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W A T E R B U R Y
ADAR II 5774 MARCH 2014 CONNECTICUT’S JEWISH FAMILY MAGAZINE AND DIRECTORY ISSUE 48
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SERVING: WATERBURY n NEW HAVEN n WEST HARTFORD BRIDGEPORT n STAMFORD n FAIRFIELD n AND MORE
Naugatuck Valley Women’s Health Specialists
Dr. Polke, Dr. Albini, Dr. Matonis and Dr. Marjanovic of NVWHS would like to welcome
Dr. Irina Magidina, from Watertown, CT specializing in OB/GYN
Obstetrics & Gynecology ❧
❧ Middlebury Office 687 Straits Turnpike, Suite 2A, Middlebury, CT 06762 Wolcott Office 503 Wolcott Road, Wolcott, CT 06716 Waterbury Office 133 Scovill St, Suite 314, Waterbury, CT 06706 Southbury Office Union Square Main St, Southbury, CT 06488
The Tzedakah of
The Gedolei Hador
L'chaim! • Your little boy is having his first haircut! • Your son/daughter is approaching Bar/Bas Mitzva! • You’ve completed a shidduch! • The wedding day! • A new baby is born!
the poor and brokenhearted, and bring happiness to them as well, and Receive a Brachah from the Gedolei Hador, shlit"a
When you call us we will present your name to the Gedolei Hador, who will bless the ba’alei simchah.
For Yeshuos! Bracha! Hatzlacha! 8
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Daily Minyan Schedule
What’s Doing Yellow Pages
New & Noteworthy
Shiurim & Events
Let’s Talk Tips
Minyanim on the Go
Waterbury Eruv Map
At Your Service
Blue Ridge Map
Pesach – 2nd Days (Nissan 21 / April 20)
Parshas Kedoshim 7:26
Health & Medical Section
(Nissan 26 / April 25)
Places to Go in CT
Parshas Emor (Iyar 3 / May 2)
Parshas B’har 7:41
(Iyar 10 / May 9)
Word from the Beis Medrash
Parshas B’chukosai 7:48
My Heart is in the East
Ask the Doctor
A Peek into the Past
From the Kitchen
On a Lighter Note
for Waterbury, CT Parshas Shmini 6:47 (Adar- ב20 / March 21) Parshas Tazriyah 6:55 (Adar- ב27 / March 28) Parshas Metzora (Nissan 5 / April 4)
Parshas Acharei Mos (Nissan 12 / April 11)
Pesach – 1st Days 7:14 (Nissan 15 / April 14) Shabbos Chol Hamoed (Nissan 19 / April 18)
(Iyar 17 / May 16)
Parshas Bamidbar 7:54 (Iyar 24 / May 23) Parshas Naso 8:00 (Sivan 2 / May 30) Shavuos 8:03 (Sivan 6 / June 3) Parshas B’haloscha 8:05 (Sivan 9 / June 6) Parshas Shlach 8:09 (Sivan 16 / June 13) Cover Photos by Moish Sonnenschein
Dear Readers, My kids are generally out playing in the snow before most people have had their morning coffee. So when my biggest snow fan came in one day after school and announced that he had enough and wanted the snow to melt, I knew it was time for this winter to end. I’m sure many of you reading this are nodding and agreeing with this sentiment. Here’s hoping that by this issue’s publication date we will all be enjoying a beautiful spring day! This issue is brimming with new and exciting news and initiatives of the Waterbury community; whether it’s updates in Yeshiva K’tana, new developments in the Bikur Cholim, or the various kehilla projects that are underway, it seems no amount of snow or plummeting temperatures can freeze the warmth and energy that typifies this vivacious bit of Connecticut. And to get you into the spring spirit – inside and out – check out Celebrate Spring as well as this issue’s special Pesach features. We are happy to welcome in new advertisers for the spring as well and hope you will patronize their businesses and tell them you saw their ads in the What’s Doing!
The Editors Best wishes for a Chag Kasher V’sameach!
Waterbury Daily Minyan Schedule Yeshiva Gedolah of Waterbury SHACHARIS:
Vasikin / 7:45 am MINCHA:
1:15 pm / 3:15 pm MAARIV:
8:30 pm / 10:00 pm B’nai Shalom SHACHARIS:
7:00 am / Sunday, 8 & 9 am MINCHA / MAARIV: 15 min. before shkiah
Yeshiva K’tana of Waterbury SHACHARIS:
1:30 pm (Monday-Thursday) —— Zmanim Hotline: 718-331-TIME YESHIVA GEDOLAH OF WATERBURY
359 Cooke Street Office: 47 Buckingham Street 203-756-1800 / Fax: 203-756-1200 Email: email@example.com YESHIVA K’TANA OF WATERBURY
WHAT’S DOING IN WATERBURY
32 Hillside Avenue Office & Info Line: 203-528-4147 Fax: 203-528-3404 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Connecticut’s Jewish Family Magazine and Directory. ISSUE #48
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BAIS YAAKOV OF WATERBURY
47 Buckingham Street / 203-805-8401 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org B’NAI SHALOM SYNAGOGUE
135 Roseland Avenue / 203-754-4159 ————————————————— Hatzalah of Waterbury: 203-754-4200 Chaverim of Waterbury: 203-465-2125 Waterbury Citizens Patrol: 203-759-8339 Mikvah of Waterbury: 203-754-4150
WDW YELLOW PAGES ACCOUNTANT Meir Fischer, CPA 203-756-1040 Menachem Friedman, CPA 347-401-3157 Dana Stango 203-757-2020 ALARM SYSTEMS Alert Security Systems, INC. 203-387-8332 Dynamark Security Systems 203-757-1744 APPAREL Basic Colors (Brooklyn) 347-673-5331 BY Style (Esther B. Merenstein) 203-597-9093 Chavi Leiner (Monsey) 845-362-1639 Creative Kippas (M. Majeski) 203-527-4952 Double Header www.DoubleHeaderUSA.com Junee Shells (D. Salamon) 203-575-1993 Ram’s Clothiers 203-753-1189 Shirt Stop 718-871-1620 The Hat Box (Monsey) 845-517-2829 The Lingerie Shop 718-435-4156
BABY ESSENTIALS Babies1st.com Baby Depot 203-630-0647 Babies R’ Us 203-574-4457 Pinks & Blues (Monsey) 845-425-0373 BABY NURSE Happy Baby Care 347-292-1794 Mesue 347-581-0164 / 347-766-3783 BANKS Apple Valley Bank 203-271-1268 Citibank 203-573-5820 Fleet Bank 1-800-841-4000 Naugutuck Savings Bank 203-729-4442 People’s Bank 203-597-1313 Savings Bank of Danbury 203-575-3546 Sovereign Bank 1-877-768-2265 TD Bank 1-888-751-9000 Webster Bank 203-578-2230
APPLIANCES Sears 203-236-8800 Sears Outlet 860-665-8101
BARBER Dani Diamond 216-551-4077 Chaim E. Linda (upsherin) 203-596-8198
APPLIANCE REPAIR Affordable Appliance 860-256-9750 All Make Appliance Repair 203-596-9092
BICYCLE SHOP / REPAIR The Bike Rack 203-755-0347
ATTORNEY Dov Braunstein 203-573-0580 Gary L. Broder 203-755-1114 Raphael Deutsch 203-573-0782 Lawrence Dressler 203-772-4848 Raymond J. Antonacci, LLC 203-597-8883 Slavin, Stauffacher & Scott, LLC 860-274-2511 Weissman Law Offices 203-757-1561 AUTO RENTALS Avis 203-757-8081 Enterprise 203-755-3770 Hertz 203-573-8534 Rent-A-Wreck 203-575-1631
BIKUR CHOLIM New Haven 203-786-3096 Waterbury 203-574-3395 CARPET CLEANERS Better Carpet Cleaners 860-632-1667 CARPET RETAILER Associated Carpet 203-756-5594 CATERING First Class Caterers 203-982-7128 Mike’s Center Cafe 203-401-1277 CHILDBIRTH EDUCATION / DOULA Shulamit Feld 203-768-0250 CHILD CARE / CAMP Camp Revach 203-756-1800 ext. 315 Metsuyan Day Care (Rachel Berger) 516-695-3488
AUTO SERVICES & REPAIR Joe’s Tire Shop 203-753-3108 KarTele Communications 203-755-6969 Montambault’s Auto 203-756-7026 Valvoline Instant Oil Change 203-729-5108 West Main Auto 203-596-3722
CLEANING SERVICE A+ Cleaning Service 203-598-4333 Hy-Grade House Cleaning Services 203-509-1779 COMMUNAL RESOURCES Bonei Olam 718-252-1212 Community Services & Resources 203-510-3882 Dirshu 888-5-DIRSHU Hebrew Free Loan Assoc. of Wtby 203-548-9865
AUTO SALES & LEASING Comfort Auto 855-633-5800 Maven Motors 443-271-1458 Wheels to Lease 718-871-7749
WDW YELLOW PAGES COMMUNAL RESOURCES Historic Overlook Community Club 203-574-0756 The Jewish Federation 203-267-3177 Kollel Chibas Yerushalayim 718-633-7112 Kupat Ha’ir 1-888-587-2842 Neighborhood Housing Services 203-753-1896 Waterbury Regional Chamber 203-757-0701 Vaad Hakashrus of Wtby. 203-756-1800 Vaad Harabonim 877-722-2646
Post University Accelerated Degree Program 203-695-7124 Rivka Schonfeld S.O.S. 718-382-5437 Shana Weisz - Special Ed Tutoring 203-527-6464 Testing & Training International 877-RING-TTI ELECTRICIAN Accurate Electrical Contractors 203-509-7027 Power Cell Electric 203-982-8053 ELECTRONICS Radio Shack 203-754-7600 Sears Outlet 860-665-8101 Wireless Zone 203-755-6629
COMPUTER SALES & REPAIR ACR Computer 203-754-9688 Compufix 917-796-8016 Computer Technician (C. Aboud) 597-9052 Computer Consultant (P. Nugiel) 568-1803
FENCING Master Fence Co. 203-574-4011
CONTRACTOR / REMODELING Aspen Roofing & Contracting 877-315-9726 Axela Construction 203-573-9870 ext. 206 Axela Kitchens 203-573-9870 ext. 205 Jim Battistrada 203-591-1656 Vesta Homes Inc. 203-754-0917
FINANCIAL SERVICES E-Z Miles 718.EZ.MILES (396-4537) Fidelity Payment Services 855-794-7348 Q Card Payment Services 877-705-7725 YM Deals 732-966-3328
CRAFTS/FABRICS J-Mar Crafts 203-753-1815 Jo-Ann Fabrics 203-757-0662 Michael’s 203-597-1336
FLOORING Capitol Wood Flooring 203-575-8300 Sanco Hardwood Flooring 203-592-6688 Tommy’s Hardwood Flooring 860-561-9776
DEPARTMENT STORES BJ’s Wholesale Club 203-753-9997 Burlington Coat Factory 203-597-0388 Costco Wholesale 203-757-7979 JC Penny 203-575-1395 Job Lot 203-841-0307 Kohl’s 203-575-9238 Macy’s 203-757-1131 Marshalls (Watertown) 860-274-5481 Sears 203-236-8800 Target 203-437-3673 TJ Maxx 203-754-0802 Wal-Mart 203-759-1000
FLORISTS Dutch Flower Lady 203-419 0232 O’Rourke & Birch Florists 203-756-7857 Orchid Florist 203-573-0690 FRAMING & ART SHOP Goldsmiths 203-757-0356 The Frame Shop 203-754-1655 Michael’s 203-597-1336 FURNITURE Bob’s Furniture 860-620-1650 Furniture Factory 203-527-6450 La-Z-Boy 203-574-4001 Pilgrim Furniture 860-276-0030 Raymour and Flanigan 203-573-1015
DRY CLEANERS Mar-Vic Cleaners 203-754-3952 Perry’s Dry Cleaners 203-753-3161
GARDENERS Palombo’s Lawn Care 860-274-1169 SDW Property Maintenance 203-528-4001 W Lawncare (Y.M. Weinreb) 203-816-5296
EDUCATION Ahuva Oberlander-Special Ed Tutoring 203-757-8585 Chaynie Nath-Academic Evaluations 203-437-5447 Chani Sontag-Psychological Evaluations 917-880-2675 Malka Goldgrab–Speech Language Pathologist 845-826-0885
GRAPHICS & WEB DESIGN Aliza Nugiel 203-568-1803 Leebah Stephens 203-233-6399 GLASSES / EYEWEAR Opticare 203-574-2020 Trocchi Optometry 203-753-5665
WDW YELLOW PAGES GUTTER CLEANING / POWER WASHING Affordable Powerwashing 203-597-7075 HAIRCUTS C&C Hair Salon 203-597-1000 Cost Cutters 203-596-7993 Dani Diamond 216-551-4077 Chaim E. Linda (upsherin) 203-596-8198 Supercuts 203-574-0642
INSURANCE David Lieber cell 347-865-4326 / 516-284-0120 Gross and Company 212-620-4040 John Somero 203-267-4856 JEWELRY SALES & REPAIR Bejeweled (Monsey) 845-425-4650 Fine Crafts Jewelers 203-756-4800
HANDYMAN David Scott 203-565-4886 Shloimy Shore 917-873-2061 Sruli Weisz 917-468-8171 Levi Yudkin 203-724-7127 HEALTH & BEAUTY Anne Drost, Electrologist 203-753-5343 Carmine Elizabeth’s Spa 203-598-3444 Central Cosmetics (Shani Metz) 203-757-9893 Jewish Hypnosis (Orli Katz) 203-565-3324 Kosher Vitamins Corp. 800-645-1899 Mind Matters Hypnosis (Lisa Zachio) 860-693-6448 ProDermix Probiotics 845-520-3157 YMCA 203-754-2181 HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING David Dostaller 203-808-4404 HOME & HARDWARE Bender Plumbing 203-756-8013 Home Depot 203-757-7206 ICI Paints 203-753-1107 KNB Design Kitchen & Bath 203-777-6661 Lowe’s (Plainville) 860-793-1500 Raymond’s Building Supply 203-879-2538 Schmidt and Serafine’s 203-754-5186 Syperstein’s Paints 203-757-5747 Torrington Supply Co. 203-756-3641 HOME INSPECTOR Alex Lee 203-943-7600 Carry O’Niel 203-758-8649 Mr. Inside Out 866-791-9660 HOSIERY Double Header www.DoubleHeaderUSA.com Hose & Bows 212-787-7778 HOTELS Courtyard by Marriot 203-596-1000 Crowne Plaza Danbury 203-794-0600 Holiday Inn of Waterbury 203-706-1000 INK / TONER Chaim Aboud 203-597-9052/718-207-9328
JUDAICA Bais Hasforim (Monsey) 845-371-1495 Connecticut’s Succah Outlet 203-756-5566 Judaic Design & Gifts 203-757-1336 Lishkas Hasofer (Monsey) 845-425-9268 Mercaz Seforim (Monsey) 845-352-7792 The Judaica Store of New Haven 203-387-5816 The Judaica Store of W. Hartford 860-236-9956 The Stam Connection 203-573-8286 Tuvia’s (Monsey) 845-426-0824 KITCHEN REMODELING Axela Kitchens 203-573-9870 ext. 205 KNB Design Kitchen & Bath 203-777-6661 LAWN & GARDEN A Public Flower & Garden Center 203-879-4049 LIQUOR / WINE Mountview Plaza Wines 203-729-5445 The Good Life Wines & Spirits 203-754-5554 LOCKSMITHS Leo’s Locks 203-756-3112 Leon’s Locks 203-753-4440 MAGAZINES, NEWSPAPERS, BOOKS Ami Magazine 718.534.8800 Bargain News 1-203-377-1808 Binah Magazine 718-305-5200 Broder’s Books 203-755-1114 Hamodia 718-853-9094 Mishpacha Magazine 718-686-9339 Waterbury Republican 203-574-3636 What’s Doing in Waterbury 203-597-0314 MAILING SERVICES Accurate Mailing Services 203-758-0430 MIKVAOS Mikvah Tcharna of Waterbury 203-754-4150 Mikvah Tahor V’kadosh (Mens) 203-509-5539 New Haven 203-387-2184 New Haven (Lubavitch) 203-777-8966 West Hartford 860-521-9446 Mikvah of Rockland County 845-371-9409
WDW YELLOW PAGES MOHEL Rabbi Dov Greer 203-786-3097
REAL ESTATE Blue Ridge Estates 203-568-0460 Classic Realty (Susanne Avigdor) 203-387-9991 Coldwell Banker (Shlomo Zazon) 948-3890 Jason Katz 203-509-0474 Kesher Realty (Leorah Elin) 203-805-0875 Prudential Realty (Lisa Klein) 203-368-2412 Showcase Realty (John) 860-274-7000
MORTGAGES Evergreen Funding (S. Katz) 203-776-5626 GMAC Mortgage 203-758-9910 McCue Mortgage 800-382-0017 Mortgage Supercenter 203-465-7976 People’s Bank 203-250-9396
REAL ESTATE MANAGEMENT CK Investments 203-755-3702 Liberty Management 203-755-0677
MOVING & STORAGE Waterbury Self Storage 203-574-2764 MUSIC / MUSIC LESSONS Elisha Freedman–One Man Band 917-533-0758 Mr. Music (Matisyahu Nettleton) 203-318-4099 Yisroel Levine 845-608-1669
RESTAURANTS & FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS Ami’s Bagels 203-596-9020 Candy Craze 845-548-3839 CT Kosher Bakery Distr. 203-742-0038 Dargene Kosher Food Distr. 631-766-5914 Dippy’s 203-574-1809 Eden Wok (New Rochelle) 914-637-9363 Fascias’s Chocolates 203-753-0515 iCandy (Monsey) 845-362-4600 Mike’s Center Cafe 203-401-1277 Rita’s (Southington) 860-276-8829 Waterbury Kosher World 203-757-4992
NOTARY PUBLIC Raphael Deutsch 203-573-0782 OFFICE SUPPLIES Advantage Business Systems 203-929-3769 OfficeMax 203-597-8910 Staples 203-573-0925 PAINTER ACE Painting 860-945-0779 / 203-509-9996 G. Fusco Painting 203-757-1384
ROOFING Crown Roofing 203-212-8826
PAPER GOODS & PARTY SUPPLIES It’s A Favor.com 718-234-3951 Party Elegance & Gifts 203-754-GIFT Party Plus 203-879-9951 The Perfect Party 203-596-1853 Shannon’s Party Props 203-879-2711
SIGNS Office Signs 203-754-1895
PEST CONTROL Centurion Exterminating 203-756-6028
SHEITELS / SHEITEL MACHER Nava Goldberg 860-608-3281 Rivka Sara Gewirtzman 845-304-6400
SHATNEZ TESTING Elisheva Magid 203-574-2462 Rochelaya Deutsch 203-573-0782
PHOTOS & PASSPORTS Caesar’s Camera Shop 203-754-1403 Dani Diamond Photography 216-551-4077 E-Z Passport 866-439-7277 Jerusalem Shutter (M. Hanover) 347-986-6444
SHOES DSW Shoes (Plainville) 860-747-6900 Footprints Shoes (Newington) 860-666-3100 Little Eric (Greenwich) 203- 622-1600
PLUMBER Brian’s Plumbing & Heating 203-754-3800 Dan’s Discount Rooter 860-274-1025 David Dostaller 203-808-4404 Seasonal Plumbing 203-650-0840
SHOPPING MALL Brass Mill Center (Wtby) 203-755-5000 Danbury Fair Mall 203-743-3247 Meriden Mall 203-235-3343 West Farms Mall (Farmington) 860-561-3024
PRINTERS Copymax 203-597-8910 Kramer Printing 203-933-5416 Minuteman Press 203-755-8842 Sir Speedy 203-346-0716 Space Age Copy 203-756-2001
SILVER POLISHING & REPAIR Buffers 203-281-0101 (Hamden) SILVER RETAILER Signature Silver (Monsey) 845-578-1760
AND OTHER LISTINGS
SOFER Lishkas Hasofer (Monsey) 845-425-9268 The Stam Connection 203-573-8286
Animal Control Society 203-574-6909 Bureau of Water 203-574-8251 Bureau of Vital Statistics 203-574-6800 Birth to 3 Info Line 1-800-505-7000 Citizen’s Hotline 203-597-3444 Connecticut Light & Power (electric company) 1-800-286-2000 CT Dept. Of Consumer Protection 800-842-2649 DMV 1-800-842-8222 Dog Warden 203-574-6909/6920 Energize CT 877-947-3873 Energy Assistance-NOW 203-756-8151/ 203-575-4232 Fire Department 203-597-3425 Husky Insurance 800-656-6684 Neighborhood Housing Services of Waterbury 203-753-1896 Police Department 203-574-6911 Post Office Grand St. 203-574-6532 / 574-6521 Wigwam Ave. 203-759-3642 Mail Service Info. 203-578-3426 Public Library 203-574-8225 Refuse Collection 203-574-6857 SNET (phone company) 811 611(repairs) 1-800-453-SNET (out-of-state) Street Department/ Public Works 203-574-8261 Transportation Amtrak 1-800-872-7245 Bonanza Bus Line (to NYC) 1-888-751-8800 Bradley Int’l Airport 1-860-292-2000 Metro North 1-800-638-7646 Yellow Taxi 203-754-5151 UPS 1-800-742-5877 Weather & other info 1-800-555-TELL WIC 203-574-6785 WRAP Program 800-388-9727 Yankeegas (gas company) 1-800-989-0900
SPORTING GOODS B&G Sports Co. 203-757-2571 Modell’s 203-591-9404 Sports Authority 203-753-7330 SUPERMARKETS Gourmet Glatt (Cedarhurst) 516-569-2662 Jarjura’s Farm 203-757-7777 Monsey Glatt (Monsey) 845-425-6328 Rockland Kosher (Monsey) 845-425-2266 Shoprite 203-756-5614 Stop & Shop (Chase Ave.) 203-756-4678 Stop & Shop (Wolcott St.) 203-755-9489 Waterbury Kosher World 203-757-4992 Wesley Kosher (Monsey) 845-364-7217 TAILORING Lilly's Alterations & Tailoring 203-596-0675 Mar Vic 203-754-3952 Molly Couture 860-890-7899 TOYS & GENERAL MERCHANDISE Dollar Dreams 203-597-0682 Dollar Tree 203-597-0505 Good Ideas (Watertown) 860-274-6939 Toys R’ Us 203-574-4457 TRAVEL SERVICES E-Z Miles 718.EZ.MILES (396-4537) Ideal Tours 845-425-3300 Platinum Airfare 651-356-1933 Travel Plaza 732-367-8500 TravelCell 1-877-CELLPHONE YM Deals 732-966-3328 TRUCK RENTAL Penske 203-757-8303 Rent a Wreck 203-575-1631 Ryder 203-597-5427 Uhaul 203-756-2208 or 754-0193 VACUUM CLEANERS Connecticut Sew & Vac
WINDOWS Naugatuck Window & Glass 203-729-4536 Valley View Windows 203-558-1515 Waterbury Glass & Mirror 203-573-0333
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HEALTHCARESERVICES DOCTORS Allergist Dr. David Dreyfus 203-755-7080 Advanced Allergy & Asthma Family Care (Dr. Larry Scheer) 203-755-5500 Chiropractor Balanced Body 203-723-5715 Dr. Porzio 203-756-7449 Dermatologist Yale Dermatology 203-577-1050 Ear, Nose & Throat Dr. Eric Baum (Pediatric) 203-234-8199 Dr. Neil Schiff 203-574-3777 Naugatuck Valley ENT 203-578-4630 Endocrinologist Dr. Thomas Gniadek 203-755-7711 Dentist CT Family Dental 203-574-2725 Dr. Joseph Statkevich 203-574-3343 Dr. Tony Lepore (Pediatric) Southbury 203-264-1497 Dr. Stephen Rothman New Haven 203-562-4143 Dr. Gil Rubin 203-263-2853 Dr. Alan Wolkoff 203-753-2274 Fertility Specialist Dr. Gad Levy 203-929-6412 Gastroenterologist Dr. Robert Leventhal 203-756-6422 Dr. Ronald Zlotoff 203-755-4515 Internist Dr. Jacqueline Lustig 860-274-8891 Phoenix Specialty Group 203-574-2930 Dr. David Silver 203-271-3296 Ob/Gyn Associates in Family Health (Dr. Joel Allen) 203-732-0022 Associated Women’s Health (Dr. Ian Cohen) 203-755-2344 Center for Women’s Health 203-573-1425 Naugatuck Valley Women’s Health Specialists 203-575-1811 Yale OBGYN 203-785-5682 Ophthalmologist / Optometrist The Eye Group (Dr. Levada) 203-597-9100 (pediatric) Opticare (Dr. Peterson) 203-574-2020 Trocchi Optometry 203-753-5665 Orthodondist Dr. Friedman 203-573-8034 Orthopedist Dr. John Keggi 203-598-0700
203-754-4200 POISON CONTROL
Dr. Michael Kaplan 203-758-1272 Dr. Charles Raferty 203-758-2003 Dr. Dennis Rodin 203-755-0165 Hanger Orthotics 203-755-8840 Plastic Surgeon Dr. Wilfred Brown Middlebury 203-758-2564 Dr. Stanley Forster 203-757-0583 Pediatrician Dr. Ephraim Bartfeld 860-274-8891 Child & Adolescent Healthcare Assoc. (Dr. Jane Rudolph) 203-574-4747 Pediatric Associates of CT 203-755-2999 Physical Therapy Access Rehab 203-598-0400 Advance Therapy Assoc. 203-577-3700 Podiatrist Dr. Bruce Vinokur 203-755-2050 Dr. Mchugh & Assoc. 860-274-1773 Pulmonologist Dr. David Hill 203-759-3666 Psychologist / Mental Health Dr. Rick Blum (W. Hartford) 860-233-1897 Dr. Randy Carrin 203-757-8766 Dr. Jess Edelstein 860-670-5207 Rabbi Yosef Feld, MSW 203-366-5438 Radiologist Diagnostic Radiology 203-756-8911 Rheumatologist Dr. David Podell 203-572-7281 Dr. Lawrence Zemel (Pediatric) 203-545-9395 Surgeon - Hand Dr. Andrew Nelson 203-755-7115 Urologist Urology Specialists 203-757-8361 HOSPITALS St. Mary’s Hospital 203-709-6000 Waterbury Hospital 203-573-6000 MidState Medical Center Meriden 203-694-8200 Yale New Haven Hospital 203-688-4242 CT Children’s Medical Center Hartford 860-545-9000 MEDICAL LABORATORIES Clinical Lab Partners 1-800-286-9800 Quest Diagnostics 1-877-868-2191 PHARMACIES Bunker Hill Pharmacy 203-574-7825 CVS (24 hours) 203-755-5490 Shoprite Pharmacy 203-753-1718 Stop and Shop 203-597-1498 Target 203-437-3674 Walgreens 203-757-5102
New & Noteworthy
Dates to Remember:
There is now a Kosher pantry and refrigerator in Waterbury Hospital (as well as St. Mary's) located adjacent to the nurses' station in the maternity ward. Please contact the Bikur Cholim of Waterbury at 203-574-3395 for more information.
April 15 May 15 May 18 June 4
Pesach Pesach Sheini Lag B’omer Shavuos
A special learning program for High School boys who are home for Bein Hazmanim will take place Tuesday-Friday the week prior to Pesach. Shacharis at Yeshiva Gedolah, followed by breakfast, then in-depth learning with a chavrusah. The program will conclude with a shiur on the day’s limud by one of the yeshiva’s Rebbeim. Call Shloimy Brecher for more information at 203-753-4176.
Fulton Park Spring Cleanup
YESHIVA ATERES SHMUEL OF WATERBURY
April 3 April 28 May 15 June 6 June 24
Pesach Break begins New Zman begins Off-Shabbos Off-Shabbos Last Day of Zman
YESHIVA K’TANA OF WATERBURY
April 10 Pesach Break begins May 18 Bike-a-thon May 26 Memorial Day – AM sessions June 3 Erev Shavuos – AM sessions for boys / no school for girls June 4-5 Shavuos Break June 17 Last Day of School June 23 First Day of Camp Revach
New parenting workshop series given by Mrs. Adina Heavenrich. Sundays from 10:15-11:00 am in the Blue Ridge Shul. Babysitting available. For more info or to register, please call Rochel Kalish at 203-5918926 or Shani Metz at 203-757-9893.
Best wishes for a Chag Kasher V’sameach!
New! BYW Tablecloth rental/ gemach. Gorgeous selection at reasonable rates! For more info please call Mrs. Tehilla Hoberman at 917-923-7265 or email: tablecloths@ bywaterbury.org. Proceeds to benefit Bais Yaakov of Waterbury. Save the Date! Yeshiva K’tana Bike-a-thon scheduled for Sunday, May 18th, 2014 - Lag B’Omer. 14
Ongoing Community Shiurim & Events Daf Yomi Shiur by Rabbi Kestenbaum at YGW, weekdays at 7:00 am, Shabbos time varies. Daf Yomi Shiur by Rabbi Yaakov Metz at B’nai Shalom, weekdays at 8:45 pm. Friday & Shabbos given by R’ Raphael Deutsch – time varies. Call R’ Metz at 203-707-3148. Daf Yomi Shiur by Rabbi Yaakov Metz on Friday & Shabbos in Blue Ridge. Call R’ Metz at 203-707-3148 for more information. Kollel Ateres Chaya Raizel Night Kollel nightly in Yeshiva from 8:45 -10:00 pm. Call R’ Chaim Cohen at 908-307-5840, R’ Tzvi Thaler at 203-233-3228 or R’ Shea Lazenga at 646-250-1748 for more info.
Men’s Chumash Shiur on Thursday nights 8:45-9:30 in YGW Beis Medrash Katan. Chumash, Cholent and Ramban by Rabbi Shea Lazenga. Call 646-250-1748. Men’s Sunday Morning Shiur by R’ Yosef Sonnenschein at B’nai Shalom at 9:35. Breakfast is served. Call M. Shtern at 646-388-0083. Live Broadcast of acclaimed Weekly Shiurim at the Blueridge Shul: • R’ Monsour’s Parsha Shiur: Thurs. at 7:45pm • R’ Frand’s Halacha Shiur: Thurs. at 9:00pm • R’ Reisman’s Navi Shiur: e"amun at 7:30pm Weekly Ladies’ Shiur on Wednesday nights at 8:30 PM given by Rabbi Yosef Sonnenschein at B’nai Shalom.
Morning Halacha Kollel. Monday through Friday from 6:00 am to 7:00 am at B’nai Shalom. For more information contact Rabbi Menachem Chaifetz or Avi Rosenbaum.
Ladies’ Shabbos Shiur Shabbos afternoon 11/2 hours before Mincha at alternating locations. Weekly announcement in Yeshiva and B’nai Shalom or call Orli Katz at 203-755-7328.
Afternoon Mechanchim Kollel daily from 4:30-6:00 pm at B’nai Shalom. Everyone in the community is invited to join. Call R’ Sonnenschein at 203-910-0158 for more info.
Ladies’ Shidduch Meeting Call Blimie Lazenga at 203-596-9932 for more info.
Dirshu Daily Mishna Brurah Shiur, given by R’ Tzvi Thaler. Sunday–Thursday, 8:00-8:30pm, followed by Maariv, in the Beis Medrash Katan of the Yeshiva.
Likras Shabbos - Erev Shabbos Learning Program for boys ages 10 and up, 20 minutes before Shabbos in the Yeshiva Bais Medrash. Call R’ Brecher at 203-753-4176. Avos U’Banim Father/Son Learning Program on Motzei Shabbos at YGW will resume after the summer. Call Shraga F. Siegfried at 203-759-5653 or Yaakov Reiss at 203-527-7200.
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!cuy kzn MAZEL TOV TO: Rabbi and Mrs. Menachem Chaifetz on the birth of a baby boy Rabbi and Mrs. Yosef Eisenbach on the birth of a baby girl Mr. and Mrs. Kalman Groner on the birth of a baby boy Mr. and Mrs. Yossi Klein on the birth of a baby girl Rabbi and Mrs. Mayer Langsam on the birth of a baby boy Mr. and Mrs. Rephael Max on the birth of a baby girl Mr. and Mrs. Duvie Merenstein on the birth of a baby boy Mr. and Mrs. Avi Rosenbloom on the birth of a baby girl Mr. and Mrs. Zev Saftlas on the birth of a baby boy Rabbi and Mrs. Chaim Scher on the birth of a baby girl
MAZEL TOV TO:
Mr. and Mrs. Ron Sheps on the engagement of their son, Matthew MAZEL TOV TO THE YESHIVA’S NEWEST CHASSANIM:
Yitz Rabovsky, Yehuda Tzvi Fruchter, Akiva Rosenberg and Simcha Stein
Welcome! A warm welcome to the community’s newest families: Shimshy & Chavi Brecher Binyamin & Avital Itzkowitz Hatzlacha Raba in your new homes!
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♦♦Join hundreds of volunteers in the Fulton Park Spring Clean-Up which will be held on Sunday, May 4, 2014, rain date Sunday, May 18. Organized by the Historic Overlook Community Club and the Fulton Park Conservancy, this initiative helps restore Fulton Park making it a place for families to enjoy a beautiful and a safe environment. ♦♦Sundae Spa is an adorable salon & spa for kids right here in Waterbury. It’s kid friendly and great for a girls day out or birthday party. They offer haircuts, manicures, pedicures, and "make your own" activities like make your own soap, shampoo, lip gloss, etc. All just for kids. Call (203) 528-3121 or visit www.sundaespa.com for more info. ♦♦Try Miranda’s Tailor Shop, an upscale seamstress, located in Cheshire. Home consultations available too. Call 203-271-2288. ♦♦Looking for specialty scrapbook supplies or out-of-the-box craft materials? Visit Treasured Moments in Watertown. Call 860-274-3339. ♦♦Check out Elephants Trunk, Connecticut’s largest Flea Market, in New Milford, CT. Located off exit 7 of Route 84, the 300 vendor market opens on March 30th. Antiques, collectibles and bargains galore all in one location! ♦♦Did you know there’s a new LEGO® store in Danbury Fair Mall? Join their special Master Builder Event from April 4th through April 6th or visit the store on the first Tuesday of every month and learn how to build a cool mini model, and take it home for free! Call store for details: (203) 743-3247. ♦♦The Waterbury Barnes and Nobles offers Baby and Toddler Storytime every Thursday at 10:30 am. They are located in Brass Mill Commons, 235 Union Street. Call 203-759-7125 for details. ♦♦Check out Yarmulkaspot.com for a great selection of Yarmulkas for Pesach or anytime. Use coupon code repeat10 to save 10% off orders over $25. ♦♦Have you joined our community’s Google Group yet? It’s a totally free, community wide list-serve to post and receive emails with announcements, advisories, recommendations, offers, or anything community members can help with or benefit from. There are currently over 100 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. 17
New Bikur Cholim of Waterbury Project Something's Cooking... The Bikur Cholim, in conjunction with the Nâ€™shei of Waterbury's Meal Planning Committee, has launched a brand new initiative to assist families who could benefit from short term meal assistance due to challenging circumstances. Is Mommy having a procedure, suffering from a bad case of the flu, or has spent an entire day in the emergency room? Chances are her family hasnâ€™t eaten a home cooked meal in days... and what can be more scrumptious than the thought of a tasty, wholesome supper that is easily obtained, without having to bother friends and neighbors? The Bikur Cholim has stocked various freezers around the community with deliciously cooked soups, main dishes and side dishes for these types of circumstances. Coordinated by Mrs. Rivky Bernstein and under the expert direction of Mrs. Carol Soriano, the food was prepared and packaged in the Yeshiva kitchen by a host of community volunteers.
How can I obtain Bikur Cholim meals? Obtaining the food is simple and stress-free! Simply call one of the numbers listed here to arrange for food pick up. You can call on your own behalf or on behalf of someone else. All calls will remain confidential. While the bikur cholim food is not intended for use on a steady basis, it is available for use to those who need it. Please use proper discretion when requesting food so this system can be carried out in the most efficient and effective way possible!
BIKUR CHOLIM FREEZER LOCATIONS:
Faygie Beller: 347-414-0787 Chaynie Nath: 203-437-5447 Aaron Sapirman: 203-228-9843 Sara Scher: 646-469-0026 Miriam Zelcer: 917-535-1179
A special thank you to the following people for their assistance in making this happen. Gila Aboud Faygie Beller Rivky Bernstein Yocheved Brecher Penina Cohen Esti Cohen Shulamit Feld Tali Fischer
Aviva Fischer Vivi Karr Shira Rosenberg Sori Schmookler Carol Soriano Alex Soriano Miriam Zelcer Kosher World
Looking to contribute to this new community program? Let us know if you have extra food from a simcha or special occasion (catered or in closed packaging) and we will pick it up, repackage it and add it to the freezer stock. It’s that easy. Call or text Daniela Thaler at 203-233-3417 to arrange a pick-up.
And here’s what you can continue to expect in a typical circumstance: • A family who moves into a new home receives supper the night of the move. • For the birth of a baby, the family receives meals for four weeknights plus a Shabbos (not including Sundays). Meals can be arranged for either the first, second or third week after the baby is born. Looking forward to being of help to any community member in need and hope to be available for many simchos!
Kosher Pantries now fully stocked in Waterbury & St. Mary's Hospitals Fully stocked refrigerators and other food items as well as Kiddush and Havdalah needs, Seforim and Jewish books for adults and children are available to Jewish patients in both Waterbury Hospital and St. Mary’s Hospitals for the Emergency Room and Maternity Ward. Ask a nurse to help you locate the pantry for Jewish patients. For more information, call 203-574-3395 or 203-721-4172.
Kehilla of Waterbury Visit to Yerushalayim BY RABBI BARUCH LEVINE
Every year, hundreds of young families make the transition from learning in Kollel in Eretz Yisrael to living in the Unites States. In addition to the natural difficulties of transitioning to a new place, many families experience confusion and frustration. It is often challenging to find a place where one can make a parnasah in an atmosphere that allows families to maintain the kesher to Torah and tahara that they absorbed in Eretz Yisrael. About a year ago, upon the urging of his Waterbury talmidim, Rabbi Yosef Elefant, a well-known Magid Shiur in Yeshivas Mir Yerushalayim, visited the Waterbury community for a Shabbos of chizuk. Although Waterbury is well -known for its Yeshiva Gedolah, Mesivta, and Kollel which was founded by Rabbi Aharon Kaufman almost fifteen years ago, the beauty of its Torah community of 170 families is less well-known. Rabbi Elefant was tremendously impressed with the community in general, and with the chinuch of the Yeshiva K’tana of Waterbury in particular. Over Shabbos, Rabbi Elefant observed one of the community’s Rabbanim, Rabbi Yosef Sonnenschein, in both public and private settings, and a warm relationship ensued. He began to strongly encourage Rabbi Sonnenschein and the b’nei hakehilla to inform the broader tzibbur of the hidden gem that they possess. Rabbi Elefant felt that Waterbury would be an ideal location for many of the avreichim that return to the United States each year. Just a few weeks ago, a delegation of Waterbury Kehilla representatives, led by Rabbi Sonnenschein, traveled to Eretz Yisrael. It was with a sense of dedication to their kehilla that these community members, Rabbi Baruch Levine, R’ Duvie Merenstein, R’ Shimmy Handlesman, and R’ Yitzchok Rabinowitz spent a week enlightening others about the unique community in which they reside. They met with Rabbeim and Rabbonim who are in positions to guide families, as they make the crucial decisions of when and where to move, when the time comes to move back to America. Meetings took place with Rabbi Chaim Tzvi Senter, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva Aderes Hatorah, Rabbi Shmuel Weiner, Rav of Kehillas Zichon Nosson Tzvi in Ramat Eshkol, Rav Yitzchock Berkovits, Rav of Sanhedria Murchevet,
COMMUNITYNEWS Rabbi Yitzchak Kalifon, Rav in Maalot Dafna, Rav Reuvein Leuchter, Rav Ahron David of Yeshivas Mir, and Rav Wagshal, Magid Shiur in Mir Yerushalayim. Meetings were also arranged with interested avreichim and their families. Each family was given a specially prepared packet that included a full representation of what the Kehilla of Waterbury has to offer in ruchniyus and gashmiyus. There were brochures from Yeshiva Ateres Shmuel, the Kollel, K’hal Bnai Shalom, K’hal Sha’arei Tefilla, Yeshiva K’tana, and Bais Yaakov. The various kosher amenities in Waterbury were also showcased as well as information regarding housing and job opportunities, along with a copy of What’s Doing in Waterbury for each prospective family. The idea of this trip was the brainchild of Rabbi Sroy Levitansky, who is responsible for forming and developing Lakewood community Kollelim throughout the United States. Rabbi Levitansky felt that there is no substitute for actually meeting and interacting with b’nei hakehilla and that the visit to Eretz Yisroel would be essential part of publicizing the special qualities of the Waterbury community for so many families who are searching for a suitable place to settle. The highlight of the trip was the Melave Malka at which approximately 45 yungerleit joined the group for a an “open house” where they were afforded the opportunity to learn about the kehilla of Waterbury, what it has to offer presently, and how they can contribute to its bright future. The main event of the evening was a remarkable speech delivered by Rabbi Elefant. With his legendary passion and candor he described his impressions of the Waterbury Kehilla. “There is a need today in America for other alternatives to build Torah families. There aren’t that many places, and of the places that do exist, many of them have become unaffordable, and they present other challenging concerns as well. Under the advice of my Rabbeim, we are looking to develop other places for people like you: B’nei Torah who are still learning, and will continue to learn but who will eventually go out to make a parnassa while yearning to bring up Yiddishe families in a mikdash. After all, this is why we came into this world. To create Yiddishe houses where the Shechina will dwell, to bring up another dor of Yiddisher kinderlach. At the end of the day, this is all that matters to us. Bringing up children in a way of kedusha. If we have that, we have everything. And if we don’t have that then nothing else matters.” He continued by glowingly describing the chinuch of the Yeshiva K’tana of Waterbury and its Menahel Rabbi Yehuda Brecher. CONTINUED ON PAGE 22
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“I have a talmid that works for an organization that brings him to visit Yeshiva K’tanas and Day Schools throughout the United States. When I described to him the purity and vitality that I saw on the faces of the children when I visited the Yeshiva K’tana of Waterbury, he responded that in his experience this is one of the top two Yeshiva K’tanas in the country. I went from class to class of both the boys and the girls and I have never seen anything like this! Such vitality, a geshmak, such dedication! There is a simcha in the air. I went from class to class, from floor to floor from department to department, and in my experience you just don’t see kids like this anymore. This doesn’t just speak of the wonderful work of the Menahel, and the Sgan Menahel and the Rabbeim, it speaks of the town. It speaks of the homes that these children are coming from. Pure, happy and lively homes.” In discussing the leadership of the Kehilla, Rabbi Elefant spoke about Rabbi Yosef Sonnenschein as being a leading Rav in terms of guidance, ruchnius, and psak. “There is tremendous ahava in this place. There is achdus. There is a tremendous bren for shteiging and an atmosphere for shteiging which has a lot to do with the people that are there and with a Rav who is himself a ben aliyah.” It was hard not to be moved, hearing the passion and excitement of one of today’s most well respected mechanchim and miya’atzim. In Waterbury, excitement is mounting, as preparation for another visit by Rabbi Elefant is underway. On Shabbos Parshas Tazria, Rabbi Elefant, joined by several families that are looking into a possible relocation to Waterbury, will be joining the Waterbury Kehilla for Shabbos. It is sure to be a Shabbos saturated with chizuk.
YKW Bike-a-thon! BY ADINA HEAVENRICH
Ask any kid to name their favorite day of the year in Waterbury, chances are they’ll answer without a moment’s hesitation: the Bike-a-thon! This fabulous, fun-filled outdoors-in-the-fresh-air community event is one of the true highlights of spring. Now entering its 7th year, we look forward to this year’s Bike-a-thon on Lag B’Omer, Sunday, May 18, iy”H. There will be refreshments, music, bright new T-shirts for the enthusiastic riders, and a palpable energy in the air as the children mount their bikes to raise money for their school. Kids look forward to this day as soon as the snow of winter starts melting. Pre-schoolers anticipate riding their trikes in the event for the first time; pre-1Aers surge with pride at the thought of finally riding a two-wheeler round the course; and older kids start estimating how many more laps they’ll complete this year than last. The adults appreciate that the kids are absorbing the values of good health, exercise and road safety—and when the big day comes, they look around at all the happy faces and feel fortunate to be living in such a vibrant and wholesome community. On top of all the fun, by all measures the Bike-a-thon has been a highly successful fundraiser for the Yeshiva K’tana. Funds collected from the event have been used toward a myriad of invaluable improvements in the school: creation of a brand-new teachers’ room, refurbishing of the playroom, an additional restroom for the pre-school, an enormous increase in quality Jewish books for the library, the vital Safety First program, necessary sports equipment for recess, and countless more enhancements. Having run the event since its inception, Rivky Bernstein and Leorah Elin are witness to the growth of the community and the Bike-a-thon. Lap lanes have been added to accommodate the increase in riders, more and more T-shirts need to be ordered, many parents and community members volunteer their time to ensure that the day runs smoothly, and every year the event has been able to raise even more money to support our school. So, when the sidewalks finally clear from ice and snow, get out those bikes, adjust those seats, find those helmets and get ready for YKW Bike-a-thon 2014!
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B’NAI SHALOM DAVENING 5774 / 2014 BNAI SHALOMTIMES ZMANIM –Spring WINTER 5774/2014 DAVENING TIMES
SHACHARIS: Sunday 8:00am/9:00am Monday-Friday 7:00am (Rosh Chodesh is shaded)
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6:46 6:53 7:01 7:09 7:16 T.B.D. 7:31 7:39 7:46 7:53 8:00
6:47 6:54 7:02 7:10 T.B.D. T.B.D. 7:32 7:40 7:47 7:54 8:00
6:48 6:55 7:03 7:11 T.B.D. 7:26 7:33 7:41 7:48 7:55 8:01
6:49 6:57 7:04 7:12 T.B.D. 7:27 7:35 7:42 7:49 7:56 8:02
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: (May 31-June 1) 6:30 Early Mincha 6:46 8:01 :/ 8:20 : 9:05 :" 8:29 " 6:30 : : 8:20 : (March 9:20 21-22) : 9:32:(")" *: 6:47 :/ (June 28-29) 8:30 : 6:40 Early Mincha 6:56 :" 9:56 8:129:20 :/ " 8:20 : 6:30 : 9:08 :" 8:327:07 " : 6:308:07 :: 8:30 : 8:19:("9:30 )": 9:42 :(")*" :
: * : (May 24-25) (May 17-18) 6:25 Early Mincha 6: 20 Early Mincha 6:41 6:36 7:56 :/ 7:49 :/ 8:20 : 8:25 : 9:07 :" 9:09 :" 8:31 " 8:33 " 6:30 : 6:30 : * : 8:14 : 8:08 :: (March (March 7-8) 9:1414-15) : 9:08 : 9:26:(")" 9:20:(")" : * : 5:32 :/ 6:40 :/ (June 14-15) (June 21-22) : 8:30 : 6:40 Early8:25 Mincha 6:40 Early Mincha 6:53 6:55 :" 10:03 9:09 :" / 8:129:27 :/" 8:10 :8:33 " 8:20 : 8:20 : 6:24 : 5:169:05 : 9:06 :" : " 8:306:59 " : 8:29 ": 5:51 6:30 6:30 : 7:59 : 6:51 : 8:30: 8:28 : 8:11:("9:30 )": 7:03:(")9:28 ": 9:42: ("*): " 9:40:(")* " :
: ( May 10-11) 6:15 Early Mincha 6:30 7:42 :/ 8:25 : 9:13 :" 8:37 " 6:30 : 8:01 :: (Feb 28- 9:01 March 1) : 9:13:(")" *: 5:24 :/ (June 7-8) : 6:35 Early8:30 Mincha 6:50 9:16 :" 8:06 : 8:40 "/ 8:20 : 5:089:05 : :" 8:29 ": 5:43 6:30 : 6:43 : 8:25 : 6:55:(")9:25 " : 9:37:(")":
YESHIVA ATERES SHMUEL OF WATERBURY Spring 5774 Shabbos Zmanim Schedule
* (July 26-27) 6:05:Early Mincha 6:30 Early Mincha 6:18 : 6:44 7:58 : / 7:26 : / 8:30 : 8:30 : 9:20 :" 9:23 8:44 ":" 6:30" : 8:47 : 6:308:15 : 9:15 : 9:27 :(7:45 ")":
* (July 19-20) 7:10 : / 6:35 Early Mincha 8:30 6:49 : 8:04 : / 9:35 : " 8:59 9:17 8:30 ":: " 6:30 8:41 " 6:30 : 7:29 : 8:21 : 8:29 : 9:21 : 8:419:33 : (:(""))""
* (July 12-13) 7:036:40 : / Early Mincha 8:30: 6:53 8:08 / 9:42 : " 9:06 9:14 8:25 ":: " 6:30 8:38 :" 6:30 : 7:22 : 8:26 : 8:22 : 9:26 : 8:34 :(:(""))"" 9:38
6:55 6:40 : Early /Mincha 8:30 6:55 : 8:11 : / 9:49 :" 8:25 : 9:13 9:11 " :" 6:30 : 8:35 " 6:30 : 7:14 : 8:29 : 8:14 : 9:29 : 8:26 :(:(")")"" 9:41
7:21 :/ 8:30Mincha : 6:25:Early 9:32 :" 6:40 8:56 : " 6:30 : 7:54 : / 7:38 :: 8:20 8:38 : " 8:50 :(9:07 ")":
* (Aug 16 -17) *: 6:10 Early Mincha (May 6:23 16-17) 7:32 :/ 8:30Mincha : 6:20:Early 9:29 :" 6:35 8:53 :" 7:48 :6:30 /: 7:48 : : 8:25 8:48 : 9:00 :(9:10 "):" "
* (Aug 9-10) : 6:15 Early Mincha (May 6:32 9-10) 7:42 :/ 8:30 : 6:15:Early Mincha 9:27 :" 6:29 8:51 : " 6:30 : 7:41 / 7:58:: 8:30 8:58 : 9:14 9:10 :( "):" "
* (Aug 2-3) : 6:25 Early Mincha (May 6:38 2-3) 7:50 :/ 8:30 : 6:10:Early Mincha 9:23 :" 6:23 :8:47 " 7:33 :6:30 /: 8:07: : 8:30 9:07 : 9:19 9:18 :("): ""
8:45 : 8:57 :(")" (Aug 23- 24) : 6:00 Early Mincha (May 6:15 23-24)
6:30 6:30shkiah, : but 6:30 : Mincha on:Shabbos is always 40 min. before never later than 6:30. Maariv on Motzei Shabbos is always 60 min.8:07 after shkiah. 8:13 : : 8:00 : Zmanim for Shavuos will be posted separately. 9:13 : 9:07 : 9:00 : *Yeshiva off Shabbos
*- (July 5-6)
8:42 " 6:30 : 7:52 : 8:52 : 9:04 :(")"
Note: Mincha on Shabbos is always 35 min. before shkiah but never later than 6:30. Maariv on Motzei Shabbos is always 60 min. after shkiah. Zmanim for Taanis Esther, Purim and Pesach will be posted separately.
*Yeshiva off Shabbos
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Young Israel of Stamford 69 Oaklawn Avenue (203) 348-3955 Shacharis: Monday- Friday: 6:20 AM Sunday: 9:00 AM Maariv: Weekdays @ 8:15 PM
Congregation Bikur Cholim 2365 Park Avenue (203) 336-3383 Shacharis: Mon. & Th.: 6:30 AM Tue., Wed., & Fri.: 6:40 AM Rosh Codesh: 6:20 AM Sunday: 7:20 (sometimes 8 AM; call to verify) Mincha: Monday- Thursday: 3:00 PM Maariv: Monday- Thursday: 9:30 PM
Congregation Agudath Sholom 301 Strawberry Hill Ave (203) 358-2200 Shacharis: Monday- Friday: 6:30 am and 7:30 am Sunday Mornings & Legal Holidays at 8:30 am Mincha/Maariv: Weekdays: 20 minutes before sunset
WEST HARTFORD, CT Young Israel of West Hartford 2240 Albany Avenue (860) 233-3084
Yeshiva Beis Binyomin 132 Prospect Street (203) 325-0341 Shacharis: 7:30 AM (Summer: 8:00) Mincha: 3:00 PM (Friday: 12:30) Maariv: 9:40 PM
Chabad of West Hartford 2352 Albany Avenue (860) 232-1116
NEW ROCHELLE, NY Anshe Sholom Congregation 50 North Avenue (914) 632-9220 Shacharis: Monday and Thursday: 6:50 AM Tuesday, Wed. and Friday: 7:00 AM Sunday: 8:00 AM Mincha Sunday through Friday: 4:15 PM
FAIRFIELD, CT Congregation Ahavath Achim 1571 Stratfield Road (203) 372-6529 Shacharis Sunday: 8:30 AM Monday - Friday: 6:45 AM Rosh Chodesh, Fast Days: 6:30AM Mincha & Maariv: Daily: at the zman, as of DST Sunday - approx. 15 before the zman Maariv: Monday-Thursday: 7:30 PM
Young Israel of New Rochelle 1149 North Avenue (914) 636-2215 Shacharis: Sunday: 7:30AM & 8:30 AM M onday - Friday: 6:15, 7:00, 7:30 AM Mincha and Maariv: Call for details 28
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Waterbury Gemachim Baby Items:
Interest-Free Loans 203-757-5822 (Farkas) 203-597-8126 (Gutman) 203-755-7328 (Katz) The Hebrew Free Loan Assn. of Wtby. 203-757-1561
Bris Outfit 203-591-1141 (Freedman) 203-591-8926 (Kalish) Bris Pillow 203-573-8205 (Krohn) 203-591-8926 (Kalish) Convertible Stroller/Carseat 203-573-9603 (Adler) Keren Eta Rashi Crib Gemach 203-600-1883 (Rubin) Pack-n-Play 203-591-9080 (Chaifetz) 203-597-0314 (Thaler) 2 Hiking Backpack/Carriers 203-755-2736 (Feld)
Judaic Lending Library 203-574-3395 (Bernstein) 732-330-5569 (Brownstein) MP3 Players for Shiurim 203-757-9893 (Metz) Medical Equipment: Crutches - child, adjustable 203-419-0037 (Heavenrich) Nebulizer 203-753-4176 (Brecher) 203-597-0314 (Thaler) Wheelchair 203-755-6615 (Eli Scher)
Beds & Bedding: Electric Air Pump (for air mattresses and the like) 845-608-3346 (Modlinger) Folding Cots 203-574-3395 (Bernstein) Pillows & Blankets 203-755-2736 (Feld) Quilts 203-591-9080 (Chaifetz) 203-573-0330 (Rosenberg)
Nursing Pump 203-591-8938 (Schuck) Purim Costumes 203-755-0582 (Barth) Siddurim 203-591-8529 (Bornstein) Soup Pot - 24 quart 203-591-9080 (Chaifetz)
Crock Pot extra large 203-591-8926 (Kalish)
Space Heaters 203-759-1148 (Braunstein) 203-755-7328 (Katz)
Folding Table 203-753-4176 (Brecher) 203-759-1692 (Friedland) 203-596-7569 (Handelsman) 203-527-7200 (Reiss)
Tehillim Booklets 203-755-0582 (Barth) Tefillin Sfard & Ashkenaz 203-509-0474 (Yitzchok Katz)
Folding Chairs 203-596-7569 (Handelsman) 203-755-7328 (Katz) 203-527-7200 (Reiss)
Tools 203-597-8126 (Gutman) Torah Tape/CD Library 203-755-0582 (Barth) 203-419-0613 (Gigi) 203-757-9893 (Metz) MP3 players available 203-591-8938 (Schuck)
Furniture Gemach Donations accepted 203-574-3395 (Bernstein) Hand Truck 203-591-9080 (Chaifetz)
Toys 203-755-5081 (Gottesman)
Handyman Services: Free oil furnace start-up 203-917-796-8016 (P. Nugiel)
Uniforms for Yeshiva Kâ€™tana Plus New & Used Clothing 203-568-1803 (Nugiel)
Hot Plate 203-755-7328 (Katz)
Zman Magazines 203-755-4155 (Nath)
Waterbury Gemachim FOR YOUR SIMCHA: Centerpieces: Large selection of centerpieces, accents and tableware 203-597-9093 (E.B. Merenstein) Gold & ivory centerpieces 203-591-8926 (Rochel Kalish) Decorative crystal candle vases 203-573-8205 (Genendel Krohn)
Simcha Items: Bentchers 203-755-6615 (Eli Scher) Glass Stemware 203-573-8205 (Krohn) Tablecloths 203-596-7569 (Handelsman) White & cream
Simcha Apparel: Gown Directory Women & Girls 203-573-8205 (Krohn) See below for directory Gown Gemach Ladies & Children 203-755-7328 (Katz) Tuxedos – Little Boys 203-755-1392 (Radner)
Bais Yaakov of Waterbury NEW! Tablecloth Gemach 917-923-7265 (T. Hoberman) Large Selection! Reasonable rates!
CHASUNAH GOWN DIRECTORY This is a listing of gowns that can be borrowed for a chasunah for women and children. This IS NOT a gemach. You keep your gown in your possession but are willing to lend it out if someone is interested. Call Genendel Krohn at 203-573-8205 for more information or to list your gown. ◆ Woman’s gown, jumper style, navy ◆ Baby gown, plum, 12 months ◆ Baby gown, silver, 12 months Rochelaya Deutsch 203-573-0782 ◆ Girls gowns, navy satin and velvet Short sleeves Size 12 months, 3 & 5 matching Petticoats included Sima Braunstein 203-573-0580 ◆ Bridal gown, White, 2-piece Julie Fleischner 908-642-8455 ◆ Woman’s Gown, jumper style, navy Long sleeve navy shell included • Girl’s Gown, Silver, size 2 Daniela Thaler 203-597-0314 ◆ Girls Gowns, cream sizes 2&5 Gili Gigi 203-419-0613 ◆ Woman’s gown Navy & Black, 2-piece Yocheved Brecher 203-753-4176
◆ Woman’s gown, ivory, Tiered lace Ricky Groner 212-913-0589 ◆ Woman’s Gown, brown ◆ Woman’s Gown, crème ◆ Woman’s Gown, gray Esther Baila Merenstein 203-597-9093 ◆ Childrens’ gowns, crème ◆ Child’s gown, pink & creme, Size 2 Esther Baila Merenstein 203-597-9093 ◆ Girls Gown, silver, Size 2-3 Batya Kalish 203-573-1439 • Girls Gowns, navy jumper with matching shells Sizes 3T, 6, 6x, 6 & 12 • Girls Gown, size 4 silver short sleeve gown Michal Max 203-753-8869 ◆ Girls Gown, off-white, Size 10 Raquel Bronstein 917-755-9530
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SERVICES AND PROGRAMS OF WATERBURY’S JEWISH COMMUNITY
n Chaverim of Waterbury Providing 24 hr emergency service for auto lockouts, flat tires, boosts, out of gas, plumbing and electrical emergencies and home lockouts. These services are for emergencies only within the Greater Waterbury area. Call 203-465-2125. n Community Services & Resources The Community Services and Resources (CSR) assists individuals and families confronted by challenges, from start to finish. Some of the services they offer: • Accommodations for relatives near the hospital • Inter-hospital transportation • Transportation coordination for patients and family members • Medical Recommendations • Communication with doctors and hospital staff members • Explanation of religious needs • Medical guidance • Access to sought-after professionals • Chevra Kadisha arrangements • Transportation for the Niftar • Preparation for Shiva • Bereavement counseling • Autopsy prevention. Call Chaim Gewirtzman at (203) 510-3882 or email: email@example.com n The Hebrew Free Loan Association Of Waterbury Serving the Waterbury Jewish Community since 1913. Available to offer interest free loans to the Jewish Community. For more information please call 203-757-1561 or contact Attorney Joseph Weisman, R' Reuven Poupko or Dr. Larry Scheer. n Hatzalah of Waterbury 203-754-4200 n Mezuzah Checking Call Rabbi Sruly Sonnenschein of the Stam Connection at 203-573-8286. n Mikvah Tcharna of Waterbury Located at 186 Roseland Avenue, the new Mikvah is open for women by appointment only. Appointments must be scheduled at least 48 hours in advance by calling 203-754-4150. For further assistance call Gitty Braunstein at 203-759-1148. n Men’s Mikvah - Mikvah Kadosh V’Tahor of Waterbury 92 Prospect St. Hours: Daily 5am-9am, Erev Shabbos & Yom Tov until licht benching. Tevilas Keilim 24 hrs a day (men only during Mikva hours) in back of the building. For more information or dedication opportunities, please call 203-509-5539 or email Mikvakadosh@gmail.com. n Shatnez Testing The Waterbury Shatnez Laboratory is in the midst of a transition and is temporarily closed. Shatnez checking is available in Monsey by calling R' Kreitzman 845-356-5707 or R' Rosenberg 845-352-0778 and at the Brooklyn Shatnez Lab - 718-382-5689 32
n The N’shei of Yeshiva Gedolah of Waterbury Provides for the growing needs of the women of the community and the community at large. They have formed a number of organized chesed organizations, including: Bikur Cholim of Waterbury
Many essential services are available to Jewish patients in Waterbury and St. Mary’s Hospitals. Fully stocked refrigerators and other food items for the Emergency Room and Maternity Ward as well as Kiddush and Havdalah needs, Seforim and Jewish books for adults and children. Ask a nurse to help you locate the pantry for Jewish patients. For more information, call 203574-3395. Meal Planning Provides meals for women after childbirth, for new families that have moved in or for any other special circumstances. Please call Esti Baylis at 347-757-0164, Rivka Gross at 203-757-6918 or Carol Soriano at 203-2470911. For Blue Ridge, call Malky Russ at 203-575-8353 or Faygie Beller at 347-414-0787. There are also freezers stocked with precooked meals, cooked under Carol Soriano's supervision, for short termed circumstances. To arrange for pick up please call: Faygie Beller 347-414-0787 Aaron Sapirman 203-228-9843 Miriam Zelcer 917-535-1179
Chaynie Nath 203-437-5447 Sara Scher 646-469-0026
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Hachnasas Orchim For those considering relocating to Waterbury, arrangements can be made for a Shabbos visit by calling 203-573-8806. Welcome packages and Shabbos Hostess packages are also available by calling 203-755-0582. For questions about the N’shei of YGW, to join our email/texting group or to volunteer, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call Rivka Sara Gewirtzman at 845-304-6400, Rena Sapirman at 203-596-1488 or Tzipora Abraham at 203-759-8007. 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 waterburycitizenspatrol@gmail. com. To report suspicious activity please call the WCP Hotline at (203)759-8339. n TAG - Technology Awareness Group of Waterbury Helping the members of our community use technology safely and responsibly. Don’t hesitate to contact us for assistance with filter installation or any other technology safety questions. Call: 203-759-8241. Email: email@example.com n Vaad Hakashrus of Greater Waterbury An independent local Kashrus agency meeting the highest standards of kashrus for local food establishments and serving the growing kashrus needs of the greater Waterbury community. Call 203-756-1800.
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359 Cooke Street 15. Stop & Shop / Walmart 16. Brass Mill Shopping Mall 17. U niversity of Connecticut 18. Public Library 19. Mikvah of Waterbury 186 Roseland Avenue 20. Ami’s Bagels 35
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Lutz Children’s Museum 247 S. Main street (Rte. 83) Manchester, (860) 643-0949
Unique museum combines the history of Timex and its predecessors with an archaeological exhibit. Timepiece collection,hands-on exhibits, craft activities, computer interactives, video materials.
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Barker Character, Comic & Cartoon Museum 1188 Highland Ave. (Rte. 10) Cheshire, CT, (203) 699-3822
Kidcity Children’s Museum 119 Washington St. Middletown, CT, (860) 347-0495 Hands-on fun and learning for children 6 months to 10 years old and their accompanying adults. Climb to the top of the Clipper ship, be a star in your own movie, and run the town on Main St.
Connecticut Science Center Hartford, CT, (860) 724-3623 Endless exploration for children and adults with 150 hands-on exhibits, 3D digital theater, four educational labs, plus daily programs and events. Every part of science will be at a visitor’s fingertips, from Physics to Forensics, Geology to Astronomy.
Connecticut Children’s Museum Orange & Wall St. New Haven, CT, (203) 562-5437 Interactive, innovative and inclusive museum with 8 rooms of hands-on exhibits, observation bee hive, the Great Green Room, and a pint-size post office.
Frank Chiarenza Museum of Glass 39 W. Main St, Meriden, CT, (203) 639-9778 One of the premier collections of rare and unusual mould-blown and pressed glass in the country.
Mattatuck Museum 144 W. Main St. Waterbury, CT, (203) 753-0381 Exhibits chronicle the industrial history of the “Brass City” as well as its social, architectural and cultural past.
Stepping Stones Museum for Children 303 West Ave., Mathews Park Norwalk, CT, (203) 899-0606 An interactive learning center for ages 1-10. Hands-on exhibits and programs involving themes of the arts, science, technology, culture and heritage.
Comic strip, cartoon and advertising character memorabilia. Grounds include Cartoon Theatre, storybook stage, Western area, children’s playhouse, trivia games, scavenger hunts, Snow White wishing well, California Raisin and Gumby Museum.
The Discovery Museum 4450 Park Ave. Bridgeport, CT, (203) 372-3521 An interactive art and science museum with hands-on exhibits, planetarium with daily shows, art galleries, changing exhibits, gift shop, and food court.
Peabody Meuseum of Natural History (Yale University) New Haven, CT, (203) 432-5050 Features Dinosaur bones, Ancient Egyptian Mummies, Native American Headdresses. View the Mountain Lion, Bison, Cheetah, Eagle, and Grizzly Bear in their natural habitat.
PEZ Visitor Center 35 Prindle Hill Rd, Orange, CT 203-298-0201 Take a self-guided tour through the candy manufacturing facility. There are viewing windows into the production floor as well as video monitors that detail the entire process of how their dispensers and candy are created.
Old Sturbridge Village 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA (508) 347-3362 A living museum which depicts life in an early 19th-century rural Village. Features costumed historians, antique buildings, water-powered mills, and a working farm. You can view antiques, meet heritage breed animals, and take part in hands-on crafts.
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Like to get lost in a puzzle and find your way out? Try out Lyman Orchard’s craftily carved out, 3-acre corn maze. Open September through October.
March Farms 159 Munger Lane, Bethlehem, CT (203) 266-7721
Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens 915 Prospect Ave. Hartford, CT (860) 722-6541
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15,000 plants of 750 varieties of roses. Peak bloom for the rose, annual and pereninal gardens, is late June to early July, but the gardens provide continuous color from spring thru fall. Lawn bowling in summer, ice skating in winter.
Muscoot Farm Katona, New York (914) 864-7286 All kinds of farm animals, a blacksmith’s shop, a carpentry chop, and horse-drawn wagons. They also offer hay rides.
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Flamig Farm 7 Shingle Mill Rd. West Simsbury, CT (860) 658-5070
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Silverman’s Farm 451 Sport Hill Road, Easton, CT 203-261-3306
Farm animal petting zoo (Apr.-Nov.). Horse-drawn hay, sleigh, carriage & pony rides, yearround, weather permitting.
Pick your own fruits in season, visit farm animals and large farm market with a variety of produce. Call for information on seasonal events.
Castle Hill Farm 25 Sugar Lane, Newtown, CT (203) 426-5487
White Flower Farm Rte. 63, Litchfield, CT, 10 acres of display gardens, 30 acres of growing fields. Peak bloom June-Sept., garden store.
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Action Wildlife Goshen, CT, (860) 482-4465 A drive-through safari and petting zoo located on 116 acres of beautiful fields.
Andie’s Bounce Barn 32C Progress Ave - Seymour, CT (203) 881-3500 A beautiful, clean and spacious play paradise of huge, inflatable climbing and bounce units. Fun for kids of all ages. Open daily.
Beardsley Zoological Gardens 1875 Noble Ave. Bridgeport, CT, (203) 394-6565 Spend an hour or a day and see more than 300 animals. Many endangered and threatened species, rainforest with a free-flight aviary and a prairie dog exhibit with “pop-up” viewing areas. A Farmyard, a Picnic Grove and a colorful carousel.
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Go-carts, mini golf, Kiddie Land, arcade, laser tag.
Dinosaur Crossing 1650 Route 85, Montville, CT (860) 443-4367 50 acres of beautiful, outdoor exploration and discovery. Over 25 life-sized dinosaurs sitting throughout 1.5 miles of easy walking trails! Spend hours at the Monty Playground, the hands-on interactive activity center or try out Monty’s Splashpad – a one-of-a-kind automated water playground. For all ages.
Earthplace Nature & Discovery Center Westport, CT (203) 227-7253 A 62 acre wildlife sanctuary with trails, an interactive natural history museum, live wildlife for public viewing and many public nature programs and events.
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M New Listing Essex Steam Train and Riverboat Essex, CT (860) 767-0103
Maritime Aquarium 10 North Water St. Norwalk, CT (203) 852-0700
Ride a restored 1920 steam train’s vintage coach, parlor car, or a partially-open observation car on a scenic route and then transfer to an old time river boat for a picturesque tour of the Connecticut River.
Explore the marine life and maritime culture of Long Island Sound and watch sharks, jellies, sea turtles, and more than 1,000 other marine animals. Feed the seals, check out special exhibits or enjoy a film in the IMAX Theater.
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Mountain Fun Wallingford, CT, (203) 265-4006
Over 13,000 square feet of connected, world-class trampolines. The indoor park features over 50 trampolines, the famous angled wall trampolines, a series of launching decks from different heights, trampoline dodge ball, a foam pit, and basketball hoops of different levels. Special jumping hours for children ages 6 and under. Available for party reservations.
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Mystic Seaport & Aquarium (860) 572-0711 / (860) 572-5955 The nation’s leading maritime museum. Explore American maritime history first-hand as you climb aboard historic tall ships, stroll through a re-created 19th-century coastal village or watch a working preservation shipyard in action. Various Exhibits and Galleries, boat rentals and a Planetarium. For kids there’s a Children’s Museum, Discovery Barn and Playscape Area.
Imagine Nation Children’s Museum Bristol, CT, (860) 314-1400 A world of wonder and imagination for ages 2-10.
Jumpin’ Jax Play Center Southbury, CT, (203) 267-4425 A safe, clean, colorful environment, which inspires joy and play in children. Classes for children 8 months through 5 years, and open gym times for ages 1-6.
Planet Play At Top Flight 17 Pickett District Rd, New Milford, CT (860) 350-9121
Jump-n-Jammin Play Center 815 Pine Street, Bristol CT (860) 582-JUMP
A large indoor play area with moonwalks, softplay, giant sandbox and more.
With over 18,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space, Jump-n-Jammin it is the largest inflatable gym in Connecticut. Visit www.jump-n-jammin.com.
Playtime Village Monroe, CT, (203) 445-8626 One-of-a kind 8,600 sq. ft. indoor play space for children aged 5 and younger. Enjoy pretend play in a charming, child-sized village.
Kids in Motion Park Cheshire, CT www.cheshirekidsinmotion.org
Quassy Amusement Park
This state-of-the-art, 38,000 square feet playground is the largest outdoor playground in CT. It offers the newest equipment including a Kidrox Climber, a Double Webscape and a Playworld Music Center. Picnic area, lots of shade, gated play area.
Rte. 64, Middlebury, CT (203) 758-2913, (800) FOR-PARK Sits on the beautiful Lake Quassapaug. Over 24 rides for children of all ages plus picnic area and bumper boats. Terrific outing from Apr. thru Oct.
Lake Compounce Theme Park Bristol, CT, (860) 583-3300
The Shore Line Trolley Museum East Haven, CT (203) 467-6927
The nation’s oldest amusement park and CT’s largest water park with more than 50 rides & attractions
Experience how people traveled before cars by riding vintage trolley cars on a historic trolley line. Beautiful scenery, tours, exhibits, picnic areas and special events.
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Connecticut Golf Land and Games Vernon, CT (860) 643-2654 www.ctgolfland.com RiverQuest–Connecticut River Expeditions Haddam, CT (860) 662-0577 Explore the Connecticut River aboard the River Quest, a 60 passenger vessel docked at Eagle Landing State Park.
Stamford Nature Center Stamord, CT (203) 322-1646 118 woodland acres; includes New England working farm, hiking trails, picnic area, playground, boardwalk (stollers & wheelchair accessible), museum galleries, special events, planetarium.
18 Mile Scenic, Historic Train Ride Thomaston, CT (860) 283-7245 The Naugatuck Railroad’s scenic excursions is an entertaining mix of relaxing river valley scenery and rich transportation history. The 20-mile round trip ride is 1-1/4 hour long. The train runs through Mattatuck Forest, Black Rock cliffs and the banks of the Naugatuck River, where various forms of wildlife abound.
Thimble Island Cruise Branford, CT (203) 488-8905 Take a boat cruise of the Thimble Islands, in Branford, CT. It’s a great experience for both adults and kids and they even have seal watching in the spring time! For more information on spring/summer hours visit thimbleislandcruise.com or thimbleislander.net.
Challenging 18- hole miniature golf, batting cages, Go-Kart track and bumper boats.
Danbury Ice Arena Danbury, CT (203) 794-1704 Public skating sessions, ice skating lessons, ice hockey instruction.
East Windsor Golf & Track East Windsor, CT (860) 254-5572 www.ewgolfandtrack.com A premier family entertainment center. Experience the thrill of go-karting, jump and flip on the Extreme Air Jumper or practice your swing at the golfing range.
Extreme Paintball (203) 596-7502 • extremepaintball.com Certified paintball fields right in Waterbury. Six courses on 75 acres. Specializing in Private Groups.
Farmington River Tubing New Hartford, CT (860) 693-6465 www.farmingtonrivertubing.com Located about 40 minutes from Waterbury, this is a beautiful trip and lots of fun.
Hidden Valley Mini Golf Southington, CT (860) 621-1630 Beautiful golf course, batting cage, nice picnic area and a wooden train for kids to explore.
Lakewood Lanes Bowling 694 Lakewood Rd, Waterbury, CT (203) 574-5131
Berlin Batting Cages Berlin, CT (860) 828-7518 berlinbattingcages.com
Laser Planet Laser Tag 2437 East Main Street Waterbury, CT (203) 841-0081
4 Activities in 1 Location! Miniature golf, Batting Cages, Go Karts and Bumper Boats.
Bowl-O-Rama Newington, CT (860) 666-5411 www.bowloramact.com Full service, family owned, 10 pin bowling for all ages. Family friendly atmosphere.
Mt. Southington Ski Area 396 Mt. Vernon Rd, Southington, CT (800) 982-6828 Perillos Duck Pin Bowling 491 Meriden Rd, Waterbury, CT (203) 754-7555 Bowl in a child-friendly environment with good ‘ol paper & pencil scoring cards.
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Quest Golf Southington, CT (860) 621-3663
Woodbury Ski & Snow Tubing Woodbury, CT, (203) 263.2203
Driving range, mini golf, batting cages, bumper boats
Choose from 5 Tubing runs, 2 different parks and 2 lifts. Bring your own helmet to save on rental fee.
Rollermagic Roller Rinks 60 Harvester Road Waterbury, CT (203) 574-2118
CREATIVE FUN: Glazey Days 607 Main Street Watertown, CT (860) 274-9946
Large maple wood skating floor, arcade area, special effects lighting, traditional and roller blade skate rentals, and a large off floor viewing area.
A paint-your-own pottery and glass studio.
Sonny’s Place Somers, CT (860) 763-5454 www.sonnysplace.com
Pottery Piaza 17 Farmington Ave. (Rt. 10) Plainville, CT (860) 2517-8553
The perfect place for the whole family. Rock Climbing Wall and jumping on Monkey Motion, Miniature Golf, Arcade, Batting Cages with baseball and softball, a Driving Range with matt and grass tees and Go Karts. All activities are lit for night play.
Spend quality time with family and friends as you paint your own pottery or make your own mosaic in a relaxing environment.
Sports Center of Connecticut 784 River Road (Rte. 110) Shelton CT (203) 929-6500
STATE PARKS: Black Rock State Park Watertown, CT (860)-283-8088
Premier weather-protected golf practice facility, miniature golf course, baseball batting stadium, lazer tag arena, fun bowl bowling and the world’s only double-decker ice arena.
Swimming, hiking, scenic views, campgrounds, fishing, picnicking and Indian legend all tucked into the scenic hills of the Western Highlands.
Stanley Quarter Park New Britain, CT (860) 826-3360
Devil’s Hopyard State Park East Haddam, CT (860) 526-2336
New England’s largest skating park; Outdoor iceskating, paddle boats, aqua cycles, fun-yaks, children’s fishing pond, soccer field, playground, jogging tracks.
One of the best family-friendly state parks in Connecticut. Hiking trails, a view of Chapman Falls, a 60-foot cascading waterfall and picnic areas.
That Fun Spot Enfield, CT (860) 265-7999 www.thatfunspot.com.
Gillette Castle State Park East Haddam, CT (860) 526-2336 Sitting atop the CT River, the park includes tours of the majestic stone castle, a museum, hiking trails, and a picnic area. From late May to Mid November you can take the Chester - Hadlyme ferry across the CT River.
The best in family fun and entertainment at affordable prices! Roller Skating, Glow in the Dark Mini Golf, Free Play arcade and Laser Tag.
Haystack Mountain State Park Torrington, CT (860) 482-1817
Veteran’s Memorial Ice Skating Rink 56 Buena Vista Road West Hartford, CT (860) 521-1573
Travel the twisting mountain road or hike the rugged trail to the top and you will be astounded at the beautiful views.
Wolcott Lanes Bowling 955 Wolcott Road Wolcott, CT (203) 879-1469 91
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Kettle Town State Park Southbury, CT Located off exit 15 on Route 84 West.
Kent Falls State Park Kent, CT (860) 927-3238
Hubbard Park & Craig Castle Meriden, CT
Hike up the side of a series of powerful and rushing waterfalls among shaded trees and a beautiful view. Open areas for a picnic or B-B-Q also available.
Walk or drive up the mountain trail for a beautiful view. Huge playground, a fishing area with ducks and terrific spots for picnicking.
The Park and Recreation Dept. (203) 574-6793 (all info on local parks)
Indian Well State Park Shelton, CT
Scenic waterfalls and splash pool give this park its name, Indian Well. Lovely falls, and shaded picnic grove at the water’s edge.
Brass Mills Center 495 Union Street Waterbury, CT (203) 755-5000
Millers Pond State Park Durham, CT
Clinton Crossings Premium Outlets (70 Outlet stores in an outdoor village setting) 20-A Killingworth Turnpike Clinton, CT (860) 664-0700
Miller’s Pond is a scenic, quiet lake with numerous rock outcrops reaching out into the pond to provide fishing platforms. An easy, flat trail circles the lake.
Sleeping Giant State Park Hamden, CT
Crystal Mall Intersection of I-95 (Exit 82) & Route 85 Waterford, Connecticut. (860) 442-8500
Two miles of mountaintop resembling a sleeping giant give this park its name. A 1 1/2-mile scenic trail leads to the stone observation tower on the peak .
Danbury Fair Mall I-84, exit 3 Danbury, CT (203)743-3247
Southford Falls State Park Southbury, CT Field sports, fishing and family fun. Waterfalls, hiking, breathtaking views and surroundings. All kinds of farm animals, a blacksmith’s shop, a carpentry chop, and horse-drawn wagons. They also offer hay rides.
Meriden Square Mall Lewis Avenue Meriden, CT 203-237-7837 Tanger Outlets 314 Flat Rock Place Westbrook, CT (860) 399-8656
Veterans Memorial Park 570 Nova Scotia Hill Road, Watertown, CT A beautiful park with a playground, gazebo, walking trails, pond for fishing, hiking and picnic tables throughout the park.
Westfarms Mall 500 Westfarms Mall Farmington, CT (860) 521-4889
Wharton Brook State Park Wallingford, CT
Westfield Trumbull 5065 Main Street Trumbull, CT (203) 372 4500
Located on wooded, sandy knolls, the beautiful picnic area overlooks a brook-fed pond.
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Rabbi Adam Heavenrich
Can you tell us a bit about your background and where you are from originally? I grew up in Detroit and Boston. I went to college in Boston where I studied jazz composition and film scoring. I play a few instruments including piano, guitar, drums and bluegrass banjo. Later I moved to Northern California where I taught science at the well-known Exploratorium museum, and also directed the music program, taught theater improv and did storytelling at a private arts middle school and summer camp. On the side I wrote and acted in comedy films. Most importantly, I met Adina, the woman who would become my wife. From California we went to Eretz Yisroel where I was immersed in learning, teaching and trying to take advantage of the incredible opportunities for shimush talmidei chachamim. I had the zechus of learning by Rav Shlomo Wolbe, zt”l, Rav Reuven Leuchter, Rav Noach Orlowek, Rav Naphtali Kaplan, Rav Leib Kelemen and Rav Yosef Kamenetsky. I earned a smicha in hilchos Shabbos from the Rabbanut Yerushalayim, and my main hashkafic focus during those years was mussar. We were there for 11 years and I never stopped appreciating how special it was to live in Eretz haKodesh. Both the magic of the Land, and the pleasure of living among the full array of Am Yisrael— everyone you encounter is family—never faded. Why did you decide to move to Waterbury? When I began exploring various positions in chinuch, rabbanus, and kiruv rechokim, I was offered the job to open and run a branch of Meor, an umbrella college kiruv organization, at Yale University. I turned it down. Then someone told me about the Waterbury community, only 40 minutes from Yale. We had never even heard the name Waterbury mentioned before. I felt it was worth at least a drive to check it out. Immediately I sensed there was something special here, a warmth and potential to grow and maintain a high level of ruchnius in a healthy environment for our kids. I also loved the idea of being in a place that centered around a makom limud Torah— the Yeshiva. Then I took a tour of the Yeshiva K’tana, and I saw that this was a place where our children could thrive. What do you enjoy about living here? I love the quality of the families, and the fact that everyone knows each other. The community is warm and supportive. It’s close-knit, yet not claustrophobic. There are
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so many opportunities to give to the klal and to make a difference. There is a shared goal of creating and upholding a spiritually healthy oasis for our families. In terms of my work, it’s a perfect place to bring the Yale students. Many of my students have experienced Shabbos for the first time in their lives here in Waterbury. Families open up their homes and welcome them, the bochurim and community members greet them in shul, and the students see a vibrant Torah community in action; it’s a tremendous Kiddush Hashem. And for me, Waterbury is a welcome retreat from a full day of work. Directing an educational non-profit, I’m managing a range of responsibilities all the time: Foremost there’s teaching, counseling, and trip leading. Then there’s the administrative elements of marketing, programming, fundraising, bookkeeping, website, etc. Having Waterbury to come home to gives me the grounding and replenishing that is so crucial for me to be able to continue working for Klal Yisroel. On top of all that, we have been fully enjoying the surrounding beauty of New England and the easy access to in-town amenities. I always tell people what an ideal place Waterbury is to raise a family. The kids all know each other and are in and out of each other’s homes. It’s wholesome and positive – so rare. It’s a taste of Yerushalayim, yet with backyards! Do you have any special hobbies or interests? Learning Torah is not a “special hobby or interest,” it’s oxygen, but I’ll mention it since it’s my top priority and what I love doing most whenever I can. I’m also very involved with counseling and using the depth and wisdom of mussar to help people grow, tackle challenges and achieve their goals, both with my students and their parents. I write and record music, and am involved with creating comedy film. I enjoy running, roller-blading, swimming, and hiking. I love new projects and possibilities, traveling, and spending time in Eretz Yisroel whenever I have the chance. Do you have any special message for the community? Rav Wolbe says that shigra – static routine, is the enemy of a thriving relationship. Wherever we live there’s a risk of falling into autopilot and taking our lives and the people around us for granted. Waterbury is a gem and we should appreciate what we have here every day. As the kehillah grows we should be careful not to lose what makes it special, to smile, acknowledge and appreciate each individual, and never settle for mediocrity while we strive to build a stellar Torah community.
Flowers, Flowers & more Flowers!
After such a cold and snowy winter everyone is thirsting for some color. Whether you want the flowers inside your home or out in the yard the following feature will surely get you into the spring spirit!
Dazzling Displays This season itâ€™s all about variety â€“ in color, size and style. Whether you need a simple DYI centerpiece or tablescape for your Yom Tov table, Shabbos table or just because, choose one of these spring popping displays for an incredible presentation of color right in your very own home. Ranging from simple to more elegant, these designs are a sure sign that spring has finally arrived.
Wheat grass is a very trendy option and can be used in a variety of ways. Using a 6" glass square, this wheatgrass centerpiece is garnished with daisies and baby's breath.
Use wine glasses as vases for the table and fill them with flower bouquets tied with raffia or twine. How easy is that?
Silver lanterns will add sparkle to your table, and for a unique twist, leave out the candles and fill the lantern with sunny yellow lemons on the stem.
Brightly colored flowers in assorted eclectic vases add interest to any spring table setting. Colored vases are all the rage now!
Gerber Daisies radiate with sunshine. They come in a wide range of colors, and can be as elegant as you want them to be. Gather a couple of stems in a thin vase and finish off with river rocks at the bottom.
Mason jars arenâ€™t just used for canning anymore. Try out this centerpiece with daisies and limes and make sure to purchase the jars with â€œfrog coversâ€? to simplify the flower arranging.
White always works. River rocks serve here as well for the base of the arrangement though they are larger and the tulip stems are cut at varying lengths and partially submerged.
Following a citrus scheme, using the colors of citrus fruit for the containers as well as the choice in flowers, adds vibrancy and tang to any spring gathering.
Yes, this is asparagus. Create a fresh spring bouquet by bundling asparagus stalks around a vase, and tying with twine or ribbon. Place the bouquet in a coordinating tray or dish to beautify your table.
A pitcher can serve as a vase too! Use alone or in a group of a few different sizes and shapes to create a vintage looking, unique centerpiece. The flowers look like they are actually bursting out of the pitcher. A metal, old fashioned milk can would work well too.
Summer Blooming Bulbs When we think of blooming bulbs, itâ€™s the yellow daffodils and pastel colored tulips that come to mind, but spring is not the only time to enjoy bulbs, since they flower in almost every season. There are several hardy summer bulbs that can be planted in the spring and they will flower a short while later in the early summer. Summer flower bulbs add flare to any garden and flourish when the heat is on. Plant now when the ground starts to warm up and look forward to a spectacular looking garden in the summer. Try one of these varieties and for best results make sure to follow instructions on the package for each particular variety. They can be very sensitive!
Blackberry Lily This is not a true lily and is actually a member of the Iris
family. The Blackberry Lily blooms in the summer on tall stalks that are 2 to 3-feet tall. The flowers are most commonly available in yellow, orange and yellow speckled, or red.
Chinese Ground Orchid Plant this hardy bulb early in the early spring for
a late spring flower show. This exotic flower blooms white or pinkish-purple flowers on 2-foot tall stalks for about two weeks.
Iris This hardy plant has attractive sword-like foliage that is pretty, even
when the plant is not in bloom during late spring or early summer. The iris is available in almost every color imaginable, and they make great cut flowers to enjoy indoors too.
Lily This is a true hardy bulb and can be planted in the spring or any time
after the ground is warm. There are almost one hundred varieties of this beautiful and fragrant flower and several of them are extremely fragrant.
Gladiolus These summer flowers are available in a large amount of sizes, colors and blossom types. Gladiolus require stakes to grow tall and straight while supporting the weight of the numerous blossoms that appear in the summer.
Dahlias Dahlias produce flowers in every color with the exception of clear blue, and range in blossom size from under 1 inch to about 6 inches in diameter. They can grow up to 7 feet tall and need support when developing.
Summer Blooming Bulbs Tips for Buying Bulbs • Look for bulbs that are firm and blemish-free. • Bulbs are graded according to diameter and are priced accordingly. Be cautious of bag of bargain bulbs that may be small, or not in the best of health. • There are reputable mail-order companies that are good sources for buying bulbs, but buying from a local nursery that sells them in bulk allows you to pick out the largest, firmest bulbs, free of soft spots or white mold. • The presence of bluish gray mold or blackish mold is typically nothing to worry about and can be wiped off. • Bulbs generally have few insect or disease problems. When and Where to Plant Bulbs If you’d like to get a jump start on growing your summer bulbs, you can pot them indoors a month or two before it’s time to transplant them outdoors, after the last frost. Either move them outside in the pot or transplant into your garden. • In terms of location, groups of bulbs make a much nicer show than individual ones scattered around the garden. • Most bulb flowers require full sun to light shade. • Create greater color impact in the garden by planting clusters of same-color flowers together in blocks. • Plant bulbs three times as deep as they are high, and space them apart equally. • Clay soils will typically kill the flower bulbs. Sandy soils are equally deadly as they drain water away too quickly. The ideal soil will hold its shape when squeezed into a ball but will break apart when gently poked with your finger. Post-Planting Care • Bulbs like their soil kept moist while they are actively growing and reasonably dry when they are fully grown. Begin watering when green shoots appear and stop when foliage starts to yellow after flowering. • Some causes for poor flowering during the first year include, bulbs were planted too shallow or were planted too late in the season, the bulbs selected were not of good quality, or the bulbs were disturbed by animals.
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Foundations BY RABBI SHLOMO SHULMAN
What do you think of service? Avodah, service, is a popular term in the Torah’s vocabulary. Our ancient ancestors served avodah zarah, while we ushered in the modern era of human history by selecting to serve One G-d. On a more secular level, servants serve their masters, employees serve their bosses, bosses serve their customers; everybody serves somebody, even if it’s mostly themselves. The Torah labels many different types of service, describing each with its unique identifying terms. Except one. One service the Torah describes as only that, Avodah, adding nothing more. “…and you shall perform this service on this month” (Shemos 13:5). These unadorned words refer to Pesach, the marriage of the Jewish People to the Divine, which apparently requires no introduction. Why not? When it comes to classifying kinds of service, countless categories come to mind. But all those divisions could still be split further into two: 1) acts of service we perform for whoever currently happens to be our boss; and 2) an act which represents the accepting upon ourselves of a new authority.
The former is passive. Serving the old boss may appear to be active, as we are busy running around working. But it is a sort of passivity in the sense that all we are doing is conforming ourselves to the demands of something outside of us. The latter service, accepting a new master, stems from an inner decision; it is active, redefining. That is the Avodah of Pesach; exchanging our allegiance to an earthly master for fidelity to the Divine, and reliving that radical transfer of authority each year. Yet one could question, is this really such an impressive feat to celebrate? Is it really so remarkable that our ancestors in Mitzrayim took a little lamb or a kid and offered it to Hakadosh Baruch Hu, as they were commanded? What else were they going to do after seeing Mitzrayim suffering so many makos? Not listen? Well actually, the choice must not be so simple, because that’s exactly what the Egyptians themselves kept doing, over and over again. True, Hashem hardened Pharaoh’s heart, but his people still had free will. Before the Plague of hail, for instance Hashem told Moshe to warn the Egyptians to remove all their animals from their 100
jxp - vru, rcs fields, where they were sitting ducks for the fury about to rain down from heaven. Yet only a fraction of Egypt took heed and most of their livestock were lost, because they allowed their deep- rooted emotional inertia to resist the external call of truth (see Shemos 9:19-21). Sadly, it wasn’t just the Egyptians. Only of fraction of B’nai Yisroel were prepared to leave their foreign birthplace at the time of the geulah, so tragically attached were they to the only lifestyle they knew (see Rashi on 10:22). More than familiarity breeds contempt, it breeds stagnation. Lately, it has become popular to seek out quick keys for success in any endeavor, hoping to spare ourselves time and effort. While I’m no expert on marriage (just ask my wife), I’ve long felt there is one factor which many clever lists leave out. Of course it’s critical to show appreciation and affection and empathy and everything else the experts emphasize; but even before all these, it seems to me, every spouse must first accept, deep down, that making a
marriage succeed is of inestimable value, a primary priority for life. Once that inner meta-commitment is accepted, then every other key for success can follow. But without it as a foundation, even though everything can go great for a long time, and we may even be trying to pay attention to all the important little details, if our commitment to marriage stems mainly from how nice it is now, we are overlooking an anchor for our relationships which could hold in far fiercer storms. Pesach requires no introduction in the Torah because it itself is an introduction. Pesach was the initial acceptance by an entire people that the service of Hashem is the only meaningful basis for national existence—and personal existence. Once we recognize that, once we have that kind of commitment, then every other facet of avodah can follow. Have a Chag Kasher v’Sameach. (This essay is based partially on Pachad Yitzchak: Pesach, Ma’amar 42)
Rabbi Shlomo Shulman, a resident of Waterbury, CT, heads the Maimonides adult learning program at Yale University in New Haven.
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The use of electric lights is an all-encompassing topic that is relevant to many different areas of halacha but specifically to Shabbos. The following are some pertinent halachos.
Ner Shabbos Q: Is one able to use electric lights for the mitzvah of hadlakos ner Shabbos? A: Chazal enacted that one light candles on erev Shabbos for three reasons: 1. For the honor of Shabbos (kavod) - it honors the table and the occasion by eating with candlelight1. 2. For the enjoyment of Shabbos (oneg) - one enjoys his food and other special Shabbos pleasures much more when being able to see it2. 3. To maintain peace within the home (shalom bayis) - Shabbos would be quite bothersome if all members of the household were constantly bumping into each other. Candlelight would circumvent this possibility entirely and bring much desired tranquility into the home that is now illuminated. Since all of the above reasons can be covered using a regular incandescent light bulb it would seem that it would be permitted to use one for ner Shabbos. Q: How would somebody be allowed to do hadlakos ner Shabbos with a light bulb? Isn’t the mitzvah to light specifically with a flame? A: The Mahar’shag prohibited one from doing so based on this reason. He claimed that the bulb is not considered a fire and is rather an “evan tovah” (nice stone), similar to the stone that illuminated the teivah (ark) for Noach and his family. Q: Does everyone agree with the Mahar’shag? A: There are poskim who take into equation other mitigating factors that may allow one to use a light bulb for ner Shabbos. Specifically, the fact that the Rambam3 states that if one were to heat up a piece of metal on Shabbos until it became red hot he would be transgressing the melachah of igniting. It is therefore evident that bringing something to be red hot is considered lighting. If this is the case, then a light bulb, which has a filament that reaches an excess of 4000 degrees would surely be considered ignited” for lighting purposes on erev Shabbos. The mechanism that is inside the bulb is seemingly no different than the piece of metal that is qualified as being “lit up”, according to the Rambam. 1. Even though nowadays with the advent of electricity one has as much light as needed, one can still understand from many a fancy restaurant that a table with candles adds much to create a distinguished and honorable ambiance 2. As one clearly notes how upscale chefs place tremendous emphasis on the aesthetics of the presentation of the meal as seeing the meal clearly adds to how it is enjoyed 3. Hilchos Shabbos 12:1
,ca vrnat hf Q: Do we subscribe to this approach in allowing one to turn on a light switch for the mitzvah of ner Shabbos? A: Considering that the Mach’zah Avraham, Bais Yitzchok, Achiezer and Igros Moshe all held that one may use an electric bulb for ner Shabbos one would certainly have whom to rely on in case of need. Q: If this is so then why are we noheg to use regular candles? And even when we do need to use electric light (such as in the hospital) why would not make a b’racha on it? A: Although the above mentioned poskim consider a bulb to be a flame there are some issues that need to be taken into consideration. • The act of turning on the switch may not be direct and only considered g’rama (indirect) thereby one may not be doing the act of hadlakos neiros entirely by himself. [Although this can be disputed by the fact that this is the usual way to do it hence not really considered g’rama. This can be compared to turning on a hot water faucet on Shabbos, although it’s not happening as a direct result of the turning of the faucet, one nonetheless set the wheels in motion to be transgressing bishul on Shabbos and is not free to do so because of g’rama.] • Electricity is something that is a davar sh’ain bo mamesh (something of no substance) and one may not be yotzai by igniting something that has no real tangibility. [Although one can argue that fire isn’t of any true physical matter either, at least not any more than electricity is.] • One does not make a b’racha on the mitzvah of giving tzedakah4 as one is not guaranteed that the needy person will actually accept the donation. Being that the completion of the mitzvah is reliant on someone else who may not want it a b’racha is not made. Similarly in our case, one should not be able to make a b’racha on something that is reliant on other people, in this case, the electric company. [Although one may contend that the reason why a b’racha is not made before giving tzedakah is because we are not sure about the recipient accepting, but in our case the issue is with the provider, in the case of electricity, the recipient will surely be accepting the electricity.] Q: What kind of lights should one avoid even according to those who are lenient with electric bulbs? A: While a bulb may take the place of fire this would only be so when the apparatus in question is an incandescent bulb, as the inner mechanism truly gets to a high degree of heat that is comparable to fire. If however, the bulb is a florescent one, then this leniency wouldn’t apply. Unlike an incandescent which has a hot filament, the fluorescent is kept lit almost entirely by mercury gas discharges that causes the phosphor coating on the inside of the bulb to “fluoresce”. Therefore, aside from a few initial sparks that are emitted by turning on the switch5 the fluorescent bulb can’t be compared to actual fire. CONTINUED ON PAGE 104 4. See Rashba who elaborates on this concept 5. Hence one would still be transgressing a biblical prohibition should he turn on a fluorescent bulb on Shabbos
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Havdalah Q: May one make Havdalah on an electric bulb? A: When the Achiezer used to make Havdalah on a light bulb6 there was seemingly a strong reason to do so (see footnote #6). In general an incandescent bulb should still not be used for a few different reasons. 1. One of the main reasons for making the b’racha of borai me’orai h’aish over a flame7 is as a remembrance for Hashem giving Adam Ha’rishon the wisdom to create fire on Motzai Shabbos.8 To say that a bulb serves as this remembrance is a bit of a stretch. 2. The Havdalah candle should ideally be made over a torch,9 or at least two wicks,10 and this is not so clearly met if using a bulb with a single filament. 3. The Shulchan Aruch11 states that a Havdalah candle that is covered by a glass that clouds the clarity of the flame may not be used,12 and since many electric bulbs are frosted, this would hinder the clarity of the light and would therefore not suffice for a Havdalah flame. Nonetheless, in a case of pressing need one may use an incandescent bulb for Havdalah, as there are authorities of whom to rely on.13
Bedikas Chometz Q: May one do Bedikas Chometz using an electric bulb or a flashlight? A: Unlike the above mentioned mitzvos, the reason why Chazal instituted the use of a candle for bedikas chometz is in order to be able to search well the night before Yom Tov. In fact the use of a torch was actually discouraged because, 1. One will be hesitant to search all areas of the house (i.e. curtains, drapes, carpet, etc.) for fear of starting a fire. 2. One would not be able to get to all the cracks and crevices of his home with a heavy flame, therefore the use of a candle alone is dictated. Since the use of electric lights will not hinder and in fact may actually help improve the search, one could and maybe even should use either incandescent, fluorescent, or a regular flashlight when searching for chometz.14 6. This was seemingly done on purpose to show that an incandescent bulb is a real fire and should not be turned on comes Shabbos. R’ Chaim Ozer zt”l had an agenda to prove to the people that no rationalizations should be taken when dealing with chilul Shabbos, especially when it comes to applying halachah to the recent advent of the light bulb. He therefore would make Havdalah on the bulb to have people see that just as it works for Havdalah it does not work to for permitted use on the Shabbos day itself and should be avoided at all costs. 7. See Pesachim 54 8. M.B. 298:1 9. Pesachim 103, S.A. 298:2 10. Rama ibid. 11. 298:15 12. This is referred to as an asplikaryah 13. As aside for R’ Chaim Ozer zt”l, the Brisker Rav, the Ragerchaver and the Minchas Elazer all made Havdalah on a light bulb 14. This was the Psak of both R’ Moshe Fienstein zt”l and R’ Ahron Kotler zt”l
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Message of the Mishkan BY YEHUDA KORIAT “V’easu aron atzei shitim” (Parshas Terumah, 25; 10) In the building of the Mishkan along with all the vessels and laws regarding them, there are so many peshatim our chachamim have interpreted about each detail the Torah describes. The Gemarah in Yumah 72b, explains that the three Roshei Keillim (the Aron, Shulchan, and Mizbeach) represented three crowns; Keser Torah, Keser Malchus, and Keser Kehunah. Each kli was measured by amos. The Aron’s dimensions were all incomplete measurements, the Mizbeach’s measurements were all complete, while the Shulchan some were and some weren’t. Our chachamim tell us in regard to ones ruchnius,” Bemaalos habeit lemaala mimcha”,that one should aspire to reach levels of height of those who are higher (in ruchnius) than himself. Each individual should view himself as incomplete in Torah and should be jealous of his friend’s levels in ruchnius, as our chachamim teach us, “Kinas sofrim tarbeh chachmah”. In regards to mundane things, like wealth and honor, one must look at someone who has less than himself and realize how fortunate he is and that he has more than a lot of other people. The Gemarah in Yevamos 105b says “Hamispallel yiten einav lemata velibo lemaala”, when praying one should veer his eyes downward and his heart upward. A person should daven to Hashem that his heart should desire more knowledge and wisdom so that he can reach levels of shleimus. We see that Shlomo Hamelech asked Hashem for a lev shomea, a heart that listens so that he can constantly soak in more and more wisdom and get closer to shleimus. On the other hand regarding tzarchei haguf, mundane things, one has to look at those less fortunate than he is so that he should be sameach bechelko, as Shlomo Hamelech said (Mishlei 30;8), “Resh ve’osher al titen li”, give me neither poverty nor wealth. With this in mind it’s understandable why the Aron, which represented the Torah and complete ruchnius, had dimensions that were all not complete amos. One must view himself as incomplete in all aspects of Torah, height, width and length, and therefore he will constantly strive for more and ultimately will get closer to Hashem. The Shulchan on the other hand represented the Keser of Malchus, royalty, and all the physical prosperity of the B’nei Yisrael. Therefore, most of the dimensions were complete amos to teach us that we should view ourselves in gashmius as complete and we should be happy with what we have, as Yaakov Avinu said (Breishis 33;11), “Yesh li kol”, I have everything. However, not all the dimensions of the Shulchan were complete, to show us that a person should not complete his taavah, desire, but rather he should “break” his desires. The Torah hints to this when the B’nei Yisrael were hungry in the desert they said, “shivru lanu ochel”, ’break’ for us some food, so as not to fulfill their ta’avah, but to eat just enough to be satiated. Finally, the Mizbeach Haketores and the Mizbeach Haolah, which represented Keser Kehuna, both had complete dimensions. As we know, if a person sinned during the time of the Mishkan, he would bring a korban as a kapara, and only after the offering would he be considered shalem, complete and cleaned from sins. The Mizbeach Haolah atoned for bodily sins; therefore one had to bring a complete animal as a korban. The Mizbeach Haketores on the other hand, was to atone for the neshama. So just like the Ruach Elokim is above, the ketores would burn and the smoke would rise directly upwards towards shamayim. Yehuda Koriat is a talmid at Yeshiva Ateres Shmuel of Waterbury. 105
In the Merit of Rochel Imeinu BY YAEL MERMELSTEIN On the Yartzheit of Rochel Imeinu, you probably won’t find me braving the crowds to Kever Rochel. I tend to shy away from crowds, sometimes missing out on some of Klal Yisroel’s greatest moments of unity and Kiddush Hashem in Eretz Yisroel. But I find meaning in the still small moments in between. Kever Rochel is there for me all year round. What a blessing! Though it wasn’t until recently that I even appreciated its presence so close to my home…. I was on the way back from Yerushalayim to my yishuv in the Judean Hills when I saw the sign. Beis Lechem. Kever Rochel. There was an arrow pointing straight ahead. I had passed that sign so many times before, probably on every other trip back from Yerushalayim over the course of the ten odd years I’ve been living here. But somehow, like the sun that hangs like a brilliant orange in the sky, I had never noticed it in quite this way before. The arrow seemed to be beckoning to me. I hadn’t been to Kever Rochel for years. Too many years to count. For shame, it’s only a twenty minute drive from my house. The last time we went there the bus was so crowded, it was hard to keep track of the kids, it wasn’t begging for another invite. But now, suddenly, it was. It was the day before ever Rosh Hashana and I, along with all of Klal Yisrael, had a lot at stake. Kever Rochel was calling to me. Just as I was about to turn right to go home, without calling my husband for his advice (a practice I tend to engage in) I went straight instead. I had no idea where I was going, other than into the heart of Bethlehem. But I knew that eventually I would get to Kever Rochel and that was all I needed to know at that moment. I wasn’t afraid in the least, driving through an Arab terrorist hotbed, not knowing exactly where I was going. I was headed to Kever Rochel and I needed to be there. It was easy enough to find and the young soldiers opened the bright yellow electric gate for me with a cursory glance at my face. There was even a parking lot where I could leave my rental car. I walked down the slanted marble foyer and reached the domed opening where women leaned and sighed against Rochel 106
Imeninu’s kever. I had arrived. But I wasn’t sure what I was supposed to daven right now. Should I daven Mincha? Should I say Tehillim? My eyes alighted on an “Aneini” sefer, perched among the siddurim. I would find a techina that spoke to my heart. I pulled it gingerly from the shelf and eagerly scanned the table of contents. Tefillah l’kever Rochel Imeinu. Perfect. I wasn’t sure why I had been pulled here by some magnetic force to begin with. And it was fortuitous that I had found this tefillah. And so I began to utter this tefillah, one I had never said before. The tefillah encapsulated everything I wanted to daven for before Rosh Hashana. “Provide us all our needs and may we never lack anything. Privilege us to raise our children (and here I listed each one by name) and help them to succeed in all their endeavors. I will please G-d donate charity for the soul of mother Rachel, of Rabbi Meir Baal Ha-Ness, and all of the righteous and pious ones and for the success of my children (and here I listed each of them by name again, thinking of each of their beautiful faces bli ayin hara). May they be granted extended days and years….” I finished davening and felt that I had said what needed to be said. I gave the tzedaka that I had pledged in honor of my children that they should merit success and longevity bli ayin hara. I picked up a few red bendelach, and then I went home. I was probably there for all of twenty minutes. “I went to Kever Rochel,” I told my husband when I got home. “What suddenly?” he asked, interpreting the familiar Israeli idiom, “Mah Pitom”. “I don’t know,” I said. “I felt I had to go.” “Good for you,” he said. He threw on his hat and jacket and left for the afternoon. I gathered my children together and shared the tidings of my morning with them and then they scattered in their own directions, into their rooms to play or next door to the neighbors, their home away from home. A few minutes later, there was a knock at the door – someone collecting tzedaka. I was already starting to make my famous tomato, cabbage, beef soup for Rosh Hashana and wasn’t thrilled by the interruption. My kids opened the door and then we went together to the drawer where we stash spare change for occasions like this one. There were two sums sitting side by side and I reached for the smaller one. “No,” my daughter implored. “Let’s give the bigger amount. Please! It’s erev Rosh Hashana.” I changed my mind, reaching for the bigger amount even though I had just given at Kever Rochel. “Tzedaka Tatzil Mimaves” I said. I went back to my simmering soup and took a phone call. My baby, who usually sat by my side clanging with the pots and pans while I cooked, was noticeably absent. “Where’s the baby?” I called out to nobody in particular. There was no reply. CONTINUED ON PAGE 108 Yael Mermelstein, is the author of several books including the groundbreaking book for teenagers, The Face in the Mirror. She is a writer for Binah Magazine and other publications and lives in Beitar Illit with her family and her pet computer. 107
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I ran to the back of the house calling her name but I did not hear the patter of her feet running towards me with her little squeals of delight. Just silence. I ran outside and checked the garden, alarmed to see that someone had unlocked the gate by the stairs that led up to the courtyard. Still, she wasn’t that quick and there were three flights of stairs to the courtyard plus a nice stroll until she would reach the street. She was probably by the neighbors. She must have slipped out when we opened the door for the collector and the neighbors must have scooped her up to play with her at their house. I knocked on the door. “She’s not here,” they said. “But we’ll help you look.” They went running to check by the other neighbors while I ran up the stairs two at a time. I looked in both directions, simultaneously relieved and petrified that I did not see her in the courtyard. I ran down the length of the courtyard and up the ramp, and there I saw my baby, standing placidly on the sidewalk, next to a man I did not know. I scooped her up and showered her cheeks with kisses which she did not protest. “Are you this baby’s mother?” the man yelled at me. I nodded, checking my baby from head to toe. He pointed to a big brown van that was parked in the middle of the street, partially blocking traffic. “I came this close to hitting her,” he screamed. “She was right in the middle of the street.” At that moment the security patrol pulled up. “I called you,” the man said. “I found this baby in the middle of the street. I almost…” he looked at me. “Thank you,” I whispered. “Thank you.” The security guard looked at me rather apathetically. It seemed the drama was over. The man got back into his car and the security detail drove away without leading me away in handcuffs. I took my baby home. It took some time to register, and it came in drips and drabs, piece by piece. My baby was almost hit by a van! Erev Rosh Hashana! Tzedaka Tatzil Mimaves! And then I remembered that inner calling from just a couple of hours ago. The sign that had beckoned me to Kever Rochel to daven for my children. Hashem had been waiting for my tefillah so that the zchus of Mama Rochel could protect my child. Thank you Hashem, I am hereby acknowledging the intensity of my gratitude for your hashgacha pratis. And though I usually change my children’s’ names to protect what little privacy remains theirs with me as their mother, for the sake of pirsumei nisa I will thank Hashem here for saving my baby Rochel. My Rochel Shira, born on the last day of Pesach when Bnei Yisroel sang Shira. For our Rochel, we sing shira to Hashem. 108
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Strengthening Strengths BY: RIFKA SCHONFELD
DIRECTOR S.O.S, STRATEGIES FOR OPTIMUM SUCCESS
In the last article we discussed the importance of finding precisely where the breakdown is occurring when a student is falling behind. This begins with the effort to pinpoint the student’s strengths and weaknesses, before the deficit becomes so great that it can’t be managed. Every mind is uniquely endowed with its particular strengths. Stimulating a student’s special interests and drawing on his strengths and hidden talents can spark the determination to overcome a variety of obstacles. Have a child read aloud the directions to a store you are taking him to; a menu in a restaurant; the instructions in a do-it-yourself crafts kit; ads in the paper or a catalogue description for an item he wants to buy. Watch as he sits up a little straighter as he embarks on incentive-packed exercises that can give reading the excitement and reward of a treasure-hunt. The same tactics work with writing, remembering information, and concentrating. This process sets the stage for introducing what noted education specialist Dr. Mel Levine, author of Educational Care and All Kinds of Minds, calls “bypass strategies,” which are methods designed to help a child work around a particular problem. For example, a teacher assigns students a creative writing assignment. For a child with strong creative and verbal skills, this can be an opportunity to shine. But if this same child has poor handwriting skills and turns in work that is sloppy or difficult to read, chances are that her content, even if excellent, will not be recognized as such. Allowing that student to type it up herself, however, or have someone do it for her—in effect "bypassing" the motor problem—will almost certainly lead to the child’s gratifying success.
Finding Hidden Talent Although the PTA conference between Boruch parents and his teachers produced some painful moments, as illustrated in part one of this article, it was an important turning point. Boruch’s parents brought their son to me for an evaluation, and after much discussion, it was decided not to switch him to another school. Instead, we would work on pinpointing an area of strength and making that area the starting point for bypass strategies and motivational aids in reading. Noting his interest in “magic tricks” from a story we read, I offered Boruch the opportunity to learn some clever “hand-is-faster-than-the-eye” tricks from a Famous Tricks manual. In order to learn them, however, he had to read, understand and follow the instructions in the booklet.
PA R E N TI N G 101 The payoff was that he would then have the option to perform at his upcoming birthday party in front of his friends and classmates, a prospect that captivated him. He immediately went to work “decoding” the directions, a challenging assignment for someone on his below-grade reading level. Around Boruch’s new “reader” I built reading, phonics, writing and language lessons. We used his Famous Tricks manual as a springboard for a variety of skills practice. When he had mastered most of the material, I presented him with a toy magician’s wand, specially inscribed. “Always remember that the real magic comes from doing what you once considered impossible,” I wrote. Boruch’s magic act was a hit at the party. Dressed in a black cape, sporting an artificial mustache, he was a natural performer with a flair for the dramatic. The boys loved it when, following his Rebbe’s advice to dispel any impression of doing actual magic, he demonstrated to his audience the secrets behind some of the tricks. The best part was that he was invited the following week to do a follow-up performance at a classmate’s birthday party. He decided on his own to master some new tricks from a book his parents bought him. Watching their son pore intently over a manual, laboriously sounding out the words brought tears to his mother’s eyes. “We had to force him to practice reading, and now we have to practically drag him away from his book to eat his supper.” Performing in front of his friends put Boruch on such a high that it inspired him to seek other opportunities to share what he knew. He discovered riddles, plays on words and humorous anecdotes in a book his mother picked up for him and he enjoyed sharing these with his friends. This was a far cry from the clowning around that had earned him negative attention in the past. Once fraught with frustration and negativity, reading became, over several months of laborious work, Boruch’s ticket to respect and social acceptance among his peers. It was never a breeze for him, though, and he needed to invest far more mental energy into reading than most of his peers. Although he had much catching up to do, and the struggle was far from over, the taste of success was an incredible turnaround for him. On my desk is a picture of Boruch in his magician’s cape and hat, brandishing a white stuffed rabbit that he had “pulled out of a hat,” in one hand, and a magician’s wand in the other. Underneath the picture is a short message from Boruch in wobbly script: “Dear Mrs. Schonfeld. Thanks for all your help, especially the “magic wand.” You know which one I mean.” An acclaimed educator and education consultant, Mrs. Rifka Schonfeld has served the Jewish community for close to thirty years. She founded and directs the widely acclaimed educational program, SOS, servicing all grade levels in secular as well as Hebrew studies. A kriah and reading specialist, she has given dynamic workshops and has set up reading labs in many schools. She can be reached at 718-382-5437 or at email@example.com.
Ask the Doctor BY DR. J. MOND
Walking in the Ways of Hashem: Vaccines PART TWO Last time we introduced the concept of a vaccine and its significance to society.
A vaccine, like any medicine, may cause a serious reaction. But the risk of a vaccine causing serious harm is extremely small. Several mild problems which have been reported within two weeks of getting a vaccine include, headaches, upper respiratory tract infection (about one person in three), stuffy nose, sore throat, joint pain, abdominal pain, cough, nausea, diarrhea and fever. These are all self-limiting side effects and usually resolve within 48 hours. Unfortunately there are reports of more serious problems, most of which have not been substantiated, the most prominent of these being the risk of autism. Multiple studies involving thousands of children have been conducted and not a single study has substantiated that claim. The Center for Disease Control in the United States (CDC) has disseminated informative literature warning parents as to the significantly enhanced probability of serious and often disabling infections that strike children that are not properly immunized. Unfortunately this information campaign has been unable to sway parents who had pre-existing, unfavorable attitudes about vaccines. In fact, for parents most distrustful of vaccination, images of sick children with various contagious, infectious diseases actually increased their reported belief that the vaccines cause autism. These findings suggest that logic does not play a major role in how people respond to public-health information about vaccines. Vaccines are a controversial topic, so it is not surprising that people respond to information about them in a way that reflects their pre-existing views. In light of recent measles outbreaks in North America and Europe, however, misconceptions about the MMR vaccine are proving to be a public health hazard. Canadaâ€™s immunization rate has been declining for a decade, dropping to 84 percent, below the threshold to ensure population immunity. A recent report by Unicef found that Canadaâ€™s immunization rate is lower than that of countries even such as Tunisia and Eritrea. To be clear, following the guidelines for appropriate vaccinations for your child is not only appropriate from the perspective of protecting your child, but it is also a halachic imperative. In view 112
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of the small but growing numbers of parents who are vocal in their anti-vaccination stands, Rabbanim have issued many teshuvos to discourage this practice. In brief, many of these teshuvos focus on a number of important principles of Chazal: “Dil’miuta d’miuta lo chaisheenan” (We are not concerned about remote possibilities, since serious side effects from vaccinations are rare), the concept of “batla da’to etzel kol adam” (one’s opinion is nullified by the majority rule which accepts the value and necessity of immunizations), “Dina demalchusa dina” (Immunization is the law of the land), and “Safek pikuach nefesh derabim” (Since unimmunized children who can contract disease present a threat to the community). Rav Elyashav zt”l said that it is incumbent upon parents to insure that their children are vaccinated because vaccinations are the standard medical practice. He went so far as to say that failure to immunize might be considered negligence. After reading this article hopefully you are left with the message that it is trying to convey – the tremendous importance of vaccinations for your children. In brief, listed below are the most essential of the vaccinations that are recommended for children: The following vaccinations are recommended by age two and can be given over five visits to your child’s doctor. 4 doses of diphtheria, tetanus & pertussis vaccine (DTaP) 3-4 doses of Hib vaccine (depending on the brand used) 4 doses of pneumococcal vaccine 3 doses of polio vaccine 2 doses of hepatitis A vaccine 3 doses of hepatitis B vaccine 1 dose of measles, mumps & rubella vaccine (MMR) 2-3 doses of rotavirus vaccine (depending on the brand used) 1 dose of varicella vaccine 2-3 doses of influenza vaccine (6 months and older- number of doses depends on child's birthday) To conclude with an excerpt from the great Rishon and Physician, the Rambam, as he wrote in the Mishneh Torah, Hilchos Dayos, “Hoil veheyos haguf bari v’shalem midarchay Hashem hu.” Loosely translated meaning, maintaining a healthy body is one of the ways we can walk in the ways of Hashem. Stay tuned for part three of this topic in the summer issue of What’s Doing in Waterbury.
Get To Know Your Appliances BY SHLOIMIE SHORE Appliances are built to perform. They work hard, year after year, usually without too many problems. They're easy to take for granted. The result is that when an appliance breaks down, you may be completely at a loss - you don't know how it works, you have no idea why it stopped working, and you certainly don't know how to fix it. What can you do? You can pay a professional to fix it, or you can save money and fix it yourself. If you don’t feel qualified to make the necessary repairs, at least understanding some of the mechanics of your appliance will make you into an educated consumer so you know what you’re getting yourself into when the repairman arrives! DISHWASHERS They usually run on 115-volt or 120-volt power. The water they use comes directly from the water heater, and wastewater is drained into the sink's drainpipe. The dishwasher is not connected to the cold-water supply. For best dishwashing results, set the temperature control of the water heater to no less than 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Water set cooler than this usually doesn't get the dishes clean, unless your dishwasher is a newer model that preheats incoming water. The water shutoff for the dishwasher is typically located below the adjoining sink. Caution: Because the dishwasher is connected to both the plumbing system and the electrical system, you must consider both systems when working on this appliance. Before doing any work on the dishwasher, make sure the unit is unplugged or the power to the unit is turned off, and remove the fuse or trip the circuit breaker that controls the circuit at the main entrance panel or at a separate panel. Shut off the water supply to the dishwasher at the shutoff in the basement or crawl space under the kitchen. REFRIGERATORS AND FREEZERS These consist of two basic components: a condenser coil and an evaporator coil. A liquid coolant is circulated through these coils by a compressor and a motor. The refrigerant liquid is cooled in the condenser; it then flows to the evaporator. At the evaporator, the air in the unit is cooled by contact with the liquid-filled coil. The condenser of a refrigerator or freezer is the coil on the outside of the unit; the evaporator is the coil on the inside. The coolant is circulated through the system by a compressor. Caution: Before doing any work on a refrigerator or freezer, make sure it's unplugged. After unplugging the unit, check to see if the motor/compressor has a capacitor; this component is located in housing on the top of the motor. Capacitors store electricity, even when the power to the unit is turned off. Before you do any work on a capacitor-type refrigerator or freezer, you must discharge the capacitor, or you could receive a severe shock. GAS AND ELECTRIC RANGES AND OVENS They operate fairly simply, and they're usually easy to repair, mainly because the components are designed for quick disassembly. Most of the malfunctions that affect gas ranges involve the supply and ignition of gas in the 114
burners and the oven. Most malfunctions that affect electric ranges and ovens involve faulty heating elements. If the oven won't heat to the desired temperature or heats unevenly, the problem could be a defective door gasket. The best way to test for this is to pass your hand around the door, being careful not to touch it, while the oven is turned on. If you can feel heat escaping, the gasket needs replacement. Replace it with a new gasket made for the range. On most ovens, the gasket is located on the frame of the oven, and the door closes against it. This gasket is generally friction-fit in a channel and can be replaced. In other units, the oven door has two sections, and the gasket is not mounted on the door frame, but is installed between the front and back sections of the door. Don't try to replace this type of gasket; call a professional service person. Caution: Before doing any work, make sure the oven is unplugged, or turn off the electric power to the unit by removing a fuse or tripping a circuit breaker at the main entrance panel or at a separate panel. If there is a grounding wire to the range, disconnect it. Also close the gas supply valve to shut off the unit's gas supply. DRYER A dryer is simply a large drum into which wet laundry is loaded. A motor with pulleys - connected by a series of belts - turns the drum. Air heated by a gas heater or electric heating element is blown through the drum to dry the laundry. The temperature and speed of the drum are controlled by a series of thermostats operated from a timer device on the control panel of the dryer. As a safety device, a dryer usually has a door switch that activates the working parts. Unless the door is properly closed, the dryer won't work, regardless of the settings on the control panel. Many dryers are equipped with a reset button on the control panel. If the motor won't run, let the dryer cool for about ten minutes. Then push the reset button. If there are no problems with the motor, switches, or electrical system, this should restart the dryer. Caution: Before doing any work, unplug the dryer, disconnect the grounding wire and If it is a gas-fueled dryer, close the gas-supply. FURNACE Natural gas and propane burn cleaner than fuel oil, and most gas furnaces present fewer operational difficulties than oil burners do. In fact, the problems that affect gas furnaces typically involve the furnace's thermocouple, the pilot light, or some component of the electrical system. Gas furnaces and heaters have control shutoffs to prevent gas leaks, but they are not fail-safe. If you smell gas in your house, do not turn any lights on or off, and do not try to shut off the gas leading to the furnace. Get out of the house, leaving the door open, and immediately call the gas company or the fire department to report a leak. Do not re-enter your home. On some gas furnaces and heaters, a plug-type door covers the pilot light assembly. To gain access to the pilot burner, pull the door out of the furnace housing. On other units, remove the panel that covers the pilot and gas burners. The pilot light controls, reset buttons, gas valves, and thermocouple are usually contained in an assembly at the front of the furnace. The furnace limit switch is located on the plenum (main chamber) or main duct junction on the upper housing of the furnace. For assistance with any repairs give Shloimie Shore a call at (917) 873-2061 115
A PEEK INTO THE PAST BY EVELYN MARSHAK
A LETTER FROM ISRAEL Our 18 year old granddaughter, Ariella, is spending her seminary year in Israel. Material for this article comes from her responses to my questions about life in and around Jerusalem, in addition to some of my own research. The most visited site in Jerusalem is the Kotel, and Ariella wrote that many girls in her seminary, one of more than 20 located around the city, go once a week or more to the Kotel. It is a mere 45 minute walk and her dorm mates rarely take a bus. This doesn’t mean that they avoid the buses entirely. Israel’s buses are reasonably priced, go just about everywhere, and are maneuvered by multi-talented drivers. “The driver can give you change, refill your Rav Kav (bus card), yell at the guy in the back to pay his fare, argue politics, and listen to the radio - all while maneuvering his bus through narrow, winding streets that, in America, would barely qualify as alleyways.” Ariella quips, “Drivers in Jerusalem, including the bus drivers, frequently speed, swerve and stop short. Fortunately,I like roller coasters, so this isn’t much of a problem for me.” An alternate form of transportation in Israel is a monit (cab). The expense of a monit, however, can be ridiculously high – especially if an Israeli cab driver decides to shamelessly overcharge you if they suspect you are an American. There is also a (potentially) expanding tram service, known as the Rakevet Kallah or Light Rail, that runs from the center of Jerusalem to Hadassah Hospital in Ein Kerem. Rumor has it that there will soon be a fast track train that will run from Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport to Jerusalem in just 28 minutes. Food is always a worthy topic when it comes to Israel. Ariella elaborates. “At home, I never liked cottage cheese but, to my surprise, in Israel it is so good that I eat it nearly every day. Israeli dairy products as a whole cannot compare to the more watery Chalav Yisroel items we get in America. Eggplant is a very popular vegetable amongst Israelis and most of the families that have hosted me for Shabbos meals prepare their own homemade version of chatzilim.” When I was in Israel nearly two years ago we were initially weary of being out at night. However, we found, and Ariella also commented, that she normally feels comfortable walking around the city after dark. “Friday nights especially, when the buses and train don’t run, the streets are filled with people walking and talking.” Tourists are everywhere in Israel, especially in Jerusalem. “One memorable conversation I once overheard on a bus was between a group of nonJewish tourists from Georgia and a yeshivish man from Brooklyn. Although this yeshivish man was also only a visitor, as an obvious Jew, the tourists immediately tagged him as an authority on all things Israel. He graciously answered the varied questions they had about Israel and Judaism including: “How does the army deal with Arabs when they harass the Jews?” “Why do Jewish men have curls on the sides of their heads and strings hanging from their pants?” “What are the malls in Israel like?”“Why is the Kotel significant anyway?” Ariella is sure taking advantage of her year in Israel, even outside of school. “Between school tiyuls and the trips I plan with my friends, I have been all over Israel. I have visited the beach in Netanya, gone bike riding in Tel Aviv, snorkeled next to a coral reef in Eilat, and toured multiple museums and attractions across the country.” Ariella will remain in Israel until June. Do you have questions about Israel that she could answer? The mall question we touched on earlier? Yes there are plenty of malls. 116
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 Prevention Through Enviromental Design (CPTED) Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) is widely used as a guide to evaluate the physical security of a building or environment. CPTED is defined as “the proper design and effective use of the built environment that can lead to a reduction in the fear and incidence of crime and an improvement of quality of life”. By using basic CPTED principles, you can easily evaluate the security of your home or property and make affordable enhancements that will help make the area safer. FOUR KEY PRINCIPLES OF CPTED: 1. Natural Surveillance – This term refers to the ability to see in and out of an area. Criminals do not like being observed committing crimes. At the same time being able to see and be seen on your property is a crucial component of security. Take advantage of natural surveillance by trimming back vegetation and landscaping to eliminate all areas of potential concealment. Also consider turning porch lights on at night and adding enhanced lighting in dark areas around your property. 2. Natural Access Control – This means controlling access to an area in some way and having a way to deny access if necessary. Access control can be achieved by using fencing, gates, and even landscaping. A fence sends a message to abnormal users, that the property is cared for and that you need permission to enter. Even a simple low-level hedge or row of thorny bushes around a garden can also be effective in keeping people from entering the property. 3. Territorial Reinforcement – The psychological impression people get out of your property. It is important to ensure that the property is well cared for and maintained, even if it is not occupied. Overgrown grass, un-shoveled driveways, mail coming out of mailbox, and outdoor lights turned off all give the perception that the owner may not be present or no one cares for the property. 4. Target Hardening – This is the traditional approach to crime prevention and security, making it more difficult for abnormal users (criminals) to break in. Some examples include security systems, adding security strike plates with three inch screws to all exterior doors and secondary locks to all windows and sliders. Also, by keeping your property clean and well cared for it will be less desirable for a thief to access. As spring approaches, please consider the CPTED principles as they may relate to your home. Does your property appear to be open to outsiders? Are there any areas where you can upgrade the security around your home (lighting, locks, motion sensors, etc.)? Is the perimeter of your home maintained and landscaped to prevent the concealment of a burglar? Many of the security ideas embraced by CPTED can be added without spending a great deal of money. CPTED is a cost efficient method that can be used to reduce crime throughout an entire community.
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From Kitchen the
Pesach Treats Just a few ingredients are all you need to make these easy, tasty treats. Your search for something to munch on over Pesach is over!
Crinkle Cookies Âž cup oil 1 cup cocoa 2 cup sugar 4 eggs 1Â˝ tsp vanilla sugar 2 cup potato starch 2 tsp baking powder 12 oz. chocolate chips Confectionary sugar
Preheat oven to 350F. Beat the oil, cocoa, and sugar together. Add the eggs, vanilla, potato starch and baking powder. Mix in the chocolate chips. Freeze the batter for 2 hours and then form the balls (with wet hands) and roll them in the confectionary sugar to coat. Place cookies on a lined cookie sheet (do not flatten) and bake for 9 minutes. Cookies will spread.
From Kitchen the
Strawberry Shortcake 12 tablespoons matzah cake meal 12 eggs, separated 12 tablespoons sugar 2 cups parve whipping cream, whippe d 2 pints strawberries, washed and slice d Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 2 â€“ 13x9" cake pans. Mix together cake meal, egg yolks and sugar. Beat egg whites until stiff and fold into batter. Pour into prepared pans and bake for 1/2 hour. Allow cakes to cool on racks and then remove from pan. Place a layer of parve whipped cream and sliced strawberries between the cakes and do the same for the top.
Chocolate Chip Bars 2 cups ground almonds 1 cup brown sugar 2 eggs 1 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease a 9x13 pan. Mix ingredients together well. Batter will be thick but do not add water. Spread in a pan with spatula. Bake for 23 minutes.
“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.” (Anonymous)
Build a Sunflower House How would you like to build your own secret spot in your yard? Plant a sunflower house! The only part more fun than actually planting the fort is enjoying it after the flowers have fully bloomed. And who doesn’t love sunflowers? Here are some tips for planting sunflowers: ❋❋ Choose a variety of sunflower that grow tall and produce large flowers. ❋❋ Find a spot that gets full sun. Sunflowers thrive in the sunshine. ❋❋ Sunflowers can grow in most types of soil. ❋❋ Flooding the soil can harm sunflowers so don’t over-water. ❋❋ S oil should be warm before planting so plant sunflower seeds at the beginning of the summer. ❋❋ D ig one-inch deep holes, spaced six to 18 inches apart, depending on the variety size. Sunflowers need a lot of space to grow healthily! ❋❋ Place a few seeds in each hole and cover with soil. ❋❋ W ater the plants thoroughly about every other day. Your sunflowers should bloom between two and three months after planting. ❋❋ Stake the plants if necessary. Here’s how you build the fort: ❋❋ Find a place which gets lots of sunshine. ❋❋ M easure out a circle or square shape and dig out around the outline of the shape. Be sure to leave a small gap for an entrance. ❋❋ Plant & water as directed. Watch it grow all summer, while you safely sneak away into your own private hideaway.
On a Lighter Note
Life and Death AND THE STORY BEHIND UNITED HATZALAH OF ISRAEL BY ORLI KATZ It was a typical November evening in Miami, the weather was balmy, with a pleasant breeze tinged with salty, ocean tang. My parents were relaxing and chatting happily with a group of close friends, after a delicious meal. Fortunately, one of those friends just happened to be Eli Beer, the founder of United Hatzalah of Israel...
seriousness of her condition, she tried to smile reassuringly back at him, but it came out a twisted grimace. He searched her face hard, “What’s going on?” He asked tersely. My mother looked at him and croaked hoarsely; “Nothing, it’s just indigestion. I need to go and lie down…” “June,” Eli said forcefully “You’re having a heart attack.” “Call 911!” he screamed out (that section of Miami did not yet have Hatzalah.) “Does anyone have nitroglycerin tablets?!”
As the group of friends schmoozed animatedly, my mother began to experience an unnerving, pulling sensation in her chest. It felt like terrible indigestion – but more insistent – and she quietly excused herself from the group so as not to call attention to herself. Perhaps if she went to rest for a bit, the pain would simply subside, as it had on the other two occasions that she had experienced it…
The living room erupted in a sudden flurry of activity as my father scrambled to call an ambulance and someone went in search of the medication. B’chasdei Hashem, the elderly mother of my parents’ friend had some nitroglycerin pills with her!
But the ache was deeper this time, and seemed to radiate from her solar plexus inwards – like someone crushing a giant fist against her spine.
Eli immediately helped my mother to a recliner and she took the lifesaving medication. Within minutes, she began to breathe more normally. A short time later, the ambulance arrived and rushed my mother to the emergency room, sirens blaring.
She groped her way to a chair, intending to go and quietly lie down in one of the guest bedrooms – but she could go no further. She collapsed into the chair, facing Eli Beer, and tried valiantly to control her rising panic. Her breathing became ragged and she had to fight to inhale properly.
The next day, doctors performed an angiogram, and it turned out that she had 80% blockage of her LAD, the main artery of the heart, ominously referred to as ‘the widow maker’. They immediately inserted a stent to hold the severely blocked artery open – and saved my mother’s life!
The pain was growing worse, the pulling sensations seeming to tug her heart inwards, like a hideous vortex, and her thoughts became muddled.
A few hours after the procedure, my mother returned home with a new contract on life-all because of the fast thinking actions of an earthbound malach named Eli Beer. Mr. Beer later confided to me that had my
Eli, ever alert, had quietly taken note of my mother’s distress. As he looked at her hard, his expert gaze automatically registering the 122
mother simply gone to bed, as she had originally planned, she might never have awakened, chas vechalilah. The heart actually works harder when the body is sleeping, he explained, and this fatal mistake is made each year by many heart attack sufferers. My parents have been supporters of Eli’s organization; United Hatzalah of Israel, for many years and my father considers Mr. Beer one of his dearest friends. The fact that Eli just ‘happened’ to be in Miami on that fateful day, on one of his innumerous fundraising missions, and that he just ‘happened’ to pop in to surprise my father with a visit, when my mother needed him most, does not surprise us at all. Saving one Jew is like saving the entire world and my father, a member of Hatzalah’s international board, has donated his time and money to this holy cause for years. Today his tzedakah had come full circle and saved the life of his precious wife. Our gratitude to Hashem and to Eli knows no bounds. For those who are unfamiliar with the organization United Hatzalah of Israel, also referred to as Ichud Hatzalah, it is the brainchild of Eli Beer, who started the organization at the tender age of 16. Due to his success rates, Eli has been invited to travel internationally in order to teach his lifesaving methods to other communities around the world. But it is the story behind his mission that is truly fascinating. A self-described ‘poor student’, Eli found his calling in life during the summer of 1988 when he signed up as an EMT to help out in his neighborhood of Bayit V’gan. It distressed him, however, when his parents asked him if he had saved anybody yet. In those days, Yerushalayim had only 9 ambulances on hand to service over 500,000 residents and the ambulances were dispatched from a single location near the entrance to the city. Depending on traffic
conditions, it could take anywhere from 10-25 minutes for help to arrive. Frustrated with the futility and death that surrounded him, he decided to take matters into his own hands. Eli began illegally ‘listening in’ on the ambulance’s bandwidths with police scanners, hoping to be able to respond more quickly to distress calls that were nearby. He recruited a small band of 15 EMTs to help him and each day he would go to work in his father’s seforim store with the scanner on, intently listening for any nearby emergency calls. One day in 1989, his breakthrough came: “Emergency at 37 Hapisgah Street – 70 year old man struck by a vehicle”, the scanner squawked. His father’s seforim store was located at 50 Hapisgah Street so he quickly dashed to the scene, arriving in under 25 seconds, and found an old man bleeding to death from a large gash on his neck. With no other equipment at hand, Eli immediately began applying strong pressure to the wound with his rolled up kippah. The bleeding slowly turned from a gush into a trickle and then stopped altogether. The ambulance eventually arrived and transported the man safely to the local hospital. For the first time ever, Eli had saved a life! And the rest is history… More than 20,000 lives are saved each year in Israel due to the heroic efforts of United Hatzalah’s volunteers; they walk a knife’s edge daily, bravely defying the odds as they try to save just one more precious life. My mind fills with wonder about how a single man, filled with determination, can accomplish so much in a single lifetime. All because a sixteen year old boy decided that the system had to change... 123
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