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The Hacham Baruch
Kollel and Hesed Fund to Hold Their 7th Annual Chinese Auction

Maskeel El Dal, the Hacham Baruch Kollel and Hesed Fund, will be proudly having their seventh Chinese Auction. As the excitement grows, this year’s auction will be hosted by Ceryse and Eddie Mizrachi on Tuesday, May 14th.

Both the full-day Kollel and the Hesed Fund have expanded in recent years. The Kollel presently has 22 young rabbis learning all day long. This is a large jump from the original group of ten rabbis, which began some
13 years ago. The Hesed Fund was started by Hacham Baruch almost 50 years ago. While the rabbi began the fund to assist our brethren in Israel, his two sons, Hacham Yaacov and David, have expanded the program to assist widows, families facing dire financial straits, burials, and other unexpected hardships in our New York Community.

Thanks to Hashem and the generous support of donors, the Hesed Fund has made a real difference –
offering assistance to our fellow Jews in their time
of need.

May Hashem bless us all with the ability to continue giving to and assisting our fellow Jews, and may the zechutof all our hesedbring great blessing and redemption to the Jewish people, amen.

Please read the 4-page article in this month’s issue for further information on both the Kollel and Hesed Fund, and ashort biography on Hacham Baruch, zt”l.

The Auction will feature three speakers on Tuesday –
Rabbi Shlomo Diamond, Rabbi Joey Haber, and Rabbi David Ashear. Everyone is encouraged to pass by 2014 West Street to hear some great classes, enjoy lunch, and gain the mitzvot of supporting Torah and hesed all in one.

For further information, or for ticket pages, please contact Frieda Harary at 917.704.4315 or Charlotte Sutton at 917.806.7241 or Sophia Sasson at 908.415.7953 or Aviva Ben-Haim at 347.931.0585 or e-mail hachambaruch@hotmail.com.

Magen David Yeshivah HS Welcomes Rabbi Raymond Sultan of the
Sephardic Heritage Museum

Under the leadership of Rabbi Joey Haber and Ms. Frieda Cattan, Magen David Yeshivah High School welcomed Rabbi Raymond Sultan of the Sephardic Heritage Museum. Rabbi Sultan presented artifacts from synagogues of our ancestors. Items included a washing cupthat the Kohanimused and an ostrich egg that hung in the synagogue in Damascus.

Afterwards, the students watched a video produced by their peers about the history of our community synagogues. The video showed students visiting and learning about five ofour community shuls – Beth Torah, Shaare Zion, Ahi Ezer, Ahaba Ve Ahava, and the Magen David 67th Street Synagogue.

YDE Thunder Wins Basketball Yeshiva League Championship

YDE Thunder prevailed as this year’s champion of the Yeshiva League Basketball Championship. YDE Thunder defeated
the Magen David Warriors, bringing the school, and the first graduating class, their firstbasketball championship.

The 8thGrade YDE Thunder basketball season
had a difficult start, with two heartbreaking losses. The Thunder was able to regroup after those two losses by winning their next five games and finished the regular season with a 7-3 record.

Their opponent in the first round of the playoffs was Flatbush (8-2). It was an exciting back and forth game that went into overtime. In overtime, the Thunder was down 50-48 with 1:11 left to the game when Sammy Cohen went to the foul line and hit both free throws to tie the game. With a few more clutch baskets and defensive stops, YDE held on for a 54-52 win.

The victory led Thunder into the semi-finals against undefeated HALB (11-0).
The excellent play of Freddy Souid (20 pts.) and Eli Jajati (9 pts.) gave YDE a
26-22 lead at the half. The shooting of Jacky Yedid (8 pts.) gave YDE a lead that they would relinquish once again. Down 49-48 with 1.4 seconds left, Freddy Souid hit one out of two free throws to send the game into overtime. In overtime, Ikey Greenstein (8 pts.) led the charge as the Thunder pulled away with a
62-55 victory, sending them to their very first championship game.

In the championship game, the YDE Thunders outstanding defensive effort and the play of Finals MVP Jack Levy (19 pts.) gave them a 26-13 lead at the half. Magen David was too good of a team to not put up a fight, and was able to cut the lead to 34-32. The Thunder kept their composure and fought back. The inside play of Steven Sayegh (13 pts.) and the outside shooting of Freddy Souid (12 pts.) gave the YDE Thunder their first basketball championship in the school’s history.

Passover Food Distribution

On April 7th, over 200 volunteers helped distribute Passover food packages to over 1,600 families in Brooklyn. Josh Mehlman of the FJJ was very instrumental as was Councilman Chaim Deutsch. In attendance helping out with the large crowds were David Heskiel, NYPD Clergy liaison, NYPD Chief Scholl, LT Jablonsky, and our elected officials including Boro President Eric Adams and Eric Gonzales, Brooklyn DA.

NYPD Pre-Passover Meeting

On April 3, the NYPD hosted its pre-Passover meeting with elected officials and community leaders in preparation of Passover – making sure that all synagogues will be properly protected, and that our community remains safe during the holiday.

Among those that attended from our community were Alan Savdie, President of Ahaba Ve Ahava Congregation, head of Flatbush Shomrim Bob Moskowitz, Isaac Cohen, Lenny Salama, David Heskiel, NYPD Clergy liaison, and Rabbi Uziel Admoni.

Community Gathers To Help
Feed Families For Passover

Where do people who can barely afford groceries during the year turn when the time comes to shop for Passover? Re-filling an entire kitchen full of food, snacks, and spices can be costly, not to mention the matzah! SBH has been focusing on this financial burden for decades, aiming to provide clients around Brooklyn, NY and Long Branch, NJ with the essentials they need to properly hold a Passover Seder and stock their pantries.

On Sunday, April 7th, aka National Good Deeds Day, SBH turned its Brooklyn office into a Passover packaging headquarters. Over 200 volunteers packed 400+ boxes filled to the rim with groceries! Our volunteers were as young as 2-years-old, making it the perfect family hesedopportunity. Along with SBH President Jack Aini, our volunteers included several prominent politicians and community leaders who took timeout of their busy schedules to lend a hand, including: Megan Ducoff and James Haddad from the SAFE Foundation, Sari Setton from SCF, Ronnie Tawil, Jack Ashkenazie, Congressman Max Rose, New York State Senator Andrew Gounardes, Sam Sutton, Brooklyn BoroughPresident Eric Adams, Joseph Shamie, Michael Beyda, and more.

Following the packaging frenzy, most of the boxes were picked up by volunteers and discretely dropped off to homes around the community, while other volunteers delivered them throughout the week. SBH is grateful to all our volunteers and donors, including Kosher Corner, who joined us in our mission to make Passover extra special for hundreds of families.

Koshering the Mehadrin Kitchen at Maimonides Medical Center for Pesah

Rav Hamachshir, Harav Avrohom Friedlander, and Hivnover Rov accompanied by
Harav Yitzchok Stein, Gavid, Bais Din Zedek Faltichan koshering the Mehadrin Kitchen
at Maimonides Medical Center for Pesah.