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Community Currents Upcoming events… Bikur Cholim Chesed Organization, in partnership with the Jewish Diabetes Association and Friends with Diabetes, hosts monthly educational programs for community members with diabetes and high blood sugar. Their next meeting will take place on Tuesday, August 27, at 8:15 p.m. sharp, at Boro Park Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare, 4915 10th Avenue. For more information, call 718438-2020, ext. 7432.

In recent news…

Pittsburgh Couple Wins $10,000 Melody Mostow and Avi Coven from Pittsburgh, PA have won Nefesh B’Nefesh’s Wedding Gift Challenge’s grand prize of $10,000.

The challenge was created to inspire more young American couples to discuss aliyah by encouraging contestants to share their dreams on Facebook, Twitter, and wherever they interact online. Winners were selected based on how many votes they received from friends, family, and supporters, on their online contest profiles. In total, the contestants received over 43,000 votes. The top vote-getting couple, Melody Mostow and Avi Coven, earned a total of 10,002 votes. They met in Israel, and will be making aliyah this month. “This whirlwind of getting married, winning $10,000, and making aliyah, all within 23 days, is incredible to say the least,” said Melody. “This month is simply bursting with amazing blessings, simchas, and opportunities, and for that, we are truly at a loss for words to fully explain our excitement and gratitude.” Another 20 couples earned enough votes to reach

the second-tier prize, a $1,000 IKEA Israel shopping spree, and three couples won the third-tier prize, a private Israeli vineyard tour and dinner. As the prizes are cumulative, all the couples also won the fourth-tier prize, a $50 gift certificate for an appliance for their new home in Israel. “It’s inspiring to see so many people showing support and encouragement for these young couples making aliyah” said Marc Rosenberg, Nefesh B’Nefesh director of pre-aliyah. The public voting and social media outreach around this contest have generated a list of hundreds of North American Jews interested in making aliyah. Nefesh B’Nefesh will continue to increase awareness and conversations about aliyah through the “This is my Israel” brand by providing practical information from olim themselves and interactive online resources to those interested in learning about, and moving to, Israel.

Michlelet Makes a Wedding

Walking For IDF Soldiers

Last month, 97 Michlelet girls from all over North America organized a bridal shower and wedding for a bride in Israel; they met the bride for the first time just 10 days before the wedding. “In the Shacharit prayers every morning we say, ‘These are the things that have no prescribed measure,’” said Rivka Yudin, director for the past eight years of Michlelet, a program which incorporates interactive Torah learning, chesed, and tiyulim. “One of these is ‘providing for a bride.’ This may be the only time in their lives that these girls will truly be involved in [this mitzvah].” The funding for the wedding came from contributions, Yudin said. “I’ll never forget the smile on the kallah’s face when we gave her all the presents,” said Aliza Hirsch, 16, from Woodmere, N.Y. “I helped make the table centerpieces and dished out the food for the meal,” said Adira Shiff, 15, from Toronto, Ontario. “The kallah was so happy about everything we did for her. I really can’t describe her joy. I never thought teenage girls could do something like this,” she said. “What’s special about Michlelet is that these girls come from every kind of background and they help create a program that is warm, accepting and non-judgmental. They learn what ahavat Yisrael really is,” Yudin said. “Even though they barely knew [the kallah], they sang for her, they danced for her, and they made this wedding for her because she’s a fellow Jew,” Yudin said.

On July 30, close to 100 people came to the Sunny Atlantic Beach Club in Atlantic Beach to walk in support of A Package From Home, which sends care packages to wounded and lone IDF soldiers. After the walk and lunch, Cindy Robinson Wiesel of Bergenfield, NJ spoke about her son who, after completing a year in Yeshivat Eretz Hatzvi, decided to enlist in the IDF before coming home for college. She stressed the importance of supporting an organization like A Package From Home which knows the needs of lone soldiers and works hard to meet them. Meir Shubowitz, a medic in the IDF, spoke next about the sense of loneliness and despondency he felt after several months in Israel without the benefit of family nearby. He admitted to asking himself, “Why am I doing this?” Then one day his platoon received some packages. “They were things that all of you take for granted,” Shubowitz said, “some toothpaste, a pair of socks, a deodorant…..” Although he knew his parents at home were davening for him and that a mishaberach was said for him every week in shul, Shubowitz said this package was particularly meaningful to him, altering his mindset. He was encouraged by the realization that people who are complete strangers and have nothing to gain took the time to send a package to an IDF soldier. For further information (including on how one can make a bar/bat mitzvah project out of sending packages to IDF soldiers), contact Helen Fuchs at or 917-560-9234.

(L-R) Dena Frucht, Jessica Shapiro, Karen Shapiro, Ava Cushner, Maayan Vazana, and Susan Mandel.

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Community Currents On July 28, the Sephardic Community Program at Yeshiva University celebrated the dedication of a new Torah scroll, to be used in the Sephardic Beit Midrash, donated by Benjamin M. Aminoff in memory of his nephew Sam Aminoff.

Rav Chaim Shaul Taub, the Moditzer Rebbe, speaking at the closing of the Yarchei Kallah in Yeshivat Ponevitch. (Photo credit: JDN)

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Community Currents

American for a Safe Israel recently protested Prime Minister Netanyahu’s decision to release 104 terrorists in front of the Israeli Consulate in New York City.

Rav Aharon Geldzhaler, rosh yeshiva of Shomrei Emunim, on the yahrzeit of the Shomrei Emunim Rebbe.

Investors Bank welcomed 15 cyclists from the Bike 4 Friendship Cross-Country Tour on August 2. The cyclists were beginning the last leg of their 3,100-mile, cross-country bike journey, which began in San Diego and concluded in Brooklyn. The team raised over $110,000 for The Friendship Circle under which 11,000 teen volunteer members assist 5,000 special-needs children. Front row (L-R): Noam Katz and ride leader Yitzy Smith. Back row (L-R) Investors Bank COO Domenick Cama, Mendel Myers, Menachem Korf, Zvi Goldberg, Efraim Shaw, Dov Gross, Zion Giahn, Investors Senior Vice President Marc Katz, Investors Credit Analyst Joshua Myers, and Marc Katz’s son, Ami Katz. Recent visitors to the Nikolsburg shul in Woodbourne included Rav Nachman Levovitz, rosh yeshiva in Mir Yerushalayim; Rav Shmuel Miller; Rav Moshe Meir Weiss, rav of the Agudah of Staten Island and columnist for The Jewish Press; and Rav Binyamin Eisenberger.

(L-R) Dr. Eric Levine, Touro’s vice president of institutional advancement; Eva Spinelli-Sexter, dean of the New York School of Career and Applied Studies; and (far right) Dr. Jerry Cammarata, dean of student affairs at the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, stand with six-time AllStar and former New York Met Rusty Staub at Citi Field. Before the first pitch of a recent game between the Mets and the Atlanta Braves, Dr. Levine, Dean Spinelli-Sexter, and Dean Cammarata were presented with the Mets’ Spirit Award, which they accepted on behalf of Touro College. Nearly 150 students, alumni, faculty, members of the administration, and friends cheered on the home team as part of Touro Night with the Mets.

The current Liska Rebbe, Rav Tzvi Hersh Friedlander, commemorating the yahrzeit of his ancestor, Rav Tzvi Hersh of Liksa.

Mothers and children participating in a Biblical Art Class in the Beit Bnei Rachel Reception Center and Museum of Jewish Aliyah. Evelyn Haies, director of the Rachel’s Reclamation Project, is far right.

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