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Naugatuck Valley Women’s Health Specialists
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Obstetrics & Gynecology ❧
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HADLOKAS NEIROS for Waterbury, CT Parshas Vayakhel-Pekudai 5:33 (Adar 27 / March 8) Parshas Vayikra 6:41 (Nissan 5 / March 15) Parshas Tzav 6:49 (Nissan 12 / March 22) Pesach–1st Night 6:52 (Nissan 15 / March 25) Shabbos Chol Hamoed (Nissan 22 / March 29)
Pesach–7th Night 6:59 (Nissan 21 / March 31) Parshas Shemini 7:04 (Nissan 26 / April 5) Parshas Tazria-Metzora 7:12 (Iyar 3 / April 12) Parshas Acharei-Kedoshim 7:19
(Iyar 10 / April 19)
Parshas Emor 7:27 (Iyar 17 / April 26) Parshas B’har-B’chukosai 7:35
(Iyar 24 / May 4)
Parshas Bamidbar 7:42 (Sivan 2 / May 11) Shavuos 7:46 (Sivan 6 / May 14) Parshas Naso 7:49 (Sivan 9 / May 17) Parshas B’haloscha 7:56 (Sivan 16 / May 24) Parshas Shlach 8:01 (Sivan 23 / May 31) Parshas Korach 8:06 (Sivan 30 / June 7) 6
Dear Readers, Let’s celebrate spring! After a long and snowy winter, it’s time to open your windows, take a long walk, and soak up the sunshine. But it’s going to take many sunny days to get us past the memories of Winter Storm Nemo… Check out our special blizzard section for amazing coverage of the storm. Thank you to all the community members who shared their photos and stories with us – your response was incredible! Aside from the blocked streets, loss of school days and minor inconvenience of not being able to get around, the response to the storm was just another display of the inspiring achdus and atmosphere of camaraderie we all feel living in Waterbury. And now back to spring… this issue is filled to the brim with Pesach related information, inspiration, ideas for outdoor excursions and so much more! We are excited to share some “Perspectives” from individuals in the community on important issues facing us today and we hope you will gain as much from them as we did. We would also like to welcome our new advertisers and hope that when you benefit from their services you’ll remember to tell them you saw their ad in the “What’s Doing in Waterbury”! Enjoy the sun and Chag Kasher V’sameach!
Waterbury Daily Minyan Schedule Yeshiva Gedolah of Waterbury Shacharis:
Vasikin / 7:45 am Mincha:
8:30 pm / 10:00 pm —— B’nai Shalom Shacharis:
7:00 am / Sunday, 8:30 am Mincha / Maariv: 15 min. before shkiah
—— Yeshiva K’tana of Waterbury Shacharis:
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Zmanim Hotline: 718-331-TIME Yeshiva Gedolah of Waterbury
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What’s Doing in Waterbury Connecticut’s Jewish Family Magazine and Directory. Issue #44
Yeshiva K’tana of Waterbury
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What’s Doing Yellow Pages Accountant Meir Fischer, CPA 203-756-1040 Menachem Friedman, CPA 347-401-3157 Dana Stango 203-757-2020 alarm systems Alert Security Systems, INC. 203-387-8332 Dynamark Security Systems 203-757-1744 Apparel Augenbraun’s Bridal (Monsey) 845-425-3439 BY Style (Esther B. Merenstein) 203-597-9093 Chavi Leiner (Monsey) 845-362-1639 Creative Kippas (M. Majeski) 203-527-4952 Double Header www.doubleheaderusa.com F&F Family Shop (Monsey) 845-356-8085 Junee Shells (D. Salamon) 203-575-1993 Pinks & Blues (Monsey) 845-425-0373 Prince and Princess (Monsey) 845-371-7625 Ram’s Clothiers 203-753-1189 Shaindy’s (Monsey) 845-425-6500 Shirt Stop 718-871-1620 The Hat Box (Monsey) 845-517-2829 thestyleunderground.com Appliances Sears 203-236-8800 Sears Outlet 860-665-8101
BAby essentials Babies1st.com Baby Depot 203-630-0647 Babies R’ Us 203-574-4457 Pinks & Blues (Monsey) 845-425-0373 BAby nurse Happy Baby Care 347-292-1794 Mesue 347-581-0164 / 347-766-3783 BANKS Apple Valley Bank 203-271-1268 Citibank 203-573-5820 Fleet Bank 1-800-841-4000 Naugutuck Savings Bank 203-729-4442 People’s Bank 203-597-1313 Savings Bank of Danbury 203-575-3546 Sovereign Bank 1-877-768-2265 TD Bank 1-888-751-9000 Webster Bank 203-578-2230 BArber Dani Diamond 216-551-4077 Chaim E. Linda (upsherin) 203-596-8198 Bicycle shop / Repair The Bike Rack 203-755-0347 Bikur Cholim New Haven 203-786-3096 Waterbury 203-596-7569
Appliance repair Affordable Appliance 203-808-0519 Attorney Dov Braunstein 203-573-0580 Gary L. Broder 203-755-1114 Raphael Deutsch 203-573-0782 Lawrence Dressler 203-772-4848 Raymond J. Antonacci, LLC 203-597-8883 Slavin, Stauffacher & Scott, LLC 860-274-2511 Weissman Law Offices 203-757-1561
carpet Cleaners Better Carpet Cleaners 860-632-1667 CARPET RETAILER Associated Carpet 203-756-5594 CAtering First Class Caterers 203-982-7128 Mike’s Center Cafe 203-401-1277
auto services & Repair Joe’s Tire Shop 203-753-3108 KarTele Communications 203-755-6969 Montambault’s Auto 203-756-7026 Valvoline Instant Oil Change 203-729-5108 West Main Auto 203-596-3722
childbirth education / Doula Shulamit Feld 203-768-0250
auto rentals Avis 203-757-8081 Enterprise 203-755-3770 Hertz 203-573-8534 Rent-A-Wreck 203-575-1631
Cleaning Service A+ Cleaning Service 203-598-4333 Hy-Grade House Cleaning Services 203-509-1779
Child care / Camp Camp Revach 203-756-1800 ext. 315 Morah Rachel 516-695-3488 The Day Care Center 203-695-5926
Communal Resources Bonei Olam 718-252-1212 Community Services & Resources 203-510-3882 Dirshu 888-5-DIRSHU Hebrew Free Loan Assoc. of Wtby 203-548-9865
auto sales & leasing Comfort Auto 855-633-5800 Maven Motors 443-271-1458 Wheels to Lease 718-871-7749
What’s Doing Yellow Pages ELECTRICIAN Accurate Electrical Contractors 203-509-7027
Historic Overlook Community Club 203-574-0756 The Jewish Federation 203-267-3177 Kollel Chibas Yerushalayim 718-633-7112 Kupat Ha’ir 1-888-587-2842 Neighborhood Housing Services 203-753-1896 Waterbury Regional Chamber 203-757-0701 Vaad Hakashrus of Wtby. 203-756-1800 Vaad Harabonim 877-722-2646
ELECTRONICS Radio Shack 203-754-7600 Sears Outlet 860-665-8101 Wireless Zone 203-755-6629 Energy Supplier Ambit Energy Consultants 973-736-4298
Computer Sales & Repair ACR Computer 203-754-9688 Compufix 917-796-8016 Computer Technician (C. Aboud) 597-9052 Computer Consultant (P. Nugiel) 568-1803 ConnTek Ltd. 203-758-0663
Family Services Jewish Family Service of Bridgeport (Rabbi Y. Feld) 203-366-5438 Rabbi Shlomo Slatkin, MS, LCPC 443-570-7598 Fencing Master Fence Co. 203-574-4011
Contractor / remodeling Aspen Roofing & Contracting 877-315-9726 Axela Construction 203-573-9870 ext. 206 Axela Kitchens 203-573-9870 ext. 205 Crazy Closets 877-392-7299 Jim Battistrada 203-591-1656 Vesta Homes Inc. 203-754-0917
Financial Services Fidelity Payment Services 855-794-7348 Q Card Payment Services 877-705-7725 YM Deals 732-966-3328 FLOoring Capitol Wood Flooring 203-575-8300 Sanco Hardwood Flooring 203-592-6688 Tommy’s Hardwood Flooring 860-561-9776
CraftS/Fabrics J-Mar Crafts 203-753-1815 Jo-Ann Fabrics 203-757-0662 Michael’s 203-597-1336
FLORISTS O’Rourke & Birch Florists 203-756-7857 Orchid Florist 203-573-0690
Department storeS BJ’s Wholesale Club 203-753-9997 Burlington Coat Factory 203-597-0388 Costco Wholesale 203-757-7979 JC Penny 203-575-1395 Job Lot 203-841-0307 K-Mart 203-753-2191 Kohl’s 203-575-9238 Macy’s 203-757-1131 Marshalls (Watertown) 860-274-5481 Sears 203-236-8800 Target 203-437-3673 TJ Maxx 203-754-0802 Wal-Mart 203-759-1000
Framing & Art Shop Goldsmiths 203-757-0356 The Frame Shop 203-754-1655 Michael’s 203-597-1336 FURNITURE Attic Treasures 203-346-0855 Bob’s Furniture 860-620-1650 Furniture Factory 203-527-6450 La-Z-Boy 203-574-4001 Pilgrim Furniture 860-276-0030 Raymour and Flanigan 203-573-1015 GARDENERS Palombo’s Lawn Care 860-274-1169 SDW Property Maintenance 203-528-4001 W Lawncare (Y.M. Weinreb) 203-816-5296
DRY CLEANERS Mar-Vic Cleaners 203-754-3952 Perry’s Dry Cleaners 203-753-3161 EDUCATION Ahuva Oberlander-Special Ed Tutoring 203-757-8585 Post University Accelerated Degree Program 203-695-7124 Rivka Schonfeld S.O.S. 718-382-5437 Shana Weisz - Special Ed Tutoring 203-527-6464 Testing & Training International 877-RING-TTI
Graphics & web design Aliza Nugiel 203-568-1803 Leebah Stephens 203-233-6399 Glasses / eyewear Opticare 203-574-2020 Trocchi Optometry 203-753-5665
What’s Doing Yellow Pages Gutter cleaning / power washing Affordable Powerwashing 203-597-7075 HAIRCUTS C&C Hair Salon 203-597-1000 Cost Cutters 203-596-7993 Raquel Bronstein 203-757-2888 Dani Diamond 216-551-4077 Chaim E. Linda (upsherin) 203-596-8198 Supercuts 203-574-0642
Insurance David Lieber cell 347-865-4326 / 516-284-0120 Gross and Company 212-620-4040 John Somero 203-267-4856 Jewelry sales & Repair Bejeweled (Monsey) 845-425-4650 Fine Crafts Jewelers 203-756-4800 Ideal Jewelers 203-753-2280 Ideal Jewelry (Monsey) 845-425-4332
HANDYMAN SDW Property Maintenance 203-528-4001 David Scott 203-565-4886 Shloimy Shore 917-873-2061 Sruli Weisz 917-468-8171 Health & Beauty Anne Drost, Electrologist 203-753-5343 Carmine Elizabeth’s Spa 203-598-3444 Central Cosmetics (Shani Metz) 203-757-9893 Jewish Hypnosis (Orli Katz) 203-565-3324 Kosher Vitamins Corp. 800-645-1899 Mind Matters Hypnosis (Lisa Zachio) 860-693-6448 ProDermix Probiotics 845-520-3157 Supreme Health (Monsey) 845-426-6004 YMCA 203-754-2181 Home & HARDWARE Bender Plumbing 203-756-8013 Crazy Closets 877-392-7299 Home Depot 203-757-7206 ICI Paints 203-753-1107 Knb Design Kitchen & Bath 203-777-6661 Lowe’s (Plainville) 860-793-1500 Raymond’s Building Supply 203-879-2538 Schmidt and Serafine’s 203-754-5186 Syperstein’s Paints 203-757-5747 Torrington Supply Co. 203-756-3641 Home inspector Alex Lee 203-943-7600 Carry O’Niel 203-758-8649 Mr. Inside Out 866-791-9660 Hosiery Double Header www.doubleheaderusa.co Hose & Bows 212-787-7778
JUDAICA Bais Hasforim (Monsey) 845-371-1495 Connecticut’s Succah Outlet 203-756-5566 Judaic Design & Gifts 203-757-1336 Lishkas Hasofer (Monsey) 845-425-9268 Mercaz Seforim (Monsey) 845-352-7792 The Judaica Store of New Haven 203-387-5816 The Judaica Store of W. Hartford 860-236-9956 The Stam Connection 203-573-8286 Tuvia’s (Monsey) 845-426-0824 kitchen remodeling Axela Kitchens 203-573-9870 ext. 205 Knb Design Kitchen & Bath 203-777-6661 lawn & Garden A Public Flower & Garden Center 203-879-4049 liquor / wine Mountview Plaza Wines 203-729-5445 The Good Life Wines & Spirits 203-754-5554 LOCKSMITHS Leo’s Locks 203-756-3112 Leon’s Locks 203-753-4440 Mailing Services Accurate Mailing Services 203-758-0430 MIKVAOS Mikvah Tcharna of Waterbury 203-754-4150 Mikvah Tahor V’kadosh (Mens) 203-509-5539 New Haven 203-387-2184 New Haven (Lubavitch) 203-777-8966 West Hartford 860-521-9446 Mikvah of Rockland County 845-371-9409 MoHel Rabbi Dov Greer 203-786-3097
Hotels Courtyard by Marriot 203-596-1000 Crowne Plaza Danbury 203-794-0600 Holiday Inn of Waterbury 203-706-1000
MortgageS Evergreen Funding (S. Katz) 203-776-5626 GMAC Mortgage 203-758-9910 McCue Mortgage 800-382-0017 Mortgage Supercenter 203-465-7976 People’s Bank 203-250-9396
ink / toner Chaim Aboud 203-597-9052/718-207-9328
What’s Doing Yellow Pages Real estate Blue Ridge Estates 203-568-0460 Classic Realty (Susanne Avigdor) 203-387-9991 Coldwell Banker (Shlomo Zazon) 948-3890 Jason Katz 203-509-0474 Kesher Realty (Leorah Elin) 203-805-0875 Prudential Realty (Lisa Klein) 203-368-2412 Showcase Realty (John) 860-274-7000
Moving & Storage Waterbury Self Storage 203-574-2764 Music / music Lessons Elisha Freedman–One Man Band 917-533-0758 Mr. Music (Matisyahu Nettleton) 203-318-4099 Notary public Raphael Deutsch 203-573-0782
Real estate management CK Investments 203-755-3702 Liberty Management 203-755-0677
Newspapers & Books Ami Magazine 718.534.8800 Bargain News 1-203-377-1808 Binah Magazine 718-305-5200 Broder’s Books 203-755-1114 Hamodia 718-853-9094 Mishpacha Magazine 718-686-9339 Waterbury Republican 203-574-3636 What’s Doing in Waterbury 203-597-0314
Restaurants & food Establishments Ami’s Bagels 203-596-9020 Candy Craze 845-548-3839 CT Kosher Bakery Distr. 203-742-0038 Dippy’s 203-574-1809 Eden Wok (New Rochelle) 914-637-9363 Fascias’s Chocolates 203-753-0515 iCandy (Monsey) 845-362-4600 Kosh Restaurant (Stamford) 203-614-8777 Mike’s Center Cafe 203-401-1277 Rita’s (Southington) 860-276-8829 Waterbury Kosher World 203-757-4992
Office Supplies Advantage Business Systems 203-929-3769 OfficeMax 203-597-8910 Staples 203-573-0925 PaintER ACE Painting 860-945-0779 / 203-509-9996 G. Fusco Painting 203-757-1384 Paper goods & Party Supplies It’s A Favor.com 718-234-3951 The Paper Center (R. Rabinowitz) 203-591-8272 Party Elegance & Gifts 203-754-GIFT Party Plus 203-879-9951 The Perfect Party 203-596-1853 Shannon’s Party Props 203-879-2711 PEST CONTROL Centurion Exterminating 203-756-6028 Photos & Passports Caesar’s Camera Shop 203-754-1403 Dani Diamond Photography 216-551-4077 E-Z Passport 866-439-7277 Jerusalem Shutter (M. Hanover) 347-986-6444 PLUMBER Brian’s Plumbing & Heating 203-754-3800 Dan’s Discount Rooter 860-274-1025 David 203-808-4404 Seasonal Plumbing 203-650-0840
Signs Office Signs 203-754-1895 SHatnez testing Elisheva Magid 203-574-2462 Rochelaya Deutsch 203-573-0782 Sheitels / SHEITEL MACHER Milano Wigs 760-51-677 / 888-MILANO-3 Nava Goldberg 860-608-3281 Raquel’s Wigs 203-757-2888 shoes DSW Shoes (Plainville) 860-747-6900 Footprints Shoes (Newington) 860-666-3100 Little Eric (Greenwich) 203- 622-1600 Shopping Mall Brass Mill Center (Wtby) 203-755-5000 Danbury Fair Mall 203-743-3247 Meriden Mall 203-235-3343 West Farms Mall (Farmington) 860-561-3024 Silver Polishing & Repair Buffers 203-281-0101 (Hamden)
PrintERs Copymax 203-597-8910 Kramer Printing 203-933-5416 Minuteman Press 203-755-8842 Sir Speedy 203-346-0716 Space Age Copy 203-756-2001
Silver retailer Signature Silver (Monsey) 845-578-1760
Municipal and Other Listings
What’s Doing Yellow Pages Sofer Lishkas Hasofer (Monsey) 845-425-9268 The Stam Connection 203-573-8286
Animal Control Society 203-574-6909 Bureau of Water 203-574-8251 Bureau of Vital Statistics 203-574-6800 Birth to 3 Info Line 1-800-505-7000 Citizen’s Hotline 203-597-3444 Connecticut Light & Power (electric company) 1-800-286-2000 CT Dept. Of Consumer Protection 800-842-2649 DMV 1-800-842-8222 Dog Warden 203-574-6909/6920 Energy Assistance-NOW 203-756-8151/ 203-575-4232 Fire Department 203-597-3425 Husky Insurance 800-656-6684 Neighborhood Housing Services of Waterbury 203-753-1896 Police Department 203-574-6911 Post Office Grand St. 203-574-6532 / 574-6521 Wigwam Ave. 203-759-3642 Mail Service Info. 203-578-3426 Public Library 203-574-8222 Refuse Collection 203-574-6857 SNET (phone company) 811 611(repairs) 1-800-453-SNET (out-of-state) Street Department/ Public Works 203-574-8261 Transportation Amtrak 1-800-872-7245 Bonanza Bus Line (to NYC) 1-888-751-8800 Bradley Int’l Airport 1-860-292-2000 Metro North 1-800-638-7646 Yellow Taxi 203-754-5151 UPS 1-800-742-5877 Weather & other info 1-800-555-TELL WIC 203-574-6785 WRAP Program 800-388-9727 Yankeegas (gas company) 1-800-989-0900
Sporting Goods B&G Sports Co. 203-757-2571 Modell’s 203-591-9404 Sports Authority 203-753-7330 SUPERMARKETS Hatzlocha Grocery (Monsey) 845- 425-1529 Jarjura’s Farm 203-757-7777 Monsey Glatt (Monsey) 845-425-6328 Rockland Kosher (Monsey) 845-425-2266 Shoprite 203-756-5614 Stop & Shop (Chase Ave.) 203-756-4678 Stop & Shop (Wolcott St.) 203-755-9489 Waterbury Kosher World 203-757-4992 Wesley Kosher (Monsey) 845-364-7217 Tailoring Mar Vic 203-754-3952 Molly Couture 860-890-7899 Tiling Torres Tiling 203-232-7780 Toys & general Merchandise Dollar Dreams 203-597-0682 Dollar Tree 203-597-0505 Good Ideas (Watertown) 860-274-6939 Toys R’ Us 203-574-4457 Travel services Ideal Tours 845-425-3300 Travel Plaza 732-367-8500 TravelCell 1-877-CELLPHONE YM Deals 732-966-3328 Truck Rental Penske 203-757-8303 Rent a Wreck 203-575-1631 Ryder 203-597-5427 Uhaul 203-756-2208 or 754-0193 Upholstery Is It Done Yet? Upholstery 860-945-0092 Vacuum Cleaners Connecticut Sew & Vac
Windows Naugatuck Window & Glass 203-729-4536 Valley View Windows 203-558-1515 Waterbury Glass & Mirror 203-573-0333
Healthcare Services DOCTORS Allergist Dr. David Dreyfus 203-755-7080 Advanced Allergy & Asthma Family Care (Dr. Larry Scheer) 203-755-5500 Chiropractor Balanced Body 203-723-5715 Dr. Porzio 203-756-7449 Dermatologist Yale Dermatology 203-757-8919 Ear, Nose & Throat Dr. Eric Baum (Pediatric) 203-234-8199 Dr. Neil Schiff 203-574-3777 Naugatuck Valley ENT 203-578-4630 Endocrinologist Dr. Thomas Gniadek 203-755-7711 Dentist Dr. Joseph Statkevich 203-574-3343 Dr. Tony Lepore (Pediatric) Southbury 203-264-1497 Dr. Stephen Rothman New Haven 203-562-4143 Dr. Alan Wolkoff 203-753-2274 Kids Dental Care (Dr. Ammar Idlibi) 860-877-KIDS Fertility Specialist Dr. Gad Levy 203-929-6412 Gastroenterologist Dr. Robert Leventhal 203-756-6422 Dr. Ronald Zlotoff 203-755-4515 Internist Dr. Jacqueline Lustig 860-274-8891 Phoenix Specialty Group 203-574-2930 Dr. David Silver 203-271-3296 Ob/Gyn Associates in Family Health (Dr. Joel Allen) 203-732-0022 Associated Women’s Health (Dr. Ian Cohen) 203-755-2344 Center for Women’s Health 203-573-1425 Naugatuck Valley Women’s Health Specialists 203-575-1811 Yale OBGYN 203-785-5682 Ophthalmologist / Optometrist The Eye Group (Dr. Levada) 203-597-9100 (pediatric) Opticare Vision Center (Dr. Peterson, Dr. Kok) 203-574-2020 Trocchi Optometry 203-753-5665 Orthodondist Dr. Friedman 203-573-8034
203-754-4200 POISON CONTROL
Orthopedist Dr. John Keggi 203-598-0700 Dr. Raferty 203-758-2003 Dr. Dennis Rodin 203-755-0165 Plastic Surgeon Dr. Wilfred Brown Middlebury 203-758-2564 Dr. Stanley Forster 203-757-0583 Pediatrician Dr. Ephraim Bartfeld 860-274-8891 Child & Adolescent Healthcare Assoc. (Dr. Jane Rudolph) 203-574-4747 Pediatric Associates of Connecticut 203-755-2999 Podiatrist Dr. Bruce Vinokur 203-755-2050 Dr. Mchugh & Assoc. 860-274-1773 Physical Therapy Access Rehab 203-598-0400 Advance Therapy Assoc. 203-577-3700 Psychologist / Mental Health Dr. Rick Blum (W. Hartford) 860-233-1897 Dr. Randy Carrin 203-757-8766 Dr. Jess Edelstein 860-670-5207 Rabbi Yosef Feld, MSW 203-366-5438 Radiologist Diagnostic Radiology 203-756-8911 Surgeon - Hand Dr. Andrew Nelson 203-755-7115 Urologist Urology Specialists 203-757-8361 HOSPITALS St. Mary’s Hospital 203-709-6000 Waterbury Hospital 203-573-6000 MidState Medical Center Meriden 203-694-8200 Yale New Haven Hospital 203-688-4242 CT Children’s Medical Center Hartford 860-545-9000 MEDICAL LABORATORIES Clinical Lab Partners 1-800-286-9800 Quest Diagnostics 1-877-868-2191 PHARMACIES Bunker Hill Pharmacy 203-574-7825 CVS (24 hours) 203-755-5490 Shoprite Pharmacy 203-753-1718 Stop and Shop 203-597-1498 Target 203-437-3674 Walgreens 203-757-5102
New & Noteworthy
Dates to Remember:
Save the Date! Annual Yeshiva K’tana Bike-a-thon scheduled for Sunday, April 28th, 2013 - Lag B’Omer.
March 26 April 25 April 28 May 15
New G’mach: Oil Furnace startups free of charge. Call Pinchas Nugiel at 917-796-8016.
Pesach Pesach Sheini Lag B’omer Shavuos
Mar. 3 Protecting an Oasis Meeting April 7 Protecting an Oasis Meeting April 21 Fulton Park Spring Cleanup
Many of the BJs brand dried fruit and nut mixes are now certified kosher under the Star-K hashgacha.
Yeshiva Ateres Shmuel of Waterbury
March 10 March 29 April 22 May 11 May 12 June 2
Save the Date! Yeshiva Ateres Shmuel of Waterbury’s Annual Dinner will be held Sunday evening, May 12, 2013 at Terrace on the Park in Flushing, NY.
Off-Shabbos Pesach Break begins New Zman begins Off-Shabbos Annual Dinner Off-Shabbos
Yeshiva K’tana of Waterbury
March 21 Pesach Break begins April 28 Bike-a-thon May 15 Erev Shavuos – AM sessions for boys / no school for girls May 15-16 Shavuos Break June 18 Last Day of School
New schedule for Raizy Gutman’s Aerobics class: Mondays and Thursdays 7:20-8:05. Wednesday morning 9:15-10:00. Text 203-9826167 to confirm class schedule or to be included in group texts.
Best wishes for a Chag Kasher V’sameach!
Costco’s own brand of fresh salmon is kosher if bought by the case. They come as whole fillets with 10-12 fillets per case. If you are interested in buying the fish by the case you need to ask for Jay, Assistant Manager.
Pesach Preparations in full swing! Shop till you drop… Kosher World is committed to making it easy for you to make Pesach in Waterbury. They will be carrying hundreds of products, all under the most reliable hashgachos, with shipments already beginning to arrive this week! Aside from the large array of items that will be available, customers may request a special order of a specific product they may need. Additionally, the pizza shop will be running specials during the weeks prior to Pesach so you can prepare your house for Pesach and feed your family too! Simply email email@example.com to receive weekly emails on updates and specials.
Learn up a Storm… This year a special learning program is being arranged for High School boys who are home for Bein Hazmanim. The program will run Tuesday through Friday the week prior to Pesach. The schedule will be as follows: Shacharis in the Yeshiva Gedolah followed by breakfast. Each day the bochurim will be given a list of mareh mekomos to be studied in depth with a chavrusah and at the end of that day’s seder, a shiur will be given on the day’s limud by one of the yeshiva’s talented Rebbeim, who will take turns giving a shiur each day. Call Betzalel or Shloimy Brecher for more information at 203-753-4176.
And don’t forget the cars… Try one of these local car washes for great rates and services. Jet Spray Car Wash: They offer a number of self-serve car wash options as well as self-serve vacuuming for only $1.50 per round. Located at 3 Chase Ave, Waterbury, CT 06704 (203) 754-8867 Ciarlo’s Car Emporium: Large variety of full service and self-service options to get your car cleaned inside and out. Visit ciarloscaremporium.com for coupons and special offers. Located at 1161 Wolcott St, Waterbury, CT 06705 (203) 574-5580 Southington Auto Wash: Many car wash options plus FREE self-service vacuums open 24/7. Located at 254 Queen St, Southington, CT 06489 (860) 276-8814 15
!cuy kzn Mazel Tov to: Mr. and Mrs. Chagie Barak on the birth of a baby boy Mr. and Mrs. Chaim Lesser on the birth of a baby girl Mr. and Mrs. Matisyahu Nettelton on the birth of a baby boy Mr. and Mrs. Eli Scher on the birth of a baby girl Mr. and Mrs. Noach Stengel on the birth of a baby boy
Mazel Tov to:
Mr. and Mrs. Duvie Merenstein upon Eliyahu’s Bar Mitzvah Mr. and Mrs. Levi Spivak upon Binyamin’s Bar Mitzvah Mr. and Mrs. Pinchos Nugiel upon Chaim Simcha’s Bar Mitzvah
Mazel Tov to:
Harav & Rebbetzin Ahron Kaufman on the marriage of their son, Moshe Tzvi Harav & Rebbetzin Chaim Cohen on the marriage of their daughter, Tehilla Harav & Rebbetzin Fishman on the engagement of their son Dr. and Mrs. Zalman Magid upon the marriage of their daughter, Sarah Mazel Tov to the Yeshiva’s newest chassanim:
Moish Levine, Tuvia Levin & Chanoch Gleacher
Welcome! A warm welcome to the community’s newest family: Levi & Rachel Yudken & family Hatzlacha Raba in your new home!
Ongoing Community Shiurim & Events Daf Yomi Shiur by Rabbi Kestenbaum at ygw, weekdays at 7:00 am, Shabbos time varies.
Men’s Sunday Morning Shiur by R’ Yosef Sonnenschein at B’nai Shalom at 9:35. Breakfast is served. Call M. Shtern at 646-388-0083.
Daf Yomi Shiur by Rabbi Yaakov Metz at B’nai Shalom, weekdays at 8:45 pm. Friday & Shabbos given by R’ Raphael Deutsch – time varies. Call R’ Metz at 203-707-3148 for more information.
Men’s Chumash Shiur on Thursday nights 8:45-9:30 in YGW Beis Medrash Katan. Chumash, Cholent and Ramban by Rabbi Shea Lazenga. Call 646-250-1748. Live Broadcast of acclaimed Weekly Shiurim at the Blueridge Shul: • R’ Monsour’s Parsha Shiur: Thurs. at 7:45pm • R’ Frand’s Halacha Shiur: Thurs. at 9:00pm • R’ Reisman’s Navi Shiur: e"amun at 7:30pm
Daf Yomi Shiur by Rabbi Yaakov Metz on Friday & Shabbos in Blue Ridge. Call R’ Metz at 203-707-3148 for more information. Kollel Ateres Chaya Raizel Night Seder nightly in Yeshiva from 8:45 -10:00 pm. Contact R’ Shea Lazenga at 646-250-1748 or R’ Chaim Cohen for more information.
Weekly Ladies’ Shiur on Wednesday nights at 8:15 PM given by Rabbi Yosef Sonnenschein at B’nai Shalom.
The Night Kollel at YGW Intense Gemara learning with weekly chaburos. Nightly from 8:45-10pm. Maariv at 8:30 and 10:00. Call R’ Tzvi Thaler at 203-233-3228.
Ladies’ Shabbos Shiur Shabbos afternoon 11/2 hours before Mincha at B’nai Shalom. Weekly announcement in Yeshiva and B’nai Shalom or call Orli Katz at 203-755-7328 or Raquel Bronstein at 917-355-9530.
Morning Halacha Kollel led by Rabbi Boruch Yehuda Rabinowitz. Monday through Friday from 6:00 am to 7:00 am at B’nai Shalom. For more information call Rabbi Sruly Sonnenschein at 646-522-0121.
Ladies’ Shidduch Meeting Call Blimie Lazenga at 203-596-9932 for more info. Likras Shabbos - Erev Shabbos Learning Program for boys ages 10 and up, 35 minutes before candlelighting in the Yeshiva Bais Medrash. Call R’ Yehuda Brecher at 203-753-4176 for more info.
Dirshu Daily Mishna Brurah Shiur in Hilchos Pesach, given by R’ Tzvi Thaler. Sunday–Thursday, 8:00-8:30pm, followed by Maariv, in the Beis Medrash Katan of the Yeshiva.
Avos U’Banim Father/Son Learning Program on Motzei Shabbos at YGW one hour after Yeshiva Maariv. Call Shraga F. Siegfried at 203-759-5653 or Yaakov Reiss at 203-527-7200.
Men’s Shabbos morning shiur on Mishna Berura. Given at B’nai Shalom by Rabbi Yosef Sonnenschein at 8:40 am.
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The boundaries of the Waterbury Eruv are as follows: Chase Avenue on the North side, Hill Street on the east side, Grove Street on the south side, Waterville Street on the west side. Please refer to the map for a more detailed description. 18
B’NAI SHALOM SYNAGOGUE 135 Roseland Avenue Waterbury, CT 06710 203-754-4159 • www.bnaishalomwaterbury.com
B'NAI SHALOM ZMANIM Spring 5773 DAVENING TIMES Spring 2013 DAVENING TIMES
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שמיני מצורע-תזריע קדושים-אחרי אמור בחקתי-בהר במדבר נשא בהעלותך שלח קרח חקת בלק פינחס
See Pesach Schedule 7:00
See Shavuos Schedule 7:55
SHIURIM SUNDAY MORNING BREAKFAST SHIUR: FOLLOWING 8:30 AM SHACHARIS MORNING HALACHA KOLLEL: 6:00 AM, MONDAY-FRIDAY
Yeshiva Ateres Shmuel of Waterbury DAF YOMI SHIUR: 8:45 PM, SUNDAY - FRIDAY LADIES' SHIUR: 8:30 PM, WEDNESDAY
Ongoing sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact the shul office at 203-754-4159 for more information.
Spring Shabbos Zmanim Schedule
B'NAI SHALOM SYNAGOGUE
135 Roseland Avenue Waterbury, CT 06710
(April 5-6) 5:45 Early Mincha 6:01 פלג המנחה :מנחה/הדלקת נרות 7:04 8:30 :שחרית 9:41 :זמן ק"ש 9:05 מג"א 6:30 :מנחה שבת 7:23 :שקיעה 8:23 :מעריב 8:35:(מוצאי ש"ק)ר"ת בחוקותי-בהר: (May 3-4) 6:10 Early Mincha 6:24 פלג המנחה :מנחה/הדלקת נרות 7:35 8:30 :שחרית 9:17 :זמן ק"ש 8:41 מג"א 6:30 :מנחה שבת 7:54 :שקיעה 8:54 :מעריב 9:06 :(מוצאי ש"ק)ר"ת
צו:* (March 22-23) 6:49 מנחה/הדלקת נרות 8:30 :שחרית 9:55 :זמן ק"ש 9:19 מג"א 6:28 :מנחה שבת 7:08 :שקיעה 8:08 :מעריב 8:20 :(מוצאי ש"ק)ר"ת
ויקרא: * (March 15-16) /הדלקת נרות 6:41:מנחה 8:30 :שחרית 10:01 :זמן ק"ש 9:25 מג"א 6:20 :מנחה שבת 7:00 :שקיעה 8:00 :מעריב 8:12 :(מוצאי ש"ק)ר"ת
אמור: * (April 26-27) 6:05 Early Mincha 6:19 פלג המנחה 7:27 :מנחה/הדלקת נרות 8:30 :שחרית 9:22 :זמן ק"ש 8:46 מג"א 6:30 מנחה שבת 7:46: שקיעה 8:46 :מעריב 8:58: (מוצאי ש"ק)ר"ת
קדושים-אחרי מות: (April 19-20) 6:00 Early Mincha 6:13 פלג המנחה :מנחה/הדלקת נרות 7:19 8:30 :שחרית 9:28 :זמן ק"ש 8:52 מג"א 6:30 :מנחה שבת 7:38 :שקיעה 8:38 :מעריב 8:50:(מוצאי ש"ק)ר"ת
פקודי-ויקהל: ( March 8-9) :מנחה/הדלקת נרות 5:33 8:20 : שחרית 9:08 :זמן ק"ש 8:32 מג"א 5:12 :מנחה שבת 5:52 :שקיעה 6:52 :מעריב 7:04 :(מוצאי ש"ק)ר"ת מצורע-תזריע: (April 12-13) 5:55 Early Mincha 6:08 פלג המנחה :מנחה/הדלקת נרות 7:12 8:30 :שחרית 9:34 :זמן ק"ש 8:58 מג"א 6:30 :מנחה שבת 7:31 :שקיעה 8:31 :מעריב 8:43 :(מוצאי ש"ק)ר"ת
Yeshiva Ateres Shmuel: 359 Cooke Street • 203-756-1800 • www.yasw.org Note:
Mincha on Shabbos is always 40 min. before shkiah, but never later than 6:30. 19
Maariv on Motzei Shabbos is always 60 min. after shkiah.
Waterbury Gemachim Baby Items:
Interest-Free Loans 203-757-5822 (Farkas) 203-597-8126 (Gutman) 203-755-7328 (Katz) The Hebrew Free Loan Assn. of Wtby. 203-757-1561
Bris Outfit 203-591-1141 (Freedman) 203-591-8926 (Kalish) Bris Pillow 203-573-8205 (Krohn) 203-591-8926 (Kalish) Convertible Stroller/Carseat 203-573-9603 (Adler) Keren Eta Rashi Crib Gemach 203-600-1883 (Rubin) Pack-n-Play 203-591-9080 (Chaifetz) 203-597-0314 (Thaler) 203-591-8272 (B.Y. Rabinowitz) 2 Hiking Backpack/Carriers 203-755-2736 (Feld)
Judaic Lending Library 203-574-3395 (Bernstein) 732-330-5569 (Brownstein) MP3 Players for Shiurim 203-757-9893 (Metz) Medical Equipment: Crutches - child, adjustable 203-419-0037 (Heavenrich) Nebulizer 203-753-4176 (Brecher) 203-597-0314 (Thaler) Wheelchair 203-755-6615 (Eli Scher)
Beds & Bedding: Air Beds 203-573-0208 (Ehrenreich) Folding Cots 203-574-3395 (Bernstein) Pillows & Blankets 203-755-2736 (Feld) Quilts 203-591-9080 (Chaifetz) 203-573-0330 (Rosenberg)
Nursing Pump 203-591-8938 (Schuck) Purim Costumes 203-755-0582 (Barth) Shalom Zachor Gemach 203-757-2888 / 917-755-9530 (R. Bronstein) Siddurim 203-591-8529 (Bornstein)
Crock Pot extra large 203-591-8926 (Kalish)
Soup Pot - 24 quart 203-591-9080 (Chaifetz)
Crock Pots regular size 203-759-1692 (Friedland)
Space Heaters 203-759-1148 (Braunstein) 203-755-7328 (Katz)
Folding Table 203-753-4176 (Brecher) 203-527-7200 (Reiss) 203-591-8272 (B.Y. Rabinowitz)
Tehillim Booklets 203-755-0582 (Barth)
Folding Chairs 203-755-7328 (Katz) 203-527-7200 (Reiss) 203-591-8272 (B.Y. Rabinowitz)
Tefillin Sfard & Ashkenaz 203-509-0474 (Yitzchok Katz)
Furniture Gemach Donations accepted 203-574-3395 (Bernstein)
Torah Tape/CD Library 203-755-0582 (Barth) 203-419-0613 (Gigi) 203-757-9893 (Metz) MP3 players available 203-591-8938 (Schuck)
Tools 203-597-8126 (Gutman)
Hand Truck 203-591-9080 (Chaifetz) Handyman Services:
Toys 203-755-5081 (Gottesman)
New! Free oil furnace start-up
203-917-796-8016 (P. Nugiel)
Uniforms for Yeshiva Kâ€™tana Plus New & Used Clothing 203-568-1803 (Nugiel)
Hot Plate 203-755-7328 (Katz)
Waterbury Gemachim For your Simcha: Centerpieces: Large selection of centerpieces, accents and tableware 203-597-9093 (E.B. Merenstein) Gold & ivory centerpieces 203-591-8926 (Rochel Kalish) Decorative crystal candle vases 203-573-8205 (Genendel Krohn)
Simcha Apparel (cont.): Chasunah Clothing for Kids Infant to size 6 203-596-7569 (Handelsman) Tuxedos – Little Boys 203-755-1392 (Radner) Simcha Items: Bentchers 203-755-6615 (Eli Scher)
Simcha Food Repackaging 203-597-0314 (Thaler)
Glass Stemware 203-573-8205 (Krohn)
Simcha Apparel: Gown Directory Women & Girls 203-573-8205 (Krohn) See below for directory Gown Gemach Ladies & Children 203-755-7328 (Katz)
Tablecloths 203-596-7569 (Handelsman)
Chasunah Gown Directory This is a listing of gowns that can be borrowed for a chasunah for women and children. This IS NOT a gemach. You keep your gown in your possession but are willing to lend it out if someone is interested. Call Genendel Krohn at 203-573-8205 for more information or to list your gown. ◆ Woman’s gown, jumper style, navy ◆ Baby gown, plum, 12 months ◆ Baby gown, silver, 12 months Rochelaya Deutsch 203-573-0782 ◆ Girls gowns, navy satin and velvet Short sleeves Size 12 months, 3 & 5 matching Petticoats included Sima Braunstein 203-573-0580 ◆ Bridal gown, White, 2-piece Julie Fleischner 908-642-8455 ◆ Woman’s Gown, jumper style, navy Long sleeve navy shell included • Girl’s Gown, Silver, size 2 Daniela Thaler 203-597-0314 ◆ Woman’s Gown, silver Genendel Krohn 203-573-8205 ◆ Woman’s gown Navy & Black, 2-piece Yocheved Brecher 203-753-4176
◆ Woman’s gown, ivory, Tiered lace Ricky Groner 212-913-0589 ◆ Woman’s Gown, brown ◆ Woman’s Gown, crème ◆ Woman’s Gown, gray Esther Baila Merenstein 203-597-9093 ◆ Childrens’ gowns, crème ◆ Child’s gown, pink & creme, Size 2 Esther Baila Merenstein 203-597-9093 ◆ Girls Gown, silver, Size 2-3 Batya Kalish 203-573-1439 • Girls Gowns, navy jumper with matching shells Sizes 3T, 6, 6x, 6 & 12 • Girls Gown, size 4 silver short sleeve gown Michal Max 203-753-8869 ◆ Girls Gown, off-white, Size 10 Raquel Bronstein 917-755-9530
• Girls Gown, size 18 mos black velvet top with pink chiffon skirt • Girls Gown, 24 mos black velvet top with pink and black polka dot skirt Faige Freidland 203-759-1692 ◆ Children’s gown, silver, jumper style, size 14 ◆ Woman/Teen, Navy with velvet trim Gila Aboud 203 597-9052 ◆ Woman’s Gown, silver, 2-Piece ◆ Woman’s Gown, navy blue jumper style Miriam Farkas 845-271-9191 ◆ Woman’s Gown champagne OR silver Adina Shtern 646-853-0237 ◆ Woman’s Gown, black ◆ Baby Gown, black velvet Sara Scher 203-757-1336
At Your Service!
Services and Programs of Waterbury’s jewish Community
n Chaverim of Waterbury Providing 24 hr emergency service for auto lockouts, flat tires, boosts, out of gas, plumbing and electrical emergencies and home lockouts. These services are for emergencies only within the Greater Waterbury area. Call 203-465-2125. n Community Services & Resources The Community Services and Resources (CSR) assists individuals and families confronted by challenges, from start to finish. Some of the services they offer: • Accommodations for relatives near the hospital • Inter-hospital transportation • Transportation coordination for patients and family members • Medical Recommendations • Communication with doctors and hospital staff members • Explanation of religious needs • Medical guidance • Access to sought-after professionals • Chevra Kadisha arrangements • Transportation for the Niftar • Preparation for Shiva • Bereavement counseling • Autopsy prevention. Call Chaim Gewirtzman at (203) 510-3882 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org n The Hebrew Free Loan Association Of Waterbury Serving the Waterbury Jewish Community since 1913. Available to offer interest free loans to the Jewish Community. For more information please call 203-757-1561 or contact Attorney Joseph Weisman, Gedalyah Jeremias or Dr. Larry Scheer. n Hatzalah of Waterbury 203-754-4200 n Mezuzah Checking Call Rabbi Sruly Sonnenschein of the Stam Connection at 203-573-8286. n Mikvah Tcharna of Waterbury Located at 186 Roseland Avenue, the new Mikvah is open for women by appointment only. Appointments must be scheduled at least 48 hours in advance by calling 203-754-4150. For further assistance call Gitty Braunstein at 203-759-1148. n Men’s Mikvah - Mikvah Kadosh V’Tahor of Waterbury 92 Prospect St. Hours: Daily 5am-9am, Erev Shabbos & Yom Tov until licht benching. Tevilas Keilim 24 hrs a day (men only during Mikva hours) in back of the building. For more information or dedication opportunities, please call 203-509-5539 or email Mikvakadosh@gmail.com. n Shatnez Testing The Waterbury Shatnez Laboratory has now reopened under new management. Please call Elisheva Magid at 203-574-4262 / 310-425-2365 or Rochelaya Deutsch at 203-573-0782. 22
At Your Service!
Services and Programs of Waterbury’s jewish Community
n The N’shei of Yeshiva Gedolah of Waterbury Provides for the growing needs of the women of the community and the community at large. They have formed a number of organized chesed organizations, including: Bikur Cholim of Waterbury Many essential services are available to Jewish patients in Waterbury and St. Mary’s Hospitals. Fully stocked refrigerators and other food items for the Emergency Room and Maternity Ward as well as Kiddush and Havdalah needs, Electric Candelabra, Torah tapes, tape recorder, Seforim and Jewish books for adults and children. An information packet is available for frum patients with important phone numbers, directions to the Yeshiva, Shul, Kosher establishments and a list of local Poskim. Ask a nurse to help you locate the closet for Jewish patients. Bikur Cholim volunteers are available to arrange for any additional needs including Shabbos meals, by advance notice. For more information, call 917-755-9530. Meal Planning P rovides meals for women after childbirth, for new families that have moved in or for any other special circumstances. Please call Raquel at 917-755-9530. For Blue Ridge, call Malky Russ at 203-575-8353 or Faygie Beller at 347-414-0787. Hachnasas Orchim For those considering relocating to Waterbury, arrangements can be made for a Shabbos visit by calling 203-573-8806. Welcome packages and Shabbos Hostess packages are also available by calling 203-755-0582. For questions about the N’shei of YGW, to join our email/texting group or to volunteer, please contact email@example.com or call Rivka Sara at 845-304-6400. n Waterbury Citizens Patrol A group of volunteers who respond to, observe, and report any suspicious or criminal activity to the Waterbury Police Dept. If you are interested in volunteering or would like more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. To report suspicious activity please call the WCP Hotline at (203)759-8339. n TAG - Technology Awareness Group of Waterbury Helping the members of our community use technology safely and responsibly. Don’t hesitate to contact us for assistance with filter installation or any other technology safety questions. Call: 203-759-8241. Email: email@example.com n Vaad Hakashrus of Greater Waterbury An independent local Kashrus agency meeting the highest standards of kashrus for local food establishments and serving the growing kashrus needs of the greater Waterbury community. Call 203-756-1800. 23
Driving Directions... ...to Brooklyn. Take Route 8 south to I-95 south (the last exit). Take exit 14 on the New York side of I-95 to the Hutchinson River Parkway to the Whitestone Bridge. Cross over bridge and bear right to the Van Wyk Expressway. Exit at 1-B to Belt Parkway West. • or, take Route 8 south to the Merritt Parkway (Exit 10), to the Hutchinson River Parkway and cross over the Whitestone Bridge. Take Van Wyk Expressway to Belt Parkway West (exit 1-B). • or, take I-84 West to the 684 (exit 20) towards NY. After Exit 1 take Hutchinson to Whitestone Bridge. ...to Queens. Follow any of the 3 routes listed above to the Whitestone Bridge. Bear right after bridge to Van Wyk Expressway. ...to Far Rockaway / 5 Towns. Follow any of the 3 routes listed above to the Whitestone Bridge. Bear right onto Van Wyk Expressway. Take Van Wyk to the end and follow signs to the Nassau Expressway. • or, bear left after crossing Whitestone Bridge to Cross Island Parkway. Take exit 24-A to Francis Lewis Blvd. Follow Brookville Blvd until Rockaway Turnpike and make a left turn. ...to New York City. I-84 west to the 684 south (exit 20) , to the Saw mill parkway south (exit 5), which leads to west side highway. ...to New Jersey / Lakewood. Take I-84 west to the 684 South (exit 20), to the 287 west to the Tappen zee bridge, continue to the garden state parkway south to all new jersey locations ...to Monsey. Take I-84 west to the 684 South (exit 20),to the 287 west to the Tappen Zee Bridge, continue to the I-87 north /I-287 west to Rt. 59 (exit 14– Nanuet/Spring Valley) ...to Baltimore. Take Route 8 to I-95 south to the GW bridge. Cross over and then follow signs to the NJ Turnpike (95-S). Go the entire length of the turnpike and cross over the Delaware Memorial Bridge.Then follow signs to 95-S towards Baltimore. Take 695 towards Towson to exit 20 (Ner Yisroel) or exit 21 (Park Heights Avenue). ...to Hartford. Take I-84 East to Hartford. (Exits 41 or 43 for West Hartford). ...to New Haven. Take Route 8 south to exit 26 to route 63. Or take 84 East and exit immediately at exit 23 (stay in exit lane) Follow signs to Route 69 South. ...to Boston. Take I-84 east to I-90 East (Mass.Turnpike ) into Boston ...to yeshiva Gedolah of waterbury. From Route 8 North – Take Route 8 until Exit 32, Downtown Waterbury. Make a right at the first light (Freight Street) and continue till the end of the street. Make a left onto Meadow Street, which becomes Willow Street. Continue till Pine Street and make a right. Take Pine until Cooke Street. Make a left onto Cooke Street and continue down for about 1 block – the Yeshiva Gedolah of Waterbury will be on your left, 359 Cooke Street. From I-84 East – Take I-84 until Exit 21. Make a right off the exit, at the first light. Travel straight on Meadow Street which becomes Willow Street and continue as above.
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Young Israel of Stamford 69 Oaklawn Avenue (203) 348-3955 Shacharis: Monday- Friday: 6:20 AM Sunday: 9:00 AM Maariv: Weekdays @ 8:15 PM
Congregation Bikur Cholim 2365 Park Avenue (203) 336-3383 Shacharis: Mon. & Th.: 6:30 AM Tue., Wed., & Fri.: 6:40 AM Rosh Codesh: 6:20 AM Sunday: 7:20 (sometimes 8 AM; call to verify) Mincha: Monday- Thursday: 3:00 PM Maariv: Monday- Thursday: 9:30 PM
Congregation Agudath Sholom 301 Strawberry Hill Ave (203) 358-2200 Shacharis: Monday- Friday: 6:30 am and 7:30 am S unday Mornings & Legal Holidays at 8:30 am Mincha/Maariv: Weekdays: 20 minutes before sunset
west hartford, ct Young Israel of West Hartford 2240 Albany Avenue (860) 233-3084
Yeshiva Beis Binyomin 132 Prospect Street (203) 325-0341 Shacharis: 7:30 AM (Summer: 8:00) Mincha: 3:00 PM (Friday: 12:30) Maariv: 9:40 PM
Chabad of West Hartford 2352 Albany Avenue (860) 232-1116
New Rochelle, NY Anshe Sholom Congregation 50 North Avenue (914) 632-9220 Shacharis: Monday and Thursday: 6:50 AM Tuesday, Wed. and Friday: 7:00 AM Sunday: 8:00 AM Mincha Sunday through Friday: 4:15 PM
Fairfield, CT Congregation Ahavath Achim 1571 Stratfield Road (203) 372-6529 Shacharis Sunday: 8:30 AM Monday - Friday: 6:45 AM Rosh Chodesh, Fast Days: 6:30AM Mincha & Maariv: Daily: at the zman, as of DST Sunday - approx. 15 before the zman Maariv: Monday-Thursday: 7:30 PM
Young Israel of New Rochelle 1149 North Avenue (914) 636-2215 Shacharis: Sunday: 7:30AM & 8:30 AM M onday - Friday: 6:15, 7:00, 7:30 AM Mincha and Maariv: Call for details 25
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Popular Waterbury Locations 1. Waterbury Kosher World 2. B’nai Shalom Synagogue 135 Roseland Avenue 3. Yeshiva K’tana 4
4. Post Offices 5. Shoprite 6. St. Mary’s Hospital 7. Stop & Shop / Target
8. The Home Depot 9. Train Station 10. Bus Station 11. Walgreens 12. Webster Bank 13. Waterbury Hospital 14. Yeshiva Ateres Shmuel of Waterbury
359 Cooke Street 15. New Stop & Shop / Walmart 16. Brass Mill Shopping Mall 17. University of Connecticut 18. Public Library 19. Mikvah of Waterbury 186 Roseland Avenue 20. Ami’s Bagels 27
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Turning points: Bonei Olam comes to Waterbury By: L. Halevi Turning Points. As we go through life we reach many turn-
majority of couples must undergo- and pay for- multiple
ing point moments. From the very beginning of our lives,
treatment cycles before being blessed with success. These
starting with birth, reaching Bar/Bat Mitzvah, our engage-
fees must be paid up front and in full before the doctors will
ment, a wedding, and then it all begins again with the next
agree to start treatments. This financial burden is an added
generation…Or does it?
ache on top of the physical and emotional hardships that in-
Many of us take a lot of life’s precious moments for granted.
In fact we sometimes may even take life itself for granted.
Thankfully, Hashem has revealed to the medical community
The natural progression of life is marriage followed by a child.
various new developments and breakthroughs in this field.
And then another, and our very own family is being built. But it is not so for everyone.
However, many couples cannot avail themselves of these
For many couples, the blessing of a child is a turning point
options, due to the prohibitive costs. This just causes their
they have trouble reaching. This is not for lack of trying, but
hearts to ache even more. Hope is in plain view, yet totally
because the Ribono Shel Olam has given them the challenge
out of their realistic grasp. What are these couples to do? Are
of dealing with infertility. They suffer in silence, not knowing
all avenues of hope closed to them forever? Must they resign
where to turn.
themselves to a life without children?
While most people sit in a pediatrician’s waiting room, these
No, of course not. There is still one more avenue of hope
couples are consulting with fertility specialists. While most
open to these couples: Bonei Olam is there for them.
people are shopping for clothing for their children, these
A few years ago, Bonei Olam was conceived and created by
couples are shopping for insurance companies, looking to
a group of highly motivated people. These were couples
alleviate some of the financial burden of fertility treatments. These couples are not unknown strangers - they are our
who were struggling with infertility themselves, and there-
siblings, friends, neighbors, and co-workers. Just close your
fore understood the great physical, emotional and financial
eyes for a moment and think, and you will find that you
burdens it involved. “Creating worlds” is what this organiza-
know more childless couples than you dared imagine. In fact
tion is all about. As the Rambam (Halachos Ishus Chapter
the shocking statistic is: one in every six
15,) states: “He who facilitates the addition of one soul to Klal
couples is faced with infertility is-
Yisroel, is as if he has built the entire world!” They vowed
to never allow the lack of funds to prevent any couple from
The lives of these couples are
realizing their dream of taking part in building the future of
consumed by doctors’ visits,
hospital stays, and laboratory
Thousands of people have already been helped through the
tests. The procedures are dif-
efforts of Bonei Olam. Over 4,000 children have been born
ficult and energy-depleting. The
to Bonei Olam - assisted couples. Kein Yirbu!
price tag for these procedures is astronomical. The average
Since its inception, Bonei Olam has added the following
treatment can cost tens of
comprehensive services to widen the circle of people that can be helped:
thousands of dollars! A
Bonei Olam is endorsed by leading Rabbonim from across the
In this complex field the facilities command
entire spectrum of Klal Yisroel. Indeed, Bonei Olam - assisted
astronomical fees, but it is imperative that
couples come from virtually every continent on the globe.
they are utilized to ensure success.
Simply put, these couples would not have been able to real-
High Risk Pregnancy Care:
ize their dreams of becoming parents without the financial
From paying for the doctor bills and special-
help of Bonei Olam. The annual fluctuating budget has already
ized tests to funding expensive medications,
reached a staggering $4 million, and is projected to grow even
Bonei Olam minimizes the financial burden in
more in the years to come.
high risk situations.
Therefore, Bonei Olam needs the help of every member of Klal
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Yisroel and organizes fundraising events in cities around the
When a child or adult is diagnosed with can-
world. We are very happy to join with the Waterbury commu-
cer, their ability to have children may be se-
nity and look forward to your generous response. In the zchus
verely compromised. Bonei Olamâ€™s financial
of your partnership in the Miracle of Life, may you and yours be
intervention assists stricken individuals with
blessed with a year of health, happiness, and Nachas.
advice and financial help, both before and after treatment. We can do the utmost to insure that avenues of fertility are still open to the patient.
Your response to the Waterbury Fundraising Campaign for Bonei Olam will go a long way in helping the many couples who are still waiting. Please send your kind donation to:
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Sadly, many couples discover that they are
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carriers of a rare genetic disorder after they
give birth to an unhealthy child. This information would not have been available to them
To learn more about Bonei Olam and its various programs
with the normal premarital screening. By
and projects, visit our website at www.boneiolam.org or
providing expert guidance and financial as-
call us at 718.252.1212.
sistance, Bonei Olam enables these couples to welcome healthy children into the world.
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“I want to keep my OB/GYN but I need specialty care for my high-risk pregnancy.”
If you’ve had a history of difficult pregnancies or have a chronic medical condition, your pregnancy may be at risk, and you may need special care from doctors experienced with high-risk pregnancies. In the past, that often meant giving up the relationship you had fostered with your current OB/GYN. But at Yale Maternal-Fetal Medicine, we offer a unique Co-Management Program for High-Risk Pregnancies. Through co-management, Yale’s team of obstetrical specialists collaborates and communicates with your primary obstetrician’s practice on a regular basis. You’ll still receive most of your care close to home while benefiting from Yale MFM’s expert, state-of-the-art approach to high-risk pregnancies. With Yale MFM you’ll have both an ongoing relationship with your longtime physician and cutting edge care provided by our world-renowned specialists. Get the best of both worlds with Yale MFM’s Co-Management Program. Call 203-785-5682 or visit our website for more information: www.yalehighriskpregnancies.org.
Yale MFM specialists are also available at Waterbury and St. Mary’s Hospital for your convenience.
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Naugatuck Valley Women’s health specialists Naugatuck Valley Women’s Health Specialists is an obstetrics and gynecology group with offices in Waterbury, Middlebury, Southbury, and Wolcott, CT. Serving the greater Waterbury area since 1984, our office is known for its warm and personal environment, where every patient is treated with the greatest respect and consideration. Our team consists of five dedicated doctors and an experienced certified nurse midwife, and we pride ourselves in building strong relationships with patients and providing the most up-to-date, quality health care in gynecology and obstetrics. We are affiliated with Saint Mary’s Hospital, where we perform state-of-theart surgeries and deliver babies. Saint Mary’s Hospital is also home of The BirthPlace – the only in-hospital birth center in Connecticut – and it is open to women with low-risk pregnancies who desire the most natural childbirth experience possible while having all the services necessary to respond to any emergency situation.
♦♦All of our physicians are adept in advanced minimally invasive surgery. ♦♦Our group has always been at the forefront in supporting women who wish to attempt a VBAC. Saint Mary’s Hospital leads the state in the rate of successful VBACs. ♦♦Over the last 29 years we have delivered over 30% of the babies born in Waterbury. ♦♦Our physicians and staff welcome women with high-risk pregnancies. Our distinctive management of highrisk pregnancies in conjunction with the specialists at Yale University and the University of CT Health Center has a proven record of excellent outcomes. In addition, the neonatal intensive care nursery at Saint Mary’s Hospital allows many mothers and babies to receive superior care locally where many hospitals must transfer the mother or baby to another facility because of lack of specialized staff and equipment. ♦♦Our group is versed in the unique needs of our Orthodox Jewish patients. We believe the Orthodox Jewish community has added a wonderful dimension to the character of Waterbury. We relish the continued growth of the Orthodox Jewish community and look forward to continuing to provide care to orthodox women.
We believe that a number of factors help to make our practice unique: ♦♦At NVWHS, we take a family-centered, holistic approach to healthcare. As part of our commitment to prevention, we have a clinical nutritionist in our office who will work with our patients on diet and lifestyle modification and targeted nutritional supplementation.
Please visit our website at nvwhs.com to learn more about women’s health issues and preventive care and see the faces that make up NVWHS. To make an appointment, please call our office at (203) 575-1811. We look forward to caring for you!
♦♦In recognition of our patients’ busy schedules, we offer early morning, late evening, and Saturday appointments.
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C o nnectic u t Stepping Stones Museum for Children 303 West Ave., Mathews Park Norwalk, CT, (203) 899-0606 An interactive learning center for ages 1-10. Hands-on exhibits and programs involving themes of the arts, science, technology, culture and heritage.
MUSEUMS: Lutz Children’s Museum 247 S. Main street (Rte. 83) Manchester, (860) 643-0949 Youngsters explore and join in special activities. Hands-on exhibits, live animals, picnic area. Kidcity Children’s Museum 119 Washington St. Middletown, CT, (860) 347-0495 Hands-on fun and learning for children 6 months to 10 years old and their accompanying adults. Climb to the top of the Clipper ship, be a star in your own movie, and run the town on Main St. Connecticut Science Center Hartford, CT, (860) 724-3623 Endless exploration for children and adults with 150 hands-on exhibits, a state-of-the-art 3D digital theater, four educational labs, plus daily programs and events. Every part of science will be at a visitor’s fingertips, from Physics to Forensics, Geology to Astronomy. Connecticut Children’s Museum Orange & Wall St. New Haven, CT, (203) 562-5437 Interactive, innovative and inclusive museum with 8 rooms of hands-on exhibits, observation bee hive, the Great Green Room from Goodnight Moon, and a pint-size post office.
Mattatuck Museum 144 W. Main St. Waterbury, CT, (203) 753-0381 Exhibits chronicle the industrial history of the “Brass City” as well as its social, architectural and cultural past. Timexpo Museum 175 Union St., Brass Mill Commons Waterbury, CT, (203) 755-TIME (8463) Unique museum combines the history of Timex and its predecessors with an archaeological exhibit. Timepiece collection,hands-on exhibits, craft activities, computer interactives, video materials. Barker Character, Comic and Cartoon Museum 1188 Highland Ave. (Rte. 10) Cheshire, CT, (203) 699-3822 Comic strip, cartoon and advertising character memorabilia. Grounds include Cartoon Theatre, storybook stage, Western area, children’s playhouse, trivia games, scavenger hunts, Snow White wishing well, California Raisin and Gumby Museum. The Discovery Museum 4450 Park Ave. Bridgeport, CT, (203) 372-3521 An interactive art and science museum with hands-on exhibits, planetarium with daily shows, art galleries, changing exhibits, gift shop, and food court.
Frank Chiarenza Museum of Glass 39 W. Main St Meriden, CT, (203) 639-9778 One of the premier collections of rare and unusual mould-blown and pressed glass in the country.
Peabody Meuseum of Natural History (Yale University) New Haven, CT, (203) 432-5050 Features Dinosaur bones, Ancient Egyptian Mummies, Native American Headdresses. View the Mountain Lion, Bison, Cheetah, Eagle, and Grizzly Bear in their natural habitat.
The Golden Age of Trucking Museum 1101 Southford Rd. Middlebury, CT, (203) 577-2181 Extensive display of antique trucks and racecars. Comfortable reading area for adults and an interactive children’s area with computers, books, games and toys. 78
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March Farms 159 Munger Lane, Bethlehem, CT (203) 266-7721 Breathtaking view from the farms with a variety of fruit picking in season. Also features a beautiful lake and grounds for picnicking and farm animals
Corn Maze Middlefield, CT, 860-349-1793 Like to get lost in a puzzle and find your way out? Try out Lyman Orchard’s craftily carved out, 3-acre corn maze. Open September through October.
Muscoot Farm Katona, New York (914) 864-7286 All kinds of farm animals, a blacksmith’s shop, a carpentry chop, and horse-drawn wagons. They also offer hay rides.
Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens 915 Prospect Ave. Hartford, CT, (860) 722-6541
15,000 plants of 750 varieties of roses. Peak bloom for the rose, annual and pereninal gardens, is late June to early July, but the gardens provide continuous color from spring thru fall. Lawn bowling in summer, ice skating in winter.
Pickin’ Patch Nod Rd, Avon, CT, (860) 677-9552 Pick-your-own fruits and vegetables, bedding plants (spring), hay wagon rides to the pumpkin patch in October.
Flamig Farm 7 Shingle Mill Rd. West Simsbury, CT, (860) 658-5070
White Flower Farm Rte. 63, Litchfield, CT,
Farm animal petting zoo (Apr.-Nov.). Horse-drawn hay, sleigh, carriage & pony rides, year-round, weather permitting.
10 acres of display gardens, 30 acres of growing fields. Peak bloom June-Sept., garden store.
Hickory Hill Orchards 351 S. Meriden Rd. (Rte.70) Cheshire, CT, (203) 272-3824 Free hayrides to pick-your-own apples, peaches, pears and pumpkins, pie garden, gourmet store, pony rides, picnic area, Holiday Loft.
ENTERTAINMENT: Action Wildlife Goshen, CT, (860) 482-4465 A drive-through safari and petting zoo located on 116 acres of beautiful fields.
Litchfield Hills Blueberry Farm 23 Schrowback Road, Plymouth, CT (860) 283-9571 Pick your own blueberries while you enjoy the beautiful view of the Litchfield Hills. They measure what you pick and charge by the pint.
Andie’s Bounce Barn 32C Progress Ave - Seymour, CT (203) 881-3500
A beautiful, clean and spacious play paradise of huge, inflatable climbing and bounce units. Fun for kids of all ages. Open daily.
Lyman Orchards Rte. 147 & Rte. 157 Middlefield, CT, 860-349-1793
Balloon Rides by Castle View 1476 Highland Ave. Cheshire, CT, (203) 272-6116
A duck pond, a corn field maze, special events and festivals for the whole family! Pick berries, peaches, pears, apples, pumpkins and more!
A majestic one-hour sunrise balloon flight as you relax and enjoy the adventure of a lifetime in the basket of a hot air balloon. On a clear day, you can view Long Island and the rolling hills of the Berkshires. 79
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A Closer Look... Thimble Island Cruise Take a boat cruise of the Thimble Islands, in Branford, about 50 minutes from Waterbury. There are three different companies that offer boat tours of the islands. Tours are 45 minutes and cost $12/adult and $6 child. It’s a great experience for both adults and kids and they even have seal watching in the spring time! There is also a small playground/park near the town dock where you can play and picnic. For more information on spring and summer hours visit www.thimbleislandcruise.com or www.thimbleislander.net or call 203-488-8905.
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Beardsley Zoological Gardens 1875 Noble Ave. Bridgeport, CT, (203) 394-6565
Spend an hour or a day and see more than 300 animals. Many endangered and threatened species, rainforest with a free-flight aviary and a prairie dog exhibit with “pop-up” viewing areas. A Farmyard, a Picnic Grove and a colorful carousel.
m Chelsea Piers Stamford, CT (203) 989-1000 A state-of-the-art sports and entertainment complex. A wide range of classes as well as drop-in recreational activities such as trampolines, rock climbing, batting cages, toddler playtime, water play & slides, open basketball, ice skating and more. www. chelseapiersct.com Dadd’s Extreme Indoor Sports West Haven, CT, (203) 937-7461 Go-carts, mini golf, Kiddie Land, arcade, laser tag. Dinosaur Crossing 1650 Route 85 Montville, CT (860)443-4367 50 acres of beautiful, outdoor exploration and discovery. Over 25 life-sized dinosaurs sitting throughout 1.5 miles of easy walking trails! Spend hours at the Monty Playground, the hands-on interactive activity center or try out Monty’s Splashpad – a one-of-akind automated water playground. For all ages. Earthplace Nature & Discovery Center Westport, CT (203) 227-7253 A 62 acre wildlife sanctuary with trails, an interactive natural history museum, live wildlife for public viewing and many public nature programs and events.
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Essex Steam Train and Riverboat Essex, CT (860) 767-0103 Ride a restored 1920 steam train’s vintage coach, parlor car, or a partially-open observation car on a scenic route and then transfer to an old time river boat for a picturesque tour of the Connecticut River.
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Imagine Nation Children’s Museum Bristol, CT, (860) 314-1400 A world of wonder and imagination for ages 2-10. Jumpin’ Jax Play Center Southbury, CT, (203) 267-4425 A safe, clean, colorful environment, which inspires joy and play in children. Classes for children 8 months through 5 years, and open gym times for ages 1-6. Jump!Zone Waterbury Lakewood Road, Waterbury, CT, (203) 437-6779 Largest indoor inflatable arena in CT- clean,spacious play area of huge, inflatable climbing and bounce units. Kids will have fun while getting great exercise too. Kids in Motion Park Cheshire, CT www.cheshirekidsinmotion.org This state-of-the-art, 38,000 square feet playground is the largest outdoor playground in CT. It offers the newest equipment including a Kidrox Climber, a Double Webscape and a Playworld Music Center. There is a drinking fountain and picnic area, lots of shade and a gated fence to keep children safe.
Mystic Seaport & Aquarium (888) 9-seaport
The nation’s leading maritime museum. Explore American maritime history first-hand as you climb aboard historic tall ships, stroll through a re-created 19thcentury coastal village or watch a working preservation shipyard in action. Various Exhibits and Galleries, boat rentals and a Planetarium. For kids there’s a Children’s Museum, Discovery Barn and Playscape Area. Planet Play At Top Flight 17 Pickett District Rd, New Milford, CT (860) 350-9121 A large indoor play area with moonwalks, softplay, giant sandbox and more. Playtime Village Monroe, CT, (203) 445-8626 One-of-a kind 8,600 sq. ft. indoor play space for children aged 5 and younger. Enjoy pretend play in a charming, child-sized village. Quassy Amusement Park Rte. 64, Middlebury, CT (203) 758-2913, (800) FOR-PARK
Lake Compounce Theme Park Bristol, CT, (860) 583-3300
Sits on the beautiful Lake Quassapaug. Over 24 rides for children of all ages plus picnic area and bumper boats. Terrific outing from Apr. thru Oct.
Maritime Aquarium 10 North Water St. Norwalk, CT, (203) 852-0700
The Shore Line Trolley Museum East Haven, CT (203) 467-6927 Experience how people traveled before cars by riding vintage trolley cars on a historic trolley line. Beautiful scenery, tours, exhibits, picnic areas and special events.
The nation’s oldest amusement park and CT’s largest water park with more than 50 rides & attractions
Explore the marine life and maritime culture of Long Island Sound and watch sharks, jellies, sea turtles, and more than 1,000 other marine animals. Feed the seals, check out special exhibits or enjoy a film in the IMAX Theater. Mountain Fun Wallingford, CT, (203) 265-4006
An indoor climbing gym for kids. Great exercise and gives kids a challenge and sense of accomplishment.
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RiverQuest–Connecticut River Expeditions Haddam, CT (860) 662-0577 Explore the Connecticut River aboard the River Quest, a 60 passenger vessel docked at Eagle Landing State Park. Stamford Nature Center Stamord, CT (203) 322-1646 118 woodland acres; includes New England working farm, hiking trails, picnic area, playground, boardwalk (stollers & wheelchair accessible), museum galleries, special events, planetarium. 81
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18 Mile Scenic, Historic Train Ride Thomaston, CT (860) 283-7245 The Naugatuck Railroad’s scenic excursions is an entertaining mix of relaxing river valley scenery and rich transportation history. The 20-mile round trip ride is 1-1/4 hour long. The train runs through Mattatuck Forest, Black Rock cliffs and the banks of the Naugatuck River, where various forms of wildlife abound.
m Thimble Island Cruise Branford, CT (203) 488-8905 Take a boat cruise of the Thimble Islands, in Branford, CT. It’s a great experience for both adults and kids and they even have seal watching in the spring time! For more information on spring/summer hours visit thimbleislandcruise.com or thimbleislander.net.
Recreation: Berlin Batting Cages Berlin, CT (860) 828-7518 berlinbattingcages.com 4 Activities in 1 Location! Miniature golf, Batting Cages, Go Karts and Bumper Boats. Bowl-O-Rama Newington, CT (860) 666-5411 www.bowloramact.com Full service, family owned, 10 pin bowling for all ages. Family friendly atmosphere. Connecticut Golf Land and Games Vernon, CT (860) 643-2654 www.ctgolfland.com This is the place for Family Fun. Challenging 18hole miniature golf, batting cages, Go-Kart track and bumper boats. Danbury Ice Arena Danbury, CT (203) 794-1704 Public skating sessions, ice skating lessons, ice hockey instruction.
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East Windsor Golf & Track East Windsor, CT (860) 254-5572 www.ewgolfandtrack.com A premier family entertainment center. Experience the thrill of go-karting, jump and flip on the Extreme Air Jumper or practice your swing at the golfing range. Extreme Paintball (203) 596-7502 • extremepaintball.com Certified paintball fields right in Waterbury. Six different courses on 75 acres. Specializing in Private Groups. Hidden Valley Mini Golf Southington, CT (860) 621-1630 Beautiful golf course, batting cage, nice picnic area and a wooden train for kids to explore. Farmington River Tubing New Hartford, CT (860) 693-6465 www.farmingtonrivertubing.com Located about 40 minutes from Waterbury, this is a beautiful trip and lots of fun. Lakewood Lanes Bowling 694 Lakewood Rd, Waterbury, CT (203) 574-5131 Laser Planet Laser Tag 2437 East Main Street Waterbury, CT (203) 841-0081 Mt. Southington Ski Area 396 Mt. Vernon Rd, Southington, CT (800) 982-6828 Perillos Duck Pin Bowling 491 Meriden Rd Waterbury, CT (203) 754-7555 Bowl in a child-friendly environment with good ‘ol paper & pencil scoring cards. Quest Golf Southington, CT (860) 621-3663 Driving range, mini golf, batting cages, bumper boats
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Rollermagic Roller Rinks 60 Harvester Road Waterbury, CT (203) 574-2118 Large maple wood skating floor, arcade area, special effects lighting, traditional and roller blade skate rentals, and a large off floor viewing area.
Woodbury Ski & Snow Tubing Woodbury, CT, (203) 263.2203 Choose from 5 Tubing runs, 2 different parks and 2 different lifts!
Sonny’s Place Somers, CT (860) 763-5454 www.sonnysplace.com. The perfect place for the whole family. Rock Climbing Wall and jumping on Monkey Motion, 18 hole Miniature Golf course, state- of–the- art Batting Cages with baseball and softball, a Driving Range with matt and grass tees and Go Karts! All activities are lit for night play. (New 7,000 sq ft arcade opening June 2012.)
Glazey Days 607 Main Street Watertown, CT (860) 274-9946 A paint-your-own pottery and glass studio.
Sports Center of Connecticut 784 River Road (Rte. 110) Shelton CT. 203-929-6500 Premier weather-protected golf practice facility, miniature golf course, baseball batting stadium, lazer tag arena, fun bowl bowling and the world’s only double-decker ice arena. Stanley Quarter Park New Britain, CT (860) 826-3360 New England’s largest skating park; Outdoor ice-skating, paddle boats, aqua cycles, fun-yaks, children’s fishing pond, soccer field, playground, jogging tracks. That Fun Spot Enfield, CT (860) 265-7999 www.thatfunspot.com. The best in family fun and entertainment at affordable prices! Roller Skating, Glow in the Dark Mini Golf, Free Play arcade and Laser Tag. Veteran’s Memorial Ice Skating Rink 56 Buena Vista Road West Hartford, CT (860) 521-1573 Wolcott Lanes Bowling 955 Wolcott Road Wolcott, CT (203) 879-1469
Pottery Piaza 17 Farmington Ave. (Rt. 10) Plainville, CT (860) 2517-8553 Spend quality time with family and friends as you paint your own pottery or make your own mosaic in a relaxing environment.
State ParkS: Black Rock State Park Watertown, CT (860)-283-8088 Swimming, hiking, scenic views, campgrounds, fishing, picnicking and Indian legend all tucked into the scenic hills of the Western Highlands. Devil’s Hopyard State Park East Haddam, CT (860) 526-2336 One of the best family-friendly state parks in Connecticut. Hiking trails, a view of Chapman Falls, a 60-foot cascading waterfall and picnic areas. Gillette Castle State Park East Haddam, CT (860) 526-2336 Sitting atop the CT River, the park includes tours of the majestic stone castle, a museum, hiking trails, and a picnic area. From late May to Mid November you can take the Chester - Hadlyme ferry across the CT River. Haystack Mountain State Park Torrington, CT (860) 482-1817 Travel the twisting mountain road or hike the rugged trail to the top and you will be astounded at the beautiful views.
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Hubbard Park & Craig Castle Meriden, CT Walk or drive up the mountain trail for a beautiful view. Huge playground, a fishing area with ducks and terrific spots for picnicking. Indian Well State Park Shelton, CT Scenic waterfalls and splash pool give this park its name, Indian Well. Lovely falls, and shaded picnic grove at the water’s edge.
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Kettle Town State Park Southbury, CT Located off exit 15 on Route 84 West. Kent Falls State Park Kent, CT (860) 927-3238 Hike up the side of a series of powerful and rushing waterfalls among shaded trees and a beautiful view. Open areas for a picnic or B-B-Q also available.
The Park and Recreation Dept. (203) 574-6793 (all info on local parks)
Millers Pond State Park Durham, CT Miller’s Pond is a scenic, quiet lake with numerous rock outcrops reaching out into the pond to provide fishing platforms. An easy, flat trail circles the lake.
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Sleeping Giant State Park Hamden, CT Two miles of mountaintop resembling a sleeping giant give this park its name. A 1 1/2-mile scenic trail leads to the stone observation tower on the peak .
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Southford Falls State Park Southbury, CT Field sports, fishing and family fun. Waterfalls, hiking, breathtaking views and surroundings. All kinds of farm animals, a blacksmith’s shop, a carpentry chop, and horse-drawn wagons. They also offer hay rides.
Danbury Fair Mall I-84, exit 3 Danbury, CT (203)743-3247
Veterans Memorial Park 570 Nova Scotia Hill Road, Watertown, CT A beautiful park with a playground, gazebo, walking trails, pond for fishing, hiking and picnic tables throughout the park. Wharton Brook State Park Wallingford, CT Located on wooded, sandy knolls, the beautiful picnic area overlooks a brook-fed pond.
Brass Mills Center 495 Union Street Waterbury, CT (203) 755-5000 (70 Outlet stores in an outdoor village setting)
Crystal Mall Intersection of I-95 (Exit 82) & Route 85 Waterford, Connecticut. (860) 442-8500
Meriden Square Mall Lewis Avenue Meriden, CT 203-237-7837 Tanger Outlets 314 Flat Rock Place Westbrook, CT (860) 399-8656 Westfarms Mall 500 Westfarms Mall Farmington, CT (860) 521-4889 Westfield Trumbull 5065 Main Street Trumbull, CT (203) 372 4500
The Historic Overlook
COMMUNITY CLUB The Historic Overlook Community Club, The Yeshiva, The Overlook Neighborhood Block Watch and the Waterbury Citizens Patrol are working in close partnership with our Waterbury Police Department and our Mayor Neil O'Leary to insure that our Overlook community is safe and secure for our Overlook neighbors. We all have met and established an observe, report and apprehend system which is dedicated to provide safety for our neighbors. Overlook community members are encouraged to actively participate in their Neighborhood Block Watch street network, be aware of any suspicious activity on your street and report it to your NBW captain or the police. Community members should volunteer time and join the Waterbury Citizens Patrol. You can get an application by calling 203 759 8339. To join the ONBW e-mail Michael Salvio at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Historic Overlook Community Club is dedicated to preserving the beauty of the Overlook area and Fulton Park. Meetings are held on the last Thursday of each month at 7:00 P.M. at the Southmayd Home on Columbia Blvd. Michael Salvio, President 551 Willow St . Waterbury CT 06710 Email: email@example.com . Phone: 203 574 0756 85
It’s always so exciting when those first spring bulbs begin to sprout. Take an outing to one of these popular Connecticut Attractions and enjoy the first tastes of spring!
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Bug Off! Did you know that May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month? It’s spring and along with the flowers and new leaves on the trees, ticks are lurking in the woods and tall grasses. In the United States there are two main species of ticks. While most ticks don’t actually carry the bacteria some do and can spread Lyme disease. The deer tick or black legged tick spreads the disease in the north central and eastern parts of the United States while he western black legged tick spreads Lyme disease on the west (Pacific) coast. Both species of ticks are found in wooded areas. Lyme disease, first discovered in Lyme, CT in the 1970s, is an acute inflammatory disease caused by the bite of a tick infected with a unique type of bacteria. How do I know if you have Lyme Disease? There are two types of symptoms of Lyme Disease, first symptoms and late symptoms, and it’s important to be able to recognize both types. First symptoms are usually flu-like and include fatigue, tiredness, joint and muscle pain, and also a characteristic rash. Late symptoms can take much longer to develop: weeks, months or even years. Late symptoms may include fatigue, mental health issues, arthritis and chronic encephalomyelitis. Chronic encephalomyelitis is a progressive condition (symptoms become worse or more widespread as time goes on), and include back pain, bladder problems, vertigo and weakness in the legs. Late Lyme disease is very serious and can also cause brain, joint, and heart infection. But there are ways to prevent contracting the disease! Prevention is the Key! There’s plenty parents can do to protect themselves and their children from this disease and if diagnosed early it can also be treated successfully with a few weeks of antibiotics. It is only if it is left untreated that serious illness can occur. Most cases of Lyme disease develop during the spring or summer months, when people are more likely to spend time outdoors.
TO PREVENT TICKS FROM ATTACHING TO YOU OR YOUR KIDS WHILE IN WOODED OR GRASSY AREAS:
White or light clothing is recommended as it is easier to spot any ticks Tuck pants into socks. Tuck your shirt into your pants. Wear high socks if wearing a skirt. Wear a hat. Spray your shoes, socks, belt-line, collar and hat with a permethrin-containing tick repellent. Keep your family safe and do tick checks each night after bathing and especially after walking in high-risk areas. Put any clothes that might have live ticks on them into a hot dryer for ten minutes to kill all insects. 88
Carrying a tick removal kit is advised as it can be used to effectively remove ticks from the body, reducing the risk of disease transmission. Often the disease is transmitted when a tick is not removed properly. Many organizations offer tick removal kits or you can make one yourself and include an insect repellant, a pair of fine tweezers, antiseptic and small container.
WHAT DO I DO IF I FIND A TICK? If you notice an abnormal amount of ticks on your property this season there are natural and pesticide options for treatment through various lawn services.
How do I remove a tick? Use fine-tipped tweezers to remove a tick. Do not handle the tick with bare hands. Grab the tick as close to its mouth (the part that is stuck in the skin) as you can. The body of the tick will be above your skin. Do not grab the tick around its swollen belly. This could push infected fluid from the tick into your body when squeezed. Gently pull the tick straight out until its mouth lets go of your skin. A gentle upward action is recommended by the Lyme Disease Foundation. Do not twist the tick. This may break off the tick’s body and leave the head in your skin. Put the tick in a dry jar or Ziploc bag and save it in the freezer for later identification if necessary. After the tick has been removed, wash the area of the tick bite with a lot of warm water and soap. Be sure to wash your hands well with soap and water also. NOTE: If you can’t remove a tick, call your doctor.
Some ticks are so small it is hard to see them. This makes it hard to tell if you have removed the tick’s head. If you do not see any obvious parts of the tick’s head where it bit you, assume you have removed the entire tick, but watch for any unusual symptoms of a skin infection over the next few weeks. Early detection is key. Now get out there and have fun this spring while protecting yourself and your family.
water-burieD! Waking up to 3 feet of snow on Shabbos morning, February 9th, 2013 was a sight to behold. But here in Waterbury, rather than panic and worry, the blizzard brought the laughter of children as they gazed in wonder at the snow covered streets, a maze of footsteps as the men trudged to shacharis and offers of help between friends and neighbors. In the annals of weather history, this blizzard may have broken records and caused chaos, but in our community it was a storm we will always remember with warmth and joy as we pulled together to dig ourselves out.
blizzard 2013 A special thank you to the many families who contributed their photos! They include: Heavenrich, Cohen, Elefant, Lieber, Sontag, Nugiel, Gutman, Elin, Shtern, Gutfreund, Handelsman, Kizelnik, Ginsberg, Rabinowitz, Deutsch, Benedik, Gewirtzman, Jacobs and Berger Families
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During the snow storm, there were many dedicated Rebbeim who learned over the phone with their classes. As my son sat on the couch learning, with his phone on speaker, I heard his classmate ask the Rebbi for permission to use the bathroom. The Rebbi said that he could. A few minutes later, another child asked to use the bathroom.The Rebbi replied, ‘You can go, but wait for the other boy to come back.’”
I was driving along a few days after the blizzard when road conditions weren’t exactly great when a police cruiser with lights lit, asked me to back into a driveway so the parade behind could pass.I did so and then watched a city garbage truck followed by a plow truck with a blown transmission, pushed by another plow truck, followed by a city pick -up truck. They were followed by a city SUV and bringing up the rear was another police cruiser. I guess there was no available tow truck!”
Post blizzard we were crawling down Grand Street through major traffic in front of City Hall. This traffic tie-up was unique. 150 or more students were crossing Grand Street and carrying shovels. The mayor had invited those 14 or older to come ready to work shoveling snow on city properties including the schools. Police buses stood by, waiting to transport the “workers” to various school parking lots. Also making parking impossible were trucks from every news station in town that came to cover the unusual scene. How’s that for child labor!”
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My 3-year old daughter was so excited to tell everyone that her big brother built a snow “fork” (fort) to play in!”
The best part about the blizzard was having my friend’s mommy as our substitute!”
Freezing weather…kids home sick! My five-year-old wasn’t feeling well and said, ‘I have a terrible head-ache! Can you please get me a snood?’” ————––––––––————————––––––––––––––––––––––—————––––– Share a humorous or unique experience with us for our next issue. Call 203-597-0314 / Fax 203-347-7314 / email firstname.lastname@example.org 95
My neighbors at 108 Randolph were kind enough to snow blow about six different Jewish houses in the community and even part of Randolph Avenue simply out of the goodness of their hearts! This was especially helpful since the blizzard hit on Shabbos and we were left to dig ourselves out only after Shabbos ended!” Here’s a picture of him and his younger son Jonathan.”
Of Deserts and Devotion B y S h u a F r ank Why did Hakadosh Boruch Hu specifically give B’nei Yisroel the Torah in the Midbar? Wouldn’t it seem more appropriate for them to receive it in Eretz Yisroel where they were destined to settle and where the Shechinah rests? Perhaps this question can be answered based on a beautiful Chofetz Chaim in Parshas Shemos. The Pasuk (3, 5) says, “Sha’al n’alecha me’al raglecha ki hamakom asher attah omed alav admas kodesh hu.”- “Remove your shoes from on your feet, for the place you are standing on is Holy Land.” (This is what the Bas-kol called out to Moshe Rabeinu when he was at the sneh.) The Chofetz Chaim says, in every place and at all times in life, a person is able to become closer to Hashem- to serve Him and fulfill His Mitzvos. A person shouldn’t say “When I’m free I will learn” (Pirkei Avos). He might think that when Hashem makes his situation better, then he will get involved in Torah and Mitzvos, but not now because he is busy or going through a difficult time. But it is not this way. The Pasuk is telling us the following, “Remove your shoes from on your feet”; remove the barrier that is separating you from serving Hashem, “because the place you are standing on is Holy Land.”; because you are able in the situation that you are in right now to fulfill the Torah and Mitzvos and become closer to Hashem. Maybe this message can explain why Hashem chose to give B’nei Yisroel the Torah specifically in the Midbar and not in Eretz Yisroel. Had the Torah been given in Eretz Yisroel, one may reason, “A person can only work hard and observe the Torah when things are peaceful and one is not in distress, since B’nei Yisroel only received the Torah once they settled in Eretz Yisroel.” Now however, that Hashem gave it in the Midbar, while they were still traveling, unsettled and less comfortable, He is showing us that living with the Torah and becoming closer to Him can be done no matter where a person is holding in life, and no matter what situation and challenges he is going through. May we all take this thought into our lives, and through our strides to become closer to Hashem and follow in His ways at all times, may we be zocheh to have the Beis HaMikdash rebuilt bimheira b’yameinu.
Pesach: Ending and Beginning B y Rabbi S hl o m o S h u lman Pesach is not only a beginning; it is an end. A fresh foundation for humankind carved by the Ten Commandments; a moral code upon which all of creation would henceforth be judged. These Ten Commandments superseded the original Ten Utterances of Creation, which had been given freely at the beginning of time. The bridge between the embryonic Utterances of Creation and the mature, demanding Commandments of Har Sinai were the Ten Plagues. These Plagues closed down the original pipelines of Hashem’s free giving to the world, replacing them with channels whose content would now be regulated in response to our moral choices. The Ten Utterances of Creation were Hashem’s altruistic gift to an emergent universe, which was then too immature to attempt earning its own existence. A father gives his child an allowance, to encourage him until he grows up. The Ten Plagues limited the allowance until the Ten Commandments transformed our position into one more apparently perilous, but more deeply purposeful. Like the occlusion of the umbilical cord after an infant emerges from the womb, the Ten Plagues forever sealed our connection to an era when the fate of the world did not rest on our shoulders. In utero, an angel teaches Torah to a fetus, who effortlessly absorbs its teachings. But after birth, the conscious awakening of that inherent knowledge can come only through our own toil and yearning. On a national scale, this transference from womb to world was the geulah from Mitzrayim. It’s surprisingly easy to sentimentalize our prenatal days; our ancestors in the wilderness even waxed romantic over their memories of slavery, “the fish we ate in Egypt for free” (Bamidbar 11:5). On the surface, the largess of the original Ten Utterances may appear more attractive than the demands of the Ten Commandments. Adults often reminisce about childhood, forgetting that children long even more to become adults. On Pesach, Z’man Cheiruseinu, we embrace the geulah, recognizing that there is a greater gift than charity: the opportunity to earn one’s own keep. This is why the highest level of tzedakah is enabling others to help themselves. Hashem’s generosity did not decrease after the geulah, it deepened. By demanding far more from us—by developing us into a People who could live up to demands— Hashem gifted us with the ability to become more like Him, partnering in the creation of ourselves. This is the deeper understanding of the unusual expression of praise found in the Haggadah: Dayeinu (it is enough for us). A world focused on materialism cries continuously that more is better, while we thank Hashem because we realize that sometimes more is less. A slave fed by his master is not more fortunate than a free man who needs to procure his own bread. He is more a slave. We celebrate birth, we celebrate maturation, because we know that in it lies our most precious potential. The same gift that excites an infant should not be the dream of an adult. Wishing you all a Chag Kasher v’Sameach This essay is based on ideas found in Pachad Yitzchak: Pesach, Ma’amar 46
The Buried Seder Plate by Rabbi B enjamin B lech “Remember that you were once slaves in Egypt…” The exodus and the miracles of the Pesach story happened a long time ago, but they are still part of our contemporary consciousness because of the power of memory. Pesach speaks to all generations, reminding us to not only recall our past but to also shape our future. But not everyone remembers, and tragically, some choose to forget, as demonstrated by the incredible incident I had with Shmuel’s Seder plate.
The tragic fate of one survivor’s remarkable heirloom.
A few years ago I was browsing in an antique store on the East Side in New York when I spotted an all-too-familiar object. I recognized it immediately, even before I spotted the family name clearly etched on its border. How could I not know what it was when I had been so involved in its story? After all, the eulogy I made for my friend Shmuel, a miraculous survivor of the infamous Auschwitz concentration camp, focused on it.
What a tale it had been. The Germans had rounded up all the Jews in his little town for deportation. Some believed that they were merely being transported to another site to be used for labor. But Shmuel knew that they were meant to be murdered. He understood that the Nazis wanted to eliminate every Jew as well as every reminder of their religious heritage. So Shmuel took a chance. Had he been caught, he would have paid with his life. But he did what he had to do so that something might remain -- so that even if not a single Jew in the world stayed alive, someone might find it, reflect, and remember. He paced off 26 steps, corresponding to the numerical value of God’s name, from the apple tree alongside his house and carefully buried his treasure – a silver Pesach plate. He wished he could have hidden much more. How he wanted to preserve a Torah scroll. But he had so little time, so little space for concealing an object of value. His choice, in retrospect, seemed almost divinely inspired for its symbolism – the key vessel used to commemorate the festival of freedom. Shmuel thought, with what he later conceded was far too much optimism, miracles could perhaps once more occur even in modern times. And from that day forward not a day went by in the hells of the concentration camps that his mind did not return to his Seder plate in its special hiding place. Shmuel could never explain how he, out of all his family and friends, survived. In his heart of hearts, he once confided to me, it may have been because he viewed his continued existence on earth as a holy mission -- to go back to his roots and uncover his own symbol of survival. Incredibly enough, in ways that defy all logic and that Shmuel only hinted to me, this escapee
of 20th-century genocide was reunited with his reminder of deliverance from age-old Egyptian oppression. Shmuel journeyed back to his home, found his tree, counted off his steps, dug where he remembered he had buried it and successfully retrieved his Seder plate. It became a symbol of his own liberation as well. With it he celebrated dozens of Pesachs, until his death. That Seder plate, in almost total disbelief, is what I saw in the shop for sale. Where was it from, I inquired. What was it doing for sale when it carried with it so many precious memories? “Yes, I want to buy it,” I assured the dealer, “but I need to know how you happen to have it.” “It was part of the sale of the contents of an estate by the children,” the dealer replied. You see, the deceased was religious but his descendants aren’t. So they said they don’t really have any need for ‘items like these.’” The very symbol that sanctifies memory was discarded by those who forgot their past. How I wish that the unsentimental harshness of Shmuel’s descendants was just an aberration, a remarkably unusual demonstration of insensitivity not likely to be duplicated by others. But the sad truth is that we are part of a “throwaway” culture that gives equal weight to used cars, worn furniture, and old family treasures. What has served the past is of no interest if its sole claim to respectability is its gift of associations. Memorabilia have lost their allure because we no longer revere the meaning of memories. So what, I am often asked, if my grandparents used this every holiday? We have no space, we have no need for it. As if utilitarian function is the only rationale for holding on to something that enables us to preserve our past! If what I have treasured all my life is held sacred by my children, then perhaps what we lived for will also be reverentially recalled. That’s why I weep for my friend Shmuel, whose family has become an orphan in history, severed from its past. And that’s why I keep retelling Shmuel’s story on Pesach, because I believe it captures the essential message of this Yom Tov. Hashem commanded us to remember because it is only by treasuring the messages of the past that we can understand the present and hope for a more blessed future. This article was adapted from the original as it appeared on aish.com
Kitniyos & Other Pesach Queries by: R ’ Heshy K ahan Q: Why was kitniyos prohibited to be eaten by the Ashkanazic authorities during the Yom Tov of Pesach? A: Although practically, rice can never become chometz1, there are other concerns that arise from the use of kitniyos. Firstly the flour made from kitniyos, or legumes, would sometimes be mixed together with wheat flour2. More importantly since the flour coming from kitniyos greatly resembles wheat flour, the poskim feared that should one be allowed to eat kitniyos one would unintentionally come to use wheat flour as well3. Q: What food items are included in this minhag? A: Although the first mention of this minhag was in reference to rice, the later authorities have also come to include: corn4, string beans, green beans, snow peas, buckwheat5 (kasha), beans, lentils and chick peas, mustard,6 cotton and sunflower seeds7, soybeans Q: Do we treat products made from these previously mentioned legumes as chometz itself? A: Unlike chometz one is allowed to derive benefit from kitniyos and may as well keep it in one’s house over Pesach without violating any prohibition8. Therefore one need not sell soda (which contains corn syrup) etc. along with his chometz as it is permitted to own these products over Pesach. Q: There has recently been an increase in the use of quinoa within the food industry as its versatile texture allows it to provide alternatives to many grain foods (i.e. in various hotels it is quinoa that is used to make Kosher L’Pesach “sushi”, as it can be made to taste like rice). Since this too can be made to look like bread is there any concern with eating it on Pesach? A: While some poskim were more skeptical about using quinoa,9 others don’t have an issue with it as it botanically comes from the radish family, which is not at all related to legumes. The policy of the Star-K and most other poskim is to allow the use of quinoa assuming that it did not grow near any grains. Q: Should one be concerned if a little bit of kitniyos fell into his dish? A: If even a little bit of chometz were to fall into a pot it would not be nullified even if there were a thousand times the amount of non-chometz food in the pot as well.10 Kitniyos, however only needs a majority of non-kitniyos food to nullify11 what fell in, therefore deeming the dish permissible to be eaten. Q: May one eat kitniyos on erev Pesach after the time that it is prohibited from eating chometz? A: While there are those who maintain that one is only prohibited from eating kitniyos on Pesach proper12, many hold that the prohibition of eating kitniyos goes into effect from the time on erev Pesach that it ossur to eat chometz13 1. Rambam Hilchos Pesach 5:1 2. Bais Yosef:453 3. See the Mahril, Smak and the Mordechai on Pesachim who all voice this concern, also see M.B. 453:6, 464:5 4. M.B. 453:4, Chachmas Shlomo:463, see Chasam Sofer:50 who even suggests making a Mezonos on corn 5. Igros Moshe Y.D. 2:25 6. Taz:453 7. Seder Pesach K’Hilchosa 16:3 8. Terumas Hadeshen:113, Rama 453 9. Rabbi Avrohom Blumenkranz Zt”l was hesitant about permitting this plant carte blanche, and preferred that only those with allergies to gluten use this product as it is possible to make bread with the quinoa plant 10. As a mashehu chometz is not Botul Afilu B’elef 11. Rama 453:1, M.B. 453:9 12. Pri Megadim 444:2 13. Shevet Halaivi 3:31who brings the Chok Yaakov 471:2 and others
Q: Is there anyone who is permitted to eat kitniyos on Pesach? A: Although the Poskim went to great lengths to avoid eating kitniyos over Pesach14, anyone who needs to eat kitniyos for medicinal purposes should do so without any concern15. Therefore any tablet, pill, etc. that has cornstarch as a binder may be used on Pesach assuming that a substitute of equal caliber is not available. An elderly person as well as an infant may consume kitniyos assuming that nothing else suitable for their needs are available. It is for this reason that an elderly person may use nutritional supplements (e.g. ensure16) and a parent may use infant formula17, even though majority of them contain kitniyos, over Pesach. Q: Does an Ashkanazic husband have to be concerned about eating from the dishes of his Sephardic in-laws? A: Due to the fact that the letter of the law permits the consumption of kitniyos, and it is just the Ashkenazim who are stringent, one need not be concerned about any absorption of issur into the dishes. Since kitniyos is actually “heter”, the minhag only extends to eating foods with kitniyos content and not the dishes being used to serve it. Some families however, are indeed stringent, and use separate dishes (bottles, etc.) from those in the household that are permitted to eat kitniyos. Q: Are oils that were derived from kitniyos permitted to be used on Pesach? A: One should not use corn or soybean oil (a.k.a. vegetable oil), on Pesach. Olive, coconut and walnut oils are permitted as they are not derived from kitniyos. Cottonseed oil18, and canola oil (canola oil is a form of rapeseed oil specially bred to have less acid)19 are under some disagreement and therefore a qualified halachic authority should be addressed as whether or not one should use these oils. Q: Should one be concerned about kitniyos that has been chemically altered so it does not resemble the legume that it originally came from? A: Certain ingredients, such as citric acid, xanthan gum and aspartame are in fact originally derived from kitniyos. While some Poskim in Eretz Yisroel are stringent about using kitniyos that have “changed” (kitniyos shenishtanu), and therefore do not allow products with aspartame such as diet coke etc., the leading Kashrus companies in America seem to follow those who permit20 one to consume these ingredients. Since the ingredient has gone through such a drastic chemical change it is no longer deemed kitniyos as far as the stringency is concerned. Q: Is there any product that is definitely not kitniyos? A: Although chocolate and coffee are both “beans”, they are not of the legume family (as they both come from a tree) and are therefore permitted to be eaten without concern. Peanuts are more controversial as there are those who permit its consumption21, while others include them under the kitniyos prohibition22. Ironically there were those Poskim who wanted to include potatos in the prohibition of kitniyos23 as potato starch greatly resembles flour which may lead to possible confusion, however contemporary Psak does not go in accordance with this view. 14. See Teshuva M’Ahava:259 who didn’t permit kitniyos even in times of great famine 15. M.B. 453 16. Not all ensure products are kitniyos as some may have actual traces of chometz such as Ensure liquid protein. One should ask a Rav if he needs to take that product over Pesach. 17. Almost all formulas have some sort of kitniyos ingredient 18. Minchas Yitzchok 3:138 19. See Mahrsham 1:183 and Avnai Nezer 373, 533 who are concerned about rapeseed oil being kitniyos. 20. This was the Psak of R’ Moshe Fienstien Zt” 21. Igros Moshe O.C. 3:63, this teshuva was written in the 1960’ 22. Those include the Mahrsham, Divrai Malkiel and the Shevet Halaivi 23. Chayai Adam 127:7 Continued on page 104
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Q: Are there any other chumros that people have a tradition to keep onPesach? A: Depending on one’s individual family lineage there have been many stringencies that have been given over from generation to generation. Some chumros worthy of mention are:
Only eating fruits and vegetables that can be peeled- This is a chumra that is based on
the fact that there may be a drop of chometz on the produce which arrived via transport, packing, shipping, etc. It is for this reason that many don’t eat tomatoes, peppers, peaches, berries, grapes or any other greens that can’t be peeled. Another more contemporary concern is that a lot of these products are treated with anti-oxidants such as dextrose, citric acid and absorbic acid, all of which are derived from kitniyos. Peeling the fruit or vegetable would avoid both of the above mentioned issues.
• Purchasing water and milk prior to Pesach24-The idea behind this custom is that there may be bread found within the wells (or reservoirs), and/or may have dropped into the giant vats of milk.25 If in actuality there was a tiny piece of chometz that fell into something before Pesach it would be botul, however if the same crumb falls in on Pesach then it would not be botul even if there are thousands upon thousands more of heter there.26 It is for this same concern that many are noheg not to purchase anything over the course of Yom Tov but rather to have all items that one would need prior to Yom Tov. This is all done so as not to run into an issue of any chometz on Pesach not being nullified.
Eating carp as opposed to whitefish, salmon, etc.- In years past, it was only carp that was
able to be purchased live for those residing in European countries. Other fish was imported and preserved in alcohol which most likely was derived from grains. It therefore became the minhag to only eat carp as this was the only species of fish that was definitively not preserved in alcohol.
• Not using any utensils that fell on the floor- If a utensil falls on the floor there is concern that a crumb that may have been missed during the bedikah or may have been brought in during Pesach may attach itself to the utensil. Therefore, while some have the minhag to merely wash it well,27 others may put it away until next Pesach rather than risk ingesting even a mashehu of chometz. Many families with small children do not keep to this custom as it would become extremely difficult to put aside one’s silverware over a seven day period. • Refraining from eating dried fruit- The Rama28 actually mentions this stringency as a result of the drying processes that used to be employed. It was not uncommon to sprinkle flour over the fruit in order to aid in the drying procedure. Although the halacha clearly states that as long as there is kosher certification then one need not be concerned, many refrain from consuming dried fruit regardless.29 • Not eating garlic- Similar to the tradition not to eat white fish there was a concern that the gentiles would soak the garlic in beer, hence some have the custom not to eat garlic.30 It should be noted that most poskim do not follow this custom.31 • Only eating at home- There is a custom not to “eat out” during the Yom Tov of Pesach. Included in this is not eating at another’s house/hotel due to the various different traditions 24. For a more extensive and well researched article dedicated to clarifying the nuances of using drawing water on Pesach visit the archives on www.mbkollel.com and note the article written by the Rosh Kollel R’ Akiva Eisenstadt Shlita last week 25. According to longtime Belgian resident R’ Shmuli Arran Shlita one cannot purchase any milk in the entire Antwerp over the duration of Pesach because of this chumra. 26. Shulchan Aruch Harav 447:4 27. Eliyahu Rabbah:40 28. 467:8. see Chayai Adam 127:2 29. Nodeh B’Yehudah in Mehadura Tinyana:71 30. S’dei Chemed 6:9, see Vayaged Moshe:17 who supposes the basis for the minhag originates from the fact that it would not be appropriate to say over the countless miracles that Hashem preformed while fouling the mouth with garlic. 31. See Bais Yosef end of siman 460, Magen Avraham 447:20, Chayai Adam 127:7
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“Enjoy the Seder” Excerpted from “Heart to Heart Talks” discourses for women by R’ Chaim Pinchas Scheinberg zt”l In former times, wealthy people who had large houses also had many servants who did their every bidding, while poor people, who could not afford servants, lived in small homes of one or two rooms. The pre-Pesach chores were performed by their servants, while the poor who had only their one or two rooms to clean, a few pieces of furniture, and a minimum of utensils and clothing, took care of their needs by themselves. In those days, cleaning was hard work. Tables were made of raw wood, requiring that they be scrubbed or even sanded to ensure that no pieces of food were left hidden in the cracks. Earthen or wooden floors also needed to be thoroughly cleaned and scrubbed. Today we seem to be caught in a trap. The average modern home is larger than ever. Furniture, utensils, and clothing are much more plentiful. Yet, while the average home today is comparable to the more affluent homes of previous generations, we do not have the servants they had, so that today most of the chores fall on the housewife. At the same time, she still feels obligated to clean and scrub as they did in former times, even though the wood of her furniture is finely finished and her floors are acrylic, marble tiled, or carpeted, making this type of cleaning unnecessary. As a result, the pressure of pre-Pesach cleaning has reached unnecessary and overwhelming levels. Housewives feel pressured, and the stress makes them unable to enjoy Pesach as they should. Pesach, like every other Yom Tov, must be enjoyed by every member of the family, including women. This is an obligation clearly defined in the Torah as explained by our Sages (Mishnah Berurah 529:15). Pesach is to be
looked forward to and anticipated with joy. Every woman should be well rested, relaxed, and alert at the Seder table so that she can fulfill all the Torah and Rabbinic obligations and follow the Haggadah with the rest of the family. Clearly, the performance of her prePesach duties must be balanced against her Pesach obligations. Pre-Pesach cleaning is required to avoid transgressing any Torah or Rabbinic prohibition of having Chametz in the house on Pesach but the cleaning need not be excessive. Many women like to do more cleaning than the bare minimum, often incorporating general Spring cleaning into the required pre-Pesach chores. However, by putting so much effort into the cleaning, far above and beyond what is called for by the Torah, a woman runs the risk of coming to the Seder too exhausted to properly observe the Seder. Don’t do unnecessary cleaning. You can be like a queen and you must enjoy your Pesach! Some women have a habit at the Seder of taking a bite of Matzah then running back and forth to the kitchen, taking a few more bites in between. This way it takes them too long to eat the Matzah and they don’t fulfill the Mitzvah properly. The Mitzvah of eating the Kezayis Matzah is d’Oraysa so be careful with it. The Mitzvah d’Rabbanan of drinking four cups of wine, and eating the Maror, Korech, and Afikoman are special Mitzvos for this night. Sit like a queen! Relax and be calm while eating and drinking the Matzah and wine within the time limit. The cooking can be checked after completing the Mitzvos. REMEMBER: These are Mitzvos that can be done only once a year, so enjoy them, and enjoy the whole Seder.
B y t h e W a t e r b u r y Sh a t n e z L a b o r a t o r y
Series Number: 135
Date: Jan ‘13
“I bought two identical … Do I need to check both? A Lady’s coat was tested at the Flatbush Shatnez Laboratory. The brand name was Kenneth Cole New York manufactured in China.
Its content label listed: 60% Wool, 30% Polyester, 5% Rayon and 5% Other Fibers. The sleeve head material was a scrap of linen that was tan in color. It was purchased at Macy’s Department store in Scranton, Pennsylvania. The Shatnez Laboratory advised them that they should return it to the store and purchase another one. The new coat may appear to be identical, but it may not be shatnez. A new coat was purchased and brought to the Lakewood Shatnez Laboratory for testing. Indeed, it was not shatnez. This one had a black cotton sleeve head canvas instead. Edited by: R’ Yosef Stolz (Los Angeles, CA)
If you have any questions about the information provided in this series please contact: Lakewood Shatnez Laboratory 515 8th St · Lakewood, NJ · 08701 · (732) 364-7056
Please drop off shatnez in the evenings after 7:30, and call before drop off. Please continue to allow 7-10 days for garments to be completed. Drop off is at the Deutsch home, 40 Hewlett Street, 203-573-0782 and the Magid home, 403 Cooke Street, 203-574-2462. 107
It’s Tough Living in This Land of Ours B y Y ael M e r melstein When we moved to Beitar, I was concerned about medical care. Who would come out to the boondocks, my tiny city, hewn into the mountains of the Judean Hills. But it wasn’t only the sheep that flocked to our terrain. When I was expecting a child, knowing that I was prone to complications, I looked for a top notch obstetrician and I was grateful to find one right up the hill. His beard and black velvet kippah mirrored the upstanding human being found on the inside both personally and professionally. I remember a call I received from him after Rosh Hashana. “I’m confident that things will go well this time around,” he said. “Because I davened for you on Rosh Hashana.” And he was right. While he and my husband did deliberate the pros and cons of leaving me for a bit while in labor to go and daven shacharis (the doctor wasn’t serious though my husband was, and yes I vetoed his plan), things turned out beautifully. But of course – he was davening all along. Of course he had his drawbacks. I remember when he first introduced himself to my husband and myself. “Just be aware that I don’t work on Shabboss or Yom Tov,” he said. “But you’re a doctor!” I said. “I know,” he said. “But I’m also a father to a large family, as well as a husband. And that comes first. Shabbos is for my family. I have someone covering for me.” Of course Hashem saw me through this with this doctor a few times around and I missed Shabbos and Yom Tov by a hair’s breadth. It’s tough living in this land of ours. Our pediatrician came straight from Harvard medical school and Boston Children’s Hospital to our craggy hills, ambition, motivation and idealism dripping from his own black velvet kippah. He saw my children through many bouts of strep throat, ear infections and the like. But alas, it was too good to be true. “I’m really sorry,” he told me one day. “But I’m going to be leaving Beitar to go and work in my own city.” I wonder about the root word of shlichim. Here I am, blessed to have found a wonderful shaliach and he is abruptly sent away. “What?” I said. “You have the most prestigious position here. You’re the head of the whole clinic!” “I feel terrible leaving my patients,” he said, “but my wife really needs me closer to home. It’s hard with all the travel time I have coming out here. So I’m going to be staying closer to my wife and children.” I couldn’t argue with his logic. Nor could I argue with my son’s speech therapist who took a harsh stance when it came to his treatment. “Can you help him?” I asked her. “That depends,” she said. “Purim is coming up and I expect you to daven for him. If you do, then I can succeed with him. But without your tefillos, there’s really no hope.” It’s tough living in this land of ours.
The business ethic in Eretz Yisrael is also different than the one I grew up with. Like the Chafetz Chaim, people earn to survive here in order to focus on the things they find truly important. Try shopping in the middle of the day and you will be greeted by stores, shuttered and dark. The owners have all gone home to rest and visit with their families. And sometimes you’ll find a store hung with a sign that says, “Closed for the day due to a family simcha.” Self care and the family unit are the ultimate goals. Personal growth often outweighs financial growth. And on Friday afternoons, forget about it. The grocery is closed by 1 pm and the city is a ghost town well before that. If you forgot your grape juice or your challah you’re going to have to head over to the Shabbos gemach to pick some up because there is no store to visit. If you forgot to buy your baby diapers you’re just going to have to visit the neighbor’s baby gemach and grab a few from outside her door. And if your electricity blows right before Shabbos you can forget about finding an electrician… and if your water starts to flood, your plumber is busy bathing his own children for Shabbos. But of course, for an emergency they’ll run in with their Shabbos clothing and rubber boots to patch up the problem. It’s tough living in this land of ours. A dear friend of mine recently lost her grandmother and she was heading back from Yerusahalayim on an erev Shabbos. I wanted very much to help her in any way that I could. “Can I make you chicken or kugel?” I asked her. “No, we’re really pretty organized,” she said. “Isn’t there anything I can do for you?” I asked. “I don’t know, do any of your girls need tights for Shabbos?” “Oh,” she said. “Actually, my baby needs Shabbos tights. Would you mind picking me up a pair?” I was thrilled. As I leisurely made my way through the city, doing my pre-Shabbos errands, I realized that the children’s clothing store would probably be closing soon. I raced to the store just as they were pulling the shutters closed. “Wait!” I said. “I have an emergency.” The woman in charge looked at me. She had probably never had an emergency clothing stop before. “My friend’s grandmother was niftar, I said. “She needs a pair of tights for her baby.” The woman looked at me and then at her watch. She smoothed her tichel. “Okay,” she said, opening the door. “Just hurry please.” I waded through the clothing racks, all jimmied together, desperately clawing my way towards a pair of tights. “I found one!” the storekeeper said triumphantly, a pair of white Shabbos tights in her clenched first. Somehow I can’t imagine Walmart opening for a Shabboss emergency, the store clerks desperately racing through the aisles to find me a pair of Shabbos tights for my friend in her time of need. Living in this beautiful land of ours - it helps me to keep my priorities straight. My family is more important that my work. My ruchniyus is more important than my money. There’s no escaping the truth over here-it stares you in the face seven days a week. And I’ll admit, sometimes, that’s tough. Yael Mermelstein, winner of the Sydney Taylor Manuscript Award, lives in the Judean Hills with her husband, their delicious children and her pet computer.
Pa r e n ti n g 101
Everybody Hates Me! B y : Rifka S ch o nfel d Director S.O.S, Strategies for Optimum Success
Do any of these comments sound familiar? -”I feel so sorry for Chana. She’ll ask other kids if she can play, and usually they just say, ‘No, you’re not our friend.’ She’s trying to be nice. What more can she do?” -“Eli makes a pest of himself until other children want nothing to do with him. Then he complains he has no friends!” -”Shaindy never joins in when other children are playing. She just watches, looking miserable and lonely, and I don’t know what to say to help her.” -“Shimon is such a sore loser, no one wants him in the game.” We have all encountered the socially inept child whose lack of social skills puts him or her at a distinct disadvantage in peer relationships. Such a child alienates others by inappropriate behavior and often suffers rejection and ridicule. The child with underdeveloped social skills may be stigmatized as a loser or misfit early in his or her school career, setting the stage for lowered self-esteem and much loneliness and heartache throughout the growing up years. The road to adulthood may be strewn with unnecessary complications and disappointments for such children.
Why Do Some Children Lack Social Skills? The answer to this question varies. Many never learned appropriate behavior for specific social settings. Perhaps they did not receive this guidance in the home or lacked good role models in their environment. It might be that in spite of receiving correct guidance, they simply didn’t pick it up as well as most children. Social skills deficits may be related to impulsivity, or the ability to work through visual perception of facial and body language cues, poor auditory perception of vocal cues, invasion of the personal space of others, and a number of other such problems. Studies show that social difficulties of this type often plague the child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Perhaps as many as half of all children with ADHD have significant conduct and socialization problems, in addition to attention deficits. Many children with ADHD have difficulty with social relationships because of impulsiveness, lack of attention to social cues, or behaviors that are perceived by others as immature, aggressive, or defiant. Although most children develop social skills by observing and interacting with others, the child with ADHD often misreads social cues or may have diminished opportunity to learn because of social rejection. Whatever the cause of social skills deficits, there is much that teachers and parents can do to help a child overcome these obstacles to positive and productive peer interaction. Topics such as basic manners; asking for help and permission to do things; beginning and carrying on a conversation; developing friendships; and sharing belongings should be the focus of any social skills training programs used in school settings, say educational experts. 110
Pa r e n ti n g 101 Everybody Hates Me! In addition, the following skills and behaviors should be targeted: Accepting “No” for an answer Joining a group activity already in progress Following directions Making friends Compliments others Understanding the feelings of others Compromising on issues Cooperating with peers Coping with taunts and aggression from others Seeking attention in an appropriate manner Waiting one’s turn
Nipping Problems in the Bud Educational psychologists Dwight Sweeney and Stephen Wagner, both of California State University, advise parents and teachers that early intervention with socially inept children is crucial. “It can enable social acceptance in childhood and adolescence, and ensure that problems do not hit home in adulthood for the first time, when the stakes may be much higher,” they say. Some of the most useful techniques, ideal for parents to use on a day-to-day basis, combine “self-talk,” role-playing, and reinforcement. Self-talk is simply describing your own techniques for dealing with particular situations, so that the learning disabled or socially awkward child becomes aware of what the parent is doing, and why. For example, a parent might say in the child’s hearing, “Since I know that I want to look nice when I go out, I’m going to go look in the mirror and see if I look all right. Oops! I think I need to tuck in my shirt and tie my shoes before I go.” Certainly, most adults would take a quick glance in the mirror before going out. Few, however, would make a point of calling attention to this instinctive and automatic “self-check.” But that is exactly what a socially inept or learning disabled child needs; otherwise, he would remain oblivious to it. To reinforce the message, parents might lead the child such a child to perform the same action, and then reinforce (praise or reward) good observation. “Let’s see what you might need to do before we go to the supermarket. Oh, your shirt is dirty? Good for you for noticing! Let’s quickly change to a clean one.” Role-playing can be useful in helping socially inept children learn many of the social conventions that many children pick up easily through simple exposure. For example, parents might play “What’s the best thing to do if…?” or “What’s the best thing to say if…?” as a good car trip game or even a dinner table game. What’s the best thing to do if you are at your friend’s house playing, and her mother says, Continued on page 112
Pa r e n ti n g 101 Everybody Hates Me! Continued from page 111 “Hmm, it’s getting late. It’ll be time for supper soon.” What’s the best thing to do if you’re at a friend’s house and you’re thirsty or hungry? What’s the best thing to say if someone calls and asks for one of your parents while they are taking a shower or in the bathroom? In role-playing, parent and child might take turns in the roles. Part of the time, the child should invent the situation, and the parent should play the role of the child giving the answer. This gives the child the opportunity to think of social situations which require good social skills, and lets the parent model appropriate responses without “preaching.”
Skills Deficits Affecting Social Adjustment Some of the common problems which may cause social difficulties are listed below, along with early intervention strategies which parents and teachers may find helpful. Perception of Facial Expression Children with visual perception problems often miss the messages that people send and receive through facial expression. Such common expressions as a frown, narrowed eyes, or pursed lips, which might signal that what is being heard is inappropriate in some way, are often missed. Parents and teachers can help by using role-playing often, or by simply asking for feedback in daytoday situations: “Dovid, what do you think my face is saying to you? Do I look like I am pleased about what you are doing, or not?” Vocal Monitoring Knowing just how loudly one is speaking, and the volume that is appropriate for a given situation is difficult for some children with social ineptness. Parents and teachers can use particular cues, such as hand signals or cue phrases (“use your indoor voice” or “your almost whisper voice”) to help the child reach the right level. When the child is speaking on an appropriate level, provide praise: “That was good—you used your indoor voice for a good part of the afternoon!” Personal Space Awareness Personal space, “proxemics,” is another trouble spot with some socially inept children, who do not know how close or far away to stand from others. People feel uncomfortable and even “invaded” when their personal space is encroached upon. Whenever possible, a concrete rule can be very helpful. In this case we usually use the “arm’s length” rule: in regular conversations we should always stand about an arm’s length from the other person. The social world does not have to be a confusing and frustrating place. Children with social deficits can be taught how to understand and respond to a complex array of social communication, and to have positive interactions with others. We need to help them to see patterns and to see that there is sense to be made of what may seem to be highly complex cues all around them. With firm and loving guidance all children can learn to better interpret the world of social communication. An acclaimed educator and education consultant, Mrs. Rifka Schonfeld has served the Jewish community for close to thirty years. She founded and directs the widely acclaimed educational program, SOS, servicing all grade levels in secular as well as Hebrew studies. A kriah and reading specialist, she has given dynamic workshops and has set up reading labs in many schools. In addition, she offers evaluations G.E.D. preparation, social skills training and shidduch coaching, focusing on building self-esteem and self-awareness. She can be reached at 718-382-5437 or at email@example.com.. You can visit us on the web at rifkaschonfeldsos.com.
The Waterbury Police Department Community Relations Division is pleased to announce that we will be featuring a newsletter in each upcoming issue of What’s Doing in Waterbury, titled “THE BADGE”. We intend to provide vital and resourceful information to the community. The police department looks forward to a continued partnership with the community and we strongly encourage the residents to contact us with any suggestions or topics to discuss in the next issue.
Protecting Your Home Make sure all of your exterior doors have good locks (at least dead bolts with a minimum of one inch throw). Always lock your house or apartment when you leave (Even if only for a few minutes!). Make sure outside doors and door frames are solid. Secure sliding glass doors with bars & locks. Make sure that your windows have good locks. Always trim any bushes or trees that hide doors and windows. These areas should be clearly visible at all times. Don’t hide any keys to your home under a door mat or flower pot. Keys should be left with a trusted neighbor or nearby relative. Keep a record of your property. Ensure to record any serial numbers or distinctive features of your property. Pictures are also good to have. Consider installing an alarm system and placing alarm signs around premises. If you park your vehicle outside never leave the garage door opener inside your vehicle. Adequate exterior lighting is recommended especially motion activated lights around entry ways of home to eliminate dark areas where a prowler may hide. Please contact your community relations officer for a “home security assessment” or to discuss any concerns regarding protecting your home.
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Ask the Doctor By Dr. J. Mond
Spring Fever Spring fever as we all know, is in fact a fever, insofar as it is contagious from our surroundings. It is a feeling of yearning brought on by the coming of spring, very likely I believe with its roots in Jewish history. The approach of Nissan in America, (and Tu B’shvat, with the flowering of the almond trees in Eretz Yisroel) brings with it the sense of renewal, awakening and rebirth. Every year there comes a balmy day in early spring when the flowers appear, a time when the birds sing and return from their winter away, and a gentle wind fills the air with the perfume of greening grass and flowering trees. It is also often associated with strange behavior in children, as kids are not immune to spring fever. If spring has brought on a bad case of the sillies for your child, here are some possible explanations… and some solutions. Allergies Your child may not have the body awareness or language skills necessary to explain to you about the tingle in his nose or the pressure in his sinuses, but the lightheadedness and “spacey” feeling that often accompanies allergies can leave kids feeling distracted and disoriented. If itchy eyes, sniffles or headaches accompany the onset of silliness in your house, check with your pediatrician about the possibility of an allergy diagnosis. Weather The wild swings in weather that often come with the onset of spring can represent a disruption of routine for kids who are sensitive to change. Changes in climate can bring changes of air pressure that can have a kid feeling out of sorts for no good reason too. Long days of rain and the lack of outdoor play that rain may bring, can make kids antsy while staring out a classroom window at a beautiful sunny day can make them restless. Try to keep routines as consistent as possible, and have a stash of fun rainy-day activities at hand too. Clothing Changing from one set of clothes to another can be a challenge to kids with tactile sensitivity; getting used to different fabrics and styles, having more skin exposed, dealing with stiff new tags or mourning the loss of outgrown outfits. Make sure to keep your child’s sensory-related clothing preferences in mind when buying new wardrobes for the new season, and do whatever customizing is needed, such as cutting out tags, before the morning that your child has to wear them.
Ask the Doctor By Dr. J. Mond
Vacations School vacations, although beloved by kids, can also lead to stress due to changes in routine and large blocks of unstructured time. And Pesach vacation is no exception! Travel during those vacations brings with it a whole additional level of routine-disruption stress. Try to keep things as normal and planned as possible, and give your child plenty of preparation for new and unusual activities or places. Provide maximum support and hold minimum expectations for these often hard-to-handle periods. Growth Spurt If your child tends to shoot up in height around this time of year, be aware that this can be a profoundly disorganizing process for him or her. Children with sensory integration and motor planning problems may find the difference in length of limbs and distance to the floor confusing and frustrating, and may have to completely revise their already blurry body awareness. Clumsiness, anger, regression of motor skills, tears for no reason, and an attitude of “giving up” can all be signs that your child is badly coping with a growth spurt. Explaining the situation may help, and extra support and lowered expectations will likely be called for. Developmental Leap At this point, about three-quarters of the way through the school year, kids may be making major developmental leaps. Depending on their age, they may be speaking more, reading more, understanding more, processing more, moving more, sensing more, feeling more. Those are all good things. And they’re bad things, because when children with special needs jump to a new developmental level, everything has to come apart and get put back together again in a stronger and more advanced form. That falling-apart time can be difficult for everyone, but hold on, things will be so much better when it’s over and it’s worth the wait. The same, for parents... Kids aren’t the only ones to react to these springtime stressors. Parents do too. You may be suffering from allergies, feeling the changes in weather, going crazy with closet changes, agonizing over the way your spring clothes fit, getting caught up in Yontif plans or worrying about what to do with your child over the Pesach break. All of these things will up your stress level and lower your levels of patience, understanding. Your child is likely to react to that very, very badly. Stop and take a look at whether your stress may be contagious. And then smell the flowers. Help your child smell them, too; we have spoken about this previously in articles about stress control, but you can never get too much of stopping to smell the flowers.
Chag Kasher V’Sameach!
By Shloimie Shore
Now that this snowy winter is behind us, here are a few tips that may help you deal with an issue that is a problem for many. How to repair cracks in a drywall ceiling: Cracks in a drywall ceiling always present a challenge to homeowners. They can be caused by the wood moving in the framing due to shrinkage of improperly dried lumber or seasonal changes in temperature and humidity. The common approach is to fill the crack with spackling then paint over it, but this is at best a temporary fix, since the crack will usually come back as the seasons change. A better solution is to apply drywall compound and tape over the crack to keep it from coming through again.
Hereâ€™s how: 1. Make sure your workspace is covered with a drop cloth. Remove any old drywall tape or patches with a scraper. To remove drywall tape, use a two- inch taping knife to get underneath the lip of the tape and then begin to take the whole strip off. 2. Widen the ceiling crack by taking the scraper tool and ripping a gouge in the ceiling just to make the crack a bit wider. This will give the joint compound something to adhere to. 3. Apply drywall mesh and compound. Apply a single strip of drywall mesh tape to the crack. Then, apply the first layer of joint compound making sure to push the compound through the mesh of the tape and into the crack.
4. Smooth the surface. Once you’ve got the first layer on, go over it with a damp, double-sided sponge. Use the rough side to smooth out any lumps, and then go back over with the smooth side to finish it. 5. Sand and Paint. After it has completely dried, sand down the area if needed; then prime and paint.
Additional tips: • Larger cracks might require you to cut a piece of the drywall out and apply a patch. After the patch is in place, the rest of the steps are the same. • Cracks can sometimes signify damage that is more serious. Assessing this crack before repairing can save you money in the end. • If drywall is loose, you may need to drill some drywall screws into the ceiling. These screws will attach to the wooden support blocks which were installed in the attic above the ceiling.
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A peek into the past By evelyn marshak
Snow in Jerusalem Snow in Connecticut in January is to be expected and we all know the record snowfalls of years past. Children need the snow days off from school as do teachers. The plow companies need the business as do the auto- repair shops and of course there is the chance for people to make money by shoveling snow. But snow in Jerusalem is unusual and provides a lot of fun. Israeli President Shimon Peres who is 89, made a snowman and got great media coverage as did Benjamin Netanyahuâ€™s snowball fight with members of his family. Schools were closed after a record breaking 20 cm, or 8 inches of snow, fell on the city. Black hats were covered in snow at the Kotel and plastic bags became sleds. Jerusalem is hilly so the snowfall paralyzed transportation around the city and from Tel Avivâ€™s Ben Gurion airport to the capital. How unusual is snow in the capital city of Jerusalem? Their forecast for today, in mid-January, is for a high of 57 and a low of 9 degrees above the freezing mark. Predicted highs for the next three days are 59, 61, and 64 degrees. But records show that a significant snowfall is actually predicted every 7 to 8 years. The area around Jerusalem is considered desert and average rainfall here is 4.2 inches a year. The definition of a desert area is when there is less than 10 inches of rainfall. This snowfall started as moist air from the Mediterranean Sea, which forms part of Israel border. Somehow no matter how much warning precedes a storm in our state, is usually comes as a shock. In Jerusalem, extra trains and buses were pressed into service to discourage people from driving their own cars. There were 100 snowplows ready and a salt mixture to cut down on sliding vehicles and pedestrian falls. The cost of fighting off the storm was estimated as 300m shekels, but Jerusalem Mayor, Nir Barkat, was happy to have the city covered in the white stuff. Interesting how snow is a novelty in places like Jerusalem and close to a nuisance around Waterbury.
KIDS’ KORNER “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.” (Anonymous)
Spring Bouquet Jump-start the spring season by making your own colorful blooms with this flower-dyeing project.
What you’ll need:
1. White flowers 2. Food coloring 3. Vase
What to do: Start with the white flowers. Roses, carnations and daisies work well. Prepare a colored solution made from about 20 drops of food coloring for each 1/2 cup of warm water. Cut the stems to fit your vase, removing at least 2 inches, and then place the flowers into the tinted water. You’ll start to see results in less than 24 hours. You can also experiment with different colors by placing small bouquets of flowers into smaller vases, each filled with a different colored solution!
How it works: Freshly cut flowers continuously draw water up through their stems, like a straw. When the water reaches the petals, it evaporates through tiny pores, leaving the dye behind (dye cannot evaporate). Over time, it builds up, coloring the tips of the petals.
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Mouthwatering Sorbets A great alternative to Pesachdik cake (which often doesn’t taste too much like cake anyway), try one of these delicious and refreshing sorbet recipes for a sweet ending to any Yom Tov meal.
Lemon Sorbet In Lemon Cups INGREDIENTS:
10-12 lemons (1 ½ cups of lemon juice) 4 cups of water 2 ½ cups sugar Halve the lemons lengthwise from stem to base. Squeeze out the juice and measure 1 ½ cups to be used for the sorbet. Save the remaining juice for other uses. Using a spoon, remove the pulp and pith from the inside of the lemon shells and set aside. Combine the sugar and water in a pot and bring to a boil. Stir occasionally. When the sugar dissolves, turn off the flame and pour in the lemon juice. Mix to combine, and transfer the flavored water to a container or a 9x13-inch pan. Freeze overnight, or until completely frozen. Cut the ices into chunks. Place half the chunks of ice in a food processor and blend until ices turns into a white and fluffy sorbet. (Freeze the remaining half of ices blocks while you work since they melts very fast.) Working quickly, scoop sorbet into empty lemon shells and place them in a single layer on a cookie sheet or inside a large container. Freeze. Repeat with second half of the ice blocks. Note: If you repeat the freezing/ blending process a second time before filling the lemon shells, the sorbet will be whiter and fluffier.
Tip: After you squeeze out the lemon juice, store that empty lemon shells in the freezer to prevent spoiling.
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Rhubarb Ices INGREDIENTS:
2 pints fresh strawberries, cleaned and hulled 2 lbs. rhubarb, cleaned and chopped 2 cups semi-dry good quality white wine 2 1/2 cups sugar 1 1/2 Tablespoons fruit flavored liqueur 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice, pulp removed Place all ingredients in a large pot and cook, covered, over a low flame until soft, about 45 minutes. Turn off the flame and puree everything with an immersion blender until smooth. Pour into a 9x13 pan and allow to freeze for 6-8 hours. Take the pan out of the freezer. If it has become rock hard, allow it to soften for 30 minutes before beginning this next step. Scoop the frozen mixture, or cut it into pieces, and place it, half of the pan at a time, into the bowl of a food processor. Blend until it resembles sorbet consistency. Do this to the entire batch. Refreeze until serving. Remove from freezer 15 minutes before serving for easier scooping. Tip: To achieve a fluffier consistency, freeze and blend the sorbet twice.
Taking the World by Storm By a Community Member Those of us who live in Waterbury, Connecticut, a mere twenty minute drive from Newtown, where the unspeakable tragedy took place in Sandy Hook Elementary School, were, like the rest of the world shocked, saddened, and angry at this unprecedented violent attack. What continued to shake me up are the conversations I had with such people as my bagger at the checkout line in the supermarket and my son’s speech therapist, in the days and weeks following the shooting. One was the grandmother of a survivor of the attack, a little first grader in Mrs. Soto’s class who escaped with “only” a bullet in his leg. The other knew two of the causalities personally. The conversation immediately evolved to blame. What caused someone to kill so many innocent people so suddenly? I couldn’t help noticing a play on words. A flood in the form of Hurricane Sandy and then, a mere few weeks later a wash of blood and terror in Sandy Hook: Is it a coincidence or a message? If you are a firm believer in a G-d, there is no such thing as a coincidence. The original biblical flood took place because there was no law and order in the world. Everyone took what they wanted, when they wanted, without thinking, resorting to violence if the need arose. There was so such thing as personal property. No such thing as boundaries, as marriage, or as holy or separate. The world became a place devoid of a higher meaning or ultimate power. Such a world could not exist. Our world is fast disintegrating into a G-dless one, yet again. Theft is commonplace, the concept of a hands-off relationship before marriage is almost nonexistent except in a small minority of people. Modesty and privacy are fast becoming ancient values as technology and social websites make inroads everywhere. And violence? There is no need to go further than the proliferation of violent movies and videos that are being marketed to even the youngest of children. The message children receive today is clear, whatever they may not be able to do in their reality, they can do in their fantasy. A few weeks ago, as Hurricane Sandy roared its way through the Northeast, Connecticut was largely spared the major damage of our neighbors in nearby New York and New Jersey. However, Connecticut was it hard with this latest act of vile and criminal behavior. Is it any wonder that the mass murderer in this case was a known addict to violent video games? Shouldn’t this be a wake-up call to parents, lawmakers, and educators? Why are we allowing our young impressionable children
to witness the violent and immodest pictures broadcast everywhere and anywhere? Why are we tempting their inclination toward their base physical pleasures before giving their maturity even a chance to develop? True, most children do not suffer from the psychological disturbance that plagued the young adult that carried out the crime. Many will manage to curb their inclinations on their own and not succumb to them totally, but why have it come to that in the first place? We have a habit in our house of pouring dry cereals into pourable Tupperware containers. I have the mice that made our house into their own at one time, to thank for that. Those mice, though long gone to wherever they go after meeting mouse traps and poison, have a special merit. Let me explain: Yesterday, I sent my six-year-old son to the storage closet to bring up a new box of dry cereal that we will call Riceflakes. On his way up to the kitchen I noticed that he was carrying the box at arm’s length and looking up. “Mommy, there is a really immodest picture on this box; I’m trying not to look at it.” He said by way of explanation as he handed me the box, trying as hard as he could to look away. I took a look and sure enough there was a close up of a female athlete sparingly clad, posing for the photo. There was a similar pose on the back of the box too, making it even more difficult for my poor six year old son. “Mommy, it’s a good thing you have those plastic containers. Make sure you throw the box out right away!” he said, as he settled himself at the kitchen table with his siblings. I echoed his sentiments as I carefully poured the cereal out and folded up the cardboard, but inside my head thoughts were whirling. My son is completely normal, he gets into trouble, he makes mistakes, and he is as adorable and irresistible as the next six year old. However, he has more sense than many adults simply because he is not exposed to the falsehood rampant in the world today. He already understands that relationships between men and women are reserved for after marriage with their spouse. Everyone else of the opposite gender is off limits. Violent images have not really made their way to cereal boxes yet, so he has never seen a violent image in his life and I hope and pray he never sees one. I hope, and pray, also, that the memory of children like Noah Posner, reminiscent of the Biblical Noah of the Flood, will bring about a much needed change in society. If the world won’t heed the warning of the floods of terror that washed ashore close to home, let us each do our part in protecting ourselves, our children, and our families. We can at least keep the falsehood out of own private arks.
Anorexia and Us By Rabbi Shlomo Shulman Last fall, for the first time, the Maimonides Society at Yale lost a student. Our outreach organization is barely over eight years old and our students are mostly college age; Rebecca was in the first group of Yalies we met after our family moved to CT. We only overlapped on campus for one semester before she graduated, but in those few months Rebecca joined us for her first traditional Shabbos experience on our Brooklyn Shabbaton and paid apt attention two many classes and guest speakers. Outside of our formal programming, I met with Rebecca several times; she was even considering studying in a beginners’ seminary in Israel—before she heard back from an NGO in Latin America. So after graduating Yale with honors, Rebecca moved to Quito, Ecuador for two years to promote good governance. The last time I saw Rebecca in person was in Israel, where I met up with her in the Old City during her Birthright trip. Since then, she’d sometimes email me questions about Judaism, but I recognize now that Rebecca had not responded for the last couple of years. I did not think anything of it, as I know people get busy and I’m not a pushy personality, but I realize now that it was almost certainly due to her progressing illness. I did not know that Rebecca was suffering from Anorexia—or anything, for that matter. She was on the thinner side, but her complexion glowed with friendliness, shining forth from the positive eyes through which she looked upon every person. She was very popular, even tapped for a Yale secret society. I heard from others that Rebecca was an outstanding performing dancer and I know she was considered very pretty. After graduating law school, Rebecca took a position at a prestigious LA firm, but squeezed out every spare moment volunteering her legal services for the needy, recently receiving the State Bar of California’s Wiley W. Manuel Certificate for Pro Bono Legal Services. I write all this to help you understand that Rebecca was an amazing, accomplished young woman, who was inspired by her Judaism and its givingfocused values, even though she grew up in a secular American home with only a Jewish mother. Rebecca was always so positive, but I realize now that I must not have known her very well and mistaken her external warmth for a deeper insight into her feelings, which I obviously did not have.
With everything Rebecca had going for her (more than most people, it seemed), she passed away at the age of 29 from complications related to Anorexia. In my limited experience supporting people in AA, NA and FA, I learned the theory that with most addictive behavior, the negative behaviors are not the source of the problem but rather a coping mechanism for dealing with a deeper problem (relating to not having a healthy sense of self). I knew Rebecca to be such a warm and encouraging person with others—including myself— only now do I realize that she may not have felt that way about herself – and that she may have been the only person in the world about whom she did not feel positively I hesitated greatly to write this at all and I apologize if I have treated this issue superficially or inaccurately. My intention is only to bring eating disorders to your attention because I know that they are prevalent (even in our communities) and I know that we lost a very precious exceptional student to one. I wish I had known of Rebecca’s problem and could have supported her and connected her with professional help. I hope some of you will succeed in doing this for others. In memory of Rivka Nichols ob”m Point to Ponder: This tragedy has made me think if there is anything else we can do to help promote anorexia education along with our general Jewish education efforts, which have always focused on the idea of a person being created B’Tzelem Elokim. Don’t we all know that Adam was originally created as a single individual, to teach us that it is worthwhile for the whole universe to exist just for a single individual--even you--even me? How can we convey this message better, or at least help connect children and students with professional medical help for these very private problems?
Rabbi Shlomo Shulman, a resident of Waterbury, CT, heads the Maimonides adult learning program at Yale University in New Haven.
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