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TEVES 5774 DECEMBER 2013 CONNECTICUT’S JEWISH FAMILY MAGAZINE AND DIRECTORY ISSUE 47
HEALTH & MEDICAL 65 PLACES TO GO IN CT 79 WINTER WONDERS 90
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
It took time,
But Waterbury now has an authentic Kosher Grocery.
701 Cooke Street Waterbury, CT 06710
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Daily Minyan Schedule
What’s Doing Yellow Pages
New & Noteworthy
Let’s Talk Tips
Shiurim & Events
for Waterbury, CT Parshas Va’eira 4:06 (Teves 25 / December 27) Parshas Bo 4:17 (Shevat 3 / January 3)
Minyanim on the Go
Waterbury Eruv Map
At Your Service
Blue Ridge Map
Health & Medical Section
Places to Go in CT
Word from the Beis Medrash
My Heart is in the East
Ask the Doctor
A Peek into the Past
From the Kitchen
On a Lighter Note
Parshas Beshalach 4:24 (Shevat 10 / January 10) Parshas Yisro 4:31 (Shevat 17 / January 17) Parshas Mishpatim 4:40 (Shevat 24 / January 24) Parshas Terumah 4:49 (Adar- א1 / January 31) Parshas Tetzaveh (Adar- א8 / February 7) Parshas Ki Sisa (Adar- א15 / February 14) Parshas Vayakhel (Adar- א22 / February 21) Parshas Pekudai (Adar- א29 / February 28) Parshas Vayikra (Adar- ב6 / March 7) Parshas Tzav (Adar- ב13 / March 14) Parshas Shmini (Adar- ב20 / March 21) Parshas Tazriyah (Adar- ב27 / March 28)
Dear Readers, It’s amazing to think that we’ve already gotten more than our average snowfall for this time of year and winter hasn’t even officially started yet! I couldn’t help but be amused as I watched my own kids and others boarding the school bus one morning with their knapsacks and sleds in hand. It’s just one of the things that make living in New England so amazing…along with ice skating and winter cruises. Check out Winter Wonders for more information on these attractions as well as a guide to sugar house tours across Connecticut where you can actually see how maple syrup is made. Winter can be loads of fun but, as always, safety should be a priority. With this in mind, Handy Hints offers some great tips to help keep your home in tip top shape even in extreme weather conditions and Ask the Doctor provides some important information on vaccines. Speaking of safety, The Yeshiva K’tana was recently privileged to host Safety Kid, a world renowned program for Jewish schools and communities. Don’t miss this issue’s Spotlight for a comprehensive feature on this experience. Have a safe and healthy winter.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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What’s Doing Yellow Pages ACCOUNTANT Meir Fischer, CPA 203-756-1040 Menachem Friedman, CPA 347-401-3157 Dana Stango 203-757-2020
AUTO SALES & LEASING Comfort Auto 855-633-5800 Maven Motors 443-271-1458 Wheels to Lease 718-871-7749
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APPLIANCES Sears 203-236-8800 Sears Outlet 860-665-8101
BARBER Dani Diamond 216-551-4077 Chaim E. Linda (upsherin) 203-596-8198
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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
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What’s Doing Yellow Pages 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 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
Malka Goldgrab–Speech Language Pathologist 845-826-0885 Post University Accelerated Degree Program 203-695-7124 Rivka Schonfeld S.O.S. 718-382-5437 Shana Weisz - Special Ed Tutoring 203-527-6464 Testing & Training International 877-RING-TTI ELECTRICIAN Accurate Electrical Contractors 203-509-7027 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 ConnTek Ltd. 203-758-0663
FAMILY SERVICES Rabbi Shlomo Slatkin, MS, LCPC 443-570-7598 FENCING Master Fence Co. 203-574-4011 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
CONTRACTOR / REMODELING Aspen Roofing & Contracting 877-315-9726 Axela Construction 203-573-9870 ext. 206 Axela Kitchens 203-573-9870 ext. 205 Crazy Closets 877-392-7299 Jim Battistrada 203-591-1656 Vesta Homes Inc. 203-754-0917
FLOORING Capitol Wood Flooring 203-575-8300 Sanco Hardwood Flooring 203-592-6688 Tommy’s Hardwood Flooring 860-561-9776
CRAFTS/FABRICS J-Mar Crafts 203-753-1815 Jo-Ann Fabrics 203-757-0662 Michael’s 203-597-1336
FLORISTS Dutch Flower Lady 203-419 0232 O’Rourke & Birch Florists 203-756-7857 Orchid Florist 203-573-0690
DEPARTMENT STORES BJ’s Wholesale Club 203-753-9997 Burlington Coat Factory 203-597-0388 Costco Wholesale 203-757-7979 JC Penny 203-575-1395 Job Lot 203-841-0307 Kohl’s 203-575-9238 Macy’s 203-757-1131 Marshalls (Watertown) 860-274-5481 Sears 203-236-8800 Target 203-437-3673 TJ Maxx 203-754-0802 Wal-Mart 203-759-1000
FRAMING & ART SHOP Goldsmiths 203-757-0356 The Frame Shop 203-754-1655 Michael’s 203-597-1336 FURNITURE Bob’s Furniture 860-620-1650 Furniture Factory 203-527-6450 La-Z-Boy 203-574-4001 Pilgrim Furniture 860-276-0030 Raymour and Flanigan 203-573-1015 GARDENERS Palombo’s Lawn Care 860-274-1169 SDW Property Maintenance 203-528-4001 W Lawncare (Y.M. Weinreb) 203-816-5296
DRY CLEANERS Mar-Vic Cleaners 203-754-3952 Perry’s Dry Cleaners 203-753-3161 EDUCATION Ahuva Oberlander-Special Ed Tutoring 203-757-8585
GRAPHICS & WEB DESIGN Aliza Nugiel 203-568-1803 Leebah Stephens 203-233-6399
What’s Doing Yellow Pages GLASSES / EYEWEAR Opticare 203-574-2020 Trocchi Optometry 203-753-5665
INK / TONER Chaim Aboud 203-597-9052/718-207-9328 INSURANCE David Lieber cell 347-865-4326 / 516-284-0120 Gross and Company 212-620-4040 John Somero 203-267-4856
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
JEWELRY SALES & REPAIR Bejeweled (Monsey) 845-425-4650 Fine Crafts Jewelers 203-756-4800 Ideal Jewelers 203-753-2280 Ideal Jewelry (Monsey) 845-425-4332
HANDYMAN SDW Property Maintenance 203-528-4001 David Scott 203-565-4886 Shloimy Shore 917-873-2061 Sruli Weisz 917-468-8171 HEALTH & BEAUTY Anne Drost, Electrologist 203-753-5343 Carmine Elizabeth’s Spa 203-598-3444 Central Cosmetics (Shani Metz) 203-757-9893 Jewish Hypnosis (Orli Katz) 203-565-3324 Kosher Vitamins Corp. 800-645-1899 Mind Matters Hypnosis (Lisa Zachio) 860-693-6448 ProDermix Probiotics 845-520-3157 YMCA 203-754-2181 HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING David 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
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
HOTELS Courtyard by Marriot 203-596-1000 Crowne Plaza Danbury 203-794-0600 Holiday Inn of Waterbury 203-706-1000
What’s Doing Yellow Pages MIKVAOS West Hartford 860-521-9446 Mikvah of Rockland County 845-371-9409
Sir Speedy 203-346-0716 Space Age Copy 203-756-2001 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
MOHEL Rabbi Dov Greer 203-786-3097 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
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
MUSIC / MUSIC LESSONS Elisha Freedman–One Man Band 917-533-0758 Mr. Music (Matisyahu Nettleton) 203-318-4099 NOTARY PUBLIC Raphael Deutsch 203-573-0782 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 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
SILVER POLISHING & REPAIR Buffers 203-281-0101 (Hamden) SILVER RETAILER Signature Silver (Monsey) 845-578-1760
Municipal and Other Listings
What’s Doing Yellow Pages SOFER Lishkas Hasofer (Monsey) 845-425-9268 The Stam Connection 203-573-8286
Animal Control Society 203-574-6909 Bureau of Water 203-574-8251 Bureau of Vital Statistics 203-574-6800 Birth to 3 Info Line 1-800-505-7000 Citizen’s Hotline 203-597-3444 Connecticut Light & Power (electric company) 1-800-286-2000 CT Dept. Of Consumer Protection 800-842-2649 DMV 1-800-842-8222 Dog Warden 203-574-6909/6920 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 Hatzlocha Grocery (Monsey) 845- 425-1529 Jarjura’s Farm 203-757-7777 Monsey Glatt (Monsey) 845-425-6328 Rockland Kosher (Monsey) 845-425-2266 Shoprite 203-756-5614 Stop & Shop (Chase Ave.) 203-756-4678 Stop & Shop (Wolcott St.) 203-755-9489 Waterbury Kosher World 203-757-4992 Wesley Kosher (Monsey) 845-364-7217 TAILORING Mar Vic 203-754-3952 Molly Couture 860-890-7899 TILING Torres Tiling 203-232-7780 TOYS & GENERAL MERCHANDISE Dollar Dreams 203-597-0682 Dollar Tree 203-597-0505 Good Ideas (Watertown) 860-274-6939 Toys R’ Us 203-574-4457 TRAVEL SERVICES 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
Healthcare Services DOCTORS Allergist Dr. David Dreyfus 203-755-7080 Advanced Allergy & Asthma Family Care (Dr. Larry Scheer) 203-755-5500 Chiropractor Balanced Body 203-723-5715 Dr. Porzio 203-756-7449 Dermatologist Yale Dermatology 203-577-1050 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 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 Kids Dental Care (Dr. Ammar Idlibi) 860-877-KIDS Fertility Specialist Dr. Gad Levy 203-929-6412 Gastroenterologist Dr. Robert Leventhal 203-756-6422 Dr. Ronald Zlotoff 203-755-4515 Internist Dr. Jacqueline Lustig 860-274-8891 Phoenix Specialty Group 203-574-2930 Dr. David Silver 203-271-3296 Ob/Gyn Associates in Family Health (Dr. Joel Allen) 203-732-0022 Associated Women’s Health (Dr. Ian Cohen) 203-755-2344 Center for Women’s Health 203-573-1425 Naugatuck Valley Women’s Health Specialists 203-575-1811 Yale OBGYN 203-785-5682 Ophthalmologist / Optometrist The Eye Group (Dr. Levada) 203-597-9100 (pediatric) Opticare Vision Center (Dr. Peterson, Dr. Kok) 203-574-2020 Trocchi Optometry 203-753-5665 Orthodondist Dr. Friedman 203-573-8034
203-754-4200 POISON CONTROL
Orthopedist Dr. John Keggi 203-598-0700 Dr. 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 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:
The Kosher pantry and refrigerator in St. Mary’s Hospital is once again up and running. Please contact the Bikur Cholim of Waterbury at 203-574-3395 for more information.
Jan. 16 Mar. 13 Mar. 16
Tu B’Shvat Taanis Esther Purim
Improvements to the Waterbury’s downtown Train Station facility, which will include a renovated and expanding parking facility and new passenger service / waiting room facilities are underway. Additionally, Amtrak’s Next-Gen High Speed Rail proposal shows a future new high speed rail line from Washington to Boston running through and stopping in Waterbury.
Jan. 15 Shovevim Shiur Jan. 25 Bais Yaakov Waterbury Women's Event YESHIVA ATERES SHMUEL OF WATERBURY
Jan. 10 Off Shabbos Jan. 17 Hotel Shabbos Jan. 31 Off Shabbos Feb. 13 Off Shabbos Feb. 13-17 Purim Break YESHIVA K’TANA OF WATERBURY
Join the Children’s Winter Reading Program sponsored by Waterbury’s Silas Bronson Library. Beginning December 2, 2013 and ending January 31, 2014, children who register for this reading program are eligible for prizes and giveaways. Stop by the second floor of the library to sign up and receive your reading score card for the Snowball Readers Program.
Jan. 17-19 Off Shabbos Feb. 2 Mother-Daughter Brunch Feb. 14-18 Mid-winter break Mar. 2 Annual Reception Mar. 13 Taanis Esther - Friday Dismissal Mar. 16-17 Purim break
MAZEL TOV TO: Mr. & Mrs. Yudi Lieber on the birth of a girl. Mr. & Mrs. Yonah Fishman on the birth of a boy. Mr. & Mrs. Dovid Hirschel on the birth of a boy. Mr. & Mrs. Y. Rabinowitz on the birth of a boy.
Save the Date! The Big Y Kids Fair will take place on February 1st-2nd, 2014 at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. Enjoy exhibits, prizes, pony rides and a petting zoo, magicians, a kids play area, amusement rides and much more. For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.jenksproductions.com/kidsfair. html or call 860-563-2111.
R' & Mrs. Yosef Sonnenschein on the birth of a girl. Mr. & Mrs. Mendy Elin on the birth of a boy. MAZEL TOV TO: Mr. & Mrs. Larry Muller on Binyamin's Bar Mitzvah MAZEL TOV TO: Binyomin Itzkowitz upon his engagement 12
Thoughts & Reflections: Safety Kid® Comes to Waterbury The Safety Kid® Program, an internationally renowned program, is designed for Jewish schools and communities to increase awareness and teach the skills necessary to help keep children safe. Recently, the Yeshiva K’tana hosted Mrs. Debbie Fox, the creator of this innovative program, and her team of professionals, who presented separate programs to teachers, parents and students of every grade level. The premise of the program is that it takes a community to protect a child, so there is a great deal of importance given to each of the three groups. “Having sat through numerous sessions with Mrs. Debbie Fox and her presenters, I feel empowered; empowered as an administrator, empowered as a teacher and most importantly empowered as a parent”, said Mrs. Ita Selengut, menaheles of Bais Yaakov of Waterbury. A safe environment constitutes an atmosphere in which a child can focus on their personal growth and development, through academic learning and social interaction. No matter which age group our children belong to, being able to explore the world without worrying about personal safety is the child’s right. Mrs. Shira Rosenberg, teacher in Yeshiva K’tana and parent, “…loved the emphasis on validating our children's concerns and working on making our children feel that they can share anything with us.” In fact, the ABCD’s of safety were presented to the children in such a child friendly manner that they were able to go home and repeat what they had learned. Some of the comments from the students when asked what they gleaned from the presentation were quite telling: “They taught us that if anyone tells you a secret you have to tell your Mommy or Tatty”, said one second grader. And “If someone is about to hurt you, you should say no and run,” said another. A crucial facet of this program was that Mrs. Fox and her team did a masterful job of clarifying the mystifying aspect of these sensitive topics in a tactful but unambiguous manner. Rabbi Yisroel Sonnenschein, First grade Rebbe in the Yeshiva K’tana felt that, “the beauty of the Safety Kids Program was that important concepts, that have unfortunately become well known, were systematically organized and presented in a clear manner to enable educators and parents to know what to be aware of.” Mrs. Tzeenie Freedman, second grade Morah at the Yeshiva K’tana, agrees. “After attending the Safety Kid teacher training seminar I feel more empowered with knowledge, having learned the proper responses to a situation and, most importantly, to look beyond the child that is sitting in front of me.” The Safety Kid Program is an imperative that a group of generous and dedicated individuals gifted to the entire Waterbury Community and through these efforts we daven that we will b’ezras Hashem merit a truly safe environment in which our children can thrive. See "Perspectives" on pg. 118 for more parents' reflections. 13
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♦♦Did you know that the Waterbury community has its own Google Group? 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. ♦♦There has been an increase in people looking for rides for themselves or their children back and forth to Monsey/Brooklyn/Lakewood. If you go back and forth on a regular basis and don’t mind taking passengers please remember to post a ride on Waterbury’s Google Group or via text. ♦♦Don’t take a wasted trip! If you are in need of any service at the DMV, please note that they are closed on Mondays. ♦♦Do you have a library card? It’s free and the downtown Silas Bronson library will grant you one if you can show proof of residency such as a water bill or electric bill. The library card can also be used at any other library in the state and books taken from any other Connecticut library can be returned in Waterbury. ♦♦Bought a house and need a reliable moving company? Try Mcabe’s Moving in Southington. They come highly recommended and are super professional. Call 860- 308-1652. ♦♦Looking for furniture? Join the 15 million visitors a month and check out Craigslist.com for some great buys in Connecticut. Most products feature color pictures and exact location information. Kids can swim in the river too. Perfect outing for all ages. Call (860) 693-0385. ♦♦Have shoes that need repair? Anthony’s Shoe Service in Newtown is excellent and reasonably priced. Located at 43 South Main St (Route 25). Call 203-426-3955. ♦♦Here’s a fun attraction if you’re looking for a quick outing. At the corner of Callender Road and Park Road in Watertown there’s a little farm with a large variety of animals - cows, sheep, goats, deer, a llama, emus and waterfowl. They even have a trailer full of bread so you can feed the animals. It’s always open & always free. ♦♦When cleaning off your car after a snowstorm, don't forget to clear the snow off the roof. It can easily slip onto the windshield or fly off into the path of another car, causing a dangerous situation. 14
Ongoing Community Shiurim & Events Daf Yomi Shiur by Rabbi Kestenbaum at YGW, weekdays at 7:00 am, Shabbos time varies.
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.
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.
Men’s Sunday Morning Shiur by R’ Yosef Sonnenschein at B’nai Shalom at 9:35. Breakfast is served. Call M. Shtern at 646-388-0083.
Daf Yomi Shiur by Rabbi Yaakov Metz on Friday & Shabbos in Blue Ridge. Call R’ Metz at 203-707-3148 for more information.
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
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.
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. Likras Shabbos - Erev Shabbos Learning Program for boys ages 10 and up, 20 minutes before candlelighting in the Yeshiva Bais Medrash. Call R’ Yehuda Brecher at 203-7534176 for more info.
Dirshu Daily Mishna Brurah Shiur, ★ NOW STARTING wu ekj ★ given by R’ Tzvi Thaler. Sunday–Thursday, 8:00-8:30pm, followed by Maariv, in the Beis Medrash Katan of the Yeshiva.
Avos U’Banim Father/Son Learning Program on Motzei Shabbos at YGW one hour after Yeshiva Maariv. Call Shraga F. Siegfried at 203-759-5653 or Yaakov Reiss at 203-527-7200.
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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 : (Dec 9:20 27-28) : 9:32:(")" *: 4:11 :/ (June 28-29) 8:30 : 6:40 Early Mincha 6:56 :" 9:36 8:129:00 :/ " 8:20 : 3:55 : 9:08 :" 8:324:30 " : 6:305:30 :: 8:30 : 5:42:("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 : (Dec (Dec 9:1420-21) : 9:0813-14) : 9:26:(")" 9:20:(")" : * : 4:07 :/ 4:05 :/ (June 14-15) (June 21-22) 8:30 : : 6:40 Early8:30 Mincha 6:40 Early Mincha 6:53 6:55 :" 9:33 9:29 :" / 8:128:57 :/" 8:10 :8:53 " 8:20 : 8:20 : 3:50 : 3:489:05 : 9:06 :" : " 8:304:25 " : 8:29 ": 4:23 6:30 6:30 : 5:25 : 5:23 : 8:30: 8:28 : 5:37:("9:30 )": 5:35:(")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 : (Dec 6-7) 9:01 : 9:13:(")" *: 4:04 :/ (June 7-8) : 6:35 Early8:30 Mincha 6:50 9:25 :" 8:06 : 8:49 "/ 8:20 : 3:479:05 : :" 8:29 ": 4:22 6:30 : 5:22 : 8:25 : 5:34:(")9:25 " : 9:37:(")" :
YESHIVA ATERES SHMUEL OF WATERBURY Winter 5774 Shabbos Zmanim Schedule
* (July 26-27) 4:40 : / 6:30 Early Mincha 8:30 6:44 : 7:58 : /: 9:38 " 9:029:20 8:30 ":: " 4:24": 8:44 6:30 :: 4:59 8:15 : 5:59 : 9:15 : 6:11 :(:(""))"" 9:27
* (July 19-20) 4:31 : / 6:35 Early Mincha 8:30 6:49 : 8:04 : / 9:39 : " 9:03 9:17 8:30 ":: " 4:16 8:41 " 6:30 : 4:51 : 8:21 : 5:51 : 9:21 : 6:039:33 : (:(""))""
* (July 12-13) 4:246:40 : / Early Mincha 8:30: 6:53 8:08 / 9:39 : " 9:03 9:14 8:25 ":: " 4:08 8:38 :" 6:30 : 4:43 : 8:26 : 5:43 : 9:26 : 5:55 :(:(""))"" 9:38
*- (July 5-6) 4:17 : / 6:40 Early Mincha 8:30 6:55 : 8:11 : / 9:38 :" 8:25 : 9:02 9:11 " :" 4:01 : 8:35 " 6:30 : 4:36 : 8:29 : 5:36 : 9:29 : 5:48 :(:(")")"" 9:41
: (Aug 23- 24) (Feb 21-22) 6:00 Early Mincha 6:15 7:21 : / 5:15 : / 8:30 :: 8:30 9:32 :" 9:22 8:56 ":" 8:46 6:30" : : 4:597:38 : 8:38 : 5:34 8:50 :(")":
*:* (Aug 16 -17) (Feb 14-15) 6:10 Early Mincha 6:23 : / 5:077:32 : / 8:30 :: 8:30 9:29 :" 9:27 :" 8:53 " 8:51 ": 6:30 : 4:517:48 : 8:48 : 5:26 : 9:00 :(")"
* : (Aug 9-10) (Feb 7-8) 6:15 Early Mincha 6:32 7:42 : / 4:58 / 8:30 :: 8:30 9:27 :" 9:31 :" 8:51 " 8:55 ": 6:30 4:427:58 :: 8:58 : 5:17 : 9:10 :( ")"
* *: (Jan 31-(Aug Feb2-3) 1) 6:25 Early Mincha 6:38 : / 4:497:50 : / 8:30: : 8:30 9:23 :" 9:35 :" 8:47 " 8:59 " 6:30 : 4:33 8:07 :: 9:07 : 5:08 9:19 :(")":
6:34 : 6:26 : 6:17 : 6:46 :("on )Shabbos " :("shkiah, )" 6:29 ")" Mincha is always 40 6:38 min. before but never later than :( 6:30.
6:08 : 6:20 :(")"
Maariv on Motzei Shabbos is always 60 min. after shkiah. Zmanim for Shavuos will be posted separately. *Yeshiva off Shabbos Note: Mincha on Shabbos is always 35 min. before shkiah Maariv on Motzei Shabbos is always 60 min. after shkiah.
*Yeshiva off Shabbos ** Yeshiva Hotel Shabbos
YESHIVA ATERES SHMUEL: 359 Cooke Street • 203-756-1800 • www.yasw.org 17
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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 18
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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: Air Beds 203-573-0208 (Ehrenreich) 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) Space Heaters 203-759-1148 (Braunstein) 203-755-7328 (Katz)
Crock Pot extra large 203-591-8926 (Kalish)
Tehillim Booklets 203-755-0582 (Barth)
Folding Table 203-753-4176 (Brecher) 203-759-1692 (Friedland) 203-596-7569 (Handelsman) 203-527-7200 (Reiss)
Tefillin Sfard & Ashkenaz 203-509-0474 (Yitzchok Katz) Tools 203-597-8126 (Gutman)
Folding Chairs 203-596-7569 (Handelsman) 203-755-7328 (Katz) 203-527-7200 (Reiss) Furniture Gemach Donations accepted 203-574-3395 (Bernstein)
Torah Tape/CD Library 203-755-0582 (Barth) 203-419-0613 (Gigi) 203-757-9893 (Metz) MP3 players available 203-591-8938 (Schuck)
Hand Truck 203-591-9080 (Chaifetz)
Toys 203-755-5081 (Gottesman)
Uniforms for Yeshiva Kâ€™tana Plus New & Used Clothing 203-568-1803 (Nugiel)
Free oil furnace start-up 203-917-796-8016 (P. Nugiel)
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Hot Plate 203-755-7328 (Katz)
Waterbury Gemachim FOR YOUR SIMCHA: Centerpieces: Large selection of centerpieces, accents and tableware 203-597-9093 (E.B. Merenstein) Gold & ivory centerpieces 203-591-8926 (Rochel Kalish) Decorative crystal candle vases 203-573-8205 (Genendel Krohn)
Simcha Apparel (cont.): Gown Gemach Ladies & Children 203-755-7328 (Katz) Tuxedos – Little Boys 203-755-1392 (Radner) Simcha Items: Bentchers 203-755-6615 (Eli Scher)
Simcha Food Repackaging 203-597-0314 (Thaler)
Glass Stemware 203-573-8205 (Krohn)
Simcha Apparel: Gown Directory Women & Girls 203-573-8205 (Krohn) See below for directory
Tablecloths 203-596-7569 (Handelsman) White & cream
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
• Girls Gown, size 18 mos black velvet top with pink chiffon skirt • Girls Gown, 24 mos black velvet top with pink and black polka dot skirt Faige Freidland 203-759-1692 ◆ Children’s gown, silver, jumper style, size 14 ◆ Woman/Teen, Navy with velvet trim Gila Aboud 203 597-9052 ◆ Woman’s Gown, silver, 2-Piece ◆ Woman’s Gown, navy blue jumper style Miriam Farkas 845-271-9191 ◆ Woman’s Gown champagne OR silver Adina Shtern 646-853-0237 ◆ Woman’s Gown, black ◆ Baby Gown, black velvet Sara Scher 203-757-1336
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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, Gedalyah Jeremias or Dr. Larry Scheer. n Hatzalah of Waterbury 203-754-4200 n Mezuzah Checking Call Rabbi Sruly Sonnenschein of the Stam Connection at 203-573-8286. n Mikvah Tcharna of Waterbury Located at 186 Roseland Avenue, the new Mikvah is open for women by appointment only. Appointments must be scheduled at least 48 hours in advance by calling 203-754-4150. For further assistance call Gitty Braunstein at 203-759-1148. n Men’s Mikvah - Mikvah Kadosh V’Tahor of Waterbury 92 Prospect St. Hours: Daily 5am-9am, Erev Shabbos & Yom Tov until licht benching. Tevilas Keilim 24 hrs a day (men only during Mikva hours) in back of the building. For more information or dedication opportunities, please call 203-509-5539 or email Mikvakadosh@gmail.com. n Shatnez Testing The Waterbury Shatnez Laboratory has now reopened under new management. Please call Elisheva Magid at 203-574-4262 / 310-425-2365 or Rochelaya Deutsch at 203-573-0782. 22
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SERVICES AND PROGRAMS OF WATERBURY’S JEWISH COMMUNITY
n The N’shei of Yeshiva Gedolah of Waterbury Provides for the growing needs of the women of the community and the community at large. They have formed a number of organized chesed organizations, including: Bikur Cholim of Waterbury Many essential services are available to Jewish patients in Waterbury and ED St. Mary’s Hospitals. Fully stocked refrigerators and other food items for the T A UPD FO! Emergency Room and Maternity Ward as well as Kiddush and Havdalah needs, IN Seforim and Jewish books for adults and children. Ask a nurse to help you locate the pantry for Jewish patients. For more information, call 203-574-3395. 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 203-247-0911. For Blue Ridge, call Malky Russ at 203-575-8353 or Faygie Beller at 347-414-0787. Hachnasas Orchim For those considering relocating to Waterbury, arrangements can be made for a Shabbos visit by calling 203-573-8806. Welcome packages and Shabbos Hostess packages are also available by calling 203-755-0582.
For questions about the N’shei of YGW, to join our email/texting group or to volunteer, please contact 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 email@example.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: firstname.lastname@example.org n Vaad Hakashrus of Greater Waterbury An independent local Kashrus agency meeting the highest standards of kashrus for local food establishments and serving the growing kashrus needs of the greater Waterbury community. Call 203-756-1800.
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Popular Waterbury Locations 1. Waterbury Kosher World 2. B’nai Shalom Synagogue 135 Roseland Avenue 3. Yeshiva K’tana 4
4. Post Offices 5. Shoprite 6. St. Mary’s Hospital 7. Stop & Shop / Target
8. The Home Depot 9. Train Station 10. Bus Station 11. Walgreens 12. Webster Bank 13. Waterbury Hospital 14. Yeshiva Ateres Shmuel of Waterbury
359 Cooke Street 15. Stop & Shop / Walmart 16. Brass Mill Shopping Mall 17. U niversity of Connecticut 18. Public Library 19. Mikvah of Waterbury 186 Roseland Avenue 20. Ami’s Bagels 25
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Driving Directions... ...TO BROOKLYN. Take Route 8 south to I-95 south (the last exit). Take exit 14 on the New York side of I-95 to the Hutchinson River Parkway to the Whitestone Bridge. Cross over bridge and bear right to the Van Wyk Expressway. Exit at 1-B to Belt Parkway West. • or, take Route 8 south to the Merritt Parkway (Exit 10), to the Hutchinson River Parkway and cross over the Whitestone Bridge. Take Van Wyk Expressway to Belt Parkway West (exit 1-B). • or, take I-84 West to the 684 (exit 20) towards NY. After Exit 1 take Hutchinson to Whitestone Bridge. ...TO QUEENS. Follow any of the 3 routes listed above to the Whitestone Bridge. Bear right after bridge to Van Wyk Expressway. ...TO FAR ROCKAWAY / 5 TOWNS. Follow any of the 3 routes listed above to the Whitestone Bridge. Bear right onto Van Wyk Expressway. Take Van Wyk to the end and follow signs to the Nassau Expressway. • or, bear left after crossing Whitestone Bridge to Cross Island Parkway. Take exit 24-A to Francis Lewis Blvd. Follow Brookville Blvd until Rockaway Turnpike and make a left turn. ...TO NEW YORK CITY. I-84 west to the 684 south (exit 20) , to the Saw Mill Parkway south (exit 5), which leads to West Side Highway. ...TO NEW JERSEY / LAKEWOOD. Take I-84 west to the 684 South (exit 20), to the 287 west to the Tappen Zee Bridge, continue to the Garden State Parkway south to all New Jersey locations ...TO MONSEY. Take I-84 west to the 684 South (exit 20),to the 287 west to the Tappen Zee Bridge, continue to the I-87 north /I-287 west to Rt. 59 (exit 14– Nanuet/Spring Valley) ...TO BALTIMORE. Take Route 8 to I-95 south to the GW Bridge. Cross over and then follow signs to the NJ Turnpike (95-S). Go the entire length of the turnpike and cross over the Delaware Memorial Bridge.Then follow signs to 95-S towards Baltimore. Take 695 towards Towson to exit 20 (Ner Yisroel) or exit 21 (Park Heights Avenue). ...TO HARTFORD. Take I-84 East to Hartford. (Exits 41 or 43 for West Hartford). ...TO NEW HAVEN. Take Route 8 south to exit 26 to route 63. Or take 84 East and exit immediately at exit 23 (stay in exit lane) Follow signs to Route 69 South. ...TO BOSTON. Take I-84 east to I-90 East (Mass.Turnpike ) into Boston ...TO YESHIVA GEDOLAH OF WATERBURY. From Route 8 North – Take Route 8 until Exit 32, Downtown Waterbury. Make a right at the first light (Freight Street) and continue till the end of the street. Make a left onto Meadow Street, which becomes Willow Street. Continue till Pine Street and make a right. Take Pine until Cooke Street. Make a left onto Cooke Street and continue down for about 1 block – the Yeshiva Gedolah of Waterbury will be on your left, 359 Cooke Street. From I-84 East – Take I-84 until Exit 21. Make a right off the exit, at the first light. Travel straight on Meadow Street which becomes Willow Street and continue as above.
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During a recent conversation with one of the General Studies teachers in the Yeshiva Ketana I was incredibly moved when she told me that she has taught in many schools, but has never experienced the warmth and welcome that she received from the Yeshiva K’tana staff. She also mentioned how amazed she was by the “sense of community” she felt was had by all; such an unusual phenomenon in today’s world!”
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Federation concert draws over 400 participants, mostly members of the Waterbury community
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Turning points: Bonei Olam comes to Waterbury By: L. Halevi Turning Points. As we go through life we reach many turn-
majority of couples must undergo- and pay for- multiple
ing point moments. From the very beginning of our lives,
treatment cycles before being blessed with success. These
starting with birth, reaching Bar/Bat Mitzvah, our engage-
fees must be paid up front and in full before the doctors will
ment, a wedding, and then it all begins again with the next
agree to start treatments. This financial burden is an added
generation…Or does it?
ache on top of the physical and emotional hardships that in-
Many of us take a lot of life’s precious moments for granted.
In fact we sometimes may even take life itself for granted.
Thankfully, Hashem has revealed to the medical community
The natural progression of life is marriage followed by a child.
various new developments and breakthroughs in this field.
And then another, and our very own family is being built. But it is not so for everyone.
However, many couples cannot avail themselves of these
For many couples, the blessing of a child is a turning point
options, due to the prohibitive costs. This just causes their
they have trouble reaching. This is not for lack of trying, but
hearts to ache even more. Hope is in plain view, yet totally
because the Ribono Shel Olam has given them the challenge
out of their realistic grasp. What are these couples to do? Are
of dealing with infertility. They suffer in silence, not knowing
all avenues of hope closed to them forever? Must they resign
where to turn.
themselves to a life without children?
While most people sit in a pediatrician’s waiting room, these
No, of course not. There is still one more avenue of hope
couples are consulting with fertility specialists. While most
open to these couples: Bonei Olam is there for them.
people are shopping for clothing for their children, these
A few years ago, Bonei Olam was conceived and created by
couples are shopping for insurance companies, looking to
a group of highly motivated people. These were couples
alleviate some of the financial burden of fertility treatments. These couples are not unknown strangers - they are our
who were struggling with infertility themselves, and there-
siblings, friends, neighbors, and co-workers. Just close your
fore understood the great physical, emotional and financial
eyes for a moment and think, and you will find that you
burdens it involved. “Creating worlds” is what this organiza-
know more childless couples than you dared imagine. In fact
tion is all about. As the Rambam (Halachos Ishus Chapter
the shocking statistic is: one in every six
15,) states: “He who facilitates the addition of one soul to Klal
couples is faced with infertility is-
Yisroel, is as if he has built the entire world!” They vowed
to never allow the lack of funds to prevent any couple from
The lives of these couples are
realizing their dream of taking part in building the future of
consumed by doctors’ visits,
hospital stays, and laboratory
Thousands of people have already been helped through the
tests. The procedures are dif-
efforts of Bonei Olam. Over 4,000 children have been born
ficult and energy-depleting. The
to Bonei Olam - assisted couples. Kein Yirbu!
price tag for these procedures is astronomical. The average
Since its inception, Bonei Olam has added the following
treatment can cost tens of
comprehensive services to widen the circle of people that can be helped:
thousands of dollars! A
Bonei Olam is endorsed by leading Rabbonim from across the
In this complex field the facilities command
entire spectrum of Klal Yisroel. Indeed, Bonei Olam - assisted
astronomical fees, but it is imperative that
couples come from virtually every continent on the globe.
they are utilized to ensure success.
Simply put, these couples would not have been able to real-
High Risk Pregnancy Care:
ize their dreams of becoming parents without the financial
From paying for the doctor bills and special-
help of Bonei Olam. The annual fluctuating budget has already
ized tests to funding expensive medications,
reached a staggering $4 million, and is projected to grow even
Bonei Olam minimizes the financial burden in
more in the years to come.
high risk situations.
Therefore, Bonei Olam needs the help of every member of Klal
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Yisroel and organizes fundraising events in cities around the
When a child or adult is diagnosed with can-
world. We are very happy to join with the Waterbury commu-
cer, their ability to have children may be se-
nity and look forward to your generous response. In the zchus
verely compromised. Bonei Olamâ€™s financial
of your partnership in the Miracle of Life, may you and yours be
intervention assists stricken individuals with
blessed with a year of health, happiness, and Nachas.
advice and financial help, both before and after treatment. We can do the utmost to insure that avenues of fertility are still open to the patient.
Your response to the Waterbury Fundraising Campaign for Bonei Olam will go a long way in helping the many couples who are still waiting. Please send your kind donation to:
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Sadly, many couples discover that they are
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carriers of a rare genetic disorder after they
give birth to an unhealthy child. This information would not have been available to them
To learn more about Bonei Olam and its various programs
with the normal premarital screening. By
and projects, visit our website at www.boneiolam.org or
providing expert guidance and financial as-
call us at 718.252.1212.
sistance, Bonei Olam enables these couples to welcome healthy children into the world.
Insurance Coverage: Bonei Olam will fund insurance premiums for couples undergoing infertility in order to ensure the necessary coverage.
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Naugatuck Valley Women’s Health Specialists NAUGATUCK VALLEY WOMEN’S HEALTH SPECIALISTS is an obstetrics and gynecology group with offices in Waterbury, Middlebury, Southbury, and Wolcott, CT. Serving the greater Waterbury area since 1984, our office is known for its warm and personal environment, where every patient is treated with the greatest respect and consideration. Our team consists of five dedicated doctors and an experienced certified nurse midwife, and we pride ourselves in building strong relationships with patients and providing the most up-to-date, quality health care in gynecology and obstetrics. We are affiliated with Saint Mary’s Hospital, where we perform state-of-theart surgeries and deliver babies. Saint Mary’s Hospital is also home of The BirthPlace – the only in-hospital birth center in Connecticut – and it is open to women with low-risk pregnancies who desire the most natural childbirth experience possible while having all the services necessary to respond to any emergency situation.
♦♦All of our physicians are adept in advanced minimally invasive surgery. ♦♦Our group has always been at the forefront in supporting women who wish to attempt a VBAC. Saint Mary’s Hospital leads the state in the rate of successful VBACs. ♦♦Over the last 29 years we have delivered over 30% of the babies born in Waterbury. ♦♦Our physicians and staff welcome women with high-risk pregnancies. Our distinctive management of highrisk pregnancies in conjunction with the specialists at Yale University and the University of CT Health Center has a proven record of excellent outcomes. In addition, the neonatal intensive care nursery at Saint Mary’s Hospital allows many mothers and babies to receive superior care locally where many hospitals must transfer the mother or baby to another facility because of lack of specialized staff and equipment. ♦♦Our group is versed in the unique needs of our Orthodox Jewish patients. We believe the Orthodox Jewish community has added a wonderful dimension to the character of Waterbury. We relish the continued growth of the Orthodox Jewish community and look forward to continuing to provide care to orthodox women.
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Timexpo Museum 175 Union St., Brass Mill Commons Waterbury, CT, (203) 755-TIME (8463)
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.
Youngsters explore and join in special activities. Hands-on exhibits, live animals, picnic area.
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
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.
M PEZ Visitor Center 35 Prindle Hill Rd, Orange, CT 203-298-0201
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.
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.
M 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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Corn Maze Middlefield, CT 860-349-1793
Lyman Orchards Rte. 147 & Rte. 157 Middlefield, CT, 860-349-1793
Like to get lost in a puzzle and find your way out? Try out Lyman Orchard’s craftily carved out, 3-acre corn maze. Open September through October.
A duck pond, a corn field maze, special events and festivals for the whole family! Pick berries, peaches, pears, apples, pumpkins and more!
Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens 915 Prospect Ave. Hartford, CT (860) 722-6541
March Farms 159 Munger Lane, Bethlehem, CT (203) 266-7721
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.
Breathtaking view from the farms with a variety of fruit picking in season. Also features a beautiful lake and grounds for picnicking and farm animals
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M Field View Dairy Farm 707 Derby Turnpike (Route 34) Orange, CT (203) 795-5415
All kinds of farm animals, a blacksmith’s shop, a carpentry chop, and horse-drawn wagons. They also offer hay rides.
Daily cow milking at 4:30pm, including Sundays. Viewing is free of charge.
Pickin’ Patch Nod Rd, Avon, CT, (860) 677-9552
Flamig Farm 7 Shingle Mill Rd. West Simsbury, CT (860) 658-5070
Pick-your-own fruits and vegetables, bedding plants (spring), hay wagon rides to the pumpkin patch in October.
Farm animal petting zoo (Apr.-Nov.). Horse-drawn hay, sleigh, carriage & pony rides, yearround, weather permitting.
M Silverman’s Farm 451 Sport Hill Road, Easton, CT 203-261-3306
Castle Hill Farm 25 Sugar Lane, Newtown, CT (203) 426-5487
Pick your own fruits in season, visit farm animals and large farm market with a variety of produce. Call for information on seasonal events.
The ultimate wiggly, curly, twisting paths cut into 7 acres of corn. Weekend hayrides and pony rides too. Corn Maze: Open September through October.
White Flower Farm Rte. 63, Litchfield, CT, 10 acres of display gardens, 30 acres of growing fields. Peak bloom June-Sept., garden store.
Litchfield Hills Blueberry Farm 23 Schrowback Road, Plymouth, CT (860) 283-9571 Pick your own blueberries while you enjoy the beautiful view of the Litchfield Hills. They measure what
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A Closer Look... Flight Trampoline Park New Britain, CT With open jump hours on over 13,000 square feet of connected, world-class trampolines, this is an outstanding indoor attraction for kids of all ages. The 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. They even have special jumping hours for children ages 6 and under. Entrance fees vary by age and the park is also available for party reservations. Call (860) 505-8218 or visit www.flightct.com for more information.
ENTERTAINMENT: Action Wildlife Goshen, CT, (860) 482-4465 A drive-through safari and petting zoo located on 116 acres of beautiful fields.
Andie’s Bounce Barn 32C Progress Ave - Seymour, CT (203) 881-3500 A beautiful, clean and spacious play paradise of huge, inflatable climbing and bounce units. Fun for kids of all ages. Open daily.
Balloon Rides by Castle View 1476 Highland Ave. Cheshire, CT, (203) 272-6116 A majestic one-hour sunrise balloon flight as you relax and enjoy the adventure of a lifetime in the basket of a hot air balloon. On a clear day, you can view Long Island and the rolling hills of the Berkshires.
Beardsley Zoological Gardens 1875 Noble Ave. Bridgeport, CT, (203) 394-6565 Spend an hour or a day and see more than 300 animals. Many endangered and threatened species, rainforest with a free-flight aviary and a prairie dog exhibit with “pop-up” viewing areas. A Farmyard, a Picnic Grove and a colorful carousel.
Chelsea Piers Stamford, CT (203) 989-1000 A state-of-the-art sports and entertainment complex. A wide range of classes as well as drop-in recreational activities such as trampolines, rock climbing, batting cages, toddler playtime, water play & slides, open basketball, ice skating and more. www. chelseapiersct.com
Dadd’s Extreme Indoor Sports West Haven, CT, (203) 937-7461 Go-carts, mini golf, Kiddie Land, arcade, laser tag.
Dinosaur Crossing 1650 Route 85, Montville, CT (860) 443-4367 50 acres of beautiful, outdoor exploration and discovery.
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M New Listing 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.
Maritime Aquarium 10 North Water St. Norwalk, CT (203) 852-0700 Explore the marine life and maritime culture of Long Island Sound and watch sharks, jellies, sea turtles, and more than 1,000 other marine animals. Feed the seals, check out special exhibits or enjoy a film in the IMAX Theater.
Mountain Fun Wallingford, CT, (203) 265-4006
Essex Steam Train and Riverboat Essex, CT (860) 767-0103
An indoor climbing gym for kids. Great exercise and gives kids a challenge and sense of accomplishment.
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.
Mystic Seaport & Aquarium (888) 9-SEAPORT
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.
M Jump-n-Jammin Play Center 815 Pine Street, Bristol CT (860) 582-JUMP With over 18,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space, Jump-n-Jammin it is the largest inflatable gym in Connecticut. Visit www.jump-n-jammin.com.
Kids in Motion Park Cheshire, CT www.cheshirekidsinmotion.org This state-of-the-art, 38,000 square feet playground is the largest outdoor playground in CT. It offers the newest equipment including a Kidrox Climber, a Double Webscape and a Playworld Music Center. Picnic area, lots of shade, gated play area.
Lake Compounce Theme Park Bristol, CT, (860) 583-3300 The nation’s oldest amusement park and CT’s largest water park with more than 50 rides & attractions
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.
Planet Play At Top Flight 17 Pickett District Rd, New Milford, CT (860) 350-9121 A large indoor play area with moonwalks, softplay, giant sandbox and more.
Playtime Village Monroe, CT, (203) 445-8626 One-of-a kind 8,600 sq. ft. indoor play space for children aged 5 and younger. Enjoy pretend play in a charming, child-sized village.
Quassy Amusement Park
Rte. 64, Middlebury, CT (203) 758-2913, (800) FOR-PARK Sits on the beautiful Lake Quassapaug. Over 24 rides for children of all ages plus picnic area and bumper boats. Terrific outing from Apr. thru Oct.
The Shore Line Trolley Museum East Haven, CT (203) 467-6927 Experience how people traveled before cars by riding vintage trolley cars on a historic trolley line. Beautiful scenery, tours, exhibits, picnic areas and special events.
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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 different lifts!
Rollermagic Roller Rinks 60 Harvester Road Waterbury, CT (203) 574-2118
Large maple wood skating floor, arcade area, special effects lighting, traditional and roller blade skate rentals, and a large off floor viewing area.
Sonny’s Place Somers, CT (860) 763-5454 www.sonnysplace.com The perfect place for the whole family. Rock Climbing Wall and jumping on Monkey Motion, 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.
Sports Center of Connecticut 784 River Road (Rte. 110) Shelton CT (203) 929-6500 Premier weather-protected golf practice facility, miniature golf course, baseball batting stadium, lazer tag arena, fun bowl bowling and the world’s only double-decker ice arena.
Glazey Days 607 Main Street Watertown, CT (860) 274-9946 A paint-your-own pottery and glass studio.
Pottery Piaza 17 Farmington Ave. (Rt. 10) Plainville, CT (860) 2517-8553 Spend quality time with family and friends as you paint your own pottery or make your own mosaic in a relaxing environment.
STATE PARKS: Black Rock State Park Watertown, CT (860)-283-8088 Swimming, hiking, scenic views, campgrounds, fishing, picnicking and Indian legend all tucked into the scenic hills of the Western Highlands.
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
The best in family fun and entertainment at affordable prices! Roller Skating, Glow in the Dark Mini Golf, Free Play arcade and Laser Tag.
Veteran’s Memorial Ice Skating Rink 56 Buena Vista Road West Hartford, CT (860) 521-1573 Wolcott Lanes Bowling 955 Wolcott Road Wolcott, CT (203) 879-1469
East Haddam, CT (860) 526-2336 Sitting atop the CT River, the park includes tours of the majestic stone castle, a museum, hiking trails, and a picnic area. From late May to Mid November you can take the Chester - Hadlyme ferry across the CT River.
Haystack Mountain State Park Torrington, CT (860) 482-1817 Travel the twisting mountain road or hike the rugged trail to the top and you will be astounded at the beautiful views.
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Kettle Town State Park Southbury, CT Located off exit 15 on Route 84 West.
STATE PARKS: Hubbard Park & Craig Castle Meriden, CT Walk or drive up the mountain trail for a beautiful view. Huge playground, a fishing area with ducks and terrific spots for picnicking.
Indian Well State Park Shelton, CT Scenic waterfalls and splash pool give this park its name, Indian Well. Lovely falls, and shaded picnic grove at the water’s edge.
Millers Pond State Park Durham, CT Miller’s Pond is a scenic, quiet lake with numerous rock outcrops reaching out into the pond to provide fishing platforms. An easy, flat trail circles the lake.
Sleeping Giant State Park Hamden, CT Two miles of mountaintop resembling a sleeping giant give this park its name. A 1 1/2-mile scenic trail leads to the stone observation tower on the peak .
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.
Veterans Memorial Park 570 Nova Scotia Hill Road, Watertown, CT A beautiful park with a playground, gazebo, walking trails, pond for fishing, hiking and picnic tables throughout the park.
Wharton Brook State Park Wallingford, CT Located on wooded, sandy knolls, the beautiful picnic area overlooks a brook-fed pond.
Kent Falls State Park Kent, CT (860) 927-3238 Hike up the side of a series of powerful and rushing waterfalls among shaded trees and a beautiful view. Open areas for a picnic or B-B-Q also available.
The Park and Recreation Dept. (203) 574-6793 (all info on local parks)
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“DON'T EVER GIVE UP ON YOUR DREAMS” Well before she and her family made New England their home, many of us knew Mrs. Debbie Gutfreund through her insightful articles in various Jewish media. Upon her move to Waterbury, we were eager to meet and get to know the wonderful persona behind the name. Debbie Gutfreund is originally from Scarsdale, New York. She fell in love with books and writing at an early age and published her first piece in the New York Times when she was fourteen-years-old. In Ramaz High School in Manhattan, she developed a love for Eretz Yisrael and a lifetime love for Torah learning. After high school, while attending the University of Pennsylvania, Mrs. Gutfreund met her husband Aaron, and they made aliyah soon after graduation. After her initial introduction to the world of psychology in college, Mrs. Gutfreund received her Masters in Family Therapy and worked as a pre-marital therapist in Israel. Their five children were born in Jerusalem, and her husband was able to learn part time in Kollel for the fourteen years that they were blessed to live there. Debbie attended Sarah Shapiro's writing group in Jerusalem and began writing a column for Yated and Hamodia. Debbie’s writing later branched out to include Horizons, Mishpacha Magazine, Chabad and several Jewish anthologies. Currently, she has regular columns in Binah magazine and on Aish.com. Debbie is also in the middle of writing her first novel which is giving her the opportunity to integrate her passion for psychology and creativity. When the Gutfreunds first decided to move back to America, they looked for a wholesome, out of town community, similar to the kind of community where they lived in Israel. In addition, they wanted to be within driving distance of their family and connections in the New York area. Waterbury was a natural fit. The Gutfreunds spoke to several Waterbury families and felt welcome before they even arrived.
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From the first day the Gutfreunds came to Blueridge, they were impressed by how amazing this community is. Every family on the block showed up at their door with a homemade treat and a smile. The Gutfreund children went outside to play and made friends before they could even unpack their suitcases. The Gutfreunds feel that the Yeshiva K’tana has been such a positive, wonderful source of blessing and chinuch for each of their children. The family looks forward to being a part of the new Bais Yaakov of Waterbury High School. For the Gutfreunds, an added bonus to living here is the chance to enjoy the beauty of New England. They have discovered several breathtaking hiking trails, and fun night skiing at Mt. Southington. The Gutfreunds also enjoy family ice skating on Sundays in the winter and heading to Lake Compounce in the summer. Year round, Mrs. Gutfreund loves to run and is a member of the Hartford Marathon Foundation and the New York Runner's Club. She has won numerous races recently in Connecticut and is training for a Hartford marathon in May. On a more personal level, Mrs. Gutfreund defines two crucial sources of transformation in her life. One has been learning Rav Noach's Weinberg's (ztz"l) 48 Ways to Wisdom, and the other, delving into the depth of contemporary research in the field of Positive Psychology. We each have innate greatness within us, and Hashem expects us to use the gifts that He gives us to light up the world. “Nothing is impossible. Don't ever give up on your dreams. Not living up to our potentials should be one of our greatest fears.”
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Ice Skating Rinks in Connecticut Connecticut is home to many indoor ice skating arenas, plus outdoor ice skating rinks that offer the public an opportunity to get out and glide. It's always a good idea to call ahead to check hours of operation or conditions at outdoor skating locations and if you don't own your own skates, you may want to ask about the availability of skate rentals as well. Did you know that an hour of leisurely ice skating burns 310 calories and vigorous skating burns 555 calories an hour?
Chelsea Piers One Blachley Road, Stamford, CT 203-989-1000
Stamford Twin Rinks 1063 Hope Street Stamford, CT 203-968-9000
Danbury Ice Arena One Independence Way, Danbury, CT 203-794-1704
Veterans Memorial Ice Skating Rink 56 Buena Vista Road West Hartford, CT 860-521-1573
Sports Center of CT 784 River Rd. (Rt. 110) Shelton, CT 203-929-6500
Enfield Twin Rinks 1 Prior Rd. Enfield, CT 860-745-2461
Wonderland of Ice 123 Glenwood Ave. Bridgeport, CT 203-576-8110
The South Windsor Arena 585 John Fitch Blvd. South Windsor, CT 800-462-5391
Sono Ice House 300 Wilson Ave., Norwalk, CT 203-956-0255
Simsbury Farms Outdoor Rink 100 Old Farms Rd. Simsbury, CT 860-658-3836
Winter Garden Ice Arena 111 Prospect Ridge, Ridgefield, CT 203-438-4423
Bushnell Park Outdoor Rink Bushnell Park, Hartford, CT 860-232-6710
Winter Boat Cruises in Connecticut If you’ve never thought of taking a trip to the seaside on a freezing winter day, think again! Hop aboard a Connecticut boat cruise to check out the harbor seals that head down to the Long Island Sound during the winter months or cruise along the Connecticut River where bald eagles can be sighted soaring above. Take note that some cruises have a minimum age for cruising. And don’t worry…many of these cruises offer heated cabins in addition to their open decks and some even offer complimentary coffee. Bring binoculars, dress warmly and enjoy!
Eagle Boat Cruise Offered by the Connecticut Audubon Society, this educational cruise lasts approximately 2 hours and runs February 9th – March 13th. Reservations are recommended. Boats depart from Eagle Landing State Park, Route 82, Haddam, CT. Call 860-767-0660 for information. Thimble Island Seal Cruise Seals frequent this area beginning in December and other marine wildlife is often spotted as well. Located at Stony Creek Dock, 30 Indian Point Road, Branford, CT. Call 203-488-8905 for reservations. Eagle Watch Boat Tours Board the CT River Museum’s 65-foot research boat to enjoy a cruise and a view of Connecticut’s bald eagles. Tours run from February 1st to March 17th and leave from 67 Main Street in Essex, CT. Call 860-767-8269 for information. Winter Creature Cruise Offered by Norwalk’s Maritime Aquarium, this tour takes you on a 2 1/2 hour cruise on a 40-foot boat. On board, you’ll learn about the local sea life and eco-system. Reservations are encouraged. Boat dock is located at 10 North Water Street, Norwalk, CT. Call 203-852-0700 for information. Oceanology Project’s Winter Seal Watch Head north to Groton for a 2 ½ hour adventure, which includes a presentation on seals, followed by a boat tour to catch sight of the marine mammals. Reservations are required. Located at 1084 Shennecossett Road, Groton, CT. Call 860-445-9007 for information.
MAPLE SUGARING SEASON IS HERE!
undreds of sugarhouses all across the Connecticut are working hard producing golden syrup from clear watery sap. The maple sugaring season extends from early February until late March, depending on the weather. Freezing nights and warm, sunny days are necessary to provide good sap harvests. Did you know that it takes 40 parts maple sap to make 1 part maple syrup? That’s 10 gallons of sap needed to make 1 quart of syrup. So that's why the cost of good quality syrup is so high… Many local sugar houses offer open houses and demonstrations and here are some that are great to visit. Lamothe's Sugar House Lamothe has sugar house tours going on each weekend mid-February until the end of March from 1-4:30pm. They even offer free coffee to keep you warm. 89 Stone Road, Burlington, CT 860-675-5043
Brothers and Sons Sugarhouse This sugar house is open year round but you can watch maple syrup being made during February and March. Tours are free but they recommend calling ahead before you come. 998 Saw Mill Hill Rd., Torrington, CT 860-489-2719
Brookside Farm II Open for visits mid-February through March. This is a small family run operation, so while they don’t give official tours, they do walk visitors through the syrup making process. 79 East Chestnut Hill Rd., Litchfield, CT 860-567-3805 or 860-567-3890
Sullivan Farm Through the end of March, the staff at Sullivan Farm will be tapping over 1600 trees and producing some of Connecticut’s finest Maple Syrup. 140 Park Lane, New Milford, CT 860-354-0047
Flanders Nature Center A fantastic sugar house open for tours. They explain the origins of maple syrup and how the making of it has evolved over the years. 5 Church Hill Road, Woodbury, CT 203-263-3711, ext. 12
Hilljack Sugar Shack Father and son team provide free tours to the public during the sugaring season. 74 Wilson Rd, Litchfield, CT 06759 860-482-6052
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Children on Shabbos Questions often arise with regard to children on Shabbos. Some insight into a few common misconceptions regarding children doing melachah on Shabbos may be helpful. Q: How old does a child have to be to keep Shabbos? A: While a male is considered an adult by age 13 and a female by age 121 there is still an obligation on the parent to train a child from the age of around 5 or 6 to keep all mitzvos. This obviously applies to all halachos of Shabbos as well. Q: Does the same obligation to train a 5 or 6 year old apply to all the commandments of Shabbos? A: One is obligated to train children 5 or 6 to keep all positive commandments. Some examples of the mitzvos asei of Shabbos are: • Honoring Shabbos2 (cleaning, bathing, setting up home/room, etc.) • Wearing festive clothing3 • Listening to kiddush4 by night and by day5 • Eating three meals (in the event that the child went to sleep too early for the Friday night seudah he should eat three meals during Shabbos day6) • Lechem mishnah7 (if a child eats alone) • Hearing havdalah (in the event that the child is sleeping at havdalah time many hold that unlike an adult, the child need not hear havdalah prior to eating breakfast on Sunday morning)8 In regards to training a child not to transgress a negative prohibition (mitzvas lo sa’asei), the obligation is different. Examples include: • Turning a light on or off • Carrying outside of one’s domain • Turning an air conditioner on or off • Moving muktza items With this the obligation is incumbent upon a parent for a child who is even younger than 5 or 6. Many hold that the age that one should train children to refrain from a negative commandment (lo sa’asei) is 4 years old.9 Q: While one must train a 5 year old to keep all positive commandments and a 4 year old to keep the negative ones as well, would one be allowed to tell a child younger than 4 to do melacha for him on Shabbos? CONTINUED ON PAGE 94 1. Avos 5:24, M.B. 225:6 2. M.B. 250:3 3. S.A. 262:2 4. M.B. 269:1 5. S.A. 289:1 6. Rama 291:1 7. See Taz 678 and Chasam Sofer O.C. 46 who hold that its a biblical requirement, M.A. 254:23 holds it’s rabbinic 8. Sefer Chinuch Yisroel pg. 99, SSK”h 58:20 9. Sh”ut Kavanas Halaiv 59:3, Likutai Halachos pg. 108
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A: The pasuk in Parshas Yisro10 states explicitly “Atah, U’bincha, U’bitecha...” that the obligation to keep Shabbos is upon you, your son and your daughter. Since all adult children (male 13 / female 12) are included in “Atah”, the “sons and daughters” specified in the prohibition must be those that are younger than that. The poskim include children as young as 1 and 2 to be included in this prohibition.11 Q: In what circumstances does the prohibition of “Atah, U’bincha U’bitecha...” apply? A: If a young child under the age of 4 is desecrating the Shabbos for himself (i.e. gleefully turning a light switch on and off, playing with muktza toys, pushing buttons on a microwave to hear the beeping sound etc.) then there is obviously no prohibited Shabbos desecration. However if a child below 4 is commanded to or even gestured to do an issur for the parent then the chilul Shabbos taking place would actually be placed on the parents account and is prohibited. Q: What are some examples of a parent transgressing the issur of “Atah, U’bincha, U’bitecha...”? A: If a parent were to ask or gesture to a young child, even below 4 years old, to: (a) (b) (c) (d) (e)
turn on a light start up the air conditioner switch off an alarm clock trap a bug turn on a fan
In these cases the parent would be dealing with chilul Shabbos via this issur of “Atah, U’bincha, U’bitecha...” Q: Are there any other sources where we see that one is not able to have a small child do melacha for an adult? A: There are numerous sources for this issur, some of which are: 1) The mishna in Shabbos12 that mentions how one should not allow a small child to put out a fire (assuming that it is not life threatening) as he would be doing it for the sake of the adults. 2) The Chasam Sofer who laments those who have their children carry their tallaisim to shul (where there is no Eruv) as it is an issur being done for the parent. 3) The Magen Avraham13 who goes as far as to say that one cannot benefit post facto from any melacha that was done by a child. 4) The M’eiri, who mentions that even if one were to hint to a child to do a melacha using a facial expression without actually asking, it would still be prohibited as the child knows he is doing the act for the parent. Q: According to the above opinions we see that even a child below the age of 4 cannot do melacha for an adult as it then becomes the adult’s chilul Shabbos. But can one give an item to a child if it will cause the child to do an issur, assuming that it is done for the sake of the child? 10. Shemos 20:10 11. See Mechilta who includes children who are even younger then a bar havana in this issur 12. 12a 13. 325:22
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A: There is a separate concern with directly giving something assur over to a child. This is colloquially termed “sapinin b’yadayim” (directly handing over to a child). This is learned from the pasuk “lo sa’achilem...”, which means that not only is it prohibited to eat non-kosher food but one may also not feed non-kosher food to a child. It is therefore prohibited to: • Hand a child a muktza toy to play with. • Directly give the child something for him to carry outside. • Give a child the remote for an air conditioner in order for him to inevitably turn it on/off. • Hand over an alarm clock for him to play with on the assumption that the off button will be pressed. Q: What is included in “directly” handing over? A: As mentioned above, placing something in the child’s hands is considered “sapinin b’yadayim”, but merely putting it near the child or placing the child near the item would not be an issue.14 Therefore, assuming that the child is not acting on behalf of the parent but is rather behaving out of regular juvenile instinct, one may place the child near a light, air conditioner, muktza toy, etc. even if he will come to turn it on/off as the child is acting on his own volition for himself and it is not being given over to him, but he is rather taking it upon himself to do this act. Q: Is there any circumstance that one may give a child something directly on Shabbos that may lead to a possible transgression? A: In a situation where one is stringent on something but doesn’t say that it is actually prohibited then one may have a young child do the act for him as it is only bypassing a chumra15 as opposed to a real bona fide prohibition. It is therefore permitted to have a 3 or 4 year old child: • Play with lego, puzzles, deluxe scrabble. • Open up bottles, cans, packaging. • Open up a refrigerator even while the motor is off. If however the parents do not do this act because they say that it is a real issur (i.e. as some people say that opening bottles and cans is a genuine prohibition of makeh b’patush) then one would be prohibited from giving this over to a child as well. 14. Igros Moshe Y.D. 2:9 15. M agen Avraham 304:2, Rama 259, see S’dai Chemed who mentions that a child may be lenient with keeping the stringency of eating dried foods on Pesach
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Light versus Darkness BY RABBI SHLOMO SHULMAN
At this point Purim may seem pretty far off, but its messages are timeless.
How well do they watch? Well, actually the first watchman does do a better job. No Cinderella story yet. By night, the second is at a clear disadvantage, seeing that he can’t see.
Megilas Esther is the only book in the Torah in which Hashem’s Name is never mentioned.
But what about after the sun comes up? Well, here it appears to be a tie, because now they both can see. Looking more deeply, however, we can perceive that the second watchman emerges from the night with something the first never gained. His hearing has become sharper, his other senses grown more attuned. When the day breaks, all the advantages of artificial light fade away, while the acquisition of heightened awareness and deeper perception is an enduring gain.
For the same price, why not mention It already? On top of that, Chazal tell us that Purim is the only current Yom Tov we’ll still be celebrating after Moshiach arrives (Midrash Mishlei 9:2). Why? Because we can’t give up costume parties and drinking? How is Purim any better than Pesach and its famous four cups, whose days of prominence are apparently numbered? Our answer comes by means of an analogy of two watchmen assigned with scrutinizing visitors at night.
Hashem reveals himself to the world in two ways. Let’s call them the Pesach way and the Purim way. The Pesach way is described at the beginning of the Aseres Hadibros: “Anochi / I am Hashem your G-d, Who took you out of the Mitzrayim” (Shemos 20:2). The Geulah from Mitzrayim was a wide open revelation of the Divine, followed by our miracle-filled reception of the Torah at Har Sinai. The Jewish nation was mesmerized, blinded by Hashem’s greatness, accepting the Torah out of awe.
To the first watchman we hand a lantern, while the second we leave standing in the dark. At first glance, the watchman with the lamp appears to have it made in the shade. The other watchman, lacking artificial illumination, is left to learn to interpret his experiences by sounds and scents and other senses not limited by the darkness. 96
vru, rcs Purim celebrates a second acceptance of the Torah, centuries later, in an age of Divine concealment. No open miracles. No prophecy. We were bewildered. Confounded by Hashem’s covertness, we found ourselves confronting the specter of annihilation. But when we witnessed the structure of our salvation coalescing through mysterious coincidences, we learned to perceive Hashem’s hidden Hand in nature, His underlying Providence in history.
hiddenness, will never be outshined by any light. Purim represents the most personal appreciation of the Divine, which we can only attain if we nurture it in ourselves. The Navi Michah describes this perception, “Even when I sit in darkness, Hashem is a light for me” (7:8). Certain strengths and potentials can only be developed when we are confronted by great challenges; they will never be developed without trials and tests. These abilities cannot be cultivated under the light of day, but rather only in the dark of night.
A different “Anochi / I” manifests here: “Hinei Anochi Haster Aster Panai” / “Behold I shall surely hide My face” (Devarim 31:18). When we finally adapted our senses to perceive this deeper reality, we were able to accept the Torah out of love; a more intimate relationship than awe.
And since we truly are only that individual whom we develop ourselves into being (and not as we were born), were it not for our challenges, were it not for our dark nights, we would never become that unique individual whom we were truly meant to be.
The dawn of our Final Geulah, may it come soon, will usher in a new era of open miracles, eclipsing even the brilliant revelation of the original Exodus. But the miracle of Purim, which sensitized us to perceive the Divine even in darkness and
A Freilichen Purim. (This week’s essay is based on ideas expressed by Rav Yitzchak Hutner ob”m, in Pachad Yitzchak: Purim, chapter 31)
Rabbi Shlomo Shulman, a resident of Waterbury, CT, heads the Maimonides adult learning program at Yale University in New Haven.
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A Word from the Bais Medrash BY CHAIM S.RUDOLPH
Conditioned to Succeed Greek mythology tells a story of an island in the middle of the sea inhabited by the Sirens, singing creatures whose characteristics were half birdlike and half human, who would lure passing sailors and their crewmen to the island with their captivatingly beautiful voices and music. Sailors were so transfixed by the singing that they could not help but interrupt their voyage, anchor their ships, and dazedly make their way to the island. Once stationed on the island, the sailors’ minds and bodies were overcome by the music, and so they were held in a perpetual trance which consequently led to their death. One particular sailor, Odysseus, who foresaw the lurking dangers of the island, cleverly commanded his crewmen to fill their ears with beeswax and tightly bind him to the ship’s mast. He claimed to be the first man who passed the island without calamity. Odysseus took into account the possibilities that the future held for him and devised a detailed plan accordingly. Myth or not, the lesson is priceless and pragmatic. Indeed, this lesson is no novelty in Judaism’s teachings (I only used the Greek myth to make a captivating introduction to this article). Chazal tell us “Who is the wise one? One who foresees the future.” What can one ask for which is better than wisdom? Here our Sages give us a simple formula, or so it seems. Chazal also teach: “Everything is from Heaven, except for fear of Heaven.” How do we reconcile with these two seemingly contradicting statements? Should we take life into our own hands and prepare for the worst or do we place our fate and faith in Heaven? In one particular Thursday night lecture Rabbi Avigdor Miller explained at length the importance of understanding that, without question, we are the authors of our future. Hilariously, Rabbi Miller commented on the popular misconception of the meaning of emunah by saying that people are too lazy to carry the responsibility of their future on their own shoulders, so they simply decide to have emunah and blame Hashem for their misfortunes. How then is the paradox resolved? Rabbi Miller explains that the phrase, “except for fear of Heaven” encompasses the choices regarding fear of Heaven, which includes all the choices that are in our control. The former part of the teaching describes the fact that Heaven controls the consequences of human behaviors. However, it goes without saying that our behaviors’ consequences, satisfying or unpleasant, are usually actualized within the natural bounds of cause and effect and, therefore, man needs to take matters into his own hands and not rely upon the supernatural. In Meseches Kidushin (29: B), Rav Acha is bewildered about how Abaya relied on a miracle to exterminate a seven headed serpent that was haunting his Bais Medrash. Rabbi Miller illustrated his explanation of this teaching with a true story of a young girl who was left alone with the Chanukah candles and died for lack of supervision. The father’s emunah was highly praised by his family and peers as he demonstrated a faithful acceptance Chaim S. Rudolph is a talmid at Yeshiva Ateres Shmuel of Waterbury. 98
A Word from the Bais Medrash of Heaven’s decree. However, in truth, the father was the one who brought the decree upon himself as he was punished for the negligence of leaving his daughter alone with burning candles. Thus, the rewarding or punishing decree is in exact accordance with how we behave. The Rambam (Hilchos Dayos, Perek 4, Halacha 20) confidently guarantees a long, healthy life to anyone who follows his rules of diet, exercise regimes, and other rules for healthy living (although he does make a few exceptions). The Rambam’s confidence in this guarantee is testament to the ideal that man has the power to determine his well-being in life. So, if we exert efforts to seek physical and emotional health, devise plans to achieve monetary stability, analyze ourselves and others to maintain healthy relationships with family, coworkers, and employers, we are, in fact, causing Heaven to place a rewarding decree in the given area of exertion. It is well known that one of one the first prominent experimentations on human behavior called ‘conditioning’ was carried out by Ivan Pavlov, famously known as the founder of classical conditioning. He proposed that animals (and humans) will learn to physiologically respond to a (naturally unresponsive) stimulus in the face of certain conditioning. Pavlov chose to focus his observations on a dog’s natural onset of salivation after the dog is presented with food. The findings of conditioning studies are not limited to the learning of physiological reflexes, but also extend to voluntary behavioral learning as well. The common denominator between both types of conditioning is that man is needed in controlling and changing the participant’s conditions for learning new behaviors, reflexive or voluntary. After conditioning, the elicited behaviors can be considered a lot less voluntary, or even involuntary. “How does this relate to me?” you may ask. Well, although at times our actions seem involuntary and reflexive and at times we may not even know what we are doing until later, it is most important to understand, however, that our behaviors are the fruit of the conditions we have previously, voluntarily, placed ourselves in. When man neglects to take control, he is merely the dog in the experiment, forced to react or behave as a result of circumstantial changes. In other words, by not taking preliminary plan and action, man is inviting the control of heaven, to bring misfortune in consequence of his passivity. In contrast, when man decides to take control of his circumstances he also becomes the experimenter because he is supplementing his condition with positive influences and he is guarding his condition of negative influences (such as avoiding an attractive, but catastrophic island). As Rabbi Miller commented, “It is always a dark and rainy day...it is only a day of sunshine and happiness for the person who looks ahead [into the future.]” After being saved by the skin of their teeth from the 50th level of tumah, the Jews left Egypt, the most impure country at that time (consider the impurities found in Manhattan and Paris combined into one). It is also known that the Jews reached a level of holiness, within a mere seven weeks post-exodus, that permitted their accepting of the Torah and which led them to become the greatest generation of all time. How, then, were the Jews able to experience such as swift and robust transformation? The answer is that the isolated, dry Sinai dessert that gave sight to nothing other than sand relieved them of any environmental influences. The only influence that the Jews were exposed to was that of Moshe Rabeinu. He appointed a ‘Mashgiach’ to watch over every ten people and every ten Mashgichim had their own Mashgiach that watched over them, and so on until the chain reached Moshe Rabeinu (Shemos, 18: 21-27). When they would fail to live up to the standards he set they were scrutinized harshly and held accountable. Moshe Rabeinu and his pupils were radioactive in that they emitted a constant stream of holiness and righteousness that electrified even the most stubborn of people. The Jews were conditioned to act in the proper way and were therefore fortunate to become the greatest nation of all time. May we merit in taking these lessons to heart. Have a safe and happy winter. 99
The Bus to Nowhere BY YAEL MERMELSTEIN “Come on kids,” I said. “Hurry up. We’re going to miss the bus.” We walked outside into the breezy evening air. The sun was melting into slender stripes of tangerine, plum and maple sugar across the sky. I looked at my two older daughters – dressed in white frothy dresses like miniature brides. My baby who is her own fashion consultant finally forced into wearing something adorable, and my sons, handsome in black, white and grey. We reached the bus stop in plenty of time. My kids jumped on and off of the bench in tandem. I checked my watch, then fumbled through my pocketbook for the invitation to Leah’s brother’s wedding. It had to be in there somewhere. “Oh my goodness,” I said. “What?” Yaakov asked me. “My wallet. It was in here. I didn’t take it out. But it’s not here. I must have left it at home.” “I’ll run home and get it,” he offered. “No,” I said, thinking of the five flights of stairs between the bus stop and our apartment. “You’ll miss the bus if you do that.” What would I do if the bus came while he was gone? That would only complicate the predicament. A bus came roaring down the street, seesawing over the rumble strips. Bus 295. It was our bus. “What are we going to do?” Shloimy, my six year old asked. “No idea,” I said. “But the next bus isn’t for another hour and if we want to make the wedding, we’re getting on this bus.” My children fanned out across the bus, finding window seats and the like, while I approached the Arab bus driver.
“I don’t have any money to pay right now,” I said, hoping for clemency. He pulled the bus over to the side of the road. “I’ll let you off here then,” he said, “so you don’t have too far back to walk.” I looked towards the back of the bus where my children sat, all spiffed up for the wedding. How could I disappoint them? “No, that’s okay,” I said. “I’ll figure something out.” What would I figure out? I had no idea. I stumbled to the back of the bus and started asking around in Hebrew. “Do you have a few shekels for one or two bus fares? How about you? And you?” Ladies started rummaging through their purses. “I have a bus card that you can punch for three of your children,” one lady announced. “I have money to cover the round trip adult fare,” another woman called out. “I can pay for the remaining child,” someone else offered. I collected the money while Yaakov passed a paper around collecting addresses and phone numbers. Ever practical, he was already figuring out how the debts would be repaid. “I have a friend that lives in your neighborhood,” he said to one woman. “I’ll give him the money tomorrow.” He ticked down the list, trying to figure everything out. “You don’t even have to pay me back,” one woman said. “I insist,” I said. Just then my good friend’s daughter came on to the bus. She surveyed the scene. “Mrs. Mermelstein is everything okay?” I smiled and told her my story. “I have a crazy question to ask you. Would you happen to have one hundred and five shekels on you?” At fifteen years old, there was no reason for her to carry around such big bills. “Actually I do,” she said. “I’m bringing my mother change for something so I happen to have the money on me.” Thank you Hashem. That’s convenient. I borrowed the money from her and paid back all of the lovely strangers who had been so eager to help. Tomorrow I would easily pay my friend back. I sat down in my seat and exhaled. “Ah!” Yaakov said. “Now everything is settled. We can go to the wedding in peace.” “Right.” I said. Then I remembered the missing invitation. I rummaged through my purse again. “Yaakov, do you remember where I said the wedding was?” “No, you never mentioned it.” Uh-oh. CONTINUED ON PAGE 102
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. 101
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I had boarded a bus with five of my young children, headed for a wedding, without a penny to my name, and without the slightest notion of where I was going. I was definitely winning the mother of the year award for this one. “So what are we going to do?” “Well,” I said. “Hashem got us this far and I presume he will get us the rest of the way there as well.” I closed my eyes and wrapped my arms tightly around my baby as the bus jolted up and down. The sound of ripping papers caught my attention. Three teenage girls sat on the stairs of the bus, shredding newspapers into tiny pieces. Rip, rip, rip. It was so destructive. Were they just littering for the sake of… But wait! They weren’t throwing the papers on the floor. They were dumping them into a bag like pieces of – confetti! “Are you girls preparing something to throw on a kallah?” I interrupted them. They turned towards the crazy lady with no bus fare. “Yes, why?” “Which wedding are you going to?” “Immanueli. Why?” “Me too!” I shouted. “And I have no idea how to get there.” “No problem,” they said. “Just follow us. How do you know the family?” “Leah babysits for us,” I said. “Oh my goodness, is that the matok baby that she’s always talking about! What a buba!” The girls oohed and ahed over my baby’s blonde pigtails as Yaakov and I marveled over the turn of events. Nearly an hour later, we followed the girls off the bus. The girls were followed by their mothers, all refined looking sefardi ladies, dressed to the hilt in elegant tichels and wedding suits. “Come on,” the girls said and they began scaling a dirt mountain. I’m not lying. We were going on a tiyul. “It’s a shortcut!” the teenagers shouted. Their mothers whooped and shouted and followed right behind them in their suits and scarves, finding footholds on the craggy surface. Yaakov steadied me as I clutched the baby. Adina held on to the younger ones and we began to scale the rocks. “Mommy,” Yaakov said, “you have to write down this story.” “There has to be another way to get there,” I said as my Shabboss shoe lost its traction. Eventually, we reached the top and crossed a parking lot where we caught an elevator up to the wedding hall. Leah was overjoyed to see us. The children were thrilled to see the chassan and kallah. It was a beautiful and enchanting evening. And the ride home, unfortunately, was uneventful. 102
BY THE WATERBURY SHATNEZ LABORATORY
The following Men’s woolen suits purchased at Jewish-owned stores were found to be shatnez:
Cianni Cellini made in China. Dino Nardiello made in Italy. Eventi made in China. G. Manzoni made in China. Jeffery Banks made in China. Luciano Bardelli made in China. Montefino Uomo made in China. Romano’s Le Collezioni made in China.
NOTE: THIS IS NOT A COMPLETE LISTING!!
ע"פ הוראת הרבנים הגאונים שליט"א Men’s, women’s and children’s woolen garments, including those purchased at Jewish-owned stores, require thorough shatnez testing. Testing and removal of shatnez should only be done at a qualified shatnez laboratory. Call 1-877-4 SHATNEZ for a comprehensive list of garments requiring testing.
לע"נ האשה הצדקנית דינה שרה בת ר' משה אליעזר (סווערדלאף) ברוידא ע"ה
Important Announcement: Vaad L’Mishmeres Shatnez certifies shatnez laboratories in the New York Metro Area. For a list of The Waterbury Shatnez is in the or midst a firstname.lastname@example.org. transition and is currently closed. certified laboratories callLaboratory us @ 1-877-4 SHATNEZ email of us @ If you need shatnez testing done now, please get it tested elsewhere. We will keep the community posted when we are back up and running. 103
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If He’s So Smart Why Can’t He Read? BY: RIFKA SCHONFELD
DIRECTOR S.O.S, STRATEGIES FOR OPTIMUM SUCCESS
If you are either a parent or a teacher (or both), the following scenario taken from a true-life PTA conference may have a familiar ring. Parent: (to teacher): Hello, I’m Boruch’s mother. Teacher: I’ve been looking forward to meeting you. Boruch is quite a personality. Parent: Thank you. How’s he doing? Teacher: Well, as you can see from his progress report-Parent: He keeps us in stitches at home. What a vocabulary! I’ve been wanting to ask you, do you think he’s bored in school? He hates doing homework. Teacher: Well, he--Parent: My husband and I were wondering whether he needs more... I don’t know, more stimulation, more enrichment. Teacher: Are you aware that he’s been having difficulty keeping up with the class in reading? Parent: Boruch--? But he’s so bright! Teacher: You must have noticed that he reads with many mistakes and is unsure of himself. Parent: Do you think it might be because he’s bored? I mean, I know it’s not because he’s slow, G-d forbid—this child is definitely brighter than average. Teacher: All the same, he’s definitely having trouble. His mind wanders and he has trouble concentrating. I would recommend having him tested. Parent: I beg your pardon. We seem to be talking about two different children. I’m not saying my son is a child prodigy but he’s certainly not learning disabled! Maybe if the lessons were more interesting, he would concentrate better! The discrepancy between a parent’s perception of his child and that of the child’s teachers is often so striking that both sides walk away from a PTA conference distraught and angry. How is it possible that their perspectives of the same child can clash so dramatically? In reality, the conflicting views each have some validity. Most children begin their childhood like Boruch, as enthusiastic learners and energetic thinkers, delighting their parents with their curiosity, alertness and comprehension. Once in school, however, it is not uncommon to find that a quick-witted, advanced child often emerges as an average or less than average student. The key to the paradox often lies in undetected learning difficulties. Boruch, with his precocious vocabulary and mathematic ability, was considered exceptional by his family, but his lead over other children his age disappeared when he started school and encountered difficulty with reading and writing. By the time he reached third grade, his poor scholastic performance began to eat away at his selfesteem and he became disruptive and clownish in class. By the year’s end the gap between his classmates’ level and his own had become so pronounced that Boruch’s parents decided to switch his school. They were desperate to find a school that would unlock the enthusiastic, intelligent, good-humored side of their son that seemed to have been completely buried by his negative school experiences. 104
PA R E N TI N G 101 New Studies in “Brain-Wiring” Boruch’s woes will resonate with a great many parents and teachers who have witnessed up close the average-to-bright child grappling with frustration and failure in traditionally-run classrooms. Noted education specialist Dr. Mel Levine, author of Educational Care and All Kinds of Minds, explains how recent studies have led to the recognition that a child’s brain may be “wired” in ways that make traditional teaching methods unsuited to his needs. These discoveries have sparked a minor revolution in educational theory. “We have learned that some have brains that are wired to handle a lot of information at once,” Levine says. “Others can only absorb and process a little information at a time. Some brains can recall information and skills rapidly, while others need more time to process and respond to a stimulus. Some brains retain information well; in other children, the brain’s capacity for long or short-term retention is weaker.” The fact is that a good many children have good minds with real and obvious intellectual strengths but they suffer from subtle dysfunctions – patterns of brain wiring that make certain aspects of learning exceedingly difficult. These children are highly vulnerable. They compare themselves with their peers and siblings and conclude that they are "stupid." When children are subjected continuously to experiences that breed these feelings, serious complications can develop, say experts. These include plummeting self- esteem, behavior problems, alienation from family, deep anxiety, and a loss of motivation. The child’s entire personality may seem altered.
Can These Kids Succeed? Educators explain that even when the "wiring" of a child's brain is not in sync with the give and take of a traditional classroom, scholastic failure can almost always be reversed when certain approaches are used both at home and at school that bring success within the child’s reach. “Simple labels such as "LD" and "ADD" are inadequate in helping to pinpoint exactly where a student is experiencing a breakdown in learning,” says Dr. Levine. “Teachers need to analyze the particular situation carefully. Does the child have a memory problem? Is there something about her language or conceptualization abilities? Is it a processing problem—the way she takes information in, or a production problem—the way she puts information back out?” The possibility of some type of motor deficiency should also be considered. Does this child struggle when following directions, breaking things down into steps, or otherwise getting things or herself organized? Finding precisely where the breakdown is occurring when a student is falling behind begins with the effort to pinpoint the student’s strengths and weaknesses, before the deficit becomes so great that it can’t be managed. A thorough and careful evaluation using input from parents, teachers and the child himself can shed a great deal of light. Once a weakness is clearly identified, a highly individualized plan can be developed. Look out for more details in my next column on how to build upon a child’s strengths. Stimulating a child’s hidden talents can spark the determination to overcome a variety of obstacles! 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
A View on Vaccines With the approaching winter season everybody prepares themselves, at least psychologically, for those many days of drippy and crusty noses and more visits to the pediatrician’s office. Baruch Hashem we live in an era in which childhood vaccines are readily available to us. Current American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations state that children should receive 24 vaccine doses by the age of 15 months and 49 doses by age 6. While on the surface this seems overwhelming it might be helpful to understand what the world was like prior to the advent of these vaccines. Vaccines have literally transformed the landscape of medicine over the course of the 20th century. Before vaccines, parents in the United States could expect that every year, Polio would paralyze 10,000 children, Rubella (German measles) would cause birth defects and mental retardation in as many as 20,000 newborns, Measles would infect about 4 million children, killing about 500, Diphtheria would be one of the most common causes of death in school-aged children, a bacterium called Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) would cause meningitis in 15,000 children, leaving many with permanent brain damage and Pertussis (whooping cough) would kill thousands of infants. This is but a partial glimpse into the world less than 75 years ago-a very frightening existence that families had to live with, never knowing when disease would strike their children. Vaccination programs have prevented more than 100 million cases of contagious diseases in the United States since 1924. The number of cases that have been prevented since the introduction of vaccines were estimated for 7 diseases: polio, measles, rubella, mumps, hepatitis A, diphtheria, and pertussis. In the past decade alone, 26 million cases that would have occurred without vaccines, were estimated to have been prevented. Despite these large reductions in disease incidence and the easy availability of vaccines, contagious diseases such as measles, rubella, mumps, and pertussis are once again on the rise in the United States. Failure to vaccinate children is the leading cause of recent disease outbreaks. What are vaccines? The human immune system is designed to protect us from anything that enters our body that doesn’t belong there (not including food, of course). Immunologists call these things “non-self.” When a germ – a virus or bacteria enters the body, the immune system recognizes it as “non-self,” and produces proteins called antibodies to get rid of it. These antibodies find and destroy the specific germ that is causing the infection. For example, antibodies to polio attack polio virus and nothing
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else. But in addition, the immune system “remembers” this germ. Later on, if the person is exposed to the same germ again, antibodies are quickly deployed to eliminate it before it can make the person sick again. This is what we call immunity. Immunity is why a person who gets an infectious disease generally doesn’t get the same disease again. But there are exceptions; many different viruses can cause the common cold, for example, and flu viruses change from year to year, so existing antibodies might not recognize them. The immune system is a very efficient system. There is only one problem with it. The first time a child is exposed to a disease, his immune system can’t create antibodies quickly enough to keep him from getting sick. Eventually they will fight off the infection, and leave the child immune to future infections. But not before child gets sick with the disease. In other words, the child has to get sick before becoming immune. This problem is solved by administrating vaccines. Vaccines contain the same germs that cause disease; for example, the measles vaccine contains the measles virus, and the Hib vaccine contains the Hib bacteria. But the virus has been either killed, or weakened to the point that it doesn’t make you sick. Some vaccines contain only a part of the disease or of the germ. When a child is vaccinated, the vaccine stimulates his immune system to produce antibodies, exactly like it would if he were exposed to the disease. The child will develop immunity to that disease, and best of all he doesn’t have to get sick first. This is what makes vaccines such a powerful medicine. Unlike most medicines, which treat or cure diseases, vaccines prevent them. Of course no medicine is perfect but most childhood vaccines produce immunity about 90% to 100% of the time. What about the argument made by some people that vaccines don’t work that well and that diseases would be going away on their own as our sanitary conditions have improved over the years? That simply isn’t true. Certainly better hygiene and sanitation can help prevent the spread of disease, but the germs that cause disease will still be around, and as long as they are they will continue to make people sick. To illustrate, let’s take a glimpse at a country that stopped vaccinating with the mistaken belief that vaccines could be replaced with proper hygiene. In 1974, Japan had a successful pertussis (whooping cough) vaccination program, with nearly 80% of Japanese children vaccinated. That year only 393 cases of pertussis were reported in the entire country, and there were no deaths from pertussis. But then rumors began to spread that pertussis vaccination was no longer needed and that the vaccine was not safe, and by 1976 only 10% of infants were getting vaccinated. In 1979 Japan suffered a major pertussis epidemic, with more than 13,000 cases of whooping cough and 41 deaths. In 1981 the government began vaccinating with pertussis vaccine, and the number of pertussis cases dropped again. The era of vaccines has given us the opportunity to easily be mekayem the mitzvah of vinishmartem me’od le’nafshosaychem both for ourselves and our children. Let’s not let it slip away. 107
Winter Weather Advisories BY SHLOIMIE SHORE While it may still seem early in the season, one never knows when a snowstorm will hit us! Keeping up with routine maintenance on your home is critical to prepare for extreme weather events. Snow can get very heavy and create a lot of pressure on your home’s structure and roof. Melting snow will quickly find any weak spots in your roofing or siding so stay on the lookout for leaks. • In advance of a winter storm, be sure to keep up with routine maintenance on your home by checking your roofing, insulation and walls for signs of any leaks or damage to help prevent flood damage before it happens. • Make sure your carbon monoxide detector battery is new and is working properly to prevent CO poisoning. • Any outdoor furniture, loose outdoor items and planters should be tucked away either in a storage shed or inside a garage. If you don’t have somewhere to store them, make sure to stack them and tie down these items. Outdoor equipment can become dangerous during a storm when high winds are involved. Prevent damages to your home by taking the time to stash them away safely. • During or after a storm, removing heavy snow from your roof can help you avoid damage or possible injuries from a collapsing roof, so be prepared to clear heavy snowfall in excess of 12” deep. • Everyone in the home should know how to shut off the water and other utilities in case it becomes necessary to do so. • A common occurrence during the winter months is the loss of power, so a small generator is always a good investment to keep your home warm and prevent further damage from frozen pipes and loss of power. • Keep wood on hand, and inside your garage or home, if you have a wood-burning stove or fireplace so you can avoid leaving the house to keep warm if power loss does occur. • Of course, keeping your family safe and warm is only half the battle…you should be prepared to be housebound and have enough food and water (including water for sanitation) to keep you for 72 hours in case you and your family become stuck inside for any length of time. 108
• Keep at least three days of essential prescription medications as well as flashlights and battery-operated lanterns on hand. • Severe cold switch: During bouts of extremely cold temperatures, switch your heater from auto to fan on. This adjustment will cause warm air to constantly circulate throughout your home causing the burners to run less. This will maintain a consistent warm temperature in your home and use less natural gas and/or electricity. • Prevent freezing: In areas of the home where pipes are prone to freezing, such as a bathroom on an outside wall or basement, turn the faucet on slightly to allow a trickle of water if you suspect freezing pipes. Moving water will keep the pipes from freezing. • Frozen pipes: If your pipes do freeze, remove any insulation and wrap towels around the pipes to absorb moisture during the thawing process. Do not use a blowtorch to thaw frozen pipes; slow thawing works best to prevent them from bursting. • Keep a battery-operated radio on hand so you can tune into your local stations to get weather updates and critical advisories. Prepare for extended power outages and blocked roads. • Winds, ice and snow tend to bring down power lines. If you see downed power lines, stay away and alert the authorities of the location of the downed lines. • Stay indoors and await official word from local authorities with regard to roads and travel. • Make sure that you have candles, matches and lighters, blankets, and emergency supplies on hand. Think about where you’ll place candles or oil lamps to avoid fire hazards. Closely monitor children around these light sources and keep out of reach of children if possible. • REMEMBER batteries for your smoke and carbon dioxide detectors. • Never use propane/charcoal grills indoors.
For assistance with any such events or for general repairs give Shloimie Shore a call at (917) 873-2061. 109
A PEEK INTO THE PAST BY EVELYN MARSHAK
VANITY LICENSE PLATES 101 I have vanity plates, which means that my brother had a choice of letters when he ordered license plates for me. He chose the first four letters of our surname instead of the standard issue of the time which was… I cannot remember what the plates of the 1960s and 1970s were like. Then, as the number of cars on the road increased, the DMV changed the plates to read three letters and three numbers such as BGF 178. Recently the number of cars on the road has increased again, making a new plan for license plates necessary. The newest plates are now a letter, four numbers, and a letter. Some people got plates with an A at the beginning and the end and number such as 1, 3, 5, and 7. Some people got plates with, say, an E 5893 K; a combination that’s a little harder to memorize, especially if you own two or three cars. Oh how times have changed! My plates were easy to memorize since not only did they include the beginning of my name but it’s also the name of my very favorite planet. There was and still is an extra cost for vanity plates, so while I feel that the price my brother paid for the vanity plates as a gift was worth it years ago, at this point I’m not so sure. Did you know that now there is a new vanity plate for members of the Boston Red Sox Nation only? The Nutmeg wing of the Red Sox Nation is asking people to sign up for a new vanity plate; the design features a letter, three numbers and a pair of red socks and only costs $115. The state also offers thirteen other specialty plates that raise money for charitable causes including preserving Long Island Sound and curing childhood cancers. But the biggest news in from Connecticut’s DMV is that one can now choose any seven characters for a vanity plate – an upgrade from the previous allowance of six characters. The Connecticut State Legislature recently authorized $26 million to upgrade the Department of Motor Vehicles’ aging computer system and the seven-character plate is one result of that upgrade. Now for only $94 per year, the sky’s the limit! It’s important to take note however that not all requests will get the stamp of approval from the DMV. If you really want to express yourself, there’s no better way than a vanity license plate from the DMV but it’s not always easy to tell which vanity license plates will pass the test. The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles receives thousands of applications each year for vanity plates and there is a five person committee that takes vanity plates very seriously. Hundreds are approved for the road, but others are denied; with no real set system in place for these decisions. Take for example the decisions by the committee on the following plates: DEVILS – Approved, DEMON- Approved, GOD – Denied. Pretty interesting. As of mid-November, almost 600 people have applied for the new 7 character plates and of course there will be two plates in each set as is the state law in Connecticut, although for reasons unbeknownst to me, many Waterbury residents are content to have a license plate in the rear only.
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.
Tips to Help Prevent Auto Break-Ins All auto break-ins usually have one thing in common: there's something left in the car worth stealing. Most larcenies from cars are "crimes of opportunity" that could be prevented by taking some preventative steps. The Waterbury Police department recommends the following:
• Don't leave valuables in your vehicle: You'd be surprised how often this happens, but individuals leave valuable items in plain sight all the time. If you leave items in your vehicle and they're visible, the chances your vehicle will get broken into increase greatly. • Place items out of sight BEFORE reaching your destination: Someone may be watching when you put your valuables under a seat or in the trunk and the moment you're gone, a thief could break into your car. So place those items in a safe place before you get to the park, beach, baseball game, etc. Valuable items that thieves target are GPS units, MP3 players, credit cards, money, packages and so forth. If you can't take the items with you, secure them in a safe place in your vehicle, like a locked glove compartment or your trunk. • Avoid leaving packages or shopping bags out in the open: Lock them into your trunk, if you have to leave the vehicle unattended. Never open a trunk, fill it full of valuables, close it, and then just walk away. • Lock ALL of your vehicle's doors: This is true even if you plan on only being gone for "just a second". Remember, it only takes seconds to steal items from your car. It's not uncommon, for thieves to walk down a row of parked vehicles, looking for unlocked doors. Also, make sure car windows aren't left open. • Park in busy, well lit areas: Pick a parking spot where there is a lot of activity. Auto thieves prefer breaking into cars in isolated areas. • Don't leave a trace: Don't leave any sign that there might be valuables "out of sight" in your vehicle. For example: the suction cup on your dashboard, might tell thieves, that you have a GPS system in your vehicle. Leave nothing in plain view. Very few auto break ins are "random". The thieves usually see something out in the open or hints of possible hidden valuables. • Alarms or anti-theft devices work: Thieves are usually looking for the "easiest" target. If your car has an alarm, it could act as a deterrent. But don't make this common mistake: Just because you have an alarm, doesn't mean thieves won't break-in, if you leave valuable items in plain sight. CONTINUED ON PAGE 114
WATERBURY POLICE DEPARTMENT CONTACT INFORMATION: Emergency: 911 • Routine Complaints: (203) 574-6911 Community Relations Division: (203) 574-6962 Waterbury Crime Stoppers Hotline: (203) 755-1234 111
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Parsnips at their Peak An often underrated vegetable, parsnips looks like white carrots, and along with their sweet flavor, offer vitamin C, folate and potassium to your diet. Parsnips require cold weather to convert their starches into sugar and develop their appealingly sweet flavor, so winter parsnips are often the sweetest. Now is the perfect time to cook with parsnips and to enjoy them at their peak flavor.
Maple-Glazed Parsnips and Sweet Potatoes 1 1/4 pounds parsnips 1 1/4 pounds sweet potatoes, cut diagonally into 1/2-inch pieces 2 tablespoons olive oil Coarse salt and ground pepper 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard Chopped parsley
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Peel and cut parsnips as directed above, then toss parsnips and sweet potatoes with oil and season generously with salt and pepper. Spread in a single layer on a baking sheet. Roast until tender and golden, tossing once or twice, about 30 minutes. In a small bowl, stir together maple syrup and mustard. Pour over vegetables; toss to coat. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.
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Parsnip Fries 2 1/2 pounds medium parsnips, peeled 2 tablespoons olive oil Coarse salt and ground pepper Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Cut parsnips into sticks, all roughly the same size. On two large rimmed baking sheets, toss parsnips with oil; season with coarse salt and ground pepper. Spread in a single layer. Roast until tender and golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes, rotating baking sheets and tossing parsnips halfway through baking time.
Honey-Glazed Roasted Carrots and Parsnips 2 pounds carrots, peeled and sliced into coins 2 pounds parsnips, peeled and sliced into coins 6 tablespoons olive oil 1 1/2 tablespoons margarine 1 1/2 tablespoons honey 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
Preheat oven to 400째F. Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with foil. Divide carrots and parsnips between prepared sheets, sprinkle generously with salt and pepper, then drizzle 3 tablespoons oil over vegetables. Toss to coat. Roast vegetables 10 minutes; stir and then roast vegetables 20 minutes longer until vegetables are tender. Meanwhile, melt margarine and stir in honey and vinegar. Drizzle honey glaze over vegetables and serve.
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• Don't leave spare keys in your vehicle: An experienced thief knows all the hiding places. Store spare keys elsewhere, possibly your wallet or purse. • GPS - Take the whole unit out of your vehicle including the mounting bracket. Wipe the windscreen so that the suction marks left from the system are wiped away • If your vehicle is stolen or property is taken from the vehicle there are number of things you can and should do: • Call police immediately. Provide a complete description of the items taken. Also provide license plate number, make and model of vehicle, year and color, plus VIN number and insurance company. • Don't leave your driver's license or title in the vehicle. • Keep a record of the VIN number, license plate number, and insurance information in your wallet or purse.
On a Lighter Note Things New Englanders Know About Winter √√Winter is not a season; it’s a state of mind. √√If polled, a majority of New Englanders would support shooting the groundhog before it has a chance to see its shadow. √√If you don’t clean the leaves out of the gutter in the fall, you will not have gutters in the spring. √√It is cheaper to turn up the heat when it gets really cold than to hire a plumber to repair frozen pipes. √√When it gets really cold, plumbers are harder to find than people in witnessprotection programs. √√The snow plow will come by and block the end of your driveway the minute you stop shoveling. √√Black ice isn’t really black. √√Cabin fever is a medical condition for which there should be an immunization. √√People who do not clean snow off the roof of their vehicles after a storm are asking for trouble. √√Heated car seats are one of the world’s greatest inventions √√Meteorologists like to scare people. √√Four-wheel-drive doesn’t mean four-wheel-stop. √√If you stick your hand down the chute, a clogged snow blower will begin working immediately. √√Friends are important in the winter, but not as important as the furnace. √√The only time it makes sense to wash your car is when you can’t see out the side windows. √√It’s not the temperature; it’s the wind. √√Hope doesn’t spring eternal until it’s spring.
“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.” (Anonymous)
First Impressions BY MRS. SUSSIE BRECHER This summer, as the opening of Bais Yaakov of Waterbury was becoming a reality, Mrs. Ita Selengut, the new menaheles, contacted me to give a workshop during Aseres Yemei Teshuva. I was happy to agree. A few days before Yom Kippur, as I was making the trip to Waterbury from Monsey, I was reflecting on the tremendous growth of the community. Starting with a small group of ten families with babies, the community has blossomed into a large vibrant makom Torah with over 350 children in the Yeshiva K’tana. I was not sure what to expect from the High School. Was it just going to be the next grade of Yeshiva K’tana? As I arrived, I was so pleasantly surprised to see that the High School is in a separate building. Although it is located in the administration building of the Yeshiva, it had its own separate entrance. My surprise turned into admiration when I saw the girls’ classroom, the spacious student lounge and the very bakovedik davening room. I only felt sorry that the teacher’s room, office, and principal’s office, were somewhat tight! What really impressed me, however, was the warmth and excitement in the air. The new hanhalah arranged an entire week of Yemei Iyun concerning the upcoming Yom Hadin. The girls described to me a wonderful, multi-faceted Yom Iyun that they had the day before, which had also involved the junior high school classes of Yeshiva K’tana. The well-rounded program, focusing on appreciating their peers, included staff performances portraying sensitive social
scenarios; a hands-on workshop addressing real-life situations on how to treat others at home and at school; working together to create a quilt inspired by the day’s lessons; and a design-an-ice-cream-sundae party with an assortment of toppings based on their friends’ good qualities. As I gave my workshop about Yom Tov, the girls, their teachers and even the principal listened intently and participated. I stressed that Yom Kippur is a day of great simcha since Hashem grants us mechilah. This is just one manifestation of Hashem’s great love for us. We can see Hashem’s great love for us constantly all around us. The girls picked from a charming assortment of blank notebooks to use as their ‘gratitude notebooks’. Each day they are to write something for which they are grateful to Hashem. We all started our notebooks by listing five things for which to thank Hashem. We proved that although it does not take long to do this for just one or two minutes a day, the effect can be life altering. Hashem gives us so many brachos and we do not want to just take them for granted. The new Bais Yaakov, with the delicious girls and the dedicated, vibrant and enthusiastic administration and faculty is a clear example of incredible bracha from Hakadosh Baruch Hu. It truly is a dream come true! May the principal, teachers, parents and students of this wonderful new school continue to be blessed with lots and lots of bracha. Thanks for including me in this endeavor. 117
The Yeshiva K’tana of Waterbury recently invited Mrs. Debbie Fox, LCSW and her team to present the renowned Safety Kid® Program – a program designed for Jewish schools and communities to increase awareness and skills around keeping children safe. The following are the reflections of two parents.
Thoughts on Safety Kid®Are You Your Child's Hero? BY SHAYA D’AMICO Deep in the jungles of the Amazon our fearless hero, Sam Slide, slips down the dirty, slimy branches of the great rain forest foliage. Slowly he scampers past maneating pythons, ferocious jaguars, and deadly poisonous insects. Finally at the base of the jungle floor is a hidden doorway. Sam looks around to see if he is alone, honing his keen sense of hearing for even a broken twig. Sam, using the key he retrieved from the Museum of Angola, unlocks the door to reveal the brilliant shine of a diamond the size of his palm, a life’s work in the palm of his hand. Suddenly, he hears that fateful voice, “Ah, Slide, I wish to thank you for taking care of my diamond. Now, allow me to have it; you don’t wish my men to do you any harm.” The voice without a face; the precious stone gone forever. We face many challenges in life, whether they are individual ones, familial ones, or even communal ones. Nevertheless, to our children we are that hero that can do no wrong. We can face the ferocious animal, answer the deepest questions, know the most complicated answers… face it – we’re It! The question is whether you wish to be It. If you do, then you will hold onto that diamond, never to let it go; only placing it
into the most trusted of hands when yours are too busy. Think, and be honest. If you did have a palm-sized diamond, would you give it to just anyone to hold and watch for you? Then why do we do this with our children – the true diamonds of our lives? We had the esteem honor to be a part of a presentation that opened our eyes to the world around us. Safety Kid is an organization that educates communities on how to protect our children. Safety Kid taught us, and taught our children, to empower ourselves - turning the tide of evil against the evildoer. The question is whether our child’s hero or heroine is truly ready to meet the task set before them. Every hero or heroine knows their role; be there at all times, even at the last minute, to save the day. Safety Kid taught us to teach our children - NO – RUN – TELL YOUR PARENT. Safety Kid taught us to be open and honest with our children about themselves and how they own their own bodies – that it is okay to say no. When you review this most important issue with your child, see it not as a chore, but as an investment in your child’s ever so precious, innocent childhood and productive future as a Ben or Bas Torah in Klal Yisroel. 118
Now let’s get back to our story. Sam was not to be beat. Sam slowly reached for the rope he had used to scale down the trees and, with a tug, entangled the two guards, tripping them to the ground. Sam was quick and they were unconscious. Sam leapt to action, grabbing the nearest branch,
swinging towards the faceless voice and kicking him down to the ground. Sam picked up the diamond in triumphant measure, reaching down to reveal the face of this villain. As Sam peered into his dark countenance, he reeled back in horror and whispered, “You, I thought I could trust you.”
A Father's Viewpoint BY KALMAN GRONER I think it's great that people are still uncomfortable with the topic at hand, which I take as a sign that maybe the issue isn't as rampant as many profess... Therefore when the Yeshiva K’tana sent out a memo about the lecture by Mrs. Debbie Fox, I have to admit I was very skeptical. Even though I knew that the school invited her to speak, I still wondered what kind of individual would be the spokesperson for this sensitive topic. I have to say that I was rather impressed by her presentation and the practical content; a prevention model was presented as opposed to the scare tactics and all the whining that we often see in articles and from other representatives of this cause. This program obviously was made by someone who has a clear and guided agenda to be mezakeh the rabim. In general, I'm not a big believer in all the awareness causes out there – whether for this topic or any other topic – as studies show that awareness often breeds the growth of the problem itself. But the Safety Kid program differs from other awareness programs in significant ways. For starters, the children are taught
how to be safe and how to react in dangerous situations without being alerted to the problem itself. It’s the best of both worlds. There is much practical prevention given over as opposed to simply assuming that awareness itself will solve the issue. At the parent session, Mrs. Fox explained the idea of using windows of opportunity to educate our children on how to properly respond in adverse situations without scaring them; how to educate, and even more importantly, to connect with our children so that they tell us when something is wrong, before it ever becomes a real problem. This will save children and families from untold pain and anguish. The Safety Kid program enables parents to be better guardians of our children by giving us practical, usable and easily applicable tools and approaches to effectively raise our children in a safer and healthier environment. The Hanhala of the Yeshiva K’tana deserves much credit for bringing this program into our school and into our community and with Hashem's help we will continue to grow as a safe community for generations to come. 119
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