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Hadlokas Neiros

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Daily Minyan Schedule  

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Community Shiurim

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Minyanim on the Go

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At Your Service  

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Waterbury Map  

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Kosher in CT

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Parshas Tazria-Metzora 7:28 (Iyar 6 / April 24)

Health & Medical Section

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Parshas Acharei-Kedoshim 7:36

Places to Go in CT  

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(Iyar 13 / May 1)

Celebrate Spring

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Parenting 101

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Parshas Emor 7:43 (Iyar 20 / May 8)

Dvar Torah  

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Parshas B’har-B’chukosai 7:50

Word from the Beis Medrash  

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(Iyar 27 / May 15

Hilchos Shabbos

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My Heart is in the East  

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Parshas Bamidbar 7:57 (Sivan 5 / May 22)

Ask the Dr.

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From the Kitchen

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Kids’ Korner  

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Kids Speak

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On a Lighter Note

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Creative Works

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Advertisers’ Directory  

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for Waterbury, CT Parshas Vayakhel-Pekudai 6:42 (Adar 23 / March 13) Parshas Vayikra 6:50 (Nissan 1 / March 20) Parshas Tzav 6:58 (Nissan 8 / March 27) Pesach–1st Night 7:05 (Nissan 15 / April 3) Pesach–7th Night (Nissan 21 / April 9)


Pesach–8th Night 7:13 (Nissan 22 / April 10) Parshas Shemini 7:21 (Nissan 28 / April 17)


Shavuos (Sivan 6 / May 29 ) Parshas Naso 8:02 (Sivan 12 / June 5) Parshas B’haloscha 8:07 (Sivan 19 / June 12) Parshas Shlach 8:10 (Sivan 26 / June 19)

Dear Readers, It’s feels strange to be writing this letter for the spring issue while several feet of snow still remain on the ground and while more snow falls even as I write, but I figure if we wait till it all stops we may never get this written! Yes, it’s been cold and snowy but as I always tell my kids, spring never fails to arrive, so there’s hope… Who is not eagerly waiting for the day that we can all get out and enjoy the beautiful weather? Make sure to check out Celebrate Spring for some terrific, family friendly ideas we have featured for your spring pleasure. And speaking of features, we have some incredible features from many of our very own community members in this issue. From inspirational works to creative writing, as well as articles highlighting some new and exciting community initiatives, we’ve brought you everything you need to know about what’s going on in town. Thank you to these writers as well the many individuals who have submitted tips, new information and so much more to help keep the WDW up-to date and accurate. The What’s Doing is your publication and it is your input that helps make this publication the community’s #1 resource for all things Waterbury! Have a wonderful spring!

Waterbury Daily Minyan Schedule Yeshiva Gedolah of Waterbury SHACHARIS:

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Yeshiva K’tana of Waterbury SHACHARIS:

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WDW YELLOW PAGES ACCOUNTANT Meir Fischer, CPA 203-756-1040 Menachem Friedman, CPA 347-401-3157 Dana Stango 203-757-2020

Baby Depot 203-630-0647 Babies R’ Us 203-574-4457 Sorala's Baby Gemach 203-518-9596

ALARM SYSTEMS Alert Security Systems, INC. 203-387-8332 Dynamark Security Systems 203-757-1744 APPAREL Basic Colors (Brooklyn) 347-673-5331 BY Style (Esther B. Merenstein) 203-597-9093 Chavi Leiner (Monsey) 845-362-1639 Creative Kippas (M. Majeski) 203-527-4952 Double Header Hosiery & More (S. Pearlberg) 862-686-3047 Junee (Chavi Brecher) 347-962-9638 Ram’s Clothiers 203-753-1189 Shells & Skirts (Nechi Weinreb) 203-707-1314 The Hat Box (Monsey) 845-517-2829 The Lingerie Shop 718-435-4156 APPLIANCES Sears 203-236-8800 Sears Outlet 860-665-8101

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 203-574-3395

APPLIANCE REPAIR Affordable Appliance 860-256-9750 All Make Appliance Repair 203-596-9092 ATTORNEY Dov Braunstein 203-573-0580 Gary L. Broder 203-755-1114 Raphael Deutsch 203-573-0782 Raymond J. Antonacci, LLC 203-597-8883 Slavin, Stauffacher & Scott, LLC 860-274-2511 Ruth D. Weissman 860-777-7128 Weissman Law Offices 203-757-1561 AUTO RENTALS Avis 203-757-8081 Enterprise 203-755-3770 Hertz 203-573-8534 Rent-A-Wreck 203-575-1631

CARPET CLEANERS Better Carpet Cleaners 860-632-1667 CARPET RETAILER Associated Carpet 203-756-5594 Carpets Plus 203-753-8235 CATERING Abel Catering 203-389-2300 First Class Caterers 203-982-7128 Mike’s Center Cafe 203-401-1277 CHILDBIRTH EDUCATION / DOULA Shulamit Feld 203-768-0250 CHILD CARE / CAMP Camp Revach 203-756-1800 ext. 315 Metsuyan Day Care (Rachel Berger) 516-695-3488

AUTO SERVICES & REPAIR Joe’s Tire Shop 203-753-3108 Montambault’s Auto 203-756-7026 Valvoline Instant Oil Change 203-729-5108 West Main Auto 203-596-3722

CLEANING SERVICE A+ Cleaning Service 203-598-4333 Hy-Grade House Cleaning Services 203-509-1779 COMMUNAL RESOURCES Bonei Olam 718-252-1212 Community Services & Resources 203-510-3882 Connecticut Torah Connection 860.785.4CTC Dirshu 888-5-DIRSHU Hebrew Free Loan Assoc. of Wtby 203-548-9865

AUTO SALES & LEASING Comfort Auto 855-633-5800 Wheels to Lease 718-871-7749 BABY ESSENTIALS


WDW YELLOW PAGES COMMUNAL RESOURCES 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

Chani Sontag-Psychological Evaluations 917-880-2675 Malka Goldgrab–Speech Language Pathologist 845-826-0885 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

COMPUTER SALES & REPAIR ACR Computer 203-754-9688 Compufix 917-796-8016 Computer Technician (C. Aboud) 597-9052 Computer Consultant (P. Nugiel) 568-1803

ELECTRICIAN Accurate Electrical Contractors 203-509-7027 Power Cell Electric 203-982-8053 ELECTRONICS Radio Shack 203-754-7600 Sears Outlet 860-665-8101 Wireless Zone 203-755-6629

CONTRACTOR / REMODELING Aspen Roofing & Contracting 877-315-9726 Axela Construction 203-573-9870 ext. 206 Axela Kitchens 203-573-9870 ext. 205 Jim Battistrada 203-591-1656 Prime Renovations 203-695-9754 Vesta Homes Inc. 203-754-0917

FENCING Master Fence Co. 203-574-4011

COUNSELING Bracha Mayer, MSW 845-659-9391 Chani Sontag MA, LPC 917-880-2675

FINANCIAL SERVICES E-Z Miles 718.EZ.MILES (396-4537) Fidelity Payment Services 855-794-7348 Q Card Payment Services 877-705-7725 732-987-7765 YM Deals 732-966-3328

CRAFTS/FABRICS J-Mar Crafts 203-753-1815 Jo-Ann Fabrics 203-757-0662 Michael’s 203-597-1336

FLOORING Capitol Wood Flooring 203-575-8300 Sanco Hardwood Flooring 203-592-6688 Tommy’s Hardwood Flooring 860-561-9776

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 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 203-573-1061 Wal-Mart 203-759-1000

FLORISTS Dutch Flower Lady 203-419 0232 O’Rourke & Birch Florists 203-756-7857 Orchid Florist 203-573-0690 FRAMING & ART SHOP Goldsmiths 203-757-0356 The Frame Shop 203-754-1655 Michael’s 203-597-1336 FURNITURE 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

DRY CLEANERS Mar-Vic Cleaners 203-754-3952 Perry’s Dry Cleaners 203-753-3161

GARDENERS Palombo’s Lawn Care 860-274-1169 SDW Property Maintenance 203-528-4001 W Lawncare (Y.M. Weinreb) 203-816-5296

EDUCATION Ahuva Oberlander-Special Ed Tutoring 203-757-8585 Chaynie Nath-Academic Evaluations 203-437-5447

GRAPHICS & WEB DESIGN Aliza Nugiel 203-568-1803 Leebah Stephens 203-233-6399


WDW YELLOW PAGES GLASSES / EYEWEAR Opticare 203-574-2020 Trocchi Optometry 203-753-5665

Holiday Inn of Waterbury 203-706-1000

GUTTER CLEANING / POWER WASHING Affordable Powerwashing 203-597-7075 HAIRCUTS C&C Hair Salon 203-597-1000 Cost Cutters 203-596-7993 Dani Diamond 216-551-4077 Chaim E. Linda (upsherin) 203-596-8198 Supercuts 203-574-0642

INK / TONER Chaim Aboud 203-597-9052/718-207-9328 INSURANCE AmeriClaims Adjusters (Sol Harel) 860-523-7982 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

HANDYMAN David Scott 203-565-4886 Sruli Weisz 917-468-8171 Levi Yudkin 203-724-7127 HEALTH, FITNESS & BEAUTY Anne Drost, Electrologist 203-753-5343 Carmine Elizabeth’s Spa 203-598-3444 Central Cosmetics (Shani Metz) 203-757-9893 Frum Karate (Mordechai Genut) 718-801-6882 Jewish Hypnosis (Orli Katz) 203-565-3324 Kosher Vitamins Corp. 800-645-1899 Beth Salzberg, Personal Trainer 860-233-3443 Lisa Scappini, Personal Trainer & Nutritionist 203-217-0616 Mind Matters Hypnosis (Lisa Zachio) 860-693-6448 ProDermix Probiotics 845-520-3157 YMCA 203-754-2181 HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING David Dostaller 203-808-4404 HOME & HARDWARE Bender Plumbing 203-756-8013 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

JUDAICA Bais Hasforim (Monsey) 845-371-1495 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 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 MAGAZINES, NEWSPAPERS, BOOKS Ami Magazine 718.534.8800 Binah Magazine 718-305-5200 Book Binding–Yehuda Golub 443-986-4602 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 MAILING SERVICES Accurate Mailing Services 203-758-0430

HOSIERY Double Header Hose & Bows 212-787-7778 HOTELS Courtyard by Marriot 203-596-1000 Crowne Plaza Danbury 203-794-0600


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

WDW YELLOW PAGES MOHEL Rabbi Dov Greer 203-786-3097 Rabbi Yehoushua Krohn 800-babyboy

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 (Meir Fischer / Leorah Elin) 203-805-0875 Prudential Realty (Lisa Klein) 203-368-2412 Showcase Realty (John) 860-274-7000

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

REAL ESTATE MANAGEMENT CK Investments 203-755-3702 Liberty Management 203-755-0677

MOVING & STORAGE Schulgasser Brothers 973-458-9658 Waterbury Self Storage 203-574-2764

RESTAURANTS & FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS 613 (Stamford) 203-614-8777 Ami’s Bagels 203-596-9020 CT Kosher Bakery Distr. 203-742-0038 Dargene Kosher Food Distr. 631-766-5914 Desserts & Dips by Rachel 240-501-3065 Dippy’s 203-574-1809 Eden Wok (New Rochelle) 914-637-9363 Fascias’s Chocolates 203-753-0515 Kosher Heaven (7 Eleven) 203 527-8388 Mike’s Center Cafe 203-401-1277 Rita’s (Southington) 860-276-8829 Soosh (Stamford) 203-658-7505 Swirl Coffee Shop (New Rochelle) 914-637-7500 Waterbury Kosher World 203-757-4992

MUSIC / MUSIC LESSONS Elisha Freedman–One Man Band 917-533-0758 Mr. Music (Matisyahu Nettleton) 203-318-4099 Yisroel Levine 845-608-1669 NOTARY PUBLIC Raphael Deutsch 203-573-0782 OFFICE SUPPLIES Advantage Business Systems 203-929-3769 Staples 203-573-0925 PAINTER / PAINT SUPPLIES ACE Painting 860-945-0779 / 203-509-9996 Brass City Paint 475-235-4952 G. Fusco Painting 203-757-1384

ROOFING Crown Roofing 203-212-8826

PAPER GOODS & PARTY SUPPLIES It’s A 718-234-3951 Party Elegance & Gifts 203-754-GIFT Party Plus 203-879-9951 The Perfect Party 203-596-1853 Shannon’s Party Props 203-879-2711

SHEITELS / SHEITEL MACHER Rivka Sara Gewirtzman 845-304-6400 Tzipora Abraham 845-519-0246

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 Dostaller 203-808-4404 Seasonal Plumbing 203-650-0840

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 Southbury Green 978-741-1650 West Farms Mall (Farmington) 860-561-3024 SILVER POLISHING & REPAIR Buffers 203-281-0101 (Hamden) SILVER RETAILER Signature Silver (Monsey) 845-578-1760

PRINTERS Kramer Printing 203-933-5416 Minuteman Press 203-755-8842 Sir Speedy 203-346-0716 Space Age Copy 203-756-2001

SOFER Lishkas Hasofer (Monsey) 845-425-9268






SPORTING GOODS B&G Sports Co. 203-757-2571 Modell’s 203-591-9404 Sports Authority 203-753-7330

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 Energize CT 877-947-3873 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 203-574-8205 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

SUCCAH SALES Connecticut’s Succah Outlet 203-756-5566 Succah Sales (Yechiel Munk) 203-577-9995 SUPERMARKETS Gourmet Glatt (Cedarhurst) 516-569-2662 Jarjura’s Farm 203-757-7777 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 TAILORING Lilly's Alterations & Tailoring 203-596-0675 Mar Vic 203-754-3952 Molly Couture 860-890-7899 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 E-Z Miles 718.EZ.MILES (396-4537) Ideal Tours 845-425-3300 Platinum Airfare 651-356-1933 732-987-7765 Travel Plaza 732-367-8500 TravelCell 1-877-CELLPHONE Traveler's Choice 212-868-8698 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 VACUUM CLEANERS Connecticut Sew & Vac 203-574-7781 WINDOWS Naugatuck Window & Glass 203-729-4536 Valley View Windows 203-558-1515 Waterbury Glass & Mirror 203-573-0333

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HEALTHCARESERVICES DOCTORS Acupuncturist Mordechai Genut 718-801-6882 Allergist Dr. David Dreyfus 203-527-8172 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 203-577-1050 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 CT Family Dental 203-574-2725 Dr. Joseph Statkevich 203-574-3343 Dr. Tony Lepore (Pediatric) Sthbry 203-264-1497 Dr. Stephen Rothman New Haven 203-562-4143 Dr. Gil Rubin 203-263-2853 Dr. Alan Wolkoff 203-753-2274 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 (Dr. Peterson) 203-574-2020 Trocchi Optometry 203-753-5665 Vision Associates of Prospect (Dr. Kline & Dr. Gelinas) 203-758-5555 Orthodondist Dr. Friedman 203-573-8034

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Orthopedist Dr. John Keggi 203-598-0700 Dr. Michael Kaplan 203-758-1272 Dr. Charles Raferty 203-758-2003 Dr. Dennis Rodin 203-755-0165 Hanger Orthotics 203-755-8840 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 CT 203-755-2999 Physical Therapy Access Rehab 203-598-0400 Advance Therapy Assoc. 203-577-3700 Podiatrist Dr. Bruce Vinokur 203-755-2050 Dr. Mchugh & Assoc. 860-274-1773 Pulmonologist Dr. David Hill 203-759-3666 Psychologist / Mental Health 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 Rheumatologist Dr. David Podell 203-572-7281 Dr. Lawrence Zemel (Pediatric) 203-545-9395 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 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

F.Y.I. Ongoing classes, events and happenings around Waterbury

Coming Soon to Waterbury… BOWS BY BYW! Beautiful bows and headbands, for weekday or Shabbos, made by the students of Bais Yaakov. All profits to Tzedaka. $5 per bow or headband. Buy 5 get the 6th free! Custom Options available. Spring & summer colors: Denim, Burlap, Leather, Suede, Cotton, Tulle. On display at the Waterbury Junee and at BYW.

■ Yoga Class for Women Wednesdays from 8:15-9:15 pm. Contact Sima Braunstein for more information. ■ Exercise Classes for Women & Girls Raizy Gutman’s fitness class for women (only instrumental music). Tues. mornings at 9:15 and Wed. evenings at 7:45. Now offering classes for high school girls Wed. evenings at 7:45. Call or text Raizy at 203-982-6167. ■ Swimming for Women Mondays and Wednesday evenings from 7:15-8:15 at the YMCA. Call the YMCA to register at 203-754-2181.

New shiur for women! Women's Motzai Shabbos halacha shiur given by Rabbi Sonnenschein. Topics vary. Call Orli Katz for more information 203-755-7328.

■ Tali Fischer’s Dance Class for Girls Call Tali Fischer for more information at 203-596-0606. ■ Boys Karate Frum Karate Classes for boys ages 4-7 and 8-12. For more information visit

New Gemach: CD sets on Marriage and Shalom Bayis available to borrow. Call Ita Selengut at 917-757-6410

■ Chofetz Chaim Tiferes Groups for Women Once a month around Rosh Chodesh at the home of Shoshie Levine. Call 203528-3650.

Don’t miss the Kids Fun Fair in Hartford at the XL Center on March 22nd from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. A fun family event with rides, games, and a chance to interact with exotic animals. Feed and pet the animals and enjoy camel and pony rides too! Call 860-491-3421.

■ Ladies’ Shidduch Meeting Call Blimie Lazenga at 203-596-9932 for more info. ■ Waterbury Women’s Rosh Chodesh Group Monthly gatherings for inspiration and enjoyment at 99 Crescent St. at 8pm. Call Mina Eisenbach at 475-235-2254. A project of Chabad of Northwest CT.

Mystic Seaport has an "Educators' Weekend" in April (this year it's Sunday, April 19th). They let teachers and their families (up to 4 people) in free of charge. As admission to the seaport is trip, this is a great opportunity! Check out their website for more details.

■ YKW & BYW School Uniforms Uniforms are available for purchase in Water-bury. Call Mrs. Merenstein at 203597-9093.


Waterbury Community Shiurim Daf Yomi Shiurim:

Dirshu Daily Mishna Brurah Shiur, given by R’ Tzvi Thaler. Sun–Thurs, 8:008:30pm, followed by Maariv, in the Beis Medrash Katan of the Yeshiva.

• Given by Rabbi Moshe Don Kestenbaum at Yeshiva, weekdays at 7:00 am, Shabbos time varies. • Given 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 203-7073148.

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.

• Given by R' Shuly Lieber at B’nai Shalom, weekdays after 7 am shacharis, Sundays 40 min. before shacharis.

Weekly Ladies’ Shiur on Wed. nights at 8:30 PM by R' Sonnenschein at B’nai Shalom.

• Given by Rabbi Yaakov Metz on Friday & Shabbos in Blue Ridge. Call R’ Metz at 203-707-3148 for more information.

Women's Shabbos Shiur Shabbos afternoon 11/2 hours before Mincha at alternating locations. Weekly announcement in Yeshiva and B’nai Shalom or call Orli Katz at 203-7557328.

Night Kollel in Yeshiva under the direction of Rabbi Chaim Cohen, Rabbi Tzvi Thaler, Rabbi Shea Lazenga offers two tracks: Hilchos Tevilas Keilim and Gemara Maseches Brachos. Weekly Chaburos and monetary incentives.

Women's Motzai Shabbos Halacha Shiur given by Rabbi Sonnenschein. Call Orli Katz for more information 203755-7328.

Morning Halacha Kollel Monday through Friday from 6:00 am to 7:00 am at B’nai Shalom. For more information contact Rabbi Menachem Chaifetz or Avi Rosenbaum.

Likras Shabbos – Erev Shabbos Learning Program for boys ages 10 and up, 20 minutes before Shabbos at B'nai Shalom. Call R’ Brecher at 203753-4176.

Afternoon Mechanchim Kollel daily from 4:30-6:00 pm at B’nai Shalom. Everyone in the community is invited to join. Call R’ Sonnenschein at 203-9100158 for more info.

Avos U’Banim Father/Son Learning Program on Motzei Shabbos in Yeshiva, 2 hours after sh'kiah. Call Shraga Feivel Siegfried at 203-759-5653 or Yaakov Reiss at 203-527-7200.

Night Kollel from 8:15 pm to 9:30 pm at B’nai Shalom under the direction of R’ Sonnenschein & R' Yehuda Tzvi Selengut. Shiurim & Chavrusos are available. The current limud is Maseches Avoda Zara.

Connecticut Torah Connection An outreach program offering local Connecticut professionals the opportunity to learn Torah once a week with a study partner. Every Tuesday Evening, 7 pm - 8 pm at Bnai Shalom. To participate please contact: 860.785.4CTC,,

Navi Shiur given by R' Sonnenschein in B'nai Shalom every Shabbos, 1/2 hour before mincha. This 30 min. shiur is followed by mincha.


!cuy kzn MAZEL TOV TO: Mr. and Mrs. Chaim Aboud on the birth of a baby boy Mr. and Mrs. Chananya Abraham on the birth of a baby girl Mr. and Mrs. Chagai Barak on the birth of a baby boy Mr. and Mrs. Mayer Behrend on the birth of a baby girl Mr. and Mrs. Volvi Benedek on the birth of a baby boy Mr. and Mrs. Shloime Ehrenreich on the birth of a baby girl Mr. and Mrs. Volvi Benedek on the birth of a baby boy Mr. and Mrs. Chaim Lesser on the birth of a baby girl Mr. and Mrs. Mo Schwartz on the birth of a baby girl


Rabbi and Mrs. Yossi Eisenbach upon Mendel's Bar Mitzvah


Miss Bassie Maizes on her engagement to Boruch Rennert MAZEL TOV TO THE YESHIVA’S NEWEST CHASSAN:

Moishe Groundland

Welcome! A warm welcome to the community’s newest family: Azi & Shaindi Gendelman and family Shlomie & Sarah Kramer Hatzlacha Raba in your new homes!





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Torah Connection

By: Genendel Krohn

The study hall in Bnai Shalom is bustling with activity on this ordinary Tuesday night. The frigid weather outside belies the warm, embracing atmosphere that permeates the air inside. Listening to the fevered pitch of the learning and observing the congenial ambiance, one might assume this is an assemblage of seasoned Torah scholars plumbing the depths of Torah together. In fact, it is a gathering of men and women from across the Jewish spectrum, who have joined together to explore their heritage. The table on the side – elegantly set with pastries and drinks – lends a comfortable air and a spirit of camaraderie envelopes the room. Connecticut Torah Connection, recently launched by Rabbi Baruch Levine and Rabbi Shneur Levine, is an outreach program offering local Connecticut professionals the opportunity to learn Torah once a week in an informal environment. Every Tuesday evening between the hours of 7:00 and 8:00 pm, the study hall is filled with participants who have come to reconnect with their glorious roots. They return each week because they enjoy the intellectual stimulation of the learning and they cherish the friendships that have been formed. Velvet kippahs, knitted kippahs, or no kippahs – each person is accepted and respected as an individual, regardless of his personal level of observance. Following the long-standing tradition of learning with chavrusahs (Torah partners), each participant is partnered with a personal mentor who has an advanced background in Torah scholarship. Unlike the typical class where the lecturer speaks while the audience remains silent, the chavrusahs in Connecticut Torah Connection learn together interactively, as every pair delves into Jewish topics of mutual interest such as Ethics, the Torah’s Perspective on Marriage, Gemara (Talmud) and more.


Attorney Gary Broder, a Waterbury native, has been an active member of the larger Jewish community in Waterbury for many years. Born and raised Conservative, he was recently approached by someone who informed him about the Partners in Torah program hosted by Connecticut Torah Connection. He attended the first session and hasn’t missed a Tuesday night since. Despite his Jewish education in various areas, Attorney Broder did not have any background in Gemara. Connecticut Torah Connection has offered him the opportunity to begin studying it for the first time. “It gives a different perspective,” he shares. “In addition, I’ve established a good relationship with my chavrusa and I have a great deal of respect for him.” “I think the program is a great idea,” he continues. “It has impacted people who otherwise would not have exposure to this type of Torah study.” Walking around the room, it is evident that each of the study partners has their own unique flavor and style, as they explore an aspect of the Torah that speaks to them. Yet, at the same time, each group has the incredible feeling of being part of a greater whole as they join with the others in experiencing the joy of studying Torah together. For more information or to experience this for yourself, check out Connecticut Torah Connection’s website at or contact them at (860) 785-4CTC or




Mr. Yeshaya D'Amico By C. Figall

When asked how his family ended up in Waterbury Mr. Yeshaya D’Amico laughs. “We had actually never heard of Waterbury when we started community- hunting.” An intriguing chain of events led the D’Amicos to make the move and call Waterbury home. In 2004, and at the time residing in Brooklyn, Mr. D’amico began to search for an alternative place to raise his family. His research led him to first consider Passaic, NJ. He was at a maariv one Motzei Shabbos and his friend’s son in law (who had been teaching and living in New Haven) suggested they look into Connecticut as a possible option. The D’Amicos went to New Haven to check it out for a Shabbos. Realizing that New Haven was not for them the D’Amicos remembered that their host mentioned something about the community of Bridgeport. They contacted Rabbi Mendelsohn, the Rav there, about their various questions and to discuss chinuch options. Rabbi Mendelsohn suggested they speak to Rabbi Beller who was the principal of the community school in Fairfield (which has since closed). When The D’Amicos spoke with Rabbi Beller he said unequivocally that he felt the school in Waterbury would be much more of ideal place for them to send their children and a much more fitting match. As Mr. D’Amico recounts, he and his wife were not enamored at the thought of transporting their then two and five year old sixty miles a day to get to school. So at that point moving to Waterbury became a serious option. The main draw that led to their move was the Yeshiva K’tana. When they were checking out the community, he and his wife, Shira, met with Rabbi Brecher and Mr. Rafael Max the then-director of Yeshiva. As Mr. D’amico recalls, “We had about forty questions-and they answered all of them.” The class sizes were ideal and the D’Amicos were impressed by the warmth and caring of the staff. The D’Amicos thereafter spent a Shabbos at the Katz home in November 2004 and were sold. They moved into the community in June 2005 and were the eightieth family. Mr. D’Amico was able to continue working at his present job, and his wife found a job as a




ESL teacher in the public school system. Mr. D’Amico works as an attorney for the IRS but is perhaps better known in the community for his famous Calling Post which is a calling service that informs the community about important events, local happenings, simchos, etc. Mr. D’Amico credits Mr. Yisrael Elin with the original idea and being the force behind getting it started. About a year and a half after the D’Amicos moved in, Mr. Elin approached him and told him that the women in the community were finding it difficult to constantly call everyone about upcoming events and the like. He mentioned that there was a website called which was a great way to inform people of various events. Mr. D’Amico checked out the website and the Waterbury Calling Tree was born. His familiar bass voice (which he credits to his father being a radio announcer) has become the trademark symbol of what’s happening in Waterbury Mr. D’Amico, his wife, and their children all found their niche in Waterbury. While acknowledging that the community has grown and changed a lot over the years, Mr. D’Amico shared a thought about what he feels is an essential component for the successful continuity of our community. He brought down an interesting vort from his Rebbe from Yeshiva, Rabbi Meir Trebitz, who told it over to his shiur in the name of R’ Yaakov Kamenetsky. When Hashem wanted to create mankind He asked the seven middos if He should. Emes and Shalom both answered in the negative. Emes said don’t create man because he will lie and Shalom said don’t create man because he will fight and be in conflict. Hashem threw Emes down. The obvious question is why did Hashem single out Emes when Shalom too answered in the negative? R’ Yaakov answers that to make a single man you need Emes but mankind as a whole can exist even with lying. However, mankind cannot exist without Shalom. The essential ingredient for any community to exist and thrive is to recognize that we all agree to disagree. Our goal should always be to live in harmony with each other, despite our differences. As Mr. D’Amico said, “My mother always told me, not everyone will like you, but nor will everyone dislike you.” It is imperative that we live alongside each other, despite our differences and disagreements and keep Shalom paramount in our lives.





B’NAI SHALOM DAVENING TIMES Spring ‫תשע"ה‬ ‫ אביב‬- ‫שלום‬ ‫ קהל בני‬5775 / 2015 ‫זמני היום‬



8:03 8:08 8:12 8:14 8:15

8:04 8:09 8:12 8:14 8:15

‫מעריב‬/‫מנחה‬ ‫שלישי‬ 6:45 6:53 7:01 ‫פסח‬ 7:16 7:23 7:31 7:39 7:46 7:53 7:59 8:05 8:09 8:13 8:15 8:15

‫רביעי‬ 6:46 6:54 7:02 ‫פסח‬ 7:17 7:25 7:32 7:40 7:47 7:54 8:00 8:06 8:10 8:13 8:15 8:15

‫חמישי‬ 6:47 6:55 7:03 ‫פסח‬ 7:18 7:26 7:33 7:41 7:48 7:55 8:01 8:07 8:11 8:13 8:15 8:14

‫הדלקה‬ ‫עש"ק‬ 6:46 6:53 7:01 7:09 7:16 7:24 7:31 ‫ ל"ג‬7:39 7:46 7:53 7:59 8:04 8:08 8:11 8:12 8:11

‫שחרית‬ 8:00/9:00 8:00/9:00 ‫פסח‬ ‫פסח‬ 8:00/9:00 8:00/9:00 8:00/9:00 8:00/9:00 8:00/9:00 8:00/9:00 8:00/9:00 8:00/9:00 8:00/9:00 8:00/9:00 8:00/9:00 8:00/9:00

‫קריאת שמע‬ ‫שבת‬ 9:21/9:57 9:14/9:50 9:07/9:43 9:00/9:36 8:54/9:30 8:48/9:24 8:42/9:18 8:38/9:14 8:34/9:10 8:31/9:07 8:29/9:05 8:28/9:04 8:21/9:57 8:29/9:05 8:31/9:07 8:33/9:09



6:25 6:30 ‫פסח‬ ‫פסח‬ 6:55 7:05 7:10 7:20 7:25 7:30 7:40 7:45 7:45 7:50 7:50 7:50

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9:08 9:13 9:17 9:19 9:20 9:19

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‫שני‬ 6:44 6:52 7:00 ‫פסח‬ 7:15 7:22 7:30 7:38 7:45 7:52


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‫ראשון‬ 6:43 6:51 6:58 ‫פסח‬ 7:14 7:21 7:29 ‫פסח שני‬ 7:44 7:51




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‫שחרית‬: Sunday 8:00am/9:00am Monday-Friday 7:00am (‫ ראש חודש‬is shaded)

: (May 31-June 1) 6:30 Early Mincha 6:46   8:01 :/  8:20 : 9:05 :"  8:29 " 6:30 :  : 8:20 (Feb: 13-14) 5:05 :9:20 /:  9:32:("8:30 )":  * : 9:28 : "  8:52(June "28-29) 6:40 Early4:49 Mincha :  6:56  5:24  : 8:12 :/  6:24 : 8:20 : 6:36:(")"  9:08 :"  8:32 :"  - 6:30 :13-14)  (March 8:30 6:38 : /:  9:30 : 8:30 : 9:42 :(")" 

: * : (May 24-25) (May 17-18) 6:25 Early Mincha 6: 20 Early Mincha 6:41   6:36   7:56 :/  7:49 :/  8:20 : 8:25 : 9:07 :"  9:09 :"  8:31 " 8:33 " 6:30 :  6:30 :*: :  8:14 : 8:08  (Feb 6-7) (Jan :30-31) 4:569:14 ::  4:47 :9:08 /:  9:26:("8:30 )":  9:20:(" )":  8:30 : * :  9:32 :"  9:36 :"   8:56(June " 21-22) 9:00(June " 14-15) 6:40 Early Mincha 6:40 Early4:40 Mincha :  4:31 :  6:53 5:06  : 6:55   5:15 : 8:12 :/  8:10 :/  6:15 : 6:06 : 8:20 : 8:20 : 6:27:(")"  6:18:(")"  9:06 :"  9:05 :"  8:30 "*:  8:29 " : 6:30(March   6:30(Feb :27-28)  6-7) 8:30 :  8:28 5:22 : /:  5:30 : /  9:30 : 9:28 : 8:30 : 8:25 : 9:42: (")"  9:40:(")" 

: ( May 10-11) 6:15 Early Mincha 6:30   7:42 :/  8:25 : 9:13 :"  8:37 " 6:30 :  : 8:01  (Jan :23-24) 4:38 :9:01 /:  9:13:("8:30 )":  9:38 :*":  9:02 "(June  7-8) 6:35 Early4:23 Mincha :  6:50 4:58  : 8:06 :/  5:58 : 8:20 : 6:10:(")"  9:05 :"  8:29 "*: 6:30(Feb :20-21)  5:14 :8:25 /:  9:25 : 8:30 : 9:37:(")" 

YESHIVA ATERES SHMUEL OF WATERBURY Spring 5775 Shabbos Zmanim Schedule

10:10 :"  9:34 " 6:22 :*  (July 6:57 26-27) : 6:30 Early Mincha 7:57 : 6:44  8:09 :(" )" 

9:11 :"  8:35 " * 5:14   (July: 19-20) 5:49  6:35 Early Mincha 6:49 : 6:49  7:01 : (" )" 

9:17 :"  8:41 " * 5:06 :  (July 12-13) 5:41 : 6:40 Early Mincha 6:41 : 6:53   6:53:(")" 

9:23 :"  8:47 " 4:58* :-  (July 5-6) 5:33 : 6:40 Early Mincha 6:33 : 6:55   6:45:(")" 

9:24 :"  9:30 :"  9:50 :"  8:48 "  8:54 "*  9:14 "* 6:30 : 6:30 :  6:30(Aug :9-10)  (Aug 16 -17) (Aug 23-  24) 7:43 : 7:36 : 7:13 : 6:00 Early Mincha 6:10 Early Mincha 6:15 Early Mincha 8:36 : 6:15  8:43  : 6:23   6:32 8:13  : :(/" )"   8:48 :("/ )"  8:25 :("/ )"  7:218:55 : 7:32 :  7:42 :  8:30 : 8:30 : 8:30 : : *: : - 9:32 :22-23) "  9:29 "  9:27 :"8-9)  (May (May (May:15-16) 8:56 " Mincha 8:53 "Mincha 8:51 "Mincha 6:25:Early 6:20:Early 6:10:Early 6:30 :   6:30 :   6:30 :   6:39 :  6:34 :  6:28 :  7:38 : 7:48 : 7:58 : 7:53 :/  7:47 /  7:39 :/  8:38 :  8:48 :  8:58 8:20 : 8:25 : 8:30 ::  8:50 :(")"  9:00 :(")"  9:10 :(")"  9:08 :"  9:11 :"  9:14 :"  8:32 " 8:35 " 8:38 " Note: Mincha6:30 on Shabbos is always 40 min. before shkiah, never later than 6:30. :  6:30 :but  6:30 :  Maariv on 8:12 Motzei Shabbos is always 60 min. after shkiah. : 8:06 : 7:58 : Zmanim for Shavuos will be posted separately. 9:12 : 9:06 : 8:58 : *Yeshiva off Shabbos 9:24 :(")"  9:18 :(")"  9:10 :(")" 

9:21 " 6:30 :*  7:05 : (Aug 2-3) 8:05 : 6:25 Early Mincha :(" )"  6:388:17 

7:58 :/  8:30 : : 9:20 :"-  (April 8:44 " 24-25) 6:00:Early Mincha 6:30 :  6:17 : : 8:15 7:24 :/  9:15 : 9:27 :("8:30 )": 

8:04 :/  8:30 : 9:17 :":  (April 8:41 " 17-18) 5:55:Early Mincha 6:30 :  6:11 :8:21  : 7:17 :/9:21  : 9:33 :("8:30 )": 

8:08/  8:25 : : 9:14 :" * (March 8:38 " 27-28) 5:40:Early Mincha 6:30 :  5:54 : : 8:26 6:54 :/  9:26 : 8:30 9:38 :(" )": 

8:11 :/  8:25 : 9:11 :":  (March 8:35 " 20-21) 6:30 :  6:46 :8:29 /:  8:30  9:29 :   9:41 :(9:57 ")":"

7:50 :/  8:30- : :  9:23 :"1-2)  (May 8:47  "  6:05:Early Mincha 6:30 :   6:22 :  8:07 : 7:32 :/  9:07 :: 8:30  9:19 :(")" 

9:19 :"  8:43 " 6:30   7:51:  8:51 : 9:03: (")" 

Note: Mincha on Shabbos is always 35 min. before shkiah, but no later than 6:30. Maariv on Motzei Shabbos is always 60 min. after shkiah. Zmanim for Purim and Pesach will be posted separately. *Yeshiva off Shabbos

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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 Sunday 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 26

The Waterbury Eruv


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. 27

WATERBURYGEMACHIM Baby Items: Bris Outfit 203-591-1141 (Freedman) 203-591-8926 (Kalish) Bris Pillow 203-573-8205 (Krohn) 203-591-8926 (Kalish) Car Seat Carrier Travel Cart 203-626-2266 (Groner) 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) Sorala's Baby Gemach 203-518-9596 2 Hiking Backpack/Carriers 203-755-2736 (Feld)

Hot Plate 203-755-7328 (Katz) 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 Judaic Lending Library 203-574-3395 (Bernstein) 732-330-5569 (Brownstein) MP3 Players for Shiurim 203-757-9893 (Metz) Medical Equipment:

NEW! Hospital Bed, Wheelchair, walker, cane 860-777-7128 (Ruth Weissman) Crutches - child, adjustable 203-419-0037 (Heavenrich) Nebulizer 203-753-4176 (Brecher) 203-597-0314 (Thaler) Wheelchair 203-755-6615 (Eli Scher)

Beds & Bedding: Electric Air Pump (for air mattresses and the like) 845-608-3346 (Modlinger) 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) Siddurim 203-591-8529 (Bornstein) Soup Pot - 24 quart 203-591-9080 (Chaifetz)

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Folding Table 203-753-4176 (Brecher) 203-759-1692 (Friedland) 203-510-6904 (Handelsman) 203-527-7200 (Reiss) Folding Chairs 203-510-6904 (Handelsman) 203-755-7328 (Katz) 203-527-7200 (Reiss) Furniture Gemach Donations accepted 203-574-3395 (Bernstein) Hand Truck 203-591-9080 (Chaifetz) 203-626-2228 (Groner) heavy duty Handyman Services: Free oil furnace start-up 203-917-796-8016 (P. Nugiel)


Tehillim Booklets 203-755-0582 (Barth) Tefillin Sfard & Ashkenaz 203-509-0474 (Yitzchok Katz) Tools 203-597-8126 (Gutman) Torah Tape/CD Library 203-755-0582 (Barth) 203-419-0613 (Gigi) 203-757-9893 (Metz) MP3 players available 203-591-8938 (Schuck) NEW! CD sets on Marriage and Shalom Bayis 917-757-6410 (Ita Selengut) Toys 203-755-5081 (Gottesman)


WATERBURYGEMACHIM Uniforms for Yeshiva K’tana Plus New & Used Clothing 203-568-1803 (Nugiel)

Gown Gemach Ladies & Children 203-755-7328 (Katz) Simcha Items: Bentchers 203-755-6615 (Eli Scher)

Zman Magazines 203-755-4155 (Nath) 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)

Glass Stemware 203-573-8205 (Krohn) Tablecloths 203-596-7569 (Handelsman) White & cream Bais Yaakov of Waterbury Tablecloth Gemach 917-923-7265 (T. Hoberman) Large Selection! Reasonable rates!

Simcha Apparel: Gown Directory Women & Girls 203-573-8205 (Krohn) See below for directory

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 ◆ Girls Gowns, cream sizes 2&5 Gili Gigi 203-419-0613 ◆ 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 • New! Grey gowns in many sizes. • 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, 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

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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: 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, R' Reuven Poupko or Dr. Larry Scheer. n Hatzalah of Waterbury 203-754-4200 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 n Shatnez Testing The Waterbury Shatnez Laboratory is in the midst of a transition and is temporarily closed. Shatnez checking is available in Monsey by calling 845-356-5707 and at the Brooklyn Shatnez Lab - 718-382-5689


n The N’shei 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: Hachnasas Orchim

Welcome packages for new families and Shabbos hostess packages for visiting families are available by calling Suri Cohen at ,203-600-3826, Shaindy Gershonowitz at 203-841-0816 or Chana Kolodny at 908-333-5746. If you know of a family who just moved in, please call Carol Soriano at 203-5967160, who will arrange a weeknight meal and Tehila Hoberman at 917-9237265, who will arrange Shabbos seudos. For those considering relocation to Waterbury, arrangements can be made to visit for Shabbos by calling Esti Sonnenschein at 203-573-8806. Meal Planning Provides meals for women after childbirth, for new families that have moved in or for any other special circumstances. Please call Rivka Gross at 203-757-6918 or Carol Soriano at 203-247-0911. For Blue Ridge, call Malky Russ at 203-5758353 or Faygie Beller at 347-414-0787. There are also freezers stocked with precooked meals, cooked under Carol Soriano's supervision, for short termed circumstances. To arrange for pick up please call: Faygie Beller 347-414-0787 Aaron Sapirman 203-228-9843 Miriam Zelcer 917-535-1179

Chaynie Nath 203-437-5447 Sara Scher 646-469-0026

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, Seforim and Jewish books for adults and children. Ask a nurse to help you locate the pantry for Jewish patients. For more information, call 203-574-3395. For questions about the N’shei of Waterbury, to join our email/texting group or to volunteer, please contact Rivka Sara Gewirtzman at 845-304-6400, Rena Sapirman at 203-596-1488 or Rachel Shteierman at 240-501-3065. 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 wcp06710 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: 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. 31








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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. Stop & Shop / Walmart 16. Brass Mill Shopping Mall 17. U  niversity of Connecticut 18. Public Library 19. Mikvah of Waterbury 186 Roseland Avenue 20. Ami’s Bagels 33

“Overlooking the Hillside” ————————

A closer look at our neighborhoods to help you get around.





Blue Ridge Estates ————————


KOSHER IN CONNECTICUT For the benefit of our readers, the What's Doing in Waterbury presents a selection of some of Connecticut's favorite kosher food spots.

Waterbury Ami's Hot Bagels 111 Thomaston Avenue 203- 596-9020

Edge of the Woods 379 Whalley Avenue 203-787-1055

Soosh 2701 Summer Street 203- 658-7505

Large health food store with a Sushi Bar, salad, soup full milchig and parve hot buffet Hashgacha: Chof-K Bagels, dairy & pareve spreads and salad bar with many different Va'ad HaKashrus of Fairfield County types of food selections. Trumbull Va'ad HaKashrus of Fairfield County

Kosher World 701 Cooke Street 203-757-4992

Fully stocked grocery and pizza shop all under one roof. Vaad Hakashrus of Waterbury

7-Eleven (Kosher Heaven) 511 Cooke Street 203-527-8388 Hot dogs and wraps-fresh and made to order. Cholov Yisroel products also available. Vaad Hakashrus of Waterbury

Shoprite of Waterbury 943 Wolcott Street 203- 756-5614 Huge selection of dairy, meat and packaged items as well as bagels and fresh deli. Vaad Hakashrus of Waterbury

New Haven Claire’s Corner Copia 1000 Chapel Street 203-562-3888 Vegetarian Restaurant Hashgacha: Rabbi David Avigdor and the Vaad Hakashrus of Fairfield County

Westville Kosher Meat Market 95 Amity Road 203-389-1723

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Westfield Mall 5065 Main Street 203-373-7737

Large assortment of bagels, Meat market and full service deli muffins, coffee and tea. and fresh baked goods. Hashgacha: Chof-K (non-Cholov Va'ad HaKashrus of Fairfield County Yisroel)

Stamford Fairway Market 699 Canal Street 203-388-9815 Thousands of kosher items, including meat, poultry, cheese, bakery, coffees, teas, packaged goods, and specialty products. Hashgacha: CHOF-K

Mike's Center Cafe @ the JCC 1035 Newfield Avenue

West Hartford Crown Supermarket 2471 Albany Avenue 860-236-1965 Many kosher grocery items. They carry products with various hashgachos so check labels carefully before purchasing. Hashgacha: Greater Hartford Kashrut Group

Big Y Supermarket 772 N. Main Street 860-236-1505

203- 321-0051 Bagels, bakery items, breakfast Many kosher grocery items. menu and pizza They carry products with various Va'ad HaKashrus of Fairfield County hashgachos so check labels carefully before purchasing. Six Thirteen Hashgacha: Greater Hartford 108 Prospect Street Kashrut Group 203-614-8777 Deli and Steakhouse Hashgacha: OU

The What’s Doing does not endorse any particular kashrus agency. Please do your own research.


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Bikur Cholim: Food supply is stocked on a regular basis at the St. Mary’s Hospital Maternity Ward.

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Welcome packages and meal arrangements for new families as well as Shabbos hostess packages for visiting families are available by calling:

Rivka Gross 203-757-6918 Carol Soriano 203-247-0911

Suri Cohen: 203-600-3826 Shaindy Gershonowitz: 203-841-0816 Tehila Hoberman 917-923-7265 Chana Kolodny 908-333-5746

Blue RidGe: Malky Russ 203-575-8353 Faygie Beller 347-414-0787

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Banner Year of Achievement!

Waterbury Hospital— in the top 5% nationally for clinical excellence.

For the second year in a row, Waterbury Hospital was named one of America’s 100 Best in critical care.

For the second consecutive year, Waterbury Hospital was recognized as “Most Wired” for use of advanced information technology for patient safety.

Nationally Recognized HealthStream Top Award Winner for Outstanding Patient Experience.

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Waterbury Hospital is recognized in the top 10% of hospitals for pulmonary care.




Exceptional care. Every patient. Every day. At Saint Mary’s, we’re dedicated to providing

These accomplishments make Saint Mary’s

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not just a leading hospital in Connecticut,

our patients. Recently, state and national

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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 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.





Drs. Bruce and Marilyn Vinokur* ** and Dr. Jessica Vinokur

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Welcome New Patients

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Pediatric Associates of Conn., P.C. is pleased to welcome

Cynthia Roque, M.D. to their practice.

A native of Waterbury, Dr. Roque will be available to see pediatric and adolescent patients beginning August 19, 2013. Evening & Saturday Appointments Available

Call 203-755-2999

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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:

Yale MFM specialists are also available at Waterbury and St. Mary’s Hospital for your convenience.





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Services We Provide: Kosher World  Hospital  Pantries Kosher  World  generously  sponsors  the   food  that  is  stocked  in  both  Saint  Mary’s   and  Waterbury  Hospitals.    The  Bikur   Cholim  area  in  Saint  Mary’s  is  located  in   the  Maternity  Ward  and  features  a  full   fridge/freezer  stocked  with  both   perishable  and  non-­‐perishable  foods  and   a  pantry  area  with  addiKonal  food,  as   well  as  sefarim,  books,  and  other  items  a   frum  paKent  may  need.

Bikur Cholim  meals Bikur  Cholim  assists  families  with  short   term  meal  assistance.    Frozen  meals  are   precooked  under  the  watch  of  Mrs.  Carol   Soriano  and  ready  at  any  Kme  if  an   urgent  need  arises.    Simply  call  one  of  the   numbers  listed  below  to  arrange  for  food   pick  up.  You  can  call  on  your  own  behalf   or  on  behalf  of  someone  else.    All  calls   will  remain  confidenKal. Faygie Beller 347-414-0787 Chaynie Nath 203-437-5447 Aaron Sapirman 203-228-9843

Kimpeturin Hot  Lunch Mrs.  Rikki  Groner  has  spearheaded  a   brand  new  iniKaKve-­‐Kimpeturin  Hot   Lunch.    She  will  deliver  a  hot  lunch  to   new  mothers  in  the  hospital  if  provided   with  24  hour  noKce.    This  service  is  also   available  to  other  hospitalized  paKents.     In  memory  of  Yehuda  Aryeh  Leib  ben   Yechiel  Michel.

Sara Scher 646 469 0026 Miriam Zelcer 917 535 1179

Pregnancy Loss  Packet To  help  ease  the  pain  felt  when   experiencing  pregnancy  loss  we  are   stocked  with  packets  from  ATIME

Hospital and  Home  Visitation We  are  just  a  phone  call  away  from  a  paKent  in  need  of  a  warm  smile  and  a  concerned   friendly  face.

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Lands’ End and French Toast will contribute up to 5% of sales directly to Yeshiva K’tana. If you do order from either of these companies please use our School code number: Land’s End: 9001-0402-7 French Toast: QS5YKXL

ShopRite for Education/ Stop & Shop A+

When you register your ShopRite Price Plus or Stop & Shop number for our school, every dollar you spend is 1 point towards our school. We redeem those points for school equipment. Please call Malki Elefant at 203-437-6800 to sign up. (Signing up does not detract from other promotions.) ShopRite Gift Cards When you buy ShopRite gift cards through Yeshiva, 5% goes to Yeshiva! Then use them as cash when you buy your groceries. Call 203-756-1800 for details.


“Box Tops” can be found on hundreds of products from General Mills, Ziploc, Kleenex and more! Simply cut out the coupons and call Devora Karr at 203-757-4464 to arrange for a pickup. Or, send it in with a Yeshiva K’tana student for the monthly raffle. Each box top is equivalent to 10¢. We collected over $500 last year! Box Tops Marketplace - Another way to help is at the Box Tops Marketplace where you can shop at over 60 stores including JCPenney and Lands’ End. Shop through the website, and a portion is automatically donated to our school!

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The Waterbury Exchange has given OVER $1000 directly to Yeshiva K’tana. That means they’ve SAVED families over $6,000 in clothing, baby gear, furniture, books and toys. Shop @ Waterbury Exchange, where ALL your money goes to Yeshiva K’tana! Call 203-568-1803 for an appointment.

If you have a Target RedCard (credit or debit), choose Yeshiva K’tana of Waterbury as your designated school, and Target will donate 1% of all your Target and purchases to us!!!

NEW! When you buy Waterbury Kosher World Gift Cards through Yeshiva K’tana, 5% of your purchase goes to Yeshiva K’tana! Plus, when you buy $300 in Gift Cards, you receive a $10 voucher towards your next Pizza outing!


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Stepping Stones Museum for Children 303 West Ave., Mathews Park Norwalk, CT, (203) 899-0606

MUSEUMS: Connecticut Science Center Hartford, CT, (860) 724-3623 Endless exploration for children and adults with 150 hands-on exhibits, 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, and a pint-size post office.

Frank Chiarenza Museum of Glass 39 W. Main St, Meriden, CT, (203) 639-9778

An interactive learning center for ages 1-10. Hands-on exhibits and programs involving themes of the arts, science, technology, culture and heritage.

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 & 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.

One of the premier collections of rare and unusual mould-blown and pressed glass in the country.

Kidcity Children’s Museum 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.

M Kids Play Torrington, CT (860)-618-7700 New children’s museum with fun, hands-on exhibits to play and interact with.

Lutz Children’s Museum 247 S. Main street (Rte. 83) Manchester, (860) 643-0949

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.

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.

PEZ Visitor Center 35 Prindle Hill Rd, Orange, CT 203-298-0201

Youngsters explore and join in special activities. Hands-on exhibits, live animals, picnic area.

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.


Take a self-guided tour through the candy manufacturing facility. There are viewing windows into the production floor as well as video monitors that detail the entire process of how their dispensers and candy are created.




Old Sturbridge Village Sturbridge, MA (508) 347-3362

Corn Maze: Open September through October.

Litchfield Hills Blueberry Farm 23 Schrowback Road, Plymouth, CT (860) 283-9571

A living museum which depicts life in an early 19th-century rural Village. Features costumed historians, antique buildings, water-powered mills, and a working farm. You can view antiques, meet heritage breed animals, and take part in hands-on crafts.

Pick your own blueberries while you enjoy the beautiful view of the Litchfield Hills. They measure what you pick and charge by the pint.

Lyman Orchards Rte. 147 & Rte. 157 Middlefield, CT, 860-349-1793

FARMS & GARDENS Corn Maze Middlefield, CT 860-349-1793

A duck pond, a corn field maze, special events and festivals for the whole family! Pick berries, peaches, pears, apples, pumpkins and more!

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.

March Farms 159 Munger Lane, Bethlehem, CT (203) 266-7721

Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens 915 Prospect Ave. Hartford, CT (860) 722-6541

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

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.

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.

Field View Dairy Farm

707 Derby Turnpike (Route 34) Orange, CT (203) 795-5415

Pickin’ Patch Nod Rd, Avon, CT, (860) 677-9552

Daily cow milking at 4:30pm, including Sundays. Viewing is free of charge.

Pick-your-own fruits and vegetables, bedding plants (spring), hay wagon rides to the pumpkin patch in Oct.

Flamig Farm 7 Shingle Mill Rd. West Simsbury, CT (860) 658-5070

Silverman’s Farm 451 Sport Hill Road, Easton, CT 203-261-3306

Farm animal petting zoo (Apr.-Nov.). Horse-drawn hay, sleigh, carriage & pony rides, yearround, weather permitting.

Pick your own fruits in season, visit farm animals and large farm market with a variety of produce. Call for information on seasonal events.

Castle Hill Farm 25 Sugar Lane, Newtown, CT (203) 426-5487

White Flower Farm Rte. 63, Litchfield, CT, 10 acres of display gardens, 30 acres of growing fields. Peak bloom June-Sept., garden store.

The ultimate wiggly, curly, twisting paths cut into 7 acres of corn. Weekend hayrides and pony rides too.





ENTERTAINMENT: Action Wildlife Goshen, CT, (860) 482-4465 A drive-through safari and petting zoo located on 116 acres of beautiful fields.

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.

Sonny’s Place SOMERS, CT A perfect spring outing for the whole family! They have loads of activities for all ages including Rock Climbing, a 590 foot long zip line journey taking you 110 feet into the air, a beautifully designed 18 hole Miniature Golf course, state- of–the- art Batting Cages with baseball and softball, Go Karts and a new 7,000 square foot arcade room with a huge variety of games as well as duck pin bowling. Everyone can find something to do in this large outdoor and indoor activity complex. All outdoor activities are lit for night play too. Call ahead for hours and pricing as changes are often made on a seasonal basis. Some attractions have limitations for height, weight, and age as well. 349 Main Street, Somers, CT (860) 763-5454

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.

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.

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-a-kind 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.





Essex Steam Train and Riverboat Essex, CT (860) 767-0103

Kids in Motion Park Cheshire, CT

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. 

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. Picnic area, lots of shade, gated play area.

Flight Trampoline Park New Britain, CT (860) 505-8218

Lake Compounce Theme Park Bristol, CT, (860) 583-3300

Over 13,000 square feet of connected, world-class trampolines. The indoor park features over 50 trampolines, the famous angled wall trampolines, a series of launching decks from different heights, trampoline dodge ball, a foam pit, and basketball hoops of different levels. Special jumping hours for children ages 6 and under. Available for party reservations.

The nation’s oldest amusement park and CT’s largest water park with more than 50 rides & attractions

Maritime Aquarium 10 North Water St. Norwalk, CT (203) 852-0700

Grand Prix Mt. Kisco, NY (914) 241-3131 •

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.

Just one hour away, this is the ultimate indoor go kart racing and bowling experience. There is also a terrific arcade with prizes and bounce houses for younger children. Very clean and well kept.

Prime Climb Mountain Fun Wallingford, CT, (203) 265-4006

Imagine Nation Children’s Museum Bristol, CT, (860) 314-1400 A world of wonder and imagination for ages 2-10.

An indoor climbing gym for kids. Great exercise and gives kids a challenge and sense of accomplishment.

Jumpin’ Jax Play Center Southbury, CT, (203) 267-4425

Mystic Seaport & Aquarium (860) 572-0711 / (860) 572-5955

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.

The nation’s leading maritime museum. Explore American maritime history first-hand as you climb aboard historic tall ships, stroll through a re-created 19th-century 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.

Jump-n-Jammin Play Center 815 Pine Street, Bristol CT (860) 582-JUMP With over 18,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space, Jump-n-Jammin it is the largest inflatable gym in Connecticut. Visit

Planet Play At Top Flight 17 Pickett District Rd, New Milford, CT (860) 350-9121

Kids Down on Main Street Watertown, CT (860) 631-6081

A large indoor play area with moonwalks, softplay, giant sandbox and more.

Huge indoor playspace including an auto body work shop, coffee shop, Thomas the Train, books, games, puzzles, and more. Call for more information.



Quassy Amusement Park

Rte. 64, Middlebury, CT (203) 758-2913, (800) FOR-PARK 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.

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.

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.

Soarin Indoors Manchester, CT (860) 645-1595 An indoor Aerial Adventure Park with rope courses, ziplines, bridges, a trapeze and more. No climbing experience necessary, great for ages 6 and up.

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.

Tot Town Party and Play Brookfield, CT (203) 885-0554 An indoor pretend play space for young children. Lots of different areas for pretend play where imagination play is the focus. Perfect for ages 7 and under.

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.

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 or

RECREATION: Berlin Batting Cages  Berlin, CT (860) 828-7518 4 Activities in 1 Location! Miniature golf, Batting Cages, Go Karts and Bumper Boats.

The Bicycle Cellar Simsbury, CT (860) 658-1311 Bike rentals available for riders of all abilitiesand the Farmington River Trail is right outside their back door! The trail follows the banks of the Farmington River tracing the route of the old “Canal Line” railroad. The trail is paved and passes through some of the area’s most gorgeous landscapes.

Bowl-O-Rama  Newington, CT (860) 666-5411 Full service, family owned, 10 pin bowling for all ages. Family friendly atmosphere.

Connecticut Golf Land and Games  Vernon, CT (860) 643-2654 Challenging 18- hole 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.





East Windsor Golf & Track East Windsor, CT (860) 254-5572

Rollermagic Roller Rinks   60 Harvester Road Waterbury, CT (203) 574-2118

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.

Large maple wood skating floor, arcade area, special effects lighting, traditional and roller blade skate rentals, and a large off floor viewing area.

Extreme Paintball  (203) 596-7502 •

Sonny’s Place Somers, CT (860) 763-5454

Certified paintball fields right in Waterbury. Six courses on 75 acres. Specializing in Private Groups.

The perfect place for the whole family. Rock Climbing Wall and jumping on Monkey Motion, Miniature Golf, Arcade, Batting Cages with baseball and softball, a Driving Range with matt and grass tees and Go Karts. All activities are lit for night play.

Farmington River Tubing  New Hartford, CT (860) 693-6465 Located about 40 minutes from Waterbury, this is a beautiful trip and lots of fun.

Sports Center of Connecticut 784 River Road (Rte. 110) Shelton CT (203) 929-6500

Hidden Valley Mini Golf  Southington, CT (860) 621-1630

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.

Beautiful golf course, batting cage, nice picnic area and a wooden train for kids to explore.

Lakewood Lanes Bowling   694 Lakewood Rd, Waterbury, CT (203) 574-5131

Stanley Quarter Park   New Britain, CT (860) 826-3360

Laser Planet Laser Tag   2437 East Main Street Waterbury, CT (203) 841-0081

New England’s largest skating park; Outdoor iceskating, paddle boats, aqua cycles, fun-yaks, children’s fishing pond, soccer field, playground, jogging tracks.

Middletown Skating Rink   547 Main Street Middletown, CT (203) 574-2118

Veteran’s Memorial Ice Skating Rink 56 Buena Vista Road West Hartford, CT (860) 521-1573

Mt. Southington Ski Area   396 Mt. Vernon Rd, Southington, CT (800) 982-6828

Wolcott Lanes Bowling   955 Wolcott Road Wolcott, CT (203) 879-1469

Perillos Duck Pin Bowling   491 Meriden Rd, Waterbury, CT (203) 754-7555

Woodbury Ski & Snow Tubing Woodbury, CT, (203) 263.2203

Bowl in a child-friendly environment with good ‘ol paper & pencil scoring cards.

Choose from 5 Tubing runs, 2 different parks and 2 lifts. Bring your own helmet to save on rental fee.

Quest Golf   Southington, CT (860) 621-3663 Driving range, mini golf, batting cages, bumper boats




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.

Glazey Days  607 Main Street Watertown, CT (860) 274-9946 A paint-your-own pottery and glass studio.

Haystack Mountain State Park Torrington, CT (860) 482-1817

Pottery Piaza  17 Farmington Ave. (Rt. 10) Plainville, CT (860) 2517-8553

Travel the twisting mountain road or hike the rugged trail to the top and you will be astounded at the beautiful views.

Paint your own pottery or make your own mosaic in a relaxing environment.

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.

Black Rock State Park Watertown, CT (860)-283-8088

Indian Well State Park Shelton, CT

Swimming, hiking, scenic views, campgrounds, fishing, picnicking and Indian legend all tucked into the scenic hills of the Western Highlands.

Scenic waterfalls and splash pool give this park its name, Indian Well. Lovely falls, and shaded picnic grove at the water’s edge.

Burr Pond State Park Torrington, CT

Kettle Town State Park Southbury, CT

Picnic, hike and boat in a scenic Connecticut, just minutes away away from Waterbury. Kayak and canoe rentals also available through Labor Day.

Located off exit 15 on Route 84 West.

Devil’s Hopyard State Park East Haddam, CT (860) 526-2336

Kent Falls State Park Kent, CT (860) 927-3238

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.

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.

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.

M Rockwell Park Bristol, CT Great family park for all ages. Basketball court, hiking trails, picnic areas, playground, skate park, splash pad and volleyball court among lots of beautiful nature scenery.







Sleeping Giant State Park Hamden, CT

Brass Mills Center 495 Union Street Waterbury, CT (203) 755-5000

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 .

Southford Falls State Park Southbury, CT

Clinton Crossings Premium Outlets (70 Outlet stores in an outdoor village setting)

20-A Killingworth Turnpike Clinton, CT (860) 664-0700

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.

Crystal Mall Intersection of I-95 (Exit 82) & Route 85 Waterford, Connecticut. (860) 442-8500 Danbury Fair Mall I-84, exit 3, Danbury, CT (203) 743-3247

Veterans Memorial Park 570 Nova Scotia Hill Road, Watertown, CT

Meriden Square Mall Lewis Avenue, Meriden, CT 203-237-7837

A beautiful park with a playground, gazebo,  walking trails, pond for fishing, hiking and picnic tables throughout the park.

Tanger Outlets 314 Flat Rock Place Westbrook, CT (860) 399-8656

Wharton Brook State Park Wallingford, CT Located on wooded, sandy knolls, the beautiful picnic area overlooks a brook-fed pond.

Westfarms Mall 500 Westfarms Mall Farmington, CT (860) 521-4889

The Park and Recreation Dept. (203) 574-6793 (all info on local parks)

Westfield Trumbull 5065 Main Street Trumbull, CT (203) 372 4500

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Just in time for spring, get your home in tip-top shape — just start today, and follow the schedule for the next 30 days! Some of this list can be used for Pesach cleaning too but mostly you’ll just feel so good knowing your house is fresh and clean after spending so much time indoors over this past winter. Each of these tasks should take about 20 minutes to an hour each day. Simply clip this chart and stick on your fridge and after you've finished each task, don’t forget to check it off!



After a long and snowy winter, outdoors in the sunshine is where we want to be. Here are some giant sized outdoor games you can create yourself…and create many fun, family memories in the process. Let the games begin!

Outdoor Twister




• A pizza box-or other piece of cardboard.

• Ninety five 12 x 12 vinyl tiles (For a less durable version you can also use cardboard)

• Craft Knife • Large Mixing bowl-or any other object about 12 inches in diameter • Red, blue, yellow and white spray paint

• Stick on vinyl letters or a thick Sharpie marker

First trace a circle on the lid of a pizza box or other piece of cardboard and cut it out. Throw the actual circle away-all you need is the stencil with the outline of the circle shape.

All you need to do it place (or draw) on letter on each tile and then play as you would the regular bananagrams in a much more active version!

• A crate to keep the tiles in for future use

Here's the breakdown of how many tiles you will need for each letter.

Then, to create the board, you will need 4 columns, one column in each color, 6 circles of each color. Simply place the stencil on the grass and spray one circle at a time till you have the completed game board. You can also map out the rows and columns beforehand if you find that easier.

2: J, K, Q, X, Z 3: B, C, F, H, M, P, V, W, Y 4: G 5: L 6: D, S, U 8: N 9: T, R 11: O 12: I 13: A 18: E

And don’t worry, the paint will NOT hurt your grass and the twister board will grow out in about 1 to 2 weeks.


Outdoor TIC-TAC-TOE SUPPLIES NEEDED: • 1 can of dark, textured spray paint • White acrylic paint and a small paintbrush • 10 smooth, flat stones • Nine 6 x 6 square, stone tiles or thin stone pavers. First give the stones a coat of dark, textured spray paint and let dry. Then use the white acrylic paint to mark half your stones with O’s and half with X’s. Lay out your square tiles or pavers in a 3-by-3 grid. No need to dig away any grass; just lay the tiles on top of the grass. Keep the stones in a terra cotta flower pot for future use.

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Spring Fever! BY CHAYNIE NATH, M.S. ED. Spring is in the air. Everyone wants to be outside riding bikes and scooters up and down the block. But hey, school isn’t over yet. There is still homework to be done and tests to be studied for. The whole evening routine seems to have changed. Gone are the days where the kids come home, do homework, play for a bit and then go to sleep. So what do you do when spring fever hits in your family? There is no one answer that works for everyone. It all depends on the ages of your children and the amount of homework they are given. For preschool until grade 2: Have your children complete their homework before they go out to play. It will make your whole night run much more smoothly and you and your children will feel calmer knowing homework is out of the way. It is easier if all the children are inside until homework is done and then you go out with them. Children work best when a routine is established; if they know that they come home from school, have a snack, do homework then go outside, you won’t have a nightly struggle. Also tell your children what time you will be going inside for dinner. Give them a five minute reminder beforehand and then go inside with them. For grade 3 and up: It really depends on your child and his particular temperament and study skills. I still would recommend doing homework first before going out to play. This is more difficult if your child has a lot of homework and by the time he would go out to play everyone is already coming in for dinner! In this case, I would recommend having your child do 20 minutes of homework before he goes outside. You might also be able to split it up this way- English homework before we go outside and Limudei Kodesh afterwards. Sometimes I like to have my kids complete all the written homework before we go out and then any Kriah or studying can be done after outdoor playtime. In some cases you might be able to take the homework outside with you. For example if you have vocabulary words, shorashim, math facts- you can put them on flash cards. Every 10 minutes or so, your child can review the cards. FOR 6th Grade and up: The older kids have a long day at school and often come home and need to “air” out. If your child comes home and really needs to relax outside for a bit, make sure to give him a time to come in and start homework. If not the little breather can turn into hours spent outdoors! You might want to make a nightly schedule with your child; go through a list of everything that needs to be done and the time frame it needs to be done by. Try it out for a week and see what worked and what needs to be tweaked. Children are often motivated when they feel included in the decision making. When spring is in the air it is hard for kids to put all their energies into their studies. As parents we might have to bring out our bag of tricks to motivate our kids. Good examples of motivators are sticker charts for younger children and extra privileges for older ones. Sticking to a schedule should make for a smooth evening of homework and fun. 95

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The story of our Exodus from Mitzrayim, which we relive on the Seder night, is awash in allegory, revealing many layers beneath a surface narrative of a nation of slaves redeemed to true freedom. Especially rich, is the imagery of planting and harvesting, pregnancy and birth.

Why were our ancestors allegorized as plants of the field and a newborn babe? What is the lesson? Why do we need to recall it every year? The model for success in the secular world is usually seen as a progression: get a good education, hopefully have rich parents, and win some awards; then begin concurrently climbing the career and social ladders.

This imagery appears most explicitly in the Haggadah’s analysis of the abridged geulah account recorded in Devarim 26:5-8: “…and he became there (in Egypt) a nation, great, mighty, and numerous.”

But that is not the model for success in the botanic world. A seed, cast away from its mother tree, decomposes in the dirt. Underground, it disfigures and deforms, transforming, before beginning the slow process of rising and breaking through earth. Even then, the challenge continues: for it is the seedling that initially suffers scarcity and drought that grows into the strongest tree.

“‘…numerous’: like it is said: ‘I made you many, like the plants of the field, and you have multiplied and grown…’ [Yechezkel 16:7] ‘And I passed over you and saw you downtrodden in your blood, and I said to you, ‘With your blood, live,’ and I said to you, ‘With your blood, live.’” [IBID 16:6—see verses 3-5, which make clear this is describing a newborn baby.]

As human beings, we share our name (Adam) with the earth (Adama), which is the source of our material existence. We too originate from a tiny seed, dissolving


‫דבר תורה‬ and melding, hardly alive. A precarious forty days elapse in the womb before our form even appears human, and forty weeks pass before we can exit our first home. Pregnancy and birth, from the perspective of the baby, looks like a process heading for disaster. In the womb, the fetus grows in a tight spot; as labor begins, it only gets tighter.

Mitzrayim was the womb in which the Jewish nation grew, under increasing pressure, before emerging as an independent nation, passing through the narrowest of straits between split waters. The miracle of birth.

HaShem). There is no other path to growth and success. The world tells us that struggle and pain precede failure and collapse. We say struggle and pain precedes the opportunity for redemption. And we see it.

The story of our geulah from Mitzrayim, which we relive every year, teaches us that our greatest challenges are also our greatest opportunities. Planting and harvesting, pregnancy and birth, illustrate G-d’s design of our world as a realm where we can reach our unique potentials only through unprecedented trials and toil—through our own efforts.

Similarly, our ancestors in Mitzrayim suffered under the ever constricting shackles of slavery, physically and spiritually. The Hebrew name for Egypt, Mitzrayim, indicates the tightest of confines (Tzar=narrow, tight). Mitzrayim was the womb in which the Jewish nation grew, under increasing pressure, before emerging as an independent nation, passing through the narrowest of straits between split waters. The miracle of birth.

Whether they are imposed upon us (Avdus) or whether we take them upon ourselves (Avodas Hashem), it is through our bravery at facing up to our challenges, our wisdom of recognizing them for what they are, and our vigilant personal effort, that we leave behind the limitations of exile and enter the expanse of true freedom.

The Torah explicitly states that hardship is the key to growth. “As they afflicted it, so it increased and expanded…” [Shemos 1:12]. To produce abundant harvests, we must work the land hard (Avodas Ha’adamah). To grow into a great nation, we were worked hard (Avdus). To grow ourselves today, to realize all our latent potential, like a seed rising to a tree, we need to work ourselves hard (Avodas

Wishing you an inspiring Z’man Cheiruseinu! (This essay is based partially on the Haggadah commentary of Rabbi Yitzchak Isaac Chaver ob”m)

Rabbi Shlomo Shulman, a resident of Waterbury, CT, heads the Maimonides adult learning program at Yale University in New Haven.



A Stroke of Luck? BY CHEZKY SILVERMAN A young Rabbi and his wife moved into a small suburban community eagerly anticipating their first job as Rabbi and Rebbetzin. Their mission was to reopen the Shul and attempt to revive a once vibrant Jewish community. They arrived in early February and immediately began to repair the dilapidated Shul. They estimated that they would be able to have the Shul in working order in time to have a grand reopening ceremony on Erev Purim. They worked very hard, repairing aged seats, plastering walls, painting and decorating. Their hard work paid off and by the 8th of Adar they were just about finished. On the 10th of Adar a terrible two day snowstorm rocked the area and caused tremendous damage to the newly renovated Shul. Water had leaked through the roof causing a huge chunk of plaster to fall off the front wall. The Rabbi’s heart was crushed and with no other choice the Rabbi cleaned up the mess, put up a sign to announce the postponing of the grand reopening and headed home. On his way home he noticed that a local business was hosting a flea market to benefit a neighborhood charity, and the Rabbi decided to stop in. He was extremely excited when he chanced upon an exquisite, handmade, crocheted tablecloth with a large Magen David embroidered right in the center. The size of the tablecloth was perfect to cover the hole in the damaged front wall and after making the purchase the Rabbi headed right back to the Shul to put it up. As he neared the Shul he saw an elderly woman rushing to catch a bus as it pulled away without her. Being that it was quite cold the Rabbi invited her into the Shul to warm up until the next bus arrived. The woman sat down on a bench and paid no attention to the Rabbi as he began to put up his new tablecloth. The Rabbi was thrilled that the tablecloth covered the entire hole and it made the Shul look presentable even though it wasn’t as beautiful as before the storm did its damage. The story isn’t finished but imagine yourself as the young Rabbi who had his hopes dashed by a snowstorm or the elderly woman who had to wait another forty five minutes because the bus drove away without her. How would you react? Would you get frustrated, annoyed or maybe even a little mad? Would you think, “I must have done something to deserve this and Hashem is punishing me?” Well, why aren’t you happy about it?! The Mishna in Brachos says, “Chayav adam livarech al harah k’shem shemevarch al hatov,” a person must make a bracha even if something unfortunate happens. Rabbi Avigdor Miller said that most people would understand this Mishna to be teaching that when something bad happens a person needs to accept the decree and 98

‫דבר תורה‬ A WORD FROM THE BAIS MEDRASH understand that the Ribbono Shel Olam is punishing him, which is not the intent of the Mishna at all. Rather, the Mishna is telling us that we need to make a bracha on the bad and not just as an acceptance. We can live a stress free life, full of happiness, if we live with the knowledge that every single thing that happens to us is good, even if we don’t understand how; because everything that comes from Hashem is good. We say every day in Aleinu “V’nemar v’haya Hashem l’melech al kol haaretz bayom hahu yiheye Hashem echad u’shmo echad’, that on that day Hashem will be One. The Gemara in Pesachim asks, is Hashem not one today? The Gemara answers that today we make bracha of hatov v’hameitiv on good and on bad we make the bracha of dayan ha’emes but in the future we will only make the bracha of hatov v’hameitiv. Not everything that happens to us seems to be good, but one day, when we acheive true clarity, we will realize that all the hardships and difficulties that we went through in our lives were really only for our good. The Rabbi stepped down from the ladder and almost bumped into the elderly woman whose face was as white as the snow outside. “Where did you get that tablecloth?” she asked. The Rabbi explained. The woman asked him to check to see if the initials EBG were stitched onto the corner. They were. She told the Rabbi that she had made this tablecloth in Poland before the Holocaust. When the Nazis came she managed to escape but her husband had been captured and sent to the camps and she never heard from him again. The Rabbi offered her to take down the tablecloth so she could have something to hold onto from her previous life but the woman refused to take it from the Shul. The hour had gotten late and the Rabbi insisted on driving the woman to her home. The opening ceremony was a huge success. The Shul was almost full and many said that they would return in the future. As the Shul emptied out and the Rabbi and his wife began to clean up they noticed that one elderly man had not yet moved from his seat. The Rabbi walked over and saw that the man was staring at the front wall of the Shul with tears streaming down his face. The man turned to the Rabbi and asked “Where did you find my tablecloth?” What would have happened if the plaster had not caved in or if the bus driver would have stopped for the elderly woman? It didn’t seem to be good as it happened but if you asked the elderly couple after the fact they would tell you that the broken wall and the missed bus were the best things that ever happened to them. If we train ourselves to constantly think back to the events (even those that seemed bad) that caused us to be where we are today we will be able to approach future difficulties with a positive outlook; we will have the knowledge that Hashem is doing this to me for my good. This will give us the strength to achieve happy and stress free lives. (Based on a true story)

Chezky is a talmid at Yeshiva Ateres Shmuel of Waterbury. 99

,ca vrnat hf BY: R’ HESHY KAHAN

Last issue we discussed various issues with regard to the issurim of muktzah on Shabbos. This issue we will delve further into the topic and discuss the last two categories of muktzah and their implications. Third category: Kli Sh’milachto L’issur- A utensil that is primarily used for prohibited things on Shabbos. Examples of this are: • pens/pencils • scissors • hammer, screwdriver, pliers • umbrella • flashlight • car keys • scotch tape • cheap cell phone, mp3/CD player, camera (that one allows his children or others to play around with1. If it would be designated only for its prohibited use it would then be the category mentioned above of muktza machmas chisaron kis) • alarm clock, electric fan, electric blanket • shaver • musical toys • bicycles • safety pins • arts and craft supplies • model kits • gardening tools These and any other item that falls under this category are permitted to be used: I. l’tzorech gufo- one needs the item for permitted use (i.e. a pen to use as a pointer or back scratcher, umbrella as a cane, hammer to crack open nuts, screwdriver to open a lock.). II. l’tzorech m’mkomo- one needs the place where the muktza item is kept (i.e. shaver that’s left on a bed needed to sleep in, electric toy left on a table needed for seudah,2 cell phone left on top of study table needed to hold a large sefer.). However just as in the above mentioned categories it would not be permitted to move it: III. m’chama l’tzel- one is concerned that the item itself may get ruined, lost or stolen (i.e. bike was left outside of the garage, tool box may get wet in the rain, cell phone was left out in the open where thieves may have access to it.). Fourth category: Bosis L’daver H’assur- A base for something that may not be moved because it is holding one of the above mentioned categories (i.e. a table that has candlesticks that are muktza machmas gufo, a shelf that is holding only personal documents which are muktza machmas chisaron kis or a drawer that only houses pens, pencils or scissors which makes it a bosis for a kli sh’milachto l’issur. The halacha for a bosis is that it takes over the status of exactly what it is on it. So, if there would be an item of the above two mentioned categories (gufo, chisaron kis, kli sh’melachto l’issur) then it would be prohibited to move 1. As now there are two uses, one permitted and one prohibited which turns it into a utensil that has different uses and is therefore not “set aside” anymore because of its delicate nature (as it is used as a toy, etc.) 2. This should not be confused with the desire to remove the muktza item from the table because it’s “not shabbosdik” and is an eyesore to be there on shabbos as that is not considered l’tzorech m’mkomo and R’ Moshe zt”l point out that one should actually keep it on the table as that is the very reason why chazal decreed not to move it, in order to protect the sanctity of this holy day.


the actual base l’tzorech gufo, l’tzorech m’mkomo, and m’chama l’tzel.3 But if there would be a kli sh’milachto l’issur on top of an item then it would take on those qualities and be permitted to be moved if one needs the item or place (l’tzorech gufo and m’mkomo) but be prohibited to be moved if one is merely scared the item would get lost or stolen (m’chama l’tzel). Q: Is the only criteria for bosis l’daver h’assur when muktza on top of something takes on that form of muktza? A: Bosis l’daver h’assur is unique in the fact that it needs a few conditions in order to make it a halachic bosis l’daver h’assur. These conditions are: 1. The item must be placed there intentionally, such as candles that are placed on a silver tray. (If it was left there by accident i.e. owner forgot his wallet on his bed then the base [the bed] would not become a bosis). 2. The item must be placed on the base by the owner (if the owner appoints someone to do it it’s as if he did it, therefore having the cleaning lady set up the candelabra wouldn’t undo the bosis status). 3. The bosis must be a base solely to a muktza item. If there are other permitted items as well then the base would not be a bosis l’daver h’assur and can be moved if one needs the place.4 For example if a drawer has a non-muktza item i.e. pair of glasses, zmiros book etc. as well as a muktza item i.e. pens, scotch tape etc. one may open the drawer as it is not a bosis l’daver h’assur. 4. The item must be there during the entire bein hashmashos (twilight) time period, if it was placed there any time in middle of twilight it would not become a bosis l’daver h’assur Q: If one is unsure of which category any particular item may belong to what would be the ideal way to handle having the item moved on Shabbos? A: Since the entire issur of muktza is on moving muktza with one’s hands, if one were to move the item with any other part of one’s body i.e. elbows, teeth, breath, feet then that would not be included in the issur and according to many poskim would be permitted to be moved without any issue. Q: Why is a further study of hilchos muktza (beyond this article) strongly advised and encouraged? A: In general there is probably no single set of rules that are more relevant and yet so broadly misunderstood than hilchos muktza. Though it applies to everything that we come in contact with every seventh day it is still doesn’t seem to get the attention that it deserves. This may be attributed to the fact that the first halacha that we learned as children about shabbos is not to touch something because it’s muktza.5 While that is certainly worthy of commendation to teach children about hilchos Shabbos at a young age it may nonetheless lead to false assumptions later on in life that many non-muktza items are prohibited to be moved and vice-verse. Q: If one is busy with many other study sessions as well as the regular responsibilities of life how should he go about studying these very vital halachos? A: One need not look further then his own seforim store to purchase the classic Sefer Tiltulai Shabbos by R’ Pinchos Bodner or the fairly recent release of Muktza: A Halachic Guide by R’ Simcha Bunim Cohen. These seforim are both very clear, concise, practical as well as written in the English language so they can be accessed by all. In it one will find terms defined such as: tiltul min hatzad, tiltul k’lacher yad n’yur, graf shel r’ei, muktza machmas mitzva, gamru b’ydai adam/b’ydai shamayim, migo d’iskatzoi bain hashmashos These concepts may at first glance seem out of reach and quite complex, in reality they can become understandable with minimal time and effort. Hatzlacha! 3. For its own use, when it’s on a place where you want or when you’re scared that it’s going to get lost or stolen 4. It should not be moved if one’s concern is for the muktza item itself as that would be considered tiltul min hatzad l’tzorech davar ha’assur, which is in effect not permitted but this concept is beyond the scope of this article and should be further analyzed for further independent study as it’s practical application is quite relevant. 5. This is especially true in contemporary times where almost every toy comes with bells, batteries, music etc.



Last night I went to the Bar Mitzvah of the makolet man’s son. It was a rather fancy affair for an Israeli Bar Mitzvah. The fare was obviously a parve buffet, as they always are here, but where Israeli’s usually draw the line at potato burekas and yerushalmi kugel, here they served steaming peppers filled with rice, and potato kugel as well. The one table that was set up was bedecked with fine linens, and the challah rolls were surrounded by glowing candles. There were no place cards of course, as no response cards were expected. I certainly could not have sent in a reply, as the only invite I received was a photocopy of the invitation, hung gaily in the makolet, inviting all of the patrons to attend. And of course the Makolet man’s wife, who works as the cashier, who threatened me with “Oy vavoy if you don’t come to our simcha.” Scare tactics always work in Israel when trying to get someone to attend your simcha. We didn’t have a makolet on our block for quite some time after we moved in to the neighborhood. Obtaining basic necessities like bread and milk meant trekking up thirty flights of stairs to the next street, as everything in Eretz Yisrael is built on the slope of a mountain. When our makolet finally opened its doors, we were overjoyed. Built in convenience is a staple of Israeli living, and we had finally achieved some measure of that. The children begged the privilege of shopping there on their own, which further eased the plight of many an overwhelmed mother. When a sizeable super market chain opened a branch in our community, the competitive prices lured many customers away from our makolet. Makolet man was in danger of just being man. Some of the members of our community created a petition, which circulated from door to door, beseeching us to save the makolet. In the process, they also hoped to save the makolet man. Somehow, their tactics were successful, and he remained in business. When dwellers of our street are found shopping elsewhere, they must wear dark glasses to hide their identities, so that none should know of their betrayal. But having our own makolet has other upshots as well. Allow me to share one vignette with you. Although I never would have considered myself a clumsy person, shopping at our makolet has allowed me to forge an entirely new identity for myself, and I have since defined myself as such. I went to pick up a tray of eggs, which are sold here in open topped trays of thirty-six. Somehow, my hand slipped- and so did the eggs. Of course makolet man was passing by at precisely that moment. “Ani slicha,” I said, which literally means, “I am a sorry.” Although he probably did think that I was a sorry sort at


that moment, he shrugged it off and took out his mop. I had the humiliating experience of continuing my shopping while he moved aside all of the display cases to clean the jelled egg yolk that was sliding through the store. A few days later, I walked into the makolet with my baby in the stroller. Makolet man’s wife always loves to see my baby first thing in the morning. She makes me leave him with her at the cash register while I shop. She certainly has an adequate arsenal of treats at her disposal to pacify him. As I turned the corner with my stroller, I somehow knocked into a snack display, which created a domino effect, so that one by one, cardboard displays of food were toppling over. Bags were falling all over, and when the deed was done, the main artery of the store was clogged with Bamba, Bisly and Vafelim. I of course, looked up into the face of- makolet man. I bent down to start picking up bags. “Lo gveret. That won’t be necessary.” He is not a man of many words, but sometimes, actions speak louder than words. He bent down and started to gather the bags together. I went on with my shopping. When I came in a few days later to pick up some baby food, I could have sworn that the crash of glass I heard came from somewhere else in the store, but lo and behold, I had somehow knocked over the shelf of baby food jars. I was in an obscure part of the store, but not to worry, I looked up to meet the eyes of makolet man. “It’s always me,” I said. “Nachon. Right,” he replied. With a half-smile he returned to his job. When I walked in to the reception of the Bar Mitzvah, Mrs. Makolet’s face lit up. She was overjoyed that so many of their customers had come to their simcha. The Bar Mitzvah boy started to sing, and the women kvelled. He couldn’t carry a tune, but that was irrelevant to the crowd. There was a palpable sense of community among the crowded tables. Ashkenazim, Sephardim, Americans and Israelis, united in time and place in celebration of the makolet man’s simcha. In Israel, you will not find any of the cushy customer service that you may find elsewhere. You may not find a warm doting salesperson, aching to grant your every wish. But turn over any stone here, and you find a solid human being, insisting that you come to his son’s Bar Mitzvah, even though you broke half of the contents of his store. Look anywhere and you see a simplicity of purpose, which translates into substantive relationships with even the makolet owners. For we all know what we mean to each other, and when push comes to Israeli shove, we know that brothers support brothers. Yael Mermelstein, is the author of several books including the groundbreaking book for teenagers, The Face in the Mirror. She is a writer for Binah Magazine and other publications and lives in Beitar Illit with her family and her pet computer. 103

Ask the Doctor HELPING TO AVOID EYE DAMAGE FROM BLUE LIGHT LAWRENCE N. KLINE, OD, VISION ASSOCIATES OF PROSPECT, CT Our society has been experiencing a shift from book print to computer screen and from outdoor based activity to indoor cell phone and video viewing. One of the negative consequences of this trend is the damaging effect on the eye from blue light. Blue light is part of the electromagnetic spectrum and is centered within the high energy light zone. Studies show that when the eye is exposed to protracted blue light, damage occurs at the level of the retina (the back of the eye). WHERE IS BLUE LIGHT FOUND? Incandescent lamps emitting 3% blue light are now being replaced by LED light sources which are much higher in blue light radiation. It is estimated that by 2020, 90% of all light sources worldwide will be based on solid state and LED light sources. Additional sources of blue light are cell phones, computer monitors, TV’s, and tablets. Adults spend an average of 5 hours per day online. Children, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation study, which followed 2,000 young people between ages 8 to 18, spend almost as much time on a computer or in front of other types of monitors, using their cell phones, playing video games or listening to music as an adult spends during a full day at work which is about 7 ½ hours a day, 7 days a week! That number jumps to 10 hours and 45 minutes a day when taking into account that young people often engage with more than one form of media at a time. Studies show that this excessive exposure to blue light is damaging to the eye. BLUE LIGHT DAMAGE TO THE EYE Now for a bit of background. The retina of the eye is the back layer of the eye which receives and converts light images sending them through the optic nerve to the brain; this is how we see. The cells that convert the light energy into these signal images are called rods and cones. The cones give us our day vision and color vision and rods gives us our night vision. These rod and cone cells called photoreceptors need to constantly regenerate. The layer of the retina which is necessary for regeneration is called the retinal pigment epithelium. It is this layer that can be damaged by blue light. The EUREYE and other studies describe the damage to this retinal layer leading to reduced vision from macular degeneration (the macula is the center of the retina). Macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in the United States affecting one out of every 10 people 65 and over and it is estimated 6.5% of US population aged 40 years and older have some type of macular degeneration. It’s important to note that the damage of blue light is cumulative throughout our life. Many authorities believe that blue light as well as UV light absorbed by the lens of the eye is also major factor in the formation of cataracts (see lens to the right). 104

Ask the Doctor NORMAL RETINA


WHAT ABOUT PREVENTION? There is a lot of literature on the benefits of special glasses and specific vitamins in preventing the absorption of blue light. The principle of these studies and recommendations is to block the blue light, as one does for UV light from sunlight. There are two basic strategies. The first is to put on blue light filtering glasses that are manufactured by various companies. We prescribe a lens called Blue Tech which blocks 80% of the blue light that comes from computer screens, tablets, fluorescent light and cell phones. This is very important for children whose clear crystalline lenses allow easy passage of blue light, which over a period of years, can lead to retinal damage. The Blue Tech lenses filter high-energy blue and ultra-violet light using ocular lens pigment combined with melanin in the optical lens itself, similar to yellow- brown coloration that occurs in the crystalline lens of the aging human eye. The second strategy is building up the protective pigment of the retina, thereby preventing the blue light from getting to the outer retinal layers. This is accomplished by ingesting nutrients that build up the protective pigment. The two main ingredients in these nutrients are called carotenoids – the antioxidants lutein and Zeaxanthin. Lutein is found in green vegetables, such as spinach and kale and Zeaxanthin is found in foods such as egg yolks and corn. It is difficult to eat enough foods to build up these important vitamins; many studies show the effectiveness of taking supplements to increase blood levels of lutein and Zeaxanthin. The Gale Study, the POLA Study and the Blue Mountain Study all report various effects of Lutein and/or Zeaxanthin decreasing the risk of macular degeneration while also reducing cataracts. Dr. Stuart Richer’s study shows the visual benefit of taking the supplements: improved night driving, better visual acuity, improvement of shape discrimination and glare recovery. Supplements of Lutein and Zeaxanthin are available in pharmacies. In our office, we use the Eye Promise brand which has been shown to increase retinal pigment in most eyes. Today, as we are living longer (a baby born today has a life expectancy of 90 years), it is critical to incorporate prevention in our daily lives so that we can be free of degenerative diseases for as long as we can. Dr. Lawrence Kline practices at Vision Associates of Prospect in Prospect, CT. Dr. Kline, a Diplomat in the American Academy of Optometry, has authored many articles and has served on the teaching faculty of the Yale Department of Ophthalmology, Yale University School of Medicine.


From Kitchen the

Sweet Salsa Fruits and veggies are abundant once again! Salsa is the perfect way to enjoy a combination of sweet, fresh, and delicious fruit and vegetables. Use as a side dish for a Yom Tov meal or serve as a garnish for chicken or meat.

Pinapple Salsa INGREDIENTS: 2 cups diced fresh pineapple 1 cup diced red pepper 1/2 cup chopped cilantro onion 1/4 cup finely chopped red 1 clove garlic, minced Juice of 1 large lime Salt, to taste Directions: e pineapple, red In a medium bowl, combin garlic, and lime juice. , ion on red pepper, cilantro, son with salt, to Stir until well combined. Sea ure or chilled. rat taste. Serve at room tempe Salsa Serving Suggestions: Serve as an appetizer in individual portions by placing a few tablespoons of salsa into the shell of a kiwi (after scooping out the fruit) or on an endive leaf. Serve with pita chips or bread sticks.


From Kitchen the

Mango Salsa


1 ripe mango, dice d (about 1 cup) 1/2 small English cu cumber, diced (abou t 1 cup) 1/3 cup diced red onions 1/4 cup chopped cil antro Juice from 1 lime Black pepper Directions: Stir together all of the ingredients to gether in a mediu m bowl.

Easy Strawberry Salsa INGREDIENTS: ½ ounce balsamic vinegar ½ ounce honey ¼ teaspoon kosher salt 1/8 teaspoon black pepper 1 pound strawberries, diced (about 2 cups) 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh basil Zest of 1 lemon (about 1 teaspoon) Directions: Whisk together vinegar, honey, salt and pepper until well mixed. Mix vinegar/honey mixture with remaining ingredients until combined. Refrigerate covered until ready to serve.


Kids’ Korner “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.” (Anonymous)

Magical Flowers Do you have a favorite flower? Now you can chose a color for your flowers with this super fun experiment. You’ll learn a lot about flowers and how they get nourishment but mostly it’s just plain fun! MATERIALS: • White flowers (Carnations and daisies work well) • Food coloring • Tall drinking glasses or glass vases • Scissors Here’s what you need to do: Begin by trimming the flowers down so that they fit nicely in whatever vases or glasses you are using. Giving the flowers a fresh cut also helps them to absorb the colored water more quickly. Fill your vases with water and then add a few drops of food coloring (one color per vase) and a flower to each vase. Can you guess what will happen? Place the flowers in a sunny spot and observe your flowers over the next several days. As the flowers “drink” the water they will magically change color!

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KIDS Speak The Hidden Afikomen… with a Hidden Message BY ZAHAVA FISCHER, GRADE 4 “Now where did you put the Afikomen?” asked Mr. Klein at the seder. All four of his children were grinning at one another. Four year old Haddasa was trying to hard not to laugh while 8 year old Chaim was elbowing her. “Somewhere!” blurted 6 year old twins Leah and Dina at the same time, while giggling. “Oh stop it. Daddy will eventually find it. No hints unless he spends over THREE hours looking for it. Only then, if he still can’t find it, will he get hints!” said Chaim, a very stubborn child. “I looked everywhere” said Daddy. “Did you hide it outside on the front door step? You already said hiding places would only be inside the house.” “No, don’t worry” said Leah. “Yeah.” said Dina. “Daddy, we didn’t hide it in such a crazy place. Daddy replied, “But kids, you say that every year! How can I trust you?” “You just have to find it Daddy. You can do it,” answered Chaim. “You know what you always say Daddy- you don’t always have to look so far away to get things that you want. Sometimes you have to look and see if it’s right under your nose! Right in your own backyard, right??” “That is true Chaim,” Daddy said in a tired, somewhat irritated voice. It had already been twenty seven minutes of searching. “Oh my gosh!” shouted Mommy from the kitchen, where she had been washing dishes. “We forgot to call Bubby before Yontif!” Daddy, surprised and startled from Mommy’s scream, all of a sudden slipped and fell on the floor right next to the table. All at once, the older children rushed to Daddy’s side to make sure he was ok, while Hadassah jumped up and down biting back laughter. “Don’t worry kinderlach. I’m alright. Just some small bruises. And hey- look on the bright side,” said Daddy as he held up a colorful, flat package, peeking out from under the table. “This was the first year I didn’t need any hints! I guess you really have to look no further than your own backyard…or under your own table!” 109


On Sunday, February 8, 2015 a self-defense class for women was held in the B’nai Shalom social hall. The Waterbury Citizen’s Patrol (WCP), in an effort to help women protect themselves, coordinated with the Jane Doe No More Foundation to bring this class to our community. The class, following the Jane Doe No More Foundation’s “Escape Alive” program, was created to give women the tools to avoid and ward off any attempted attack. After an audio visual presentation on how to be aware of one’s surroundings and learning how to recognize and avoid a threat, the class was taught and practiced hands on self-defense methods. Professional instructors interacted with the participants ensuring that everyone was able to learn the proper techniques. Here are the thoughts from some of those who attended the class: Shira Cohen “I found the class empowering because I gained both knowledge and specific strategies to protect myself. It didn't try to turn me into a professional fighter but it did teach me simple techniques for being aware of danger and escaping harm. I think this was an important part of my hishtadlus towards the mitzvah of "v’nishmartem m'od l'nafshosechem". Penina Fishman "This class taught situational awareness on how avoid potential threats and how to defend oneself if a confrontation should occur. Very empowering." Shulamit Feld "I came in skeptical since my husband signed me up, not giving me much choice! Despite myself I actually really enjoyed the course. I came out with insight and practical skills. The instructors taught me ways to avoid danger and how to respond correctly under pressure. I learned how to use the power inside of me with specific moves. And I actually got to practice on a real person which was awesome! I'd like to encourage everyone to attend! It was a great experience." Rebekah Smith "I found the self-defense technique practice portion to be very empowering. The techniques were demonstrated and explained and then we were given the opportunity to practice them. The instructors also worked with each participant to help each of us find and use her own strengths." Debbie Gutfreund "Coming home from the course I felt like I had accomplished something crucial for myself and for my family. I learned how to be aware in situations that I would not have thought about before the class. And I learned ways to empower and defend myself. I took the course with my daughter, who also learned so much from it, and we are considering taking a follow up course together as well." Tamar Adler "I really enjoyed the self-defense class. It was informative and empowering. I recommend this class to everyone. Although we daven for Hashem’s Protection, this class may give you insights to help prevent compromising situations. I also felt enormous gratitude to Hashem for keeping me safe." Tamar Kornitzer "The class helped me learn techniques that are great to know but hopefully never have to be put to use. I felt invigorated and empowered with the new set of skills that I acquired. It was a lot of fun and also proved to be a much need workout.

For more information on upcoming classes or for any other safety concerns please contact the WCP at 110


The last several days had been harsh. My thumbs are really painfully sore. There were no more pain relieving options such as therapy. The problem needed to be dealt with surgically. While I had been a longtime hospital volunteer, being an outpatient at the same hospital was not an attractive option. Then my hand surgeon said while I did need a procedure to relieve the pain caused by a trigger finger, (Warning: no wise cracks about being trigger happy), he made me very happy when said the procedure could be done in his office; this meant no-pre-op testing, being made comfortable for the surgery by anesthesia etc. I left his office still in pain but relieved not to be returning to an operating room for the third time in a year. Therefore, I was in a very good mood when I opened the Jewish Waterbury Google list on my email. One request read, “Ride needed for couple with small child arriving at Bradley Airport from Israel at 10 am Friday.” Driving the 42 miles to the airport was something I have been doing frequently. So I decided to email the man, who made the request and to say, “yes”. Surely I thought, someone else had already stepped forward and offered a ride. But within minutes my offer was accepted. Oddly enough I felt it was part of a bigger plan and I was paying my good luck forward. The initial problem was the car seat. Of course I didn’t own one. Once a family member of the arriving couple, gave me one, I quickly confessed that I never had a lesson on securing the safety device to the back seat to my car. It was about 9 am when I headed toward the airport feeling a little uneasy since I didn’t know the people waiting at the airport and knowing I couldn’t communicate with them in Hebrew. There was a slight mix-up with my cell number and it was 45 minutes before I learned that the threesome was at the airport. Once I saw Racheli pacing the sidewalk near the United Airlines exit, I relaxed. Then I relaxed some more when I learned the couple had made aliyah from the US and spoke English. Then I relaxed some more when the father was finally able to master the installation of the complex car seat. Once we pulled away from the airport, the baby got very quiet. He liked the motion of a moving car and he loved the Bamba which he was offered and devoured as most Israeli babies do. These snacks contain vitamins and peanuts. Yes, peanuts which are rigidly forbidden by most U.S. pediatricians, since “they lead to peanut allergies”. But Bamba seems to work well in Israel since the peanut allergy issue in Israel, is not as massive as in our country. But back to our story. We headed home and along the way I pointed out several skylines sites. We three talked easily and the ride home was pleasurable and even seemed very short. Yes, paying it forward can be a most rewarding experience. 111

On a LIGHTER note



Winter's Jagged Fangs BY ORLI KATZ

And like some great beast It leapt upon me Consuming my heat and Shaping the world into a dull sepia toned canvas Of Blacks and mottled Browns All harsh and cruel edges And I waited With bated breath For Spring to triumph Once again It's glorious presence saving us from its chilly embrace Darkness conquered by light The essence of our Faith


CREATIVE WORKS THE WEXTU BY SARAH MAX Bais Yaakov Waterbury, Grade 9 When Carl woke up on Thursday, He knew it was his birthday, The sun was shining gaily, Though it usually rained daily. When he sat up in bed, He saw the creature on the ledge, “I’m the Wextu” it said, While Carl shook his head. “I’m a guardian said the Wextu I live over seas, The birthday party maker” said he in a loud wheeze, “I take care of presents, trading old for the new, Replace the birthday hugs for the newest on itunes. Well come on, don’t be lazy we’ve got so much to do, Out of bed said the Wextu out of bed with you, The day is still young, so without further ado, It’s time to meet, as a birthday treat, Fling Won and Fling Two.” “Fling Won came from China, Fling Too from Japan, I called them for help to set up my plan.” The Wextu snapped his fingers and Fling Too ran, To help Fling Won drop confetti from the fan. They scurried up walls, transforming the room, Into a birthday paradise that would lighten any gloom, Though Carl knew his mom would hand him a broom, The getup was nice and the Flings sure could zoom. So they started to party, Carl and the Wextu, All of if catered by Fling Won and Fling Too,



WEXTU “Now to find the right present, Oh – you’re a tricky one, Perhaps with some help, From Fling Too and Fling Won. Maybe you want packages, Meet my friend the stork, He won’t bring you a baby, Only tradition soup with a spork.” “Or maybe a cell phone, That rings ‘O-Tee-Dee!’ We can disable texting, We’ll do it for free.” “Perhaps win a game I call Up Up With the Grit! Win what you’d like- something will fit!” “Pens, lollies of taffy, Danish, Cocoa, Arizona, knish.” “I know, it’s pizza! Your personality fits, Peppers and mushrooms, Show you use your wits.” “A vacation village, Where Jim’s knee peaked, Just say thanks a latte, For your 2 night stay.” “Vintage is neat, It keeps its own beat, A Chanukah treat, As ancient as Crete.” “Or maybe a new toaster, I hear you’ve broken 2, Or perhaps fire insurance, It might be better for you.” “Maybe you’re spiritual, Mishmeres for you, Life-size candy land (batteries not included), And yimei iyun too.”

“Or maybe you’re better, 2 weeks of test is your fate, You’ll pull through the challenge, Waking up an hour late.” “Or maybe a contest, You’re the competitive type, Paperclips and taboo words, What do you mean that’s weird? It’s the latest hype.” “Oh! That’s not good enough for you? War! Surely that’ll do!” “Gray against Yellow, That should be nice, With bake-offs, performances, And sculptures of ice.” “Ooh! That’s it! I know what you need! A shoveled pathway, When snow comes up to your knees!” “But look at the time! It’s almost past the last chime! After the clock strikes the hour, We’re done with your birthday present shower. So make your choice quick! Choose before the clock’s tick! Choose choose choose! There’s everything to lose!” But there was just to much, To let it all go, “I want it all,” Carla said, so… “I’ll put it all together, Make something new, Here’s my unique thingamajigger, A present called BYW.” The Wextu vanished, To this day no one knows, If he really ever happened, Its story still flows. Because you see quite clearly, The tale’s true, not a scam, It lives in the spirit of 12 girls, On the corner of Prospect and Buckingham. 115



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House for Sale by Owner: 7 BR + 3 1/2 Bathrooms almost 4K Sq. ft. + finished BSMT + attic storage space. Asking 300K. Call 917-547-4074

SEEKING: Looking for someone (male or female) to help spearhead a kiruv project in Connecticut. Please call Dr. Magid for more information 310-717-7752.

For Sale: Sparks of Majesty, Mrs. Genendel Krohn’s new book of inspirational stories for adults, is now available for sale by the author for a reduced rate of $20. Great Chanukah gift! Call for information: (203) 573-8205. Piano/keyboard lessons for boys: Call Elisha Freedman at 917-533-0758. Certified School Psychologist available for phone consultation to parents of children exhibiting developmental, social, emotional or behavioral concerns which are affecting the school experience. Specializing in ages 3-8. Strictly confidential. Call Mrs. Shira Cohen, NCSP at 516-984-7707. Tutoring for Limudei Kodesh, all levels, and math, all elementary grades. 25+ years of teaching experience. Please call R’ Raphael Nemetsky at 954-668-7234. References available.

NOW OPEN! “Bright Beginnings” Exclusive Newborn Care for ages 6 Weeks - 6 Months. Clean & safe environment, lots of love & attention, flexible hours, and affordable rates. Call Aliza Nugiel at 917-273-0392. Lunch can be delivered to patients in the hospital, whether postpartum or for any other reason. Call or text 212-913-0589. Limudei Kodesh Tutoring for all ages. Hourly rate is $40. Teacher holds master’s degree and has teaching experience. Call Racheli Lobl at 323-443-5541. New! Tablecloth Rentals. Making a simcha, party or event? Gorgeous selection of tablecloths available at reasonable rates. All proceeds to benefit Bais Yaakov of Waterbury. Call Tehilla Hoberman at 917-923-7265 or email:


C L A S S I F I E D Office space for rent in B’nai Shalom: reasonable rental fee, utilities included. Please contact 203-725-1692. Certified special education teacher with experience available for tutoring during or after school hours. Please contact Maytal Majeski at 917-754-0363. The What’s Doing in Waterbury is seeking ad salesperson for local and Monsey advertising. Please call Daniela at 203-597-0314 or email Aerobics classes: Call/text Raizy Gutman at 203-982-6167 for information. Need expert Tutoring and Special Education services? Call Ahuva Oberlander at 203-757-8585. Piano teacher available. Highly experienced, friendly and fun. English and Russian speaking. Available to teach at student’s home. You don’t have a piano? Not a problem-I bring my own keyboard. Call Lilia from 8-9 pm at 203-510-4290 Expert editing and English tutoring available. College essays, resumes, business advertisements – give your important documents the power they deserve! Call Orli Katz 203-755-7328. If you would like to reserve copies of the What’s Doing in Waterbury for an upcoming event or simcha, please make sure to call before the next issue’s deadline. Call 203-597-0314 or email Speech therapist with seven years of experience available. Please contact Judy Lazarus 917-297-7918. Labor Coaching and Birthing Classes for couples available by Shulamit Feld. Call 203-755-2736 for more information.


Rides often available back and forth to New Haven. Call Shlomo Shulman at 203-695-2250. Need a ride to New Haven from Waterbury? Weekdays, mid-morning or the return trip to Waterbury in the evening or at night. Please call or text Mayer Behrend @ 203-910-4823.  If you are facing a challenge and need professional counseling please contact Yosef Feld, MSW, at 203-768-6891. All calls are strictly confidential. Free service: resume critiquing, ideas for networking and other job search advice for anyone looking for a professional job. Please call Yechiel Nath 203-755-4155 Certified Special Ed teacher available for tutoring in Limudei Kodesh and secular studies. Call Shana Weisz @ 203-527-6464 or 516-512-1975. Yeshiva references available. Mitzvah Opportunity: Jewish college students at Yale always appreciate home baked goods along with their learning in the Program. If you’d like to partner in this mitzvah by supplying some sweets of your own, please contact Aviva Shulman at@ 203 695-2251. Math and science tutoring available; for math, levels elementary through calculus; and science, levels elementary through introductory college bio and chem. Very reasonable rates. Contact Leebah Stephens at 203-573-8824. Looking to purchase beautiful headwear? E-mail to join an email list to purchase headwear by ‘Dacee Designs’, or to receive an online catalog. Looking for a very worthy cause where you can make a difference? To donate sefarim or funds towards sefarim for the Yeshiva’s Beis Medrash, call the Yeshiva office at 203756-1800.

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Advertisers’ Directory Accounting Fischer & Associates...........................54

Home Improvement Axela Construction ...........................52 Axela Kitchen ....................................54 Brass City Paint .................................64 Carpets Plus .......................................56 Crown Roofing .................................58 Master Fence .....................................54 Schmidt & Serafine’s ........................58

Apparel Basic Colors .......................................40 Double Header .................................53 Junee Waterbury.............................. 39 The Hat Box ......................................57 The Waterbury Exchange ................54

Cosmetics & Makeup Artist Central Cosmetics .............................52

Attorney Law Offices of Raymond J. Antonacci, LLC ..........43 Ruth Weissman .................................46 Weisman Law Offices....................... 44

Dry Cleaning Mar Vic Cleaners & Tailors ...............57

Attractions Quassy Amusement Park..................47

Education & Mental Health Services Chani Sontag......................................48

Automotive Joe’s Tire Shop ..................................59 Montambault’s .................................56

Fencing Master Fence .....................................54 Fitness Beth Salzberg ....................................56 YMCA of Greater Waterbury ..........60

Community Institutions B’nai Shalom Synagogue ...........24, 49 Jewish Federation of Western CT....57 Mikvah of Waterbury .......................66 Yeshiva Ateres Shmuel of Waterbury .................................25 Yeshiva K’tana of Waterbury ..........37

Flooring Carpets Plus .......................................56 Florist The Dutch Flower Lady ....................61

Community Organizations Bikur Cholim of Waterbury .............81 CT Torah Connection .......................65 N’shei of Waterbury .........................68 PTA of Yeshiva K’tana of Waterbury .................................82 The Waterbury Exchange ................54

Home & Hardware Brass City Paint .................................64 Schmidt & Serafine’s ........................58 Hospitals St. Mary’s Hospital ............................72 Waterbury Hospital ..........................71 Yale Hospital .....................................79

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Advertisers’ Directory Liquor & Wine The Good Life Wine .........................60

Tzedakah Organizations Bonei Olam .......................................62 Kupat Ha’Ir ..........................................3 Vaad Harabanim .................................5

Magazines Ami Magazine ....................................2 Binah Magazine ..................................1 Hamodia ..............................................1

Utilities Eversource Energy ............................44

Mohel Rabbi Dov Greer ...............................55


Moving Services Schulgasser Brothers Moving ..........48

Senior Planning Services.................. 45 DENTISTRY & ORTHODONTICS Ritucci & Friedman Orthodontics.....80 Rothman, Dr. Stephen..................... 78 Wolkoff, Dr. Alan .............................78

Music Elisha Freedman ...............................46 Real Estate Blue Ridge Estates ............................38 Kesher Realty...................... back cover

LABOR COACH Shulamit Feld.....................................46

Restaurants & Food Establishments Soosh .................................................42 Waterbury Kosher World ..............120 Roofing Crown Roofing .................................58 Sheitels Rivka Sara Gewirtzman ....................41 Styles by Tzipora ...............................43

OBGYN Associated Women’s Health Specialists ............................74 Naugatuck Valley Women’s Health Specialists ........................1,75 Yale Maternal Fetal Medicine .........79 OPHTHALMOLOGY & OPTOMETRY Trocchi Optometry ...........................48 Vision Ass. Of Prospect (Dr. Lawrence Kline) .....................70

Supermarkets Gourmet Glatt....................................50 Waterbury Kosher World ..............120 Tailor Mar Vic Cleaners & Tailors ...............57

PEDIATRICS Child & Adolescent Healthcare Ass. .76 Pediatric Associates of Connecticut .77 Town & Country Pediatrics ..............73

Travel Sell Miles Now ..................................61

PODIATRY The Footcare Group .........................76


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