Jewish Girls Unite At Winter Retreat

For five days this Chanukah, over fifty Jewish girls ages 9-15 from all walks of life gathered together for a “Jewish Girls Winter Weekend Retreat”. The retreat took place at the 700-acre Silver Bay Retreat Center on Lake George. Participants traveled from Brooklyn, Albany, Syracuse, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Chicago, Toronto and Virginia. The Retreat was a joint project of YALDAH magazine and Bat Mitzvah Camp & Club of the Capital District, two dynamic organizations serving the needs of pre-teen and teenage Jewish girls.

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Baruch Dayan Ha’emes – Rabbi Nosson Vogel OB”M

With sadness we inform you of the passing on of Reb Nosson (Bobby) Vogel of London at the age 82.

Reb Nosson was a pillar of the Jewish community in England. He was the founder of the Yeshiva Gedola Lubavitch on Kingsley way in London and was known as a Baal Tzedaka and Baal chesed throughout the world. He devoted his life to strengthening Torah and Yiddishkeit everywhere he had the opportunity and with his special warmth, touched the lives of many people. He merited tremendous kiruv from the Rebbe, spent long hours in yechidus and received special assignments to accomplish on many of his travels. In particular, he exemplified the mitzvah of Ahavas Yisroel and was someone who dearly loved doing a favor for another Jew.

He is survived by his wife and children yibadu l’chaim tovim: Mrs. Freida Zisel Vogel, sons: Dovid Sholom Vogel (London), Nechemiah Vogel (Rochester, NY), Chuni Vogel (Wilmington, DE), Chaim Vogel (London), Nuchi Vogel (London), Moshe Vogel (London) and daughters: Mrs. Hadassah Shur (Yerushalayim), Elyan Vogel (London)

The Levaya will take place on Friday morning in London.

Hamokom Yenachem Eschem Besoch Shaar Avaylay Tzion VeYerushalayim. Vehukeetzu Veranenu Shochnay Ufur vehu besochom!

Jump start Summer at Winter Expo; Running Springs Really Running

Jewish Journal

Organizers are hoping to significantly increase last year’s inaugural summer of 180 kids at Camp Gan Israel in Running Springs.

The camp, a 70-acre site near Big Bear that Chabad purchased for $4.3 million two years ago, recently broke ground on a 10,000-square-foot multipurpose building and has invested another $1.5 million in other improvements, including a newly remodeled synagogue, enlarged dining hall, kitchen improvements, a game room and upgraded air conditioning, bathrooms and carpets.

Winterbreak Ski Retreat Allows Students to Explore Their Jewish Identities

Jennifer Anne Perez –

When college student Allison Singer saw the fliers for Winterbreak, a California ski and learn retreat organized by a group of Chabad on Campus emissaries, she had zero plans to attend. But that was before circumstances – and perhaps more than a little bit of divine intervention – got her up that mountain.

“I didn’t have the time to go on the trip at first,” says Singer, a 20-year-old University of California at Santa Barbara student. “Then my car broke down. Because my car broke down, I lost my job. All of a sudden I had plenty of time on my hands.”

Cartoon Riles Readers and Officials

The Jewish Exponent

Philadelphia, PA — Arnold Soslow wasn’t amused when he read an editorial cartoon in a recent edition of the Northeast Times. In fact, Soslow, 68, of Northeast Philadelphia, said he was appalled.

“To me, it was anti-Semitic,” said Soslow, calling the cartoonist’s spoof of the recent Seattle Christmas tree debacle “offensive and inaccurate.” He added, “That just hit home a little bit.”

The Weekly Sedra – Parshas Vayechi

The Rebbe says:

1. In this week’s Parshah Ya’akov Avinu (our father) blesses each one of his 12 children (Chapter 49, Verses 1 through 28).

When Ya’akov Avinu blesses his son Asher he says “From Asher- his bread is rich, he will provide kingly delicacies” (Chapter 49, Verse 20).

Rashi (Rabbi Shlomo Yitzchaki) explains this blessing and says: The food which comes from the land that Asher received as an inheritance is rich and fat because there are many olives in his portion which give oil like a spring. As we see that Moshe Rabbeinu (our teacher) also blessed Asher by saying “and he will (even be able to) dip his feet in oil”.

Police Search For Gunman In Brooklyn Roller Rink Shooting


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Detectives are searching for a man who shot four people at a Brooklyn roller skating rink in Crown Heights early Wednesday morning.

It happened outside the Empire Roller Skating Center in Crown Heights shortly before 1 a.m.

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Police ‘Rough-Up Victim’ Was Cuffed

The NY Post

The off-duty sergeant and two cops charged with assaulting a suspect in Brooklyn knocked their prisoner to the ground and kicked him while he was handcuffed and down, police sources revealed yesterday.

The trio, assigned to the 71st Precinct in Crown Heights, allegedly roughed up the man after uniformed police had arrested him for breaking into the personal car of the off-duty sergeant.

Not content with having the suspect, Gaspar Alcade, in shackles, Sgt. Gregory Abrahams allegedly punched him in the face.