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Myriad of Locations in New Birchas Ilonos Annual Misaskim Guide

Myriad of Locations in New Birchas Ilonos Annual Misaskim Guide
The month of Nisan is the time of year to recite the special brochoh on blossoming fruit trees. According to halacha, the brochoh is said on trees that are clearly blossoming such as showing white petals. As in the past, Misaskim, as a public service, published a guide to the halacha, the brochoh and locations in many communities throughout the country. It includes addresses throughout the Metropolitan area as well as 16 other states. The locations were submitted by people who have trees at ...
(Add your opinion  |   April 08 )

Chesed of Lakewood’s Operation Clean Sweeps Through Lakewood

Chesed of Lakewood’s Operation Clean Sweeps Through Lakewood
With the Pesach cleaning tempo increasing in homes around the world, Chesed of Lakewood has launched Operation Clean once again, a program to bring desperately needed cleaning help to families in the midst of crisis. In its inaugural run last year, Project Clean supplied cleaning ladies for dozens of families, bringing a small measure of simchas yom tov and menuchas hanefesh to homes torn asunder by various, often multiple, challenges. Chesed of Lakewood coordinators are working tirelessly ...
(Add your opinion  |   April 01 )

Continuing The Purim Revolution In Brooklyn

Continuing The Purim Revolution In Brooklyn
We have all seen the annual Purim Hatzolah ads asking parents and Yeshivas to teach the real message of simchas Purim and be responsible. Five years ago on Purim night a mini-revolution happened that addressed this issue. A group of very special Baalei Battim sponsored bochurim from Yeshiva Torah Temimah to sit and learn for two hours on Purim night. Each bochur received a $250 check to a tzedokah of his choice. The bais hamedrash boomed with kol torah, and this certainly was the ultimate in ...
(Add your opinion  |   March 14 )

Chaverim Of Queens Announces Purim 'Don't Drink And Drive' Program

Chaverim Of Queens Announces Purim 'Don't Drink And Drive' Program
Chaverim of Queens, founded In memory of Mr. Jack Friedman a”h, started in January 2008 and now has over 60 volunteers who have responded to thousands of calls for help and has lived up to its namesake as an established and reliable organization attentive to the needs of the Community. The acts of chesed that the volunteers of this organization do on a daily basis, does not go unnoticed by those who have benefited from the assistance provided. In addition to the regular year round services ...
(Add your opinion  |   March 11 )

Misaskim Preparedness Team Uses Contacts to Assure Kiddush Hashem of Huge Tefilah Asifa in Lower Manhattan

Misaskim Preparedness Team Uses Contacts to Assure Kiddush Hashem of Huge Tefilah Asifa in Lower Manhattan
The minute Gedolei Yisroel resolved to convene an Asifas Tefilah in Lower Manhattan, the Agudas Yisroel reached out to Misaskim. Misaskim Preparedness Team swung into action. It immediately contacted dozens of law enforcement and other agencies to assure that the gathering would result in a huge Kiddush Hashem. The key agency was, of course, the New York Police Department, with which Misaskim maintains a constant and productive relationship. The NYPD pulled out all stops to guarantee the ...
(2 opinions  |   March 11 )

PHOTOS: World-Renowned Medical Experts In CHOP Meet With Jewish Community Leaders

PHOTOS: World-Renowned Medical Experts In CHOP Meet With Jewish Community Leaders
[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Community leaders shared an exclusive evening with world renowned medical experts at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) yesterday at a “Meet the Experts Event” on Wednesday March 5th. In collaboration with Chai Lifeline New Jersey, CHOP hosted a group of 100 Rabbinical leaders, askanim, heads of organizations and pediatricians from across the tri-state area. “In our laboratories, many of which are housed in this building, our scientists are ...
(Add your opinion  |   March 06 )

PHOTOS: Orthodox Community’s Needs Powerfully Presented to NYS Officials At Agudath Israel’s Annual Mission to Albany

PHOTOS: Orthodox Community’s Needs Powerfully Presented to NYS Officials At Agudath Israel’s Annual Mission to Albany
[By: Shimmy Blum] The New York State Capitol building in Albany was dotted with black hats, yarmulkes and wigs as over 50 men and women from all walks of Orthodox life – from neighborhoods across the state - spent their Wednesday partaking in Agudath Israel of America’s annual mission to top New York State government officials. The smiles and warm handshakes exchanged between members of the mission and legislators of both parties attested to the extent of the relationship that has ...
(Add your opinion  |   February 28 )

Lakewood: LCSW Search and Rescue Training Session Given By Flatbush Shomrim Member

Lakewood: LCSW Search and Rescue Training Session Given By Flatbush Shomrim Member
When any individual, child or adult alike, goes missing, panic sets in as beloved family members can’t help but envision the worst in the ensuing moments, their most horrific nightmares coming true and the fear intensifying with every passing moment that finds their loves ones still missing. Knowing that there are skilled, trained and compassionate individuals and agencies invested in finding their loved one safe and sound brings no small measure of comfort and hope to the anxious family ...
(Add your opinion  |   February 26 )

Chai Lifeline's 'Wish At The Wall Trip' Changes How Teen Survivors See Themselves

Chai Lifeline's 'Wish At The Wall Trip' Changes How Teen Survivors See Themselves
Fifteen teens who have survived long and hard battles with cancer returned from Chai Lifeline’s Hartman Family Wish at the Wall trip just yesterday. They had spent an inspiring and exciting 10 days in Israel together with a parent who had cared for them and endured the excruciating pain of being the mother or father of a child with cancer. During Seudah Shlishis, the group gathered for the last time to talk about what they had gained and learned during the trip. This moving letter was read by ...
(Add your opinion  |   February 18 )

Chaverim Of Cleveland Celebrates Second Anniversary

Chaverim Of Cleveland Celebrates Second Anniversary
If you've ever experienced a flat tire as you’re rushing to the airport to make a flight or your car not starting as your kids get ready for morning carpool — then you can certainly appreciate the importance of the work Chaverim does. Chaverim is comprised of a group of 25 dedicated volunteers, including 4 dispatchers, who are trained and ready to be of service for just about any and all non-medical emergency situations that may arise. From giving “dead” cars a boost, to delivering ...
(2 opinions  |   February 18 )

Satmar Rebbe Pledges Support to Israeli Branch of Lakewood Yeshiva Following Decision to Discontinue Funding by the Israeli Government

Satmar Rebbe Pledges Support to Israeli Branch of Lakewood Yeshiva Following Decision to Discontinue Funding by the Israeli Government
A historic celebration took place this week in Williamsburg at the home of Reb Zalman Leib Teitelbaum, as the Satmar Rebbe met with Rav Malkiel Kotler of Lakewood’s Beis Medrash Govoha and Rav Yakov Eliezer Schwartzman, grandson of Rav Aaron Kotler and rosh yeshiva of the Israeli branch of the Lakewood yeshiva. During the meeting, Rav Schwartzman announced that his yeshiva will no longer be accepting funds from the Israeli government. Rav Schwartzman’s statement was followed with the ...
(13 opinions  |   February 11 )

Manchester Misaskim Prevents Autopsy in Difficult Case

Manchester Misaskim Prevents Autopsy in Difficult Case
Manchester UK - It is almost unprecedented that an autopsy is waved for an apparent unexplained death. But thanks to Misaskim, a family of a distinguished 63-year old member of the community were at least comforted that an autopsy was prevented last week. For Misaskim, the story began when medical officials declared the man to be brain dead but had no explanation for why he had gone into cardiac arrest in the first place. The family contacted Misaskim officials who immediately made their way to ...
(1 opinions  |   January 29 )

Misaskim Helps Travelers Cope with Erev Shabbos Storm

Misaskim Helps Travelers Cope with Erev Shabbos Storm
Last Friday’s snowstorm wreaked havoc on hundreds of Shomer Shabbos travelers, according to Misaskim, which stepped in to help passengers on several flights. When El Al’s flight from Tel Aviv to Newark was late in arriving by nearly 8 ½ hours, Misaskim officials made arrangements for a special detail of US Immigration and Customs officials to help speed the passengers through the terminal. The flight, originally scheduled for a pre-dawn landing of 5:00 a.m. did not land until 1:20 in the ...
(Add your opinion  |   January 06 )

VIDEOS & PHOTOS: Chai Lifeline Celebrates 'The Roads to Healing' At Annual Gala Dinner

VIDEOS & PHOTOS: Chai Lifeline Celebrates 'The Roads to Healing' At Annual Gala Dinner
[VIDEOS & PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Over 1,100 people joined Chai Lifeline at their Annual Gala Dinner held at the Marriott Marquis. The dinner’s theme, “The Roads to Healing,” highlighted the extraordinarily diverse experiences of the more than 4,300 children and families served by the international organization. “Every family’s journey is unique,” noted Rabbi Simcha Scholar, Chai Lifeline’s executive vice president. “But the one thing that every journey has in common is ...
(Add your opinion  |   December 27 )

Flatbush Community Kinnus Regarding New Missionary Center

Flatbush Community Kinnus Regarding New Missionary Center
A Jews for J missionary group, has spent $2.1 million to acquire a building and $2 million more on renovations to construct a 14,000 square-foot missionary center in the heart of Flatbush. It will house a “synagogue,” sefer Torah, classrooms, and a dining hall, concerts and an espresso bar – all with the intention of attracting the general Orthodox community and particularly unaffiliated local Jews and adults at risk from frum homes who have abandoned Yiddishkeit or are on the fringe. ...
(5 opinions  |   December 23 )

Misaskim Welcomes New Head of Medical Examiner’s Office in Brooklyn

Misaskim Welcomes New Head of Medical Examiner’s Office in Brooklyn
Leaders of the Misaskim organization warmly welcomed the appointment of Dr. Yvonne Milewski as the new Deputy Chief of the Medical Examiner’s Office responsible for Brooklyn. Dr. Milewski who served as the Chief of the Medical Examiner’s Office in Suffolk County for nearly 12 years is extremely knowledgeable with many Jewish customs and laws that relate to her office. Misaskim officials said that the new head of Brooklyn’s Medical Examiner’s Office had worked closely with Jewish leaders ...
(Add your opinion  |   December 17 )

20th Edition Of Magical Trip For Kids With Cancer Takes Off To Orlando

20th Edition Of Magical Trip For Kids With Cancer Takes Off To Orlando
It has been 20 years since two Brooklyn parents decided to take action after they lost their son following a heroic seven year battle against cancer. Ari and Idy have been dedicating their life to help other parents and children cope with their illness. Their flagship program is a four day trip to Florida, giving the sickest children a break from treatments and hospitals. In the past 20 years they brought over 1,500 children to Florida on group wish trips. On December 8th, 2013 a group of 50 ...
(Add your opinion  |   December 06 )