Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Tu BiShevat


The Bnei Yisaschar (Month of Shevat, 2:2) writes that "A person should pray on Tu BeShevat to find a kosher, beautiful, mehudar esrog with which to fulfill the mitzvah."

Monday, January 21, 2008

Demonstration tonight! in RBS B

Rechov Nahar HaYarden 9
Demonstration protesting the violence against the kanaim and extremists in Bet
Organized by other Charedim in Bet

Shiur on Chovos Halevovos Shaar HaBitachon By Rabbi Malinowitz

  • Sunday nights 9.15 - 10 pm,
  • shiur for women on Chovos Halevovos,
  • Shaar HaBitachon by Rabbi Malinowitz
  • Venue Shoshanah Schaefer,
  • Nachal Maor 12/1
  • Phone 991 9898
  • Time 9.15pm - 10pm
  • NOTE The shiur begins and ends promptly
  • No charge
  • Shiur open to all women who can come

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Lema'an Achai has an Emergency Bills payment program

Stop a moment.When you go from your home, to your car, to your office..stop for a moment outside, and notice the chill. It's around freezing point.
Of course, you're only in the cold for a moment, and you're well dressed against the wind.
Now try to imagine that your home is the same frozen temperature as the outside.
And your kids and wife are very cold; their faces, hands and toes are pale blue."Abba, please turn the heating on, we're freezing."But, you know you won't be able to afford the bill IF you put the heating on.

So you don't...Baruch Hashem, Lema'an Achai has an Emergency Bills payment program.

So none of our 160 impoverished families (over 1000 people) needs to be cold this winter.
Please make a donation now to Lema'an Achai


So Abba can turn on the heating AND pay the bill.

Tizku Lemitzvot & Choref Tov,Rav Avrohom Leventhal & David Morris

Sunday, January 13, 2008

The Latest local War?

Will we have more violence, road closures and sinas chinam in RBS B? Will this spill over into RBSA again? Does anyone know exactly what they are planning to build in Resido center that is antagonizing the Rabbis & residents in RBS B?

This appeared in Afersemon and is hanging in places around RBS: (translation is paraphrased)

"Resido Center is in the final stages of construction on Nahar Yarden corner of Herzog, this large building is a grave spiritual danger for the entire area and can chalila ruin the entire investment of sweat and blood by the Rabbis and institutions of the neighborhoods which spread Torah and Judaism."

"Since the initiatives and trials of our Rabbis have until now not suceeded in anything and these [people] are still stubborn and continue to be rebel."

(in large letters) "WE ARE THEREFORE WARNING

the Resido company and all parties involved cease and desist this very moment, do a last minute about face and change your destructive plans to change the face of our pure and holy neighborhood."

"Because we will fight with great might and fierceness because this touches our souls!"

"(You may well remember that in the past in Bnei Brak they tried to build a shopping mall and they did not succeed)"

"Charedi Beit Shemesh is ready and prepared to fight for its soul"

(in large letters) "WITH A GREAT FORCE"

"To distance from our homes this leperous growth who knows the consequences!"

SIGNED "The public committee to save the neighborhood" (be prepared for a continuation of details to follow"

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Loans for Beit Shemesh residents - call AACI

Loans are available for any purpose if you have equity in a home or apartment in Israel.

(The equity is the difference between what your home is worth and what you owe on your present mortgage.)

An American family trust is making loans available up to $50,000 on a five-year term and with a fixed interest rate (Heter Iska).

Flexible credit and income qualifying.

You do not have to be an American immigrant to qualify. Generally, your property must be in the "greater Jerusalem area" including Modi'in, Beit Shemesh, Efrat, Ma'ale Adumim and most larger Yishuvim.

The process takes about a week.
More information is available from Sheila Bauman at the AACI or call Shulamith at 0523-749-738. E-mail: SBYisrael@yahoo.com

23rd Greater Beit Shemesh Blood Drive

23rd Greater Beit Shemesh Blood Drive - you're ALSO right!!

(See the Statistics page at http://www.shemesh.co.il/bd/BloodDriveStatistics.html for the statistics from the past drives.) Please mark your calendars (ifyou haven't already done so) so that you'll remember to attend this very important, life-saving event!!!

DATE: Sunday, February 10, 2008 (Or L'5 Adar Aleph 5768)

(NOTE that this is the middle of the winter. Blood donations are usually low during the winter, and unfortunately, the need for blood is always high. Our drive is very important to helping MDA replenish our precious Nation's blood supply!!!)

TIMES: 17:30 to 22:30 '
PLACE: Beit Knesset Feigenson, Nofei Aviv (downstairs in the UlamSmachot)
WHO: Healthy adults ages 18 to 65 (17 with a parent's note).

Other restrictions apply. For details, see our website at http://www.shemesh.co.il/. Click the Teddy Bear link on the left!

WHAT TO BRING: Teudat Zehut, Passport, Driver's License

WHAT NOT TO BRING: Please leave your adorable children at home. We don't provide babysitting and a blood donation center can be a dangerous place for small children (especially while their parents are donating blood).

Arrange a babysitter or swap with a neighbor - you can watch their kids while they donate and they'll watch yours while you donate!

RIDES: Rides to/from the drive can be cheerfully arranged.

Please contact me if you'd like a ride. Get a group together and we'll bring all of you!! We've provided rides from as close as the Sheinfeld neighborhood and as far as RBS...so far!

FOOD SPONSORS: We don't have any sponsors for this blood drive yet. You can sponsor a drive in honor of someone, in memory of someone, or topromote a business. If you'd like to sponsor the drive, please let me know. As always, if you have ANY questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me.

If I don't know the answer, I'll refer you to the nice folks at MDA who do!! Wishing you a safe, happy, and healthy winter!

Kol Tuv, Deb Weisblatt (for the Greater Beit Shemesh Blood Drive Committee)

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Breslov Shul RBS A, welcomes Rav Nachman Burshtein

The Breslov Shul RBS A, welcomes HaRav Nachman Burshtein Shlita for Shabbes Parshas Bo.

Rav Nachman, who graced us with his presence at the Breslov Shabbaton thispast Shabbes Chazon, is one of the leading figures in Breslov Chassidus today.

A veritable walking encyclopedia on Breslov teachings, Breslov traditions,and authentic Breslov Niggunim, Rav Nachman Burshtein is a pleasure to hearand lesson to, and will almost cetainly inspire anyone who will attend anyof his shiurim or talks over Shabbes.

Rav Burshtein will be speaking in Hebrew.

Schedule for Shabbes Parshas Bo as follows:

Friday Night Kaballas Shabbes and Maariv will be led by Rav NachmanBurshtein.
Friday Night Oneg Shabbes: 8:30 PM. Stories about Breslov Gedolim of the past

Shabbes Morning: Sipurei Maasiot Shiur after davening.

Before Mincha: 3:15: Shiur in Breslov Teachings

During Seuda Shlishis: Shiur in Likutei MoHaRan.

The Breslov Shul is located at Lachish 40/13, up the stairs to the left ofthe building.

We look forward to seeing you all.
Shabbat Shalom.

Lema'an Achai 2007

Your support of Lema'an Achai during 2007 achieved miracles & wonders.

By the nature of what Lema'an Achai does, most of these achievements cannot be publicly reported.So here's some *highlights* that we CAN tell you about...Yeshar koach to our wonderful donors in RBSA!

Services We Delivered to Local Families Suffering Poverty & Crisis...
* FIVE THOUSAND Four Hundred & Ninety Three Hours of support & counseling by our in-house professional team of Social Workers
* Six Hundred & Sixteen Hours of Psychiatric/Psychological Therapy!
* EIGHT THOUSAND Free Dental Treatments - over Five Thousand for Kids!!
* Seven Hundred and Six Hours of Professional After-School Teaching for Kids at Risk!
* Sixty Families received Advocacy Services (new service in 2007!) - 40 of these have had their cases successfully resolved, so far!
* Forty Families Received Intensive Financial Counseling - saving thousands of shekels for each family.
* Over One Hundred and Sixty Families (over one THOUSAND people) received Regular, Reliable Food Stamps - so no-one goes hungry.
* A further One THOUSAND nine hundred & twenty food supplementary packages were delivered (including our unique Shmita-Friendly Aid Packages!!)....and a Further FOURTEEN Projects, Programs & Services, running 24/6!!....by OVER TWO HUNDRED talented devoted & industrious Volunteers!!

We are delighted to report that Forty-Six Families (29%) no longer required Lema'an Achai's assistance, during 2007.

Of these, Twenty-Seven Families (17%) Achieved Independence in 2007 Directly Due to Lema'an Achai.Other Amazing Achievements:-

* Lema'an Achai's joint Social Services Program with The Gush Katif Settlers Council played a critical role in obtaining FIVE HUNDRED MILLION (half a billion!) NIS of Additional Aid for Gush Katif Evacuees, as a supplement to the Evacuation & Compensation Law, in June 2007.

* Lema'an Achai received The Bet Shemesh Prize & Recognition during 2007, for its Leadership Role in hosting & aiding over one THOUSAND refugees from the Second Lebanon War of 2006.

* Lema'an Achai was multiply cited, as part of a whole chapter focusing on Bet Shemesh (the only city to merit this), by the Ben Gurion University National Report on the Response of the Non-Profit Sector during the Second Lebanon War (the non-Government equivalent of the Winograd Report), published in 2007.

* Lema'an Achai established its First Branch Office, located in Migdal Hamayim, servicing Bet Shemesh, Givat Sharet and Migdal Hamayim (in memory of Emma and Simon Wang z"l).

* The Municipality of Bet Shemesh Granted Lema'an Achai a Two Dunam (that's to say, big!) Building Site, on Prime Real Estate on Nachal Dolev, RBS.

Lema'an Achai has ambitious plans (and commitments!) to Help More People Even Better during 2008 - which will require a whopping twenty percent increase in funding.

ALL of this has been achieved, and will be achieved Be"H, solely due to the financial support of private local donors - YOU.

Yeshar Koach and Thank You to Everyone!

We look forward to your continuing and increasing support during this new financial year.


Please visit our web site at http://www.lemaanachai.org/ for more great news!
Best Regards,
Rabbi Avrohom Leventhal
David Morris

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Kupa Shel Tzedaka RBSA

Dear RBS residents

The upcoming annual melava malka of the Kupa shel Tzedaka has been well publicised and the deadline date for inclusion in the yearly journal is fast approaching. This journal offers residents a once-a-year opportunity to pay tribute to the organisation as a whole, thank a particular volunteer, Rav or gabbai. I have the task of contacting approx 420 families by the cutoff date for publication of 22nd. January; an impossible task!

Frequently 2 or 3 calls have to be made in a very limited time frame in order to reach a decision maker and the more people I contact the more the volume of callbacks increase. Therefore I am appealing to the olam to help me in this most meritorious and worthwhile cause. You can make your public acknowledgement of your appreciation for the above mentioned categories by the following methods:-
1. Contact the office by phone at 995 1111; fax 995 1112.
2. Contact me at 999 6081.
3 Email RBSTzedaka@Gmail.com.
Payments can be made in cash, cheque or credit card and can be divided into as many payments as you wish throughout the year. Israeli/American/Canadian tax receipts available on request.

Maaser money may be used.

Advertisements opportunities as follows:-
Platinum page 7500
Gold page 5000
Silver page 3600
Full page 1800
1/2 page 1000
1/4 page 600
1/8 page 360
Greeting 180

Tizku L'Mitzvos

Dovid Witkowski