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Community Currents The recent Agudath Israel Shabbos attracted members from the communities of Bayswater, Cedarhurst, Far Preschoolers Rockaway, Lawrence, and Woodmere. They heard divrei Torah and chizuk from Rabbi Aharon Feldman, rosh in the Rambam yeshiva of Ner Yisroel; Rabbi Nosson Scherman, general editor of ArtScroll; and Rabbis Pinchas Jung, senior Day School of Maamin lecturer of the Ani Savannah, GeorFoundation as well as Agugia learn about dathAleph Israel Bais representatives the Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwieband their names. el, executive vice president; Rabbi Avi Shafran, director of public affairs; and Rabbi Yehiel Kalish, vice president for development and state relations.

Honoring Rav Michael Dov Weissmandl in the Sunday, 13, the Yeshivaon of InternaCentral NewOn York State October Senate and Assembly Queens kicked off its Parent-Child Sunday Learntional Holocaust Remembrance Day.

ing Program.

Earlier this month, the Rachel’s Children Reclamation Foundation held its annual commemoration of Rachel Imeinu’s yarzheit. A buffet dinner was held at the Manhattan Beach Jewish Center on October 14. The keynote speaker was Rabbi Jonathan Rietti who gave a dramatic presentation on the relationship between Rachel Imeinu and the nal Geulah.

Avos U’Banim learning program on Motzei Shabbos. During the winter break, more than 90 Yeshiva University students traveled to Kharkov and Sumy in Ukraine; Kiryat Malachi, Kiryat Gat and Dimona in Israel; areas of New York that were heavily damaged by Hurricane Sandy; and cities across the Midwestern United States. The missions were organized by YU’s Center for the Jewish Future. Keynote Speaker Rabbi Jonathan Rietti and Evelyn Haies, founder and president of RCRF.

Sheldon Borgen with the Pozna Rov, Rabbi Avrohom Eisen, at the shul’s recent melava malka. (Photo credit: JDN )

Rabbi Yechezkel Pikus, Chaim Deutsch, and Evelyn Haies.

Teaching English at an educational camp in Kiryat Gat.

Honorees pose behind the Jewish Mother’s Day cake donated by Pressers Bakery Avenue M. (L-R) Mark Langfan, Breaking the Silence Award; Rabbi Yechezkel Pikus, Rahel Imeinu Community Chessed Award; Evelyn Haies, Fran and Stephen Epstein Actualist Award; Esther Lamm, Young Leadership Award; and Mitchell Shapiro, esq., Rachel Imeinu Activist Award.

On October 2, Zicharon, an organization that assists people on issues relating to demenSteadying on a Hurricane Relief Mission. tia, hosteddrywall an informative eveningSandy in Menorah Hall featuring renowned dementia experts who provided the audience with much-needed advice and information on dealing with this disease. AmongHarvey the speakers weredonated Rabbi Eliezer Dr. Gary chief of GeLast month, Schwartz a SeferKaminetzky; Torah to the Israeli AirKennedy, Force (Iron Dome unit) in the presriatric Psychiatry at Monteore Medical Center; and Matt Kudish, senior vice president of of the Chief ence caregiver services of the NY Chapter of the American Alzheimer’s Association. Rabbi of the Air Force on behalf of the Leo V. Berger Fund.

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Currents section, e-mail community@jewishpress.com. Dr. Gary Kenneday

Matt Kudish

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Community Currents Close to 1,000 children, families and volunteers gathered at the Lake Terrace Hall in Lakewood for an evening of entertainment and excitement sponsored by MisPreschoolers On Sunday, thefamilies. Yeshiva of Central ameach. Misameach was founded to bring the spark of joy back into the lives of children diagnosed with serious illnesses as well asOctober those of13, their

in the Rambam Day School of Savannah, Georgia learn about the Aleph Bais and their names.

Queens kicked off its Parent-Child Sunday Learning Program.

Earlier this month, the Rachel’s Children Reclamation Foundation held its annual commemoration of Rachel Imeinu’s yarzheit. A buffet dinner was held at the Manhattan Beach Jewish Center on October 14. The keynote speaker was Rabbi Jonathan Rietti who gave a dramatic presentation on the relationship between Rachel Imeinu and the nal Geulah.

Keynote Speaker Rabbi Jonathan Rietti and Evelyn Haies, founder and president of RCRF.

Rabbi Yechezkel Pikus, Chaim Deutsch, and Evelyn Haies.

Daf-A-Week celebrated finishing Maseches Shekalim and beginning Maseches Yoma with a Motzei Shabbos siyum and a talk by Rav Yissocher Frand (co-sponsored by The Passaic-Clifton Community Kollel) in Bais Torah U’Tefilah in Passaic, NJ.

A group of young men from Otsar’s Chevra visited Rabbi Zechariah Wallerstein who spoke about the importance of thinking positively and doing mitzvos as often as one can.

Honorees pose behind the Jewish Mother’s Day cake donated by Pressers Bakery Avenue M. (L-R) Mark Langfan, Breaking the Silence Award; Rabbi Yechezkel Pikus, Rahel Imeinu Community Chessed Award; Evelyn Haies, Fran and Stephen Epstein Actualist Award; Esther Lamm, Young Leadership Award; and Mitchell Shapiro, esq., Rachel Imeinu Activist Award.

On October 2, Zicharon, an organization that assists people on issues relating to dementia, hosted an informative evening in Menorah Hall featuring renowned dementia experts who provided the audience with much-needed advice and information on dealing with this disease. Among the speakers were Rabbi Eliezer Kaminetzky; Dr. Gary Kennedy, chief of Geriatric Psychiatry at Monteore Medical Center; and Matt Kudish, senior vice president of caregiver services of the NY Chapter of the American Alzheimer’s Association.

To submit pictures to the Community Currents section, e-mail community@jewishpress.com. Dr. Gary Kenneday

Matt Kudish

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Community Currents In recent news… New Regional Director For New Jersey NCSY From time to time, Rabbi Ethan Katz goes to work in sloppy clothes. He pulls on his “seriously stained” casual pants and shirts, along with his work boots, and topping it all off with a baseball cap. Then, accompanied by a dozen or more teenagers, he heads for the muck, mire, and ruin of natural disasters to bring hope and good cheer to the victims of hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, earthquakes, and other calamitie. Rabbi Ethan Katz, the newly-named regional director of New Jersey NCSY has developed a reputation as the “chesed rabbi,” having led or dispatched groups on 22 trips to disaster sites – including multiple trips to New Orleans; Oak Island (Galveston), Texas; Birmingham; Nashville; Boulder, Colorado and Rochester, Minnesota. The trips have brought yeshiva and public school students to these communities; some trips were for boys, some for girls, some were co-ed. Rabbi Katz will supervise a fulltime staff of seven, a part-time staff of 20, and more than 50 volunteers. They will serve more than 1,500 teenagers in the Garden State, in an approximate 2/3 to 1/3 ratio of Jewish day school/public school students. (The public school students include those in Jewish Student Union programs in 15 high schools.) Manchester Misaskim Prevents Autopsy It is almost unprecedented that an autopsy is waved for an apparent unexplained death. But

thanks to Misaskim, no autopsy was performed on a recently deceased 63-year-old Manchester Jew who, for unexplained reasons, collapsed and went into cardiac arrest. The story began when medical officials declared a man to be brain dead but had no explanation for why he had gone into cardiac arrest. His family contacted Misaskim officials who immediately made their way to the hospital and spent the rest of Shabbos discussing and exploring all possibilities with consultants and medical staff. Scans were sent to top neurosurgeons at Salford Royal, but all replies were the same: “There is nothing that can be done; the damage is too great.” Misaskim officials stayed with the family until the man was niftar early Sunday morning. The ICU doctor then informed the family that because the cause of the man’s collapse was uncertain, the case would be referred to the coroner for investigation. After lengthy discussions with the coroner, it was agreed that Misaskim would move the body from the hospital mortuary to the Jewish Mortuary, pending an MRI scan later in the day. But unless the cause of the collapse could be explained, a full autopsy would be necessary. The MRI came back inconclusive, and the coroner insisted that the body be moved to the Central Manchester Mortuary for a possible autopsy. But then, a local physician verified that he had treated the patient and surmised that the patient had collapsed due to an epileptic seizure, which then led to the cardiac arrest. The coroner agreed with the cause of death and

signed the release. Misaskim then took care of the paperwork, removal of the body from the mortuary, taharah, and the levayah. Upcoming events… The Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) National NY Gala Dinner will be held on Tuesday, March 11, at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in NYC. Special guests will include senior IDF officials; notable dignitaries from Israel and Washington; more than 30 soldiers and officers from various IDF units; as well soldiers from the United States Armed Forces. The IDF Orchestra will perform, and a live-satellite will connect the audience with distinguished figures in Israel. For more information, visit www.fidf.org. ***** The Associated Talmud Torahs of Chicago is now accepting nominations for the fifth year of the Hartman Family Foundation Educator of the Year Awards. The awards recognize outstanding educators in the ATT system. At the ATT’s Annual Banquet, one award of $15,000 and two awards of $5,000 will be presented to three outstanding educators. Nomination forms are available at the ATT office or online at www.att.org until May 9. Nominations may also be submitted to the Selection Committee of the Educator of the Year Awards, c/o Associated Talmud Torahs of Chicago, 2828 W. Pratt Blvd., Chicago, IL, 60645. *****

PTACH Director Speaks In a classroom, the rebbe or the teacher must function as a doctor does. Just like a doctor must be able to identify a patient’s symptoms, so too an educator must be able to identify a student “symptoms.” Recently, Dr. Judah Weller, director of PTACH, spoke to an Aish Dos/Torah Umesorah fellowship

cohort of 25 select principals from across the country. He explained that students might be struggling with a variety of issues that hinder them from understanding material taught in the classroom. He asked the principals if they have students in their classes who struggled to pay attention, remember, understand, or explain material. The principals freely admitted that they do. Dr. Weller explained that teachers must have a basic understanding of how the brain works; if they do, they might be able to tailor their teaching style accordingly. For further information, or to see one of PTACH’s model programs, call 718-854-8600 x 102.

Yachad will be hosting three Shabbatonim this year: one in Connecticut for Northeast families, one in Chicago for Midwest families, and one in Los Angeles for Pacific Coast families. The details are as follows: • Midwest, March 21-23, Chicago, Hilton Chicago/Indian Lakes Resort, Bloomingdale, IL • Northeast, May 9-11, Stamford (CT) Plaza Hotel • West Coast, June 13-15, Agoura Hills, CA (Los Angeles), Sheraton Agoura Hills Hotel Registration is now in progress for all three and scholarships are available. Northeast: call 212-6138229 or visit www.yachad.org/family; Midwest: contact Nate Rischall at 224-420-1136 or rischalln@ ou.org, or visit Yachad.org/family; West Coast: contact Orit Faguet at 310-229-9000 x206 or LosAngelesYachad@ou.org, or visit Yachad.org/family.

Poignant Holocaust Exhibit At UN By Elke Weiss Although one of the mottos of Holocaust education is “Never Forget,” the number of witnesses who can testify to the horrors dwindles each year. As anti-Semitism rises in Europe and the Middle East, it seems more and more likely that the Holocaust will fade into the collective memory like the Inquisition, the pogroms, and the expulsions that have marred Diaspora existence. Of course, through technology and community effort, this effect might be greatly mitigated. The UN is currently hosting a beautiful exhibit organized by March of the Living entitled “When You Listen to a Witness, You Become a Witness.” It documents the stories of survivors who traveled with groups of young students to see the death camps and share their stories. Covering more than 25 years of such trips, the stories are well chosen and poignant. Walking through the entire exhibit takes about a half hour but is well worth the time. The exhibit is not graphic and definitely suitable for children over the age of eight, who already have some famil-

iarity with the Holocaust. What makes this exhibit different from all the others? At the opening gala, it was noted that quotes were chosen because they did not express hatred or bitterness, but rather a hope and zest for life and social justice. Although the pictures are heart breaking, there is little focus on atrocities. The focus is on the young students’ interactions with the survivors. It is hoped that these young people will become living witnesses and share the stories when the final survivors are no longer here. The entire opening ceremony was graced with a performance by Neshama Carlebach and March of the Living alumna Sarah Diamond and was truly festive. While it might seem inappropriate to have held such a celebration on the day after Holocaust Remembrance day, the exhibit is very uplifting and the whole evening was a good fit. The gala featured a video presentation about survivors feeling liberated in sharing their Holocaust experiences. One survivor had never shared his story with his own children, but returned to the

barracks where he had been imprisoned and unburdened himself. Another survivor shared the details of his meeting with a solider who had liberated him from the camps. The premiere was especially meaningful due to the presence of Ambassador Ron Prosser, Israeli’s permanent representative to the UN. In his speech, the ambassador contextualized the Holocaust as not just a historical event but one stemming from pure anti-Semitism and bigotry. He assured the guests that “the army of Israel stands ready to guard the Jewish people” and urged the crowd to be outspoken when people demonize, delegitimize and denigrate the Jewish State.” “When You Listen to a Witness, You Become a Witness” is at the UN Headquarters, the Visitor Centre, Dag Hammarskjold Library Lower Level through the end of February. The exhibit is open to UN pass holders and for those who have pre-registered or a UN Guided Tour. wwAdditional private tours with guest speakers can be arranged through the March of the Living offices.


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