Mar 13, 2013
Unexpected Gift to 70 Teachers

70 families of Chabad educators were gifted a four figure sum from a magnanimous donor to help them meet Pesach expenses.

By COLlive staff

Yesterday, 70 families of Chabad mechanchim/educators were gifted a four figure sum from a magnanimous donor who wishes to remain anonymous, to help them meet Pesach expenses. The vast majority of recipients are bread winners whose lives are dedicated to education, in schools struggling with their budgets.

Pesach is a difficult time for many families to meet all their Yom Tov needs. This is especially true for mechanchim who teach in schools that are unable to meet all their financial obligations in a timely manner. How does a mechanech who is months behind in his salary buy clothes for his children, or food and matzos?

The gifts were made through the Merkos Chinuch Office. Rabbi Nochem Kaplan, director of the Chinuch Office, wrote in a memo to the recipients, Personally, I find it remarkable that someone is so considerate of the great contribution which you make daily to chinuch and the hardships you sometimes have to endure, so as to decide to personally help make your Yom Tov a time of Simcha.

Similar, though smaller gifts were made by the same donor last year before Pesach and Succos.

"It would be wonderful if these special gifts were unnecessary," said Kaplan, "but it is heart-warming to know that such caring people exist."

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How were teachers selected? All they all from Crown Heights?
(3/13/2013 9:06:46 PM)
Reb Nochum Kaplan
G-d Bless you my family was so grateful to receive your present. I hope you understand how much you do for so many families to bring a smile and a chuckle to so many people before Yom Tuv!!!!
(3/13/2013 9:14:33 PM)
Were any women selected?
(3/13/2013 9:23:48 PM)
probably just for out of town educators
crown heights teachers never seem to qualify, not for kinnus, not for wedding grants or bar mitzvah funds, they're not considered to be doing holy work like the teachers out of town.
(3/13/2013 9:28:57 PM)
to #4
Sadly, you're right.
(3/13/2013 10:13:33 PM)
To #3 and #4
#3 - Even if the teachers are all male, if they are married their wives will get equal benefit from this gift.

#4 Many CH mechanchim participate in the Kinnus run by the Chinuch Office.
(3/13/2013 10:16:05 PM)
To #6
My daughter was told she'd have to pay $300 to attend the Kinus banquet with me ($180 for mothers) & my Shluchos children because she teaches in CH. Her colleagues from OUTSIDE CH paid $100. Is that fair?

And for the record, while wives married to teachers get hanoah from the gift, why can't husbands married to teachers? What's the difference? You think women teachers aren't the sole breadwinners? Sometimes they are, just like sometimes the men are the only ones who work outside the home.
(3/13/2013 10:39:55 PM)
Lets all complain together:)
After reading the previous comments I would like to extend a HUGE thank you to Reb Nochum Kaplan and the Chinuch Office for... believe it or not supporting CROWN HIGHTS Melamdim!

Reb Nochum Kaplan and the Chinuch Office offer year-round constant support to CROWN HIEGHTS Melamdim!

Reb Nochum Kaplan and the Chinuch Office offer summer seminars and training for CROWN HIEGHTS Melamdim!

Reb Nochum Kaplan and the Chinuch Office has arranged for mid-year training for teachers and parents, including the most recent launch of Safety Kid, in CROWN HIEGHTS!

Reb Nochum Kaplan and the Chinuch Office have invested just one year ago in the #1 teaching training to date in Chabad with Reb Meir Pogrow, for melamdim of CROWN HIEGHTS!

And to conclude - Reb Nochum Kaplan and the Chinuch Office have awarded the very monies mentioned in the above article to... believe it or not... Melamdim of CROWN HIEGHTS!

Thank you again, Reb Nochum Kaplan and the Chinuch Office
- A Crown Heights Melamed
(3/13/2013 11:08:11 PM)
To #7
Out-of-town "kli kodesh" shluchum get a break on the banquet because we have huge expenses of airfare, taxis, car rentals and at least two days away from work. Therefore we get a greater subsidy on the banquet fee. These "out-of-town" expenditures do not apply to local yokels. Yes, there MIGHT be exceptions, but it is generally fair.

On the same token: Generally, the men are the main or only breadwinners of the household (the obligation of earning a living is on the man, as it says in the Kesubah!). Yes, there MIGHT be exceptional circumstances when this is not the case, but hatorah al harov tidaber.

Surely if you fall into the exception, you can speak to the organizers to consider your case for eligibility. That would be more productive than simply belly-aching anonymously against a noble act of kindness.
(3/13/2013 11:09:11 PM)
Now I understand why my daughter is always complaining...
Because her teachers do!
(3/13/2013 11:10:06 PM)
hope it was out of town rebbes
such a creative ,dedicated,hard working, careing , humble and sincere lot!
(3/14/2013 12:17:06 AM)
Miserable complainers...
...will only attract more misery.

Be grateful for what you have and happy for others, and Hashem will bless you with more.

I'm very happy that 70 teachers are having an easier Pesach! We are Am Echad - their joy is my joy!
(3/14/2013 12:31:45 AM)
thank you
I'm not a melamed. Neither are my children. So none of us got any of the stipend. BUT, another Jew did! Isn't that wonderful?
Somewhere there will be a (somewhat) relaxed Mammy and Tatty at a seder table because they had an extra thousand or two to buy a pretty dress or outfit for each of their children, and meat and wine and as much matza as they want. This is sooooo beautiful.
And hey, If you didn't get, just think, maybe someone who did get will buy lots of stuff from a CH business, and the buisness owner will now owe more maiser, and will donate it to yeshiva and then you WILL get! Now how wonderful is that?
Oh, and don't forget, it was all decreed on Rosh Hashana, so instead of griping, daven to HaShem that all of klal Yisroel will get everything in a gashmiusdike way, that it shouldn't get stuck somewhere in shomayim. And to prove that you mean it, give a little something to help your neighbors who may be struggling as much as you.
Have a wonderful, Kosher and Freilichen Yom Tov.
(3/14/2013 12:43:39 AM)

(3/14/2013 1:10:05 AM)
I need a brocho to be able to give next year the 700.000 $ to 70 more teachers!!!
(3/14/2013 1:39:37 AM)
to #10
First look at yourself and then blame to teachers. I am pretty sure if your daughter is a complainer it comes from you!
(3/14/2013 3:24:18 AM)
What ever you do
What ever you do or give some one is always not happy. Just keep doing Mitzvos and help others if not with money with kindness.
(3/14/2013 4:38:09 AM)
number 4
Im sick of hearing that crown heights dont get a,b,c,
1) Do you have to struggle for chalav yisroel chocolates? Milk? Cheese?
2) Do you have to make your own bread? Since its not pas yisroel
3) Meat do you schlep it over to where you are where they isnt any kosher meat!

I dont think people actually realize how hard shlichos is and for educators out of CH!
(3/14/2013 4:51:59 AM)
To #9
What #7 was pointing out was that there are teachers who LIVE in CH but work just outside CH (5 Towns, NJ, CT etc) & THEY got the $100 fee while their next door neighbor teaches IN CH & had to pay $300. Kinda unfair in my opinion.
(3/14/2013 6:45:58 AM)
This is wonderful
And I think that it's beautiful that these gifts were given to mechanchim. Our world is so upside-down that we do not respect or appreciate male breadwinners enough, especially not if they are the sole breadwinner.

We expect that teachers will be women. The woman should not have to work. If the man is the sole breadwinner, that is the way it is supposed to be. And he should get some help for it. He should get some kavod. And it is beautiful that someone decided to help these mechanchim out.

Stop griping about your stupid feminism. We are too brainwashed with chareidi and feministic ideals to appreciate what Torah really wants. And that's the same reason why we kvetch about daycare costs and maternity leave instead of kvetching about the fact that families can't survive on just the husband's salary. If we could survive on just one salary, maternity leave and daycare costs wouldn't matter. AND, kids would grow up healthier, because they wouldn't be in daycare all day, every day.

If CH people paid the price that others outside of CH pay, then they would get lower prices, too. Maybe CH'ers should pay airfare and then get a discount on the kinnus. Good idea?

You're right, some things in CH are tougher than other places. But some are not. Really not. There are so many things that are taken for granted when you live in a large community, that are really not muvanim me'eileihem (sorry, can't remember the translation).

So stop kvetching and say B"H that deserving families will get a break. Even if it's not your deserving families.

I sure would've loved to get that, too. But we didn't. And so?

So nothing. Thank G-d someone else did.
(3/14/2013 7:08:16 AM)
Dear #18
When my children have to shlep to another country for food & mikvah, when the only socialization their children have is with each other, when they have never seen their classmates IRL, I certainly do! So please don't assume that because some of us feel there is a big difference in how CH educators are treated by the "establishment" we don't recognize the extent of meseros nefesh by SOME Shluchim. We do, we live it with them.

Having said that, I'd like to add my voice to those who thank Rabbi Kaplan for his efforts in getting this gift. It's a remarkable accomplishment & wonderful for the fortunate families. I just agree with others who think the disconnect for CH teachers is generally too great - they are forgotten because they "have it easy." They don't, just look at how far behind some schools are in paying their devoted teachers. For the record, no one in my family is in that position and I don't have kids in school any more. I'm adding my voice to the others here because someone needs to stand up for our local teachers.

signed a grateful (former) parent in CH - NOT #4
(3/14/2013 7:08:42 AM)
I'm speaking to #18
With respect, if you are so bitter and resentful and unhappy about what you don't have, maybe you should reconsider your Shlichus and come back "home."
(3/14/2013 7:10:54 AM)
to # 18
NO. but almost every week we are asked to host you or your guests..
(3/14/2013 8:12:28 AM)
Stop Complaining. Let's be happy. That Reb Nochum Kaplan is doing good for our Comunity. STOP COMPLAINING. It dosnt help! Emagin C'V People NOT sporting our Comunity. Then What?
(3/14/2013 9:09:00 AM)
To #18
Well, you've made your priorities quite obvious.1st on your list is cholov Yisroel chocolates. If you think the Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach sent you on shlichas so you can lounge around eating chocolate bon bons, then you're in the wrong business lady.
(3/14/2013 9:38:58 AM)
to #9
we are still teachers, and Rebaim, why are we not invited to the Kinus and other such programs?
(3/14/2013 10:03:06 AM)
to 13
spot on!! well said...
why so many complainers when something wonderful is done for others?
(3/14/2013 11:06:05 AM)
to 18
Teachers don't struggle with those issues. Generally you teach where there's a community (Toronto, Montreal, Detroit, Miami, California, Chicago, London, Manchester, Melbourne, Sydney etc, etc,). Where they struggle for pas yisroel and cholov yisroel, that's the exception!

My wife and I both teach in CH, but we aren't considered Shluchim (in the regard to receive benefits for our simchas or the conference). But my in laws and aunts and uncles who live out of town are considered Shluchim, and they receive all the benefits.
(3/14/2013 12:31:04 PM)
to shlichus basher #25
YOU ARE WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

fact: in the early years the rebbe sent "ice cream" in a frozen shippment so a shluch overseas can have some plesure

fact: when ever RMK was sent to visit a shliach "out of town" the Rebbe instructed that he take nush for the children

fact: see above what shluchim do weekly/monthly with joy, just to be able to do their work.

so stop grumping, be happy for someone else

disclamer: i am NOT one who got the chq for pesach.
(3/14/2013 3:30:46 PM)
be thankful
I don't know who received the grants this year, however, I personally received it last year.
This person who gave it wishes to do it through the Chinuch Office and he doesn't owe anyone of us anything.
Instead of complaining let each of us be thankful that there are such caring people and maybe another person will decide to give to another group of melamdim/melamdos.
How do you think Beis Rivkah gave out the last check a certain gvir in Crown Heights who sometimes get bashed gave it to Rabbi Shemtov, even though they disagree on other issues.
And finally as others said this person is only a shliach from Hashem and Hashem has many messengers and ways to help.
Let us all daven that Hashem helps ALL of Klal Yisroel and each one of us is part of that beautiful klal.
(3/14/2013 3:38:49 PM)
I have a great idea...
get off your butt and actually work. Support your families both of you (the mother and father)! Instead of "learning torah" all day and then asking for handouts. Its ridiculous!!!
(3/14/2013 4:36:38 PM)
Stop complaining
Dont the teachers in OT get a nice GC & a case of chikens before YT?
(3/14/2013 5:01:22 PM)
Setting the record straight
I am a local "yokel" (as #9 has the chutzpah of calling us). I wanted to go on shlichus but neither my parents or my wife's parents are shluchim - so I couldn't get a shlichus position. (Yes most shlichus today is nepotism). Instead I was stuck in Crown Heights living a life of doing the Rebbe's shlichus by teaching and mivtzoyim.

I say "stuck in CH" because I am not living in "parsdise" or in the "sunshine state". Yes, I have plenty of cholov yisroel but also plenty of crime. I have a choice of bakeries but I walk on filthy streets. And yes. there are lots of frum people around me but also lots of politics, loshon nora and my children are exposed to disrespect of rabbonim.

I would much rather live in California or on a tropical island, but that was not my shlichus. The fact that it became your shlichus is not because you earned it but because of who you knew.

You were lucky to get your shlichus and you wanted the shlichus, and I am envious. How dare you complain that you have "hardships"? If you want to trade positions, I will do it in a heartbeat!
(3/14/2013 6:12:48 PM)
i agree with 18...
think ch.ers need to stop complaining about everything that does not go their way...
when someone gets something better be happy for them- thats what they teach in preschool..
the mentality annoys me
(3/14/2013 7:14:03 PM)
please help
please ask that same donor to contiue paying the teachers of B.R. before Pesach so that we too should NOT struggle it is owed not donated to us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
thanks in advance gut yom tov to all
(3/14/2013 7:56:26 PM)
To #23
Crown Heightsers are always adding "and we host your guests..." Who do you think we shluchim host? When you travel or get stuck in the airport who do you call to help you out? Its not a one way street. We are here for you, and yes we appreciate you hosting us when we come to Crown Heights as well.
(3/14/2013 10:59:35 PM)
B"H I love the ones who feel a need to put down and slight the ones they call 'gripers' with their own gripes. Where and when will the animosity end
(3/14/2013 11:41:06 PM)
to #18
i agree with you and i think his pont is you seem to take all the small things for granted that you do get in ch!

and more so if only you knew how hard shlichos was and is the strugels and hardships you wouldnt complain!

to host a family is a mitzah and you should not throw that back at them.
and when your kids travel around and have nowhere to stay they call a shliach who opens his door to them.

i miss the days when we all called ourselfs family

(3/15/2013 6:24:53 AM)
out of hand
All of you complainers are totally getting out of hand.
The point of this article was not to compete with who has it harder and who is more deserving. 70 people received something which doesn't cover the entire population so someone has to miss out. you can't please everyone. Why can't we just be happy for each other?

I personally think putting this article on col was a mistake.
It was given by an anonymous donor so why publicise it. It just creates jealousy. Unfortunately were not mature enough to be happy for one another and we must look over our shoulder.

Maybe if you have open happiness for another yid, Hashem willbe open with you and give you what you need.
(3/16/2013 5:50:05 AM)
(3/16/2013 5:09:16 PM)
to the anonynimos doner
people will always complain whatever you do but just know that what you did is unbelievable. keep up the good work and know that many people are extremely thankful for what you did and have done. keep it up!!!!!!!
(3/18/2013 3:14:00 PM)
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