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1 BEDROOM APARTMENT AVAILABLE FOR RENT IN CROWN HEIGHTS

Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003

New York and Union, renovated one bedroom apartment. New kitchen, new bathroom, parquet floors throughout.

Call Abba Realty at 718-773-7130

MAZEL TOV BLAUNERS

Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003

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SNS would like to wish a hearty Mazel Tov to, Dovie & Yudi (nee Small) Blauner - Crown Heights on the birth of their firstborn daughter.

May the newborn be a source of Nachas to her parents, grandparents, relatives & Klal Yisroel.

Major announcements from Heights Properties Real Estate...

Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003

Heights Properties is pleased to announce the launching of our brand new interactive website. This beautifully designed site includes our listings, a company profile, and provides general information pertaining to Real Estate. So click on the link www.Heightspropertiesny.com, and become part of our family.

You can email us at info@Heightspropertiesny.com.

A glimpse of our current listings.
Apartments for rent. 3 newly renovated, 2 bedroom apartments. $1,150-$1,100-$950.

Homes for sale. Brand New Construction, 3 fam. $625,000

Five bedroom condominium, 770 Lefferts, including parking spot. $325,000

Please call us at 718-363-3932.
For JJ Katz ext. 101
for Yossi Feigenson ext. 103

TORONTO SHLIACH BECOMES FIRST RABBI TO BE PART OF A POLICE FORCE IN CANADA

Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003

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This past Friday afternoon the York Regional Police in Ontario officially welcomed twenty four new officers and two new Chaplains into the service.

One of the new Chaplains to be inducted into the York Regional Police Chaplaincy Program at the ceremony was Rabbi Mendel Kaplan the Shliach @ Chabad @ Flamingo in Toronto.

With his induction, Rabbi Kaplan became the only Rabbi to be part of a police force in Canada.

As well as providing Chaplaincy service and assistance to the members of York Regional Police and their families, Chaplains also attend official York Regional Police ceremonies and presentations.
(PHOTO: Bill Roberts- York region.com)

MAZEL TOV MIGDALS

Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003

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SNS would like to wish a hearty Mazel Tov to, Yoel & Riki (nee Litvack) Migdal - Buenos Aires, Argentina on the birth of their firstborn daughter.

May the newborn be a source of Nachas to her parents, grandparents, relatives & Klal Yisroel.
E-MAZEL TOV

CHABAD SUPPORTS TERROR VICTIMS IN NETANYA

Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003

The City of Netanya, a frequent terrorist target during the three years of the Oslo War, co-sponsored a warm and happy get-together for 400 of its terrorist survivors last week. "An evening like this gives us the hope and strength to carry on," said policeman David Chashai, who was gravely wounded in a car-bomb attack at the Beit Lid junction. The event, held in the Carmel Hotel, was hosted by Netanya Mayor Miriam Fierberg, Chabad's Terror Victims Project (CTVP), and Chabad House Netanya.

Four hundred terror survivors, including many from the Pesach Seder massacre at Netanya's Park Hotel a year and a half ago, came to bask in the loving atmosphere. Over the last three years, Netanya has suffered 14 terror attacks, buried 42 residents, and seen hundreds wounded. Responding to the needs of terror victims is a top priority in the municipality, and Mayor Feirberg appointed Chana Chakak to deal solely with helping terror victims.

"Netanya and Chabad work hand-in-hand to offer comfort and support to terror victims," the mayor said. "We thank Rabbis Menachem Wolpa and Tzvi Wilhelm, directors of the Chabad Houses in Netanya, whose dedicated volunteers, like Netanya's devoted public servants, work to bring smiles to the faces of the families."

Among the survivors were Zohar and Sha'ul Evyatar and their 18-month-old son Maayan, whose stroller was blown to pieces at Cafe London six months ago, yet all three narrowly survived. El'ad Ben-Aruya, 9, and his sister Sheri, 21, were also at the special event; their father, Shimon, was killed in the Seder night massacre, while Sheri was in intensive care for months after the attack and is still not fully recovered.

"Many of you are walking miracles," Rabbi Wolpa told the crowd, which danced and clapped to cheerful Hassidic music between remarks from the speakers. "And so many others of you embody the miracle of carrying on with life despite the sadness and pain of your losses." Throughout the year, CTVP provides financial, material, emotional, psychological and spiritual support to terror victims, their families and the bereaved. Because of their heightened vulnerability over the High Holidays and Sukkot, CTVP initiated a countrywide campaign to visit each of the 1,400 families with whom the members and volunteers of the 230 Chabad Houses across Israel are personally in touch. This includes delivering gift packages as well as giving money, clothes, food and other necessities to these families, who are under tremendous financial and emotional strain. The packages include greetings from youngsters in Austria, France, Guatemala and the United States, a s wel l as from 1,000 Israeli schoolchildren. "Each family we visit is so grateful," said one of the organizers, "not only for the gifts and the cards, but for the strength and the personal attention [we provide]."

NEW ENGAGEMENT

Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003

Mendy Binshtock (Kfar Chabad) to Chani Goldshtein (Beitar - Eilit, Israel)

PLEASE SAY TEHILLIM 4

Thursday, Oct 09, 2003

Raya Adel bas Faigel

Sarah Baila bas Blima Frimet

Rivka bas Margalit

Yosef Mendel ben Rochel

Suicide bomber wounds two soldiers at Army base

Thursday, Oct 09, 2003

A suicide bomber blew himself up, possibly accidentally, at an IDF roadblock Thursday near Tulkarm wounding two soldiers. A Palestinian also was injured. Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade claimed responsibility.

The incident took place at the Misila roadblock near where permits are handed out for entering Israel.

One soldier received serious injuries and was taken to Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva. The other's injuries were reported as light.

The suicide bombing came after a high security alert had been called this morning for the Hadera and Wadi Ara regions, and all cars were being checked.

Early reports said the bomber might have been a woman, but that has since been discounted.

Military sources said it was not sure if the bomber was planning to get through the roadblock to stage an attack in Israel or had gone there specifically.

NEW ENGAGEMENTS

Thursday, Oct 09, 2003

Yossi Freeman (Crown Heights) to Rivka Maltz (S. Paulo, Brazil)

Yossi Mendelson (Cleveland, OH) to Mushky Dinerman (Crown Heights)

Lithuania's Second Wind

Thursday, Oct 09, 2003

Last week, one hundred years since the Vilnius Choral synagogue first opened its doors on Rosh Hashana 1903, six hundred and fifty Jews poured into this magnificent sanctuary—the only remaining and functioning synagogue in all of Vilna—to hear the sounding of the shofar. An old Torah-scroll, recently discovered in a local antique shop, was restored and used for the occasion after a grand welcoming for the Torah several days before Rosh Hashana.

The last time hundreds of Jews prayed together in the synagogue for Rosh Hashana services, Vilna was a bastion of Jewish activity--its yeshivas, synagogues and study halls teeming with people. But that was more than 60 years ago, and the forces that conspired to destroy Jewish life here as elsewhere, emptied this synagogue of all Jewish prayer, leaving it desolate for decades.

The timing was propitious, observed Rabbi Sholom Ber Krinsky, Chief Rabbi of Lithuania, and Chabad representative here since 1992. “On the eve of Rosh Hashana, this community was granted a new lease on life, reunited with an old Torah scroll, in the walls of this great synagogue once more.”

NEW LIBRARY DEDICATED @ YESHIVA KETANA @ THE OHEL

Thursday, Oct 09, 2003

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Earlier this week a special dedication of a new library took place @ the Yeshiva Ketana @ the Ohel.

The library was dedicated by the Deren family of Stamford, CT in memory of their son Shlomo Aharon HaCohen OBM who would have just celebrated his Bar Mitzvah.

Shluchim, parents, students and friends participated in the dedication and Seuda/Farbrengen that followed.
(PHOTOS: YK FOR SHMAIS.COM)

Chabad-Lubavitch in Argentina dedicates new building to help the needy

Thursday, Oct 09, 2003

Chabad-Lubavitch in Argentina dedicated a new building for its social service program. Based in Buenos Aires, the foundation, created in 1989, provides assistance to 2,500 families living in poverty.

The center will coordinate all its activities in one centralized building. Among other things, the building will house Morasha, a program that provides Jewish education to 600 students. It also will host Ieladeinu, a Chabad-supported institution that takes care of children at risk.

Major announcements from Heights Properties Real Estate...

Thursday, Oct 09, 2003

Heights Properties is pleased to announce the launching of our brand new interactive website. This beautifully designed site includes our listings, a company profile, and provides general information pertaining to Real Estate. So click on the link www.Heightspropertiesny.com, and become part of our family.

You can email us at info@Heightspropertiesny.com.

A glimpse of our current listings.
Apartments for rent. 3 newly renovated, 2 bedroom apartments. $1,150-$1,100-$950.

Homes for sale. Brand New Construction, 3 fam. $625,000

Five bedroom condominium, 770 Lefferts, including parking spot. $325,000

Please call us at 718-363-3932.
For JJ Katz ext. 101
for Yossi Feigenson ext. 103

YOM KIPPUR AROUND THE WORLD @ 22 CHABAD HOUSES IN CANADA, CHINA, SOUTH AFRICA, NY, NJ, RI, CO, TN, FL, CA, MA and PA, FINAL INSTALLMENT

Thursday, Oct 09, 2003

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for sending in Yom Kippur reports. With your help we were able to post a record 177+ reports from Chabad Houses in literally every corner of the globe. THANK YOU!

Monroe Township, NJ
Chabad House: Chabad Jewish Center of Monroe
Shliach: Rabbi Eliezer Zaklikovsky
Location: Courtyard Marriott
Attendance: 140

Kol Nidrei: Pinchos Marton
Shachris:
Shmuel Altein
Mussaf: Pinchos Marton
Neilah: Pinchos Marton

Maftir Yonah: Rabbi Eliezer Zaklikovsky

Comments: Very impressive to see all the new faces that really enjoyed the services, many for the first time in a traditional Shul. Endless words of praise for the meaning and warmth , and some tears, that people experienced during the Davening.

Warwick, RI
Chabad House: Chabad of west Bay
Shliach: Yossi Laufer
Location: Chabad House
Attendance: 100

Kol Nidrei: Yossi Laufer
Shachris:
Eli Dinerman
Mussaf: Zalman Sandhaus
Neilah: Zalman Sandhaus

Maftir Yonah: Yossi Laufer

Westminister, CO
Chabad House: Chabad Jewish Center of Northwest Metro Denver
Shliach: Rabbi and Mrs. Benjy Brackman
Location: Chabad House
Attendance: 30

Kol Nidrei: Mendy Brackman
Shachris:
Mendy Brackman
Mussaf: Mendy Brackman
Neilah: Mendy Brackman

Surrey, BC
Chabad House: Center for Judaism (Chabad)
Shliach: Rabbi Falik Schtroks
Location: Ocean Park Hall
Attendance: Well over 100

Kol Nidrei: Rabbi Falik Schtroks
Shachris:
Yosef Schtroks/Hatomim Shaya Schtroks
Mussaf: Rabbi Falik Schtroks
Neilah: Rabbi Falik Schtroks

Maftir Yonah: Rabbi Falik Schtroks

Comments: BH this Tishrei we have had great turnouts with tremendous enthusiasm. Thank you to Yosef Dovid Schtroks for running a children's program.

Nashville, TN
Chabad House: Congregation Beit Tefilah
Shliach: Rabbi Yitzchok Tiechtel
Location: Loews Vanderbilt Hotel
Attendance: 150

Kol Nidrei: Shua Rosenstein
Shachris:
Zalman Tiechtel
Mussaf: Shua Rosenstein
Neilah: Shua Rosenstein

Maftir Yonah: A few Balei Batim bought Maftir Yonah in honor of Rabbi Tiechtel for 200 x Chai

Comments: During the break on Yom Kippur in the afternoon many people from the Reform and Conservative Congregations came to the hotel lobby for a big Ask The Rabbi session, and they stayed over for Neilah and Napoleons March. Also, the media came to the hotel before Yom Tov began, and Channel 2 and Channel 4 had a piece on the evening news showing the Rabbi blessing his children before Yom Tov and spoke about the significance of Yom Kippur.

Los Angeles, CA
Chabad House: Chabad Israel Center
Shliach: Rabbi A. Yemini
Location: Chabad House
Attendance: 150

Kol Nidrei: Shlomo Sherman
Shachris:
Leibel Melamud
Mussaf: Shlomo Sherman
Neilah: Shlomo Sherman

Weston, FL
Chabad House: Chabad of Weston
Shliach: Rabbi Yisroel Spalter
Location: New Shul
Attendance: 500`

Kol Nidrei: Rabbi Chazzan Menachem M. Shagalov
Shachris:
Rabbi Chazzan Menachem M. Shagalov
Mussaf: Rabbi Chazzan Menachem M. Shagalov
Neilah: Rabbi Chazzan Menachem M. Shagalov

Maftir Yonah: Rabbi Spalter

Palm Desert, CA
Chabad House: Chabad of Rancho Mirage - The Torah Oasis
Shliach: Rabbi Shimon Posner
Location: Hampton Inn & Suites
Attendance: 100

Kol Nidrei: Rabbi Benny Lew
Shachris:
Hatemimim Sholom Ber Wolosow/Mendel Cohen
Mussaf: Rabbi Benny Lew
Neilah: Rabbi Benny Lew

Maftir Yonah: Hatomim Mendel Cohen

Comments: A great children's program was led by the Shliach's daughters, during all of the tefilos. Most people stayed for a break the fast. Over 20 people stayed at the hotel, in addition to many who remained the entire day at the hotel.

Hong Kong, China
Chabad House: Chabad of Hong Kong
Shliach: Rabbi Mordechai Avtzon
Location: Chabad House
Attendance: 150

Kol Nidrei: Bezalel Camissar
Shachris:
Shaye Silbershtrom
Mussaf: Bezalel Camissar
Neilah: Mordechai Avtzon

Maftir Yonah: Howard Finger

Halifax, Nova Scotia
Chabad House: Chabad of the Maritimes
Shliach: Rabbi Mendel Feldman
Location: The Lord Nelson Hotel
Attendance: 100

Kol Nidrei: Hatamin Dovid Leib Shur
Shachris:
Hatamin Dovid Leib Shur
Mussaf: Hatamin Dovid Leib Shur
Neilah: Hatamin Dovid Leib Shur

Maftir Yonah: Hatamin Zalman Feldman

Brighton Beach, NY
Chabad House: F.R.E.E. Center of Brighton Beach
Shliach: Rabbi Hershel Okunov
Location: The main Shul
Attendance: 1800

Kol Nidrei: Cantor Avremel Pressman
Shachris:
Bentzion Okunov
Mussaf: Avremel Pressman
Neilah: Avremel Pressman

Maftir Yonah: Rabbi Velvel Sirota

Comments: This year was a very big turnout Ka"h, those who attended were very appreciative being that they were denied this opportunity during the communist regime. The crowd filled the shul for Kol Nidrei and Neilah, during the morning for Yizkor services There was no room to even stand. Throughout the entire Yom Kipur there were over 2000 in attendance.

Woodcliff Lake, NJ
Chabad House: Valley Chabad
Shliach: Dov Drizin
Location: Holiday Inn
Attendance: 200 @ peak

Kol Nidrei: Levi Rivkin
Shachris:
Levi Rivkin
Mussaf: Levi Rivkin
Neilah: Levi Rivkin

Maftir Yonah: Dov Drizin

Davis, CA
Chabad House: Chabad of Davis
Shliach: Rabbi Shmaryahu Brownstein
Location: Hallmark Inn
Attendance: 35

Kol Nidrei: Rabbi Shmary Brownstein
Shachris:
Hatomim Sholom Dovber Brownstein
Mussaf: Hatomim Sholom Dovber Brownstein
Neilah: Rabbi Shmary Brownstein

Maftir Yonah:

Comments: The Tefilos were very uplifting, and all the participants enjoyed davening and listening to the Rabbi's explanations. They also appreciated the Prayer Guide that had been prepared, which gave a running commentary on the davening, as well as some chassidic insights.

Johannesburg, South Africa
Chabad House: Chabad of Norwood
Shliach: Rabbi Mordechai Rodal
Location: Chabad of Norwood
Attendance: 140

Kol Nidrei: Shmulie Hayes
Shachris:
Rabbi Mordechai Rodal
Mussaf: Shmulie Hayes
Neilah: Shmulie Hayes

Maftir Yonah:

Comments: A truly uplifting, vibrant and spiritual experience for so many people, many who have refused to step into a shul before. Many hachlotas were taken such as: kashering home, buying/putting on tefillin, etc.

Pittsburgh, PA
Chabad House: Lubavitch Center
Shliach: Yisroel Rosenfeld
Location: Lubavitch Center
Attendance: 550+75 kids in Jr. minyan

Kol Nidrei: Chaim Balsam
Shachris:
Yossi Rosenblum
Mussaf: Yosef Deren
Neilah: Yosef Deren

Maftir Yonah: Fitche Itkin

Comments: inspiring and uplifting davening, chazzonim were amazing, huge turnout of anash and newcomers

Riverdale, NY
Chabad House: Chabad Lubavitch of Riverdale
Shliach: Rabbi Levi Shemtov
Location: Chabad House
Attendance: 200

Kol Nidrei: Hatomim Yitzchok Dubov
Shachris:
Hatomim Yitzchok Dubov
Mussaf: Hatomim Yitzchok Dubov
Neilah: Hatomim Yitzchok Dubov

Maftir Yonah: Rabbi Levi Shemtov

Comments: B"H this year was an amazing success! 5 minyonim organized by Chabad of Riverdale, with a combined turnout of over 500 people.

Pittsburgh, PA
Chabad House: Chabad Of The South Hills
Shliach: Rabbi Mendy Rosenblum
Location: Chabad House
Attendance: 100

Kol Nidrei: Rabbi Mendy Rosenblum
Shachris:
Hatamim Levi Gurevicth
Mussaf: Hatamim Levi Wolvovsky
Neilah: Hatamim Levi Gurevicth

Maftir Yonah: Rabbi Mendy Rosenblum

Johannesburg, South Africa
Chabad House: Chabad of Lyndhurst-kew
Shliach: Rabbi Alex Carlebach
Location: Chabad Shul
Attendance: over 500

Kol Nidrei: Rabbi Carlebach
Shachris:
Mottie Grauman
Mussaf: Rabbi Carlebach
Neilah: Rabbi Carlebach

Maftir Yonah: Rabbi Carlebach

Great Neck, NY
Chabad House: Chabad of Great Neck
Shliach: Rabbi Y.Y. Geisinsky Rabbi Y. Biggs
Location: Chabad house
Attendance: 500

Kol Nidrei: Rabbi Mordechai Zeigelbaum
Shachris:
Mr. Joel Hershkowitz
Mussaf: Rabbi Mordechai Zeigelbaum
Neilah: Rabbi Mordechai Zeigelbaum

Maftir Yonah: Mr. Rephael Namdar

Comments: Yom Kippur in Great Neck was a huge success. The tent which we rent out for the Yomim No'raim was filled to capacity. The climax of Yom Kippur was right after Neilah when Rabbi Geisinsky led everybody with Napoleon’s March. Everybody forgot their hunger, joined along, and even started dancing.

Del Mar, CA
Chabad House: Chabad Del Mar
Shliach: Hirsch Piekarski
Location: Marriott Hottel
Attendance: 400 + 75 Children Ka"h

Kol Nidrei: Eldad Drori
Shachris:
Dr. Katz
Mussaf: Eldad Drori
Neilah: Eldad Drori

P> Peabody, Mass
Chabad House: Chabad of Peabody
Shliach: Rabbi Nechemia Schusterman
Location: SpringHill Suites
Attendance: 50

Kol Nidrei: Nechemia Schusterman
Shachris:
Kushi Schusterman
Mussaf:Kushi Schusterman
Neilah: Nechemia Schusterman

Maftir Yonah: Nechemia Schusterman

University Park, PA
Chabad House: Chabad of Penn State
Shliach: Rabbi Nosson Meretsky
Location: Campus Spiritual Center
Attendance: 130

Kol Nidrei: Eli Estrin
Shachris:
Eli Estrin
Mussaf: Eli Estrin
Neilah: Eli Estrin

Maftir Yonah: Rabbi Nosson Meretsky

He's the sound man for the high holy days

Thursday, Oct 09, 2003

WARWICK, RI - The Shofar Man is hard at work, his power drill tearing into the ram's horn, and he's cracking jokes as he turns the bony sheath into a musical instrument.

"You can damage a shofar easily," Rabbi Yossi Laufer says, grabbing a different drill bit to work deeper. "But sho-far, so good."

Finished, he picks up the horn, and peers through the mouthpiece.

"It's very important that you make your shofar 'holy,' " he quips.

Monday night, the peculiar sound of the shofar pronounced "chauffeur" rang out in temples through the area. continue...

NEW ENGAGEMENTS

Friday, Oct 10, 2003

Yankie Laine (Crown Heights) to Miriam Gittel Krivit (New Haven / Crown Heights)

Yoav Handwerger (Westchester, NY) to Devory Lison (Montreal, Canada)

NEWS BRIEFS FROM ISRAEL

Sunday, Oct 12, 2003

Hamas Terrorist Apprehended

(IsraelNN.com) A Jerusalem border police unit apprehended a Hamas terrorist in Abu Dis. There were no reports of injuries.

Shooting Attack Near Rafiach Yam

(IsraelNN.com) There were no injuries reported in a shooting attack near the Gaza community of Rafiach Yam Sunday night.

ZAKA Volunteers Take a Day Off

(IsraelNN.com) 1,000 ZAKA volunteers and their families on Sunday took a day off from their painful realities, spending the day in the Hafez Haim Water Park.

Organization officials explained that such days are essential from time-to-time to permit volunteers to better cope with the painful realities of their work.

MAZEL TOVS UPDATE #302 ARE ONLINE NOW!

Sunday, Oct 12, 2003

YOSSEL RESIGNS AS PRESIDENT, & CEO OF TAHERA CORPORATION

Sunday, Oct 12, 2003

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The Tahera Corporation, located in Toronto announced on Friday that Yossel Gutnick has resigned as President, CEO, Chairman and Director of Tahera Corporation to pursue other business interests.

According to the press release Mr. David Tyrwhitt and Mr. Stephan Meyer, two other Australian based directors, have also resigned from Tahera's Board.

Tahera thanked Gutnick and co. for their contributions to the Company but did not elaborate as to why Gutnick and his colleagues resigned.

Yossel originally invested 13 million into Tahera for which he got 100 million-odd shares in the company and had been very excited about its prospects.

During the last few years since his involvement with the company, a mineral exploration company that explores and develops diamond deposits in Northwest Territories and Alberta, Yossel visited Toronto dozens of times.

Pasta and Puerto Rico

Sunday, Oct 12, 2003

It’s hard to believe that a Chabad House in Puerto Rico—an island where no kosher meat, chicken, or dairy products are produced—can offer a kosher, gourmet menu of freshly prepared and beautifully packaged meals to any tourist who wants it.

A Chabad House in the restaurant business? Hardly.

Yet, when Mrs. Rochi Zarchi and her husband Rabbi Mendel Zarchi—Chabad representatives to this tropical island—moved here four years ago, they were quickly inundated with calls from many business people and tourists asking about kosher food. continue...

BEAUTIFUL WEST COAST SHLICHUS OPPORTUNITY FOR TWO!

Sunday, Oct 12, 2003

Looking for two girls who with to share their talent with our community. Shlichus includes working in our Chabad House and teaching in our school.

Comfortable private apartment, good salary, and insured vehicle are provided.

Please respond soon at westcoastshlichus@hotmail.com

MAZEL TOV ULI & RAIZY FELLIG - TWINS!!

Sunday, Oct 12, 2003

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SNS would like to wish a hearty Mazel Tov to Uli & Raizy (nee Gorodetsky) Fellig- Miami, FL on the occasion of the birth of their firstborn twin girls k"ah!

May the newborns be a source of Nachas to their parents, grandparents, relatives & Klal Yisroel.

Jews celebrate Sukkot with a view to the sky

Sunday, Oct 12, 2003

MONROE — A 16-by-20-foot sukkah, a hut for the celebration of the joyful Jewish holiday Sukkot, is being built this week by Rabbi Eliezer Zaklikovsky of the Chabad Jewish Center of Monroe.

Meanwhile at Congregation Etz Chaim-Monroe Township Jewish Center, 11 Cornell Ave., the children will be working on a sukkah of their own.

The temporary structures, which symbolize the post-Exodus period when the Jewish people, having escaped from Egypt, wandered in the wilderness and lived in huts, will be the sites of celebratory parties.

Congregation Etz Chaim will have tailgate parties and a touch football game following 9:30 a.m. Sunday classes.

Harriet Katz, center president, said the game will have children and adults participating as players and cheerleaders as part of the joyful holiday. The tailgating will include a kosher barbecue menu.

"Even Rabbi Ben Levy's dog, Bagel the Beagle, takes part in the game," Ms. Katz said.

The Chabad Jewish Center will have a Sukkot feast and housewarming from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday at 264 Gravel Hill Road near Gravel Hill's juncture with Union Valley Road.

The sukkah also will be open throughout the week.

Rabbi Zaklikovsky said Sukkot is a happy time following the solemn High Holy Days of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.

"Sukkot is an exciting time, a time for music, singing and dancing and eating," the rabbi said.

He said the holiday begins at sundown today (Friday) and will continue through Oct. 16. Rabbi Zaklikovsky said everyone is welcome.

"Being in one hut under G-d's heaven has a unifying effect," he said.

The rabbi said it will take two to three days to build the hut, which is supposed to be modest, but sturdy enough to withstand a stiff breeze. The roof of the sukkah is supposed to be open enough to view the sky from inside.

"I've been building a sukkah every year for some 30 years. I used to make them with my father and grandfather," he said.

Rabbi Zaklikovsky said the construction of the sukkah is a community effort. "There will be other people helping," he said. He said the hut and area around it will have electric lights.

"I hope families and individuals will feel free to stop by at any time to help us celebrate, to meet the rabbi and his family and to meet other members of the community," Rabbi Zaklikovsky said.

Those wishing more information about the events should call the Chabad Jewish Center of Monroe at (609) 655-2200 or Congregation Etz Chaim-Monroe Township Jewish Center at (732) 251-1119.

FIRST DAYS SUKKOS 5764 IN CLEVELAND

Sunday, Oct 12, 2003

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Lots of guests from Montreal, New York and beyond spent the first days of Sukkos in Cleveland, where the weather was B”H very nice. The guests were very happy to be able to use the new stunning Mikvah on Erev and Yom Tov.

On the first night of Yom Tov, Hatomim Meir Chaikin davened Maariv @ the umud.

This year was the third year in a row that Simchas Bais Hashoayva took place at the home of Rabbi Yossi & Estie Marazov however this year the Simcha was even greater as it coincided with a Sholom Zochor for their newborn baby. Mazel Tov!

Kerry Senders davened till Shochain Ad @ the Umud. Rabbi Zalman Marazov – Montreal, Davened Shachris @ Umud. Before Krias HaTorah Merv Mendelsohn the Gabbai auctioned off the Aliyos, Peschias HaAron, Hagba & Glila. Rabbi Yossi Marazov delivered a speech before Mussaf & afterwards davened @ the Umud.

On the second night of Yom Tov, HaTomim Pinny Marazov Davened Maariv @ the Umud.

Simchas Bais Hashoayva took place @ the Chaikins’.

Kerry Senders davened till Shochain Ad @ the Umud. HaTomim Mendy Alevsky Davened Shachris @ Umud. Before Krias HaTorah Merv once again auctioned off the Aliyos etc. Yitzchok Gorowitz delivered a speech before Mussaf. HaTomim Meir Chaikin Davened Mussaf @ the Umud.

After Seudas Yom Tov several Bochurim & Yungeleit went around the area on Mivtza Lulav.

Before the end of Yom Tov there was a Seder Niggunim.

MESSAGE TO ALL CAMP EMUNAH ALUMNAE

Monday, Oct 13, 2003

Camp Emunah is celebrating 50 years of excellence in camping. We are looking for any old pictures that you might have from the 1950's through to 1990's.

If you do have photos, please contact our office @ 718-735-0200 so that we can make copies.

Thank you

Camp Emunah Office

FIRST DAYS SUKKOS 5764 IN CROWN HEIGHTS

Monday, Oct 13, 2003

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B"H the weather on the first days Sukkos with the exception of some heavy rain on the second day in the morning was very nice.

Simchas Bais Hashoayva in the streets of Crown Heights went on throughout the night. In addition there were also many private farbrengens that were held in neighborhood Sukkahs.

On the second day of Yom tov, hundreds of Tmimim & Yungeleit went on Mivtza Lulav to over 200 locations all over the city. Special thanks to Noochie Gross and Menachem Gerlitzky for coordinating the Mivtzoim.

On Friday night there were 4 Sholom Zochors k”ah.

On the first day of Yom Tov, downstairs in 770, Mendel Reizes Davened Shachris @ the Umud. Sholem Ber Sanowicz Davened Mussaf @ the Umud. In the Rebbe's room, Nochum Kaplan Davened Shachris @ the Umud & Sholom Wilhelm Davened Mussaf.

At approximately 3:00pm on Shabbos day, there was some action when a red 1990 Toyota Camry was heading down Albany and smashed into a dark blue brand new Honda Civic that was driving down Montgomery Street, knocking down the pole that holds the "walk / don’t walk" crossing signal and street sign, nearly missing a pump and flipping on its side on the sidewalk on Albany. Hatzoloh was the first on scene, followed by dozens of fire trucks, police cars, and emergency service units from the NYPD. The FDNY used the "Jaws of life" to cut open the flipped over car and rescue the 1 person inside, the driver. A very large crowd of Lubavitchers who had heard the massive crash and subsequent sirens of the emergency vehicles came out to witness the activity.

On the second day of Yom Tov, downstairs in 770, Shloma Leib Abramowitz Davened Shachris @ the Umud. Nota Levertov – Paris, Davened Mussaf @ the Umud.

On the second day of Yom Tov, in the Rebbe's room, Shmuel Rabinowitz Davened Shachris @ the Umud & Nochum Kaplan Davened Mussaf @ the Umud.

@ the Ohel there were lerech 75 people for the first days. Simchas Bais Hashoayva in the tent went on till the wee hours of the morning. Mivtzoim took place on the second day to nearby hospitals and shopping centers.

Another Miracle In Gaza

Monday, Oct 13, 2003

A home in the Jewish Gaza community of Kfar Darom, just north of the Gush Katif bloc, sustained a direct hit from a Palestinian-fired mortar shell late this afternoon. The roof was damaged only slightly, as the shell did not explode, and no one was hurt. Yesterday morning, too, a shell hit a tree in the town, and again no one was hurt.

Asher Mivtzari, spokesman for Kfar Darom, told Arutz-7's Yosef Meiri, "We are just now on the way to Netzer Hazani, in Gush Katif, for our annual local Sukkot celebration. Just two days ago, one of many shells fired in their direction hit a home there and caused great damage, but miraculously hurt no one. We will not let the terrorists put a stop to our holiday joy."

Among other attacks in Gaza this morning, Arabs threw three grenades at an IDF force on the Israeli-Egyptian border near Rafiach; no one was hurt.

PLEASE SAY TEHILLIM 4

Monday, Oct 13, 2003

Yaakov Shlomo ben Zizzi

Nir ben Rachel

CHABAD OF UTAH HOLDS GROUNDBREAKING FOR NEW 3 MILLION DOLLAR CENTER

Monday, Oct 13, 2003

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On Wednesday following Rosh Hashana, dozens of members of Utah's Jewish community were on hand @ Chabad of Utah's groundbreaking for the new, 3 million-dollar, 15,000 square foot "Utah Campus for Living Judaism".

During the ceremony Rabbi Benny Zippel the Shliach showed the crowd a model of what the new campus will IYH look like. The festivities included delicious sparkling champagne for the adults and soda for the children who toasted Lechaim to Chabad and the new project.

When the actual construction of the new campus begins, right after the Yomim Tovim, Chabad of Utah will move its operations to temporary headquarters down the block from its current location.

MAZEL TOV SHLOMIE & LEAH FISCHER - TWINS!

Monday, Oct 13, 2003

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MAZEL TOV! MAZEL TOV! to our dear friends, Shlomie & Leah Fischer - Crown Heights on the birth of twins, a boy & a girl.

May the newborns be a source of nachas to their parents, brother and their entire family.

E-MAZEL TOV

Levi, Miriam & Sarah Hodakov
Crown Heights

Unique Shlichus Opportunity for 2 Post Seminary Girls

Monday, Oct 13, 2003

Come and join a dynamic growing Chabad House set in a beautiful country environment

An Opportunity Not To Miss!

Job description includes:
Teaching twice a week in a small Hebrew School
Coordinating Shabbos program for children
Chabad House office work
Teaching Shliach's children one hour per day

Package for girls include:
A private condominium (with a washer and a dryer) in a gated community
Workout facilities and a swimming pool
A nice car with gas and insurance provided
Great salary compensation
A loving community who is seeking two dynamic and outgoing responsible girls to be Shluchos and a Dugma Chaya.

This is a rewarding opportunity for a candidate who plans to go on Shlichus in the future.

Please send resume to: shlucha1@aol.com

Halacha of the Day -- Chol Hamoed (1)

Monday, Oct 13, 2003

Adapted from Chol HaMoed Kehilchoso by Rabbi Yekusiel Farkas, Chapter 1

Just as one is required to be in a state of Simcha on the Yom Tov days, likewise during Chol HaMoed one should be in a state of Simcha and good heart. This applies to all; men, women and children.

One should eat at least one Kazayis of meat each day of Chol HaMoed, preferably animal meat rather than fowl, but if one can not afford regular meat, or does not eat it on account of his health, etc, he should eat at least some fowl (chicken, turkey and the like).

Although there is no requirement to eat bread during Chol HaMoed (and for that reason one does not repeat the benching if he forgets Yaale VeYovo during Chol HaMoed), one should make every effort to wash twice daily for bread/Matzah, once breakfast or lunch and once for supper. according to some opinions, it is sufficient to eat bread/Matzah once a day. If eating bread is too difficult for him, then he should endeavor to eat at least some Mezonos.

Also one should drink at least a Reviis (3 ounces) of WINE each day of Chol HaMoed. One does not satisfy the element of Simcha with drinking grape juice.

For comments and questions, please write to ewenger@ca.inter.net

HASHOVAS AVEIDA - GOLD WATCH LOST IN CROWN HEIGHTS

Monday, Oct 13, 2003

I lost my gold watch on Friday night the first night yom tov somewhere on Carroll st.

if found please call: 718-771-4360 or email: bayspalter@aol.com

A Miracle in Thailand

Monday, Oct 13, 2003

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When Avi Azuly’s father called his son’s hospital room in Thailand, what he heard on the other end was totally unexpected. He heard the haunting notes of the shofar being sounded. With tears streaming down his cheeks, he thanked G-d, because he knew his son would be all right.

This is the heartwarming saga of a young man from a small town in Israel, an accident in a small town in Thailand, a Chabad House in Bangkok and a Lubavitcher shliach in Florida. All four came together during one terrible night to bring comfort and aid to a Jewish boy who was a stranger to them all.

For the Israeli parents of Avi Azulay the late night telephone call was the one that every parent prays will never come. The call came from the Israeli consul in Thailand. “Your son has been in an accident, he’s in critical condition, get here as soon as you can.”continue...

Learning to make their moves early

Monday, Oct 13, 2003

Chess instructor Dmitry Frenklakh picks up a knight and holds it over the board, demonstrating basic strategy to a class of eight at the Shaloh House Jewish Russian Center and Synagogue in Brighton Center.

''The knight cannot take the bishop, because remember how the knight goes two squares up, and one to the right,'' says Frenklakh. ''So . . . one, two, and one to the right. So the knight can take this pawn. Right?''

The students aren't so sure. But then Kohave, Sheina, Tzippora, Sonya, and the rest are kindergartners, and most are getting their first formal lesson on how to play the game. This is day one, and they're taking it very seriously, many wearing looks of fierce concentration as Frenklakh explains that the knight, unlike everything else on the board, can fly. continue...

DALED MINIM GIVEN TO TOP MEMBERS OF ISRAEL'S GOVERNMENT

Monday, Oct 13, 2003

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In the days prior to Sukkos, Rabbi Yossel Aronov and Chaim Yankel Leibovitch of Tzach in Israel, met separately with some prominent members of the Israeli Government and presenting them with a set of "daled minim" in honor of the upcoming Yom Tov.

The dignitaries they met with include the President, Mr. Moshe Katzav, Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Transportation Minister Avigdor Lieberman, and Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz.

At the meeting with Mr. Mofaz, Rabbi Mendy Brod explained at length the idea and meaning behind the "daled Minim" and how they are a sign of Jewish victory.

On Sunday, first day of Chol Hamo'ed (in Israel), they met also with Foreign Minister SIlvan Shalom, and presented him with a beautiful set of daled minim.
(SOURCE: CLN.ORG.IL - PHOTOS: LEVI EDREI)

MAYOR BLOOMBERG TO VISIT CROWN HEIGHTS ON TUESDAY NIGHT

Tuesday, Oct 14, 2003

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SNS has learned, that on Tuesday night, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg is scheduled to pay a visit to the Sukkah of Vaad HaKohol & CHJCC member Chanina Sperlin.

From there Bloomberg might stop by @ Simchas Bais Hashoayva on Kingston & Montgomery St.

As past experience has shown there are no guarantees, however our source is pretty confident that this time he will be coming.

NEW ENGAGEMENT

Tuesday, Oct 14, 2003

Yossi Lowenbein (Boro Park, NY) to Esty Reizes (Crown Heights)
LECHAIM IYH MONDAY NIGHT @ OHOLEI TORAH

SHMAIS NEWS SERVICE TURNS 6 YEARS OLD!

Tuesday, Oct 14, 2003

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Tuesday, the 18th of Tishray 5764, marks the 6th anniversary of Shmais News Service. It was on this day 6 years ago, that we sent out our first Chabad-Lubavitch news story to a small list of individuals and as they say, the rest is history.

Today, we take great pride in knowing that tens of thousands of Lubavitchers from around the world rely on Shmais News Service & Shmais.com to “Keep them Informed”.

This past year has B”H been very successful and we’ve seen the entire website enhanced, improved and redesigned.

During the next year we plan on IYH getting the audio and video links on site to be operational. We also plan on greatly improving the time it takes for the website to load.

We are always open to new ideas and suggestions from our readers. Feel free to contact us via e-mail @ shmais@shmais.com.

As we begin our 7th year of service we would like to thank all of you for logging in daily and we pledge to do our very best to continue "Keeping Lubavitchers informed!".

We would also like to thank all of you for patronizing our sponsors. Please continue to patronize our sponsors, without them we would not be able to continue.

Palestinian caught with gun, knife in baby stroller

Tuesday, Oct 14, 2003

Border Policeman arrested a Palestinian woman at the Hizma checkpoint north of Jerusalem on Tuesday after they found a knife and gun hidden in a baby stroller she was traveling with.

The woman, 20, from the village of al-Azzariyah, east of Jerusalem, claimed that she accidentally took the weapons from the cab she was traveling in.

Meanwhile on Tuesday, IDF Paratroopers arrested a wanted Tanzim militant in the West Bank village of Kadum, west of Nablus.

The man was reported to have hidden two explosive devices and a gun in his home garden.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY 2

Tuesday, Oct 14, 2003

Lazer Raksin - E-MAIL
Shnas Simcha, Brocha , Vehatzlocha Bakol!

Rabbi Dovid Eliezrie - E-MAIL
Shnas Simcha, Brocha , Vehatzlocha Bakol!

Eliyahu Kramer - E-MAIL
Shnas Simcha, Brocha , Vehatzlocha Bakol!

Yisroel New

A Community Grows In Boynton Beach

Tuesday, Oct 14, 2003

The raucous sounds of bulldozers, jackhammers and electric drills create a constant cacophony in the area around Chabad Lubavitch of Boynton Beach, and the clamor is expected to continue unabated for at least 18 more months.

But no one is complaining. Because the noise is the sound of the future of this South Florida Jewish community located about 65 miles north of Miami Beach.

Can you say 'building bonanza booming in Boynton Beach'? Fifty five beautiful homes are currently under construction next door to the 15,000 square foot Chabad center on El Clair Ranch Road. The homes are appealing to Jewish families because they combine comfort and even opulence with the amenities of traditional Jewish life. continue...

Furnished Apartment in Crown Heights Needed for the month of November

Tuesday, Oct 14, 2003

URGENT - Shluchim and family with 4 children coming to Crown Heights from Australia for a family visit - after Yom Tov. Looking for a suitable furnished apartment for the month of November.

If you have a nice, clean apartment available or know of someone who may, please give us a call at 718-778-9482 (Crown Heights) or 513-631-9721 (Cincinnati) or e-mail: getze@ucmail.uc.edu

Very responsible, dependable family.

Please leave a message - we will return the calls!

Electronic Bulletin Board on Duty 24/6

Tuesday, Oct 14, 2003

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TORONTO, CANADA - After years of planning and having obtained permission from the City of Vaughan and the Municipality of York, Chabad Lubavitch has erected an electronic bulletin board at the northeast corner of Bathurst St. and Chabad Gate. The two sided sign embedded in an aesthetic block structure is visible to both, the north and southbound traffic. Accessed and facilitated by a modem and computer, the matrix system displays text and graphic animation in a creative manner and on a continuous basis. Controlled by a conventional keyboard and monitor the four-line display will promote upcoming programs and offer continuous vital information. In addition to notifying the public of upcoming events and programs the venue will display the weekly Shabbat candle lighting time, promote holiday awareness, and encourage participation in seasonal mitzvoth.

On the eighteenth of Elul Chabad Lubavitch hosted a formal celebration marking the installation of the creative community bulletin board. This auspicious day marks the birthday of two leading personalities, the Baal Shem Tov, founder of the Chasidic movement and Rabbi Shneer Zalman of Liadi, founder of the Chabad Lubavitch movement. These two luminaries introduced Chasidic thought and practice with the intent that it spread forth to all Jews, hence their common birthday is a most appropriate day on which to launch an initiative of this nature. The landmark structure is being dedicated by Chabad Lubavitch in honour of Joey & Toby Tanenbaum in recognition of their generous patronage.

Although the sign structure pales in comparison to any construction project, numerous professionals, trades and materials were needed. This would include land surveyors, structural engineers, electricians and others. For this we extend our thanks to Steve Maizels for his yeomen efforts and personal attention to every detail. When during a casual conversation with Rabbi Grossbaum he heard about the project he graciously took a leadership role and offered his expertise, personal attention and generously supplied the needed materials.

“We’re confident that the hi-tech sign which enjoys excellent visability will certainly heighten an awareness and participation in Jewish life,” said Rabbi Zalman Grossbaum, Executive Director of Chabad Lubavitch. And then added, “While it cannot replace the warmth and depth of a ‘human sign’ as noted in the editorial of this issue of the World of Lubavitch, its high visibility and unique public presence will certainly bolster Jewish pride. Also the electronic version will function 24/6!"
(SOURCE: CHABAD.CA)

Rabbi Shimon Hecht's Shul defaced by vandals

Tuesday, Oct 14, 2003

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Members of a Park Slope synagogue were reeling yesterday from weekend vandalism that left a glass door shattered and graffiti spray-painted in three places.

Police said they are not sure if the vandalism at Congregation B'Nai Jacob on Ninth St. between Sixth and Seventh Aves. was a bias attack. But Rabbi Shimon Hecht, leader of the Orthodox synagogue, condemned the act.

"When something like this happens you have to raise your eyebrow and wonder if something is happening," said Hecht, adding that many members believe anti-Semitism fueled the attack.

"If you ignore anti-Semitism it grows and grows and can mushroom into who knows what," he added.

Hecht said a witness saw two teenagers repeatedly kick one of the synagogue's elaborate stained-glass doors until a protective glass pane shattered just before midnight Saturday. The vandals darted off when a neighbor shouted at them.

On Sunday morning, congregation members also found graffiti spray-painted on the synagogue's door and in two places on the sukkah, a temporary ceremonial structure that is erected outside synagogues at this time each year to commemorate Sukkoth.

It is not clear if the same vandals are responsible for both attacks. No arrests have been made.

Lt. James Woods, commander of the Brooklyn South community affairs unit, said detectives are investigating to determine if it should be classified a bias attack.

"Anytime something happens to a house of worship, we look into it with that in mind," he said outside the synagogue.

Woods said the graffiti appeared to be a common tag that has been spray-painted elsewhere in the neighborhood.

Sukkah Near Wrigley Encourages 'Do a Mitzvah and Help the Cubs'

Tuesday, Oct 14, 2003

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"Parked" at 1025 W. Addison amidst the concessionaires and souvenir hawkers, on Wednesday, Lubavitch Chabad of Illinois positioned their Sukkah and offered passersbys readying for Game 6 of the NLCS a chance to "Do a Mitzvah and Help the Cubs."

"The whole city is obsessed with the Cubs and their history-defying run to the World Series," explains Rabbi Daniel Moscowitz, Director of the 18 Lubavitch centers throughout the state. "And now is the festival of Sukkos, called 'the time of our celebration,' so we figured we had to take the lead in combining these two celebrations, the Festival of Sukkot and the Cubs."

Passersbys to the Lubavitch Sukkah at 1025 W. Addison had a chance to make the blessing on the lulav and have a snack in the Sukkah.

MAZEL TOV GOLDBERGERS

Tuesday, Oct 14, 2003

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SNS would like to wish a hearty Mazel Tov to, Shimi & Reena (nee Perelis) Goldberger - Miami, FL on the birth of their firstborn daughter.

May the newborn be a source of Nachas to her parents, grandparents, relatives & Klal Yisroel.

MAYOR & POLICE COMMISSIONER VISIT CROWN HEIGHTS

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003

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It was a historic Tuesday night Chol HaMoed in Crown Heights.

Both NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg and NYC Police Commissioner Ray Kelly came to visit.

The Mayor, sporting a small leather Yarmulka and the Police commissioner along with their entourage arrived @ the home of CHJCC & Vaad HaKohol member Chanina Sperlin shortly after 10:00pm and went into the Sukkah where the other members of the Vaad Hakohol, Noochie Gross & Yanki Herzog, Chaver HaBadatz Rabbi Yaakov Schwei, Mazkir Yabbi Leibel Groner and many other member of the community were gathered for a small reception.

Rabbi Shmuel Butman welcomed the Mayor and spoke about Sukkos and the Mayor's recent visit to Eretz Yisroel.

The Mayor also delivered a few words and made a Brocha Layshaiv BaSukka.

Following the reception everyone walked down to Simchas Bais Hashoayva on Montgomery & Kingston where Yanki Herzog presented an award to the Mayor and the Mayor briefly addressed the crowd before leaving.
(PHOTOS: Y.K. - SHMAIS.COM)

Troops kill PFLP man at W. Bank checkpoint

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003

Troops shot and killed a member of the radical Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) at the village of Enbata near Tulkarm on the West Bank Wednesday.

The Palestinian approached an IDF checkpoint recently set up in the area, and when called on to stop, the man attempted to flee the area. Soldiers opened fire on the man after he again ignored their calls to stop.

Army Radio reported that troops identified the man as a PFLP militant who has been in an Israeli jail in the past.

Elsewhere in Tulkarm, troops at a checkpoint west of the city arrested a Palestinian woman who tried to attack them with a knife.

The woman, a Tulkarm resident, arrived at the checkpoint, pulled out a knife and rushed at soldiers manning the checkpoint. Soldiers drew their weapons on the oncoming attacker, who then fainted just meters in front of the troops.

The woman has been handed over to the General Security Service for questioning.

In the Gaza Strip, Palestinians lobbed grenades at IDF forces near the town of Rafiah on the Israel-Egypt border. There were no injuries in the attack.

The IDF has been operating in Rafiah to expose and destroy tunnels used to smuggle weapons from Egypt into the Gaza Strip.

SHMAIS.COM TO THE RESCUE ONCE AGAIN

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003

Dear Shmais,
I just wanted to thank you for putting my lost watch announcement on your website. You do a big service to our community and it is really appreciated. B"H someone found it and returned it to me. I am really grateful to both him and to you.

Wishing you continued success.
Best wishes for a good yom tov.

Bayla Spalter

MAZEL TOVS VOGELS

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003

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SNS would like to wish a hearty Mazel Tov to, Hillel & Baily (nee Diamond) Vogel - Crown Heights on the birth of their firstborn son.

May the newborn be a source of Nachas to his parents, grandparents, relatives & Klal Yisroel.

MAZEL TOV SHURPINS

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003

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SNS would like to wish a hearty Mazel Tov to, Ephraim & Shaina Baila (nee Perlow) Shurpin - Crown Heights on the birth of their firstborn son.

May the newborn be a source of Nachas to his parents, grandparents, relatives & Klal Yisroel.

Sukkot: Sense of community, unity

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003

ROCKAWAY TWP., NJ -- The soup was delicious, and the entertainment was a hit, but more important, the sense of community that defines the Jewish holiday of Sukkot was everywhere at the Chabad Center of Northwest New Jersey on Monday night.

More than 90 people crowded into a reception room at the Chabad Center to observe Sukkot, the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles. It commemorates the 40-year period that the Jews wandered the desert as described in the Old Testament and lived in temporary shelters and the fall harvest.

Sukkot starts on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Tishri, shortly after Yom Kippur. The third and final celebration of the departure from Egypt, Sukkot is named for the huts used by Moses and the Israelites.

"It's a festival of unity for the family. We celebrate together as a family, a people," Rabbi Mordechai Baumgarten said.

In keeping with Sukkot tradition, there were seven soups for people to sample and enjoy on Monday night. Everyone had their favorite.

Ally Gomer and Chelsea Seidenberg, sophomores at Morris Hills High School, both favored the vegetable soup.

Gomer's mother, Reva, explained what she most appreciates about the holiday. "It's togetherness, for sure. It's a celebration of family. It's a very nice way of connecting with the community," she said.

Young children assembled in a circle on the floor laughed as R.J. Lewis performed tricks such as using his teeth to balance a chair above his head.

Later on, there was dancing of the most informal kind.

"It's dancing from the heart. It's not the kind of dancing you take lessons for," Rabbi Asher Herson explained.

Rob Jennings can be reached at rjenning@gannett.com or (973) 989-0652.

Simchas Bais Hashoevah at Chabad in Teaneck, NJ

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003

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The Chabad House in Teaneck celebrated Simchas Bais HaShoevah with a huge family Sukkos Party. Over 400 people showed up to partake in the Pizza, live music, carnival games and clown and magic show.

The weather was beautiful and many in the crowd were amazed at the huge turnout of people and kept remarking about how beautiful it was.

The evening was filled with the feeling of Jewish unity as Jews from every walk of life took part in the festivities. Rabbi Ephraim Simon, shliach in Teaneck, address the crowd and spoke about the importance of joy and unity in the time period we find ourselves in now.

PARKWAY SUITES SOLD OUT FOR SIMCHAS TORAH!

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003

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The Parkway Suites is proud to announce that we are sold out for Simchas Torah.

We would like to thank all those who stopped by to visit the brand new facility, and gave us the nicest brochos for much success. We invite all Anash to come by and see for yourself how beautiful The Parkway Suites really is.

Crown Heights now has a place we can be of proud to have our friends and relatives stay while they visit the Rebbe’s Shchuna.

We would also like to give a special thank you to Itchie Gross for being our project coordinator and doing such a wonderful job.

The Management

Questions or future reservations? Feel free to call us @ 718.363.3199

Halacha of the Day -- Chol HaMoed (2)

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003

Adapted from the Sefer Chol HaMoed KeHilchoso by Rabbi Yekusiel Farkas

If one forgot to mention Yaale VeYovo in Birkas Hamozon and realized his error before saying Hashem's name in the Brocho of Boneh Yerushalayim, he goes back to Yaale VeYovo and continues from there. If he already said Hashem's name he completes the Brocho and then says Baruch ata...ha'olom asher nosan moadim le'amo Yisroel lesason ulesimcha es yom chag (Hasukkos/Hapesach) hazeh" with no concluding brocho. If he started the fourth Brocho, even if only the word Baruch, he completes the benching and does not have to repeat it.

In the horachamans we do not say Harachaman Hu yanchileinu yom shekulo tov.

One needs to wear nice and clean clothes during Chol HaMoed, -- Shabbos clothing. One who needs to go to work (when permitted) is not required to wear Shabbos or Yom Tov clothes but he should still wear clean and nice clothing which is appropriate for Chol HaMoed. Those who work in places where they are required to wear company designated clothing, such as uniforms, still need to wear appropriate clothing when going to work and change when they come to their working place.

One may not intermingle two simchos together, therefore it is not permitted to get married during Chol HaMoed. However one may make a L'chaim, vort, bris, Pidyan Haben, Chanukas HaBayis, Siyum and Bar Mitzvah during Chol HaMoed.

For comments and questions, please write to ewenger@ca.inter.net

HASHOVAS AVEIDA - WATCH FOUND @ EMPIRE SHTEIBEL MIKVAH

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003

This morning, Wednesday, In the Empire Shteibel Mikvah, a watch was FOUND

Contact: 718-735-7311

Mobilizing prayer

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003

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Students leaving Barnard College yesterday encountered an unusual welcome wagon: A rickety, wooden succah, or booth, perched atop an 18-foot flatbed truck manned by six black-hatted Hasidim from Crown Heights.

The converted truck was one of six spread across Manhattan carrying succah, the ceremonial huts built in observance of the Jewish harvest festival, Succoth, being celebrated this week.

A group of Lubavitcher men, organized by Immanuel Storfer, took it upon themselves to bring this symbol of the holiday, also known as the Feast of Tabernacles, to city-dwellers who do not have the space, time or material to construct their own succah. continue...

A Sukkah On Saddam's Palace Grounds

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003

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Col. Jacob Goldstein, Chief of Chaplains for New York State Army National Guard, serving in Iraq, wanted to have an etrog sent to Afghanistan in time for the Sukkot holiday. He had brought several along with him to Iraq, and knew that Jewish chaplains in Afghanistan would appreciate an etrog as well. But he was told not to bother. It would ruin in the heat, and arrive useless. Goldstein persisted until a U.S. army airforce transport flew him to Afghanistan, to personally deliver the etrog to the Jewish chaplains there.

In an interview early this morning with Lubavitch.com, Rabbi Goldstein said, “Yesterday I ate in a Sukkah we put up on the grounds of the Palace.” Goldstein, who was speaking by satellite cell phone as he was traveling to an undisclosed location, was referring to Sadam Hussein’s palace. Loud background noises broke in every few minutes. “We are not in a good neighborhood,” he said, explaining that he was in full battle armor and carrying a loaded machine gun because the area “is under constant gunfire.” But Goldstein’s enthusiasm for the opportunity Jewish soldiers were given to participate in the traditions and observances of this month of Jewish holidays, came through loud and clear.

“The Jewish soldiers were stunned to see a Sukkah on the palace grounds,” he admits. This was one of a dozen sukkahs that Goldstein arranged to have shipped through Chabad’s Aleph Institute. continue...
(PHOTO CAPTION: Col. Yankel Goldstein with Jewish soldiers on Sukkos at Tallil airbase. Tallil is several Kilometers from Ur, the birthplace of Avrohom Avinu.)

2 - 3 Bochurim needed for Simchas Torah @ Chabad House near NY

Thursday, Oct 16, 2003

2 - 3 Bochurim needed for Simchas Torah. 3 1/2 hour drive from NY.

Please call or e-mail asap if interested: chabad@gis.net or call: 781-455-9096

NEW ENGAGEMENT

Thursday, Oct 16, 2003

CGINY EMT SUMMER 5763 - Mendy Litzman (Monsey, NY) to Dani Pincus (Sydney, Australia)
E-MAZEL TOV

PLEASE SAY TEHILLIM 4

Thursday, Oct 16, 2003

The following are names of Israeli boys who have been kidnapped by Colombian guerrillas and are supposedly in Colombian jungles now. They have not yet been found/released. Please say Tehillim for a safe and speedy release.

Orpaz ben Tamar
Binyamin ben Miriam
Arez ben Ester
Gai ben_________

More Than 500 Visit Joseph’s Tomb

Thursday, Oct 16, 2003

For the first time since June, hundreds of Jewish worshipers visited the Tomb of Joseph in Shechem. After receiving IDF clearance, the large group visited the tomb over night through this morning (Thursday) - the day of Sukkot mystically associated in some traditions with patriarch Joseph. Among the visitors was former Chief Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu, who led the early morning prayers, other leading rabbinical figures, students from the displaced Od Yosef Chai yeshiva of Shechem, visiting donors from overseas and hundreds of Breslover Hassidim. There have been very few such organized visits to the patriarch’s tomb over the past two years and last night’s visit was made under heavy military and police protection.

Yehuda Liebman, of Od Yosef Chai yeshiva, told Arutz-7 that Rabbi Eliyahu was visibly pained by the destruction and desolation wrought by the Arabs at the holy gravesite. Despite the physical state of the Tomb, Liebman noted, the visitors danced at the compound all through the night, to the accompaniment of a live band.

This morning, after the Jewish worshipers had already left the site, local Arabs broke in and threw burning tires into the Joseph’s Tomb complex. There were no reports of injuries; Palestinian Authority firefighters were sent to fight the fire. Liebman commented to Arutz-7 that, in today’s reality, the desecration of a Jewish grave in the Ukraine causes a greater media uproar than the desecration of Joseph’s grave, one of the sites holy to the people of Israel. Even if there is nothing left to burn, thanks to continuing periodic Arab vandalism, Liebman said, the flaming tires today were intended simply as a symbolic burning of the symbols of Judaism.

Liebman continued, "In the State of Israel, with its strong army, the worshipers could have entered freely, in the daylight, and not like thieves in the night with massive security forces for protection. There is a need to create a balance of terror that will deter the Arab rioters from damaging the holy site."

Rabbis and spokesmen of the Od Yosef Chai Yeshiva called on the IDF to allow the yeshiva to return to its original location in the Tomb compound. Od Yosef Chai students are currently making use of temporary facilities outside Shechem. Yeshiva sources said that since the IDF is now located throughout Judea and Samaria, it should take the initiative and secure the roads to the Tomb site.

IDF sources expressed hope that organized visits such as that of last night will encourage Breslover Hassidim - many of whom have been arrested over the past few years for violating IDF travel bans - to cease their periodic illegal and dangerous individual forays into Shechem.

Joseph, son of Patriarch Jacob and Matriarch Rachel, was buried outside the Biblical city of Shechem, and his gravesite remained outside the city for about 3,500 years. However, creeping Arab construction in the past three decades gradually led to the creation of an Arab neighborhood around the site. Border Guard soldier Madhat Yusef was killed in a battle at the compound in October 2000. At the time, the IDF retreated from the site, after which Arab mobs first desecrated the compound and then rededicated it as a mosque.

HASHOVAS AVEIDA - CELL PHONE & GOLD HOOP EARRING FOUND

Thursday, Oct 16, 2003

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CHABAD OF MIDTOWN HOSTS THOUSANDS AT GIANT SUKKAH IN MIDTOWN MANHATTAN

Thursday, Oct 16, 2003

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For the eighth year, Chabad Lubavitch of Midtown erected a giant Sukkah in Midtown serving thousands of people from all walks of life.

The Sukkah is on Fifth Avenue in front of The New York Public Library across the street from the Chabad Lubavitch Midtown Center. Centrally located between the transportation hubs of Times Square, Penn Station and Grand Central Station, the Sukkah was visited by thousands of businesspeople, professionals, tourists, students and holiday revelers.

Rabbi Yehoshua Metzger, Director of Chabad of Midtown, thanks the Office of the Mayor, Commissioner Jonathan Greenspun, the Bryant Park Organization, and the staff and volunteers of Chabad of Midtown for their untiring efforts in making the Sukkah a great success.

The Sukkah was open daily from 7:00am until 10:00pm.

Sukkot With IDF's New Recruits

Thursday, Oct 16, 2003

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It’s Sukkot—a time of joy and spiritual celebrations, and in Israel, where a large percent of the country’s young men are typically away from home serving in the army, Chabad-Lubavitch makes a point of bringing the spirit of the holidays to the soldiers.

Chabad-Lubavitch rabbinical student Mendy Ofen has a personal rapport with many of the army’s seargants, and when he received a call from one at a recruiting base requesting that he come to celebrate with new recruits, Mendy was there within hours.

Arriving with fellow rabbinical students, a mobile Sukkah and enough drink and cake to go around, Mendy was greeted by several hundred soldiers. After a brief synopsis of the rituals and significance of Sukkot, the soldiers observed the mitzvot of lulav and etrog, taking their turns in the Sukkah and raising their cups to say “L’chaim!” Then the dancing began to live music and high spirits.

“It was really uplifting for the new recruits, and gave them a good sendoff as they begin their service in the army,” said Mendy.

MIVTZOIM OUTSIDE THE COURTROOM OF THE WASHINGTON AREA SNIPER TRIAL WIDELY COVERED BY THE PRESS

Thursday, Oct 16, 2003

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On Tuesday, quick thinking Junior Shluchim in Virginia Beach, VA were right on target when they decided to go and do Mivtza Lulav & Esrog outside the courtroom where the nationally covered murder trial of the Washington area sniper suspect John Allen Muhammad was getting underway with the jury selection.

Thanks to all the media covering the trial the boys Mivtzoim got special mention in the press.

The following are a few of the clippings mentioning the mivtzoim.

The Washington Post wrote:

Another Sort of 'Uplink'

A little before noon, a striking entourage of bearded young men and teenagers strode across the municipal campus -- not far from the prowling reporters and ponderous TV "uplink" trucks docked like battleships outside the courthouse complex .

They were the four Margolin brothers from Norfolk -- Yosef, 22, Mendy, 21, Shmuel, 17, and Yisroel, 14 -- and two teenage friends from Brooklyn. They walked happily and said Yisroel was bearing a bunch of palm, willow and myrtle branches in celebration of the Jewish festival of Sukkot.

The six, representatives of a Jewish outreach group, Chabad, said the varied reeds symbolized human diversity and unity.

They were a serene vision on a humid morning amid the talk of serial murder. And as they walked quickly past the ranks of TV trucks with antennas turned heavenward, they said they had an "uplink," too, "a direct connection to G-d," Yosef Margolin said.

In the bed of a friend's Dodge pickup, parked in a nearby parking lot, was a traditional Sukkot shelter, a symbol of trust in the Creator. The shelter is made of plywood and bamboo and fitted with a small table and two chairs. "It's a spiritual satellite truck," Mendy Margolin said. "You connect with G-d in there."

The six said they were aware of the sniper trial, and recalled the terror of last October. They noted that the eight-day festival celebrates the security and safety that comes with faith. "What we're trying to do is light up the world with acts of kindness, good deeds," Yosef Margolin said. "Slowly make it a better place like that."

The Baltimore Sun wrote: …Nearby, a group of six young Orthodox Jews dressed in wrinkled oxford-cloth shirts and yarmulkes paraded past the brick courthouse complex, carrying sheaths filled with myrtle leaves, willow stalks and palm branches.

They had driven over from Norfolk in a pickup truck to share Sukkot, an eight-day religious celebration for joy and unity, with Jews they met along the way. But, said the youngest, Yisroel Margolin, 14, they also hoped their mission encouraged thoughtfulness among the 123 potential jurors who filed through the courtroom of Judge LeRoy F. Millette Jr.

"I hope nobody jumps to conclusions, and that they give the man the justice he deserves," Margolin's brother, Shmuel, said as he clustered beside the truck with his three brothers and a pair of friends from Brooklyn, N.Y.

And The Virginian Pilot wrote: ...Payden-Travers wasn't the only one spreading a message. A small group of Jewish men walked the complex looking for Jews with whom to celebrate the Sukkot holiday, which started Saturday.

The seven-day festival asks Jews to rejoice in G-d's protection during their 40 years in the desert, explained Shmuel Margolin, a member of Chabad Lubavitch of Tidewater in Norfolk.

The message to trust in G-d for protection is in direct contrast to the fear the snipers wrought last year, he said.

(Photo: Steve Earley)

PARKWAY SUITES SOLD OUT FOR SIMCHAS TORAH!

Thursday, Oct 16, 2003

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The Parkway Suites is proud to announce that we are sold out for Simchas Torah.

We would like to thank all those who stopped by to visit the brand new facility, and gave us the nicest brochos for much success. We invite all Anash to come by and see for yourself how beautiful The Parkway Suites really is.

Crown Heights now has a place we can be of proud to have our friends and relatives stay while they visit the Rebbe’s Shchuna.

We would also like to give a special thank you to Itchie Gross for being our project coordinator and doing such a wonderful job.

The Management

Questions or future reservations? Feel free to call us @ 718.363.3199

Sukkot Honors Unity: Jewish harvest festival remembers exodus from Egypt

Thursday, Oct 16, 2003

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As her three children darted around the Hazel Dell home of Schmulik and Tzivie Greenberg on Tuesday evening, Michelle Hersh of Camas talked about the celebration of Sukkot.

Sukkot honors both the harvest and the early Jews' struggle in the desert during the exodus from Egypt.

"Our ancestors had to live out in the desert," Hersh said. "They always needed to move from place to place."

The Hersh family was among a small gathering at the Greenbergs' to commemorate the Jewish holiday.

The Greenbergs moved to Vancouver recently to establish Chabad Lubavitch of Clark County, WA. Chabad is a Hebrew acronym for the words for wisdom, comprehension and knowledge; Lubavitch is a town in Belarus. In Clark County, the organization will provide Jewish education and offer holiday celebrations. continue...

SIMCHAS BAIS HASHOAYVAH IN MANCHESTER, UK

Thursday, Oct 16, 2003

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As has now become customary, the Lubavitch community in Manchester hosted a grand Simchas Bais Hashoayvah at Beis Menachem, with live music and dancing.

Boruch Hashem the event was a huge success with hundreds of people from all different walks of life turning out to sing and dance in a wonderful display of achdus.

The children were treated to a fantastic show of entertainment by HaTomim Yisroel Goodman with fire juggling, unicycling and many other treats.

A video inside the large sukka was constantly playing Living Torah videos of the Rebbe and attracted a large crowd. As well as feeding the soul, there was also plenty nourishment for the body with hot food, drinks and of course plenty L'chaim!

Children from the local Lubavitch school said the Torah pesukim and many people took the opportunity to farbreng in the Sukkah.

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Traveling Sukkos Party in Greece

Thursday, Oct 16, 2003

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Aside from the larger Jewish communities of Athens and Salonika, Greece has several small communities scattered around the country. Those communities were delighted to host Sukkos celebrations organized by Chabad of Athens.

The traveling program included an educational game, concert and sing-along with singer-guitarist Marty Einsenstein from Athens and refreshments enjoyed in the beautifully decorated Sukka. “With Sukkos being the Holiday of Joy and Unity, it was a good idea to visit small communities who dont always have the opportunity to gather and celebrate their Jewish heritage”, says Rabbi Hendel, the Shliach in Athens.

The trip ended on the island of Corfu. While the preparations were underway, numerous tourists from Israel, the United States and other countries came to visit the old and splendid synagogue. Watching the Sukkah being built from scratch, they were very happy to have the chance to make a Brocha on the Lulav.

Many of them mentioned that they were in contact with their local Chabad House, and marveled at Chabad’s presence as far as in the Greek islands.

In the evening, Jewish people young and old got together for a memorable celebration. Singing and dancing, everybody got into the spirit of the Holiday, and left with the promise to initiate more such events for the community.

Three soldiers killed in Fatah ambush

Sunday, Oct 19, 2003

IDF soldier Sgt. Elad Pollak,19 of Kiryat Motskin was one of three IDF soldiers of the Duhifat Batallion who were killed and a fourth soldier moderately wounded in a terrorist ambush as they patrolled inside the Ein Yabrud village east of Ramallah and south of Ofra on Sunday night.

The Fatah Al Aksa Brigades claimed responsibility for the attack in which three terrorists, who hid behind a low cement wall near the road and waited for the soldier, scrept up behind the troops and opened fire at the patrol ten meters away. They then fled in a Fiat Uno car taking the soldiers' weapons with them.

The three soldiers died from multiple gunshot wounds to the head, back and chest and legs officials said. Pollak is to be buried in the military section at the Tsur Shalom cemetery Monday afternoon at 3.30.

In a briefing with reporters at the entrance to Ofra, OC Central Command Maj.Gen. Moshe Kaplinsky said the terrorists attacked the soldiers from the rear.

The soldiers' commander who was in a vehicle nearby heard the gunshots and arrived at the scene two minutes later and alerted security forces.

Kaplinsky praised the Duhifat Batallion who operate in the area on a permanent basis and said soldiers from the batallion were currently searching for the terrorists. "Duhifat who lost three of its soldiers is an excellent batallion and they are presently pursuing the perpetraters," he said.

The soldiers were not conducting routine operations but involved in combined activities that include foot and mobile patrols as well as other activities in an attempt to enhance the security of Israelis who drive on Road 60, said Kaplinsky. "I believe that if the terrorists hadn't run into the soldiers they would have perpetrated a shooting attack at Israeli vehicles who use the main road and would have harmed civilians," said Kaplinsky.

IDF forces imposed a curfew on the village located in an area under Israeli security control, as troops searched the surrounding area for the perpetrators, using flares to light up the skies and IAF helicopter support to hunt down the perpetraters. The search extended into neighborhing villages in an attempt to find the terrorists who according to IDF officials used two Kalashnikov rifles and an M16 in the shooting.

An IDF official told The Jerusalem Post that the terrorists suprised the soldiers who were in the midst of patrolling the village in the framework of deterrence activities carried out by security forces.

According to initial findings officials said the soldiers all wore bulletproof flac jackets when they were hit.

Security officials did not rule out the possibility that the attack was orchestrated and planned by Fatah fugitives based in the Mukata in Ramallah, the headquarters of PA Yasser Arafat.

In stating its claim the Fatah Al Aksa Briagde said the shooting was in response to the IDF activities in Rafah. Refuting this statement, Israeli diplomatic sources said that Al Aksa Brigade attacks did not start with the IDF operations in Rafah, which were aimed at uncovering weapons smuggling tunnels.

On receiving reports of the shooting shortly after 7, Magen David Adom ambulances from Ofra, Psagot and other communities raced to the scene.

Paramedic Yaniv Oved said by the time he arrived at the scene ambulance paramedics were attempting to resuscitate the three soldiers. "There was nothing that could be done they suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the head, chest, and other parts of the bodies. The wounded soldier was transferred to Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem," he said.

Dr. Shmuel Shapiro deputy head of the Hadassah Hospital in Ein Kerem said the wounded soldier arrived close to an hour after the shooting suffering from gunshot wounds to the legs. He described the soldier's condition as moderate and said his wounds were being evaluated for further treatment.

Pinhas Wallerstein head of the Binyamin Regional Council pointed an accusing finger at the Mukata. "Tonight's fatal shooting attack came from the Mukata under Arafat's guidance. Sharon's government must carry out its decision and oust Arafat the murderer and finish with him. Arafat spilt enough Jewish blood and its about time he is served with the death sentence, the only fitting punishment for him," said Wallerstein.

In the past three years there have been numerous terrorist shooting in the area perpetrated by the Fatah Al Aksa Brigades.

A diplomatic source in Jerusalem told Israel Radio that the attack "quickens the coming of the day of reckoning for the Palestinian Authority leadership."

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said the attack only strengthened Israel's resolve in its war against terrorism.

Justice Minister Yosef Lapid, being interviewed on Channel One TV when news of the terror attack came in, condemned the shooting and held Palestinian leaders responsible.

"These madmen causing us sorrow and pain are also causing the Palestinians a deterioration into helplessness. The Palestinians don't realize the disaster they are bringing upon themselves," Lapid said.

Meanwhile, five reservist batallions will be deployed in the West Bank and Gaza Strip in the framework of a limited mobilization of reservists who received call up notices during the Succot week as part of an effort to beef up the security presence in the Territories due to the ongoing violence.

Israel's security establishment has registered 42 terror warnings for Sunday 19th October 2003.

Earlier in the month, Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz paved the way for a limited call up of reservists and cancelled all IDF training and officers courses due to the increase in the number of alerts received by the security establishment of plans by terrorists to perpetrate attacls.

Mofaz handed over the sole authorization of calling up reservists and cancelling training courses to Chief of General Staff Lt.Gen. Moshe Ya'alon who judging on operational requirements makes the necessary decisions.

MAZEL TOVS UPDATE#303 ARE ONLINE NOW!

Sunday, Oct 19, 2003

HASHOVAS AVEIDA - WEDDING BAND & WEDDING RING FOUND! - WATCH & GLASSES LOST

Sunday, Oct 19, 2003

WEDDING BAND
I found a wedding band at SIMCHAS BAIS HASHOAVA on Thursday night by the pizza store if it belongs to anyone please call DINA @ 718-930-9148.

WEDDING RING
Wedding ring found at simchas beis hashoevah on hoshanah rabbah. To claim call Nosson or Nechamah Dina Shusterman @ 718-804 - 7114

WATCH LOST
A"Kenneth Cole" watch was lost. It's face was large and rectangular. It displays the time of day as well as the date. And the whole watch was silver. IF FOUND PLEASE CALL 718-778-1070

GLASSES LOST
If you found a pair of Romeo Gigli glasses, please call: 917-657-5083.

Rabbi a hit with sukkah in a truck

Sunday, Oct 19, 2003

Typically during the Jewish festival of Sukkot, observants eat their meals in a sukkah, a temporary building made especially for the holiday.

But those who work outside the home during the day have no way of doing that. Unless the sukkah comes to them.

That's just what Rabbi Yitzchok Tiechtel of Congregation Beit Tefillah in Bellevue is doing all week. With a sukkah constructed and placed on the back of a pickup, the rabbi is driving around town to make it easier for people to observe.

Yesterday, he went to the Juvenile Justice Center near The Coliseum in downtown Nashville. He also had plans to visit Opry Mills, downtown offices and hospitals. continue...

TIRES SLASHED AGAIN IN CROWN HEIGHTS

Sunday, Oct 19, 2003

For the second time in just over a week tires of cars in Crown Heights were slashed.

The latest incident took place on Simchas Torah night and took place on Crown Street between Albany & Brooklyn Avenues. Tires on some 15 cars were slashed.

The vandalism took place despite the increased number of police in the neighborhood. One Crown Heights resident who spoke with SNS said "how can the police catch the guy(s) if half of them are busy talking on their cellphones while the others are listening to the world series?"

SNS has learned, that NYPD Commissioner Kelly and Chief Fox both came to Crown Heighst today to meet with Chanina Sperlin and said they would add even more resources to try and track down the culprit(s). One of the measures being taken is the installation of surveillance cameras.

In an unrelated incident, an African American male was arrested Motzei Yom Tov for pulling a BB gun on 2 Bochurim outside 770.

Hasidic congregation harvests some fun with fall festival of Sukkot

Sunday, Oct 19, 2003

Max Cohen, 6, of Upper St. Clair, loves to sing and dance, but his favorite part of the Mommy and Me program at Chabad of the South Hills, PA is pumping his fist in the air during the songs.

Monday's Mommy and Me was a little different, as about a dozen families packed into Chabad's Sukkah, a makeshift outdoor hut, to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Sukkot this week. Sukkot is a harvest festival where Jews are reminded that G-d is responsible for their shelter and bounty. The hut symbolizes the shelter G-d provided in the exodus from Egypt.

Through songs, pictures and puppets, the kids learned about the holiday and its traditions, but parents said the children were too busy having fun to realize they were learning. continue...

Shlichus w/ Smicha Opportunity for Bochur(im) After Tishrei!

Sunday, Oct 19, 2003

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Hollywood city manager orders synagogue out of two houses

Sunday, Oct 19, 2003

Adding to the Hollywood Community Synagogue Chabad Lubavitch's troubles, City Manager Cameron Benson this week sent the synagogue's president a letter stating that the worship center must stop operating there by Monday.

''Chabad must desist holding services and other related activities at 2215 and 2221 N. 46th Avenue by Monday,'' Benson wrote. ``Further, we encourage you to obtain the necessary building permits within the next 60 days to return these structures to single-family homes.''

Benson could not be reached for comment Friday morning. It is unclear what will happen if the synagogue does not comply with Benson's demand.

Hollywood Hills residents have complained of noise, garbage, traffic and parking problems at the two homes for more than two years.

In June, the city commission turned down the synagogue's request to stay permanently in the residential Hollywood Hills neighborhood. At that time, city staff was directed to work with the synagogue to find a new location.

Benson, City Attorney Dan Abbott and other city employees met with synagogue officials in June and July.

''Although attempts were made by all to resolve the situation, it is unfortunate, through the fault of neither party, such a site has not been identified,'' Benson wrote.

The synagogue is also facing foreclosure proceedings on its two homes. Earlier this month, a judge ordered the sale of the house where the congregation worships because the synagogue fell behind on its mortgage payments.

Sukkot Amid Civil War In Bolivia

Sunday, Oct 19, 2003

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In the throes of Bolivia's civil unrest, with thousands marching across the country in angry and often violent protest against the government, Chabad celebrates Sukkot.

Chabad-Lubavitch representative, Rabbi Yossi Smierc and his family fearlessly share the joy and the traditions of the festival, with a mobile sukkah on the streets of La Paz.

SHEMINI ATZERES & SIMCHAS TORAH 5764 ROUNDUP

Sunday, Oct 19, 2003

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CROWN HEIGHTS (SNS) – After mostly wonderful weather all Sukkos long the rain began to fall on Shemini Atzeres night. Depending on when people ate they either got a little less or a little more wet but they didn’t leave the Sukkah dry.

On Friday night there were 4 Sholom Zochors k”ah. The Sholom Zochors took place after Hakofos.

Hundreds of additional guests came to spend Shemini Atzeres & Simchas Torah in Crown Heights. It was a beautiful and very lebedik Yom Tov.

On Shabbos day there were 7 Chasanim downstairs & 2 Chasanim in the Rebbe’s room.

Below you will find a short roundup of Yom Tov in Crown Heights and @ the Ohel, we hope you enjoy it. continue...

MONDAY NIGHT LECHAIMS

Monday, Oct 20, 2003

Yossi Lowenbein (Boro Park, NY) to Esty Reizes (Crown Heights)
@ OHOLEI TORAH - SMALL HALL

Yossi Freeman (Crown Heights) Rivka Maltz (S. Paulo, Brazil)
@ Chovevei Torah 885 Eastern Pkwy

NEW ENGAGEMENT

Monday, Oct 20, 2003

Shmuel Lieberman (Fort Lauderdale, FL) to Chavie (bas R' Chezzy) Posner (Crown Heights)
LECHAIM IYH TONIGHT-MONDAY @ EMPIRE SHTEIBEL

ISRAELI COURT RULING KNOCKS ARUTZ-7 OFF THE AIR

Monday, Oct 20, 2003

In light of today's court ruling convicting ten Arutz-7 directors and staff members of broadcasting without a license, Arutz-7 stopped its radio broadcasts at 5 PM this afternoon. It issued the following message to its "precious and loyal listening public:

"To the precious and loyal listening public of Arutz-7, may G-d bless you from Zion.

"For some 15 years, Arutz-7 has broadcast Torah lessons and love of the People and the Land, with the participation of the leaders of Israel. The broadcasts accompanied and aided in the development of Torah in Israel and settlement of the Land. CONTINUE...

At least 11 Palestinians killed in day of war in Gaza

Monday, Oct 20, 2003

Palestinians reported a loud explosion in the Shajaiyeh neighborhood of Gaza, the same area targeted earlier this morning by warplanes that blew up a bomb factory.

The IDF Spokesman said warplanes returned to complete the mission and ensure that the premises were totally destroyed. There were no casualties in the attack.

But eight were killed and scores wounded when IAF helicopters fired rockets at a vehicle travelling in the Nussreta refugee camp in the central gaza strip.

Security officials said IDF forces spotted a terrorist cell attempting to infiltrate Israel west of Kibbut Nachal Oz. The soldiers opened fire and shot and killed a number of the infiltrators and spotted others attempting to flee in a vehicle back into Gaza.

The soldiers alerted a helicopter team in the area, which pursued the car and fired rockets, hitting it. The officials were unable to confirm the identities or affiliations of the Palestinians killed despite reorts claiming that among the dead is senior Hamas commander Imad Akel.

Earlier Monday, IAF helicopters and an F16 warplane pounded a bomb factory; a weapons warehouse; a vehicle containing two terrorists in charge of the manufacture of Kassam rockets, mortar shells and explosives used in attacks against Israel; and a second vehicle containing Hamas terrorists.

Khaled Said Matsri, 36, and Iyad Fayez al Hilu, 28, who rode in a pickup truck loaded with explosives and weapons, were killed when rockets hit their car. Marwan al Khatib, 35, who drove in a vehicle behind them, died shortly after from injuries he sustained in the attack. According to Palestinian media reports, casualties from all the air strikes have left at least nine Palestinians dead and over eighty civilians wounded, many of them women and children.

Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz vowed on Monday that Israel will continue attacking terrorist targets "everywhere and anywhere at any time." Israeli security officials said the aim of the attack was to hamper Hamas activities and harm its capability to wage attacks against Israel. Both the Hamas and Islamic Jihad vowed to avenge the attacks and PA Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei declared that such actions only undermined attempts to reach a mutual ceasefire. "Such aggression as we have seen in Gaza today is not acceptable and will not help us as a government to achieve a mutual ceasefire."

In the evening, Palestinians responded by firing two Kassam rockets at a kibbutz not far from Sderot. The rockets exploded in an open area, no one was wounded and no damage reported. In addition, Palestinians fired three mortar shells, two fired at an Israeli community in Gush Katif and landed directly on a house in the community that was empty. No one was wounded in the attack. Shortly after a third mortar shell was fired at an IDF position located near an Israeli community in Gush Katif. On Sunday a total of 8 Kassam rockets were fired at Sderot and western Negev communities, no one was wounded and no damage reported.

Shortly after 8am, an F16 warplane bombed a building located in the Al Jidaiyda area of the Al Shijaya neighborhood east of Gaza city, described by the IDF Spokesman as a bomb factory run by the Hamas where explosives, mortar shells and Kassam rockets were manufactured. Seven Palestinians were wounded in the blast. The Islamic Jihad immediately accused Israel of attempting to target Islamic Jihad leader Sheikh Abdullah Shami whose home is located two hundred meters from the building. Israeli security officials denied the charges. Palestinians claimed the building hit was empty and belonged to Ammar Mushtaha and his family, members of the Hamas. The bomb they said demolished most of the two-floor building. Shortly after the attack Shami told reporters "Israel targets all people of Palestine including old women and children Israel has launched a violent war against Rafah and Jenin the owners of the house were a Palestinian family waiting for it to be built but Israel has deprived them of this happiness as their home as been completely destroyed," he said denying Israel's claims that the building was the site of a bomb factory.

Before 11am, IAF helicopters fired rockets at a pickup truck containing two Hamas terrorists who according to reports had loaded the vehicle with weapons and explosives and were driving down Al Jala'a Street in Gaza city to take them to a safe place until they could be used in attacks against Israel. The two terrorists Matsri and Hilu were killed outright and Khatib who was driving in a vehicle behind them died shortly after. In addition reports claimed ten others were wounded including school children. Taxi driver Adel Fawaz drove behind the pick up truck and stopped when the traffic lights turned red. "The blast took away my car's windshield and shook my car violently," he said.

At 12.25pm, IAF helicopters fired rockets at a Hamas owned warehouse where weapons, mortar shells, Kassam rockets and explosives were stored. Israeli security officials said the building was located in an open area outside of the main city and the size of the explosion showed that it had been full of weapons and explosives.

Elsewhere in the Gaza Strip, IDF forces operating in Rafah shot a Palestinian armed with a grenade launcher who was about to attack soldiers deployed in the area. Earlier in the afternoon troops defused a large mine placed by Palestinians near Rafah.

Aleph Saves Yom Kippur for 100 Jewish Military Personnel in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

Monday, Oct 20, 2003

One of the many challenges included scrounging up the funds with which to purchase brand new, and most importantly for myself, traditional Machzorim (High Holiday prayer books) to be used for services at the Pear Harbor Aloha Jewish Chapel. Without such, this would be a potential show-stopper. Thankfully, the Department of Navy did its share in working a purchase with a New York based publisher. However, despite promises from the contracted vendor, the publisher defaulted on their guarantee to deliver one hundred Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) holiday prayer books. To make matters worse, we received notification of such with little more than one business day left before the weekend on which Yom Kippur started.

Having been in tight spots before, although thankfully not of my own doing, the options were limited to none, save one – Aleph! The Aleph Institute out of Surfside, Florida was my ace in the hole. As a Chabad-affiliate organization dedicated to the support of Jews in institutional environments, such as the military, they had been a help in the past (Matzo for Passover, candles for Chanukah, Hamman-tashen for Purim…) and toward them I turned for last minute High Holiday salvation. After little more than mentioning my plight, they resourcefully laid hands on 100 Hebrew-English holiday prayer books, and within two hours had them boxed and shipped via UPS express overnight service on their way to Hawaii. In short, a holiday (Yom Kippur) for many saved by Aleph. For myself, their performance ability was not surprising, but rather has proven and reinforced itself to be the professional standard by which they operate.

Although completely unsolicited, Aleph Institute Jewish Art Calendars which arrived the day before Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) proved to be a valued replacement for similar calendars which another vendor/supply source failed to produce in sufficient quantities – leaving us without any. How did they anticipate such??? It was like Manna from heaven.

Also, as the Jewish Chaplain responsible for the entire Pacific theater of operations, my office sends deployment care packages to Service Members deployed as part of the current war effort. This holiday season, dozens of Jewish Marines and sailors were the recipients of such care packages. What may you ask was the key ingredient in those packages? – Honey packets provided by the Aleph Institute.

My personal thanks to the Aleph Institute and its staff for continued support of Jewish men and women serving in this country’s Armed Forces.

Sukkot On Cyprus

Monday, Oct 20, 2003

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Jewish residents and tourists who frequent the lovely Mediterranean island of Cyprus at this time of year, had the opportunity to celebrate the Festival of Sukkot inside a sukkah—the first kosher sukkah ever in Cyprus.

Flown in from Israel, the sukkah was constructed on the grounds of the Cyprus Chabad House. At around 250 square feet, it is large enough to comfortably contain the large crowd that gathers every evening for a festive dinner, song and Torah study. Open round the clock, countless visitors have fulfilled the mitzvah of taking the four kinds (lulav and etrog) in the sukkah, where Chabad-Lubavitch rabbinical students from Israel are on hand to greet and assist them.

Rabbi Zev Raskin, the Chabad-Lubavitch representative to Cyprus, has also arranged for a roving sukkah that travels the length and breadth of the island, giving thousands of Jews the chance to step inside and participate in the observances and traditions unique to Sukkot.

Word spreads fast on the island, and Rabbi Raskin has been inundated with calls regarding Simchat Torah. In true Chabad tradition, the rabbi and the rabbinical students are gearing up for Simchat Torah festivities where the dancing is sure to go on all night and the spirit of Jewish joy will carry on way beyond the holiday.

Superb Shlichus Opportunity for 2 Post Seminary Girls

Monday, Oct 20, 2003

An Opportunity Not To Miss!

Job description includes;
Teaching twice a week in a small Hebrew School
Coordinating Shabbos program for children
Chabad House office work
Teaching Shliach's children one hour per day

Package for girls include:
A private condominium (with a washer and a dryer) in a gated community,
Workout facilities and a swimming pool,
A nice car with gas and insurance provided
Great salary compensation,
A loving community who is seeking two dynamic and outgoing responsible girls to be Shluchos and a Dugma Chaya.

This is an excellent opportunity for a candidate who plans to go on Shlichus in the future.

Please send resume to: greatshlichus@aol.com

Shlichus w/ Smicha Opportunity for Bochur(im) After Tishrei!

Monday, Oct 20, 2003

If you are a dedicated bochur who wants to be mashpia on others we're looking for you!

Situated in the beautiful Laurentian Mountains just an hour north of Montreal, Yeshiva Or Menachem is a special mesivta with the goal to give each of our unique students the individual attention they deserve.

A smicha program is integrated into this shlichus.

For more information, please send an email to: ormenachem@hotmail.com

MAZEL TOVS SMETANAS

Monday, Oct 20, 2003

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SNS would like to wish a hearty Mazel Tov to, Shaya & Dina (nee Liberow ) Smetana - Montreal, Canada on the birth of their firstborn son.

May the newborn be a source of Nachas to his parents, grandparents, relatives & Klal Yisroel.
E-MAZEL TOV

MAZEL TOV SILBERSTEINS

Monday, Oct 20, 2003

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SNS would like to wish a hearty Mazel Tov to, Yosef & Chanie (nee Rader) Silberstein - London, UK on the birth of their firstborn daughter.

May the newborn be a source of Nachas to her parents, grandparents, relatives & Klal Yisroel.

Bochur/im needed in Sunny Florida

Monday, Oct 20, 2003

Looking to work on Shlichus? Looking to make an impact on a growing community?

Shliach looking for one or two Bochurim to assist in varied activities: Kashrus, teaching (adults and children), computer work, youth activities.

Possibility for two Bochurim to learn Smicha half a day and work the other half. Beautiful area, great working conditions.

If interested please contact: ASA18@msn.com

BRAND NEW BASEMENT FOR RENT IN CROWN HEIGHTS

Monday, Oct 20, 2003

*CORNER CARROLL AND ALBANY.
*TWO SMALL BEDROOMS WITH LARGE DINETTE AREA.
*PERFECT FOR OFFICE OR SINGLES.
*AVAILABLE FOR IMMEDIATE OCCUPANCY.

IF INTERESTED PLEASE CALL: 1-917-873-4803

The Sukkah that caught the reporters attention...

Monday, Oct 20, 2003

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From the window of the First Avenue bus, going home Wednesday evening, I looked left and saw something unusual in Ralph Bunche Park. It was a structure about 20 feet square, made of corrugated plastic sheets, with green boughs on the roof.

"What in the name of G-d?" I said to myself. It was an exclamation that turned out to be quite appropriate.

My yoga teacher Guta (one private lesson Wednesdays—extravagant, but keeps me able to swing my legs over fences) has a boyfriend who teaches at Yeshiva. So when I told her about the strange fort in Ralph Bunche Park, she told me about the Jewish holiday of Sukkot. Part of the holiday is the sukkah, a little building put up as a reminder of the tents in which the Jewish people lived during their 40 years in the desert.

...The first young man who arrived to open the sukkah, in severe black suit and black hat, couldn't answer my queries. He was Israeli, he didn't speak English well, and he struggled to explain. He did try out his one crystal-clear sentence in English on me, though: "Are you Jewish?"

I remembered that Lubavitch Jews are known for the Mitzvahmobile. Men in Hasidic garb ask passersby, "Are you Jewish?" and invite Jews to come in and pray.

Three older men arrived late in the afternoon, sat down inside, and could tell me about the 40 years in the desert.

"Are you Jewish?" one of them asked.

Why here? Why across from the United Nations?

"Because there are many Jews there," the oldest of the three replied....
(SOURCE: Constance Casey for SLATE.MSN.COM)

Camp L’man Achai - Sukkos Reunion

Monday, Oct 20, 2003

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No doubt, Camp L’man Achai – an overnight camp for not yet observant children ages 8-15 – has just had its most successful summer ever! Two months packed with extraordinary fun and meaning, made the biggest impression possible on every single child.

With hard work and constant encouragement of dedicated staff, eight campers now attend United Lubavitch Yeshiva, in a class created and geared especially for them, including one camper from a completely non observant background that has had a Bris only four months ago!

And now, more than a month since camp and these children won’t let go! Close to forty kids came to Crown Heights for a first reunion on Monday afternoon, first day of Chol Hamoed.

The program began with Mincha in the front of 770, followed by the reciting of the twelve P’sukim. An entire Shul was in suspense, observing young children sincerely praying and begging to be united with the Rebbe they’ve learned about in camp, once more.

After that, campers and staff sat encircled outside on the grass in front of the Rebbe’s room, reviving the camp spirit with songs and cheers, followed by a march to the Tzivos-Hashem Sukkos Experience.

The reunion came to its end only after everyone gathered at the Hurwitz’s Sukkah for a grand BBQ Farbrengen. Following a story told by camp’s best storyteller L.H., the kids were jumping upside-down to finally receive the camp journal they’ve long been waiting for.

Top rabbi praises pro-Jewish Putin

Monday, Oct 20, 2003

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A top leader of Russia's Jewish community has said President Vladimir Putin has sent out a clear signal against official anti-Semitism in a country with a long history of persecuting Jews.

Berl Lazar, one of the country's two competing chief rabbis, on Wednesday said Putin had sent out a clear signal to officials by making high-profile visits to Jewish events.

"It is clear that it was the president who launched this change of attitude by turning up at the opening of our community centre, then at the Jewish festival," Lazar said.

Lazar also brushed aside suggestions that legal troubles besetting some of Russia's powerful "oligarchs" - post-Soviet billionaires - were linked to their Jewish origins. continue...

NEW ENGAGEMENTS

Tuesday, Oct 21, 2003

Yitzi Brusowankin (Miami, FL) to Kaila (bas R' Yoske) Prus (Crown Heights)
LECHAIM IYH TONIGHT-TUESDAY @ FRANKELS SHUL 1699 PRESIDENT ST.

Dovid Sreter (Surfside, FL) to Devora Malka (bas R' Asher) Hecht (Crown Heights)
LECHAIM IYH WEDNESDAY NIGHT @ LUBAVITCH YESHIVA

Gaza Terrorists were Planning a Major Attack

Tuesday, Oct 21, 2003

(IsraelNN.com) A senior military source reported that at least seven terrorists were hit with certainty in last night’s aerial offensive in Gaza. He added that some others were hit in the counter-terrorist offensive as well.

The high-ranking official added that events were not necessarily planned as they occurred last night, explaining the terrorists targeted in the air strike were planning to cross into Green Line Israel to perpetrate a major attack according to intelligence reports. This prompted the helicopter gunship to respond without delay to neutralize the threat.

All readers are urged to please sign the On-Line Petition for Arutz-7

Tuesday, Oct 21, 2003

We urge all of our readers to please take 10 seconds of their time and sign an on-line petition of support for Arutz-7.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE PETITION

HAPPY BIRTHDAY 2

Tuesday, Oct 21, 2003

SNS would like to take this opportunity to wish 2 very dear friends of ours a very Happy Birthday a Shnas Hatzlocha Bakol Mikol Kol.

Yeruchem Levilev - E-MAIL
Srully Altein - E-MAIL

HAPPY BIRTHDAY 2
Leibel Krinsky - E-MAIL
Shmuli Graj
Motti Wilschanski

Sukkot holiday winds down

Tuesday, Oct 21, 2003

There's a new rabbi in town. You may have seen him this week driving a car hauling a flatbed trailer carrying a little house with lattice walls and a roof of pine branches.

He's Rabbi Avi Zwiebel and he's hauling his "sukkah" around the valley to share the celebration of Sukkot, the Jewish season of rejoicing, with those who can't make it to a synagogue.

While the name Sukkot is probably not as familiar to non-Jews as other Jewish holidays, the concept is nearly as old as Moses. During the 7-day holiday, which this year began on the evening of Oct. 10 and ended last night, Jews are encouraged to spend as much time as possible outdoors in a temporary structure called a sukkah - a hut or booth. continue...

Synagogue says anonymous donor will pay bills

Tuesday, Oct 21, 2003

A Hollywood synagogue that is struggling to survive in a residential neighborhood announced today that its mortgage woes are over -- at least for now.

At a 1 p.m. press conference, officials of Hollywood Community Synagogue Chabad Lubavitch said an anonymous donor has stepped up with the cash to bring the mortgages current on two homes used by the synagogue at 2215 and 2221 N. 46th Ave.

The properties are in foreclosure, because the cash-strapped synagogue stopped paying the mortgages in April. Rabbi Joseph I. Korf blamed financial troubles at what he called the ''blue-collar'' institution on constant harassment from police and code enforcement officers, prompted by neighbors' phone calls.

Hollywood Hills residents have complained about noise, garbage, traffic and parking problems for more than two years.

He said the uproar has caused the synagogue to lose members -- and their money -- and made it impossible to pay the bills.

Synagogue president Arthur Eckstein said the anonymous donor is an individual, not an organization, and is not a member of the synagogue.

The U.S. Department of Justice acknowledged Monday that it is investigating Hollywood's dealings with the synagogue, especially whether the city violated any rules that prohibit local governments from adopting or enforcing land-use regulations that discriminate against religious institutions.

''Thank almighty G-d for giving us a country that fights for the little guy,'' Korf said.

Korf said that other houses of worship in the Hollywood Hills area exist without a special exception. His synagogue applied for one, which the city eventually denied.

''I don't think we have been treated fairly,'' Korf said.

Their membership is hard to quantify exactly, since they do not charge dues. Korf said that 60-70 people attend Saturday Shabbat services, with 25 or so coming for daily evening prayers. During High Holiday services, about 100 show up.

FURNISHED BASEMENT IN CROWN HEIGHTS AVAILABLE FOR RENT

Tuesday, Oct 21, 2003

Brand new spacious 2 bedroom basement apt. ideal for young couple or girls.

Prime location located on Montgomery St, fully furnished, available immediately.

Please call: 718-774-4174.

Jazz in the Sukkah at Columbia U

Tuesday, Oct 21, 2003

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Students and alumni crowded into Columbia’s Chabad Sukkah last Thursday for an evening of entertainment and celebration with a live jazz band.

Kol HaGeulah, a New Orleans band that does a funky “jazzified” approach to Chasidic music, drew more than 60 students to Chabad’s Sukkah Coffee House, working up terrific momentum with improvisations that were, says one, positively “awesome!”

Rabbi Yona Blum, Chabad-Lubavitch representative to Columbia/Barnard, says the event was extremely popular with students. Chabad’s Sukkah Coffee House was open all Sukkot for students to celebrate the week-long festival.

RENOVATED 2 BEDROOM BASEMENT FOR RENT ON CROWN HEIGHTS

Tuesday, Oct 21, 2003

*Crown St. & New York Ave.
*2 Bedrooms, Kitchen, Bathroom.

PLEASE CALL: 646-294-2352

Rejoicing of the Torah

Tuesday, Oct 21, 2003

Gainesville, Florida area Jews will honor the Torah, or the five books of Moses in the Old Testament, on the holiday of Simchat Torah, which begins today.

Simchat Torah literally means "rejoicing in the law." The holiday focuses on the completion of an annual cycle of reading of the Torah in which the closing chapter of the Book of Deuteronomy is read aloud. Then the scripture reading is begun anew with the first chapter of the Book of Genesis. The holiday teaches that the study of the Torah is a "never-ending" process.

"On Simchat Torah, many different people also take turns holding the Torah scrolls and circling around the Torah. It's a celebration, it's a joyous time," said Rabbi David Kaiman of Congregation B'nai Israel.

Simchat Torah, a rabbinical holiday, was established in the 11th century and emphasizes the role of children in reciting part of the Scriptures aloud, and dancing and singing as the Torah is carried around the synagogue. The holiday is meant to bring people together as a community to explore Torah.

Rabbi Berl Goldman of the Lubavitch Jewish Center of Alachua County said that recently a little girl in his congregation asked him if Simchat Torah was like a date. continue...

A City Guide to Keeping Everything Kosher

Tuesday, Oct 21, 2003

The annual season of autumn Jewish holidays may be running out, but for many people, eating kosher is a year-round policy.

And while Moscow is not overrun with places to purchase kosher foods, there are several cafes, supermarkets and butcher shops that will fit the bill.

It's safe to say that it's now more convenient than ever to stay kosher in Moscow. But that doesn't mean it's easy for the man whose job is to check whether the products and their ingredients are kosher. continue...

2 NEWLY RENOVATED APARTMENTS FOR RENT IN CROWN HEIGHTS

Tuesday, Oct 21, 2003

*Union St. Bet. New York and Nostrand.

*Owner is transforming a nice, quiet 12 unit building and renting to Lubavitchers.

1. First floor, 2 bedroom, separate living room and dining room, and kitchen. $1,150.
2. Second floor, 2 bedroom, dining room, kitchen. $950.

We hope to have more available apartments in this building, shortly.

Offered Exclusively by,
Heights Properties
718-363-3932

Please call Yossi at ext. 103 for more information. Or visit our website www.heightspropertiesny.com

A one time brokers fee of one months rent is due at the signing of the lease, by the renter.

SIMCHAS BAIS HASHOAYVAH IN LONDON "LIGHTS UP THE NIGHT"!

Tuesday, Oct 21, 2003

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Lubavitch of London – Stamford Hill, experienced the ultimate of Simchos Bais Hashoayva, when their usually damp and rainy dancing was transformed into a fiery blaze. People were so concerned that the Fire Brigade were immediately notified!

It all began at 8pm, when people from all over Stamford Hill – from the Bobovers to the Satmarer’s and of course Lubavitcher’s squeezed into the Lubavitch playground/car-park, pulled in by the loud Chassidishe Music being played by our very own professional band: Zalmy Negin on the keyboard, Mendy Loewenthal on the guitar and Yossi Stern on the drums.

With everybody dancing and truly reliving the happiness in the Beis Hamikdash everybody was relieved for the respite in watching an inspiring video of the Rebbe, which took place at 9pm.

Directly after this there was a fire-work display, in following the footsteps of our great sages in the Temple who would juggle fire. Only this time the fire was not juggled so very perfectly and one of the fireworks ended up in a nearby bush. Soon erupted what will historically be known as the ‘Fire of Happiness’, or as Australians know it – the ‘Bush Fire’.

Very soon the fire brigade wailed their way into Stamford Hill, five engines in all, and with a united effort they managed to put out the raging fire. The heated excitement, of course, drawing hundreds of people from all over the community to the dancing.

But this did not dampen the spirits of the celebrating Jews, or the organizers - Motty Rabin and Nosson Negin. On their advice the music continued to play and with a heightened and unknown spirit the dancing continued with a renewed Chayos - uplifting the spirits of all those present.

‘Fire is a Segulah for wealth’, was Rebbetzin Sudaks response to the ‘disaster’. And indeed, with this added level of fiery happiness – happiness that breaks all boundaries – may we merit to years of spiritual and physical wealth, ultimately leading to the wealth in G-dly knowledge, Kamayim Layom Mechasim, with the coming of Moshiach Tzidkeinu.
(PHOTOS: DOV GEFEN - LONDON)

NEW ENGAGEMENTS

Wednesday, Oct 22, 2003

Bentzi Sudak (London, UK) to Rochie Alevsky (Cleveland, OH)
LECHAIM IYH TONIGHT-WEDNESDAY @ THE SIMCHA HALL ALBANY AVE. BETWEEN MONTGOMERY & EMPIRE

E-MAZEL TOV

Moshe Koncepolski (Sydney, Australia) to Mina Pinson (Nice, France)

Yossi Potash - E-MAZEL TOV(London, UK) to Ester Gorelick (Melbourne, Australia)

WEDNESDAY NIGHT LECHAIMS

Wednesday, Oct 22, 2003

Yossi Mendelson (Cleveland, OH) to Mushky Dinerman (Crown Heights)
@ KHAL CHASSIDIM AKA BAUMGARTENS SHUL

Avi Korer (London, UK) to Michal Grifkin (S. Diego, CA)
@ FREE

Bentzi Sudak (London, UK) to Rochie Alevsky (Cleveland, OH)
@ THE SIMCHA HALL ALBANY AVE. BETWEEN MONTGOMERY & EMPIRE

Dovid Sreter (Surfside, FL) to Devora Malka Hecht (Crown Heights)
@ LUBAVITCH YESHIVA

Shlichus w/ Smicha Opportunity for Bochur(im) After Tishrei!

Wednesday, Oct 22, 2003

If you are a dedicated bochur who wants to be mashpia on others we're looking for you!

Situated in the beautiful Laurentian Mountains just an hour north of Montreal, Yeshiva Or Menachem is a special mesivta with the goal to give each of our unique students the individual attention they deserve.

A smicha program is integrated into this shlichus.

For more information, please send an email to: ormenachem@hotmail.com
or call 514-341-1770 or 819-321-0266

Nablus: Bomb explodes prematurely in Hamas car

Wednesday, Oct 22, 2003

One Hamas terrorists was killed and at least two other Palestinians were in a critical condition Wednesday night when a bomb they were carrying in their vehicle exploded in the northern West Bank town of Nablus, Palestinian security sources and witnesses said.

The three Palestinians were driving in a car in the eastern part of the city when the explosion took place shortly after 10pm local time.

The car was totally destroyed. Palestinians named the Hamas terrorist killed as Raad Saad.

Media reports said the men were traveling with at least one weapon and several small explosive devices, saying it was possible that one of the bombs had accidentally detonated.

The IDF said it was aware of the blast, but stressed the army was not involved in the incident.

President Putin Awards Chabad Rabbi Gold Medal

Wednesday, Oct 22, 2003

In celebration of S. Petersburg’s 300th birthday, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin issued a gold medal award to the city’s Chief Rabbi and Chabad-Lubavitch representative, Mendel Pewzner. At a public ceremony last week Petersburg’s Mayor, Mr. Alexander Dmitreivitz presented Rabbi Pewzner with the award on behalf of President Putin.

As he displayed the award to a crowd of hundreds who attended an elaborate ceremony, the Mayor explained that Mr. Putin issued this medal to Petersburg’s chief rabbi on this occasion, in recognition of the rabbi’s activities for the benefit of Petersburg’s Jewish community.

The award presentation and an elegant dinner party that followed, was held in Petersburg’s grand synagogue and attended by numerous dignitaries and public officials.

MAZEL TOV SCHMUKLERS

Wednesday, Oct 22, 2003

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SNS would like to wish a hearty Mazel Tov to, Yossi & Nechoma Dina (nee Cohen) Schmuckler - Crown Heights on the birth of their firstborn daughter.

May the newborn be a source of Nachas to her parents, grandparents, relatives & Klal Yisroel.

LONG ISLAND CHABAD HOUSE LOOKING FOR HEBREW SCHOOL TEACHER

Wednesday, Oct 22, 2003

Looking for an energetic enthusiastic Hebrew school teacher who will infuse our Hebrew School children with the love of Yiddishkeit.

*Two hours per session
*Sunday and Wednesday
*Small class
*Long Island Chabad House

For more information, call: 631-351-8672.

Looking For a Hebrew School teacher for two hours on Sundays

Wednesday, Oct 22, 2003

Looking For a Hebrew School teacher for two hours on Sundays.

Half hour car ride from Crown Heights.

Please Call 718-221-6731
Leave a message on the machine.

OHOLEI TORAH HOLDS ANNUAL TZASCHEM LESHOLOM FOR 111 TALMIDAY HASHLUCHIM

Wednesday, Oct 22, 2003

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On Monday night, Isru Chag, a couple hundred people participated in a Tzaschem Lesholom gathering held in honor of 111 Bochurim from Oholei Torah that are going on Shlichus to 19 communities in the four corners of the world.

The gathering took place in the main ballroom of Oholei Torah @ 667 Eastern Parkway.

The M.C. for the evening was Rabbi Efraim Piekarski, Rosh Yeshiva @ Oholei Torah. Speakers included a number of the Talmiday HaShluchim as well as Rabbi Zushe Wilhelm, principal of the Oholei Torah Mesivta.

During the evening a video of the Rebbe was shown.

Rabbis, M. Morosow, H. Pewzner, S. Roitblatt, Y. Friedman, A. Gerlitzky, E. Piekarski, Z. Vilenken, Segal, N. Shapiro & E. Lesches were all seated on the dais.

The total number of Bochurim going on Shlichus - 111, represented an increase of 5% k"ah from last year when Oholei Torah sent out 106 Bochurim and an increase of 35% from 5761 when they sent out 82 Shluchim.

Following the roll call all assembled formed one massive circle and joyously began singing "From 770....".

CLICK HERE FOR SNS EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

Chabad's Sukkah Mobile joins Hong Kong's famous skyline

Wednesday, Oct 22, 2003

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This year, the Hong Kong's famous skyline had an added feature - Chabad's Sukkah Mobile.

The annual Electronics Fair coincided with Sukkos this year and was attended by quite a number of overseas visitors. Finding time to go to a Sukkah during this busy fair is not easy, so the Sukkah Mobile parked outside the Hong Kong Convention Center was a welcome feature.

The Sukkah Mobile also visited various community members at their offices including the staff of the Israeli Consulate.

Meanwhile, across the border in China the Chabad House of Guangzhou was busy catering to the hundreds of Jews attending the world's largest Trade Show - the Canton Fair.

Since the last fair was cancelled because of SARS, this fair is expected to be very well attended. As always, Chabad will be there to service everyone's Jewish needs

VEDIBARTA BAM SERIES ON CHUMASH NOW IN STOCK

Wednesday, Oct 22, 2003

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SNS has learned that the reprinted Vedibarta Bam Series on Chumash, by Rabbi Moshe Bogomilsky, have recently arrived from Israel.

It is a 5 volume set packed in a gift box.

The set contains nearly 1300 pages filled with compilations of selected Torah insights, thought-provoking ideas, homilies and explanations of Torah passages.

Perfect for gifts like Bar Mitzvah, etc. Special until Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan: $50.00 (regular price $80.00) per set plus shipping.

Fax your order and credit card number to 718-756-7272.

JUDAICA WORLD - STRIVING TO SERVE YOU BETTER

Wednesday, Oct 22, 2003

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In response to the many customer requests that the store have later hours, JUDAICA WORLD is happy to announce that store hours will IY"H be extended once a week to accomodate the customers who find late shopping more convienient.

Starting this Thursday October 23, 2003 - 27 Tishrei 5764, JUDAICA WORLD will IY"H be open every Thursday from 10:00AM until 9:00PM.

Hundreds of Public School Students Shake the Lulav and Esrog and Experience the Joy of Sukkos

Wednesday, Oct 22, 2003

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QUEENS, New York - Jewish customs came to life for hundreds of children last week as a Jewish educational organization brought the holiday of Sukkos to students of dozens of public schools around New York.

At one of the schools, I.S. 157, about 70 boys and girls experienced the joy of Sukkot thanks to the Released Time Program of Greater New York. The children visited two nearby synagogues, where they learned about the holiday and lined up to shake the lulav and esrog. Rabbinical student Itche Zalmanov and other rabbinical student-teachers helped the children to say the blessings and spoke with them about the significance of the mitzvah. Released Time also brought children from dozens of other public schools to nearby shuls and Jewish community centers.

Released Time, an arm of the National Committee for the Furtherance of Jewish Education, provides Jewish education, free of charge, to children in the public schools every Wednesday, during the last hour of the school day. The program operates under an early twentieth-century New York law that says that children enrolled in the pubic schools may receive religious instruction one hour a week during the school day, the so-called "Release Hour." Enrollment in the program has reached more than one thousand in recent years, and since its founding, more than a quarter-million children have attended the program. Many of these young people, inspired by their teachers, have gone on to pursue more intensive Jewish study.

"It's a very educational Jewish program, and kids all over New York should join it," said Israel Benjamin, an 8th-grader who has been going to Released Time for the past three years.

"They (the students) wait all week for this," said Mendel Stolik, a rabbinical student who teaches in the program. He explained that one of the students asked him that afternoon "How come we don't make Released Time every day?"

"It's fun. It's exciting. It's educational," Stolik said. Plus, he noted, "kids get prizes, so they're excited."

To learn more about the program, call the Released Time Program office at the National Committee for the Furtherance of Jewish Education at (718) 735-0215.

PLEASE SAY TEHILLIM 4

Wednesday, Oct 22, 2003

Moshe Chaim ben Chana Lieba

2 NEWLY RENOVATED APARTMENTS FOR RENT IN CROWN HEIGHTS

Wednesday, Oct 22, 2003

*Union St. Bet. New York and Nostrand.

*Owner is transforming a nice, quiet 12 unit building and renting to Lubavitchers.

1. First floor, 2 bedroom, separate living room and dining room, and kitchen. $1,150.
2. Second floor, 2 bedroom, dining room, kitchen. $950.

We hope to have more available apartments in this building, shortly.

Offered Exclusively by,
Heights Properties
718-363-3932

Please call Yossi at ext. 103 for more information. Or visit our website www.heightspropertiesny.com

A one time brokers fee of one months rent is due at the signing of the lease, by the renter.

ERLOYER REBBE CONCLUDES AND BEGINS MISHNAH TORAH IN BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA

Wednesday, Oct 22, 2003

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From the hundreds of annual visitors to the gravesite of the Chasam Sofer on the day of his yarzeit, Tuesday the 25th of Tishrei, over a hundred attended shacharis at the Chabad Center under the directorship of the shliach to Slovakia, Rabbi Baruch Myers. Rabbi Myers is Chief Rabbi of the Jewish Community of Bratislava.

The entourage of guests at the Chabad House was led by the Erloyer Rebbe shlit´a, together with his son, the Rosh Yeshiva of Erloy, and other distinguished Rabbonim. The Erloyer Rebbe is a direct descendant of the Chasam Sofer.

After Shacharis, a siyum was made on Sefer Mishnah Torah of the Rambam. The honor of reading the last halachah from Hilchos Melachim and the first Halachah of Hilchos Yesodei HaTorah was given to the Erloyer Rebbe.

He read both halachos with great feeling as the hushed crowd listened intently. He then continued by reading the first two halachos of chapter two in Yesodei HaTorah, saying that they are connected to the first halachah: whereas the first halachah describes the mitzvah of knowing that that there is a Creator, chapter two describes the mitzvah of meditating upon this knowledge until we are brought to love of Hashem.

TERRORIST KILLED IN "WORK ACCIDENT"

Thursday, Oct 23, 2003

In the West Bank, one Palestinian was killed and a second was wounded in separate "work accidents" Thursday. Witnesses said that one man was killed in an explosion that occurred while he was in the process of preparing a bomb, while Israel Radio reported that another Palestinian was seriously wounded when an explosive device detonated in Ein Yabrud, next to Ramallah.

HASHOVAS AVEIDA - WALLET WATCH LOST IN CROWN HEIGHTS

Thursday, Oct 23, 2003

I lost my wallet while dancing at Oholei Torah at the Borenstein/Rivkin wedding. If you can post a notice on your website I'd greatly appreciate it.

If found please call: 917-679-6499.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY 2

Thursday, Oct 23, 2003

Izzy Zirkind - E-MAIL

Yona Goldberg

PLEASE SAY TEHILLIM 4

Thursday, Oct 23, 2003

Moshe Eliyahu Ben Chaya Amina Shoshana

Moshe Chaim ben Chana Lieba

Menachem Mendel ben Heser Malka

A New Signpost In Town

Thursday, Oct 23, 2003

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Residents of Dix Hills, New York, have a new signpost they use when giving directions. “Just turn right at the Chai Center to get to the library,” they’ll say.

The magnificent new Lubavitch Chai Center is located at a major intersection on the corner of Vanderbilt Parkway and Deer Park Avenue. The 12,000 square foot contemporary building, with a fa?ade of pink brick, is built on a hilltop and is visible from just about everywhere in this booming Long Island community.

Rabbi Yaakov Saacks and his wife Zoey are the directors and the moving force behind the expansion of Chabad in Dix Hills. They arrived in 1993 and began activities in the living room of their home. Growth was inevitable and exponential, and construction on the building began about three years ago.

“We only got our certificate of occupancy this past April,” says Rabbi Saacks, "and we are already out of space. There were about 600 people here for the High Holidays and it was standing room only.” continue...

Exciting Shlichus opportunity for a couple in Brighton, England

Thursday, Oct 23, 2003

Rabbi needed for student activities, shiurim, youth and camp. Ability to duven and leyen a definate plus.

Rebbitzen to teach in kindergarten, general teaching and Sunday Cheder.

Contact Rabbi Efune by phone on (011 44 1273) 321919 or email: rabbiefune@hotmail.com

Great Shlichus opportunity for 2 Bochurim in Florida

Thursday, Oct 23, 2003

Looking for two energetic bochurim for the year or until Pesach, to do Mivtzoim, organize programs, reach out to the community, one on one classes etc. (study smicha) great accommodations and many perks.

Please e-mail: Chabadpb@aol.com

Chanuka is just around the corner!

Thursday, Oct 23, 2003

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The beautifully designed, brand new Chanuka Guide from Unique Image Advertising and Rabbi Sholom Wilhelm is now available online! This time we have provided two pages for customization, and new LOWER prices. Check out the guides and 4 available choices for advertising your chanuka events at www.uniquead.com/shluchim
Deadline for orders: On or before October 27
Guides will IY”H arrive before the Kinus Hashluchim

AVENTURA CHABAD HOLDS FIRST ANNUAL DINNER

Thursday, Oct 23, 2003

Chabad in Aventura Florida recently held their first annual dinner. The dinner, that was accompanied with an art show by Muchnick Arts took place in the new state of the Chabad building.

A good time was had by all 240 people who attended; a beautiful video presentation was produced by Moises Hirshbein. The dinner's honorees were Shluchim: Rabbi & Mrs. Casriel Brusowankin and Rabbi & Mrs. Laivi Forta.

The crowed cheered as the rabbis went up, Rabbi Forta explained that the true honorees are all the friends and supporters of this magnificent project whom have pledged to continue to grow as a community.

A beautiful mosaic by Muchnick arts was auctioned off by Rabbi Forta to be placed in the Mikvah reception room, it sold for $10,000.00.

Aventura Chabads Hebrew School has a record registration of 118 children and has kindergarten through 6th grade Mr. Raphael Adouth president of Aventura Chabad announced the new campaign to build a new building on the back of the existing structure with classrooms and a large social hall.

The evening concluded with an outstanding performance by Comedian Reuvane Russell who had the crowed rolling with laughter.

Chabad's Sukkah On Wheels a Rolling Success!

Thursday, Oct 23, 2003

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Some Mitzvot are hard to take from person to person, while others are quite simple. Other Mitzvot however, require a little creativity in order to become portable. With the creativity and handiwork of the Margolin boys as well as that of their friends from abroad, the Sukkah became a traveling Mitzvah. The guys were seen hard at work as they banged and banged to get the two Sukkah mobiles ready for the holiday of Sukkot.

The Sukkahs were then outfitted with snacks, tables and chairs and Lulav and Etrog sets. Displaying beautiful signs which read "Chabad*s Sukkah on Wheels", the Sukkah mobiles were sent to bring the beautiful message of Sukkot to Jewish people all over the Tidewater area.

Visiting the Virginia Beach Municipal Center during the sniper trial, the Chabad crew brought messages of G-d*s protection, peace and unity to those covering the trial (they were quoted in three newspapers) as well as to passers by. The Sukkah mobiles brought the joy of Sukkot to residents in nursing homes and assisted living centers across Hampton Roads.

Amongst the schools which were visited by the Sukkah mobiles were, the College of William and Mary and Christopher Newport University, the Hebrew Academy of Tidewater and the United Hebrew school at its locations in Newport News, Virginia Beach and Norfolk, the preschool the JCC in Newport News and Norfolk Collegiate.

At each stop the Sukkah Mobile crews helped visitors say the Bracha over their tasty snack and the Bracha for eating in the Sukkah, and helped them perform the Mitzvah of shaking the Lulav and Etrog. Each group also had the opportunity to learn something new about the holiday of Sukkot.

Along with their visits to schools and nursing homes, the Sukkah mobile was seen parked outside various offices in Newport News, Virginia Beach and Norfolk. A Lunch and Learn was even held in the Sukkah mobile outside some of the offices.

All the members of the Sukkah mobile crew, along with Rabbi Margolin, were given an audience with Virginia Beach mayor, Meyera E. Oberndorf. After visiting with the mayor in her office, the mayor was lead outside to the waiting Sukkah mobile. Rabbi Margolin helped the mayor perform the Mitzvah of shaking the Lulav and Etrog and shared their significance with her, as well as everyone else around. Rabbi Margolin then presented the mayor with a copy of the brand new Chumash Breisheet with an English translation as well as commentary of the Lubavitcher Rebbe. The mayor was deeply touched by the gift and promised to study from the Chumash which she will keep in her office. Towards the end of the televised meeting, the mayor thanked Chabad for coming out to see her and for all of their hard work in the Tidewater area.

A special thanks to Yossi, Mendy, Levi, Shmulie, Yisroly, and Zalmy Margolin, Mendel Yarmush, Yisroel Brashevitzky, Isser Feiglin, Shloimy Ascher and Leibel Garelick.

Great Shlichus opportunity! - Girls upper elementary teaching position!

Thursday, Oct 23, 2003

Girls upper elementary teaching position! Good salary and great accommodations!

Other opportunities available if interested. email: chederdayschool@aol.com

Brand new one and two bedroom apartments on Empire corner Lamont.

Thursday, Oct 23, 2003

Prices range from $1000 to $1300

FOR MORE INFO CALL: 718-773-4308 ext. 16

NEW SHLUCHIM TO COLORADO

Thursday, Oct 23, 2003

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SNS has learned that Rabbi & Mrs. Avremi Mintz of Crown Heights have recently moved out on Shlichus to Douglas County, Colorado where they have established a new Chabad House servicing the South Metro Denver area.

The Mintzs were appointed by Rabbi Yisroel Meir Popack, Rabbi Yisroel Engel & Rabbi Yossi Serebryanski.

HATZLOCHA RABBA!

The Mintzs can be reached via e-mail @ cojewish@aol.com.

MAZEL TOV YOSSI & CHANIE COUSIN!

Thursday, Oct 23, 2003

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SNS would like to wish a hearty Mazel Tov to, Yossi & Chanie (nee Bruchstat) Cousin - Crown Heights on the birth of their firstborn daughter.

May the newborn be a source of Nachas to her parents, grandparents, relatives & Klal Yisroel.
E-MAZEL TOV

CANON POWERSHOT S400 DIGITAL ELPH 4.0 MEGAPIXELS FOR ONLY $399!

Friday, Oct 24, 2003

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NEW ENGAGEMENT

Friday, Oct 24, 2003

Sholom Lezell (Crown Heights) to Devora Flamer (Monsey, NY)

MOTZEI SHABBOS LECHAIM

Saturday, Oct 25, 2003

Moshe Koncepolski (Sydney, Australia) to Mina Pinson (Nice, France)
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BORUCH DAYAN HAEMES - RABBI CHAIM GUTNICK OBM

Saturday, Oct 25, 2003

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With profound sadness we inform you of the passing on Shabbos Bereishis of Harav HaChossid, Harav Hatomim, mi'ziknei Chassidim, vechulu Rabbi Chaim HaCohen Gutnick of Melbourne, Australia.

Among the various positions Rabbi Gutnick held was that of president of the Rabbinical Council of Victoria and Rabbi for close to 50 years @ the Elwood Synagogue, one of the oldest shuls in Melbourne.

Hamokom Yenachem eschem Besoch Shaar Avaylay Tzion VeYerushalayim. Vehukeetzu Veranenu Shochnay Ufur vehu besochom!

(PHOTO CAPTION: Rabbi Chaim Gutnick in Australian Chaplain uniform standing behind the Rebbe at Lag Baomer parade 5730/1970. Courtesy of www.lubavitcharchives.com exclusively for SHMAIS.com)

MAZEL TOVS UPDATE #304 ARE ONLINE NOW!

Saturday, Oct 25, 2003

IDF preparing to dynamite three 13-storey buildings in Gaza

Saturday, Oct 25, 2003

The Israel Defense Forces was temporarily evacuating an estimated 2,000 Palestinians early on Sunday as it prepared to dynamite three partly built 13-storey Palestinian Authority buildings, Israeli security sources said.

The sources said the three buildings overlooked the settlement of Netzarim and were used by militant groups to observe troop movements before launching an attack on the settlement on Friday in which three soldiers were killed, two of them women.

The temporary evacuation order was issued to prevent civilian casualties when the buildings were blown up, the sources said. The explosion was expected to be so loud that Israelis living near the Gaza Strip were likely to hear it.

One security official said plans to demolish the buildings were drawn up about a year ago but the decision to implement them was taken only after Friday's attack, which was claimed by the militant Hamas and Islamic Jihad groups.

"We gave them a chance," the source said. "We expect buildings owned by the Palestinian Authority will not be used for terrorist activities, but after the raid on Friday we saw that we could not let this go on."

The source said the two gunmen behind Friday's attack had spent weeks monitoring patrols and troop movements in the heavily guarded settlement in central Gaza from the towers.

The militants carried out their gunfire and grenade attack as fog shrouded the settlement early on Friday morning. One militant was killed and the other escaped.

Senior security sources said all the several hundred settlers living at Netzarim were taking refuge in bomb shelters until the Gaza buildings had been blown up. They said the demolition would take place in the next few hours.

Hundreds of Israeli troops, including demolition experts and humanitarian liaison officers, were deployed in the operation to evacuate residents living in a 400 meter radius of the three bulidings earmarked for destruction.

Commanders, who were monitoring the situation on live video from a command centre in southern Israel, said the operation was very complex.

Palestinian ambulances were allowed to evacuate elderly people from their homes.

Residents were issued with leaflets in Arabic saying: "You must leave your homes immediately until the end of this operation. The army is going to blow up some sites. Please leave your windows open, turn off electrical devices and go to the southern part of your neighbourhood. Anyone who stays is risking his life. Anyone seen with a weapon will risk his life."

INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP ON SHOLOM BAYIS THIS MONDAY FOR ALL JUNIOR N'SHEI

Saturday, Oct 25, 2003

Attention all Junior N’shei, this Monday, join an Interactive Workshop on Sholom Bayis” with Dr. Yisroel Susskind PhD.

Topics to be discussed
*Creating and maintaining a connection between you and your spouse
*Keeping Anger out of your marriage *Enjoying your spouse

I’yh Monday, Oct. 27, 2003 1st of Cheshvan
8:00 PM at the home of Malky Smetana 1352 Carroll St.
(bet Brooklyn and Kingston)

Admission $ 4

Exciting door prize and raffle
Refreshments will be served

Driver wanted for Long Island Shliach

Saturday, Oct 25, 2003

Looking for Bochur to drive Shliach's children to and from Long Island and Crown Heights.

Call 516-767-3372 and ask for Sara.

ITS TIME TO "FALL BACK" AND ENJOY YOUR EXTRA HOUR OF SLEEP

Saturday, Oct 25, 2003

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Shmais subscribers living anywhere in America except for Arizona, Hawaii, the slice of Indiana in the Eastern time zone, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and American Samoa are reminded to move their clocks back one hour, before you go to sleep on Motzei Shabbos and enjoy that extra hour of sleep.

Click here to read Daylight Savings time explained

Chabad of Flevoland takes to the streets in Almere, Holland

Saturday, Oct 25, 2003

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Once again, Chabad of Flevoland had their annual Simchas Bais Hasho'aiva in Almere.

This year's event was BH a great success with a very big turnout (for Dutch standards) of over 150 people. That's quite a improvement to the past years turnout of approximately 50 - 75 people! The credit can perhaps be given to the famous Israeli music band in Holland - called "Or le'Israel" -, who were playing at this event.

The people who were there in the beginning of the event were able to make the beracha on the lulav and esrog.

Later in the evening, people enjoyed the refreshments and (lots of) l'chaim in sukah, as others danced in the closed off street. The amazing atmosphere which was created by this band caused the dancing to go on for many hours longer than we had expected, as the men joyously danced away.

The reactions by the onlookers and the local newspapers were also quite positive, and was BH a big kidush Lubavitch. Let us hope for an even bigger crowd next year

(Photos:www.sababa.nl)

Great Shlichus opportunity for 2 Bochurim in Florida

Saturday, Oct 25, 2003

Looking for two energetic bochurim for the year or until Pesach, to do Mivtzoim, organize programs, reach out to the community, one on one classes etc. (study smicha) great accommodations and many perks.

Please e-mail: Chabadpb@aol.com

ROOMMATE WANTED IMMEDIATELY

Saturday, Oct 25, 2003

Female Roommate Wanted - Own Room in 2 bedroom apartment in the heart of Crown Heights on Montgomery between Brooklyn and New York.

1st floor, not a basement. Clean, full sized kitchen and living room. $375 + utilities.

Available immediately.

Serious inquiries only! Please call 718-245-9415 and leave a message.

INFO TO BE MENACHEM AVEL REBBETZIN CHANNA HECHT

Saturday, Oct 25, 2003

Rebbetzin Channah Hecht, daughter of the late Rabbi Chaim Gutnick, obm, of Melbourne Australia, will be observing several hours of Shiva, on Sunday, Oct 26, from 10:00 AM till 2:00 PM, at her home in Forest Hills, Queens. Later on Sunday she will be travelling to Melbourne to join her family. If you wish to fulfill Nichum Aveilim please visit her home at 70-19 Fleet Street , Forest Hills NY on Sunday between 10 AM and 2 PM.

PLEASE SAY TEHILLIM 4

Saturday, Oct 25, 2003

YENTA BAS AIDEL

DOUBLE YOUR LUCK ON TEN YAD CHINESE AUCTION PACKAGES EXPIRES THIS MONDAY

Saturday, Oct 25, 2003

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Monday is the last day for the Ten Yad “Double Your Luck” Package.

$500 will buy you $1000 worth of tickets
$700 will buy you $1400 worth of tickets
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Grand Prize Raffle, Split the Pot, Jackpot Raffle, and Auction Special are sold separately and are not included in the Discount or “Double your Luck” packages.

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New Gutnick Chumash is Breaking all records

Saturday, Oct 25, 2003

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The new Gutnick Edition of Sefer Bereishis, containing over two hundred sichos of the Rebbe in beautiful clear English, has broken all records during its first month of sales. “It’s simply beyond all expectations,” said Rabbi Meyer Gutnick, patron of the Kol Menachem foundation which publishes the Chumash. “Over 4000 copies have been sold in the first month, which more than double the speed at which the previous volume was selling at the beginning.”

“We’ve even had to supply some stores twice in one day,” he said. Shluchim say that the Chumash is a big hit with their Ba’alei Batim. It’s got a very nice cover which attracts people to read it, and the text is extrememly clear and interesting. In fact, some Shluchim have been ordering one or two hundred copies of the Chumash.

“It is simply the best written Chumash available today,” wrote one satisfied customer in an email to Kol Menachem this week, “better than Artscroll's Stone edition, better than anything that Feldheim has out, etc. A great blend of Rashi, other Rishonim, Chassidic interpretations, and the Lubavitcher Rebbe.”

For speedy service and the best prices, order online at: www.kolmenachem.com

MAZEL TOV VAINERS

Saturday, Oct 25, 2003

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SNS would like to wish a hearty Mazel Tov to, Avi & Chani (nee Levy) Vainer - Crown Heights on the birth of their firstborn daughter.

May the newborn be a source of Nachas to her parents, grandparents, relatives & Klal Yisroel.

MAZEL TOV ZALMANOVS

Saturday, Oct 25, 2003

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SNS would like to wish a hearty Mazel Tov to our good friends, Eliezer & Chanie (nee Grossbaum) Zalmanov - Crown Heights on the birth of their firstborn daughter.

May the newborn be a source of Nachas to her parents, grandparents, relatives & Klal Yisroel.
E-MAZEL TOV

Yeshivas HaT’mimim is moving up to the Catskills

Saturday, Oct 25, 2003

Rabbi Mordechai Stern, Menahel and Rosh Yeshivah has announced that the yeshiva will be located in Naponach, NY, 5 minutes from Ellenville, on the spacious and beautiful grounds of Shaloh.

The Yeshiva has two programs, 1) a two years Mesivta for ages 14 and 15. 2) a Junior Zal for ages 16 – 18.

For more information call Rabbi Stern at 718-953-7259.

SUNDAY: 22ND CYCLE - 3 PEROKIM RAMBAM DAILY BEGINS - DO YOU NEED A MOREH SHIUR?

Sunday, Oct 26, 2003

Sunday the 30th of Tishray marks the beginning of the 22nd cycle for those who learn 3 Perokim Rambam daily.

Lehoir, in the Sicha marking the completion of the first Machzor, Yud Alef Nissan 5745, the Rebbe makes mention that it is a Siyum for those learning the 3 Perokim Layom, then the Rebbe mentions that for those who "for some reason" did not learn 3 Perokim...

It is apparent that the Rebbe wanted all to learn 3 Perokim daily. Today, would be a good day to start.

CLICK HERE TO PRINT OUT THE NEW MOREH SHIUR

SHABBOS BEREISHIS 5764 - SALE OF “MITZVOS” NETS $142,000 FOR SHUL

Sunday, Oct 26, 2003

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Many Shluchim from around the world spent Shabbos Bereishis in Crown Heights.

On Friday night there were 3 Sholom Zochors k"ah.

Chazzan Moshe Teleshevsky, kerogil, davened all the Shabbos tefillos @ the Umud downstairs in 770. B”H on Shabbos day the pace of davening was very nice.

Rabbi Mendel Lipskar – South Africa who had Yahrtzeit for his father OBM davened Shachris & Mussaf @ the Umud in the Rebbe's room.

Downstairs before Krias Hatorah they sold the "Mitzvos" for the year. They started selling @ 11:30am and it went on till 12:45pm (15 minutes shorter than last year). Menachem Gerlitzky donned a Shtreimel and began by saying a brief Dvar torah and a couple of stories.

Avrohom Holtzberg, Avrohom Eliyahu Pinson, Yossel Lush & Zalman Lipkser all joined Gerlitzky on the Bima.

The top 2 items were Psichas Haaron for Kol Nidrei & Hagba & Glila. Psichas Kol Nidrei went for $22,000 and was bought by “Yedidaynu, Harav Hachossid, Huroitzeh Be’ilum Shmo...” and Haba & Glila was bought by Avrohom Holtzberg for $18,000.

When all was said and done the sale of the Mitzvos raised lerech jus over $142,000! for the Shul, some 22 thousand more than last year. Many of those who made purchases were announced by Gerlitzky as “Huroitzeh Be’ilum Shmo.

In the Rebbe's room they announced who bought the "Mitzvos" before Mussaf.

P'sichas HaAron all year - Rabbi Binyomin Klein
P'sichas HaAron Kol Nidray & Neila - Chaim Shaul Brook
P'sichas HaAron Rosh HaShana & Yom Kippur - Mendy Gansburg
Chazak for Bereishis & Shemos - Kasriel Shemtov
Chazak for Vayikra & Bamidbar - Hillel Dovid Krinsky
Maftir Yonah - Hillel Dovid Krinsky
Hagba & Glila - Rabbi Don Yoel Levy

There were 4 Chasanim downstairs & 4 in the Rebbe's room. The Mispalelim downstairs thank Rabbi Michoel Slavin for laining at a very nice pace.

Davening, downstairs, ended @ lerech 2:00pm!

There were many Kiddushim including those for the Chasanim held after Davening in 770 and around town for Yungeleit embarking on Shlichus. The Kiddushim went on all afternoon long.

Before the end of Shabbos R' Eli Barber Chazzered a Maamer downstairs in 770.

For Shabbos @ the Ohel there were 170 people k"ah, including many Shluchim.

NEW ENGAGEMENT

Sunday, Oct 26, 2003

Eli Raskin (Nachlas Har Chabad, Israel) to Rochele (bas R' Yossi) Edelman (Crown Heights)
LECHAIM IYH TONIGHT-SUNDAY @ FREE

Firebomb Attack on Gush Etzion – Hevron Road

Sunday, Oct 26, 2003

(IsraelNN.com) A motorist was targeted in a firebomb attack on the Gush Etzion –Hevron road earlier this evening, near el-Aroub. The incendiary devices exploded on the road. There were no injuries.

AS CALIFORNIA FIRES RAGE - CHABAD IN S. DIEGO REACHES OUT AND OPEN THEIR DOORS

Sunday, Oct 26, 2003

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A number or very large wildfires are raging in different parts of California. The fires have already burned hundreds of thousands of acres, turned 500 homes into ashes and killed at least 10 people.

In S. Diego County it is being called "the worst firestorm" in living memory.

With the fires reaching ever closer to many residential neighborhoods, earlier Sunday, Rabbi Yonah Fradkin the Head Shliach in S. Diego and his family, along with hundreds of neighbors, were forced to evacuate their homes.

Fires are also burning out of control in the Scripps Ranch area of S. Diego which is home to the brand new multimillion-dollar Chabad Campus center nestled on 27 acres.

In an exclusive interview via cellphone on Sunday evening with an emotional Rabbi Fradkin he told us that he removed all the Sifrei Torahs from the new campus. Rabbi Fradkin also told us that all 10 Chabad Houses around the county were being opened to the public as emergency shelters and the Shluchim were on hand offering counseling as well as vouchers for lodging.

Everyone is asked to pray for the personal and physical well-being and safety of all S. Diego residents and their homes and properties, in particular please Daven that the new Chabad campus be spared from any damage.

NEW ENGAGEMENT

Sunday, Oct 26, 2003

Meir Forta (London, UK) to Sarah Chone (Israel)

MAZEL TOV KIRSCHENBAUMS

Sunday, Oct 26, 2003

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SNS would like to wish a hearty Mazel Tov to, Maimi & Ruthy (nee Poltorak) Kirschenbaum - Crown Heights on the birth of their firstborn daughter.

May the newborn be a source of Nachas to her parents, grandparents, relatives & Klal Yisroel.

HASHOVAS AVEIDA - GIRLS WALLET FOUND

Sunday, Oct 26, 2003

My son found a girl's wallet on Montgomery Street on first day of Rosh Chodesh Marcheshvan, if you can please post that if anyone lost a girl's wallet please contact: yoxar@aol.com

Unique Shlicus job opportunity for one or two Bochurim

Sunday, Oct 26, 2003

Unique Shlicus job opportunity for one or two Bochurim involving different aspects of shlichus while learning Smicha and getting Shimush with a Moiroh Hoiro’oh.

Job includes:
1. Learning with adults and teens
2. Developing, organizing, and running boys youth groups and programs
3. Computer stuff
4. General programming
5. Home and Business visitation
6. etc.

Beautiful area, wonderful community, great working conditions, on-site shimush in Rabbonus (for those interested), car, computer, etc. Private basement apartment and delicious home-cooked meals.

For more information call Rabbi Elimelech Silberberg @ 248.705.3561

Exciting Shlichus opportunity for a couple in Brighton, England

Sunday, Oct 26, 2003

Rabbi needed for student activities, shiurim, youth and camp. Ability to duven and leyen a definite plus.

Rebbitzen to teach in kindergarten, general teaching and Sunday Cheder.

Contact Rabbi Efune by phone on (011 44 1273) 321919 or email: rabbiefune@hotmail.com

Controlling The World: It’s A Big Job

Sunday, Oct 26, 2003

I wasn’t that upset about what Malaysia President Mahathir Mohammad said last week about the Jews. Actually I think he was kind of right on and his timing was pretty good too. Additionally, even though his comments seemed on the surface to be classic anti-Semitism, by reading the full comments of his address it becomes clear that he was criticizing his Arab brethren more then he was indulging in denouncing Jews in general.

As for his timing----Mohammad’s comments were pretty much in line with the very first Rashi in the Torah where the issue is explored as to why ----if Torah is a book of laws for Jews---that it begins with the description of the intricate details of G-d’s creation of the world. Why not just start the Book of Genesis with the first Mitzvah given to the Jews to observe which is the blessing of the new month. Rashi explains that the reason for starting the biblical narrative with creation is because this is G-d’s world and He runs the place. And as far as the all important accusation by the nations of the world that the Jews are thieves because they have stolen the land of Israel from the nations of the world, by starting the book with creation the message is that everything here is G-d’s creation and he decides who to give the land and who to take it away from and award to someone else—it is He who is in control and perhaps it is G-d who runs the world by proxy. I don’t even thing the outspoken Mr. Mohammad would disagree. continue...

Halacha of the Day -- Mayim Achronim (1)

Sunday, Oct 26, 2003

Before one recites the Birchas HaMozon it is necessary to wash one's hands. This washing is called Mayim Achronim. However, no Brocho is recited upon this washing. (Alter Rebbe's Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 181:1)

However, it is necessary to say Al Naaros Bavel, Lamnatzeiach, Avarcha, or Shir HaMaalos before washing Mayim Achronim. If one forgot to say them before washing, he should still say them and wash Mayim Achronim a second time. (Ktzos HaShulchan 43:1, Badei HaShulchan 1)

When one is benching with a mezumen and using a cup of wine, the wine for Kos Shel Brocho should be poured into the cup before washing Mayim Achronim, so that the washing should be as close to the benching as possible. (A.R.S.A. O.C. 181:6)

One is not permitted to talk, even words of Torah, after washing Mayim Achronim (Seder Netilas Yadaim of the Alter Rebbe and Ktzos Hashulchan 43:1. See also Badei HaShulchan 43:4)

One is permitted to use any type of liquid, except for wine, as Mayim Achronim. (A.R.S.A. O.C. 181:8)

For comments or questions, please write to ewenger@ca.inter.net

"THE REBBE WATCHES OVER HIS CHILDREN"

Sunday, Oct 26, 2003

On Thursday, October 23rd at about 2:30 pm, my sixteen year old brother Moishe was run over by a speedboat in Mission Bay, S. Diego. He was rushed to Scripps Medical Center in La Jolla, California, the best trauma center in the country. He had serious injuries in his head, arm and vertabrae. The doctors were grim and pressed my parents to hurry the two hour trip to the hospital. My parents sat in the waiting room as three surgeons operated on his skull. They were imagining the worst. Three hours later, the non-Jewish doctor came out amazed and proclaimed, "A miracle has occured before my eyes. I'm not a believer, but G-d must have a master plan for this boy." The propeller of the speed boat had cut through his skull from the left and right, missing a major artery and the chance of brain damage by a mere millimeter. In all the doctor's experience with boating accidents, he had never seen such mild injuries. The miracles don't end there.

After attending to Moishe's head, the doctors operated on his shattered elbow and examined his fractured vertabrae. Again, they were amazed. The bone in his arm was completely shattered, yet the nerve was untouched. The injuries to his lower back, although painful will not have a lasting effect. The doctor stated, "if I were to go to war, I would want Moishe in front of me; he just dodged bullets." After five grueling hours, we were admitted to see him. The first words that came out of his mouth were, "The Rebbe watches over his children. You are looking at a living miracle."

He is only beginning his long road to recovery from this traumatic accident, but we wanted to share this inspiring and miraculous experience that unfolded in front of our eyes.

To conclude, my family would like the thank the Leider family and the S. Diego community from the bottom of our hearts for hosting us during these dire times. My younger brother's bar mitzvah was scheduled that Shabbos in Long Beach and with their help, we transferred the event to S. Diego.

We would also like to thank all those who have davened for my brother's recovery, and please continue to say T'hillim for Moshe Eliyahu ben Chaya Amina Shoshana for a complete and speedy recovery.

3 HOMES FOR SALE IN CROWN HEIGHTS!

Sunday, Oct 26, 2003

There are currently 3 homes for sale in Crown Heights. If you haven’t bought a house don’t waste anymore time with interest rates being this low!

1) 888 Lincoln Pl. bet Brooklyn and New York. TWO FAMILY ATTACHED BROWNSTONE LOCATED IN PRIME CROWN HEIGHTS RESIDENTIAL BLOCK. TWO BEDROOM APARTMENT OVER THREE BEDROOM DUPLEX APARTMENT PLUS FINISHED BASEMENT. HAS BEAUTIFUL PARQUET FLOORS AND LOTS OF ORIGINAL WOOD DETAILS.
Lot size 20x92
Bldg size 20x45
Owner is asking $450,000, price is negotiable. Owner wants quick sale.

2) 1643 President St. This huge 2 family semi detached brick is a great investment! Why have your tires slashed when you can park your car in a 2 car garage? House needs a lot of work.
Lot size 24.5 x 110.5
Bldg size 20 x 67
Owner is asking $465,000.

3) 563 Maple St. bet Kingston and Albany. BANK OWNED PROPERTY, BANK WILL MAKE NO REPS. OR WARRANTIES. BUYERS TO PAY NYC and NYS TRANSFER TAX. BUYER MUST COMPLETE DUE DILIGENCE PRIOR TO BANK ACCEPTING OFFER. ALL OFFERS MUST HAVE PREQUALIFED. OCCUPIED PROPERTY. WILL UPDATE WHEN VACANT. DRIVE BYS ONLY. This is a 3 family house.
Lot size 20x100
Bldg size 20x54
Asking $349,000

If you have any questions please call me at 646-339-7666 or email me at michaelettelson@fillmore.com

Newly Renovated Apartments for Rent

Sunday, Oct 26, 2003

Second Floor and Basement Apartments available.

Newly Renovated. Excellent Location.

Please call for more information: 718-363-2582

Groundbreaking is Sunday for Center for Jewish Life in Mequon

Sunday, Oct 26, 2003

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Mequon, WI - A Jewish congregation will honor its past and lay the foundation for the future when it breaks ground Sunday on a new $4.5 million facility.

Members of Congregation Agudas Achim Chabad, 2233 W. Mequon Road, will help place the cornerstone for the new Joseph and Rebecca Peltz Center for Jewish Life in a ceremony that begins at 1 p.m. on the campus.

History will be intertwined with the new building, Rabbi Menachem Rapoport said. Several stones to be used in the building, including the cornerstone, are from a synagogue in Izbica, Poland, that was destroyed by Poles shortly after World War II.

That synagogue is significant because survivors of the Holocaust and members of that Izbica congregation, including Rebecca Peltz and her late husband, Joseph, helped start Agudas Achim in Milwaukee in 1952.continue...

HAPPY ANNIVERSARIES & BIRTHDAYS 2

Sunday, Oct 26, 2003

ANNIVERSARIES
Sholom Ber & Dina Halberstam - E-MAIL
Yaacov & Batya Fredlender
Eli & Beila Goodman - E-MAIL

BIRTHDAYS
Yossi New – CH 1st birthday
Dovid Tiechtel - E-MAIL

Yeshivas HaT’mimim is moving up to the Catskills

Sunday, Oct 26, 2003

Rabbi Mordechai Stern, Menahel and Rosh Yeshivah has announced that the yeshiva will be located in Naponach, NY, 5 minutes from Ellenville, on the spacious and beautiful grounds of Shaloh.

The Yeshiva has two programs, 1) a two years Mesivta for ages 14 and 15. 2) a Junior Zal for ages 16 – 18.

For more information call Rabbi Stern at 718-953-7259.

MAZEL TOVS FRIEDMANS

Sunday, Oct 26, 2003

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SNS would like to wish a hearty Mazel Tov to, Eli & Shaina Friedman (nee Stillman) - Calabasas, CA on the birth of their firstborn son.

May the newborn be a source of Nachas to his parents, grandparents, relatives & Klal Yisroel.
E-MAZEL TOV

MAZEL TOV NISSIMS - TWINS!!

Sunday, Oct 26, 2003

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SNS would like to wish a very hearty Mazel Tov to Yisroel & Vered (nee Vidal) Nissim - Crown Heights on the occasion of the birth of their firstborn twin boys k"ah!

May the newborns be a source of Nachas to their parents, grandparents, relatives & Klal Yisroel.

Chabad.org Network Status Update

Monday, Oct 27, 2003

Our domain servers, hosted by IDT in New Jersey, experienced a catastrophic failure yesterday at 10:30pm EDT, bringing down our entire family of sites, along with many thousands more, for the duration of the night. Our team worked feverishly with IDT to restore service.

We expect full service to be restored within a few hours.

On behalf of the entire team at Chabad.org, we would like to once again publicly apologize for any inconvenience that this may have caused you. Though absolute immunity from this kind of failure is impossible, we are working on long-term solutions to help ensure that this does not happen in the future.

At this time we'd like to publicly recognize the invaluable contribution of Golan ben Oni and his IDT team for their dedicated service to the Chabad.org family.

Chabad.org Development team

TOTAL DEVASTATION AND MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR MIRACLE” @ AT SCRIPPS RANCH CHABAD IN S. DIEGO

Monday, Oct 27, 2003

Hundreds of families in S. Diego county are waking up to a very bitter morning with the news that their homes and all their belongings were lost in the terrible wildfires that are still burning.

@ the brand new 27 acre Chabad campus the situation is bittersweet.

Early Monday morning Rabbis Yona Fradkin of Chabad of S. Diego and Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein of Chabad of Poway, were escorted by the police to assess the damages of the newly built 25 million dollar Chabad Hebrew Academy campus. The visit was arranged by the Mayor of S. Diego.

Upon entering into the Scripps ranch community, fire was still burning from both sides of the road, entering into the "Chabad Center driveway" and they were totally devastated to see that the "old School" which was currently still in use and consisting of 20 modular trailers were totally destroyed, disintegrated to ashes. Sadly the school, playgrounds, Shul and headquarters office etc. were all in ashes too!

The new school was totally untouched! No damage whatsoever got to the new buildings the inferno of the "old School" trailers that were a mere 20 feet away did not as much as a scar to the new building, B"H.

The two Rabbis walked through and surveyed all the classrooms, Shul and all the surrounding areas and they found that the electricity was still on, only one outdoor fire sprinkler went off due to the intense heat.

All construction equipment and supplies remained in perfect condition.

Rabbi & Mrs. Fradkins personal home, although its back yard was up in flames was not damaged. They walked into the home, turned on the lights and had a Lechaim, thanking Hashem for this incredible miracle on this day of Rosh Chodesh.

A special taskforce has been put in place to expedite the occupancy of the new school buildings as soon as possible.

Chabad of Poway offered the school to use their facility in Poway until they can occupy the new building.

May we merit to report ONLY good news.

NEW ENGAGEMENT

Monday, Oct 27, 2003

Chaim Eliyahu Mishulovin (Los Angeles, CA) to Sima Wilhelm (Portland, OR)
LECHAIM IYH TONIGHT-MONDAY @ LUBAVITCH YESHIVA

Security guard fires at car stolen from him in Kfar Chabad

Monday, Oct 27, 2003

Security guard fires at car stolen from him in Kfar Chabad; gunfire wounds one of two people in car (Haaretz)

CANON POWERSHOT S400 DIGITAL ELPH 4.0 MEGAPIXELS FOR ONLY $399!

Monday, Oct 27, 2003

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Firebomb & Rock Attacks Continue on Gush Etzion-Hevron Road

Monday, Oct 27, 2003

(IsraelNN.com) Motorists traveling on the Gush Etzion – Hevron road during the evening rush hour were targeted in a firebomb attack near Beit Omar and rock-throwing attacks near el-Aroub. There were no reports of injuries.

PLEASE SAY TEHILLIM 4

Monday, Oct 27, 2003

Shraga Feivish ben Chaya Rivkah

Yehoshua Moishe ben Chaya

Chabad Rabbi at Smolensk Celebration

Monday, Oct 27, 2003

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Chabad-Lubavitch representative and Chief Rabbi of Smolensk, Rabbi Levi Mundshine, recently participated in “Celebration Smolensk” the official government celebration commemorating 1,140 years since the city’s founding, and sixty years since the army liberated Smolensk from the Nazi occupation.

Rabbi Mundshine joined the President of the Jewish community, Mr. Zinovy Arganat, the Governor of Smolensk region, Mr.Victor Maslov, and Mr.Vladislav Chelesk, Mayor of the city of Somlensk.

The town of Lubavitch, where the movement was headquartered for more than a century, is located in the Smolensk region.

Great Shlichus opportunity for 2 Bochurim in the Sunny South

Monday, Oct 27, 2003

Looking for two energetic bochurim (Post Shlichus) for the year or until Pesach, to work mainly on a College Campus and within a very vibrant growing community , do Mivtzoim, organize programs, reach out to the community, one on one classes etc. (study smicha) great accommodations and many perks.An Awesome Experience.

Please e-mail: Stone343@aol.com

GREAT SHLICHUS OPPORTUNITY FOR A BOCHUR IN CALIFORNIA

Monday, Oct 27, 2003

Looking for a energetic bochur to:
1) Arrange night programs for children every 6-8 weeks
2) Arrange small Shabbatons for children every 6-8 weeks
3) Shiurim to young adults and older teens-3 times a week
4) Prepare and mail halochos of yom tov from the shuls mailing list
5) Mesibas shabbos every shabbos for children
6) Visit college campus and get the students involved in Jewish programs
7) Run a youth minyan (already existing) every shabbos morning and run Sunday minyan.

Please call Rabbi Dovid Loloyan (818)581-6896 or (818)344-8789 or email: mordy26@hotmail.com

Prize succah for Haddens

Monday, Oct 27, 2003

A FAMILY effort earned the Haddens top spot in the communal succah competition.

Judges Rabbi Avremi Kievman and community arev Goori Lev-Arie awarded them the prize ahead of the Levitt family - both first-time entrants in the competition.

Rabbi Kievman said: "We were impressed that all three generations of the family participated in making and decorating the succah. "

The Haddens won a bottle of wine and a decanter supplied by Liverpool Jewish Bookshop, which also provided prizes for the runners-up and third-placed family the Rosenblatts of Calderstones.
(SOURCE:JEWISHTELEGRAPH.COM)

Driven to Help Save Lives - Couple gives Israel ambulance

Monday, Oct 27, 2003

At first glance it might seem strange to see a group of Port Washington residents, including a rabbi, dance the hora in front of an ambulance. But the blue writing on the door of the white vehicle told the reason why they were celebrating yesterday:

"Presented to all the people of Israel with deep appreciation by Jennie and Jack Sussman."

"When you turn on the TV, what do you see?" asked Jack Sussman, 78, of Great Neck. "Bombings. When you turn on the radio, what do you hear? Bombings. Me and my wife were discussing, what can we do? We decided why not give an ambulance."

Sussman stressed that he wants the $60,000 ambulance to be a gift to all the people - Jews, Muslims, Christians and others. About 100 people attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony, hosted by the Chabad of Port Washington, which the Sussmans attend.

The ambulance, which will be operated by Israel's public ambulance service, Magen David Adom, required five months to build, and will take three weeks to be transported by container ship to Haifa, Israel. From that point, it will most likely be moved to an urban area.

The emergency vehicle is equipped with three orange gurneys, cardiac defibrillators, blood components and special trauma kits, and can deflect bullets with its reinforced sides.

"Most people die in a suicide bombing from hemorrhaging to death, from the nails from the bombs," said Ira Mogitz, director of development for the American Red Magen David for Israel. "The trauma kits will help."

U.S. foundations and private citizens such as the Sussmans are the biggest suppliers of ambulances to Israel, Mogitz said. The Magen David Adom operates 571 vehicles across the country, helping 231,000 patients each year.

"Today we were wishing each other that by the time this reaches Israel, there will be peace," said the Chabad's Rabbi Shalom M. Paltiel. "At the same time, we have to be ready just in case it's needed."

Copyright © 2003, Newsday, Inc.

Unique Shlicus job opportunity for one or two Bochurim

Monday, Oct 27, 2003

Unique Shlicus job opportunity for one or two Bochurim involving different aspects of shlichus while learning Smicha and getting Shimush with a Moiroh Hoiro’oh.

Job includes:
1. Learning with adults and teens
2. Developing, organizing, and running boys youth groups and programs
3. Computer stuff
4. General programming
5. Home and Business visitation
6. etc.

Beautiful area, wonderful community, great working conditions, on-site shimush in Rabbonus (for those interested), car, computer, etc. Private basement apartment and delicious home-cooked meals.

For more information call Rabbi Elimelech Silberberg @ 248.705.3561

Shlichus opportunity IN THE LONE STAR STATE!

Monday, Oct 27, 2003

Unique shlichus opportunity in the golden deserts of El Paso Texas warm climate matched by the community’s enthusiasm. Directly opposite the breath-taking Thunderbird Mountains bordering Mexico.

• Full day teaching in preschool kindergarten and small classes of grades 1,2,3 in bright, spacious, and fully equipped classrooms
• Bas Mitzvah and Teenage girls’ clubs
• Shabbos youth program
• Tzivos Hashem Sunday program
• Good accommodations and salary

If you are interested, please call (915) 833-5711

Explore the world of shlichus!
Other girls who have come, really enjoyed themselves. It is a very fulfilling job. The desert of El Paso is a place where you can make a difference, and you will be appreciated- by the Shluchim and the community.

Adaptation helps diners enjoy Jewish holiday

Monday, Oct 27, 2003

Portable sukkah at restaurants allows faithful to commemorate exodus from ancient Egypt

Being a good businessman means catering to customers' needs, said Chao Lin, owner of Lin's Kosher Chinese Kitchen on South Main Street in Manville.

That's why the native of China asked the Chabad House of Somerset County to park its mobile sukkah outside his restaurant for several evenings last week during the Jewish holiday of Sukkot. Customers were invited to eat their meal in the wooden sukkah, a walled hut with the appropriate roof, or schach, made of naturally growing materials.

Diners could also eat in the plastic sukkah that Mr. Lin bought himself. It stood in a parking space just behind the Chabad hut outside his business. continue...

ASIC ends investigation into Centaur black hole

Monday, Oct 27, 2003

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission's costly 14-month investigation into insolvent trading in Joseph Gutnick's collapsed nickel and gold group Centaur Mining & Exploration has come to nothing.

ASIC said the decision to drop its investigation followed a review of a mountain of material, and was made after consultation with the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions.

Mr Gutnick said yesterday the decision was "good news for me". He said the outcome was gratifying and he would now focus on his continuing listed gold exploration interests.

Mr Gutnick said Centaur's collapse in March 2001 was an "unfortunate thing in my career". Creditors were left facing losses of more than $700 million.

"I can't do much about it now," Mr Gutnick said. He lamented the fact that when Centaur went under, the nickel price was $US1.80 a pound. The price has recently surged to more than $US5. "That makes a big difference in your margins," he said.

Mr Gutnick first heard about ASIC's decision to drop the investigation from the media yesterday morning, with ASIC informing him by a letter found later at his solicitor's office.

ASIC launched its investigation in August last year after Centaur's liquidators raised concerns. The liquidators claimed directors allowed the company to trade for at least three months and incur $36 million in unsecured debt when they should have known it was insolvent.

Mr Gutnick had previously rejected the accusation of insolvent trading, saying Centaur had relied on advice from high-quality external advisers.

This story was found at: http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2003/10/23/1066631568324.html

Chabad of Bel Air is Looking for a Genealogist

Monday, Oct 27, 2003

Are you a Genealogist? Do you have/know of a Genealogist in your Chabad?

We need someone who is a Professional Genealogist. You do not need to move to Los Angeles. (Potentially can make a huge salary).

Please contact Chaim Mentz at 310-475-5311 or e-mail: BelAir770@Aol.com

Nshei Chabad of New England celebrate Siyum HaRambam

Monday, Oct 27, 2003

History was made Shabbos afternoon in New England, when the Neshei Chabad of New England had their Siyum HaRambam.

Every Shabbos afternoon some 40 to 60 women gather at the Chabad House in Springfield Massachusetts for the famous Women's Torah Class, led by Mrs. Leah Edelman, wife of Rabbi Dovid Edelman.

This past Shabbos, Mrs. Ester Kosofsky (A Shlucha in Springfield) made her very own Siyum HaRambam (having learned 1 Perek daily for the last 3 years) on behalf of all the women. The event was attended by all the regulars as well as many others from throughout the community.

RABBI YOEL KAHAN FARBRENGS IN LAKEWOOD

Monday, Oct 27, 2003

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On Wednesday night, Chol hamoed Sukkos, hundreds gathered in the Chabad of Lakewood Sukkah to Farbreng with Rabbi Yoel Kahan.

The event was undoubtedly the most successful Lubavitch function to date in Lakewood. Shmuel Rabinowitz, head of Lubavitch of Lakewood felt that this was the right time to ask Reb Yoel to come down. The secret is out. Posters were placed throughout Lakewood and a huge crowd responded. The Farbrengen featured a crowd that was a mixture of Shtrimelach and Litvisher Yidden that were literally mesmerized by Reb Yoel. By the time the Farbrengen began at 10:00pm, the Chabad parking lot was full of cars that had come to greet Reb Yoel. The Farbrengen went on until the wee hours of the night/morning.

When Rabinowitz along with Shaya Fogel and Efraim Melcer started the shul a little over a year ago they never envisioned that it would take off in this manner. All of Lakewood is aware that the Shul has outgrown its space. Rabinowitz is heading the campaign to build a new Shul of 2500 sq. ft. The new shul is being added to the already existing Mikva which was recently built in accordance with all of the Lubavitcher customs.

The recent splash that Lubavitch of Lakewood has made can be seen as a sign that there can be peace among Klal Yisroel. Rabinowitz promised his brother (Duvi Rabinowitz) who is the Baal Musaf at Chabad of Lakewood for the Yoimim Noiraim that next year he will be davening in the new building.

The hope is that the more the Lakewood crowd is exposed to Chassidus the more people will start coming to the shiurim being given by Rabbi Nochum Greenwald.

Large Bombs Successfully Neutralized in Ganei Tal

Tuesday, Oct 28, 2003

(IsraelNN.com) Two bombs weighing over 30 kilograms (66 pounds) each were neutralized without injury by border police bomb technicians in the greenhouse area of the Gaza community of Ganei Tal today.

The bombs were connected to detonation wires leading to Khan Yunis. The first bomb was detonated in a controlled blast while the second was neutralized without an explosion. Bomb technicians worked for six hours.

At. L.A. synagogue, congregants struggle with effects of wildfires

Tuesday, Oct 28, 2003

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 28 (JTA) — By phone, e-mail and word-of-mouth, the bad news kept piling up at Congregation Emanu El in San Bernardino, Calif.

The homes of six member families had been burned to the ground in the devastating wildfires sweeping across Southern California. Another 30-40 families from the congregation had been forced to evacuate their homes, and no one knew the whereabouts of eight other families.

Rabbi Douglas Kohn, spiritual leader at the Reform congregation, was at the point of utter exhaustion.

"I haven´t slept more than 10 hours since Shabbat," he said Monday evening. CONTINUE READING FOR CHABAD MENTION...

HASHOVAS AVEIDA - SELICHOS & RING FOUND IN CROWN HEIGHTS

Tuesday, Oct 28, 2003

A small selichos booklet was found on Montgomery street between Albany & Troy with the name Sokol on the front cover .
To claim it please call 718-778-7042

Ring found on Sunday on Kingston near the womens section of 770.
To claim please call 718-938-5658

Chabad's Racing Rabbis

Tuesday, Oct 28, 2003

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HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA — Sunday, October 26, 2003 - The Hebrew Academy's annual Club Royale fund-raiser is scheduled for Sunday evening, November 16th at the school's campus in Huntington Beach.

A great variety of events are planned for this year's theme of car racing. Club Royale participants will be able to compete in remote-controlled racecar competitions as well as wager on the school's own "celebrity" racecar drivers.

Proceeds from this gala fundraiser will be used to enhance and renovate school facilities.

In 1997, the Academy was the only Hebrew Day School in the country to receive the prestigious U.S. Department of Education, Blue Ribbon award for academic excellence. In addition, the Academy has continuously maintained the highest rating from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges for over two decades.

Exciting Opportunity for 5 Bochurim

Tuesday, Oct 28, 2003

The Shluchim office is looking for 5 enthusiastic bochurim to facilitate the smooth running of the Jewish Children’s Expo which will be traveling from November 11-17.

At the same time we are looking for bochurim for a tour in the months of January, February and March.

If you are interested please email the Shluchim office at: lpopack@shluchim.org

FRIENDSHIP CIRCLE NEW JERSEY LOOKING FOR GIRL TO JOIN STAFF

Tuesday, Oct 28, 2003

Due to the incredible growth of the Friendship Circle we are looking for a dynamic girl to help coordinate family and teen programs.

- Fun job
- Meaningful experience
- Short or long term options

If you are interested or would like more information please e-mail: toba@fcnj.com or call 973-597-0618.

INFO TO BE MENACHEM AVEL R' ARI HAHN

Tuesday, Oct 28, 2003

R' Ari han is sitting Shiva (in Boca Raton, FL) after the passing of his dear father Eliezer Zisel Shmuel Ben Yitzchok Elchonon OBM.

Address: 7750 Tennyson Court, Boca Raton, FL 33433
Phone: 561-361-0703.

Hamokom Yenachem eschem Besoch Shaar Avaylay Tzion VeYerushalayim. Vehukeetzu Veranenu Shochnay Ufur vehu besochom!

Halacha of the Day -- Mayim Achronim (2)

Tuesday, Oct 28, 2003

Since the reason that wine may not be used for Mayim Achronim is due to its importance and distinction (it is used for Kiddush and other mitzvos), it would seem that the same prohibition would apply to grape juice as well.

Although according to Halacha, women also need to wash Mayim Achronim, nowadays women do not take care to wash Mayim Achronim. (Piskei Teshuvos Vol. 2, 181:1)

One should not use very hot water for Mayim Achronim. Regarding water which is not very hot, the accepted custom is to be lenient and allow its use. (A.R.S.A. O.C. 181:3)

One who does not have any water (or other permitted liquids) for Mayim Achronim is permitted to bentch without washing and later (after benching) when he comes across water, he should wash his hands. (Mishna Brura 181:2). Nevertheless, he should clean his hands by rubbing it on a stone, earth or any other substance (Kaf Hachayim 181:7). Likewise, if one forgot to wash his hands before Bircas HaMozon, he should wash them after Bircas HaMozon. (Shulchan HaSholom 76:7)

For comments and questions, please write to ewenger@ca.inter.net

MAZEL TOVS SUDRYS

Tuesday, Oct 28, 2003

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SNS would like to wish a hearty Mazel Tov to, Zalman & Rivka (nee Chiche) Sudry - Paris, France on the birth of their firstborn son.

May the newborn be a source of Nachas to his parents, grandparents, relatives & Klal Yisroel.

“The Adventures of Agent Emes” gets ‘Four Stars’ FROM Tzivos Hashem

Tuesday, Oct 28, 2003

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Take a walk down Kingston Ave and you will come across a sign on the front of the Tzivos Hashem bookstore, which reads “Agent Emes. Our rating: 4 STARS. It’s super”.

What is all the excitement about?

Agent Emes is the first studio-quality, live action adventure series that entertains and educates children at the same time.

Here’s what a shliach in North Carolina had to write:
“Agent Emes' Fish Head adventure is just what our kids need! I played it for my students and they were enthralled with it. They thought Agent Emes was "so cool".
It is so professional, very humorous and really entertaining! Our little kids (6, 4 and even 18 months!) are singing "Secret Agent Emes...." and can't watch it enough.”

Right now, Reel Jewish Entertainment, the producers of Agent Emes, are offering free shipping on web-based orders.

Check out the trailer and order a copy online at www.agent-emes.com

3 HOMES FOR SALE IN CROWN HEIGHTS!

Tuesday, Oct 28, 2003

There are currently 3 homes for sale in Crown Heights. If you haven’t bought a house don’t waste anymore time with interest rates being this low!

1) 888 Lincoln Pl. bet Brooklyn and New York. TWO FAMILY ATTACHED BROWNSTONE LOCATED IN PRIME CROWN HEIGHTS RESIDENTIAL BLOCK. TWO BEDROOM APARTMENT OVER THREE BEDROOM DUPLEX APARTMENT PLUS FINISHED BASEMENT. HAS BEAUTIFUL PARQUET FLOORS AND LOTS OF ORIGINAL WOOD DETAILS.
Lot size 20x92
Bldg size 20x45
Owner is asking $450,000, price is negotiable. Owner wants quick sale.

2) 1643 President St. This huge 2 family semi detached brick is a great investment! Why have your tires slashed when you can park your car in a 2 car garage? House needs a lot of work.
Lot size 24.5 x 110.5
Bldg size 20 x 67
Owner is asking $465,000. .***WILL BE SHOWING WEDNESDAY OCT. 29 AT 5:00PM SHARP.***


3) 563 Maple St. bet Kingston and Albany. BANK OWNED PROPERTY, BANK WILL MAKE NO REPS. OR WARRANTIES. BUYERS TO PAY NYC and NYS TRANSFER TAX. BUYER MUST COMPLETE DUE DILIGENCE PRIOR TO BANK ACCEPTING OFFER. ALL OFFERS MUST HAVE PREQUALIFED. OCCUPIED PROPERTY. WILL UPDATE WHEN VACANT. DRIVE BYS ONLY. This is a 3 family house.
Lot size 20x100
Bldg size 20x54
Asking $349,000

If you have any questions please call me at 646-339-7666 or email me at michaelettelson@fillmore.com

Feldman reclaims Sydney Yeshiva’s headquarters

Tuesday, Oct 28, 2003

A SURPRISE announcement by Yeshiva College Rabbi Pinchus Feldman that significant Flood Street properties in Bondi, including the Yeshiva Synagogue, have been repurchased has been met with a mixed response.

According to Rabbi Feldman, contracts with the developer — who acquired the properties from Joseph Gutnick for $6.5 million two months ago — were exchanged for the majority of the Flood Street campus last Friday for $9.5 million.

The properties include the Beit Avraham Synagogue, the former site of the Yeshiva Boys High School, a vacant lot and a dormitory at 55 Angelsea Street, but not the Adler Building.

The funds for the purchases reportedly came from California-based Rabbi Boruch Shlomo Cunin, director of West Coast Chabad Lubavitch, who will hold the properties in trust.

Rabbi Cunin has promised that the synagogue would be returned to the community, Rabbi Feldman said, while the remaining properties “have been optioned by various developers”. He stressed that neither he nor the Yeshiva has bought the properties.

OVER 500 ON HAND AS CHABAD OF GREAT HARTFORD, CT CELEBRATES 27 YEARS

Tuesday, Oct 28, 2003

More than 500 people including many Shluchim attended the grand celebration at the dinner of Chabad of Greater Hartford Connecticut, which is under the directorship of Rabbi Joseph Gopin. The impressive crowd included a vast cross-section of the community and its leadership. The atmosphere was one of joy, as guests greeted each other with shouts of "Mazel Tov", celebrating 27 years of Chabad in Hartford, and the closing of the mortgage on the Chabad House.

Highlights of the evening included the presentation of the "Cornerstone Award" to Mr. David T. Chase and greetings from Chabad Headquarters by Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky, a New England native.

The keynote speaker for the evening, Connecticut senator Chris Dodd, was held up by important business in Washington, but he sent a representative who spoke about the need for America to give Israel the strongest support in this time.

The honorees, representing three generations of Chabad supporters, roasted and toasted Rabbi and Mrs. Gopin for the wonderful people they are, and what they do for the community. In the words of one honoree "I never had a Bar Mitzvah celebration, and when I first met Rabbi Gopin, I hardly knew anything about Judaism. Now, however, I know that there are eleven major holidays in the Jewish calendar, each requiring another donation!"

Attendees committed to continue their support for Chabad.

GRATITUDE WITH ATTITUDE, A SHABBAT WEEKND FOR TEENAGE GIRLS

Tuesday, Oct 28, 2003

This coming month, Jewish high school girls ages 15-18 from across the nation are invited to a unique Shabbaton weekend with Rabbi Manis Friedman and a team of spirited counselors.

“Gratitude with Attitude” will run November 28-30 (Thanksgiving weekend, Friday morning through Sunday night) on the Rosenhaus Estate in Morristown, New Jersey. Featuring learning with Manis Friedman, great activities and crafts, a wild workout, workshops and more, the weekend will focus on the attitude of gratitude.

Bais Chana’s programs for teens, piloted in 1991, are one of the richest, most positive Jewish events offered for Jewish teenage girls today. Listening to the girls talk about this past summer underscores why, and how profound – and fun – an experience it is.

“I learned so much and made so many new friends,” Shaindel from New Jersey wrote, “the lessons we learned can help us forever.” For Chana of Queens, NY, who “came on a whim” because her mother wanted her to, “Bais Chana was totally nonjudgmental and completely accepting. It was an unexpected awesome experience, great for any Jewish girl who is open-minded and wants to learn and have a great time while she’s doing it.” At the end of the summer, Allison from Avon, Connecticut, wrote, “I got to meet girls from so many different backgrounds and different levels…Coming here gave me a real appreciation for being Jewish and living Jewishly.” Summing it all up, Mara from Duluth, MN, attending for her second summer enthused, “You learn a ton and have a blast!”

For information on fees and to register for the weekend, contact Bais Chana Women International, 800-473-4801, or email to: info@baischana.orgabout special rates for sisters and friends. Shluchim, contact us for group rates.

Chabad of Bel Air is Looking for a Genealogist

Tuesday, Oct 28, 2003

Are you a Genealogist? Do you have/know of a Genealogist in your Chabad?

We need someone who is a Professional Genealogist. You do not need to move to Los Angeles. (Potentially can make a huge salary).

Please contact Chaim Mentz at 310-475-5311 or e-mail: BelAir770@Aol.com

WEDNESDAY: Chosen Voyage CEO to appear on Zev Brenner show

Tuesday, Oct 28, 2003

Moshe Shollar, CEO of Chosen Voyage, the World's Only All-Kosher Cruise, will be the guest on the Zev Brenner radio show this Wednesday evening (October 29th) at 9:30PM. Moshe will discuss the unique vacation Chosen Voyage offers, details of the theme cruises, and the exciting programming and incredible cuisine.

In addition, the Zev Brenner show will be broadcast, both live and via upload, from the Chosen Voyage January 18th Caribbean cruise, which features Susie Fishbein of the Kosher by Design cookbook, ComedySportz, the improv team, and Dr. Jeffrey Gurock, professor of American Jewsh History at Yeshiva University, as well as popular radio host Zev Brenner!

The Zev Brenner show is broadcast from 9-10 PM on WSNR - 620 AM in New York, and WAXY - 790 AM in South Florida. The show is also streamed live on the Internet at www.talklinecommunications.com

Jews for Judaism founder to speak next week in Minnesota

Tuesday, Oct 28, 2003

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Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), the Upper Midwest Merkos Chabad Lubavitch, Minneapolis MN Talmud Torah and American Jewish World are sponsoring Rabbi Bentzion Kravitz, founder of Jews for Judaism, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, at the Sabes Jewish Community Center, 4330 S. Cedar Lake Road, St. Louis Park.

Jews for Judaism, founded by Rabbi Kravitz in 1985, is the national Jewish community’s response to confronting Christian missionary groups who seek to convert Jews to Christianity, according to a news release.

Rabbi Kravitz will speak about the challenge and tactics of countering missionary groups that target new Americans, Russian-Jewish immigrants and elderly Jews for conversion.

The event is free and open to the public. A dessert reception will follow.

Information: 612-338-7816 (Molly Grisham).
(SOURCE:mnsun.com)

JEWISH COMMUNITY OF BIROBIDJAN ASKS FOR HELP

Tuesday, Oct 28, 2003

BIROBIDJAN, RUSSIA - Chief Rabbi of Birobidjan Mordechai Sheiner and the chairman of the Jewish Religious Community “Freid” Lev Toitman appealed to the Russian and foreign Jewry asking for an assistance in construction of the first ever synagogue in Birobidjan that would also include a Jewish Sunday school and a soup kitchen.

The project, total cost of $560,000, still lacks $150,000 to be completed. Major part of the funds has been contributed by the FJC Russia, Joint, and a number of businessmen of Moscow, S. Petersburg and Birobidjan.

In light of the fact that the Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Israeli Premier Ariel Sharon are to take part in the synagogue inauguration ceremony next year, local authorities agreed to allot $112,000 to the construction of a synagogue. Thus, it will be the first synagogue partly built with the state money.
(SOURCE: FJC UPDATE)

NEW ENGAGEMENT

Tuesday, Oct 28, 2003

Shmuly Ainsworth - E-MAZEL TOV (Sydney, Australia) to Aliza Harari (Coral Springs, FL)
LECHAIM IYH WEDNESDAY NIGHT @ LUBAVITCH YESHIVA

PLEASE SAY TEHILLIM 4

Wednesday, Oct 29, 2003

Chaim Yaakov Shimon Ben Sarah Ita

Yitzchock Amram ben Rachel

Marsha Rivka bas Natalie

Seven suicide bombings thwarted in past week

Wednesday, Oct 29, 2003

In the past ten days, the Shin Bet and IDF forces succeeded in thwarting seven potential suicide bomb attacks in Israel, including a double suicide bomb attack that was to have taken place in Beit She'an, and a car bomb attack in Israel.

The security establishment registered 41 warnings of plans by terrorists to perpetrate attacks on Wednesday, a security official told The Jerusalem Post, noting that the majority of the warnings received related to potential suicide bomb attacks.

"People should not be misguided by the supposed calm," the official said, noting that the terrorist infrastructure in the West Bank continues in its efforts to launch attacks against Israeli citizens.

On October 19, security forces arrested two senior terrorist commanders affiliated with the Islamic Jihad and Tanzim who were described by officials as 'ticking bombs'. The two, Said Zid and Yakub Jawadra were planning to perpetrate an imminent suicide bomb attack in Beit She'an and later disclosed to security officials the whereabouts of the two explosive belts, each weighing ten kilos they planned to use in the attack.

On October 20, Fares Abu Hamda, a Palestinian teenager affiliated with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and described by security officials as a " potential attacker" was arrested in the Askar refugee camp in Nablus.

A day later near Kibbutz Nahal Oz, IDF forces shot a number of terrorists attempting to infiltrate members of their cell into Israel to perpetrate attacks.

In Hebron, On October 22, IDF forces arrested Imad Natsche and Wajah Abu Shama, members of the Islamic Jihad who they spotted hiding in a car parked next to Natsche's home. Troops shot and killed Tanzim fugitive A-Khadi Natsche spotted fleeing from Imad's house.

Basem Natsura an Islamic Jihad fugitive was arrested in Kalkilya by security forces and revealed plans to smuggle a car rigged with explosives into Israel.

Sami Jeradat, an Islamic Jihad commander was arrested in Silat A Hartiyah and was involved in the plotting of suicide bomb attacks including the attack at the Maxim restaurant earlier this month in which 22 Israelis were killed and scores wounded.

Officials said Jeradat was also involved in the planning of additional attacks against Israelis. In the same village security forces also arrested Iman Jeradat who assisted Sami in the planning.

Ahmed Hamis a senior PFLP commander was shot and killed while evading arrest by security forces in Kalkilya. Officials said Hamis was involved in plotting and planning shooting and bomb attacks against Israeli vehicles traveling on roads in the area and was also involved in attempts to launch suicide and shooting attacks against Israelis on the seam line border.

In the village of Rai' security forces arrested Mohammed Melahem a member of the Islamic Jihad who was involved in tracking down and recruiting two potential suicide bombers willing to perpetrate attacks on behalf of the Islamic Jihad.

In Ramallah, security forces arrested Osama Braham, an Islamic Jihad commander and bomb expert, who operates in the Tulkarm area and was visiting in the city.

During his investigation it was revealed that he prepared a number of bombs and smuggled potential suicide bombers on behalf of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine into Ramallah.

Maimonides Celebrations Worldwide

Wednesday, Oct 29, 2003

BROOKLYN, NY — Wednesday, October 29, 2003 - Jewish students, scholars and laymen worldwide have just begun a new cycle of daily study in Maimonides’ Mishneh Torah and Sefer Hamitzvot. The tradition to complete the study of Maimonides’ magnum opus on Jewish law in the course of one year, by studying portions of it every day, was instituted by the Rebbe twenty-one years ago.

Celebrations were held worldwide marking the completion of several cycles of study of Maimonidean texts: twenty-one years of study of three chapters daily, and seven years of study of one chapter daily of Maimonides Mishne Torah. The celebrations also marked the completion of the twenty-first cycle of the daily study of Maimonides's Sefer Hamitzvot.

One major celebration took place in Paris, where some 2,000 people gathered for a festive siyum-celebration, in which, traditionally, the study cycle is completed and immediately begun again.

Shlichus Position for 1 girl in Bal Harbour, FL

Wednesday, Oct 29, 2003

The Shul of Bal Harbor is looking for another girl to join our two unbelievable Shluchas that already work here. Join a wonderful community and have a great year on Shlichus. If you enjoy doing Shlichus work, this guarantees to give you an incredible Shlichus experience.

If you are interested, please call Rabbi Aron Rabin @ 305-868-1411 or e-mail: rabbiaron@theshul.org

Dr. Benzion Twerski is Coming to Crown Heights

Wednesday, Oct 29, 2003

WHY ARE WE LOSING SO MANY OF OUR TEENS?

Dr. Benzion Twerski clinical psychologist, family therapist and renowned lecturer, is coming to Crown Heights!

Dr. Twerski will speak about an issue that touches the heart of our community and affects us all: the growing problem of the rebellious teenager, even one who is raised in a Chassidishe home. An alarmingly high percentage of our children are being lost to the streets, etc. Understanding the rebellious teen is both complex and simple. Dr. Twerski will discuss ways to prevent or minimize rebellion, as well as effective intervention techniques. We must make a collective effort to try and re-connect to these children and save our future. For the sake of our shechuna, come and benefit from Dr. Twerski’s years of experience. The lecture will, IY”H, take place on Tuesday, November 4, 2003 at 8:00pm at the Grand Ballroom of Oholei Torah.

This community event is a project of Yad V’Ezer of Crown Heights. “Yad V’Ezer” is a Chesed organization that provides families in temporary need with hot freshly-cooked meals.

MAZEL TOV KRAKOWS

Wednesday, Oct 29, 2003

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SNS would like to wish a hearty Mazel Tov to, Yaakov & Melissa (nee Vladar) Krakow - Tucson, AZ on the birth of their firstborn son.

May the newborn be a source of Nachas to his parents, grandparents, relatives & Klal Yisroel.

HASHOVAS AVEIDA - MEN'S JACKET LEFT @ GOLDSHMID BAR MITZVAH

Wednesday, Oct 29, 2003

At the Goldshmid Bar Mitzvah on Tuesday night: A men's outer jacket was left behind.

To claim, call Shmidy at 718-953-4952.

Author asks for balance in criticisms of Mideast

Wednesday, Oct 29, 2003

Columbus- Jewish student groups kicked off a campaign of campus activism at Ohio State University yesterday, 10 days before the start of a controversial pro-Palestinian conference at the school.

The event featured Alan Dershowitz, author, lawyer and Harvard University professor, and attracted about 1,000 students and guests.

"There is a double standard against supporters of Israel," Dershowitz said in an interview.

"I have no problem with criticisms of Israel. What I have a problem with is criticism of Israel without criticism of the Palestinians," said Dershowitz, whose latest book is called "The Case for Israel."

"All we want students to do is to hear both sides," he said.

The Jewish groups, led by OSU Chabad House, named 56 student ambassadors who will spend the next year learning about Israel, and how to be advocates for it, said Rabbi Areyah Kaltmann, executive director of OSU Chabad House.

Kaltmann said the campaign was planned before the pro-Palestinian conference, scheduled for Nov. 7-9. But, he said, the conference has added a sense of urgency to the pro-Israel campaign.

"There are many misconceptions about Israel, unfortunately," Kaltmann said. "These ambassadors will be armed with the proper information."

The dispute over the nature of the pro-Palestinian conference is as intractable as the Middle East conflict. Many Jewish groups believe the conference will be anti-Semitic, attended by Palestinian supporters who refuse to denounce terrorism.

The conference organizers, Palestine Solidarity Movement, argue it will be an education conference about the hardships of life under Israeli military occupation. The conference, which is expected to attract students from across the country, is being sponsored locally by the Committee for Justice in Palestine, a registered student group at Ohio State.

Naleh Saleh, a member of the Committee for Justice in Palestine, said she welcomes debate with pro-Israel groups.

"I'm sure there will be counter-protesters at the conference, and they have the right to do that, as long as it's peaceful," said Saleh, an OSU graduate student. "We value free speech and discussion on any campus."

Several Jewish groups have criticized school officials for allowing the conference. But Dershowitz said he supports the right of pro-Palestinian students to hold the conference, even though he disagrees with their views.

GRATITUDE WITH ATTITUDE, A SHABBAT WEEKEND FOR TEENAGE GIRLS

Wednesday, Oct 29, 2003

This coming month, Jewish high school girls ages 15-18 from across the nation are invited to a unique Shabbaton weekend with Rabbi Manis Friedman and a team of spirited counselors.

“Gratitude with Attitude” will run November 28-30 (Thanksgiving weekend, Friday morning through Sunday night) on the Rosenhaus Estate in Morristown, New Jersey. Featuring learning with Manis Friedman, great activities and crafts, a wild workout, workshops and more, the weekend will focus on the attitude of gratitude.

Bais Chana’s programs for teens, piloted in 1991, are one of the richest, most positive Jewish events offered for Jewish teenage girls today. Listening to the girls talk about this past summer underscores why, and how profound – and fun – an experience it is.

“I learned so much and made so many new friends,” Shaindel from New Jersey wrote, “the lessons we learned can help us forever.” For Chana of Queens, NY, who “came on a whim” because her mother wanted her to, “Bais Chana was totally nonjudgmental and completely accepting. It was an unexpected awesome experience, great for any Jewish girl who is open-minded and wants to learn and have a great time while she’s doing it.” At the end of the summer, Allison from Avon, Connecticut, wrote, “I got to meet girls from so many different backgrounds and different levels…Coming here gave me a real appreciation for being Jewish and living Jewishly.” Summing it all up, Mara from Duluth, MN, attending for her second summer enthused, “You learn a ton and have a blast!”

For information on fees and to register for the weekend, contact Bais Chana Women International, 800-473-4801, or email to: info@baischana.orgabout special rates for sisters and friends. Shluchim, contact us for group rates.

Really brand new 1 and 2 bedroom apartments on Empire corner Lamont

Wednesday, Oct 29, 2003

Prices range from $1000 to $1300
CALL: 718-773-4308 ext. 16

S. DIEGO, CALIFORNIA RABBI YONAH FRADKIN PUTS THE PEN TO PAPER AS HE DESCRIBES THE CURRENT SITUATION

Wednesday, Oct 29, 2003

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October 28, 2003
Scripps Ranch
Chabad Headquarters

Dear Friends,

The age of miracles, we've just learned first hand, isn't past. It's still with us. As smoke clears from the horrific fires and we work to piece our routines back together, it's impossible to fathom any sense, or even any pattern, to what has occurred. And that is nowhere more true than in Scripps Ranch.

Our leafy suburb has leapt to the headlines of newspapers around the world, with hundreds of families -- among them several dear friends of all of ours -- left homeless. And Chabad of San Diego County headquartered in Scripps Ranch, set in the community's very heart in many senses of the word, has been dealt a body blow, as ours is the only school and apparently one of the only houses of worship in San Diego County to be destroyed.

For those who have not seen our site, let me describe it. The deep, rolling ravine we are perched on is blackened. The stands of grey-green eucalyptus trees are stripped and withered. The gentle rolling hills spilling well behind us are charred beyond recognition.

The collection of trailers that has served us as a splendid temporary home is gone. Burned down to the very ground. Not even traces remain of the bright preschool classrooms, the well-stocked computer lab, and the rapidly growing library. Or the Shul that was filled nearly to bursting just a few weeks ago as we marked together as a single large family, the holidays that move us through the early autumn.

But amid this trail of destruction true miracles have occurred.

There was, thank G-d, no loss of life or serious injury in our area. And our beautiful new facility, carefully designed to set a new world standard for Jewish education, has somehow emerged largely unscathed.

Despite some minor water damage and windows shattered from the fire's heat, it stands quite literally as a beacon of what lies ahead. The contrast between its bold colors and gentle curves, and the adjacent lifeless ash and crumbled tree trunks is hard to reconcile.

Buoyed by this act of mercy, we are working hard to determine how best to meet our immediate objectives. They are: accelerating our move into the new facility, which had originally been set for year end; obtaining a new temporary home and supplies to tide us over until the move; and rushing forward as soon as is humanly possible with the education of our children and servicing the community.

While we are making excellent progress, it is still unclear for now when each of these objectives will be met. We will, however, keep you informed every step of the way and request your patience in the days ahead as our plans takes shape.

Although we have insurance to cover part of our loss and will be applying for governmental assistance as it becomes available, it is clear that we have many uncovered losses. A task force has been established to help us push forward.

We will, with immediate effect, be on-site throughout the day to service the needs of the community and by mid day Wednesday, October 29, our telephone numbers -- (Chabad Hebrew Academy) 858.566.1996 and (Chabad Headquarters) 858.547.0076 -- will be up and running.

This Shabbat we will be holding special services Friday night at 6 PM and Saturday at 10 am in gratitude for G-d's tremendous miracles that we have lived through.

We are truly appreciative of the tremendous outpouring of love and support from the entire community. In particular, Councilman Brian Mainshein, his entire staff, the fire department, police department and our heroic neighbors have been extraordinarily generous and helpful during this terrible time. We truly owe a deep debt of gratitude to them for all of their efforts on the behalf of our entire community.

It is our duty, especially at times like these, to do all we can to fan the miracles that have been bestowed upon us, and to help them spread across the landscape, lighting the landscape with a glow of healing kindness.

Rabbi Yonah Fradkin

Specialists OB/GYN’s share Jewish thoughts and ideas with expert Rabbi Sholom B. Chaikin

Wednesday, Oct 29, 2003

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HOUSTON, TX– What are a group of obstetricians, gynecologists and a perinatologist doing in a room with an expert Rabbi? They have come together to discuss and share ideas about Jewish laws of Family Purity as they are related to women’s health.

On Sunday, October 26, Rabbi Sholom Ber Chaikin of Cleveland, Ohio – an internationally sought out resource for patients and their physicians – chaired this meeting bringing to light and clarifying the sensitivities and needs Jewish women may have when receiving medical care.

The objective of this meeting sponsored by Mikveh Taharas Yisroel and Chabad House at Texas Medical Center, was to create smoother medical experiences for patients and their physicians in a complete form of healing and consultation. Doctors Karolina Adam, perinatologist (maternal fetal medicine specialist), Damla Dryden and Mark Gottesman, obstetricians and gynecologists, who are all concerned physicians for their patients’ comfort and health, shared their observations and opinions on an array of subjects. “Seemingly routine examinations can now be addressed with more sensitivity by us and our offices”, remarks Dr. Mark Gottesman. “They now have more significance as we recognize the special implications these procedures have when involving observant women; it was truly enlightening”.

The matters and concerns entertained varied from childbirth to infertility, along with more common medical procedures. Medical instruments were also on hand to ensure clarity and comprehension of the ideas discussed. Practical conclusions were reached to provide optimum medical care for women who adhere to the Torah’s principles of Jewish family life, the laws of Family Purity.

Serving the needs of the medical community for over 15 years, this is only one of the many programs offered by the Chabad House at Texas Medical Center. They also provide an array of assistance to patients and their families who visit the Texas Medical Center, including counseling, housing, kosher food and pastoral visitations.

The meeting followed a full day refresher seminar with Rabbi Chaikin in the laws and insights on Family Purity. Rabbi Chaikin is a renowned expert in the laws of family purity and directs and teaches the Machon L’Chassanim, a preparatory course for future married men, attracting hundreds of students from around the world every year.

NEW ENGAGEMENT

Thursday, Oct 30, 2003

Daniel Melul - E-MAZEL TOV (Manchester, UK) to Sarah Halfon (Nice, France)
Lechaim IYh Sunday - in Manchester @ 7:00 at 14 Legh St. Salford 7

MAJOR DOUBLE-ATTACK THWARTED

Thursday, Oct 30, 2003

Permitted for publication this morning: A double suicide attack in Beit She'an was thwarted early last week. IDF forces arrested two wanted terrorists, each of them with an 11-kilogram explosives vest in his possession.

The two terrorists had been wanted for their roles in several shooting attacks - in one of which a Bezeq worker was murdered - as well as enlisting suicide attackers. Residents of the Jenin area in the northern Shomron, the two are senior members of the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization. The security forces also prevented five other terrorist attacks last week.

Dr. Valery Weisbrodt of the northern Shomron community of Kadim, who was seriously wounded in a Palestinian terrorist shooting attack yesterday afternoon on his way home, is still listed in serious condition. His condition has stabilized, however, after two operations by top mouth-and-jaw specialists in Haifa's Rambam Hospital. His wife was more lightly hurt, and another passenger was treated for shock. This was the third time terrorists have shot at Dr. Weisbrodt's car, but a colleague of his told Arutz-7 today that the doctor was not afraid to travel the roads. Arutz-7's morning host Amatzia Eitan noted that the public radio stations this morning did not even mention yesterday's shooting attack.

A similar attack occurred this afternoon near Tul Karem, east of Netanya, against a vehicle of the Society for the Preservation of Nature in Israel. No one was hurt in the attempted murder, though bullets hit and damaged the car.

Arutz-7's Kobi Finkler reported this morning, in his daily security briefing, that several Israeli cars were damaged last night on both Route 443 and the Hevron-Gush Etzion highway in Arab rock-throwing attacks. In Shechem, an Arab who hurled a firebomb at IDF forces was shot and killed. A Kassam rocket landed near a kibbutz in the northern Negev, and several incidents of shooting at IDF positions in Judea, Samaria and Gaza were recorded. The security forces received 41 terrorist warnings today. Despite this, 4,000 Arab workers were allowed into pre-'67 Israel, in addition to 1,500 workers who entered Atarot, north of Jerusalem.

PLEASE SAY TEHILLIM 4

Thursday, Oct 30, 2003

Yechiel Nosson Ben Rochel Leah

Coalition Backing Crown Heights Candidate

Thursday, Oct 30, 2003

Letitia James receiving broad black and Jewish support in bid for slain councilman’s seat.

A Jewish political group in Crown Heights has endorsed third-party candidate Letitia James over a member of their own chasidic community, Abraham Wasserman, in what could be the city’s most dramatic City Council race next week.

The nod from the Crown Heights Jewish Political Action Committee helps solidify a broad coalition backing James, an African American who has been endorsed by a wide range of politicians from Brooklyn Rep. Major Owens, former Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer and former state Comptroller H. Carl McCall to McCall’s successor, Alan Hevesi, Queens Councilwoman Melinda Katz and former Mayor Ed Koch.

James, running on the Working Families ballot, faces Wasserman on the Conservative line, Republican Anthony Herbert and Democrat Geoffrey Davis. Davis is seeking to fill the seat held by his brother, James, who was murdered by a rival on July 23.

The Crown Heights PAC endorsed Wasserman in the 2001 race won by James Davis. This time around, the group says it is impressed with James’ work with different segments of a diverse community that picked up a reputation — undeserved, to most residents — for racial strife in the early 1990s.

“[James] has helped our community on a lot of different issues” as an aide to Assemblyman Roger Green and Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, said Hanina Sperlin, chairman of the Crown Heights PAC.

Jews are believed to cast about 10 percent of the vote in the district.

Sperlin said the 15 members of his committee met with Geoffrey Davis but decided that, despite their close bond with the slain councilman, “He cannot feel that this seat belongs to him because it belonged to his brother.”

Davis has made statements that he wants to continue his brother’s warm relationship with the district’s Jewish community and pro-Israel activism, but Sperlin said “he doesn’t come across as someone you can trust.”

The initial widespread support for Davis began to dissipate late this summer as reports emerged about his criminal record. Many Council members have stood by him, however, out of apparent respect for their slain colleague. The four-way race is widely seen as a contest between Davis and James, who came within about 900 votes of winning the seat in 2001. Wasserman drew 1,754 votes out of more than 14,000 in 2001.

On Tuesday Wasserman declined to address the PAC’s endorsement of his opponent, but said he still believed he had “a large base of support, not only in Crown Heights but in other areas of the 35th District.”

Shlichus Position for 1 girl in Bal Harbour, FL

Thursday, Oct 30, 2003

The Shul of Bal Harbor is looking for another girl to join our two unbelievable Shluchas that already work here. Join a wonderful community and have a great year on Shlichus. If you enjoy doing Shlichus work, this guarantees to give you an incredible Shlichus experience.

If you are interested, please call Rabbi Aron Rabin @ 305-868-1411 or e-mail: rabbiaron@theshul.org

FRIENDSHIP CIRCLE NEW JERSEY LOOKING FOR GIRL TO JOIN STAFF

Thursday, Oct 30, 2003

Due to the incredible growth of the Friendship Circle we are looking for a dynamic girl to help coordinate family and teen programs.

- Fun job
- Meaningful experience
- Short or long term options

If you are interested or would like more information please e-mail: toba@fcnj.com or call 973-597-0618.

Weprin Center for Jewish Life and Learning

Thursday, Oct 30, 2003

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DAYTON, OHIO — Wednesday, October 29, 2003

Rabbi Nachum and Devorah Mangel, directors of the Chabad Center of Greater Dayton couldn’t believe their good fortune.

After ten years of working out of cramped storefront quarters, they had more than outgrown the space and were desperately seeking a permanent location.

Rabbi Mangel recalls the day about two years ago when the chairman of Chabad's advisory board, Dr. Dan German, asked him where in the city he would like to be. "I told him that it would be nice if we could be in Oakwood which is centrally located between the north and south Jewish communities of Dayton. And I particularly liked one specific corner where there was a Unitarian Fellowship building.”

Seizing the opportunity, Dr. German immediately drove over to the Unitarian building and walked in on what looked like a meeting in progress. He asked them whether they would consider selling the building and they said "Yes, that’s precisely what our meeting is about right now." CONTINUE...

MEYER GUTNICK MEETS WITH ISRAELI PM ARIEL SHARON

Thursday, Oct 30, 2003

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Crown Heights resident and world renowned philanthropist Rabbi Meyer Gutnick recently met with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in the PM's Jerusalem office.

Gutnick took advantage of the meeting to present Sharon with a copy of the newly released Gutnick Edition of Chumash Bereishis.

Gutnick told SNS that he spoke to Sharon very strongly about Shleimus Ha'aretz. "At the end of the conversation, I respectfully asked him why he was doing everything opposite of what the Rebbe had told him" Gutnick said.

Sharon did not respond to this question. He just sat silent and put down his head.

GREAT SHLICHUS OPPORTUNITY FOR A BOCHUR IN CALIFORNIA

Thursday, Oct 30, 2003

Looking for a energetic bochur to:
1) Arrange night programs for children every 6-8 weeks
2) Arrange small Shabbatons for children every 6-8 weeks
3) Shiurim to young adults and older teens-3 times a week
4) Prepare and mail halochos of yom tov from the shuls mailing list
5) Mesibas shabbos every shabbos for children
6) Visit college campus and get the students involved in Jewish programs
7) Run a youth minyan (already existing) every shabbos morning and run Sunday minyan.

Please call Rabbi Dovid Loloyan (818)581-6896 or (818)344-8789 or email: mordy26@hotmail.com

WIN! WIN! WIN! 3 FREE BOX TREE PRIZES!

Thursday, Oct 30, 2003

Win dinner for two at The Box Tree Restaurant!

Win a free night’s stay at The Box Tree Inn!

Win dinner for two at The Branch Bar & Grill!

Visit www.kosherspirit.com/survey.asp to answer 10 simple questions about Kosher Spirit magazine and enter to win one of three fabulous Box Tree prizes!

NEW ENGAGEMENTS

Thursday, Oct 30, 2003

Zalman (ben R' Velvel) Marasow - E-MAZEL TOV (Crown Heights) to Miriam Moss (Sydney, Australia)
LECHAIM IYH SUNDAY NIGHT @ BAIS RIVKAH LEFFERTS

Shauli Zohar (Bnei Brak, Israel) to Chanie Nissim (Crown Heights)
LECHAIM IYH MOTZEI SHABBOS @ LUBAVITCH YESHIVA

Chabad Rabbis Help Celebrate Passing of Canada's Holocaust Memorial Bill

Thursday, Oct 30, 2003

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Less than a week after Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad received a standing ovation from the leaders of fifty seven Muslim states for claiming that "Today the Jews rule this world by proxy", Canada's Parliament passed a rare all party motion commemorating the Holocaust.

"It's extremely gratifying that the Bill to "Establish Holocaust Memorial Day" was passed unanimously by Canada's Parliament", said Rabbi Chaim Mendelsohn, Director, Chabad of Centrepointe. "While we would have liked it sooner, the timing of this bill was wonderful."

At the press conference following the bill's passing Auschwitz survivor, Nate Leipciger, drew a clear comparison between the Holocaust and today's rising anti-Semitism. "Those remarks [by Mahathir Mohamad] are very reminiscent of 1938 when Hitler was talking about the fact that the Jews are a scourge to the world and they must be eliminated." CONTINUE...

MAZEL TOV MALAMUDS

Friday, Oct 31, 2003

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SNS would like to wish a hearty Mazel Tov to, Chesky & Chana(nee Barber) Malamud - Crown Heights on the birth of their firstborn daughter.

May the newborn be a source of Nachas to her parents, grandparents, relatives & Klal Yisroel.
E-MAZEL TOV

Troops arrest Hamas fugitive, foil suicide bombing

Saturday, Nov 01, 2003

A Hamas fugitive arrested by Shin Bet and IDF forces of the armored corps in the village Hizme near Jerusalem on Thursday, admitted to investigators that he planned to perpetrate a suicide bomb attack in Israel.

He also disclosed the location of the explosives belt he planned to use in the attack, which was hidden underneath the bed of his baby daughter in his home.

Security forces who searched the suspect's home, found the belt and blew it up.

Details of the arrest were released by the Shin Bet and IDF on Saturday.

Officials said they could not confirm that the suspect planned to perpetrate the attack in Jerusalem but said the proximity of the village where the suspect is from makes it most likely that he had planned to perpetrate the attack in the capital.

MAZEL TOVS UPDATE #305 ARE ONLINE NOW!

Saturday, Nov 01, 2003

ATTENTION SHLUCHIM!

Saturday, Nov 01, 2003

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JEM’s popular “Interactive Chanukah Gelt” CD-ROM is back with a brand new look and new low prices!

Available with your message and logo imprinted on the front.

Please visit www.ChanukahGelt.com to preview the CD and mailer and for other important information
or call (718) 774-6000 extension 260.


Deadline for Early Bird discount prices and customization is November 10th.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY 2

Saturday, Nov 01, 2003

Noochie Gross - E-MAIL
Itche Turner - E-MAIL

GREAT SHLICHUS OPPORTUNITY FOR A BOCHUR IN FLORIDA

Saturday, Nov 01, 2003

Looking for an energetic bochur or two to: Assist with the ongoing Peulos. Especially helping out with Mivtzah Chanukah and our upcoming grand event, Yidstock Music Festival. Also Bar Mitzvah training, tutoring & Mivtzoim.

Please call Rabbi Pinny (954)252-1770 or (754)235-9000 or email: RabbiPinny@aol.com.

YOSSI HODAKOV'S WEEKLY RADIO SHOW ONCE AGAIN BROADCASTING LIVE OVER THE INTERNET

Saturday, Nov 01, 2003

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Rabbi Yossi Hodakov's increasingly popular weekly radio show, "Shma Yisrael - The Jewish Hour" that airs in the New Haven, CT area every Sunday morning from 10:00 to 11:00 am on WYBC 1340 AM is once again broadcasting live over the internet @ www.wybc.com.

This Sunday, Hodakov will be interviewing Yitta Halberstam, co-author of the "Small Miracles" series. If you have any questions for Yitta, E-mail Rabbi Hodakov @ at NewHavenJewishHour@yahoo.com and remember to log on every Sunday morning @ 10:00am Eastern Standard Time.

ANASH OWNED COMPANIES @ KOSHERFEST 2003 IN NEW YORK

Saturday, Nov 01, 2003

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On Tuesday & Wednesday of this week, more than 13,000 trade visitors from 45 states and 29 countries, representing a cross section of the food industry attended Kosherfest 2003 @ the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York.

The yearly show attracts owners of big and small grocery stores, representatives of more than 100 chains; foodservice, consisting of caterers, hotels, schools, and almost all kosher distributors who come to see whats Kosher, smell what's kosher and of course taste whats Kosher.

A number of Anash owned companies including the OK Labs, Rubashkins, Raskins Fish and DUSO food were just some of the over 400 companies who had booths at the show.

There were also many Lubavitchers including: Moshe Shollar, CEO of Chosen Voyage (see thumbnail photo) and members from the Kashrus division of the Badatz who came to visit and see whats new in the Kosher Food world.

The staff manning the OK Labs booths had 2 pairs on Tefillin on hand and helped many a passerby don Tefillin.

CLICK HERE FOR SNS EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS FROM THE SHOW

PS. Leho'ir, photos that appeared on other websites were not from this years show.

LAST CHANCE TO BUY YOUR TEN YAD CHINESE AUCTION TICKETS ONLINE!

Saturday, Nov 01, 2003

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The spectacular yearly TEN YAD Chinese Auction is taking place this Sunday the 7th of Cheshvan @ Oholei Torah 667 Eastern Parkway.

2:45-8:45 pm: Auction Viewing, Garden of Scrumptious Salads, Delectable Pastas & Viennese Desserts

6:15-7:00 pm: Entertainment

8:45 pm: Program & Auction Drawing For Women Only

IF YOU CANT MAKE IT TO THE AUCTION NOW IS THE LAST TIME TO PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE.

LOG ON NOW TO TENYAD.ORG AND HELP SUPPORT THIS GREAT ORGANIZATION AND HAVE A CHANCE TO WIN 1 OR MORE OF OVER 100 PRIZES INCLUDING THE GRAND PRIZE OF $30,000

Yeshivas Maharal - Oak Park, MI - A great Mesifta for your son

Saturday, Nov 01, 2003

Looking for a great mesifta for your son, which provides a high quality chinuch and secular education?

Consider Yeshivas Maharal in suburban Detroit. This yeshiva is geared for boys 14 and higher, who would like to develop and utilize their individual potential.

The curriculum is innovative and gives a student a broad knowledge of Gemora and halocha, and emphasizes Midos Tovos and Yiras Shomayim. This is based on the teachings of Chabad Chassidus.

The school also offers a standard secular program which leads to a high school diploma. It is endorsed by leading Rabbinical figures.

A dorm is available for out of town students.

For more information please call Rabbi Sander Babayov at 248-967-6018

REPAIRS IN NIZHNY NOVGOROD

Saturday, Nov 01, 2003

NIZHNY NOVGOROD – Just in time for the recent start of the school year, Ohr Avner School of Nizhny Novgorod finished repairs in preparation for the new academic year.

The synagogue, too, is undergoing major repairs: the new mikvah built in the synagogue a year ago promises to be one of the most beautiful in Russia.

Its ritual pool will be framed with glass paintings and the ceiling will be built in Magen David form. The mikva will be equipped with jetted baths, multi-level showers and other bathroom fixtures of the latest Europe styles.

The famous American Mikvah expert Rabbi Gershon Grossbaum was the mikva designer, and all construction work was performed under the supervision of Eabbi Galperin of Jerusalem.
(SOURCE: FJC UPDATE)

WIN! WIN! WIN! 3 FREE BOX TREE PRIZES!

Saturday, Nov 01, 2003

Win dinner for two at The Box Tree Restaurant!

Win a free night’s stay at The Box Tree Inn!

Win dinner for two at The Branch Bar & Grill!

Visit www.kosherspirit.com/survey.asp to answer 10 simple questions about Kosher Spirit magazine and enter to win one of three fabulous Box Tree prizes!

SHABBOS PARSHAS NOACH IN CROWN HEIGHTS

Saturday, Nov 01, 2003

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On Friday night there were 3 Sholom Zochors k"ah!

Unseasonably warm weather all Shabbos day was much appreciated by all.

Sholom Mendel Kluwgant – Australia davened Shachris @ the Umud downstairs. There were 4 Chasanim. Sholom Charitonow spoke before Mussaf. Levi Yitzchok Abramowitz davened Mussaf @ the Umud.

In the Rebbe's room, Lipa Kosofsky davened Shachris @ the Umud. There was 1 Choson. Yitzchok Rosler – Toronto davened Mussaf @ the Umud.

The regular Kiddushim including those for the Chasanim were held both upstairs & downstairs in 770.

Before the end of Shabbos R' Eliyahu ALtabe Chazzered a Maamer downstairs in 770.

@ the Ohel for Shabbos there were lerech 45 people.

SUNDAY NIGHT LECHAIM

Saturday, Nov 01, 2003

Zalman Marasow Crown Heights) to Miriam Moss (Sydney, Australia)
@ BAIS RIVKAH LEFFERTS

PLEASE SAY TEHILLIM 4

Sunday, Nov 02, 2003

YENTA BAS AIDEL

NEW ENGAGEMENTS

Sunday, Nov 02, 2003

Zevi Silver (Crown Heights) to Shani Maimon (Mequon, WI)

Shuki Steinberg (Ottawa, Ontario) to Rochel Barouk (Miami, FL)
LECHAIM IYH TONIGHT-SUNDAY @ 1401 PRESIDENT ST.

West bank shooting

Sunday, Nov 02, 2003

An Israeli soldier was lightly wounded Sunday evening when his unit was fired upon south of the West Bank town of Tul Karem, the IDF reports.

The soldier was treated on the spot, and the area was combed for the perpetrator.

BORUCH DAYAN HAEMES - MRS SYLVIA MARCUS OBM

Sunday, Nov 02, 2003

With sadness we inform you of the passing of Mrs. Sylvia Marcus mother of Yibadel Lechaim Tovim Rabbi Yitzchok Marcus, Shliach in Los Alamitos, CA.

The levaya will be on Monday Ches Cheshvan @ 11:00am @ Mount Nebo Kendall Memorial Chapel and Cemetery 5900 South West 77th Ave. in Kendall, FL

Directions to the cemetery:
i-95 to 826 west (also called palmetto exp.) to Miller Drive , make right turn on Miller Drive. Proceed to first left. Chapel & Cemetery right up the street.
305-274-0641

Rabbi Marcus will be sitting shiva at 2851 North East 183 St. Apt 614 E Admirals Port East, N. Miami Beach
PHONE: 305-792-0604
E-MAIL:CHABAD@SOCAL.RR.COM

Directions to the Shiva: Biscayne blvd to 183rd street turn into the Williams island entrance. The apartment building is on the left hand side.

Hamokom Yenachem eschem Besoch Shaar Avaylay Tzion VeYerushalayim. Vehukeetzu Veranenu Shochnay Ufur vehee besochom!

NEW STORE OPENS IN CROWN HEIGHTS

Sunday, Nov 02, 2003

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Recently, a new store opened in Crown Heights.

Located on Empire Blvd just off Kingston Ave. the new store, "Follow Your Art - Custom Framing" specializes in custom framing and also sells arts, custom mirrors, needlepoints and posters.

We wish them much Hatzlocha doing business here in Crown Heights "Kan Tziva Hashem Es HaBrocha".

THIS TUESDAY: Dr. Benzion Twerski is Coming to Crown Heights

Sunday, Nov 02, 2003

WHY ARE WE LOSING SO MANY OF OUR TEENS?

Dr. Benzion Twerski clinical psychologist, family therapist and renowned lecturer, is coming to Crown Heights!

Dr. Twerski will speak about an issue that touches the heart of our community and affects us all: the growing problem of the rebellious teenager, even one who is raised in a Chassidishe home. An alarmingly high percentage of our children are being lost to the streets, etc. Understanding the rebellious teen is both complex and simple. Dr. Twerski will discuss ways to prevent or minimize rebellion, as well as effective intervention techniques. We must make a collective effort to try and re-connect to these children and save our future. For the sake of our shechuna, come and benefit from Dr. Twerski’s years of experience. The lecture will, IY”H, take place on Tuesday, November 4, 2003 at 8:00pm at the Grand Ballroom of Oholei Torah.

This community event is a project of Yad V’Ezer of Crown Heights. “Yad V’Ezer” is a Chesed organization that provides families in temporary need with hot freshly-cooked meals.

More than 1000 mourners @ Rabbi Chaim Gutnicks Levaya

Sunday, Nov 02, 2003

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Victoria's chief Rabbi Chaim Gutnick dies
DAN GOLDBERG – Australian Jewish News

AUSTRALIAN Jewry is this week mourning the death of one of its leading rabbis. Rabbi Chaim Gutnick, the president of the Rabbinical Council of Victoria (RCV) and longstanding rabbi at Elwood Hebrew Congregation, died on Saturday evening at approximately 6.30pm from a stroke.

More than 1000 mourners - including a who's who of Australian rabbis -- attended the funeral at Springvale Cemetery on Sunday led by Rabbi Gutnick's veteran colleague and friend, Yeshivah Centre director Rabbi Yitzchok Dovid Groner.

In his eulogy, Rabbi Groner said Rabbi Gutnick was one of a select few who had the ability to rekindle the "pintele yid" - the spark of Jewish consciousness that lay dormant in many Jews.

A consecration service will be held this Sunday, at which the tombstone will be unveiled. Part of the inscription refers to Rabbi Gutnick's self-confessed "obsession" with the Holocaust. The Hebrew script says he "revived the souls of the remnants of the Holocaust". The inscription also reflects the fact Rabbi Gutnick was an ardent Zionist. "For the sake of Zion he was not silent," it reads. continue...
(Photo Joseph Feil AJN)

Over 100 women @ JR Nshei event on Sholom Bayis

Sunday, Nov 02, 2003

On Monday Oct 27th, Junior N’shei Chabad held an unbelievable event on Shalom Bayis.

The Interactive Workshop with Dr Yisroel Susskind was a huge success B”H. Over 140 women K"AH attended the amazing event at the home of Malkie Smetana. Every seat and even standing place was taken. Dr. Susskind gave excellent tips on how to become a more effective, better, and happier wife and many ideas on how to enhance our relationships. He taught us how we can all improve on our marriages, no matter how strong it is already and we can all strive to turn our homes into a real Mikdash M’at (Mini Bais Hamikdash).

The women enjoyed delectable cakes and desserts prepared by Regina Simon and tastefully set up by the hostess. Every woman walked away with a gift; a beautiful red, fresh rose. (Door prize Compliments of Royal Flowers and Gifts)

Two women were extra lucky that evening; they won the exciting raffles of jewelry sponsored by Adin Jewelry.

For The First Time Ever !!! Hayom Yom translated into Modern Russian

Sunday, Nov 02, 2003

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For the 1st time ever, Hayom Yom is now available with a modern Russian translation. This beautiful publication is approx. 430 pages of face to face Hebrew/Russian Text.

It is available in local Judaica stores, with a gold embossed hard cover for the list price of $18.00.

If you want to order in quantity call 908-289-0770
or e-mail: publications@brisavrohom.org

A special introductory offer of $14.00 per volume will be in effect from now until Rosh Chodesh Kislev.

THE NEW TRANSLATION IS A PROJECT OF BRIS AVROHOM - WWW.BRISAVROHOM.ORG

AVROHOM FRIED DISCUSSES HIS TRIPS TO AUSTRALIA WITH NACHUM SEGAL

Sunday, Nov 02, 2003

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During an interview last Wednesday with Nachum Segal on JM in the AM, Avrohom Fried discussed his 2 recent trips to Australia. Avremel recounted what happened the first time when he got out on stage and ...

CLICK HERE AND FAST FORWARD TO 2:20 INTO THE PROGRAM TO LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW

Chabad School Second Time Winner of United States Blue Ribbon Award

Sunday, Nov 02, 2003

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA — Saturday, November 01, 2003

Representatives of the Hebrew Academy in Huntington Beach were on hand, on Friday, October 31, in Washington, DC to receive the U.S. Blue Ribbon Award for excellence in education. The Chabad Hebrew Academy is one of only two Jewish day schools in the nation to receive the 2002-2003 “No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon Award” for the U.S. Department of Education.

In 1997, the Academy was also a recipient of the Blue Ribbon Award and is now one of the very few schools, public or private, that has been recognized for excellence by two federal administrations. A total of 47 private schools across the nation were recognized this year.

“No other Jewish school in the nation has received the recognition this cycle and this honor of distinction twice, and within the minimum five-year period of application, says Rabbi Yitzchok Newman, dean of the academy. “And we were awarded the Blue Ribbon under two different sets of criteria. This is telling us that the education we deliver here at the Academy measures up with the very best in the nation in every way.”

“In keeping with the principles of the No Child Left Behind Act, we will reward schools based on student achievement results, not process,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige. The new Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private K-12 schools that are either academically superior in their states or that demonstrate dramatic gains in student achievement.

Newly Renovated Apartments for Rent

Sunday, Nov 02, 2003

Basement Apartments available.

Newly Renovated. Excellent Location.

Please call for more information: 718-363-2582

MOSCOW JCC WILL GET A TWIN

Sunday, Nov 02, 2003

KIEV – As a result of a meeting between the Ukrainian president Leonid Kuchma and the chief rabbis of Russia, Ukraine and Israel, there was a decision to build a major Jewish community center in Kiev, similar to the JCC in Moscow.

Moscow’s 7,200 sq. m. Jewish Community Center in Marina Roscha is home to a synagogue, library, concert hall, sports center, variety of clubs and children’s classes, two kosher restaurants, mikvah and offices.

A Similar center will now be built G-d willing in Kiev.
(SOURCE: FJC UPDATE)

AND WINNERS FOR THE TEN YAD CHINESE AUCTION 2003 ARE....

Monday, Nov 03, 2003

Amount Description Winner

Jackpot #1 Susan Cizma

Jackpot #2 Sorele

Dollar A Day Odel Cunin

Grand Prize D. L. Palace

Split the Pot - $14,800 - Miriam Kestenbaum

$18 Auction Special Cutlery Shoshana Weiner

1 $100 Choice of Jewelry Edith Block

2 $100 Dining Room Set Brachie Friedman

3 $75 Sensational Sterling Silver L. Goldberg

4 $75 Choice of Magnificent China Chanie Hein

5 $75 Living Room Set Aidy Pinson

6 $75 Car Lease Agnes Serhofer

7 $50 Israel or Europe with cell phone Dinie Hildeshaim

8 $50 Choice of Menorah Holtzberg

9 $50 Computer & accessories Gloria Rapoport

10 $50 Children's bedroom Chaviva Fischer

11 $50 Ezagui Sforim Shuffer J. Grossbaum

12 $36 Megillah holder and case Libby Barber

13 $36 Choice of jewelry Leah M. Meijers

14 $36 Laptop Sorah Raskin

15 $36 Table setting for 16 Weiss

16 $36 Florida N. Eckhaus

17 $36 $3000 in CG Greenberg

18 $36 Choice of watches Dina Hendel

19 $36 Centerpiece fruit bowl Dina Barkharder

20 $36 Chandelier by style & decor Chanie Begun

21 $36 Shearling Dina Jackson

22 $36 Shas Arna Lipkind

23 $36 Clary or Claire Devoiry Kornfeld

24 $25 Choice of silver Miriam Popack

25 $25 Simpson Jewelry Fraidy Yerushalmi

26 $25 Day bed and linen Henya Laine

27 $25 Naturella Tamar Abraham

28 $25 Leather couch Deena Rapoport

29 $25 Women's Shopping Spree Esther Zissy Mandel

30 $25 Phone System Leah Schmukler

31 $25 Fold up bed Devorah Kraut

32 $25 Treadmill Bassie Hurwitz

33 $25 Washer / Dryer Weingarten

34 $25 Master Bedroom C. Pinson

35 $25 Video Camcorder Geisinsky

36 $25 Painting Sylvia Brill

37 $25 Barbera Sheitel Chaya Wilhelm

38 $25 Bookcase and rocking chair Mushka Berkowitz

39 $25 Crib and Bumper Sara Kohen

40 $25 Baby Package Yafit Niyazov

41 $25 Kitchen essentials Rivky Schechter

42 $25 Leather Recliner Chani Tenenbaum

43 $25 Electrolux Fraidy Laufer

44 $25 Lark Luggage J Grossbaum

45 $25 Boro Park Children G.Cs D. L. Sternberg

46 $20 Jewelry by Pearls n More Rhonda Weissman

47 $20 Wig by Abbiwigs Leah Lechter

48 $20 Pots and $200 Peppermill Miriam Schwartz

49 $20 Digital Camera with Printer Rena Plotkin

50 $20 Flatware for 16 by silverspoon M Enzweig

51 $20 $750 kids GC's Devorah Zaetz

52 $20 Crown Heights GCs Nechami Fajneland

53 $20 Dozen folding chairs Leah Waldman

54 $20 Palm Chanie Labkowski

55 $20 Cell Phone Mushky Lifshitz

56 $20 Choice of Silver Judy Wikszui

57 $20 Washing Cup Bina Tajerstein

58 $20 Leather Chumashim Sara Tauger

59 $20 Corole Doll Rochele Tenenbaum

60 $20 Refrigerator or freezer Katz

61 $20 $750 Costco Sarah Friedman

62 $20 Denon Stereo Zlati Weinberger

63 $20 Teenage Package Yettie Blau

64 $20 Sewing machine Mushka Berkowitz

65 $20 Me'am Loez Shulamis Block

66 $20 Navigation System for your car Elka Ezagui

67 $20 Yamaha Keyboard Chana Lew

68 $20 Bose Goldie Geisinsky

69 $20 Down Comforters and Pillows Nanci Itzkowitz

70 $20 Shabbos Silver Package Hindy Bruchstat

71 $20 $1000 GC Aarons Sharon Cohen

72 $20 Playmobile Doba Rimler

73 $10 $300 GC Primo hatters Faygi Spitzer

74 $10 Linen for two Alessa Wircberg

75 $10 Becher and Plate Devorah Zaetz

76 $10 Noritake China for 12 & $150 Goldie Tenenbaum

77 $10 $350 Coach or Bersel Laya Klein

78 $10 Likutei Sichos Miri Carlebach

79 $10 Raleigh Bike and Helmet Miryam Piekarski

80 $10 Olympus Camera Goldie Laufer

81 $10 Lego Miriam Hurwitz

82 $10 Rabbi Burston Tapes Shaindel Glick

83 $10 $400 Home Gift Certificates Esty Wilshanski

84 $10 $400 Toys R Us Rochma Silber

85 $10 Big and Little Midrash Says Shoshana Libman

86 $10 Magic Mill Devorie Fox

87 $10 Board Games Nechama Losh

88 $10 Stroller Rivkah Minkoff

89 $10 Water Cooler Chaya Kirshenbaum

90 $10 Commercial Steamer E. Tauber

91 $10 Tablecloth by Elegant Linen Marlow

92 $10 $400 Generation Maternity D. L. Texler

93 $10 Tool Set and Cable Set T. Ruby

94 $10 Grill Elchanan Geisinsky

95 $5 Wood table and chairs Jackpot Winner #2

96 $5 Casio Dina Krasnianski

97 $5 Microwave Menucha Fajnland

98 $5 5-in-1 fax Leah Weissman

99 $5 Sony Dream machine Leah Mushka Haber

100 $5 George Foreman Grill E. Hurwitz

101 $5 Delonghi Urn Malke Katz

102 $5 Linen Yehudit Levy

103 $5 $150 GC Ben Barber Devorah Malka Hecht

104 $5 $180 GC Bencraft Chaya Hurwitz

105 $5 Step 2 kitchen set Chani Labkowski

Mazel Tov Solomons!

Monday, Nov 03, 2003

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SNS would like to extend a very hearty Mazel Tov to our dear friends, Rabbi Mendel & C.D. Solomon, Shluchim in Short Hills, NJ upon the birth of a baby boy.

May the newborn be a source of Nachas to his parents, sisters, grandparents, relatives & Klal Yisroel.

E-MAZEL TOV

Levi & Miriam Hodakov
Yankee & Binah Teitelbaum

Suicide bomber explodes after cornered by troops

Monday, Nov 03, 2003

A suicide bomber who was planning to attack Israeli civilians but was hunted by security forces attacked an army patrol Monday morning near the West Bank town of Azzoun, in the Nablus area.

16-year-old Sabih Abu el Sa'ud from the Rafidiyah neighborhood in Nablus was attempting to evade Israeli security forces and make his way to a major Israeli city when he was stopped by an IDF patrol.

He blew himself up, lightly wounding an armoured corps tracker. The wounded soldier was treated at the scene and later taken to hospital.

The Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, linked to Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement, claimed responsibility for the failed attack.

Sabih left his home in the West Bank city of Nablus Sunday morning, telling his parents he was going to school, said his father Kamal. Instead, Sabih made his way south, trying to infiltrate into Israel.

On Sunday evening, when he failed to turn up for Iftar, the festive meal that ends the day's fast during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, his parents began to worry.

By then, Israeli intelligence already knew that a suicide bomber was on the loose, said an army spokeswoman, Maj. Sharon Feingold.

As time wore on, Sabih's family became increasingly concerned. Relatives realized that Sabih had taken a picture of his uncle Nasser, a Palestinian militant who was killed during an Israeli army operation in the West Bank in March 2002. Family members said the boy had spoken about avenging his uncle's death.

Sabih Abu el Sa'ud was one of the youngest of more than 100 suicide bombers who have killed more than 450 Israelis since 2000; there's only been one other 16-year-old bomber.

The would-be-suicide bomber's father, Kamal, said that "he was just a little boy and those who sent him should have left him alone."

An Israeli security official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Sabih's handlers sent him south, to get around a security barrier Israel says it is building to keep to keep West Bank suicide bombers out of Israel. A section north of Nablus has already been completed.

Israeli security officials said Sabih apparently saw the heavy security and turned back, spending the night in nearby Ramallah.

As time wore on, Sabih's family became increasingly concerned. Relatives realized that Sabih had taken a picture of his uncle Nasser, a Palestinian militant who was killed during an Israeli army operation in the West Bank in March 2002. Family members said the boy had spoken about avenging his uncle's death.

By Monday morning, Sabih was on the move again, heading toward the Israeli town of Rosh Ha'ayin and the security alert shifted to Israel's central region.

A main West Bank road was closed to traffic, apache helicopters hovered overhead and more road blocks were set up at the entrance to Israeli towns. Then Israeli intelligence received a tip the boy was in the village of Azzoun, less than a kilometer from Israel.

Security forces were searching for the suicide bomber since Sunday, and acting on intelligence reports, an armored corps unit caught up with the him Monday morning.

"The soldiers were carrying out searches for him when he ran toward their jeeps and blew himself up," Feingold said. "The armor saved the soldiers."

The security alert has since been lowered in the Rosh Ha-Ayin area, east of Tel Aviv.

With Margot Dudkevitch and The Associated Press

MAZEL TOV FARKASHS

Monday, Nov 03, 2003

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SNS would like to wish a hearty Mazel Tov to, Berry & Nechama (nee Zajac) Farkash - Crown Heights on the birth of their firstborn son.

May the newborn be a source of Nachas to his parents, grandparents, relatives & Klal Yisroel.

TZIVOS HASHEM ANNOUNCES THE CONTINUATION OF THE FRIENDSHIP CIRCLE IN CROWN HEIGHTS

Monday, Nov 03, 2003

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Tzivos Hashem is pleased to announce the continuation of The Friendship Circle. Well-known in Detroit, Michigan; Livingston, New Jersey; Stamford, Connecticut; and opening new branches at phenomenal speed, Tzivos Hashem is proud to be part of this unique program-servicing children with special needs.

In an ongoing effort to continue this program Tzivos Hashem is proud to announce its’ appointment of Mrs. Tzirl Goldman as director of The Friendship Circle. A resident of Crown Heights and a parent of a special needs child Mrs. Goldman knows full well the need for programs such as The Friendship Circle to be available in Crown Heights. “I’m thrilled to have Tzirl on board”, says Rabbi Yerachmiel Benjaminson, executive director of Tzivos Hashem. “I know this is a fantastic program and the potential for its’ success is tremendous. I along with all the staff of Tzivos Hashem wish Tzirl hatzlocha rabo”. Rabbi Mendel Nemes, who started work on The Friendship Circle, will continue his involvement in the program.

“What a help those wonderful volunteers were”, says one parent of The Friendship Circle’s members. “They came and did homework with my daughter, it made my night so much easier”! Whether doing schoolwork or playing with a child The Friendship Circle volunteers are ready to assist a family in caring for their special needs child.

Volunteers ages 12 and up are urgently needed!! Girls as well as boys (post seminary, and post smicha too!!) are asked to come to the volunteer kick-off meetings.

Girls’ Meeting – Monday, November 3, 1574 Carroll St.
(between Troy & Schenectady) 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Boys’ Meeting – Wednesday, November 5, 1574 Carroll St.
7:00-8:30 p.m.

To register your child in The Friendship Circle please call 718-467-6630 ext. 281or 212 leave your name, child’s name and phone number. In addition, please say what school your child attends.

JUST HOW BIG A SCREEN IS NEEDED TO WATCH LIVING TORAH?

Tuesday, Nov 04, 2003

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For over a year now, every Sunday morning, between 15-30 men @ Chabad of Irvine, CA stay in Shul after Davening to watch the weekly Living Torah. As most people are off from work it is a beautiful way to begin the week with a timely message from the Rebbe.

This past Sunday, Mr. Jim Weiss decided that the screen used was too small to watch the Rebbe on.

On Monday evening, shortly after Maariv, Mr. Weiss along with his friend Kevin Cook wheeled in a massive 36 inch screen to be used for all future Living Torah presentations.

A Rabbi Who Loves G-D and the Minnesota Vikings

Tuesday, Nov 04, 2003

Rochester, MN -- You see him sometimes flying down Second Street, heading from Saint Marys to the Mayo Clinic with the tails of his long black coat flapping behind him, a calm smile on his bearded face, a lidded cup of Starbucks coffee in one hand, a black fedora on his head and a Torah under his arm.

He is Rabbi Dovid Greene, and he stands by himself as striking proof that Rochester, far from being the "flyover country" we say to ourselves we are (almost hopefully), is in reality super-cosmopolitan.

Because Rabbi Greene is no ordinary rabbi. He is an emissary to Rochester of one of the fastest-growing Jewish organizations in the world, the Chabad-Lubavitch, based in Brooklyn, New York. The group descends from a mystical branch of Judaism that started in Poland in the late 18th century. CONTINUE...

TUESDAY: Dr. Benzion Twerski is Coming to Crown Heights

Tuesday, Nov 04, 2003

WHY ARE WE LOSING SO MANY OF OUR TEENS?

Dr. Benzion Twerski clinical psychologist, family therapist and renowned lecturer, is coming to Crown Heights!

Dr. Twerski will speak about an issue that touches the heart of our community and affects us all: the growing problem of the rebellious teenager, even one who is raised in a Chassidishe home. An alarmingly high percentage of our children are being lost to the streets, etc. Understanding the rebellious teen is both complex and simple. Dr. Twerski will discuss ways to prevent or minimize rebellion, as well as effective intervention techniques. We must make a collective effort to try and re-connect to these children and save our future. For the sake of our shechuna, come and benefit from Dr. Twerski’s years of experience. The lecture will, IY”H, take place on Tuesday, November 4, 2003 at 8:00pm at the Grand Ballroom of Oholei Torah.

This community event is a project of Yad V’Ezer of Crown Heights. “Yad V’Ezer” is a Chesed organization that provides families in temporary need with hot freshly-cooked meals.

For The First Time Ever !!! Hayom Yom translated into Modern Russian

Tuesday, Nov 04, 2003

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For the 1st time ever, Hayom Yom is now available with a modern Russian translation. This beautiful publication is approx. 430 pages of face to face Hebrew/Russian Text.

It is available in local Judaica stores, with a gold embossed hard cover for the list price of $18.00.

If you want to order in quantity call 908-289-0770
or e-mail: publications@brisavrohom.org

A special introductory offer of $14.00 per volume will be in effect from now until Rosh Chodesh Kislev.

THE NEW TRANSLATION IS A PROJECT OF BRIS AVROHOM - WWW.BRISAVROHOM.ORG

MAZEL TOV RUBINSTEINS

Tuesday, Nov 04, 2003

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SNS would like to wish a hearty Mazel Tov to, Moshe & Nechama (nee Ruza) Rubinstein - Florida on the birth of their firstborn son.

May the newborn be a source of Nachas to his parents, grandparents, relatives & Klal Yisroel.
E-MAZEL TOV

ILLINOIS SHLUCHIM & SHLUCHOS @ SPECIAL MELAVA MALKA

Tuesday, Nov 04, 2003

On Motzei Shabbos Parshas Noach the more than 70 Shluchim and Shluchos from throughout the State of Illinois gathered in the Chabad House Of Northbrook for an evening of joy and inspiration.

Rabbi Yosef Brackman of Chabad of Hyde Park chair of the evening introduced Rabbi Yosef Schanowitz (Highland Park) to open the evening with a Dvar Torah. Rabbi Dovid Teichtel (University of Illinois at Champaign) the newest shliach to Illinois reported about his Chabad House’s fantastic success over the first two months since they opened their doors.

Rabbi Daniel Moscowitz, Head Shliach of the State, took the podium and listed off accomplishments of the twenty mosdos over the past year as the crowd thundered with applause.

Rabbi Shmuel Lew was the honored gust speaker. Rabbi Lew related many stories and personal horaas he received from the Rebbe about the avodas hashlichus. Rabbi Lew emphasized the unique opportunity and obligation shluchim have to bring the message of chassidus to the world.

“This annual event invigorates the shluchim and always leads to new ideas that we implement throughout our State,” said Rabbi Moscowitz, “it is inspiring just to see the increase in our staff, each year, Baruch Hashem, we have been able to add more and more shluchim and shluchos as we expand our roster of Chabad Houses.”

Rabbi Moscowitz distributed a personally inscribed “Gutnick” Chumash and a leather bound copy of the newly printed Toras Hashlichus to each couple.

After the formal program the crowd erupted into song and dance and then sat down to farbreng with Rabbi Lew. The Rabbi arrived from England on Thursday night and spent Friday speaking at the Cheder and at Lubavitch Girls High School and farbrenging with the Mesivta Friday night and then spent the entire Shabbos day leading the farbrengen at Bais Menachem - Nusach Ari.

Chabad House close to Crown Heights looking for girl for teaching and other Shlichus work

Tuesday, Nov 04, 2003

*Good pay
*Tuesdays- teaching
*Wednesdays- teaching/Shlichus work
*45 minutes from C.H

Please call Hinda at 914-693-6100 or email: chabadrivertowns@aol.com

FLY EAST THIS WINTER - Exciting Day Camp Opportunity

Tuesday, Nov 04, 2003

Chabad of Hong Kong is looking for two or three enthusiastic post seminary girls to run our mid winter camp from December 17 - January 4 - including travelling time.

For more information, please contact goldie@chabadhk.org

TUESDAY NIGHT LECHAIM

Tuesday, Nov 04, 2003

Mendy Litzman (Monsey, NY) to Dani Pincus (Sydney, Australia)
@ LUBAVITCH YESHIVA

URGENT TEHILLIM NEEDED

Tuesday, Nov 04, 2003

Please say Tehillim and give Tzedaka lezechus Hayalda
Tovah Raizel bas Nechoma Dina

for a complete and speedy recovery.

NEW ENGAGEMENT

Tuesday, Nov 04, 2003

Shneur Zalman Vogel (London, UK) to Nechoma Dina (Denush) Blau (Israel)
Lechaim IYH Motzei Shabbos Parshas Lech Lecha at the home of Mr & Mrs Mendy Levy 23 Norfolk Ave, N16 8:30pm

Palestinians fire on IDF forces in W. Bank, Gaza Strip

Tuesday, Nov 04, 2003

Palestinians opened fire at an IDF roadblock in Tulkarm on the West Bank Tuesday evening.

There were no reports of injuries. The roadblock is near Taibe.

In another incident Tues evening, Palestinians fired on an IDF position near the settlement of Netzer Hezeni in the Southern Gaza Strip.

There were no injuries and no damage was reported. Troops returned fire.

Meanwhile, Jerusalem Police reported Tuesday that they had arrested a young Palestinian woman who they suspected was involved in terrorist activities against Israelis.

The Police did not release details of which terrorist incidents the woman was allegedly involved in nor what terror group she belonged to.

The woman was arrested in northern Jerusalem and was taken for questioning by the Shabak.

MAZEL TOV NELKENS

Tuesday, Nov 04, 2003

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SNS would like to wish a hearty Mazel Tov to, Mordechai & Tova (nee Wenger) Nelken - Montreal, Canada on the birth of their firstborn son.

May the newborn be a source of Nachas to his parents, grandparents, relatives & Klal Yisroel.

Rave Reviews for New Book Catalog

Wednesday, Nov 05, 2003

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BROOKLYN, NY — Monday, November 03, 2003

The Kehot Publication Society and Merkos Publications, the publishing arms of the Lubavitch movement, announced the publication of their new,combined 2004/5764 catalog. The two catalogs are bound together, back-to-back.

Copies of the catalog were mailed to thousands of homes in the U.S. and Canada and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Kudos have been coming in steadily to Lubavitch World Headquarters in Brooklyn, praising the updated and restructured catalog.

The sleek, glossy and colorful new edition boasts a veritable treasure trove of Chasidic thought and standard Jewish texts. From the esoteric and the erudite to the practical and whimsical, there is something for every age and every level.continue...

BRAND NEW BASEMENT FOR RENT IN CROWN HEIGHTS

Wednesday, Nov 05, 2003

*CORNER CARROLL ST. AND ALBANY
*TWO BEDROOMS AND LARGE KITCHEN DINETTE AREA
*PERFECT FOR AN OFFICE OR FOR SINGLES

IF INTERESTED PLEASE CALL 917-873-4803

Crown Heights organization seeks fundraiser

Wednesday, Nov 05, 2003

Crown Heights organization seeks a part-time evening and Sunday fundraiser.

For details please call: 718-773-7548.

HASHOVAS AVEIDA - RINGS LOST @ WEDDING IN CINCINNATI

Wednesday, Nov 05, 2003

I lost two rings at the Karp-Estrin wedding in Cincinnati on Monday night. I'd appreciate hearing from any one that might have found them.

Please call me at 347-244-9181.

Menorah on it’s way to Chevron

Wednesday, Nov 05, 2003

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Larry Ritter of Israel Tour Connection and Rabbi Boruch Klar of Lubavitch Center of Essex County in New Jersey are co-sponsoring a giant display menorah for the Maaros Hamachpeila in Chevron. Rabbi Klar designed a beautiful aluminum menorah over 20 years ago when the Rebbe inspired menorah celebrations all over the world. His menorahs can be found in Germany, Austria, Sweden, and South America. It is lit by Governors and Mayors throughout Canada and the United States.

Says Klar, “The nachas I get from being a part of menorahs in places like Germany is unbelievable. But since being inspired by Larry Ritter of ITC to the point where I now take groups to Israel twice a year, the thought of having a giant menorah by the steps going up to the burial site of Avraham Avinu and Sara is the highlight of my menorah career. The love I have for the people of Israel and the Holy land has only been magnified by the amazing tours I do with my baal habatim. I have seen miracles. The shidduch between us and ITC is an honor and a powerful way to bring more light to the world this Chanukah.

On Monday, Larry left for Israel with a 9 foot menorah on board for Shliach Danny Cohen of Hebron. On our last tour to Chevron in August we had an effect that was unprecedented. We brought food for Shabbos to soldiers at the base there; we spent more in the store in 2 hours than at any time in the history of Chevron and of course visited the Tzion of Rebbetzin Menucha Rochel with this wonderful shliach. There is a menorah in the hills of Chevron, but this will be at the holy site itself. Yasher Koach to all involved.

Living Torah features Sichos about Arab Oil

Wednesday, Nov 05, 2003

In a two week series on Living Torah beginning this week, JEM’s Living Torah video series features a Sicha from the Rebbe speaking about how the US dare not rely on Arab Oil for its energy needs.

The Rebbe outlines a number of solutions, including more use of solar energy and developing the US’s own stores of oil energy.

Really brand new one and two bedroom apartments on Empire corner Lamont

Wednesday, Nov 05, 2003

Only 3 left. Until next week NO BROKER'S FEE.

Prices range from $1000 to $1250

Call: 718-773-4308 ext. 16

S. DIEGO, CA CHABAD HEBREW ACADEMY CHILDREN GATHER FOR A RALLY & MORE

Wednesday, Nov 05, 2003

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On Tuesday morning, over 100 Chabad Hebrew Academy school children k”ah gathered at a local park, marking the first get-together since the fires destroyed their school in Scripps Ranch last week.

The children enjoyed saying the Pesukim, Jumping castle, learning classes and some yummy cookies from Langs, the local kosher bakery.

“Just being together seeing one another for the first time in over a week and breathing the fresh cool air (without the smoke) was quite invigorating” said one of the happy mothers.

Whack that pi?ata took a beating but the kids got their candy! Children split into two groups and tried to beat the candy out of their fish pi?ata’s imported from Mexico thanks to Chabad of Tijuana and Rabbi & Mrs. Polichenco.

Special thanks to Shluchim / Rabbis Mendy Rubenfeld – Poway, Yeruchem Eilfort – La Costa, Shalom Boudjnah – S.Diego, Yitzchok Hurwitz - Temecula, Mendel Polichenco – Tijuana and Rabbi Srugo for making the event a success

PLEASE SAY TEHILLIM 4

Wednesday, Nov 05, 2003

Shifra bas Michla

Ruchama Bas Chana Ella

Northern Border Bomb Attack Averted

Wednesday, Nov 05, 2003

(IsraelNN.com) Soldiers on Wednesday afternoon discovered a string of bombs placed on the Lebanese side of the northern border, intended to target an IDF patrol.

OSU Chabad Launches Student Ambassadors To Israel

Thursday, Nov 06, 2003

COLUMBUS, OH — Friday, October 31, 2003

Jewish tradition says that G-d created humankind with a singular individual to teach us that one person can profoundly affect the entire world. The Chabad House at Ohio State University in Columbus is hoping that fifty-six Student Ambassadors for Israel will make a profound change on how Israel is viewed on college campuses.

The Jewish student groups, led by OSU Chabad House, named 56 Student Ambassadors who will spend the next year learning about Israel and how to advocate effectively for the country, said Rabbi Aryeh Kaltmann, executive director of OSU Chabad House.

The ambitious program was planned to counter what the Chabad rabbis say is a paucity of real information about Israel by both Jewish and non-Jewish students. It was planned well before the announcement recently of a pro-Palestinian conference scheduled for November 7-9, which brings an added sense of urgency to the pro-Israel campaign. continue...

75 Chabad Women join together for a Ruchnius Shabbaton!

Thursday, Nov 06, 2003

This past Shabbos Parshas Noach the 4th annual Rest and Ruchnius Retreat for Chabad Women was held in Los Angeles, CA. Approximately 75 women gathered together in the S. Pedro Hilton for a weekend of inspiration and Chizuk in Hiskashrus.

This retreat comes especially after the busy Tishrei season in order to reenergize our Kochos for the rest of the year. This year's guest speaker was Mrs. Devorah Alevsky from Cleveland, Ohio.

The women enjoyed sharing, singing, learning, and farbrenging into all hours of the night! The Rest and Ruchnuis Retreat is a project of N'shei Chabad and is co-sponsored by the Chabad Israel Center.

GRATITUDE WITH ATTITUDE, A SHABBAT WEEKEND FOR TEENAGE GIRLS

Thursday, Nov 06, 2003

This coming month, Jewish high school girls ages 15-18 from across the nation are invited to a unique Shabbaton weekend with Rabbi Manis Friedman and a team of spirited counselors.

“Gratitude with Attitude” will run November 28-30 (Thanksgiving weekend, Friday morning through Sunday night) on the Rosenhaus Estate in Morristown, New Jersey. Featuring learning with Manis Friedman, great activities and crafts, a wild workout, workshops and more, the weekend will focus on the attitude of gratitude.

Bais Chana’s programs for teens, piloted in 1991, are one of the richest, most positive Jewish events offered for Jewish teenage girls today. Listening to the girls talk about this past summer underscores why, and how profound – and fun – an experience it is.

“I learned so much and made so many new friends,” Shaindel from New Jersey wrote, “the lessons we learned can help us forever.” For Chana of Queens, NY, who “came on a whim” because her mother wanted her to, “Bais Chana was totally nonjudgmental and completely accepting. It was an unexpected awesome experience, great for any Jewish girl who is open-minded and wants to learn and have a great time while she’s doing it.” At the end of the summer, Allison from Avon, Connecticut, wrote, “I got to meet girls from so many different backgrounds and different levels…Coming here gave me a real appreciation for being Jewish and living Jewishly.” Summing it all up, Mara from Duluth, MN, attending for her second summer enthused, “You learn a ton and have a blast!”

For information on fees and to register for the weekend, contact Bais Chana Women International, 800-473-4801, or email to: info@baischana.org, or log on to: www.baischana.org about special rates for sisters and friends. Shluchim, contact us for group rates.

Crown Heights organization seeks fundraiser

Thursday, Nov 06, 2003

Crown Heights organization seeks a part-time evening and Sunday fundraiser.

For details please call: 718-773-7548.

"Racist" rabbi offered a deal to retract

Thursday, Nov 06, 2003

Jerusalem Magistrate's Court Judge Noam Solberg yesterday proposed that Rabbi Yitzhak Ginsburg explicitly and publicly retract his offensive statements about Arabs, in return for an end to all criminal proceedings against him.

Ginsburg, a member of the Chabad Lubavitch Hasidic movement, and a former head of a yeshiva in the West Bank city of Nablus, was indicted in July on charges of encouraging racism against Arabs in his book, "Tsav Hasha'a - Tipul Shoresh" ("Order of the Day - Radical Treatment"), which was published in 2001.

According to the proposal, Ginsburg would publicly announce a retraction of his inciting statements and state his support for social and political equal rights to all the state's citizens, regardless of religion, race or gender. Ginsburg, through his attorney Naftali Wurzberger, said he would consider the proposal.

Among others, the charges cite a conversation in the book between Ginsburg and a student. The student asks: "So an Arab has no right to exist in Israel?" Ginsburg replies: "Here in the Land of Israel, he has no right." In another place in the book the student asks: "What is the rabbi's opinion about the Arabs as a nation and a people, as our enemies and our foes?" Ginsburg replies: "There is something called the Third World or another name for more primitive nations. Clearly, they are lower on the world's cultural ladder; but the murderousness and anti-Semitism are not a function of primitiveness, since the Germans were the most enlightened and educated and also the most bestial in every way."

HAPPY BIRTHDAY 2

Thursday, Nov 06, 2003

Shaul Wilhelm - E-MAIL

HASHOVAS AVEIDA - CASH & TEFILLIN LOST IN CH

Thursday, Nov 06, 2003

IF ANYONE FOUND A STACK OF CASH YESTERDAY IN CROWN HEIGHTS, PLEASE CALL 845-352-1977.

A pair of tefilin with the name Yaakov Binyomin Plotkin was last Monday night or Tuesday morning in Oholei Torah dorm, if found please call: 323-828-4593 or 323-937-9983 or email: chumbii@hotmail.com

Great Reviews For The Parkway Suites - Only Three Rooms Left For The Kinus Hashluchim

Thursday, Nov 06, 2003

Guests who stayed at the Parkway Suites for the month of Tishrei and after, were raving about the brand new hotel in Crown Heights. The guests were extremely impressed by the level of service, comfort, and hospitality they received throughout their stay, and all agreed that this type of upscale hotel with nineteen suites was long over due for this shchunah.

Visit our web site at www.theparkwaysuites.com for updated photos and information, and to book your room.

Only three rooms left for the Kinus and they wont last long.

Beautiful Public Display Menoras - Unbeatable Quality and Price

Thursday, Nov 06, 2003

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Perfect for: •indoors •outdoors •malls •shopping centers •grocery stores •synagogues •assemble in minutes •easy to store •will last forever!

Special lower prices for new Shluchim!
4 ft. • $495 • ships via UPS ($40-$75 in U.S.)
6 ft. • $595 • ships via UPS ($50-$125 in U.S.)
8 ft. • $ 695 • Ships via a freight company ($80 -$140 in U.S.)
Shipping prices are only estimates

The menorah is Made of metal and includes bulbs.
It is painted a high gloss gold and was very popular last year.
This year includes some very nice upgrades!
Many shluchim have bought it used it and have been very satisfied, (call for references).
There are bulk order discounts (3 or more).

FOR MORE INFO CONTACT Chabad of the South Hills @ 412-278-3693 OR 412-512-3046 E-MAIL: chabadsh@sgi.net OR LOG ON TO: www.chabadsouthhills.com

We will sell out (we did last year)! so call early!
Credit Cards accepted

Fight resumes on holiday displays - City wants to ban menorah, others from Fountain Square

Thursday, Nov 06, 2003

The annual fight over holiday displays on Fountain Square is back in court.

Lawyers for the city of Cincinnati returned to federal court Friday for the traditional legal battle over the right of private groups to erect Christmas and Hanukkah displays on the square.

City lawyers asked the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday to settle the dispute once and for all.

The city wants to block all private displays between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day.

So, it's asking the court to reinstate a city ordinance that bans them.

The city says it needs to control clutter on the square during the busy season. But a federal judge last year ruled the ban was an unconstitutional infringement on free speech.

Lawyers for Chabad of Southern Ohio, a Jewish group in Cincinnati, led the charge against the ban last year and were in court again Friday.

Chabad wants to erect an 18-foot menorah on the square for Hanukkah from Dec. 19 to Dec. 28.

Chabad's lawyers say Fountain Square is the city's "quintessential forum" and argue that the display ban effectively closes the forum.

"The city's position is there is no First Amendment issue here," said Marc Mezibov, Chabad's attorney. "We see it differently."

The city's lawyers told the 6th Circuit judges that governments have a right to regulate private displays on public property. They said the city's ban applies only to unattended displays, not to gatherings, protests or meetings.

"They can say happy Hanukkah or pass out leaflets," said Richard Ganulin, an assistant city solicitor.

If the 6th Circuit refuses to reinstate the ban - or if it does not act before the holidays - the menorah and two other private displays will go up. The other displays are a Nativity scene and an 8-foot statue of J.C.

If the court does reinstate the ban, all private displays will be barred this year.

The debate has been going on for more than a decade, ever since the Ku Klux Klan won permission to erect a cross. The Klan is not seeking a permit this year.

Sparks fly at election forum featuring Avella vs. Ragusa

Thursday, Nov 06, 2003

The Bay Terrace Community Alliance candidates’ forum turned raucous Tuesday night with Republican City Council candidate Phil Ragusa facing several hecklers at the packed event that also featured speeches by judicial candidates and Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.

Ragusa, a certified public accountant from Beechhurst, rose to the podium to introduce himself to the crowd at the Bay Terrace Jewish Center after his opponent, incumbent Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside), outlined his positions and then left the room.

The GOP challenger said he was running for office because of Avella’s ineffectiveness in dealing with overdevelopment, his hypocrisy in accepting contributions from real estate interests while talking tough on development and his votes to raise taxes on several occasions.

“What has he done about (overdevelopment)? Nothing,” said Ragusa, adding, “he’s taking money from real estate developers and real estate lawyers.”

Several people in the audience interrupted him, with one man saying, “Tell us what you’re going to do” and one woman asking why Ragusa was making the accusations in Avella’s absence.

The audience quieted down after a period, but just after Ragusa finished speaking about eliminating government waste and Avella’s record on taxes, a man representing Chabad of Northeast Queens stood up and blasted Avella for opposing the expansion of the Yankel Rosenbaum Center on 213th Street.

“What would you do to help the Jewish needs?” the man asked Ragusa, to which the candidate responded that he would not oppose the project “if federal laws are in place” that allow such construction of religious institutions.

Another person challenged Ragusa’s endorsement by the Independence Party in light of anti-Semitic statements made by its leader, Lenora Fulani.

That remark set off a firestorm, with Ragusa’s nephew shouting, “to suggest he is an anti-Semite is outrageous.”

The ruckus caused Ragusa to wonder aloud, “Do I have free speech here?”

Phil Konigsberg of the Bay Terrace Community Alliance urged audience members to be civil.

“Never have we had the outbursts we’ve had tonight,” said Konigsberg.

Earlier in the night, Avella spoke about his accomplishments on zoning and transportation issues, specifically mentioning legislation that would allow New York City to come up with its own traffic guidelines. Traffic congestion has been a major concern in Bay Terrace.

Avella, chairman of the Zoning and Franchises Subcommittee, responded to a question about a city takeover of the private bus lines by saying “I am not in favor of the idea unless we get really specific protections.”

Those protections included maintenance of existing routes, private bus jobs and city oversight, said Avella.

After the Council candidates spoke, several judicial candidates introduced themselves to the audience.

Countywide civil court candidates Cassandra Mullen and Ira Margulis along with Queens Supreme Court candidates Phyllis Orlikoff Flug, Leslie Leach, Peter Lane and Gregory Lasak spoke about their professional experience and took some questions.

Lasak, an assistant district attorney, said that more than 20 wrongly convicted inmates in Queens had been freed in the last few years.

“Mistakes are made,” said Lasak. “The system is not perfect, but it’s the best one in the world.”

Lasak was followed to the podium by District Attorney Richard Brown, who is running for re-election unopposed.

Brown touted his office’s success in reducing crimes such as car theft on an ever-tightening budget and said the strict Rockefeller drug laws ought to be reformed.

Reach reporter Ayala Ben-Yehuda by e-mail at Timesledger@aol.com or call 718-229-0300, Ext. 146.

ROOM AND BOARD FOR 2 IN THE HEART OF CROWN HEIGHTS

Thursday, Nov 06, 2003

Room and board, in the heart of Crown Heights, private bath, preferably for 2 boys.

Please call 917.754.1442 for more information.

HAIMISH HOUSE in Crown Heights available for short term lease

Thursday, Nov 06, 2003

Luxurious, fully furnished two bedroom basement apartment with central air conditioning, available for short-term lease(one night to one month ). Beautiful, new spotless eat-in kitchen and full bath. Appliances, linens, cooking utensils as well as high chairs and portacribs included, with room to sleep 5 adults and two babies. Three shuls and a men’s mikvah within one block of the apartment.

Choice dates still available in Cheshvan and Kislev. We are giving a 10% discount for Shluchim anytime. But take advantage of a 15% discount for the Shluchim and Shluchos conventions if you stay at least 5 days. Stay a full 7 days and save $100 off the daily rate.

Don’t be “left out in the cold”! Call now before we’re booked! Eves: 718-778-3345. Days: 917-226-5728.

250 ON HAND AS CHABAD OR IRVINE, CA BREAKS GROUND FOR NEW CENTER

Thursday, Nov 06, 2003

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Some 250 men, women and children gathered last Sunday, as Chabad of Irvine California, under the directorship of Rabbi & Mrs. Alter & Binie Tenenbaum, broke ground for the brand new headquarters of Chabad.

Irvine’s Mayor Larry Agran, President of the Jewish Federation of Orange County Mr. Lou Weiss and a number of local Shluchim all participated in this historic event. Historic in that the new center will be home to the 1st Shul to be built in Irvine. (SNS ED. other Shuls bought existing buildings.)

The many children in attendance were treated to special rides, rock climbing, cotton candy, sno cones and popcorn. In addition, each child went home with a special pail and shovel as a souvenir from the event.

The core supporters of Chabad of Irvine all donned special imprinted hard hats and broke ground with gold colored shovels.

When completed, the new state of the art, modern, 10,000 square foot, 2 story building will house the Shul, social hall, preschool and Hebrew school classrooms offices a library and a gift shop.

MAZEL TOV! CHABAD OF IRVINE!

(Photos: Isadore Lifshitz for SHMAIS.com)

NEW ENGAGEMENTS

Thursday, Nov 06, 2003

Sholom Yeshaya Schusterman (Los Angeles, CA) to Danit (Bas R' Mordechai) Friedman (Crown Heights)

Lechaim IYH tonight - Thursday @ Bais Rivkah 310 Crown Street

Itzik Yarmush (Crown Heights) to Mina Leah Cohen (Manchester, UK)
LECHAIM IYH SUNDAY NIGHT @ LUBAVITCH YESHIVA

Five Mortars Fell in Gush Katif Tonight

Thursday, Nov 06, 2003

(IsraelNN.com) A total of five mortar shells landed in the Gush Katif communities of Gadid and Kfar Darom tonight. One resident was treated for hysteria and there was damage to at least one home

Palm Beach Mayor Cuts Ribbon at Opening of Wellington Jewish Center

Friday, Nov 07, 2003

WELLINGTON, FL — Wednesday, November 05, 2003

Last Thursday, the mayor and his wife were there, the county commissioner was there and the owner of The Town Crier newspaper was there. They were participating in the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremonies for the new Chabad Jewish Center in the West Palm Beach village of Wellington, Florida.

Wellington's excellent quality of life has made this six year old community one of the fastest growing in the county and The Chabad Jewish Center, under the direction of Rabbi Mendy and Miriam Muskal, has been growing along with it.

Palm Beach Mayor Tom Wenham, in his remarks to the large crowd of supporters and well-wishers said that “It's great to see our community growing in so many directions. We are especially proud of the Chabad Organization and the impact they have had here in Wellington on so many families.” CONTINUE...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY 2

Friday, Nov 07, 2003

Moshe Chaim Dubrowski - E-MAIL

Michoel Bloom - E-MAIL

THE PARKWAY SUITES SOLD OUT FOR THE KINUS!

Friday, Nov 07, 2003

Guests who stayed at the Parkway Suites for the month of Tishrei and after, were raving about the brand new hotel in Crown Heights. The guests were extremely impressed by the level of service, comfort, and hospitality they received throughout their stay, and all agreed that this type of upscale hotel with nineteen suites was long over due for this shchunah.

B"H WE ARE ALL SOLD OUT FOR THE KINUS HASHLUCHIM!

Visit our web site at www.theparkwaysuites.com for updated photos and information, and to book your room.

SHLIACH IN SMOLENSK MEETS WITH GOVERNOR

Friday, Nov 07, 2003

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On Monday November 3, a historical meeting took place in Smolensk, Russia - Rabbi Levi Mondshine, chief Rabbi of the Smolensk region, along with community leaders Mr. Zinovy Agranat and Mr. Alexander Bachrach, met with the governor of Smolensk, Mr. Victor Maslov.

During the thirty minute meeting the governor expressed a keen interest in expediting the transfer of the land that is intended for the construction of a Jewish community center which will house a synagogue, educational wing and a welcome center for visitors to the nearby city of Lubavitch, cradle of the worldwide Chabad Lubavitch movement.

The governor praised the culture and values of the Jewish nation and noted their contribution to the Russian national culture.

At the meeting Rabbi Mondshine also expressed his concern regarding several financial issues facing the region, and all present agreed that the fight against poverty and the revitalization of the Smolensk economy are one of the chief priorities today.

Towards the end of the meeting, Mr. Maslov confirmed his acceptance of Rabbi Mondshine's invitation to participate in the upcoming Chanuka holiday celebration. On behalf of the Jewish community, the rabbi and the community leaders presented the governor with a silver menorah candelabra and an album of Jewish community life throughout Russia.

AUTHOR OF THE REBBE'S ARMY SPEAKS IN FLORIDA

Friday, Nov 07, 2003

On Wednesday evening, Sue Fishkoff the author of The Rebbe's Army, spoke in Jacksonville, Florida. While the expected turnout was between 40 to 60 people, well over 200 people attended the event that took place at the Jewish Community Alliance.

Sue spoke very well and displayed Chabad in a positive light. The event was a tremendous Kiddush Lubavitch and the fact that it was presented by someone who is "neutral" made it that much more powerful.

Most of what she discussed was taken from the book, but she may have added a story or two. Any Shliach who has Miss Fishkoff speaking in his town is in for a nice treat.

HAIMISH HOUSE in Crown Heights available for short term lease

Friday, Nov 07, 2003

Luxurious, fully furnished two bedroom basement apartment with central air conditioning, available for short-term lease(one night to one month ). Beautiful, new spotless eat-in kitchen and full bath. Appliances, linens, cooking utensils as well as high chairs and portacribs included, with room to sleep 5 adults and two babies. Three shuls and a men’s mikvah within one block of the apartment.

Choice dates still available in Cheshvan and Kislev. We are giving a 10% discount for Shluchim anytime. But take advantage of a 15% discount for the Shluchim and Shluchos conventions if you stay at least 5 days. Stay a full 7 days and save $100 off the daily rate.

Don’t be “left out in the cold”! Call now before we’re booked! Eves: 718-778-3345. Days: 917-226-5728.

HASHOVAS AVEIDA - CASH FOUND

Friday, Nov 07, 2003

I found some cash right outside Empire Shteibel.
Call Chanie 718-493-2475

Beautiful Public Display Menoras - Unbeatable Quality and Price

Friday, Nov 07, 2003

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Perfect for: •indoors •outdoors •malls •shopping centers •grocery stores •synagogues •assemble in minutes •easy to store •will last forever!

Special lower prices for new Shluchim!
4 ft. • $495 • ships via UPS ($40-$75 in U.S.)
6 ft. • $595 • ships via UPS ($50-$125 in U.S.)
8 ft. • $ 695 • Ships via a freight company ($80 -$140 in U.S.)
Shipping prices are only estimates

The menorah is Made of metal and includes bulbs.
It is painted a high gloss gold and was very popular last year.
This year includes some very nice upgrades!
Many shluchim have bought it used it and have been very satisfied, (call for references).
There are bulk order discounts (3 or more).

FOR MORE INFO CONTACT Chabad of the South Hills @ 412-278-3693 OR 412-512-3046 E-MAIL: chabadsh@sgi.net OR LOG ON TO: www.chabadsouthhills.com

We will sell out (we did last year)! so call early!
Credit Cards accepted

Nusach Hari to Honor Landas and Highlight Shul’s Chabad History

Friday, Nov 07, 2003

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Congregation Nusach Hari Bnai Zion will pay tribute to Rabbi Yosef and Shiffy Landa, the longtime Shluchim in S. Louis, at its forthcoming 98th Anniversary Dinner, in recognition of the Landas’ “exceptional labors of love on behalf of the S. Louis Jewish community”, according to Dr. Craig Berkin, dinner co-chairperson.

The dinner, which will be held on Sunday, November 16, 2003 at the Hilton S. Louis Frontenac, will also highlight the historic connection of Congregation Nusach Hari with the Chabad Chassidic movement, dating back to the Shul’s founding fathers at the time of its inception nearly a century ago, who were Russian immigrants of Chabad Chassidic stock. To this day, the Shul shares its Nusach Hari prayer-liturgy and many of its congregational customs, with those of the Chabad Lubavitch movement. Throughout the congregation’s history, and particularly as it prepares to celebrate its centennial, the rabbinic and lay leadership of Nusach Hari have been mindful of the Shul’s Chassidic heritage and its special relationship with Chabad.

The Landas’ dedicated service to the S. Louis Jewish community began in 1981, when at the behest of the late Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, they moved to S. Louis and introduced an impressive array of innovative educational, outreach and social service programs, many of which are conducted in cooperation with other community institutions. Over the years, their community efforts and personal relationships have touched the lives of countless individuals and families in the broader Jewish community, with a warm and welcoming approach that effectively transcends denominational lines. Their most recent achievements include the establishment of Chabad on Campus, located near Washington University, and the Spirit of Sinai Jewish Learning Center, a unique after-school Jewish learning program based on the Multiple Intelligence Theory. Rabbi Landa, who is director of Chabad of Greater St. Louis and the Rabbi of Congregation Bais Menachem, also serves as Chairman of the S. Louis Rabbinical Council.

Shiffy Landa is an award-winning Jewish educator, who lectures frequently around the country on a wide range of Jewish educational topics. In addition to her Chabad community programs, particularly in the area of Jewish learning for women, she is the educational director of the Spirit of Sinai Jewish Learning Center, and teaches at the Epstein Hebrew Academy. She was the 1991 recipient of the Stuart I. Raskas Outstanding Day School Teacher Award. Currently, she is coordinating the Chabad Women’s Mid-Winter Convention, which will be hosted in St. Louis in early December of this year.

BORUCH DAYAN HAEMES - MRS. FAIGA CHEIN OBM

Friday, Nov 07, 2003

With sadness we inform you of the passing of Mrs. Faiga Chein of Kfar Chabad / Crown Heights and mother of Yibadel Lechaim Tovim R' Mottel Chein of Crown Heights.

THE LEVAYA WILL PASS BY 770 ON MOTZEI SHABBOS @ 9:00PM ON ITS WAY TO ERETZ YISROEL.

Hamokom Yenachem eschem Besoch Shaar Avaylay Tzion VeYerushalayim. Vehukeetzu Veranenu Shochnay Ufur vehee besochom!

MOTZEI SHABBOS LECHAIMS

Friday, Nov 07, 2003

Zevi Silver (Crown Heights) Shani Maiman (Mequon, WI)
@ BAIS RIVKAH 310 CROWN ST.

Yankie Laine (Crown Heights) to Miriam Gittel Krivit (New Haven / Crown Heights)
@ KHAL CHASSIDIM AKA BAUMGARTENS SHUL

MAZEL TOVS UPDATE #306 ARE ONLINE NOW!

Saturday, Nov 08, 2003

13 Palestinians killed in clashes with troops

Saturday, Nov 08, 2003

Thirteen Palestinians were killed in clashes with the IDF in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, 12 of them since Thursday night.

One of the major clashes occurred Friday in the Jenin refugee camp, where troops together with Shin Bet operatives captured Islamic Jihad commander Amjad Ahmed Abeidi, 35, who was involved in the bombing of the Maxim restaurant in Haifa last month, killing 21 Israelis and wounding 58.

Abeidi supplied the explosive belt to the female suicide bomber who perpetrated the attack. According to officials, he was also behind the suicide bombing at Moshav Kfar Yavetz in July, in which a woman was killed, and the attack at Moshav Sdei Trumot in July, in which a man was killed. He was also involved in the planning of other bombings in Jerusalem and Haifa.

Security forces imposed a curfew on Jenin and the adjacent refugee camp in the afternoon and began searching for Abeidi. When they reached his house they called out to him to surrender. When he refused, a grenade was tossed into the house and Abeidi soon surrendered.

During the operation, Palestinians shot at the troops, who returned fire killing Muhammad Abu Shkharmeh, who officials said was involved in numerous shootings at soldiers in the Jenin area.

On Saturday, acting on information received from Abeidi, troops uncovered a large bomb factory in the refugee camp. Two explosive belts ready for use, and five barrels of explosives, as well as additional weapons and explosives, were found in the building, which was later blown up by troops.

During the operation, Palestinians began shooting and throwing firebombs and stones at the troops. One of the rioters, who attempted to climb into an armored personnel carrier and remove a machine gun, was shot dead by soldiers. He was later identified as Muhammad Salah, 19, a member of Hamas.

Palestinians also shot and threw stones at troops in the village of Burkin near Jenin. Palestinians reported that Mautaz al-Amori, 14, was shot and killed by soldiers who, in an attempt to disperse the rioters, fired at a wall. The IDF Spokesman said two soldiers were lightly wounded from stones and said soldiers were unaware of hitting anyone.

On Friday in the Balata refugee camp in Nablus, Muhammad Hashash, 24, a member of the Aksa Martyrs Brigades, was shot dead by soldiers after he attempted to throw three bombs at them. On Thursday night Palestinians said Faiz Salama was killed by soldiers as he approached a roadblock at Anabta near Tulkarm. Another Palestinian, identified as Ramzi Jarada, died of wounds he sustained in clashes with soldiers in Ramallah several weeks ago.

In the Gaza Strip over the weekend, one soldier was lightly wounded when an anti-tank rocket was fired at troops deployed near Rafah.

On Friday morning, troops shot dead two Palestinians while pursuing fugitives in the al-Muazi refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip. During the operation, a 100-kilogram bomb was detonated near troops, but no one was wounded and no damage reported. Later soldiers spotted two Palestinians attempting to place bombs near them and shot them dead. One of the two was identified as Muamin al-Harari.

Elsewhere in the area, on Friday morning security forces spotted a group of three terrorists tampering with the border fence near Kibbutz Nahal Oz. Security forces shot at the three, killing one and wounding another. The IDF Spokesman said the wounded Palestinian and the other fled the site. Palestinians reported that Muhammad al-Kayid, 10, was killed in the shooting.

On Saturday north of the kibbutz, soldiers spotted two Palestinians crawling toward the fence and shot them dead. They were identified as Mahmoud Shakal and Shadi Habub. Officials said the two had in their possession wire cutters which they apparently planned to use on the security fence.

Late Thursday night, soldiers spotted two Palestinians approaching the fence north of the Sufa crossing and opened fire, killing the two. They were identified as Muhammad Najar, 19, and Nazim Najar, 28, of Khan Yunis.

URGENT! DO NOT USE REMEDIA BABY FORMULA

Saturday, Nov 08, 2003

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JERUSALEM, Nov 8 (Reuters) - The Israeli government has ordered Israelis to stop feeding their babies with a soy product due to fears it may have caused brain damage in several babies, a Health Ministry spokesman said.

The Health Ministry made clear it did not have proven links between the soy-based baby food product and an illness affecting the nervous system of seven babies taken to hospital in Israel. Three babies were in serious condition on Saturday with possible brain damage, a hospital spokesman said. Two babies who were fed the product have died, but both had other illnesses that could have led to their deaths, Israel Radio said.

"This is still a precaution only. We don't have proof yet of any link. The results from the laboratory will come tomorrow (Sunday) night or Monday morning," said Robbie Steinberg, a Health Ministry spokesman.

The soy food product belongs to an Israeli company, Remedia Limited, which manufactures a kosher soy-based baby food for Israel in a plant in Germany.

Steinberg said the Health Ministry was in contact with the German plant. Remedia has about one-third of Israel's non-dairy baby food market.

MONDAY:Junior N'shei Chabad round table Discussion on Shalom Bayis

Saturday, Nov 08, 2003

Join a Round Table Discussion on Shalom Bayis

For Women Married Over 2 Years
With
Mrs. Chana Epstein

IYh Monday, Nov 10- 15th of Cheshvan at 8:00 P.M.

at the home of Faigy Drizin
1307 Carroll St. ( Bet. Brooklyn and Kingston)
Admission $4

Exciting Raffle-Gift Certificate at Judaica World 604-1020 -each ticket $1

If you have any questions that you'd like addressed at the event you may do so anonymously by e-mailing Chana Epstein @ BAYISSHALOM@aol.com

*Exclusively for women married up to 2 years. Save the date- Monday, Nov. 17 Join a round table discussion on Sholom Bayis with Mrs. Chaya Teldon"

SHABBOS PARSHAS LECH LECHA IN CROWN HEIGHTS

Saturday, Nov 08, 2003

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On Friday night there were 2 Sholom Zochors k"ah!

Kabolas Shabbos ended early enough for those who wanted to go home and make Kiddush before 6:00pm.

The weather on Shabbos day was freezing cold.

Avrohom Eliyahu Pinson who had Yahrtzeit for his mother OBM, davened Shachris & Mussaf @ the Umud downstairs. There was 1 Choson. Noach Holtzman spoke before Mussaf.

In the Rebbe's room, Nochum Pinson davened Shachris& Mussaf @ the Umud. There was 1 Choson.

The regular Kiddushim including were held both upstairs & downstairs in 770.

Before the end of Shabbos R' Itchik Rivkin Chazzered a Maamer downstairs in 770.

@ the Ohel for Shabbos there were lerech 50 people.

(With reporting by Zalman Chein)

MAZEL TOV RABBI GERSHON SCHUSTERMAN AND FAMILY

Saturday, Nov 08, 2003

We would like to wish a hearty Mazel Tov to OUR Los Angeles (usevivoiseha) Mashpia and "Tzorchay Tzibur" activist

RABBI GERSHON SCHUSTERMAN AND FAMILY

Upon the engagement of their b'chor , Habochur Hatomim Sholom Shaya Sheyichye to Danit Friedman - Crown Heights.

May the Choson & Kalla bring much nachas to all!! Mazel Tov Mazel Tov

Anash Utemimim of Los Angeles

KASHRUS ALERT FROM THE BADATZ OF CROWN HEIGHTS

Sunday, Nov 09, 2003

12 Cheshvan, 5764

To Anash of Crown Heights and elsewhere:

We have been alerted by Rabbi Hershel Krinsky of the OK Labs to Halachic questions with regards to the ‘cultures’ made by ‘Vivolac’ which we (CHK) and other Kashrus organizations were using in the production of various dairy products. We are currently in middle of determining the final Halachic status of this product.

Therefore, we would like to inform the public to refrain from eating any dairy products which contain cultures (such as cheeses and yogurts) with CHK supervision, until further notice.

All of the above does not apply to Milk and Butter which do not contain any cultures. You may continue to use them for good health.

Wishing you a Gut Shabbos

(-) Rabbi A. Osdoba

SHABBOS PARSHAS LECH LECHA IN LOS ANGELES, CA

Sunday, Nov 09, 2003

Congregation Levi Yitzchok - Chabad of Hancock Park in Los Angeles, CA is definitely the most happening Anash Shul in California. And B”H it seems that with each visit to the Shul the congregation continues to grow k”ah.

Sources here in LA tell SNS that in the very near future the Shul will IYH be expanding and doubling their size.

To accommodate the large amount of Mispallelim there is now an 8:20am Minyan every Shabbos morning.

@ the regular Minyan Rabbi Yosef Wolowik, a Rebbi @ Cheder Menachem Davened until Shochain Ad.

When the main Minyan reaches Shochain Ad the children all go next door to take part in the fantastically exciting “Kol Yaakov Yehuda – The Rebbe’s Diamond daveners” the #1 rated JR Congregation on the West Coast led by the always energetic Rabbi Mendel Duchman.

Over 100 boys & girls participate every week.

@ lerech 10:45, one of the children the “JR. Rabbi” gives a Drosha followed by laining Mussaf and an exclusive Farbrengen / Kiddush just for the Junior Congregation Mispalilim.

The highlight of the program is the grand raffle that includes great prizes.

Aside from the regular weekly prizes, currently there is a super special contest with the winner to be awarded a trip to the city of Lubavitch!

R’ Elazar Plotke davened from Shochain Ad @ the Umud.

Rabbi Shimon Raichik, the Shul’s Rabbi, delivered a speech before Krias HaTorah.

With the Shul growing k”ah it makes the Gabbai’s job ever harder but the world renowned Gabbai Rabbi Levi Raichik just keeps on getting better.

Rabbi Nootie Gross davened Mussaf @ the Umud.

After davening there was a deluxe sit down Kiddush in honor of the Bar Mitzvah of Zev Allison.

After Mincha Rabbi Raichik gave a shiur in Rambam. There was also a special Shalosh Seudos and Seder Niggunim etc. for the children led by Rabbi Frankel. Rabbi Nootie Gross Chazzered Maamer.

After Maariv most of the Mispalelim stayed on to watch Living Torah.

Gutnick Chumash to be Serialized in the Jewish Press

Sunday, Nov 09, 2003

The editors of the Jewish Press were so impressed with the Gutnick Chumash that they have decided to serialize selections from it on a weekly basis.

This means that the Rebbe's sichos will be reaching over 100,000 readers every week.

Besides the Jewish Press, the Chumash has also been reviewed in the Australian Jewish News, London Jewish Chronicle and Hamodia Newspapers.

SUNDAY NIGHT LECHAIM

Sunday, Nov 09, 2003

Itzik Yarmush (Crown Heights) to Mina Leah Cohen (Manchester, UK)
@ LUBAVITCH YESHIVA

Soldiers Fired Upon Near Psagot

Monday, Nov 10, 2003

(IsraelNN.com) Soldiers during the night were targeted by terrorist gunfire near the Shomron community of Psagot in the Benjamin Regional Council district. There were no injuries.

PLEASE SAY TEHILLIM 4

Monday, Nov 10, 2003

Chana bas Rivka Blimah

Chaim Yaakov Shimon Ben Sarah Ita

Ita bas Beila

Tzivia Miriam bas Chaya Sheina Rochel

Ahuva Rachel bas Ora

BORUCH DAYAN HAEMES - R' SHMUEL CHANOCH PICK OBM

Monday, Nov 10, 2003

With sadness we inform you of the passing of Mr. Shmuel Chanoch Pick, from London, England and father of Tibadlu Lechaim Tovim Mrs. Chana Hyams.

The shiva address is:
30 Golders Manor Drive
London N.W.11 England
Phone number is, 011-44-208-458-6396.

Hamokom Yenachem eschem Besoch Shaar Avaylay Tzion VeYerushalayim. Vehukeetzu Veranenu Shochnay Ufur vehu besochom!

U.S. State Department's 46th Annual Senior Seminar visits Crown Heights

Monday, Nov 10, 2003

The U.S. State Department's 46th Annual Senior Seminar visited Crown Heights on Thursday afternoon.

The Senior Seminar is the most advanced professional development program available to senior foreign policy and national security officials of the United States Government. The Foreign Service Institute of the State Department has conducted the program since 1958. The Seminar brings together 30 career foreign affairs and national security professionals with high potential for executive-level leadership, and immerses them in a 41-week program in preparation for leadership positions. The group included Ambassadors, Consul Generals, senior military officers, and leaders from other federal departments.

As part of their training to learn more about diverse American communities before returning to assignments abroad, the Seminar visited Crown Heights.

In a visit arranged by Yankel Wice, the group toured the sh'cuna, and were addressed by community leaders, visited the library where they viewed historical sforim, and some stopped by 770 before returning to their hotel in Manhattan.

MAZEL TOV PINI & CHANI HECHT!

Monday, Nov 10, 2003

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SNS would like to wish a hearty Mazel Tov to our dear cousins, Pini & Chanie (nee Minkowitz) Hecht - Sandton, South Africa on the birth of their firstborn son.

May the newborn be a source of Nachas to his parents, grandparents: Rabbi Yossi & Raizy Hecht and Rabbi & Mrs. Minkowitz, great-grandparents k"ah, relatives & Klal Yisroel.
E-MAZEL TOV

Two immediate positions available in and out of Crown Heights

Monday, Nov 10, 2003

Looking for a part time receptionist in Crown Heights for the afternoon hours.
Please email your info to: shlomonyc@hotmail.com

Looking for a full time warehouse manager ten minutes out of CH. Must have good managerial and people skills, be very organized and alert. This person will be in charge of employees, quality control, shipping and receiving, inventory etc. (prior experience in food manufacturing a plus)

Email your info and work history to: shlomonyc@hotmail.com

NOW TAKING ORDERS FOR THE BRAND NEW TEFILLIN BROCHURE

Monday, Nov 10, 2003

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Dear Shluchim,

After many months of work, the long-awaited tefillin brochure is finally ready. This new Tefillin brochure was carefully compiled and designed in accordance with the Rebbe's instructions for Tefillin brochures throughout the years.

The size of the brochure is 7.5 x 13.5 when opened, and 3.5 x 3.5, when closed. This small size makes it easy to keep in a tefillin bag or pocket. READ MORE...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY 2

Monday, Nov 10, 2003

Levi Weiszner - E-MAIL

Sholom Kramer - E-MAIL

Chanoch H. Sufrin

TALMIDIM IN OHOLEI TORAH CELEBRATE RABBI AVROHOM GERLITZKYS' 56TH BIRTHDAY

Monday, Nov 10, 2003

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On Sunday the 14th of Cheshvan 5764, Tamidim in Oholei Torah Zal celebrated the 56th birthday till 180 of the beloved Rabbi Avrohom Gerlitzky Shlit"a.

To honor the occasion a big birthday bash with a special Badchan on the scene was held shortly after 3:00pm in one of the Shiur rooms.

In addition, thousands of "Happy Birthday" fliers were seen all over Crown Heights.

When Rabbi Gerlitzky entered the Zal after the party everyone joined in singing "Happy Birthday…".

SNS joins former Talmidim and friends in wishing Rabbi Gerlitzky a Shnas Brocha Ve'Hatzlocha, Bakol, Mikol Kol!

FAX RABBI GERLITZKY A HAPPY BIRTHDAY WISH TO 718-756-3411
E-MAIL: haoros@haoros.com

HASHOVAS AVEIDA - TALLIS & TEFILLIN LOST

Monday, Nov 10, 2003

Missing Talis and Teffilin from Hadar Hatorah office.

Blue bag with red Tanya inside.

If found or any info please call: 718-778-7935

BADATZ KASHRUS ALERT CANCELED - CHEESES AND YOGURTS ARE ALL OK

Monday, Nov 10, 2003

On Sunday, a new letter signed by Rabbi Avrohom Osdoba of the Badatz of Crown Heights was issued.

In the new letter Rabbi Osdoba writes that after a thorough meeting at which Rabbi Shwei, Rabbi Zirkind, Rabbi Segal, the members of the Beis Din of New Square, and Rabbi Babad -the Tartekuver Ruv were all present and after hearing from specialists in the fields of cultures it has been determined that all the milk products, i.e. cheeses, yogurts etc. under the Hechsher of the BADATZ are KOSHER without any question.

URGENT TEHILLIM NEEDED

Monday, Nov 10, 2003

Please say Tehillim and give Tzedaka lezechus Hayalda
Tovah Raizel bas Nechoma Dina

for a complete and speedy recovery.

SHOSHANA BAS ESTER

4 Arrests During the Night

Tuesday, Nov 11, 2003

(IsraelNN.com) IDF forces during the night arrests four PA residents of Balata and Tul Karem suspected of terrorist activities. Three of the terrorists are aligned with Fatah and the fourth, from Tul Karem, a member of the DFLP.

NEW ENGAGEMENT

Tuesday, Nov 11, 2003

Michoel Rosenthal (S. Paulo, Brazil) to Chani Zagury (Belem, Brazil)

MAZEL TOV KESSLERS

Tuesday, Nov 11, 2003

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SNS would like to wish a hearty Mazel Tov to, Meir & Frumie (nee Kornfeld) Kessler - Crown Heights on the birth of their firstborn son.

May the newborn be a source of Nachas to his parents, grandparents, relatives & Klal Yisroel.
E-MAZEL TOV

Two immediate positions available in and out of Crown Heights

Tuesday, Nov 11, 2003

Looking for a part time receptionist in Crown Heights for the afternoon hours.
Please email your info to: shlomonyc@hotmail.com

Looking for a full time warehouse manager ten minutes out of CH. Must have good managerial and people skills, be very organized and alert. This person will be in charge of employees, quality control, shipping and receiving, inventory etc. (prior experience in food manufacturing a plus)

Email your info and work history to: shlomonyc@hotmail.com

Kinus Seating Website to close....

Tuesday, Nov 11, 2003

Most of you are by now aware of the tremendous innovation to this year’s Kinus, by allowing SHLUCHIM registration and banquet seat selection online. (www.kinus.com) However, please note the following:

Lay Leadership & Parent registration will close on Sunday, November 16, at Noon. From that point on we will only register Shluchim. The Kinus office will not accept fax or mail reservations after Monday, November 17.

The Website will close on Tuesday, November 18th. Once the site closes seat selection will no longer be available. Registration for shluchim only will be available at Oholei Torah, where there will only be computer assigned seating.

Upon your arrival in Oholei Torah, in addition to your ID stating your table number, you will also receive your banquet entry wristband (you will need picture ID for this). We will not issue a duplicate if it is lost. At the banquet each table will have a list of people seated there. For your convenience, a floor plan of the Marriot, including the ballroom with all tables numbered has been included in the program booklet.

A detailed syllabus of each workshop will be posted on our site before and during the Kinus to enable you to better choose sessions that address your needs.

Please visit www.kinus.com to stay updated on all Kinus information.

$18,000 or THUNDERBIRD CONVERTIBLE TO BE RAFFLED OFF @ THE NCFJES 63RD ANNUAL AWARDS DINNER

Tuesday, Nov 11, 2003

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This coming Sunday, the 21st of Cheshvan, the National Committee for Furtherance of Jewish Education, founded in 1940 by the Frierdiker Rebbe will be celebrating their 63rd annual awards dinner.

The black tie affair will be taking place @ The New York Hilton in New York City.

A grand prize lottery, with the winner having their choice of a brand new Thunderbird Convertible or $18,000 will be held. Tickets for the grand prize are $100 and a maximum of 600 tickets will be sold. There will also be exciting entertainment.

During the evening, the NCFJE will give special recognition to Camp Emunah in honor of 50 years of excellence in Jewish camping in America.

To reserve a seat at the dinner or to purchase tickets for the grand prize lottery please call the NCFJE @ 718-735-0200.

BORUCH DAYAN HAEMES - MR. CHARLES SILBERSTEIN OBM

Tuesday, Nov 11, 2003

With sadness we inform you of the passing of Mr. Charles (Chaim Mordechai) Silberstein, father of Yibadlu Lechaim Tovim, Rabbi Yaakov Silberstein .

The Levaya was Monday.

The shiva address is:
388 Crown St.
Brooklyn, NY 11213

Shacharis at 9:30 AM, Mincha at 2:30 PM, Maariv at 7:00

Phone number is: 718-778-7935
E-MAIL: chayenka@juno.com

Hamokom Yenachem eschem Besoch Shaar Avaylay Tzion VeYerushalayim. Vehukeetzu Veranenu Shochnay Ufur vehu besochom!

HASHOVAS AVEIDA - STROLLER LOST IN CH

Tuesday, Nov 11, 2003

A single maclaren (navy) stroller was left on Crown and Kingston on Sunday evening 11/9 in front of Regency cleaners/Doar.

If you found it please contact me @ 718-316-3056
(if no answer please leave message)

Chabad of Alpharetta, GA celebrates their Fifth Anniversary

Tuesday, Nov 11, 2003

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Last Wednesday evening, more than 200 people attended the CHAI 5 celebration in honor of the 5th anniversary for Chabad of Alpharetta. The beautiful event, that was held @ the Holiday Inn Roswell, was a first of its kind for the city of Atlanta which has not had a Chinese auction in recent history.

The combination reception, Chinese auction, awards ceremony and comedy performance marked five years since Chabad of Alpharetta was established in 1998 by Rabbi and Mrs. Hirshy and Rashi Minkowicz, the Shluchim to the rapidly growing Jewish populations of Atlanta's northern suburbs.

Steve & Betsy Kramer and Anthony & Tracy Shapiro were honored for their contributions to Chabad of Alpharetta.

The evening began with Dvar Torah by Rabbi Yossi New the Head Shliach in the state of Georgia. Rabbi New was followed with great entertainment by noted Chabad comedian Reuven Russell. Afterwards there was a delicous a buffet dinner served as a well as an open bar.

Special guests included Rabbi & Mrs. Leima & Shoshana Minkowicz from New York and many Shluchim from the Atlanta area.

Suicide bomber planned to attack synagogue

Tuesday, Nov 11, 2003

Police and the Shin Bet recently arrested Muhammed Tushiya,19, from Kfar Yassin in the West Bank.

Tushiya, an Islamic Jihad terrorist, was planning a terrorist attack in Afula but changed his target to a synagogue at the nearby settlement of Shaked in the northern West Bank.

He told interrogators that the heavy police presence around Afula prevented him from carrying out an attack there.

The terrorist was riding a dune buggy heading for Afula, loaded with 10kg of explosives when he spotted a heavy Israeli security presence.

Tushiya told the Shin Bet after his capture that he changed his mind and decided to attack the synagogue in Shaked.

Security forces were also present at Shaked, so the terrorist decided to delay his attack. But by then, the Shin Bet had received intelligence regarding Tushiya, and arrested the would-be suicide bomber shortly after.

SHOCKER! HEAD OF REFORM: "WE MUST FOLLOW THE EXAMPLE OF CHABAD!"

Tuesday, Nov 11, 2003

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Yoffie calls for greater links among Reform Jews
By Joe Berkofsky

MINNEAPOLIS, Nov. 11 (JTA) — Reform Jews cannot go it alone. That was the message at the Reform movement´s 67th biennial here last week.

Despite numerically dominating the North American Jewish landscape, Reform Jews must reach out to other Reform Jews in Israel and Eastern Europe, and fight anti-Semitism by forging closer ties to Christians, said the movement´s president, Rabbi Eric Yoffie.

"There is no such thing as Lone Ranger Judaism," Yoffie said at the convention of the newly named Union for Reform Judaism, delivering the keynote address to a Shabbat morning service of 4,500 delegates.

... Seeking inspiration for this work, Yoffie looked no further than the fervently Orthodox Chabad-Lubavitch Chasidic movement, which has built outposts throughout the world.

"It is hard for me to say this, but I will say it nonetheless: We must follow the example of Chabad," Yoffie said. "I disagree with Chabad about practically everything, and I am appalled by the messianic fervor that has flared up in their midst. But I envy the selflessness of their young men and women who fan out across the world to serve Jewish communities in distress."

A Chabad spokesman, Rabbi Zalman Shmotkin, declined to comment on Yoffie´s remarks....
(SOURCE: JTA.ORG)

NEW ENGAGEMENT

Tuesday, Nov 11, 2003

Amijai Menajem Suued (Mexico City, Mexico) to Genia Piamenta (Kfar Chabad)

MAZEL TOV MEYERS

Tuesday, Nov 11, 2003

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SNS would like to wish a hearty Mazel Tov to, Sruly & Penina (nee Holzman) Meyer - Flatbush, NY on the birth of their firstborn son.

May the newborn be a source of Nachas to his parents, grandparents, relatives & Klal Yisroel.
E-MAZEL TOV

Car MENORAHS are available now

Tuesday, Nov 11, 2003

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PLEASE SAY TEHILLIM 4 AND GIVE TZEDAKA LEZECHUS

Tuesday, Nov 11, 2003

Chana bas Rivka Blima

Menachem Zev Halevi Ben Yuta Chava

David ben Susan

Chabad House brings a taste of home to hospital patients

Tuesday, Nov 11, 2003

Throughout the Hebrew month of Tishrei, the month of the High Holy Days, volunteers at Chabad House at Texas Medical Center baked, cooked and delivered homemade meals for patients at the hospitals of the Texas Medical Center.

“Many times when a patient is hospitalized over the holidays it can be quite depressing. What we try to do is to bring a smile to their face,” says volunteer coordinator Rochel Lazaroff. “True we cannot take away their pain, but we want them to know that they are not forgotten and that someone is there for them. It tells them that our community understands that ‘Kol Yisroel Arievim Zeh Lazeh’ (all Jews are responsible for one another) is not just a pretty Talmudic adage but something that should be put into action.”

Much effort and care goes into the meal preparation, and when possible, patients are contacted to see if they have any specific preferences to ensure that their meal is one they can completely enjoy.

Louise from Chicago said: “When they called, I tried to explain that my husband has a very complex restrictive diet, and that we would have to try to make do on our own. But they simply said ‘It’s not a problem, give us all the details and we will accommodate his diet.’ – and they did, cooking all these fabulous meals just for him while no doubt still preparing meals for dozens of others. We were absolutely moved.”

Over the holiday month more than 100 meals were provided for patients and their families, benefiting native Houstonians as well as out-of-towners, from places as far away as South America and Israel to the Northeast and the Midwest. Each was touched by the community’s helping hand.

No detail is missed at Chabad House when providing these services. Everything is done first class in the most generous way, and every effort is made to help the patients feel the holiday spirit - just as they would at home. On Rosh Hashanah patients enjoyed freshly baked traditional round Challahs with raisins along with apples and honey. On the eve of Yom Kippur – kreplach dumplings, and so on for each of the holiday meals.

“We see ourselves as the hands and heart of the entire Jewish community,” says Lazaroff. “We are simply the conduit that harnesses this tremendous goodwill that the Houston Jewish community is blessed with and channels it to assist those who need.”

To advise of who is in need of these services or to volunteer, call Rachel Lazaroff at 713/522-2007.

NEWLY RENOVATED BASEMENT FOR RENT IN CROWN HEIGHTS

Tuesday, Nov 11, 2003

Newly renovated basement for rent.

Great Location.

Perfect for office use or singles.

For more info. please call: 718-363-2582

MAZEL TOV BROOKS

Tuesday, Nov 11, 2003

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SNS would like to wish a hearty Mazel Tov to, Yosef Chaim & Chani (nee Kagan) Brook - Crown Heights on the birth of their firstborn daughter.

May the newborn be a source of Nachas to her parents, grandparents, relatives & Klal Yisroel.
E-MAZEL TOV

HAPPY BIRTHDAY 2

Tuesday, Nov 11, 2003

Sholom Eichler - E-MAIL

Menachem Freeman - E-MAIL

MAZEL TOV HAHNS

Wednesday, Nov 12, 2003

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SNS would like to wish a hearty Mazel Tov to, Levi & Mazzy (nee Brodsky) Hahn - Tel Zion, Israel on the birth of their firstborn son.

May the newborn be a source of Nachas to his parents, grandparents, relatives & Klal Yisroel.

Rebbtzin Jungreis in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Wednesday, Nov 12, 2003

The Jewish community of Santa Fe, new Mexico was treated to an extraordinary evening with a talk by Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis.

"Listening To Life's Messages" was the title of the talk, and in her soft voice and deep insight Rebbetzin Jungreis brought the participants to tears when she recalled her father saving bread crumbs for "lechem mishne" for Shabbos evening.

Reb. Jungreis urged the crowd to cherish and deepen their relationships at home by taking lessons from Adam and Eve and how they stuck lovingly together even after Eve had caused the couple to be banished from the Garden. She also culled from other stories and insight from the Torah on how to live a committed marriage which would lead a more meaningful life.

The evening, held at the La Fonda Hotel, was sponsored by the Jewish Women's Circle, a branch of Chabad of Santa Fe.

NEW ENGAGEMENT

Wednesday, Nov 12, 2003

Aaron Shain - E-MAZEL TOV (Crown Heights) to Chanale Levitin (New Haven, CT)

Palestinian killed after shooting at troops near Gaza fence

Wednesday, Nov 12, 2003

IDF forces killed 38-year-old Mohamed Kotkut and wounded three other Palestinians near the El Bureij refugee camp in the Gaza Strip after a group of Palestinian gunmen opened fire on construction workers and troops building a section of the security fence there.

Soldiers returned fire at the gunmen.

The Palestinians fled the area, carrying their wounded with them.

Meanwhile, an IDF soldier was lightly wounded when his unit came under fire in the central Gaza Strip.

NEW ENGAGEMENT - LECHAIM TONIGHT

Wednesday, Nov 12, 2003

Shmully Fuss - E-MAZEL TOV (Crown Heights) to Tzippy Kulek (Chicago, IL)
LECHAIM IYH TONIGHT-WEDNESDAY @ FREE

MAZEL TOV HECHTS

Wednesday, Nov 12, 2003

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SNS would like to wish a hearty Mazel Tov to, Avraham & Ariella (nee Laniado) Hecht - North Hollywood, CA on the birth of their firstborn son.

May the newborn be a source of Nachas to his parents, grandparents, relatives & Klal Yisroel.

Big Boost For Fledgling Party

Wednesday, Nov 12, 2003

After electing its first public official and playing a major role in defeating Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s charter amendment, the Working Families Party has emerged from obscurity to major power-broker status, observers say.

“They are two-time winners,” said political consultant Hank Sheinkopf. “This makes them much more powerful than before.”

Fred Siegel, a Cooper Union history professor and member of the Charter Revision Commission appointed by the mayor, added that Tuesday “marks the rise of the Working Families Party as the vehicle for the public sector unions [and] the dominant political power in the city.”

The 5-year-old Working Families Party backed Letitia James in the race to succeed James Davis, the Brooklyn City Councilman who was murdered in July. James easily beat Davis’s brother, Geoffrey Davis, and two other candidates to win with 76 percent of the vote. Davis won 19 percent, the only Democratic nominee for City Council to lose Tuesday.

...James, whose new district includes Crown Heights, Fort Greene and part of Williamsburg, among other areas, had the endorsement of the Crown Heights chasidic community, which had strong relations with James Davis but was not impressed with his brother.

Observers pointed out that James’ large margin of victory made the chasidic vote, which amounts to an estimated 10 percent in the district, insubstantial.

But Hanina Sperlin, chairman of the Crown Heights Political Action Committee, said James was grateful for the support and invited him to stand with her during her victory speech.

“I told her she was a person who could build bridges and I was looking forward to working with her,” said Sperlin, who invited James to his home for Shabbat dinner this weekend. Sperlin said James also was establishing contacts in the Williamsburg chasidic community.
(FULL ARTICLE @ THE JEWISH WEEK)

MAZEL TOV GERLITZKYS

Wednesday, Nov 12, 2003

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SNS would like to wish a hearty Mazel Tov to, Mendy & Devorah (nee Kramer) Gerlitzky - Crown Heights on the birth of their firstborn daughter.

May the newborn be a source of Nachas to her parents, grandparents, relatives & Klal Yisroel.

Job Opportunity for 1 or 2 girls in Mass.

Wednesday, Nov 12, 2003

Looking for 1 or 2 girls to lead a girls youth program in Worcester, MA.

Long or short term
Only 3 hours from New York City!

Call Mrs. Chanie Fogelman at 508-752-5367

NEW SHLUCHIM TO OREGON

Wednesday, Nov 12, 2003

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SNS has learned that Rabbi & Mrs. Avi Zwiebel of Bal Harbour, FL recently moved out on Shlichus to Ashland, Oregon, where they have established the state's 3rd Chabad House serving the communities of Southern Oregon.

The Zwiebels were appointed by Rabbi Moshe Wilhelm, the Head Shliach in Orgeon.

If you have any family or friends in the area and would like to put them in touch with the new Shluchim or you would like to wish the new Shluchim a Mazel tov you can e-mail them @ ChabadofAshland@yahoo.com

HATZLOCHA RABBA!

BORUCH DAYAN HAEMES - R' DOVID EILFORT OBM

Wednesday, Nov 12, 2003

With sadness we inform you of the untimely passing of R' Dovid ben Zev Eilfort OBM of Carlsbad, CA and father of Yibadel Lechaim Tovim, Rabbi Yeruchem Eilfort the Shliach in Carlsbad.

The Levaya will take place Thursday, November 13th at 2:00pm at El Camino Memorial Park (in Sorrento Valley, San Diego), in the Gan Eden - Olam Ha’emes section.

Rabbi Eilfort will be sitting Shiva in his home @ 7633 Rustico Dr., Carlsbad, CA.
Phone: 760-634-5272
E-mail: Chabad@inetworld.net

During the entire week of shiva there will be a Minyan at 6:30am and at 7:00pm.


Hamokom Yenachem eschem Besoch Shaar Avaylay Tzion VeYerushalayim. Vehukeetzu Veranenu Shochnay Ufur vehu besochom!

AVROHOM FRIED GIVES SHIUR IN GEULA AND MOSHIACH @ OHOLEI TORAH

Wednesday, Nov 12, 2003

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Once a week, Oholei Torah Zal has a special guest come to give a Shiur in Geulah and Moshiach for all the Bochurim in Zal.

On Tuesday night, the guest lecturer was none other than Avrohom Friedman aka Avrohom Fried.

Prior to the Shiur, Avremel had everyone join in and sing the 12 Tammuz Niggun composed by Rabbi Charitonow.

The Bochurim thoroughly enjoyed Avremel's Shiur that was interspersed with many interesting stories.

When the Shiur was over, many Bochurim took turns posing for pictures with Avremel.

(PHOTOS: Y.K. FOR SHMAIS.COM

Lubavitch Foundation of the UK is granted over 500,000 pounds in state aid

Wednesday, Nov 12, 2003

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On Tuesday, The Ruth Lunzer girl’s primary school was granted state aid.

The school is located in Lubavitch House in Stamford Hill, the grant which is in excess of 500,000 pounds was granted at a meeting in Hackney on Tuesday evening. Some of those present at the meeting included: Rabbi Faivish Fogel, Rebbetzin Sudak and Mrs. Potash.

It's very important to point out that Rabbi Faivish Vogel, Director of the Lubavitch Foundation first applied for state aid in 1963!

YAGATA UMUTZASA TAMIN!

More details to follow.

MAZEL TOV BENNETTS

Wednesday, Nov 12, 2003

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SNS would like to wish a hearty Mazel Tov to, Yossi & Malkie (nee Gordon) Bennett - Queens, NY on the birth of their firstborn son.

May the newborn be a source of Nachas to his parents, grandparents, relatives & Klal Yisroel.

NEW ENGAGEMENT

Thursday, Nov 13, 2003

Yehoshua Berman (Providence, RI) to Shlima Rivka Astolin (Crown Heights)

NCFJE's Annual Dinner Guest of Honor is "Aishes Chayil" Lucy Rosenzweig

Thursday, Nov 13, 2003

This Sunday, at its 63rd Annual Awards Dinner, the National Committee for the Furtherance of Jewish Education pays tribute to a very special woman, Lucy (Leah) Rosenzweig. Hers is a story of a young woman who prevailed over enormous challenges and provided opportunities for hundreds of Jewish refugees to rebuild their lives. It’s also the story of a remarkable "Aishes Chayil" who emerged out of the ashes of Nazi-occupied Europe to build a Jewish life for herself and her descendants.

Lucy was born in Poland around 1920 to a Jewish observant and loving family. She fondly remembers a rabbi learning with her three brothers in their house.

Ambitious and determined, she opened her own hat store at the age of 18. "I always wished that I would have a store," she recalls. Whatever extra money she made went to help educate her siblings. continue...

MAZEL TOV MENDY DEREN!

Thursday, Nov 13, 2003

SNS would like to wish a very hearty Mazel Tov to HaBochur, HaTomim, Harav, Osek Betzorchay Tzibbur vechulu Mendy Deren - Stamford, CT on the occasion of his engagement on Thursday to Sarah Cohen - Jerusalem.

May the Chosson & Kalla merit the Rebbe's Brochos in abundance.

The Lechaim will be held IYH Motzei Shabbos @ Mayanot in Jerusalem.
E-MAZEL TOV

Galilee Hamas cell broken

Thursday, Nov 13, 2003

Four Galilee Arabs, who studied in Jordan and were recruited by Hamas there and in Saudi Arabia, were indicted in August by Haifa Magistrate's Court on charges of assisting the enemy during wartime and supporting a terrorist organization.

Details released on Thursday reveal attempts by Hamas to recruit Israeli Arabs studying at universities in Jordan and train them in weapons, explosives, and tactics.

The suspects were recruited while on pilgrimage to Mecca and asked to compile intelligence on bus routes, locations of bus stations, malls, and security at the sites.

Security officials said they were planning attacks and recruiting others when they were arrested. The cell began to unravel on July 9, when security officials arrested history student Khadir Shalatah, 25, of Sakhnin, who admitted to joining Hamas in 2001 while studying in Jordan.

He said that he traveled to Mecca last year and met with a Hamas operative, who informed him he would undergo military training on his return to Jordan.

In January, he was instructed in the use of weapons and explosives, how to fabricate cover stories, how to behave if captured and interrogated, and how to transfer coded messages on behalf of Hamas in Jordan to operatives in the territories.

He was instructed to compile intelligence information on bus routes and bus stops, and details regarding entrances to malls and security guards. Shalatah also attempted to recruit other Israeli Arabs to Hamas.

Then on July 16, security officials arrested Amin Hassan, 24, of Masad, who studied social work in Jordan between 1998 and 2001. Hassan also met with the same Hamas officials in Mecca in 2001 and was instructed on security issues and operational behavior. He was due to leave Jordan for Turkey to undergo military training and admitted to compiling intelligence information on public places in Haifa and Tel Aviv.

Three days later, security officials arrested Rami Hiadrah, 21, of Sakhnin, who studied pharmacology in Jordan and admitted to having been recruited by Shalatah and to traveling to Saudi Arabia and meeting with Hamas operatives there.

On July 22, security officials arrested Malek Zuabi, 22, of Upper Nazareth, a staunch supporter of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement. He admitted to being acquainted with members of the Moslem Brotherhood in Jordan, among them university lecturers who advised him to join Hamas, while majoring in Islamic studies there.

Zuabi also confessed to having met Mahmoud al-Aisi, a senior al-Qaida official, whom he was to have met again in Saudi Arabia. Zuabi smuggled discs inciting support for al-Qaida and Osama bin Laden into Israel. Zuabi was in the North under the leadership of Sheikh Ra'ad Salah.

Officials noted that it is not the first time that terrorist organizations have recruited Israeli Arabs visiting Mecca. In March, three residents of Kafr Manda, all in their 20s, were arrested for planning attacks in the North on behalf of Islamic Jihad. One had met with its operatives in Mecca.

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INFO TO BE MENACHEM AVEL R' MOTTEL CHEIN

Thursday, Nov 13, 2003

R' Mottel Chein of Crown Heights is sitting shiva until Sunday morning after the passing of his dear mother OBM, at his brother Meir Simcha Chein's home in Kfar Chabad.

Tel# 0119723 960 6156.
Email: empirpress@aol.com

Hamokom Yenachem eschem Besoch Shaar Avaylay Tzion VeYerushalayim. Vehukeetzu Veranenu Shochnay Ufur vehee besochom!

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Thursday, Nov 13, 2003

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Lubavitch Rabbi in Leavenworth

Thursday, Nov 13, 2003

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LEAVENWORTH, KS — Thursday, November 13, 2003

When Rabbi Bentzion Friedman received a call recently from the United States Penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kansas, he assumed it concerned his monthly visits to the maximum-security facility. The director of the Lubavitch Torah Learning Center in Overland Park Kansas, Rabbi Friedman has also been Leavenworth’s Jewish chaplain for the past twenty years and is the advisory rabbi for the Kansas State prison system.

This call however, was for a completely new project. President Bush, in one of his first official acts, had signed legislation for a Faith Based and Community Initiatives Program designed to support existing religious and social welfare organizations. One of the issues addressed was prisoner rehabilitation through the teaching of an extensive ‘life connections’ spiritual development program.

Rabbi Friedman was asked to serve as the chaplain/teacher for the Jewish prisoners in Leavenworth, which is one of only four prisons nationwide selected to participate in the pilot program. continue...

School Destroyed In Firestorm Reopens

Thursday, Nov 13, 2003

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SAN DIEGO, CA -- A private school in Scripps Ranch that was destroyed by the firestorm began classes Monday in a new setting.

Fire destroyed classrooms at the Chabad Hebrew Academy, but a new building was already under construction when the fires hit. Luckily, the new building was spared, but it was only three-quarters finished.

Workers and school officials rushed to get it ready in just two weeks.

"To think just last week we were devastated and didn't know what to do ... our entire old campus destroyed, and here we are, two weeks later, in a beautiful location," said Yosef Fradkin of the Chabad Hebrew Academy. "Who could ask for better?"

The school's director said local businesses and school districts donated or loaned materials to help the school reopen. Officials are still trying to raise funds to replace all the school supplies and contents that were lost.

Also lost in the fire was the school's community center, library, synagogue, art garden and administrative center.

(Photos: Levi Hodakov - CEO of Shmais News Service & Shmais.com on Tuesday 11/4/03)

Invitation: Meet Hevron Shliach on Motzei Shabbos

Thursday, Nov 13, 2003

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Meet Hevron Shliach Danny Cohen @ a special Melave Malka in Crown Heights
hosted by Levi and Suri Huebner,
478 Malbone Street, First Floor, corner New York Avenue and Empire Blvd.,
at 8:30 Motzei Shabbos Parshas Vayeirah.

Danny will be on hand to greet guests. He will be giving a video presentation and answering questions.

Danny and his wife Batsheva and their children have recently completed their first year of Shlichus in the holy city of Hevron. Danny is associated with Victor Atiya, head Shliach of the Kiryat Arba-Hevron area and was appointed by Lubavitch in Eretz Yisroel.

Much of Danny’s work is with the soldiers and police stationed in Hevron, where there are hundreds of security personnel at one time. The soldiers stay for a few months and as they rotate to do service elsewhere, more soldiers arrive. These are young men and women who have not yet made major decisions of how they will be conducting their lives. Danny himself served in a combat unit of the IDF for three years and reached the rank of Sergeant. He knows how to communicate with the soldiers and has been very successful with both the rank and file soldiers as well as the officers, who now call upon him to address the soldiers on special occasions and to provide inspirational programs.

To the residents of Hevron, Cohen brings the teachings of Chassidus and projects initiated by the Rebbe.

On Chanukah 5763/2002, for the first time, a giant menorah was lit at the crest of one of the hills surrounding the Jewish community in Hevron. David Wilder, spokesman for the Jewish community of Hebron commented: “Chabad has always been at the forefront of enlightening people. It is fitting that Chabad should be the ones to initiate the placing of a giant menorah on Givat Shalhevet, renamed for the baby girl who was murdered by a sniper from that hilltop.” Shalhevet means flame. At the conclusion of Chanukah, the Israeli Secret Service announced that the murderer of Shalhevet had been apprehended.

For Channuka 5764/2003, an even larger Menorah has been prepared to be erected on Givat Shalhevet, and permission has been granted to place a giant Menorah near Maaras HaMachpela.

Cohen has been attending to the ancient Chabad cemetery in Hevron, including the resting place of Rebbitzen Menucha Rochel, the place in Eretz Yisroel most closely connected to the Rebbe’s of Chabad. Menucha Rochel, granddaughter of the Alter Rebbe, was a legendary figure in her own right. She received visitors from near and far who sought her advice and blessings.

Although cemetery property is clearly owned by Jews, the government, in previous years, would not allow Jews to use it. If a Jew would be seen as much as walking on this property, the Arab neighbors would call the police, and the Jew would be arrested.

Times have changed, largely due to Cohen’s persistence. Now, not only are Jews allowed to tread on this land, every weekday there is a group of men who come to study Torah in the small building on the cemetery property. In contrast to previous years the men are guarded by soldiers. Often the soldiers join in to learn Torah… often it is their first Torah lesson.

Chabad visitors now flock to this location from all parts of Eretz Yisroel and from abroad.

This cemetery is located approximately a mile from the other Jewish enclaves in Hevron. With it becoming a functional Jewish center, the boundaries of the Jewish community, have been expanded. Jewish presence in this area has been secured with a clear message – to both the government and the Arabs – that Chabad in Hevron is here to stay… ready to greet Moshiach! ?

Shabbaton to be remembered @ at the Homowack in Upstate, New York

Thursday, Nov 13, 2003

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This past Shabbos, Parshas Lech Lecha a few Shluchim and Shluchos from NY teamed together to create a Shabbaton to be remembered. The Shabbaton held at the Homowack retreat located in Spring Glen, NY turned out to be that and more.

Participants of the Shabbaton included more than 150 couples and families, members and affiliates of Chabad of Long Island. "The purpose of the event," said Mrs. Teldon, project coordinator and wife of Rabbi Teldon, Shliach in Commack & Director of Chabad Lubavitch of Long Island "was so that families could spend some quality Jewish time together in a relaxing and uplifting environment."

Highlight of the event was Rabbi Manis Friedman, noted scholar and lecturer, who spoke several times during the course of Shabbos and Sunday morning, supplying the crowd with thought provoking issues such as what it means to be "Jewish" and what sincere "living" is all about.

By Motzei Shabbos it was time to work off all that Shabbos food so free time was offered for parents and children to go for a swim in the indoor pool or just relax in a game of bowling or arcades (talk about mind stimulation). A Melava Malka was then held with music and vigorous dancing followed by an unsuspecting stand up comic by a so-called bill Cosby. The evening ended with a farbrengen finale with Rabbi Friedman lasting way into the night.

The next morning all participants enjoyed a beautiful breakfast with some remarks by Rabbi Friedman. Everyone then went packing to go home with more than just their luggage. Everyone had taken along some kind of good resolution for the coming days and months.

The Shluchim would like to thank the girls for doing a remarkable children's program during Shabbos.

The Shluchim that were on hand were:
Rabbi & Mrs. Levi Shemtov - Michigan
Rabbi & Mrs. Tuvia Teldon - Commack NY
Rabbi & Mrs. Zalman Wolowick - Five Towns, NY
Rabbi & Mrs. Ari Raskin - Brooklyn Heights, NY

Rabbi asks town to lift display ban

Thursday, Nov 13, 2003

A township clergyman wants the Township Council to put an end to a ban on holiday displays on municipal property.

Rabbi Levi Asimov of Chabad of South Brunswick asked the Township Council on Monday to reconsider the 2000 ban because, he said, the municipal building is big enough to allow every religious group to separately display its holiday symbols.

Council members said they needed more information before reopening the often-volatile discussion that led to council adopting a resolution that prohibits exhibits of religious or secular holiday symbols at the municipal building or on any township-owned property.

Council members also said it is too late to change the resolution in time for the 2003 holiday season, but, they would be willing to reconsider the ban next year if a broad coalition of clergy called for doing so.

The Township Council voted 3-2 in March 2000 to ban displays of holiday decorations on municipal property.

Council members voted after the clergy association and the township Human Relations Commission recommended against allowing holiday displays on township property.

Months of heated debate, which drew standing-room-only crowds to council meetings, preceded the vote.

Councilwoman Carol Barrett suggested Monday that Rabbi Asimov return to the council after having garnered support from other township clergy members.

The Rev. David Risseeuw of Six Mile Run Reformed Church said Tuesday that he did not believe members of the clergy association had changed their view on holiday displays on township-owned property.

The clergy association is a coalition of leaders of township congregations that plans services and promotes interfaith dialogue. The Rev. Risseeuw said he opposes holiday displays on municipal property.

"I think it's just part of the separation of church and state," the Rev. Risseeuw said.

Rabbi David Eligberg of Congregation B'nai Tikvah expressed a similar sentiment Wednesday. "Any time you mix church and state, you have volatility," Rabbi Eligberg said.

Rabbi Eligberg said the previous discussion of holiday displays had been divisive and anti-Semitic and that he had no desire to relive it.

"The last time this came up for discussion, it was, as I'm sure the council will remember, it was a very nasty and very painful discussion," Rabbi Eligberg said.

Rabbi Asimov said after the meeting that he wants to display a menorah at the municipal building and to invite those of various faiths to show their own holiday items at the township building. Rabbi Asimov said he hoped the menorah would convey hope to everyone in the township.

"We put it out there to spread the warmth of the menorah and the warmth of Judaism," Rabbi Asimov said.

55% OF RESPONDENTS TO LAST SHMAIS.COM POLL THINK YESHIVOS SHOULD ALLOW BAIS MEDRASH BOCHURIM TO HAVE CELLPHONES

Thursday, Nov 13, 2003

Our last poll was

Do you think our Yeshivos should allow Bais Medrash Bochurim to have cellphones?
Total Votes: 2179

Yes (1199) 55%
No (980) 45%

PLEASE VOTE IN OUR NEW POLL: Are you, or any of your relatives on Shlichus?

IF YOU HAVE AN IDEA FOR A FUTURE POLL KINDLY E-MAIL US @ SHMAIS@AOL.COM

LAST CHANCE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE NCFJE GRAND PRIZE LOTTERY

Thursday, Nov 13, 2003

Tickets are B"H selling fast and furious for the NCFJE's Grand Prize Lottery that will be drawn IYH Sunday night at the NCFJE's 63rd annual dinner in The New York Hilton.

Tickets are being sold for $100 with a maximum of 600 tickets to be sold and the winner has the choice of a brand new Thunderbird convertible or $18,000.

TO PURCHASE TICKETS CALL THE NCFJE @ 718-735-0200 OR OUT OF STATE CAN CALL 1-800-33-NCFJE

All proceeds will be used for the Toys for Hospitalized Children Campaign

1000+ @ SIYUM HARAMBAM IN CROWN HEIGHTS

Friday, Nov 14, 2003

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Despite temperatures in the 30’s and wind gusts that at times topped 40 mph, well over 1000, men, women & children, gathered Thursday night in the grand ballroom of Oholei Torah - Menachem @ 667 Eastern Parkway to celebrate the completion of the Rambam for the 21st time, by those who learned 3 Perokim daily. It was also the 7th Siyum for those who learned 1 Perek daily.

As is customary, Chazzan Moshe Teleshevsky began the evening with the recitation of the Rebbe's Kapitel. Afterward a short video of the Rebbe, benoigayah to Siyum Harambam was shown.

While the hundreds of children k”ah had a special program upstairs that was led by Rabbis Katzen & Goldstein and featured a special presentation by the Small Wonder Puppet Theater, many respected Rabbonim & Roshei Yeshivos addressed the huge crowd downstairs.

Rabbi Shmuel Butman was the MC and Rabbi Meyer Gutnick sponsored the program.

A DETAILED REPORT WILL G-D WILLING BE POSTED WITHIN THE NEXT FEW DAYS.

MAZEL TOV MATHLESS'

Friday, Nov 14, 2003

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SNS would like to wish a hearty Mazel Tov to, Arele & Sheva (nee Yarmush) Mathless - Crown Heights on the birth of their firstborn son.

May the newborn be a source of Nachas to his parents, grandparents, relatives & Klal Yisroel.

Bombings at Turkey Synagogues Kill 20

Saturday, Nov 15, 2003

ISTANBUL, Turkey - Near-simultaneous car bombs exploded outside two Istanbul synagogues filled with worshippers Saturday, killing at least 20 people and wounding more than 300. The government said the attack had international links, raising suspicions that the al-Qaida terror network was involved.

One blast tore apart the facade of Neve Shalom — Istanbul's biggest synagogue and the symbolic center of the 25,000-member Jewish community in this Muslim nation — just as hundreds of people inside were celebrating a boy's bar mitzvah.

Three miles away in an affluent neighborhood, the other blast hit the Beth Israel synagogue, where some 300 people were marking the completion of a remodeled religious school. Six Jews were killed at Beth Israel and many injured, including Chief Rabbi Isak Haleva and his son. Fourteen Muslims were also killed — including two security guards at Beth Israel and one at Neve Shalom.

The bombings targeted a secular-minded nation that is the sole Muslim member of NATO (news - web sites) and a close ally of the United States — at one point considering sending troops to help in the occupation of neighboring Iraq (news - web sites). Turkey also has strong military and economic ties with Israel. continue...

MAZEL TOVS UPDATE #307 ARE ONLINE NOW!

Saturday, Nov 15, 2003

Firebombs & Rocks against Soldiers East of Shechem

Saturday, Nov 15, 2003

(IsraelNN.com) Soldiers earlier tonight were targeted by rocks and firebombs at Beit Fouriq, east of Shechem. They were uninjured. PA reports indicate one attacker was killed by the IDF response.

SHLIACH IN PORT WASHINGTON, NY TO DELIVER KEYNOTE ADDRESS @ THE KINNUS BANQUET

Saturday, Nov 15, 2003

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SNS has learned, that Rabbi Sholom Moshe Paltiel the Shliach in Port Washington, NY, since Chabad opened there 13 years ago, will be delivering the keynote address at this years Kinnus HaShluchim Banquet that will be held IYH Sunday night the 28th of Cheshvan @ the Brooklyn Marriott.

Sources also tell SNS that Dr. Larry Resnick will IYH be the guest speaker.

Super Cheshvan Sale @ HAMAFITZ

Saturday, Nov 15, 2003

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MOTZEI SHABBOS LECHAIM

Saturday, Nov 15, 2003

Aaron Shain (Crown Heights) to Chanale Levitin (New Haven, CT)
@ SHAINS SHUL

MENDY CHITRIK OK, PLEASE SAY TEHILLIM FOR ALL THOSE WOUNDED IN TERRORIST ATTACKS IN ISTANBUL, TURKEY

Saturday, Nov 15, 2003

Rabbi Mendy Chitrik, who lives in Istanbul, Turkey and is very active in the community, was B"H miraculously saved from the bombings that took place on Shabbos morning @ 2 separate Shuls in the city.

Chitrik, who usually davens at the "Beth Israel" Shul, decided this Shabbos, to daven at the Ashkenazic Shul.

Immediately after Shabbos, Rabbi Chitrik went to the hospitals, to visit the injured, many of whom he is personally acquainted with.

"I daven every Shabbos at the "Beth Israel" Shul, I know all the people there. This Shabbos I decided to daven at the Ashkenazic shul, and after hearing the news, I understood the great miracle that had happened to me. My thoughts and prayers are with all the wounded and their families."

In both attacks that took place on Shabbos morning, over twenty people were killed at 6 of whom were Jewish and 250 were injured.

SNS ASKS EVERYONE TO PLEASE SAY TEHILLIM AND GIVE TZEDAKA FOR ALL THOSE WHO WERE WOUNDED.

May we have only good news to report.

(SOURCE: CHABADNIK.COM)

Secretary positions available in Chabad House near Crown Heights

Saturday, Nov 15, 2003

Looking for a full time secretary.
Requirements: Must have office experience and know computers well. Organized, responsible and good with people.

Benefits:
• Car (with all expenses paid)
• Good salary
• Beautiful working accommodations
• Warm & friendly community

For more info, call Esther at (516) 682-0404 or fax/ E-mail your resume to (516) 364-3963 / Chabadtownob@juno.com

$770 Menorah! - Amazing price for Shluchim

Saturday, Nov 15, 2003

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$770 - New special for Shluchim - Choose a 6 ft or 9 ft Menorah, indoor base or outdoor ground insert including 9 weatherproof bulbs, regular price over $1250 - Only $770 for shluchim!

We are still offering a totally free Menorah. Sell 3 menorahs in your community at regular price (to office buildings, malls etc.) and we'll give you one for free, a $1250.00 value! Let's get a million menorahs up this year and really bring light into the world.

Go to www.menorah.net

Call Boruch Klar or Mendy Kasowitz @ 973-731-0770

MAZEL TOV FREEMANS

Saturday, Nov 15, 2003

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SNS would like to wish a hearty Mazel Tov to, Yisroel & Rochel Shaina (Plotke) Freeman - Crown Heights on the birth of their firstborn daughter.

May the newborn be a source of Nachas to her parents, grandparents, relatives & Klal Yisroel.
E-MAZEL TOV

Former Communist Headquarters To Become Chabad Center

Saturday, Nov 15, 2003

MYTISHI, Russia - The previous headquarters of the Communist Party's Propaganda Center will soon become home to the newest Chabad Community Center in Moscow. Rabbi Aaron Gurevich, who heads the Jewish Center in Mitischi near Moscow, led the search for a new building for the Jewish community.

Upon learning that this building numbered among those proposed by the real estate agency, Rabbi Gurevich signed a lease. He underlined the symbolic gesture entailed in transforming a Soviet-era Communist Institution into a Chabad Center, with its Jewish School and Shabbat services.

LAST CHANCE TO WIN! 3 FREE BOX TREE PRIZES!

Saturday, Nov 15, 2003

Win dinner for two at The Box Tree Restaurant!

Win a free night’s stay at The Box Tree Inn!

Win dinner for two at The Branch Bar & Grill!

Visit www.kosherspirit.com/survey.asp to answer 10 simple questions about Kosher Spirit magazine and enter to win one of three fabulous Box Tree prizes!

Chosen Voyage Chabad Cruise INCREDIBLE PRICING

Saturday, Nov 15, 2003

You’ve heard about it. You’ve read about it. Now it’s time for you to experience it. At pricing that is, to borrow a phrase, insane.

It’s the World’s Only All-Kosher Cruise. Not a few assigned tables, but all three elegant restaurants. And true to Windstar’s motto, 180° from Ordinary, all open-seating at every meal allows you to sample delicious cuisine in a variety of venues, both meat and dairy. The 10,000 square foot WindSpa, the Watersports Marina, and a long list of other amenities are available on this Frommers rated “Ultra-Luxury” ship.

A great itinerary – Fort Lauderdale – Salt Cay – Half Moon Cay (an incredible private island) – Grand Turk – Shabbos at Sea – San Juan

HERE’S THE DEAL!

Pricing for December 1-7 is AN INCREDIBLE $ 1250 PER PERSON for best available A, B or C category outside doubles, or $ 2400 PER PERSON for suites (was $ 1799-2149 per person or $ 3699 for suites). Just add $ 225 port charges and $ 66 for prepaid gratuities, and you’re ready to go!

For more information, go to www.chosenvoyage.com/chabad, or call us toll free at 866 IM CHOSEN (866 462 4673).

Don’t wait – cabins are very limited, and at this price, they’ll be gone!

Israel’s Chief Rabbi Metsger on hand for dedication of Chabad Lubavitch Center for Jewish Discovery

Saturday, Nov 15, 2003

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On Wednesday evening, over 350 people attended the dedication celebration of the new Chabad Lubavitch Center for Jewish discovery on west 19th St. and 7th Ave in Manhattan. The Chief Rabbi of Israel Rabbi Yona Metsger was the guest of honor and dedicated the new center.

In his remarks the Chief Rabbi spoke about the importance of Jewish education specifically young children who are the future of the Jewish people. Metsger also told the crowd how impressed he was by the modern new center.

After his speech, Rabbi Metsger spent time meeting with the many supporters of the Chabad Center.

Following the dedication the Chief Rabbi traveled to the Ohel for his 1st visit since being elected Chief Rabbi. Rabbi Metsger was accompanied by Rabbi Naftali Rotenstreich Executive Director of Chabad of Gramercy Park.

Rabbi Metsger wrote a Pan and spent a while in the Ohel davening. Before taking leave Metsger kissed the Matzayva and placed a stone on top.

(PHOTOS: O. Litzman)

MAZEL TOV PLOTKINS

Saturday, Nov 15, 2003

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SNS would like to wish a hearty Mazel Tov to, Levi & Shternie (nee Stern) Plotkin - Los Angeles, CA on the birth of their firstborn son.

May the newborn be a source of Nachas to his parents, grandparents, relatives & Klal Yisroel.
E-MAZEL TOV

MONDAY: Junior N'shei Chabad round table discussion on Shalom Bayis

Saturday, Nov 15, 2003

Join A Round Table Discussion on Shalom Bayis

Exclusively for Women Married Up to 2 Years
With
Mrs. Chaya Teldon

IYH this Monday, Nov 17 the 22nd of Cheshvan @ 8:00 P.M.

at the home of Chaya Rivka Schmerling
706 Eastern Pkwy # 5G (Corner Brooklyn)
Admission $4

Exciting Raffle-Elegant Napkin Holder sponsored by Hamfitz Stam 774-0900
Each ticket $1

If you have any questions that you'd like addressed at the event you may do so anonymously by e-mailing Chaya Teldon at Chaya@chabadof Commack.com

SHABBOS PARSHAS VAYEIRA IN CROWN HEIGHTS

Sunday, Nov 16, 2003

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On Friday night there were 5 Sholom Zochors k"ah!

Rabbi Chaim Greisman from Sweden was in town with a group.

Shimon Herz davened Shachris @ the Umud downstairs. There was 1 Choson. Shlomo Majesky spoke before Mussaf. Mendel Reizes davened Mussaf @ the Umud.

In the Rebbe's room, Y.Y. Chitrik – Tzfas davened Shachris @ the Umud. There were 2 Chasanim. Sholom Wilhelm davened Mussaf @ the Umud.

The regular Kiddushim including those for the Chasanim were held both upstairs & downstairs in 770.

Sources @ Cong. Bais Shmuel reported some action during the Kiddushim there.

Before the end of Shabbos R' Chaim Serebreanski Chazzered a Maamer downstairs in 770.

@ the Ohel for Shabbos there were lerech 75 people including a group of student from Montreal s were were accompanied by Rabbi Moshe New.

NEW ENGAGEMENT

Sunday, Nov 16, 2003

Yudi Cohen (London, England) to Dina Kesselman (Johannesburg, South Africa)
E-MAZEL TOV

BABY KESSLER BRIS MONDAY MORNING @ LEVI YITZCHOK LIBRARY

Sunday, Nov 16, 2003

The Bris for baby boy Kessler son of Meir & Frumie Kessler will IYH be Monday morning @ 8:00am @ the Levi Yitzchok Library 305 Kingston Ave.

E-MAZEL TOV

Woman Injured in Rock Attack Against a Jerusalem Bus

Sunday, Nov 16, 2003

(IsraelNN.com) A woman was lightly injured tonight in a rock attack against a passenger bus traveling on HaUman Street in Jerusalem’s Talpiot section. The injured woman was transported to Bikur Holim Hospital.

Two Thousand Rabbis to Convene in New York

Sunday, Nov 16, 2003

The annual International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Shluchim, sponsored by Merkos L’inyonei Chinuch, the Lubavitch educational and outreach arm, will begin on Wednesday, November 19, at Lubavitch World Headquarters, in New York.

According to Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky, chairman of Merkos L’Inyonei Chinuch and the conference, this convention is expected to host some 2,000 shluchim active in some 65 countries.

“This gathering is a unique representation of the widest spectrum, both spiritual and geographic, of the world wide Jewish community. Sitting in the presence of this most impressive, august body of dedicated Jewish public servants one can truly feel the heartbeat of Jewish life as it pulsates in communities around the globe”, says Rabbi Krinsky.

The conference begins on Wednesday and runs for six days through Monday, November 24.

“A most exciting aspect of the conference,” notes Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky, conference Director, is that “while this collage of shluchim represents disparate countries and languages, all are united in their singular devotion to perpetuate the Rebbe’s legacy of promulgating Torah-true Jewish continuity.”

HAPPY BIRTHDAY 2

Sunday, Nov 16, 2003

Chaim Boruch Alevsky - E-MAIL - New Haven, CT

Yasef Deitsch - E-MAIL New Haven, CT

PLEASE SAY TEHILLIM 4

Sunday, Nov 16, 2003

Chana bas Rivka Blima

Secretary positions available in Chabad House near Crown Heights

Sunday, Nov 16, 2003

Looking for a full time secretary.
Requirements: Must have office experience and know computers well. Organized, responsible and good with people.

Benefits:
• Car (with all expenses paid)
• Good salary
• Beautiful working accommodations
• Warm & friendly community

For more info, call Esther at (516) 682-0404 or fax/ E-mail your resume to (516) 364-3963 / Chabadtownob@juno.com

$770 Menorah! - Amazing price for Shluchim

Sunday, Nov 16, 2003

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$770 - New special for Shluchim - Choose a 6 ft or 9 ft Menorah, indoor base or outdoor ground insert including 9 weatherproof bulbs, regular price over $1250 - Only $770 for shluchim!

We are still offering a totally free Menorah. Sell 3 menorahs in your community at regular price (to office buildings, malls etc.) and we'll give you one for free, a $1250.00 value! Let's get a million menorahs up this year and really bring light into the world.

Go to www.menorah.net

Call Boruch Klar or Mendy Kasowitz @ 973-731-0770

The Mysticism of Fire

Sunday, Nov 16, 2003

Smoke intoxicated the air and dark clouds cast an eerie glow over the Southern California sky as fire engulfed our Simi Valley neighborhood.

At last, when the freeways opened and we finally felt comfortable breathing outside air, we noticed the destruction left in the fire’s wake. It was like the biblical story of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah: blackened mountains, trees and shrubs reduced to rubble, melted guardrails, blackened signs; complete decimation of the life and vegetation that was once blooming in the area.

Even with the destruction, I couldn’t help but feel thankful to God that everyone’s life in the Simi Valley area was spared. And since most of the homes in our area were not damaged, people could resume their lives as before the fires.continue...

Keeping kosher becomes easier

Sunday, Nov 16, 2003

On any Friday morning, you will probably find Rabbi Boruch Greenwald busy in the kitchen preparing kosher meals for the coming Sabbath.

Greenwald, like Jews the world over, follows closely 613 mitzvos, or positive commandments, of his faith. One of those commands the followers of Judaism to consume only kosher foods.

The word "kosher" has been adopted by popular American culture as slang for "all right" or "good." But for Jews, kosher is a deep spiritual concept that closely connects the consumption of food to their faith.

Following the dietary laws of the Torah, the Jewish holy book, helps bring Jews closer to God and their faith, Greenwald said. continue...

SIFREI TORAH FOR SALE - AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING IN CROWN HEIGHTS

Sunday, Nov 16, 2003

4 Sifrei Torah will be available for sale at Pe'er hatefilin, 329 Kingston Ave., during the week of the kinus.

Sizes range from 16-22 inches, prices from $7500-$9000. 3 of them are fixed, and ready to go, the other will be available for a deposit.

For info, call Dovid Krautwirth @ 732-762-8621 (e-mail, dovid88@hotmail.com) or Gershon Chaimson, 718-773-1434.

Kol hakodem zoche.

MINK JEWELERS WELCOMES ALL SHLUCHIM WITH A 10% DISCOUNT

Sunday, Nov 16, 2003

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Come visit our beautiful showroom located in the heart of Crown Heights. We have an updated selection of exquisite Kallah necklaces. We carry earrings, rings, pendants bracelets , pearls and much more. All our diamonds are top quality.

You can find a gift for every occasion. All of the Rebbes Shluchim are welcomed with a 10% discount.

Please call MINK JEWELERS 718-804-0806 to see our dazzling display.

Jewish history exhibit isn't just for kids

Sunday, Nov 16, 2003

BRIGHTON, NY - Children of all ages can get a hands-on view of Jewish history, traditions and culture through exhibits and activities at the Great Jewish Children's Expo this week.

It runs from Thursday through Monday at the Jewish Community Center, 1200 Edgewood Ave.

''The event offers a taste of the Jewish experience,'' said Rabbi Nechemia Vogel of Chabad Lubavitch, a co-sponsor of the event along with the Jewish Community Federation and the Jewish Community Center here. Chabad Lubavitch is a Jewish outreach organization with a center in Brighton. continue...

University Toledo, OH Hillel - L’Chaim ,To life!

Sunday, Nov 16, 2003

Jewish Student life has been renewed at UT Hillel. Whether participating in “Life Cycle” celebrations, bringing celebration into the week with Shabbat dinners, or simply being the life of the party – students have a warm home away from home at Hillel-Chai Jewish Student Center.

The Jewish students who are a part of Hillel are as varied as the UT student body. Local and out-of-town undergraduate and graduate students from France, Russia, Israel, Michigan, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, and even Geneva and Ashtabula Ohio, join Hillel to participate in programming. Some have a Hebrew school education, for others this is a first experience with a Jewish organization. You don’t read Hebrew? No problem! Fluent as a native Israeli, that’s good too. Hillel has no prerequisites.

Four years ago the Hillel program at the University of Toledo was on the verge of being eliminated. “There was not even a part-time staff person to manage the program” said UJC/CEO Joel Beren. Beren added, “the United Jewish Council gave serious consideration to eliminating Hillel allocations for University of Toledo and Bowling Green State University. There were very few Jewish undergraduate students, and those who were interested in Jewish life had nowhere to turn.”

In 1999 Rabbi Shemtov began making plans for a young Rabbi and his wife to move to Toledo to assist with development of Chabad programs. As part of that plan the United Jewish Council began discussions with Chabad about having the new Rabbi and his wife take responsibility for the Hillel program at UT. Rabbi Shmuly and Chani Rothman came to Toledo from Brooklyn in Oct. 2000, with their newborn daughter, to enhance Jewish life for the UT student body. With hard work and endless creativity they have begun to see the fruit of their labor. continue...

Chosen Voyage Chabad Cruise INCREDIBLE PRICING

Sunday, Nov 16, 2003

You’ve heard about it. You’ve read about it. Now it’s time for you to experience it. At pricing that is, to borrow a phrase, insane.

It’s the World’s Only All-Kosher Cruise. Not a few assigned tables, but all three elegant restaurants. And true to Windstar’s motto, 180° from Ordinary, all open-seating at every meal allows you to sample delicious cuisine in a variety of venues, both meat and dairy. The 10,000 square foot WindSpa, the Watersports Marina, and a long list of other amenities are available on this Frommers rated “Ultra-Luxury” ship.

A great itinerary – Fort Lauderdale – Salt Cay – Half Moon Cay (an incredible private island) – Grand Turk – Shabbos at Sea – San Juan

HERE’S THE DEAL!

Pricing for December 1-7 is AN INCREDIBLE $ 1250 PER PERSON for best available A, B or C category outside doubles, or $ 2400 PER PERSON for suites (was $ 1799-2149 per person or $ 3699 for suites). Just add $ 225 port charges and $ 66 for prepaid gratuities, and you’re ready to go!

For more information, go to www.chosenvoyage.com/chabad, or call us toll free at 866 IM CHOSEN (866 462 4673).

Don’t wait – cabins are very limited, and at this price, they’ll be gone!

JUST 1 WEEK LEFT TO L'MAN ACHAI'S CHINESE AUCTION!!!

Sunday, Nov 16, 2003

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This Sunday, November 23rd, L'man Achai will hold its Annual Chinese Auction in Boro Park A wonderful program is planned including top speakers and entertainment.Over $35,000 in prizes will be raffled off. Special "Double Your Chances" packages still available.

Click link below to view and print Auction booklet.
http://www.camplmanachai.com/auction.htm
Fax your orders 24 hours to 718-438-6636
or call L'man Achai at 718-436-8255, Evenings 718-854-9642

New Shluchim to Krasnodar

Monday, Nov 17, 2003

KRASNODAR, Russia - Rabbi Shneur Segal along with his wife and a two-month old son arrived to Krasnodar. He is the first Rabbi in the city since 1935, when the Soviet authorities banned all religious activities. The chairman of the Jewish Community Yuri Teitelbaum said that arrival of Rabbi Segal will activate the life of Krasnodar's Jewish community of 400 people. It also brings hope that the city will have a synagogue.

An ongoing grant to support the new shliach was made by Lev Leviev, The Rohr Family Foundation of New York as they support more then 70 Rabbis in the Former Soviet Union and a special thanks to Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky of Merkos.

The Segals were appointed by head Shliach and Chief Rabbi of Russia Berel Lazar

MAZEL TOV GOLDFARBS

Monday, Nov 17, 2003

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SNS would like to wish a hearty Mazel Tov to, Shloimy & Rivky (nee Chanin) Goldfarb - Israel on the birth of their firstborn son.

May the newborn be a source of Nachas to his parents, grandparents, relatives & Klal Yisroel.
E-MAZEL TOV

NEW ENGAGEMENTS

Monday, Nov 17, 2003

Gershon Odze (London, UK) to Sara Richland (Edgware, UK)
E-MAZEL TOV

Velvel Gurkov (Boston, MA) to Rochel Cozocaru (Montreal, Canada)

Brand New Mezuzah Brochure Available Now!

Monday, Nov 17, 2003

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A brand new, beautifully designed brochure about Mivtza Mezuzah, with all new text and sleek graphics, is available for customization now. A must for every chabad center and outreach program, the new brochure will inform as well as impress everyone you meet.

For more information and to order, click below
www.uniquead.com/mivtzoim

Deadline for orders November 26, 2003

Mossad chief: 40 global terror warnings on Jews, Israelis

Monday, Nov 17, 2003

The first words to be spoken by an active Mossad spy agency chief at a Knesset meeting in over 18 years were: "Look, I am really not happy to be here and to have to tell you this."

Members of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee heard at their sitting Monday morning from Mossad chief Maj.-Gen. (res.) Meir Dagan, who warned the that there are currently forty terror attack warnings against Jewish and Israeli targets worldwide, and that Iran's nuclear program poses the greatest existential threat to Israel since the Jewish state's creation in 1948.

Dagan told the committee that Israel was capable of dealing with the threat emanating from Iran, but added that cuts in the defense budget were "debilitating."

Mossad's chief advised the Knesset committee Monday that Israel knows of "specific warnings" of planned attacks on Jewish and Israeli targets overseas by global terror organizations.

Dagan noted that the Istanbul attack required extensive organization and planning and large financial support. He referred to the new Islamic network as a "world jihad" organization that is comprised of various Sunni Moslem groups, with Al-Qaida being only one of them. Al-Qaida claimed responsibility for the attack in Turkey, but Dagan attributed it to the "world jihad."

Dagan denied news reports that Israeli intelligence had warned the Turkish government about possible terror attacks against synagogues in Istanbul.

Al-Qaida claimed responsibility for killing 24 people in twin suicide attacks on synagogues in Istanbul Saturday

Dagan said that Islamic terrorist groups had one common objective: to spread their brand of fundamentalist Islam over the globe.

He said no country has been identified as a "sponsor" of the network. But some countries, such as Egypt, that feel threatened by the groups have begun to operate against them.

According to Dagan, the difficulty in fighting such an organization is the fact that even if one terror infrastructure is eliminated there are others. He predicts that if any of these groups obtains chemical or biological weapons that they won't hesitate to use them.

Mossad's chief also said Iran's nuclear missile capabilities could pose a threat not only to Israel, but also to Europe, and urged the international community to stop Teheran's nuclear development.

Israel Radio reported Monday that Mossad believes Iran is going "full steam ahead" with its nuclear weapons program, despite its apparent cooperation with the United Nations nuclear agency, the IAEA.

Dagan said Iran's nuclear development was approaching "a point of no return".

Dagan told the committee that the 100 megawatt reactor ii Bushir is too large to be used only for electricity production. Iran's Kashan uranium enrichment facility is close to completion and, barring serious technical difficulties, has the potential of producing material to make 10 nuclear bombs a year by the end of 2004, he said.

According to Israel Radio, Iran has invested billions of dollars in its nuclear development. Dagan told the Knesset committee that Iran's nuclear facility in Kashan was especially worrisome.

Iran has also invested similar amounts in surface-to-surface missiles, some of which can currently travel distances of between 1,400km to 2,000km - putting Israel within range. Dagan said that Iran was also developing longer-range missiles capable of hitting European cities. Teheran was also investing in bombers able to carry nuclear payloads and travel long distances, Dagan said.

Dagan told the committee that Tehran's support for Hamas, the Islamic Jihad, and Hizbullah, (especially for providing Hizbullah with short-range missiles deployed in southern Lebanon) were serious threats to Israel.

Labor MK Ephraim Sneh said the United States has the ability to disarm Iran of its nuclear capabilities and should do so.

Dagan said Iran is trying to obtain nuclear weapons to become a nuclear power and to achieve the status of North Korea, a country that is viewed as untouchable.

In sharp contrast to Israeli and US assessments, European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana said on Monday that Iran had been "honest" about its nuclear program and should not be reported to the U.N. Security Council for possible violations.

Solana was speaking to reporters in Teheran after his meeting with Iran's National Security head.

Meanwhile, Egyptian sources confirmed a meeting between Mossad chief Me'ir Dagan and Egyptian security chief Omar Suleiman Monday morning.

Suleiman is currently visiting the West Bank in an attempt to broker a ceasefire between Israel, the PA and the Hamas and Islamic Jihad militant groups.

As official Egyptian source said that the Palestinians are ready to negotiate a cease-fire if Israel ceases targeted killings and incursions into the PA for arresting suspected terrorists.

Lamia Lahoud contributed to this report

HAPPY BIRTHDAY 2

Monday, Nov 17, 2003

Levi Eckhaus - E-MAIL

Yossi Fraenkel - E-MAIL

Rabbi Levy Zirkind -E-MAIL - Fresno, CA

ISRAELI PUPILS SEND BOOKS TO SAN DIEGO JEWISH SCHOOL

Monday, Nov 17, 2003

Students from the elementary school of the Sha'ar HaNegev region have collected Hebrew books from among their personal libraries, and are sending them to the Chabad Hebrew Academy in San Diego. Twenty classroom trailers of the school burned down in the huge wildfires that blazed through southern California two weeks ago.

Some of the books have already been sent, and the second installment of the donation will be made tomorrow. Sha'ar HaNegev students will meet tomorrow with representatives of the San Diego Jewish community; the latter are visiting Israel in the framework of the General Assembly of Jewish American organizations.

Sha'ar HaNegev Regional Council head Alon Shuster told Arutz-7's Moshe Priel, "At a time when Jewish centers around the world are attacked and threatened, and when former Jewish Agency head Avraham Burg eulogizes Zionism - the 'working settlement' enterprise in Israel continues to strengthen its wide-ranging ties with Jewish communities around the world.

In other Chabad news, the movement has decided to add extra safeguards to its many missions and Chabad Houses all around the world, following the double bombing in Turkey and assorted Al-Qaeda threats against Jewish targets. The worldwide Jewish movement is in contact with the Israeli defense establishment on the matter.

Life As We (Don’t) Know It” - Day of Learning Created By Girls, For Girls

Monday, Nov 17, 2003

“Life As We (Don’t) Know It,” a day of much more than learning for post-sem girls, with Rabbi Manis Friedman and other fantastic speakers, is the brainchild of a group of girls who heard Friedman speak at Bais Chana this past summer and were amazed at how it broadened their thinking and made them really appreciate who they were as young Jewish women. “Everything he talks about is so relevant and it has such an impact on your life,” Devorah Leah of Crown Heights said at the end of the summer. “I wish my friends could hear this.”

From that modest wish came the plans for a full day program, covering everything from the finer points of faith and hashgacha protis to dating, marriage and living our lives as better Jews – and all the issues in between that are relevant to girls in this age group.

If you are a single post-sem girl, either on shlichus, working or in school, you owe it to yourself – this day is definitely for you! Be there on Thursday, Nov 27, 2 Kislev, at the Chabad House in Great Neck, Long Island, for an unmatched experience created by girls, for girls.

Pre-registration is required. For more information and to register, go to www.charitybox.com/bcwi and click on the events tab, then sign up. Discount for registration by Nov 21. For more information email to: info@baischana.org

Shabbaton Reminder for Teenage Girls: It’s not too late to register for “Gratitude With Attitude,” Nov 28-30. Go to www.baischana.org/teenage.html

HASHOVAS AVEIDA - PURSE LOST IN CH

Monday, Nov 17, 2003

PURSE LOST
A grey Banana Republic purse was lost on Monday containing a wallet and cellphone.
If found please call: 718-363-9670 or 917-658-4602

NEW SHLUCHIM TO NEW PALTZ, NY

Monday, Nov 17, 2003

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SNS has learned that Rabbi & Mrs. Moshe Plotkin of Crown Heights have recently moved out on Shlichus to New Paltz, NY to establish a new Chabad House.

The Plotkins were appointed by Rabbi Yaakov Borenstein of Chabad of Mid-Hudson Valley.

HATZLOCHA RABBA!

The Plotkins can be reached @ Mplotkin@chabad.org

THE CHASSIDIC RABBINICAL COLLEGE (CRC) OPENS IN THE JERUSALEM GATE HOTEL!

Monday, Nov 17, 2003

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B"H CRC opened on Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan according to plan in the Jerusalem Gate Hotel at the entrance to Jerusalem!

Side-by-side with the semicha program, CRC offers courses leading to a BA in lucrative fields such as business management and marketing, computers, etc.

Students receive credit for the professional training and limudei kodesh from Touro college Jerusalem (a branch of Touro College NY).

JUST 1 WEEK LEFT TO L'MAN ACHAI'S CHINESE AUCTION!!!

Monday, Nov 17, 2003

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This Sunday, November 23rd, L'man Achai will hold its Annual Chinese Auction in Boro Park A wonderful program is planned including top speakers and entertainment.Over $35,000 in prizes will be raffled off. Special "Double Your Chances" packages still available.

Click link below to view and print Auction booklet.
http://www.camplmanachai.com/auction.htm
Fax your orders 24 hours to 718-438-6636
or call L'man Achai at 718-436-8255, Evenings 718-854-9642

RESIDENTS OF KFAR CHABAD ELECT NEW VAAD

Monday, Nov 17, 2003

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On Monday, residents of Kfar Chabad, Israel voted in an election for a new Vaad for the Kfar.

A total of 561 votes were cast representing an amazing 99.29% of eligible voters.

There were 16 people running for the Vaad. Only the top 7 vote getters were elected as the new members of the Vaad.

The winners and amount of votes they received are:

1) Yami Lifshitz - 384
2) Chaim Reichman - 318
3) Menachem Lehrer - 306
4) Yaakov Kenig (printer)- 284
5) Shaul Baitch - 274
6) Shmuel Rivkin - 268
7) Elozor Gelbshtein - 259

SNS EXTENDS OUR BEST WISHES OF MAZEL TOV! MAZEL TOV! TO THE NEW VAAD. MAY THEY HAVE MUCH HATZLOCHA IN ALL THEIR WORK ON BEHALF OF KFAR CHABAD.

(SOURCE: CLN.ORG.IL)

Habad Hassidim to Increase Activities in Turkey

Monday, Nov 17, 2003

(IsraelNN.com) Leaders of the Habad Hassidic movement in Israel met following the double car bombing attacks in Turkey. The rabbinical court of the international hassidic movement called for increased activities around the globe as a response to the documented increase in anti-Semitic attacks, stating that the emissaries operating in Turkey will become more active and work towards increasing their public profile.

The Habad/Lubavitch rabbis stated they will not be deterred from spreading the Torah message around the world, adding terror attacks will not keep them away from any location.

NEW ENGAGEMENT

Monday, Nov 17, 2003

Yitz Weiss (Agoura Hills, CA) to Dina Stock (Trumbull, CT)

PACKED HOUSE FOR NCFJE’S 63RD ANNUAL DINNER @ THE NEW YORK HILTON

Monday, Nov 17, 2003

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On Sunday night, a crowd of 500 supporters of the National Committee for the Furtherance of Jewish Education (NCFJE) including many family and friends of the evenings distinguished honorees were on hand @ The New York Hilton hotel for the organizations 63rd annual dinner.

"Every year, we single out people who have contributed both to an area of education and an area of chesed," said Rabbi Shea Hecht, Chairman of the Board of the NCFJE.

The Guest of Honor was Lucy Rosenzweig, a Holocaust camp survivor who helped many people escape war-ravaged Poland and go to the Holy Land. Mrs. Rosenzweig and her husband built a new life in the United States, and she has been a featured speaker at many university campuses. continue...

2 soldiers killed at Gush Etzion tunnel roadblock

Tuesday, Nov 18, 2003

The army has released the names of two soldiers killed Tuesday morning on the tunnel road which links the Bethlehem-area Gush Etzion communities to Jerusalem.

The two were Sgt.-Maj. Shlomi Belski, 23, from Haifa and St.-Sgt. Shaul Lahav, 20, from Kibbutz Shomrat in the north.

The shooting attack took place at 6am when a Palestinian gunman approached the roadblock with his rifle - an AK 47 - concealed in a prayer mat, then shot the soldiers from point-blank range.

The gunman fled the scene on foot and was picked up by a waiting vehicle which sped him off in the direction of Bethlehem. IDF troops have begun operating in Bethlehem as a result of the attack.

Shaul Lahav, who wore a ceramics flack jacket, was shot in the neck, while Belski, who was sitting a jeep, was critically wounded from a bullet that managed to pierce his regular flack jacket.

Magen David Adom medics arrived at the scene and attempted to stabiliize their conditions. MADA transferred them to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital, where they were pronounced dead.

IDF forces closed the Gush Etzion-Jerusalem highway to traffic and began searching the area for the perpetrators.

Judea & Samaria Battalion Commander Brig.-Gen. Gadi Eizencott confirmed that the gunman fled the scene of the attack on foot, possibly to a nearby cement factory where a waiting car took him to Bethlehem.

Defense Minister called the attack "very serious", and stressed that it made recent attempts at dialogue with the Palestinians even more difficult. "We are trying to promote a cease-fire with the Egyptians as mediators. This attack casts doubt on holding talks with the Palestinians," Mofaz said.

Mofaz also told Army Radio that Palestinian Authority attempts at combating the terrorist infrastructure in Bethlehem, and other places, were "merely for show" and were meant to appease the US administration.

"As far as I understand, the Palestinian security forces will be under the control of (Palestinian Authority chairman Yasser) Arafat, which will undoubtedly not create the right conditions for dealing with terror," he told Jerusalem Post reporter David Rudge.

According to Army Radio, Palestinian militants Israel had asked the PA to arrest were either arrested and then released in a "revolving door" policy, or were not arrested at all.

Question marks regarding the soldiers'/ commanders' performance

Question marks have arisen regarding the performance of the soldiers at the Tunnel Road checkpoint.

According to Channel 1, the soldiers at the roadblock did not react to the attack in a timely and proper manner. Troops at the roadblock were drilled in 'attack-response' maneuvers, but did not act accordingly.

Although the army is not yet calling the incident a foul-up, attempts are being made by the IDF to understand how 9 soldiers could not prevent the escape of a gunman who had just shot their comrades at point-blank range.

While more than 20,000 cars pass through this roadblock every day, it is rare for pedestrians to approach it – especially Arabs. The arrival of the gunman on foot should have set off alarms immediately.

Moreover, although the attack came at daybreak, visibility was good, and during the period of time it took the gunman to empty half a magazine and wound two soldiers, nobody began shooting until the gunman was well on his way.

NEW ENGAGEMENTS

Tuesday, Nov 18, 2003

Shmully Hayes (Ottawa, Ontario) to Sorala Schlanger (Crown Heights / Israel)
E-MAZEL TOV

Daniel Kofman (Mulhouse, France) to Sterna Sudry (Paris, France)

Rival Russian Jewish Leaders Lend Backing to Putin

Tuesday, Nov 18, 2003

Russia's arrest of a Jewish oil magnate has drawn heavy criticism from abroad, but the feuding leaders of the country's two major Jewish organizations are both voicing support for the government action.

In a rare moment of agreement between bitter rivals, Berel Lazar, chief rabbi for the Chabad-Lubavitch-dominated Federation of Russian Jews, and Yevgeny Satanovsky, president of the Russian Jewish Congress, both defended the arrest of business tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, whose father is Jewish. Indeed, while some foreign observers have detected whiffs of antisemitism in the prosecution of Khodorkovsky, the two Russian Jewish leaders said that his arrest might actually be a step forward in the battle against anti-Jewish bigotry.

In interviews with the Forward, Lazar and Satanovsky said that Khodorkovsky had been trying to gain too much power in the political arena, criticizing, in particular, his support of Russia's Communist Party, which contains strong strains of Soviet-era antisemitism. CONTINUE...

HASHOVAS AVEIDA - MEZUZZAH LOST IN CROWN HEIGHTS

Tuesday, Nov 18, 2003

Lost a large Mezuzzah (Alter Rebbe's K'sav) in a clear Zip Lock plastic bag, either on Kingston Ave or Montgomery St. the past Thursday.

If found, please call 917-689-5648.

Life As We (Don’t) Know It” - Day of Learning Created By Girls, For Girls

Tuesday, Nov 18, 2003

“Life As We (Don’t) Know It,” a day of much more than learning for post-sem girls, with Rabbi Manis Friedman and other fantastic speakers, is the brainchild of a group of girls who heard Friedman speak at Bais Chana this past summer and were amazed at how it broadened their thinking and made them really appreciate who they were as young Jewish women. “Everything he talks about is so relevant and it has such an impact on your life,” Devorah Leah of Crown Heights said at the end of the summer. “I wish my friends could hear this.”

From that modest wish came the plans for a full day program, covering everything from the finer points of faith and hashgacha protis to dating, marriage and living our lives as better Jews – and all the issues in between that are relevant to girls in this age group.

If you are a single post-sem girl, either on shlichus, working or in school, you owe it to yourself – this day is definitely for you! Be there on Thursday, Nov 27, 2 Kislev, at the Chabad House in Great Neck, Long Island, for an unmatched experience created by girls, for girls.

Pre-registration is required. For more information and to register, go to www.charitybox.com/bcwi and click on the events tab, then sign up. Discount for registration by Nov 21. For more information email to: info@baischana.org

Shabbaton Reminder for Teenage Girls: It’s not too late to register for “Gratitude With Attitude,” Nov 28-30. Go to www.baischana.org/teenage.html

THURSDAY: An Evening With Rabbi Manis Friedman @ Chabad of Midtown

Tuesday, Nov 18, 2003

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Jewish Cosmology
THE WHERE, WHAT AND WHY OF CREATION

Thursday night November 20, 2003 6:00pm
Admission $10

Chabad Lubavitch of Midtown Manhattan
For registration or more information please call:
(212) 972-0770
E-mail: chabadnyc@aol.com
Or visit us on the web at: www.ChabadofMidtown.com

-Please share this message with family and friends-

Chabad of Midtown is located @ 509 5th Avenue, 2nd floor, New York City (between 42nd and 43rd Street)

Rabbi Yisroel Haber hits the Space Coast

Tuesday, Nov 18, 2003

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The Chabad Jewish Community Center of the Space Coast located in Satellite Beach, FL hosted renowned speaker and noted author Rabbi Yisroel Haber who is on a North American tour from the Golan Heights, Israel.

Rabbi Haber shared his inspiring and humorous stories and experiences from the Heights of Alaska to the Golan Heights and had the crowd spellbound and choking (literally) from laughter.

Representatives from the local Jewish Federation as well as from the 5 synagogues on the Space Coast were deeply moved and walked away with a great sense of respect and admiration for the Chabad movement and its activities around the globe.

Chabad-Lubavitch Represented at the General Assembly of the UJC

Tuesday, Nov 18, 2003

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JERUSALEM, ISRAEL — Tuesday, November 18, 2003

Twenty-five Chabad-Lubavitch representatives from cities across the United States and the former Soviet Union, are wrapping up the final day at the 72nd annual General Assembly of the United Jewish Communities, which convened in Jerusalem, this week.

The number of Shluchim (representatives) who joined their local Federation missions on the five-day event is reflective of a new openness by Federation leaders to partner with religious Jewish institutions committed to the values of Jewish continuity. According to Rabbi Eric Lankin, Director of Religious and Educational Activities at the UJC, “Chabad has a unique message and we believe that it needs to be heard.”

The participation of 25 Shluchim is also indicative of successful working relationships between Chabad and local federations nationwide. “Local Federations are aware of the work and commitment of Chabad out in the field,” observes Rabbi Dovid Eliezri, Chabad Shliach to Yorba Linda, CA, who serves on the UJC’s Renaissance and Renewal Pillar. For the fourth year in a row, Rabbi Yisroel Rappoport, Chabad-Lubavitch Shliach and rabbi of Congregation Beth Jacob in Vineland, New Jersey, received the Federation’s award for “outstanding rabbinic leadership,” at an awards ceremony on Monday. continue...

MINK JEWELERS WELCOMES ALL SHLUCHIM WITH A 10% DISCOUNT

Tuesday, Nov 18, 2003

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Come visit our beautiful showroom located in the heart of Crown Heights. We have an updated selection of exquisite Kallah necklaces. We carry earrings, rings, pendants bracelets , pearls and much more. All our diamonds are top quality.

You can find a gift for every occasion. All of the Rebbes Shluchim are welcomed with a 10% discount.

Please call MINK JEWELERS 718-804-0806 to see our dazzling display.

OFFICE SPACE W/PARKING FOR RENT IN CROWN HEIGHTS

Tuesday, Nov 18, 2003

*800 square feet of office space
*New construction
*Parking and T1 line etc. included
*Conveniently located on Eastern Parkway between New York & Nostrand Ave.

FOR MORE INFO CALL: 718-363-3199

OVER 250 SHOW UP TO HEAR SUE FISHKOFF TALK IN ATLANTA, GA

Tuesday, Nov 18, 2003

Two Fridays ago, Sue Fishkoff, the author of “The Rebbe’s Army”, was in Atlanta, GA to present her book at the Jewish book fair in the Marcus JCC in Atlanta. Over 250 came to hear her speak and present her book and her views on Chabad.

Rabbi Hirshy Minkowicz the Shliach in Alpharetta, GA, introduced the author to the crowd.

Fishkoff spoke for over an hour about the Rebbe, Chabad and Shluchim. During the speech she said that she disagree with Chabad on many issues including Israel, Women, Moshiach. However, she went on to praise the Shluchim and their devotion to their work.

After the speech she took questions from the crowd, signed copies of her book and spoke individually with members in the crowd.

Also in attendance were Rabbi Yossi New the head Shliach to the state of Georgia, Rabbi Ephraim Silverman, Rabbi Yossi Lerman and Rabbi & Mrs. Leima Minkowicz.

Click here to buy: THE REBBE’S ARMY: Inside the world of Chabad Lubavitch

MAZEL TOV HERSHKOPS

Tuesday, Nov 18, 2003

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SNS would like to wish a hearty Mazel Tov to, Shlomie & Chana (nee Goldberg) Hershkop - Crown Heights on the birth of their firstborn daughter.

May the newborn be a source of Nachas to her parents, grandparents, relatives & Klal Yisroel.

MAZEL TOV BRENNANS

Tuesday, Nov 18, 2003

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SNS would like to wish a hearty Mazel Tov to, Moishe & Devorah (nee Rosen) Brennan - Crown Heights on the birth of their firstborn son.

May the newborn be a source of Nachas to his parents, grandparents, relatives & Klal Yisroel.

COMING TO CROWN HEIGHTS ANYTIME SOON AND LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO STAY?

Tuesday, Nov 18, 2003

If you're coming to Crown Heights anytime soon and need a place to stay please consider staying at 1 of our advertisers and tell them you saw their ad on SHMAIS.com.

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5) Crown Heights Guest Suite - call Nechama @ 917-586-5865 or e-mail: info@chguestsuite.com

PLEASE SAY TEHILLIM 4

Tuesday, Nov 18, 2003

Yosefa Leah bas Gittel Esther

Chaya Yonah bas Shirlee

Yeled ben Esther

First Southern California Inter-Collegiate Shabbaton a Huge Success

Tuesday, Nov 18, 2003

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This past Shabbos, students from all across Southern California gathered at the new Chabad House @ USC in Los Angeles for an amazing Shabbat experience. Over a hundred students packed the house for a Friday night meal filled with singing, dancing, Divrei Torah, and more, which lasted until 2:00 am and beyond. More than 60 came back for Shabbos day, and the Farbrengen stretched the Shabbos meal until it was time for Havdalah. Even then people just did not want to leave this awesome energy behind, and many stayed for a Melava Malka BBQ, staying once again until after midnight.

This Shabbaton offered students from campuses where there is a smaller or newer Chabad presence the opportunity to meet with many others, providing tremendous Chizzuk and inspiration to everybody there. Just one example of the tremendous impact: For many students this was their first time keeping Shabbos from beginning to end. The atmosphere was so uplifting that two students made the momentous decision to start keeping Shabbos every week!

New friendships were made, old ones were rekindled and cemented, and there was a common refrain on the lips of all as they left: We've got to do this again, often and soon!

An added benefit of the Shabbaton was the opportunity for the Shluchim and Shluchos in attendance to share ideas and Farbreng. Those participating were: Rabbi Shalom and Meirav Boujnah from SDSU, Rabbi Mendel and Rochel Loschak from UCSB, Rabbi Mendy Mergui from UCLA, and Rabbi Dov and Runya Wagner from USC.

Participating schools included: USC (University of Southern California), UCLA (University of California Los Angeles), SDSU (San Diego State University), UCSB (University of California Santa Barbara), SMC (Simcha Monica College), CSUN (California State University Northridge), UC Irvine and others.

May this tremendous Kiddush Hashem and Kiddush Lubavitch fulfill its primary goal: To bring nachas to the Rebbe, and help hasten the coming of Moshiach now.

3 ALARM FIRE @ WAREHOUSE IN CROWN HEIGHTS

Wednesday, Nov 19, 2003

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Shortly before 9:00am on a rainy Wednesday morning a 3 alarm fire broke out in a massive warehouse belonging to Crown Heights resident Yankel Spritzer that stretches along Kingston Ave between East New York & Lefferts.

Over 30 fire engines, ambulances and other emergency vehicles raced to the scene from all directions. Some fire engines were seen racing the wrong way down Kingston Ave.

The sound of the emergency vehicles going to the scene was heard all over Crown Heights.

On arrival at the fire the large windows on the upper floor of the warehouse that were encased with steel coverings were promptly smashed open by firefighters and plumes of smoke came rushing out.

On East New York a special mini command center was set up to coordinate the firefighting efforts.

After the fire SNS spoke via telephone with Mike Loughran a spokesperson for the FDNY. Loughran told us that a total of 33 units and 140 firefighters were part of the operation. Loughran also told us that there were no injuries and cause of the fire was being investigated by the fire marshals.

The fire was put out around 9:30am.

The majority of the damage was located on the upper level of the warehouse.

The lower level is currently under construction, with The Shuk expected to move in.

CLICKHERE FOR SNS EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS FROM THE SCENE

Mortar Shell Attack in Netzarim

Wednesday, Nov 19, 2003

(IsraelNN.com) The Gaza community of Netzarim was targeted in a mortar shell attack during the past hour. There were no injuries. It was the 154th mortar launched at a Jewish community in Gaza since Rosh Hashanah on Sept. 27, ’03.

MAZEL TOV SHAPIROS

Wednesday, Nov 19, 2003

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SNS would like to wish a hearty Mazel Tov to, Menachem Gershon & Devorah Rochel (nee Levinson) Shapiro - Crown Heights on the birth of their firstborn daughter.

May the newborn be a source of Nachas to her parents, grandparents, relatives & Klal Yisroel.
E-MAZEL TOV

MAZEL TOV KRIEGSMANS

Wednesday, Nov 19, 2003

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SNS would like to wish a hearty Mazel Tov to, Tzvi Meir & Malcah (nee Roetter) Kriegsman - Detroit, MI on the birth of their firstborn daughter.

May the newborn be a source of Nachas to her parents, grandparents, relatives & Klal Yisroel.

THURSDAY: An Evening With Rabbi Manis Friedman @ Chabad of Midtown

Wednesday, Nov 19, 2003

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Jewish Cosmology
THE WHERE, WHAT AND WHY OF CREATION

Thursday night November 20, 2003 6:00pm
Admission $10

Chabad Lubavitch of Midtown Manhattan
For registration or more information please call:
(212) 972-0770
E-mail: chabadnyc@aol.com
Or visit us on the web at: www.ChabadofMidtown.com

-Please share this message with family and friends-

Chabad of Midtown is located @ 509 5th Avenue, 2nd floor, New York City (between 42nd and 43rd Street)

STERLING ELECTRONICS WELCOMES SHLUCHIM WITH SPECIALS!

Wednesday, Nov 19, 2003

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Sterling Electronics conveniently located in the heart of Crown Heights @ 369 Kingston Avenue between Carroll & Crown Streets is proud to welcome the Rebbe's Shluchim to Crown Heights with special saving throughout the store.

A FEW OF THEIR SPECIALS INLCLUDE:
Shabbos hot pots regular $59.99 now only $29.99
Electric hot plates ONLY $29.99

Sterling carries a full line of all the latest in electronics including palm pilots, digital cameras and much much more.

FOR THE BEST SAVINGS AND SELECTION MAKE SURE YOU STOP IN TO STERLING AND IDENTIFY YOURSELF AS A SHLIACH!

Sterling also features the absolute best film developing in Crown Heights. You can get your prints in just 1 hour and best of all they can develop your digital pictures too. Just bring in your memory card and they'll print it on the spot.

FOR MORE INFO STOP IN @ 369 KINGSTON AVENUE OR GIVE THEM A CALL @ 718-756-9840

MAZEL TOV ZAKLOS'

Wednesday, Nov 19, 2003

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SNS would like to wish a hearty Mazel Tov to, Fishel & Ettie (nee Barash) Zaklos - Naples, FL on the birth of their firstborn son.

May the newborn be a source of Nachas to his parents, grandparents, relatives & Klal Yisroel.
E-MAZEL TOV

HUNDREDS AT MEZUZA FUN DAY IN LONDON

Wednesday, Nov 19, 2003

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More than six hundred mezuzos were checked, more than a hundred sold and in excess of three hundred people attended a Mezuza Fun Day at Mill Hill Shul in London, England on Sunday 16 November. The event was organised by Leah Shear, the daughter of Rabbi Kasriel Kastel (LYO, NY) in honour of her Zeidie, Harav Chaim Moshe Yehuda Blau Z"L who passed away six months ago. Rav Blau worked tireless for the promotion of 'mivtza mezuza' and even insisted that it be inscribed on his matzeva that all who occupy themselves in promoting mivtza mezuza (and tefillin) will receive 's'char tov min hashamayim'.

As part of her family's campaign to continue her zeidie's work, Leah Shear recently republished a booklet titled 'How to Convince a Friend that it Does Not Pay to use Small Mezuzos' written many years ago by Rav Blau. The booklet also contained an adaptation of a sicha titled 'Mezuza - the Essential Protector' by her husband, Eli, who is a Corporate Lawyer for a US Firm in London.

The second stage of the campaign took place in Mill Hill Shul yesterday and boasted Free Mezuza checking undertaken by Rabbis Mendy Gorman, Mendy Sudak and Zali Unsdorfer. More than six hundred were checked and more than one-hundred (nice sized) mezuzos sold. There was also two outstanding presentations for more than one hundred children given by Rabbi Yossi Simon of Tzivos Hashem. The event had face painting, mezuza arts and crafts, bouncy castles, candy-floss, popcorn and an ice-cream truck.

The event, overseen by Rabbi Yitzchok Schochet, was a tremendous success and a number of leading figures in the English United Synagogue who attended made clear their commitment to assist in the event being replicated at many other shuls in England.

FINALLY: Kantor’s Guide for the Entangled “Chassidic Insights” is now available

Wednesday, Nov 19, 2003

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FINALLY: Kantor’s Guide for the Entangled “Chassidic Insights” is now available (in a new 3rd printing).

Available at Kehos bookstore or CLICK HERE TO BUY ONLINE

MAZEL TOV BLOCHS

Wednesday, Nov 19, 2003

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SNS would like to wish a hearty Mazel Tov to, Aaron Tzvi & Tema (nee Berman) Bloch - Morristown, NJ on the birth of their firstborn daughter.

May the newborn be a source of Nachas to her parents, grandparents, relatives & Klal Yisroel.

KINNUS HASHLUCHIM 5764 GETS UNDERWAY

Wednesday, Nov 19, 2003

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The Kinnus HaShluchim 5764 got underway early Wednesday evening with registration taking place in the lobby of Oholei Torah.

Following registration a light supper was served in the main ballroom.

After supper the Shluchim had the opportunity to visit to the Library of Agudas Chassidei Chabad and take a tour of the soon to be completed Tzivos Hashem Jewish Children's Museum. In addition the Rebbe's room was open for the Shluchim.

CLICK HERE FOR THURSDAYS SCHEDULE

(PHOTOS: YK FOR SHMAIS.COM)

BRIS AVROHOM CELEBRATES 24 YEARS OF SUCCESS

Wednesday, Nov 19, 2003

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At 5:00 this past Sunday evening, the 21st of Cheshvan, over 350 guests gathered @ the Sheraton Hotel of Newark, NJ to celebrate Bris Avrohom’s 24th Anniversary Dinner.

This year’s Guest of Honor was Bergen County Executive Dennis McNerney. He has been a strong advocate of Bris Avrohom’s work in the Russian Jewish immigrant community of Bergen County, particularly in Fair Lawn. Thanks to his direction, the Bergen County Office of Community Development helped Bris Avrohom develop a 6,500 sq. ft. recreational area for children in Fair Lawn.

Many honored dignitaries including N.J. Senator Joseph Coniglio; Freeholder & Mayor of Fair Lawn David L. Ganz; Mayor of Elizabeth J. Christian Bollwage and Assemblymen elect Bob Gordon attended the dinner.

Rabbi Berel Zaltzman Community Development Director of Bris Avrohom of Fair Lawn read the letter that the Rebbe sent to Bris Avrohom in 1985 for its 5th Annual Dinner.

The program included warm and touching remarks from Rabbi Mordechai Kanelsky, Executive Director of Bris Avrohom. He concluded by thanking all those who support this special organization, and those who were able to attend the dinner; his staff and most importantly Mrs. Shterney Kanelsky the Associate Director of Bris Avrohom.

Avraham Fried entertained the crowd with his warm, upbeat style of Jewish and Chassidic music.

A special video presentation entitled "The Education of Today is The Future of Tomorrow "A visual journey through 24 successful years of Bris Avrohom was shown.

An Interactive Chanukah Gelt Cd Rom, along with this years 408 page dinner journal was given out as mementos to each of the dinner guests.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY RABBI MOTTEL FRIEDMAN

Wednesday, Nov 19, 2003

Our CEO would like to wish a very big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to a best friend for 16 years, a SNS subscriber & supporter, Rabbi Mottel Friedman of S. Paul, MN.

May he have a Shnas Hatzlocha Bakol, Mikol, Kol, Parnosa Behurchuva & Nachas from his children k"ah!

E-mail him a Happy Birthday

NEW ENGAGEMENT & THURSDAY NIGHT LECHAIMS

Thursday, Nov 20, 2003

Mendy Lipsker (Morristown / Cown Heights) to Tzipi Korik (Morristown, NJ)
LECHAIM IYH TONIGHT-THURSDAY @ BAIS RIVKAH 310 CROWN ST.

Shmully Hayes (Ottawa, Ontario) to Sorala Schlanger (Crown Heights / Israel)
LECHAIM IYH TONIGHT-THURSDAY @ THE GREENBERGS 1485 PRESIDENT ST, BETWEEN ALBANY & TROY

Armed Palestinian killed in Gaza; Shots fired at Israeli car

Thursday, Nov 20, 2003

IDF troops shot an armed Palestinian who was crawling in the direction of the Gaza Strip settlement of Netzarim Thursday night.

A military reserves unit spotted the gunman and opened fire on him. The man's condition was unclear.

Earlier in the night, shots were fired at an Israeli car driving near the settlement of Beit Hagai. The car was hit by several bullets but there were no reports of injuries.

Also Thursday, shots were fired at IDF troops near the Palestinian town of Rafah, along the Egyptian border. The soldiers returned fire. There were no reports of injuries.

NEW ENGAGEMENT

Thursday, Nov 20, 2003

Shaye Boas (Givat-Ze'ev, Israel) to Sivan Spitzer (London, UK)

MAZEL TOV KURTZS

Thursday, Nov 20, 2003

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SNS would like to wish a hearty Mazel Tov to, Dovid & Nechama (nee Bistritzky) Kurtz - Tzfas, Israel on the birth of their firstborn son.

May the newborn be a source of Nachas to his parents, grandparents, relatives & Klal Yisroel.

PLEASE SAY TEHILLIM 4

Thursday, Nov 20, 2003

Ruth bas Sarah

Menachem Mendel Ben Esther Rochel

WORLD WIDE TEHILLIM CLUB CREATES NEW WEBSITE!

Thursday, Nov 20, 2003

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Tzivos Hashem’s World Wide Tehillim Club is proud to announce the birth of our brand new state of the art website, www.tehillimclub.org!

This website, designed by Spotlight Design, will help us achieve goals we never imagined we could reach, bringing the Tehillim Club to heights beyond our wildest expectations! It is superbly designed, professional and easy to use. We created it to make it easier for the schools to enter in the children for the raffle.

Instead of mailing or faxing in hundreds of papers, the schools are now able to log onto their own database and check off the participants of each month. The website then automatically makes the raffle from the students checked off! Pictures of the prizes and winners will soon be able to be seen and the flyers and raffle tickets will be able to be downloaded. The schools will be even be able to print their very own certificates for winners and birthdays!

Baruch Hashem since last year, the World Wide Tehillim Club has grown by leaps and bounds. At the end of last year’s program, we increased our membership from 1500 children in 30 schools to 5,300 children from 91 schools in all six continents and hundreds of Shluchim’s children from across the globe. With the Rebbe’s koichos, the World Wide Tehillim Club has successfully united thousands of children with one purpose and goal: To grow and practice saying more and more Tehillim each month.

To see the winners From Shabbos Mevorchim Cheshvan, please visit www.tehillimclub.org

May the Tehillim of our children help the Yidin all around the world, especially Eretz Yisroel and bring the long awaited Moshiach NOW!

Day of Learning Created By Girls, For Girls

Thursday, Nov 20, 2003

“Life, etc.” a day of much more than learning for post-sem girls, with Rabbi Manis Friedman and other fantastic speakers, is the brainchild of a group of girls who heard Friedman speak at Bais Chana this past summer and were amazed at how it broadened their thinking and made them really appreciate who they were as young Jewish women. “Everything he talks about is so relevant and it has such an impact on your life,” Devorah Leah of Crown Heights said at the end of the summer. “I wish my friends could hear this.”

From that modest wish came the plans for a full day program, covering everything from the finer points of faith and hashgacha protis to dating, marriage and living our lives as better Jews – and all the issues in between that are relevant to girls in this age group.

If you are a single post-sem girl, either on shlichus, working or in school, you owe it to yourself – this day is definitely for you! Be there on Thursday, Nov 27, 2 Kislev, at the Chabad House in Great Neck, Long Island, for an unmatched experience created by girls, for girls.

Pre-registration is required. For more information and to register, go to www.charitybox.com/bcwi and click on the events tab, then click on "sign up" for more details. Discount for registration extended to Nov 23. Scholarships are available.

Shabbaton Reminder for Teenage Girls: It’s not too late to register for “Gratitude With Attitude,” Nov 28-30. Go to www.baischana.org/teenage.html

JUST 3 DAYS LEFT TO L'MAN ACHAI'S CHINESE AUCTION!!!

Thursday, Nov 20, 2003

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This Sunday, November 23rd, L'man Achai will hold its Annual Chinese Auction in Boro Park A wonderful program is planned including top speakers and entertainment. Over $35,000 in prizes will be raffled off. Special "Double Your Chances" packages still available.

Click link below to view and print Auction booklet.
http://www.camplmanachai.com/auction.htm
Fax your orders 24 hours to 718-438-6636
or call L'man Achai at 718-436-8255, Evenings 718-854-9642

Jewish Women's Power Lunch

Thursday, Nov 20, 2003

Baltimore, MD — Thursday, November 20, 2003

The term "power lunch" has taken on new meaning for professional Jewish women in the Baltimore area.

A new monthly learning program called Jewish Executive Women's Network, or JEWN, brings together female executives, entrepreneurs and others in private practice, for a monthly Torah learning session.

The program was developed by Lubavitch of Maryland’s Rebbetzin Rachel Kaplan, to empower Jewish women in leadership positions. Kaplan says these women “are mostly out there on their own and share a unique common ground. The learning sessions are geared to their roles as female Jewish leaders in the business community.”

The sessions take place in participants’ offices on a rotating basis and provide them with the unique dual opportunity of spending 45 minutes in a Jewish learning and discussion forum and a chance to exchange business cards and network with other Jewish women professionals.

The opening session was held at the office of attorney, Ms. Alpert-Leibman, who said the monthly learning sessions will have a "trickle-down effect" in each woman's workplace. "We all belong to lots of groups” she said. "But this will give us an opportunity to learn something and to acknowledge all of the Jewish women who have come before us."

MAZEL TOV BLOOMS

Thursday, Nov 20, 2003

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SNS would like to wish a hearty Mazel Tov to our dear friends, Michoel & Ettil (nee Young) Bloom - Valley Village, CA, on the birth of their firstborn daughter.

May the newborn be a source of Nachas to her parents, grandparents, relatives & Klal Yisroel.
E-MAZEL TOV

AHAVAS YISROEL ON DISPLAY IN CROWN HEIGHTS

Thursday, Nov 20, 2003

Dear Levi,

Please share the following with your readers.

On Thursday afternoon I was walking down Kingston Ave when I noticed a traffic cop stop her car to give tickets for expired meters.

Before she had a chance to write up tickets I observed S.R. from Raskin's fish going around putting quarters in any meter that was expired.

It was really beautiful to see such a display of Ahavas Yisroel which surely saved people hundreds of dollars in tickets.

B.D.
PS. Please remind everyone to feed the meters. Next time around there may not be a "S.R." there to save the day.

FINALLY: Kantor’s Guide for the Entangled “Chassidic Insights” is now available

Thursday, Nov 20, 2003

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FINALLY: Kantor’s Guide for the Entangled “Chassidic Insights” is now available (in a new 3rd printing).

Available at Kehos bookstore or CLICK HERE TO BUY ONLINE

BENZS FISH WELCOMES ALL SHLUCHIM WITH SUPER SPECIALS

Thursday, Nov 20, 2003

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We at Benz’s salute you!

We are offering you these specials.

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OR CALL US @ 718-778-3329
OR FAX US @ 718-778-3124

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Worrying From Afar

Thursday, Nov 20, 2003

Following suicide bombings, area Turkish Jews express their fears for friends and family in homeland.

Michael Albukerk knew something was amiss as soon as he reached the central Lubavitch synagogue in Crown Heights Saturday morning.

Police cars were outside 770 Eastern Parkway and SWAT team officers in battle fatigues were inside the building.

“Michael, how are you?” a worried friend asked.

Fine, Albukerk answered, puzzled. Why? What’s wrong?

His friend told him what one of the officers had said: There had been terrorist bombings earlier that Shabbat at two synagogues in Istanbul.

Albukerk started to shake; he’s from that Turkish city. Neve Shalom, one of the targeted synagogues, “is the place where I used to daven,” he said. “I could see it in my mind’s eye.” CONTINUE...

MAZEL TOV BAUMGARTENS

Thursday, Nov 20, 2003

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SNS would like to wish a hearty Mazel Tov to, Lipe & Baila (nee Nadler) Baumgarten - Crown Heights on the birth of their firstborn daughter.

May the newborn be a source of Nachas to her parents, grandparents, relatives & Klal Yisroel.

PHOTOS FROM THE KINNUS

Thursday, Nov 20, 2003

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SNS is pleased to present our first photo album from the Kinnus HaShluchim 5764.

IYH there will be many more pictures to come, for now please click on the link below and we hope you'll find a relative or two.
KINNUS HASHLUCHIM 5764 ALBUM#1

A morning of recognition for Yeshivas Tzeirei Hashluchim

Thursday, Nov 20, 2003

In conjunction with the International Kinus Hashluchim, Yeshivas Tzeirei Hashluchim of Tzfas will be holding a Tribute Breakfast recognizing seven years of achievement at the Yeshiva and the Yeshivas Kayitz, and projecting a vision of growth and development for this institution that is so vital to hundreds of Shluchim around the world.

Over the short seven years of its existence, the Yeshiva has achieved a reputation of providing a warm and caring environment for the young children of Shluchim, and giving attention to the personal needs of the many young shluchim that walk through its doors. For many this is the first time they face the high standards of study in a Yeshiva environment that most of their counterparts have been experiencing for years before.

At the same time the Yeshiva has been able to retain a very high standard of learning and achievement. Under the guidance of the Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Sholom Ber Hertzel, the Bochurim are able to flourish in their learning capabilities. The alumni of the Yeshiva enter their future Beis Medrash years with the confidence and ability to far surpass the expectations of the Yeshiva from the average student.

The Chassidisheh atmosphere of the Yeshiva has for many bochurim proven to be a fundamental changing point in their life. In a positive and motivational manner, the Bochurim who enter are given the opportunity to live and internalize the depth and vigor that the Bochurim of the Rebbe’s Yeshivos strive for.

The affordable tuition package catered to the needs of each Shliach (incredibly beyond the realm of almost any other Lubavitcher Yeshiva today!) makes this Yeshiva a vital service to the army of the Rebbe’s Shluchim around the world.

To further enhance the Yeshivas success with Bochurim, last year the Dean of the Yeshiva Rabbi Chaim Kaplan began renting space at a spacious and well appointed campus in the heights of Mt. Canaan, overlooking the city of Tzfas.

On Monday, November 24th (the morning after the Kinus banquet) the Yeshiva is inviting all of its past alumni, parents and supporters for a chance to become part of the continuing progress at the Yeshiva, and for prospective parents to learn more about the wonderful opportunity that is waiting for their (soon to be Yeshiva students) children.

The Breakfast will be held at Beis Benyamin @ 680 Montgomery St. at 9:30 in the morning.
Couvert: $36.
Please RSVP to: tribute@youngshluchim.com or 917- 520-8475.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY 2

Thursday, Nov 20, 2003

Gershon Chaimson - E-MAIL

HASHOVAS AVEIDA - RING OF KEYS FOUND IN CH

Thursday, Nov 20, 2003

On Thursday evening, a ring with 11 keys including a car key with a remote was found on Kingston Avenue in front of Regency cleaners.

TO CLAIM CALL: 917-847-7475

BORUCH DAYAN HAEMES - RABBI NOSON NOTA BARKHAN OBM

Thursday, Nov 20, 2003

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With sadness we inform you of the passing of HaRav HaChossid Rabbi Noson Nota Barkhan who served as the Chief Rabbi in Latvia.

Rabbi Barkhan, who was 80 years old at his passing was laid to rest Thursday on Har Hazaysim.

Hamokom Yenachem eschem Besoch Shaar Avaylay Tzion VeYerushalayim. Vehukeetzu Veranenu Shochnay Ufur vehu besochom!

(PHOTO: COL.ORG.IL)

Orthodox rabbi teaches ancient tradition

Friday, Nov 21, 2003

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Avi Zwiebel moves with his family to Ashland, which he characterizes as having a high spiritual plane

ASHLAND, OREGON — Judging this city as a spiritual capital on par with Jerusalem, Rabbi Avi Zwiebel moved here a few months ago to establish services in Orthodox Judaism and classes in the Kaballa, the ancient tradition of Jewish mysticism.

Zwiebel, 28, characterizes Orthodox Judaism as the religion practiced for thousands of years and, with the inspiration of the Kaballa, imparts "life, vitality and meaning" that makes it relevant and personal.

Ashland’s existing synagogues — Temple Emek Shalom and Havurah Shir Hadash — differ from Orthodoxy in being of the reform or renewal movements. They have heartily welcomed Zwiebel’s traditional branch, called the Chabad Jewish Center of Southern Oregon, he said. continue...

MAZEL TOV LEVI HECHT!

Friday, Nov 21, 2003

SNS would like to wish a hearty Mazel Tov to our CEO's dear cousin, HaBochur, Hatomim, Levi Hecht – Sandton, South Africa on the occasion of his engagement to Maya Goldin – Vancouver, BC.

May the Choson & Kalla merit all the Rebbe's Brochos.

E-MAZEL TOV

LECHAIM IYH MOTZEI SHABBOS @ 565 CROWN ST #2B

MAZEL TOV MORDY HECHT!

Friday, Nov 21, 2003

SNS would like to wish a hearty Mazel Tov to our CEO's dear cousin, HaBochur, Hatomim, HaRav, Mordy Hecht - Forest Hills, NY on the occasion of his engagement to Sary Farkash – Jerusalem.

May the Choson & Kalla merit all the Rebbe's Brochos.

SNS extends our heartfelt Mazel Tov wishes to Rabbi & Mrs. Sholom Ber Hecht and to Rabbi & Mrs. Yekusiel Farkash.

SNS would also like to extend a hearty Mazel Tov to the entire Hecht, Gutnick & Farkash families.

E-MAZEL TOV

LECHAIM IYH MONDAY NIGHT IN QUEENS

"SOLD OUT" NO MORE RESERVATIONS FOR THE KINNUS HASHLUCHIM BANQUET!

Friday, Nov 21, 2003

SHMAIS.com has been asked to relay the following important message.

Due to the enormous response to attend this years gala banquet, as of Friday afternoon there are NO MORE RESERVATIONS for the banquet being accepted from non-Shluchim.

Invited guests from Crown Heights & abroad who have already made their reservations to attend the banquet are asked to come to Oholei Torah on Motzei Shabbos to obtain their badge and security wristband.

If can’t make it to Oholei Torah on Motzei Shabbos and you have reservations, you can come to the hotel on Sunday @ 5:00pm.

Fatah claims murder of 2 guards in Jerusalem

Saturday, Nov 22, 2003

Two security guards were shot dead in eastern Jerusalem on Saturday night by suspected Palestinian attackers near a section of the security fence under construction, police said.

In an initial claim of responsibility, Jenin Martyrs' Brigades, a faction associated with Fatah, took credit for the attack.

The two were guarding equipment being used for the construction of the barrier, close to the Abu Dis neighborhood, when they were ambushed at close range in their vehicle shortly after 8 p.m. by at least two gunmen, said Jerusalem police spokesman Shmuel Ben-Ruby.

The assailants also stole the guards' weapons and fled via a nearby wadi, police said.

Magen David Adom ambulance workers said the men were pronounced dead at the scene. Their names had not been released at press time.

Three other security guards stationed near the scene of the attack heard the gunshots and fired in the direction of the attackers, but they had already escaped, Ben-Ruby said.

Jerusalem police chief Cmdr. Mickey Levy said a number of security mishaps led to the fatalities. He noted that, according to regulations, a minimum of five guards were to be on the site at all times; the two were killed sitting inside their vehicle; and an emergency generator was not working.

Police and soldiers searched for the attackers late into the night, aided by a police helicopter.

While work on the security fence has already been completed north and south of the capital, construction on its eastern section has been delayed due to political wrangling over its route.

The network of electronic fences, concrete walls, trenches, guard towers, and other obstacles is aimed at preventing Palestinian terrorists from entering Israel.

Palestinians vehemently oppose the barrier, which crosses most of the West Bank.

Indeed, Palestinian protesters had on several occasions in the past week pelted security officials at the scene of Saturday's shooting. The guards were employed by a private company, under contract from the Defense Ministry, to safeguard construction equipment over Shabbat, when no work is done.

The shooting broke a two-month lull in terrorist attacks in the capital – the last one being the September 9 suicide bombing at Cafe Hillel in the German Colony, which killed seven people.

MAZEL TOV UPDATES #308 ARE ONLINE NOW!

Saturday, Nov 22, 2003

The Emissaries

Saturday, Nov 22, 2003

What do you do if you have a vision, and are determined to see that vision implemented in the life of every man, woman and child on the face of the earth? Only you can make others see what you see, only you can communicate its urgency, only you can impart the motivation and empowerment to make it happen. But you are a single individual. How to bridge the miles, not to mention the cultural and psychological expanses, that separate you from them?

"From the time that I was a child attending cheder," the Lubavitcher Rebbe states in a letter he wrote on his 54th birthday in 1956, "and even earlier than that, there began to take form in my mind a vision of the future redemption: the redemption of Israel from its last exile, a redemption such as would explicate the suffering, the decrees and the massacres of galut."continue...

FOR SALE: BRAND NEW BROTHER 5-IN-1 COLOR MULTIFUNCTION MACHINE ONLY $85!!!

Saturday, Nov 22, 2003

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This ABSOLUTELY BRAND NEW Sheetfed, Multi-Function product seen in photo on the left includes Color Printer, Fax (14.4K bps), Copier, Scanner and PC Fax.

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CLICK HERE FORE MORE INFO ON THE 5-IN-1

Day of Learning Created By Girls, For Girls

Saturday, Nov 22, 2003

“Life, etc.” a day of much more than learning for post-sem girls, with Rabbi Manis Friedman and other fantastic speakers, is the brainchild of a group of girls who heard Friedman speak at Bais Chana this past summer and were amazed at how it broadened their thinking and made them really appreciate who they were as young Jewish women. “Everything he talks about is so relevant and it has such an impact on your life,” Devorah Leah of Crown Heights said at the end of the summer. “I wish my friends could hear this.”

From that modest wish came the plans for a full day program, covering everything from the finer points of faith and hashgacha protis to dating, marriage and living our lives as better Jews – and all the issues in between that are relevant to girls in this age group.

If you are a single post-sem girl, either on shlichus, working or in school, you owe it to yourself – this day is definitely for you! Be there on Thursday, Nov 27, 2 Kislev, at the Chabad House in Great Neck, Long Island, for an unmatched experience created by girls, for girls.

Pre-registration is required. For more information and to register, go to www.charitybox.com/bcwi and click on the events tab, then click on "sign up" for more details. Discount for registration extended to Nov 23. Scholarships are available.

Shabbaton Reminder for Teenage Girls: It’s not too late to register for “Gratitude With Attitude,” Nov 28-30. Go to www.baischana.org/teenage.html

JUST 1 DAY LEFT TO L'MAN ACHAI'S CHINESE AUCTION!!!

Saturday, Nov 22, 2003

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This Sunday, November 23rd, L'man Achai will hold its Annual Chinese Auction in Boro Park A wonderful program is planned including top speakers and entertainment. Over $35,000 in prizes will be raffled off. Special "Double Your Chances" packages still available.

Click link below to view and print Auction booklet.
http://www.camplmanachai.com/auction.htm
Fax your orders 24 hours to 718-438-6636
or call L'man Achai at 718-436-8255, Evenings 718-854-9642

A bridge made of books

Saturday, Nov 22, 2003

This past Monday night, in a crowded room in downtown Manhattan, I caught a glimpse of the power a good Jewish book can wield. It was shortly after 6 p.m., and some 50 young Jewish men and women sat in rapt attention as writer and radio commentator Warren Kozak introduced journalist Sue Fishkoff, who discussed her new work, The Rebbe's Army: Inside the world of Chabad-Lubavitch, at the Center for Jewish History on West 16th Street.

Only this wasn't just another "meet the author" party. Those in attendance had all recently been to Israel for the first time thanks to the birthright israel program, which offers young Jews the opportunity to visit the Jewish state and witness the miraculous rebirth of their ancestral homeland. CONTINUE...

Kinnus Hashluchim 5764 Gala Banquet to be Broadcast live over the internet!

Saturday, Nov 22, 2003

SNS has learned, that for the 2nd year in a row, the Kinnus Hashluchim Gala Banquet will IYH be broadcast live over the internet.

The broadcast will enable those Shluchim who weren't able to make it to the Kinnus as well as the Shluchos and their children @ home around the world to log in and watch the proceedings.

To view the broadcast, you must have Windows Media Player version 9 with the latest updates, so be sure to update your player now. You can check your version by clicking on the "Help" menu and then "About Windows Media Player".

If you don't have version 9 log on to: http://www.windowsmedia.com/download/.

To check for updates go to "Help" and "Check For Player Updates..."

Stay tuned to SHMAIS.com for the link where you will be able to watch the banquet live.

SUNDAY IN CROWN HEIGHTS: Custom Samples Shaitel Party

Saturday, Nov 22, 2003

Sunday November 23rd
823 Montgomery Street (Ring Weinstein Bell)
6:30-9:00pm - Refreshments will be served
Bring your friends!


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Call Shaina: 718-686-8572

Now Available!! 334 Ideas. An great book for all those who work with children

Saturday, Nov 22, 2003

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334 Ideas is a book that will prove invaluable to all those who work with children, whether in camp or school settings. 334 Ideas is a 196-page activity guide that includes songs, games, and other theme-based programs for Jewish children. This is a comprehensive resource book that covers every aspect of programming from designing clubs, arranging schedules, and outlining first aid procedures, to hiring and training counselors. It includes two tables of contents; an index; excellent checklists for art supplies, sports equipment, and other needs; and websites for an array of resources.

Available in the Crown Heights book stores or by calling 718-773-1920.

Message from Lazer Raksin

Saturday, Nov 22, 2003

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Dear Friends,

Sholom Aleichem. This coming Sunday night and Monday, 29th of Cheshvan, will mark the 43rd birthday of my wife, Bella bas Yitzchok A"H. On behalf of my children and myself, I am asking you to please perform a mitzvah in her memory on the day of her birthday.

Every good deed brings Moshiach closer. May Hashem bless you with good health, great nachas and prosperity. Thank you.

Lazer Raksin
Crown Heights, NY

MORE PICTURES FROM THE KINNUS HASHLUCHIM

Saturday, Nov 22, 2003

CLICK HERE FORE MORE PHOTOS FROM THE KINNUS HASHLUCHIM

SHABBOS MEVORCHIM KISLEV PARSHAS CHAYEI-SARAH 5764 IN CROWN HEIGHTS

Sunday, Nov 23, 2003

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It was a very beautiful Shabbos in Crown Heights. B”H the weather was phenomenal too with temperatures in the 60’s!, thus allowing the Shluchim, guest and locals to spend much quality time outside without having to bundle up.

There were over 2000 guests in town for Shabbos, that number includes the Shluchim, their children, their Balle Batim and many Yeshiva Bochurim who came in from far and near.

There were 5 Sholom Zochors k”ah!

Shortly before 7:00pm on Friday night the 350 Tzeirei HaShluchim k”ah, wearing their specially imprinted t-shirts, and special embroidered yarmulkahs along with their counselors began filing into 770 to daven Kabolas Shabbos. The children sat on benches behind the Rebbe's davening place & on top of the platform where the Rebbe's farbrengen place is. It was a beautiful camp style davening that ended with a smashing “Al Tira”.

There was a very nice Seudas Shabbos for the Shluchim @ Oholei Torah. Opening remarks were delivered by Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky and Rabbi Schneur Zalman Zaklas, Novosibirsk, Russia delivered a Dvar Torah. Other speakers included: Rabbi Boruch Shlomo Cunin, Los Angeles, California, Rabbi Rabbi Zushe Alperowitz, Kiryat Gat, Eretz Yisroel Rabbi Moshe Wilhelm, Portland, Oregon and Rabbi Avrohom Kievman, Liverpool, England.

After the meal there were a bunch of Farbrengens around the hall some of the more sizable Farbrengens were led by Rabbi Aron Lazer Tzeitlin with Shluchim from Israel and Rabbi Schmidt & Sherman with Campus Shluchim. Also pulling in nice crowds were separate Farbrengen s led by Rabbi Mordy Shain – NJ, Rabbi Ysoel Zaltzman – Toronto, Rabbi Avremel Grossbaum – IN & Rabbi Yisroel Shmotkin – WI.

Shabbos morning Eli Slavin Davened Shachris @ the Umud downstairs. There were 7 Chasanim. Y.Y. Jacobson spoke before Mussaf. Shloma Leib Abramowitz Davened @ the umud.

In the Rebbe’s room Yossi Touger Davened Shachris @ the Umud. There were 3 Chasanim. Ruvi New – FL Davened Mussaf @ the Umud.

After davening, there were many Farbrengens held both upstairs and downstairs in 770 as well as in private homes, including the Kiddushim for the Chassanim. In Oholei Torah many Shluchim Farbreng’d all afternoon long.

Downstairs before the end of Shabbos, R’ Naftoli Greenfeld Chazzered a Maamer.

@ the Ohel there were 100 people for Shabbos including many Shluchim.

A morning of recognition for Yeshivas Tzeirei Hashluchim

Sunday, Nov 23, 2003

In conjunction with the International Kinus Hashluchim, Yeshivas Tzeirei Hashluchim of Tzfas will be holding a Tribute Breakfast recognizing seven years of achievement at the Yeshiva and the Yeshivas Kayitz, and projecting a vision of growth and development for this institution that is so vital to hundreds of Shluchim around the world.

Over the short seven years of its existence, the Yeshiva has achieved a reputation of providing a warm and caring environment for the young children of Shluchim, and giving attention to the personal needs of the many young shluchim that walk through its doors. For many this is the first time they face the high standards of study in a Yeshiva environment that most of their counterparts have been experiencing for years before.

At the same time the Yeshiva has been able to retain a very high standard of learning and achievement. Under the guidance of the Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Sholom Ber Hertzel, the Bochurim are able to flourish in their learning capabilities. The alumni of the Yeshiva enter their future Beis Medrash years with the confidence and ability to far surpass the expectations of the Yeshiva from the average student.

The Chassidisheh atmosphere of the Yeshiva has for many bochurim proven to be a fundamental changing point in their life. In a positive and motivational manner, the Bochurim who enter are given the opportunity to live and internalize the depth and vigor that the Bochurim of the Rebbe’s Yeshivos strive for.

The affordable tuition package catered to the needs of each Shliach (incredibly beyond the realm of almost any other Lubavitcher Yeshiva today!) makes this Yeshiva a vital service to the army of the Rebbe’s Shluchim around the world.

To further enhance the Yeshivas success with Bochurim, last year the Dean of the Yeshiva Rabbi Chaim Kaplan began renting space at a spacious and well appointed campus in the heights of Mt. Canaan, overlooking the city of Tzfas.

On Monday, November 24th (the morning after the Kinus banquet) the Yeshiva is inviting all of its past alumni, parents and supporters for a chance to become part of the continuing progress at the Yeshiva, and for prospective parents to learn more about the wonderful opportunity that is waiting for their (soon to be Yeshiva students) children.

The Breakfast will be held at Beis Benyamin @ 680 Montgomery St. at 9:30 in the morning.
Couvert: $36.
Please RSVP to: tribute@youngshluchim.com or 917- 520-8475.

MAZEL TOV YOUNGS

Sunday, Nov 23, 2003

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SNS would like to wish a hearty Mazel Tov to, Yacov & Devorah (nee Holtzberg) Young - Crown Heights on the birth of their firstborn son.

May the newborn be a source of Nachas to his parents, grandparents, relatives & Klal Yisroel.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY 2

Sunday, Nov 23, 2003

Sholly Hyams
Shimon Herz - E-MAIL

NEW ENGAGEMENT & SUNDAY NIGHT LECHAIMS

Sunday, Nov 23, 2003

Menachem Tauber (Crown Heights) to Nechama Laber (Chicago, IL)
Lechaim IYH tonight-Sunday at 536 Crown St. between Kingston and Albany.
E-MAZEL TOV

2ND LECHAIM FOR SUNDAY NIGHT
Yehoshua Berman (Providence, RI) to Shlima Rivka Astolin (Crown Heights) @ LUBAVITCH YESHIVA

MOTZEI SHABBOS PHOTOS FROM THE KINNUS

Sunday, Nov 23, 2003

FOR SNS EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS FROM MOTZEI SHABBOS @ THE KINNUS HASHLUCHIM CLICK HERE

PLEASE SAY TEHILLIM 4 AND GIVE TZEDAKA LEZECHUS

Sunday, Nov 23, 2003

Menachem Mendel ben Ester Rochel
a 16 year old Bochur who is undergoing a serious operation

Tehillim also needed 4
Yosefa Leah bas Gittel Esther

WATCH THE KINNUS BANQUET LIVE NOW...

Sunday, Nov 23, 2003

TO WATCH THE BANQUET LIVE CLICK ON ONE OF THE FOLLOWING LINKS

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Palestinian fugitive arrested in West Bank

Monday, Nov 24, 2003

IDF forces arrested a Palestinian fugitive in the village of Aqaba, north of Nablus. No additional details were communicated.

Meanwhile, Three mortar shells were fired at Israeli settlements in the Gaza Strip Sunday night. No casualties or damage were reported.

Palestinians also fired at an IDF post near Netzer Hazani in Gush Katif and at another near Kfar Darom in the central Gaza Strip. No casualties were reported in any of the incidents.

Michigan Friendship Circle Breaks Ground For New Facility

Monday, Nov 24, 2003

West Bloomfield, Michigan — Thursday, November 20, 2003

“We all grow up and have a dream that we will get married and have children. We just take it for granted that our children will be normal and healthy. Unfortunately, for some of us, that dream doesn’t always come true.”

These are the words of a mother of an autistic child in West Bloomfield, Michigan. And it is for her and thousands like her that The Friendship Circle, which pairs special needs children with teenage volunteers, was formed in 1995 by Chabad Rebbetzin Bassie Shemtov.

What began as a small local project almost eight years ago, to help a handful of special children, has turned into a full time avocation for Bassie and her husband Rabbi Levi Shemtov and now serves over 150 children with a staff of 350 teen volunteers. continue...

HASHOVAS AVEIDA - GLASSES, TEFILLIN & CHITAS LOST

Monday, Nov 24, 2003

*Lost A Green Pair Of Glasses In Crown Heights
Call 718-974-9472
Reward If Found

*TEFILLIN LOST IN OHLEI TORAH ON SUNDAY MORNING! NAME ON BAGS IS "YAAKOV TZVI ARYEH HALEVI NEMON"

PLEASE CALL YANKY IMMEDIATELY IF FOUND AT 412-414-9043 THROUGH SUNDAY NIGHT (AFTER PLEASE CALL 718-213-6931).

*A leather bound chitas was left in 770. Belonging to Nissan Dubov his name was inscribed on the chitas. If found please call (718) 363-8166.

*A simple pair of glasses was lost @ the Kinnus Banquet. If found please e-mail: shmais

Now Available!! 334 Ideas. An great book for all those who work with children

Monday, Nov 24, 2003

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334 Ideas is a book that will prove invaluable to all those who work with children, whether in camp or school settings. 334 Ideas is a 196-page activity guide that includes songs, games, and other theme-based programs for Jewish children. This is a comprehensive resource book that covers every aspect of programming from designing clubs, arranging schedules, and outlining first aid procedures, to hiring and training counselors. It includes two tables of contents; an index; excellent checklists for art supplies, sports equipment, and other needs; and websites for an array of resources.

Available in the Crown Heights book stores or by calling 718-773-1920.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY 2

Monday, Nov 24, 2003

Yanky ben R' Binyomin Klein - E-MAIL

Special annoucement from BOYTIQUE

Monday, Nov 24, 2003

Boytique is proud to announce their vast variety of Boys' clothing at prices that can't be matched elsewhere.

Whether you need a suit for a bar mitzvah or an outfit for an upshernish, or if you simply wish to browse our tremendous selection, please stop by at 736 Montgomery Street Between Kingston and Albany Avenues.

You can call in your orders and we'll have it packed up waiting for your husbands at 718 604-8798.
Don't delay call today!

NEW SHLUCHIM TO NORWAY!

Monday, Nov 24, 2003

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On Sunday night @ the gala banquet of the Kinnus HaShluchim it was announced that in the coming weeks iyh, Rabbi & Mrs. Shaul Wilhelm of Crown Heights will be moving on Shlichus to establish Lubavitch of Norway in the capital city of Oslo.

The Wilhelm's were appointed by Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky of Merkos L’inyonei Chinuch.

HATZLOCHA RABBA!

The Wilhelm's can be reached @ LubavitchNorway@hotmail.com

WELL OVER 2000 @ @ KINNUS HASHLUCHIM GALA BANQUET 5764 - 249 PICTURES ONLINE NOW!

Monday, Nov 24, 2003

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Till the official SNS report from the beautiful banquet is filed we are pleased to present our largest ever photo album from the Kinnus Hashluchim gala banquet.

TO START VIEWING THE 249 SNS EXCLUSIVE PICTURES CLICK HERE

MONDAY NIGHT LECHAIM

Monday, Nov 24, 2003

Mordy Hecht (Forest Hills, NY) to Sary Farkash (Jerusalem)
@ the Sephardic Jewish Congregation and Center of Queens,101-17 67 Drive, Forest Hills, New York

HASHEM ANSWERS CEO'S PRAYERS

Monday, Nov 24, 2003

Last night in middle of covering the Kinnus HaShluchim gala banquet @ the Brooklyn Marriott, Levi Hodakov, CEO of Shmais News Service & SHMAIS.com noticed that his glasses were missing. A thorough search of all the CEO's pockets followed by an equally thorough search in and around table #90 ensued but the glasses did not turn up.

After the banquet, various inquiries with the ballroom and hotel staff were made, however there was still no sign of the glasses.

On Monday afternoon a phone call was put into the hotel's lost & found but they said there were no glasses turned in.

It was after the phone call to the hotel that Hodakov decided to have a chat with Hashem. He told G-D that in the merit of placing all those "Hashovas Aveidas" on SHMAIS.com he would like his glasses to please be found. Follow his chat with G-D he placed some money in the Pushka near his desk.

A couple of hours go bye and the CEO is talking on Kingston Ave. with Yossi Raitport of See View Optical inquiring about the possible need to purchase new glasses. In middle of the conversation the CEO's cellphone rings. On the other end of the line was Osher Litzman photographer par excellence for COL.org.il and a good friend of the CEO. Litzman was calling to tell the CEO that he had found a pair of glasses.

The CEO rushed on over to Tzivos Hashem where he joyously identified the glasses as being his very own.

Thank you Hashem!

Thank you Osher!

Gunfire Directed at Soldiers near Netzer-Hazani

Monday, Nov 24, 2003

(IsraelNN.com) Soldiers were targeted by terrorist gunfire near the southern Gaza community of Netzer-Hazani. There were no injuries.

PLEASE SAY TEHILLIM 4

Monday, Nov 24, 2003

Esther bas Sara Gitsa

Chana bas Rivkah Bleema

Julie bas Yehudis

Nechoma Frayda bas Soroh

HASHOVAS AVEIDA - MEZUZA, NECKTIE & KEYS FOUND

Monday, Nov 24, 2003

*New mezuzah in a small plastic case found in 770 on Sunday during Shachris.
To claim please see Rabbi Sholom Ber Kievman in 770.

*Beautiful necktie found on Montgomery between Brooklyn and NY.
To claim please call Aaronsons @ 718-221-8345

*Car keys found at Oholei Torah this afternoon. Seems like they might belong to someone from New Jersey.
TO CLAIM CALL 718-774-4000

F/T MEDICAL ASSISTANT NEEDED FOR CROWN HEIGHTS MEDICAL OFFICE

Monday, Nov 24, 2003

We are seeking an energetic and organized individual with a personable manner to work as a full-time Medical Assistant in our busy family practice office.

Applicant must be computer literate, have excellent English and telephone skills, and be able to multi-task. Prior office experience is necessary. Medical experience is preferred. Strict adherence to confidentiality is required. Must be legal to work in the US.

For consideration, fax resume to 718-773-4583.

REGISTRATION FOR THE 2nd SEMESTER @ THE CHASSIDIC RABBINICAL COLLEGE (CRC) - BEGINNING FEB. 8, 2004 (16 SHEVAT) - ALREADY UNDERWAY!

Monday, Nov 24, 2003

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B"H CRC opened Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan according to plan in the Jerusalem Gate Hotel at the entrance to Jerusalem!

Side-by-side with the semicha program, CRC offers courses leading to a BA in lucrative fields such as business management and marketing, computers, etc.

Students receive credit for the professional training and limudei kodesh toward a degree from Touro college Jerusalem (a branch of Touro College NY).

During the weekly rotating class this week, the students learned CPR at the headquarters of Magen David Adom in Jerusalem (picture below).

For more information about the College and/or application forms for the second semester, reply to the contact information of Rabbi Chaim Greenberg, founder and director of CRC:

Email: crc@bezeqint.net
Tel: 972-2-580-6732
Cellular: 972-5-580-6732

BORUCH DAYAN HAEMES - R' MOSHE NOACH HERSHKOP

Monday, Nov 24, 2003

With sadness we inform you of the passing of Rabbi Moshe Noach Hershkop of Jerusalem and father of Yibadlu Lechaim Tovim R' Meir - CH, R' Avrohom Yosef - Nachlas Har Chabad, R' Yaakov - Jerusalem, R' Lipa - CH, Mrs. Baitch - Tzfas, R' yehuda, R' Yisroel & R' Mendel - CH, Mrs. Halperin - Jerusalem, Mrs. Albert - Jerusalem and Hatomim Shlomo Hershkop.

Meir, Mendel, Yehuda and Yisroel Hershkop are sitting Shiva in Crown Heights @ 461 Empire Boulevard (between Brooklyn & New York).
Shachris – Starting at 7:00AM (1 MINYAN ONLY ON ROSH CHODESH @ 7:45AM) - Mincha – b’zman - Maariv – b’zman
Phone: 718-756-7609

Hamokom Yenachem eschem Besoch Shaar Avaylay Tzion VeYerushalayim. Vehukeetzu Veranenu Shochnay Ufur vehu besochom!

NEW ENGAGEMENT

Monday, Nov 24, 2003

Eyal Ungar (Ranana, Israel) to Devorah Leah Yurkowitz (Lod, Israel)

Learn to cook with Levana: Join us for a fun-filled, exciting, informative and delicious evening!

Monday, Nov 24, 2003

Levana Kirschenbaum is a renowned gourmet chef, co-founder of Levana Restaurant and author of the beautiful must-have “Levana’s Table: Kosher Cooking for Everyone.” For more than twenty years New Yorkers have flocked to the upscale Levana Restaurant, commissioned her for catering their most special events, and marked their schedules for Levana’s Place , the first ever, weekly Gourmet Kosher cooking classes taught by the master chef herself.

The highlight of our latest class catalog is our Kallah Class Series, the series everyone has been clamoring for: 5 classes packed with wonderful menus and priceless information on everything you always wanted to know about cooking and hosting the perfect meal. You will cook and host like a pro, simply, naturally and deliciously. The perfect wedding present to the future bride and the newlyweds. Yes, husbands are welcome!

Visit our website to find out all about menus and registration information @ www.levanakirschenbaum.com

OR E-mail us at Tableclass@rcn.com

See you all at the class!

Chabad and the 70 nations

Monday, Nov 24, 2003

Chabad-Lubavitch announced it has emissaries in more than 70 countries, a record for the movement.

New countries that added full-time emissaries this year include Cyprus, Croatia, Finland and India. Also for the first time, Chabad had a representative in Iraq during the holidays, Col. Jacob Goldstein, state staff chaplain of the New York Army National Guard.

The announcement was made at Chabad’s 20th annual Shluchim convention, which drew about 2,000 Jewish outreach emissaries, or shluchim, to the five-day conference in Brooklyn. Chabad has about 4,600 emissaries worldwide, including permanent representatives in 45 states and 67 U.S. campus representatives.

NEW ENGAGEMENT

Monday, Nov 24, 2003

Menachem Traxler - E-MAZEL TOV (Houston, TX) to Rena Berkowitz (Southfield, MI)
LECHAIM IYH TUESDAY NIGHT @ FREE

Positions Available @ New State of The art Chabad school in Manhattan - W. 19th St.

Monday, Nov 24, 2003

1) Graphic Artist with a minimum of two years experience. in quark, Photoshop, web design F/T and P/T options
2) Individual with strong organizational, multi tasking and efficient skills to work at our Art Gallery Shop afternoon and early evenings. Sundays are optional.
CONTINUE READING FOR 4 MORE POSITIONS AVAILABLE

THE STORY OF ROSH CHODESH KISLEV - 26 YEARS

Monday, Nov 24, 2003

770 is jammed packed. Thousands of Chassidim from every corner of the earth, are here to celebrate with the Rebbe. All eyes focus on the Rebbe as the Hakofos begin. The Rebbe holds the Sefer Torah aloft. His face radiates the sheer joy of Yom-Tov as he dances with [his brother in-law,] the Rashag (o.h.), on the dais in the shul's centre. It is Shmini Atzeres, 5738.

The first Hakofoh ends. The Rebbe walks, slowly, back to his place at the south-eastern wall. The second and third Hakofos are completed and the Rebbe, looking tired, has clapped his hands only a few times.

Hakofoh Daled, the Rebbe turns to face the crowd. The singing stops. Silence engulfs 770. The Rebbe's face is white as chalk. The Hakofoh begins. The Rebbe strains to bring his hands together to clap. He asks for a chair and sits. continue...

MORE PHOTOS FROM THE KINNUS

Tuesday, Nov 25, 2003

CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS TAKEN ON SUNDAY

BORUCH DAYAN HAEMES - RABBI YAAKOV SIMCHA TEITELBAUM OBM

Tuesday, Nov 25, 2003

With sadness we infrom you of the passing of Rabbi Yaakov Simcha Teitelbaum, brother of Yibadlu Lechaim Tovim Dr. Jeffrey Teitelbaum and Mr. Daniel Teitelbaum.

The Levaya will be today-Tuesday, 12:00 @ Shomrei Hadas and passing 770 @ lerech 12:30pm.

The family will be sitting shiva at the home of the parents Mr. and Mrs. Mortek Teitelbaum. 2612 East 11th Street between Ave Z and Shore Parkway.
Phone:718-646-8312

Hamokom Yenachem eschem Besoch Shaar Avaylay Tzion VeYerushalayim. Vehukeetzu Veranenu Shochnay Ufur vehu besochom!

TUESDAY NIGHT LECHAIM

Tuesday, Nov 25, 2003

Menachem Traxler (Houston, TX) to Rena Berkowitz (Southfield, MI)
@ FREE

PLEASE SAY TEHILLIM 4

Tuesday, Nov 25, 2003

Devorah bas Perel

Jerusalem Arab tries to stab Jews by Old City

Tuesday, Nov 25, 2003

A 19-year-old Jerusalem Arab who pulled out a knife just outside the Dung Gate in Jerusalem's Old City Tuesday night and tried to stab Jewish worshipers was overcome by a police officer stationed nearby, police said.

There were no injuries reported in the incident, which took place just a minute's walk from the Western Wall, and the would-be assailant was arrested on the scene.

MAZEL TOV STRASBERGS

Tuesday, Nov 25, 2003

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SNS would like to wish a hearty Mazel Tov to, Yanky & Shaindel (nee Klein) Strasberg - Monsey, NY on the birth of their firstborn son.

May the newborn be a source of Nachas to his parents, grandparents, relatives & Klal Yisroel.

REGISTRATION FOR THE 2nd SEMESTER @ THE CHASSIDIC RABBINICAL COLLEGE (CRC) - BEGINNING FEB. 8, 2004 (16 SHEVAT) - ALREADY UNDERWAY!

Tuesday, Nov 25, 2003

B"H CRC opened Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan according to plan in the Jerusalem Gate Hotel at the entrance to Jerusalem!

Side-by-side with the semicha program, CRC offers courses leading to a BA in lucrative fields such as business management and marketing, computers, etc.

Students receive credit for the professional training and limudei kodesh toward a degree from Touro college Jerusalem (a branch of Touro College NY).

During the weekly rotating class this week, the students learned CPR at the headquarters of Magen David Adom in Jerusalem (picture below).

For more information about the College and/or application forms for the second semester, reply to the contact information of Rabbi Chaim Greenberg, founder and director of CRC:

Email: crc@bezeqint.net
Tel: 972-2-580-6732
Cellular: 972-5-580-6732

Two positions availabe in Chabad House near Crown Heights

Tuesday, Nov 25, 2003

Part time secretary and Hebrew tutor.
Good salary. Beautiful working conditions, warm and friendly community. Must have drivers license. Preferable if you have your own car but not necessity.

Full time secretary.
Must have office experience and full knowledge of computers. Must be organized, responsible and good with people. Good salary. Car, with all expenses paid. Beautiful working conditions. Warm and friendly community.

IF INTERESTED PLEASE CALL 516-682-0404.
IF YOU HAVE A RESUME PLEASE FAX IT TO 516-363-3963 OR EMAIL TO: chabadtownob@juno.com

67 COUPLES INTERVIEWED FOR SHLICHUS OVER THE KINNUS

Tuesday, Nov 25, 2003

SNS has learned, that during the just concluded Kinnus HaShluchim 5764, over 30 Shluchim conducted interviews with some 67 couples that are planning on going on Shlichus IYH.

The interviews were arranged by the Shluchim Office's Placement Bureau headed by Rabbi Efraim Mintz and responsible for "hooking up" future Shluchim with Shlichus positions around the world.

During the last year the placement bureau assisted 39 couples k"ah in finding Shlichus. In addition SNS has learned that another 13 couples are in the midst of being finalized pending contract negotiations etc.

To date there are nearly 200 people on the placement bureau's list. The applicants, after having submitted their resumes and chosen what fields in Shlichus they are interested in, are notified via e-mail whenever a position is available.

RECORD WEEK FOR FIRSTBORNS IN LUBAVITCH K"AH

Tuesday, Nov 25, 2003

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SNS is B"H very pleased to announce that for the week beginning on Friday the 19th of Cheshvan through Thursday the 25th of Cheshvan there were a record 13 firstborns reported on SHMAIS.com.

Of the 13 firstborns k"ah, 7 were girls and 6 were boys.

SNS WOULD LIKE TO EXTEND OUR VERY HEARTY WISHES OF MAZEL TOV, MAZEL TOV x 13 TO ALL THE NEW PARENTS, BUBBIES, ZADIES, RELATIVES AND ANASH AROUND THE WORLD!

MAY WE CONTINUE TO SHARE ONLY SIMCHOS!

Beautiful Public Display Menoras @ Unbeatable Quality and Price

Tuesday, Nov 25, 2003

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Go to: www.chabadsouthhills.com for more information

Perfect For: "indoors "outdoors "malls "shopping centers "grocery stores "synagogues "assemble in minutes "easy to store "will last forever!

4 ft. " $495 " ships via UPS ($40-$75 in U.S.)
6 ft. " $595 " ships via UPS ($50-$125 in U.S.)
8 ft. " $ 695 " Ships via a freight company ($80 -$140 in U.S.) Shipping prices are only estimates
Special even lower prices for new Shluchim!

The menorah is Made of metal and includes bulbs. It is painted a high gloss gold and was very popular last year, This year includes some very nice upgrades! Many shluchim have bought it used it and have been very satisfied, (call for references). There are bulk order discounts (3 or more).

Chabad of the South Hills - 412-278-3693 or 412-512-3046 e-mail: chabadsh@earthlink.net
We will sell out (we did last year)! so call early! Credit Cards accepted cards accepted

360 @ Friends of Lubavitch of Bergen County, NJ Dinner

Tuesday, Nov 25, 2003

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On Sunday, November 16th, the 21st of Cheshvan, Friends of Lubavitch of Bergen County, NJ celebrated a historically successful dinner at the Woodcliff Lake Hilton in Woodcliff Lake, NJ.

360 people from all over Bergen County came to celebrate and enjoy the success of Friends of Lubavitch in the spreading of Yiddishkeit throughout Teaneck and the surrounding county.

The world renowned author, radio show host and prolific speaker, Dennis Prager was the keynote speaker. Prager delivered an inspiring address which concluded with his tremendous praise of Chabad Lubavitch activities all over the world. Aside from speaking Dennis was on hand to honor his parents who were the "Lifetime Achievement" awardees. Max Prager attends shiurim in the Chabad House in Teaneck twice a week and both he and his wife are very close with Rabbi Ephraim Simon, the Shliach in Teaneck and Executive Director of Friends of Lubavitch of Bergen County.

The other honorees included Mayor Jacqueline Kates, the Mayor of Teaneck and her husband Michael Kates who are very involved in the Bergen County Jewish community and Mr. and Mrs. Tzvi and Leigh Maller, owners of the famous Sushi Metsuyan in Teaneck and pillars of the Teaneck Chabad House family. Also honored were Nader and Madana Bolour from the Englewood Jewish community.

Dignitaries on hand included Assemblywoman Loretta Wienberg, Englewood Mayor Michael Wildes, the Teaneck Town Council, and Andrew Schwab, Deputy Press Secretary for US Senator Jon Corzine.

OVER 2200 @ KINNUS HASHLUCHIM GALA BANQUET 5764

Tuesday, Nov 25, 2003

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CROWN HEIGHTS (SNS) – The International Kinnus HaShluchim, jam packed with sessions, workshops and many a Farbrengen over the course 5 days officially concluded on Monday afternoon.

How befitting, that this year’s Kinnus, the 20th annual Kinnus had a record enrollment of over 1700 Shluchim who hailed “May’arba Kanfos Ha’aretz”.

The yearly highlight of the convention is the gala banquet. On Sunday night, a record size crowd of over 2200, including the Shluchim, their supporters, friends, Bochurim and a number of members of the media too, gathered for the banquet in 3 halls at the Brooklyn Marriott hotel.

Now, this banquet is like none other for many reasons. Just to mention one, how many banquets or dinners have you gone to where there wasn't an empty seat in the hall? I doubt any and chances are the crowd was far smaller. At the Kinnus banquet there are over 2000 seats and not one, not one is empty! continue...

Reservists foil Gaza terror attack

Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003

Reservist Paratroopers shot and killed three Palestinians near the Kissufim Road - one of the passages from Israel into Gush Katif - in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday night, Army Radio reported.

Deployed in the area, the soldiers spotted a group of five armed men approaching the road and pursued them.

Two fled into a car and drove towards the Palestinian areas. The soldiers opened fire and killed the three - the two suspected terrorists and the driver.

Soldiers are still searching the area for the other two men.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY 2

Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003

Menachem Mendel Kaminker
Berel Zaklikofsky - E-MAIL

INFO TO BE MEANCHEM AVEL THE KIMBALL FAMILY

Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003

Reuven Dovid (Jeffrey) and Clayton Kimball are sitting Shiva in Longmeadow, MA after the passing of their dear mother Miriam OBM.

Shiva is at 400 Pinewood dr. Longmeadow MA
Phone: 413-567-0200
Shachris - 8:30 a.m. - Mincha/Maariv - 4:15 p.m.

Hamokom Yenachem eschem Besoch Shaar Avaylay Tzion VeYerushalayim. Vehukeetzu Veranenu Shochnay Ufur vehee besochom!

HASHOVAS AVEIDA - KEYS, CELLPHONE & CHITAS FOUND, PALM PILOT LOST

Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003

KEYS
I found a set of car keys on the corner of President & Brooklyn ave if someone lost it they should call: 718-493-2339.

CELL PHONE
Does anyone recognizes this cell number Israeli number 972 5299 9080 from Cellcom. This phone was found in the Shluchim office. It is a siemens s45i. To claim call Rabbi Avraham Green @ 718-221-0500

PALM PILOT
Palm V lost in Crown Heights on Monday after the Kinnus Hashlouchim. I think I left it in a telephone booth on Kingston Ave.

IF FOUND PLEASE CALL Mendel Gourevitch from Brunoy. 011-336-11-31-47-48

CHITAS
I was given a Chitas in Tishrei by a Goy who works in the lost & found of an airport. Unfortunately, the Chitas doesn't have any name, but I'd like to return it to anybody who can give Simonim. Can you please post this on Shmais, asking anybody who lost a Chitas and can give Simonim to please call 718-756-5607

Two positions availabe in Chabad House near Crown Heights

Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003

Part time secretary and Hebrew tutor.
Good salary. Beautiful working conditions, warm and friendly community. Must have drivers license. Preferable if you have your own car but not necessity.

Full time secretary.
Must have office experience and full knowledge of computers. Must be organized, responsible and good with people. Good salary. Car, with all expenses paid. Beautiful working conditions. Warm and friendly community.

IF INTERESTED PLEASE CALL 516-682-0404.
IF YOU HAVE A RESUME PLEASE FAX IT TO 516-363-3963 OR EMAIL TO: chabadtownob@juno.com

Job opening for Medical assistant/receptionist for medical office in Crown Heights.

Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003

Job opening for Medical assistant/receptionist for medical office in Crown Heights.

Part time 3-7 or 5-7 M-Th, some Sundays.
Experienced. Good pay.

Fax resume 718-604-0957 or call 718-604-0900.

Chabad School First In Nation To Be Tri-Accredited

Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003

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MARGATE, FLORIDA — Monday, November 24, 2003

The new slogan at the Hebrew Academy Community School (HACS) in Margate, Florida is “We’re Number One.”

The Hebrew Academy, a Chabad Lubavitch school for boys and girls in grades early childhood through eighth, is the first Jewish school in the United States to receive a prestigious tri-accreditation status from SACS, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, COJE, Central Organization for Jewish Education and NCPSA, The National Council for Private School Accreditation.

The award culminated a rigorous six month accreditation process wherein representatives from the three organizations systematically and thoroughly scrutinized and probed every aspect of the school, which is in its eighteenth year of operation and has a student body of more than 350. continue...

Q & A With Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz

Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003

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Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz has written more than 60 books on Jewish spirituality, but he is most famous for his translation and commentary of the Babylonian Talmud, which made the complicated text accessible to millions of otherwise ignorant Jews.

Recently, Steinsaltz turned his attention to the classic work of Chabad Chasidism — "The Tanya," first published in 1797 by Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi, the founder of Chabad. In "Opening the Tanya: Discovering the Moral and Mystical Teachings of a Classic Work of Kabbalah" (Wiley, 2003) Steinsaltz translates and comments on the text and explicates the Tanya’s philosophical and spiritual messages.

Speaking to The Journal from Rome, Steinsaltz discussed why the Tanya was groundbreaking when it was published, and what he thinks of today’s obsession with kabbalah. continue...

Beautiful Public Display Menoras @ Unbeatable Quality and Price

Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003

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Go to: www.chabadsouthhills.com for more information

Perfect For: "indoors "outdoors "malls "shopping centers "grocery stores "synagogues "assemble in minutes "easy to store "will last forever!

4 ft. " $495 " ships via UPS ($40-$75 in U.S.)
6 ft. " $595 " ships via UPS ($50-$125 in U.S.)
8 ft. " $ 695 " Ships via a freight company ($80 -$140 in U.S.) Shipping prices are only estimates
Special even lower prices for new Shluchim!

The menorah is Made of metal and includes bulbs. It is painted a high gloss gold and was very popular last year, This year includes some very nice upgrades! Many shluchim have bought it used it and have been very satisfied, (call for references). There are bulk order discounts (3 or more).

Chabad of the South Hills - 412-278-3693 or 412-512-3046 e-mail: chabadsh@earthlink.net
We will sell out (we did last year)! so call early! Credit Cards accepted cards accepted

JEM Makes Waves

Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003

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Waves, the new video of the Rebbe which premiered at the banquet of the international Convention of Shluchim, will soon be available to Anash, Shluchim and the general public.

According to JEM officials, the video will undergo "some additional editing, to make it even better than before" and will be available in about two weeks.

The video begins dramatically with scenes of destruction and hopelessness of the World Trade Center attack, and proceeds to present the Rebbe as he quotes the Rambam about the infinite power one Mitzva or good deed can have.

Beautiful footage illustrating the Rebbe's message is interspersed throughout, and a moving musical soundtrack weaves it all together.

To pre-order the video, click here: http://www.jemedia.org/buywaves

PLEASE SAY TEHILLIM 4

Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003

Yehuda Leib Ben Draiza

Chaim Yisroel Ben Rochel

NEW ENGAGEMENT

Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003

Yisroel Hahn (Randolph, NJ) to Chaya Sarah (bas R' Avrohom) Andrusier (Crown Heights)
LECHAIM IYH MOTZEI SHABBOS @ LUBAVITCH YESHIVA

SHMAISMOBILE BROKEN INTO IN CROWN HEIGHTS

Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003

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On Wednesday, the world famous SHMAISMOBILE, a 1993 forest green Dodge Intrepid, that is the official vehicle of Shmais News Service, SHMAIS.com and CEO Levi Hodakov was broken into.

The SHMAISMOBILE was parked on Carroll Street between New York & Brooklyn Avenues when it’s right rear window was broken. Broken glass littered the back bench of the car.

The exact time of the break in is not known but it is believed to have happened somewhere between 5:00-9:00pm on Wednesday evening.

A quick search of the car revealed that the only thing stolen was some money from the Pushka.

B”H the CEO’s glasses and his daughter Sarah’s car seat were not stolen.

A police report was immediately made. Special thanks to Chanina Sperlin for getting the cops on the scene is a very timely fashion.

PS. AN SNS REPORTER NOTICED 1 CAR ON CROWN NEAR BROOKLYN AND 1 CAR ON CARROLL ALSO NEAR BROOKLYN THAT WERE ALSO BROKEN INTO. IF YOU HAVE ANY KNOWLEDGE OF ANY OTHER BREAKINS KINDLY E-MAIL US @ SHMAIS@AOL.COM. IF YOUR CAR WAS BROKEN INTO MAKE SURE YOU MAKE A POLICE REPORT!

Chairman of Orange County Florida visits Crown Heights

Thursday, Nov 27, 2003

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On Wednesday morning, Mr. Richard T. Crotty the Chairman & Chief Executive Orange County Florida visited Crown Heights. Crotty is responsible for the day to day operations of the county government, overseeing nearly 6,000 employees and an annual budget of over $2 billion.

The chairman's visit was arranged by Rabbi Sholom B. Dubov of Chabad of Greater Orlando, FL.

Mr. Crotty along with his family and some friends arrived in Crown Heights shortly before 11:00am.

Their first stop was 770, the Rebbe's room and the library. The group also met with Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky, who presented Mr. Crotty with the Congressional Gold Medal that was minted in honor of the Rebbe.

The group all got a tour of the Tzivos Hashem Museum, visited some stores on Kingston Avenue and had a special lunch in the Shluchim office

(PHOTOS: YK FOR SHMAIS.COM)

Mortars land in IDF Gaza base; Soldier suffers from shock

Thursday, Nov 27, 2003

Two mortars were fired at an IDF base in the Gaza Strip Thursday night.

One soldier, who went in to shock, was evacuated for medical treatment.

Earlier Thursday, IDF troops and Border Policemen discovered a 30-kilogram explosive device near the Gaza Strip settlement of Rafah Yam.

Sappers detonated the bomb and there were no reports of injuries or damage.

Shots were fired Thursday at IDF troops near the Kanrei-Netzarim road in the Gaza Strip.

No injuries were reported in the incident.

PLEASE SAY TEHILLIM 4

Thursday, Nov 27, 2003

Rochel chaya bas Adina Edna
Eliyahu ben Chamisa

Who were badly burned in a fire.

SHMAIS.COM HASHOVAS AVEIDA SECTION TO THE RESCUE ONCE AGAIN!

Thursday, Nov 27, 2003

Levi,

This is to thank you for the Hashovas Aveida section on Shmais.

Last week a gonif stole some purses from my house including one that had a set of my car keys.

Yesterday my son mentioned to me that he saw on Shmais that someone found car keys on Brooklyn and President - it so happens that most of the contents of the purses were found at that location and sure enough the keys were to my car (found by mishpachas Slater).

Thanks to the finder and to Shmais.com.

Leibel Altein

FIRE @ CHOVEVEI TORAH IN CROWN HEIGHTS

Thursday, Nov 27, 2003

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On Thursday evening around 7:00pm a fire broke out in the basement of Chovevi Torah on Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights.

The fire started in the boiler room and did not spread. Thick smoke filled the basement.

Bochurim from 770 that were eating supper in the basement at the time all ran to safety B"H. Bochurim in Zal ran out with their Tefillin.

The FDNY put out the the fire quickly and there wasnt too much damage.

One Bochur told the SNS reporter on the scene that it was a miracle that the portable propane gas cylinders that are in the kitchen did not explode.

Women's Study Group Opens @ Chabad of Hawaii

Thursday, Nov 27, 2003

Earlier this week Chabad of Hawaii announced the start of a new Women's Study Group.

Women are being invited to come learn the Torah portion of the week with a Chassidic and Kabbalistic twist!

The new study group will take place every Wednesday night @ the Chabad House.

Job opening for Medical assistant/receptionist for medical office in Crown Heights

Thursday, Nov 27, 2003

Job opening for Medical assistant/receptionist for medical office in Crown Heights.

Part time 3-7 or 5-7 M-Th, some Sundays.
Experienced. Good pay.

Fax resume 718-604-0957 or call 718-604-0900.

NEW ENGAGEMENT

Thursday, Nov 27, 2003

Sholom Ber Brownstein (Crown Heights) to Rivkie Levin (Palo Alto, CA)
E-MAZEL TOV

MAZEL TOV COHENS

Thursday, Nov 27, 2003

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SNS would like to wish a hearty Mazel Tov to, Eli & Shani (nee Shusterman) Cohen - Crown Heights on the birth of their firstborn son.

May the newborn be a source of Nachas to his parents, grandparents, relatives & Klal Yisroel.

MAZEL TOV FRIEDMANS

Thursday, Nov 27, 2003

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SNS would like to wish a hearty Mazel Tov to, Chaim Boruch & Suri (nee Weiss) Friedman - Crown Heights on the birth of their firstborn daughter.

May the newborn be a source of Nachas to her parents, grandparents, relatives & Klal Yisroel.
E-MAZEL TOV

MAJOR FIRE @ SHLUCHIM'S DORM IN SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

Thursday, Nov 27, 2003

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On Friday morning a major fire broke out at the main dormitory for the Talmidim HaShluchim on Flood Street in Sydney.

According to an SNS source @ around 8:30am someone broke into the dormitory poured some type of flammable liquid on some beds and lit them.

B"H no one was in the dorm at the time. The over 40 Shluchim and Smicha Bochurim are currently out of town doing Hashgocha in New Zealand and are due to arrive next week.

As the police have locked off the building for investigations no details on damage are known yet.

200 @ Rosh Chodesh Kislev Seudah in Chicago

Thursday, Nov 27, 2003

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The annual Chicago Rosh Chodesh Kislev Seudah was held this past Wednesday evening.

Billed as “Rosh Chodesh Kislev in Song Story & Celebration” the program was a big hit, though not as originally planned. 200 men, women and children assembled in great anticipation of another fantastic Rosh Chodesh Seudah coordinated by Lubavitch Chabad of Illinois. Due to an unexpected emergency, the guest entertainer was unable to come, so Rabbi Daniel Moscowitz, Head Shliach of Illinois, had to scramble to fill the program.

Illinois is blessed with more than 40 shluchim (kein yirbu) so Rabbi Moscowitz dug into the local talent to fill the void, and they came through like champions. Rabbi Feitel Levin, principal of Lubavitch Girls High School and composer of the Rosh Chodesh Kislev nigun, led the crowd in many Chassidishe niggunim accompanied by the talented one man band of Avrum Levine.

Rabbi Dovid Flinkenstein, Chabad of Wilmette, opened the evening with heart warming stories of the wondrous effect of the simplest acts of the Rebbe’s mivtzoim, particularly the Chanukah plans which light up the world.

Rabbi Dov Hillel Klein, Chabad of Evanston, warmed the crowd up with his unique blend of humor, wit and charm as he related personal experiences from his life of shlichus.

Rabbi Baruch Hertz, morah d’asra of the Lubavitch community and Rabbi of Congregation Bnei Ruven, host of the event, shared warm recollections of celebrating Rosh Chodesh Kislev in 770.

Rabbi Mendel Moscowitz, Cheder Lubavitch, mesmerized the audience with a spine tingling story of the Rebbe. As the formal program closed, well passed 11 PM, the tables were all pushed together and Rabbi Baruch Epstein , Rabbi of Cong. Bais Menachem led the Farbrengen that continued into the wee hours of the morning.

NEW ENGAGEMENT

Friday, Nov 28, 2003

Shmully Niasoff (Boro Park, NY) to Chayala Goldstein (Ann Arbor, MI)

MOTZEI SHABBOS LECHAIMS

Friday, Nov 28, 2003

Velvel Gurkov (Boston, MA) to Rochel Cozocaru (Montreal, Canada)
@ KHAL CHASSIDIM AKA BAUMGARTENS SHUL

Yitz Weiss (Agoura Hills, CA) to Dina Stock (Trumbull, CT)
@ FREE

Yisroel Hahn (Randolph, NJ) to Chaya Sarah (bas R' Avrohom) Andrusier (Crown Heights)
@ LUBAVITCH YESHIVA

MAZEL TOV UPDATES #309 ARE ONLINE NOW!

Saturday, Nov 29, 2003

If you see a Mazel Tov that we're missing please e-mail us @ MAZEL TOVS @ AOL.COM

Gaza Sabbath Recap

Saturday, Nov 29, 2003

(IsraelNN.com) Grenades were thrown at soldiers in the Rafiah area of Gaza…Several shooting attacks were reported in the Gadid area…Gunfire was directed at soldiers in southern Gaza…A 30 kilogram bomb was found near Ganei Tal…Gunfire was reported in the Netzarim area. There were no injuries.

THE REBBE MENTIONED IN WALL STREET JOURNAL EDITORIAL

Saturday, Nov 29, 2003

Conduct Unbecoming

By DAVID GELERNTER

"Being a good loser" is not a popular topic nowadays. I can't remember any "Good Losing for Dummies" titles in the bookstore, and we don't offer courses in the area. How should you behave if you are planning to win a Nobel prize and then don't? Not like Raymond Damadian, celebrated pioneer of MRI-style medical imaging and outraged non-recipient of this year's Nobel Prize for medicine. He tells us he was in "agony" when he got the news that two other MRI trailblazers had been picked but he hadn't -- and I believe him, but can't figure out why I should care.

...I picture the late Lubavitcher Rebbe busily changing the world, addressing a rapt mammoth crowd; he never got one (for Charismatic Talmudics?) -- and somehow I doubt whether it would have mattered a lot to him one way or other....

CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE EDITORIAL

Looking for a Parnoso and an opportunity to be part of a flourishing and growing Bais Chabad?

Saturday, Nov 29, 2003

Looking for a Parnoso and an opportunity to be part of a flourishing and growing Bais Chabad?

Bais Chabad of West Bloomfield, Michigan, wants to assist young families in finding good jobs, and affordable housing in a wonderful suburban community. Be a part of Chabad outreach, teach a few evenings a week, and have quality Chinuch, Kashrus, and proper Sviva for your family.

Send us your resume and we will try and find a suitable position for you.

4 positions Available Now.

Position #1
Growing software company is looking to hire someone with experience in marketing specialized software applications.

Position #2
Job Requisition#: 530815 (first posted 07/08/2003)

SUMMARY
Title: Prof Svcs Project Eng 5
Preferred Skills:
Functional
Area(s): Technical Consulting
Project Engineering
Technical Architecture
Division: Enterprise Services
Other: Grade: E-10 Shift: 1 Job Code: GHSE
Location: Southfield, MI, MICHIGAN, MI
Michigan
Job Role: Individual Contributor
Preferred
Experience: Senior (6+ years)



CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO ON THE OTHER POSITIONS AND CONTACT INFO

FORMER NYC MAYOR RUDY GIULIANI VISITS "BRODSKY" SHUL IN KIEV

Saturday, Nov 29, 2003

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This past Wednesday, former NYC Mayor Mayor Rudolph Giuliani paid a visit to the "Brodsky" Shul in Kiev, the capital city of Ukraine.

Mr. Guiliani was hosted by Rabbi Moshe Asman, the local Shliach and Rov of the shul, who had come to the event straight from the Kinus in New York.

At a press conference held at the beautiful shul, Giuliani spoke warmly about his relationship and his deep inspiration from the global work of Chabad. At this event, Rabbi Asman also announced the opening of a new massive community center, which will serve all the special Jewish needs of the Jews of Kiev and the vicinity.

Giuliani, who arrived along with a delegation from the American Embassy in Ukraine, was the guest of Mr. Vadim Rabinowitz, Chairman of the Jewish Ukrainian Congress.

About four years ago, Mr. Giuliani sent a special letter to the Chabad community in Kiev, with his blessings for the return of the Shul to Jewish hands, and the restoration and renovation of the shul. The Mayor was very inspired when Rabbi Asman showed him the letter.
(SOURCE & PHOTO: COL.ORG.Il)

ROOMMATE WANTED IMMEDIATELY!

Saturday, Nov 29, 2003

Female Roommate Wanted - Own Room in 2 bedroom apartment close to Kingston Ave. Newly furnished, $350/month including utilities. Available immediately for short or long term stays.
If interested E-mail: roommate770@aol.com

HASHOVAS AVEIDA - BRACELET LOST - KEY, WATCH, BECHER, SUIT & GLASSES FOUND

Saturday, Nov 29, 2003

BRACELET LOST
I lost my gold and white gold bracelet in Crown Heights last Sunday.It was probably lost either on Montgomery or on the corner of Kingston and Union.IF FOUND PLEASE E-MAIL:Becca562@aol.com or call 514-877-5211.

KEY FOUND
hi i found a key in frount of Key to Dodge minivan found on Friday in front of Lefferts Mikva.

WATCH FOUND
I found a (very expensive) watch in 770, upstairs, on Wednesday 10:30AM.
TO CLAIM E-MAIL: m.mockin@verizon.net OR CALL 917-288-3488

BECHER FOUND
My son found a small becher on Lazar's bus on Sunday (11/23)afternoon. If it's yours, please call 718-221-0500 and leave a message for Sara @ ext.107 .

MEN'S SUIT & SHIRTS FOUND
Over the kinus Hashluchim someone left a men's suit and 2 shirts [which look like they were on the way to the cleaners] in the FJC office on Crown st. to claim please call 718-363-7925.

GLASSES FOUND
Found Thursday: eyeglasses on Crown & Brooklyn. Call 718-467-0806.

79% OF RESPONDENTS TO LATEST SHMAIS.COM POLL ARE ON OR HAVE RELATIVES ON SHLICHUS

Saturday, Nov 29, 2003

Are you, or any of your relatives on Shlichus?

Total Votes: 2353

Yes (1854) 79%
No (499) 21%

PLEASE VOTE IN OUR NEW POLL: Do you think that the Badatz of Crown Heights should allow Coca-Cola to be served @ functions under their Hashgocha?

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY 2

Saturday, Nov 29, 2003

Noach & Devorie Fox - E-MAIL
Yisroel & Sara Zalmanov - E-MAIL
Dovie & Chanie Goldman
Yosef & Chana Malka Gorowitz
Zalman & Chanie Lipskar
Yossi & Sarie Refson - E-MAZIL
Mendy & Rochie Lieberman - E-MAIL

BORUCH DAYAN HAEMES- MRS. GERTRUDE (GITTEL) SHATZMAN OBM

Saturday, Nov 29, 2003

With sadness we inform you of the passing of Mrs. Gertrude (Gittel) Shatzman on Shabbos morning Parshas Toldos.

Mrs. Shatzman is survived by her daughters, Brana Shaina Deitsch, Leah Berg (Baltimore) and her son, Jonathan Shatzman.

The Levaya wil be Sunday 1:00pm in Norwich CT.

Shiva will be held @ the Shatzman residence, 400 Barnard Ave, Cedarhurst, LI, NY.
E-mail: bubbydeitsch@aol.com

Brana Sheina Deitsch will be sitting Shiva Sunday & Monday ONLY in Connecticut @544 Ellsworth Avenue, New Haven CT - (203) 777-0835.

Hamokom Yenachem eschem Besoch Shaar Avaylay Tzion VeYerushalayim. Vehukeetzu Veranenu Shochnay Ufur vehee besochom!

SHABBOS PARSHAS TOLDOS IN CROWN HEIGHTS

Saturday, Nov 29, 2003

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On Friday night there were 4 Sholom Zochors k"ah!

It was a very rainy Friday night and windy Shabbos day.

Levi Yitzchok Abramowitz davened Shachris @ the Umud downstairs. There were 7 Chasanim (another 6 or so had Aliyos @ later Minyonim). Sholom Charitonow spoke before Mussaf. Yankel Wilschanky davened Mussaf @ the Umud.

In the Rebbe's room, Aaron Goldstein – MI davened Shachris @ the Umud. There were 5 Chasanim. Lipa Brennan davened Mussaf @ the Umud.

The regular Kiddushim including those for the Chasanim were held both upstairs & downstairs in 770.

Before the end of Shabbos R' Michoel Golomb Chazzered a Maamer downstairs in 770.

@ the Ohel for Shabbos there were lerech 70 people.

With reporting by Zalman Chein

SUNDAY NIGHT LECHAIM

Saturday, Nov 29, 2003

Shmully Niasoff (Boro Park, NY) to Chayala Goldstein (Ann Arbor, MI)
@ FREE

MAZEL TOV WEISZNERS & WISHNEVS

Sunday, Nov 30, 2003

SNS would like to wish a very hearty Mazel Tov to the Weiszners of Cleveland, OH & the Wishnevs of Pittsburgh, PA on the occasion of the marriage of their children Hershel & Mimi on Sunday 5 Kislev in Pittsburgh, PA.

May the Choson & Kalla merit all the Rebbe's Brochos!

E-MAZEL TOV WEISZNERS

E-MAZEL TOV WISHNEVS

Palestinian killed in Gaza car explosion

Sunday, Nov 30, 2003

The explosion that ripped through a car in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, killing a Palestinian terrorist, was an apparent work-related incident, according to Israeli army sources.

Yusuf Matar, 25, a member of the violent Islamic Jihad, was also a member of the Palestinian preventive security forces.

According to AssociatedPress, the incident took place in Rafah, on the Gaza-Egypt border. Witnesses had no explanation for the blast, since no Israeli helicopters were seen in the area, apparently ruling out the possibility of an attempted targeted killing.

The area is a frequent site of clashes between Palestinian terrorists and Israeli forces. Palestinians often plant bombs aimed at Israeli military vehicles.

The terrorist, was taken to the Rafah hospital, where he died, doctors said

THE PARKWAY SUITES ROLLS OUT ITS WINTER SPECIAL, CUTTING PRICES 25-35%

Sunday, Nov 30, 2003

The Parkway Suites is pleased to announce that that they are rolling out their winter special, cutting prices 25-35%.

Rooms starting @ $59 going up to $89 per night, all rooms come with free - parking - continental breakfast - unlimited local calls - and high speed internet access.

Check out which room you want to reserve by visiting us @ www.theparkwaysuites.com

Halacha of the Day -- Mayim Achronim (3)

Monday, Dec 01, 2003

Since the water that one uses for Mayim Achronim contains an evil spirit once it has been poured over the hand, one should not wash with Mayim Achronim over the ground. Rather, one should have a vessel or some receptacle wherein the water is poured. However, if it is a place where people do not walk, it would be permitted to wash directly unto the ground. Thus, since it is not usual for people to walk under the table, it would be permitted to wash his hands there. (Alter Rebbe's Shulchan Aruch O.C. 181:2)

If it is possible, one should avoid using as a receiving receptacle a utensil which is used for eating or drinking. If one does use such a utensil, one should be careful to wash and rinse out the receptacle well so that none of the used Mayim Achronim water remains. (Kaf HaChayim 181:8)

It is appropriate to remove the used Mayim Achronim water from the table, so that it should not remain there during Bircas HaMozon. (ibid)

It is not necessary to dry one's hands from the Mayim Achronim. (A.R.S.A. O.C. 181:7)

For comments or questions, please write to ewenger@ca.inter.net

NEW SHLUCHIM TO ILLINOIS

Monday, Dec 01, 2003

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SNS has learned that Rabbi & Mrs. Shaya Benjaminson of Crown Heights will be moving this week to Glenview, IL to establish a new Chabad House. The Benjaminsons will establish their residence in a brand new development known as "The Glen" (previously the Glenview Naval Air Base).

The Benjaminsons were appointed by Rabbi Binyomin Scheiman of Lubavitch Chabad of Niles.

HATZLOCHA RABBA!

The Benjaminsons can be reached at Yishaya@aol.com

Looking for a Parnoso and an opportunity to be part of a flourishing and growing Bais Chabad?

Monday, Dec 01, 2003

Looking for a Parnoso and an opportunity to be part of a flourishing and growing Bais Chabad?

Bais Chabad of West Bloomfield, Michigan, wants to assist young families in finding good jobs, and affordable housing in a wonderful suburban community. Be a part of Chabad outreach, teach a few evenings a week, and have quality Chinuch, Kashrus, and proper Sviva for your family.

Send us your resume and we will try and find a suitable position for you.

4 positions Available Now.

Position #1
Growing software company is looking to hire someone with experience in marketing specialized software applications.

Position #2
Job Requisition#: 530815 (first posted 07/08/2003)

SUMMARY
Title: Prof Svcs Project Eng 5
Preferred Skills:
Functional
Area(s): Technical Consulting
Project Engineering
Technical Architecture
Division: Enterprise Services
Other: Grade: E-10 Shift: 1 Job Code: GHSE
Location: Southfield, MI, MICHIGAN, MI
Michigan
Job Role: Individual Contributor
Preferred
Experience: Senior (6+ years)



CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO ON THE OTHER POSITIONS AND CONTACT INFO

MAZEL TOV JACOBS

Monday, Dec 01, 2003

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SNS would like to wish a hearty Mazel Tov to, Mendy & Faigy (nee Raskin) Jacobs - London, UK on the birth of their firstborn daughter.

May the newborn be a source of Nachas to her parents, grandparents, relatives & Klal Yisroel.

New York: Holidays make Big Apple sparkle

Monday, Dec 01, 2003

NEW YORK (AP) -- If you're visiting the Big Apple between now and New Year's, chances are you'll see the famous tree at Rockefeller Center. Perhaps you'll brave the crowds to go ice skating, or you may choose to wait, along with everyone else, for a glimpse of the holiday-themed department store windows.

But please don't spend your vacation standing in line. There's a sparkling city full of delights waiting to be discovered. With a little planning, you can even avoid crowds at the most popular attractions and have time left for many others, from dim sum in Chinatown to the lighting of the world's largest menorah.

...The world's largest menorah, sponsored by the Lubavitcher Jewish community, will be on display at 59th Street and Fifth Avenue for the eight-day holiday of Hanukkah, beginning December 19. A Hanukkah party with live music, dancing and potato pancakes will take place there on Sunday, December 21....

SOURCE AP/CNN

HASHOVAS AVEIDA - LOST CHECKBOOK

Monday, Dec 01, 2003

I lost my checkbook this Thurs. afternoon in or near Tzivos Hashem store…The checks are for the Chabad student Center in a large organizational style checkbook.

Contact me (Eli Backman) at 301-277-2994

PRE-CHANUKAH SUPER SALE AT JUDAICA WORLD

Monday, Dec 01, 2003

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Judaica World is happy to announce its pre-Chanukah super sale of a 20% discount on all sterling silver Chanukah Menorahs purchased at the store. Judaica World, the original silver store of Crown Heights, carries a full line of sterling silver Chanukah Menorahs from many well-known manufacturers including, Hazorfim, Hadad Bros., etc.

The sale is going on right now through Erev Chanukah, 23 Kislev 5764, Dec. 18, 2003.

The annual 20% Art Scroll sale will IY"H take place from Wednesday, 8 Kislev, 5764, Dec. 3, 2003 through Monday, 27 Kislev,5764, Dec.22, 2003. The 20% is discounted from the original list price.

As usual, Judaica World offers a full line of all your Chanukah and Judaica needs at reasonable prices.

Come visit us at our newly renovated, enlarged showroom during our regular business hours: Sun-Wed. 10:00 A.M.-7:00 P.M.
Thurs. extended hours 10:00 A.M. -9:00 P.M. and Fri. 10:00 A.M.-1:30 P.M.

BUY ONLINE @ Judaica-world.com

OVER 200 PEOPLE GATHER TO CELEBRATE SHABBAT 200 at DU

Monday, Dec 01, 2003

On November 14th, over 220 people gathered on the University of Denver campus to participate in Shabbat 200 – a joint effort by the Hillel at DU and Chabad of South Denver to continue creating Jewish community on the college campuses.

Shabbat 200 was the largest-ever Jewish student event at DU. Students, faculty and staff members from the University of Denver gathered in the Driscoll Ballroom for an unforgettable evening and a traditional Shabbat experience.

Co-chairs freshman Jessica Slosberg and junior Aylee Schneider along with Chabad Rabbi Yossi Serebryanski led the students in traditional Shabbat prayers throughout the evening. Matzo ball soup that was prepared by the students as well as a main course of tangy chicken breast, tzimmes, zucchini and roasted potatoes was served.

Aylee was committed to the success of this year’s Shabbat 200 because of the overwhelming response to last year’s Shabbat 100 event. “The committee members at Shabbat 200 wanted our event to be the biggest Shabbat dinner that the Denver metro area has ever seen. Additionally, we wanted to draw in those students who normally would never experience a traditional Shabbat dinner. I would call the evening a complete success and can't wait to start the planning for Shabbat 250 next year!”

The guest speaker for the evening was Rabbi Benny Zippel of Chabad in Utah. Rabbi Zippel related personal stories of Jewish pride and how remaining steadfast to his belief system has always earned Rabbi Zippel respect and admiration.

Rabbi Serebryanski stated “We are delighted that Shababt 200, a trademark Chabad event which included the traditional observance of Shabbat, is one we are fortunate to collaborate on with the Hillel at DU. Our joint partnership on this venture has brought many new Jewish students into leadership and volunteer roles and has been an amazing experience for all of us."

PITTSBURGHERS AND CLEVELANDERS REJOICE @ WEISZNER - WISHNEV WEDDING

Monday, Dec 01, 2003

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On Sunday evening the 5th of Kislev 5764, for only the 2nd time in history, a Lubavitch wedding with the Choson from Cleveland, OH and the Kalla from Pittsburgh, PA took place in Pittsburgh.

Sunday's wedding of HaChoson, HaRav, HaTomim, Hershel Weiszner to Mimi Wishnev took place on the 17th, "Tov" floor of Pittsburgh’s nicest hotel, The Omni William Penn.

Over 100 guests from Cleveland took the 120 mile drive to the wedding where they joined a few hundred guests from Pittsburgh and some 50 guests who traveled all the way from California, Florida, New York & New Jersey.

B”H, with much thanks to the many Bochurim in attendance on the men's side and the Kallas friends on the women's side, who came from far and wide and the Pittsburgh Simcha Orchestra led by Moshe Pekkar, the wedding was very lebedik.

Aside from the customary benchers, there was also a “Living Torah CD” distributed as a Teshura.

A review of the Kibbudim @ the Chuppa follows.

CHUPPA


* The M.C. was Rabbi Yossi Rosenblum - Principal Yeshiva Achei Temimim in Pittsburgh.
* Brad Perlman a friend of the Kallas family sang the Mee Adir.
* Rabbi Yisroel Altein (Senior) the Pittsburgh community’s Mashpia read the Rebbe's letter.
* Avrohom Noson Roth a brother-in-law of the Choson as well as Elliot Katz and Hershel Pheffer were honored with Birchas Kohanim.
* Rabbi Yisroel Rosenfeld Head Shliach of Western PA, and Marah Deasrah of Lubavitch in Pittsburgh was Mesader Kiddushin.
* Aday Kiddushin were Yitzchok Shlomo & Tzvi Sacks, friends of the Kallas family.
* Rabbi Sholom Ber Chaikin - Rov of the Lubavitch Community in Cleveland read the Kesuba.

BROCHOS
1 & 2 – Rabbi Efraim Rosenblum - Assistant Principal Yeshiva Achei Temimim in Pittsburgh.
3 - R' Moshe Weiszner - Zaidy of the Choson.
4 - Rabbi Sholom Yisroel Hodakov – a Mechutan of the Weiszners.
5 - Rabbi Sholly Leverton – brother-in-law of the Kalla and Shliach in East Windsor, NJ.
6 - Rabbi Leibel Alevsky - Head Shliach of Greater Cleveland, OH.
7 - Rabbi S.Z. Kazen - Senior Rabbi & Shliach in Cleveland for 50 years.

SNS and our CEO Levi Hodakov extend our very best wishes of Mazel Tov to the entire Weiszner & Wishnev families on the occasion of the wedding. May they continue to celebrate many Simchos together along with Klal Yisroel.

3 Terrorists Killed, 29 Arrested and Bomb Factory Destroyed

Monday, Dec 01, 2003

(IsraelNN.com) IDF officials announced earlier tonight that the Ramallah operation that began during the predawn hours on Monday has concluded. During the course of the day, 29 terrorists were arrested and three killed. A large bomb factory was discovered in a four-story building that was subsequently destroyed. Troops also found explosives and bomb belts, including two bombs inside basketballs.

The operation was aimed at significantly impairing the vast Hamas infrastructure in the PA city.

NEW ENGAGEMENT

Monday, Dec 01, 2003

Zevi Ives (London, UK) to Sara Green (S.Diego, CA)
LECHAIM IYH WEDNESDAY NIGHT @ 779 MONTGOMERY ST.

PLEASE SAY TEHILLIM 4

Monday, Dec 01, 2003

Chana bas Yehudis.
A young girl awaiting a kidney transplant.

THE PARKWAY SUITES ROLLS OUT ITS WINTER SPECIAL, CUTTING PRICES 25-35%

Monday, Dec 01, 2003

The Parkway Suites is pleased to announce that that they are rolling out their winter special, cutting prices 25-35%.

Rooms starting @ $59 going up to $89 per night, all rooms come with free - parking - continental breakfast - unlimited local calls - and high speed internet access.

Check out which room you want to reserve by visiting us @ www.theparkwaysuites.com

Chabad on Campus Hosts Law Shabbat

Monday, Dec 01, 2003

St. Louis, Missouri — Thursday, November 27, 2003

Missouri Supreme Court Judge Richard B. Teitelman was the featured guest speaker at a recent Shabbat dinner hosted by Chabad on Campus, for Jewish students at Washington University in St. Louis.

Chabad’s annual “Law Shabbat” is an opportunity for Jewish students at Missouri's Law Schools to spend a Shabbat with a group of their peers and meet leading Jewish legal professionals who share their views on the confluence of law and Judaism.

Judge Teitelman, the first legally blind and first Jewish judge to serve on Missouri's highest court, addressed the group of over 50 students, including several visiting law students from Tel Aviv University, who participated in the Shabbat dinner.

In his remarks, the Judge noted that Jews have a biblical mandate to ‘pursue justice’ and told the students about his efforts to sensitize the legal community to the Jewish holidays. He also spoke fondly about his stint as Director of Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, and noted that legal aid is an expression of the Jewish commitment to help mankind.

Rabbi Hershey Novack is the director of Chabad on Campus, an organization that is less than two years old. He is very pleased with the success of this program and says that for some students “this is their first campus encounter with Judaism and their first taste of a traditional Shabbat.”

Novack also feels that "the Jewish legal professionals serve as important role models to our students, allowing them to see the integration of Jewish and American law.”

Howard Shalowitz, president of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, also participated and led the Kiddush service.

The Law Shabbat is sponsored in part by a grant from the Uforatzta Endowment Fund. Chabad on Campus is under the aegis of Chabad of Greater St. Louis - Rabbi Yosef Landa, director - and is the beneficiary of a grant from the Rohr Family Foundation.

Reported by Fay Kranz Greene

NEW SHLUCHIM TO FLORIDA

Tuesday, Dec 02, 2003

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SNS has learned that just in time for Chanukah, Rabbi & Mrs. Nochum Kurinsky of Crown Heights, will IYH be moving on Shlichus to Jacksonville Beaches, Florida.

The Kurinskys were appointed by Rabbi Yossie Kahanov of Chabad of Jacksonville.

HATZLOCHA RABBA!

The Kurinskys can be reached @ chabadjax@hotmail.com

SIYUM HARAMBAM & ROSH CHODESH KISLEV FARBRENGEN IN TORONTO

Tuesday, Dec 02, 2003

On Motzoei Shabbos, a siyum HaRambam and a belated Rosh Chodesh Kislev farebrengen took place in Toronto, at 770 Chabad Gate. Rabbi Michoel Seligson, was the guest speaker at the farbrengen.

Rabbi Dovid Schochet made the Siyum HaRambam and Rabbi Akiva Wagner began the Rambam anew.

Rabbi Seligson related to the participants the story of Rosh Chodesh Kislev, including an overview of the months prior to Shemini Atzeres. Rabbi Seligson pointed to an interesting fact that in the blessing that the Rebbe gave after receiving the "pidyon kloli" (the general pidyon), the Rebbe expressed himself that HaShem should fulfill all the requests, "including requests that should have been mentioned...that only HaShem knows about them".

Rabbi Seligson. also mentioned that at one point, the Rebbe remineded the doctors that after he gets home, it should be noted that the name of his street is "president street" and not "patient street". hance, there's no need to maintain a storng medical observation on him, as prior to Rosh Chodesh Kislev.

On Sunday night Rabbi Seligson farbrenged in the Yeshiva in Toronto, until the early hours of the morning.

NEW ENAGAGEMENT

Tuesday, Dec 02, 2003

Binyomin (ben R' Faitel) Levin (Crown Heights) to Cherry (bas R' Avrohom E.) Pinson (Crown Heights)
LECHAIM IYH WEDNESDAY NIGHT @ BAIS RIVKAH 310 CROWN ST.
E-MAZEL TOV

Bush doctors – Chabad of RARA

Tuesday, Dec 02, 2003

THERE once was a Jew living in Proserpine, far-north Queensland. When he died, his non-Jewish wife wanted to give him a Jewish burial. But nobody in town knew what that entailed. Then someone remembered that the local priest’s mother had been Jewish. After some discussion, the priest attended the Jewish man’s funeral and said Kaddish.

This story may sound like the start of a rabbi’s sermon, or even a joke, but it’s the kind of yarn that Saul Spigler hears on a regular basis.

The founder of Chabad of Rural and Regional Australia (RARA), Spigler, 49, has dedicated his life to caring for the needs of Jews who live in far-flung Australian towns and villages.

That may involve connecting a Jewish woman living in remote Western Australia with Perth’s Chevra Kadisha so she too can have a Jewish burial, or simply finding a retail outlet that stocks Sabra alcohol for a lone Jew living in Kalgoorlie. continue...

TUESDAY NIGHT LECHAIM

Tuesday, Dec 02, 2003

Sholom Ber Brownstein (Crown Heights) to Rivkie Levin (Palo Alto, CA
@ LUBAVITCH YESHIVA

Soldiers kill Aksa Brigades commander

Tuesday, Dec 02, 2003

Al-Aksa Martyrs Brigades commander Amjad Sa'adi was shot dead by soldiers while attempting to evade arrest in Jenin on Tuesday morning.

According to Palestinian reports, two other Palestinians were wounded in the gunfight between troops and Sa'adi.

The IDF Spokesman said soldiers deployed in the city to round up terror suspects were fired upon as they moved to capture Sa'adi and when he attempted to flee, they fired warning shots in the air and at him when he ignored their calls to halt.

Four other fugitives, two affiliated with the Islamic Jihad and two with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, were captured during the Jenin operation.

On Tuesday evening, soldiers shot dead a Palestinian who threw a firebomb at an IDF vehicle travelling on the Aboud bypass road north of Ramallah. A second Palestinian was wounded by IDF gunfire and treated at the site by army medics.

In Silat a-Hartiyah north west of Jenin, army bulldozers demolished the homes of two Islamic Jihad terrorists involved in a number of suicide bombings in Israel. Palestinians said the homes belonged to Salah Jaradat, who was killed by security forces in June, and Iyad Jaradat, who is jail in Israel.

Elsewhere in the West Bank, shots were fired at an IDF patrol near Sanur south of Jenin, no one was wounded and no damage reported. Five fugitives were arrested by security forces deployed in Tulkarm. Near Burkhin in Samaria, security forces stopped a Palestinian car for a random check and found a gun and ammunition clips inside the vehicle. In Dahariya south of Hebron, security forces arrested a fugitive.

In the Gaza Strip, two mortar shells were fired at an IDF post in Neveh Dekalim in Gush Katif, no one was wounded and no damage reported. During the day a bomb was detonated and grenades thrown at an IDF patrol near Rafah. Also near Rafah, sappers destroyed a bomb that had been placed by Palestinians to be detonated near the soldiers.

Meanwhile, Judea and Samaria Police warned Israeli business owners to be wary of fraudulent business proposals from Palestinians after an Israeli factory owner in the Barkan industrial area in Samaria was duped. According to police, a Palestinian approached the Israeli and told him he planned to open up a store in Jordan and placed an order for rope to the tune of NIS 120,000.

The Palestinian arranged to meet the factory owner near the Tapuah junction where he promised to hand over the money. At the time of the meeting, the Palestinian arranged for two trucks to load the merchandise at the factory.

When the suspect failed to turn up, the Israeli realized he had been duped. One of the two trucks was later found in the village Dir Isstiya. Part of the stolen merchandise, worth NIS 70,000, was found by security forces on the truck. The truck driver was arrested and claimed he was not involved in the deal.

Police called on Israeli business owners to be vigilant, noting that aside from the risk of fraud, they were placing themselves in physical danger. Officials noted that in the past months, police had arrested a number of Palestinians who duped Israeli businessmen to the tune of millions of shekels.

HASHOVAS AVEIDA - CAR KEYS FOUND IN CH

Tuesday, Dec 02, 2003

Car keys found on Eastern Parkway to claim please call: 718-953-7332

HAPPY KISLEV ANNIVERSARIES

Tuesday, Dec 02, 2003

5 - Elchonon & Nechama D. Deutsch
6 - Chaim & Yocheved Boyarsky
6 - Ariel & Miriam Rav-Noy
7 - Yosef & Chaya Rivka Levine
7 - Sholom & Raizy Rubashkin
7 - Avrohom Shlomo & Yasmin Devorah Pereymer
8 - Yossi & Rivky Sandhaus

RABBI ARON LAZER TZEITLIN @ MESIVTA SHABBATON IN PITTSBURGH

Tuesday, Dec 02, 2003

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This past Shabbos, Parshas Toldos, the Mesivta @ Yeshivas Achei Tmimim Lubavitch in Pittsburgh, PA held special Shabbaton with Rabbi Aron Lazer Tzeitlin from Tzfas, Israel. Also taking part in the Shabbaton was the 8th grade. In all there were 50 Bochurim that took part in the Shabbaton.

The theme of the Shabbaton was “A Tomim in our times”.

On Friday morning there was a special Chassidus program as well as 2 separate workshops. One workshop was with Rabbi Sholly Leverton who spoke about “The Rebbe’s influence on the world” and the other was with Rabbi Srully Altein who spoke about “The Rebbe’s Seforim”.

Before Kabolas Shabbos Rabbi Tzeitlin spoke about “Making Moshiach a Reality.” During Seudas Shabbos Rabbi Tzeitlin told many stories about the Rebbe.

On Shabbos day everyone ate @ the home of Rabbi & Mrs. Yossi Rosenblum. Rabbi Tzeitlin Farbrengn’d from 1:00-7:00pm! During the Farbrengen he had everyone take upon themselves a Hachlota.

HELP WANTED: ENGLISH TRANSCRIBER

Tuesday, Dec 02, 2003

JEM is looking for an experienced transcriber to do periodic work transcribing English language speeches and interviews from audio to Microsoft Word documents. The first batch of work is available immediately.

Interested parties should email: jem@jemedia.org
Please include references.

Attention Shluchim: Week long educational workshop for women at BCMA!

Tuesday, Dec 02, 2003

Are you looking for the right educational program to send interested women from your town or campus?

Bais Chaya Mushka of Amherst will be hosting a weeklong seminar for women from January 1, 2004 through January 8, 2004. In-depth classes throughout the day are combined with an engaging lecture series at night.

Multiple class levels are text based with emphasis placed on skill development. Classes include: Introduction to Talmud, Fundamentals of Chassidus, and Halacha in our time. Advanced classes include: Gemorah, Chassidus and Halacha.

The lectures series is insightful, thought provoking and offers a breadth of experience sure to enlighten Jewish women of all backgrounds. Noted lecturers include: Rabbi Yisroel Deren, Rabbi Dovid Edelman, and Rebbitzen Yocheved Adelman. Lecture topics cover: Love and marriage, Insights into Kashrus, and the Jewish life cycle. Other programming includes: Inner awareness through art, the Kabbalah of Now Moshiach workshop, a mikvah tour and a women's only melavah malka concert.

Price: $250. Price includes food and board. Transportation not included. Reservations are on a first come first serve basis.

For more information please contact our director, Rabbi Simcha Levenberg, at (413) 549-8089 or via e-mail @ baischayamushka@aol.com

Chabad Shluchim's Familiarization Tour of Israel - January 26 – February 2, 2004

Tuesday, Dec 02, 2003

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Come and experience firsthand what ITC and Tzach Chabad Hospitality can do for you and your community on an Israel tour. This trip is subsidized by ITC and the Hotels; in order to encourage Shluchim to bring their communities to Israel in the near future.

Please give us a call as soon as possible as there are only 20 spots on this tour at this price.CLICK HERE FOR ALL THE INFO.

84% OF RESPONDENTS TO LATEST SHMAIS.COM POLL WANT TO SEE COCA-COLA SERVED...

Tuesday, Dec 02, 2003

Do you think that the Badatz of Crown Heights should allow Coca-Cola to be served @ functions under their Hashgocha?

Total Votes: 959

Yes (804) 84%
No (155) 16%

PLEASE VOTE IN OUR NEW POLL: This Chanukah, will your family's car have a Car Menorah mounted on its roof?

Cheder Days

Tuesday, Dec 02, 2003

Cheder Menachem Lubavitch, the Chabad boys elementary school, decided to give Rabbi Moshe Drazin a birthday party with a difference. Drazin, who turned 90 on Oct. 31, is something of an icon in the Los Angeles Chabad community. He studied Torah in the underground cheders and yeshivot of communist Russia in the early years of the 20th century. He was sent by Rabbi Joseph Isaac Schneersohn, the sixth Chabad rebbe, to bring Judaism to Providence, R.I.

For Drazin’s 90th birthday, the 210 students of Cheder Menachem dedicated a day of Torah learning to him to give Drazin spiritual strength for his 90th year. The students also held an assembly at which they sang songs and said psalms, where Drazin related stories about growing up and learning in the Russian cheders.

NEW SHLUCHIM TO AUSTRALIA

Tuesday, Dec 02, 2003

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New Shluchim to North Shore, Sydney Australia SNS has learned that Rabbi & Mrs. Chanoch Sufrin have recently moved out on Shlichus to the North Shore of Sydney Australia.

The Sufrins were appointed by Rabbi Nochum Schapiro, of Chabad House of the North Shore and Rabbi Pinchus Feldman, Head Shliach of Sydney Australia.

HATZLOCHA RABBA!

The Sufrins can be reached at chanoch@chabadhouse.org.au

WWRL1600AM is looking for guests to Interview on Radio with Rabbi Shea Hecht

Tuesday, Dec 02, 2003

Since Purim Katan 5763 Rabbi Shea Hecht has been co-hosting talk radio on WWRL 1600AM in New York. He is currently on the morning show from 6:00am - 10:00am Monday through Friday with Professor Karen Hunter.

The station's management at WWRL has approached Rabbi Shea Hecht for a list of potential guests. "What we are looking for is people with right wing views, even extreme." said Rabbi Shea Hecht. Topics discussed on the show are: Regard Israel giving back land, PLO Statehood, The Road Map to Peace, The Presidents Solution, Occupied Terrorities versus Liberated Terrorties and other general topics covering Black Jewish Relations, Family Values, Child Rearing, School Vouchers, Prayer in Schools, Politics and perhaps most important the issue of the stereotype Jew, our honesty and integrity.

If anyone has written a book/s on these topics, or you know of other authors or community leaders that are outspoken to our views please contact Rabbi Shea Hecht @ (718) 735-0200 or fax info to (718) 735-445

The station wants the guests interviewed live in the studio. Exceptions are sometimes made with call-in-interviews.

Our format is open to reach hundreds and thousands of people of which 35% is Jewish. Lets utilize this opportunity!

A New Home for Chabad in Geneva

Tuesday, Dec 02, 2003

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND — Friday, November 28, 2003

The voice mail system at the Geneva, Switzerland offices of Chabad Lubavitch answers in four languages: French, German, Italian and English.

This international city, home to several United Nations agencies, boasts a thriving Chabad organization directed by Rabbi and Mrs. Mendel Pevzner.

Rabbi Pevzner, who speaks all four languages as well as Hebrew and Yiddish, has seen the organization grow by leaps and bounds since arriving in Geneva 15 years ago as an emissary of the Lubavitcher Rebbe.

Today Rabbi Pevzner is preparing a grand opening celebration for a recently purchased four-and-a-half-story building which will consolidate the plethora of Chabad programs both newly created and enduring.continue...

WEDNESDAY NIGHT LECHAIMS

Wednesday, Dec 03, 2003

Binyomin Levin (Crown Heights) to Cherry Pinson (Crown Heights)
@ BAIS RIVKAH 310 CROWN ST.

Zevi Ives (London, UK) to Sara Green (S.Diego, CA)
@ 779 MONTGOMERY ST.

BORUCH DAYAN HAEMES - MRS. BREINA RIMLER OBM

Wednesday, Dec 03, 2003

With sadness we inform you of the passing of Mrs. Breina Rimler of Crown Heights and mother of Yibadlu Lechaim Tovim Rabbi Faivel Rimler, Rabbi Dovid Rimler, Mrs. Chaya Popack, Mrs. Soshie Alperowiz and Mrs. Libby Levilev.

THE LEVAYA WILL BE WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON PASSING BY 770 @ LERECH 3:00-3:15PM.

Hamokom Yenachem eschem Besoch Shaar Avaylay Tzion VeYerushalayim. Vehukeetzu Veranenu Shochnay Ufur vehee besochom!

Suicide bombers caught on their way to Yokne'am school

Wednesday, Dec 03, 2003

Three days after Syrian President Bashar Assad called for renewed talks with Israel, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, whose offices are in Damascus, sent two suicide bombers to attack Israeli schoolchildren in Yokne'am and more Israelis in the northern city of Beit She'an.

A senior security official told Channel 1 TV news Wednesday night that Islamic Jihad headquarters in Damascus issued the order to its Jenin cells to carry out the attacks. The order was given in the past few days, the source said.

A massive security alert in the North was lifted on Wednesday afternoon after the two Palestinians allegedly planning a suicide bombing at a school in Yokne'am were captured by soldiers in the West Bank.

The arrests of the two – both members of the Palestinian Authority security services and affiliated with Islamic Jihad – came after a daylong alert imposed on the Wadi Ara area.

Security sources said the two had planned an attack on a school near the commercial center of Yokne'am and another in Beit She'an.

They said that the attempt to attack a school was a "serious escalation."

One security source confirmed that Munir Rabiah, 23, of Gaza City, and Morad Zeitoun, 20, of Zbubeh, near Jenin, are both members of the PA security forces.

They revealed to security officials the whereabouts of a 10-kg. explosives belt that Rabiah was to have worn in the attack in Yokne'am, the source said.

A Shin Bet source said the two men left Jenin Tuesday morning and set out for Bardaleh, where they planned to cross into Israel. "They told investigators that they had chosen the location as there is no security fence in the area," he said.

At about 2 p.m., acting on an intelligence tip-off, security forces arrested Rabiah after surrounding a mosque in the Israeli-controlled part of Bardaleh. Palestinians reported there were 20 worshipers inside the mosque when it was surrounded by troops, who entered the village and imposed a curfew.

Zeitoun had been arrested by security forces in a sweep of the Jenin area late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning. According to the source, he planned to perpetrate a suicide bombing in Beit She'an.

Security officials noted that there are a number of different cells affiliated with the Islamic Jihad and the Fatah Tanzim in Samaria which continue to plan attacks. On Wednesday, the security establishment registered 42 warnings of planned attacks.

During the high alert, the Wadi Ara road was closed and roadblocks were set up in the area, causing severe traffic jams.

HAPPY KISLEV BIRTHDAYS 2

Wednesday, Dec 03, 2003

9 - Moshe Dovber Simons - Sydney, Australia
9 - Yankel Rubin

Rabbi Bolton featured on Israel National News TV!

Wednesday, Dec 03, 2003

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Rabbi Tuvia Bolton the Mashpia in Yeshiva Ohr Tmimim in Kfar Chabad was recently interviewed by Israel National News, for their "Israeli Salad" program.

The program is divided into three parts. Bolton was featured @ 10:41 into the program.
CLICK HEAR TO WATCH THE CLIP

You will need Windows Media Player installed to watch it.

And you thought Kaballah was the only game in town - Chabad house popularity grows around its philosophy

Wednesday, Dec 03, 2003

Tufts students now have a new place to go to explore their Jewish identitiy. The Chabad House arrived on campus last fall and aims to help students learn about Judaism through education programs.

The organization Chabad is named after the philosophy that the movement it is based on. The word is a Hebrew acronym for three words: wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. It is also an internationally known organization, with branches on many college campuses.

Chabad puts an emphasis on the unique spiritual potential of every Jew through a nonsectarian manner. "The purpose of Chabad in the Tufts community is to make a contribution to the Jewish community at Tufts in any way," Rabbi Tzvi Backman, who heads the Chabad House said. "It works to help students become closer to their roots, help them lead the path, and offer knowledge and experience regarding Judaism." Tufts students are not required to fully commit to the organization. Students are free to attend many events including weekly Shabbat dinners. Each week, Rabbi Tzvi and his wife cook these dinners for an average of 10 to 20 people. continue...

Attention Shluchim: Week long educational workshop for women at BCMA!

Wednesday, Dec 03, 2003

Are you looking for the right educational program to send interested women from your town or campus?

Bais Chaya Mushka of Amherst will be hosting a weeklong seminar for women from January 1, 2004 through January 8, 2004. In-depth classes throughout the day are combined with an engaging lecture series at night.

Multiple class levels are text based with emphasis placed on skill development. Classes include: Introduction to Talmud, Fundamentals of Chassidus, and Halacha in our time. Advanced classes include: Gemorah, Chassidus and Halacha.

The lectures series is insightful, thought provoking and offers a breadth of experience sure to enlighten Jewish women of all backgrounds. Noted lecturers include: Rabbi Yisroel Deren, Rabbi Dovid Edelman, and Rebbitzen Yocheved Adelman. Lecture topics cover: Love and marriage, Insights into Kashrus, and the Jewish life cycle. Other programming includes: Inner awareness through art, the Kabbalah of Now Moshiach workshop, a mikvah tour and a women's only melavah malka concert.

Price: $250. Price includes food and board. Transportation not included. Reservations are on a first come first serve basis.

For more information please contact our director, Rabbi Simcha Levenberg, at (413) 549-8089 or via e-mail @ baischayamushka@aol.com

HEAD OF THE CLASS IS FULLY STOCKED FOR CHANUKAH - 10% OFF ON ORDERS OVER $200

Wednesday, Dec 03, 2003

Head of the Class is fully stocked for Chanukah.

You can see our beautiful items by visiting our web site www.headofthejewishclass.com and order online with our new shopping cart feature. You can also walk in to our store at 715 Empire Blvd (between Albany & Troy)

For more information call 718-953-3755.

Mention you saw it on Shmais.com and receive a 10% discount on orders over $200 until the end of Chanukah.

FIRE IN DORM @ YESHIVA IN KFAR CHABAD

Wednesday, Dec 03, 2003

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On Wednesday night a fire broke out in the dormitory of the Yeshivas Tomchei Tmimim in Kfar Chabad.

The fire broke out in room 216 on the second floor of the building and possibly started from a toaster oven. The occupants of the room where the fire started were not present at the time.

Two Bochurim were slightly injured and taken to the hospital by ambulance.

Two fire trucks, 5 ambulances rushed to the scene.

6 pairs of Tefillin were damaged some from the fire and some soaked in water.

R Moshe Adrei took all the Bochurim whose rooms were affected by the fire to the “Beis Sefer Lmlocho” to sleep.
(SOURCE: COL.ORG.IL – PHOTOS: CHABADNIK.COM)

Boymelgreen & Leviev in $100 million real estate project

Wednesday, Dec 03, 2003

Brooklyn Waterfront Landmark to Be Remade
By GLENN COLLINS – NY TIMES

It is called the Empire Stores, and for more than 50 years the cavernous, forbidding warehouse has been abandoned, a magnificent ruin between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges along the East River.

A signature of the Brooklyn skyline for at least 130 years that has transfixed residents and, to an extent, defined the waterfront, it has nonetheless resisted all efforts of developers, public officials and community stewards to reclaim it.

Now, Empire State Development Corporation, owner of the warehouse, has, through a subsidiary, signed an agreement with Boymelgreen Developers to transform it into a $100 million gateway to Brooklyn from the East River. continue...

NICHUM AVEILIM - FAMILY RIMLER

Wednesday, Dec 03, 2003

The Rimler family: Rabbi Faivel Rimler, Rabbi Dovid Rimler, Mrs. Chaya Popack, Mrs. Soshie Alperowiz and Mrs. Libby Levilev are sitting Shiva after the passing of their dear mother Breina OBM.

Address: 310 Kingston Ave. (entrance on Union St.) top floor
Shachris - 8:30 and 9:30, Mincha - 4:00 and 4:15, Ma’ariv: Bizman
Phone: 718-493-6925
E-mail: Drimler@judaica-world.com

Hamokom Yenachem eschem Besoch Shaar Avaylay Tzion VeYerushalayim. Vehukeetzu Veranenu Shochnay Ufur vehee besochom! .

When Age Doesn't Matter: Students Teach Their Elders

Thursday, Dec 04, 2003

OTTAWA, CANADA — Tuesday, December 02, 2003

The Lubavitcher Rebbe often said that “If you know the first letter of the alphabet (the aleph) teach it to someone that doesn’t. Every Jew has something valuable to impart.”

That lesson resonated recently with a group of 22 young girls from the Bais Chaya Mushka Seminary of Montreal and some 30 women in the Chabad Project Talmud class in Ottawa.

At a Lunch-and-Learn session in the Jewish Community Centre of Ottawa, the seminary students and the class participants studied together in a “chavrusa” one-on-one style of learning that blurred the lines between teacher and student and left everyone eager for more.

Brenda Mussman, one of the Ottawa participants, said, “I enjoyed this type of learning immensely and found the girls knowledgeable and so willing to share. They are so enthusiastic, their energy is contagious. I feel privileged to have participated.”

This project was sponsored by the Jewish Youth Library of Ottawa, Bais Chaya Mushka Seminary of Montreal, and the Soloway Jewish Community Centre of Ottawa and was under the direction of Mrs. Devorah Caytak.

Explosives belt found, detonated in Ramallah

Thursday, Dec 04, 2003

IDF forces operating in the Ramallah area on Thursday night discovered a ready-to-wear explosives belt.

Troops detonated the device in a controlled explosion.

Shots were fired at an Israeli car driving near the West Bank settlement of Neveh Tsuf Thursday night.

No injuries were reported in the incident.

Earlier Thursday, Palestinians detonated an explosive device and fired an anti-rocket missile at IDF troops in the Gaza Strip town of Rafah along the Egyptian border.

The soldiers returned fire and there were no reports of injuries.

A booby-trapped letter was detected by border police while examining mail on its way to East Jerusalem Thursday morning in the central Gaza post.

Also Thursday morning, a Kassam missile landed in an open field near Shderot, in the Negev. This is the first such shelling after several weeks of relative quiet in the area.

Earlier, several mortars were fired at the border fence in the Gaza Strip without causing damages or casualties.

HASHOVAS AVEIDA - MEN'S WINTER COAT FOUND - CELL PHONES LOST

Thursday, Dec 04, 2003

*A GAP, grey, men's winter coat was left at the Hecht-Goldin Lechaim on Motzei Shabbos Parshas Chayei Sarah.To claim please call Rebbetzin Hecht @ 718-735-7473.

*A blue Nokia mobile phone was lost on Monday evening. It was either lost on Kingston or President & Brooklyn. If found please call 718-467-6505.

*On Monday night @ the Levin / Pinson Lechaim in Bais Rivkah, a Motorola v60 cell phone was lost, if found please call: 917-837-5794.

MAZEL TOV BORUCH & ZLATI BENJAMINSON!

Thursday, Dec 04, 2003

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SNS would like to wish a hearty Mazel Tov to, Boruch & Zlati (nee Wilschanski) Benjaminson - Morristown, NJ on the birth of their firstborn son.

May the newborn be a source of Nachas to his parents, grandparents, relatives & Klal Yisroel.

CHJCC Legislative Breakfast this Sunday, 9:30am at Oholei Torah

Thursday, Dec 04, 2003

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This Sunday, the 12th of Kislev, @ 9:30am, the CHJCC will be holding a legislative breakfast @ Oholei Torah 667 Eastern Parkway.

The Honorable Michael Bloomberg Mayor of the City of New York as well as Senator Charles Schumer will both be on hand. Other public officials to attend the breakfast are continue...

The cost to attend is only $54. To RSVP please call Aviva @ the CHJCC, 718-778-8808 ext.23

Chabad Shluchim's Familiarization Tour of Israel - January 26 – February 2, 2004

Thursday, Dec 04, 2003

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Come and experience firsthand what ITC and Tzach Chabad Hospitality can do for you and your community on an Israel tour. This trip is subsidized by ITC and the Hotels; in order to encourage Shluchim to bring their communities to Israel in the near future.

Please give us a call as soon as possible as there are only 20 spots on this tour at this price.CLICK HERE FOR ALL THE INFO.

NY police to add patrols to Jewish neighborhoods

Thursday, Dec 04, 2003

Extra police officers are set to patrol Jewish neighborhoods in New York after a rash of anti-Semitic incidents, including graffiti and tire slashings, occurred last week in Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx.

According to the Anti-Defamation League, the number of anti-Jewish incidents rose dramatically this year to 24 in Nov. 2003, compared to just 10 in Nov. 2002.

As a result of the increase, the New York Police Department is posting additional uniformed and plainclothes officers in city hot spots, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelley told The Jewish Week. "We've put additional uniformed presence, primarily in Jewish areas in Brooklyn," he said.

NEW JEWELRY WEBSITE - SHOPDETAILS.COM

Thursday, Dec 04, 2003

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To celebrate the launch of our new website www.shopdetails.com Details welcomes you to a Pre-Chanukah Open House. Stop by and see our sparkling collection of fashion jewelry. Buy gifts for your family, for your friends and for yourself. Earrings, necklaces and bracelets. Beads, semi-precious stones, sterling silver. The latest styles and trends to complement any outfit. If you can't find what you like (unlikely) just ask! We can get it for you.

The Open House will take place on Motzei Shabbos, (11 Kislev/Dec 6) and on Sunday evening (12 Kislev/Dec 7) from 8 to 10pm. Details is at 711 Empire Blvd (side entrance) between Albany & Troy.

Even if you can't make it, check out our new website: www.shopdetails.com - an innovative shopping experience. Buy directly online (free delivery in Crown Heights) or preview our products and come in to try them on before you buy. New items arriving weekly. Need a specific color or style? We will do our best to accommodate you.

You'll enjoy the Open House so much you'll want to bring it home. Not to worry. You can host a jewelry party in your own home. It is a fun way to get together with friends (and earn a free gift.)
Please call 718-493-1181 for more information.

Chabad Facilitates Father-Son Reunion

Thursday, Dec 04, 2003

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LOS ANGELES, CA — Tuesday, December 02, 2003

“The first time I met Ari, was at a fundraiser in our shul” says Rabbi Sholom Ber Rodal, director of Chabad of Mount Olympus in Los Angeles. “He was a cousin of our friend and Chabad supporter Gary Lustgarten, who had brought him along as a volunteer. Ari told me that he was going off to Berkley to study and I wished him well.”

About a month later, Rodal received a shocking telephone call from Lustgarten. Ari had fallen off a five-story dormitory balcony and was in a coma, in critical condition, with little chance of survival.

Rodal immediately arranged for another Chabad emissary in the Berkley area to visit the boy and amazingly, miraculously, Ari not only survived, but awoke from his coma and after a few months of treatment, was transferred to a rehab in the Los Angeles area.continue...

Israel Rules 'Treason' Label Rude But Legal

Thursday, Dec 04, 2003

Israel's attorney general has declined to bring incitement charges against 250 rabbis who signed a religious ruling branding liberal opposition leaders as traitors for their role in the Geneva Understandings.

The decision not to prosecute was hailed by Orthodox leaders in Israel and the United States, many of whom were vehemently opposed to the peace initiative, led by former Israeli justice minister Yossi Beilin. The attorney general, Elyakim Rubinstein, said this week that the rabbis had engaged in unfortunate but legal behavior when they issued a religious edict branding the virtual peace pact an "act of treason" and urging that its negotiators be "brought to justice and declared outside the brotherhood of humanity."

The rabbinic ruling, released to coincide with the Monday "launch ceremony" of the Geneva document, drew calls for a police inquiry from opposition Labor lawmakers Ophir Pines-Paz and Eitan Cabel. They argued that the rabbis were guilty of incitement of the sort that preceded the 1995 assassination of then-prime minister Yitzhak Rabin.

"This madness must be stopped right away," Cabel said. "This insane ruling paves the way for someone to kill those behind the Geneva Accord."

The rabbinic ruling was sponsored by a non-profit organization, Pikuach Nefesh, whose leaders, Rabbi Yosef Gerlitzky and Rabbi David Druckman, are described in Israeli press reports as prominent figures in the Chabad-Lubavitch chasidic movement. Pamphlets elaborating the ruling's theological underpinnings, published by Chabad, were disseminated this week to the public, according to a report in the daily Yediot Aharonot.continue...

More trouble for yeshiva

Thursday, Dec 04, 2003

Australian police are investigating a fire that destroyed part of an apartment complex formerly owned by a yeshiva.

The fire broke out last Friday after mattresses were placed in a pile and then set afire, a spokesman for the Sydney Yeshiva told JTA. No one was injured.

The yeshiva recently sold the complex in order to repay debts the yeshiva owed to Rabbi Joseph Gutnick, brother-in-law of yeshiva head Rabbi Pinchus Feldman. Chabad-Lubavitch representatives recently purchased the yeshiva.

Groundbreaking for Congregation Tzemach Tzedek Lubavitch of Monsey

Thursday, Dec 04, 2003

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150 members of Anash in Monsey, NY recently gathered for the groundbreaking of the new 15,000 square foot Lubavitch Shul located in the heart of central Monsey.

The new Shul will house the Rabbi Dovid Vichnin Bais Medresh which will seat 350 Baale Batim, a Kiddush Hall, 2000 square foot seforim and tape library and state of the art Mikve.

The project is expected to take 6 months.

NEW ENGAGEMENTS

Friday, Dec 05, 2003

Asher Putter (Crown Heights) to Rivka Goldstein (Montreal, Canada)

Yomin Postelnik (Miami, Fl) to Leah Karp (Flatbush, NY)

Shmullie (ben R' Mendel) Cohen (Crown Heights) to Estee Rosenthal (Encino, CA)
LECHAIM IYH MOTZEI SHABBOS @ 935 EASTERN PARKWAY

Oren Antebi (Toronto, Ontario) to Neely Katzir (Long Beach, CA)

MAZEL TOVS UPDATE #310 ARE ONLINE NOW!

Saturday, Dec 06, 2003

If you have a Mazel tov for us e-mail us @ MAZEL TOVS

IDF kills two terrorists in Gaza

Saturday, Dec 06, 2003

Three Palestinian terrorists were killed by soldiers over the weekend in the Gaza Strip, two as they attempted to plant a 25 kilogram bomb near Nahal Oz.

They were identified as Ashraf al-Haya, 20, and Khalil Sukr, 22, both of Gaza City.

The IDF Spokesman said soldiers from an engineering unit spotted the two approaching the security fence near Nahal Oz on Friday night and shot them. At daybreak Saturday, soldiers found their bodies dressed in tiger-striped uniforms and bearing several grenades.

Sappers detonated the bomb the two had placed near the fence.

Jihad al-Akhras, 16, was shot dead by soldiers near Rafah in the south Gaza Strip as he was spotted crawling toward their position. A search of his body found him to be unarmed and his body was handed over to the district coordinating office for transfer to the Palestinian Authority.

On Friday Israel expelled 12 Palestinian administrative detainees from the West Bank to the Gaza Strip. Eight of the Palestinians are affiliated with Hamas, three with the Islamic Jihad, and one with the Fatah Tanzim. They are being held at the detention center at the Erez crossing and have the right to appeal the order signed by OC Central Command Maj.-Gen. Moshe Kaplinsky.

Also on Friday, shots were fired at an IDF post on the Karni-Netzarim road; soldiers returned fire. Three mortar shells were fired harmlessly at an Israeli settlement in Gush Katif. Border Police and IDF units arrested a Hamas fugitive at the Gush Katif junction and handed him over to the Shin Bet for questioning.

On Saturday shots were fired several times at an IDF post near Gadid in Gush Katif and an IDF post near Ganei Tal.

In the West Bank, an undercover Border Police unit arrested a Tanzim fugitive in Siris village south of Jenin. On Friday, an Islamic Jihad fugitive was arrested in Hebron.

After many months, the IDF on Friday permitted Palestinians to reopen stores near the Jewish enclave in Hebron. The IDF Spokesman said the step was taken following a security assessment of the situation and in the framework of confidence-building steps with the Palestinians.

A major security alert was mounted in the North on Friday night and into the early hours of Saturday morning in response to warnings of suicide attacks by Palestinian terrorists.

Roadblocks were set up in various places and especially along the Wadi Ara highway as far Haifa, where police stopped and checked motorists entering the city.

The beefed-up security measures, including extensive Border Police patrols along the Green Line in coordination with IDF forces in the territories, were lifted after several hours.

HAPPY KISLEV ANNIVERSARIES 2

Saturday, Dec 06, 2003

10 - Hirsh Tov & Rochel Leah Eisenberg
11 - Amos & Chanie Hagege
11 - Avremel & Nechamie Brod
12 - Chaim & Aviva Cohen
12 - Pinny & Frumie Levitin

SOME LAWS OF V'SAIN TAL UMATAR LIVROCHA WHICH WE BEGAN TO RECITE IN THE US ON MOTZEI SHABBOS

Saturday, Dec 06, 2003

AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE ASSOCIATION OF CHABAD RABBONIM OF ILLINOIS (ACRI)

Some Laws of V’sain Tal Umatar Livrocha

In America we begin saying v’sain tal u’matar livrocha during maariv on December fourth (except in years preceding secular leap years, when it is begun on December fifth - PLEASE NOTE: this coming year is a secular leap year & the first opportunity to say V’sain Tal Umatar Livrocha is this Motzei Shabbos, Dec. 6) and continue saying it until Pesach.

If one said v’sain Brocha instead of v’sain tal u’matar livrocha:

If one did not yet say Hashem’s name at the end of the brocha, one should return to the words v’sain tal u’matar livrocha and continue from there.

Once one has already said Hashem’s name at the end of the brocha, one should finish the brocha and say v’sain tal u’matar livrocha before tekah (i.e., the next brocha). If one forgot to do so, continue until the brocha of shema koleinu insert the words v’sain tal u’matar before ki ataoh shomeah and continue from there.

If one remembered only after completing the brocha of shema koleinu, but before beginning “ratzei”, insert tal u’matar there and continue with the brocha of “ratzei”

If one has already begun “ratzei” return to the beginning of “bareich aleinu” and say v’sain tal umatar in its proper place

If one has already said “yihiu liratzon imrei fi” (just before oseh shalom) , one must repeat shemoneh esray in its entirety

If one is in doubt as to whether they said v’sain tal u’matar livrocha.

For the first 30 days: one must assume that he has omitted it and follow the procedure outlined above.

After 30 days: one may assume he has said v’sain tal u’matar livrocha and need not repeat shemoneh esray.

If one’s error (or doubt) is recognized only at the next davening, then shemoneh esray is said twice, except if the (doubtful) omission occurred with the shemoneh esray recited during mincha on Friday afternoon, in which case a second is shemoneh esray not recited during the subsequent maariv.

(SOURCE ANASH NEWS - A SERVICE OF LUBAVITCH CHABAD OF ILLINOIS)

STORYTIME WITH CHABAD @ BARNES AND NOBLE

Saturday, Dec 06, 2003

What better way to teach children about the upcoming holiday of Chanukah than through storytelling.

Chabad of Utah has teamed up with the local Barnes and Noble bookstore who will be hosting a Chanukah Story time Series the next 2 Wednesdays evenings @ 6:00pm.

The story teller is Mrs. Chaya Mandel who is one of the Shluchos in town.

While the program is geared for ages 3 – 9 older and younger children are welcome as well.

NEW JEWELRY WEBSITE - SHOPDETAILS.COM

Saturday, Dec 06, 2003

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To celebrate the launch of our new website www.shopdetails.com Details welcomes you to a Pre-Chanukah Open House. Stop by and see our sparkling collection of fashion jewelry. Buy gifts for your family, for your friends and for yourself. Earrings, necklaces and bracelets. Beads, semi-precious stones, sterling silver. The latest styles and trends to complement any outfit. If you can't find what you like (unlikely) just ask! We can get it for you.

The Open House will take place on Motzei Shabbos, (11 Kislev/Dec 6) and on Sunday evening (12 Kislev/Dec 7) from 8 to 10pm. Details is at 711 Empire Blvd (side entrance) between Albany & Troy.

Even if you can't make it, check out our new website: www.shopdetails.com - an innovative shopping experience. Buy directly online (free delivery in Crown Heights) or preview our products and come in to try them on before you buy. New items arriving weekly. Need a specific color or style? We will do our best to accommodate you.

You'll enjoy the Open House so much you'll want to bring it home. Not to worry. You can host a jewelry party in your own home. It is a fun way to get together with friends (and earn a free gift.)
Please call 718-493-1181 for more information.

MONDAY: RABBI YOSSI JACOBSON TO SPEAK FOR JR NSHEI CHABAD IN CROWN HEIGHTS

Saturday, Dec 06, 2003

Junior N’shei Chabad-Monday Dec 8

Marriage “Making it an everlasting bond” Commemorating the wedding anniversary of the Rebbe and Rebbetzin which took place on Yud Daled Kislev

With Rabbi Yossi Jacobson

I’yh Monday, December 8 13th of Kislev at 8:00 PM
At the home of Ruthy Sperlin
1437 President St (bet King and Albany)

Admission $4

Exciting Door prize and raffle

Door Prize compliments of Nosh World Raffle $36 Gift Certificate donated by Mrs. Leah Ezagui of Le Mozag

Delectable desserts prepared by Regina Simon

Evening sponsor: Evergreen Funding Co.- Levi Hartman-646-335-8818

NEW ENGAGEMENT

Saturday, Dec 06, 2003

Netanel Zilberman (Kfar Chabad) to Merrelle Bialestock (Chicago, IL)

SHABBOS PARSHAS VAYEITZEI IN CROWN HEIGHTS

Saturday, Dec 06, 2003

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It was a very wintry, cold Shabbos with temperatures at times in the 20’s. It started snowing Friday morning and snowed for most of the day till late at night. Shabbos morning there were some snow showers as well as strong winds that whipped around the snow making the sluggish walk through the snow that much more uncomfortable.

For the first time in nearly a year there weren’t any Sholom Zochors on Friday night!

Mendel Reizes who had Yahrtzeit for his father davened Shachris @ the Umud downstairs. There were 7 Chasanim (another 3+ had Aliyos @ later Minyonim). Sholom Ber Lipsker spoke before Mussaf. Yossel Reizes davened Mussaf @ the Umud.

In the Rebbe's room, Rabbi Yosef Samuels – WI who had Yahrtzeit davened Shachris & Mussaf @ the Umud. There were 6 Chasanim.

The regular Kiddushim including those for the Chasanim were held both upstairs & downstairs in 770. Some of the Kiddushim went on all afternoon long.

Before the end of Shabbos R' Chaim Serebreanski Chazzered a Maamer downstairs in 770.

@ the Ohel for Shabbos there were lerech 75 people including Rabbi Yankel Katz, Rosh Yeshiva in Kfar Chabad. There was also 1 Ufruf for Yossi Stein.

NEW CHILDREN'S VIDEO!!

Saturday, Dec 06, 2003

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"Introducing: The Itche Kadoozy Show", a 15 minute introductory video of a brand new series, is now available.

This video combines puppets, animation, and humor to bring basic concepts in Chassidus and Halacha to life.

For more information check out www.itchekadoozy.com

Chabad teaches Talmudic ethics

Saturday, Dec 06, 2003

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA — As Jean Silverman began to explore her identity as a Jew she was excited to learn of a Talmudic ethics course at the Chabad of the Inland Empire.

"I thought, 'Wow, that sounds like it would be really beautiful to learn more of an ethical way to live,' " said Silverman, a Rancho Cucamonga real estate saleswoman. "It gave me another perspective on my life and on my Judaism."

Jacob Haiavy, a Claremont resident with a cosmetic surgery practice in Rancho Cucamonga, values what he is learning about relationships and medical ethics.

"It is nice to see the Bible's connection to your daily life and I thought it would be interesting to take the course in that sense," he said. "We talk about issues that relate to my profession [including] obligations that a doctor would have to a family if someone was diagnosed with HIV."

Participants are halfway through "Talmudic Ethics: Timeless Wisdom for Timely Dilemmas," a course offered through the Jewish Learning Institute. About 20 people attend the course, including some outside the faith, said Rabbi Sholom Harlig of the Chabad.

"They're very happy we're offering this course because they want to be able to make the right ethical and moral decisions and learn how to be an honest person," he said. "The class is based on the Jewish religion, but if somebody who's not Jewish would like to learn how the religion looks at morals and ethics, they can come and learn it, too."

The course teaches how to make ethical decisions based on the Torah — Jewish religious law — and how the scriptures define morality. Topics include the power of speech, the effects of white-collar crime, competition, social obligations and medical ethics, including perspectives on abortion and euthanasia.

"For Jews, the most important thing we have to know is the Torah, our religion, and how it teaches from right and wrong," Harlig said. "Our biggest challenge is to be knowledgeable enough to give it over to the next generation and to know how the Torah wants us to make those ethical and moral decisions."

The session is the first of three eight-week courses offered through the spring. "The Kabbalah of Prayer" begins Jan. 28 followed by "The Jewish Life Cycle." Classes cost $79 with the textbook, but arrangements are made for those with financial difficulties.

The course is at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Chabad. For more information, call 949-4553.

Man lightly wounded from Palestinian gunfire in West Bank

Sunday, Dec 07, 2003

One man was lightly injured when his car came under Palestinian fire near Einav in the West Bank.

Palestinians also opened fire at an IDF post near Neveh Dekalim, in the Gaza Strip. No casualties or damage were reported in this incident.

Earlier Sunday, Palestinians reported large IDF forces operating in the southern parts of Tulkarm on the West Bank late Sunday afternoon. IDF officials described the operation as a routine search for wanted fugitives.

Palestinians opened fire at an IDF post in Gush Katif and at an IDF force in the West Bank settlement of Kadim, near Jenin.

An explosive device was detonated near an IDF patrol on the Israel – Egypt border.

Three mortar shells were fired at a Gush Katif settlement in the Gaza Strip.

SHMAIS.COM HASHOVAS AVEIDA TO THE RESCUE ONCE AGAIN...

Sunday, Dec 07, 2003

Hi Levi,

Thanks for running the Hashovas Aveida about the blue Nokia phone. Boruch Hashem we have it back. Your site is truly the community's virtual bulletin board. Keep up the good work.

Noach Vogel
Crown Heights

HASHOVAS AVEIDA - WALLET LOST, WATCH & CAR KEY FOUND

Sunday, Dec 07, 2003

WALLET LOST
A black wallet was left on top of the payphone in 770 on Erev Shabbos. It had important id cards and cash in it.

If found please call 201-400-9869 or 514-343-4889. Tizku l'mitzvos

A watch was found on Friday afternoon on Brooklyn Avenue somewhere between Carroll & Montgomery.To claim e-mail: shmais

2 FRIDAY'S AGO I FOUND A CAR KEY IN FRONT OF LEFFERTS MIKVAH. TO CLAIM PLEASE CALL: 917-755-7076

PS. On Sunday, we had another wallet that was lost. B"H we were able to match the the finder with the one who lost it even before we had to post it on SHMAIS.com!

NEW ENGAGEMENT

Sunday, Dec 07, 2003

Menashe Amitay (Kfar Chabad) to Naomi Marrus (Monsey, NY)

Looking for Chassidus Chavrusa - 770 vicinity

Sunday, Dec 07, 2003

Looking for Yiddish speaking Chassidus Chavrusa
Mon-Thu: 8:20-8:45 AM
Sun: 8-9 AM
770 vicinity.
Leave information at 917-562-9251

SUPER CHANUKAH SALE @ HAMAFITZ

Sunday, Dec 07, 2003

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Halacha of the Day -- Mayim Achronim (4)

Sunday, Dec 07, 2003

When there are five people or less that will be benching, we should give the Mayim Achronim to the one who will be leading the benching (i.e. doing the Bircas Zimun) to wash first and then pass the water around. Otherwise, we do not honor people with washing first. The water is just passed from one person to the next, starting from the end of the table. (Alter Rebbe's Shulchan Aruch O.C. 181:6)

If there are many people eating together, it is better to bring a number of Mayim Achronim vessels, so as not to prolong the washing process. (Beer Heitiv 181)

If one needed to go to the washroom after washing Mayim Achronim, he should say Asher Yatzar and then wash Mayim Achronim a second time. (Piskei Teshuvos 181:14 quoting the Aishel Avraham)

Our custom of saying the Pasuk Vayedaber Ailei is not considered an interruption between the Mayim Achronim and benching, as this is considered the beginning of benching (similar to the permissibility of saying Hashem Sfosai between Go'al Yisroel and Shemoneh Esrei)

[Suggestion for avoiding the 30 day "in doubt" dilemma regarding Vsein Tal Umater: If one were to say the words "kol minei sevu'asah letovah vesain tal umater livracha" NINETY times, then if he were to have a doubt as to whether he said it or not, he would be placed on the presumption that he had already said it.]

For comments and questions, please write to ewenger@ca.inter.net

Science and Torah Conference

Sunday, Dec 07, 2003

MIAMI, FLORIDA — Sunday, December 07, 2003

Have scientists discovered G-d? Is Judaism’s belief in free will compatible with concepts of genetic predestination? Are there links between contemporary neuroscience and Kabbalistic concepts of consciousness? How does biblical Creation relate to evolutionary theory?

These questions and many others will be addressed at The Fifth Miami International Torah and Science Conference beginning Tuesday night, December 16 and running through Thursday, December 18, 2003, at the Kovens Conference Center in the North Miami campus of Florida International University, 3000 NE 151st Street.

World-renowned professors from diverse fields in the sciences and humanities will convene with rabbis, students, and the general public to discuss controversial religious/scientific issues that face the modern world. All lectures are open to the public and free of charge.

These questions and many others will be addressed at The Fifth Miami International Torah and Science Conference beginning Tuesday night, December 16 and running through Thursday, December 18, 2003, at the Kovens Conference Center in the North Miami campus of Florida International University, 3000 NE 151st Street. continue...

ANOTHER FIRE @ A LUBAVITCH YESHIVA

Sunday, Dec 07, 2003

Recently, the yetzer harah seems to be working overtime @ Lubavitcher Yeshivos, with his goal to cause mass Bittul Torah. With fires over the last 2 weeks breaking out at 3 separate Yeshivos, the yetzer is proving to be pretty successful at one of his favorite pastimes.

On Sunday, a new reason for Bittul Torah hit another Lubavitch Yeshiva with the FIRING of Rabbi Efraim Piekarski the longtime dean @ Oholei Torah from his position.

The news of the beloved Rabbi’s firing unfortunately caused more bittul Torah and has upset virtually the entire Yeshiva. An SNS reporter on the scene learned that many Bochurim have already begun looking for other Yeshivos where to finish off the year learning.

An SNS reporter on the scene learned from anonymous sources that the firing is coming as a result of some extreme comments/views that Rabbi Piekarski was alleged to have said after a few Lechaims at a Rosh Chodesh Kislev Farbrengen in Oholei Torah. The comments had something to do with the post Gimmel Tammuz era.

On two separate occasions within the last week and a half Rabbi Piekarski publicly apologized for his remarks said at the Farbrengen.

On Sunday, Oholei Torah Zal was in an uproar. Current as well as past Bochurim who spoke to SNS today were all against the decision to fire Rabbi Piekarski.

SNS has further learned, from a couple of members of the Zal’s Hanhola, that during meetings with Rabbi Michoel Teitelbaum, discussing the possible firing of Rabbi Piekarski, all the members of Hanhola that were present were opposed to such a move, saying that such a move would be bad for the Yeshiva.

Also on Sunday, Rabbi Yossel Rosenfeld spoke to the entire Zal twice. Once in the morning and once in the afternoon. In the morning he told everyone that Rabbi Piekarski had resigned (a claim that was refuted by Rabbi Piekarski himself as well as others in the know). He also said that Rabbi Choni Lesches would be taking over. Rabbi Lesches’ new job was short lived when, according to SNS sources, Rabbi Segal, a member of Hanhola too, very nicely pointed out to him that it was not in accordance with Halacha for him to take over since it was wrong for Rabbi Piekarski to have been fired without a Din Torah.

On Sunday afternoon during another address to the Bochurim, Rabbi Rosenfeld said that there would be a Din Torah in the next day or two and that he would listen to whatever the Psak was. It was unclear as to the exact specifics of the Din Torah.

May we quickly merit the coming of Moshiach when we will have a peaceful time for Bochurim for there will be no more bittul torah and we will be Zoche to “Torah Chadasha May’itee Taytzee” and the end of the Yetzer Harah.

KEREN SIMCHAS CHOSON V`KALLAH AUCTION IN JUST 2 WEEKS!

Sunday, Dec 07, 2003

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On Sunday December 28 2003 - 3 Teves 5764 the annual KSCV auction will be taking place in Oholei Menachem 667 Eastern Pkwy. To view the booklet go to www.kscvk.org

Email your order to: kallah5760@aol.com
Fax - 718-774-6292
Phone - Goldie 718-363-0260 (during the day) Rochel 718-774-4578 (between 8pm and 10pm)

NEW SHLUCHIM TO IDAHO!

Sunday, Dec 07, 2003

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SNS has learned that Rabbi & Mrs. Mendel Lifshitz of New York will IYH be moving on Shlichus to establish Chabad-Lubavitch of Idaho in the capital city of Boise.

The Lifshitzs were appointed by Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky of Merkos L’inyonei Chinuch.

HATZLOCHA RABBA!

If you have any family, friends or contacts in Idaho and would like to put them in touch with the new Shluchim, please e-mail the Lifshitzs @ chabadidaho@yahoo.com

Fathers and Sons: Years Later

Sunday, Dec 07, 2003

Now all these years later I find myself in somewhat un-chartered territory, drifting and still groping to emotionally define what I am dealing with. With the High Holy Days safely tucked away into the past and Chanukah just ahead and almost within our grasp, I am once gain faced with dealing with remembering in that unique Jewish way that which attaches us to our deeply rooted history as well as our personal and eternal forever’s.

The thing that I am dealing with is the Yahrzeit of my father, Nison Gordon, of blessed memory. And I have to add that I----perhaps not unlike any child---am in a way forced to deal with my father, his life and his memory on an almost daily basis. I want you to understand that the pain of losing him fourteen years ago has long ago subsided just like they said it would, though at the time I seriously doubted them. But these days and perhaps specifically because he was a writer and newspaper editor and an advertising salesperson and a man with an innovative public relations acumen, I find myself coming constantly face to face with people who knew him, remember him, did business with him, were written about by him and were, like me, so fond of him. continue...

PLEASE SAY TEHILLIM 4

Sunday, Dec 07, 2003

Chaya Yonah Bas Shirlee

Nava bas Fruma Leah

CASH FOR YOUR MILES!!!

Monday, Dec 08, 2003

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Or call shmuli @ 718-756-0182

NEW ENGAGEMENT - LECHAIM TONIGHT!

Monday, Dec 08, 2003

Boruch Tzvi Friedman - E-MAZEL TOV (S. Paul, MN) to Dinie Dubinsky (Los Angeles, CA)
LECHAIM IYH TONIGHT-MONDAY @ 701 MONTGOMERY ST.

Palestinians fire on post and settlement in Gaza

Monday, Dec 08, 2003

A mortar shell was fired at an Israeli settlement in the north of Gaza, and Palestinians opened fire at an IDF post near the Gadid settlement in Gush Katif.

No casualties or damage were reported in either case.

OHOLEI TORAH / MENACHEM STUDENTS BUILDS MASSIVE DISPLAY TO WELCOME THE SHLUCHIM

Monday, Dec 08, 2003

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SNS ED. It's surely never too late to recognize such a wonderful project.

In honor of the Kinnus Hashluchim, the talmidim of Oholei Menachem, in conjunction with the Oholei Menachem PTA, welcomed the shluchim to their yeshiva building with a dramatic display. A huge world map (12 feet by 8 feet) highlighting the locations of the thousands of shluchim all over the world was constructed especially for the Kinnus Hashluchim. Every location where there is a Chabad House was lit up with lights. The effect was spectacular with the many lights representing the thousands of shluchim- lamplighters all over the world.

The hundreds of talmidim of Oholei Menachem all signed the huge welcome sign greeting the shluchim and saluting the work they do. This was a wonderful opportunity for the talmidim to become involved in learning about the work that the shluchim do and in welcoming the shluchim to Crown Heights and to their Yeshiva building. The children were inspired and filled with pride in the work and magnitude of shlichus around the world.

After the Kinnus, the Shluchim map was permanently placed upstairs in the yeshiva where the talmidim and guests can view it at any time and be inspired by the work of the Shluchim.

The display was a project of Oholei Menachem PTA and constructed by Nissan Brenenson and Dovid Geisinsky, with help from the Geisinsky and Krasnianski families.

PLEASE SAY TEHILLIM 4

Monday, Dec 08, 2003

Mordechai Dovid ben Yunus
who is going in for knee surgery on Tuesday

Chaim Refoel ben Esther Fira

Ruchel Yitta bas Leiba

Mordechai Naftoli ben Henna

Sara Hinda bas Golda Rochel

Rally @ the Ohel for children this Wednesday

Monday, Dec 08, 2003

The monthly Rally @ the Ohel will be held this Wednesday, the 15th of Kislev - December 10.

*For all children ages 5-12
*Supervised buses will leave 770 @ 5:00pm and return @ approx. 7:30pm
*Only $2 a child
*SANDWICHES, FUN, RAFFLE, GAMES, ARTS & CRAFTS

FOR MORE INFO CALL: 718-773-1688

NEED A PRINTING JOB? CALL PACIFIC PRINTING

Monday, Dec 08, 2003

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Do you need a printing job done on time and at a great price? If yes please call PACIFIC PRINTING @ 718-240-9607 for all your designing and printing jobs.

SHLUCHIM! call Pacific and have them design and print your letterheads & business card, dinner invitations, journals and ads.

PACIFIC PRINTING - 718-240-9607

Chabad Seminary Girls Spend Shabbos in Dimona

Monday, Dec 08, 2003

Around fifty students from the Chabad seminary “Machon Shoshanat Yerushalayim” in Jerusalem spent last Shabbos (Parshas Vayetze) with the Chabad community in Dimona, which is headed by Rabbi Yisroel Gliss.

While they were there, the students, who come from Chabad families around the world, had a practical experience of shlichus by running Messibos Shabbos groups in various neighborhoods in Dimona. On Motzoei Shabbos, their principal, Mrs. Malka Touger, conducted a farbrengen with them in the home of local shluchim.
(SOURCE: CHABADNIK.COM)

OHOLEI TORAH STUDENTS KIDDUSH HASHEM REPORTED IN NEWSDAY

Monday, Dec 08, 2003

Blizzard Didn't Beat Them
By Nedra Rhone - Newsday Staff Writer

With the unexpected snowstorm behind them, Long Islanders surfaced yesterday with shovels, snowblowers, and tales of triumph. From the milkman who managed to make all of his deliveries to the group of Orthodox Jewish youths who walked two miles in observance of the Sabbath, it was clear that a little blizzard couldn't break their stride.

"I actually felt kind of guilty," said Stacey Furey of Islip Terrace, after her milkman from Crestwood Farms showed up Saturday at 7:30 p.m. to deliver milk to her house. "I asked him if he was done, and he said, 'No.'"

Furey had signed up for the dairy delivery after a friend recommended the service, which has made door-to-door deliveries of glass-bottled milk for more than 50 years. Once a week on Saturday afternoon the milkman comes ringing, Furey said. She didn't expect him during a blizzard, but was happy to see him. Her husband was working and she didn't want to leave the house with her 21/2-year-old son. "I was impressed," Furey said. "I don't even know if I got mail delivery, so the milkman was blowing away the post office."

The storm brought particularly unique challenges to some members of the Orthodox Jewish community as the Sabbath arrived at sundown on Friday. "Anyone trying to get to their destination before the Sabbath was kind of stuck," said Chaya Teldon, wife of Rabbi Tuvia Teldon, the director of Chabad of Long Island. Several of the 26 Chabad centers on Long Island became lighthouses in the storm for those unable to reach their destinations before Sabbath began. continue...

Bochurim from Yeshiva Gedola Lubavitch in Monsey visit NJ Shluchim

Monday, Dec 08, 2003

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On Sunday evening the Bochurim of Yeshiva Gedola of Lubavitch in Monsey visited some Shluchim in NJ.

The visit started out with supper and a Farbrengen together with Rabbi Baruch Chazanow @ Chabad of Western Monmouth County in Manalapan, where Rabbi Chazanow tested the Bochurim on their knowledge in Mesechta Kidushin and the Rebbe's Ma'amorim which they are learning during seder Chassidus. Afterward they visited the Smicha program in Manalapan and the Rosh Hamachon, Rabbi Levi Schapiro.

The highlight of the visit was when the Bochurim visited the Chabad Jewish Center in Monroe Township where Rabbi Eliezer Zaklikovsky Farbrenged with the Bochurim about the "Gute Tzeiten" and shared many "not so well known" stories and facts about the Rebbe.

The Bochurim were inspired and some of them will be IYH helping Rabbi Zaklikovsky with Mivtzoim this Chanukah in Monroe Township.

HAPPY KISLEV ANNIVERSARIES 2

Tuesday, Dec 09, 2003

13 - Yaakov & Gila Litvin
13 - Fishel & Shainy Oster
13 - Yosef & Rochel Adler
13 - Shloime & Chaya Raskin
13 - Sholom & Dinie Greenberg
14 - Tzvi Meir & Malcah Rivkah Kriegsman
14 - Yehoshua &Shternie Vishedsky
14 - Yossi & Yael Cozocaru
14 - Zalman & Allison Rudd
14 - Reuven & Rochel Leigh
14 - Rabbi & Mrs. Moshe Feller
14 - Yisroel & Fraydie Teichman
14 - Menachem Mendel & Chaya Moussia Teichman
14 - Shmulik & Shternie Teichman
14 - Meiri & Sara Bruk
14 - Hershel & Debbie Herbst

HAPPY 70TH BIRTHDAY RABBI YEHUDA KRINSKY

Tuesday, Dec 09, 2003

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SNS would like to wish a very Happy 70th Birthday to a member of the Rebbe's Mazkirus, Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky.

Ben Shivim Le'Sayva!

May he have a Shnas Brocha VeHatzlocha Bakol, Mikol, Kol and true GEFEN - Gezunt, Parnasa, & Nachas from his children and grandchildren k"ah.

HASHOVAS AVEIDA - EXPENSIVE CAMERA FOUND & WATCH LOST

Tuesday, Dec 09, 2003

*We found an expensive camera on Empire and Albany. To claim the camera please call cell number: 514-996-6770.
We will be in NY until Thursday night.

*An expensive watch was left at the Mikvah at the ohel on Monday Chof Tes Cheshvan (November 24)
If found please e-mail: ChabadCenter@comcast.net

ADVERTISING ON SHMAIS.COM WORKS AND FAST!

Tuesday, Dec 09, 2003

As a designer of many of the ads on your website I knew that advertising on Shmais.com worked, but when I advertised for my wife's new website (SNS ED. ShopDetails.com) I was surprised just how effective Shmais was.

Within two minutes of the story being posted online we got our first phone call, with many more during the evening. Online meanwhile, the server recorded over 600 visits THAT NIGHT!

In all, during the weekend that the ad was online, our website received close to 2,000 visits, and several orders.

I am glad I advertised on Shmais.com, it was money well spent. I am planning my next ad now. . .

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Crown Heights

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OUTCOME OF MONDAY NIGHT DIN TORAH SENDS RABBI PIEKARSKI BACK TO OHOLEI TORAH

Tuesday, Dec 09, 2003

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SNS has learned, that the outcome of the Din Torah held Monday night about the firing of Rabbi Efraim Piekarski, dean of Oholei Torah, was that Rabbi Piekarski has been reinstated.

The three Rabbonim were: Harav Avrohom Osdoba of the Badatz of Crown Heights, Harav Yitzchok Raitport and Harav Zushe Winner.

Present at the Din Torah were Rabbi Yossel Rosenfeld and Rabbi Mendel Marazov and Rabbi Efraim Piekarski and Rabbi Avrohom Gerlitzky.

The Din Torah got underway at lerech 10:20pm and went till just past midnight at which time the Rabbobim asked the aforementioned Rabbis to please leave so that they could make their decision.

When everyone came back in some 10-15 minutes later the Rabbonim announced their general decision and said that with regard to the "Protim", it will come out in a day or two.

Rabbi Piekarski is scheduled to be back in Zal IYH @ 11:00am Tuesday morning, Yom Shehoochpul Bo Kee Tov!

MAY BE IT KEE TOV FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR @ OHOLEI TORAH & AT ALL LUBAVITCHER YESHIVOS AROUND THE WORLD!

PLEASE SAY TEHILLIM 4

Tuesday, Dec 09, 2003

Pessa bas Rochel Leah

Nava bas Fruma Leah

NEW ENGAGEMENT - LECHAIM TUESDAY NIGHT

Tuesday, Dec 09, 2003

Eli Edelkop (Kiryat Malachi, Israel) to Shainy Chazan (Milan, Italy)
LECHAIM IYH TONIGHT-TUESDAY @ LUBAVITCH YESHIVA

Palestinian youth killed by soldiers; 3 killed in 'work accident'

Tuesday, Dec 09, 2003

Two Palestinians were killed and three were injured after an explosion demolished a home in a Palestinian village near the West Bank city of Hebron.

Military officials surmised that the explosion was a "work accident" and that the Palestinians were preparing a bomb to be used in an attack on Israelis.

Also Tuesday, the Palestinians announced that IDF soldiers shot dead Faris Ibrahim, of the Qalandiyah refugee camp between Ramallah and Jerusalem. He was among youths throwing stones at soldiers, the sources said.

NEW FRUITS & VEGETABLES STORE TO OPEN IN CROWN HEIGHTS

Tuesday, Dec 09, 2003

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SNS has learned that a brand new fruits & vegetables store is scheduled to be open for business in Crown Heights within a week or so.

The new store, "MR. GREEN'S" is located on Albany Avenue between Eastern Parkway and Union Street next to Benz's.

14 KISLEV 5764 IS THE 75TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY OF THE REBBE & REBEBTZIN

Tuesday, Dec 09, 2003

In December of 1928, the Rebbe’s marriage to Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka, daughter of the then Lubavitcher Rebbe Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, was held in Warsaw, Poland.

By then, word of Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak’s heroic struggle on behalf of Soviet Jewry was world renowned, and the high regard in which he was held was evidenced by the numerous rabbis, Rebbes and lay leaders of European Jewry, and the thousands of people from all walks of life, who honored him with their presence at his daughter’s wedding. continue...

CLICK HERE to watch a collage of vintage film clips of the Rebbe being Mesader Kiddushin @ various weddings

CASH FOR YOUR MILES!!!

Tuesday, Dec 09, 2003

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Or call shmuli @ 718-756-0182

JOB OPENING IN CROWN HEIGHTS MEDICAL OFFICE

Tuesday, Dec 09, 2003

We have a position available for a full time Medical Assistant for an individual who is reliable, computer literate, personable, and able to multi-task.

This is a great opportunity for someone interested in the healthcare field. We are willing to train.

Applicant must be legal to work in the US.

Please fax resume to 718-773-4583 or email: rt.med@verizon.net

Israel's Chief Army Chaplain: Chabad Activities Important for Soldiers

Tuesday, Dec 09, 2003

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During a meeting with the newly elected chairman of the Kfar Chabad Community Council Rabbi Binyomin Lifschitz, chief chaplain of the Israeli army Brigadier General Rabbi Yisroel Weiss spoke very highly about Chabad’s activities with IDF soldiers.

Rabbi Shmuel Rivkin, a member of the Community Council, and Rabbi Aharon Pruss, of the Lubavitch Youth Organization, who runs programs for soldiers, were also present at the meeting. Rabbi Weiss spoke very highly about “Mivtza Chanukah,” which takes place among the soldiers every year. This particular mivtza is especially popular among the soldiers, who receive menorahs and doughnuts and say “l’chaim” with the Chabad Chassidim who come to visit them at their bases and outposts. Rabbi Weiss also spoke about his recent visit to France and stated how impressed he was by the activities of the Chabad shluchim. While he was there, Rabbi Weiss visited the Sinai education network, run by Rabbi Hillel Pevzner, and the Chabad yeshiva in Brunoy.

On behalf of the Community Council, Rabbi Lifschitz officially invited Rabbi Weiss to take part in the Grand Chassidic Farbrengen for Yud Tes Kislev. Rabbi Weiss concluded the meeting by giving his blessings to the gathering.
(SOURCE & PHOTO: COL.ORG.IL)

MAZEL TOV YARRES'

Tuesday, Dec 09, 2003

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SNS would like to wish a hearty Mazel Tov to, Asher & Devorah Leah (nee Vogel) Yarres - Crown Heights on the birth of their firstborn son.

May the newborn be a source of Nachas to his parents, grandparents, relatives & Klal Yisroel.

STERN COLLEGE FOR WOMEN IN CROWN HEIGHTS FOR SHABBATON

Tuesday, Dec 09, 2003

This past Shabbos the Chabad Club in Stern College for Women, had their 3rd Shabbaton in Crown Heights. There were 21 students who attended, all coming from different backgrounds. Baruch Hashem, the Shabbaton was a success! The weekend was filled with inspiration, joy and warmth (despite the weather!) Students attending were extremely gracious for the hospitality of the host families. "Every girl was made to feel comfortable and appreciated" said one student. One girl told the organizers that when thanked the 10 year old who gave his room up for her, he replied, “Thank you for being here this Shabbos.”

The Chabad Club would like to take this opportunity to thank all the people involved who helped make this Shabbos a real uplifting experience for everyone. Mrs. Feigy Benjaminson, the Lebovic and Lerman families, Ms. T. Kravitz and Mrs. Molly Resnick, and Mrs. Henna Markel with the Shluchim Office. Thank You!

The following is an email that was written by one of the attending students to the Chabad Club.

Dear Fellow Students,

After experiencing a wonderful Shabbaton in Crown Heights this weekend, I thought I would share a few feelings with you. Even though I am not Lubavich, I really enjoyed seeing how other Jews live their lives in different ways. For example, on Friday night it was beautiful to see the passion the men had during Kabbalat Shabbat. There was singing, clapping, and dancing. Also, at the Farbrengen after dinner, it was nice to hear different people’s views of the Rebbe and how they are grateful to him for bringing them closer to Yiddishkeit. It was apparent that the Rebbe had inspired them to increase their Avodat Hashem. Lubavitchers are so committed to Hashem, to the Torah, and to the mitzvot. Most importantly, they are truly dedicated to fulfilling the Rebbe’s dream of bringing more and more Jews to Yiddishkeit. I really look up to the Shluchim and give them a lot of credit for their mesirat nefesh. It is not easy to go to foreign countries where there are no religious Jews and they have to develop the community and help bring people back to Judaism.

After having attended two Shabbatonim, I think it is incredible to see the hospitality of the Crown Heights community. The host families were amazing. They welcomed us with open arms and they put a tremendous amount of time and effort into making our Shabbat a wonderful experience. Taking part in this Shabbaton with other Stern students gave me the opportunity to make new friends and become closer to already existing ones. So I would like to thank the Chabad Club heads for organizing this Shabbaton, and I would like to thank those who participated in the Shabbaton for making it a wonderful weekend. I recommend anyone, Lubavitch or not, to go on a future Shabbaton if you truly want to experience a different and incredible Shabbat.

Sincerely,
Crown Heights Shabbaton Participant

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Tuesday, Dec 09, 2003

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The move is especially important because with the current format on SHMAIS.com all the ads are running on a rotation basis. Meaning, there are times when you log on to SHMAIS.com and you do not see the advertiser that you are looking for. To take care of that problem (after much technical maneuvering and fine tuning) we made the new SHOPPING link live. Now, all you need to do is click on the link and look for your favorite advertiser by scrolling down the page.

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NEW YORK CITY'S TOP ELECTED OFFICIALS @ CHJCC LEGISLATIVE BREAKFAST

Tuesday, Dec 09, 2003

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The Crown Heights Jewish Community Council's first annual Legislative Breakfast, held on Sunday in tribute to New York’s first Jewish mayor, Crown Heights’ own Abe Beame, and in memory of Rabbi Yehuda Kalman Marlow, was a major success.

Nearly 400 people attended the breakfast that was held in the main ballroom in Oholei Torah @ 667 Eastern Parkway.

What made the breakfast so successful was the participation of New York City's top three elected officials namely: Mayor Michael Bloomberg who delivered the keynote address, Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum and Comptroller William C. Thompson.

In addition there were also a number of other high ranking polticians on hand including US Senator Charles Schumer, Carl Andrews - New York State Senator, Yvette Clarke and Letitia James - New York City Councilmembers, Clarence Norman Jr.- New York State Assemblyman and Deputy Speaker and more.

A delicious catered breakfast was served, numerous presentations to the honorees made and a special video about Crown Heights was screened.

CLICK HERE FOR SNS EXCLUSIVE PICTURES FROM THE BREAKFAST

NEW ENGAGEMENT

Wednesday, Dec 10, 2003

Zevi (ben R' Yaakov S.) Goldberg (Crown Heights) to Lieba (bas R' Yossi) Schochet (Toronto, Ontario)
LECHAIM IYH TONIGHT -WEDNESDAY @ LUBAVITCH YESHIVA

Grenade Attack in Southern Gaza

Wednesday, Dec 10, 2003

(IsraelNN.com) Soldiers in the Rafiah area of southern Gaza were targeted in a grenade attack. There were no injuries.

SHMAIS.COM HASHOVAS AVEIDA LEADS TO RETURN OF $600 DIGITAL CAMERA

Wednesday, Dec 10, 2003

Levi,
Thank you so much for personally helping us fulfill the mitzva of Hashovas Aveida. This entire website was worth it just to see this bochurs face!

I got the call from a young Ukrainian Bochur asking about the camera. It turns out it was his camera that he had just bought.

He fell and slipped on the snow and did not realize that his brand new $600 Olympus digital camera had fallen out of his pocket!

When he saw the Hashovas Aveida posting on SHMAIS.com he called me right away.

He was VERY happy to see his camera! And we were VERY happy to be able to return the camera to its rightful owner!

THANK YOU!!!

Pesach Sperlin

NEW ENGAGEMENT

Wednesday, Dec 10, 2003

Yirmi Knight - E-MAZEL TOV (Las Vegas, NV) to Chani Grauman (Johannesburg, South Africa)

PLEASE SAY TEHILLIM 4

Wednesday, Dec 10, 2003

Sara Hinda bas Golda Rochel

Miriam bas Sara

New Ambulance for Kfar Chabad

Wednesday, Dec 10, 2003

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Israel’s Magen David Adom emergency service has given Hatzala in Kfar Chabad a new ambulance, containing the most sophisticated and up-to-date medical equipment. The ambulance will enable Hatzala to respond to emergency cases in Kfar Chabad at top speed and with maximum efficiency. The transfer of the ambulance was made possible by Hatzala members Shmuel Flass and Moshe Gelbstein.
(SOURCE: CHABADNIK.COM - PHOTO: DAVIDCO)

LUXURY OFFICE FOR RENT IN CROWN HEIGHTS

Wednesday, Dec 10, 2003

LUXURY OFFICE FOR RENT IN CROWN HEIGHTS ON EASTERN PARKWAY. WITH PARKING.
CALL: 718-288-3437

Shlichus opportunity in Sunny Daytona Beach, FL

Wednesday, Dec 10, 2003

Looking for one teacher for small preschool class starting Jan. 5th. Great accommodations...

Must be hardworking and dedicated call Chani @ 386.676.2961 or 386.212.1994 cell.

Also needed 2 vibrant girls for winter camp Dec. 18-28.

“Pikuach Nefesh” Organization Calls for Charges against Geneva Architects

Wednesday, Dec 10, 2003

(IsraelNN.com) Rabbi Yosef Gerlitzky of the “Pikuach Nefesh” organization released a statement today that the attorney general should concern himself with the “agents and traitors who without permission from the government sought to handover portions of our land to the enemy” but instead he orders investigations against rabbis. “How absurd” he added.

The rabbi’s statements follow a decision by Attorney General Elyakim Rubinstein to order an investigation against rabbis who labeled Geneva architects “traitors” to see if they violated the law by doing so.

HASHOVAS AVEIDA: KEYS FOUND - CELL PHONE AND RING LOST

Wednesday, Dec 10, 2003

*Keys left @ linen store on Montgomery St. To claim please call 718-953-2909.

*Small, black, Motorola cell phone lost on Montgomery street, Tuesday after 6pm, if you find it please call 718-771-1640.

*I recently lost my 14kt gold ring- it has three heart stones- colors are blue topaz, garnet, and purple. I lost it somewhere near Crown and Kingston. I can be reached @ rikaligraphix1@aol.com or (917)353-2263, ask for Rikal.

RABBI YITZCHAK GINSBURGH YUD-TES KISLEV FABRENGEN/MELAVA MALKA

Wednesday, Dec 10, 2003

This Motzei Shabbos, Parshas Vayishlach, the eve of Yud-Tes Kislev, Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh of Kfar Chabad will have a special fabrengen (in English) and Melava Malka @ United Lubavitcher Yeshiva, Albany between Crown & Montgomery.

Time: 7:30 PM
Admission is $15.00.

Rabbi Ginsburgh's tapes and books will be available.

Chanukah Gift Collection - Shluchim: get 10% – 20% of list price

Wednesday, Dec 10, 2003

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Chabad Lubavitch of Northern Virginia's Purim Gift Collection has been providing the finest in quality gift baskets for over a decade. Our unique and innovative designs have thrilled thousands of customers worldwide.

Now, we are proud to offer Chanukah gifts of the same quality and elegance that have made us famous. From traditional to whimsical, our assortment of goodies will be sure to delight you and your friends.

Please visit our website www.chanukahgiftcollection.com
or call us at 800-927-8746.

Special Shluchim Discount: 10-20% your order.
A project of Chabad Lubavitch of Northern Virginia

HAPPY BIRTHDAY 2

Wednesday, Dec 10, 2003

Chaim Shaul (ben L.Y.) Bruk - E-MAIL
Bentzion Shemtov - Uruguay

Chabad’s model of outreach gains favor among fervently Orthodox

Wednesday, Dec 10, 2003

NEW YORK, Dec. 9 (JTA) — Fervently Orthodox Jewish leaders see a call to arms in the results of the recent Jewish population survey: As American Jews’ last greatest hope, they say, they cannot stand idly by while American Jewry disappears.

In a speech last week at a conference of Agudath Israel of America, Rabbi Avi Shafran, the group’s director of public affairs, said fervently Orthodox Jews must set out on a “rescue mission” of American Jewry.

“We’re the Zaka of North American Jewry,” Shafran said, referring to the Israeli rescue organization that deals with victims of terrorist attacks. “The threats to Jewish souls are no less dangerous — in fact, they’re more dangerous — than threats to Jewish bodies.”

“We, our community is the last chance for the American Jewish community,” he said. “The question here is one of pikuach nefesh,” or saving Jewish lives.

Shafran’s call was both a recognition of the success fervently Orthodox Jews have had at preserving their own numbers and their failure in extending that influence to the American Jewish community at large.

The speech also was a sign that Chabad-Lubavitch’s focus on outreach to non-Orthodox Jews is gaining currency among other fervently Orthodox Jews, or haredim.

“I think there’s a lot to learn from Chabad, to be honest,” Shafran told JTA in an interview after the conference, which was held in Stamford, Conn. “There are many Orthodox Jews that have complaints about aspects of the Chabad movement and some are valid ones. But the idea of active outreach that Chabad pioneered has, over recent decades, become very much part of the mainstream stance of mainstream Orthodox American Judaism.” continue...

Israel’s Tourism Minister heads for the American Heartland and finds …Chabad

Wednesday, Dec 10, 2003

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On a visit to Oklahoma City, OK on Monday, Israel’s Tourism Minister Binyamin (Benny) Elon had a private breakfast with Rabbi Ovadia Goldman, director of the Chabad Jewish Center of Oklahoma City.

During breakfast, the minister praised the tremendous Mesirus Nefesh he witnesses when meeting the Rebbe’s Shluchim across the globe. He expressed special admiration for the Shluchim’s children who in many places have no formal Jewish education, yet have Jewish pride and knowledge that is truly impressive.

In a discussion of this week’s Parsha and the lessons from the story of Shechem, Rabbi Goldman presented the Rebbe’s position that strong offensive measures by the IDF saves many Jewish, as well as Arab lives. Mr. Elon mentioned how now, more than ever before, he realizes and appreciates the Rebbe’s “deep, far sighted vision in regard to the situation in Israel.”

The forty-five minute conversation concluded with everyone agreeing that at this time it is important to strengthen the politicians to stand strong, as Mordechai guided Esther to represent her people bravely. Rabbi Goldman then presented the MK with a copy of “The Rebbe’s Army.”

During his remarks at a community breakfast, hosted by the Jewish Federation, the Cabinet Member spoke of his powerful first-hand impressions from his travels around the world, of the Rebbe’s Shluchim and their work.

At a kosher lunch with Oklahoma’s Governor Brad Henry at the state capitol, Mr. Elon again spoke of the Chabad’s, local, national and international work.

NEW ENGAGEMENT

Thursday, Dec 11, 2003

Shlomie Lison (Montreal, Canada) to Rivka Abenson (Manchester, UK)

Six Palestinians killed in Gaza battle with IDF

Thursday, Dec 11, 2003

Six Palestinians were killed and 15 were wounded yesterday during an IDF operation in the Rafah refugee camp in the southern Gaza Strip.

The goal of the operation was to arrest senior Islamic Jihad commander Khaled Kadi, 27, suspected of being involved in attacks against IDF soldiers and Israeli citizens in the Gaza Strip and planning attacks in Israel.

Palestinians claim that three children were among the wounded, one seriously. The army identified three of the dead as members of the Hamas and Popular Resistance Committee saying it had no knowledge of Palestinian claims that six were killed and was investigating.

The IDF identified the dead as Mohammed Zino,23, a member of the Hamas and Nasser A- Din and Nasser Abu Najah,22, both members of the PRC.

Palestinians said Zino was a paramedic assisting the wounded when he was shot. They identified others as Sabri Abu Loli, 25, Omar Abu Muhsan,28, and Salman Al Akhras,17 . Palestinian Authority officials called the IDF operation a dangerous escalation claiming Israel was attempting to torpedo any efforts to restore calm.

PA Yasser Aarafat's adviser Nabil Abu Rudeina said "we call on the international community to pressure Israel to put an end to its aggression and that the United Nations Security Council impose sanctions on Israel." On Thursday evening a mortar shell was fired at an Israeli community in the north Gaza Strip, no one was wounded in the attack.

Shortly before daybreak Givati forces entered the camp backed by IAF helicopters as support.

Military offiicials said soldiers who surrounded Kadi's home and came under heavy gunfire from Palestinians located in nearby buildings who also threw grenades and fired a number of anti tank rockets at troops.The soldiers returned fire and identified hitting three armed Palestinians officials said. Officials said Kadi was also involved in smuggling weapons to the Gaza Strip via the tunnels that span from the Egyptian side of Rafah to the Palestinian side.

Inside his home security forces discovered a Kalashnikov rifle, and a mortar shell. The soldiers demolished three buildings after searching them to ensure they were empty, Kadi's home, a building where another fugitive was holed up in and another structure used by Palestinians to perpetrate attacks from. Towards noon the soldiers pulled out of the area. Shortly after security forces blew up two 20 kilogram bombs placed by Palestinians near Rafah. Late Wednesday night, security forces blew up a building where the entrance to a tunnel was found. Palestinians said the building was three storeys high.

PLEASE SAY TEHILLIM 4

Thursday, Dec 11, 2003

Chaya Mushka Bas Rochel

Bracha Chaya Mushka Bas Chava Elka

Former County Executive of Nassau County visits the Ohel

Thursday, Dec 11, 2003

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This week the former County Executive of Nassau County New York, Hon. Thomas Gulotta was escorted by Rabbi Anchelle Perl, Shliach in Mineola NY, on a visit to the Rebbe's Ohel.

Mr. Gulotta has been a long time friend of Chabad in Nassau County and very supportive of the Rebbe's educational work and a great proponent of public Menorahs.

Mr. Gulotta was very moved by the visit and appreciated the warm welcome by Rabbi Abba Refson. He is looking forward to coming again with a delegation of community and government leaders in the very near future.

Luxury Travel: Cruising Goes Kosher

Thursday, Dec 11, 2003

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Dec. 15 issue — For Kosher-observant Jews, cruises have been cause for kvetching. All those lavish buffets violate kosher dietary laws, leaving the devout to nosh on frozen meals. Not anymore.

LAST WEEK the tour company Chosen Voyage launched what was billed as the first all-kosher cruise—aboard a 300-passenger motor sailing yacht—where every item from the grilled sea bass in pink peppercorn sauce to the poolside Margarita is certified kosher. Three more Caribbean trips are scheduled for this winter, and next summer’s destinations include the Great Lakes, the Baltic Sea and Bermuda.

Before setting sail, the yacht’s crew blowtorched the ovens, sterilized the silverware and swapped out the china under a rabbi’s watchful eye. At sea, they prepared meat and dairy dishes in separate kitchens and served them in separate rooms, accompanied by kosher wine. The ship’s conference center became a synagogue; the Sabbath was celebrated in a spacious lounge. Cabins have key locks to avoid the use of electronic devices on the Sabbath. The theme of last week’s cruise: “Cordon Bleu Goes Kosher,” featuring wine tastings and cooking demonstrations. “There will not be any overblown Vegas-style shows,” says company CEO Matthew Shollar. “We’ve taken a dignified, interactive, educational approach.”

—Peter Hawkins and Arian Campo-Flores

REB YOEL TO FARBRENG IN BNEI BRAK!

Thursday, Dec 11, 2003

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This coming Sunday evening, a special Yud Tes Kislev farbrengen will be taking place in Bnei Brak with Reb Yoel Kahan. Rabbi Kahan is famous as the individual who would relate and review by heart the Rebbe’s farbrengens. The farbrengen is open to the general public and will be taking place in Bnei Brak’s main shul at 53 Rechov Rabbi Akiva.

Joining in the farbrengen will be the Rav of Bnei Brak, Rabbi Moshe Yehuda Leib Landa, the Rosh Yeshivah of Tomchei T’mimim in Bnei Brak, Rabbi Chananya Yosef Eisenbach and the Alexander Rosh Yeshivah, Rabbi Yitzchok Yeshaya Weiss.

The management of Heichal Menachem has reported that there has been an extremely positive response to the widespread publicity regarding Rabbi Kahan’s visit, and they are expecting a large crowd for the farbrengen.

In previous years large crowds from Bnei Brak and the surrounding areas have attended farbrengens with Rabbi Kahan, demonstrating the tremendous thirst for Chassidus and the Rebbe’s teachings that exists among the chareidi community.
(SOURCE: CHABADNIK.COM)

LUXURY OFFICE FOR RENT IN CROWN HEIGHTS

Thursday, Dec 11, 2003

LUXURY OFFICE FOR RENT IN CROWN HEIGHTS ON EASTERN PARKWAY. WITH PARKING.
CALL: 718-288-3437

Shlichus opportunity in Sunny Daytona Beach, FL

Thursday, Dec 11, 2003

Looking for one teacher for small preschool class starting Jan. 5th. Great accommodations...

Must be hardworking and dedicated call Chani @ 386.676.2961 or 386.212.1994 cell.

Also needed 2 vibrant girls for winter camp Dec. 18-28.

MAZEL TOV TURKS

Thursday, Dec 11, 2003

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SNS would like to wish a hearty Mazel Tov to, Bentzion & Zlati (nee Wilschanski) Turk - Crown Heights on the birth of their firstborn son.

May the newborn be a source of Nachas to his parents, grandparents, relatives & Klal Yisroel.
E-MAZEL TOV

Sholom Zochor @ 789 Montgomery St.

MAZEL TOV LEVITINS

Thursday, Dec 11, 2003

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SNS would like to wish a hearty Mazel Tov to, Zalman & Hindel (nee Deitsch) Levitin - Crown Heights on the birth of their firstborn daughter.

May the newborn be a source of Nachas to her parents, grandparents, relatives & Klal Yisroel.

RABBI YITZCHAK GINSBURGH YUD-TES KISLEV FABRENGEN/MELAVA MALKA IN CROWN HEIGHTS!

Thursday, Dec 11, 2003

This Motzei Shabbos, Parshas Vayishlach, the eve of Yud-Tes Kislev, Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh of Kfar Chabad will have a special fabrengen (in English) and Melava Malka @ United Lubavitcher Yeshiva, Albany between Crown & Montgomery.

Time: 7:30 PM
Admission is $15.00.

Rabbi Ginsburgh's tapes and books will be available.

CINGULAR WIRELESS HAS JUST ENTERED THE NEIGHBORHOOD!

Thursday, Dec 11, 2003

You may have shopped at our Flatbush / Boro Park stores, or received a complimentary pre-paid phone at the Lubavitcher Yeshivah Chinese auction. In the unlikely event that you may not have heard of us, we have opened a store right here in the shechunah @ 423 Kingston Ave. to serve the needs of the community.

With rates so low and the quality of service so high, shopping for a cell phone has become an enjoyable experience. Guaranteed to have a plan fit for you and a free phone to go along with it. If it sounds too good to be true, we’re just down the block. Come see for yourself.

We wish you and your family a truly wonderful Chanukah and want to remind you that cell-phones make a truly wonderful Chanukah gift. Capture the lighting of the Menorah with a brand new digital camera built in to a sleek cell-phone. Or just sign the rest of the family up with family plans as low a $9.99 for each additional line.

Say you saw it on SHMAIS and we'll throw in a free gift with every cellular phone purchase.

Say the service is wonderful and we'll throw in a second gift!!!

Always remember,
“TECHNOLOGY BECOMES OBSOLETE, RELATIONSHIPS DO NOT!”

Looking forward to meeting you soon,
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY 2

Thursday, Dec 11, 2003

Reuven Giter - E-MAIL

SIYUM HORAMBAM HO'OLOMI Grand Celebration of Torah and Unity

Thursday, Dec 11, 2003

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This year's Siyum HoRaMBaM Ho'olomi, as the Rebbe has called it, was celebrated enthusiastically at Oholei Menachem in Crown Heights.

The Siyum celebrated the conclusion of the 21st cycle of study of RaMBam's monumental Mishneh Torah code of Halachic law three chapters daily, completed in just under a year. This year it also celebrated the conclusion of the seventh cycle for those who study one chapter daily, completing it in under three years. Children and women celebrated the conclusion of the 21st cycle of study of RaMBaM's Seifer HaMitzvos.

Cantor Moshe Teleshevsky started the event with Perek 102 of Tehilim in honor of the Rebbe. Then a video was shown of the Rebbe giving the Hadran at the conclusion of the first cycle of daily RaMBaM study in 5745 (1985).

"This year's 21st Siyum has special significance," pointed out Rabbi Shmuel M. Butman, Director of Lubavitch Youth Organization and Chairman of the Siyum HoRaMBaM Ho'olomi. "In Hebrew, 21 is represented by the letters Chof-Alef, which form the Hebrew word 'Ach' (only), which the Rebbe used to associate with the verse 'Ach Tov LeYisroel' 'Only good [will be the lot] of the Jewish people.'" He added: "We're also starting the 22nd cycle, represented in Hebrew by the letters 'Chof-Beis,' forming the Hebrew word 'B'cho,' starting the verse 'B'cho Yevoreich Yisroel' 'In you the Jewish people will be blessed.' These are precisely what the Jewish people need now: 'Tov' and 'Brocho' good and blessings for all Jews in general and every Jew individually." continue...

NEW CHABAD CENTER IN CLEVELAND BEGINNING TO TAKE SHAPE

Thursday, Dec 11, 2003

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The new 1-million-plus, 13,000 square foot Waxman Chabad Center in Cleveland, Ohio is beginning to take shape.

All the work on the foundation has been completed, and last week the steel columns for a large part of the 2 story building were erected.

When completed, hopefully in late Summer 2004, the new Chabad Center will have a Shul with seating for 250, kitchen, Simcha hall, classrooms, offices and a library.

SHOLOM ZOCHOR ANNOUNCEMENT FOR BABY BOY BOAS

Friday, Dec 12, 2003

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We would like to inform all our friends that we will be making a "Sholom Zochor" this Shabbos Parshas Vayishlach at 362 Crown Street, between Brooklyn and New York.

Avi & Fraida Boas

TWO SHOT DEAD IN DRUG RUBOUT

Saturday, Dec 13, 2003

December 13, 2003 -- Two men - including one with a tattoo that read "Drugs 'R' Us" - were rubbed out in a brazen drug-related shooting on a Brooklyn street yesterday afternoon, police sources said.

Cops responded to two 911 calls of shots fired at two sites on President Street (SNS ED.near Schenectady Avenue), in Crown Heights at 1:30 p.m., sources said.

They found two victims, in two locations - a tattooed wounded man in his 20s in front of 1635 President St. and a dead man, also in his 20s, sitting in a car several storefronts away, law enforcement sources said.

Investigators found drug paraphernalia, including crack cocaine inside the vehicle, sources said.

The injured tattooed man was rushed to Kings County Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Identities of the two men were not released pending notification of their families.

One gun was recovered at the scene and police continue to investigate the circumstances of the shooting.

MAZEL TOVS UPDATE #311 ARE ONLINE NOW!

Saturday, Dec 13, 2003

If you have a Mazel tov for us e-mail us @ MAZEL TOVS

Palestinian killed near Nablus

Saturday, Dec 13, 2003

A 20-year-old Palestinian woman was killed by soldiers, after the driver of the taxi she rode in refused to stop at an IDF roadblock west of the city on Saturday morning.

The taxi was traveling from Assirat a-Shamaliya to Nablus. The other seven passengers in the vehicle were unharmed. Kamleh al-Shuli, who was on her way to the university where she was a student, was shot twice in the chest.

A statement issued by the IDF Spokesman said the taxi bypassed the temporary roadblock, ignoring the soldiers' calls to halt.

Due to intelligence information received and the suspicious manner in which the taxi driver acted, the soldiers pursued the vehicle while troops set up another roadblock along the route in an attempt to halt the vehicle.

The car sped towards the second roadblock ignoring soldiers' calls to stop. The soldiers fired warning shots in the air and then, fearing that the car might be rigged with explosives, aimed and shot at its tires, hitting Shuli.

An army doctor at the site treated her but she died shortly afterwards from wounds she sustained, the statement said. The taxi driver was detained by security forces for questioning. The army said it was investigating the incident.

In another incident on Saturday night, Palestinians reported that troops killed a man approaching the Gaza fence near Gush Katif. IDF officials said soldiers at a post shot at someone approaching, but did not identify hitting anyone. Also, an Israeli woman was lightly wounded by stones thrown at her vehicle at the entrance to Betar Illit. A Magen David Adom ambulance took her to Hadassah-University Hospital, Ein Kerem.

In the Gaza Strip over the weekend Palestinians fired 10 antitank rockets at IDF positions along the Karni-Netzarim road, at Neveh Dekalim and Gadid in Gush Katif, and near Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. No one was wounded in the attacks.

A mortar shell was fired at an Israeli community in the northern Gaza Strip; no one was wounded and no damage reported. On Saturday six mortar shells were fired at IDF posts and communities in Gush Katif. Shots were fired at IDF positions in Gush Katif and on the Karni-Netzarim road.

In the West Bank, shots were fired at soldiers near Jenin. Early Friday, security forces arrested an Islamic Jihad fugitive in Ramallah. In the village of Dura near Hebron security forces demolished the home of Ahmed Abu Dosh, a member of the Islamic Jihad who was involved in the planning of the attack at Worshipers' Way in Hebron in November last year, in which 12 members of the security forces were killed, including Hebron district commander Col. Dror Weinberg.

He also plotted and trained the terrorists who infiltrated Otniel last December killing four yeshiva students. On September 16 this year he was killed by IDF forces.

On Saturday night, shots were fired at soldiers patrolling in the village of Kalil, south of Nablus No one was wounded. Shots were also fired at an IDF patrol east of Jenin. There were no injuries and no damage was caused.

The taxi was traveling from Assirat a-Shamaliya to Nablus. The other seven passengers in the vehicle were unharmed. Kamleh al-Shuli, who was on her way to the university where she was a student, was shot twice in the chest.

A statement issued by the IDF Spokesman said the taxi bypassed the temporary roadblock, ignoring the soldiers' calls to halt.

Due to intelligence information received and the suspicious manner in which the taxi driver acted, the soldiers pursued the vehicle while troops set up another roadblock along the route in an attempt to halt the vehicle.

The car sped towards the second roadblock ignoring soldiers' calls to stop. The soldiers fired warning shots in the air and then, fearing that the car might be rigged with explosives, aimed and shot at its tires, hitting Shuli.

An army doctor at the site treated her but she died shortly afterwards from wounds she sustained, the statement said. The taxi driver was detained by security forces for questioning. The army said it was investigating the incident.

In another incident on Saturday night, Palestinians reported that troops killed a man approaching the Gaza fence near Gush Katif. IDF officials said soldiers at a post shot at someone approaching, but did not identify hitting anyone. Also, an Israeli woman was lightly wounded by stones thrown at her vehicle at the entrance to Betar Illit. A Magen David Adom ambulance took her to Hadassah-University Hospital, Ein Kerem.

In the Gaza Strip over the weekend Palestinians fired 10 antitank rockets at IDF positions along the Karni-Netzarim road, at Neveh Dekalim and Gadid in Gush Katif, and near Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. No one was wounded in the attacks.

A mortar shell was fired at an Israeli community in the northern Gaza Strip; no one was wounded and no damage reported. On Saturday six mortar shells were fired at IDF posts and communities in Gush Katif. Shots were fired at IDF positions in Gush Katif and on the Karni-Netzarim road.

In the West Bank, shots were fired at soldiers near Jenin. Early Friday, security forces arrested an Islamic Jihad fugitive in Ramallah. In the village of Dura near Hebron security forces demolished the home of Ahmed Abu Dosh, a member of the Islamic Jihad who was involved in the planning of the attack at Worshipers' Way in Hebron in November last year, in which 12 members of the security forces were killed, including Hebron district commander Col. Dror Weinberg.

He also plotted and trained the terrorists who infiltrated Otniel last December killing four yeshiva students. On September 16 this year he was killed by IDF forces.

On Saturday night, shots were fired at soldiers patrolling in the village of Kalil, south of Nablus No one was wounded. Shots were also fired at an IDF patrol east of Jenin. There were no injuries and no damage was caused.

MAZEL TOVS ROSENFELDS

Saturday, Dec 13, 2003

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SNS would like to wish a hearty Mazel Tov to Mendy & Leah (nee Schochet) Rosenfeld - Miami, FL on the recent birth of their firstborn son.

May the newborn be a source of Nachas to his parents, grandparents, relatives & Klal Yisroel.

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Saturday, Dec 13, 2003

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MONDAY: JR NSHEI INVITES YOU TO ATTEND AN INTERACTIVE BAKING AND DESSERTS WORKSHOP

Saturday, Dec 13, 2003

Junior N'shei Chabad
Join An Interactive Baking and Desserts Workshop
With
Mrs. Aliza Blizinsky
(Home economics HS teacher)

*Learn the tricks of the trade and be actively involved in learning the latest baking techniques

*Come away with some delicious desserts

Monday, December 15, 2003
8:00 p.m. Sharp

At The Home Of
Mrs. Toby Brikman
615 Montgomery Street
(Between Kingston & Brooklyn)

Admission: $4.00

INFO TO BE MENACHEM AVEL MRS. LAURIE CADANER

Saturday, Dec 13, 2003

Mrs. Laurie Cadaner is sitting Shiva after the passing of her dear mother Miriam Shulman from Florida.

Address: 324a New York Avenue
Phone: 953-7688

Hamokom Yenachem eschem Besoch Shaar Avaylay Tzion VeYerushalayim. Vehukeetzu Veranenu Shochnay Ufur vehee besochom!

MAZEL TOV GREENBERGS

Saturday, Dec 13, 2003

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SNS would like to wish a hearty Mazel Tov to Mendy & Hindy (nee Werde) Greenberg - Crown Heights on the birth of their firstborn daughter.

May the newborn be a source of Nachas to her parents, grandparents, relatives & Klal Yisroel.
E-MAZEL TOV

Synagogue marks 5th year

Saturday, Dec 13, 2003

VALENCIA, CA -- Israeli-born Naomi Young has taught Hebrew in the Santa Clarita Valley for 20 years and in that time has watched the evolution of the local Jewish community.

On Thursday night the mother of four was one of four people honored by Chabad of SCV during its anniversary celebration at the Hyatt Valencia, where hundreds of people enjoyed live Israeli music.

"I've watched (the Jewish community) go from almost nothing to having four synagogues in the area," said Young, who was honored for her commitment to Jewish education. "Chabad has one goal in mind, and that's to bring light to the darkest corners of the earth." CONTINUE...

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19 KISLEV - GOOD YOM TOV

Saturday, Dec 13, 2003

GOOD YOM TOV.
MAY YOU BE INSCRIBED AND SEALED
FOR A GOOD YEAR IN THE STUDY OF CHASSIDUS
AND THE WAYS OF CHASSIDUS

Kislev 19
The "New Year" of Chassidism

The 19th day of the Hebrew month of Kislev (this year, Sunday, December 14, 2003) is celebrated as the "Rosh Hashanah of Chassidism." It was on this date, in the year 1798, that the founder of Chabad Chassidism, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi (1745-1812), was freed from his imprisonment in Czarist Russia. More than a personal liberation, this was a watershed event in the history of Chassidism, heralding a new era in the revelation of the "inner soul" of Torah.

The public dissemination of teachings of Chassidism had in fact begun two generations earlier. The founder of the Chassidic movement, Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov (1698-1760), revealed to his disciples gleanings from the mystical soul of Torah which had previously been the sole province of select Kabbalists in each generation. This work was continued by the Baal Shem Tov's disciple, Rabbi DovBer of Mezeritch (d. 1772). But Rabbi Schneur Zalman went much farther than his predecessors, bringing these teachings to broader segments of the Jewish population of Eastern Europe. More significantly, Rabbi Schneur Zalman founded the "Chabad" approach -- a philosophy and system of study, meditation, and character refinement that made these abstract concepts rationally comprehensible and practically applicable in daily life. continue...

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to light Chabad's Menorah @ the State Capitol

Saturday, Dec 13, 2003

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SNS has learned that recently elected California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will be lighting the Shamash at a grand Menorah lighting ceremony this coming Friday.

Chabad of Sacramento together with Chabad of California will be honoring the Governor with the inauguration of the Menorah of Freedom, standing tall outside California's State Capitol.

SHABBOS PARSHAS VAYISHLACH IN CROWN HEIGHTS

Saturday, Dec 13, 2003

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On Friday night there were 4 Sholom Zochors k”ah.

Moshe Hecht - Boro Park who had Yahrtzeit davened Shachris & Mussaf @ the Umud downstairs. There were 5 Chasanim. Yitzchok Holtzman spoke before Mussaf.

In the Rebbe's room, Nochum Kaplan davened Shachris @ the Umud. There were 7 Chasanim. Yossi Touger davened Mussaf @ the Umud.

The regular Kiddushim including those for the Chasanim were held both upstairs & downstairs in 770. Some of the Kiddushim went on all afternoon long. Some of the “lebedikness” at the Kiddushim was provided by I. Gansburg and a group from France.

Before the end of Shabbos R' Sholom ber Sanoowicz Chazzered a Maamer downstairs in 770.

@ the Ohel for Shabbos there were lerech 60 people.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY 2

Saturday, Dec 13, 2003

Shlomo Tiechtel - E-MAIL
Berel Levertov - E-MAIL
Tzvi Polter
Shamai Salek
Hirshel Brod
Sholem Blesofsky
Michael Brummel
Shmulik Teichman
Dov Lent
Shmully Lent
Berel Engel - E-MAIL
Shneur Zalman Tarlow

FINALLY! SADDAM CAPTURED - Darkness & Evil Dispelled once again on 19 Kislev

Sunday, Dec 14, 2003

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Saddam Captured While Hiding in Hole Near Hometown
Sun December 14, 2003 08:04 AM ET

By Robin Pomeroy

TIKRIT, Iraq (Reuters) - U.S. troops captured Saddam Hussein near his home town of Tikrit in a major coup for Washington's beleaguered occupation force in Iraq.

Grubby and bearded, apparently exhausted and resigned to his fate, the fugitive dictator was dug out by troops from a narrow hiding hole during a raid on a farm late Saturday, the U.S. commander in Iraq told a news conference Sunday.

"Ladies and gentlemen, we got him," a beaming U.S. administrator Paul Bremer said in his first, pithy comments.

"The tyrant is a prisoner."

Amid scenes of undisguised jubilation at U.S. headquarters in Baghdad, Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez played a video of the 66-year-old ousted leader, in a heavy black and gray beard, undergoing a medical examination that appeared to include the taking of saliva swabs for DNA testing. Sanchez also showed a still photograph, apparently taken later, of a shaven Saddam. continue...

SUNDAY NIGHT LECHAIMS

Sunday, Dec 14, 2003

Netanel Zilberman (Kfar Chabad) to Merrelle Bialestock (Chicago, IL)
@ KHAL CHASSIDIM AKA BAUMGARTENS SHUL

Asher Putter (Crown Heights) to Rivka Goldstein (Montreal, Canada)
@ LUBAVITCH YESHIVA

PLEASE SEND US YOUR YUD-TES KISLEV REPORTS

Sunday, Dec 14, 2003

Shmais readers are kindly requested to send us Yud-Tes Kislev report from their respective communities.

REPORTS SHOULD BE SENT VIA E-MAIL TO: SHMAIS

THANK YOU!

Weekend terror attack in Tel Aviv thwarted

Sunday, Dec 14, 2003

IDF and Shin Bet forces thwarted a terror attack in the larger Tel Aviv region over the weekend, police sources reported Sunday evening.

On Friday night, a high terror alert was announced based on intelligence received regarding two terrorists targeting Tel Aviv nightclubs and bars.

Roadblocks were set up from Rishpon, north of the city, to Holon and Bat Yam, in the south, and patrols were bolstered with security forces and volunteers. A command center was set up, and – based on new information – the alert was lowqered.

On Saturday morning, large forces deployed throughout the region, and passing cars were carefully examined.

Police report that the attack was thwarted, but have as yet released no further information.

ARUTZ SHEVA ON CHABAD: "Arguably the most dynamic contemporary Jewish organization in the world"

Sunday, Dec 14, 2003

CHABAD HOLIDAY
Chabad-Lubavitch, arguably the most dynamic contemporary Jewish organization in the world and one of the largest Hassidic groupings, is commemorating a special holiday today. It's known as Yud-Tes Kislev, the 19th day of the month of Kislev, on which the founding Chabad Rabbi - Rebbe Shneior Zalman of Ladi, author of the seminal Chabad work Tanya - was freed from Czarist Russian prison in 1798. This day, known by Lubavitchers as the Rosh HaShanah [New Year] of the Hassidic year, is also the anniversary of the death of the Maggid of Mezritch, who was the successor to Hassidism-founder Rabbi Yisrael Baal Shem Tov, as well as the date of the publication of the Tanya in 1796.

The Chabad movement is guided by the teachings of its seven leaders beginning with Rabbi Shneior Zalman, and up to Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, who passed away in 1994. Today, 4,000 full-time emissary families around the world direct more than 2,700 Chabad institutions, and a workforce of tens of thousands.

HAPPY KISLEV ANNIVERSARIES 2

Sunday, Dec 14, 2003

16 - Yitzy & Adine Lipszyc
16 - Moishy & Devorie Silver
16 - Itchik & Gitty Orimland
16 - Yossi & Rivkah Rochel Greenberg
17 - Moshe & Shaindel Schapiro
19 - Dovid Abba & Dini Levin
20 - Eliezer & Rivkah Lubecki

NEW PROGRAM TO LEARN YIDDISH

Sunday, Dec 14, 2003

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Dear Morah or Mother,
I have been teaching “Yiddish” as a second language according to the Ulpan Method for more than a decade now, baruch Hashem. This method has proven to be very successful for students in school, for home-schooled children, and for adults as well.

By the end of the year, my students understand, read, write, and speak Yiddish fluently, though they spoke only English at the start.

As it was impossible for me to personally accept all the requests from interested schools and individuals to teach Yiddish, I have published my first 14 lessons in a booklet. Mir Raiden Yiddish (We Speak Yiddish) is now available together with two audio tapes, and an exercise book called Areinfir Tzu Yiddish - teaching the eight sounds used in Yiddish reading and speaking.

In addition, I have written many Yiddish songs and stories for my students. I have compiled 25 of these short but deep and heartwarming songs in a song book, 25 Yiddisher Liedder. These songs touch on important subjects such as Middos Tovos, Ahavas Yisroel, Ahavas Hashem V'Torahso, Chassidishe Yomim Tovim, and Yomim Tovim. Together with the songbook and story books is a sing-along/read-along audio tape (for mothers and female teachers only). The audio book section of the tape has a helpful bell so the non-reading child will know when to turn the page of the beautifully illustrated books.CONTINUE...

Attention Machon Alte Alumnae:

Sunday, Dec 14, 2003

Rabbi and Mrs. Rosenfeld are coming to Crown Heights for an urgent meeting with Alumnae. All who have a connection to the Machon are strongly encouraged to attend, catch up with the Rosenfeld's learn Torah and discuss options for the school's future.

Please come to 423 Kingston Avenue between Empire Blvd and Montgomery Street, Monday, December 15, at 8:45 pm.

For further information contact Rivka at (917) 821-5870 or Esther at (610) 613-9214

Menorah sparks controversy

Sunday, Dec 14, 2003

HOLLISTON, MASS. -- Rabbi Mendy Kivman believes a Jewish menorah on the Town Hall lawn would celebrate the holiday season as well as religious freedom, and he is ready to take legal action to prove it.

Kivman, of the Milford Chabad Center, is expected today to file a restraining order against the town to allow him to erect a menorah, a nine-branch candelabrum used in the Hanukkah celebration, on town property.

Kivman, a resident of Milford, said his role is to educate Jews and non-Jews in the community, and the town should allow the menorah in the spirit of ecumenical unity.CONTINUE...

Jewish Communities Worldwide Celebrate Historic Date

Sunday, Dec 14, 2003

Lubavitch World Headquarters, NY — Sunday, December 14, 2003

: Sunday, December 14 will long be remembered for the day on which Saddam Hussein was captured by American Military Forces in Iraq. This year, the date corresponds to the Hebrew calendar date of 19 Kislev, known as the Chasidic New Year. It is the date on which, in 1798, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, the founder of Chabad Chasidism, was released from Czarist imprisonment.

Jewish communities nationwide and abroad mark this day with joyous, commemorative celebrations, and the beginning of a new cycle of the study of the Tanya, the foundational text of Chabad Chasidic philosophy, authored by R. Schneur Zalman. Today, Jewish day schools and yeshivas depart from their usual routine to reflect on the transformation effected by the innovative teachings of Rabbi Schneur Zalman. CONTINUE...

Get a gift subscription to Shoshanim, The Magazine for Jewish Teenage Girls

Sunday, Dec 14, 2003

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• Advice (from a Wise Rebbetzin)
• Tips for Dealing with Common Situations in a Teenager¹s Life
• Hashkafa Based on the Teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe
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To receive the latest fascinating issue, please send
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Check should be made out to Ahavas Yisroel Synagogue.

In Canada please send $18 in U.S. funds for one year or $30 for two years.
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Over 1000 @ Heichal Menachem Yud Tes Kislev Melava Malka in Boro Park

Sunday, Dec 14, 2003

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On Motzei Shabbos - 19 Kislev - a crowd of over 1000 people gathered at Armon Terrace in Boro Park for a Melava Malka and the annual Farbrengen by Heichal Menachem.

During the course of the evening there were many speakers including, Rabbi Zev Katz, Rabbi Moshe Wolfson – Mashgiach in Torah Vadas, Rabbi Leibel Altein - director of Heichal Menachem, Rabbi Mendel Lipskier from California and Rabbi M.M. Gluckowsky - the guest speaker - from Rechovot, Israel.

Rabbi Yosef Weinberg served as MC for the evening.

Participants sang Chassidishe Niggunim between speeches.

As the participants entered the hall for the Melavah Malka, they received a raffle card which they had to fill out and were entered into a raffle for a $250.00 worth of Seforim at Heichal Menachem.

During the Melava Malka, a video of the Rebbe’s Farbrengen from 19 Kislev 5743 was shown.
(PHOTOS: YK EXCLUSIVELY FOR SHMAIS.COM)

Welcome to the Waks family documentary film being screened across the US and Canada

Sunday, Dec 14, 2003

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The award winning documentary film “Welcome to the Waks family” is currently being screened worldwide. The film has already been shown on national television in Israel, several European countries and is now being screened at Jewish Film festivals across the United States and Canada .

Most recently, “Welcome to the Waks family” was screened at the San Jose Jewish Film Festival and the Boston Jewish Film Festival, which both drew an audience of over 600 people. The film was shown at the Coolidge Cinema in Downtown Boston and was followed by a question-answer session with a member of the Waks family. From the questions asked it was apparent that the audience had a great interest in Yiddishkeit and Lubavitch in particular.

Following the question-answer session, some members of the audience went to eat out at a nearby kosher restaurant. One man at the restaurant was overheard telling a member of the Waks family “How could I not eat Kosher food after watching the film?”

New Library inaugurated @ Beis Menachem in Manchester, UK

Sunday, Dec 14, 2003

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On Yud Tes Kislev, Beis Menachem in Manchester, UK inaugurated an additional library.

The new section is named "The Reb Yitzchok and Haddasah Golditch Library" after the illustrious Dayan Golditch and his Rebbetzen. The Dayan was a direct descendant of the Baal Shem Tov and had strong connections with the Rebbe and Lubavitch in Manchester.

The library was donated by the family to Beis Menachem.

The Mesiboh was attended by Anash, Rabbonim and Askonim of the town. It was followed by a reception and L'chaim. Included amongst the library are a wealth of Nigleh seforim, as well as a section of Chabad seforim.

MAZEL TOV SUFRINS

Monday, Dec 15, 2003

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SNS would like to wish a hearty Mazel Tov to Shmuli & Chani (nee Goldman) Sufrin - Morristown, NJ - on the birth of their firstborn son.

May the newborn be a source of Nachas to his parents, grandparents, relatives & Klal Yisroel.
E-MAZEL TOV

Columbian guerilla to release 4 Israeli hostages

Monday, Dec 15, 2003

Columbia's ELN rebels announced they would release the four Israelis and one Briton that it holds as hostages in the coming days, reported Israel's Channel 10 News on Monday.

The Colombian guerrilla group made a similar statement last months when it revealed its readiness to release the five.

Then, ELN official Dario Martinez also said of the families of the hostages: 'They can be calm. The ELN is a responsible organization. We respect human rights.' He said the kidnapping was, 'One of the best political operations the organization has carried out in recent years,' because of the considerable international attention the guerrilla group has been given.

The Message Of Chanukah

Monday, Dec 15, 2003

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This year Chanukah begins Friday night, December 19th. With the celebrated by millions, there must be a message for us. I believe it is bringing the light of spirituality and freedom into the world. It really doesn't matter what religion you belong to as long as you get the message.

The holiday of Chanukah around 165 B.C.E. commemorates the rededication of the Hebrew Temple in Jerusalem following the Jews' victory over the ancient Syrian and Greek Empires, who sought to coerce them into replacing their faith with Hellenism. The story is celebrated by lighting the Menorah candles for eight days, reminding us of the ancient victory reconfirming faith and hope. This holiday proclaims a universal message of religious freedom for all people. continue...

MAZEL TOV DRIZINS

Monday, Dec 15, 2003

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SNS would like to wish a hearty Mazel Tov to Zvi & Aidy (nee Dubrawsky) Drizin - Jerusalem - on the birth of their firstborn son.

May the newborn be a source of Nachas to his parents, grandparents - Rabbi & Mrs. Chaim I. Drizin - LA, CA & Rabbi & Mrs. Mendel Dubrawsky - Dallas, TX, great-grandparents k"ah, relatives & Klal Yisroel.
E-MAZEL TOV

Houston, Texas celebrates 19 Kislev with a Shabbaton and concert

Monday, Dec 15, 2003

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Houston, Texas celebrated Yud Tes Kislev with a complete inspiring Shabbaton weekend with 200 in attendance throughtout. The Shabbaton was called "A weekend of Chassidic Thought & Melody".

Rabbi Moishe New, Shliach in Montreal, was scholar in residence and spoke Friday night and by the professionaly catered Seudas Shabbos by day. The farbrengen following the seudah went until Mincha with many inspiring words and l'chaims being shared.

Following Shabbos, the group called "Simply Tsfat" performed in a concert of Chassdic niggunim. The concert opened with Rabbi Shimon Lazaroff along with Rabbi Mendel Feigenson and Rabbi Lazer Lazaroff singing Pada V'shalom Nafshi. Rabbi Moishe New addressed the crowd and was very inspiring. Towards the end of the concert the crowd could not contain themselves and everyone sprang up on their feet and danced away!

Following the concert, Danny Fishman hosted a farbrengen at his home that went until 5:30 AM!

The entire weekend was truly inspiring for all, shluchim, community members and members from the outside community.

STAFF NEEDED @ Friendship Circle Winter Camp

Monday, Dec 15, 2003

Staff Needed for One-of-a-kind opportunity. A guaranteed blast!
Sunday-Friday, December 28th – January 2nd

Looking for high school, sem, and post sem girls to be counselors and division heads for the Friendship Circle Winter Camp in Livingston, NJ.

At the Friendship Circle Camp, children with special needs will have their mid-winter break transformed into an exciting Jewish camp experience. This fun-filled camp will feature a variety of activities, swimming, games and sports, as well as exciting field trips.

After spending a meaningful day with your special friend, we will be going on awesome trips and doing great activities.

You can make a difference in a child’s life.

Sunday - Friday, Dec, 28th - Jan, 2nd
10 a.m.-3 p.m. - Camp
3 p.m.-10 p.m. - exciting staff trips

For more information please e-mail: toba@fcnj.com or call 973-597-0618.

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Monday, Dec 15, 2003

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Yud Tes Kislev - S. Antonio, Texas

Monday, Dec 15, 2003

Some 40 people joined in for the second annual Yud Tes Kislev Dinner & Farbrengen in the Chabad Center.

Rabbi Chaim Block - head shliach of S. Antonio reviewed the story of Yud Tes Kislev. Rabbi Yossi Marrus - program director of Chabad, made a Siyum on Tanya and encouraged everybody to participate in the learning of Chitas to complete the Tanya as a community for next Yud Tes Kislev.

The Jem video of Yud Tes Kislev was shown and people enjoyed the evening.

NEW ENGAGEMENT

Monday, Dec 15, 2003

Levi Lazar (Crown Heights) to Devorah Leah Franklin (Crown Heights)
LECHAIM IYH TUESDAY NIGHT @ LUBAVITCH YESHIVA
E-MAZEL TOV

CROWN HEIGHTS ABUZZ OVER AGENT EMES

Monday, Dec 15, 2003

Agent Emes (www.agent-emes.com) is the talk of the town amongst all the kinder, and for good reason; there has never been an action-adventure video series for our children that combine excitement, learning, and quality the way Agent Emes does.

Last week, Reel Jewish Entertainment, the folks behind Agent Emes, released the second episode in the series, “Rabbi-Napped.” Kids and their parents quickly stormed the local bookstores to get their copies.

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Visit the Agent Emes website now at www.agent-emes.com and see why Tzivos Hashem gave Agent E a FOUR STAR rating.

Get a gift subscription to Shoshanim, The Magazine for Jewish Teenage Girls

Monday, Dec 15, 2003

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Rabbi Yossi Jacobson @ 19 Kislev Farbrengen in Teaneck, NJ

Monday, Dec 15, 2003

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In honor of 19 Kislev, 130 people k”ah packed the Chabad House in Teaneck, NJ run by Friends of Lubavitch in Bergen County for a Seuda and farbrengen.

The evening began with the Shliach in Teaneck, Rabbi Ephraim Simon, recounting the history of 19 Kislev. Rabbi Simon was followed by an inspiring lecture from the evenings guest speaker, Rabbi Y.Y. Jacboson, who spoke on the topic of "Judaism has existed for 3,000 years without Chassidus. Why now? The innovation of Chabad Chassidus."

There was live music as well, played by Rabbi Yossi Niasoff.

Following the lecture Rabbi Jacobson taught the crowd several niggunim, including, "Pudeh VaShalom", "Keli Ata" and more. The niggunim were followed by a lively question and answer session and the evening concluded with the Alter Rebbe's niggun.

It was an inspiring evening for the city of Teaneck.

Yud Tes Kislev Melava Malka / Farbrengen and more in Pittsburgh, PA

Monday, Dec 15, 2003

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On Motzei Shabbos the entire community gathered at Lubavitch Center in Pittsburgh, PA for a Melava Malka in honor of Yud Tes Kislev. The room was set up beautifully by a group of women from the community who also catered the event.

The farbrengen began with the viewing of the Living Torah of the week followed by opening remarks by Rabbi Sruly Altein. Rabbi Altein related the story of Yud Tes Kislev 5662 when the Rebbe Rashab wrote the famous letter calling Yud Tes Kislev the Rosh Hashona of Chassidus.

Altein was followed by Rabbi Choni Friedman who addressed the audience, discussing the meaning of Yud Tes Kislev in our lives today and our connection to the Rebbe.

After singing Podah bSholom, the guest speaker Rabbi Leibel Alevsky, Shliach of the Rebbe in Cleveland OH, gave a wonderful talk sharing many stories from his youth and how he came to the Rebbe for the first time from Eretz Yisroel.

The formal part of the farbrengen concluded with an address by one of the balai batim, Dr. Reuven Shwartz, who spoke about the impact of Chasiddus on his life (which he said in one word is “big”, bringing transformation and joy.)

Afterwards Rabbi Alevsky sat down to farbreng with the olam. Once again, he recounted many stories and words of inspiration.

Sunday morning there was a beautiful Father and Son Breakfast, organized by Rabbi Yossi Rosenblum.

Fathers and sons gathered at 8:15 to Daven followed by a delicious breakfast. After breakfast, fathers learned with their sons the sugya of Chanuka in Gemorah Shabbos. The crowd was then entertained by the Yeshiva boys’ choir, led by Rabbi Yossi Rosenblum with Moshe Pekkar playing the music.

The event concluded with Rabbi Dovid Goldwasser captivating the audience with a story of the Alter Rebbe.

State-of-the-Art Facility for Jewish Tots in Dnepropetrovsk

Monday, Dec 15, 2003

DNEPROPETROVSK, UKRAINE — Hundreds turned out this week to celebrate at an auspicious ribbon-cutting ceremony and the opening of a beautiful, state-of-the-art facility—another first for Dnepropetrovsk’s Jewish community, another achievement in the annals of Chabad-Lubavitch in this region.

Situated on a quiet section of Kirova Street—a main artery of Dnepropetrosk, the new, 1700 square meter facility was designed to meet the educational needs of a very young, but highly significant population: Jewish children. Until now, the children were dispersed among a number of preschool facilities throughout the city, explains Dnepropetrovsk’s Chief Rabbi Shmuel Kaminetzki. Now, with a 250-child capacity, they are all under one roof, thriving in an ideal environment.

Among those attending the ceremony were government officials, municipal leaders, and leaders of various regional Jewish communities. The mezuzah of the new facility was posted by Ukraine’s Chief Rabbi Ezriel Chaikin. continue...

PLEASE SAY TEHILLIM 4

Tuesday, Dec 16, 2003

Chava bas Miriam

Hizbullah Terrorist Apprehended in Gaza

Tuesday, Dec 16, 2003

(IsraelNN.com) Security agencies announced that on Monday, Shado Abu-Hatzin was arrested at Gush Katif Junction by security forces. Hatzin is a Hizbullah terrorist and is suspected of planning and executing attacks in the Gaza area.

TUESDAY NIGHT LECHAIM

Tuesday, Dec 16, 2003

Levi Lazar (Crown Heights) to Devorah Leah Franklin (Crown Heights)
@ LUBAVITCH YESHIVA

NEW ENGAGEMENTS

Tuesday, Dec 16, 2003

Binyomin Dubroff - E-MAZEL TOV (Crown Heights) to Leah Rochel Cotlar (Houston, TX)

Yossi Kanelsky - E-MAZEL TOV (Hillside, NJ) to Dina Zwiebel (London, UK)

Machon Alta Alumnae Reunion

Tuesday, Dec 16, 2003

On Monday night in Crown Heights there was a wonderful and inspiring get-together for Machon Alta alumnae. Rabbi and Mrs. Rosenfeld farbrenged with alumnae ranging back from 7 years ago to girls who have just recently learned there and have since moved to Crown Heights.

Besides farbrenging there was an informal discussion on how to help the Machon. Pushkes were distributed to give out to people and IY”H more programs for the alumni are being planned for Chof-Daled Teves and Chof-Beis Shevat. Now more than ever the Machon needs the support of the alumnae and anash in general.

Unfortunately, because 60% of their funding was taken away Rabbi Rosenfeld has had to turn away girls who cannot pay from the Machon and is five months late on the teacher’s salaries. As many women can attest who have been there, the Machon is a life changing experience.

MAZEL TOVS TENENBAUMS

Tuesday, Dec 16, 2003

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SNS would like to wish a hearty Mazel Tov to our dear friends, Shlomie & Batya (nee Newman) Tenenbaum - Crown Heights - on the birth of their firstborn daughter.

May the newborn be a source of Nachas to her parents, grandparents, relatives & Klal Yisroel.
E-MAZEL TOV

STAFF NEEDED @ Friendship Circle Winter Camp

Tuesday, Dec 16, 2003

Staff Needed for One-of-a-kind opportunity. A guaranteed blast!
Sunday-Friday, December 28th – January 2nd

Looking for high school, sem, and post sem girls to be counselors and division heads for the Friendship Circle Winter Camp in Livingston, NJ.

At the Friendship Circle Camp, children with special needs will have their mid-winter break transformed into an exciting Jewish camp experience. This fun-filled camp will feature a variety of activities, swimming, games and sports, as well as exciting field trips.

After spending a meaningful day with your special friend, we will be going on awesome trips and doing great activities.

You can make a difference in a child’s life.

Sunday - Friday, Dec, 28th - Jan, 2nd
10 a.m.-3 p.m. - Camp
3 p.m.-10 p.m. - exciting staff trips

For more information please e-mail: toba@fcnj.com or call 973-597-0618.

POSITION AVAILABLE: MAGID SHIUR - MASHGIACH @ YESHIVAH GEDOLAH - MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

Tuesday, Dec 16, 2003

Duties include: Daily shiur in Gemoro, Rashi, Tosfos and main shitos HaMeforshim to students aged 17-18 years old.
Must be fluent in English.
Must have a caring and warm relationship with bochurim.

Please submit resume and references to:
RABBINICAL COLLEGE OF AUSTRALIA & NZ
PO Box 67
BALACLAVA 3183
AUSTRALIA

OR FAX: 61-3-9525-9970
OR E-MAIL: rcanz@netlink.com.au

An Uplifting Farbrengen in Haditch

Tuesday, Dec 16, 2003

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Every year during Kislev, Tmimim from branches of Yeshivas Tomchei Tmimim throughout the Ukraine gather together for a farbrengen. Sometimes it is held in Niezhin, at the gravesite of the Mitteler Rebbe on 4th Kislev, and sometimes it takes place at the final resting place of the Alter Rebbe in Haditch on the 19th or 20th Kislev.

This year, the farbrengen took place on Monday, 20th Kislev in Haditch. It began with Shacharis at a hall that had been hired especially for davenning. From there, hundreds of Tmimim travelled to the Ohel, where they were joined by roshei yeshivos, mashpi'im, shluchim, and rabbis from throughout the Ukraine. The assembled crowd sang the chassidic melodies composed by our Rebbes, after which the maaneh loshon was recited and a general pidyon nefesh was read out. This was followed by a grand farbrengen, led by the mashpi'im and the shluchim.

This year, the new chief rabbi of the Ukraine Rabbi Ezriel Chaikin also attended the farbrengen, which took place in the memory of the late chassid Rabbi Sholom Dovber (Berke) Wolff, z"l.
(SOURCE & PHOTO: CHABADNIK.COM)

County money for menorah causes dispute

Tuesday, Dec 16, 2003

Leon County commissioners have called a special meeting to reconsider giving $7,000 to a local Jewish group toward construction of a 22-foot-high menorah for display outside the courthouse.

The move came after the Tallahassee chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida informed the county that it was considering filing a lawsuit on grounds that the menorah violated a First Amendment provision forbidding the government from establishing a religion.

The dispute could lead to a court battle involving the ACLU, the county and Chabad of Tallahassee, a Jewish outreach organization that is planning on lighting the menorah Sunday during a festival at the courthouse. continue...

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Tuesday, Dec 16, 2003

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Rabbi Dov Hillel Klein in Ottawa for 19 Kislev

Tuesday, Dec 16, 2003

The Jewish community in Ottawa, Ontario were treated to a special guest speaker in honor of Yud Tes Kislev. Rabbi Dov Hillel Klein, Shliach @ Northwestern University in Chicago, IL dazzled the crowd gathered at the Young Israel Synagogue. His humorous and entertaining lecture went on for over an hour, followed by a question and answer session. During the session he addressed many topics including Chassidim vs. Misnagdim.

Afterwards, he farbrenged for the bochurim at Yeshivas Ateres Menachem - Torah Trade and Technology. The bochurim were inspired by Rabbi Klein's moving farbrengen. Many of the bochurim said it was the most moving farbrengen they have ever attended. Hachlatos were taken upon the farbengen's conclusion @ 4:00am!

HASHOVAS AVEIDA - KEYS FOUND

Tuesday, Dec 16, 2003

I found a key ring with keys on Kingston Ave/Union St. If you lost it call Mendy at 953-5856 after 7:00pm.

Candles and human luminaries light up the darkness on Duke's West Campus

Tuesday, Dec 16, 2003

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(SNS ED. As the students are leaving for Winter break a pre-Chanukah ceremony we had the ceremony which included the lighting of the menorah without the Brachos was held.)

Candles and human luminaries light up the darkness on Duke's West Campus ushering in the Chanukah Celebrations, the Festival of Lights. Michal Harris, a Duke law student welcomed over 150 people from Duke, the Mayor's office and the surrounding community who gathered to witness the largest outdoor menorah lighting ceremony in the Triangle.

Rabbi Zalman Bluming, spiritual leader of the Durham-Chapel Hill Chabad congregation, explained that Hanukah is a celebration of religious freedom and a beacon against the forces of religious bigotry and persecution. continue...

CHABAD CELEBRATES ITS BAR MITZVAH YEAR IN LAS VEGAS WITH A GALA BANQUET AND SILENT AUCTION

Wednesday, Dec 17, 2003

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On Yud Tes Kislev 5764, December 14, 2003, at the luxurious Venetian Hotel, approximately 360 friends and supporters of Chabad joined together in the celebration of their Bar Mitzvah banquet. The evening demarcated the outstanding growth of the Chabad community in the previous 13 years. Chabad in Las Vegas, Nevada has flourished from a single-family unit to 4 major Chabad Centers with 7 full-time Rabbi’s serving nearly 80,000 Jewish residents in the Las Vegas Valley.

Chabad of Southern Nevada under the leadership and guidance of Rabbi Shea & Dina Harlig was established during Kislev 5751, December 1990. Their beautiful, fully functional 13,000 sf, $1.5M Center can be found on Arville Street in central Las Vegas. This center is the home of the successful Desert Torah Academy and Torah Tots Preschool, directed by Mrs. Dina Harlig and school Principal, Rabbi Moishe B. Rodman. The school provides Jewish education to nearly 170 students. continue...

PLEASE SAY TEHILLIM 4

Wednesday, Dec 17, 2003

Pessa bas Rochel Leah

Rus bas Sara

IDF forces unscathed from powerful bomb blast near Rafah

Wednesday, Dec 17, 2003

IDF forces came away unscathed after a powerful bomb containing hundreds of kilograms of explosives that blew up on the wall of the Hirdon outpost near Rafah in the south Gaza Strip on Wednesday morning.

The bomb had been placed by Palestinians inside a 2- to 5-meter deep tunnel that led up to the post's wall. No one was wounded in the attack but the position suffered damage.

An hour later a second bomb placed by Palestinians on the eastern side of the post on a road used by security forces blew up; no one was wounded and no damage was reported.

Security officials said the two attacks, for which the Hamas claimed responsibility, marked a serious escalation. "The second bomb was set to explode and hit the emergency and rescue teams arriving at the site to tend to the wounded from the first blast," an IDF official told The Jerusalem Post.

In the evening a bomb exploded near an IDF patrol deployed near the security fence that encompasses Gush Katif not far from Netzer Hazani; again, no one was wounded and no damage was reported.

As the attempted violence continued, the security establishment registered 52 terror alerts.

Earlier in the day and also in the Gaza Strip, an armed Palestinian teenager was shot and killed by IDF forces near Rafah. Palestinian reports claimed that Mustafa Al Hams, 17, of Rafah was shot in the head and died shortly after from his wounds. The IDF Spokesman said the soldiers manning the position attacked earlier spotted an armed Palestinian and opened fire, hitting him, but had no knowledge of his condition.

Later in the day, shots were fired twice at an IDF post located near Gadid in Gush Katif and at an IDF post near Rafah. No one was wounded in either incident.

In the West Bank, shots were fired at soldiers in Nablus; no one was wounded and no was damage reported. In the evening IDF forces operating in Jenin to arrest a Hamas fugitive came under fire. During the day 9 Palestinian terror suspects were apprehended in Tulkarm, Beit Sira west of Ramallah, Hirbat A Matsba west of Ramallah and Tsurif north of Hebron.

At the Salem military court in Samaria the hearing continued for Hussam Mahmoud A-Rahman Hider, a Fatah member arrested in March this year accused of being involved in a serious of attacks, including a suicide bomb and shooting attacks and the murders of IDF paratroopers Lt. Amir Ben-Aryeh and St.Sgt. Idan Suzin after two terorrists attempted to infiltrate the IDF position on Mount Gerizim overlooking Nablus in February this year. Hider is charged on 5 counts ranging from conspiracy to murder, attempted murder and failing to prevent a felony.

Proposals on yarmulkes, Yom Kippur given mixed reaction by French Jews

Wednesday, Dec 17, 2003

PARIS, Dec. 14 (JTA) — Most children in France are likely to get an extra school holiday come next October — and it could be Yom Kippur.

On Oct. 6, 2004, the 10th of Tishri, 5765, every child who studies in a state school could get the day off for the holiest Jewish day of the year.

A proposal to make Yom Kippur, together with the Muslim Festival of the Sacrifice, Eid al-Adhar, national school holidays is just one of a series of radical recommendations contained in the final report of a presidential commission set up to examine how the secular values that lie at the heart of the French Republic can be adapted to a multicultural society. continue...

Rabbi Tuvia Bolton @ 19 Kislev Farbrengen in Baltimore

Wednesday, Dec 17, 2003

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Rabbi Tuvia Bolton, from YeshivaS Ohr Tmimim in Kfar Chabad, was the guest speaker at a Yud Tes Kislev Melave Malka farbrengen in Baltimore, Maryland. Rabbi Bolton, who was flown to Baltimore especially for the event at the invitation of Rabbi Elchonon Lisbon, Rabbi of Congregation Ohel Levi Yitzchak, kept the crowd of close to 200 spellbound and entertained with Chassidish stories, stories and Sichos of the Rebbe, inyanei Yud Tes Kislev and inyanei Moshiach and Geula.

Between the talking Tuvia peformed on his guitar, leading the crowd in traditional Chabad niggunim, as well as performing a few of his original songs from his 3 albums.

At the end of the evening, Rabbi Lisbon said that although there have been excellent farbrengens in the past, this year’s was truly amazing.

Chabad Shluchim's Familiarization Tour of Israel - January 26 – February 2, 2004

Wednesday, Dec 17, 2003

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Come and experience firsthand what ITC and Tzach Chabad Hospitality can do for you and your community on an Israel tour. This trip is subsidized by ITC and the Hotels; in order to encourage Shluchim to bring their communities to Israel in the near future.

Please give us a call as soon as possible as there are only 20 spots on this tour at this price.CLICK HERE FOR ALL THE INFO.

NEW POSITION AVAILABLE FOR ONE - POSSIBLY TWO - ENTHUSIASTIC CHASSIDISHE BOCHURIM

Wednesday, Dec 17, 2003

Lubavitch Boys Primary School in London, England, is looking for an enthusiastic, Chassidisher Bochur to teach a great class of Year 2 boys (6-7 year olds) starting January 2004. As it is a full day, two Bochrim – each for half a day – is also a possibility.

Attractive salary (including accommodation & car).

Please contact Rabbi Dovid Karnowsky - Head Teacher
Tel: 44 20 8800 1044 between 9:00 am – 4:00 pm London time
Or by fax: 44 20 8880 2707 anytime

New Shluchim to Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom

Wednesday, Dec 17, 2003

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SNS has learned that Rabbi & Mrs. Mordechai Wollenberg have recently moved out on Shlichus in Cardiff, Wales, UK.

The Wollenbergs were appointed by Rabbi Shmuel Arkush of Lubavitch in the Midlands.

They will be running the Shul and the Hebrew School as well as programs for the entire community.

Hatzlocha Rabba!

The Wollenbergs can be reached @ wollenberg@usa.net

New Colel Chabad Building in Jerusalem

Wednesday, Dec 17, 2003

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On Monday, 20th Kislev, an inauguration ceremony took place at the new headquarters of Colel Chabad. The magnificent building is located on Jerusalem’s Jaffa Road, opposite the famous Machaneh Yehuda market. “Ohr Menachem Mendel” will now be the new nerve-center of Colel Chabad’s many different chessed operations.

Some very important donors in the Ukraine generously provided some of the funding for the construction of the building, and a special delegation from that country, headed by Rabbi Moshe Asman and Rabbi Yitzchok Kogan, flew to Israel for the inauguration ceremony.

The new building, which contains a Beis Midrash, lecture hall, and offices, will become the administrative center of Colel Chabad’s many programs that have helped Russian immigrants for almost thirty years. In addition, Colel Chabad is already planning a variety of special projects to assist Chabad families throughout Israel.

The inauguration ceremony took the form of a large farbrengen, hosted by shaliach of Donietsk Rabbi Pinchas Wishedsky, during which mezuzos were fixed to the doorposts. The guests, who included distinguished rabbis, mashpi’im and other leaders of the Chabad community, were very impressed by Colel Chabad’s many chessed projects for Russian Jewry.

After the official part of the gathering had concluded, the participants, and notably the students of Colel Chabad’s learning programs in Jerusalem and Migdal Haemek, sat down to a more informal farbrengen that lasted until the early hours of the morning.
(SOURCE & PHOTO: COL.ORG.IL)

ONCE AGAIN MASSACHUSETTS HOSTS THE BIGGEST YUD TES KISLEV FABRENGEN FOR SHLUCHIM IN THE WORLD!

Wednesday, Dec 17, 2003

On Sunday afternoon, the 19th of Kislev a crowd of close to 100 Shluchim, Shluchos and their children got together to sit together “sheves achim gam yachad.”

Although the snow kept most of Massachusetts indoors, the men, women & children in the Rebbes army went out to the centrally located, Lexington Chabad Center for this, the second annual Yud Tes Kislev fabrengen seuda for Shluchim.

Hosted By Rabbi Alti Bukiet of Lexington & organized by Rabbi Moshe Bleich of Wellesley the fabrengen featured a fully catered meal, lots of mashke and “toichendige divrey chizuk” delivred by the Shluchim. It was truly an event of “ish es reyehu yaazoru uliachiv yomar chazak.”

The following families participated in the fabrengen: Alperowitz, Backman, Bronstein, Bukiet, Bleich, Chein, Fogelman, Green, Grey, Gurkov, Kimelman, Kivman, Krinsky, Laufer, Lieberman, Polter, Posner, Shusterman, Shwartz, Uminer and Zarchi

POSITION AVAILABLE: MAGID SHIUR - MASHGIACH @ YESHIVAH GEDOLAH - MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

Wednesday, Dec 17, 2003

Duties include: Daily shiur in Gemoro, Rashi, Tosfos and main shitos HaMeforshim to students aged 17-18 years old.
Must be fluent in English.
Must have a caring and warm relationship with bochurim.

Please submit resume and references to:
RABBINICAL COLLEGE OF AUSTRALIA & NZ
PO Box 67
BALACLAVA 3183
AUSTRALIA

OR FAX: 61-3-9525-9970
OR E-MAIL: rcanz@netlink.com.au

Shlichus position available in Oklahoma City for one girl

Wednesday, Dec 17, 2003

Shlichus position available in Oklahoma City for one girl. Starting in January.

For more information please call Nechoma Goldman 405-810-1770.

Rabbi drops lawsuit: Town allows menorah

Wednesday, Dec 17, 2003

HOLLISTON, MA -- Rabbi Mendy Kivman said yesterday he "peacefully" withdrew a federal lawsuit he had filed to allow him to erect a Jewish menorah on town property.

Selectmen last night told Kivman of the Milford Chabad Center he is welcome to set up a menorah, a nine-branch candelabrum used in the Hanukkah celebration, and hold a ceremony on the Town Hall lawn.

But Kivman said he is unsure if he will set up the symbol because town officials said he must take it down each night. Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights, lasts eight nights. continue...

Lubavitch Center of Chester County Pennsylvania Picks Up and Moves

Wednesday, Dec 17, 2003

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Chabad Lubavitch Jewish Center of Chester County Pennsylvania and the Western Main Line has moved into its new home in Devon, though the construction work is not quite done yet.

Rabbi Yossi Kaplan, Lubavitch’s director, said they are in the midst of renovating the two-story structure on the property it recently purchased at 958 Valley Forge Road.

For the past few months, the congregation has held religious services in the building even though the finishing touches won’t be completed for another month.

Kaplan said the congregation’s old site at 241 Waterloo Ave. in Berwyn, which Lubavitch had previously leased, was purchased by developers who plan to build luxury homes there.

On Sept. 25, the Tredyffrin Township Zoning Hearing Board granted Chabad permission to run a religious institution within in what is designated a residential neighborhood.
(SOURCE: Bryan Schwartzman - Jewish Exponent - PHOTO: SHMAIS.COM)

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Wednesday, Dec 17, 2003

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NEED THAT PERFECT GIFT FOR CHANUKAH? - STOP IN TO MINK JEWELERS!

Wednesday, Dec 17, 2003

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NEW! Mink Jewelers now carries a full line of Kenneth Cole and Skagen watches.

Great Gift Ideas:

For Him: Show your appreciation for all his hard work with a beautiful set of Dullen-Bullock Cufflinks.

For Her: Light up her Chanukah with a dazzling piece of jewelry.

For Everyone: Check out the new line of classy and trendy watches.

Gift Certificates available.

Call today 718-804-0806

HASHOVAS AVEIDA - BRACELET FOUND (A COUPLE OF MONTHS AGO) IN CH

Wednesday, Dec 17, 2003

About three months ago I found a bracelet near a bush on Montgomery Street between Kingston and Montgomery streets. The bracelet is silver with two color of stones in sequence, ex; brown blue brown blue.

IF YOU LOST IT PLEASE CALL: 917-803-8774

PRE-CHANUKAH MIRACLE IN PITTSBURGH!

Wednesday, Dec 17, 2003

On Friday night parshas Vayishlach, the Shluchim of Yeshivas Achei T'Mimim in Pittsburgh, PA returned home from their seudas Shabbos to be greeted by the sporadic beeping of a carbon-monoxide detector that had been installed less than a week before.

They immediately opened all the windows to ventilate the buidling. Then, the debate began. Maybe it was simply a battery problem; another suggested it might be the cholent! One Shliach, wanting to see the boiler first-hand, opened the door to the basement only to be greeted with the strong scent of gas. Common sense prevailed and the decision was made to find alternative lodgings for that night.

A 'boiler expert' from the Kehilla later examined the boiler and found a build-up of carbon-monoxide as well as another type of gas (one that gives off an odor). "If the Shluchim would have slept there" he said, "the results could have been...Ch"V, Nisht Oif Kein Yidden Gedacht". By Krias Ha'Torah the Shluchim bentched Gomel as instructed by Rabbi Yisroel Rosenfeld the head Shliach and Mara D'asra of the Lubavitch Kehilla in Pittsburgh.

It should be noted that the average Seudas Shabbos ends at 9:00pm. By pure Hashgacha Pratis, the Shluchim did not return to their lodgings until past 11:30, thereby ensuring that no one Ch"V slept through the alarm.

The Shluchim would like to offer their utmost gratitude to Hashem Yisborach and his messenger "Kenneth" the caretaker who on his own accord decided at the beginning of the week that the house needed a detector.

BORUCH DAYAN HAEMES - MRS. ROCHEL FELDMAN OBM

Wednesday, Dec 17, 2003

With sadness we inform you of the passing of Mrs. Rochel Feldman of Florida and mother of Yibadel Lechaim Tovim Mr. Asher Lemel Feldman.

The levaya will be held Thursday @ 12:00 noon @ Lakeside cemetery in Miami, Florida.

Mr. Asher Lemel Feldman will be sitting shiva at his home 3410 Royal Palm Ave. in Miami Beach Florida.
Please help out with the Minyonim
Phone: 305-672-3234
E-mail:anorah8@yahoo.com

Hamokom Yenachem eschem Besoch Shaar Avaylay Tzion VeYerushalayim. Vehukeetzu Veranenu Shochnay Ufur vehee besochom!

NEW ENGAGEMENTS - LECHAIM TONIGHT

Thursday, Dec 18, 2003

Chaim Langsam - E-MAZEL TOV (Crown Heights) to Henchy Kaplan (Montreal, Canada)
LECHAIM IYH TONIGHT-THURSDAY @ LUBAVITCH YESHIVA

Moshe Kievman (Crown Heights) to Devorah Leah Bernstein (Crown Heights)

Ephraim Chaim Trakhtenberg (Crown Heights) to Sara Lev (Toronto, Ontario)

Troops kill 4 Palestinian combatants; nab bombers

Thursday, Dec 18, 2003

Security forces killed four Palestinian combatants, senior members of Islamic Jihad and the PFLP, in an IDF operation to arrest fugitives in Nablus that began late Wednesday night.

In one incident near the adjacent Balata refugee camp, soldiers spotted a Palestinian placing a suspicious bag on the road. The man did not heed calls to sto and the soldiers shot and killed him. Come daylight, troops discovered a bomb inside the bag, which was detonated by sappers.

In another incident in the Nablus Casbah, IDF soldiers spotted an armed Palestinian on the rooftop of an abandoned house. Exchanges of gunfire erupted with two more Palestinians joining the gunfight. When the three armed Palestinians were killed, soldiers found AK-47 Kalashnikov assault rifles on the bodies of two, and an M-16 on the third.

Two of those killed were identified as senior PFLP members Jibril Awad and Majdi Hanani. They were wanted by Israeli security forces for some time. A third was identified as a Tanzim combatant.

In recent days, security forces have been operating in Nablus as well as in the adjacent Balata refugee camp to arrest fugitives.

Elsewhere in the West Bank, in Bani Naim east of Hebron, soldiers arrested four fugitives. Three more were apprehended in Kabatiya, south of Jenin, and one in Assira a Shamaliya, north of Nablus, and another in Nablus. Two of those arrested were slated to carry out suicide attacks in Israel.

During the arrest raids in Nablus, troops broke through walls to ensure the troops' safety and prevent their having to pass through open spaces where they would be susceptible to gunfire, the army claims. Palestinians reported dozens of civilian houses were damaged in the process.

A senior member of the Fatah al Aksa Martyrs' Brigades promised to avenge the "humiliation and destruction" he claims was caused to dozens of Palestinians by IDF troops. "Every time the Palestinians near a ceasefire the Israelis do everything to undermine the talks," he said.

In the Gaza Strip, two bombs were detonated near an IDF patrol close to the security fence that encompasses the Gush Katif settlement bloc. The bombs were detonated at five-hour intervals.

On Thursday morning an anti-tank rocket was fired at an IDF post on the Karni-Netzarim road.

The events came less than 24 hours after the Hamas attempted to blow up an IDF position near Rafah using a bomb containing hundreds of kg of explosives that damaged the post's outer walls.

No IDF casualties were reported in any of the events.

Close to 1000 Chanukah Events Worldwide listed on Chanukah.org

Thursday, Dec 18, 2003

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Close to 1000 Chabad-Lubavitch sponsored Chanukah events in over 30 countries worldwide are already listed on Chabad.org's award winning Chanukah site @ www.CHANUKAH.org.

In addition, the site offeres surfers to choose from a wide array of interesting content including: The Story of Chanukah, Recipes, Mulimedia, games and much more.

To see what you're missing log on now to www.CHANUKAH.org.

Shluchim who haven't yet listed their events are strongly encouraged to by logging on to MYCHABAD.org. If you dont have a log in account you can apply for one by CLICKING HERE

URGENT! PLEASE SAY TEHILLIM 4

Thursday, Dec 18, 2003

Yakov Eliyohu ben Fruma

Pessa bas Rochel Leah

Brocha Chaya Mushka bas Chava Elka

SUPER CHANUKAH SALE @ HAMAFITZ

Thursday, Dec 18, 2003

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10,000 PEOPLE EXPECTED @ YIDSTOCK CHANUKAH EXTRAVAGANZA IN FLORIDA

Thursday, Dec 18, 2003

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On Thursday, December 25 - the 6th day of Chanukah, an estimated 10,000 people from South Florida and beyond are expected to attend this year’s YIDSTOCK - Jewish Music & Food Festival.

The day long extravaganza is taking place at Boomers family fun-park in Dania, Florida and will feature unlimited rides, attractions, and video games combined with live international Jewish music, kosher cuisine, vendors and crafts. The event will begin at 10am and conclude with a spectacular special effect Menorah lighting ceremony & fireworks show.

Featured performers at Yidstock include the ever-popular impressionist Gershon Veroba. Other acts include original Woodstocker Dr. Laz, Chaim Fogelman for the kids, Yachad singing Carlebach favorites and Sephardic sensation Eli Naim accompanied by the Kol Rinah Orchestra.

Yidstock is being organized and sponsored as a special project of unity and unique celebration by the many Chabad Centers throughout Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties in Florida.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON YIDSTOCK CALL 954-252-1770.

Chanukah Specials From Cingular Wireless On Kingston Ave.

Thursday, Dec 18, 2003

Special #1: Sign up for any plan 39.99 and higher and receive your choice of ANY PHONE IN THE STORE FREE. Plus money back on select models. *

Special #2: Sign up for a family plan and receive up to 4 free LG 4010 or Sony Ericsson t226. *

Special #3 Switch to Cingular from another carrier and we will pay off your cancellation fee. When purchasing select models.*

Cingular also rents phones for Eretz Yisroel!

* Offers cannot be combined. restrictions apply. offer expires Friday Dec. 26

Cingular Wireless
423 Kingston Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11225
718-363-5444

DID YOU CHECK OUT SWEET EXPRESSIONS FULL LINE OF CHANUKAH JUDAICA GIFTS?

Thursday, Dec 18, 2003

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This Chanukah season stop in or call SWEET EXPRESSIONS to purchase their stunning Chanukah theme Judaica Gifts. Including:
*Menorahs
*Sectional plates
*Dreidel Plates
*Latke plates and much much more.

Sweet Expressions has the largest selection of Delicious Chocolate, Dry Fruits, Nuts and Candies in Crown Heights.

This Chanukah show your thanks and appreciation to: Chabad Supporters, Businesses, Associates, Teachers and your child's Bus Driver too.

FOR MORE INFO STOP IN TO SWEET EXPRESSIONS @ 310 KINGSTON AVENUE OR GIVE THEM A CALL @ 718-613-0188

TO VIEW SOME OF THE BEAUTIFUL GIFTS CLICK HERE

You think of WHO
We'll think of WHAT

MAZEL TOV KAPLANS

Thursday, Dec 18, 2003

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SNS would like to wish a hearty Mazel Tov to Rafi & Devorah Leah (nee Gabriel) Kaplan - Morristown, NJ on the birth of their firstborn daughter.

May the newborn be a source of Nachas to her parents, grandparents, relatives & Klal Yisroel.

YUD TES KISLEV IN CHICAGO

Thursday, Dec 18, 2003

Every Chassidishe Yom Tov is celebrated in Chicago with a beautiful community Farbrengen hosted by one of the Chabad mosdos. For Yud Tes Kislev the FREE organization headed by Rabbi Shmuel Notik provided the community with a first class Farbrengen & Seudah this past Sunday evening.

Rabbi Notik served as the evening's MC and the program began with a Dvar Malchus by Rabbi Baruch Epstein, Rabbi of Cong. Bais Menachem.

Rabbi Daniel Moscowitz, head Shliach of Illinois, continued by recounting the Rebbe's sicha from Shabbos Parshas Bo 5751 which prophetically told of the downfall of the enemies of Israel. The hashgacha pratius of the news of capture of the enemy of Israel on 19 Kislev was discussed as well.

The featured guest Mashpia was Rabbi Michoel A. Seligson, of Crown Heights who led the Farbrengen that lasted until 3:00 AM.

Rabbi Seligson, related the story of Yud Tes Kislev in detail and the lessons derived in Avodas Hashem. He made the point that each of the Chabad Rebbe'im added a significant dimension to Yud Tes Kislev, thus solidifying the 19th of Kislev in the life of every Chossid. Rabbi Seligson also spoke about the Rebbe's expectation of Chassidim and the energy that he gives them to link the extremes of infinite and finite in their quest to make this world a dwelling place for Hashem.

The evening was enhanced by a surprise visit by Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky of Merkos L'inyonei Chinuch who told of his recent trips to far off places throughout the world in the spirit of Hafotzos Hamayonos Chutzah.

The large crowd of Anash, friends of Chabad and the bochurim of the Lubavitch Mesivta were also treated to the Chassidishe music of Avrum Levin.

All assembled were deeply moved by the wonderful spirit of the evening and many Hachlotos were made, especially in regards to the upcoming Mivztah Chanukah.

CHABAD OF PARK SLOPE INVITES YOU TO ATTEND THEIR EXCITING CHANKUAH EVENTS

Thursday, Dec 18, 2003

There are many exciting events to take your children for Chanukah in Park Slope, Brooklyn just minutes from Crown Heights.

1. GRAND ARMY PLAZA
Every evening there will be a Grand Menorah lighting with many important dignitaries.
Live music, hot latkes, and prizes for the children - every evening!
Lighting times:
Friday 3:30 PM, Motzei Shabbos: 7:30 PM, Sunday - Thurs 6:00 PM

2. THIS MOTZEI SHABBOS - Dec. 20 - 8:00PM
Children's Concert and a fun carnival!
Featuring: Chaim Fogelman


Booths, Door Prize, food concession, great prizes, and loads of fun!!!

@ 401 9th St. (between 6th and 7th Ave.)
$5 admission
$0.25 a booth ticket (5 tickets for a dollar)

3. TUESDAY- DEC. 23- 4:30 PM
Small Wonder Puppet Theater presents a Chanukah Puppet Show

@ 401 9th St.
Admission $4.00
Door prize, light refreshments and hot latkes served

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON ANY OF THE PROGRAMS CALL 718-965-9836.

Junior N’shei Chabad holds 2 successful events

Thursday, Dec 18, 2003

On Monday, December 8th, the 13th of Kislev some 150 women K”AH gathered at the home of Ruthy Sperlin to be inspired by the words of the Rebbe. The evening, called “Marriage-making it an Everlasting Bond” commemorated the wedding anniversary of the Rebbe and Rebbetzin which took place on Yud Daled Kislev. Rabbi Yossi Jacobson was the guest speaker and shared many points from various Maamorim and Sichos. Everyone went home that night feeling uplifted.

One lucky woman won a $36 gift certificate generously donated by Mrs. Leah Ezagui of Le Mozag. Everyone went home with a little Chanukah delight. Door prize compliments of Nosh World.

Delectable desserts prepared by Regina Simon and the hostess were enjoyed by all.

On Monday, December 15th, the 20th of Kislev, Junior N’shei Chabad held an Interactive Baking and Desserts Workshop at the home of Toby Brikman. Over 95 women K”ah attended this standing room only occasion. Mrs. Aliza Blizinsky, Home Economics expert, taught us the tricks to the trade to making the perfect Chanukah Doughnut. Aliza, with her humor and charm, demonstrated the latest baking techniques and actively involved everyone in preparing their own desserts. We all had something delicious to bring home.

IT WAS WARM AND COZY INSIDE

Thursday, Dec 18, 2003

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In spite of a treacherous snowstorm followed by freezing rain and dangerous driving conditions, close to 200 people gathered in the beautiful auditorium of New Haven Hebrew Day School in Orange, CT for a unique Yud-Tes Kislev celebration, that drew a diverse crowd from as far as Fairfield.

Rabbi Yanki Tauber, noted author, scholar and thinker, and editor of Chabad.org's weekly online magazine was the featured speaker, and focused on some of the revolutionary ideas presented in the Tanya. The title of his lecture was "The Tanya: User Manual for the Soul."

Students of Beth Chana Academy led a simultaneous children program.

Entertainment for the evening was provided by the Mizmor Ledovid Boys Choir, under the directorship of Rabbi David Avigdor, spiritual leader of Congregation Bikur Cholim Sheveth Achim in New Haven.

The M.C. for the evening, Rabbi Yossi Hodakov, interspersed his introductions with humorous and inspirational vignettes.

Although some might have thought to cancel the event due to the weather conditions, it was an inspiring, successful evening, thanks to all those who contributed in their own way.

Tremendous thanks are owed to Rabbi Sheya Hecht (Headmaster of New Haven Hebrew Day School and Beth Chana Academy, and director of Chabad of Orange-Woodbridge), The administration and students of Yeshiva Gedola of New Haven, and Rabbi Yossi Yaffe (director of Chabad of the Shoreline).

MAZEL TOV TENENBAUMS

Thursday, Dec 18, 2003

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SNS would like to wish a hearty Mazel Tov to Elchonon & Chanie (nee Fine) Tenenbaum - Crown Heights - on the birth of their firstborn son.

May the newborn be a source of Nachas to his parents, grandparents, relatives & Klal Yisroel.
E-MAZEL TOV

ATTENTION SHLUCHIM: NOW IS YOUR LAST CHANCE TO HOST YOUR OWN VIRTUAL HEI TEVES SALE

Thursday, Dec 18, 2003

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MOTZEI SHABBOS LECHAIM

Saturday, Dec 20, 2003

Moshe Kievman (Crown Heights) to Devorah Leah Bernstein (Crown Heights)
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If you have a Mazel tov for us e-mail us @ MAZEL TOVS

Settlers, troops targeted in Gaza Strip - no injuries

Saturday, Dec 20, 2003

Palestinians fired a mortar shell at a Jewish settlement in the northern Gaza Strip on Saturday night.

No injuries were reported and no damage was caused.

An anti-tank rocket was fired at an IDF unit near Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip Saturday night, Army Radio reported. Troops returned fire.

Earlier in the day, Palestinian combatants lobbed three grenades at soldiers patrolling Israel's border with Egypt.

No troops were injured.

A Capital Chanukah

Saturday, Dec 20, 2003

Congress is out for the year and Washington is deep into vacation mode, but that won’t put a damper on the usual Chanukah celebrations in the capital.

On Monday the White House will hold its annual Chanukah party; the invitation list includes 300-400 of President George W. Bush’s best Jewish friends — Jewish leaders, rabbis and ordinary citizens from around the country.

As usual, competition for invitations is fierce, and bruised egos are many.

Bush administration officials, eager to expand their base in the Jewish community, is continuing its policy of emphasizing White House newcomers on the guest list.

On Sunday, American Friends of Lubavitch will conduct the 25th annual lighting of its big menorah on the Ellipse, in President Bush’s back yard.

This year’s official lighter will be Josh Bolton, the White House budget director and currently the highest-ranking Jew in the Bush administration.

Rabbi Levi Shemtov, Chabad’s Washington representative and the impresario of the Ellipse event, said it was a sellout — tickets are free — more than a week ahead of time.

Fabulous Shlichus Opportunity In Miami, FL For One Girl

Saturday, Dec 20, 2003

Looking for one girl to come on Shlichus. The shlichus will involve: Teaching in Talmud Torah, Shabbos programs, Friendship Circle & Computer Related Work.

Please call 305-270-9401 or 305-234-5654 or e mail: Nechamack@aol.com for more information.

Get a gift subscription to Shoshanim, The Magazine for Jewish Teenage Girls

Saturday, Dec 20, 2003

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features:
• Exciting Short Stories
• Advice (from a Wise Rebbetzin)
• Tips for Dealing with Common Situations in a Teenager¹s Life
• Hashkafa Based on the Teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe
• Reader Opinion Polls
• Halacha for Teens
• Health for Teens
• Stories, Poems and Drawings by Teens
• And MORE—All with Original Artwork!

MAKES A GREAT CHANUKA PRESENT!
(for ages 12 and up)

We send gift cards upon request.
To receive the latest fascinating issue, please send
$14 for one year (four issues) or $25 for two years to
Shoshanim, 723 N. Orange Dr., Dept. S
Los Angeles, CA 90038.

Check should be made out to Ahavas Yisroel Synagogue.

In Canada please send $18 in U.S. funds for one year or $30 for two years.
Overseas, please send $22 in U.S. funds for one year or $40 for two years.

For a single issue, please send $4.95, which includes shipping.
(In Canada, send $6; overseas, $7.50.)

Shoshanim is published under the auspices of Ahavas Yisroel Synagogue of Los Angeles.
The Rav of the Shul is Rabbi Chaim Zev Citron, a Shaliach,
who is also the associate editor of the magazine.

BORUCH DAYAN HAEMES - RABBI SHIMON BOBROYSKY OBM

Saturday, Dec 20, 2003

With sadness we inform you of the passing on Shabbos of Rabbi Shimon Bobroysky from Passaic, NJ.

The Levaya will be on Sunday morning, passing by 770 @ lerech 10:45-11:00am.

Hamokom Yenachem eschem Besoch Shaar Avaylay Tzion VeYerushalayim. Vehukeetzu Veranenu Shochnay Ufur vehu besochom!

BORUCH DAYAN HAEMES - MRS. PESSA FRIMERMAN OBM

Saturday, Dec 20, 2003

With sadness we inform you of the passing of Mrs. Pessa Frimerman mother of Yibadel Lechaim Tovim, Yossi Frimerman.

The Levaya will be on Sunday, 10:00am @ Shomrei Hadas and passing by 770 @ lerech 10:30am.

Yossi Frimerman will be sitting Shiva in his home @ 1428 President St.

Hamokom Yenachem eschem Besoch Shaar Avaylay Tzion VeYerushalayim. Vehukeetzu Veranenu Shochnay Ufur vehee besochom!

Fire-ravaged San Diego synagogue celebrates Hanukkah

Saturday, Dec 20, 2003

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SAN DIEGO – The Chabad Hebrew Academy celebrated the first day of Hanukkah on Friday in a new synagogue – nearly two months after one of the most destructive wildfires in modern California history burned within 10 feet of its doorstep.

"We have had so many miracles," said Rabbi Yonah Fradkin, who founded the school. "It's wonderful to have those miracles but look at the thousands of people who are homeless from the fires."

Flames swept the academy's 27 acres on Oct. 26, leveling 21 bungalows being used as a temporary school and synagogue. The flames melted dozens of outdoor sculptures and burned hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of computers, centuries-old artwork and manuscripts. CONTINUE...

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Saturday, Dec 20, 2003

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DID YOU CHECK OUT SWEET EXPRESSIONS FULL LINE OF CHANUKAH JUDAICA GIFTS?

Saturday, Dec 20, 2003

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This Chanukah season stop in or call SWEET EXPRESSIONS to purchase their stunning Chanukah theme Judaica Gifts. Including:
*Menorahs
*Sectional plates
*Dreidel Plates
*Latke plates and much much more.

Sweet Expressions has the largest selection of Delicious Chocolate, Dry Fruits, Nuts and Candies in Crown Heights.

This Chanukah show your thanks and appreciation to: Chabad Supporters, Businesses, Associates, Teachers and your child's Bus Driver too.

FOR MORE INFO STOP IN TO SWEET EXPRESSIONS @ 310 KINGSTON AVENUE OR GIVE THEM A CALL @ 718-613-0188

TO VIEW SOME OF THE BEAUTIFUL GIFTS CLICK HERE

You think of WHO
We'll think of WHAT

MAZEL TOV KAHANS

Saturday, Dec 20, 2003

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SNS would like to wish a hearty Mazel Tov to Mendy & Orly (nee Merel) Kahan - Crown Heights - on the birth of their firstborn son.

May the newborn be a source of Nachas to his parents, grandparents, relatives & Klal Yisroel.

SUNDAY AFTERNOON LECHAIM

Saturday, Dec 20, 2003

Yossi Kanelsky (Hillside, NJ) to Dina Zwiebel (London, UK)
From 1:00-4:00pm @The Westminster Academy 631 Westminster Ave. Elizabeth, NJ, 07208

California Gov. Schwarzenegger dances with the Shluchim at Menorah lighting ceremony at the State Capitol

Saturday, Dec 20, 2003

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(SNS ED. On Motzei Shabbos Parshas Vayishlach in an "SNS WORLD EXCLUSIVE" we informed our readers that California Gov. Schwarzenegger would be on hand for Chabad’s menorah lighting ceremony @ the California State Capitol. Tonight we’re back with an exclusive report on the event.)

A late Friday morning Menorah Lighting at California's State Capitol, sponsored by Chabad of Sacramento and Chabad of California and with the participation of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was a big Kiddush Hashem, Kiddush Shem Lubavitch.

Thanks to the heavy media presence the message of Chanukah reached millions of people in California and beyond.

The MC for the event was Rabbi Mendy Cohen - the Shliach in Sacramento - who welcomed the Governor and told the crowd the story about Americas first President George Washington who was inspired when he saw a soldier lighting a Menorah in the battlefield.

Rabbi Cohen was followed by Rabbi Chaim Cunin of Chabad of California and Rabbi Yonah Fradkin of Chabad of San Diego who both spoke briefly.

Afterward, Rabbi Chaim Cunin, representing his father Rabbi Shlomo Cunin - Head Shliach of California - together with all the Shluchim on hand, presented the Governor with a beautiful sterling silver Menorah.

"I am delighted to join the Jewish community of California in celebrating this holiday season," said Governor Schwarzenegger. "This is a time when people from many faiths celebrate their blessings and share a common hope for peace and prosperity in the New Year."

The Governor also commented that he had asked Rabbi Cohen “What would be a modern day miracle?” to which Rabbi Cohen answered “Arnold, if you win an Oscar!” CONTINUE...

SHABBOS MEVORCHIM TEVES SHABBOS CHANUKAH PARSHAS VAYEISHEV IN CROWN HEIGHTS

Saturday, Dec 20, 2003

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On Friday night there were 3 Sholom Zochors k”ah.

Hershel Gorman – London, davened Shachris @ the Umud. Before Krias HaTorah, Y.B. Spielman “klapped” on the Bima and made an impassioned plea for peace in the community and for the strengthening of the Badatz etc. There were 5 Chasanim. Two members of the Badatz received Aliyos. Rabbi Aron Yaakov Shwei received Shleeshee and Rabbi Avrohom Osdoba, Sheshee. Chaim Serebreanski spoke before Mussaf. Yossel Mochkin davened Mussaf @ the Umud.

In the Rebbe's room, Rabbi Shlomo Cunin, who had Yahrzteit, Davened Shachris & Mussaf @ the Umud. There were 5 Chasanim.

The regular Kiddushim including those for the Chasanim were held both upstairs & downstairs in 770. There were many Fabrengers still on hand as Shabbos was ending.

Before the end of Shabbos R' Shmully Samuels Chazzered a Maamer downstairs in 770.

@ the Ohel for Shabbos there were lerech 50 people.

CGI IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA LOOKING FOR SUMMER COUNSELORS

Sunday, Dec 21, 2003

Camp Gan Israel ~ Contra Costa in Northern California looking for a group of amazing dedicated counselors who want to give children the absolute summer of a lifetime in a super structured and organized camp atmosphere.

Looking for a group of friends, one Head counselor and 7 counselors with counselors who are excited to specialize in younger kids too.

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Would like to meet the group Chof Beis Shvat in Crown Heights

NEW ENGAGEMENT

Sunday, Dec 21, 2003

Yossi Saidof (Kiryat Chaim, Israel) to Yocheved Amrami (S. Paul MN)
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SUNDAY: CHANUKAH LIVE 5764 OVER THE INTERNET

Sunday, Dec 21, 2003

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The annual Chanukah Live broadcast sponsored by American Friends of Lubavitch will IYH take place on Sunday the 26th of Kislev and will be carried live over the INTERNET.

SNS is pleased to present the schedule of this year's program. Please be advised that in the event of technical difficulties the program schedule will change.

*The live internet webcast will begin at approximately 2:50 Eastern Standard Time with a Sicha from the Rebbe.

*Introduction, Tehilim and Pesukim at the Western Wall

*Psukim in Kfar Chabad in front of 770

*Psukim in Paris by the Eiffel Tower

*Program from Moscow

*Menorah Lighting at the Western Wall

*Menroah Lighting in Kfar Chabad

*Menorah Lighting in the Rebbe's room

*Menorah Lighting in Paris

*Haneiros Hallalu
TO WATCH THE BROADCAST CLICK HERE

Top Hamas official nabbed in Nablus

Sunday, Dec 21, 2003

A senior official of the Hamas terror organization in the West Bank was captured by IDF troops Sunday morning in the West Bank city of Nablus, Palestinian sources reported.

According to the reports, Adnan Asfour, 38, a top Hamas official and the organization's West Bank spokesman, was nabbed by soldiers in an early Sunday raid.

The IDF confirmed that troops had nabbed a wanted Palestinian fugitive but would not release his name.

Asfour was arrested by the IDF several times before the Intifada erupted and was even detained for two years in a Palestinian Authority prison.

A Hamas statement said, "The capture will not lower the moral of the Palestinian people since the people have proven that they can fill any empty space created by the Intifada."

Chanukah Commercials To Air On Local Televsion

Sunday, Dec 21, 2003

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WEST BLOOMFIELD, MI — Thursday, December 18, 2003

See those Chanukah commercials? The Eight Faces of Chanukah, a series of eight, thirty second commercials will be aired throughout the eight nights of Chanukah on local UPN and CBS stations.

A project of The Shul, as Chabad-Lubavitch of West Bloomfield is known, the commercials will show eight unique settings and individuals lighting the Menorah. The commercial will also serve to inform viewers of how to obtain their own free Menorah from The Shul. Rabbi Kasriel Shemtov Director of The Shul, says, "This is a moment for the entire community to unite and celebrate together. It is our chance to offer them the opportunity to celebrate Chanukah the proper way."

Sponsored by DSW Shoe Warehouse, the commercials were developed with the creative talent of Jewish Educational Media, or JEM, producers of Chabad-Lubavitch videos. On the last night of Chanukah—when all eight candles are lit—the commercial will show a human menorah, formed of individuals, with the message for each one to illuminate the world with the human spirit.

Chanukah for the Troops

Sunday, Dec 21, 2003

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Miami (December 18, 2003) - The Aleph Institute, a Chabad-Lubavitch program that serves the spiritual needs of Jewish military personnel all over the world, announced that it distributed Chanukah kits to over 1,300 Jewish troops serving in the U.S. military. The kits included a Menorah, a Dreidel and sufficient candles for the entire eight-day Chanukah festival.

The Chanukah kits were sent to locations around the globe, including bases in Iraq such as: Baghdad, Mosul and Tikrit. Packages were also sent to Afghanistan, Turkey, Korea, Navy ships and Marine vessels at sea in the Persian Gulf, Germany, England, Antarctica, Bosnia, Hawaii, Alaska and almost every military base in the United States.The Aleph Institute also distributed Chanukah gifts to children of Jewish military families this year.

According to Rabbi Menachem M. Katz, Director of Military Programs at Aleph, "While families of all faiths are celebrating the holidays together here at home, many brave members of our Armed Forces are thousands of miles away, sacrificing their lives to protect our freedoms. The Aleph Institute is doing its part by taking a leadership role in supporting the Jewish men and women serving this great nation all around the world, and especially those in active combat zones in the war on terror." continue...

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Sunday, Dec 21, 2003

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Sunday, Dec 21, 2003

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INFO TO BE MENACHEM AVEL YOSSI FRIMERMAN

Sunday, Dec 21, 2003

Yossi Frimerman is sitting Shiva after the passing of his dear mother Pessa OBM.

Address: 1428 President St.
Davening: Shacharis: 8:00 Mincha: 3:30 Maariv: 7:00

Phone: 718- 778-1271
E-mail: shmurah@earthlink.net

Hamokom Yenachem eschem Besoch Shaar Avaylay Tzion VeYerushalayim. Vehukeetzu Veranenu Shochnay Ufur vehee besochom!

INFO TO BE MENACHEM AVEL MRS. FRAIDA PERELSTEIN

Sunday, Dec 21, 2003

Mrs. Fraida Perelstein is sitting Shiva after the passing of her dear mother Rus Weber OBM.

Address:464 Malbone St Apt 3
Phone: 718-771-9172

Hamokom Yenachem eschem Besoch Shaar Avaylay Tzion VeYerushalayim. Vehukeetzu Veranenu Shochnay Ufur vehee besochom!

New York City Mayor Bloomberg lights Chabad Menorah in Riverdale

Sunday, Dec 21, 2003

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On Friday afternoon, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg lit the Chabad-Lubavitch sponsored Menorah in Riverdale, NY. The Mayor, accompanied by Rabbi Levi Shemtov of Chabad Lubavitch of Riverdale, was lifted to the tall Menorah with the help of a Con Edison cherry picker.

After addressing the crowd of over 100 from high up on the cherry picker on West 239 Street and Riverdale Avenue, the Mayor came down and distributed Dreidels to all those in attendance.
(Photos by Robert Kalfus)

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Kosher In-Line and Roller Skating in Crown Heights

Sunday, Dec 21, 2003

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Special skate nights privately reserved for the Jewish community. In-line and roller skating events will be taking place at Empire Roller Skating center located @ 200 Empire Blvd in Crown Heights. Only Jewish music will be played featuring songs recorded by Avraham Fried, Shalsheles, Lev Tahor, Chevra, etc. will be played.

Privately reserved for GIRLS/Ladies every other Tuesday:
Begins December 2, 2003

TIME: 5:00 – 8:00pm

Privately reserved for Boys/Gentlemen every other Tuesday:
Begins December 9, 2003

TIME: 5:00 – 8:00 pm
BOYS REMEMBER TO COME BY THIS TUESDAY DEC. 23RD – CHANUKAH

Admission: $2.50 per person
Skate rental $2.50 mandatory for those without.

Don’t miss the fun!!!

Special Chanukah session for Girls & ladies on December 23, 2003

Girls/Ladies: 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Admission& skate rental: $4

FOR MORE INFO CALL: 718-462-1400

Vandals Burn Survivor’s Chanukah Banner

Sunday, Dec 21, 2003

Chabad of the Conejo, CA installed a 6-foot menorah on the front lawn of Victoria Monina’s North Ranch home on Dec. 16, after vandals burnt a Chanukah banner that she hung over her garage.

Monina told The Journal that she hung the banner in anticipation of an upcoming Chanukah party, and that it was burnt sometime on Sunday night. The banner was the only item on her property that was damaged.

“Two-thirds of the flag had been burnt, and there was only one piece left,” said Monina, 71. “I am really scared, I can’t sleep.”

A Holocaust survivor, Monina said she wanted the menorah erected to send a message to the arsonists.

“I had to hide the fact that I am Jewish once when I was hiding from Nazis,” she said, “but I am only going to hide it once.”

Rabbi Moshe Bryski of Chabad of the Conejo, where Monina attends classes, told The Journal that he put up two more banners as well as the menorah.

“We decided to respond in the best way we knew how,” he said. “So we doubled our efforts, and put up two banners — one to replace the burnt one and one to make a statement that this Holocaust survivor would not be intimidated.” — Gaby Wenig, Staff Writer

CALGARY GOES LIVE

Sunday, Dec 21, 2003

CALGARY – Calgary’s City Hall will be connected to cities around the world in a live television and internet broadcast this Monday, December 22 @ 5:00 – 6:00 pm Mountain Time, 7:00pm EST.

For the past twelve years Shaw Cable has carried the entire one-hour musically oriented program over cable Channels 10, and this year it will be carrying it on channel 10 and 78, while Jet Stream Media has arranged for the Shaw broadcast to be available world-wide in over 2500 streams from servers throughout the globe.

This is the 15th anniversary of the community lighting event, which acknowledges one of history’s earliest successful battles for religious freedom. This year musicians, including members of the Calgary Philharmonic, Mount Royal College’s Music Conservatory and others will be the feature attraction. The number 15 holds special significance in the Jewish community. Among other associations, it associates with 15 of the classical Songs of King David, which the Levites sang on the 15 steps leading into the vestibule of the Holy Temple.

Individuals and organizations in more than 75 countries throughout the globe have been invited to join Calgary audiences as musicians, dignitaries, Government officials and Mayor Dave Bronconnier participate in lighting the four candles for the fourth of the eight nights of Chanukah.

TO WATCH THE BROADCAST LOG ON TO www.MENORAH.ca on Monday @ 7:00pm EST.

Over 1000 on hand for 25th annual Lighting of National Chanukah Menorah

Sunday, Dec 21, 2003

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On Sunday, Dec. 21st, over 1000 people packed into The Ellipse across from the White House in Washington DC to celebrate the 25th Annual lighting ceremony of the National Chanukah Menorah sponsored by American friends of Lubavitch. Despite the government’s announcement on Sunday that they were raising the national threat level to orange, indicating a high risk of terrorist attack, people were not deterred and attended the special event.

The Three Cantors - Jeffrey Nadel, Shlomo Simcha (Sufrin), and Shimon Craimer were accompanied by "The President's Own" US Marine Band. Meanwhile, hundreds of children were fascinated by the debut of "Dreidelman", lining up to take their picture with him.

Representing the Administration was the Hon. Joshua B. Bolten, Director of the Office of Management and Budget in the Executive Office of The President. Mr. Bolten, a member of the President's Cabinet, is the highest ranking government official of the Jewish faith.

Many other White house and other government officials were in attendance including Mr. Dan Senor, Chief Spokesman for Amb. Paul Bremer, the head of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, Hon. Fred S. Zeidman, Chairman, US Holocaust Memorial Council and others. Col. Jacob Z. Goldstein, who recently returned from Iraq, participated in the event - to great applause - from which he went to visit injured servicemen at Walter Reed Medical Center.

There were Jews in attendance from literally across America. As the states were called, people held up signs from their state. Many surprises included Alaska, Hawaii, Wyoming, Montana, South Dakota, Mississippi, etc., many whose representatives came to Washington especially for the event.

The National Menorah was lit by Mr. Bolten, who was joined by Rabbis Avrohom and Levi Shemtov.

Following the lighting, latkes and donuts were served to the guests and hundreds of Menorah kits, dreidels, etc, were distributed.

CGI IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA LOOKING FOR SUMMER COUNSELORS

Monday, Dec 22, 2003

Camp Gan Israel ~ Contra Costa in Northern California looking for a group of amazing dedicated counselors who want to give children the absolute summer of a lifetime in a super structured and organized camp atmosphere.

Looking for a group of friends, one Head counselor and 7 counselors with counselors who are excited to specialize in younger kids too.

Please reply to: CounselorPosition@Chabadcoco.com

Would like to meet the group Chof Beis Shvat in Crown Heights

Chabad meets with Australian PM John Howard

Monday, Dec 22, 2003

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In honor of Chanukah, the Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon. Mr John Howard MP was presented with a Chanukah Menorah by a delegation of Rabbis from the Chabad Lubavitch community in Sydney. The delegation was led by Rabbi Pinchus Feldman OAM Head of Chabad in New South Wales, who made the presentation in recognition of Australia’s moral stance and response to tyranny.

Rabbi Feldman said: "Chanukah celebrates the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem and overthrow of tyrants more than 2,000 years ago and it is an occasion for all men and women to demonstrate their support for peace, unity, and the freedom we are so lucky to enjoy in Australia.”

Chanukah has been celebrated annually ever since during these eight days of Chanukah, especially by lighting the Chanukah Menorah, as a symbol and message of the triumph of freedom over oppression, of spirit over matter, of light over darkness. CONTINUE...

Two IDF officers killed in Gaza Strip

Monday, Dec 22, 2003

Two IDF officers of the Givati Brigade were killed and a Border Policeman wounded in separate terrorist shootings in Hebron in the West Bank and in the central Gaza Strip on Monday night.

Hours after the attacks, shots were fired at an Israeli vehicle traveling on Road 6 between Nitzanei Oz and Sha'ar Ephraim. No one was wounded in the attack, security forces deployed to the site closed the section of the road to traffic and began searching for the perpetraters in order to determine if the incident was an attempted terror attack or stray shots that were fired from a nearby Arab village.

Shortly after 7, security forces were deployed to the Kissufim crossing near the Gush Katif Junction, close to Kfar Darom after receiving reports that an armed terrorist was spotted in the area. The troops got out of their jeeps and began searching the area, as they spotted the terrorist a gunbattle erupted between the sides.

The perpetrater fired shots and threw grenades at the soldiers, mortally wounding two officers. One of the officers died on the spot and the second officer succumbed to his wounds shortly after.

Soldiers pursued the terrorist and shot and killed him and continued searching the area for a possible second Palestinian, part of routine procedure carried out in such incidents. The Islamic Jihad and the Fatah Al Aksa Martyrs Brigade later claimed joint responsibility for the attack.

Paramedic Yehuda Shoshan said on hearing the reports three ambulances, two bulletproof and one intensive care unit were deployed to the area. "The bulletproof ambulances were dispatched to the scene, paramedics were forced to pronounce the death of one of the soldiers at the site and attempted to resuscitate the second soldier, transferred him to the intensive care unit that waited at the crossing.

Despite attempts to save him he died shortly after. Both suffered a number of gunshot wounds to vital areas," he said.

Eran Shternberg spokesman for the Gaza Strip Regional Council said there had been a sharp escalation in the number of shooting incidents along the Kissufim road in recent weeks. A year ago Rabbi Yitzhak Arama was murdered in a terorist shooting as he drove with his family on the Kissufim road.

Two months ago three members of a family were lightly wounded when terrorists shot at the vehicle they drove in on the Kissufim road. "At least ten civilians and soldiers have been murdered on the Kissufim road," Shternberg said.

Shortly after the attack in the Gaza Strip, a Border Policeman suffered gunshot wounds to the legs and shoulder in a drive by shooting on Road 160 that links the Machpela Cave in Hebron to Kiryat Arba. A family driving on the opposite side of the road was also shot at but no one was wounded.

Two bullets penetrated the police van in which the border policeman was riding in, he was taken to the western entrance to Kiryat Arba and from there transferred by ambulance to Hadassah Hospital in Ein Kerem.

Security forces, together with Israel Police and trackers began searching for the perpetrater who fled towards the Harsinah neighborhood in Hebron. A statement issued by the Hebron Jewish community said "lately there has been a noticeable increase in attempts by terrorists to perpetrate attacks on the roads leading to the Machpela Cave.

Despite promises made by the Prime Minister assuring settleemnt contiguity , Jews are forbidden to build on the road but the Arab sector is allowed to build a neighborhood and the government ignores it."

Elsewhere in the region during the day, a number of mortar shells were fired at an IDF base near an Israeli community in Gush Katif, no one was wounded in the attack. Earlier shots were fired at an IDF patrol near the security fence that encompasses Gush Katif communities.

In the West Bank undercover Border Police units arrested a Tanzim fugitive in Jenin suspected of being involved in terror attacks. During the operation shots were fired at the security forces who returned fire.

Shots were also fired at IDF soldiers deployed near Sanur, no one was wounded and no damage reported. Early Monday mornings 13 Palestinian fugitives were arrested by security forces in villages surrounding Ramallah and Hebron.

Congregation files lawsuit over Palm City land deal

Monday, Dec 22, 2003

December 21, 2003 - PALM CITY — Instead of a new temple, a Jewish congregation's two-year search for a new place of worship has led it to a Martin County courtroom, amid allegations of a forged signature and a broken contract.

The Chabad Jewish Center of Martin-St. Lucie Counties is suing Palm City landowner Michael Izzo, saying he backed out of a deal last year to sell the center a 2 1/2-acre site at 2809 S.W. Sunset Trail for more than $400,000. The property is north of the proposed Publix supermarket site fronting Martin Highway.

In court filings, Izzo's attorney claims the signature on the contract was forged and Izzo never committed to selling the property. continue...

Chocolate menorah truly takes the cake

Monday, Dec 22, 2003

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Joey Bishop had to go on after the chocolate. That's a tough act to follow, even for the Rat Pack comedian who has worked everywhere from the Catskills to Vegas.

But Bishop had it all planned out: He'd take the stage at Fashion Island - where he was scheduled to kindle a 200-pound chocolate menorah, he'd grab the mic and he'd say, "This is going to be the first time in the history of Hanukkah that a rabbi presents a Bishop."

But on Sunday when Rabbi Reuven Mintz of the Chabad Jewish Center introduced Bishop before 1,000 Hanukkah revelers, the rabbi used Bishop's line.

Lucky for Bishop the act that he followed - the assembly of what was billed as the "world's largest chocolate menorah" - involved passing out 35 pounds of chocolate shavings to a swarm of children who didn't know who the guy in the front row was and didn't care so long as he got out of the way of the chocolate. continue...

NEW ENGAGEMENT

Monday, Dec 22, 2003

Moshe Gutleizer (Crown Heights) to Deena Shayevitz (Oak Park, MI)

Shlichus/Teaching Opportunity In Palo alto, CA For One Shlucha/Teacher

Monday, Dec 22, 2003

We are looking for a teacher for grade 3/4 to join several other shluchos in a wonderful environment with excellent working conditions.

Requirements: At least one year seminary, experience with children, desire to teach and make a difference in children's lives.

Please call Rabbi Levin at 650-424-9800 or 650- 493-0146, or email: chabad@jewish.org

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Monday, Dec 22, 2003

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A Chanukah Miracle on the Highway

Monday, Dec 22, 2003

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On Sunday Rabbi Yisroel Gliss, shaliach in the southern Israeli city of Dimona, experienced his own personal Chanukah miracle. While driving home from Kfar Chabad after running a few errands, his car veered to the right a little too sharply, hitting a parked vehicle. After travelling a further twenty meters without being able to stop, the car crashed into the security barrier at the side of the road. As a result, the vehicle overturned, landing on its side.

Although the car doors were locked, as the impact of the fall damaged the steering mechanism, Rabbi Gliss managed to get out by opening one of the windows. When some of his fellow workers from the Chabad House in Dimona passed by soon afterwards, they were surprised to see that Rabbi Gliss had escaped from his vehicle completely unscathed. For Rabbi Gliss and the Jews of Dimona, this was clearly a Chanukah miracle.
(SOURCE & PHOTO: COL.ORG.IL)

Pennsylvania's Governor Ed Rendell Lights Chabad Menorah @ state Capitol

Monday, Dec 22, 2003

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Late Monday afternoon, over 100 people attended the annual Chabad Lubavitch of Harrisburg, PA Menorah lighting at the state Capitol.

A number of dignitaries were present including the governor and lieutenant governor. The Governor, Edward G. Rendell was honored with lighting the Menorah.

During the ceremony brief remarks were delivered by the Shliach, Rabbi Shmuel Pewzner, the Governor and the Lt. Governor, Catherine Baker Knoll who read a proclamation lauding the great work of Chabad.

Attendees were treated to live music and dancing, a clown, donuts, latkes and a special raffle.

All together now: Menorah lighting all-inclusive

Monday, Dec 22, 2003

Channa Meyer and her husband, Rabbi Shlomo Meyer, arrived in Charlottesville two years ago to teach classes on Judaism and organize holiday programs, women's programs, and "any Jewish service that people should need."

Among the only Orthodox Jews in town, they brought with them Chabad, a worldwide movement devoted to these causes.

"I don't like to use the word 'missionary'" Channa Meyer says. "We're not trying to convert anyone-&endash; we would teach [non-Jews] if they asked us, but that's not our goal. I prefer the term 'Lamplighter.'"

It's appropriate, then, that the Meyers will be lighting a giant Menorah and leading Chanukah celebrations as part of the "Downtown for the Holidays" celebrations on the Downtown Mall. In Charlottesville, where Meyer says there are 500 Jewish families and 1,500 Jewish students, it seems particularly important to share the celebrations with the rest of the community.

"This is for everybody," Meyer says. "Chanukah is about religious freedom, not just for Jews but for everyone." The holiday commemorates the week when the Greeks defiled the holy oil in the temple, but the Jews found what they thought was enough to last a day. Instead, it lasted eight, and today Chanukah represents the triumph of good over evil and the power of determination and prayer.

This year the holiday begins on Friday, December 19, and continues until December 27. As the Meyers light the Menorah, more than 2,500 other Chabad movements will be doing the same thing all over the world.

Teaching/Shlichus position in Arkansas

Monday, Dec 22, 2003

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OK Labs hosts Chanukah Party for employee’s children

Monday, Dec 22, 2003

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On Monday, OK Kosher Certification, one of the largest Jewish organizations to establish its headquarters in Crown Heights, hosted its first annual "Bring your children to Work Chanukah party." With its 40+ Anash employees, OK Kosher Certification is considered by many to represent one of Crown Heights' largest and warmest families.

The event, which catered to children ages 2-12 (with older children assisting with programming for the younger ones), drew dozens of excited youngsters.

The OK's expansive conference room, ordinarily reserved for intense rabbinic discussion and company interaction, was transformed into a Chanukah play land, overflowing with Chanukah decorations and treats.

In addition to hearing a dramatic retelling of a Chanukah story, creating original crafts, and enjoying a delicious catered launch, the children were treated to a masterful private performance from the OK's own star musician Rabbi Chaim Fogelman.

With this event, the OK again continues its tradition of strengthening the fiber of the Crown Heights community.

NEW ENGAGEMENT

Monday, Dec 22, 2003

Nochi Goldshmid - E-MAZEL TOV (Crown Heights) to Dina Posner (Skokie, IL)
LECHAIM IYH THURSDAY NIGHT @ BAIS RIVKAH 310 CROWN ST.

BORUCH DAYAN HAEMES - RABBI PINCHUS KLEIN OBM

Monday, Dec 22, 2003

With sadness we inform you of the passing Rabbi Pinchus Klein of Montreal, Canada. Rabbi Klein, who was one of the Talmidim in Yeshivas Tomchei Tmimim in Otvotsk, passed way on Sunday. The Levaya was held Monday.

Rabbi Kleins children - Yibadlu Lechaim Tovim - Mrs. Ida Eckhaus - Crown Heights, Yossi Klein - Flatbush, NY and Mrs. Devorah Klar - West Orange, NJ are sitting Shiva in Montreal.

Address: 5838 Durocher - Montreal, Canada
Phone: 514-271-5036

Hamokom Yenachem eschem Besoch Shaar Avaylay Tzion VeYerushalayim. Vehukeetzu Veranenu Shochnay Ufur vehu besochom!

Putin meets Jewish leaders for Hanukka

Monday, Dec 22, 2003

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President Vladimir Putin met with two top Jewish leaders on Friday, in honor of Hanukka, and said the Russian leadership will work to prevent anti-Semitism.

Putin said at the meeting in the Kremlin that that "Russian society has demonstrated many times its complete rejection of any kind of xenophobia and all that hampers the normal development of the country, as a multinational and full-fledged state." "The cultural diversity of our county is a special asset, which needs to be treated with care and, when necessary, protected, and such a state policy will continue," Putin said addressing Russian Chief Rabbi Berl Lazar and Alexander Boroda, a prominent leader of the local Jewish community.

Lazar, at the start of the meeting, said "Jews who live in Russia feel comfortable and safe and will make their contribution to the development of the country." Putin and his guests discussed the life of Russia's Jewish community as well as proposals for building a museum of Jewish history and tolerance in Moscow.

After the meeting, Lazar praised the government's efforts in encouraging religious tolerance and said that the situation with anti-Semitism was "gradually improving." Jewish leaders say an estimated 500,000 Jews live in Moscow and up to 1 million in the country as a whole.
(PHOTOS: Chabad Lubavitch Media Center - Chabad.org)

PLEASE SAY TEHILLIM 4

Monday, Dec 22, 2003

Leah Baila bas Reusa

NEW ENGAGEMENTS

Tuesday, Dec 23, 2003

Levi (ben R' Menachem) Rosenblum (Crown Heights) to Michal Bercovits (Aventura, FL)

Menachem Mendel Mintzberg (Jerusalem) to Yehudis Reizes (Yesod Hamaleh, Israel)

Kassam injures 2 in Gaza settlement

Tuesday, Dec 23, 2003

A husband and wife were injured Tuesday night after a Kassam rocket made a direct hit on their home in the Gaza Strip settlement of Nisanit.

Their young son who was in the house at the time of the attack was unscathed.

Magen David Adom medics described Moshe and Tina Nagar's condition as light to moderate and treated them for shrapnel wounds before transferring them to the Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon for further treatment.

Security forces at the site searched the area in an attempt to track down the perpetraters as officials examined the remains of the rocket which caused extensive damage to the house.

The couple's son was cared for by neighbors and a social worker in the community.

HASHOVAS AVEIDA - CELL PHONE LOST

Tuesday, Dec 23, 2003

Lost NOKIA 8260 Cell phone last Thursday morning (around 11:15am) somewhere between 770 and President St.

If found please call (718) 735-4585

HAPPY BIRTHDAY 2

Tuesday, Dec 23, 2003

*A very dear friend of SNS Huda Andrusier - Melbourne, Australia
E-MAIL

With best wishes for a Shnas Hatzlocha Bakol Mikol Kol, Parnosa Behurchuva & Nachas from your children k"ah.

*Shalom New - E-MAIL

Over 1000 @ Grand Chanukah Celebration in Southwest Florida

Tuesday, Dec 23, 2003

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Oover 1000 people turned out for a grand Chanukah celebration sponsored by Chabad Lubavitch of Southwest Florida.

The Master of Ceremonies was Dr. Robert Schwartz a local physician. County Commissioner Bob Janes read the County Proclamation dedicating the event & proclaiming Chanukah as Chabad week. The children of the Chabad preschool sang Chanukah songs & everyone sang along. The older people were in happy tears. David Goldberg, Chabad's President greeting the crowd and Rabbi Yitzchok Minkowicz delivered the Chanukah message.

The highlight of the event was the Lighting of the grand hand carved Ice Menorah designed by Hatamim Mendel Druk. The 1300 Pound Menorah was carved on site with Chain Saws by a local Ice Carver. Dr. Elliot Zaleznik a retired Physician placed the Candles in the Menorah. The blessings for the Menorah were recited by Mr. Keith Silver who spoke with great emotion about his recent trip to Israel. The Lights were lit by Mr. Keith Silver, Mr. Rami Jeda of North Miami Beach & Rabbi Yitzchok Minkowicz.

After the Lighting of the Menorah the crowd began singing and dancing led by singer & entertainer Mr. Ron Dagan from Hollywood Florida. At the close of the Event all the children gathered for “THE GRAND CHANAUKH PINATAS CONTEST” where every child had the opportunity to hit the pi?ata and watch as Kosher Candy came flying out from all sides.

Participants enjoyed delicious hot latkes, jelly & custard donuts and cans of soda.

The Bochurim from Rabbi Lieberman's Smicha program in Fort Lauderdale, Yona Eidelkopf, Naftali Hertzel & Mendel Alperovitch danced with the crowd & put on Teffilin with many of the Guests.

3 BEDROOM APARTMENT FOR RENT IN CROWN HEIGHTS

Tuesday, Dec 23, 2003

* 3 BEDROOMS / DINING ROOM / LIVING ROOM

* 2ND FLOOR OF A TWO FAMILY HOUSE

* NEWLY RENOVATED

* ONLY A FEW BLOCKS FROM 770

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL: 718-613-0260

Chabad-Lubavitch lights up the French Alps

Tuesday, Dec 23, 2003

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This Chanukah, Lubavitch in France is undertaking a unique and courageous outreach program to bring the light of Chanukah to thousands of Jews. The European Bureau of Lubavitch, which oversees Lubavitch operations in France, has arranged for 13 public Menorah lighting ceremonies throughout the French Alps.

In coordination with the local municipalities, Lubavitch will be present at many ski resorts and more than 30 hotels throughout the Alps to light the Menorah and distribute Chanukah kits including a Menorah, candles and holiday guide book.

“We will go wherever we are needed, and bring the light, warmth and joy of Chanukah to our Jewish brethren”. Explained Rabbi Yossi Gorodetsky, Director of the European Bureau of Lubavitch.

In these trying times, especially in France, Lubavitch is making a monumental effort to reach all those who might easily be forgotten: families living in isolated areas, the elderly and those away from home spending their holiday in France.

With centers in over 35 cities throughout France, Lubavitch is the largest outreach organization in France. Lubavitch will be lighting Menorahs in over 60 different public locations throughout the country.

This untiring commitment reaches all segments of the Jewish population: children, teens, college students, adults and the elderly. The light we share is for all our fellow Jews, regardless of background or affiliation.

In addition to Menorah lighting ceremonies there will be Chanukah programs for children and adults and visits will be made to old age homes and hospitals. “No one will be left out”. Concluded Rabbi Gorodetsky.

Long Island Shluchim Meet With Top Nassau Judges

Tuesday, Dec 23, 2003

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A group of Long Island Shluchim made a special Chanukah visit to the Supreme Court of Nassau County. Chief Administrative Judge of all the Courts of Nassau County Anthony Marano and Supreme Court Justice Robert Ross joined the assembly to express their appreciation of Chabad's work to brighten the community with the many Public Menorah Lightings.

Seen from L-R. Rabbis Izik Goldschmidt, Mendel Hecht, Sholom Wilhelm, Judge Ross, Anchelle Perl, Mendel Goldberg, Judge Anthony Marano, Sholom Paltiel, Levi Gurkov, Shimon Kramer and Asher Vaisfische.

MAZEL TOV PERSHINS

Tuesday, Dec 23, 2003

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SNS would like to wish a hearty Mazel Tov to Shimon & Yehudis (nee Cohen) Pershin - Crown Heights - on the birth of their firstborn son.

May the newborn be a source of Nachas to his parents, grandparents, relatives & Klal Yisroel.
E-MAZEL TOV

Business in Crown Heights for sale.

Tuesday, Dec 23, 2003

Profitable business in Crown Heights located in prime Kingston Ave. location for sale.

Long lease and repeat customers.

Owner is selling due to relocating out of area for personal reasons.

If your looking for a business that basically runs itself and will provide a good Parnosah for a family and with room to expand this is the right business for you. Live in Crown Heights and walk to work right on Kingston Ave.

For serious offers and info please call me at 718-756-3616

INFO TO BE MENACHEM AVEL MRS. MIRIAM LIPSZYC

Tuesday, Dec 23, 2003

Mrs. Miriam Lipszyc of Crown Heights is sitting Shiva after the passing of her dear father Nochum Leib Ben Munish Basiuk OBM.

Address: 1435 Elbridge St. Philadelphia, PA 19149-2740
Phone: 215-289-7746

Hamokom Yenachem eschem Besoch Shaar Avaylay Tzion VeYerushalayim. Vehukeetzu Veranenu Shochnay Ufur vehu besochom!

MAZEL TOV WHITTS

Tuesday, Dec 23, 2003

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SNS would like to wish a hearty Mazel Tov to Zalman & Blumah Gitel (nee Sufrin) Whitt - Oak Park, MI - on the birth of their firstborn daughter.

May the newborn be a source of Nachas to her parents, grandparents, relatives & Klal Yisroel.

CHILDREN, ADULTS USE 6,000 LEGOS BLOCKS TO BUILD MENORAH

Tuesday, Dec 23, 2003

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FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ -- Elimelech Bialo, 11, is no stranger to creating works of art out of blocks of Legos.

He has used them to build war ships, Army vehicles and the solar system.

But even Elimelech was in awe of what stood before him yesterday at the Freehold Raceway Mall -- a giant menorah.

Using 50 boxes containing about 6,000 Legos, 100 adult volunteers from area synagogues and children of all faiths constructed what they believe to be the world's largest Lego menorah -- 9 feet high and 2 feet taller than their own record-setting construction of the Hanukkah symbol one year ago. CONTINUE...

BORUCH DAYAN HAEMES - MRS. YEHUDIS VOGEL OBM

Tuesday, Dec 23, 2003

With sadness we inform you of the passing of Mrs. Yehudis Vogel from Beitar Illit in Jerusalem.

Mrs. Vogel's husband - Yibadel Lechaim Tovim - Eliyahu Vogel and children, Yibadlu Lechaim Tovim: Yisroel Vogel (Iowa, USA), Devorah Sufrin (Ilford, UK), Soroh Rifkah Zirkind (NY), Esther Chaiton (South Africa) and Nechoma Dina Levertov (Arizona, USA) and Chana Brocho Vogel (Israel) are sitting Shiva in Israel @ 20/35 Rabbi Akiva in Beitar Illit.

E-mail:gudeli@012.net.il

Hamokom Yenachem eschem Besoch Shaar Avaylay Tzion VeYerushalayim. Vehukeetzu Veranenu Shochnay Ufur vehee besochom!

Menorah at Tennessee Capitol believed to be a first

Tuesday, Dec 23, 2003

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A large menorah is on display on the grounds of the state Capitol for what is believed to be the first time.

The 16-foot-tall structure was put up by the Center for Jewish Awareness as part of an international effort to place menorahs in public places, said Rabbi Yitzchok Tiechtel of Nashville's Chabad temple. continue...

Uniting for Hanukkah in Gainesville, Florida

Tuesday, Dec 23, 2003

The flames of multicolored candles flickered in the cool air as adults and children raced a wintry breeze to keep their Hanukkah lights from burning out.

"By the time mine went out, someone was there to help me and then I could help someone else," Cindy Padilla of Gainesville said. "It's important to be together."

Lights from the small candles joined those from what was billed as "North Central Florida's tallest menorah" at a Hanukkah celebration in downtown Gainesville Sunday, the third night of the Jewish holiday. About 150 people attended the event in front of the Alachua County Courthouse, including Padilla, who came because "I have a love to be with my people." continue...

New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson Participates in Chanukah Celebration in Santa Fe

Tuesday, Dec 23, 2003

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On Sunday, former US Ambassador to the UN and Energy Secretary, Gov. Bill Richardson came to celebrate Chanukah with the Santa Fe New Mexico Jewish community.

Some 300 people gathered on the 400-year-old historic Plaza of Santa Fe to enjoy live music, sing and dance, latkes and the lighting of a unique artistic menorah sculpted for the event.

Children from the Chabad Hebrew School gave a special Chanukah performance.

This was the 4th year that the event was co-sponsored by the City of Santa Fe, and was attended by City Councilors and a mayor Pro Tem who brought his Chanukah greetings.

The Governor, who is rumored to be seeking the vice-presidency, spoke of the message of Chanukah of the victory of light over might, and good over evil. He said the US needs to stand alongside Israel who is fighting the same fight against terrorism.

Rabbi Berel Levertov director of Chabad of Santa Fe presented the Governor with a menorah and blessed him with continued success in being a "shamash" and a guiding light to the community. Rabbi Levertov spoke of the inner flame we each posses and urged participants to kindle these inner flames and inspire themselves and those around them.

The Governor then kindled the Shamash and lit many candles held by participants; he also distributed chocolate gelt and enjoyed a hot latke.

Following the lighting the crowd broke into song and dance led by musician Ray Singer.

Lubavitch of New Hampshire Kashers kitchen for Democratic presidential candidate

Wednesday, Dec 24, 2003

Last week, Lubavitch of New Hampshire received a very interesting phone call. The caller, was a campaign manager for Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut and asked to speak to the Rabbi.

The caller was promptly put through to Rabbi Levi Krinsky - head Shliach in the state of New Hampshire. She told Rabbi Krinsky that Mr. Lieberman was going to be moving to Manchester, NH until the end of the campaign for the New Hampshire presidential primary in later January of 200 and he wanted his new kitchen to be Kashered. Rabbi Krinsky obliged and set up a time to come over.

On Sunday, when things quieted down in the Senators new home Rabbi Krinsky began the Kashering process on the entire kitchen. He completed the Kashering on Monday.

SNS has learned that the next step will be the affixing of Mezuzos which Rabbi Krinsky will be taking care of within the next couple of days.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT: US SENATOR SCHUMER TO LIGHT MENORAH @ GRAND ARMY PLAZA @ 6:00PM SHARP

Wednesday, Dec 24, 2003

SNS has learned that on tonight-Wednesday @ 6:00pm sharp, US Sen. Charles Schumer, D-NY, will be lighting the huge Menorah @ Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn, NY.

In addition there will be hot latkes, live music and gifts for all children in attendance.

The Menorah @ Grand Army Plaza is sponsored by the NCFJE & Chabad of Park Slope.

MAZEL TOV AVREMI & LEAH BERKOWITZ

Wednesday, Dec 24, 2003

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MAZEL TOV! MAZEL TOV! to our dear friends, Avremi & Leah Berkowitz - Moscow, Russia on the birth of their newborn baby boy!

May the newborn be a source of nachas to his parents, sisters Rochi & Moussia, grandparents - Rabbi & Mrs. Berkowitz - Southfield, MI & Rabbi & Mrs. Yudke Edelkop - Israel, great-grandparents k"ah and his entire family.

E-MAZEL TOV

Levi, Miriam & Sarah Hodakov
Crown Heights

Palestinian killed in Nablus blast

Wednesday, Dec 24, 2003

A car exploded in the center of Nablus in the West Bank, killing at least one person Wednesday night, Palestinian witnesses and security sources said.

The explosion occurred near an electronics factory. The car belonged to a Palestinian, and the burned body of what was believed to be a male teenager was found inside the vehicle, the sources said.

The cause of the explosion wasn't immediately known, but Palestinian sources told Ynet that explosives carried in the car blew up prematurely.

Palestinian sources also told Ynet that the man killed was a youth used by the Hamas terrorist infrastructure in the city. They named the Palestinian as 17-year-old Ilwan Akarbawi. The car exploded in Nablus' Ras Al-Awin neighborhood, near the city's Kasbah.

The IDF has carried out a series of raids around Nablus in recent days, citing the terrorist activity in the city as the reason for the anti-terror operations .

Palestinians have in the past been wounded or killed in 'work accident' explosions while preparing bombs with which to attack Israelis.

A military spokesman said the army was not involved in the incident, adding that Israeli forces were not operating in the area at the time of the explosion.

With The Associated Press

MAZEL TOV KESSELMANS

Wednesday, Dec 24, 2003

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SNS would like to wish a hearty Mazel Tov to Shneur & Raizel (nee Matusof) Kesselman - Crown Heights - on the birth of their firstborn daughter.

May the newborn be a source of Nachas to her parents, grandparents, relatives & Klal Yisroel.

Giant candles glow on the Green

Wednesday, Dec 24, 2003

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MORRISTOWN, NJ - People of all faiths joined together Sunday to celebrate Hanukkah and kindle the lights of a giant menorah on the Morristown Green.

Residents and officials from Morristown and Morris Township joined with members of the Rabbinical College of America at sundown to light giant candles and sing at South Street and North Park Place.

"Part of the miracle of Hanukkah is to publicize the miracle and share in the warmth of the light," said Rabbi Mendel Solomon of the Rabbinical College of America in Morris Township. "The Talmud teaches a little light dispels much darkness." continue...

Job Openings @ Chabad of Greenwich, CT

Wednesday, Dec 24, 2003

Chabad of Greenwich is looking for:
1. An experienced preschool teacher to begin teaching in January or February.

2. A curriculum director with experience in preschool to begin this summer or next year.

Please contact Chanie Wolf with references: 718-771-3783 or 203-629-9059x14

House in Crown Heights for rent - Beautifully renovated

Wednesday, Dec 24, 2003

*House in Crown Heights for rent.
*Beautifully renovated.
*New kitchen, freshly painted etc.
*3 bedrooms, living room, Dining room, kitchen and basement.

Call for more info at 718-207-4932 and leave message or email: Zai2gezunt@aol.com

Tzeirei Hashluchim Camp Gan Israel, Oracle Arizona On a Roll

Wednesday, Dec 24, 2003

78 Menorahs burn brightly as Camp has just begun for the children of Shluchim from across the world at Camp Gan Israel in Oracle, Arizona.

The 10-day camp which infuses these young Shluchim with the pride of being the "Rebbe's Little Soldiers" is off to an incredible start. After the 33 arriving groups finished playing football in the baggage claim area of the Phoenix airport, the campers boarded the coaches to carry them to their campsite.

Once the camp was split into 5 bunks and settled into their cabins, the camp dining room was soon filled with the light of Menorahs and the sweet sounds Haneiros Halolu. Hot home-made Latkes and a delicious supper were served just before the campers cuddled into bed.

CGI's brisk desert morning began with hot-cocoa and cookies. Learning Chassidishe stories before Davening, the 12 Pesukim, and flag raising set the tone for the first full day of camp.

After dinner, camp was greeted by Rabbi Yossi Shemtov of Tuscon Arizona who distributed Chanuka gelt to the children and shared a few inspiring words with the children.

A fun-filled "Latke Ovent" in which the campers deep fried Chanuka shaped jelly donuts, played driedel, and had a balloonarama were a few of the fun filled activities enjoyed by the children before they Davened Ma'ariv and went to bed.

HAPPY CHANUKAH ANNIVERSARIES 2

Wednesday, Dec 24, 2003

27 - Eli & Devorah Leah Karasik
27 - Menachem & Sara Kozlovsky
27- Menachem & Shterny Dadon
28 - Berel & Shaina Batya Lipskier
28 - Maimy & Ruthie Kirschenbaum
28 - Chesky & Chanie Goldstein
28 - Moshe & Estee Kesselman
28 - Yossi & Basya Hyams - E-MAIL
29 - Yossi & Chanie Apfelbaum
29 - Yisrolik & Rivka Chanin
29 - Hillel & Chana Skop
30 - Eliezer & Sara Chaya Wilshansky
30 - Melly & Eidel Pinson

Revisiting miracle of light (in Santa Rosa, CA)

Wednesday, Dec 24, 2003

The second annual public Hanukkah celebration in Santa Rosa drew about 150 people Monday night to watch the lighting of a large menorah and hear a message of hope.

The Chabad Jewish Center of Santa Rosa sponsored the lighting celebration, held in front of Oliver's Market in east Santa Rosa.

"We are all very fortunate to live in this wonderful country, where people can observe their religions freely," Rabbi Mendel Wolvovsky said, leading off the evening ceremony.

The crowd of parents and grandparents and children sang traditional blessings and held small lighted candles. Santa Rosa Mayor Sharon Wright helped light a 6-foot menorah. continue...

Business in Crown Heights for sale

Wednesday, Dec 24, 2003

Profitable business in Crown Heights located in prime Kingston Ave. location for sale.

Long lease and repeat customers.

Owner is selling due to relocating out of area for personal reasons.

If your looking for a business that basically runs itself and will provide a good Parnosah for a family and with room to expand this is the right business for you. Live in Crown Heights and walk to work right on Kingston Ave.

For serious offers and info please call me at 718-756-3616

New!! Want the perfect gift idea? A year round present for literally any occasion? Check out our unique ChallahCovers.com website.

Wednesday, Dec 24, 2003

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Challahcovers.com is proud to present an exquisite collection of Judaic embroidered Challah covers from around the world.

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Any one of our elegant Challah covers, from raw silk appliqu? to velvet organza to hand crafted covers made by some of the finest artisans in the industry, is sure to be a classic gift for every occasion that is certain to last many holidays to come.

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Also, coming soon. A full line of original Judaica, from hand painted Purim Groggers to hand carved wooden Shabbat candlesticks painted intricately by hand, to Challah boards and Passover Seder plates. So be sure to check back with us in the near future.

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ILLINOIS SHLUCHIM PRESENT MENORAH TO GOVERNOR BLAGOJEVICH

Wednesday, Dec 24, 2003

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On Monday, in the spirit of the universal message of Chanukah, fifteen Rabbis from Lubavitch Chabad of Illinois presented Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich with a silver Menorah at a moving Chanukah ceremony today.

Rabbi Daniel Moscowitz, Regional Director of the twenty-two Lubavitch Chabad of Illinois offices, and State Senator Ira Silverstein, led the delegation that met in the Governor’s office.

Each of the Rabbis had a moment with the governor who assured them that he would increase the awareness and the message of Chanukah, the Festival of Lights. The governor recounted his trip to Israel as a Congressman and lauded the work of Lubavitch Chabad around the State. The Menorah was then kindled marking the third day of the Chanukah holiday, as the Rabbis joined in a festive Chanukah song.

In his remarks Rabbi Moscowitz said, “Chanukah teaches us that no matter how insurmountable the odds may seem, miracles can come to those full of faith and courage. People around the world, can draw inspiration from the story of Chanukah. Let the candles of this Menorah be the unwavering flame that rekindles the depth of our commitment and hope. May our prayers and acts of goodness and kindness, be the guiding flames that cast away the shadow of despair, as it reveals the path to everlasting peace. We wish Governor Blagojevich and all the wonderful citizens of our State much success and the ultimate blessings of peace and prosperity.”

Also present at the ceremony were: Rabbi Meir Chai Benhiyoun, Lubavitch Chabad of the Loop & Gold Coast; Rabbi Yishaya Benjaminson, Lubavitch Chabad of Glenview; Rabbi Yosef Brackman, Lubavitch Chabad of Hyde Park; Rabbi Baruch Epstein, Lubavitch Chabad of Illinois Central office; Rabbi Dovid Flinkenstein, Lubavitch Chabad of Wilmette; Rabbi Baruch Hertz, Congregation Bnei Ruven; Rabbi Meir Moscowitz, Lubavitch Chabad of Northbrook; Rabbi Yosef Shmuel Moscowitz, Chabad Youth Center; Rabbi Shmuel Notik, Synagogue F.R.E.E.; Rabbi Moshe B. Perlstein, Lubavitch Mesivta of Chicago; Rabbi Shalom Ber Tenenbaum, Lubavitch Chabad of Gurnee; Rabbi Yitzchok Wolf , Seymour J. Abrams Cheder Lubavitch Day School; and Rabbi Avrohom Wolowik, Lubavitch Chabad of Naperville.

MILLIONS WITNESS GOVERNOR ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER AND CHABAD AT MENORAH LIGHTING CEREMONY IN CALIFORNIA - FOOTAGE NOW ONLINE!

Wednesday, Dec 24, 2003

According to Nielson and Media Clips reports obtained exclusively by Shmais News Service, 114 television stations throughout the United States (with hundreds more throughout the world) ran news stories featuring the Chabad of California & Chabad of Sacramento Chanukah Menorah lighting ceremony at the State Capitol on December 19, where Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger joined Chabad rabbis from throughout California in celebration of Chanukah. The story was also featured on radio, on-line and in print worldwide.

An Associated Press photo of the event, featuring Governor Schwarzenegger accepting the Menorah presented to him by Chabad, was rated the AP online "Photo of the Day" on Sunday, December 21, as it was the most viewed and emailed AP photo of that day.

A Nielson audience of 11,211,025 across America watched an estimated 2:04 combined hours of the Menorah lighting and of the Governor dancing with Chabad rabbis to Jewish music on NBC, ABC, CBS, and FOX. This makes for the most media-covered Chanukah event in history.

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MAZEL TOV TELDONS

Wednesday, Dec 24, 2003

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SNS would like to wish a hearty Mazel Tov to Mendy & Brocha (nee Katz) Teldon - Crown Heights - on the birth of their firstborn son.

May the newborn be a source of Nachas to his parents, grandparents, relatives & Klal Yisroel.
E-MAZEL TOV

200 people @ Chanukah Celebration on Vancouver Island

Wednesday, Dec 24, 2003

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200 men women and children participated in the Chanukah Celebration that took place on Sunday in Victoria, British Columbia.

Rabbi Kornfeld came up from Seattle to speak about the meaning of Chanukah in our times. In an adjoining hall there was a special children’s program with crafts, stories and games.

A local four man Jewish band came to and played the Lubavitcher Haneiros Halalu and other Chanukah songs. The Shliach, Rabbi Meir Kaplan, said that the success was beyond all expectations. It was a real hit on the Island, no doubt due to the Rebbe’s constant brochos.

On Tuesday there was a public Menorah lighting in front of the Government building of British Columbia, with the participation of members from the conservative community. 100 people attended that lighting.

Lego menorah brings delight to students

Wednesday, Dec 24, 2003

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ORANGE, CT — When it was finished Monday night after hours of work — the nearly 11-foot high "World’s Largest Lego Menorah" stood like a fairy-tale skyscraper towering above the more than 250 students, teachers and parents at the New Haven Hebrew Day School.

First Selectman Mitchell Goldblatt led the room full of people with Hanukkah prayers and songs as he lit four of the eight white candles in celebration of the eight-day Jewish "Festival of Lights" which began at sundown on Friday.

Each night for eight nights an additional candle is lit in honor of the ancient holiday when Jews believe the Macabees fought a war to defend their temple, and for eight days a very small supply of oil lasted and allowed them to have heat and light. continue...

Hanukkah in a Different Light

Thursday, Dec 25, 2003

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For the first time, Rabbi Benny Rapoport has a time machine at his disposal.

Since it's really just a big wooden dreidel with a CD player, murals and lights inside, it won't allow you to travel through the centuries in style. But it did what it was supposed to Sunday during Hanukah Wonderland at the Jewish Community Center, which was to educate children about the history of Hanukkah.

"We're just trying to make Judaism fun," said Rabbi Rapoport, director of the Jewish Library and Discovery Center in South Abington Township. "This is a time of religious freedom for all faiths."

The event took place on the second day of Hanukkah and ended on the beginning of the third day at sundown, with the lighting of three candles on the menorah. Over the eight days of Hanukkah, one more candle is lighted for each day to show the amount of spiritual light increasing.

Other activities at the event were a dreidel-making station, a menorah station and an opportunity for children to be photographed with Judah Maccabee, a heroic figure in Jewish history. He led the Judeans to victory against overwhelming odds and the Greco-Syrian armies in 166 B.C.

In Hebrew, his last name is spelled MKBY, an acronym that translates to a battle cry: "There is no one who is like G-d," said Eli Spalter, who dressed as the hero. He donned a sword, shield and helmet for the part.

"The whole point of this program is to make Judaism come alive for kids," he said.

Also at the celebration was Robert Smith, a teacher at Abington Heights, who told a Hanukkah story, illustrated with his juggling routine.

"Everything now is Xmas, Xtmas, Xmas," he said. "But I think if you talk about (all religions), you're not excluding anyone."

This was the first year for the Dreidel House Time Machine.

"The message is light overpowers darkness; it's a very powerful message," Rabbi Rapoport said of the holiday. "Our faith is not archaic, it is vibrant and it is eternal."

The Hanukkah Wonderland was co-sponsored by the Chabad of the Abingtons and the Jewish Community Center of Scranton.

THURSDAY NIGHT LECHAIMS

Thursday, Dec 25, 2003

Levi Rosenblum (Crown Heights) to Michal Bercovitz (Aventura, FL)
@ 1326 President Street

Nochi Goldshmid (Crown Heights) to Dina Posner (Skokie, IL)
@ BAIS RIVKAH 310 CROWN ST.

Ephraim Chaim Trakhtenberg (Crown Heights) to Sara Lev (Toronto, Ontario)
@ FREE

FLORIDA SHLUCHIM MEET WITH GOVERNOR JEB BUSH

Thursday, Dec 25, 2003

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For the 4th consecutive year, a delegation of Shluchim from Florida met with Governor Jeb Bush (brother of President George W. Bush) in his office. The yearly visit that coincides with Chanukah took place on Tuesday morning.

On hand for the meeting were: Rabbi Avrohom Korf – Head Shliach in Florida, Rabbi Yossi Biston - director of Chabad of Broward and Palm Beach county and - Rabbi Schneur Oirechman the Shliach in Tallahassee, home to Florida’s state Capitol.

Two small Chanukah miracles preceded the meeting. The first was when Rabbi Korf – due to tight security at the airport – missed his flight. The next flight would have arrived too late. Behashgocha Protis the plane did not take off on time due to “a technical problem.” Everyone had to get off the plane. After a very short delay, everyone was allowed to re-board. When they got back on Rabbi Korf was aboard too!

The second miracle was the arrival of the beautiful sterling silver Menorah that was presented to the governor. The Menorah arrived just as Rabbi Oirechman was leaving to the meeting.

At the meeting Rabbi Oirechman spoke about the fact that it is the fourth year that the Shluchim were visiting. The Governor, who was in a very good spirits said that last year we added the singing what will be new this year to which Oirechman responded “this year we will be dancing as well.” The Governor obliged but said he can only do it once the media leaves.

Rabbi Korf spoke for a few moments and afterwards the governor presented the Shluchim with two proclamations. One for a month of Jewish history for the month of January and another one in honor of the upcoming birthday of the Rebbe declaring it a day of education and sharing.

NEW ENGAGEMENTS

Thursday, Dec 25, 2003

Yossi (ben R' Avrohom L.) Kuperman (Crown Heights) to Nechama Rina Samson (London, UK)

Yossi Unterslak (Johannesburg, South Africa) to Esther Goldstein (Sydney, Australia)
E-MAZELTOV

Four killed in suicide attack at Geha Bridge bus stop

Thursday, Dec 25, 2003

Three women and a man were killed and twenty-four wounded on Thursday after a suicide bombing at the Geha bridge on Jabotinsky street near Tel Aviv.

The victims' bodies were taken to Abu Kabir Forensic Institute.

The blast took place at 18:20 near a busy bus stop under the Geha Bridge - a major junction just outside Tel Aviv used by commuters to reach Tel Aviv, Petah Tikva and Bnei Berak.

A Palestinian suicide bomber, a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine blew himself up at a bus stop under the Geha Bridge. Police have closed the area and are conducting searches.

Lior Levy, an eyewitness, said the explosion was incredibly loud. "It sounded like a Scud missile. I thought a missile had hit. I was in shock, I saw a young woman lying on the ground infront of me," he said.

Police were reportedly chasing two people seen fleeing from the scene of the attack, Israel Radio reported.

Following the attack, Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz ordered the IDF to impose a full closure on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, and said he would have to reconsider the recent concessions granted to the Palestinian population. Channel One reported that officials in the Defense Ministry were calling for a reprisal strike against Syria, who plays host to PFLP headquarters in Damascus. The terrorist group was responsible for the assassination of Tourism Minister Rehavam Ze'evi two years ago.

"There was never a lull inside Israel. We have thwarted 35 suicide attacks in the past month alone. We will take every measure to protect ourselves," Israeli government spokesman Avi Pazner said. Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei condemned the attack, but other PA officials blamed the attack on Israel's anti-terror operations in Rafah earlier this week in which ten Palestinian fighters were killed.

Magen David Adom officials reported that four people were seriously injured in the blast which took place underneath the Geha Bridge. The wounded were taken to Tel Hashomer, Beilinson hospitals. One woman died later in hospital.

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was just the first in a series of attacks it plans to carry out. "This is the first operation in a series of retaliations. We swear to make an earthquake in the Zionist entity," a PFLP statement said.

Shahed Hanani, 18, from Beit Furik near Nablus, carried out the attack. According to reports, Hanani's uncle was killed by IDF troops in an anti-terror operation in the Balata 'refugee camp' near Nablus last week.

Speaking from the scene of the attack, Police Insp.-Gen. Shlomo Aharonishky said there was no specific warning of a terror attack in the Bnei Berak area and that the explosive device was of medium size. A suspicious object, believed to be a leather jacket containing "heavy substances" was discovered in a Magen David Adom ambulance that had been at the scene of the attack, Police reported. Sappers arrived at the ambulance's Petah Tikva station and are dealing with the suspicious object.

"After three months without a terror attack within the Green Line there were many foiled attempts but the situation is still volatile and today's attack shows that on the other side there is no strategic change," Aharonishky said. Security services have thwarted 22 terror attacks in the past month alone, Israel Radio reported.

Health Minister Danny Naveh said that on a national level the attack is a reminder that Israel is in the midst of a war against terror.

"My conclusion is that before beginning a diplomatic process we need to remove the [Palestinian] terror infrastructure," Naveh said

Yossi Sedbon, Tel Aviv district police commander told Israel's Channel 2 television. "We believe that this was a terror attack." Sedbon said that one suicide bomber was involved in the attack, and not two separate explosive devices as previously thought.

He mentioned that several months ago at the scene of the attack TA police captured over 100 Palestinian illegally residing in Israel who were living in bushed nearby the bus station and added police would have top investigate if there was a connection.

Police said there were no specific warnings of attacks in the area. Security sources said there was no connection between the perpetrators of the attack to those nabbed two weeks ago who planned to attack Ramat Gan.

Director of Sheba Hospital Zev Rotshtein said that doctors there were primarily working on two youths, one female and a male, who had suffered serious shrapnel wounds to the bottom part of their bodies.

Witnesses said an explosion blew out windows in the area. The witness said he did not see a bombed out bus.

Police are asking the public to stay away from the area so as to let the evacuation of the wounded take place.

The attack, if a suicide bombing, would be the first since an Oct. 4 bombing at a restaurant in the northern Israeli city of Haifa that killed 21 people.

President of Lithuania Lights Menorah in Vilnius

Thursday, Dec 25, 2003

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VILNIUS, Lithuania - The President of Lithuania, Rolandas Paksas joined Rabbi Shalom Krinski the Chief rabbi of Lithuania in lighting a giant menorah placed by Chabad-Lubavitch in the central square in Vilnius and opposite the house of Parliament.

The President expressed pride in joining the Jewish community in such a public expression of religious freedom while hundreds of spectators and participants cheered on the proceedings.

Hot Latkes were served to the public and students of the Ohr Menachem school sang traditional Chanukah songs joined by live music.

Thousands at Florida’s Chanukah Festival with Avraham Fried

Thursday, Dec 25, 2003

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They came from as far away as South Africa, Israel and England. They came from Miami Beach, Boca Raton and Kendall. They came from all over North America and the world. Thousands of Avraham Fried fans, local and those on winter/Chanukah vacation, converged on Young Circle Park and the Amphitheater in downtown Hollywood Florida, to the biggest and best of the 24 South Florida Chassidic Chanukah Festivals sponsored and organized by Chabad of South Broward, leaders in Jewish education, outreach and social services. The event is traditionally the largest annual Chanukah happening in Florida and perhaps North America and beyond.

Several hours of Chanukah joy and jubilation with an overflowing crowd electrified by Avraham Fried, who was assisted in a couple of songs by his rising star nephew Benny, brought together the Jewish community in a manner that surely was a taste of the world to come.

Over fifty Chabad Shluchim, some who traveled 3-4 hours in each direction, were joined by men, women and children of all backgrounds, synagogues and varied levels of observance, in an evening that palpably answered the age old Talmudic question “What is Chanukah?” CONTINUE...

Shlichus/Teaching Opportunity In Palo alto, CA For One Shlucha/Teacher

Thursday, Dec 25, 2003

We are looking for a teacher for grade 3/4 to join several other shluchos in a wonderful environment with excellent working conditions.

Requirements: At least one year seminary, experience with children, desire to teach and make a difference in children's lives.

Please call Rabbi Levin at 650-424-9800 or 650- 493-0146, or email: chabad@jewish.org

CHABAD HOUSE SEEKING A SECOND TEACHER in Oklahoma City

Thursday, Dec 25, 2003

Chabad of Oklahoma City is seeking a second Shlucha-Teacher whose primary responsibility would be to teach a small class in their Cheder.

Join a Shlucha/Teacher already here. Good pay package. Warm and friendly community. Comfortable apartment. Good training for Shlichus. Good Vehicle and more.

For more information please call Nechoma at 405-810-1770 or email: chabadokc@aol.com

Chanukah in Rochester, NY

Thursday, Dec 25, 2003

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Members of Rochester's Jewish community turned out in the cold weather Saturday night to watch Rabbi Nechemia Vogel of Chabad Lubavitch light a giant menorah in Washington Square Park. The candle lighting in the park is an annual event.

The jewish holiday of Chanukah began on Friday night and runs for 8 nights. Chanukah, the Festival of Lights, is a celebration of the victory of the Maccabees and the rededication of the Jerusalem Temple.

It also commemorates the miracle of the oil that burned for 8 days.

The holiday is especially enjoyed by young jewish children who traditionally receive a gift on each of the 8 nights.

The ceremony in the park is normally held on the first night of Chanukah, but was delayed because Friday night was beginning of the jewish holy day.
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Large Menorah to Illuminate Hevron From Abu Sneineh

Thursday, Dec 25, 2003

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Danny Cohen, a resident of Hevron, told Arutz 7 that “a little light banishes a lot of darkness” when asked why he had erected a 12-foot menorah (tradition Chanukah lamp lit each night of the Jewish holiday) atop the Abu-Sneineh hills overlooking the Jewish community in Hevron.

On March 26, 2001, an Arab terrorist made use of a building on the Abu-Sneineh hills as cover as he used a sniper rifle to murder 10-month-old Shalhevet Pass, who was being held in her mother’s arms near the Avraham Avinu neighborhood, which is below the Abu-Sneineh hills. The building used by the terrorist was demolished and today there is an IDF presence at the site.

Last year, Cohen, who is the Chabad representative in Hevron, requested permission from Col. Dror Weinberg to light a menorah at the site in memory of Shalehevet Pass. Col. Weinberg, the commander of the Judea brigade, gave his authorization and blessing for the idea. Col. Weinberg did not witness the lighting though. He was murdered in a terrorist attack shortly before last Chanukah. Cohen erected the menorah tonight (Thursday) and intends to light it each night of the Jewish holiday. “Shalhevet (which is Hebrew for ‘flame’) Pass’ had her life snuffed out from this spot and the lighting of the flame of Chanuka is the greatest testimony to her memory,” Cohen told IsraelNationalNews.com. “Each night, soldiers stationed up here light the menorah and read the blessing over the radio so everyone stationed in the region can look up and see the light of Chanukah”, said Cohen. Cohen concluded with a blessing for the Jewish people. “Chanukah commemorates the miraculous tendency of the Jewish people to shine forth, through the darkest of circumstances and shine the light of God’s word into the world,” said Cohen. “May the light of our menorah rekindle all the flames that have been snuffed out and banish all the darkness from the Land of Israel and the entire world.”

Four Israeli Hostages Released on Chanukah

Thursday, Dec 25, 2003

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BOGOTA, COLOMBIA — Monday, December 22, 2003

It is a Festival of Miracles, and no one is feeling the miracle more than the four Israelis who were kidnapped by Marxist Colombians in the jungle ruins of Colombia last September.

After 101 days in captivity high in the Sierra Nevada, where they suffered hunger, isolation and fear of death, the National Liberation Army, or the ELN released them yesterday, the fourth Chanukah light.

The Israeli captives include Orpaz Ohayon, 22, Beni Daniel, 26, Ido Yosef Guy, 26, and Erez Altawil, 24, who were released along with a Briton captured at the same time, while hiking in the archeological ruins in the northern Sierra Nevada mountains.

On Monday night, Tamar Ohayon, the mother of Orpaz Ohayon -- one of the three Israeli captives, helped kight light Chabad's grand Chanukah menorah as the blessing "Who performed miracles for our forefathers in those days at this time . . . " was proclaimed aloud to an overflow crowd of 1,000 who turned out to celebrate.

Tamar Ohayon traveled from Israel to Colombia to await her son's release. At the Chanukah ceremony, Tamar expressed her thanks to Chabad for helping her and the other Israeli families find a home away from home in Colombia while they awaited the release of their sons.

Israel's Ambassador to Colombia, Yair Recanati, joined Rabbi Yehoshua B. Rosenfeld, director of Chabad activities in Colombia, and Chabad representative to Baranquilla, Rabbi Yossi Lieberow as they led a Chanukah celebration that will long be remembered by Colombia's Jewish community.

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EXCLUSIVE: "Gift for a Gift"

Thursday, Dec 25, 2003

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Thanks to your encouragement and support, the Yeshiva on Ocean Pkwy is vibrant once again. We welcome Rabbi Eckhaus to the 8th grade, Rabbi Fox to the 6th grade, and Rabbi Paris to the 1st grade.

To express our appreciation, we would like to send you the newest release of Rabbi Avtzon's acclaimed series on Early Chassidic Personalities, entitled "Reb Meir Raphael's of Vilna."

This illustrated,112 page book is now available only through the yeshiva. Anyone who purchases our raffle or donates $25 or more, will receive the book as our thanks for your continuous support. (of course any amount would be appreciated)

You can mail your donation to the yeshiva: 841 Ocean Parkway Bklyn, NY 11230, Att: Scholarship Committee.
You can also contact the yeshiva at 718-434-0795 or e-mail at ULYOP@juno.com Your Credit Card payment can be accepted by phone or at our website: UNITEDLUBAVITCHYESHIVA.ORG

The raffle is for a fully paid, two year lease of a Honda Odyssey. Or a car of your choice, or $7,500 cash. The second winner will receive a top of the line camcorder , courtesy of The Buzz.

Mayor of Phoenix, Arizona lights Menorah @ special ceremony for teenagers

Thursday, Dec 25, 2003

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On Wednesday evening, the Mayor of Phoenix, Arizona Mr. Phil Gordon, attended a special Chanukah Menorah lighting of the Chabad Teen Program in Phoenix. The ceremony was held in the Chabad House.

The Mayor was honored with lighting the menorah and was presented with a silver menorah from Rabbi Laibel Blotner, Director of Chabad Teen Program.

Addressing the crowd of 100 + teenagers k”ah, the Mayor praised the work of Chabad and pledged continued support for the teen program. He also said that it was his first time since 5th grade that he had lit a Menorah!

Shliach in Oklahoma meets with Democratic presidential hopeful, Ret. Gen. Wesley Clark

Thursday, Dec 25, 2003

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SNS has learned, that earlier this week in Oklahoma City, OK, Rabbi Ovadia Goldman had an opportunity to meet with Democratic presidential hopeful, Ret. Gen. Wesley Clark who was on a campaign stop.

Rabbi Goldman wished Mr. Clark a happy birthday and spoke to him about the importance of Israel being able to maintain strong proactive security measures. Rabbi Goldman also briefed the retired general about the work of Chabad.

Mr. Clark listened attentively as the Rabbi spoke and wished him and Chabad much success.

Minnesota Governor & U.S. Senator @ Menorah lighting @ the Capitol

Thursday, Dec 25, 2003

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On Erev Shabbos, the first Light of Chanukah, Upper Midwest Merkos -Chabad Lubavitch held their annual Menorah lighting at the State Capitol in Minnesota. The ceremony was attended by Governor Tim Pawlenty and many members of the state legislature.

The Menorah was kindled by the Hon. U. S. Senator Norm Coleman (R-MN). Mr. Coleman has a ten year tradition to light the Menorah going back to the years when he worked in the state Attorney Generals office and he was instrumental in arranging that the Menorah should be able to be placed on the Capitol lawn for Chanukah. He continued the tradition as Mayor of S. Paul, and this year as a U.S. Senator.

Head Shliach to the Upper Midwest, Rabbi Moshe Feller read a Chanukah message from the Rebbe. Rabbi Feller presented the Governor with a copy of "The Rebbe's Army" and with Minnesota Lubavitch's trademark patriotic Yarmulka (red white and blue).

Rabbi Feller mentioned that he opened the State Republican convention that nominated both the Governor and the Senator. He then presented each with a copy of the prayer.

The Governor and the Senator both addressed the brave assembled (at ten degrees, wind chill minus fifteen). They spoke highly of Lubavitch and that the good will overcome the evil.

After Senator Coleman lit the Menorah the Governor and Senator danced - accompanied by live music - with the crowd that included Talmidim of the Lubavitch Yeshiva of Minnesota. Everyone was treated to donuts and Chanukah Gelt (chocolate and money).

Special thanks to Rabbi Meir Rubinfeld who coordinated the event.

Chabad Chanuka 2 @ CityWalk

Thursday, Dec 25, 2003

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Thousands flocked to Universal Studios CityWalk to take part in what has quickly become Southern California’s largest and most exciting annual Chanuka event.

A joint project of Chabad of the Valley, Chabad of the Conejo and Chabad of Studio City, Chanuka 2 @ Citywalk, literally brought the spirit of Chanuka to the masses.

On any given Sunday, some 20,000 people find themselves visiting CityWalk. This, on top of the thousands that flocked there specifically for this event once again created the largest Chanuka celebration Los Angeles has ever seen.

For 6 hours, from noon till 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, Universal Studios CityWalk was transformed into a “Chanuka Wonderland” with a variety of Jewish themed arts & crafts, Tefilin booths, face painters, clowns, jugglers, dancing dreidels and kosher food. The all day entertainment on the main stage included a variety of performers and was highlighted by numerous rousing concerts by The Piamentas.

The enormous Jumbotron Astrovision screen, which is the central focal point of CityWalk, displayed all of the onstage entertainment. In addition, a meticulously edited Chanuka video presentation was shown on the screen throughout the day for all to see. The highlight of the day, however, clearly was the videos of the Rebbe that was repeatedly shown on the giant screen.

The event culminated with the kindling of a giant menorah which elicited roaring cheers from the enormous crowd.

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Friday, Dec 26, 2003

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Palestinian killed during Nablus incursion

Saturday, Dec 27, 2003

Palestinians said IDF soldiers shot and killed Regai Rayan, 20, during a clash with stone throwers Saturday in Nablus.

An army spokesman said there were "very violent" protests in the area, and that demonstrators were throwing Molotov cocktail bombs at troops.

He said the military had only used non-lethal means to disperse the crowd, and that the military was investigating the report of the fatal shooting.

Large numbers of IDF troops entered Nablus on Friday night in an operation to dismantle the terror infrastructure in the city. An army spokesman said the operation would be on-going.

Following consultations Thursday morning with his security chiefs, Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz decided that Israel would target major terror organization heads following Thursday's suicide bombing at a Geha junction bus stop, which killed 4 and wounded 20 others.

Early Friday, IDF troop in the village of Beit Furik, east of Nablus, demolished the house of the perpetrator of the attack, 18-year-old PFLP member Sa'adi Hanani. Also in Beit Furik, two members of the Syrian-based organization were arrested, Army Radio reported.

In one incident, a middle school and high school for girls was evacuated after troops fired tear gas in the area. Palestinian schools are open on Saturdays.

HASHOVAS AVEIDA - CELL PHONE LOST

Saturday, Dec 27, 2003

I lost nokia 8260 cell phone at (or around) the Goldshmid-Posner lechaim on Thursday night, in Beis Rrivka, 310 Crown St.

IF FOUND PLEASE CALL: 917-861-6136.

Rabbi tells history of dreidel

Saturday, Dec 27, 2003

Rabbi Sholom Leverton of Chabad of the Windsors explains the significance of the dreidel.

The menorah and the dreidel are the two symbols most associated with Hanukkah, the most well-known Jewish holiday.

But, while most would know that the menorah is connected to the miracle of the oil in the temple, few — including many Jews — could tell you the significance of the four-sided wooden top with the Hebrew letters, the dreidel. continue...

Teaching/Shlichus position in Arkansas for 1 or 2 girls

Saturday, Dec 27, 2003

Teaching/Shlichus position in Arkansas for 1 or 2 girls from now till end of school year. 1st and second grade.

Excellent pay. Call 501-221-7940 or email: cimentp@aol.com

VERY GOOD PAYING JOB - OPENING FOR 2 PEOPLE

Saturday, Dec 27, 2003

Two people needed with heavy duty OOA/OOD experience and who are well-versed in RUP, XML, EJB, J2EE.

The contract iS in Dayton Ohio for a 6 month period. May be extended.

U.S. citizenship is required because it is a Department of Defense position and according to new regulations, only citizens can apply. The rates are between 45-52/hr.
Email resumes to Reuvain Kagen at rkagan@softfinity.com

History @ Menorah lighting with participation of Lt Governor in South Carolina

Saturday, Dec 27, 2003

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For the first time in South Carolina State's history, a Chanukah Menorah was lit at the State House.

This event was attended by over 250 people from around the state of South Carolina. The Lt. Governor Andre Bauer (R) was there to welcome the crowd and House Representative Joel Lourie (D) dedicated the Menorah in honor of his late father State Senator Isadore E. Lourie (D) OBM.

Isadore was a great advocate of public Menorah lightings in the state and is a direct descendant of the Arizal.

The Richland Northeast High School Marching band provided the musical entertainment along with a choir of students from the Columbia Jewish Day School.

This event was organized and sponsored by Chabad of South Carolina.

URGENT! PLEASE SAY TEHILLIM 4 & GIVE TZEDAKA LEZECHUS

Saturday, Dec 27, 2003

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Brocha Chaya Mushkah bas Chava Elka

Chanukah with the Lubavitch Yeshiva of MN

Saturday, Dec 27, 2003

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The bochurim of the Lubavitch Yeshiva of Minnesota, spiritual lamplighters throughout the year, were physical lamplighters for the past few days, bringing Chanukah light and joy to thousands of people across Minnesota.

It began with a public menorah lighting at the State Capital in downtown S. Paul. The Governor of Minnesota, Tim Pawlenty, joined Senator Norm Coleman in greeting the chilly crowd with Chanukah wishes and inspiration. Once the senator got the menorah lit, the bochurim, some of them with toes frozen from standing in the snow, warmed up the area with singing and dancing and bringing cheer to the faces of the many participants.

On Motzei Shabbos, the celebration continued at the local Chabad shul, with an hour long rally for children, complete with menorah lighting, the Twelve Pesukim, a fabulous storyteller, and a juggler/magician/clown that can juggle three jobs. After all the children filled themselves with Chanukah treats, they all piled into the 30 or so cars waiting outside, topped with Menorahs, for the cities 2nd annual Menorah Car parade. Winding through the streets of S. Paul and Minneapolis, and then proudly and prestigiously making its way down Highway 94, the endless chain of lights brought the Rebbe's message to the people of Minnesota like never before.

The credit for these and the other peulos of Mivtzah Chanukah goes to the Talmidei HaShluchim of the Lubavitch Yeshiva of Minnesota.

County Executive Spano, lights Westchester's largest Menorah and Proclaims Chanukah as 8 Days of Goodness and Kindness

Saturday, Dec 27, 2003

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During a visit to his office by the 4 Chabad Lubavitch Rabbis in Westchester County, NY,the County Executive, Mr. Andrew Spano, proclaimed the 8 days of Chanukah as 8 Days of Goodness and Kindness.

Rabbi Velvl Butman, Executive Director of Chabad Lubavitch of Westchester County, together with his colleagues Rabbi Benjy Silverman of Chabad of The Rivertowns, Rabbi Dovid Labkowski of Chabad of Briarcliff-Ossining, and Rabbi Arik Wolf of Chabad of Bedford and Pound Ridge visited Mr. Spano in honor of Chanukah.

The Rabbis presented Mr. Spano with a Tzedaka box designed as a replica of the second Bais Hamikdosh. Mr. Spano proudly put money into the Charity Box in honor of the holiday.

During their visit Mr. Spano told the Rabbis, that he had visited The Rebbe in the Crown Heights some 14 years ago and received his blessing and 2 single dollar bills to distribute to charity. CONTINUE...

THIS SUNDAY 3 TEVES: KSCV CHINESE AUCTION IN CROWN HEIGHTS - SPECIAL VIEWING TIMES FOR MEN

Saturday, Dec 27, 2003

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On Sunday December 28 2003 - 3 Teves 5764 the annual KSCV -KEREN SIMCHAS CHOSON V`KALLAH Chinese auction auction will be taking place in Oholei Menachem 667 Eastern Pkwy.

Admission $18 per person
A Free $15 coupon with purchase of each admission

VIEWING
Men: from 1:30 pm until 3:00pm

Women and girls over 12-years old only (please no children)
from 3:30pm till 8:30pm

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Begins at 8:30pm for Women and Girls over 12-years old only (please no children)

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Call: Goldie 718-363-0260 (during the day)
Rochel 718-774-4578 (between 8pm and 10pm)

Menorah marks Hanukkah

Saturday, Dec 27, 2003

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As Fed Ex trucks rumbled past and holiday shoppers bustled by, area residents gathered in the pedestrian mall Tuesday night to light a menorah and celebrate Hanukkah.

"After the traumatic events in Israel during the past months, years, it is easy to feel fear," said Rabbi Avrohom Blesofsky of Lubavitch, a Jewish organization that aims to bring awareness of Judaism to others.

"The world needs as much good as it can muster, so we turn to the power of the oil," he said. "By increasing acts of good and kindness, we increase the power of the light." continue...

Update: Tzeirei Hashluchim Camp Gan Israel - Oracle, Arizona

Saturday, Dec 27, 2003

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In the center of downtown Tucson, in front of the courthouse, 100 people looked on as a camper, following in his father's footsteps, lit the giant Menorah. The camp, having just returned from an exciting roller skating trip, was the main attraction at the giant Menora lighting. Upon returning to camp, the children found a scrumptious Bar-B-Q awaiting them & wasted no time to get down to business - namely eating.

For day #4 the campers got the opportunity to hike through the Arizona desert and enjoy the fresh outdoor weather. A heart-warming rendition of the final Haneiros Halolu with a musical accompaniment filled the main dining hall of camp. Two night activities, Ma'ariv, and Krias Shema ended yet another incredible day in CGI.

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EXCLUSIVE: "Gift for a Gift"

Saturday, Dec 27, 2003

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Thanks to your encouragement and support, the Yeshiva on Ocean Pkwy is vibrant once again. We welcome Rabbi Eckhaus to the 8th grade, Rabbi Fox to the 6th grade, and Rabbi Paris to the 1st grade.

To express our appreciation, we would like to send you the newest release of Rabbi Avtzon's acclaimed series on Early Chassidic Personalities, entitled "Reb Meir Raphael's of Vilna."

This illustrated,112 page book is now available only through the yeshiva. Anyone who purchases our raffle or donates $25 or more, will receive the book as our thanks for your continuous support. (of course any amount would be appreciated)

You can mail your donation to the yeshiva: 841 Ocean Parkway Bklyn, NY 11230, Att: Scholarship Committee.
You can also contact the yeshiva at 718-434-0795 or e-mail at ULYOP@juno.com Your Credit Card payment can be accepted by phone or at our website: UNITEDLUBAVITCHYESHIVA.ORG

The raffle is for a fully paid, two year lease of a Honda Odyssey. Or a car of your choice, or $7,500 cash. The second winner will receive a top of the line camcorder , courtesy of The Buzz.

Really brand new one and two bedroom apartments on Empire corner Lamont

Saturday, Dec 27, 2003

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*Prices range from $800 to $1025

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MAZEL TOV KRAVITZS

Saturday, Dec 27, 2003

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SNS would like to wish a hearty Mazel Tov to Zalman & Chanie (nee Blesofsky) Kravitz - Crown Heights - on the birth of their firstborn daughter.

May the newborn be a source of Nachas to her parents, grandparents, relatives & Klal Yisroel.

SHABBOS “ZOS CHANUKAH” PARSHAS MIKETZ IN CROWN HEIGHTS

Saturday, Dec 27, 2003

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There were a number of Shluchim in town for Shabbos including Rabbi Moshe Bryski who came along with a big group for a wedding this week.

On Friday night there were 4 Sholom Zochors k”ah.

Shimon Herz, davened Shachris @ the Umud. Lazer Mishulovin lained for the absent R’ Michoel Slavin. There were 5 Chasanim. Levi Garelik spoke before Mussaf. Zalman Schanowitz davened Mussaf @ the Umud.

In the Rebbe's room, Rabbi Asher Zeilingold from Minnesota, who had Yahrzteit, Davened Shachris & Mussaf @ the Umud. There weren’t any Chasanim this week.

The regular Kiddushim including those for the Chasanim were held both upstairs & downstairs in 770. There were a couple of Fabrengers still on hand as Shabbos was ending.

Before the end of Shabbos R' Chaim Serebreanski Chazzered a Maamer downstairs in 770.

@ the Ohel for Shabbos there were lerech 75 people. There were also 2 Simchos, a Bar Mitzvah and an Ufruf for Bentzi Sudak.

Lego Menorah on display at world renowned M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

Saturday, Dec 27, 2003

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During this Chanukah season, visitors entering M.D. Anderson Cancer Center were greeted by a unique Menorah built entirely out of Lego. The Menorah was presented to the hospital by Chabad House at Texas Medical Center.

Under the theme “Light up the Night” a group of about 20 enthusiastic children gathered to build the Lego Menorah at the synagogue’s annual Chanukah celebration. Following a carefully designed diagram and led by Rabbi Yitzchok Schmukler and his wife Malky, the children worked quickly to assemble the Menorah in less than one hour. When it was finally completed, candles were inserted into specially designed holders and the Menorah was kindled.

“Although we have many adult volunteers helping patients in the hospitals, this is the first time our youth were also able to be involved,” said Rabbi Lazer Lazaroff, director of Chabad House. “They were thrilled to be able to share the holiday joy with those less fortunate who are in the hospital. The Menorah they built is now lighting up the Chanukah night for the many patients and visitors from all over the world.”

Grenades thrown at IDF in Hebron

Sunday, Dec 28, 2003

Palestinian sources reported a loud explosion in Hebron Sunday afternoon. Following the explosion, IDF forces were reported in pursuit of a Palestinian riding a motorbike. IDF later revealed that explossions were those of two hand-grenades thrown at an IDF post in the Harath-aSheikh neighborhood in Hebron. No casualties were reported.

In related news, settlers in the Northern Gaza settlement of Nissanit were confined to their homes due to intelligence reports of possible terror activity in the area, reports Ynet.

Palestinians opened fire at an IDF force north of Jenin, at another in Tulkarm and at another in the Balata refugee camp near Nablus. In the Gaza Strip, an IDF post near Neveh Dekalim was fired at, as was another near Gadid in Gush Katif.

No casualties were reported in any of these event.

Overnight Saturday, IDF forces in the Balata refugee camp near Nablus demolished the house of Hashem abu Hamda. Hamda, a Tanzim member, was responsible for the planning and dispatching of a suicide bomber to the Rosh Ha Ayin commercial center 4 months ago, in which one Israeli was killed and nine others wounded. He was also responsible for the suicide attack on the IDF – PA liaison unit in Tulkarm 2 months ago, in which an Israeli soldier was wounded.

World's largest turning Dreidel in Flordia

Sunday, Dec 28, 2003

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Hanukkah symbol enlarged

A local artist creates what he calls the world's largest turning dreidel, adorned with an estimated 20,000 shells, for Hanukkah celebration on Lincoln Road.
BY NANCI SCHANERMAN - MIAMI HERALD

Last year, local sculptor Roger Abramson was asked to craft an oversize menorah out of seashells for Hanukkah celebrations in Miami Beach.

This year, Rabbi Zev Katz of Miami Beach-based Chabad House on Wheels, the group that sponsors the celebrations, wanted something even grander. So for two months Abramson has been toiling away in Katz's front yard, constructing what he proudly calls the world's largest spinning dreidel. Coated with seashells, of course.

The ''largest'' designation is not official. Abramson is awaiting word from the Guinness Book of World Records on the record-breaking status of his creation, which stands just over 10 feet tall.

Dreidels are small tops with Hebrew letters on each of four sides, spun in a game commonly played by children during Hanukkah.

In the meantime, Abramson has done his own research on sites like dreidel.com, and didn't see any references to larger dreidels. ''So as far as I'm concerned, it's the world's largest turning dreidel until I hear differently,'' he said.

As for how the dreidel turns, Abramson says it involves ``lots of ball bearings to keep it going.''

Abramson's dreidel will be unveiled at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Euclid Circle on Lincoln Road as part of Chabad House On Wheels' annual celebration of Hanukkah, which begins Friday and runs through Dec. 26.

The celebration will also include a more traditional nightly lighting of the menorah -- a shell-coated menorah made by Abramson.

Abramson estimates the work is adorned with about 20,000 shells. He collected most of them himself on the beach, but came by some through donations that warmed his heart.

''There was this one incident where a couple of 6- or 7-year-old girls came walking by and saw what I was doing,'' he said. ``They happened to have shell collections of their own and gave some of their best ones. I thought it was cute so I made sure to place the shells in strategic places so I could show them if they asked.''

Last week, as he pondered his accomplishment, he noted there were just a few steps to work out. ''My next project will be to figure out how to move the dreidel,'' he joked.

As for Guinness, if the response is not what Abramson wants to hear, he has a backup plan. ``I will just add a bunch of shells to the top.''

Governor of Rhode Island participates in Chabad Menorah lighting @ State House

Sunday, Dec 28, 2003

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Reflective ceremony marks Hanukkah at State House
The Providence Journal

PROVIDENCE, RI -- The Rhode Island Hanukkah candle-lighting ceremony at the State House last night emphasized prayers "for our brave and courageous soldiers in Iraq."

The "World of Good" ceremony was held next to the original charter from King Charles II, which grants Rhode Island religious freedom.

Governor Carcieri and Rabbi Yehoshua Laufer, director of the Lubavitch movement in Rhode Island, led the event. They were joined by visiting students from Israel and other members of the community.

The message of Hanukkah "is that forces that seek to replace darkness with light will ultimately bring the light of true peace to the world," according to Chabad of Rhode Island.

"By coming together and lighting the menorah, we want to emphasize the fundamental unity and goodness which is inherent in the world and in every human being," said Rabbi Laufer, director of Chabad-Lubavitch of Rhode Island, which sponsored the ceremony.

Students and children sang songs for peace and hope.

Hanukkah prayers were offered "for the soldiers' success and safe return home."

Celebrating Maimonides 800 in Albany, NY

Sunday, Dec 28, 2003

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Albany, NY - At an impressive Chanukah ceremony in city hall’s historic rotunda, Albany’s Mayor Gerald Jennings and the Shliach Rabbi Yisroel Rubin launched a campaign to mark the Rambam’s upcoming 800th anniversary on Chof Teves (1204-2004).

The Mayor noted that Albany’s Maimonides Yeshiva Awards dinner on Chof Teves January 14 will honor three prominent doctors for distinguished service with the prestigious Dr. Morton Berger memorial Award.

“It’s amazing you have your dinner in the middle of cold and snowy January, because that’s the right Rambam date.” The mayor gave Chanukah gelt and draydels to the Rambam High school delegation, telling them: “Be proud of your namesake.”

“800 years sounds remote, but in modern communication, 800 symbolizes easy direct information,” quipped Rabbi Rubin. “That’s very appropriate for the Rambam who organized the whole Torah and Talmud for direct access to young and old.”

Mayor Jennings and Governor Pataki will issue official “Maimonides 800” proclamations in honor of the community-wide Rambam celebrations.

VERY GOOD PAYING JOB - OPENING FOR 2 PEOPLE

Sunday, Dec 28, 2003

Two people needed with heavy duty OOA/OOD experience and who are well-versed in RUP, XML, EJB, J2EE.

The contract iS in Dayton Ohio for a 6 month period. May be extended.

U.S. citizenship is required because it is a Department of Defense position and according to new regulations, only citizens can apply. The rates are between 45-52/hr.
Email resumes to Reuvain Kagen at rkagan@softfinity.com

ROOMMATE WANTED IMMEDIATELY!

Sunday, Dec 28, 2003

Female Roommate Wanted - Own Room in 2 bedroom apartment close to Kingston Ave. Newly furnished, $350/month including utilities. Available immediately for short or long term stays.
If interested E-mail: roommate770@aol.com

MAZEL TOV GOLDSTEINS

Sunday, Dec 28, 2003

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SNS would like to wish a hearty Mazel Tov to Mendy & Sarah (nee Wolf) Goldstein - Crown Heights - on the birth of their firstborn daughter.

May the newborn be a source of Nachas to her parents, grandparents, relatives & Klal Yisroel.

Chief rabbi praises revival of Jewish community in Budapest

Sunday, Dec 28, 2003

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Israel's chief Ashkenazi rabbi praised the revival of Hungary's Jewish community during Hanukkah celebrations in the capital Budapest on Monday.

Rabbi Yona Metzger danced on the street with a crowd of around 500 people after helping to light Hanukkah lamps on a six-meter-high (20-foot) menorah. He is the first chief rabbi to visit Hungary while in office.

"We cannot forget what Jews suffered here but the change in behavior is very important," Metzger told The Associated Press. "There are still many Jewish people here who are afraid to say they are Jews, but now they have no reason to be afraid, and we saw at this ceremony we can bring them out." continue...

Congressman Eric Cantor Lights Richmond Va Menorah

Sunday, Dec 28, 2003

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RICHMOND, VA - It almost defies the laws of physics, it is hot and cold, frozen and fiery, stationary and sizzling all at the same time. What is it? It’s a Chanukah Menorah carved out of ice, kindled with giant candles and calculated to warm the Jewish soul of even the coldest cynic.

A project of Chabad Lubavitch , the ephemeral ice sculpture Menorah, most often carved at an ice skating rink, has captured the imagination of both children and adults in cities across the world. Rabbi Yossel Kranz,director of Chabad Lubavitch of the Virginias brought the ‘Chanukah on Ice’ theme to Richmond for the first time last year and had an encore event this Chanukah.

U.S. Congressman Eric Cantor, the Chief Deputy Majority Whip, lit the ice Menorah last Sunday to a record crowd. “The idea captivated the community,” said Kranz. “It brought Jews from every synagogue and every walk of life together. It was the largest Chanukah event ever in Richmond. The ice menorah is the ultimate message of Chanuka- that the warmth of Yiddishkeit will always melt the cold of apathy and assimilation.”

HAMAFITZ HEY TEVES “DIDAN NOTZACH” MEHUDAR SPECIAL

Sunday, Dec 28, 2003

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The Forward puts “Agent Emes” on its recommended gift list

Sunday, Dec 28, 2003

National, weekly Jewish newspaper, THE FORWARD has recommended “The Adventures of Agent Emes” as a perfect gift for the young viewer saying: “…kids of every persuasion are likely to be smitten by its goofy earnestness; in our experience, they eat it up. "

Reel Jewish Entertainment, the folks behind Agent Emes have been pleasantly surprised to discover that interest in their new video series extends far beyond the observant audience. Jewish children of all backgrounds are captivated by the mystery, humor, and adventure contained in each episode.

Agent Emes is quickly becoming an indispensable outreach tool for reaching unaffiliated youngsters raised on Disney and Rugrats. Each adventure contains numerous talking points to discuss fundamental Jewish ideas and beliefs.

The Agent Emes website is now offering a FREE POSTER with every order, and a special $29.95 price when ordering both Episode one: “The Fish Head” and Episode two: “Rabbi-Napped” together.

Visit them today at www.agent-emes.com

Hatzoloh of Jerusalem honors Rabbi Chaim Yankel Leibovitch

Sunday, Dec 28, 2003

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Rabbi Chaim Yaakov Leibovitch, one of the directors of the Lubavitch Youth Organization in Israel, was honored at a recent Chanukah gathering for members of the volunteer emergency organization “Hatzoloh.” The gathering, which took place in Jerusalem, was attended by hundreds of volunteers. Among Hatzoloh’s volunteers are many members of the chareidi community who also assist the Magen Dovid Adom emergency services.

The president of Hatzoloh Rabbi Moshe Halberstam attended the gathering, along with the directors and heads of the Jerusalem branch and the national organization of Magen Dovid Adom.

During the evening, Jerusalem councilman Nir Barekat spoke about the city’s appreciation for Hatzoloh’s dedication and expertise in saving Jewish lives. Other speeches were given by police vice-commissioner Avi Chen, the rabbi of Jerusalem’s holy sites Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, and Rabbi Moshe Halberstam.

This was followed by speeches delivered by various representatives of the chareidi community, including the MKs Rabbi Meir Porush and Rabbi Yisroel Eichler, and the mayor of Beitar Illit Rabbi Yitzchok Pindrus.

Certificates of merit were then awarded to two outstanding individuals – Rabbi Chaim Yaakov Leibovitch of the Lubavitch Youth Organization and Rabbi Binyomin Fischer, director of the Magen LeCholeh organization.

The evening concluded with a short speech by deputy mayor Rabbi Yehoshua Pollack.
(SOURCE &PHOTO: CLN.ORG.IL)

MAZEL TOV FIEDLERS

Sunday, Dec 28, 2003

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SNS would like to wish a hearty Mazel Tov to Moishe & Bryna (nee Stein) Fiedler - Los Angeles, CA - on the birth of their firstborn son.

May the newborn be a source of Nachas to his parents, grandparents, relatives & Klal Yisroel.

Over 1000 @ Chanukah Wonderland in London, UK

Sunday, Dec 28, 2003

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Over 1000 children and their parents visited the London Jewish Family Center this past week for another fantastic Chanukah Wonderland.

The week long activity, which concluded on Sunday 28th December, featured a state-of-the-art light and sound show depicting the story of Chanukah, hands-on latke and doughnut making workshops, arts and crafts, videos and shows and a host of other exhibits. There is a dedicated soft play area for younger children and the Computer Room has been set up with Jewish kids' software.

The fast-food restaurant was a favorite

! Organizer, London Jewish Family Center Hon. Director, Mrs. Tzirel Weinbaum, paid tribute to all the voluntary helpers, saying: "The total success of the week could not have been achieved without their dedicated help."

From Monday 29th December, the Family Center takes on a new format with Winter Fundays. The Center will be open Monday to Thursday from with a host of exciting sports and recreational activities, arts and crafts, computers and videos for young people of all ages with an extended Soft Play area including 2 Jumping Castles. The restaurant will again be open.

Mivtza Taharas Hamishpocha offering Refresher course for Crown Heights Community

Sunday, Dec 28, 2003

Mivtza Taharas Hamishpacha proudly presents a comprehensive refresher course on Concepts and Halachos of Taharas Hamishpacha for the Crown Heights community.

The first and last evenings will be general sessions. The four Halacha sessions will be held three times weekly, in three different locations to best accommodate your schedule. Take this time to review that which is so essntial to a Bayis Yehudi!

Admission Fee (per lecture): $8.00 Kollel Junior N'shei: $5.00

Junior N'shei Chabad: Please note - no special Junior N'shei events are scheduled for the month of Teves to enable you to join in this review series.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

Chanuka Party at Chabad of Southgate in the UK

Sunday, Dec 28, 2003

A bouncy castle, a video shown on a large screen, an amazing array of crafts were just some of the attractions enjoyed by close to 200 people at the Chanuka Party held by Chabad Lubavitch of Southgate.

The voices melded in a rousing round of Chanuka songs, as the appreciative crowd munched on the latkes and donuts, watching the dancing lights of the Chanuka Menorah.

Thought provoking words of Rabbi Kesselman pointed out the relevance of Chanuka today. A humorous skit, performed by the Diamond Brothers, reminded everyone of the background to the Chanuka story and miracle.

"It's been a great party. Count me in for the next event," said Sara, mother of three.

NEW SHLUCHIM TO FLORIDA

Sunday, Dec 28, 2003

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SNS has learned that Rabbi & Mrs. Mendy Kornfeld of Crown Heights will IYH be moving on Shlichus to establish Chabad of West Palm Beach, FL.

The Kornfelds were appointed by Rabbi Avrohom Korf, Head Shliach in Florida, and Rabbi Shlomo Ezagui, Chabad of the Palm Beaches.

HATZLOCHA RABBA!

If you have any family or friends in the area and would like to put them in touch with the new Shluchim please e-mail the Kornfelds @ rabbimkornfeld@yahoo.com

Jewish leaders celebrate Hanukkah

Sunday, Dec 28, 2003

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About 100 men, women and children gathered under a giant menorah at Chabad Lubavitch OF El Paso, TX on Sunday afternoon to celebrate Hanukkah and the fight for religious freedom around the world.

Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, began at sundown Friday and lasts for eight days. Rabbi Yisrael Greenberg told his congregation Sunday at 6615 Westwind Drive to be grateful to live in the United States.

"As we celebrate together as a community, we share this message with all," he said. "We are one nation under G-d with freedom for all."

Hanukkah, or the Festival of Lights, commemorates the rededication of the Holy Temple of Jerusalem by the Jews in 165 B.C. after they took it back from the Syrians. After the military victory came a miracle: the oil that was expected to keep the Temple's sacred lamp lit for one night instead lasted eight nights.

Gus Cohen, a sophomore environmental science major at the University of Texas at El Paso, said he was a little fuzzy on the historic details but enjoys the annual Hanukkah gathering nonetheless.

"Our family gets together. That's a nice part of it," he said.

Elena Konig, a secretary at Del Sol Medical Center, said she taught her colleagues about the meaning of Hanukkah and was very happy with their response. "Everybody told me, 'Happy Hanukkah,' " she said.

Sunday, in the parking lot of Chabad Lubavitch, children sang and El Paso Mayor Joe Wardy lit the menorah's ninth and highest candle, called the Shamash, which is used to light the other eight candles.

"This is a very special honor for me," Wardy said. "I wish you a very happy Hanukkah. Thank you for being a part of El Paso."

KEREN SIMCHAS CHOSON VE’KALLA AUCTION WINNERS

Monday, Dec 29, 2003

Jackpot – Y.K. Mishulavin
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7. Dinette Set – Rosen
8. Men’s watch – Suri Freidman
8a. Chandelier – Rosenblat
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11. Video – Mendy Raitport
12. Beth Rivkah Day Camp – Duato
13. Megillah & case – M.G. Shapiro
14. Recliner – Duato
15. Bunk Bed – Shaindel Reinetz
16. Mink Jewelry – Menucha G.
17. Wedding Package – Mishulavin (jackpot)
18. Chosson package – Mendy Raitport
19. Camcorder – Shurpin
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21. Shabbos Table – Chana Kugel
22. Down Quilts – Kanan
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88. Tablecloth – N. Rosenblat

NEW ENGAGEMENT

Monday, Dec 29, 2003

Shmuel Cohen (Kfar Chabad) to Chaya Evers (Amersfoort, Holland)

IDF ends week-long Nablus operations

Monday, Dec 29, 2003

Israeli forces pulled out of the West Bank city of Nablus on Monday after a weeklong operation in which soldiers arrested dozens of suspected Palestinian militants.

The sweep was one of the largest Israeli military raids in the West Bank in recent months, reflecting Israeli policy to go after suspected Palestinian militants in the absence of Palestinian efforts to crack down on violent groups.

The unrelenting violence has frozen efforts to implement the "road map," an internationally backed plan to end three years of bloody violence and move toward a Palestinian state in 2005.

The "road map" plan requires the Palestinians to dismantle groups responsible for three years of attacks against Israelis, but Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia insists that the way to stop the violence is to negotiate a truce agreement with the militants, including Hamas and Islamic Jihad. Despite Egyptian help, so far he has not succeeded.

In Nablus, residents said the Israeli troops left at dawn Monday, releasing a curfew that had confined many of the 150,000 residents of the West Bank's largest city to their homes for a week.

The searches at first concentrated on the Balata refugee camp next to the city but widened after a suicide bomber from a nearby village blew himself up at a bus stop near Tel Aviv on Thursday, killing four Israelis.

The Israeli military said that its operations there would continue. Israeli officials called Nablus a "hotbed" of terrorist activity.

MONDAY NIGHT: HEY TEVES FARBRENGEN IN BAIS RIVKAH

Monday, Dec 29, 2003

The annual Hey Teves Farbrengen, organized by Agudas Chassidei Chabad will IYH take place MONDAY NIGHT @ Bais Rivkah Campus Chomesh 470 Lefferts Ave. starting @ 9:00pm.

On Tuesday night there will be a Farbrengen in 770 starting @ 8:30pm.

HEY TEVES
The date of Didan Notzach, 17 years ago, on which the Federal Court vindicated the claim lodged by Agudas Chassidei Chabad with regard to the Previous Rebbe's library. The Rebbe declared the date to be an auspicious day for all generations to come. The focus should be on establishing and expanding both communal and personal libraries.

Duluth, MN Mayor issues proclamation for “Chabad Week”

Monday, Dec 29, 2003

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Duluth, MN Mayor Gary L. Doty issued a proclamation declaring the week December 19 – 27 as "Chabad Week" in the city of Duluth to be used by educators, clergy, and civic leaders to emphasize and perpetuate education, morality and brotherhood.

The proclamation declared by Mayor Doty salutes Chabad Lubavitch of Northern Minnesota for it’s vital work in Duluth throughout the past two years to actively promote a greater awareness of the concepts of education, morality and decency amongst all people.

Huge Chanukah event in Double Bay Australia

Monday, Dec 29, 2003

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Chabad Double Bay hosted it's annual Mega Chanukah event at Steyne Park (by the harbor) in Double Bay. A record breaking crowd of several thousand men, women and children attended the event.

A Live outdoor concert, amusement park rides, Brazilian dance company, Great Australian BBQ and a Chanukah firework show were some of the attractions this year and of course the lighting of the giant Menorah

Also attending the event were: Woolahra Mayor John Comino, State member for Vaucluse Peter Debnam and Federal Member for Wentworth Peter King. Mr King greeted the crowd with a warm "Shalom" and told the crowd about a meeting earlier this week where a group of Chabad Rabbis met the Prime minister and gave him a Menorah for Chanukah. "The Prime Minister was overjoyed to have received this gift with the inscription engraved on the menorah reading "Presented to the Hon John Howard for his commitment to Justice and righteousness".

Rabbi Yanky Berger of Chabad Double Bay organized the event together with a very committed team of 25 volunteers from the Chabad Double Bay community.

SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS AID JOB OPENING IN MORRISTOWN, NJ

Monday, Dec 29, 2003

We are looking for 1 girl to substitute as teachers’ aid, for the Cheder preschool in Morristown. Transportation is available.

Thursday Jan 1 - Wednesday Jan 7

Please call 973-267-4622

Teaching position available

Monday, Dec 29, 2003

Cheder Lubavitch of Morristown, NJ is looking to hire a Limudei Kodesh teacher for upper elementary girls. Competitive pay, small class size, warm teaching environment. This position is available immediately.

We provide transportation from Crown Heights.

Please contact Mrs. Goldberg at Chedergirls@aol.com or fax 973-455-1367.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY 2

Monday, Dec 29, 2003

Levi (ben R' S.B.) Goldstein - E-MAIL
Yossi Greisman - E-MAIL

Gutnick Chumash now available in Spanish

Monday, Dec 29, 2003

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The Gutnick Chumash, which has illuminated Shuls, Chabad houses and Homes throughout the English speaking world over the past year, is now available in Spanish.

A collaboration between Kol Menachem, the publishers of the Gutnick Chumash, and Kehos of South America, has now borne fruit, as the Spanish Edition of Sefer Shemos has been completed, and is soon to be released.

The Spanish edition, which has the same layout and content as the English version, has been meticulously prepared by Rabbi Nosson Grunblatt, director of Kehos of South America, who is renowned for his top-quality translations of many classic works. This major breakthrough will now make the beautiful and clear explanations found the Chumash available to some 250,000 Spanish-speaking Jews.

Chabad’s first Chumash has also making waves in Poland. A team of scholars, who have been working on a new translation of the Torah into Polish, were extremely impressed by the clarity and accuracy of the translation found in the Kol Menachem Chumash. The new translation, which has been internationally acclaimed, is both an accurate rendering of the Hebrew text of the Chumash, and yet very readable. A unique feature is that is that it is the first English translation to be totally loyal to Rashi, based on the Rebbe’s view that all of Rashi’s comments are crucial at the literal level. The editors of the Polish Chumash were so thrilled with the translation that they have asked Kol Menachem for a pre-release copy of Chumash Vayikra, which is currently being prepared for publication later this year, G-d willing.

For more info go to www.kolmenachem.com or www.kehot.com.ar call 1.888.580.1900

Governor of Maine hosts Menorah lighting @ state Capitol

Monday, Dec 29, 2003

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A 15 year connection between Rabbi Moshe Wilansky of Chabad-Lubavitch in the state of Maine and now Governor John E. Baldacci is still going strong.

On many occasions during the last 15 years Mr. John Baldaacci who served as a member of the legislature and later as a congressman before being elected Governor earlier this year, participated at Chabad Menorah lightings.

The Governor kept up the tradition and this Chanukah hosted a Menorah lighting at the state capitol in Augusta, Maine.

Rabbi Wilansky presented the governor with a Menorah after which the governor helped light the large Menorah

SIE HEY TEVES 50% OFF SALE

Monday, Dec 29, 2003

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SIE HEY TEVES 50% OFF SALE
Tuesday & Wednesday, 5-6 Teves
50% discount on all books in stock.

Cash and Carry only.

Location:Sichos In English
788 Eastern Parkway #406
Brooklyn, NY 11213
Phone: 718-778-5436 Fax: 718-735-4139
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MONDAY NIGHT LECHAIM

Monday, Dec 29, 2003

Yossi Saidof (Kiryat Chaim, Israel) to Yocheved Amrami (S. Paul, MN)
@ LUBAVITCH YESHIVA

WONDERFUL NEWS, Camp Machanayim Israel, led by Morah Swerdlov is opening again!

Monday, Dec 29, 2003

We invite you to share an inspiring, spectacular 6 week program!!!

The camp is open to Chabad High School age girls. See the land through Morah Swerdlov's eyes, farbreng with Shluchim and Mashpiyim, strengthen your Hiskashrus and Chassidishkeit at the same time as you are having SOOOOOOOO much fun.

Ask anyone who went, it is an incredible, life changing experience.

For an interview, (its a must), New Yorkers call before rosh chodesh shvat, and for out of towners please make an appointment for the Sunday of the Chof Bais Shvat convention.
Call 718.774.1813, or email: swerdlov@aol.com

Needed, excellent Head Counselors for the program, to apply, you need to be at least gimmel seminary, after 1 year teaching. Graduates of the program will get first preference.

MAZEL TOV WOLFFS

Monday, Dec 29, 2003

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SNS would like to wish a hearty Mazel Tov to Yossi & Mindy (nee Golowinsky) Wolff - Crown Heights - on the birth of their firstborn daughter.

May the newborn be a source of Nachas to her parents, grandparents, relatives & Klal Yisroel.
E-MAZEL TOV

MAZEL TOV ALPEROWITZS

Monday, Dec 29, 2003

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SNS would like to wish a hearty Mazel Tov to Menachem Mendel & Rivky (nee Lasker) Alperowitz - Lod, Israel - on the birth of their firstborn daughter.

May the newborn be a source of Nachas to her parents, grandparents, relatives & Klal Yisroel.

5000 experience Chanukah Wonderland @ Chabad of the Five Towns

Monday, Dec 29, 2003

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Close to 5,000 adults and children celebrated Chanukah in a fun and meaningful way at Chanukah Wonderland, centrally located in a storefront on Central Avenue. The Funhouse, open to the public every day of Chanukah, featured a computer center, Chanukah-themed crafts, olive press shows, theater, legoland, face painting and so much more!

Chanukah Wonderland was the highlight of the many Chanukah programs offered by Chabad of the Five Towns. Hundreds stood mesmerized as they watched the sculpting of the Ice Menorah outside the Chabad Center, followed by the lighting of the magnificent piece of work. Every evening of Chanukah, large crowds gathered in Cedarhurst Park as dignitaries and community leaders lit the 18 ft. Menorah. The nearly 100 Gan Chamesh Preschoolers enjoyed their very own Chanukah funhouse with their families at the Chabad Center. The fabulous funhouse featured varied hands-on Chanukah centers as well as a special Music & Movement presentation, with the famous “Morah Music”!

All who participated in Chabad of the Five Towns’ Chanukah Activites had an incredibly positive experience! Chabad’s Chanukah message was felt throughout the Five Towns and had a tremendous impact on thousands of people.

MASHGIACH JOB OPENING IN VANCOUVER, CANADA

Monday, Dec 29, 2003

BC Kosher based in Vancouver, Canada is seeking an interim Mashgiach for approximately two months.

Kindly forward your resume to the attention of Rabbi Levy Teitelbaum via fax: 604-277-2225 or email: info@bckosher.org

Historic Menorah Lighting in Old Town Alexandria, VA

Tuesday, Dec 30, 2003

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Over 200 people gathered in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia on the 3rd night of Chanukah to help make history, as Mayor Bill Euille lit the Menorah. The Mayor, who is especially known for his public service to the community, was honored to light the Shamash. Rabbi Mordechai Newman, Director of Chabad Lubavitch of Alexandria inspired the crowd with the message of Chanukah. Addressing the crowd, Mayor Bill Euille said "as proud Americans we are all thankful that we live in a country which allows and protects each of its citizens with religious freedom and democracy."

Rabbi Newman then led the participants with the appropriate blessings, and joined Joshua Nabatkhorian, sponsor of the event, with lighting the Menorah. Spirited Chasidic dancing accompanied the live music as Yeshiva boys from New York energized the crowd. Hot delicious latkes warmed the hearts of many which stood in deep contrast to the cold temperatures outside.

Upon witnessing the palpable joy of the crowd Mr. Mitch Grossman approached Rabbi Newman and said “I have never experience such a joyful heartwarming Chanukah in my life.”

Sixth Annual Chanukah on the River

Tuesday, Dec 30, 2003

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More than 700 people gathered on the S. Antonio, Texas river walk Sunday to celebrate the sixth annual Chanukah on the River. Eight river boats adorned with their own Menorahs paraded down the river walk with more than 400 people on board. The happy participants, members of every S. Antonio Jewish congregation and organization sang joyous Chanukah melodies accompanied by music as they made their way down the river.

Following the river parade, some 700 plus people gathered at the Arneson River Theatre for the public Menorah lighting of a 12 ft Menorah. Rabbi Chaim Block -Executive director of Chabad Lubavitch of South Texas welcomed the crowd. After remarks by Jewish leaders and city officials the Menorah was lit by two native S. Antonians whose father, Col. David Cohen is currently stationed in Iraq. The Menorah lighting was dedicated to the American troops stationed around the world. Hundreds of people stopped to watch this historic event.

Following the Menorah lighting the crowd enjoyed a world class concert by renowned Latino Jewish singer Yehudah Glantz who performed live with his band in Spanish, Hebrew and English. "To see more than 700 hundred Jewish people in downtown S. Antonio celebrating Chanukah is a small Chanukah miracle in its own way. This is truly the legacy of the Rebbe" said Rabbi Yossi Marrus, program director of Chabad Lubavitch of South Texas.

Rabbi: We will not close

Tuesday, Dec 30, 2003

A defiant Orthodox Jewish congregation on Dedham Street (SNS ED. in Boston, MA) may be headed for a showdown with the city after choosing to ignore a vote that would have effectively closed its synagogue.

City zoning officials, meanwhile, are in the awkward position of trying to enforce a controversial decision by the Board of Aldermen that may violate several state and federal laws.

Rabbi Chaim Prus of Beth Menachem Chabad charges that his congregation was a victim of "religious bigotry" when the board denied his tiny temple a parking waiver and is refusing to close. continue...

The Story of Hey Teves - Didan Notzach!

Tuesday, Dec 30, 2003

During Pesach time 5745 (1985) seforim were disappearing from the Lubavitch Library. This was discovered through a Lubavitcher rare book dealer who suddenly noticed seforim of the Agudas Chassidei Chabad Library for sale. He immediately informed the Rebbe's secretariat, and immediate plans were devised to catch those who secretly entered the library and stole the seforim. At the end of Sivan it was already known who was stealing the seforim. Then the Rebbe became actively involved in the matter. [ The Rebbe's relationship to the issue, the trial & appeals, the victory, & lessons to be learned - is discussed in the general overview presented below, compiled from several sources. ] The article helps answer the question, "What is the Yom Tov of "Hey Teves"?"

The Lubavitch Library - From Europe to America
For several generations, the Lubavitch movement had possessed an immense library of Judaica, including the most extensive and valuable collection of Chassidic works in existence. Especially after the Holocaust, when so much of the literature of Eastern European Jewry vanished in the flames, the Lubavitchers cherished their library as a vital part of their contemporary mission in the world. Jews have always been known as the People of the Book. They were among the first to take advantage of the new technology of the printing press in the late fifteenth century, and some of the earliest books printed were Hebraica. Throughout their wandering and persecution, Jews have always managed to make books available for study. continue...

TUESDAY NIGHT LECHAIM

Tuesday, Dec 30, 2003

Yisroel Gurary (Montreal, Canada) to Chana Loebenstein (Melbourne, Australia)
@ BAIS RIVKAH 310 CROWN ST

BORUCH DAYAN HAEMES - R' NETANEL SHLOUSH OBM

Tuesday, Dec 30, 2003

With profound sadness we inform you of the untimely passing - after a lengthy illness R"L - of R' Netanel (Naty) Shloush of Crown Heights.

THE LEVAYA WILL PASS BY 770 TODAY-TUESDAY @ 4:00PM ON ITS WAY TO ERETZ YISROEL.

Hamokom Yenachem eschem Besoch Shaar Avaylay Tzion VeYerushalayim. Vehukeetzu Veranenu Shochnay Ufur vehu besochom!

URGENT: PLEASE SAY TEHILLIM 4

Tuesday, Dec 30, 2003

Yitzchak ben Guita

Dina Michal bas Tzippora

Shlomo ben Miriam

NEW ENGAGEMENT

Tuesday, Dec 30, 2003

Asher Webb (Monsey, NY) to Doba(bas R' Sholom) Jacobson (Crown Heights)

A MESSAGE FROM THE CEO

Wednesday, Dec 31, 2003

Dear Friends,

At around 6:00pm Tuesday evening, for unknown reasons and without any prior warning, SHMAIS.com went down.

Unfortunately, by the time we realized what had happened, it was “after business hours” at our hosting company and we were unable to get through to technical support. Our CTO, Yankee Teitelbaum, checked everything on our end and all appeared fine.

At that point, our only option was to fill out an online "trouble ticket" with our hosting company, which we did.

We are currently exploring other options – including the possibility of moving to a new hosting company - so that we can be assured that we will not have such problems in the future

We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.

Levi Hodakov
CEO & Founder – Shmais News Service & Shmais.com

Shots fired at IDF post in Gush Katif

Wednesday, Dec 31, 2003

Palestinians opened fire on an IDF post outside the Gadid settlement in Gush Katif Wednesday.

Earlier, an explosive device was detonated along the Israel-Egypt border, near Rafiah.

No one was wounded and no damage was caused in either incident.

Also on Wednesday, Palestinians threw stones at Israelis driving on route 60, near the route's tunnel checkpoint.

No one was wounded but vehicles were damaged, Ynet reported.

The IDF and police forces are searching the area for the perpetrators.

BORUCH DAYAN HAEMES - R' BEREL CAPLAN OBM

Wednesday, Dec 31, 2003

With sadness we inform you of the passing of R' Berel (Benny)Caplan of Montreal, Canada. R' Berel was well known as a very kind and special individual. One of the amazing acts of Chesed R' Berel was known for was his distribution of food to the poor and needy in the community.

The Levaya was held Tuesday in Montreal.

Mrs. Caplan and her son Mordechai Caplan of Crown Heights are sitting Shiva in Montreal.

Phone: 514-731-2141

Rivka (Kaplan) Izso will be sitting shiva @ 161 Van Nostrand Avenue - Englewood - New Jersey
Phone:201-568-5431

Hamokom Yenachem eschem Besoch Shaar Avaylay Tzion VeYerushalayim. Vehukeetzu Veranenu Shochnay Ufur vehu besochom!

OVER 3000 ENJOY TRAVELING CHANUKAH THEATER IN CALI

Wednesday, Dec 31, 2003

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History was made this Chanukah with the Traveling Chanukah Theater of Chabad of California. The Chanukah play traveled non stop with almost 20 shows over Chanukah. The show visited Chabad houses, Schools and Chanukah parties from Long Beach to Ventura.

The shows running time was approx. an hour and 15 minutes. It was directed by Mendy Pellin and included an elite group of talented bochurim mostly from Chovevei Torah Smicha Program and Zal. The Cast: Avi Raps, Adi Goodman, Shmuly Geisinsky, Ben Pellin, Menashe Levy... Sound Engineer: Hirshy Raskin... Stage Manager: Laiby Lewis...

The Show was produced by Berel Cohen under the auspices of Chabad of California in Westwood.
(Photos by Laiby Lewis)

Teaching position available

Wednesday, Dec 31, 2003

Cheder Lubavitch of Morristown, NJ is looking to hire a Limudei Kodesh teacher for upper elementary girls. Competitive pay, small class size, warm teaching environment. This position is available immediately.

We provide transportation from Crown Heights.

Please contact Mrs. Goldberg at Chedergirls@aol.com or fax 973-455-1367.

LAST DAY: SIE HEY TEVES 50% OFF SALE

Wednesday, Dec 31, 2003

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SIE HEY TEVES 50% OFF SALE
Tuesday & Wednesday, 5-6 Teves
50% discount on all books in stock.

Cash and Carry only.

Location:Sichos In English
788 Eastern Parkway #406
Brooklyn, NY 11213
Phone: 718-778-5436 Fax: 718-735-4139
E-mail: sie100@aol.com

PLEASE SAY TEHILLIM 4

Wednesday, Dec 31, 2003

Miriam bas Shifra

Fayga Leah bas Chaya

Blima bas Rivka

Tinokes bas Blima

MAZEL TOV LEWIS'

Wednesday, Dec 31, 2003

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SNS would like to wish a hearty Mazel Tov to Shui & Mimi (nee Lerman) Lewis - Crown Heights - on the birth of their firstborn son.

May the newborn be a source of Nachas to his parents, grandparents, relatives & Klal Yisroel.

Chabad Lubavitch of Louisiana celebrates Chanukah New Orleans style

Wednesday, Dec 31, 2003

“Azla L’karta, Halach B’numusei – When you come to a place, follow its customs.” It was this Talmudic quote that the Rebbe used 12 years ago, when discussing Chabad’s approach to outreach and positively influencing others.

The city of New Orleans, of Carnival fame, is a parade town. Every celebration and event, from corporate to religious to social, is marked by a parade, complete with floats and “throws” (items tossed by the people on the float to the bystanders). When looking for new methods to enhance the “pirsumei nissa – publicizing the miracle” of Chanukah, Chabad Lubavitch of Louisiana decided to add a New Orleans twist to the old Mobile Menorah Parade.

A mutual good friend connected Rabbi Mendel Rivkin, Chabad’s Program Director, with Mr. Blaine Kern, the world-renowned director of Mardi Gras World. Mr. Kern, who produces most of the floats for the Mardi Gras-Carnival parades in the region, graciously consented to create a float for Chabad. The result was a 20 ft. long float beautifully designed with a combination of Chabad/Chanukah/New Orleans themes. continue...

Fantastic Voyage

Wednesday, Dec 31, 2003

In the spectacular azure seas of the Caribbean, the world’s largest motor yacht recently set another “record.”

The first all-kosher cruise line took sail aboard the Wind Surf with two voyages this month. Pittsburgh-based Matthew Shollar, an entrepreneur, ordained rabbi and CEO of Chosen Voyage, chartered with Windstar Cruises to offer the full-service cruises friendly to Orthodox travelers.

There were ribs glatt kosher and fresh off the barbie and entertainment featuring Jewish writers, artists and comedians. Chosen Voyage also offered separate swimming and gym hours, as well as women’s yoga.

For its all-encompassing Shabbat environment, the main lounge was transformed into an elegant shul. The staff also easily accommodated various prohibitions, such as not signing for wine.

A friend and I took advantage of it all on the maiden cruise from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Dec. 1.

In addition to daily minyans and shiurs, the maiden voyage — a Chabad-themed cruise — included a fabrengen and teachings with rabbis and rebbetzins in residence, including the celebrated author Rabbi Manis Friedman. Another headliner was stand-up comedian Marc Weiner, who had us laughing hysterically at his General Schwarzfork bit about a “five-fork general” with a hot kiddush as his battle objective. continue...

MAZEL TOV LISONS

Wednesday, Dec 31, 2003

SNS would like to wish a hearty Mazel Tov to Laibel & Feige (nee Scheiman) Lison - Montreal, Canada - on the birth of their firstborn son.

May the newborn be a source of Nachas to his parents, grandparents, relatives & Klal Yisroel.

NEW ENGAGEMENT

Wednesday, Dec 31, 2003

Rami Tamir (Agoura Hills, CA) to Rivka Slabotsky (Montreal, Canada)
LECHAIM IYH WEDNESDAY NIGHT @ 423 KINGSTON AVE. (Near Empire)

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Fabulous Shlichus Opportunity In Miami, FL For One Girl

Wednesday, Dec 31, 2003

Looking for one girl, to join another Shlucha already here Shlichus. The shlichus will involve: Teaching in Talmud Torah, Shabbos programs, Friendship Circle & Computer Related Work.

Please call 305-270-9401 or 305-234-5654 or e mail: Nechamack@aol.com for more information.

NEW SHLUCHIM TO THE UK

Wednesday, Dec 31, 2003

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SNS has learned that on Wednesday the 6th of Teves, Rabbi & Mrs. Zalman Lewis of Crown Heights moved on Shlichus to Brighton, UK.

As program directors, the Lewis' will be working with the students at Sussex and Brighton Universities, as well as running Adult Education Programs and Youth Programs.

The Lewis' were appointed by Rabbi and Mrs. Pesach Efune of Lubavitch of Brighton.

HATZLOCHA RABBA!

The Lewis' can be reached via e-mail @ zalmanlewis@hotmail.com

NJ GOVERNOR JAMES E. McGREEVEY: "I CONSIDER MYSELF AN HONORARY LUBAVITCHER"

Wednesday, Dec 31, 2003

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A special kindling of the fourth Chanukah light took place at the steps of the New Jersey State House in Trenton, NJ.

The lighting was preceded by a ceremony in the State Assembly Chambers. Joining Rabbi Moshe Herson, head Shliach of NJ and Dean of the Rabbinical College of America, sponsor of the Menorah, was Governor James E. McGreevey, the Shluchim representing the 39 regional outreach centers throughout the state and a couple hundred Chabad lay leaders and members of their communities.

Kindling the giant Menorah from atop a cherry picker were Governor McGreevey, who kindled the center lamp, and Roy Tanzman, Esq., a partner in the law firm of Wilentz, Goldman and Spritzer.

Rabbi Herson and the Governor emphasized in their addresses that the outreach activities, initiated by the Lubavitcher Rebbe, are being maintained and expanded thanks to his lasting influence. In his remarks, Governor McGreevey stirred the audience when he stated, “ I consider myself an honorary Lubavitcher.”

Jewish day camp offered

Wednesday, Dec 31, 2003

As Ursula Chodosh helped a young girl color a "Happy Hanukkah" card, the 12-year-old from Edmond recalled a time when she was sitting in a similar spot doing much the same thing at Camp Gan Israel.

Ursula, a junior counselor, said she remembered making Shabbat candles when she was a camper at the Jewish day camp for children sponsored by the Chabad Jewish Center.

Nechoma Goldman, the camp's director, said the camp seeks to give Jewish children hands-on fun while teaching them about Judaism. The five-day camp, in its fifth year, is held during the public school winter break. It began Monday and will be offered through Friday at Quail Creek Elementary School, 17000 Thorn Ridge Road. CONTINUE...

102 cars take part in largest Chanukah car menorah parade in Atlanta, GA

Wednesday, Dec 31, 2003

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This Chanukah 102 cars topped with Menoras paraded through the streets of Atlanta, Georgia.

Barely two weeks before Chanukah the Menorah Parade Crew rolled into Atlanta. Shmuly Gutnick, AJ Fehler and Daniel Freundlich got straight to work filling up vanloads of material from Home Depot. Screws, wood, nail guns; and spray-paint started piling up at the Varon’s House.

In huge numbers people came forward to signup for the parade. One person arrived in his Porsche “I don’t really like being too ostentatious, but the Rebbi said we should and the Rebbi was a much smarter man then I am.”

Finally, 102 Orange menorahs were ready to go. Chaim Brod and Ari Karp – on Shlichus in Atlanta, had put together the lists and arranged the parade route.

From 2:00pm the Chabad house parking lot started to fill up with cars, the crew was kept busy firmly attaching menorahs to each car. As the departure time arrived, so many cars were present that many had to join without menorahs. Each car was presented with an Orange scarf emblazoned with ‘102’.

The parade left at 5:30pm escorted by police on motorcycles.

The pinnacle of the evening was when the motorcade met up with a Menorah Lighting where the mayor of Atlanta was concluding the ceremony. On the curb dozens of people held candles, waved and clapped with tears in their eyes as the motorcade passed them. It was a great display of Jewish pride.

The parade continued passed the famous fox theatre toward the entertainment district of Atlanta, ending up at the central mall for the grand Chanukah program, organized by Rabbi Allouche.

One hour later, thousands of people watching fox news saw images of the huge parade and the Menorah lighting ceremony at the mall.

A special thanks to the head Shliach Rabbi New and to Mr. Sabi Varone for all of their support.

Really brand new one and two bedroom apartments on Empire corner Lamont

Wednesday, Dec 31, 2003

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*Prices range from $800 to $1025

*718-773-4308 ext. 16

CLICK ON THUMBNAIL ON LEFT FOR ENLARGED, ACTUAL PHOTOS FROM THE APARTMENTS.

MASHGIACH JOB OPENING IN VANCOUVER, CANADA

Wednesday, Dec 31, 2003

BC Kosher based in Vancouver, Canada is seeking an interim Mashgiach for approximately two months.

Kindly forward your resume to the attention of Rabbi Levy Teitelbaum via fax: 604-277-2225 or email: info@bckosher.org

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Wednesday, Dec 31, 2003

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SNS ED. The following was already posted on SHMAIS.com the last 2 years, however, for the benefit of all our new readers and those who perhaps missed it we bring it to you again.

Rabbi Sholom Hecht of Hecht's bookstore on Coney Island in Flatbush, NY, was Zoiche to have had many Yechidusin with the Rebbe.

One time Rabbi Hecht had a Yechidus with the Rebbe on the morning of January 1st.

At some point during the Yechidus the Rebbe told him "Happy New Year". Rabbi Hecht was very surprised.

The Rebbe then told him that Rabbi Levi Yitzchok of Berdichev used to tell his congregants "Happy New Year", and it's based on Kapitel 87 verse 6 in Tehillim where it says "Hashem Yispor Bichsov Amim.." "Hashem will count in the register of people..."*
*Translation courtesy of Tehillim Ohel Yosef Yitzchok with English Translation KEHOS-5761.

Special Ceremony Honoring Natan Sharansky in Kiryat Arba-Hebron

Wednesday, Dec 31, 2003

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On Hey Teves, the Kiryat Arba-Hebron Community Council awarded the Minister of Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs Natan Sharansky with honorary residency.

This award was given in recognition of the assistance that Mr. Sharansky gave the community when serving as Minister of Trade and Industry. In that capacity he helped towards the construction of a technologically advanced greenhouse, and many other community projects. Mr. Sharansky was honored at a special ceremony in the Eretz Yehuda Museum in the Kiryat Arba-Hebron council building.

The event was attended by various Knesset members and public figures, including the director of the Chabad House in Kiryat Arba Rabbi Victor Attia, representatives of the families of terror victims from the area, former Knesset member and Israel prize winner Geula Cohen, and other personalities.

BABYSITTER NEEDED IN CROWN HEIGHTS!!!

Wednesday, Dec 31, 2003

Hours are Monday Thru Thursday 1:30pm to 7:30pm. Fridays 11:30am to 2:30pm.

Two children ages 2 and 3 years old. Must speak English and have GREAT children skills. Must have prior babysitting experience with references available. Job available immediately.

If you are interested and qualified please call Chana @ 718-288-6457

FOR RENT: 3 BEDROOM APT. IN 2 FAMILY HOUSE

Wednesday, Dec 31, 2003

FOR RENT IN CROWN HEIGHTS: 3 bedrooms, INCLUDING: Kitchen, dinette, living room, dining room and upstairs porch in a 2 family house on Montgomery St.

Call Yitzchok: 718-773-6154

INFO TO BE MENACHEM AVEL MRS. YEHUDIT HOROWITZ

Wednesday, Dec 31, 2003

Mrs. Yehudit Horowitz of Eastern Parkway is sitting shiva - in Boro Park - after the passing of her dear mother Mrs. Chana Eisdorfer OBM.

Address: 4515 12th Ave Apt. #5
Phone: 718-436-2258

Hamokom Yenachem eschem Besoch Shaar Avaylay Tzion VeYerushalayim. Vehukeetzu Veranenu Shochnay Ufur vehee besochom!

MAZEL TOV VCHERASHANSKYS

Wednesday, Dec 31, 2003

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SNS would like to wish a hearty Mazel Tov to Shimshon & Rochel (nee Cohen) Vcherashansky - Crown Heights - on the birth of their firstborn daughter.

May the newborn be a source of Nachas to her parents, grandparents, relatives & Klal Yisroel.
E-MAZEL TOV

RABBI PINCHUS FELDMAN GUEST FARBRENGER @ YOEC IN LA, CA

Wednesday, Dec 31, 2003

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Rabbi Pinchus Feldman - Head Shliach in Sydney, Australia - who just last week celebrated a "Didan Notzach - down under" with the successfully repurchasing of the Shul and Yeshiva, was the guest Farbrenger at the Hey Teves Farbrengen in Yeshivas Ohr Elchonon Chabad in Los Angeles, CA.

Rabbi Feldman shared many stories with the crowd of 130 Bochurim and 30 Baale Batim in attendance.

The Rosh, Rabbi Ezra Schochet and Rabbi Shlomo Cunin - Head Shliach in California also Farbrenged.
(Photo: Shaul Raigorodsky for SHMAIS.com)

MAZEL TOV TO THE MOHEL!

Wednesday, Dec 31, 2003

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SNS would like to wish a very hearty Mazel Tov to our good friend and longtime advertiser (www.MOHEL.com) Rabbi Yisroel Heller and his wife Ruda on the birth of a baby boy.

May the newborn be a source of Nachas and Brocha to his entire family.

The Bris will be held Thursday morning, the 7th of Teves @ 8:30am @ 31 Balfour Pl.

MAZEL TOV! MAZEL TOV!

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