Howie Klagsburn of Gourmet Glatt judging at Kosherfest
Howie Klagsburn of Gourmet Glatt  judging at Kosherfest
Howie Klagsburn of Gourmet Glatt
judging at Kosherfest

Goldie Steinberg Celebrates Her 113th Birthday

By Yochanan Gordon

It was a festive day last Wednesday at Grandell Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, where Goldie Steinberg, surrounded by friends and family, celebrated her 113th birthday. Goldie was born on October 30, 1900, in Kishinev, then the capital of the Bessarabia region of the Russian Empire and now the capital of Moldova.

Goldie came to the United States in 1923 and lived in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn, where she worked as a seamstress sewing girls’ dresses. In 1932, she married her husband, Phillip, who worked in the jewelry industry. Together, Goldie and Phillip had two children, a son and a daughter. Today they have four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, all of whom were on hand to celebrate with her.

Among the celebrators was Mrs. Linda Mangano, wife of Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, who presented Goldie with a citation and a gold medallion marking her as the oldest living person in Nassau County. When asked about what she enjoys occupying her time with, Goldie replied that she enjoys crocheting, which is what she did for many years after coming to this country. It was announced at the party that the dress that Goldie put on for this historic occasion was crocheted by her as well.

A few students from Shulamith School for Girls were privileged to join in the simcha at the birthday celebration. They saw that while she may be 113, she doesn’t act like it. Goldie knits, sews, and crochets, and she reads the newspaper too. Meira Saffra, one of the students, said, “It was obvious to us that Goldie really appreciated the cards that we made for her even more than all the awards, certificates, medals, and plaques that she has received. It was truly an incredible experience to be there and take part in Goldie’s special simcha. Mazal tov to Goldie and all her family! We wish her many more happy years to come!”

When asked about her secret to longevity, Goldie said it is due to her children that continue to shower her with love, support, and the will to continue going. She kept repeating how her children speak to her daily and her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, weekly. The most important virtue in life is that which she learned from her father, Chazkel Steinberg, which is to be honest and always kind to others. In her own words, “A person doesn’t take anything up with them. All that remains is their name and reputation and we have to do whatever we can to leave a positive and honorable legacy.”

The room was buzzing with excitement. All in attendance felt like they were celebrating for their own family member. Goldie has resided in Grandell Rehabilitation Center, a strictly kosher facility certified by the Vaad of Queens and situated in Long Beach, since 2004.

Goldie’s life continues to be an inspiration to all who know her. Her face radiated an uncanny luminescence for a woman of any age, let alone 113 years of age. We wish her many more years of health, happiness, and continued nachas from all. Mazal tov! v

St. John’s Hospital Receives Silver Quality Award

St. John’s Episcopal Hospital has received the Get With The Guidelines—Stroke Silver Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted guidelines.

Previously, St. John’s Episcopal Hospital earned a bronze achievement award, so this year’s silver award represents a significant achievement and recognition of the hospital’s excellence and improvement.

The Get With The Guidelines—Stroke program helps St. John’s Episcopal Hospital staff develop and implement acute and secondary prevention guideline processes to improve patient care and outcomes. “The program provides hospitals with a web-based patient management tool, best-practice discharge protocols, and standing orders, along with a robust registry and real-time benchmarking capabilities to track performance,” says Natalie Schwartz, MD, senior vice president, quality management at St. John’s. “The quick and efficient use of guideline procedures can improve the quality of care for stroke patients and may reduce disability and save lives,” she adds.

“Recent studies show that patients treated in hospitals participating in the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke program receive a higher quality of care and may experience better outcomes,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., chair of the Get With The Guidelines National Steering Committee and director of the TeleStroke and Acute Stroke Services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Mass. “The St. John’s team is to be commended for their commitment to improving the care of their patients.”

Following Get With The Guidelines-Stroke treatment guidelines, patients are started on aggressive risk-reduction therapies including the use of medications such as tPA, and antithrombotics and anticoagulation therapy, along with cholesterol-reducing drugs and smoking-cessation counseling. These are all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients. Hospitals must adhere to these measures at a set level for a designated period of time to be eligible for the achievement awards.

“St. John’s is dedicated to making our care for stroke patients among the best in the country. The American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines—Stroke program helps us to accomplish this goal,” said Dr. Schwartz. “This recognition demonstrates that we are on the right track and we’re very proud of our team.”

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is one of the leading causes of death and serious, long-term disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, someone dies of a stroke every four minutes, and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year. v

Over 150 People At Ohab Zedek Of Belle Harbor Shul Dinner

On Sunday, November 3, over 150 people gathered at Congregation Ohab Zedek of Belle Harbor to celebrate its 82nd shul dinner, one year after Hurricane Sandy. The shul’s building was badly damaged during the storm and was unusable for months. Just recently, the shul successfully reopened its lower level which had been totally destroyed by the ocean waters.

The dinner celebrated the work of individuals who helped make the rebuilding process possible. The guests of honor were Barbara and Allen Berg. Mr. and Mrs. Roman Katznelson and Mr. and Mrs. Boris Motovich received special recognition awards. The awards ceremony and meal were followed by festive dancing and singing. The community looks forward to celebrating new milestones in the future. v

Peaceful Presence

Open House, November 17

As seasons change and autumn colors bring us beautiful surroundings, we settle in to a routine and turn inward to spend more time inside than out. You are invited to visit Peaceful Presence’s inside space at its open house on Sunday, November 17, and take an active step to do what many people all over the world are doing: Discover yoga to feel good, tone up, promote balance, and develop skills that lead to good health.

Schedule: 1:00—1:30: Browse through the studio. 1:30—2:15: Women’s yoga. 1:30—2:15: Men’s Yoga. 2:30—3:00: Tai Chi.

The open house will also feature refreshments, music, 20-minute mini-lessons in yoga on request, chair massage, and a special promotion. No RSVP necessary!

Peaceful Presence Yoga & Massage Studio is located at 436 Central Avenue in Cedarhurst. Call 516-371-3715 for more information. v

CSI: Growing

By Giving

Thursday nights are viewed by many as the start of a relaxing weekend, but for the girls who attend CSI, the Community Service Initiative of Far Rockaway, Thursdays are an opportunity to do chesed for the community. A new project of the White Shul Youth Department, CSI is an afterschool program for girls in seventh and eighth grade that allows them to have fun and get involved in various chesed activities at the same time.

Arriving at the White Shul straight from school, the girls enjoy pizza and fries, sushi, or another great dinner, while engaging in lively discussion about the importance of chesed and the many ways of taking initiative and helping others. Then the real fun begins, as the group works together to implement all sorts of exciting chesed projects. Every girl in the program is full of energy, enthusiasm, and creativity, and each one has a chance to use her own individuality to help others. In just the past few weeks, the girls had a great time decorating projects for each other, preparing Shabbos desserts for families in need, and organizing their own Caps for Kallahs bottlecap fundraiser for hachnossas kallah. This last project is the biggest one yet, because the girls are extending their love of chesed outside of a once-a-week activity and motivating their classmates and schools to get involved and be a part of a huge mitzvah.

Under the leadership of Sari Babad and Ilanna Schuster, with guidance from Rebbetzin Feiner and other community leaders, the program is designed to be both growth-oriented and a ton of fun. If tables full of glitter, exciting music, and hands sticky with marshmallow fluff are any indication, CSI is definitely meeting its goal of an awesomely enjoyable program! Special thanks to all of the girls who give up their own free time every week to be involved in such a special task.

CSI has sponsorship opportunities available. For more information, or to get CSI involved in your gmach or chesed organization, please contact Sari Babad at 516-578-5698,, or Shira Leff at 347-729-3879 v

Around The World With Shulamith, November 16

The Shulamith Women’s Organization will be hosting its first gala Chanukah Chinese Auction on Motzaei Shabbat, November 16 at Congregation Beth Shalom for the Shulamith School for Girls of Long Island. Shulamith of Long Island is entering its 13th anniversary in the Five Towns area and is experiencing exponential growth; more than 500 students attend its three divisions, which comprise nursery through eighth grade. At Shulamith, students are being taught the beauty of Torah, tefillah, and the performance of mitzvot while simultaneously being provided with a strong secular foundation.

The Shulamith Women’s Organization is a volunteer-based group of mothers working to enhance the school experience of the girls at Shulamith. They chose the theme of the evening “Around the World” because they realize that at Shulamith each child is really her own world and each student’s uniqueness is appreciated and actualized. An “Around the World” buffet melaveh malkah will be served. Admission is $36 per person and includes a free $20 auction ticket. The SWO is looking forward to a great evening for a wonderful cause. Tickets can be purchased in advance at

auction or at the door that evening. v

Camp Maor Holds

Open House, November 9

Camp Maor, a top-notch Jewish performing arts sleepaway camp for girls, is holding an open house this Motzaei Shabbos in Woodmere. “Camp Maor is a place where every camper will have a chance to shine,” says Dale Pianko, the owner and visionary behind the camp. Camp Maor aims to explore the creative and expressive potential in every camper through its innovative summer program, which is held on a beautiful campus in the heart of the Poconos.

Designed for girls entering fifth through ninth grade, every camper at Camp Maor will have the opportunity to learn from teaching artists with degrees in the fields of acting, voice, and dancing. Campers will select a major area of concentrated study where they will participate in advanced training and performance exercises designed to keep them active and excited every day. The limited enrollment at Camp Maor will ensure that each camper receives individual attention from our professional faculty and gives our instructors the ability to tailor their approach to the group, eliminating the need to teach in a one-size-fits-all model.

“Our goal is to create a non-intimidating, safe, and supportive environment so that all of our campers can explore their expressive and performance abilities,” says Sari Kahn, director of Camp Maor, “and the increased interaction between campers and faculty from our smaller courses will allow campers to grow in confidence and handle themselves with professionalism whenever they have to step into the spotlight, whether in school, or in any future career.”

Campers will gain additional skills while taking the elective courses and specialty workshops that will vary throughout the summer and will include special guest instructors. All of this will be done without compromising our Jewish observance, with time designated every day for tefilah and a shiur relevant to the themes of our program. Each week will end in a unique Shabbat experience, where each camper will feel a part of the gathering of amazing performance artists who make up the faculty and staff of Camp Maor.

There will be two sessions at Camp Maor this summer. The first session will conclude with a performance of Alice in Wonderland along with a Glee-style a cappella performance, and the second session’s final performance will be the musical Disney’s Mulan Jr.

It’s not all rehearsals and training at Camp Maor. Campers will enjoy time every day at our beautiful sports and recreational facilities. The pool will be available for one to two swim periods a day for each camper and all campers will participate in organized sports on our state-of-the-art basketball and tennis courts and on the ballfields.

You can learn more about Camp Maor at an open house being held this Motzaei Shabbos, November 9, at 8:00 p.m. at 2 Basile Court in Woodmere, or visit Camp Maor’s website,, where online registration opens this week. v

The Pittsburgher Rebbe Comes to FR, November 10

Welcome the Pittsburgher Rebbe, Rav Mordechai Yissachar Ber Leifer, shlita (from Ashdod, Israel), on Sunday, November 10. Kabalos kahal (private appointments) beginning at 4:00 p.m. Men and women are invited. The Rebbe will be hosted by Rivka and Michael Spiegel, 630 Meehan Avenue in Far Rockaway. Call 718-327-6518 for more information. v

JCC Of The Greater Five Towns Upcoming Events

All classes take place at the JCC, 207 Grove Avenue in Cedarhurst, unless otherwise noted. Call 516-569-6733 for more information.

Set the perfect table with Nan Monczyk. Learn how to create stunning table settings for any occasion using silk flowers and other unique ideas. Two Tuesdays, November 12 and 19, 1:30—3:00 p.m.; $55 for both classes or $30 for each class. To register, please contact Rachayle at ext. 222 or e-mail

What happens when Thanksgiving and Chanukah coincide–Turkey latkes? With Chef Naomi Ross. Get ready to celebrate this unusual holiday combination. Wednesday, November 13, 10:30 a.m.—1:30 p.m.; $60. To register, please contact Rachayle at ext. 222 or e-mail

Free ballroom dancing workshop with JCC and Dance Passion. Saturday, November 16, 6:45 p.m. For children aged 3—13 (the children will be divided by age). Come and meet the dance instructors, and bring a friend! Everyone is welcome! Please come a little early so that you have time to get ready, and please bring water and comfortable shoes. To register, e-mail by November 10.

Our Matriarchs class with Michal Horowitz. Learn fascinating facts and beautiful stories about Rachel and Leah–two sisters, two wives, one husband. Tuesday, December 3, 11:30 a.m.—12:30 p.m.; $15. To register, please contact Rachayle at ext. 222 or e-mail

Introduction to Microsoft Excel with Sharper Training Solutions. Monday, December 16, 7:00—9:00 p.m.; $30. Learn the basics of the world’s most popular spreadsheet program, including creating, editing, and formatting worksheets, formulas, and more. Computer comfort required. To register, please contact Rachayle at ext. 222 or e-mail

Six-week emotional eating support group for women. Mondays, 1:00—2:00 p.m. November 4—December 16 (no meeting November 11); $40/6 sessions. This program provides an opportunity to discover the roots of emotional eating, recognize and understand triggers, and develop positive alternatives to handling emotions. For further information, please call Rebecca Gordon at ext. 209.

Bereavement support group. For the sudden loss of a family member or loved one. This support group will provide you the opportunity to work through grief, examine feelings and discover inner strengths in a safe, supportive and confidential group. The group will start on Monday, November 11, 11:00 a.m.—12:30 p.m. and meet for six weeks. $40. Preregistration and intake required. Please contact Judy Goldberg at ext. 224 or

Low-fat cooking and how to grocery shop with LIFE Program (Long Island Friends Experience). Monday, November 18, 7:00—9:00 p.m.; $5. Learn how to shop economically and efficiently and make yourself delicious and easy low-fat meals. LIFE is a socialization program for adults with physical, neurological, and emotional needs. The group meets three times per month and enjoys a wide range of fun and diverse social activities. For more information and to preregister, please call Gayle Fremed at ext. 211.

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) support group’s annual Thanksgiving dinner celebration. Wednesday, November 20, 7:00—9:00 p.m.; $10. Enjoy entertainment by Michael Weinstein and his bluegrass band as we feel grateful for what we have and celebrate Thanksgiving with friends and family. Traditional Thanksgiving meal with dessert. Kindly RSVP by Wednesday, November 13 by contacting Lisa Barnett, LCSW-R, at ext. 210. v

Successful Event

For Buyers

Of Ramat Givat Zeev

An impressive sales event was held in the United States for the unique residential project, Ramat Givat Zeev, in Jerusalem. Hundreds of buyers and potential buyers from the Orthodox community in the United States visited the Lawrence Country Club in New York and met with the professional staff behind the neighborhood, which is being tailor-built to the American Anglo community. They received a full picture of the project, which is under construction just north of Jerusalem.

The expo was highly successful. Over the day, 21 sales were made, which indicates the confidence that the buyers have in the exclusive communal neighborhood. It should be noted that sales of the Bnei Beischa lots are complete, and a large variety of families have purchased homes in the neighborhood, among them rabbanim, doctors, lawyers, and businesspeople. Just 150 units in luxury apartment buildings are left to sell, out of a total of 450 units in the neighborhood.

Ramat Givat Zeev is the flagship project of Chish Nofei Israel, and many rabbanim in the United States have supported it as most suitable to realize the dream of Americans to move to Eretz Yisrael. The project offers exclusive advantages to facilitate easy acclimation to one’s new home, with emphasis on the construction of a warm, homogenous community that will include a plethora of community institutions that suit the mentality of the residents. The neighborhood is being built to luxurious standards, with spacious green parks and commercial space. It is located just north of Jerusalem and offers the ideal combination of a tranquil, suburban setting with breathtaking views and clear mountain air, while benefitting from the close proximity to the Torah and Chassidic centers in the capital.

At the end of the sales expo, a festive sit-down dinner was held for the buyers. During the course of the evening, the professionals involved offered a summary of each part of the project. The project’s attorney and the bank’s representatives presented the plans. HaRav Shmuel Brazil, rosh yeshivas Zeev HaTorah, which will be moving to the neighborhood, came to the United States especially for the expo, and spoke at the dinner. He emphasized the importance of creating a family-like atmosphere of unity. Housing Minister Mr. Uri Ariel spoke via video and praised the developers for the unique neighborhood. Israel’s former chief rabbi, HaRav Yisrael Meir Lau, extended his best wishes to the buyers.

The buyers noted that Chish Nofei Israel–by supporting them from the moment of purchase through the entire construction process, with attention to the smallest details–made them feel confident. It should be noted that Chish Nofei Israel is a leader in construction for the religious community in Israel, and has built a number of neighborhoods from beginning to end, including community services and other vital needs.

Development work such as roads and infrastructure are underway, and construction is continuing constantly as a new neighborhood goes up in the Jerusalem Hills. v

News From

Rambam Mesivta

Meeting ‘Divergent’ Trilogy Author. In recent years, there have been a number of young-adult publishing sensations: the Harry Potter series, the Twilight saga, the Hunger Games trilogy, and, now, Divergent. With the film version of her books set to hit the big screen in March, Veronica Roth, the young author of the Divergent trilogy, is unquestionably the author of the moment.

The Rambam Meet The Author Book Club, a club that has met Malcolm Gladwell, Elie Wiesel, Michael Lewis, Mike Piazza, Buddy Elias, and many more, recently added Veronica Roth to its list of authors.

The scene at the 92Y was a frenzy of youthful literary anticipation as the event was held on the day of the final book’s release. Following an interview in which she revealed her writing method, Ms. Roth was kind enough to sign copies of Allegiant, which almost instantly became a New York Times bestseller. The night also featured surprise guest appearances by two actors from the upcoming film.

The Rambam Meet The Author Book Club is dedicated to making literature come to life and exploring the publishing industry and writing. Every trip ends with Ma’ariv and is a night of learning, chevrah, and inspiration.

Rambam Hosts President of Touro. Dr. Alan Kadish, the president and CEO of Touro College and University System, and Dr. Moshe Sokol, dean of Landers College for Men, met with the educational arm of Rambam Mesivta. Dr. Kadish, a cardiologist by profession, outlined many of the university’s postgraduate programs which could be of interest to students of Rambam Mesivta. He spoke about the broad spectrum of programs offered in medicine, osteopathy, and law, amongst others. Dr. Kadish emphasized the university’s commitment to accommodating the needs and the lifestyle of the Torah community. He also spoke about the many innovative programs the university offered incorporating technology into the educational process and allowing for “virtual dissections” in the medical school, to enable Kohanim to attend.

Dr. Sokol spoke about the Landers College initiative called “The Center for Jewish Law and the Professions,” which offers all those pursuing degrees in business, psychology, medicine law, and dentistry special shiurim and seminars offering guidance in the halachic issues that will confront them in their professions.

Rosh Mesivta Rabbi Zev Meir Friedman was duly impressed and noted “how important it is to provide opportunities for Bnei Torah in a setting and a framework where learning Torah and shemiras hamitzvos are of paramount importance.” Rabbi Yotav Eliach, Rambam’s principal, was excited to learn about the university’s upcoming BA-MD program which, he said, “would definitely interest many of our talmidim who want to pursue a career in medicine.”

After meeting with the Rambam administration, Dr. Kadish and Dean Sokol had lunch with the senior class to speak about Landers College and Touro’s graduate programs. They also met with Rabbi Haar and Rabbi Ziskind, who teach the seniors. Mr. Hillel Goldman, Rambam’s assistant principal, discussed various initiatives and joint programs to enable Rambam talmidim to experience firsthand all that Landers College has to offer. v

Shalhevet Girls Are

On A Roll

At 10:00 a.m. on Monday morning, rosh chodesh Kislev, all of the Shalhevet students were sitting diligently in class when G.O. president Bracha Gold announced excitedly over the loudspeaker that all the girls should board the buses waiting for them outside! Murmurs were racing through the hall: “Where are we going?” “What are we doing?” The excitement kept building up as each girl took her seat trying to guess what the surprise trip was. The buses made their way to Woodmere Lanes where the girls spent the morning bowling! Smiles and laughter filled the bowling alley as the girls had a great time knocking down pins. A few girls even won a free game of bowling by winning the Rocky Road challenge! After bowling, the girls enjoyed lunch on Central Avenue at their favorite places. It was a great start to a fabulous month ahead! v

“Into The Arms

Of Strangers” At YILC, November 9

The Young Israel of Lawrence-Cedarhurst will be showing the film Into the Arms of Strangers this Saturday evening, November 9, beginning at 8:00 p.m. Admission is $10. The film is about the kindertransport that was run as a response to Kristallnacht. This November 9 marks the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht.

Introducing the film will be Mrs. Belle Silverstein. Mrs. Silverstein’s maiden name is Bertha Messing, and she is included in the credits of the film, as she was part of the kindertransport.

This documentary, narrated by Dame Judi Dench, is a powerfully moving and positively inspirational account of a period of world history that should never be forgotten. The documentary details the historic events leading up to the journey from chaos in Europe to safety in Britain. Recalling the tears, the trauma, the waiting, and–in a few cases–the joyous reunion, surviving “kinder” tell their story as never told before.

This event is being sponsored by Rachelle Rohde, Esther and Baruch Weinstein, and their families upon the first yahrzeit of Rachelle and Esther’s father, David Weiss, Chaim Ze’ev ben Yoel, a’h. v

South Shore Opens

In The North

Over the last few years, many young children from the community of North Woodmere have been streaming in to learn at Yeshiva of South Shore. In response to the piqued interest, Av and Daniella Rodin opened their home for an informational morning at which the administration members met with a room filled with potential parents who gathered to hear about the wonderful chinuch at Yeshiva of South Shore.

Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky, rosh yeshiva, and Rabbi Chanina Herzberg, menahel, greeted the participants with words of chizuk that lent an understanding about the warmth of Yeshiva of South Shore and its philosophy of education. Rabbi Avrahom Fridman and Mr. Daniel Winkler, the associate general studies principals, each spoke about the many programs in the school and small classes that comprise both the enrichment and resource that enable the yeshiva to meet each student’s needs. They highlighted the robotics program, SET3 program, and calculate-math program. Morah Elana Fertig, the early childhood director, spoke proudly of the amazing moros in the preschool and how they are constantly adding exciting and fun ways for our children to learn.

The morning was highlighted by the warm words of Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz, rav of Bais Haknesses of North Woodmere, who is both an alumnus of the yeshiva and a rebbe of many of the yeshiva’s graduates. He proudly spoke about how well prepared the talmidim of YOSS are when they enter high school. v

Beis Tefillah

Of N. Woodmere Honors New Rav

Beis Tefillah of North Woodmere, formerly known as the Orthodox Minyan at Temple Hillel, will be hosting a community-wide kiddush next Shabbos, Parashas Vayishlach, November 16, in honor of their new rabbi, Chesky Gewirtz, his wife, Aliza, and their two daughters. Rabbi Gewirtz joined Beis Tefillah in September 2013.

Beis Tefillah is an Orthodox minyan that opened its doors in February 2012 in a classroom at Temple Hillel on Rosedale Road in North Woodmere. This year, the minyan moved to Temple Hillel’s beautiful beis midrash, which seats up to 200 people. With North Woodmere’s rapidly growing Orthodox community, the shul’s membership anticipates that its seats will fill up quickly.

Beis Tefillah is the first Orthodox minyan located on the northern end of North Woodmere. When the minyan was first established, the eruv covering Temple Hillel had been in disrepair. The membership worked with the Five Towns Eruv personnel and formally extended the Five Towns Eruv beyond Temple Hillel to a significant geographical area north of Rosedale Road. Hundreds of homes that had been outside the eruv where many Jewish families live are now included in the eruv. Beis Tefillah hopes to attract new families to North Woodmere and to expand the area in which young Orthodox families will be looking to purchase homes.

Beis Tefillah’s members are excited about their new rabbi and rebbetzin. Their warm and approachable personalities fit well with the membership’s desire to develop a shul that is welcoming to all. There is a kiddush every week after services where this friendly atmosphere is immediately apparent.

Furthermore, the rabbi helps to foster a respectful and enriching davening experience, where the focus is on tefillah.

Rabbi Gewirtz delivers engaging derashos every Shabbos morning. He also gives a weekly parashah shiur for men and women in his home every Thursday night. Members are invited to submit questions on the parashah beforehand, which the rabbi will address, and are encouraged to participate during the shiur, which is conducted in an open dialogue format.

Rabbi Gewirtz spoke about his move to North Woodmere for this position right before the High Holidays: “Being able to serve the shul on the Yomim Noraim and daven with the kehillah was exhilarating. The yom tov season was capped by a beautiful Simchas Torah where all the North Woodmere shuls joined together for hakafos on Hungry Harbor Road.”

Rabbi Gewirtz was born and raised in Monsey. After studying in Yeshivat Sha’alvim in Israel for two years, he graduated with honors from Yeshiva University. Since then, he has held a variety of positions serving the Jewish community. He has taught at both the elementary and high school level and has delivered lectures in Jewish law and philosophy in numerous communities around the country. He is currently a doctoral candidate for a Psy.D. in school and clinical child psychology. Rabbi Gewirtz has served for the last three summers as the head counselor of the teen boys program at Camp Mesorah and is currently the boys head counselor at Ohel’s Camp Kaylie. He has rabbinic ordination from RIETS and a master’s in Jewish education from the Azrieli Graduate School of Yeshiva University.

Rabbi Gewirtz attributes his smooth transition to North Woodmere to his wife, Aliza, a social worker, teacher, and basketball coach at Yeshivat Har Torah. “Aliza teaches and counsels students during the week, takes care of two children, hosts guests every Shabbos, and makes it look easy.”

If you are interested in learning more about Beis Tefillah, or are interested in visiting for Shabbos, please contact Scott Goldberg at or Laurie Finkel at v

Shop Talk: News From Gourmet Glatt

Centering on Seniors. Now in its third month, Gourmet Glatt’s Senior Shopping Hours Program–sponsored in conjunction with Ohel Children’s Home and Family Services–is changing the food shopping experience for many older Five Towns residents. The weekly program makes “personal shoppers” available to seniors in need of practical assistance and offers convenient access to eldercare specialists who can provide information about Ohel’s wide range of geriatric services.

Senior shopping hours are in effect every Tuesday, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Eligible shoppers (over age 65) are invited to stop by the Ohel eldercare table during those hours to request shopping assistance and a special senior discount.

“There are so many valuable resources that seniors may just not know about,” says Ohel’s Dena Aber. “The new shopping program makes it really easy for them–or their relatives–to find out what services are out there and how they can take advantage of them.”

Shop and Sip. The temperature outside is dropping, and Gourmet Glatt’s got just the thing to take the chill off–complimentary hot coffee. “Our store is famous for its friendly and inviting atmosphere,” says store manager Yoeli Steinberg. “So the idea of welcoming shoppers with a cup of steaming coffee or hot chocolate was really a no-brainer.” In recent weeks, he reports, the store has also installed sleek new meat and produce showcases, expanded product selection in just about every department–check out the garlic-stuffed olives at Schwartz’s appetizing!–and created a separate candy/nut section featuring many sugar-free items and a wide array of beautiful gift platters.

Shoppers will be seeing many more exciting innovations and improvements in coming days, Yoeli predicts. “We’re constantly adding, changing, and upgrading–it’s part of who we are and what we do.”

Part of the Community, Partners in the Community. In keeping with its longstanding policy of giving back to the community it serves, Gourmet Glatt is proud to once again be a sponsor of the popular Motzoei Shabbos Avos U’Banim learning program. The store provides snacks and drinks to father and son chavrusas at the Bostoner Bais Medrash (Lawrence), Yeshiva of South Shore (Hewlett), Shteeble (Rabbi Spiegel/Cedarhurst), and Aish Kodesh (Woodmere).

A small sampling of Gourmet Glatt’s most recent efforts on behalf of Torah and chesed causes around town, around the city, and around the world would also include: providing upwards of 100 yom tov meals for families of hospitalized patients serviced by Achiezer Community Resource Center; providing water bottles to participants in the 5K run/walkathon for Our Place, an organization for at-risk youth; providing snacks and drinks to riders in a bike-a-thon for Friendship Circle, an international nonprofit organization that promotes friendships between teenage volunteers and special needs children; and providing refreshments at a communitywide siyum (held at Sh’or Yoshuv) that capped off a hakoras hatov Shabbos marking one year since Hurricane Sandy.

Here Comes the Judge. Seems it’s not just Gourmet Glatt shoppers who value Howie Klagsburn’s expertise regarding food and all things food related. Along with several other prominent food industry experts, Gourmet Glatt’s purchasing manager was invited to serve as a judge at the annual Kosherfest New Product Competition. The prestigious competition, which takes place two weeks before the official opening of Kosherfest (the world’s largest kosher-certified products trade show, held this year on October 29 and 30), names the year’s best new kosher retail and food service products in a number of categories.

According to Howie, entries ran the gamut from snacks, to beverages, to appetizers, to Passover products, to frozen foods, to wines–for a total of nearly 150 new items. While the winners in each category were all exceptional, he says, the winner in the Best Overall New Product category–pareve single-serve cups for K-cup brewers (including cappuccino, hot chocolate, apple cider, and chai tea)–was truly outstanding. “None of us could believe the beverages were pareve; I’m sure our customers are going to love this new product.”

So while he may have been off-duty from his day job, Gourmet Glatt shoppers were clearly on Judge Howie’s mind throughout his one-day tenure at Kosherfest.

“I was really honored to have been chosen to serve on this distinguished panel. But the best part was getting a sneak peek at all the exciting new products we’ll soon be offering our customers.” v

Record-Breaking Attendance At DRS

Open House

The DRS building was filled beyond capacity this past Sunday as the yeshiva hosted 180 prospective students and their parents at their annual open house. This year’s open house, which takes place in DRS’s beautiful state of the art building, was the largest in the school’s history. The program provided its attendees with an informative, exciting, and enjoyable program which allowed those interested in the school to get a real sense of what DRS is all about.

Upon entering the building, every attendee was warmly greeted by DRS Menahel Rabbi Yisroel Kaminetsky, faculty members, and current DRS students. The program moved to DRS’s spacious beit midrash during which Rabbi Kaminetsky and DRS general studies principal, Dr. Gerald Kirshenbaum, addressed the enormous crowd, enlightening them about DRS’s strong and challenging curriculum in limudei kodesh and limudei chol. Rabbi Kaminetsky stressed that the hallmark of the school is the “personal care, warmth, and attention provided for each individual student.” More importantly, DRS prides itself on the achdut between classmates, who come to DRS from 16 different elementary schools and several different neighborhoods, including Queens, Brooklyn, West Hempstead, Great Neck, Oceanside, and the Five Towns.

Following the opening remarks, prospective students headed off to the extracurricular student fair in DRS’s incredible gymnasium, where they received a taste of all the extracurricular programs that DRS has to offer, including presentations about the cooking and karate club, College Bowl competition, sports teams, shabbatonim and trips, and much more. The students then heard from a number of teachers who promoted the high quality of education at the school.

At the same time, parents got a chance to hear from DRS faculty members in the science, math, English, and social studies departments regarding the range of courses offered at DRS. DRS boasts a large curriculum, including 15 AP courses, and the opportunity to be involved in several research opportunities in science and social studies. DRS Associate Principal Rabbi Elly Storch informed the parents of the school’s wide limudei kodesh curriculum, which includes Gemara, Mussar, Chumash, halacha, Navi, Jewish history, and machshavah studies. Parents also got a chance to ask a panel of five DRS students about their views of the yeshiva.

DRS thanks all those who came to visit the open house, and looks forward to meeting them again in the future! v

Lido’s New Rabbi Welcomed

At Shabbat Dinner

Rabbi Shaul Rappeport was introduced to the Lido Beach Congregation Friday evening amid the warmth and excitement of a buzzing record crowd. Born in Perth, Australia, and with semichah awarded in Israel by way of yeshivot in South Africa, Rabbi Rappeport comes to Lido after three years in Williamsport, PA. Lido’s president, Alex Berkovitch, chaired the Shabbat event. His expressions of gratitude to Hashem for helping Lido find such a wonderful successor to the retired rabbi (now Rabbi Emeritus) Daniel Mehlman resonated with everyone. Then it was Rebbetzin Michal Rappeport’s turn to be introduced, and her innate warmth charmed the crowd. But the real stars were the smiling and ever-scurrying children: Eliezer, Sara, and Shaina.

Asked about his goals, Rabbi Rappeport seeks to make known that the Lido community is a hidden gem. “Of course the shul has minyanim and shiurim and we have an eiruv. But where else,” he asks, “can you find the ideal town for both younger families and empty-nesters? We have yeshivot, parks, boardwalk and beaches, libraries, year-round pools, ice skating, kosher butcher, bakeries, and a 50-minute comfortable commute. We’re 15 minutes from major hospitals, three campuses with free courses for seniors, a full-service JCC, and you can live in anything from a rental to a mansion.”

The webmaster boasts that the rabbi will be tweeting as @30somethingrav and will regularly post on YouTube.

Vice-President Zev Nathan noted that retired Rabbi Mehlman led the shul for 37 years and that under Rabbi Rappeport’s leadership, the congregation’s future is in excellent hands.

For more information, e-mail or call 516-889-9650. v

Dr. Chaim Bernstein Honored At Beth Israel

“Loved by all for his warmth, kindness, excellence as a clinician and for his care and compassion.” Thus began Harris M. Nagler, MD, President of Beth Israel Medical Center, at a special ceremony at Beth Israel Brooklyn on October 28 to honor Chaim J. Bernstein, MD, FCCP, recipient of the 2013 Wholeness of Life Award.

The Wholeness of Life Award recognizes health-care practitioners whose treatment of patients and colleagues demonstrate respect for human beings as whole persons. The event–attended by Dr. Bernstein’s family, colleagues, hospital staff, volunteers, and friends–is the highlight of the hospital’s celebration of Pastoral Care Week.

This year’s theme, “Prophetic Voices,” makes the selection of Dr. Bernstein particularly apt, said Rabbi Jacob Hoenig, Beth Israel chaplain, as he is widely admired as a forward-thinker. Hoenig and his colleagues in the department of pastoral care and education–Rev. Paul Rickert, director; Rabbi Sheldon Goldsmith; and Father Ilyas Gill–organized the tribute. Hospital volunteers provided musical interludes.

Jess Geevarhese, a representative of HealthCare Chaplaincy, presented Dr. Bernstein with a commemorative plaque specially inscribed with a quote from the Book of Job: “Thy care has preserved my spirit.” Ms. Geevarhese read from the nomination of Dr. Bernstein submitted by Rhona Hetsrony, VP for administration, Beth Israel Brooklyn, which remarked on his commitment to the hospital, his patients, and his colleagues.

Dr. Bernstein’s sense of humor and sharp wit were evident in his acceptance. Using life insurance as a metaphor to illustrate his life-guiding principles, he argued that better value can be derived from a whole-life commitment. “Our investment of time, energy, blood, sweat, and tears–everything we put into our work and lives today–will appreciate and will be here to benefit the next generation long after we are all gone,” said the honoree.

“Each patient is different even if some have the same disease,” he added. “I try to make each patient feel special and treat each one like part of my family. I am always mindful that each encounter a patient has with me is probably the most important part of their day. I strive to emulate the dedication of my mentors, who were never too tired or too exhausted to go the extra mile for patients, managed to work under stress, and at the same time balanced family life and professional responsibilities.”

Through nearly three decades, Dr. Bernstein has been a member of the staff at the hospital which has become Beth Israel Brooklyn. He is the division’s chief of pulmonary critical care, associate medical director, and chief medical officer.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, he is the second of four siblings. His father, Max, passed away a few years ago at age 100, and his mother, Lillian, now in her late 90s, continues to live in Midwood.

Dr. Bernstein and his wife, Anne, a physical therapist, have been married for more than three decades, and are blessed with accomplished children and sons-in-law–daughters Rina (Yaacov), Frumie (Avi), and Elisheva (Aaron), and son Yoni. They and six grandchildren, ages 3 to 12, are the couple’s pride and joy. The family loves to travel and enjoys going to baseball games. They live in Lawrence.

Dr. Bernstein will be among the honorees at the HealthCare Chaplaincy gala at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Manhattan on November 7. v

Yeshivas Mir Shabbos Reception, November 8—10

The Far Rockaway/Five Towns communities enthusiastically await the arrival of the rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Mir Yerushalayim, Rav Eliezer Yehuda Finkel, shlita, to join in the yeshiva’s annual Far Rockaway/Five Towns benefit breakfast. Rav Binyomin Carlebach, shlita, rosh yeshiva, and Rav Elimelech Reznik, shlita, r’m of Yeshivas Mir Yerushalayim, will already be arriving on erev Shabbos Parashas Vayeitzei, November 8, to partake in a Shabbos of Chizuk as well, followed by the Sunday-morning community-wide annual benefit reception.

Rav Carlebach and Rav Reznik will be spending Shabbos in the Five Towns, speaking in various shuls, imparting chizuk to the talmidim and to the community at large. Friday night there will be an oneg Shabbos in Lawrence, hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Yitzchok Steg, 236 Juniper Circle, at 8:30 p.m. R’ Yitzchok learned in the yeshiva over ten years ago and still feels a strong connection with it. Motzaei Shabbos, a special alumni melaveh malkah is being arranged, including a kumzitz with Eitan Katz in North Woodmere, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Chaim Stern, 745 Hillcrest Place, at 8:30 p.m. R’ Chaim spent many of his formative years learning in the yeshiva and considered the Mir his home. Though he departed a few years ago, he still returns to the yeshiva for a few weeks at a time–as he did just recently–to keep the warmth he so keenly felt as a talmid. This gathering will allow the alumni of the Five Towns and the greater New York area, who have always felt a tremendous sense of belonging, to rekindle their relationship with the mashpi’im of the yeshiva.

Sunday morning, November 10, the community is warmly invited to attend the yeshiva’s Annual Far Rockaway/Five Towns benefit breakfast and to personally meet with the rosh yeshiva as well as Rav Carlebach and Rav Reznik. The reception is being hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Shloimie Jacobowitz, at their home, 43 Lawrence Avenue, between Central and Broadway. The Jacobowitzes, parents of Aryeh, who is currently learning in the Mir, have graciously agreed to open their home as a token of their hakaras ha’tov for the hatzlachah of their son. The hanhallah looks forward to the community participating in large numbers on Sunday morning, 9:30 a.m., to give them the much-needed chizuk as they forge ahead in their harbotzas haTorah despite the severe government cutbacks. v


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