Friday, July 31, 2015

Not everyone goes away for Shabbos Nachamu

NJ state police all over Lakewood ticketing

The NJ state police are in Lakewood today issuing tickets to drivers for cell phone and other infractions. Be careful, there are unmarked cars patrolling all over rt 9 and other state roads.

The Rabbi who made BJ's Kosher

The Howell BJ's has cholov Yisrael cheese cake hopefully more cholov yisrael products will benefit the Frum consumer who's makpid on Cholov Yisrael.
Teaneck—Rabbi Moshe Dovid Lebovits travels most of the week. In charge of new business development at the Teaneck-based KOF-K Kosher Supervision, he has spearheaded a huge project over the past couple of years. When BJ’s Wholesale Club identifies stores that are located around large Jewish communities, he works with the store administration to kasher the bakeries and helps bring in various packaged kosher items, such as challah, knishes and cheese.

Reb Yonah kantor Zt''l it is with great sadness that we report the passing of Rabbi Yonah Kantor zt”l of Lakewood, NJ. He was 54.

Reb Yony, as he was known, was a beloved member of the Lakewood community, recognized for his ahavas haTorah, ahavas habriyos, and avodas Hashem. Reb Yony was a dear friend of so many people, truly meurav im habriyos, while serving as an example in Torah, avodah, gemillus chassodim, bitachon and emunah.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Thanks Chaveirim

 Member changing a tire on rt 18 yesterday
Who has not used the services of  Chaveirim from a flat tire or a jump start to other help people know they can count on Chaveirim. It is therefore disturbing that there is no mention of Chaveirim in the shopper or scoop. No mention at all. No ads no news reports nada zilch. Chaveirim recently held a free car safety check for the community but you would not know if you get your news through the aforementioned media. When mentioning  Chesed orgs Chaveirim is omitted. Is this coincidence or intentional?

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Supermarket updates on Facebook

Gourmet Glatt of Lakewood and Seasons Lakewood both set up official Facebook pages with updates leading up to their grand opening dates. For those that are anxiously awaiting their opening you can follow  GG HERE and Seasons HERE. Evergreen kosher is also opening down route 9 south.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Quiet streets as Bein Hazmanim getaway begins

During these weeks one experiences a feeling of what it used to or should be like. With thousands leaving for summer vacation  parking spots are easy to find, lines in stores are shorter, less traffic on the streets and there's a feeling of a calm and peace. This is what it feels like in out of town places on a daily basis. Enjoy it for now before the busing fiasco hits and the town will grind to a halt.

Readying old building for demolition

 Crews are currently at the site of the former Cheder  as the building is set for demolition.

New Cheder Wedding Hall

Monday, July 27, 2015

Traffic Chaos or a Deal

APP - LAKEWOOD – For a brief time, it looked like taxpayers and parents of school-age children would be spared the usual drama over the school district’s ever-contentious transportation budget.

Now, the wheels have fallen off the bus.

This past week, the district announced it was canceling courtesy bus service for nearly 11,000 public and private schoolchildren, starting in September. The district said it had run out of time to find a way to close an $8.3 million funding gap.

NJ town brings real-time multimedia to 911 calls

Will this also work with a Kosher phone?
The Township of Lakewood, N.J., has upgraded its 911 emergency system with software that supports real-time multimedia communication between mobile callers and public safety answering points.
The solution, called iLoc8, was created by Avaya.  According to Mark Fletcher, Avaya’s chief architect for worldwide public safety solutions, iLoc8 uses HTML5 and WebRTC to connect citizens and dispatchers through a mobile web browser without the need of a special app.

Camp spirit is here

The day after Tisha B'av local camps breakout with fun and spirit handing out gear to the campers. Kinderlach all over town were seen proudly wearing their camp colors.

Hate filled comments and misinformation

The busing fiasco has triggered lots of hate filled comments in the media and misinformation this comment was posted.. not in the usual hate boards found in the app but on TLS Facebook page...

Traffic alert Miller road closure

Miller road is currently open to local traffic only between Adams and Gudz roads. Construction Crews are repairing  a Culvert under the roadway  follow posted detour signs.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Text of Email sent out to all private schools to plan for busing for upcoming year

Following is a email sent out by Board of Education consultant Gus Kakavas to all the private schools administrators as to the plan for the upcoming school year.

As most of you know, the Board of Education’s Transportation Department and the State Monitor have been working tirelessly for the last three months to come up with an affordable plan that provided the maximum services possible. After much work and countless hours of meetings and discussions, we came up with “Plan B”. Unfortunately, late last month, that plan was rejected by the non-public administrators who needed to approve the concessions involved to move forward.

Seder Limud

Watch LIVE Tisha B' AV Kinus at CONG. OF PINE RIVER VILLAGE @ 6:15 pm

Event starts at 6:15 here
Scheduled for Jul 26, 2015
בהמ”ד דפיין ריבער ווילעדג’
מזמין את הציבור לכינוס תשובה והתעוררות
ביום צום תשעה באב

Friday, July 24, 2015

Tisha B'av Lakewood 5775 events, shiurim, camp and info

 Shekia Motzei shabbos 8:18- one must finish eating Shalosh seudos by shkiah.
 Maariv Motzei shabbos in BMG 9:50

Tisha B'av night Motzei Shabbos 

Atzeres Kinnos (ezras nashim open)

1. Khal Zichron Yaakov  175 Sunset 
Rabbi Gissingers shul program begins 10:45 pm
Speakers: Harav Yerucham Olshin Rosh Yeshiva Beth Medrash Govoha
                Harav Yitzchok Sorotzkin- Rosh yeshiva Telz and Mesivta of lakewood

2. Khal Ateres Yeshaya Program begins 10:50 pm (ezras nashim open)

speakers: Rav Simcha Bunim Cohen shlita- mara dasra  
                Rav Aaron Werintraub- R'm Philadelphia Yeshiva
                Rav Yitzchok Basser- Rosh Chabura BMG

TVOL: A tribute to Rebbetzin Rischel Kotler a'h

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Schools in outlying areas wont be affected by bussing cuts

The many children who attend schools in Industrial park or other outlying areas will still qualify for busing as per state mandate. Most of the students in these schools live more than 2 miles away enough for the State threshold mandating busing be provided for them. Ironically most of those effected will be the Public school students many who live within walking distance of the schools. This is obviously not the final showdown as the power play continues. For now lets mourn the churban.

Get your Tisha B'av Projects

Crowds continue streaming to be menachem avel

Hundreds of people continue to be menachem avel the mishpacha of Rebbetzin Kotler a''h. Among them many talmidim of Rav Shneur zt''l Roshei yeshiva, Admorim, politicians and supporters of Bais Medrash Govoha.
Rav Asher Kalmanowitz at shiva

When it rains is pours

Hateful comments continue to appear on TLS Facebook page  there are photos and news alerts there that are not posted on the main site. It has become a platform by some to post comments poking fun of and besmirching the  Jewish community.  A picture of the Levaya drew hateful and nasty comments about the community. prompting TLS to post this: 
 "True, we won't sit here and attempt to change your opinion about Jews - or Lakewood Jews in particular.But on the same token, making anti-Semitic, disparaging and derogatory remarks about thousands of Jews attending a funeral of one of the most respected people in the community, is nothing less than shameful, despicable and blatant hate - and we won't tolerate it and its posters on our forums."

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Stuck in Staten Island? call SI Chaveirim

Chaverim Of Staten Island
Hotline: 7187612428

Rebbitzen Rischel Kotler A”H a biography

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman

This past week, Klal Yisroel lost an extraordinary neshama – Rebbiten Rishel Kotler, daughter-in-law of Rav Aharon Kotler zt”l and mother and grandmother of a dynasty of extraordinary Talmidei Chachomim – the Roshei Yeshiva of Lakewood.
Rebitzen Rischel was born in 1923, and her family lived in the town of Memel. Memel was once a part of Germany, and was its most northern town. After the first World War, however, according to the terms of the Treaty of Versailles, it was made a protectorate of the Entente States. Lithuania, however, took it by force, in the very year that Rebbitzen Rishel was born.
Her father, Reb Aryeh Malkiel Friedman was sent by his father, Reb Dovid Friedman, to study in Telze under Reb Chaim of Telze and in Slabodka as well.

Munkatcher Rebbe Kvias Mezuza at Aisle 9, Nichum Aveilim at Mishpachas Kotler

The Munkatcher Rebbe was in Lakewood earlier at a kvias Mezuza by the new Aisle 9 grocery. Following that the Rebbe went to be Menachem Avel by Mishpachas Kotler.

NJ Governor and presidential candidate Chris Christie Pays a shiva visit to the Kotler Family

Bobov 45 Rebbe and Satmar Rebbe R' Z'' L menachem Avel Mishpachas Kotler

Drawing tomorrow Tomchei shabbos

One winner will win all five $1000 gift certificates. One to each of the above five stores. 
When purchasing $36 or more, you will be entered into a separate drawing to win a Vivi Shaitel by Tova Treisser!

A metziah

A Rare photo in Auction

Cops ticketing near Shiva

Cops are ticketing cars parked too close to the corners in the area of 5th st and 4th st between Private way and Forest. Those going to be menachem avel should park 25 feet off the corner or park at the yeshiva lots and walk. In addition 5th street is closed eastbound coming from Private way to Forest Avenue. 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Sanz Klausenberg Rebbe by Nichum Aveilim at Mishpachas Kotler

Bobov Rebbe at Bais Haavel by Mishpachas Kotler

Misaskim installs AC units for shiva

Do to extreme heat and large crowds expected including Rabbonim Roshei yeshiva, Admorim and Politicians at the Kotler family shiva, misaskim Lakewood volunteers installed big A/C units at the house. 

Rav Don Segal, Rav Paler at nichum aveilim in Lakewood

Many restaurants offering 9 days menu

Missionary alert

Missionaries are circulating Lakewood distributing  an innocent looking envelope with a book and a DVD containing detrimental material inside. 
 They are leaving it in mailboxes, near doors and other areas where they can be discovered by children.
 Please make sure to look out for this envelope and destroy its contents before it can reach the hands of your children. Do not simply discard; destroy first.

Continued Tefillos for Rav Mattisyahu Solomon Shlita

The Mashgiach is still in need of tefillos he is currently alert and doing better. What was initially thought to have been a stroke, doctors at Livingston Hospital neurology dept now think it was something else. The Tzibbur is asked to continue davening for rav Mattisyahu Chaim Ben Ettil.

Shiva info nichum aveilim for Rebbetzin Rischel Kohler a'h

Mishpachas kotler is sitting Shiva in Lakewood at 515 5th street between Forest and Private way. Shachris is at 7:40 Mincha at 1:45 & 7:45 Maariv At 9:45 & 11:00 pm. Ladies will sit until shabbos and the men until Sunday morning tisha b'av. Men's entrance around the back of the house.
 Sitting shiva:
Harav Malkiel Kotler son
Harav Isser Zaman Kotler son
Harav Shragie Kotler son
Harav Aaron Kotler  son
Rebbetzin Sara Yehudis Schustal daughter
Rebbetzin Batsheva Krupenia  daughter  
Rebbetzin Baila Hinda Ribner daughter
Rebbetzin Esty Reich daughter

Article on Levaya in Eretz Yisrael in the Peles newspaper

YTT 25% off gift cards


More Photos: Levaya of Rebbetzin Rischel Kotler a''h at Mir yeshiva in EY

more HERE

Monday, July 20, 2015

Photos: Nichum aveilim in EY

Photos/Video: At the Levaya in Eretz Yisrael for Rebbetzin Rischel Kotler A'H

 Thousands were on hand to be melava the aron of  Rebbetzin Rischel Kotler in Eretz Yisrael from the Mir yeshiva to har hamenuchos. Divrei Hesped were given by Rav Yitzchok Ezrachi, Mir, Rav Shmuel Auerbach, Maalos hatorah Rav Moshe Hillel Hirsch, Slabodaka, Rav Meir Tzvi Bergman, Kolell Rashbi, Rav Aviezer Piltz, Tifrach, Rav Yaakov Eliezer Schwartzman, Lakewood east, Rav Arye Malkiel Kotler, Rav Dovid Shustal. The Levaya than went from Shmuel Hanavi to givat Shaul kevura was at Har Hamenuchos. video

A well behaved crowd

It has become a norm when a large event is held to have multiple agencies with a large law enforcement present. For logistical and safety purposes these precautions are needed and understandable. Yes, hatzolah should be on guard as well  as the police for safety and security and other agencies to provide the logistics.  However some of it may seem a bit over the top. While many pat themselves on the back for a job well done, credit should also go to the well behaved crowd of Bnei Torah who act with derech Eretz despite all the orders given by others. Its also a time to question do we need aiyno yehudim escorting the aron yelling  in vulgar language s the aron is being carried? Is it proper kavod hames? 
Its not kavod for the Tzibbur either.

Boys Day camps begin morning traffic alert

 The camp spirit is here. The mascots are on the street corners cheering on the kids. B'H the children get to enjoy and have fun. Boys day camps have begun today. camp programs keep the kinderlach busy in these long summer days. Thanks to the many Rebbeim and counslers who provide  summer fun for Lakewood's kinderlach. 

Shiva info in Erertz Yisrael For Rebbetzin Rischel Kotler A'H

 Following the Levaya The mishpacha will be sitting shiva at the home of Mishpachas Wolpe at Divrei Chaim 1 in the Sanz/Belz neighborhood, Yerushalayim. until 10:00 pm 

Hamodia article on Levaya of Rebbetzin Rischel Kotler A'H

Rebbetzin Rischel Kotler, a”h
By Mordechai Wincorn

Sunday, July 19, 2015 | ג' אב תשע"ה
The American Torah world was thrown into mourning by news of the petirah of Rebbetzin Rischel Kotler, a”h, widow of Harav Shneur Kotler, zt”l, who passed away Friday night in her home at age 92. For more than half a century, Rebbetzin Rischel, as she was known, occupied her unique role as the matriarch of what would become the nation’s largest mekom Torah. From her humble but regal home on Fifth Street, she not only raised a legendary family of marbitzei Torah, but was a Rebbetzin to the entire community of bnei Torah and was regarded by many as “the mother of the yeshivah.”

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Thousands expected at Levaya in Eretz Yisrael

Thousands are expected at the Levaya in Eretz Yisrael Of Rebbetzin Rischel Kotler A''H. The Levaya will go out of the Mir yeshiva in the Bais Yisrael Neighborhood of Yerushalayim and make its way to the kevurah in Har Hamenuchos. The aaron is expected to Arrive at 12:30 In Eretz Yisrael. The Levaya is scheduled for 2:30 pm.

Photos Video At Levaya Volunteers helping


Photos & Video: Thousands pay kavod Acharon to Rebbetzin Rishel Kotler A'H

Over 10,000 Talmidim braved the stiffing heat and accompanied the aron carrying Rebbetzin Rishel Kotler from  Bais medrash Govoha where she was known as the matriarch of the yeshiva. The levaya began at 9:45 and ended at 1:10. The aron was than accompanied to JFK airport on its way to Eretz Yisrael. Kevura will be on Har hamenuchos next to her husband the Rosh Yeshiva Rav Shneur Kotler zatzal. Due to the extreme heat most of the crowd stayed indoors during the levaya as there were video and audio hookups across the various botei medrashim of the yeshiva. The maspidim were, Rav Dovid Schustal, Rav Yerucham Olshin, Rav Meir Herskowitz, R' Aaron Kotler, R' Isser Zalman Kotler, Rav Avrohom Kurkanski, R' Shraga Kotler, Rav Shea Krupenia, Rav Yisrael Neuman, Rav Shlomo Eisenberg, Rav Uren Reich, Rav Gershon Ribner and the Rosh hayeshiva Rav Malkiel Kotler. The Keil Molei was recited by Rav Chaim Ginsburg. The maspidim mentioned how the Rebbetzin was the last connection to the previous generation and her passing is an end of an era.
They spoke  about the tekufos the Rebbetzin went through in her life from when her parents were taken out of her house and killed by YM'S. The tekufa when she escaped to Russia and than to Japan while she was separated from her chosson for 8 years until they were reunited in 1947 when she got the papers to let her out. The tekufah when she lost her husband at a young age and the passing of her son Rav Meir ztl. Through all these Nisyonos the Rebbetzin exemplified tremendous Emunah in hashem. Emunah in Torah and Emunas chachomim. Although she had a mind of her own was very knowledgeable and had what to say she was totally mevatel herself to her husband the Rosh yeshiva. she was an almana for 35 years but In her home the chair Rav Shneur sat on was never moved from its place. She was the vessel in which was mekabel from the Roshei hayeshiva and was able to transfer over the musar avicha with her Toras Imecha. It was pointed out that as an eishes chaver it was befitting her to have this kavod Acharon. She transmitted the great Mesorah she received from her parents as well as from her Husbands maternal grandparents Rav Isser Zalman Meltzer and his Rebbetzin Beila Hinda, her in laws Rav Aharon Kotler and his Rebbetzin Chana Perel.
The Rebbetzin was the mother of the Yeshiva she cared for each talmid as if they were her son. She never stopped worrying despite all the tzaros she had she never thought about herself it was always what can she do for others. Be it finding a shidduch getting someone a job, helping a poor girl get married or taking care of a bochur or youngerman that needed medical assistance. The talmidim were the malchus and she was the matriarch. She elevated the kavod of the bnei hayeshiva it was pointed out by her son that she insisted Bnei hayeshiva not be reffered to as a guy but rather as Reb. Her einiklach were always on her mind as were the many other children and talmidim who spent time in her house as bnei bayis everyone felt the motherly love and caring. 
Another levaya will take place in eretz Yisrael. There is no doubt said the Ry she will be greeted in the olam haaemes by Her Husband, her son, parents, her in laws, grandparents all of which were always on her mind. TNZBH

APP: Report on Levaya

Rabbi Dovid Tzvi Schustal prays during the funeral service of Rebbetzin Rishel Kotler, mother of Rabbi Malkiel Kotler, the Dean of Beth Medrash Govoha, one of the largest Yeshivas in the world, and wife of former Dean Rabbi Shneur Kotler. Sunday, July 19, 2015. Lakewood, NJ. Mike McLaughlin/Asbury Park Press ASB 0720 Rishel Kotler  Mike McLaughlin, Mike McLaughlin
APP: LAKEWOOD More than 5,000 mourners were expected to attend the funeral of Rebbetzin Rishel Kotler on Sunday, according to Lakewood Police.

Kotler, 92, is the wife of Rabbi Shneur Kotler, the former dean of Beth Medrash Govoha, the largest yeshiva in New Jersey and one of the largest schools for Orthodox Jewish students in the world. She is the mother of the school’s current dean, Rabbi Aryeh Malkiel Kotler, and its CEO, Rabbi Aron Kotler, according to the Jewish website

TODAY: Chaveirim's FREE annual car inspection at the Blue Claws stadium 5:30

After volunteering for hours at the Levaya in the heat, the chaveirim members are right back at it helping the klal. It was not reported on TLS or the shopper but Lakewood Chaveirim will be hosting its  free annual car inspection at the blueclaws stadium parking lot.  With the summer travel season well underway its a good idea to check your car before the long distance trips. It will take place from 5:30- 8:30 pm at Cedarbridge and New Hampshire.

Tehillim For the Mashgiach who had a stroke r''l

רבי מתתיהו חיים בן עטיל, לרפואה שלמה בתוך שאר חולי עמו ישראל
Condition is stable they are transferring him by air to a New York hospital. Please continue to daven
The Lakewood Mashgiach Harav Mattisyahu Solomon shlita was rushed to kimball hospital please say tehillim for Mattisayhu Chaim ben Ettel

Levaya underway

The Aron was brought into the bais hamedrash BOtei midrashim are full the dining room is full. The Rosh Hayeshiva Rav Dovid Shustal shlita a son in law saying divrei Hesped. 

Message from Hatzola and Chaveirim

Hatzolah strongly urges that all elderly men & women go inside one of the Batai Midrashim & not stand outside due to the extreme heat. For parking -Please park all vehicles on the east side of Forest ave. Those heading to the airport should line up on Forest from 10th street towards County Line rd.
-Due to the funeral of Rebbetzin Kotler Forest Ave closed till 3PM @LakewoodShuttle is suspending service till then.

Info live audio hook ups for the Levaya

 To listen to the levayah via teleconference, call 712.432.4200. 
For updates: 732-806-9090
 levayah will be broadcast live on 107.9 FM radio listen here
The levayah  of Rebbetzin Rishel Kotler a'h will start at 9:45 a.m.- 12:45 p.m. Men will enter on 7th Street and the woman will enter on 6th Street. The Klein Gestetner & Zemel Botei medrashim will be for the ladies. The Dining hall will be for the men.
The aron will leave Lakewood for JFK Airport at 1:45 p.m. There will be a procession leaving from Forest Avenue cars will line up from 10th street to County Line rd. The aron will depart for Eretz Yisroel on El Al  Flight #2 at 7 p.m. There will be live hookups of the levayah in all botei medrash of Beth Medrash Govoha.

To listen to the levayah via teleconference, call 712.432.4200. Those calling from Eretz Yisroel should dial 054.847.7683.  In Lakewood, NJ, the levayah will be broadcast live on 107.9 FM radio.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Logistic challenges as Heat advisory during Levaya in Lakewood

There is a heat advisory in Lakewood for Sunday. Weather will be in the nineties with a heat index up to 104 degrees. At 10:00 am it will be 84 degrees and 69% humidity which will rise to 86%. There will be live hookups in All botei medrashim  they will be open and air conditioned during the Levaya of Rebbetzin Rishel Kotler A"h. However large crowds  are expected to fill the surrounding streets. Sadranim are working on tents and water cooling stations throughout the Yeshiva campus to avoid any potential danger. The Levaya is expected to last until 1 pm the Aron will than head to JFK.

Thousands expected at Levaya of Rebbetzin Rishel Kotler A"H

בד״ה, הרבנית רישל קוטלר ע״ה, א״ח הגאון ר׳ שניאור קוטלר זצ״ל, אמם של להבל״ח ראש ישיבת בית המדרש גבוה, הגאון רבי אריה מלכיאל קוטלר שליט״א והרב אהרן קוטלר מנכ״ל ביהמ״ד גבוה ההלוויה ביום ראשון מביהמ״ד גבוה בדרך לארץ ישראל

Thousands are expected to attend the Levaya of Rebbetzin Rishel Kotler A"H who was the aishes chaver of the Rosh hayeshiva Rav Shneur Kotler Zatzal. The levaya will take place at Beth Medrash Govoha 617 6th street in the Bais Medrash haYoshon. As of now it will begin at 9:45 am. The Aron will be flown to Eretz Yisrael kevurah will be in Har hamenuchos at the old chelkas Horabonim. The talmidei hayeshiva as well as former lakewood Alumnai from across the USA will be making their way to the levaya. There will be buses leaving from the Catskills, Monsey, Brooklyn, Baltimore and other locations.

BDE Rebbetzin Rishel Kotler a”h.

Rebbetzin Kotler passed away Friday night at her home on Fifth Street in Lakewood, NJ. She was in her low nineties.

The Rebbetzin was the wife of Rav Shneur Kotler zt”l, rosh yeshiva of Beth Medrash Govoha in Lakewood, NJ. She was a daughter of Rav Aryeh Malkiel Friedman zt”l.

Rebbetzin Kotler was in Shanghai, China, at the start of World War II. The shidduch between the Rebbetzin and Rav Shneur, it has been said, came about following a bracha from Rav Yosef Yitzchok Schneersohn and thanks to the intervention of Rav Meir Ashkenazi, known as “the Shanghaier Rov.”