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Community Currents Upcoming events… Nachas Health and Family Network, Inc. will hold its annual women’s health fair this coming Monday, November 12, at Schick’s Manor, 4901 12th Avenue in Boro Park. The Women’s Day of Health will include mammograms by Multi Diagnostics, glucose/cholesterol blood tests, flu shots by Maimonides Hospital, audiology evaluations, and dental evaluations. There will be information available about United Healthcare options, podiatry, physical and occupational therapy, a workshop on Diabetes prevention, massage therapy, the Rheumatology/Arthritis Foundation of NYU, etc. At the Nachas booth there will be prescreening for food stamp eligibility and Medicaid information. *** The Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills will host Rabbi Dr. Jacob J. Schacter as scholar-in-residence Shabbos Parshas Toldos, November 16-17. Rabbi Schacter will speak at a Friday night oneg, deliver a sermon on Shabbos morning, and speak at a seudah shelishis on Shabbos afternoon. His topics will be: “Did Moshe Rabbeinu Know Everything? Printing and the Unfolding of Human Knowledge” and “The Nazi Who Wanted to Convert: Are There Limits to Forgiveness?” Rabbi Schcter served as founding president of the Council of Orthodox Jewish Organizations (COJO) of the Upper West Side from 1994-2000, is a member of the board of governors of the Orthodox Union, and is on the editorial boards of Tradition, Jewish
Action, BDD (Bechal Derachecha Da’ehu), and Jewish Educational Leadership. *** On Saturday night, November 17, Emunah of America will celebrate its Circle of Life Beneﬁt Dinner at the Brooklyn Marriott. Among the honorees are Helen and Stanley Klein from Woodmere, NY, the Keter Shem Tov Awardees; Avi and Sharon Borenstein, from Springﬁeld, NJ, Ohr Hachaim Award-
Jewish Groups Create Emergency Relief Fund New York’s leading Jewish chesed groups have created an emergency fund to support local victims of Hurricane Sandy. The Emergency Sandy Chesed Fund was formed at a meeting called by Councilman David G. Greenﬁeld to thank the groups for their efforts since the storm hit and to improve coordination between them. All proceeds of the Emergency Sandy Chesed Fund will go directly to victims and victim services. No donations will be used for administration or overhead. The fund will be managed by Chevra Hatzalah with the support of the following organizations: local Hatzalah groups, Shomrim, Misaskim, Chaveirim, Met Council, Yad Ephraim, and neighborhood Jewish Community Councils. “The community is coming together in support of the people who lost so much as a result of this tragic storm. From Seagate to Far Rockaway to
The Blue Card By Sandy Eller While considerable resources have been expended by numerous institutions over the years to ensure that the Holocaust will always be remembered, one organization has been continuously providing funds for almost 80 years to perhaps the most important Holocaust cause of all – its survivors. The Blue Card was founded in Germany in 1934 to provide for Jews who were already beginning to suffer the ﬁnancial ramiﬁcations of living under the Nazi regime. Donors were issued blue cards which were stamped with every donation. Those whose incomes were less affected by Hitler’s pre-war edicts contributed money to be distributed to those in need. By 1939 The Blue Card had been re-established in the United States, aiding refugees who had escaped from the Nazis. By 1945 when survivors began immigrating to the United States en masse, the organization collected money to help the newly arrived refugees. “Their main need in the beginning was mental health and psychological support,” explained Elie Rubenstein, executive director of The Blue Card. “So many people weren’t able to get on with their lives, and this kind of help was something that insurance or the government wasn’t going to cover. The goal was to do whatever possible to help survivors get back on their feet.” While over the years The Blue Card has continued to provide for the ﬁnancial needs of Holocaust survivors, in recent years the organization’s work has proven to be more crucial than ever. “The number of survivors may be decreasing over time, but the needs of those who remain only continue to grow larger,” said Rubenstein, himself
the child of Holocaust survivors. “It is an opportunity to provide relief to those who have endured the unimaginable and it is our privilege to provide for them. Some survivors, many of whom are impoverished, are in declining health while others are in need of dental work they can’t afford. Many who suppressed the horrors of the war are ﬁrst beginning to face those memories now and are in need of psychological assistance, and with today’s increased life expectancies many are outliving their nest eggs and simply have no money left.” Last year alone The Blue Card distributed over $1.5 million to survivors and their families, coming to the aid of over 1,900 Holocaust survivors, most of whom live in the greater New York area. Numerous programs provide both funding and services to survivors. An Emergency Cash Assistance program, funded by the Claims Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, provides ﬁnancial assistance for dental care, medicines, rent and food. Other ﬁnancial assistance programs offer monthly stipends, ranging from $100 to $300, birthday gifts of $100, and assistance for the Jewish holidays, with $200 checks distributed for both the High Holidays and Passover and $100 checks for Chanukah. Survivors can receive an emergency telephone response system at no charge, providing emergency medical service, a summer program offers a weeklong summer retreat at a kosher hotel, and the Bring A Smile program provides special assistance to the terminally ill. “In one case, we had an elderly woman who was given four or ﬁve months to live,” recalled Rubenstein. “She lived in Williamsburg while her whole
Star-K To Hold Kosher Webinar By Margie Pensak It’s a busy Friday afternoon, with just a couple of hours left until Shabbos. Not the best time, perhaps, for your husband to be unsure about the kashrus status of the chicken you are about to cook! You try contacting your rav, but to your great dismay, he is unavailable. Star-K Kosher Certiﬁcation’s upcoming Halacha Webinar hopes to eliminate these type of scenarios. On Wednesday, November 14, at 8 p.m., Star-K Rabbinic Administrator Rabbi Moshe Heinemann will utilizes pictures, audio, chat, and videos in an effort to teach people how to recognize when it’s time to ask a question.
ees; and Michelle and Dr. Daniel Berman, from New Rochelle, NY, Ahavat Tzion Awardees. Representing the best of the New Generation, Lani Lichtiger and Michael Reidler, both from Englewood, NJ, will be recognized for their exemplary efforts to help the children at Emunah’s Bet Elazraki Children’s Home. For reservations, journal ads, and information call 212-564-9045 x 303 or register online at www. emunah.org/dinner.
The purpose of the webinar to educate the consumer; it is not a crash course on hilchos treifos of chickens. It will help people understand the difference between a perfectly normal imperfection that is a result of processing and an imperfection that presents a true shayla that needs to be addressed by a rav. Although it may not be evident, there is a marked difference between a whole chicken and cut-up chicken processed in a plant with regard to kashrus shaylos. If there is a problem with a wing of a whole chicken, for example, the complete chicken is treif. Regarding cut up chickens, though, only the
the Lower East Side to the Five Towns to Staten Island, we must help our neighbors. I urge everyone to give whatever they can to this fund to help their neighbors rebuild their lives,” said Councilman David G. Greenﬁeld. The Emergency Sandy Chesed Fund will be overseen by an advisory committee made up of Willie Rapfogel, CEO of the Metropolitan Jewish Council on Poverty; Isaac Stern, chairman of the board of the Boro Park Jewish Community Council; Meir Weill, executive director of Misaskim; Chaim Fleischer, coordinator of Chaveirim; and Simcha Bernath, coordinator of Boro Park Shomrim. Donations can be made at www.EmergencyChesedFund.com or by sending a check to 1340 East 9th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11235 c/o Chevra Hatzalah.
family lived in Monsey and she wanted to spend the last few months of her life with her children and grandchildren but they didn’t have room for her or the special accommodations she would require. We coordinated with Bikur Cholim of Rockland County and we arranged for her to rent an adjacent apartment and she had the pleasure of seeing her children and grandchildren every day.” Rubenstein stressed that luxuries aren’t a priority for this population. “We had one man with pancreatic cancer who lived on the top floor of a building in Boro Park. He was no longer able to navigate the stairs in the building and all he wanted was a stair lift so that he could go outside and sit on the bench in front of his house during his last few months.” Over $250,000 was raised at The Blue Card’s annual beneﬁt dinner held on October 22 at the Morgan Library and Museum in Manhattan. The dinner, which featured a silent auction, commemorated the 100th birthday of Raoul Wallenberg by paying tribute to the leadership of the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous. To date, The Blue Card has distributed over $22 million and offers ﬁnancial relief to close to 3,000 survivors. One hundred percent of all donations goes directly to survivors. “Holocaust survivors have known so much suffering in their lives and a staggering number continue to suffer now by not having the ability to pay for the most basic of needs,” said Rubenstein. “Those who went through the war aren’t going to be with us forever and we have the opportunity right now to make a difference in their lives and to give something back to this population by allowing them to live their lives with dignity and respect.” To learn more about The Blue Card, visit www. bluecardfund.org or call 212-239-2251.
wing needs to be thrown out. The rest of the package is ﬁne since it is highly unlikely that the other parts of the chicken in the package came from the same chicken. It is also important to know if a break in one of the chicken’s bones happened before or after the chicken was shechted; breaks that occur postshechting are not a problem. During the webinar, Rav Heinemann will explain how one can tell when the break occurred, which will help one determine whether asking a shaylah is necessary. The Star-K webinar is open to the public and will be accessible via smartphone. Login details will be posted at www.star-k.org/telekosher. For more information, contact Rabbi Zvi Goldberg, 410-4844110 ext. 219.
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Community Currents The Aftermath Of Hurricane Sandy Volunteers packing food (at Masbia) and other necessities (at Sanz Zemigrad in Far Rockaway) for the victims of Hurricane Sandy.
Waiting For Gas
A Rainbow Over The Five Towns Because Torah never stops.
Learning in Skver
In Yeshivas Vyelipol
The outside free charging station at B&H Photo in NYC.
(Photo Credits: JDN; A. Rosen)
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Community Currents On October 25, Chabad of Merrick-Bellmore-Wantagh hosted its first annual Journey for a Purpose, a women’s evening in support of those battling breast cancer. Over 300 women from across Merrick, Bellmore, Wantagh, and Long Island attended the event. The evening also saw the launch of Circle of Hope, an organization providing resources for breast cancer patients, their families, and the community in the form of financial assistance, emotional support, and preventative health seminars.
In lieu of bar mitzvah gifts, Liam Serota of Riverdale, NY (pictured center) requested that his friends and family donate to his very own charity bike ride to benefit Aleh, Israel’s largest network of facilities for children with severe physical and cognitive disabilities. On Sunday, October 7, Liam hit the trail – a 61-mile route from his house to Rockland Lake and back – with his father, Steve (right), and two friends. Liam raised over $6,600 for Aleh.
Mel Zachter co-president of Ohel Children’s Home and Family Services, announces the appointment of Robert Katz as the new chief development officer of Ohel. Formerly director of development, Katz joined Ohel 18 months ago, bringing extensive fundraising and leadership experience from his years at Migdal Ohr, Efrat, and International Hillel.
Rabbi Berel Lazar, chief rabbi of Russia, putting up the mezuzah on Moscow’s first Jewish-owned bank. (Photo credit: JDN)
At the Margaret Tietz Rehabilitation Center ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of its new Kosher Kitchen.