Five Towns: Achiezer Hurricane Erev Shabbos Update


achiezerPlease read the following few final updates regarding Shabbos plans for this weekend.

1)Gasoline Update:
We are tremendously appreciative to Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder who today brought Senator Schumer to our temporary community center to pledge their assistance. Together they are working on a major effort to bring and make available a supply of gasoline to our neighborhood. We should start seeing a major improvement in gas supply before the start of shabbos.

Please remember that the eruv will be down for this shabbos. It will NOT be usable.

3)Security over shabbos:
We know that many are concerned about the safety of our communities over shabbos. Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder has arranged that there will be a major increase of police presence in the Far Rockaway area over shabbos. A call was also made to the NCPD to arrange increased patrols for the Five Towns area. The RCSP is also hiring additional patrols for the Bayswater area over shabbos.

4)Volunteer help:
We have numerous volunteers available to help you clean out your homes, pump out your basements, and whatever other needs may arise. Call the office in the morning, and we will be happy to set you up.

5)Shelter for shabbos:
If anyone still would like to be put up for shabbos in either Queens in Brooklyn, it is not too late. We have numerous homes available for complete families. Please call our office at 516-791-4444, or

5)As mentioned earlier we will be offering beautifully catered shabbos packages for any families that would like for shabbos. These will include challah, grape juice, matzo, bottled water, gefilte fish, chicken cutlets, kugels, assorted salads, cakes, cold cuts, soups, as well as cold cereals and other items for your children.
The distribution will be starting today at 10:30 AM at Shor Yoshuv, 1 Cedar Lawn Avenue, in Lawrence. There is no charge for these meals, and due to the email/cell breakdown we ask you to spread this service to anyone who may benefit from receiving these meals. If you have any questions about these meals please email, or call our hotline.

It has been brought to our attention that thousands of dollars worth of seforim and shaimos items have been destroyed from the flood waters. Due to the numerous requests received, we will providing a shaimos truck for the community free of charge. The truck is tentatively scheduled to be at Shor Yoshuv from 12-3 PM this Sunday. We will send out a confirmation over the weekend.

7)Financial assistance:
Rabbi Yechiel Kalish from Agudath Israel of America and a group of community trustees spent hours at our office today preparing this special fund. If anyone would like information about emergency assistance, please email us at, or call us at our hotline for further instructions.

If you have any questions, concerns, or particular needs please do not hesitate to call our hotline, or email us at

We thank you for your incredible patience, and we will do everything in our power to try and alleviate the stress from what is undoubtedly a most difficult period in your lives.

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  1. BS”D

    Forecasters: There’s another storm on the horizon “New, Storm May Hit East Coast”

    Heartbreaking to see it coming again, but I guess if we didn’t wake up enough with the Franken-storm the first warning that Hashem sent us, we have to suffer another storm, not nice to compare but Pharaoh and the Mitzriyim also didn’t wake up from the Makos, so Hashem had to keep on pounding them with many more hardships till they eventually drowned.

    The storm and the warning we just had wasn’t very harsh to many of us, even though many suffered and some are still suffering, i.e. no phone service, no electric, long lines at gas stations and after waiting four hours in line they tell us “sorry buddy no more gas left” etc. I don’t get it. Haven’t we just lived through a massive storm of destruction, how can we ignore it? Hashem is literally begging us to make big changes in our lives in all aspects; He is trying so hard to wake us up from our deeeeep sleeeep. Why we are still ignoring him? The proof that we are still ignoring him is that he is sending us another storm.

    There are sections of the region that were damaged so badly beyond recognition. Houses burned to the ground, basements flooded, structures damaged beyond recognition, no refrigeration, no freezer, no hot water for Erev Shabbos showers, no stability, Thousands are trying to find a place for Shabbos. Boruch Hashem web sites have been set up for Brooklyn and Lakewood to help them, but it’s not enough to handle the thousands who still don’t have power, who will be spending Shabbos in the cold and dark, many are freezing not being able to sleep because it’s so cold without the heating that we have (come to feel as a necessity at) this time of the year.

    Just in the past year: Worldwide, we have lost so many Rabonim, Roshai Yeshivas Gedolim, Rebbes, young children, young parents, so many NEW orphans, who are filling up our Shuls and saying Kaddish for their loved ones at such a young age, that’s enough to break my heart and make me cry out to Hashem saying “Hashem we are ready to live like a true Yid” get rid of our bad habits that the Yetzer Hora implanted inside of us.

    The list goes on and on, how about the financial situation? NO JOBS, The rising cost of our simple everyday needs, like water, FOOD, batteries, gas, tuition, clothing, many services that we took for granted are becoming unaffordable.

    We have entered a new era, a time that the world has changed completely from the way it was for the past 5772 years, our Hishtadlus is almost worthless, don’t we realize that with all the money in the world that thousands of us are ready to spend to get their electricity back on still they are totally helpless? No matter how wealthy we are, we are still helpless? For the big Chachomim (smarty pants) who think they can control Hashem, and the storm will not affect their electricity, by having generators, do they have sufficient gas or oil to run the generators? We all know that the answer is absolutely NOT; to them too, Hashem is sending a message saying “your money is worthless I won’t enable you to purchase enough gas or oil to run your generators, because I want you to turn back to me and do Teshuva!!! Help me to bring the Golus to an end hoping to see the Geulah and Moshiach today.”

    Take a quick look (online) to what happened at NYU Hospital in NYC they prepared all kind of generators and back ups, but at the end it “all” failed, they had to evacuate hundreds of sick patients.

    Now a new storm is being forecasted and if we do real Teshuva we can at least prevent it from hitting our region, I beg you my family and friends, Klal Yisroel of all ages, please wake up now before we lose many more homes etc. before we encounter more tragedies so we can make Hashem proud of our new Derech our new and improved way of life to enable us to see the Bais HaMikdosh instead of another powerful rainstorm Chas VeSholom.

    Please copy this and Email it to your friends and paste in public places in Shuls on Blogs etc. as a Zechus to save yourself and your families, as a Zechus to bring Am Yisroel to real Teshuva. Amen

    Thank You, Have a warm and meaningful Shabbos Kodesh.