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Tuesday, 13 Tammuz, 5779
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    Gown Gemach Opens for All

    Crown Heights gown Gemach Ten Simcha, and its new, more affordable counterpart, Chasdei Nochem, will provide gowns for all budgets. Full Story

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    beautiful
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    beautiful

    What a mitzvah! thank you mrs Greenwald for being there for the community!

    I never even got a thank you!
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    I never even got a thank you!

    I dropped off a magnificent custom mother-of-the-bride gown at the cleaners for Ten Simcha after I asked how to get it to them (no, they didn’t offer to pick it up.) 2 years later I’m still waiting for a thank you for my donation. A simple letter would be enough, just an acknowledgment. It’s manners. If you want donations, at least have the decency to drop a note or even make a 10 second phone call. I could have sold it, but I wanted to let my friends & neighbors who can’t afford a gorgeous gown to have the chance… Read more »

    local lady
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    local lady

    I have never gotten a phone call back. I’ve made chassanehs B:H and i wanted to get a gown from here because it’s hard to get to Flatbush or Lawrence. I left messages but I never got an appointment. My friends from outside the neighborhood get calls back immediately. I think it’s wrong that everyone from outside Crown Heights gets help but women like me who live here are ignored.

    great!
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    great!

    and great location…

    Thank You
    Guest
    Thank You

    As someone who got a beautiful gown from Ten Simcha and saw how much dedication, neshama and sensitivity to the feelings of others is put into running the Gemach, I want to publicly say thank you to Mrs. Greenwald!

    simcha mom
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    simcha mom

    can this be for childrens bar mitzvahs ?.

    bi   tuvia    brafman
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    bi tuvia brafman

    mitzvh good !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Thank you from a NJ shlucha
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    Thank you from a NJ shlucha

    Mrs Greenwald always treats me with dignity and patience. It’s like having a personal shopper helping me in my choice, and with her great eye, I’ve never had to try more than 3 gowns on at a time before finding the perfect cut!
    may hashem bless her for her devotion!

    devory wilmo fan
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    devory wilmo fan

    devory u are amazing!! u have such a busy life bh and ur giving up ur time to help others!! Hashem should bentch u with nachas, health and all that ur heart needs and desires!!

    Very nice but...
    Guest
    Very nice but...

    When my brother had a 3.5 month engagement this year & we wanted to get organized, I couldn’t speak to anyone at ten Simcha & all I got was a message telling me that only people with a wedding over the next 4 weeks could leave a message. Some of us want to know that we have reserved a gown a lot earlier than that. I went out of CH & had a gown reserved 2 months or so before the wedding.

    bhbhbh
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    bhbhbh

    Bh

    wow!!
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    wow!!

    very excited!!! I had an amazing experience with Ten Simcha!

    Wonderful news!
    Guest
    Wonderful news!

    Thank you, Risa Greenwald, for your very important work. May the wearers of these gowns, and their donors, dance in Yerushalayim with Moshiach immediately!

    How does she have the time to do all this?!
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    How does she have the time to do all this?!

    Mrs. Greenwald has been (and still is) devoted to helping people at all hours of the day and night. How some people have the audacity (in these comments) to publicly criticize someone doing chessed is beyond me!
    Why dont you try opening a second gemach running the first one and being a devoted mother, grandmother, etc….
    Where is the Hakoras Hatoiv?
    I have heard from numerous people from within our community and from outside the Kiddush Shem Lubavitch this gemach has made.

    To # 10
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    To # 10

    to #10- what i know about ten simcha is that its an “emergency” gamach its geared to help people with last minute situations like mothers who just gave birth and shluchim. When i had a mess up with my dressmaker and 2 days before the wedding i didnt have a gown i ran to ten simcha and with Mrs. Greenwald and Hashems help i found a beautiful gown! and thats really what they are geared for, my type of situation!! Thank You again!!

    @#2... From someone who helped out at Ten Simcha When I lived in CH
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    @#2... From someone who helped out at Ten Simcha When I lived in CH

    Firstly, They DO Thank the donors. Secondly, You should technically thank them for giving you the opportunity to easily do the mitzvah of sharing your gown with others!! After working with Mrs. Greenwald , I say…May there be more people who will take of THEIR time, energy and effort to help others!

    Gemach?!
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    Gemach?!

    I don’t understand how you call your organization a Gemach. It’s a money making business. You make a gown for let’s say $300 and charge $350 for it. If you were truthfully just charging to cover expenses, then after the first lend-out you would no longer need to charge such a ridiculous sum. I think you need to figure yourselves out.

    Thank you Risa!
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    Thank you Risa!

    I have also had the wonderful opportunity to be treated like a queen by Risa Greenwald. As an out-of-towner, it really meant a lot to me. May HaShem continue to shower you with brochas!

    Thank you!
    Guest
    Thank you!

    Why do people think everything is owed to them? Here is s/o trying hard to help people with a Gemach. Its not a store. People-appreciate the good that is given and be Dan L’kaf Z’chus. Risa sets down rules so the gemach can run in an organized fashion. If you need to shop around for two months prior – this set up is not for you. No, it’s not a free for all. Be appreciative because no one owes you anything. Thanks Risa for keeping the place neat, organized, and in high fashion!!!

    "a gemach"
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    "a gemach"

    she charges a fortune its no “gemach” its a gown rental place , a gemach charges alot cheaper then mrs greenwalds place!

    NEW GOWN STORE IN CH!
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    NEW GOWN STORE IN CH!

    Theres a new gown gown place in crown heights its called VANILLA GOWNS…stunning stuff!
    I just rented a beautiful gown from there at a very reasonable price..good service and very accomadating go to vanillagowns.com to get there number

     to poster 16
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    to poster 16

    Why should i lie about them not thanking me! As for saying I should thank THEM…are you serious?!?! I don’t need to look to do chesed & give Tzedaka, I do & give plenty. I am not attacking Mrs. Greenwald, she’s a nice person. I’m disgusted at whoever was in charge of thanking donors. just a thank you that’s all I wanted, there’s nothing wrong with wanting a thank you. Don’t yousend out thank you’s for wedding gifts? There’s nothing wrong with being a mentsch and showing appreciation for a donation to your organization. That’s how people want to give… Read more »

    Ten Simcha
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    Ten Simcha

    This is one of the gems that Crown Heights has, as a local and now a out of towner I am proud to have greatly benifited from this generous organization.

    To # 17
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    To # 17

    Mrs. Greenwald does NOT fund raise and the way to make money to keep up new styles and brad new looking gowns and always buying is by charging not even half the original price! (and she doesn’t charge that much! dont exaggerate to make it sound better! )

    Hakoras Hatov
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    Hakoras Hatov

    Many of the gowns that Ten Simcha has are 2 thousand dollar (and higher) gems. Do the math and figure the amazing price u pay and tell me it’s not a gmach. Risa also has cheaper gowns for those who want to borrow a less elaborate gown. Even a gmach can not run on nothing – either ppl have to donate gowns or they have to give at least some money- and for those who can’t afford the price, there is that cheaper selection that she does have. I think it’s also incredible that Mrs Greenwald saw the need for… Read more »

    improvements are needed!
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    improvements are needed!

    this IS a big mitzvah and Risa Greenwals has helped many. there is an issue with the cost- if it is a real gemach the prices cant be like a gown Rental!!! and currently thats what it is…. also i understand you want all gowns available to everyone (mrs crown heights complainer the rule is that nobody can get an appointment before the month before the wedding so that out of towners dont book all the gowns and have none available for the intowner so stop your uncalled for jealousy!!!) while i understand that this rule was made out of… Read more »

    my humble opinion is
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    my humble opinion is

    She has the customer service (or lack thereof) of a gemach with the prices of a regular gown rental. She charges abt 300 bucks a gown, very similar to what vanilla or kirschenbaum charge, but here at ten simcha you get treated as though they’re doing you a favor…. Its impossible getting through to them, you can only come super close to the wedding, etc..I don’t think its right or fair that people donate their gowns here thinking that their dresses are going to be used for a real chessed- giving others free or nominal use of their dress. In… Read more »

    to #10
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    to #10

    Since when is it an emergency only gown?? Does crown heights have soo many gemachs that this one (where majoritty of ppl donate their gowns to) can be designated for emergencies onlt???

    to # 28
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    to # 28

    And thats exactly why shes opening another gemach since the other ones she used to send people to closed! this one is for a lot of time before the wedding !! read the article!

    shocked
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    shocked

    May all those who wrote negative comments,get a life.Read comment #14 and read it again.

    someone who has16 years experienced in this industry
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    someone who has16 years experienced in this industry

    now that i read some of these comments i see how hard it must be to run such a gamach ,i am someone who knows the gown business well, its clear to me that charging 250-300 for a $2000 is a gamach, and from personal experience i know that allot of the gowns are $50 -150, (besides that you are making a new branch for $50 gowns) and as someone in the business i know that most women coming a while before there wedding can not make up there mind ! so if you have a limited amount of time… Read more »

    tried
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    tried

    well, when we had a wedding and wanted to donated gowns, we were told that they only wanted certain colors. then we had another wedding and wanted to make gowns half and half with the gemach and their conditions were so ridiculous was just not worth the headache.

    Try Lawrence
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    Try Lawrence

    I got a gorgeous gown for my Simcha recently. I paid $80, it was cleaned, hung nicely, & ready for me to pick up. It wasn’t even used between me seeing it & taking it, it was reserved just for me. The lady who runs it, Bea, makes everyone feel like royalty. She is so kind & helpful, you don’t feel like a nothing or that they’re doing you a favor. On the contrary, she thanked ME & she was so thrilled I found something so perfect! When it came to my simcha i I felt like a million dollars… Read more »

    Gimme, Gimme, Gimme
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    Gimme, Gimme, Gimme

    Why is there a sense as if someone owes you something? 1. If you decided out of the goodness of your heart to donate (whatever it may be) you did a great mitzvah and your reward will come… 2. If you did not luck out out a particular gemach and had to go elsewhere, then thats your problem and no one elses… 3. When a person takes it upon themselves to do a chessed and open a gemach = they do NOT owe YOU anything! If they can help you Great! If not move on with your life. I simply… Read more »

    Exclusions?
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    Exclusions?

    Will the new gemach allow women who are not the mother or sister of the bride to rent? Currently at Ten Simcha you cannot rent a gown if you are an aunt, cousin, niece, etc.

    #31
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    #31

    are you for real? $2000 gowm????????????
    who made them?
    you make life very diffecalt
    i hopw you are not in this business any more

    crownheightser
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    crownheightser

    i had a difficult time getting into the Gmach a month before the wedding of my grandson. i was told to wait till two weeks before..?? who waits till two weeks before a chasunah to get a dress? you have to be nuts! I hope this new gmach will be built on the same rules aas gmachs in other neighborhoods..Hatzlacha

    ch has to learn chesed
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    ch has to learn chesed

    I wanted to rent a gown in CH. They charged $350. I rented in the five towns for $80. Gorgeous. With a huge selection and good service and I did not have to leave messages that said only if 3 months or something before the wedding. My daughter was in NY and could only only come when she was in NY but when she called again and again and finally called the “directors” at home was she told “sorry, not the right amount of weeks”. In BP she was treated like a mentch and paid $75 including cleaning

    plain old me
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    plain old me

    It’s lovely how people think it’s owed to them for someone to give of their free time and to make the gemach exactly as each one would like at their convenience etc and noch to be angry that those conditions are not met! You don’t like it, no-one is forcing you to use it! As for the rule of only being allowed to view gowns in month of wedding, I came from out of town for chof beis shevat which was 3 months before a wedding and was given an appointment. I do understand the rule though. One person is… Read more »

    @32
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    @32

    Maybe that’s because they thought that it woulnt go to well in the G’mach; don’t you think that they know what colors/styles people are asking them for? And about your half and half, the tone that you type your message in, I wouldn’t want to make a gown with you either if i was in their position. Kol Hakavod Mrs. Greenwald for all you do!

    Incredulous
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    Incredulous

    Are you kidding me? My daughter’s rental wedding gown was $1,200!! Where in the world do you get a decent gown, not worn by 12 other sweaty girls, for less than that? What world do you live in thinking you can rent a decent gown for less than that? I rented from Mrs. Greenwald and she had gorgeous stuff for my daughter- sister of the bride.

    Thank You Ten Simcha!
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    Thank You Ten Simcha!

    When I called Mrs Greenwald at home 2 nights before a family wedding, as I could not reach her at the gmach – she went out of her way to help me. I gave birth a week before my brother’s wedding. I told her my budget and size estimate. She called me to meet her the next night that she has the perfect gown – my size and color! And the price was great too: $95 included the cleaning! I tried it on and it was perfect! Thank you Mrs Greenwald for opening special for me and for all your… Read more »

     "DOGS DON'T BARK AT PARKED CARS" and To #17
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    "DOGS DON'T BARK AT PARKED CARS" and To #17

    Dear Mrs. Greenwald, It was kind of amusing reading some of these comments. I just want you to know that “Dogs don’t bark at parked cars!!” Some people think that they are entitled to whatever works for them. They tend to “forget” that this world has more going on than just their schedules. How they have the nerve to make such comments is um…I don’t even know what to say. let them stop being the parked cars… let them open G’machs and take of their time…run it for almost 20 years…with many other responsibilities, as well and have so many… Read more »

    Ask Devorah Benjamin/Keren Simchas Chosson Vkallah
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    Ask Devorah Benjamin/Keren Simchas Chosson Vkallah

    Ask Mrs. Benjamin how many people she sends to Ten Simcha for gowns FREE OF CHARGE!!!! Thanks Mrs Greenwald and Devorah for your great work!

    350???
    Guest
    350???

    Are you kidding? Could it be you had lots of alterations and are including a cleaning? I went there a few years ago and again this past year. 350- no way.

    to #34 gimme gimme
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    to #34 gimme gimme

    sooooo true – its utterly amazing how some think/thought process in our daled amos.
    However if you are a Preger then u have tough skin and can EASILY ignore the naysayers, and continue the chesed b’hazolocho.

    ????????
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    ????????

    Why if its a Gmach do u have to pay @ all?? In Montreal we dont pay……..

    Hello 47
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    Hello 47

    Hey- offer to fundraise for the gemachs and then maybe they wont need to charge (even a gmach price)

    someone who volunteered her time
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    someone who volunteered her time

    As someone who used her precious time to volunteer to help on Sundays (because it is a special cause) a while ago, I would like to draw attention to some facts: a. The cost of quality gowns is at least double of 350 and more at the MINIMUM, calculating stunning fabric and professional seamstresses b. there is a selection of lower cost gowns and Risa Greenwald is VERY accomodating with those who appreciate and are sincere! c. Risa VOLUNTEERS so much time, never taking a penny and in her unassuming refined way treats each person to personal attention and care,… Read more »

    confused
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    confused

    hmm . . . I’m not sure who is writing some of these comments. Are they real people, or are they all written by one bored person?? I have used Ten Simcha on more than one occasion, and have heard from others who used them – and were treated with utmost respect, courtesy, and kindness. Kol Hakovod to Risa and everyone else who is helping to run this Chesed (and apparantly not all people appreciate it). For those that wrote the unpleasant comments above, why?? If you don’t want to use this service, don’t, but you didn’t hire Mrs. Greenwald,… Read more »

    gemach
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    gemach

    A Gemach is set up to help families who are truly in need, not people who want the convenience of finding an inexpensive gown, in the neighborhood, and still expect to be treated like they are in Nordstrom. If people abuse tzedakah organizations (using them when they dont need them) they will burn out the hard working volunteers who then have to set up stricter rules and charge higher prices to the masses.

    Ten Simcha RENTAL
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    Ten Simcha RENTAL

    My 3 experiences with Ten Simcha only showed me that it is an exclusive gown RENTAL. “Gemach” is usually defined as an organization which provides items to the needy free of charge, or at a very low cost. A dress for $200-250 for one night is nowhere close to that. $75 – $80, the cost of most other “Gemach”s is more like it. On the other hand, most rentals have prices closer to Ten Simcha’s. In addition, the “gemach” or rental, or whatever, is very exclusive about gowns donated to them. They only offer to make a gown with you,… Read more »

    to number 48
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    to number 48

    A gemach is a service to the needy, not a business.

    Unlike a business, in which the income pays for the costs, a gemach is a service to the NEEDY, so shouldn’t be charging for their upkeep.

    i made my own gown for less!!!
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    i made my own gown for less!!!

    I had a gorgeous gown made for 350 dollars .(that is including material.. Not sure why Ten simcha’s gowns cost 2000???

    So nasty???
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    So nasty???

    I never knew people can be so nasty and self centered,it`s just unbelievable how people judge things.Yes mistakes do happen, but no,can`t be,they are for sure wrong……Here you have a woman who`s giving her time to help people,but no,I had a bad experience so everything is bad.I just don`t understand.A lesson I learned in life,is that whenever you`ll be doing something good, there will always be opposition,so Mrs Greenwald on that note keep up your great work. From a regular bocher who is very surprised to see over 50 comments on a gemach article.(and on a positive note it is… Read more »

    to miss 52
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    to miss 52

    i am sorry you are such a bitter person that can can not imagine that people are helping people. obviously you do not know how to compare apples to appeals. i have friends who are struggling financially, and friends who are well to do all loved the experience risa worked with those who needed a break in the most honorable fashion i guess that is the reason that you went back 3 times! may god bless you with a good eye

    am i crazy
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    am i crazy

    there is someone who has a organization and is making a new branch and all you negative Bord souls can do is bash !? what do you do for others ?

    to no 54
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    to no 54

    me too! it was stunning too

    NOT A  RENTAL!
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    NOT A RENTAL!

    Why do some people koch if its a rental or gemach? The fact is I have just been by rentals all over B.P and by the ones mentioned in # 27 in C. H. and Ten Simcha for the same types of Gowns are by far Much Less ! If Risa B”h successfully figured out a way to get Designer ,very expensive Gowns (worth 2’000 dollars +) so she can offer it to us for much less why are you complaining ! to #52 and #53 Ten Simcha was created and always continued to help out everyone with their particular… Read more »

    we are really struggling
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    we are really struggling

    and i could have benefited from access to the gemach when our child was getting married. It was two months before the wedding and Risa, with whom I am friendlly, told me that I should shop around and only come to her a few weeks before the wedding. She implied that i could really find some great things out there, clearly under the impression that money was not an issue. In the past it hasn’t been, unfortunately now it really is. I could not humiliate myself and my husband by sharing details of our situation. I left it at that… Read more »

    #52
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    #52

    to miss 56 I am sorry you’re writing me off as a bitter person based on one comment of mine. It’s true that running such an organization is a huge mitzvah; as evident by the many grateful, and appreciative comments. It’s also quite obvious that there is a lot of frustration with this gemach, as evident from so many comments…. That obviously indicates something’s there if so many people express it, no? As far as struggling financially goes, I am a single girl from CH, and was not making too much when my brother was engaged. I was paying for… Read more »

    who is devorah
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    who is devorah

    who is the devorah everyone is mentchining…is that risas second name or something?

    chasdei nachum
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    chasdei nachum

    noooooooooooooooooooooo ure so funny,
    devorah is the person that helps risa and is doing the chasdei nachum(the new branch).risa is doing ten simcha and devorah does chasdei nachum.

    lekaf zchus
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    lekaf zchus

    1. First of all, if you dropped off a gown by the cleaners and have not received a response after two years, did it ever cross your mind that maybe the gown never made it there? Wouldn’t it behoove you to check before hrling such accusations at someone who is looking to do chesed? 2. What a shame. A community organization without any side interests being bashed by people who have nothing better to do with their time… 3. For all of you who might have had a bad experience (or at least perceive to have had a bad experience… Read more »

    Sad...
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    Sad...

    Its so unfortunate to see that when someone tries so hard to do so much good for the community, there are always those that will find problems… It just comes to show that the more good you do, the more people will find negative in it!

    Thanks you!
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    Thanks you!

    Thank you Risa! i know all the amazing things you do behind the scenes and how much you think into people and their needs! please just ignore all those negative people out there and continue the amazing things you do!!

    Risa does amazing work!!
    Guest
    Risa does amazing work!!

    Risa does amazing chessed and to all those out there who dont have something nice to write why dont you use the time instead to help others and do some chessed!!

    Working for the Klal
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    Working for the Klal

    Please, dear fellow Crown Heightsers:

    To all of you with the wonderful comments, thanks for keeping the faith in our community alive.

    To all of you naysayers, look around you and see the world, a sad place, isn’t it?

    Risa Greenwald, thank you, take strength from all the nice and encouraging comments, and disregards all the sad pathetic other ones!

    I am proud of my fellow thank you writers, and disgusted with all the others.

    A gmach, there for our neighborhood, opening another one to serve us even better, and a sad patch of self absorbed complainers can not find anything better to write…

    Risa! Thank you!
    Guest
    Risa! Thank you!

    I just wanted to express my personal thank you for all your care and special attention that you extended to us when we used the Gmach, a true lesson in Gemilas Chasodim.

    A true fan of yours!

    to 65
    Guest
    to 65

    — and all the others who share that sentiment….

    It’s not always that when someone tries so hard to do good for the community there are always those who find problems.
    Very often, when people do much good and chessed, people don’t complain at all, and only focus on the positive.

    (I’ve never once heard anyone complain about Devorah Benjamin’s chessed to Chossanim and Kallahs to name one example)

    If so many people are expressing frustration, that could be… well, because they’re frustrated!

    Obviously, they’re not finding that this chessed is helping…

    to 70
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    to 70

    if they do not find it a help let them go elsewhere ,but why write negative? what to they have to gain besides making the glus darker?

    Thank You
    Guest
    Thank You

    Mrs Greenwald, Yoshar Koach for giving of your precious time, year after year, to put a smile on another’s face. When a female (woman or girl) looks beautiful, they feel special. They feel confident. They feel happy. Ten Simcha has had and continues to have the zechus of accomplishing this feat. . I use the term feat, for it is a daunting task indeed. Yet Mrs. Greenwald manages to produce such results time and time again with complete devotion, and love towards her fellow Yid. Wow! There is the possibility that one may not agree with an aspect of the… Read more »

    Thank you
    Guest
    Thank you

    I have only good things to say about Risa. When I came to CH from out of town a few days before my brothers wedding and called her, she went out of her way 2 times to go into the Gemach at unusual hours to find me a gown that would be suitable.

    From a Good Friend
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    From a Good Friend

    Risa and I go back many years- and I would like to share that from her early years in Sem. in Eretz Yisroel she has undertaken large Peulois like aYud Shvat Mivtza for all Yerushleim to either initiating projects for Tzivos Hashem like Pesach and Succos experience and Directing them very successfully to being part of Junior Neshei presidium and then involved in many Neshei projects. Whatever she does-being B”h very capable- she does for the inyin and gives it her best! Ten Simcha together with a friend was created shortly after Gimmel Tammuz -trying to bring as much acts… Read more »

    daddy dearest
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    daddy dearest

    It’s obvious when one does good, and is well known and all that they are bound to ruffle some feathers down the road. Plus some are plainly envious or shtam missing a bissel in the kepela. Those are the ones that need to pen their feelings, unfortunately, as obviously it serves no purpose at all! Risa won’t change just as your mom will NOT! Nor will YOU! That’s LIFE! It is what it is. Just move on. Pick anyone and you can “FIND” shmutz on. That’s life – everyone has skeletons, including those you THINK do not! That’s golus, that’s… Read more »

    To all the Risa defenders:
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    To all the Risa defenders:

    1. No one said she is bad person or gown for kallahs is a sin. All people are saying is that this is a business and you should call it that. A Judaica store on Kingston is not a Chabad House and Bunch O is not a soup kitchen. Yes, they are selling kosher but that does not make them a gemach or whatever. 2. A relative of my was recently treated very rudely by this “gemach.” I don’t know the name of the person she was dealing with. But either way, such service is expected from a Crown Heights… Read more »

    Gemachs are not just for the needy
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    Gemachs are not just for the needy

    A gemach (gemilus chesed) is not only for the needy. It helps anyone. When someone has a chair or folding bed gemach, for example, which people use when they have guests, it’s not that you have to be poor to avail yourselves. It’s that you need chairs or beds and don’t have the space or the desire to own them and store them year-round. Likewise with a gown, a gown gemach enables people who don’t want to purchase and own a gown to borrow one. I borrowed a gown from Risa Greenwald’s gown gemach back in Feb. 2002 for $50.… Read more »

    To number 74
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    To number 74

    Amazingly said! I 100% agree!

    !!!!!!!
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    !!!!!!!

    everyone just needs to lern to appreciate! this laidy is giving all her time money and energy and y r u complaining?
    to numb 2 yes u should b thankfull for the opperrtuniny that their giving u the huge mitzvah that their letting u have!! SAY THANKYOU!

    Devotion
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    Devotion

    I have watched Risa spends countless hours in full devotion to mothers, sisters, and grandmothers.
    She dedicated around 70 hours a week to the Gemach!
    People, do you know this!!! This is a GIFT we have!!!
    I am in full gratitude to Hashem for blessing us with an example of Chesed, Thank you Risa, for the incredible work you do!!!!

    The dresses are never more than 250 and most are 150 or less to rent
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    The dresses are never more than 250 and most are 150 or less to rent

    Some people don’t like going to any chesed orginization, yet people from all financial levels have no problem going to the gemach and telling people that they rented from Ten Simcha. Why? Because the way Risa runs it is not like some nebach place. The gowns are extremely high quality (yes $2000 pieces! try making a HIGH QUALITY dress they are not $350 , just the fabric can cost you $900 or more…. yes there are expensive fabrics for $120+ a yard! ) she needs to cover these costs and noone is fundraising for this!! If you want a lower… Read more »

    risa is devoted and doing a great job
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    risa is devoted and doing a great job

    If you have so many ways to change it. GO AHEAD open another gemach noone will mind maybe then you will see it’s not simple. escpecially with an inventory of 500 dresses

    sister of the groom
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    sister of the groom

    I got a gown from reesa a few months ago. I had a newborn and wasnt up to traveling around ny to find a dress. It was such a blessing that there were gowns available in the neighborhood. I paid a lot for it, plus the cleaning fee. Although it was a lot of money for me, I was so appreciative that I had a fashionable, well made dress to wear, without a crazy hassle. To rent the gown would have been double or triple her price.Thank you reesa so much. I felt pretty. I dont know what I would… Read more »

    VERY IMPRESSED!
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    VERY IMPRESSED!

    we visited Chasdei Nochum this wk. – lots of beautiful goods set up very nicely- gowns being reserved -some are being worn already shortly . Devorah Wilmovsky volunteering together with Rivka Leah Shmueli are really wonderful – all under direction of Risa Greenwald – She is putting her Neshuma into this projects success L’zchus her father Reb Nochum Preger -whom we’ll never forget , she is constantly adding great Gowns from Ten Simcha and directing it with special attention to details. My friend just gave them an expensive gown-since she was so impressed with how its run and how many… Read more »

     Anash Donate Better Gowns!
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    Anash Donate Better Gowns!

    Risa sent out yet another box of Good Gowns to Eretz Yisroel to a Gemach run by Yehudit Rosenberg (run Lzchus the Kedoishim) and is preparing yet another to a Gemach in Pittisburgh (that is just starting) …she just included mine in one of them – so Please help the Gemach help others -with your beautiful Gowns just taking room in your closet!

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