Maskeel El Dal Hesed Fund to Hold
The Hacham Baruch Kollel, in conjunction with the Maskeel El Dal Hesed Fund, will be holding its Chinese auction on Wednesday night, August 13thand Thursday, August 14th.
The Maskeel El Dal Organization was founded by Hacham Baruch Ben-Haim zt”l, the rabbinical leader of our community for over 55 years, in order to offer financial assistance to needy Jewish families both here in the community and in Israel. The Hacham Baruch Kollel, a full-day kollel, was founded in the rabbi’s memory in May, 2006, a year after his passing, by his sons, led by Hacham Yaacov Ben-Haim. The young kollel students learn toward semichah(rabbinical ordination) and take regular tests on the material, as part of their training to become teachers and rabbis in our community. Numerous guest speakers from Israel visit the kollel and deliver high level shiurimin halachah.
Hacham Yaacov Ben-Haim is seeking to expand the kollel, and is turning to the community for its generous help.
By taking part in the Chinese auction on August 13th, you are fulfilling two mitzvotat once: supporting Torah study at a time when the Jewish people needs it more than ever, and supporting fellow Jews in need both here in the community and in Israel. Your donation will also bring elevation to the holy soul of our great rabbi, Hacham Baruch.
The Chinese auction is being graciously hosted by Paul and Lori Sutton in memory of Renee Tawil a”h. Guest speakers will include Rabbi David Ozeiri, who will address the gathering on August 13 at 8:30 pm. Rabbi Raymond Beyda will speak at 12:00 on August 14, after which the guests will be treated to a presentation by Sharon Shriqui, a life and health coach, at 1:00 pm. Sharon will run a workshop on healthy eating featuring a special food demonstration, and will also speak about stress reduction.
For more information, or for ticket packages, please call 917.704.4315.
Kids of Courage Getaway
On Sunday, June 22, Kids of Courage (K.O.C.) brought more than 50 campers along with over 150 volunteers from across the Tri-State area to the Five Towns for a Sunday Funday that they will never forget. The children were treated to a beautiful event featuring a full-blown carnival, fly-over helicopters, a visit from local police department horses, face-painting, a petting zoo, a delicious BBQ, games, prizes, music, and much more. The organization expresses its profound appreciation to Aaron and Eva Wexler and the Woodsburgh community, who graciously opened their home and hearts to Kids of Courage.
Founded in 2008, K.O.C. is a groundbreaking volunteer-based organization, dedicated to the support of sick children and their families, day and night, 365 days a year. For more information about K.O.C., or to make a donation toward its upcoming summer adventure trip to San Diego, please visit kidsoc.org.
Yeshivat Or Hatorah Elementary School Prepares for its First Eighth Grade Class
This upcoming school year marks a significant milestone for Yeshivat Or Hatorah, as it will be graduating its first eighth grade class in the spring of 2015. Ever since opening Yeshivat Or Hatorah High School in September 1997, Rabbi Yaakov S. Marcus, Rosh HaYeshiva, spoke often about opening an elementary division. After meeting Rabbi Eliezer Zeytouneh in the winter of 2006, Rabbi Marcus hired him as Principal, and thus Yeshivat Or Hatorah Elementary School was born.
The Yeshiva has grown from its humble beginnings in small quarters near Avenue J with a kindergarten and P1A class, into a flourishing Torah educational institution serving students K-8, earning its place among the community’s elite yeshivot. Rabbis, lay leaders, and of course parents have praised Or Hatorah for its especially warm environment and the first-rate Torah and general education that it provides for its students.
Currently, the 200 boys in Or Hatorah Elementary School are housed at 2959 Avenue Y, in a facility that includes nine classrooms, a library, a computer lab, a kitchen & dining room, 6000 square feet of state-of-the-art basketball courts and playgrounds, and more. Yet, due to the Yeshiva’s steady and rapid growth, the current property can no longer accommodate its current and future needs.
The plan, which is currently in progress, is to transform the building’s very large bet midrash into a smaller midrash and three additional classrooms. These urgent additions, along with other renovations, will allow Yeshivat Or Hatorah to continue its vital role in educating the youth of our community.
A building fund to raise $350,000 for the expansion project has been set up, and dedications are available. For more information about how you can become a partner with Yeshivat Or Hatorah in building our community’s future, please contact the Yeshiva at 718-645-4645 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Safe Foundation Discusses
Pressures on Teens
Everyone wants to be accepted, but teens face immense pressure to fit in at a time in their lives when they still haven’t figured out what kind of person they want to be. Fitting in might mean having the best and most expensive car, clothing or cell phone, and acting in accordance with whatever that day’s definition of “cool” is. In some circles this can mean joining a group to smoke,drink, use drugs, or gamble.
Here’s how you can empower your child to stand up to
• Verbalize your recognition of how different their world is from when you were a teen. Understand that kids today live in a world where drugs and alcohol are ever-present.
• Clearly and confidently convey your views on smoking, alcohol, drugs, and gambling, so that they can form their own strong standpoints as well. If you don’t have an opinion, do your research. In a study of 285 11th graders,those who considered their parents lax about drugs and alcohol got drunk or used drugs much more often.
• Challenge your teen to be a leader, not a follower. Provide opportunities for debate and independent decision-making. Emphasize the importance of being honest and having integrity.
• Develop, model, and encourage good stress management skills. Allow your child to express negative emotions. Practice healthy listening skills.
• Be involved and invite other adults, such as team coaches, rabbis, teachers, grandparents, aunts, uncles, older siblings, etc., to take an active, positive role in your teen’s life.
• The media has a huge influence on teens when it comes to substance use, gender roles, body-image, and overall behavior. Encourage thoughtful conversation about what he or she is viewing.
• Focus on your child’s positive traits instead of criticizing; praise special talents, and nurture his or her interests. Avoid commenting on appearance, and focus on health, instead.
• When you hear of somebody who got into trouble for substance abuse, gambling, or other vices, don’t sweep the story under the rug. Rather, use it as a springboard to teach your children what not to do.
• Try your best to monitor your teen’s friends and what they are doing. Encourage wholesome activities. Work with your spouse and teen to set reasonable curfews.
If you or someone you know needs help, please call the Safe Foundation’s confidential toll-free hotline, 24/7 at 1-866-569-SAFE (1-866-569-7233).
Chayim Aruchim Helps Patients
in Hospitals Obtain Medical Treatment
Mental health professionals gathered at The SAFE Foundation on Chayim Aruchim, a division of Agudath Israel of America, has been very active in helping patients receive needed medical treatment in cases in which hospitals were opposed to continuing treatment. The organization, dedicated to culturally sensitive end-of-life counseling and treatment, regularly receives urgent calls from family members of incapacitated patients in need
In onecase, the hospital was preparing to conduct a test for brain death, with the plan of disconnecting the patient from the ventilator that was enabling him to breathe if the results were positive. The family called Chayim Aruchim, which, through its legal counsel, Rabbi Mordechai Biser, immediately contacted the hospital’s legal counsel. Rabbi Biser explained that New York State health care regulations, drafted with the assistance of Agudath Israel, require the hospital to reasonably accommodate a patient or family’s objection to brain death as a determination of death. The hospital agreed to hold off on the testing and to transfer the patient to a long-term acute care facility in Lakewood, New Jersey rather than disconnect the patient from life support.
Rabbi Biser notes that many people are unaware of their legal rights with respect to such matters. “We urge those in conflict with either hospital officials or other family members to call Chayim Aruchim when a patient’s life is at stake. In most cases, we can help.”
In addition to legal assistance, Chayim Aruchim also has trained staff available to provide advice and counseling to families of seriously ill patients. Their advisors will help patients and families clarify the medical facts, formulate their questions for rabbinic guidance, get timely guidance from expert rabbis in this field, and convey this information to the family and the hospital officials. Chayim Aruchim’s Care Navigator can also help the family choose the next stage in care, whether it be another hospital, a skilled nursing facility, a long-term acute care facility, or a home care plan.
The halachic advisor to Chayim Aruchim is Rabbi Zvi Ausch; the director of the Machon Refuah V’Halacha is Rabbi Ben Zion Leser; the Patient and FamilyRepresentative is Rabbi Aron Wajsfeld; the New York State Project Director is Rabbi Berish Fried.
Chayim Aruchim can be reached at its 24-hour hotline,
718-301-9800. Callers can also call Agudath Israel of America directly at 212-797-9000 and ask for extension 335.