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PHOTOS: Bikur Cholim Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Blythedale Children's Hospital

PHOTOS: Bikur Cholim Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Blythedale Children's Hospital
[PHOTOS BY JDN IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Keeping to their long-standing tradition of serving patients and their families, Bikur Cholim has done it again. This past Sunday, November 9th, another link was added to the vast chain of existing Bikur Cholim Shabbos Rooms throughout Rockland, Westchester and northern New Jersey. This time, it is Blythedale Chidren’s Hospital in Westchester County, New York`s only freestanding specialty children’s hospital, dedicated to improving the health status ...
(Add your opinion  |   November 13 )

Chai Lifeline Shabbos of Healing Hearts - Parents Gaining Strength and Hope through Others

Chai Lifeline Shabbos of Healing Hearts - Parents Gaining Strength and Hope through Others
Nestled in the picturesque scenery of the Catskill Mountains is a place where a juxtaposition of emotions stream. At Camp Simcha, joyful screams of children from all ages can be heard throughout the summer, while at other times during the year; tears of bereaved parents are shed for their loss. On Parshas Chaya Sarah Chai Lifeline will host its 20th Annual Healing Hearts Bereavement Retreat in the bucolic 125-acre campgrounds. Coordinated by Project CHAI, the division of Chai Lifeline that ...
(Add your opinion  |   November 13 )

Misaskim Concludes the Month of Tishrei with Tefilah and Simcha

Misaskim Concludes the Month of Tishrei with Tefilah and Simcha
The month of Tishrei is one of the most intense months in Misaskim’s year-round operations. With the memories of the many difficulties and struggles of Klal Yisroel in 5774 still painfully fresh, Misaskim has once again organized its annual Aseres Yemei Teshuva massive tefillah gathering for the tinokos shel bais rabban. On Tuesday, September 30th, children from over 35 Brooklyn yeshivos streamed to the Bobover shul in Boro Park for the 22nd annual tefillah asifah to recite tehillim on behalf ...
(Add your opinion  |   October 27 )

Reb Shlomo Yehuda Rechnitz Dedicates The New Vassar Avenue Building of the Lakewood Cheder

Reb Shlomo Yehuda Rechnitz Dedicates The New Vassar Avenue Building of the Lakewood Cheder
To any observer, this is clearly a perfect shidduch, a “match made in heaven,” bringing together the largest mosad hachinuch in the Diaspora – and perhaps the world – and the most prominent philanthropist of our time. Living up to his magnanimous reputation, and in yet another gesture of astounding generosity, Reb Shlomo Yehuda Rechnitz of Los Angeles has stepped forward to dedicate the newly-completed Vassar Avenue building of the Lakewood Cheder in Lakewood, NJ. It is no wonder ...
(22 opinions  |   September 04 )

PHOTOS: Saad U'Marpeh Volunteers Worked Around-the-Clock During Operation Protective Edge

PHOTOS: Saad U'Marpeh Volunteers Worked Around-the-Clock During Operation Protective Edge
[PHOTOS BY JDN IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Dozens of volunteers visiting hospitals in the South providing food for the wounded and their families * They distributed food and encouraged soldiers who fought in Gaza * They concurrently held a summer camp for hundreds of special needs children in the Moshav Yesodot * This broad and exciting tzedaka organization operated around-the-clock during Operation Protective Edge during the days and weeks Am Yisrael in many areas of Israel was dealing with the ...
(4 opinions  |   September 04 )

PHOTOS: Detroit's Frum Community In Hot Water...

PHOTOS: Detroit's Frum Community In Hot Water...
[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Twelve inches of water may not seem like much, but it was enough to spell disaster for the Detroit community. On Monday, August 11th 2014, the metropolitan Detroit area broke a 90 year record with over 6 inches of rain water accumulating in a few short hours. The drainage system was entirely inadequate to handle the volume, and within a short amount of time, highways flooded and sewer systems became backed up. The resultant overflow caused thousands of ...
(10 opinions  |   August 29 )

VIDEO & PHOTOS: 335 Riders On Route To Camp Simcha With Bike4Chai - Over $4 Million Raised For Sick Children

VIDEO & PHOTOS: 335 Riders On Route To Camp Simcha With Bike4Chai - Over $4 Million Raised For Sick Children
[VIDEO & PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] The sun shone on 335 blue and yellow bike shirts early this morning as the 2014 Bike4Chai ride began from Piscataway, New Jersey. The two-day event culminates in a joyous and inspiring ride into Camp Simcha Special, Chai Lifeline’s overnight camp for children with chronic illnesses, early afternoon tomorrow. “This is clearly the largest fundraising cycling event and the largest per-capita fund raiser on two wheels in the world,” said Rabbi ...
(5 opinions  |   July 30 )

STAR-K's 11th Annual Kashrus Training Program Features NYS Kosher Enforcement Director Rabbi Aaron Metzger

STAR-K's 11th Annual Kashrus Training Program Features NYS Kosher Enforcement Director Rabbi Aaron Metzger
The Eleventh Annual STAR-K Kashrus Training Program attracted attendees from the Catskill Mountains to Indianapolis, IN. This year, in addition to the STAR-K Kashrus Administrators who delivered presentations on everything from Foodservice Challenges to the Halachic issues of Appliances, Rabbi Aaron Metzger, director of the NY State Kosher Enforcement Bureau, addressed the participants. Rabbi Metzger, a resident of Monsey, NY, was appointed to his position by The New York State Department of ...
(Add your opinion  |   July 29 )

Camps Linked to Law Enforcement Agencies Through new Misaskim Camp Notification System

Camps Linked to Law Enforcement Agencies Through new Misaskim Camp Notification System
A major new revolutionary program to upgrade communications between summer camps and law enforcement and other agencies, was launched this week by Misaskim, the organization well-known for its community preparedness initiatives. The new Camp Notification System, developed after many years of research and development, will go a long way in helping summer camps prepare, respond, and avoid unpleasant events. By being part of the Misaskim Camp Notification System, camp directors will automatically ...
(Add your opinion  |   July 01 )

IMPORTANT FROM CHAI LIFELINE: How To Talk To Children About The Murdered Yeshiva Boys

IMPORTANT FROM CHAI LIFELINE: How To Talk To Children About The Murdered Yeshiva Boys
[By: Rabbi Dr. Dovid Fox, Ph.D., Director of Interventions and Community Education] Our boys have been found, murdered. As each of us in the Jewish world reels with shock, pain, sorrow, disbelief and anger, our own children, students, campers are undergoing their own intense upheaval in trying to face the tragic news which we have feared, not wanting to consider as an outcome to the kidnappings. It is very important as parents, as teachers, as adults in a guiding and mentoring role ...
(Add your opinion  |   June 30 )

VIDEOS & PHOTOS: Strong Attendance At Agudath Israel Of America's Annual Dinner

VIDEOS & PHOTOS: Strong Attendance At Agudath Israel Of America's Annual Dinner
[VIDEOS & PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Last night close to fifteen hundred people filled the grand ballroom of the New York Hilton for Agudath Israel of America’s annual dinner. The assemblage was addressed by both the Novaminsker Rebbe shlit”a, Rav Shmuel Kaminetzky Shlit”a whose remarks echoed the dinner’s theme: Stand Up and Speak Up. New York City Mayor Bill Deblasio delivered a keynote address in which he reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to the needs and rights ...
(Add your opinion  |   May 28 )

PHOTOS: 'Interstate Chaverim' Hold National Conference

PHOTOS: 'Interstate Chaverim' Hold National Conference
[PHOTOS BY JDN IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Great things happen when Chesed and Achdus merge with innovation! Last night, Chaverim coordinators from almost all Chaverim branches gathered at a national Chaverim conference to discuss issues that crop up on daily basis in the headquarters of this special organization. The conference was organized by 'Interstate Chaverim', which currently includes hundreds of volunteers hailing from more than twenty existing Chaverim branches. Interstate ...
(2 opinions  |   May 28 )

The Heart of Hatzolah

The Heart of Hatzolah
Dear Friend, What is Hatzolah? You see the flashing lights, the wailing sirens, the ambulances racing through the streets.  You know what Hatzolah does - of course, they save lives. Then came an auction event and you saw more.  You read the book and noticed the ads.  You saw the figures and the budgets.  You saw what costs so much money even though our members are all volunteers.  You saw the high cost of the Ambulances, the lifesaving equipment, the training and upkeep, the ...
(Add your opinion  |   May 23 )

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 )