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Community Currents Upcoming events…

In recent news…

Yeshiva University’s annual Seforim Sale – North America’s largest Jewish book sale – will take place February 2-23, in Belfer Hall, 2495 Amsterdam Ave on YU’s Wilf Campus in Manhattan. The acclaimed book sale draws more than 15,000 people on average from the tri-state area and provides discounted prices on the latest of more than 10,000 titles in rabbinic and academic literature, cookbooks, and children’s books. Proceeds from the sale support various initiatives, including student activities on campus and undergraduate scholarships. Those who cannot attend the sale can take advantage of the discounted prices and vast catalog selection by visiting

Cross-Country Ride For Friendship What does a veteran of the IDF, a 60-year-old man from Denver, and a yeshiva student from New York City all have in common? They were all participants in last year’s Bike 4 Friendship cross-country bike trip. The grueling 3,300-mile bike ride is held annually to help raise much-needed funds and create awareness about the activities of Friendship Circle International, an organization that connects special-needs children with teenage volunteers who provide them with friendship, companionship and opportunities to socialize and be a part of the community. In addition to helping the children themselves, Friendship Circle also helps their families by organizing much-needed getaways, social events and programs for parents, and providing them with

Nefesh Conference Nefesh, the international network of Orthodox Mental Health Professionals, held its annual conference at the Hyatt Regency in Long Island and was specifically geared to those involved in mental health, education, or counseling. Immediately following the conference, case managers at Friends Helping Friends (FHF) held a series of meetings to discuss how to expand its network. FHF is a crisis intervention team that assists those struggling with alco-

hol and substance abuse with referrals to, and placement into, appropriate treatment facilities. One of the many services FHF provides is educating facilities about kashrus and the importance of offering kosher meals for patients. Friends Helping Friends’s confidential hotline is manned by a team of counselors, case managers, and therapists and can be reached at 866343-3341.

Rav Hirsch’s Yahrzeit Last month, K’hal Adath Jeshurun in Washington Heights commemorated the 125th yahrzeit of Rav Samson Raphael Hirsch. Speaking at the event were Rabbi Yisroel Mantel (pictured), the shul’s rav; Rabbi Nosson Scherman, general editor

of ArtScroll (and whose wife was a descendant of Rav Hirsch); and Rabbi Moshe Katzenstein, rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Gedolah of the Five Towns and a descendant of Rav Hirsch.

resources and support. Last year’s bike ride took over 200 hours to complete, and passed through the naturally magnificent landscapes of the Sahara Desert, the Colorado Rockies, the Appalachian Mountains, Arizona and New Mexico. The riders also spent time in some of America’s biggest cities, including Denver, Omaha, Chicago, Detroit and Cleveland. For more information visit

Shaatnez Recommendations The Vaad L’Mishmeres Shatnez recently recommended that the following women’s garments be tested for shaatnez: down coats, linen sweaters, woolen blend jackets, woolen blend skirts, woolen capes, woolen coats, woolen hats and woolen sweaters. For more information, contact the Vaad at 877-4-SHATNEZ.

OU Marriage Retreat The Orthodox Union’s ninth Annual Marriage Enrichment Retreat will be held from Friday, July 11-Sunday, July 13 again at the Woodcliff Lake Hilton in Northern New Jersey, with the objective of “making your good marriage a great marriage.” “The most successful marriages are ones in which both partners continually work to nurture their relationship,” declared Rabbi Judah Isaacs, director of OU’s Department of Community Engagement. “A fulfilling marriage allows couples to grow with each other, not apart, communicate in a positive manner, and successfully resolve differences as they arise.” Among the experts scheduled to attend are Alex Bailey, Psy.D.; Scott Chudnoff, M.D., MS, FACOG; Rivki Chudnoff, M.S.P.T.; Jonathan Lasson, Psy.D; Rachel Pill, L.C.S.W.; Michael J. Salamon, Ph.D.; Rabbi Eliezer Zwickler, L.S.W.; and Sharon Zwickler, L.S.W. There will also be a special presentation by Rabbi Dr. Tzvi H. Weinreb, Ph.D., executive vice president, emeritus, of the Orthodox Union. A survey of the 70 couples of all ages who attended last year’s program produced a variety of positive evaluations, including. For further information, contact Hannah Farkas at 212-613-8351 or

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Community Currents At the inauguration earlier this month of Eric Adams, Brooklyn’s new borough president.

The Young Israel of Forest Hills held a blood drive last week. Pictured is shul member Yitz Grabie making a donation to the cause.

(Photo credit: JDN) Bris Avrohom of Hillside took tens of people to visit the Ohel of the Lubavitcher Rebbe and then to Crown Heights to the Rebbe’s Room, where the Rebbe held his private audiences.

At the Agudath Israel Yarchi Kallah last week in Yershalayim.

Earlier this month, CHAZAQ hosted Rabbi Uri Zohar at Congregation Ohel Simcha in Flushing. In addition to the rav speaking about his life and accomplishments, two videos were shown highlighting the vital work done by Lev L’Achim.

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