May 22, 2020
ROCKLAND STORIES
Jewish crowdfunding sites meet their moment


After the coronavirus killed Lipa Friedrich, a 39-year-old bus driver from Monsey, in March, his wife and 11 children were left without a breadwinner.

But within days of the launch of an online fundraiser to benefit the family, the Friedrich family faced a dramatically different financial picture. The campaign has netted more than $1 million, most within the first 48 hours, and another fundraiser brought in even more. “We didn’t expect that we will reach such an amount,” said Shlomo Spitzer, who organized the larger campaign for the Friedrich family. “But obviously the vibe was very good. People got very involved.”
Midreshet Rockland begins next month

Registration is open for Midreshet Rockland June 2020. The Jewish Federation of Rockland County will continue to offer Zoom classes on Wednesdays and Thursdays, beginning on June 3 and continuing through the end of the month.

Online participants from past semesters are welcome to continue. Instructors include Carol King Berkman, Rabbi Brian Leiken, and Sharon Halper. Class titles include “The Shtetl,” “Modern East European Jewish History, 1772-1945,” and “Food, Sex, and Other Fun Things You Didn’t Know About Leviticus.”

The registration deadline is Wednesday, May 27. Register at jewishrockland.org/midreshet-2020.
Rockland JFS covid-19 fund

Rockland Jewish Family Services’s Rhoda Bloom Kosher Food Pantry has been feeding people in need in Rockland County for many years. The pandemic has ensured that the need for its help is even greater today.

RJFS’s covid-19 fund promises that 100 percent of the funds it raises will pay to keep stocking the pantry and will help RJFS’s staff continue to deliver food to the homebound. For more information, go to RJFS.org .
The Holocaust Museum & Center For Tolerance and Education at Rockland Community College in Suffern produced a short video, “Tribute to Alan Moskin: One Liberator’s Testimony.”

Mr. Moskin often speaks to groups about his experiences as a young American soldier in the 71st Division of Patton’s 3rd Army in World War II; he was among the liberators of the Gunskirchen concentration camp 75 years ago. The film combines his testimony with archival film footage. To see the film, go to the speakers’ bureau tab at holocauststudies.org .
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