Lag B’Omer at Bnai Yosef
Over 500 people attended a large, festive celebration in honor of Lag B’Omer
outside the Bnai Yosef Torah Center at 1616 Ocean Parkway on Saturday night, May 17. The event was organized by Rabbi Maoz Raful, Rabbi Auziel Admoni and Rabbi Eli David. Security was handled by the NYPD Police Department, and community representative Rabbi Admoni expressed the community’s appreciation to the 61 PCT for their hard work. Special thanks to the community affairs unit and auxiliary unit, led by lieutenant Todaro and PO Christopher Mullan. The celebration included hot dogs, drinks and snacks sponsored by Abdo Hamra and Abi Farah, as well as lively music.
The United Bilgorayer Benevolent & Aid Society Sends Packages to Poland
When Rabbi M. Schudrich, ChiefRabbi of Poland, needed tallitot, matzah and other Passover supplies for Polish Jews, he turned to the United Bilgorayer Benevolent & Aid Society. During the next three days, the organization worked tirelessly and managed to collect 200 tallitotand purchase over 240 lbs of shmurah matzah. The Society found Jewish Groups going to Poland for the annual Heritage Tours and March of the Living program, and were able to send the packages with these groups. Students from the Yeshivah of Flatbush packed the tallitotand matzah in their suitcases, and when questioned about the materials upon entering the country, they explained that they needed the tallitot for prayer and the matzah was their kosher snacks.
Chief Rabbi Schudrich of Poland warmly greeted the students and escorted them to the only remaining synagogue in Warsaw, where they unpacked and handed over this treasure with dignity and a sense of accomplishment over having assisted Jews in other countries in their time of need.
As the demand for materials continued to grow, the United Bilgorayer Benevolent & Aid Society purchased more matzah, which was hand carried by another group arriving to Warsaw from Israel and brought to the synagogue.
Students from the Ramaz School had their students pack
kosher-for-Passover canned goods in their suitcases, carrying the heavy luggage to Berlin where they toured the Shoah Monuments before continuing to Warsaw.
The Jews of Poland thank all those who were instrumental in helping them obtain the items they needed to celebrate the Pesach holiday: the United Bilgorayer Benevolent & Aid Society, Yeshivah of Flatbush, Magen David Yeshiva, Congregation Har Halebanon, Sephardic Lebanese Congregation, Shaare Zion Congregation, Beth Torah Congregation, Bnei Yitzhak Congregation, students of the Mirrer Yeshiva, and the Council of Jewish Organizations of Flatbush (COJO).
Yeshivat Shaare Torah
Graduation Trip to Israel
Over the eight years they spent at Yeshivat Shaare Torah for Boys Elementary, the Class of 2014 developedan especially close and meaningful relationship with their rabbis, who always extended themselves endlessly for the sake of the students’ education and growth. And yet, as much as they thought they knew theirrabbis, they were astonished by the turn of events that led them to Israel in honor of their graduation.
The eighth graders were sitting in school on a regular day several months ago when Rabbi Moshe Cohen introduced them to his dream. “Boys,” he said,”who would like to go on a trip to Israel for the eighth grade graduation trip?”
Just two months later, the boys were on the plane embarking on an once-in-a-lifetime trip.
From the moment they landed in Ben Gurion Airport, the excitement and fun were nonstop. The rabbis planned the trip in a way that would ensure to make it as spiritual, thrilling and meaningful as possible.
Activities included visiting great rabbis, praying at the gravesites of famous sages, biking, boating in the Kineret, visits toTzefat, Meron, the Bedouin camps and En-Gedi, praying at the top of Masada as the sun rose, visiting the Dead Sea, and of course praying at the Kotel.
The boys lodged in a great apartment in the heart of Jerusalem’s Old City. On Friday, they woke up early to pray at the Kotel at sunrise, and then they were off to Machane Yehuda and Geluah to shop for Shabbat. On Friday night, they were graciously hosted by Frieda and Yair Elnadav, who prepared a lavish and delicious meal suitable for royalty! After dinner they took a long but beautiful walk from the home in Har Nof back to their apartment in the Old City that gave them a view of Jerusalem that was unforgettable. The eighth graders thank the Elnadav family for their gracious hospitality.
Sunday turned out to be a packed day, as the boys visited the City of David, enjoyed jeep rides through the desert, climbed through the water tunnel, prayed at Kever Rachel and then went out for dinner before finally returning to their apartment to spend their last night in Israel together.
Magen David’s Class of 2014 expresses its profound gratitude to Rabbi Hillel Haber for allowing them to take this journey, and to Rabbi Kuessous, Rabbi Moshe Cohen and his sons for making their trip not only possible, but the best experience they could ever have imagined.
Ahi Ezer Yeshiva’s Unforgettable
8th Grade Graduation Trip
On April 30th, the eighth graders of Ahi Ezer Yeshiva embarked on their overnight trip to Washington DC, making their first stop at the Herr’s factory. The students were treated to a tour showing how all the company’s products are made, and then bought souvenirs at the gift shop and enjoyed a delicious lunch on the bus. Led by their dynamic tour guide, Sheila, the students proceeded to the Holocaust Museumwhere they saw the famous “Daniel’s Story” and learned of the horrors of the Nazi death camps. The Hall of Witnesses was formed to be similar to the Holocaust itself, with doors bearing the designs of ovens, just like the gas ovens.
Next, the students stopped by Lincoln Memorial, where they saw the 19-foot statue of Abraham Lincoln and the text of the Gettysburg Address which was engraved in the wall. The next stop was the Smithsonian Museum, where they were able to recognize some of the artwork on display from their history class. Finally, the students visited the beautifully crafted World War II Memorial. They saw the 56 pillars and a pair of triumphal arches surrounding the plaza and strong fountain to celebrate the unprecedented unity of the nation during World War II. The pillars are connected by a bronze sculpted rope that symbolizes the bonding of the nations, and are arranged in the order of the states’ entry into the Union, alternating south to north across the plaza beginning adjacent to the Field of Gold Stars. The day concluded with bowling and pizza, followed by swimming in the hotel pool.
The next morning, the students visited the U.S Capitol and the House Chamber, where all the Representatives vote; the Rotunda, and the Statuary Room. They then hiked up Arlington National Cemetery to visit the Tomb of the Unknown Solider. They viewed the Changing of The Guards, which salutes the unidentified soldiers who fell during World War II, the Vietnam War, and the Korean War. The trip concluded with a visit to the Newseum, an interactive museum of news and journalism that includes the largest display of sections of the Berlin Wall outside of Germany.
This amazing graduation trip would not be possible without the help and dedication of the school administrator, Mr. Jesse Mizrahi, and principal, Mrs. Babi Segal. The students express their gratitude to Ahi Ezer Yeshiva for providing them with an unforgettable graduation trip!