Friday, December 26, 2014

Rav Moshe Hilel Hirsch Rosh Yeshivas Slabodka in Lakewood for shabbos

Lakewood Cheder Chanukas Habayis

The Lakewood Cheder School will celebrate the Chanukas Habayis celebration of the Rechnitz Building this Sunday. The event, which will take place at the school’s Vasser Avenue campus, at 725 Vasser Avenue, will also include the dedications of the Lipshitz Beis Medrash, the Schron Family Dining Room, and the Heitner & Feldman Lobby, and other classroom and Mezuzah dedications. 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Chanuka is in the air

Chanuka is here! The yom tov brings simcha and kedusha to all mishpachos. Families get together and spend time with each other. Yeshivos hold annual mesibas bringing talmidim together. Friends and neighbors host chanuka parties, special programming for children all over town. Stores add to the flavor with chanuka sales and free donuts. Its a time for the Tzibbur to forget the long winter nights to forget the darkness and let the light of chanukah spread kedusha and lechtikeit to all.

Monday, December 15, 2014

President Obama to visit Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst

On Monday the President will visit troops at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey and voice his appreciation in person for their incredible service. Perhaps he can stop by and light the Menorah in Town square. Watch it live

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Benny Friedman at Yapchik

Shigella outbreak - prevention is key

 Yes, Shigella is going around, Shigella are bacteria that can infect the digestive tract and cause a wide range of symptoms, from diarrhea, cramping, vomiting, and nausea, to more serious complications and illnesses. Infections, called shigellosis, sometimes go away on their own; while other times, antibiotics can shorten the course of the illness.  Shigellosis, usually affects kids 2 to 4 years old and rarely infects infants younger than 6 months old.  These infections are very contagious and can be prevented with good hand washing practices.
The best way to prevent the spread of Shigella is by frequent and careful hand washing with soap, especially after they use the toilet and before they eat. This is especially important in childcare settings.

If you're caring for a child who has diarrhea, wash your hands before touching other people and before handling food. (Anyone with a diarrhea should not prepare food for others.) Be sure to frequently clean and disinfect any toilet used by someone with shigellosis.

Sunday, November 30, 2014



TONIGHT, Sunday November 30
Ateres Chana (Bais Faiga Hall) 
Reception: 9pm
Program: 10 pm

Rosh Yeshiva Telz Riverdale




Thursday, November 20, 2014

Asifa TONIGHT, Thursday, November 20th Harav Yitzchok Sorotzkin Shlita at Khal Zichron yaakov


TONIGHT,  Thursday, November 20th

Harav Yitzchok Sorotzkin Shlita 
will be speaking at 
9:00 pm  followed by Tehilim and Marriv.

at Khal Zichron Yaakov
(Rav Gissinger's Shul)
175 Sunset Road


Additional parking available at the NPGS Shopping Center

L'zchur Refuah Shelaima for  Beruriah Bas Chana

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Local Community Mourns Loss Of Rabbi Killed In Israeli Synagogue Attack

By Cleve Bryan
LAKEWOOD Twp., NJ (CBS) – An Orthodox Jewish community is mourning the loss of a rabbi with ties to Lakewood Township who was killed in an Israeli synagogue attack.
Rabbi Moshe Twersky only lived in Lakewood for a short time but his son Rafael Twersky is a student at the rabbinical college.
Lakewood Committeeman Meir Lichtenstein went to Rafael Twersky’s home early Tuesday morning as names were released of the victims in Jerusalem attack.
“Well I walked into the apartment and he was just crying,” says Lichtenstein who tried to console the younger Twersky and help him make travel arrangements to attend his father’s burial.
Tuesday afternoon he delivered a statement from Rabbi Moshe Twersky’s widowed wife:
“He was a most remarkable, beloved husband, father and grandfather

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Atzeres tefilah Tonight

 In light of this morning’s tragic events in Eretz Yisroel, an Atzeres Tefillah will be held in Lakewood tonight. The event, arranged by Agudah, will take place at 7:50 p.m. in Ateres Riva. ‎500 summer Avenue
Divrei Hisorirus will be he heard from Rav Yeruchim Olshin Shlita
Live hook up from Rav Avraham Schor and Rav Elya Brudny  at Brooklyn Asifa.Maariv and Tehillim at 9:00. 
Call in number: 212-444-1323 ext. 9.  

Terror in Har Nof hits close to home.

NJ12 news Video One of the three Americans that were among those killed in an attack Tuesday at a synagogue in Israel has ties to New Jersey.  U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki identified the three U.S. citizens as Mosheh Twersky, Aryeh Kupinsky and Cary William Levine.
Twersky has a son, Rafael Twersky, that that lives and studies in Lakewood, according to township’s mayor. The victim’s son has reportedly already left for the funeral in Israel.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

School registration season begins

Its the time of year new parents dread, applications for the coming school year.  The registration process usually begins a few weeks after Sukkos. Some schools promised to push it off until after chanukah. The system as is, contributes to the problem resulting in many parents not knowing if they have a school until literally the beginning of the new school year. While parents apply now, they dont always receive an answer and they are strung along for 6- 8 months. Some schools request an immediate answer from parents to reply,  while the more established schools have the luxury of not responding to an application. Parents than find themselves humiliated, at the mercy of school administrators and askanim pleading for their child to be accepted. The path to a child's chinuch should not begin like this. 

Friday, November 7, 2014

בא שבת בא מנוחה

Following a tumultuous election week, non stop campaigning, robo calls, letters, flyers and what not, The olam is looking to put that public battle behind them. The shtut was thrust into a bitter election that was full of divisiveness and machlokes. It is time to focus on how to move forward and take lessons from what was learnt. There are many pressing issues and concerns affecting the tzibbur that must be addressed and can not be ignored. There is no reason to wait again until the next election cycle to bring up the issues with more broken promises pushing it off again and again. 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Bell beats Booker in Ocean county, but not in Lakewood vote

Jeff   BELL       57.41%  78,911
Cory BOOKER 40.28%  55,365
Jeff Bell beat Cory Booker in Ocean county by 17% But in unzer heiliger shtut Booker won by 12%.
Lakewood results 
Cory Booker 55.89%  
 Jeff Bell  43.08% 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

All 43 districts reporting....Coles and Delia win Seats on Township committee, BOE Gonzalez,Weinberger, Friedman

Lakewood results
Cory Booker 55.89%  
Jeff Bell  43.08% 
                                       Percent Votes
Steven LANGERT (REP) 24.95% 6,467
Michael J. D'ELIA (REP) 33.10% 8,579
Raymond COLES (DEM) 27.74% 7,189
Moshe RAITZIK (DEM) 13.81% 3,579
WRITE-IN                           0.39% 101

Member of the Board of Ed. Lakewood Twp
                                       Percent Votes
Ada I. GONZALEZ           25.76% 7,621
Carl FINK                          8.59% 2,543
Joshua WEINBERGER 20.73% 6,135
Aasim JOHNSON               5.94% 1,757
Yechezkel M. SEITLER       7.90% 2,337
Menachem FRIEDMAN 19.96% 5,907
Tracey TIFT                     10.53% 3,115
WRITE-IN                           0.58% 173

Monday, November 3, 2014

Other races not getting much attention

With all the noise surrounding the election for township committee, the BOE elections and senate are not getting much attention. It is the BOE who decides how much of  the tax dollars will be spent on education. Lets not forget the recent cuts to busing and the $30 million referendum added to the tax payers.The igud endorsement is without any explanation, do your own research. On the senate race the olam is divided over supporting a pro toaiva candidate.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Senator Booker Tov eats milchig Melava malka in lakewood

US senator Cory Booker whos a frequent visitor loves the Lakewood food establishments. The senator is here so often, he will soon run for Township committee. The raid is Cory went into Judaica plaza and asked for a certain type of כתובה  for siddur kiddushin which of course they dont carry.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Video: Candidate Langert asks bracha from Gedolim in Eretz yisrael for upcoming election- defends his position

 Can we have an explanation on the current sky rocketing property taxes?

Girls school heads back to court

APP JACKSON – An appeal was filed in state Superior Court, Toms River, to overturn a Jackson Zoning Board denial of a plan to build an all-girls Orthodox Jewish high school in Jackson.

The Zoning Board denied the application in June after eight months of testimony and deliberation. Rabbi Ephraim Birnbaum was seeking a variance to build Oros Bais Yaakov — a two-story, 400-student school — on a 7.5-acre parcel on Cross Street. A variance would be required to build because schools are not permitted uses of land within the residential neighborhood of mostly one-acre lots. More..

Friday, October 24, 2014

Gentiles Standing up for the Tzibbur in Lakewood

The NYT article painted the Lakewood olam in a bad light, however some comments deserve a mention for defending the Lakewood community.
 I read 500+ comments in disbelief. This article is about beggars who come to Lakewood. How come a large percentage of the comments have nothing to do with the topic. When the word Lakewood comes up, people feel a license to criticize and attack anything that happens in Lakewood. That is bigotry and prejudice at its highest. And to those who focus on Mr. Ehrlich, he is but one person. There are thousands of people in Lakewood, mostly not wealthy, who are willing to put their hands in their pockets to take out something for someone who may have less than them. That is a beautiful thing regardless of your opinions about what they should be doing with their lives and what a better idea would be. And to those who would discuss the women. Have you met the women of Lakewood? Do they feel deprived and abused? Everyone has an opinion what other women should do, ironically labeling it as a woman's right to choose. They do choose - to ignore all you self-righteous nose-in-the-sky feminists, who kindly make decisions on other people's backs.

Another comment from helene in Virginia 

 This is a beautiful article about kindness and love. The world would be a greater place with more communities where people treat others the way they do. This should be an example for the rest of us on how to treat our family, neighbors and fellow citizens. I wish my upper class neighborhood would be like this. I beg all those that are posting hateful comments about people treating others with kindness and love to please take off your white hood then look in the mirror and see the racist bigot staring at you.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

New York Times magazine profiles meshulachim in Lakewood

 Credit Peter van Agtmael/Magnum, for The New York Times
 The NYT writes up how the tzibbur in Lakewood responds to meshulachim who come collecting for Tzedaka. Once a year, Elimelech Ehrlich travels from Jerusalem to Lakewood, N.J., with a cash box and a wireless credit-card machine. During the three weeks he typically spends in town, Ehrlich — a white-bearded, black-suited, black-skullcapped, wisecracking 51-year-old — haunts the many local yeshivas, schools where Jewish men, mostly in their 20s, study the Talmud and other texts. Sometimes he loiters around the condominium complexes where students live with their young wives and growing families. Some days he hires a driver to take him to the houses of local ashirim, rich men. Throughout town, he greets old friends, asking after marriages made since his last visit and new babies. And at every stop along the way, he asks for money.

Ehrlich is a full-time beggar. His strategy is one part humor, one part not taking no for an answer. He gives you levity; he expects money in return. “I say rhymes,.. read more from the new york times

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Tie down your schach and secure your succah : Very strong winds and rain expected tonight in Ocean county

Severe thunderstorms and strong winds tonight as a cold front cruises through the area, according to the National Weather Service. Strong, possibly severe, storms are expected tonight in the Lakewood area. The primary hazard with any storms will be strong winds. If you have a schach mat its important to tie it down as a wind can blow it right off. Many poskim permit to tie the schach down with a 100% natural string.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Many mishpachos in desperate need for a sukkah

If you will not be home for Yom Tov or getting rid of your old Sukkah there are many families that need one for Yom Tov. Young couples that will be home for Chol Hamoed or others that cant afford a new one can benefit from this. you can contact Chesed of Lakewood sukkah exchange 732-901-0482 ext 4 or email or leave your info in the comment section we will match up those that need one with those who have an extra one. 

Daf Yomi Community wide Siyum on Seder Moed

There will be a community wide siyum on Chagiga and seder Moed, sponsored by the Daf yomi commission of Agudath Israel. Tonight 7:15-8:30 pm at Ateres Riva hall, 500 Summer avenue, Lakewood.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

A guest house and sefer Torah to be dedicated in memory of Aaron Sofer Z'L

At the shloshim atzeres for HaBachur Aaron Sofer z'l it was announced the family would like to dedicate a sefer Torah and a guest house, liluy Nishmaso. Lakewood is known for its hospitality and hachnosas Orchim. A guest house can add much, to the many who come by to visit for simchas or other reasons.

Atzeres hisoirerus today Tzom gedalya to commemorate Shloshim of habachur Aaron Sofer Z'L

Sunday, September 21, 2014

L'etoeles harabim Local Gas prices dip below $3 a gallon

Gas prices are falling as the fall driving weather begins. The Costco gas station in Brick township has gas at $2.97 a gallon for regular.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

צרכי עמך מרובים Many unemployed mishpachos before yomim tovim

With three 3 day yomtovs approaching there are many who are struggling to make ends meet. In addition there are many who were laid off from the special ed agencies or were cut from a 30 hour work week to a ten hour work week. Its time to help out the many yechidim who have no where to turn and are too embarrassed to ask. The sky rocketting tax hikes is only making matters worse. Its time to focus all our tzedakas on עניי עירך. Many of these families are not known to the Gaboei tzadaka and are on nobody's list. If you think of a neighbor a relative or friend that has been laid off recently try to help them out in a mechubadiker way.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Hastureh song in Kosher Taco

Residents receive free Hamodia weekly

Dont discard those free weeklies from your front door so quickly.  This week many lakewood neighborhoods received a complimentary copy of the Hamodia weekly magazine. The weekly edition has been redesigned to a new format.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Sofer family shiva info

Shiva in Lakewood for  Ha'Bachur Aaron Z"L ben Reb Moshe Sofer shlita will take place Sunday morning until Thursday morning at 119 5th street, Lakewood, NJ 732-370-1217

Zmanim for minyanim
Shachris-  K'Vasikin, 2nd minyan 8:00 a.m
Mincha- 1:40 p.m
Maariv - 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Levaya for Aaron Sofer Z""L live hook up in Lakewood

The Levaya for Ha'Bachur Aaron Sofer Z"L will take place tomorrow morning in Yerushalayim at 9:30 am in the Ezras Torah neighborhood. from Even haazel Street (2:30 am Lakewood time) The kevura is in Beit shemesh at the Eitz hachaim cemetery, Lakewood chelka.
There will be a live video hookup in Lakewood 2:30 AM at Yeshivas Ohr Moshe, 21 4th Street, between Princeton and Monmouth.
The conference number to call in, is 
605-562-3131 access number is 715226#
 watch live VIDEO.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Thousands say tehilim -Chesed of Lakewood sets up fund to help with the search efforts on behalf of Aaron ben Chulda Sofer

Thousands came to Toras Aaron hall to hear divrei chizuk and daven for a safe return of Aaron sofer. Chesed of Lakewood in conjunction with Agudas yisrael jointly set up a fund to help pay for the ongoing search effort in eretz yisrael on behalf of aaron ben Chulda. You can donate here or call 732-901-0482 ext. 5

Tonight- Atzeres Tefillah in Lakewood for Aaron Sofer at Ateres Reva hall

There will be a Atzeres Tefillah tonight Wednesday August, 27 in Lakewood for missing yeshiva Bochur Aaron Sofer. It will take place at Ateres Reva hall, 500 Summer avenue Rav Yitzchok Sorotzkin shlita will give divrei Chizuk. Please continue to daven for אהרן בן חולדה.

Lakewood chadorim begin today

 The sounds of הבל פיהם של תינוקות של בית רבן will once again be heard. After lots of summer fun and camp most lakewood chadorim begin today. Lakewood cheder school delayed its opening until next week Monday giving the boys an extended vacation and the parents a headache. Hopefully all boys are accepted and have a yeshiva to go to. Let it be a zechus for us to once again hear the sweet sound of Torah from the yiddisher kinderlach.  

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Lakewood community stands together with family of missing yeshiva bochur

 Lakewood citizens, Politicians, community leaders and family of missing yeshiva bochur Aaron Sofer gathered  together to call attention to the disappearance of Aaron Sofer in Israel. They pleaded to authorities both in the USA and Israel to help in finding him. A local tzedaka set up a fund to help costs associated with the search and award money on information for his return. Donation page daven for אהרן בן חולדה

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Lakewood kinderlach receive bus passes

After much uncertainty, the BOE mailed out the bus passes to the children that will iyh be going back to school this week. Lots of confusion still lies ahead with the new staggered bus schedule, as not everyone will be getting busing there are approximately 1700 students that will not get courtesy busing.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Lakewood Yeshiva Bochur missing in yerushalayim

Please daven for Aron ben Chulda Sofer (23) from Lakewood learning by R' Tzvi Kaplan Yeshiva  in Yerushalayim is missing after going hiking Friday near  forest in Yaar Yerushalayim. Son of Reb Moshe shlita, learns in BMG.

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Binny, Bina, deja new, and others welcomed in Lakewood

The NYC council voted on a proposal that would allow for quicker removal of illegal Clothing bins and drop boxes. In Lakewood b'h we are a town of tzedaka vachesed we are proud to host these bins as a way to clothe the needy and fund-raise for mosdos. Ashreinu!! we dont see it as an eyesore-  unlike NYC they complain many bins overflow with uncollected items, are misused as trash receptacles and attract garbage pickers and vermin, opponents say. When sanitation inspectors quickly tag them, the bins’ owners take advantage of regulations giving them 30 days to haul them away.The battle of the bins comes as the textile-recycling market has grown into a $1 billion behemoth in the United States. Most donors don’t realize their old garments will never clothe the needy".  

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Lakewod buisnesses featured in the news

While Lakewood is not mentioned specifically but this law is very important especially to Lakewood businesses, which many already have complied. With young married women, kollel wives of child bearing age, supplying the vast majority of the workforce in town, this law is not only important but can make working much easier. Under the Affordable Care Act, employers must provide time and space for new mothers to express milk for their babies until the child turns one year old. It should be a room, a separate quiet place, not a bathroom, and let the mother express her milk and have a place to store it.

 Another Lakewood, NJ business is featured in Forbes magazine. 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Lakewood parents join in the camp spirit

 Vuss tut men nit far der kinder! Look around its color war on wheels. As boys camp season begins the camps are at it again outdoing and competing with each other who can have the best PR and placement on the cars. The shtick changes yearly from the simple bumper sticker to a magnet to a flag a mirror sleeve or perhaps soon a fully painted vehicle. Bright colors catching attention as kids drive with pride ans a badge of honor to the camp they are attending. The parents happily join in despite finding it a bit embarrassing, they join along knowing it makes their children happy. That's real pride thats not needed to be displayed.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Route 9 in Lakewood shut down due to accident

Emergency services units are on the scene of a motor vehicle collision on Route 9 in Lakewood Thursday evening. The crash, which involves multiple injuries, is at Route 9 and Spruce Street, according to Ocean County Police, Fire, and EMS on Facebook. Multiple ambulances and the Ocean County Sheriff's Office's Crime Scene Investigations have been requested, the report said. PD ESCORTING DRIVER TO JSUMC, SUBJ IS IN CUSTODY 
Route 9 is closed between Oak Street and Prospect Street in Lakewood at 9:15 p.m., according to

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

How much do you pay for that watermelon, how to pick one out.

When it comes to watermelon shopping how many of us actually buy it in one of the local frum stores. Unlike other items, watermelon can not be sold close to an expiration date at a cheaper price. The frum Lakewood stores either can not or wont compete with shop rite or other brand name stores. Many would love to shop and patronize local merchants but not at any price. Watermelon this week on sale at ALDI supermarket $3.99, Stop and shop 69¢/lb. with your card. 
To pick a nice watermelon, look for a nice symmetrical shape free of cuts and bruises. The bottom of melon should be a nice yellow color, showing that it laid on the ground as the sun ripened it. Since it is mostly water, it should be heavy in weight so you know it is not yet drying out. There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled watermelon, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your fruits and vegetables prior to their eat by date. 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Give back to the Doc

DR. Shanik is synonymous to Lakewood like apple pie is to America. Well not really a comparison but you get what were saying here. Doctor Shanik, not only is he Lakewood's pediatrician (no offense to the others) but he and his wife have established Lakewood's original Tzedakah- Ahavas Tzadaka for poor families. Show support and give something back to the doc whose always there for us 24/7 literally. Bais Faiga hall 7:15 pm.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Parking meters coming to downtown?
Who are they fooling here, parking is not the main problem now. Metered parking will not necessarily fix or clean up the mess. You would think there are no other shopping areas in town. Yes many enjoy and would like to shop downtown on main street. Unfortunately, there are still stores and elements that keep people away from shopping there, its not only a parking problem. Although the downtown still seems to be a favorite place to shop for many, more has to be done. Women and children are scared and not comfortable to walk by certain areas of Clifton Avenue. Adding   meters will push customers to shop elsewhere. 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Event in the Tent

Busing update

Unfortunately there appears to be no update. There are a few options of staggering starting times but does not seem practical. While the funding for the busing has not been allocated. Askanim involved have secured the necessary funding for their own personal programs and projects. They are strong believers of חייך קודמין. How can they not have a conflict of interest representing the klal when they look out for themselves. They secure and protect funding for themselves such as programs or contracts (many which are not mandated just like courtesy busing) that are funded by the tax payers. Courtesy busing which is a benefit to the entire tzibbur and the only thing tax payers get in return is put up on the chopping block and axed from the budget. Its time for those with negios and personal interests to stop representing the tzibbur. Why are they different then a dayan who is a karov or a pair of eidim that are krovim.

ושבו בנים

Shayn far der velt uber nit unzer derech!/news/local/Shore-Support-for-Kidnapped-Israeli-Teens/264470411

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Binny and Bina Buses running despite bus drill

A Robo call went out that the Lakewood Cheder  Binny and Binah school buses are operating despite the bus drill. Clothing can always be dropped off any tinme. A cute marketing idea except for the fact that calls were made early morning, rather than the night before.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Lakewood homeowners receive estimated Tax bills-TAXES RAISED MORE THAN 2%

Something to keep in mind as elections near. The Taxes just keep going up and UP.. where the money is going is anyones guess but for courtsey busing there is not a cent. Not only that but there is a shortfall. This appears to be a rippoff of the Lakewood tax payers. WHERE IS ALL THE MONEY GOING??? New construction is adding more money to the tax rolls. Many seniors are moving in paying high property taxes without using services of the BOE at all. Its time to take back control from those that are in power and year after year all they do is raise our taxes.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

New store will hopefully bring relief to food prices in Lakewood

A trip to NY is not cheap but the price of kosher food is still much cheaper than Lakewood. You cant compare. With many struggling families, hopefully another supermarket will compete with or break the current monopoly of food prices in town and make shopping affordable, saving the trip over the verrazano.