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Community Currents viously there’s no easy way or some people would [consistently] be making a lot of money on the stock market.”

shares available on the New York Stock Exchange (within certain restrictions: contestants cannot purchase penny stocks and a maximum of 20 percent of one’s credit can be invested in one company). A native of Toronto, Benia said his strategy was relatively simple: Each day he would note which stocks were down 15 percent or more and then check out the performance over the prior three months. If it was at the lowest price over that time, he would buy. If it continued to fall he doubled it. It didn’t always work – the one time he didn’t win he lost $80K – but more often than not he made a profit. In his two previous victories he finished with impressive returns in the mid-teens. “It’s a pretty well-known strategy,” he said. “Ob-

In recent news… Lander College Junior Wins Stock Market Challenge Aaron Benia, a junior at the Lander College for Men (LCM), won the school’s fall semester Stock Market Challenge, his third victory in the last four contests. A psychology major with a minor in marketing management, Benia had a 28 percent return on investments. The bi-annual contest, organized by senior Avraham Weiser and junior Shlomi Landesman, is an opportunity for students at LCM to try their hand at investing like real-time stock traders. Each of the 45 contestants received “$1 million” to invest in any

Mishloach Manot Campaign For Israeli Soliders For the 24th time, the ZOA Brooklyn Region will be bringing mishloach manot to Israeli soldiers. “It gives me great satisfaction to once again be leading this project,” said Rubin Margulis, president of the ZOA Brooklyn region. “Often we meet soldiers that have immigrated from the America and the joy in which they receive the mishloach manot is amazing. Last year we distributed 6,000 mishloach manot.” Part of the campaign is done in conjunction with schools. Students are asked to dents write cards and letters to be included with the packages. To donate funds or letters, visit www.zoabrooklyn.org.

An Emotional Burial ee of the Sassoon Trusts in India, Solomon Sopher, traveled to Pune from Mumbai (Bombay) and discovered seven large sacks of what initially appeared to be charcoal stored in one of the rooms. Upon closer inspection, though, they were found to be the badly burned and charred remains of Sifrei Torah. Sopher immediately contacted Rabbi Ya’aqob Menashe in New York (Rabbi Menashe is closely connected with the Sassoon Trusts), for advice on how to proceed. As Rabbi Menashe was intending to travel to India with the Grand Rabbi Sinai Halberstam, it was decided that upon their arrival, they would all travel to Pune together and conduct an appropriate funeral for the Holy Scrolls, in accordance with the halacha.

Badly burned Sifrei Torah were recently laid to rest in Pune (Puna), India. These Torah scrolls were from the Ohel David Synagogue, known to the locals as “Lal Dewal” (the Red Temple) because of its red color. The synagogue was built by the great philanthropist, Sir David Sassoon. The fire took place in 1991; the entire Aron HaKodesh and all its contents, including several Sifrei Torah in solid silver cases, were completely destroyed. Foul play may have been involved as it was discovered after the fire that a wide open window had been unlocked from the inside. For years, the Sifrei Torah were forgotten. Recently, though, the caretaker of the synagogue abruptly left. The chairman and managing trust-

Upcoming events… The Boro Park Y, 4913 14th Avenue in Boro Park, hosts an Afternoon Chevra for retired men every Thursday at 2 p.m. There is hot food, an exercise group led by a male therapist, and a shiur with Rabbi Asher Israel. Transportation is available by calling Yossi Wiener at 917-744-1794. ***** Find Your Zivug in conjunction with the Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills, will be hosting a Pre-Purim event for young frum professionals in their 20s and 30s on Sunday, February 23, at the Young Israel from 6:30-10:30 p.m. The event will feature food, a Chinese auction, wine tasting and an interactive workshop by certified dating coach Yaakov Grunstein. For more information and to register, go to www.FindYourZivug.com. ***** On Tuesday, February 25, Bikur Cholim Chesed Organization, in partnership with the Jewish Diabetes Association and Friends with Diabetes, will hold a program for community members with diabetes and high blood sugar. The meeting will be held at 8:15 p.m. at Boro Park Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare, 4915 10th Avenue. For more information, or to be added to the mailing list, contact Shlomis, at 718-438-2020, ext. 7432.

Ezer Mizion – Helping Hand The Tear By Kobi Arieli For the last three years or so, I have had the honor of serving Ezer Mizion in an original and unique way. I do not physically help the patients. I don’t volunteer to distribute meals, provide transport, attend patients or give money. Instead, over the last few years, I have participated in dozens of Ezer Mizion’s parlor meetings in the role of guest performer. After the participants are introduced to the organization’s purpose, after they ask all their questions, get all their answers, and choose for themselves the area in which they would like to contribute – it’s my turn. I step up and close the evening with a short comic performance, so as to send the people home with a smile on their face. These events, a model of beautiful community volunteering, almost always take place in a private home. The participants enjoy tastefully prepared refreshments, courtesy of the organization’s kitchen staff, listen to a speech given by a representative of the organization with an overview of their activities, see a promotional film describing one of the hearts of the organization’s activities – the Bone Marrow Registry – ask questions, give donations,

have the honor of watching me – and home they go. In Ezer Mizion’s typical fashion, the representative who trudges out to present the organization before groups of 20-50 people many times is none other than its founder and international chairman, Rabbi Chananya Chollak. While I wait for my turn to do my bit, I yawn, fiddle with my cell phone, pilfer a cheese blintz from the cordoned-off refreshment bar, etc. I’ll tell you the truth: I don’t even watch the video any more. The first time I saw it, it made me cry, the second time, it gave me the chills, the third and fourth, it moved me – and that’s it. Since then, my sensitivities have dulled. I’m only human. I can’t get all worked up about a film, moving as it may be, after seeing it thirty times. Next to me sits Rabbi Chollak – a great man, a busy man. I watch him from the corner of my eye. He watches the video with interest. Come on, I say to myself. How many times can he watch the same video? Then, time after time, it happens: The film ends

off at an unbelievably moving climax (I won’t tell you what it is, see for yourselves), the lights go on, and Rabbi Chollak… takes out a tissue from his pocket, removes his glasses and dries the tears. This man, whose entire adult life is a sequence of dealing with harsh, depressing cases and situations, who has seen everything and heard everything, manages to shed tears each time he sees a video he has watched thousands of times. Once again, I feel I understand the secret of Ezer Mizion’s magic: People. A radiant group of people, unusual people, whose feelings are never dulled. On the contrary, their feelings are a tremendous springboard for unending activity. So for me, Ezer Mizion is not just a “chesed empire” or any other grandiose title. To me, it is simply Chananya’s crumpled tissue dabbing at a tear on the lens of his glasses at the end of a video about a bone marrow transplant. That is Ezer Mizion. To share Chananya’s Chollak’s tears, visit www. pinterest.com/ezermizion/cancer.


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Community Currents The ADL honored former President George W. Bush with its America’s DemoPreschoolers cratic Award at its annual dinner earlier this month, in theLegacy Rambam Day School of Savannah, Georgia learn about the Aleph Bais and their names.

The Jewish Women’s Circle of Chabad of Orange County, ledYeshiva by Chana On Sunday, October 13, the ofBurston, Central recently met at the Goshen home of Michael and Hoffman for an evening of Queens kicked offCorbett its Parent-Child Sunday Learnsharing, learning and giving. After a lecture on “How to Raise a Confident and Baling Program. anced Child,” participants packaged 18 gifts to donate to a women’s shelter.

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.

Earlier this month, Rabbi Benzion Shafier addressed a CHAZAQ-sponsored event on “How To Get Up After Falling,” part of his new series called the “Marriage Seminar.”

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

Rabbi Yechezkel Pikus, Chaim Deutsch, and Evelyn Haies.

SCHI (School For Children with Hidden Intelligence) held its annual dinner earlier this month. (L-R): Yisroel Meir Broyde; Rabbi Osher Eisemann, Founder & Director of SCHI; Lt. Col. Long; Sergeant Major Bragg; Dr. James Delaney, Ed. D, principal of SCHI and on the right, Captain Mark Siegel, executive director of SCHI.

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.

Hosted by the Moradi family of Lawrence, over 200 Kids of Courage campers, volunteers and friends gatheredOn forOctober a Super party.an After a half-time siyum 2,Bowl Zicharon, organization that assists people on issues relating to demenMishnayos by K.O.C. evening friend Pinchos Rosenberg, tia, hosted made an informative in Menorah Hall featuring renowned dementia experts who provided the audience withcourtesy much-needed advice and information on dealing with this two lucky Couragers won iPads of the Majesdisease. Among the speakers were Rabbi Eliezer Kaminetzky; Dr. Gary Kennedy, chief of Geki family.

riatric 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 Rabbi Chaim Mintz, director of Oorah, recently took a trip to Israel to meet with the many program participants Preschoolers studying there. Pictured on the right is Rabbi Chaim Mintz meeting with Rabbi Nota Schiller of Yehivas Ohr Somayach. On Sunday, October 13, the Yeshiva of Central

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.

The Center for Jewish Life of Marlboro, NJ, celebrated its 10th anniversary Testimonial Dinner earlier this month. Over 250 attendees heard from Ambassador Ido Aharoni, Consul General of Israel, and paid tribute to the guests of honor, Fred and Maya Fuchs, and recipients of the Young Leadership award, Pavel and Alla Kapelnikov. Paul Blacker received the Man of the Year award, while Bella Kravchik was the recipient of the Woman of Valor award.

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

Rabbi Yechezkel Pikus, Chaim Deutsch, and Evelyn Haies.

On February 9th, the Foxman Torah Institute held a chanukas habayis for its recent campus expansion, celebrating the opening of its new bais medrash, cafeteria and student lounge buildings. Rabbi Yisrael Davidowitz, one of the roshei yeshiva of FTI officiated, and speakers included Rabbi Shimon Max, a founding FTI rosh yeshiva; Rabbi Ephraim Epstein, rav of Kehilla B’nai Yisrael of Cherry Hill; Rabbi Akiva Grunblatt, rosh yeshiva of Rabbinical Seminary of America Yeshivas Chofetz Chaim; and Rabbi Yissocher Frand, maggid shiur in Yeshivas Ner Yisrael, who delivered the keynote address.

Last week, the third grade of Yeshiva Ketana of Manhattan and their rebbe, Rabbi Avrohom Berman, celebrated beginning Mishnayos. They were joined by Rav Don Blumberg, rosh kollel at the West Side Kollel, and Rabbi Mordechai Prager, s’gan rosh kollel.

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.

Two weeks ago, the Young Israel of Long Beach sponsored a concert featuring Lipa Schmeltzer and the Shira Choir. Held every year at this time, the funds raised go to wards yeshiva and summer camp scholarships.

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

Matt Kudish

(Photo credit: Zalman Umlas)


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