An Open Letter From Tzivos Hashem:
Have you been to the Children’s Hakofos in 770 in previous years?
Were you there this year?
Did you just come to kiss the Rebbe’s Sefer Torah?
Did you come for Hakofos?
Do you think that this year’s Hakofos were well-organized?
Did you and or your children enjoy the program?
Did your children get a bag of nosh?
Would you like to thank the people who made this happen?
Do you have any “constructive” criticism how we could make things even better in the future?
The Children’s Hakofos in 770 was the brainchild of Rabbi Velly Karp. The goal was to give children whose father went on Tahalucha and came back home after they were sleeping the chance to participate in Hakofos.
Rabbi Karp reached out to Rabbi Sholom Ber Baumgarten, Director of Tzivos Hashem to help arrange the Hakofos.
Each year Rabbi Baumgarten and a team of dedicated volunteers put in hours of thought and planning to make the event more organized, meaningful and enjoyable.
While ultimately limited to the size of 770, we do our best to accommodate the tremendous amount of people wishing to participate.
We are always open to “constructive” criticism and practical suggestions going forward; we’d love to hear your ideas, provided that it’s limited to practical solutions and not, chas v’sholom, bashing another Yid – no matter who they are.
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Boruch Hashem this year’s program was an incredible success and we would like to take this opportunity to thank the many people who were involved. We don’t have the names of many people involved and apologize in advance for leaving your name out. Hopefully someone will add your name in the comments as we greatly appreciate your help.
Shamai Chein for producing the program’s flyer and marketing-video.
Tzivi, Mushky and Zelda Weinbaum for the voice over.
Chaya Ilulian for marketing the flyer and video over social media.
Mendy Smetana from the Shipping Center for printing the flyer.
Zelda Weinbaum, Miriam Klein, Mendel Levin, Devorah Leah and Chava Hershkop for delivering the flyers to the children.
Thank you to the people who helped donate the nosh bags and cover the cost of the event:
Raskin’s Fruit Store
Thank you to all those who helped shop and pack over 2,000 nosh bags.
Boys Team: Mendel, Levi, Sholom Ber, Yankel, Zalman Weinbaum and Tzviki Simon.
Girls Team: Mussi Kaplan, Yehudis Goldshmid Zelda, Mushky, Tzivi Weinbaum and Michla Andrusier.
HAKAFOS COMPANION AND FLAGS:
Thank you to Menachem Benchemon, Rabbi Velvel Karp and Zev Cadaner for the beautiful Hakofos companions and flags.
Thank you Vinny Martinos from 71st for your ongoing support and providing all of the barricades.
Tzviki Simon, Shmuel Eagel, Mendel and Levi Weinbaum for setting up the barricades.
Thank you to the Gaboyim of 770, especially to Rabbi Zalman Lipsker for their tremendous help and accommodations, allowing us the use of 770. Without your support this would never be possible!
A tremendous thank you to Yitzi Vail; not just for the trailer but for all the amount of work, planning, setting up and cleaning the shul; arranging the mechitza, securing and managing the maintenance crew to set up and later remove over 100 benches, cleaning the sukkah and removing all the garbage from in front of 770. You are the backbone of this project and it could have never have been possible without you.
To Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Kratz for your help in preparing 770 as well as your valuable input to improve this year’s program.
Thank you to all of the married men and children who assisted in cleaning up the seforim, including Dubov, Berel Vail.
Thank you to the many madrichos, mothers and girls that helped to clean and sweep the shul after the program was over.
THE SIFREI TORAHS:
Thank You to Reb Sholom Ber Levitin for holding the Rebbe’s Sefer Torah for holding for all these years; staying on the 770 plaza from 4:30, allowing the community to kiss the Rebbe’s Sefer Torah.
Thank you Mendy Wilhelm and Velvel Goldschmidt for coordinating the Sifrei Torah with the Rebbe’s room.
THE CHILDREN’S HAKAFOS – GIRLS DIVISION:
Thank you to all those who helped with the security and every other area in need of staff. You girls were incredible and made the Hakofos the success they were:
Line ot the Rebbe’s Sefer Torah:
You were amazing, keeping the lines moving, helping mothers with the kids in strollers, while directing and guiding people where to go:
Mrs. S. Telsner
Miriam Reychel Gansbourg
Entrances to 770:
No words can thank you enough for standing strong at the three entrances. Whether you were by the Sukkah, the ramp by the Rebbe’s room or the main entrance you made sure that only the right people entered the shul. You were helpful to all those who needed guidance or support:
Chanie and Chaya’le Mentz
Chaya Mushka Baumgarten
Shulamis Chava Hallon
Nechama Dina Rosenberg
A special thank you Ms. Baily Vail for preparing the necklaces for the Madrichos and the children, recruiting and training the Madrichos and running an amazing program for the girls – all of whom enjoyed the Hakofos tremendously. Thank you to those who helped prepare the necklaces: Doba, Sara and Eli Brikman, Menucha and Eli Heber.
And what else can we say other than a big ‘Yasher koach’ to all of the Madrichos; you made the program come to life for everyone that came and help make the children’s Hakafos something to look forward to all year round!:
Mrs. Perel Lishner
THE CHILDREN’S HAKAFOS – BOYS DIVISION:
Thank you Rabbi Leibel Cohen for planning the program’s schedule, mapping out 770, recruiting and coordinating the team of MC’s and Madrichim. Your incredible dedication paid off with the beautiful Hakofos so many enjoyed.
Thank you to the event’s MC’s (human microphones) and team of Chassidishe married Yungerleit who served as Madrichim for the boys (some coming for their 2nd or 3rd year). We recognize your desire to go on the Rebbe’s Tahalucha and share in the entire community’s appreciation, “giving it up and giving it all you got”, encouraging our boys and make the Children’s Hakafos what they have become.
Thank you for creating the Hakafos atmosphere and trying your best that everyone in 770 can hear and be part of the program; encouraging our boys to daven Ma’ariv, recite the pesukim of Ata Hoireisa and Hakafos aloud and with chayus, getting them involved in dancing with the Torahs and ensuring that each boy has their chance to kiss the Rebbe’s and Moshiach’s Sefer Torah in a safe and organized manner:
MC’s (i.e. Human Microphones):
Rabbi Shimon Rivkin
Rabbi Yankel Wilschanski
Rabbi Levi Gajer
Rabbi Yossi Bryski
Rabbi Mendy Marmulszteyn
Rabbi Levi Blizinsky
Rabbi Mendy Bresinger
Rabbi Meir Rodal
Rabbi Mendy Levin
Rabbi Yehuda Lorber
Rabbi Yosef Blasberg
Rabbi Mendy Bryski
Rabbi Zalmy Bryski
Rabbi Shmuly Avtzon
Rabbi Shaya Hurwitz
Rabbi Yossi Grosh
Rabbi Yossi Kahan
Rabbi Yossi Reizes
Rabbi Yossi Engel
Rabbi Folleh Dubov (who due to hospitalization was unable to make it. We wish him רפאל נחמן בן שרה a refuah sheleima u’keroiva!)
To Rabbis Sholom Ber Baumgarten, Uri Niasoff, Shmuly Schuchat, Yossi Malamud, Uri Posner, andLevik Baumgarten for their involvement in managing and facilitating the boy’s portion of the children’s Hakafos.
To Rabbi Yossef Yitzchok Kratz, Sholom Meir andEzra Hecht for overseeing the security for the boy’s portion of the children’s Hakafos.
And finally – Thank YOU; all parents and children! The Children’s Hakafos would not be what it is without your enthusiasm, passion and support and feedback.
May we be zoche to celebrate next year’s Hakafos in the Beis HaMikdosh where all Yidden will gather for the ultimate Hakafos!