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Community Currents Upcoming events… Chabad of The Upper East Side is hosting Izzy Ezagui at a Friendship Circle Community Awareness Event. His topic will be “Israel’s One-Armed Warrior: A Soldier’s Tale of Struggle & Perseverance.” The lecture will take place on Monday, January 20, at 8 p.m. at 419 East 77th Street in Manhattan. Call 212-717-4613 to RSVP. ***** The Young Israel of Manhattan will host its 35th annual concert on Motzei Shabbat, February 1, at 8:30 p.m. in the Seward Park High School (350 Grand Street in NYC). For more information call 212-732-0966 (days) or email at

In recent news…

Misaskim Helps Travelers The snowstorm earlier this month wreaked havoc on hundreds of Shomer Shabbos travelers. When El Al’s flight from Tel Aviv to Newark was eight and a half hours late, for example, Misaskim officials made arrangements for a special detail of U.S. Immigration and Customs officials to help speed the passengers through the terminal. The flight, originally scheduled for a pre-dawn Friday landing at 5 a.m. did not land until 1:20 in the afternoon. Misaskim arranged for a detail of 13 extra agents who were able to process 371 passengers in record time, enabling all of them to reach their destinations before Shabbos. One of the agents even walked around the baggage carousel asking if there was anyone who was a Shabbos observer and

needed help. Orthodox passengers on a JFK-bound flight from Los Angeles also endured a harrowing experience as their flight was diverted to Detroit where they were not allowed to deplane. While the plane ultimately landed at 3:20, it had to wait for a gate assignment until 8 p.m., well past the start of Shabbos. Misaskim contacted the Far Rockaway-based Achiezer organization and food was delivered.

Yachad Welcomes New Director When Chani Herrmann was eight years old, she began a 10-year run at Camp Hillel in Swan Lake New York, seven years as a camper and three on staff. Now, years later, having established herself as a wife, mother of four, and a well-respected professional with Yachad, the Orthodox Union’s agency for those with disabilities, Chani returns to her roots to become program director for Yachad at Camp Mesorah in upstate Guilford, NY. Camp Mesorah is one of the many camps – both sleepaway and day camps – in which Yachad members are mainstreamed into the camp program, either as campers or staff members. They are assisted by shadows and job coaches. Chani will oversee all aspects of its program, working with campers, staff members, shadows, and coaches. At present Chani, LMSW, is director of New Jersey Yachad. Campers at Camp Mesorah range from 8-16 and vocational staff from 21-35. Working with them are 12th grade graduates and older. The camp season this year begins June 26 with staff orientation, with the first session opening on June 30 followed by the second session on July 28. Camp ends on August 18. This will be Yachad’s fourth summer at Camp Meso-

rah, with enrollment increasing every year. There are still a few openings for this summer. For information or to register, go to yachadsummer@ or call 212-613-8369.

Agudath Israel Gains Concession For Special-Needs Children Until now, New York City policy has demanded that special education service providers follow the public school calendar. This meant that on days that yeshivos were open but public schools closed, therapists, health paraprofessionals and resource room teachers did not work because they would not have been compensated. However, due to the advocacy of Project LEARN, the division of Agudath Israel of America that deals with special education issues, the city’s policy has been changed to accommodate the needs of the nonpublic school community. Provided that the total number of hours that are billed per student does not exceed the maximum number allocated for the school year, yeshivos and other non-public schools may offer services any day that their school is in session, including legal holidays. As long as yeshivos adhere to a 180-day school calendar, that calendar year may begin as early as September 1 and end any time up to June 30. “The new policy means that schools that elect to start before Labor Day can start services immediately, and that students with special needs won’t have their schedules disrupted because of public school vacations or holidays,” said Leah Steinberg, director of Project LEARN, “Structure and continuity are vital to the success of any special-needs program, and this will help maintain both.”

Areyvut’s Carnival Extravaganza Areyvut, a non-profit based in Bergenfield, NJ, hosted its New Year’s Day Carnival Extravaganza earlier this month. Nearly 1,500 people from across the area came out to enjoy more than 15 mechanical and inflatable rides, carnival booths and games, kosher food, and live shows including a BMX stunt show, the Gizmo Guys comedy jugglers, and The

Chicago Boyz from America’s Got Talent. Proceeds from the event benefited Areyvut whose mission is to infuse the lives of Jewish youth and teens with the core Jewish values of chesed, tzedakah, and tikkun olam. To incorporate chesed into the event, Areyvut had the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation swab-

bing and registering new potential donors at the carnival. As a result, 26 new donors were registered. Ruth Miller from Gift of Life said, “Our involvement with Areyvut over the last several years have included collaborating on bone marrow drives at mitzvah fairs and camps…we are grateful to this worthy organization in being a partner in our life saving work.”

Bonei Zion Awardees This week, Nefesh B’Nefesh announced the six recipients of its newly-launched Bonei Zion Prize (, an award recognizing outstanding Anglo olim – veteran and recent – who encapsulate the spirit of modern-day Zionism by contributing in a significant way towards the State of Israel. Over 200 olim from English-speaking countries – including Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada, and the UK and USA – were nominated for the 2014 prize. Each of the winners will be awarded with $10,000 in a special ceremony that will take place in the next two months in Jerusalem. The recipients are: Community and Non-Profit: Joseph Gitler (USA, 2000), founder and chairman of Leket Israel, a national food bank which collectes food soon to be discarded by farmers, manufacturers and caterers and distributes them to the needy. Through Gitler’s vision, Leket Israel provides food for over 140,000 people weekly. Education: Rabbanit Malke Bina (USA, 1971), founder and chancellor of “Matan,” a revolutionary women’s learning center in Israel. Bina was one of the first educators in Israel to teach female students Talmud and Halacha, imbuing them with Zionism and a love for Torah learning. Bina helped revolutionize Israeli society’s views on women’s status and top level Jewish studies for women. As a result, tens of thousands of women have been trained to become scholars and leaders in their communities.

Entrepreneurship and Technology: Yosef Abramowitz (USA, 2006), CEO and co-founder of Energiya Global Capital and co-founder of the Arava Power Company. Abramowitz is a Nobel Prizenominated educator and activist-turned-solar energy entrepreneur and the founding father of Israel’s $20 billion solar market, along with his partners David Rosenblatt of New Jersey and Ed Hofland of Kibbutz Ketura. Abramowitz is Israel’s premier solar energy pioneer, who continues to develop Israel’s solar power market while also exporting his values of clean energy. Science and Medicine: Professor Jefferey Hausdorff (USA, 2000), professor at Tel Aviv University and director of the Neurodynamics and Gait Research Laboratory at the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center. Since leaving his faculty appointment at Harvard Medical School in 2000 to make aliyah, Professor Hausdorff has made remarkable contributions to research in Neuroscience and Aging in Israel and worldwide, and established the Neurodynamics and Gait Research Laboratory at the Tel Aviv Medical Center. The internationally renowned team that he directs conducts pioneering and award-winning clinical and translational research in mobility, cognitive function, fall risk, and quality of life. His cutting-edge findings have been advancing science and medicine throughout the world, spreading the good name of Israel with them. Culture, Sports and Arts: Yaakov Kirschen (USA, 1972), creator of “Dry Bones.” Since its in-

ception in the Jerusalem Post in 1973, Kirschen’s beloved comic strip has provided a quintessentially Zionist, satirical and unique view of Israel to the world. Kirschen’s work speaks to Anglo Jews around the globe and has spread a deeper and stronger feeling for Israel and Zionism. IDF and National Service Young Leadership: Lt. Nira Lee (USA, 2010), head of hasbara at the headquarters of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT). Lt. Lee, an Arizona native, has been serving in the IDF for the past three years. In her previous position as assistant foreign liaison officer to international organizations in Gaza, she was charged with ensuring that international humanitarian aid made it to Palestinian civilians in Gaza and overseeing the movement of international organizations inside the buffer zone and the commercial visits to the Israel-Gaza border. Lifetime Achievement: Professor Shimon Glick (USA, 1974), professor and dean emeritus of the Faculty of Health Sciences at Ben Gurion University. Professor Glick made aliyah after leaving a successful career in the United States to help found Ben Gurion University’s Faculty of Medicine. He specializes in endocrinology research and treatment and is a world leader in the teaching and practice of medical humanism and medical ethics. He also developed the curriculum in medical ethics at BGU. Prof. Glick continues to serve as a role model for students worldwide as he continues to be extremely active in his 80’s.

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Community Currents Over 1,100 people joined Chai Lifeline at its Annual Gala Dinner at the Marriott Marquis. The dinner’s theme, “The Roads to Healing,” highlighted the diverse experiences of the more than 4,300 children and families served by the international organization. Among the honorees were Benji and Raissa Samet who received the Camp Simcha Appreciation Award, and Dr. Richard O’Reilly, chief of pediatrics and the head of bone marrow transplantation at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. The event also marked the dedication of Friends ‘N Fun Weekends in memory of Sari Ort, who passed away from cancer. Sari’s family joined with Teaneck leaders to create weekends that brings campers together during the year for a booster shot of the confidence and (L-R) Laurel Steinherz, MD; Peter Steinherz, friendship they experience at MD, medical director, Camp Simcha; and Richard (L-R) Rabbi Arye Adest, director of community affairs; Joseph Sprung, chairman, O’Reilly, MD, Maimonides Legacy Award honoree. Chai Lifeline Executive Committee; Walter J. Molofsky, MD, and Brenda Kohn, Camp Simcha. MD, Medical Leadership Award honorees; Mr. and Mrs. David Lawrence, dinner chairs; and Rabbi Simcha Scholar, executive vice president, Chai Lifeline. Earlier this month, tens of people came to the Beth Gavriel Community Center in Forest Hills for a special CHAZAQ lecture by Charlie Harary.

(L-R) Rick and Robin Schottenfeld, dinner chairs; Karen and Mike Oz, Chai Heritage Award honorees; Solomon Mayer, member of Chai Lifeline’s presidium; Eli Walkin, director of institutional advancement; and Rabbi Simcha Scholar, executive vice president, Chai Lifeline. The Lander College of Arts and Sciences in Flatbush (LAS) has purchased a new facility at 2002 Avenue J to accommodate the changing needs of its growing student body. The purchase was made possible through the generous donation of Irving Montak. Montak, a native of Poland, came to the United States as a young boy and was fortunate to escape the atrocities of the Holocaust. He served in the United States army during the Korean War and spent most of his career at Coca Cola. Although he did not have the opportunity to attend college, he aspires to give young Jewish men and women the opportunity to succeed in their chosen careers while adhering to Jewish values. Morah Newfield’s 2nd grade students in Beth Rivkah in Brooklyn recently had a Chumash party. The girls sang and performed a play on the theme of “Tov li toras picha me’alphei zahav v’chesef.”

(L-R) Dr. Alan Kadish, president and CEO of the Touro College and University System; Irving Montak; Joseph Appleman; Rabbi Moshe Krupka, Touro’s executive vice president; and Robert Goldschmidt, executive dean of the Lander College of Arts and Sciences-Flatbush and Touro’s vice president for planning and assessment.

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Community Currents The Tomche Shabbos of Rockland County dinner in memory of Eli Hirsch was held this past January 9 at the Atrium. Mr. Hirsch, who was a great supporter of Tomchei Shabbos of Rockland County, donating much time and energy, passed away earlier this year. Dr. Yehuda Eliezri and Michael Kronenberg

Eli Hirsch

Jonathan Jarashow, dinner chairman.

Alan Rosenstock presenting an Eli Hirsch memorial plaque to Nosson Hirsch.

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