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Community Currents Preschoolers Upcoming events... in the Rambam Day School of Michael GeorOren, Ph.D., Israel’s ambassador to the Savannah, United States from 2009 to 2013, will receive an hongia learn about orary degree at the Aleph BaisTouro College’s 40th annual comand their names. mencement exercises at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln

which will be held from August 6-August 26; and a one week training program, providing an overview of the field, which will be held from August 11-15. The internship participants will also take the one-week session. According to Rabbi Yosef Grossman, Orthodox Center on May 26. Union senior rabbinic coordinator and director of ko“Touro College is incredibly honored and privi- sher education, the three-week internship is intendleged to pay tribute to Dr. Michael Oren,” said Touro ed for semicha students or members of a kollel for President Dr. Alan Kadish. “An esteemed and highly post-rabbinic education. admired Jewish leader, Dr. Oren was instrumental The one-week session is intended for congregain securing U.S. support for Israel’s defense and up- tional rabbis, semicha students, kollel members or holding Israel’s right to security and peace during his members of a local Vaad HaKashrus certifying orgatenure. He set an example for Jews throughout the nization, who take the program to refine their skills Diaspora by making aliya in 1979. In the academic for use in their communities. sphere, Dr.this Oren is anthe accomplished historian and The programs will Earlier month, Rachel’s Children Reclamation Foundation held its include: annual commemoration of Rachel Imeinu’s yarzheit. buffet dinner was held at Center on October 14. The award-winning author Aand a true inspiration andthe Manhattan • how to Beach set up Jewish a local Vaad HaKashrus; keynote speaker was Rabbi Jonathan Rietti whoproud gave a dramatic presentation on the relationship between Rarole model for our graduating class. And we’re • basic treibering (the removal of veins and fats); chel Imeinu and the  nal Geulah. to say that in 1999 he was an adjunct professor at • kosher issues related to bakeries, butcher stores, Touro, as well.” fish stores, pizza parlors, restaurants, and other food Born in the U.S., Dr. Oren earned an M.A. and service establishments; Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton. He • factory supervision; has been a visiting professor at Harvard, Yale, and • the basics of ingredients and biotechnology; Georgetown, and was a Distinguished Fellow at the • the halacha (law) of practical kashrus; and Shalem Center in Jerusalem. He has received fellow• how to perform industrial and retail kosherizaships from the British and Canadian governments tion. as well as a Moshe Dayan Fellowship from Tel Aviv Participants will visit the kitchen of an OU University and the Lady Davis Fellowship at The He- restaurant, a meat processing facility under OU subrew University. pervision, an OU certified factory, and a hotel kitchHis last two books, Power, Faith, and Fantasy: en, as well as other facilities. America in the Middle East from 1776 to the PresFor information on registration contact Rabbi Keynote Speaker Rietti ent, and Six Days Rabbi of War,Jonathan were both New York Times Grossman at 212-613-8212 or via email at grossRabbi Yechezkel Pikus, Chaim Deutsch, and Evelyn and Evelyn Haies, founder and president bestsellers. He has won the Los Angeles Times Histo- The application is available online at Haies. of RCRF. ry Book of the Year Award and the National Jewish Book Award. Dr. Oren served as an officer in the Israel Defense The Friendship Circle & Ramaz School will Forces in the paratrooper unit during the Lebanon hold a Lag B’Omer Family Carnival on Sunday, May War, a liaison with the U.S. Sixth Fleet during the 18. At 9:30 a.m. participants can walk a mile for a Gulf War and an IDF spokesperson during the Sec- special child; the group will depart from Chabad Upond Lebanon War and the Gaza operation in January per East Side (77th St. bet. 1st & York). The carni2009. He acted as an emissary to Jewish refuseniks val will take place between 11 a.m.-3 p.m, at Ramaz in the Former Soviet Union, as an advisor to Isra- (78th bet. Park & Madison). el’s delegation to the United Nations, and as the government’s director of Inter-Religious Affairs. He was ***** also a gold medal athlete in the Maccabiah Games. Chabad of the Five Towns will hold its 19th Annual Lag B’Omer Celebration in the Andrew J. ***** Parise Park (formerly Cedarhurst Park) on Sunday, The twelfth Harry H. Beren ASK OU Kosher May 18, from 5:30-8:00 p.m. There will be a bonfire, summer programs are now accepting applications games, activities and a performance, the BMX Bike from rabbis and advanced students interested in en- stunt show. hancing their practical knowledge of kashrus. ***** ASK OU 12 (Advanced Seminars on Kashrus) consists of two separate courses of study: a three-week On Yom Yerushalayim, Wednesday evening, May internship providing intensive kashrus education,

On Sunday, October 13, the Yeshiva of Central

28, EMUNAH of America, Brooklyn Region, will Queens kicked off its Parent-Child Sunday Learnhold Annual Supperette at the Kingsway Jewish ingits Program. Center. This year, the organization will be paying tribute to Holocaust survivors and the generations they built. Honorees include: Leah Blank, a”h, represented by her daughter Rachel Brand and great-granddaughter Amanda Nissenbaum; Minna Kleid and children Susan Kahan and David Kleid; Leah Lichtiger and children Shulamith Wegh, Dr. Simon Lichtiger, and Rachel Skolnick; Henni Padawer and daughters Lois Padawer, Rochelle Ackerman, and Iris Finkelstein; and Elli Reichman and children Rabbi Heshy Reichman, Rabbi Barry Reichman, Civia Frankel, and Rachel Hersey. For reservations, donations or to place an ad in EMUNAH’s journal, call 718-253-2721, 718-676-2234 (reservations), or 718-252-0492 (journal). ***** Free screenings, giveaways, and health-related information will be available at the 11th Annual Lena Cymbrowitz Community Health Fair on Sunday, June 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., on Emmons Avenue between East 15th Street and Ocean Avenue. Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz (D-Brooklyn) sponsors the fair in conjunction with Maimonides Medical Center, Beth Israel Brooklyn, and Kiwanis International. Thousands of neighborhood residents attend the popular event. The event raises funds for Dynamic Youth Community, Inc. In case of rain, the fair will be held at Bay Academy, 1401 Emmons Avenue. For more information, contact Assemblyman Cymbrowitz’ office at 718-7434078. ***** The Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County and Hofstra University will honor living witnesses to the Holocaust and celebrate their enduring legacies. “From Generation to Generation, the Legacy Continues,” a multigenerational, allday gathering of Holocaust survivors and World War II liberators, will be held on Sunday, June 8, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The program, at Hofstra University, will consist of noted speakers, discussion panels, educational presentations, films, eyewitness testimony, and special exhibits. Refreshments will be available throughout the day. For more information contact Judy Vladimir, special projects manager, at or call 516-571-8040 ext. 119.

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.

Two Har Hazeisim Events In The Five Towns

ongoing security an issues on Har Hazeisim the ICPHH said: “Har to Hazeisim OnThe October 2, Zicharon, organization that assistsofpeople on issues relating demen- is essential to will be the of twoevening major events in the Hall Five featuring keeping renowned Yerushalayim united. Arab expansionism tia, hosted ansubject informative in Menorah dementia experts Towns on May is information increasingly on threatening to divide who provided the17-18. audience with much-needed advice and dealing with this Yerushalaydisease. Among the speakersa were Rabbi Eliezer Kaminetzky; Dr. Garythat Kennedy, chief of GeMenachem Lubinsky, founding co-chairman of im. Assuring Har Hazeisim is accessible and riatric Psychiatry atCommittee Monteorefor Medical Center; and Kudish, senior vice president the International the Preservation of Matt secure stands in the way of thoseofplans to isolate caregiver serviceswill of the NYasChapter of the American Alzheimer’s Association. including our sacred sites. Har Hazeitim, serve the scholar-in-residence parts of Yerushalayim

at the Young Israel of Woodmere on Shabbos Par- We must preserve Jewish sovereignty over Har Hashas Bechukosai (May 17) zeisim and see to its security so that every Jew can And on Sunday morning, May 18, at 10 a.m., visit safely and securely.” Ambassador Ido Aharoni will be the keynote speakHar Hazeisim is the oldest surviving Jewish er at a rally at the Young Israel of Lawrence-Cedar- cemetery in the world, dating back over 3,000 years hurst (8 Spruce Street). Also speaking at the event and is the resting place for over 150,000 people, datwill be Rav Moshe Tuvia Lieff, mora d’asra of Agu- ing back to the times of the Nevi’im. Despite being das Yisroel Bais Binyomin; Rav Moshe Teitelbaum, in Israeli hands, the cemetery was largely neglected rabbi of the Young Israel of Lawrence-Cedarhurst; until May 2010 when Israel’s State Controller Miand Lubinsky, who will present an overview of the cha Lindenstrauss issued a stinging report on the current situation. A special video presentation on neglect and abuse of Israel’s second holiest site. He Har Hazeisim will also be shown. blamed successive Israeli governments for virtually Malcolm Hoenlein, CEO/executive vice chair- neglecting the cemetery. man of the Conference of Presidents of Major AmerThis report prompted Abe Lubinsky, a Brookican Jewish Organizations, and a founding member lyn businessman, to create the International ComMatt Kudish

mittee for the Preservation of Har Hazeisim. The Committee has thus far managed to persuade the Israeli authorities to install 142 surveillance cameras in addition to a 24/7 Command Center. After extensive lobbying at the highest level of government, a police substation was also established in March 2012. To deny Arab vandals easy access to graves and mourners, a series of new fences was installed as part of a broader plan to secure some of the individual sections of Har Hazeisim. And for the first time, the Municipality of Jerusalem conducts regular sanitation services on the mountain. Previously, Har Hazeisim was a dumping ground for local Arabs, making parts of the mountain look like a “junk yard.” Despite these accomplishments, graves continue to be destroyed and mourners and visitors are routinely stoned. In response, the Committee has stepped up its efforts, lobbying for full security for the ancient cemetery.

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Community Currents The Annual Hatzalah of the Rockaways & Nassau County Dinner was held May 4 at the Sands in Atlantic Beach.On Sunday, October 13, the Yeshiva of Central Preschoolers in the Rambam Queens kicked off its Parent-Child Sunday LearnDay School of ing 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.

At the first annual dinner for Mikvah USA held in Williamsburg. (Photo credit: Yossi Goldberger & Meir Haltovsky)

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

Coordinators Shaya Luzer Wolcowitz, Mark Gross and Rabbi Elozer Kanner, as well Dr. Moshe Weizberg, receiving the Member of the Year Award.

Rabbi Yechezkel Pikus, Chaim Deutsch, and Evelyn Haies.

Mark Gross, Rabbi Yaakov Bender, Shaya Luzer Wolcowitz, Rabbi M. Lerer, and Rabbi Elozer Kanner. Toronto City Councillor James Pasternak hosted an Israel flag-raising ceremony at Toronto City Hall on May 6 in celebration of Yom Ha’Atzmaut. The flag raising was attended by Consul General of Israel in Toronto DJ Schneeweiss, Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly, members of Toronto City Council, The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, Jewish National Fund, B’nai Brith, and members of Toronto’s Jewish community. 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.

The Young Israel of Staten Island community, under the guidance of Rabbi On October 2, Zicharon, organization assists people on issues relating to demenYaakov Lehrfield, hosted 90 an Women’s Leaguethat Community Residences consumers tia, hosted an informative evening in Menorah Hall featuring renowned dementia experts and staff for a recent Shabbaton. Everyone enjoyed the lively atmosphere, dewho provided the audience with much-needed advice and information on dealing with this licious meals, spirited singing and divrei Torah. Seen in photo: Neil Weinstein, disease. Among the speakers Rabbi Dr. Gary Kennedy, chief of GeShabbaton organizer, makingwere havdala atEliezer the endKaminetzky; of the Shabbat.

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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