The southeast Brooklyn neighborhood of Marine Park, population 21,500, has become become an attractive area for young Orthodox families looking to purchase homes. In an interview with The Jewish Press, Shea Rubenstein, executive vice president of the Jewish Community Council of Marine Park, an organization he helped establish to meet the needs of the local community, said: “I would say that Marine Park is the fastest-growing Jewish community in the world. Seven years ago, there were 50 families in Marine Park; now, we have more than 1,000 frum, Shomer Shabbos families, almost all between the ages of 25 and 35. We have 14 shuls and three yeshivos within the district, ken yirbu.”Marine Park Yeshiva Torah Vodaath Shabbos
Marine Park will celebrate Yeshiva Torah Vodaath on Shabbos Vayishlach, November 19-20. Rabbi Yisroel Belsky, Rabbi Yosef Savistky, and Rabbi Yisroel Reisman, eminentroshei yeshiva of Torah Vodaath, will be participating. The Friday night oneg with zemiros will have singers Shloime Dachs, Srully Williger, and the aforementioned Shea Rubinstein leading. Rabbi Yisroel Sabo, menahel Yeshiva Ketanah Torah Vodaath, will be giving a special parenting address.
Marine Park Evening of Chizuk
On Sunday, November 7, more than 400 men and women participated in an event in Marine Park sponsored by Agudath Israel – Our Marriages, Our Children: Keeping It All Together. Held at the Kingsway Jewish Center, the standing room only crowd heard Rabbi Shmuel Kaminetsky and Rabbi Yakov Horowitz. The meeting was certainly impressive in that so many of the Marine Park community and its congregational rabbis joined together to be at this event.
The symposium began with warm words of welcome from popular pediatrician Dr. Sruli Zyskind, who organized the event and introduced the chairman of the evening, Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel. Rabbi Zwiebel, Agudah executive vice president, spoke about the importance of such an event, noting that today, when people are so busy, it’s easy to lose track of our mission in life. He recalled that when his late sister, Rebbetzin Zahava Braunstein, a’h, was asked if she could be called “rebbetzin,” she replied that her biggest accomplishment was being called “Mrs.” – a title that represented the hard work and koichas she put into having a happy marriage and raising her children.
Rabbi Shmuel Kaminetsky
Rabbi Shmuel Kaminetsky, Philadelphia rosh yeshiva, spoke about the need for people to link with the proper friends. He explained how important it is to be associated with individuals from whom we can learn and with whom we can grow. Rabbi Yakov Horowitz, founder and dean of Yeshiva Darchei Noam of Monsey and founder and director of Project Y.E.S., gave practical tips to be incorporated in one’s daily life. The evening concluded with a question-and answer session between the audience and the two keynote speakers.