Local News Roundup


We Need Your Help!

The Chevra Kadisha of Rockland is in the midst of rectifying a huge problem for the Cohanim in the community. The 2 Jewish cemeteries on Brick Church corner Route 306 and Gates of Zion (down Saddle River rd near the NJ border) both have a significant number of trees which hang over Jewish graves. Unfortunately, the trees then continue without separation or interruption until they reach and create canopies over the public roadways. Saddle River rd north, Rte 306 south, Brick Church west, South Monsey rd east, Twin Brooks rd are all affected by this issue.

The Chevra Kadisha has arranged to obtain the necessary permits to cut down and/or trim the trees that cause the problem, however tree trimming and cutting is not cheap and they must raise over $5,000, to complete the work. Please help them complete this important task ASAP as Cohanim continue to travel these roads unaware of the problems in doing do.

Please make checks to Chevra Kadisha and send to 3 Smolley Dr Monsey or contact them at 914 420 6714


Mesifta Bais Shraga Monsey Parlor Meeting

Friends and supporters of Mesifta Bais Shraga of Monsey gathered last week for a breakfast parlor meeting to benefit the yeshiva. The event was hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Jarashow of Wesley Hills and co-hosted by Mr. Tuvia Grama and Mr. Akiva Grossman. Opening remarks were delivered by Rabbi Mendy Rosen, an alumnus and driving force behind the event.

Rabbi Akiva Grossnass, R”M at the yeshiva and rov of Kehillas Spring Hill in Chestnut Ridge, delivered divrei brocha. Breakfast was catered by Hava Java. In conjunction with this event, Rav Shraga Schiff, rosh yeshiva, was the guest speaker at the Bais Medrash of Wesley Hills at Rabbi Yosef Veiner’s shul.


Monsey: Child On Bike Struck By School Bus On Sunday

A child riding a bicycle was struck by a school bus in the Monsey area on Sunday morning. The incident happened at the intersection of Maple Avenue and Route 306 just before 10:00AM.

Rockland Hatzolah freed the pinned child and transported him to Westchester Medical Center in stable condition. The bus, belonging to a local Cheder, remained on the scene.

The Ramapo Police Department is investigating the incident. Ramapo Lt. Kenny Joyce said the boy’s injuries were “not life-threatening.”


Ysv Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent-Teacher-Conference for Boys, Grades Pre 1A – 8 – Wednesday, November 21st Girls, Grades 1-8 – Wednesday, December 12th Pre 1A Girls and Kindergarten – Wednesday, December 19th Parents will be receiving their time slots by mail. Please note the following: Boys, Grades Pre 1A-8: You should be receiving your appointments in the mail by November 12th. If you haven’t received your appointments by November 13th, or if you will not be able to attend, please contact the office by email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call extension 112 and leave a message. You will need to bring your appointment schedule with you to the conferences. We look forward to greeting you and trust that you will, once again, find this system to be very efficient. Remember, punctuality will make all the difference. Thank you.

PLEASE NOTE: Applications for the 2019-2020 school year are being mailed.

Kindly return the completed forms, with the necessary documents, ASAP. Thank you.


Wesley Hills

Mayor Marshall Katz of Wesley Hills sent out a personal message to all residents urging them to participate in their leaf pickup program. Village Leaf pick days this fall are as follows: Saturday, November 10th, Saturday, November 24th, Saturday, December 8th, and Saturday, December 22nd

Leaves left curbside in bio-degradable bags by 6am on those days will be taken away and mulched. Free bio-degradable bags can be picked up while supplies last at Village Hall on weekdays from 9am-4pm. An alternative option to putting out leaves is Leaf Composting which can be beneficial to lawns and garden beds. 


Dedication Of New Sefer Torah Le’illuy Nishmas Hagaon Rav Aharon Leib Shteinman Zatzal

Not every day brings an opportunity like this: A Hachnosas Sefer Torah celebration that will commemorate the first Yahrzeit of the Gadol and Manhig Hador, Maran Hagaon Rav Aharon Yehuda Leib Shteinman zecher tzaddik v’kadosh livracha, mechaber Sefer Ayeles Hashachar and Rosh Yeshivas Gaon Yaakov and Ponevezh. Participants who inscribed osiyos while the Sefer Torah was in Eretz Yisroel include Rav Chaim Kanievsky, Rav Gershon Edelstein and RavShraga Shteinman.

Writing of the final osiyos will take place on Sunday, the 24th of Kislev, December 2, 2018 from 11:30 AM to 1 PM at the Spinka Hall,5109 18th Ave, Brooklyn, NY. At 1 PM, a festive procession with musical accompaniment will escort the Sefer Torah to its new home at Yeshiva Karlin Stolin, 1818 54th Street.

T’nu kavod laTorah; come join us!



This Motzei Shabbos, November 17, 2018, the Rofeh Cholim Cancer Society (RCCS) will have their annual Melava Malka at the home of Rabbi and Rebbetzin Berger, 55 Mariner Way, at 8:30 pm. The special guest speaker will be Mr. Zishe Lowy, Director of Patient Services. 

The Melava Malka is dedicated in memory of Moishe Spilman z”l, a devoted father, shul treasurer, long time Hatzalah member and community activist. Moishe personified being there for others. Please come and be there for him!

We look forward to greeting you personally. Rabbi and Rebetzin Simcha Bunim Berger, Rabbi and Mrs. Yeshaya Lev, Mr and Mrs Michoel Goldstein, Mr. and Mrs Dovi Hollander

Monsey Night Seder Bais Medrash

Since its inception in 2004, the Monsey Night Seder Bais Medrash, located in Bais Medrash Shaarei Tefillah, has brought together hundreds of baal habatim and bnei torah thirsting to learn and teach Torah. With a staff of 15-20 Yungerleit, Rabbi Dov Perlstein, the Menahel of the MNSBM pairs bnei Torah with baalei batim and even makes Chavrusas among baalei batim themselves, interested in learning different Torah topics. In addition, MNSBM sponsors the following regular shiurim: Daf Yomi - by Rabbi Elisha Dworkin: every night 9 - 9:45 PM, Dirshu's Mishna Berurah Daily Shiur by Rabbi Yosef Meir Kantor: Sun - Thurs. 8:40 - 9:30 PM, Vhaarev Na's Gemarah shiur by Rabbi Akiva Ginz: Sun.-Thurs. 8:15 - 9:15 PM, Daf Hashavuah Chabura: Sun. - Thurs. 8:45 - 9:45 PM, Business Halacha Chabura Shiur by Rabbi Ari Marburger: Sunday 10:45 - 11:30 AM, Motzei Shabbos Navi Shiur by Rabbi Yitzchak Schwartz: Motzei Shabboses in the winter.

Flanked by Mincha or Maariv before(8 PM) (season dependent), and Maariv afterwards(9:45 PM), the MNSBM offers baalei batim and bnei Torah a plethora of learning options to allow every individual to find his place in the bais medrash. Major Torah speakers such as Rav Asher Weiss, Rav Zev Smith, Rabbi Yisroel Reisman, Rabbi Eytan Feiner, Rabbi Eli Mansour, and others are brought in throughout the year to speak to the Monsey Community on Inyana D'Yoma and are offered to both men and women.

The mission of the MNSBM is to spread Torah.  Call Rabbi Dov Perlstein at 558-0600, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,  and learn how you can participate in Monsey's Torah Revolution!

Spring Valley

On Sunday November 18, the annual reception for the Satmar Bikur Cholim D’Rabeinu Yoel Monsey Chapter, will be held at the home of Mrs. Fraidy Lefkowitz, at 21 Dorset Road, in Spring Valley. There will be a fascinating program with musical entertainment and a milchig buffet.

The Monsey chapter has distributed over $100,000 over the past several months to people in the expanding community who required assistance and look to continue their important work and provide relief for those in need.

Mrs. Sosha Shirley Hamada will be honored with the Zichron Netzach Memorial Award, in memory of her dear husband, R’ Sholom Chaim ben Moshe z”l. The Kesser Shem Tov Award will be given to Rebbetzin E.D. Oppenheimer, in recognition of a legendary mechaneches who affected the lives of thousands of students with her warmth, caring, extraordinary brilliance and outstanding kiddos. The Humanitarian Award goes to Dobra Baila Errera, Chaplain of Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, for her exemplary courage, faith and compassion to the many patients she assists daily.

The program begins at 12:00 PM and runs until 7:00 PM.


New City

Monsey Community Celebrates Great Big Challah Bake at ASHAR

by: Bryna Gutner-Pelsinger

More than 500 women and girls from the greater Monsey community gathered for the Great Big Challah Bake at ASHAR on Thursday, October 25. The evening was part of the 2018 global Shabbat Project, and was one of more than 1,000 such events around the world, aimed at building unity among Jewish women of all backgrounds.

“The Great Big Challah Bake proved to be an evening of unity and inspiration,” said Mrs. Debby Jacobson, ASHAR principal. “Jewish women from all walks of Rockland County left their differences at the door as they made new friends and reconnected with old ones from previous events. It was truly a magnificent evening.”

The program included lessons on challah-braiding, dancing and talks from several speakers.


Chestnut Ridge

Last Motzei Shabbos, Parshas Toldos, there was an RCCS Melaveh Malka for the Nshei of Chestnut Ridge (Birds). The Melava Malka took place at the home of Rabbi and Mrs. Deutsch on Oriole Street. The guest speaker was Mrs. C. Koval who extolled the virtues of the organization and the great work that they do. There was a very large turnout for the benefit of this wonderful organization.


New Hempstead

Bas Mikroh Girls School is growing. Expansion plans are underway and the first phase is complete. The school is thrilled that the Pre1A students are finally moving into their beautiful, spacious modular classrooms! This will surely allow them to learn and thrive in these enhanced facilities.

Due to frequent rainfall over the last few weeks, installation of driveways and curbs has been delayed. Until they are installed, the buses will continue to drop off and pick up the girls from the main building, and they will walk to and from their classrooms with supervision.