A MUST to see for every Jew who is concerned with education

A MUST to see for every Jew who is concerned with education. Its amazing to see how the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Schneerson, explains such an urgent and important matter in a simple and clear fact way. So many times we get “farblonjet” – overwhelmed with other important issues we seem to have forgotten what is of the greatest urgency for our people today – Jewish Education of our Children!

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Reminder – On-Line Celebration – TONIGHT

90 Years ago was a most novel idea  – the opening of the Center – and tonight another novel idea – an on-line celebration commemorating that event.   Join in on a most special and historical event – an on-line celebration of the 90th year of the opening of the Brooklyn Jewish Center edifice on Eastern Parkway, in Brooklyn, NY. The on-line event covers the history of Crown Heights, a tribute to Rabbi Kreitman, and much more. Please share this with other as well!, go to www.brooklynjewishcenter.org to see the video launch at 6:30 est tonight.

Photo: 90 Years ago was a most novel idea  - the opening of the Center - and tonight another novel idea -<br />an on-line celebration commemorating that event.</p><p> Join in on a most special and historical event - an on-line celebration of the 90th year of the opening of the Brooklyn Jewish Center edifice on Eastern Parkway, in Brooklyn, NY. The on-line event covers the history of Crown Heights, a tribute to Rabbi Kreitman, and much more. </p><p>Please share this with other as well!, go to www.brooklynjewishcenter.org to see the video launch at 6:30 est tonight,
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Rabbi Benjamin Z. Kreitman, of blessed memory

Rabbi Kreitman

With a heavy heart and deep sadness, we inform you of the passing of
our dear Rabbi Dr. Benjamin Zvi Kreitman, Binyomin Zvi ben Ya’akov, a’h. 1918 – 2012

Services will be held on Monday, December 24th at 11:30 am at
Congregation Mount Sinai 250 Cadman Plaza West Brooklyn Heights, NY 11201

Interment following at the New Montefiore Cemetery Farmingdale, NY

Rabbi Kreitman gave constant insight and passion to the growth of the
Jewish Center Circle, and with  great interest followed its success.

We encourage you to share your memories and thoughts with the family.

You may e-mail them to info@brooklynjewishcenter.org and they will passed on to the family.

 May his memory be a source of blessing, comfort and peace to his entire family, beloved congregation and many friends.

In a future update we will share videos and other memories of Rabbi Kreitman, and also offer the opportunity to make a donation in his memory.

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Mr. Sandy Lindenbaum, of blessed memory

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With saddened  hearts we inform you of the passing of a dear BJC Circle Committee Member, Mr. Samuel (Sandy) Lindenbaum.

Mr. Sandy Lindenbaum took a keen interest in the developments of the Brooklyn Jewish Center Circle and participated in the Gala Reunion held last year.

Mr. Lindenbaum was a student in the Brooklyn Center Academy, and had fond memories of that time, he also was married at the Center.

His Father Abraham (Bunny) Lindenbaum was a most active member of the Center and teh president of the famous Mishna Class, led by Rabbi Benjamin Kreitman.

Both Mr. Lindenbaum and his father were supporters of the Lubavitch movement and the Educational Institute Oholei Torah, the Flagship school of Chabad – Lubavitch, which currently owns the BJC edifice.

Funeral services to be held on Monday, August 20th at noon, Central Synagogue, 55th St. and Lexington Ave., NYC.

On behalf of the BJC Circle and its Executive Board, we pass on our deepest sympathies to his wife, Linda and family.

May his memory and his many good and charitable acts be a source of comfort and blessing for them, and all those who knew him.

May we only pass on good and happy tidings,

Rabbi Nosson Blumes

P.S. For those that wish to send a note, or their memories of Sandy, or his father, Bunny, to the family, please e-mail our office and we wil pass them along to the family.

rnblumes@oholeitorah.com


Sandy putting of T’fillen at the Gala Reunion

 

Sandy and Rabbi Blumes

Sandy together with Rabbi Blumes

Sandy with old friends from the Center

Sandy together with old friends and classmates


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Dr. Gary Ostrow Co-sponsors Video Presentation – 90/90

On the last weekend of December 1922, Brooklyn Jewry hosted the gala dedication of the opening of the BJC.

This year, 2012,  marks 90 years since that special day, and the BJC Circle has undertaken to commemorate this event by making an on-line weekend celebration on our website, where we will share with you various memorabilia and thoughts of the occasion.

Highlighting the weekend  will be a video presentation called 90 for 90 – Celebrating 90 years of the BJC.

 Dr. Gary Ostrow, together with his family, is co-sponsoring the video production. His mother, Ida, shared with us her memories and thoughts of the BJC.

For a glimpse of the interview click on    View our videos on YouTube.

We are now actively looking for former members who are over 90 to join this special group and share with us your memories, so we can document and share with others the great past of the BJC.

To contact us on this project, call our office at 718-483-9000.

More information on the online celebration weekend will be forthcoming.

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Rabbi Mordechai Lewittes’s Library Dedicated in Oholei Torah

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Rabbi Mordechai Lewittes, a pillar of the BJC history, played many roles in the Center, but is mostly known for his role as an educator in Jewish life and history. His children, Dr. Don and Dr. Hedva Lewittes, found the Oholei Torah school the perfect place to which to donate their father’s library.

Dr. Lewittes’s life was education, and his library was a source of knowledge and inspiration , as can be seen from how well-used the books are. Oholei Torah is fortunate to have been chosen for this precious library collection, and has committed to the Lewittes family to have the books used for continuation in Jewish education.

The family feels a most heartfelt satisfaction, knowing that their father’s library will continue to give guidance, instruction, and education to the youth of today, in the very same building where he devoted himself to these ideals.

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A Granddaughter Finds Her Way Home

Samuel Rottenberg is a name that has followed the BJC from the very first meetings of its inception, and carried through for well over 60 years, involved as he was in every aspect of the center’s growth and influence on Brooklyn Jewry. But even after many attempts, we simply could not find any of his descendants. So you can imagine the surprise at the BJC office when a letter was received from his granddaughter, Ms. Brooke Grace, who wanted to reconnect with her grandfather’s great past in Brooklyn.

A royal tour was held, befitting the granddaughter of the first President of the Center, where she got a glimpse into the great past of the BJC history, of which she had only heard but never seen with her own eyes. A highlight of the visit was a tour of Rottenberg’s former house on President Street-known as “Doctors’ Row” – which is now owned by a prominent Lubavitch family, and is a home where the Jewish holidays and happy occasions are celebrated, just as it was almost 100 years ago.

In a follow-up letter, Ms. Grace wrote:

“My grandparents would be happy to know that the Brooklyn Jewish Center has been nicely restored, but more importantly, that it is being used for Jewish education.”

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Funeral of Rita Borer, at the BJC

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Reunion Dinner Event

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Guests at dinner

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