Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Slate and Elections Membership Meeting Motza'ei Shabbos June 11, 2005, at 10:15 PM

Elections Membership Meeting
Motza'ei Shabbos
June 11, 2005, at 10:15 PM

The following slate has been nominated:
Leon Stern - President
Ronnie Schlanger - Vice President
Elliott Friedman - Treasurer
Chaim Pearl - Secretary

Michael Salzbank - Gabbai Rishon
Avrumie Kahn - Gabbai Sheni

Board Members
Yisroel Benedek (Past President)
Harvey Blitz
Mark Frankel
Danny Goldschmiedt
Martin Katz
Cynthia Levin
Yoni Platovsky
Yechezkel Rosenberg
Simcha Shapiro

Nominating Committee
Mark Kutner Chairman
Chaim Cohen
Mark Frankel
Irwin Nathan
Yossi Orbach

Windows 5765, A Family Chinese Auction, this Sunday, June 5 at 5:30 PM at the newly expanded New York Hall of Science

Windows 5765, A Family Chinese Auction, will be held this Sunday, June 5 at 5:30 PM at the newly expanded New York Hall of Science. This is a very special Chinese Auction with a difference. The entire family is invited to enjoy the exhibits at the Hall of Science including the outdoor science playground and the newly refurbished Rocket Park. A delicious dinner buffet from Dougie’s Barbeque along with other treats will be served. Of course, the opportunity to win fantastic prizes, including the grand prize choice of cars or $18,000, completes the evening as a wonderful family adventure.

This exciting event is brought to you by Torah Academy for Girls, the Bais Yaakov of Long Island. T.A.G., as it is better known, is renowned as one of the finest girls’ schools in North America. Its 1065 students include girls from all parts of the country. Every one of them benefits from a superior academic program; from nursery, to kindergarten, to elementary school, to high school.

Admission to this event is just eighteen dollars per adult and five dollars per child. Each paid adult admission receives a bonus eighteen dollar ticket. Bonus ticket packages are available and extra bonus tickets are given for all paid orders received by June 2. In addition, all pre-paid orders of two hundred dollars or more receive two free adult admissions. T.A.G. would love to see you at the Hall of Science, but you need not be present in order to win. Don’t miss your “window” of opportunity to win fabulous prizes and to enjoy an affordable evening out with your family.

For more information, please call (718) 471-8444.

R’ Moshe Schwerd on Kabbalas HaTorah and the Uniqueness of the Jewish Calendaric Day

R’ Moshe Schwerd will be giving a shiur on

"Kabbalas HaTorah and the Uniqueness of the Jewish Calendaric Day”

Shabbos Parshas BaMidbar, June 4th, 20056:20 PM (after Minchah)

Sunday, May 29, 2005

The Achronic Conclusion to What is Zimun

R' Yechezkel Rosenberg tooks us to the Achronic and Poskic conclusion of what is zimum. Take 15 minutes and check it out.

New Sugya starts next week.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

To Do - Call Your Congressman in Support of Non Public School Tax Credit

FROM: Rabbi Labish Becker, Associate Executive Vice President

Mordechai Biser, Esq., Associate General Counsel

RE: Legislative proposal TO ASSIST YESHIVOS

We're all concerned about the high cost of yeshiva tuition, and the difficulty many needy parents have with paying full tuition for their children's education.

There is now a bill in the New York State Legislature, drafted in part by Agudath Israel of America, that could bring financial relief for many families with children in yeshiva elementary and high schools. The bill would, among other things, give a 50% tax credit to individuals and companies contributing to scholarship funds for students in nonpublic schools. (A tax credit, unlike a deduction, is a direct reduction in one's tax bill. In other words, if a taxpayer donates $500 to a scholarship fund, he will be able to subtract $250 from the taxes he owes the state.)

The bottom line is that if the bill is enacted, it would significantly encourage private sector contributions to scholarship funds for students in yeshivos and other nonpublic schools. This could potentially provide needy families in our community with a source of much-needed scholarship assistance. Somewhat similar programs in Pennsylvania and Arizona have brought millions of dollars in private contributions into scholarship funds, enabling many nonpublic school students to receive significant tuition assistance.

We need your help to get this bill passed. Please take a moment now to call your Assemblymember and State Senator. Urge them to sign on as sponsors of the educational tax incentives act and to vote for its passage.

1. To be connected to your Assemblymember (or if you don't know who your Assemblymember is), call the Assembly information office at 518-455-4218. Be prepared to give your name and address, and leave a message with whomever you can if you can't get to speak with your Assemblymember directly. Tell your Assemblymember to sponsor and vote for Assembly bill A. 6145-b.

2. To be connected to your State Senator, or if you don't know who your State Senator is, call the Senate information office at 518-455-3216. Tell your State Senator to sponsor and vote for Senate bill S. 3101-b.

These two very short phone calls could help bring much-needed financial relief to families and schools in our community.

Please then pass this e-mail along to as many friends as you can who are likely to make similar calls. Many thanks.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

New OU Site - Shul Talk

The OU has a new subsite called Shul Talk, a virtual message board for inter-shul dialogue. It looks promising.

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Shavuos Program Notes

We are planning on changing some of the Shavuos Program Shiurim to the format of the highly successful Sunday Morning Chavrusa program. We will learn two sugyas with about 1 hour of chavrusa preparation followed by a 40 minute shiur, for each sugya. There will also be a Daf Yomi shiur, a special shiur for boys and a women's shiur in somebody's home. Stay tuned for further details.

What is Zimum - Part 3 - mp3

R' Yechezkel Rosenberg's continues his terrific exploration on What is Zimun. Here is the overview of the sugya to date and here is today's shiur.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Women's Shiur This Shabbos - Rabbi Tzvi Lew on "The Torah View Towards Animals"

Rabbi Tzvi Lew

"The Torah View Towards Animals"

Parshas Behar Shabbos - May 21, 2005 - 4:30 PM

In the Shul

Avigayil and Sammy Straus Invite Everyone to a Big Kiddush this Shabbos

Avigayil and Sammy Straus invite everyone to a big kiddush this Shabbos in honor of Avigayil's new Hebrew Name.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Sharing Shabbos Meals Underway

The Sharing Shabbos Meals initiative is underway with the first meals scheduled to take place this Shabbos. The meals will take place over the next 3-5 weeks with most members scheduled to have meals with three other members. If you still want to join we will try to accomodate you.

Rabbi Avraham Schechter on Pirkei Avos

Rabbi Avraham Schechter will be giving the Pirkei Avos shiur this Shabbos, Parshas Behar at 8:30 PM in the Shul.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Rabbi Welcher - Davening Mincha on Erev Shabbos mp3

Here is the latest mp3 from Rabbi Welcher titled Zmanim for Mincha on Erev Shabbos.

Update: Link has been fixed. (Computers can be so picky sometimes.)

R' Yechezkel Rosenberg - What is Zimun mp3 - Part 1 and 2

Here are the most recent shiurim from the Sunday morning program given by R Yechezkel Rosenberg's What is zimun - Part 1
and What is zimun - Part 2.

Rabbi Welcher's Shiur on Tuesday 5/17 - Halachos of Z'manim for T'filah

Rabbi Welchers will be giving a Shiur on Tuesday 5/17 at 8:30 PM titled "Halachos of Z'manim for T'filah".

Thursday, May 12, 2005

More Pictures of Welcher Wedding

More pictures of the Welcher Wedding at Only Simchas.

Rabbi Hershel Solnica on Pirkei Avos

Rabbi Hershel Solnica will be giving this week's shiur on Pirkei Avos at 8:25 PM in the Shul.

Kashrus Alerts

Kashrut.com has information concerning the the following products or companies:

Kashrus alert concerning Spring Valley Potato Blintzes
Kashrus alert concerning Los Amigos (Atlanta, GA) corn or flour tortillas and tacos
Nut allergy alert concerning Edwards Oreo Singles 2pack Frozen Pie Slices
Kashrus alert concerning Traveler’s Select label. Fiesta Mix and Yogurt Pretzels
Kashrus alert concerning El Burrito Mercado Pork Flavored Tamales
Kashrus alert concerning Lay's Ketchup Potato Chips
Kashrus alert concerning products of Toritto Cakery, COR 714

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Sharing Shabbos Meals

We will be contacting the coordinators today and tomorrow with the people in their group. The other participants will be contacted by the coordinators. Since it is already Wednesday, it might be a little late for this Shabbos for most people.

It was a little difficult putting the groups together so bear with us if you know some of the people in your group. Think of if from the perspective of the last time you shared a meal with them.

Monday, May 09, 2005

First Picture of the Chasanah

The Welcher Family

Live From LA

We're here in LA. The flight went smooth. The Welcher's are doing well and they're taking some pictures in the lobby. I'm going to try and upload some pictures.

Baby Mazel Tov's

Mazel tov to the following shul members on the occasions of the births of their grandchildren:

Batya and Zvi Fishman on the birth of a granddaughter

Evelyn and Stanley Ocken on the birth of a grandson

Sherry and Joel Rada on the birth of a granddaughter

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Sharing Shabbos Meals

We are in the process of finalizing the intial groups for the Sharing Shabbos Meals programs and you should be contacted in the upcoming week. Thanks to the 44 families who are already participating. Although it is way past the deadline, if you grovel and beg a little bit we'll probably let you in - or you can wait for the next round.

Pirkei Avos Resumes

Our weekly Pirkei Avos shiur resumes this week with R' Haber giving the kickoff shiur on Shabbos at 8:15 PM.

Bagels and Berachos this Sunday Morning

Our normal Sunday schedule will resume this week with the addition of a Siyum for Mesechta Berachos. Here is the schedule.

Daf Yomi - R' Schwerd - 7:00
Shacharis - 8:00
Siyum for Berachos - 8:45
Hadran/Mezuman - 8:55
Shiur on a Sugya in Mesechta Berachos - R'Haber - 9:00
Chavrusa/Shiur in the Seventh Perek of Berachos - R' Rosenberg - 9:30

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Group Ads for Shul Honorees

Shari and Steve Weiss are being honored by Mesivta Ateres Yaakov. The deadline for ads is May 10. To participate in the group ad e-mail or call The Reisbaums. Home phone number 718-544-6281 and e-mail address is rofeigav -at- aol.com

Meira and Mark Kutner are being honored by Mesivta Chafetz Chaim (Rabbinical Seminary HS). The dinner is scheduled for June 2. To participate in the group ad call or e-mail Ellen and Chaim Cohen. Home phone # is 718-969-2291 . E-mail address for Chaim is chocgal-at- aol.com

Adina Estersohn will be honored by YTM. The deadline for ads is May 8th. The dinner is scheduled for May 22. To participate in a group ad call or e-mail The Sterns. E-mail address is lsternfamily -at- earthlink.com and phone number is 718-575-0801

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

New Plag HaMincha Davening Times

Since we just finished learning Berachos, we wanted to accomodate both the opinions of the Rabbis and R'Yehudah regarding the proper time to daven Mincha - so we have added a Plag HaMincha minyan through Shavous. (Note: That is not exactly the real reason)

Erev Shabbos Mincha Davening Times


Monday, May 02, 2005

Last Call for Sharing Shabbos Meals Initiative

As was mentioned previously, the response to the Shabbos Meals Initiative has been fantastic. We will be grouping the participants this week, so please get your forms in by Tuesday.

The link for the letter and for is here.

Last Call For Travel Arrangements for Chaim Eli's Wedding

If you are going to Chaim Eli's wedding and are coming in to LAX on AA Flight 3 or leaving LAX on AA Flight 30 and need transaportation to or from the airport, please contact Mark Frankel by Tuesday evening.