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Community Currents Upcoming events… This coming Sunday, October 28, local and state offi cials, corporate and business leaders, as well as the community leadership of the Boro Park community, will gather at the Boro Park Jewish Community Council (BPJCC) Community Tribute Breakfast at the Lipschitz Halls in Boro Park. Last minute reservations can still be made by calling 718-972-6600 ex 7214 or by e-mailing *** The National Council of Young Israel (NCYI), the Queens Jewish Community Council, and the Northeast Queens Jewish Community Council will present a “A Son’s Murder: Memory & Memorial” on Sunday, November 4, at 7 p.m. This event will take place at the Young Israel of New Hyde Park, which is located at 264-15 77th Avenue in New Hyde Park. The featured speaker will be Dr. Naftali Moses, the author of Mourning Under Glass: Reflections on a Son’s Murder. Dr. Moses’ son, Avraham David Moses, was just 16 years old when he was murdered on March 6, 2008 during a terror attack at Yeshivat Merkaz HaRav Kook in Jerusalem. For more information, call 718-343-0496, visit, or contact NCYI director of programming Rebbetzin Judi Steinig at 212-929-1525 ext. 112 or *** On Sunday November 11, JBFCS in conjunction with Plaza Jewish Community Chapel, Met Council and UJA Federation of New York will hold the Annual Conference on Visiting the Sick. A full day of inspirational presentations and workshops has been planned. The conference will take place at the UJA Federation, 130 East 59th Street in NYC from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more information, call 212-632-4730. *** INNER SELF/OUTER SELF is a seminar especially designed for seriously marriage-minded Jewish women. The day will include sessions with certified make-up artists, professional hair stylists, a nutritional therapist, personal trainer, spiritual & dating life coach, image consultant/stylist and ZUMBA (bring sneakers). The seminar is tak-

ing place on Sunday, November 11, at Congregation Talmud Torah Adereth El, 133 E 29th Street, NYC from 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Reservation is required. For more information, e-mail or call 973-851-9070. *** On Tuesday, November 13, at 8 p.m., author Chana Sharfstein will speak about the message of Kristallnacht at the Levi Yitzchak Library, 564 Central Avenue in Cedarhurst. For more information, call 516-374-2665. *** Yachad/NJCD, the OU’s agency for individuals with learning, communication and social needs, announced that its newly expanded and revised Relationship Building Course (RBC) will take place this fall in Brooklyn, Teaneck, and for the first time, in Cedarhurst. “It’s all about social skills,” says Dr. Jeffrey Lichtman, national director of Yachad. “If we want to help people with developmental disabilities lead more successful lives, we have to teach them how to relate to others.” The Brooklyn classes, to be held in Flatbush, are set to begin Monday, November 12; in Cedarhurst, Tuesday, November 13; and in Teaneck on Monday, October 22. To inquire about the new RBC program or to set an intake appointment, contact Deborah Berman, LCSW, senior social worker of Yachad, at 212-6138172 or e-mail For RBC in Teaneck, NJ, contact Chani Herrmann, director of New Jersey Yachad, at 212-6138373 or e-mail *** The 25th Anniversary of the Chabad Center of Northwest New Jersey will be commemorated at the Chabad Center’s Founders Dinner, on Wednesday, November 14, in the Crystal Plaza in Livingston, NJ. For seating or ad journal information, visit or call 973-6251525 ext. 202.

In recent news…

Touro Provides iPads to Students Touro College’s School of Health Sciences distributed third generation iPads to more than 200 stu-

Mashgiach of the Year KASHRUS Magazine, a Brooklyn-based periodical, has chosen Moshe Stander of Boynton Beach, FL, as its 2nd annual “Mashgiach of the Year” and presented him in October with an award of $1,000. Stander, who has worked for the Orthodox Rabbinical Board of Broward & Palm Beach Counties (the “ORB”) since 2002, was chosen from among the nominees of 1,151 kosher agencies worldwide. “I am extremely impressed at the quality of the mashgichim recommended by the various kashrus agencies,” said Rabbi Yosef Wikler, editor of KASHRUS Magazine. “That made it a real challenge to select this year’s ‘Mashgiach of the Year.’ We are confident that Moshe Stander represents the finest qualities which mashgichim possess: responsibility, dedication, quick thinking, a positive attitude, and good interpersonal skills, plus the passion that a mashgiach needs to consistently maintain a high level of kashrus. Being a mashgiach is a hard job, if you do it right; that’s why these men are truly our very finest.” When interviewed, Stander said, “I’m not a detective who is out to ‘catch the criminal.’ Instead, I stay out of the way so that the workers will be free to act normally. We mashgichim are working for you. Even if you know nothing about kashrus, once in a while ask where the mashgiach is; walk over to me and ask how I check this or that vegetable. You’ll be showing me and the caterer that you care.” KASHRUS Magazine’s October issue features an interview with the “Mashgiach of the Year.” To

receive a free copy of the six-page interview, e-mail KASHRUS Magazine at, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to KASHRUS, Mashgiach Award, POB 204, Brooklyn, NY 11204, or call 718-336-8544.

dents for the fall 2012 semester in an effort to utilize the best educational tools and latest technologies available. The infrastructure support needed for a schoolwide launch was facilitated by Touro’s Office of Information Technology (OIT). “The iPad will become vital to our students’ educational experience, said Dean Primavera. “Touro is at the forefront of adopting mobile technology for educating its students.” Joshua Fingerman, a Touro student, said the iPad – as well as apps purchased by the school – add value to his learning experience. “The anatomy app is equivalent to a 500-page textbook and it can even be used in the clinic to show patients what muscle has been injured.” Incoming students at the Manhattan, Bay Shore and Brooklyn campuses received their devices the first week of September; students who were already enrolled will receive them at the beginning of the spring semester. Apple provided customized training for faculty and then worked with educators to identify those apps most relevant to the health sciences programs. “I am able to consolidate all my notes and a lot of my textbooks in one place,” said Duane Grell, class of 2014. “There are also many helpful anatomy apps and programs that help whenever I need some images to complement what I’ve learned in class.”

Honoring Al Leiderman on His 95th Birthday On Sunday, October 28, The Great Neck Synagogue Men’s Club will sponsor its bi-annual blood drive. This year, it will feature a special tribute to Al Leiderman, past president of the Men’s Club, founder and chair of the blood drive for more than 50 years. A member of the Great Neck Synagogue since the 1950s, Al was inspired to bring a blood drive to Great Neck Synagogue by a member of the men’s club, who became sick and needed semi-regular blood transfusions. A group of men would travel with him to Providence, R.I, every six months to donate blood on his behalf, but Al became convinced of the importance of the synagogue having its own Blood Bank. A half-century later, the blood drive has become an important and anticipated fixture on the community calendar, and has saved countless lives. When asked how he felt about organizing the blood drive for so many years, Al said, “I have had great satisfaction with the blood drive by knowing that we have helped so many people and families from newborns to the more elderly. The Blood Bank has been there for the many members in need.” Al is also proud that the blood donated has also been used in Israel when necessary. In addition to the blood drive, Al has been involved in many other aspects of synagogue and communal life and continues to be active, even in his 90s. What is most important to Al now is the continuity of the Great Neck Synagogue blood drive so that those who need help can continue to have someone to count on in the years ahead. The GNS Blood Drive will take place on Sunday, October 28, 8:15a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the Great Neck Synagogue. For more information, contact the synagogue office at 516487-6100.

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Community Currents Sunday morning learning for fathers and sons at Yeshiva of Central Queens began this month. Rabbi Paysach Krohn discussed the importance of passing on Torah from generation to generation.

At the recent Chaveirim member appreciation melava malka cruise. (Photo credit: Hillel Engel)

(L-R) Rabbis Ephraim Bernstein; Avraham Kovitz; Moshe Hamel, assistant principal; Rabbi Paysach Krohn; Aloni Russek; Yaakov Finestone; Mark Landsman, principal; Chaim Pearl; and Yaakov Lonner, executive director. (Photo Credit: Dr. Paul Brody) Promoting a sense of accomplishment and boosting self esteem through participation in sports is the main goal of specialized recreational programs designed for special-needs children and young adults offered by the JCC of the Greater Five Towns. A new project, the Play Golf Program, was recently introduced by the JCC, with support from the Sports for Youth Initiative of UJA-Federation of New York and the golf pros and volunteers at the Lawrence Yacht and Country Club.

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Community Currents RCCS Dinner in Lakewood

Rav Mattisyahu Salomon

Before the presidential debate on October 16, Dr. Paul Brody (center), vice president, International Committee for the Land of Israel and his 13 year-old son Joey launched the “Jewish Democrats for Romney: It’s a MITT–ZVAH!” campaign. They joined the Republican Jewish Coalition, headed by Greg Menken (back row left, holding sign), at a demonstration at Hofstra University. (Photo credit: Ariella Rechthand, Republican Jewish Coalition) Toronto City Councillor James Pasternak and the city of Toronto welcomed a delegation of 23 mayors from Israel to Toronto on Monday, October 15. The mayors are part of a study group traveling across Canada representing municipalities of 2,500 to 22,000 residents.

(Photo credit: JDN)

The Dime Savings Bank on 13th Avenue was robbed last week on Tuesday and Wednesday – by the same individual. On Wednesday, a delivery person spotted the alleged perpetrator exiting the bank and yelled “Chaptzum.” A chase ensued and the thief was apprehended. (Photo credit: JDN)

Congresswoman Yvette Clarke (center), running for Congress in the 9th Congressional District seat in Brooklyn, met with The JRunners in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. The JRunners’ mission is to pair the experience of challenging and exhilarating runs with the importance of pursuing a healthy and vigorous lifestyle. Each year JRunners chooses a charity to raise money for. Its most recent choice was My Place, an organization that assists troubled Jewish teens.

The NYPD thanking members of the BSSP for their help in catching a silver thief a number of weeks ago. (Photo credit: JDN)

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