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Parsha and  Chanukah by the Rivk


Parsha Meekaitz= in the end…  And Chanukkah insights

So Joseph gets sold to Egypt by his brothers, put into servitude, and  eventually  he’s jailed for “supposedly” starting up with his master’s wifeIn reality , she resented his resisting.  In jail, h he interprets dreams for two of the king’s servents .

As we start this week’s chapter- the king has his own 2 dreams. No one interprets it to the king’s satisfaction- till Joseph comes along. Joseph  predicts seven years of plenty followed by seven years of famine.  The king putsJoseph  in charge of planning for it all.

Joseph goes from being a  “no one” to a “big someone! His brothers eventually have to come down to Egypt for food and with time Joseph reveals himself to them.

Joseph’s two dreams, where  he told his brother he would rule over them , have come true.  They are all loving to him and he winds up  saving his family from starvation.

There was a reason for everything!  If we can find a way to view all the hardships and challenges we are confronted with, as part of a grand scheme, perhaps we too will be lucky enough to see why everything happened the way it does.

So- why did the Torah use the word “Meekaitz” (41:1)= “in the end” fto represent the “end” of two years of Joseph waiting in jail to be remembered I. It as not the end? It was only after two years of his life?

There is a lesson here-

1. Sometimes we think it’s the end, we feel we are at wits end, and then- voila-things can turn around! 

The feeling that  it’s the  end is in our heads!

Joseph has two sons in this parsha.

He named the first “Menashe” saying he did this  because “G-d made me forget my hardship and all my fathers house.”

He names the second “Ephraim” saying “G-d made me fruitful in the land of my suffering.” (41:51)

Here’s two points of why Joseph is a great role model for us and similar to the choshmonaim who merited the miracle of Chanukah.

Joseph did not use Egyptian names, he used Hebrew names. He stuck to his roots in Egypt as bleded and assimilated as he was.

He claimed –with name one-G-d let him “forget his hardships” yet with name two he said G-d made him ‘fruitful in the land of my suffering”. G-d  let him forget  his suffering but he did not let himself forget that as successful, and productive as he was, he was still not at home with his own people , and therefore  he was still suffering. He held on to (?) and valued his Judaism when he was alone in Egypt.

The Choshmonaim of Chanukah also recognized, as great as the Greek wisdom was, it lacked the spiritual element that makes living meaningful- “purpose” that G-d gives life. The Choshmonaim= the Maccabbee fighters  wanted to hold on to their connection to their Jewish roots just as Joseph did.

The dreams Joseph had, those he intrepreted for others, demonstrate that life exists on many levels. What we see is not always the whole story..

Dare to dream…!

Channukah has hidden light….

We live in a world of uncertainty, sort of semi darkness. we are often struggling -we do not have all the answers, and the world holds many questions for us. The instrument that Gd gave us to enlighten us was - the Torah. The Greeks came along with much knowledge and insight.  But, where they went wrong was closing access to the deeper channels that only Gd could reveal.   We want access to those answers and luckily so did the choshmonaim (= Jews who did not get caught up with the Greek philosophy exclusively).


We are taught that the light of clarity and true knowledge was here the first 36 hours of creation (Chagiga 12a). Then man sinned and Gd whisked it away and buried it deep in the Torah. The month of Chanukah, kis Laiv- is made of two word parts- one meaning hidden, the other equaling 36. This also hints at the 36 hours of light taken away after creation is hidden in this month.  In the days of     mashiach /messiah that light will be externalized again.


The Choshmonim fought to preserve the Torah knowledge that had a channel to truth. Their reward was a little bit of that clarity represented through the miracle of finding the light of the oil. Each year some of that hidden light is revealed to us on Chanukah.  So don't delay - use it now while it's here -to figure out as much stuff as you can!!  You've got a full eight days.


There you have it -the name Chanukah with the root chinuch meaning, education and preparation is a time of extra understanding ...and preparation for the ultimate light of seeing things as they truly are.      (In fact look at the word mashiach spelled Mem, Shin, Yud, Chet hinting- Madleekin, Shimonah, Yimay, Chanukah = Hidden in the lights of Chanukah is the clarifying light of mashiac/messiah and we get some of that light for the eight days.)


So enjoy, embrace, and become enlightened on Chanukah.


 Rivki Rosenwald is a certified relationship counselor, and career and life coach. She can be contacted at 917-705-2004 or


Maximizing Your One Shot at Life 
How to create the life you want.


Steven Sotloff, the Jewish freelance journalist who was decapitated by ISIS, sent us all a message leading up to Rosh Hashanah. In a letter smuggled out by a former cellmate in May, he penned his thoughts to his family. A cousin read his words to the 1,000 mourners who attended the memorial service in Pinecrest, Florida.

“Live your life to the fullest… Everyone has two lives. The second one begins when you realize you only have one.”

 It is time to take stock, to recognize that we have only one life and need to make each day count.

Spiritual Check-Up

Elul, the Hebrew month leading up to Rosh Hashanah, is a time set aside for spiritual self-examination. We scrutinize our values. We think about the way we treat others, speak to both strangers and family, and whether we have lived with a compassionate heart. We ask ourselves if we have set aside real time to forge a relationship with our Creator. The ultimate question of ‘who am I’ and ‘how is this world better because I am present’ is pondered by taking a long, hard look within.

Sometimes we come up deficient. It is painful to confront the image that stands before us in the mirror. We cannot believe how bitter or negative we have become. Scenes from the past year that were buried away now pop up and we are troubled by the tones we used or words that were said.

This past summer, I had the joy of having my daughter and her family spend a few weeks with us in our Long Island home. They live in Israel and everything was new and exciting to the children. As I was taking my 6-year-old granddaughter out to the main avenue in town, I knew that she would be meeting many people for the very first time. I explained to her the importance of saying hello with a smile.

“Bubby, I think that some people are allergic to a smile. Do you think so too?” she asked.

I had to laugh but realized that there was much truth in this child’s observation. Time passes, we become jaded. We forget how to smile and appreciate daily moments of joy. A critical eye strips us of seeing life as a blessing. We complain, we blame, we whine, we point fingers, we judge, and we bring negative energy into our homes. We rush our kids along so that we can finally have some quiet, not realizing that we are missing out on life’s sweetest moments. If we are serious about making this world better, the place to begin is within ourselves.

What is the secret to successful change?

Mindfulness is the first step. Become aware of your daily interactions. Are most of your conversations putting others down, sarcastic responses, or impatient retorts? Have you become more connected to your iPhone than to the people in your life who need you most? When was the last time you shared a word of appreciation or encouragement-especially to your family?

If we are brutally honest with ourselves, we may feel shame with the way we have acted – screaming at the kids, overblown anger at our spouse, being a source of malicious gossip that hurt others and sullied our souls. Some of us made wrong decisions that caused incredible pain. As long as we keep rationalizing our bad behavior we will never confront ourselves.

Step 2 requires a sense of embarrassment that propels us to take action.

Instead of just living with self-humiliation or rationalizing our bad behavior, this is the point where we can make real change happen. We take the discomfort and use the emotion as a positive energy to embark upon a new path. Life is about asking ourselves how can I take this moment and create a better me. What must I do right now so that I won’t remain nursing my wounds and bitter regrets? Let’s think about our triggers. Making a plan on how to react next time we are faced with a frustrating personality or situation will help us recalibrate.

Transforming oneself can be a most difficult challenge. Sometimes we change because we want to grow, other times we don’t really want to change but we recognize that we must. Either way, if we take our passion to create the life we want, we have the ability to rejuvenate ourselves. A spiritual makeover keeps us moving forward. Stagnation leads to depression of the soul.

Keep Climbing

The best way to reach new heights is to make a plan and keep on climbing. And while we climb we will probably fall. Don’t be afraid of failure. Of course there will be times that we will still yell, share some juicy gossip, or seem uncaring to our spouse. This doesn’t mean that we should give up or that our attempts to be better were for naught. Tomorrow is another day and another opportunity for change. We will not completely alter ourselves overnight. God who created us knows this and is most patient with us, His children. He wants to see that we are not callous and indifferent. Every parent desires a connection with his child. When we turn towards God and attempt to better ourselves, we are expressing our desire to reconnect with our Father. We are displaying the value we place on the gift of soul that we have been given.

These are days of reconciliation between us and God. Take a few moments, right now, and make a decision that will transform your life. Embrace your ability to change. Choose a kindness a day, one less hurtful response, one more smile when you feel depleted and want to scream, one more mitzvah that stretches your heart and soul. We have only one life. Start living it now.



This Harmony Or Diss Harmony

Rivki D. Rosenwald Esq., CLC, SDS 

Harmony or disharmony –which is the natural state?

We always want to return to a state of harmony, peace, getting along- as if that’s the status quo?

Where’d we get that from?

Just look at the Bible- brother against brother right from the very start!

Even Adam and Eve- the first people ever- were at their best when they were unaware of one another, back to back- neither made trouble for the other. The minute G-d allowed them to confront each other-bam-Eve got them kicked right out of the Garden of Eden.

Take Jacob and Essau. They couldn’t even wait till they exited the womb before their rivalry began in full force. These two brothers were ‘at it’ the second they shared a bed “womb”!

So maybe the question is not how do we get back to a state of harmony, but rather is there ever a state of harmony at all?!

-          Couples are divorcing faster than people are getting responses to their shidduch resumes

-          Policemen, supposedly the symbol of control and safety, are to be feared and avoided, while criminals are to be catered to and handled with TLC.

-          The Jewish state- the one supposedly safe haven for Jews- is controlled by every faction and nation other than a Jewish one. And, intermittently, when control falls within the Jewish ranks- can anyone say harmony prevails?

Harmony may be a fantasy!

Or- it may work like this. There is a constant song going on, called “life”. Sometimes it’s off tune, and sometimes it’s melodic. Often it takes effort just to get to a melodic sound rather than living in cacophony.

But harmony is a secondary more advanced movement. It takes focused energy to respond to the music of life with a voice that blends and enriches the state of affairs. If the music it is responding to is completely out of whack, inevitably the harmony will be out of whack as well. And disharmony will result.

And even if the music is quite lovely but the harmonizer is off tune- there could still be disharmony.

So healthy harmony only results when the two parts- or parties- are working together in a constructive balanced way.

Harmony is not a fantasy- but it certainly is either one of two things:

1.  A blessing that just happens!

2. Or more often, an arduous, often elusive, program to keep things on track.

So here’s the bottom line:

Blessings are something we just can’t control; therefore, if we notice that we are blessed, we should be thankful! 

If however, harmony is elusive - we need to pray, especially if seems far from us.  We also need to lobby for it, if it’s at all in our power, and always, we need to put effort into try and find it ,  if we can.

That is, the only way disharmony may give way and no longer “diss” harmony!

Rivki Rosenwald is a certified relationship counselor, and career and life coach. She can be contacted at 917-705-2004 or<



Calling Parents by their First Names 
Is it friendship or disrespect?


Hayden Mathais, a blond eighth grader taps the FaceTime icon on her phone and says, “Oh, hey Dave” to the face on her screen. The Wall Street journalist interviewing her wonders if Dave is her boyfriend or biology partner. It turns out he’s Hayden’s 47-year-old father.

Hayden isn’t the only one who has abandoned the traditional Mom and Dad title in favor of calling their parents by their names.

Therapists analyzing why this is happening respond that some parents have given up the feeling of authority in their homes while others are being mocked by their sons and daughters in a culture filled with sarcasm. Using first names and saying “Good going, Michael” or “Great driving, Laura” creates an atmosphere of cynicism and makes a child feel powerful. One 23-year-old interviewed calls out “Good boy, Jay” to her venture capitalist father when he lands a great parking spot or answers a question about a rock band correctly. She’s been calling her parents by their first names since she was 17. “In our house, we kids kind of run the show. I guess it has something to do with that.”

Teens have always tested boundaries, but in today’s world our children have grown up with moms and dads who want to be their BFF’s. Hoping to develop a relationship where children like us even on Facebook has created an environment of overly permissive parenting. Acting like a father or mother forces us to curtail unwelcome behaviors and impose unwanted limits. It’s wearying and not always fun. Many parents would rather be buddies and not deal with the discipline and consequences. We also have a disdain for ‘growing old’ and feeling old. We don’t want to look older, act older or even seem older. If kids call us by our first names we somehow feel as if we are young and ignore the feelings of approaching middle age.

A Jewish Response

How should we respond to this type of behavior?

Honor and respect are basic foundations of family life. As parents we are responsible for setting standards of behavior in our home. Some behaviors are acceptable and others are never even up for discussion. We call this ‘derech eretz’ – a spiritual standard of living. We establish a fundamental quality of life by which we exist. Derech Eretz has guided us through the centuries and never becomes old fashioned or outdated. “Honor your father and mother” never goes out of style.

In a culture that invites disrespect, how can we create a home that embodies good character, ethics, and a strong sense of values?

Judaism has given us tools and guidelines to help us create an atmosphere of respect. It is up to us to take the lead and make sure we teach our children that this is how we live. According to Jewish law children cannot call parents or grandparents by their first name. Period.

It is considered simply unacceptable. So is sitting in a parent’s chair without permission, saying ‘No!” and walking out on a parent, or taking parent’s clothing and money without asking and just assuming it’s okay. Our children need to honor us. Not because we crave admiration or obedience. But rather because respect is a crucial ingredient as we parent our children, transmit our values, teach discipline and consequences, and create a legacy to live by. When children honor their parents they are accepting us as their life guides.

Dad! Dad! Dave!

The WSJ article gives the reason why Hayden calls her father Dave. It was not a power struggle, test of authority, or desire for friendship. All this eighth grader wanted was to catch her father’s attention. “He honestly doesn’t answer to Dad,” she explains. “I say ‘Dad, Dad, Dad, Dad,’ and then I say ’Dave’ and he pops up. Now I can’t help it.” Hayden gives a picture of her home life. She relates that her father is “extremely busy,” adding that he often travels for work and spends his weekend’s home trying to juggle his three children’s sports activities. Dave acknowledges that he is a distracted dad. He is also content with his daughter’s first name basis. “I’m just glad she can get through to me” is the way this father sees the situation.

I see it as sad.

Have we come to the point that the only way a child can reach her distracted father is by calling his name? Does hearing the word ‘Dad’ not even mean anything?

I am reminded of the following story:

A 9-year-old child met his father at the door one evening as he returned from work. He asked him how much he makes an hour.

“What kind of crazy question is that?”

The child persisted and would not give up; he was sent to his room.

After some time, Mom and Dad knocked on their son’s door. They found him sobbing silently on his pillow. His mother stroked his sweaty forehead while his father sat beside him and tried to figure out what happened.

The child took a deep breath.

“Daddy, I never see you or talk to you anymore….I thought if maybe you could tell me how much you get in an hour….”

The boy pointed to an emptied piggy bank on his night table. “I just thought I could pay you for an hour of your time.”

Mom and Dad looked at each other and turned away in shame.

We need to get in touch with what matters most. Our mission is to create a home built on genuine love, respect, honor and dignity –and to know that we cannot do this by lowering our standards of parenting and trying to be best buddies. Rather, we connect through giving our time, our listening ear and establishing the spiritual standards of living that teach children the true definition of parenting.



But It’s An Emergency!

 Rivki D. Rosenwald Esq., CLC, SDS 

Here I am sitting in an emergency room wondering what I'm doing here. It's kind of the last place anyone wants to be!

At least when you're at your doctor's office you have a chance of being seen - in the next hour!!! Also worst case, you can always leave and go back home. Because you’re not stranded off of some random highway, in the middle of who knows where, in a slow moving room called Emergency. 

But the only sense of emergency you feel is to seize your phone and call 911 or Hatzalah to get some help sooner.

What moment of insanity made me come here I'll never know- I should have gone to a psychiatrist instead!!   

If you can possibly find a local doctor willing to check out your ailment always go for it. Just sitting among the other people waiting in the waiting area can make you sick.

Now, I know, there are certain times the hospital is where you want to head.  But I'm discussing those random times you're not feeling well and the doctor says- “so go to the emergency room”.

I'm giving you my diagnosis in that case- Don't listen, don't go!   The sickness can run its course - before you’ll ever be seen! In fact your child can graduate medical school and have you in for an appointment -before you'll be seen in the ER.

Medicare, Obamacare, it's hard to find a person to Care!  And that's what you need most when you’re not feeling well.

- The first question they ask is - Are you covered?    How can you be? They just dragged you out of bed to come here- that's when you were covered!
-Are you feeling uncomfortable? Well wouldn't anyone be -half naked, sitting in disheveled clothing, splayed out among a bunch of strangers. 
- And what brought you here today? -Memory loss, of course! I totally forgot what torture it is sitting here just waiting to be seen!

So what should you do when you’re feeling under the weather, in some inexplicable way- and a Dr. doesn't have hours?  Truthfully, I'm just sitting here wondering the same thing.

First start with a risk reward analysis. What's the down side of waiting?  ......even a month - before going. Then, if you still  feel you need to go quickly  -pack - everything you can get your hands on -food , games, books ,and of course all your chargers! You may be checked in relatively quickly but after that you’re pretty much on your own. If you don't bring reinforcements -you may just die of boredom while waiting to be cured.

If you want the best advice - start getting friendly with every type of Dr. that you can think of.  Then give them "your" cell number -"just in case they ever need anything at all"!!!  And as a concerned friend, have them call your phone - to make sure they put your number in correctly.  Terrific, now you have their cell number!!!!   Keep following that up by having them over as often as possible or by sending them gifts every chance you get.

Best case, you'll never need anything from them -but their friendship. But if you do, and you were a good friend, here's betting the only ER you’ll have to visit voluntarily is - Entering their Residence!!!

Of course another choice is to just be a great friend to everyone you meet. Hopefully, then they’ll all be there for you in an emergency! 

Rivki Rosenwald is a certified relationship counselor, and career and life coach. She can be contacted at 917-705-2004 or<


John Galliano, Hear My Voice 

by Slovie Jungreis-Wolff 
A message to the designer who was fired for his anti-Semitic rant and just lost his case for unfair dismissal.


In March 2011, John Galliano, the flamboyant Dior designer, was captured on a cell phone video hurling ugly anti-Semitic abuse at customers in a bar in Paris's historic Jewish quarter. The Dior fashion house subsequently fired him for his anti-Semitic rant.

In September 2011 he was found guilty of lashing out anti-Semitic insults in public on two separate occasions. Under French law this is an offense. The court accepted his explanation that he was out of control because of alcohol and drugs; he apologized for his behavior. He received suspended fines instead of six months in jail. After two years of silence, Galliano spoke to Vanity Fair and said "It's the worst thing I have said in my life, but I didn't mean it. I have been trying to find out why that anger was directed at this race. I now realize I was so *** angry and so discontent with myself that I just said the most spiteful thing I could."

Until his downfall the renowned designer had worked for Dior for almost 15 years. He sued Dior for unfair dismissal, making a claim for $3 million to $16 million, dependent on the court's ruling. This week British designer lost his case and was ordered to pay a symbolic one euro each to Dior and the John Galliano label. His lawyer is recommending that the designer appeal.

Watch the cell phone video. You will see a sneering drunk man laughing as he says "I love Hitler." He also says "people like you would be dead. Your mother's, your forefathers would all be ***gassed."

I never did hear the designer's explanation for "Why that anger was directed at this race." It does not really matter. His words cannot be justified. Drunkenness may never be an excuse for spewing hatred. We cannot rationalize anti-Semitism; not today and not ever.

There is one statement, though, that I do agree with. Logically I should not be here. John Galliano is right. My father, my mother, my grandfather and grandmother would have all been gassed. Through the grace of G-d they somehow walked through the valley of death. As the heavy smoke of the crematoria blackened the sky and the stench of death filled the air, my parents and grandparents triumphed. They lived. And I was born upon the ashes of the holocaust.

John Galliano, there are too many in this world that share the sentiments of your drunken outburst and live with hatred in their hearts. They spit venom and scream that we should go back to the ovens. They plot terror and murder the innocent. They promise to push us into the sea.

To all of you I say: hear my voice. Listen to me, to my brothers and my sisters. 

We speak for those who cannot. We cry out for our cousins, our aunts and uncles, and the beautiful babies held by our bubbies and zaydies. They marched to their death with the Shema on their lips. Today we say our Shema for them. We carry their names and live so that their memory will never be forgotten. We will not be silent. Their blood cries out from the ground.

Our Temple has been destroyed. We were taken from our land; exiled for 2, 000 years. We have suffered through pogroms, crusades, inquisition, persecution and holocaust. We walked as the living dead, desolate, having witnessed man descend to the abyss of evil. But we were granted life once again and we are here. Am Yisrael Chai - the Jewish nation lives. Hope beats in our hearts; the spark in our soul has been reignited.

When my son was born, my father shared with us the story of his brother's son, Akiva. He had been taken away right before his Bar Mitzvah. My father never saw him again. He lost not only his sweet nephew but also his parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews and cousins. An entire world went up in flames. We named our child Akiva and added the name Chaim - for life.

The day of my son's Bar Mitzvah he stood before a room filled with family and friends. He spoke about the cousin whose name he shared. Akiva - the young boy he never knew but whose presence hovered from above since the day my son came into this world.

"I dedicate my Bar Mitzvah to the memory of my cousin, Akiva Halevi Jungreis, who died Al Kiddush Hashem, sanctifying the name of God. And to the thousands of Bar Mitzvah boys whose voices of Torah were cut off in their childhood." My son concluded: "They were swifter than eagles and stronger than lions to fulfill the will of their Creator."

Our sons and daughters are keeping the vibrancy of Judaism and the Jewish people alive. They study our holy Torah, kindle the lights of the menorah, sing the songs of Shabbos and fill the study halls with the sounds of the Aleph-Bet. Emerging from a world that was broken in both body and spirit, we have been granted the privilege to rebuild. Every Jewish child born is our way of telling the John Galliano's of the world that we cling to our faith. It is a faith in God's promise that despite the darkness, we will never be forsaken. Hear our voice loud and clear.




in memory of Malka Feiga bat Nosson 

Inspired by Tzipora Harris


 “Please G-d, let me partner with You and go beyond my constrictions to a place of expansiveness. Everything that happens is part of Your perfect training & development program for me. Help me respond in the most noble way- help me judge favorably, have compassion, let go of having to be in control and give it over to You, G-d. Please bless me with an amazing year of walking with YOU.”

1.      G-D, You have an incredible vision for all of humanity and for me. I want to fulfill Your vision of greatness for me more and more. Please show me what I most need to see gently.

2. I want to recognize the gifts in my life and see the totality of the life You gave me, the blessings and the challenges, as an expression of Your love. Please fill my heart with gratitude.

3. I want to transcend my greatest obstacles to fulfill Your vision for me. Please help me partner with You and go from a place of constraints to a place of expansiveness.

4. Please bless me with all the resources I need to fulfill Your vision for me. (health, clarity, relationships,  a job, place to live etc.)

5. I want to make You King by living myself more according to Your Definition of reality and Your instructions for living. Please guide me.

6. I resolve that I want to be connected to You, G-D, as the source of my wellbeing in life. And not rely on ANYTHING or ANYONE else. Please help me remember that no one else has power.

7. I resolve that this moment is the dawn of a new era in my life.

I stand before You, the Creator of the Universe, my loving Father, I look at the Rosh Hashanah prayer and of course I want to be connected to You as the source of all life, and be the beautiful person You created me to be; I definitely don’t want any of the mistaken choices of the past to stand in the way.  Please help me repair whatever needs fixing.  I want this year to be greater than any year I’ve ever had and I want to be a bigger person than I’ve ever been. Not just for my own sake but for the Jewish people and humanity. Please help me ask for the right things and help me understand Your loving answers.

I want today to be the dawn of a new era in my life.

G-d, You know what I’m facing inside and outside, please help me. “ 

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Daily/Weekly Jewish Women's Groups





If you would like to speak, host or receive emails please contact:

Chana Epstein- 295-2537,

Chana Bienstock-569-4077 or Marcia Behar 374-0741-



If you would like to speak, host or receive emails please contact:Chana Bienstock-569-4077-

Marcia Behar 374-0741-Chana Epstein- 295-2537

A Kesivah V’chasima Tova 5774/2013-14



Jan 4/3 Shvat–Bo- Zev and Yola Ash, 413 Marlborough Rd., Ced

Jan 11/10 Shvat-Beshalach-Yossi and Elaine Farber, 333 Buckingham Ct., Ced

Jan 18/17 Shvat–Yitro-Elliot and Miriam Safer, 390 Arbuckle Ave., Ced

Jan 25/24 Shvat-Mishpatim-.Chaim and Rina Halbfinger, 324 Buckingham, Ced

Feb 1/1Adar I-Terumah-Alan and Shuly  Rubel 254 Oakwood Ave. Ced

Feb 8/8 Adar I-Tetzaveh- Robert and Esti Levinson,  444 Argyle Rd., Ced

Feb 15/15 Adar I- KiTisa- Don and Hedi Well, 484 Argyle Rd., Ced

Feb 22/22 Adar I- Vayachel-Chaim and Michelle Grosser, 386 Barnard Ave., Ced

March 1/29 Adar I-Perkudei- Stuie and Tzippy Nussbaum, 508 Redwood Ced


Mar 8/6 Adar II- Vayikrah- David and Simone Greenbaum, 571 Albermale Pl., Ced

March 15/13 Adar II – Tzav- Zvi and Malky Nathan, 421 Rugby, Ced

March 22/20 Adar II- Shemini –Zev and Evy Guttman, 588 Park Ave. Ced.

March 29/27 Adar II – Tazriah –Dovid and Shoshana Kestenbaum, 366 Summit, Ced

April 5/5 Nissan – Metzorah – Yehuda and Malya Kunstler, 346 Forest Ave., Wdmr

Wishing you a kosher and fraylichen Pes

Young Israel of Lawrence-Cedarhurst

Women's Iyun Tefila Shiur















Rebbetzin Weinberger's Shiur

Rebbetzin Weinberger's shiur for women will resume on Tuesday, October 15/11 Cheshvan at 11:00 a.m. 


Ohel Sara Amen Group in memory of Sarit Marton a'h
The "Ohel Sara" Amen Group
in memory of Sarit Marton a'h
This week's shiurim and chabura schedule:
The "Ohel Sara" Amen Group
in memory of Sarit Marton a'h
cordially invites all women to attend our
Spring Learning Series. 

This week's Shiurim & Chabura  schedule
is as follows:

Sunday, May 4, 2014
9:30 AM   Chabura - Garden of Emunah
Monday, May 5, 2014
9:15 AM    Chabura - Hilchos Brachos
9:30 AM    Rabbi David Fohrman
1:00 PM    Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller - The Maharal of Prague
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
  9:15 AM   Chabura - Rav Schwab on Tefilah
10:00 AM   Rabbi Tzvi Flaum - Chumash
11:15 AM   Rabbi Tzvi Flaum - Pirke Avos
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
9:15 AM    Chabura - Rabbi Eric Coopersmith - Teleconference
1:00 PM    Mrs. Chavi Alpert - The Gra
2 Forest Lane
Lawrence, NY
Entrance on Broadway
There is no admission charge to attend any of our programs or shiurim





Sunday, March 2, 2014 - ROSH CHODESH ADAR BEIS

8:15 AM   Brachos
9:00 AM   Hallel
9:30 AM   Rabbi Yossi Wallis, CEO of Arachim


Monday, March 3, 2014 - ROSH CHODESH ADAR BEIS

8:15 AM   Brachos
9:00 AM   Hallel
9:30 AM   Rabbi Dani Staum





Rabbi Fohrman's Shiur- New Time

Rabbi David Forhrman's Genesis Unveiled series resumes this Saturday evening, February 8th. Please note the new time of 7:15pm.


The AIPAC program, From Woodmere to Washington will follow the class at 8:30pm. 



Esti Stahler

Parshat Tzav

Parshat Vayishlach

Parshat Lech Lichah

Parshat Noach 2012 


Parshat Breishit 2012, Parshat Nitzavim/Vayelech  Parshat Naso Parshat Behaalotchah Parshat Shlach



Rabbi Eytan Feiner
Rav Meir Goldvicht'halotcha.mp3'halotcha.pdf
Shira Smiles -massey-the-grand-scheme.mp3
Past Shiurim at Ohel Sara Amen Group
Second Anniversary Program 2007
Rabbi Dovid Weinberger on Sarit Marton's Yahrtzeit Dedication:
Midos, December 4, 2007

Rabbi Nissel on Tefilah, November 2007 Topic
Rebbetzin Shira Smiles, December 2007 Topic
Debbie Greenblatt, Michtav M'Eliyahu: Midat Harachamim, October 15, 2007
Debbie Greenblatt, Michtav M'Eliyahu: Midat Harachamim, October 22, 2007
Debbie Greenblatt, Michtav M'Eliyahu: Midat Harachamim, October 31, 2007
Esther Wein and Rachel Baron: Chahashemesh L'Yaakov, July 31, 2006
Esther Wein Musaf Rosh Hashanah September 6, 2006
Rabbi Mordechai Sitorsky September 2006
Rabbi Mordechai Sitorsky on Rosh Chodesh Tammuz, June 26, 2006
Rebbetzin Sara Meisels Rosh Chodesh Elul Divrei Bracha 2006
Rebbetzin Abbey Lerner Rosh Chodesh Iyar 2006
Rabbi Dovid Weinberger on thefirst of Chanukah 2007presenting the Sefer Middos
2nd Anniversary of the "Ohel Sara" Amen Group
Rebbetzin Judy Young a'h speaking at a Rosh Chodesh Elulprogram in Great Neck

Mitzvah Blessings

Sundays only at 8:15am at 386 Felter Avenue, Hewlett.
Women gather to recite and hear at least 100 morning blessings so as to fulfill the mitzvah of doing so. If you know of someone who is ill, please feel free to call and provide the group with the Hebrew name, so that those who are present may pray for him or her. Haidee Blumenthal (516)295-5431

Beryl Wein
Beryl Wein - Click here for this Week's Parshah
Local Mikvehs
Congregation Mikveh of South Shore, 1156 Peninsula Boulevard, Hewlett (516)569-5514
Hebrew Community Service Mikvah, 1121 Sage Street, Far Rockaway (718)327-9727
For Jewish Holidays Only: Aish Kodesh Mikvah. Woodmere Boulevard in Woodmere. Speak with Sandy Polansky to make a reservation. (516)459-2298
Congregation Bais Medrash. 504 West Broadway, Cedarhurst. Speak with Rebbetzin Spiegel(516)569-1971
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Hewlett Woodmere Library - 1125 Broadway, Hewlett 516-374-1967
Peninsula Public Library - 280 Central Avenue, Lawrence 516-239-3262 l
Children's Movies: Sunday at 2:00pm
Story Time: Mondays at 4:15 pm (3-5 Year Olds) - a half hour program of stories and a short film.
Book Discussions: Tuesdays at 6:30 pm (Grades 4 - 7)
Registration - January 12
Program: February 10
The Theif Lord By: Cornelia Funke
Registration - February 9
Program: March 24
To Be Announced
Toddler Time: Thursdays at 10:30am (24 - 35 months) - A lively half-hour of songs, stories, fingerplays, movement and a short film for a child accompanied by an adult.
Mother Goose: Fridays at 10:00 am (12-23 months) - Programs of songs, finger plays, nursery rhymes and board books for very young readers accompanied by a parent or caregiver.
Parent-Child Workshop: Thursdays at 10:00-11:15 (12-35 months)
A special program that encourages parents to play, sing and do finger plays with their children. Specialists in the fields of Speech and Hearing, Behavior and Development, Nutrition, and Dance/Movement are available at various sessions. Registration is required and is being accepted in the children's room.
Book Talking with Arnold Rosenbaum: Wednesdays at 1:00pm
The Defining Moment - FDR's First Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope by Jonathan Alter. January 31
Economic Problems Facing the Middle Class .Mr. Rosenbaum will present his thoughts on the socioeconomic problems facing the American middle class. March 14
If Music Be The Food of Love...Shakespeare In Love: Sunday, January 7 at 2:30pm. New York jazz vocalist Christiana Drapkin celebrates the beauty and power of William Shakespeare's poetry and presents it in lively, sometimes haunting, jazz arrangements. The songs are direct quotations from Shakespeare's plays. Tickets required.
Picasso and American Art: Monday, January 8 at 1:00 pm. Picasso is acknowledged by many as the central figure of the modern movement. Art historian Mary Vahey will examine the sometimes worshipful, sometimes testy relationship between American artists and the Picasso, the immensely inventive Spaniard.
A Rockette Remembers: Wednesday, January 17 at 1:00pm. Corliss Whitney, the honorary historian of the Rockette Alumnae, shares poignant stories about her years as a Rockette during the 40's and 50's.
Laugh Your Way to Health - Humor Therapy: Wednesday, January 24 at 1:00pm. A presentation that will focus on the latest studies that scientifically prove and explain how and why laughter IS the best medicine.
Berman Does Merman: Sunday February 4 at 2:30pm. Songs and stories celebrating Ethel Mermans brilliant career will be brought to PPL by vocalist Lisa Berman. Tickets required.
India...Exotic and Ancient Land of Contrasts: Thursday, February 8 at 1:00pm. Through lecture and slides, Sally Wendkos Olds will guide you on a journey to another world of exotic beauty and ancient splendor.
Great Lyricists and/or Poets: Wednesday, February 14 at 1:00pm. Arnie Rosenbaum will share the poetic lyrics of Ira Gershwin, Alan J. Lerner and Larry Hart. You decide if the great lyricists of the 20th century really were master poets.
Louis Comfort Tiffany and Laurelton Hall - An Artists Country Estate: Monday, March 19 at 1:00pm. Ines Powell, Metropolitan Museum of Art educator, will present an illustrated lecture which will bring together many of the architectural elements and design features of Tiffany's extraordinary country estate in Oyster Bay.