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Community Currents Barkai Yeshivah’s 7th and 8th grade girls celebrated Preschoolers Purim with a special carnival for students from Reach in for the the Rambam Stars Learning Center, a school for children Day School of with autism.

On Sunday, October 13, the Yeshiva of Central Queens kicked off its Parent-Child Sunday Learning Program.

Savannah, Georgia learn about the Aleph Bais and their names.

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.

At the kevias mezuzah for El Al’s new lounge at Newark International Airport. (L-R) Shterney Kanelsky,

associate of Brisand Avrohom; Rabbi Yechezkel Pikus, director Chaim Deutsch, Evelyn Rabbi Avremy Kanelsky, Bris Avrohom’s youth and Torah educaHaies. tion director; Adamo Mezzina, El Al’s station manager; Rabbi Mordechai Kanelsky, executive director of

Bris Avrohom; Daniel Saadon, vice president of El Al’s North and Central America’s branches; an El Al traveler; and Eitan Lavie, CEO, Luxury Lounges, Ltd.

Last month, Matnas Michoel held a kumzitz fundThe Frisch School and Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School particpated in Chesed 24/7’s Shabbos in a Box raiser with Shloime Dachs and Abie Rottenberg. MatProgram, sending specialized care packages to patients stuck in hospitals over Shabbat. nas Michoel distributes tefillin, suits, hats, ties, shirts and shoes to bar mitzvah boys from poor families. The organization was founded in memory of 13-year-old Michoel Adler.

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.

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On October 2, Zicharon, an organization that assists people on issues relating to demenCommunity Currents section, tia, 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 Gee-mail 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.

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Community Currents The Viznitz community recently celebrated a Hachnosas Sefer Torah on the streets of Williamsburg. (Photo credit: Shimon Golding/The Jewish Press)

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

On Sunday, October 13, the Yeshiva of Central 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.

In late February, the Jewish Released Time program under the auspices of the NCFJE arranged a mid-winter camp for public school children during their winter vacation. Fory children attended the camp which was hosted by United Lubavitch Yeshiva Ocean Parkway and Ohel Moshe Chevrah Tehillim, Lubavitch.

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

Rabbi Yechezkel Pikus, Chaim Deutsch, and Evelyn Haies.

Close to 200 guests joined the Yeshiva Day School of Las Vegas as it celebrated its seventh year. Among the honorees were Mr. and Mrs. Rocky Bocarsky as parents of the year and Rabbi Michoel Paris for his work in spreading Torah knowledge.

Deans Rabbi Moshe Katz and Rabbi Zev Goldman present the Educator of the award to Rabbi Michoel Honorees pose behind theYear Jewish Mother’s Day cake donated by Pressers Bakery Avenue M. (L-R) Mark Paris.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.

Project Chaim, established in 2011 by the Queens Jewish Community Council, The United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg and North Brooklyn welprovides Kosher Meals on Wheels to 140 seniors. CenterLight Health System, for- comed Hon. Lesley Weiss, chair of the U.S. Commission for the Preservation of OnBeth October 2, Zicharon, organization that assistsdonated people on issues demen- Heritage Abroad, along with a wide swath of the Orthodox community. merly Abraham Familyan of Health Services, recently $5,000 to relating contin- to America’s tia, hosted an informative evening in Menorah Hall featuring renowned dementia experts ue this vital service at a pre-Purim concert featuring Avrohom Fried, Michoel Pru- Weiss was appointed by President Obama a year ago and is responsible for protectwho provided the audience with much-needed advice and information on dealing with this cemeteries and holy sites abroad. zanzky and the New York Boys Choir. The concert was organized by the National ing Jewish disease. Among the speakers were Rabbi Eliezer Kaminetzky; Dr. Gary Kennedy, chief of GeCouncil of Young Israel in conjunction with the QJCC.

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.

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Community Currents Upcoming events… Preschoolers

in the Rambam B’Nefesh will be conducting a week of DayNefesh School of Aliyah Fairs in seven major North American cities Savannah, Georin conjunction with Israel’s Ministry of Aliyah and gia learn about Immigrant The Jewish Agency for Israel, the Aleph Absorption, Bais Keren Kayemeth and their names. LeIsrael, and JNF-USA.

The Aliyah Fairs, which will take place in Toronto, Montreal, Florida, Baltimore, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York this coming week, will incorporate aliyah-related seminars and workshops, as well as personal consultations with staff from The Jewish Agency for Israel, Tzofim Garin Tzabar, and Nefesh. Representatives from various Israeli municipalities,

high schools, universities, MATI business development for entrepreneurs, real estate developers and agents, financial consultants, insurance agents, and shippers will also be present for participants to consult with. For a full schedule of dates, visit www.nbn.org.il/ mega. ***** OU Kosher will present a pre-Passover webinar for rabbis, Tuesday, March 18 (two days after Purim), at 2:30 p.m. EDT. According to Rabbi Eliyahu Safran, “The webinar will be specifically geared for

rabbis, special concerns andYeshiva interests. As the Ontheir Sunday, October 13, the of Central world leader in kosher education, OU Kosher feels Queens kicked off its Parent-Child Sunday Learna ing special responsibility to disseminate Pesach-relatProgram. ed information and knowledge to rabbis leading our communities.” The webinar will be open to all rabbanim with pre-registration at www.ou.org/pre-pesach-webinar. The pre-registration link/form also allows for rabbis to submit their questions prior to the webinar. Rabbis who do not pre-register will be able to log in during the webinar at: www.ou.org/pre-pesach-webinar-live. The OU Passover Hotline will be available again this year for all consumers at 212-613-8241.

P’TACH Dinner

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 For further information, call This presentation year’s keynote will be Rabbi MorOnspeaker Sunday, March 23,Jonathan P’TACH Rietti will hold 37tha dramatic keynote was Rabbi whoits gave on speaker the relationship between Raannual dinner at the Hyatt in Manhattan, dechai Willig, rosh yeshiva at RIETS and rav of the 718-854-8600, e-mail dinner@ chel Imeinu and the nalGrand Geulah. giving honor and recognition to those individuals whose time and efforts through the years have made P’TACH a success.

Young Israel of Riverdale, who was instrumental in establishing P’TACH programs at Yeshiva University’s Boys and Girls High Schools.

ptach.org, or visit www.ptach. org.

Team HASC – A Runner’s Perspective By M. Alper Six months ago, I decided to run as a member and family members. There were counselors stopof Team HASC to help raise funds for the incredi- ping on the side to give their campers necessary ble camp, Camp HASC, at which I am honored to medication, children being fed through G-tubes Keynote Speaker Rabbi Jonathan Rietti Tube) during race, and counselwork during thefounder summer. Spending the summer at (Gastrostomy Rabbi Yechezkel Pikus, Chaim Deutsch, andthe Evelyn and Evelyn Haies, and president for every ors who had to find a safe place to change campHaies. of Camp RCRF. HASC is an eye-opening experience staff member. As a counselor, I was introduced to a ers, despite adding minutes to their finishing time. Strollers and wheelchairs needed to variety of diagnoses, medical terms be fixed throughout the race and each and therapeutic treatments focusing counselor made sure that campers on the necessities of caring for chilwere safe by providing essential paddren and adults with special needs. ding for cushioning and support. However, having the opportunity to Among the many special moments fly down to Florida, spend Shabbos I was privy to over the weekend was in a beautiful hotel, and running a observing my fellow HASC volunhalf marathon is something I could teers lifting their campers out of their have never imagined. wheelchairs or special running strollAll was going as planned until ers and urging those who could walk Wednesday, February 12, when we in some fashion or another to actually were informed that two out of three walk and even trot – a true sense of group flights had been canceled. The running in the marathon. Strangers most recent winter storm had left who had never seen or heard of Camp the majority of the east coast covHASC stopped in their tracks to obered in snow and ice. At first there serve the HASC was some discussion about busing volunteers walking down, but that was determined to be and cheering their unsafe. Thankfully, with the help of campers on. It was Eli Rowe and Jet Blue, Team HASC a true sanctificawas able to organize a chartered tion of Hashem’s flight out of JFK Friday morning name, Avenue one of many and we arrived in Fort Lauderdale Honorees pose behind the Jewish Mother’s Day cake donated by Pressers Bakery M. (L-R) on that day – tikun on Friday afternoon. Mark Langfan, Breaking the Silence Award; Rabbi Yechezkel Pikus, Rahel Imeinu Community Chessed Award; Evelyn Haies, Fran and with Stephen Epstein Actualist Lamm, Young Leadership olam Esther at its finest. Our Shabbos was filled ruach, the spirit in Award; Award; and Mitchell Shapiro, esq.,the Rachel Imeinu Activist Award.As the team members were the room was vibrant. From riveting Kabbalas Shabbos to the heartwarming drashos, zemiros, and lining up for the start of the race, havdalah, every moment was truly inspiring and the announcers couldn’t help but On October Zicharon, an organization peoplehow on issues relating to dementhe participating runuplifting. We 2, heard from campers’ parents that and assists sib- notice tia, hosted an informative evening in Menorah Hall featuring renowned dementia experts lings, and their remarks serve as testimony to what ners from Team HASC were overwho provided the audience with much-needed advice and information on dealing with this ly excited, brimming with enthuHASC stands for. disease. Among the speakers were Rabbi Eliezer Kaminetzky; Dr. Gary Kennedy, chief of Gesiasm. Thousands runners attended this event, The majority of people who set out to complete a riatric Psychiatry at Monteore Medical Center; and Matt Kudish, senior of vice president of and so many asked what HASC was and stood for. half marathon one goal in mind, theAmerican finishing Alzheimer’s caregiver serviceshave of the NY Chapter of the Association. Numerous individuals stopped by the Team time. Running with Team HASC, I had a different HASC tent expressing aloud how impressed they goal in mind, my campers. Eighteen children with special needs completed were with our turnout, enthusiasm, and dedication. the half marathon with the help of dedicated staff One gentleman asked to take a picture of my T-shirt

so he could look up the organization on the Internet. Another impressed runner uttered, “Good Lord!” As I was leaving the marathon, two runners from another group came over and said, “We were extremely impressed to see college kids pushing children with special needs.” They continued, “You did well and it’s so commendable.” A very overwhelming and touching finish line incident: Two Team HASC counselors were pushing a boy with special needs in a jogging wheelchair. They were about 100 feet from the finish line and they instinctively unbuckled their camper. They pushed the wheelchair aside, and struggled together with the camper hand in hand, stride for stride, as they crossed the finish line with their arms raised. The crowd roared with cheers and I felt my eyes swell up. Disregarding any physical or mental disabilities that they may have, 18 campers in total with special needs crossed the finish line on their own accord. Among the finishers was a camper who has cerebral palsy. He walked with his counselors over the finish line. Another with a prosthetic leg raced through the finish line on crutches with his counselors cheering right beside him. As each camper crossed the finish line, tremendous cheers and thunderous applause erupted spontaneously from strangers and spectators watching this incredible sight unfold before their eyes. To learn more about supporting or joining team HASC, please contact Alyssa or Avi Sacks at info@ teamhasc.com or visit www.teamhasc.com.

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