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Community Currents Upcoming events The National Council of Young Israel and the Vacation Village Homeowners’ Association will hold their Annual Singles Shabbaton at Vacation Village in Loch Sheldrake, NY from August 2-4 (Parshat Re’eh). The Shabbaton – open to Orthodox singles between the ages of 28 and 40 – will feature speed dating, wine-tasting with Jay Buchsbaum of Kedem Wines, gourmet catered dining for all meals, Motzai Shabbat activities, a Sunday morning brunch, and other fun interactive programs. A shadchan from SawYouAtSinai will be present during the entire course of the Shabbaton. For more information, e-mail vvshabbaton@ or contact NCYI Director of Programming Rebbetzin Judi Steinig at 212-929-1525 ext. 112 or ***** Bikur Cholim Chesed Organization, in partnership with Sharsheret and CancerCare, will host a friendship gatherings for frum women who are or have been in treatment for cancer on Tuesday, August 6, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 5216 11th Avenue. The event is free of charge. Guest Psychologist Rifky Tkatch of Karmanos Cancer Institute will lead a discussion on “Shaping Our Community’s Response to Cancer.” For more informa-

tion, leave a message for Shlomis at 718-438-2020, ext. 7432.

In recent news…

New CER Executive Director Rabbi Moshe Lewin, former spokesperson for the French chief rabbi, will be joining the Conference of European Rabbis (CER) in the position of executive director. Rabbi Lewin will head up the CER’s administrative office from his base in Paris. He will also oversee Rabbinical and Community relations. Rabbi Lewin was born in 1967 in Strasbourg and studied at the SIF Rabbinical training seminary in Paris. He is fluent in English, French and Hebrew, which will help him build bridges with Europe’s political leadership, the European Rabbinate, and Jewish communities all over the world.

COJO Awarded To Thirty Students Thirty students from ten different Yeshiva high schools in the Greater Flatbush area were presented with the Rabbi Jerome Karlin Chessed Award in recognition of their chessed activities during their high school years. The award is named after the first executive director of COJO of Flatbush. Each graduate was given The Book of Our Heritage by Rabbi Eliyahu Kitov.

YU Undergrads Selected For Advanced Biomedical Research Program Eleven Yeshiva University undergraduates have been selected to participate in the Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP), an advanced biomedical research program at YU’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine. In fields ranging from neuroscience to epidemiology to microbiology, these students will receive hands-on research experience in their areas of interest. For Anna Weinstein, a biology major working on a clinical research study in epilepsy with Dr. Sheryl Haut at Montefiore Medical Center, this summer has already influenced her thoughts about the future. “Every Friday, the neurology department holds an epilepsy case study conference, during which a recent difficult patient case is presented to physicians, residents and fellows,” Weinstein said. “It’s incredible to be a part of the thought process of some of the most brilliant minds I’ve encountered.” In addition to Weinstein, Dov Levine, Mordechai Smith, Darren Sultan of Yeshiva College and Deena Miller, Sarah Mizrachi, Esther Robin, Yosefa Schoor, Melissa Kramer, Nechama Dreyfus, and Shira Marder from Stern College were selected for the summer program. Each program provides students with a stipend and on-campus housing at Einstein so they can feel part of the science community. In August, the students will share their work as part of a poster session.

New Director At JCC The JCC of the Greater Five Towns has appointed Joel Block as its new executive director. For the past 18 years, Block has served as executive director and CEO of the Suffolk Y JCC in Commack, a multi-million dollar, state-ofthe art center that serves individuals and families from all walks of life in Suffolk County. During that time, Block helped to establish the center as one of the largest JCCs in the country. He worked tirelessly to create an atmosphere where everyone feels welcome and respected and received many awards for his community outreach efforts. A HAFTR and HALB alumnus, Block is a graduate of Yeshiva University.

OU Kosher Seminar For Women The eleven YU students selected to participate in Albert Einstein College of Medicine’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program.

Congregation Breaks Ground On New Mikveh Congregation Anshe Chesed, a Modern Orthodox Jewish congregation, broke ground Sunday on a new mikveh. The Ziga Roshanski Mikvah, named after a long-serving member of the congregation who passed away in 2011, represents the latest step in a multi-year planning process to expand the Linden synagogue. “This is an important day not only for our synagogue, but also for Linden’s Orthodox community,” said Anshe Chesed Rabbi Joshua Hess. “Every vibrant Jewish community has a mikveh in their city. With the rapid growth that our community has sustained over the past five years, it is apparent that we are on the cusp of vibrancy.”

Congregation Anshe Chesed’s plan to build a mikveh is part of an ongoing effort by the synagogue and by the national Orthodox Union to attract observant families to the area. There are now eight mikva’ot within 10 miles of Linden, demonstrating a growing need. The mikveh will be constructed in approximately one year, said Rabbi Hess. It’s being built by Roshanski’s son, Mark, owner of American Dream Properties in Edison, a development company founded by Ziga Roshanski. “The mikveh is just as significant as the synagogue,” Roshanski said. “It is a symbol of an ongoing tradition and celebration of the Jewish faith.”

OU Kosher will hold its third Advanced Kashrut Seminar for Women, Monday August 12, through Friday, August 16, at OU headquarters in New York. The women’s seminar occurs every odd-numbered year. (The men have a kashrut program on even-numbered years.) The program is under the direction of Rabbi Yosef Grossman, senior educational rabbinic coordinator of OU Kosher, and is sponsored by The Harry H. Beren Foundation of New Jersey. The program is open to women from all segments of the community, with the only requirement being the desire for an enhanced understanding of kosher law. Senior OU rabbis will provide the various sessions; field trips to restaurants, plants, and the kitchen of Sheraton Meadowlands Hotel will be an important part of the proceedings. For more information and to apply, contact Avigail Klein at 212-613-8279 or aklein@

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On Tisha B’Av over 1,000 people attended the inspirational Tisha B’Av Torah Marathon which took place at the Beth Gavriel Center in Queens. The program included presentations from R’ Zecharia Wallerstein, R’ Yossi Mizrachi, R’ Benzion Klatzko, and the Kaliver Rebbe. Free shatnez checking was also available at the event. .

(Photo credit: JDN)

Spending the summer in Machane Shalva Bobov in South Fallsburg.

A partial view of the crowd Agudah’s Camp Machane Efraim on July 14 for a Daf Yomi Commission event sponsored by Hilchos Eruvin Presentations. Rabbis Shlomo Frances and Yonasan Glenner spoke.

Bris Avrohom recently held a father-son bar mitzvah for two sets of cousins: Andrew Gleizer and his father, Sergey Gleizer, and Michael Tulchinsky and his father, Yankel Tulchinsky.

Shema Kolainu’s Legislative Breakfast

(L-R) Rabbi Avremy Kanelsky, Andrew with his father and grandfathers, Michael with his father and grandfathers, and Rabbi Mordechai Kanelsky, executive director of Bris Avrohom. This past Friday, David Brecher, president of First Meridian Mortgage and a long-time Ohel supporter, brought his Meridian Triple Net softball team up to Camp Kaylie to take on the Kaylie softball team. Over 200 Camp Kaylie campers and staff were outside, watching and cheering for their team. Meridian Triple Net won 5-0.

Peter Rebenwurzel, vice president of Shema Kolainu; Dr. Joshua Weinstein, president and founder of Shema Kolainu; Patti S. Lubin, senior advisor and senior counsel, office of Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand; NYS Assembly Member David Weprin;  Menachem Lubinsky, CEO of Lubicom and emcee; and Milton Weinstock, board member of Shema Kolainu. 

Ezra Friedlander, CEO of The Friedlander Group; NYPD’s 66th Precinct’s Commanding Officer Michael Deddo; NYPD Sergeant Richard Taylor; Peter Rebenwurzel; Dr. Joshua Weinstein; NYPD Chief of Community Affairs Chief Thomas M. Chan; Menachem Lubinsky; and Milton Weinstock.

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