Sunday, July 31, 2005

Sunday, August 7, 2005 - Second Time Singles Annual Lecture

Dear Fellow Shul Members:
Please pass along this information to any second-time singles that you may know about. This is also a good meeting place for those first time singles who may be wilin to date, and eventually marry, second-time singles. Shadchanim will be in attendance at this event. This is a very good organization.



An Evening With noted psychotherapist & author
Rabbi Simcha Feuerman, LCSW

Followed by Q & A session with Rabbi Simcha & Chaya Feuerman

SUNDAY, AUG. 8, '05 AT 7:30 pm at
TIFERES HALL, 1271 E. 35th (btwn K & L) Brooklyn

$18 couvert. Light refreshments/dessert buffet will be served.
Shadchanim will be in attendance; bring your "shidduch resumes" *


430+ Marriages; 14+ Matches a month!
Find Your Bashert Today!

*Shidduch resumes should include your contact info, vital info about yourself and what you seek in a mate, references, and preferably a photo. Please prepare 15-20 copies

OR CALL MORDY AT 718-327-2541

Anyone interested in helping for this event please e-mail us!
RIVKY AT 718-421-3554

Friday, July 29, 2005


On August 6 , Shabbos Parshas Masei, Sharon Petrushka will give a shiur on Reward & Punishment in Pirkei Avos. The shiur will take place at 5:30 at the home of Robin Shick located at 137-40 75th Road .

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Bake Challah for A Segulah

Dear Community: There's a couple that doesn't have children. We still need some help ingetting a number of challah bakers. If there are any individuals that wouldbe able to partake in the baking of challah for this shabbos, Please callEsther @ 516-233-6232.

Esther Kahn

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Special Shiur By R' Shmuel Maybruch in Memory of Mrs. Joan Maybruch Tonight at 8:45 PM

Please Join Us For A Special שיעור
For Men And Women

לעילוי נשמת
מרת יוכבד פעשא בת הלל ע"ה
On her 2nd Yahrtzeit

Prerequisite Or Prohibition?
הבדלה Before Eating On תשעה באב

By Rav Shmuel Maybruch
Shoel U'meishiv – Katz Kollel
ישיבת רבנו יצחק אלחנן

At Cong. Ahavas Yisroel
147-02 73rd Avenue (At 147th St.), Kew Gardens Hills

Tuesday Evening
July 26, 2005 – אור לכ' תמוז תשס"ה
8:45 P.M.

One Year House Lease Available in Kew Gardens Hills

A 4BR, 3 bath attached house will be available for rent effective
Sept. Great, heimeshe block (lots of Ahavas Yisrael families), 1 1/2
blocks from Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim, near all. One year lease to start,
possibly with option to buy.

If you know anyone looking to move to Kew Gardens Hills, please pass
this along. Please call 718-268-0346 for more info.

Monday, July 25, 2005


We know how important observing a Yahrzeit is to you. We are in the process of updating and correcting our records. Please take a moment to email me with the following information:
1. Your name
2. The deceased's full english and hebrew names
3. The Hebrew date and year of the Yahrzeit
4. The relationship
In order to make sure we have everyone's information,
please DO NOT assume we have it in our records!

Sunday, July 24, 2005

R' Yakov Haber MP3 on The Torah Response to the Disengagement

Over 50 people showed up on a few hours notice to recite Tehillim and hear Rabbi Yakov Haber inspire us with his words on The Torah Response to the Disengagement.

You can download the shiur here.

R' Yechezkel Rosenberg on HaTov V'HaMetiv in a House of Mourning MP3

R' Yechezkel Rosenberg on HaTov V'HaMetiv in a House of Mourning. Download the mp3 here.

Special Shiur and Tehilim Gathering at 7:00 PM

Today, Sunday July 24th, 17th day of Tammuz there will be a special shiur given by Rabbi Yakov Haber followed by the Tehillim for our brethen in Eretz Yisroel. The shiur will begin at 7:00, followed by Mincha at 7:45, Maariv at 8:40 with the fast ending 9:01.

Here is a link to photos from the protests at Kfar Maimon.

Friday, July 22, 2005


Have Chulent Will Travel (from th OU website)

Rabbi Yakov Blugrond’s kashrut inspections take him to exotic spots across the globe. In over a decade of traveling for the OU, he’s been just about everywhere but Mars, ...A Rabbinic Field Representative doesn’t have to venture into outer space for an interesting encounter. It could happen as close as…Turkey. I’ll let the transcontinental rabbi take it from here.

I traveled to Istanbul to supervise a large company with various production sites. One of them stood at the border of Turkey, Iran, and Iraq. Since I knew I was going to have to stay over Shabbat, I found a hotel in close enough proximity to a Sephardi shul. I came to Turkey with the normal operational equipment for a long distance mashgiach – a small piece of meat, a little crock pot, a few frozen challot, a box of matzot, and a jar of gefilte fish. I requested a hotel room on the lowest floor possible, so that I wouldn’t have to climb too many flights on Shabbat. I also made sure they disconnected the electricity from my hotel room door so that I could open it with a key rather than a card. Before I left for work on Friday morning, I put up my chulent. My Shabbat in Istanbul was set.

On Shabbat morning, as I walked through the lobby, I noticed a fellow wearing a yarmulke. I wished him “Shabbat Shalom” and “Shalom aleichem” We exchanged our reasons for being in Turkey. Turned out he’s an American physician who came to deliver a series of lectures at a university here. I asked my new acquaintance if he wanted to join me on my walk to shul. He gratefully acquiesced, saying he wasn’t aware there were any shuls in the area. I asked him what he planned to eat for the Shabbat. He said he had a can of tuna and some matzot. I told him to forget the tuna and come to my room after davening for some hot chulent. He couldn’t believe it.

As we walked towards the exit, the receptionist called out to us saying the hotel manager requested a word with me. I entered the manager’s office, curious as to what he wanted. “I feel uncomfortable telling you this, but the maids are reporting a scent of something cooking coming from your hotel room,” said the manager. I explained that it’s the Sabbath day and we aren’t allowed to cook, so on Friday I prepared a special traditional food made of meat, barley, beans and potatoes. Telling him that this is what we eat for lunch. “Oh, you mean you made chamin! Why didn’t you tell me? I would have gotten you the food.” The hotel manager was a Sephardi born in Istanbul. His family found themselves in Turkey the same way my family wound up in Holland at the end of the 15th century after their expulsion from Spain. I said, I’ll tell you what – at 1:00 we’re eating in my room. Come join us.

He came, bringing with him a few bottles of beer. The three of us had our seudat Shabbat. We sang Israeli zemiros, regular zemiros, Sephardi zemiros. We had a mizumim to bentch. We spent the time enjoying our hotel room #205 Shabbat together until it was time to go for mincha. The manager came too.

The hotel gave me the royal treatment for the rest of my stay. As our time there drew to a close, the doctor from America bid me a warm farewell, and we each went our separate ways. I felt happy to have shared an unexpected Shabbat – enhanced by the company of my fellow Jewish travelers.

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Rabbi Herschel Schachter A Torah Perspective-A Non-Political View

The Young Israel site has a transcript of a shiur that Rabbi Herschel Schachter gave on the Gaza Disengagement from a Torah perspective and non-political point of view. Unfortunately the Young Israel site does not have direct links to the transcript, but you can currently get to it from their home page.

The Jewish Week has an adaption of the article in this week's edition.


Please join us for a seated kiddush and shiur on Parsha by R' Zev Maybruch. The kiddush will immediately follow the conclusion of davening and the program should conclude by 11:30.

Thanks to our generous co-sponsors:

Zvi & Batya Fishman in memory of Zvi's father Gershon ben Zvi
Baruch & Suzy Gottesman in honor of Tzipora's graduation from High School
Barry & Penina Katz in memory of Joan Maybruch
Steve & Shari Weiss in honor of Ephraim becoming the editor of the Ateres HaShavua


Mazel Tov to Meyer and Sushi Halberstam on the upcoming Bar Mitzvah of their son Ben Tzion. The Bar Mitzvah will take place at the Kotel on Sunday July 24.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005


Thanks to Tzirel and Danny for organizing the well attended first-aid training course held in the shul last night. Thanks also to all those who attended. Altough we hope your help will not be needed it is comforting that 18 members of the shul have been trained properly.

Monday, July 18, 2005

Jewish Boys for Adoption Update

A few weeks ago we sent out an email about Jewish boys up for adoption, and I just saw a follow up on Cross-Currents from Rabbi Yaakov Menken:

I just spoke with a wonderful man named Rabbi Dovid Vandervelde. He is a real estate manager, and serves as the (unpaid) president of a licensed adoption agency. You may have received an email that originated from him.

Several weeks ago, he sent an email to a woman with an update on current issues. Included in this email was a brief mention that he needed to find a good family to adopt two boys.

Two Jewish boys, brothers aged 7 and 9, are now separated from each other and in foster care. They needed immediate placement in a warm, “frum” home, and the agency was given all of one month to find that suitable home—or they would remain separated and sent to (possibly) non-Jewish homes.

He gave the woman his phone number, and of course his email address. She forwarded the message to a few people. And they forwarded it on. And then it stormed the Jewish Internet.

Over 3000 calls. From all over the world. Most every state of the union. Litvaks, Modern, Young Israel, Lubavitch, Satmar, Bobov, observant Conservative, you name it. And those who couldn’t adopt, offered money, free legal services, and more.

He was so beseiged that he “spun” the story very negatively, to discourage applicants. He said that the children had been “thrown around” the foster care system, and he wanted specifically a couple that included a social worker, psychologist, pediatrician or similar professional experience caring for troubled children.

Depite all of this, they are now sorting through over 100 applicants to help these boys.

“Who is like your nation?” And please, if you get that email, do not call!

Friday, July 15, 2005


By Bayla Sheva Brenner ( website)
The Me Generation seems to be living up to its name. A recent article in The Wall Street Journal described the struggle nonprofit organizations are facing in their attempt to lure a new generation of lay leaders. These organizations can’t understand why so many bright young professionals are not interested in getting involved in altruistic causes.


Next Shabbos, Parshas Pinchas (July 23), Rav Herschel Solnika will deliver a shiur for women at 5:30 at the home of Gitle Bekelnitzky. Gitle's address is 147-09 72nd Dr.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Solidarity Rally for the Land of Israel

There will be a Solidarity Rally for the Land of Israel on Tuesday, July 19th from 12:00 noon to 2:00 PM at Times Square on Broadway between 41st and 42nd Streets.

For more info click here.


For the summer the women's Tehillim group that meets on Tuesday nights will be meeting at 8:00 p.m. instead of 9:30. During this vacation season when people are out of town, any ladies that can come will be greatly appreciated.
Tizke l'Mitzvos.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005


We would like to thank the Ahavas Yisrael family for all of your warmth, good wishes and wonderful delicous meals upon the birth of our son. May we share in many simchas together. Julie, Shmuel and Tzvi Dov Siebenberg and Yitzi.
Thank You,

Monday, July 11, 2005

R' Yechezkel Rosenberg on the Long and Short of Semuchim Interruptions

R' Yechezkel Rosenberg on the Long and Short of Semuchim Interruptions. Download it here.

Israel's Jewish population to outstrip U.S. by 2006

By Amiram Barkat, Haaretz Correspondent

Israel will have the largest Jewish population in the world by 2006, when it will surpass the United States for the first time in history, the Jewish People Policy Planning Institute said Monday.

Sunday, July 10, 2005

Join Hundreds Of Other Women

Shortly after the Yomim Noraim, hundreds of women joined a group called On Rosh Hashannah, we read the accounts of both Sarah Imeinu and Channa, and their desire for children. Unfortunately, there are so many couples in our own neighborhoods and in Jewish communities across the world that spent the Yomim Noraim davening for children of their own.

In this light, a campaign was started that is twofold. First, women across the globe have committed to saying Tefillas Channa on Friday night after candle lighting on behalf of these young couples. Second, your help is needed to add to our already compiled list of the Hebrew names of the couples (both husband and wife) who find themselves in this unfortunate situation. The list is updated and e-mailed weekly. Names are kept on the list until a baby is born. Confidentiality is 100%, as only those who submit the names know who they are. It has become the first tefilla list were every name that came off the list would be for a very good reason (our first name was taken off last week after the birth of a baby girl). You are requested to update us when a name can be taken off the list, so that we can all share in the good news.

This is a worthwhile project, and we would truly appreciate your assistance and involvement. Please forward this e-mail to any and all friends and acquaintances you feel may be interested.

Saturday, July 09, 2005


Several members of the Central Queens, NY Jewish community have taken upon themselves to offer an incentive for people to make shidduchim of single women from Central Queens. The committee is offering a $2,000 gift to the shadchan of a woman from this area.
For details of this program log on to

Friday, July 08, 2005

Heartsaver CPR and AED Course

Congregation Ahavat Yisrael is excited to offer our shul members the opportunity to take a "HEART SAVER" course.

This course is designed to certify (or re-certify) those interested in Adult CPR (Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation) and AED (Automatic External Defibrillator). Upon completion of the course, participants will receive certification from the American Heart Association.


DATE---- Monday, July 18, 2005
TIME---- 7:00-10:00 p.m.

CLASS SIZE IS LIMITED, so if you're interested, please be sure to respond QUICKLY to Danny or Tzirel Goldschmiedt, either by phone (718-263-6456) or e-mail (

Monday, July 04, 2005

R' Yechezkel Rosenberg on Beracha Semucha L'Chaverta

R' Yechezkel Rosenberg prepared another great shiur/learning program on Beracha Semucha L'Chaverta which gave us a deeper understanding of the format of Sheva Berachos and Birchos HaTorah.

If you don't already have a Sunday morning learning program, or if your normal plans are cancelled, please join us. You can pick up any week even if you have never joined us before.

If you want to listen to the shiur on mp3, here it is.