DR. EZRA FRIEDMAN DENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATES 464 Wolcott Road, Wolcott, CT 06712
Dr. Ezra Friedman received his dental training at Columbia University, College of Dental Medicine. After receiving his Doctorate, Ezra spent an additional year at Woodhull Hospital in New York, honing his craft. As a means of constant improvement, Doctor Friedman spends countless hours discussing and debating with top dentists all across the country. In addition, he takes hours of continuing education to be proficient in the latest proven techniques and materials. Known for his relaxed style and chairside manner, Dr. Friedman can often be heard singing while treating his patients. After practicing in New York City and Long Island for four years, Ezra moved to Connecticut with his wife and three children.
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Hatzalah of Waterbury: 203-754-4200 Chaverim of Waterbury: 203-465-2125 Waterbury Citizens Patrol: 203-759-8339 Mikvah of Waterbury: 203-754-4150 4 WHAT'S DOING IN WATERBURY
As we began discussing how to approach the spring issue of the What’s Doing—while collectively being confined to our homes—it was clear to us that representing our community in quarantine was to be the order of the day. There was so much going on around us—the difficult news, so many aspects of our lives upended—but within Waterbury, amid all the challenges, there was so much to be thankful for, so much goodness. The day in day out work of Hatzalah of Waterbury, the tremendous work of the Bikur Cholim, the various Tehillim groups and numerous shiurim, and of course all of ‘little’ rays of light among the dark days; the music truck on Chol Hamoed, the generous meals from Kosher World, the incredible Kimcha D’Pischa campaign, and the list goes on and on. Over the last weeks, people have been heard mentioning how they have a general feeling that we’re in this together. It’s ‘in the air’, on our streets and in our collective homes. And so to celebrate this achdus within separation, this light amidst the dark, we present to you, Our Community in Quarantine, a special issue of the What’s Doing, highlighting all that we’ve shared, and continue to share, together—adults and children alike—as a community. Now sit back, relax and enjoy a must read for the entire family. Wishing our readers a healthy and happy summer!
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WHAT’S DOING IN WATERBURY, LLC Connecticut’s Jewish Family Magazine and Directory ISSUE #68
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Meir Fischer, CPA 203-756-1040 AC Catering 347-741-2982 Menachem Friedman, CPA 347-401-3157 CHILDBIRTH EDUCATION / DOULA Eli Sontag, CPA 917-621-7360 Shulamit Feld 203-768-0250 Alert Security Systems, INC. 203-387-8332 Camp Revach 203-756-1800 ext. 315 Dynamark Security Systems 203-757-1744 Metsuyan Day Care (Rachel Berger) 516-695-3488 APPAREL BY Styles (Chavi Brecher) 347-962-9638 Morah Rena’s Playgroup 845-642-2069 Morah Rivky’s Playgroup 203-768-5090 EMi Hair Accessories (Shani Shapiro) 646-263-8779 Morah Gili Gigi 203-510-3624 Fallonsplace.com Morah Devorah Ehrenreich 347-721-7732 JBLondon.com Chani Gottesman (2 yr old camp) Ram’s Clothiers 203-753-1189 917-685-2672 The Hat Box (Monsey) 845-517-2829 COMMUNAL RESOURCES ToetallyYou.com Bonei Olam 718-252-1212 Chessed Shel Emes of CT 203-510-3882 APPLIANCE REPAIR Connecticut Torah Connection Affordable Appliance 860-256-9750 All Make Appliance Repair 203-596-9092 860.785.4CTC Hebrew Free Loan Assoc. of Wtby ATTORNEY 203-757-1561 Dov Braunstein 203-573-0580 Historic Overlook Community Club Esmeralda Bardhollari 203 729 4555 203-574-0756 Raphael Deutsch 203-573-0782 Raymond J. Antonacci, LLC 203-597-8883 The Jewish Federation 203-267-3177 Slavin, Stauffacher & Scott, LLC 860-274-2511 Neighborhood Housing Services 203-753-1896 Ruth D. Weissman 860-777-7128 TAG International 844-534-5837 Weisman Law Offices 203-757-1561 TAG Waterbury email@example.com AUTO RENTALS Wtby Regional Chamber 203-757-0701 Avis 203-757-8081 Vaad Hakashrus of Wtby 203-756-1800 Enterprise 203-755-3770 COMMUNICATION Hertz 203-573-8534 The PTT Shop 800-520-3382 Rent-A-Wreck 203-575-1631 AUTO SALES & LEASING
COMPUTER SALES & REPAIR
Ahuva Oberlander-Special Ed Tutoring 203-757-8585 Chaynie Nath-Academic Evaluations 203-437-5447 Rivka Schonfeld S.O.S. 718-382-5437 R’ Raphael Nemetzky, Tutor 954-668-7234 ELECTRICIAN
Accurate Electrical Contractors 203-509-7027 Power Cell Electric 203-982-8053 FENCING
Master Fence Co. 203-574-4011 FINANCIAL SERVICES
Fidelity Payment Services 855-794-7348 FLOORING
Capitol Wood Flooring 203-575-8300 Sanco Hardwood Flooring 203-592-6688 Tommy’s Hardwood Flooring 860-561-9776 FLORISTS
O’Rourke & Birch Florists 203-756-7857 Orchid Florist 203-573-0690 Stop & Shop 203-756-4678 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 La-Z-Boy 203-574-4001 Pilgrim Furniture 860-276-0030 Raymour and Flanigan 203-573-1015 GARDENERS
AUTO SERVICES & REPAIR
ACR Computer 203-754-9688 W Lawncare (Y.M. Weinreb) 203-816-5296 Computer Consultant (P. Nugiel) 568-1803 GIFTWARE
Axela Construction (Yitzchok Rabinowitz) 203-573-9870 ext. 206 Axela Kitchens 203-573-9870 ext. 205 Jim Battistrada 203-591-1656 Vesta Homes Inc. 203-754-0917
See Healthcare Services Section
MY Auto Sales (Brooklyn) 718-851-2277 Joe’s Tire Shop 203-753-3108 Montambault’s Auto 203-756-7026 Peretz Schechter 845-213-0304 Valvoline Instant Oil Change 203-729-5108 West Main Auto 203-596-3722 Baby Depot at Burlington 203-630-0647 Apple Valley Bank 203-271-1268 Citibank 203-573-5820 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 BIKUR CHOLIM
Bikur Cholim of Waterbury 203-574-3395 / 203-510-6904 New Haven Friendship House at Yale 203-693-9033 / E. Greer 203-606-3085 BICYCLE REPAIR
Bikes2you 203-598-0005 CAKES & BAKERY
CONTRACTOR / REMODELING
J-Mar Crafts 203-753-1815 Michael’s 203-597-1336 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 Kohl’s 203-575-9238 Macy’s 203-757-1131 Marshalls (Watertown) 860-274-5481 Target 203-437-3673 T.J. Maxx 203-573-1061 Wal-Mart 203-759-1000 DISCOUNT STORES
Dollar Tree 203-805-6721 Five Below 203-573-9373 Job Lot 203-841-0307 Ollie’s 203-591-1616
RK Baking (R. Klagsbrun) 347-528-8484 CARPET CLEANERS Better Carpet Cleaners 860-632-1667 Watertown Carpet Cleaning 203-596-0301 DRY CLEANERS Mar-Vic Cleaners 203-754-3952 CARPET RETAILER Perry’s Dry Cleaners 203-753-3161 Associated Carpet 203-756-5594 Carpets Plus 203-753-8235 6 WHAT'S DOING IN WATERBURY
GiftsByGilda.com 410-358-2237 L’chaim Judaica 203-872-2424 GLASSES / EYEWEAR
Lenscrafters 203-597-1355 Opticare 203-574-2020 Trocchi Optometry 203-753-5665 GRAPHICS & WEB DESIGN
Aliza Nugiel 203-568-1803 Leebah Stephens 203-233-6399 GUTTER CLEANING / POWER WASHING
Affordable Powerwashing 203-597-7075 HAIRCUTS
C&C Hair Salon 203-597-1000 Cost Cutters 203-596-7993 Chaim E. Linda (upsherin) 203-596-8198 Kasper’s Cuts 973-932-4574 Supercuts 203-574-0642 HANDYMAN
Avi Balter 848-223-5601 Eli Chernin 203-759-8082 Levi Yudkin 203-724-7127 HEALTH, FITNESS & BEAUTY
Central Cosmetics (Shani Metz) 203-757-9893 KosherVitamins.com 800-645-1899 Beth Salzberg, Personal Trainer 860-233-3443 Lisa Scappini, Personal Trainer & Nutritionist 203-217-0616 YMCA 203-754-2181
WDW YELLOW PAGES HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING
Chernin HVAC/R 203-759-8082 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 (Southington) 860-385-9193 Raymond’s Building Supply 203-879-2538 Schmidt and Serafine’s 203-754-5186 Torrington Supply Co. 203-756-3641
FM Home Loans (A. Brecher) 718-877-5160 GMAC Mortgage 203-758-9910 People’s Bank 203-250-9396 Savings Bank of Danbury 203-575-3546 MOVING & STORAGE
Schulgasser Brothers 973-458-9658 Waterbury Self Storage 203-574-2764 MUSIC / CHOIR / MUSIC LESSONS
Carry O’Niel 203-758-8649
DJ Sol (Shlomo Deutsch) 845-405-3997 Elisha Freedman–One Man Band 917-533-0758 Family Music Center 203-756-0843 Kolainu Boys Choir 203-816-0876 Shira Mayerfeld (Piano) 845-323-5698
NIT CHECKING / REMOVAL
Courtyard by Marriot 203-596-1000 Hampton Inn Waterbury 203-753-1777 Wyndham Southbury 203-598-7600
NitFix (Chanie Fingerer) 917-815-2910
7-Eleven 203 527-8388 Soosh (Stamford) 203-658-7505 Waterbury Kosher World 203-757-4992 ROOFING
Sandro 203-424-4774 SHEITELS / HAIRCUTS
Tzipora Abraham 845-519-0246 Rivka Sara Gewirtzman 845-304-6400 Deena Metchick 617-820-3576 Chaya Gitty Perlstein 917-224-0156 SHOES
DSW Shoes (Plainville) 860-747-6900 Footprints Shoes (Newington) 860-666-3100 Little Eric (Greenwich) 203- 622-1600 SHOPPING MALLS
Brass Mill Center (Wtby) 203-755-5000 Danbury Fair Mall 203-743-3247 Raphael Deutsch 203-573-0782 Meriden Mall 203-235-3343 Southbury Green 978-741-1650 INSURANCE OFFICE SUPPLIES David Lieber cell 347-865-4326 Advantage Business Systems 203-929-3769 West Farms (Farmington) 860-561-3024 Gross and Company 212-620-4040 Staples 203-573-0925 SILVER POLISHING & REPAIR Buffers 203-281-0101 (Hamden) INTERIOR DESIGN & DECORATING PAINTER / PAINT SUPPLIES Sari Langsam Design 773-895-0699 Sandro 203-424-4774 SOFER L’chaim Judaica 203-872-2424 I.T. SERVICES PAPER GOODS & PARTY SUPPLIES Global Tech Solutions 203-725-3122 Lishkas Hasofer (Monsey) 845-425-9268 It’s A Favor.com 718-234-3951 Rabbi Yirmiyahu Moldovan 203-906-6296 Party City 203-596-1853 JEWELRY SALES & REPAIR Fine Crafts Jewelers 203-756-4800 Party Plus 203-879-9951 SPORTING GOODS The Beadery 973-337-9959 Shannon’s Party Props 203-879-2711 B&G Sports Co. 203-757-2571 Dick’s 203-437-9392 JUDAICA PASSPORTS L’chaim Judaica 203-872-2424 Lakewood Rd Post Offfice 203-757-7511 SUCCAH SALES Judaica Place www.judaicaplace.com E-Z Passport 866-439-7277 Connecticut’s Succah Outlet 203-756-5566 Succah Sales (Y. Munk) 203-577-9995 KITCHEN REMODELING PEST CONTROL Axela Kitchens 203-573-9870 ext. 205 Anderson Wildlife 203-758-0555 SUPERMARKETS Knb Design Kitchen & Bath 203-777-6661 Family Pest Control 203-756-6028 Gourmet Glatt (Cedarhurst) 516-569-2662 Jarjura’s Farm 203-757-7777 LAWN & GARDEN PHOTOGRAPHERS Shoprite 203-756-5614 Schmidt and Serafine’s 203-754-5186 Kiki Baitellman 203-982-3354 Portraits by Chaya (Millerr) 203-518-4114 Stop & Shop (Chase Ave.) 203-756-4678 LIQUOR / WINE Stop & Shop (Wolcott St.) 203-755-9489 The Good Life Wines & Spirits 203-754-5554 Devory Salamon 203-565-2186 Waterbury Kosher World 203-757-4992 Wine N Liquor Outlet 203-596-9463 PLUMBERS TAILORING Dan’s Discount Rooter 860-274-1025 LOCKSMITHS Jenn Chernin 781-367-5161 David Dostaller 203-808-4404 Leon’s Locks 203-753-4440 Lia’s Tailoring 203-725-3573 John 203-650-0840 MAGAZINES & NEWSPAPERS Lilly’s Tailoring 203-596-0675 Ami Magazine 718.534.8800 PRINTERS Mar Vic 203-754-3952 Minuteman Press 203-573-0100 Binah Magazine 718-305-5200 Ram’s Clothiers 203-753-1189 Sir Speedy 203-346-0716 Hamodia 718-853-9094 THERAPY Mishpacha Magazine 718-686-9339 REAL ESTATE Waterbury Republican 203-574-3636 Berkshire Hathaway (L. Klein) 203-400-3321 See Healthcare Services Section What’s Doing in Waterbury 203-233-3417 Blue Ridge Estates 203-568-0460 TRUCK RENTAL Penske 203-757-8303 Classic Realty (S. Avigdor) 203-387-9991 MAILING SERVICES Accurate Mailing Services 203-758-0430 Drubner Commercial (John) 203-753-4116 Rent a Wreck 203-575-1631 Ryder 203-597-5427 Jason Katz 203-509-0474 MIKVAOS Mikvah Tcharna of Waterbury 203-754-4150 Kesher Realty (Meir Fischer / Leorah Elin) Uhaul 203-756-2208 or 754-0193 TRAVEL Mikvah Tahor V’kadosh (Mens) 203-509-5539 203-805-0875 Cellualr Israel Phone Rental 718-289-0195 Keilim: WaterburyKeilimMikvah@gmail.com Showcase Realty 860-274-7000 The Miles Hubb 516-690-7355 New Haven 203-387-2184 REAL ESTATE MANAGEMENT CK Investments 203-755-3702 New Haven (Lubavitch) 203-777-8966 TZEDAKAH ORGANIZATIONS Liberty Management 203-755-0677 Kollel Chibas Yerushalayim 718-633-7112 West Hartford 860-521-9446 Kupat Ha’ir 1-888-587-2842 Mikvah of Rockland County 845-371-9409 Waterbury Property Management (Yosef Gutman) 203-753-2787 Vaad Harabonim 877-722-2646 MOHEL Rabbi A.S. Braun 845-659-2396 RESTAURANTS / FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS VACUUM CLEANERS Connecticut Sew & Vac 203-574-7781 Rabbi Aharon Meir Elefant 347-452-7059 613 (Stamford) 203-614-8777 Ami’s Bagels 203-596-9020 Rabbi Dov Greer 203-786-3097 WINDOWS Desserts by Rachel 240-501-3065 Rabbi Nosson Schechter 917-494-4935 Naugatuck Window & Glass 203-729-4536 Eden Wok (New Rochelle) 914-637-9363 Valley View Windows 203-528-6979 MORTGAGES & LOANS Waterbury Glass & Mirror 203-573-0333 Evergreen Funding (S. Katz) 203-776-5626 Fascias’s Chocolates 203-753-0515 NOTARY PUBLIC
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ALLERGY & ASTHMA
Advanced Allergy & Asthma Family Care (Dr. Larry Scheer) 203-755-5500 Dr. Michael Krall 860-246-7273
Bracha Mayer, MSW 845-659-9391 Yehuda Roberts, LCSW 203-632-6235 Chani Sontag, MA, LPC 917-880-2675 Daniela Thaler, MS 203-233-3417
Proud Moments Therapy 718-215-5311 CHIROPRACTOR
Balanced Body 203-723-5715 Dr. Porzio 203-756-7449 Dr. Karen Bavaro 203-263-2720 (Woodbury) DENTIST
CT Family Dental 203-574-2725 Dr. Ezra Friedman Dental Health Associates 203-879-4649 Dr. Raven Henderson (Dynobite Smiles Pediatrics) 203-577-3500 Dr. Tony Lepore (Pediatric Dental of Southbury) 203-264-1497 Dr. Joy Lunan 203-901-1305 Dr. Stephen Rothman 203-562-4143 (New Haven) Dr. Joseph Statkevich 203-574-3343 Dr. Alan Wolkoff 203-753-2274 DERMATOLOGIST
Yale Dermatology 203-577-1050 Dr. Jeffrey Alter 203-757-1585 Dr. Graeme Lipper 203-264-3903 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 FERTILITY SPECIALIST
Dr. Gad Levy 203-929-6412 GASTROENTEROLOGIST
Dr. Robert Leventhal 203-756-6422 Dr. Hector Pun 203-756-7788 Dr. Ronald Zlotoff 203-755-4515 HAND SPECIALIST
Dr. Richard Manzo 203-755-7115 HOMECARE
Joyce Frazier, NMT 646-287-6905 (New Haven)
Dr. Gale Levine 203-654-9002 (New Haven)
Jay Wolkoff, MS 203-753-2274
Dr. David Hill 203-759-3666
Diagnostic Radiology 203-756-8911
Urology Specialists 203-757-8361
Dynamic Therapy Group 203-759-1371 OPHTHALMOLOGIST / OPTOMETRIST
The Eye Group 203-597-9100 (pediatric) Opticare (Dr. Peterson) 203-574-2020 Dr. Thornquest 203-452-9723 Trocchi Optometry 203-753-5665 Vision Associates of Prospect (Dr. Kline & Dr. Gelinas) 203-758-5555 ORAL-MAXILLOFACIAL SURGEON
Dr. Elie Ferneini 203- 573-1427 Dr. Hilligen 203-573-1428 Dr. Ean James (Bristol) 860-583-6549
CT Orthopedist Specialists (Children’s) Dr. Peter Deluca 203-867-6448 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
Dr. Mary Aquavia 203-262-4600 (Stby) Dr. John Testa 203-709-5300 (Prospect) Dr. Jacqueline Lustig 860-274-8891 Phoenix Specialty Group 203-574-2930 Dr. David Silver 203-271-3296 (Cheshire) MENTAL HEALTH
Chananya Abraham, MS, LPC 203-7598007 Esther Baylis, LCSW 347-757-0164 Rabbi Yosef Feld, MSW 203-707-1886 Robin Gutman, MS, LPC, NCC 203-982-6167
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Dr. Marc Bernbach 203-753-2048 Dr. Bruce Vinokur 203-755-2050 Dr. Mchugh & Assoc. 860-274-1773 Dr. Joel Segalman 203-755-0489
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 CT’s Women’s & Childbirth Center (Southbury) 203-748-6000 Griffin Hospital Childbirth Center (Dr. Kessler) 203-732-7252 Naugatuck Valley Women’s Health Specialists 203-575-1811 Women’s Health Associates (Southbury) 203-264-2300 Yale OBGYN 203-785-5682
Access Rehab 203-598-0400 Advance Therapy Assoc. 203-577-3700 Dr. Richard (Aryeh) Shapiro, DPT 516-784-6633
Vanessa Daou, CNM (Specialists in Women’s Healthcare) 203-754-2535 Cathie Miller 203- 954-0080 CT’s Women’s & Childbirth Center (Southbury) 203-748-6000
Emerest Health of Connecticut 203-941-1700 Hartford Healthcare at Home 800-HOMECARE NCE Homecare 203-945-1200 Jewish Hypnosis (Orli Katz) 203-565-3324
Dr. Michael Friedman 203-573-8034 ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON
Dr. John Reach (Yale) 203-737-5656 ORTHOPEDIST
Dr. Ephraim Bartfeld 860-274-8891 Child & Adolescent Healthcare Assoc. (Dr. Jane Rudolph) 203-574-4747 Pediatric Associates of CT 203-755-2999 PERIODONTIST
Dr. William Tarasuck 203-597-0055
Dr. David Podell 203-573-7281 Dr. Lawrence Zemel (Pediatric) 203-545-9395 SPEECH THERAPY
Dynamic Therapy Group 203-759-1371 Toba Baila Goldfinger MS, SLP 718-704-9775 Shani Shapiro, MS, CCC-SLP 646-263-8779 SURGEON - HAND
Dr. Andrew Nelson 203-755-7115 UROLOGIST
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 Griffin Hospital (Derby) 203-735-7421
Medical Laboratories Quest Diagnostics 1-877-868-2191
Pharmacies Brass City Pharmacy 203-759-9000 Bunker Hill Pharmacy 203-574-7825 CVS (24 hours) 203-755-5490 Shoprite Pharmacy 203-753-1718 Stop and Shop 203-597-1498 Target (CVS) 203-437-3674
Emergency Numbers Hatzalah of Waterbury 203-754-4200 Poison Control 1-800-222-1222 *** H ealthcare listings are by recommendation only
MUNICIPAL AND OTHER LISTINGS
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 Service Center 311 Eversource Energy: electric company: 1-800-286-2000 gas company: 1-800-989-0900 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. 203-574-6521 Wigwam Ave. 203-759-3642 Mail Service Info. 203-578-3426 Waterbury Public Library 203-574-8205 Southbury Public Library 203-262-0626 Refuse Collection 203-574-6857 Street Department/Public Works 203-574-8261 Tax Assessors office Motor vehicles - 203-574-6831 Property - 203-574-6821 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 WIC 203-574-6785 WRAP Program 800-388-9727
New & Noteworthy Are you in quarantine in your home? We want to help! We have local volunteers who want to help you get what you need from the outside anonymously and without dangerous contact. If you’re in need of assistance, please call/ text 203-518-5419. TAG Tip: Know before you buy! Chromebooks do not use Windows OS and cannot be filtered regularly. New gemach: Tzniusdig hospital gowns. Please call Nechama Leah Hoffnung @ 347-957-2168. If anyone has questions or need advice about internet options and connectivity issues please contact Sruly Kolodny via email firstname.lastname@example.org or text/whatsapp/ telegram at 732-552-8265 (no calls please). Weekly zoom aerobics classes for girls. For more info contact Mrs. Chanie Lyss at email@example.com or 443-604-8802. The Waterbury Exchange has taken the opportunity while they have to be closed, to expand. Stay tuned for details about when they can accept donations again, and their Grand Reopening. If anyone is in immediate need of items or assistance, please contact Chana Kolodny 732-930-4107. Due to COVID-19, TAG is providing non-face-to-face service. For computer (Windows or Mac) filters please email the office firstname.lastname@example.org and you will be set up with a remote install appointment. For flip phone Internet blocks or smartphone filters, we are accepting drop-offs. Please email the office. Yard Spring Cleaning - Reasonable Rates - No Human Contact Necessary! The Zelcer boys are available to do a Spring Cleanup. They will bring their own rakes and shovels, bags are not included. Please call or text 917-535-1179. If you are self-employed and have lost any income, now is the time to apply for unemployment benefits. If you need help please reach out to R' Moshe Bree, R' Yechiel Munk, or R' Elie Sontag.
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COMMUNITY SHIURIM ON ZOOM • M abit Shiur each Sunday morning by Rabbi Sonnenschein. The Shiur will begin at 9:30am. For more information and for the zoom id number please contact R’ Elisha Freedman at 917-533-0758. • S hiur on Sefer Shoftim by Rabbi Sonnenschein every Sunday evening at 9:30 pm. The Shiur will be given for a half hour. The zoom id number is 820-633-1080 and the password is 613. • H alacha Shiur on Monday evenings at 9:30pm by Rabbi Sonnenschein (similar style to the Friday night dvar halacha). The zoom id number is 820-633-1080 and the password is 613. • O n Tuesday evenings, the regular Mitzvos Hashkulos Mussar Chabura will take place. If you would like to join this chabura please contact R’ Hillel Weinreb at 347-729-3622. • W ednesday evening ladies shiur by Rabbi Sonnenschein at 8:45pm. The zoom id number is 820-633-1080 and the password is 613. • R abbi Sonnenschein will speak every Thursday evening on the Parsha. The zoom id number is 820-633-1080 and the password is 613. All are invited. • D irshu Daf Yomi B’Halacha nightly at 8:00 pm by Rabbi Thaler. Zoom ID 705-679-3298. All men are invited to join Chelek Heh. • K inyan Mesechta Shiur by Rabbi Krohn every night at 8:50. Zoom ID 996-394-30131 password 8B8mNk. • N ightly halacha chavrusa learning with weekly chaburah via Zoom. Contact Yitzchok Baylis at 203-419-5709 for more info. • M rs. Adina Heavenrich offering a series on chinuch habanim addressing issues facing us during this challenging time. Mothers of children aged 2-22 are welcome Sundays at 8:30pm. Email email@example.com to register and receive Zoom login information. • R abbi Bernstein gives Chovos Halevovos shiur in Sha’ar Habitachon from 8:30-8:45pm Sunday-Thursday. Call 203-232-1646 for more information. • W eekly vaad with Rav Leuchter on how to deal with the current situation. The vaad will take place via Zoom Webinar on Thursday nights at 10:30PM. For more information and zoom ID number contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-695-3182. • R abbi Heavenrich mussar vaad on Wednesdays at 9:30pm via Zoom. Contact Yechiel Schon for details: (917) 838-9748. • W eekly Zoom Pirkei Avos shiur given by R' Akiva Schmookler. Contact Avi Berger for more info @ 646-879-9363 or email@example.com. • W eekly Zoom Navi shiur given by R' Gavriel Lazarus. Contact Avi Berger for more info @ 646-879-9363 or firstname.lastname@example.org. • Z oom Mishmar with Rabbi Kalish on Thursday nights. Contact Avi Berger for more info at 646-879-9363 or email@example.com. • W eekly Shiur in Nefesh HaChaim (English) from Rav Leuchter via Zoom. Sundays: 2:00PM For more information and zoom ID number contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-695-3182 10 WHAT'S DOING IN WATERBURY
MAZEL TOV TO: Mr. and Mrs. Shimshy Brecher on the birth of a baby boy Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Hoberman on the birth of a baby boy Rabbi and Mrs. Elli Hoffnung on the birth of a baby boy Rabbi and Mrs. Meir Simcha Kaufman on the birth of a baby boy Rabbi and Mrs. Dovid Lax on the birth of a baby girl Rabbi and Mrs. Shloimy Lebovics on the birth of a baby girl Mr. and Mrs. Eran Netkin on the birth of a baby girl Rabbi and Mrs. Avi Oberlander on the birth of a baby girl Mr. and Mrs. Shloimie Rosenberg on the birth of a baby boy Mr. and Mrs. Yoni Rudowksy on the birth of a baby girl Mr. and Mrs. Yaakov Schutz on the birth of a baby girl Mr. and Mrs. Momo Shteierman on the birth of a baby girl Rabbi and Mrs. Yosef Yaged on the birth of a baby girl
MAZEL TOV TO:
Rabbi and Mrs. Yosef Feld on their son Dovi’s bar mitzvah Mr. and Mrs. Chaim Kirshner on their son Yaakov’s bar mitzvah Mr. and Mrs. Zevy Kizelnik on their son Moshe’s Bar Mitzvah Mr. and Mrs. Elchonon Majeski on their son Reuven’s bar mitzvah Mr. and Mrs. Eran Netkin on their son Meir’s bar mitzvah Mr. and Mrs. Yaakov Reiss on their son Mordechai’s bar mitzvah Mr. and Mrs. Moshe Schwarz on their son Yosef’s bar mitzvah Rabbi and Mrs. Yosef Sonnenschein on Yaakov Yisroel’s Bar Mitzvah Mr. and Mrs. Eldee Stephens on their son Aharon’s bar mitzvah MAZEL TOV TO:
Mr. and Mrs. Chaim Aboud on Basya’s engagement Mr. and Mrs. Yechiel Nath on Moishy’s engagement Yaakov and Brocha Schreiber on their wedding Rabbi and Mrs. Shlomo Shulman on Eliezer’s engagement
A warm welcome to the community’s newest families: Chaim Aryeh and Chani Wallach Mrs. Georgia Cohen Yaakov and Golda Weill Menachem and Elkah Weiner Rachi and Adina Friedman Yitzchok and Michla Hertz Shmuel and Yehudis Ehrman Hatzlacha Raba in your new homes!
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The Waterbury Eruv
PLEASE CALL 203-578-0653 TO VOLUNTEER TO JOIN THE ROTATION FOR CHECKING THE 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. 12 WHAT'S DOING IN WATERBURY
WATERBURYGEMACHIM BABY ITEMS: Bris Outfit 203-591-1141 (Freedman) 203-591-8926 (Kalish) Bris Pillow 203-573-0782 (Deutsch) 718-704-9775 (Goldfinger) 203-573-8205 (Krohn) 203-591-8926 (Kalish) Convertible Stroller/Carseat 203-573-9603 (Adler) Keren Eta Rashi Crib Gemach 203-600-1883 (Rubin) Pack-n-Play 203-591-9080 (Chaifetz) 203-597-0314 (Thaler) 2 Hiking Backpack/Carriers 203-755-2736 (Feld) 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) Coat Rack 203-951-1404 (Schon) Crock Pot Extra large 203-591-8926 (Kalish) Travel size (2 Qt) 203-233-3417 (Thaler) Folding Chairs 203-510-3633 (Brecher) 203-510-6904 (Handelsman) 203-755-7328 (Katz) 203-528-7681 (Kramer) Folding Table 203-759-1692 (Friedland) 203-510-6904 (Handelsman) 203-528-7681 (Kramer) Freezer short term use 203-755-0582 (Barth) Furniture Gemach 203-574-3395 (Bernstein) NEW! Gluten Free Gemach for GF packaged foods and support. 248-259-3678 (Malkie Schwinder) Hachnosas Orchim Rooms Farmington Ave area – close to the shul, shteeble & yeshiva. Wheelchair accessible. 203-527-4150 (Friedland) Hand Truck 203-591-9080 (Chaifetz) 203-418-6553 (R’ Schlingenbaum)
Handyman Services Free oil furnace start-up 203-917-796-8016 (P. Nugiel) 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 Association of Wtby 203-757-1561 Jewish Books Library 203-574-3395 (Bernstein) 732-330-5569 (Brownstein) Zichron Etya Judaica Lending Library A parent must be present to borrow books Text/call 203-510-6904 (Handelsman) Maternity Clothing 732-236-7255 (Mervin) MEDICAL EQUIPMENT: Adult wheelchair & crutches, shower bench, portable commode 203-573-8824 (Stephens) Burn ointment/cream, 2 knee scooters, adult & child crutches 203-510-6904 (Handelsman) Wheelchair, walker 203-753-9757 (Sheps) Wheelchair 203-757-1336 (Scher) Hospital bed, wheelchair, walker, cane 860-777-7128 (Ruth Weissman) Crutches - child, adjustable 203-419-0037 (Heavenrich) Crutches - Mobilegs, adjustable 203-573-0330 (Rosenberg) Nebulizer 203-597-0314 (Thaler) NEW! Tzniusdig Hospital Gowns 347-957-2168 (Hoffnung) Menorahs for travel 203-665-8806 (Sonnenschein) MP3 Players for Shiurim 203-757-9893 (Metz) Nursing Pump 203-591-8938 (Schuck) Projector 203-754-1533 (Heber) Purim Costumes 203-755-0582 (Barth) 203-592-8173 (Friedland) Shoe Gemach (Children) Like new and brand-new children’s shoes available in all sizes. 203-721-0744 (Bracha Oratz) Siddurim 203-591-8529 (Borenstein) Soup Pot - 24 quart 203-591-9080 (Chaifetz)
Space Heaters 203-759-1148 (Braunstein) 203-755-7328 (Katz) Tehillim Booklets 203-755-0582 (Barth) Tefillin Sfard & Ashkenaz 203-509-0474 (Yitzchok Katz) Tools 954-668-7234 (Nemetsky) Torah Shiurim CD Library 203-755-0582 (Barth) 203-419-0613 (Gigi) 203-757-9893 (Metz) MP3 players avail. CD sets on Marriage and Shalom Bayis 917-757-6410 (Selengut) Toys 203-755-5081 (Gottesman) The Waterbury Exchange New & gently used clothing for women and children; YKW uniforms 732-930-4107 Waze Phone 203-910-4920 (Glazer) Zman Magazines 203-755-4155 (Nath) SIMCHA APPAREL: Jewelry for your simcha 310-625-1304 (Vickman) Simcha Maternity Clothing 732-236-7255 (Mervin) SIMCHA ITEMS: Chasunah Shtik Gemach Arches, umbrella, parachute, pom poms, Kallah water bottle Call/text 203-706-2226 (P. Fishman) Glass Stemware 203-573-8205 (Krohn) Tablecloth Gemach 203-756-2789 (Grosberg) Large Selection! Reasonable rates! Tablecloths • Black rounds 347-733-7317 (Elefant) • Hunter Green 203-805-4227 (Greer) • White rounds 203-573-8205 (Krohn) • Black 203-527-7200 (Reiss) • Off-white crinkle round & rectangle 203-665-8806 (Sonnenschein) Centerpieces: • Large selection of centerpieces, accents and tableware 203-597-9093 (Merenstein) • Gold & ivory centerpieces 203-591-8926 (Rochel Kalish) • Silver vases 203-573-8205 (Krohn) • Decorative crystal candle vases 203-573-8205 (Krohn) Urn large capacity 203-510-3633 (Y. Brecher) WHAT'S DOING IN WATERBURY 13
WATERBURYCOMMUNITYSERVICES 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 Chesed Shel Emes of Connecticut Chesed shel Emes is a world-wide organization with close to 500 volunteers. During a time of need, Chesed Shel Emes of CT offers services to the community in a sensitive and dignified manner. We are available during one’s most difficult time to provide comfort and compassion. We offer tables and chairs for anyone sitting shiva, assistance with autopsy prevention and Meis Mitzvah. Call Chaim Gewirtzman at 203-510-3882 for more information. 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 The Hebrew Burial and Free Loan Association Of New Haven Offers interest free loans and free burial plots to needy Jews in the area. Loans generally given for emergencies and essentials – unemployment, funds for rent, sudden/urgent home repair, medical issue, etc. 203-772-8488; email@example.com; www.hbflanh.org. n Hatzalah of Waterbury 203-754-4200 n Mikvah of Waterbury Located at 186 Roseland Avenue, the Mikvah is open for women by appointment only. Appointments must be scheduled at least 48 hours in advance by calling 203-754-4150. For same day appointments or for more information, text Gitty Braunstein at 917-863-3870. n Men’s Mikvah - Mikvah Kadosh V’Tahor of Waterbury 92 Prospect St. Hours: Daily 5am-9am, Erev Shabbos & Yom Tov until licht benching. For more information or dedication opportunities, please call 203-509-5539; email Mikvakadosh@gmail.com. n Tevilas Keilim 24 hrs a day in back of the building. Email: Waterburykeilimmikvah@gmail.com for more information. n TAG (Technology Awareness Group) TAG is dedicated to assisting people navigate the complex digital landscape, to empower them to use technology in a safe and responsible fashion and to ensure that every person serviced by TAG is comfortable with the guidance and service provided. The Waterbury TAG office is located in Yeshiva Gedolah’s Administration building at 47 Buckingham St. (entrance on Buckingham St.). Hours are Sunday & Wednesday 7:30–9:00 pm. Appointments available upon request by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Waterbury Google Group A community wide list-serve used to post and receive emails with announcements, advisories, recommendations, offers, or anything community members can help with or benefit from. There are currently over 300 members in the group and many people have been helped in various ways through their participation. To add your email address to the group, go to googlegroups.com, search for jewishwaterbury and ask to join. For more information you can email the moderator, Chana Kolodny at email@example.com.
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WATERBURYCOMMUNITYSERVICES n The N’shei of Waterbury Provides for the needs of the women and the community at large. Hachnasas Orchim Welcome packages for new families are available by calling 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 Cheryl Mervin at 732-236-7255 to arrange meals. 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 Faygie Beller at 347-414-0787 or Rena Greer at 203-606-3082. For questions about the N’shei, to join our email/texting group or to volunteer, please contact Dassy Karolitsky at 646-508-8084 or Chai Shapiro at 570-909-7501. n Bikur Cholim of Waterbury he Bikur Cholim continues to expand as our community’s needs grow and currently has systems in place T to help families going through a medical crisis. • We maintain a freezer with home cooked meals for short term emergency use. We also provide long term meals for those situations that require it. • Our dedicated volunteers give rides and offer home and hospital visitation to those who request. • Additional volunteers maintain a kosher pantry area in Saint Mary’s hospital’s Birthing Center. Postcards are available throughout the hospital to help staff know how to assist patients in locating the kosher pantry. • Our innovative “Help a Mom” program trains a select group of young girls to be available to help out with basic childcare should medical crises arise. • We maintain the highest level of confidentiality. Contact us at: Rivky Bernstein 203-721-4172; Suri Handelsman 203-510-6904. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. 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 email@example.com. To report suspicious activity please call the WCP Hotline at (203)759-8339.
Waterbury Whats App Groups For posting news, Mazal tovs, sharing ideas and tips, asking questions, and connecting with your neighbors. Waterbury Women’s chat: To join text Aliza Nugiel at 917-273-0392. Waterbury Men’s chat: To join text Chaim Gewirtzman at 203-510-3882 Community Message Board: To join text Esty Segelman at 908-910-4191 WHAT'S DOING IN WATERBURY 15
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WATERBURY LOCATIONS ————————— 1. Waterbury Kosher World 2. K'hal B’nai Shalom 135 Roseland Avenue
3. Yeshiva K’tana 4. Post Offices 5. Shoprite 6. St. Mary’s Hospital
7. Stop & Shop / Target 8. The Home Depot 9. Train Station 10. B us Station 11. Walgreens 12. TJ Maxx 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. P ublic Library
19. Mikvah of Waterbury 186 Roseland Avenue 20. Ami’s Bagels
WATERBURY REFUSE INFORMATION
All junk collection must be pre-scheduled by calling 203-574-6857 In need of a recycling bin? They are available free of charge. Call 203-574-6857
Yard Waste: grass clippings and leaves must be in bio-degradable paper bags only; brush must be cut and tied, no more than 4"in diameter, no longer than 4' long.
Need a new or extra trash bin? They can be purchased for $55. Call 203-756-7365 (payable by
cash or credit card over the phone; can be purchased at the Mark Lane facility)
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Lives, upended, standing tall, 'Holding hands' through it all Staying the course, with strength, we must, Hashem watching over every one of us
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MRS. SHAINA BEKRITZKY Staring down the empty hall Where just weeks ago Eager smiles graced, Overcome with the overwhelming Silence. But until further notice, We will also continue.
Until further notice. Sessions are closed. Hallways vacant. Yeshivos, shuls, Batei midrashos, Classrooms— Bare. Empty. Until further notice. The deafening sound of silence, Where once was the kol Torah, Kol tefila, The sweet sounds of children, Learning, Davening, Playing, Laughing. Until further notice The sounds of Morahs, 20 WHAT'S DOING IN WATERBURY
Teachers, Rebbeim-Lovingly guiding, Teaching, Explaining.
To guide, And teach, And learn, And encourage, And empower And fill the silent spaces— The emptiness— The forced distance. Until further notice, We will have to find other ways And we will continue, as our Nation always has done. For though our physical world has become Overturned, Our reason for being has not.
So, until further notice And far beyond that, Until further notice— We will continue. So abruptly— With so much sudden totality— For though the halls are bare for now, And our physical distance mandated— Until further notice, Until further notice. Our fervent calling Cannot be stopped. How could this be? All we hold dear— And neither can He who mandated it all. And all that is pure, Not ever. And sweet, And until further notice, And what we live by— Our collective voices. A screeching halt— Will bring us closer. Until further notice. In more ways than one.
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MR. SHLOIME EHRENREICH I work as a Registered Nurse (RN) in Gaylord Hospital which is a long-term acute care (LTAC) rehab hospital. As a hospital we treat all patients under what is called Standard Precautions. This means that we wash our hands with soap for two minutes at the beginning of every shift and whenever they get dirty. We also use an alcohol cleanser on our hands every time we walk into or out of any patient room. Finally, we wear gloves for all patient contact. That was in the old ‘normal’. When the coronavirus first started spreading visitors were banned from the hospital and everyone was required to wear masks all the time. We were getting daily updates and changes to the rules and some people needed to quarantine themselves after going on vacation or even taking a train through New York! Now, when anyone comes into the hospital, they get their temperature scanned and anyone with a fever is not allowed into the building. All this was even before we had any Covid-19 patients. As a rehab hospital we weren’t expected to receive patients until they started to recover and needed therapy to be able to go home again. We did have several patients that we needed to test to see if they caught Covid-19 from visitors and this gave us the opportunity to figure out how to protect ourselves while treating them. These patients were placed on the highest level of precautions, called Airborne Precautions. This requires the patient to be kept in a negative pressure room that has a vacuum pumping the room air through a filter to prevent disease from escaping. This requires everyone to be wearing a N-95 filter mask or a positive air pressure respirator (PAPR) which is a hood that covers the head and blows air out so that you don’t breathe in the virus. We also needed to start
wearing two sets of gloves and a disposable gown covering our body and goggles or a face shield protecting our eyes. In addition, we started wearing shoe covers, hair-covers and a second set of hospital provided scrubs which we leave at work to be cleaned. In this way we are doing our hishtadlus to be as safe as possible and prevent us from catching the virus. Any hospital worker that gets sick is required to stay home for at least 14 days and there were quite a number of people that caught it before the state started the nonessential business lockdown. We opened up extra beds in the hospital and we started receiving Covid-19 patients about a month ago. Since then we have managed to keep all the patients on my floor and B’H keep it from spreading to anyone else. Not only that but the therapy department has been working overtime with our patients and last week we were able to discharge our first patient! So far 6 of our patients have recovered and allowed to go home! Every time a patient gets discharged, they play music over the loudspeaker and all the staff line up in the halls to say congratulations and goodbye. An amazing sight! WHAT'S DOING IN WATERBURY 21
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WRITTEN BY DR. CHAIM MOELLER
Communities and cities are all locked inside. Schools are closed nationwide.
Throughout this pandemic, the teaching proceeds, Remotely ensuring each talmid succeeds.
Some work from home, some canâ€™t at all, All are affected, big or small.
Amazing, incredible, a sight to behold, The learning and growing, through the phones that they hold.
Families spend more time together, Enriching bonds to last forever. To continue the chain of our mesorah, No easy feat for the home-bound Morah. To educate our youth, our teachers endeavor, without a classroom, how can they ever? Rebbeim strive to make the sugya geshmak, Yeshiva is closed - where can the guys hock? We all feel confined, restricted in space, Each one of us staying in our very own place.
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We cannot thank them enough, words cannot suffice, To show how much we appreciate their sacrifice. With families at home, and households to run, The lessons continueâ€”and are second to none. To our dear educators, hats off to you, We are eternally grateful for the work that you do! May Hashem grant you all, much mazel and bracha, And may all of your endeavors be blessed with hatzlacha!
NITYin U M M O r C u O A SALUTE
M R S . C H AYA B R O C H A S T R O H Doctors, nurses, EMTs We hear and see them all receive Salutes of sirens, cheers, and planes (!) For giving of themselves without reprieve. And I wonder to myself As I soothe my crying baby Where is the mothers’ salute? Don’t we deserve one too, maybe? We give endlessly We juggle tirelessly We care infinitely And our shift never ends. So where is the mothers’ salute? Where are our honks and hoots? Where is our line of cars, Saying we appreciate who you are? And then, my baby smiles at me And my wonder fades away This is our salute All of these moments in our day. The smiles, the thank yous The giggles we share The look in their eyes Saying we know that you care. These are the mothers’ salutes These are what keep us strong These are what remind us We’re exactly where we belong.
REFLECTION FROM A HATZALAH MEMBER’S WIFE: R’ Meilech Biderman recently shared an amazing observation. He remarked that when people would approach the Satmar Rebbe, R’ Yoel Teitelbaum zt”l, for a bracha, the Rebbe would often reply, “Why are you asking me for a bracha? Go find a Yid with a number, and ask him for a bracha!” The Rebbe was referring to a Yid who had a number tatooed on his arm; one who survived the Nazi extermination camps with his emunah intact. R’ Meilech applied the Rebbe’s words to these past weeks and proclaimed, “You want a bracha? Go find a Yid with a number, and ask him for a bracha!” R’ Meilech was referring to our incredible Hatzalah volunteers (who each have a member’s number) who are on the front lines of the coronavirus battle and have accrued innumerable zechusim. Upon observing the incredible selflessness of our very own Waterbury Hatzalah members over Pesach – donning their personal protective gear and checking on multiple patients at least twice a day – I have to say that I couldn’t agree more! WHAT'S DOING IN WATERBURY 23
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Talmidim TO OUR
RABBI MOSHE DOV HEBER
Growing up, my father, Rabbi Dovid Heber, always davened in shul, with a minyan. There was no concept of davening at home. Even when traveling, my father would find a route where we could stop for a minyan. Columbus on the way to visiting St. Louis, Charlotte on the way to Atlanta. We traveled a good deal, but there was always a way. Naturally, as I was becoming the age of bar mitzvah, this was a mitzvah that I wanted to excel in as well. Boruch Hashem for years I was able to go without missing a minyan. It became my special mitzvah. When I became a Middle School Rebbi in Yeshiva K'tana of Waterbury in 2018, the importance of davening with a minyan became a frequent topic of discussion. I love hearing the stories of how a talmid spent an hour in the airport gathering a minyan for mincha or the pride when boys come back from mid-winter break and are excited to share how they davened each tefillah with a minyan. When coronavirus hit in March, I became concerned with what will be with minyan. Our yeshiva closed, then our shul. We still had minyanim outdoors for a few days, but we all knew that it would not last. I hadn't missed a minyan in so many years... It was a Wednesday afternoon and the Gedolim decided that there should be no minyanim. We had already planned our Maariv and were ready to go but cancelled it because the Gedolim said that is what we were supposed to do. Obviously, it was sad for me, but I was confident that I was doing what was right. The boys started calling, what is going to be Rebbi?! Will you somehow work out a minyan? I then penned the following letter: 24 WHAT'S DOING IN WATERBURY
Dear Talmidim, I know what is on your minds. Many have called to ask what they should do about minyanim, and what I am going to do, as we always speak about the importance of minyan. So many of you have become so careful never to miss. Now, we are told to miss a minyan and to stay home. I know it is hard since so many of you have spent so much time and money, and sacrificed to always daven with a minyan. Tears come to my eyes thinking about the many years that I myself haven't missed a minyan. Now, suddenly there are no shuls open, and no minyanim. If our Gedolim feel that this is what we should do, then there are no questions or loopholes. This is what we do because even one Jewish life is more important than a minyan. This is an extremely important lesson for life: Gedolim lead us and they guide us in serving Hashem. If today we don't daven with a minyan, that is what Hashem wants from us. I believe that we can try to do 2 things to help us with our davening during this time. 1) Let's make a set time to daven each day, as we would daven in school. If you want it to be a little later, make sure it is before Z'man Kriyas Shema. When we daven, let us daven slowly and say each tefillah as if we we're davening in shul. We should dress as if we we're in school. If that means a white shirt, hat and jacket, let us do that. If it means proper shoes, then that is what we should be doing at home as well. This will keep our davening, which we so desperately need, at the highest level. 2) Iy"H this will pass, and we will be able to have our wonderful shuls and yeshivos open. We should look forward to that time and commit to daven once again with a minyan to the greatest of our abilities and appreciate it like never before. Hashem loves your tefillos and is looking forward to you standing in front of Him and begging on behalf of the entire Kâ€™lal Yisroel. Beâ€™ahava, Rebbi Heber Students, at this time more than ever, we need to know that our Gedolim are our link to the Mesorah, extending back to when we were makabel the Torah. Let this message carry us all through this crisis and enable us to come out stronger than ever.
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The lyrics of this old song have been rattling around in my head over the last few days. It’s so strange, nothing on earth has really changed and yet everything feels different. For those who follow the news (I make a point not to), it’s a veritable feeding frenzy of terror out there. Supermarkets stripped of necessities, whole cities quarantined, public venues shut down and entire industries brought to their knees. Why is this happening? What should our response as a nation be? As to the first question, it is not our place to ask why. As my teacher, Mrs. Oralee Kanner said to me, “When I was going through a difficult tekufah in my life, ‘למה יומרו ’?הגויםThe goyim ask why. We though, as Yidden, simply accept. This is Hashem’s will, that’s all we need to know. Stop obsessing over statistics, stop trading gossip and juicy, frightening stories. Stop with the political hack and the endless speculating. The why is Hashem, as it has always been, and our job is simply to hear clearly His message to us.” Pause with me for a moment, because this seems to be Hashem’s ratzon during this worldwide time out. Pause, reflect and think. Every single thing on this earth happens because of us. We are a nation of princes and kings, priests and prophets. As Rabbi Reisman recently said, if our entire world as we know it has now ground to a sudden standstill due to this virus, it behooves each of us to take stock and consider what we, as Yidden, can do to reverse the gezeirah. Bishvili nivrah haolam. Each of us is a world. This virus is affecting the entire world. It is happening to awaken each of us. It is no coincidence that the enforced shutdowns and self-quarantines began right after Purim ended.
Imagine how Purim would have looked, had these severe restrictions been in place just a week ago? shalach manos left sadly rotting on our dining room tables, communal, festive seudos banned, no dancing or sticky fingers waving excitedly to friends, shuls padlocked, doors shut. Hashem, in His kindness, spared us from the above scenario and preserved our simchas Yom Tov by a mere whisper of time. Pause and thank Him. Think of all the things we normally have and no longer do. Stocked pantries, stable jobs, open schools, shuls and restaurants, freedom of travel. Thank Him for those things that we took for granted just a week ago and I’myH He will return them to us soon. According to the Ramban, it is a mitzvah to daven and to call out to Hashem specifically when we are faced with a time of distress. Has there ever been another time in recorded history when the entire planet was in a state of utter bewilderment and tza’ar? Even during world wars one and two, only specific countries were actively involved, not the entire planet. Here we have a unique phenomenon that is affecting literally everyone on earth. It MUST be that Hashem wants our tefillos, our thundering, heart wrenching, soul tearing tefillos, to storm the gates of Shamayim, right now. Put down this magazine and grab your Sefer Tehillim. Do it NOW. Daven as if you and all you know and love depends on your tefillos- because it very well might. Our koach as Yidden is in our mouths. Daven, clean up your speech, and daven again. In the merit of your tfillos and introspection may we all finally be zocheh to the deepest wishes of our hearts, an end to all suffering and sorrow, as the glory of Hashem fills the Earth, with the coming of Moshiach bimheirah biyameinu. WHAT'S DOING IN WATERBURY 25
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y r u b r Wate tion: in Ac Our wonderful community has always been a pinnacle of chesed. A quick glance around Waterbury on any given day shows many, many organizations, formed to help one another. As the dangers of Covid-19 took over and we were all forced into a new reality, new chesed organizations and initiatives have sprung up all over the place. Let’s take a closer look at our community in action!
Hatzalah: With so much fear surrounding us, it is a tremendous relief to know that Hatzalah continues to service our community. Hatzalah members continue to go to people’s homes, in full personal protective equipment. Members have walked to the homes of those affected –multiple times over a single Shabbos or Yom Tov day – to check in on them. Putting aside their own fears of contracting the disease, and despite all the anxiety surrounding this situation, Hatzalah has continued to be there for our community. Tehillim WhatsApp group: Created on March 12, 2020, this group has close to 100 participants who have been saying tehillim around the clock, for friends and loved ones of our community who have been affected by Covid-19. Names of cholim are updated daily. The Sefer Tehillim is also divided to be said on Shabbos. Lunch Program: Spearheaded by Mr. Pinny Spira and Mrs. Rachel Shteierman, a nutritious breakfast and lunch has been provided since Mid-March to ALL children, ages 1-18. What a tremendous help to all of us, who were suddenly thrown into a situation where the entire family is home (and eating!) all day. It also took off some of the financial strain for those who were unemployed due to Covid-19. As the program shifted slightly, to provide “Weekend 26 WHAT'S DOING IN WATERBURY
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Packages”, someone sponsored a Shabbos treat for each child, to spread some happiness to the kids. Pesach Partners: In the background of this all, we were all supposed to be preparing for Pesach! For many, this was a first time challenge. What to do? Veteran Pesach makers were paired with those making Pesach for the first time, to guide them through every step of the way. What a chizuk, to have someone “holding your hand” as you approach what feels like an insurmountable task! Tevials Keilim and Kashering: A group of men and boys took care of all the tevilas keilim and kashering needs for our community, prior to Pesach. Items were picked up from each person’s porch and then dropped off, to minimize contact. Moadim Order: The Moadim order once again took place, to help those making Pesach. Even though some items were hard to get – due to shortages all over the country – the organizers were able to get much needed products for our community! Available Products List: An email was sent out to the community to match people who were able to donate or sell certain Pesach related items to others. This list was updated periodically. This was integral as many people had not been planning to make Pesach and were now stuck without necessary foods, paper goods and ingredients. Preferential Shopping Hours: Kosher World opened its doors earlier to those who are elderly or immunocompromised, so that they may shop with less people around. It is worth mentioning that the entire community (and surrounding Jewish communities) is so grateful to Kosher World for providing us
NITYin U M M O r C u O with our Pesach needs. Let’s not forget that Kosher World had originally not planned to carry Pesach items this year. They went above and beyond to ensure that we had what we needed and more. Kosher World has also provided gloves for all shoppers.
Shopping: There are some who are completely unable to go out due to being quarantined. A group of men and bochrim organized a group to take care of their shopping needs in a completely confidential manner. Additionally, there have been so many posts offering others to pick up an item from a particular store. Countless people have been checking in on others, especially the elderly, making sure all needs are met. Bikur Cholim: There were many frum cholim, some in their homes and some in the hospital, in need of kosher food. Nutritious meals are an integral part of the recovery process, and many—including patients from NY and NJ—were in nearby hospitals alone, without someone to advocate for them. Bikur Cholim stepped in and provided meals, as well as all items needed for the seder. This is an ongoing endeavor. Patient turnover continues to be frequent and the Bikur Cholim works hard to accommodate special needs and diets. Many people are involved, including women who cook and package food items and men and bochrim who drive to deliver the food. Meals for Moms: Throughout this time, our community has continued to provide meals for new moms and Boruch Hashem, there have been many! Kimcha D’Pischa: Prior to Pesach, our community raised $80,000 to help those in financial need! Shiurim: Countless shiurim via Zoom, as well as Whatsapp groups have been initiated, providing much needed chizuk to many people. Our community leaders have made themselves available at all times to answer questions and to give chizuk. Entertaining Kids: A myriad of virtual classes and concerts have been shared with each other to help keep our children happy and productive during this trying time. A Pesach themed “scavenger hunt by car” was arranged as a Chol Hamoed outing, to provide something fun to do. B’nai Shalom sponsored an Escape Room for families to partake in over Chol Hamoed as well. A concert on wheels went through the
neighborhood to spread joy to all! People have been lending or giving away books to each other as well.
Kulanu Waterbury: This group of men has been guiding people through the various ways that the government can help us. For example; unemployment benefits, deferring mortgage payments, health insurance, stimulus payments, small business grants and loan information. And then came the realization that we are in this for the long haul. After Pesach, a new wave of chesed began. Distance Learning: Yeshiva K’tana has spent thousands of dollars purchasing Kosher Amazon Fire Tablets for our children. Although they asked that each family try to cover $135 per device, they did not make it a requirement. Understanding that many people are under financial strain, the Yeshiva has looked towards other fundraising means to cover the cost that was not covered by the parents. Our teachers, busy with their own families, have invested HOURS, learning a new medium of teaching. Each week they also prepare learning packets for our children, available for pickup at Yeshiva K’tana. Furthermore, our Rebbeim and Moros have not forgotten the importance of celebrating milestones with our children. Despite distance learning, they have creatively found ways to commemorate siyumim with their classes. Internet Support: Many of us struggled with the fact that we now had multiple devices running at the same time in our homes. Would the entire system simply crash? Some did not have internet to begin with! TAG as well as those who were tech savvy stepped up to offer advice to anyone who would need it. Mishmar: Bringing back a sense of normalcy, Mishmar has restarted after Pesach. It was nice enough that the classes began, but bags of nosh were provided to the boys as well, to ensure that they had treats just as they had before. Dips by Sapes: Mr. Aaron Sapirman, together with Kosher World, has started a dips campaign to raise money for our local families. Selling delicious dips to our community at an incredible price of $1.99 per dip or three for $18, he has raised money for those in need. Bluestone Brokerage has matched every $18 donation! With such an outpouring of chessed, aren’t you proud to call Waterbury your home? I know I am. WHAT'S DOING IN WATERBURY 27
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• Family color war night activities via zoom with Bubby and Zaidy Created a homemade video – version of ‘Chopped’ or a stunt video Jeopardy trivia games online with out-of-town cousins Picked out a supper menu and cooked Puzzles, puzzles and more puzzles! Wrote letters to our Bubbies and Zaidies Planted plants and flowers for a garden Played lots of board games! Rotate the toys to keep them ‘feeling’ like new ones
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•C reate a rotation schedule to do one fun thing each day... for example, Sunday is biking, Monday is craft day, Tuesday we paint, Wednesday is game night, Thursday we bake... Doesn't have to be a long activity but creates a nice routine and something to look forward to! •N ow is a great time to organize old family photos and put together family pictures! •M aximize family time by having night activity at least one night a week. (Since no one is running out so everyone is more available to be there!) Try having a cooking competition, paint night, spa night or a scavenger hunt!
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NITYin U M M O r C u O KIDS ON CORONA I overheard my 4-year-old playing with her toys and talking to herself "Vav is for virus"! S.E. Tonight at bedtime, my young daughter said, “Ma, when Mashiach comes, will we still need to stand 6 feet away then too?” T.H. My daughter was playing with a prize I didn't remember giving her. I asked her where it came from and she said, "My Morah gave it to me." "Oh really?" I asked. "Yes, in not zoom school I chose this prize!" R.G.
When I asked my son if he could please get dressed, he look at me and said in all seriousness, “I’m working from home, why should I get dressed?” M.B.
COMMENTARY My 3-year-old daughter said to me the other day, "There are 2 corona viruses, the evil corona virus and the regular one!" I have no idea where she picked that one up! T.H. My daughter said to my husband, "I don’t want to just be friends with Daddy anymore. I need kinderlach friends! " C.F.
My daughter had a bunch of math facts to do during one of the first few weeks we were schooling at home. When I asked her if she wanted help, she said she’d be fine and went to get the work done. Next thing I know, I hear, “Alexa, what’s 7+3? Alexa, what’s 5+6?” She went on for another ten minutes or so and then I heard, “Alexa, thanks so much!” T.H.
My 11-year-old told me it's ironic that Corona is the only thing that came out of China that lasted more than two days. R.B.
At the very start of the quarantine, my threeyear-old said, “Why do I need to sing the ABC’s when I wash my hands? I think we should sing this song: Coronaaaaaaa I don’t like youuuuuuu because you make people sickkkkkk!” T.H
When I was putting my daughter to sleep one night we were discussing Rabbi Akiva walking with all his talmidim towards his wife and I mentioned that all his talmidim wanted to be close to him. My daughter then said, "But were there germs then?" C.L.
My 3-year-old woke me one morning by showing a Lego mentchie, sporting a motorcycle helmet with a mask, telling me that, "Now the mentchie won’t get cowonaviwus cuz he's wearing a mask'is". R.B.
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KIDS ON CORONA When I sent my 7-year-old daughter to brush her teeth this morning she said, “Why do I need to brush my teeth? My friends can’t smell my breath through the kindle either way!” S.H. While taking a walk one day I saw my nursery student from afar and excitedly waved to him. “We can’t go any closer to Morah!’ he told his mother. ‘We have to stay 6 feet!” Overheard my 4-year-old talking to his grandmother: “Yeah, Bobby, when I’m big I want to go to Yeshiva like my big brother. What? To Naugatuck Yeshiva? No, To Computer Yeshivah!” S.H.
"More than anything I want to be with my friends, back in school! I enjoy one day of vacation, not 110 days of vacation!" A.S.
COMMENTARY “I don’t want to take a bath,” protested my 5-year-old. “I’m scared I’ll get the coronavirus!” He had heard that you can get it from baths (bats). Y.B. My son just told me that his Morah blew kisses, but he didn’t catch them ‘cuz of corona. T.H
When discussing the topic of Eizehu Ashir Hasameach B’chelko, my students were telling me things they wish they had but don’t, but why they still remain happy. I was expecting them all to tell me different toys they wish they had, but one student surprised me and said, “I wish I could go to school, but I’m still happy because at least we have Zoom School!” T.H With older brothers home now and learning in the house, some new vocabulary has slipped in. During break time from Zoom school, my preschooler wanted to know, “When is my second seder starting”? Y.B.
My four-year-old said to my two year old, “Unmute yourself” and “You are now muted”. M.B.
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Once Upon a Time
“Corona Virus Song”
NESANEL SHALOM NUGIEL
Once upon a time, In 2020 Corona came to just about any Street, town, state, and country- plenty. We had to stay inside it was so not fun, And every day when we woke up, we stayed in our pjs and bun. A few weeks of doing hotlines for schoolwork, And staying home till we go berserk. Kosher world lunches came in bulk but was enjoyable, And the zooms we had just when our internet disabled. Our schmoozing circles from 6 feet away, And the abundance of family time we had every day. We learned to wash our hands exceptionally well, And saw for how much money masks did sell. We are hoping Mashiach will come out of this, And when corona goes away, it will NOT be missed.
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It’s a very bad disease It all started from the Chinese It’s called Corona, Corona They couldn’t keep it to themselves Now there’s no hand soap on the shelves It’s called Corona, Corona Europe went into quarantine Now no one in the streets is seen It’s called Corona, Corona Into America it spread Just like everyone had dread It’s called Corona, Corona In New York one guy had it Into Connecticut he spread it It’s called Corona, Corona Everywhere is being shut down Everyone I meet is wearing a frown It’s called Corona, Corona
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Our New World R . G . , 8 TH G R A D E The world we now live in, Is different from before, Because then we were allowed out, and now we close the door, We used to go shopping in the store, But now we wait for the groceries to have more, We used to have school, But now we have it online which is kind of cool, We used to go hangout with a friend, But now we have a social distance trend, We used to go on trips for fun, But now some of us can’t even go see the sun, We have to now change our views, Because if we don’t, we will lose
erick COVID-19 Lim , 5 TH G R A D E R IV A S TR O H ness out there, There is a sick g far and near, That’s spreadin ation, We’re all in isol nation, It’s all over our fear. ed in a cloud of We’re all trapp
Different Days! S A R I T H A L E R , 5 TH G R A D E On a usual day, I go outside, and look out the window As I see kids waiting for their buses to arrive All the little kids are playing nicely outside As I hop on the bus I feel a cool breeze! But now is different, I go to my “desk” And log on to zoom and wait for the Teacher to let me in I see all my classmates in their own homes learning together! As we have breaks, And lunch all by ourselves, each with our own families We feel very sad to be without friends! We all sit in our homes, and wait to see what's going to happen next!
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Zoom School: The Torah Perspective
We live in perplexing times. A That is why we have taken this step. frum Yid’s life looks very differSecondly, the Rosh Yeshiva emphasized, according to that ent during coronavirus than it did logic, once the crisis is over it is beforehand. Instead of running out our responsibility to immediately to minyanim and shiurim, we carve revert back to our previous stanout corners of our homes for Torah dards and hanhagos with regard and tefila. Instead of sending our to technology. The heter of הפרו children off to school, we pick up ELIYAHU MAYERFELD תורתךonly applies when brought packets every week for them to use at home. In a sense, we have reorganized our lives on by an ‘עת לעשות לד. To leave the heter in place as if from scratch, to continue functioning through the when it’s basis no longer exists, to allow the relaxed emergency standards to become permanent in our current situation. This is especially true in the area of technology. homes, is to show that the עת לעשותwas not what Here in Waterbury, our mosdos have made the deci- brought us to הפרו תורתך. And then all we are left with sion to continue our children’s growth and learning is a nullification of the Torah chas v’shalom. We must via digital platforms. Our dedicated menahalim and recognize why we are doing what we are doing and menahalos agonized over this decision. They under- act accordingly. Once the emergency is over, we go stood the incredible responsibility they undertook in back to our previous standards. The Rambam writes, continued Rav Kaufman, that making it. They made it in accordance with Daas Torah. Therefore, it was the right decision. Not only to do a mitzva that cannot be done by anyone else, that, but they are not alone. Many schools, yeshivos you are permitted to stop in the middle of learning and Bais Yaakovs across the tri-state and beyond Torah. The Rambam ends the halacha by saying have undertaken a similar course of action with the ויחזור ללימודו- and he should immediately return to his learning. Everyone asks, ‘Why does the Rambam guidance of gedolim. And yet, we struggle to assimilate this. It doesn’t need to write that? Isn’t it obvious?’ The Rosh Yeshiva feel right. It feels inconsistent in how we as Torah explained, if you do not immediately return to your Yidden approach digital technology. Whereas in the learning it shows that it wasn’t the mitzva that pulled past, we eschewed the use of digital mediums wher- you away! The mitzva was just an excuse to stop ever possible, considering it a powerful and potentially learning! But if you immediately return to learn, that dangerous tool because of the very grave dangers that shows that the interruption was for a valid reason; it opens us up to, now we are setting up our children because as soon as it was complete – when the to further their spiritual growth through an online plat- mitzva was dealt with – you returned to learn. The form! What are we to make of this? How can we reas- same thing is true here, said the Rosh Yeshiva. If sure ourselves and embrace the Psak of our gedolim? we can revert to our standards, only then was the To get some clarity on this, I sat down (figuratively exception we made, indeed a valid exception. So! We have our work cut out for us. We continue to speaking - we are still in shut-down after all) with the help our children succeed and grow during this time. Rosh Yeshiva, Rav Aharon Kaufman shlita. We have no other choice. But iyh, once we return to The Rosh Yeshiva said as follows: First of all, we have to realize that the only rationale to use a digital “normal” life, we, as individuals and as a commuplatform is that the coronavirus shutdown constitutes nity, ensure that our approach to digital technology a true ' דמיון עת לעשות לד- that the children’s learning remains unchanged; a potentially dangerous tool that and growth should not be stopped - and therefore, we treat with great caution. May Hashem, the true רופא חולים, bring this crisis !הפרו תורתךIt is an emergency! We will do things we have never done before to get through the crisis with- to a close and bring us back to our shuls, yeshivos, out stopping the לימוד התורהof the תינוקת של בית רבן. schools, and our normal קיוםof Torah and mitzvos. 64 WHAT'S DOING IN WATERBURY
דבר תורה Familiar Strangers BY RABBI SHLOMO SHULMAN
As towering and inspiring an example as she set, it born into it, a ger has to actively cultivate an appreciation and love of Torah. A drive to search for truth, is still not simple to spot the connection between Rus, to finding satisfying answers to the difficult questions the Moavi great-grandmother of Dovid Hamelech, and with which life continually confronts us. an event which preceded her birth by over 300 years. The word ‘Ger’, literally means ‘a stranger’. As Yet hers is the story we read every year on Shavous, the construction of the English word ‘convert’, from reliving the day, 3332 years ago, when Hashem the Latin ‘con/com’ (complete) and ‘vertere’ (turn), publicly gifted us His Torah at Har Sinai. seems to make perfect sense, why do we find that Perhaps the clearest commonality can be seen in description, of turning one’s life completely around, Rus’s selfless dedication, how she abandoned her inadequate to express who a Ger truly is. A Jewish royal heritage, following her mentor, Naomi, to a convert, a Ger, is a deep person, who recognizes the land she had never seen. Focusing on Rus’s singular strangeness of our experience in the world. Intelligent example of sincerity in accepting upon herself a life of life, consciousness, does not seem to fit in with the Torah may be a more relatable example for many of rest of the universe which we observe. us than a national prophetic revelation, never experiHow is it that we are the only entities in creation enced before or since. But could this connection claim who ask: how is it? Why ask anything at all? deeper roots? Is the experience of an outsider acceptAvraham Avinu was the first of all geirim, the ing the Torah just a nice addendum to Jewish history? first human being to see through the Or do geirim play a more central role This quality of strangeness of the world. To ponder in our identity? Digging a bit further, we notice that being curious, of our place here, and to finally reach a new understanding of the parsha relating Kabbolas HaTorah being driven to revolutionary, our profound potential and our role in is Parshas Yisro. Yisro, the father-inquestion, may be actualizing it to perfect the world. This law of Moshe Rabbeinu, abandoned more essential quality of being curious, of being drivhis position as a Midyanite Priest to join than any other en to question, may be more essential Klal Yisroel. Hmmm… sounds similar than any other for success in Limud to Rus. Could it be a coincidence? Well, for success in Examining the accounts of the gemara investigating our encounter Limud HaTorah. HaTorah. his life in the Gemara and Midrashim, at Har Sinai is Perek Amar Rabbi Akiva Rabbi Akiva stands out as someone who questioned (Maseches Shabbos 88a-89b). And it just so happens himself and questioned the world, again and again. that Rabbi Akiva, the greatest teacher of the Torah He is the prime example of a person committed to the Sheba’al Peh, was himself a descendant of geirim passionate pursuit of deeper understanding: a model (Brachos 27b, see Rav Nissim Gaon). for studying and teaching Torah. Why do geirim keep coming up whenever we talk Yisro too was a questioner who was prepared about the giving of the Torah to a nation populated to follow the truth wherever it led him; and a leader overwhelmingly by biological descendants of our Avos who strove to share with his family the truth he had and Imahos? Though the Torah Shebichsav certainly found. Rus risked never having a family of her own, expresses great wisdom on the surface, its stories as she faithfully strove to redeem the promise of her appear deceptively simple. The source of the Torah’s loved ones. Their profound success, connecting from wisdom, why it is that it so captivates our thoughts afar, demonstrates that Torah is open to anyone who and emotions, is hidden. It is the Torah Sheba’al Peh sincerely strives to pursue it, who is willing to work that uncovers, layer by layer, the Torah Shebichsav’s for that which is more challenging and precious to ultimate depth and meaning. Membership in our acquire than anything else. nation, that which most of us received as a gift of birth, Wishing you a very meaningful Shavuos. the ger has to discover and pursue for him or herself. A ger leaves behind a life of greater external freedom and (Based on the teachings of Rav Tzadok HaCohen, including Machsheves Charutz 165-170.) the security of belonging to a larger group. Not simply Rabbi Shlomo Shulman, a resident of Waterbury, CT, heads the Maimonides adult learning program at Yale University in New Haven. WHAT'S DOING IN WATERBURY 65
The Waterbury Police Department Community Relations Division intends to provide vital and resourceful information to the community. The police department looks forward to a continued partnership with the community and we strongly encourage the residents to contact us with any suggestions or topics to discuss in the next issue.
CRIME REPORTING Neighbors, I hope this writing finds you all well. In this issue, I wanted to focus on the Reporting of Crimes and the manners in which you can report suspicious activity and crimes. During these unprecedented times of the Covid-19 Pandemic, the Waterbury Police Department has continued to investigate crimes, while implementing preventative measures towards crime prevention, and also focusing on the quality of life issues within our Waterbury neighborhoods. Please report any suspicious activity and all crimes as soon as possible. Reporting can be done by calling 911 for emergencies and 203-574-6911 for non-emergency incidents. In the event you need assistance when dialing 911, it is vital to let the operator know the location of the incident as well as what is going on. When reporting to the Police Department, you can do one of the following: • Have an Officer speak with you in person. • Have an Officer call you on the phone. • Remain an anonymous complainant. F or any Blight Concerns or any ongoing neighborhood issues, you can call 203-574-6962 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For any ongoing motor vehicle concerns, please call 203-574-6962 or email email@example.com. If you have any questions related to Covid-19, you can call 311. Have a safe, healthy, and pleasant summer.
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Let’s Talk Teens ROBIN GUTMAN, MS, LPC, NCC Due to recent events, families have been spending a lot of time together, more so than usual. Adjusting to a different routine can take time for everyone. In addition to a shift in routine, families may be experiencing changes in family dynamics. Parents have been home more than usual and increasingly involved in their children’s lives. While for the most part, this has many advantages, it may be trying on certain relationships, particularly with teenagers. Boundaries with teenagers can be a navigational challenge, as teenagers typically think of themselves as capable of making their own decisions and value their independence. Parental interference of any sort may be met with exaggerated sighs, eye rolling, or other forms of dismissive behavior. Yet, paradoxically, teens need love, guidance, and support. So, how to find the balance between granting a teenager independence while setting boundaries? First and foremost, by understanding that your teen is in a challenging place, struggling to form their identity. They are in the space between childhood and adulthood, and that can be an awkward and difficult expanse. The boundaries in this stage are less defined, which can lead to challenges in relationships, not only with others, but within themselves as well. Teenagers are in a developmental stage where they are not only experiencing physical and cognitive changes, but are also developing emotionally and socially. The development teenagers experience in these areas will have an impact on the morals and values teenagers establish. As a parent, what you can do is recognize the challenging stage that your teen is in, and attribute their behaviors to their stage. Do not take their reactions personally! The turbulent emotions that may be raging within your teen are likely a product of the teen working to manage the desire for independence with the need for love and acceptance. Understand that they are struggling
to figure out where they stand and be a steady and supportive presence. If your teen does choose to share feelings with you, validate them. Do not dismiss their thoughts, ideas, or feelings, without recognizing the legitimacy of their words. Avoid judging or shaming your teen, and instead engage them in meaningful discussions on topics that are of interest to them. While you may not always agree with your teenager’s choices, engaging in conflict is an unlikely resolution. There are times when teens will inevitably face the consequences of their choices. Barring any safety issues, and using parental discretion, it may be okay to let them experience consequences. Keeping a close connection with your child will help engage them at an opportune time, when you can gently and in a non-judgmental way discuss these experiences with them. Rules certainly have a place in parenting teenagers. However, while younger children may be quicker to follow a parent’s directives, adolescents typically prefer to know the reasons behind the rules. This may come across as insolent, but actually is part of a teenagers desire to be independent. It is okay for parents to share their reasoning with their teen, to help them to know that rules are fair and are part of how society runs smoothly as a whole. If teens are able to be included in any part of a decision-making process (where appropriate) this can empower them to express their thoughts and feel part of the family unit.
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Aboud, Chaim & Gila 3 Clifton Avenue 203-597-9052 Abraham, Chananya & Tzipora 24 Hewlett Street 203-346-1676 Adler, R’ Hillel & Tamar 9 Demorest Street 203-573-9603 Attar, R’ Akiva & Emmy 558 Willow Street 203-570-0507 443-929-2809 Bader, Eliyahu & Anna 16 Sands Street 646-660-3727 Bain, R’ Nosson & Nechama 47 Euclid Avenue 718-734-8517 732-966-2430 Barak, Chagi & Tanya 77 Columbia Boulevard 203-805-4072 Bartfeld, Drs. Ephraim & Jacqueline 542 Willow Street 203-754-6655 Barth, Dovid & Rivky 89 Crescent Street 203-755-0582 Bassman, Eliyahu & Chana Bluma 35 Olympia Lane – 06704 203-759-8613 732-644-2174 347-432-8607 Baylis, R’ Yitzchok & Esti 136 Columbia Boulevard, 2nd Floor 347-757-0164 Bedziner, Shlomo & Aliza 65 Cables Unit 20 917-246-9992 203-725-8796 Behrend, Mayer & Ettie 139 Columbia Boulevard 203-841-2375 203-910-5412 Bekritsky, Jeremy & Shayna 71 Tower Road 203-346-1907 Beller, Aaron & Faygie 135-B Blue Ridge Drive Ext. – 06704 347-831-5526 347-414-0787 Benedek, Volvi & Chayala 19 Randolph Avenue 203-574-7833 Berger, Avi & Rachel 150 Blue Ridge Drive Ext 203-885-7434 516-695-3488 / 646- 879-9363
Berman, Benji & Miriam 19 Kaytonne Avenue 845-596-4564 / 201-679-3531 Bernstein, R’ Chaim & Rifky 135 Cables Avenue 203-574-3395 Bloom, R’ Moishe & Sarah Raizel 112 Columbia Boulevard 203-802-8057 475-559-5230 475-559-8846 Blumstein, R’ Yehoshua & Michal 140 Cables Avenue 917-886-8039 917-887-5129 Borenstein, Peretz & Yael 51 Columbia Boulevard 203-591-8529 Brach, Avrumi & Malky 541 Willow street 203-437-8395 Braunstein, Dov & Sima 64 Columbia Boulevard 203-573-0580 Braunstein, R’ Tuly & Gitty 137 Euclid Avenue 203-759-1148 Brecher, Shimshy & Chavi 58 Columbia Boulevard 917-690-7703 347-962-9638 Brecher, R’ Yehuda & Yocheved 141 Cables Avenue 203-753-4176 Bree, Moshe & Bracha 121 Columbia Boulevard 203-565-9931 Brownstein, R’ Yitzy & Avigail 161 Columbia Boulevard 732-330-5569 Chaifetz, R’ Menachem & Chaya 12 Euclid Avenue 203-591-9080 Chernin, Eli & Jenn 142 Avalon Circle 203-759-8082 781-367-5161 Cohen, Georgia 65 Cables Avenue, Unit 10 516-967-3833 Cohen, Itamar & Shira 172 Columbia Boulevard 203-573-1034 Cohen, Shmulie & Penina 76 Tower Road 203-755-4389
Cohen, Suri 168 Farmington Avenue 203-600-3826 Cohen, Yaacov & Bella 607 Willow Street 216-856-0625 857-225-2569 Cohen, Yochy & Chaya Bryna 269 Columbia Boulevard 203-780-0000 D’Amico, Yeshaya & Shira 87 Fiske Street 203-755-0337 Darabaner, R’ Dovid & Mati 39 Euclid Avenue 848-238-0845 732-597-2719 Deutsch, Raphael & Rochelaya 40 Hewlett Street 203-573-0782 Diamond, Dani & Ettie 29 Columbia Boulevard 216-551-4077 Ettie: 917-200-3402 Dreyfus, Tova 4 Clifton Avenue 203-527-8172 Ehrenreich, Shloime & Devora 151 Columbia Boulevard 203-573-0208 917-513-7387 347-721-7732 Ehrman, Shmuel & Yehudis 67 Columbia Blvd. 973-666-2601 203-910-4259 Eisenbach, R’ Yossie & Mina 99 Crescent Street 475-235-2047 Elefant, R’ Eli & Malkie 1 Olympia Lane – 06704 203-437-6800 Elin, Mendy & Rivky 104 Randolph Avenue 203-597-8311 Elin, Yisroel & Leorah 60 Tower Road 203-755-5116 Farkas, R’ Ari & Miriam 21 Sands Street 203-757-5822 Feld, R’ Yosef & Shulamit 136 Cables Avenue 203-755-2736 Fingerer, Tovya & Chanie 176 Blue Ridge Drive 203-528-4936 646-623-7133 917-815-2910 WHAT'S DOING IN WATERBURY 69
Fischer, Meir & Tali 36 Kaytonne Avenue 203-596-0606 Fishman, Yonah & Penina 127 Columbia Boulevard 203-527-8250 Freedman, Elisha & Fayge 60 Stephana Lane 917-533-0758 917-446-4092 Freedman, Tzeenie 20 Farmington Avenue, 2nd fl 203-591-1141 Frenkel, Shmuel & Atara 26 Olympia Lane - 06704 215-908-0083 Friedland, Chaim & Faige 29 Kaytone Avenue 845-746-6325 203-592-8173 Friedland, R’ Yitzchak & Charlotte 156 Farmington Avenue 203-527-4150 Friedman, Dr. Ezra & Dara 180 Colombia Boulevard 475-235-3399 Friedman, Menachem & Fayge 20 Olympia Lane – 06704 203-759-5999 Friedman, Rachi & Adina 32 Sands Street (basement) 845-598-6310 845-200-6199 Frischman, Dovi & Esther Rivka 68 Crescent Street 516-492-5412 Gendelman, R’ Azi & Shaindi 110 Avalon Circle 917-387-5283 Gershonowitz, Moshe & Shaindy 79 Crescent Street 203-841-0816 Gewirtzman, Chaim & Rivka Sara 180 Euclid Avenue 203-575-9707 Gigi, R’ Shlomo & Margalit 90 Tower Road 203-419-0613 Ginsberg, R’ Doniel & Rena 11 Fiske Street 203-591-1926 Glazer, R’ Menachem & Rivka Brocha 26 Farmington Avenue 1st floor 347-480-6801 203-910-4920 Goldfinger, R’ Yosef & Toba Baila 116 Euclid Avenue 203-753-8971 917-525-6676 718-704-9775 Gottesman, Yehuda & Chani 36 Stephana Lane 917-685-1919 917-685-2672 Green, Daniel & Reena 45 Olympia Lane – 06704 203-527-7840 70 WHAT'S DOING IN WATERBURY
Greer, R’ Eliezer & Rena 28 Avalon Circle 203-805-4227 203-606-3085 203606-3082 Grosberg, R’ Uri & Nechama 126 Cables Avenue 203-756-2789 Gross, Shaya & Rivka 32 Roseland Avenue 203-757-6918 Gross, Shmulie & Esti 64 Blue Ridge Drive – 06704 917-757-2897 Gutfreund, Aaron & Debbie 48 Olympia Lane – 06704 475-235-1314 203-841-9737 Gutman, R’ Yosef & Raizy 17 Hewlett Street 203-597-8126 Hack, R’ Harold & Adelle 111 Avalon Circle 203-753-0052 Handelsman, Shimmy & Suri 9 Randolph Street 203-596-7569 Hanover, Mordechai & Elisheva 174 Euclid Avenue 347-986-6444 410-258-1217 Harr, Pinchos & Avigayil 84 Euclid Avenue 347-922-2195 / 718-614-8459 Heavenrich, R’ Adam & Adina 144 Cables Avenue 203-419-0037 Heber, R’ Moshe Dov & Rochel 115 Randolph Avenue 203-754-1533 443-202-0833 718938-0085 Hertz, Yitzchok & Michla 845-633-0344 732-703-4472 Hirschel, Dovid Tzvi & Ayelet 94 Randolph Avenue 203-527-5418 Hirtz, Avrohom & Shira 153 Euclid Avenue 718-350-7972 718-249-3384 Hoberman, Aron & Tehila 40 Randolph Avenue 203-833-2313 917-923-7265 Hollander, Betzalel & Pessy 175 Avalon Circle 203-805-8313 845-746-1610 732-994-9684 Isenberg, R’ Mutty & Shana 38 McDonald Avenue 773 383 7247 773 746 1831 Joselit, R’ Yehuda & Penina 26 Farmington Avenue, 2nd floor 732-773-4460 845-596-4647 Kahn, R’ Yitzy & Basya 145 Farmington Avenue 347-342-2343 347-413-1298
Kalisch, Shia & Hadassah 15 Yates Avenue 917-594-3368 Kalish, Batya 129 Farmington Avenue 203-573-1439 Kalish, R’ Doniel & Rochel 52 Blue Ridge Drive Ext. – 06704 203-591-8926 Kaplan, Yitzy & Brocha 270 Columbia Boulevard 845-659-0893 Karolitzky, Menachem & Dassy 50 Hewlett Street 203-597-1171 Karr, Ben & Vivi 54 Euclid Avenue 516-974-1439 646-265-9171 Karr, R’ Yerachmiel & Devora 46 Hewlett Street 203-757-4464 Katz, Shmuly 57 Columbia Blvd. 848-525-2621 Katz, Yael 46 Farmington Avenue 845-659-7594 Katz, Yitzchak & Orli 185 Columbia Boulevard 203-755-7328 Katz, Yosef & Miriam 62 Hewlett Street 203-217-0931 / 203-217-0932 Kaufman, R’ Aharon & Adina 86 Hillside Avenue 203-707-5552 Kaufman, R’ Meir Simcha & Mindy 192 Euclid Avenue 203-707-5395 732-664-3444 848-210-3182 Kestenbaum, R’ Moshe Don & Elisheva 66 Tower Road 203-597-9460 Khariton, Yael 43 Knoll Street 347-439-6872 Kirshner, Chaim & Gitty 192 Columbia Boulevard 203-755-3708 Kizelnik, Zevy & Danielle 20 Euclid Avenue 203-232-5265 Klagsbrun, AC & Ruchy 60 Fiske Street 718-249-3343 / 347-528-8484 Klein, Yossi & Esti 160 Blue Ridge Drive Ext - 06704 203-707-1286 Kleinbard, R’ Shaya & Chana 76 Euclid Avenue 203-518-4321 347-749-6323
Kleinkaufman, R’ Gedalia & Jordana 114 Tower Road 203-346-1903 Koff, R’ Moshe & Chana 117a Blueridge Drive 06704 848-333-7095 845-825-7059 Kolodny, Sruly & Chana 24 Kaytone Avenue 908-333-5746 732-930-4107 Kornitzer, R’ Yehuda & Tamar 89 Clowes Terrace 917-399-0595 / 347-576-0299 Kramer, R’ Shlomie & Sara 80 Herkimer Street 203-528-7681 848-221-9032 Kreitzman, Chaim & Eve 11 Olympia Lane – 06704 Krohn, R’ Avrohom & Genendel 49 Hewlett Street 203-573-8205 Langsam, R’ Mayer & Sari 46 Randolph Avenue 203-419-0418 Lavi, Yerachmiel & Chana 35 Olympia Lane Lawson, Ari & Jess 127 Cables Avenue 860-772-9642 Jess: 860-701-8893 Lax, R’ Dovid & Sara Menucha 147 Avalon Circle 845-558-6755 Lazarus, Gavriel & Judy 92 Blue Ridge Drive Ext. – 06704 203-528-3010 Lazenga, R’ Sheya & Blimie 21 Yates Avenue 203-596-9932 Lebovics, R’ Shloimy & Suri 30 Hewlett Street 203-679-1222 516-427-8836 516-427-8688 Lefkowitz, Jerry 48 Olympia Lane – 06704 475-235-2975 Lehrman, R’ Yakov & Yocheved 273 Columbia Boulevard 203-596-1985 Lesser, Chaim & Chavi 9 Hewlett Street 203-759-1371 Levenberg, Moshe Chaim & Ayala 26 Olympia Lane 203-685-1481 Levine, R’ Baruch & Chanala 8 Euclid Avenue 203-755-4612 Levine, R’ Shneur & Shoshie 108 Euclid Avenue 203-805-4614 Levison, Leslie 113 Farmington Avenue 203-597-9700
Levison, Ruth Ann c/o Abbott Terrace Health Center, 44 Abbott Terrace, Waterbury 06702 475-235-4797 Lichtenstein, Yaakov & Malkie 127A Blue Ridge Drive – 06704 917-525-6780 347-419-2997 Lieber, Shuly & Bracha 62 Columbia Blvd. 203-596-1993 Lieber, Yaakov & Leah Yates Avenue 845-746-7073 Lieber, Yudi & Raizy 3 Hewlett Street 203-757-1947 Linda, Chaim Elyah & Elisheva 22 Yates Avenue 203-596-8198 Linda, Harvey 142 Euclid Avenue Linden, Yitzchok & Deena Rochel 110 Columbia Blvd. 203-527-5673 347-263-0036 323-370-5567 Lowenthal, Moshe & Laya 73 Columbia Blvd. 215-350-0443 Lowenthal, Shua & Ilana 131 Cables Avenue 203-626-2360 Lyss, Mordy & Chanie 191 Avalon Circle 443-386-3636 Magid, Dr. Zalman & Elisheva 403 Cooke Street 203-574-2462 1-203-514-1664 Majeski, Elchonon & Maytal 100 Blue Ridge Drive Ext. - 06704 203-528-0620 Markowitz, Yakir & Dina 15 Hewlett Street 203-527-7226 / 917-588-4666 Marshak, Evelyn & Jackie 28 Earl Street 203-753-7520 Max, Matisyahu & Tzivie 16 Stephana Lane 917-702-8119 347-988-6723 Max, Rephael & Michal 99 Greenwood Avenue - 06704 203-753-8869 Mayerfeld, Eliyahu & Shira 65 Cables Avenue, Unit 4 203-514-4075 Melka, Arie & Nathalie 561 Willow Street 203-500-8934 Merenstein, Duvie & Esther Baila 9 Euclid Avenue 203-597-9093
Mermelstein, Menachem & Adina 132 Columbia Boulevard 203-437-8864 Mervin, Yosef & Cheryl 219 Columbia Boulevard 516-761-3245 732-236-7255 Metchik, Kobe & Deena 23 Kaytonne Avenue 516-474-4380 617-820-3576 Metz, R’ Yaakov & Shani 25 Olympia Lane – 06704 203-757-9893 Miller, Ezra & Chaya 89 Avalon Circle 203-437-6366 917-657-2655 732-841-7335 Miller, R’ Mordechai & Rochel 46 Yates Avenue 732-610-6628 732-718-7054 Milstein, Ezi & Yocheved 133 Columbia Boulevard 917-435-2977 347-225-4033 Miller, Shayna 158 Jersey Street. Apt 8 - 06706 914-413-5184 Modlinger, R’ Daniel & Tal 12 Crescent Street 203-513-9843 845-558-5593 / 845-608-3346 Moldovan, R’ Yirmiyah & Hadassah 120 Cables Avenue 203-906-6296 203-997-6339 Moser, Boruch & Ariella 65 Cables Avenue #19 347-524-4083 347-393-3712 Munk, Yechiel & Baila 52 Avalon Circle 203-651-0771 203-577-9995 203-577-9290 Nath, Yechiel & Chaynie 198 Euclid Avenue 203-755-4155 Nathan, Yudi & Adina 68 Randolph Avenue 857-266-0425 757-581-0082 Neger, Moshe & Devorah 63 Columbia Boulevard 203-568-4388 203-550-5679 Nemetsky, R’ Raphael 161 Farmington Avenue 954-668-7234 / email@example.com Netkin, Eran & Ronit 168 Blue Ridge Drive – 06704 203-759-8770 / 347-987-8874 (Cell) Neumann, Yehuda & Mindy 21 Hewlett Street 203-597-9745 Neuwirth, Daniel & Shoshana 27 Hewlett Avenue 347-843-5205 914-329-5266 WHAT'S DOING IN WATERBURY 71
Newman, Avi & Leetal 37 Yates Avenue 3rd floor 443-540-0774 732-610-0904 Nugiel, Pinchas & Aliza 465 Willow Street 203-568-1803 917-796-8016 917-273-0392 Oberlander, R’ Avi & Ahuva 122 Tower Road 203-757-8585 Ohayon, Eli & Tirtza 27 Euclid Avenue 203-591-8490 718-530-3110 Oratz, R’ Shmuel Dov & Bracha 203-591-8483 32 Sands Street 301-928-4207 203-721-0744 Orlansky, Elchonon & Yehudis 414 Farmington Avenue 203-575-1312 Paley, Avinoam & Rivkie 115 Columbia Boulevard 203-437-6066 Parnes, R’ Nochum & Goldy 74 Columbia Blvd 848-261-1322 732-288-6616 Parnes, Zevi & Sima 92 Farmington Avenue 646-468-7710 Perl, R’ Yehoshua & Raizy 142 Columbia Blvd. 347-602-1414 / 845-213-5620 Perlstein, Yanky & Chaya Gitty 143 Columbia Boulevard 203-575-0054 917-224-0156 Poupko, Dr. Gary & Joy 34 Collins Street 203-753-7767 Rabinowitz, Yitzchok & Rivkie 12 Olympia Lane – 06704 203-591-1783 Reiss, R’ Ari & Suri 65 Cables Avenue Unit #2 203-527-6188 Reiss, Yaakov & Nomi 184 Columbia Boulevard 203-527-7200 Ribiat, Aharon & Brachi 65 Cables Avenue Unit 22 323-395-6100 Roberts, Yehuda & Chani 245 Columbia Blvd. 917-613-3674 Rosenberg, Shloimie & Shira 124 Euclid Avenue 203-573-0330 Rosenbloom, Aharon & Davita 73 Columbia Blvd Apt. 2 314-853-0996 / 314-791-6588 Rosenbloom, Avi & Tova 98 Randolph Avenue 513-722-6050 72 WHAT'S DOING IN WATERBURY
Rosenzweig, R’ BenZion & Riezy 30 Blue Ridge – 06704 718-633-8982 347-489-9706 347-988-2433 Rosner, Leah 33 Blue Ridge Drive – 06704 718-310-7991 Rubin, R’ Chagie & Deena 65 Cables Avenue #20 203-278-3632 203-600-1883 Rudowsky, Yoni & Rifky 38 Euclid Avenue 646-402-3743 917-686-2260 Russ, R’ Eli & Malky 44 Blue Ridge Drive Ext. – 06704 203-575-8385 Saftlas, Zev & Tova 23 Euclid Avenue 203-527-0555 203-527-0485 Salamon, Yisroel & Devoiry 31 Randolph Avenue 203-575-1993 Salvay, Levy & Chana Rochel 22 Fleming Street 475-559-7170 Sapirman, Aaron & Rena 137 Tower Road 203-596-1488 Schachter, R’ Mendy & Avigayil 41 Euclid Avenue 347-578-4175 Schechter, Peretz & Sara Rivka 17 Demorest Street 845-521-6066 Schechter, Shimshon & Zissy 40 Kenilworth Street Scheff, R’ Sruly & Rachael 65 Cables Avenue, Unit 6 973-563-6826 Scher, R’ Chaim & Sora 37 Kaytonne Avenue 203-757-1336 Schmookler, Akiva & Sori 11 Olympia Lane – 06704 203-437-6250 Schon, R’ Yechiel & Miriam 183 Euclid Avenue 203-951-1404 917-838-9748 917-613-8684 Schreiber, Yaakov & Bracha 4 Kenilworth Avenue 203-757-8448 845-659-9391 Schuck, R’ Chezky & Chani 143 Euclid Avenue 203-591-8938 Schutz, Yaakov & Leah 48 Euclid Avenue 646-463-0298 516-521-4294 Schwarz, Moshe & Chani 70 Columbia Blvd 203-982-2452 412-330-7841
Schwartz, Yitzy & Ruchie 65 Cables Avenue #18 203-707-5411 203-575-0586 347-407-1370 Schwinder, Avrumie & Malkie 68 Hewlett Street 248-318-1275 248-259-3678 Segal, Dovid & Aliza 22 Randolph Avenue 718-614-4951 Segelman, Menachem & Esty 132 Farmington Avenue 203-591-8374 Selengut, R’ Yehuda Tzvi & Ita 206 Euclid Avenue 475-235-3158 / 475-235-3187 Selevan, R’ Baruch Dov & Chani 63 Columbia Boulevard 917-789-3879 Shajnfeld, Yaakov & Miriam 54 Fiske Street 917-553-5892 Shapiro, Aryeh & Shani 132 Cables Avenue 516-784-6633 646-263-8779 Shapiro, R’ Eli & Aliza 118 Farmington Avenue 347-323-9247 347-323-9248 Shapiro, Yaakov & Chai 111 Euclid Avenue 917-923-4469 570-909-7501 Sheps, Ronald & Marcie 471 Willow Street 203-753-9757 Shleifer, David & Zelda 619 Willow Street 203-575-9030 Schlingenbaum, R’ Yechezkel 52 Kaytone Avenue 203-418-6553 Shteierman, Dovid & Rochel 9 Yates Avenue 845-461-8207 240-501-3065 Shteierman, Momo & Racheli 70 Randolph Avenue 347-306-6980 917-960-8555 Shtern, Mordechai & Adina 534 Willow Street 646-853-0237 Shulman, R’ Shlomo & Aviva 5 Kaytonne Avenue 203-575-9352 Siegfried, Shraga F. & Sarah Chana 55 Crescent Street 203-759-5653 Sonnenschein, R’ Yosef & Esti 85 Euclid Avenue 203-665-8806 Sontag, Eli & Chani 104 Blue Ridge Drive Ext. – 06704 203-528-3654
Soriano, Alex & Carolina 162 Columbia Boulevard 203-596-7160 Soybel, Mr. Peter 330 Bishop Street APT# 312 06704 203-376-3296 Spira, Pinny & Gila 144 Blueridge Drive ext. – 06704 203-841-2855 Spivack, Sarah 41 Prospect Street Apt. 502 347-447-9470 Stein, R’ Dovid & Ayelet 134 Blue Ridge Drive Ext. – 06704 203-206-5816 203-465-9064 203-278-6414 Stein, R’ Simcha & Chaya 45 Yates Avenue 203-527-0593 / 516-214-3926 Stengel, Noach & Sheena 120 Blue Ridge Drive Ext. – 06704 203-528-3530 Stephens, Eldee & Leebah 40 Blue Ridge Drive Ext. – 06704 203-573-8824 Storch, Moishie & Rachelle 20 Farmington Avenue, 1st floor 917-860-8205 267-730-9759 Stroh, Eliezer Moshe & Chaya Bracha 26 Chapman Avenue 929-355-6252 347-420-0912 718-536-4549 Sturm, Israel & Sarah P.O. Box 807 – 06720 203-755-0455 Sytner, Gavi & Michal 33 Farmington Avenue 347-452-8759 / 475-235-9677 Teitz, R’ Shloime & Chaya Breina 203-575-9869 253 Columbia Blvd 917-995-7799 917-995-7800 Thaler, R’ Tzvi & Daniela 81 Euclid Avenue 203-597-0314 203-233-3228 203-233-3417 Trestman, R’ Danny & Shalva 65 Cables Avenue Unit 16 443-802-6359 917-200-3983 Vago, R’ Shimi & Esti 40 Yates Avenue 718-313-1597 Vickman, Reuven & Shevy 24 Cables Avenue 310-625-1304 / 310-486-3074 Wagner, Yitzchak & Shifra 53 Randolph Avenue 203-549-1985 Wakszul, Ephraim & Chanie 136 Euclid Avenue 203-518-4648 917-443-4810 917-207-9891 Wallach, Chaim Aryeh & Chani 114 Blue Ridge Drive 973-557-6945 973-718-0229
Wartelsky, Chava 353 Lincoln Street 203-759-0990 Wartelsky, R’ Ezi 144 Blue Ridge Drive–06704 917-841-5059 Weill, Yaakov & Golda 25 Olympia Lane 225-315-3963 203-651-9099 Weiner, Menachem & Elkah 1 Olympia Lane 06704 347-990-6363 516-732-3765 Weinberg, R’ Avraham Meir & Rachel 42 Crescent Street 917-974-6356 / 516-427-8539 Weinreb, Hesh & Racheli 32 McDonald Avenue 203-575-0666 Weinreb, R’ Hillel & Nechie 41 Yates Avenue 203-707-1314 Weinreb, Reuvain & Sheva 25 Yates Avenue 203-442-1816 Weinreb, Yisroel M. & Shani 80 Euclid Avenue 203-757-9433 Weiss, Dr. Chaim & Rivky 75 Olympia Lane 203-707-5550 Weissman, Avraham & Rus Daniella 11 McArthur Drive 203-527-8327 Weissman, Joseph & Lisa 117 Greenwood Avenue – 06704 203-757-0114 203-231-3302 Weisz, Sruli & Shana 52 Tower Road 203-527-6464 Widroff, Dr. Mutty & Esther 65 Cables Avenue, Unit 21 404-406-0719 Willner, R’ Moshe & Devora 28 Stephana Lane 203-805-4844 845-728-3316 443-721-7526 Wisnicki, R’ Yosef & Miryam 57 Randolph Avenue 203-568-1828 Wisotsky, Avi & Rachelle 40 Kenilworth Street 845-608-9766 Yaged, R’ Yosef & Miriam 37 Euclid Avenue 203-805-4771 732-534-7427 Yudkin, Levi & Rachel 199 Euclid Avenue 203-724-7127 203-808-0324 Zaitchek, Josh & Yocheved 117b Blue Ridge Drive Ext. - 06704
Zelcer, Dovid & Miriam 147 Euclid Ave 203-346-1933 Zohn, R’ Dovid & Ilana 135 Blue Ridge Drive Ext. - 06704 917-270-3776 973-713-9309
NAUGATUCK FAMILIES Berkowitz, R’ Yussi & Penina 1 Rosh Drive Apt B, Naugatuck 06770 516-462-0669 410-350-4967 Davidson, R’ Naftali & Rochel 3 Rosh Dr. Apt A, Naugatuck 06770 404-955-5674 917- 499-3829 Diskind, R’ Yaakov & Shira 3 Rosh Dr. Apt B, Naugatuck 06770 443-386-1579 570- 540-6395 Gordon, R’ Elimelech & Nechama 1 Rosh Dr. Apt A, Naugatuck 06770 404-410-5623 Hoffnung, R’ Elli & Nechama Leah 7 Rosh Dr. Apt B, Naugatuck 06770 925-472-6293 845-825-1013 347-957-2168 Makovoz, R’ Moshe & Nechama Rachel 7 Rosh Dr. Apt A, Naugatuck 06770 443-726-9071 301-789-9003 Singer, R’ Akiva & Chaya Perel 9 Rosh Dr. Apt A, Naugatuck 06770 240-483-3040 203-721-5039
BEYOND WATERBURY Brier, Glenn & Rae 22 Mistyvale Road, Newtown, CT 06482 203-754-0917 Daskal, Mindy 584 Woodpond Road, Cheshire, CT 06410 203-271-2228 Glotzer, Shalom & Yehudis 207 West Park Ave, New Haven, CT 06511 203-387-5924 Miller, Gerald & Noa 30 Nick Road, Middlebury, CT 06762 203-758-9886 Pellet, Michelle 120 Miander Lane, Southington, CT 06489 860-621-5778 Shiller, Arnold & Dottie 20 Devonwood Drive, Apt 161 Farmington, CT 06032 860-507-6478 Wallin, R’ Shlomo & Roz 80 Pallisade Avenue Trumbull, CT 06611 203-268-4590 Weisman, Yaakov & Dena 226 Bellevue Road New Haven, CT 203-980-2363 WHAT'S DOING IN WATERBURY 73
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