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Page 56 THE JEWISH PRESS  Friday, August 23, 2013

Community Currents Chesed – 24/7

Preschool Donates $1,000 To Aleh

In late July, 40 girls from across the United States volunteered at Chesed 24/7’s offices. These girls – participants of NCSY’s innovative new Give USA program – spend four and a half weeks traveling around the country participating in a variety of volunteering activities that will give them a greater understanding of the impact they can make on the lives of others. Half of the girls assembled Chesed 24/7 “Shabbos in a Box” packages with customized tablecloths, challah covers, kiddush cups, electric candles, havdalah spices, and treats. The other half of the group packed cereals to be placed in one of Chesed 24/7’s Hospitality Rooms. Chesed 24/7’s overall mission is to provide comfort and support for hospitalized patients and their families. The organization has kosher Hospitality Rooms in 15 hospitals throughout the New York tri-state area that stocked with kosher food, snacks, cake, coffee and drinks. Open 24/7 to Jews from all walks of life and religious affiliations, these rooms have everything one might need while staying in the hospital. Chesed 24/7 also provides patients with fresh hot meals during the week and on Shabbos. To learn more about Chesed 24/7’s volunteer opportunities, call 845-354-3233 ext. 1123 or email elibraty@

By Abby Litchfield The children of Tampa Jewish Community Center Preschool have been saving the money they collect at their Shabbat program and recently made a donation to the Aleh Foundation in the sum of $1,035.76. The children chose Aleh Foundation to donate their tzedakah money because, as it says in their letter, “we knew it would be put to a worthy cause helping children in need.” Aleh is Israel’s largest and most advanced network with specialized facilities for children with severe physical and cognitive disabilities. The goal is for every child to receive the best available care in order to reach his or her fullest potential. Aleh insures that each child gets quality care and is treated with dignity and respect. For more information on Aleh or to donate money and/or time call 718-8514596 or visit

125 New IDF Soldiers On Nefesh B’Nefesh Flight This summer’s second charter aliyah flight from the United States arrived Tuesday, August 13, bringing some 331 new olim to Israel – including 125 young men and women who will be joining the IDF. “The fact that young people are leaving their comfortable lives in the Diaspora in order to make aliyah to Israel and volunteer in the IDF teaches us a lot about our power as a nation and our sense of mutual responsibility which is the foundation of our lives here in Israel. All that’s left is for us to be proud and to guarantee that they receive all the support possible,” said Minister of Immigrant Absorption Sofa Landver. There are currently over 2,800 Lone Soldiers from around the world serving in the IDF – including over 900 from North America, 900 from Russian speaking countries, 250 from France and 200 from Latin America countries. The FIDF/Nefesh B’Nefesh Lone Soldiers Program, in collaboration with The Jewish Agency for Israel and the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption and the Tzofim-Garin Tzabar program assists newly arrived soldiers with their transition to their new lives in Israel and national service by offering guidance, social and emotional support, quarterly care packages, adoptive families and financial aid, as well as assistance to parents of Lone Soldiers abroad in the form of information and support. A new service recently added to the Lone Soldier Program is an annual free flight back to their country of origin to visit their parents. For more information, visit

(Photo credit: Shahar Azran)

Torah Vodaath Roshei Yeshiva Head To Lakewood Corrections • Last week’s article about the wedding organized by Michlelet should have noted that Michlelet is a summer program in Israel run by NCSY, the international youth program of the Orthodox Union. • The photos (in the Aug. 9 issue) of Agudath Israel’s Mission to Washington were courtesy of Leah Zagelbaum, the official spokesperson of the organization.

On Monday evening, September 2, the Lakewood Torah community will host the roshei yeshiva of Torah Vodaath – Rav Moshe Wolfson, Rav Yisroel Belsky, Rav Yosef Savitsky, and Rav Yisroel Reisman. Beth Medrash Govoha has always been closely tied to Yeshiva Torah Vodaath. In 1941, when Rav Aharon Kotler wished to establish a yeshiva in America like the one he had left behind in Kletsk, he approached Rav Shraga Feivel Mendelowitz for assistance. Rav Shraga Feivel selected elite bachurim learning in his yeshiva and sent them to learn with Rav Aharon. Torah institutions continue to battle the current economic situation. Torah Vodaath is a community school and must rely heavily on the public for support to continue to offer quality chinuch. The public is invited to join the roshei yeshiva at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Ari Stern, 227 Autumn Road, at 7:30 p.m.

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Community Currents

Brooklyn Boro President Candidate Eric Adams on a visit to the Catskill Mountains region.

(Photo credit: JDN)

Dr. Sabra Brock, Interim Dean of the Touro Graduate School of Business, recently returned from Portugal where she presented an award-winning paper at the 2013 InSITE, a series of conferences that took place at the University of Porto.

Members of the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah met last week at Agudath Israel of America’s headquarters in New York City to discuss, among other matters, developments in Eretz Yisrael and the shechitah ban in Poland.

The Queens Jewish Community Council honored Borough President Marshall with the Lifetime Achievement Award at its annual gala on Tuesday, August 13. Sixteen young Polish Jews, many of whom have only recently discovered their Jewish roots, arrived in Israel today, August 14, for a special seminar organized by Shavei Israel. The participants, most of whom were raised Catholic, came from a variety of Polish cities, including Krakow, Katowice, Warsaw, Lodz, and Gdansk.

This past Sunday, visitors at the Jewish Children’s Museum participated in making kosher shofars, watched live honeybees hard at work, and tasted fresh honeycomb candy as it was being made.

Learning never stops – even when on vacation. (Photo credit: Dee Voch)

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