder & Everyday Holiness; L.A.’s Young Israel of Century City: Rabbi Yitzchak Blau, whose articles have appeared in The Torah U-Madda Journal, Tradition, and First Things. He teaches at Midreshet Lindenbaum, Orata Yeshiva and the Web Yeshiva; and Beth Jacob Beverly Hills: Rabbi Dr. Shnayer Leiman, professor of Jewish history and literature in the Department of Judaic Studies at Brooklyn College in NY, and visiting professor of Bible at the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Yeshiva University. Additionally, several local L.A. shuls are utilizing local community scholars. Joining Rabbi Jonathan Rosenberg for the all-night learning at Valley Village’s Shaarey Zedek will be Rabbis Avrohom Stulberger, Rabbi Yisroel Maza, Dovid Felt, and Yehuda Pollack. In the La Brea-Hancock Park area, Rabbi Arye Greenes of Bais Naftoli will have Rabbis Zvi Hollander, Gavriel Cohen and Chaim Friedman delivering shiurimthroughout the night.

CALABASAS, CALIFORNIA

Mazel Tov – Birth: Elchonon and Sori Steinberg, a son. Mazel Tov – Engagement:Matt Witjas, son of Scott and Billie Witjas, to Dani Gordon.

LA JOLLA, CALIFORNIA

Mazel Tov – Birth: Yakir and Cheryl Levin, a son. Mazel Tov – Bar Mitzvah:Michael Epstein, son of David and Sara Epstein.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

Mazel Tov – Births: Edgar and Linda Fox, a daughter… Yitzi and Aviva Matanky, a daughter (Grandparents Harvey and Bonnie Feldman Rosenbaum)… Rabbi Aaron and Molly Katz of Chicago, a daughter (Grandparents Dr. Ernie and Frieda Katz)… Dovid and Daphne Levine, a daughter… Rabbi Meyer and Chaya Rodal, a son (Grandparents Rabbi Menachem and Shterna Rodal)… Shmuly and Michla Pinson, a son… Aryeh and Elizabeth Ribak, a daughter (Grandparents David and Gitel Rubin; Great-grandparents Noam and Bella Rubin; Alan and Adelle Goldstein)… Eli and Baila Kramer, a son (Grandparents Rabbi Yitzchok and Debbie Summers)… Phillip and Rebecca Ettedgui of NY, a son (Grandparents Joel Yachzel and Beverly Yachzel)… Yehuda Dov and Shprintzy Safran, a son (Grandparents Ben Tzion and Esther Safran)… Raphael and Rena Mavashev, a daughter.

Mazel Tov – Bar Mitzvahs: Shmuly Greenfield, son of Yossi and Bella Greenfield…Yehuda Mandelbaum, son of Shemaya and Dvorah Mandelbaum.

Mazel Tov – Engagements:Uri Davidi, son of Rabbi Nissim and Alti Davidi, to Rikki Kuessous of Deal, NJ… Ruchama Drebin, daughter of Shmuel and Bluma Drebin, to Mordy Siegal of Chicago, IL… Chaim Treitel, son of Yossi and Eva Treitel, to Rochella Benenfeld of Flatbush, NY… Yisroel Naiman, son of Yossi and Sari Naiman, to Esty Barski of Arad, Israel… Zalmi Klyne to Malky Raskin of Melbourne, Australia… Aryeh Vojdany to Chaya Hauck.

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA

Mazel Tov – Bas Mitzvah: Neva Rubenstein, daughter of Zev and Janet Rubenstein.

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA

Mazel Tov – Birth: Dov and Yehudis Dukhovny, a daughter.

VALLEY VILLAGE, CALIFORNIA

Mazel Tov – Births: Micha and Tehilla Wiesenberg, a daughter (Grandparents David and Jamie Wiesenberg)… Rabbi Michoel and Etil Bloom, a son (Grandparents Bruce and Sandy Bloom; Great-grandmother Rickey Bloom).

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA

Mazel Tov – Births: Rob and Lori Grad, a daughter (Grandparents Ralph and Clare Swartz)… Jeff and Elizabeth Nider, a daughter (Grandparents Marvin and Barbara Nider; Yuri and Alla Elperin)… Dr. Daniel and Jessica Rootman, a daughter (Grandparents Dr. Jack and Penny Rootman)… Eli and Slava Borodow, a son… Jess and Lauren Silver, a son (Grandparents Dr. Mel and Marlene Hirshfield; Great-grandmother Ruth Superstein)… Jon and Shoshona Freedman, a daughter.

Mazel Tov – Bar Mitzvahs: Yair Rosenthal, son of Aaron and Smirah Rosenthal… Jake Hauser, son of Josh and Kate Hauser… Jordan Boroditsky, son of Dr. Alan and Lisa Boroditsky… Shmuel Hart, son of Drs. Alexander Hart and Kathryn Selby… Matthew Peretz, son of Alan and Lianne Peretz… Noah Hayes, son of Jeff and Sonia Hayes… Jayden Wolfe, son of Isaac and Lauren Wolfe… Harley Lancit, son of Robert and Elana Lancit.

Mazel Tov – Bas Mitzvah: Julia Switzer, daughter of Alan Switzer and Sandy Hazan.

Mazel Tov – Engagements: Greg Lewis, son of Colin and Michelle Romain, to Adina Hoppe, daughter of Sheldon and Bonny Hoppe… Rafi Allman to Leah Goodman… Amanda Diamond, daughter of Craig and Carrie Diamond, to Brian Geffen, son of David and Sylvia Geffen… Dara Nadel, daughter of Josephine Nadel, to John Pavlich, son of Dennis and Susan Pavlich… Eva Yekutieli, daughter of Shlomo and Hagar Yekutieli, to Ari Shortt, son of Dr. Shmuel and Lindy Shortt.

Three Torahs to be Donated by the Young Israel Movement to the IDF Between Pesach and Shavuot

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Although generally thought of as an American organization, the Young Israel Movement has been very involved in Israeli life for decades – and this week, the Israel branch of the International Young Israel Movement dedicated – for the 202nd time – a Sefer Torah (Torah scroll) to the IDF. This is the first of three Sifrei Torah being facilitated by the Movement between Pesach and Shavuot.

The groups have been raising funds for the Torah scrolls and donating them to the army for the past 12 years, in a project initiated by National Council of Young Israel Executive Vice President Rabbi Pesach Lerner and Rabbi Yedidya Atlas of the IDF Rabbinate. The project is named in memory of Ruby Davidman, who made aliyah over 30 years ago and was very involved in providing for the spiritual needs of IDF soldiers (www.redeematorah.org).

The donated scrolls are brought to Israel from synagogues throughout the world. They are in a worn or damaged state and donors are found to repair them and rededicate them in honor or in memory of loved ones or on special occasions. Upon their arrival in Israel, the scrolls are placed in different army, navy, and air force bases according to the needs of the IDF. Recently, Young Israel gained the rights to Sifrei Torah from Romania that survived the Holocaust, and just need donors in order for them to be redeemed and given to the IDF.

On Monday, Dr. Joseph and Judy Berger of Toronto dedicated a Sefer Torah on the occasion of Dr. Berger’s 70th birthday. In a small but moving ceremony Dr. Berger presented the Torah to the IDF Rabbinate at their central base, and from there it will be placed in an Aron Kodesh of a secret air force unit. Dr. Berger emphasized that a strong Israel is not only important for the people who live in the country, but is vitally important for the Jewish people who live in the Diaspora communities.

The second Sefer Torah will be dedicated five days after Yom Ha’atzmaut. It is being dedicated by David & Chana Walles to the Iron Dome anti-missile unit, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of their premier tour company Eddie’s Kosher Travel. David states that “giving a Sefer Torah to the IDF is of special significance to my family as this Sefer Torah will be used on a daily basis by young men who have devoted their formative years to defend those of us living in Israel. The combination of spiritual strength and physical might is in my mind, the secret of the IDF’s success in defending Eretz Yisrael, and why we at Eddie’s Kosher Travel decided to back this project and show our appreciation. We encourage others to follow…”

The third Sefer Torah is to be dedicated on Rosh Chodesh Sivan, in the final countdown to Shavuot, by Mr. Harvey Schwartz, the Chairman of the Leo V. Berger Fund and will be delivered to the Israel Navy Training base. The Leo V. Berger Fund has kindly posted a Challenge Grant for this project, whereby the Fund will dedicate one Sefer Torah for every two dedicated by others.

Ceec Harrishburg, President of the International Young Israel Movement – Israel Region states, “donating a Sefer Torah to the IDF is a wonderful way to pay Hakarat Ha’tov to all the brave young men and women who are serving their country on bases all over our country. To see them dance, laugh, and relax, from the enormity of the responsibilities they shoulder is something which is quite emotional. Each time we present a torah, I am overwhelmed by the graciousness, and proud of the strong leadership our forces have. We should be eternally grateful for all that these men and women do, so that we can live our daily lives free from worry. May the Almighty grant them strength and courage to continue with the courageous tasks.”

“The National Council of Young Israel is proud to be the conduit for so many Young Israel and non-Young Israel synagogues in the USA and Canada to send our IDF soldiers a Torah scroll for their daily and Shabbat needs,” said Rabbi Pesach Lerner. “These soldiers put their lives on the line every day to protect their people and land, this is the very least we can do. It is indeed an honor.”

For further information or to get involved in this project please visit www.redeematorah.org, or email at iyimisrael@gmail.com

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