Misameach Hosts Unforgettable
Birthday Party for Chaim Levi

Misameach is an organization dedicated to lifting thespirits and bringing joy to hundreds of children and adults who are hospitalized, bedridden, or going through serious illness.

Their most recent event took place on Sunday, November 8, 2015. Misameach volunteers outdid themselves again, bringing joy and happiness into the life of a special birthday boy, Chaim Levi.

The birthday was graciously hosted by Maurice and Michelle Zekaria of Deal NJ, in their beautiful home. Over 100 people attended the birthday party, which included the talented band headed by Betzalel Bree. The room was electrifying. The sensational singers included the famed Yaakov Shwekey, together with Berry Weber and Chili Posen. The DJs on duty were the incredible Matt Dubb and Mordy Ort.

There was a delicious hot buffet for everyone to enjoy throughout the party, and amazing gifts were given to the elated birthday boy.

This beautiful party was one Chaim Levi will remember for a very long time, for it was truly a special event.

Junee Toy Drive

The Junee Toy Drive has become an annual event that focuses on making the holidays sparkle for kids, teens, men, and women with special needs, as well as those who are ill. Junee believes that the smallest gift can mean the world to anyone, and it only takes a moment to let these wonderful individuals know that they are loved. That is exactly what the Junee Toy Drive accomplishes.

Junee provides everything from toys and watches to radios and much more. Many volunteers, along with the the Junee and Junee Jr. Staff, attend Hanukah parties at different organizations and hospitals. They dance, sing, laugh and distribute the gifts while making the lives of special neshamot shine.

New Taamimclass by Raymond Janani

Boys ages 8-13 are welcome to learn how to read the Torah Reading of the week in a new Taamimclass, hosted by Raymond Janani and sponsored by Dr. Isaac and Lily Madeb. The class will be held at 2181 E3 Tuesday nights 6:00 – 7:00 pm.

Ahi Ezer Yeshiva News Updates

On Tuesday November 10, 2015, Ahi Ezer Yeshiva, along with esteemed Board Members, Mr. Bunny Escava, Mr. Albert Ayal, Mr. Eli Levy, Mr. Aslan Bawabeh; Rosh Yeshiva, Rabbi Saul Maslaton, and administrator Mr. Jesse Mizrahi, welcomed the former Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem, HaRav Shlomo Amar, Sh’lita. Special thanks go to Mr. Jack Avital who arranged this most inspirational day. Decorations of blue and white banners complete with a prominent sign, reading, “Beruchim Habaim Chief Rabbi” adorned the auditorium along with an Israeli and an American Flag.

Rav Amar gave a captivating speech, later translated into English by Rabbi Maslaton, which all attending will surely never forget. The Rav’s speech expressed the supreme importance of learning Torah throughout one’s daily life. He spoke about Avraham Avinu’s daughter named Hakol. She was great at making friends and helping at home. Her name was a complete description of who she was. The Rav explained that each child here has a name and a purpose and a person’s name usually reflects who they are.

Afterwards, the students escorted the Rabbi to his car. The school would like to thank all those who made it possible to grant Ahi Ezer Yeshiva the honor of hosting such a respectable Talmid Hacham. The Rabbi’s visitwas certainly an event that all of our board members, faculty, and students will remember for years to come.

7thGrade News

The 7th graders worked hard to prepare a beautiful “Under the Sea” Hanukah celebration.

Sara Raoul, Rachel Mallakh, and Sarah Chalouh performed their adorable song and dance to introduce the “Under the Sea” party. Next, the talented dancers took the stage, led by the most amazing heads Orly Saadia and Joy Lati. Then, every girl participated in making dreidel cookies with the assistance of Mrs. Nina Hidary and Miss Chava Gitty Solomon.

Thanks to the dedicated 7th graders, principals, and teachers the party was a real success!

On December 9, 2015, the Ahi Ezer seventh graders hosted a Science Fair. Many of the projects highlighted the different natural disasters that occur on Earth and the effects that they have on human life. The seventh graders put much effort into these projects.

This article was written by the administration of Ahi Ezer Yeshiva.

The SAFE Foundation
Explains the Disabling Role of Enabling

You’ve heard the terms enabler or enabling, but when it comes to addiction, you may not fully understand what these words mean. Read on to better understand.

Enabling means trying to protect a person from the natural consequencesof his or her actions. Examples of enabling someone with an addiction include:

• Providing funds for the person’s drug use or gambling

• Repairing damaged items due to reckless behavior

• Lying or making excuses to cover up irresponsible behavior

• Screening phone calls

• Bailing the person out of jail

Addiction therapists at The SAFE Foundation warn against enabling because evidence has shown that one with an addiction is most likely to change when he or she experiences the damaging consequences of his or her addiction. Often this is when the addict “hits bottom” –
a term commonly referred to in both Alcoholics Anonymous and Gamblers Anonymous.

An enabler is usually someone who feels compelled to solve other people’s problems. What most often happens when one is supporting an addict’s lifestyle, however, is that the enabler increasingly over-functions, allowing the addict to
under-function. In these cases, enablers usually suffer the effects
of the addict’s destructive behavior. This dynamic builds resentment on both sides, exacerbating and perpetuating problems rather than solving them.

There are many reasons this dynamic remains in play. For one, an enabler, often referred to as
co-dependent, is dependent on havinghis needs met by remaining in this role. He or she can see him or herself as the helpful, sturdy one. Secondly, all of the helping allows the enabler to feel some semblance of control in a chaotic situation.

In cases involving an addict, the pressure to enable can be intense, particularly when it is coming from someone who is angry and forceful. Furthermore, those who have addictions tend to know how to manipulate people and situations to get their needs met.

Stopping enabling isn’t easy, nor is it for the faint of heart. It requires great faith and courage to stop enabling without knowing what the outcome will be. However, stopping the cycle is vital to the healing process. As one recovered alcoholic said, “I wouldn’t be alive if my wife had rescued me one more time.”

If you or someone you know needs help, please call our confidential, toll-free hotline, 24/7 at 866-569-SAFE (7233).

Stolen Package Alert

There have been packages stolen from door fronts in
the neighborhood.

An alert neighbor witnessed a theft the week of November 23rd on East 26th Street between Avenue M-N. She called Shomrim who responded immediately, and observed the suspect stealing packages from multiple homes. Shomrim called the 70th Precinct and proceeded to follow the suspect to East 21st Street and Dorchester where the suspect abandoned his car (still running!) and ran into an apartment building.

The suspect was arrested and some of the packages were recovered and delivered to the rightful owners. It was found that the suspect had over twenty prior arrests.

Big thanks and congratulations to Flatbush Shomrim and the 70th Precinct.

This incident serves as another reminder that we all must keep our eyes open all the time!

We are all the first line of crime prevention.

We will be bringing our thanks and appreciation to our precincts again this year.

This year, more than ever, their moral has been low and the need to show good will has never been more necessary.

Man Arrested for Trying to Enter Ahi Ezer Synagogue
in Brooklyn While Yelling Anti-Semitic Slurs

A man yelling anti-Semitic slurs on the steps of Ahi Ezer Congregation was arrested by the NYPD on Thursday morning, December 3rd.

The incident occurred at about 7:30am, when members of Ahi Ezer Congregation heard loud banging on the locked doors, and someone yelling on the steps of the synagogue located at 1885 Ocean Parkway at the corner of Avenue S. For a few minutes, the man, who is approximately 20-years-old and of Middle-Eastern descent, screamed anti-Semitic slurs, and tried breaking into the locked building.

The NYPD and Flatbush Shomrim (FSSP) were called, and responded quickly.

A police source commented that the man might possibly be emotionally disturbed, and that NYPD Detectives are reviewing security camera footage to make a determination if the case will be turned over to the NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force.

The man was taken into custody, and transported to Coney
Island Hospital.

Police and Shomrim remind everyone that informed, alert communities play a critical role in keeping our city and community safe.

If you see something, say something!